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Wike Hails Non-Indigenes’ Support

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Wife of Rivers State Governor, Justice Suzette Wike
opened activities last week in Government House. She participated in an event to mark 2016 World Food Day held at Presidential Hotel in the form of a food exhibition. Represented by Commissioner for Agriculture Mrs Onimim Jack, the governor’s wife underscored the need for young people to engage in farming activities.
As part of the scheme to introduce agriculture to young persons, jack disclosed that government has established a fish farm in the various correctional facilities, especially in Remand Homes.
She had through the Senior Special Assistant on Social Media, Mr. Oraye St Franklin unveiled a book launch, where she disclosed plans by the State Government to establish Book Reading Clubs across the state.
Last Tuesday, non-indigenes under the banner of “Non-Indigenes Without Borders” paid a solidarity visit to Governor Nyesom Wike. The group was led by its National Leader, Mr. Emeka Onowu. They praised Chief Wike’s populist policies saying non-indigenes have been given a sense of belonging in the state. On his part, the governor noted that non-indigenes have played a very critical role in the politics of the state because of their population.
Before the visit of the non-indigenes on Tuesday, the State Executive Council meeting had held on Monday.
Matters of critical interest to the state’s development were discussed at the meeting presided over by Governor Wike.
During a visit of Women of Niger Delta North Diocese (Anglican) Tuesday to the first lady, Justice Nyesom-Wike, wife of the Achbishop of Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta North, Mrs Beatrice Kattey praised the development efforts of Governor Wike, saying that Rivers State has gradually worn a new look.
In a statement last Tuesday in the evening, the governor expressed shock over the death of Mr. Saro-Wina (Jnr.), saying the death was a major loss to Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole.
Chief Wike returned to the State last Thursday after a short official duty outside the state. Shortly after returning, the governor took a tour of the ongoing Port Harcourt Pleasure Park project at Rumuola.
Rotary Club International paid a courtesy call to Chief Wike last Friday. The humanitarian club was led by former Deputy Governor Sir Gabriel Toby. He said the visit was part of the body’s West Africa Project Fair drawing participants from all over the world to Port Harcourt.
On his part, Governor Wike thanked Rotary Incernational for all its humanitarian strides worldwide, especially in the fight against polio, while assuring them that “on our own part we are doing everything to eradicate polio”.
Later on the same Friday, Chief Wike participated in the 54th birthday of Pastor David Ibiyeomie at Salvation Ministries, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike who was accompanied by his wife said celebrating the cleric was the right thing to do, so that younger persons will be encouraged to live worthy lives.
Last Saturday, Governor Wike attended the convocation ceremony of the State owned University of Education, Represented by Commissioner for Education, the governor reiterated his quest to reposition the education sector and welfare of teachers.
Later in the evening of same Saturday, a state dinner was organised by the State Government in honour of visiting Rotary Club members who were in the state for their West African Fair, Governor Wike was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo.

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Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, signed the bill to prohibit open cattle grazing and trespass of cattle on land in the state into laws.
With the law, Lagos has joined some states in southern Nigeria that have anti-open grazing laws in place.
The law is coming more than two weeks after the September 1 deadline set by the Southern Governors Forum for states.
The governor also signed the Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Agency Bill, into Law.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it is committed to tackling the menace of drug abuse frontally to reduce the ravage among youths in the state.
Sanwo-Olu stated this on Monday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during a courtesy visit by the delegates of Anglican Communion Church of Nigeria, led by the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba.
Sanwo-Olu said his government was building a massive rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejirin to tackle drug abuse, adding that his administration would  partner with the Church to ensure that the people lived a better life.
He said governance started from the leadership of spiritual homes, noting that government and church can jointly build a community that would outlive all, while restating the commitment to improve the movement of people on road, water as well as building rail infrastructure to make Lagos a livable city.
Speaking earlier, Ndukuba thanked the governor for partnering with the church in the welfare of the people and commended him for his outstanding performance in tackling Covid-19. 
 Also present at the courtesy visit were the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tayo Ayinde, Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji, Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, among other dignitaries.

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Okowa Tasks NASS On True Federalism

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Delta  State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the National Assembly to embody in the 1999 Constitution being amended, true federalism and independence of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The governor made the call on Monday at a nationwide sensitisation on the review of the existing revenue allocation formula held at Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
He explained that an independent RMAFC would carry out its functions independently, including laying its proposals directly before the National Assembly for approval.
According to the governor, the current practice where recommendations of the commission are presented to the President has led to the non-review of the revenue allocation formula since 1992 as no President demonstrated the political will to forward the amendments to the parliament.
He commended RMAFC for ongoing sensitisation of the states before a zonal exercise where recommendations from the states would be received.
“For quite some time a lot of talks have gone on in the revenue allocation and it’s very unfortunate that in this country we are still operating a revenue allocation formula that was actually reviewed in 1992.
“As we look forward to a new revenue allocation formula, we hope that you come out with something that is fair, justifiable and equitable.
“But, the challenge is that when you have done all this work, you are going to eventually, by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, lay this before the President and the President ought to lay it before the National Assembly.
“There is a challenge there and there has always been a challenge there, because what is there in our laws that will ensure that the President lays the recommendations of RMAFC before the National Assembly?
“We hope that the National Assembly takes a look at this amendment because RMAFC is supposed to be an independent commission, a commission on behalf of all federating units and component parts of the federation.
“They cannot tie your hands; the constitution ought to be amended to enable chairman of RMAFC to directly lay before the national assembly whatever review it has come up with so that nobody stands it down,’’ he said.
Okowa stated that the National Assembly must do what was right because “a nation is a nation.

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Reps Query Presidential Committee Over Assets Seized From Past Leaders

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The House of Representatives on Monday ordered the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Landed Property to produce reports of all assets seized from former Nigerian leaders.
Members were more particular about the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, whose property and money were recovered by the Federal Government. 
 The chairman, ad-hoc Committee on Abandoned Property, Ademora Kuye, said the House wanted a report on all assets seized from Nigerian leaders in and out of Nigeria, particularly Abacha.
He said this when the Executive Secretary of PIC appeared before the committee in Abuja.
“We need to know the state of those property and to also know if the property have titles of deed,’’ Mr Kuye said.
The committee also queried the sale of federal government’s assets held in trust by the PIC.
Mr Kuye said the committee discovered that some of the property the PIC claimed to have sold were either not sold or were not paid for, contrary to claims made by the PIC.
He added that some of the seized houses which the PIC claimed were vacant were still being occupied.
He directed the PIC to furnish the House of Representatives committee with up-to-date reports of federal government’s assets sold, amount realised from the sales, those yet to be sold and those under litigation.
Mr Kuye also asked that the PIC must state the amount of money remitted to the federal government from the sales with evidence of remittance, adding that all assets pointed out to the committee but not included in its first report should be forwarded to the House of Representatives committee.
Responding to Mr Kuye’s submissions, the Executive Secretary, PIC, Bala Samid, stated that some of the people occupying government quarters had refused to vacate them.
He added that as soon as the occupants were approached for payment or to vacate the houses they went to court to obtain injunctions restraining the PIC.
“We approached the federal government to report them and the federal government said that we should give them time”.

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