Main opposition political party in Rivers State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) may be in for another round of crisis as immediate past Senator who represented Rivers South East District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has condemned the call by Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi on the party to prepare for a congress, describing it as unacceptable.
Amaechi had shortly after been assigned portfolio as Minister of Transportation by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on August 21, said there woulf be party Congress in Rivers State.
But Abe in a statement issued by his spokesman, Parry Benson said the Minister made the announcement without minding the extant judicial pronouncement on the subject matter and the need for consultation as it affects the interest of party members.
The statement said that Abe who spoke during a courtesy visit on him by the Rivers APC Visionary Media Team in Port Harcourt noted that Amaechi rather than concentrate on achieving the needed contribution to national development is creating another avenue for tension and crisis in the political structure of the party.
He accused the minister of demonstrating the same behaviour that brought the party in Rivers State to its knees before the 2019 general elections, just as he queried him for making such announcement when he was not the national chairman of the party.
While urging Amaechi to think of rebuilding the party by admitting his faults and respect the rights and feelings of party members in the state, Abe said that the former’s attitude had led the party to where it is today in the state.
Senator Abe however appealed to his supporters to be resolute and more committed to the growth of the party APC in the state and assured the group that though he is out of office, he is still a politician that is committed to the ideologies of the party.
Abe further said: “Look at our party here today in Rivers State, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on assumption of office as Minister of Transportation, the first thing he did was to announce congress in Rivers State and I ask myself, this was the same kind of behaviour that led the party to where it is.
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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