NDDC Is Not The Birthright Of Any Ethnic Group Or State – Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has condemned the posture of some ethnic groups in the Niger Delta Region that behave as if they own the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Governor Wike said the commission belongs to all States in the region and no one particular ethnic group can assert itself as the dominant owner of the commission as has been observed of recent.

The governor made the declaration when he played host to the Interim Management Committee of NDDC on a courtesy visit to Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Governor Wike said members of those groups always kick against the appointment of people to head the commission because they feel such persons are not from core Niger Delta States, which he stated must stop.

“Anybody can be appointed in Niger Delta. There are people who believe that if they appoint somebody from Edo or Cross River States, for example, they say no.

That those people are not the core Niger Delta states. We must have to stop that.”
The governor also said such people also leave their states and come to Rivers state to block the gates of the commission, cause crisis, and frustrate economic activities.

“NDDC does not belong to any ethnic group in the Niger Delta region. It does not belong to anybody. There are people who have seen themselves that they are the owners of NDDC. They leave their state and come to NDDC to block the NDDC gate. We are peaceful people, but nobody should push us to the point where we can tell you enough is enough.”

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Governor Wike further continued: “The next time they try it again to cause a crisis in our state, I’ll mobilise our people against them. I am not saying if you have a grievance with NDDC you shouldn’t seek how to settle it. But don’t use it to cause problems for us, to begin to make economic activities not to move on.”

The governor challenged the new interim leadership to determined to make a difference, change the current narrative of the commission serving outsiders’ interest, and abandoning its core mandate of developing the region.

Governor Wike said people are abusing the entire region because the commission has wasted trillions of Dollars without lifting the masses of the region out of poverty or commensurate developmental projects on the ground to show for the funds received.

“The problem with us is that you allow people outside to control you. You want to have godfathers from East, West and North. NDDC is created for Niger Delta. Use the money for the people and region.

“They are abusing us that Niger Delta is a curse. Trillions of dollars have been spent, and we cannot say this is what we have spent the money on.

“Those Abuja portfolio contractors are part of the people controlling you. They tell you what to do and you do it for fear that they will remove you. But eventually, you will be removed. So, why not work for the people. When you’re removed, you’ll know you did your best for the region.”

Governor Wike also charged the interim management to always work with all the state governors in the region on equal footing, and without politics so that together, they can achieve desired development.

“Go and visit every governor because they are members of the governing council of NDDC and they are the leaders of the states. You don’t need to entangle yourself with unnecessary bickering, politicking. Show a difference.”

The governor cautioned the NDDC management to obey the subsisting court order that makes it mandatory for the commission to seek the consent of the state government before embarking on any project, particularly in Rivers State. He warned that if the commission defies the state government, then, the commission will be dragged to court for contempt.

“I will not hesitate to tell the Attorney General to file contempt against officials of NDDC and NDDC itself. We will not hesitate. Because we have come to the time that Nigerians must understand we must follow rules. The only way you can talk about good governance is when you obey the rule of law. There cannot be good governance when there is nothing to show you obey the law. Good governance is predicated on the rule of law.”

He urged them to conceptualise a regional project for execution to end the piecemeal partner they had adopted, which has not moved the region forward in terms of infrastructural development.

“I’ve always said to people, when you have the opportunity to make a contribution to the development of your fatherland, you must see it as a blessing God has given you. You must not see it as a way to set back your region.

Governor Wike also urged NDDC to send their partnership support towards the reconstruction of the ongoing dualisation of Eastern By-Pass Road where the NDDC permanent headquarters is located.

He told them to put their temporary office along Aba Road in good condition before moving out to their permanent headquarters office.

Earlier, the Interim Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Mr. Effiong Akwa said the visit was first to be undertaken by his team to any governor in the region.

Akwa informed the governor that with the newly built permanent NDDC head office now completed, they are ready to commission it on 25th February 2021.
The Interim Administrator on behalf of the commission later presented six waste disposal trucks to the Rivers State Government to improve the sanitary conditions in the state.

Governor Wike noted that this is the first time in his administration that the commission was offering support to the Rivers State Government.

He commended them for demonstrating good corporate social responsibility in encouraging the state government in its drive to restore Port Harcourt to its Garden City status.

2021 Avails Us An Opportunity To Reflect And Make Progress, Says Wike

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says 2021 avails Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on the last twelve months and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of the New Year with renewed faith and optimism.

In his message to the people of Rivers State, Governor Wike said a mismanaged national economy in recession made worse by a brutal coronavirus pandemic, escalated insecurity, corruption, and socio-political tensions in 2020 and made life truly horrible for millions of struggling families and ordinary Nigerians.

The governor further stated that the poor state of the nation’s economy and its aftershocks of dwindling revenues, rising inflation, poverty, and unemployment also affected Rivers as a State.

He however noted that his government strove and reasonably advanced its development agenda and efforts at building a financially responsible and socially equitable State.

Accordingly, 2020 also proved to be a very busy and eventful year for our State, especially in project execution and delivery of social services to our people.

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“As customary, we initiated and completed a record number of development projects with tremendous socioeconomic impact while several others, including the multi-billion naira flyovers, received reasonable funding and construction attention in 2020.

“As you know, some of the completed projects were inaugurated earlier this month while several more completed projects, including the Mother and Child hospital, the Real Madrid Academy new buildings, the Okoro-Nu-Odo flyover, the Sakpewa – Bori dual carriageway, the Abonnema ring road, the 10-kilometer Bolo internal roads, and the Eteo – Sime – Nowan – Kira road are due for inauguration from the 4th of January 2021.

“Our agenda for the State has been clear from the very beginning, and far from the misguided views of some of our critics, we are not reworking old recipes in our development efforts.

“Rather, we are surely and pragmatically addressing the critical concerns of our people, including the sustenance of peace and security, education and affordable healthcare, fixing our infrastructural deficit, and driving better economic growth and social progress for our State than is generally acknowledged.

“Today, we express our gratitude to God and our people not only for the opportunity to serve but also for the achievements we have recorded which now forms the foundations for our drive towards greater levels of development, economic growth, better life, and secured future for our people,” Wike’s statement partly read.

The governor conceded that there’s much more to be done to realize a Rivers State which the people dream of, one with fabulous infrastructures, quality education, affordable healthcare, and boundless economic opportunities for all who live in it.

He promised his government will continue in 2021 to focus on the fundamental task of creating a new Rivers State through prudent, efficient, and transparent management of available resources.

“Essentially, we shall continue to upgrade and expand educational infrastructures and services across all levels of the education system.

“There is no better guarantee for the future progress of our State and the nation than to ensure that every child has realistic access to the transformational light of education and skills acquisition.

“We shall also continue to prioritize healthcare delivery and ensure that everyone has access to affordable primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare services.

“We, therefore, commit to completing all ongoing and new healthcare infrastructures, including the five zonal tertiary hospitals and the proposed specialist hospital for the treatment of cancer, kidney, and cardiovascular diseases.

“In the same vein, we shall continue to give focused attention to the State’s physical and economic infrastructure and ensure that we deliver fabulous roads, bridges, and flyovers to connect all parts of our State to ease the movement of goods and services, enhance economic growth and accelerate the development of the State.

“Along with quality education, affordable health care, and transport infrastructures, we shall also focus on creating a more robust business environment to stimulate economic growth, empowerment and create tangible jobs for our people.

“We also wish to restate our commitment to recruiting 5000 youths into the State’s public service in 2021 to reduce the unemployment rate and give the beneficiaries a new ease of life,” Governor Wike stated.

He warned citizens of the state regarding the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Rivers.

According to the governor, this makes it necessary to remind everyone of their responsibility to adhere strictly to the existing protocols on compulsory wearing of face masks, maintenance of social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and the regular use of hand sanitizers so that we can reasonably prevent the rate of transmission and avoid needless deaths from the disease.

Governor Wike further expressed dismay over the continued flouting of the ban on trading, the creation of illegal motor parks, taxi ranks, and mechanic workplaces as well as the erection of illegal kiosks along our streets and other public spaces.

“Apart from constituting a public nuisance, these activities and structures obstruct traffic flow and pose serious threats to public safety and security to the extent no responsible government can tolerate,” Wike stressed.

With the grace period, the governor noted that there will be no other option than to order an immediate clampdown and put a final stop to the illegal operations from the 4th of January 2021.

Governor Wike urged citizens of Rivers Stater to eschew recriminations, “turn a new page on the hatred that has kept the state divided, forgive one another and together, work towards making our dear State the best place on earth to live, do business and bring up our children”.

According to Wike, the challenge before Rivers State on this New Year’s remains how the people can work together to overcome the roadblocks to progress and to build a State that holds the concrete promise of hope for the present and future generations.

He urged the people to start a new chapter of cooperation, togetherness, and solidarity and in one accord unleash their potentials on the development of the State and better the lots of the people, adding that there is no goal Rivers State cannot achieve if her people remain united.

Wike thanked all leaders, traditional rulers, elder statesmen, religious leaders, party chieftains, opinion leaders, men, women, youths, and the press for their continued support, prayers, and understanding and reassured all of his government’s commitment to serving then people,  as collectively the future desired for Rivers State is built.

While wishing everyone a prosperous, blessed, and happy New Year, the governor encouraged all Riverians to recommit themselves to the new Rivers Vision by working together under God’s guidance to make 2021 truly remarkable and fulfilling for Rivers State.

Wike Restates Commitment To Completion Of Opobo Axis Of Ogoni Unity Road

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the completion of the Opobo axis of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity road, which will attract development to the Opobo kingdom, is a top priority to his administration.

Governor Wike gave the assurance at the ceremony to mark the 150 years anniversary of the establishment of Opobo Kingdom in Opobo Town on Monday.

The governor, who expressed delight that Opobo people and friends could drive by road to participate in the 150 years anniversary of the kingdom, assured that the road will be completed and commissioned in January 2021.

“As you’re coming from the Ogoni area, you’ll see that we have finished the first phase of Sakpenwa -Bori road; full dualisation. Now, we believe that the second phase will take it to Kono with street lights installed.

“That will ease movement and reduce the level of crime in that place. We are happy that you can drive from Bori and within five minutes, you’re heading to Opobo.

“When that road is completed, it will bring development. I’m glad that I made a promise to the people of Opobo. We believe that by ending of January 2021, we will come back to commission the road.”

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The governor also noted the efforts of the federal lawmaker who represents Andoni-Opobo -Nkoro federal constituency, Awaji-Inombek Abiante in connecting the Opobo kingdom to the national grid in a bid to solve the age-long problem of lack of electricity in the area.

Governor Wike said his administration will continue to support developmental plans of the kingdom that will make life easy for them.

“I’m happy with the move to connect you to the national grid. That project is a constituency project of one of your own who represents Andoni/ Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency, that is Awaji-Inombek Abiante.

“It is important for us to elect those who have the commitment, who believe in the development of the people and that young man has shown that connecting Opobo to National Grid is very important”.

The governor also donated 50miliion Naira to support the building of a befitting palace for king Jaja of Opobo.

Amayanabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja said the sitting of Opobo on the banks of the Imo River was well calculated plan in 1870, because the kingdom strategically became an important commercial settlement to compete with Lagos in the volume of Nigerian International Trade.

King Jaja, who is also the Chairman of Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, said in the wake of World War 11, the British closed the Opobo sea port, which destroyed the commercial strength of Opobo kingdom. According to him, the Nigeria Government has since failed to acknowledge the subsisting commercial potentials of Opobo.

“The road, today, we are glad to acknowledge, opens up a new page in the development process of Opobo, a page that will see our youths, instead of migrating to Port Harcourt and other cities, will be attracted to remain here because they can be gainfully employed as well as enjoy the befits of modern living”.

Rivers State Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja said Opobo people had lived together in peace without violent attacks on each other during and after the 20 years of legal war in the kingdom.

Dr. Gogo-Jaja said the people of Opobo particularly thanked Governor Wike for demonstrating love towards them by his commitment to complete the Opobo axis of the Ogoni Unity Road to enable them drive him by road.

 

Reps Invitation: Buhari’s Integrity Is Now At Stake, Says Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says President Muhammadu Buhari’s reputation is on the line following his failure to honour the recent summon by the House of Representatives. 

The governor’s position was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, Mr Kelvin Ebiri.

In the communique, Governor Wike said the level of insecurity leading to deaths, particularly in Borno State and other parts of the country ought to have compelled President Buhari to keep his promise of honouring the invitation by the House of Representatives.

He pointed out that it was APC members who control a majority in the National Assembly that moved the motion to invite the President to address them on what measures are being taken to tackle and end the spate of violent killings, to which he consented.


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The governor said it was wrong for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to turn around to subject the invitation to legal interpretation, instead of protecting the integrity of the President which is now at stake.

“There is insecurity. People are dying. You don’t go by a legal approach to solve that problem. If Mr. President had given the assurance, saying my integrity is at stake, therefore I will go, that decision was not taken without talking first to his inner cabinet.

“It’s not a question and answers session. You go with a brief to address the congress. To say, see where it was when we came, see where we are today. Yes, we have not achieved what we thought, but what we require from everyone is cooperation.

“For me, I think this is not the period to be legalistic. This is the period every Nigerian should be concerned about what is happening. Just this morning (Friday), I heard that 16 people were killed on Abuja-Kaduna road yesterday. Look at the loss of life in Borno State. Senate has said look, Mr President, relief all Service Chiefs, which means they are concerned about the security situation in the country.”

He further stated that if he were the Attorney General of the federation, he would have advised the President privately and urge him to write a letter to the House of Representatives that he would come at a later day because of the exigency of his office.

To end the spate of violent crime in the country, Governor Wike recommended the creation of employment opportunities for youths and drastic change to the operational system of policing in the country.

He insisted that States must also be allowed to be involved in Community policing.

Do Not Sow The Seed Of Discord Among Governors, Wike Cautions PDP NWC

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sowing seed of discord among PDP governors and jeopardising the party’s prospect to clinch the presidency in 2023.

He has also warned that President Mohammadu Buhari’s integrity will be at stake if he fails to honour the invitation of the House of Representatives to address the growing concern about the spate of insecurity across the country.

Governor Wike, while speaking on a live television programme in Port Harcourt on Friday, said it was regrettable that instead of capitalising on the inefficiency and maladministration that has characterised the All Progressives Congress five years in power, PDP’s NWC is deepening cracks in the party.

“PDP ought to have harvested from the inefficiency of the APC; from the maladministration of the APC. Ordinarily, that is what opposition party ought to do. If you ask me, are Nigerians waiting for a change? Yes. If you ask me as a member of PDP, am ready to support PDP to takeover, yes. But, if you ask me currently as it is, is the leadership of the party willing for us to harvest this opportunity for a change, I will say no.”

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He explained that rather than focus on strategies on how to take advantage of the growing disenchantment with the APC government, the NWC is sowing a seed of discord among governors using two former governors of Imo and Cross River States and a present Senator from Benue State.

“An opposition party that ought to be united, to work, to take over the affairs of government, because people are waiting for this opportunity, but the current leadership of NWC is not prepared for that, rather, what they have done is to constitute some people to sow a seed of discord among governors for their own selfish interest. And that will boomerang; that will consume them.”

The governor said because he lacks the ability to defect to the APC or another political party, he will continue to do what he can to ensure the survival of the PDP.

“I will not allow anybody to kill PDP. They have the capacity to move to APC. I don’t and I cannot move to APC. So, anybody that tries to do something to destroy PDP, I will not allow you. Anybody that I see that has the trait to destroy the PDP, I will not allow it.”

He described as disingenuous the decision of the NWC to jettison the recommendations of Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom led committee set up to reconcile the party in Niger and Plateau States, just because of its vested interest in Niger State.

The governor accused the current leadership of NWC of merely being interested in retaining the current structure of the party to remain in power, and not to win the 2023 election.

“The present National Working Committee is not interested or doing anything to take over the realms of government in 2023. When your interest is to remain in power, you are no longer interested to win the election.”

Governor Wike said the level of insecurity leading to deaths, particularly in Borno State and other parts of the country ought to have compelled President Buhari to keep his promise of honouring the invitation by the House of Representatives.

He pointed out that it was APC members who control a majority in the National Assembly that moved the motion to invite the President to address them on what measures are being taken to tackle and end the spate of violent killings, to which he consented.

The governor said it was wrong for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to turn around to subject the invitation to legal interpretation, instead of protecting the integrity of the President which is now at stake.

“There is insecurity. People are dying. You don’t go by a legal approach to solve that problem. If Mr. President had given the assurance, saying my integrity is at stake, therefore I will go, that decision was not taken without talking first to his inner cabinet.

“It’s not a question and answers session. You go with a brief to address the congress. To say, see where it was when we came, see where we are today. Yes, we have not achieved what we thought, but what we require from everyone is cooperation.

“For me, I think this is not the period to be legalistic. This is the period every Nigerian should be concerned about what is happening. Just this morning (Friday), I heard that 16 people were killed on Abuja-Kaduna road yesterday. Look at the loss of life in Borno State. Senate has said look, Mr. President, relief all Service Chiefs, which means they are concerned about the security situation in the country.”

He further stated that if he were the Attorney General of the federation, he would have advised the President privately and urge him to write a letter to the House of Representatives that he would come at a later day because of the exigency of his office.

To end the spate of violent crime in the country, Governor Wike recommended the creation of employment opportunities for youths and drastic change to the operational system of policing in the country.

Wike insisted that States must be allowed to be involved in the community police, which he claims has already been hijacked by APC members.

Wike To Northern Elders: My Govt Will Not Undermine Interest Of Any Ethnic Group

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has given assurance that he will continue to conduct the affairs of government in a manner that will not undermine the interest of any ethnic group resident in the state.

The governor gave the assurance when he played host to leaders of Northern Elders Forum (NEF) led by its Chairman, Prof. Ango-Abdullahi at Government House Port Harcourt on Monday.

The Northern leaders were in the State to meet with their kith and kin in the aftermath of the EndSARS protest that was hijacked by the proscribed Indigenous People Organisation of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.

Governor Wike, applauded the leaders for the visit to ascertain what actually happened during the EndSARS protest. According to him, it was sad that people will do the wrong and dubiously tie any effort made to correct them to politics and ethnic bias just to deepen the divide among Nigerians.

“The EndSARS protest was very peaceful in Rivers state. Oyigbo Local Government is one of the biggest in terms of population in the state. Miscreants woke up one morning because people are doing EndSARS protest and began to kill innocent people. They burnt down police stations, killed police officers and soldiers, and destroyed courts.

“When you say what you’re done is wrong, we can’t allow it, they say you’re against a particular ethnic group. How can that be? That action almost led to big violence between this group and that group. I am the governor of the state, how can I allow my state to be a centre of war? That can’t happen.

“Nobody can sack anybody here. Everybody has the right to live in the state. But no group can say it is their own place. I won’t allow that. We also have Rivers people who are living outside. So, I can assure you that I will not do anything that will not be fair to any ethnic group.”

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Governor Wike said he had raised alarm against the danger of insecurity after a cultist killed over one hundred persons on a particular Christmas’ eve in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local government of the State. But, regrettably, the Federal Government reduced the issue to politics, and today, insecurity is ravaging every state of the federation.

The governor also recalled how FSARS brutality against Rivers People was also ignored. Worst still, he said even the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a report that indicted the FSARS commander in the state, but instead of addressing the issues, the erring officer was rewarded and promoted.

“The primary responsibility of every government is to make sure that life and property are being protected. When that is lost, then there is nothing like governance again.

“But it appears there is a leadership pandemic like you said. If truly leadership is serious, if we don’t politicise the issue of security, we won’t have been where we are today. God has made it possible for us to be part of one country, which means where you come from should not be a factor in order to move this country forward.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi said though they had received complaints from their kith and kin about what happened during the EndSARS protest, they decided to visit the South to ascertain the facts.

He explained that based on the forum’s interaction with Northerners living in Rivers state, they seem fairly comfortable and satisfied residing in the State. According to him, the kind of empathy, sympathy, and care that Governor Wike has shown as a leader, was worthy of emulation.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this perhaps can be explained by history. The greatest history in terms of the political relations between the people of the North and the Southern part of the country can always be found deeply rooted here in the Niger Delta area.”

“We, like on behalf, not only on behalf of Northern Elders Forum but on behalf of Northern community world over, we thank you very sincerely for what we have heard and indeed what I have seen in terms of what you have been able to do to help ameliorate some of the challenges and difficulties faced by our brothers living here.”

Abdullahi said if the harmonious coexistence between Rivers people and Northerners living in the State could be replicated all over the country, then, the country will be a peaceful place for all.

“You have a leadership role to play in terms of what the country requires. If you put your heads together, this country will not only survive but it will also thrive. Your excellency from the discussion we have had with our brothers and sisters who live here, and they are almost more yours than ours, is that there is a lot of hope in this country. What is missing is whereas we are having a virus pandemic, we are also having a leadership pandemic and something has to be done about it.”

Other members of the NEF delegation include former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Ghali Umar Na’Abba; former NRC presidential candidate, Bashir Othman Tofa; Hakeem Baba Ahmed; General Saleh Maina (rtd) among others.

FG To Refund Monies Spent On Federal Projects By Rivers Government

 

The Federal Government has assured the Government and people of Rivers State that it will refund monies expended on Federal Projects in the state.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike led the Federal Executive Council Verification Team on a tour of listed projects in the state on Monday.

Addressing journalists after embarking on the verification of Federal Road Projects executed by the Rivers State Government on behalf of the Federal Government, Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said that the Buhari Administration will always abide by set rules.

He said: “The Federal Government has always cooperated with the people of Rivers State. Rivers State is the strongest economic base of the country and anything that the Government will do for the Government and people of Rivers State, the Federal Government will respond accordingly

“The President is a stickler for the rules. We have addressed this everywhere, except for five states, that we are now verifying. No state has had an issue. “

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The Minister said that the Rivers State Government over the years did splendid work in the construction of key projects in the state.

“Terrific work has been done by the Government and people of Rivers State on behalf of the Federal Government.

“The Governor has taken us on an extensive review of more than the six projects that we came to inspect,” he said.

He expressed happiness with the tour of Federal Road Projects executed by the Rivers State Government.

He said: “I am glad we took time out to go and see all of them and verify them physically. We are really sure that the State Government has done what is right. “

In an interview with journalists after the Joint Verification Exercise, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said he is confident that the Federal Government will effect a refund.

He said: “The Minister has come with his team and I believe they will refund us the funds expended on the road.

“We have made submissions for refund, but we are yet to receive any refund from the Federal Government. I believe this last verification will come to fruition. I have confidence that they will refund us the money expended on Federal Projects.”

Governor Wike said if the Federal Government fails to effect the refund as promised, the Rivers State Government will raise an alarm.

“If they don’t refund, we will raise alarm and tell the world to help us ask we are being denied the refund.

“Now we are talking of governance and we need these funds to do more projects for our people. He has given us the assurance that the Federal Government will effect a refund this time around”, he said.

The tour commenced at the over 41.26 kilometre dualisation of the Airport-Isiokpo-Elele/Omerelu road, the reconstruction of Ikwerre road from Education to Agip flyover junction, construction of flyover at Agip-Rumueme-Abacha roundabout and the construction of a flyover on East-west road at Obiri-Ikwerre with rotary turning and service lanes.

According to a communique by Simeon Nwakaudu, a special assistant to the Rivers State Governor, the verification team also visited the construction of Eleme junction flyover and interchange and the construction of Ada George road phase one and two.

Governor Wike also led the team on inspection of Flyover Bridges under construction by the Rivers State Government.

Rivers State Government Terminates Sale Of State-Owned Power Plants

 

The Rivers State Government has approved the termination of the Share sale contract for the sale of 70 per cent equity of the State Government-owned power generation assets held by First Independent Power Limited in Omoku, Afam, Trans-Amadi and Eleme Gas Turbines to NG Power-HPS Limited.

The Government also terminated the concession of the Rivers and Bayelsa State-owned Olympia Hotel to Cenpropsaroten Hotel Management Limited.

it further terminated the concession agreement between the Government of Rivers State and Kild concession Limited in respect of the construction of a Toll road and Secondary developments in Abonnema Wharf, Port Harcourt.

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The terminations were part of resolutions at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The three companies that had their contracts/concessions terminated are subsidiaries of Sahara Energy Limited, used by the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi to acquire state assets.

Briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting, Information and Communication Commissioner, Emma Okah said that the State Government arrived at the resolutions in line with yet to be implemented recommendations of the White Paper on the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the Investigation of the administration of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on the sale of Valued Assets of Rivers State and other related matters under the chairmanship of Justice George Omereji.

The Rivers State Government directed the Honourable Attorney General of the State to take further steps as contained in the White Paper.

Rivers Govt. Sets Up Task Force To Tackle Black Soot

Cash Recovery Claim Shows Police Desperate To Impress – Rivers Govt.The Rivers State government has set up a task force to tackle the black soot polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs.

The task force has been mandated to investigate and recommend solutions to the environmental challenge.

The decision was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council during their meeting on Wednesday at the Government House.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George, stated that the decision was reached after the Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya had presented findings from a preliminary investigation.

The Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya; Commissioner of Special Duties, Mr Emeka Onowu and the Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George are members of the task force.

The committee will be backed by technical experts and they are expected to liaise with major stakeholders to resolve the environmental challenges in the state.

Port Harcourt residents started noticing black deposits on their rooftops and cars in December 2016 but their concerns became deepened because the soot could not be traced to any source.

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The Ministry of Environment sent its investigative teams to all parts of the state and immediately suggested that the black soot could be caused by illegal oil refining activities, the burning of car tyres at night in different locations in the state, and other air-polluting activities around the state.

Residents of the state were immediately advised to stop the burning of tyres or any illegal oil mining activities.

Oil companies were also advised to stop gas flaring in order to encourage a healthier and sustainable livelihood in the state.

The chairman of the Nigerian Environmental Society in Rivers State, Adeyemi Adewale, equally led his team to the field to set up particle sampling machines.

It is not known if their findings were part of the report presented to the Rivers State Executive Council.