The proposed Rivers State Waterways Authority Bill does not conflict with any federal law, the Assembly Committee on Transport has asserted.
Presenting its report on the floor of the Assembly, last Monday, a member of the committee, Hon Tekena Wellington Granville said the bill falls within the legislative purview of the House.
The legislator explained that the bill, when passed into law, was crucial to the development and security of the state, noting that the public hearing conducted last November, indicated that stakeholders were in support of the establishment of the agency.
While stating that some aspects of the bill were already being handled by some existing agencies in the state, Granville recommended that the new agency, if established, should be given clear-cut responsibility to operate.
One way to provide independent and efficient operation for the agency, Granville said, “is to accord it financial autonomy and create a new section called expenditure unit.
Granville further recommended that it was necessary to align Section 7 (3) (A) with Section 7 (1) of the bill such that remuneration, expenditure and budget are streamlined to be overseen by the finance commissioner under the approval of the Assembly.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government Affairs, Hon Kelechi Nwaogu has submitted the committee’s report on the new Local Government Bill (HA9) 2018.
Nwaogu said after the public hearing, last Friday, that the committee recommended that the title of the bill need to be specific to address an aspect of the local government administration.
He stated that there was need to establish a structured system in the local government such that there would be efficient governance at the grassroots level.
The lawmaker representing Omuma State Constituency further frowned at the poor attendance by caretaker committee chairmen during the public hearing and recommended that those defaulting officers be invited to explain failure to contribute in the making of the law that affects them.
LG Boss’ Strides In Security, Welfare Excite Group
The Bangha Development Committee, has expressed delight in what it describes as the “proactive and simultaneous actions” taken by Khana Local Government Area Chairman, Dr. Thomas Bariere, to tackle insecurity and attending to the needs of the people of the area.
The Bangha Development Committee, led by its Chairman, Prof. Don M. Baridam made the commendation when the group paid a visit to the Chairman of Khana Local Government Council.
The Bangha apex development group explained that the developmental strides already initiated by the Thomas-led administration had demonstrated his preparedness and strong will to tackle the myriads of problems confronting the area.
The group however, enjoined the Chairman to look into certain salient issues affecting the people of Bangha and beyond especially in the area of security, employment, electricity, primary health care and basic education amongst others.
The Tide reports that Bangha Development Committee is a rebranded version of the erstwhile Bangha Leadership Forum, which had been in existence over the years and which contributed in no small measures to the development of the entire Kingdom. Its scope and effect have been reinvigorated, in line with contemporary realities.
On his part, the Local Government Chairman, Dr Thomas Bariere expressed his appreciation to the leadership of the forum for the visit,
He assured that his administration would partner with the forum to ensure that lasting peace returned to Bangha Kingdom and Khana at large.
The council boss also stated that council would look into all issues raised by the forum and act within it means in actualizing them while promising to reconstruct the Dumua market which will serve as one of the economic hubs in Khana.
By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel
Association Extols Media Role In Business, Maritime Success
The Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA),Onne Chapter, Mr Mike Ebeatu, has said that the media is key to any successful business including that of the maritime industry.
Ebeatu said this during an interactive session with members of the Maritime Energy Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MEMPON) who paid a courtesy visit on him at Onne in Eleme Local Government Area recently.
He pointed out that synergy with the media would encourage maximum productivity.
According to the ANLCA boss, the maritime industry in Lagos State was flourishing its closeness with the Media.
“The West has been able to harness the power of the media to their advantage, why should the case be different in the South or East “, he said.
To drive home his point, he promised his guests of a partnership deal so far as they would be committed to the tenets of the partnership.
Ebeatu highlighted some of the advantages of cordial relationship with the media, which included effective information dissemination, image laundering and productivity.
“We are prepared to work with MEMPON. The President should also be reached on the MEMPON forthcoming seminar/award. On our part as a chapter,we can also work it out and participate”, he said.
He also described the role the Lagos Media play in supporting operations at the ports as an ideal relationship.
”The congestion and insecurity in Lagos are played down by the media there, while the positive sides are hyped, because of the mutual relationships that exist between the media and industry players in the west. It is what you present that is accepted,” he said.
The Chairman, however, reiterated that his doors were open for members of MEMPON, who he described as seasoned journalists.
Meanwhile, President of MEMPON Amb. Ralph John had told the ANLCA Chairman that they were in his office to felicitate with him on his emergence as chairman of Onne Chapter of ANLCA and to express MEMPON’s willingness to partner with him and his team.
John who went memory lane , recalled how most members of the Group have reported the maritime industry faithfully and effectively over the years.
“MEMPON will partner with you professionally as media practitioners, having been duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to carry out its functions,” he said.
The President also used the forum to intimate his host about its upcoming event in November, and the need to be in attendance.
By: King Onunwor
Philanthropist Tasks Orashi Region On NiMet Warnings
Humanitarian award winner, Prince Kelvin Umejuru, has charged residents in the flood-prone Orashi region, comprising Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Abua/Odual and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas of the State, not to ignore the recent warnings by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that the region was among other parts of the country at the risk of experiencing high probability of flood due to ongoing rainfalls and increased global warming.
The youthful philanthropist, who gave the charge in an interview with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport at the weekend, lamented that the debilitating flooding of 2012 and 2019 in Orashi region and other parts of the state, were still fresh in mind, adding that a repeat would have disastrous consequences.
The Managing Director of EN Global Nigeria Limited, Port Harcourt who recently bagged the prestigious Golden Heart Award from Smart News Network (SNN), regretted that flooding incidents were manifesting just as predicted by the NiMet and NIHSA because people failed to heed the warnings issued by the Agency before the onset of flooding season in the country.
Prince Umejuru said the situation called for collaborative efforts by residents across the Orashi region to ensure that they are not caught up by the impending flood disaster while also advising that their gutters and other water channels should be regularly cleared of wastes.
He said the warning became necessary as residents often times fail to adhere to environmental rules by not throwing garbage into the gutters and other waterways, as these would impede the free flow of water.
“The flood disaster which devastated several parts of the State in 2012 and years after, is still very fresh in mind and should serve as a wakeup call for all residents in the Orashi region to take appropriate steps to avoid a repeat”, Prince Umejuru advised.
The youthful philanthropist further enjoined Orashi people to see themselves as partners in the crusade for a clean and healthy Rivers State, urging them to play pivotal role by ensuring the implementation of government’s policies and programmes.
He appealed to them to make it a routine exercise to constantly clear the rivers of water hyacinths, also known to be hampering the free flow of waters in the coast lines.
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