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Wike Signs 2022 Budget Of N483.1bn Into Law …As Gov’s Dev Strides Excite RSHA

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has assured that his administration would mobilise resources towards achieving 80percent implementation of the 2022 budget.
The governor gave the assurance shortly after signing into law the Rivers State Appropriation Law No. 11, 2021 at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
“By the grace of God, we’ll hit the ground running from January 1. And so, we think that what you have done is to give support to the Executive Council to render good services to the people of the state.”
Wike hinted that as a political year, 2022 would also be turbulent politically and would require so much attention in that regard.
He noted that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the 2021 Electoral Act Amendment Bill would have ripple effect on the polity, particularly if the National Assembly decides to override his veto.
“So, next year will be politically turbulent, and it will affect performance of every budget. But I pray to God that it shouldn’t be much, so that we will be able to execute the necessary plans and good projects we have for our people.”
Despite all these, Wike said his administration would remain focused in providing services to the state and its people.
According to the governor, everything would be put in place to ensure the state has the enabling resources to execute and implement what is provided for in the budget.
“I must sincerely thank and assure you that we will do all we can to make sure we achieve not less than 80percent of the implementation of the budget, believing that God willing, we will get the necessary resources.”
Wike thanked the state lawmakers for quick passage of the Appropriation Bill and continual support in the provision of sustained good governance in the state.
In his remarks, Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani acknowledged the robust collaboration that has existed between the Executive and the Legislature.
He described the efforts of the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in providing good governance and delivery of quality projects for the overall benefits of Rivers people, as exceptional.
The speaker, said the Rivers State House of Assembly was pleased with the developmental strides of the governor, and faulted critics of Governor Wike for their deficiencies in hindsight over practical leadership ideals.
Ibani pointed out that those who criticised Wike for the numerous flyover projects did not understand the real value of the projects in modern urbanisation, free flow of traffic, and ease of doing bussines in the state.
The speaker said the Rivers State House of Assembly will continue to give its support to the Rivers State governor to succeed in his numerous development projects.
Ibani said most critics of the projects of the Wike administration, particularly the flyovers, lack hindsight about the overall derivable benefits.
According to him, there is reduced travel time occasioned by the flyovers on Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway, which is real value added to quantum of time used in doing business.
The speaker noted that Wike has brought dynamism to governance in applying practical ideas and solutions to problems besetting the society.
Presenting the Rivers State Appropriation Law No. 11, 2021 to the governor for his assent, Leader of the House, Hon. Martins Amaewhule said lawmakers sat, and studied the various estimates before passing same.
According to him, given how the previous budgets have been implemented, they were sure that the current appropriation law would be implemented to consolidate the successes already achieved.

By: Taneh Beemene

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Rivers’ll Be Known For Peace, Not Crisis -Fubara

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has said that peace has prevailed because he draws strength from God to resist insults and tantrums thrown at him while frustrating attempts by some disgruntled persons who wanted to plunge the State into unending crisis.
The Governor also said that because he has anchored his Government on promoting peace, the enabling atmosphere has been provided for investments and sustainable development to flourish.
Governor Fubara made the assertion when he received a delegation of members of the Bishops and Gospel Ministers’ Association International Incorporated, Rivers State Chapter, at Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Represented by the Head of Rivers State Civil Service, Dr George Nwaeke, Governor Fubara said while most people took his meekness for weakness, his stance on peace has unarguably enhanced harmonious atmosphere of concord as residents sleep with their two eyes closed, and investors and shareholders are happy with the returns on investment.
He said, “Before, what they hear of Rivers State is that they are fighting, and some genuine investors will not come. Some people even ask you: How are you coping in Rivers State?
“But now”, he asserted: “The Governor has brought about a lot of changes in the State. One of the most important things is that he has changed the negative narrative. It is no longer Rivers of blood. It is now Rivers of peace.
“We are enjoying our lives here. Why? Because there is a change in the narrative. We have peace. The Governor is, as much as possible, absorbing any level of insult at him only for one purpose: that Rivers State may have peace; that we may grow; that this state will experience genuine development.”
Governor Fubara urged them, as members of the Christian family in the State, to continue to pray for the State and the Government so that the enemies of the State will be put to greater shame.
“This peace is what I want you to embrace. Go and continue to pray, because when the sower of the seed went and sowed, the enemy went in the night and sowed tares inside there. But the Governor is sowing peace.
“When I listened to the leader of the team, His Grace Eddy Ogbonda, he said you came all the way from Eleme Junction, and stopped at major junctions, and you uttered prayers for the peace of Rivers State.”
He also said: “I, hereby want to thank you for identifying with the Governor at a time like this. At a time when it looks as if someone wants the Governor’s peace posture misunderstood as weakness.
“When someone has the strength to fight back, but refuses to fight back. That is a bigger strength; that power of restrain does not just come, it can only come from God.
“You cannot give peace, if you do not have peace within you. The Governor is not interested in any form of trouble or violence. What he is interested in is known, and it is: let there be peace in Rivers State,” he said.
In his address, leader of the group, Archbishop Eddy Ogbonda, said they had observed a week-long intensive prayers that culminated into a peace rally, which brought them to Government House, and assured the Governor that God will continue to give him victory over his adversaries while preserving Rivers State.
“It is Rivers State Prophetic Prayer Convocation and Rally 2024 with the theme: ‘Peace be still’. Of a truth, everyone of us understands that we live in a time when we need peace much more than any other thing.
“Rivers State needs peace. Everyone as individuals need peace. The country needs peace, and the world at large needs peace. So, we are here to do a peace march. We pray that God will command His peace to reign in Rivers State,” he said.

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Hoteliers, School Owners Charging In Dollars Risk Arrest -EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that hotels, schools, and other establishments that accept payments in dollars from their customers are at risk of facing arrest.
The Chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said this in the agency’s publication called EFCC Alert on Monday, adding that action would be taken against individuals involved in the dollarisation of the economy.
According to him, the exception is if foreigners come in to transact business and the only means of transacting is their credit card and dollar but to charge local customers in dollars or other foreign currencies would no longer be allowed.
He said charging local activities and customers in dollars is against Nigeria’s constitution.
The EFCC chairman said, “Schools that charge Nigerians in dollar, supermarkets that trade in dollar, estate developers that sell their property in dollar, hotels that are invoicing in dollar, we are coming after you and we have made arrests in that area.
“Yes, if foreigners are coming in and the only means of transacting is their credit card, and dollar, why not? You will get that.
“But document it properly as against selling things within the system, local economy and you will be using dollar as the medium of exchange, it is illegal.
“Our law does not allow for that. And we have also affected some arrests.”

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Eid-El-Fitr: Fubara Felicitates Muslims, Calls For Unity, Tolerance

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has enjoined Muslim faithful to remain steadfast to the lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan.
Governor Fubara stated this in his message of felicitations to Muslims as they celebrate the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr Sallah, which marks the end of the one-month Ramadan fasting.
The Governor emphasised the importance for Muslims to also uphold the tenets of Islam by exhibiting the fear of God and showing piety in their daily work.
Governor Fubara said, “We must all continue in the good attributes imbibed during the holy month of Ramadan as directed by God through His Prophet, so as to ensure peace, unity and harmony in the society for a better future.”
While praying that the essence of the festival offers them happiness, peace and prosperity in all aspects of life, Governor Fubara said he recognises and appreciates the critical role that the Muslim community continues to play in the development of Rivers State, and indeed, Nigeria at large.
Governor Fubara charged them to remain unwavering and steadfast in their commitment and positive contributions to advance the development of the State and the country.
“I enjoin you all in the State to remain calm, be patient and continue to do what is right,” the Governor added.
He wished the Muslim faithful in the State and across the country a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

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