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Loan: RSG Issues Cheques To Civil Servants …Reviews Green Book Standards To Check Pollution

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The first batch of beneficiaries of the interest-free loan to civil servants by the Rivers State Government got their cheques, yesterday.
The Head of Service, Barrister Rufus Godwins made the presentation to the beneficiary civil servants in Government House, Port Harcourt, who fell among the first tranche..
Godwins described the scheme as first of its kind all over the country, as government has fulfilled its promise despite the recession.
He said, “The governor has taken the state to another level beyond paying salaries.”
The HOS noted that the scheme was aimed at reducing the financial challenges faced by workers as it was interest-free and would revolve round the ministries.
It would be recalled that, last year, the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, announced release of the sum of N100million as monthly loan for the civil servants.
With the release of the fund and following applications from civil servants, the Head of Service, had penultimate week, announced the qualification of 2,113 persons for the first batch of the loan.
The Tide learnt that the loan was expected to revolve round the 33 ministries and parastatals of the state, especially for those from grade level 01-13.
It is expected that deductions for the loan would commence after two months’ grace and would be drawn from salaries.
Meanwhile, as a way to improve on the air quality in the state, the Rivers State Ministry of Environment has started plans to review its green book standards.
The Commissioner for Environment, Prof. Roselyn Konya, gave the indication during a public hearing for the State Environmental Protection and Management Bill 2018 (Ha-21) at the Assembly Complex, last Wednesday.
She said the review has become imperative as a lot of changes in the environment coupled with swelling pollution.
Once the bill is passed, Konya hinted that it would give birth to new laws that would govern all spheres of environmental management.
Some aspects of the Green Book, she further stated, were to standardize air quality and operations of polluters in such a way it would meet international standard for air quality control.
Earlier, Konya had during the public hearing lamented the level of environmental degradation in the state, particularly Port Harcourt, insisting that, “if one abuse the environment, the environment will also abuse you”.
The commissioner harped on the need to remove all duplicating functions and to have comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) standards to address local needs.
The Chairman House Committee on Environment, Hon Christian Ahiakwo said the state environment laws are overdue for review, revealing that most were enacted by the military and are outdated.
He thanked the participants and stakeholders for their views, as he assured that their inputs would be added to reflect on the new law to be made by the House.

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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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