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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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Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, signed the bill to prohibit open cattle grazing and trespass of cattle on land in the state into laws.
With the law, Lagos has joined some states in southern Nigeria that have anti-open grazing laws in place.
The law is coming more than two weeks after the September 1 deadline set by the Southern Governors Forum for states.
The governor also signed the Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Agency Bill, into Law.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it is committed to tackling the menace of drug abuse frontally to reduce the ravage among youths in the state.
Sanwo-Olu stated this on Monday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during a courtesy visit by the delegates of Anglican Communion Church of Nigeria, led by the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba.
Sanwo-Olu said his government was building a massive rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejirin to tackle drug abuse, adding that his administration would  partner with the Church to ensure that the people lived a better life.
He said governance started from the leadership of spiritual homes, noting that government and church can jointly build a community that would outlive all, while restating the commitment to improve the movement of people on road, water as well as building rail infrastructure to make Lagos a livable city.
Speaking earlier, Ndukuba thanked the governor for partnering with the church in the welfare of the people and commended him for his outstanding performance in tackling Covid-19. 
 Also present at the courtesy visit were the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tayo Ayinde, Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji, Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, among other dignitaries.

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Okowa Tasks NASS On True Federalism

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Delta  State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the National Assembly to embody in the 1999 Constitution being amended, true federalism and independence of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The governor made the call on Monday at a nationwide sensitisation on the review of the existing revenue allocation formula held at Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
He explained that an independent RMAFC would carry out its functions independently, including laying its proposals directly before the National Assembly for approval.
According to the governor, the current practice where recommendations of the commission are presented to the President has led to the non-review of the revenue allocation formula since 1992 as no President demonstrated the political will to forward the amendments to the parliament.
He commended RMAFC for ongoing sensitisation of the states before a zonal exercise where recommendations from the states would be received.
“For quite some time a lot of talks have gone on in the revenue allocation and it’s very unfortunate that in this country we are still operating a revenue allocation formula that was actually reviewed in 1992.
“As we look forward to a new revenue allocation formula, we hope that you come out with something that is fair, justifiable and equitable.
“But, the challenge is that when you have done all this work, you are going to eventually, by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, lay this before the President and the President ought to lay it before the National Assembly.
“There is a challenge there and there has always been a challenge there, because what is there in our laws that will ensure that the President lays the recommendations of RMAFC before the National Assembly?
“We hope that the National Assembly takes a look at this amendment because RMAFC is supposed to be an independent commission, a commission on behalf of all federating units and component parts of the federation.
“They cannot tie your hands; the constitution ought to be amended to enable chairman of RMAFC to directly lay before the national assembly whatever review it has come up with so that nobody stands it down,’’ he said.
Okowa stated that the National Assembly must do what was right because “a nation is a nation.

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Reps Query Presidential Committee Over Assets Seized From Past Leaders

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The House of Representatives on Monday ordered the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Landed Property to produce reports of all assets seized from former Nigerian leaders.
Members were more particular about the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, whose property and money were recovered by the Federal Government. 
 The chairman, ad-hoc Committee on Abandoned Property, Ademora Kuye, said the House wanted a report on all assets seized from Nigerian leaders in and out of Nigeria, particularly Abacha.
He said this when the Executive Secretary of PIC appeared before the committee in Abuja.
“We need to know the state of those property and to also know if the property have titles of deed,’’ Mr Kuye said.
The committee also queried the sale of federal government’s assets held in trust by the PIC.
Mr Kuye said the committee discovered that some of the property the PIC claimed to have sold were either not sold or were not paid for, contrary to claims made by the PIC.
He added that some of the seized houses which the PIC claimed were vacant were still being occupied.
He directed the PIC to furnish the House of Representatives committee with up-to-date reports of federal government’s assets sold, amount realised from the sales, those yet to be sold and those under litigation.
Mr Kuye also asked that the PIC must state the amount of money remitted to the federal government from the sales with evidence of remittance, adding that all assets pointed out to the committee but not included in its first report should be forwarded to the House of Representatives committee.
Responding to Mr Kuye’s submissions, the Executive Secretary, PIC, Bala Samid, stated that some of the people occupying government quarters had refused to vacate them.
He added that as soon as the occupants were approached for payment or to vacate the houses they went to court to obtain injunctions restraining the PIC.
“We approached the federal government to report them and the federal government said that we should give them time”.

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