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Wike Constitutes Full State Executive Council

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The Appeal Court judgement that came on Tuesday did
not in any way weaken the resolve of Governor Nyesom Wike who returned to the state on Wednesday amid mammoth crowd at the Port Harcourt International Airport.The Appeal Court judgement that came on Tuesday did not in any way weaken the resolve of Governor Nyesom Wike who returned to the state on Wednesday amid mammoth crowd at the Port Harcourt International Airport.
But before then, on Monday, the wife of the governor Justice Eberechi Suzette Nyesom-Wike had called on Rivers women to pray for her husband. According to her, the governor remained and wanted to deliver on the mandate given to him by Rivers people.
The governor’s wife had spoke while commemoration of Wike’s birthday which was marked on Sunday, 13th December. She sought for prayers to sustain the good health and rigour of the governor.
Shortly after, on the same Monday, Governor Nyesom-Wike had through his aide on Electronic Media Simeon Nwakandu congratulated the Dream Team VI for qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil. It will be recalled that Rivers State had hosted most of the qualifiers and the team had won all their games in Port Harcourt.
On Tuesday the governor through his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo committed to the welfare of ex-servicemen (legionnaires) in the State.
Speaking at the Emblem Appeal Launch activities for the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations, the governor donated N5 million unbehalf of the people of Rivers State.
On Wednesday before the reception of Governor Wike at the airport, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo had hosted stakeholders on how to chart fresh course in tackling gender violence in the state. She explained at the interactive session on the need to check the menace, pointing out that, “the issue of gender based violence is huge and over-whelming”.
On arriving Port Harcourt International Airport, the governor, on Thursday, called on the PDP supporters not to be discouraged or their spirit dampened. Wike said the appeal court judgement were temporary setbacks. He however warned that Rivers people with resist any attempt to steal their mandate through force and manipulation.
The governor had before the reception at the airport on Thursday congratulated the new President and Country – Vice President of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs Inime Aguma. The former Commissioner for Social Welfare was elected last week.
The governor expressed confidence in the ability of Mrs Aguma to live up to expectations of her professional colleagues.
On Thursday shortly after the reception at the airport, the governor headed straight to unveil the new hall at the PDP – Secretarial at Aba Road in Port Harcourt. The new multipurpose hall was renovated and fitted with modern activities , the chairman of the party Bro. Felix Obuah said.
Speaking at the commissioning Governor Wike again reiterated his call for a free and fair-election in the state. He said, “we will use the National Assembly re-run elections to prove to the world that there unpopular politicians have been lying about Rivers State all this while”.
On Friday the governor swore-in new 22 Commissioners and Special Advisers. He expressed confidence 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”.
The governor advised them not to live ostentatives life styles but to serve the people and ensure that the vision to move the state forward was achieved.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Governor Wike headed to the State House of Assembly Complex to present the 2016 budget tagged – “Budget of Consolidation”. The budget estimate of N307 billion is to achieve effective mobilization, equitable – allocation of public finance to transform the state.
On Saturday the governor with other state officials attended the first state organised Choral Nite for Christmas at Gen. Gown Stadium in Port Harcourt.

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Rivers Lawmakers’ Defection, ‘Monkey Politics’-CSO

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Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance, Budget and Accountability has condemned the defection of the 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Executive Secretary, Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance, Budget and Accountability, Amb. Emmanuel Nkweke, who said this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt also described as illegal all legislations passed by the defected lawmakers.
Amb. Nkweke described the defection as “monkey politics’, queried the rational behind the action of the lawmakers few months after being sworn into office, adding that members of the civil society community were yet to be told reasons for the defection.
“Up till now, we are yet to be told why they defected just few months of being sworn into office. For me, that is monkey politics”, he said.
He urged the lawmakers to go back to their former party and beg Rivers people for forgiveness, adding that if that is done, they may be welcomed back.
Amb. Nkweke also cautioned the lawmakers not to allow themselves to be used to do the bidding of an individual, adding that the present administration in the state needs the support of all to move forward.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the group has commended Governor Siminalayi Fubara for giving civil societies the latitude to operate freely in the state.
He alleged that civil societies were caged in the last eight years, adding that there was no breathing space for civil societies in the last eight years in the state.
Amb. Nkweke described civil society as the engine room of democracy as it engages in sensitisation on the policies and programmes of government, regretting, however, that their inputs were never taken into considerations.
“Civil societies give signals, civil society creates the awareness and sensitize the people towards achieving a reliable democracy.
‘’i want to let you know, very frankly, that civil society space in Rivers State, for the past eight years, was suffocated. There was no breathing space, they didn’t breathe. Civil society was dead completely”, he said.
Amb. Nkweke said the situation also affected upcoming activists as some of them had to operate from hideouts.

By: John Bibor

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Sack Incompetent Officials In Your Govt, NANS Urges Tinubu

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Bola Tinubu not to condone incompetent personalities in his government.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, NANS President, Comrade Pedro Obi, expressed concerns about the competence of the Minister of State for Youth Development and the SSA to the President on Student Engagement.
Comrade Obi, after staging a peaceful protest at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), reiterated that the NANS will not be intimidated and will continue to fight for the interests of Nigerian students.
He said, “The message is very simple, we have incompetent people who have been appointed to offices. It’s unfortunate and it’s not the President’s fault, of course he believes in Nigerian youths and has also given us the opportunity to showcase our capacity in various roles that he has given us.
“We have the SSA to the President on Student Engagement, who has shown incompetence. He cannot continue to hold that office and we are calling on Mr. President that he should be sacked with immediate effect.
“Also we have the Minister of State for Youth Development. We are also calling that immediately he should be sacked, because he has left what he ought to do and has dabbled into the affairs of NANS.
“These people have displayed incompetence and are destroying the youth community. There are so many competent youths that President Tinubu can pick from.
“NANS can never be intimidated. This is an organisation that we grew up to meet and we will continue to protect the dignity of this organisation.”
Receiving the NANS on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office in the SGF, Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, assured the NANS of relaying back their complaints to the SGF which he said will land on the listening ears of President Tinubu.
According to him, “I have listened to the complaints you raised. I assure you that your complaints will get to the listening ears of Mr. President.
“Let me assure you that I’m happy this was also re-echoed in the NANS President’s speech that President Tinubu has indebt love for the youths of Nigeria and also for the students of Nigeria. This has been demonstrated by polices that (has) been put in place for the youths.
“I want to assure you that the President has your concerns in his heart and he’s always ever ready to attend to your needs.
“With this, I am going to report back to my boss the SGF, who will take up the matter with the President. I urge you to continue to maintain peace and tranquillity. Don’t do anything that will make Mr. President feel bad about you.”

 

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Ayu Withdraws Case Against PDP Ahead NEC Meeting 

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Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyiorchia Ayu, has withdrawn the court action he instituted against the party over his controversial removal from office barely two years into his four year  term.
His action has removed legal impediments likely to militate against the emergence of his replacement from the North Central.
Several meetings have been held and being planned following this new development.
On Tuesday, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) passed a vote of confidence on the Ag. National Chairnan, Amb. Umar Damagum, whom members said has discharged his functions creditably.
It was gathered that the North Central Caucus of the party had long before now started mobilizing to ensure that the zone produces Ayu’s replacement to complete his tenure which expires in 2025.
In a related development, Amb. Damagum has held series of meetings with various groups to perhaps shore up his chances of retaining his seat as acting chairman.
He led the members of the NWC on Wednesday to interact with the PDP National Ex-officio ahead of the NEC meeting.
Immediately after the meeting with them, he led the NWC members to another meeting with the State Party Chairmen from the 36 States, including FCT, Abuja.
The meetings were  held at the NEC Hall, PDP National Secretariat at Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, in Abuja.

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