Last week witnessed 2019 farewell events and activities heralding the beginning of the new year, ( 2020 ) in Government House, Port Harcourt.
In his New Year message Governor Wike hailed the people of Rivers State for their support to his administration last year .
He particularly praised the people for their courage in standing firm to defend their mandate during the 2019 General Elections.
The governor stated that now that elections are over it is imperative for all Rivers people, irrespective of their political affiliation to work towards unity and reconciliation for the rapid development of the state.
Noting that 2019 would be remembered as a year when several key projects were commissioned in the state by eminent national leaders and top political leaders across the country, the governor assured that 2020 will witness even more projects execution and empowerment in line with the 2020 budget.
He said massive infrastructure, access to education and training, agriculture, quality healthcare and creation of economic opportunities will remain some of his administration’s key priorities in 2020.
Last week, more commissioners and Special Advisers to the Governor were swore in. The event took place Monday at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House.
Wike charged the new appointees to focus their attention on how to render quality services to the state and not to see their appointment as an opportunity to make money for themselves, stressing that any of the appointees found wanting would be shown the way out.
The governor insisted that they must give 100 per cent loyalty to his Government and warned them against involvement in political meetings concerning 2023 governorship race in the state.
The new set of commissioners who were thirteen in number, were given portfolios the next day and directed to assume duties immediately.
In the week under review, the Chief Executive Officer of the state, assented to the 2020 Appropriation Bill into law.
At the event, Monday in Government House, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ikuinyi Awaji Ubani lauded the governor for the budget and expressed confidence that the budget would enhance rapid development of the state and assured that the cordial relationship between the Executive arm and the Legislature would be sustained.
The Governor commended the House for quick passage of the 2020 budget and the cooperation between the two arms of the government and stressed that the budget would open more windows for economic growth and employment opportunities to youths and women especially through agriculture.
Governor Wike, last week described Rivers State as one major state that is key to the unity of the country.
Speaking at the 2020 New Year Banquet held, Wednesday night in Government House, the Governor said Rivers state and her people would continue to defend the unity of the nation.
” Rivers State has been a key to the unity of the country. We believe in the unity of Nigeria. In believing in the unity of the country, always give us our right”, he stated.
Notable personalities attended the Banquet amongst them were the Governors of Bauchi state, Senator Bala Mohammed and Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal .
Both Governors praised Governor Wike for his exemplary leadership qualities stressing that the state was lucky to have a person like him as governor.
“When you talk about governance and performance across the country, the name of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike continues to come up”, said Gov Tambuwal.
The Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers have hailed the Rivers State Governor for the victory of the state on the disputed Soku Oil Wells and for acquiring Shell’s interest in OML11.
Chairman of the council and Amanyanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson Jaja made the commendation at the last Quarterly Meeting of the council for 2019 held last Tuesday at the Council’s Secretariat in Port Harcourt.
The governor lauded the council for its strong support to his administration and vowed that he would continue to defend the interest of the state irrespective of negative propaganda by opponents of the state.
By: Chris Oluoh
Protest Rocks Kano Over Appeal Court Judgment
Protests erupted in Kano city and its environs on Monday afternoon with the demonstrators denouncing the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked the state Governor, Abba Yusuf.
The Tide’s source reports that uneasy calm pervaded the state capital following a contradictory Certified True Copy of the Appeal Court that affirmed the prayers of both the appellant and the respondent in the contentious Kano governorship, though the judiciary had since cleared the air.
In what appeared like a coordinated action on Monday, huge crowd of protesters had stormed strategic positions in the city as it visited temporary hiccups on commercial activities.
Kano- Zaria Road, Maiduguri Road by Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market) were taken over by hundreds of youths who called for justice for Abba Yusuf.
Some of the placard read: “Kano my city my state”, “Justice for Kano”, “ Justice for Abba”, “Abba’s mandate was stolen in 2019, we will not allow it happen in 2023″.
The protest came on the heels of discovery by the Police that “some faceless group are bent on unleashing violence in Kano”, stressing that the police were on top of the situation.
Cp Hussaini Gumel told newsmen in Kano on Monday that already 7 suspects had been arrested and would be arraigned soon.
Gumel revealed that “we have the understanding with the leadership of the contending political parties, and they have signed a peace pact. In view of that, therefore, any one found outside this arrangement will be treated as common criminal”.
However, normalcy had since returned to the ancient city following the peaceful protest that lasted several hours.
NASS To Receive Tinubu’s 2024 Appropriation Bill, Today
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will today, present the 2024 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly.
Secretary, Research and Information of the National Assembly, Dr Ali Barde Umoru, confirmed this on Monday to journalists while requesting the list of those to be allowed into the chamber during the budget presentation.
This will be the first budget estimate President Tinubu will present to the National Assembly in person.
He had earlier transmitted two supplementary budgets, 2022 and 2023, to the National Assembly, which the parliament speedily approved.
President Tinubu had, weeks ago, also forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly, the 20224-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) where the sum of N26.1 trillion was proposed as the total expenditure for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Senate, following the recommendation of its joint committee, which scrutinised the document, approved the MTEF/FSP.
It approved the N26.1trn proposed as the 2024 budget and other parameters as proposed by President Tinubu.
It approved the new borrowings of N7.8 trillion, pegged the benchmark of oil price for 2024 at $73.96, and oil production volume per day at 1.78 million barrels.
Other parameters approved are a GDP growth rate of 3.76%, an inflation rate of 21.40%, an exchange rate of N700 to $1 dollar, and a projected budget deficit of N9.04 trillion.
Muslim Clerics Offer Prayers For Tinubu, Kwankwaso In Kano
Over 1,000 Islamic clerics have offered special prayers for President Bola Tinubu and the NNPP national leader, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
Abdulmumin Kofa (NNPP-Kiru/Bebeji) hosted the ulamas at Kiru for the success of Governor Kabir Yusuf of Kano State at the Supreme Court, according to a statement by the lawmaker’s media aide, Sani Paki, on Monday.
During the prayer session, the clerics recited the Qur’an 1,101 times and prayed for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Mr Kofa said his relationship with the president was no secret, noting that Mr Kwankwaso is his mentor. He said he would continue to support and promote a harmonious relationship between Messrs Tinubu and Kwankwaso.
Mr Kofa described NNPP as a promising party open to collaboration, alliance and merger with the APC and even with the People’s Democratic Party, Labour Party or any other party that showed interest, so long as it is for the good of Nigerians.
He also promised to deploy his modest political network to reach out to gladiators in Kano politics towards resolving all resolvable issues and to de-escalate the current tension in the state due to the Kano governorship seat.
Also, after the prayer session, the legislator hosted 5,000 primary school kids across his constituency, as he often does, and provided them with school kits.
According to the statement, Mr Kofa assured the pupils of the good plans of the federal and state governments, especially on free education and free school feeding programmes.
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