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Wike Woos European Investors

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has urged European investors to take advantage of his government’s economic sound policies and friendly business environment to invest in the state.
Speaking, Tuesday at a special programme organised for Rivers State by the Financial Times, tagged: “Invest in Rivers State”, at the world’s leading financial publishing Company in London, the governor said return on investment in the state is the highest in Nigeria.
Wike stated that the state under his administration has provided visibility gap, funding, minimum revenue guarantee, land provision for development, attractive subsidies, reduction and exemption from payment of taxes and levies to boost investment and called on foreign investors to take advantage of the rare business friendly policy of his government to home and invest.
Wike further informed investors, particularly in the oil and gas sector that they would benefit from the presence of the Oil and Gas Free zone in the state, adding that the facility provides beautiful opportunities for the establishment of business across the oil and gas value chain.
He said business opportunities in the state remain limitless, especially in information technology, tourism and hospitality ag,riculture, housing and manufacturing.
The governor returned to the state, Wednesday, to meet a delegation of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He commended the delegation for their strong support to his administration and promised that the state government will continue to give CAN all the much needed support.
Wike however, appealed to CAN to mobilise the large Christian population in the state to obtain the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and actively participate in policy making which, according to him, begins from voting in candidates of their choice.
He also urged them to preach against youth-related vices and spread of fake information against the state government.
The governor also used the opportunity to explain the benefits derivable from the newly signed Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Law, saying apart from synergizing with security agencies by ways of information gathering and intelligence, it would also create large employment opportunities for youths who would be involved in its implementation.
Wike assured CAN that the state government would embark on renovation of the association’s secretariat in the state to enable them run their affairs effectively.
CAN Director, Legal Affairs, Barrister Dan Obinna who read the address of the body commended Governor Wike for massive infrastructure he put in place across the state and his unrelenting fight against crime and lauded the Neigbourhood Watch scheme.
Obinna said CAN will continue to mobilise christians in the state and beyond to sustain prayers and fasting for the state against enemies of progress and urged Wike not to relent in giving the state the best.
CAN also congratulated the governor for the numerous awards he received from state, national and global levels, noting that the awards were testimonies of his hard work which the body is proud of.
Another major event in Government House last week was the swearing in of four new commissioners and care-takers committee of Degema Local Government Area.
Wike disclosed his intention to embark on a minor cabinet reshuffle and urged the appointees to see their assignment as opportunity to add value to the state service and not to enrich themselves.
Wike declared roar against imposition of candidate in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the June 16,2018 Local Government Poll draws near.
He warned party leaders that the era of imposition of candidate in the state is over and vowed to fight anyone who attempts to impose anybody on the people.

 

Chris Oluoh

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2023: Vote Candidates Who’ll Protect Your Interest, CAC Advises Christians

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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.”

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2023: NSCDC Tasks Politicians On Peaceful Campaigns

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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.

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Ayu Must Resign, S’West PDP Group Insists

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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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