Connect with us

Niger Delta

‘More Nigerians Are Turning Beggars

Published

on

A Non-Governmental
Organisation, the South South Youth Consultative, Enlightment and Mobilisation Council (SSYCEMOC) says more Nigerians are turning to beggars as the struggle for survival in the present harsh economy is not only affecting the unemployed but is also eroding the middle class.
SSYCEMOC’s Director of Publicity, Comrade  Chris Nnodim, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, said inspite of the great economic potentials of the country, economic reality had caused firms to wind up, thus increasing the number of people in the labour market.
Comrade Nnodim said there was urgent need for the government, particularly at the federal level to initiate viable economic solution to save Nigerian masses from the present economic hardship.
“No fuel, no electricity, no employment and security challenges have become issues for an average Nigerian to confront with. Let the federal government find a way to loosen the grip of economic hardship in the country”, he said.
According to him, more Nigerians now beg for survival and that those they expect to help them are themselves finding it very difficult to survive, stressing that time had come for government at all levels to device urgent means for the people to survive the present hardship in the country.
“It would be unfair to blame the president or governors in any of the states for the present situation of things because the economic crunch is a global issue”, he said.
He particularly urged public leaders to block wastages of public resources and initiate enduring economic measures that would see Nigerians through the present socio-economic situation.
“On the roads, more people are mow trekking, more are begging and families no longer can provide three square meals”, he said and called well-meaning Nigerians to see the present situation as opportunity to show love to one another.
“Before you throw away the left over, look around because a lot of people can survive on them and feel free to give out generously. Blockage of wastage should not be public officers’ issue but everybody’s issue’, he added.

 

Chris Oluoh

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

Published

on

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

Published

on

Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

Published

on

A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

Continue Reading

Trending