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When Obasanjo Came To Rivers

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Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi played host to
former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo early last week. The former president was in the state for two days on the State Government’s invitation to commission projects embarked upon and executed by the Amaechi-led administration.
Chief Obasanjo had last visited the state during the administration of former Governor, Dr Peter Odili in 2007. On Monday, the former president and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces arrived Port Harcourt via a chartered flight about 11:20 hours in the morning from the airport. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo went on to unveil the newly expanded Chief G.U. Ake Road, the Rumuobiakani-Elekahia Road, the former Stadium Road, but now renamed Ken-Saro Wiwa Road. He ended the day’s visit after he inspected the Integrated Songhai Farm at Bunu Tai.
On the second day of the visit, the former General commissioned Number  I  Field, and Basket Ball/ Indoor Games in  the Old Port Harcourt Township. He later branched to inspect the ongoing Rivers Monorail along Azikiwe Road from where he proceeded to St Andrew’s Model Primary School, and later unveiled the new Kelsey Harrison Hospital in Diobu area.
A short reception was held for the former President Obasanjo who danced to the local Iriabo drum at Buguma Fish Farm in Asari-Toru Local Government Area. Chief Obasanjo was full of praises for the Rivers State governor. He remarked that Amaechi understands what the people want, adding that that is what transformational leadership was about.
As a farmer, he said he had seen development projects in Rivers State, but advised the state governor to think of ways of consolidating on the various projects across the state. He charged the governor to continue in his good works despite the antics of the opposition.
Chief Obasanjo was later accosted by journalists on his departure after the visit. He told the newsmen that he was still a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obasanjo, however, commended Amaechi for the Monorail and Fish Farm projects, which he described as visionary.
On Wednesday, Governor Amaechi played host to the new General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Enugu of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Shehu Yusuf. He thanked the Army Chief for the support and professionalism the military has displayed in beefing security in the State.
In his words: they have helped us with a lot of other internal security arrangements, that again we would want you to commend our Brigade Commander. He has always responded to what he considers as minimal assistance to civil policing to enable the State have peace. If there is any other thing that the Brigade wants or the division wants, please do contact us. We will be willing to assist.”
On Thursday, the state governor through his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru hosted foreign investors from China with a dinner in Government House.
Amaechi assured that his administration believes and is ready to partner with Chinese investors to enhance development of all sectors of the State’s economy, stressing that “whatever we are doing today will bear fruits in the future for the next generation.”
On Saturday, Governor Amaechi paid a condolence visit to the family of Late Madam Kilali Joy Ababia Young Arney at Buguma.
The governor explained that late Joy Young Arney would feel fulfilled over the success and achievement of her children, and advised her husband, Hon. Edwin Dakoru to continuously play his fatherly role and ensure that unity and peace prevail in the family.

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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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