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Amaechi Tasks Contractor On Road Project

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Activities in Government House Iast week began with the solidarity visit of Ekinigbo Council of Chiefs to the Chief of Staff Government House, Sir Tony Okocha.

Led by Chief Kinikanwo Chinda, the traditional rulers from Apara Clan told Sir Okocha that had visited to show him their support, and to encourage him in his good works in the state.

Chief Chinda described the Chief of staff to Governor Amaechi as a lover of people and his community and prayed God to give him the strength to continue to discharge his onerous responsibilities creditably.

Later in his remarks, Sir Okocha commended the chiefs saying that their presence would embolden him in the quest to develop the state.

Using the visit to explain the causes of the political crisis besetting the state, Sir Okocha regretted that some individuals who are bent in pursing their selfish interest ploted to truncate the Amaechi led administration, because of its resolve not to share the resources of the state.

“The truth of the matter is that there was an attempt to annihilate  the wishes of the people”, as he cited the ceding of oil wells belonging to the state to a sister state.

He equally condemned remarks credited to Chief Nyesom Wike stating  Governor Amaechi has so far shown maturity but warned the citizenry to be wary of those whom he said do not have the interest of the people at heart.

On Tuesday, the Rivers State Strategic Empowerment Committee concluded its biometric data capture of beneficiaries cutting across the 23 local government area.

Chairman of the Committee, Rev. Minabi Dagogo-Jack told newsmen that the beneficiaries of the biometric capture scheme were to ascertain their names and lodge them into the computer, since they would not be paid by cash.

He added, “These names we have, we are trying to be sure that they cover the various family units in all ward in the LGA… the governor has stressed that families of those who hold political positions should not be included in this scheme but rather it should be the less privileged who should benefit from it.”

Last week Tuesday in Government House, wife of Rivers State governor and founder of Economic Support Initiative (ESI) Dame Judith Amaechi feted International Women – Intercessory for Churches and Nations.

The group was led by Dr. Laide Okafor and Mrs Muriel Graham-Douglas.

Governor Chibuike Amaechi returned to the state on Wednesday to attend to state matters. He conducted some unscheduled visits to ongoing projects, especially the Woji/Akpajo Bye-pass, and urged the contractor to put in more effort to deliver the job.

On Friday, Governor Amaechi swore in new Special Adviser on Pollution Matters, Hon. Johnwill Obed to replace Ofon, Boma Iyaye.

He told the new SA, “let me congratulate you on this your appointment and hope that you will be able to discharge your responsibilities. You are an old hand in governance and was in the House also. I know you will be able to assist government to deliver its goals not only in Ogu Bolo, but also in the state”.

Governor Amaechi attended the wedding service of Ela Umasam Okowa and Zosa Dienye at St. Nicholas Anglican Church Aluu, near University of Port Harcourt on Saturday.

The Rivers State Chief Executive enjoined the people to be calm and pray for the government saying that the administration is poised to transform the state despite distractions.

Amaechi used the service to assure the people of Aluu the completion of their road after the rains, and fulfilling of his pledge to build a new convocation centre Uniport, as he congratulated the new couple.

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Ex-APC National Chairman Tasks Party On Responsive Leadership

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Chief John Odigie-oyegun, former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress APC), has charged the party’s leaders to be more progressive and responsive to the people.
He said this at the public presentation of a book”APC’S Litmus Test, Nigerian Democracy and Politics of Change”, written by Dr Salihu Lukman, Director-General, Progressives Congress Forum (PGF) in Abuja, yesterday.
“We are in charge today, a progressive government, a progressive regime, and I think it is proper that we show to the nation that when the people want some degree of change, “we should be responsive to it, we should address it, compromises have to be made, there’s no question about that,” Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that the APC document on true federalism was still being worked upon before its release.
Odigie-Oyegun said the ideas of people from different parts of the country would be different up to the extent that they would want to go with the proposals in the document.
He said it was however, necessary, vital and mandatory in the interest of the survival of the country that issues regarding federalism were addressed.
“We cannot continue to allow the subject to become something that threatens our nation at any turn.
“So, the earlier we address it, the earlier we show that as a party we are responsive to the feelings of the people, the desires of the people and the wants of the people.
“It becomes easier then, to diffuse the kind of stresses that the nation is passing through today,”Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that for those at the formation of the APC, the uniqueness of its Constitution and its manifesto promised change was meant by all members with their hearts and beings.
He said unfortunately, the forces of economics had made things not quite the way it was planned.
The APC former national chairman said there was need for the party members to do everything possible to keep it not just alive but very virile.
He added that in spite of general belief, the APC was one party that had put together things that meant hope for the country.
He said the fact that things were bad and people were angry and hungry was not questionable, saying that these were worldwide phenomenon.
Odigie-Oyegun decried the current security challenge in the country.
“It is my hope that we will begin to get control of the security of this nation,” he said.

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PDP Rep Harps On Justice, Dialogue To Secure Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Representatives member has enjoined Nigerian leaders to tow the path of justice, equity, dialogue, and rule of law in the country.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, said this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja to commemorate the Democracy Day
He added that such path would help to arrest worsening insecurity and arrest separatist agitations across the country.
Okechukwu said that opportunities still abound in preserving the nation’s democracy and reconstruct the union to a more workable piece.
He said that June 12 was designated Democracy Day in honour of a symbol of the nation’s democratic struggles, the late Chief MKO Abiola.
He added that Abiola was unjustly denied the opportunity to exercise an overwhelmingly popular mandate handed him by the Nigerian people on June 12 1993, but only to be celebrated at death.
“The greatest debt the governments and leaders of Nigeria owe every part of this country and every Nigerian is a sense of justice and equity according to the letters and spirit of our constitution.
“The golden rule of justice is to do unto others as you would have them to unto you,” he said.
 He called on the Federal Government to take conscious steps to do things that would promote national unity and earn it loyalty.
He also called on leaders to be proactive in creating a clement environment for peace to reign to arrest the present security challenges in the country.
Okechukwu commended the leaders of the South East and the Federal Government for the June 11, dialogue in Enugu to deescalate tension in the region.
He stated that it was a right step that should be sustained and replicated nationwide, while wishing Nigerians a happy Democracy Day.

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Democracy Day: PDP Lawmakers Wants Observance Of Rule Of Law

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has called for strict observance of the rule of law to improve democratic practice in the country.
The caucus made the call  in a statement by its Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) last Saturday in Abuja.
Chinda called for an environment that would guarantee freedom of speech and standard operations for the fourth estate of the realm.
The lawmaker  stressed the need to place greater value on Nigerian lives and for decisive and pragmatic steps to end the avoidable deaths in the country.
He called on the government to restrain the Police and other security agencies from further unleashing violence on unarmed youths and other peaceful protesters.
“They choose to go out and exercise their rights in commemoration of  Democracy Day.
“June 12 is a symbol of democratic freedom and supremacy of the people’s power and should be respected by ensuring that all the tenets of democracy are adhered to in all ramifications.
“June 12 is not only about introspection, it is about renewing the commitments of all to the growth of democracy in our dear county.
“It is about ensuring that our country is never again enveloped by darkness, hemmed to the abyss by the sinister forces that threaten our collective rights and freedoms,” he said.
Chinda urged all Nigerians to hold on to democratic principles in spite of the challenges facing the country saying that “good will triumph over evil.”

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