A chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC) of Rumuagholu, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Comrade Henry Amadi has lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for the construction of the roads in the community.
Amadi who made the commendation during an exclusive chat with The Tide at Rumuagholu said the Governor came to their rescue when the road in the area was in a very deplorable state.
According to him, “I have to be grateful to Governor Wike’s led administration; he actually came to our rescue when Rumuagholu Community road was in total disarray.
“People were pulling out their businesses because of bad road, and when he came on board during his electioneering campaign he promised constructing the road for us and after the election, Rumuagholu road was the first he attended to within six months in the office”.
Comrade Amadi further thanked the Governor for constructing the road leading to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), even as he solicited the intervention of the State Government and security agencies to check security issues in the area.
While promising to offer good leadership and accountability during his two years of service, he called on the State Government and security agencies to intervene so as to check some security challenges in the area.
He said: “Some of the legacies I want to leave behind to be remembered for at the end of my tenure is good leadership. Good leadership in the sense of been upright as a leader, look at things that are happening around you, speak out and follow the right step irrespective of who is involved, I give my judgment based on facts and not sentiments, because these are some of the things that kill leadership system.
“Another legacy is accountability. I would want to be accountable to my people, that in every six months in office, I will like to gather my youths and elders and give them break down of what I have been able to do in this community at the end of every six months,” he stated.
While noting that he has a lot to do after he emerged as the CDC Chairman of Rumuagholu Community, assuring that he will carry everybody along; just as he disclosed plans to assist indigent children to access quality education.
According to him, “I am equally looking out how to help some children in the community. That is the less privileged ones in terms of education. If you look around the community, you will find out that there are a lot of private schools in the community.
“We want to liaise or talk with owners of the schools to see if they can give scholarship even if it is two or three chances to enroll our children there, especially those parents that cannot fund their children primary and post primary education in this community,” the CDC chairman said.
By: Azenye Nworgu
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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