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Ewhrudjakpo Tasks Commissioners, Others On Effective Policy Formulation

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Commissioners and management staff in charge of government’s ministries in Bayelsa State have been reminded of the need to focus more of their attention on policy formulation to achieve set goals.
The state Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, gave the advice while granting audience to the leadership of the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria, Bayelsa State Chapter in Government House, Yenagoa.
He said government’s business would be enhanced if the mainstream ministries concentrate on fashioning out relevant policies and allow their parastatals or agencies to drive the implementation of such policies.
The Deputy Governor maintained that such division of labour would not only help to eliminate unnecessary bottlenecks in task performance but also boost productivity in the various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government.
“Sometimes I disagree with some of our commissioners because they appear not to have properly settled down on their role. The role of a ministry, especially where you have a parastatal that has the capacity to implement, is to formulate policies.
“We really want the ministries to focus on policy formulation and then supervise, while they leave the implementation for their parastatals, because where you want to do the two, you will not be able to achieve much.
“So, those of you who are now at the management cadre in the various ministries should engage in formulating policies because I believe our ministries are not doing enough in this regard”, he said.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo equally urged members of the Environmental Health Officers Association to shun activities capable of denting their personal image and profession in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities.
He reassured them that the present administration’s ongoing civil service reform programme, which includes needs assessment, would address most of their requests, including employment of more hands.
On the issue of alleged rejection of holders of higher national diploma (HND) from pursuing post graduate studies at the state-owned Niger Delta University, the Deputy Governor promised to get in touch with the Management of the school to ascertain their position.
The Bayelsa number two man, however, advised the HND holders who are desirous of studying for Masters degree and beyond to obtain the relevant pre-qualifications such as the post graduate diploma (PGD) to enable them gain admission.
Earlier, the state President of the Environmental Health Officers association, Bishop Tareware Ebikipade, listed the activities of the association to include promoting safety of lives and property, waste management, pollution control and enforcement of public health laws.
He thanked the Deputy Governor for his swift intervention sometime last year in addressing the role conflict between its officers in the Yenagoa Local Government Area, Sanitation Authority, Health and Environment ministries.
While appealing to government to employ fresh environmental health officers to replace retiring ones, particularly in the eight local government areas, Bishop Ebikipade, assured that the Association had put in place effective measures to deal decisively with any erring officers.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Police Nab Three Cultists In Delta

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The Police Command in Delta State says it has arrested three suspected cultists and armed robbers in Warri and also recovered ammunition from them.
Spokesman of the State’s Command, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this in Warri, said the suspects are: Chukwuma Owoh, Ediri Ogendengbe, and Alfred Kess.
He said the trio were arrested on August 5 by the Police operatives attached to the Quick Response Squad (QRS) of the Command.
The spokesman explained that the operatives were on a stop and search duty in the Pessu neighborhood, Warri South Local Government Area, when they intercepted the hoodlums in a tricycle.
“Upon search of the occupants, one locally made cut-to-size gun and four live cartridges were recovered from them.
“The three suspects were immediately arrested. One of the suspects, Owoh, confessed that he bought the gun from one Haruna in Hausa market in Warri.
“That he was on his way to Pessu in search of some Aiye confraternity cult members that attacked his younger sister,” he said.
He said that the suspects were currently in police custody, adding that investigation was ongoing.
Edafe said that Mr Ari Ali, Commissioner of Police in Delta State, has urged officers and men of the Command to sustain the tempo and be polite and civil to members of the public while on duty.
“Incivility to members of the public will not be tolerated under my watch,” Ali said.

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NCDMB, SWS Partner To Empower Teenage Mothers

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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is collaborating with a gender advocacy group, StandUp for Women Society (SWS), to bring succour to teenage mothers in Bayelsa State.
The Tide’s source reports that 20 teenage mothers who dropped out of schools in Bayelsa have been re-enrolled for education and vocational skills acquisition training programmes.
The NCDMB-funded initiative, implemented by SWS, is in conjunction with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Legal Aid Community Development Service group.
Deputy Manager, Capacity Building, NCDMB, Mr. Timbiri Augustine, said the teenagers, selected from rural communities within Yenagoa Local Government Area, would undergo training in fashion design, catering, facial make-up, and hairdressing for three months at the Bayelsa Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa.
He disclosed this while speaking during the inauguration, on Wednesday, at the Institute.
According to him, the Board attached so much importance to training and human capital development, hence the support for the training.
Augustine, who commended the stakeholders for initiating the training, stressed its importance to the development of young women, adding that this was the first time the category of persons would be captured by the Board for skills acquisition training.
“We have noted that employment is limited, but there is the entrepreneurship window that is open for all of us; there are only two ways to generate income: either as a service provider or producer or both.
“This trainings will expose you to skills to become a service provider and a producer.
“We expect maximum commitment, you have a role to play; we are playing our own role, the trainers are expected to play their own role, and you are also expected to play your own role and remain committed and align with our expectations”, he charged them.
He thanked the stakeholders involved in the training, saying that NCDMB knew the importance of partnership and collaboration as a key priority.
The Rector, Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Prof. Apuega Arikawie, commended the NCDMB for utilising the facilities offered by the Institute for its different trainings and financing different programmes in the Niger Delta and country at large.
He said the NCDMB thought it wise to sponsor the programme to empower teenage girls to take care of their children and make them entrepreneurs, reduce criminality, poverty and other anti social vices bedeviling the Niger Delta.
In her speech, the Chairperson of SWS, Bayelsa Chapter, Ms Eunice Nnachi, said the training programme aims to achieve social integration and give hope to teenage mothers who found themselves in the role of parenting at a tender age.
Nnachi explained that the trainees would be given stipends and starter packs to enable them to become self-reliant.
She noted that more than 100 teenage mothers had been captured and would undergo the skills acquisition training to be carried out in different phases.
According to her, arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the programme was well monitored and supervised for optimal impact on the beneficiaries.

 

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Joint Patrol Team Impounds 51 Vehicles Over Number Plate Offences

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A joint patrol of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Nigeria Police Force have impounded 51 vehicles and 40 bikes in Cross River State for number plate offences.
Cross River State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Maikano Hassan, said in an interview with The Tide’s source in Calabar that the 51 vehicles were impounded in Calabar while the 40 bikes were arrested in Ikom.
Hassan said the joint operation commenced on Monday in Calabar and Ikom to check those he described as hoodlums moving about in vehicles without number plates.
He said such vehicle owners often commit terrible crimes and go scot-free without being identified.
“We will ensure that these vehicle owners fix their number plates accordingly.
“We will sustain the operation but after a while we will give the motorists a breathing space to go and properly register their vehicles and this involves both tricycles and bikes.
“Although, there is a ban on commercial motorcycles in the Calabar metropolis, in Ikom and Ogoja where they still operate, our men are still doing the same special joint patrol to clampdown on vehicles without registration numbers.”
The sector Commander added that all the vehicles impounded were not made to pay any fine, but held until their owners obtain proper registration and fix their number plates.

 

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