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.
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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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