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World Anti-Corruption Day, Corruption is killing us, says Ken Henshaw

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    Ken Henshaw

In commemoration of the 2017 World Anti Corruption Day, a non-governmental organization called Social Action has called on the Nigerian government to be transparent in it’s budget preparation.

The executive director of the Social Action, Ken Henshaw has called on the state and federal government to open their budget to public scrutiny.

“This campaign is part of a larger design, more global action underway. It is our own initiative to start a battle against corruption in this country. We are commemorating the 2017 Anti Corruption Day here in Mile 3 park, Port Harcourt. We are doing this because we feel that with time the young people, the women and men of this country will actually stand up and fight corruption It is time we start fighting corruption.

This turn out show that every single disease we suffer in our social, economic and political system is a product of corruption. We know and we do not need to deceive ourselves. Law enforcement has failed us, the government of this country has failed us. At the local government, at the state level, at the federal level they have also failed us even this current government in this state has failed us. Continue reading

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UCHE SECONDUS ELECTED PEOPLE’s DEMOCRATIC PARTY NATIONAL CHAIRMAN (PDP)

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Prince Uche Secondus, elected Chairman of the PDP

The apprehension on who the cap fits to be the next national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has now ended with the election of Prince Uche Secondus from Rivers State as the Party’s National Chairman at the Eagle’s square, Abuja on the wee hours of Sunday 10th December 2017. The National Elective Convention of the PDP commenced yesterday. Uche Secondus will be in charge of the party’s affairs in the next four years.

It was a keenly contested election according to observers and the various national chairmanship candidates pulled the various votes after some candidates like Bode George and Gbenga Daniel pulled out of the race alleging monetary influence by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

However, political permutations reduced the candidates to three. At the end of the elections, Uche Secondus pulled two thousand votes, while Prof. Tunde Adeniran of EKiti and Raymond Dokpesi, media guru got two hundred and thirty and sixty-six votes respectively.

Elections into other national positions were conducted.

 

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Show us your budget : Civil Society group tells Governor Wike

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Governor Wike

A Non-Governmental Organization, the Social Action has threatened to embark on aggressive campaign starting from Monday against Rivers State government over alleged unavailability of it’s annual budgets.

The group is particularly concerned about the invisibility of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Rivers state budgets which they said was affecting the efficient and effective participation of members of the public in the drafting of the budget towards developing the state.

Speaking at a round table on an Open Budget and Citizen’s Participation for Effective Budget Performance in Port Harcourt, the Senior Programme Manager, Ken Henshaw alleged that no member of the public have sighted the state budgets since the assumption of office in 2015 by the Governor.

Henshaw want the state government to allow members of the public to participate in governance through budget making. Again, government should imbibe the culture of open budget says Henshaw.

He claimed that only the government officials know the cost of projects in Rivers state due to the hidden nature of the budget. He said an open budget would have helped to give the public insight of it’s physical and current expenditure.

“We are going to embark on aggressive budget campaign against Rivers state government for not making public the budget, we have written severally demanding for the budget all to no avail,

“the unavaliability of these budgets from 2015 till date have made it impossible for members of the public to participate in the governance of the state.  This time, we will not rest until Rivers state budget is made public. Continue reading

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President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He said though the decision would bring discontent, he believes that at the end it, there will be peace. “It is obvious that the present strategy of withholding the recognition has not brought peace to the region.”

The New York times further reveals Trump’s position on the status of Jerusalem, “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Mr. Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.” He said “his decision broke away from failed policy on Jerusalem, which the United States, along with virtually every other nation in the world, has declined to recognize as the capital since Israel’s founding in 1948. That policy, he said, brought us “no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Arab scholars have said that the US cannot be an honest peace broker if US accepts Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This is because it would rubbish the idea of a two-state solution. Moslems in the region believes that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.

Many world leaders have also criticized President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because it might lead to the resumption of hostilities (Intafida) in the region.

The Trumps Foreign policy advisors said that the President signed the security waiver to delay the movement of it’s embassy to Jerusalem because of the time it would take.

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Ikwerre Ethnic nationality endorses Governor Wike for second term

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Ikwerre leaders meet with Governor Wike

Leaders, Traditional Rulers, Women Groups and Chiefs of Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality have endorsed the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.

The groups in an address read on their behalf by the President-General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide, Professor Simeon Achinewhu stated that the endorsement of Governor Wike is premised on his outstanding achievements.

Professor Achinewhu spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday during a Solidarity/Congratulatory Visit by the groups.

The groups include: Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide, Supreme Council of Government Recognised Ikwerre Traditional Rulers, Ikwerre Chiefs and Elders, Ikwerre Gospel Ministers Forum, Iwhuroha Women Association, Ikwerre Daughters National Congress, Ikwerre in Academia, Ikwerre in the Media and Okpo Club (Ikwerre Lawyers). Continue reading

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Legislative and Executive synergy is responsible for the state-wide development in Rivers State, says Simeon Nwakaudu

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Governor Wike signing a bill into law

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike inherited a damaged government structure from the immediate past APC administration in the state. Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi deliberately weakened the Rivers State House of Assembly, polarised it and ensured that a faction sat in the dinning hall of the Government House.

It was so bad that the Rivers State House of Assembly had two speakers and two different sets of House leaders. The principle of separation of powers was relegated and the dictatorship of the former governor was upheld.

One of the priorities of Governor Wike as he took over the leadership of the state was to enthrone the principle of separation of powers to guarantee open, inclusive and accountable governance.

Governor Wike

Therefore, Governor Wike in his New Rivers Development Blueprint planned to: “Respect the sanctity and independence of the legislature and the judiciary. We shall not interfere but work harmoniously with the State House of Assembly and the Judiciary to move the State Forward”.

Since assuming the reins of leadership in Rivers State, Governor Wike has developed a functional productive partnership with the State Assembly with the aim of setting the legal framework for the growth of the State.

His first step was to proclaim the House of Assembly and re-open the Assembly Complex closed by the immediate past administration. This step sent the right signal that the House is Independent and ahould function within the ambit of laid down rules.

The governor also implemented the financial independence of the State Assembly, creating the right environment for the House to carry out her legislative oversight functions.

In the last two and half years, the Rivers State House of Assembly has passed 17bills into law for the good governance of the state. These laws cut across different spheres of endeavour. They have strengthened the machinery of governance and placed Rivers State above her peers.

The cordial relationship between the Rivers State Governor and the State House of Assembly built on mutual respect has translated into stable leadership at the State Legislature. This means that State Assembly has remained focused on lawmaking, rather than be pre-occupied the politics of survival.

Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikunyi-Owaji Ibani maintains that the Assembly will always put up its best in the interest of the state.

Accordingly, the members of the State House of Assembly will continue to work with the Rivers State Governor to enhance the growth of the State.

He commended the governor for his outstanding achievements, which has been complemented by the State Assembly.

Since May 29, 2015, the Rivers State House of Assembly has passed two Appropriation Laws, 2016 and 2017.

Other prominent laws passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly include: Rivers State Education (Return of Schools) Amendment Number 1 Law, Number 1 of 2017,Rivers State Honours Law Number 2 of 2017, Rivers State Reserve Fund (Repeal) Law Number 3 of 2017, Rivers State University Law Number 4 of 2017 and Rivers State University Teaching Hospital Law Number 5 of 2017. Continue reading

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Former Rivers State House Majority Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd reacts to withdrawal of case against him by Rivers State Government.

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Chidi Lloyd dismisses rumour of returning to the PDP

The former Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly- Hon. Dr. Chidi Julius Lloyd has dismissed insinuations that charges against him in connection with the July 2013 free for all fight at the State Assembly were dropped because he is negotiating to return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Dr. Lloyd while speaking to newsmen described the move by the Rivers State Government as a “Greek Gift”, saying he’s not excited over it.
” I hope that the state is sincere and genuine with what they have done, I have heard rumours of people saying that I am on my way back to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that is why the State has entered into this “nolle”.

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Rivers Assembly lacks the power to suspend Wanjoku – Dakuku Peterside

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DAKUKU PETERSIDE, DG NIMASA

One of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside has condemned the action of the State House of Assembly in suspending one of its members, Hon. Azubuike Wanjoku, while insisting that the Assembly lacks the powers to make such pronouncement.

Hon. Azubuike Wanjoku representing Ikwerre Local Government Area was on Monday, December 4, 2017, suspended over alleged uncomplimentary remarks about the Assembly in the media.

However, Dr. Dakuku Peterside says was the Assembly properly informed? the leadership would have known that it lacks the authority to suspend a member. Continue reading

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SARS to be used by the Federal authorities to rig elections in 2019 – Governor Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) is being prepared by the authorities for the rigging of the 2019 General Elections .

Governor Wike stated that the so-called review of the operation of SARs following the outcry by Nigerians over the deadly illegal acts of the organisation, is merely aimed at diverting public focus.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Board of Editors of Sun Publishing Limited at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike described SARS as a gang of criminals, leading Nigeria to disaster.

The Management of Sun Publishing Limited led by its Managing Director, Mr Eric Osagie visited the Governor to present him with his letter of nomination as Sun Newspaper Governor of the Year 2017.

Governor Wike said “SARS is being prepared for the rigging of elections in 2019. Time has come for people to resist these criminals in uniform because they cannot kill everyone. Continue reading

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