Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has described late PDP chieftain, Austin Nwakoh, as a dependable politician who worked for the development of the state.
Speaking during a condolence visit to the family of late Austin Nwakoh in Port Harcourt, last Friday, Wike said the death of the politician is a loss to the entire state.
Wike was accompanied by the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Prince Emma Anyanwu, Chief Marcus Nle-Iji and former Attorney General of Rivers State, Sir Frank Ohwor.
“This loss is not only for the family. It is a loss for the entire state. He died when the state needed his services the most.
“He was a very good man; a very dependable man. I urge the family to take heart. God gives and God takes”.
Wike said with the contributions of late Austin Nwakoh, it will be difficult to replace him.
“I am here to condole with the family. He is a true Christian. The Rivers State Government will support the family at this point of need.
Responding on behalf of the family, Chief Precious Ngboh expressed gratitude to the Rivers State Governor for condoling with the family at the moment of grief.
He appreciated the prompt response of Wike to the tragedy that befell the family, saying that they have been comforted by his kind words.
I’ll Make Cross River Window To Africa – Ayade
As part of his vision to make the state a window to Africa, the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, is ramping up activities through the establishment of additional tourism facilities in the state.
Ayade said his vision for the state is not only to make it Nigeria’s tourism capital, but also a window to the entire African continent.
The Governor stated this recently at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s office, Calabar, during the presentation of the Calas Vegas Master Plan by a South African company, Afri-Gon.
Governor Ayade, who expressed regrets that although the state was known globally for tourism, with less activities and facilities for the sector to thrive, assured that his administration is building the Calas Vegas in Calabar as well as the Busafot Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area of the State to boost tourism.
According to him, “Today marks the full kickoff of the journey towards the actualization of the Calas Vegas city. Cross River State is the tourism capital of Nigeria but lacks the facilities to keep tourists busy.
“Today, we are rehabilitating and bringing Obudu Ranch Resort to life again. To also complement the Calas Vegas city we are building in Calabar, we are developing another resort in Obanliku. This project is also the reason why I’m building the Obudu Cargo Airport.”
Justifying the establishment of the airport, Ayade said: “When tourists visit Calas Vegas in Calabar, they will also know they can fly to Obudu to visit the Busofat resort and from there to the Ranch.
“With this, there will be activities to sustain tourism across the state and I have no doubt that when completed, the state will have enough traffic.”
While extolling Cross River as the most secure, most beautiful and one of the most civilized states in Nigeria, the governor added that “as a very civilized people who have dignity even in poverty, we must work to make the state a window to Africa.”
Earlier, while presenting the Calas Vegas master plan, the Chief Executive Officer of Afri-Gon, Eran Goven promised that the resort, when completed would be the best in Africa and one of the best in the world.
“We have been in communication with the Governor to create a city with a world class resorts that will offer something that has never been seen before and will drive tourists back into Nigeria.
“We have designed the project to have `world class golf components where international golf championship can be hosted. The resort will have the biggest swimming pool in the world, standard hotels, bungalow and floating bungalows, billionaire boulevard among other attractive features,” he said.
He also assured that they would continue to learn from the Governor who has the vision to ensure that “every detail of the project was completed.”
By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar
RIWAMA Arrests Three Health Workers Over Refuse Disposal
The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), says its monitoring team has arrested three health workers over indiscriminate dumping of clinical wastes by the roadside at the Akpajo Roundabout, near Oil Mill Junction in Port Harcourt.
Sole Administrator of the agency, Bro Felix Obuah, who disclosed this in a statement issued by his media aide, Jerry Needam, Monday, and made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, said the health workers were caught dumping some clinical wastes, which include syringes, placenta on the roadside.
Obuah said the culprits, who work for a private clinic in the area, identified as Fruitful Maternity and Clinic, were caught in the act, promptly arrested, and handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution.
He further said investigations by his team revealed that so many clinics, hospitals and health centers in Port Harcourt are guilty of this offence and warned that the Agency is on their trail with a view to bringing them to book. He condemned the attitude of some traditional delivery homes, who engaged in the unwholesome practice and warned that the Agency would not spare any defaulter.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator also expressed regrets that aside the indiscriminate dumping of clinical wastes, these health workers also dump refuse outside the Agency’s approved dumping hours of 6 pm to 12 midnight.
Reaffirming his stance that those who flout sanitation rules are enemies of the State, Obuah stressed that “residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the State capital, and its environs have no excuse dumping refuse indiscriminately as receptacles have been strategically positioned close to business and residential places.
“We, therefore, appeal to Rivers people and all those living and doing business in the State to join hands with the State Government to keep Port Harcourt, the State capital, and its environs clean at all times,” the statement said.
By: Dennis Naku.
Wike Pays Tribute To Late Chief Okagbule Amadi
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has described Late Chief Okagbule Amadi as an inspiration and dynamic personality whose life exemplified service to humanity and God.
In a condolence message to Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi over the passage of his father, Late Chief Okagbule Amadi, Governor Wike wrote that the Patriarch served his community and the State.
He wrote: “Chief Okagbule Amadi was an inspiration as a dynamic personality with life characterised by service to God and humanity. As the family head, he was a beacon of light, love and progress to the Rumomeh Royal family of Elibrada.
“As a member of the Ohna in both Elibrada and Emohua, Chief Amadi was steadfast in purpose and total commitment to the progress of society. As the leader of Elders of Saint Philips Anglican Church , Elibrada Parish, he strengthened the Church and contributed to its growth.”
While offering the condolence of the Government and people of Rivers State, Governor Wike urged the family to take solace in the enduring legacies that Late Chief Okagbule Amadi left behind.
He prayed God to grant the family the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
Governor Wike and his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike joined other sympathisers for the funeral service in honour of Late Chief Okagbule Amadi at the Saint Philips Anglican church, Elibrada on Saturday.
The funeral service had in attendance High Court judges, judges of the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal, senior lawyers and senior officials of the Rivers State Government.
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