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As usual, pomp and fanfare would overwhelm the land today in
observance of the annual rites of remembering October, 1, 1960; a symbolic day;
a phenomenal moment encapsulating the collective agenda of a people’s desire
for identity, self determination and recognition.

Today is significant in two respects. First, independence
was achieved through dialogue and negotiation with the administering power –
the British -, rather than by violence. Second and most crucial, the civil
populace were, for the first time, going to govern themselves, by themselves
and for themselves.

Thus, the nation would be suffused with manifold emotions as
the government and people of Nigeria relieve that historic moment of our first
independence day which held so much promise for a nation just being retrieved
from the stranglehold and asphyxiating tedium of British imperialism.

Consequently, on a day like this, the past comes alive,  as we remember the unforgettable gallery of
great nationalists who helped inspire the optimism of the hitherto beleaguered
Nigerian people who had jubilated, optimistic that independence would translate
into a prosperous future.

In several constitutional conferences preceding October 1,
1960, the founding fathers had fired this optimism by speaking collectively of
the possibility of a great nation where ethnic pluralism would constitute a
source of strength, and a federalist arrangement to liberate the potentials of
the constituent units of the multi-ethnic, multi-national country.

The euphoria seemed justifiable because indeed Nigeria is
blessed with abundant human and natural resources of the highest quality.

Fifty two years later, however, many of the initial dreams
of our founding fathers have either died or have been frustrated by the
failures of the emergent elites, no thanks to the despicable moral turpitude
and political immaturity and perfidy of the Nigerian successors of the British
imperial factor.

As we reminisce about the triumphs and travails of the
Nigerian State today, not a few critical questions gnawing away at the
conscience of the nation and the Jonathan Presidency continue to hang in the
air, unanswered.

No doubt, looking back, a lot can be said of the symbolism
of democratic rule and the psychic income it has offered especially in
re-directing the focus of civil society towards properly defined objectives and
principles of state governance. And in ensuring the expression of the people’s
power as the truest source of legitimacy, the questions still seeking answers
are: What has independence brought us? What have we done with the legacy of the

One of the key issues in the 60s was the need to ensure
unity in diversity among the various ethnic nationalities, Today,
sectarian  identity is as sharp as the
newly acquired matchet. Various social groups are questioning the basis of the
Nigerian union.

The idea of the true federalism also seems to have been
thrown over board. The allocation of federal resources remains contentious as
groups and constituents within the federation are everyday complaining of
marginalization, inequitable distribution of amenities and national resources,
and injustice. Unemployment and inflation are rising sharply every day. The
middle class has gradually disappeared as citizens lose purchasing power, with
the attendant drop in the quality of life, reminiscent of the Biblical
seven-year lean period of the Egyptians. Infact, Nigerians have been so unhappy
and had been openly expressing their disenchantment with the nation’s
leadership even before giving a minority citizen, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,
the mandate to deliver the much expected democracy dividends to the populace.

Exasperated perhaps by these anthology of woes, President
Jonathan, at his inauguration on May 29, 2011 pledged transformative leadership
in all the critical sectors. He said: “We must demonstrate the leadership,
statesmanship, vision, capacity, and sacrifice to transform our nation”.

Assuring “strength to the weak and protection to the
defenceless”, Jonathan promised that his leadership “must grow the economy,
create jobs, and generate happiness for our people”.

“To drive our overall economy, he continued, “the power
sector reform is at the heart of our industrialisation strategy”, assuring also
that “in the next four years, attention will be focused on rebuilding our
infrastructure, … creating greater access to quality education and improving
healthcare delivery”.

Pledging to place premium on the agricultural sector to
ensure food security and massive job creation for our people”, President
Jonathan promised “affordable public transport system”, “access to first class
education for the citizenry” and to banish corruption with “overwhelming

With those kinds of promises, expectations were very high
when Jonathan emerged the elected President in the 2011 polls. Even before his
emergence, he reportedly harped on power sector reform and security at campaign

In fact, documentation by the International Press Centre
(IPC), Lagos, in conjunction with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting,
indicated that between February and March 2011, Jonathan, as the Presidential
candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made some specific promises on
power. The document quoted him as promising amongst others:

“To deliver stable, constant supply of electricity, To
provide stable power supply by the year 2015 so that small and medium scale
industries can thrive again, to ensure that Nigerians do not use generators
more than two times in a week; to explore the coal deposits in Benue and Kogi
States for improved power supply; to construct more dams to build more
hydro-power stations; to reduce the importation of generators by at least 90
per cent in the next four years; to raise power generation to about 4,747
megawatts by December 2011 and to put an end to epileptic power supply in the
country just as fuel queues at petrol stations were ended”.

On security, the IPC documentation says Jonathan promised,
amongst others:

“To make anyone caught breaching the public peace to face
the full wrath of the law; To make sure that no part of the country is allowed
to be a sanctuary for criminals anymore, be they armed robbers or kidnappers;
to make a complete transformation of national security architecture; To
confront headlong ethno-religious violence in the country; to ensure there is
no sacred cow in the fight against corruption; all crimes will be investigated
as security is key; Not to interfere with corruption cases; to strengthen the
EFCC and ICPC to fight crime; to eradicate kidnapping impeding entrepreneurship
in Eastern Zone; to pursue all bombers and terrorists and to adopt modern
method to tackle the problem of political violence”.

Expectedly, the Jonathan administration’s performance on the
promises would be appraised against the backdrop of high expectations from the
people as the nation marks her 52 years of independence; high expectations
arising from the failure or inability of most past administrations to fix the
Nigerian project.

Critics of the Jonathan administration have persistently
faulted the President’s security measures as being insufficient enough to
tackle the nation’s ever-growing in security breaches. They argure that Boko
Haram’s incessant attacks which have claimed many lives have worsened, as
stories of bombings and killings have become a daily affair. Next to this is
the power sector reform in which the administration has received more knocks
than kudos. But the good news here is that there is now a roadmap for the
successful reform of the sector as winners have emerged from among the firms that
bidded for slots in the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria
(PHCN). Also, from a meager 2,200 megawatts upon inauguration, power generation
is already more than 4,400 megawatts. The administration has also assured that
by December this year, 1,000 megawatt will be added to that figure with a view
to reducing the problems arising from power outage.

Again, while one may be tempted to score this administration
low in the fight against crime, kidnapping, malfeasance and rancid corruption,
there are indeed very positive steps taken and which have started paying of.
Also, its achievements in health and educational sectors are commendable. The
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which had a running battle with
President Olusegun Obasanjo had their outstanding issues settled amicably,
through dialogue.

And even if some analysts might consider the petroleum
subsidy issue as a sore point of this administration, the fact remains that the
people were to later see reasons why government had to take the stance it took
as those involved in the subsidy scam are now facing various charges in the law
court in the public interest.

What with the Niger Delta question. Though the case for
fiscal federalism is getting stronger by the day, the Niger Delta youth
restiveness in the creeks has since given way for rehabilitation and
reconstruction of the region, in fulfillment of the president’s promise.

Only recently, President Jonathan himself admitted at a
forum that the Boko Haram insurgency was distracting his administration from
fully actualizing his mandate of delivering democracy dividends to the people.
Assuring that he would not be deterred from the focus of his administration, he
vowed to work assiduously to enthrone peace and security in the land.

No doubt, more is still needed to be done by the Jonathan
administration to correct the ills of the past and inspire, not just
psychological reliefs, but confidence in the system and deliver happiness to
the citizenry.

Aware of the enormous tasks and great challenges ahead,
President Jonathan has, at a every available opportunity, pleaded for patience
to sort things out; a plea most analysts say may be given some consideration as
he has only spent 16 months in office as President and Commander-in-Chief.

As it is, what is required now is a general reconstruction.
The country’s infrastructure which is lamentably in disarray must be fixed. We
need to rebuild the bridges between the state and the civil society, empower
the people and strengthen the state. In fact, the ideology of governance must
be reviewed to give full effect to true federalism as enshrined in the
constitution so that such hallowed values as equity, fairness and justice must
remain sacrosanct.

Again, the country’s social infrastructure must be made to
become more active and efficient. Our hospitals and educational institutions
must be well equipped to standards obtainable in other climes and the public
service made more efficient.

More importantly, considering the present age of economics
we live in, coupled with the stark reality of globalization, international
finance and statelessness of capital, the leadership must ensure that Nigeria
is moved beyond the limitations of the past and be part of the future. In this
way dashed hopes would have been rekindled and the nation galvanized to greater


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100 Days In Office: Wike Remains Nigeria’s Best Performing Governor



After the first 100 days of his well deserved second term, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has lived up to the expectations of the people of the State. By far, he remains the best performing Governor in Nigeria. This is a position he intends to maintain till the expiration of his second mandate.

Right from the beginning of his second term, Governor Wike set out with an agenda to maintain the good works of his administration. All through the key sectors, the Rivers State Governor continued to deliver the very best for Rivers people.

Taking his oath for a second term, Governor Wike outlined the key areas that his government would concentrate on to improve the living standard of the people. On his inauguration day, Governor Wike assured Rivers people that he will tackle security, environmental sanitation, job creation, further infrastructural development, quality education for the people, improve healthcare, develop agriculture and economic development.

Since May 29, 2019, Governor Wike has kept his promise to the people of Rivers State. He has continued with infrastructural development, enhanced the state’s security architecture, developed a framework for environmental sanitation and set the framework for general economic development.


His commitment to the rapid growth of Rivers State is growing by the day. The results of his administration’s investments are visible, even to the most critical opponents.

There are pointers that Governor Wike will continue to wax stronger in governance as he progresses in his second term. He has launched key programmes in the education, health and security sectors of the economy.


One of the key achievements in the first one hundred days of Governor Wike’s second term is the abolishment of all forms of fees and levies in primary and secondary schools.

The Governor explained that his administration abolished all forms of fees to encourage less privileged parents to send their children to school.

By 2020, the Rivers State Government will commence the payment of fees for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for all indigenes and non-indigenes in the state.

To improve the quality of education in the state, Governor Wike established the Committee for Accreditation and Approval of Private Schools. This committee has led to private schools improving the standard of their staff and facilities.

For public schools, Governor Wike has continued to develop quality facilities in the Basic, Senior Secondary and the Tertiary Education levels. Some of the projects executed across the education sector would be inaugurated as part of the governor’s first 100days.


The Health sector has received a major boost in Governor Wike’s First 100days in his second term . The administration has commenced the process of equipping recently completed Zonal Hospitals to take quality tertiary healthcare closer to the people.

The Zonal Hospital, Degema and Zonal Hospital, Bori, have been completed and the equipping process is ongoing. The final construction works at the Mother and Child Hospital are ongoing. The equipment of the Hospital are on ground for installation.

Governor Wike abolished the payment of user-fees for persons living with HIV/AIDS to ensure that more persons access treatment at state-owned health facilities. Governor Wike said that the state government will take over the payment of the user-fees to encourage more Rivers people to seek treatment for HIV/AIDS.


In the last 100days, the Rivers State Government has enterred into a partnership with the United States Centre for Disease Control to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike commended the United States Government for working with the State Government to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the State.

Under this partnership, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) surge program in Rivers state to identify and provide treatment to approximately 180,000 PLHIV who have not previously received such.

Governor Wike has approved the commencement of public ambulance service by the State Ministry of Health. The Ambulances would be parked at strategic locations in major towns for the purpose of responding to distress calls. The phone numbers of the ambulance service have been circulated.


In the course of the first 100 days in office, Governor Wike has executed two key projects that will enhance the economic development of Rivers State.

The Fruit Garden Market and the Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market in the heart of Port Harcourt, are two projects that will help in empowering traders, promote safety and environmental sanitation. The Markets are set for business after Commissioning and the traders are happy.


Across the country, insecurity has become the order of the day. This further heightened by the failure of the Federal Government to properly fund the Federal Security agencies.

To promote security of lives and property in the state, Governor Wike launched a new security architecture, codenamed Operation Sting. This is a modern security outfit with the relevant technology, funding and logistics to tackle insecurity.

The State Government donated 116 Patrol Vans fitted with communication equipment to Operation Sting. The Administration also donated 8 armoured fitted gunboats, to tighten coastal security and protect the state’s waterways from the activities of criminals; 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers for Police swift response actions; 450 hand-held mobile radios to enhance communication.


In a bid to sanitise the streets and return Port Harcourt to its Garden City status, Governor Wike inaugurated the State Government’s Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks.

Inaugurating the Task Force   at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the Task Force is a product of law, following his assent of the Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks (Prohibition) Bill No. 8 of 2019 .

The operatives of the Task Force were profiled by the Department of State Services and the Police.

The Task Force has started work. The results of their work have gladdened the hearts of Rivers people, with Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas regaining their beauty. The streets are wearing a new look with sanity and security .

Closely linked to this achievement is the improvement of environmental sanitation in the state capital.


As part of the 100days in office, Governor Wike will inaugurate some completed projects in different parts of the state. These projects emphasise the importance of accountability and service to the people.

The projects lined up for inauguration include: Bonny Street, AdakaBoro/Elliot Henry Streets, Community Secondary School, Ubima Birabi Street , Rumukwurusi Elelenwo – Akpajo road and Sea bed Model School.

Others are: Rumuwoji Market, –   Government Craft Centre, Civil Servants Quarters, Real Madrid Academy; SUG Secretariat RSU , Fruit Garden Market , Rivers State NLC Labour Secretariat and Shell Location Road, Rumuepirikom.


After the first 100days of the second term, the Wike Administration will roll out another set of major projects undergoing finishing touches. These projects include the Mother and Child Hospital, the Government Secondary School, Abua, the Zonal Hospitals in Bori, Degema and Ahoada, Judges Quarters among others.


The first 100days of Governor Wike’s second term has shown that the administration is still recreating the state. He is still in the business of building a new Rivers State.

The Governor is carefully applying scarce resources to ensure Rivers State gets value for money. It is obvious that the State is on the right path to the consolidation of development. Truly, Rivers people were right to insist of the re-election of Governor Wike.



The Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin has commended the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for his love for children.

She also applauded the governor for investing in the development of youths and also ensuring that the talents abound them do not go to waste.

Ambassador Folarin gave the commendation when she played host to the players of Banham Model School Port Harcourt who have been sponsored by the Rivers State Government on a two-week training programme to the prestigious Real Madrid Academy, Spain.

She urged the boys to be good Ambassadors of Nigeria wherever the future takes them.

Ambassador Folarin did not forget to applaud the efforts of their sponsor and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

While thanking God for the privileges they’ve enjoyed, the boys also did not forget to thank the Rivers State Government for investing in them.

With their visit finally over, the boys then proceeded then headed back to the Real Maddrid Academy to continue with their training programme.



Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration is developing the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park into a major global tourist attraction.

Addressing journalists on Friday after inspecting the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park Cinema completed by his administration, Governor Wike said that key facilities are being developed to improve the quality of experience at the Park.

He described the new Cinema Constructed within the Park as a five star facility that raises the standard of entertainment available to people in the Niger Delta.

”We have just completed a five-star cinema within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park. This cinema is about the best in the country.

”It will offer first class entertainment to the people of the region and beyond. Instead of going to Dubai for relaxation and tourism, you come over to Port Harcourt to enjoy the pleasure of this Park “, he said.

Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will continue to develop new facilities that will complement existing structures within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.

The Governor said that the new Cinema would be thrown open to the Public after the Commissioning programme on September 11, 2019.

He said that his administration is determined to ensure that the beauty of Port Harcourt is restored and Port Harcourt made a major tourism destination in the country.

Governor Wike expressed happiness that sanity is returning to the streets of Port Harcourt, with the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal markets and motor Parks doing a splendid job.

Governor Wike also inspected ongoing projects in GRA and other parts of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.

He said that the administration will roll out several projects to mark the first one hundred days of his second term.

Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.

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100 Days In Office: Gov Wike, Best In Nigeria-Residents



Residents of Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State bare their minds in view of the developmental strides of Governor Nyesom Wike, who has made marks in the business of governance in the state, especially as he marks the first 100 days in his second tenure, where numerous projects executed by his administration are ready for commissioning.


Comrade Ndubueze Eze, Chairman, Mile One Market Traders’ Association (MOMTA) My reaction to the governor’s 100 days in office is that within the space of four and half years in the saddle of governance of Rivers State, he was able to keep to his electioneering promises, especially on projects execution and service delivery to Rivers people.
The governor has carved a development niche for himself by giving the traders a new lease of life, where he built one of the best markets in Africa with standard and lasting facilities for the accommodation of traders who had yearned for such opportunity before now.
As Chairman of Mile 1 Market Traders’ Association, I have travelled far and wide in West Africa, I have never come across any project of this magnitude before now. I, therefore, appreciate the governor’s good gesture in this direction.
We the traders, have resolved to rally round His Excellency for more positive development in the years ahead, while wishing him better years with divine strength , focus, direction and protection in the leadership of the state.

Comrade Sunny
Oko-Jaja, Labour Leader Governor Nyesom Wike has remained the people’s leader who deserves more heights in the saddle of governance of the oil-rich state since assumption of power some four and half years ago.
In view of his style in leadership, even a blind man can attest that the award-winning Mr Projects was able to build bridges of development across the state, within the past years, where numerous projects have been earmarked for commissioning to commemorate his first one hundred days in government, such as the Mile One and Fruit Garden Ultra-modern markets with international-standard facilities that stand the test of time.

Anyone with clear eyes will see that the governor has been able to prove enemies of the state wrong by providing unprecedented development projects to Rivers people, thereby putting smiles on their faces, especially the traders who lacked conducive environment to do their business.
Wike deserves more encomiums and remains the best performing governor in Nigeria, based on physical development, which would soon be unveiled for use.

Engr. Benedict Nwaorehu, Tourism Expert Governor Nyesom Wike will soon mark his first one hundred days in office with the commissioning of numerous development projects, including a world-class cinema hall at the Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt, ultra-modern markets at Mile 1 and Fruit Garden along Kaduna street in Port Harcourt, modest in all educational structure with standard facilities at Government Craft Development Centre and the Real Madrid Football Academy at Elekahia heros and the Students’ Union secretariat at the Rivers State University, among others which speaks volume for this administration.
The governor, as a tourism-friendly leader, was able to tackle insecurity which, before now, battered the state with cultism, militancy and other social vices being gradually phased out. Wike’s governance style remains the best across Africa and, therefore, I commend him and his team for these achievements so far in governance and assure of my support to this well articulated gesture as he celebrates and commission of these projects.

Mrs Ngozi Toby, Technician
The giant strides recorded by Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration, thus far, are legendary and are testaments of his forthrightness and uncommon vision to leave Rivers State better than he met it on May 29, 2015, we are particularly gladdened by the wonderful love and affection he had shown to stronger elements in the state.
By the bold steps of the governor to provide for the people, numerous developmental projects across the 23 local government areas of the state, his name is written in gold to prove wrong detractors who never wished the state well. For providing world-class structures and facilities in all the areas to be commissioned, he was able to fulfill his electioneering campaign promises to the people some years ago remain indelible in the hearts of Rivers people.
As he celebrates his first one hundred days anniversary and the commissioning of projects, I salute his diligence and persevering spirit. I pray that God Almighty will preserve, protect and direct his path in the years ahead.

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100 Days: ‘Gov Wike, Best In Nigeria’



Alhaji Ibrahim Hero Aliu
Vice Chairman, Fruit Garden Market Association You don’t know how excited I am towards Governor Nyesom Wike.
We know these projects, some of which he has been doing while in leadership since 2015 to date as remarkable, result-oriented and dynamic.
I know he has a good plan on how to commission the markets, among others, as well as the sharing formula of each stall and shed to traders without conflict. I pray for a successful celebration.
We, the Fruit Garden traders are solidly behind the governor for all these testimonials as he bequeaths to the people meaningful developmental projects.
The governor to me is traders-friendly due to his care for us since he became governor in 2015. Apart from assisting us financially after the fire incident, he assured us of providing an enabling environment for doing our business, he was able to accomplish such promise.
Apart from the markets, roads, schools and hospitals, the welfare of the people had been taken care of by the talk-and-do governor.
Above-all, we salute His Excellency for the rare service to humanity. We pray for good health, more vision and wisdom in the governance of the state with more projects to the shame of his detractors.
Once again, we commend the governor and also assure him and his government of our unflinching support to enable him continue to discharge his functions effectively, especially as he marks his first one hundred days in office in this second term.

Engr Obari Ozigi, Educationist
It is a thing of joy to experience the dividends of democracy at the grassroots through the efforts of Governor Nyesom Wike since he assumed responsibility of the state over four years ago.
The governor has created a marvelously conducive environment and world-class structures and facilities today in all the public schools to enable children, especially those in the state, to benefit under his government.
For instance, the governor was able to put lasting structure and equipment at the Government Craft Development Centre (GCDC) on Aba Road whose facilities before now were found to be decayed and abandoned by previous administrations in the state. I really appreciate the governor for giving hope to the children of this institution by providing well-refined educational facilities to enable them achieve the best in life.
I also appeal to him, as he marks his first one hundred days in office, to extend his educational largesse to the rural areas especially by siting a technical college in each of the 23 local government areas of Rivers State for those out there to benefit from this wonderful dividend.
We at the GCDC assure him of our unalloyed loyalty and support to enable him do more?

Dr Oluchi Oguzie, Administrator
Your Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike, Governor of our dear Rivers State, you have really done well in governance by providing democracy dividends to the people of the state, especially on service delivery in the area of projects execution which stands as testament of good governance. It is unbelievable to behold the meaningful development projects executed being commissioned, within a short time period. By this singular performance, Mr Projects has been able to fulfill his promises to the people on service delivery in his second term.
I, therefore, use this opportunity to commend the dexterity of the governor while celebrating his administration’s first one hundred days in office.

Comrade Emeka John-Africa, Secretary, Rivers State Zonal Market Association
It is noteworthy of the stride of Governor Nyesom Wike in the pinnacle of power for being able to provide succour at least to Rivers people, in the provision of lasting structure in the case of the Labour House which had been abandoned years back by previous leadership.
While the governor is on course to commission these wonderful projects, I commend his feat and urge the people to reciprocate such gesture for him to do more.
As you match towards greatness in governance of the state, we remain committed towards actualizing the goals of your administration. I thank you for showing quality leadership dexterity for blissful future for Rivers State.

Lolia Wariso, Student
I use this opportunity to appreciate our indefatigable and development-minded Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for placing high premium on the education of students, especially Rivers children as he has been able to accommodate them in his government policies and programmes. I commend Mr Projects and students-friendly governor for giving the students a world-class secretariat at the Rivers State University, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt.
I pray the Almighty God to give him more wisdom, vision and strength to forge better in the saddle of power.
With these strides, I doff my hat for this unique father of all fathers in Rivers State in particular and the Niger Delta region in general. Once more, Rivers Students remain loyal and supportive to your government as you mark your one hundred days in office. Congratulations, sir!

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