Mark Urges Equity On FERMA Projects
The Senate President, David Mark, has in Abuja appealed to
senators, especially chairmen of committees, to ensure that projects included
in budgets were representative of the entire country.
Mark made the appeal while reacting to an allegation by Sen. Ita Enang (PDP-Akwa Ibom) that the 2012 budget of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) was skewed to favour only one zone.
The Senate president said although he had not seen the
budget, if Enang’s allegations were true, the senators were not being fair to
the rest of the country.
He said every senator is a senator of Nigeria. “If you are a
chairman of a committee, you must also know that there are other senators who
are chairmen of other committees.”
“We must be fair, and we must ensure that there is justice
and that there is equity. I don’t know what they have advertised, but if it is
skewed in one direction, it is not correct.
“It must be representative of this country. That is what the
Senate is all about,’’the Senate president said.
Enang had earlier observed that the FERMA budget was
lopsided as all projects for road construction were centred in only one state.
He said Federal Road
Maintenance Agency (FERMA) was not
representative of this country. It starts almost in one state and ends in one
“The roads start mostly in the South East and are
concentrated in Enugu State. I’m sorry to say this, and that should not be done
in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I am saying this from what is on record,’’ Enang
He had advocated that the budget of FERMA be stopped
immediately, and the money for road projects be shared to the zones.
“Let Enugu State alone not take the money that belongs to
the entire country. Mr President, I want us to even dissolve FERMA because it
is not doing what it is supposed to do.
“One person alone has the opportunity to write the budget,
he diverts everything to his village and starves the entire country.
“This is not the purpose of federal character. Even the
village of the Senate President is not captured in the FERMA projects, ’’he
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, Sen. Ayogu
Eze (PDP-Enugu) had, in his response to the allegations, said that the issue
was completely mistaken.
Eze explained that there had been an earlier publication of
constituency projects of some individuals which was not a representation of the
“What was advertised during the holidays was mainly some of
the new projects that came as a result of constituency projects of some
“It is not a representation of the entire budget of FERMA.
Before they made this last advertisement, they have awarded about 90 per cent
of their contracts in different parts of the country,’’Eze said.
Climate Change: Water Scarcity ’ll Displace 700m By 2030 -Commissioner
With the current climate scenerio around the world, and reliable water supply sources pumping away through flood, droughts and natural disaster, it has been predicted that water scarcity would displace between 24million to 70million people by 2030.
This is even as three out of ten people in Nigeria do not have clean water close to them, thereby putting them under constant threat from waterborne diseases like Cholera and the likes.
Rivers State Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku stated this while presenting his keynote address at the World Water Day celebration with the theme ‘Accelerating Change To Solve The Water And Sanitation Crisis’, in Portharcourt, last Wednesday.
Ebeku who noted that the climate was changing at an alarming rate explained that more frequent and extreme flooding was polluting fragile water sources and longer droughts drying up springs, stating that this has made it even harder for the world’s poorest people to get clean water.
According to him, the Sustainable Development Goal(SDG) No.6 as established by the UN General Assembly in 2015, was about ‘Clean Water and Sanitation for all’ with the sixth outcome targeting safe and affordable water.
The Commissioner said “findings from WHO and UN-Water’s Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water(GLAAS), report shows that acceleration is needed in many countries to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 -water and sanitation for all by 2030″.
With barely seven years left, Ebeku expressed fears that the more the climate changes with flooding, droughts and other natural disasters, the more challenging it becomes to hit the 2030 deadline.
“Dire consequences of climate change and extreme weather events bring more attention to the issues, underlining an urgent need for a whole-of society approach and global cooperation to act together”, Ebeku said.
While noting that the GLAAS 2022 report showed that countries making progress demonstrated high level of political commitment and investments in improving safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) systems, Ebeku stressed the need for the Nigerian government to take a queue for the achievement of safe and affordable water for it’s citizens.
He further called on the government and stakeholders to scale up support for WASH service delivery through strengthened governance, financing, monitoring, regulation and capacity development.
By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu
NiMET Raises Alarm Over Concentration Of Green House Gases In Atmosphere
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has cautioned the public on the continues rise of average concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere with devastating global consequences.
NiMet noted that it is very clear, however, that no country in the world is immune against the effect of the changing climate, whether as an emitter or non-emitter of these gases.
The Director General/CEO, NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu in his keynote address on the occasion of the World Meteorological Day, in Abuja, said the world had seen ravaging storms cutting across several international borders during their lifecycles.
This therefore he explained, echoes the essential of cooperation at the core of existence of the WMO. “Indeed, happenings over the years have taught us all that weather has no boundary.”
Matazu, while speaking at the event, with the theme: The Future of Weather, Climate and Water across Generation, said: “As you may be aware, every year on the 23rd of March, the World celebrates Meteorological Day.
“This ‘day’ commemorates the coming into force on 23rd March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organisation.”
According to Matazu, Prior to this date, the International Meteorological Organisation existed since 1873, as a cooperation of international bodies or institutions working tirelessly together, exchanging data and making forecasts for the good of all.
“This cooperation has been strengthened since the establishment of the World Meteorological organisation (WMO).Over the years, society as well as science has evolved.”
Speaking further, the NiMet boss, represented by the Director, Research and Training NiMet Prof. Effiom Oku, maintained: “Technology has allowed us to modernise the way activities are conducted in a more concise and efficient manner. We have witnessed the transition from an analogue society to a digital one, and the evolvement is expected to continue. In the same way, the world climate has transited from variability to change while variability still continues within different climate environment.
“The global atmosphere continues to warm while nations struggle to adjust to the reality of combating climate change amidst economic gains.”
He said as an organisation of 187 Member States and 6 Member Territories, the WMO requires that all its members will operate with common vision and goals. “The World Meteorological Day therefore, offers opportunity for member countries to converge ideas and resources; and align in one common thematic area.
“The ‘Day’ showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHss) such as NiMet and NIHSA (Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency) to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world.”
“Therefore , while we work tirelessly to improve on our activities, we must not forget to prepare the future generation for the task ahead”, Matazu said.
First Phase Of Trans Kalabari Road: Wike Brought Development To Kalabari Land -Minama Monarch
As Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, commissions the first phase of the Trans Kalabari Road on Tuesday, Amanyanabo of Minama community in Asari Toru Local Government Area, HRH King Iboroma Talbot Pokubo has said that Governor Wike’s administration has brought development to the doorstep of the Kalabari kingdom.
King pokubo who said this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt said the road has opened up communities in the area for development.
He said the road has not only boosted development in the area but checked the cost of going to Minama from Abonnema.
King Pokubo however said it is the wish of the people that all communities in Asari Toru Local Government Area be connected by road.
“As an Asalgan,I want everyone and every villages in Asari Toru local Government Area to be connected to other parts of the state.
“We have Oporoma,Sama and we also have Tema Ifoko road which is supposed to be connected to Abalama.
“It could be the second or third phase of Trans Kalabari Road. The Tema Ifoko road has been abandoned for along time,”he said.
On the victory of Sir Siminalaye Fubara, Pokubo described Fubara as a technocrat who will surely bring his wealth of experience to bear on the governance of the state.
“Sir Fubara is a vibrant person and he has gone through all the rigorous processes in becoming governor,as an experience leader and as a civil servant from the scratch to Accountant General.
“You can see that he has gone through all the processes”, the monarch said.
The Minama monarch also urged the incoming Governor to look into Education, health care and human capital development
He particularly said accomodations be provided to teachers both at the tertiary and primary schools, while teachers at the rural areas be encouraged to teach.
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