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RSG To Amend Secret Cult Law …Culprits To Forfeit Property

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Representative of Rivers State Deputy Governor, Ms. Dafeni Gogo-Abbey (left) discussing with the wife of the Vice Chancellor, Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Mrs. Gloria Fakae, during the Second Female ASPIRE conference in Port Harcourt,  recently

Representative of Rivers State Deputy Governor, Ms. Dafeni Gogo-Abbey (left) discussing with the wife of the Vice Chancellor, Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Mrs. Gloria Fakae, during the Second Female ASPIRE conference in Port Harcourt, recently

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has revealed plans to amend the Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) Law enacted in 2004.
Speaking at a church service at the Royal House of Grace International Church, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, the governor said the bill to amend the law will be sent to the state House of Assembly to ensure that culprits not only face the prescribed penalty but forfeit all their properties to government.
Wike also expressed government’s readiness to provide democratic governance to the people of the state.
He reiterated the quest of his administration to protect lives and property of all the people living and doing business in the state.
The State Chief Executive explained that his being a governor was divine will of God, and therefore, assured that he would not segregate but will embrace everybody and find solutions to move the state forward.
“It’s by God’s grace that I became governor. So, this is not time to say you supported me or you didn’t support me. It’s not a time for complaints, but it is incumbent on government to solve problems. So, we must sit down and ensure that the problems of the people are solved in order to move the state forward,” he asserted.
The governor expressed government’s desire to provide conducive atmosphere for the people in the state as well as ensure that all those who have left the state, return to do their legitimate businesses.
Wike reassured the congregation of his earlier stand to complete all projects embarked upon by previous administrations that are beneficial to Rivers people, saying it is for this reason that government sought financial support from banks to enable it complete some on-going projects.
He told them that the Rivers State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two construction giants, Messrs Julius Berger Plc and CCECC Nigeria Limited to rehabilitate areas covering Obi-Wali Road, part of Ogbunabali, Tombia Extension, Evo Road, Woji Road in GRA, and Azikiwe/UTC Junction all through old Port Harcourt Township areas and roads in Diobu axis, saying that 50 per cent of the contract sum has been paid to each of the companies.
The governor also noted that government has paid the total contract sum for Iloabuchi-Eagle Island road project, which will ease the transport difficulties faced by the people living in Eagle Island and Agip area of the state.
While restating government’s commitment not to play politics with on-going projects in the state, he explained that he has given orders to the contractor which handled the Shopping Mall awarded by former Governor Celestine Omehia to ensure that the project is completed.
“Let me tell you formally that I have ordered the contractor to make sure that everything is done to complete that project. Yes, some people would ask why are you doing this? Why not start your own projects? The problem we have in this country is that people want to say, ‘let it be me that started it’. But, I don’t want to be the one that started it, I prefer to be the one that finished it”, Wike noted.
He further emphasized government’s readiness to dedicate the state to God, and regular interface with religious bodies, expressing confidence that if the state is dedicated to God, the crime rate associated with kidnapping and cultism will reduce drastically.
He requested the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rivers State Chapter, to forward its preferred candidate to be appointed as special adviser on religious affairs, and thanked the General Overseer of the church, Apostle Zilly Aggrey for his support.
Earlier, the General Overseer of the church, Apostle Zilly Aggrey had urged the governor to learn from the achievements and mistakes of his predecessors in order to move the state forward.
While noting that God did not make him governor for fun, the task before the office of the governor and the fact that he cannot satisfy everybody, the man of God enjoined him to ensure that he wipes away the tears of Rivers people by only embarking on policies and projects that will benefit the people.
On the governor’s entourage were former governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia, acting National Chairman, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Senator Thompson George Sekibo, former minister of sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah, and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Emmanuel Aguma.

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90% Of Money Laundered Via Real Estate, EFCC Reveals

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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.”

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We’ve Spent N9bn To Upgrade RSUTH, Wike Confirms

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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.

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Power Generation Falls 23% To 3,172MW

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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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