HYPADEC, NIWA collaborate to address challenges of water transportation
By Friday Idachaba
The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPADEC) is to collaborate with the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for further dredging of the Niger and Benue rivers to ease water transportation.
Chairman, Governing Council of HYPADEC Mr Joseph Ityav, disclosed this when he led members of the council and management of the commission on a courtesy visit to NIWA headquarters in Lokoja.
Ityav who said the visit was part of the familiarisation tour of the six member states of the commission said riverine communities along the flood plains where the hydroelectric power dams were sited had continued to suffer flood and other ecological challenges.
“HYPADEC was signed into law since 2010, it could not take off. People have faced challenges in about 30 to 40 years since the establishment of the dams.
“We have problems with water transportation and we are looking at possible collaboration with NIWA on dredging.
Hypadec is set up to alleviate the sufferings of the people, to improve the living standards of host communities where we have hydroelectric power dams.
“Many of the them are facing ecological challenges as their farmlands are being washed away by the overflow of the dams aside loss of land and houses, they loss their primary source of livelihood which is basically agriculture”, the chairman said.
The Managing Director, Dr George Moghalu, represented by Mr Iloba Asindi, General Manager, (Engineering) said major business activities of NIWA included improvement and development of Inland Waterways for navigation.
Moghalu said the duties of NIWA and HYPADEC on the waterways were without restrictions and had left them with multiple opportunities for collaboration.
He said there was need for a detailed and accurate data such as flow velocity, water surface gradient, variation of daily water level and sediment flow analysis to achieve sound models and designs among others.
Tha News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the HYPADEC team was also in Adavi Local Government of Kogi where they were jointly addressed by the Ohi of Adavi, Alhaji Mohammed Bello and the Ohi of Eganyi, Alhaji Musa Osuja.
The traditional rulers both expressed delight that the commission had finally taken off after several years of agitations and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for making their dreams a reality.
In a colourful reception for the HYPADEC Governing Council and management team, the traditional rulers appealed to the commission to ensure due diligence in the onerous assignment of interventions in the host riverine communities.
Ityav in his response said, “As chairman of the commission, I will ensure there is equity in the distribution of projects in all the states and that is one thing we will endure at HYPADEC. (NAN)
2021 Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Sule preaches peace, love, reiterates observance of COVID-19 protocols
From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
Nasarawa state governor Abdullahi Sule has called on security agencies across the state to
continue to be vigilant by intensifing their efforts in safeguarding lives and property of the citizens in the state at the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
In a statement signed by the acting governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe which was made available to our to the NationalUpdate on Thursday, he called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and other security agencies to ensure traffic is properly maintained to safe guard the lives and property of the citizens of the state.
The governor used the medium to call on motorists and other road users to obey traffic regulations.
He said: “As we come to the end of this year’s Ramadan Fast, on behalf of the Government and People of Nasarawa State, I felicitate with all Muslim faithful in the State as we join millions of Nigerians and other brethren across the globe to mark the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) celebration.”
The statement reads in part, “I implore all Muslims to remain steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through sustained supplication, hospitality and good neighbourliness, as well as imbibing the spirit of sharing in our daily lives.”
He admonished the citizens of the State to continue to pray for the peace, security and economic prosperity of the State.
“My dear brethren, perhaps, I should take the liberty of this festive period to warn on the danger of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. I need to state that we have received the first dose of Astra Zeneca Vaccine and distributed same across the Primary Healthcare Centres in the State,” the statement added.
The governor, however, called on religious and opinion leaders to continue to sensitize the public on the need to accept the vaccine and get vaccinated for the well-being of the society.
He added that the protection of lives of the people during this trying times remain sacrosanct, hence the need to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.
The statement further urged the people of the state to continue to preach peace, show love, understanding, tolerance and good neighbourliness among theirselves and humanity at large.
Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Matawalle calls for prayers to end banditry
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has called on Muslim Ummah to unite in prayer towards ending insecurity bedevilling the state during the Eid el- fitr celebration.
In a statement marking the Eid el-fitr celebration, the governor said consistent prayers would greatly assist in easing the tension in the state.
In a statement signed by Yusuf Idris Gusau, the Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication, the governor assured the state’s civil servants that in spite of dwindling resources characterized by impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on global economy and banditry activities in the state, his administration will not take decisions that will be detrimental to their welfare.
The governor gave the assurance in his Eid-el-fitr Sallah goodwill message to the people of the state.
While observing that many states having suffered from the current trying times causing such state government to consider reducing their workforce, Matawalle maintained that such will not happen under his leadership.
He said, intead, his administration has continued to evolve ways of meeting the demands of the people through the purchase of a range of food products, which were distributed across all the State’s 2,516 polling units, provision of assistance to a number of Islamic centres throughout the State in order to sustain the government’s food distribution efforts during the Holy Month.
Similar gesture was also extended to the state’s Council of Chiefs, Remand Home, Orphanages, and Civil Servants, 40,000 pieces of shadda and atamfa clothing materials were purchased and distributed to orphans and other less privileged individuals to enable them celebrate the Eid el- fitri in a happy state of mind.
In order to give a sense of belonging to those in prison custody, the state government also donated 400 bags of assorted grains to the inmates of Gusau Correctional Facility in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.
He said despite the threats posed by banditry and its repercussions, in addition to the cash crunch, his administration is leaving its mark on the sands of time by mobilising resources to execute a number of public projects across the State.
The governor wished the people of the state a happy and memorable Sallah celebration and urged the good people of the state to continue to pray for peace and tranquility as well as continue to uphold the good morals and lessons learnt in the Holy and blessed month of Ramadan to better the society calling for more prayers to end banditry in the state and the country at large
Eid-El-Fitr: Police in Kogi to ensure adequate protection of lives, properties
The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Ede Ayuba Ekpeji has reiterated the Commands’ readiness to synergise with other security agencies in the State to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties during and after the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command DSP William Aya in a statement issued on Wednesday assured members of the public that the Command has made adequate deployment of its personnel across the State to secure public places and guarantee a safe and secure environment for all.
Explaining further, Aya noted that the Area Commanders, Tactical and operational Commanders as well as the Divisional Police Officers have been charged to ensure a hitch free celebrations in their Area of Responsibilities.
He urged law abiding citizens to go about their lawful activities as he warned those planning to firment trouble to desist from any act capable of disrupting the existing peace the State is enjoying.
According to him, the Command will not hesitate to deal with any one caught committing any act of lawlessness in the State.
The Commissioner of Police called on the members of the public to sharpen their power of observation and report any suspicious objects, movements and activities around their neighborhood to the Police or any other security agencies in the State to enable prompt response to mitigate the act.
The CP commended the heads of Security agencies in the State on the effective synergy in the fight against criminality. Also to members of the Police Command’s management team for their continue support to making the Command achieved a relative peace we are enjoying.
To this end, the Commissioner of Police assures that the command’s tempo in the fight against crime and criminality and to reclaim public spaces remain unequivocal and unwavering.
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