Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly has sought the cooperation of Ode-Aye community and the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over the sales and installation of prepaid meters.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, yesterday in Okitipupa, Tofowomo said that his intervention had laid to rest the contention between the communities and BEDC over estimated billings.
Our correspondent recalls that Tofowomo, some stakeholders in the affected communities and management of BEDC had, early this year, held a meeting to resolve the estimated billing contention.
“As BEDC has begun sale and installations of prepaid meters to Ode-Aye community, I want to seek its cooperation so that they can begin to enjoy power.
“This is in line with the resolution we reached at the meeting I held on January 15 between the communities and BEDC to lay to rest the estimated billing contention.
“I commend the BEDC for ensuring that the issues were resolved amicably, with an assurance to move to Okitipupa and Igbokoda towns respectively after being through with Ode-Aye.
“It’s part of our electoral promises to ensure communities that have been in blackout for the past 10 years are reconnected to the national grid; we will make sure we do the needful” he said.
The lawmaker also said he would follow-up with the timely completion and installation of Erinje Step Down which will be relied upon to reconnect all other communities in Ondo south.
He also said he would be visiting the project site at Erinje community in company of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to ensure early completion of the project.
The senator commended the ‘Bring Back Our Light’ (BBOL) group and other stakeholders led by Elder Samuel Aderehinwo for their relentless efforts at ensuring the communities had power.
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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