The Cross River State Government has added to its roll of celebrations the ‘Green Carnival’, aimed at encouraging the planting of trees to add extra beauty to the state, as well as trap toxic gasses.
The State Governor, Ben Ayade, who initiated the festival and led a procession of people on a tree planting mission at the state’s botanical garden, disclosed that the tree planting exercise is also meant to reduce the effect of solar radiation to the earth’s surface.
Accompanied by state officials, as well as nature lovers from across the globe, including the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amechi, the tree planting festival was in fulfilment of the theme for the 2015 Carnival, “Climate Change”.
According to Governor Ayade, following the effect of climate change on all facet of mankind, tree planting becomes imperative to protect nature. He also added that his administration is poised towards making green millionaires out of tree planting in the state.
The governor noted that his administration will give full support to every young Cross Riverian who intends venturing into tree planting, with a piece of land and capital.
On his part, Rotimi Amechi called on Nigerians and the world to take seriously the tree planting venture, to save mother earth.
The Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi has said that the ongoing Nigeria Governor’s Forum is a way of re-evaluating and reviewing of performance as a governor to the state.
He said that the forum has in the previous years focused on poverty reduction, security, employment and education.
He stated that the basic policy that will reduce poverty is energy because it will bring about industrialisation which in turn will reduce insecurity “We believe insecurity is caused by poverty”
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Governor Amaechi stated that the level of federalism that allows the state to operate may be too low which will hamper development; also adding that one of the issues that affects Nigeria’s law is lack of implementation of laws and regulations.
He also added that the implementation is not thorough, commending president Goodluck Jonathan on privatization of power, Governor Amaechi said there is more of darkness in the country now than power adding that the implementation is not complete.
Governor Amaechi speaking on life after office says he lives like every citizen in the country, such as eating at public places, driving himself amongst others. adding that he is getting himself in shape for normal life.
As the nation marks 14-years of uninterrupted democracy, Nigerians have called on the federal government to allow for freedom of speech and even ambition amongst its citizens.
This call was made by the Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Cross River State chapter and founder of the Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI), Bishop Emmah Isong, while briefing Journalists in Calabar on the recent commotion in the Nigerian polity.
According to Emmah Isong, Nigeria has come a long way in its democratic process which allows one, right to freedom of speech and opinion on any issue and even criticise the federal government if need be.
Commenting on the just concluded Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) election that saw the re-election of the governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amechi as its Chairman, and his subsequent suspension by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Bishop described the act as a deviation from the democratic process of the nation.
According to him, the decision is an absolute abuse of power at the federal level which calls for reflection as the nation celebrates the maturity of its democracy.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak has denounced claims that President Goodluck Jonathan wants the current Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Rotimi Amechi of Rivers State, out of that position.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, Mr. Gulak insisted: “It has nothing to do with Mr. President.”
He further explained that President Jonathan is only interested in matters and institutions provided for in the Constitution, pointing out that the NGF and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors’ Forum and all other such groups are not enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.
Speaking on the developments in the PDP, Mr. Gulak said that the PDP, which boasts of representatives nationwide, “is the only national party in Nigeria” and as such there is bound to be challenges as a result of different political interests.
He, however, maintained that the political group has its internal mechanisms to solve any challenges.
When asked the reason behind PDP’s inability to raise a new breed of young politicians, he said that “the important thing is that the party must mature,” adding: “We still need people who will guide the younger ones in order to appreciate what party administration stands for.”