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SSA Lauds Diri On Commitment To SDGs Attainment

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Senior Special Assistant (SSA), and Focal Person on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mr Ebiwari Wariowei, has commended Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State for his commitment to the attainment of the 17 SDGs in the State.
Wariowei gave the commendation following Diri’s visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States.
This is contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by Mr Pereokosifa Buseni, Press Secretary to the SDGs, Bayelsa State Chapter
The Tide’s source reports that during the visit, Governor Diri met the Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs Amina Mohammed, and asked for sustained collaboration with the United Nations.
The statement continued that the SSA-SDGs said the call for collaboration with the UN was apt, timely and in the best interest of a state like Bayelsa which was desirous of growth in all frontiers.
He called on the UN and other development partners to cooperate with the Government to consolidate on the steps taken by Diri, to help speed up development in the state.
Wariowei stressed that Bayelsa was in dire need for development partners who would collaborate with Government in key areas such as education, health, women and youth empowerment, tourism, food production and processing, and environment.
He said Diri had demonstrated uncommon commitment and passion of development by building critical infrastructure that would provide great opportunities to open up the State for more investments in different sectors.
According to him, Governor Diri is using the Bayelsa SDGs Office to drive his Prosperity Agenda by implementing key projects and programmes like the distribution of 100 hospital beds, mattresses and cupboards to selected primary health centres across the eight local government areas of the State.
Other projects include award of 12.5 km rural roads to open up various local government areas, as well as the 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital built by SDGs in collaboration with the Federal Government.
He, however, urged citizens to support government’s effort to ensure the State was peaceful, stable, secured and prosperous.
He added that with less than two years left in Governor Diri’s first tenure, many laudable projects and programmes would be launched to make life meaningful for all.

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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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