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We’ll Stand By Dismissed Police Officers – Wike

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The New Year Banquet threw the curtain open for the week and year in Government House last week. The launching of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem for fallen soldiers also took centre stage in the past week.
The State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike who joined the guests and other citizens of the state to celebrate the New Year, thanked God Almighty for His infinite mercies. He said, “This is a unique banquet because this is jubilee year for our state. 2017 will be a prosperous year for Rivers State.”
Chief Wike lauded the security agencies for their effort in making the state safe for all citizens and urged them to put more effort in the new year to ensure safety of lives and property of all Rivers people.
Enumerating his plans for the year, the Rivers State Chief Executive said all ongoing projects will commence in earnest this new year. He specifically mentioned the Sakpenwa/Bori Road and the Andoni/Opobo Unity Road among other projects that will get priority attention in 2017.
The governor on Wednesday last week played host to the Managing Director of Independent Newspapers, Mr. Ted Iwere and later hosted the new General Officer Commending (GOC) of the 6th Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Maj. General K. I. Abdulkarim.
Within the week, Chief Wike met with Caretaker Chairmen of Local Government Areas.
Following the sudden sack of policemen, under the governor’s security/convoy by the Police Service Commissioner on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George released a statement on Thursday condemning the action.
In the statement, Dr. Tam-George noted with dissatisfaction the way and manner the six policemen attached to the governor’s security were dismissed from service following an unfair and secret trial by the police authorities in Abuja,.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communication said the action displays lack of professionalism and respect for human rights in the Nigeria Police Force. He continued, “the dismissed officers committed no crime, other than foiled a carefully-orchestrated electoral heist by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Nigeria Police Force.”
The governor on Saturday last week during a “welcome back: ceremony for High Chief Cassidy Ikegbidi in Ahoada reiterated the commissioner’s statement. Chief Wike said, “Rivers State will stand by the sacked police officers forever.”
He stressed that no amount of intimidation will make the State Government to abandon the dismissed police officers, as it’s ready to pursue the matter to a logical conclusion.
On the return of Chief Ikegbidi to the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the governor charged the former Ahaoda-East Local Government Chairman to stand firm even in the face of intimidation and persecution.
Chief Wike described Chief Ikegbidi as one who stands for what he believes in and for standing firm with Senator Ossy Ideozu to win the area.
He used the ceremony to announce plans to construct some abandoned roads, which include Ochiba/Uzochi Road, Ahaoda/Udereke Ihugbogo Road and Odiokwu/Uzbeta/Odereke Road, Chief Wike also announced the elevation of Akporo Traditional Ruler to a second class.

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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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