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Rivers Women Dump APC For PDP …Endorse Wike For Second Term …As ONELGA Women Hail Gov For Restoring Peace

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Thousands of women members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State last Monday, dumped their party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The women mostly drawn from the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state defected during a thank-you-visit of ONELGA women to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for restoring peace to the local government area.
Spokesperson of the decampees, Gladys Ajie said their decision to defect was predicated on the good works done by the governor.
She said: “You are, indeed, a good man, and we have seen what you have done.
“We have been under bondage of APC and have come today to surrender.
“Since we do not have peace in APC, we have decided to come to PDP”.
Responding to the decampees, Governor Nyesom Wike and the state PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, welcomed the decampees to PDP, and assured them of equal opportunities in the party.
Obuah asked the decampees to drop the brooms they were clinching in their hands.
“You are covered by the great umbrella. I want to assure you, after today, join them to wear Rivers and ONELGA colour. I assure you of the dividends of democracy”, Obuah said.
Thousands of women from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) had stormed Government House, Port Harcourt, last Monday, to pay a thank-you-visit to Governor Nyesom Wike for restoring peace and security in the area.
The women also lauded the governor for his outstanding performance, and endorsed him for a second term in office.
Spokesperson of the group, Dr. Grace Akolokwu said the women, numbering about 30,000, were drawn from various groups in the six geographical zones to appreciate the governor for his timely intervention in arresting the security challenges that plagued the local government area for over eight years, and subsequent restoration of peace.
Akolokwu said: “The criminal breaches saw our homeland battered, lives and property destroyed; economic activities disrupted”.
She also noted that subsistence agriculture and small scale commercial and other businesses which were hallmarks of the rural women were completely dislocated, thereby, turning most of the rural women and children into internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The ONELGA women spokesperson said with the intervention of the governor, the ugly story changed as peace has returned to the area with schools re-opened and socio-economic life, back to normalcy.
“As women of ONELGA, we hereby convey our sincere thanks for successfully initiating the peace process and for rebuilding our LGA as major economic centre of the state through the award of several physical infrastructure projects and empowerment programmes”, Akolokwu stated.
She listed Omoku–Egbema dual carriage road, Akabuka-Okposi road expansion and upgrade, Omoku Modern Zonal Hospital, Omoku internal roads, the shore protection and erosion control projects, amongst others, as key projects embarked upon by the governor in the area.
The group, however, appealed for a special grant to execute and complete drinking water processing scheme, emergence of a woman as the next chairman of the Local Government Council, stressing that like all internally displaced persons, ONELGA women request special package from the governor to effectively recover.
The women urged Wike to heed the call to contest for a second term to enable him continue the good works he was doing for the people.
The Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike while responding, announced the setting up of a fund to assist the less privileged recover from the negative effect of the prolonged insecurity in the area, and advised them to use the funds wisely to better their lives.
“We are committed to the empowerment of women. We shall, therefore, set up a fund that will give grants to women of ONELGA because of the insecurity challenges they faced. Please, invest the funds wisely”, he pleaded.
The governor directed the Commissioner for Water Resources to work with stakeholders in the area to set up a water processing plant, and assured ONELGA people that his administration will continue to work towards the improvement of security for economic stability in ONELGA.
The governor said; “I will not sit down in Government House and allow criminals torment the people. Wherever these criminals are, we will track them down”.
In appreciation of the governor’s efforts, the women presented a special plaque to him.

 

Chris Oluoh

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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator Congratulates Hon (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike On Her Birthday

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As the wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike celebrates her birthday anniversary on Sunday, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with the First Lady, describing her as a rare gift to the State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Bro. Obuah in a congratulatory message also described Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as a simple, loving, caring and trustworthy mother who has remained a pillar of strength to her husband in the task of administering the State.
He lauded the Governor’s wife for her steadfastness and being a role model for women, noting that her wonderful virtues are worthy of emulation.
While stressing that behind a successful man, there is a good wife, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator added that the blessed companionship of the First Lady and her husband has contributed in no small measure in navigating the ship of Rivers State into a glorious era.
His words: “As you mark your birthday today, I bring you best wishes and good tidings from my beloved wife and family, as well as workers of the Rivers Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, who are appreciative of all that you are doing to advance the cause and dignity of Rivers people”.
Bro. Obuah prayed that the birthday would bring to the Governor’s wife, an extra share of everything that would make her the happiest in life.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further prayed God to grant the Rivers First Lady long and prosperous life for the overall benefit of the State and to the glory of God.
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