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Wike Knocks NPA Over Neglect

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Last week was the busiest in the Rivers State Government House since the inception of the Governor Nyesom Wike’s second term in office,  going by the volume of activities in the Brick House.
The management of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) paid a courtesy visit to Governor Nyesom Wike in Government House last Wednesday to congratulate the Governor on his reelection and his contribution to the development of the company.
The Managing Director, Engr Tony Attah, who led the delegation, informed that the company was set to commence the Train seven (7) project with the capacity to provide between 10, 000 and 15,000 job opportunities for indigenes of the State.
The MD also announced that the company has worked out modalities to deliver cooking gas to the State instead of routing it through Lagos, as well as the investment of the firm on community health insurance scheme and eradication of malaria in Bonny.
Attah appealed to the governor to assist NLNG in dredging the Iwofe Waterway to enable the company actualise the projects.
Responding, the state Governor, declared that the state government would support the Train seven (7) project which has  the capacity to create between 10,000 and 25,000 employment opportunities for the state.
He equally commended the company for its health and power project and promised that the state government would dredge the Iwofe waterway for actualisation of the company’s  laudable programmes.
He charged other companies operating in the state to emulate NLNG’s community development projects.
Governor Wike is set for another prestigious award as the Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE) has nominated him as the Honorary Fellow of the academy.
Secretary – General of NAE, Prof Elizabeth Okeke, announced this last Thursday when a delegation of the academy paid the governor a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Okeke said that Wike, who is first out of three persons to be honoured got the nomination because of his exceptional contributions in the educational sector.
The NAE Scribe said the essence of the visit was among other things to intimate the governor on the 34th congress of the body scheduled to hold in University of Port Harcourt and appealed for the support of the governor to make the event the best congress ever organised by the academy.
In his reelection response, Wike commended the body for deciding to hold the congress in the state and noted that the event would attract people from all parts of the country.
According to the governor, the delegates who would come would have first hand knowledge of the security situation of Port Harcourt as against the wrong impression by political propagandist that Port Harcourt is not safe.
He assured the delegation of strong support of the state government to make the event successful.
A chief in Eleme Local Government Area, Chief Appolus Chu was cautioned by Governor Wike for speaking on behalf of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, even when he is not a government recognised traditional ruler in the state.
Wike also warned Chu to stop parading himself as the One- eh Eta Ogale. The governor issued the warning during a meeting he had with traditional rulers in Eleme last Wednesday in Government House, Port Harcourt.
He explained that nobody has the authority to dethrone a government recognised traditional ruler stressing that should the circumstance arise to remove any government recognised traditional ruler, they must follow the processes provided by law.
Also in the week under review, Wike restated the need for clergymen to continue to pray for Rivers State in the face of sustained attack by enemies of the state.
He made the call last Thursday when the  General Overseer of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka led a delegation of the church on a courtesy visit to the governor in Government House.
Muoka who commended the governor on his reelection victory prayed for the state and the administration of Wike to achieve more during the second term.
Wike commended him for coming and urged the church to continue to pray for the state.
He assured the church of the state government’s support in its crusade billed to hold in Port Harcourt.
Gov Wike received the Vice  President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo last Friday when he came to  commission the Port Harcourt Dockyard Liquid Waste Treatment Plant  built by African Circle Pollution Management Limited.
Wike used the opportunity to draw the attention of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) neglect to Rivers state.
He told Mr Vice President that NPA entered into agreement to reconstruct the road leading to the Industry Road and that the Federal agency reneged on paying her own part of the counterpart fund but is only interested in collecting rents from tenants .
He called on NPA to dredge Rivers Ports Waterway to increase economic activities at the port and create employment opportunities in the state.
Wike also lauded African Circle Pollution Management Limited for cleaning up environment and Rivers Waterways through the facility.
Gov Wike held a meeting with the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Belemaoil Limited, host community leaders, and security Service Commanders in Government House on Saturday on how to reopen the disputed OML 25.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Ex-Commissioner Faults Rivers APC Peace Meeting

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Emma Chinda, has faulted a peace meeting held recently to reconcile the two major factions of the party in the State.
The Tide recalls that a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emma Deeyah, who convened the peace meeting in Port Harcourt was quoted as saying that the party’s problems were self-inflicted, but said the peace talk was still ongoing.
But Chinda while speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting said the parley attended by some members loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe was not in the interest of the party.
He said the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) was supposed to be the one championing the peace process.
According to him, “Well, all the noise and arguments you had in the meeting today was because I do not believe in some of the positions being canvassed in the meeting.
“The positions being canvassed there would not serve the interest of those who they say are the leaders of the party. That is Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi which I am one. It does not serve the interest of those who they say are with Senator Magnus Abe who a lot of the members where there.
“Only those who convened the meeting would tell us the interest for which this meeting is to serve,” the former Commissioner stated.
Chinda further said the National Working Committee of the party ought to be the one championing any peace talks, which, according to him, is why he disagreed with some of the positions canvassed in the meeting.
“If we want to make peace in the party, the National Secretariat of the party must be a major critical stakeholder because they are generally overseeing everything in our party nationwide,” he insisted.

 

Dennis Naku

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Politics Now Over, No Excuse For Failure – Ortom

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Following his victory at the Supreme Court over the 2019 governorship election, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said he no longer has excuses to fail the people of the state.
Ortom, who said this yesterday in Makurdi following the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed his victory at the polls and dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, Mr Emmanuel Jime, for lack of merit, said he ‘remains grateful to the Benue people for giving him another term.’
Ortom said, “I remain grateful and I owe them (the people of Benue) good governance, dividends of democracy and cooperation in ensuring that we add value to the development of Benue State.
“Politics is now over, elections and litigations are all over, we can now work together.
“No more litigation, no more distractions, now, I will be focused to deliver dividends of democracy to our people. We will ensure that we add value to education, health services, rural transformation infrastructural development, water supply and all.
“Because there is no more excuse again, no time, we will be in a hurry to do the work.
“Benue belongs to all of us and the responsibility of adding value to the development is the responsibility of all of us. So, I invite all Benue sons and daughters, irrespective of party affiliations to join us so that we can work together.”
Ortom reaffirmed his confidence in the Nigerian Judiciary, which, he said had once more proven that it was a `true pillar of democracy.’

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PDP Govs React To Ortom, Tambuwal, Fintiri’s Victories

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday congratulated four of their members over their victory at the Supreme Court.
The apex court affirmed the elections of governors Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).
In a statement issued by the Director-General of the Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the governors said the apex court judgement did not come as a surprise.
They said the Supreme Court judgement affirmed the wishes of the people who not only voted but defended their votes and the mandates they granted the governors during the March 2019 governorship election.
The statement read in part: “The Supreme Court verdict did not come as a surprise because of the massive support the four governors got in their respective states before, during and after the elections.
“These are leaders who put the interests of their people above personal advantage and they deserve to be so acknowledged in all spheres of their endeavours.
“These are leaders who perfectly fit into the category of selfless politicians and deserve the people’s support to excel.”

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