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The Administration has intervened in Federal Courts. It constructed and furnished:
.The Federal Court Complex
.The National Industrial Court
.Reconstructed the Court of Appeal
The Administration also built an ultra-modern secretariat for the Port Harcourt branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Governor Wike also attended to the welfare of all the State’s judges, and magistrates by providing brand new cars for them to enhance their comfort and movement.
The First Phase of the Ultra-Modern Judges Quarters comprising of 20 5-bedroom luxurious duplexes, as part of a new housing plan for judicial officers, has been completed.
After the dark era he inherited, Governor Wike has invested deliberately with a view to making Port Harcourt a regional judicial hub and the best place where judicial officers, lawyers and litigants can have all the comfort that they need to dispense justice and receive judicial services as the case may be.
Investments in Security of Lives and Property
Despite the political distractions, Rivers State remains one of the safest places to live and do business. It has turned out as Nigeria’s centre of conferences, international meetings and religious programmes because of the secure environment.
Between 2016 and 2019, more than 100 National, International Conferences and Sporting Events held in Rivers State. This vote of confidence in the security framework of the state attracted over 400,000 high class visitors at different times.
In terms of financial statistics, these conferences and meetings injected billions of naira into the state’s economy. Hotel accommodation, commercial transportation, souvenirs trade and small scale food vendors experienced economic boom.
Over the period, Governor Wike initiated and signed into law the anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism law passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly. The law gave the security agencies the legal instrument to tackle kidnappers and cultists.
To strengthen the security architecture of the state; Governor Wike in the course of the last two years, has distributed over 250 security vans to all the security agencies in the state to fight crime.
The Wike administration has also procured six armoured personnel carriers, while 80 broken down armoured personnel carriers have been rehabilitated by the Rivers State Government for use of security agencies.
The administration has restored and sustained monthly subvention to security agencies. This is significant because the immediate past APC administration in the state failed to release funds to security agencies for over three years.
To improve marine security, Governor Wike procured and handed over 8 Security Gunboats to the Nigerian Navy. The process of the acquisition of 13 more security vans for the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Police has been activated by Governor Wike.
More than 20 security gunboats have been rehabilitated by the Wike administration and put to use by the security agencies operating in the state.
Cooperating with the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, NNS Pathfinder, the Rivers State Government completed residential quarters for Naval personnel at the Naval Base in Rumuolumeni.
As a popularly elected governor with immense love for his people, Governor NyesomEzenwoWike in liaison with security agencies and security experts worked out a unique amnesty programme to enthrone lasting peace in the state.
Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency
This agency backed by a law passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly was established to assist security agencies with relevant intelligence and support to fight crime.
The agency fashioned in line with global best practices has recruited qualified personnel in liaison with security agencies. The agency will fully come on stream to address security concerns in different communities in the State.
ª%Commerce and Economic Sector Developmen
This is yet another sector where Governor Wike has impacted the lives of the people, positively. During the period under review, the governor has developed markets to create opportunities for traders to ply their trade in comfort and safety.
The Rumuokoro Market and Park, is a modern market initiated and executed by Governor Wike with a view to solving the challenge of street trading.
The Mile One Market in Port Harcourt was razed down before Governor Wike assumed office. The previous administration failed to construct the market as promised. Today, Governor Wike has rebuilt the Market.
The Fruit Garden Market in D-Line, Port Harcourt which was razed down, has been reconstructed by Governor Wike. Before the reconstruction, Governor Wike gave business grants to traders who lost their wares in the inferno.
Empowerment Schemes
Since 2016, theWike Administration has been investing in the empowerment of traders, small businesses and young entrepreneurs.
The State released the sum of N2 billion as grant to over 20,000 small business owners to invest and grow their small business in 2016.
This year, N200million monthly revolving interest-free loan has been made available for youths to start or grow their small businesses.
Similarly, N500 million grants to empower 10,000 women across the State have been released for them to invest in their small businesses.
The N100 million revolving interest-free loan for civil servants to take care of immediate needs initiated by the Wike Administration is running.
Tourism Development
Through deliberate investments, Governor Wike has turned Rivers State into a major tourist centre in the country.
Port Harcourt Pleasure Park
The Port Harcourt Pleasure Park initiated and executed by his administration is the best in the country. It attracts several thousands to the state. It is an excellent recreational facility
Also within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, the Wike Administration has constructed a Cinema and Restaurant.
Rex Lawson Cultural Centre
The Rex Lawson Cultural Centre completed and commissioned by the Wike Administration is promoting culture and tourism in the region.
Rivers State played host to 25 States of the Federation during the 31st National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in October 2018. The festival was adjudged the best in recent history.
Sports Development
In the last four years, Governor Wike has addressed Sports as a means of empowering the youths and enhancing the economy of the state.
.Real Madrid Football Academy
This is one of the most outstanding contributions to the growth of sports in the country. Governor Wike personally drove the process. He travelled to Spain where he negotiated the establishment of the Academy. Officials of Real Madrid were in Port Harcourt to formalize the process, while the Foundation Stone was laid by CAF President, Ahmed Ahmed. The facility is ready and will groom the next generation of stars for Nigeria
Over the past four years, Rivers State has played host to key international matches. In 2018, Super Eagles played DR Congo at the AdokiyeAmiesimaka Stadium in their last preparation game before heading for the World Cup.
The Nation’s U-23 Football qualified after playing against Congo in Port Harcourt. On September 28, 2015, Super Eagles defeated Les Mena of Niger by two unreplied goals at the AdokiyeAmiesimaka in Port Harcourt.
Tbe State hosted the Joseph Yobo Testimonial/Centenary Game which attracted International stars and managers.
Also, the Administration established Rivers United Football Club and adequately funding the team for it to win laurels for the State;
ª% strengthened Rivers Angels Football Club;
ª%Cleared arrears of salaries and sign-on fees owed to the two clubs;
ª% revived the State’s Basketball Club;
ª% hosted National Wrestling Festival;
ª%hosted the African Wrestling Championship;
ª%All African Senior Badminton Championship
ª% organized the 1st Rivers State Sports Development Initiative for under 17 Athletes;
ª%provided improved funding for the Rivers State Sports Council;comprehensively reconstructed,
ª% rehabilitated, and restored the King Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex to what it used to be. The facilities that have now been restored.
Women Development
Since the creation of Rivers State, it is under the leadership of Governor Wike that concrete efforts have been made to develop women and promote gender equality.
Today, the Deputy Governor, DrIpalibo Harry Banigo is a woman, while the 23 Local Government Areas elected Vice Chairmen are women. Over 150 Elected Ward Councillors are women.
The State Chief Judge, Justice AdamaIyaye-Laminkara and President, Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Christy Gabriel Nwankwoare women. The Administration has appointed several women as Permanent Secretaries and directors.
Credit facilities have been provided for less privileged women to help them to boost their businesses.
The Wife of the Rivers State Governor, NyesomEzenwoWike has supported through different orientation programmes, especially Rivethics.
Civil Service Welfare
This is one area that has gained from the governor’s investments in the promotion of good governance.
Since he cleared the months of salaries inherited from the immediate past APC Administration, the governor has been regular in the payment of salaries and pensions.
For the emergence of an efficient and effective civil service, Governor Wike has funded the training and value re-orientation of the State Civil Service.
Housing Development
This is one area that the Wike Administration has made appreciable progress through public-private approach to governance. In the last four years, the governor has achieved a great mileage in this sector.
Governor Wike encouraged Private sector investments in housing delivery through the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority. This initiative has started yielding fruits as some private sector developers have come onboard, including Sammiya Nig. Ltd, which has already commenced the development of about 6000 mixed residential houses in the new city.
Governor Wike Administration developed a-?50 2-bedroom low-cost houses at Iriebe , constructed 50 one-bedroom houses for the Department of State Security and the 24 units of 2-bedroom flats for Nigerian Air Force.
The Administration Constructed 24 three-bedroom flats for senior civil servants. The quarters have been commissioned for use by the senior civil servants.
Another set of 50 units of low cost houses at Ogu are now in place.
. State Ecumenical Centre:
. Restore Rivers Initiative
This is a programme initiated by the Wike Administration to restore and upgrade key Government Structures and Facilities.
.Reconstructed, restored and furnished the Old Government House (Brick House) and lawns;
.Renovated Government House buildings and Guest Houses
.Cconstructed the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority Head office
.Reconstructed the Chief Emmanuel Aguma House (Former Produce House)
.Reconstructed nos. 34A and 34B Aba road office complex, Port Harcourt; and
.Reconstructed the Primary Healthcare Board Building.
Provision of Water
In a very determined way, the Wike Administration has ensured the provision of water to urban and rural communities. Several abandoned rural water facilities have been rehabilitated or completed within the last four years.
Governor Wike has executed some rural water projects in Eleme, Okrika, as well as in some communities in Akuku Toru and Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Areas of the State under the EU-UNDSP Quick win programme.
The Administration has put in place the institutional framework for realizing the Port Harcourt Water Project to be funded with the World Bank Loan.
It has also rehabilitated the Moscow water pumping station in Port Harcourt.
Agricultural Development
Governor Wike is driving agricultural development through the creation of the right environment for private investments.
In May 2018, the Rivers State Government sealed a new mechanized agro farming deal with a South Korean Firm, Chang B2B Company Limited . The South Korean Firm got 10, 000 hectares in Emohua Local Government Area, which created 2000 direct and indirect jobs.
The objective of facilitating land for investors is to create jobs through massive agricultural investors.
Commenting on the deal, Managing Director of Chang B2B Company Limited and Leader of Delegation, Mr Kim Kyochang assured that the company will invest in rice production in Emohua Local Government Area.
This model has led to the revival of former Risonpalm, now under the management ofSiat Nigeria Limited.
Siat in Ubima and Elele towns now produce the very best palm fruits. The facility engages in commercial harvesting and the entire outfit sanitized, electricity production ongoing with 4274hectares due for planting.
This partnership in commercial agriculture has impacted positively on communities in the areas of salaries, and wages , social responsibilities and contracts that have been awarded members of the host communities including land clearing contracts .
Siatis spending over N1Billion on the average in direct of indirect activities to the host communities. Over 5000 persons are employed by the company.
The Wikeadministration is working with private investors to revive the Rubber company.
Governor Wike has since opened liaison with foreign investors on the development of commercial agriculture platforms. The state government had pledged access to land as her contribution to the promotion of large scale farming.
Commissioning as a Platform for National Integration and Accountability
It is on record that Governor Wike has executed and commissioned the highest number of projects in Nigeria since 2015. The commissioning of these projects has been used by Governor Wike to strengthen the bond of National Unity and integration.
Those who commission projects in Rivers State are from different states and geo-political zones. They cut across party, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Through projects’ commissioning, Governor Wike has preached the gospel of National Unity, Development and accountability.
A shortlist of those who have commissioned projects in Rivers State:
•Vice President YemiOsinbajo commissioned Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu road and Chokocho -Igbo-Etche-Rumuokurushi Inter- Change
•Former President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned IPO-Omademe-Airport Road and Second Nkpogu Bridge
•Former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) commissioned Garrison-Trans-Amadi-Slaughter-WojiElelenwo Road in Port Harcourt
•Former Vice President AtikuAbubakar commissioned Phase One ofIsiokpo Internal Roads
•Senate President BukolaSaraki commissioned Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road
•Speaker of House of Representatives, YakubuDogara commissioned Woji-Elelenwo Dual Carriageway
• Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal commissioned Birabi Memorial Grammar School, Bori and College of Medical Sciences building, Rivers State University
• Delta State Governor, Senator IfeanyiOkowa commissioned Mgbuoshimini Model Primary School and Mgbuoshimini Primary Healthcare Centre in Obio/Akpor LGA
• Former Senate President David Mark commissioned Ozuoba-Ogbogoro-Rumuolumeni road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area
• Former Speaker of House of Representatives, GhaliNa’abacommissioned Edeoha-Ikata- Ochigba Road in Ahoada East Local Government Area
• Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili commissioned the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park and Denni-Fiberesima Doctors Quarters
•Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia commissioned Eneka Road
•Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose commissioned Elele-Alimini Internal Roads
•Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu commissioned Rumueprikom-Rumuolumeni Road
•General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye commissioned Rivers State Ecumenical Centre
•Primate of Anglican Church of Nigeria, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh commissioned the Government House Chapel of Everlasting Grace
•Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’adAbubakar commissioned the Secretariat of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers
•Obi of Onistsha, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe commissioned Abacha Road, Port Harcourt
•Ooni of Ife, Oba AdeyeyeEnitanOgunwusi commissioned Rex Lawson Cultural Centre, Port Harcourt
• Former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi commissioned Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema
•Former Jigawa State Governor, SuleLamido commissioned Government Secondary School, Onne
•Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator GodswillAkpabio commissioned Omoku Internal Roads and Igwuruta-Chokocho Road
•Former Plateau State Governor, Senator Jonah Jang commissioned Civil Servants Quarters
•Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghencommissioned National Industrial Court and Reconstructed Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt by the Wike Administration
• PDP National Chairman, Prince UcheSecondus commissioned Eliozu -Rumunduru-Elimgbu (Oro-Igwe ) road.
• Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan
•Former Delta State Governor, James Iboricommissioned BishopFubara Street, Captain Amangala Street and Tourist Beach Road
•Former Chief Judge, Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta commissioned the Federal High Court Complex constructed by the Wike Administration
Recognitions and Outstanding Awards
Following his outstanding developmental strides, Rivers State Governor, NyesomEzenwoWike has been honoured nationally and internationally.
On October 30, 2017, Governor Wike received the “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award”organised by the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The award is supported by the United Nations Environment. He was recently honoured with the Power of Sports (POS Africa) Award by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa during its 81st Congress in Brussels, Belgium.
The Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers conferred on Governor Wike “Pride of Rivers State (PRS) and Daar Communications Plc owners of AIT conferred on Governor Wike the first overall Daar Communication PLC “Governor of the year 2018”. Also, the Nigerian Medical Association conferred on the Governor the (NMA) healthcare merit award for his outstanding projects delivery in the Health Sector. Governor NyesomWike of Rivers state also emerged winner of the Nigeria union of journalists NUJ Prize for outstanding leadership and infrastructural development.
Governor Wike is Silverbird Man of the Year, 2017, Sun Newspaper Governor of the Year, 2017, New Telegraph Man of the Year, 2017, Leadership Newspaper Governor of the Year 2017, Businessday Newspaper Governor of the Year 2018 and Independent Newspaper Political Icon of the Year, 2017.
Earlier, he emerged as Sun Newspaper Governor of the Year, 2016, Independent Newspaper Man of the Year 2016, Authority Newspaper Man of the Year, 2016 and Rivers State Christian Association of Nigeria Apostle of Peace.
Governor Wike holds the highest honour in the State. The Grand Service Star of Rivers State (GSSRS).
Political Sagacity/ Statewide Acceptance.
One of the distinguishing features of Governor Wike is his application of political wisdom to carry the people along and defend the interest of the state. In all his activities, Rivers State is placed first and above every other consideration.
As a result of his commitment to Rivers State, Governor Wikeenjoys adeep state-wide acceptance. There is no part of the state, where he is notpopular with the people for his frank leadership and his willingness to spread projects.
Only recently after his re-election, Rivers women presented him with humble but profound gifts. The market women at Fruit Garden Market presented their gifts of appreciation on behalf of Rivers people.
Governor Wike enjoys a fantastic level of street credibility. Due to his high level of performance and natural leadership,
One Hundred Percent Christian State
The Governor continues to indicate without equivocation that Rivers State is totally a Christian State. Like the Governor says, he has no apologies about it. He has completely dedicated Rivers State to God.
In very practical ways, Governor Wike has continued topromote Christianity. This commitment to God has attracted countless blessings.
To unify the Christian Faith, Governor Wike constructed the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre. At the Government House Port Harcourt, he constructed the Chapel of Everlasting Grace. He has reached out to different churches and also promotes evangelism by ensuring that Churches have access to crusade venues.
ª%New Mandate (2019-2023)
It is said that the reward for hardwork is more work. Governor Wike has performed exceptionally well in the last four years. In appreciation, the good people of Rivers State overwhelmingly re-elected him.
His re-election is the most outstanding and historic under the present dispensation. The people staked their lives and insisted that their votes must count.
Governor Wike (PDP) polled 886, 264 votes to defeat EngrBiokpomaboAwara (AAC) who scored 173,859 votes. The margin of victory was 712,405 votes. Rivers people spoke with a loud voice. They declared theirpreference for Governor Wike and his outstanding leadership.
Therefore, 2019 to 2023 shall witness another round of quality projects and programmes aimed at consolidating on the gains of Governor Wike’s first term.
Rivers at 50: The Golden Jubilee Celebration
The historic celebration of Rivers State Golden Jubilee was driven by Governor NyesomEzenwoWike in 2017. This was a world class celebration that attracted the world to Rivers State.
The Golden Jubilee celebrations brought to the fore, the history, culture, achievements, potentials and aspirations of Rivers State and her people
Political Sagacity/ Statewide Acceptance
One of the distinguishing features of Governor Wike is his application of political wisdom to carry the people along and defend the interest of the state. In all his activities, Rivers State is placed first and above every other consideration.
As a result of his commitment to Rivers State, Governor Wikeenjoys adeep state-wide acceptance. There is no part of the state, where he is notpopular with the people for his frank leadership and his willingness to spread projects.
Only recently after his re-election, Rivers women presented him with humble but profound gifts. The market women at Fruit Garden Market presented their gifts of appreciation on behalf of Rivers people.
Governor Wike enjoys a fantastic level of street credibility. Due to his high level of performance and natural leadership.
One Hundred Percent Christian State
The Governor continues to indicate without equivocation that Rivers State is totally a Christian State. Like the Governor says, he has no apologies about it. He has completely dedicated Rivers State to God.
In very practical ways, Governor Wike has continued topromote Christianity. This commitment to God has attracted countless blessings.
To unify the Christian Faith, Governor Wike constructed the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre. At the Government House Port Harcourt, he constructed the Chapel of Everlasting Grace. He has reached out to different churches and also promotes evangelism by ensuring that Churches have access to crusade venues.
ª%New Mandate (2019-2023)
It is said that the reward for hard work is more work. Governor Wike has performed exceptionally well in the last four years. In appreciation, the good people of Rivers State overwhelmingly re-elected him.
His re-election is the most outstanding and historic under the present dispensation. The people staked their lives and insisted that their votes must count.
Governor Wike (PDP) polled 886, 264 votes to defeat Engr.BiokpomaboAwara (AAC) who scored 173,859 votes. The margin of victory was 712,405 votes. Rivers people spoke with a loud voice. They declared theirpreference for Governor Wike and his outstanding leadership.
Therefore, 2019 to 2023 shall witness another round of quality projects and programmes aimed at consolidating on the gains of Governor Wike’s first term.

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Rivers SEEFOR: The Journey So Far

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The need for youth employment and access to socio-economic services formed the bases for the formation of the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) Project, to consolidate the gains from the amnesty programme of the Federal Government and ensure that youths do not fall back to social vices.
The Project which is financed with credit from the World Bank, grant from European Union and counterpart fund from the State Government, commenced implementation on July 31, 2013. The objective is to enhance opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services whilst improving the Public Financial Management Systems in the four Niger Delta participating States of Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers.
SEEFOR has two main components: Component A: Youth employment and access to socio-economic services and Component B: Public Financial Management (PFM) Reforms.
Since implementation commenced in Rivers State, the project has traversed the nooks and crannies of the state and transformed lives of several youths, women and communities at large.
Reviewing the activities of the multifaceted project across its sub-components: Public Works, Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Training (TVAT), Community Driven Development-Economic and Community Driven Development-Social as well as its Public Financial Management Component, beneficiaries bared their minds on the activities of the Project.
Under the Public Works Sub-Component, which entails executing small road maintenance and waste management projects, the State Project Coordinator, Mr Kelcious Amos said it has surpassed its target of executing 224 projects and engaging 10,845 beneficiaries to executing 497 projects and engaging 21,770 beneficiaries.
Some beneficiaries and resident of communities visited expressed their gratitude: At Okwutake Community in Degema LGA where Utie-Iwula Road was maintained; a resident, Mrs Elizabeth Brown said “the road was very bad that people could not even use it during rainy season, people could not go through the road to the Waterside, but after SEEFOR’s intervention, the road is now very assessable.”
At Apostolic Church Road, in Eleme one of the beneficiaries, Miss Christy Ogbaji said the project has given her engineering knowledge that she can apply anywhere.
At Lawson’s Compound/Health Centre Road where a mini bridge was constructed to replace a worn-out wooden bridge that was there, the community members thanked the project for the bridge that has eased transportation of sick people and pregnant women in and out of the Health Centre. They also said the bridge is connecting them to nearby communities and called for more projects in the community.
Speaking on the TVAT sub-component, the State Project Coordinator said the project had a target of training 5,436 youths but 6,134 youths have benefited from this sub-component and some have received starter packs. He explained further that SEEFOR has intervened in four technical schools that include Government Technical College (GTC) Ahoada, Ele-Ogu, Port Harcourt and Tombia. Others are Government Craft Development Centre, Port Harcourt, School-to Land Authority, Rumudomaya, Women Development Centre Taabaa, Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori and Capt. Elechi Amadi Polytechnics, Rumuola.
He explained further that under Ken Saro-Wiwa and Elechi Amadi Polytechnics youths were trained in the following short-term skills; air-conditioning and refrigeration maintenance, carpentry/wood work, computer and phone repair/maintenance, electrical installation, block laying, concreting and iron mongery, automobile technology, electronics installation/maintenance, plumbing/tiling, and welding and fabrication.
SEEFOR in collaborated with some non-state actors also trained youths in Fashion Designing, welding and fabrication, Carpentry/wood work, livestock farming, catering and hotel management.
In addition to the above, the project engaged volunteer teachers to augment the effort of the State government in technical schools.
The Community Driven Development (CDD) sub-component has provided both economic and social succour to rural dwellers. A review of the Community Driven Development-Social (CDD-S) that was designed to provide access to social infrastructure in rural communities based on needs assessment and project selection, reveal that the project has intervened in 448 communities and implemented 94 micro projects across 17 LGAs
Assessing the impact of the project in communities showed a visibly elated people who applauded SEEFOR for infrastructural development through micro project provided for them.
At Ewika in Eleme where a Civic Centre and Borehole was constructed, the traditional ruler, Chief Jacob Mpka said the project was the first of its kind in the history of the Community. He explained that since the inception of the community they have being without potable water, that the construction of borehole by SEEFOR Project was a big relief to the entire Egbere Ewika Community and its environs. The Chief further said the Civic Centre is now a source of social gathering for the people.
Similarly, in Igwuruta where 240 km walk way was constructed; Hon Ken Amaewhule who spoke on behalf of the community thanked SEEFOR for the road, that has boosted both their individual and commercial activities.
At Kalaibiama Community in Bonny LGA, members of the community thanked the project for the electrification of the community which had hitherto being in darkness.
The CDD-E sub-component is created to provide grant for the implementation of agricultural micro project in rural communities thereby increasing their income base. SEEFOR Project is collaborating with FADAMA III to implement this sub-component. So far, 712 cooperatives have benefitted from this sub-component across 49 communities.
Members of some communities who spoke on behalf of their communities were unanimous in their accolade for the project.
At Somiari-Ama, Tere-Ama Community in Port Harcourt LGA where a poultry and lives stock cluster farm was implemented as well as public convenience;
Mrs Dorathy Somiari thanked the project for given the community opportunity to raise their income base as some youths in the community where employed to work on the farm in addition to the proceeds from the farm which is sold periodically. A representative of the community Mr Emmanuel Somiari said by siting the public convenience there, several causalities have been averted, noting that before SEEFOR’s intervention, aged people usually fall down while trying to climb the wooden bridge to toilet.
At Umuagwu in Omuma LGA where market stalls, public convenience and water micro projects were sited, members of the community thanked SEEFOR/FADAMA, adding that it has improved their businesses, social and individual lives as people now have markets stalls to sell their goods without fear of rain and sun, while the search for portable water has been eliminated.
Speaking on behalf of Ido SEEFOR/FADAMA Community Association in Asari-Toru, Mr Sagbe Endure thanked the project for the Cluster farm sited in the community and the borehole water project that has replaced the well water that was the only source of drinking water in the community.
The State Project Coordinator, speaking on Component B of the project said; the Public Financial Management Component is designed to deepen the on-going financial management reform effort of the State Government to ensure judicious utilization of public fund. It is also to improve and modernise the PFM systems, practices, processes and institutions with the aim of improving efficiency and effectiveness in managing public resources to achieve value for money.
Enumerating on the achievements of the component, Mr Amos listed the following:
• Draft Bills for the PFM Legislation and Audit has been passed by the RSHoA and await executive assent.
• Fiscal strategy paper and budget manual developed
• Socio-Economic survey of the State completed
• 10 year State Development Plan (2017 – 2027) completed
• Procured ICT Equipment to the Min. of Budget & Economic Planning
• IPSAS based Chart of Account developed
• Production of IPSAS based Annual budget since 2015
• Procedure Manual for financial reporting developed
• IPSAS cash based financial Report produced since 2017
• Capacity building within and outside the country across all sub-component of the PFM Reform
• SIFMIS infrastructure all in place
• Training of 300 SIFMIS End-Users in basic ICT skills completed
• Standard bidding document developed for BoPP
• Public Asset register developed for BoPP
• Development of document management system completed
• Establishment of procurement Data Base for BoPP completed
• Rivers State BoPP website upgrade completed
Giving an over view of the assessment of the performance of SEEFOR Project in the State, the National Project Coordinator, Dr Greg Onu said “Rivers SEEFOR has surpassed its targets in most indicators, some by 200%, some by 250%”. He applauded Rivers Project Team for the success recorded and ensuring that the project objective is achieved.
The National Project Coordination Team was in the State on a Media Tour of some project sites to access the success of the project in preparation for the project closure in September 2020.

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Coronavirus: FG’s Deadly Double Standard In Rivers

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The politicisation of the fight against the spread of Coronavirus has brought to the fore the deadly application of exclusive list by officials of the Federal Government when it comes to issues that relate to Rivers State and the safety of its people.
This morning (April 12, 2020) as I perused through the newspapers, one report published by Punch Newspaper caught my attention. This report exposed the deadly double standards against Rivers State and her people. It also exposes the underlying deliberate plot to undermine the health security system of the state.
The report: “Chinese doctors’ flight:  How three airline crew members ‘disappeared’ from Lagos quarantine centre” highlighted how the Federal Government is collaborating with the Lagos State Government to quarantine pilots and crew members of Air Peace who flew in  Chinese doctors into the country. These pilots and crew members will be isolated from the rest of the Lagos community for 14 days to ascertain their Coronavirus status.
Please click this link to read the full report: https://punchng.com/chinese-doctors-flight-how-three-airline-crew-members-disappeared-from-lagos-quarantine-centre/
From the report, the Lagos State Government has quarantined 17 personnel of Air Peace who went on that national assignment on behalf of the Federal Government, operators of the ALMIGHTY EXCLUSIVE LIST. Amongst these 17 personnel are pilots and flight attendants.
Reading through the report, it is clear that the quarantine procedure is mandatory, especially when such crew members have entered a Coronavirus impacted territory. In the case of Nigeria, Lagos State is a Coronavirus-impacted territory.
The Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, declared that community transmission of Coronavirus is in full swing in the state. With this public declaration, it is necessary that precautionary measures be taken as long as the persons are coming from that location.
Please read this report for the confirmation of community transmission of Coronavirus in Lagos: https://businessday.ng/exclusives/article/rising-community-transmission-of-covid-19-strengthens-case-for-social-distancing/
Recall that the Federal Government has quarantined the Chinese doctors that are in the country to carry out medical outreach on behalf of the Federal Government.
This brings me to the main point that I have set out to make. The Federal Government that has emphasised EXCLUSIVE LIST every step of the way in relation to interactions with pilots and AVIATION, has willingly allowed the LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT to quarantine 17 Air Peace pilots and crew to stem the spread of Coronavirus.
In fact, three crew members that escaped from quarantine were located by the joint team of the Federal and Lagos State Governments to apprehend them for the overall safety of Lagos State.
Air Peace did not raise alarm. The Federal Government did not raise alarm to warn the Lagos State Government that it has touched the ALMIGHTY EXCLUSIVE LIST.
The quarantine of the 17 Air Peace personnel who were on National Service was never programmed to be an issue during the daily press conferences at Abuja. Therefore, the Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, the chief advocate of EXCLUSIVE LIST had no reason to insult the Lagos State Governor the way he insulted Governor Wike for defending the people of Rivers State and the health security system of the state.
If you read through the report of Punch on the issue, it was programmed to present Lagos State Government as caring for her people. Several Pro-APC Media will replicate this report. Pro-Lagos Editorials will be written about the proactive isolation of these Air Peace personnel on National Service.
I will also throw up another point highlighted in the Pro-APC Report on the quarantine of the Air Peace personnel by the Lagos State Government. There is a standing order of the Federal Ministry of Health that persons flying from Coronavirus-impacted territories be quarantined to check the virus.
Let me quote a paragraph from the said Sunday Punch report of April 12, 2020 that underlines the preferential treatment accorded Lagos State and the unfortunate politicisation of the fight against Coronavirus by the agencies of the Federal Government, operators of the EXCLUSIVE LIST.
“The 17 pilots and flight attendants later on Wednesday proceeded to Lagos to be quarantined by the Lagos State Government in line with an agreement the Ministry of Health reached with the carrier’s management. The Chinese medical personnel were quarantined in Abuja,” Sunday Punch wrote.
The above paragraph indicates that each time a flight leaves and returns, necessary precautionary measures must be taken to check the spread of Coronavirus and the general transmission of the virus. In Lagos State and Abuja, the Federal Government is ever ready to observe the established health protocols to check the spread of Coronavirus.
But when it comes to Rivers State, the operators of EXCLUSIVE LIST are willing to risk the lives of over six million Rivers people and Nigerians just to drill barrels of oil. They are willing to insult the Rivers State Governor everyday on National Television and Mainstream Media for insisting on the implementation of an agreement for the observation of basic health protocols to protect the lives of Nigerians, wherever they may be.
This is what the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said about the observation of the health protocols on flights.
He said, “They knew that before they came and have undergone tests before they left their country. Nevertheless, they will be in quarantine for 14 days. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has gone to see where they will be quarantined.”
To think that two leading national newspapers allowed themselves to be used to lampoon the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for insisting on the operation of the health protocols underscores the rot in the country. The hatred for the truth is nauseating, embarrassing and unfortunate.
If 17 personnel of a leading airline who flew 14 hours nonstop to China to ferry essential health equipment to tackle Coronavirus for the overall safety of Nigeria could be quarantined for 14 days in line with established health protocols, why would anyone justify the reckless flights into Port Harcourt by Caverton Helicopters, who consistently refused to observe health protocols?
If the Federal authorities allowed the Lagos State Health Authorities to freely operate at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, where they apprehend pilots on essential services and quarantine them for the safety of Lagos people, why embolden CAVERTON HELICOPTERS to disregard health protocols when they fly into Rivers State?
The entire world is singing from one hymn page to ensure the safety of everyone. But in Nigeria, the situation is different. The Federal Government has instituted measures that frustrate the fight against Coronavirus in major opposition states. Aside encouraging private businesses to compromise the health security system of Rivers State at this critical time, there is no federal support for Governor Wike to carry out this herculean task.
With the 17 Air Peace personnel on compulsory quarantine, nobody has heard of threats from the Airline Operators of Nigeria threatening fire and brimstone. But they issued deadlines on Rivers State Government because they were primed to do so, even though they know of the health protocols operational at this time.
It is sad that the Federal Government will engage in this needless game of double standards. Introducing politics into the fight against the spread of Coronavirus is counterproductive.  It makes the entire country vulnerable and weakens the health defence mechanism of all the 36 states.
The objective of the fight against Coronavirus is to stop the virus from decimating the Nigerian population. In this fight, all established health protocols must be respected whether in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt or Enugu. Undermining health protocols in Port Harcourt because Rivers State is on another political path, is dangerous and would undermine the national struggle.
This double standard is deadly. It is unnecessary and it is unfortunate. Nobody should fuel the spread of the virus in one part of the country because of the irregular application of EXCLUSIVE LIST.  God has exposed this aspect with the quarantine of Air Peace personnel by the Lagos State Government. All Nigerians should begin to reason along the safety of the population and not the falsehood of operators of EXCLUSIVE LIST.
It is in our national interest for the Federal Government to discard the politicisation of the fight against Coronavirus and enthrone national respect for the operation of the established health protocols agreed by all tiers of government. What is EXCLUSIVE LIST in the face of national ill-health?
I conclude with Governor Wike’s advice to the Federal Government on the dangers of politicising the fight against Coronavirus.
He said: “It is quite unfortunate that the containment of Coronavirus has been politicized by the Federal Government. Every state is important in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus. Therefore, no state should be singled out for special treatment. The Federal Government should prevail or its agencies that connive with Aero Contractors and Caverton Helicopters to fly in workers on essential services to the state to ensure that the health status of these individuals as it relates to COVID-19 is ascertained.”
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media

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COVID-19 Is Not A Joke -Buhari

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Fellow Nigerians In my address on Sunday, 29th March, 2020, I asked the
residents of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory to stay at home for an initial period of fourteen days starting from Monday, 30th March 2020.
Many State Governments also introduced similar restrictions.
As your democratically elected leaders, we made this very difficult decision knowing fully well it will severely disrupt your livelihoods and bring undue hardship to you, your loved ones and your communities.
However, such sacrifices are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our country. They were necessary to save lives.
Our objective was, and still remains, to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action.
The level of compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines issued has been generally good across the country. I wish to thank you all most sincerely for the great sacrifice you are making for each other at this critical time.
I will take this opportunity to recognise the massive support from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) during this pandemic.
I also acknowledge the support and contributions received from public spirited individuals, the business community and our international partners and friends.
I must also thank the media houses, celebrities and other public figures for the great work they are doing in sensitizing our citizens on hygienic practices, social distancing and issues associated with social gatherings.
As a result of the overwhelming support and cooperation received, we were able to achieve a lot during these 14 days of initial lockdown.
We implemented comprehensive public health measures that intensified our case identification, testing, isolation and contact tracing capabilities.
To date, we have identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of
testing laboratories in the country and raising our testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.
We also trained over 7,000 Healthcare workers on infection prevention and control while deploying NCDC teams to 19 states of the federation.
Lagos and Abuja today have the capacity to admit some 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres.
Many State Governments have also made provisions for isolation wards and treatment centres. We will also build similar centers near our airports and land borders.
Using our resources and those provided through donations, we will adequately equip and man these centres in the coming weeks. Already, health care workers across all the treatment centers have been provided with the personal protective equipment that they need to safely carry out the care they provide.
Our hope and prayers are that we do not have to use all these centres. But we will be ready for all eventualities.
At this point, I must recognise the incredible work being done by our healthcare workers and volunteers across the country especially in frontline areas of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
You are our heroes and as a nation, we will forever remain grateful for your sacrifice during this very difficult time. More measures to motivate our health care workers are being introduced which we will announce in the coming weeks.
As a nation, we are on the right track to win the fight against COVID-19.
However, I remain concerned about the increase in number of confirmed cases and deaths being reported across the world and in Nigeria specifically.
On 30th March 2020, when we started our lockdown in conforming with medical and scientific advice, the total number of confirmed cases across the world was over 780,000.
Yesterday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally was over one million, eight hundred and fifty thousand. This figure is more than double in two weeks!
In the last fourteen days alone, over 70,000 people have died due to this disease.
In the same period, we have seen the health system of even the most developed nations being overwhelmed by this virus.
Here in Nigeria, we had 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 12 States on 30th March 2020. We had two fatalities then.
This morning, Nigeria had 323 confirmed cases in twenty States. Unfortunately we now have ten fatalities. Lagos State remains the center and accounts for 54% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria. When combined with the FCT, the two locations represent over 71% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria.
Most of our efforts will continue to focus in these two locations.
Majority of the confirmed cases in Lagos and the FCT are individuals with recent international travel history or those that came into contact with returnees from international trips.
By closing our airports and land borders and putting strict conditions for seaport activities, we have reduced the impact of external factors on our country. However, the increase in the number of States with positive cases is alarming.
The National Centre for Disease Control has informed me that, a large proportion of new infections are now occurring in our communities, through person-to-person contacts. So we must pay attention to the danger of close contact between person to person.
At this point, I will remind all Nigerians to continue to take responsibility for the recommended measures to prevent transmission, including maintaining physical distancing, good personal hygiene and staying at home.
In addition, I have signed the Quarantine Order in this regard and additional regulations to provide clarity in respect of the control measures for the COVID-19 pandemic which will be released soon.
The public health response to COVID-19 is built on our ability to detect, test and admit cases as well as trace all their contacts. While I note some appreciable progress, we can achieve a lot more.
Today, the cessation of movement, physical distancing measures and the prohibition of mass gatherings remain the most efficient and effective way of reducing the transmission of the virus. By sustaining these measures, combined with extensive testing and contact tracing, we can take control and limit the spread of the disease.
Our approach to the virus remains in 2 steps – First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners.
With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020. I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.
This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed. The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square. The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people. India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We cannot be lax.
The previously issued guidelines on exempted services shall remain.
This is a difficult decision to take, but I am convinced that this is the right decision. The evidence is clear.
The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action are unimaginable. 43. We must not lose the gains achieved thus far. We must not allow a rapid increase in community transmission. We must endure a little longer.
I will therefore take this opportunity to urge you all to notify the relevant authorities if you or your loved ones develop any symptoms. I will also ask our health care professionals to redouble their efforts to identify all suspected cases, bring them into care and prevent transmission to others.
No country can afford the full impact of a sustained restriction of movement on its economy. I am fully aware of the great difficulties experienced especially by those who earn a daily wage such as traders, day-workers, artisans and manual workers.
For this group, their sustenance depends on their ability to go out. Their livelihoods depend on them mingling with others and about seeking work. But despite these realities we must not change the restrictions.
In the past two weeks, we announced palliative measures such as food distribution, cash transfers and loans repayment waivers to ease the pains of our restrictive policies during this difficult time. These palliatives will be sustained.
I have also directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks. This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programs. A technical committee is working on this and will submit a report to me by the end of this week.
The Security Agencies have risen to the challenges posed by this unprecedented situation with gallantry and I commend them. I urge them to continue to maintain utmost vigilance, firmness as well as restraint in enforcing the restriction orders while not neglecting statutory security responsibilities.
Fellow Nigerians, follow the instructions on social distancing. The irresponsibility of the few can lead to the death of the many. Your freedom ends where other people’s rights begin.
The response of our State Governors has been particularly impressive, especially in aligning their policies and actions to those of the Federal Government.
In the coming weeks, I want to assure you that the Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force, will do whatever it takes to support you in this very difficult period. I have no doubt that, by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic.
I must also thank the Legislative arm of Government for all its support and donations in this very difficult period. This collaboration is critical to the short and long-term success of all the measures that we have instituted in response to the pandemic.
As a result of this pandemic, the world as we know it has changed. The way we interact with each other, conduct our businesses and trade, travel, educate our children and earn our livelihoods will be different.
To ensure our economy adapts to this new reality, I am directing the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Communication and Digital Economy, Science and Technology, Transportation, Aviation, Interior, Health, Works and Housing, Labour and Employment and Education to jointly develop a comprehensive policy for a “Nigerian economy functioning with COVID-19”.
The Ministers will be supported by the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and Economic Sustainability Committee in executing this mandate.
I am also directing the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Security Adviser, the Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council and the Chairman, Presidential Fertiliser Initiative to work with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure the impact of this pandemic on our 2020 farming season is minimized.
Finally, I want to thank the members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for all their hard work so far. Indeed, the patriotism shown in your work is exemplary and highly commendable.
Fellow Nigerians, I have no doubt that by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic and emerge stronger in the end.
I thank you all for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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