Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, says his administration is poised to industrialize the state in order to boost its economic potentials in the nearest future.
Governor Amaechi said this yesterday at a dinner in honour of some foreign investors from China in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Represented by his Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, Amaechi, who is also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), stated that his administration believes that partnering with the Chinese investors would enhance development in all sectors of the state’s economy, stressing that “whatever we are doing today will bear fruits in the future for the next generation”.
He noted that “if we must move on, it is time to partner with well meaning investors with better developmental ideas,” adding that “Rivers State has in the last few years done a lot to standardize the economic growth of the state.”
He urged the visitors to take advantage of the multiple investment opportunities in Rivers State and Nigeria, especially in the power sector.
In his speech, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. George Feyii, lauded the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria Limited for collaborating with the state government in ensuring that the drive to industrialize the state becomes a reality, assuring them of a conducive environment for business.
Speaking on behalf of SPDC, Dr. Ama Ikuru, stated that the real development of Nigerian economy should go beyond oil, pointing out that “Nigeria is blessed with an educated workforce, techniques and market place needed for investment by any foreign investor,” adding that “let us add industrialization to what we have on ground in Nigeria”.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi has described the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyeson Wike, as an indecent mind contributing nothing than a baggage of mischief and villainy.
He stated this while reacting to Wike’s statement that the governor would be made to account for every money that accrued to the state during his administration.
Speaking through his Chief of Staff, Tony Okocha, the governor said when the “evil-plotter beats the drum for the innocent, the gods will not let it sound”, adding that Wike will not be playing god in the state.
Okocha said “Governor Amaechi is and remains a hero in our political history.
“His prodigy in the political landscape cannot be dwarfed by never-do-wells like Wike,” he said.
“He is a great achiever, erudite scholar, incorruptible and fearless. His decision not to support President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 is borne out of principles and self-conviction. He is entitled to it.
“Wike is one of those who ill-advised the President that opposition is punishable by death.
“See where we are today with such nincompoops around. One would expect that he is scolded for making such gutter statement, but alas, it is a further meal ticket for him,” he added.
We Get Petrol At N200 Per Litre From Depots, IPMAN Cries Out
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has decried the ‘unsustainable’ price that the private depot owners sell the premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol in the country.
Speaking, yesterday, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Deputy National President of IPMAN, Zarama Mustapha, revealed that the private depots get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from the sole importer of the commodity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, however, sell it for as high as N195 to N210 to independent marketers, which is not sustainable.
“Though marketers get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from NNPC depots, the company does not have enough storage facilities to cater to the needs of marketers, hence, the latter resorts to private depot owners. It is more of the issue of private depots collecting the products at the approved price and not selling to the independent marketers at a price approved by the mainstream, downstream regulatory authority.
“You cannot get a product at N195 to N200 and expect to sell it at N175,” he noted.
The IPMAN official said depot owners give excuses such as the cost of transporting the product from the mother vessel to their depots and escalation of the dollar as reasons for the price hike.
Mustapha lamented that most Lagos depots are in a chaotic situation and marketers spend three days to load refined petrol that they are not supposed to spend more than three hours to lift.
He urged the NNPC to engage depot owners to sell the product to marketers at the recommended price, saying the common man is at the receiving end.
For weeks, vehicle owners have had a tough time getting petrol from filling stations, especially in Lagos and Abuja.
Whilst many outlets are closed, the few open ones sell the indispensable commodity for as high as N250 per litre from the uniform price of N169/litre.
The supply shortage has led to long, gruelling snake-like queues at the few open filling stations as motorists and business owners jostle to buy fuel while others resort to the black market.
The situation has also worsened traffic on major roads as vehicle owners block at least one lane to join queues to filling stations.
Make Nigerian Youths Innovative, Buhari Tells Corporate Leaders
President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked leaders of corporate organisations to build the capacity of Nigerian youths to be innovative and embrace technology to make positive contributions to their organisations and the nation.
The president, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, said this at the Institute of Directors (IoD) 2022 Annual Director’s Conference (ADC), yesterday, in Lagos.
The ADC had as its theme: “Corporate Governance and Digital Transformation: Leading Purposefully for Growth and Sustainability.”
Buhari, noting that the challenges associated with corporate governance were multifaceted, stressed the need for heads of organisations to harness technology to achieve effective governance.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing the necessary legal support and framework to support the entrenchment of good corporate governance practices across various sectors of the economy.
Buhari also pledged his commitment to supporting the IoD by giving the institute’s chartered bill the necessary consideration to enable it to achieve its mandate.
Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed, said the world was hit by a series of global crises which have affected the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Mohammed said technology and digitalisation would set the era of digital transformation in areas of health, education, agriculture and finance.
Nigeria Does Not Belong To North, Arewa Youths Tell Northern Elders
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has said that Nigeria does not belong to the North ahead of the 2023 general election.
Apparently reacting to the recent interview granted by a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Alh Sani Zango Daura, in which he called on the North to support a Northern candidate.
The AYCF, in a statement issued by its National President, Yerima Shettima, noted that supporting a southerner was clearly a demonstration of justice.
He noted that this was because Nigeria does not belong to the North alone, or Muslims and Christians of the North, insisting that “even on moral grounds, the most responsible political action by the North was the decision on powershift in 2023, because the Presidency cannot be hereditary and Nigeria is not a Banana Republic”.
Shettima further said, however, that the elder was expressing his personal opinion and not the stand of the North in general, saying that a “ little balancing was needed in position of our father Zangon Daura, more so when he admitted that the elders are mere escorts for the younger generation today”.
The AYCF noted that when 13 Northern governors led by Kaduna State Governor, Mal Nasirel-Rufai endorsed a Southern candidate for the 2023 presidency, they repeatedly cited political justice.
“Though we are not card-carrying members of the APC, we shared the view that the decision was in line with being fair to the South in 2023.
“We are aware, as well as our father ZangonDaura, that the North is respected for honouring its promises to the South and this one absolutely undeniable character of all Northerners.
“We are not known to break promises and that explains why our son, President MuhammaduBuhari never objected to the idea of a Southern presidential candidate in the ruling party. In the North, like our father ZangonDaura knows, promises are sacred and in fact a culture”.
It would be recalled that in a viral audio of AlhajiZangonDaura while addressing a group of youths, suggested that they should throw their weight behind a fellow Northerner for the presidency in 2023, citing historic and religious instances, something the AYCF said it believed was “overtaken by events, current realities, and the spirit of justice and fairness in the Nigerian project”.
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