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Vote All PDP Candidates, Wike Tells Rivers People …Urges Electorate To Resist Godfathers, Defend Vote …As Wike Uncovers New APC Plot To Scuttle Saturday’s Election

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has charged Rivers people to overwhelmingly vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections and ensure they defend their votes.
This is as the leaders of Rivers South-East Senatorial District re-affirmed their endorsement of Wike for a second term.
They spoke at the Town Hall Meeting between Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike and leaders of Rivers East Senatorial District in Bori, last Monday.
Wike urged the people to be peaceful and vigilant to ensure that their votes count.
He said: “Just be vigilant and protect your votes. We have no security with us, but we have the chief security officer of the world on our side.
“If they like they should bring police, Army and thugs from all over the world, we are quite confident that we shall smile on March 9, 2019. Come out and vote for people you can vouch for”.
Wike said it was unfortunate that the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, would imagine that he can impose a politician without pedigree on Rivers State, just because he is desperate.
‘Has Rivers State gone to the level where someone will point at a person and make him governor? He says he will bring anyone even without record.
“Rivers State is not like any other state. We will not allow a godfather to operate here. Our only Godfather is God”.
He urged Rivers people to adopt a peaceful disposition all through the Governorship and state Assembly elections.
Wike said those who plan to use security forces to kill Rivers people should know that the security personnel will come and go, but Rivers State will remain.
“You are not participating in the elections. Why are you killing our people? You should allow the will of God to prevail. Talk to our children to avoid being used for violence.
“Reject violence as being propagated by the APC”, he said.
He wondered why the APC leadership should resort to the promotion of electoral violence, when they ostracised themselves from the political contest.
“Those who want to shed blood in Rivers State will never succeed. I don’t know why they are plotting to destroy the state. We never caused any problems in the APC. APC fought themselves and pushed themselves out of the race. Now, they want to kill everyone in the state. What is the offence of Rivers people, that we must all die because the APC excluded themselves from the ballot?
“Where are the children of the APC leaders preaching violence in Rivers State”, he said.
The governor said nobody in Rivers State ran for the post of President and Vice President on February 23, 2019, yet, the APC visited deaths on Rivers people.
He berated the minister for playing politics of lies and failed promises.
The governor said that the minister had claimed that he believes in the rotation of positions, yet, he nominated himself as minister, sacked an Ogoni man as the executive director of Finance and Administration of NDDC and replaced him with his kinsman from Ikwerre LGA, and also facilitated the appointment of an Ikwerre LGA indigene as a member of Federal Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission.
The governor commended the people of Rivers South-East Senatorial District for voting for all PDP candidates during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He urged them to step up their votes as his administration will site projects in each of the seven local government areas that make up the district.
Wike called on the security agencies to perform their duties in line with the rules governing elections.
He advised them to conserve their energy to fight Boko Haram and violent crime, saying that those who involved themselves in street protests claiming they will kick him out were merely playing because they have already kicked themselves out of the process because Rivers people have already decided to vote him again for a second term.
The governor said that the Rivers State Government would hold a remembrance service for all those who were killed during the Presidential and National Assembly elections violence at Abonnema.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has charged Rivers people to resist godfathers by ensuring that they defend their votes during the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday.
This is as he called on the people and residents of the state to come out and vote overwhelmingly for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidates at the election.
“If they like, they should bring police, Army and thugs from all over the world, we are quite confident that we shall smile on March 9, 2019. Come out and vote for people you can vouch for”.
Wike said it was unfortunate that the Minister of Transportation would imagine that he can impose a politician without pedigree on Rivers State, just because he is desperate.
“Has Rivers State gone to the level where someone will point at a person and make him governor? He says he will bring anyone even without record.
“Rivers State is not like any other state. We will not allow a godfather to operate here. Our only Godfather is God,” the governor said.
He urged Rivers people to adopt a peaceful disposition all through this weekend’s elections, noting that those who plan to use security personnel against the people should know that elections will come and go, but Rivers State will remain.
“You are not participating in the elections. Why are you killing our people? You should allow the will of God to prevail. Talk to our children to avoid being used for violence. Reject violence as being propagated by the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.
“In another development, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has disclosed a plot by the APC, in collaboration with some Security agencies to kidnap the INEC boss in Rivers State to scuttle Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state.
The Governor made the disclosure yesterday at Rivers West Town Hall meeting held at Ahoada East Local Government Area.
Wike said: “ APC and some security agencies are planning to get some persons in uniform to kidnap the INEC officer.
“ That is their latest plan to see that the election doesn’t take place in Rivers State. Since we have known the plot, it will fail”.
The Governor wondered why some enemies of the state who are not running for the Saturday’s election were doing everything to see that the state did not hold the election.
The charged thousands of people from the eight local government areas that make up the Senatorial District to be vigilant and not allow enemies of the state scuttle the election.
Wike restated that the problems that disqualified APC from the gubernatorial election in the state was caused by members of APC and not him the governor or PDP.
“Anybody who plots violence will see be visited by violence. We are prepared for this election that is why we are campaign, talking to people”, he said.
He noted that the party has delivered its campaign promises to Rivers people, campaigned more than any other party for the election and assured that if reelected, more projects would be executed in the district.
He encouraged the people to come out in their numbers on Saturday to vote for candidates of PDC and not to allow the experience of the Presidential and National Assembly elections to discourage them.
He said the district has three Houses of Representatives, and Senatorial elections which were inconclusive as well as the governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday.
He said: “ Nobody should go and kill anybody because I want to be governor.
“ We should not be violent, but we must protect and defend our votes “.
Governor Wike urged traditional rulers to talk to their subjects to make sure that they are not for violence because it does not pay to take one’s live.
Chairman of the occasion, Chief Ferdinand Anabraba, thanked the governor for the honour done to the Senatorial District by nominating a daughter of the district to be his running mate for a second time.
Anabraba described the governor as a man with u limited capacity for work and embodiment of inspiration and courage.
He said the district has benefited from so many projects and political appointments under the present administration and assured that it would vote massively for Wike as Governor and for other candidates of PDP during Saturday election.
He regretted that the senatorial district suffered violence and military intrusion during last election leading to lost of one soldier and over 20 civilians.
“ We are organising a memorial service for those lost in the election and we wish that our sister local government areas will join us”, he said.
He however assured that the evil plans of APC and security agencies will not make them to fail in their promise to deliver Governor Wike and other PDP candidates in the Saturday election.
Speakers from each of the eight local government areas in the district also commended Gov Wike for the massive infrastructure, empowerment as well as numerous political appointments benefited by the people of the area under Wike’s administration.
They assured that the governor would be reelected and other PDP candidates also delivered

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15 States Risk Severe Flooding This Month -FG

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The Federal Government has issued a warning about potential severe flooding in 15 States due to heavy rains expected later this month.
The Federal Ministry of Environment, through its spokesperson, Haruna Ibrahim, announced that these States should brace for significant rainfall from July 21 to July 25, 2024, which could lead to widespread flooding.
According to the release, the states are, Adamawa State, Benue State, Jigawa State, Borno State, Kebbi State, Kano State, Kaduna State, Katsina State, Kogi State, Nassarawa State, Niger State, Plateau State, Sokoto State, Taraba State, Zamfara State
Steps for Effective Flood Preparedness
1. Stay Informed: Monitor weather forecasts and heed local alerts. Use trusted sources like government websites, local news stations, or radio for real-time updates.
2. Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, extra batteries, and crucial documents. Keep it in a place that’s easy to access.
3. Elevate Electrical Units: Lift electrical systems and appliances above expected flood levels. Disconnect them during heavy flooding to avoid electrical hazards.
4. Use Sandbags: Deploy sandbags to shield your home. Arrange them effectively to redirect water away from critical areas.
5. Secure Loose Items: Fasten down outdoor items such as patio furniture and garbage bins to prevent them from becoming hazardous in strong winds.
6. Evacuation Plan: Familiarize yourself with local evacuation routes and plan accordingly. Determine safe locations or higher grounds for refuge.
7. Flood Insurance: If you reside in a flood-prone zone, consider getting flood insurance since typical homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage.
8. Communication Plan: Set up a reliable way to stay in contact with family during a crisis. Make sure everyone knows the emergency plan.
9. First Aid Skills: Acquire basic first aid knowledge to help yourself and others in emergencies.
10. Avoid Floodwaters: Never attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters. They can be unexpectedly deep and forceful, presenting severe dangers.

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Jonathan Urges NDDC To Complete Abandoned Projects In N’Delta 

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the Ministry of Niger Delta Development and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to prioritize the completion of abandoned projects in the region.

He also encouraged state governments within the Niger Delta to collaborate closely with the NDDC, so as to foster efficient synergy to achieve legacy goals.

This is as the Minister of Niger Delta Development, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, has emphasized the urgent need to address environmental sustainability and economic diversification in the Niger Delta.

Speaking at the Niger Delta Stakeholders Forum 2024, at the Obi Wali International Conference Center, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the former President commended the Minister and the NDDC board and its management for their effective performance so far and advised them to complete all abandoned projects.

On his part, the Minister of the Niger Delta Development and Chief host, Engr. Momoh, while speaking on the theme, “Renewed Hope for Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta Region,” emphasized the urgent need to address environmental sustainability and economic diversification in the region.

The Minister in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah, highlighted efforts like the Ogoni Clean-up Project and initiatives for cleaner energy such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Momoh stressed the importance of diversifying the Niger Delta’s economy by investing in various sectors and pointed out the region’s untapped potential in tourism and the blue economy.

He assured the audience of the government’s commitment to infrastructure development, citing recent projects like the 25.7km Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa State.

He said that the summit’s theme was a call to action, aligning it with the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Bola Tinubu’s administration and emphasizing the need for collective effort to harness the region’s resources and cultural heritage for sustainable development.

He also emphasized the need for peace and security in the Niger Delta, urging all stakeholders to address the root causes of unrest and conflict.

Momoh advocated for inclusive development that reaches every community, prioritizing the empowerment of women and youth.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio commended the Ministry of Niger Delta Development and the NDDC’s board and management for their commendable work.

He highlighted the stalled East-West Road project, emphasizing the need for strategic project management and continuity.

A former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke called for investments in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and technology to ensure the region’s long-term prosperity.

The event, co-hosted by NDDC Managing Director Samuel Ogbuku and Board Chairman Chiedu Ebie, was graced by former President Goodluck Jonathan; Senate President Godswill Akpabio, who represented President Tinubu; Senator Adams Oshiomhole; former Cross Rivers Governor Donald Duke; former Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson; and traditional rulers from across the Niger Delta.

Other attendees included Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong, HM Ekperikpe Ekpo, Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Abia State Deputy Governor, Senator Monday Okpebholo, and Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.

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Expedite action on minimum wage – NAAT tells Tinubu

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The leadership of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has called on President Bola Tinubu to expedite action on the new national minimum wage for workers.

Mr Ibeji Nwokoma, NAAT President said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Nwokoma said the union was worried over the continuous delay by the President in transmitting the new National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly.

“NAAT, as an affiliate of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), stands by the position of the organised labour and call on the federal government to expedite action on the matter to avoid industrial action,” he said.

He said the union condemned in strong terms, the unpatriotic position of State Governors claiming inability to pay even the N62, 000 proposed by federal government, though, rejected by the organised labour.

“The refusal of the Governors Forum to recognise the efforts of workers in creating wealth and prosperity in the states and the country in general, is most unfortunate.

“This undermines the essence and model adopted for national minimum wage. We therefore, demand that the Governors Forum should reconsider the position and toe the path of honour.

“The proposal by the governors to pay minimum wage based on their peculiarities is condemnable and rejected in its entirety,” he said.

He stressed that the constitutional provisions, on issues of minimum wage is contained in the exclusive legislative list.

The NAAT president also called on the federal government, to immediately implement the payment of the withheld salaries of its members and the resolutions of all other outstanding issues.

“NAAT is compelled to issue this press statement as a response to the non-payment of five and half months withheld salaries, non-payment of 25 per cent and 35 per cent salary increment arrears.

“Others issues are, the non-payment of Occupational Hazard and Responsibility Allowance arrears, release of enabling circular for CONTISS 14 and 15.

“Also, the non release of arrears of Earned Allowances as contained in Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) of 2020, 2021 and 2022,” he said.

Nwokoma recalled that the union embarked on a three-day warning strike in March, 2024 and had also met with the Minister of Education, Prof.Tahir Mamman and the
the House Committee on University Education and yet nothing came out of the steps taken

He added that in all the meetings, assurances were given, especially the withheld salaries, but, unfortunately, nothing had been done in that respect by the federal government.

“Having waited this far, the National EXCO at the end of its emergency meeting held at the National Secretariat, University of Abuja, resolved to toe the path of diplomacy and advocacy in actualising its demands.

“However, if this fails, the issue will be referred to the National Executive Council (NEC) at her regular meeting scheduled to hold this July 2024 for next line of actions,” he said.

Nwokoma, therefore, called on well-meaning Nigerians, religious leaders, traditional rulers, National Assembly, among others to prevail on government and ensure implementation of all the outstanding issues for a sustainable industrial harmony.

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