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Wiwa Jnr Was An Emerging Giant -Wike …Commiserates With Saro-Wiwa Family

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The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has expressed his deepest condolences to the Saro-Wiwa family, the people of Rivers State, and Nigerians on the sudden and tragic passing of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr, the eldest son of the renowned environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. He was 47.
Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a celebrated journalist, author, and environmentalist, who continued his father’s legacy of questioning the environmental devastation of his native Ogoni land and other Niger Delta communities.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam-George, indicated that in 2005, he was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Ken also served on the Africa Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales Rainforest Project, as part of his commitment to global environmental stewardship.
As a journalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr had worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and his journalism had appeared in The Guardian in the UK, The Washington Post, New York Times, National Geographic and other global media platforms.
In 2002, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr’s memoir, ‘In the Shadow of a Saint’, won the Hurston-Wright Award for non-fiction.
Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr worked in different roles as Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Umaru Yar’Adua, and President Goodluck Jonathan.
Wike described the late Ken as a “an emerging giant who has been snatched by death in his prime”.
The governor praised the departed Ken for his contributions to a better world, adding that “Rivers State has lost an illustrious son”.
He said the death of Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a major loss to Rivers State, Nigeria and humanity.
The statement added that the late Saro-Wiwa Jnr devoted his life to humanity, pointing out that his transition to glory has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.
While condoling with his immediate family over his untimely demise, Wike prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator Congratulates Hon (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike On Her Birthday

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As the wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike celebrates her birthday anniversary on Sunday, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with the First Lady, describing her as a rare gift to the State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Bro. Obuah in a congratulatory message also described Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as a simple, loving, caring and trustworthy mother who has remained a pillar of strength to her husband in the task of administering the State.
He lauded the Governor’s wife for her steadfastness and being a role model for women, noting that her wonderful virtues are worthy of emulation.
While stressing that behind a successful man, there is a good wife, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator added that the blessed companionship of the First Lady and her husband has contributed in no small measure in navigating the ship of Rivers State into a glorious era.
His words: “As you mark your birthday today, I bring you best wishes and good tidings from my beloved wife and family, as well as workers of the Rivers Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, who are appreciative of all that you are doing to advance the cause and dignity of Rivers people”.
Bro. Obuah prayed that the birthday would bring to the Governor’s wife, an extra share of everything that would make her the happiest in life.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further prayed God to grant the Rivers First Lady long and prosperous life for the overall benefit of the State and to the glory of God.
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