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Assembly Grills Chairmen On Flooding Plans

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Proceedings at the Assembly was dominated by various public sittings organised by the mandated committees to oversee programmes and plans by the council chairmen to tackle flooding predicted by NEMA in about 18 local government areas of the state.
Chairman of the Committee and member representing Gokana State Constituency, Barrister Dumle Mail said the public sitting is to challenge LG Chairmen on the need to be proactive.
Already about 12LG chairmen had come to defend their plans and programmes before the Maol led committee.
Last Thursday chairman of Port Harcourt City , Hon.Victor Ihunwo disclosed plans to be resettle about 2,000 persons in an IDP camp  to be located in Mile 3 area of Port Harcourt while appearing before the committee.
Last Friday chairmen of Ikwerre,Ogu/Bolo, Obio/Akpor, Andoni and Akuku/Toru appeared before the Maol led committee.
Meanwhile last Friday the House of Assembly Adhoc Committee to look into the petition by Andoni Chiefs and people over dereliction and neglect by AMNI Petroleum , an indigenous Hide original message  oil firm has given the firm two weeks to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), or face sanctions.
The committee chaired by Hon. Mathew Dike of Tai State Constituency made the declaration last weekend after it played host to the Oka Ama of Ngo HRM Ikuruget 14, including chairman of Council.
Hon. Dike said AMNI need to liase with the community chiefs and people of its host communities.
Part of the new measure is to sign an MOU and carry out community projects.
“AMNI has not done well. “ Dike observed, “ it has this enter into an MOU with its host communities because they are shortchanging them.”
The lawmaker maintained that the MOU must have a local content such that the people need to have a sense of belonging in the activities of the firm which has operated in the area for over a decade.
Oka Ama of Ngo , HRM Nnabiget Ikuruget 14 said AMNI has displayed laxity and lack of responsibility to its host communities.
The royal father said once the time elapses he will handover all actions this the Assembly to address, as he has tried over the years to endear the company.
Chairman of Council, Hon Paul Lawrence assured that the people will continue to be law abiding but urged AMNI to do the right thing.

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‘Reps Passed 88 Bills In Two Years’

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The House of Representatives has passed 88 bills out of 1407 bills in the past two years, its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has said.
The House clocked two years on June 11 and has two years left.
Mr Kalu had earlier  released  different data on the status of legislative activities. However, The Tide source  is yet to independently verify this latest data.
Mr Kalu had claimed that the House considered 853 bills and 41 of them passed, in the previous statement.
According to the new statement released on Friday, a total of 554 bills were introduced between June 2020 and June 2021. It was a sharp decline considering that the House introduced 853 bills between June 2019 and June 2020.
Although the decline could be blamed on the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The accurate number of bills considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021 is 1407 out of which the House has passed 88 bills.
“Additionally, the accurate number of motions considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021, is 730 out of which the House has made 98 resolutions on security issues.”
The data released by the lawmaker shows that while the introduction of bills has been easy, the progression of bills has been very slow.
A total of 942 bills are awaiting second reading, only 327 bills have been referred to committees, and 79 are awaiting committee of the whole consideration.
Within the same period, 730 motions were considered by the House. However, out of the 663 referred to committees, only 40 reports have been laid, and only six have been considered by the House.
Legislative activities suffered a great deal in 2020 due to the breakout of Covid-19. The National Assembly was shut down for about two months between March 2020 and May 2020.
At a point, the plenary was reduced to once a week.
However, the lawmakers did not help the situation by embarking on holidays at the slightest opportunity, thereby missing deadlines on passage of key legislation.
Also, a review of the legislative agenda of the House by The Tide source shows that the lawmakers are far behind in fulfilling their agenda.

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Accord To Contest In 12 LGAs

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Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Its Publicity Secretary, Dele Oladeji, told newsmen in Lagos, yesterday that the party chose to contest only in its areas of strength rather than dissipate energy across the state.
He said Accord Party would contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in Somolu, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Igando-Ikotun, Agbado Okeodo, Agege, Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ikorodu, Oshodi/Isolo, and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs/LCDAs.
Oladeji said that the party had a good outing in these councils at the last council elections in 2017.
“We are set for the election and we are competing in our local governments of strength where we won in 2017.
“We are set to repeat the same feat and even win more than the eight councillorship seats we won in 2017 to become the only opposition party in the local government administration in Lagos State,’’ he said.
Oladeji said that the party was ready to go to court wherever its mandate was stolen as it did in 2017 local government elections.
“As against 2017 when we went to court only in few areas to get back our rigged mandate, this year, we will go to court in any number of local government areas where our mandate is perceived to have been stolen through rigging.
“As the only opposition party in the local government’s administration of Lagos State, we have retained the abiding hope of Lagos residents as the alternative party.”

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Okorocha Cautions Igbos On Secession

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The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the South-East against their agitations for Nigeria’s breakup.
Okorocha warned that Igbos would be the worst hit if Nigeria breaks up.
The former Imo State Governor spoke in Abuja while addressing some women groups yesterday.
Okorocha stressed that the South- East should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration.
The lawmaker stressed that Igbos are nationalistic in nature, hence they should dismiss the urge for Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbos will lose more if Nigeria divides.
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbos. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
South-East groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereignty State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been agitating for the disintegration of Nigeria.
IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has been in the forefront, calling for Biafra’s actualisation.

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