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Lawmakers List Benefits of Value Added Tax Bill 2021

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Lawmakers at the Rivers State House of Assembly recently debated the benefits of the State Value Added Tax bill and Residents Registration bill saying apart from raising revenue in the state coffers, it will equally strengthen security.
The executive bill were brought on the floor as the Leader of the House,Hon.  Martins Amaewhule praised the governor for the courage he demonstrated to ensure that the matter was settled in the courts.
Amaewhule urged members to give the bill utmost consideration and speed of approval.
After intense debate, the bill was briefly committed to the House Committee on Finance which convoked a public hearing that stretched into the evening hours before returning its report back for mention for third reading before it was finally passed into law.
On the bill for the registration of residents, the leader posited that such law is crucial in this period of security challenges.
Amaewhule said it will also provide data base for security agencies and other economy supervisory agencies to operate effectively.
For Deputy Leader, Hon. Barinee Deeyah residents registration bill will broaden data base for effective economic planning.
Hon. Deeyah argued that a robust data base is key for and efficient economic planning and execution of government plan and programmes.
Also contributing, Christian Ahiakwo of Ogba /Egbe/Ndoni Constituency 1 submitted that with the level of migration immigration in and outside the state it will be easy for government to manage the population.
At the end of the debate and mention for third reading, the Speaker, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi- Owaji Ibani commended members for their contributions.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Ex-Khana LG Chairmen Pass Vote Of Confidence On Yobana 

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The Association of former elected Local Government Chairmen in Khana Local Government Area have passed a vote of confidence on the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Council, Amb. Marvin Yobana.
The Vote of Confidence was passed on Yobana at a meeting by former council chairmen in Khana, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, on Wednesday.
The former council chairmen led by Hon. Letam Alabi Korsi, said they were satisfied and impressed by the performance index of the CTC chairman since assuming office, and urged him to continue in that stead.
Addressing the Press after the meeting, Hon. Korsi who is the first Executive Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, said, “We, elected past Local Government Chairmen of Khana Local Government Council, having observed the performance of the Caretaker Committee Chairman who was just appointed about a month ago, are satisfied and impressed by all what he is doing for the Khana people and the projection of our governor in Khana Local Government Area.
“We, therefore, on behalf of ourselves and others, passed a Vote of Confidence on him and urge him to continue to perform accordingly so as to upgrade the people of Khana from this level to the next level before he hands over to the next elected chairman of Khana Local Government Area.”
The former chairmen also expressed support for two Ogonis in the State Executive Council, the State Commissioner for  Environment, Hon Sydney Gbara, and his Agriculture counterpart, Victor Kii, describing them as seasoned technocrats.
They thanked the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, for the confidence he has in the Ogoni sons and daughters, assuring him that the appointees would not disappoint him.
“We are also pleased that His Excellency has appointed these commissioners into the State Executive Council, and they are performing accordingly.
“We, therefore, endorse and urge them to continue to work with His Excellency to bring to Khana more dividends of democracy”, the former chairmen stated
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Stakeholders Charge Journalists, CSOs On Use Of Technology For Peace-building

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 Media professionals and civil society organisations have been urged to utilize technology for peace-building and tackling criminality and violence in the Niger Delta.
Niger Delta Country Director of Search For Common Ground, Mr. Yacinthe Agbajadan, made the call at a three-day training programme funded by the European Union, and held in Port Harcourt, recently.
The programme was organised by Search for Common Ground, in conjunction with Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), the Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), the Academic Associate Peace Works (AAPW) in 66 communities and 33 local governments in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers.
The training workshop brought together 25 participants from various civil society organisations, media workers and youth groups from across the State.
Speaking during the programme, Agbajadan stated that the training programme aimed at equipping participants with necessary skills to effectively communicate and disseminate information on peace-building efforts in the region.
“Conflict contents and misinformation on digital space could lead to more conflicts, thus, the need for journalists and CSOs to promote peace on the digital space and this cannot be over emphasized as long as the digital space is concerned.
“So, the digital space is a platform capable of providing participants with comprehensive knowledge on how to critically access, analyze and galvanize digital tools to promote contents that would help to reduce conflict and create a community-centered peace mechanism,” Agbajadan said.
Also speaking, representatives from the organising partners, Mr Sunny Dada, Mr Nelson Aso and Ms Afolashade Seye-Ojo, emphasized the importance of digital media literacy in shifting the narrative of the Niger Delta from one that is of violence and criminality to that of peace and development.
The organisers expressed their commitment towards capacity building for local actors in the region, while reiterating their commitment to supporting the participants in implementing the skills and knowledge acquired during the training in their respective communities.
Some of the participants who spoke to The Tide after the training programme, expressed their gratitude to the organisers and acknowledged the relevance of the programme in their efforts to promote peace and security in the Niger Delta region.
They promised to make good use of the knowledge acquired, noting that if media professionals and CSOs become more involved in seeking peace-building and unity in the society, the aim of the training in combating criminality in the social space will be achieved.
The training programme focused on the use of digital media tools and platforms to amplify peacebuilding efforts and counter the narratives of criminality and violence in the region; the ethical considerations in digital peace-building, and the importance of digital fact-checking tools and verification of information before dissemination, among others..
Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
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Khana LG Chair Flags Off Remodeling Of Bori Police Station 

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Amb. Marvin Yobana, has flagged off the remodeling of the Bori Police Station, with a view to improving the welfare of officers in the area and also checking road accidents on the road.
Amb. Yobana, who flagged off the remodeling of the Police Station in Bori, on Monday, said his administration decided to embark on the project to appreciate the role of the security agencies in protecting lives and property in Khana Local Government Area.
“This constitutional duty of the Nigerian security forces cannot be overemphasised. We know that if Khana is not peaceful and there is no security in Khana, nobody will live there or do business in Khana Local Government Area ,” he said at the flag-off ceremony.
The CTC boss added that the remodeling of the Bori Police Station also became imperative to reduce cases of incessant accidents caused by the closure of the part of the road opposite the Police Station.
Responding, the Bori Divisional Police Officer, Femi Okanlawon, expressed delight over the commitment of the Yobana administration towards supporting security agencies in Khana.
He explained that the closure of the part of the road opposite the Bori Police Station had caused lots of challenges that have resulted in loss of lives.
The DPO noted that the remodeling of the Police Station and the distribution of vehicles to security agencies by the Khana Council boss would also boost the morale of officers to be diligent on duty.
In his vote of thanks, a former lawmaker representing Khana Constituency Two in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Prince Ngbor, thanked Amb.Yobana for his support towards security agencies in the local government area, and urged other local government councils in the State to emulate the gesture.
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