Not fewer than 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Opobo/Nkoro have crossed over to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
At an event last week organised by the PDP to sensitise the people of the area to massively participate in the voter’s registration exercise, the APC members said they were declaring support for the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The new PDP members were received by state chairman of the party, Bro Felix Obuah who commended them for leaving a sinking boat to join forces in developing Rivers State.
Obuah assured them of equal treatment and better future adding that the PDP has the welfare of the people at heart.
Also speaking, member representing Opobo/Nkoro State Constituency, Hon Adonye Diri said the people of Opobo/Nkoro are benefitting hugely from the Nyesom Wike led administration.
Diri who listed some of the projects completed and ongoing in the area, reminded the people that the present administration had revived the moribund General Hospital at Opobo, the dilapidated schools at Nkoro and is currently providing potable water and completing the Andoni/Opobo Unity Road.
The legislator said, “Opobo and Nkoro have not had it so good since inception of democracy”, stressing that, “Governor Wike will do more for us so we need to support him for a second tenure”.
Leader and political chieftain of the PDP in Ward Six in Opobo, Sir Boma Brown said the huge decampees shows that the people of Opobo and Nkoro are in support of the Wike administration.
So far, Brown stated that the administration has shown love to the Opobo/Nkoro people as he listed not fewer than five persons appointed in government from the area.
Brown said, “we need to reciprocate the kindness of Wike to our people and the only way we can do that is to ensure he continues with his good works beyond 2019”. said the huge decampees shows that the people of Opobo and Nkoro are in support of the Wike administration.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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