The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, Dr. Tamunonoim Ngerebo-a has called on the people of the area and staff of the council to forge a common front in realisation of the dividends of democracy as he assured them of transforming the LGA.
Ngerebo-a stated yesterday at the council headquarters in Opobo Town while inaugurating members of the caretaker committee.
He charged them to live up to expectation by contributing their quotas to move the LGA forward as it had suffered decades of backwardness in the hands of mediocres whose stock in trade is to embezzle government funds meant for the resuscitation of the LGA.
He noted that the success of his government rests on optimal performance towards the actualisation of good dreams through the process of effective re-birth that will affect the entire dimension of human development.
He assured Opobo/Nkoro people especially council staff of adequate and prompt payment of salaries, peace and security, harmonization of factions within the PDP fold, power and water supply, youth and women empowerment, taxation, among others.
The council boss also noted that he will reposition the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the area during his tenure, while urging aggrieved parties to sheathe their swards of disunity and learn how to forgive one another and unite for victory come 2019 elections.
He commended the outstanding qualities of Governor Nyesom Wike, saying that the New Rivers Vision (NRV) will be sustained for the growth of the party and good governance.
As he puts it, “As a technocrat, I pledged to build the people and PDP in the LGA so as to ensure unity, peace and victory for our outstanding and committed governor and all PDP candidates at the 2019 polls. I will constitute a harmonization committee to reach out to the aggrieved parties for reconciliation. This, I am certain will bring us together as a formidable force in the LGA”.
Various party stakeholders extolled the managerial dexterity of the caretaker committee chairman, pointing out that he has a large heart, accommodative and knowledgeable in grassroot politics and beyond.
Those sworn in are, Phrm. Allwell Nengie, Senibo Emmanuel Salatiel Ogolo, Hon. Tumini Diri, Hon. Felix Obomanu, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchel Dappa and Mr Charles Pius Anikuroka.
The council boss used the opportunity to inform the manmth crowd that other appointments will be made subsequently.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of PDP in the area, Mr. Maxwell Fubara, has described the caretaker chairman as one of the best management expert in Rivers State, assuring that with his emergence, every staff will smile, adding the Dr. Ngerebo-a has qualitative management clout to change the fortunes of the LGA.
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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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