For outstanding performance in the discharge of their duties, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, honoured some security officers in Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas.
The governor gave the honour last Monday, during a meeting with chiefs and security officials from Ahoada East and Ahoada West at Government House, Port Harcourt.
The honour, he said, was to encourage security operatives for their outstanding efforts towards peace in the communities .
“ Today, we are honouring the Area Commander of Ahoada East and Ahoada West and the JTF Commander of Ahoada.
“ They have placed their lives on the line to defend our people. It is not easy. Now that they are alive, it is for us to appreciate them”, he stated, adding that the gesture would encourage others to secure the state.
He disclosed that the state government was working out a new security architecture that would soon improve peace in all parts of the state.
The Governor said: “ Very soon we will roll out a comprehensive security architecture for the state to improve security in all communities in the state”.
Also last week, Governor Wike directed the state Ministry of Justice to forward the Rivers State House of Assembly, the bill reflecting a change from the name Port Harcourt Polytechnic to Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, for passage and subsequent accent.
He gave the directive last Friday when the Governing Council of Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor also directed the release of funds for the construction one of the major structures abandoned in the institution since 1992 as well as approval of 65 years as retirement age for all polytechnic staff in the state in line with recent establishment regulation.
He directed the board to forward the financial implications of the new employment that the school requested, for his consideration.
He remarked that employment into the polytechnic and the Rivers State University would be strictly based on merit so as to guarantee quality standard of both academic and nonacademic staff.
Chairman of the council and leader of the delegation, Senator Lee Maeba commended the governor on his reelection victory and listed efforts made by the council so far, and challenges confronting it.
Also within the week under review, Governor Wike restated the position of the state on the issue of cattle colony, Ruga and clarified that the state does not have land for the settlement of Fulani herdsmen.
He further restated that Rivers State is a Christian state because over 99 per cent of the people are Christians.
“ As a Governor of the state, this is a Christian state. When you take a population count, 99 per cent of our people are Christians. I have no apology to anyone, Rivers State is a Christian state “, he maintained.
He made the clarification Friday during a courtesy visit by the Founder and President of Throne-Room Trust Ministries, Apostle Nuhu Kure at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike declared that Nigeria requires divine intervention to overcome her present developmental and security challenges.
The delegation was in Government House to inform the Governor that the ministry would hold an emergency prayer summit to pray for the survival of the country.
He called on the Federal Government to immediately arrest the northern youths who issued other Nigerians ultimatum over the Fulani herdsmen settlement programme, stressing that if the government cannot call the youths to order, it means we do not have a government but a lawless society.
He praised Governor Wike for his ability to simultaneously defend his people from oppression and also work for the development of the state.
Another major development last week in Brick House was the setting up of a 46- member committee for the accreditation and approval of private schools in the state by the governor.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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