Wike Declares Commitment To The Funding Of Rivers State University

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that his administration will continue to sustain the dedicated funding of the Rivers State University, to ensure that all courses of the institution get full accreditation from relevant academic bodies.

The governor also announced that Saturday, April 1, 2017 will be the last day that the institution would be known as Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) as her change of name passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly will take effect. The University would henceforth be known as Rivers State University.

Addressing the 29th convocation of the university on Saturday, Governor Wike assured that his administration will always make the necessary investments to ensure that no Rivers person is denied access to quality education.

“A developing State, such as ours, needs the knowledge, skills and dexterity of our people to progress and prosper. Our administration recognizes that providing quality education, as a tool for development, is as important as providing physical infrastructure.

“That is why we are giving tremendous attention and resources to revamping the education sector and ensuring that our educational system truly empowers our people to successfully compete in the global environment.

“Ultimately, our commitment is to ensure that no Rivers person is left behind from the benefits of quality education as a tool, for the transformation of our economy. ”

He challenged the management of the university to refocus its energy towards fast tracking academic and infrastructural development in the school.

On the Faculty of Management Sciences and Faculty of Environmental Sciences buildings being funded by the Rivers State Government, the governor expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of work done.

He directed the Pro-Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the University to ensure that the building defects he pointed out during his inspection of the facilities are corrected.

The governor also directed the contractor handling the College of Medical Sciences to report to the Government House to explain the slow pace of the work.

Governor Wike charged the graduating students to be worthy ambassadors of the institution, who will contribute their quota to the development of the state.

He said: “I say congratulations, once again to all the graduating students for this milestone. You have all done well and deserve not only to celebrate but also to be celebrated.”

In his address, Pro-Chancellor of the University, Justice Iche Ndu represented by Rev. Dr. Joseph Omaegbu lauded Governor Wike for bringing to fruition the College of Medical Sciences of the Rivers State University, in addition to completing the Faculty of Management Sciences and Faculty of Environmental Sciences building at the university.

Also speaking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Blessing Didia said the school is an extension of the state’s construction activities.

He said that the university awarded first degrees, post graduate diplomas, masters and doctorate degrees to 4536 graduates.

Rivers Govt. Moves To Improve State Health Sector

We Are Building A Culture Of Commitment In Rivers - WikeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has assured that the ongoing revival of the health sector in the state, will improve the quality of healthcare.

The Governor said that the level of work on 13 General Hospitals by his administration have reached advanced stages.

He noted that amongst the hospitals being rehabilitated are zonal hospitals which will provide tertiary and secondary healthcare to the people.

The governor said the zonal hospitals are located at Bori, Etche, Ahoada and Degema.

“Work has gone far in these hospitals. We are remodeling the hospitals and ensuring that we revive healthcare across the state”.

The governor said that the essence of reviving the general hospitals was to bring healthcare close to the people wherever they reside.

He informed that his administration is in the process of re-equipping the Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt to meet the challenges of modern medicine.

He emphasised that new facilities are being provided at the Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital, while the doctors quarters is being constructed after the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo laid the foundation stone.

“We have put in place a Faculty of Medical Sciences at the State University, while the Faculty building is under construction “.

The governor stated that his administration has also commenced the process of employing consultants and medical officers in a move aimed at providing the professional manpower to drive the revival of the Health sector.

Wike Advocates For Ethnic Unity, Peace And Development

Cash Recovery Claim Shows Police Desperate To Impress – Rivers Govt.The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has called on all ethnic nationalities in the state, to work in harmony for the peace and development of the state.

The governor was speaking when leaders of a socio cultural group called Ogbako Ikwere Cultural Organisation met with him at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Governor Wike said although he hails from Ikwere, he will continue to work for  true peace and development to reign in the state.

He called on all ethnic nationalities to work together.

Wike Assures Of More Jobs With Revival Of Rubber, Oil Palm Industries

Nyesom Wike, Golden Jubilee Logo, Rivers StateThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has reiterated his commitment to creating jobs for unemployed youths in the state, through the promotion of public-private partnership in commercial agriculture.

Speaking during his inspection visit to Siat Nigeria Limited (Former Risonpalm) at Ubima on Friday, Governor Wike said that through commercial agriculture more than 10000 youths will be gainfully employed in the coming months.

He said that the Rivers State Government will partner with the company to revive Delta Rubber, which has been moribund for years.

“With the commitment that they have shown, we believe that the company will make Delta Rubber functional once again.

“I direct the Commissioner of Agriculture to open up immediate discussion with the company over the privatisation of Delta Rubber.

“With 5000 persons already employed, we believe that the privatisation will also create thousands of direct and indirect jobs.”

The governor noted that commercial farming estates in Bori would also be privatised for the creation of jobs for Rivers youths.

Earlier, the Chairman of Board, Mr Vandebeck said that since the takeover of the facility in 2011, the company has made substantial investments which has led to the emergence of a state of the art oil mill, with fruit bunches being harvested in commercial quantity both in Ubima and Elele estates.

He added that the company also purchases fruit bunches in large quantities from private farmers within the catchment area.

Also speaking, Mr Flex Nwobuko said that Ubima and Elele Plantations have been cleaned up and first class maintenance operations and practices are constantly applied.

He noted that the replanting of Elele estate old palms has commenced, with 2700 hectares already completed, while another 1700 has been planned for 2017.

Wike Pledges Commitment To Full Revival Of Health Sector

Rivers Govt. To Begin Streamlining Of State RevenuesThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that his administration will fully revive the state’s secondary health sector, as it works towards creating access to quality healthcare for the people.

Governor Wike also stated that the process of reforming the state’s pension platform would be entrenched to make life more meaningful for retired civil servants.

He spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt while inaugurating the Chairmen and members of the Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, and the Rivers State Pension Board.

The governor said that the constitution of the Rivers State Hospitals Management Board is long overdue, pointing out that the new board will support the administration in its drive to reposition the hospitals in the state.

He added that the facilities at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital would be improved, while the rehabilitation of General Hospitals across the state will be intensified.

On the Rivers State Pension Board, Governor Wike said that the new board would liaise with the Office of the Head of Service to carry out the pension reforms planned by the administration.

“We really have to improve pension management in the state, so that our retired civil servants have better lives after serving the state.

“I am behind these two boards as long as they take the right steps. These boards must be courageous. They must work hard for the state to achieve her developmental goals”, he said.

Responding on behalf of the boards, Chairman of the Rivers State Hospital Management Board, Dr Silas Eneyo assured the governor that the boards will address the challenges for which they have been established.

Wike Lauds Nigerian Navy’s Professionalism

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has lauded the Nigerian Navy for being professional while performing their duties.

The governor commended the Naval High Command for tracking down Rivers State Fishing Commercial Fishing Trawler, which he said would boost the revenue base of the state.

He made this known when he received the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole and the Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore I.N Kayoda.

He said unlike other security agencies, the Nigerian Navy has concentrated on the promotion of security, rather than promotion of political interests.

“The Nigerian Navy has lived above board. They have refused to be dragged into politics. We have had rerun elections in the state, but I have had no reason to complain about the conduct of naval personnel”.

He assured the Naval High Command of the support of his administration in terms of the provision of logistics to fight crime.

The governor said that the gunboats being purchased for the Nigerian Navy by the Rivers State Government will be released to the security agency.

He charged the Nigerian Navy to ensure that the gunboats when delivered, should be used strictly for the protection of Rivers waters.

“We are always willing to support security agencies. Nobody will tolerate crime as it hinders development “.

Earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole announced that the Navy has tracked down the fishing Trawler of the Rivers State, and would soon be handed over to the state government.

He also commended the governor for his commitment to Naval Operations, adding that the 120 Housing Units completed by the administration for the NNS Pathfinder would help solve the accommodation challenges of the personnel at the facility.

Rear Admiral James Oluwole noted that the Nigerian Navy would judiciously use the gunboats when delivered by the Rivers State Government.

Wike Scolds Education Ministry Over Illegal Levies Passed To Parents

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeThe Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has berated officials of the State Ministry of Education for failing to utilise the Ministry’s monthly overhead judiciously, thereby passing unnecessary financial burden to less privileged parents in the state.

The governor, directed the State Commissioner of Education, Profesor Kaniye Ebeku, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr Patricia Ogbonnaya and the State Director of Secondary Education, Mrs Mae Solomon, to offer written explanation on the funds collected illegally from parents.

Speaking during a meeting with Principals of Public Secondary Schools in the state, Governor Wike also directed principals of public secondary schools to provide written explanations on how they expended unapproved levies collected from parents.

The principals are expected to submit their written reports on Friday to the office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor.

Governor Wike also stated that after the written explanations, ministry officials and principals found culpable would be disciplined.

“I hereby direct the Commissioner of Education, the Permanent Secretary and the Director of Education to within the next four hours provide written explanations on the issue of the collection of unapproved levies.

“Tabulate the monies collected. How much was collected? How much got to the Education Ministry? How much was left with the principals? If this is not done, all of you will be suspended.

“Also explain how much levies are being charged to the students and to which account are the monies paid to. Who is the approving authority of such an account?” the governor demanded.

The governor said that he would commence a cleansing process in the Ministry of Education and the public schools to re-position them for greater performance.

“I will not spare anyone involved in defrauding our parents.”

Governor Wike said that since assuming office, he had been releasing monthly overhead to all Ministries, which was suspended by the immediate administration in the state.

The Education Commissioner, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, noted that majority of the 534 public secondary school principals in the state were in attendance.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr Patricia Ogbonnaya and the Director of Secondary Education, Mrs Mae Solomon explained that they arrived at the levies following meetings held by the top civil servants, Nigerian Union of Teachers and All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) of the Ministry during the immediate past administration.

They said that no formal memorandum had been written to Governor Wike to seek his approval for the levies charged.

On his part, however, the President of ANCOPSS in Rivers State, Mr Austin Iroegbu commended Governor Wike for his investments in education.

2017 Budget: Wike pledges Accelerated Development

wike2The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has given his assent to the 2017 Appropriation Law passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly, with a pledge to accelerate the development of the State.

The Rivers State Government budgeted 470billion Naira for the 2017 Fiscal year.
The 2017 budget is christened “the Golden Jubilee budget for accelerated development.”

Giving his assent to the 2017 budget, Governor Wike commended the Rivers State House of Assembly for always placing the interest of the people above other considerations.

“You passed the budget on time so that the State Government will continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the good people of Rivers State.

“I sincerely thank the state lawmakers for supporting the Executive Arm to provide basic infrastructure to the people of the state”.

He noted that his administration will ensure the diligent implementation of the 2017 budget in line with the tenets of the New Rivers Vision.

He said that funds meant for other arms of government will released as scheduled.

“The Executive Arm of government will continue to cooperate with other arms of the state government to develop the state ”

The governor assured the state lawmakers that his administration will remain focused, despite the undemocratic actions against the Rivers people.

Speaker on behalf of  the Rivers State House of Assembly,  Hon Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani lauded Governor Wike for providing the right leadership for the state.

He said that the 2017 budget will intensify the transformation of the state.

“This government means well for the people of Rivers State. We will continue to give the governor the required support for the development of the State “.

The signing of the budget into law was witnessed by the State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Rivers PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, State Lawmakers and Commissioners.

A breakdown of the 2017 budget indicates that the total projected capital expenditure is 329 billion Naira (three hundred and twenty-nine billion naira) representing 70 percent, while 141, 000,000,000.00 Naira (one hundred and forty-one billion naira) is proposed for recurrent expenditure.

Rivers State Will Continue To Deliver Projects – Wike

wike-projectThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has prmised that he will continue to deliver quality projects to the people of the state.

Speaking after commissioning the Rumunduru-Eneka link road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Monday, Governor Wike said that he remains committed to fulfilling all his campaign promises.

“While they are busy dismissing policemen, I am busy doing projects. If they owe Nigerians nothing, I owe my people projects,” he said.

He advised Rivers people to disregard what they read in newspapers about the state, noting that the administration remained on course.

He said: “You gave me your votes, so I will not give you excuses. That is why I am executing pro-people projects.”

In his remarks, State Work Commissioner, Mr Bathuel Iheanyichukwu expressed happiness that the new road has resolved the traffic challenges in the area and improved the economy of communities along the road.

Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Prince Collins Onunwo said that Governor Wike has restored the hope of the people of the state.

The Governor also inspected the ongoing works at the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park. He was accompanied by leaders of the state.

Wike Calls On Nigerians To Support Families Of Slain Officers

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on Nigerians to make direct investments in the lives of legionnaires and the families of late servicemen, who lost their lives defending the territorial integrity of the country.

The governor made this known on Friday while speaking at the 2017 Emblem Appeal Launch marking the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He said the families of slain servicemen and legionnaires deserve all the support they can get from the people.

“There is need for us to give them the required support. We must take legionnaires and families of slain servicemen as important as we take ourselves.

“This is because they fought for this nation. They laid down their lives to ensure that we enjoy a peaceful nation”.

According to the governor, Nigeria is still united because the military personnel fought for the country.

He implored Nigerians to donate generously to the Emblem Appeal Launch.

The governor also announced a donation of 10million Naira on behalf of the Rivers State Government, while 23 Local Government Areas donated 11.5million Naira, Commissioners 1.5million Naira and Special Advisers to the Rivers State Governor donated 1million Naira.

The Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Kenneth Kobani explained that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration is necessary to provide the needed support, for those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the country.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State, Col Wilberforce Josiah (Rtd) lauded Governor Wike’s support for legionnaires and their families.

Fighting Crime: Wike Promises Support For Nigerian Army

Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, GOC 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem and Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Kabiru Garba
Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, GOC 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem and Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Kabiru Garba

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the State Government would support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in strengthening the security architecture of the state and its environs.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem on Thursday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the Governor said enhanced security leads to the development of other sectors.

“Let me assure you that as a government, we will continue to support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army with the needed logistics to carry out her duties.
Security leads to improvement of the other sectors.”

He commended the new GOC for the quick successes in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) where cultists were uprooted.

The Governor urged the military to step up its operations in ONELGA to dislodge the remnants of cultists who refused to accept the State Amnesty Programme by laying down their arms.

He lauded the Federal Government for establishing the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army to help fight crime in the state, pointing out that his administration will continue to work for the unity of the country.

Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, GOC 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem and Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Kabiru Garba Commandant of Military Hospital, Brigadier General Audu Enogela
Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, GOC 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem and Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Kabiru Garba Commandant of Military Hospital, Brigadier General Audu Enogela

In his remarks, General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem informed that the new division was created on  November 7, 2016 out of the 82 Division to promote regional security.

He said the division with headquarters in Port Harcourt covers Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa States.

According to him, the new division would fight pipeline vandalism, cultism and militancy. The General Officer Commanding the 6 Division called on the Rivers State Government to support the division.

 

Rivers Govt. Flags Off Construction In Etche

Wike, rivers, no cash for arms,The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has flagged off the Ulakwo 11-Afara-nihi road in Etche Local Government Area of the state.

The road which is reported to be in a state of disrepair will be getting the attention of government for the first time since the creation of the state.

According to the state government, this flag off is the beginning of a series of road construction around the rural areas.

The event which was marked by an atmosphere of celebration and cultural dances by women and youth groups was well attended by the different community leaders in the Local Government Area.

The Commissioner of Works, Harrison Bathuel highlighted the economic importance of the road to the people.
According to him, the road will serve as a major link to Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“Your excellency in the past, this road has been un-passable. And you will agree with me that the people of Etche, particularly in this area are predominantly farmers. T

Therefore, the need to transport the farm produce to Port Harcourt is very necessary. With the official flag off of this road, in the next eight months, their worst fears will be a thing of the past.”

Meanwhile the governor in his speech commended the people of Etche, he said “I have told you before now, if we make a promise, by the grace of god we will fulfil the promise to the people”.

“Now I want to say this, how you know this country, we caught people printing result sheets, they say it was a setup, who set who up?

“The evidence was clear, they took the matter to zone 6, we told the world that they want to kill the matter. When they got to zone 6, what they have decided two days ago is that they take the matter to Federal Ministry of Justice, the office of the DPP and when the matter gets there, they will say there is no case, the matter should not be taken to court.

This is a country where printing of result sheets is like printing the currency of a country. Instead of INEC to say no, we want to know what happened, because it has touched on our credibility, they are not saying anything”

The Ulakwo 11-Afara-nihi road which is currently in a deplorable state is an 8.2 kilometres by 7.3 metres with drains of drains of 4 metres.