Wazobia Market, situated at Eleme Junction near Agofure Park, Rumuokwurusi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, last Tuesday organised a victory
party to celebrate the reelection of the governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike in the 2019 General Elections.
Speaking at the sideline of the event, the Chairman of Wazobia Marekt, Chief Hope Utchay said that members of the market are happy that Governor Wike was re-elected and so decided to hold the victory party to celebrate it.
He said that members ofWazobia Market supported Wike’s re-election, saying that no les than four thousand persons do business in the market.
Utchay who is also chairman of the Forum of former Councillors and Supervisors in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area said that those who do business in the market are from Eastern and Northern Nigeria among other parts in the country, adding that they all supported the re-election of Governor Wike.
He said that projects executed by Governor Wike impacted on the lives of northerners and other non-indigenes residing in Rivers State.
Utchay said: “The Wazobia Market is organizing a victory party for Governor Wike and I can say we are the first market in Rivers State who are celebrating his victory and appreciating him. Governor Nyesom Wike has done so many projects in Rivers State which the northerners and other non-indigenes who dwell in Rivers State have also benefitted” .
He thanked the people of the state and non-indigenes for supporting Governor Wike to victory in this year’s general elections.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Wazobia Market has appealed to the Rivers State Government to check the activities of illegal revenue collectors in the market and other markets in the state.
He also appealed to the Rivers State Government and Obio/ Akpor local government Council to take action on those who sell goods on a tarred road in Eleme Junction.
Also speaking, the Vice-Chairman of Wazobia Market, Alhaji Auwalu Iliyasu, said that members of Wazobia Marekt are happy that Governor Wike won the governorship election in the state.
On her part, the Chairlady of Wazobia Market, Ifeoma Nwankwo expressed confidence that Governor Wike will govern the state very well even in his second term.
The Secretary of the market, Lawal Dauda, who also spoke said that members of the Market are pleased with Governor Wike’s victory and wished him success in his new administration.
He appealed to Governor Wike to continue to carry out projects and also provide security and financial assistance for markets in the state.
Delta Reps Bicker Over Bill On Proposed Federal Poly
Two federal lawmakers from Delta State, South-South Nigeria, have thrown up disagreement over where a proposed federal polytechnic should be located within the State.
This followed a presentation of a bill for an Act seeking the establishment of a federal polytechnic Orogun in Delta Central Senatorial zone, which was forwarded from the Senate to the House of Representatives for concurrence.
While the said Bill was said to have been sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central, there was a similar Bill sponsored by Rep. Ossai Nicholas Ossai representing Ukwani Federal constituency which is in Delta North.
The Bill which was seeking the establishment of the same federal university with its location in Kwale, Delta North was passed by the House and sent to the Senate for concurrence in November 2019.
It, however, couldn’t get a Senate concurrence following the rejection by the red chamber, prompting Rep. Ossai to kick against the House concurring the current version changing the school’s proposed location and seeking the nod of the House.
Trouble began three weeks ago when Ossai, who chairs the House Committee, raised a point of order alerting the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila that the Bill so listed on the order paper as emanating from the Senate for concurrence was actually sponsored by him and passed by the House, but was rejected by the Senate when it was forwarded for concurrence.
APC Urges Credible Election In Nsukka LG
Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Joseph Ugwuoke,in Nsukka Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State, has urged Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) to ensure that February 29 local government poll is credible.
Ugwuoke made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Nsukka, yesterday.
He said that ENSIEC should allow the will of the electorate to prevail during that election by conducting an election that would be described by all as free and fair.
“The commission should ensure the votes of the people of Enugu State count in that election.
“I urge ENSIEC to give every political party an equal level playing ground during the election and resists any attempt by any politician to use their staff to commit electoral fraud.
“The state electoral umpire should ensure that the staff and ad-hoc staff exhibit high level of transparency and honesty during the exercise so that only candidates that have mandates of the electorate will emerge victorious,” he said.
Group Advocates Stronger Representation Of Women In Governance
The League of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV), Bauchi State Chapter, has advocated for stronger recognition of women issues through increased representation at all levels of governance.
The Chairperson of the league in Bauchi, Hajiya Fatima Zakari, made the call at a town hall meeting of stakeholders in Bauchi, yesterday.
She said stronger recognition of women’s issues in policy was required through increased representation in national, state and local governance.
According to her, if women are elected into governance, it will play key role in addressing critical issues affecting them and their broader communities,“such as education, water management, health and domestic violence, among others,” she said.
Zakari said that women representation in governance would promote greater equality in politics and support stronger representation of women issues in policy.
The chairperson expressed optimism that NILOWV was gaining ground in the state with more women understanding the need to actively participate in governance and decision making.
Speaking on behalf of the stakeholders, Hajiya Aisha Bama, the Secretary, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Bauchi State chapter, appealed to government at all levels to acknowledge the contribution of women in the society.
She reiterated that involvement of more women in political leadership would raise public awareness of their involvement in politics.
Participants were drawn from the traditional institutions, civil society organisations, security agencies and organised private sector, among others.
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