Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Council of Rivers State, Dr Enyiada Cookey-Gam, has called on the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to urgently reorganize the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and its affiliate agencies for greater efficiency, productivity and more purposeful service delivery.
While exchanging views with journalists, recently, in Port Harcourt, Dr Cookey-Gam appealed to the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the people of the Niger Delta region by providing up to date infrastructural facilities such as roads, qualitative and affordable housing, constant power supply, efficient and affordable healthcare, as well as functional educational institutions and agricultural programmes to ease hunger, poverty and unemployment in the area.
He stressed that the deplorable condition of federal roads in the region had been the major cause of many avoidable accidents and deaths, adding that the situation was not only insensitive but a less than commensurate reward for the huge contributions of the region to the economy of the country.
Dr Cookey Gam also drew the attention of the Federal Government to the prevalence of preventable and treatable diseases and opportunistic infections leading to needles loss of lives due to the shortage of functional hospitals and the total collapse of existing ones.
He urged the President and his team, including political leaders at all levels to step up measures to provide adequate security for the people as well as empowerment for the Youths in the region to guarantee quality education and self-reliance in order to eradicate illiteracy and curtail its attendant social and economic crises.
Dr Cookey-Gam maintained that the Niger Delta people deserved a better deal than they had gotten from the central government over the years and expressed the hope that the administration of President Tinubu will correct the age long injustice, deprivation and marginalisation the people have endured.
The local government boss implored the President and relevant governmental agencies to give listening ears to the yearnings and aspirations of the people in their quest to change the ugly developmental narrative of the badly impacted region.
Meanwhile, Dr Enyiada Cookey-Gam, has congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu; his Vice, Senator Kashim Shettima; Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminialayi Fubara; his Deputy, Prof Ngozi Odu; Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Barinada Mpigi; member representing Andoni/Opobo/ Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr Awaji Inombek Abiante and member representing Opobo/Nkoro State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Adolphus Orubienimigha on their assumption of office, describing their emergence as the will of God and the people.
Dr Cookey-Gam urged them to do their best in order to build better bridges of development for the people in the next four years and assured them of his administration’s support in their quest to build a better state and nation.
By: Bethel Toby
Ex-Women Affairs Minister, Tallen Felicitates Tinubu’s Wife @ 63
Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, has felicitated First Lady, Sen. Remi Tinubu on the occasion of her 63rd birthday.
Tallen, who congratulated the President’s wife in a statement on Friday in Abuja, eulogised the First Lady, who she described as “a rare gem and rare gift to the nation.”
She prayed for more years of God’s exceeding grace on Mrs Tinubu, describing her as extremely humane, an epitome of humility and an indispensable strong pillar of support to her husband.
Tallen said, “Your Excellency, on this milestone and auspicious occasion of your 63rd birthday, I join millions of your well-wishers across the globe, especially the womenfolk, to celebrate with you, while thanking God for His exceeding grace upon you, while wishing you the best that life can offer in the many decades ahead.
“As a wife, mother, fervent preacher of the gospel, as well as an iconic political leader, who exemplifies the struggle for women in politics, you will remain a veritable source of inspiration and pride for women for generations yet unborn.
“Indeed, we could not have asked God for a better First Lady at this time, considering your rare track record of achievements, as your life has been a gift, not just to Nigerian women after your breaking of many barriers for women and setting a perfect example for young girls over the years.”
The former Deputy Governor of Plateau and one-time Minister of State, Science and Technology, said that the people of Plateau would remain eternally grateful to Mrs Tinubu, particularly for her recent visit to the state and donation of a whooping sum of N500 million to families of crisis victims in the state.
She said that through her Renewed Hope Initiative, as Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Tinubu has demonstrated her empathy, humanity and philanthropic gesture by pursuing the well-being of others with unquantifiable compassion and zeal to help the less privileged, the challenged and those in need.
Tallen, therefore, prayed for long life, good health, increased grace and wisdom for the First Lady and her entire family.
Tani Olorun Not Against Out-Of-Court Settlement, Says Lawyer
The legal team of embattled Isese advocate in Ilorin, Kwara State, Abdulazeez Adegbola, alias Tani Olorun, has said they are open to an out-of-court settlement of the case of criminal defamation brought against him by the police.
Tani Olorun’s lead counsel, Ademola Bank, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide source.
Tani Olorun is standing trial on five counts of alleged criminal conspiracy, inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, criminal defamation of character, and intentional insult before a Kwara Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin.
In a separate case, he is also standing trial before the Kwara Upper Area Court sitting in Ilorin, alongside the Oluwo Nla of Tede, Chief Ademola Olawoore.
The offence, according to the prosecution, was contrary to sections 97, 210, 392, and 114 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.
Speaking in an interview with our source in Ilorin on Saturday, Tani Olorun’s lead counsel, Bank, said, “If an agreement for an out-of-court settlement comes up, why are we not to agree? The court allows it, the law allows it, and wisdom allows it. The law does not frown on it, the court does not frown on it, and wisdom does not frown on it. Parties can agree to an out-of-court settlement at any time. If it comes, so be it, if the situation allows it.”
He was, however, silent on whether the agreement for an out-of-court settlement would come from the defendant, saying, “It is the situation that dictates it. If it comes from the parties, we will not stand against it. The lawyer will not stand against it. No lawyer will oppose any bid for settlement by parties; it is for peace to reign.”
I’m Not Afraid Of Appeal – Gawuna
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the March 18 governorship election in Kano State, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, has said he is unafraid of the appeal challenging his victory at the tribunal.
The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had, last Wednesday, declared the APC candidate winner of the election and sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.
The three-man panel ordered a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna and the withdrawal of a certificate of return presented to Yusuf.
The court noted that ballot papers of 165,663 votes were not stamped or signed and, therefore, were invalid and deducted the 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s total.
Speaking with BBC Hausa in an interview while commenting on the tribunal judgment, Gawuna said, “I am grateful to Allah for our victory in the Kano State election, which was affirmed by the court today (Wednesday). I thank Him for His will, which chose us to lead. I also thank our lawyers and the general public for their prayers and support.”
He noted that the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) was initially declared the winner of the election but believed that Allah had already decided the outcome, saying they had the right to challenge the results in court, and they did so.
Gawuna said that anyone who believes that nothing happens without Allah’s will will never worry or take governance as a do-or-die affair, stressing that whatever happens to them, they believe it is the will of Allah.
According to him, “We are not intimidated or afraid, because we know that whatever happens is for the best. Allah never makes mistakes.”
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