A seasoned political leader in Rivers State, Hon Gabriel Okere, has called for collaboration with ministries, agencies, commissions, and corporate institutions to fill communication gap between the government and the Governed.
Speaking with The Tide in Adam, traditional headquarters of Oyigbo LGA yesterday, Okere said government should carry out the function of disseminating information on its policies, programmes and activities with the aim of creating awareness and understanding among the citizens through relevant regretting that most chief executives have not shown sufficient commitment to issues of public value at the grassroots.
According to him, “the chief executives have the shallow belief that such agency of government is a mere puppet on information dissemination that has nothing to do with the betterment of Nigerians .”
Okere identified inadequate funding, stigma and partnership, high level of poverty in the country, quest for political leadership and resource control arising from ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, in the life style of the leaders and poor implementation of the law as major challenges confronting the government and urged all to see the issue of orientation as everyone’s responsibilities.
“ To meet the challenges, “ Okere said all agencies saddled with the responsibilities often lightning the people, such as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations should build capacity through training and retraining of staff, and appealed for collaboration.
By: Bethel Toby & Gift Tasie
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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