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Wike’s Appointment Of  200,000 SAs Excites Stakeholders

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The decision of the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to increase the number of Special Assistants on political units across the twenty three LGAs of Rivers State from 100,000 to 200,000 has been described by  stakeholders and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state as an uncommon gesture, unparalleled in Nigeria’s political history.
The stakeholders said Governor Wike had through the rare decision blazed another trail in  political leadership in the comity of Nigerian states by opening vistas of opportunities for grassroots  participation in democratic governance.
Some of the Rivers stakeholders who spoke with  newsmen at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, during the inauguration of the SAs from the three Sanatorial Districts in the state applauded Governor Wike for the appointments which they described as an  inclusive political vision  and strategic administrative policy that will bring governance close to the people and enhance the social, political and economic status of the beneficiaries.
Former Senator that represented the Rivers South East Senatorial District, Sen Adawari Pepple, described the appointments as a step in the right direction and a deliberate grassroots empowerment program which will enhance  community participation in governance and also lead to the economic empowerment of the people. He added that the mass based policy will translate into landslide victory for the PDP in the 2023 general elections.
Member representing Khana / Gokana Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Dumnamene Dekor  commended Governor Wike for the appointments, stating that it portrays the Rivers State Governor as visionary leader with sound leadership acumen that has enthroned  good governance in Rivers State by directly touching the lives of the people at the grassroots. He said Rivers people  were happy with  Governor Wike for carrying them along in his administration, and will remain grateful to him for his people-oriented policies, and for defending the interest of Rivers State at all times.
In his remarks, foremost Youth Leader and PDP stalwart, Comrade Marvin Yorbana lauded Governor Wike for the appointments which he  described as a “whopping political opening for the people of the grassroots to play active roles in political leadership in addition to putting smiles on the faces of the litany of beneficiaries.  He said Rivers people were highly appreciative of the Governor’s  gesture and would show their gratitude  by voting massively for candidates of the PDP in Rivers State come 2023.
Some of the LG Chairmen who spoke with newsmen at the venue of the inauguration thanked Governor Wike for the opportunity given to the grassroots people to serve in his administration and to contribute to the development of the state.
Chairman of Emohua LGA, Hon Chidi Loyd said by this singular decision, Governor Wike had brought governance to the grassroots by making the people to be at the core of political leadership. The Emohua council chairman urged the  SAs to see the appointments as an opportunity to serve the state and ensure that they live up to the demands of their positions as clearly stated by the Governor.
On his part, Chairman of Khana LGA, Dr Bariere Thomas, said apart from the giant strides of Governor Wike in infrastructural development, he had also expanded the scope of human capital development through the appointments. He said the people of Khana in particular and Rivers State in general would remain grateful to Governor Wike for his developmental strides in the state, and urged the appointees who are closest government officials to the people to deliver on their mandates.
It could be recalled that Governor Wike had specifically mandated the appointed SAs, who are abreast of the happenings and needs of  the various communities in the state  to interface with the people and bring effective feedbacks on measures of promoting good governance to the office of the Governor through the Constituency Liaison Officers who are to oversee the Wards and the units.
Apart from the economic impact of the opportunities, Governor Wike said the appointments have added to the credentials and dossiers of the beneficiaries as official aides of the Governor, and urged them to use it judiciously.
Recall that Governor Wike, had earlier within the week, Inaugurated Constituency Liaison officers across the three Senatorial Zones in the State at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House,  with a charge to get feedbacks from the SAs on Political Units Affairs and relate to the Government.
One of the Liaison officers from Khana LGA, Dr Mbube Nwiakori who spoke with newsmen shortly after the inauguration thanked the Gov Wike for giving them the opportunity to serve and assured that they would deliver on their mandates.

By: Taneh Beemene

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Rivers Crisis: PDP Chairman Hails Jonathan’s Call For Truce

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The Lagos State chapter Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Philip Aivoji, has described former President Goodluck Jonathan’s call to end the political crisis in Rivers as commendable.
Mr Aivoji commended Jonathan  in an interview with The Tide‘s source on Monday in Lagos.
Recall that Jonathan had on Monday implored Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers  and his predecessor, (the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT) Chief Nyesom Wike, to sheathe their swords in order to douse the political temperature in the state.
The former president, who spoke at the inauguration of the N222.1 billion Trans-Kalabari Road construction, emphasised the necessity for Fubara and Wike to collaborate to promote the  progress and prosperity of Rivers State.
He noted that the political tension in the state was excessive and worrisome, and would not contribute to  development.
Jonathan said that destabilising Rivers State would adversely impact the Niger Delta region and could also trigger crises across the country.
Reacting to Jonathan’s admonition, Mr Aivoji described the former President as a man full of experience in mediation and conflict resolution, even at the international level.
“Jonathan is a leader in the party and a leader from South South; there is nothing wrong stepping in to broker peace. It is a good one,” the PDP boss said.
He, however, said that the former President should go further to speak the truth to the warring parties and point out  to each of them where they had erred.
“This is the way to settle issues. If we want to resolve it, we must tell the truth to them.
“The ex-President is an elder, he is an experienced person, who has been meditating in international affairs. Let us see how it goes,” he added.
According to him, the former President, being experienced mediator, must dig deep and probe the cause of the crisis.
“He (Jonathan) has seen it all. Peace of graveyard will not help the matter, they should resolve issues.
“We hope that the nitty-gritty will be looked into and the constitution of the party will be followed if they are true members of the party,” Aivoji said.

 

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Group Carpets Amaewhule Over Political Crisis In Rivers 

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A group, Coalition of Rivers State Leaders of Thought (CORSLOT) has blamed the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Martins Amaewhule, for the escalation of the political crisis in the State.
The coalition, which stated this at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, said Rivers State would not have been in its current political situation had Rt Hon Amaewhule played the sacred role providence bestowed on him.
The text for the briefing which was read by the Convener, High Chief Sunnie Chukumele, and co-signed by Prof (Mrs) Reginah Azunwena, Odinaka Osundu, George Ijoma and Elder Anuage Menegbo, also commended Governor Siminalayi Fubara for his peaceful disposition despite the crisis, adding that this disposition has marked the governor as a man of peace.
“Pitiably under him, the world saw a legislative arm of government that was vehemently out to frustrate the executive arm with all sorts of negative actions against the governor and the government of Rivers State.
“Had Martins Amaewhule seen the state as sacred, he would have mediated in whatever were the issues between our former governor, His Excellency, Chief (Barrister) Nyesom Wike. Amaewhule failed woefully to play a stabilizing role which his exalted office gave him ample role to play”, they said.
The Coalition also called on former Governor Nyesom Wike to have a rethink on the political crisis in the state as he has a cardinal role to play in the resolution of the impasse.
“CORSLOT wishes to advise trouble entrepreneurs and eye service politicians of Rivers State origin to take note that power belongs to God Almighty and the people.
“Rivers people are taking note of these political actors.
“Rivers State is owned by Rivers people and not  self seeking politicians”, they said.
“We begin by appreciating the governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalaye Fubara, for working assiduously for peace by embracing and working with the Presidential Peace Accord of 2023 and to state that it is in recognition of this that the governor has won awards and honours within the state and Nigeria”
The Coalition also thanked the Governor for attending to the needs and welfare of citizens of the state, particularly the welfare of civil servants and the planned employment into the Civil Service.
“CORSLOT further recognizes the governor’s attention on infrastructural development in the state with his continuation of projects he inherited from previous administrations and indeed his bold initiatives of new ones.
These come with spiraling advantages”, they added.
They also urged the governor to take immediate steps to fill his cabinet with men and women who have the capacity to add value to the State.

By: John Bibor

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Council Boss Hails Fubara Over Successful Project Commissioning

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Following the successful commissioning of the  Andoni Section of the Ogoni-Andoni- Opobo Unity Road by Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, Hon. Enyiada Cookey-Gam has commended the number one citizen of the state for his multiple  infrastructural development projects that have direct bearings on the lives and well -being of Rivers people, especially in NgoTown, headquarters of Andoni Local Government Area and its adjoining environs.
The Chairman maintained that the road, as commissioned, will provide connectivity between coastal communities, cities, and hinterlands, facilitating the movement of people, goods and services, which enhances trade, commerce and tourism, and also contributes to local economic development and the local government area’s internally generated revenue (IGR).
On the event, Hon. CookeyGam lauded the efforts of the initiator of the project, 24 years ago, Dr.Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers State, for his determination and love for the people that found expression in the initiation of the Unity Road project which has been able to connect the catchment local government areas of Khana, Andoni and Opobo/ Nkoro, including the neighbouring states.
He described both Dr. Odili and Governor Fubara as beacons of infrastructural development.
The Chairman of Council also urged Andoni people to guard against vandalization and theft of the facilities that have been put in place for their betterment.
He further admonished the people of Andoni in particular, and Rivers people in general, to support the good work the Governor has come to do despite distraction from some politicians in the state who do not mean well for the people.

By: Bethel Toby

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