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Stakeholders Harp On Rural Communities Dev

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As part of  efforts to tackle insecurity  and poverty in the Niger Delta region, stakeholders have called on governments, oil companies and  the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to concentrate on the development of the rural communities  in the region.
Declaring  open the Ijaw Youth Congress,  youth enlightenment workshop, organised  by the new  National Deputy President of the IYC nation-wide, in Port Harcourt, the  chairman of the occasion,  an elder statesman, Professor Jasper Fortune Jumbo, stated  that the greatest task  before  Governments and Oil and Gas Companies, was to provide  the enabling  developmental  projects and programmes  to those dwelling in the rural areas,  where the products are explored.
He attributed most violence in the Ijaw reign  of the nation to lack of developmental projects and programmes to  alleviate  poverty in the area.
Jasper  despite the huge natural and financial resources  from the region boasting  the economy of the  country, the host  communities  is still remained  below poverty  levels.
The elder statesman,  and one-time  chairman of the Rivers State  Environmental Protection Agency  (RSEPA), blamed politians  and some government top functionaries from the  region for the underdevelopment and poverties  in the region.
According to him, “the mean revenue allocations accrued  to the states in the region, and other special  funds through Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), could have  changed the face  of developments in the region, if well managed”.
On restructuring of Nigeria, Prof.   Jumbo said, “any restructuring without resource  control  is meaningless”.
Jasper, who faulted  decisions in the ongoing  constitution amendment  by the National Assembly, said all the sections so far touched  were irrelevant to the needs of Nigerians, saying that, the only alternative to stop various groups  agitations and crisis in the country is resources control.
The IYC patron, charged the youths drawn mostly from the Ijaw  ethnic  nationality to  shun using  violence in the struggle but ensure peaceful means to achieve  the  desired goals.
Also  speaking, The Royal father of the Day of the occasion, Alhaji Muhahul  Asari Dokubo,  said the only way for the  Ijaws to gain freedom is to support the Biafra course for self-independence, pointing  out that restructuring  and amendment  of Constitution are never the issue, but  Ibos and the Ijaw be allowed to have their independence or resources control.
He debunked  insinuation that the Ibos would marginalized  the Ijaws,  if both join in Biafra nation, saying that the  Ibos  cannot submerged the ??? because  the ijaw  territories is the gateway to the survival  of any nation it involved.

Enoch Apelle

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Ayade Is Regretting Joining APC – Secondus

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The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has said the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, was regretting defecting to the All Progressives Congress, saying he was giving him ‘quit notice.’
Secondus, who stated this in Calabar, explained that his visit to the state was to commission the PDP new state Secretariat located along Mary Slessor Avenue, inaugurate the State Caretaker Committee and welcome former governor Donald Duke back to the fold.
He was flanked by the governors of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, Sokoto Tambuwal Waziri, Deputy governor of Zamfara state, Mahdi Aliyu Muhammed, former Senate president Bukola Saraki, former governors Liyel Imoke, Peter Obi, Donald Duke, National and State Assemblies members, and many other leaders of the party.
Secondus said the State remained a PDP state despite the defection of Ben Ayade from the party, stressing that the ‘food on the table’ policy of the Ayade-led administration was a mirage as many Cross Riverians were suffering in abject poverty and deprivations.
According to him, while the Cross River State governor was committing a political suicide by joining the APC, “the PDP would soon receive some Governors of the APC into its fold.” He, however, did not mention names of governors he was referring to.
Hear him, “We are hereby giving Gov Ayade quit notice. Ayade has been governor for six years and hunger is killing Cross Riverians and he is talking of ‘food on the table.’
“Former Senate President, Saraki is reconciling our party men and women and I must let you know that while Ayade is moving, other APC governors are indicating interest to defect from the party of bloodshed. We are taking back what belonged to us in 2023 and I know Ayade must now be regretting.
“In Nigeria, it is only PDP States that are delivering dividends of democracy, today, governor Udom is representing both Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in terms of performance, Gov Tambuwal is doing well, Zamfara is doing well and all other PDP States.
“We are coming to reclaim and reposition Nigeria, we have the experience and we are determined to restructure the country. We will restore the dignity of our country. we will restore the dignity of our people, the dignity of our youth.”
Reacting to the ban on Twitter by Abuja, the PDP National Chairman said, “Nobody can stop Nigerian youths from having a voice including on social media, whether, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We are coming to restore the freedom of Nigerians especially the youths.”
Tambuwal, who doubles as Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, in his remarks, said “we are determined to take back Cross River State. You have seen the destruction of lives and property APC is unleashing on Nigeria. You have seen the avoidable bloodshed going on but by the grace of God, we will reposition the country and give our people the leadership and freedom they deserve.”

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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…As More Commissioners, SAs, Others Abandon Offices Over Defection

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Many Commissioners, Special Advisers, Assistants and other political appointees have abandoned their offices in Cross River State as a result of the Governor’s defection to APC.
Our Correspondent who went round various offices reports that many offices of the top appointees were empty.
Some staff working with some of the appointees said their bosses said they cannot work under Governor Ayade/APC-led government.
“My bosses had said openly that they cannot work under Governor Ayade-led APC government, hence they have to abandon their offices,” some staff enthused.
Most of those who defected with him however stated that, they will come back to PDP during the elections.
”It’s only that they have nothing doing for now, hence they went with him. When the chip is down, they will decide.
“Governor Ayade will be shocked because more people will abandon him. He has no structure on ground,” they claimed.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of the State Primary Management Board, Hon Wilfred Ina has resigned,.
He said, “As an ethical politician and a firm member of the PDP with a clear understanding of the party’s core vision and mission for our dear country and who has enjoyed several privileges under the party, I cannot afford to jump boat to another party which ideologies do not align with and which views are widely considered by Nigerians as not being democratic and innovative enough to move our country to her expected destination.
“However, having the opportunity to serve in the Board has helped broaden my experience in governance and will be readily available to more opportunities that can help us build a better Cross River State in the future.
“I sincerely thank Your Excellency for the wonderful opportunity to serve and extend my warmest regards,” he stated
Another commissioner that dumped the government was Commissioner for Education and Commissioner for Water Resources respectively, Hon. Obol Godwin Ettah (Ph.D)
“It was indeed a great pleasure working with you, given your high intellectual ability to inspire a rising generation.
“My prayer for you is that God grants you success in all your future endeavours. Please accept my best regards.”
However, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Governor Christian Ita, in a statement said, the Governor accepted their resignations.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Diri Gives Operational Vehicles To Security Agencies

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As part of efforts to further improve the security situation in Bayelsa State, Governor Douye Diri, last Thursday, donated 14 operational vehicles to the various security agencies in the State.
Senator Diri made the official presentation to the service commanders shortly after the 9th State Security Council Meeting in Government House, Yenagoa.
The governor, in a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said the donation was in furtherance of his unflinching support to the federal security agencies domiciled in the state.
He disclosed that the Hilux vehicles were the first batch donated by his government, stressing that more would be procured to boost the operations of the security personnel.
He expressed his administration’s appreciation to the Service Commanders for their commitment and passion for the job of securing the people and borders of the state.
Diri also commended the cooperation and synergy between the various security agencies and the government, which he said has yielded fruitful results in every nook and cranny of the state.
“Today, we are here to assist these wonderful commanders, who since we assumed office have been up and doing. In virtually all our Security Council meetings, the issue of logistics support had been a recurring decimal. So this government has decided to continue to support them by providing these vehicles for all the federal security agencies domiciled in Bayelsa State”, he said.
“This is the first batch. We are believing God that going forward, we will still procure more and invite them again for another round of presentation to enable them do what they know how to do best in securing the people and our borders. Let me on behalf of the government and people of Bayelsa State appreciate these wonderful Service Commanders for their commitment and passion for the job they have been appointed to do”, he added.
“Importantly, I commend the cooperation and the synergy between the security agencies and the Bayelsa government. We thank you all and believe that these would assist you in your job to secure Bayelsa and people of the state”, the state chief executive noted.
The governor charged all citizens and those doing business in the state to realise that they were also security agents and must remain security-conscious.
He described Bayelsa as one of the most peaceful states in the country, which he said had been made possible by the cooperation between the security agencies and his administration.
Governor Diri presented the vehicles keys to heads and commanders of 13 security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, the Air Force, Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Others were the Nigeria Correctional Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Directorare of State Services, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Customs Service and the Federal Road Safety Commission.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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