The former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Rivers State, Hon Nancy Nwankwo says women in the state would ever be grateful to Governor Nyesom Wike, for according them rightful place in governance.
Nwankwo, a prominent women leader in the state said that the gender-friendly leadership of the governor has given women in the state reason to celebrate.
She stated this during a function held recently in Government House, Port Harcourt.
“Aside Governor Wike’s administration, no other administration in the state has ever accorded women their rightful place both in elective and appointment positions.
“We now have women councillors, vice chairpersons, Commissioners, Special Advisers, courtesy of Gov Wike-led administration. Many more thanks to Mr Quality Projects and women-friendly governor”, she said.
She noted that the people of Oyigbo decided to pay a thank- you visit to the governor as other ethnic nationalities in the state did to appreciate him for all he had done for the people of the area.
“His superlative performance also informed our collective decision to visit Government House.
“The large turn out of women in their colourful attires shows that Oyigbo people are elated with the achievements of the Governor in terms of projects executed in the area as well as appointments to sons and daughters of Oyigbo Local Government Area,” she said.
The former commissioner lauded Governor Wike for announcing the award of Oyigbo-Afam Road project and said it would improve the socio-economic life of the people.
She also commended Governor Wike for ack nowdging the death of late Chijioke Asonwa, who was gunned down during the last election by soldiers.
According to her, “ the announcement has given those of us who believe in him, more reason to believe in New Rivers Vision.
“ PDP leadership in Oyigbo led by the likes of Ambassador Desmond Akawor, Hon Felix Nwaeke and Hon Dike Chisom remains grateful to the Rivers State Chief Executive and we assure him of our unalloyed support”.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
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.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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