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Amaechi Signs 4 Bills Into Law …Orders Overhaul Of State Land Survey

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Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi has assented to four new bills passed by the state House of Assembly.

The bills include the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Amendment Bill 2012, the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board Bill 2012, the Rivers State Governor and Deputy Governor Pensions and Fringe Benefits Bill 2012 and the Rivers State House of Assembly Service Commission Amendment Bill 2012.

Governor Amaechi thanked members of the state House of Assembly for working so hard for the bills signed into law.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt  Hon. Otelemaba Amachree and other members of the House presented the bills to the governor.

Meanwhile, Governor Chibuike Amaechi, has promised to implement the resolutions reached at the State Land Summit which ended yesterday with a view to achieving a paradigm shift in land administration and management across the State.

Governor Amaechi made this pledge yesterday in his closing remarks at the end of a two-day summit held at the Auditorium of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Port Harcourt.

Represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, Governor Amaechi said “this summit ushers in the process of unlocking the wealth of Rivers State and we are glad we have started it,” expressing optimism that “the implementation of the resolutions reached here will move the State forward,” assuring that “we will ensure that we change the way land is being administered and managed in the State”.

The State Chief Executive thanked the participants and resource persons for their patience, genuine contributions and positive disposition towards issues raised during the summit, stating that these would “make things to work as we embark on this journey to change things in our State”.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Barrister Ezemonye Ezekiel-Amadi, had declared that “those who think it’s business as usual in the way we administer land in the State should be ready to witness some surprises,” reiterating the resolve of the State Government through his Ministry to drastically reduce the timeline for issuance of certificates of occupancy (C of O) in the State, appealing to the public to key in to the new drive.

He disclosed that the process of identifying, mapping and allocation of land in the State has now gone digital, pointing out that the analogue system of cadastral mapping constituted a very serious challenge, expressing happiness that “we have beyond that stage now.

Everything is now being done in line with global best practice across the world,” commending the discussants, resource persons and participants for their contributions during the summit.

Also speaking, one of the resource persons and Project Coordinator, Federal Land Information System (FELIS) in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Venerable Andrus Ukaejiofo, expressed delight on the summit, saying “it is the way to go,” lauding Governor Amaechi and his deputy, Engr. Ikuru, for “their commitment to change the system of land administration and management. They are doing a great work and am proud to be part of this”.

possible to give auted Lands Administration System: the Rivers State Experience at a Land Summit organised by the State Ministry of Lands and Survey on Monday in Port Harcourt.

He disclosed that following the fresh compilation and computerization of land records, the body was able to identify about 11,200 certificates of occupancy so far approved since 1978,’’ but we have been able to integrate survey, registration, mapping based on information available to us ‘’.

On the other hand, he said that there were still challenges stemming from local region since no mapping exists outside the city centre.

He therefore recommended for special local region mapping for a comprehensive land inventory in the state.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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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.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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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.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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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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