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Pastor Seeks Desolution Of 20-Year Old Marriage



President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (middle) flanked by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State (left) and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State at the commissioning of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital at Oghara, yesterday.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (middle) flanked by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State (left) and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State at the commissioning of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital at Oghara, yesterday.

A Lagos-based pastor, Samuel Asiru, is seeking the leave of the Shomolu Customary Court in Lagos to divorce his wife, Helen.

The 67 Years old man of God prostrated before the court and pleaded that his 20 years old marriage to Helen be dissolved to enable him have peace, describing his wife as demonic.

He explained further that he had brought his wife before to the same court in 2007 calling for a dissolution of their relationship, but the judge reconciled them instead.

The demon in her life is still affecting him spiritually.

He added that, he ·packed out of the matrimonial home since 2002, due to his wife’s satanic attitude, although she is responsible to the upkeep of the children.

He also accused his wife’s spirit of causing his blindness and partial stroke, adding that God had revived him form the ill -health.

“Some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria and 13 different pastors have intervened on our matter but I can never consider her back into my life.

“I pray the court to separate our relationship because I believe’ there is no need for settlement and I am promising before the court to pay N20,000 monthly for the children’s upkeep,” Asiru said.

Helen, 50, a teacher in Lagos, pleaded with the court to reconcile their differences, saying that she still loved her husband in spite of his utterances.

The court president, Mrs. Modupe Bajulaiye, stated that the court is meant for reconciliation and would not dissolve any marriage without intervening.

Bajulaiye gave the couple one month to see if reconciliation effort of the court would be fruitful.

She thus adjourned the case to July 2.

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Rivers State Set To Inaugurate Cassava Plant …To Employ 4,500 Persons



Rivers States Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Managing Director, Rivers State Cassava Processing Company, Mr. Reuben Giesen.(middle) Hon. Fred Kpakol Commissioner for Agriculture Rivers State.

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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Rivers Elders Commend Governor Wike For Consistent Delivery Of Critical Projects



As the Wike administration in Rivers State gears up to mark successful first year of its second tenure on the 29th of May 2020, some elder statesmen have expressed delight over the unfettered leadership Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has continued to offer the state amidst Covid-19 pandemic.

The elder statemen recounted how the broken walls of development and brotherliness were mended in his first tenure with  sectorial performances and services provided by strategic institutions of government have remained efficient under his leadership into his second tenure without any lapse.


Chairman of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabaraba said everybody within the state can attest to the fact that construction of critical road projects and the three flyovers bridges have continued despite the covid-19 pandemic.

He said,  such commitment to delivery of projects to Rivers people combined with the tackling of the Covid-19 pandemic is matched because governor Wike provided palliatives to people in all local government areas to cushion the hardship they experience.


“He has taken all necessary steps to ensure that the disease does not spread and also to ensure that the people are protected. People have criticised him but we know that he is doing the correct thing we all support him. He has not only done that,  he’s also not left out his people,  giving palliatives to all LGAs of the state.  It is a matter of joy that the governor has at all times,  worked for the interest of the people and has the support of the people in all he does.”

Speaking on project execution in AkukuToru, chief Alabaraba said the ongoing construction of the ring road in Abonnema town is almost ready and likely to be commissioned in the next few weeks and it will enhance the economy activities of the people.


The elder statesman commended the governor for the cash compensation given to Abonnema Town people that suffered from the Military invasion during the 2019 presidential election, saying it is a demonstration of love and care of a leader to his people.

Senior advocate of Nigeria, Chief Onueze Okocha who sued for patience, understanding and cooperation from all Rivers people who desire good governance that governor Wike has continued to provide, urged them to remember the inglorious past when the state was on its knees from where the governor took it up to chart a new course.

He said the courts are working now,  like all arms of government, with  construction of projects unabated.


According to him, he had boldly confronted covid-19 pandemic to mitigate alarming health crisis in the state.

“Unfortunately,  but happily only four LGAs of Rivers State have reported incidence of persons having covid-19.  The measures,  he has put in place, I believe to a large extent,  helped us to contain the spread of the virus. There has been lockdown which some people found very unpalatable.  Of course,  when you have a serious ailment you must find a serious medicine to deal with it, which is why I keep speaking to the people of Rivers state to exercise patience with the governor to show understanding especially because we are seeing the result. ”


The senior advocate berated the security agencies for sabotaging movement restriction but noted that beyond such betrayal,  Rivers people can celebrate another successful year of the Wike administration.

“I believe that we are here to celebrate even in this very troubling times and doff our hats for the man who we elected to govern Rivers State.  His first year in the second tenure has been successful and I hope and pray that the succeeding years that he has in office from now up till the 29th Of may 2023 will also be happy years for which we will celebrate and thank God that at this point in time a man called Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was our governor.”


On his part,  Chief Emmanuel Anyanwu recalled how Governor Wike reconnected Etche local government area by road to Port Harcourt with the construction of  Chokocho – Rumuokwurushi Road
And Chokocho-Ozuzu Road that were impassable.

According to him,  the Odofor-Akporka-Umuoye Road that is under construction is expected to be completed before the end of the second tenure of the governor.

He noted that Etche people like every other local government area in the state are indebted to governor Wike for the inclusiveness they have enjoyed in his administration, declaring that governor Wike has been bold speaking in defence of the state and its people regularly.


“We believe in him and are happy with his success in office. The entire elders and the state are behind him,  Let people say if he had not managed infrastructural development very well, including humans beings. Governor Wike is in touch with his people as a grass root leader.  Without him,  there would not be PDP in Nigeria.  He has supported people in leadership to succeed in all areas he had served.”

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RIVERS Approves Review Of 2020 Budget



The Rivers State Executive Council has approved the review of the 2020 Budget in line with the present economic realities occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
Accordingly, the State’s 2020 Budget has been reviewed by 48 percent from N530,813,357,619.00 Billion to N300,370,071,183.00 Billion.
The State Commissioner for Finance and Supervisory Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Isaac Kamalu announced on Wednesday, while briefing journalists after the State Executive Council Meeting presided over by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Mr. Kamalu stated that the State Executive Council also gave approval for the review of the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, accommodating a downsizing of the budget, pointing out that the decision was taken in consideration of all necessary parameters geared towards offering the state purposeful service and effective leadership.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Sunny Ejekwu said the State Executive Council also approved a Free Bus Scheme with a fleet of 28 Luxury Buses to convey commuters free of charge during this COVID-19 period.
He said the Scheme which would start from Monday, June 1,2020 is part of measures introduced by government to ameliorate the sufferings faced by those living and doing business in the state.
Mr. Ejekwu announced that the Free Buses would convey commuters in Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt, Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Areas.
The Commissioner also stated that wearing of facemasks would be a compulsory requirement for any commuter who would want to enjoy the free service.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim announced the setting up of an Executive Council Committee to work out modalities that would outline conditions that would be met by those who intend to bury their loved ones  during this period.
According to him, the Committee is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo while the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheus Adangor, Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Thomas Bariere, Commissioner for Youths, Mr.Prince Ohia and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Mr Dax Kelly are to serve as members.
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