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Sole Administrator of RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah Set to Meet All Service Providers

Posted on February 19, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Sole Administrator of RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah Set to Meet All Service Providers

As part of concerted efforts by the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) to improve on the prevailing cleanliness of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and its environs, the Sole Administrator of RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah will on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 11am, meet with all Service Providers working with the Agency.

A statement signed by Bro. Obuah’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam enjoined all Service Providers working with the Agency to attend the meeting without fail.

The RIWAMA Sole Administrator said it is in the best interest of all the Service Providers to honour the meeting as the Agency would not take it kindly with those who fail to attend. 

Bro. Obuah gave the assurance that the Agency remains determined in its quest to return Rivers State to its glorious status and Port Harcourt, the State capital as Garden City, adding that the full support and commitment of Service Providers is pivotal in achieving that objective.

Signed:

 

 

Jerry Needam

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA),

 

Monday, February 19, 2018.

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MOSOP Warn Shell Against Attempt to Forcefully Resume Production in Ogoniland

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) wishes to state its displeasure over an attempt by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to forcefully resume oil production in Ogoniland.

We state unequivocally that the actions of Shell are unacceptable to the Ogoni people. We note that Shell and its allies are still Persona Non Grata in Ogoniland and consequently, any attempt to forcefully resume production in Ogoni without properly negotiating with all stakeholders will surely be resisted by the Ogoni people and could lead to a breakdown of the peace and possible military crackdown as usual.

MOSOP therefore demand the immediate withdrawal of all equipment belonging to Shell in Ogoniland.

We still hold Shell responsible for the killing of our leaders 1994, 1995 and the subsequent persecution of our people which led to the death of over 4,000 others between 1993 and 1999.

We maintain that Shell or any of its allies are not wanted in Ogoniland. We call on the Ogoni people to stand against Shell in any form they manifest, be it Belema Oil Producing Nigeria Limited, Robo Michael, NPDC or in any form they may choose to disguise.

We urge the Nigerian government to put an end to this continuous harassment of our people over oil and address our demands which are clearly stated in the Ogoni Bill of Rights and in particular, we demand the release of funds for the cleanup of our devastated environment.

Signed:

Fegalo Nsuke

Publicity Secretary

MOSOP

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NDCBN Declares Rivers State 2016 & 2017 Budget Wanted

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

….Places N500, 000 Bounty

“If we agree that Democracy is a government of the people, for the people and by the people, it means that openness, transparency and accountability must be its cardinal pillars.”

The above was the position of an advocacy group that goes by the name “Niger Delta Citizens Budget Network (NDCBN)” in an online statement sent to the fourth estate of the realm by Mr. Phillip Akah, NDCBN Communication’s Officer

Text of the statement reads thus: “That is what we advocate at Niger Delta Citizens Budget Network (NDCBN). NDCBN is composed of a network of Civil Society Organizations, individuals and experts working in the areas of good governance, open budget, transparency and accountability in States within the Niger Delta Region, known for their rich oil mineral deposits, environmental challenges and the resultant community conflicts.

“On this Network, we carry out Budget Analysis and Advocacy, Project Monitoring and Evaluation; and build the capacity of communities in States within the Niger Delta Region through Town Halls and Round Tables, to participate in the budgeting and policy formation processes. We have been doing the above for a decade now on an annual basis.

“Sadly, our work has been hampered since 2016 by the authoritarian refusal of the Rivers State Government to allow anyone access to a copy of the River State Budget/Appropriation Acts of 2016 and 2017. All entreaties from our members in an attempt to get a copy of both Budget documents for two consecutive years have been rebuffed repeatedly in the most undemocratic manner. This is most unfortunate and totally unacceptable.

“Let us make it abundantly clear that the Budget of a state government, otherwise called the Appropriation Act is an Act of Parliament. Hence, it is a public document that must not only be readily available, but published promptly.

“As a Citizens Group, we frown at this terrible development and consider it a coup against the good citizens and people who reside in Rivers State. This is a blatant rape of our democracy and should not be allowed to continue. It is the sacred duty of all citizens to demand for accountability from all governments, officials and agencies that purport to serve them, and this they must do to advance the cause of democracy. It is a patriotic duty that is beyond partisan political considerations.

“Consequently, we declare the 2016 and 2017 Budget documents of Rivers State wanted and hereby place a bounty of five hundred thousand naira on them to go to anyone who makes both copies available to our Secretariat at 6, Stadium Road, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt. We call on all citizens and residents of Rivers State to join us in this historic hunt for these apparently missing Rivers State Budget documents.”

Signed:

Phillip Akah

NDCBN Communication’s Officer

 

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2019: Group begins mobilization in Lagos

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

..… says Atiku best presidential candidate

A group, the Atiku Mandate 2019 has been launched in Lagos with members stating that a former Vice President of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar remains the best presidential candidate capable of moving the country forward amongst gladiators jostling for the nation’s Presidency.

Comprising of members from all the political parties, the Lagos State Coordinator, Prince Lanre Osundairo at the end of the inaugural meeting of the group in Ikeja on Sunday said the country needed the former number two man owing to the vast political contacts across the length and breadth of the country would steer the country to the proverbial promise land.

Osundairo who is a chieftain of the main opposition party, the PDP praised Atiku as perhaps the best prepared for the job and that Nigerians should give him the opportunity to lead them, saying voting for the former Vice President amounts to a new dawn for the country.

Addressing the media shortly after the meeting, which lasted for two hours, Osundairo stated that, “As you can see, most of the people you see here are not politicians but people who have genuine love for the former Vice President. I admit that some of us are politicians but the propelling rationale for being members of this movement is for us to ensure that our principal assumes the mantle of leadership of the country.”

On the scope of the new group, he stated that “We are putting in place a viable platform for all Nigerians who love the Waziri of Adamawa to come together to demonstrate our love for Alhaji Atiku by canvassing for votes for him at the grassroots.”

Commenting on some of the allegations that continued to dodge the aspiration of the former Vice President, Osundairo stated that Atiku has thrown the gauntlet to whoever is making such allegations to come forward with proof, adding that “since nobody has come up with any of such, the allegations are mere beer parlour rumours to tarnish Atiku’s image.”

The Lagos State Secretary of the group, Dr. Kayode Ojutiku stated that the process of wooing residents of the state to join in the movement has been smooth owing to the respect that the Adamawa State born politicians commands amongst Nigerians.

 

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Politicians support state police for selfish interest – Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

…..Backs decentralization of Nigeria Police

A renowned human rights activist and Convener, Save Lagos Group (SLG), Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman has declared his support to the call for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force(NPF) for effective policing of the country, saying that the present structure

of the Nigeria Police could not withstand the current security challenges facing the country.

He however stated that the present structure of the nation’s Policing system where all the powers resided in the hand of Inspector General of Police (IGP) were  faulty and not augur well for the peaceful co-existence of the nation and as well call for its unbundle.

Rejecting the call on the creation of State Police through a signed Press Statement made available to Journalists yesterday, Comrade Sulaiman noted that Nigeria politicians, especially, Nigeria Governors who recently supported the creation of State Police did that for selfish political interest, maintaining that the politicians would abuse the creation of State police by using it to persecute the political enemies.

The rights activist added that the country is yet to ripe for the creation of State Police, insisting that the decentralization of the Nigeria Police is highly needed than before to be able to confront the present security problems ravaging the land.

Meanwhile, the civil society group, Save Lagos Group (SLG) had earlier written a powerful letter to the upper chamber of the National Assembly, requesting the lawmakers to reject the diabolical plan of the few State Governors on the call for the creation of State and Local Governments Police in the ongoing constitutional review.

Applauding the effort of the both Chambers of the National Assembly in re-positioning the country’s democratic structure, particularly, in the area of local government autonomy and its electoral process where they gave power to the Independent National electoral Commission(INEC) to conduct local government election in the next political dispensation.

The group which sent the Letter dated Monday 7th August, 2017 to the Senate through its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, urging the lawmakers to throw the proposal on the creation of State Police into dustbin pending the political maturity of the Nigeria politicians. Supporting his argument with the recent outcome of the Local government elections conducted in few States of the federation by the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) where the ruling party

of those States won the elections without opposing political parties’ participation for fear of political persecution during the electoral process.

According to Suleiman, “We need to be sincere with ourselves. Nigeria is in dire problems in all fronts, especially, on security and deepening of our democratic structure. We should look at the conduct of the State electoral body in the various States of the federation where shows that ‘he who pays the pauper dictate the tune’ and it has been the trend across the land. Unlike State institutions, manipulations of the Federal institutions are minimal in the land. Let’s look at the recently conducted Local government elections in Ekiti, Osun and kano state with what transpired and Abuja Local Councils.

“This is clearly shown that Nigeria does not ripe and politically matured for the adoption of the State Police in her devolution of power. For instance, in Lagos State where they created the replica likes; LASMA, KAI and others, they used to violate the fundamental human rights of the citizenry in the cause of performing their unconstitutional duties. So, in view of these, the Nigeria has not matured for the creation of State and local police but the decentralization of the Federal Police is in the best interest of the country now.”

He therefore called for the immediate removal of the Inspector General of police (IGP), Ibrahim Idrish in accordance with section 216 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for dereliction of duty, incompetence, indecency and lackadaisical attitude towards the curbing of the killing of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram sect.

 

 

 

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]TKO Aluko: I have apologised to Governor Fayose, Adeyeye, Olujimi are ingrates, Fayemi, Ojudu failed Ekiti

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

]TKO Aluko: I have apologised to Governor Fayose, Adeyeye, Olujimi are ingrates, Fayemi, Ojudu failed Ekiti

Erstwhile Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr Tope Aluko has said that he has apologized to the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose for all that he did in the past, vowing to remain committed and loyal to the governor and all that he represents.

Aluko, who made this known in a press statement titled; “Why I returned to my political home,” pointed out that “Fact is that there were series of misunderstanding between myself and my political leader and benefactor, Governor Fayose. But by the grace of God, we have resolved all issues and I have apologized to him for whatever wrong steps that I took in the past. The governor took me back without consideration for the past and for this, I have vowed to remain committed and loyal to him and all that he represents.”

He said he had severed political relationship with the likes of Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Hon Olamide Oni (Oni Atiba) and others with whom he related while he had issues with Governor Fayose.

The former PDP secretary described Governor Fayose as a leader with a very large heart, saying; “I am also totally in support of the continuity agenda of the Governor, which is the adoption of Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola as the preferred candidate of the PDP.”

He condemned what he called  the way and manner the duo of Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Senator Olujimi have turned themselves to opposition within the PDP, particularly Adeyeye’s use of his radio station, established with the proceed of his less than one year tenure as a minister under a PDP government, as arrowhead of opposition against Governor Fayose.

“For record purpose, it was only when Prince Adeyeye associated politically with Governor Fayose that he was able to achieve the ministerial position that he missed twice and was also made Chairman Governing Council of the Ekiti State University as well as National Publicity Secretary of the PDP.

“It baffles me beyond any comprehension that someone like Adeyeye, who within nine months as a minister built a mansion in Abuja and Ado Ekiti as well as a radio station can be going about presenting himself as aggrieved. Aggrieved for what? For being so favoured by Governor Fayose?

“Also, it is on record that Senator Olujimi joined Governor Fayose’s government in 2004 as Special Assistant on nothing. It was the same Fayose that made her House of Reps member, Deputy Governor and now a Senator. I wonder why she cannot act like me by coming back to say sorry to the man who made her,” Aluko said.

While also chiding Fayemi for neglecting of Ekiti State in the activities of his office as a minister, Aluko said he (Fayemi) must be asked what Ekiti has benefited from his ministerial position and pointed out that the State derived no benefit when he was governor.

On Senator Babafemi Ojudu’s governorship ambition,  Aluko said; “I have seen Ojudu’s campaign billboards in Ado Ekiti, the State capital. Apart from using his position as Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President to promote hatred against the government of Governor Fayose, what has Ekiti benefitted from his position now and when he was a Senator that will make the people to desire him as a governor?”

He reiterated that he had since returned to the political family of Governor Fayose and “this I have done without apology to anyone. As from now, it is Fayose leads, I follow and with other privileged members of the Osoko Political Family, we are United in Continuity.”

 

 

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Voluntary Principles Initiative Delegation Arrives Nigeria

Posted on February 10, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

A delegation of the Steering Committee of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (VPI) led by the current Chair, Mr. Ronald Roosdorp of the Netherlands Government will arrive in Nigeria on Sunday, February 11, 2018 for a five-day working visit.

Other members of the delegation would be representatives from governments, companies, and non-governmental organizations that are signatories to the VPI.

A press statement sent out to journalists on 10th February 2018 by Mr. Henry Ebireri, a Nigeria media Chief to VPI explained that “while in Nigeria the delegation will engage relevant stakeholders including federal government officials, corporate entities and members of the civil society operating in the extractive (Oil, gas and mining), human rights and security sectors to share their perspectives and experiences on how adoption and implementation of the VPI can benefit all stakeholders and Nigeria as a whole.”

Full text of the statement reads: “Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights is a multi-stakeholder initiative which espouses a set of principles designed to guide extractive companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within a framework that ensures respects for human rights.

“Diligent implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights holds numerous potential benefits for Nigeria including peace-building; conflict prevention; enhanced governance of the extractive sector, promotion and protection of human rights; improving dialogue, cordiality, collaboration and problem-solving amongst stakeholders in the extractive sector with respect to issues of security and human rights.

“In addition, it has the potential to contribute to an extractive sector that is conducive to trade and investment; where extractive companies can operate maximally, which would in turn enable the Nigerian government optimally generate revenues which can be deployed towards promoting the welfare of the nation and actualizing other national objectives.

“The VPI is also an immensely useful tool for attaining the objectives of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, specifically in the area of security and human rights.

“Countries that are signatories to the VPI include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

“Signatory extractive companies include: Seven Energy, Total, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Statoil, Shell, Hess Corporation, Tullow Oil, Rio Tinto, British Petroleum; Anglo American, PanAust, ConocoPhillips, Goldcorp, Hess Corporation, Repsol, Barrick Gold Corporation, Glencore and BHP Billiton.

“NGO signatories to the VPI include Lite Africa, COMPPART, International Alert, Search for Common Ground, Pact and The Fund for Peace.

“The international observers participating in the VPI include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Council on Mining and Metals; Colombian Mining and Energy Committee on Security and Human Rights; The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association; Institute for Human Rights and Business; International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA).

“The visit of the delegation would also strengthen the work of the Nigerian In-Country Pilot Implementation Working Group (ICPWG) on the VPI, established in 2017 to promote its implementation in Nigeria, while also identifying and responding to local in-country challenge with a view to devising joint solutions to those challenges.”

 

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Gov. Wike Merely Played Robinhood in Benue for Politics – Rivers APC

Posted on February 10, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

….. As Rivers People Wallow In Abject Suffering

The All Progressives Congress, APC, said the party is shocked to know that whereas victims of killings and criminality in various parts of Rivers State are licking their wounds and wondering where help will come their way, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has gone to visit and donate N200 million of Rivers State to victims of killings in Benue State.

The APC in a statement signed by her publicity secretary Mr. Chris Finebone and made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, noted that as “lofty as the gesture seems, however, what the governor has only succeeded in doing is classical and wanton display of primitive hypocrisy of the worst type.”

The statement reads: “We recall that beyond highly politicised, self-serving and half-hearted visits to Omoku recently, Gov. Nyesom Wike has completely ignored killings in various parts of Rivers State especially in the local government area of his PDP national chairman – Andoni. The governor has neither mentioned nor visited Ajakajak and other Andoni villages where several persons have been gruesomely killed up till January, 2017. Why has the governor not gone to visit victims of killings in Rivers State and donate to their welfare but chose to travel to distant Benue State to display crass duplicity? APC demands an answer from Gov. Wike.

“Quite disappointing to the APC is that some prominent Rivers indigenes (some of whose people are being killed here in the State) joined the governor to Benue State and even prayed at the graveside of the victims while their own people are being killed in Rivers State without any intervention by Gov. Wike and his government.

“We believe that the only purpose for the governor’s ego trip to Benue State is mainly to score cheap and pedestrian political points that have no value whatsoever to Rivers people. He is only working in line with his belief that he is the de facto leader of PDP. Our people consider the current doling out of N200 million of Rivers money as part of the billions of Naira Gov. Nyesom Wike is spending to sustain and exercise control over his political party – the PDP.

“The APC calls on well-meaning Rivers elders and opinion leaders to prevail on Gov. Nyesom Wike to refrain from playing Robinhood with Rivers money. He should use the commonwealth of Rivers people to give the people meaningful development and not the brick and mortar roundabouts and superficial so-called projects he is deceiving the people with.

“Having openly donated money, we call on the federal government and her security agencies to keep an eye on Gov. Nyesom Wike so that he does not donate ‘other things’ secretly given that reprisal attacks are already happening in Benue State.”

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Oyegun has done a good job – South-South leaders

Posted on January 28, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Oyegun has done a good job – South-South leaders

South-South leaders on Friday said National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is concerned about the unity of the ruling party and the  country’s needs as well.

They insisted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not divided

“There is unity of purpose among members of the ruling party. Members are not feeling defeated or excluded. The party makes them feel hopeful, enthusiastic and proud. There is no disconnection between the state and national executive of the party.”

In a statement in Yenagoa, the leaders praised Odigie-Oyegun for making the ruling party not only the strongest but the biggest political party in Africa.

“We applaud what Oyegun has done since 2014.”

Signed by the chairman, South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry, the leaders praised Oyegun for his dynamic leadership, quality of his thought and purification of the country’s politics.

Specifically, the leaders praised Oyegun for his inclusive strategy, placement of the power of the party in the hands of the people, respect for different opinions and incorporation of international standards into the running of the ruling party.

“Odigie-Oyegun is in agreement with the political climate and in accord with the country’s needs, as well as those of the party.”

They commended the former governor of Edo State for promoting the culture of democracy, good governance and respect among members.

“A member sees and feels in his or her daily encounters that there is a level playing field. APC is internally democratic.  There is transparency in decision making and input from members in determining the party’s choice of candidates. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is a promoter of democratic values. He is integrating groups and individuals into the political process, thereby strengthening the unity of the ruling party.”

The leaders described as careless and provocative statements by politicians such as Chief Richard Perekeme Kpodo, Okon Etim, Omolayo Akintola and Timi Frank.

They urged Kpodo , Okon Etim and Timi Frank to stop bringing the South-South geo-political zone into disrepute and ridicule.

“The spirit of fraternity is very strong in APC. Chief Richard Perekeme Kpodo, Okon Etim, Omolayo Akintola and Timi Frank do not mean well for the ruling party.”

They advised APC members nationwide to renew their commitment to ensure that the party retains power in 2019.

“Chief Odigie-Oyegun is restoring morality back into politics. He is leading the ruling party in tune with popular sentiment” the leaders said.

“APC is consolidating democracy in Nigeria” the leaders added.

Source: Ebireri Henry Ovie

 

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Olorogun-Etti canvasses second term for Ambode

Posted on January 28, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Olorogun-Etti canvasses second term for Ambode 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Babatunde Olorogun-Etti on Sunday said Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode would not only contest the 2019 governorship election but will also win convincingly.

“Performance and delivery on the ground will matter in 2019 elections” he said on Sunday.

Olorogun-Etti spoke at some length in Lagos Island on Governor Ambode’s role in the economic development and social progress of Lagos State.

He also hit at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos chapter, declaring the party dead in the state.

“The Lagos PDP is a hot-bed for charlatans” he said.

The former PDP chieftain praised the Lagos State governor for providing the needs of the people, modernizing governance and transforming the state.

“Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has created the “Lagos miracle.”

Olorogun-Etti also praised the former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu for piloting the All Progressives Congress (APC) along the path of greatness in Nigeria.

Olorogun-Etti, leader of Eko United, a major political group in the state attributed the poor performance of PDP in Lagos State to the selfish ambition of some individuals.

“There is no internal democracy in Lagos PDP. There is a feeling of alienation and exclusion.”

Olorogun-Etti cited in-fighting, irreconcilable differences with the leadership of the PDP in Lagos State, the stronghold of a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, the party’s poor performance at the 2015 polls and the inspirational leadership of Senator Bola Tinubu as reasons for quitting the party.

“We are still a year away from the next general elections in 2019. PDP can no longer compete in Lagos State.”

Olorogun-Etti said the result of the last local government election in the state was a “great demonstration of the strength of the governor and the ruling party.”

“Governor Ambode’s marvelous performance in office contributed greatly to the party’s performance in the last local government election in the state” he said.

“Lagosians have recognized the good work going on in the name of development” he added.

Source: Chief Babatunde Olorogun-Etti

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