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APC Hails Amaechi, Rivers Govt. for Setting the Pace in Healthcare Delivery

Posted on March 27, 2014. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: , |

APC Hails Amaechi, Rivers Govt. for Setting the Pace in Healthcare Delivery

The Auto Disable syringe FactoryThe Rivers State Government has been commended for winning the 2014 edition of the highest honour for unparalleled excellence in healthcare delivery in the country, dubbed ‘the Outstanding Government Healthcare Programme Excellence Award’.

“This feat, achieved over the weekend during the award ceremony held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, has erased any doubt which might have been harboured by anyone about the commitment of the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led administration to the health and wellbeing of all citizens of Rivers State,” the State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt.
The statement signed by the State Interim Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, described Governor Amaechi as “a visionary with an uncommon passion for the welfare of the downtrodden,” adding: “This is evident in the zeal with which his administration, from its inception almost seven years ago pursued primary healthcare delivery, making huge investments in the sector and rebuilding the health system from the foundation stage.”.

Rivers APC described the honour as well deserved, saying: “It is indeed remarkable that the Amaechi administration has, without much ado, built, staffed and equipped over 120 primary health centres across the state. It has in addition ensured that each primary healthcare centre in the state is headed by a medical doctor who lives in the premises to attend to patients round the clock. As a result of this, Rivers State has achieved 100 percent routine immunization by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) assessment in the year 2013.”

Apart from the above, the government of Rivers State under the watch of Governor Amaechi has achieved the following-

Three new Secondary/Tertiary Health Care centres were built and being managed on PPP basis: 1. New Dental and Maxillofacial Hospital. 2. 120 bed Prof. Kelsey Harrison Hospital. 3. 120 bed hospital within the Rivers State UST campus.

Dental maxillo-facia Hospital

Dental maxillo-facia Hospital

The Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMH) is constantly upgraded in the areas of infrastructure and equipment.

To ensure that Rivers State is the best in health delivery in Africa, the government of Rivers State is not contented with the above feats but is currently executing the following projects:

1. New College of Nursing and Midwifery
2. Orthopaedic Hospital at the old UPTH site
3. Cardiovascular Hospital at the old UPTH site.
4. Mother and Child Hospital at the Air force Base.

A Pan African Health Foundation (PAHF) Auto Disable Syringe Factory that produces 160 million syringes per annum was completed and commissioned in October, 2008.

For the party, Governor Amaechi does not only improve on the infrastructure of the health sector but also the human capital. In this regard, recruitment and training/retraining of Human Resource for Health have been ongoing. So far, 460 doctors, 300 nurses, 20 pharmacists, 40 record officers, 20 catering officers, 20 cooks and 20 drivers have been recruited to boost the workforce in the service. Another 218 other staff were recruited into the State Emergency Medical Services.

The following under listed programmes are fully functional – 1. Free Medical Care Programme. 2. Emergency Medical Service. 3. Malaria Control Programme. 4. HIV/AIDS Control Programme. 5. Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme. 6. National Programme of Immunization.

With all these feats one is not in doubt that Rivers State is the best in Nigeria in Health delivery, in this regard, Dr Ikanya praised the Amaechi administration for focusing on things that will touch the lives of the common man and appealed to “the good people of Rivers State to reciprocate this gesture by always supporting His Excellency and voting for APC candidates in future elections in the State.”

We must also congratulate and commend Dr Sampson Parker the supervising Commissioner of Health in the State who has religiously implemented the vision and mission of Governor Amaechi on health care delivery to the letter, the statement concluded.
To the doubting ‘Thomases’, the relevant pictures of some of the feats of this administration in this regard are attached.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the Interim State Chairman, APC Rivers State

 

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Virginity Test Costs School Principal Dearly

Posted on March 23, 2014. Filed under: Opinion | Tags: |

Virginity Test Costs School Principal Dearly

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Protest was the disposition of the students of Ajuwon Senior High School, Ajuwon, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, after their school Principal, Rev. Olufunke Oladeojobi supposedly ordered that virginity test was conducted on them, having suspected promiscuity among some of the students.

The year was in 2012. Precisely December. It was distinguished that the Principal did not use scientific method, but her fingers, for the test. One of the students who did not give her name, but was in the Senior Secondary School 1, SSS1, vehemently indicted the Principal of using her fingers for the act.

But the Principal denied the assertion, saying that medical professionals were contracted to conduct the test on 10 students, only. It was all-the-same gathered that exercise book, was given to each of the students, after the virginity test exercise; perhaps, as remuneration.

Another student prosecuted the Principal that she requested that all the SSS1 female students marshaled out at the assembly ground. According to the student, the Principal made the announcement in their class.

At the assembly ground, where the students had pulled-together, she apparently asked that those, who were yet to lose their virginity, should stand separately. With the assistance of the staff, the Principal seemingly marched the students into her office.

The student also whispered that they were threatened in the office by the staff and the Principal that any of the students, who refused to partake in the exercise, would have her name written in the ‘Black Book’. Hence, they were grouped into three groups: 10, 15 and 13.

One of the female students who did not give her name for fear that it would appear in print, said that the SSS1 students were over 500, of which about 280, were females, and the virgins among them were about 38.

After the virginity test, the Principal was purportedly boastful of finding out who the ‘promiscuous students’ were. Conversely, the parents of the students did not take the Principal’s deed, with a pinch of salt.

The principal was dragged to the police for not having sought for their consent, before ‘forcing’ their wards into her office, for virginity test. The Principal, who was known among her students as a rigorous disciplinarian, was later quizzed by the police.

But some moralists added their voices and, were of the view that the parents of the girls should be ashamed, for not bringing up their daughters self-effacingly. They said that morale mothers would want to send their daughters to such school that the Principal was regarded as a highly principled person, who didn’t want rot in her school, but wanted her students to graduate as virgins, not as wayward.

On December 19 2012, the Ogun State Government suspended the Principal, for gross infringement and abuse of the rights of the students, saying that she had no right to conduct such a test on her students.

The suspension of the Principal came after a panel that was set up to investigate the matter circled-in a first-round account and outcome, which pinpointed that the principal had no such right. The state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Segun Odubela confirmed the unpleasant incident, but reiterated that the Principal was not quickly suspended.

A fair hearing of 14 days was given to the Principal, according to Odubela; she was examined by a five-man panel consisting of officials of both the ministry and Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), set up to advance investigation into the matter and recommend ways on how to handle the issue.

“It’s inappropriate to subject pupils to a virginity test. It’s a barbaric act that should not be tolerated or accepted. A broken hymen is no longer medically proven as evidence of sexual activities,” a sexual abuse specialist reportedly said.

“How can a principal deep her dirty fingers inside the private parts of her students without the consent of their parents? This is a sexual crime! Since when was a principal vested with the power to conduct virginity test in Nigeria?” said a public affairs analyst Ajayi Olu.

“This woman should be jailed; she went too far in her rights as a principal,” said Ehi Hum, a teacher.

Ritual kind of a thing it sounds to me. Maybe, she is collecting whatever liquid there for ritual. Simply put, she should be expelled,” said somebody who would not want the name in print.

“This Principal must be a very idle one to have had the time to perform this despicable act at the expense of the schools’ time,” said a woman who simply gave her name as Agnes. “Unless this was part of the school curriculum as prescribed by the national body, the Principal needs to be relieved of her duty.”

By January 22, 2013, the Ogun State Government directed that a psychiatric test be conducted on the Principal. She was not only recommended for a compulsory psychiatric test, but, also, an evaluation submitted by a three-man board headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ambaliu Ishola, suggested that the Principal be demoted to grade level 15 from grade level 16.

Also, according to the evaluation, she should go back to the Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM headquarters, if given a sane-bill by the psychiatrist and, the two health workers who assisted the Principal in carrying out the virginity test should be passed-on to the Ministry of Health, for corrective action.

Findings are that while Odubela, and Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, Bukunola Onabanjo, were directed to meet with and address members of the Parents Teachers Association, PTA, staff and students of Ajuwon High School, the affected students were to be referred to the State General Hospital for appropriate medical check-up and counseling.

The medical test conducted to determine the mental state of the Principal came out and substantiated that she was sane and suffered no serious mental complaint. The state government had said the medical test on the teacher was essential to decide her mental state. Odubela stated the result of the medical test on Friday, February 22, 2013, which was conducted by Consultant Psychiatrist Timothy Olaolu Adebowale, Special Grade 1 with the Neuro Psychiatrist Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta.

“There was no evidence of impairment of reality testing, or gross personality defect, as she currently expresses realistic views on issues regarding the whole incident in her school and her referral for this assessment,” stated the Psychiatrist’s report as at January 29, when the Principal was assessed.

“With these decisions, we have finally laid to rest the issue of Virginity Test in Ajuwon High School. The decisions addressed all the problems and all the affected persons. We hope we can all shift attention to the developmental projects that the state government is undertaking to provide affordable qualitative education for our people,” said the state Commissioner for Education.

Meanwhile, Odubela had said that the government was always concerned about the welfare and interest of the students and, therefore, would not tolerate any act that would compromise their fundamental rights or jeopardize their future.

“Government should offer free Condoms and Sex Education to our youths. That said, what the principal did is absolutely wrong and I suspect foul play. Could it be that she wanted to use them for ritual?” an analyst who gave his name as James said.

“We equally believe in the need to maintain discipline in our schools and to follow due process in the handling of this particular case. We appeal to the parents of the students involved to be patient and allow us to handle the case as dictated by the law of the land and service rules,” Odubela categorically explained.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

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​ Corruption: Jonathan May Run Economy Aground Before 2015, APC Warns *Says NGF Retreat an eye opener

Posted on March 23, 2014. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: , |

​Corruption: Jonathan May Run Economy Aground Before 2015, APC Warns *Says NGF Retreat an eye opener

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter, says it wishes to alert Nigerians to the great danger that lies ahead as a result of the rising tide of corruption under the Goodluck Jonathan administration and the government’s refusal or failure to take concrete measures to reverse the trend. Going by the rate of looting currently going on at the centre, Nigerians should not be surprised if the present administration completely runs the economy aground before leaving office after the 2015 elections.

The party in an online press release signed by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said, “With no trace of the whopping sum of $29B which the NNPC – which has become a conduit pipe and the ATM Card of key actors of this administration – failed to remit to the Federation Account, no trace of the N24B Police Pension Fund and the inability of the Head of Service of the Federation to account for N340M, the fuel subsidy scam revealed by the defunct Faruk Lawan’s Committee, the non-remittance of billions of Naira that accrued to NLNG Bonny to the Federation account from 2004 till date that  has badly affected all critical sectors of the Nigerian economy and constitute an economic crime; N10b allegedly wasted by Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison-Madueke for maintenance of an aircraft, a Challenger 850 Aircraft and its crew in the last two years while millions of Nigerians go about without employment or means of livelihood, it is safe to conclude that this administration will make the infamous administration of late Gen. Sani Abacha a saint, after all”.

The statement reads in part:

“These looting sprees continued while we are inundated on daily basis of scarce national resources where public finance is shrinking in the face of ever increasing national needs such as roads, health, education and power. In recent times, most states of the federation have been facing acute shortage of allocations due to the dwindling national revenue which has reduced the quality of governance and deprived Nigerians of dividends of democracy.

“Nigerians should rise and fight corruption as we cannot continue to watch while our common patrimony is being looted with impunity on a daily basis.

“Along this line, APC Rivers wishes to commend the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for the strong position it took against the country’s worsening corruption situation during its Third Retreat held last week in Lagos. The retreat was an eye opener that demonstrated how a visionary and patriotic pressure group should conduct itself. The issues of corruption, the menace of insecurity and unemployment ravaging our nation were put in the front burner by the NGF and solutions proffered to them. Unfortunately, we have an inept administration at the centre which will likely not consider these revolutionary strategies advocated during the retreat. We, however, urge Nigerians not to give up hope as, by the grace of God, these great minds in the NGF would have dislodged the visionless PDP at the centre by the time the 2015 elections are concluded to give Nigerians the seemingly elusive dividends of democracy and take the country out of her present woes arising from the blunders of the clueless leadership of President Jonathan.

“We congratulate the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led NGF on its successful Third Retreat and urged it not to relent in its efforts to ensure that we have a better Nigeria irrespective of the obvious obstacles orchestrated by the corrupt PDP Government at the centre.

“We meanwhile plead with the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibility and deal decisively with the increasing threat to the nation’s stability by terrorists before the terrorists over-run the entire country. It is sad that the administration seems overwhelmed by the growing band of insurgents. Every day we hear that people are slaughtered without government doing anything meaningful to check the ugly trend. From Borno to Adamawa, Yobe, Benue, Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina and Taraba, etc, innocent lives are being taken with impunity and nobody is sure of what will happen to him or her the next minute. This is unfortunate, unacceptable and condemnable. We say to President Jonathan, enough is enough. Wake up from your slumber and do the right thing before it is too late”.

 

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Olejeme makes case for women

Posted on March 23, 2014. Filed under: news | Tags: |

Olejeme makes case for women

The Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme last weekend – Friday took a hard look at the constitution and concluded that women under the law in Nigeria are not well treated.

She also canvassed for the right of women to inherit properties of their biological fathers’ in spite of their marital status.

“Women in most communities in Nigeria are treated as objects or properties and therefore not a subject of inheritance. The practice of denial of inheritance right has caused untold hardship to women” she lamented.

In a statement issued in Asaba to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the Deputy Director General, You and I Foundation, Barrister Raymos Guanah, Olejeme expressed delight at the progress so far made by Nigerian women.

She frowned at the language of the constitution as it affects women and the treatment of women in some agencies.

Olejeme, a member of the National Conference, criticized Section 26 (2) (a) of the 1999 Constitution which denies right of citizenship to foreign men married to Nigerian women.

“Section 26 of the 1999 makes discriminatory provisions against women in terms of the inability of their foreign husbands to acquire Nigerian citizenship automatically by marriage. Indeed, the Constitution makes no provision for the process by which non-Nigerian men married to Nigerian women and who are so desirous, may become Nigerian citizens”

Olejeme while criticizing the provisions of the constitution as it relates to attack on women in different forms, identified harmful traditional practices which include widowhood practices, female genital mutilation, force marriage and others as threat to the lives of women in Nigeria.

Specifically, Olejeme decried the use of state of origin in the discrimination of married women.

Thinking of the various problems affecting women in the country, Olejeme emphasized gender equality and women empowerment.

She also called for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March.

 

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Governor Amaechi’s Wife Speaks on Africa Gender Policy at 2014 Crans Montana Forum

Posted on March 21, 2014. Filed under: news | Tags: |

Governor Amaechi’s Wife Speaks on Africa Gender Policy at 2014 Crans Montana Forum

Dame-Judith-AmaechiWife of the Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi is among speakers that will address world leaders and head of corporations at the 1st Africa Women Forum, Crans Montana in Brussels, Belgium on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Dame Judith Amaechi is among panellists in Africa who will be speaking on the gender policy, challenges and prospect at the African Women Forum, Crans Montana.

In a statement signed by her Media Assistant, Dike Bekwele said Dame Judith Amaechi will narrow her experience on the Gender Policy, the Rivers State Perspective, challenges and prospects.

Mrs Amaechi would be making her third appearance at the Cran Montana Forum.

In 2012, she delivered a keynote address with the topic Role of First Ladies in Peace Initiative at Baku, Azerbaijan.

In 2014 edition of the forum in Brussels, Belgium, she will be delivering her third lecture at the forum on Gender and Policy in Africa.

Dame Amaechi is pleased that she is one of the chosen speakers that will x-ray the challenges of the African Woman at the inaugural round table on African Women Forum.

She stated that issues of gender injustice was high on the African Continent and expressed optimum that Government in Africa State will use the forum to revisit issues of gender with a view to addressing injustice and disparity against women.

Crans Montana Forum is an international platform for world leaders and head of world’s corporation to discuss challenges facing the world’s economy.

 

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PDP Asks Amaechi To Resign Over Insecurity In Rivers

Posted on March 20, 2014. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

PDP Asks Amaechi To Resign Over Insecurity In Rivers

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter says the State will be better off if Gov Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi throws in the towel having failed in his oath of allegiance to protect lives and properties of the Rivers people as the Chief Security Officer in the State.

This is coming on the heels of an open acknowledgment  by Gov. Amaechi of rising rate of crimes and insecurity in the State while performing the ground breaking ceremony of the foundation stone laying of the new secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council.

The PDP in a statement from the office of the State Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah and signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam commends Gov. Amaechi for the open confession of his failure, adding that he should complement his inability to discharge this responsibility by turning in his resignation letter.

The party also regrets Gov Amaechi’s continued misappropriation and application of billions of State funds voted for security into All Progressives Congress, APC sponsorship and only to turn around to blame his incapacitation on the PDP, the Police and perceived enemies.

On the spate of criminal activities after the redeployment of Commissioner Mbu Joseph as personally and publicly accepted by Amaechi, the PDP said Gov. Amaechi has at last admitted that he was the problem and not the former Police boss or the federal government as he was trying to impute.

“May we also emphasize that the PDP cannot stay watching our dear state plunged into anarchy and the lives of our people reduced to a gambling object of politicking only for the insensitive and power drunk state governor to resort to new buck-passing as all he can offer in his security responsibility to the people.

We’ll continue to hold Amaechi responsible for any security breach and breakdown of law and order except he voluntarily resigns having accepted his inability to remain in charge of the affairs of the States”, the PDP declared.

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APC is now in control of Rivers State politics, PDP is dead

Posted on March 18, 2014. Filed under: Interview | Tags: , |

APC is now in control of Rivers State politics, PDP is dead

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

Former spokesman of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party and the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Rivers State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chukwuemeka Eze, in this interview with NF-Reports, speaks on the strength of APC in the state

The All Progressives Congress seeks to control Rivers State Government in 2015. How does it intend to achieve this?

We should understand that Rivers State used to be controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, but due to the turn of events – the defection of Governor Rotimi Amaechi to All Progressives Congress and the resulting takeover of all the structures by the APC – Rivers State ceased to be a PDP state. The truth of the matter is that if the governor could switch over to APC with all the structure that used to belong to PDP, any human being thinking of changing the situation of things now is a dreamer. Nothing will change the situation because in 2015, an APC government will be installed in Rivers State. The PDP at the centre under President Goodluck Jonathan has declared itself an enemy of Rivers State and no discerning indigene of Rivers State will vote for President Jonathan and the PDP. The ceding of Rivers oil wells to neighbouring states, including Soku oil wells ceded to Bayelsa State, is fresh in our minds. We are also aware of the ceding of some oil wells to Abia State; and there is no federal presence in the state in terms of projects. So, why would a Rivers man associate himself with anything that is Jonathan? As I speak with you, the APC is fully on ground in Rivers State.

Are you underrating the influence of the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, a staunch PDP member, who hails from the Rivers State?

The minister of education is even helping us in Rivers State. The presence of Wike in the government of President Jonathan is helping our course. He (Wike) is a tool for our campaign because he has worsened President Jonathan’s case as far as Rivers State is concerned. When some visiting governors came to Rivers, we believe it was Wike who ensured that those people were humiliated at the airport. Wike also ensured that the former police commissioner of the state was an instrument, not only of intimidation, but of insecurity in the state. And we saw the negative report all over the world that followed the actions of the former state police commissioner. Considering all these, under what premise would Rivers people vote for PDP?

But the President is optimistic that the PDP will win in some States, including Rivers.

With due respect to President Jonathan, I’m not satisfied with his (President) understanding of politics. This is a man, who God placed where he is today. Instead of appreciating God, he is going contrary to what is expected of him. Instead of identifying with the people, where is he? Are those who supported Jonathan to become President still with him? He (President Jonathan) cannot say former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not play a part in his emergence as the President of this country. Of all the states in the country, Rivers State gave him the highest number of votes, and Governor Amaechi made it possible. Is Governor Amaechi with him now? Some governors in the North ensured that their own brother failed for him (Jonathan) to emerge. The question now is: Are these governors still with him? Who then would make him President in 2015? We are praying that PDP should give him the presidential ticket and that will mean we do not need to do much campaign anymore. Remember that polytechnic students and those in colleges of education are not in school. They have parents. Which parent would consider PDP in 2015? In Rivers State, the APC is everywhere and the political calculation does not favour the PDP in the forthcoming election.

The state APC at a point raised the alarm that PDP-sponsored thugs attacked its members at its membership registration centres. What actually happened?

The facts are there. Journalists were there. They were all filmed and pictured. Due to the fear that the people have rejected the PDP, they decided to disrupt the registration of our members. Our people were attacked; some were killed. We are aware of what happened in Degema and Asari-Toru, where our people were attacked. What happened in Obio/Akpor during the registration of our members is still fresh in our minds. The Rivers people are asking for change and most of them want to be counted among those that would be part of the liberation that is going on in Rivers State. Not minding the intimidation and attacks from the PDP during this period, we still have a reasonable number of people who want to be members of the APC.

Rivers PDP dismissed the claim that the APC registered 100,000 non-indigenes during the exercise.

What did you expect them to say? A drowning man will always look for something to hold onto. The truth is that the PDP no longer exists in Rivers State. One may not be surprised by their statement because they (PDP) have been thinking of how possible it is for the APC in Rivers State to register 100,000 non-indigenes. But the question there is: What factors made these non-indigenes to register with the APC? Let me remind the PDP that the figure we gave is only a preliminary report, not the main report.

Are you expecting higher figures?

Yes. This is because the preliminary report is based on the few local government areas that submitted their reports. Before that release was issued, we got further reports. Actually, the number of non-indigenes that registered based on the record we have today is about 303,000. This is possible because the people of Rivers State are accommodating. Due to the kind nature of the people of Rivers, we have about 1.6 million non-indigenes in the state.

Why would non-indigenes support the APC and not the PDP?

Take a look at the nature and character of Governor Rotimi Amaechi. This is a man who is married to one of us (non-indigenes). If he is married to one of us, then we have a stake in his (Amaechi) administration and if we have a stake in his administration, we should do everything possible in order to make sure that the administration succeeds. When you look at the characters that parade themselves now as PDP leaders in the state, you would find out that they are not popular, especially among the non-indigenes. Most importantly, let us not forget that we are in Amaechi’s administration. Our son, Chuma Chinda, is the commissioner for Commerce and Industry. He is the leader of the non-indigenes in Rivers State.

Where is he from?

He is from Delta State. Our son, Ade Adeogun is the Sole Administrator of the State Environmental Sanitation Authority. Our son, David Iyofor is the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor. Tell me why we should not identify with the movement or aspiration of this man (Amaechi). What does the PDP have that would warrant any non-indigene in Rivers to identify with it? We pity them (PDP leaders) because of the situation they have found themselves in; because they currently have no rallying point that any person can identify with.

Considering the anxiety and expectations from the PDP and the APC, don’t you foresee that the 2015 election would be marred by violence?

Is it possible for any election involving the PDP to be violent-free? It is not possible because this is a party that has been violent since the present leadership took over. Most of them are not founding fathers of the PDP and that is why they are ignorant of the principles of the party.

Are you saying the PDP is finished in the state?

That is what I have been saying. Apart from few people who parade themselves at the grass roots, all the former PDP ward leaders are now in APC; all the former local government PDP chieftains are now in APC; all the former PDP leaders at the state level are now in APC. So, where then is the PDP in the state? PDP no longer exists in Rivers State. They are deceiving President Jonathan, because he wishes to be deceived, that they (PDP) are doing something in Rivers State.

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Nigeria at 100: Let’s Take this Country Where it Needs To Go – Princewill

Posted on March 1, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Prince Tonye Princewill

Looking around our country, it is not hard to focus first on the differences between us and dwell on the numerous negatives of today. Easy to miss the positives and overlook our strengths. That is why I have chosen to deliver a different kind of message for Nigeria at 100. A message I pray will appeal to our sense of “country”. Nigeria is without question one of the fastest growing nations in the world. With a fast growing population, a steady climbing economy and a very strategic position on the world map; it’s safe to say, Nigeria will one day join the pack of top nations in the world. We are a nation created on the bedrock of God’s blessings, from our encouraging climate, non-existent natural disasters, teeming population, vast basin of human and natural resources; our success story when told shouldn’t be a surprise to many. Nigeria is great, but we know it can be greater.

Our build up to greatness will have many challenges; some of which we are facing now. Issues like Corruption, Boko Haram, Politics and Militancy in the Niger Delta, just to mention a few, were not caused by the present administration, but have been gradually evolving though subsequent administrations. Finger pointing is not only immature; it is irrelevant to the solution. We must unite, forget religion, forget location, forget tribe, forget ambition and think of our Nation. We the common citizens in the Niger-Delta were very instrumental to bringing peace to our region; at great cost. Over 2000 killed in Odi by our own civilian government under Obasanjo, hundreds killed in Gbaramatu by the Yaradua government not to talk of the thousands who died in other less noticed conflicts under their watch. Many of us forgave them because we found peace.

Now, we as a nation must join forces with President Goodluck Jonathan to move this country forward. We have no other home. Those of you who have forgotten how bad it has always been may not appreciate that it could have been worse, can still get a lot worse. The phrase “In all things give thanks” was extracted from the Bible but in the Quran it is also stated that all things come from Allah so give thanks. Let’s all in our little constituencies, preach the word of Peace, Forgiveness and Sincerity and leave the rest for our creator. Politics should be helping us achieve this, not used as a tool to achieve selfish personal ambitions at the expense of the people. Be not deceived. No one party can solve these problems just as can no one region. We have to work together. Those who abused Obasanjo got Yaradua, those who abused Yaradua got Goodluck and those who abuse Goodluck, will get worse. Only people who do not love Nigeria will resist this call.

Nigeria is 100 and nothing can take that away from us. There have been many obstacles to achieving that and for the first time, I can see hope. A national conference coming yet no major calls for separation. That in itself is a cause to celebrate albeit low-keyed, reflect on the past and plan for the future. Only a stable democracy can give this to us. As we mourn the children, men and women dying in the north from the Boko Haram menace, those in the Niger Delta dying silently from oil spillages and conflicts, those dying on the highways from avoidable accidents and the less privileged who die every day from starvation; let’s us be strong and believe in our victory, because it will surely come. Let’s break all divides of Party, Tribe, Religion and Misplaced Loyalty and celebrate Hope for our Nation. Nigeria is great, and whether they like it or not, it will be greater.

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