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Wike Picks His SSG, CoS

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As curtain opens on the second term of  his administration, the  Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, last week announced  the first set of his appointments.
Wike appointed Dr Tammy Danagogo as Secretary to the State Government, retained his former Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemaka Woke. He also retained his former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr Zacheaus Adango and appointed his former Commissioner of Budget, Hon Isaac Kamalu as Commissioner of Finance.
The four top officials were also sworn-in today in Government House, Port Harcourt by Gov Wike with a charge not to take their appointments for granted.
Gov Wike who spelt out major criteria for appointments in the second term of his administration, stressed that absolute loyalty, commitment to the vision of his administration and capacity to deliver are sacrosanct.
The appointees assured that they would do their best to actualise the vision and mission of Wike’s administration.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Violent Invasion of the state Judicial Complex on 11th April 2018, and  the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Violence, Killings and other Related Matters during the 2019 General Elections, submitted their reports to the governor on Monday at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Gov Wike who received the reports thanked the chairmen and members of the two commissions for doing a diligent and comprehensive job.
He said: “ Let me assure you that by the time that the Executive Council is fully constituted, we will make sure that the white paper  comes out and government will implemented the recommendations”.
However, Wike expressed  disappointment that the state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) failed to condemn the unfortunate invasion of the Rivers State Judicial Complex by political hoodlums.
He wondered why NBA could not even submit a memorandum on the incident, stressing that the reason the country is not moving forward is because people refuse to condemn evil.
He said that because of the attitude of NBA on the matter, his administration would review its promises to the association.
Governor Wike, last week warned that the Rivers State Government would no longer tolerate  shutting down of oil production facilities of companies operating in the state.
The governor announced this at a meeting with chairmen of Cluster Development Boards in Asari- Toru, Akuku-Toru and Degema Local Government Areas, oil companies and security agencies at Government House, Port Harcourt last Thursday.
Wike who stated that he would also not support any company not to carry out their Corporate Social Responsibility, urged the communities not to take laws into their hands.
He said in cases where companies fail to act within the expectations of the communities, the state government will mediate through the steering committee on Cluster Development Boards.
The governor noted that most problems in the Niger Delta were caused by the oil companies who engage criminal elements to the disadvantages of host communitie
The Anglican Bishops of the Niger Delta were at the Chapel of Everlasting Grace, Government House, Port Harcourt to give praises and Thanks to God  for the electoral victory of Gov Wike.
The bishops declared that they chose to return to the Everlasting Grace, because they vowed to offer their gratitude to God at the same venue if Gov Wike wins the election .
In his sermon the Archbishop of the Anglican ,province of the Niger Delta, Most Rev Tunde Adeleye said with the victory of Gov Wike, the will of God has done for the state despite the tensions and fears that greeted the  election process.
He commended the governor for rising above the evil machinations of the wicked to declare that he has forgiven everyone by offering the hand of reconciliation.

 

Chris Oluoh

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CROSIEC Deploys About 8,000 Personnel For LG Elections

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Ahead of the next Saturday’s rescheduled Local Government elections in Cross River, about 8000 personnel are said to have been deployed across the state to ensure the smooth conduct of the elections.
The Chairman of the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission, Dr. Mike Ushie, who disclosed this in Calabar while
speaking on preparations by the commission, said they are ready for the elections and one hundred percent compliant with post COVID-19
elections guidelines recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as the National Centre for Diseases
Control.
He said: “Eight thousand personnel have been mobilised to cover the two thousand, two hundred and twenty-six polling units in the state.
There will be three personnel per pooling unit, five at the accreditation centres, five at the local government and ward coalition centres.
“Accreditation and voting will take place simultaneously and  in line with INEC guidelines, there will be two levels of queuing  and voters
will vote in batches while maintaining social distance.
“We had to make sure that we are on course and lives are protected. Luckily INEC released the procedure for post COVID-19 elections and I
must say that we are in full compliance with it. INEC said we have to provide hand sanitizers, face masks and we have adopted all the
procedures one hundred percent.
“ We have gone beyond INEC  and have gone ahead to procure hand sanitizers, hand washing containers, a good number of face masks  and
we are working seriously to ensure that the right thing is done”, he said.
He added that the commission has given sufficient notice for the elections and confirmed that five political parties will be participating in Saturday’s elections.
From FRIDAY NWAGBARA, Calabar.
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Ambassador Desmond Akawor Inaugurated As New Rivers State PDP Chairman

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The new Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Executive Council has been inaugurated in Port Harcourt.
Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly,  Mr Ikuinyi Ibani administered the oath of office on the new executives led by Ambassador Desmond Akawor.
In a charge, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike called on the new executives to work towards consolidating the gains of the immediate past Executive led by Bro Felix Obuah.
He commended immediate past Rivers State PDP Chairman,  Bro Felix Obuah for leading to victory .
He said: “We had challenges at the beginning, but that Executive was committed to service. Obuah has shown capacity to deliver.  It will not be easy for the new executives, but the new executives must start to prepare the party for the challenges ahead.
“Work hard to surpass the records of the past executives.  Working together is key, unity is key.”
Speaking further, Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will never condone criminality or any attempt to violate the law.
He said: “But for the steps that , the number of cases would have been more. What makes a leader is the ability  to be firm. I value life more than property.
“Since 2015, we have not demolished any property.  But, someone who was SSG superintended over the demolition of several properties.  Now the person is talking about the draconian process.
“My joy is that majority of Rivers people love what we are doing.”
Governor Wike added that from Information from the State Health Commissioner,  the State is likely to have more cases,  mostly oil workers.
National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus congratulated the new Rivers State PDP Executive Committee,  advising them to work for the growth of the party.
Commenting on the fight against coronavirus,  Uche Secondus blasted the Federal Government for refusing to assist State Governments and provide direction for the country.
He said: “The Governors are working without help from the Federal Government.  But for God, the situation would have been worse.
“Governors are running from pillar to post. We must be grateful to Governor Wike for the initiative that he took. What the Governor has done has helped to drastically reduce the number of cases.
“Rivers State is lucky to have Governor Wike at this time of crisis .”
He said those who spread negative propaganda do so out of hatred.
New Rivers State PDP Chairman,  Ambassador Desmond Akawor thanked ththe leadership and members of the party for giving him the opportunity to serve.
He said God has used Governor Wike to rebuild a new Rivers State.  He saluted the resilience of PDP in weathering the storm.
Akawor assured that the new Executive will serve the party diligently.
Immediate Past PDP State Chairman,  Bro Felix Obuah said that the Executive Committee under his leadership led the party to victory  since 2015.
He said that the outgone Executives will continue to work for the party  to ensure future victory.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown

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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.

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