The Rivers State Government has said that it would continue to remember the sacrifices made by the country’s Armed Forces.
The State Chief Executive, Chief Nyesom Wike stated this during the Thanksgiving Mass/Inter-Denominational Church Service in commemoration of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chaplaincy, Catholic Institute of West Africa(CIWA), Rumuibekwe, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Speaking through his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the governor said the state government had always intentionally and vigorously supported the security agencies in pursuant of their duties, for the security and peace of the state, adding that, last week, the sum of N30million was released to the families of three police men who lost their lives while carrying out their duties.
“We cannot forget the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, and so, we will continue to support our veterans and the families of those who fought for the survival, unity and freedom of this nation. We will continue to show this love, that is why this service was held to reassure them that the memories of their loved ones will not go away”, Wike stressed.
According to Wike, he would never stop supporting the Armed Forces and security agencies so that they would continue to work efficiently to ensure peace in all the parts of Rivers State, noting that in the past few years, there has been a great improvement in the security situation in Rivers State.
“We want to go forward and better than it is, because it is only when there is peace that development can continue, it is when there is peace that we can have investors to come in and provide jobs for our teaming youths”, the governor said.
The governor expressed gratitude to Bishop of Port Harcourt Diocese of the Catholic Church and the Chaplaincy for hosting the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Thanksgiving Mass/Inter-denominational Church Service.
In his sermon, which centred on the theme: “Remembrance”, the Officiating Priest, Msgr. Pius Kii said remembrance was a dynamic movement in two dimensions, and a reminder to the people about what God had done in order to generate an attitude of gratitude, adding that it was what the Armed Forces Remembrance Day signifies.
According to the priest, “We must remember the sacrifices and sufferings of our great men and women in the Armed Forces, those who had died in war, as well as the veterans who fought alongside our fallen heroes”, stressing that “we owe them a debt of gratitude because they sacrificed their lives for the freedom we enjoy today”.
Similarly, the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has again, implored the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies to end illegal bunkering and artisanal refining in the state.
Wike made the call during the special Juma’at prayer in commemoration of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the State Central Mosque in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
The governor, who was represented by the Special Assistant on Schools Sports, Barrister Aribitonye Okiri said there was need for the Armed Forces to look into the new dynamics of challenges in the areas of environmental degradation in the state, and work to promote government policies to end the challenges of soot.
The governor emphasised that soot now portends a major threat to health of Nigerians and foreigners living in the state.
To this end, he urged the Armed Forces to collaborate with the state government to end the environmental menace caused by those engaged in illegal bunkering and artisanal refining.
He assured the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies of his administration’s continued support.
Wike noted that his government has continued in its good stride to promote the welfare of the Legionnaires, and security operatives who daily pay the supreme price to protect the territorial integrity of the country.
Earlier, the Chief Imam of the Rivers State Central Mosque, Imam Malik Tanko, urged Moslem faithful to live a life of gratitude to Allah.
“We appreciate Allah for the gift of life. We must remain content and live peacefully with our neighbours. Never be overtaken by evil but live your lives in love, peace and brotherliness”, he said.
The grand-finale of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration would hold on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Isaac Boro Park Cenotaph with parades and wreath laying activities.
Nigeria’s GDP Grew By 3.11% In Q1 2022, NBS Affirms
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.11per cent in the first quarter of 2022.
The NBS made this known via its Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report Q1 2022 released, last Monday.
According to the report, Nigeria’s GDP grew by 3.11per cent year-on-year in real terms in the first quarter of 2022.
The NBS noted that the development showed a sustained positive growth for six consecutive quarters since the recession witnessed in 2020 when negative growth rates were recorded in quarter two and three of 2020.
It added that the first quarter 2022 growth rate further represents an improvement in economic performance.
The NBS stated: “The observed trend since Q4 of 2020 is an indication of a gradual economic stability.
“The Q1 of 2022 growth rate was higher than the 0.51per cent growth rate recorded in Q1 of 2021 by 2.60per cent points and lower than 3.98per cent recorded in Q4 of 2021 by 0.88per cent points.
“Nevertheless, quarter-on-quarter, real GDP grew at -14.66per cent in Q1 of 2022, compared to Q4 of 2021, reflecting a lower economic activity than the preceding quarter.
“In the period under review, aggregate GDP stood at about N45.317million in nominal terms.
“This performance is higher when compared to the first quarter of 2021 which recorded aggregate GDP of about N40.014million, indicating a year-on-year nominal growth rate of 13.25per cent.
“The nominal GDP growth rate in Q1 2022 was higher relative to the 12.25per cent growth recorded in Q1 2021, and higher compared to the 13.11per cent growth recorded in the preceding quarter,” the report read.
RSG Launches RIV-CARES Programme …World Bank Rates Rivers High
The Rivers State Government has launched the state COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (RIV-CARES) Programme.
The state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike performed the launching at the NBA Secretariat in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Speaking through his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the governor said the programme was to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor and vulnerable households and support micro and small-scale enterprises as a means of stimulating economic growth post-COVID.
According to the State Chief Executive, “the state government had signed in for the programme, made provisions in the 2022 Budget for Result Areas and signed Funds Release Policy, which is an assurance to the World Bank that funds shall be released for the implementation of the programme”.
Wike said the launching of the RIV-CARES Programme would create awareness for the people of the state and engender expression of interest by beneficiary households, communities and operators of micro and small businesses (SMEs).
The governor, who encouraged the Rivers people to take advantage of the opportunities provided by RIV-CARES to enhance their means of livelihood and reduce the spate of poverty in the communities, commended the World Bank and the Federal CARES for their support to the state.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mrs. Titilola Kuna Cline, said in a bid to check the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods, food security and micro and small businesses, the World Bank in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria and the state governments, introduced the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Programme.
She said the state scaled through rigorous preparatory stages and qualified to participate in the programme whose objective was “to expand access to livelihood support and food security services, and grants for poor and vulnerable households and firms”.
According to her, the stages include, signing of subsidiary loan agreement and fund release policy by the government.
Others include the establishment of the RIV-CARES Steering Committee, establishment of State- CARES Coordination Unit domiciled in the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and preparation of work plan.
“The NG-CARES, after domestication of programme implementation manual now known as RIV-CARES programme has the State Coordination Unit (SCU) saddled with coordinating implementation of RIV-CARES programme in the state and reporting to Federal-CARES supporting unit and the World Bank in Abuja.
“It is also a bridge between the delivery platforms and the State-CARES Steering Committee and for delivery platform under three Results Areas (RA1-3).
Cline listed the three areas to include cash transfer unit, labour intensive public works and community-driven development social (CDD-S) Plus.
The rest are, FADAMA and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Also speaking, the representative of the World Bank, Mr. Aso Vakporaye, said the programme must succeed in order to kick out poverty from the state in view of the fact that failure to kick out poverty would make life difficult for the entire citizenry.
He, therefore, thanked the governor for making it possible for Rivers State to participate in the programme.
Similarly, the World Bank and the Federal Government have rated Rivers State high in the implementation of the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus scheme by the state government.
Representative of the World Bank Task Team Leader, Mr.Aso Vakporaye said this, yesterday, in Port Harcourt at the official flag offand implementation of the Rivers State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (RIV-CARES) Programme in the state.
Vakporaye, who is also the chairman of the Federal Government’sFederal-CARES Technician Committee,confirmed that Rivers State has met the requirements for the implementation of the programme.
He said alot still remains to be done,adding that the state needs to release more money for the implementation of the programme.
Also speaking, theTechnical Head of State CARESCoordinating Unitand Secretary,RIV-CARESSteering Committee,Mrs Imaonyeni Ephraim, said the programme would improve the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable people in the state.
She said the programme, which runs for two years,was open to many beneficiaries.
The flag off was performed by the state Deputy Governor,Dr.Ipalibo Harry Banigo, onbehalf of Governor Nyesom Wike.
By: John Bibor
PDP Elects Senatorial Candidates For 2023 Elections
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers State, last Monday, held its primary election to elect candidates who will fly its flags for the Senatorial election in 2023.
The election, which took place at the three senatorial headquarters of the state, saw the emergence of the state Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, as the candidate for Rivers West Senatorial District, Chief Allwell Onyesoh won the primaries for Rivers East Senatorial District while Senator Barinaada Mpigi secured a return ticket to represent Rivers South East Senatorial District.
Speaking before the deployment of electoral officers and materials for the election, the state PDP Chairman, Amb Desmond Akawor, welcomed members of the electoral committee from the PDP National Headquarters, and briefed them on the successes so far recorded in the state House of Assembly and House of Representatives primaries.
Akawor said though some form of consensus had been reached concerning the senatorial aspirants, the party would still observe due diligence by ensuring that proper primary election was conducted at the three senatorial district headquarters, urging the electoral officers to be discrete in handling their assignment.
Chairman of the PDP Electoral Committee for the Senatorial Primary, Hon Donatus Etim, commended Governor Nyesom Wike for the enormous work done in strengthening the electoral process in the state, thereby making it possible for successful primaries to be held in the state.
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