Politics

Gov. Wike Squanders Rivers Resources on Choice Properties at Ada George Road – Hon. Ojukaye

Posted on July 19, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

.… Acquires neighbours’ properties under threat

The APC chairman in Rivers State, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, EFCC and ICPC to investigate the source of money used by governor Wike in acquiring the sprawling properties the governor now owns on Ada George Road in Obio/Akpor LGA, Rivers State.

The chairman who made the revelation to select journalists in his office lamented that never since the creation of Rivers State has any Governor recklessly acquired or built properties while in office the way Wike is doing.

According to the APC State Chairman, “It is no news that the Gov. Wike-led administration has failed woefully in governance of Rivers State. A critical assessment of the Educational, Health, Agriculture, Social Infrastructure, Job Creation and Security Sectors leaves a pitiable testimony and a soured taste in the mouth save for the charade of projects commissioning displayed to insult the sensibilities of Rivers people.

“Three years and counting, Wike has consistently lavished the resources of the poor people of Rivers State on choice properties on Ada-George where he owned only a single structure before he took the oath of office to protect lives and property. While Rivers people languish in poverty, tuition fees of their wards abroad are stopped, workers of Timariv disbanded and so on, Gov. Wike is acquiring more properties running into billions of Naira with threats to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of those who have refused to sell their properties to him.

“Irrefutable records provide evidence that while Wike spends whooping sums of money to pay off the property owners, expatriate personnel have been contracted for the design, building, furnishing and securing of the latest property he acquired for himself. As I speak, he has closed down and paid off a school, which formerly was about five properties from his known residence. This governor has succeeded in completing more projects for himself as compared to projects in his own Local Government Area – Obio-Akpor in the last three years,” Ojukaye alleged.

The APC in Rivers State is therefore calling on Mr. President to, without delay, direct the Inspector General of Police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission to investigate the Governor to curb his incessant mismanagement of the common wealth of Rivers people. We empathize with those whose property Gov. Wike has forcefully taken and for those who have refused to yield to the temptation and pressure being mounted on them by the governor. Our promise is simple: come 2019, Governor Wike will give account of his service to Rivers people.

Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree

State Chairman

APC – Rivers State

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Shina Peller Pledges Purposeful Representation as He Flags Off 2019 NASS Campaign

Posted on July 18, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

House of Representative aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon. Chief Shina Abiola Peller, has pledged purposeful representation of Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency if emerged as party candidate and eventually voted into office.

Shina the son of the great magician – Prof Moshood Peller, made the pledge in his hometown-Iseyin while declaring his ambition and flagged off his campaign to run for the National Assembly seat in 2019.

He said his desire to serve the people of his constituency motivated him to come out to jostle for the national assembly ticket adding that his candidature will fast-track projects that would bring development to his constituency.

“If given the party ticket and won the election, I will use the mandate effectively to serve sons and daughters of this constituency. My contributions and impacts would be felt at both the green chamber and in the constituency. Meaningful contributions to formulation of policies for the development of Nigeria shall be my priority.” Peller stated.

Shina Peller also decried lack of basic infrastructure in the area, asserting that the constituency deserve better treatment, he maintained that empowerment of widows, less privileged and scholarship for indigent students which had been his hallmark would continue to manifest in the area.

While people trooped out in their thousands to attend the declaration, he further appealed to his party faithful, especially party leaders in the area to share his good intentions not only to secure the party ticket, but also win the election in 2019.

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My mission is to truly rescue Imo from the mess created by Okorocha, APC – Sen. Samuel Anyanwu

Posted on July 5, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

  • Unfolds economic agenda
  • Promises to embark on large scale industrialisation of Imo
  • Urges Orlu and Okigwe zones to support the aspiration of Owerri zone

Pulling Imo people out of the clutches of poverty and propelling the economy of the state to prosperity were given at the weekend by Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu as reasons for joining the governorship race.

“If our natural and human resources have been properly harnessed and judiciously managed, Imo would have been one of the richest states, if not the richest in Nigeria. My goal is to serve as a bridge between the leadership and the people to ensure that the state is pulled out from the clutches of poverty, while ensuring timely payment of pensions and full restoration of civil servants’ salaries and emoluments” he said.

The former member of Imo State House of Assembly, who wants to contest the governorship polls on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is thinking about how to put right the mess Governor Rochas Okorocha and other All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders have made of Imo State.

He promised to assuage the suffering of Imo people through wealth creation, employment generation and poverty reduction.

Anyanwu told reporters in Owerri that the state has enormous human and material resources that could serve as alternative source of revenue to the Federal Government if properly harnessed and managed.

He attributed the economic hardship in the state to lack of commitment and sincerity of purpose on the part of the current administration.

“A responsible and positive government should drive policies and programmes that would promote real development.”

The former local government chairman promised to liberate the state from the dependency on federal allocation, grow the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state by activating robust private sector business engagement and restore local government system and town unions.

“We will energize private enterprise and allow people unfettered ownership of the means to wealth creation and production. We shall pursue a course that will exceed the expectations and aspirations of our people. We will ensure economic growth as against financial impoverishment and hope in place of despondency and despair. Our administration will submit to international best practices in governance, which includes transparency, accountability, due process and rule of law.”

Anyanwu promised to bring principles that promote respect for rule of law, justice, fairness and integration of all stakeholders.

“I know the terrain, understand the politics and have built networks of political and social alliances across the state; I know the people, the issues, challenges, expectations, the possibilities and the potentials of the state. I will run a government that focuses on developing the economy of the state and making it the hub of South East market by identifying and developing viable areas of comparative advantage. I will create an enabling environment that will attract investors and encourage private sector participation in developing the state economy.”

He vowed to ensure security of life and property thereby making Imo the tourist destination of the world, guarantee a qualitative and holistic free education, with a clear path on sustainability of funding, reposition agriculture as vehicle for job creation, wealth generation and food security, decentralize the health sector in preparation for a universal health care system and embark on a comprehensive infrastructural development.

He also pledged to end deprivation, humiliation and hardship in the state.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privilege and Public Petitions urged PDP leaders in the country to mend fences and respect the feelings and views of others.

“Our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has had it fair share of political crisis. We must begin to mend fences and respect the feelings and views of others. Though individuals are bound to have their personal ambitions within a political party, such interests must be pursued without sending wrong signals that would unsettle the greater number of the members or make them feel that the party has lost its character as the big umbrella that should provide shade for all members. Impunity and high handedness in political engagement weakens the party, making it vulnerable to external and internal manipulators and deprives us of the qualities of a formidable political party.”

The representative of Imo East Senatorial District called on PDP members in the state to make judicious use of their electoral power when the time comes.

“The movement to Douglas House starts today. Never again would we gamble with the fate of our dear state and the destiny of our people. We must caution ourselves as we prepare to elect our flag bearers in the forthcoming party elections. The fate and destiny of our party depend on our resolve to elect people that are acceptable to the masses and can lead us to victory in the general election.”

Popularly known as Sam Daddy, the Imo East representative appealed to the people of Orlu and Okigwe zones to support the aspiration of Owerri zone.

“This will help us build a bound of love, friendship and strength needed to overcome the challenges ahead” he added.

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It’s time to choose candidates – Princewill

Posted on June 29, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

It’s time to choose candidates – Princewill

TP 4Fresh after returning from the national convention of the APC in Abuja, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the “prince of the Niger Delta” as he is fondly called, had a brief chat with newsmen where he intimated them on the next steps for his party in the state.

Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill highlighted the emergence of Adams Oshiomole as a catalyst for the erosion of PDP in the South South commencing with Rivers state.

According to him, “What we have now is a solid team headed at different tiers by warriors of change, from the national through to the state, local governments and wards. I don’t underestimate the task before us but I can categorically confirm that Wike will be history come 2019. Take it to the bank.”

He confirmed that the team put in place in Rivers state under the Chairmanship of Hon Ojukaye Flag Amachree had all it takes to ensure APC wins the next election but warned that the missing piece in the jigsaw was still the choice of candidates the party will field in 2019.

“Starting with the position of Governor, we will decide who the cap best fits in the next few weeks so we can begin to sell him and them to our members aggressively. It has to be a team who can build on the 2007 blueprint Amaechi put in place. Amaechi left free schooling and free medical in Rivers state and grew our economy with the ushering in of peace. What has this Wike now done? Intellectual capacity mixed with boldness and humility is key. Plus he must be Riverine. Power must rotate. It’s that simple.” the Prince explained.

He denied that the Honourable Minister Rotimi Amaechi will impose a candidate because his style was now collegiate, citing the recently held Congresses leading to the convention as an example. There he claimed Amaechi delegated his powers to people who knew their people whereas in the past, he delegated to only a few, now he has delegated to many more and they were all critical to any decision.

“Wike is history. Even he knows it. Those who are afraid of him have no business leading us and thankfully no longer do. 2019 will be decided in 2019, there and then on the day of the election. If he likes he can go to court. We won’t.”

On the subject of the recent killings in the country, the Prince while praying for the souls of the departed reminded Nigerians, especially the media, to stop immediately, the fanning of embers of hate. Every sad incident cannot be Buharis fault, he said citing the herdsmen issue to the putting food on our plates as examples. “If you hate Buhari, an election is coming up. Feel free to be driven by personal hate if your thinking is that narrow. Why preach that hate, blind to all the many achievements he has made? I and my kind will preach love, not hate. You cannot truly love your country and its people yet you promote its division by stoking ethnicity. Don’t you get it? Don’t you have children? Are you not aware that the fallout will consume us all? Continue. God is watching you.”

It will be recalled that Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill was the candidate for AC in the 2007 elections for Governor but has since declined to contest in 2019 because in his opinion, personal ambition should always be secondary to the group ambition of his people.

 

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Reaction trails Gov. Wike’s “Why the Riverine cannot get a University”

Posted on June 18, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

PRINCEWILL 5Recently, Governor Nyesom Wike gave reason Rivers Ijaw cannot get a University. The governor while speaking to the people of Ekpeye Ethnic nationality who paid him a solidarity visit at Government House last Wednesday, said he will instruct the Chairman of the Governing Council and the Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University to cite a campus of the University in Ekpeye land and when other people come (apparently referring to the Riverine people) they should establish University for themselves.

Governor Wike said “Those things that you did not get before, you will get it now. If we don’t do it, who would do it for us. Now that God has given us this opportunity, we have to do it for ourselves. When other people come, they should do it for themselves. Let me assure you that I will call the Chairman, Governing Council of Rivers State University and the Vice Chancellor, they must have to work out a way where we can have a campus of Rivers State University in Ekpeye land.”

“This statement by Governor Wike reveals why he cited a new Port Harcourt Polytechnic (Elechi Amadi Polytechnic) in his Obio Akpor LGA, despite the fact that the Rivers State University and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education are all cited in Port Harcourt” some political pundits noted.

Observers say that it is unfortunate that such words of extreme discrimination and hate should be spoken by a sitting governor, considering that the College of Science and Technology was established in Port Harcourt by an Ijaw man, Governor Diete-Spiff and upgraded to Rivers State University of Science and technology by another Ijaw man, Governor Melford Okilo.

Prince Tonye Princewill an APC Chieftain in Rivers State in his reaction said Wike forgets that the College of Education (now Ajuru University of Education) was established near his community by a former Governor of Ijaw extraction, Diette-Spiff; even the College of Arts and Science was established and upgraded by Spiff and Okilo, all of them former governors of Ijaw extraction.

He said: “It is disheartening that Rivers Ijaw, a people that embraced western education, and produced graduates in several fields of human endeavour ahead of some major tribes in Nigeria do not have a single state-owned higher institution and now Gov. Wike is saying that they must wait until they have their son or daughter as governor.”

“Wike is probably already seeing his end and is predicting his hand over. What he doesn’t realize is a Governor of Rivers state is a Governor for all and should govern with that as his guide”  Princewill advised.

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Guber race: Remain resolute and focus, Assembly advises residents of Osun Wes

Posted on January 10, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

Guber race: Remain resolute and focus, Assembly advises residents of Osun West

A Pressure group, the Osun West Peoples Assembly (OWEPA) has appealed to the residents of the West Senatorial district to be resolute and focused in their bid to produce the next governor of Osun State just as the other two districts have done in the past. It also urged the member representing the district at the upper chambers of the National Assembly, Senator Ademola Adeleke to shun the antics of those urging him to contest the governorship of the state later in the year.

In its New Year message to the people of the area, the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman stated that in the interest of justice, fair play and equity, the area should be allowed to produce the successor to the outgoing governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.

According to Sulaiman after held a meeting with some selected youths in his country home, Awo,the headquarters of Egbedore Local government area of the State on Tuesday, he appealed to Adeleke to work round the clock by ensuring that the district presents credible and generally acceptable governorship candidate for September 22nd, 2018 governorship election and that he should shun those he referred to as selfish politicians who are mounting pressure on him to declare intent for the race.

On the way forward, the group urged political leaders and gladiators from the district to close ranks in their various political parties to ensure that candidates of the district emerge from their parties as flag bearers.

Sulaiman urged the people of the district to learn from recently conducted National Convention of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where Southwest failed to produce chairman of the party owing to bickering and lack of unity with common candidate.

It said; “We wish to assure the good people of Osun State, especially, Osun West Senatorial district that the district would produce the next governor of the state in the interest of justice, equity and fairness with political equation.

“As a group, we are ready to work with other concern stakeholders to ensure the emergence of credible and generally acceptable candidate for the plum job from the Senatorial district. We are using this medium to reiterate our appeal to Senator Ademola Adeleke to ignore the call of some selfish politicians, who are mounting pressure on him to declare intention to vie for 2018 guber race.”

On why Adeleke should refrain from joining the race, the group stated that “As it is today in the Senatorial district politically, Ede Federal constituency comprises of Ede South, Ede North, Egbedore and Ejigbo local governments held forth currently as Senator representing the Senatorial district and it would not be out of justification if we allow Ikire Federal Constituency comprises of Ayedaade, Ikire and Isokan Local governments and Iwo Federal Constituency comprises of Ayedire,Iwo and Olaoluwa local governments areas of the State, to field the candidate for the race.”

To achieve the dream, the group has therefore solicited the financial support of two prominent indigenes of the zone, Dr. Deji Adeleke and Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, saying such support will go a long way to realize the governorship dream of the district in this year governorship election.

 

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2019: South-East leaders task Oyegun, Tinubu, others

Posted on August 9, 2017. Filed under: Politics |

2019: South-East leaders task Oyegun, Tinubu, others

Stakeholders in South-East on Wednesday applauded the All Progressives Congress (APC) for sustaining democracy in the country.

They also praised the APC government for translating the hopes and dreams of the people into reality and creating for Nigeria an environment of good order and civilization.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) government is the most efficient and accountable in the history of Nigeria’s democracy.”

At a meeting focused on mapping out strategies for the November 2017 Anambra State Governorship Election, the leaders praised the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for opening up the ruling party to every Nigerian citizen and compelling government functionaries at the various levels to better their people and their surroundings.

A statement from the South-East Unity and Advancement Forum (SEUAAF) after the meeting in Awka described the alleged N850 Million bribery story as wicked, baseless and reckless.

“The story is spurious. It is a political fabrication aimed at undermining the national chairman’s integrity and causing confusion in the party.”

The leaders condemned the suspended National Deputy Publicity Secretary of APC, Comrade Timi Frank and those behind him for encouraging anarchy in the party.

“It is totally irresponsible for Frank and his sponsors to promote chaos and tribal bitterness in the country’s ruling party. Frank and his sponsors want to turn back the clock on the progress we have made.”

Signed by SEUAAF National Chairman, Chief Maxwell Okoye, the leaders charged Oyegun, APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and others to work round the clock to ensure that the party wins in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states.

“We come from different background with divergent political ideologies. We also hold a variety of views. However, let us put the people ahead of political interest. Let us support President Muhammadu Buhari, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the National Working Committee of our great party in creating a country which everyone experiences a better life. Let us work in cooperation for 2019.”

Oyegun, according to the leaders, transformed APC into a formidable, highly disciplined political machine that outperformed other parties in presidential, national assembly and governorship elections in Nigeria.

They also promised to teach All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others a lesson in democracy on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

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Rivers APC state-wide LGA Congresses hold tomorrow – Chief Ikanya

Posted on July 29, 2017. Filed under: Politics |

Rivers APC state-wide LGA Congresses hold tomorrow Chief Ikanya

Following the APC Stakeholders meeting that held today (Friday) at ESI, 120 Woji Road, GRA, Port Harcourt under the oversight of some national officers of the party, it has been re-affirmed that the state-wide LGA Congresses slated for tomorrow, Saturday, 29th July, 2017 will go ahead as earlier scheduled.

Speaking after today’s meeting, the APC State Chairman, Chief (Dr) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said that the locations and venues where the Congresses will hold in all 23 LGAs of the State have been duly communicated to APC LGA party officers. He also assured that necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure hitch-free Congresses across the State.

Chief Ikanya re-iterated the need for all members of the party to participate peacefully in the exercise in their various LGAs accordingly.

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100 Days in Office: So Far, So Good – Gov. Obaseki

Posted on March 4, 2017. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , |

100 Days in Office: So Far, So Good – Gov. Obaseki

I owe it to my leaders and to the people of Edo State, who put me in office, to explain what we (my administration) have tried to accomplish in the last 107 days after you gave us the responsibility of providing leadership for our state.

My mandate is clear; you gave it to me on a progressive platform – so our agenda is a progressive one; a people-oriented one in which we agreed to pursue policies that will help improve the lives of our people.

We promised to provide a minimum of 200,000 jobs within four years of our administration because we realised that employment constitutes one of the state’s most daunting challenges.

I promised to do all that is within this government’s power to focus on the economy and improve it to ensure that we lift our people’s living standard to where it should be.

I also promised, if you recall, strengthening our party, making it supreme, and separating governance from politics.

In addition, I promised that, as governor, I would ensure that we have peace and stability, without which we cannot have economic growth and political development.

We were sworn in on Saturday, November 12 and on Monday November 14th, when we started work, after meetings with the permanent secretaries to understand the state of affairs, our first assignment was to the Benin Technical College.

This was deliberate – if we promised to create 200,000 jobs, then we had to identify how to go about it. We wanted to send out a clear signal that institutions for training people to acquire skills would be our first priority.

Thankfully, it went viral. People applauded the move because they could perceive its importance. Since then, we have done a lot more. As recently as last week, we went out to tender a new design for that school, which does not only include rebuilding the school itself, but encompasses plans for creating an industrial park around the school where students can go and work and acquire more knowledge in their various practices.

One of the earliest things we did was to create a consensus around key issues we campaigned on. Therefore, we had a retreat where we invited some of the leaders and officials of the party, some members of opposition parties, civil servants, traditional and religious rulers. It was a consensus meeting held in sessions, and we came up with a six-point plan on how we wanted to proceed with our administration. We have since gone ahead to focus on each of those elements.

The first was agriculture. As a basis for our economic growth, we had another workshop where we brought over 70 investors in agriculture from outside the state. We have been able to set up an Agric ad hoc committee led by Chief Osaro Idah.

We are preparing about 5000 hectares of land and we expect to get about 200 or more people to invest. We are making arrangements for over 25,000 metric tonnes of maize this season and we are hoping to get more than 200 of our young men and women to go into profitable agriculture as a business.

We also listened to the yearnings of our people. One of the issues the opposition raised during my campaign was what they referred to as ‘double taxation’. We quickly tried to understand what was going on, and found that there were all sorts of people collecting levies and fines on the streets and the money was not coming to the government’s coffers.

Therefore, in my New Year broadcast, I made it very clear that we were not going to accept that situation anymore and we banned the collection of government revenues by non-state actors – that action received a lot of applause from members of the public.

We have also been able to negotiate with some of our contractors, and I am pleased to inform you that we have rehabilitated more than 45 roads within the Benin metropolis. This is in addition to completing those inherited from the previous administration under the SEEFOR programme. We have flagged off the Agbede-Awain road in Edo North. Last week we were in Igueben, where we inspected and met with engineers on how best we could construct the Amarhor–Ogua road.

We have started something we believe will be revolutionary in Nigeria; that is the use of concrete to construct roads.  Working with AG Dangote, we have commenced direct labour on a high brand road, called Nevis Street in Benin City, which connects Lagos Street with Idahosa Street, Mission road and Forestry road. We are monitoring the cost and we believe that once we get it right, we can roll out massive road reconstruction across all our major cities in the state.

One remarkable achievement that we have made, which may have gone unnoticed is the issue of electricity. During Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure, six years ago, we had worked with some investors to build the Azura Power Plant, which is currently under construction. It is one of the most highly rated finance projects in the African continent today and they are ahead of schedule.  That plant will be completed before the end of next year and it will produce 450 megawatts of electricity.

We have also located another investor around Ologbo and a purchase agreement has been finalised for an initial 5 megawatts of power. Once we do that, within the next first four to five months, we should be able to generate about 5 megawatts at Ring Road to power all government buildings and all our street lights in the city. Once we do that, it will be very significant because it will be the second place, after Lagos state that this has happened, and even then, the cost is economic.

Once we generate the 5 megawatts at Ring Road, we can generate another 5 megawatts at an industrial park in Sapele Road, and so even before Azura gets ready, we will be able to attract many people to come and use the ready electricity in Edo to set up factories and production centres.

Because of the progress we have made in electricity, Siemens, a German company has indicated interest in working with Edo State government. They have signed MoU with us not only to train our young men and women in electricity, but also to collaborate with us and generate an additional 1000 megawatts of power in Edo state.

We have been very passionate about education, because we believe that the only way we can create 200,000 jobs is to train our people to be ready for work. Hence, the initiative behind the Benin technical college.

We inspected the School of Nursing and School for Health Technology to confirm their states and we are now completing a redesign of the nursing school.  We are also trying to reaccredit those schools to make sure that we have higher standards than the national average so that those schools become places to train quality labour.

Another significant achievement we have made in education is getting approval for the Tayo Akpata University of Education. I am pleased to inform you that the Nigerian University Commission, with the active support of the Chairman of Council has given approval for the university to commence operation.

We have set up a committee that is currently working and we are looking at the designs so that we can put in place the infrastructure required before they open in September this year. Consequently, we are moving the students registered at the College of Education, Ekiadolor to the College of Education in Igueben. Therefore, we have visited the college at Igueben, and we are working on the master plan and putting money in the budget to expand the school so that it can accommodate the students from Ekiadolor.

Meanwhile, we have commenced paying the salary arrears of lecturers in both schools. We have set up a forensic audit on SUBEB because a case came up. The report has been submitted and we are working on it. By next week, we will make payment for all the jobs that have been completed by SUBEB, clean up the mess in there and apply for funding for this year so that before June, we should get the funding and award new sets of contracts for the balance of the junior secondary schools that we have not completed.

On administration, we have commenced the Contributory Pension Scheme in Edo state. For us, this is significant because without commencing the scheme, we will not be able to draw the line to ensure that we begin to deal with the challenge in pension administration.

From January this year, Edo State Government adopted the Contributory Pension Scheme, which means that we are not going to have any pension liability in future save those who will retire under five years. We can now deal with all the issues of outstanding pension that have accumulated up to that date. We believe that is significant and we could finally end the pension problems in the state.

The House of Assembly has also been supportive. We have sent a couple of bills to the house. They passed our 2017 appropriation bill in record time. In less than a month, they worked on the bill, we are grateful.  In addition, they also helped us to finalise a bill to harmonise all rates and levies in the local governments because part of the challenge is that we never had one law stipulating what local governments should collect for services, so everyone did as they liked and appointed whoever they liked to collect taxes and levies.

However, with this law, people who do otherwise will be penalised. They have also helped us with the amendment bill of the Tayo Akpata University of education so that it will meet conditions for approval.

Additionally, they are also working on a very important bill, which will criminalise activities of CDAs. This was one of the key concerns of Oba Ewuare II during his coronation. We came up with a bill, which has passed second reading and which should be adopted into law very quickly. We have the enforcement mechanism already put in place to ensure that we introduce law and order.

We are concluding the first phase of the GIS in planning land administration in Edo state. This phase covers about 2000km radius in Benin to capture a high quality picture of the terrain, so that we can create maps. More importantly, with this GIS we can begin to reissue C of Os within 30 days, drop the cost of C of O, and ensure that we help the process of land administration and make this place more attractive for investors.

These are some of the modest achievements made in the last 100 days; but we will not be able to end it without mentioning the advanced work of the committee working on Gelegele seaport.

There is a technical team, which has surveyed the river, and has found an interesting location to locate the port. God has truly blessed us as a people; there are two large prolific gas fields close to that location. I got this information from the companies working there. They are starting to drill in one of the locations. Drilling is also expected to commence in the other location, which means that the amount of gas they will get there will be able to generate more than 1000 megawatts of power for 20 years.

We went to China, and we are optimistic that that axis will be a major industrial hub for this country. I want to thank you and I know that all of this wouldn’t had been possible if you did not accept my request that you give me the first few months to be able to sit down and plan and think about where to take this government to.

I am indeed grateful and I want to assure you that all we are doing is to help remove the pressure from you. We understand the pains, the difficulties people are facing, but the only way out is for us to change the paradigm to ensure that we create new areas of economic growth.

I want to assure you that I went round; I cannot say, as people claim, that I am not a politician – some of my statements have been misconstrued – maybe I am a technical politician because my politics is a bit more technical. That is why as we look at the political landscape, what we want to do is to try to place some order so that we can understand where we are at any point in time, and so that we can assist the political process and our political leaders.

I had a conversation with the party secretary this morning, which left me a bit worried. As we go out every day, we are looking for opportunities – we have sent people round the state, they will be located to try to register people who do not have jobs so that we can have a major database and therefore know how to begin to plan.

However, two weeks ago, the Industrial Training Fund came and we agreed to partner with them to give vocational and ICT training. We sent out to leaders across the wards and, of 450 that they requested we were only able to get 280 – for me that was worrisome. How can we say we have a problem of unemployment and of training our youths when we cannot even get them to train? I believe that as I have always argued, we have to use the party to govern and we will like to work with all of you and ensure that we are in touch with all of you so that when things come up, we can reach you.

With the signal we have sent out to the world, people have realised that Edo is the place to do business. Yesterday, we had a major international investor that flew in with his private jet and I had to take him to Illushi. He is one of the major exporters of banana. He said he heard that Edo’s soil is good for agricultural purposes and that he wants to do tissue culture. He has 6 million tissue culture of banana that he wants to grow for export into Europe. I had to spend all Sunday going around with him. On Wednesday, the National Investment Sovereign Wealth Fund is coming with major investors from South Africa. These people have 25 to 50 million dollars to spend to cultivate rice in places like Edo.

Since we have these opportunities, nothing will gladden my heart more than ensuring that as this people come in, I have people I know and people I have worked with, who are my political leaders that I can now collaborate with them to achieve the desired goals.

I want to thank you again.

By Governor Godwin Obaseki, Executive Governor, Edo State. Nigeria.

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Ojukaye’s Release: Triumph of Light over Evil – Dakuku Peterside

Posted on November 24, 2016. Filed under: Politics | Tags: |

Ojukaye’s Release: Triumph of Light over Evil – Dakuku Peterside

The Rivers State governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has described the bail granted Hon Ojukaye Flag-Amachree by the Court of Appeal on all counts as the “triumph of light over evil and end of wickedness from Rivers State Government House.”

He stressed that the judiciary has once again risen to its bastion as the last hope of the oppressed and those unjustly persecuted by power mongers.

Hon. Ojukaye Flag Amachree, an APC chieftain in Rivers State was arrested and sent to prison on concocted charges by the Rivers State Government and all reasonable attempts to get the state High Court grant him bail fell on deaf ears.

Along the line, one of the lawyers defending him in court, Barr. Ken Atsuwete, was murdered in controversial circumstances, just as the Rivers State Government filed fresh murder charges against Amachree, in an attempt to keep him perpetually in prison.

However, Dr. Dakuku Peterside says the evil plans of the Nyesom Wike-led administration in the state will never endure as “time and time again, it will fall like pack of cards as you cannot build something on nothing.”

“This is a great day for Rivers people. This is a pointer to the end of recklessness, arbitrariness, impunity and wickedness on the part of a governor who rose to power through violence.

“The Appeal Court has once again reaffirmed our belief in the judiciary. No matter how long a lie has travelled, it takes just one day for truth to catch up with it. Today, the truth has dawned on evil and wickedness.

“All along, we have always maintained the innocence of Ojukaye Flag Amachree. Even the police have come out to say they do not have evidence against him. So you wonder why the desperation of Wike and his cohorts? Why the desperation to incarcerate Ojukaye? He stated.

Peterside, who is also the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), berated Governor Nyesom Wike for alleging that INEC has handed over the original result sheets of December 10 re-run election in the state to Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.

According to him, “Wike is just being mischievous and desperate. At every election, he is the one accusing everybody of plans to rig election. Sometimes, he forgets that he is the governor of the state and his statements are embarrassing to the office he occupies.

“Wike should stop crying and face the election. I have always said it and I will still maintain my stand – the APC will win any free and fair election in Rivers State. We have responsible and decent candidates that can win election at anytime.

“Why is Wike always afraid of every election? If he is not threatening INEC officials, he is accusing security agencies of compromise. He is the same person that will set phantom Commission of Inquiry to arrive at a predetermined outcome. What manner of a governor is Wike? For how long will he continue to fool Rivers people?” Dr. Peterside queried.

 

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