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100 Days: Wike Commissions More Key Projects

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As celebration of the first100 Days of Governor Nyesom Wike’s second term administration entered its second week, the governor commissioned more key projects.
The projects inaugurated last week  were the Rumuwoji International Market, the Real Madrid Football Academy, the Civil Servants Quarter, Sea Bed Model Primary School and the Reconstructed Government Craft Development centre ( GCDC).
Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who commissioned the Rumuwoji market last Wednesday, expressed happiness at the rate the Rivers State Governor was delivering projects in the state.
“We are proud of him. We are proud of the work he is doing in Rivers State. He is going to continue to commission projects till 27th September. This is almost ten days from now.
“Even if it is one project per day, it will be almost ten days now.Now I understand why they refer to him as Mr Project”, Fayemi said.
Governor Wike stated that the market project was in fulfilment of the promise he made to the people during his electioneering campaign in 2014.
“ When we make promises to the people , we are bound to fulfil the promises. Hold us accountable to our promises because there is no excuses. We made a promise and we have fulfilled that promise “, he said.
Last Monday, the Governor also inaugurated the Sea Bed Model School. He assured Rivers people that his administration will continue to uplift the standard of education.
Wike announced that the state government had awarded contract for the construction of 69 primary schools across the state.
Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Ven. Fynface Akah said for  106 years the Sea Bed Model School has been in existence, the reconstruction by Wike administration was the first time it witnessed upgrade.
The Government Craft Development Centre, Port Harcourt was commissioned last Tuesday. Wike remarked that  technical and vocational training remained one of the surest ways of reaching out to thousands of Rivers youths.
In the week under review, the Rivers State chief Executive, lamented deliberate marginalisation of Rivers State by the APC-led federal government.
He said:  “The federal government released N148 billion for the reconstruction of roads and it didn’t consider one road in Rivers State”. This, he said is in spite  of the fact that Rivers State produces the oil used in financing federal projects.
He made the lamentation, Thursday  before the official commissioning of the Civil Servants Quarters in Port Harcourt.
He expressed happiness with the quality of the project and urged civil servants to maintain the facility.
Commenting on the constitution of his cabinet, Gov Wike disclosed that a list of possible nominees had been sent to the security agencies for profiling.
On Saturday, Rivers State Government unveiled state- of- the-art Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who did the official commissioning, said: “ There has always been great football talents from Rivers State. Great players like Taribo West, George Finidi and Joseph Yobo, this project will create more stars”, and commended Gov Wike for his commitment to the development of Rivers State.
In his address, Governor Wike said: “ Today is one of the happiest days of my life. Today, our dream has come to fruition by the help of God”.
Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and middle East, Mr Inego Vallejo assured Rivers State Government that the club will continue to support the sustained development of the academy.

Another major event last week in Brick House was the visit of six state Governors. They are Governors of Adamawa Umaru Fintri, Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, Oyo, Seyi Makinde, Benue, Samuel Orton, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, and Zamfara, Muhammed Matawale.

Addressing journalists after a close door meeting Friday with Governor Wike , Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal said they were in the state to celebrate with Rivers people the good governance of Governor Wike as he marks the first 100 days of his second term administration.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Buhari Seeks Senate’s Approval For Additional External Loans

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sought approval of Senate for additional external loan under the 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing plan.
Buhari’s request was contained in a letter addressed to President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary, yesterday.
Buhari in the letter said the loan which would be sourced from the multilateral organisations would be used to finance critical projects of the Federal and States governments.
“Addendum to the Request for Senate concurrent approval of Multilateral Fund Projects under the 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing plan.
“I write on the above subject to submit attached addendum to the proposed 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing rolling plan for the consideration and concurrent approval of the Senate.
“Senate may wish to recall that I had earlier transmitted a request from the proposed 2018 to 2020 Federal Government external borrowing plan for the concurrent approval of Senate in May 2021.
“However, in view of other emerging needs and to ensure that all critical projects are covered, the Federal Executive Council as at June 2021 incorporated.
“I hereby forward an addendum to the proposed external borrowing plan.
“The projects listed in the addendum to the 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing plan are to be financed through sovereign loans from the World Bank, French Development Agency, China Exim Bank, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD),Credit Swiss Group, and Standard Chartered, in the credit total sum of 4.5 billion dollars,710 million euros and grant component of 125 million dollars.
“The Senate is kindly invited to know that the projects and programmes in the borrowing plan were selected based on positive technical and economic evaluations and the contributions that will make the socio- economic development of the country including, employment generation and poverty reduction and protection of the most vulnerable in the society.
“All the said projects in the addendum, form part of the 2018-2021 external borrowing plan and covered all the Federal and state governments projects and are geared toward realisation of Nigeria’s sustainability plan.”
Buhari said the sustainability plans cuts across key sectors, such as infrastructure, health, agriculture and food, security energy, education and human capital development.
He urged the senate to give consideration and approval to the request, given the timing and benefits due to be accrued to the implementation of the projects across the country.

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Group Tasks INEC On Sensitisation

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, YIAGA Africa, has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on the need to intensify public sensitisation for the ongoing voters registration exercise.
YIAGA Africa, which specialises in monitoring elections and citizens participation in the electoral process across the continent also scored INEC high in voters’ registration exercise. 
State Coordinating Officer of YIAGA, Obinna Ebogidi, told newsmen that though the exercise had improved, there was need for more enlightenment, as public participation was still low.
“We as  an organisation are interested in the build up to the election, because what is going on now will afford Nigerians to have their PVCs and vote in the elections”, he declared.
To further drive the process, he revealed that the body had sent its monitors across the 23 local government areas of the state with the goal of boosting public participation and feedback.
Ebogidi stated that though the exercise suffered hitches earlier,  INEC had improved on its services, as there was electronic network transmission hitches when the network began.
Besides improving on public education, he also tasked INEC to improve on staff’s training on electronic voters’ registration so that the process would be more efficient.

By: Kevin Nengia

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 INEC Discloses Updates On CVR

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 931,768 Nigerians have completed their physical registration in its ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
The electoral empire also disclosed that pre-registration had hit 2,953,094 as at 7 a.m of September 13.
The commission disclosed this in the Week 11 update on the pre-registration, which commenced on June 28, released on Monday in Abuja.
INEC further revealed that it had received 4,225,749 applications from people requesting for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and update of voter information record, among other requests.
The Tide  reports that distribution of applications based on gender, shows that 2,308,338 are from males, 1,917,411 from females, while 50,395 of the applicants are from people with disabilities.
The update on the 2,953,094 Nigerians, who had done their online pre-registration, also shows that Osun State has the highest number with 402,619, followed by Edo State with 223,009 and Bayelsa State with 216,280.
The states with the lowest number of re-registration in the CVR are Borno with 11,612, followed by Yobe 13, 176 and Abia 14,248.
The Tide also reports that the week seven update on the 931,768 registrants who have completed their online and physical registration shows that Anambra records 138,795 as the state with the highest number, followed by Osun with 52,823.
However, Imo has the lowest with 6,428, followed by FCT 9,130 and Abia with 9,140 in the physical registration that started on July 26.

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