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Harry Tasks CPA On Visionary Ideas

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The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry has called on members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to articulate clearly define people-oriented objectives to drive the development that their people earnestly desire over the years.

Speaking at the opening of the 40th Regional Conference in Port Harcourt, Hon. Harry told the delegates to maximize the opportunity at the conference to articulate visionary strategies and trajectories that would foster democratic process in the continent.

He reasoned that the resolution the conference would come out with should form the basic planks upon which national, state and provincial legislations are enacted to bring the continent out of the developmental wood.

According to him, Africa over the decades, has gained an infamous reputation as a theatre of war, poverty, disease, child trafficking and unimaginable limits of human suffering.

He enjoined delegates to passionately thank the Rivers State governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for his committed and selfless service adding that the conference would not have been a reality, without his support.

For him, he said, the governor has done everything to ensure his political growth, noting that, when he was speaker of the State House of Assembly, it was his choice that I deputise him.

In his words: “That afforded me the opportunity to be exposed politically and progressively led to my being made speaker after him.”

He maintained that the request in 2004 for the CPA 2010 conference later changed to 2009 was made possible by him even when he knew that his tenure as speaker would have been elapsed.

Hon. Harry also the current President of CPA also commended members of the conference secretariats for their tireless effort and to ensure that the historic conference was achieved.

To him, the 40th conference with the theme: The Commonwealth At 60 Years: “Challenges and Opportunities”, as very pertinent and instructive, stressing that as parliaments of countries in the region, the challenge of democracy on the continent of Africa is not novel.

The aspiration of delegates therefore he said, should enact legislation for good governance and social justice in the continent.

Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry (left) going through a document with the House Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd (Emohua) during delibrations on a bill at the Assembly Chambers in Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: King Osila

Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry (left) going through a document with the House Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd (Emohua) during delibrations on a bill at the Assembly Chambers in Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: King Osila

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Yiaga Africa Blames Govt For Voters’ Apathy

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Independent election observer group, Yiaga Africa, has expressed worry that increasing voters’ apathy as witnessed in the Anambra governorship election may not have been caused by insecurity but increasing loss of confidence in government.
A board member of the group, Ezenwa Nwagwu held the view in Awka during a post-election reflection meeting with leaders of Civil Society Organizations.
Nwagwu reiterated that the ugly trend was not necessarily occasioned by insecurity that had always heralded elections in the past, but growing disconnect between the government and the masses, saying it is time populace held government to account to bridge the gap.
He said: “Election is over. Now we have to watch governance and the only way to do that is to clearly design pathways through which we can hold the government accountable.
“One of the ways is for the citizens to engage the government with budget process. Government every year estimates what it uses the people’s resources to do for them.
“Unfortunately, the people involved don’t show any interest, and four years later, the same people will start complaining that government has failed, even when there was nothing to track.
“We need to see how the Media and Civil Society groups can collaborate and produce what I call a citizen charter demand that they can hand over to the new Governor-elect.
“They can liaise with other professional bodies to conduct infrastructural assessment in the state and use that as a document to organize a town-hall meeting to engage government officials.”
Nwagwu also identified what he termed “fear and complaint industries” as major impediments to the growth and development of the state, insisting that the two factors must be shut to enable people of the state enjoy democracy dividends.
He added: “We need to close up the two industries of fear and complaint that have gripped the state, especially after the election so people can leverage the benefits of governance.
“If we continue with this scare-mongering and complaints, we will only succeed in having few persons taking over the government and dictating the pace.”

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CVR: Fresh Registrations Hit 4.2m

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that fresh registration in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit 4,297,494.
The commission disclosed this in the second quarter, week seven, weekly update released by the commission in Abuja recently.
The commission said that as at 7 a.m. on Monday, November 22, 1,856,771 persons have completed their online and physical registration.
According to statistics provided by the commission, 1,856,771 persons who completed their registration, include 941,098 males, 915,673 females.
It also added that 741,183 persons completed their registration online, while 1,115,588 completed it through physical registration.

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Saraki Visits Benue Over Presidential Ambition 

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A former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has visited Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over his ambition to vie for President in 2023.
Saraki, after a close door meeting with Governor Ortom, also met with the State Working Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to familiarise them with his intention to kick start consultations for his ambition to rule the country.
He said that the nationwide defection of party loyalists from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP was an indication that there might not be anyone left in the party before the next election.
“A party that cannot organise its affairs has no business leading this country. A party that has organised its affairs is ready in leading this country and that is the PDP,” he said.
Saraki added that the North Central Zone has paid its dues by working so hard in keeping the country together as one united entity just as he pointed out that, “this time we must stand for our own and charity begins at home.”
The ex -senate president, who was accompanied on the visit by former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, former National Chairman of the PDP, Kawu Baraje, Senator Suleiman Adokwe and Prof Iyorwuese Hagher, Chairman of Council, Saraki for President Campaign, thanked the Benue governor for standing out for the zone.
Earlier, Governor Ortom, eulogised Saraki for being one of those Nigerians that had contributed immensely to the development of democracy.
Ortom said it was time to rescue the country from bottom, a position it was placed by the APC government, to the top, adding that Saraki deserves the presidential seat to enable him salvage the country from its current mess.
On his part, the State Chairman of the PDP, Sir John Ngbede, represented by his deputy, Isaac Mfo, said the party in the state had remained intact even as he assured the presidential hopeful that they would back his ambition to rule the country.

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