Activities in the Rivers State House of Assembly remained on busy note last week with two public sittings and presentation of certificates of returns to 32 Assembly members.
Last Tuesday, 32 members of Assembly received their certificate of return alongside the governor.
This follows the conclusion of the guber and Assembly elections, which the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) won overwhelmingly.
Shortly after receiving their certificate of return, House members in House Committee for Environment presided over by Chairman of the committee, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo conducted a public hearing for new Environment Management bill 2018.
During the public hearing, Environment Commissioner, Prof. Roselyn Konya decried the abuse of the environment by the people.
Due to poor laws she observed that most of the responsibilities overlap, and thus the controversy over who oversees the environment need to be addressed once and for all.
Konya used the forum to call for the regulation of Environmental Impact Assessment such that it will address local needs.
On his part, Chairman of House Committee on Environment said the new bill will address shortcomings of the outdated laws.
He promised to ensure that the various views expressed will be taken into consideration when the final bill is passed.
On Thursday last week , the House held a public hearing on the State Pension Reform bill 2019.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani who spoke at the occasion assured pensioners better days ahead.
Ibani promised that all views will be collated to address welfare of pensioners.
On his part, Chairman of House Committee on SSG, Head of Service and Pensions, Hon. Benebo Anabraba thanked the stakeholders for their inputs.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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