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Illegal Schools: RSG Sets Up Taskforce To Enforce Closure

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Rivers State Government, last week, set up a taskforce to enforce the closure of unapproved private schools across the state.
Hon Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed this Wednesday at a press briefing after the first State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Port Harcourt.
According to the Honourable Commissioner, the Council also set up two Market Committees, to handle allocation of stalls at the Ogbum-nu-Abali Fruit Garden Market and the Rumuwoji Market, all in Port Harcourt.
The committees, he said, have  till the end of this month to conclude  the allocation.
Another major event last week in Government House, Port Harcourt, was the swearing-in of four new Judges by the Rivers State Governor , Chief Nyesom Wike. Three were sworn in as State High Court Judges while one was sworn in as State Customary Court of Appeal judge.
The Governor charged the newly sworn-in Judges to be fearless, firm and steadfast in dispensing justice for the development of the state.
Describing the Judiciary as the most powerful arm, with powers to correct or even upturn actions of the Executive, the Governor noted that the country would be better off if the Judiciary plays it’s constitutional roles well.
He also called on Judges interested in the Judges Quarters constructed by his administration to apply through the Commissioner of Justice.
Governor Wike  has restated that he would not impose anybody on Rivers State as Governor as his second tenure expires  in 2023.
Wike said this during the solidarity visit by the leaders and people of Orashi Region in Rivers State , Saturday in Government House, Port Harcourt .
He said: “ I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as Governor in 2023. I will not do it. I don’t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out “, adding that only God has such powers.
He also warnd against politics of bitterness and stressed that it had denied some communities in the state access to development.
“ Don’t allow anyone to sow seeds of discord among you. Politics should not divide us. Politics of bitterness doesn’t make sense”, he maintained.
He advised the people of Orashi Region to form a united front for development and condemned the invasion of Western Ahoada County High School , the Zonal Hospital, Ahoada and the Government Secondary School, Okarki by the people of the area.
Wike thanked the people for their support to his administration particularly during the election.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Chibudom Nwuche, thanked Governor Wike for siting key projects in Ekpeye.
Describing the governor as a man with large heart, Nwuche remarked that Wike was  a beacon of hope who played politics of inclusiveness.
The Eze Egi of Ogba land, Prof Anele Nwokoma, in an address on behalf of Orashi people congratulated the Governor for his victory at the polls despite political gang up against the state.
He also thanked the Governor for the numerous projects, programmes, and positions that were accorded Orashi people by his administration.
Governor Wike , last week, appealed to traders and residents to cooperate with the Rivers State Government to deliver the three ongoing flyover bridges in Port Harcourt.
On Thursday, the Governor moved from shop to shop at Rebisi Flyover Bridge and Rumuogba Flyover Bridge appealing to traders and residents to vacate the buildings marked for demolition.
The Governor urged them to make sacrifices as the projects were in the interest of residents of the state.

 

Chris Oluoh

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CROSIEC Deploys About 8,000 Personnel For LG Elections

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Ahead of the next Saturday’s rescheduled Local Government elections in Cross River, about 8000 personnel are said to have been deployed across the state to ensure the smooth conduct of the elections.
The Chairman of the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission, Dr. Mike Ushie, who disclosed this in Calabar while
speaking on preparations by the commission, said they are ready for the elections and one hundred percent compliant with post COVID-19
elections guidelines recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as the National Centre for Diseases
Control.
He said: “Eight thousand personnel have been mobilised to cover the two thousand, two hundred and twenty-six polling units in the state.
There will be three personnel per pooling unit, five at the accreditation centres, five at the local government and ward coalition centres.
“Accreditation and voting will take place simultaneously and  in line with INEC guidelines, there will be two levels of queuing  and voters
will vote in batches while maintaining social distance.
“We had to make sure that we are on course and lives are protected. Luckily INEC released the procedure for post COVID-19 elections and I
must say that we are in full compliance with it. INEC said we have to provide hand sanitizers, face masks and we have adopted all the
procedures one hundred percent.
“ We have gone beyond INEC  and have gone ahead to procure hand sanitizers, hand washing containers, a good number of face masks  and
we are working seriously to ensure that the right thing is done”, he said.
He added that the commission has given sufficient notice for the elections and confirmed that five political parties will be participating in Saturday’s elections.
From FRIDAY NWAGBARA, Calabar.
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Ambassador Desmond Akawor Inaugurated As New Rivers State PDP Chairman

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The new Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Executive Council has been inaugurated in Port Harcourt.
Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly,  Mr Ikuinyi Ibani administered the oath of office on the new executives led by Ambassador Desmond Akawor.
In a charge, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike called on the new executives to work towards consolidating the gains of the immediate past Executive led by Bro Felix Obuah.
He commended immediate past Rivers State PDP Chairman,  Bro Felix Obuah for leading to victory .
He said: “We had challenges at the beginning, but that Executive was committed to service. Obuah has shown capacity to deliver.  It will not be easy for the new executives, but the new executives must start to prepare the party for the challenges ahead.
“Work hard to surpass the records of the past executives.  Working together is key, unity is key.”
Speaking further, Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will never condone criminality or any attempt to violate the law.
He said: “But for the steps that , the number of cases would have been more. What makes a leader is the ability  to be firm. I value life more than property.
“Since 2015, we have not demolished any property.  But, someone who was SSG superintended over the demolition of several properties.  Now the person is talking about the draconian process.
“My joy is that majority of Rivers people love what we are doing.”
Governor Wike added that from Information from the State Health Commissioner,  the State is likely to have more cases,  mostly oil workers.
National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus congratulated the new Rivers State PDP Executive Committee,  advising them to work for the growth of the party.
Commenting on the fight against coronavirus,  Uche Secondus blasted the Federal Government for refusing to assist State Governments and provide direction for the country.
He said: “The Governors are working without help from the Federal Government.  But for God, the situation would have been worse.
“Governors are running from pillar to post. We must be grateful to Governor Wike for the initiative that he took. What the Governor has done has helped to drastically reduce the number of cases.
“Rivers State is lucky to have Governor Wike at this time of crisis .”
He said those who spread negative propaganda do so out of hatred.
New Rivers State PDP Chairman,  Ambassador Desmond Akawor thanked ththe leadership and members of the party for giving him the opportunity to serve.
He said God has used Governor Wike to rebuild a new Rivers State.  He saluted the resilience of PDP in weathering the storm.
Akawor assured that the new Executive will serve the party diligently.
Immediate Past PDP State Chairman,  Bro Felix Obuah said that the Executive Committee under his leadership led the party to victory  since 2015.
He said that the outgone Executives will continue to work for the party  to ensure future victory.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown

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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.

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