We Are Committed To Deepening Democracy – Wike

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has explained that the support given to the judiciary by his administration is to deepen democracy in Nigeria.

He said all the arms of government need to work in synergy in discharging their responsibilities to serve the people with courage and efficiency.

Governor Wike was speaking shortly after inspecting the progress of work at the reconstructed residence of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal and other judicial staff located in Amadi flat, Old GRA in Port Harcourt and the Judges’ Quarters for Judges of Rivers State Judiciary in Orazi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The governor said his administration had commissioned quarters for Judges of the Court of Appeal while the residence of the Presiding Justice and staff of the same court would be ready soon to boost their morale to confidently discharge their duties.

“We are quite impressed with the level of work that is going on there. You must give the people all it takes to do their best because you can’t talk about fighting corruption and then you will not give the judiciary the support that it requires.

“You cannot talk about deepening democracy without having the judiciary or Legislature playing their role.

“The three arms of government must work together to be able to engender development for the state,” he said.

Commenting on the provision of quarters for Judges of the Rivers State judiciary, Governor Wike said it would solve the problem of accommodation for Judges on retirement.

“I did say that we are going to give them owner- occupier residence so that when judges retire, they will get accommodation.

“It is very funny to find that when Judges retire, they do not have a place to stay or are compelled to stay in remote places after years of service. So, we thought that there is a need to give them a befitting place after retirement.

“We are happy that the contractor has completed the building, and now Julius Berger PLC is carrying out the furnishing. In a short time, we believe that it will be commissioned and handed over to the Chief Judge of the state who will then hand them over to the beneficiaries,” he added.

PDP Only Interested In Edo State Treasury, Says Governor Ganduje


The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC)  campaign council for Edo State governorship poll, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is only interested in Edo State’s treasury. 

Governor Ganduje of Kano State who spoke on Monday in Abuja after the APC Edo Campaign Council was inaugurated at the party’s National Secretariat also said the APC is not bothered by the defection of Governor Obaseki to the PDP.

According to Ganduje, the reasons for Mr Obaseki’s defection are far from being noble and the people will ultimately decide who to pitch their tent with.

He said the PDP accepted Governor Obaseki because he (Obaseki) is in charge of Edo State’s treasury.

“The PDP decided to accommodate our former governor in Edo State not because they have anything in common, not because they share some feelings, but simply because he is managing the treasury of Edo State and they want him to use that treasury in order to win the election,” Ganduje said.

He, however, added that Edo people are watching and and will not accept the move to hand over the State’s treasury to the PDP.

Ganduje said: “Edo State are watching; they know that somebody who was assisted in 2016 to win an election, somebody who was given every cooperation to succeed in the governance of Edo State without doing much for the people, at the end of it, he has taken the treasury and now handed it over to PDP in order to win the election. The people of Edo State will not accept this treachery.”

PDP Reacts

Meanwhile, the PDP has described as a huge irony that Governor Ganduje, who has become a butt of national shame after being seen on viral video stuffing his robe with gratification in foreign currency, will accuse the PDP of corruption intentions in the Edo state governorship election.

In a communique on Monday, the PDP said it is a paradox that an individual who has earned himself the disgraceful public sobriquet of “gandollar”, after being caught collecting gratification, would attempt to accuse others of having intention of looting the treasury of a state.

The PDP further pointed out that it is only in a party like the APC, under a Buhari Presidency, that such a tarnished individual can be selected to speak in public, let alone lead a governorship election campaign.


Rivers Development Agenda Is State-Wide, Says Wike

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says development projects are executed in every local government area of the state to improve the socioeconomic life of the people.

The governor stated that such holistic commitment to development is in keeping with the promise made to the people to serve them efficiently and leave the state better than he met it.

Governor Wike was speaking when the leadership of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, ( IPAC) paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

“My administration owes Rivers people a lot and nothing will slow down the tempo of provision of critical infrastructure.

“We are committed to making sure that we do what will make our people happy.

“People are surprised that even though we are in our second tenure, we are working as if we have another tenure to run. But our tenure ends in 2023 and my motivation is that we will continue to give services to the people of the state without relenting.

“I thank God that you just went to see projects within Port Harcourt. But we are doing more in the local government areas.

“There is no local government that will say they cannot find the presence of this administration. I challenge anybody to say we are not doing anything,” he said.

Governor Wike told the leadership of IPAC to put party politics aside and contribute their quota with useful suggestions that would enable him provide good governance to Rivers people.

“The whole essence of IPAC is not to be antagonistic to government,  it is about governance irrespective of political party.

“When elections are over, various parties will be more concerned how the government is serving and contribute their quota.

“What you have done here today is to tell the world what you have seen concerning what we are doing.  When all the parties have seen, it becomes easier to make the kind of suggestions that you have made. We are supposed to work as a team for the good of the state,” he emphasised.

Governor Wike urged politicians not to politicise COVID-19 but should work in concert with government to reduce the spread of the pandemic.

The governor announced that if the State receives the approved refund from the Federal Government, part of the money would be used to set up a Cancer Centre.

Leader of the delegation and chairman of IPAC,  Ambassador Desmond Akawor said the group is satisfied with the quality leadership provided by governor Wike and the developmental projects within the state capital that they inspected at the weekend.

Ambassador Akawor noted that the Flyover Projects, Mother and Child Hospital, Judges Quarters and the Real Madrid Football Academy are projects that would stand the test of time.

He assured the governor that IPAC would collaborate with his administration to give the state qualitative leadership.

The IPAC team were later taken on a tour of the ongoing construction of the administrative building and clinic, in Government House.

Rivers State Is Attracting More Investors – Wike



Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says more companies are relocating to the state because of the attractive investment climate.

He told journalists after an inspection tour of on-going projects in the state that a deliberate implementation of strategic policies has brought the investments.

The governor stated that the improvement in the State’s security architecture with the help of security agencies and the provision of critical infrastructure are responsible for the turnaround.

He also reiterated the resolve of his administration to return Port Harcourt to its garden city status.

” I can tell you now that more companies are coming into the state. The security has also improved so much with the help of security agencies and people feel safer to invest in the state.

“I am also resolved to leave Port Harcourt far better than what I met on ground. Every body can see that it is not easy, considering the present economic situation in the country.

“To sustain the execution of infrastructural development projects and also fight COVID-19 when most of my colleagues are complaining of paucity of funds shows political will and strategic leadership.

“People are wondering how we are doing it . But we determined not to disappoint our people and they will be happy when I have served out my tenure that they had a governor that really came to serve,” he said.

The governor also announced that the contract for the expansion of Rumuola flyover project has been signed.

He said work would soon begin on that flyover and the dualisation of Ezimbu Link Road popularly called Mummy B Road and the Tombia Extension Road.

Governor Wike stated that the urban renewal programme of his administration is achieving its purpose particularly with the commitment shown by the contractors handling the three flyovers at Rebisi, Rumuogba and Okoro nu Odo.

” We are impressed at the pace of work the contractors have maintained. We are happy that we are fulfilling the promises made to the people. There are road projects in other areas like old GRA and new GRA and we cannot but say we are overwhelmed with the level of commitment they have shown.

“That is what we have promised that whether there is COVID-19 or not, we will continue to do the work they expect us to do. This is so, because at the end of the day the virus will go and the people will be here. It is necessary for infrastructure to be put in place.

“As long as we continue to fight and tackle the pandemic, we are also resolved not to abandon any project,” he added.

The projects inspected include, Olumeni Road in Old GRA, Rebisi flyover, Woji Road and Elelenwo Street both in the new GRA.

Obaseki: NGF Is A Toothless Bulldog – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) as a ‘toothless bulldog’ that can only bark and not bite, following the ‘failure’ of the forum to speak up for embattled Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

Wike accused the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state, Dr. Obubelebara Adeniyi, of politicizing the fight against Coronavirus in the state.

The governor, who addressed journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt Monday, described as unheard of, the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disqualify a sitting governor, who was presented to the people of Edo State in 2016 by the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

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The governor said: “Ordinarily, I won’t speak about the challenges being faced by Obaseki because I have no business with APC. But, I will speak because the Nigerian Governors’ Forum is now a toothless bulldog that can bark but cannot bite.

“It is most unfortunate that I belong to a forum that cannot bite. Nigerian Governors’ Forum died immediately APC took over in 2015. Before then, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum was very powerful. APC killed Governors’ Forum and whatever position the forum takes now is in the interest of the ruling party. Nobody seems to respect Nigerian Governors’ Forum again because we have given ourselves out.”

Wike also took a swipe at the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) for being too beggarly and failing to rise in defence of the embattled Edo State governor.

The governor said: “Governor Obaseki is a member of the APC and I campaigned against him in 2016. How can you say that a sitting governor is disqualified because his certificate is defective.

“A sitting governor who was presented by the APC National Chairman? Has he apologized to Nigerians? Has he apologized to Edo people? He should apologize to Edo people. How can a man who doesn’t have a certificate claim that the certificate of a sitting governor that attended Nigeria’s premier university is defective?

“APC governors call themselves Progressive Governors and their national chairman is also progressive. APC governors have refused to come out and say we can’t take this; they are only begging. Imagine, Governor Obaseki being disqualified by someone who does not have a certificate.”

PHOTOS: Obaseki Visits Wike In Port Harcourt


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Sunday visited Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State.

The Edo state governor was received at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt.

The two governors after exchanging pleasantries held a closed-door meeting.

As at the time of filing this report, the details of the meeting were yet to be disclosed.

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Rivers Govt Warns Against Attempts To Blackmail NCDC


The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a recent petition, signed by one Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari, owner of the Prodest Hotel and dated 24th May 2020.

According to a communique by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, the petition was to the effect that a certain ‘convicted’ Manager of Prodest Hotel, Mr. Bariledum Job Azoroh, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 amongst 27 others, in a result released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), may have been infected on the instructions of the government.

In its response to the petition, the Rivers State Government stated that it had restrained itself from responding to previous similar publications by the same person, because the subject matter was still before a court of competent jurisdiction.

The government however, noted that it is now compelled to reply to what it terms an “obviously spurious, deliberately misleading and intentionally provocative petition with a proper response, to set the records straight and caution the sponsors of this action from further peddling such falsehoods in the public space”.

“For the avoidance of doubt and for the information of the general public, let us state categorically here that the FACTS of this matter are very clear, viz:

“A Port Harcourt Senior Magistrates’ Court on May 18th, 2020 convicted Mr. Bariledum Azoro, Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme and sentenced him to a fine of N50,000 for contravening paragraphs 3 and 4 of Executive Order RVSG 07 2020 on closure of hotels, guest houses and related outfits and provision of manifests in the state.

“The Senior Magistrates’ Court also ordered that the convict, Mr Azoroh should be quarantined in the isolation centre at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elekahia for 14 days, to ascertain his coronavirus status.

“That while in the court-ordered quarantine, competent health officials carried out mandatory tests on all suspected coronavirus individuals at the centre, including Mr.Bariledum Job Azoroh, to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

“It is important to state here that COVID-19 tests undergo World Health Organization, (WHO) and NCDC guidelines and are conducted under strict established medical protocols.

“That prior to the publication of the test results, the owner of Prodest Hotel in Eleme, Mr Gogorobari Needam had published one of his misleading petitions in an attempt to preempt the outcome of the test and the question we want to ask is: ‘Why did the hotel owner try to preempt the outcome of the test. Was he trying to cover up something?

“That on Sunday, 24th May, 2020, the NCDC announced that Rivers State had 27 recorded positive cases including Mr.Bariledum Job Azoroh, from tests carried out in the state.

“That following the official announcement of the result and confirmation of his Manager’s COVID-19 positive status, the Prodest Hotel owner has once again released another statement and this time is now calling for a state of emergency in Rivers State because his manager tested positive for COVID-19.

“Rivers people will recall that on May 19, 2020, we raised an alarm intimating the world of a clandestine plot by some Abuja politicians hiding under the cover of Covid-19 to instigate a State of Emergency in the state. Today, a hotel owner in Eleme, who lives in Lagos is also now calling for a State of Emergency. Is there any wonder therefore as to who is beating the drum for him?

“Indeed there seems to be more to this than meets the ordinary eye and we are calling on all well-meaning people to see the need to interrogate this man and know that he is acting out a script. In-fact, the entire petition sounds and reads like something lifted directly from the copy book of those who have been desperately trying to run down the Rivers State Government. This is desperation taken too far.

“We even recall vividly that Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari had in an interview published in the Punch Newspaper of May 15, 2020 titled: “No ill feeling towards Wike for demolishing my hotel – Gogorobari”, actually stated categorically that he holds no grudge against Governor Wike for demolishing the hotel.

“His words: ‘Who am I not to forgive him? I don’t hold any grudge against him. I just feel that God wanted it to happen that way”. So what happened to make him change his mind? Is it not obvious that the agents of evil and those who do not mean well for Rivers State have reached him and are now beating this drum of dissent for him?'”the government’s communique partly read.

The Rivers Government also stressed categorically that the government doesn’t conduct COVID-19 tests, adding that the state has trained health professionals who follow the relevant medical protocols set down by WHO, the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, to conduct the tests.

The government further noted that the claim suggesting that the Pro Hotel manager, Mr. Bariledum Job Azoroh, was infected while in detention is not only laughable and preposterous, but sad, and dangerously exposes the amazing ignorance and naivety of Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari and those sponsoring him about the deadly nature of the COVID-19 disease.

“Rather than commend the Rivers State Government for stemming the tide of infection that would have arisen if the Hotel used for clandestine parties was not demolished and the Manager arrested, the owner is crying wolf where there is none.

“We also want to caution Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari to be very mindful of his claims that his hotel Manager ‘has been framed up by an unorthodox hired medical officers recruited by Governor Wike with a report that he has tested positive to COVID-19 whilst in detention of the Rivers State Government'”.

“This is a clear accusation and indictment of the reputation and authority of the NCDC.

“We also want to call the attention of Mr. Needam Gogorobari that we take exception to his description of the Isolation Centre in Port Harcourt, as an ‘illegal detention facility at the Stadium in Elekahia, Port Harcourt’ and to inform him and his sponsors that the Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu and a team from the World Health Organization, were in Rivers State on a working visit in April this year and not only praised Governor Nyesom Wike for his leadership and handling of the COVOID-19 outbreak but also applauded his medical health team and all the facilities put in place in response to the Coronavirus”.

The Rivers government said it will be keen to know how the NCDC will react, when they read Mr Gogorobari’s description of a facility which the health agency approved, as ‘a detention centre’.

The government assure the good people of the state to remain resolute in their fight to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state, adding that the leadership will not be deterred by cheap blackmail and misleading propaganda.

Governor Wike through his aide, stated that his government is determined to employ and deploy appropriate strategies to keep Rivers State safe.

He called on all residents to work together with the government to defeat COVID-19 in Rivers State, adding that by the grace of God the state will be victorious.

Closure Of Business Is A Major Loss Of Revenue To Rivers State, Says Wike


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the closure of hotels and other businesses is a drain on the state’s finances but is a painful decision that has to be made.

Speaking on the closure of hotels and other business in the Executive Chamber of the Rivers State Government House when the executives of the Nigeria Hotels Association Rivers State Chapter led by Mr Eugene Nwuzi paid him a courtesy visit, Governor Wike said the closure of business is a difficult decision that has to be made for the safety Rivers people.

Governor Wike said most COVID-19 cases in Rivers state are oil company workers who lodged in hotels after returning from oil rigs.

He said hotels are closed because the tracing and control of the spread from cases found in hotels is more difficult.

Responding to a request by the hoteliers for hotels to be reopened Governor Wike said he has had several similar requests from friends and respected statesmen who are also hoteliers but the safety of the people of the state must be the priority consideration.

Wike assured them that hotels would be reopened as soon as the state’s Security Council fashions out ways to reduce the risks from their operation.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigeria Hotel Association Rivers State Chapter, Mr Eugene Nwuzi said without the effort of the governor in fighting COVID-19, Rivers State would have had a severe COVID crises.

He appreciated the Governor for the patronage which hotels in the state received from events that were held in the state

He requested for more regulations, standardisation and grading of the industry by the government.

Mr Nwuzi went on to reveal the hoteliers association has had several training for its members in collaboration with the state’s Ministry of Information, Health, Culture and Tourism on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in hotels within the state.

He assured that members of his association would ensure full compliance to safety protocols for hotels when they are permitted to re-open in the state.

Wike Calls For Co-Operation From Oil Majors As Mobil Nigeria Presents COVID-19 Test Machine


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike earlier today at the Rivers State Government House received a delegation from Mobil Nigeria Unlimited led by its Managing Director, Mr Udobong Ntia.

Governor Wike speaking on the need for Mobil to work with the state in the fight against COVID-19 said It serves no ones interest to deny any cooperate body or those on essential duty from carrying out their job but there most be cooperation for the benefit of everyone and the safety of the lives of the people of the state.

He explained that with oil being the main stay of the Nigeria’s economy exploration must go on but 60% of the COVID-19 cases in Rivers State are connected to activities of oil company personnel. He said 14 oil company workers who came in from a rigg yesterday are presently isolated at the Airforce base as 3 of them have tested positive for COVID-19.

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On actions being taken in Rivers State Governor Wike said he wouldn’t wait for the pandemic to get to the level where people die daily in the state before it is taken seriously. He said to reduce the risks to Rivers residents the names and itinerary of oil company personnel coming into the state has to be submitted to enable the state’s health team interface with them.

Speaking earlier the managing director of Mobil Nigeria said Mobil shares in actions the Governor has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. He said “we share the actions you have taken which we also took complementary actions in our facility to ensure we can protect lives.” He said they have implemented rigorous measures to ensure their facilities are protected.

The Managing Director of Mobil went on to outline benefits of Mobil’s activities in Rivers State to include having a fabrication yard in the state, regular payment of taxes, ground rent and tenament rates

The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a RNA COVID-19 testing machine to the state government to help boost the testing capacity of the state.

Rivers Govt Relaxes Lockdown In Port Harcourt And Obio/Akpor

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.


Rivers State Government has suspended the total lockdown exercise in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for six days, with effect from Thursday, 21st May 2020.

Governor Nyesom Wike stated this on Wednesday in a State-wide broadcast.

“Residents and visitors of these local government areas can therefore go out of their homes for their lawful businesses from tomorrow morning, that is, Thursday May 21 until 8.00 p.m., Tuesday 26th of May 2020, when the lockdown will be restored and maintained until further notice.

“It is important to emphasized that the relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.

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“All land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers State shall remain closed.

“Similarly, all open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers’ shops must remain shut.

“Religious gatherings of more than 50 persons remain prohibited.

“All public weddings, burials and other social gathering also remain prohibited.

” Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles must continue to limit the number of passengers to two persons only.

“The wearing of face masks or coverings in public spaces, including commercial and private vehicles remains compulsory as those who contravene would be arrested and summarily dealt with as the law demands,” he stated.

The Governor enjoined all residents to continue to maintain social distancing in every space, including within vehicles, bank premises and shopping places as required by the subsisting regulations.

He warned that those who refuse to comply with these duly established orders and restrictions would be arrested and prosecuted, as usual, for deliberately endangering themselves and the lives of others in the face of this deadly virus.

Governor Wike reassured residents of the state that his government was determined more than ever to do everything to fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Rivers State.

“We therefore urge residents not to panic even with the increasing number of positive cases, which is only indicative of the expanded testing now taking place in the State.

“Before long, we will flatten the curve, gradually lift the restrictions, restore normalcy and open up the State fully for business.

“But until then, we will continue to ask for is your patience, cooperation and religious compliance with the established measures to curb the spread of this virus.

“And so, for those, who have nothing to do outside their homes, please stay at home and stay safe. Let us also try to ensure that we keep and protect the most vulnerable persons among us, especially the aged and those with serious underlying health conditions from this virus,” he said.

The Governor expressed appreciation to all those who are in the frontlines supporting the efforts of the State Government in several ways to mitigate the spread of this virus in our State.

Oil Workers Contribute Sixty Per Cent Coronavirus Cases In Rivers, Says Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike


Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that Sixty percent of coronavirus cases recorded in the state are from oil workers returning from rigs.

Governor Wike disclosed this today when the Management Team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He stated that it is for this reason that the state government has insisted that oil workers coming into the state must be tested to confirm their coronavirus status.

The State Chief Executive noted that oil remains the mainstay of the economy and that government actions are not targeted at anybody or organisation.

He recalled that recently the  Nigeria Airforce Base, Port Harcourt also quarantined fourteen oil workers out which three tested positive.

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“It’s not in anybody’s interest to deny people to carry out their official duties.  Oil is the mainstay of the economy of Nigeria and without it, we that are in this part of the country will find it difficult to function.

“My concern is that companies should always notify the government of workers they are bringing into the state so that our health officials can monitor them.

“So all that we are saying is that we should work together. But people bring in politics that Rivers State is difficult, they don’t want any oil exploration, that is because people want to play politics.

“People say we don’t want foodstuff and livestock to come into the State. That is not correct. What we are saying is that human beings should not be hidden with these items, ” he stated.

The Governor lauded Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for the support to the state government in its fight against COVID 19, pointing out that he will always ensure that the lives of Rivers people are protected.

Earlier, the Executive Director of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Mr. Udobong Ntia commended the State Governor for measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID 19 in the state, particularly the increase in testing.

He noted measures also put in place by the company to fight the virus and donated  RNA COVID 19 Testing Kits and hospital beds to the state government.

Mr. Ntia assured the State Governor of the company’s commitment to supporting his effort in providing safety and good health to the people of the state.

Governor Wike Expresses Shock Over Sudden Death Of Media Aide


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has expressed shock over the sudden death of his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.

He described late Nwakaudu as a loyal and dedicated professional who contributed immensely to the implementation of The NEW Rivers Vision.

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The governor on behalf of his family, the government, and good people of the State condoled with the bereaved family.

He prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Late Nwakaudu died today at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) after a brief illness.