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397 Get N.2bn RSG Interest-Free Loan …As Wike Tasks Bille People On Peace

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In keeping with its promise to empower traders and young entrepreneurs in Rivers State, the state government has disbursed the first tranche of N200 million interest-free loans to 397 beneficiaries in 12 local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Onowu Chukwuemeka, who disclosed this over the weekend said the second batch of beneficiaries would receive disbursement at the end of this month.
The first 12 local government areas to benefit from the loan are Okrika, Ikwerre, Ahoada, Akuku-Toru, Andoni, Bonny, Obio/Akpor, Gokana, Khana, Omuma, ONELGA, and Oyigbo Local Government Areas.
He also noted that the second batch of beneficiaries will be published at the end of the month.
According to him, the loan would go a long way in empowering the financial strength of traders across the state.
He said that the loan would also make business people vibrant and young entrepreneurs that have not found their feet to develop.
He commended the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for embarking on the free loan programme to alleviate the plight of the people and create jobs in the state.
The commissioner urged beneficiaries to ensure proper utilisation of the funds to achieve maximum profit and grow their businesses for the economic development of the state.
See list of beneficiaries on Pages 16 and 17.
Meanwhile, a renewed call has gone to the people of Bille Kingdom in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State to continue to remain peaceful in order to attract more development projects to the area.
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike made this call during the Bille Kingdom Development Summit 2019 in Port Harcourt, last Saturday.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Damiete Herbert Miller, the governor said that by being peaceful, the kingdom stands to gain a lot in terms of political patronage and infrastructural development like sand-filling and shore protection, amongst others.
He also advised the people to put their acts together and install a king to fast-track the development of the kingdom while attracting the necessary recognition of their stool.
Wike urged the people to ensure that security of lives and property was maintained, noting that they must collaborate with the government to ensure that the Bille Kingdom and its territories were free from pipeline vandals and illegal refining of petroleum products.
In her remarks, the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, who spoke through a former chairman of the Degema Local Government Area Caretaker Committee, Mrs. Okorite Carrie Adiele, urged the Bille Kingdom to give opportunity for government’s assistance in setting up a modular refinery through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, stressing that government would assist the kingdom to achieve the feat.
She, however, advocated that employment into the proposed modular refinery should be on 50:50 ratio, where 50% would cover the Bille interest.
The Vice Chairman of the Bille Kingdom Chiefs’ Council, Alabo Ibitamino Minapakama, who said the Bille Kingdom had suffered gross marginalization and utter neglect over the years, however, commended the governor under whose watch sons and daughters of Bille have attained positions of influence in government.

 

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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator Congratulates Hon (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike On Her Birthday

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As the wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike celebrates her birthday anniversary on Sunday, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with the First Lady, describing her as a rare gift to the State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Bro. Obuah in a congratulatory message also described Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as a simple, loving, caring and trustworthy mother who has remained a pillar of strength to her husband in the task of administering the State.
He lauded the Governor’s wife for her steadfastness and being a role model for women, noting that her wonderful virtues are worthy of emulation.
While stressing that behind a successful man, there is a good wife, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator added that the blessed companionship of the First Lady and her husband has contributed in no small measure in navigating the ship of Rivers State into a glorious era.
His words: “As you mark your birthday today, I bring you best wishes and good tidings from my beloved wife and family, as well as workers of the Rivers Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, who are appreciative of all that you are doing to advance the cause and dignity of Rivers people”.
Bro. Obuah prayed that the birthday would bring to the Governor’s wife, an extra share of everything that would make her the happiest in life.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further prayed God to grant the Rivers First Lady long and prosperous life for the overall benefit of the State and to the glory of God.
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