Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has described the inauguration of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Degema branch as is a step in the right direction because of the calibre of persons the Kalabari Kingdom has produced at both State and National levels in the Judiciary.
Governor Amaechi made the remark during the inauguration of the Degema branch of NBA recently at Degema.
Represented by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Barrister Godwins Rufus, the State Chief Executive said sons and daughters of the area have made marks in the Judiciary both at the State and National levels.
Also speaking, the President of the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA) Barr. Okey Wali (SAN) charged the pioneer executive committee to live up to expectation in the discharge of their duties.
Rivers State House of Assembly has approved 50 Billion Naira loan for the State Government from two Banks in Nigeria, Access Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.
The approval was given during the plenary session of the house on April 14, 2014 following the request by the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for the completion of ongoing projects in the State.
The Governor said that the 50 Billion Naira loan is part of the 100 Billion Naira loan which the House earlier approved, adding that the step would facilitate the completion of all projects throughout the State.
Earlier, the Speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Amachree had thanked the Governor for seeking the consent of the legislators for approval of the 50 Billion Naira loan.
He divided the House as a legislative process and 15 members present voted in favour of the request and it was granted and approved.
The Rivers State Chieftaincy and Council of Chiefs Bill 2014 sponsored by the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, member representing Emohua Constituency has been presented to the House.
Presenting the Bill, the Deputy Leader of the House, Hon Ewor Nname Robinson representing Ahoada East Constituency I said, the objective is to provide classification of chieftaincy stools in the State.
Hon Ewor disclosed that the Bill states, no person shall be recognized as a Chief of a town, community or clan unless the Governor is satisfied that the person seeking recognition has not been sentenced by a court of competent Jurisdiction in Nigeria or other part of the world to death or imprisonment for a term exceeding six months.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said, the Federal Government saved N270 billion from food import this year.
Dr. Adesina said this during the flagg-off of the Growth Enhancement scheme at Okehi in Etche Local Government Area.
Represented by Mr. Martins Odey, the Minister stated that the Federal Government initiated the programme to enable farmer’s access farm inputs to boost food production in the country.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Emmanuel Chindah said that not less than 112,270 farmers registered for the scheme in Rivers State, noting that more than half of the registered farmers will benefit from the scheme this year in the State.
According to Hon. Chindah, Etche Local Government is the fifth zone in the State to be flagged off adding that Ahoada West, Ahoada East, Emohua and Tai Local Government Areas have already been flagged off in the State.
As Rivers State prepares to celebrate the emergence of Port Harcourt as the UNESCO World Book Capital on April 23rd 2014, the State Government has commence the upgrading of the State Libraries at Bennard Carr Street in Port Harcourt Township and Afam street in Diobu all in Port Harcourt Local Government Area.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Mr. Belema Mangibo who was on site to monitor the work said, the emergence of Port Harcourt as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 is history and an event that will impact on the literary growth of the present generation and generations to come.
Mr. Mangibo said additional structures and amenities have been erected in the premise of the two State Libraries to accommodate the increasing number of users and their research needs.
He said the Ministry of Housing is committed towards making the event a success and that the structures will be ready in due time.
Speaking on behalf of the Director Rivers State Library Board, Mr. Henry Ajunwo lauded the efforts of the Rivers State Government under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for upgrading the State Libraries stating the Government is also building eight new Libraries in different areas of Port Harcourt for easy accessibility.