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Stop Wanton Killings, Group Tells Buhari

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A body of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Nigeria, the Coalition of Civil Societies, Rivers State chapter has called on the government at all levels to stop the killings across all parts of the country.
The group made this call in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, during a national road walk campaign against killings in the country.
The road walk, which started from Rumuola at 8:30am and terminated at Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt by 10.30am, was used to draw public attention to the increasing spate of wanton killings in the state and the country at large.
Addressing newsmen at Isaac Boro Park after the morning walk, the Coordinator, We The People (WTP), Mr Ken Henshaw said that the security agencies in the state, especially the Nigeria Police have failed in their responsibility to protect lives and property, adding that the role and responsibility of any government was to protect lives and property of citizens in the society.
“Therefore, any government that fails to do so has failed in its duty. Nigerians are no longer happy with the present administration in the country”, he lamented.
According to him, the civil society organisations in the country want an end to the killings going on in the country, noting that the killings were increasing on a daily basis.
“In the month of April in Rivers State alone, we documented 46 cases of violent killings and deaths. The government needs to do more for the safety of Nigerians.
“We urge the police to swing into action that would lead to unravelling the possible causes of these killings and ensure the documentation of the deaths in order to know their identities as well as their killers.
Also speaking, Chairman, Rivers State Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Comrade Enefaa Georgewill, urged the security agencies to track the perpetrators of the inhuman acts, and prosecute the killers in accordance with the relevant laws of the country.
He called for the withdrawal of police men and other security personnel attached to politicians and very important persons (VIPs), adding that these security men were meant to protect lives and property, not individuals who do not need them.
“Federal Government should send back the security agencies to the state, local government areas and communities for the protection of lives and property”, he added.
In his speech, a third-year student of University of Port Harcourt, Department of Sociology, Ojukwu Tochukwu said that the security agencies should be able to create a database for all the deaths that occurred in the state during the period under review.
Tochukwu, who is also a pioneer member of Students Watch (STUWAT), appealed to the security agencies to do their best in protecting lives and property of citizens in the society, which he said, was their primary obligation.

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We’re Not Taking Mandate Of Rivers People For Granted, Wike Insists

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has reiterated commitment of his administration to work tirelessly in advancing the state and improve the quality of living of Rivers people.
Speaking to journalists during an unscheduled inspection of four ongoing flyover projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state, Wike said more democratic dividends are in the offing for the people of the state.
The governor explained that his administration will continue to honour the social contract reached with Rivers’ people since 2015 to provide them good governance and quality infrastructure.
“For us, we owe them that duty to make sure that the mandate they’ve given to us will not be taken for granted. That is why all the members of our team are working, trying to make sure that we satisfy the yearnings of our people.”
The governor asserted that with commitment and passion, there is nothing any sincere government cannot accomplish in terms of providing basic infrastructure that can bring about the necessary transformation of the life of the people.
“It is very easy. The funds are there. When people ask us where do we get funds, we laugh. it is a matter of management, being prudent with the little you have. It is not as if we have a lot of money. The little we have, we have to manage it in a way that we can say, this is what we did with funds available to us.”
The governor frowned at the operations of illegal parks and other illegal trading activities around the ongoing flyover projects.
According to him, such despicable activities do not speak well of the state that is investing huge resources to enhance the status of the state capital and improve commerce.
“We have taken a decision that we are going to barricade off, and stop operations of all the unnecessary motor parks that are springing up. We want to make sure that people know that they cannot just wake up in the morning and decide to take government space and use as your private park.”
Speaking further, Wike stated that henceforth, any business place within whose precinct refuses are found, will be sealed up in the state. The decision, he said, is informed by the carefree attitude displayed by members of the public towards issues of sanitation.
According to him, if owners of business premises do not litter their premises and discourage others, the state will be cleaner.
Wike said, his administration has the political will to implement the new order because, in the long run, it will result in a change of behaviour and increase the attention members of the public pay to issues of sanitation.
“Those at Aba Road axis of the Rumuola area will be the first victims. Thereafter, others will follow, so that people will know that government is very serious.
“So, all those who litter refuse, and operate motor parks will have themselves to blame. This is not the time people will tell you that the economy is hard. If the economy is hard, does it mean that you’ll sell your goods and litter the places with the refuse.
“Why do you have to litter the area, thinking that government will come and clean them up for you. No, nobody will do that any longer.”
The flyover projects inspected by the governor included the Rumuola, GRA Junction, Orochiri/Wurukwo and Oru-Abali flyovers.

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Jonathan’s Appointment As ISCP-Africa Chair Excites PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, congratulated former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on his appointment as chairman of the International Summit Council for Peace, ISCP-Africa.
On Jonathan’s appointment as ISCP-Africa, an association of incumbent and former heads of state and their deputies, established in 2019 by the Universal Peace Federation UPF, an organization in general consultative status with the United Nations (UN), the party said in a congratulatory message, “is in recognition of his leadership qualities as a democrat as well as his resounding success in peacekeeping efforts across the world.”
The statement by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, read, “Our party is assured that former President Jonathan, will deploy his wealth of experience strengthened by the democratic tenets and principles of our great party, in his new mandate of providing direction for the essentials of peace, security, and development in Africa.
“The party also congratulates President Jonathan on his appointment as the Chancellor of Cavendish University, Uganda (CUU).
“The PDP is elated that former President Jonathan is so honoured to hold the position previously held by late President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia as well as late President Benjamin Mkapa of the Republic of Tanzania, because of his commitment to education and human capital development, in line with the ideals of the PDP.
“Our party congratulate Dr. Jonathan and urged him to use the positions to further the advancement of peace and development in Africa and the world at large.”

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PVC: 14,130 Persons Register Online In Rivers

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Over 14,130 persons have registered online ahead of the physical registration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The figures were contained in a document released by INEC in Rivers State, yesterday.
The INEC in the state reiterated that the physical registration of voters will commence on July 26, 2021.
The commission said the physical exercise will involve capturing of finger prints and photographs of those who had started the process online, while those who were yet to begin the process will also be registered.
Statistics released by the commission indicated that a total of 752,011 persons have been registered online across the 36 states of the federation as last Monday, with Osun State taking the lead with 232,808 registrants.

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