A University teacher, Dr. Kenneth Nweke, has called on politicians to endeavour to deliver on their campaign promises made to the people, noting that sovereignty belongs to the people.
Nweke, who is associate Professor of Political Science at the Ignatus Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt, made the call while reacting to the just concluded Governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
He specifically said that what happened in Bayelsa State is a lesson to politicians, especially Governors not to take the people for granted, because according to him, there will be a day of reckoning and that what happened in Bayelsa State can be replicated at the national level if the political class continue to renege in their responsibilities.
He said: “I think that it is dawn on seating governors to note that power belongs to the people. That sovereignty actually lies with the people and that it is the peoples’ sovereignty that those in public offices derive their political power.
“Now that power is returning to the actual people it belongs to, it should dawn on them that there is absolute need to have regard for major stakeholders. There is absolute need to have regard to the wishes and aspirations of the people.
“And the essence of government is to protect lives and property and to provide the good life for the citizens. At all levels of government we are not enjoying what we ought to enjoy and except that government at all levels live up to the wishes and aspirations of the people.
“You know what has happened in Bayelsa State could also replicate itself anywhere, anytime, anyway whether at the local government level, of course local government level is barely something that we want to see happen.
“But at state and national levels. The way the All Progressives Congress (APC) won at the national level can also be replicated going forward in 2023, if the political class continue to relegate their constitutional responsibilities to the people.”
He therefore said going forward, those in positions of authority need to protect lives and property and provide the good life, noting: “for me I am almost giving up on the Nigerian state because I cannot see that as we continue to live that the essence of government is defeated.”
The senior lecturer however urged those who have lost in the election to accept it in good fate, as it is actually the people who should determine who governs them.
“It is a strong signal to the political class that the era where power is being taken forcefully from the people and that where the views of the people are being suppressed that someday that the people have a right to determine whether to continue in such political leadership,” he declared.
By: Dennis Naku
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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