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Bayelsa State Govt Restates Commitment To Completing Ongoing Housing Projects.

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The Bayelsa state government has promised to complete and handover to rightful owners all ongoing Housing Estates in the state.

This was revealed to The Tide yesterday by the permanent secretary of the state Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development, Dr Wisdom Sawyer during a chat with our correspondent.

Sawyer who said the Government is assiduously working round the clock to deliver all Government initiated ongoing Housing Estates in the state regretted that some have misunderstood government intentions.

The permanent secretary restated Government’s willingness to collaborate with all stakeholders in the Housing subsector of the state and the nation in general in maintaining global best practices and standards in the building and construction of Government Housing Estates in the state.

According to Sawyer, the Housing Development fund account is being channelled towards providing Bayelsans the opportunity of owning Houses in a serene, well planned and friendly Environments across the state.

Speaking against the backdrop of recent insinuations that some of the Housing projects have been allocated to politicians,the permanent secretary maintained that they were sold to all interested members of the public who meet the requisites,saying the 100 Housing units at Ayama-Ijaw in southern Ijaw local government area is about 95% completed.

Dr Sawyer also reiterated Government’s readiness to allocate all the completed flats of the 700 units Agbura Housing Estate to their legal occupants just as he mentioned that no unit would be abandoned.

“The  Housing development fund account is a revolving one.So after selling any of the flats or units of any of the Housing Estate, the money is ploughed back into this account so that we can continue providing Housing for Bayelsans”, he said.

“We’ve completed the building of 38 units of one bedroom flats, 50 units of two bedroom flats and others at the Ayama-Ijaw state Housing Estate. It’s about 95% completed”, he added.

On the ongoing Judges Estate project at Opolo in Yenagoa local government area, he noted that as against the position of those who critisize government on the location, the area is the best place for Judges to reside, saying that the security of their lives and properties as well as proximity to other top Government official residential Estates,serenity and other justifications were carefully put into consideration before the location was chosen.

By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

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Police Kill Five Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Victim

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Police operatives in Edo State have rescued one Innocent Achebe, 38, from a kidnappers den, killing five suspects in the process.
Achebe was rescued on Sunday in Ughosi-Afe bush in Ibilo, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the State, where the victim was held in captivity for days.
This is contained in a statement by Deputy Public Relations Officer, Edo Police Command, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, on Monday in Benin.
She said that the operation was part od the command’s commitment to rid the state of violent crime, including kidnapping.
“This feat was achieved following credible information at the command’s disposal that hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers were operating in Ughoshi- Afe bush, Ibillo in Akoko Edo LGA, Edo State.
“On receipt of the information, the command immediately mobilised its tactical team of operatives from the Ibillo sector in collaboration with vigilantes and hunters to the scene.
“The kidnappers on sighting the operatives opened fire on them which led to a gun duel that left five of the kidnappers fatally injured and were later confirmed dead,” Iwegbu said.
She added that the victim, who was rescued unhurt, had been reunited with his family.
The police spokesperson said two locally made pistols, charms and cartridges were recovered from the scene.
Iwegbu said the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, commended the gallantry exhibited by the operatives and pledged that the command would work with relevant stakeholders and law-abiding citizens to secure the State.

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Bayelsa Spends N3.52bn On Debt Service

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Bayelsa State Government said it spent N3.52 billion on servicing its loan obligations to commercial banks for the month of May.
The Tide’s source reports that domestic debt stock data from the Debt Management Office for Bayelsa as of March 31, stood at N151.41 billion.
Technical Adviser to Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Treasury Matters, Mr Timipre Seipulo, stated this while giving an update of the state’s income and expenditure profile for the months of May and June in Yenagoa.
According to the financial highlights, the state generated some N1.68 billion from internal sources in addition to a gross inflow of N22.86 billion from the federation account to make a total of N22.91 billion for May.
Of the amount, derivation revenue, a 13 per cent of value of crude oil produced within the state for May stood at N17.82 billion.
On the other hand, non oil revenue of N124.69 million accrued to the state for the month under review.
According to Seipulo, the state’s wage bill for civil servants and political appointees gulped N6.2 billion.
For the month of June, Bayelsa got N18.67 billion after deductions at source from the federation account.
Oil derivation accounted for N14.02 billion, while the internally generated revenue was N1.99 million.
The total wage bill for the month of June was N6.14 billion.

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Delta Seals Gas Plant Over Student’s Death

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The Delta Government sealed a gas plant over outbreak of seizure leading to the death of a student in a close-by school.
The gas plant closure followed the report of an emergency committee, comprising representatives of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, officials of the Ministry of Health and the management of Mary Mount College.
It was recalled that on July 16, 10 students of Mary Mount College, near Handeskia Gas Plant in Boji-Boji, Agbor, were suspected to have showed signs of strange ailments and seizure due to gas emission.
One of the affected students died few weeks after her parents took her to the hospital.
Mr Godspower Asiuwhu, the state Commissioner for Environment, warned the gas company that stiffer sanctions would be meted on it, if the seal was broken.
“The activities of the company has posed ecological and health threat to students of Mary Mount College, Agbor, situated in the environs.
“The management of Handeskia Oil and Gas should desist from causing havoc to residents of the host community,” Asiuwhu said.
The commissioner frowned at the unruly behaviour of staff of the gas company, saying that the state government would not condone any attempt by the company to unseal the premises.
According to him, a task force will be set up to monitor activities of the gas company after it had been sealed to ensure they did not return back to business.
Also, Mr Victor Ebonka, the Chairman, Ika North East Local Government Area, said the council had earlier sealed the gas company twice, adding that they later went back to unseal the premises.
“Since the activities carried out by the company were endangering the lives of residents, there is every need to seal the gas company and put a stop to all their activities,” Ebonka said.

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