Worried over the recent spate of high profile murders and other criminal activities along the Aba-Port Harcourt highway, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has appealed to his Abia State counterpart Chief Theodore Orji to partner with him in the fight against criminality in the border communities with Rivers State.
Governor Amaechi, who made the call, Monday, in Port Harcourt while speaking at a Special Court Session to mark the 2010 legal year in the state, said cases of criminality perpetrated along the border towns with Rivers, especially Obehie and Owaza communities required urgent attention.
The governor said his administration worked assiduously to fight crime in the state and has achieved relative peace, stressing that the activities of miscreants from neighbouring Abia State may affect the peace being enjoyed in the state, if not checked.
He said the state government was prepared to fight crime along the Port Harcourt, Aba Road up to Aba and other border towns with Rivers State to ensure that people go about their normal businesses unmolested, stressing that the partnership with Abia State was necessary in doing so
The State Chief Executive explained that efforts so far made to appeal to his Abia State counterpart to address the issue to curb crime at the border communities has not been successful and solicited his partnership to stamp crime out in the areas.
Governor Amaechi used the occasion to restate his preparedness to govern the state in accordance with the rule of law, protection of lives and property of Rivers people which he swore to in his oath of office.
The governor commended the Judiciary for the cordial relationship existing between it and the executive as well as the legislative arm and promised to sustain the independence of the Judiciary by also allowing them manage their funds.
Commenting on Judiciary workers strike in the state, Governor Amaechi said the state government would be prepared to meet their demands if there was any proof that any state of the federation was paying higher than Rivers and challenged them to compare notes with their counterparts in other states before requesting for increment in salaries.
In his address, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Iche Ndu said there has been healthy cooperation among the three arms of government in the state, pointing out that the judiciary, has within the last one year, received from the executive and the legislative arms, the needed support in the implementation of its policies and projects aimed at making it more vibrant.
Justice Ndu, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of Judges and Magistrates with respect to the number of cases disposed of in the last legal year, announced that a new judicial division is to be established at Saakpenwa, the Tai Local Government Headquarters, to reduce the number of cases in Bori and Nchia Judicial Divisions, thus brining the total number of judicial divisions in the state to eleven.
The State Chief Judge also announced that in addition to the 26 Magisterial Districts in the state another 12 has been created with effect from the first of January 2010, adding that while a total of 2792 cases were disposed of and 7023 pending in the High Courts within the year under review, 72 are pending in the Customary Court of Appeal as non was disposed of. The Magistrate Courts had 3070 cases disposed of and 6719 pending and customary court has a total of 1783 cases pending.
In his speech the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr Ken Chikere, said the present administration has spared no effort to ensure that there was no stagnation in justice delivery in the state, by establishing the Customary Court of Appeal and appointed the President and Judges of the Court as well as over 30 new magistrates.
He said plans are on to resume free mobile legal clinics to the 23 local government areas of the state, to enable law officers take legal education, alternative dispute resolution mechanism and other legal services to the grass root, stressing that the Ministry proposes to establish mediation centres in Port Harcourt, Bori and Ahoada.
The Attorney General explained that the delay in achieving total prison decongestion was hinged on the need to be careful not to let loose suspects with strong criminal background, adding that the Ministry was undertaking a library project, in addition to building more court halls.
In his address the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Chief O. T. K. D Amachree assured of the cooperation and understanding of the bar in collaborating with the judiciary to achieve speedy delivery of justice.
One Year Anniversary: Governor Wike Sues For Unity
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Rivers people no matter their political affiliation to join hands with his administration to build a stable and vibrant economy.
In a state-wide broadcast to mark the first year of his second term in office today, Governor Wike noted that the state can overcome the present global economic situation if citizens come together in unity of thought and purpose.
“Yes, we can if we resolve to downplay our individual differences and work together for the common good of our heritage, our lovely State, our communities and our people. As a government, we welcome constructive criticisms devoid of politics and mischief, because they serve to make us better performers.
“This is a time for governance, not politics, and we welcome everyone on board to create an environment that promotes balanced economic growth, thriving private investments, boundless opportunity and a State we can truly call our pride and heritage.
“For us, nothing matters more than Rivers State, our people, our interests, our treasures, our enormous resources and assets, our accomplishments and our greatness,” he stated.
The Governor pointed out that within the last one year, his administration had embarked on urban renewal programme in the State capital and the construction of the multi-billion naira three flyover projects at Rebisi, Okoro-nu-Odo and Rumuogba.
He said that the dualization of Kira- Sapkenwa-Bori-Kono Road straddling three local government areas in Ogoni heartland has reached 92 percent completion.
The Oyibo(Mbano camp) road to Iriebe linking Oyigbo and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas had been completed while Alesa-Agbonchia-Oyigbo, Rumuakunde/Isiodu and the second phase of Isiokpo community Roads had also been completed.
Rumuji-Ibaa-Isiokpo, Omoku-Egbema, Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye, Ula Ehuda-Odioku-Anwunugboko-Ubeta-Ihuechi-Odiereke, Umueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Umuelechi-Eberi, Eteo-Sime-Nonwa and Abonnema Ring Roads have reached various stages of completion.
In addition, the governor said, work has commenced on the expansion of the entire stretch of Ikwerre Road from Education Bus Stop to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
According to him, the long abandoned roads to the coastal communities of Opobo and Andoni in Opobo/Nkoro and Andoni Local Government Areas has almost been delivered with appreciable work already done on the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity Road.
On healthcare delivery, the governor said the Mother and Child Hospital has been furnished, equipped and only undergoing necessary testing and preparations for commissioning.
The Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, he said, has been fully equipped and converted to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) leading to the accreditation of the programmes of that facility for the training of medical students by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Governor Wike stated that the regional referral hospitals in Degema, Bori and Degema are presently being equipped while structural work is on-going on the ones located in Omoku and Etche.
The State Chief Executive pointed out that funds had been released for comprehensive upgrade of Enitonnia High School, Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, Obama High School, Degema, Community Secondary School, Tombia, Community Secondary School, Omuanwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area and Kalabari National College, Buguma.
Others include, Community Secondary School, Kugbo in Abua/Odual Local Government, Community Secondary School, Obeakpu in Oyigbo Local Government and Community Secondary School, Eteo in Eleme Local Government Area.
On Real Madrid Academy, Governor Wike announced that the construction of students’ hostels is progressing and that the school would soon open for simultaneous football and related training programmes.
He said in line with the promise to refocus on agricultural development, the Datco Cassava Processing Plant with a guaranteed off-market opportunities for 3000 local cassava farmers would soon be completed to stimulate cassava revolution in the state.
The governor regretted that despite the advisories and regulations on social distancing and compulsory wearing of face masks, most residents are flouting the directives to the collective peril of all.
“These are all irresponsible and risky behaviour in the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the enormous threat it poses to public health and the safety of human lives.
“We shall bring the full weight of the law to bear on every recalcitrant person, business or institution, irrespective of status who decides to treat the existing orders and regulations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our State with contempt.
“Government may be forced to reinstate lockdown if members of the public continue to flout and disregard the established regulations on social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks,” he said.
Governor Wike however, commiserated with the families of those that lost their loved ones to the pandemic and prayed for the peaceful repose of their innocent souls.
He said that while we pray for the quick success, for the global search, for vaccines, the responsibility still rests on everyone to strictly comply with the established mitigating measures.
A Statewide Broadcast By His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS, To Mark The First Year Of His Second Term In Office …My Dear Good People of Rivers State
Rivers State Set To Inaugurate Cassava Plant …To Employ 4,500 Persons
The Rivers State Cassava Processing Company located at Afam, Oyigbo Local Government Area will soon come on stream.
Governor Nyesom Wike who stated this Thursday after inspecting the plant, pointed out that the company when fully operational would employ 4,500 persons and also boost agriculture in the state.
He stated that the State Government has 70 percent equity share in the project which is in partnership with Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) of Nigeria.
“We are quite happy that this project which was initiated by the previous administration in 2012 and abandoned has come to the stage of completion.
“When we came on board and saw the usefulness of this project to our economy, we did not hesitate to release funds to complete it.
“As you can see this project which is about 90 percent complete would have been commissioned this month if not for the COVID-19 pandemic which has negatively impacted global economy.
“Let me commend the management of this plant for fast-tracking the completion and the novel initiative that will use mobile machines to collect cassava from the farmers at their various clusters.
“This, will no doubt, reduce the challenge of logistics and increase farmer participation, ” the governor stated.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Rivers State Cassava Processing Company, Ruben Giesen noted that the cassava processing plant when completed would increase income for small holder farmers by providing an enabling environment for them to sell their cassava tubers.
He also disclosed that the plant would produce about 45 thousand metric tons of cassava flour daily while about 12 thousand metric tons of cassava tubers would be needed for collection by its mobile plants from farmers around the state for processing.
Mr. Giesen commended the State Governor for embarking on the project, which he described as the first of its kind in sub-saharan Africa.
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