The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Rivers State, Amb Desmond Akawor has commissioned well-furnished town hall with a sound proof generator built by the lawmaker representing Eleme Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Aforji Igwe.
The lawmaker also empowered over 100 persons selected in the 10 wards, as some were given cars, while some got starter packs to start different businesses.
Speaking at the event in Aleto Community, at the weekend, Akawor described Igwe as a replica of Governor Nyesom Wike in terms of quality projects’ delivery and empowerment at grassroots level.
According to him, the party was pleased with the quality service delivery and effective representation exhibited by the lawmaker.
“We as party we are happy to identify with a man who has been in touch with his people, because he has made the work of the party easier in next election come 2023.
“Eleme is the home of PDP, Hon. Aforji Igwe has shown his Wikematic style of performance”, Akawor said.
Also speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the King of Eleme, Emere Philip Osaro Obele, in the company of the Deputy Chairman of the party, Hon. Chukwuemeka Aaron; the State Secretary, Dr. Benibo George; other members of the state executives as well as the member representing Eleme State Constituency, Hon. Aforji Igwe; whose constituency project he visited Eleme to commission, Akawor commended the people for their support for the PDP and the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike.
He thanked the royal father for his support and for sustaining the peace in the area.
Also speaking, Hon. Igwe Aforji said he got the inspiration from Wike, haven followed him for some years now.
According to him, he was elated to follow a leader like Wike whose desire was to touch the lives of people at grassroots with dividends of democracy,saying that he has no option than perform like him.
“They say charity begins at home, I feel happy being at home and as well reaching out to people at home with meaningful projects.
“I am a true Wikematic man.A lion will never give birth to a goat.I have to do that which I was elected.
“I assure the people of my constituency that I will bring more development to the grassroots.
“I don’t have executive power, but I was able to train our people on different skills and gave them starter packs, empower some widows and gave out cars to support their families to improve their standard of living”, Igwe said.
Igwe thanked the leadership of the PDP for giving him a chance to serve the people of Eleme, adding that he came up with the idea of building a town hall, after interfacing with the king of Eleme on a project to embark on.
He added that the town hall was the first phase of the projects he has carried out, as he plans to give out cars, bikes and other items to his constituents, as part of his projects.
He added that he would not relent in delivering projects to his constituents because that was the sole aim of his office.
Earlier, Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area, Hon Ollor Obarilomate, said this was what was expected from any good politician, and commended the lawmaker for the gesture, saying that this would further develop the area.
Obarilomate heaped praises on Hon. Aforji Igwe for empowering youths in Eleme and building a state-of-the-art town hall in Aleto.
Speaking on the sideline of the commissioning of the town hall and presentation of cars to four youths from four clans of Eleme, starter packs and grants to 10 female graduates of hair dressing from Aforji’s skills acquisition programme, and second phase of empowerment for 50 widows, Obarilomate said he was happy and sees it as a complimentary action to what the local government council was doing in sustaining the peace in the area.
He said, “When you empower people, there will be peace in the area. This is a complimentary action to what the LG council is doing in sustaining peace in the area. I want to thank him for this laudable empowerment programme that he has carried out. This is one of the things that we expect our leaders who have been elected into various offices to do.
“From time-to-time, we want to tell the people of Eleme that PDP is the party that will give them all what they need for development and their growth. I am a core member of the PDP and I love what the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike is doing because all the younger politicians who are coming up now are following suit.That is why you can see development projects and this kind of programme all over the state.
“So, PDP has fully taken over the political space of Eleme LGA. From what you can see, we are happy, the place is peaceful, all our party faithful, supporters and Eleme people are very jubilant this morning for what our member, Hon Aforji Igwe has done. We want to thank him and we say that God will bless him more and more and give him many more prosperous years in office”, he prayed.
Responding, Emere Philip Osaro Obele thanked Akawor for honouring him with his presence before proceeding to the event he came for, adding that Governor Nyesom Wike must be commended for salvaging the traditional institution of Eleme, for being proactive in project delivery in the area, as well as putting sons and daughters of the area in key positions in his government.
He further commended the member representing Eleme State Constituency, Hon. Aforji Igwefor being a worthy son of the land, who has unveiled a landmark project by constructing and completing the town hall, which would be a legacy that would outlive his administration and impact the people of his domain.
He stated that despite the rants of the opposition, it was obvious that Eleme remains PDP because the support from the people of Eleme has shown that PDP has no rival in their domain.
Dignitaries present include, Hon. Marcus Nle Eji; Hon. Ejor Ngowa Ejor; Hon. Tambari Sydney Gbara; Hon. Field Nkor; Hon. Bellor Waite; Hon. Alice Chu; as well as other notable persons.
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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.
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