The visit of the General Overseer of the Redeemed
Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and that of the GOC Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army were among top events that took place in Government House last week.
Pastor Adeboye had visited the state as part of his annual Episcopal duties but took time out to pay courtesy call on Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday.
During the visit, Governor Wike praised the effort of Adeboye and other men of God in propagating the gospel. He said such efforts have not only led to the spread of the word of God, but also have helped in uniting the country.
The governor thanked God for the exploits of Adeboye, noting that he had been a vessel of God in blessing the country. Shortly after, the news of the Court of Appeal confirming the sack of erstwhile council chairmen under the immediate past administration filtered in.
The Court of Appeal had confirmed the judgement of the Federal High Court sacking all the 22 council chairmen, except that f Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area. The Appeal Court had on Monday dismissed the suit filed by Augustine Ngo and 22 others against the PDP.
On Wednesday, the Governor with other top state government officials flagged-off the reconstruction of the Igwuruta/Chokocho Road at the boundary between Etche and Ikwerre Local Government Areas. Governor WIke promised that the contract being handled by Setraco Nigeria Limited would be completed in six months rather than the slated one year, while promising that funding will be done through the monthly internally generated revenue, as he urged the construction firm to engage locals in labour and provision of materials.
Also within the week, Governor Wike ordered the payment of outstanding arrears owed by the immediate past administration to Health Emergency Workers in the state.
Governor Wike played host to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday. The governor assured Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, that government would always collaborate with the military to maintain peace and unity. He stressed that the maintenance remain vital to the development of the state, pointing out that so far, the army had lived up to expectations.
Governor Wike returned to Port Harcourt on Friday, after few days outside the state, to attend the final lap of the Five-Nights of Glory, an annual revival and deliverance service by Salvation Ministries in Port Harcourt. The governor was accompanied by his wife, Justice Suzethe Wike, Speaker of the state House of Assembly and Secretary to the State Government, Chief Kenneth Kobani.
Earlier on Friday, the governor had inspected ongoing road projects in parts of Obio/Akpor. The roads include Eneka-Rukpokwu, Oroigwe Road, Elimgbu and Rumunduru-OroIgwe Roads. The governor was accompanied by Chief Sergant Awuse and Prince Emma Anyanwu.
On Saturday, the governor resumed his inspection of ongoing projects in some public schools including Government Girl’s Secondary School, Rumuokwuta. He promised to develop world class educational system in the state.
NGO Tasks NASS On Fiscal Responsibility Law Amendment
The Growth Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) Nigeria says there is an urgent need for the national assembly to pass the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) amendment bill into law.
The executive director, Order Paper, Oke Epia,said this on Saturday at a media briefing in Abuja.
The Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 is primarily designed to checkmate wastage and corruption.
Epia said the financial crisis faced by the country is as a result of corruption in the oil sector, which could be resolved through the passage of the amendment of the Act.
“Nigeria is in a fiscal crisis because certain things are not being done right, especially in the petroleum sector which accounts for over 60 percent of revenue earnings and over 90 percent of foreign exchange due to the country,” he said.
“It is the mainstay of the economy and that is where you have the poster child of corruption in this country.”
He said the slow amendment of the fiscal responsibility act gives room for the non-remittance of revenue by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
“On the side of public finance management, that is what we want to alert your consciousness to, so that we can mount pressure on the national assembly to pass this fiscal responsibility amendment bill, so it will help get monies that are due to government paid to the government without much ado,” he added.
Alleged 2019 Guber Poll Rigging: Ogun APC To Probe Amosun
The state leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State may likely quiz the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, over his claim that the 2019 governorship election in the state was rigged in favour of the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
There were indications that the party’s leadership may take a hard step on the Senator’s claim when the party’s leaders from the 20 local government areas of the state had a closed-door meeting in Abeokuta on Saturday and expressed their displeasure over the allegation.
The state Chairman of the party, Yemi Sanusi, who berated Amosun over his claim, described such outburst as un-senatorial and unbecoming of a supposed statesman.
It was learnt that after the meeting, the party’s leaders called for disciplinary measures against such anti-party acts, which they likened to the ex-governor’s support for All Progressives Movement’s governorship candidate in 2019, resulting in his suspension.
Sanusi declared that, being the acting chairman of the party in 2019, he observed that the election that produced the incumbent governor was the most credible in the history of the state.
He said the electorate trooped out and overwhelmingly voted for Governor Abiodun and protected their votes from being overturned by riggers.
Sanusi, therefore, called on the party’s leaders and members to reciprocate the kind gesture of Governor Abiodun by working hard to ensure his re-election in 2023.
Meanwhile, in preparation for the general election, Governor Abiodun donated a bus to the party’s state executive council with a view to enhancing their operations ahead of the 2023 poll and in appreciation of their contributions towards the growth of democracy in the state.
He described the party’s state executive as a partner in progress, commending them for their sterling leadership which made it possible for them to keep the party united.
The governor, therefore, promised support for the party to sustain its membership drive, emphasising that all hands mist be on deck as the party gets prepared for the forthcoming general elections.
APC’s Case Challenging My Victory, Waste Of Time – Adeleke
The Governor- elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Saturday disclosed that the case filed by the All Progressives Congress APC, challenging his victory in the July 16 election is dead on arrival and a mere waste of time.
According to Adeleke, the people of Osun state have spoken and no amount of court cases can overturn his election as governor.
Adeleke, speaking at Ijebu-Jesa, headquarters of Oriade local government, where a former commissioner for finance under the administration of Aregbesola, Dr Wale Bolorunduro officially decamped to the PDP, said his major focus is how to move Osun forward, promising a massive impact in his first 100 days in office.
“The whole world knew that the election was free and fair. APC are just wasting there time. They have the right to go to court but I can tell you, it is dead on arrival.
“Osun people who have voted massively for us should keep calm and not worry. This time around, the people of Osun have spoken and it is the will of God.
“The only thing I’m concerned with now is how to make Osun great and I’m promising that in my first 100 days in office , Osun State will witness a massive change,” he said.
Speaking on why he defected, Bolorunduro said he left APC because the party is full of deceit and lack ethos of Obafemi Awolowo.
His words: “I and my followers are decamping today to PDP because it is the party for the progressive. It is a party that is transparent and not deceitful as the former party I was.
“I left APC because my glory was being covered and my contributions trampled upon. APC is full of deceit. There is nothing called progressivesm in that party.
“The party lack fairness, justice, transparency and the ethos of our avatar, Obafemi Awolowo. I had no choice than to leave APC and come to the party of light”.
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