Sacked Factional Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Mr Tonye Cole must be an addicted lover of the Ostrich. He plays the Ostrich with such skill that will baffle any Ostrich in the world.
He has spent several millions sponsoring stories of “concocted insecurity” in Rivers State. He pays money to APC media agents to de-market Rivers State. But God is on the side of Rivers State.
To God be the glory, the Christmas/New Year Holiday season has come and gone without any major security incidents in the state. Few days to the season, sacked Factional Rivers APC Governorship Candidate and his agents tried to promote fake reports of insecurity to create panic amongst the populace.
The evil plans hatched by the crisis-torn Rivers State APC to generate insecurity to mar the holiday season failed, totally. They watched in pains as Rivers people celebrated their Christmas and New Year in love and peace.
Despite sponsoring negative reports about the peace and security of Rivers State, Tonye Cole was permanently in the state attending social events. In one of the events at Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Tonye Cole and the SDP Governorship Candidate, Mr Precious Elekima were sighted with the Local Government Chairman, Rowland Sekibo at a festival slated to celebrate Christmas. They were drinking and laughing. Enjoying the breeze of security in the state.
All across Rivers State, residents and indigenes took advantage of the improved security situation to celebrate. They enjoyed the communion of family, community relationships and traditional affinity to their respective towns.
In all the 23 Local Government Areas, diverse events were held and Rivers people attended in their numbers. Distribution of gifts and souvenirs were carried out by officials of the PDP throughout the 319 wards and 4442 polling units in the state.
Governor Wike ensured that rice, beef, cash and clothes got to the less privileged in their communities. In these communities, Rivers people gathered under secure atmosphere to share the benefits of friendship and communal living.
Within this holiday period, several local government councils and lawmakers organised football competitions for youths in their constituencies. Winners emerged across the board without security infractions.
In Opobo, Abonnema and Bakana, youths in riverine communities held major boat regettas that attracted large numbers.
In Okrika, Ikwerre and Etche traditional events were organised by different communities. Masquerade displays thrilled residents of different communities.
Wives of the 23 Local Government Council Chairmen organised children parties at their respective council headquarters. Hundreds of children attended these Christmas parties.
Most of the riverine communities held beach parties during the Christmas and New Year season. Street carnivals were also held in different communities and major towns.
Everywhere, the story of peaceful co-habitation was the order of the day. Where there was security challenge, the security agencies and local vigilant groups contained the situation.
In Port Harcourt, the Pleasure Park, Spar, Genesis, Market Square, Next Supermarket could not contain the surging crowds. Thousands of children and youths stretched facilities at the mentioned locations during the 2018 Christmas.
The holiday season was capped by several cross over programmes and crusades in different parts of the state. Christian Faithful emphasised by their presence in all Churches and places of worship that Rivers, is a Christian State.
For Rivers people, they had to prove that Don Wanni and his associates who killed 17 persons during the 2017/2018 Cross Over Service at Omoku couldn’t destroy their Christian foundation. They proved their faith in the security architecture as marshalled by the Wike administration.
The safe Christmas/New Year Holiday period was a fallout of careful security investments, engineering and management. It didn’t come cheap.
Since the sad Don Wanni episode, Governor Wike led from the front, working with officials of the State Security Council and Local Government Councils to make communities safe. When there were challenges with the amnesty programme, Governor Wike declared 32 wanted and the security situation was stabilised.
The governor has continued to finance security operations and provide vital logistics for security agencies. The council administrators have been equally encouraged to tow same path of security financing and provision of logistics.
Despite occasional political violence initiated by APC leaders for propaganda purposes , Rivers State is the safest state to live and do business. Issues of insecurity are only mentioned during election circles.
The relative security across Rivers State is worthy of celebration because there has been total collapse of security in the North West, North East and North Central geo-political zones, despite the massive deployment of the security forces in these states. The latest failed state is Katsina, the home state of the President.
Saddened by Buhari’s Failure, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari cried:”Our state is currently under serious siege by armed robbers, kidnappers and armed bandits who arrest rural people at the grassroots at will and demand ransom, which if not paid, they kill their victims. The people of Katsina in the 34 local governments now sleep with one eye closed and the other opened.
“Our state is in a dangerous situation. Travelers are afraid of being stopped on the highway and arrested by kidnappers who demand ransom”.
In Zamfara, the governor, Abdulaziz Yari has called for State of Emergency. He says the situation has gone beyond his control. The killings in Adamawa, Plateau, Taraba, Kaduna, Jigawa, Kebbi and Bauchi States during this season have left everyone confused. Borno and Yobe States have already degenerated to the ugly level that security personnel are abandoning their uniforms in droves.
The states mentioned above are largely APC controlled with support from the Federal Government. Therefore, when you witness relative security in Rivers State despite the sabotaging roles of the APC Federal Government, you must appreciate that a great deal of investment went into the process.
When APC governors are gnashing their teeth about security failure, Governor Wike is busy inviting countless organisations to stage their events in Rivers State. He is meeting with investors and encouraging them to look in the direction of Rivers State.
In all this, APC saboteurs are working round the clock to de-market Rivers State. The beauty of the entire scenario is that God has answered them in the best way possible -allowing the season to speak for itself.
Like we have always said, it is God that protects Rivers State. If not for God, the conspiracy is at the worst form by heartless men, eager to devour the resources of the state in liaison with Fulani herdsmen.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.
When A Radio Station Goes Political …
It is true that the media have a responsibility to hold the government to account. But that responsibility must be discharged with utmost regard for objectivity, fairness and commitment to the development of the society.
Therefore, a medium is under strict obligation to work towards the growth and development of the society where it operates. This is because the sustenance of any medium lies in the serenity of its host environment.
Nigeria Info Port Harcourt, a radio station owned by a Lebanese businessman, has constituted itself into a propaganda tool for anti-Rivers elements. It is the same story with its sister station, Wazobia FM Port Harcourt . They broadcast falsehood, half truths and outright concocted reports to mislead their listeners. This is a recurring and ever-present reality in Rivers State. Everyday, these stations assault the listening public with misleading information , aimed at promoting a negative political and social order.
The falsehood and negative information order of the Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM stations is deliberate, planned and sustained to cause disaffection. It is politically crafted and funded to generate negative opinion about the Rivers State Governor and Rivers State.
The activities of these foreign stations have nothing to do with media practice. If it was to hold the government accountable, it wouldn’t be horribly one-sided. This is not the style of practise adopted by Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM in Lagos. Of course, in Lagos, the owners align with the political party in power. It is not the practice of Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM in Abuja. We know who controls the Federal Government.
The official policy is to continually misinform the listening public at every turn. It is not coincidental that all the duty continuity announcers of the two stations are hostile to the state and its government. Using the phone-in programme format, the stations deliberately broadcast wrong and unverified information. There is virtually no respect for the ethics of broadcasting, as long as the goal of destroying the governance process is targeted.
The stations are still in a vicious campaign mode. Canvassing for the immediate-past administration and its officials. In some instances, one would think Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM are fielding candidates for a yet-to-be-determined election.
I am compelled to write this piece after I listened to a paid feature broadcast by the said organization attacking the federal lawmakers from Rivers State who protested the neglect of East-West Road and Aleto Bridge by the Federal Government. It was rather disheartening that these radio stations placed their political and financial interests above that of the environment where they operate. The commercial fee for the sponsored broadcast opposing the completion of the East-West Road has been aired and money banked, but the entire State plus the Niger Delta region continue to suffer.
Just a few weeks ago, the Federal Government awarded different road contracts amounting to over N180 billion. Rivers State and majority of the South-South States were excluded. These Lebanese stations saw nothing wrong with the development. Rather, they focused on their goal, which is to always defend the APC and its failed Federal Government.
These radio stations are unperturbed by the deliberate and frustrating marginalisation of Rivers State by the APC. They play the ostrich, pretending that they enjoy the fruits of this ugly marginalisation. They air their politically-motivated programmes with a seeming declaration: “We told you so”.
Whenever Rivers State is short-changed, there is a clear spirit of celebration at Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM, Port Harcourt.
For these stations, there is nothing like responsibility to the community, outside consistent negative media hypes.
The manner security infractions are reported on Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM, Port Harcourt connotes that nobody lives in Rivers State. Yet they ply their trade here. Security reports are broadcast in very unprofessional manner to belittle the efforts of the security agencies and the supporting state government. No attempt is made to indicate that the Rivers State Government can only support, fund and encourage the security agencies when there are infractions. They deliberately forget that the entire country is having major security issues and Rivers State is one of the few states where the State Government and the security agencies have worked hard to tackle emerging challenges.
When the Nigerian Army was used by the APC to frustrate the take-off of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency, it was Nigeria Info, Port Harcourt that justified the anti-Rivers action. Continuity announcers took to the airwaves with pre-arranged phone-in programmes to defend an illegal action that negatively affected Rivers security.
The issue of the delivery of projects in different sectors is one area that these Lebanese stations have worked quite hard to misinform people. Hiding under contrived phone-in programmes, duty continuity announcers of the two stations throw up highly incorrect information and insult the Rivers State Government. The phone-in programmes are cooked to allow same APC supporters to air disparaging and false allegations daily.
If by any stroke of luck, a pro-PDP caller comes on air, he/she is hounded by the desperate duty continuity announcers. There are times when they even insult such callers or bang the phone on them.
At the rate which Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM propagate their anti-Rivers agenda, one would expect them to field candidates in any forthcoming elections. No credible medium de-markets where it operates and makes money. Irrespective of the ownership structure, no station should constitute itself into an opposition political party.
It is surprising and a total lack of judgement of facts for Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM not to have realised that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Rivers people are into a positive developmental alliance. This alliance is beyond the evil machinations of mischief makers. Irrespective of the plot or deadly propaganda, Rivers people will never be misled.
In case these Lebanese propaganda merchants have forgotten, the Nigerian Army and NTA teamed up a few days to the 2019 General Elections to unleash the worst propaganda onslaught against Governor Wike and the PDP. This ungodly assault, funded by the APC, failed woefully before the watchful eyes of all Nigerians. Right inside the fortified compound of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, the plot of the Army/NTA/APC was resisted by those abducted by the Nigerian Army.
Perhaps the Lebanese propaganda merchants have forgotten how the AAC/APC/ARMY alliance failed, despite the top level coordination and execution during the elections.
I am surprised that there is no institutional check within the Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM in Port Harcourt. I am shocked that the Lebanese owners have not found it expedient to change the anti-Rivers agenda. It has not worked and it will never work.
Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM, Port Harcourt should honourably leave the political arena and resume their place in the media space. This continued assault on the sensibility of Rivers people is unfortunate; very regrettable.
We understand their affinity to the APC, but they should, at least, pretend by masking their bias.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.
100 Days In Office: Wike Remains Nigeria’s Best Performing Governor
After the first 100 days of his well deserved second term, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has lived up to the expectations of the people of the State. By far, he remains the best performing Governor in Nigeria. This is a position he intends to maintain till the expiration of his second mandate.
Right from the beginning of his second term, Governor Wike set out with an agenda to maintain the good works of his administration. All through the key sectors, the Rivers State Governor continued to deliver the very best for Rivers people.
Taking his oath for a second term, Governor Wike outlined the key areas that his government would concentrate on to improve the living standard of the people. On his inauguration day, Governor Wike assured Rivers people that he will tackle security, environmental sanitation, job creation, further infrastructural development, quality education for the people, improve healthcare, develop agriculture and economic development.
Since May 29, 2019, Governor Wike has kept his promise to the people of Rivers State. He has continued with infrastructural development, enhanced the state’s security architecture, developed a framework for environmental sanitation and set the framework for general economic development.
His commitment to the rapid growth of Rivers State is growing by the day. The results of his administration’s investments are visible, even to the most critical opponents.
There are pointers that Governor Wike will continue to wax stronger in governance as he progresses in his second term. He has launched key programmes in the education, health and security sectors of the economy.
One of the key achievements in the first one hundred days of Governor Wike’s second term is the abolishment of all forms of fees and levies in primary and secondary schools.
The Governor explained that his administration abolished all forms of fees to encourage less privileged parents to send their children to school.
By 2020, the Rivers State Government will commence the payment of fees for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for all indigenes and non-indigenes in the state.
To improve the quality of education in the state, Governor Wike established the Committee for Accreditation and Approval of Private Schools. This committee has led to private schools improving the standard of their staff and facilities.
For public schools, Governor Wike has continued to develop quality facilities in the Basic, Senior Secondary and the Tertiary Education levels. Some of the projects executed across the education sector would be inaugurated as part of the governor’s first 100days.
The Health sector has received a major boost in Governor Wike’s First 100days in his second term . The administration has commenced the process of equipping recently completed Zonal Hospitals to take quality tertiary healthcare closer to the people.
The Zonal Hospital, Degema and Zonal Hospital, Bori, have been completed and the equipping process is ongoing. The final construction works at the Mother and Child Hospital are ongoing. The equipment of the Hospital are on ground for installation.
Governor Wike abolished the payment of user-fees for persons living with HIV/AIDS to ensure that more persons access treatment at state-owned health facilities. Governor Wike said that the state government will take over the payment of the user-fees to encourage more Rivers people to seek treatment for HIV/AIDS.
In the last 100days, the Rivers State Government has enterred into a partnership with the United States Centre for Disease Control to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike commended the United States Government for working with the State Government to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the State.
Under this partnership, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) surge program in Rivers state to identify and provide treatment to approximately 180,000 PLHIV who have not previously received such.
Governor Wike has approved the commencement of public ambulance service by the State Ministry of Health. The Ambulances would be parked at strategic locations in major towns for the purpose of responding to distress calls. The phone numbers of the ambulance service have been circulated.
In the course of the first 100 days in office, Governor Wike has executed two key projects that will enhance the economic development of Rivers State.
The Fruit Garden Market and the Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market in the heart of Port Harcourt, are two projects that will help in empowering traders, promote safety and environmental sanitation. The Markets are set for business after Commissioning and the traders are happy.
PROMOTION OF SECURITY
Across the country, insecurity has become the order of the day. This further heightened by the failure of the Federal Government to properly fund the Federal Security agencies.
To promote security of lives and property in the state, Governor Wike launched a new security architecture, codenamed Operation Sting. This is a modern security outfit with the relevant technology, funding and logistics to tackle insecurity.
The State Government donated 116 Patrol Vans fitted with communication equipment to Operation Sting. The Administration also donated 8 armoured fitted gunboats, to tighten coastal security and protect the state’s waterways from the activities of criminals; 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers for Police swift response actions; 450 hand-held mobile radios to enhance communication.
TASK FORCE ON STREET TRADING, ILLEGAL MARKETS AND MOTOR PARKS
In a bid to sanitise the streets and return Port Harcourt to its Garden City status, Governor Wike inaugurated the State Government’s Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks.
Inaugurating the Task Force at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the Task Force is a product of law, following his assent of the Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks (Prohibition) Bill No. 8 of 2019 .
The operatives of the Task Force were profiled by the Department of State Services and the Police.
The Task Force has started work. The results of their work have gladdened the hearts of Rivers people, with Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas regaining their beauty. The streets are wearing a new look with sanity and security .
Closely linked to this achievement is the improvement of environmental sanitation in the state capital.
COMMISSIONING OF PROJECTS
As part of the 100days in office, Governor Wike will inaugurate some completed projects in different parts of the state. These projects emphasise the importance of accountability and service to the people.
The projects lined up for inauguration include: Bonny Street, AdakaBoro/Elliot Henry Streets, Community Secondary School, Ubima Birabi Street , Rumukwurusi Elelenwo – Akpajo road and Sea bed Model School.
Others are: Rumuwoji Market, – Government Craft Centre, Civil Servants Quarters, Real Madrid Academy; SUG Secretariat RSU , Fruit Garden Market , Rivers State NLC Labour Secretariat and Shell Location Road, Rumuepirikom.
MORE PROJECTS CLOSE TO INAUGURATION
After the first 100days of the second term, the Wike Administration will roll out another set of major projects undergoing finishing touches. These projects include the Mother and Child Hospital, the Government Secondary School, Abua, the Zonal Hospitals in Bori, Degema and Ahoada, Judges Quarters among others.
STILL RECREATING RIVERS STATE
The first 100days of Governor Wike’s second term has shown that the administration is still recreating the state. He is still in the business of building a new Rivers State.
The Governor is carefully applying scarce resources to ensure Rivers State gets value for money. It is obvious that the State is on the right path to the consolidation of development. Truly, Rivers people were right to insist of the re-election of Governor Wike.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIAN AMBA-SSADOR TO SPAIN APPLAUDS GOVERNOR WIKE
The Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin has commended the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for his love for children.
She also applauded the governor for investing in the development of youths and also ensuring that the talents abound them do not go to waste.
Ambassador Folarin gave the commendation when she played host to the players of Banham Model School Port Harcourt who have been sponsored by the Rivers State Government on a two-week training programme to the prestigious Real Madrid Academy, Spain.
She urged the boys to be good Ambassadors of Nigeria wherever the future takes them.
Ambassador Folarin did not forget to applaud the efforts of their sponsor and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
While thanking God for the privileges they’ve enjoyed, the boys also did not forget to thank the Rivers State Government for investing in them.
With their visit finally over, the boys then proceeded then headed back to the Real Maddrid Academy to continue with their training programme.
WE ARE DEVEL-OPING PORT HARCOURT PLEASURE PARK INTO A WORLD TOURIST ATTRACTION SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration is developing the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park into a major global tourist attraction.
Addressing journalists on Friday after inspecting the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park Cinema completed by his administration, Governor Wike said that key facilities are being developed to improve the quality of experience at the Park.
He described the new Cinema Constructed within the Park as a five star facility that raises the standard of entertainment available to people in the Niger Delta.
”We have just completed a five-star cinema within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park. This cinema is about the best in the country.
”It will offer first class entertainment to the people of the region and beyond. Instead of going to Dubai for relaxation and tourism, you come over to Port Harcourt to enjoy the pleasure of this Park “, he said.
Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will continue to develop new facilities that will complement existing structures within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.
The Governor said that the new Cinema would be thrown open to the Public after the Commissioning programme on September 11, 2019.
He said that his administration is determined to ensure that the beauty of Port Harcourt is restored and Port Harcourt made a major tourism destination in the country.
Governor Wike expressed happiness that sanity is returning to the streets of Port Harcourt, with the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal markets and motor Parks doing a splendid job.
Governor Wike also inspected ongoing projects in GRA and other parts of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
He said that the administration will roll out several projects to mark the first one hundred days of his second term.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.
100 Days In Office: Gov Wike, Best In Nigeria-Residents
Residents of Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State bare their minds in view of the developmental strides of Governor Nyesom Wike, who has made marks in the business of governance in the state, especially as he marks the first 100 days in his second tenure, where numerous projects executed by his administration are ready for commissioning.
Comrade Ndubueze Eze, Chairman, Mile One Market Traders’ Association (MOMTA) My reaction to the governor’s 100 days in office is that within the space of four and half years in the saddle of governance of Rivers State, he was able to keep to his electioneering promises, especially on projects execution and service delivery to Rivers people.
The governor has carved a development niche for himself by giving the traders a new lease of life, where he built one of the best markets in Africa with standard and lasting facilities for the accommodation of traders who had yearned for such opportunity before now.
As Chairman of Mile 1 Market Traders’ Association, I have travelled far and wide in West Africa, I have never come across any project of this magnitude before now. I, therefore, appreciate the governor’s good gesture in this direction.
We the traders, have resolved to rally round His Excellency for more positive development in the years ahead, while wishing him better years with divine strength , focus, direction and protection in the leadership of the state.
Oko-Jaja, Labour Leader Governor Nyesom Wike has remained the people’s leader who deserves more heights in the saddle of governance of the oil-rich state since assumption of power some four and half years ago.
In view of his style in leadership, even a blind man can attest that the award-winning Mr Projects was able to build bridges of development across the state, within the past years, where numerous projects have been earmarked for commissioning to commemorate his first one hundred days in government, such as the Mile One and Fruit Garden Ultra-modern markets with international-standard facilities that stand the test of time.
Anyone with clear eyes will see that the governor has been able to prove enemies of the state wrong by providing unprecedented development projects to Rivers people, thereby putting smiles on their faces, especially the traders who lacked conducive environment to do their business.
Wike deserves more encomiums and remains the best performing governor in Nigeria, based on physical development, which would soon be unveiled for use.
Engr. Benedict Nwaorehu, Tourism Expert Governor Nyesom Wike will soon mark his first one hundred days in office with the commissioning of numerous development projects, including a world-class cinema hall at the Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt, ultra-modern markets at Mile 1 and Fruit Garden along Kaduna street in Port Harcourt, modest in all educational structure with standard facilities at Government Craft Development Centre and the Real Madrid Football Academy at Elekahia heros and the Students’ Union secretariat at the Rivers State University, among others which speaks volume for this administration.
The governor, as a tourism-friendly leader, was able to tackle insecurity which, before now, battered the state with cultism, militancy and other social vices being gradually phased out. Wike’s governance style remains the best across Africa and, therefore, I commend him and his team for these achievements so far in governance and assure of my support to this well articulated gesture as he celebrates and commission of these projects.
Mrs Ngozi Toby, Technician
The giant strides recorded by Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration, thus far, are legendary and are testaments of his forthrightness and uncommon vision to leave Rivers State better than he met it on May 29, 2015, we are particularly gladdened by the wonderful love and affection he had shown to stronger elements in the state.
By the bold steps of the governor to provide for the people, numerous developmental projects across the 23 local government areas of the state, his name is written in gold to prove wrong detractors who never wished the state well. For providing world-class structures and facilities in all the areas to be commissioned, he was able to fulfill his electioneering campaign promises to the people some years ago remain indelible in the hearts of Rivers people.
As he celebrates his first one hundred days anniversary and the commissioning of projects, I salute his diligence and persevering spirit. I pray that God Almighty will preserve, protect and direct his path in the years ahead.
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