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Group Endorses Wike For 2nd Term

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The Rivers State Governor,Chief Nyesom Wike may not campaign much during his re- election bid in 2019 following his achievements in developing the state.
The President-General of the Grassroots Development Initiative Worldwide (GDI), Hon Bright Amaewhule, who stated this when members of the GDI lecturers in Rivers State College of Health, Science and Technology, Oro-Owo, Rumueme, visited him in his office last Wednesday, urged all members of the group not to relent in supporting the current administration in the state.
“Governor Wike’s performance in two years has  gone far to speak and campaign for his re-election in 2019. We are not surprised because he has been tested and proven to be worthy leader in other elective and appointed positions he had occupied.
“We are not expecting to campaign much, the work he has done will do the magic in 2019 Governorship elections’’, he said.
He warned that Rivers State cannot afford to go back to the hands of people who cannot develop the state,  assuring that this government would do all it takes to bring the state to a limelight.
Amaewhule recalled that GDI,  as a pressure group, worked for the installation of the present administration in the state because of Wike’s vision to move the state forward, assuring that the group would continue to work and support government efforts to further develop the state through purposeful and visionary leadership in the state.
He stated that GDI promotes the vision and aspirations of members the group  anywhere they found themselves, adding that he was not surprised  that the group was coming to felicitate  with the national officers.
According to him,  “ I am not surprised that leaders and members of the group did not only come to felicitate with the group but have shown that they worked and are ready to continue to work for the group”.
Amaewhule urged the coordinator to see how the message of GDI would be spread to other tertiary institutions in the state, urging the Deputy Provost to link up with  staff and lecturers in other tertiary institutions in the state.
He also urged the lecturers to fall back to their various schools and homes to educate the people to participate and register in the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) registration exercise, explaining that if people get their voters’ card and come out and vote during elections, no matter the  intimidations and harassments, it would not work for those who are planning to rig in the forth coming general elections.
He, however, urged the people to ensure that their votes speak for them during the 2019 election, maintaining that Governor Wike is ready to carry everybody along.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation who also the Deputy Provost of the College,Dr.Chime Onumbu, said the visit was to felicitate with the GDI and the Governor of Rivers State over the successful completion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the state.
Onumbu also commended the Governor for his sterling leadership qualities saying: through his developmental strides in the state,  Governor Nyesom Wike has proved the great truism that GDI members are all great leaders.
‘’ We the GDI members in the College of Health Science and Technology are readily at his service for any appointments to assist fulfill GDI objectives and the  vision of the New Rivers State’’, he said.

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Ayade Orders Recruitment Into Civil Service

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has ordered immediate recruitment into the state civil service to fill the vacuum that may occur due to workers’ retirements.
The new Head of Service (HoS), Mr Timothy Akwaji, disclosed this on Wednesday during his maiden meeting with permanent secretaries on Wednesday in Calabar.
Akwaji said the creation of AkwaIbom from Cross River in 1987 caused a mass exodus of civil servants to the new state, leading to mass recruitment by the state government to fill the attendant vacant positions.
“Most of these workers will be exiting the service, having completed their mandatory 35 years in service and this may create a bureaucratic vacuum if there is no mentoring of those who may be left behind to keep the service running.
“The governor has, therefore, given approval for the recruitment of workers to cushion the effect of the impending mass retirement from the state civil service.”
The Head of Service stressed the need for the permanent secretaries to mentor their subordinates, as directors and for other civil servants to look up to them as role models.
He said mentorship in the service had become necessary to enable civil servants discharge their responsibilities effectively.

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APC Releases Timetable For Nat’l Convention

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The All Progressives Congress has said it will begin the sale of forms for aspirants vying for its national positions ahead of the National Convention from February 14.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, announced this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said, “The APC CECPC at its 19th regular meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the party’s National Secretariat considered and adopted the timetable/schedule of activities for the February 26, APC National Convention.”
According to him, the schedule of activities ahead of the party’s national convention is as seen below:
“Receiving of the interim report of the National Reconciliation Committee, January 31, 2022.
“Consideration and adoption of Reports of State Congresses February 2, 2022.
“Inauguration of the State Executives February 03, 2022.
“Sale of forms to all aspirants vying for National Offices at the APC National Secretariat, February 14, 2022.
“Submission of completed forms and accompanying documents at the APC National Secretariat on or before February 19, 2022.
“Publication of Sub-Committees February 19, 2022.
“Screening of all aspirants vying for National Offices February 20 February 22.
“Screening Appeals to hear and resolve complaints arising from the screening exercise February 23, 2022.
“Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the National Convention – February 24 to February 25, 2022.
“National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee February 26, 2022.
“National Convention Appeal to hear and resolve complaints arising from the National Convention February 28, 2022.”
The APC scribe, at an interaction with newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat, had earlier described as fake, reports that the party’s leadership had zoned its national chairmanship position to a particular zone.
Akpankudohede said the report should be disregarded, adding that there was no decision on that.

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INEC Dismisses Tinubu’s Comment On PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have not expired.
The commission said this while responding to the comment credited to Senator Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking while addressing the women leaders of the party who paid him a visit recently, Tinubu asked voters to obtain new PVCs.
Earlier in the month, after so much speculations, Tinubu formally announced his intention to contest for the 2023 presidency.
“In case they do not announce to you on time, the PVC you have has expired,” Tinubu said.
“Take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors and make sure that the new registration… Because they may not announce to you on time. The PVCs you have have expired. Yes!
“You need to spread it to various local government and wards at each levels. No matter how difficult it is. To me, I look at it closely and you look at other elections being held, you will see that it’s diminishing because those cards (is) expired. It’s mandatory that you go and register to vote and achieve your aspirations. May God bless you and bless Nigeria.”
But reacting, the Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said those who have registered for election do not need to do so again because their cards are valid for future elections.
“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, said that Nigerians who already have their PVCs do not need to register again.
He warned, “In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once.”

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