The Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, will tomorrow, play host to the political association of non-indigenes in the state operating under the umbrella of Non-Indigenes Political Forum (NIPF), an affiliate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A statement by the Chairman, Media/Publicity Committee, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said that the meeting is billed to hold at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Speaking on Friday at a meeting of the NIPF held at Delta Hotel in Port Harcourt to map out strategies to mobilise non-indigenes across the 23 local government areas of Rivers State for the meeting, NIPF Leader, Barr. Chuma Chinye, said it would be an opportunity to formally present the vision and mission of the forum to Governor Amaechi and the good people of Rivers State.
Barr. Chinye, who is the Rivers State Commissioner of Commerce and Industries, also said that the mother of all solidarity visits ever in Port Harcourt would signal the launching of “Operation Enthrone APC in Rivers State in 2015 as the battle for the Brick House has just begun”.
Three committees were set up during the meeting and charged to work hard to make the event a resounding success.
The Organising and Supervisory Committee is headed by the Women Leader, Chief Janet Ijede, with Chief Obinna J. K. Chukwu as secretary.
Other members of the committee are Hon. Wale Agunbiade, Mrs. Majek S.A., Mr. Emmanuel Akpabio, Alhaji Uba Muazu, Alhaji Tanko Yusuf, and Chief Calistus Nwachukwu.
The Contact and Mobilisation Committee has Chief Ade Adeogun as chairman with Chief Uchenna Okokoba and chairmen of the Akwa/Cross, Igbo, Edo/Delta, Arewa, Yoruba communities, Chiefs Joseph Udoh, Simeon Nwonye, Joseph Ijede, Alh. Halliru Imam, and Alh. Adisa Ahmed, as members.
The Media/Publicity Committee has Chief Eze C. Eze as chairman with Mr. David Iyofor and Barr. Obinna J. K. Chukwu as members.
Addressing members of the various committees, Barr. Chinye said: “The time to prove our readiness to collaborate with other stakeholders in the state and demonstrate our commitment to the people of Rivers State that we are ready to install an APC government in 2015 has come and this will be proved by the solidarity visit of April 24, 2014. I have acknowledged the encomiums on the state governor on his love for our people and placement of some of us in key positions in the affairs of governance in Rivers State, and this is the time for us to demonstrate that we are very much ready for this onerous task of saving Rivers State from the hands of some elements in PDP who want to ensure that the state is strangled both economically and otherwise and probably deal with some of us for contributing towards the emancipation and development of the State.
“We should note that this struggle is not that of Governor Amaechi but of every concerned non-indigene residing in Rivers State, because if we fail in this battle, we are all doomed, if the comments of some of the leaders of PDP criticising Governor Amaechi for encouraging us are anything to go by.”
Also speaking, Chief Uchenna Okokoba, on behalf of members, commended Barr. Chinye for exhibiting a high sense of leadership since he assumed the leadership of the forum, and assured him of the commitment of members to ensure that the vision and mission of the forum is actualised.
“Some of us have lived in Rivers State since its creation, and we must confess that apart from the Government of Alfred Diete-Spiff, no other government can be compared in terms of enhancing the development of Rivers State like that of Governor Amaechi, and that is why we are ready to sacrifice whatever that is needful to ensure that his political vision is implemented to the fullest,” Chief Okokoba said.
Nigerian Law School, PH Campus’ll Be Ready In Six Months, Wike Vows
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has received a formal letter of approval from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, for the establishment of a Nigerian Law School campus in Port Harcourt.
The letter was presented to the governor by the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof Isa Huyatu Chiroma, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Wike said it was gratifying that the Council of Legal Education and the Attorney General of the Federation have graciously given approval to the Rivers State Government to assist in the establishment of a Law School in Port Harcourt, an offer which was initially rejected by the immediate past administration in the state.
The governor commended the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for his statesmanship and commitment to the growth of legal education in Nigeria.
“This is devoid of any political affiliation. I must commend him for this show of sportsmanship, for this show of leadership, that at the end of the day, it is Nigerians and Rivers people that will benefit from the establishment of this campus in Port Harcourt.”
Wike explained that construction work had already commenced at the site approved by the state government for the Port Harcourt campus of the Nigerian Law School.
According to him, the campus will be ready in the next six months and the Certificate of Occupancy for the school is ready.
“The six months that we have given is not six years. Six months is six months. Even if any other project will be suspended, let it be suspended. This project must be finished within six months. And I also urged you to appoint a deputy DG who should move down to Port Harcourt immediately.”
The Rivers State governor explained that some corporate organisations, including banks, have expressed their readiness to build hostels and library in the campus, pending the approval of the authority of the Nigerian Law School.
The governor urged the Nigerian Law School management to graciously immortalise the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice for the Federation, Justice Nabo Bekinbo Graham-Douglas, SAN, by naming the Port Harcourt campus after him.
The Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof Isa Huyatu Chiroma, said the process for the establishment of a Law School campus in Port Harcourt started on the June 4, in Yenagoa when Governor Wike threw a challenge that if given an opportunity, Rivers State Government was ready to construct and deliver a new campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt within six months.
He explained that afterwards, the Council of Legal Education met and unanimously agreed to accede to the request of the Rivers State Government and this was also endorsed by the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Attorney General of the Federation in this letter to Governor Wike which was read by Chiroma, said immediately he received the letter from the Rivers State Government to assist in the establishment of a new campus in Port Harcourt, his office forwarded same, via Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary for consideration by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am delighted to convey to you the acceptance of your offer by the Council of Legal Education at its meeting held on June 18, 2021. A copy of the approval letter and a draft Memorandum of Understanding to guide or govern the conduct of the partnership project is hereby forwarded to you for your kind consideration and further action.
“While appreciating the kind gestures of the Rivers State Government in the promotion of legal education in Nigeria, please accept the assurances of my best regards and high esteem as always.”
In his remarks, the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Zacchaeus Adangor, said the Law School campus in Port Harcourt will stand out as one of the most iconic achievement of the Governor Wike’s administration.
The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Amadi, commended the Attorney General of the federation and the Council of Legal Education for the approval and assured that the state will construct a befitting campus in Port Harcourt.
Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze C.J. Okocha, SAN, said though the new campus is in Port Harcourt, it will be for the benefit of all Nigerians and the legal profession.
The chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere applauded the approval, and urged the Federal Government to devolve some of its obligation in the Executive List to the federating States.
Buhari Off To London For Medical Check-Up, Today
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday travel to London, for a scheduled medical follow-up.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement, yesterday.
Adesina said the President is expected return to the country in the second week of next month.
“He is due back in the country during the second week of July, 2021,” the statement said.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Buhari had visited London to receive medical attention from his physician.
South Only Seeking Egalitarian Nation, Not War, PANDEF Insists
The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has said the interest of the South was to ensure that the country became an egalitarian nation where everyone was treated equally.
The National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Hon Ken Robinson, who said this in Port Harcourt, yesterday, described as unfortunate the claim by ACF that the south was trying to trigger war in the nation.
Robinson maintained that the northern leaders were inconsistent with their view about the nation, regretting that ACF was shield the misdeed of the criminal elements from the North.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the ACF is not consistent. Few days ago I heard they said they were trying to reach out for dialogue and then the next day they are saying the southerners are trying to trigger war, how?
“We are insisting that some wrongs and attitude that are not acceptable should stop. What the South is asking for is that we have to be a country let’s be a country.
“Let’s be a country where everybody is treated as citizen of the nation. Not a situation where some people are super citizens and others lesser citizens that is the attitude we see every day.
“People who carry guns, invade farms and destroy livelihoods molest women, kill people are treated as super humans, and then the southerners are saying no and resisting that kind of attitude and the North begin to brand southerners as people who threaten people for war.
“No one is afraid of war. If that is what they want let it be so. All we are saying is that Nigeria is no longer a country as it is.
“There is so much injustice and discrimination. The Muhammadu Buhari administration has worsened the whole thing. This is glaring in appointment and project execution and all of that. Let there be a change in attitude that is all we are saying. Let us have an egalitarian nation where everybody will be treated equally.
“Where we produce resources and we get little. You plunder our resources. The NNPC has become as some have said it Northern Petroleum Corporation, it has become a grazing ground for a section of the country with the exclusion of those whose land the industries are being operated and you say this is asking for war. This is ridiculous!
“That is a very irresponsible statement. We are patriots; that is what we are. We have contributed so much for the development and sustenance the country. Nobody will build his house and would want to destroy it, but if you think that I will build a house and you would want me to leave it and become a tenant in the house that I built, you are the one looking for war.”
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