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Dekor Floats Education Grants For 200

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A total of 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students of Khana and Gokana extraction, Ogoni, are now counting their blessings for having their school fees largely subsidized courtesy Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor, member representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
A release by the Media Aid to the Rivers State waste management Agency boss, Jerry Neadam, made available to The Tide, revealed that the federal lawmaker said he decided to float the education grant to the students to alleviate their financial challenges of the students.
According to the sharing formula, each of the ten postgraduate students received one hundred thousand (N100,000) naira while each of the 122 undergraduate students was paid fifty thousand (N50,000) naira.
One million (N1m) naira was granted to 10 university students at one hundred thousand (N100,000) naira for each student in Taaba; and a corresponding one million (N1m) naira for 10 university students at one hundred thousand (N100,000) naira for each student from Kaani.
Of this number, 21 university students, at least one person per ward are from Khana LGA, 24 university students at least one person per ward, from Gokana LGA and 2 university students from St. Luke’s Christ Army Church Nigeria, Kono Town, Khana Local Government Area, a brand new musical system for the church and cash donation of N750,000.00.
Rt. Hon. Dekor also facilitated over N500 million for over 300 beneficiaries in small scale businesses from N500,000.00 to N9m each, solar power water projects and distribution in eight communities in Deken, Yeghe amongst others.
Barako Community was also given the sum of one million (N1m) naira for the school building project among others.
Similarly, Rt. Hon. Dekor, lawmaker has assured of partnering with the two council chairmen of Khana and Gokana Local Government Areas respectively to ensure the prevailing peace in the areas is sustained.
Speaking as a guest of Ogonitv in an interview recently, the lawmaker and Chairman, House Committee on Host Communities said they will stop at nothing to sustain it since there will hardly be any meaningful development in the absence of peace and order.
He promised to donate patrol vehicles to the police in the area to complement the efforts of the Council Chairmen of Khana and Gokana, Dr. Thomas Bariere and Hon. Confidence Deko respectively which he also hopes will boost the operations of the police in the area.
Rt. Hon. Dekor lauded the cordial relationship and synergy between the two council chairmen which he said has consolidated the peace efforts in the two Local Government Areas.
Also applauded by the federal lawmaker are the traditional rulers, leaders and youths of Nwebiara and Barako for their roles in ensuring that peace returned to their communities.
While calling on the youths to embrace hard work if they mean to be successful in life, Rt. Hon. Dekor said his programmes are human capital development-based, because they have direct bearing on the people.
He recalled his several intervention progammes in schools across the various communities in Khana and Gokana including the provision of instructional materials and computers for several schools in Khana/Gokana federal constituency, including Bodo City Girls and Community Secondary School, Yeghe, a training centre where students will be trained in various fields of agriculture, renovation of the corpers’ lodge and medical outreach across the district.
Rt. Hon. Dekor also announced the provision of cash grants that will benefit over 300 persons, laptops for students and generators to help boost small scale businesses in the area.
A bridge will also be constructed across Kor River to link Bori, the traditional headquarters of the Ogoni people, with Kor, Kpong, etc to help expand the Bori landscape, the federal lawmaker promised.

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NLNG Train 7: Stakeholders Re-Negotiate Workers’ Salaries

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Stakeholders in the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Train 7 project are renegotiating salaries of workers of the company in Bonny.
This is sequel to a high-powered meeting held at the instance of the Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area, Dame Anengi Barasua Dagogo-Wilcox, to address the situation.
The meeting, which ended on a positive note with a resolution by all stakeholders to renegotiate the salary structure of workers in the NLNG Train 7 project, was the basis for the May 7, 2022 protest by workers in Bonny.
The meeting, presided over by Dame Dagogo-Wilcox, at the Government Lodge, was attended by representatives of the Nigeria LNG Ltd, Train 7 contract handlers, Saipem, Chiyoda and Daewoo (SCD’JV), Bonny Chiefs Council, and Bonny Kingdom Local Content Compliance Committee (BKLCCC).
Other attendees are Bonny Integrated Recruitment Centre (BIRC), Bonny Youth Federation (BYF), Bonny Professionals Union and Staff Trade Unions of the contracting firms.
According to a statement issued by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary of Bonny Local Government Council, Boma Waribor, the stakeholders reviewed the existing Memorandum of Understanding that was relied upon by the contracting firms, and found that the processes that culminated in its drafting were not exhaustive.
Moreover, he said, “being a document that was produced in 2015, it cannot be relevant in 2022, making it defective and deserving of review as a way of preventing further disagreements and other social unrests”.
On her part, the Local Government Chairman advised that the company’s workers in Bonny be accorded what is due them following the rising cost of living and the need for them to measure up accordingly, with a promise to “follow up closely until there is a common ground for all parties concerned in the shortest possible time”.
She aligned with the general view on the need for renegotiation and advised that the trade unions, BKLCCC and SCD’JV, “go back, renegotiate and ensure that all parties are favourably disposed with regard to an improved workers salary and welfare packages”.
Chairman of the Workers Union, Charles Edward Hart, assured the stakeholders that his team would work collaboratively towards achieving the right salary baseline for workers and a document to buttress this was presented to the SCD-JV representatives.

By: Wokoma Emmanuel

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NMA Assures On Health Workers’ Hazard Allowance Payment

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The offer to increase the hazard allowance of health workers in all government establishments across the country by the Federal Government would be brought to fruition by the end of this month.
Outgone President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Innocent Otobo Ujah, revealed this at the 62nd Annual General Conference/Delegates Meeting of the association in PortHarcourt, at the Weekend.
Ujah noted that the increase in the allowance was successfully negotiated during the outgone tenure, stating that the payment would become operational by the end of this month.
He recounted that the NMA within the tenure witnessed a high level of interest and commitment by not just members of the association, but also elders in positions of authority in the medical profession, an act which, he said, had made the association more visible in recent times.
According to him, the visibility was further highlighted by the act of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, when he involved the NMA in the Foundation Laying of the College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University.
Describing it as a historic moment and of no mean feat, Ujah commended the State Governor for his show of confidence and regard for the association.
In his words, “the association’s renewed relevance was further highlighted when Governor Nyesom Wike invited the NMA leadership to lay the foundation stone of the College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, on Saturday, June 5, 2021”.
He continued that “it was indeed a historic moment and of no mean feat as it was a demonstration of the confidence and regard for integrity His Excellency has for my person and our dear association”.
While noting that the tenure came at the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic with the inauguration of the National Officers’ Committee (NOC) in May, 2020, the Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology recounted that the association pulled through following its intensed advocacy and constructive engagements within and outside the country.
In his reaction, a member of the association told TheTide under anonymity that the hazard allowance when paid would “boost the financial power of the health workers in meeting up with the biting economic situation faced by citizens of the nation”.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

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FG Seeks Support Over N6bn Water Project In Ogoniland

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The Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP) has called on residents of Ogoniland in Rivers State to support the ongoing execution of six water projects in the area.
HYPREP’s Project Coordinator, Ferdinand Giadom, made the call in Alesa, Eleme, Rivers State, during his inspection tour of the water project sites.
The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, had in March 2021 flagged-off phase one of the project in four Local Government Areas in Ogoniland – Eleme, Gokana, Khana and Tai.
Giadom said the Federal Government had come up with a sustainable plan to ensure the ongoing water project served Ogoni people for decades to come.
“The reason for the project’s sustainability is that it is one thing to provide water and another for the water to subsist.
“The essence of these is to look at a sustainability plan that would serve both the needs of the present generation and future generations of the Ogoni people.
“So, all hands must be on deck to install a system that will sustain the standard of portable drinking water”, he said.
The project coordinator gave the assurance that all water facilities across the four LGAs would be of the same standard.
“We will ensure that the quality of water is up to the standard of the World Health Organisation (WHO) drinking water limit, and that will be consistent in the future.
“The future we are talking about is not five years or ten years, but maybe 20 years and far beyond that,” he added.
Also speaking, a water governance expert in the inspection team, Prof. Johnson Otu, lauded the speed of the project and called for its sustenance.
He said the team, however, noticed some technical issues that needed adjustment to ensure the water scheme met its desired target.
“We will discuss the technical issues with the contractors so that things can be put rightly in shape for the future sustainability of the project.
“Overall, HYPREP is on the right path of delivering the project for the good of the Ogoni people,” he said.

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