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Prominent elders and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, have clarified that at no time did they call for the sack of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj-Gen, Barry Ndiomu (Rtd).
The elders at a news conference in Yenagoa, yesterday, said those behind the call are not members of the APC Elders Forum in the State, and do not exist in any form.
Speaking on behalf of the forum, a former member of the National Assembly, Senator John Kojo Brambaifa, said the non-existing group was sponsored to carry out the hatchet job because of the self-inflicting pain they are going through and decided to make Ndiomu their target while playing the victim.
“It has come to the knowledge of the members of APC in Bayelsa West Senatorial District that in the very recent past, precisely, about a fortnight ago, there is a self-seeking news item making rounds in the media, purportedly signed by amorphous APC Elders Forum in Bayelsa State, calling for the immediate sack of Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu as the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
“In the said news item circulating in several social media platforms, the said anonymous forum gave some nebulous reasons as the grounds for the call for the sack of the amnesty boss.
“We wish to state unequivocally and unambiguously that there was no time APC Elders Forum in Bayelsa State took a decision to call for the sack of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, as they always form an integral part of the various fora that make up the party in the State,” Brambaifa said.
“The members of APC from Bayelsa West Senatorial District maintain that the present PAP helmsman has created far-reaching impacts in the programme and has contributed significantly to the improvement of the party in the State with the sound reform measures so far taken to reposition the programme that was gradually cascading to a moribund state.
“The APC members express shock over the show of ingratitude by such a pseudo platform, as they failed to appreciate the progressive ideas initiated and implemented by the Interim Administrator to revamp the interventionist agency”, the Forum said.
The Bayelsa APC Elders maintained that they are proud of the achievements of Ndiomu in only 10 months in office and will continue to support him to succeed.
They particularly commended his effort in introducing worthy and creative ideas like the Cooperative Scheme for ex-agitators, noting that it will produce the desired result for the benefit of all Niger Deltans.
According to them, “the establishment of a Cooperative Society will encourage hard work and deepen the rehabilitation and reintegration of the ex-agitators which is in consonance with the original intention of the programme.
“We therefore call on the APC led Federal Government and the general public to disregard the said malicious news item, as it was borne out of insatiable appetite and greed for personal gains and deliberate show of discontentment towards the phenomenal improvement of the activities of the agency following the reform measures undertaken by the present Interim Administrator of the programme.
“We also use this medium to express our total support for the reform measures designed to reinvigorate the activities of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and, as a result, call on the Federal Government to retain the appointment of Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu as the head of the PAP in order to complete the ongoing reforms that will encourage multiplier effect in the Niger Delta with the concomitant peace that follows”.
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His Imperial Majesty Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, Eze Ekpeye Logbo III of Ekpeye land has admitted His Royal Highness Eze, Frederick B. Uwame, regent of Eze Igbu Orlukwor into the fold of Ekpeye Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs.
The ceremony took place, last Saturday, at his palace in Ula–Upata Community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The monarch stated that Orlukwor clan had already existed, and he, as the Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, as the Chairman, Ekpeye Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, owed the people the blessings needed to accomplish any lofty ideas.
“It is a great day for the people of Ekpeye ethnic nation to gather at the palace of Eze Ekpeye Logbo III for the warm reception of Igbu Orlukwor.
“Igbu Orlukwor had already been received to the Supreme Council by my predecessor, Late His Imperial Majesty Eze Flt. Leut. Robinson O. Robinson, the Crocodile of Africa, in his life time.
“By the Ekpeye bye-law of 10th August 2010, Igbu Orlukwor was among the seven Igbus in Ekpeye Kingdom that signed the bye-law which is yet the working document of the traditional institution in Ekpeye today”, he noted.
He reiterated the need for people to put aside their personal interests for the common good of the generality, adding that the issue of autonomy should not be misconstrued to tear apart Ekpeye Kingdom.
According to him, Ekpeye craved for peace and development, and his reign could not divide Ekpeye Kingdom, and that it would rather put structures that engender peace and development of Ekpeye Kingdom.
He, therefore, seized the opportunity to call on irate youths of Ekpeye to lay down their arms for peace and development to thrive.
Speaking, the Igbu Orlukwor people, who were popularly known as O’ group, in their address, expressed gratitude to His Imperial Majesty and Ekpeye Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs for the opportunity granted them to introduce the regent of Orlukwor Kingdom.
“Igbu Orlukwor has great respect for Ekpeye throne and had keyed into Ekpeye Social Structure by adopting the Eze Igbu, Eze Emene, Eze Nwe Ula, and Eze Nwe Obodo hierarchy, and accordingly sub-divided Igbu Orlukwor into four groups, comprising Emene Owu Orlukwor, Emene Ugbokor Orlukwor, Emene Egbeleta Orlukwor, and Emene Ikega Orlukwor.
“Before the advent of colonialism in Ekpeye land, the seven O’ group villages in South East of Upata district: Obumeze, Odiabidi, Ogbele, Okomoma I, Okoma II, Okporowo, and Oshiugbokor had formed a joint community government for the purpose of defending themselves against external aggression and for resolving inter community conflict”, they stated.
The group said Igbu Orlukwor was long ago in the organogram during the recognition of the various clans of Ekpeye Kingdom by the first and foremost Ekpeye monarch, His Majesty Eze Ashirim Unoshi in 1974, which included Ahoada, Akoh, Upata I (U group), Upata II (O’ group), Igbuduya, and Ubie.
They noted further that HRH Eze Williams E. Unugboji was the incumbent leader of the Igbu Orlukwor when the kingship stools were created by Ekpeye and later recognised and classified by the Rivers State Government.
The O’ group noted that the Kingdom’s leadership provided the incumbency platform on which HRH Eze Unugboji was accorded recognition, adding that his domain, however, transversed the whole of Upata clan.
Speakers at the occasion included His Majesty Eze Cassidy W.O Ikebhidhi, Eze Igbu Akoh II of Ekpeye land; and His Majesty Eze Arc. Nnamdi Obuzor, Eze Odiokwu I of Ekpeye Kingdom.
By: Agimo Emenike Benson
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has trained exporters in Akwa Ibom State on the best production techniques of seafood to boost export in the nation’s non-oil sector.
The Deputy Director, NEPC, in Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Pauline Ndulaka, said at a one-day workshop for exporters in Uyo on Monday, that one of the visions of the agency in non-oil export was to have seafoods saturate the global market.
Ndulaka said for the vision to be realized, exporters and stakeholders in the seafood value chain must be updated on the global best production techniques and practices.
“Nigeria’s dependent on oil as a major source of income is not all that profitable; hence the option to get more serious with developing non-oil exports as the second line of defense and a clear strategy for economic diversification.
“We must all join hands to achieve this by making exportation seamless, signifying and exporting value-added products as much as we can to grasp a fair portion of the international market.
“Our objective is to expose stakeholders to various value-chain processes that would enhance seafood production in the state for export.
“We will enlighten producers on best practices and techniques for the production and processing of seafood, and reawaken the consciousness of seafood producers to the economic potentials of seafood, among others”, Ndulaka said.
The Chairman of Nigeria Store Product Research Institute (NSPRI), Dr Awugu Eminike, warned against destructive fishing methods to avoid negative effects on the entire marine ecosystem which can further trigger rejection at the global market.
Eminike, who spoke on the topic “Post Harvest Handling/Value Chain Processing/Preservation and Packaging of Seafood for Export”, urged exporters to make use of modern smoking and drying equipment fabricated by the research institute.
He said the machine, having passed through rigorous testing, has proved to maintain purity in processing seafood but advised that a high level of hygiene be maintained during all stages of post-harvest handling.
He urged exporters to constantly conduct market researches to understand the demand for specific seafood products, consumer preferences, and cultural considerations in the target market.
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, said the decision of his administration to construct the massive Ernest Ikoli Media Complex in Yenagoa was borne out of the important role the media plays in societal development.
Speaking during a visit to the complex, which houses the three state-owned media outlets – Radio Bayelsa, Niger Delta Television and New Waves Newspaper – on Tuesday, Governor Diri expressed satisfaction with the newly installed digital broadcast equipment, which he said were the best in the industry.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying during a live interview on NDTV that as the fourth estate of the realm, the media remains a very important component of the state and the society at large and that his administration will treat it with the seriousness it deserves.
On the three senatorial road projects, the governor described them as very crucial to the state, saying they not only provide access of the rural communities to the state capital but will also open up the state’s economic zones.
He said it is unfortunate to see people play politics with these important projects, wondering why some opposition politicians do not seek expert opinion on areas they are not knowledgeable about but rather make ignorant comments.
Responding to a question on the issue of flooding, he said the state government was doing everything within its power to tackle the menace and called on the federal government to take practical steps such as building of dams to check the release of water from the dams outside the country.
His words: “I saw the level of decay in the physical infrastructure, especially of the radio station arising from a storm. The television station was far away in Gbarantoru and knowing the importance of the media, I said something had to be done.
“When we inaugurated this structure (in February 2022), there were a lot of naysayers who said we were inaugurating an empty structure. But today I am happy I am live here on NDTV and I am seeing very modern equipment that are arguably comparable to the best in the industry.
“The three senatorial roads are important to us. Tthat is why we are investing so much in them. It is unfortunate that some people are playing politics with it by making comments on areas they do not have the requisite knowledge rather than seeking the opinion of experts.”
Governor Diri also visited Radio Bayelsa where he partook in a live programme.
Luck however smiled on some ad hoc staff undergoing training at the television station when he enquired about their status and then directed the Commissioner for Information to ensure they are given immediate employment in the state civil service.
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