Wike Presents 2019 Budget To Assembly, Monday …Tasks Ex-Servicemen On Members’ Welfare

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The collapsed water tank at one of the hostels of Rivers State University (RSU) built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt. Photo: Nwiueh Donatus Ken

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike is expected to present 2019 appropriation bill on Monday next week, the Speaker of the Assembly Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani gave the indication yesterday during plenary.
Rt. Hon. Ibani urged lawmakers to make themselves available at the budget presentation on Monday 24th of December 2019, as the House is billed to receive the governor and his entourage at the hallowed chambers.
But before hinting about next Monday’s budget presentation, the House received two reports on the Rivers State Arbitration bill 2018, and the Rivers State MultiDoor Court bill 2018.
Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and member representing Emohua State Constituency, Hon. Sam Ogeh laid the report before the House, as he commended members and the public for their contributions.
Recall that a forthnight ago, the House approved the State Medium Term Expenditure Framework.
The framework will provide blueprint for the state budget and fiscal policies in the next three years covering between 2019 – 2021.
Lawmakers had thrown their weight behind the new policy as it will serve as a guide to government in planning revenue and budgetary programmes for the State.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibani described the framework as proactive, “the government is planning for the future, while we are living for today”, he said.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has called on the leadership and members of the Nigerian Legion in the state to reconcile their differences.
Speaking during the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem and Appeal Fund Launching Ceremony yesterday, Governor Wike said that the break-out of factions in the Legion is not necessary.
He said: “I am surprised that up till now you have two factions in the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State. Simply because the State Government gave a grant of N100million to the Legion last year, a major crisis broke out.
“I don’t know who will preside over this year’s donation to the Legion. My suggestion is that for the sake of your members, you have to reconcile”.
Governor Wike launched the Emblem for N10million. He announced that the 23 Local Government Areas of the state will launch the Emblem with N23million.
The governor berated the Service Commanders for sending representatives to the event, saying it was a disservice to the fallen heroes and war veterans.
Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani said that the celebration reminds the country of the roles played by the military in the unity of the country.
He commended the Rivers State Governor for taking the support to the fallen heroes a step further by funding welfare programmes for their widows.
He urged Nigerians to pick up the emblem and donate for the sustenance of the families of the fallen heroes and war veterans.
Representative of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State, Assistant Commander Ekwueme Francis commended the Rivers State Governor for releasing a N100million grant to the Legion for scholarship to the children of the fallen heroes and grants to their widows.
He, however, said that it is unfortunate that the fallen heroes and war veterans are not genuinely appreciated by other members of the society.
Highpoint of the occasion was the decoration of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike with the official emblem.