The recent dissolution of Rivers State Executive Council by Governor Nyesom Wike has been described as a normal administrative exercise designed to revitalise and reposition the machinery of governance for enhanced service delivery.
This was the view of the former Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh while fielding questions from journalists during the Election Thanksgiving Service in honour of Majority Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Evans Bipi at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Ogu, last Sunday.
Emeh said that the governor was versed in democratic governance, having been in government for some time, and should appreciate when to re-organise the operators for more efficient and effective delivery of his commitment to the people, urging the citizens not to read any extraneous motives to the well-thought out decision.
The political strategist and lawyer advised opposition politicians who lack sufficient information and knowledge of the rudiments of administration, to stop intruding into the official rights of the governor of the state.
Emeh maintained that, in the past two years, Wike has instilled a consciousness, promoted fresh commitment to the values of efficient performance and installed very dynamic mechanism for close monitoring and control in government business.
The former Commissioner for Transport under former Governor Peter Odili, described Wike as an articulate and coordinated manager of men and resources, and also prescribed solutions to problems within the framework of a more ideological perspective, with the conscious and supremely patriotic commitment to harness scarce resources to accelerate the development of the state.
Emeh called on the people of the state to disregard the baseless negative imputations to the dissolution of the executive council, and continue to give Wike maximum support.
Meanwhile, a former Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, has advised youth from Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State to continue to give unalloyed support to the present administration in the state under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike.
Emeh, who was also a former Transport Commissioner in the government of Dr Peter Odili, was speaking when a youth group known as EMOLGA Vanguards for Good Governance paid him a courtesy visit at his Port Harcourt residence, last Saturday.
He told his visitors that Wike has done so well that he has redefined the criteria for entrusting leadership on any one, as ability to perform rather than those age-long primordial sentiments should be the determining factor.
The political strategist urged Rivers people to continue to show loyalty and support to the Golden Jubilee triple award-winning governor, describing Wike as “a leader we trust”.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mr Kemka Amadi, had commended Chief Emeh Glory Emeh for returning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stressing that the decision was in the right direction.
Amadi also commended the governor for his development strides in the short period of two years in office, pledging the unwavering support of the youth, and the entire people of Emohua to the PDP and NEW Rivers Vision administration in the state.
In a related development, some members of the Peoples Democratic Party from Ward 4 in Emohua Local Government Area led by Kelechi Woha, last Monday, visited the Emohua-born political strategist in his Port Harcourt residence to brief him on current developments in the area, including the challenges facing them.
Responding, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh promised to liaise with other leaders in the ward to find solutions to the issues raised, assuring that the interest of all stakeholders would be protected and accommodated by the administration of Wike.
He urged them to continue to remain loyal to the PDP, and also support the policies and programmes of the state government.
Emeh also met with some politicians from the Ogoni ethnic nationality who visited him in Port Harcourt for some consultations.
Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity
Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.
The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.
It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.
Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.
Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.
Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments
President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.
The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.
According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.
He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.
Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.
The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.
He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.
On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.
He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.
“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.
“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.
“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.
”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.
“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.
“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.
On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.
On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.
According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.
The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”
Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari
Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.
The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.
Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.
He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.
He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.
“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.
“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.
“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”
He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.
This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.
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