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Wike Promises New Security Architecture

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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.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.

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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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COVID-19: Dep Speaker Empowers PPE Producers, Underprivileged In Ahoada East LGA …Ready To Partner UNICEF

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The Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie, has stated that his office has contributed to ensuring that the impact of the hardship warranted by effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is lessoned in Ahoada East Local Government Area (LGA).
Ehie, who was speaking to the RCCE Media Team, stated that the measures taken to achieve this came in two-fold: providing necessary finance to producers of Personal Preventive Equipment (PPE) in the area to enable them mass produce, and buying same off them to give to people in the grassroots.
The other measure, he said, was the provision of financial Palliatives to the tune of #5,000 each to identified underprivileged in the LGA. This include the elderly, pregnant women, widows and widowers, and generally the vulnerable.
According to Ehie, towards this end, about #5 million has been expended so far in the first phase, while preparation is being made for the next phase to commence.
The Deputy Speaker explained that his decision to empower people who already have the expertise to produce the PPEs was necessitated by the need to provide the finance for them to mass produce their products, and to provide the products to those who need them.
“So, we give you (them) the  finance to produce hand sanitizers, face masks, etc., then we buy them from you (them) to make sure you (they) profit, then we supply (the products) to the people at the grassroots”, he said.
He also stated his preparedness to partner with UNICEF in any way required to ensure the safety of lives of Rivers people.
Ehie revealed that in addition to what is being done, his office is also preparing for the challenges of post COVID-19 among the people of his constituency.
“We’ve started brainstorming on how we can also support the people as regards the post COVID-19 era. That is going to be another very challenging period for our people because when the pandemic gradually phases out, that’s when the reality of hardship will come on.
“We’re trying to put our heads together to see how we can intervene again at that stage”, he said.
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CROSIEC Deploys About 8,000 Personnel For LG Elections

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Ahead of the next Saturday’s rescheduled Local Government elections in Cross River, about 8000 personnel are said to have been deployed across the state to ensure the smooth conduct of the elections.
The Chairman of the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission, Dr. Mike Ushie, who disclosed this in Calabar while
speaking on preparations by the commission, said they are ready for the elections and one hundred percent compliant with post COVID-19
elections guidelines recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as the National Centre for Diseases
Control.
He said: “Eight thousand personnel have been mobilised to cover the two thousand, two hundred and twenty-six polling units in the state.
There will be three personnel per pooling unit, five at the accreditation centres, five at the local government and ward coalition centres.
“Accreditation and voting will take place simultaneously and  in line with INEC guidelines, there will be two levels of queuing  and voters
will vote in batches while maintaining social distance.
“We had to make sure that we are on course and lives are protected. Luckily INEC released the procedure for post COVID-19 elections and I
must say that we are in full compliance with it. INEC said we have to provide hand sanitizers, face masks and we have adopted all the
procedures one hundred percent.
“ We have gone beyond INEC  and have gone ahead to procure hand sanitizers, hand washing containers, a good number of face masks  and
we are working seriously to ensure that the right thing is done”, he said.
He added that the commission has given sufficient notice for the elections and confirmed that five political parties will be participating in Saturday’s elections.
From FRIDAY NWAGBARA, Calabar.
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