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Govt House In Retrospect

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Last week started on a thanksgiving and dedication service held at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.

The service witnessed the presence of “Who is who” in Rivers State with the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and popular evangelist Dr Umah Ukpai offering special prayers for the state.

Pastor Adeboye said the good things currently being experienced in the state is because of God’s infinite mercy on the leaders and therefore noted that thanksgiving remains the route to attract more blessings.

Governor Amaechi in his remarks reassured the people of the state of his zeal to move the state to greater heights, “to ensure that the impoverished majority of Rivers people live a better life.”

He challenged those accusing him of over handedness to a public debate, saying that since his assumption of office in October 2007, he has utilised the state’s resources for the good of the people.

Just a day after the thanksgiving, lecturers and students from the Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku came on a protest to Government House over incessant abduction of their members by kidnappers in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area.

The protesting lecturers were led by the College’s Academic Staff under the chairman Comrade Chima Geofrey, who lamented that over nine lecturers of the college have been abducted since last year.

Comrade Geofrey, who placed request of the protesters before the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr Fortune Oguru, called for quick and immediate action to check the menace, saying that the school may shut down if the criminal act persists.

The College of Education, ASU Chairperson also called for total overhaul of the security network in the area, hinting that so far, the efforts being made by the authority have failed to check the problem.

Responding to the protesters, the Permanent Secretary said the state government was aware of the problem and has put measures in place to curb the criminals.

He said, “the Rivers State Government has spent so much money on security because of the value it attaches to its citizens.

Mr Oguru assured them that their requests would be tabled before the governor, who was away on official assignment to a meeting of Nigerian Governors Forum in Abuja.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Governor’s Forum on Tuesday night, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Amaechi unveiled plans by the body to commence another phase of polio eradication nationwide.

The NGF, according to Amaechi, would also seek for a Supreme Court interpretation and resolve of issue relating to the adjudication of the Excess Crude Account.

NGF equally gave a unanimous “vote of confidence” on the leadership of Governor Amaechi, while disclosing plans to organise a retreat on security of the country.

On Wednesday, the last State Executive Council meeting for 2012 was held to discuss State matters, and Rivers State Government protested over the poor handling of the boundary adjustment dispute between it and Bayelsa State.

Represented by his deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru at a meeting held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the governor insisted that we must strive to maintain the peace which has existed from time “immemorial,” urging both parties to imbibe the principle of peace and harmony.

On Thursday, Governor Amaechi also spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari at a state Trade Union Triennial Conference held in Port Harcourt.

The Rivers State Governor reminded labour not to jettison the ideals of fighting for workers and bettering the welfare of the masses.

Also during the period under review, the governor attended a special meeting with President  Goodluck Jonathan on states with high prevalence of HIV/AIDs infection. The meeting was expected to chart a new course on how to check the scourge.

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Anambra:Bill To Abolish Open Grazing Passes Second Reading

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A bill seeking to regulate animal grazing and establish cattle ranches in designated areas of Anambra has scaled second reading in the House of Assembly.
The Majority Leader of the house, Dr Nnamdi Okafor (APGA-Awka South I), said the bill would promote peace and ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
The bill is entitled, ‘Open Grazing of Cattle and other Livestock Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2021’.
He said that when the bill becomes law, it would help to curb the incessant herders/farmers clashes and generate business opportunities in the state.
“The bill will be part of the efforts to address the incessant clashes between livestock owners, herders and farmers in the state, which has often led to loss of lives and properties over the years.
“The bill will also prevent the destruction of farms and farmers’ crops brought about by open rearing and grazing of cattle,” Okafor said.
Also, Dr Timothy Ifedioranma (APC-Njikoka l) said the bill would promote the production of healthy breeds of livestock and boost job and investment opportunities in livestock farming.
Mr Chuka Ezewune (APGA-Idemili South) said the bill would also promote modern techniques of animal husbandry and international best practices in the dairy and beef industry.
“The old form of cattle rearing is very destructive to the nation and it is time we embraced change,” Ezewune said.
Contributing, Dr Pete Ibida (APGA-Njikoka II) said his constituents had long clamoured for the law.
“Open grazing has constituted security and safety hazards. It messes up our roads and my constituents have been displaced from their farms.
“I believe the bill will also help to manage the environmental impact of open grazing and protect the environment from degradation and pollution,” Ibida added.
Mr Obinna Emeneka (APGA-Anambra East) said that open grazing contributed to disease transmission and described animals as carriers of parasites transmitted to humans.
Emeneka said the bill required accelerated passage to promote agriculture, security and stability in the state.
The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, described the bill as everybody’s business, adding that it bothered on food security, economic development and security of of lives and property.
The bill was later committed to the Committee on Agriculture, headed by Mr John Nwokoye, for further deliberation and the committee was expected to report back on September 30.

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Obaseki Names Cabinet 10 Months Later

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday released a list of nominees for post of commissioners in the State Executive Council.
This decision is coming close to a year after Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, were inaugurated for a second term into office on November 12, 2020, following their victory in the September 19 governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor had re-appointed Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the State Government after his inauguration with no other appointment since then.
This led to criticism from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State that accused Obaseki of presiding over the affairs of the state like a sole administrator.
“There are some policies and actions of a state that legally and constitutionally should not be undertaken without the approval of the State Executive Council. As we speak, some of those actions are being taken solely by Godwin Obaseki as a sole administrator. He has not displayed the tendencies of a democratically elected governor,” Chris Azebanmwan, the Edo APC spokesman said.
Nonetheless, the Governor has finally released the list of his nominees. They are: Barr. Osamudiamen Wole-lyamu (Oredo); Mr. Chris Nehikhare (Orhionmwon); Mr. Richard Edebiri (Uhunmwode); Barr. Andrew Emwanta Adaze (Egor); Mr. Tony Aganmwonyi (Ikpoba Okha); Mr. Ethan Uzamere (Ovia South West); Ms. Efosa Uyigue (Ovia North East).
Others are, Barr. Donald Okogbe (Akoko Edo); Barr. Anthony Innih (Etsako East); Mrs. Omo Otse Omorogbe (Etsako West); Hon. Damian Lawani (Etsako Central); Mr. Jimfred Obaidiku (Owan West).
Also in the list are, Barr. J. O. Braimah (Owan East); Hon. Felix Akhabue (Esan West); Fred Emefiele (Igueben); Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya (Esan Central); Dr. Olu Ayewoh (Esan North East) and Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South East).

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Speaker Lauds Wike On Infrastructure

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The Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has commended the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for the rapid development of Rivers State.
He made this statement when he played host to members of the Council For the Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria recently.
Rt. Hon. Ibani assured the Council that the State Assembly would continue to do that which was beneficial to their constituents. He noted that as a public servant, his door was open to all.
He said: “As a public servant, my door is open to all, and at all times. We work in the interest of the State and for the interest of our people….”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Council For The Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria, Gersh Henshaw, commended the efforts of the Speaker as the Head of Rivers State Legislature.
He stated that Rt. Hon. Ibani had continued to maintain a cordial relationship with the Executive arm of Government and the result of such collaboration was the developmental strides in Rivers State.
The Chairman stated that the essence of the visit was to seek partnership with the Rivers State House of Assembly on any new legislation concerning Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Rivers State.
He expressed appreciation to the National President of the Council, Sir Emmanuel Wike for his immense contributions to the success and progress of the profession.
The delegation which was on a courtesy visit to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, was led by its National President, Sir Wike.

By: Kevin Nengia

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