Rivers State is now one of the leading states that has exceeded the 35 percent affirmative action considering the number of women in public offices, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said.
Speaking at the 2012 International Women’s Day celebration in Port Harcourt yesterday Rt.Hon. Amaechi said the number of women in his administration was far above the affirmative action target.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. George Feyii, Governor Amaechi submitted that since the inception of his administration the plight of women have been accorded serious attention with different policies rolled out to improve their welfare.
Aside the micro-credit loans, free medical programme, the Rivers State Governor promised to give more attention to issues of women, assuring that “we will increase our budgetary allocations and programmes that will affect women”.
Also, Rt. Hon. Amaechi disclosed plans by his administration to protect the rights of women by reviewing the state anti-rape laws in view of the existing loopholes in the law.
“The law will be reviewed in such a way that at anytime whoever is responsible will be brought to book,” he assured.
The Governor tasked the womenfolk to lead the campaign in stemming harmful societal practices against them, stressing that most times such vices subsist because women support them secretly.
Earlier in her remark, Wife of the Governor and Founder of the Empowerment Support Initiative(ESI), Dame Judith Amaechi pointed out that this year’s theme,” Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures” was appropriate considering the plight of the girl-child.
Dame Amaechi harped on the need to mainstream gender rights into all spheres of national life, “It’s pertinent that Africa should rise up to the challenge of women if it must advance”, she warned.
The Governor’s wife further called on women to seek practical solutions to the myriads of problems affecting them, noting that the right of women cannot be swept under the carpet under the present realities.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Joeba West lamented that about 60 percent of rural women were vulnerable due to harmful and archaic practices.
She said time had come for the womenfolk to break the barriers and rise up to modern challenge, while noting that Rivers State Government was doing all it could to reduce the plight of rural women in the area of health and social infrastructure.
Chairperson of the occasion, Mrs Monigan Wokoma in her speech observed that the forum provides opportunity for women to speak against vices in society.
She decried the inequity against women in society and called on government authorities to create more opportunities for women in the country.
RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign
The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.
Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.
We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors
The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”
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