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Rivers: AC Dismisses Speculation On Demolition Exercise

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Contrary to speculation that the ongoing demolition in Rivers State has been directed to perceived political enemies, Action Congress(AC), says their party leader’s official residence located at the Government Reserve Area (GRA), has been earmarked too for demolition.
In a statement issued on line by the State Secretary of the Party, Hon. Okis Bob-Manuel, explained that members of the task force on illegal structures in the state Ministry of Urban Development visited their party leader’s Government House official residence and marked the dreaded ‘X’ on the walls of the residence.
He stated that the Commissioner for Urban Development, Barrister Osima Ginah, who lead the team was AC representative on Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s cabinet.
Worse still, he noted, Ginah was nominated by the AC party leader, Prince Tonye Princewill, to join the Unity Government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led administration in the state.
Yet, the walls of the official residence of his party leader was earmarked for demolition, with a threat to pull down within two weeks, or face the wrath of the government.
When contacted, Barrister Osima Ginah says, Prince Tonye Princewill is his brother, leader and close associate, insisting that, “he did not send him to the state cabinet to be biased in his official functions”.
In his words: “I will personally oversee that the task force ensure that the efforts of the Gov. Amaechi’s led administration to restore Port Harcourt to its garden city status are not thwarted in any form by anybody including my party leader”.
Ginah, also AC stalwart, argued that Prince Tonye Princewill was a party to the decision culminating in the on-going efforts of the Amaechi’s administration to restore the beauty and aesthetical value of Port Harcourt.
Therefore he said, his party leader would not protest the ministry’s two week ultimatum that he reduces the fence of his official residence located at the former Deputy Governor’s residence.
The commissioner admitted that the walls of his official residence had earlier been earmarked for demolition, thereby putting to rest speculations from articulated quarters that the ongoing demolition was an exercise of vendetta directed at real or perceived enemies of the government.
But he said, the demotion exercise, was a concerted effort to take the state to the next level.
Ginah reiterated his ministry’s desperate resolve to ensuring the implementation of the urban renewal policy of the administration.
He expressed delight at the response by most residents in old GRA and gave special kudos to the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Bala Hassan, the National Organising Secretary of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the quick compliance in reconstructing their fences.
When The Tide visited the official residence of the AC leader, the high fences has the dreaded “X” marks, signifying that the fences should be reduced within two weeks.
The AC leader, Prince Tonye Princewill was not available for comment, as he was said to be on a working visit to Europe.
But his Media Consultant, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze confirmed that Prince Tonye Princewill has directed the pulling down of the affected fence and its immediate reconstruction.

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Ayade Orders Recruitment Into Civil Service

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has ordered immediate recruitment into the state civil service to fill the vacuum that may occur due to workers’ retirements.
The new Head of Service (HoS), Mr Timothy Akwaji, disclosed this on Wednesday during his maiden meeting with permanent secretaries on Wednesday in Calabar.
Akwaji said the creation of AkwaIbom from Cross River in 1987 caused a mass exodus of civil servants to the new state, leading to mass recruitment by the state government to fill the attendant vacant positions.
“Most of these workers will be exiting the service, having completed their mandatory 35 years in service and this may create a bureaucratic vacuum if there is no mentoring of those who may be left behind to keep the service running.
“The governor has, therefore, given approval for the recruitment of workers to cushion the effect of the impending mass retirement from the state civil service.”
The Head of Service stressed the need for the permanent secretaries to mentor their subordinates, as directors and for other civil servants to look up to them as role models.
He said mentorship in the service had become necessary to enable civil servants discharge their responsibilities effectively.

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APC Releases Timetable For Nat’l Convention

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The All Progressives Congress has said it will begin the sale of forms for aspirants vying for its national positions ahead of the National Convention from February 14.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, announced this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said, “The APC CECPC at its 19th regular meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the party’s National Secretariat considered and adopted the timetable/schedule of activities for the February 26, APC National Convention.”
According to him, the schedule of activities ahead of the party’s national convention is as seen below:
“Receiving of the interim report of the National Reconciliation Committee, January 31, 2022.
“Consideration and adoption of Reports of State Congresses February 2, 2022.
“Inauguration of the State Executives February 03, 2022.
“Sale of forms to all aspirants vying for National Offices at the APC National Secretariat, February 14, 2022.
“Submission of completed forms and accompanying documents at the APC National Secretariat on or before February 19, 2022.
“Publication of Sub-Committees February 19, 2022.
“Screening of all aspirants vying for National Offices February 20 February 22.
“Screening Appeals to hear and resolve complaints arising from the screening exercise February 23, 2022.
“Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the National Convention – February 24 to February 25, 2022.
“National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee February 26, 2022.
“National Convention Appeal to hear and resolve complaints arising from the National Convention February 28, 2022.”
The APC scribe, at an interaction with newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat, had earlier described as fake, reports that the party’s leadership had zoned its national chairmanship position to a particular zone.
Akpankudohede said the report should be disregarded, adding that there was no decision on that.

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INEC Dismisses Tinubu’s Comment On PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have not expired.
The commission said this while responding to the comment credited to Senator Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking while addressing the women leaders of the party who paid him a visit recently, Tinubu asked voters to obtain new PVCs.
Earlier in the month, after so much speculations, Tinubu formally announced his intention to contest for the 2023 presidency.
“In case they do not announce to you on time, the PVC you have has expired,” Tinubu said.
“Take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors and make sure that the new registration… Because they may not announce to you on time. The PVCs you have have expired. Yes!
“You need to spread it to various local government and wards at each levels. No matter how difficult it is. To me, I look at it closely and you look at other elections being held, you will see that it’s diminishing because those cards (is) expired. It’s mandatory that you go and register to vote and achieve your aspirations. May God bless you and bless Nigeria.”
But reacting, the Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said those who have registered for election do not need to do so again because their cards are valid for future elections.
“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, said that Nigerians who already have their PVCs do not need to register again.
He warned, “In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once.”

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