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Rivers Sends Flood Alerts To 14 LGAs

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Activities in Government House was on the low last
week, however governance activities continued as usual. One Ministry that took the centre stage last week was that of Special Duties following a flood alert in about 14 local government areas in the riverine axis.
Commissioner for Special Duties, Barrister Dickson Umunakwe invited local government chairmen in the affected areas to alert and brief them on modalities on tackling the menace headlong.
Though about five caretaker chairmen attended the meeting, it was agreed among others that emergency committees be set up in the councils in Ahoada-East, Ahoada West, Bonny and Ogba-Egbema/Ndoni.
The Ministry of Environment last week Saturday corroborated plans by that of the Ministry of Special Duties to tackle flooding.  In short last weekend, Environmental Sanitation exercise provided a platform for Environmental Health Officers to inspect the city.
Head of Environmental Health/Monitoring who represented the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Nyema Weli warned residents and property owners to avoid building on water ways to avert flooding as predicted by the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET).
The Environmental expert warned that henceforth the Ministry will start enforcement to deter others.  He also announced plans by the Ministry of Environment to beef up its monitoring and enforcement in all parts of the state.
Also  within the week under Review, the authorities of  Akuku Toru Local Governmetn Area were joltted by a threal by one Ajagidi Asawari on Governor Amaechi over his planned visit to Kula Community.
Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of AKULGA, Hon Stanley Denebo in responding to the statement by Asawari urging the governor and his entourage to learn swimming skills before embarking on any visit to Kula said that does not represent the view of the Kula people, but that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Hon. Benebo further noted that Asawari was sponsored to make such statement, since the people of Kula  hold the governor in high esteem and have benefitted immensely from his developmental strides.
In the words of the AKULGA Chairman, “the governor has the right to visit any community to familiarise himself with the people he governs”.
Hon. Benebo also added, “the appointment of the caretaker chairman, a Kula son for the first time is an indication of Governor Amaechi’s love and interest in Kula Kingdom. He has given Kula sons scholarships, built schools and health centres and rehabilitated the Kula Water Scheme”.
Hon. Benebo therefore called on the security agencies not to treat Asawari’s threat with kid gloves but to investigate him, since he (Asawari) has been linked to criminal activities in the past and has been terrorising the Oceania communities with his group.
Governor Amaechi was in the United States of America (USA) at the weekend for the continuation of his “Meet the People Tour”.  The forum enabled the governor to explain his policy objectives, his challenges and success so far in government.  He had already visited Ikwerre Local Government Area before heading to the USA.
An empowerment scheme organised by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Obio/Akpor  Local Government Area held last weekend with over 250 women being provided with skills acquisition equipment.  The women were trained in crafts such as bead making, hat making, soap and cosmetics making .

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Ex-APC National Chairman Tasks Party On Responsive Leadership

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Chief John Odigie-oyegun, former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress APC), has charged the party’s leaders to be more progressive and responsive to the people.
He said this at the public presentation of a book”APC’S Litmus Test, Nigerian Democracy and Politics of Change”, written by Dr Salihu Lukman, Director-General, Progressives Congress Forum (PGF) in Abuja, yesterday.
“We are in charge today, a progressive government, a progressive regime, and I think it is proper that we show to the nation that when the people want some degree of change, “we should be responsive to it, we should address it, compromises have to be made, there’s no question about that,” Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that the APC document on true federalism was still being worked upon before its release.
Odigie-Oyegun said the ideas of people from different parts of the country would be different up to the extent that they would want to go with the proposals in the document.
He said it was however, necessary, vital and mandatory in the interest of the survival of the country that issues regarding federalism were addressed.
“We cannot continue to allow the subject to become something that threatens our nation at any turn.
“So, the earlier we address it, the earlier we show that as a party we are responsive to the feelings of the people, the desires of the people and the wants of the people.
“It becomes easier then, to diffuse the kind of stresses that the nation is passing through today,”Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that for those at the formation of the APC, the uniqueness of its Constitution and its manifesto promised change was meant by all members with their hearts and beings.
He said unfortunately, the forces of economics had made things not quite the way it was planned.
The APC former national chairman said there was need for the party members to do everything possible to keep it not just alive but very virile.
He added that in spite of general belief, the APC was one party that had put together things that meant hope for the country.
He said the fact that things were bad and people were angry and hungry was not questionable, saying that these were worldwide phenomenon.
Odigie-Oyegun decried the current security challenge in the country.
“It is my hope that we will begin to get control of the security of this nation,” he said.

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PDP Rep Harps On Justice, Dialogue To Secure Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Representatives member has enjoined Nigerian leaders to tow the path of justice, equity, dialogue, and rule of law in the country.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, said this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja to commemorate the Democracy Day
He added that such path would help to arrest worsening insecurity and arrest separatist agitations across the country.
Okechukwu said that opportunities still abound in preserving the nation’s democracy and reconstruct the union to a more workable piece.
He said that June 12 was designated Democracy Day in honour of a symbol of the nation’s democratic struggles, the late Chief MKO Abiola.
He added that Abiola was unjustly denied the opportunity to exercise an overwhelmingly popular mandate handed him by the Nigerian people on June 12 1993, but only to be celebrated at death.
“The greatest debt the governments and leaders of Nigeria owe every part of this country and every Nigerian is a sense of justice and equity according to the letters and spirit of our constitution.
“The golden rule of justice is to do unto others as you would have them to unto you,” he said.
 He called on the Federal Government to take conscious steps to do things that would promote national unity and earn it loyalty.
He also called on leaders to be proactive in creating a clement environment for peace to reign to arrest the present security challenges in the country.
Okechukwu commended the leaders of the South East and the Federal Government for the June 11, dialogue in Enugu to deescalate tension in the region.
He stated that it was a right step that should be sustained and replicated nationwide, while wishing Nigerians a happy Democracy Day.

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Democracy Day: PDP Lawmakers Wants Observance Of Rule Of Law

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has called for strict observance of the rule of law to improve democratic practice in the country.
The caucus made the call  in a statement by its Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) last Saturday in Abuja.
Chinda called for an environment that would guarantee freedom of speech and standard operations for the fourth estate of the realm.
The lawmaker  stressed the need to place greater value on Nigerian lives and for decisive and pragmatic steps to end the avoidable deaths in the country.
He called on the government to restrain the Police and other security agencies from further unleashing violence on unarmed youths and other peaceful protesters.
“They choose to go out and exercise their rights in commemoration of  Democracy Day.
“June 12 is a symbol of democratic freedom and supremacy of the people’s power and should be respected by ensuring that all the tenets of democracy are adhered to in all ramifications.
“June 12 is not only about introspection, it is about renewing the commitments of all to the growth of democracy in our dear county.
“It is about ensuring that our country is never again enveloped by darkness, hemmed to the abyss by the sinister forces that threaten our collective rights and freedoms,” he said.
Chinda urged all Nigerians to hold on to democratic principles in spite of the challenges facing the country saying that “good will triumph over evil.”

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