In the past two weeks, Nigerian heavy weights have continued to troop into Rivers State to commission one project or the other.
These top personalities cut across party platforms, tribe, religion and any major divide in the country.
The former Head of State, Gen Abdusalami Abubakar, erstwhile Governor of Delta State. Chief James Ibori. Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu Senate Minority Leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, and PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus amongst others , were in the state to individually commission various projects executed by Governor Wike.
Last week, Rivers State also played host to the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, as well as the Speaker , House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara who came to commission the Abacha Road and the Woji- Elelenwo Dual Carriage Way and Bridge, respectively.
At the commissioning ceremony, each of the personalities had expressed delight at the huge projects especially at a period when economy of the nation is faced with recession.
The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe declared that Rivers people are lucky to be blessed with a governor as Wike, saying the Governor is a man committed to fulfill promises he made to the people.
Wike explained that the feat became possible because of his administration’s ability to prudently manage the available resources in the state and the great love he has for the people of the state who gave him their mandate to be their Governor and promised to continue to give them good governance and more people-oriented projects in return.
Wike, last Friday alerted, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) is inviting the contractors doing projects in the state over the authenticity of the numerous projects, suspecting that the projects are fake.
He also alleged that Federal Government has excluded Rivers State from the refund to States the money they used in executing Federal projects in the various state in spite of the fact that some of the projects he executed in Rivers State are their responsibilities.
Another major event in Government House last week was the investiture of Governor Wike as a Patron of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Rivers State Charter.
The N I P R also honoured the governor with its Honorary Fellow Award.
The National President of the body, Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, who performed the ceremony said the honor was in recognition of the massive infrastructural development being experienced in the state as a result of Wike’s good governance.
‘Reps Passed 88 Bills In Two Years’
The House of Representatives has passed 88 bills out of 1407 bills in the past two years, its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has said.
The House clocked two years on June 11 and has two years left.
Mr Kalu had earlier released different data on the status of legislative activities. However, The Tide source is yet to independently verify this latest data.
Mr Kalu had claimed that the House considered 853 bills and 41 of them passed, in the previous statement.
According to the new statement released on Friday, a total of 554 bills were introduced between June 2020 and June 2021. It was a sharp decline considering that the House introduced 853 bills between June 2019 and June 2020.
Although the decline could be blamed on the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The accurate number of bills considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021 is 1407 out of which the House has passed 88 bills.
“Additionally, the accurate number of motions considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021, is 730 out of which the House has made 98 resolutions on security issues.”
The data released by the lawmaker shows that while the introduction of bills has been easy, the progression of bills has been very slow.
A total of 942 bills are awaiting second reading, only 327 bills have been referred to committees, and 79 are awaiting committee of the whole consideration.
Within the same period, 730 motions were considered by the House. However, out of the 663 referred to committees, only 40 reports have been laid, and only six have been considered by the House.
Legislative activities suffered a great deal in 2020 due to the breakout of Covid-19. The National Assembly was shut down for about two months between March 2020 and May 2020.
At a point, the plenary was reduced to once a week.
However, the lawmakers did not help the situation by embarking on holidays at the slightest opportunity, thereby missing deadlines on passage of key legislation.
Also, a review of the legislative agenda of the House by The Tide source shows that the lawmakers are far behind in fulfilling their agenda.
Accord To Contest In 12 LGAs
Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Its Publicity Secretary, Dele Oladeji, told newsmen in Lagos, yesterday that the party chose to contest only in its areas of strength rather than dissipate energy across the state.
He said Accord Party would contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in Somolu, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Igando-Ikotun, Agbado Okeodo, Agege, Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ikorodu, Oshodi/Isolo, and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs/LCDAs.
Oladeji said that the party had a good outing in these councils at the last council elections in 2017.
“We are set for the election and we are competing in our local governments of strength where we won in 2017.
“We are set to repeat the same feat and even win more than the eight councillorship seats we won in 2017 to become the only opposition party in the local government administration in Lagos State,’’ he said.
Oladeji said that the party was ready to go to court wherever its mandate was stolen as it did in 2017 local government elections.
“As against 2017 when we went to court only in few areas to get back our rigged mandate, this year, we will go to court in any number of local government areas where our mandate is perceived to have been stolen through rigging.
“As the only opposition party in the local government’s administration of Lagos State, we have retained the abiding hope of Lagos residents as the alternative party.”
Okorocha Cautions Igbos On Secession
The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the South-East against their agitations for Nigeria’s breakup.
Okorocha warned that Igbos would be the worst hit if Nigeria breaks up.
The former Imo State Governor spoke in Abuja while addressing some women groups yesterday.
Okorocha stressed that the South- East should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration.
The lawmaker stressed that Igbos are nationalistic in nature, hence they should dismiss the urge for Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbos will lose more if Nigeria divides.
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbos. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
South-East groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereignty State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been agitating for the disintegration of Nigeria.
IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has been in the forefront, calling for Biafra’s actualisation.
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