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Flood: Minister Visits, Gives Relief Materials To Bayelsa Victims

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq, on Tuesday visited Bayelsa State to commiserate with the people and government of the state on the impact of the flood.
She had earlier told State House Correspondents that Bayelsa State was not among the 10 most impacted states in the 2022 flood disaster that affected 33 states.
The Bayelsa government questioned the parameters used by the Minister in the ranking and released its own data that showed that the state recorded 96 deaths, while some 1.2 million residents were displaced.
“It is indeed with heavy heart that l and my teams have come to Bayelsa State to empathize and condole with the government and the good people of Bayelsa State over the unfortunate incident of recent flood disaster in the state that claimed lives and properties.
“This monumental loss is indeed great and has impacted negatively on the state and the country at large.
”Today, we are here, on behalf of the Federal Government and the entire Management and staff of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to commiserate with the Government and good people of Bayelsa State and to express our sympathy and condolences to you over this unfortunate incident of flood disaster.
“Following the magnitude of this devastation in the state and most parts of the country, l wish to state that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the release of 12,000 metric tons of assorted food commodities from National Strategic Reserve Stock for distribution to victims of this flood disaster in the country as a way of assuaging their suffering.
“This interventions through NEMA, an Agency under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, has been sustained since July 2022 to date,” she said.
She reassured the state of Federal Government’s continued support and assistance, in line with Buhari’s directives to support the affected persons with necessary basic relief assistance.
She commended the Bayelsa government for providing support to the flood affected persons and appreciated the understanding of concerned members of the public on the intervention by the Federal and State Governments so far.
Receiving the Minister and members of her entourage in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Douye Diri noted that the Minister’s visit to the state was long expected, especially when the flood was at its peak.
The Tide’s source reports that the Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, noted that initially the government and people of Bayelsa were not pleased with some remarks credited to the Minister about the flood disaster in the state, that Bayelsa was not among the 10 most impacted states in the country.
Diri informed that the flood rose to over 4.5 metres above its normal level and caused unprecedented devastation, hence the news that Bayelsa was not among the worst-hit states was unsettling and worrisome to its people.
He thanked the Federal Government for the relief materials it had sent to Bayelsa so far through the Ministry, but noted that some of the relief items reportedly sent to the state were not officially channelled through the state government to the flood victims.
“We are happy and elated that you have finally visited to commiserate with us. The flooding disaster is actually nobody’s fault but it is an issue of climate change.
“For record purposes, our meteorological department in the Surveyor General office and Ministry of Environment monitored the flood and from records available it showed that the flood rose by 4.26 metres.
“And that is why, for the first time almost the entire state was submerged in water,” he said.

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Gov Eno Flags Off Rural Roads In Akwa Ibom

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In keeping to his campaign promises of connecting different parts of the state by roads, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno has flagged-off road construction projects to re-connect communities in Obot Akara, Essien Udim and Etim Ekpo local government areas.
The roads flagged – off include 11.71Km Abiakpo Ikot Otu-Atan Ibong-Usaka Annang Road and Nto Ndang-Nto Ekpu road Road, with two bridges, each spanning 15 metres, and 16km Midim Atan-Ikot Inyang-Ikot Akpan Ekpeyong-Etok Uruk Eshiet-Ikot Imonte road, with 30 metres span bridge, linking some villages in Essien Udim and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony of the Essien Udim – Etim Ekpo access road at St. Paul’s Primary School Midim, Essien Udim, Governor Umo Eno said his administration is committed to the promise made during his campaign and urged the people to exercise patience as every part of the State will benefit from his administration.
He reaffirmed his commitment to selecting and undertaking projects primarily on the basis of impact and benefits to the generality of the people, rather than satisfying and serving individual’s interest.
Governor Eno noted that he was moved by the sad stories of the community and especially, the “pregnant-women-swallowing-bridge” as was told by one of the community members, and assured that such sad tales will become history within the shortest time.
He stressed that the 16Km Essien Udim-Etim Ekpo road and the bridge projects had no political motivation, but a pointer to his administration’s sensitivity to the plight of the people, especially the women and children who had been exposed to avoidable risk by using the collapsed road and bridge.
According to him, “we didn’t come to do this projects based on political reasons. It is God that directs the government on this road project, not any politician.
“We are connecting two local government areas by this project.
“We want to thank our brother, Celestine Mel who has used his God-given talents to attract this project here.
“If you know this man, he is a critic in every sense, but I don’t have a problem with criticism, so far it’s very constructive and will bring good to the people, not just abusing the government.
“We want to thank you for drawing our attention to this road and to the various accidents and incidents that have occured here. We believe that by the Grace of God, all that will cease,” he said. This road when completed, will connect the people of Essien Udim with their kith and kins in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.
At the Abiakpo Ikot Otu-Atan Ibong-Usaka Annang Road and Nto Ndang-Nto Ekpu road Road, in Obot Akara Local Government Area, the Governor who was moved by the outpouring of love and gratitude by the people also approved the construction of a model primary healthcare facility to replace the dilapidated Usaka Health Centre project initiated during the military era.
The Village Head, Eteidung Williamson Ndarake, had made a passionate plea to the Governor to intervene on the health facility and his request was instantly granted, with people responding with a roar of gratitude.
In their remarks, the members representing Etim Ekpo/Ika and Essien Udim State Constituencies, Chief Mfon Idung, and Prince Ukpong Akpabio respectively, as well as the transition chairmen of Essien Udim and Etim Ekpo, Dr. Anthony Luke, and Mr. Ekpuk Eshiet as well as a social critic Mr. Celestine Mel, expressed gratitude to the Governor for the heartwarming intervention and assured of their people’s continuous support for full actualisation of the ARISE Agenda.
On his part, the Paramount Ruler of Essien Udim, HRM Obong Cosmas Akpan, also expressed profound gratitude to the Governor and prayed for God’s blessings and guidance to the governor.
At Obot Akara event which was attended by a cross- section of political stakeholders in the local government area, such as a the former Deputy Governor, Senator Chris Ekpenyong, the Commissione

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Edo APC Youth Leader Apologises Over Vandalisation Of Party Secretariat

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Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader, Tony Adun alias Kabaka, has apologised to the party for leading youths and women to vandalise the secretariat after the first primary election on February 17, which threw up three winners.
According to The Tide’s source, the crowd which he led, forced their way into the offices and brought out the furniture, bags of rice and other equipment, vowing to stay at the building for seven days till the state executive council is dissolved.
Adun said they were protesting the conduct of the officials at the primary election, noting that it was obvious the exco worked against the party.
The protest came after the chairman of the Electoral Committee of the primary, Governor Hope Uzodinma announced Dennis Idahosa as the winner, while the returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja, declared Monday Okpebholo as the winner.
Also, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to be representing the returning officers in all the local government, declared Anamero Dekeri as the winner of the election.
With the confusion, the National Working Committee of the party ordered a rerun on February 22 under the Chairmanship of Governor Bassey Otu of Cross Rivers State, who replaced Uzodimma as the head of the electoral committee for the election.
After the exercise, Okpebholo was declared the winner with 12,433 votes to defeat Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.
Adun, in a viral video and a statement on Sunday, apologised to the leaders of the party in the state.
He said, “I, Comrade Tony Kabaka, the state youth leader of the APC, wish to apologise to our leaders, women leaders of our great party and all our youths as regards the conduct of aggrieved APC youths during the party primary which took place on the 17th February 2024.
“The party is supreme, I will work with the party and leaders to ensure that our candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo, is victorious and I wish to use this medium to congratulate him on his victory at the just concluded party primary.
“I want to urge all youths to embrace peace and let us all work together to make sure we succeed in the general elections come September 2024; I remain a loyal party man.
“I wish to use this opportunity to appeal to our state chairman, Jarret Tenebe, and state secretary, Lawrence Okah, and other members of the state working committee to lead us to rebuild the party and bring all of us together to ensure our party produce the next governor in the elections,” he said.

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Lawmakers Pass Confidence Vote On LG Boss

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A vote of confidence has been passed on the Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council of Delta State, Chief Isaiah Onoriode Esiovwa by members of the legislative arm.
Majority leader of the legislative arm, Hon Ramsey Daniel Okoro, who moved the motion for the confidence vote during the plenary of the House, said the council chairman has been able to spread development to all the wards in the local government area.
Okoro who represents Ward 17 in the local government area said: “With lean resources being experienced by council chairmen across the Local Government Areas in the country, the chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Hon Isaiah Esiovwa has been able to achieve so much for the people since he came on board as the council boss and we are impressed with his leadership skills.
“I want to hereby move a vote of confidence on the dynamic chairman of Okpe Local Government Council for carrying everybody along and for his numerous achievements. His types are rare and we have satisfied with his leadership”.
Seconding the motion, Deputy Leader of the House, representing Ward 6, Hon. Kingsley Ese Onojighofia, said, “I want to hereby support the motion moved by our Majority Leader in passing a vote of confidence on the chairman of Okpe Local Government Area, Hon Isaiah Esiovwa.
“He has performed extremely well and we are encouraged by what he has done so far as chairman. He has been able to sustain the cordial relationship between the Executive Arm and the Legislative Arm.
“He is gifted with leadership skills. We want to applaud him for his developmental strides and that is why the entire 20 members of the Legislative House present here today are passing a vote of confidence on the chairman for all he has been doing in the entire local government area”.
The motion was thereafter, put into vote by the Leader of the Legislative Arm of Okpe Local Government Area, Hon. Aragbata P. Obakpororo and it was unanimously adopted.

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