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RVHA Resumes As Thanksgiving Day Bill Passes First Reading

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The Rivers State House of Assembly resumed, last Monday, with the screening of a commissioner-nominee and introduction of a Thanksgiving Day Bill (HA13) 2018, which has passed the first reading already.
The House had shortly after screening and confirming, Dr. John Bazia as commissioner-nominee, received a petition from Rumuadaolu youth through the member representing Obio/ Akpor 11, Hon. Okechukwu Chinda.
According to Chinda, the youth had raised the petition over marginalization by companies operating in their communities.
One of the firms, an oil servicing company, Cylobeg Nigeria Ltd, was accused by the youth of failing to abide by the terms of the memorandum of understanding to engage indigenes of the community.
The lawmaker said over the years, youth in the area have remained law-abiding and would not take laws into their hands, and therefore, have decided to raise the petition so as to get redress.
Shortly after the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani directed the Committee on Petitions to oversee the matter; member representing Port Harcourt Constituency 1, Hon. Victoria Nyeche introduced a bill known as the Rivers State Thanksgiving Day Bill 2018.
Nyeche explained that the 18-paragraph bill was to have a day set aside for thanksgiving and appreciation of God’s mercies on the state.
“In America and other countries, they have a day of thanksgiving, and as a Christian state, we need to set aside a day to thank God because despite the negative narratives, we are still one”, she said.
The Port Harcourt Constituency 1 lawmaker added that the bill proposes that on every May 27, the State Creation Day, “we as a people rededicate the state to God”.
Though a holiday is not part of the proposal, she sought for the contribution of the citizenry to make the bill a worthy law.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, House Committee on Power, Hon. Abinye Pepple has hinted that the Assembly plans to organize a Power Infrastructure Summit.
He told newsmen that the summit would involve stakeholders and other key players in the power sector and was billed to be held on August 30, 2018.
The lawmaker representing Bonny State Constituency inaugurated a media sub-committee headed by Allwell Ene to evolve measures towards raising awareness and support for the summit.

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Banigo Felicitates With Justice Wike On Her Birthday

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the wife of the State Chief Executive Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike as she celebrates her birthday on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020.

 

In a statement from the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday, 23rd May 2020, Dr. Banigo described Hon. Justice Wike as a humane and God fearing woman who is a great pillar of strength to our amiable Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

 

While wishing her many happy returns the Deputy Governor prayed the Almighty God to continue to protect and bless Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike.

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Former Nigeria President Jonathan Loses Foster Dad.

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The family of former Nigerian President,Goodluck Jonathan and the Otuoke community of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state has been thrown into mourning as the News of the sudden demise of Chief Nitabai Inegite,the former president’s foster father reached them.

Though no official reports have reached us as to the cause of his death,The Tide learnt that the septuagenerian has been briefly ill shortly before his demise.
The former President, who visited the residence of his late foster father the early hours of Wednesday has not made any official statement regarding funeral arrangement.
Chief Inegite,popularly called ‘holy’ by his admirers and friends was initially reported to have been responding to treatment in an undisclosed health facility where his health later deteriorated before finally giving up  the ghost  at about 11:00 pm,Tuesday 19th day of May,2020.
You would recall that the late Chief Nitabai Inegite was twice reported to have been kidnapped some time between 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The late former president’s foster father was survived by his wife,biological children,grand children and numerous relatives.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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Nigerian Senate Considers Bill For Ensure Food Security

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…seeks establishment of Food Reserve Agency
The Nigerian Senate, in a seemingly proactive stop to forestall anticipated food shortfall  in the country ,  on Tuesday, commenced legislative work on a critical bill to ensure food security in Nigeria through  the establishment of  Food Reserve Agency to plan and implement policies for adequate food production and storage.
The bill  sponsored  by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), scaled second reading at plenary , on Tuesday.
Leading debate on the bill, Senator Adamu noted that Nigeria as a nation needs to develop its Agricultural sector to ensure not only alternate economy but also food security .
He further emphasised that this requires  an vibral  agency to drive all attending policies for the growth and sustainability of the sector.
According to the lawmaker, the Food Reserve agency when established, would be responsible for storing food grains and other food commodities for strategic purposes.
His words “Agriculture plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of every nation. Any country seeking to diversify its economy, alleviate poverty, create jobs and ensure food security should prioritize agriculture.
“Nigeria recognizing the important role Agriculture plays has made efforts to place the sector at the fore by introducing different intervention programmes and policies backed by enabling laws.
“A further step to be taken to ensure food security in our country at all times is to formulate enabling laws that will address food insecurity,”
“The agency will implement the overall National Food Reserve Policy to ensure a reliable supply of designated commodities in the country.”
The lawmaker recalled that, “the recent mandate of the President during the COVID-19 pandemic to distribute 70,000 metric tons of grains from the Grains Reserves shows clearly how important it is for a country to have a Food Reserve Agency.”
 Stressing the importance of food security ,he linked the current Covid 19 situation and its Nigeria’s readiness to  ensure the nation don’t wind up in food crises as well.
According to Senator Adamu, with the Agency in place, Nigeria will be taking the right step in the right direction as replicated in other African countries such as Zambia and Tanzania.
“With the existence of the Agency, emergency food crises will be taken care of especially in the period of a pandemic.
“There will also be a reduction in post-harvest losses as silos, warehouses, equipment, ancillary facilities and other suitable storage facilities will be installed and maintained.”  the Senator explained.
After the debate, the President of  the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development chaired by the sponsor of the bill Adsmu Abdullahi.
The Committee  is given four weeks  to report back to the Senate.
Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi.
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