Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on Christians to remain united as a body of Christ bound in a common faith.
Governor Wike made the call Friday, when His Eminence, Baba Aladura, Dr David Bobmanuel, Moses Orimolade 1X and Prelate of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide, paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
The Governor stated that being united will not only strengthen their faith but will also lead to rapid expansion of the church.
“There are too many divisions in the faith. Look at the Christian Association of Nigeria in Rivers State, it has been divided into factions.This is not necessary.
“We cannot be the body of Christ and we are not working together. Working as a team will make the church grow faster than it is doing right now”, said the governor.
He reaffirmed that Rivers State is a Christian state and that his administration is in partnership with the church, hence, he would support the church in its programmes.
He urged the church to join his administration in its fight against negative impact of cultism in the state.
Wike congratulated the Baba Aladura on his emergence as the Prelate of the Eternal Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide, noting that as a Rivers man, Rivers people were proud of him.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation , His Eminence, Dr David Bobmanuel, said they were in the state for the International Youth Conference of the church.
He thanked the governor for his administration’s consistent support to the Christian community.
The Baba Aladura also congratulated the governor on his election victories and monumental achievements recorded so far and urged the governor to use the second term to consolidate on his first term achievements.
Last week, the Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Engineer Emeka Woke, was honoured with a Special Birthday Church Service at the First Baptist Church , Rumuoakunde, in Emohua Local Government Area.
The Service was organised by Mr Israel Uchendu and his family. Friends, well wishers and top government officials were in attendance.
The Chief of Staff thanked God for his blessing over the years and vowed to continue to serve God and humanity all the days of his life.
In his sermon, Rev Harrison Igwe Icho, urged people to always make God, the object of their worship, so as to attract several blessings.
Also in the week under review, the Chief of Staff, was among dignitaries that attended this year’s edition of Egwu Ogba, the traditional New Yam Annual Festival of Erema Ancient Town in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area held last Tuesday.
He commended the Paramount ruler of Erema , Eze Azubuike Princewill and the people of the area for promoting their rich culture.
Woke further called on traditional rulers to partner the state government to ensure sustained peace across the state.
He urged traditional rulers to key into the Operation Sting to promote security in all communities in the state, stressing that the state government will not tolerate any form of cultism or insecurity in any community.
He stated that Rivers State Government was working hard to build investors’ confidence in the state to boost youth employment.
IPAC Wants Electoral Reform Conference On LG System
She Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has called for national electoral reform conference to review the administration of local governments in Nigeria.
IPAC President, Peter Ameh, made the call at a news conference after the National Executive 9th inaugural meeting of the council last Wednesday in Abuja.
Ameh said that there was urgent review of laws establishing the local government administration to enable it serve the interest of Nigerians.
He called for the review of Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution to guarantee the existence, establishment, structure, composition, finance, functions and tenure of local governments.
“Section 162(5)-(7) of the Constitution should be amended to abolish the joint state/local government account.
He advised any state governor who felt aggrieved or more interested in local government funds to resign and contest as chairman, saying “he or she should be rest assured of our support.
“Section 162(5)-(7) of the Constitution should be further amended to provide that any amount standing to the credit of the local government councils in the Federation Account should be paid directly to the various local governments.”
Ameh said that the local government system had been hijacked by state governors and its current law no longer serve the interest of Nigerians.
He said that the constitutional responsibility of elected councilors to make bye laws for the good governance and development at the grassroots had been greatly eroded by the excessive interference by governors.
“We have 774 local governments and more than 3,000 councilors in Nigeria and having these large administrative network not applied optimally for the benefit of the Nigerian people is a major setback in our democracy.
“The current law as regards the administration of our local government system no longer serve the interest of the Nigerian people.
“This must be urgently reviewed to save and promote effective local council system as expected in a proper democratic presidential system.”
Ameh said that IPAC would support all efforts as well as work with the National Assembly for necessary constitutional amendments that would grant full financial and electoral autonomy to Local Government LG system and administration.
He attributed the inability or failure of the local councils to bring about grassroots development to lack of local government election in Nigeria.
Ameh also called for the review of Sections 153, 197 and the Third Schedule to the Constitution to re-design and re-order State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs).
He described SIECs as the “greatest democratic fraud” foisted on Nigeria’s electoral democracy.
He said that from the conduct of state elections by SIECs so far, it was impossible to get a free, fair and credible election under the existing arrangement.
“The current system encourages massive rigging because SIECs are under the wills and caprices of the state governments and the political party in power in each state.
“Hence the call that the responsibility of conducting local government elections be given to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)”, he said.
He said that if local authorities had autonomy and tenure guaranteed, it would be easy for people to hold them accountable.
Bayelsa PDP Guber Candidate Harps On Sports Dev
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Bayelsa State, Sen. Douye Diri, has promised to pay more attention to sporting activities in the state; if elected governor come November 16.
He made the promise last Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Yenagoa.
He recalled that when he was the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development Bayelsa State was always at the top in sporting activities.
“In my time as the Commissioner, Bayelsa United, Ocean Boys of Brass, Bayelsa Queens, were on top, even in wrestling and other sporting activities.
“If elected as the Bayelsa Governor, one of the key areas that I will pay more attention is sports.
“This is because Bayelsa has all it takes to bounce back in the arena of sports of all kinds.
“My government will ensure that we build sporting facilities in all the local government areas of Bayelsa, with a view to recovering young talents in the rural areas.
“As you know, exercise is very good for the body, and it keeps you fit, strong and healthy so, sports is good for body building,” he said.
The governorship candidate assured that he would consolidate on the restoration government of Governor Seriake Dickson, to move the state forward.
The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa Council, Mr Samuel Numonengi, tasked journalists to avoid biased reports that would tarnish the name of the council.
Diri is the serving Senator representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, comprising Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Yenagoa and Kolokuma/Opokuma in the National Assembly.
Dickson Sacks Aide Over Gross Misconduct, Indiscipline
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has sacked Mrs Hellen Bob, his Special Adviser on Talents and Gender Development over alleged misconduct and indiscipline.
The special adviser’s sack was announced in a statement by Mr Fidelis Soriwei, Chief Press Secretary to the governor last Thursday in Yenagoa.
The statement said Bob was relieved of her duties for gross misconduct, indiscipline and irresponsibility.
“Mrs Helen Bob was dismissed for repeated acts of gross misconduct, indiscipline, irresponsibility and acts unbecoming of a person occupying the position of special adviser.
“Mrs. Bob was among 130 special advisers engaged by the governor to render necessary services to the state and to give a sense of belonging and legitimate support to party members,” the statement read in parts.
Meanwhile some analysts have attributed Bob’s sack to her divergent views concerning the outcome of the recently concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in the state.
Reacting to her sack, Bob said she was not surprised at the development and thanked the governor for giving her the opportunity to serve in the state government.
“I am happy to have stood for the truth, frankly speaking, I am a woman of truth and will always stand by it.
“Governor Seriake Dickson has done very well not to have ignored my comments which of course I know must have touched his heart.
“And the gods of the land will be so proud of a true Izon daughter, truth is very very bitter, this is not a surprise at all,” she said.
She however stated that her sack came belatedly because she was already out to speak against the mismanagement of PDP in Bayelsa State.
“Sincerely it is already late, no amount of sack will stop me from stating the truth, no amount of sack will stop the flood that is about to submerge the PDP if it fails to redress the issues raised,” she said.
Bob was a former Chairman of Brass Local Government Area of the state.
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