STATEMENT BY BAYELSA STATE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENT, INIRUO WILLS, ON MONDAY 4TH AUGUST, 2014, BEING THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME’S ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF OGONILAND
In his Official Statement on World Environment Day 2014 two months ago (titled Voicing Out from Bayelsa’s Brown Fields, Mangroves and Seas), the Governor of Bayelsa State of Nigeria, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, called national and global attention to the environmental terrorism that has continued unabated in the oil and gas host communities of Bayelsa State for fifty-eight (58) years now since Nigeria’s inaugural commercial oil production occurred in the Oloibiri area of present day Bayelsa State in 1956. The traditional perpetrators of these environmental crimes against our communities are the oil exploration and production companies, multinationals mostly, although they have recently been joined by unscrupulous individuals and cabals who break oil pipelines, illegally ‘refine’ crude oil and recklessly unleash much of it upon the delicate mangroves and creeks of our communities.
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Goldie’s Autopsy Reveals She Died Of Hypertension (PHOTO)
The official autopsy for singer Goldie Harvey has been done and shows that the singer died of intracerebellar hemorrhage caused by hypertensive heart disease.
The autopsy carried out February 19, was signed by Dr. O.O Oyewole of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine. The burial arrangement for the former Big Brother Africa house mate will be announced by the family.
Goldie died on Valentine’s Day shortly after she returned from Los Angeles, United States where she attended the 55th Grammy Awards.
Sensational singer, and Nigeria’s representative at the last edition of Big Brother Africa (BBA), Goldie Harvey is dead. She died yesterday at the age of 29.
Reports say the singer, who just returned from the Grammy awards in US, died a few hours after, at the Reddington Hospital, Victoria Island. “She was full of life upon her return, but suddenly, something went tragically wrong,” said a source, who added that she died in the arms of herbest friend, Denrele Edun, former presenter with Sound City music channel.
Kenny Ogungbe, her label boss, could not be reached on telephone as at the time of this report, but Ellam A. Abass, Artiste and Repertoire Manager at Kennis Music, confirmed that the artiste was indeed, dead.
Details of her death is still sketchy asat the time of this report.
As a musician, Goldie started her career in London, with a pop rock group. Her impact in the last BBA House was remarkable, in view of her betrayal by Kenyan Housemate, Prezzo, with whom she had an intimatemoment.
“I can’t define my relationship with Prezzo, but I do know that in the house I came to care for him very much. He was the closest person to me in the house. I never saw any of these things that people outside saw. I am almost not believing it somewhat, but I hold no grudges against him. I still think he’s a great individual and at theend of the day, such is life,” the singerhad said in an interview after her eviction from the house.
One of Goldie’s strong wishes was to raise her late mum from death, this, she said to The Nation in a recent interview. MAY HER SOUL RIP
A 36-year-old mother faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to allowing her daughter, six, to be sexually abused by different men for drugs and money.
Authorities say Dalina Nicholas, from Jacksonville Beach, is charged with four counts of child neglect and faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Nicholas agreed to testify against four other people charged in the case. She won’t be sentenced until those trials conclude.
A charge of battery was dropped against her.
In March 2012 a homeless man flagged down a police officer and told him a child was being molested in a nearby home.
The man said he’d been to the home before to use drugs and had seen several men having sex with the child.
He said the abuse had been ongoing for about two years and he had witnessed Nicholas use drugs.
The man also said he was present once when Nicholas accepted $20 from a man and told herdaughter to get naked and lay on a living room mattress so the man could have oral sex with her, police said.
The witness, according to police, said the girl had confided in him that she was being sexually abused and asked him to ‘help her make it stop’.
Nicholas’ attorney says his client doesn’t understand the girl was being abused because ofdrug and mental health issues.
When a member of the child protection team interviewed the girl, she spoke of sexual assaults by men and physical abuse, according to The Florida Times Union.
Quinn Brooks, 57, and Ryan Harrover, 34, have been charged with sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation. John Hagans, 48, and Norman Thompson, 52, have been charged with sexual battery.
The girl was taken into custody and is now in the care of relatives.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN)has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government lacks the requisite knowledge and capacity to tackle Nigeria’s problems, saying that there is the need to effect a change at the centre in 2015 for the country to achieve positive development.
Fashola, who stated this during an exclusive interview with a team of LEADERSHIP editors in Abuja yesterday, was giving the rationale behind the ongoing merger talks by his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) towards dislodging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the centre in 2015.
Explaining that their push for political alignment was not only to seize power but to useit to better the lives of the people, he likened Jonathan’s government to an unskilled auto mechanic who consistently failed to correctly service a vehicle, causing it to continuously break down, a fallout that would necessitate theowner to try another technician.
“You buy a car and it breaks down and you go toa mechanic and he fixes it in the morning, and it breaks down again in the afternoon. You go backin the evening, he fixes it but it doesn’t take youhome. You go and call him again; he tosses it up and says you should come back by 6am the next day.
“You take it at 6am and it doesn’t take you home. Are you going to stay with that mechanic?” he asked.
“Nigeria needs a new mechanic. The country’s problems need a new pair of eyes and pure heart that can see, and clearer minds that can articulate the problems better. That is the heart of the matter. It is now left for the electorate to decide whether they are satisfied with this mechanic.”
Fashola insisted that the desire of the ACN and CPC to take power at the centre was to utilise itaccording to the general wish of Nigerians, who want the country’s myriad problems fixed immediately.
He described the ACN as an issues-based partywhich had a lot to offer, which is why it has consistently defeated the PDP in Lagos since thereturn of democracy 13 years ago.
“In Lagos, the PDP has been failing since 1999: in 2003 it failed, in 2007 it failed, in 2011 it failed again. The most interesting thing is that the margins get wider in Lagos due to the improvement of services,” he said.
He further said that, with ACN’s recurring victories and exemplary leadership across the six states it controls, its leadership was taking proactive steps to salvage Nigeria from PDP’s misrule at the national level by going into a merger with the CPC ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Fashola gave the assurance that the ACN, with its issues-based outlook, would take Nigeria to the Promised Land, just like what is happening in United States, saying that “elections without debate won’t give value and the electorate needspeople who understand their problems without pretence.”
He noted that the Democrats in the US openly articulated the issue of tax while the Republicans were vague and the people swung tothe side that convinced them.
“Anybody who wants to serve us must understand our problems; that’s why in Americayou have to debate before election. Lagos is a good example,” he stated.
Governors not against Jonathan – Fashola
Fashola also refuted the insinuations in some quarters that the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) was working against the President Jonathan.
Citing the ongoing suit on Excess Crude Account,the Lagos State governor said that the governors’ occasional disagreement with the president on certain issues was in the interest of the country.
The governor further canvassed for a proper economic management through innovation and tourism, saying they were the key to crime prevention.
He also called for a diversification of the economy since ‘what works today may not work tomorrow’.
“Thirty years ago, our economy was trading. Themost prosperous people in our society were dealers. That was the economy of that time and it has changed. The new economy has emerged,” he said.