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Wike Garners More Awards

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Last week, campaigns dominated activities in Government House, Port Harcourt as Peoples Demoncratic Part (PDP) rallies moved from one local government area of the state to the other.
 The PDP state campaign was flagged off in Tai Local Government Area on Wednesday with a promise by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike that the state would construct a General Hospital in the area.
Addressing a mammoth crowd that attended the rally, the governor said the hospital project would commence before the 2019 general elections.
He explained that over the last three years and half  his administration, has put in place key projects in the area and promised to do more in his second term.
He commended the people of Tai for the support they have given to his administration and urged them to vote for the PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections in the country and to also defend their votes.
Last Thursday the campaign train moved to Eleme Local Government Area where the governor told the people not to vote for APC because the party has not done anything towards developing the area in spite of the huge  contributions it made in the economy of the nation.
Wike enjoined the people of Eleme local government to vote for the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and other candidates of PDP in the forthcoming elections, stressing that PDP would revive the seaports in the area which President Buhari allowed to rot away.
The rally moved down to Omuma  and Etche Local Government Area on Friday and Saturday respectively. 
The governor said President Muhammad Buhari made high sounding promises only to deliberately refuse to keep to his promise.
“ The new name of the APC  is All Promises Cancelled. There is no single promise that has been fulfilled by the APC federal government. For us in Rivers State, we don’t know  if there is a federal government”, the governor said.
He commended the people of Omuma for their support to the party and noted that his administration has kept its promises by electrifying 19 communities, construction of a zonal hospital and the ongoing construction of a 17 kilometer road across several communities.
He called on the people to vote for the PDP Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, saying that he has the business acumen to turn the nation’s economy around and create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.
The floodgate of Governor Wike’s awards opened again last week as he was nominated for three awards today.
The National Executive Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ) nominated Wike for the NUJ Prize for Outstanding Achievement In Leadership and Infrastructural Development.
NUJ National President announced this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor today in Government House, Port Harcourt.
In similar manner, Chairman of  Daar Communications Plc, operators of African Independent Television, Raypower FM, and Faaji FM, Mr Raymond Dokpesi Jnr announced the nomination of Wike as the first overall Daar Communication Plc  ‘Governor of the  year 2018’
 The management of Independent Newspapers also announced  that Governor Wike has been nominated for their own award.
Wike commended the three media groups for the honour bestowed on him and charged them to always speak out against issues that undermine rule of law, saying that was the only way he could fully appreciate the honour.
Another major event that took place in the Brick House last week was the swearing in of 15 new Special Advisers to the governor.
At the event which took place, today at the Executive Chambers of the Government House, the governor also swore in the Chairman of Rivers State Pension Board, Prof Ovundah Okene as well as members of the board, Rivers State Housing and Property Development Authority.

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Rivers Lawmakers’ Defection, ‘Monkey Politics’-CSO

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Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance, Budget and Accountability has condemned the defection of the 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Executive Secretary, Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance, Budget and Accountability, Amb. Emmanuel Nkweke, who said this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt also described as illegal all legislations passed by the defected lawmakers.
Amb. Nkweke described the defection as “monkey politics’, queried the rational behind the action of the lawmakers few months after being sworn into office, adding that members of the civil society community were yet to be told reasons for the defection.
“Up till now, we are yet to be told why they defected just few months of being sworn into office. For me, that is monkey politics”, he said.
He urged the lawmakers to go back to their former party and beg Rivers people for forgiveness, adding that if that is done, they may be welcomed back.
Amb. Nkweke also cautioned the lawmakers not to allow themselves to be used to do the bidding of an individual, adding that the present administration in the state needs the support of all to move forward.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the group has commended Governor Siminalayi Fubara for giving civil societies the latitude to operate freely in the state.
He alleged that civil societies were caged in the last eight years, adding that there was no breathing space for civil societies in the last eight years in the state.
Amb. Nkweke described civil society as the engine room of democracy as it engages in sensitisation on the policies and programmes of government, regretting, however, that their inputs were never taken into considerations.
“Civil societies give signals, civil society creates the awareness and sensitize the people towards achieving a reliable democracy.
‘’i want to let you know, very frankly, that civil society space in Rivers State, for the past eight years, was suffocated. There was no breathing space, they didn’t breathe. Civil society was dead completely”, he said.
Amb. Nkweke said the situation also affected upcoming activists as some of them had to operate from hideouts.

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Sack Incompetent Officials In Your Govt, NANS Urges Tinubu

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Bola Tinubu not to condone incompetent personalities in his government.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, NANS President, Comrade Pedro Obi, expressed concerns about the competence of the Minister of State for Youth Development and the SSA to the President on Student Engagement.
Comrade Obi, after staging a peaceful protest at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), reiterated that the NANS will not be intimidated and will continue to fight for the interests of Nigerian students.
He said, “The message is very simple, we have incompetent people who have been appointed to offices. It’s unfortunate and it’s not the President’s fault, of course he believes in Nigerian youths and has also given us the opportunity to showcase our capacity in various roles that he has given us.
“We have the SSA to the President on Student Engagement, who has shown incompetence. He cannot continue to hold that office and we are calling on Mr. President that he should be sacked with immediate effect.
“Also we have the Minister of State for Youth Development. We are also calling that immediately he should be sacked, because he has left what he ought to do and has dabbled into the affairs of NANS.
“These people have displayed incompetence and are destroying the youth community. There are so many competent youths that President Tinubu can pick from.
“NANS can never be intimidated. This is an organisation that we grew up to meet and we will continue to protect the dignity of this organisation.”
Receiving the NANS on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office in the SGF, Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, assured the NANS of relaying back their complaints to the SGF which he said will land on the listening ears of President Tinubu.
According to him, “I have listened to the complaints you raised. I assure you that your complaints will get to the listening ears of Mr. President.
“Let me assure you that I’m happy this was also re-echoed in the NANS President’s speech that President Tinubu has indebt love for the youths of Nigeria and also for the students of Nigeria. This has been demonstrated by polices that (has) been put in place for the youths.
“I want to assure you that the President has your concerns in his heart and he’s always ever ready to attend to your needs.
“With this, I am going to report back to my boss the SGF, who will take up the matter with the President. I urge you to continue to maintain peace and tranquillity. Don’t do anything that will make Mr. President feel bad about you.”

 

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Ayu Withdraws Case Against PDP Ahead NEC Meeting 

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Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyiorchia Ayu, has withdrawn the court action he instituted against the party over his controversial removal from office barely two years into his four year  term.
His action has removed legal impediments likely to militate against the emergence of his replacement from the North Central.
Several meetings have been held and being planned following this new development.
On Tuesday, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) passed a vote of confidence on the Ag. National Chairnan, Amb. Umar Damagum, whom members said has discharged his functions creditably.
It was gathered that the North Central Caucus of the party had long before now started mobilizing to ensure that the zone produces Ayu’s replacement to complete his tenure which expires in 2025.
In a related development, Amb. Damagum has held series of meetings with various groups to perhaps shore up his chances of retaining his seat as acting chairman.
He led the members of the NWC on Wednesday to interact with the PDP National Ex-officio ahead of the NEC meeting.
Immediately after the meeting with them, he led the NWC members to another meeting with the State Party Chairmen from the 36 States, including FCT, Abuja.
The meetings were  held at the NEC Hall, PDP National Secretariat at Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, in Abuja.

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