Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has tasked commissioners, heads of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to begin compilation of relevant information required to document as successes, covering from 2015, when his administration started.
Wike stated that he was determined to do a proper handover to his successor despite the fact that his predecessor did not do a proper handover to him.
This is even as the Rivers State House Assembly has screened and confirmed five commissioner-nominees as part of efforts of the Legislative arm to consolidate the gains of the infrastructure development agenda of the NEW Rivers Vision in the state; just as both the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike, and the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Barrister George Ariolu, congratulated Prof. Prince Chinedu Mmom, over his screening, confirmation and swearing-in as the new Rivers State commissioner for education by the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The Rivers State governor gave the charge after he had sworn-in five new commissioners, last Saturday, at the Executive Chamber of Government House in Port Harcourt.
The commissioners are Hon. Deinma Iyalla, assigned to the Ministry of Special Projects; Prof. Prince Chinedu Mmom to the Ministry of Education; Hon. Boma Iyaye to the Ministry Local Government Affairs; Hon. Christopher Green as Commissioner for Sports; and Burabe Anea-Bari Donald posted to the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs.
Wike explained that his administration was in its last lap and there was need for the different ministries to begin compiling records of their activities in lieu of handing over day.
“Everybody should, as a matter of fact, put the records of their various ministries together. You won’t wait till May 29, 2023. You have to start now since this administration started in 2015. State what we have done, and by the grace of God, when the new person (governor) comes, he will have a handover note, and it will not be like me who didn’t get a handover note.
“Everything we have done, all the records. What we have bought from ministry to ministry, you have to start compiling them. I don’t want to hear a situation where you will say there is no time, there is plenty of time. You don’t need to wait till the last day. That is why things are difficult for some people.”
Wike told the newly sworn-in commissioners that his administration was in its finishing stage and so much was required of them to ensure a good ending.
He urged them to serve the state with incontestable passion, demonstrate competence and leave an indelible imprint in their various ministries of posting.
The governor acknowledged that some of them had served the state in different capacity as former commissioners and special advisers.
He, however, urged them to utilise this present opportunity to further contribute to the development of the state.
“It is not how long that you stayed in office that can make the difference. It is the passion and commitment that you give to it. You can be in office for six months and people will see your impact, and your impact will be known. But if you cannot do it within that period, even if they allowed you to stay ten years, you may not also be able to carry it out.”
The Rivers State governor described as an aberration the appointment of someone without requisite intellectual acumen to represent the state as a minister in the Federal Executive Council.
“I have never seen an embarrassment like that in my life. Yes, you must appoint those who are loyal, but educated people are also loyal. It has never happened in our state. Everything cannot be politics. The image of the state is key.”
Wike also informed that his administration has completed more projects that are scheduled for inauguration.
He, therefore, stated that such projects’ inauguration ceremony would commence early August 2022 and would last for two weeks.
Earlier, the Rivers State House Assembly, had last Friday, screened and confirmed five commissioner-nominees on the floor of the house at the assembly complex.
The screening of the nominees was part of efforts of the Legislative arm to consolidate the infrastructure development agenda of the Executive.
The confirmation of the commissioner-nominees follows a letter from the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to the state assembly for the screening.
The commissioner-nominees screened include, Deinma Iyalla, Prof Chinedu Wogu, Boma Iyaye, Christopher Green, and Burabe Anea-Bari Donald.
Speaking at the plenary, Speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, appealed to the lawmakers to allow one of the nominees, Boma Iyaye, who was a member of the house to take a bow and leave the chamber, which was granted.
However, others went through the proper screening process on the floor of the house.
In his submission, Ibani said the screened commissioner-designates were expected to effectively consolidate on the infrastructure gains already made by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration.
During the screening, some of the lawmakers poured encomiums on the commissioner-designate who had served the state before.
One of the screened and confirmed commissioner-designates, Christopher Green, who is the current chairman of Rivers State Football Federation (RSFF), said Rivers United, under his watch, has done well, and promised not to relent, but to keep the tempo higher.
In his remarks, Prof Chinedu Wogu, who is an educationist, after being screened and confirmed, said there was need for the Federal Government to find lasting solution to the government and Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) impasse for the good of the nation’s education system.
Reacting, the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike, congratulated Prof. Prince Chinedu Mmom, over his screening, confirmation and swearing-in as the Rivers State commissioner for education by the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Nwanosike described Mmom, who is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Port Harcourt, as a round peg in a round hole.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Prince Chris Omodu, last Saturday, and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt.
He noted that the Ikwerre-born academic colossus would bring his rich academic experience to bear in enhancing the NEW Rivers Vision of Governor Nyesom Wike, and reposition the educational system of the state..
He explained that Mmom belongs to several academic bodies, headed diverse committees and centres of the University of Port Harcourt, and rose from the Head of Department to Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences of the revered institution of higher learning.
Nwanosike added that Ikwerre people were extremely happy over Mmom’s appointment, and wished him well.
In his reaction, the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Barrister George Ariolu, congratulated Prof Chinedu Mmom on his appointment and swearing in as commissioner for education in the state.
He stressed that the appointment was as a result of the confidence of Governor Nyesom Wike, and indeed, the entire state have in him.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ichenwo Goodluck, made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, yesterday, Ariolu expressed optimism that the new commissioner would transform the state’s education sector, using his wealth of experience and knowledge.
He said, “Congratulations on Your Appointment as Commissioner for Education by the Rivers State Government. On behalf of my family and entire people of Obio/Akpor, we hereby congratulate you on your appointment as a commissioner, who has been trusted with the responsibilities of manning the education sector of our dear state.
“This unique assignment glaringly shows the confidence the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the people of the state have in your ability and capacity to perform, as exemplified by your excellent performance during your time as Head of Department and Dean of Faculty in the University of Port Harcourt.
“As a people, the entire Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality, which you are a part of in particular, is proud of your meritorious rise, which has distinguished you as a worthy ambassador of the peace-loving tribe and the state in general.”
Ariolu expressed optimism that the newly sworn-in commissioner would turn things around for the good of the people, adding that his appointment would meet the yearnings and desires of the people and further consolidate on the governor’s giant achievements in the education sector.
He, therefore, prayed God to grant the professor sound health and other fruits of grace to further serve Rivers State and the people as God may direct him.
By: Nelson Chukwudi & Ike Wigodo
No Party Can Win Election Fighting Itself, Wike Warns …Inaugurates Government VIP Lounge For FAAN
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has described as inconsequential confession of support by some politicians for Atiku Abubakar, if they are not working to mobilise grassroots voters to secure electoral victory for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Wike said it was the quantum of individual votes from units, local governments and states that would determine victory for the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubukar, in 2023 and not rumour peddlers.
He spoke, yesterday, at the inauguration of the new Government VIP Lounge at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area, built by the Rivers State Government.
Wike said it was unfortunate that some politicians now based in Abuja, derive pleasure insinuating something against him to curry favour from the PDP presidential candidate.
“We are busy campaigning with our projects on how our party will win election in the state. Other people are busy in Abuja carrying rumours and gossips. We are busy here (Rivers) from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We’ll start Monday again, flagging off projects, commissioning projects that will sell our party.
“Every day in the newspapers, Wike did this, Wike did that, then, they will call the candidate, you see what I said about Wike today. Rent seekers. No job. Instead of you to do something that will make your party to win 2023 elections, you’re only busy, everyday Wike said this. When you heard from Wike I do not know. Maybe in your dream.
“You want to support the candidate, you’re not at home, and you’re in Abuja. Come home and campaign and work for the party. Stop this Abuja politics of carrying rumours to the candidate.”
Wike, who asserted that he was a practical and practicing politician, admonished that any party that wants to win election cannot be fighting itself.
“I think a party that wants to win election cannot, on their own, be causing problem for themselves.”
Wike pointed to how his administration has continued to flag-off and inaugurate projects that serve as evidence of fulfilled electoral promises, which have sustained the trust that the people have for the PDP in the state.
The governor expressed the belief that it is the services and projects that his administration has done that would sell the PDP to the electorate.
“We have said that whatever promise we have made, we are going to fulfil them before we leave office on May 29, 2023.
“And let me say; only one person can be a minister from the state. I would not be a minister. I am not a liability. Rivers State is an asset. If you don’t want to win election it is your business.
“I am not running for election. He who wears the shoe knows where it pinches. So, allow Rivers State to continue to do what they are doing by using our projects to campaign to our people.”
Wike explained that though the Port Harcourt International Airport is owned by the Federal Government, his administration decided to build the VIP lounge in order to offer Rivers people the best.
He assured that the Rivers State government would cater to the maintenance of the building so that it can serve the people for a long time.
Wike also commended the indigenous contractor that handled the project for the tasteful structural work that was accomplished.
“And let me commend the contractor. Of course, he is an indigenous contractor from Rivers State and of Port Harcourt Local Government Area. This is a good job well done. See the quality of what has been done. You can see that the difference is clear.
“We are willing to support our own. But you must also give us that assurance that when the job is given to you, you will complete it without any problem.”
Wike directed the Commissioner for Works to ensure the immediate arrest of a contractor handling a road project for the Rivers State Government in Trans Amadi Industrial Layout in Port Harcourt.
The governor accused the contractor of having collected 100percent of the project sum, but has failed to deliver the job.
In a brief, Rivers State Commissioner for Special Projects, Deinma Iyalla, said the edifice depicts the detribalised nature of Wike, and also serves to market the state positively.
According to him, the entire project comprises of a one storey building that has main lounge, bar, kitchen and administrative section on the ground floor.
He added, on the storey floor, there are Presidential Lounge, Governor’s Lounge and Executive Lounge.
Iyalla further added that there was a screening building that has installed screening and scanning machines with office space for FAAN, and a security house that would serve as waiting place for drivers.
Buhari Signs Bills On Electoral Act, Money Laundering, Terrorism, Others
President Muhammadu Buhari has given assent to some major bills. The bills include: Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, repealing the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended; Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, which repeals the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended in 2013.
Others are, Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act, 1993 (Amendment) Act, 2019, for increased revenue; Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Amendment Acts of 2019 and 2021; Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Bill, 2022, which approves the seizure, confiscation and forfeiture of properties derived from unlawful activity.
The rest include, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Bill, the first legislation focused on curbing anti-competition practices, establishing the FCCPC; Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Establishment Act, 2018; The Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act 2021; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2019.
The bill facilitates the identification, tracing, freezing, restraining, recovery, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds, property, and other instrumentalities of crime as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be;
The president also signed an Act establishing the Police Trust Fund, which will improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force (2019). “ Nigeria Police Act, 2020 – the first comprehensive reform of Police legislation since the Police Act of 1943.
He also signed the Repeal and Re-Enactment of the Companies & Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, the first comprehensive reform since 1990; Not Too Young to Run Bill (2018), a Constitution Amendment Bill to reduce the age of eligibility for running for elective office in Nigeria; Nigerian Correctional Services Bill, 2019, the first comprehensive reform of prison legislation in close to five decades; Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, 2019 – the first anti-piracy legislation in West Africa.
TCN Begs Electricity Workers To Suspend Planned Strike
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has appealed to the electricity workers to suspend their proposed strike billed to begin, today.
The Managing Director, TCN, Dr Sule Abdulaziz, made the appeal in a letter to the workers, yesterday, following their threat to embark on strike to drive home their demands.
The workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) had on August 15 directed its members to picket TCN offices nationwide on August 16, after which they would embark on strike on August 17.
The General Secretary, NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero, had in a statement, said the picketing was to protest the directive by the TCN board that all principal managers in acting capacity going to acting general manager must appear for a promotion interview.
Ajaero said the directive was in contravention of the workers’ conditions of service and career progression paths and alleged that it was unilaterally done without the relevant stakeholders.
Other issues raised include stigmatisation of staff from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation from working in other areas in the power sector and non-payment of the December 2019 entitlement of ex-PHCN staff.
Abdulaziz said: “We are pleased to inform you that management has suspended the said proposed interview for those on acting appointment of assistant general managers and general managers while we conclude discussion with the board.
“On the other two issues: circular from the office of Head of Service on the stigmatisation of the defunct PHCN staff; payment of entitlement of ex-PHCN staff by market operator, the management has contacted the Honourable Minister of Power for his further action.
“In view of this development, we appeal to your union to stay in action; please accept the assurances of our highest regards.”
Also, the Federal Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, in a letter dated August 15, 2022, to the union, said that the ministry was committed to proffering solutions that would be acceptable to all parties concerned.
“May we appeal to your great union to allow us two weeks from the date of this letter to address the issues and come up with proposals toward acceptable resolution of all issues,” he said.
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