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IYC Hails Dickson Over Level Grounds For Governorship Aspirants

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The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has commended the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, for creating a level playing field for all the aspirants to pursue their ambitions to govern the state.
The Secretary General, IYC, Mr Alfred Kemepado said in a statement at the weekend that Dickson deserved commendation for allowing all the aspirants to procure the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms of the Peoples Democratic Party in pursuit of their ambitions.
He said what the governor had done was to create the opportunity for all the aspirants with a strong quest to govern the state to test their popularity with the delegates of the PDP during the forthcoming primaries of the party on September 3, 2019.
According to the IYC secretary, it is in the interest of democracy and its growth that Dickson resisted the strong temptation to impose any candidate on the party contrary to the rampant practice across some states.
He stressed that the governor’s action should serve as a template for others to copy in order to avoid the unhealthy contests occasioned by bitterness and acrimony.
He said the governor’s action was a courageous display of character and fairness which should be commended by all lovers of democracy.
He said the IYC was interested in the democratic process of the PDP, the opposition All Progressives Congress and other major parties because their primaries and their outcomes could have a serious effect on Bayelsans and indeed the Ijaw nation.
However, Kemepado called on the political class to reciprocate the action of the governor by displaying the expected degree of sacrifice and modesty in the pursuit of their ambitions in the interest of the state.
He said it was important for the political class jostling for the ticket of the various political parties to note that only one person would emerge governor of Bayelsa State and should eschew desperation and the excessive emphasis on the pursuit of self-interest.
However, Kemepado said the events in the Bayelsa PDP where all the top political office holders in the state had indicated interest in the governorship of the state was not too healthy.
He noted that while it was good to exercise the freedom that flows from democratic governance, it was also pertinent that those expected to be entrusted with the leadership of the state make some sacrifice in the interest of the general good by showing some co-ordination.

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Rivers NCSU Puts On Hold Delegates Confab …Tasks Members On Peace

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The Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Rivers State Council, has put on hold its delegates conference scheduled for today, where officers to pilot the affairs of the union in the state would have been elected.
The state Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the union, Comrade Chuks Osumah, who dropped the hint while briefing newsmen at the union’s secretariat in Port Harcourt yesterday said the decision to put on hold the conference followed litigations instituted by some aggrieved members which he said were still pending in the National Industrial Court.
Osumah explained that the caretaker committee chose to toe the path of honour because the union, being the oldest in the country, is law-abiding and obeys and upholds the cherished time-tested principles of the rule of law. While urging members of the union in the state to remain peaceful and bear with the committee for the decision, he said the committee was committed to discharging its mandate to the letter and also hand over to elected officers of the union in the state at the end of the day, by ensuring that all contending issues are resolved amicably.
Osumah regretted the inconveniences the postponement of the delegates’ conference must have caused members of the union, assuring that a new date for the event would be communicated to them, particularly when all issues must have been resolved.
While appealing to the union members to continue to work towards making the union an enviable and formidable industrial organization in the state, the caretaker committee chairman thanked the national secretariat for accepting to put on hold the delegates’ conference.
He noted that since the committee came on stream, the union had enjoyed relative peace in the state, pointing out, however, that the task of bringing peace to the union was enormous.
Osumah said all members ends of founders of the union, stressing that the committee has so far recorded some notable landmarks of the caretaker committee had worked hard collectively to reposition the union in the state, as they were determined to ensure that the union does not die in their hands, as it did not die in the hands of founders of the union, stressing that the committee has so far recorded some notable landmarks.

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Andoni Youths Protest Oil Company’s Operations

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Scores of youths from Ngo town and other communities in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have given the management of Amini Petroleum Development Company till the 25th of December, 2019 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with its host communities or quit the area.
The youths who protested to the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Port Harcourt office of the company said the company had violated the directive of the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee to enter agreement with its host communities.
Some of the placards carried by the protesting youths read: “Amini Int’l Sign MoU or Leave Our Land, OML 25; RSHA Save Ngo Mainland from Crises; Amini Should Sign MoU with Host Communities before 25th December, 2019″
Amini currently operates both IMA and TUBU oil fields in OML 25 all in Andoni Local Government Area.
The leader of the Ngo youth, Dick Nkakeek Nkakeek said the communities would welcome any company that has the interest of the communities, to operate the two oil fields.
According to him, over 20 years of Amini operations in Andoni is worthless as the host communities have nothing to show.
He alleged that the company’s operations had caused untold hardship to the Andoni people as people have lost their sources of livelihood as a result of pollution, adding that the communities are tired of Amini’s presence in the area.
Also speaking, Mr Joshua Ngo of Muma community said the company had brought misery to the people.
He urged the Rivers State Government to prevail on Amini Petroleum Development Company to respect the rights of the host communities.
At the premises of the company in Port Harcourt, the Community Liaison Officer (CLO), Barrister Emmanuel Arong, said the company had not neglected the House of Assembly” directive, but only attending to some petitions in respect of the issue.
Arong assured that the company would meet the 25th December 2019 deadline.

 

By: Odinakachi Oko & Chioma Peters

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PDP Releases Timetable For Edo Municipal, State Congresses

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Chief Dan Orbih, says the national secretariat of the party has released a timetable for congress that will unveil new executives from wards to state levels.
Orbih made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Benin on Wednesday.
According to him, the timetable indicates that sale of nomination forms will commence on January13 and end on January 20, while submission of forms will be on January 22.
He said that ward congress to elect new executives would take place on January 25, pointing out that appeals on conduct of the ward congress would be taken on January 30.
Orbih disclosed that the timetable had slated municipal congresses to elect new executives for February 8, while appeals on the congresses would be heard on February 13.
“The timetable has scheduled state congresses to elect new state excos for February 22, while appeals for the state congresses have been slated for February 25.”
The party chieftain reiterated that the PDP had resolved to work together in the greater interest of the party and its teeming supporters.
Edo is billed to head for the polls in August next year in an election expected to be characterised by rancour, betrayals and violence.

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