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Youth Leader Tasks Police, Others To Rescue Kidnapped Lebanese

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President, Andoni Youth Coalition, Mr Mkpon Ijonama, has urged the police and other stakeholders to swing into action and ensure the rescue of three Lebanese construction workers kidnapped in Rivers State last Saturday.
Ijonama, in a telephone interview with newsmen yesterday, said the foreigners working for Radford Construction Company handling ongoing construction on the Andoni Unity road,  were in the early hours last Saturday taken hostage by kidnappers.
He said that the kidnap had since attracted an ultimatum by Governor Nyesom Wike who threatened to revoke the contract if the victims were not urgently released.
The youth leader also said that the governor had tasked all government recognised traditional rulers in Andoni Local Government Area to ensure quick rescue of the kidnap victims or risk losing their traditional stools and certificates of recognition.
“As much as I won’t support weak traditional leadership at the grassroot, I would plead with the governor to focus more on strengthening synergy with the police and its sister agencies to enhance effective policing and security in the volatile region”.
Descrbing the peculiarity of the area especially its leadership formation and terrain, the youth leader said it would rather be difficult to successfully handle security challenges using the traditional rulers as there was no single leader saddled with a supreme authority in the area.
“Andoni communities are mostly seperated by rivers and creeks and the leadership of these communities are also independent; for instance, the first class chief of Ngo town has no leadership grip on Ataba community even when it is an Andoni community, same goes for others.
Wike, as part of effort to strengthen security in the state, challenged paramount rulers to maintain peace and security or risk the withdrawal of their titles.
Since the pronouncement, an Ogoni monarch, Chief Frank Noryaa, the Gbenemene Baabe in Khana Local Government Area of the state was dethroned over cult related crises in his domain.
Meanwhile, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident, adding that the police were exploiting necessary steps to ensure their rescue.

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LG Service Commission Chairman Calls For Recognition Of RDAs, Creation Of More LGAs For Bayelsa State

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Acting Chairman, Bayelsa state Local Government service commission, Barr Uroh Omiekumo Kiani says the 8 local government status of the state remains a ploy by the Nigerian Government to continue marginalising the people of the state in Governance.

Kiani stated this on Tuesday while fielding questions on prospects and challenges of the state local Government service commission with The Tide in Yenagoa.

The legal practitioner and administrator stressed the need for the recognition of the existing 32 rural development authorities,RDAs in the state and creation of more Local governments, saying that when this is done the state would also be receiving more funding from the Federal Government, as according to him outside the usual 13% derivation formular that is employed by the Federal Government in sharing revenue between the states,Federal and Local governments in the nation, the number of Local Governments in a state is also used as a parameter to make allocations.

He added that over the years efforts by the state’s national Assembly caucus and other sympathisers to effect changes in the number of Local governments in the state has proved

abortive due to parochialism in the nation’s politics.

“Given the opportunity I’ll move for the recognition of the existing 32 RDAs in the state as local governments and ask for the creation of more”, he said.

“But the Nigeria system,our constitution has made it very difficult,because all the existing 774 LGAs in the country are listed in the constitution. So to create more you’ll have to amend that provision of the constitution”,he added.

“Our National Assembly members over the years have been helpless,that is because in Nigeria given the chance every state would want to ask for more just because Bayelsa is asking to be treated well in the number if recognised LGAs”, he restated.

The Local government service commission boss who also spoke on the welfare of staff in the various RDAs and councils ares of the state noted that the last time recruitment exercise was done in the Local Government system in the state was in 2012,emphasizing that the recruitment of staff for the LGAs by the commission is restricted to grade levels 7 and above,just as he pointed out that the junior staff recruitment committee of the unified Local

governments.

Inset: Barr.Uroh Omiekumo Kiani,Ag.Chairman Bayelsa state LG service commission.

By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

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COVID-19: Bayelsa Distributes Another Round Of Palliatives

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Bayelsa State government has begun another round of distribution of food items as part of the palliatives to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The items being distributed, which is the third round of palliatives by the state government, include rice, garri, beans, sugar, salt, spaghetti and noodles.

In press statement made available to The Tide Wednesday by the Governor’s Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, disclosed that upon the directive of Governor the items are being distributed to the eight local government areas across the state.

The items were received from the Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Dangote Group and Multi-Pro Limited among other corporate organisations and individuals.

Giving a breakdown of the donations and the distribution during an enlarged meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Task Force at Government House, Yenagoa, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Konbowei Benson, said the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation donated 1,000 bags of 5kg rice and beans each, NDDC 870 bags of 50kg rice, 2,112 bags of beans, 2,934

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COVID-19: Bayelsa distributes another round of palliatives

By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

Bayelsa State government has begun another round of distribution of food items as part of the palliatives to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The items being distributed, which is the third round of palliatives by the state government, include rice, garri, beans, sugar, salt, spaghetti and noodles.

In press statement made available to The Tide Wednesday by the Governor’s Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, disclosed that upon the directive of Governor the items are being distributed to the eight local government areas across the state.

The items were received from the Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Dangote Group and Multi-Pro Limited among other corporate organisations and individuals.

Giving a breakdown of the donations and the distribution during an enlarged meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Task Force at Government House, Yenagoa, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Konbowei Benson, said the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation donated 1,000 bags of 5kg rice and beans each, NDDC 870 bags of 50kg rice, 2,112 bags of beans, 2,934 cartons of noodles and 60 bags of garri.

Dangote Group donated 3,000 10kg bags of rice, 1,920 packs of sugar, 976 bags of salt and 6,008 cartons of noodles while Multi-Pro presented 24,709 cartons of noodles.

Dr. Benson said the Brass Local Government Area was allotted 2,400 cartons of noodles, 1,600 bags of 10kg rice, 1,600 bags each of sugar and garri, 1,600 cartons of spaghetti and 90 bags of salt.

Ekeremor LGA got 2,880 cartons of noodles, 1,920 bags of rice, sugar and garri as well as 1,920 cartons of spaghetti and 108 bags of salt.

According to the SSG, Kolokuma/Opokuma got 2,640 cartons of noodles, 1,760 bags of rice, sugar and garri as well as 1,760 cartons of spaghetti and 99 bags of salt.

Nembe council received 3,120 cartons of noodles, 2,080 bags of rice, sugar and beans as well as 2,080 cartons of spaghetti and 117 bags of salt.

Others are Ogbia with 3,120 cartons of noodles, 2,080 bags of rice, sugar and garri as well as 2,080 cartons of spaghetti and 117 bags of salt.

Sagbama received 3,360 cartons of noodles, 2,240 bags of rice, sugar and garri, 2,240 cartons of spaghetti and 126 bags of salt.

Yenagoa council received 3,600 cartons of noodles, 2,400 bags of rice, sugar and garri as well as 2,400 cartons of spaghetti and 135 bags of salt.

By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

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Resumption Date: Consult Us Now, Bayelsa State NUT Urges Government

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Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT,Bayelsa state wing has advised the Bayelsa state Government not to undermine the role of their union in ensuring better and qualitative Education in the state.

The Union through its Secretary, Comrade Johnson Hector made their position known to The Tide at the weekend in Yenagoa, the state capital.

He mentioned that upon the shot down of the Educational system in the state following the novel corona virus pandemic,save for rumours the Union has heard from some undisclosed sources on  a possible resumption date,the Government has not consulted the NUT on a suitable school reopening date.

The Teachers’ union scribe urged the Government to as a matter of utmost interest for the Education of the Children and wards of Bayelsans show proof of their preparedness to resume schools amidst increasing cases of Covid-19 in the state as it has been making the rounds.

According to him the state primary and post primary Educational sub sectors have deficit of Teachers,noting that more worrisome is that the largest number of schools and students are in

the rural areas where they lack sufficient awareness on Covid-19, just as he stated that there is also the menace of inadequate health facilities to contain the spread of the disease in the event of infection amongst students and Teachers respectively.

“We’ve made our position on resumption date known to the Government through our national body”, he said.

“So if the state Government wouldn’t heed to our advise and resume schools in the state amidst worsening cases of Covid-19 then maybe we’ll ask our Teachers to sit at home”, he added.

“Can the Government provide PPEs such as sanitizers,face marks,running water and soaps for all the Government owned schools in the state?” The NUT scribe asserted.

“They must not forget that our schools are predominantly in the hinterlands where there’s still little or no awareness on the containment of Covid-19”, he restated.

“In most of these communities there’re no health facilities.So let the Government tell us how they can contain the pandemic in these localities in the event of an outbreak in any school there”, the union added.

You would recall that there have been back and forth resumption dates of schools in Nigeria amidst worsening cases of the novel corona virus disease,with the Federal Government hinting that  August,3, 2020 is the new date while the Bayelsa NUT says the state Government has kept the union in the dark on a possible date.

By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

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