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Ogoni Raids: Go After Criminals, MOSOP Urges JTF …As Ndigbara Denies Involvement In Criminality

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Following the ongoing operations in some Ogoni communities by men of the Joint Military Task Force, in which innocent lives and property have been allegedly lost, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), has called on the authorities and men of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) to exercise caution in carrying out their operations.
A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Sunny Zorvah, quoted MOSOP’s President, Legborsi Pyagbara, as saying that, “Whilst we do not support any act of criminality by anyone or community, we also expect the security agencies on legitimate assignments in our communities to conduct themselves in a manner that does not cause avoidable deeper crisis or result in killings of innocent persons and destruction of property in the area in cause of fighting crime or going after crime suspect(s)”.
According to the statement, “MOSOP also strongly condemns the reported killing of military personnel on duty along Tai- Gokana axis and the invasion of Ogoni communities, leading to the death of innocent persons”.
It argued that, “Reports have it that heavily armed military men on Sunday, June 16, 2019, raided houses, arrested natives and shot sporadically in Gio community in Tai Local Government Area(in Ogoniland).
Meanwhile, a former Niger Delta agitator Solomon Ndigbara, has denied involvement in any act of criminality or violence in parts of Ogoniland, Rivers State.
Ndigbara, in a letter sent to the Area Commander, Nigeria Police Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state wondered why despite his contributions to the peace and development of the area and the State in general, he was still being hated and linked with the current insecurity in Ogoni.
While reiterating that he has committed himself to propagating peace since he embraced the Federal Government Amnesty and promised not to destroy the legacies of prominent Ogoni and Niger Delta forebears, including Paul Birabi, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Isaac Adaka Boro.
He said that any effort aimed at restoring peace in Ogoni should not be left to one individual, but for concerted efforts by genuine and well-meaning persons and institutions that are willing to work harmoniously in the interest of the people.

 

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We’ll Reclaim All Govt Lands Encroached By Individuals – Wike

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has vowed that all the lands belonging to the State Government but encroached upon by individuals would be reclaimed .
The Governor made the vow recently when the Executive Committee of Comprehensive Old Boys Association (COBA) paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike lamented the rate at which government lands, especially in public schools, were being taken by individuals and declared that government would no longer fold its hands and allow that happen.
He said the matter has become so embarrassing that in some public schools, private houses are built near classrooms, saying that “enough is enough”.
Noting that the battle would start from somewhere, the Governor directed the Surveyor General of the state to map out all lands belonging to Comprehensive Secondary school, Port Harcourt.
He also directed the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Lands and Housing to issues those whose properties are identified to have encroached upon the school’s land, one month notice. “Nobody will be happy with what is happening in Comprehensive College, Port Harcourt “, he said.
He stated that Comprehensive is one of the schools the state is proud of and that the State Government would do everything possible to bring the school back to what it used to be.
The State Chief Executive emphasised the passion of his administration to the development of education and commended the delegation for the visit.
Earlier, National President of COBA, Dr Noble Abe, congratulated Governor Wike for his hard-earned victory at the Supreme Court .
He also commended the Governor for what he called the monumental projects he commissioned and the ones that are ongoing and the desired attention his administration is giving to education.
He remarked that Comprehensive College, Port Harcourt, has produced many eminent persons across the nation and many of her old students occupy prominent positions in Wike’s administration.
He however said, “we in COBA are very saddened because of the present state of the school”.
Expressing regret that hoodlums now use the school as sanctuary for their nefarious activities and even turned some of the classrooms to their toilets, the National President of COBA further stated that individuals have encroached upon the land belonging to the school.
“In appreciating you for what you have already done, we wish to ask you to ensure that all lands encroached upon are recovered”, the COBA president urged the Governor.
He informed the Governor of the forthcoming End of Year activity of the school, scheduled to hold at Hotel Presidential and officially appealed to him to grace the event.
Highlight of the event was the honouring of Governor Wike as the first Honorary Member of the association.

 

By: Chris Oluoh

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Edo’s N177.6bn Appropriation Bill Scales 2nd Reading

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The 2020 Appropriation Bill for Edo of N177.6 billion has scaled second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly.
Governor Godwin Obaseki had on November 13 presented the budget estimate of N177.6 billion to the Assembly for consideration.
Leading the debate for the passage of the Bill, the Leader of the house, Mr Roland Asoro (Orhionmwon South), said that the budget proposal would enable the state government to complete all ongoing projects.
Asoro stated that the budget was well-structured to cater for the infrastructure and educational needs of the people.
Asoro said, “the emphasis is on completion of ongoing projects and was designed in such a way that it touches all constituencies in terms of road construction and provisions of social amenities to the people.
Mr Emmanuel Agbaje (Akoko-Edo), supporting, also noted that the figures in the budget estimate holistically captured the needs of the people.
“The bill has not only effectively captured the challenges, but will help the state governor to complete ongoing projects and consolidate on his achievements,’’ Agbaje said.
Other lawmakers, in their contributions, supported the bill and argued in favour of its quick passage.
The Speaker, Mr Francis Okiye, said the passage of the bill would enhance the implementation of the new minimum wage, state security trust fund, and execution of constituency projects among others.
The Speaker thereafter directed the clerk, Yahaya Omogbai, to record the bill as having passed second reading.
He also called on all heads of ministries, departments and agencies to appear before various house committees to defend their budget estimates.
In the same vein, the year 2019 proposed ‘revised’ appropriation bill also scaled second reading.

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Islamic Leader Assures Support For Govt Policies

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The Leader and Vice Chairman of the Rivers State Council For Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor, has commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for embarking on the dualisation of the Airport access road, saying it would aid movement of travellers to and from the Airport.
Alhaji Uhor, who made the commendation recently at the State Secretariat of the Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, was speaking on the sideline of the visit of the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Polinus Nsirim, to the Muslims, asking them to support government programs and policies and to live in peace at all times.
The Islamic Leader also thanked the saying State Governor for citing a cooking gas plant some where around Rumuolumeni in Port Harcourt, saying that such projects would provide employment for the teeming Youths and advised the government to decentralize the plant to enable people have access freely.
Uhor also assured that Muslims in the state would continue to rally round government policies and programmes with a view to moving the state forward, adding that the Holy Quoran enjoined all Muslims to pray for leaders and see government as ordained by Allah.
While appreciating the efforts of the state government for protecting the citizenry against deadly deceases, the Islamic scholar called on Muslims in the state to ensure that their spouses and children within the age of innoculation get immunised against deadly deceases and maintain children-spacing policy,
According to him, “The Holy Quoran advises adherents of Islam to wean children after thirty months of birth for the perfect health of mother and baby.”
He enjoined all Muslims to embrace the slogan of the Rivers State Government, saying “I endorse our state Our Responsibility” campaign.

 

By: Tamunoiminabo Fyneface

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