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Rivers Legislator Commission Constituency Projects In Rumuolumeni

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A member representing Obio/Akpor constituency II in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Anthony Okeah has commissioned an Ultramodern Civic Centre for Rumuolumeni Community as part of his constituency project norminated for the people in the 2009.
The Ultra Modern Civic Centre which has a two storey building furnished with modern electronics and air conditioners contained 1000 sitting halls capacity offices, ICT centre and a 500KVA generating machine.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Chief of staff, Rivers State government House, chief Nyesom Wike opined that Hon. Okeah has represented Obio/Akpor constituency II in the state Assembly very well. Chief Wike, noted that the commissioning of the project underscores the commitment and desired effort of the present administration in the state led by Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi to provide the dividends of democracy across all the various communities in the state.
He urged the people of Rumuolumeni community to make judicious use of the edifice that is equipped with modern electronic gadget adding that the project is an asset that is capable of driving the community into the global community.
The state government House chief of staff thanked the people for maintaining peace in their dormain and urged the people to support the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011 election so that more democratic dividends could be attracted to the area.
“We are happy with the level of representation in the state legislature demonstrated by your representative. Come 2011 election when we come for you to support Hon Anthony Okeah’s candidature for the State Assembly, you people should also give him your support,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Tonye Harry who was the Special Guest at the occasion lauded the lawmaker for ensuring that constituency projects he nominated in the state 2009 budget were completed on time.
Rt. Hon Harry explained that the lawmakers do not execute projects rather, they nominate projects for state government for implementations.
In his speech, the lawmaker representing Obio/Akpor Constituency II in the state legislature, Hon Anthony Okeah, said he nominated the civic centre project to the state government after a due consultation with his constituent.
Hon Okeah stated that the civic centre project which have an ICT centre would be used by the three communities within his constituency assuring that he would not renage in his electioneering promises to his people.

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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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