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Conduct Of Election Peaceful -Wike *Says Insider Security Breach In INEC Unfortunate

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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said the conduct of the governorship election, in comparative terms, is quite better than what was experienced during the presidential election of the 25th February 2023.
The governor’s conviction is predicated on the fact that unlike the delay he experienced with the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the previous election, only about two minutes were spent to accredit him to enable him to vote.
Governor Wike spoke shortly after he cast his ballot at his polling unit 7 in Ward 9 of Rumuepirikom community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Saturday.
Speaking on reported voter apathy in some part of Obio-Akpor LGA, governor Wike said when the election of the 25th February 2023 was conducted, some people came out and voted with great expectation.
According to him, but perhaps when they did not get what they wanted, they obviously became discouraged.
“It is much better today unlike what we experienced on 25th of February. When the first election comes and goes, and people didn’t get what they wanted, they were discouraged.
“But for whatever it is, the number is still okay. You can’t force people to go and vote. I am happy with the peaceful nature and the way the election is going. It means the security agencies are doing what they are supposed to do.”
Governor Wike, described as unfortunate the role allegedly played by the Director of Security of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the reported breech in security concerning the conduct of the 18th March 2023 governorship election in the State.
The governor stated that even if the national headquarters of the commission has come out to deny the allegation, it is satisfying to believe that the security agencies have taken note and are acting accordingly.
“Even if INEC has denied it, which is expected, I can tell you that the Director of Security in INEC headquarters, one Leebari, he was the one who carried out that act because Magnus Abe (SPD candidate) is from Ogoni and the Director of Security is from Ogoni.
“So, I don’t want to go into details, if not, heads will roll. But for the Director of Security in such a sensitive commission to breech security is quite appalling.
“But we thank God that the national headquarters has come out to deny it and security agencies have taken note of it and they are working accordingly.”

By: Kelvin Ebiri

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Petrol Price Stands At N750.17 In June -NBS

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the average retail price of a litre of petrol increased from N545.83 in June 2023 to N750.17 in June 2024.
It made the declaration in its Petrol Price Watch for June 2024 released in Abuja yesterday.
It stated that the June 2024 price of N750.17 represented a 34.77 per cent increase over the price of N545.83 recorded in June 2023.
“Comparing the average price value with the previous month of May, the average retail price decreased by 2.53 per cent from N769.72.”
On state profiles analysis, the report said Benue paid the highest average retail price of N854.55 per litre, followed by Jigawa and Rivers at N847.00 and N810.00, respectively.
“Conversely, Lagos, Kwara and Ogun paid the lowest average retail price at N626.94, N650.00, and N670.63, respectively,’’it stated.
Analysis by zones showed that the South-South Zone recorded the highest average retail price in June 2024 at N794.64 while the South-West recorded the lowest price at N696.42 per litre.
The NBS also stated in its Diesel Price Watch Report for June 2024 that the average retail price was N1,462.98 per litre.
It said that the June 2024 price of N1,462.968 per litre amounted to a 79.32 per cent increase over the N815.83 per litre paid in June 2023.
“On a month-on-month basis, the price increased by 4.20 per cent from the N1,403.96 per litre recorded in May 2024,’’ it added.
On state profile analysis, the report said the highest average price of diesel in June 2024 was recorded in Niger at N1,979.23 per litre, followed by Cross River at N1,920.86 and Taraba at N1,742.46.
On the other hand, the lowest price was recorded in Lagos at N1,210.77 per litre, followed by Ogun at N1,239.17 and Abuja at N1,240.00.
In addition, the analysis by zones showed that the North-East Zone had the highest price of N1,659.07 per litre, while the South-West recorded the lowest price at N1,280.54 per litre.

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Fubara Promises To Tackle Multiple Taxations In Rivers

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has promised to resolve the issue of multiple taxation that is affecting the ease of doing business in the State.
The governor made the promise while hosting some Executive members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Rivers and Bayelsa States branch, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said he would instruct caretaker committee chairmen, especially the CTC chairmen of Ikwerre, Obio-Akpor, Port Harcourt, and Eleme Local Government councils to enhance the ease of doing business in their areas.
The governor also said that modalities are in place to build a state industrial park, adding that the old Port Harcourt-Trans Amadi industrial area has been taken over by residential estate and can no longer serve as the state industrial park.
He said electricity and other enabling facilities that will support industrial park will have to be put in place when siting the new location of the state industrial park.
Fubara also promised to support MAN in relevant areas that the state government can.
On his part, the leader of the delegation and MAN chairman, Elder Vincent Okuku, lauded Governor Fubara for driving the policy that has enabled investors within the State to have Certificates of Occupancy (C of O).
Okuku spoke to newsmen at the sideline of the MAN’s meeting with the state governor.
The MAN chairman noted that it had been difficult for manufacturers and investors to assess loan lending agencies due to difficulties in obtaining C of O for landed property needed as collateral, especially with the Bank of Industry.
He said, however, that with Fubara’s new policy, manufacturers now obtain C of O with ease and they can now access loans, adding that the development will further boost investment in the State.
The MAN chairman commended the Governor Fubara for moves to establishing state industrial park, noting that it will be a one stop for intending investors to be furnished with regulatory policies that will enable their ease of doing business in the State.
He pointed out that MAN is still faced with multiple taxation and poor energy supply, and pleaded that MAN should be considered as partners in the development fund.

John Bibor

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Registrar Lauds RSG For Sponsoring Candidates To Write Neco Exam

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The Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Dantari Ibrahim Wushishi, has commended the Rivers State Government for its patronage in sponsoring candidates in public schools to write NECO examination.
The Registrar made the commendation over the weekend when he visited the State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Ovy Chinedum Chukwuma in his office in Port Harcourt.
He disclosed that Rivers State was the first among other States to patronise NECO and to also support their operations in the State, adding that the gesture was because of the government’s high regard for education of its citizens.
He stressed that the examination body is highly challenged to continue to provide, quality service to the nation, hence, the running cost of the council is from funds generated from registration fees from candidates of which Rivers State is given high patronage.
In his words, ” The Federal Government does not give us any appropriation to conduct the examination. Federal government only provides personal cost for payment of salaries. Whatever we do to conduct examinations and deliver to nigerian are all generated from registration fees and other sundry fees associated with the examination”, he said.
Responding, the Commissioner for Education, Dr Ovy Chinedum Chukwuma, said registration of candidates for the examination is a direct result of the high premium the state governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara placed on education in the State.
In his words, “we have deep commitment and partnership with NECO and we are ready to do more, “adding that the Ministry will not fail the expectations of NECO on them and encouraged them to place NECO globally, such that it would be recognised all over the world.
The commissioner and the registrar with their different teams also monitored the on going NECO Examination together in the State.

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