The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed sadness over the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan.
Longjan, who represented Plateau South Senatorial District, passed away at a Turkish hospital on Monday February 10, 2020 at the age of 75.
Gbajabiamila said that Lomgjan would be missed by members of the National Assembly, especially his immediate colleagues in the Senate.
The speaker prayed God to grant the soul of the late senator a peaceful resting place in His bosom.
“It hurts once again to mourn a colleague in the 9th National Assembly in the person of Senator Ignatius Longjan.
“It is indeed sad to lose another colleague to the cold hands of death. I pray the Almighty God gives his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.
In a separate statement, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Idris Wase expressed grief and sadness over the demise of the senator.
Wase said that the senator’s demise came as a rude shock, saying it was a great loss to the people of Plateau and Nigeria in general.
The deputy speaker said he was heartbroken by the death of Longjan, describing him as a man who devoted his entire life in true service to the people of Plateau state and his constituents.
“During his time at the National Assembly, the late senator remained committed to the business of lawmaking and ensured he represented his constituents well against all odds.
“Late Ignatius Longjan was a beacon of hope for many people in Plateau and for numerous other Nigerians as a result of his dedication to true service and kindness.
“He spent all his life working towards the good of many in Plateau and across the country across his various positions in the public service up to his short time in the National Assembly.
“Our dear state and indeed the entire country has lost a rare gem who has been snatched away by the cold hands of death and whose legacy will forever be remembered,” he said.
Wase extended his condolence to the family of the deceased, the government and people of Plateau, and payed Almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
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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