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Rivers Patriots Laud Wike Over Bonny-Bodo Road

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has been lauded for providing enabling environment for the establishment of enduring infrastructure and human resources development in the state which gave impetus to the commencement of work on the Bodo-Bonny Road project.
In a statement, Publicity Secretary, Coalition of Rivers Patriots, Barrister Barilede Thompson noted with pride that the recent flag-off of the Bodo-Bonny Road was a further testimony of Wike’s inclusive administration which places the interest of the state above other considerations.
While also commending the Federal Government for eventually responding to the demands of the government and people of Rivers State, and indeed, the entire Niger Delta,  and  taking the bold step of flagging-off the construction of the Bodo-Bonny Road, the group lauded the governor for working with the host communities to provide a conducive atmosphere for the project.
The group further lauded Wike for his commitment to partnering with the Federal Government to ensure the timely completion of the road, a clear deviation, according to the Patriots, from the false claims of the failed governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 elections, Dr Dakuku Peterside and his sponsors that Wike was opposed to the project.
According to the Rivers Patriots, the assurance of cooperation of the government and people of Rivers State towards ensuring timely delivery of the road project remains heart-warming, especially, as the road, on completion, will be of great benefit to all Nigerians who will use the road or the products from the Bonny Island.
The Rivers Patriots further observed that, it was to the credit of the chief executive of Rivers State that the flag-off of the long-awaited Bodo-Bonny Road was done during his time as governor, just as they described the road as a very strategic national asset linking the ancient Island of Bonny, with her enormous economic potentials, to other communities in the state.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Andoni Local Government Council, Isaiah Gogo-Ogute has decried the marginalization Of Andoni ethnic nationality by the APC-led Federal Government in the naming and flagged-off of the Bodo-Bonny Road project.
In a statement signed by his Press Secretary, James Mgboineme-Owaji, the chairman called on the Federal Government and relevant agencies to immediately correct the project name to bear Bodo-Andoni-Bonny Road.
The Andoni CTC chairman emphasized that Bodo and Bonny have no common boundaries either by air, land or water, explaining that the only link between Bodo and Bonny was through Andoni.
Gogo-Ogute further argued that the deliberate denial of Andoni ethnic group of their right over their land through which the road passes amounts to undermining the place of Andoni in bringing the road to Bonny to manifest fruition.
The Andoni council boss, however, maintained that the people would strongly reject the name and may continue to protest their exclusion until justice was done by reflecting Andoni in the name.

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Rivers’ll Be Known For Peace, Not Crisis -Fubara

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has said that peace has prevailed because he draws strength from God to resist insults and tantrums thrown at him while frustrating attempts by some disgruntled persons who wanted to plunge the State into unending crisis.
The Governor also said that because he has anchored his Government on promoting peace, the enabling atmosphere has been provided for investments and sustainable development to flourish.
Governor Fubara made the assertion when he received a delegation of members of the Bishops and Gospel Ministers’ Association International Incorporated, Rivers State Chapter, at Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Represented by the Head of Rivers State Civil Service, Dr George Nwaeke, Governor Fubara said while most people took his meekness for weakness, his stance on peace has unarguably enhanced harmonious atmosphere of concord as residents sleep with their two eyes closed, and investors and shareholders are happy with the returns on investment.
He said, “Before, what they hear of Rivers State is that they are fighting, and some genuine investors will not come. Some people even ask you: How are you coping in Rivers State?
“But now”, he asserted: “The Governor has brought about a lot of changes in the State. One of the most important things is that he has changed the negative narrative. It is no longer Rivers of blood. It is now Rivers of peace.
“We are enjoying our lives here. Why? Because there is a change in the narrative. We have peace. The Governor is, as much as possible, absorbing any level of insult at him only for one purpose: that Rivers State may have peace; that we may grow; that this state will experience genuine development.”
Governor Fubara urged them, as members of the Christian family in the State, to continue to pray for the State and the Government so that the enemies of the State will be put to greater shame.
“This peace is what I want you to embrace. Go and continue to pray, because when the sower of the seed went and sowed, the enemy went in the night and sowed tares inside there. But the Governor is sowing peace.
“When I listened to the leader of the team, His Grace Eddy Ogbonda, he said you came all the way from Eleme Junction, and stopped at major junctions, and you uttered prayers for the peace of Rivers State.”
He also said: “I, hereby want to thank you for identifying with the Governor at a time like this. At a time when it looks as if someone wants the Governor’s peace posture misunderstood as weakness.
“When someone has the strength to fight back, but refuses to fight back. That is a bigger strength; that power of restrain does not just come, it can only come from God.
“You cannot give peace, if you do not have peace within you. The Governor is not interested in any form of trouble or violence. What he is interested in is known, and it is: let there be peace in Rivers State,” he said.
In his address, leader of the group, Archbishop Eddy Ogbonda, said they had observed a week-long intensive prayers that culminated into a peace rally, which brought them to Government House, and assured the Governor that God will continue to give him victory over his adversaries while preserving Rivers State.
“It is Rivers State Prophetic Prayer Convocation and Rally 2024 with the theme: ‘Peace be still’. Of a truth, everyone of us understands that we live in a time when we need peace much more than any other thing.
“Rivers State needs peace. Everyone as individuals need peace. The country needs peace, and the world at large needs peace. So, we are here to do a peace march. We pray that God will command His peace to reign in Rivers State,” he said.

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Hoteliers, School Owners Charging In Dollars Risk Arrest -EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that hotels, schools, and other establishments that accept payments in dollars from their customers are at risk of facing arrest.
The Chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said this in the agency’s publication called EFCC Alert on Monday, adding that action would be taken against individuals involved in the dollarisation of the economy.
According to him, the exception is if foreigners come in to transact business and the only means of transacting is their credit card and dollar but to charge local customers in dollars or other foreign currencies would no longer be allowed.
He said charging local activities and customers in dollars is against Nigeria’s constitution.
The EFCC chairman said, “Schools that charge Nigerians in dollar, supermarkets that trade in dollar, estate developers that sell their property in dollar, hotels that are invoicing in dollar, we are coming after you and we have made arrests in that area.
“Yes, if foreigners are coming in and the only means of transacting is their credit card, and dollar, why not? You will get that.
“But document it properly as against selling things within the system, local economy and you will be using dollar as the medium of exchange, it is illegal.
“Our law does not allow for that. And we have also affected some arrests.”

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Eid-El-Fitr: Fubara Felicitates Muslims, Calls For Unity, Tolerance

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has enjoined Muslim faithful to remain steadfast to the lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan.
Governor Fubara stated this in his message of felicitations to Muslims as they celebrate the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr Sallah, which marks the end of the one-month Ramadan fasting.
The Governor emphasised the importance for Muslims to also uphold the tenets of Islam by exhibiting the fear of God and showing piety in their daily work.
Governor Fubara said, “We must all continue in the good attributes imbibed during the holy month of Ramadan as directed by God through His Prophet, so as to ensure peace, unity and harmony in the society for a better future.”
While praying that the essence of the festival offers them happiness, peace and prosperity in all aspects of life, Governor Fubara said he recognises and appreciates the critical role that the Muslim community continues to play in the development of Rivers State, and indeed, Nigeria at large.
Governor Fubara charged them to remain unwavering and steadfast in their commitment and positive contributions to advance the development of the State and the country.
“I enjoin you all in the State to remain calm, be patient and continue to do what is right,” the Governor added.
He wished the Muslim faithful in the State and across the country a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

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