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Delta Govt Set To Reconstruct Ogborode, Okerenko Communities

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Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has set machinery in motion to start the immediate reconstruction of towns in Ogborode and Okerenkoko clans that were destroyed during the JTF and Militant clash few months ago.

He also praised Niger Delta governors for their interest in the Petroleum Bill, as well as movement of the Petroleum Institute in Effurun to Kaduna, noting that that contributed to why the amnesty is working out.

The governor who stated this when he presided over the State Vision 2020 Council meeting in Asaba, weekend, gave assurance that the state government would re-build the destroyed communities before March next year.

He explained that a new Master Plan of the communities has been put in place and the committee members would work with it when constituted, adding that a new committee to handle the construction of the towns will be inaugurated soon.

Uduaghan promised that all communities destroyed during the May 13 crisis would be re-built by his administration explaining however that re-construction would be taken in turns and after Okerenkoko and Ogborode other communities would follow.

According to him, “As a state, we are concerned in developing the destroyed communities like Okerenkoko and Ogborode. A committee will be set up to look into it. Already a master plan has been drawn for the re-structuring and we hope they will be able to re-build the towns latest by March next year”.

He said that the unfortunate incident of militant bombardment of communities in creeks on May 13 made the governors of the Niger Delta Region to meet with the federal government to resolve the crucial issues involved.

Speaking further, he explained that the crisis led to the proclamation of amnesty on the militants even as he said that governors of the region insisted that royalties be paid to the affected communities and post amnesty plan put in place.

His words “We as Niger Delta governors took interest in the Petroleum Bill, the movement of the Petroleum Institute in Effurun to Kaduna and making sure that the amnesty works out. We have also been working on how to rehabilitate the armed Youths and make them gainfully employed”.

He said his administration was committed towards ensuring economic growth in the state through the provision of necessary infrastructure like accessible road, functional seaports and airports, youth empowerment and improved power supply.

He promised that the state government will continue to assist the Federal Government in the repairs of the destroyed Gas plant at Utorogu and building her own Independent power plant to increase the power generated in the state.

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Ayade Suspends Carnival Over Insecurity, COVID-19

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Yesterday suspended the 2021 Carnival Calabar over fears of a renewed outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The governor disclosed the decision after a prolonged debate among his aides including Commissioners, special advisers special assistants, speaker of the House of Assembly, council chairmen, during an enlarged executive council meeting.
Announcing the suspension, Ayade cited the health concerns arising from the outbreak of Covid-19 variant, Omicron, as well as the prevailing security situation as reasons for the suspension.
He said he would not as a governor and leader compromise the lives and safety of the citizens for the fleeting excitement of the carnival.
Before announcing the suspension, Ayade had subjected the decision to popular votes, following which the majority of the stakeholders voted for the suspension of the carnival.
“We voted more than three times to arrive at No Carnival this year for the best interest of Cross Riverians!
“I’m sad of course as I wanted Carnival for 2021 but the majority carried the day. Dear Cross Riverians, we need to be alive first to enjoy Xmas and Carnival.
“The New Covid-19 Variant is dangerous and won’t portray a good image for the Governor who is the hero of Covid-19 prevention,” the governor told the people of the state.
One of the speakers and former Minister of Culture and Tourism, High Chief Edem Duke even opined that it would be a mockery for a state whose Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, is the Chair of Nigerian Commissioners of Health Forum to hold a carnival amidst the dangers of the new Covid-19 wave.

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Lawmaker Empowers Edo Youths, Women

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Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Matthew Urhoghide, has trained and supported over 222 youths and women in the state with starter kits to commence businesses.
The training, facilitated by the senator, was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Cross River Basin Development Authority, as part of the lawmaker’s effort to improve livelihood of unemployed persons in the state.
Addressing newsmen at the training session in Benin City, the senator, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, said he had so far upgraded skills and empowered over 7,000 persons across the seven local government areas that make up the senatorial district in the state.
Urhoghide, represented by Pet Eghobamien, legislative aide to the senator, said: “The programme is facilitated by Senator Matthew Urhoghide. He promised all of these things during electioneering that he will improve lives and livelihood of Edo people.
“There are different classes of participants. For metal works, we have 200 and for barbing, hair making and fashion, we have 22 persons. Those that will be trained on metal works and local fabrication will go home with N50,000. We are not giving the other ones money but we have given them full complement of what they need to start their businesses.”
Ogbomo Tona, chief resident officer, Human Resources, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, who represented the Edo State controller of the ministry, congratulated the trainees, pointing out that capacity development is key to nation building.
Items distributed were generators, sewing machines, and dryers, among others.

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Pirates Kill Three, Abduct Seven Oil Workers

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Gunmen, suspected to be pirates, in the early hours of Sunday, attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa State.
The Tide learnt that the pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
Sources close to the affected oilfields said the gunmen reportedly shot dead two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The driver of their boat, an indigene of Okoroma community, is still missing, according to the local sources who witnessed the incident.
According to the sources, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government Area, six oil workers said to have been doing maintenance job close to their platform were abducted.
The Agip oil workers and their security guards, it was gathered, came under attack at about 6 a.m., while working close to a manifold in the deep swamp.
The NSCDC spokesperson in Bayelsa, Ogbere Solomon, confirmed the incident on Sunday evening.
Mr Solomon said a civil defense officer died in the ambush, while two others, who were missing, have been found and are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.
“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government Area.
“One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment,” he said.
The youth president of the Okoroma Clan, Tarinyu Joseph, said indigenes of the area had recovered the corpses of those killed.
He said those injured were taken to the hospital while the boat driver is still missing.

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