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Sustainable Peace, Germane To Dev In Rivers -SSG

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The Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, has identified peace as a major driver of development, as he called on organisations and individuals to support the Governor Nyesom Wike administration in fostering unity and growth in the state.
Danagogo also noted that it was the responsibility of all persons who live and do business in the state to nurture the peace in their environment as the governor was doing all within his powers to support and work with all security agencies in the state to fast-track the developmental agenda of the NEW Rivers Vision administration.
The Secretary to the State Government stated this when the Ministers and Ambassadors for Peace in the Niger Delta paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Port Harcourt, at the weekend.
According to the SSG, sustainable peace is desired in all parts of Nigeria, especially for citizens in the North-West and North-East who now live in constant fear because of the precarious security situation in that part of the country.
While encouraging the ministers to keep up the good work, he urged them to continue to take the pains of going into the Niger Delta creeks to re-orientate the youths and encourage those who are yet to lay down their arms to do so.
“No amount of money is too much to re-orientate our youths, if the resources are available. That is why I think one of the best presidents Nigeria has ever had was the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who set up the Niger Delta Ministry, The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) with resources. If the monies were judiciously used, I think it would have been meaningful for our people through the reorientation and education to develop skills for empowerment of the youths. He was a president that had a lot of foresight and empathy”, he emphasized.
He further observed that the issues of security, the ecology and topography in Rivers State, like other parts of the Niger Delta, makes contract sums much more expensive as compared to what is obtainable in other parts of the country.
He urged the association’s members to keep praying for the state in accordance with the Holy Scriptures that direct the faithful to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
The President of the Ministers and Ambassadors for Peace in the Niger Delta, Bishop Prince Samuel Richard, intimated the SSG of their mission and achievements in working and praying for the peace of the Niger Delta, especially Rivers State.
The bishop noted that, the association, which was formed 14 years ago, would also organize some outlined programmes as the Peace Prayer Summit, one million man match for peace once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
He enjoined the SSG to join hands with the association in winning the souls of youths in the Niger Delta.

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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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