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Delta Speaker to hold town hall meeting in Sapele

Posted on August 30, 2016. Filed under: Politics, Press Release, Uncategorized |

Delta Speaker to hold town hall meeting in Sapele

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya will on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1, 2016 meet with the good people of Sapele.

Igbuya will start his strings of meeting on Wednesday in Ugboren, Okuovu and Edegbrode. He will also meet with the people at Amukpe and Okpe Hall on Thursday.

The series of town hall meeting, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the Right Honourable Speaker, Mr. Henry Ebireri, will help individuals and organizations to tap into the opportunities in the current Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in the state.

Ebireri in a statement in Asaba said Igbuya would meet with Non indigenes living in Sapele on Thursday.

“This is an opportunity for the representative of Sapele State Constituency to inform the good people of Sapele about the development plans of the current administration, discuss upcoming legislation and get feedback from voters” the statement said.

The town hall meeting, Ebireri said, would also provide an opportunity for the people to review the past and draw a roadmap for the future.

“This year’s event promises to be unique. Right Honourable Monday Igbuya will talk with constituents about critical issues facing the communities. The meeting will enable the people to rub minds with Igbuya on issues that are relevant to the progress of the constituency. It will also give the people opportunity to ask questions on his activities in the House of Assembly”.

Ebireri implored all stakeholders and good people of Sapele to turn out en masse at the town hall meeting.

“The town hall meeting will allow for divergent opinions and views from various sources. The people are expected to bring their own perspectives and issues to the table. There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation” the statement added.

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Dr Peterside, DG of NIMASA asks Gov. Wike Ten Important Questions

Posted on August 27, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Hon. Dakuku PetersideDr Peterside, DG of NIMASA asks Gov. Wike Ten Important Questions

Dr Dakuku Peterside, DG of NIMASA and APC Governorship Candidate in the 2015 elections during a rally in Etche LGA today asked Governor Wike 10 important questions as follows:

1. Which Govt has officially promoted & supported kidnapping and under its watch 1200 persons have been kidnapped in one year?

2. Which government has superintended over the killing of over 1000 rivers people by cultist in just one year?

3. Which government has borrowed more money under one year than all our previous governments from 1967 borrowed put together??

4. Which government withdrew nearly 400 under graduates sent on scholarship abroad by Gov Amaechi to different countries???

5. Which government deceitfully wants to take credit for projects conceived and delivered by the Amaechi government??

6. Under the watch of which government has more policemen and security men been killed by criminals armed by government agents than have been killed ever in our history from the creation of Rivers State to date??

7. Under whose government is multiple taxation legalized?  Touting legalized? Extortion made legal??

8. Under which government, have our schools and primary health centers closed down and our people are dying in their numbers?

9. Which government has deceived itself by embarking on endless circle of BIOMETRICS as excuse to owe workers and Pensioners six months salaries, popularly called government of deceit?

10. Which government will a governor be contractor, supervisor and awarding authority???

I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU ALL – the end has come. Rivers people cannot be deceived by lies and propaganda no matter how well crafted.

Dr Dakuku Peterside at a speech in Okehi Etche LGA

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Photos: Honourable Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, others during the funeral service of Late Chief. Ojo Maduekwe, at Asaga Ohiafia, Abia State.

Posted on August 21, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Honourable Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (right) with former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Chukwuemeka  Ihedioha during the funeral service of Late Chief. Ojo Maduekwe, at Asaga Ohiafia, Abia State.D83G8202 (640x427)Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (right) in a handshake with the Executive Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu during the funeral service of Late Chief Ojo Maduekwe at  Asaga Ohafia, Abia State.

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Honourable Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is flanked by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation,  Sabiu Zakari (left) and Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator. Ita Solomon Enang, During the funeral service of Late Chief Ojo Maduekwe, at Asaga Ohiafia, Abia State. Photo Credit: Israel Ibeleme.

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Honourable Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi  in a handshake with the Wife of Late Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Mrs. Uche Maduekwe shortly after the funeral Service at Asaga Ohafia, Abia State.

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Formation of Polling Unit Security Guards by Gov. Wike Is an Invitation to Chaos – Abe

Posted on August 9, 2016. Filed under: news, Uncategorized | Tags: |

Formation of Polling Unit Security Guards by Gov. Wike Is an Invitation to Chaos – Abe

…As He Takes Campaign to Ogoni Communities in Port Harcourt, Ikwerre LGAs

All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District in the Legislative re-run election, Senator Magnus Abe has condemned the plan of Governor Nyesom Wike to set up a band of thugs called Polling Unit Security Guards.

Speaking at a rally organized by the Rivers East APC, at Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Abe said the formation of the security outfit was nothing but an invitation for violence and chaos in the State.

He called on the Inspector-General of Police and Director of State Security Services to intervene to save Rivers State from degenerating into anarchy, should the governor go ahead to set it for the forthcoming re-run elections.

“As we have complained about the Arrest Resistance Committee, they have gone to form Polling Unit Security Guards. Whether you call it Arrest Resistance Committee or Polling Unit Security Guards, it is the same wine in a different bottle. It is nothing but sponsorship of violence and I want to call on the IG and Director of State Services. They are the ones who told us that this time; nobody will be allowed to do that. Polling unit should be open to all voters and should be guarded by the Nigerian police force.”

Abe said APC would adhere to the rule of law as well as free and fair election and urged PDP to do so in the interest of Rivers State.

He noted that the APC has members who are patriotic, responsible and law abiding, pointing out that there had been cases of election malpractices by PDP, were APC violent, could have precipitated anarchy in the state.

“Tony Okocha is here, his seat was declared for PDP; we did not make trouble or burn down the state. In the last election, where the people who have not voted were more than the margin of win, INEC declared those seats for PDP; did we burn down the state? We went to court because that is what the constitution says. I want to appeal to our governor if he sees something that is wrong, he should follow the rule of law.”

The former Secretary to Rivers State Government said that Wike style of politics is to intimidate voters and rig the election, assuring that this time around Rivers people will not be cowed.”

“I keep telling people that we have not voted. Every time we want to vote, he brings guns, machetes and begins to chase innocent citizens up and down and then when he finishes, he goes and tell people he is on ground and that Rivers state is PDP state. What makes Rivers State a PDP state? What election made us a PDP state? Was Nigeria not a PDP country? Today, is it not an APC country? It is the vote of the people that determine the political affiliation of a state. Anybody who wants to know the political affiliation of Rivers people should allow our people to vote.”

Abe commended the organizers of the rally and assured that he would attend any rally in Ikwerre land if he was invited.

He told the people to pass the information to Governor Wike that he would win his election in Rivers South East Senatorial District, not minding the governor’s regular visits and campaign in the district.

“I know him very well. As minority leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, I screened him to be chairman. As Secretary to the Government of Rivers State, I signed his appointment letter to become Chief of Staff to the governor. As Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I screened him to become the minister. So, if he is a governor, that is very good but if he is flying and he has developed wings, when he sees some of us, it is sensible that he should come down and also walk on the ground like a normal human being. Let me say here so that everybody will hear that the election in Rivers South East Senatorial District will be won by the All Progressives Congress. The election in Rivers East that is the one I am standing now will be won by the APC.”

Speaking further, Abe accused the governor to be insincere by alleging that he defalcated the Kpopie-Bodo road project, which had been completed up to 90 per cent, of which the governor had not completed the payment for the little remaining part of the road.

Abe wondered why Governor Wike could forget that he awarded to himself over 27 primary school contracts in the state that were not completed only to call kettle black.

“A road that is almost 90% complete. He has become governor for more than a year, if he loves the Bodo people so much and the money remaining on the road is a paltry sum and he has borrowed over N140 billion, he could not bring out small money to go and complete the road. Is he a good governor? Former Governor Amaechi became governor of Rivers State, Celestine Omehia, whom he removed as governor awarded a contract for mile one market, the contractor was nominated by Celestine’s government, Amaechi came and paid him. But Wike who was part of the government, who awarded over 27 primary school contract to himself, he will not pay the contractors.”

Meanwhile, Senator Abe has told the Ogoni community in Port Harcourt to be united and vote for him as he had worked very hard to pursue the interest of Ogoni, pointing out that what was remaining was for his voice to be taken to the Senate to speak for them in order to fully actualize their interest.

Addressing them at Ogunabali community in Port Harcourt, Abe urged them not to be swayed by the N9 billion Wike borrowed for the election as the Ogoni are very intelligent people who know what they want.

Abe said in Pidgin English, “If any person come give una money make una pull me down, destroy Senator Abe. The man think say una no get sense. Make him take the money wey him don borrow take help the poor people of Rivers state. Make him no take am come fight Ogoni people because any money wey him dey carry come Ogoni to come fight Ogoni people is a waste of money.”

 

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Civil Society advises Aregbesola to resign from office over poor WAEC rating

Posted on August 9, 2016. Filed under: news, Uncategorized | Tags: |

Civil Society advises Aregbesola to resign from office over poor WAEC rating

The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has advised the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to resign from office with immediate effect following the poor performance of students of the state public schools in the just released result of the 2016 May/June West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The group opined that the mass failure of students in WAEC result was an outcome of bad policies of the present administration on education, saying as it stands the governor has destroyed the educational system of the state beyond redemption.

CSCEO in a statement signed on Tuesday, August 09, 2016 by its Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman lamented that in spite of billions of naira the government said it spent on *Opon-Imo*, O-School Uniforms, construction of buildings and others, the state came last
among its peer in the South-West and 29th out of 36 states of the federation.

“It means, all the billions of naira Aregbesola said it spent on education was a ruse and that the said system of education of 4-5-3 his government embarked upon was illogical. It is clear that all the acclaimed efforts of the Mr. Aregbesola in the educational sector of the state were embarked upon to enrich himself and his family members with their political associates.

“The governor whose ego was unequal to others should cover his face in shame with this result and it is clear that Osun people need competent and capable hand to take the state out of present doldrums being put her to by Aregbesola’s government.

“We wondered how many future generations of Osun people that Aregbesola and his government has destroyed by this woeful performance of our dear innocent children”, the statement reads.

The group alleged that Aregbesola is still owing teachers of public schools in the state their monthly salaries for a period of eight months and there was no professional training organized for the affected teachers as parts of incentive to give them better result on the educational system of the state.

CSCEO insisted that all the phantom projects embarked upon in the educational sector by Aregbesola which made the state to borrow beyond its capacity was a way to siphone the meager resources of the state which was seriously affecting the performance of the results of the
students in public examinations.

Supporting its argument with the inflation of contract sums like that of Wole Soyinka High School, Ejigbo which was initially awarded at the rate of N250 million but later inflated to N750 million and the N8.6billion Tablet of knowledge (Opon-Osi) contract which was awarded
to Aregbesola’s biological son, Kabiru, the group explained that all and the projects were nothing to write home about today.

“We however seized this opportunity to advise Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola to honourably tender his resignation from office as Governor of Osun State because the present administration has become a disaster to the good people of Osun State in all human endavours which has seriously retarded the educational sector of the State.

“This development has shown the world that Aregbesola lacks capability to run the state again and he should be relieved of his position in order to help the state to record the undiluted development and growth in all ramifications across the length and breadth of the State”.

Sualaiman therefore called on well meaning Osun People at home and abroad to rise up against the ongoing destruction of the educational system of the state by Aregbesola through phantom policies, describing education system as the bedrock of development in any human society.

Signed:
Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman,
(Revolutionary Alfa)
Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition For The Emancipation Of Osun State
(CSCEOS)

Civil Society advises Aregbesola to resign from office over poor WAEC rating

The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has advised the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to resign from office with immediate effect following the poor performance of students of the state public schools in the just released result of the 2016 May/June West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The group opined that the mass failure of students in WAEC result was an outcome of bad policies of the present administration on education, saying as it stands the governor has destroyed the educational system of the state beyond redemption.

CSCEO in a statement signed on Tuesday, August 09, 2016 by its Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman lamented that in spite of billions of naira the government said it spent on *Opon-Imo*, O-School Uniforms, construction of buildings and others, the state came last
among its peer in the South-West and 29th out of 36 states of the federation.

“It means, all the billions of naira Aregbesola said it spent on education was a ruse and that the said system of education of 4-5-3 his government embarked upon was illogical. It is clear that all the acclaimed efforts of the Mr. Aregbesola in the educational sector of the state were embarked upon to enrich himself and his family members with their political associates.

“The governor whose ego was unequal to others should cover his face in shame with this result and it is clear that Osun people need competent and capable hand to take the state out of present doldrums being put her to by Aregbesola’s government.

“We wondered how many future generations of Osun people that Aregbesola and his government has destroyed by this woeful performance of our dear innocent children”, the statement reads.

The group alleged that Aregbesola is still owing teachers of public schools in the state their monthly salaries for a period of eight months and there was no professional training organized for the affected teachers as parts of incentive to give them better result on the educational system of the state.

CSCEO insisted that all the phantom projects embarked upon in the educational sector by Aregbesola which made the state to borrow beyond its capacity was a way to siphone the meager resources of the state which was seriously affecting the performance of the results of the
students in public examinations.

Supporting its argument with the inflation of contract sums like that of Wole Soyinka High School, Ejigbo which was initially awarded at the rate of N250 million but later inflated to N750 million and the N8.6billion Tablet of knowledge (Opon-Osi) contract which was awarded
to Aregbesola’s biological son, Kabiru, the group explained that all and the projects were nothing to write home about today.

“We however seized this opportunity to advise Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola to honourably tender his resignation from office as Governor of Osun State because the present administration has become a disaster to the good people of Osun State in all human endavours which has seriously retarded the educational sector of the State.

“This development has shown the world that Aregbesola lacks capability to run the state again and he should be relieved of his position in order to help the state to record the undiluted development and growth in all ramifications across the length and breadth of the State”.

Sualaiman therefore called on well meaning Osun People at home and abroad to rise up against the ongoing destruction of the educational system of the state by Aregbesola through phantom policies, describing education system as the bedrock of development in any human society.

Signed:
Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman,
(Revolutionary Alfa)
Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition For The Emancipation Of Osun State
(CSCEOS)

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Former U.S Mayor Tours Ogoniland, Expresses Shock at Level of Contamination

Posted on July 28, 2016. Filed under: news, Uncategorized | Tags: |

On the invitation of the Ogoni Restoration and Development Foundation, the president of the Trans Atlantic Group and former mayor of Greenevers, Alfred Dixon on Monday, July 25, 2016 visited parts of Ogoniland to assess the extent of oil spills contamination and the level of government preparedness to address the impacts on the Ogoni environment.

Alfred Dixon, a 20 year mayor of Greenevers in North Carolina and president of the Trans Atlantic Group was accompanied on the tour by the publicity secretary of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke and the media advisor to the MOSOP president, Bariala Kpalap.

Speaking in Bodo and K-Dere in Ogoniland, Mayor Dixon who was visibly shocked by the level of contamination in Ogoniland expressed concern for the safety of the Ogoni people, the poor handling of the cleanup process which is coming without compensation for years of environmental devastation and nothing in place to create an economic base for the Ogoni people.

Mayor Dixon urged the people to work closely with the authorities to ensure that the interest of the Ogoni people were not shortchanged.

Dixon particularly expressed concern about the poverty in Ogoniland and hoped that the companies involved in the cleanup with be willing to plough back some funds to build an economic base for the Ogoni people.

In their separate responses, the head of the Gberezorkpan chief Micheal Porobumu of Bodo said, the cleanup must be done in collaboration with the local people and community leaders. He noted that the people’s participation will guarantee that the process benefits the Ogoni people. Also speaking, the paramount ruler of Ke-Dere expressed joy over Mr. Dixon’s visit and urged the government to immediately commence the process.

The federal government had in June flagged off the campaign to cleanup Ogoniland. Despite the elaborate flag-off event, nothing had been done to kick-start the process.

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Hon. Igbuya blames militancy on inadequate benefit of resources from the region

Posted on July 24, 2016. Filed under: news, Uncategorized | Tags: |

 Hon. Igbuya blames militancy on inadequate benefit of resources from the region

…..Praises Ibru, Keshi

……Urges Buhari to dialogue with Niger Delta leaders

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Sunday spoke on the challenges, gains and distractions in his first one year in office, describing his colleagues as wonderful people.

Igbuya described the first one year as tough.

“Before June 8, 2016, hopes were high. Some of us thought we were going to live in the past. Past Speakers had enormous influence and resources to assist the people. One year gone, the reverse is the case. We met serious recession. Subvention was reduced. In three months, things started getting worse. We started preaching the gospel of belt tightening. My colleagues have seen reasons to adjust. The situation is very bad, very difficult and tough. My colleagues are wonderful people”.

Speaking with local and foreign journalists in Sapele, Igbuya said the House passed a good number of bills.

“We passed a good number of bills. Administratively, we achieved a major feat. We were able to find solution to poor power supply” he said.

Demonstrating maturity and total understanding of what politics should be all about, Igbuya stressed on synergy between the three arms of government.

“Can you achieve result without fund? No legislature can work without fund. We don’t generate revenue. The executive does that. There must be synergy between the three arms of government. People should be talking about synergy, not independence” he said.

Empathizing with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Igbuya said the House would continue to make laws for the good governance of the state.

“I feel for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. I wonder how he intends to achieve some of his dreams. We are looking inward and bringing some laws that can make Delta State generate enough revenue. Okowa means well for the people. He wants to set a standard. Deltans should continue to pray for this administration”

He commended the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for positioning the party ahead of 2019 general election.

“There is no faction in Delta State PDP. The reconciliation committee is doing very well”

Igbuya rejected the proposed bill to establish and control grazing routes and reserves before the National Assembly.

“The resolutions of the South-South and South-East lawmakers are quite clear. We asked our representatives in the National Assembly to oppose it”

Attributing the defective and harsh socio-economic environment, lack of employment opportunities, environmental degradation, lack of infrastructure, general under-development and inadequate benefit of the resources from the region to militancy in the Niger Delta, Igbuya advised President Muhammadu Buhari to dialogue with the people.

“Mr. President should dialogue with the people. What are the problems? He should listen to the people. Power belongs to the people”

In the interest of peace, harmony and unity of Nigeria, Igbuya urged Buhari to review the ownership structure of oil wells in the country.

“How many South- South people are owners of oil wells in the country? He should allow 65 per cent ownership by the people of the Niger Delta region.

He also spoke on changes in Sapele.

“Sapele is developing. The dualization of Sapele Road from Amukpe roundabout is ongoing.. Beautification exercise is ongoing. We are going to focus on other roads in Sapele. We are trying to expose Sapele to the international community. We are going to make Sapele a major centre for foreign investors and tourists” he said.

Igbuya also described the death of Olorogun Felix Ovudoroye Ibru as a terrible blow to the political class and Nigerians in general.

“Olorogun Felix Ovudoroye Ibru was a man whose name spoke volume. He was imbued with gratitude, generosity, virtue, vision, ideas, spirituality, integrity and humility. He was, without doubt an architect first, before any other thing. It was however on the political turf that he etched his name on marble. Indeed, Senator Ibru left indelible prints on the Nigerian political space. He contributed greatly to the growth of the Nigerian State.

Together with Chief Simeon Ebonka, they formed a strong partnership and set the template for the development of Delta State. He also contributed a lot to the uplifting of the Urhobo nation.

He continued “Ibru death surely deprives the nation of one of its best minds. I however take solace in the fact that the first democratically elected governor of Delta State lived an inspired and fulfilled life by the manner he deployed his professional expertise towards the development of Nigeria. He will definitely be missed by friends, family, associates, colleagues and all those whose lives he positively touched in one way or the other. He will forever be remembered as one who came, and did his bit in a very great and impressive way. He will also be remembered by Nigerians, particularly Deltans as the man who reached the pinnacle of power but refused to be intoxicated by it. I sincerely join the entire family of Senator Ibru, his people at Agbarha-Otor and all patriots of Nigeria in celebrating the life of a great Nigerian citizen. I also bid our great leader and mentor a respectful farewell and a sweet repose.

He described Stephen Keshi as a patriotic Nigerian and a great Deltan.

“His death is a monumental national loss. It is very sad. It is very painful. He was a great footballer and coach. He brought pride to Delta State. He did the nation and the youth proud by standing out in the crowd not only as a skillful player but a coach imbued with maturity. We will definitely miss him”

Source: Henry Ebireri Ovie

 

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12th AMA Awards held in PH: Gov. Wike’s white lies to the world

Posted on June 13, 2016. Filed under: Press Release, Uncategorized | Tags: |

12th AMA Awards held in PH: Gov. Wike’s white lies to the world

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, said it has observed with disappointment the continuous churning out of white lies to unsuspecting Rivers people, Nigerians and the world at the slightest opportunity by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

The party in a statement signed by its spokesman, Senibo Chris Finebone and made available to journalists today in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital said “the latest of this ignoble past time of the governor took place last Saturday during the 12th African Movie Academy Awards [AMAA] that was gratuitously hosted by the governor to burnish and shore up his fledgling public image as a dangerous desperado who climbed on the blood of innocent people to become governor. Curiously, as Gov. Nyesom Wike was talking down his predecessor as having left no legacy, he was having good time at the poorly organized awards night in the magnificent Obi Wali International Conference Centre, an edifice built and named after an illustrious personage of Ikwerre land, late Dr. Obi Wali by the same predecessor and former boss of Nyesom Wike, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON.”

Continuing, the statement noted that, “the hosting of the AMA Awards by Gov. Nyesom Wike is only part of a well-calculated agenda to create image makeover for the governor at great cost to the Rivers taxpayer. But most significantly is the fact that each of the events ends up being held at one of the epochal landmark legacies conceptualized, built and commissioned by his predecessor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as against what Gov. Wike would want his audience, Nigerians and the world to believe. The Adokie Amiesimaka 40,000-seater magnificent stadium conceptualized and built by former Gov. Amaechi has hosted countless of such events by Gov. Wike even as he insists his predecessor did nothing. That is white lie number 1.”

The statement reads: “On the more important matter of security, Gov. Nyesom Wike is blaming everyone else but himself for the insecurity ravaging Rivers State. Hear him: “We have tackled insecurity with decisive steps in conjunction with the nation’s security agencies, so much so that Rivers State has now become one of the safest places to visit, live and do business in the country. As a result, we have been hosting several local and national events to the joy and applaud of the organizers, participants and visitors” The APC would want Rivers people, Nigerians and the world to score this statement. However, we consider this statement the most criminal, insensitive and blatant lie told by man in this Century. Indeed, this is Wike’s white lie number 2.

“For the benefit of those who may not know, records show that over 35 souls were dispatched to the great beyond across Rivers State in a space of 5 days before the Saturday event. Cases of daylight robberies, shootings and killings are daily reported in Port Harcourt alone. Yet still, the governor mindlessly and unconscionably spewed his lies to the innocent audience in Dr. Obi Wali International Conference Centre main hall.

“It is perhaps necessary to remind Gov. Nyesom Wike that the Information and Communications Technology [ICT] has collapsed the world into a small global village where information virtually circulates with the speed of sound. Much of Nigeria and the world know exactly what the security situation is in Rivers State, meaning that as the governor spoke at the event that night, many in the audience would have been quietly chuckling and wondering whether he just returned from outer space before attending the event.

“The truth remains that two things appear to hold the key to immediate and relative peace (howbeit temporarily) in Rivers State and both are in the hands of the governor.

“Firstly, Gov. Nyesom Wike must disarm his private armies and militants he used to kill and intimidate voters to enable him write election results for himself and his party candidates with the active connivance of Jonathan-era INEC and  security agents. His warning to the CTCs he recently appointed to fight insecurity in their LGAs is neither here nor there as it amounts to merely sending a thief to catch a thief. Secondly, Gov. Wike must go beyond appointing the leadership of his hoodlums and ex-militants as Caretaker Chairmen and members of LG Councils; he alone must devise the means of engaging the other ranks in his private armies who feel abandoned and have turned to robberies, killings, kidnapping and other common crimes as a means of subsistence.

“The APC believes that no amount of casting blames on cult groups today or threatening oil companies tomorrow will bring peace in Rivers State. Gov. Nyesom Wike has served drinking water to the baboon and it is him that must retrieve the cup he used in serving the baboon. He has himself to blame, not cult groups and oil companies. Indeed, Gov. Nyesom Wike needs to look at himself in the mirror.”

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Delta State House of Assembly: Hon. Igbuya lists priorities

Posted on June 10, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Delta State House of Assembly: Hon. Igbuya lists priorities

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Monday Igbuya, Wednesday made a critical appraisal of the Delta State House of Assembly, describing the Sixth Assembly as “the most stable and promising.”

Igbuya who spoke in Asaba on the occasion of the first anniversary celebration of the Sixth Assembly said the House received a total of twenty-three bills (23), fifty-three (53) motions and eighteen (18) reports.

He listed the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Law (Amendment), 2015,  Delta State Contributory Health Commission Bill, 2015,  Delta State Bureau of Land Instrument Preparation Charges Bill, 2015,  Appropriation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, Delta State House of Assembly Service Commission Bill, 2015,  Delta State Community Service Bill, 2015; 6) Delta State Economic Planning Council (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Delta State Public Procurement Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015, Delta State Agency for Control of HIV and AIDS Bill, 2015, Appropriation Bill, 2016, Delta State Structure for Signage and Advertisement Agency Bill, 2016 and Delta State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy Bill, 2016 as bills received by the assembly.

The House, according to Igbuya, also received the Delta State Security Trust Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016,  Delta State Anti-kidnapping Bill, 2016, Delta State Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Cultism Bill, 2016,  Delta State Investment Development Agency Bill, 2016,  Delta State Scholarship Board Bill, 2016, Delta State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill, 2016, Delta State Hotels and Restaurants Bill, 2016, Delta State Administration of Criminal Justice Bill, 2016, Delta State Internal Revenue Consolidation (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Delta State Public Procurement Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Delta State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Igbuya, in a joyous mood throughout the press conference, said “The governor has so far assented to the  Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Law (Amendment), 2015,  Appropriation Law, 2016, Delta State Contributory Health Commission Law 2015, Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency Law, 2015; and Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board Law, 2015.

“The Delta State Economic Planning Council (Amendment) Bill, 2015, Delta State Anti-kidnapping Bill, 2016, Delta State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy Bill, 2016; and  Delta State Security Trust Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016 have been forwarded to the state governor, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, for assent” he said.

Igbuya who spoke at length about the yearning of Deltans for quick delivery of the dividends of democracy, dwindling oil revenue and its negative impact on the economy and capacity of government to meet basic commitments, described Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as a blessing to Delta State.

“In my inaugural address, I told the good people of the state that the legislature would maintain cordial working relationship with the Executive. The Assembly has since then enjoyed a harmonious relationship with the Executive, having so far approved several requests of the governor. It screened and confirmed nominees for appointment as commissioners of the Government of Delta State and several other positions” he said.

Igbuya also spoke on the sanitization of some local governments in the state.

“We must also not forget the role of the Assembly in the sanitization of the Local Government system. In the light of great insecurity and evidence of financial fraud, occasioned by flagrant disregard for constituted authority, the House suspended the Executive Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area. It subsequently set up an adhoc committee to verify the authenticity of the various petitions levelled against him. On grounds of financial recklessness, fraud and diversion of funds, the House relieved the chairman of his duties as Executive Chairman and Accounting Officer of Uvwie LGA.”

He continued; “Sequel to the impeachment notice forwarded to the House by 12 of the 15 councilors of Ndokwa East Local Government Area, the committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs of the House suspended the Executive Chairman of the council. This was necessary to give the House the opportunity to carry out a thorough investigation into the issues raised. I am happy to inform you that she is back to her seat.”

Focusing on accountability and responsibility to the electorate, Igbuya said “Here at the Delta State House of Assembly, the will of the people is speedily carried out.”

“In the second year of the Sixth Assembly, we will focus on issues that will move us closer to the dreams and aspirations of our founding fathers. We will continue to offer the best representation to the people of Delta State. We will continue to support government’s effort at guaranteeing peace, security and welfare of all Deltans. We will strive to finish the work we have started. We will continue to put in longer hours in debating and making the laws that would move our state forward. We will welcome the battle of ideologies. We will encourage and engage in it, openly, honestly, and respectfully.”

Amidst intermittent applause from Honourable members, staff of the assembly and journalists, Igbuya said members of the Assembly would closely monitor the implementation of the budget by providing effective oversight.

“We will continue to keep faith with our duties of Law making, Representation and Oversight functions of the Executive arm of government. We will continue to insist on probity, accountability and efficiency in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2016 Budget” he said.

He commended local and foreign journalists for their efforts in bringing to the spotlight the activities, deliberations, and resolutions of the House.

“Functions of the press transcend entertainment, education and mere information dissemination. Indeed, the role of the press in democratic dispensation and otherwise is to bring about real political change through robust discourse.”

He also praised his colleagues and the staff of the Assembly for their cooperation and contributions to the smooth running of the business of the House.

Sent in by Fidel Njamanze

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Towards preserving a bio-diverse environment for future generations – Ibim Semenitari

Posted on June 1, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

BEING THE SPEECH OF MRS. IBIM SEMENITARI, AG. MD/CEO OF NDDC AT 2016 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY


It is my pleasure and pride to make comments at this year’s World Environment Day (WED) celebrations. This is so because of the significance of this year’s celebrations to us in the Niger Delta region and especially at the NDDC as it marks the beginning of the fulfilment of the Federal Government’s promise to clean up the region, starting with the strategic Ogoni clean-up exercise.

When we visited Governor Seriake Dickson on April 12, at Government House, Yenagoa, during our regional tour, he said, “For us in Bayelsa, our wealth is in the sea.” That profound statement underscores the immense endowment of the Niger Delta’s ecosystem. What is unfortunate however is how this same resource is constantly abused and denigrated by repeated violations brought about by decades of bad behaviour. From government, with its weak regulatory frameworks, to oil companies and multinationals who do business in the region, to communities and individuals, who for different reasons wreak havoc, the environment in our region has taken a hard beating.

Covering about 70,000 square kilometres, the Niger Delta region is home to one of the largest wetlands in the world and Africa’s largest delta. It has at least five distinct ecological zones. These range from the montane and savannah belts in Northern Cross River to the mangrove swamp forests, near the Atlantic coast, which embody some of the last remaining untouched forest resources and centres of endemism in Africa.

These bio-geographical attributes are known to have created the complex and rich environment of habitats that supported the evolution of its fantastically wide range of plant and animal lives. Some say the Niger Delta is home to all of Nigeria’s endemic or near-endemic mammal species. Others say Niger Delta harbours many locally and globally endangered species, and approximately 60-80 percent of all plant and animal species found in Nigeria.

However, the globally significant environment and biodiversity of the Niger Delta are in grave danger. Some endemic fish species of the region are in grave danger of extinction due to many reasons, including environmental degradation and over-exploitation among others. Likewise, some animal species such as the endemic African Monkey (Guenon species), one of the world’s most beautiful monkeys found mostly in the West African rain forest region (the Niger Delta Region inclusive), are at the risk of extinction.

This is why we must all rise to the daunting and pressing challenge of preserving our bio-diverse environment for future generations. We all owe future generations a responsibility to preserve the bio-diverse environment of the Niger Delta. As the countdown begins for us to join people from across the globe to celebrate WED on 5 June 2016, we all need to take part in environmental action and become agents of change for positive impacts on the planet. Today’s tree-planting exercise typifies such action.

This year’s theme is on the illegal trade in wildlife, which is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving species to the brink of extinction.

The NDDC is statutorily mandated to tackle ecological and environmental problems in the Niger Delta region. Evidently, the killing and smuggling of wildlife constitute ecological and environmental problems. They also undermine economies and ecosystems, fuel organized crime, and feed corruption and insecurity across the globe.

Tackling the scourge of illegal trade in wildlife requires concerted action. We need to understand the damage this illicit business is doing to our environment, livelihoods, communities and security. We must change our habits and behaviour so that demand for illegal wildlife products falls. But it is not just the demand for illegal wildlife that must fall. It is also the demand for illegal crude, the destruction and vandalism of pipelines in the region. Our ecosystem is our wealth, and the protection of our region is, first and foremost, the responsibility of all who live and do business in the region. Saying no to everyone who dares to destroy our environment, whether they be government, corporations or individuals, is our collective responsibility.

This year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages each one of us to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of our own to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at the national or global level – many local extinctions will eventually add up to a global extinction! Whoever you are, and wherever you live, show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife and the destruction of our environment, in word and deed, and make a difference.

According to Roxanne Paul, “Every little bit helps. It’s amazing how much you can do when you choose to give a little bit of that natural habitat back.”

Thank you for your attention and God bless you.”

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