Connect with us

Rivers

RVHA Passes PPPI Bill Into Law

Published

on

The Rivers State House of Assembly has passed into law, the State public-private participation in infrastructure (PPPI)  development bill, 2009.

The bill seeks to epromote, facilitate, and regulate partnership between the public and private sectors in infrastructure development in the state as well as, establish the state council on public-private partnerships, and other  matters related.

The lawmakers in a majority vote before adjourning for one week recess last Wednesday, passed the bill into law after considering the report of the House adhoc committee on the bill chaired by Hon Lucky Odili.

Some of the lawmakers had during the debate on the committee’s report  made some corrections on the report and commended the committee for a job well done.

Taking the lead on the debate, Hon Ibani Ikuinyi observed that it was wrong for the committee to recommend for the establishment  of the Contract Management Unit  (CMU) as an independent agency arguing that the CMU is supposed  to be a unit in the proposed law.

Hon Ibani stated that the establishment of CMU as an independent organ would crate bottle necks that would hamper a the effective implementation of the bureau and urged the lawmakers to delete section 26 of the original bill that empowers the state attorney general to be the chairman of the CMU.

“I disagree vehemently, that the Contract Management unit (CMU) should play an autonomous role  instead  of being part of the law, in making the attorney general to be the chairman, he stated.

Also contributing, Hon Chidi Lioyd (Emohua), Hope Ikiriko (Awelga) and Isaac Kamalu (Eleme) while commending the committee for the job,  observed that the committee did not assign any responsibility to the state legislature on the proposed law.

The lawmakers averred that the bill which is an important one to the state would be responsible in the award of contracts and appropriation and ought to involve the law makers as it is their constitutional power to supervise all spendings of the state.

The lawmakers urged their colleagues to adopt the committee’s report and pass the bill into law adding that their challenges should be on  how to harness the observations and contributions raised by the legislators during the debate.

In his ruling, the speaker Rt Hon Tonye Harry thanked the lawmakers for their support towards the passage of the bill into law and assured that the House Committee on judiciary would harness all the grey areas noticed in the bill before it would be forwarded to the state governor for assent.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Rivers

RSG Committed To Education Development – Ebeku

Published

on

The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, has stated that the Rivers State Government is committed in the development of education in the state.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Education on Media, Faustina Nwaneku and made available to The Tide, Wednesday; in Port Harcourt said Prof Ebeku made the disclosure when he visited some Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Centres in the State.
Interacting with pupils at the Centres visited, Prof. Ebeku said the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, was determined to addressing the issues of out-of-school children through the provision of free education in the state and implementation of BESDA programme.
He said “The government knows that the future lies with you. The young shall grow and if we do not make effort to ensure that you learn something, then we do not have a future as a people.”
The Education Commissioner also commended the facilitators at the Centres for the professional discharge of their teaching duties,
He said he was impressed with the teacher-pupil relationship he observed during the visit.
Speaking to the children he said: “I am happy to come here to see you all today. I have participated in your literacy class and I can see you are doing well. I can see you are eager and hungry for knowledge”.
Prof. Ebeku was guided to the BESDA Centres by the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Fynface Akah, and some staff of the Board.
The Tide reports that the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) is a programme designed to increase equitable access for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus States, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Rivers

Court Remands Suspected Fake Lawyer

Published

on

A High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded to police custody a suspected fake lawyer, Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe who has been practicing in the State for over 10 years.
Adjogbe was remanded following the plea by the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch, Prince Nyekwere that the suspect may escape if he was allowed to go.
Justice C. Nwogu in his ruling directed the prosecutor from the office of the Commissioner of Police to take custody of the suspected fake lawyer pending the outcome of their investigation.
The Tide reports that the suspected fake lawyer, Stanley was exposed on Wednesday, during cross-examination when he failed to answer correctly questions bordering on his identity as a legal practitioner.
Also, the suspected fake lawyer could not tell the court the law school he attended, the year he graduated and when he was called to the Bar.
He also could not mention the university he attended as a law student.
The Tide further reports that the defence team in the criminal matter also tendered reports from the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the national leadership of NBA disowning the identity of Mr. Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe as a genuine legal practitioner in the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere in an interview explained the reasons he demanded that the suspected fake lawyer be remanded in Police custody.
Also, Ibikiri Otorubio, the lawyer who cross-examined the suspected fake lawyer in the case of a bounced cheque,, explained why they suspected that the lawyer is fake.
Mr. Otorubio said if the suspected fake lawyer was found guilty, he would face a jail term of 14 years.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Rivers

Operation Still Water Has Recorded Success – GOC

Published

on

The 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt says the Exercise “Still Water” operation designed to clear up crime and criminality during Ember months has recorded success with the civil- military cooperation in the State.
The Garrison Commander, 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Muhammed Danja, made this known during a novelty football match between Ahoada West Football Club and Python Football Club at Ahoada-East Local Government Area.
Danja maintained that the football match was part of the civil- military responsibility of Exercise Still Water operation in the state.
On his part, the chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Ben Eke, commended the efforts of the military in curbing the activities of illegal petroleum products taking place in the area
Eke also called for more collaboration in fighting other crimes in the area
The Tide reports that the Ahoada East Football Club defeated the Python Football Club by a lone, following a tension pact and keenly contested encounter.
Prizes and awards were presented by the Garrison commander to the match officials, judges, three most valuable players, the winners and the 2nd runners-up.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Trending