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Assembly Probes Kom-Kom Incident

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Last week, the Rivers State House of Assembly commenced deliberations to set up standing committees.
Though the House suspended the constituting of the committee till last week, it had initially set up two adhoc committees to investigate the various petitions on the table.
The first Adhoc committee was set up during the 9th Assembly third sitting, when members representing Degema State Constituency, Hon. Anthony Soberekon submitted a petition on behalf of his constituents from Bille community who had suffered frequent pirate attacks in recent times.
With the absence of the House Committee on Public Petitions, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani under order 22 of the House, set up an adhoc committee chaired by member representing Gokana State Constituency, Hon. Dumle Maol to investigate the matter and report back to the House in two weeks time.
Last week at the Assembly, the Hon. Maol led Adhoc committee submitted its report, which was later adopted for further deliberation by the legislators.
However, summarily, Hon Maol said the committee among other issues addressed made recommendations after it met with the stakeholders in the area over the petition.
Among the recommendation made were that the security agencies should investigate the frequent sea piracy along the Port Harcourt-Bille sea route and fish out the miscreants responsible. It also tasked the council authorities in Degema Local Government Area to also beef-up their support to security agencies towards making the sea route safer.
Before the House heard the report of the Maol led committee, it received a petition from member representing Oyigbo State Constituency, Hon Promise Nwankwo over pipeline rupture that killed scores of residents at Kom-Kom in Oyigbo two weeks ago.
The petition was signed by one Chief S. Nazu and Atkins Okorie, indigenes of Kom-Kom community.
The lawmaker accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for failing to respond to the plight of the community, as the pipeline that ruptured was not an act of sabotage, but had rusted and become weak, hence the explosion that killed scores of people living around the area.
Currently, Hon Nwankwo lamented that the water, environment and social life of the people in the area have been adversely affected, stating that since after the incident, no response or palliative measure has been put in place by the authorities involved.
Responding to the petition, the Speaker relying on House Order 22 set up an ad-hoc committee to be chaired by member representing Eleme, Hon Igwe Aforji, to investigate and report back to the House on the matter.
Other members of the ad-hoc committee to investigate the Kom-Kom explosion are members from Tai, Opobo/Nkoro and Oyigbo state constituencies.
Earlier, the Speaker had announced two standing committees to oversee some aspects of the House activities. They are: Rules and Business Committee for the selection of members into various committees and chaired by the majority leader and committee on matters of comfort and convenience of the House. Hon Azeru Opara chairs the committee on convenience and comfort of the House.

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Anambra:Bill To Abolish Open Grazing Passes Second Reading

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A bill seeking to regulate animal grazing and establish cattle ranches in designated areas of Anambra has scaled second reading in the House of Assembly.
The Majority Leader of the house, Dr Nnamdi Okafor (APGA-Awka South I), said the bill would promote peace and ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
The bill is entitled, ‘Open Grazing of Cattle and other Livestock Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2021’.
He said that when the bill becomes law, it would help to curb the incessant herders/farmers clashes and generate business opportunities in the state.
“The bill will be part of the efforts to address the incessant clashes between livestock owners, herders and farmers in the state, which has often led to loss of lives and properties over the years.
“The bill will also prevent the destruction of farms and farmers’ crops brought about by open rearing and grazing of cattle,” Okafor said.
Also, Dr Timothy Ifedioranma (APC-Njikoka l) said the bill would promote the production of healthy breeds of livestock and boost job and investment opportunities in livestock farming.
Mr Chuka Ezewune (APGA-Idemili South) said the bill would also promote modern techniques of animal husbandry and international best practices in the dairy and beef industry.
“The old form of cattle rearing is very destructive to the nation and it is time we embraced change,” Ezewune said.
Contributing, Dr Pete Ibida (APGA-Njikoka II) said his constituents had long clamoured for the law.
“Open grazing has constituted security and safety hazards. It messes up our roads and my constituents have been displaced from their farms.
“I believe the bill will also help to manage the environmental impact of open grazing and protect the environment from degradation and pollution,” Ibida added.
Mr Obinna Emeneka (APGA-Anambra East) said that open grazing contributed to disease transmission and described animals as carriers of parasites transmitted to humans.
Emeneka said the bill required accelerated passage to promote agriculture, security and stability in the state.
The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, described the bill as everybody’s business, adding that it bothered on food security, economic development and security of of lives and property.
The bill was later committed to the Committee on Agriculture, headed by Mr John Nwokoye, for further deliberation and the committee was expected to report back on September 30.

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Obaseki Names Cabinet 10 Months Later

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday released a list of nominees for post of commissioners in the State Executive Council.
This decision is coming close to a year after Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, were inaugurated for a second term into office on November 12, 2020, following their victory in the September 19 governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor had re-appointed Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the State Government after his inauguration with no other appointment since then.
This led to criticism from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State that accused Obaseki of presiding over the affairs of the state like a sole administrator.
“There are some policies and actions of a state that legally and constitutionally should not be undertaken without the approval of the State Executive Council. As we speak, some of those actions are being taken solely by Godwin Obaseki as a sole administrator. He has not displayed the tendencies of a democratically elected governor,” Chris Azebanmwan, the Edo APC spokesman said.
Nonetheless, the Governor has finally released the list of his nominees. They are: Barr. Osamudiamen Wole-lyamu (Oredo); Mr. Chris Nehikhare (Orhionmwon); Mr. Richard Edebiri (Uhunmwode); Barr. Andrew Emwanta Adaze (Egor); Mr. Tony Aganmwonyi (Ikpoba Okha); Mr. Ethan Uzamere (Ovia South West); Ms. Efosa Uyigue (Ovia North East).
Others are, Barr. Donald Okogbe (Akoko Edo); Barr. Anthony Innih (Etsako East); Mrs. Omo Otse Omorogbe (Etsako West); Hon. Damian Lawani (Etsako Central); Mr. Jimfred Obaidiku (Owan West).
Also in the list are, Barr. J. O. Braimah (Owan East); Hon. Felix Akhabue (Esan West); Fred Emefiele (Igueben); Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya (Esan Central); Dr. Olu Ayewoh (Esan North East) and Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South East).

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Speaker Lauds Wike On Infrastructure

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The Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has commended the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for the rapid development of Rivers State.
He made this statement when he played host to members of the Council For the Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria recently.
Rt. Hon. Ibani assured the Council that the State Assembly would continue to do that which was beneficial to their constituents. He noted that as a public servant, his door was open to all.
He said: “As a public servant, my door is open to all, and at all times. We work in the interest of the State and for the interest of our people….”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Council For The Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria, Gersh Henshaw, commended the efforts of the Speaker as the Head of Rivers State Legislature.
He stated that Rt. Hon. Ibani had continued to maintain a cordial relationship with the Executive arm of Government and the result of such collaboration was the developmental strides in Rivers State.
The Chairman stated that the essence of the visit was to seek partnership with the Rivers State House of Assembly on any new legislation concerning Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Rivers State.
He expressed appreciation to the National President of the Council, Sir Emmanuel Wike for his immense contributions to the success and progress of the profession.
The delegation which was on a courtesy visit to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, was led by its National President, Sir Wike.

By: Kevin Nengia

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