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Senate Under Fire For Approving Buhari’s $22.7bn Loan

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated All Progressives Congress (APC) senators for approving President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a fresh $22.7billion loan even amidst public outcry against it.
The party said the approval clearly indicates that the ruling APC was out to only satisfy its immediate selfish gains and plunge the nation into further hardship under burdens of overwhelming loans.
In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party; Mr Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP expressed dismay over the approval giving the loan even when the Buhari Presidency have not justified the request.
According to the PDP, the approval championed by APC senators “is a situation that validates apprehensions that the APC senators have become rubber stamp legislators”.
The statement read in parts, “the fact that the $22.7billion loan request brimmed with unexplained, obscure, over-bloated and questionable subheads, such as the scandalous $500million (N180billion) smuggled in under the guise of upgrading the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), shows that the APC and a cabal in the Presidency are in a huge financial racket, for which they are ready to plunge Nigerians into more suffering.
“In approving the loan, even after it was clear that Nigerians are averse to it, the APC senators have confirmed that they are in league with other APC leaders to fleece our nation and bring more hardship to Nigerians.
“The party notes as disheartening that under the Buhari Presidency, our foreign debt has continued to accumulate with nothing to show other than excruciating unemployment rate, decayed infrastructure, a worsening governance system, escalated insecurity and unprecedented poverty.”
The PDP, in the statement, however, commended the PDP senators for rejecting the loan “as it will bring more hardship and further mortgage the future of our nation”.
The PDP, therefore, demanded a reversal of the approval, and urged Nigerians to unite in defence of the nation by raising their voices against the demand.
Similarly, the Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA0 has described as vexatiously unconstitutional the decision of the Ahmed Lawan-led Senate to approve President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to borrow $22.7billion despite objection from some Senators.
The rights group believes that the collection of the foreign loans, which would be re-looted by government officials, offends several provisions of the Nigerian Constitution including sections 16(1); (2) of the Nigerian Constitution.
HURIWA noted that the section of the Constitution opposes excessive borrowings that makes Nigeria a slave of external jurisdictions and impedes our national drive for self reliance.
Specifically, section 16-(1) provides thus: “The State shall, within the context of the ideals and objectives for which provisions are made in this Constitution.
“(a) harness the resources of the nation and promote national prosperity and an efficient, a dynamic and self-reliant economy.
“(b) control the national economy in such manner as to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality of status and opportunity.
(c) without prejudice to its right to operate or participate in areas of the economy, other than the major sectors of the economy, manage and operate the major sectors of the economy.
(d) without prejudice to the right of any person to participate in areas of the economy within the major sector of the economy, protect the right of every citizen to engage in any economic activities outside the major sectors of the economy.
“(2) The state shall direct its policy towards ensuring:
(a) the promotion of a planned and balanced economic development;
“(b) that the material resources of the nation are harnessed and distributed as best as possible to serve the common good.
“(c) that the economic system is not operated in such a manner as to permit the concentration of wealth or the means of production and exchange in the hands of few individuals or of a group.
“(d) that suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, reasonable national minimum living wage, old age care and pensions, and unemployment, sick benefits and welfare of the disabled are provided for all citizens.”
HURIWA submitted that the constant flying around cap in hand by President Buhari to borrow from all conceivable creditors from all around the world was tantamount to converting Nigeria to a beggarly economy which is against these constitutional provisions.
The group stated this in a media statement signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, and made available to newsmen, yesterday.
It added, “We all know that when Nigeria had an activist National Assembly headed by Senator Bukola Saraki, this move by President Muhammadu Buhari to mortgage Nigeria into the enslavement of the Chinese creditor was rejected.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator Congratulates Hon (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike On Her Birthday

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As the wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike celebrates her birthday anniversary on Sunday, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with the First Lady, describing her as a rare gift to the State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Bro. Obuah in a congratulatory message also described Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as a simple, loving, caring and trustworthy mother who has remained a pillar of strength to her husband in the task of administering the State.
He lauded the Governor’s wife for her steadfastness and being a role model for women, noting that her wonderful virtues are worthy of emulation.
While stressing that behind a successful man, there is a good wife, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator added that the blessed companionship of the First Lady and her husband has contributed in no small measure in navigating the ship of Rivers State into a glorious era.
His words: “As you mark your birthday today, I bring you best wishes and good tidings from my beloved wife and family, as well as workers of the Rivers Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, who are appreciative of all that you are doing to advance the cause and dignity of Rivers people”.
Bro. Obuah prayed that the birthday would bring to the Governor’s wife, an extra share of everything that would make her the happiest in life.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further prayed God to grant the Rivers First Lady long and prosperous life for the overall benefit of the State and to the glory of God.
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Governor Wike Inaugurates State Community Policing Advisory Committee

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated the State Community Policing Advisory Committee(SCPAC) and State Community Policing Committee (SCPC) with a charge to members to sustain the peace in the state.

The State Community Policing Advisory Committee has 17 members while the State Community Policing Committee has 9 members with the State Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council, King Dandeson Douglas JAJA as Chairman.

Speaking during the inauguration at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike who was represented by the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo charged members of the committees to discharge their duties according to their constitutional mandate.

Governor Wike also enjoined members of the committees to ensure that the peace already attained in the state is maintained in order to attract investors .

 

“On behalf of His Excellency, the  Governor of Rivers State, I hereby inaugurate the Rivers State Community Policing Advisory Committee and I wish to charge you to follow closely the tenets of the purpose for which you are set up by promoting justice, judgement and fairness to all.

“Rivers State is a peaceful and hospitable state and we will like to see that these committees add value to what the Governor has been doing to keep the peace in the state.

“We will like to assure the committees that the state government is  committed to support security agencies in the fight against crime and criminality with the provision of  adequate logistics,” he stated.

In his speech, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu represented by the Supervisory Deputy Inspector General of Police, South-South Zone, Anthony Ogbizi Michael said the inauguration marked the commencement of community policing in the state.

 

While noting that community policing had existed right from the time of the colonial masters, the Inspector General of Police said the inauguration of the committees would be replicated at  different levels in the state by the State Commissioner of Police create community ownership.

“We are reenacting this process so that we can take back the policing project to the communities. So the communities will now own community policing and we believe that this will  promote transparency between the communities, police and by extension other security agencies.

” Partnering together, solving security problems together, definitely will foster peace, and we will all know were there is peace and social harmony, there will be development,” he added.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan said the inauguration of the State Community Policing Advisory Committee, SCPAC and State Community Policing Committee is a deliberate move by the Police to bring policing closer to the people.

 

“The power of Community Policing is derived from the Police Order 291 which deals on Community Policing and empowers the police at all levels to engage in active partnership with law abiding citizens and government agencies to collectively and collaboratively solve problems of crime, he added.

In his response, the  Chairman of the State Community Policing Committee, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja lauded the State Governor and the Commissioner of Police for the confidence reposed on members of the committees and assured of their commitment to serve the State.

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Rivers State Government Relaxes Lockdown In Port Harcourt And Obio/Akpor

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-For Six Days With Effect From Thursday, May 21, 2020
Rivers State Government has suspended  the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for 6 (six) days, with effect from Thursday, 21st May 2020.
Governor Nyesom Wike stated this today in a State-wide broadcast.
“Residents and visitors of these local government areas can therefore go out of their homes for their lawful businesses from tomorrow morning, that is, Thursday May 21 until 8.00 p.m., Tuesday 26th of May 2020, when the lockdown will be restored and maintained until further notice.
“It is important to emphasized that the relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.
“All land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers State shall remain closed.
“Similarly, all open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers’ shops must remain shut.
“Religious gatherings of more than 50 persons remain prohibited.
“All public weddings, burials and other social gathering also remain prohibited.
” Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles must continue to limit the number of passengers to two persons only.
“The wearing of face masks or coverings in public spaces, including commercial and private vehicles remains compulsory as contraveners would be arrested and summarily dealt with as the law demands,” he stated.
The Governor enjoined all residents to continue to maintain social distancing in every space, including vehicles, bank premises and
shopping places as required by the subsisting regulations.
He warned that those  who refuse to comply with these duly established orders and restrictions would be arrested and prosecuted, as usual, for deliberately endangering themselves and the lives of others in the face of this deadly virus.
Governor Wike reassured residents of the state that Government was  determined more than ever to do everything to fight against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in Rivers State.
” We therefore urge residents not to panic even with the increasing number of positive cases, which is only indicative of the expanded testing now taking place in the State.
“Before long, we will flatten the curve, gradually lift the restrictions, restore normalcy and open up the State fully for business.
 “But until then, we will continue to ask for is your patience, cooperation and religious compliance with the established measures to curb the spread of this virus.
 “And so, for those, who have nothing to do outside their homes, please stay at home and stay safe. Let us also try to ensure that we keep and protect the most vulnerable persons among us, especially the aged and those with serious underlying health conditions from this virus,” he said.
The Governor expressed appreciation to all those who are in the frontlines supporting the efforts of the State Government in several ways to mitigate the spread of this virus in our State.
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