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$1bn ECA Withdrawal May Tear NASS, Presidency Apart

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A fresh crisis is now looming between the executive and the legislature over the planned $1billion withdrawal from the Excess Crude Account, ECA to fight the Boko Haram war as both the Chambers of the National Assembly resume plenary tomorrow.
It was authoritatively gathered yesterday that plan has been concluded for a show down in the House of Representatives with the Presidency over the deduction of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA)to finance the Boko Haram war which they claimed to be illegal and unconstitutional.
Sources disclosed that the rejection may come either through a motion or point of order in the House of Representatives so that members could express their displeasure on the step taken by the president without the approval of the National Assembly in line with the laws of the land .
In view of this development, there was a sharp division among members as some loyal members to presidency vowed to resist the move while they kicking against it are seriously lobbying their colleagues to support them especially opposition members.
At the novelty March yesterday organised to mark the birthday of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, members who preferred to speak on the condition of anonymity stated that plans have been concluded on the matter.
Some of them claimed that” what is not good is not good, what is illegal is illegal, National Assembly has to check the excesses of the executive”.
The Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris had last Saturday claimed that since the National Economic Council, NEC, had approved the withdrawal of the amount there was no longer need for the approval of the National Assembly.
Idris faulted the claim by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose who said the action was illegal, saying that the Governor was part of the NEC and that he did not protest while the decision was being taken.

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Rivers State Government Announces Closure Of Markets

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The Rivers State Government wish to draw the attention of the general public to the following:
(1) Oginiba Slaughter Market is no longer in existence for now. Government warns that anybody who goes there for any form of business will face the full wrath of the law.
(2) Oil Mill Market has been closed down. All those using Igbo-Etche Road as an alternative illegal market are hereby warned to desist forthwith or risk destruction of their goods.
(3) Mbiama Market has been closed down. Any attempt to continue trading activities there will lead to the complete destruction of the market.
(4) Government has not approved any Goat Market along Elele/Ahoada stretch of the East-West Road.
(5) The Chairmen of Emohua and Ahoada-East Local Government Areas are hereby directed to ensure that the illegal Goat Market along Elele/Ahoada stretch of the East- West Road is shut down immediately.
Paulinus Nsirim

Commissioner for Information and Communications.

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COVID-19: Rivers State Government Launches Free Bus Scheme …To Operate From 6:30am To 7pm Daily

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Rivers State Government has launched a COVID-19 Free Bus Scheme to cushion the effect of the pandemic on citizens.

Inaugurating the Scheme in Port Harcourt today, the Commissioner for  Transport,  Mr. Sunny Ejekwu commended the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for the initiative which is the first of it’s kind in the country.

Mr. Ejekwu stated that the buses will ply Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt, Oyigbo and Eleme Local Government Areas as a pilot scheme.

“With the launch of this scheme, you can feel the pulse of a  Governor that is concerned about the health and welfare of Rivers people.

 

“Since the outbreak of Covid-19  pandemic, Governor Wike has done so much to show his love for his people. You remember that in terms of palliatives he has spent a lot of resources besides the facilities he has put in place for the safety of the people,” he stated.

He said the 28 luxury buses will operate strictly in line with advisories on social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and wearing of face masks.

The buses, he said, will pick and drop passengers only at designated bus stops.

The commissioner added  that the buses will operate from 6:30 am  to 7 pm daily.

 

Also speaking, the  Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim, described the Free Bus Scheme as “a gift you get from a compassionate and visionary leader.”

He called on  Rivers people to appreciate the fact that Governor Wike is desirous to make sure that they do not  suffer during this period.

A cross section of  commuters expressed happiness with the initiative of Governor Wike.

Mercy  Nna  said she could not believe that government will provide such a free service.

Another commuter Emmanuel Mbang described the  initiative as very commendable and thanked Governor Wike for the gesture.

 

Recall that on May 27, 2020 the State Executive Council Meeting presided over by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt approved the implementation of the Free Bus Scheme.

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Rivers State Begins Decontamination Exercise

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His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON GSSRS POS Africa, Governor of Rivers State Launching of Rivers State Government Decontamination team for Sars-Cov2 (Covid-19) at Government House, Port Harcourt on the 1st of June 2020.

The Rivers State Government has kick started the decontamination of public places as part of measures to keep the state safe from  coronavirus.

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who flagged off the programme today at Government House, Port Harcourt, said with the commencement of the exercise, all public places in the state will be decontaminated.

He restated his administration’s commitment to the protection of the lives of everyone living and doing business in the state.

 

”I have always said that the lives of Rivers people and those living and doing business in the state is paramount. Part of the reason why markets are still shut is because we have not decontaminated them.

“As we decontaminate the markets, particularly the ones in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Area, traders will undertake to abide by all relevant protocols because we are talking about the lives of people.

“All public and private schools will be decontaminated before schools open. Churches and motor parks will also be decontaminated,” he stated.

The Governor reiterated that coronavirus is real and that people who denied its existence  have started believing due to the number of persons that had died.

 

He warned that government will not allow recalcitrant persons who refuse to obey government advisories to infect law abiding citizens with the virus.

“This issue of COVID- 19 is real and government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises,” he said.

He urged the  Decontamination Team not to compromise standards  but to put in their best to ensure that the entire state is decontaminated.

 

In his speech, the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah said the Decontamination Team made up of medical and environmental experts was put in place in line with the governor’s directives to decontaminate public places in the state.

The Leader of the  Decontamination Team, Dr. Ian Abraham Gobo pledged that the team will carry out the exercise with utmost dedication.

He commended the Governor for putting Rivers people first in his fight against COVID-19,adding that the decontamination of the state will give the people a new lease of live when normal business activities resume.

 

 

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