The celebration of the first 100 Days of Governor Nyesom Wike’s second term administration dominated activities last week in Government House, Port Harcourt.
The celebration which turned out to be a harvest of projects, kicked off last Monday at Old Port Harcourt Township where three roads: Bonny, Adaka Boro, and Elliot Henry streets were inaugurated by the governor.
At the event, Governor Wike declared the intention of his administration to complete the three proposed flyover bridges in sixteen months time. What this means is that by December 2020, the three flyover bridges at Rumuokoro, Artillery , Garrison would have been completed.
The Bonny, Adaka Boro, and Elliot Henry streets road project span 2.8 km and has gutters on both sides.
Last Tuesday , the celebration train was at Ubima community in Ikwerre Local Government Area where a rebranded Community Secondary School Ubima, was officially inaugurated and the name of the school changed to Government Secondary School, Ubima.
The governor assured that he would continue to deliver key projects across the state through out the period of his second term.
“ For us, we shall continue to deliver projects for our people. Our people will continue to see new projects”, he promised.
Inauguration of the world class Cinema facility at Port Harcourt Pleasure Park took place last Wednesday. The governor while commissioning the facility said it has the latest technology in the entertainment industry .
He urged people of the state and Nigeria at large to patronise the cinema instead of travelling to Europe, US and Dubai because it has the same global quality as the ones in advanced countries.
Last Thursday, Governor Wike led top government officials to Emohua Local Government Area for the funeral service in honour of Late Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of Chief Sergeant Awuse.
Describing the burial as a celebration of life, Wike remarked that the late Madam Blessing Awuse lived a fulfilled life and raised disciplined and trust worthy children..
84 Rivers State recognised traditional rulers received certificate of recognition and staff of office from Governor Wike Friday, at Alfred Diete-Spiff Sports Complex, Port Harcourt.
The 84 traditional rulers cut across the first, second, and third class traditional rulers from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
Wike charged them to use their authority to promote peace and to collaborate with the government in fighting crime in the state. He also warned them not to meddle in politics
At the event which was part of the first 100 Days of Governor Wike’s second term administration, the state chief executive charged the traditional rulers to work with the state government to eradicate cultism.
He warned that the state government would not hesitate to withdraw recognition from any traditional ruler using his authority to promote disharmony.
The celebration train landed at Obio/Akpor and Eleme Local Government Areas on Saturday for the commissioning of the Rumukwurusi- Elelenwo- Akpajo Road constructed by Wike’s administration.
Residents of the communities including children, youths , women and religious groups lined up the road singing praise of the governor who intervened when the area was cut off from the rest of the state as a result of the deplorable condition of the road.
Highpoint of the event was the honouring of Wike with the title of EZE OMEKWELI KIMBOM by the people of Elelenwo community in appreciation of his development agenda in the area.
The Nyeweli of Elelenwo, Sunny Weli Chukwu, also declared September 14 of every year as Elelenwo Day as a mark of remembrance of development agenda of Governor Wike.
Within the week under review, the Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt, led by the Pro Chancellor of the institution, Prof Mvendaga Jibo, paid a courtesy visit to the governor in Government House.
The governor promised to release N200 million to complete the Faculty of Law in the institution and to install electricity and water at the Faculty of Humanities. He directed the state Surveyor General to liaise with the university authorities to map out the land belonging to the university to check encroachment.
Also last week, the committee set up by the state government on private schools approval submitted its report.
PDP Passes Confidence Vote On Wike
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, because of the high performance of his administration.
The party’s Chairman in the state, Amb Desmond Akawor, announced this, yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the Executive members of the Rivers State chapter of the party to the governor at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Akawor said: “For us as a party, we take our shoulders high when we consider what is going on in the state, especially in terms of infrastructural development”.
According to the PDP chairman, the administration of Governor Wike has not only recovered what were lost by the past government but has changed the landscape of Port Harcourt with five flyovers at a time, a feat that no administration in the state ever accomplished.
He further noted Governor Wike’s landmark achievements in health, Judiciary, traditional institution, among numerous others, and stressed that there was none out of the 23 three local government areas of the state that does not have the governor’s landmark.
The party also rated Governor Wike high in the fight against the ravaging Coronavirus, particularly as the first governor to lockdown the state, including other strategies of his administration which were outstanding.
The party chairman intimated the governor of the plan to move from unit to unit for the reconciliation of aggrieved members to bring them back to the umbrella of the PDP.
He said the state executive arm of the party deemed it necessary to come and thank Governor Wike for organising what he described as the most peaceful state convention, and assured him that they would follow the Constitution of the party to the letter in discharging their duties.
He assured the state chief executive of the party’s maximum support to his administration, including his determination to lead the party to victory in the forthcoming Edo Governorship Election.
In his remarks, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, congratulated them for their emergence as the new executive members of the party in the state, and charged them to work hard and in unity to sustain the high level achievements recorded by the party.
Remarking that the former leadership of the party under Bro Felix Obuah worked well, the governor charged the new executive to do better, and assured that they would be provided all they need to succeed.
By: Chris Oluoh
Ondo 2020: AAC Alleges Wrong Substitution Of Deputy Guber Candidate
The African Action Congress (AAC) in Ondo State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of substituting the name of the running mate to its governorship candidate, Adekunle Adeleye.
Adeleye was elected the party’s flag bearer at the governorship primary election held recently in Akure.
INEC had released the name of Adeleye as the AAC governorship candidate and one Samuel Tope Omotosho as the deputy governorship candidate for the party.
But the AAC kicked against the INEC position, alleging that the name listed by the Commission was different from that of the party’s deputy governorship candidate.
The party said the name of Mrs Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim was sent to INEC as the Party’s deputy governorship candidate and was therefore surprised to see that her name was replaced by INEC.
The governorship candidate of the party, Mr Adeleye said INEC’s action was unexpected of a corporate organisation of its status
Adeleye said he was suprised to see the name of Omotosho as his running mate, saying that the name listed by INEC was not on the party’s register.
‘We have submitted a letter to INEC notifying them of the error and we want them to replace the unknown with the name of my running mate, Mrs Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim, I think it is a human error somewhere,’ he said.
Also speaking, the AAC Chairman in the State, Mr Alex Adeniyi, alleged that INEC has distorted the list of names for the election.
He said the party had taken lawful steps to correct the anomaly before the August 18 deadline given to political parties to substitute or correct names of their candidates.
Gbajabiamila Knocks FG Agencies Over Revenue Diversion
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that some revenue generating agencies were diverting funds for unnecessary expenditures and forcing government to take loans.
Gbajabiamila revealed this at the commencement of the dialogue session on Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) organised by the Committee on Finance.
The session is for revenue consideration with heads of revenue generating agencies in attendance.
The Speaker in his speech noted that there was, “consistent failure to adhere to the revenue remittance agreements to which many of these agencies have committed.”
He, therefore, criticised the agencies for making government to seek loans to finance infrastructural development.
Gbajabiamila also warned that loans will not be sufficient to finance capital component of the budget.
“We have credible reports that these desperately needed funds have in many cases, been diverted to finance unnecessary trivialities. At the same time, the Government is left scrambling for alternative sources to fund priority projects.
“We recognise that we cannot accomplish these objectives using loans and outside financing alone,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Committee, James Faleke, said that the focus will be on MTEF which President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the National Assembly before its annual recess.
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