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Gov Wike To Commission More Projects

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has promised to inaugurate more projects initiated and completed by his administration.
The Governor who disclosed this in his state broadcast on New Year, said the projects inauguration would commence Monday, 4th January, 2021.
Among the projects lined up  for commissioning are the Eteo -Sime-Nonwa-Kira Road, Sakpenwa-Bori Road, Eleme-Afam-Oyigbo Road, Abonnema Ring Road, and Forces Avenue-Olumeni-Harley streets.
Also to be inaugurated are the Mother and Child Hospital, the Real Madrid Academy new building, and the Okoro-nu-Odo flyover.
He pledged the resolve of his administration to create a more robust business environment that will stimulate email growth, empowerment and create tangible jobs for people of the state in 2021.
Gov. Wike expressed dismay over non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols particularly as it concerns wearing of face masks, avoidance of large gathering and social distancing and regular use of hand sanitizer by most persons in the state.
The State Chief Executive also disclosed that enforcement of the ban on illegal motor parks and street trading would commence Monday and warned those flouting the state government law on such illegal activities to stop forthwith as any one caught would face the wrath of the law.
Also last week, Governor Wike declared open the 113th Quarterly General Meeting of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council .
At the event which held last Thursday at  Secretariat of the council, Gov. Wike said his administration would continue to work with the traditional institution in its efforts to advance community development.
“ What we ask of you in particular is to take the lead in mobilising your communities to key into our plans and reap the benefits of development as a shared commitment to serve and responsibility to the people”
Gov. Wike commended the Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, King Dandeson Douglas-Jaja for his leadership.
In his welcome address, King Dandeson Douglas-Jaja appealed to the Governor to consider appointing traditional rulers as judges of Customary Courts in the state.
“ Given the customary nature of issues adjudicated at the customary courts, traditional rulers with verse knowledge in the culture and tradition of the people can sit as judges”.
Also within the week under review, Gov. Wike graced the ceremony marking the 150 years of the establishment of Opobo Kingdom held in Opobo town last Monday.
At the event, Gov. Wike expressed delight that the people of the kingdom and their friends could drive by road to attend the function.
He assured the people of Opobo Kingdom that the state government would expedite action towards ensuring the completion of the Opobo axis of the Ogoni- Andoni-Opobo Unity Road by January, 2021.
“ When that road is completed, it will bring development. I am glad that I made a promise to the people of Opobo. We believe that by ending of January 2021 that we will come back to Commission the road”, he said.
Gov. Wike donated N50million to support the building of a befitting palace for King Jaja of Opobo.
Also last week Gov. Wike held a meeting with the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kolo Kyari after which the Governor ordered the immediate reopening of Kidney Island Port Harcourt for the operators.
A release by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media,  Kelvin Ebiri, disclosed this and said further discussion to resolve the underlying issues would continue.

 

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Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, signed the bill to prohibit open cattle grazing and trespass of cattle on land in the state into laws.
With the law, Lagos has joined some states in southern Nigeria that have anti-open grazing laws in place.
The law is coming more than two weeks after the September 1 deadline set by the Southern Governors Forum for states.
The governor also signed the Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Agency Bill, into Law.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it is committed to tackling the menace of drug abuse frontally to reduce the ravage among youths in the state.
Sanwo-Olu stated this on Monday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during a courtesy visit by the delegates of Anglican Communion Church of Nigeria, led by the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba.
Sanwo-Olu said his government was building a massive rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejirin to tackle drug abuse, adding that his administration would  partner with the Church to ensure that the people lived a better life.
He said governance started from the leadership of spiritual homes, noting that government and church can jointly build a community that would outlive all, while restating the commitment to improve the movement of people on road, water as well as building rail infrastructure to make Lagos a livable city.
Speaking earlier, Ndukuba thanked the governor for partnering with the church in the welfare of the people and commended him for his outstanding performance in tackling Covid-19. 
 Also present at the courtesy visit were the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tayo Ayinde, Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji, Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, among other dignitaries.

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Okowa Tasks NASS On True Federalism

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Delta  State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the National Assembly to embody in the 1999 Constitution being amended, true federalism and independence of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The governor made the call on Monday at a nationwide sensitisation on the review of the existing revenue allocation formula held at Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
He explained that an independent RMAFC would carry out its functions independently, including laying its proposals directly before the National Assembly for approval.
According to the governor, the current practice where recommendations of the commission are presented to the President has led to the non-review of the revenue allocation formula since 1992 as no President demonstrated the political will to forward the amendments to the parliament.
He commended RMAFC for ongoing sensitisation of the states before a zonal exercise where recommendations from the states would be received.
“For quite some time a lot of talks have gone on in the revenue allocation and it’s very unfortunate that in this country we are still operating a revenue allocation formula that was actually reviewed in 1992.
“As we look forward to a new revenue allocation formula, we hope that you come out with something that is fair, justifiable and equitable.
“But, the challenge is that when you have done all this work, you are going to eventually, by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, lay this before the President and the President ought to lay it before the National Assembly.
“There is a challenge there and there has always been a challenge there, because what is there in our laws that will ensure that the President lays the recommendations of RMAFC before the National Assembly?
“We hope that the National Assembly takes a look at this amendment because RMAFC is supposed to be an independent commission, a commission on behalf of all federating units and component parts of the federation.
“They cannot tie your hands; the constitution ought to be amended to enable chairman of RMAFC to directly lay before the national assembly whatever review it has come up with so that nobody stands it down,’’ he said.
Okowa stated that the National Assembly must do what was right because “a nation is a nation.

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Reps Query Presidential Committee Over Assets Seized From Past Leaders

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The House of Representatives on Monday ordered the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Landed Property to produce reports of all assets seized from former Nigerian leaders.
Members were more particular about the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, whose property and money were recovered by the Federal Government. 
 The chairman, ad-hoc Committee on Abandoned Property, Ademora Kuye, said the House wanted a report on all assets seized from Nigerian leaders in and out of Nigeria, particularly Abacha.
He said this when the Executive Secretary of PIC appeared before the committee in Abuja.
“We need to know the state of those property and to also know if the property have titles of deed,’’ Mr Kuye said.
The committee also queried the sale of federal government’s assets held in trust by the PIC.
Mr Kuye said the committee discovered that some of the property the PIC claimed to have sold were either not sold or were not paid for, contrary to claims made by the PIC.
He added that some of the seized houses which the PIC claimed were vacant were still being occupied.
He directed the PIC to furnish the House of Representatives committee with up-to-date reports of federal government’s assets sold, amount realised from the sales, those yet to be sold and those under litigation.
Mr Kuye also asked that the PIC must state the amount of money remitted to the federal government from the sales with evidence of remittance, adding that all assets pointed out to the committee but not included in its first report should be forwarded to the House of Representatives committee.
Responding to Mr Kuye’s submissions, the Executive Secretary, PIC, Bala Samid, stated that some of the people occupying government quarters had refused to vacate them.
He added that as soon as the occupants were approached for payment or to vacate the houses they went to court to obtain injunctions restraining the PIC.
“We approached the federal government to report them and the federal government said that we should give them time”.

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