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Bayelsa Partners Group On Tree Planting

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The Bayelsa State Government in partnership with an organization, ‘Pure Green Initiative’ is set to plant about 8,500 new tree seedlings across the State.
Speaking at the launch of the programme in Yenagoa, the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Iselema Gbaranbiri, tasked citizens and residents of the State to take seriously the tree planting policy of the State Government.
The Tide, which monitored the tree planting exercise, reports that the State Commissioner for Environment, on the mandate of the leader of the state’s ‘prosperity government’, Governor Douye Diri, has severally engaged Environmental stakeholders in numerous tree planting exercises.
Part of these engagements is the partnership with the Pure Green Initiative, which commenced along the new gate way road at Igbogene Communitiy in the Yenagoa council area of the State.
The Tide further learnt that the tree planting programme of the Governor Diri’s Prosperity administration, which was done in partnership with ‘Pure Green Africa Initiative’, were part of efforts at greening the State, while also curbing the menace of climate change.
“This is one of the many approaches of the Governor Douye Diri’s-led Prosperity Administration to combat climate change”, the Commissioner said.
Gbaranbiri stated that the trees will serve as catalysts to filtering the already polluted air with the potential of trapping excess carbon in circulation, resulting to heat waves and ocean rise, amongst others.
“This is the first phase of the greening plan and the government is committed to do more to transfer a healthy environment to the younger generations as time progresses.
“I call on the Igbogene Community to own the project, have patience and love for the environment. Bayelsans will certainly testify of the indispensable benefits of tree planting as these and many other trees we’ve planted in the life of this administration would later tell us”, he added.
In the same vein, the State Environment Commissioner also sounded a note of warning to invaders and those who engage in indiscriminate tree felling and logging to steer clear of perpetrating the dastardly act on the government planted trees.
He stressed that anyone caught sabotaging the efforts of government in this course by way of destroying or cutting down the trees in any part of the State would incur the full wrath of the State Government.
Also speaking, Mr God’spower Ikegwuru, who represented the partnering organization, ‘Pure Green Initiative’, thanked the State Government for the initiative, stating that the partnership will see to planting of eight thousand five hundred tree seedlings across the State.

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PHEDC Confirms Electrocution Of Official In Calabar

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The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), has confirmed the electrocution of one of its members of staff in Calabar.
Regional Manager, PHEDC, Mr Collins Igwe, confirmed the incident in an interview with The Tide’s source in Calabar, saying it occurred on Wednesday.
Igwe explained that the incident occurred while the victim was carrying out electrical works on the Muritala Mohammed highway in Calabar.
He said the victim was alive as he was taken to the Navy hospital for treatment.
“The man was electrocuted on duty but did not die as many had alleged but was revived and taken to the Navy Reference hospital for proper checkup and treatment.
“What happened was one of the hazards of the job, we thank God that he survived. He will be discharged later in the day.
“I am aware of the rumours that have gone round town that the man was electrocuted and died at the spot but it is not true.
“He was brought down by his colleagues, revived and taken to the hospital for better care,” he said.

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UBEC Begins 2022 Assessment Of C’River Schools

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The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commenced the 2022 National Assessment of Learning Achievements in Basic Education (NALABE) for Cross River State schools.
Team Lead for 2022 NALABE in Cross River State, Mrs Zipporah Panguru, said the 3-day exercise would hold in some selected public and private primary and junior secondary schools.
Panguru said the essence of the exercise was to assess learners’ performance.
She said the aim was to know if the money the federal and state governments were investing in education sector was yielding the desired results.
According to her, if yes, they would improve on it and if no, it will enable government at all levels adopt strategies that will address the challenges.
“The students will be tested in four core subjects of English, Mathematics, Social studies and Basic science, however, this exercise is not for fault finding but to test the learner’s ability.
“80 schools have been selected in the state and the test will be administered to 30 learners from Primary 3 to 5 and those in JSS 2”, she said.
Senator Stephen Odey, Executive Chairman, Cross River Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said NALABE was important for the development of the basic education sector.
Odey, who was represented by SUBEB’s Director of Administration, Mr Etta Inyang, enjoined field officers to conduct the exercise diligently to ensure a realistic and authentic outcome.
“Your reports have to reflect the true position of things in the field, those who compromise will be hindering the development of the basic education sector in the State.
“NALABE is a feedback mechanism tool that will enable government address challenges where any in teaching and learning,” Odey said.

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Bayelsa Wants Prompt Action On Boundary Dispute With Rivers

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Bayelsa State Government has called on the National Boundary Commission, (NBC) to expedite action on the resolution of boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers States to enhance peaceful co-existence between them.
The State’s Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the call while declaring open a town hall meeting and ethnographic study with respect to the communities along Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary in Yenagoa.
According to him, peace will be elusive if the Commission does not first of all address issues of equity, justice and fairness in resolving boundary conflicts.
He said while it was commendable for the Commission to seek peaceful resolution of the impacted communities of Bayelsa and Delta States, it should rather focus on addressing the age-long boundary dispute between the two sister states of Bayelsa and Rivers.
The Deputy Governor, who is the Chairman of the State Boundary Committee, underscored the need for all parties to come together to dialogue in resolving their differences, noting that without equity there can be no peace and development.
“The issue of boundary dispute that is stinging us the most is between Bayelsa and Rivers states. I want the National Boundary Commission to fast-track the resolution of that boundary dispute.
“We don’t see much that is stinging us in the impacted communities between Bayelsa and Delta States. If there is no equity, there will be no peace. I have always enjoined the NBC to ensure equity in the resolution of boundary conflicts.
“We must bring all who have a role to play in the meeting; traditional rulers, community development chairmen, youths, women and other stakeholders towards proffering solutions and ensuring lasting peaceful and harmonious co-existence”, he said.
In his remarks, member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Hon. Fred Agbedi, appealed to all boundary communities between Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area and Okia in Delta State to continually maintain peace and bring to the attention of government all issues affecting them.
In his address, Director General of the National Boundary Commission, represented by Mr. Femi Oshinaike, a Director in the Commission, said the town hall meeting was organized to inform residents of contesting communities along the Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary about the boundary definition process.
Oshinaike noted that the meeting was to provide them with the opportunity to air their opinions in order to reach a consensus before the physical demarcation exercise takes place.
While speaking with newsmen on the boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers States, Mr Oshinaike explained that the Commission was doing everything to ensure equity in the demarcation of the boundary between the two states.
Also in his address, Senior Research Officer, Mr Balogun Samson gave an overview of the current situation between Bayelsa and Delta State boundaries.
He said the recent crisis between neighboring communities of Agge in Bayelsa and Okia in Delta necessitated the intervention by the Commission to bring stakeholders together to resolve their issues amicably.
In his contribution, Consultant in the Commission, Mr Abdulfatia Adediran, noted that dialogue remains the best option in addressing contending cross border issues between communities and states to make for even development.
Also speaking, the Head of Administration, Ekeremor Local Government Area, Mr Duyin Peter, thanked the State goveyrnment and the Commission for their efforts at ensuring peaceful resolution of the proximate communities, promising to support the process in achieving peace.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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