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Project-Wike-Must-Go: Wike is the initiator of movement to kick him out – Eze

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***Highlights the Upland/Riverine Dichotomy, Practice of incoherent, Visionless Government and the need to rescue Rivers State from being in opposition to the Government at the centre as the three major reasons why Wike must go

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, attributed the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, as the initiator of the call for his sack by Rivers people.

He explained that the abysmal failure that the Wike administration had subjected Rivers state to is the reason most Rivers people activated the ‘Wike-must-go-project’, adding that Rivers has lost out on development since Wike forced his way into office.

According to Eze, the movement by patriotic Rivers sons and daughters to salvage the state from the stranglehold of decaying infrastructure, reign of gangsters and mindless stealing of public funds is a rescue mission by Rivers people, adding that it has nothing to do with the former governor of the state, who is the incumbent Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

He expressed shock at the different interpretations being peddled around by some disgruntled elements, whose aim, according to him, is to discredit the essence of the project and attempt to discredit the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuik, for rendering support to the actualisation of the project.

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According to him, “Governor Nyesom Wike is the arrowhead behind the agitation to remove Wike from the Brick House, a project he initiated immediately he assumed office on May 29, 2015, by scaring away investors from the State, promotion of insecurity through appointments and elections of insecurity induced elements, destruction of all the feats gained during the administration of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi including ruining the education, health, agricultural sectors, refusal to pay civil servants and Pensioners their salaries and pension for several months.

“Refusal to run the government of Rivers state in line with budgetary provisions, stoppage of the free overseas scholarship scheme Rotimi Amaechi established where over 300 students had opportunity of schooling abroad, refusal to create job opportunities, employ anyone or upgrade the levels of civil servants in the state.

“Sadly, under the watch of Governor Wike, Rivers state has retrogressed badly that it has lost its glory of the Garden City to ‘Gabbage City’, thereby making the streets of Port Harcourt and most of Rivers state to stink and all the drainages blocked with stashes trash.

“Liquidation of the Songhai Farm, the Buguma fish farm while turning the state secretariat to a centre of garbage on life support.

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“The above self-inflicted political disaster by Governor Nyesom Wike, notwithstanding the issue of upland /riverine dichotomy where the upland through Dr Peter Odili (8yrs), Dr Amaechi (8yrs) and Chief Wike, have governed the state for a long stretch 20 years to the determinant of the riverine area of the state is an injustice APC is set to correct this time around no matter the odds.

“The last, but not the least, is the fact that Rivers state is not used to playing the opposition politics to the government at the centre. We are tired under Wike where he denied the federal government of the necessary support in implementing her vision to develop the state. For these reasons, the need of Wike stepping aside need not be overemphasised”, he said.

He, however, pleaded with those allegedly buying the propaganda narrative by Governor Wike and his Media handlers to understand the facts before condemning Amaechi or any leader of the APC in the project, saying “I therefore implore Wike, my good friend, to see reasons and assist to ease his ouster without raising unnecessary tension in the state for the benefit of the state.”

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NDDC Acting Managing Director dares NASS, insists on budget implementation

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The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh has ordered the Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics to treat budgetary implementation requests (Recurrent and Capital from the various Directorates, Departments, Units and State Offices for the year 2020.

 

“The Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics is hereby directed to treat budgetary implementation requests (Recurrent and Capital from the various Directorates, Departments, Units and State Offices for the year 2020.”

 

The Senate in November 2019 barred the Interim Management of the Commission from defending the agency’s 2020 budget.

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The Intervention Agency chief executive officer in a memo dated 15th January, 2020 said the sum of N80, 881,610,074 was appropriated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the country’s 2020 Budget.

 

“Please recall that the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (CCFR) has signed into law the Federation’s 2020 Budget (Appropriation Act)’. Also in the approved Budget, the sum of N80,881,610,074 only has been appropriated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).”

 

President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2019 sent the 2019 and 2020 budget estimates of the agency to the National Assembly for the approval of the federal lawmakers. The National Assembly is yet to pass the 2019 budget of the commission.

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Titled: Implementation of NDDC Budget, Joi Nunieh ordered the Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics to comply.

 

“It is pertinent to state here that the Commission is an Intervention Agency whose activities are predominantly in the Niger Delta Region with a peculiar and harsh geographical terrain and is greatly influenced by the weather conditions.”

 

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HIT THE GROUND RUNNING, SANWO-OLU TELLS NEW POLITICAL APPOINTEES, PERM SECS

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…Gov: You Are Brought To Add Value To Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged newly appointed members of Lagos State Cabinet as well as Commissioners in the State’s civil service commission to kick off action immediately.

The Governor said this on Monday at the Lagos House, Alausa during the swearing in of three new members of the State executive council, members of the Civil Service Commission and five Permanent Secretaries.

In his remarks, Sanwo-Olu urged the new appointees to further add value to the administration toward delivering democratic dividends to Lagosians.

The Governor said the new appointees were called to serve from the pool of numerous competent and highly qualified Lagosians, saying they must work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them with the appointment.

He said: “You have been brought on to add value in our quest to deliver the dividend of democracy to the citizens. We are pushing the emblem of our party and we have started implementing several programmes under our project T.H.E.M.E.S.

“We must remember that in four months time, we will be celebrating our first anniversary.

“The question that people will be asking is that what have we done in one year? Time will come and time will go but it is what we do with time that prosperity will judge us with. The essence of this reminder is to keep each and everyone of us on the go and to let you know that we need to hit the ground running.

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He added: “We cannot afford to be complacent in our approach to governance because there is so much to be accomplished within the 1,460 days that we are rushing against. We cannot afford not to succeed because our success has indication for the mission’s wellbeing. We owe it a duty to live up to the reputation of centre of excellence through the injection of innovative and visionary ideas into governance.”

The new political appointees are one Commissioner and two Special Advisers, who will be joining the State Executive Council. They are Engineer Paul Bamgbose Martins was sworn in as the new Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Gbenga Oyerinde is Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District and Mr. Ganiu Adele Ayuba is the Special Adviser, Urban Development.

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Also, Mrs. Regina Fabanwo was sworn in as the new Chairman, Lagos Civil Service Commission along with Mr. Adeshina Odeyemi, Honourable Avoseh Suru; Hon Kamal Olorunoje and Barrister Babatunde Seriki who will serve as Commissioners in the Commission.

The five new Permanent Secretaries are Mr. Olujimi Ige, Debt Management Office; Mrs. Kafayat Ajenifuja, Parastatal Monitoring Office; Mr. Hakeem Adeniji Oduyinka, Office of the Civic Engagement; Mr Isaac Olushina Thorpe, Ministry of Information and Strategy while Dr. Aina Ayoola moves up as the PS Primary Healthcare Board.

The Governor reiterated his administration’s determination to ensure that it delivers time bound and people focused programmes that will positively impact Lagosians on a daily basis.

Earlier, the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, described the Governor as a team player, saying it was in this spirit that he appointed more hands to further deliver on the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of his administration.

The occasion was graced by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji; past and present members of the Federal and State House of Assembly and well wishers of the newly appointed members.

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EFCC Arraigns Shehu Sani Over Bribery Allegation

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Senator Shehu Sani has pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of alleged bribery brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Sani was arraigned on Monday before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Recall that Senator Sani who represented Kaduna Central in the eighth Senate, was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly collecting $25,000 in the name of the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

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The anti-graft agency alleged that Sani collected $15,000 from a businessman, Sani Dauda, under false pretence on November 20, 2019, promising to give the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed, in other to influence some pending cases in court.

He also allegedly collected $10,000 from Mr Dauda to bribe Mr Magu.

Sani’s lawyer, A. A. Ibrahim, asked the court to grant him leave to move Sani’s bail application

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But the prosecutor, Abba Mohammed, requested the court to remand Sani, adding that he was only served the bail application on Monday.

Justice Ekwo moved for recess till noon to give the prosecution time to study the defendant’s bail application before plea for bail would be decided.

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