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RVHA Approves 10 CTC Chairmen, Returns 13

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The Rivers State House of Assembly (RVHA), has approved new nominees for chairmen and members of Caretaker Committees (CTC) for 10 local government areas , even as it also okayed the re-nomination of CTC Chairmen and members for 13 LGAs in the state.
The CTC Chairmen and members were approved after yesterday’s plenary session of the State House of Assembly attended by 18 out of 31 members of the House.
New CTC Chairmen given the nod by the legislative House included Mr. Agri Ezekiel Friday (Ahoada West), Chief Allen Jonah (Andoni), Mr. Wright Warmate (ASALGA), Chief Ombo Benibo (Degema), Mrs Gloria Omereji (Emohua), Mr. Nwoziri Chukwuemeka Bishop (Ikwerre), Hon. Innocent paddy Wali (OBALGA), Mr. Wilson David Alabere (Okrika), Mrs Daisy Tamunoene (Ogu/Bolo), and Datubo Pepple (Opobo/Nkoro).
The 13 CTC Chairmen also returned were Mr. Daniel E.O. Daniel (Abua/Odual), Hon. Justice Eke (Ahoada East), Tonye Alalibo (AKULGA), Hon. Simon Hart, (Bonny); Obaribmate Ollor (Eleme), Gift Anyalebechi (Etche), Louis Alawa (Gokana), Mr. Barida Nsaanee (Khana), Barr. Osi Olisa (ONELGA), Chisom Nwaiwu (Omuma), Gbali Chisom (Oyigbo), Mr. Christian Chiolwa (PHALGA) and Mr. Bob Uelor Nkue (Tai).
Speaker of Rivers Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, while conforming and re-confirming CTC nominees advised them to be proactive in discharging their statutory duties as soon as they were sworn in by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Ibani reiterated the Assembly’s readiness to monitor the activities of CTC Chairmen and members of various LGAs as part of the Assembly’s over sight function in the state.
The 10 new CTC Chairmen nominees were screened in accordance to the rules of the legislature while Akuku-Toru Chairman designate, Hon. Tonye Alalibo only took a bow and left the Chamber being a former member of the House.
The rest of the remaining 12 nominees, Chairmen were only asked to introduce themselves and leave the Chamber without any question, while the 10 nominees, chairmen and members were screened in accordance to the rules of the House.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State House of Assembly (RVHA) also had a business session as it gave its nod to the Board of Internal Revenue Service in the state.
The board members smiled home after a thorough screening and debates by members of the 8th Assembly in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Revnue Board Chairman confirmed was Mr. ThankGod Adoge Nortee from Gokana LGA while Mr. Edward Mark (Ahoada West), Mr. Chibuzor Ahiorlu (Port Harcourt), and Sofiri Ezekiel-Hart (Bonny) were Okayed as Board members.
The 18-member lawmakers present at yesterday’s session of the Assembly gave their blessing to the Board designates after the screening that lasted about one hour.
Responding to questions during the screening exercise, the Board Chairman designate, Mr. Nortee promised to create a tax friendly regime, where all the tax payers would be relieved from much tax burden.
According to him, the era of Banana Republic type of taxation where people were pursued into the bush to pay tax was over.
He also pledged to deliver what he called “easy collectable taxes” that would ensure that all workers and business men and women pay their taxes without much burden on them.
According to him, statistics of recent taxes collected in the state showed that the state generated far below what it supposed to generate for the state.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani who expressed happiness with the calibre of nominees for the Board, charged them to bring their wealth of experiences to bear towards boosting revenue of the state for development.

 

Enoch Epelle

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Trans-Kalabari Road: Banigo, Stakeholders Condemn Abduction Of Expatriate

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Kalabari traditional rulers and stakeholders have condemned the recent abduction of an expatriate staff of Lubric Construction Company working on the Trans-Kalabari Road.
Speaking at a meeting at the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Friday, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo said she was deeply pained by the unfortunate incident carried out by unknown miscreants.
According to the deputy governor, who said that the State Chief Executive Officer, Nyesom Wike, was desirous to bring more development projects to Kalabari Kingdom, regretted that this act was capable of discouraging him.
“I want to reiterate that our governor is very desirous to do more developmental projects in our communities, there are many more things he has in the card to do for us, and if we allow this ugly thing to surface, that attitude will discourage him”, the deputy governor noted.
Banigo, who said that perpetrators of the heinous crime did not drop from the sky, insisted that they were community people, and must be fished out and dealt with decisively, while calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the abductee.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, expressed regrets that a project as important as the Trans-Kalabari Road would be tampered with by persons who do not mean well for the Kalabari people.
“If their intention is to run down the good works of our dear governor, over a project which the Kalabari people have been yearning for over the years, then, I am sure God Almighty will not allow them to get away with this dastardly act of kidnapping one expatriate”, Alabraba stressed.
Alabraba further said, “It is important that we talk to ourselves and ensure that everything possible is done to ensure immediate release of the victim, and ensure that measures are put in place to forestall this type of thing in the future”.
Presenting a seven-point communique, Amanyanabo of Minama, King Iboroma Talbot Pokubo, who represented the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disreal Gbobo Bobmanuel, demanded for the immediate and unconditional release of the expatriate, and reassured Governor Wike of their unwavering support for the governor.

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Buhari Approves Incorporation Of NNPC, Appoints Board Members

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited be incorporated.
He also approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited with Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman.
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, was appointed chief executive officer.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, saying that the president acted in accordance with the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Minister of Petroleum Resources, has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
“This is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to cause for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the company.
“The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, has, therefore, been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.
“Also, by the power vested in him under Section 59(2) of the PIA 2021, President Buhari has approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited, with effect from the date of incorporation of the company.
“Chairman of the board is Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, while Mele Kolo Kyari and Umar I. Ajiya are chief executive officer, and chief financial officer, respectively.
“Other board members are; Dr Tajudeen Umar (North-East); Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North-Central); Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North-West); Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo (South-East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South-South); and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South-West).”

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Reject Buhari’s Fresh Loan Request, SERAP Tells NASS

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila; to reject the fresh request by President Muhammadu Buhari, to borrow $4billion and €710million.
SERAP said if such request must be granted, the Federal Government should publish details of spending of all loans obtained since May 29, 2015.
The group also expressed fear that if the fresh request is granted, it may take Nigeria’s to over N35trillion.
Buhari recently sought the approval of the National Assembly to borrow $4,054,476,863 and €710million, on the grounds of “emerging needs.”
The request was contained in a letter dated August 24, 2021.
In an open letter dated September 18, 2021, and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation expressed “concerns about the growing debt crisis, the lack of transparency and accountability in the spending of loans that have been obtained, and the perceived unwillingness or inability of the National Assembly to vigorously exercise its constitutional duties to check the apparently indiscriminate borrowing by the government.”
SERAP said, “The National Assembly should not allow the government to accumulate unsustainable levels of debt, and use the country’s scarce resources for staggering and crippling debt service payments rather than for improved access of poor and vulnerable Nigerians to basic public services and human rights.
“The country’s public debt has mushroomed with no end in sight. The growing national debt is clearly not sustainable. There has been no serious attempt by the government to cut the cost of governance. The leadership of the National Assembly ought to stand up for Nigerians by asserting the body’s constitutional powers to ensure limits on national debt and deficits.
“Should the National Assembly and its leadership fail to rein in government borrowing, and to ensure transparency and accountability in the spending of public loans, SERAP would consider appropriate legal action to compel the National Assembly to discharge its constitutional duties.
“SERAP notes that if approved, the country’s debts will exceed N35trillion. The government is also reportedly pushing the maturity of currently-secured loans to between 10 and 30 years. N11.679trillion is reportedly committed into debt servicing, while only N8.31trillion was expended on capital/development expenditure between 2015 and 2020.
“Ensuring transparency and accountability in the spending of loans by the government and cutting the cost of governance would address the onerous debt servicing, and improve the ability of the government to meet the country’s international obligations to use maximum available resources to ensure the enjoyment of basic economic and social rights, such as quality healthcare and education”, SERAP added.

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