Activities in Government House, last week, began in a sad note following the revelation by the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, that there is a plot by the Federal Government and her agents to frame him up.
Wike who raised this frightening alarm last Monday, alleged that Federal Government plans to plant illegal items on him in any of his trips outside the shores of Nigerian and have him embarrassed by foreign security agents.
” They plan to organise security to storm the hotel I am staying and say they found XYZ cash in my possession after which they would say I was arrested for currency trafficking or whatever offences outside the country”, he said.
Wike explained that the plan is similar to what was done to Late Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
The Governor said that though he is not scared by the plot but wished to alert the nation and the world of the sinister machinations of the federal government.
Last Tuesday, Wike inaugurated the Rivers State Honours Advisory Committee. The committee is to nominate deserving men and women who have, through their contributions, made the state proud.
Chief Ferdy Anabraba is Chairman of the committee while Sir Chidi Adele is the Secretary.
Other members of the committee are Chief Onueze Okocha, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Ordu, Dr Abiye Sekibo , Dr Peter Medee, and Dr Ikechi Nwogu.
The Governor charged the committee to consider men and women, indigenes and non indigenes who have contributed immensely to the development of the state in various professions.
He noted that the award would be an annual event, stressing that the gesture would encourage people to project the state in enviable light through their talents.
The committee chairman thanked the Governor for the confidence reposed in members and assured him that they would put in their best to deliver good result.
Another major event in Brick House was the visit last Tuesday by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
He regretted a situation where Nigeria answers Big Brother Africa but unable to uphold the rule of law, conduct credible election and institute basic governance process.
He emphasised that every profession has the responsibility to play a role in the development of the country.
The President of the body, Alhaji Muhammadu Zakari commended the Governor for rolling out projects that have stimulated the economy of the state.
He said ICAN is desirous of partnering the state on issues that concern the organisation’s core values and urged the Governor to promote ICAN’s Accountability Index among political leaders in the country
Wike also met with the United State Consul- General in Nigeria, Mr F John Bvay, in Government House, Port Harcourt last Tuesday.
He called on America to partner with Rivers State Government to develop the agric sector and pointed out that such initiative would enhance employment opportunities.
He said Rivers State Government has developed flexible land allocation scheme to agriculture investors.
The Governor also addressed the 2018 Annual Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) section on Legal Practice Conference in PortHarcourt.
He charged legal practitioners in the country to rise up and insist on the relevance of the amended Electoral Act 2010.
Similarly, the Governor called on media practitioners to rise up and defend Nigerians who are suffering untold hardship under the failed APC -led Federal Government.
He made the call when the management of the International Press Institute paid him courtesy visit in Government House.
He regretted that the media was focusing on the rich and abandoning the poor, adding that they should insist on the rule of law.
At a Solidarity Rally organised last Saturday by Rivers South East Senatorial District in Bori, Wike was endorsed for a second term in office because of the numerous developmental projects in the area and appointments to sons and daughters of the district.
Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, signed the bill to prohibit open cattle grazing and trespass of cattle on land in the state into laws.
With the law, Lagos has joined some states in southern Nigeria that have anti-open grazing laws in place.
The law is coming more than two weeks after the September 1 deadline set by the Southern Governors Forum for states.
The governor also signed the Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Agency Bill, into Law.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it is committed to tackling the menace of drug abuse frontally to reduce the ravage among youths in the state.
Sanwo-Olu stated this on Monday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during a courtesy visit by the delegates of Anglican Communion Church of Nigeria, led by the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba.
Sanwo-Olu said his government was building a massive rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejirin to tackle drug abuse, adding that his administration would partner with the Church to ensure that the people lived a better life.
He said governance started from the leadership of spiritual homes, noting that government and church can jointly build a community that would outlive all, while restating the commitment to improve the movement of people on road, water as well as building rail infrastructure to make Lagos a livable city.
Speaking earlier, Ndukuba thanked the governor for partnering with the church in the welfare of the people and commended him for his outstanding performance in tackling Covid-19.
Also present at the courtesy visit were the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tayo Ayinde, Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji, Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, among other dignitaries.
Okowa Tasks NASS On True Federalism
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the National Assembly to embody in the 1999 Constitution being amended, true federalism and independence of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The governor made the call on Monday at a nationwide sensitisation on the review of the existing revenue allocation formula held at Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
He explained that an independent RMAFC would carry out its functions independently, including laying its proposals directly before the National Assembly for approval.
According to the governor, the current practice where recommendations of the commission are presented to the President has led to the non-review of the revenue allocation formula since 1992 as no President demonstrated the political will to forward the amendments to the parliament.
He commended RMAFC for ongoing sensitisation of the states before a zonal exercise where recommendations from the states would be received.
“For quite some time a lot of talks have gone on in the revenue allocation and it’s very unfortunate that in this country we are still operating a revenue allocation formula that was actually reviewed in 1992.
“As we look forward to a new revenue allocation formula, we hope that you come out with something that is fair, justifiable and equitable.
“But, the challenge is that when you have done all this work, you are going to eventually, by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, lay this before the President and the President ought to lay it before the National Assembly.
“There is a challenge there and there has always been a challenge there, because what is there in our laws that will ensure that the President lays the recommendations of RMAFC before the National Assembly?
“We hope that the National Assembly takes a look at this amendment because RMAFC is supposed to be an independent commission, a commission on behalf of all federating units and component parts of the federation.
“They cannot tie your hands; the constitution ought to be amended to enable chairman of RMAFC to directly lay before the national assembly whatever review it has come up with so that nobody stands it down,’’ he said.
Okowa stated that the National Assembly must do what was right because “a nation is a nation.
Reps Query Presidential Committee Over Assets Seized From Past Leaders
The House of Representatives on Monday ordered the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Landed Property to produce reports of all assets seized from former Nigerian leaders.
Members were more particular about the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, whose property and money were recovered by the Federal Government.
The chairman, ad-hoc Committee on Abandoned Property, Ademora Kuye, said the House wanted a report on all assets seized from Nigerian leaders in and out of Nigeria, particularly Abacha.
He said this when the Executive Secretary of PIC appeared before the committee in Abuja.
“We need to know the state of those property and to also know if the property have titles of deed,’’ Mr Kuye said.
The committee also queried the sale of federal government’s assets held in trust by the PIC.
Mr Kuye said the committee discovered that some of the property the PIC claimed to have sold were either not sold or were not paid for, contrary to claims made by the PIC.
He added that some of the seized houses which the PIC claimed were vacant were still being occupied.
He directed the PIC to furnish the House of Representatives committee with up-to-date reports of federal government’s assets sold, amount realised from the sales, those yet to be sold and those under litigation.
Mr Kuye also asked that the PIC must state the amount of money remitted to the federal government from the sales with evidence of remittance, adding that all assets pointed out to the committee but not included in its first report should be forwarded to the House of Representatives committee.
Responding to Mr Kuye’s submissions, the Executive Secretary, PIC, Bala Samid, stated that some of the people occupying government quarters had refused to vacate them.
He added that as soon as the occupants were approached for payment or to vacate the houses they went to court to obtain injunctions restraining the PIC.
“We approached the federal government to report them and the federal government said that we should give them time”.
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