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RSG Set To Improve Water Supply

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The administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, last week, took a bold step towards ensuring water supply across the state as it officially signed contract with three firms for the rehabilitation and upgrading of water supply services in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
The contract which targets the provision of 330,000 cubic meters of potable water per day would as well create 1,200 direct and 5,000 indirect jobs to indigenes of the state.
The three firms involved in the initiative are: CGC Nigeria Limited, Top International Engineering Corporation, and Mothercat Limited.
The Managing Director of Port Harcourt Water Corporation, Chief Ibibia Walter signed on behalf of the Rivers State Government while Chen Kangle signed for CGC Nigeria Limited. Yang Gengqi signed on behalf of Top International Engineering Corporation and Iskandar Taslakian signed for Mothercat Limited.
Speaking at the ceremony, held last Monday at Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike stressed the need for the firms handling the contract to deliver quality job.
“I shall be visiting all project sites unannounced, to monitor progress and compliance with specification”, the Governor said.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Dr Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, explained that the project would have four new reservoirs located at Rumuola, Diobu, Moscow, and Borikiri.
He also disclosed that there would be eight elevated tanks with the carrying capacity of about 1000 to 1500 cubic meters of water and about 17 boreholes in about six cluster areas connected to water treatment plant.
The representatives of the contracting companies assured of employing indigens to deliver quality job according to specifications.
In more obvious ways, the administration of Gov Wike, last week, proved itself as one with passion for Justice and strong support for judicial officers as it unveiled pallatious residential estate for Federal and State Judges built by the state Government.
The estate known as “Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma Judges Quarters” in Port Harcourt has 20 Four Bedroom Duplexes and meant for judges of Rivers origin serving both in the state and federal judiciaries.
Governor Wike noted that the project which cost the state Government a whopping sum of N6 billion would end the sad era when Judges retired and had no shelter.
Also last week, Court of Appeal Justices Residences and Staff Quarters built by the Rivers State Government under the administration of Governor Wike was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.
The residences comprised Bedroom Duplex with Boys Quarters for the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, with four 6 Bedroom Duplexes at Forces Avenue, two 6 Bedroom Duplexes at Akasa Street, one 6 Bedroom Duplex at Elelenwo Street and one 4 Bedroom Bungalow at Ejor Street for other Judges and 16 Flats for staff of the Court of Appeal.
The Rivers State Chief Executive stated that the provision of accommodation for judicial officers is a deliberate attempt to enhance their productivity and also ensure that they benefited like those in the Executive and Legislative arms of Government.
Stressing that the judiciary is an indispensable arm of Government in the fight against corruption, the Governor said Judges cannot fight corruption when they were not provided with the basic facilities.
The CJN who was represented by Justice Mary Odili, Justice of the Supreme Court, commended Governor Wike for his support for the Judiciary and stressed that the provision of residential accommodation for Judges would promote the rule of law and access to Justice as he urged other governors to emulate the Rivers State Governor.
As the organised labour in Rivers State issued threat to embark on strike beginning from tomorrow, the Rivers State Government has warned that doing so would amount to contempt of court since there was an injunction already restraining such action.
The Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, gave the warning at a press briefing, Saturday, in Government House.

By: Chris Oluoh

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Tai APC Collapses As Hundreds Return To PDP …Say They Were Blinded By Fake Promises

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Over 500 former members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Tai Local Government Area have returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The returnees led by the first PDP Chairman of the area, Hon Peter Gwezia, announced their return to the PDP, last Saturday, during the GDI’s sensitisation programme for the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) at the Council Secretariat, Saakpenwa.
Speaking on behalf of the rest of the returnees while renouncing membership of the APC, Hon Peter Gwezia, said he and other APC members decided to leave the party due to failure of leadership.
While promising to work for the success of the PDP in the 2023 election, Gwezia said the APC lacked ideas, and was like a vehicle without engine, could not take them to their desired destination, hence their decision to leave the party.
In his remarks, Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon Chukwuemeka Aaron, who received the returnees on behalf of the Chairman, PDP Rivers State, Amb Desmond Akawor, assured them of equal treatment, saying there are no new members in the party.
“I want to welcome you all and to say that in PDP and GDI where you are today, no person is new. We all have equal status, we all have equal rights. Some of the people that were with you there doing the jamboree that came back today, they are commissioners; they have gone to the National Assembly, become chairmen of councils.
“So, having seen what our leader, Chief Nyesom Wike has done in Rivers State, and in Tai, and what your chairman of council is doing in Tai, they have come back to take their rightful position. We want to thank all of you, and to say that the party chairman and the chairman of council will integrate you into the activities of GDI”.
Also speaking, GDI President-General, Chief Bright Amaewhule, said the performance of the present administration in the state was enough testimony for any Rivers son or daughter to reckon that PDP was the only party which had their interest at heart.
Amaewhule said that of the candidates lined up for the governorship seat in the state, only the PDP Governorship candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, was competent and qualified to give the state good governance from day one.
He, therefore, challenged eligible voters who have not collected their PVCs to do so as soon as possible, and prepare to cast their votes for the right party which was a master of good governance and quality projects’ delivery in the state come 2023.
The returnees, alongside GDI members from the 10 wards of Tai, including youths, women and students groups, later engaged in a wild gyration, turning the entire arena into dance frenzy.
The event also featured solidarity speeches from stakeholders among them former and current National and State Assembly members, former and serving council chairmen, former commissioners, party stalwarts, and captains of industry, among others.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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MOSOP Tasks SPDC On Fresh Oil Spill

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Factional President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Mr. Fegalo Nsuke, has called on Shell Petroleum Development Company (Shell) Joint Venture (JV), the oil and gas multinational company, to take full responsibility and appropriate action to curb a fresh oil spill in Bodo Community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Nsuke, who noted that the spill was first noticed in the community early last week, blamed Shell for the spill and urged the Dutch multinational to alleviate its impact on the community, curtail its spread and commence proper remediation and compensation in accordance with global best practices.
The MOSOP leader noted that the oil spills from the Trans Niger Pipeline operated by the Shell JV, suddenly erupted within the residential area of the community, alleging that it must have been caused by equipment failure.
He observed that although the cause of the spills, which was occurring 11years after the release of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports, was yet to be ascertained, the spills have affected residential areas and community dwellers have been asked by the MOSOP to evacuate the area, to avoid causality in case of a fire.
“This massive spill is occurring 11 years after the UNEP released a damning report exposing Shell’s devastation of the Ogoni environment.
“We have communicated with community leaders to cooperate with investigations and ensure that every detail about this spill is communicated to our secretariat as soon as possible”, he said.On his part, Executive Director, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC), Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, said, “the cause of the crude oil spill which occurred inside the community where people live is not yet known at this time.”

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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Nigeria’s Freedom Of Expression Attracting Global Attention, Buhari Claims

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday, said it was instructive that Nigeria was attracting positive international attention as a country that promoted media freedom and freedom of expression.
He said this was premised on the government’s understanding of the important roles that information literacy and media education played in sustainable development.
According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said this while pledging his “full support” for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November 2022.
They include: the 2022 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Global Media, Information Literacy Week in Abuja, in October, the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry in Lagos, as well as the second Global Association of Literary Festivals Conference, Abeokuta, in November.
In the statement titled ‘President Buhari pledges support as Nigeria hosts major cultural, tourism and literary events,’ he said the global events were opportunities to showcase the nation’s rich heritage in culture, arts, tourism and entertainment as well as advancements on media freedom.
Earlier, the Minister of Information ad Culture, Lai Mohammed, said that hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media, Information Literacy Week, would help to address the rising spate of fake news, misinformation and hate speech.
Expressing his delight to welcome international visitors to Nigeria, Buhari urged citizens to leverage the events to exhibit the values “that make us a unique, friendly and peace-loving people.”
The statement read in part, “Welcoming the decision by the UNESCO’s World Tourism Organisation and the Global Association of Literary Festivals to grant Nigeria the right to host these separate historic events, the President assures all relevant stakeholders and participants of the warmth and hospitality of the people of Nigeria.
“On the MIL Week, Buhari notes that it is instructive that Nigeria is attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes media freedom and freedom of expression, recognising the important roles information literacy and media education play in sustainable development.
“On the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry, the President says the rapid growth of Nigeria’s film, fashion, music, and the Information and Communications Technology sector, and the increase in international appeal and acceptance would continue to spur government to devote more resources to the sector.”
Among other initiatives, Buhari noted that the Creative Industry Financing Initiative, established by his administration and managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, had provided single-digit financing to many young Nigerians in the fields of fashion, film, music and information technology.
He noted that the $100 million re-development of the National Theatre, Lagos, into a world-class creative park is also ongoing, following the handover of the facility to the CBN and the Bankers Committee.
The President, therefore, expressed confidence that the literary world would find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when they meet in the historic city of Abeokuta, homeland and birthplace of one of Nigeria’s finest literary icons and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

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