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Conference Harps On Opposition In Democracy

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Last week,  Government House was rife with rumours
of purported sack of Chief of Staff,  Government House, Sir Tony Okocha.  The rumour was however debunked on Sunday when Sir Okocha described it as the handiwork of mischief makers.
Debunking the rumour of his sack at a thanksgiving Service and reception in honour of Prof. Michael Emeji at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Diocese of Ikwerre, Okporowo-Ogbakiri, Sir Okocha urged the general public to disregard such statement as it was targetted at scoring cheap popularity, and calculated to whip up public sentiments against the Amaechi, led administration.
In the words of the Chief of Staff, “Those who peddle those rumours are living in a fool’s paradise and are doing that to score cheap popularity to whip up public sentiments against the Amaechi, led administration”.
Few days after the sack rumour was laid to rest, the Rivers State Government organized an International Democracy Conference tagged, “Democracy and Good Governance”,  where former  Premier of  Ireland and Foreign Secretary of United Kingdom delivered papers.
While former British Prime Minister, Jack Straw spoke on “Democracy, Nationhood and Citizenship Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in the Global Order”, former Prime Minister of Ireland, Mr John Bruton spoke on  “The Dynamics of Contention within the Realities of State Building, Debating their Essence and Limitations”.
Both Bruton and Straw held that opposition was very crucial to the upliftment of democracy.  Straw said “strong opponents keep you on your toes because the robustness of government is tested”.
Aside Bruton and Straw who spoke, human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, also spoke with emphasis on the need for government to protect rights of citizens as provided by chapter Two of Nigerian Constitution.  However, Governor Amaechi summed up the theme of the conference when he insisted that the people must rise up and demand accountability from their leaders.
Shortly after the conference on Tuesday, Governor Amaechi took his guests on projects tour.  The tour came to a head on Wednesday when both Bruton and Straw commissioned Model Primary Health Centre and a school in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
On Thursday, in Government House, Governor Amaechi through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr George Feyii addressed protesting students under the banner of National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS).
Mr Feyii assured the angry students that even before the protest, the state government had already begun plans to pay, their bursary awards.  He disclosed that based on available facts, the government will have to conduct a verification exercise.
Against this backdrop, he promised them that by first week of April, payment of their bursary arrears will commence, and urged them to remain peaceful by refusing to be used by politicians for selfish gains.
Governor Amaechi who is also chairman of the Nigeria Giovernor’s Forum departed the state on Thursday to attend the two-day retreat of the NGF in Lagos.
At the end of the retreat on Friday,  Governor Amaechi read the communiqué deploring the anti-corruption crusade by the Federal Government, saying, “We believe the fight against corruption needs strong political will, moral leadership certainty of sanction and commitment of governors to succeed”.
On returning to the state on Saturday, the Rivers State government attended the 50th birthday celebration of the state Commissioner for Works, Chief Victor Giddom at Bera in Gokana Local Government Area.

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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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