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Mankind Set To Mark World Earth Day …As Concerns Over The Earth’s Future Persist

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Rivers State will on the 22nd of this month joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2021 World Earth Day.
The United Nations had set aside 22nd of April every year as World Earth Day. Theme for this year celebration is “Restore our Earth”.
According to the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) the theme “focuses on natural processes emerging green technologies and innovative thinking that can restore the world ecosystem.
The celebration is significant in many ways especially given the myriad of environmental challenges confronting humanity.
The emission of hydrocarbon into the atmosphere has continued to deplet the zone layer, while increased in temperature has caused more ice to melt, thereby leading to surgeing occean.
The surge in ocean has led to the disappearance of some islands. Even the Niger Delta is facing serious threat from the rising water level. Last year, a reknown educationist in Rivers State professor Uriel Etawo told The Tide that given the current surge in ocean level some islands in the Niger Delta may not survive beyond fifty years.
The region is also facing serious environmental problem from the hydrocarbon industry much of its mangrove forests are gone, while some marine organisms indigenous to the region are rarely to be seen these days.
The black soot and perrenial erosion are adding to the environmental woes of the region.
Meanwhile some stake holders have raised concern over the future of the earth given the myriads of environmental problems facing it.
Across session of stakeholders who spoke to The Tide on the celebration said the planeth Earth faces a bleak future if human activities against the environment are not checked.
They also urged for conscious efforts to revegetate the Niger Delta Environment. Some of them who spoke to The Tide in Port Harcourt on the celebration also urged for laws to end gas flaring in the region.
State Actng Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Barrister young Ayotamunu said much of the atmosphere has been lost to climate change.
“We need to now remediating whatever we have lost for us, revegetating our environment should start immediately.
“Anything that can be done by both the government and civil society organizations should be done” he said.
The NOA Director who blamed the depletion of the ozone layer on fossil fuel said efforts should be intensified to reduce carbon emission into the atmosphere.
Also speaking, Mr Dennis Oluwole, said the Earth is being threatened by lot of activities.
“We see that a lot of things are actually threatening the earth.
People are afraid that a big Asteroid may one day hit the earth”.
He said the part of Ozone layer destroyed by climate change is bigger than some parts of west Africa, adding that since climate change has gone beyond human solution, humanity must learn how to live with it .
“Since man cannot stop it, we have to adapt to it.
Oluwole who is a consultant to the United Nations children fund (UNICEF) also said the rise in temperature has led to increased in melting of ice adding that these has resulted to devastating flooding across the world.
He stressed the need for the human race to check its activities, adding that people should be taught the art of good waste management strategies, while building along water right of ways should be checked.
Another environmentalist Miss Blessing Digbani said the celebration should provide opportunity for policy makes across the world to formulate appropriate policies to check carbon emission.
She also called on governments in the Niger Delta to ensure that activities of illegal oil bunkerers are reduced.
National publicity secretary of the Nigerian minning and geosciences society (NM?) Prosper Ogbunie said the celebration calls for collective effort to protect the earth from destruction.
“World Earth Day with the Theme “Restore our Earth calls for collective support for environmental protection of the Earth due to the adverse effect of climate change”
Ogbunie who was former Port Harcourt chapter President of the society said achieving a healthy earth can be done by reforestation, cleaning up of spills sites as well as proper regulation of mining, drilling, and telecommunications construction activities.
Other respondents also called for action to check all forms of environmental pollution.
Therefore as the world celebrates, this is the time for humanities to riseup and save the Earth from destruction.

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Sustaining Existing Peace In ONELGA

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Security is one area that leaders of all tiers of government must address their minds to. This is because government originated from the desire of the bourgeoisie to secure their property from the commoners.
Consequently, one of the fundamental responsibilities of government is to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry.
Most importantly, the present situation in the country calls for concerted efforts by all and sundry to ensure that law-abiding citizens of the federation were safe.
Interestingly, less than 24 hours from now, chief security officers of the 23 local government councils executive in the Rivers State will be sworn in by the executive governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike.
It is expected that the council chairmen will complement the robust security architecture already fixed by the governor. The proactiveness of the state chief executive has paid handsomely as the level of security in the state has been beefed up. This is exemplified by the short fall in security challenges.
Many people who spoke with The Tide on their expectations from the council chairman across the state harped on the need to battle insecurity.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday, a business operator and resident of Omoku, Mrs Patience Ndidi (Nee Obuah), who spoke on behalf of the business community urged the incoming chairman to sustain the existing peace in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the State.
She described the chairman-elect, Hon. Vincent Job as a trusted leader as well as epitome of what a leader should be.
Mrs Ndidi expressed hope that the incoming chairman would sustain the existing peace in the area. According to her, “the peace we are enjoying today must be sustained even as we pray for him”.
Also speaking, an elder statesman in the area, Chief Ono Eze Obi, said, “my expectation is for the chairman elect to accord the security of lives and property a priority because our people must stay alive to enjoy the dividends of democracy.”
He noted that insecurity had relegated the local government to the background which they did not want to recur.
“We expect the incoming chairman to tackle security holistically by partnering with relevant stakeholders, security operatives, especially the local government vigilante called ONELGA Security Planning and Advisory Committee (OSPAC),” he stated
“Hon Vincent Job understands administration especially at this level. He is assuming this exalted office at this critical time in our history, when insecurity has been a great source of worry to all and sundry.”
Hon Azubuike Awuya, a youth leader in Obrikom stated.
“He should act like a desired messiah in this regard. I can assure you our people will be pleased with his administration; Hon. Awuya noted.
Another person, who spoke with The Tide, the female youth leader, Hon. Sarah Woko, said the blueprint conveyed by Hon Vincent Job during his electoral campaign received wide acceptance.
She averred that the blueprint had given them the assurance of peace and tranquility in the area.
She said, “the security architecture must be adequately strengthened to further boost both economic and social activities of our people.
Also speaking, a farmer residing in ONELGA, Mr Ossai Tony, noted ,” I join other farmers to plead with the incoming chairman to ensure farmers could conveniently go to their farms without security threats. We give kudos to ONELGA OSPAC. They are the reason farmers can carry out their legitimate business, so we expect him to sustain it.
A trader, Mr Okechukwu Nwokocha who spoke with The Tide noted,” I must thank you for this opportunity. A lot of expectations but the one that concerns us is that of security. Since the arrival of OSPAC business activities have grown steadily. We operate freely without molestation. The only thing he can do for us is the sustenance of security, peace and order. We will be grateful to him”, he said.
It would be recalled that ONELGA was the hotbed of crisis during the era of late Don Wani, the cult kingpin that relegated the LGA to the background. The killing of Don Wani and the formation of OSPAC were two things that brought a new lease of life to residents of the area.
The issue of reliving the horrible and ugly experiences of the pre-OSPAC days has often assailed the minds of ONELGA residents, little wonder then that everyone craves for the sustenance of the security apparatus in the area.
Before OSPAC was formed, many ONELGA communities had been deserted. Raping of women and girls was commonplace. Killings, decapitation and selling of body parts were the order of the day.
Don Wani was the notorious dictator in the entire local government area.
It would be pertinent therefore for successive council administrations in the area to sustain peace so that there should be no relapse into the horrors of the past.
Ralph Echefu is a public affairs analyst, based in Port Harcourt.

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Whether Rent Is Refundable

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A Tenancy Agreement is a contract between a landlord and the tenant which sets out the rights and obligations of both the landlord and the tenant when renting property in Nigeria. Both landlord and tenant have something called implied rights in all tenancy relationships whether or not a tenancy agreement exists. However, a tenancy agreement is important because it provides further protection for both the landlord and the tenant, and it expands on the implied rights.
As the tenancy agreement is a contract between two parties, the landlord and the tenant, the tenant has the right to review the terms of the tenancy agreement to determine whether or not the agreement protects his/her interests.
As a landlord or a tenant, you need to ensure that your tenancy agreement includes the following terms and information at a minimum:

  • The names and addresses of the landlord and the Tenant and the address of the property
  • The start date and end date of the tenancy
  • How much the rent will be
  • Other applicable amounts including legal fees, agency fees, security deposits, service charges/fees etc as applicable.
  • The obligation of both the landlord and the tenant.
  • An outline of bills the tenant is responsible for.
    The above list is not exhaustive, these and more terms that are frequently included in well-drafted tenancy Aaeements. It is advisable therefore, that a well drafted tenancy agreement is signed by both parties.
    Having established the fact that a tenancy is a contract, it must be noted that breaking it at will does not entitle the tenant any refund. In simple terms, there is no refund of rent after payment. If the tenancy surrenders before the contract is executed, the Landlord may return the amount gained which was let out during the subsistence of the tenancy which was surrendered, apart from that; a tenant is not entitled to refund. See Abdurahman V. Thomas (2019) 12 NWLR (PT 1685) 107 SC @ 129, Nig Con Holding Com. Ltd V. Owayele (1988) 4 NWLR (PT 90) 588 @ 603.
    The mere fact that the tenant returned key does not mean rescission of the tenancy. When tenants returns key before the expiration of his tent, he is not entitled to refund of rent except the property was let out, and it is only for the remainder of the period let out and paid for by the new tenant within the period under by the old tenant.
    In other words, your tenancy will continue to subsist in the apartment until it is let to a new tenant. Once the place is let after you have vacated (and before the expiration of your tenancy), you are then refunded for the unexpired term.
  • By: Nkechi Bright-Ewere
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Five Friends In Court For Abduction, Robbery

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An FCT High Court, Kubwa, has fixed July 5 for the definite hearing in a case against five friends.
Justus Alex, Victor Alex, Marcus Eze, Asogwa Johnson and John Ofor face four counts of armed robbery and abduction filed by the police.
Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya fixed the date after prosecution counsel, Sadiq Haruna, announced he had made rearrangements with the court registrar to serve the defendants’ sureties.
The sureties could not be served due to the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) strike.
The defendants are accused of robbing one Theophilus Kelechi and three others of five phones, one digital camera and N50,000 cash at Nandu Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja on October 15, 2019.
They also allegedly abducted Chief Benard Nwora from his office at Suite 52 of the same plaza and took him to Ado village in Nasarawa.
According to the prosecution, they demanded N50 million ransom from his wife, Bethel.
The police recovered two pistols, six live cartridges without licence, from the friends in Ado on October 16, 2019.
Their offences contravened the provisions of Section 2(3) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provision Act Cap 398 LFN 1990 and Section 273 of the Penal Code.
All the suspects have pleaded not guilty.

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