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Amaechi Advocates Liberation Theology

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Last week started in a worship mood as Governor
Chibuike Amaechi attended the induction of resident ministers at the Christ Church, Port Harcourt. The induction was conducted by the Prelate and Moderator of the General   Assembly of the Presbyterian Church Nigeria, Rev (Prof) Emule Mba Uka.
Shortly after the sermon, Governor Amaechi was invited to address the church during which he advocated what he called” Liberation Theology”. The Rivers State governor  stressed that it was high time the church rose to the challenge of governance by seeking accountability from those governing the country.
He said,” until we get up and ask ourself the question what qualifies this man to steal our money … So currently, the church must rise to ask these questions”.
I think your grace, the preachers should start to preach the theology that will liberate us.”
Amaechi was speaking against the backdrop of revelations by the suspended Central Bank governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over financial diversion in the nation’s coffers. He however, used the church service to announce plans by the state government to build a model primary school in the church premises.
Governor Amaechi played host to United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, Marx Simmonds. While welcoming him to the state, the Rivers State Chief Executive urged the UK diplomat to support in the fight against oil theft. This, he believed, has become important, since the federal government has failed to tackle the menace head on.
On the other hand, Governor Amaechi observed that “our problem is not oil theft but financial diversion as revealed by CBN governor,” stressing that “48.8 billion dollars have been spent without appropriation”.
Worried over the decline of revenue allocation to states, Amaechi warned that if the situation persisted, many state would find it difficult to pay salaries of civil servants.
The governor took time off his busy schedules to inspect ongoing projects on Wednesday. He visited the Peter Odili, Woji/Akpajo link road and the new hospital at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu Port Harcourt.
On Thursday, the governor travelled to Ibadan to attend the National Progressives Governance Forum. The forum was billed to brainstorm and evolve new bluepint for the emerging progressives, as a way to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.
Governor Amaechi who is also chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF)   issued a press statement on Friday condemning the terrorist attack and killing of over 40 students of Federal Government College in Yobe. The NGF, also called on the Federal Government to beef security in the nation.
The Rivers State governor returned to the state on Saturday morning to attend the 70th birthday ceremony of chairman of the State Economic Advisory Committee, Prof Nimi Dimkpa Briggs at University of Port Harcourt.
Amaechi while eulogizing the professor of medicine, said he contributed immensely in stabilizing the state.
“When we came in, there was division in the state. It was PDP, PDP was in charge, there was no opposition party then. There were those who supported me, those who were supporting Austin Opara, those who supported Celestine Omehia and those who were supporting our former boss, Dr Peter Odili, and I knew that if we needed to conduct a credible election, we needed to put somebody who is credible”.
The governor had appointed Prof Briggs to head the State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) in 2008. The university don conducted the elections in April that was adjudged to be one of the best in recent times.
For his contributions, the governor said the state government would immortalize his name and thanked him for his support.

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Rivers Crisis: PDP Chairman Hails Jonathan’s Call For Truce

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The Lagos State chapter Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Philip Aivoji, has described former President Goodluck Jonathan’s call to end the political crisis in Rivers as commendable.
Mr Aivoji commended Jonathan  in an interview with The Tide‘s source on Monday in Lagos.
Recall that Jonathan had on Monday implored Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers  and his predecessor, (the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT) Chief Nyesom Wike, to sheathe their swords in order to douse the political temperature in the state.
The former president, who spoke at the inauguration of the N222.1 billion Trans-Kalabari Road construction, emphasised the necessity for Fubara and Wike to collaborate to promote the  progress and prosperity of Rivers State.
He noted that the political tension in the state was excessive and worrisome, and would not contribute to  development.
Jonathan said that destabilising Rivers State would adversely impact the Niger Delta region and could also trigger crises across the country.
Reacting to Jonathan’s admonition, Mr Aivoji described the former President as a man full of experience in mediation and conflict resolution, even at the international level.
“Jonathan is a leader in the party and a leader from South South; there is nothing wrong stepping in to broker peace. It is a good one,” the PDP boss said.
He, however, said that the former President should go further to speak the truth to the warring parties and point out  to each of them where they had erred.
“This is the way to settle issues. If we want to resolve it, we must tell the truth to them.
“The ex-President is an elder, he is an experienced person, who has been meditating in international affairs. Let us see how it goes,” he added.
According to him, the former President, being experienced mediator, must dig deep and probe the cause of the crisis.
“He (Jonathan) has seen it all. Peace of graveyard will not help the matter, they should resolve issues.
“We hope that the nitty-gritty will be looked into and the constitution of the party will be followed if they are true members of the party,” Aivoji said.

 

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Group Carpets Amaewhule Over Political Crisis In Rivers 

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A group, Coalition of Rivers State Leaders of Thought (CORSLOT) has blamed the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Martins Amaewhule, for the escalation of the political crisis in the State.
The coalition, which stated this at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, said Rivers State would not have been in its current political situation had Rt Hon Amaewhule played the sacred role providence bestowed on him.
The text for the briefing which was read by the Convener, High Chief Sunnie Chukumele, and co-signed by Prof (Mrs) Reginah Azunwena, Odinaka Osundu, George Ijoma and Elder Anuage Menegbo, also commended Governor Siminalayi Fubara for his peaceful disposition despite the crisis, adding that this disposition has marked the governor as a man of peace.
“Pitiably under him, the world saw a legislative arm of government that was vehemently out to frustrate the executive arm with all sorts of negative actions against the governor and the government of Rivers State.
“Had Martins Amaewhule seen the state as sacred, he would have mediated in whatever were the issues between our former governor, His Excellency, Chief (Barrister) Nyesom Wike. Amaewhule failed woefully to play a stabilizing role which his exalted office gave him ample role to play”, they said.
The Coalition also called on former Governor Nyesom Wike to have a rethink on the political crisis in the state as he has a cardinal role to play in the resolution of the impasse.
“CORSLOT wishes to advise trouble entrepreneurs and eye service politicians of Rivers State origin to take note that power belongs to God Almighty and the people.
“Rivers people are taking note of these political actors.
“Rivers State is owned by Rivers people and not  self seeking politicians”, they said.
“We begin by appreciating the governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalaye Fubara, for working assiduously for peace by embracing and working with the Presidential Peace Accord of 2023 and to state that it is in recognition of this that the governor has won awards and honours within the state and Nigeria”
The Coalition also thanked the Governor for attending to the needs and welfare of citizens of the state, particularly the welfare of civil servants and the planned employment into the Civil Service.
“CORSLOT further recognizes the governor’s attention on infrastructural development in the state with his continuation of projects he inherited from previous administrations and indeed his bold initiatives of new ones.
These come with spiraling advantages”, they added.
They also urged the governor to take immediate steps to fill his cabinet with men and women who have the capacity to add value to the State.

By: John Bibor

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Council Boss Hails Fubara Over Successful Project Commissioning

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Following the successful commissioning of the  Andoni Section of the Ogoni-Andoni- Opobo Unity Road by Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, Hon. Enyiada Cookey-Gam has commended the number one citizen of the state for his multiple  infrastructural development projects that have direct bearings on the lives and well -being of Rivers people, especially in NgoTown, headquarters of Andoni Local Government Area and its adjoining environs.
The Chairman maintained that the road, as commissioned, will provide connectivity between coastal communities, cities, and hinterlands, facilitating the movement of people, goods and services, which enhances trade, commerce and tourism, and also contributes to local economic development and the local government area’s internally generated revenue (IGR).
On the event, Hon. CookeyGam lauded the efforts of the initiator of the project, 24 years ago, Dr.Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers State, for his determination and love for the people that found expression in the initiation of the Unity Road project which has been able to connect the catchment local government areas of Khana, Andoni and Opobo/ Nkoro, including the neighbouring states.
He described both Dr. Odili and Governor Fubara as beacons of infrastructural development.
The Chairman of Council also urged Andoni people to guard against vandalization and theft of the facilities that have been put in place for their betterment.
He further admonished the people of Andoni in particular, and Rivers people in general, to support the good work the Governor has come to do despite distraction from some politicians in the state who do not mean well for the people.

By: Bethel Toby

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