The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has explained why the state government hosted the 12th edition of the Africa Movies Academy Awards (AMAA) in Port Harcourt last Saturday.
Speaking at the awards and presentation ceremony held at the Dr. Obi Wali Conference Centre in Port Harcourt, Wike, submitted that it was part of the plan to showcase the state tourism and investment potentials of the state.
Wike opined that as the oil capital of Nigeria, the state has enormous human and natural resources, hence, the need to accelerate economic and social activities to flourish by hosting international events of that sort.
This is why, he said, the state would host Nigerian Bar Association Conference (NBA), in August, Magistrate Conference, Federal High Court Legal Week among other national events within the year.
He maintained that the hosting has both social and economic implications and “is a rare opportunity for Rivers State and Nigeria to showcase its talents in the movie industry.”
Aside that, the governor observed that the successful hosting of the event has shown that the state was safe a place to do business and enjoy leisure.
He assured that the state government is ready to partner with the academy to improve on the awards in the future and the entire film industry as a way to drive the economy of the state.
On her part, state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs Tonye Onyiride said the awards marked an important milestone by the Wike administration to boost culture, arts and entertainment.
Under the present administration, she explained that government was doing everything to make the state become a tourism haven in line with the NEW Rivers Vision.
She declared that, “Rivers State is the choice for investment and tourism and that is why this administration is partnering with AMAA to transform the movie industry.”
Founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe lauded Wike for the support to the body and for bringing the awards ceremony to Rivers State.
For her, the gesture has shown that Niger Delta was poised to be the centre for tourism development.
Anyiam-Osigwe paid tribute to former Bayelsa State Governor, late Diepriye Alamieyesiegha, whom she said, laid the foundation for AMAA 12 years ago.
Meanwhile, Minister of Information Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reiterated the plan by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to check piracy and restructure the entertainment industry in the country.
Mohammed while declaring the 12 edition of AMAA open in Port Harcourt observed that the academy has over the years raised the standards in the movie industry.
He pledged the commitment of the federal government to assist practitioners in the industry in enhancing local content, and commended the Rivers State Government for hosting the 2016 awards.
We’re Not Taking Mandate Of Rivers People For Granted, Wike Insists
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has reiterated commitment of his administration to work tirelessly in advancing the state and improve the quality of living of Rivers people.
Speaking to journalists during an unscheduled inspection of four ongoing flyover projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state, Wike said more democratic dividends are in the offing for the people of the state.
The governor explained that his administration will continue to honour the social contract reached with Rivers’ people since 2015 to provide them good governance and quality infrastructure.
“For us, we owe them that duty to make sure that the mandate they’ve given to us will not be taken for granted. That is why all the members of our team are working, trying to make sure that we satisfy the yearnings of our people.”
The governor asserted that with commitment and passion, there is nothing any sincere government cannot accomplish in terms of providing basic infrastructure that can bring about the necessary transformation of the life of the people.
“It is very easy. The funds are there. When people ask us where do we get funds, we laugh. it is a matter of management, being prudent with the little you have. It is not as if we have a lot of money. The little we have, we have to manage it in a way that we can say, this is what we did with funds available to us.”
The governor frowned at the operations of illegal parks and other illegal trading activities around the ongoing flyover projects.
According to him, such despicable activities do not speak well of the state that is investing huge resources to enhance the status of the state capital and improve commerce.
“We have taken a decision that we are going to barricade off, and stop operations of all the unnecessary motor parks that are springing up. We want to make sure that people know that they cannot just wake up in the morning and decide to take government space and use as your private park.”
Speaking further, Wike stated that henceforth, any business place within whose precinct refuses are found, will be sealed up in the state. The decision, he said, is informed by the carefree attitude displayed by members of the public towards issues of sanitation.
According to him, if owners of business premises do not litter their premises and discourage others, the state will be cleaner.
Wike said, his administration has the political will to implement the new order because, in the long run, it will result in a change of behaviour and increase the attention members of the public pay to issues of sanitation.
“Those at Aba Road axis of the Rumuola area will be the first victims. Thereafter, others will follow, so that people will know that government is very serious.
“So, all those who litter refuse, and operate motor parks will have themselves to blame. This is not the time people will tell you that the economy is hard. If the economy is hard, does it mean that you’ll sell your goods and litter the places with the refuse.
“Why do you have to litter the area, thinking that government will come and clean them up for you. No, nobody will do that any longer.”
The flyover projects inspected by the governor included the Rumuola, GRA Junction, Orochiri/Wurukwo and Oru-Abali flyovers.
Jonathan’s Appointment As ISCP-Africa Chair Excites PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, congratulated former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on his appointment as chairman of the International Summit Council for Peace, ISCP-Africa.
On Jonathan’s appointment as ISCP-Africa, an association of incumbent and former heads of state and their deputies, established in 2019 by the Universal Peace Federation UPF, an organization in general consultative status with the United Nations (UN), the party said in a congratulatory message, “is in recognition of his leadership qualities as a democrat as well as his resounding success in peacekeeping efforts across the world.”
The statement by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, read, “Our party is assured that former President Jonathan, will deploy his wealth of experience strengthened by the democratic tenets and principles of our great party, in his new mandate of providing direction for the essentials of peace, security, and development in Africa.
“The party also congratulates President Jonathan on his appointment as the Chancellor of Cavendish University, Uganda (CUU).
“The PDP is elated that former President Jonathan is so honoured to hold the position previously held by late President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia as well as late President Benjamin Mkapa of the Republic of Tanzania, because of his commitment to education and human capital development, in line with the ideals of the PDP.
“Our party congratulate Dr. Jonathan and urged him to use the positions to further the advancement of peace and development in Africa and the world at large.”
PVC: 14,130 Persons Register Online In Rivers
Over 14,130 persons have registered online ahead of the physical registration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The figures were contained in a document released by INEC in Rivers State, yesterday.
The INEC in the state reiterated that the physical registration of voters will commence on July 26, 2021.
The commission said the physical exercise will involve capturing of finger prints and photographs of those who had started the process online, while those who were yet to begin the process will also be registered.
Statistics released by the commission indicated that a total of 752,011 persons have been registered online across the 36 states of the federation as last Monday, with Osun State taking the lead with 232,808 registrants.
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