Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi has described as sad and painful the sudden death of the President of Ijaw National Congress (INC), Senator Tari Sekibo.
A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. David Iyofor, said the late Sekibo a medical doctor was a great Nigerian and a Rivers son, whose commitment to the Ijaw nation and the country was commendable.
“Tari Sekibo was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a great son of Rivers State. His election as the President of the INC further established his disposition as a leader, loved by his people”, the governor said.
Amaechi who condoled with the family of the deceased and the entire Ijaw nation urged them to draw strength from the fact that Sekibo was an accomplished leader and elder statesman.
He prayed God to grant the family of Sen. Sekibo peace in their time of sorrow.
Ijaws in the Eastern part of the Niger Delta described the sudden death of the INC President, Senator Sekibo as a great loss to the Ijaw nation.
A cross section of Ijaw elders who spoke to The Tide on the issue said, the death had created ugly vacuum as far as the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) was concerned.
To Prof Atuboyedia Obianime, a former President of Ijaw National Congress INC), the death of Senator Tari Sekibo was a great loss to Ijaw nation and Nigeria at large.
Prof. Obianime described the late Sekibo as a highly achieved man with a lot of experience and contributed so much in service of the society.
President Goodluck Jonathan had expressed sadness over the sudden death of the President of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Chief Tari Sekibo.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President extended his condolences to Chief Sekibo’s family, the people of his hometown, Okrika, the leadership of the INC and all Ijaw people.
The President believed that Chief Sekibo, who brought immense sagacity, maturity and years of political experience to his leadership of the INC following his election as its President last May, would be greatly missed by the Ijaws and all lovers of peaceful co-existence and national unity.
The senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Thompson Sekibo described the incident as very shocking, and that the late INC leader was an elder statesman and public servant of inestimable value whose contribution to the state, the Ijaw people and Nigeria are worthy of note.
He recalled that the deceased represented his people effectively in the Second Republic as a member of the House of Representatives and later as a Senator and said that the political class will miss his wise counsel.
The Bayelsa state government declared three-day mourning in honour of the late President of the Ijaw National Congress.
Governor Seriake Dickson described his death as sudden and a loss not only to Ijaw nation but Nigeria as a whole noting his wealth of experience and contribution to the development of Ijaw nation.
Dickson in a statement signed by the State Commissioner of Information, Deacon Markson Fefegha directed that all state flags in public buildings and places across the State be flown at half mast for three days, beginning from Tuesday, 19th of November 2013.
Also, Chairman, Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs, Chief Wisdom Nemi Adoki said the loss was unquantifiable to Okrika and the entire Ijaw nation.
“It is at terrible loss to us as a people. We feel terribly sad that such a national figure who had served the country meritoriously would die in such circumstances”.
Chief Adoki said that the late INC President who was also a former Chairman of Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs was able to unite the different factions of the Chiefs in Okrika as well as ensure stability in the Ijaw National Congress (INC), noting that Senator Tari Sekibo would be missed greatly not just by the Ijaws in Rivers State, but the entire Nigerian nation.
LG Boss Uncovers Bloodstained Army Uniform At ‘Cocaine Village’
The newly inaugurated Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area, Obarilormate Ollor, has gone to ‘Cocaine village’ at Eleme Trailer Park to execute Governor Nyesom Wike’s quit order on residents of the illegal settlement when he made a shock discovery in one of the rooms.
Ollor had visited the area notorious for drugs and crimes, last Sunday, along with some security personnel to serve the quit notice on residents but met the area deserted—an indication that someone had alerted them about the visit.
Out of curiosity, the chairman opened one of the rooms in the ghetto-like settlement, and found the bloodstained uniform of a soldier, his knife and ATM card.
The chairman and his entourage had expressed suspicion that criminals in the area had killed the owner of the uniform and robbed him.
Ollor said, “Remember that a week ago, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, gave a directive that all illegal structures be removed. As the chief security officer of the local government, I am under that obligation.
“What we are doing here today is to inform them in advance and to remind them that the ultimatum still holds. So, on or before June 26, they should move out.
“What we have here is a mixed population of criminals, armed robbers, drug dealers, and even those who allegedly trade in human parts. Right now, we just found the uniform of an Army man who probably may have been killed. His blood all over the room and uniform, his knife and ATM card, which we have given to the police.”
The Rivers State Police Command has reportedly swung into action to unravel the perpetrators of the alleged crime.
Spokesman of the police, SP Nnamdi Omoni, said that the command had received reports about criminal activities in the area, including the alleged killing of a soldier.
Omoni said, “We have gotten complaints and reports of drug traffickers, criminal elements, human organ dealers, kidnappers and more from there.
“Though we have been carrying out investigation into all of the reports but thank God, we now have a good lead and evidence.
“We have been mandated by the state government to carry out massive arrest within the environs to ensure we arrest and prosecute all those persons involved.”
Residents said that the ‘Cocaine village’ is a haven for drug dealers and users, adding that security operatives also patronize the area.
An aide of the Eleme LG chairman, who spoke off-the-record said, “The governor received an intelligence report that the slum harbours criminals and drug addicts who carry out series of crimes, human organ trafficking, abductions and many other criminal acts in the LGA and state at large.
“We learnt also that some security men troop in there off and on to buy drugs and indulge in one crime or the other.
“The military uniform stained with blood, knife and motorcycle discovered were found in one of the rooms we opened.
“The badge of the military uniform was removed and there were heavy blood stains on the uniform.
“We went there with some police men as assigned to us by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Eboka Friday”, he added.
Insecurity Hasn’t Hindered Projects’ Execution In Rivers, Wike Affirms
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike says that his administration has fearlessly tackled insecurity headlong and created an enabling climate for smooth delivery of quality development projects.
Wike made the assertion at the inauguration of 16.2-kilometre long Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi Road project in Omuma Local Government Area of the state, yesterday.
The governor noted that while other states of the country were still struggling with issues of insecurity, Rivers State was witnessing harvest of development projects with the non-stop inauguration and flag-off ceremonies to their amazement.
“Don’t fight anybody that God has blessed. Don’t fight the state that God has blessed. People are talking about insecurity. We are talking about commissioning and flagging-off of projects. Is it easy? If it is easy, let them try it.”
Wike asserted that it is only states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) like Rivers that has created a peaceful climate for the citizens while the government delivers democratic dividends.
“Those who say they don’t like what PDP is doing, they have no choice but to like it. You can see what the party (PDP) is doing. We are flagging-off and commissioning projects. Whether they like it or not, we are in charge.”
The governor said it is obvious that Rivers State is no longer on the same level with states that cannot provide dividend of democracy to their people.
Wike said the performance of his administration has restored confidence in Rivers people and they can walk with their heads raised high.
“Rivers people, are you not proud of your state? If you’re a Rivers man, anywhere you go, raise your shoulder high and say that you’re a Rivers man and woman. “They (other parties) can only jealous us, but they cannot do anything. We are of different class. We are not on the same level with them.”
Speaking further, Wike commended the member representing Omuma State Constituency, Hon. KelechiNwogufor his loyalty to PDP.
He also extolled him for his commitment to the welfare of Omuma people and being a trusted ally to him.
At the behest of Nwogu, Wike promised Omuma people that his administration would reconstruct the Umuakali-Eberi Road in appreciation of their support to the PDP.
Inaugurating the project, former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara, noted how Wike has redefined governance and broken the jinx of non-performance associated with second tenure governors.
According to him, the approach to development that the governor has adopted stands him out as a much sought-after leader who should be consulted in solving critical national issues related to governance.
“With my experience in elective politics, second terms of most governors are dull; some governors will just go to sleep because they don’t have anything to offer. But you are still commissioning projects, as if you’re not even going to leave.
“Your developmental approach, your developmental plans, and formula should make you an international consultant to the failing government. Because, quite frankly, the magic, I mean, nobody knows except you. You do it with ease, you do it with happiness.”
Providing the description of the project, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, EllokaTasie-Amadi said the Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi link road in Omuma Local Government Area was another genuine efforts of the Wike administration to ease the transportation difficulties experienced by rural dwellers in the Omuma.
“Many of these rural projects go unsung probably because the residents are not social media savvy, as in the case of Omuma, who are predominantly farmers, or probably because SM activities are not a part of their past times as it is with city dwellers.
“It may shock you to know that for every kilometre of road we have built in the city we have built 12kms or more in the rural areas. This is a conservative estimate I would like you to ponder upon when you get home.”
He further stated, “This project is a 16.2km long, 10.3m wide road project which has 4.3km of drains. The roads are marked and have a total of 27 road signs to aid driving and enhance public safety.”
Wike Flags Off Abonnema/ Obonoma Sandfilling Project, Today
All is now set for the flag-off of the Abonnema/Obonoma Sandfilling project in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, said that, “the project will sandfill 42 hectares of land that will help expand Abonnema and Obonoma Towns.
“It is in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Nyesom Wike during the commissioning of the Abonnema Ring Road”.
The statement further added that, “The rich culture and tradition of the Kalabaris will be fully on display at the event.
“Please, note that all Covid-19 protocols will be observed at the event”, it stressed.
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