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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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INEC Conducts By-Elections In 11 States …Swears In Two RECs

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The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu  has said the agency was ready for the conduct of by-elections in 28 constituencies across 11 states.
He said the agency will ensure a credible exercise, urging stakeholders to cooperate with its officials on electoral duty.
Yakubu spoke in Abuja during the swearing in of two Resident Electoral Commissioners.
They are Dr. Alalibo Sinikiem Johnson from Bayelsa State and Umar Mukhtar Gajiram from Borno State.
Johnson  replaces the former REC of Cross River State while Gajiram replaces the former REC of Taraba State  who died a few months ago.
Johnson holds a BSc. Degree in Political Science and a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies. Until this appointment, he was a lecturer at the Niger Delta University in Bayelsa State.
Gajiram holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He served in various capacities in the Borno State Civil Service until his retirement as  director.
Yakubu congratulated the new commissioners, urging them to live to expectation.
He said as officers responsible for the implementation of the commission’s policies, they will exercise supervisory control over personnel, resources and the legal and administrative processes in their states.
He added: “You will also interact with various categories of stakeholders. In doing so, you must maintain the required openness and consultation.
“At the same time, you must be very firm in the discharge of your responsibilities.”
Yakubu said RECs can be deployed to any state as dictated by the exigencies of service, but clarified that they will never be posted to their states of origin throughout their tenure.
He said their deployment came three days to the conduct of re-run elections by court order.

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Minister Tasks Govs On Digital Economy Policy 

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has urged state governors to key into the federal government’s  Natio-nal Digital Economy policy and strategy.
Recall that on November 29, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari, unveiled the National Digital Economy Policy, initiated by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
As part of key requirements of the e-government master plan, the President had directed government institutions, “to create a digital transformation technical working group that will work with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to ensure seamless and co-ordinated implementation of projects, programmes and policies
Pantami made the call while speaking with newsmen, shortly after his presentation to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) meeting held on Wednesday night in Abuja.
He said implementation of that digital economy launched in November 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, would not be possible without the support and willingness of state governors.
“We are here to encourage them to key into the National Digital Economy policy and strategy for a digital Nigeria.
“Our target is to achieve a digital Nigeria in 2030. So, the work is not only for the federal government, it is for federal, state and local governments.
“We presented the policy of digital economy, We outlined the eight pillars and the role they are supposed to play as state governors.”
Pantami said that the delegation also presented to the governors intervention the federal government had in place to support states which wanted to start the process.
He said that interested states were expected to indicate interest, while the federal government through the ministry in collaboration with its agencies, would set up  a team on how such states could be  supported.
He explained that each state was supposed to develop its digital economy strategy based on their peculiar challenges and the level it had attained.
If we produce the documents, Federal Government through the Ministry and prastatal will see what we can do as intervention for them when it comes to training, infrastructure required to start the process.

“Many states have indicated interest. We can provide that intervention in order to start the implementation.
“We are in partnership now with International Business Machine (IBM) World Bank, Africa Development Bank and many more .
“They are willing to training millions of Nigerians. So any governor that is interested, then the state will be considered for training  where we are going to train digital skills, innovators and entrepreneurs in the country.
“Today if you look at unemployment, you will agree with me that it is a bomb. We need to address it immediately and the only way we can do is to focus more on creating potential employers instead of creating potential employees where there are  no job opportunities,” he said.

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National Chairmanship Of APC: Court Saves Oshiombole

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An FCT High Court, yesterday turned down an Exparte Application filed by the National Vice Chairman North East of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Mustapha Salihu, the factional Chairman of the APC in Edo state, Anselm Ojezua and others, seeking to compel Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to vacate office as the national chairman of the party.
A faction of the party loyal to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki had called for removal of Oshiomhole whom they claimed has been suspended by the party in the state.
However, the move to remove Oshiomhole as national chairman was frustrated when the court refused to grant the Ex Parte motion filed by Salihu, Ojezua and others.
The court ordered that the Defendants (Oshiomhiole, APC and others) be put on notice before the motion is heard so as to ensure fair hearing.
In a motion filed by their Counsel, Oluwole Afolabi, Comrade Mustapha Salihu, Ojezua & others asked the court to stop the Defendant (Oshiomhole) from parading himself as national chairman of the APC just as they urged the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) not to allow the Defendant access to the office of the chairman pending the determination of the Motion on Notice in the suit.
When the matter came up for hearing, yesterday, Counsel to Oshiomhole and APC, Demian D. Dodo (SAN) told the court that they had not been served any notice and drew the court’s attention to the Memorandum of Appearance and Undertaking to Accept Service of processes on behalf of the 1st & 2nd Defendants.

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