Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi-owaji Ibani and other members of the House were in Government House last week to present bills for assent by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The assent of the governor to the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Bills of 2018 automatically makes it a law following the passage of the bill on the floor of the House.
Initiator of the bill and Minority Leader of the House, Hon. fredrick Anabraba, in a phone-in radio programme penultimate week, defended the bill and why the legislators supported it.
According to Anabraba, the bill was a forerunner in the quest on consolidate on the gains of the in checking crime in the state. He argued that the the bill would help to regulate the activities of vigilante groups which have become common place in many parts of the state. Contrary to views expressed by the opposition, the legislator stressed that it never had any plan to use the bill to witch out political opponents.
Anabraba averred that the law would help bring into conformity activities of vigilantes with prescribed laws, recalling that the state government had proscribed vigilante groups some time in 2016.
Apart from helping to regulate vigilantes, the law when operational, the lawmaker also submitted, would help in harnessing civilians’ support in gathering security intelligence, and ultimately boost surveillance and effective protection of lives and properties.
Said he: “It will help promote confidence between security agencies and ordinary people. It will also strengthen police and public confidence in their operations”.
Debunking the aspect of arms handling by the Neighbourhood Corps, the lawmaker representing Akuku Toru II cited sections 3 and 4 of the law, explained that there was nothing conflicting, since the agency would be liaising with the police authorities in the area of operations.
On the constitution of the body, he stated that it would have a board made up of representatives of the various security agencies with a Director General appointed by the governor.
Within the week under review, many legislators intensified their constituency project activities. In Ogu Bolo, member representing the area in the Assembly, Hon. Evans Bipi took journalists round some ongoing projects under his 2017 constituency project.
Bipi who was at Bolo to inspect the level of work done at the Bolo Mini-Stadium assured the people of the area of more dividends of democracy and effective representation.
Member representing Port Harcourt constituency II in the House, Hon. Tonye Adoki Smart carried out a sensitisation programme last weekend as he called on all Ijaws to support Governor Wike’s second term bid.
Hon. Adoki reminded the Ijaws in Rivers State that Wike had touched all riverine communities, as there was no part left in his developmental agenda.
2023: Vote Candidates Who’ll Protect Your Interest, CAC Advises Christians
The President of the Christ Apostolic Church, Pastor Samuel Oladele, has charged Christians in the country to vote for a presidential candidate that would protect their interests.
The cleric who condemned the same faith presidential ticket said it was improper in a pluralistic country like Nigeria.
Oladele gave this advice in his address at the annual 2022 Pastors Conference of the CAC, held at the camp of the church in Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State on Wednesday.
He said, “Throughout the course of human history, God has always sought men and women to stand for Him in the place of leadership – like Joseph in Egypt, David before Goliath the Philistine, Esther in Shushan and Daniel in Babylon.
“The forthcoming general election is one that we must be interested in, as we cannot afford to remain complacent while decisions that affect our faith are being made. We shall be guided by the criteria provided by the Christian Association of Nigeria for the election of our next set of political leaders in Nigeria.
“ I urge you to vote for candidates who will protect the cause and interest of Christianity in Nigeria. I make bold to declare loud and clear that the interest of the kingdom of God and of His Christ is more important than all other interests. Hence, the interest of God’s kingdom must guide our consideration of who to vote for in the forthcoming general election in Nigeria.”
Expressing concern about the present situation of the country, the cleric admonished Nigerians not to despair but to be more prayerful for better days to come and also to walk on the way of righteousness.
He said, “It is an undeniable fact that we are in dire strait as a nation. The continued decline of socio-economic infrastructures as well as the nonchalance of those who are entrusted to provide the desired solution to these problems, calls for concern.
“However, we are not without hope because we have a God who rules in the affairs of men. Let us continue to call upon Him while we play our roles as responsible citizens of Nigeria. Righteousness remains the panacea to the reproach of our nation, Nigeria. Let us not only preach it, but practice righteousness.”
2023: NSCDC Tasks Politicians On Peaceful Campaigns
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps , (NSCDC), has stressed the need for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speech and violence ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Commandant of the Corps in Cross River State Mr Samuel Fadeyi, stated this in Calabar on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 2022 International Day of Peace.
Mr Fadeyi who led personnel of the command in the state on a peace walk along major routes in Calabar metropolis to create awareness on the benefits of peace building for nation’s growth emphasised that peaceful co-existence is a sine-qua-none for development.
He noted that as the campaigns for the 2023 general elections commence on September. 28, it was important for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speech and promote unity.
“All campaigns should be issue based, it shouldn’t be based on discrimination, racism or gender. People should shun hate speeches and embrace peace because we need unity to grow as a nation.
“Today has been designated by the United Nations as International Peace Day. It was established in 1981.
“By 2001, because of the conflicts all over the world, the day was designated as non violence and cease fire day as an addition to it been an International Peace Day.
“As we go out for this peace walk today, we are creating the awareness that peace must continue to reign in the country,” he said.
The theme for the 2022 International Peace Day is “End Racism, Build Peace”.
He said the command has commenced sensitisation of the public to imbibe the need for unity and peace.
Ayu Must Resign, S’West PDP Group Insists
A group, South-West Forum of PDP Stakeholders for Justice, on Wednesday, reiterated its support for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and others sympathetic to his cause, that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu should resign.
In a statement by former Publicity Secretaries of Ondo and Lagos states, Messrs Banji Okunomo and Taofik Gani, the forum said Ayu’s resignation will bring about confidence, inclusiveness and oneness in the party.
The statement reads: “We, the above-named Forum of the Party, wish to affirm our support for the position being canvassed by Governor Seyi Makinde, corroborated by the doggedness of the ‘Wikes’ and the wisdom of the ‘Bode Georges’, as a lasting panacea for peace and eventual victory of our party at the 2023 Presidential election.
“We wish to justify our position on the following premise: “Assuming Dr. Ayu, in his wisdom, genuinely chose and believed in the emergence of a Northern Presidential Candidate for the PDP and went further to acknowledge Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the hero of democracy following his withdrawal from the Presidential race to pave way for Atiku Abubakar at the Party’s national convention, it is our take, that Dr Ayu should indeed go further to logically and wisely conclude the process that would guarantee the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the next president of Nigeria by making other possible sacrifices necessary to achieve that goal.
“Indeed, this is why and when Dr. Ayu himself will be more celebrated as PDP’s Hero of Democracy rather than clogging the Party’s wheel of Progress and creating avoidable crisis for the Party.
“We will not forget to admonish our candidate, the next president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to be wary of the ill and reactionary advice of some traditional moles, who are insistent on offering opinions capable of jeopardizing the chance God has opened for the PDP in the emerging dispensation.
“Nigerians are indeed awaiting the PDP as the actual potent alternative government, and God forbids, if this opportunity skips us, Nigerians may never again associate with the PDP.
“We call for immediate restoration of sanity, confidence, inclusiveness and oneness in the Party as a stitch in time saves nine.”
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