Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area (LGA), Dr Chidi Lloyd, says the people of the area cannot wait for the 2023 general election to register their appreciation to Governor Nyesom Wike for his numerous infrastructural projects across the area.
He said the electorate in Emohua LGA “are going to speak with their voters’ cards come February 2023 to repay the Governor for his loving kindness to the people of the area, both in project distribution and recognition”.
He said this will be by adhering to the Governor’s directive on the candidates to support in all the elective positions in the 2023 general election.
Dr. Chidi Lloyd stated this in his address at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of Akpabu/Egbeda Road in Emohua LGA undertaken by the Rivers State government, held in Egbeda Community, Emohua LGA.
According to him, he has no reason to regret his political detour back to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike, stressing that his return to the PDP has attracted numerous infrastructure projects to the people of Ishimbam district of Emohua LGA in particular, and Emohua LGA in general.
The Council boss said the presence of Rivers State Government in the Ishimbam district after his return to the PDP did not only raise his political profile amongst his people, but also increased the followership and support for the PDP and the Governor in the area.
He lambasted those who insinuated that the Akpabu/Egbeda Road is of no value to the people of the area, describing the statement as shameful and regrettable.
Lloyd, who recalled that Governor Wike had visited the area on Monday, the 2nd day of January 2023, to flag of Itu-Odido Road, only to return to the area two days later to flag off Akpabu/Egbeda Road (Phase 2) barely one month after the Governor had commissioned the 1st phase of the Akpabu/Egbeda Road, said a lot of persons wonder what he has done for the Governor to deserve all he has been able to attract from the State Government to his people under the leadership of Wike.
While performing the groundbreaking ceremony, Governor Wike enjoined the people of the area to galvanise and mobilise support for candidates of the PDP in Rivers State ahead of the 2023 general election, stressing that the victory of the PDP in the state is an assurance of many more developmental projects in the area.
The Governor, who also announced the approval for the construction of Egbeda internal roads, commended the people of the area for their unwavering support and loyalty to his administration and the PDP in Rivers State, and directed the State Commissioner for Works to work out modalities for the take off of the Egbeda internal roads project which he said would be awarded to MCC, an indigenous construction company already handling the Akpabu/Egbeda Road project.
Wike, who noted the inability of the administration of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi to develop Egbeda Community, the maternal home of the former Governor, after eight years of his administration, said he will ensure that Egbeda people enjoy the presence of his administration even if his own mother is not a native of the community.
He said the approval for the construction of Egbeda internal roads is in fulfilment of his campaign promise to the people in 2015, promising to complete and commission the project before the expiration of his tenure in May 2023.
By; Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso
‘Police Didn’t Authorise Vigilantes To Carry Arms In Rivers’
Worried by the alarming concern by members of the public over the manner vigilante groups are bearing arms across the state, the Rivers State Police Command has restated its earlier stand that vigilante groups are not mandated to bear arms in the state .
Spokesperson of the Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, made this clarification while speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt, recently.
She said the state Commissioner of Police (CP) had not approved arms bearing by the vigilante groups across the state .
According to her, “ they are not licensed to bear arms. The CP has directed the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) within every jurisdiction to arrest anyone seen with arms. They do not have such powers to detain”.
She stated that anyone found bearing arms in the name of vigilante would be arrested and prosecuted .
“This clarification is coming as a result of public concern and worries. Of late, it’s been observed that some vigilante group members in Port Harcourt, particularly in Diobu axis, are bearing arms.
“For instance, some are seen at Oando Filing station, at Mile 3, Ikwerre Road, parading with pump action riffles. Some also bear the arms while on patrol in full glare of public. It was also reported that they detain suspects”, she said.
By; Akujobi Amadi
Indigenous Oil Company Reaffirms Commitment To Host Community’s Development
All Grace Energy Limited (AGEL), an indigenous oil company operating (OML17) in Rivers State, has reaffirmed commitment to the development of its host community in compliance with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
The Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Development, AGEL, Prof.Adeola Adenikinju, gave the assurance recently during the inauguration of the Board of Host Community Development Trust (HCDT) in Port Harcourt.
Adenikinju noted that the inauguration of the seven-member board would provide a unique opportunity to begin a new era in the development of the community.
According to him, since the signing of the PIA in 2021, the company has ensured commitment to advancing understanding of the act, with regard to establishment of the HCDT.
Adenikinju said that compliance with the PIA would deepen the existing mutual relationship and trust-building between the company and the host community.
He said: “The PIA contains relevant provisions which form the basis of strong governance and management structure for the host communities’ development trust.
“Consequently, we have ensured that our sustainable development initiative is geared towards direct social investment programmes to address development deficits through providing empowerment of women and youths.”
He said this would be done through skill acquisition, scholarships, health outreach, direct community contracts, infrastructure, and a lot of other sustainable development initiatives.
Adenikinju commended the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and Rivers State Government for their continued support to foster positive development outcomes in the host community.
The Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs in Rivers, Engr. Charles Amadi, said that implementation of the act, would enable All Grace Energy Limited and the host community to operate in a mutually beneficial way.
He urged the host community to work together with the company to ensure peaceful coexistence.
Similarly, the Chairman of the Board of Trustee(BOT), Mr Dandyson Onigah, said that implementation of the PIA marked a new dawn where there would be no bickerings between oil companies and host communities,
Onigah said with the operation of the PIA, the community could make plans toward sustainable development, knowing that there would be funds for that purpose.
He said that the newly inaugurated board would work in synergy with the company to ensure peace and achieve success in their operations.
The BoT chairman gave the assurance that every misunderstanding or complaint would be properly addressed to ensure free flow of business in the area.
Also, the Chairman of Ogbakor-Ubima, Mr Emmanuel Azubuike, lauded the company for steps taken to implement the act, saying that the community would continue to sustain the existing mutual relationship with the company.
Engineers Blame Building Collapses On Quackery
The National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Engr. Chukwudi Ezugu, has blamed the incessant building collapses in the country on quacks.
Ezugu, who said this during his investiture in Port Harcourt, recently, advised members of the public to stop patronising quacks and employ the services of professional engineers in their building projects.
Ezugu assured that his administration would improve on the practice of engineering in the country, saying continuous professional development and welfare of members will be given top priority.
“Improving the skills and competence of our members is a priority to this administration. Good professional practice demands that civil engineers will continually be updated with latest technologies which enhance our practice through seminars, workshops and trainings.
“We shall, therefore, collaborate with competent training firms which will update our engineers with latest operating softwares, techniques, materials, processes and procedures,” he said.
Engr. Ezugu said the society would also collaborate with relevant organisations to improve the competence of its members.
“It is our plan to organise a conference in the next few weeks to bring together our universities, research institutions and industry practitioners to start creating an enduring relationship that is key to solving our infrastructural needs.
“It is common knowledge that civil infrastructures in Nigeria are grossly inadequate from urban and rural roads to rail lines transportation systems, housing to potable water supply,” he said.
The NICE chairman said his administration would engage policy makers and government to prioritise development in the country with a view to tackling the ones with higher socio-economic values.
According to him, the present situation where many trunk A roads are in disrepair is counterproductive with the resultant collossal loses to the country GDP and economy at large.
Chairman of the occasion and former Acting Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Engr. Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, urged Nigerian engineers to up their game to enable them compete with their foreign counterparts.
He called on the government to patronise local engineers, stressing that continuous patronage of multinational construction companies at the detriment of their Nigerian counterparts is not in the interest of the country.
By: John Bibor
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