The Rivers State House of Assembly (RVHA) last week resolved to cooperate with the state Ministry of Environment and that of Justice to ensure strick compliance of companies operating in the state to environmental laws.
The House’s decision followed a motion by the lawmaker representing Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Constituency I, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo at the Assembly’s plenary session last Thursday in Port Harcourt.
According to Ahiakwo, the motion was to investigate the compliance of companies operating in Rivers State to environmental laws.
The motion prayed that the House should investigate the circumstances surrounding the black soot that has been noticed in the state and its environs.
The lawmaker, in his motion, also prayed the assembly to direct the Rivers State Ministry of Environment to furnish the house with details of compliance level with relevant laws by companies in the state.
Hon. Ahiakwo who noted that the situation portends serious danger for the citizens of the state and the generations to come, urged the assembly to make urgent decision to protect the interest of Rivers people.
The Speaker of the house, Rt Hon. Ikumyi-Owaji Ibani on the note, committed the motion to the House Committees on Environment and that of Justice to investigate and take legal steps on the level of compliance of relevant laws by companies and to solve the problem of black soot currently polluting the environment of the state.
At same Thursday’s plenary session, the 8th Assembly committed three bills to committee stage after an exhaustive debate in the house.
The bills include a bill for a law to amend the Rivers State Education (Returns of Schools) Law No 1 of 2005; a bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the Rivers State University of Science and Technology law, Cap 133, law of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999; and a bill for a law to establish the Rivers State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital in the state.
The speaker, Rt Hon. Ikumyi-Owaji Ibani directed the House Committee of the whole, education and health to handle the three bills within 14 days and submit their reports respectively.
Last Friday the lawmaker representing Bonny Constituency, Hon. Abinye Pepple, in company with some stakeholders of the local government council inspected the Bonny Vocational Centre in the area.
According to him, the vocational centre would be equipped with modern technology to stand the test of development in the country and the global areas.
Hon. Pepple who promised to support the rehabilitation of the centre, said the centre would go a long way to provide skills and engage youths in the area in meaningful employments.
The managing director of the vocational centre, Mr Micah Ibiama commended Hon. Pepple for his concern and support to the centre even before the inspection.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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