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Amaechi Attends APC Convention

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One piece of good news that dominated most part of
last week in Government House was that the State House of Assembly and the governor rose to the stalemate that had almost grounded the Judiciary in the past six months.
The House had penultimate week mulled a bill as a way of engendering the adjudication and administration of justice in the state.
On Wednesday, after the massive protest by Rivers People led by two federal lawmakers, Senator Magnus Abe and Dr Dakuku Peterside at the State High Court, against the unilateral action of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to appoint an Administrative Judge, the House held a public hearing on the new bill.
Part of the new bill reads, “where the office of the Chief Judge is vacant and it is impracticable to appoint an acting Chief Judge or a Chief Judge, the Chief Registrar shall assign cases to any Judge and perform other administrative duties until an Acting Chief Judge or a Chief Judge is appointed.”
Chairman of the House committee on Judiciary representing Etche Constituency 11, Golden Chioma presided over the public hearing and gave reasons why the bill was crucial, saying the law was last amended in 2001.
Hon. Chioma said the public hearing was aimed at adding flesh and gauging public opinion, saying “it’s not the National Assembly that made the law, the law was made by the House and we want to amend it.”
About six memorneda were submitted for the public hearing, including that of the state chairman the People Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Felix Obuah. Defending the bill, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wogu Boms observed that a long hiatus in the leadership of the judiciary cannot be allowed to continue considering the huge untried cases in the state.
“I welcome this development to enable our people to access justice “Boms reiterated. The bill was later passed by 17 lawmakers and assented on Thursday morning by-Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
Before the judiciary matter took the centre stage on Wednesday, the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Amaechi had on Tuesday, inaugurated a 23-man state scholarship board. The board is chaired by Hon. Benjamin Orgbani.
While inaugurating the board, Governor Amaechi who spoke through Secretary to the state Government, George Feyii, revealed that the administration spent about N8 billion yearly to fund foreign scholarships, assuring that the benefits would soon be reaped in the form of qualified and expert manpower.
The governor enjoined them to show commitment in their new-assignmet, while reminding them that they were chosen as representatives of their various local government areas to touch the lives of the people.
Later part of last weekend in Government House was dominated by preparations ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Congress in Abuja. The state delegation was led by Governor Amaechi.
By Saturday morning, results of last Friday’s National  Congress had filtered in with the announcement of former Edo State Governor, Chief John Odigie Oyegun as elected National Chairman, Chief Oyegun replaces Chie Bisi Akande who had been on acting capacity since the party emerged.
Even though the state preferred candidate, Dr, Sam Sam Jaja did not emerge, Rivers State registered its presence in the APC-National Executive with the emergence of caretaker chairman of Eleme Local Government Area, Oji Ngofa as the party’s new Deputy Secretary.
Also at the weekend, Governor Amaechi sent a message of condolence to the Senate over the death of its member, Senator Daliru Kuta who represented Niger East Senatorial District.

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Anambra:Bill To Abolish Open Grazing Passes Second Reading

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A bill seeking to regulate animal grazing and establish cattle ranches in designated areas of Anambra has scaled second reading in the House of Assembly.
The Majority Leader of the house, Dr Nnamdi Okafor (APGA-Awka South I), said the bill would promote peace and ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
The bill is entitled, ‘Open Grazing of Cattle and other Livestock Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2021’.
He said that when the bill becomes law, it would help to curb the incessant herders/farmers clashes and generate business opportunities in the state.
“The bill will be part of the efforts to address the incessant clashes between livestock owners, herders and farmers in the state, which has often led to loss of lives and properties over the years.
“The bill will also prevent the destruction of farms and farmers’ crops brought about by open rearing and grazing of cattle,” Okafor said.
Also, Dr Timothy Ifedioranma (APC-Njikoka l) said the bill would promote the production of healthy breeds of livestock and boost job and investment opportunities in livestock farming.
Mr Chuka Ezewune (APGA-Idemili South) said the bill would also promote modern techniques of animal husbandry and international best practices in the dairy and beef industry.
“The old form of cattle rearing is very destructive to the nation and it is time we embraced change,” Ezewune said.
Contributing, Dr Pete Ibida (APGA-Njikoka II) said his constituents had long clamoured for the law.
“Open grazing has constituted security and safety hazards. It messes up our roads and my constituents have been displaced from their farms.
“I believe the bill will also help to manage the environmental impact of open grazing and protect the environment from degradation and pollution,” Ibida added.
Mr Obinna Emeneka (APGA-Anambra East) said that open grazing contributed to disease transmission and described animals as carriers of parasites transmitted to humans.
Emeneka said the bill required accelerated passage to promote agriculture, security and stability in the state.
The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, described the bill as everybody’s business, adding that it bothered on food security, economic development and security of of lives and property.
The bill was later committed to the Committee on Agriculture, headed by Mr John Nwokoye, for further deliberation and the committee was expected to report back on September 30.

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Obaseki Names Cabinet 10 Months Later

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday released a list of nominees for post of commissioners in the State Executive Council.
This decision is coming close to a year after Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, were inaugurated for a second term into office on November 12, 2020, following their victory in the September 19 governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor had re-appointed Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the State Government after his inauguration with no other appointment since then.
This led to criticism from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State that accused Obaseki of presiding over the affairs of the state like a sole administrator.
“There are some policies and actions of a state that legally and constitutionally should not be undertaken without the approval of the State Executive Council. As we speak, some of those actions are being taken solely by Godwin Obaseki as a sole administrator. He has not displayed the tendencies of a democratically elected governor,” Chris Azebanmwan, the Edo APC spokesman said.
Nonetheless, the Governor has finally released the list of his nominees. They are: Barr. Osamudiamen Wole-lyamu (Oredo); Mr. Chris Nehikhare (Orhionmwon); Mr. Richard Edebiri (Uhunmwode); Barr. Andrew Emwanta Adaze (Egor); Mr. Tony Aganmwonyi (Ikpoba Okha); Mr. Ethan Uzamere (Ovia South West); Ms. Efosa Uyigue (Ovia North East).
Others are, Barr. Donald Okogbe (Akoko Edo); Barr. Anthony Innih (Etsako East); Mrs. Omo Otse Omorogbe (Etsako West); Hon. Damian Lawani (Etsako Central); Mr. Jimfred Obaidiku (Owan West).
Also in the list are, Barr. J. O. Braimah (Owan East); Hon. Felix Akhabue (Esan West); Fred Emefiele (Igueben); Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya (Esan Central); Dr. Olu Ayewoh (Esan North East) and Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South East).

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Speaker Lauds Wike On Infrastructure

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The Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has commended the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for the rapid development of Rivers State.
He made this statement when he played host to members of the Council For the Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria recently.
Rt. Hon. Ibani assured the Council that the State Assembly would continue to do that which was beneficial to their constituents. He noted that as a public servant, his door was open to all.
He said: “As a public servant, my door is open to all, and at all times. We work in the interest of the State and for the interest of our people….”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Council For The Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria, Gersh Henshaw, commended the efforts of the Speaker as the Head of Rivers State Legislature.
He stated that Rt. Hon. Ibani had continued to maintain a cordial relationship with the Executive arm of Government and the result of such collaboration was the developmental strides in Rivers State.
The Chairman stated that the essence of the visit was to seek partnership with the Rivers State House of Assembly on any new legislation concerning Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Rivers State.
He expressed appreciation to the National President of the Council, Sir Emmanuel Wike for his immense contributions to the success and progress of the profession.
The delegation which was on a courtesy visit to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, was led by its National President, Sir Wike.

By: Kevin Nengia

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