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Banigo Hails Diete-Spiff At 80

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has joined other people of goodwill across the globe to felicitate with the First Military Governor of Rivers State and Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diette-Spiff as he celebrates his 80th Birthday.
In a statement in Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Banigo described Diette-Spiff as the man who laid the foundation for the development of the Old Rivers State.
Banigo said as a young military administrator and member of the Supreme Military Council, during the turbulent Nigeria civil war and post-civil war era, Diette-Spiff left indelible footprints of astute administration, projects execution and overall human capital development, which according to the deputy governor gave the state a pride of place in the comity of states.
The deputy governor, who prayed the Almighty God to continue to bless and keep King Alfred Diette–Spiff in good health, expressed delight that the Universal Peace Builders Association, an International NGO is organising a Colloquium, Birthday Celebration and Book Launch in his honour.

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Rivers Assembly Chief Whip Bags Award Of Excellence

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The lawmaker representing the Ogu/Bolo Constituency and the Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Evans Bipi, was on Friday, honoured with an award of excellence for his iconic stance toward the education of students and youths.
The award was conferred on Bipi by the Students Union Government (SUG) of the Rivers State University, during its grand finale of Facts And Furious, Spelling Bee And Quiz Competition, at the Amphitheatre of the Port Harcourt.
President, Students Union Government of Rivers State University, Mr Kelechy Omano, said that the award was in recognition of his iconic stance towards the education of students and youths, especially his unrelenting support to the SUG, the student community, and the youths in Rivers State and beyond.
He said, “We deemed it fit to organise this event in his honour. May I, on behalf of the presidency, present this award of excellence to Rt Hon. Evans Bapakaye Bipi, Chief Whip, Rivers State House of Assembly, for his iconic stance towards the education of students and youths and unrelenting support to SUG.”
In his remarks, Hon. Evans Bipi who was represented by Comrade Abraham Awoitamuno thanked the Students Union Government of Rivers State University for the award of excellence.
He urged the students to imbibe a positive attitude toward academic activities; to be focused and never lose sight of their responsibilities as students.
The award came less than a month after Hon. Evans Bipi, in demonstration of his commitment to support inclusive and qualitative education, endorsed a special Spelling Bee And Quiz Competition; an initiative of the Students Union Government (SUG) of Rivers State University.
The event featured several programs, including the presentation of prizes to the winners of the Spelling Bee and Quiz Competition, respectively, a raffle draw, dance, and musical performances.
Abraham Awoitamuno,
Executive Personal Assistant to the Chief Whip, RSHA.

By: Michael Abraham

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Rivers LG Auditor-General Lauds Council Boss On Achievements

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By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel

The Auditor General of Local Governments in Rivers State, Mr Bema Friday, says he is impressed with the achievements of Emohua Local Government Council under the watch of Dr. Chidi Lloyd, describing as unprecedented the array of infrastructural projects executed by the Chairman within the past one year.
Mr. Friday stated this when he led a team of auditors to Emohua Local Government Area on a ‘Value For Money Audit Exercise’ on the programmes and activities of the council.
He said the value for money audit is a credible and professional exercise organised to ascertain the effectiveness and efficiency of the application of public funds by local government council administrations in Rivers State, with a view to promoting accountability and effective service delivery in the third tier of government.
Acknowledging the improvement in local government administration in Rivers State under the present dispensation, the Auditor General commended Governor Nyesom Wike for building a system that promotes effective service delivery, stressing that the present crop of council chairmen were able to change the narrative about local government administration in Rivers State because of the State Governor’s penchant for service delivery.
The Chairman of Emohua Local govyernment Area, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, who conducted the Auditor General and his team round the project sites across the LGA, said he was very happy to receive the team of auditors because his administration had left visible footprints within the past one year.
The council boss attributed the achievements of his administration to the non-interference of Governor Nyesom Wike-led Rivers State Government into funds accruing to local governments in the state from the federal allocation.
Dr. Lloyd said his administration is not indebted to any financial institution or individual, stressing that the infrastructural revolution witnessed across Emohua LGA under his administration was occassioned by his deliberate effort to reposition the LGA, to stand out in the comity of LGAs not only in Rivers State but across Nigeria.
The Auditor General and his team joined the council Chairman to the recently commissioned 1 kilometer Evekwu road, the Elele-Alimini magistrate court complex, and the Emohua local government vigilante services secretariat building, for an evidence-based investigation of the already in use projects, all conceived and completed by the administration of Dr. Chidi Lloyd within one year.
The council Chairman also took his visitors round Emohua local government council secretariat for an on-the-spot assessment of the ongoing transformation of the council secretariat as conceptualized by his administration.
Already completed and commissioned projects visited within the council secretariat include the local government primary healthcare center, the council chapel and marriage registry, the 20,000 litres braithwaite water reticulation project, the Titan Trust Bank ATM Gallery, council convenience, the council canteen and the electrification of the council headquarters.
Ongoing projects sites visited include the Emohua local government council secretariat (administrative building), the local government legislative council complex, the 350 capacity ICT studio, the 500 seater pavilion, the council office complex, the fencing and security tower building at the police divisional headquarters and court complex in Rumuji town, the one kilometer Ubimini road, 1 kilometer Chief Nyesom Wike Drive and Akpabu braithwaite water reticulation project in Akpabu Community.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chidi Lloyd has disclosed his administration’s readiness to complete the 1.5 kilometer Ukeli road project in Rundele before the end of August.
He said the contractor handling the project is expected to commence surface preparation for asphalt laying on the road in the coming days, to deliver the road ahead of the 2nd phase of project commissioning in the area.
Other projects earmarked for completion ahead of the next phase of project commissioning include the council administrative building, Chief Emeka Woke ICT Studio and the Chief Nyesom Wike Drive.
The council chairman was accompanied by the Vice Chairman of Emohua LGA, Hon Mrs Edna Nyeche, the head of local government administration, Mr Ben Taol, and other principal officers of the council.

 

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Oil Theft: SPDC Deploys Drones To Monitor Pipelines, Wellheads

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has signed a contract to acquire drones to monitor its pipelines and wellheads in the Niger Delta.
SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Mr Igo Weli, made this known at a news conference in Port Harcourt.
He said the company decided to acquire drones due to frequent attacks on its pipelines, leading to huge revenue losses from activities of oil thieves and pipeline vandals.
According to him, the oil thieves punctured SPDC pipelines and wellheads, and thereafter, redirected crude oil to their illegal refining sites, thus denying the company needed revenue.
“To this end, we have signed a contract, and soon we will start using drones to monitor our pipelines, wellheads and other facilities.
“Shell does so much to protect its assets in Nigeria,” he said.
Weli said frequent attacks on its oil and gas facilities by organised criminals had worsened over the years, resulting in the company spending huge funds to protect its facilities.
“Some of the other extraordinary things we do as a company is flying helicopters daily to check the pipelines that come at a huge cost to the company.
“Even when we see illegal refineries, we cannot do much other than draw the attention of the authorities to it.
“The SPDC builds cages and installs technology to protect its wellheads – just like we put burglary proof in our homes to ward off robbers.
“This is worrisome and should be of concern to everyone, understanding that oil and gas is where the country generates huge forex and creates employment for millions,” he added.
The SPDC General Manager said the company was also collaborating with security agencies through the sharing of data on the locations and activities of illegal bunkers and refining sites.
He said the sharing of data was done to ensure the menace was decisively tackled, to improve the business and working environment.
Weli said governments at both state and Federal levels had been doing their best to address the menace but that more needed to be done to end the menace.
“This is why we have been talking about this over the years, and went as far as opening a website on oil spillage in 2011.”
On the reopening of Trans Niger Pipeline shutdown by the company in March, Weli said the company would only reopen the pipeline when the facility is secured from attacks.

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