The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State Chapter, Amb. Desmond Akawor has justified the re-election of Engr. Samuel Nwanosike as chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, saying that his performance within 100 days of his second term was startling and worthy of celebration.
Akawor, who was represented by his Deputy Chairman, Chief Chukwuemeka Aaron, made the justification while commissioning the 14-classroom blocks, security post and toilet facilities and eight classroom blocks, constructed by Nwanosike at State School 2, Omuigwe, Aluu, as part of the activities to celebrate his second tenure’s 100 days in office.
He said, “We came to commission a secretariat in Isiokpo, the local government headquarters, and on that day, Amb. Desmond Akawor is one of those who said my brother, you have done well, you deserve a second tenure. Chief Sergeant Awuse also said so. Our elder brother, O. C. J. Okocha, also confirmed it. And the good testimonies of those speeches that day are why we are here today.
“What we saw in Ikwerre Local Government Secretariat was something that you deserve second tenure. And the party said this man who has shown this development will do more, if given opportunity. And from what we are seeing here, you are trying to replicate what the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, is doing in the state”.
Aaron said that Nwanosike was honoured by the chiefs and people of Aluu due to his excellent performance in the community.
According to him, “You were honoured for all the things you did in Aluu. For all the chiefs and the Nyenwe Eli of Aluu to give you that title, Ekwu Eme 1 of Aluu, shows that they have appreciated you. And having appreciated you, what is expected of you is more work. Aluu people need more from you, Ikwerre people need more from you, the entire people here need more from you, and I believe that the way you have started, you will do more for this local government”.
He commended the Ikwerre Council chairman for his developmental strides across the 13 wards of Ikwerre LGA, saying that his commissioning of the projects within his second tenure’s 100 days in office was a testimony to the high leadership qualities of the chairman.
“Today, we are here, ably representing our state Chairman, Amb. Desmond Akawor, to also perform one of those things you told us the day we came to your local government that you did within your 100 days in office. I want to commend you.
“And we also want to say before now, it has never been so that in 100 days, you see a chairman of council doing series of projects.
“Ordinarily, having gotten your second tenure, some will say that it is time to enjoy, but because you are one man who has gone through the tutelage of the governor, you are doing well. The governor, since he started his second tenure, every day we are commissioning, and flagging off projects. And in Ikwerre Local Government, you are replicating what the governor is doing in the state. So go ahead, we are ready to commission projects in one community after another, in the 13 wards and 14 communities of the local government is commendable”, he said.
While speaking during the commissioning, the Chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike described the opportunity given to him and his team to serve Ikwerre people as a privilege.
According to him, “For me, the opportunity we have gotten to serve our people is a privilege. I tell my team that we are not the best in Ikwerre Local Government. Maybe, you don’t understand, Ikwerre Local Government has produced great men and women”.
Nwanosike said that they were performing greatly because they belong to PDP, adding that PDP members always deliver on their manifestos when elected into office.
He expressed his heartfelt joy to Aluu people for conferring on him a chieftaincy title, while dedicating the title to Governor Nyesom Wike for mentoring him.
“What the people of Aluu have done today has sent very strong message to my spirit man and to my community and my immediate family. It shows clearly the saying in the Bible; silver and gold I do not have, what I have I will appreciate you for what you have done for our people”, Nwanosike stated.
He reiterated his call on Wike to contest as Nigeria’s President, saying that Nigerians need him to replicate what he was doing in Rivers State across the country.
“If you go to the North-East today, it is Nyesom Wike they are calling on. If you go to the South-West, it is Nyesom Wike they are calling on. If you go to the Middle Belt, it is Nyesom Wike they are calling on. If you go to the South-South, it is Nyesom Wike they are calling on. If you go to the South-East, they are calling on Nyesom Wike. Why? Because the star of the Lord is on his head”, Nwanosike said.
He commended the Rivers State governor for taking the Value Added Tax (VAT) issue to the Supreme Court for interpretation, signing the Real Madrid Football Academy contract and construction of 10 flyovers in two years.
Speaking on behalf of the people of Aluu Community, the Councillor representing Ward 13 at Ikwerre Legislative Assembly, Hon Emeka Wali, said that the people of Aluu were grateful to Nwanosike for taking their community as his own, adding that they would do everything possible to reciprocate the gesture.
Highlights of the event were conferment of Eze Okwu Eme 1 of Aluu on Nwanosike by the Aluu Council of Chiefs, and the defection of an All Progressives Congress (APC) heavyweight in Ward 13, Elder Samuel Wachukwu, to PDP.
The commissioning ceremony attracted most executive members of Rivers State PDP; the former Vice Chancellor of the then Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Prof Simeon Achinewhu; former Rivers State PDP Deputy Chairman, Sir Obiandu Owhochukwu; members of Ikwerre Legislative Assembly; members of Ikwerre Executive Arm; PDP stakeholders and leaders of Ikwerre LGA, amongst others.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
Dislodge Illegal Oil Refinery Operators, Wike Tasks Monarchs
Wike gave the charge at a meeting he held with traditional rulers in the state at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Port Harcourt, last Friday.
The meeting was also attended by heads of security agencies and chairmen of the 23local government areas of the state.
Wike told the traditional rulers that those involved in illegal oil refining activities were sabotaging the economy.
He regretted that the Federal Government, which controls the oil industry and the security agencies, has been indifferent to the soot pandemic and the damage it was inflicting on the health of the residents of Rivers State.
“I should think that the way Federal Government intends to fight insurgency is the way they should fight illegal oil bunkering, because it is sabotage on the national economy. Very big sabotage! It affects our own revenue.
“If we are supposed to produce two million barrels, for example, we are now producing 1.2million. And that 1.2million barrels, it affects Rivers State because we are not producing up to the volume we are supposed to produce, and then, we cannot get the money to do whatever you want us to do.”
The governor also said that illegal oil refining activities constitute environmental hazard capable of causing cancer-related illnesses in the state.
According to him, his primary concern was to ensure that the health of residents of the state was not jeopardised.
“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to see how this thing can be stopped. As I speak to you, nobody has called me from the Federal Government to say how they can support us. But that is not my business. My business is the health of my people. I will not because the Federal Government is not interested to stop it, therefore, my people should die. If everybody dies, who are you going to govern?”
The governor, therefore, urged the traditional rulers not to be less concerned about the activities of illegal oil refinery operators, but to frantically mobilise members of their Community Development Committees (CDCs) and the leadership of their youth groups to work in synergy to dislodge them from their domains.
Wike berated the Nigerian Police for being complicit in the criminal act of illegal oil bunkering, which is why they were not committed to the fight to stop the illicit business.
He also described as embarrassing how officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have continued to be complicit in the act and shamelessly involved in sabotaging the national economy.
“I don’t know how I can be a security officer sent to a place to protect people, to protect whatsoever belongs to the Federal Government, at the same time, I’m involved in sabotaging the national economy. I don’t understand how I can wear uniform and be involved in that. If they do not want to support us, we have no choice but to expose all the atrocities that are going on in this state.”
Wike said he recently received intelligence that an Army Major was providing exit services to illegally refined petroleum products, and had to send security personnel to thwart it.
“In fact, I had to send my special security to go and intercept a major who was trying to escort some of these illegal products.”
The governor declared that his administration would not hesitate to expose any security personnel involved in such illegal oil refining activities.
Wike frowned at the inability of the Nigeria Police to arrest Chief W. J. Wocha; Fubara Ohaka; and other members of the illegal bunkering cartel operating at Ibaa community in Emohua Local Government Area.
He said the names of all indicted persons would be published soon and they would be declared wanted.
Rivers Rating In Ease Of Doing Business Rises -Banigo
Banigo stated this at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, last Thursday, shortly after her arrival from Abuja, where she represented the State Chief Executive, Chief Nyesom Wike at the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the National Economic Council meeting.
Banigo disclosed that the factors, which determine this survey, include infrastructure, security and healthcare.
“With the 10 flyovers the governor was constructing in Rivers State, and of course, with all the other infrastructure in health, education; and the monumental improvement in security as well as the clearing of the hideouts of criminals, obviously gave us a head way in doing very well in this baseline survey”, the deputy governor further stressed.
According to the public health physician, the response of the state to the COVID-19 pandemic, under the watch of the governor as the incident manager, has been tremendous in terms of healthcare delivery.
“I want to encourage the citizens of the state to maintain the non-pharmaceutical measures like the correct wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap and running water for, at least, 20 seconds, social distancing, coughing and sneezing into one’s elbow as well as the improvement of personal and environmental hygiene. I also want to encourage Rivers people that vaccination actually reduces the mortality and morbidity that arises from COVID-19″, Banigo said.
Ex-Agitators Beg Firms To Return To N’Delta
The former warlords also called on interventionist agencies to work together to sustain the peace and ensure development of the region.
They spoke in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, during a regional peace summit to sensitize people on the need to advance the peace currently enjoyed in the region.
The ex-agitators also condemned proliferation of illegal refineries and lamented its adverse effects on development.
One of the participants at the summit and ex-freedom fighter, Pastor Nature Dumale Kieghe said as ex-agitators, who keyed into the vision of the Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), they have resolved to work for a new and better Niger Delta.
“It is important to sensitize our people towards a peaceful Niger Delta and create a friendly environment that will attract development, Multinational companies and other foreign investors to the region.
“We, who once carried guns, are now here to preach the message of peace to our people in the region. Peace is the only way we can have the developed environment that we dream of. Peace is the only way to attract the multinationals, investors and also be gainfully employed,” he said.
According to Nature, peace remained a vital tool to attract investors to the region which would in turn create business and job opportunities for the people.
“Companies that have left the Niger Delta because of insecurity need to return, this is the purpose for sensitization. We are blessed with an environment that is supposed to prosper us, we can only enjoy our natural resources if there is a peaceful environment, “ he added.
Nature pointed out that a major setback to the development of the Niger Delta was the absence of proper coordination among key stakeholders.
He said with the right synergy, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Presidential Amnesty office, could hasten the needed development of the region.
On illegal oil refinery, Nature explained that beyond hampering the development of the region, illegal refining of petroleum products was life threatening and dangerous to the ecosystem.
The sensitization programme commenced in Bayelsa state with 150 Niger Delta youths in attendance and would be held across the nine states of the region to create adequate awareness.
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