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Rivers PDP Inaugurates Campaign Committee, Tomorrow

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State chapter yesterday, constituted its campaign council that will usher the party to overwhelming victory at all levels in the 2019 general elections.

A statement issued from the party Secretariat in Port Harcourt said members of the campaign council will be inaugurated at the main auditorium of the party’s State campaign office, number 10, Aba Road, Opposite Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt at 2pm tomorrow, Thursday, December 27, 2018.

The statement directed all appointees to be seated by 1.30pm for the inauguration. Below is details of the comprehensive list of the members.

 

RIVERS STATE PDP CAMPAIGN COUNCIL FOR 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS

1.Chief Ferdinand Alabraba            –           Chairman 
2.Brother Felix Obuah                      –           Deputy Chairman 
3.Dr. A. J. Beredugo                          –           Secretary 
4.Sen. Olaka Nwogu                         –           Presidential Election Co-ordinator 
5.Ambassador Desmond Akawor –           Director-General 
6.All Members of PDP State Exco 
7.All Council Chairmen 
8.All Commissioners 
9.All Special Advisers 
10.All National Assembly Candidates 
11.All State Assembly Candidates 
12.Principal Officers of the State Assembly who are still Members of PDP 
13.All National Assembly Members who are still Members of PDP 
14.All Former Principal Officers of the National Assembly who are still Members of PDP 
15.All Former Governors and Deputy Governors who are still Members of PDP 
16.All L.G.A. GDI Co-ordinators 
17.All L.G.A. WSM Co-ordinators 
18.All L.G.A. Liaison Officers 
19.All L.G.A. Co-ordinators of Wike For Positive Change 
20.All L.G.A. Co-ordinators of 1 Million Youth March 
21.All Former Ministers who are still Members of PDP 
22.All L.G.A. Party Chairmen 
23.All Former National Assembly Members who are still Members of PDP 
24.All the L.G.A. Campaign Co-ordinators 
25.Engr. Emeka Woke,  Chief of Staff, Government House 
26.Chief Kenneth Kobani, Secretary to the State Government 
27.Hon. Zik Nwaikiri 
28.Hon. Azubuike Nwadibia 
29.Dr. Sunny Ajie 
30.Bassey Adoma 
31.Newton Ogina 
32.Chukwuemeka Amirize 
33.Pastor Princewill Ezekwe 
34.Chief Peter Ubaka 
35.Justice Ugada 
36.Ifeanyi Ukabunwa 
37.Hon. Christopher Oburu 
38.Anthony Okanu 
39.Barr. Osi Olisah 
40.Chief Ofili Enebeli 
41.Hon. Pleasant Braide 
42.Prof. V.O.T. Omuaru 
43.Hon. Ombo Benibo 
44.Hon. Ipalibo Sogules 
45.Hon. Ene Dateme 
46.Sir Tom Sogules 
47.Hon. Okorite Carrie Adiele (Mrs) 
48.Chief Hon. Tonye Tyger 
49.Mr. Amabera Ekine 
50.Engr. Okpete Ovai F. 
51.Chief Hon. Abiye Davies 
52.Hon. Thankgod Inume 
53.Ugochukwu J. Ekpe 
54.Victor Godwin 
55.Godson Okere 
56.Obenachi Ekeke 
57.Dr. Nkem Ihute 
58.Sunny Onyeukwu 
59.Maxwell Okafor Ekeh 
60.Godson C. Oyegorom 
61.Hon. Okechukwu Akara 
62.Temple Nwankwo 
63.Kenneth C. Gbali 
64.Kingsley U. Uforji 
65.Hon. Kennedy Nwogu 
66.Juliet Owoh Anelechi 
67.Victor Ephraim 
68.Chief Hon. Azubuike Nmerukini 
69.Samuel Amos 
70.Chief Hon. Anthony Akarolo 
71.Sir Alaye Eremie 
72.Mr. Ferdinand Inimgba 
73.Chief Okwu Thomas 
74.Chief Dr. Sunny Chinda 
75.Dr. George Opuada 
76.Engr. Charles Amadi 
77.Mrs. Grace Kalio 
78.Evans Ogoloma 
79.Barr. Frank Owhor 
80.Mrs. Evelyn Weke 
81.Timothy Nsirim 
82.Lawrence Amadioha 
83.Peter Chinwo 
84.Goodnews Ozioma Amadi 
85.Chief (Barr) Mike Ejims Enwukwe 
86.Chief (Barr) Hanny Woko 
87.Barr. Theophilus Owhor 
88.Bright Amaewhule 
89.Barr. Emma Utchay 
90.Chief Ray Chinda 
91.Hon. Nnamdi Akani 
92.Chief Temple Ezekwu 
93.Chidi Amadi 
94.Arthur Uchendu 
95.Justina Emeji 
96.Okey Onuchukwu 
97.Charles Beke 
98.Chief Sergeant Awuse 
99.Chijioke Mandah 
100.Lambert Obinwo 
101.Mike Wovike 
102.Amos Chukwue 
103.Justice Amadi 
104.Christina Orluwene 
105.Joy Onyeozu 
106.Azubuike Odum 
107.Hon. Barr. Olisaeloka Tasie-Amadi 
108.Barr. Ezemonye Amadi 
109.Chief Mike Elechi 
110.Barr. Chukwudi Ezekiel Nwandikom 
111.Mr. Henry Amadi 
112.Mr. Chigozie Okpara 
113.Hon. Nicholas Amaechi 
114.Hon. Kingsley K. Aribodor 
115.Hon. Prince Nyeche 
116.Mr. Kingdom Onuoha 
117.Hon. Sunny Eziohuo 
118.Hon. Darlington Orji 
119.Mrs. Faith Ikonwa-Martins 
120.Mr. Charles Wobodo 
121.Prince Obiandu Ohochukwu 
122.Hon. Chris Orji 
123.Mr. Isaac Okemini 
124.Chief Priscilla Vikue 
125.Daughter Bor 
126.Florence Kpoobe 
127.Hon. Dumbari Dimkpa 
128.Cyprian Kpakol 
129.Dominic Saataa 
130.Israel Mgbuelo 
131.Ironside Oodee 
132.Hon. Gideon Menegbo 
133.Hon. Loveday Kpandei 
134.Field Nkor 
135.Dr. Gabriel Pidomson (Hon) 
136.Douglas Dube 
137.Friday Bema 
138.Sen. Ledogo Lee Maeba 
139.Chief Mrs. Charity Deemua 
140.Mrs. Doris Ngofa 
141.Mrs. Patience Jollyboy 
142.Dr. G. D. Nkeeh 
143.Chief Emmanuel Dede Kanee 
144.Hon. John Nyodee (JP) 
145.Dr. Peter Dum Kaananwi 
146.Hon. Sunny Bekanwan 
147.Hon. Lekue Zini 
148.Hon. Gbara Edmon Ere-Lo 
149.Pst. Jerry Needam 
150.Surv. Anea-Bari Donald Burabe 
151.Mbube Nwiakere 
152.Dr. Moses Neebee 
153.Chief Dr. Emi Membere Otaji 
154.Barr. Osima Ginah 
155.Chief Barr. Tone Horsefall 
156.Hon. Adokiye Young Harry 
157.Chief Barr. O.T.K.D. Amachree 
158.Hon. Awongo Ikalama 
159.Chief Barr. Tam Princewill 
160.Chief Diepiriye Douglas 
161.Hon. Oseleye Dennis Ojuka 
162.Thompson Ogonikon 
163.Alabo Thorpe Tariah 
164.Oduye Tom-West 
165.Alabo Pawariso Horsefall 
166.Comd. Waith Harry 
167.Barr. Otonye Briggs 
168.Comr. Kenneth Opusingi 
169.Mr. Lolo Opuende 
170.Barr. Ibim Dokubo 
171.Chief Ibiba A. Georgewill 
172.DCN Christian Sekibo Jnr. 
173.Hon. Victor Dagogo 
174.Pastor Tamunotonye Tobins 
175.Hon. Adaiyi Nicholas 
176.Madam Nimi Tom-Manuel 
177.DCN Adaye M. M. Jack 
178.Chief David Briggs 
179.Hon. Simon E. Hart 
180.Hon. Randolph Iwo Brown 
181.Hon. David Rogers Irimagha 
182.Hon. Charles T. Jumbo 
183.Madam Victoria Brown 
184.Hon. Charles Halliday 
185.Mr. Ernest O. Allison 
186.Comr. Ibifuro Longjohn 
187.Edmund Pope Fombo 
188.Kinsley Tammy Jumbo 
189.Deacon Akie Fubara 
190.Hon. Daniel Leggjack 
191.Amaopu Igoni Willy Park 
192.Clapton Ogolo 
193.Captain Mike Williams 
194.Emmanuel D. Fubara 
195.Senibo Boma Brown 
196.Dr. Mietamuno Jaja 
197.Tonye Uranta 
198.Hon. Caroline Ekine 
199.Senibo Ngerebia Emmanuel 
200.Furo Ogolo 
201.Sotonye Toby Fulton 
202.Felix Minimah 
203.Barr. Gloria Akor 
204.Reginald Njoku 
205.Calistus Nwankwo 
206.Egbuchelem Ebereonwu 
207.Emeka Nwaemem 
208.Dr. Caroline Agu 
209.Barr. Emem Chigozie 
210.Eugene Nwankwo 
211.Kingdom Nwankwo 
212.Zebulon Paul 
213.Austin Ben Chioma 
214.Prince Eze Iheanachor 
215.Micheal Amadi 
216.Chief Promise Nwankwo 
217.Chima Njoku 
218.Prince Emma Anyanwu 
219.Chief Ibibia O’Walter Pelebo 
220.Rt. Hon. Adams Dabotorudima 
221.Chief (Barr) Adokiye Amiesimaka Owolo 
222.Chief Toku Odum Kulobe 
223.Prof. Atuboyedia Obianime 
224.Mrs. Joyce Dennis 
225.Barr. Opuene Thompson Atekebo 
226.Alfred Bamson 
227.Hon. Nnana Alaibi 
228.Mrs. Charity Ibulubo 
229.Chief Martins Kunungbe 
230.Chief Ejor N. Ejor 
231.Hon. Johnson O. Nwogu 
232.Chief Obo Obaa 
233.Chief Nwokolu Dimkpa Nte 
234.Hon. Aforji Igwe 
235.Comrade Brain Gokpa 
236.Hon. Phylle Te Nwaji 
237.Hon. Ambrose Oluji 
238.Onyeche Philip 
239.Nwankwo Sylvanus 
240.Ubani Grant 
241.Nwogu Godfrey 
242.Onyeche Benard 
243.Nwaowu Ethel 
244.Nwogu Okwudiri 
245.Ukaoha Gideon 
246.Onyezeowu Alwell 
247.Agunia Okwuchukwu 
248.Agomuo Hycent 
249.Okeyi John 
250.Anucha Leo 
251.Nwandem Linus 
252.Nwaiwu Okechukwu 
253.Prof. David N. Ogbonna 
254.Chief Sunny Dressman Anime 
255.Dr. Moses Ekpa 
256.Agri Ezekiel 
257.Eniton Iyalla 
258.Dr. Patricia Ogbonnaya 
259.Engr. Willie Osoks 
260.Dr. Onyemaechi Miller 
261.Hon. Solomon Walter 
262.Dr. Ahamefula Elemeya 
263.Dr. Loyd Ukwu 
264.Orianu Prince 
265.Iyumame Bacto Osungwor 
266.Hon. Isaac Itigwe 
267.Promise Jacob 
268.Barr. Tasie Wike 
269.Mr. Tony Egwurugwu 
270.Chief Christian Wike 
271.Dr. Mesua Nwibari 
272.Mr. Sample Bakor 
273.Mr. Gana Godam 
274.Mr. Uelor Bob II Nuke 
275.Miss Kate Mbana 
276.Mr. Joseph Gwezia 
277.Hon. Sylver Ngbar 
278.Mr. Vitus Gad 
279.Hon. Perkins Kelo 
280.Elder Monday Mpigi 
281.Hon. Sunday Akpene 
282.Hon. Dornbari Mesua 
283.Mr. Sule Gininwa 
284.Hon. David Gbaranwi 
285.Barr. Vincent Nemieboka 
286.Sir (Hon) Victor Alabo JP 
287.Barr. Mela Oforibika 
288.Hon. Gilbert Enos JP 
289.Chief Bapakaye Orabere JP 
290.Chief Francis Ebenezer JP 
291.Mr. Titus Wakama JP 
292.Mrs. Mary Mina Isaac 
293.Mrs. Daisy Tamunoene 
294.Hon. Francis Iwaritaribi 
295.Ms. Martha Ibifari 
296.Chief Faith Amaso JP 
297.Chief Gen. W. Dick-Iruenabere JP 
298.David Akio 
299.Mrs. Asuoero Akpila-Ikalama 
300.Oye Igenewari 
301.Mrs. Daima Woodman 
302.Mrs. Hope Oye 
303.Kenoye Uwom 
304.Barr. Ken Wekulom 
305.Richard Abalist 
306.Ojike Ezekiel 
307.Tom Arugu 
308.John Mark 
309.Bright Braide 
310.Enaanapu Eloghom 
311.Oniodi Isaiah 
312.Memoye Igoni 
313.Hon. Felix Ajayi 
314.Chief Allen J. Abbi 
315.Barr. Reginald Ekang 
316.Mr. Owaji-Ochit Nsirim 
317.Hon. Paul Ayagwung 
318.Hon. Unyeawaji Nkakan 
319.Deacon Emmanuel Ikwut 
320.Mr. Samuel Gilbert Dodd 
321.Hon. Gogo-Ogute Isaiah 
322.Mr. Albert Ngere 
323.Barr. Erastus Awortu 
324.Hon. Godwin Tepikor 
325.Goodluck Gabriel 
326.Mr. Sunny Ojimini 
327.Dr. Friday Onyije 
328.Nkechi Ideozu 
329.Eric Ewoh 
330.Chris Enwudor 
331.J. J. Agbo 
332.Pastor B. H. Egba 
333.High Chief (Hon) Justice Eke 
334.Idazhi Ekwere 
335.Dr. (Mrs) Rose Ogbogu Ololube 
336.Dame (Hon) Beatrice Awala 
337.Uyodhu Ochoma 
338.Alh. Sain Saale 
 

CAMPAIGN DIRECTORATES

 
Research, Planning & Strategy 
1.HE, Engr. Tele Ikuru                       ­-           Director 
2.Dr. Tammy Danagogo                  –           Deputy Director, Rally Management 
Security Services 
1.Col. Raphael Benson (Rtd)           –           Director 
Legal Services 
1.Barr. Osima Gina                            –           Director 
Information & Communication 
1.Barr. Emma Okah                          –           Director 
2.Chief Glory Emeh                           –           Deputy Director, Electronics/Print Media 
3.Oraye St. Franklyn                         –           Deputy Director, Social Media 
 

Women Affairs

 
1.Mrs. Toru Ofili                                 –           Director 
2.Madam Justina Emeji                    –           Deputy Director 
Local Government Affairs 
1.Prince Weli-Wosu                          ­-           Director 
Finance 
1.Barr. Oris Oyiri                                –           Director 
Administration 
 Samuel Okpoko                              –           Director 
Mobilization/Voters Sensitisation  
1.Dr. Gabriel Pidomson                   –           Director 
2.Prof. Atuboyedia Obianime        –           Deputy Director, Wike For Positive Change 
3.Barr. Mela Oforibika                     –           Deputy Director, Community Dev. Committees 
4.Prince Fudor Nwiyor                     –           Deputy Director, Wike Solidarity Movement 
5.Hon. Major Jack                             –           Deputy Director, I Million Youth March 
6.Bright Amaewhule                         –           Deputy Director, Grassroot Development Initiative 
7.Enemi George Kelly                       –           Deputy Director, Rivers Professionals 
Party Agents Management 
1.Hon. O. K. Chinda                          –           Director 
Information & Communications Technology (ICT) 
1.Mr. Boneri Saborogha                  –           Director 
Non-Indigenes  
1.Emeka Onowu                                –           Director 
2.Alh. Maisandu Ibrahim                 –           Deputy Director, Hausa Community 
3.Alh. Raimi Duroajayi                     –           Deputy Director, Yoruba Community 
4.Chief Joel Nnaemeka Masi           –           Deputy Director, Igbo Community 
5.Obong Godswill Inyang                –           Deputy Director, AkwaCross 
6.Henry Iyioha                                                –           Deputy Director, Edo/Delta 
7.Agbai Tom Adi                                 –           Deputy Director, Bayelsa 
Youths Affairs 
1.Hon. Edison Ehie                            –           Director 
2.Sunny Asetubobe                           –           Deputy Director 
Medical Services 
1.Prof. Princewill Chike                    –           Director 
Logistics 
1.Hon. Elemchukwu Ogbowu        –           Director 
Formal Groups 
1.Chuma Chinye                                 –           Director 
2.Mrs. Inime Aguma                         –           Deputy Director, Professional Groups 
3.Mr. Sunny Wokekoro                   –           Deputy Director, Political Parties 
4.Hon. Isaac Kamalu                         –           Deputy Director, CSOs/NGOs 
5.Ebere Owhonda                             –           Deputy Director, Governor Liaison Officers 
6.Pastor Biobele Odesola                –           Deputy Director, Religious Matters 
Local Government Campaign Co-ordinators 
1.Hon. Damiete H. Miller                 –           Degema 
2.Hon. Chidi Amadi                           –           Obio/Akpor 
3.Hon. John Nwachukwu                –           Oyigbo 
4.Dr. Sam Kalagbor                           –           Phlaga 
5.Barr. Dinebari Loolo                      –           Khana 
6.Alabo George Kelly                                    –           Asari-Toru 
7.Dr. Benebo George                        –           Akulga 
8.Chief (Hon) Roderford Longjohn –        Bonny 
9.Kelvin  Agbam                                 –           Etche 
10.Reuben Ago                                     –           Okrika 
11.Senibo Emmanuel Oko Jaja         –           Opobo/Nkoro 
12.Hon. Obarilomate Ollor               –           Eleme 
13.Eze Stanley Nwuju                         –           Omuma 
14.Avor Green                                      –           Ahoada West 
15.Steven Ihua-Maduenyi                 –           Ahoada East 
16.Erastus Awortu                               –           Andoni 
17.Raphael  Muzan Ekpelu                –           Abua/Odual 
18.Chief Anthony Ibifuro                   –           Ogu/Bolo 
19.Sir (Hon ) Mbakpone                    –           Tai 
20.Sam Agwor                                      –           Emohua 
21.Sir Shedrach Chukwu                   –           ONELGA 
22.Confidence Deko                            –           Gokana 
23.Hon. Augustine Obisike Wogugu –        Ikwerre 
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RSG, Not FIRS, Entitled To Collect VAT, Related Taxes In Rivers -Court

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The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has declared that it is the Rivers State Government, not the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), should collect Valued Added Tax (VAT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT) in the state.
The court, presided over by Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam, also issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Attorney General of the Federation, both first and second defendants in the suit, from collecting, demanding, threatening and intimidating residents of Rivers State to pay to FIRS, PIT and VAT.
Pam made the assertion while delivering judgement in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/149/2020, filed by the Attorney General for Rivers State (plaintiff), against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (first defendant) and the Attorney General of the Federation (second defendant).
The court, which granted all the 11 reliefs sought by the Rivers State Government, stated that there was no constitutional basis for the FIRS to demand for and collect VAT, Withholding Tax (WHT), Education Tax and Technology Levy in Rivers State or any other state of the federation, being that the constitutional powers and competence of the Federal Government was limited to taxation of incomes, profits and capital gains, which do not include VAT or any other species of sales, or levy other than those specifically mentioned in Items 58 and 59 of the Exclusive Legislative List of the Constitution.
The judge dismissed the preliminary objections filed by the defendants that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the suit and that the case should be transferred to Court of Appeal for interpretation.
Pam, who also dismissed objection raised by the defendants that the National Assembly ought to have been made a party in the suit, declared that the issues of taxes raised by the state government were issues of law that the court was constitutionally empowered to entertain.
He declared that after a diligent review of the issues raised by bothplaintiff and the defendants, the plaintiff had proven beyond doubt that it was entitled to all the 11 reliefs sought in the suit.
The court agreed with the Rivers State Government that it was the state and not FIRS that was constitutionally entitled to impose taxes enforceable or collectable in its territory of the nature of consumption or sales tax, VAT, education and other taxes or levies, other than the taxes and duties specifically reserved for the Federal Government by Items 58 and 59 of Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Also, the court declared that the defendants were not constitutionally entitled to charge or impose levies, charges or rates (under any guise or by whatever name called) on the residents of Rivers State, and indeed, any state of the federation.
Among the reliefs sought by the Rivers State Government, was a declaration that the constitutional power of the Federal Government to impose taxes and duties was only limited to the items listed in Items 58 and 59 of Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Rivers State Government had also urged the court to declare that, by virtue of the provisions of Items 7 and 8 of the Part II (Concurrent Legislative List) of the Second Schedule of the Constitution, the power of the Federal Government to delegate the collection of taxes can only be exercised by the state government or other authority of the state, and no other person.
The state government had further asked the court to declare that all statutory provisions made or purportedly made in the exercise of the legislative powers of the Federal Government, which contains provisions which are inconsistent with or in excess of the powers to impose tax and duties, as prescribed by Items 58 and 59 of the Part I of the Second Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, or inconsistent with the power to delegate the duty of collection of taxes, as contained in Items 7 and 8 of Part II of the Second Schedule of the Constitution, were unconstitutional, null and void.
Lead counsel for the Rivers State Government, Donald Chika Denwigwe (SAN), who spoke to journalists after the court session, explained that the case was all about the interpretation of the Constitution as regards the authority of the government at the state and federal levels to collect certain revenues, particularly, VAT.
“So, during the determination of the matter, some issues of law were thrown up like, whether or not the case should be referred to the Court of Appeal for the determination of some issues.
“The court noted that the application is like asking the Federal High Court to transfer the entire case to the Court of Appeal. In which case, if the court so decides, there will be nothing left to refer back to the Federal High Court as required by the Constitution.”
According to Denwigwe, the court refused that prayer, and decided that the case was in its proper place before the Federal High Court, and was, therefore, competent to determine it.
Speaking on the implications of the judgement, Denwigwe said it was now, unlawful for such taxes as VAT in Rivers State to be collected by any agency of the Federal Government.
“In a summary, it is a determination that it is wrong for the Federal Government to be collecting taxes which are constitutionally reserved for the state governments to collect. The implication of the judgement is that the government (federal and state) as an authority under the constitution,should be advised by the judgement that it is the duty of all government authorities to comply with and obey the law so long as the court has interpreted it and said what that law is.
“So, in other words, the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the territory of Rivers State and Personal Income Tax should be reserved for the government of Rivers State.”
Counsel to FIRS, O.C. Eyibo said he will study the judgment and advise his client.

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90% Of Money Laundered Via Real Estate, EFCC Reveals

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says about 90 per cent of money laundering is done through the real estate sector.
The commission’s Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, stated this while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, yesterday,
According to him, although the sector is monitored via the special control unit, more needed to be done.
According to Bawa, “One of the problems we have now is the real estate. 90 to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundered through the real estate.”
He said there are so many issues involved, but that they were working with the National Assembly to stop what he called “the gate keepers” as there would be reduction in looting if there is no one to launder the money.
Bawa, the EFCC boss, gave an example of a minister who expressed interest in a $37.5million property a bank manager put up for sale.
He said, “The bank sent a vehicle to her house and in the first instance $20million was evacuated from her house.
“They paid a developer and a lawyer set up a special purpose vehicle, where the title documents were transferred into.
“And he (the lawyer) is posing as the owner of the property. You see the problem. This is just one of many; it is happening daily.”
The EFCC chairman also revealed that he receives death threats often.
Asked to respond to President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent “Corruption is fighting back” expression, Bawa said he was in New York, USA, last week, when someone called to threaten him.
“Last week, I was in New York when a senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation.
“The young man said, ‘I am going to kill him (Bawa), I am going to kill him’.
“I get death threats. So, it is real. Corruption can fight back,” he said.
On corruption in the civil service, he said there were a lot of gaps, especially in contracts processing, naming “emergency contracts” as one.
Bawa said, “A particular agency is notorious for that. They have turned all their contracts to emergency contracts.”
However, he said, EFCC has strategies in place to check corruptions, one of which is “corruption risk assessments of MDAs”.
According to him, “I have written to the minister and would soon commence the process of corruption risk assessments of all the parastatals and agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to look at their vulnerability to fraud and advise them accordingly.”
Asked if the scope of corruption in the country overwhelms him, Bawa, the EFCC boss said, “Yes, and no.”

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We’ve Spent N9bn To Upgrade RSUTH, Wike Confirms

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says his administration has spent N9billion in upgrading structures and installation of new equipment at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH).
He said the fact that 40 per cent of the 2021 budget of the state is dedicated to provision of quality healthcare delivery was a further demonstration of the priority placed on the sector.
Wike made the explanation at the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of a Renal Centre at RSUTH, last Friday.
The governor said he made promise to Rivers people that the best would be provided to them in all sectors of the society within his capability because of the mandate they gave to him.
“As we came on here, I just looked around and I see the changes in this teaching hospital. I can say that we have put not less than N9billion in this teaching hospital.
“If you look at the budget, the health sector alone, what it’s taking from the Rivers State Government is not less than 40 percent of the 2021 budget.”
Speaking further, Wike said the state government cannot afford to implement free medical service programme in the present economic circumstance.
While dismissing the request for a subvention for RSUTH, Wike, however, commended the chief medical director and his team for their commitment to turnaround the fortunes of RSUTH.
“I have never seen anywhere that health services can be totally free. They’re telling me that people who come here can’t pay. I have never declared that this state is going to take over the health fees of anybody.”
Also speaking, the former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, who performed the flag-off, noted that Wike’s achievements in the health sector in particular, surpass what former governors of the state had done.
Sekibo said that the governor has given equal attention to every section of the health sector by providing complete health infrastructure that was positioning the state as a medical tourism destination in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his interest in the health of Rivers people.
He noted that the renal centre, when completed, would become another landmark development project in the health sector that would handle and manage all kidney-related ailments.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron, commended Wike for approving the renal centre.
Aaron explained that chronic kidney disease was a major burden globally with estimated 14 million cases in Nigeria.
According to him, over 240,000 of these cases require renal replacement therapy in the form of dialysis and renal transplant.
The CMD said the building that would house the centre was expected to be completed in six months and consists of two floors.
The ground floor, according to him, would house the haemodialysis unit with eight haemodialysis machines.
He further explained that the first floor of the centre would house the surgical component where most of the sophisticated equipment for kidney transplant would be installed.
Aaron said Wike has released the funds required to build, equip the centre as well as for the training of personnel locally and internationally.

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