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Okorocha Hasn’t Released Money For My Inauguration -Gov-Elect

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Governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has said that the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has not released a dime for his swearing-in on May 29.
Ihedioha, who spoke in a statement issued by the secretary of his inauguration and handover committee, Ray Emeana, who doubles as the secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, said that the governor had refused to finance the inauguration activities.
According to the governor-elect, there was no truth that Okorocha had released N150million to his inauguration and handover committee for the May 29 programme.
The statement read partly: “Governor Rochas Okorocha has not released any money to the Emeka Ihedioha Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee.
“For the avoidance of doubts, Governor Rochas Okorocha and his outgoing government have not released any money to the Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee. The committee has not requested for any money either. Rather, the joint committee made up of the 31–member Ihediohia team and the 21–member Rochas Okorocha team met and adopted common resolutions on how best to proceed with the inauguration activities. Rochas Okorocha has since abandoned the mutual resolutions and proceeded with his “Internet-based Commissioning of Internet Sited Projects.
“Conscious of the importance Imo people attach to the May 29, 2019 handover date, the Ihedioha/Irona inauguration committee has proceeded with arrangements to deliver a world-class inauguration to Imo people come May 29, 2019.

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NIMASA Restates Commitment To Assist Natural Disasters’ Victims

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The  Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has reaffirmed its commitment to  render assistance to victims of natural disasters living in different camps  across the country. 
Jamoh made this known  while presenting food and other relief materials to the representatives of the victims in Port Harcourt and Yenagoa recently.
The DG who was represented by the   Deputy Director, Procurement, Mr. Otonye Obom presented the relief materials to the representatives of the victims  for  distribution to the flood victims and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Ahoada West, Ahoada East, Abua/Odual, Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Areas of the Rivers State and some affected Local Government Areas in Bayelsa State.
 ”This is part of the nation-wide donation of diverse forms of relief materials to people displaced as a result of the 2020 flood disaster that submerged some parts of the State and some other states across the country, this is a continuation of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives which has taken place in some States and is still on going”, he said.
The NIMASA boss noted that it was  important for Rivers and Bayelsa States to be beneficiaries of the gesture, because both states were among the states affected by  flood in 2020.
He also urged the beneficiaries  to make   judicious use of  the items in order to actualise its aim.
“We are here as a corporate organization to comply with the Federal Government’s directives for all government organisations to use their powers and resources to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians affected by flood and other disasters”, he said.
He further  called on other corporate bodies to partner with the agency in the initiatives,  in order to  support the Federal Government’s drive in advancing gestures that impact lives positively and meaningfully in the country.
The reprentatives, Barr Awori Miller and Hon. Seibarogu Werinipre , in their responses, commended the efforts of the agency and  stated  the importance and timeliness of the gesture. 
According to them, the Federal Government was doing its best within its powers to ensure  welfare and security of the people.
“The victims are ever grateful by this kind gesture and would not be forgotten in a hurry and called on other government agencies and corporate organisations   to emulate the footsteps of NIMASA by coming to the aid of the Internally Displaced Persons”, they said.
 They also assured  of  judicious use of the items by the beneficiaries and ensure that it alleviate, their suffering.
The Tide learnt that bags of  rice, tubers of yam, mattresses, sugar, salt, Dettol, Beans, Noodles, Soap/ Detergents, sanitary pads, dippers, mats, blankets, mosquito nets dairy foods, palm/vegetable oil, grinding machines, pumping and sewing machines were among the items donated.
It would be recalled  that the Federal Government has consistently encouraged interested philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to partner with government in order to adequately cater for the needs of Nigerians who are affected by one form of disaster or another. 
The NIMASA  gesture, is part of  its Corporate Social Responsibility as required by law.

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LG Boss Uncovers Bloodstained Army Uniform At ‘Cocaine Village’

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The newly inaugurated Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area, Obarilormate Ollor, has gone to ‘Cocaine village’ at Eleme Trailer Park to execute Governor Nyesom Wike’s quit order on residents of the illegal settlement when he made a shock discovery in one of the rooms.

Ollor had visited the area notorious for drugs and crimes, last Sunday, along with some security personnel to serve the quit notice on residents but met the area deserted—an indication that someone had alerted them about the visit.

Out of curiosity, the chairman opened one of the rooms in the ghetto-like settlement, and found the bloodstained uniform of a soldier, his knife and ATM card.

The chairman and his entourage had expressed suspicion that criminals in the area had killed the owner of the uniform and robbed him.

Ollor said, “Remember that a week ago, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, gave a directive that all illegal structures be removed. As the chief security officer of the local government, I am under that obligation.

 “What we are doing here today is to inform them in advance and to remind them that the ultimatum still holds. So, on or before June 26, they should move out.

“What we have here is a mixed population of criminals, armed robbers, drug dealers, and even those who allegedly trade in human parts. Right now, we just found the uniform of an Army man who probably may have been killed. His blood all over the room and uniform, his knife and ATM card, which we have given to the police.”

The Rivers State Police Command has reportedly swung into action to unravel the perpetrators of the alleged crime.

Spokesman of the police, SP Nnamdi Omoni, said that the command had received reports about criminal activities in the area, including the alleged killing of a soldier.

Omoni said, “We have gotten complaints and reports of drug traffickers, criminal elements, human organ dealers, kidnappers and more from there.

“Though we have been carrying out investigation into all of the reports but thank God, we now have a good lead and evidence.

“We have been mandated by the state government to carry out massive arrest within the environs to ensure we arrest and prosecute all those persons involved.”

Residents said that the ‘Cocaine village’ is a haven for drug dealers and users, adding that security operatives also patronize the area.

An aide of the Eleme LG chairman, who spoke off-the-record said, “The governor received an intelligence report that the slum harbours criminals and drug addicts who carry out series of crimes, human organ trafficking, abductions and many other criminal acts in the LGA and state at large.

“We learnt also that some security men troop in there off and on to buy drugs and indulge in one crime or the other.

 “The military uniform stained with blood, knife and motorcycle discovered were found in one of the rooms we opened.

“The badge of the military uniform was removed and there were heavy blood stains on the uniform.

“We went there with some police men as assigned to us by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Eboka Friday”, he added.

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Insecurity Hasn’t Hindered Projects’ Execution In Rivers, Wike Affirms

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike says that his administration has fearlessly tackled insecurity headlong and created an enabling climate for smooth delivery of quality development projects.
Wike made the assertion at the inauguration of 16.2-kilometre long Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi Road project in Omuma Local Government Area of the state, yesterday.
The governor noted that while other states of the country were still struggling with issues of insecurity, Rivers State was witnessing harvest of development projects with the non-stop inauguration and flag-off ceremonies to their amazement.
“Don’t fight anybody that God has blessed. Don’t fight the state that God has blessed. People are talking about insecurity. We are talking about commissioning and flagging-off of projects. Is it easy? If it is easy, let them try it.”
Wike asserted that it is only states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) like Rivers that has created a peaceful climate for the citizens while the government delivers democratic dividends.
“Those who say they don’t like what PDP is doing, they have no choice but to like it. You can see what the party (PDP) is doing. We are flagging-off and commissioning projects. Whether they like it or not, we are in charge.”
The governor said it is obvious that Rivers State is no longer on the same level with states that cannot provide dividend of democracy to their people.
Wike said the performance of his administration has restored confidence in Rivers people and they can walk with their heads raised high.
“Rivers people, are you not proud of your state? If you’re a Rivers man, anywhere you go, raise your shoulder high and say that you’re a Rivers man and woman. “They (other parties) can only jealous us, but they cannot do anything. We are of different class. We are not on the same level with them.”
Speaking further, Wike commended the member representing Omuma State Constituency, Hon. KelechiNwogufor his loyalty to PDP.
He also extolled him for his commitment to the welfare of Omuma people and being a trusted ally to him.
At the behest of Nwogu, Wike promised Omuma people that his administration would reconstruct the Umuakali-Eberi Road in appreciation of their support to the PDP.
Inaugurating the project, former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara, noted how Wike has redefined governance and broken the jinx of non-performance associated with second tenure governors.
According to him, the approach to development that the governor has adopted stands him out as a much sought-after leader who should be consulted in solving critical national issues related to governance.
“With my experience in elective politics, second terms of most governors are dull; some governors will just go to sleep because they don’t have anything to offer. But you are still commissioning projects, as if you’re not even going to leave.
“Your developmental approach, your developmental plans, and formula should make you an international consultant to the failing government. Because, quite frankly, the magic, I mean, nobody knows except you. You do it with ease, you do it with happiness.”
Providing the description of the project, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, EllokaTasie-Amadi said the Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi link road in Omuma Local Government Area was another genuine efforts of the Wike administration to ease the transportation difficulties experienced by rural dwellers in the Omuma.
“Many of these rural projects go unsung probably because the residents are not social media savvy, as in the case of Omuma, who are predominantly farmers, or probably because SM activities are not a part of their past times as it is with city dwellers.
“It may shock you to know that for every kilometre of road we have built in the city we have built 12kms or more in the rural areas. This is a conservative estimate I would like you to ponder upon when you get home.”
He further stated, “This project is a 16.2km long, 10.3m wide road project which has 4.3km of drains. The roads are marked and have a total of 27 road signs to aid driving and enhance public safety.”

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