The Andoni Local Government Council says it has commissioned a consultant to work out feasibility study on the construction of a link road between Isiodum and Unyeada communities in the local governemnt area.
The council chairman Hon. Emilia Gilbert Nite who disclosed this during a reception to the government of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Also speaking, the royal father of the day, HRH King Israel Otuo thanked the council boss for her developmental effort in the local lovernment Area.
The royal father further charged the youths to shun violence as development cannot take place in an atmosphere of chaos.
In her honour by the Isiodum Patriotic Movement said that the road will open up the area for development.
Hon. Gilbert Nte, also said that the council will ensure the completion of the Isiodum health centre started by the council while the on-going water project in the area will also be completed.
The ANOLGA boss thanked the movement for the reception and urged the people of the area to give their full support.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Rivers State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Ephraim Sobere Etete-Owoh urged the people to give their support to the council administration.
He thanked the council boss for identifying the developmental need of her people.
Speaking earlier, the secretary of the reception planning committee, Mr. Ukata Philip Festus, urged for the council support in the realisation if the association set goal.
RSG To Commence Evaluation Of Storey Buildings
As part of moves to checkmate unnecessary incidences of building collapse in the state, the State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development says plans have been concluded to carry out independent structural evaluation on houses that are above two storey buildings in the State.
The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Austen Ben Chioma made the disclosure when members of Nigeria Institute of Builders paid him a courtesy visit at his office in Port Harcourt.
Mr Chioma also said that a monitoring team from the ministry made up of professionals had been going round to ensure that builders complied with laid down building standards as provided by the state ministry of urban development.
He however, regretted that most land developers did not comply with basic structural requirements like the EIS, SAR&P and soil tests which are meant to determine the soil’s ability to carry a particular building in a given area.
The commissioner said that as much as the government had taken into consideration the present harsh economic realities of the day, the right thing must always be done to safeguard lives and property.
Mr Chioma noted that builders who run foul of the ministry’s laid down procedures on property development would be made to pay contravention fees adding that the fees are not meant to discourage people from owning and building houses but to ensure that standards are strictly adhered to.
The commissioner gave assurances of tapping from the expertise of members of the organisation of institute of builders in carrying out their responsibilities in the areas of monitoring and evaluation.
Earlier, Chairman of the Nigeria Institute of Builders, Bldr Ugo Ohuabunwa said that in complying with building standards, the builders document which is the quality control document of the site, the safety and work plan must be incorporated to make improvement at controlling members of the body and also training of artisans while also sensitising land developers in relevant areas.
He said that the body was ready to work in synergy with the ministry by not only providing skilled manpower but also offering professional guidance, where necessary, adding that, quacks had been the bane of building collapse in the society.
By: Enoch Epelle
Police Arrest Nine Suspects For Various Crimes In Rivers
The Rivers State Police Command has paraded nine suspects for their alleged involvement in various criminal activities across the state and its environs.
Those arrested and paraded by the police include, a gang of kidnappers who lured one Adele Emmanuel from Delta State to Port Harcourt for a non-existent employment scam through Facebook.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP NnamdiOmoni while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, over the weekend, said the victim was lured from Delta State to Port Harcourt,and held him hostage in a hotel at Obeama, Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, operatives of the command, acting on credible information through intelligence-led policing, stormed the area and rescued the victim unhurt.
Omoni said the prime suspect, Bright Williams, aged 22 years, including the director of the hotel and a female staff were arrested during the raid in Oyigbo.
He further disclosed that men of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, working on credible intelligence, arrested the trio of Julius Amadi, IyakNayene and Gift Frank for alleged involvement in the kidnap of one Williams Etuk on September 11,2021 along Igbo-EtcheRoad while armed, adding that the Toyota Highlander Jeep the alleged kidnappers took from their victim was recovered.
The police image maker said that further investigation revealed that Julius Amadi was a member of the syndicate that kidnapped and killed a retired Army Captain whose decomposing body was recovered at Igbo-EtcheRoad last month.
Also, the duo of John Ifeanyi, aged 23; and Orji Ndukwu, aged 24; were arrested for alleged kidnap of one Michael Oladipo, 42 years; who was kidnapped on October 3, 2021, at Igwuruta in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Omoni while briefing journalists said that the suspects were arrested at Boki in Cross River State and that the Lexus Jeep belonging to the victim was recovered, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded.
Meanwhile, Gift Frank, the wife of Ahie Frank, who was arrested for participating in alleged kidnap of the late retired Army Captain, told Journalists that she was not aware that her husband was into kidnapping business.
Gift explained that she wanted to sell the Highlander Jeep to enable her pay somebody who offered to assist get her husband out of police net without knowing that the Jeep was not owned by her husband.
The victim while speaking to newsmen, alleged that he was lured from Delta State to come for the position of secretary in a company he applied online.
The victim disclosed that on arrival in PortHarcourt sometime in November, 2021, he was kidnapped by his supposed prospective employers,stripped naked while they made video recording of him and sent to his family demanding $20,000 ransom before he was rescued by men of Anti-Kidnapping Unit in the state led by CSP Edward Shadare.
Also speaking, Bright Williams,the prime suspect in an interview with journalists disclosed that the victim contacted them through a website demanding to be linked to a homosexual.
He explained following the bait, they kidnapped and video-recorded him, with intention of extorting money from his family.
Williams added that he was not aware of the amount of money the gang leader demanded from the alleged victim.
He also exonerated the director of the hotel and the female staff of being accomplices in the crime.
The director of the hotel, in an interview with journalists, disclosed that the alleged victim and the suspects came to the hotel to drink and did not lodge in the hotel before the police raided the hotel.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Rivers NUJ Bounces Back As CTC Takes Charge
The Vice President of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zone F, Comrade Opaka Dokubo, has finally handed over the keys to the Rivers State Council Secretariat to the Chairman, Caretaker Committee (CTC) of the council, Comrade Amaechi Okonkwo.
The handover ceremony, which was done during his maiden meeting with the CTC at the NUJ Press Centre,last Friday, was part of his efforts to resolve the impasse that has trailed the State Council election on August 12, 2021, in compliance with the directive of the National Secretariat of the union.
A statement signed by the CTC Secretary, Comrade Justice Ihunwo, quoted Dokubo as urging members of the CTC to eschew all forms of bitterness and work in harmony to ensure a hitch-free election that would usher in substantive executive of the union soonest.
He promised to work closely with the CTC and the Credentials Committee to ensure that all chapels that were financially up-to-date participate in the election, adding that no registered chapel would be denied their right to participate in the election so long as they meet the constitutional requirements to do so.
Earlier, the former Chairman of the council, Comrade Stanley Job Stanley; and former Secretary,Comrade Ike Wigodo; had in obedience to the directives of the National Secretariat, handed over the council property to the ZonalVice President, OpakaDokubo, last Wednesday.
Responding, Chairman of the CTC, Comrade AmaechiOkonkwo, thanked the zonal vice president for his ingenuity in resolving the misunderstanding in the council, and sued for co-operation of members to achieve the main target of free and fair election.
Conducting members of the CTC to the key offices and facilities in the complex, Dokubo, accompanied by both the former NUJ chairman and secretary, respectively, advised the State Executive Council (SEC) members to be prudent and transparent in the management of the facilities, and ensure that the National Secretariat gets regular briefing on the affairs of the council.
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