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Wike Imposes Curfew To Check Security Breaches

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Security dorminated affairs last week in Government House, Port Harcourt. The State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, who made state broadcast twice within the week, imposed a dust-to-dawn curfew restricting human and vehecular movements.
In a state broadcast last Tuesday, Governor Wike announced a night curfew from 8.00 pm to 6.00 am with effect from Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
The Governor explained that the curfew became necessary following the gruesome murder of security personnel on duty penultimate Saturday by some yet-to-be identified blood-thirsty gunmen along Port Harcourt-Owerri Express Way and another similar attack at Abua in Abua/Odual Local Government Area by unknown gunmen which also led to the death of officers and men of Nigerian Army.
“ Consequently, a night curfew is hereby imposed and no person or vehicle is allowed into or out of Rivers State from 8.00 pm to 6.00 am from tomorrow  (Wednesday) April 28, 2021 until further notice”, he said.
Governor Wike who was compelled to make another broadcast last Thursday said after a review of the security situation, the security council observed that there was possibility of further deadly attack in the state, hence, the state government had to impose a dust-to-dawn curfew prohibiting human and vehecular movements from 10.00 pm to 6.00 am with effect from 29 April, 2021.
Wike who condemned the unwarranted attacks, demanded that the perpetrators of the attacks be fished out and brought to justice.
On Tuesday last week, the Governor had an interactive session with traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Andoni Nationality and stated that the security situation  and the unchallenged killings of innocent citizens by outlaws in parts of the country were a clear manifestation of bad leadership.
He charged the delegation to collectively work with the state government to tackle the issue of insecurity in Andoni.
The State Chief Executive assured that the Andoni axis of the Ogoni-Opobo-Andoni Unity Road would be completed by August,2021.
The Okan Ama of Ikuru Town, King Aaron Ikuru, who spoke on behalf of the delegation, said they were in Government House to seek intervention of the state government in the security challenges in Andoni.
Also last week, Governor Wike hosted a delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Government House Port Harcourt. The Governor attributed the huge success in reducing the rate of malaria infection and HIV/AIDS among the people to the robust partnership between the state government and WHO.
He further remarked that the issuance of Polo free status certificate of clearance to Nigeria was made possible because of the partnership with WHO. He also listed some of the major achievements of his administration in the health sector and expressed surprise that the Health Contributory Bill had not been brought to him to sign into law.
WHO representative to Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi, commended Governor Wike for the remarkable leadership he had continued to provide in the fight against COVID-19 in Rivers State, pointing out that it was leaders like Wike who were committed to counterpart funding that had improved health indices in the country.
Also within the week under review, Governor Wike was honoured with “ Governor Of The Year In Infrastructural Development”, by the Independent Newspapers Limited.
At the event which took place at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos , over the weekend, the Managing Director, Independent Newspapers Limited,  Mr Steve Omanufeme, said that Governor Wike had used the construction of roads and other infrastructure to expand the economy of the state.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, who represented  Gov Wike at the event thanked the management of Independent Newspapers for recognising the developmental strides of the Rivers State Governor.
Nsirim noted that within the last six years, Gov Wike has redefined governance by embarking on people oriented projects across the 23 local government areas of the state even in the face of COVID-19 which is slowing down governance across the globe.

The former Vice President , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Gov of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi Sule, Gombe State Governor, Muhammed Inuwa  Yahaya, and Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku also received awards .

Another major event in Brick House, last week was the Workers’ Day celebration  which was celebrated at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt last Saturday.

Gov Wike who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, charged workers in the state to be part of the success story of his administration.

The Governor assured workers  of the State Government’s willingness to look into their demands when properly channelled as was done in the recent Tripartite Committee meetings.

 

By: Chris Oluoh

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We Are Satisfied With Level Of Preparations For Anambra Poll – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, said it is satisfied with the current level of preparations for the November 6 Anambra governorship election.
In a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in Abuja, the commission said that virtually all non-sensitive materials have been delivered in readiness for the election.
Okoye said the commission deliberated on the state governorship election holding on November 6, at its regular weekly meeting held yesterday in Abuja, “The training of ad-hoc staff is also going on as scheduled.
“The Commission is in touch with the National Peace Committtee under the Chairmanship of former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd).
“Preparations are underway for the signing of the Peace Accord in Awka on November 4.”
Okoye said that the commission also noted with appreciation, the role of religious, traditional and community leaders in Anambra State.
The commission also appreciated the civil society, socio-cultural associations and the media in appealing for peace during electioneering campaign and election-day activities.
Okoye also disclosed that INEC also on Thursday published the notice of poll at its state and all the local government offices in Anambra State.
He said that so far, the commission has successfully implemented 12 out of 14 activities in the timetable and schedule of activities.
‘By Section 46 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission shall, not later than 14 days before the day of the election, cause to be published, a notice specifying the date and hours fixed for the poll; the persons entitled to vote; and the location of the polling units.
“In the same vein, today is the last day for the submission of names of Polling Agents by political parties.
“By Section 45 of the Electoral Act, each political party may by notice in writing addressed to the Electoral Officer of the Local Government, appoint a polling agent for each polling unit and collation centre.
“The notice shall set out the name and address of the polling agent, accompanied by two passport photographs of each polling agent, and sample signature of the agent at least 14 days before the date fixed for the election.”
Okoye advised political parties to adhere strictly to the law and the guidelines for the deployment of polling agents.
He said that only duly accredited polling agents would be allowed to operate at the polling units and collation centres.
“With just a little over two weeks to the election, the Commission once again appeals for support from all and sundry in Anambra to ensure that the election will not only be peaceful, but also free, fair and credible.”

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Jonathan Congratulates Gowon At 87

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has congratulated former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) on the occasion of his 87th birthday.
Jonathan commended Gowon for his sustained commitment to the peace and progress of Nigeria, stressing that the former head of State has made considerable contributions to the unity and socio-economic development of the country.
The former President also described General Gowon as a committed leader and patriot who has always been concerned about the development of Nigeria.
“The former Head of State has made considerable contributions to the unity and socio-economic development of our country,” the message reads.
The goodwill message he personally signed, reads, “I join your family and well-wishers to celebrate you on the occasion of your 87th birthday. I am pleased by your sustained commitment to the progress, peace and unity of Nigeria.
“Your passion and love for Nigeria have not waned many decades after leaving office, as you have continued to invest your time in peace initiatives such as Nigeria Prays Project and the Yakubu Gowon Centre.
“As Head of State, you made considerable contributions to the unity and socio-economic development of Nigeria and earned yourself a reputation of peacemaker and nation builder.
 ”Your Excellency, as you celebrate, on behalf of my family, I pray that God will renew your strength and grant you peace, joy and long life. Happy birthday, Your Excellency”.

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Sokoto Assembly Confirms Three Commissioner-Nominees

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The Sokoto State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of three Commissioner-nominees as requested by Governor Aminu Tambuwal.
This followed the adoption of a motion by the All Progressives Congress Leader, Bello Ambarura, at the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday in Sokoto.
Moving the motion, Ambarura said that it was in consideration of the request by Governor Tambuwal who requested the House confirmation for the nominees.
“This is in view of the provision of section 192 (1-5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended. However, their nomination was necessitated due to the existence of vacancies in the state Executive Council,” he said.
The lawmaker added that the governor’s request was as enshrined in the public service rules and regulations as well as other processes required by the law.
“Moreover, the persons nominated for the appointments are persons of proven integrity and dedication, who had served the state and the nation in various capacities.
“Thus, if appointed, they will assist the governor in discharging his statutory responsibilities,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker, Abubakar Magaji, who presided over the sitting, put the motion into a voice vote after the screening of the nominees, and it was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.
The Tide source reports that the nominees included Professor Aminu Illela, Shuaibu Gwanda-Gobir, and Hassan Maccido.

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