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RSG Reaffirms Public Holiday For Workers, Today …Bans Street Trading



The Rivers State Government has reaffirmed that the work-free day for workers in the state declared by Governor Nyesom Wike for today has not been cancelled.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, the government emphasised that the work-free day was not declared by the governor for the postponed re-run elections, initially scheduled for tomorrow.
The statement, therefore, urged all workers in the state, especially those in the employment of the government to observe today as a work-free day, and commended them for their support and cooperation.
It called on the workers to continue to show understanding and ensure that they play their roles in the effort to realise the government’s vision for a new Rivers State.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has congratulated the Governors of Akwa-Ibom State, and Abia State, Udom Emmanuel and Dr. Okpezie Ikpeazu, respectively, over their victory at the Supreme Court.
In a statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, the governor said the Supreme Court judgments that upheld the elections of Emmanuel, and Ikpeazu, were a milestone that ensured the restoration of the mandates delivered to them by the people.
The governor reassured that since power belongs to God, the mandates of the people could only be upturned by God, and not man.
Meanwhile, the Rivers Government, has banned all illegal trading on the streets of Port Hacourt and other 22 local government Area of the state.
The commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning, Hon Chinyere E Igwe, who stated this when members of Rivers State Traders Unions paid a solidarity visit  in his office, said the state government was poised to discourage illegal trading in the state to enable it maintain the physical plan of the state capital and other developing cities in the state.
Igwe frowned at a situation where traders abandon stalls which government built and allotted them inside the markets and resort to street trading, thereby causing traffic congestion in the city.
The commissioner said that government promulgated laws establishing markets which should be upheld, assuring members of the union of enforcement of such laws.
According to him, the ministry of Urban Development is ready to partner with you to ensure that traders do not sell on the streets of Port Harcourt and other local government areas of the state.
“Igwe enjoined members of the traders union to advice their colleagues to make use of the stalls and avoid streets trading, stressing that laws of the land must prevail”.
He, however, urged them to remain calm and maintain law and order as they go about their legitimate businesses.
Earlier, the union chairman, Chief Maxwell Nwala, said that they were in his office to partner with the state government to stop illegal trading and ensure compliance to the use of the stalls in the markets.
Nwala decried the deplorable condition where traders who obey government rules and regulations were denied access to their businesses as the illegal traders sell same products in the streets thereby denying them access to customers.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity



Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments



President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari



Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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