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Wike Charges Residents To Be Vigilant

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has charged residents of the state to be vigilant and to report any suspicious movement to the security agencies for immediate actions.
Governor Wike gave the charge during an emergency State Security Council meeting held last Saturday, at Government House Port Harcourt, following the attacks on police personnel in parts of the state last week.
Governor  Wike who condemned the wicked acts , stated that no amount of cruel resort to barbaric attacks would make the state succumb to secessionist agenda.
Governor  Wike also called on traditional rulers and Council Chairmen in the state to end the habit of administering their people from Port Harcourt, the state capital,  but rather relocate to their respective localities.
The governor who gave the charge during a solidarity visit to him at the Government House, last Tuesday by the traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders of Ekpeye nationality, explained that by residing at their locations of jurisdictions, they would be able to monitor activities properly and take appropriate actions.
The governor further reminded those with secessionist agenda to  look elsewhere, stressing that the Rivers State remains an autonomous entity that cannot be annexed.
He assured that his administration would leave no stone unturned in protecting the state against such incursion.
He disclosed that as part of measures to stamp out criminality in Ahoada West and Ahoada East Local Government Areas, the state government had placed a bounty on two notorious gang leaders, VIP and Comasi .
The leader of the delegation, Prof.  Dulu Appah, had expressed gratitude to the governor for the numerous developmental projects sited in the area.
He said: “ Indeed, for us the people of Ekpeye ethnic nation , we  make bold to say without fear of contradiction that the democratic dividends we have enjoyed during your administration has made us the envy of other ethnic  groups in the state”.
Another major event last week in Brick House was the approval for the award of contracts for  the ninth flyover project in the state  as well as  the construction of Sir Dr Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Center.
The State Executive Council in a meeting presided over by Governor  Nyesom Wike, also approved contract for the dualisation of of the first phase of Ahoada-Omoku road and  the construction of Omerelu internal roads.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike who addressed newsmen after the meeting  last Wednesday, explained that the Sir Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Center would cost the state the sum of N25.9 billion and the job would be handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Limited. He said that the project would be sited at Rumuokwuta, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, who also addressed newsmen after the meeting, the ninth flyover would be sited at Rumuepirikom in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area.
The flyover project would also  be handled by Julius Berger at the cost of N6.6 billion. The job would be delivered in 12 months. Within the week under review, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt conferred on  Governor Wike the “ 2019/2020 Good Governance Award”.
Vice President of the club, Rotarian Obiageli Ejezie who led the  delegation to Government House Port Harcourt, said the honour was in recognition of Governor Wike’s outstanding achievement in project execution in the state.
Also last week, the Rivers State Chief Executive hosted the South-South Zonal Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) .
PDP National Vice Chairman, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, who led the delegation said they came to thank the Governor for hosting the last  Zonal Congress of the party where they were elected.
By: Chris Oluoh
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Group Urges FG To Ignore Campaign Of Calumny Against Sylva

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The Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND) has urged the Federal Government to ignore the ongoing campaigns of calumny against Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Prince Marley, and Mr Godwin Opiuyo, Chairman and Secretary of Eastern zone of MOSIEND in Yenogoa.
The group said it had noted  with dismay that some unpatriotic individuals, envious of the performance of some political office holders, had resorted to cheap blackmail to discredit them.
MOSIEND stated that as a leading advocacy group in the Niger Delta, it would not fold its arms and watch faceless groups haul malicious and baseless claims to leaders from the region.
“The latest is the unwarranted media mudslinging from one shadowy bunch of fugitive agent provocateurs parading themselves as Nigerians for Transformational Change (NTC).
“The group with no known address, calling for the sack of the Chief Sylva over summons by a US District Court in Pennsylvania over a defamation of character case, which he instituted against one Jackson Ude is frivolous,” MOSIEND stated.
The group, in dismissing the call noted that the case of libel was instituted by Sylva against  Ude in the US, adding that Sylva was the plaintiff while Ude was the Respondent/Defendant.
MOSIEND also noted that the matter has not been concluded thus the brains behind the blackmail was to whip up public sentiment against Sylva amounts to prejudice because the case was in court.
They urged the relevant agencies of the Federal Government to go after the masterminds of the smear campaign and bring them to face the extant laws as it concerns inciting the public based on falsehood.

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Parties’ Campaign Committees: Group Makes Case For PWDs Inclusion

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The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities has said that persons with disabilities should be included in campaign committees for elections.
The CCD Executive Director, David Anyaele, stated this on Friday during a press conference, at the Elomaz Hotel, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.
Anyaele stated that political parties had the responsibility of taking appropriate measures to create space for equal opportunity for persons living with disabilities.
He said, “Political parties need to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in the campaign committees and campaign podiums should be made accessible to all with the provision of sign language interpreters, access to information and disability inclusive manifesto.
“INEC should ensure that they take appropriate steps to review all the previous off circle elections reports submitted by organisations of and for persons with disabilities, for the identification of forms and patterns as well as extent of complaints on persons with disabilities struggle on election days.
“This is with the view of finding solutions with scenario building. Findings from previous election reports shows that a bulk of the problems faced by Persons with disabilities participate on Election Day.”
The Executive Director urged the media to continue its support to the disability community.
He said, “The media is our eyes, ears and legs. With the help of the media, issues of concern to persons with disabilities would be mainstreamed in the 2023 general election conversations.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State Inter Party Advisory Council, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Richard Echigbue, stated that there was a need for people with disabilities to belong to a party in order to have a voice.
He said, “We encourage people living with disabilities to come and join a party and we can start the conversation from there.
“Our party for example, is based on egalitarian principles where equity reigns, there’s no discrimination or inequality.
“As long as you’re human, and you have the capability to perform, you’ll be given a chance. Other parties should also try and incorporate people living with disabilities into their system.”

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Osun APC, PDP Trade Blame Over Killings

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The Osun State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday traded blame over reported killing of two members of the ruling party.
Three people were reportedly killed in Ede, the hometown of the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, last Friday and Saturday while members of PDP were allegedly sharing balance of governorship election fund.
The incident also led to razing of residence of Osun Assembly Minority leader of PDP, Babajide Kofoworola.
A statement by APC Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun through his media aide, Kola Olabisi, stated that the alleged killings of the two APC members by suspected PDP thugs in Ede during the fracas over disagreement on the sharing formula of the PDP left-over election fund was senseless, primitive and wicked.
Famodun noted that the shameful and wicked act of killings of fellow human beings over electoral loots by the suspected PDP thugs was an indication that the Osun PDP is fundamentally challenged.
He urged the Osun State Commissioner of Police to thoroughly investigate the incident, especially in the area that concerns an alleged compromised police chief who is said to be eyeing the position of the Chief Security Officer(CSO) to Senator Ademola Adeleke.
However, the PDP in a statement by the Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, alleged that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is planning to destabilise Osun State ahead of his exit from office in November.
He tasked the security agencies to swing into action and bring to book perpetrators of fatal attack and razing of the house of Osun State House of Assembly Minority Leader, Akogun Babajide Kofoworola in a reprisal attack.
The statement maintained that Adeleke strongly condemned the arson attacks on the lawmaker’s family and warned Governor Oyetola not to plunge Osun State into chaos as a consequence of his loss at the poll.

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