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We Will Protect And Defend Our Citizens – Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike started last week on a con
gratulatory note. He congratulated former Senate President, senator David Mark on his victory at the senatorial re-run elections. In a congratulatory message through his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Barrister Wike opined that Senator Mark’s victory at the Benue South Senatorial District elections is an indication that Mark is loved by his people.
The Rivers State governor, however, called on the former Senate President to play his stabilizing role at the National Assembly for the present dispensation to benefit from his vast experience in legislative matters.
On Sunday, last week, Governor Wike visited the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone operated by INTELS Group. The governor said the state government would provide enabling environment to attract major investors to the state.
He commended INTELS Group for its massive investments in Rivers State which have impacted positively on the economy of the state.
On Monday, last week, the governor visited Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area. The visit was aimed at finding lasting solution to the violence and mayhem that had engulfed the area since last year.
Irked by the levity and non-challance displayed by the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Abua/Odual, Ahoada-East and Ahoada-West, Governor Wike announced their suspension. The Rivers State Chief Executive observed that the state of security in the three local government areas should be a source of worry to all stakeholders.
In the light of the insecurity in the area and anxiety it has caused the people, Governor Wike ordered security agencies to be more proactive. He charged traditional, religious and political leaders in the affected areas to work with government in order to return peace in the four LGAs.
On Wednesday, last week, Governor Wike was at the NNS Pathfinder naval base to unveil 25 Epenal Security Boats acquired by the naval high command to boost fight against oil theft in the Niger Delta.
At the occasion attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin and Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok, Governor Wike pledged the support of Govenment in the fight against sabotage on state resources.
Later on the same Wednesday, there was a State Executive Council meeting presided over by the State Chief Executive. Shortly after the State Exco meeting, a statement from the governor’s aide on Electronic Media, announced the lifting of suspension on the three LGA chairmen.
Governor Wike also during the week attended the 50th birthday celebrations of former Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru. He poured encomiums on the state former number two citizen, and urged other politicians to emulate his steadfastness and loyalty.
The governor on Thursday visited Bori and Yeghe communities in Ogoni to ascertain the level of damage to lives and property after Monday’s violence in the area. Wike condemned the level of damage and death and promised that government would ensure that those who lost their loved ones are supported. He, however frowned at the attitudes of politicians who want to grab power by force.
On Friday, Governor Wike had three courtesy calls at a go. First, he played host to the new Methodist Archbishop of Port Harcourt Diocese, Rt. Rev. Sunday Agu and to the new Executive Council of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He also played host to Miss Nigeria, Pamela Nigboro and from there proceeded to inspect project at Nembe Waterside and Oro-Igwe road.
On Saturday, Governor Wike and his counterpart from Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose addressed crowd at the PDP Special Thanksgiving Service  for the Supreme Court judgement that confirmed the Governor Wike mandate at Gowon Stadium Elekahia.

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‘Reps Passed 88 Bills In Two Years’

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The House of Representatives has passed 88 bills out of 1407 bills in the past two years, its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has said.
The House clocked two years on June 11 and has two years left.
Mr Kalu had earlier  released  different data on the status of legislative activities. However, The Tide source  is yet to independently verify this latest data.
Mr Kalu had claimed that the House considered 853 bills and 41 of them passed, in the previous statement.
According to the new statement released on Friday, a total of 554 bills were introduced between June 2020 and June 2021. It was a sharp decline considering that the House introduced 853 bills between June 2019 and June 2020.
Although the decline could be blamed on the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The accurate number of bills considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021 is 1407 out of which the House has passed 88 bills.
“Additionally, the accurate number of motions considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021, is 730 out of which the House has made 98 resolutions on security issues.”
The data released by the lawmaker shows that while the introduction of bills has been easy, the progression of bills has been very slow.
A total of 942 bills are awaiting second reading, only 327 bills have been referred to committees, and 79 are awaiting committee of the whole consideration.
Within the same period, 730 motions were considered by the House. However, out of the 663 referred to committees, only 40 reports have been laid, and only six have been considered by the House.
Legislative activities suffered a great deal in 2020 due to the breakout of Covid-19. The National Assembly was shut down for about two months between March 2020 and May 2020.
At a point, the plenary was reduced to once a week.
However, the lawmakers did not help the situation by embarking on holidays at the slightest opportunity, thereby missing deadlines on passage of key legislation.
Also, a review of the legislative agenda of the House by The Tide source shows that the lawmakers are far behind in fulfilling their agenda.

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Accord To Contest In 12 LGAs

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Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Its Publicity Secretary, Dele Oladeji, told newsmen in Lagos, yesterday that the party chose to contest only in its areas of strength rather than dissipate energy across the state.
He said Accord Party would contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in Somolu, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Igando-Ikotun, Agbado Okeodo, Agege, Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ikorodu, Oshodi/Isolo, and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs/LCDAs.
Oladeji said that the party had a good outing in these councils at the last council elections in 2017.
“We are set for the election and we are competing in our local governments of strength where we won in 2017.
“We are set to repeat the same feat and even win more than the eight councillorship seats we won in 2017 to become the only opposition party in the local government administration in Lagos State,’’ he said.
Oladeji said that the party was ready to go to court wherever its mandate was stolen as it did in 2017 local government elections.
“As against 2017 when we went to court only in few areas to get back our rigged mandate, this year, we will go to court in any number of local government areas where our mandate is perceived to have been stolen through rigging.
“As the only opposition party in the local government’s administration of Lagos State, we have retained the abiding hope of Lagos residents as the alternative party.”

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Okorocha Cautions Igbos On Secession

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The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the South-East against their agitations for Nigeria’s breakup.
Okorocha warned that Igbos would be the worst hit if Nigeria breaks up.
The former Imo State Governor spoke in Abuja while addressing some women groups yesterday.
Okorocha stressed that the South- East should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration.
The lawmaker stressed that Igbos are nationalistic in nature, hence they should dismiss the urge for Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbos will lose more if Nigeria divides.
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbos. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
South-East groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereignty State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been agitating for the disintegration of Nigeria.
IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has been in the forefront, calling for Biafra’s actualisation.

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