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Commissioner Harps On Clean Environment

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Minister and stakeholders at the sensitisation of stakeholders on pre and post launch activities of the Clean-up Ogoni land and other oil impacted communities in the Niger Delta by the Federal Ministry of Environment in Port Harcourt yesterday.

Minister and stakeholders at the sensitisation of stakeholders on pre and post launch activities of the Clean-up Ogoni land and other oil impacted communities in the Niger Delta by the Federal Ministry of Environment in Port Harcourt yesterday.

The  Delta State Commis
sioner for Environment,  Chief John Nani, has advised residents to comply with the regulations provided by the state waste management board in order to ensure clean environment.
Nani, who spoke in an interview with newsmen in Asaba on Sunday, said that residents were yet to fully embrace the new environmental law.
The commissioner said that the new regulations provided for a new waste disposal system.
He noted that some residents had continued to dump waste at unauthorised locations in Asaba and other cities, just to avoid paying waste disposal fees.
“We have a dump site at Ibusa and we have the Private Sector Partners (PSPs) who collect the waste from the points of generation to deposit at the dump site.
“Lots of the residents do not want to key into the new waste management system for proper evacuation of their refuse.
“We have noticed that people cut corners rather than do the right thing and that is unlawful.
“We ask the residents to pay their bills into the specified bank account to enable government to pay the PSPs as and when due.
“This will also help government to monitor the process, check irregularities and prevent unauthorised persons from defrauding them,” he said.
The commissioner said that the ministry had sensitised the people through the media on the need to properly dispose their waste and pay their waste disposal fees.
“Yes, we know we can only minimize crime; so, we have set up a task force to move round the towns to check all these nasty behaviours of some people.
“There is also an advocacy for all residents, stalls, offices and companies to have waste bins in front of their apartments.
“Soon, we will begin to use Point of Sales (POS) machines to enable the residents to pay their bills in the comfort of their homes, using their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.
“We have warned them not to pay cash to anybody, but pay to the bank just as they pay their electricity and other bills.
“The residents’ compliance level for payment of waste bills in the state is still very low,” Nani said.

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Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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