The governorship flagbear of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State Hon. Dakuku Peterside has named the member representing Ahoada West/Ahoada East Federal Constituency, at the National Assembly, Hon. Honourable Okorie Asita as his running-mate for 2015 governorship in the state.
The party also inaugurated its campaign team with the state Commissioner for works Hon. Victor Giadom appointed as Director-General (DG) of the campaign organisation.
Hon. Peterside made the announcement yesterday, shortly before the special Praise/Dedication of his mandate to God at the Obi Wali Conference Centre in Port Harcourt.
Apostle Israel Maluwa who presided over the dedication service assured Hon. Peterside and his running mate of God’s divine favour in the governorship election next year.
He said, no Police, soldiers and militants can stop the hand of God on Hon. Peterside mandate to governor Rivers State come 2015.
“No soldiers, Police, and Militants will stop the divine mandate of Hon. Dakuku Peterside and his running-make Hon. Asita in the forth coming election in 2015. And because Hon. Dakuku is taking from a destiny father, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, he will overcome all challenges of 2015, and perform more better, after winning as governor of Rivers State”, the man of God prophesized.
In his speech, Hon. Peterside said Hon. Asita was picked as running-mate to give his enormous strength in planning and stragegy to ensure Rivers State attained the vision of developments legacy initiated by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
He described Asita as one of the most experienced administrators that will contribute his wealth of experience to the development of the State, if voted into power come 2015.
Hon. Peterside promised to rule the State with fear of God, and with humility and love to the people of the state.
He also promised to respect the constitution of the party to ensure that the state is delivered to God for total change and economic emancipation of the people.
Peterside said, he was picked among other more qualified people by God, and expressed optimism that God will triumph over those that trust in their chariots to rule the state.
The full team list for the 2015 governorship campaign indicate that Chief Victor Giadom, the Commissioner for Works is the Director-General of the campaign organisation, Giadom, an Ogoni will bring his robust poltical experience to the campaign. A former State campaign manager for President Goodluck Jonathan campaign Organisation and former LG Council Chairman, Giadom is a versatile politician and easily one of the most experienced political election tacticians in Rivers State.
Chief Allwell Onyesoh will serve as Deputy Director-General. A former Commissioner for Education and Sports, Onyesoh is coming on board the campaign train with enormous strength in planning and strategy. The deputy Director-General, a former party LGA Chairman, also served as campaign manager to Dr. Peter Odili’s governorship election in 1999.
Dr. Dawari George, member House of Representatives has been appointed Secretary and Director of Administration and Finance. A former Commissioner for Energy, George, a scholar and administrator will bring his rich human resource management abilities to the team.
Hon. Lolo Ibieneye is the Chief Campaign Strategist, a former commissioner and former State Administrative Secretary of the PDP, he served as the Director-General of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s Governorship Campaign organisation in 2006/2007. He has been involved in campaign and election strategies since 1982.
Marcus Nle Eji, a former Rivers State House of Assembly member from Eleme and former Commissioner has been named the Chief Political Adviser to the organisation. Eji is a political leader who built one of the most formidable political machineries in Rivers State.
Emma Deeyah is Director, Special Outreach, Deeyah who had served as member, House of Representatives and Rivers State house of Assembly as Deputy Speaker is well known for his political sagacity.
The former law maker and Commissioner has been involved in the planning and execution of all major elections in Rivers State from 1999 to date.
Others are Mrs Ibim Semenitari, Commissioner for Information and award-winning journalist and publisher. She will serve as Director, Communications and spokesperson for the organisation; Emma Chinda, Commissioner for Agriculture is Director, Field Operations/Rally Coordination; Hon. Oji Ngofa, Director, Mobilisation/Voters Coordination and Mr. Udi Odum, Director, Protocal/Adance while Mr. Abiye Amakiri is Director, Policy.
Others are Levi Charles Gogo, Director, Research/Strategy and Surveys; Hon. Chidiebere Okwu-Wolu, Director, new Media/IT; Barrister Ezemonye Ezekiel-Amadi, Director, Election Operations/Special Duties; Mr. Ade Adeogun, Director, Security and barrister Chuma Chinye, Volunteers/Civil Societies.
Also on the list are Chief Nnmadi Okere, Transport and Logistics; Mr. George Feyii, Chairman Fundraising Special Committee; Chief Cyprian Chukwu, Chairman, Special Committee on Legal Matters; Beekee Anyalewechi, Senior Advisor, Media and Sylvester Asoya, Special Assistant, Public Affairs.
90% Of Money Laundered Via Real Estate, EFCC Reveals
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says about 90 per cent of money laundering is done through the real estate sector.
The commission’s Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, stated this while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, yesterday,
According to him, although the sector is monitored via the special control unit, more needed to be done.
According to Bawa, “One of the problems we have now is the real estate. 90 to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundered through the real estate.”
He said there are so many issues involved, but that they were working with the National Assembly to stop what he called “the gate keepers” as there would be reduction in looting if there is no one to launder the money.
Bawa, the EFCC boss, gave an example of a minister who expressed interest in a $37.5million property a bank manager put up for sale.
He said, “The bank sent a vehicle to her house and in the first instance $20million was evacuated from her house.
“They paid a developer and a lawyer set up a special purpose vehicle, where the title documents were transferred into.
“And he (the lawyer) is posing as the owner of the property. You see the problem. This is just one of many; it is happening daily.”
The EFCC chairman also revealed that he receives death threats often.
Asked to respond to President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent “Corruption is fighting back” expression, Bawa said he was in New York, USA, last week, when someone called to threaten him.
“Last week, I was in New York when a senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation.
“The young man said, ‘I am going to kill him (Bawa), I am going to kill him’.
“I get death threats. So, it is real. Corruption can fight back,” he said.
On corruption in the civil service, he said there were a lot of gaps, especially in contracts processing, naming “emergency contracts” as one.
Bawa said, “A particular agency is notorious for that. They have turned all their contracts to emergency contracts.”
However, he said, EFCC has strategies in place to check corruptions, one of which is “corruption risk assessments of MDAs”.
According to him, “I have written to the minister and would soon commence the process of corruption risk assessments of all the parastatals and agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to look at their vulnerability to fraud and advise them accordingly.”
Asked if the scope of corruption in the country overwhelms him, Bawa, the EFCC boss said, “Yes, and no.”
We’ve Spent N9bn To Upgrade RSUTH, Wike Confirms
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says his administration has spent N9billion in upgrading structures and installation of new equipment at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH).
He said the fact that 40 per cent of the 2021 budget of the state is dedicated to provision of quality healthcare delivery was a further demonstration of the priority placed on the sector.
Wike made the explanation at the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of a Renal Centre at RSUTH, last Friday.
The governor said he made promise to Rivers people that the best would be provided to them in all sectors of the society within his capability because of the mandate they gave to him.
“As we came on here, I just looked around and I see the changes in this teaching hospital. I can say that we have put not less than N9billion in this teaching hospital.
“If you look at the budget, the health sector alone, what it’s taking from the Rivers State Government is not less than 40 percent of the 2021 budget.”
Speaking further, Wike said the state government cannot afford to implement free medical service programme in the present economic circumstance.
While dismissing the request for a subvention for RSUTH, Wike, however, commended the chief medical director and his team for their commitment to turnaround the fortunes of RSUTH.
“I have never seen anywhere that health services can be totally free. They’re telling me that people who come here can’t pay. I have never declared that this state is going to take over the health fees of anybody.”
Also speaking, the former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, who performed the flag-off, noted that Wike’s achievements in the health sector in particular, surpass what former governors of the state had done.
Sekibo said that the governor has given equal attention to every section of the health sector by providing complete health infrastructure that was positioning the state as a medical tourism destination in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his interest in the health of Rivers people.
He noted that the renal centre, when completed, would become another landmark development project in the health sector that would handle and manage all kidney-related ailments.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron, commended Wike for approving the renal centre.
Aaron explained that chronic kidney disease was a major burden globally with estimated 14 million cases in Nigeria.
According to him, over 240,000 of these cases require renal replacement therapy in the form of dialysis and renal transplant.
The CMD said the building that would house the centre was expected to be completed in six months and consists of two floors.
The ground floor, according to him, would house the haemodialysis unit with eight haemodialysis machines.
He further explained that the first floor of the centre would house the surgical component where most of the sophisticated equipment for kidney transplant would be installed.
Aaron said Wike has released the funds required to build, equip the centre as well as for the training of personnel locally and internationally.
Power Generation Falls 23% To 3,172MW
Power supply in Nigeria has failed to improve on last week’s performance, as it fell by 22.9 per cent from peak generation of 4,115Megawatts on Saturday to 3,172.20MW as at 5pm, yesterday, latest data from the System Operator has shown.
According to the data, most power plants were operating far below capacity due to gas shortage with Olorunsogo Power Plant 335MW capacity; and Sapele Power Plant, 450MW capacity; completely out.
Egbin was generating at 746MW; Omoku 37.20; Omotosho (NIPP) at 105MW; while Afam was generating at 80MW.
The data showed that on the average power generation in the past seven days were 4,120.9MW on Sunday, June 6; 4,249.4 on Monday, June 7; 4,000.9MW on Tuesday, June 8; 3,720.7 on Wednesday, June 9; 3,517 on Thursday, June 10; 3,765MW on Friday, June 11; and 4,115MW on Saturday, June 12.
The International Oil Companies (IOCs), had last warned that despite Nigeria’s huge gas reserves a lot needs to be done to attract investment to the sector to develop gas reserves to boost power generation in the country.
Speaking at the just concluded Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, the Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria/MD SPDC, Osagie Okunbor, said with 203trillion Cubic Feet of gas reserves, what was needed in the country is to deliver projects that would produce the gas.
“The challenge is not just growing the reserves but in producing these reserves for the benefits of our country. Essentially growing the reserves and delivering on the production is a function of two or three elements.
“I like to see infrastructure that is required for the development of these resources at two levels. Soft infrastructure is often the one that is more important than and that is the one that is actually drives most of what you see at site.”
“Soft infrastructure refers to the enabling environment and nothing pleases me as much seeing both the Senate President and the speaker of the house give very firm commitments about trying to pass the PIB this month.
“That is probably the big one of the enabling environment to provide the kind of stability we also need all sorts of other issues we need to that we have discussed severally in terms of sanctity of contract, stable policies and collaboration and I think we are well on our way there”, he added.
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