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Delta Opens 10 Camps As Flood Submerges 19 LGAs

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The Delta State Government has opened 10 camps to accommodate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) impacted by flood in 19 out of the 25 local government areas of the State.
The Director-General, State Orientation Bureau, Mr Eugene Uzum, said this at a news conference on the government’s efforts to save lives and property in the wake of the ravaging flood across the state on Friday in Asaba.
He said in addition to the 10 established IDP camps, Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) built two camps in the Warri axis to augment.
According to Uzum, DESOPADEC is also opening blocked drains in the area to enable water flow in order to mitigate the impact on the communities.
He noted that the situation has become pathetic and worrisome that some of the impacted communities had been invaded by reptiles; snakes and crocodiles.
Uzum called on the Federal Government, corporate organisations and charitable individuals to come to the people’s aid and provide relief materials to alleviate their sufferings at this auspicious time.
He said while the immediate interventions is to save the impacted persons, their families and property, the Federal Government should build new dams along the coastal areas to ensure a more permanent solution to the yearly flooding.
According to Uzum, the State Government has opened up 10 IDP camps across the state to cater for the need of the 19 impacted LGAs in the state.
“The government has also opened up distribution centres at various locations to take the relief materials from the Federal Government, corporate organisations and individuals to support the displaced persons.
“The people have started enrolling at the various camps and I must say that the challenge have been critical and it’s going to be more than that of 2012.”
He added that his agency was working in collaborations with the traditional rulers, political aides, and president generals of the impacted communities to identity the vulnerable persons and to ensure hitch free and security.
“As we speak, all the eight LGAs in Delta South; six LGAs in Delta North and five LGAs in Delta Central Senatorial Districts have been taken over by flood.
“Presently, we have both short and longterm solutions to this problem of yearly flooding; the current intervention to save lives and property is one.
“The long-term solutions has to do with the dredging of the River Benue and the River Niger as well as build the needed dams to take away the large volume of the water that flows across the impacted states.
“So, we are appealing to the Federal Government, corporate organisations and individuals to give their support to the impacted communities in the state,” Uzum said.
Uzum, however, said that there had not been official recorded report of death due to the flooding in the state.
The Tide’s source reports that currently, only six out of the 25 LGAs in Delta have not been impacted by the flood.

 

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Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

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Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

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Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

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A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

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