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Mitee Hails Wike Over Projects

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With a visit to the various ongoing health facilities’ rehabilitation projects, Governor Nyesom Wike began activities in Government House last Sunday.
Shortly after inspecting works at some of the hospitals, the governor had a chat with Government House Correspondents. He noted that, among the hospitals being rehabilitated are zonal hospitals, that will provide tertiary and secondary healthcare to the people.
“Work has gone far in these hospitals. We are remodeling the hospitals and ensuring that we revive healthcare across the state.”
Chief Wike, last Monday, played host to the new commander of the 115 Special Operations Group of the Nigerian Airforce, Air Commodore Mahmud Madi.
He praised the effort and gallantry of the Airforce in dislodging terrorists in the North East part of the country saying “without your airpower, it would have been difficult to dislodge Boko Haram terrorists.”
The governor added, “I want to commend the Nigerian Airforce for the sacrifices you have made for the security of the country. Please keep it up.”
In order to ascertain the level of work at the ongoing Bonny/Bille/Nembe Jetty at the old Port Harcourt Township area, Chief Wike inspected the site and addressed youths and traders in the area last Tuesday.
The governor assured them that the project is for the overall benefit of the residents of the area and the riverine communities of Bonny Island, Bille and Nembe in Bayelsa State. He wondered why youths in the community have refused to be employed by the contractor, preferring to act as stumbling blocks to the smooth execution of the project.
There was a State Executive Council meeting last Wednesday and the State Information/Communications Commissioner, Dr. Austin Tam-George-briefed newsmen on the outcome of the meeting presided over by the governor Wike.
Dr. Tam-George said that a 15-member committee for the second year celebration of the Wike led administration has been constituted.
The committee is headed by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government as Chairman while the Commissioner for Housing will serve as Secretary, Commissioners for Information, Works, Sports, Women Affairs, Head of Service, and a Permanent Secretary among others were included as members.
Former President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee was a guest of the governor last Wednesday.
Mitee later accompanied Chief Wike to inspect some ongoing projects, which incude the rehabilitation of the Abacha Raod in new GRA in Port Harcourt, the Pleasure Park and State Ecumenical Centre.
Impressed by what he saw, Mitee told newsmen, “This is fantastic, I am impressed. I’m excited by the level of work going on in the state.”
Adding, “the governor has struck a balance of infrastructure with the resources. Therefore, he is able to carry out projects.”
The Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt came calling last Thursday. Governor Wike used the visit to lampoon the – Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom over the recent killings in his state.
Chief Wike observed that Ortom has lost control of his state security and recalled that when similar incidence took place in the state, Ortom, instead of suing for peace, called for emergency rule in Rivers State.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo played host to a delegation of Medical Women who were on an advocacy visit to her. She noted that although efforts have been made to reduce cases of violence against women and the girl child there is still the need to strengthen awareness.
The governor through the deputy governor, addressed the 31st Convocation Granduands of the University of Port Harcourt last Saturday. He said his administration is investing heavily in the education sector due to the fact that education is key in societal development.

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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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