Lawmaker representing Oyigbo State Constituency, Hon.Nwankwo Promise has presented a petition from his constituents from Kom Kom community in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State where pipeline explosion killed scores of people a fortnight ago.
Presenting a petition on the floor of the House on Thursday, Nwankwo said the petition was signed by Chief S. N Azu and Atkins Okere on behalf of the community.
The lawmaker lamented that since the incident two weeks ago, economic, physical, and social life of the people.
He however lamented since the incident occurred the community had been sidelined by the owner of the pipeline, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and other agencies responsible for rehabilitation of the people and facility.
Nwankwo challenged NNPC and all agencies responsible to act fast and intervene, as it frowned at the attitude of the federal agency over the plight of the indigenes.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has referred the petition to the House Ad hoc Committee to investigate and make recommendations on the matter.
The Adhoc Committee is headed by Hon. Igwe Aforji of Eleme Constituency.
Other members include, member representing Tai, Matthew Dike, and Hon. Adonye Diri of Opobo/Nkoro and that of Oyigbo, Hon. Nwankwo.
The Speaker relied on order 22 as he urged the committee ascertain the damage on aquatic and other physical means of livelihood of the people.
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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.
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