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Wike Preaches Peace, Love At Yuletide

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There was an increased number of activities in Government House, Port Harcourt, last week, apparently because it happened to be the last week of the year.
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Monday,  presented N480 billion 2019 ,Appropriation Bill to the Rivers State House of Assembly for consideration.
The budget which is christened “ Budget of  Sustainable Growth and Development “, the Governor says will take as many Rivers people as possible out of poverty and improve the standard of living of the people.
According to him, the main thrust of the 2019 budget is to promote economic growth and diversification, create jobs and reduce unemployment.
It is premised on an oil price benchmark of 55 US Dollars per barrel, which is five Dollars lower than that of the Federal Government. It has N323, 288, 970, 085:00 as Capital expenditure, while Recurrent Expenditure will gulp N157,122,354,564: 15.
Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi – Owaji Ibani described the budget as one full of hope for the people of the state stressing that it  took care of all sectors of the economy.
Meanwhile, Gov Wike has urged Nigerians to use this year’s Christmas to promote love, friendship, peace and reconciliation.
In his Christmas message, the governor particularly  urged Rivers people to erect platforms of love, peace and reconciliation for greater development of the state, assuring that his administration will always focus on delivery of people- oriented projects.
He further assured of security throughout the period of celebration.
Still in the spirit of Christmas, wife of the Governor, Hon. Justice Suzzette Nyesom Wike, visited Christmas babies last Tuesday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt.
The Governor’s wife visited Baby Emmanuel Emeshe who was delivered by 12. 05 am and Baby  Ibia Goodness delivered by 12.20pm. The visit was in consonance with the established tradition of reaching out to mothers during Christmas and New Year.
She called on mothers to always persevere in looking after their families because God had put a lot in the hands of mother.
Similarly, the first lady of the state hosted hundreds of children at a Christmas party on 26th December, being the Boxing Day. She presented  gifts to the children from various local government areas of the state who were in the party held in Government House.
On the same Boxing Day, Governor Wike was in Etche to attend the Ogbakor Etche 2018 Convention.
Wike  made record as the first Governor to attend the convention in the history of convention.
The Governor was celebrated by the people of Etche nation because of the numerous projects  executed in both Etche and  Omuma local government areas as well as several appointment to sons and daughters of the area.
Wike received a special gift from Ogbakor Etche. He was assured of support for a second term in office.
Wike thanked the people of Etche for the strong support given to his administration and assured that he will execute more projects and appoint more Etche sons and daughters into positions of trust.
He noted that Etche Local Government Area was so large that even with the several road projects executed, it looked as if nothing was done and remarked that his administration will execute more road projects in Etche land.
In a similar manner, Gov Wike , assured the people of Ogoni that he will consolidate on his project delivery in the area during his second term in office.
Wike made the promise last Wednesday while commissioning the Akporo water project executed in the area by a member of the Rivers State  Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Williams Nzidee, in Khan’s Local Government Area.
Wike was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Engineer Emeka Woke.

 

Chris Oluoh

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NGO Tasks NASS On Fiscal Responsibility Law Amendment

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The Growth Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) Nigeria says there is an urgent need for the national assembly to pass the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) amendment bill into law.
The executive director, Order Paper, Oke Epia,said this on Saturday at a media briefing in Abuja.
The Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 is primarily designed to checkmate wastage and corruption.
Epia said the financial crisis faced by the country is as a result of corruption in the oil sector, which could be resolved through the passage of the amendment of the Act.
“Nigeria is in a fiscal crisis because certain things are not being done right, especially in the petroleum sector which accounts for over 60 percent of revenue earnings and over 90 percent of foreign exchange due to the country,” he said.
“It is the mainstay of the economy and that is where you have the poster child of corruption in this country.”
He said the slow amendment of the fiscal responsibility act gives room for the non-remittance of revenue by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
“On the side of public finance management, that is what we want to alert your consciousness to, so that we can mount pressure on the national assembly to pass this fiscal responsibility amendment bill, so it will help get monies that are due to government paid to the government without much ado,” he added.

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Alleged 2019 Guber Poll Rigging: Ogun APC To Probe Amosun

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The state leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State may likely quiz the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, over his claim that the 2019 governorship election in the state was rigged in favour of the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
There were indications that the party’s leadership may take a hard step on the Senator’s claim when the party’s leaders from the 20 local government areas of the state had a closed-door meeting in Abeokuta on Saturday and expressed their displeasure over the allegation.
The state Chairman of the party, Yemi Sanusi, who berated Amosun over his claim, described such outburst as  un-senatorial and unbecoming of a supposed statesman.
It was learnt that after the meeting, the party’s leaders called for disciplinary measures against such anti-party acts, which they likened to the ex-governor’s support for All Progressives Movement’s governorship candidate in 2019, resulting in his suspension.
Sanusi declared that, being the acting chairman of the party in 2019, he observed that the election that produced the incumbent governor was the most credible in the history of the state.
He said the electorate trooped out and overwhelmingly voted for Governor Abiodun and protected their votes from being overturned by riggers.
Sanusi, therefore, called on the party’s leaders and members to reciprocate the kind gesture of Governor  Abiodun by working hard to ensure  his re-election in 2023.
Meanwhile, in preparation for the general election, Governor Abiodun donated a bus to the party’s state executive council with a view to enhancing their operations ahead of the 2023 poll and in appreciation of their contributions towards the growth of democracy in the state.
He described the party’s state executive as a partner in progress, commending them for their sterling leadership which made it possible for them to keep the party united.
The governor, therefore, promised support for the party to sustain its membership drive, emphasising that all hands mist be on deck as the party gets prepared for the forthcoming general elections.

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APC’s Case Challenging My Victory, Waste Of Time – Adeleke

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The Governor- elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Saturday disclosed that the case filed by the All Progressives Congress APC, challenging his victory in the July 16 election is dead on arrival and a mere waste of time.
According to Adeleke, the people of Osun state have spoken and no amount of court cases can overturn his election as governor.
Adeleke, speaking at Ijebu-Jesa, headquarters of Oriade local government, where a former commissioner for finance under the administration of Aregbesola, Dr Wale Bolorunduro officially decamped to the PDP, said his major focus is how to move Osun forward, promising a massive impact in his first 100 days in office.
“The whole world knew that the election was free and fair. APC are just wasting there time. They have the right to go to court but I can tell you, it is dead on arrival.
“Osun people who have voted massively for us should keep calm and not worry. This time around, the people of Osun have spoken and it is the will of God.
“The only thing I’m concerned with now is how to make Osun great and I’m promising that in my first 100 days in office , Osun State will witness a massive change,” he said.
Speaking on why he defected, Bolorunduro said he left APC because the party is full of deceit and lack ethos of Obafemi Awolowo.
His words: “I and my followers are decamping today to PDP because it is the party for the progressive. It is a party that is transparent and not deceitful as the former party I was.
“I left APC because my glory was being covered and my contributions trampled upon. APC is full of deceit. There is nothing called progressivesm in that party.
“The party lack fairness, justice, transparency and the ethos of our avatar, Obafemi Awolowo. I had no choice than to leave APC and come to the party of light”.

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