Paramount rulers of Agbura and Ekeki communities of Atissa and Epie clans,Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, King, E.N Daufa and Bernerd Odoki have eulogised the outgone Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson for keeping to his reelection campaigns promises of reclassifying traditional stools in the state.
The two Royal Fathers gave the commendations at the weekend in separate interviews with our correspondent in their palaces in Yenagoa.
King Daufa and Odoki who were openly elated over their new statuses expressed appreciation to the immediate past Governor on their upgrade from third to second and from an unclassified to third classes respectively.
According to the monarchs, with their new statues as 2nd and 3rd class royals, fathers, there morales are now boosted to render more sacrificial leaderships to their respective communities, saying the preceding administration have also commenced paying them according to their new statuses before handing over to his successor.
The paramount rulers described their upgrade as overdue, maintaining that for more than three decades and years they have been functioning in their former classification and unclassified stools.
The Agbura monarch, Daufa said,”for more than 30 years I’ve been on this throne.Initially unclassified, but as time went on I was later classified to third class. I thank God that former Governor Dickson kept to his campaign promises to us. Today I’ve been upgraded to second class, and who knows maybe someday I’ll become a first class traditional ruler. I give God all the glory.”
“Agbura plays host to some Government projects. There’s a low cost housing estate being built here that has not been completed, there’s a road linking here to Swali and other parts of Yenagoa that hasn’t also been completed. With this new status I shall continue to press on the Government and other well meaning individuals to bring more projects to this community.”
For his part, paramount ruler of Ekeki said the magnanimity of the out gone administration to the traditional institution in the state would not be forgotten in a hurry.
He emphasized that from time immemorial the monarchial stool of his community had remained unclassified, saying with this and every other privileges attached to his new nomenclature Ekeki community would be better off, just as he advised that successive administrations do upward review of chieftaincy stools in the state with a view to making the services of paramount rulers worthwhile.
In a related development, the Agbura monarch has commended the member representing Yenagoa Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Oforgi Oboku for constructing the paved road through his palace to other parts of the community.
King Daufa reiterated his commitment towards ensuring peaceful coexistence in the community, stating that with the road completed and other projects ongoing in the community there would be rapid transformation in the landscape of the area and prayed that God uplift the lawmaker in achieving more for the Epie-Atissa clans and other communities of the constituency.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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