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make our country, Nigeria better and greater. It is equally convincing that we can make Nigeria to work much better for the greater good of all Nigerians. Former President Goodluck Jonathan had set the pace by giving all Nigerians the golden opportunity to make the country much better and more efficient by convoking the 2014 National Conference.
The confab provided a roadmap to the realisation or achievement of all our lofty and highly desirable national objectives. It was aimed at bringing improvement in the affairs of the country and people. Failures in the past cannot prevent us from having success in the future. It is a matter of choice, determination and political will to bring the outcome of the National conference to fruition as a working document.
The National Conference had come and gone but its lofty memories cannot easily be wished away. It will continue to linger in the minds of Nigerians as long as its expectations remain a mirage. Government, they say, is a continuous process, so Nigerians are anxiously waiting to hear and see President Muhammadu Buhari do justice to the report of the conference. It is necessary for President Buhari to ignore every ill-advice or sentiment to the implementation of the National confab report which is presently in his custody. He has to begin in good time to do something about it because, time they say waits for no body.
With the president’s snail speed at effecting the much desired change of the ruling party, APC, Nigerians may not realise enough democratic dividends before the expiration of his first term. All the world over, countries make constitutions, rules, regulations, social and economic policies which reflect and accommodate their history. These are well known peculiarities, social, economic, religious and ethnic diversities which are expected to be achieved via the needed unity in diversity. We can only realise our meaningful co-existence and enjoy our full resources by having sensible rules and realistic fundamental laws.
It is pertinent to point out that now that the Executives and Legislatures are functioning properly and constitutionally at both the federal and states levels; the time is ripe enough for the report of the National Conference to be tabled for implementation. The report as we are aware has passed through the basic processes and vetoed by former President Jonathan. Any attempt to abandon the report amounts to disarming or dispossessing the country of a better structure.
A country of Nigeria’s size, population and diversity is a natural federation, so needs to be restructured to change Nigerian’s attitude toward politics, government, religion and business. We can make success of the country through the National Conference report if implemented religiously.
On March 17,2014, more than 400 Nigerians were inaugurated as delegates to the National conference, selected from about 170 million people from diverse backgrounds. They were saddled with the common responsibility of reinventing their country. The delegates represented both the Federal Government and the six geo-political zones, including the civil society and the academia. They gathered under one roof to discuss their common fate. Every group went to the conference with an agenda or some form of shopping list containing what each waited to get from the conference.
It was basically a battle by the old religion blocks, starting with the North and the South . Each had its own vision and position on the conference. There were also the sub-regional groupings of North-West, North-East, North-Central, South-West, South-East and South-South who delegates articulated certain specific positions relevant to their zones. While the South went to the conference with high hopes and great expectations or enthusiasm to promote some radical restructuring of Nigeria, the North went rather reluctantly and with plot to disorganise and frustrate the entire effort at changing the Nigeria state’s fate.
It was observed that Southern delegates made strong case for the restructuring of Nigeria while those from the North were always on the opposing angle. Some of the proposals raised by the Southern delegates included the restructuring of Nigeria into a six zonal structure, devolution of powers from the centre to the federating units, resource control, creation of more states, the adoption of fiscal federalism as a cardinal economic development principle in the country. The Southern advocates of change also opined that the present political structure was unitary, over centralised, unwieldy and gave too much powers and responsibilities to the federal government, which according to them, was a misnomer in a federal system.
On their side, Northern delegates presented a counter argument that the current structure was good enough because, as they put it, “any attempt to restructure the polity to reduce the grip of the federal right on the component units could be an invitation of anarchy and disintegration”. The trend of the arguments was so high and exposed the realities of a liberalist South angling for a change of the current system but the conservative North bent on maintaining the status quo at all costs. But the agenda of the North to resist the wind of change blowing from the South was aptly captured in a publication titled: “Key issues before Northern Delegates to the 2014 National Conference” There were suspicions and skepticism when it was discovered that the document put together by a think-Tank constituted by the Northern Governors’ Forum, Arewa Consultative Forum and the Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation to guide the northern delegates who alleged that former President Jonathan had a hidden agenda for convoking the National conference.
The conference was a device designed to reposition Nigeria to move forward. In as much as the conference report is aimed at taking the country to a greater height, there is no gainsaying or over-emphasising the fact that President Buhari owes Nigerians a sacred duty to pay unquestionable attention to its implementation with a view to providing lasting solutions to the myriad of problems facing the nation.
Buhari took over reign at a time of national crisis and the situation in every sector is grim today. To determine if he is a good leader, Buhari must bear in mind that the citizens will demand of him to be focused, vigorous, generous, resolute, compassionate and above all, a leader that deal with the problems affecting the people without bias. Buhari promised change and the change he has got, so while he will seek the citizens’ cooperation and understanding, he must thrive on vision and shared purpose. This is the essence of democracy and politics.
The implementation of the report of the National conference will put his name on the world map and leave indelible mark in Nigeria’s history, just as the convoking of the conference has earned Jonathan a recorded landmark. Only pragmatic restructuring of Nigeria can bring about sound economy and improved quality of life of Nigerians. To get the confidence of the people and the assurance of the implementation of the report which is dear to the minds of Nigerians.
The truth is that if the outcomes from the conference are not utilised, then the critics who were of the opinion that the conference had been an effort in futility and waste of precious time and huge resources would have been vindicated. Jonathan had a good intention for the country by convoking the conference but it has to be followed with positive actions so that the man-hours nor the financial resources expended on it do not go down the drain. The conference did not only end well but recorded some landmark achievements such as derivation revenue sharing, devolution of powers, political restructuring, electoral reforms, among others.
The delegates ended up by agreeing to make one single recommendation to the president. They did not break up in confusion, they achieved a lot and it was not meant to break Nigeria. That the report of the conference had been not mean the battle is over. It is not yet over until the dreams and visions behind the report are translated into building blocks for the reconstruction of a new Nigeria.
For those Nigerians who tend traditionally to defend the status quo in Nigeria, it is now clear that things are not well at all for the country. We should as a matter of fact unite to re-organise and re-order Nigeria and build into a prosperous and powerful country while giving it a chance to stay together. If any Nigerians think that we should leave Nigeria in its current disorder and merely keep it together as it is, they should throw away or discard such ill—thought.
President Buhari needs to see that he studies the conference report and organise a way that it will be implemented successfully. We all demanded a conference of the different nationalities and there was no doubt that former President Jonathan listened and understood very well. Most Nigerians welcomed the conference and all the regions of the country participated in the National Conference where they tried to sort out the awful situations in which we find ourselves. Buhari should understand this and use his personal wisdom to place the country on a better footing or platform via the National Conference report he is holding. We are all aware that the report was part, a significant part for that matter, of the handover brief from Jonathan to him.
Most Nigerians know why our country is in shamble and almost in ruins, and why we Nigerians are suffering in the midst of plenty natural resources endowed to us by God. Enough is enough. In this whole situation and as it is now, President Buhari is the man on trial, so for the sake of our dear country and its about 170 million people, and for his own sake, he needs to see to the all important report and handle it very well, that it produces meaningful and purposeful results that will set our country on a new path of sanity, progress and prosperity as well as the well-being of the citizens irrespective of ethnic or religious inclination.
It is pertinent to urge the president not to hang the outcomes of the National Conference in some sort of limbo, or pass the bulk to some agency that will kill the decisions contained in the report. It should be handled and diligently implemented.
100 Days In Office: Wike Remains Nigeria’s Best Performing Governor
After the first 100 days of his well deserved second term, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has lived up to the expectations of the people of the State. By far, he remains the best performing Governor in Nigeria. This is a position he intends to maintain till the expiration of his second mandate.
Right from the beginning of his second term, Governor Wike set out with an agenda to maintain the good works of his administration. All through the key sectors, the Rivers State Governor continued to deliver the very best for Rivers people.
Taking his oath for a second term, Governor Wike outlined the key areas that his government would concentrate on to improve the living standard of the people. On his inauguration day, Governor Wike assured Rivers people that he will tackle security, environmental sanitation, job creation, further infrastructural development, quality education for the people, improve healthcare, develop agriculture and economic development.
Since May 29, 2019, Governor Wike has kept his promise to the people of Rivers State. He has continued with infrastructural development, enhanced the state’s security architecture, developed a framework for environmental sanitation and set the framework for general economic development.
His commitment to the rapid growth of Rivers State is growing by the day. The results of his administration’s investments are visible, even to the most critical opponents.
There are pointers that Governor Wike will continue to wax stronger in governance as he progresses in his second term. He has launched key programmes in the education, health and security sectors of the economy.
One of the key achievements in the first one hundred days of Governor Wike’s second term is the abolishment of all forms of fees and levies in primary and secondary schools.
The Governor explained that his administration abolished all forms of fees to encourage less privileged parents to send their children to school.
By 2020, the Rivers State Government will commence the payment of fees for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for all indigenes and non-indigenes in the state.
To improve the quality of education in the state, Governor Wike established the Committee for Accreditation and Approval of Private Schools. This committee has led to private schools improving the standard of their staff and facilities.
For public schools, Governor Wike has continued to develop quality facilities in the Basic, Senior Secondary and the Tertiary Education levels. Some of the projects executed across the education sector would be inaugurated as part of the governor’s first 100days.
The Health sector has received a major boost in Governor Wike’s First 100days in his second term . The administration has commenced the process of equipping recently completed Zonal Hospitals to take quality tertiary healthcare closer to the people.
The Zonal Hospital, Degema and Zonal Hospital, Bori, have been completed and the equipping process is ongoing. The final construction works at the Mother and Child Hospital are ongoing. The equipment of the Hospital are on ground for installation.
Governor Wike abolished the payment of user-fees for persons living with HIV/AIDS to ensure that more persons access treatment at state-owned health facilities. Governor Wike said that the state government will take over the payment of the user-fees to encourage more Rivers people to seek treatment for HIV/AIDS.
In the last 100days, the Rivers State Government has enterred into a partnership with the United States Centre for Disease Control to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike commended the United States Government for working with the State Government to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the State.
Under this partnership, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) surge program in Rivers state to identify and provide treatment to approximately 180,000 PLHIV who have not previously received such.
Governor Wike has approved the commencement of public ambulance service by the State Ministry of Health. The Ambulances would be parked at strategic locations in major towns for the purpose of responding to distress calls. The phone numbers of the ambulance service have been circulated.
In the course of the first 100 days in office, Governor Wike has executed two key projects that will enhance the economic development of Rivers State.
The Fruit Garden Market and the Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market in the heart of Port Harcourt, are two projects that will help in empowering traders, promote safety and environmental sanitation. The Markets are set for business after Commissioning and the traders are happy.
PROMOTION OF SECURITY
Across the country, insecurity has become the order of the day. This further heightened by the failure of the Federal Government to properly fund the Federal Security agencies.
To promote security of lives and property in the state, Governor Wike launched a new security architecture, codenamed Operation Sting. This is a modern security outfit with the relevant technology, funding and logistics to tackle insecurity.
The State Government donated 116 Patrol Vans fitted with communication equipment to Operation Sting. The Administration also donated 8 armoured fitted gunboats, to tighten coastal security and protect the state’s waterways from the activities of criminals; 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers for Police swift response actions; 450 hand-held mobile radios to enhance communication.
TASK FORCE ON STREET TRADING, ILLEGAL MARKETS AND MOTOR PARKS
In a bid to sanitise the streets and return Port Harcourt to its Garden City status, Governor Wike inaugurated the State Government’s Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks.
Inaugurating the Task Force at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the Task Force is a product of law, following his assent of the Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks (Prohibition) Bill No. 8 of 2019 .
The operatives of the Task Force were profiled by the Department of State Services and the Police.
The Task Force has started work. The results of their work have gladdened the hearts of Rivers people, with Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas regaining their beauty. The streets are wearing a new look with sanity and security .
Closely linked to this achievement is the improvement of environmental sanitation in the state capital.
COMMISSIONING OF PROJECTS
As part of the 100days in office, Governor Wike will inaugurate some completed projects in different parts of the state. These projects emphasise the importance of accountability and service to the people.
The projects lined up for inauguration include: Bonny Street, AdakaBoro/Elliot Henry Streets, Community Secondary School, Ubima Birabi Street , Rumukwurusi Elelenwo – Akpajo road and Sea bed Model School.
Others are: Rumuwoji Market, – Government Craft Centre, Civil Servants Quarters, Real Madrid Academy; SUG Secretariat RSU , Fruit Garden Market , Rivers State NLC Labour Secretariat and Shell Location Road, Rumuepirikom.
MORE PROJECTS CLOSE TO INAUGURATION
After the first 100days of the second term, the Wike Administration will roll out another set of major projects undergoing finishing touches. These projects include the Mother and Child Hospital, the Government Secondary School, Abua, the Zonal Hospitals in Bori, Degema and Ahoada, Judges Quarters among others.
STILL RECREATING RIVERS STATE
The first 100days of Governor Wike’s second term has shown that the administration is still recreating the state. He is still in the business of building a new Rivers State.
The Governor is carefully applying scarce resources to ensure Rivers State gets value for money. It is obvious that the State is on the right path to the consolidation of development. Truly, Rivers people were right to insist of the re-election of Governor Wike.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIAN AMBA-SSADOR TO SPAIN APPLAUDS GOVERNOR WIKE
The Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin has commended the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for his love for children.
She also applauded the governor for investing in the development of youths and also ensuring that the talents abound them do not go to waste.
Ambassador Folarin gave the commendation when she played host to the players of Banham Model School Port Harcourt who have been sponsored by the Rivers State Government on a two-week training programme to the prestigious Real Madrid Academy, Spain.
She urged the boys to be good Ambassadors of Nigeria wherever the future takes them.
Ambassador Folarin did not forget to applaud the efforts of their sponsor and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
While thanking God for the privileges they’ve enjoyed, the boys also did not forget to thank the Rivers State Government for investing in them.
With their visit finally over, the boys then proceeded then headed back to the Real Maddrid Academy to continue with their training programme.
WE ARE DEVEL-OPING PORT HARCOURT PLEASURE PARK INTO A WORLD TOURIST ATTRACTION SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration is developing the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park into a major global tourist attraction.
Addressing journalists on Friday after inspecting the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park Cinema completed by his administration, Governor Wike said that key facilities are being developed to improve the quality of experience at the Park.
He described the new Cinema Constructed within the Park as a five star facility that raises the standard of entertainment available to people in the Niger Delta.
”We have just completed a five-star cinema within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park. This cinema is about the best in the country.
”It will offer first class entertainment to the people of the region and beyond. Instead of going to Dubai for relaxation and tourism, you come over to Port Harcourt to enjoy the pleasure of this Park “, he said.
Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will continue to develop new facilities that will complement existing structures within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.
The Governor said that the new Cinema would be thrown open to the Public after the Commissioning programme on September 11, 2019.
He said that his administration is determined to ensure that the beauty of Port Harcourt is restored and Port Harcourt made a major tourism destination in the country.
Governor Wike expressed happiness that sanity is returning to the streets of Port Harcourt, with the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal markets and motor Parks doing a splendid job.
Governor Wike also inspected ongoing projects in GRA and other parts of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
He said that the administration will roll out several projects to mark the first one hundred days of his second term.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.
100 Days In Office: Gov Wike, Best In Nigeria-Residents
Residents of Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State bare their minds in view of the developmental strides of Governor Nyesom Wike, who has made marks in the business of governance in the state, especially as he marks the first 100 days in his second tenure, where numerous projects executed by his administration are ready for commissioning.
Comrade Ndubueze Eze, Chairman, Mile One Market Traders’ Association (MOMTA) My reaction to the governor’s 100 days in office is that within the space of four and half years in the saddle of governance of Rivers State, he was able to keep to his electioneering promises, especially on projects execution and service delivery to Rivers people.
The governor has carved a development niche for himself by giving the traders a new lease of life, where he built one of the best markets in Africa with standard and lasting facilities for the accommodation of traders who had yearned for such opportunity before now.
As Chairman of Mile 1 Market Traders’ Association, I have travelled far and wide in West Africa, I have never come across any project of this magnitude before now. I, therefore, appreciate the governor’s good gesture in this direction.
We the traders, have resolved to rally round His Excellency for more positive development in the years ahead, while wishing him better years with divine strength , focus, direction and protection in the leadership of the state.
Oko-Jaja, Labour Leader Governor Nyesom Wike has remained the people’s leader who deserves more heights in the saddle of governance of the oil-rich state since assumption of power some four and half years ago.
In view of his style in leadership, even a blind man can attest that the award-winning Mr Projects was able to build bridges of development across the state, within the past years, where numerous projects have been earmarked for commissioning to commemorate his first one hundred days in government, such as the Mile One and Fruit Garden Ultra-modern markets with international-standard facilities that stand the test of time.
Anyone with clear eyes will see that the governor has been able to prove enemies of the state wrong by providing unprecedented development projects to Rivers people, thereby putting smiles on their faces, especially the traders who lacked conducive environment to do their business.
Wike deserves more encomiums and remains the best performing governor in Nigeria, based on physical development, which would soon be unveiled for use.
Engr. Benedict Nwaorehu, Tourism Expert Governor Nyesom Wike will soon mark his first one hundred days in office with the commissioning of numerous development projects, including a world-class cinema hall at the Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt, ultra-modern markets at Mile 1 and Fruit Garden along Kaduna street in Port Harcourt, modest in all educational structure with standard facilities at Government Craft Development Centre and the Real Madrid Football Academy at Elekahia heros and the Students’ Union secretariat at the Rivers State University, among others which speaks volume for this administration.
The governor, as a tourism-friendly leader, was able to tackle insecurity which, before now, battered the state with cultism, militancy and other social vices being gradually phased out. Wike’s governance style remains the best across Africa and, therefore, I commend him and his team for these achievements so far in governance and assure of my support to this well articulated gesture as he celebrates and commission of these projects.
Mrs Ngozi Toby, Technician
The giant strides recorded by Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration, thus far, are legendary and are testaments of his forthrightness and uncommon vision to leave Rivers State better than he met it on May 29, 2015, we are particularly gladdened by the wonderful love and affection he had shown to stronger elements in the state.
By the bold steps of the governor to provide for the people, numerous developmental projects across the 23 local government areas of the state, his name is written in gold to prove wrong detractors who never wished the state well. For providing world-class structures and facilities in all the areas to be commissioned, he was able to fulfill his electioneering campaign promises to the people some years ago remain indelible in the hearts of Rivers people.
As he celebrates his first one hundred days anniversary and the commissioning of projects, I salute his diligence and persevering spirit. I pray that God Almighty will preserve, protect and direct his path in the years ahead.
100 Days: ‘Gov Wike, Best In Nigeria’
Alhaji Ibrahim Hero Aliu
Vice Chairman, Fruit Garden Market Association You don’t know how excited I am towards Governor Nyesom Wike.
We know these projects, some of which he has been doing while in leadership since 2015 to date as remarkable, result-oriented and dynamic.
I know he has a good plan on how to commission the markets, among others, as well as the sharing formula of each stall and shed to traders without conflict. I pray for a successful celebration.
We, the Fruit Garden traders are solidly behind the governor for all these testimonials as he bequeaths to the people meaningful developmental projects.
The governor to me is traders-friendly due to his care for us since he became governor in 2015. Apart from assisting us financially after the fire incident, he assured us of providing an enabling environment for doing our business, he was able to accomplish such promise.
Apart from the markets, roads, schools and hospitals, the welfare of the people had been taken care of by the talk-and-do governor.
Above-all, we salute His Excellency for the rare service to humanity. We pray for good health, more vision and wisdom in the governance of the state with more projects to the shame of his detractors.
Once again, we commend the governor and also assure him and his government of our unflinching support to enable him continue to discharge his functions effectively, especially as he marks his first one hundred days in office in this second term.
Engr Obari Ozigi, Educationist
It is a thing of joy to experience the dividends of democracy at the grassroots through the efforts of Governor Nyesom Wike since he assumed responsibility of the state over four years ago.
The governor has created a marvelously conducive environment and world-class structures and facilities today in all the public schools to enable children, especially those in the state, to benefit under his government.
For instance, the governor was able to put lasting structure and equipment at the Government Craft Development Centre (GCDC) on Aba Road whose facilities before now were found to be decayed and abandoned by previous administrations in the state. I really appreciate the governor for giving hope to the children of this institution by providing well-refined educational facilities to enable them achieve the best in life.
I also appeal to him, as he marks his first one hundred days in office, to extend his educational largesse to the rural areas especially by siting a technical college in each of the 23 local government areas of Rivers State for those out there to benefit from this wonderful dividend.
We at the GCDC assure him of our unalloyed loyalty and support to enable him do more?
Dr Oluchi Oguzie, Administrator
Your Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike, Governor of our dear Rivers State, you have really done well in governance by providing democracy dividends to the people of the state, especially on service delivery in the area of projects execution which stands as testament of good governance. It is unbelievable to behold the meaningful development projects executed being commissioned, within a short time period. By this singular performance, Mr Projects has been able to fulfill his promises to the people on service delivery in his second term.
I, therefore, use this opportunity to commend the dexterity of the governor while celebrating his administration’s first one hundred days in office.
Comrade Emeka John-Africa, Secretary, Rivers State Zonal Market Association
It is noteworthy of the stride of Governor Nyesom Wike in the pinnacle of power for being able to provide succour at least to Rivers people, in the provision of lasting structure in the case of the Labour House which had been abandoned years back by previous leadership.
While the governor is on course to commission these wonderful projects, I commend his feat and urge the people to reciprocate such gesture for him to do more.
As you match towards greatness in governance of the state, we remain committed towards actualizing the goals of your administration. I thank you for showing quality leadership dexterity for blissful future for Rivers State.
Lolia Wariso, Student
I use this opportunity to appreciate our indefatigable and development-minded Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for placing high premium on the education of students, especially Rivers children as he has been able to accommodate them in his government policies and programmes. I commend Mr Projects and students-friendly governor for giving the students a world-class secretariat at the Rivers State University, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt.
I pray the Almighty God to give him more wisdom, vision and strength to forge better in the saddle of power.
With these strides, I doff my hat for this unique father of all fathers in Rivers State in particular and the Niger Delta region in general. Once more, Rivers Students remain loyal and supportive to your government as you mark your one hundred days in office. Congratulations, sir!
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