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RIVERS Approves Review Of 2020 Budget

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The Rivers State Executive Council has approved the review of the 2020 Budget in line with the present economic realities occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
Accordingly, the State’s 2020 Budget has been reviewed by 48 percent from N530,813,357,619.00 Billion to N300,370,071,183.00 Billion.
The State Commissioner for Finance and Supervisory Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Isaac Kamalu announced on Wednesday, while briefing journalists after the State Executive Council Meeting presided over by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Mr. Kamalu stated that the State Executive Council also gave approval for the review of the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, accommodating a downsizing of the budget, pointing out that the decision was taken in consideration of all necessary parameters geared towards offering the state purposeful service and effective leadership.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Sunny Ejekwu said the State Executive Council also approved a Free Bus Scheme with a fleet of 28 Luxury Buses to convey commuters free of charge during this COVID-19 period.
He said the Scheme which would start from Monday, June 1,2020 is part of measures introduced by government to ameliorate the sufferings faced by those living and doing business in the state.
Mr. Ejekwu announced that the Free Buses would convey commuters in Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt, Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Areas.
The Commissioner also stated that wearing of facemasks would be a compulsory requirement for any commuter who would want to enjoy the free service.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim announced the setting up of an Executive Council Committee to work out modalities that would outline conditions that would be met by those who intend to bury their loved ones  during this period.
According to him, the Committee is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo while the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheus Adangor, Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Thomas Bariere, Commissioner for Youths, Mr.Prince Ohia and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Mr Dax Kelly are to serve as members.
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We Shall Revamp Famous Secondary Schools In The State Says Rivers State Governor, Wike

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Government Wike inspecting the progress of rehabilitation work at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School and the Enitonia High School located in Borikiri Town Port Harcourt

Rivers state governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reiterated commitment to upgrading facilities in schools that have contributed in moulding prominent personalities and made the state famous, educationally.

Governor Wike gave the assurance after inspecting the progress of rehabilitation work at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School and the Enitonia High School located in Borikiri Town in the Port Harcourt local government area of the state.

The governor expressed sadness over wastage of funds by  the previous administration in building new schools far away from where large number of people reside and abandoned structures of the old school.

He said if proper attention had been  given to schools, which are located within densely populate areas they would have continued to produce renowned personalities as in the past to the benefit of the state.

“I feel so sad that these schools are in such bad state. They are schools that have made the state pride. I don’t know why government will believe and continue to build new schools instead of putting the old schools in a position where they can be very conducive for students.

“You know those who have made names in the Port Harcourt; some of them attended these old schools. I have promised that we will do all we can to bring back the schools to what they used to be.

I’ve rescheduled another meeting with the old students of the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, led by their chairman, Noble Abbey, to see what other things we will add  to the would have continued to produce renowned personalities as in the past to the benefit of the state.

“I feel so sad that these schools are in such bad state. They are schools that have made the state pride. I don’t know why government will believe and continue to build new schools instead of putting the old schools in a position where they can be very conducive for students.

“You know those who have made names in the Port Harcourt; some of them attended these old schools. I have promised that we will do all we can to bring back the schools to what they used to be.

I’ve rescheduled another meeting with the old students of the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, led by their chairman, Noble Abbey, to see what other things we will add  to the ongoing rehabilitation but the landscaping is a top priority to us, “he said.

“I won’t allow the schools to die.  We must continue to retain the name.  We will also look at the schools that  missionaries have taken over like the Okrika Grammar Schools. We will invite the missionaries to discuss the modalities,” he added.

The governor also inspected extent of work done at the Real Madrid Football Academy located at Elekahia Town and said no excuse will be accepted from the contractor from handing over the project in August.

He said the academy must commence formal training in sports  and academic activities in September when the new academic session begins.

Governor Wike commended the contractor for the pace of work  that has reach the plastering stage of the administrative, classrooms and hostel blocks.

 

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Rivers State Governor, Wike Attributes Success Of Urban Renewal To Financial Prudence

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Inspection of ongoing projects in rivers state by His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike con GSSRS POS African Governor of Rivers state on the 30th of June 2020.

Rivers state Governor,  Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says his urban renewal programme in the  state is successful because of financial prudence by his administration

The governor also said 10 hectares dredged land located opposite the NLNG head office will be developed to further enhance the aesthetics of Port Harcourt city under the  urban renewal programme.

Speaking with journalists after the inspection of on-going shore protection work at the sandfilled land,  governor Wike said it is amazing to have recovered such land that once served as a hideout for criminals.

He said though a decision has not been taken on what activity to approve on the land,  Julius Berger construction company has been asked to start the provision of infrastructure that can serve for residential or commercial purposes.

 

“Everybody knows that the place used to be mangrove area that served as criminals hideout opposite the new NLNG head office, but we were able to reclaim it.

“The work men are doing a good job there, it is not less than 10 hectare of land, and it is a very lucrative site for everybody who wants to carry out productive activity. We are also happy that we are now doing the shore protection.

“We have asked Julius Berger to  go there for the provision infrastructure so that tomorrow if it is for residential,  mixed development or commercial, we know that the infrastructure is already provided,” he said.

Governor Wike who also inspected an abandoned six storey former Riv-Insurance building near the Isaac Boro Park flyover, said the property would be rehabilitated.

“We went to Aba Road to see a property that was abandoned for over twenty years. What we are doing now is to bring it back to what it is supposed to be.

“At the new GRA, we are making sure that the roads are completed as promised the people and they are handled by Julius Berger construction company. You can see that Port Harcourt has changed because of the various construction works.

“The urban renewal programme is a great success as far as we are concerned.  So many people are asking to know where we are getting the money when there is covid-19.  What’s important to us  is management. When once you know how to manage resources,  you will not have problems. We are also impressed with the reaction of the people,” he added.

The governor also said the last five years of his administration has been remarkably successful because of the help of God.

He recalled how the former governor of the state had mocked that there would not be money anywhere for him to pay salary and to provide infrastructure but he had surpassed it and the people are not disappointed too.

The governor also inspected the Elelenwon street and the Woji Road in the new GRA.

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Rivers Government Scores High Prioritising Wellbeing Of Youth Corps Members

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Rivers State 2019 NYSC B1, batches Coop members presentated a portrait of governor Wike.

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,  says his administration is committed to making life comfortable for youths posted to the state for their compulsory one year national youth service Programmes.

Governor Wike was speaking on Monday, while hosting 2019 Batch-B,  Stream-one National Youth Corps members who came to express appreciation to the governor for the privilege given to them to serve at the government house,  Port Harcourt .

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government,  Dr.  Tammy Danagogo, Governor Wike said there is no administration comparable to the Wike administration in Nigeria that has remained exceptional in upgrading facilities at the Nonwa orientation camp  in Tai local government area of the state.

He said internal roads have been rehabilitated at the orientation camp in Nonwa plus the reconstruction of auditorium and hotels for Corps members.

 

“I want to thank you for this show and demonstration of appreciation of the kind gesture of the governor.  He is a man with a large heart, and  always catered for the well-being of youth corps members who come to serve in Rivers state.

“You’re all aware that all the halls, internal roads,  and hostels in the camp have been transformed. I do not think there is a any state in Nigeria where you can boast of facilities in NYSC orientation camps as much as he has provided in Rivers state.

“He had done all these without expecting any thank you from anybody. It is in the same manner, just as he has been doing for corps members in previous years, that you came and he admitted you to serve in the government house of Rivers state.

“But I must say that you have distinguished yourselves because many have been coming and going and actually nobody has thought it wise to come together to do any presentation in appreciation of his Excellency’s kind gestures to them. You have scored first in that direction,” he said.

The governor also charged them to remain focus as worthy Nigeria youths and continue with the level of commitment they had demonstrated while serving at government in order to succeed in their future endeavour.

Leader of the group,  Amina Andah noted that it as a rare privilege for them to served the state from the government house.

She commended Governor Wike for the proactive measures his administration has taken in the fight against covid-19 in the state which have contributed to the successes recorded.

The group made a presentation of three waste disposal bins and a portrait of governor Wike.

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