Motorists in Warri, the
commercial city of Delta State and its environs, have decried the deplorable condition of roads in the area, and appealed to the state government to repair them.
The motorists, who expressed their dissatisfaction in separate interviews with our correspondent in Warri said that the situation was affecting their lives negatively.
Mr Francis Ogbeni, Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Warri South unit, said the poor state of the road had forced commercial drivers in the area to incur additional costs.
Ogbeni said that many motorists now spent so much of their time and money in trying to repair their vehicles.
According to the NURTW scribe, the development has consequential effects on their incomes.
“Government should do something about the bad roads in Warri; the pain is getting too much for us to bear.
“Aside the cost of maintaining vehicles, the bad roads also hinder the free-flow of traffic, especially around the Hausa Quarters.
“The cost of maintaining vehicles is disheartening and some commercial drivers are now moving into tricycle riding,” Ogbeni said.
Another commercial driver, Mr Monday Anselm, said he repaired his vehicle at least twice in a week because of the bad roads.
“I have a family and we all depend on the money generated from my bus. So, if I don’t work, you can imagine the situation in my house.
“Part of the money I make is spent on repairing the vehicle weekly. I think it’s time government did something about it. We are suffering,” he said.
Also, Mr Tony Edema, a father of three, urged government to carry out some repairs on the failed portions.
“The high cost of fuel coupled with the cost of maintaining vehicle is affecting my income and my family.
“We cannot increase transport fares just because the roads are bad. So, I appeal to the state government to intervene,” he said.
On his part, Mr Henry Chuks also urged the state government to do some minor repairs on the bad spots now to mitigate their suffering.
“Roads in Warri have become a nightmare, I appeal to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration to kindly patch some of the bad spots this rainy season.
“This will help ease our pains while we wait for the dry season for them to carry out permanent repairs on the roads,’’ he said.
Some of the bad spots included the stretch from the Old NPA Gate to the New NPA Gate, Enerhen Junction, Ugbuwagwen Road, Urhobo College and Water Resources area.
Others are Esisi Road by Atuwase Primary School, Third Marine Gate through Walter Odili Road, McDermott Road, Okumagba Roundabout, among others.
Abducted NLC Chairman Regains Freedom In C’River
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River State chapter, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, who was kidnapped three months ago, has regained his freedom.
Our correspondent reports that Ukpepi was kidnapped from his house at CROSPIL in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the State on March 21, 2021.
The Vice Chairman, NLC, Cross River State, Comrade Lawrence Achuta, said the victim was released on Monday by 3.30pm.
In a statement, he said, “Recall that Ben Ukpepi was kidnapped from his CROSPIL estate residence in Akpabuyo on the 21st of March 2021.
“We are very glad, and thankful to God Almighty for his safe release by the Kidnappers.
“I use this opportunity to thank the Organised Labour family in the State, particularly the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Medical and Health Workers Union and some members of his family.
“He is undergoing some routine medical checks at the moment. Once again, I thank all who stood by us throughout this difficult moment,” he quipped.
By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar
Bayelsa Set To Inaugurate Environment Vanguard
The Bayelsa State Government is set to establish a new body charged with the responsibility of protecting the environment from degradation and other environment related causes.
This was made known to newsmen, Tuesday during the celebration of the 2021World Environment Day by the state government in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Tide gathered that the United Nations had declared 5th June every year as World Environment Day, necessitating the Bayelsa State government to commemorate the 2021 Environment Day Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 following other activities which had earlier caused its postponement penultimate week by the state government.
Giving approvals to demands made by the State Commissioner for Environment, Iselema Gbaranbiri, as contained in his welcome address for the occasion, the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, restated government’s commitment towards protecting the state’s ecosystems and all matters relating to the environment within the available resources of the state.
Diri noted that following his willingness to promote policies and make decisions aimed at protecting the state’s Ecosystems from further degradation, the state government recently had made approvals for the shore protection work of Obogoro community in the Yenagoa council area of the state.
He promised to do same subsequently for other affected communities of the state, assuring that government would soon work on an executive bill to set up the state ‘Environment Vanguard’.
“The prosperity government shall soon work on a legislation to set up the state Environment Vanguard”, he said.
“This vanguard, when established would work with the ministry of environment and other relevant stakeholders in the environment sector to protect our Ecosystems and environment from continuous degradation”, he added.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Environment, Honourable Gbaranbiri, has said the ministry of environment intends to deal decisively with those who were in the habit of flagrantly disrespecting nvironmental safety rules and guidelines in the state.
Gbaranbiri cautioned people to desist forthwith from ecosystem and unfriendly environmental phenomena, just as he stated that the ministry of environment had recently apprehended some persons,(names withheld) whom he said were involved in some unfriendly activities on the environment.
He commended Governor Diri for making funds available to the ministry for the execution of various environmental functions, pleading that the governor shore up the financial provisions made available to the ministry due to rising environmental challenges.
“ I commend the executive governor, his excellency, Governor Douye Diri, for making funds available for the ministry of environment, for the execution of its functions and programmes. But I also want to plead that you increase the funding coming to the ministry, because of the increasing environmental challenges”, he said.
The Tide learnt that the theme of the 2021 world Environment Day was tagged: ‘Join the Campaign to Restore our Ecosystem’
Similarly, guest lecturer for the occasion and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Niger Delta University, professor, Ibaba, S. Ibaba has called on government to implement guidelines and rules governing the environment to the letter, noting that the lack of political will by state actors in managing the environment was the bane of a clean, healthy and safe environment for all.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Balyesa, United Nigeria Airline Sign MoU On Flight Operations
The United Nigeria Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bayelsa State Government for the commencement of direct scheduled flight operations into and out of Bayelsa International Airport.
The Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, confirmed the agreement in a statement in Lagos yesterday.
Uchegbu explained that according to the terms of the agreement, United Nigeria would operate four daily flights in and out of the airport.
“United Nigeria will service the Bayelsa International Airport daily from the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MM2) in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“With the MoU, the airline will commence direct flight operations to Bayelsa International Airport in July,” he said.
Uchegbu said that the MoU was signed in the presence of Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State and the state’s executive council.
Speaking, Diri noted that with the signing of the MoU, Bayelsans would begin to reap the benefits of the government’s investment in infrastructure.
The governor said that the venture would open Bayelsa, the resource base of Nigeria to the world.
Diri said the airline was chosen as partner because of its quality of service and efficiency.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO), United Nigeria Airline, Mr Osita Okonkwo, thanked the government and people of the state for choosing it.
He gave assurance that the airline would continue to offer the quality service that the airline was known for.
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