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We’ll Resist Polls Rigging – Wike

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While the 56th Independence anniversary dominated
activities in Government House penultimate week, the thanksgiving over coronation of Chief Mike Elechi in Elele, Ikwerre Local Government Area opened the week in Government House.
Chief of Staff, Engr. Emeka Woke who represented Governor Nyesom Wike at the Thanksgiving Service at Elele Town urged support for the Wike administration as more developments were on the trail.
On the same day Chief Wike and other top State Government officials attended a special crusade organised by the Deeper Life Christian Ministry in Rivers State tagged “Connected in Rivers” at Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local Government Area.
The governor used the Christian programme to call on the Federal Government to do more to arrest the economic recession. He however said the present economic downturn will not stop his administration from its current transformation drive in the State. “I can tell you that Rivers State will not see that problem. This State is a special State for God,” he assured.
After a break on the Monday holiday to mark the nation’s 56th Independence Anniversary, Governor Wike resumed his activities on commissioning projects and laying foundation for new ones. Last Tuesday, the governor in company of the new President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abubakar Mahmood, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), unveiled the ultra-modern NBA, Port Harcourt building sited in the heart of the Central Business District of the metropolis.
In his speech at the building inauguration ceremony, Chief Wike called on lawyers, to reciprocate government’s gesture by offering free legal services to indigent members of the pubic, to enable them have access to justice.
The NBA President described the event as, “the most pleasant event that I will be participating” adding that, “this edifice is a national edifice for the legal profession.”
Shortly after the NBA building was unveiled, the governor in company of top government functionaries and party bigwigs visited the site of the outgoing reclamation at Ogbunabali/Nkpogu waterfront to see the level of work.
The governor, last Wednesday, laid foundation for the construction of ultra-modern landing jetty for Bonny/Bille and Nembe Waterfront in the Town area of Port Harcourt. He addressed a huge crowd of residents and business people who were elated that the project will enhance transport and communication for the riverine communities.
Addressing the crowd, Chief Wike urged them to be vigilant and ensure that they fully participate in the upcoming rerun polls, while assuring the citizens that he would do everything to resist attempt to rig the polls, as they did in Edo State.
On the same day, the governor through a press statement felicitated with teachers in the State in commemoration of this year’s World Teachers Day. He described teachers as critical to his administration and restructuring of the education sector, as a tool for empowerment.
Also last Wednesday, the deputy governor, congratulated the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Kenneth Kobani on his 52nd birthday. Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo said Kobani has remained a leader and true representative of Ogoni people.
Chief Wike, last Thursday took a project site tour of the ongoing Port Harcourt Pleasure Park at Rumuola, Aba Road in the city. The governor returned back to the State on Friday, but on the early morning hours of Saturday led other State officials to stop officers of the Directorate of State Security and Police from forcing themselves into Judges Quarters in Port Harcourt. He was manhandled by the security agents.
On Saturday, Chief Wike flagged off the construction of Abua Road and later hosted Rivers United Football Club to a dinner.

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Anambra:Bill To Abolish Open Grazing Passes Second Reading

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A bill seeking to regulate animal grazing and establish cattle ranches in designated areas of Anambra has scaled second reading in the House of Assembly.
The Majority Leader of the house, Dr Nnamdi Okafor (APGA-Awka South I), said the bill would promote peace and ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
The bill is entitled, ‘Open Grazing of Cattle and other Livestock Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2021’.
He said that when the bill becomes law, it would help to curb the incessant herders/farmers clashes and generate business opportunities in the state.
“The bill will be part of the efforts to address the incessant clashes between livestock owners, herders and farmers in the state, which has often led to loss of lives and properties over the years.
“The bill will also prevent the destruction of farms and farmers’ crops brought about by open rearing and grazing of cattle,” Okafor said.
Also, Dr Timothy Ifedioranma (APC-Njikoka l) said the bill would promote the production of healthy breeds of livestock and boost job and investment opportunities in livestock farming.
Mr Chuka Ezewune (APGA-Idemili South) said the bill would also promote modern techniques of animal husbandry and international best practices in the dairy and beef industry.
“The old form of cattle rearing is very destructive to the nation and it is time we embraced change,” Ezewune said.
Contributing, Dr Pete Ibida (APGA-Njikoka II) said his constituents had long clamoured for the law.
“Open grazing has constituted security and safety hazards. It messes up our roads and my constituents have been displaced from their farms.
“I believe the bill will also help to manage the environmental impact of open grazing and protect the environment from degradation and pollution,” Ibida added.
Mr Obinna Emeneka (APGA-Anambra East) said that open grazing contributed to disease transmission and described animals as carriers of parasites transmitted to humans.
Emeneka said the bill required accelerated passage to promote agriculture, security and stability in the state.
The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, described the bill as everybody’s business, adding that it bothered on food security, economic development and security of of lives and property.
The bill was later committed to the Committee on Agriculture, headed by Mr John Nwokoye, for further deliberation and the committee was expected to report back on September 30.

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Obaseki Names Cabinet 10 Months Later

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday released a list of nominees for post of commissioners in the State Executive Council.
This decision is coming close to a year after Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, were inaugurated for a second term into office on November 12, 2020, following their victory in the September 19 governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor had re-appointed Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the State Government after his inauguration with no other appointment since then.
This led to criticism from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State that accused Obaseki of presiding over the affairs of the state like a sole administrator.
“There are some policies and actions of a state that legally and constitutionally should not be undertaken without the approval of the State Executive Council. As we speak, some of those actions are being taken solely by Godwin Obaseki as a sole administrator. He has not displayed the tendencies of a democratically elected governor,” Chris Azebanmwan, the Edo APC spokesman said.
Nonetheless, the Governor has finally released the list of his nominees. They are: Barr. Osamudiamen Wole-lyamu (Oredo); Mr. Chris Nehikhare (Orhionmwon); Mr. Richard Edebiri (Uhunmwode); Barr. Andrew Emwanta Adaze (Egor); Mr. Tony Aganmwonyi (Ikpoba Okha); Mr. Ethan Uzamere (Ovia South West); Ms. Efosa Uyigue (Ovia North East).
Others are, Barr. Donald Okogbe (Akoko Edo); Barr. Anthony Innih (Etsako East); Mrs. Omo Otse Omorogbe (Etsako West); Hon. Damian Lawani (Etsako Central); Mr. Jimfred Obaidiku (Owan West).
Also in the list are, Barr. J. O. Braimah (Owan East); Hon. Felix Akhabue (Esan West); Fred Emefiele (Igueben); Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya (Esan Central); Dr. Olu Ayewoh (Esan North East) and Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South East).

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Speaker Lauds Wike On Infrastructure

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The Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has commended the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for the rapid development of Rivers State.
He made this statement when he played host to members of the Council For the Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria recently.
Rt. Hon. Ibani assured the Council that the State Assembly would continue to do that which was beneficial to their constituents. He noted that as a public servant, his door was open to all.
He said: “As a public servant, my door is open to all, and at all times. We work in the interest of the State and for the interest of our people….”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Council For The Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria, Gersh Henshaw, commended the efforts of the Speaker as the Head of Rivers State Legislature.
He stated that Rt. Hon. Ibani had continued to maintain a cordial relationship with the Executive arm of Government and the result of such collaboration was the developmental strides in Rivers State.
The Chairman stated that the essence of the visit was to seek partnership with the Rivers State House of Assembly on any new legislation concerning Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Rivers State.
He expressed appreciation to the National President of the Council, Sir Emmanuel Wike for his immense contributions to the success and progress of the profession.
The delegation which was on a courtesy visit to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, was led by its National President, Sir Wike.

By: Kevin Nengia

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