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Just In : Govenor Wike Confirms receipt of N78bn FG refund

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FEDERAL Government has refunded to the Rivers State Government the N78 billion the state spent on federal projects, Governor Nyesom Wike has confirmed.

Wike gave the confirmation Wednesday at Isiokpo where his Special Guest, former Governor Peter Obi, commissioned Internal Roads Phase 2 in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

The Governor announced, “Rivers people, the Federal Government has refunded us the money. I have not touched a dime yet and it is in the bank. I will use it for project execution.

“I kept it to tell those who are making noise to know that I am going to work till the last day in office. I will continue to work for the interest of our people. I’m not resting.

They need to know that I will make sure what is supposed to be done for the people of Rivers is done. I will persist until we have improved and changed Rivers and bring it back to what it’s supposed to be.”

He boasted of having laid a solid foundation of leadership by completing all the projects he inherited from his predecessor and will complete all projects he initiated so his successor could have a smooth sail in initiating his projects and pursue them.

He said, “No matter the tactics they deplore, no party can take Rivers away from PDP.  They have to convince the people why they need the support of Rivers people. It is already known, they have nothing to offer.

“We have something to offer and we have offered it to the people. They are angry that we are commissioning projects. Our business as a party is to make the other people have serious high blood pressure.

Anywhere they are now crying that we are in every local government inaugurating projects. We are not vindictive. We are a government that carries everybody along.”

On his perception of who to support incoming Local Government (LG) elections in the state, Wike told the people, “Government is about what you can bring to your people. It is not what you will put in your pocket. People of Ikwerre LG and Isiopko, ask your people what they have brought back home for the good of the town.

Dr Peter Obi who inaugurated the road project noted that “Accountability in government is the most critical yardstick to determine good governance and to build the trust of the people. For recruitment into governance, competence capacity, and visible performance like we are seeing here today should be embraced.

“The reason why Nigeria is not working today is that people have been recruited based on sentiment and that has to stop because the country is collapsing.

“Every day you Nigeria is borrowing money, and when you ask they say it is being used for capital projects. Please, we want to commission those capital projects. Let them invite us to accompany them for the commissioning. So that when our children ask us about the borrowed money, we can point to the projects to answer them.”

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Police not Nigeria’s problem, shouldn’t be targeted — Dickson

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Senenator Seriake Dickson, representing Bayelsa West, PDP, in the National Assembly on Friday said police was not the problem of Nigeria and should not be seen as enemy .

The Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Frank Mba in Abuja in a statement on Friday in Abuja quoted Dickson as saying this in Abuja

Mr Mba explained that the former Bayelsa governor made the assertion when he paid a solidarity visit to the Acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Usman Baba.

The senator, a two time governor of Bayelsa, said that the visit was in solidarity with the police over the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on the force.

Mr Dicksom said that the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other government infrastructure in some parts of the country were condemnable.

The senator called for a cessation of all forms of criminal attack on police and government infrastructure in the country.

He congratulated the new police boss on his appointment as the 21st indigenous I-G and called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.

Mr Dickson commended the Nigeria Police for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.

In his remark, I-G Baba commended the Senator and pledged that the force would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property in spite of the numerous challenges.

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Ex-Gov accuses southern governors of betrayal over ban on open grazing

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Former Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has accused the Southern Governors of a ‘betrayal of trust’ after the consensus to outlaw open grazing in the country.

He also accused them of betraying their oath of allegiance to the President of Nigeria.

According to Adamu, “the fact that they have taken a decision as a divisive move does not speak well of their intention. I feel it is a betrayal of trust. I think they are just playing to the gallery.

The former two-term governor of Nasarawa State made the submission on Thursday in Keffi, the state capital during an interview with journalists.

This was in response to the communique issued by the 17 southern governors after their meeting on Tuesday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that the Southern Governors Forum at the end of its meeting held in Delta State on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the security situation in the country and speak directly to Nigerians.

The Governors while banning open grazing in their region, also noted that the activities of armed herdsmen in the southern part of the country is a serious security challenge that needs urgent attention as innocent citizens are being killed and their properties destroyed.

However, Adamu in his reaction said the Governors are only playing to the gallery and have said nothing different.

In order to promulgate the law, the Governors ought to have ensured passage via their respective Houses of Assembly rather than addressing the issue in a public communique.

Adamu said, “While we accept the fact that we have freedom of association and freedom of expression as citizens, they have failed to express their views through the right channel. They are members of the National Council of State. Every governor is a member of the NCS. It also included former presidents who are still living.

What they are saying is not new. Those things have become like broken records, saying the same thing over and over again. Why can’t they come to the appropriate body which is the National Assembly to project their ideas?

They have members in the National Assembly who are representing them, if they have an issue that is so important as that which borders on the constitution of the country, they should go there and express their grievances.

“We would sit, debate it and see how best we can come out of it. There can’t be Nigeria if everyone want to have things happen in his or her own way.

“There is a constitution and there is a framework that we are supposed to operate as governors. To go outside it is a betrayal of their oath of office. Each of them talking there, if you take a look at what is happening in their individual states, they cannot in all honesty and good conscience, challenge Buhari.”

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Eid el Fitr; Former Federal Lawmaker,Mohammed Sani Kutigi Greets Nigerlites.

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A former Federal Lawmaker from Niger state and PDP starlwart,Alhaji Mohammed Sani Kutigi has sent a message of congratulations to Moslem faithfuls and the people of Niger state on the occassion of Eid el Fitr.

In a message to mark the occassion,the Federal Lawmaker commemded the people of Niger state for remaining peaceful and law abiding amidst naked provocations.

Kutigi urged the people of the state to pray more fervently for God’s intervention inview of frequent securtiy threats to lives and properties.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain securtiy conscious,their neighbors keepers and report suspicious movement to the law enforcement agencies.

He challenged the security agencies to do more in the protection of lives and properties of hapless citizens from bandits attacks, kidnapping and herders threats to lives and properties.

The PDP starlwart and national officer congratulated the people of the state for witnessing this year’s occassion.

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