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CRSG Assures On Forest Conservation

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Bayelsa youths celebrating in remembrance of the Late Ijaw Leader, Isaac Boro in Yenagoa, yeserday.

Bayelsa youths celebrating in remembrance of the Late Ijaw Leader, Isaac Boro in Yenagoa, yeserday.

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State Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry, Dr. Alice Ekwu, said that the Governor Ben Ayade-led administration was to better the lives of Cross Riverians through sustainable development.
The commissioner stated this when she led a team of UN-REDD Consultants on a visit to Ekuri community in Akamkpa Local Government Area.
Addressing the people of Ekuri, Dr. Ekwu lauded their efforts for the preservation of their forest over the years, adding that their passion for forest conservation would be rewarded.
Fielding questions from the Ekuri people on the Super Highway Project, the commissioner disclosed that a dialogue between the state government and the Federal Ministry of Environment was on-going, expressing confidence that the outcome of the dialogue would not be detrimental to Ekuri Community.
Speaking, the Senior Regional Advisor, UN-REDD, Ms. Elsie Attafuah explained that the essence of the visit was to interface with the community in order to draw up policies, incentives and support in line with the Ekuri Initiative.
The policies according to her, would ensure appropriate planning for the REDD+ Implemen-tation phase which is about to commence.
Ms. Attafuah maintained that UN-REDD was working with other development partners to support the community, and appealed to the  people of Ekuri to be patient and remain committed to their conservation initiative.
The spokesperson, Ekuri Initiative, Chief Edwin Ogar expressed happiness and thanked the team for the visit.
Ogar stated that Ekuri community was the largest and best communally managed forest community with 33,600 hectares of forest.
The leader said that although their major means of livelihood was farming, the community had been engaging in best agricultural practices as well as strictly maintaining the farming zone, all in a bid to conserve their forest for posterity and also to benefit the international community.
He called on UN-REDD team to assist them in the area of  access road, employment, and alter-native means of livelihood, amongst others.

 

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Indigenous Firm Donates N170m Relief Materials To Bayelsa Flood Victims

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An indigenous oil firm, First E & P which operates the Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 83 and 85 in Joint Venture with NNPC has donated relief materials worth N170 million to some communities affected by the recent floods in Bayelsa State.
The relief materials were officially presented on behalf of the oil firm by Ayebatonye Basuo, Head of Social Performance, First E&P., at Danielle Jetty, Oxbow area in Yenagoa on Friday.
The materials were received on behalf of the beneficiary communities by leaders of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps from across the State.
The Tide’s source reports that representatives of the Bayelsa State Government led by the Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Mr Ibiere Jones, witnessed the ceremony.
It was gathered that over 24,000 internally displaced persons whose homes and farms were submerged by floods are expected to receive the relief materials.
Items presented as part of the donation included foodstuff, water and other hygiene products.
Speaking at the handover event, Basuo said, “Our thoughts and prayers have continued to be with all who have been affected by the flooding experienced across the nation in the last few weeks.
“We understand how difficult it must have been for people to be displaced from their homes and to see their sources of livelihood adversely impacted.
“At FIRST E&P, we seek to always ensure that through our social performance strategy, our stakeholder communities benefit from our presence on a sustainable basis.
“We drive this through flagship community development programs which cover interventions in the areas of educational, health, infrastructural and human capital development.
“However, when unprecedented disasters like the recent flood occur, we also seek ways in which we can intervene to make a positive impact.”
According to him, the donations will help alleviate hardship from the flood disaster across 48 IDP camps
In his remarks, the State Governor, Douye Diri, lauded the JV for showing concern and empathy to people of Bayelsa beyond their immediate host communities, describing the approach as impactful.
Represented by Jones, the Governor said the approach adopted by the NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture was novel, as they thought outside the box by using the IDP camps as points of contact.
He also commended the firm for carrying the state government along in the exercise, noting that such shows that they were indeed a partner.
“From what I can see, the value of this intervention is huge, and being a wholly indigenous company owned by Nigerians, it is very pleasant,” he said.
On hand to receive the relief items were representatives of over 40 identified internally displaced persons camps.
Reacting to the donation, one of the representatives, Mrs Charity Godwin, recalled the ordeals of the floods and expressed gratitude to the JV for identifying with the people of Bayelsa.
DSP Konyeifa Austin, from Mechanic Road camp Yenagoa recalled that most displaced people were also victims as criminals made away with valuables they left behind.
He said that the materials would ameliorate the sufferings faced by the people as the flood recedes.

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Police Arrest Two Female Students Over Teacher Assault

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The Edo State Police Command has arrested two female students of Adesuwa Secondary School, Benin, for allegedly assaulting a teacher.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Friday in Benin
Nwabuzor said preliminary investigation revealed that the students were the prime suspects of unrest caused by some students at the all-girls school on Thursday.
“The students were dissatisfied with disciplinary measures taken by a female teacher in the school against some students during an English Language class”, he said.
Nwabuzor said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Dankwara, had assured the public, particularly parents and guardians of students at the school, that there was no cause for alarm as normalcy had been restored to the school .
He advised parents and guardians of those students to submit their children/wards who were involved in the agitation.
The police spokesman also said the CP had directed the Divisional Police Officer Aduwawa Division, to transfer the case file to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Benin, on conclusion of preliminary investigation for further Investigation.

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2023: Tinubu Pledges Infrastructure In Delta

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The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says he will address the infrastructure deficit in the riverrine communities in Delta State.
Tinubu gave the assurance, last Friday, while addressing the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of the State.
The former Governor of Lagos State and his entourage were hosted by the King of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro Gbaraun II (Aketekpe Agadagba) Pere of Gbaramatu.
Tinubu addressed the crowd of party leaders and supporters at the pavilion in Oporoza, Administrative Headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
The APC presidential candidate said he would not be far from the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom as President of Nigeria, promising that they would be carried along.
“You mentioned the roads, Sea ports, the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Industrial Park. I assured you that all these and more will be taken care off.
“As promised, we will not be far away from you; we will carry you along and consult with you regularly; we will encourage you and keep to our promises.
“Our brothers here, we will embrace them for the development of the area; the community of Gbaramatu and other associated communities,” he said.
Describing himself as the renewed hope for Nigerians, Tinubu said his administration would be premised on economic development, progress and jobs creation for youths.
He urged his opponent in the presidential race, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to go and rest noting that he had ran for the position for too long.
“There are few of us left running the presidential race. One said he is Atiku. How many times has he been running?
“He is always on the run and he is tired, tell him to go and sit down, enough is enough,” Tinubu said.
He urged the King of Gbaramatu Kingdom to ensure that oil facilities in his kingdom were well protected from vandalism.
“Please pay attention to the dangers of the destructions of pipelines and petroleum facilities.They are dangerous to our health, the fish and everything you do,” he said.
Also, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, the APC Gubernatorial candidate in Delta, said one of the greatest challenges in the Gbaramatu Kingdom was lack of access roads to the mainland.
Omo-Agege promised to address it when he becomes the governor.
“I allude to the king when he said that the greatest challenges they face was access to the hinterland, that we need to have the kingdom bridged to the mainland.
“It is request that I will pursue as incoming governor with the incoming President, Tinubu, by the grace of God.
“I am familiar with this kingdom; the issue of the full implementation of the NMU.
“We know what the challenges are and I have undertaken those challenges with the National Assembly dealing with the enabling framework.
“Before the election, the enabling framework will be passed and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari into Law.
“We are also addressing the issues of funding with response to NIMASA,” he said.
Omo-Agege urged the people to vote for all the APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections.
Earlier, Tinubu and some members of his entourage were conferred with chieftaincy titles by the King of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
Tinubu was conferred with the title of “Eyeilaowei” of Gbaramatu Kingdom, meaning “man of high esteem” while Omo-Agege was conferred with the “Ebeikiowei” of Gbaramatu Kingdom, meaning one who remembers the kingdom.
Other beneficiaries of the chieftaincy titles were: Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment.
Others were: Abdullahi Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State; Mai Buni, Governor of Yobe, among others.

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