Activities in Government House last week began with
a visit of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase who paid a courtesy call to Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday.
Mr. Arase was full of commendation for Governor Wike, who he said was able to check post-elections security challenges and putting the state on track of transformation.
“In the last one month I have followed the development and we are on course,” he said.
The IGP further commended Wike for his efforts to raise the security profile of the state, and for setting up a taskforce to manage the rising traffic situation, which has become chaotic with the numerous road repair project.
Shortly after the visit, Governor Wike in company of the IGP proceeded to the Sharks Stadium where they unveiled 64 new security Sur vans.
According to the governor, 34 of the vehicles are for joint patrols and 30 for police patrol.
The governor said it was high time the security forces took the war to the door steps of the criminals, emphasizing that there was no excuse to justify crime.
He reiterated the stance of his administration to protect lives and properties and assured that he would not shirk from the responsibility.
On Wednesday, while the governor was in Abuja for State duties, Chief of Staff, Engr Emeka Woke, inaugurated a committee to audit abandoned school projects in the state.
The committee has two weeks to submit its report.
On Thursday, Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, played host to Environmental Health Officers and called for a new sanitary and waste management approach. The group was led by a director, Kikpoye Phillip.
On Friday, Governor Wike returned to the state and immediately signed three bills passed by the state House of Assembly into law. The bills include the Rivers State Polytechnic bill now renamed Kenule Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, the amended Rivers State Kidnap Prohibition Amendment Bill No5 of 2015 and the Traditional Rulers Law No4 of 2015.
The governor later swore-in 12 new permanent secretaries, as he charged them not to see their appointment as political patronage, but a call to serve.
Barrister Wike warned the new permanent secretaries to ensure that government succeeds, stressing that no file should exceed 24 hours on their tables without being treated.
On Saturday, Governor Wike attended the wedding church service of the daughter of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Opunne Kenneth Minimah and Lt. Bonaventure Obonyano at St Cyprians Anglican Church, Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State governor after the wedding service inspected some ongoing road projects. From the site at Evo/Woji Road in New GRA, Wike’s inspection was cut short at Mile 4 axis where he addressed protesting bus drivers over the killing of their colleague by a trigger happy policeman. He promised to handle the matter, and pleaded with them to go back to their businesses.
The governor continued the project, inspection covering Elioparanwo Road, the Moot Court at University of Science and Technology and later to the Odili/Woji/Akpajo Link Road. He was accompanied by Senator George Sekibo and Chief of Staff.
Ayade Orders Recruitment Into Civil Service
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has ordered immediate recruitment into the state civil service to fill the vacuum that may occur due to workers’ retirements.
The new Head of Service (HoS), Mr Timothy Akwaji, disclosed this on Wednesday during his maiden meeting with permanent secretaries on Wednesday in Calabar.
Akwaji said the creation of AkwaIbom from Cross River in 1987 caused a mass exodus of civil servants to the new state, leading to mass recruitment by the state government to fill the attendant vacant positions.
“Most of these workers will be exiting the service, having completed their mandatory 35 years in service and this may create a bureaucratic vacuum if there is no mentoring of those who may be left behind to keep the service running.
“The governor has, therefore, given approval for the recruitment of workers to cushion the effect of the impending mass retirement from the state civil service.”
The Head of Service stressed the need for the permanent secretaries to mentor their subordinates, as directors and for other civil servants to look up to them as role models.
He said mentorship in the service had become necessary to enable civil servants discharge their responsibilities effectively.
APC Releases Timetable For Nat’l Convention
The All Progressives Congress has said it will begin the sale of forms for aspirants vying for its national positions ahead of the National Convention from February 14.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, announced this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said, “The APC CECPC at its 19th regular meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the party’s National Secretariat considered and adopted the timetable/schedule of activities for the February 26, APC National Convention.”
According to him, the schedule of activities ahead of the party’s national convention is as seen below:
“Receiving of the interim report of the National Reconciliation Committee, January 31, 2022.
“Consideration and adoption of Reports of State Congresses February 2, 2022.
“Inauguration of the State Executives February 03, 2022.
“Sale of forms to all aspirants vying for National Offices at the APC National Secretariat, February 14, 2022.
“Submission of completed forms and accompanying documents at the APC National Secretariat on or before February 19, 2022.
“Publication of Sub-Committees February 19, 2022.
“Screening of all aspirants vying for National Offices February 20 February 22.
“Screening Appeals to hear and resolve complaints arising from the screening exercise February 23, 2022.
“Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the National Convention – February 24 to February 25, 2022.
“National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee February 26, 2022.
“National Convention Appeal to hear and resolve complaints arising from the National Convention February 28, 2022.”
The APC scribe, at an interaction with newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat, had earlier described as fake, reports that the party’s leadership had zoned its national chairmanship position to a particular zone.
Akpankudohede said the report should be disregarded, adding that there was no decision on that.
INEC Dismisses Tinubu’s Comment On PVCs
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have not expired.
The commission said this while responding to the comment credited to Senator Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking while addressing the women leaders of the party who paid him a visit recently, Tinubu asked voters to obtain new PVCs.
Earlier in the month, after so much speculations, Tinubu formally announced his intention to contest for the 2023 presidency.
“In case they do not announce to you on time, the PVC you have has expired,” Tinubu said.
“Take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors and make sure that the new registration… Because they may not announce to you on time. The PVCs you have have expired. Yes!
“You need to spread it to various local government and wards at each levels. No matter how difficult it is. To me, I look at it closely and you look at other elections being held, you will see that it’s diminishing because those cards (is) expired. It’s mandatory that you go and register to vote and achieve your aspirations. May God bless you and bless Nigeria.”
But reacting, the Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said those who have registered for election do not need to do so again because their cards are valid for future elections.
“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, said that Nigerians who already have their PVCs do not need to register again.
He warned, “In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once.”
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