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‘Amaechi, Most Performing Gov’

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Yenagoa-based Niger Delta Development Monitoring and Corporate Watch (NIDDEMCOW), a non-political group, says it has concluded its independent monitoring of people-oriented projects being embarked upon by Niger Delta Governors, declaring Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as the most performing governor in the region.

The Executive Director of NIDDEMCOW, Comrade Nengi James in a statement, also listed Akwa Ibom and Edo States as performing above average.

 According to the statement, the group’s project monitoring team was drawn from various professional disciplines and they visited  Cross River, Edo, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa States where they carried out on the spot evaluation and performances assessment on projects on  ground.

NIDDEMCOW considered the performance of the various state governments according to budget implementation and funds received from the federal allocations including internal revenue accruing to the states as well as ascertained the claim in the media by various governments in the region.

 The group’s fact-findings were based on on-going and completed projects that relate to urban development, infrastructures, rural development on decentralisation, investment opportunities, employment and wealth creation and educational empowerments.

After a careful analysis of the facts, the group found Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Edo as top on projects performances and fair accountability on their budgets implementation, but called on governors to avoid using friends, cronies and incompetent companies in contract execution.  NIDDEMCOW, however, frowned at lack of transparency and inappropriate use of the 13% oil funds, which according to it is responsible for suspicion between the public and the government of various states in Niger Delta.

 We believe that most of the Niger Delta people does not know what the government is doing with the public fund particularly the 13% and this has made many turn against their governments as they do not see the benefits of the Federal allocations accruing to their states,” the statement added.  Meanwhile, the group commended Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Edo, states for their developmental efforts and urged state governments in the region to take projects to the door steps of the common people at the grassroots as a way of reducing the poverty index in Niger Delta.

Though, the team did not visit Ondo state because of circumstances, it however called on the Ondo state government to emulate the good works and performances of Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Edo states developmental stride.”

NIDDEMCOW noted that some of the state governments have well packaged policies and development agenda, but regretted thtat most of these polices and plan of action are never implemented practically to the satisfaction of the masses.

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Nigerian Law School, PH Campus’ll Be Ready In Six Months, Wike Vows

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has received a formal letter of approval from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, for the establishment of a Nigerian Law School campus in Port Harcourt.
The letter was presented to the governor by the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof Isa Huyatu Chiroma, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Wike said it was gratifying that the Council of Legal Education and the Attorney General of the Federation have graciously given approval to the Rivers State Government to assist in the establishment of a Law School in Port Harcourt, an offer which was initially rejected by the immediate past administration in the state.
The governor commended the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for his statesmanship and commitment to the growth of legal education in Nigeria.
“This is devoid of any political affiliation. I must commend him for this show of sportsmanship, for this show of leadership, that at the end of the day, it is Nigerians and Rivers people that will benefit from the establishment of this campus in Port Harcourt.”
Wike explained that construction work had already commenced at the site approved by the state government for the Port Harcourt campus of the Nigerian Law School.
According to him, the campus will be ready in the next six months and the Certificate of Occupancy for the school is ready.
“The six months that we have given is not six years. Six months is six months. Even if any other project will be suspended, let it be suspended. This project must be finished within six months. And I also urged you to appoint a deputy DG who should move down to Port Harcourt immediately.”
The Rivers State governor explained that some corporate organisations, including banks, have expressed their readiness to build hostels and library in the campus, pending the approval of the authority of the Nigerian Law School.
The governor urged the Nigerian Law School management to graciously immortalise the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice for the Federation, Justice Nabo Bekinbo Graham-Douglas, SAN, by naming the Port Harcourt campus after him.
The Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof Isa Huyatu Chiroma, said the process for the establishment of a Law School campus in Port Harcourt started on the June 4, in Yenagoa when Governor Wike threw a challenge that if given an opportunity, Rivers State Government was ready to construct and deliver a new campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt within six months.
He explained that afterwards, the Council of Legal Education met and unanimously agreed to accede to the request of the Rivers State Government and this was also endorsed by the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Attorney General of the Federation in this letter to Governor Wike which was read by Chiroma, said immediately he received the letter from the Rivers State Government to assist in the establishment of a new campus in Port Harcourt, his office forwarded same, via Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary for consideration by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am delighted to convey to you the acceptance of your offer by the Council of Legal Education at its meeting held on June 18, 2021. A copy of the approval letter and a draft Memorandum of Understanding to guide or govern the conduct of the partnership project is hereby forwarded to you for your kind consideration and further action.
“While appreciating the kind gestures of the Rivers State Government in the promotion of legal education in Nigeria, please accept the assurances of my best regards and high esteem as always.”
In his remarks, the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Zacchaeus Adangor, said the Law School campus in Port Harcourt will stand out as one of the most iconic achievement of the Governor Wike’s administration.
The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Amadi, commended the Attorney General of the federation and the Council of Legal Education for the approval and assured that the state will construct a befitting campus in Port Harcourt.
Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze C.J. Okocha, SAN, said though the new campus is in Port Harcourt, it will be for the benefit of all Nigerians and the legal profession.
The chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere applauded the approval, and urged the Federal Government to devolve some of its obligation in the Executive List to the federating States.

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Buhari Off To London For Medical Check-Up, Today

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday travel to London, for a scheduled medical follow-up.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement, yesterday.
Adesina said the President is expected return to the country in the second week of next month.
“He is due back in the country during the second week of July, 2021,” the statement said.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Buhari had visited London to receive medical attention from his physician.

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South Only Seeking Egalitarian Nation, Not War, PANDEF Insists

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The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has said the interest of the South was to ensure that the country became an egalitarian nation where everyone was treated equally.
The National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Hon Ken Robinson, who said this in Port Harcourt, yesterday, described as unfortunate the claim by ACF that the south was trying to trigger war in the nation.
Robinson maintained that the northern leaders were inconsistent with their view about the nation, regretting that ACF was shield the misdeed of the criminal elements from the North.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the ACF is not consistent. Few days ago I heard they said they were trying to reach out for dialogue and then the next day they are saying the southerners are trying to trigger war, how?
“We are insisting that some wrongs and attitude that are not acceptable should stop. What the South is asking for is that we have to be a country let’s be a country.
“Let’s be a country where everybody is treated as citizen of the nation. Not a situation where some people are super citizens and others lesser citizens that is the attitude we see every day.
“People who carry guns, invade farms and destroy livelihoods molest women, kill people are treated as super humans, and then the southerners are saying no and resisting that kind of attitude and the North begin to brand southerners as people who threaten people for war.
“No one is afraid of war. If that is what they want let it be so. All we are saying is that Nigeria is no longer a country as it is.
“There is so much injustice and discrimination. The Muhammadu Buhari administration has worsened the whole thing. This is glaring in appointment and project execution and all of that. Let there be a change in attitude that is all we are saying. Let us have an egalitarian nation where everybody will be treated equally.
“Where we produce resources and we get little. You plunder our resources. The NNPC has become as some have said it Northern Petroleum Corporation, it has become a grazing ground for a section of the country with the exclusion of those whose land the industries are being operated and you say this is asking for war. This is ridiculous!
“That is a very irresponsible statement. We are patriots; that is what we are. We have contributed so much for the development and sustenance the country. Nobody will build his house and would want to destroy it, but if you think that I will build a house and you would want me to leave it and become a tenant in the house that I built, you are the one looking for war.”

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