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Wike Assures Late Gberegbe’s Family Of Continued Support

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The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has assured the family of Late Dr Ferry Gberegbe of continued support of the State government.
Governor Wike gave the assurance, Saturday, during the funeral service in honour of Late Gberegbe at Botem Town in Khana Local Government Area of the State.
Recall that the Late Ferry Gberegbe was the PDP governorship election Agent for Khana Local Government Area who was allegedly murdered during the 2019 governorship Election by operatives of the F-SARS.
The Governor charged Nigerians not to allow anti- democratic forces hijack the democratic process and stressed that the spirit of Late Gberegbe has laid the foundation for the defence of democracy.
He said: “This young man died for our own sake. For the wife and the family, while I remain the Governor, I will continue to support you and the children.
“Even though we have taken care of the education of the children by what we have done, we will provide employment for the wife to sustain the family”.
The weekly State Executive Council meeting held last Wednesday and  it was presided over by the State Governor. At the meeting, some crucial decisions were taken.
Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim who  briefed Government House Correspondents after the meeting, said the state government took concrete steps to check illegal proliferation of sub-standard private schools in the state with the consolidation of two extant laws.
The Commissioner said , at the meeting, the council approved the amendment of the Education Law Cap 47, laws of Rivers State of Nigeria (1999) and the Rivers State Education Private Schools law Cap 48 laws of Rivers State of Nigeria (1999) under one legislation.
He explained that council took the decision to check the present situation of in discriminate proliferation of private schools in the state without compliance with basic requirements with respect to standard, curriculum, content and facilities.
Other decisions taken at the meeting included the official dissolution of the Petroleum Monitoring Taskforce in the state, and to warn motorists against indiscriminate parking of vehicles in front of Port Harcourt Mall.
Also last week, Governor Wike joined other prominent Nigerians to celebrate the former Executive Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Dr John Kennedy Opara as he celebrated his 50th birthday
The Governor was represented by his Chief of Staff, Engr Emeka Woke at the event which took place at St Mary’s Catholic Parish, Umuopara Obetiti Nguru, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.
Wike described the celebrant as a dependable person and a man of character.
Impact of last week  Supreme Court victory of the Sokoto State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Tambuwal was felt in Brick House . The Rivers State Chief Executive, described the victory as a confirmation of the overwhelming support given to Governor Tambuwal by the people of Sokoto State.
Wike commended the Supreme Court for allowing the will of the people to prevail.
He congratulated the Sokoto State Governor and enjoined him to work for the unity and growth of the state.
Within the week under review, Governor Wike inspected the ongoing construction of hostels and additional classrooms at the Real Madrid Academy and expressed satisfaction with the quality of work.
He disclosed that his administration has put in place an organisation that would independently run the institution to achieve targeted result.
Also last week, Governor Wike, his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, and other top Government officials attended the ‘ Five Nights of Glory’ of Salvation Ministries in Port Harcourt from the opening ceremony last Monday to the closing ceremony on Friday.

 

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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