Vanguard Newspaper 14 February 2018
12— Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 A-Ibom Assembly passes N646bn Appropriation bill for 2018 By Chioma Onuegbu E KET—AKWA Ibom State House of Assembly has passed the 2018 Appropriation bill of N646 billion. The House approved N94.649 billion for recurrent expenditure and N431.141 billion as capital expenditure, while N120.858 billion for the Consolidated No land for cattle colonies in Delta —Traditional rulers By Victor Ahiuma- Young A SABA—DELTA State Council of Traditional Rulers, DSCTR, has thrown its weight behind the position of Delta State Government on the non-availability of land for cattle colonies in the state. Chairman of the council and Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II, in a statement in Asaba, said that the topography of the state which is partly upland and riverine coupled with its attendant challenges, made it impossible for land to be available for such venture. The traditional rulers called on the state government to forward a bill to the state House of Assembly for a legislation that will be enforceable to give a legal backing to the position of government on the matter. DSTCTR explained that the desire of the state government was to promote agriculture through the engagement of youths in farming and Revenue fund charges. The passage came after the consideration and adoption of the report of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation by the House during yesterday's plenary. It will be recalled that the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel had on November, 24, 2017 presented a budget outlay of N651,500 billion for the 2018 fiscal year to the other agricultural purposes, as the issue of land is dear to the people of the state. According to the statement: “There is immense pressure on the available land in the state, at least for now, considering the huge direct investment in agriculture by investors courtesy of the state government. Suffice it to say that there is no land for the establishment of cattle colonies in Delta State and all the traditional rulers We want rebranded INC —Prof Dime By Emem Idio Y ENAGOA— FOUNDING father and first national president of the apex Ijaw sociopolitical organisation, Ijaw National Congress, INC, Professor Christopher Dime, said yesterday, that the founding fathers and elders of Ijaw nation were working round the clock to conduct elections that will usher in a rebranded substantive executive council to run the affairs of House, christened ‘Budget of Consolidation on Industrialization.” It was made up of N437.674 bilion for capital expenditure, N92.697 billion for recurrent expenditure, and N120.859 billionfor Consolidated Revenue fund charges. Meanwhile, the House reduced the total budget outlay by N5 billion. Chairman, House are on the same page with the state government on the matter. “We call on Deltans, particularly youths and farmers, to be at alert and vigilant in their communities and report any act likely to cause a breach of the peace and security promptly to the police and other security agencies. We also urge the Federal Government to adopt more decisive measures towards calling INC. Dime, in a chat with Vanguard in Yenagoa, Beyelsa State, yesterday, said stakeholders were worried over the falling fortunes and near leadership vacuum in the apex Ijaw body, stressing that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the body was repositioned to regain its past glorious fortune. His words: “It has been a worrisome thing to us as stakeholders that for sometime now, Ijaw have Committee on Finance and Appropriation and member representing Ibeno/Esit Eket state constituency, Usoro Akpanusoh, while presenting his committee’s report, said 90 percent of the recommendations was based on consideration of the views of the citizens during the public hearing on the 2018 budget. CONFERENCE: From left: Winner Kalu, NIVEA BA BrandRegimen; Tizhe Ibrahim, BDM Lagos and West Region Beiersdorf Nigeria; Flora Ikebuasi, NIVEA BA BrandRegimen; Emmanuel Ugwuanyi, National Sales Manager, NIVEA FMCL and Ofoma Vivian, NIVEA BA BrandRegimen, at the NIVEA Experience Centre by BrandRegimen during the 2018 HealthPlus annual sales conference in Lagos. the herdsmen to order because their violent activities have created a state of insecurity in Nigeria.” DSCTR expressed dismay over the death of many innocent Nigerians as a result of the violent clashes between the herders and host communities, insisting that their activities had dented the image of the country before the international community. no voice and this is going to be taken care of in the next few weeks. “I did not form the INC in 1992 for self aggrandizement. Service is a duty and there is joy and fulfilment in selfless service. What we want as elders is to elect a substantive INC president who will be the mouth piece of Ijaw people and the body is working on this is the Conference of Traditional Rulers and Elders of Ijaw." 2019: Delta students urged to participate in voter registration By Festus Ahon ASABA—STUDENTS of Delta State origin in tertiary institutions, particularly those who are 18 years and above, have been told to participate in the ongoing voter registration exercise and obtain their Permanent Voters Card, PVC. Speaking at a one-day sensitization/awareness exercise on voters’ education in tertiary institutions, organised by the Directorate of Orientation, Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the COE, Agbor, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Orientation, Mr Eugene Uzum, said that the import of the DTHA 2019: Warri South needs bridge builder —Opuoru By Bartholomew Madukwe W A R R I — SENIOR Special Assistant on Political matters to Delta State Governor, Mr. Matthew Opuoru, has said that Warri South Constituency II needs a bridge builder in 2019 and not someone who has divisive tendencies. Opuoru, former DESOPADEC Commissioner, who is gunning for Warri South Constituency II seat in Delta State House of Assembly in 2019, made the disclosure when he led his supporters on a consultative visit to Agbarah Warri Peoples Democratic Party, PDP leader, Chief Israel Abido. sensitisation programme was to adequately enlighten students in tertiary institutions of learning on the need to have a PVC. Uzum disclosed that the sensitization/awareness on voters’ education will take place in all the tertiary institutions in the state, adding that voters’ education was an essential ingredient to stimulate students’ interest in the electoral process. Provost of the College of Education, Agbor, Dr. Joseph Ukadike, at the event, thanked those behind the programme for their initiative, saying: “This workshop could not have come at a better time considering the fact that the country has always been yearning for violence-free electioneering process.” Noting that he had already told the incumbent member representing Warri South Constituency II in the state Assembly, Mr Dennis Omovie, of his intension to contest the 2019 election after two earlier attempts, Opuoru assured those who feel uncomfortable with his ties with their Itsekiri neighbours not to worry as he will fight for the interests of everyone in the constituency. The Okere Urhobo political leader, who recently renovated the Warri South PDP secretariat, has consistently worked for the growth of the PDP and remained loyal and dedicated to the party. In his response, Chief Abido stated that they want someone who can work for the interests of all tribes in Warri without undermining the “Urhobo slot.” Local content implementation'll create employment —NASS By Godfrey Bivbere THE National Assembly has called for stricter enforcement of local content in maritime and other sectors of the nation’s economy as a way of creating employment and achieving transfer of technology. The lawmakers’ call is coming at a time when indigenous ship owners, chandlers, customs brokers and others, are lamenting the takeover of their jobs by foreigners. Speaking at the inspection of the Egina platform which recently arrived at the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics, LADOL base in Lagos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Yayi Adeola, said there was need for the feat so far achieved in the oil and gas sector of the nation’s economy to be replicated in the maritime and other sectors. Yayi explained that it was only in doing so that employment will be created and the needed technological transfer required for the development of the economy will be achieved.
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