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Wike Presents 2019 Budget To Assembly, Monday …Tasks Ex-Servicemen On Members’ Welfare

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike is expected to present 2019 appropriation bill on Monday next week, the Speaker of the Assembly Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani gave the indication yesterday during plenary.
Rt. Hon. Ibani urged lawmakers to make themselves available at the budget presentation on Monday 24th of December 2019, as the House is billed to receive the governor and his entourage at the hallowed chambers.
But before hinting about next Monday’s budget presentation, the House received two reports on the Rivers State Arbitration bill 2018, and the Rivers State MultiDoor Court bill 2018.
Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and member representing Emohua State Constituency, Hon. Sam Ogeh laid the report before the House, as he commended members and the public for their contributions.
Recall that a forthnight ago, the House approved the State Medium Term Expenditure Framework.
The framework will provide blueprint for the state budget and fiscal policies in the next three years covering between 2019 – 2021.
Lawmakers had thrown their weight behind the new policy as it will serve as a guide to government in planning revenue and budgetary programmes for the State.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibani described the framework as proactive, “the government is planning for the future, while we are living for today”, he said.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has called on the leadership and members of the Nigerian Legion in the state to reconcile their differences.
Speaking during the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem and Appeal Fund Launching Ceremony yesterday, Governor Wike said that the break-out of factions in the Legion is not necessary.
He said: “I am surprised that up till now you have two factions in the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State. Simply because the State Government gave a grant of N100million to the Legion last year, a major crisis broke out.
“I don’t know who will preside over this year’s donation to the Legion. My suggestion is that for the sake of your members, you have to reconcile”.
Governor Wike launched the Emblem for N10million. He announced that the 23 Local Government Areas of the state will launch the Emblem with N23million.
The governor berated the Service Commanders for sending representatives to the event, saying it was a disservice to the fallen heroes and war veterans.
Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani said that the celebration reminds the country of the roles played by the military in the unity of the country.
He commended the Rivers State Governor for taking the support to the fallen heroes a step further by funding welfare programmes for their widows.
He urged Nigerians to pick up the emblem and donate for the sustenance of the families of the fallen heroes and war veterans.
Representative of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State, Assistant Commander Ekwueme Francis commended the Rivers State Governor for releasing a N100million grant to the Legion for scholarship to the children of the fallen heroes and grants to their widows.
He, however, said that it is unfortunate that the fallen heroes and war veterans are not genuinely appreciated by other members of the society.
Highpoint of the occasion was the decoration of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike with the official emblem.

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3.6m Jobs Created Via $1.1bn Externally Funded Agric Projects, FG Claims

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The Federal Government, yesterday, said about 3.6million indirect jobs have been created from $1.113billion (about N461.9billion) worth of externally funded projects being implemented by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this while featuring on the Ministerial Media Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The minister said $538million was approved for special agricultural processing zones to support inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria.
Abubakar further stated that another project worth $575million is being implemented to improve rural access and agricultural marketing in participating states while strengthening the financing institutional base for effective development, maintenance and management of rural roads network.
He gave the participating states as Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, and Sokoto.
According to him, government is implementing the Value Chain Development Programme Additional Financing (VCDP-AF) 2020- 2024 to enhance, on a sustainable basis, incomes and food security of poor rural households engaged in the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava.
He revealed that the project is currently being implemented in nine states, including Niger, Benue, Ogun, Ebonyi, Taraba and Anambra, Nasarawa, Kogi and Enugu, “to scale up the achievement recorded in the original VCDP states.”
On fish production, Abubakar said the demand for fish based on the population of the country was $3.6million metric tons but only $1.2million tons being produced.
He further said that the country is importing some species of fish like mackerel because they are not found in Nigeria waters.
The minister also said that the government recruited about 5,000 Agro Rangers that guide farmers against bandits, adding that they are sent to different parts of the country.

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RSG’ll Continue To Provide Best For Rivers People, Wike Assures …Commissions Orochiri-Worukwo Flyover, Aug 8

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that the quantum of civil construction work undertaken by his administration in developing the state may be cost-intensive but the overall benefits remain a driving force.
Wike made the statement while inspecting some ongoing projects in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt City local government areas of the state, last Wednesday.
Projects inspected included the 11th flyover site at Location Junction along Mgbuoba-NTA Road, the site for the 12th flyover at Rumuokwuta Roundabout, the dualisation of Azikiwe Street-lloabuchi Road, and the sand-filled land in Ogbum-Nu-Abali Town.
Wike explained that the inspection became necessary in order to ascertain the impact the projects would have on the socio-economic life of the residents within the areas.
“One of the reasons why we came is to see the impact of the roads and the flyovers. Of course, when the valuers brought the compensation report, we felt that it was too huge. So, we decided to go and see things for ourselves.
“But when we got there, we understood that a lot of buildings will be impacted, and that requires us to compensate the owners of those houses heavily. But it is worth it in order to give Port Harcourt the facelift required and to transform the landscape of the area.”
Wike said despite the attendant cost implication of undertaking the projects, his administration has paid 80percent for the road dualisation to the contractor, Julius Berger, which is also handling the two new flyovers.
“We have been able to fulfil our part to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. This place now (Illoabuchi Road), we have paid 80percent for the dualisation of Azikiwe Street/Ilaobuchi Road as at yesterday.
“By Monday, we want to start paying for the compensation to owners of the buildings so that Julius Berger can start demolishing the affected structures.”
The Rivers State governor appealed to the residents in the areas, particularly in Mile 2, Diobu, Port Harcourt to show understanding and endure the inconvenience they would suffer while the work lasted.
Wike expressed delight in the show of excitement by the people who throng out to meet him.
According to the governor, the various projects would create employment for a good number of youths within the areas.
“All we seek from them is the normal support they have been giving. We are happy with what we are doing. All we pray is that the residents of these areas should bear with us.
“It’s a short time of inconvenience, but at the end of the day, it is going to be to the benefit of those who are having economic activities in this area.
“In the next six months, you can imagine what will happen here. I think we made a promise to them, and like I’ve always said, every promise made will be fulfilled.”
Speaking further, Wike explained that the next round of projects’ inauguration would commence on August 8, 2022, and last for two weeks.
“From Monday, the 8th August, the Orochiri-Worukwo flyover (Waterlines Junction) will be commissioned by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while the Ogbum-Nu-Abali/Eastern Bye-Pass Road will be commissioned on the 9th August by the former Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko”.
Wike enjoined all well-meaning Rivers people to join the government to thank God Almighty for what has been accomplished within the tenure.
He said the capacity of his administration in inaugurating more projects while also embarking on new ones was something that has never been witnessed.
“And I think you can’t hear anything happening in most of the states. But for us, we will end our services to the people on the 29th of May, 2023.
“Like I said, no project will be left abandoned, and that is why we have taken priority to make sure that the finances are there to back up these projects. If we don’t have the money, there is no need of awarding contracts.”
On his part, the Regional Manager of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Juergen Fischer, promised that his company would do all within its powers to deliver the projects according to specifications.

 

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Nigerians Face Hard Times, As Kerosene Hits N800/Litre

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Price of kerosene has increased to N800 per litre just as the market is beginning to adjust to the newly increased petrol and gas prices.
A market survey carried out by The Tide’s source revealed that one litre of cooking kerosene, which was sold at N700 last week, now sells for between N800 and N850 in urban parts of Lagos State, while the price has hit as high as N1000 per litre in suburb areas at filling stations.
Comparatively, in Ghana, the price of a litre of cooking kerosene currently sells for GHS 12.044 (N585) per litre.
Unlike petrol, kerosene is a deregulated product, meaning prices are determined by market forces.
“It’s a deregulated market. It is also a function of the dollar to naira rate and the crude price at the international market. Since cooking kerosene is deregulated, prices can go up, it can also come down,” National Operations Controller, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, (IPMAN), Mike Osatuyi told The source.
The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had in June reported an 88 per cent rise in prices of cooking kerosene and Liquefied Petroleum Gas within in one year.
According to the NBS report on “National Household Kerosene Price Watch,” the price of cooking kerosene went up by 86.94 per cent in one year.
The report also said the average retail price per litre of household kerosene, HHK, paid by consumers in May 2022 increased by 15.21 per cent on a month-on-month basis from N589.82 in April 2022 to N679.54 in May 2022.
The state profile analysis showed that the highest average price per litre in May 2022 was recorded in Enugu with N868.75, followed by Ebonyi with N861.11 and Imo with N801.67. On the other hand, the lowest price was recorded in Bayelsa with N558.06, followed by Yobe with N601.39, and Nasarawa with N603.33.
In addition, the South-East recorded the highest average retail price per litre of household kerosene with N773.09, followed by the South-West with N738.19, and the North-Central with N668.78, while the North-East reported the lowest with N632.06.
On his part, an energy expert, Bala Zakka, while speaking in an exclusive chat with the source, attributed the sharp increase in the price of the products to Nigeria’s continued inability to refine petroleum products for local consumption.
Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers’ Association of Nigeria, (DAPPMAN) Olufemi Adewole, told the source that the reason for the continuous rise in prices of cooking kerosene was the exchange rate.
“Cooking kerosene is deregulated so prices depend on foreign exchange. A dollar is now N700 from N600 just last month, so prices will surely increase,” he said.

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