Yenagoa Law School: Ijaw Group Commends Wike’s Magnanimity
The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has joined others in commending the Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, on the flag- off of construction works for hostel blocks and the 1,500 seat auditorium at the Yenagoa law school campus.
The group said the Rivers governor has once again proved himself to be a man who matches words with action.
Recall that Governor Wike, made a pledge on 29th August, 29, 2020 and nine months down the line, he has fully redeemed his pledge to build a 900-student hostel and the 1500 capacity auditorium.
Speaking on behalf of the National President, the Chairman MOSIEND, central zone, Comrade Taribolou Ogboriyo, noted that the revival of MOSIEND was to raise the level of clamour for purposeful infrastructural and human capital development of our people, in the Niger Deltan region.
MOSIEND fully shares the ideals of Governor Wike who has developed infrastructure to a point where he is nicknamed Mr Project and we can all attest to the fact that Governor Wike’s drive for developmental projects knows no bound as he has crisscrossed into his sister state in Bayelsa to showcase the importance he attaches to education in the Niger Delta.
He continued that, “In so doing, MOSIEND is using this auspicious occasion to whisper to the Governor that our Elders council, National and Zonal leadership have already come to firm conclusion that Your Excellency has naturally distinguished yourself as the spokesman of the Niger Delta, similar to the hard work the governor has put in place, that earned him the Mr Project title.
Accordingly, MOSIEND is consulting with other ethnic nationalities on the need to confer a befitting title on him in order to fully establish and authenticate his natural emergence as the voice for the Niger Delta.
MOSIEND also used the opportunity to bring up the NDDC board issues that is hitting up the polity and threatening to conflagrate the entire Niger Delta.
The group stated that amongst other things, the constitution of the Board of NDDC is the responsibility of the president with advice from the governors
“The importance of the appointment cannot be over emphasised, as it is the only prescribed legal body that can always be held accountable by the people of the Niger Delta”.
Furthermore, the zonal chairman, said that the NDDC Act Part III, Section 11(1) also prescribes a Standing Committee made up of the Governors of the NDDC States, known as the Advisory Committee, whose appointment and functions are statutory and beyond the powers of the president. As a matter of fact Section 11(3) states in part:
“The Advisory Committee is charged with advising the board and monitoring the activities of the commission, with a view to achieving the objectives of the commission”.
This section is the key to the expected success story of the NDDC. It has therefore become very necessary to appeal to His Excellency to, without delay, liaise with the South-South Governors, forum chairman to constitute a delegation to once again, visit Mr President, to impress it on him to constitute the board so that the governors can also play their role on the NDDC in ensuring it functions lawfully.
The law requires the governors to advise and monitor the board and not a sole administrator. The people of the Niger Delta will henceforth not allow politicians to toy with the development of the area.
Comrade Ogboriyo, used the occasion to extend hands of fellowship to Wike and also craved his indulgence to grant audience to the Eastern Zone MOSIEND leadership which is domiciled in Rivers State and the National Executive headed by a Rivers State indigene for purposes of working out areas of cooperation on the issue of security.
By: AriweraIbibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Monarch Lauds Wike For Recognition Of Bonny Indigenes
By: Wokoma Emmanuel & Michael Abraham
The Natural Ruler and Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, His Majesty, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple III, Edward I, Perekule XI, has hailed the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, for recognising indigenes of his community through conferment of honours.
He also congratulated Bonny indigenes who were conferred with the Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) award by the Rivers State Government.
The awardees are Chairman of Bonny Local Government Council, Alabota Anengi Dagogo Claude-Wilcox; Amaopusenibo Rodaford Longjohn; Amaopusenibo Kingsley Fubara Hart; Hon. George Fubara Tolofari; Hon. Aye Atamah Pepple; Hon. Christopher Green; and Hon. Abinye Blessing Pepple.
The monarch also expressed gratitude to Wike and the state government for finding Bonny indigenes worthy of such recognition.
In a statement, the monarch, who had also been honoured by the Rivers State Government for his contributions to the development of Nigeria and Rivers State, said the award would motivate the recipients and others to put more efforts towards making Rivers State the cynosure of all eyes. He used the opportunity to appreciate the former governor, for his outstanding achievements, while praying that the present Governor, Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara, who is an Ibani son, would surpass his accomplishments.
The Paramount Ruler, who was present at the presentation of the awards, prayed for more successes in their political careers and other endeavours, and hoped that they would continue to be good ambassadors of Bonny Kingdom.
C’ River Residents Task Gov On Good Governance
Residents of Cross River State have appealed to the new governor of the state, Sen. Bassey Otu, to enthrone good governance in the state as he assumes office.
The residents who spoke with The Tide source during the inauguration of Otu said with the present situation in the state, it was important for the new governor to hit the ground running.
Former Commissioner for Health in the state, Mrs Janet Ekpenyong said the residents are very hopeful that the governor would perform and succeed in his endeavour.
“I hope that as Otu assumes office, he will bring on some people who will give him the necessary and explicit support that he requires to move the state forward.
“There is a huge gap of human resources in the state’s health sector; although, the former governor started the process of recruiting more hands, we expect the governor to bring in more competent hands to bridge the gap.
“He should also focus on the the renovation of our health facilities especially those at the secondary level and also ensure that there is enough commodities and drugs to cater for residents of the state,” she said.
Ekpenyong added that there was also need to invest and expand the state’s health insurance scheme as it was a low hanging fruit and would bridge healthcare gap in the state.
Similarly Mr Jackson Bassey said although the new governor might have a good heart but he needed to stand his ground with the will power to do the right thing.
Mrs Ikaete Anang said the people were tired of long speeches without action from their elected officials assign that what they wanted was performance.
Anang called on the new governor of the state to try his best in assuaging the suffering of the people of the state, especially the women.
“We need to make Cross River viable, clean and green again so that the people can rejoice; it has been a painful last four years and we must tell ourselves the truth,” she maintained.
The source reports that the inauguration of the the governor of Cross River took place at a packed UJ Esuene Stadium with colourful cultural troupes and many dignitaries in attendance.
Energy Transition: Global South Delegation Undertakes Lobby Tour To Europe
A delegation of Global South scholars and activists are embarking on a lobbying and advocacy tour of European capitals to discuss the urgent issue of an ecosocial energy transition.
The seven participants are following up on a global manifesto published this year decrying a new Green colonialism and urging more equitable approaches to achieving a fossil-free future.
Miss Kome Odhomor, Media/Communications Lead at Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), said this in a statement on Monday in Yenagoa.
HOMEF, a Nigeria based environmental group is a participating member of the coalition of groups making up the delegation.
The delegation will hold public events, meet with policymakers and NGOs, and engage with members of the media in Berlin, Brussels, and London from May 29 to June 2.
According to her, the mission of the delegation is to inject Global South perspectives into current European policy discussions around energy and environment.
“The delegation will include the Right Livelihood award winner, a Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey, widely published Argentine sociologist and philosopher Maristella Svampa, the Fijian international human rights lawyer Kavita Naidu and Indian activist-researcher Madhuresh Kumar.
“Others are Brazilian-Spanish activist-scholar Breno Bringel, Venezuelan linguist and ecofeminist Liliana Buitrago, and South African-Swedish scholar-activist Vasna Ramasar.
“The tour is organized by the Ecosocial and Intercultural Pact of the South, the Global Just Transition project of the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Global Tapestry of Alternatives,” she said.
She said that while in Germany, the delegation would in Berlin, meet the press in the morning of Tuesday and hold a public event co-sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung at 5 pm (Str. der Pariser Kommune.)
She said that in Brussels, Maristella Svampa would participate in a public event “The Green Transition and Critical Minerals” on May 30 at 12:30 at CCND.
“Also in Brussels, on May 31, the delegation will meet with NGOs at Mundo-madou at noon co-sponsored by Oikos.
“The itinerary further shows that in the evening of May 31 in Brussels, the delegation will hold a public event at 6 pm co-sponsored by Broederlijk Delen at GEC in Ghent (Kon. Maria Hendrikaplein.
“In London, the delegation will meet with NGOs on June 1 beginning at 1 pm at Kairos House,The Bookroom, Essex Hall, 1-6 Essex Street.
“While on June 2, in London, there will be a public event at Pelican House at 6 pm (144 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green).”
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