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Wike Urges Youths To Vote Out APC

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike kick started events marking the third anniversary of his administration last Saturday at the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park with a call on Nigerian youths to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2019 general election in the country for tagging them as a lazy lot.
He described APC as a visionless party lacking direction, promising that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would redeem the nation and provide the needed alternative government to Nigeria.
At the event tagged, “A Night with the Governor, a Musical Concert”, the governor expressed excitement at the large turnout of youths assuring a repeat of the event also at the Park in two weeks time.
He commended the display of talent by youths of the state in the music concert and assured that government would assist youths grow in talents.
He said that their performance showed that they can compete favourably with any part of the country.
The Secretary to the State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani, had earlier hinted that the event was aimed at celebrating the huge success of Wike’s administration.
Kobani, who was chairman of the event, said the governor’s massive project execution has transformed the state, saying that the site known today as Port Harcourt Pleasure Park is a replica of what obtains in the Western world.
Popular Musicians, Comedy Masters and other artistes performed at the event.
Another major event in Goverment House last week was the flag-off of (PDP) campaign for Rivers State Local Government polls scheduled for June, 2018.
The event took place Thursday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt and was witnessed by thousands of PDP members from the 23 local government areas of the state.
Wike, who assured that the forthcoming council poll would be credible charged PDP chairmanship and councillorship candidates to work hard to win the election.
He said the nation was waiting for PDP to take over the mantle of leadership at the federal level due to the failure of the APC-led federal government.
Ijaws in Rivers State, last Wednesday endorsed Governor Wike for a second term in office.
An Ijaw woman activist, Ankio Briggs, who spoke at the event said Wike deserves a second term to consolidate his superlative performance.
Ijaws in the state made the declaration as part of events marking this year’s Adaka Boro Day in the state. Ijaws in their large number marched round streets of Port Harcourt before visiting Government House. They eulogised the late Ijaw Hero, Isaac Adaka Boro who fought for the freedom of Ijaws in the country.
Wike, last week Tuesday, inspected most of the ongoing projects in the state to ascertain their level of readiness as huge number of them would be commissioned at the third anniversary of his administration which started last Saturday.
He said he was impressed with what he saw on ground and commended the contractors for the standard of work and ability to deliver on time.
On the Mile 1 market, he expressed confidence that the project would be delivered December to the people of the state in view of the speed of work at the project site.
“The contractor said that the market will be completed in September, but we are willing to allow him till December. They are delivering a quality market”, he said.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Bayelsa 2019 Guber Primaries: Again, Diri Floors Alaibe, As Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal filed by former managing Director of the NDDC and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Bayelsa State Governorship primaries, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, challenging the emergence of Governor Duoye Diri as the party’s standard bearer.

A panel constituted of Five Justices of the apex court headed by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour stroke-out the appeal.

Alaibe’s  counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, withdrew the appeal after the panel members pointed his attention to the fact that the issues raised in the appeal were not about the primary election but about an internal affair of the party.

Alaibe, who had lost the suit at both the Federal High Court in Owerri and the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, had in the suit challenged the participation of two delegates who voted in the primary that produced Diri as the party’s Governorship flag bearer.

Meanwhile in the preliminary inquiry preceding the hearing on Tuesday, the Justice Rhodes-Vivour panel informed Adedipe that his case could not be categorised as a pre-election case that a court could entertain but about an internal affair of the party which the court lacks jurisdiction to hear, this The Tide learnt made Adedipe to withdrew the suit and was struck out by the court.

By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

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Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.

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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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COVID-19: Dep Speaker Empowers PPE Producers, Underprivileged In Ahoada East LGA …Ready To Partner UNICEF

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The Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie, has stated that his office has contributed to ensuring that the impact of the hardship warranted by effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is lessoned in Ahoada East Local Government Area (LGA).
Ehie, who was speaking to the RCCE Media Team, stated that the measures taken to achieve this came in two-fold: providing necessary finance to producers of Personal Preventive Equipment (PPE) in the area to enable them mass produce, and buying same off them to give to people in the grassroots.
The other measure, he said, was the provision of financial Palliatives to the tune of #5,000 each to identified underprivileged in the LGA. This include the elderly, pregnant women, widows and widowers, and generally the vulnerable.
According to Ehie, towards this end, about #5 million has been expended so far in the first phase, while preparation is being made for the next phase to commence.
The Deputy Speaker explained that his decision to empower people who already have the expertise to produce the PPEs was necessitated by the need to provide the finance for them to mass produce their products, and to provide the products to those who need them.
“So, we give you (them) the  finance to produce hand sanitizers, face masks, etc., then we buy them from you (them) to make sure you (they) profit, then we supply (the products) to the people at the grassroots”, he said.
He also stated his preparedness to partner with UNICEF in any way required to ensure the safety of lives of Rivers people.
Ehie revealed that in addition to what is being done, his office is also preparing for the challenges of post COVID-19 among the people of his constituency.
“We’ve started brainstorming on how we can also support the people as regards the post COVID-19 era. That is going to be another very challenging period for our people because when the pandemic gradually phases out, that’s when the reality of hardship will come on.
“We’re trying to put our heads together to see how we can intervene again at that stage”, he said.
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