Wike Blames FG For Security Challenges

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has blamed Nigeria’s security challenge on political interference by the Federal Government.

Wike said this on Monday when he received participants of Senior Executive Study Group Three from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“What we have seen in most cases is that security lapses are a result of political interference,” he said.

He claimed that insecurity is fallout of the political interference of the Federal Government in the operation of security agencies.

The governor added that Rivers State is working hard to handle security challenges adding that Rivers State residents are peace makers.

Commenting on the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Governor Wike said that the agency was established to complement the work of Federal Security Agencies.

He added that the organisation was fashioned in line with an existing model in Lagos State under the leadership of respected retired military, police and paramilitary senior officers.

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In response, leader of the  Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 Study Group Three from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Rear Admiral Ahamefule Eluwa said that the group is working on how to proffer solutions for the security challenges facing the country.

He said the theme of this year’s course as approved by the President is: “Strengthening internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria: Models, Policy Options and Strategies.”

‘Criminals Won’t Go Unpunished!’ Wike Says As He Assents New ‘Security’ Bills

Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike has promised to bring all criminals in the state to book as he signed three new security-related bills into law.

Governor Wike while signing the bills on Thursday said they were necessary to enhance security. He promised that criminal activities in the state will be fought to a standstill by his administration.

“All criminals will face the full weight of the law. We will fight crime and ensure that the state is safe for investors,” he vowed.

The newly signed laws include Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) (Amendment) and the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) (Amendment).

Wike said the Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps will support existing security agencies with intelligence and information for them to effectively fight crime and make the state safe.

“If your hands are clean, you have nothing to fear about the three laws that I have given assent to. If you are a cultist and you are caught, it is life imprisonment.  If you are a cultist and you kill during cult activities, you will face the death penalty.

“If you are convicted of kidnapping and the Supreme Court affirms your conviction, I will sign the death warrant without looking back,” he said.

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He debunked that the State Government plans to use the Neighbourhood Watch to arm youths. The governor said that the corps is a replica of what is already in existence in Lagos State.

In his reaction to the governor’s assent, the Senator Representing Rivers West Senatorial District, Osinakachukwu Ideozu said that the laws will strengthen security operations in the state.

Presenting the bills, Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule said that the laws provide stiffer penalties for criminals in the interest of the state.

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ikuinyi Ibani said the Rivers State Governor has made a difference by assenting the laws.

Wike Claims Money Recovered In Lagos Belongs To Rivers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the huge sums of money, uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in an apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos on Wednesday, belong to Rivers state.

Governor Wike made this known during a press conference at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Lagos, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the fund, (43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira and 27,000 Pounds), to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The court said the monies should be in the Federal Government’s custody until May 5, for any interested party in the funds to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited.

Amaechi Denies Ownership Of Funds Recovered In Ikoyi

Amaechi Denies Ownership Of Funds Recovered In IkoyiAs the controversy over who owns the huge sum of money uncovered in a luxury apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State continues, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has denied any connection to the cash.

In a statement issued from his media office on Saturday, Mr Amaechi dismissed claims that the said funds recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) belonged to him.

He urged Nigerians to disregard such claims, noting that he does not know who owns the money or the apartment where it was found.

“For clarity and emphasis, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not the owner of the $43 million and the Ikoyi apartment in which the money was recovered from.

“Amaechi has no business, link or connection to the money or property. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi does not know who owns the money or Ikoyi apartment,” he said.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Governor Nyesom Wike said the recovered money belongs to the Rivers State government, and asked the Federal Government to return the funds.

The EFCC recovered 43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira, and 27,000 Pounds on Wednesday, April 12, following a tip-off by a whistle-blower regarding some suspicious movement of bags in and out of an apartment in Ikoyi.

The discovery came days after the anti-graft announced the recovery of 547,730 Euros; 21,090 Dollars and 5,648,500 Naira from a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos.

Consequently, a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Muslim Hassan gave till May 5, 2017 for any interested party in the funds to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Governor Wike Felicitates With Mothers On Special Day

wikeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed satisfaction with the contributions of mothers to the development of the state.

In a message to mark the 2017 Mother’s Day, the governor noted that mothers in the state have always lived up to their responsibilities.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

The governor said mothers occupy a special place in the state, as they are major stakeholders in the Rivers project.

He also felicitated with mothers across the world, describing them as priceless.

While praying God to bless mothers and grant them good health to continue with their service to humanity, Wike assured them of his love and respect at all times.

He further assured them that his administration would continue to implement capacity building programmes for women so as to help them contribute their quota to the development of the state.

Wike Calls For State Of Emergency In Benue State

wikeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called for a state of emergency in Benue state, following the killings resulting from herdsmen attacks in the state.

The governor was speaking when he played host to members of the governing council of the University Of Port Harcourt, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“When there was no problem in Port Harcourt, they were conspiring on how to declare a state of emergency, now that the time for a state of emergency has come, it should be declared in Benue state because the governor has lost control.

“Look at how people are being killed. So if you are from Benue, sorry, I’m calling for a state of emergency,” he stated.

During a separate meeting with security officials, Governor Ortom, in response expressed his displeasure over the comments.

“I pray for my colleague in Rivers state who, instead of sympathizing with me has chosen to call that Benue state should be declared a state of emergency when the killings in Rivers is more than what is happening here.”

We Are Building A Culture Of Commitment In Rivers – Wike

We Are Building A Culture Of Commitment In Rivers - WikeRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said his administration is building a culture of commitment and passion in the service of the state.

Speaking after inspecting some projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Tuesday, Governor Wike said he has raised the bar on projects initiation and execution because of the need to depart from the past.

He noted that in the past, projects were designed without consideration for quality and durability.

“By the time I conclude my sojourn in office, I want to leave a legacy of quality projects across the state.

“We have raised the bar to ensure that all our projects are executed in line with the new high standards that will ensure the projects last a long time,” the Governor said.

Commenting on the State Ecumenical Centre, he urged the Christian Association of Nigeria to map out a plan to raise funds for the maintenance of the facility after its completion.

He noted that the State Government at regular intervals would support the association in maintaining the centre.

Governor Wike inspected the ongoing construction of the State Ecumenical Centre, the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, the Second Nkpogu Bridge and the Landscaping Architecture at the Air Force overheard bridge in the state’s capital.

Wike Mourns Late Ogbemudia, Condoles With Family

Wike Mourns Late Ogbemudia, Condoles With FamilyRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the former Governor of Defunct Mid-West and Bendel states, late Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia as a development champion who contributed his quota to the growth of country.

The Governor said this in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu.

He noted that he received the news of the death of Dr. Ogbemudia with shock, adding that the late Governor passed away when Nigeria was profiting from his wisdom.

Governor Wike paid tribute to the former administrator for his commendable service to Nigeria as a military officer, patriotic politician, leader and sports promoter.

He condoled with the immediate family of the deceased, as well as the people of Edo and Delta states on the demise of the former governor.

The Governor prayed God to grant the family and good people of Edo and Delta states the courage to bear the loss.

A spokesman for the family, Gentleman Amegor, said Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday night at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.

Black Soot: Wike Urges Refined Ways Of Destroying Illegal Refineries

Wike Alleges INEC Plans To Rig 2019 ElectionRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appealed to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to adopt more refined ways of destroying illegal refineries in the state.

Governor Wike made the appeal when he received the General Officer Commanding, Six Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Enobong Udoh, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital.

He stated that the methods currently adopted by security agencies in destroying illegal refineries were harmful to the environment.

The Governor, who stressed the need to stop the illegal refineries from operating, said such actions must not expose the people to extensive and prolonged danger.

According to him, the outcome of the uncontrolled destruction of illegal refineries without precautionary measures forms part of the reasons why the state is suffering from black soot.

“The present mode of destroying illegal refineries is negatively affecting our environment. Everywhere across the state you see black soot deposited on surfaces of buildings, cars and other structures.

“The State Government is working hard to resolve this environmental challenge, but we need the cooperation of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies on the manner they destroy illegal refineries “, Governor Wike urged.

He stressed that his administration would continue to take steps to protect Rivers State from such environmental hazard.

The Governor said the health of Rivers people depend on the environment, hence the state government would work with all stakeholders to stop the soot.

In his response, Major General Udoh assured Governor Wike and the people of the state that he would continue to work professionally to ensure that they benefit from the presence of the Army Division in the state.

Wike Assures Investors Of Land And Tax Relief In Rivers State

Wike Assures Investors Of Land And Tax Relief In Rivers StateThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has invited foreign and local investors to take advantage of the rapid developmental strides of his administration, to invest in all sectors of the state’s economy, in order to create jobs.

Governor Wike stated that first-time investors in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, housing and property development, as well as agriculture and ICT skills development, would receive attractive tax incentives and easy access to land in the state.

Addressing a group of foreign journalists in Lagos on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George who spoke of the government’s tax plan, also dismissed security concerns about the state, saying that Rivers state is among the safest destinations for investment in the country.

“The narrative that Rivers state is unsafe is an ugly slander against the state by a disgruntled political opposition”, the commissioner said, adding that as the oil and gas hub in the country, Rivers state has offered the highest return on investment in Nigeria since 1958.

Dr Tam-George said that activities marking the Golden Jubilee celebrations in Rivers state in May would showcase the different opportunities for investment in the state.

Present at the media briefing were correspondents from the BBC, AFP, Duetch Welle, VOA, Xinhua, CCTV, the publishers of The Trent, among others.

Wike Accuses INEC Of Plot To Rig 2019 Elections

Wike Alleges INEC Plans To Rig 2019 ElectionRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plotting to rig the 2019 elections in the state.

Governor Wike alleged that the redeployment of the 23 electoral officers from the state by the commission was to make way for those in favour of the opposition party.

He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is prepared for the election, adding that the redeployment is a welcome process.

The governor, who spoke in pidgin, made the remarks during a visit to Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

He announced the construction of Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye road, as a reward to the people for supporting the PDP during the Etche/ Omuma federal constituency supplementary elections in the state.

 

True Federalism Identified As Panacea To Nigeria’s Challenges

Emeka Anyaoku, Former Commonwealth Secretary-General.True federalism and political system restructuring have been identified as the panacea to the current socio-economic challenges in Nigeria.

This admonition came from former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, at the SUN Newspaper Man of the Year Award 2017.

While it was a time to honour those who had been nominated by the organisers as having distinguished themselves in the area of responsibility in the year 2016, it was also an opportunity to reiterate the call for higher standards in governance in the country.

The 14th edition of the event which took place in Lagos, brought together serving ministers, governors, political leaders and some other dignitaries.

Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, bagged the Governor of the Year award, while Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was awarded as the Man Of The Year.