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Elder Statesman Tasks Buhari On Restructuring

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An elder statesman and prominent Niger Delta stakeholder in Rivers State, Rev. (Dr) Sokari Soberekon has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement his proposal on restructuring before the presidential election.
According to him, the comprehensive proposal he sent to President Buhari and the National Assembly last year has the perfect solutions to the lingering problems of the country, and appealed to the President to without further delay, implement the proposal which he said will solve the problems of the country if well implemented.
He said, he is saddened that he has not got any feedback from the President or the National Assembly since he sent the document, adding that there is nothing to show that they are doing anything about it.
He felt the only reason they do not want to do any thing about the proposal is to continue to embezzle the resources of the Niger Delta and keep oppressing the oil producing Niger Delta and her people.
“There is no way you can get the best of yam without slicing or peeling it. The same way, Nigeria needs to be sliced for everyone in the country to enjoy the benefits of being a citizen of Nigeria and the slicing of the country is restructuring the country into six autonomous zones that will control their resources and pay taxes to the centre which is true federalism. Each of the zones should be headed by a Vice President that will be voted into power for a single tenure of 12 years which means there will be six Vice Presidents in the country”, he added.
He said in a statement in Port Harcourt that each Vice President will serve as a President General for two years on a rotational basis, which are all well articulated in the proposal.
“Every presidential aspirant that is contesting or willing to contest should contest in their zones for the Vice President”, he intoned
According to him, “this will drastically reduce the huge amount of money spent on election in every four years and also lessen the tension in the country in every four years due to electioneering activities”. He also said “the politicians will not use our God-given oil to play politics again.”
He also called on the British Government to come to the aid of the Niger Delta people “because it is the CORE states of Calabar, Ogoja and Rivers that gave them the trump card to win when 14 European countries were scrambling for Africa, Nigeria in particular at the Berlin Conference in 1884-1885”, It is the core states of Calabar, Ogoja and Rivers that brought in the Europeans, that is why the headquarters was in Calabar before it was moved to Lagos after amalgamation. The amalgamation document was only signed by the Obong of Calabar and the British should remember the commercial treaty signed in 1775 at the Bight of Brafia that opened way for trading between them and the Rivers people. Then, they were known as seafarers and the Rivers people, were known as bay farers. Seafarers are the sailors while the bay farers are the people living at the front of the sea. The Bight of Brafria is where the seafarers and the bay farers met to sign the commercial treaty” he said.
Soberekon who described himself as an agitator, emancipator and Senior Advocate of Niger Delta (SAND) said he was instrumental to the establishment of the oil derivation formula during the Second Republic under the watch of former President of the country, Alhaji Shehu Shagari in 1981. He is the General Overseer of Christ Jesus Link Gospel Publishers Church.

 

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LG Boss Reassures On Quality Project Delivery

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By: Wokoma Emmanuel & Theresa Frederick

The Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, has reiterated his commitment to quality project delivery across the local government, with the meager resources available to the council under his watch, but maintain that all the projects initiated by his administration cannot be completed at a time, considering the fact that the council’s only source of revenue has been the monthly allocation from the federation account.
The Chief Press Secretary to the council chairman, Bright Jossy-Elendu in a statement dispelled the rumoured abandonment of construction work at Ukeli Road, one of the four road projects being executed simultaneously across the local government by the administration, disclosing that the Local Government Council had already concluded necessary arrangements to remobilise to site the contractor handling the construction of the 1.5 kilometer Ukeli road with three kilometer drainage conceptualised by the administration in Rundele Community (Ward 7), immediately after the completion of Eveku Road in Eveku community (Ward 14) Odegu, Emohua LGA.
The statement however acknowledged the deliberate attention given to the construction of the one kilometer Eveku road which was actually flagged off before the Ukeli road project in Rundele, aimed at ensuring that the project was completed and delivered to the council for inauguration during the first one year anniversary celebration of the administration of the chairman, assuring that same attention would be given to Ukeli road immediately after the anniversary celebration, with a view to having the 1.5 kilometer road project in Rundele delivered in August, in line with the directive of the council chairman.
Jossy-Elendu berated naysayers and armchair critics of the council chairman for attempting to mislead the unsuspecting members of the public with fabricated information insinuating that the Ukeli Road project in Rundele which the council chairman conceived out of his own volition and love for the people of Rundele had been abandoned by the council, stressing that the council chairman cannot be dismayed by the mischievous propaganda peddled by those threatened by the unprecedented infrastructural revolution witnessed across the local government under his watch.
The statement described as ungrateful the activities of some cowards on social media who hide under pseudonym to cast aspersions on Dr Lloyd, amidst the council chairman’s unsolicited effort to improve the socioeconomic wellbeing of the people of Rundele with the construction of Ukeli road, a road that will be asphalted for the very first time since the community was founded, but reassured that Dr Lloyd came too prepared to be distracted by the machinations of his traducers.
The council chairman’s press secretary further reassured that Emohua Local Government under the effective leadership of Dr Lloyd will continue to prudently manage the slim resources available to the council for the provision of democratic dividends to the people of the area, while urging residents of the area to appreciate the council chairman’s developmental strides by providing the necessary support to contractors handling Local Government projects in their respective communities.

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Woji Community, More United Than Before-Monarch

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Paramount ruler of Woji Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, says the community is now more united than before.
Ihunwo, who said this in an interview with newsmen during his seventh coronation anniversary celebration, also said his ambition is to see the community become the Dubai of Nigeria.
The monarch said because the people are now speaking with one voice, the community has continued to record tremendous achievements both in human and infrastructural development.
Accordingto him, despite challenges, the community has recorded some impressive achievements within the last seven years.
Emphasising that the unity in the community is more now, he said through the efforts of the palace, employment opportunities have been provided to both indigenes and non- indigenes.
He said a large chunk of scholarship programmes provided by private schools in the community were given to non-indigenes.
He listed some achievements to include the expansion of the community’s Town Hall, construction of roads, skills acquisition programmes for youths in the community, provision of grants for market women, as well as the empowerment of some members of the Woji Council of Chiefs.
Ihunwo particularly said the Woji Transport Company, which took off with a fleet of three Toyota Sienna vehicles, will help those that will operate them to find their “daily bread”.
He said the community has also witnessed increase in its electoral units from nine to 40.
The paramount ruler used the occasion to commend Governor Nyesom Wike for the level of infrastructural development in the community.
He listed some of the projects to include the Oginigba Woji Bridge, which was reconstructed by the present administration, the ongoing Woji Alesa Road, and several road projects in the community.
The monarch also commended the lawmaker representating Obio/Akpor Constitutuency in the National Assembly, Hon. Kingsley Chinda, for what he called his effective representation of the people of Woji.
Noting that his ambition is to see the community become the Dubai of Nigeria, he said all the features that made Dubai what it is today are present in Woji.
He therefore called on Nigerians who invested in Dubai to come to Woji and do same.

By: John Bibor

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NIWA Plans 10,000km Navigable Waterways

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In a bid to make the nation’s waterways safe and navigable, Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has promised to make 10,000km-waterways navigable yearly.
Towards this end, Nigeria has signed an Exchange of Note (E/N) with the Japanese Government for an Economic and Social Development Programme involving the acquisition of a high-speed boat to reinforce services for coastal security in Nigeria,
Minister of State, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, signed on behalf of Nigeria, while the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Nigeria, Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, signed on behalf of the Japanese Government.
Prince Agba noted that the procurement of the high-speed boat worth $2.78 million dollars, would greatly enhance the operations of the Deep Blue project.
He lauded the Japanese government for their interest and interventions in Nigeria for Economic development.
“This project to strengthen the operations of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), will definitely strengthen the partnership between the Government of Japan and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Nigeria also appreciates the recent exchange of notes we signed for Emergency Improvement of Electricity Supply Facilities in Abuja, and the role Japan played in the development of the National Power Development Master-Plan designed to guide the Government on the optimal energy mix and efficiency for Nigeria”, Agba said.
Speaking at the event, Director-General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, assured the Japanese Government that the Agency, working with relevant stakeholders, will ensure the sustainability of the recent success in the war against piracy in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea (GOG).
“This high-speed boat is a welcome addition to our growing arsenal of platforms and assets to reinforce service for coastal security, not only in Nigeria but also in the Gulf of Guinea, as over 60% of shipping activities in the region pass through Nigerian waters.
“This vessel will be incorporated into the Deep Blue project which already has 2 special Mission Vessels; 2 Special Mission Aircrafts; 3 Special Mission Helicopters; 10 Unmanned Air Systems and vehicles; 17 fasts moving interceptor boats; 16 armoured vehicles and the C4i Centre”, he said.
Earlier, the Japanese Ambassador noted that the project is to support the measures adopted by the Nigerian Government to deal with the threat of the blue economy, to prevent and suppress piracy, armed robbery, and any other unlawful acts against ships in Nigerian waters.
“In the Gulf of Guinea, as you know, the piracy problem is hindering the economic development of the coastal areas.
“A slowdown in economic development impoverishes the coastal population, forcing some of them into piracy for their livelihood. We need to break this vicious cycles.
“Economic and Social Development is one of the guiding principles of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD.
“The people and Government of Japan hope this project will enable NIMASA to reinforce their operations and services for coastal security in Nigeria, strengthen Nigeria’s counter-piracy efforts and prove useful for the security of the Gulf of Guinea”, he concluded..

By: Chinedu Wosu

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