A member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Smart Adoki and leaders in the Niger Delta have lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his leadership role in the region.
Adoki and the Niger Delta leaders led by Elder T.K. Ogorimagba spoke during a courtesy visit on Governor Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.
The lawmaker stated that the Niger Delta leaders were in Government House to thank the governor for providing leadership for the region.
He appealed to the Rivers State Governor to work for the restoration of the presidential amnesty programme to faithfully serve the Niger Delta region.
In his remarks, leader of the delegation, elder T.K. Ogorimagba, called on the Rivers State Governor to serve as the number one advocate for the development of the South-South.
Ogorimagba said the Amnesty Programme was a security programme, which should be limited only to the South-South geo-political zone of the country.
He also appealed to Governor Wike to host the Conference of Ethnic Nationalities of the South-South to promote the development of the area; just as he declared Governor Wike as “the Advocate of the Region”.
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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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