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NO MONEY IN GOVERNMENT, GOVERNOR WIKE ADMONISHES NEW SPECIAL ADVISERS

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There is no money in government Governor Wike says as he swears in Special Advisers, Permanent Secretary

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has sworn-in 39 Special Advisers to help strengthen the machinery of governance in the state.

The governor also swore-in a new Permanent Secretary, Mr Paulinus Nsirim as part of the process of re-positioning the state’s civil service.

While performing the swearing-in of the Special Advisers and Permanent Secretary on Monday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike directed the State Head of Service to effect the posting of all Permanent Secretaries after the inauguration.

He charged the appointees to see their appointments as a call to service, saying that they should work to establish their place in the history of the state.

He said: “There is no money to be made in government. What you have is the opportunity to serve and you must make the best of this opportunity.

“That you are a part of this administration is a privilege. It is a privilege that you are part of those transforming the state for the good of the people”.

He said that the administration is for the generality of the people, noting that projects and programmes would be executed for their welfare.

It will be recalled that the Rivers State Governor had earlier relieved all the Special Advisers of their appointments, leaving only the Special Adviser on Religious Matters.

Amongst the 39 Special Advisers to the Rivers State Governor, five are newly appointed.

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WHY NIGERIA IS POOR? By Prince Omasanjuwa Oshodi

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The pitiable condition of Nigeria’s future.

It is no gain saying that Nigeria would become the poorest country by 2037 because of its dramatic rise in population and slowdown in economic productivity. It is presently the third poorest in the world, according to Global Living Index, says Credit Suisse in its Annual Global Wealth Report. The former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs, Jim O’Neil believes that corruption is a key driver for Nigeria’s growing levels of poverty with attendant misallocation of resources.

There are a lot of things that are wrong with the economic dynamics of Nigeria. Its market and economic structure from the export of crude oil, farm produce to the organization of its sub-sectors, such as industrialization, petroleum refining, agriculture, tourism, health, education and power are suffering serious inefficiencies and sectoral leakages.

Many have alleged that the nation’s managers have mismanaged the country’s economy. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, a government agency, it revealed that since 1961, Nigeria has received N118 trillion from crude oil sales, with little or nothing to show for it, as most of its state institutions are in comatose compared to other oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran and United Arab Emirate. Reports from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) show that Nigeria’s current production capacity is 2.5 million barrels per day. The country is ranked Africa’s highest producer of crude oil and 6th largest producer in the world.

The nation has not made any conscious effort to diversify its economy beyond oil. It is over reliant on crude oil and that is why the economy is deeply affected by the fluctuation in international oil price and militant activities in the Niger Delta. Manufacturing which would have helped to deepen the economic productivity has been left idle. Even the existing national budgets are not awarded in a way that it would power the industrialization sector. The multi trillion naira budgets of national and state governments fail to deploy local technologies and the involvement of local research in the universities. There cannot be a home grown technology, if the government keep importing without the domestication of local skills.

The implication is that with the use of foreign technology you provide jobs for people abroad. The Nigerian economy cannot grow by prayer, but by conscious effort in growing the capacity of its youths.

For example, in India, GSM handsets are produced for as low as N1, 000 for her people which makes economic sense considering the amount of people who need to be connected via phone. And if such monies are allowed to go abroad for the importation of phones it means a lot of foreign exchange and transfer of jobs from India.

India has also conserved its resources in smart ways; it is managing its petrol chemical industry efficiently. India only imports crude oil and processes the derivatives, as to minimize the cost of production. Another advantage is that it provides employment for its teeming youth population and makes its exports competitive in the international market.

Local processing of crude oil makes a lot of economic sense because  several end products are derived, which include gaseous fuel, gasoline, Naphtha,  lubricants, wax (paraffin), sulphur, bulk tar (tar gravel roofing) asphalt, petroleum coke, petrol chemicals, such as olefins, polymers and for the manufacturing of fertilizers. Continue reading

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DIVERSIFY THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY, AGRICULTURAL EXPERT ADVISES

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An agricultural expert, Pastor Mrs. IJEOMA OKEKE has called on government to diversify our economy adding that agriculture will increase financial value to the Nigeria economy.

“It will do a lot of things. It will increase our financial value, it will stop our importation, when will produce our things that is development, agriculture will develop us too”.

IJEOMA OKEKE also advised the government to empower farmers stressing that loan is not the best way to empower farmers.

‘The government should sponsor people. They have failed. Technically they have failed. They will say it with the mouth but we will not see the cash. After a training there is no empowerment. Nobody that you will train that doesn’t have the capital will go into agriculture. Loan is not the key. To go into agriculture, am advising people, people should not go for loan”.

Our correspondent report that this advised was during the Women in Aviation week held in Port Harcourt.

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I WILL COMPLETE ALL ONGOING PROJECTS IN EKPEYE LAND, SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured Ekpeye people that his administration will complete all ongoing projects in the area in line with his campaign promises.

Speaking during the traditional reception for Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu by the Igbu Ehuda General Assembly, Governor Wike also elevated the stool of Eze Igbu Ehuda III to a First Class Status.

He said: “We are making promises because the people of Ahoada deserve projects. I can assure you that all the projects awarded in this area must be completed before the end of our first term.”

The governor said that the developmental projects initiated by his administration across the state are meant to improve the living condition of the people.

While elevating the stool of Eze Igbu Ehuda III to a First Class Status, Governor Wike noted that the Eze Ekpeye Logbo remains the paramount traditional ruler in Ekpeye Kingdom. Continue reading

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TAKE YOUR ACADEMICS SERIOUSLY, AVIATION PROFESSIONALS ADVISE YOUNG WOMEN

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Young women have been encouraged to take academics seriously as it gives them better opportunity in future.

The chairperson of Women in Aviation, Rivers State branch, Ogazi Ladi has advised young girls to be serious in their academics adding that better opportunity awaits them in the Aviation Sector.
” My advice for young girls is that they should be serious with their academics. They should read hard, work very hard to get a job in the Aviation sector. They can become a pilot, controller, forecaster. We have so many possibility skills in the Aviation sector. We are encouraging women, the time has passed where women will just sit at home. We are encouraging them to come into the Aviation sector”.

The chairperson Mrs. Ogazi Ladi gave this advice during an interview with our correspondent at the women in Aviation conference held in Port Harcourt with the theme; connect, engage, and inspiring the next generation.

“It’s all about encouraging women in Aviation sector. Telling them that they can get to that level, that what a man can do, a woman can do it better. And also to encourage the younger ones coming up that there are possible careers in the Aviation sector that they can choose. The Aviation sector is very large, we have up to six parastatals that make up the Aviation industry. They are all here from different organisations, but one body as an association under the Aviation sector”.

In her part, the National President of Women in Aviation, Rejoice Ndudunachi Called on government to give women opportunity to perform better in the industry just as she advised women to be competent in all spheres

” My advice for women is that, we need to be competent in all our doings. Work hard, we are all together. We need to be competent, better equips and strife as others are doing. we are all together.

Aviation women at work

The Aviation industry requires professionalism. and there’s a platform for excellence in Aviation industry. Let the government understand that women are in the industry to also promote what is happening in the system. We stand for safety, we stand for security, we stand for the upliftment of our nation. The government should also give the women the opportunity to perform better in this industry”. Continue reading

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Twenty six Nigerian women who died in the Mediterranean laid to rest in Italy

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Monsignor Antonio De Luca praying over the corpses of the 26 Nigerian women

The bodies of twenty six Nigerian women who died at the Mediterranean were buried on Friday in Salerno Italy after prayers were said by a Catholic priest and a Muslim cleric.

The identity of some of the victims have been revealed. Two of them were identified by one of their brothers as Osato and Osaro from the South South region of Nigeria. Another was identified by her husband as  Marian Shaka who also was one of the casualty in the rubber boat mishap. The names of only three of the victims are known.

According to Chief Prosecutor. Corrador Lembo, he said that over 100 persons must have lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Mourners at the event were seen dropping white flowers on top of the coffins.  About 10 of the coffins were buried in Salerno, while the remaining were taken to other cemeteries.

We had earlier reported that the Spanish warship rescued 64 persons from the shipwreck with about 400 other migrants off the coast of Libyan waters.

Investigations reveal that two of the victims were pregnant. According to presiding priest, Monsignor Antonio De Luca, ” they were searching for freedom, but found death, I pray God grant them peace, the peace they never found on earth”.

However, there were no representatives from their home government at the burial ceremony.

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POLICE SOLVE MURDER CASE AT SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY (SPDC) IN PORT HARCOURT

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The use of forensic technology in criminal investigation by the Rivers State Police command has paid off in unraveling a mysterious murder incident at Shell Industrial Area in Port Harcourt.

Police parades suspects alleged to have been involved in the murder of Cletus Onyekwele at SPDC Industrial Area in Port Harcourt

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operation, MAGGAJI AHMED, forensic science was used in apprehending the suspected killers of one CLETUS ONYEKWELE.

Our Correspondent understands that Late CLETUS ONYEKWELE until his death was a staff of a sub-contracting firm with SPDC located at Rumuobiakani and was murdered on the 13th of April this year at his residence within the Industrial Area of SPDC.

Police brief the media on how the murder puzzle of Cletus Onyekwele at Shell IA, in Port Harcourt was solved.

While parading the suspected killers of ONYEKWELE who are identified as KINGSLEY NWANKOR and JOSEPH FRANCIS, DCP AHMED said the effort of the forensic tools paid off handsomely three months after submitting the forensic exhibits which proved a match that was found belonging to the suspects.

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UN DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL ROCKED BY WOOD EXPORT SCANDAL

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UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed

One of Nigeria’s brightest diplomat, Mrs. Amina. J. Mohammed now Deputy Secretary General United Nations has been plagued by accusations of helping to promote some Chinese interests over her signing of export certificates for  Rose wood to China, when she was Nigeria’s Minister of Environment two weeks after she had placed a three-month temporary ban on the export of such endangered product. Though she had argued for the need to halt the exploitation of the flora and fauna to find a sustainable way of managing the country’s natural resources, as a result of widespread application for export licenses.

The Nigerian Forestry Department claimed that they have not approved the export of raw logs. Maybe because the country’s ban on the export of all logs since 1976 was still in force, except, wooden planks, plywood and pre-cut pieces.

Contrary to this policy, Chinese Import Data reveal that woods received from Nigeria were raw logs. This may have led to why the 10,000 containers containing rose woods were seized at the Chinese port because there were no appropriate documents to back the import.

Rose logs

It is believed that over 3,000 Rose logs are exported out of Nigeria daily. According to Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), this figure was recorded between January 2014 to December 2016.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of World Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretary, John Scanlon has raised concerns over the indiscriminate export of rose (kosso) wood from Nigeria, despite being listed as an endangered specie. Chicago Tribune says the Agency is perturbed over the signing of 2,992 permits by the erstwhile Environment Minister of Nigeria, Amina Mohammed for the export of 1.4 million rose woods to China between May and December 2016. In his letter to the Nigerian authorities dated August 2017, he expressed worries over the uncontrollable consequences the signing of the permits could cause to the already fragile ecosystem in the country leading to soil erosion and desertification. Continue reading

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RIVERS CJ GRANTS PARDON TO MORE 55 INMATES IN PORT HARCOURT PRISON.

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The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice ADANMA IYAYE LAMANKARA in continuation of her Gaol Delivery exercise has granted pardon to fifty-five awaiting trial inmates serving in Port Harcourt prison who are alleged to have committed minor and capital offences.
You will recall that the Chief Judge early this week granted pardon to twenty one inmates in Degema Prison which made the total inmates granted pardon to seventy-six who are standing trial on charges bothering on defilement, robbery, Conspiracy, Burglary and Cultism.
LAMANKARA said the exercise is in compliance with the power invested on her in the Administrative of Criminal Justice Law Number 7, 2015 and also part of effort to decongest the prison custody.
The State Chief Judge after granting pardon to the inmates at Degema Prisons warned that it may not go well with them if they ever find their way back to prison just as she advised them to go home and start a new live.
Earlier, the State Controller of Prison, IFEANYI AMALI in his opening remarks disclosed that Port Harcourt prison is the most congested with over 4167 inmates present in Port Harcourt prison just as he expressed hope that the visit of the Chief Judge will help decongest the prison. Controller AMALI also used the opportunity to demand for the implementation of the release of inmates as promised by Governor NYESOM WIKE during one of his outings on the state.
Our Correspondent reports that the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice IYAYE LAMENKARA was accompanied to Port Harcourt prison with officials of the Department of Police Prosecution, Some Senior Judges and Chief Magistrates to perform what she called Gaol Delivery. Also in the accompany of the Chief Judge of Rivers State were the Representatives of State police command, Legal Aid Council of the state government,  and Members of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). 

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WE MUST PRAY FOR NIGERIA’S STABILITY, SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that unless God intervenes in the situation of Nigeria, the country will slide further into developmental stagnation.

The governor stated that Nigeria requires special prayers to ensure that it remains stable despite the refusal of some top government officials to respect the rule of law.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike said leaders should fear God and respect the rule of law in the interest of the country.

Governor Wike noted that the withdrawal of the Security details of the Anambra State Governor indicates a fundamental problem of lawlessness under the present dispensation.

He said: “If we don’t seek the face of God, there will be no hope. Leaders should fear God and respect the rule of law.

“If God does not intervene in Nigeria, the future is not bright. Nigeria requires prayers. What happened in Anambra State is a coup against a constitutionally elected Governor “.

The governor assured that his administration will continue to work with the Church in the state because the Church is the pillar of his state.

He commended the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellow for promoting Christian unity, noting that with unity the society will experience faster progress.

Earlier, the National President and International Director of Full Gospel Businessmen (Nigeria), Architect Ifeanyi Odedo declared that the prayer of the fellowship is that Rivers State under the leadership of Governor Wike will excel beyond expectations. Continue reading

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