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Wike Returns, Pledges Projects Sustenance – As RSG Seeks Understanding On Rumuola-Aba Road Project

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has assured the people of the state that he will sustain the delivery of development projects across the state.
The governor, who returned to Rivers State, yesterday, after his international and national engagements, was received at the Port Harcourt Air Force Base by the Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Engr Emeka Woke.
Wike immediately embarked on project inspection as he visited the ongoing reconstruction of a section of Aba Road at Garrison.
The governor directed the contractor to ensure that the reconstruction work is completed on time and on schedule.
Hundreds of residents trooped out at Garrison to welcome the governor.
They sang the governor’s praises for working for the people of the state.
It would be recalled that the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike was on Monday, October 30, 2017 honoured with the “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award “ at the United Nations Plaza by the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA) .
On November 6, 2017, Wike was in the United Kingdom, where he delivered a lecture at Chatham House, London on “Defining Development for Rivers State and Steps to Sustainable Implementation”.
Earlier before the lecture, he had held fruitful talks with the management of the Financial Times of London on possible ways to project Rivers State before the international community while he was later hosted to a business dinner by the Westminster Africa Business Group in London, during which both parties discussed investment opportunities in the state.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barrister Emma Okah has appealed to motorists and other road users to bear with the Rivers State Government over the present inconveniences caused by the on-going construction work around the Rumuola-Aba Road bridge in Port Harcourt.
In a press statement, last Wednesday, in Port Harcourt, Okah said the current work going on around the Rumuola-Aba Road axis was huge as a result of the damage arising from the neglect of the road for a long time by the Federal Government.
“The neglect of that portion of Aba Road by the Federal Government had caused extensive damage, giving rise to deep gullies and recalcitrant flooding, which can only be remedied by equally extensive work,” Okah explained.
He noted that the state government was concerned about the early completion of the project to reduce the discomfort suffered by affected road users.
According to Okah, the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration has no tolerance for shoddy job or delayed project.
The commissioner, therefore, assured Rivers people that the project, when completed, would guarantee free flow of traffic, drain flood, beautify the area and promote the welfare and happiness of the people.
“However, Port Harcourt-Aba Road is under the control of the Federal Government but the current intervention is done by the Rivers State Government in the spirit of Governor Wike’s belief that the pursuit of the happiness of Rivers people is paramount,” Okah added.
In a related development, the Rivers State Government has expressed gratitude at the massive support from members of the public in appreciation of the people-oriented projects of the Rivers State Government under Governor Nyeson Wike.

Representative of Rivers State Governor and Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke (left), with Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr Uche Mike Chukwuma, during the public presentation  of a book titled: "Community Policing in Nigeria: Myth or Reality " written  by the  Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police  in Port Harcourt, recently.

Representative of Rivers State Governor and Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke (left), with Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr Uche Mike Chukwuma, during the public presentation of a book titled: “Community Policing in Nigeria: Myth or Reality ” written by the Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police in Port Harcourt, recently.

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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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