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We ’ll Prevail, Wike Assures Christians …Warns Commissioners Against Enrichment

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (left) congratulating Mrs Tonye Oniyide, during her swearing-in as Commissioner at Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday.                                                                                                                                                           Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (left) congratulating Mrs Tonye Oniyide, during her swearing-in as Commissioner at Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has called on the people of the state not to fear the manipulations of those who have ganged up against the state as he will emerge  victorious  at the end of this trying period.
Addressing  thousands of Christian  faithful  at the first Rivers State Christmas Carol in Port Harcourt  on Saturday, Governor Wike stated that  since he started politics, he has never had any victory  cheaply, noting  that  the  current  challenge  would not be  different.
According to Governor Wike, “I was the only council chairman  in the country whose political  litigation  got to the Supreme Court during  the  1999 electioneering  process. I got my victory at the Supreme Court in April 2000.”
The governor  said that as Christians,  Rivers people should always look unto God for their salvation,  pointing  out  that  the  machinations  of men can never  overcome  the  will of God.
He said, “when God is doing something; He wants you to know that He alone deserves the glory and praise.”
On the First Rivers State Christmas Carol, Governor Wike said the programme was organised to give God the glory for the successful take off of the administration and to pray for the consolidation of development gains already attained.
He explained that the initiation of the Carol programme is not the end of CARNIRIV, noting  that  the cultural  programme  will be held in future.
The governor noted that during his campaign consultation with the clergy, he made three promises. To appoint  a  Special Adviser on Religious Matters, to hold a major Christian programme  and to build an Ecumenical Centre  for all Christians in the  state.  Governor Wike said he has already accomplished two, while the Ecumenical Centre will be constructed.
Special Adviser on Religious Matters to  the Governor,  Bishop Winston Iwo stated that the programme  was an inter-denominational thanksgiving  to God for ensuring  that  the  state has weathered the storms despite  the  numerous  challenges facing  it.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media noted that the explosive praise and worship programme was graced by Rivers State 1000 mass choir, the famous Gospel musician, Chioma Jesus while Adonye Omubo-Pepple conducted the choir.
The programme also attracted top government functionaries and prominent Rivers State Indigenes led by Former Governor Celestine Omehia and PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that  Commissioners and Special Advisers in the  state  who have  joined the  State Government  with the intention  of  enriching themselves  will be utterly  disappointed  as he runs a focused  administration  centered on service and project delivery.
Performing  the  swearing-in ceremony of commissioners and Special  Advisers at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday,  Governor Wike  stated  that  accountability  and responsible application  of state resources should  guide all commissioners and special  advisers.
He said: “Any of you that is here to make money at the expense of service will be disappointed. Do not assault public sensibilities with ostentatious lifestyle that you cannot defend “.
The  governor  expressed happiness with the quality  of  the  fully  constituted State Executive Council describing  the team as a: “mix of politicians  and technocrats , women and  men of good character  and excellent  experience in diverse endeavours “.
He said that Rivers people expect and deserve nothing less than spectacular performance from the commissioners and special advisers.
Governor Wike said: “We hope and pray that you do not disappoint because to whom much is given, much is expected. Your duty is to serve public interest and accountability is a sacred contract with the people of Rivers State “.
He noted that the inauguration of the 22 commissioners means the State now has the compliment of a full executive council, with four commissioners sworn earlier in the life of the administration.
He explained  that  the  new  commissioners are on board to drive the aspirations  of  the  people and assist the government  generate necessary  policies in line with  the  New Rivers Development Blueprint.
While thanking the State House of Assembly for the thorough screening and confirmation of the commissioners, the governor called for synergy between all arms of government for the benefit of the state.
Highpoint of the event was the taking of oath by the 22 commissioners and eight special advisers under the watchful eyes of Governor Wike.
In another development, Governor Wike has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards moving Rivers State to the next level.
Speaking  on Saturday, at the funeral ceremony of late Mrs. Mercy King, the mother in law to former Federal House of Representative  Member, Chief Hon. Jerome Eke, at the St. John’s Autonomous Catholic Church, Umuakirikpo in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State, Governor Wike said  Rivers State is not  where it is supposed to be today.
His words: “  I want to assure you all that we will continue to serve the people of Rivers State and move it forward to its rightful place. Rivers State is not where it is supposed to be today. But I have said I will move it to the next level. “The Governor said.
Governor Wike who acknowledged that Hon. Jerome Ake is a staunch member of his political caucus, said there was a need for him and members of his cabinet to commiserate with him (Jerome Eke) on the loss of his mother –in –law.
Governor Wike who noted that his current political travails were temporary setbacks said that the will and wish of God will ultimately prevail in his favor.
Wike acknowledged that the collective prayers of the clergy and people of Rivers State gave him the opportunity to serve currently as Governor and urged the congregation and people of Rivers not to relent in their prayers for his administration and the state.
The State Chief Executive noted that nobody can question the will of God, because He giveth and taketh, but assured the family of the bereaved that late Mrs. King is resting in the bosom of the lord.
Governor Wike who believed in supporting the work God, donated the sum of N5 million for the growth and expansion of the St. John’s Autonomous Parish of Umuakirikpo.

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Our Legacy’ll Leave Lasting Impression On Rivers People -Fubara

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has assured that his administration will collaborate and continue to consult widely in delivering a liberated State experiencing enduring peace.
Fubara said, in doing so, he would not operate as a dictator but as a member of a team that has the best interest of the State at heart and determined to leave a lasting legacy that can be celebrated.
The governor spoke during the formal presentation of Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office to the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, King Ateke Michael Tom, as first class tradition ruler, at Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Fubara stated that, during the Sixth State Executive Council meeting, N80.8billion was approved with 50 percent contract value paid already as the Government awarded the construction of the Elele-Egbeda-Omoku Road.
He said the project will be funded from the savings from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to underscore his administration’s prudence without also borrowing to complete the project.
“We are at a crossroad in our State where we all need to stand for what is right. It happens once in a life time. So, for now, be one of those people that will be in the course to liberate and free our dear State.
“And I know strongly that having the support of a peace-loving Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, having the support of the wonderful Council of Chiefs, having the support of the great people of Rivers State, we will bring peace in our State. We will do those things that are right to develop our State.
“We will continue to consult. We will not act as dictators. We will act as people who know that one day, we will leave, and when we leave, the way we have acted will speak for us. We will not force people to talk good about us. Our legacy will be a signature for how we led”, the governor said.
Fubara explained that he acted within the ambit of the law to upgrade the traditional stool upon which King Ateke Tom sits in recognition of his efforts in promoting peace in Okrika, and indeed, the State, and urged him to continue to do justice to everyone.
In his speech, Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Hon Charles Amadi, congratulated King Ateke Tom for being formally presented with the Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office as first class traditional ruler.
Also speaking, former Transport Minister, Chief Abiye Sekibo, thanked the governor for fulfilling his promise of upgrading the traditional stool of Okochiri Kingdom, and pledged the support of Kirike Se people to his administration.

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We’re Determined To Leave Legacy Of Quality Education -Fubara

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has promised to give the best attention to the education sector so that standard and quality learning will never be compromised in the State.
The governor emphasised that in achieving such legacy, schools in the State will be driven with a curriculum that will equip school-aged children to become competitive, innovative and self-reliant.
Governor Fubara made the assertion while inaugurating the Governing Council of Rivers State University at Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
He said: “There is a lot of noise everywhere: people asking what we are doing; that we are not focused, and that we don’t have direction.
”But I want to tell the world that we are focused and aware that we cannot grow if our energies are not channeled to education. Not just education, but purposeful education.
”Education that is creative. Education that gives you independence. We have left the era in the world when you speak too much grammar. We are in such times when it is what you can do with your hands.
”Our purpose for education is that we should bring back our academic programmes to where, at the end of your studies, you don’t need a job but you create jobs. When one creates a job, you automatically employ others. That is what I want this council to see as their task.”
Governor Fubara noted the non-existence of public secondary schools for the male child in the Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He said such negligence leaves children in that area who have completed primary education, and whose parents cannot afford sending them to far away secondary schools, to roam the streets, and therefore becoming willing tools for criminality.
Governor Fubara assured that such fundamental problem will be addressed by his administration as a measure to curb the negative impression associated with Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
The governor said he trusts in the capacity of the members of the Governing Council of Rivers State University to bring about positive change in the institution while also contributing their quota to improving the general education standard in the State.
”I charge you, not just in terms of administering the affairs of the university, but let us add something different from the normal things that we already have to see new things.”
In her response, on behalf of the other members, the Pro-Chancellor of the Governing Council of Rivers State University, Justice Mary Odili (rtd), thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in such capacity.
Justice Odili assured they will work assiduously as a team to solve the problems that agitate the mind of the governor and ensure their contributions form part of the legacy that will be bequeathed by his administration.
The members included Justice Mary Odili (rtd) as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council with Barrister Mela Oforibika and Chukwuma Chinwo, Esq.
Others were Adata Bio-Briggs, Esq., Dr. Jonathan Nimi Hart, Ngo Martins-Yellowe, Dr. Nancy Nwankwo, Dr. Igoni William-Park, and Mr. Ogbugbu Barisua.

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Fubara, Others Eulogise Rivers First Lady’s Mother

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, his Deputy, Prof Ngozi Odu, and key stakeholders of the State on Wednesday paid glowing tributes at the Service of Songs held in honour of late Mrs Adeline Jaja, mother of the wife of the Governor, Lady Valerie Fubara, at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Mile 1, Diobu, Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the event, Governor Fubara described his late mother-in-law as a great and visionary woman who lived on truth and conviction in what she believes.
“Mama was a great woman. She wasn’t a materialistic person. When she believes in you, she’ll be all out for you. She stood for me. I feel pained that, like my own mother, she left at this moment.
”Mama believed so much in God, and the wonders of God. I thank everyone, particularly the Church. On behalf of the bereaved family, we will support the Church to immortalise her name,” the Governor said.
In his homily, Vicar of the Church, Ven. A. A. Ijon-Ama, who spoke on the gains of death, said physical departure from earth was not an ultimate end but an opening for higher and permanent gain and perfection.
He pointed out that when a man has a good relationship with God, he stands to gain more in death.
Ven. Ijon-Ama described late Mrs. Adeline Jaja as a devout Christian, who exuded deep sense of hospitality, and endowed with accommodating spirit, noting that she will be greatly missed by all.
The Vicar, who prayed for the repose of the soul of Mrs Adeline Jaja, also solicited for Divine fortitude for the family to bear the great loss, and called for the immortalisation of the deceased to keep her good legacies alive.
Some family members, who spoke at the Service of Songs, extolled the virtues of the deceased, describing her as “a great community leader, counsellor, peace maker, and caring mother, who provided for the needy, and participated actively in Church activities.
Highlights of the event were special prayers for the bereaved family, conducted by the Anglican Bishop of Evo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu; remarks by key family members, choir ministration, among others.

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