Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Felix Obuah has hailed last weekend’s Ward Congresses of the party held across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
Obuah said the goodwill that greeted the landmark achievement was the handiwork of Governor Nyesom Wike, saying the governor should be given a rousing applause for building a formidable, grassroot-based party that would be unbeaten.
Obuah stated this in a statement issued by his media aide, Jerry Needam and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The statement noted that Obuah while speaking at Ward 4, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) shortly after casting his vote in the Ward Congress of the party, said the governor through his support and dedication has made the PDP a peoples’ movement where the hopes and aspirations of Rivers people would be met in subsequent elections.
He expressed appreciation to all members of the PDP in the state for making the Ward Congresses a momentous event, noting that they have made the party proud and treading on the path where other political parties have failed woefully.
Obuah further said internal democracy has come to stay in the PDP and lauded the governor for his unwavering support and dedication to the party at the local, state and national levels, adding that these attributes have majorly contributed to the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in the party.
“Rivers people can once again see the difference between noisemakers and a group of self-seeking individuals desperate to hijack the state machinery to further their personal aggrandisement in the other political party and a trusted, purpose-driven people in the PDP, determined to serve and provide good governance to Rivers people,” the statement 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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