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Still In Projects’ Business: The NEW Example

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It was our Lord Jesus Christ who declared in Luke 9:62 that : “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God”.  This is the guiding principle of Nigeria’s best performing governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Despite the electioneering period, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has continued the funding and delivery of key projects in different parts of the state.
The governor remains committed to the completion of ongoing projects in the interest of the people of the state. In Rivers West and Rivers South-East Senatorial Districts, key projects are ongoing to improve the living condition of the people.
Speaking on projects delivery recently, Governor Wike said that his administration will never abandon  any project because the revival of Rivers State is more important than any other consideration.
The governor said that the reason why he is in politics is to move the state forward and transform the lives of the people.
In Rivers West Senatorial District, Government Secondary School Okarki in Ahoada West Local Government Area flagged off for reconstruction by Governor Wike is progressing satisfactorily.
The people of the area are happy with  the progress of work. They endorsed Governor Wike for a second term, stating that he needs time to continue with his projects delivery.
Chairman of Ahoada West Local Government Area, Honourable Hope Ikiriko, captures the importance of Governor Wike’s projects in the area.
He said: The governor has done two basic projects in Ahoada West Local   Government Area. One in the educational sector and the other in basic infrastructure,which is a road project.  Government  Secondary School in Okarki is an old school that has been there since the 60s and subsequent administrations just watched the school, go down and decay.  The school was no more, in fact we can’t even remember students who go there again, just one structure that was there but he came in and saw that the dreams of our founding  fathers were eroded and he took it upon himself to bring the school back to life.
“So what we have there now is a complete high school facility, which has to do with laboratory, classrooms, administration blocks, hostels, dining , ICT and sports facilities. It has brought back the basic dream and vision of any government as it was before, if you go there now the project that started few months ago is nearing  completion.
“The other one is the road project at Ojoko. The road was abandoned for so many years. Our governor now has come back, to reconstruct the road. If you go there now,it is a wonderful road.  These two projects,  I can say, if you carry out  the need assessment  in the area, you will realise  that these are the two major things that the people need. That is why I give credit to our Governor for feeling the pains of the people. He does not just site projects here and there. He sites  projects that impact on the people, like the secondary school, it has brought up several great men in Ahoada West  Local Government Area.”
Also,  Mr. Gift Ade from Okarki community thanked the Rivers State Governor for his investment in the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School, Okarki. He said that the community will repay him by voting massively for him in 2019.
Ade said: “We are voting him to power for him to continue his job.   Previously, the place was not functioning.  The building was not in good order. They are bringing back the secondary school to life. We pray that God should give him more grace  so that he will continue doing our projects.  He is trying for us, he even promised to do our road.  We thank Governor Wike very much, we welcome him, by 2019,we will endorse him to continue”.
Harry Ogono, a native of Okarki, had this to say: “I was a civil servant before, a retired civil servant. We thank our Governor so much. We don’t know that he can do such a good thing for us, here in Okarki. This project will lift us up and give us a name.”
The intervention of Governor Wike in Asari-Toru LGA is legendary.  The General Hospital, Buguma has been reconstructed.  The project will be delivered in the coming weeks.  The state government is ready to equip the health facility in line with the goal of the administration.
In addition, the Rivers State Governor is expanding the landscape of Asari-Toru Local Government Area through the sand-filling and land reclamation project at Abalama.
Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area Chief Odiari Princewill, praised the Rivers State Governor for the two projects that  have impacted the lives of the people.
He said: “His Excellency, Ezenwo Wike, the Governor of Rivers State,  I say thank you for giving us something like this. This hospital has been neglected for long. For more than twenty years , nobody was coming here. Now everything has changed.  The hospital is now alive”.
On the Abalama sand-filling project, Mr Ofori Brown said: “I am a bonifide member of Abalama, the Alabama of Kalabari land . Right here, where I am standing had been a mangrove, entirely covered with mangrove trees and water,  but because Abalama is entirely for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and because our sons, Alabo George Kelly, Enemi Alabo George and the rest of us worked tirelessly with his Excellency,  Mr Project,  he promised us a project and today it is a living testimony because where I am standing,  there is a beautiful sand-filled project ongoing and the Governor has also in his magnanimity done couple of projects in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, like the General Hospital particularly in Buguma.”
Also on the project in Abalama, Mrs Tamunotonye Iyalla said the people of Asari-Toru Local Government Area will remain grateful to the Rivers State Governor for the Abalama sand-filling project which has improved the economy of the area.
In Khana Local Government Area, the dualisation of the iconic Sakpenwa-Bori road started by the Wike administration is nearing completion and getting ready  for commissioning.
It is the same story at the Zonal Hospital, Bori . This project abandoned by the failed Amaechi administration at less than 20 per cent completion is about to be completed.  Work has reached 85per cent completion.
The governor has vowed to continue the execution of projects, irrespective of the political reality of the time. From day one till when the governor’s mandate will be revalidated in 2019, work will continue unabated.
Governor Wike came for projects delivery and he is still in this life changing business.  No local government area has been excluded from the rollout of projects.  This is a united Rivers State, where everyone is given a sense of belonging.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.

 

Simeon Nwakaudu

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Sanwo-Olu Assures On Reduction Of Food Prices

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured residents of the state that the various interventions by his administration in the agriculture sector would soon put an end to the astronomic rise in food prices in the market.
The governor gave the assurance on Friday at the flag-off of distribution of agricultural productive assets and inputs under the 2021 Agricultural Value Chains Enterprise Activation Programme, with over 3000 agripreneurs empowered.
Sanwo-Olu said that breaking the shackle of dependency on foreign countries and states for food supplies was in line with his administration’s THEMES agenda for job and wealth creation as well as food sufficiency.
He stated that the empowerment scheme was a demonstration to the development, expansion and growth of agriculture in Lagos by providing tools, deploying innovation and creativity that would make it easier for all farmers to grow high quality crops, thereby raising their inputs to feed Lagosians and Nigerians.
The governor said that his administration was putting in place various interventions which included wholesale agriculture hub, urging farmers, youths and beneficiaries to work hard to nurture their businesses to maturity by building a sustainable wealth.
“We have emerged wiser and more determined to succeed in creating and nurturing a viable agribusiness sector in Lagos State. We may be Nigeria’s smallest state by land mass, lacking the large tracts of land available to others, but we will not allow that to stand in the way of our vision.
“We will maximise the little we have, while also deploying the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit we are known for, to create new opportunities to feed ourselves and feed Nigeria, and create economic growth and prosperity through agriculture”, he said.
 The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said that 70 per cent of the beneficiaries of the programme were youths and women chosen from the Lagos Agripreneurship programme (LAP), Agric YES programme, and value chain associations.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Monorail Project, A Waste Of Rivers Resources – GDI

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The Monorail Project that was abandoned by the Chibuike Amaechi-led administration in Rivers State has been described as a complete waste of state resources.
President-General of the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), worldwide, Bright Amehule, in an interaction with journalists at the weekend, alleged that the former state governor used the monorail project to squander Rivers money.
He said that the monorail was not desirable as at when it was embarked upon, adding that the money sunk into the project would have been used for more people oriented projects. 
According to the GDI boss, the state has not reached the stage where the monorail is necessary.
“We have not reached the stage of development where we will need monorail. Where is the power to run it ? We have not grown to the stage to run it, as we have observed in other developed countries.
“We need power to run the monorail, but even the power project former governor Peter Odilli executed was sold by Amaechi. He squandered the money he sold the power project built by Odili without giving account of it.
“There is just little to show for the huge amount of money spent on the monorail and the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority”, he said.
On account of his stewardship as the coordinator of taskforce on Street Trading and Illegal Parking, Amehule said that he performed his duties well, but pointed out  that no individual can satisfy everybody, irrespective of how the person tries.
He said that the state government engaged over 600 youths as task force men, adding that the state government is doing its best to ensure youths employment in the state. 
According to him, the state government has taken steps to provide employment through numerous projects such as the Cassava Plant at Oyigbo, the recent partnership with South Korea, numerous construction works being handled by Julius Berger, and the expansion of the Rivers State University, among others.

By: Corlins Walter

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SON Procures Warehouse For Goods’ Testing

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In a bid to stop the practice of arresting containers released at the seaports on the highways by its officials, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has procured a warehouse around the port where suspicious goods will be taken to for testing.
The Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim who disclosed this at a one day capacity building workshop for journalists organized by SON in Lagos, recently, said that rather than blocking suspicious goods at the port and delay other legitimate businesses coming through, they would just take those containers to their warehouse and conduct their test.
Salim explained that after testing, if the goods were found to be okay, they would release them but if the goods were found not to be okay, they (SON officials) would show those individuals how to fix the products if the products were fixable, adding that where they were not fixable; the SON would destroy them in line with their mandate.
Salim explained that the idea was to encourage ease of doing business at the seaport, saying the organisation does not want bottlenecks and bureaucracy that would stop people from achieving their legitimate goals.
He assured that the SON management would continue to rejig the system to make it more efficient.
According to him: “We have done so many changes over the years. For example, we have our own warehouse right by the port where goods that are suspicious, instead of blocking them in the port and delay other legitimate businesses coming through, we just take those containers to our warehouse which are nearby and because we have a very high professional and efficient lab in this country, we do our test, if the goods are okay, we release them. If the goods are not okay, we show those individuals how to fix those products if they are fixable, if they are not fixable; we destroy them which is our legitimate mandate by the government and by the National Assembly”.
He emphasised that it was the SON’s responsibility to make sure that every goods that enter the country are up to standard.  
He said: “We make sure there are consequences to any product and that any person producing substandard products will have to pay one way or the other. We will have to make sure that there are consequences for individuals buying fake products and injuring our people. We are to make sure manufacturers of goods; building materials are up to standards because collapsing buildings are not discriminatory. 
“We, as an organisation, are committed to improving our responsibility. If we expect standards from people, we have to three times inspect how we handle ourselves. So, over the years, we have collaborated with market associations, we have collaborated with importers’ associations even though our responsibility is primarily to help our local producers but Nigeria has importers and they are legitimate businessmen and they are importing things that are needed in Nigeria. So, our responsibility is to make sure that whatever comes to this country is standard, is good, is not going to harm our people and our local industry”.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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