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Deputy Speaker Receives Vote Of Confidence

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The Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Dumnamene Deekor, has received a vote of confidence by Beeri community, his immediate constituents for his developmental projects in the area.

Speaking during a courtesy visit on the deputy Speaker, Hon. Dumnamene Deekor, the Chairman, Beeri community Council of Chiefs, Chief Jeremiah Needam who led other chiefs and community Development Committee leaders to the visit, said they were in his office to thank him for the numerous projects in the area.

Chief Needam opined that the massive projects going on simultaneously in the seven autonomous communities within the area was as a result of the deputy Speakers effort in ensuring that the Beeri Community is transformed.

He commended him for his effective and dynamic leadership style in the area and urged him to continue in his good work in ensuring that beeri community is ranked among the develop cities in the area.

In their own contributions, Mr. Emmanuel Doole and Mr. Lucky Nwibor described the deputy Speaker, RVHA, Hon. Dumnamene Deekor as a peaceful and detrablised son of Ogoni land whose leadership humane has brought development to the people of Beeri community and Ogoni people at large.

The duo while thanking him for his numerous efforts in the area urged him not to be deterred by the distractions of cheap made Politician in the area.

Responding, the deputy Speaker, Rivers State house of Assembly, Hon. Dumnamene Deekor thanked the Beeri Community for the honour done, adding that it was the first time his immediate constituents were visiting him since his elevation as the deputy Speaker.

Hon. Dumnamene called on the people of the area to join hands with the state government in other to make the area a better place while describing peace as the window of societal development.

The number two state lawmaker lauded the state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for the numerous state project in the area and assured him of the total support of the people to his administration at all time.

The lawmaker beckoned on the people to set out a day for the celebration of the Beeri Community adding that such forum would give sons and daughters of the community who are placed in position of trust to give account of their stewardship to the people.

 

Akujobi Amadi/ Cookey-Gam Catherine

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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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