Contrary to insinuations that the Imo State government has suspended the Treassury Single Account (TSA) adopted by the administration of Emeka Ihedioha, Governor Hope Uzodinma has assured that there was no controversy over the adoption as he noted that the policy still stands.
The governor had on assumption of office warned that all funds meant for the state must be domiciled in TSA.
A statement by his media aide, Oguwike Nwachukwu, said Governor Uzodinma’s directive was being complied with by all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.
“The explanation has become necessary following insinuation in some quarters as orchestrated by a few ragtag local publications and social media loafers that the state government has abandoned the TSA.
“Governor Uzodinma’s administration is not only committed to due process and accountable governance, but determined to use all resources meant for Imo people to work for them,” the statement said.
Governor Uzodinma assured that he would not be party to any attitude that promotes financial malfeasance in the state under his watch.
Meanwhile, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Imo, Chuks Ololo, has predicted that the new alliance between erstwhile governor, Rochas Okorocha, governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeanyi Araraume, and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu, with Governor Hope Uzodinma, will solidify APC in the state.
Although Araraume is yet to renounce his membership of APGA, it has been alleged that he was waiting for the right time to unite with Okorocha and Nwosu who have already declared unofficially for the APC.
“Okorocha, Araraume and Nwosu forming an alliance is the best thing that has ever happened to this party. If they had disagreed initially and are now coming together, it shows how peaceful the party would be,” he said.
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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