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RSG Recalls 11 Suspended LG Chairmen …Okrika Stakeholders Hail Move …PH City Mayor Roots For Service

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Rivers State Governor , Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has recalled the 11 local government chairmen suspended from office early this month.

The state Information and Communications Commissioner, Mrs Ibim Semenitari who made this known said the affected council chairmen could resume normal duty immediately.

The Tide recalls that the state governor had on January 9, this year announced the suspension of  11 out of the 23 local government council chairmen for among other things, failing to attend crucial pre-national strike meeting.

They were replaced by their deputies in acting capacities until yesterday when the suspension was finally revoked.

Meanwhile, Okrika stakeholders appear unanimous in gratitude to Governor Amaechi for recalling from suspension, their local government council chairman, Hon Tamuno Williams.

Publisher of the Newswriter, Mr Kenneth Amabipi said the decision was most welcome especially considering the youngman’s focus and clear plan to make a marked change in the area.

Mr Amabipi said Hon Tamuno’s council administration had within the brief period endeared itself to the people through various projects that directly touch the people.

He recalled the free transport scheme’ during the Christmas festival, expansion and re-construction of the ATC Island Road and beautification  of the precincts of the ATC Jetty area as some of the projects that marked out the young lawyer as well prepared to serve.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Central Community Development Committee (CDC), Ogoloma, Elder Blessing Agama described as legendary the new council administrator’s penchant of consulting widely and regularly with stakeholders.

Elder Agama said, Hon Williams was the only council chairman since the creation of the local government area to convoke town hall meetings where accounts were rendered and project plans articulated, apparently toeing the path laid out by Governor Amaechi.

He thanked the governor for tempering justice with mercy and hoped that the council chairman would recover the lost days in suspension and return to work.

In his contribution, a renowned educationalist, Dr Amina Fiberesima described Hon Tamuno’s recall as most timely and thanked Gov Amaechi for the discretion.

In a telephone interview with The Tide, Hon Williams said the  brief period of suspension enabled him to reflect very deeply on his avowed quality service to the Okrika people.

He thanked the governor for rescinding the suspension order and pledged to contribute meaningfully to the development of the local government and indeed the state.

Also reacting to the development , the Mayor of Port Harcourt City Council, Hon Chimbiko Akarolo said his suspension from office had afforded him the opportunity to identify his mistakes to enable him key into the state government’s purposeful and focused policies for the overall interest of the state.

Hon Akarolo who was reacting to his recall to office yesterday by the state governor said there was nothing to celebrate or rejoice about but thanked God for the opportunity to serve the people of his local government area.

The mayor said he did not feel different after being recalled, adding that the only time we celebrate was when we won election.

“If I was given a query, would I have celebrated or jubilated? There is nothing to celebrate rather  to key into the state government’s policies,” he said.

 

Soye Wilson

In-coming Mananging Director of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas and his wife, Engr and Mrs Babs Jolayemi Omotowa at the reception ceremony organised by NLNG management and staff at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Satruday

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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator Congratulates Hon (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike On Her Birthday

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As the wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike celebrates her birthday anniversary on Sunday, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with the First Lady, describing her as a rare gift to the State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Bro. Obuah in a congratulatory message also described Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as a simple, loving, caring and trustworthy mother who has remained a pillar of strength to her husband in the task of administering the State.
He lauded the Governor’s wife for her steadfastness and being a role model for women, noting that her wonderful virtues are worthy of emulation.
While stressing that behind a successful man, there is a good wife, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator added that the blessed companionship of the First Lady and her husband has contributed in no small measure in navigating the ship of Rivers State into a glorious era.
His words: “As you mark your birthday today, I bring you best wishes and good tidings from my beloved wife and family, as well as workers of the Rivers Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, who are appreciative of all that you are doing to advance the cause and dignity of Rivers people”.
Bro. Obuah prayed that the birthday would bring to the Governor’s wife, an extra share of everything that would make her the happiest in life.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further prayed God to grant the Rivers First Lady long and prosperous life for the overall benefit of the State and to the glory of God.
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