By Kelvin Ebiri
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the allocation of basic and social amenities by the Federal Government in States should be devoid of politics.
He stated this on the occasion of the official inauguration of one fighting truck, one water tanker and basic life support ambulance of the Federal Fire Service at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Governor Wike said that the deployment of the fire fighting trucks and ambulance by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will further help in protection of lives and property in the State.
The Rivers State governor, who lauded the Minister of Interior for rising above petty politics to identify with the State, maintained that States and Federal government ought to compliment each other for the growth and development of the country.
He observed that the distribution of basic infrastructural projects and social amenities to States by the Federal Government on the basis of political affiliation has become the bane of the country’s underdevelopment.
According to him, denying States that are not politically aligned to Federal government basic and social amenities, will only retard the progress of the country.
Governor Wike remarked that most of the recent incidents of fire outbreaks in the State and elsewhere in the country, are mainly due to negligence. He lamented that Nigerians are increasingly becoming nonchalant about the safety and called for attitudinal change.
The governor announced the donation of two utility vehicles and Five Million Naira (N5M) monthly subvention to the Federal Fire Service in the State in order to enhance their operational capability.
He however, warned that the Rivers State government will stop giving subvention to the Federal Fire Service if they fail to deploy their personnel to assist in putting out fire outbreak in the State.
Governor Wike urged personnel of the Federal Fire Service to utilize the fire fighting truck and ambulance for the benefit of the residents of Rivers State.
“If I find out any day there is fire outbreak and I hear you say there are no consumables , we will stop giving you stipends to take care of these vehicles.”
Earlier, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola urged States to consider the issue of fire prevention and safety as matter of serious concern.
“States should see fire prevention, safety as matter of very serious concern to everybody. Fire is no respecter of religion, political party or age of anybody. Anybody can be victim of fire.”
The minister, who was represented by his special assistant, Mr. Bola Ilori explained that the deployment of the fire fighting truck, tanker and ambulance to Rivers State is in recognition of the strategic importance of the State to the country.
Aregbesola applauded Governor Wike for his infrastructural development stride, particularly the construction of new flyovers that have now changed the landscape of Port Harcourt.
The Controller General, Federal Fire Service, Dr. Ibrahim Liman said the deployment of the fire fighting equipment by the Minister of Interior is essentially aimed at further strengthening safety and protection of the people and property in Rivers State from unforeseen fire havoc.
“the deployment of these multi-million Naira assets to Rivers State is to compliment the efforts of the State Fire Service. Fire fighting as we all know is the responsibility of all and the need for a robust collaboration between the Federal and State government in this regard need not be over emphasised.”
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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