The Senate yesterday held a valedictory session in honour of the late Sen.Ben Uwajumogu, who represented Imo North and died on December 19, 2019.
The valedictory session followed a motion moved by Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya (APC Kebbi), having moved for the suspension of Order 17 of the Senate to allow visitors into the chamber.
Senators dressed in white and black attires took turns to pay glowing tributes to the late senator.
First to pay tribute was Yahaya, having moved the motion for the Senate to move into the valedictory session.
Yahaya said that the late Sen. Uwajumogu was his personal friend and that they shared a lot of personal things.
He said the late Uwajumogu excelled in all areas of his senatorial assignments and contributed to debates at Senate proceedings.
Yahaya said the late senator would be remembered for his brilliance, praying that God would grant him rest, condoling with the family and the Imo government .
Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP Abia) said the late Sen. Uwajumogu affected life and carried every body along.
Deputy President of the Senate,Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, said that he would choose to celebrate him because of the giant strides attained by the late senator.
Other senators who condoled the family included Abudullahi Sabi (APC Niger), Sen.,Borofice Ajayi, Elisha Abboh, Ike Ekweremadu, Rochas Okorocha, Oluremi Tinubu, Onyewuchi Ezenwa, Michael Nnachi, Abiodun Olujimi, Abba Moro and Buhari Abdulfatai, among others.
In his tribute, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed his condolences to the immediate family, senators from Imo and his constituents.
He said the death of Sen.Uwajumogu was a loss to all,noting that the late Senator gave a good account of himself .
He said the Senate would continue to do those things that the late senator lived and died for.
The Senate, thereafter, resolved to send a delegation to be led by President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to the final funeral rites of Uwajumogu.
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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