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Stay In Your Areas, Gov Wike Tells Council Chairmen

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The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has again directed chairmen of the twenty- three Local Government Areas to reside in their various areas and not to operate from Port Harcourt, the state capital or any other area outside their local government.
By so doing, the governor said the council bosses would be abreast of the situation of things, especially security, in their various areas.
The Rivers State Chief Executive gave the order last Thursday, during the swearing, in ceremony of the local government council chairmen in Government House, Port Harcourt.
He expressed regret that most council bosses in the state abandoned their various LGAs only to live and operate from hotels in Port Harcourt.
“ Stay in your council areas. Don’t stay in hotels and in Port Harcourt. If you’re not at home, how do you know about the security situation in your local government ? Security is key “, he said.
Governor Wike who charged the council chairmen to pay proper attention to issues of security in order to stem security breaches in their various councils , stressed the need for them to establish robust working relationship with both the Divisional Police Officers   (DPOs) and traditional rulers in their domain.
The Governor also warned them against embarking on needless travels outsiders the state and the country without officially notifying the state government.
Another major issue , last week in Brick House, was the anti-open grazing position of the Southern Governors. Wike disclosed the intention of his administration to forward to the Rivers State House of Assembly, an anti-open grazing bill, aimed at protecting farmlands and farmers.
“ So that everybody must understand it , it’s clear without any hesitation, we must do it to protect our farms, to protect our women, to protect our youths, so that nobody will go and kill them”, he said last Wednesday, at the inauguration of the Isaiah Odoli/ Omerelu streets in New GRA , Port Harcourt.
Last week witnessed the inauguration of more projects executed by the Governor Wike administration. They include: the 21km Odufor- Akpoku- Umuoye Road in Etche Local Government Area, nine reconstructed streets— Nzimiro, Herbert Macaulay , Amassoma , Arochukwu , Atako, Ogoja , Akure , Yola and Chinwo in Old GRA, Port Harcourt, and the Community Secondary School Eteo, in Eleme Local Government Area as well as the Community Secondary School Obeakpu, Ndoki in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
The Rivers State Governor called on the Federal Government to expedite action towards the completion of the abandoned East-West Road considering its economic importance to the nation.
He described as unacceptable, the Federal Government’s continued neglect of the road, particularly the Eleme axis where the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone, Port Harcourt Refinery and Onne Seaport are situated.
“ They are taking us for granted because we have nobody. God in his infinite mercy will give us somebody. The kind of treatment we are receiving from this Federal Government is unacceptable”, said Governor Wike during the inauguration of the Community Secondary School Eteo, in Eleme Local Government Area, last Friday.
Stressing that the project inauguration and flagging off was not limited to the road , Governor Wike explained that it also focused on other sectors as health, education etc. The construction of the Community Secondary School Eteo in Eleme and the Secondary School Obeakpu, Ndoki in Oyigbo were aimed at increasing access to quality education for the people.
The Governor appealed to the teachers and students of the schools to utilise the facilities provided by the state government and make sure that the schools are protected.
Inaugurating the Community Secondary School Obeakpu, the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu hailed the achievements of  the Rivers State Governor .
“ Governor Wike remains a role model, worthy to be emulated. I advise other governors to come to Port Harcourt to see what Gov ernor Wike is doing”, Mantu said.
The plot by the Federal Government to regulate or outrightly ban social media attracted the attention of the Rivers State Governor, last week, as he described the plot as hypocritical.

He argued that the APC led Federal Government wants to use it’s disagreement with Twitter as a false premise to suppress criticism of the administration’s appalling handling of the nation’s affairs through the dubious regulation of social media, even when it used the same social media to tell lies against the past government under Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

Gov Wike attended the PDP Governors’ Forum meeting held last Monday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. He also attended a Special Thanksgiving Mass in honoure of the President of the Court of Appeal, Hon Justice Monica Bolna’an Dongban-Mensem in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, last Saturday.

By: Chris Oluoh

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APC, PDP Bandy Words Over Buhari’s Fresh Loan Request

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The ruling All Progressives Party (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have argued over President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for approval to borrow $4 billion and €710 million to fund the deficit in the 2021 budget.
Recall that the president made the request in a letter he addressed to the National Assembly on Tuesday.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in reaction to the development, cautioned the NASS against approving the request, saying it could set the country’s debt profile skyrocketing without a feasible repayment plan.
With the approval to borrow $8.3 billion and €490 million loans by its legislative body barely two months ago, Nigeria’s debt profile risks reaching over N40 trillion.
“More alarming is that the debts that APC is hanging on Nigerians are for nebulous projects whose scopes, utilities, locations and contractors are largely vague; a development that validates apprehensions of a huge swindle on our nation at the expense of innocent Nigerians, including generation yet unborn. 
“Our party holds it as an act of wickedness that individuals who know that they will be leaving office in less than two years will be accumulating debts instead of seeking ways to reduce the liability they have brought upon our nation.
“The APC knows it will not be around after May 29, 2023. That is why it is pushing our nation into a deeper economic quagmire with foreign loans, which are largely diverted to the personal pockets of their corrupt leaders,” the opposition PDP said in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday.
But responding to the PDP’s criticism, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, said the loans are for “the good of the country” and well-being of the citizenry.
The ruling party also accused the opposition party of looting foreign loans obtained during its 16 years rule rather than spending on infrastructure and economic growth as, according to it, Mr Buhari-led government is doing.
“It was in PDP’s era that loans to fund power generation, purchase arms and ammunition to fight a raging insurgency were misappropriated and diverted to fund PDP activities; and the borrowed money ultimately found its way to the pockets of cronies, friends and family members of administration officials. Nigeria is still servicing a $460 million loan taken from China to fund a phoney Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) contract awarded in August 2010.
“Nigerians should also reflect and recall that the PDP had in its 16 years of misrule pushed the country into a dark ditch of insolvency, and a period in which most state governments could not pay workers salaries, not even the minimum wage, or settle contractors’ bills and cater for patients in hospitals, to name a few,” the APC interim National Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, said.

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A’Ibom Gov Signs Anti-Open Grazing Law

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Akwa lbom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has signed into law a bill to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranches in the state.
The Speaker, Aniekan Bassey, with the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Uko Udom (SAN), presented the bill for signing on Wednesday at the State Executive Chambers, in the Governor’s Office, Uyo.
The governor, after signing the bill into law, stated that the new law was no respecter of persons irrespective of status or calibre.
He instructed relevant authorities of government to ensure that the law was implemented and enforced to the letter with strict compliance, stressing that, culprits must be brought to book accordingly.
The new law will promote modern techniques in animal husbandry, prevent the destruction of farms by wandering cattle while reducing clashes and killings between herders and farmers in the state.
It will also promote international best practices in livestock administration, regulation and control in the state, among other things.
The state Assembly passed the bill on Tuesday, and the Speaker, Aniekan Bassey, directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the decision of the House to the Governor for his assent.
Also at the Executive Chambers, the Speaker who was accompanied by the Leader of the House, Udo Kierian Akpan, and the Clerk of the Assembly, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to the signing ceremony witnessed the inauguration of two C\committees by the Governor.
The committees are the Akwa Ibom State Gender Based Violence Management Committee, chaired by the First Lady, Mrs.  Martha Udom Emmanuel, and Akwa Ibom State Road Safety Management Committee, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo.

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NASS S’East Caucus Moves To Reconstruct Federal System

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Members of the South East Caucus of the National Assembly have resolved to join hands with other patriotic Nigerians across regional, religious, political, and ethnic divides to reconstruct a federal system where the rights, happiness, and prosperity and those of unborn generations are guaranteed. 
Making their feelings known in a communique issued at the end of an extraordinary meeting held at the Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja last Wednesday, the law makers said the topic of the meeting centered on review of developments in the South East, particularly the security situation in the region vis-à-vis the sit-at-home orders by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) and  the detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
  “We expressed solidarity with our people of the South East over the marginalisation of the region in the scheme of things within the Nigerian commonwealth. The Caucus feels the pains of our people and their quest for equity, justice, and protection of their lives and property in every part of the country. The Caucus, therefore, resolved to continue to fight for a level-playing ground and an enabling federal system where Ndigbo are able to develop their homeland at their own pace and equally pursue their happiness and actaulise their enormous potentials in every part of the country, unmolested.
 Reviewing the sit-at-home orders by the IPOB and the mayhem some nefarious elements have seized the opportunity to visit on the lives, properties, and psyche of the people, the Caucus equally reviewed and rued the incalculable economic losses and hardships these have brought upon the region.
They, however, condemned in strongest terms the disruption of the ongoing Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in some parts of the South East, particularly the incident at Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, where the English examination organised by the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, on Monday, September 13, 2021, was ruthlessly scuttled by armed men, who chased away the students, teachers, and examiners before setting ablaze motorcycles belonging to the teachers. 
“This is certainly not who we are as a people. On the contrary, we are a people, who have always cherished and encouraged learning from the ages. We are a people that fully appreciate the place of education in the liberation and enlightenment of the human mind and the socio-economic and political emancipation of a people”.
The South East legislators equally condemned in strongest terms the incessant killings in the South East, adding “This must stop immediately. We call on the security agencies to unravel the culprits behind these wicked acts and ensure that they are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.
“ Noted with delight that IPOB has called off the Monday sit-at-home order and resolved to ensure that nobody uses them as façades to bring ruination on Igbo land.
“ Call on our people to go about their lawful businesses and enjoin our governors and the security agencies to rebuild confidence in our people by not only ensuring the security of their lives and properties, but also ensuring that our people feel safe as they undertake their legitimate businesses.
 ”Elaborately discussed the issue of Mazi Nnamdi and resolved to intervene. To this end we resolved to set up a committee to constructively interface with relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in regard.
 “Appeal to our people not to allow anyone to destroy the South East region. The post-war South East was not built through government patronage, but largely by the sheer determination and sacrifices of our people, who refused to resign to fate or bow their heads in defeat. 
“It is in Igbo land that you easily find hospitals, schools, roads, and other social amenities built by individual or communal efforts of the people, home and abroad, through the instruments of the town unions and other community organisations such as the age grades, Umuada, etc. 

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