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Amaechi Seeks Better Deal For Rivers

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Last week was pretty busy for Governor Chibuike Amaechi as he returned from Lagos after receiving the prestigious “Vanguard Personality of the Year 2012” Award at the weekend.

On Monday, the governor commenced state duties with the swearing-in of the the new chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Hon. Augustine Ahiamadu and his deputy, Ego Paula Ahiakwo in Government House.

Congratulating the new local council boss and his vice chairman, Rt. Hon. Amaechi, charged them to give security a top priority considering the rising kidnapping and other social vices in the area.

Rt. Hon. Amaechi also tasked them to give attention to infrastructure development, noting that, “know that in the process of your running primary you had opposition and one of the reasons for opposing you is basically, I would not say too many of them. I will say one, basically the issue of performance and you need to go there and ensure that there in performance.

Tuesday, Governor Amaechi played host to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees led by former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih.

The PDP Board of Trustees Chairman who led delectation of  top party stalwarts including Prof. Jerry Gana and Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said they were in Rivers State to consult with Rt. Hon. Amaechi over important national and party matters affecting the party.

Responding, Governor Amaechi assured them that the party is one and peaceful, but used the medium to solicit for a better deal for party members in Rivers State considering the huge votes (2 million) they gave during 2011 elections.

The new Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Port Harcourt Refinng Company, Mr. Ian G. Udoh, visted the governor on Wednesday with an appeal to the governor on the need for heightened security to ensure uninterrupted petrol products supply.

Mr. Udoh decried the high level of pipeline vadalisation and crude oil theft, which he said affect products availability and pleaded on the state government to help.

Welcoming the new Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refinery, Rt. Hon. Amaechi, expressed his administration’s readiness to secure crude oil supply, and urged the company to work with the state government in beefing up security and community development.

Shortly after, the governor equally played host to students of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) on an Executive Intelligence Course of the state and led by Barrister Adebayo Babalola.

The governor after receiving the ISS study group, took them an a project tour covering the Shonghai farm, Ambassador Nne Kurubo Model Secondary School, Banana Farm at Tai and Elekahia Model Primary School among others.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Malaria Town Hall and foundation laying ceremony for new biolarvicide factory at Rumuosi took centre stage on Thursday, as Governor Amaechi played host to Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu and ECOWAS President, Mr. Quedraogo.

At the forum held at the Civic Centre, Governor Amaechi insisted that, “We must invest in biolarvicides. We must go with the federal ministry of health, the ECOWAS Commission and the Cubans to invest in indoor spraying.”

Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu stressed the need for joint effort and environmental cleanliness to successfully tackle malaria.

President of ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Quedraogo pledged the support of the sub-regional body by providing fund and political support.

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Ayade Orders Recruitment Into Civil Service

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has ordered immediate recruitment into the state civil service to fill the vacuum that may occur due to workers’ retirements.
The new Head of Service (HoS), Mr Timothy Akwaji, disclosed this on Wednesday during his maiden meeting with permanent secretaries on Wednesday in Calabar.
Akwaji said the creation of AkwaIbom from Cross River in 1987 caused a mass exodus of civil servants to the new state, leading to mass recruitment by the state government to fill the attendant vacant positions.
“Most of these workers will be exiting the service, having completed their mandatory 35 years in service and this may create a bureaucratic vacuum if there is no mentoring of those who may be left behind to keep the service running.
“The governor has, therefore, given approval for the recruitment of workers to cushion the effect of the impending mass retirement from the state civil service.”
The Head of Service stressed the need for the permanent secretaries to mentor their subordinates, as directors and for other civil servants to look up to them as role models.
He said mentorship in the service had become necessary to enable civil servants discharge their responsibilities effectively.

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APC Releases Timetable For Nat’l Convention

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The All Progressives Congress has said it will begin the sale of forms for aspirants vying for its national positions ahead of the National Convention from February 14.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, announced this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said, “The APC CECPC at its 19th regular meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the party’s National Secretariat considered and adopted the timetable/schedule of activities for the February 26, APC National Convention.”
According to him, the schedule of activities ahead of the party’s national convention is as seen below:
“Receiving of the interim report of the National Reconciliation Committee, January 31, 2022.
“Consideration and adoption of Reports of State Congresses February 2, 2022.
“Inauguration of the State Executives February 03, 2022.
“Sale of forms to all aspirants vying for National Offices at the APC National Secretariat, February 14, 2022.
“Submission of completed forms and accompanying documents at the APC National Secretariat on or before February 19, 2022.
“Publication of Sub-Committees February 19, 2022.
“Screening of all aspirants vying for National Offices February 20 February 22.
“Screening Appeals to hear and resolve complaints arising from the screening exercise February 23, 2022.
“Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the National Convention – February 24 to February 25, 2022.
“National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee February 26, 2022.
“National Convention Appeal to hear and resolve complaints arising from the National Convention February 28, 2022.”
The APC scribe, at an interaction with newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat, had earlier described as fake, reports that the party’s leadership had zoned its national chairmanship position to a particular zone.
Akpankudohede said the report should be disregarded, adding that there was no decision on that.

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INEC Dismisses Tinubu’s Comment On PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have not expired.
The commission said this while responding to the comment credited to Senator Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking while addressing the women leaders of the party who paid him a visit recently, Tinubu asked voters to obtain new PVCs.
Earlier in the month, after so much speculations, Tinubu formally announced his intention to contest for the 2023 presidency.
“In case they do not announce to you on time, the PVC you have has expired,” Tinubu said.
“Take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors and make sure that the new registration… Because they may not announce to you on time. The PVCs you have have expired. Yes!
“You need to spread it to various local government and wards at each levels. No matter how difficult it is. To me, I look at it closely and you look at other elections being held, you will see that it’s diminishing because those cards (is) expired. It’s mandatory that you go and register to vote and achieve your aspirations. May God bless you and bless Nigeria.”
But reacting, the Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said those who have registered for election do not need to do so again because their cards are valid for future elections.
“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, said that Nigerians who already have their PVCs do not need to register again.
He warned, “In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once.”

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