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PH Residents Reject Proposed Immunity For Lawmakers

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Residents of Port Harcourt have called on the National Assembly to without delay stop the move to grant Immunity for themselves in order to check the maladministration bedeviling the country.
In an exclusive interview with The Tide on whether the Immunity should be accorded to members of the National Assembly or not, some people interviewed backedout, saying that the move to grant them Immunity in the constitution should not see the light of day.
One of them is a Port Harcourt-based Businessman, Mr. Onyeka Otu, who disagreed with the motion on the Immunity opted that such power be taken away from them in order to check and correct the abnormalities in the leadership of this country.
According to him, “politicians use the power vested on them against the masses who voted them into power, adding “In other developed countries like America, India, Britain among others, there is nothing of such, it is only here in Nigeria.
“If you look at the 1999 Constitution undergoing amendment which the present government is claiming to be working on, it is far from the expectation of the people. The constitution in contention was planned and executed by the erstwhile Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubarka”, he stressed.
On the constitution amendment, Mr. Otu urged the National Assembly and other stakeholders to ensure that the Immunity clause in the constitution for Lawmakers and other political office holders is expunged to allow for good governance, warning that any attempt to include such Immunity, will bring doom to the country.
He further advised that a purposeful National Conference on Constitution amendment which should accommodate all shades of opinion in Nigeria, be convened for Nigeria to move forward.
“The only recipe for economic growth in Nigeria is to allow Nigerians with different shades of opinion to contribute toward a better constitution through a national Confab”, he stressed.
Also contributing, a legal luminary, Barr. Chidi Ebiria urged the National Assembly to expunge from the constitution, the Immunity Clause for lawmakers or other public officers whether elected or appointed, saying, “Such power would encourage corruption, incompetence and other malpractices detrimental to the development of the country.
“The only solution to this constitutional amendment is to expunge without delivery the Immunity Clause for public office holders whether elected or appointed to allow for good leadership.
In her reaction, a trader at the Mile 1 Market, Madam Ann Eiemah, called on the state and federal governments as well as the National Assembly to review critically the issue of the Immunity, especially for Lawmakers, Council Chairmen, governors and others, to check their excesses in governance.
She however, noted that they abuse the power vested on them and lord I on the electorate without recourse, adding, “let them remove it completely through well organised constitutional conference where the people’s opinion will be heard”.

Amarachi Anene

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny  attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in  the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams  said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community  as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.

By: Kevin Nengia

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21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

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The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document  Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.

By: King Onunwor

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Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools

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As part of measures of promoting Environmental best practices in the society, a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of ‘Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development Foundation’, has called for the establishment of Environmental Eco Clubs in Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions. 
Foremost environmentalist and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Engr, Olu Andah Wai- Ogosu gave the recommendation during a one-day, ‘Youth in School Sensitisation Programme on Environmental sustainability’ held at Goel International School, Onne, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State in commemoration of the 2021 edition of the World Environment Day.
Wai- Ogosu who described the environment as man’s first right decried the abuses of the environment through bad practices and lack of effective policy regulations and implementation.
He pointed out that the establishment of Eco clubs and full integration of environmental practices in the school curriculum will help in raising proper awareness particularly among the youth to manage the environment effectively.
Wai- Ogosu, a former National President of Nigeria Environmental Society, said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day,  “Ecosystem Restoration” was very apt as it draws attention to the ecosystem which is under severe threat and abuses as a result of bad environmental practices.
He said: “It’s very important that we factor in the environment in all our development plans, the vision 2020 project had no consideration for the protection of the environment and what we have is chaos”.

By: Taneh Beemene

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