Wike Inaugurates Rivers State Ease Of Doing Business Council

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated the Rivers State Ease of Doing Business Council (EODBC), with a charge to the council to improve the investment environment of the state.

Inaugurating the Council at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the council is critical to the economic development of the State.

He said: “It is important that we have this council to improve the investment climate of the state. To create the environment for investors to come to the State.

“The council will draw up programmes and policies to create the platform for the ease of doing business in Rivers State.”

Governor Wike said that the membership of the Committee is drawn from the public and private sectors, to ensure that all sectors are accommodated in the drive to enhance business opportunities in the state.

He said that the State Deputy Governor is chairing the Council because of the importance his administration attaches to the ease of doing business.

He said: “I believe that those appointed will live up to the expectations of Rivers people. That the Deputy Governor is the Chairman of this council shows how important it is to the State Government.

“These are people with the right experience and expertise and I believe that they will deliver the very best to the state.”

Responding, Deputy Governor and Chairman Ease of Doing Business Council, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo assured the Rivers State Governor that the council will develop policies that will attract investors to the State.

She said: “The Council is saddled with the responsibility to evolve implementable strategies for businesses to thrive in the state. Your Excellency’s policies in the harmonization of taxes, infrastructural development, social sectors of health, education, security and the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy, are pointers towards advancing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the State.”

She regretted that the enemies of Rivers State have tried to de-market the state through negative propaganda.

The Deputy Governor noted that the council will speedily handle the assignment to make Rivers State, a Champion State in terms of the ease of doing business.

“The Focus will be on deepening the reforms already started across the MDAs to drive productivity, create jobs and restore investor confidence and increase foreign direct investment in the state “, she said.

She informed that the council will engage with public and private stakeholders to ensure that the right policies and programmes are created for the good of Rivers people.

The Following were inaugurated as members of the Council: Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Chairman), Commissioner of Finance, Hon Isaac Kamalu, Attorney General of Rivers State, Prof Zaccheus Adangor, Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Nwamkpa, House Committee on Commerce and Industry, Hon Ezu Chibudhom, President, Nigeria Entrepreneurs and Investment Forum, Chief Nabil Saleh, Chairman Rivers Internal Revenue Service, Chief ThankGod Adaoge Norteh and Branch Controller, Central Bank, R.A Randle as members.

Heaven And Nigerians Will Never Honour Those Involved In Election Rigging – Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Heaven and Nigerians will never honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces engaged in the snatching of ballot boxes and rigging of elections.

Speaking during an inter-denominational Church Service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom on Sunday, Governor Wike urged them to be professional.

He said: “We are not honouring those who are unprofessional and carry ballot boxes to influence the electoral process.

“I urge members of the Armed Forces to choose the right path in the interest of the country. It is unfortunate that the military has lost its integrity because of some unprofessional personnel. Nobody is afraid of the military because of their unprofessional conduct.

“Those who come to rig election or kill Rivers people, Heaven will never remember them.”

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Governor Wike said that he has been vindicated by the admission by INEC Chairman that security agencies were responsible for the electoral malpractices that marred the last elections.

He said: “I thank God that the chairman of INEC has owned up that the problem with elections are the security agencies. This confirms all I have said in the past.”

He, however, praised the Armed Forces for the roles they have played in preserving the unity of the country.

“But for them, kidnappers, cultists, insurgents, and armed robbers would have taken over the country “, he said.

Governor Wike called for the institution of a reward system to encourage soldiers put in their best for the country.

In a sermon, Venerable Samuel Chimele called on soldiers to be professional in the discharge of their duties to the nation.

He said: “As we remember our fallen heroes, be professional. There are temptations to the military to be unprofessional, but strive to be professional.”

He said that soldiers who engage in unprofessional acts will go unrecognised in the long run, even when they enjoy the earthly promotion.

The cleric said that the military has no business attempting to enthrone different levels of leadership in the country. He said they should focus on providing security and defending the nation’s territorial integrity.

In the sermon titled: “Faithfulness in Service: The Hallmark of a True Soldier “, Venerable Samuel warned soldiers against the ruthless use of power against national interest.

Prayers were said for the fallen heroes and God’s blessing upon their families. Prayers were also said for the Government and people of Rivers State, the Federal Government, and the Armed Forces.

The International Service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration witnessed praise and worship, with offering to support the Nigerian Legion.

I Will Not Impose Anybody On Rivers State Come 2023 – Wike

 

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that he will not work towards imposing any Governor on Rivers people at the expiration of his second term in 2023.

Speaking during a Solidarity Visit by the Orashi Region of Rivers State at the Government House Port Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike said power can never be extended as a gift to any group.

He said: “For the position of Governorship if you have the capacity, come out and contest. Nobody zoned Governorship to me, I struggled for it.

“I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as Governor in 2023. I will not do it. I don’t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out. You cannot give what you don’t have.

“To be the Governor of Rivers State, you must have the capacity to deliver.”

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Governor Wike warned against the politics of bitterness, which he said has denied several Rivers communities access to developmental projects.

He said: “Don’t allow anyone to sow seeds of discords among you. Politics should not divide us. Politics of bitterness does not make sense.

“All of us must not be in one political party. But you must support yourselves to attract projects to your area.”

Governor Wike urged the people of Orashi to remain steadfast in their march towards development. He advised them not to be intimidated as they seek development.

The Governor called on Orashi people to form a united front as they work for their people.

He said: “We must be able to work as a people. We will not abandon any projects awarded by the State Government. You must work as a team to achieve results.”

He called on communities to take steps to protect ongoing Government Projects. He regretted that in Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas, noting that some youths disrupt the execution of projects through vandalism and kidnapping.

He particularly decried the invasion of Western Ahoada County Grammar School, the Zonal Hospital Ahoada and Government Secondary School, Okarki by the people of the Area.

Governor Wike thanked the people of Orashi for their support, saying that their early support gave him the leverage to win his election.

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Chibodum Nwuche thanked the Rivers State Governor for siting key projects in Ekpeye land.

He described Governor Wike as a beacon of hope, who plays politics of inclusiveness.

He said: “We thank Governor Wike for the projects in Ekpeye land. He has been a beacon of hope and has shown inclusiveness. He is a man with a large heart and he is very accommodating.”

The Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives commended the Rivers State Governor for the key bridges and roads that have opened up Port Harcourt City.

Senator Wilson Ake said the shower of rain on Saturday is symbolic, signifying that God has blessed the solidarity visit of the Orashi region.

He said: “I accepted to come here because you have done well. The finishing of your jobs shows class “.

He praised the Rivers State Governor for developing key infrastructure in Port Harcourt because it accommodates the majority of Rivers people.

Also speaking, Barrister Moses Ofori thanked the Rivers State Governor for key projects across the length and breadth of Orashi region.

Senator Representing Rivers West Senatorial District, Senator Betty Appiafi commended the Rivers State Governor for supporting women to grow politically.

Former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Stephen Ezekwem said Governor Wike has displayed a commitment to the development of Rivers State.

In an address on behalf of the people of Orashi, Eze Egi of Ogba land, Prof Anele Nwokoma congratulated the Rivers State Governor for his victory at the polls despite the political gang-up against the state.

He said: “We use this forum to congratulate Your Excellency in all the legal and political victories recorded to date, in spite of the organised gang up against Your Excellency’s Government and of course our common course. We urge you to remain firm, focused and fearless. The people of Orashi stand with you and are proud to call you, our own.”

The people of Orashi said that they have never wavered in their support for Governor Wike. He said that Governor Wike has effectively discharged his responsibilities as Rivers State Governor, rekindling the hope of the people by his utterances and actions.

While thanking the Rivers State Governor for the numerous projects, programmes and positions accorded to Orashi people, they urged Governor Wike to direct contractors handling ongoing projects to return to site to complete the projects.

He said that the Orashi region remains a key economic block, hence it requires more attention from the Federal and State Governments.

They called on Rivers State Governor to support the emergence of his successor from Orashi region.

He said: “in view of these enormous resources continually being contributed to the national coffers of Nigeria and on the foundation of the immutable principles of equity, justice, and fairness, we solemnly but firmly demand and graciously request that Your Excellency should deliberately and deftly support the emergence in 2023 of the Governor of Rivers State from Ekpeye, Ogba, and Abua as these ethnic groups have never been hitherto, so favoured. ”

The solidarity visit by Orashi region ended in a carnival of sorts, as the people danced and celebrated at the Government House Port Harcourt.

EFCC Grills 58 Suspected Oil Thieves In Port Harcourt

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has commenced an investigation of 58 persons allegedly involved in illegal oil bunkering.

They include one Mexican, one Ukranian and 56 Nigerians.

According to a statement by the commission, the suspects, as well as four vessels, one barge and two wooden boats, were handed over to the EFCC by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder.

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The vessels, MV Western Orient; MV Temile, AHT Ajemisan and AHT Jascon 23, and the two boats were intercepted around Onne Anchorage, while Barge Hannamarine was intercepted at Okorochiri Creek in Okrika.

Wike Submits Report Card After 100 Days

Wike Writes Rivers Assembly, Reports Suspended LG Chairmen
File photo: Nyesom Wike

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has made a list of what his government has achieved within the first hundred days of his second term.

Wike listed his achievements in a statement published via his social media page.

Here is the list of Wike’s achievements in the last hundred days.

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16 Travellers Kidnapped By Suspected Gunmen In Rivers

 

Suspected gunmen have kidnapped 16 travellers along the Rumuji – Elele axis of the east-west road in Rivers state.

The victims were travelling from the Ekeki motor park in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital to Port Harcourt, Rivers State when their vehicle was intercepted by the suspected kidnappers and taken into the bush.

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According to the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed to Channels TV, said that a manhunt for the kidnappers has commenced and efforts are on to rescue the victims.

“We are aware of the pockets of criminal activities along the East-West road, we are doing our best to contain these criminal activities, especially kidnapping.

“We have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers and efforts are on to rescue the victims.”

Several Feared Dead In Rivers Pipeline Explosion

MOSOP Accuses Military Of Killing In Gokana

 

A pipeline explosion in Kom Kom area of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State, has left several people feared dead.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the pipeline exploded during a routine maintenance work by some engineers and has nothing to do with vandalism or terrorism.

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He explained that some persons stormed the area to scoop petroleum product when the explosion occurred, which led to their deaths.

Omoni added that men of the command are at the scene of the incident to ascertain the state of things and the number of casualties.

One Soldier, Two NSCDC Officials Killed By Suspected Militants In Rivers

 

A Soldier with 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) and two personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been killed by suspected militants in Rivers State.

The personnel guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines at Gio community were attacked by suspected militants on Sunday, in an attempt to vandalize 24″ and 28″ TNP pipelines.

Deputy Director Public Relations, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, confirmed the attack in a statement.

“In the early hours of Sunday the 16th of June 2019 (Yesterday), troops of 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines at Gio community in Tai Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State were attacked by suspected militants who were hitherto prevented from vandalizing 24″ and 28” TNP thereby putting them out of the illicit business.

“Unfortunately, during the ensuing fire fight one soldier and 2 personnel of the NSCDC lost their lives and their weapons (one AK 47 and 2 G3 rifles) were carted away by the assailants.”

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The statement added that there was an immediate reinforcement by troops at the location and an intelligence led to the tracking and engagement with the suspects in a gun battle.

“Consequently, at about 9:00am, troops cashing on available information sighted a white Toyota Hilux vehicle without number plate, hastily driven with 4 occupants.

“Sensing danger, the occupants opened fire at the troops in a bid to escape. Troops reacted, and incapacitated the militants’ vehicle. As a result, the bandits abandoned their vehicle and fled to the bush.

“One of the criminals was gunned down and was identified as the wanted notorious cultists and illegal oil bunkering kingpin Korobe Menele – popularly known as MENE. Others with him, believed to escape with gunshot wounds – leaving trails of blood.

Iliyasu added that the troops recovered a vehicle, ammunition and other items which was handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action.

“The following items were recovered from the scene and in the vehicle:, 1 x K2 Rifle, 2 x Magazines loaded with 52 Rounds of 5.56mm, some personal effects, one pair of vehicle plate number KRK 95DP RIVERS and some documents.

“The body and other recovered exhibits have been handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action, while troops continue to track the remaining fleeing bandits to face justice.”

‘I Won’t Bow To Anybody’, Wike Vows To Defend The Interest Of Rivers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (l) and the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Niger Delta, Most Rev Tunde Adeleye at the Government House Port Harcourt Chapel of Everlasting Grace during the Thanksgiving Service for the Governor’s Re-election.

 

Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike has vowed to always defend the interest of the state without compromise.

He said this on Friday when the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Niger Delta, Most Rev Tunde Adeleye, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“I will not go to bow to anybody. I will defend the interest of our State. As far as God lives, this state will remain a Christian State, he said.

According to him, many politicians are easily swayed by circumstances and as a result, he only relies on God rather than trusting people.

As a politician, one group you must watch very carefully are the politicians. They are easily swayed.

“Something can entice politicians and they can change. If you watch what happened at the National Assembly, you can see that this is the attitude of politicians.

“You see a party has a position, then before you know it, they are selling out themselves for one plate of porridge. This one has a case and he wants them to withdraw the case.

“These things we know and we are guided about it. I will never let my guard down to say everybody is with me. The only person I can be comfortable with at all times is God.

“I don’t trust any human being. It is difficult for me to give 100 per cent trust that a man will continue to be like this or like that. The only person that cannot change is God.

He believes that with God, all challenges can be surmounted.

Speaking further, the Archbishop advised Governor Wike to remain vigilant in all his dealings.

He said, “The devil does not have any vacuum in his attacks. We know that quite a number of people have come to greet you, but we have a feeling to plead with Your Excellency that the guard should not be let loose yet.

A Thanksgiving Service was later conducted for his victory at the governorship elections.

Gunmen Kidnap Three Expatriates In Rivers

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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of three expatriates in the state.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the workers were on site at the reconstruction of the Andoni Unity Road, when unknown gunmen stormed the area and whisked them away.

He added that the incident is being seriously investigated.

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Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has given the chiefs and leaders of Andoni Local Government Area, a 72-Hour ultimatum to ensure the immediate release of three kidnapped expatriates.

Governor Wike said failure to secure the release of the three kidnapped expatriates at the expiration of the ultimatum; he will formally withdraw the recognition of all government-recognized Chiefs in the Local Government Area and cancel the Andoni aspect of the Unity road project.

The Governor further stated that other communities across the state must take measures to protect contractors and workers executing projects for them.

He added that the same sanctions will be meted out to other communities where chiefs and leaders allow project contractors to be kidnapped.

Rivers Government To Implement Report On Soot

 

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has ordered the immediate implementation of the report on Soot in the atmosphere which has caused environmental pollution in Port Harcourt and environs.

The governor gave the order on Wednesday when he met with the committee made up of environmentalists and other experts.

“We have told the chairman who was the former commissioner of the environment to make sure that everybody gets the report and quickly move into action and see how Rivers people will see some changes.

“As a government, we owe our people that responsibility for their safety in terms of a good environment and health.”

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He urged the committee which had doctors, representatives of the oil majors, security agencies and civil societies to ensure full commitment to achieve results.

“We are concerned that whatever we must do, we must do it, we don’t need to wait for the FG to assist us, let me plead with you, let us give this all sense of commitment.”