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Nigeria Vs Congo DRC Friendly: RVSG must act proactively to prevent arrival of Ebola in Rivers State – APC tells Wike

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As the spread of the dreaded disease, Ebola, continues across major towns in the Congo Democratic Republic (DRC) ahead of the friendly game between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Leopards of DRC in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has called on Gov. Nyesom Wike not only focus on reaping from the razzmatazz the grade ‘A’ friendly brings to his empty celebration of 3 years in office, adding “he (Wike) must forget politics for a while and act to protect the lives of the people and residents of Rivers State.”

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The APC in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Chris Finebone said, “the APC is not averse to the game going on in Port Harcourt as earlier scheduled, we are worried that the possibility of Ebola making its way into Rivers State may be lost on the lackadaisical and purposeless government led by Gov. Nyesom Wike in the State. We believe that a government that, for years, has been at sea over the soot enveloping Port Harcourt and environs may just be celebrating and backslapping while Ebola sneaks into town to wreak havoc on the people and residents of our dear State.”

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He urged governor Wike to roll up his sleeves and deploy emergency health services especially the infectious disease personnel to ensure that the players and other delegation members who will make contact with hotel staff are properly screened to ensure that they do not leave any Ebola footprint on the hotel facilities and the staff.

“More specifically, the hotel to accommodate the DRC delegation should be carefully selected and orientation for the personnel of such a hotel held to acquaint them with the need to reduce contacts and maintain general high hygiene standards while they host the delegation” Mr. Finebone advised.

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He noted that the APC is deeply worried and not sure whether the State government is aware that all major international media outlets are currently highlighting the increasing Ebola spread in the Congo DRC.

“What can be achieved by the federal government through surveillance at the airport of entry should not replace the need for the Rivers State Government to do more to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people and residents of Rivers State. This should not be another matter over which the governor will play his unending politics with. This is about life and we hope the governor gets it” Mr. Finebone finally declared.

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Why We Will Not Make Outcome Of Senator Abbo’s Investigation Public-Senate

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The Senate has revealed that it will not make public the outcome of its investigation of Senator Elisha Abbo.

Recall that a panel was set up by the Senate to investigate the Adamawa lawmaker after he was caught on camera assaulting a woman in an Abuja sex toy shop.

The spokesperson of the Senate, Godiya Akwashiki, was quoted telling journalists after a plenary session on Thursday, December 12th that the outcome of the investigation will not be made public.

“I know vividly when that issue was brought to the plenary under matters of urgent importance, a senator raised an observation saying this issue is in a court of law. It’s not an issue we should disturb ourselves over.

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“Please, I want to speak like a lawmaker. Once an issue is in a court of law, there is a limit for us to discuss it in the plenary.”

While Akwashiki rationalised the Senate’s delay in debating the report, section 88 of the Constitution, which empowers the National Assembly to investigate allegations of misconduct against members, gives no such restriction.

An investigation by the legislative arm, the section states, could be over the conduct of any “person, authority, or government body that has the duty of executing or administering laws enacted by the National Assembly.”

Although such investigations cannot be aimed to punish, the section states that it shall only be either to “make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws” or “expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence”.

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Recall that Senator Oluremi Tinubu a member of the panel set up to investigate Senator Abbo had been seen in a video in which she asked Abbo if he would like members of the panel to help him or not. The video went further to show a heated argument between the Senators.

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Arrest Threat: Leave Dakuku Out Of Your Dirty Local Politics, Eze Tell Senator Sekibo

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile Publicity Secretary of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has expressed displeasure over actions and comments credited to the Chairman, Senate Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance, Senator George Thompson Sekibo, wherein he called for the arrest of the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and one of the brightest politicians from Rivers State,  Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside for sending a representative for the agency at the committee’s hearing.

Senator George Sekibo had rejected Mr. Haruna Argungu, a Principal Legal Officer of NIMASA who made appearance for Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the agency at the Committee’s hearing, insisting that Peterside must appear in person to answer for the agency, an act Chief Eze dismissed as totally incongruous and unacceptable, stressing that Dr. Peterside reserves the right to mandate an official of the agency to make such representation owing to the fact that all actions incidental to the businesses of the agency are taken collectively and as such, any official can answer and defend the agency in whatever capacity.

 

Eze said “it is sad and unfortunate that Senator George Sekibbo, a three time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should allow the local and dirty politics of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State to take a sizeable portion of his sense of reasoning as not to understand that an officer of an Agency can represent his Principal in any inquiry or probe”.

 

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Describing the action as a move to besmirch Dr. Peterside and take the gilt off the gingerbread, Eze said, Haruna’s appearance for the agency is testamentary to the height of prudence and sense of sincerity domiciled within the agency and further reveals participatory democracy in display in the management of NIMASA by Dr. Peterside.

 

Dismissing claims by Senator Sekibo that Dr. Dakuku Perterisde is on the run, Eze said the NIMASA DG was out of the country, attending an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conference where he made a case for Nigeria to be voted into the IMO Council Category C.

 

The Media stalwart challenged Senator Sekibo to channel his energy towards meaningful ventures, such as providing quality representation to his constituents who are impoverished daily by the state government instead of engaging in mere trivialities. He said one would have loved to see a situation where the Rivers-born Senator made a case against the fanfare of squander mania in Rivers state where the state government has left the people in squalor without a hint of remorse.

 

Chief Eze frowned at Senator Sekibo for attempting to conscript the Nigerian Senate into the politics of smear campaign against public servants of Rivers origin which is the foundation and penchant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State.

 

He urged members of the Joint Committee to be weary of being inveigled into a situation in which they find themselves becoming partisan agents of wrongdoers in the pursuit of their selfish private vendetta.

 

Eze commended Dr. Dakuku Peterside for quickly appearing before the Joint Committee on Navy, Airforce and Marine Transport on his return to Nigeria on Thursday, to clarify the committee on every grey areas notwithstanding his busy schedules. While  lauding the NIMASA DG for adopting a pragmatic approach towards problems management, Chief Eze said Dakuku remains a global brand whose sense of patriotism and national spirit cannot be overemphasized.

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Eze highlighted that with the prompt appearance of this Administrator par excellence before the Senate Committee on Navy thereby debunking the erroneous impression that he is on the on the run one expect Senator George Sekibo to publicly apologise to this genius from Rivers State for attempting to rubbish his hard earned credibility and integrity

 

The party chieftain expressed his felicitations with the NIMASA DG for bagging yet another meritorious award from the Nigerian Chattered Institute of Transport Administrators (CIOTA) upon his return to the country after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) conference, where he made a brilliant representation for Nigeria.

 

He said men and women of goodwill must not sit back and watch mischief makers ruin the efforts of those who are committed to setting the country on the path of progress.

 

Eze further appealed to the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Ahmed Lawan to be mindful of PDP Senators like Sekibo, who are much more concerned to doing the biddings of Gov. Wike no matter how inimical such bidding can be on the progress and future of Rivers State and Nigeria at large.

 

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Old Ghost Hunts Adeyemi Ikuforiji

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Nothing scares a man like the memories of a bad incident.

In his dreams and thoughts, the memories often resurge, throwing him into a dilemma.

Former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji has been in this shoe before.

Having enjoyed some relief by virtue of a no-case submission brought by his lawyer, Wole Olanipekun when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleged him of money laundering years back, Ikuforiji’s nightmare is back again.

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The chubby dark-complexioned man is set for another bout of trauma as Justice Mohammed Liman of a Lagos High Court has fixed December 11, for his re-arraignment in a 54-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N600 million.

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