Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the Christian Trust Fund will become operational after setting up the organisation’s Board of Trustees.
The governor said that the consultation for the seamless appointment of the Board of Trustees has reached advance stage.
While speaking during a courtesy visit by the Rivers State Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Governor Wike said that the Christian community played a critical in the actualization of his mandate through prayers and participation.
“We are working to get trustees to manage the funds of the Christian Trust Fund. In the next few weeks, we will appoint the trustees. Thereafter, we will establish it. “, he said.
Speaking further, Governor Wike urged the Church to sit up and take steps to ensure that only credible leaders emerge in 2019.
He said: “The Church must be able to express her preferences during the 2019 elections . Mobilise your members to come out and vote.
“If we continue to sit back, the future of our people will be left hanging. Don’t fold your hands. ”
He announced that the Rivers State Government will support the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria in the completion of their secretariat in Port Harcourt. Continue reading
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bob-Manuel remains a duly recognised First Class Traditional Ruler in the state.
Governor Wike stated that nobody has the authority to depose a First Class Traditional Ruler in the state without the approval of the Rivers State Government.
Speaking during a Solidarity visit by the Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bob-Manuel and Abonnema Council of Chiefs at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike regretted that security agencies have allowed themselves to be used by some persons to illegally intervene in Chieftaincy Affairs.
He said: “Nobody has deposed you (Amayanabo of Abonnema). It is only the state government that has the power to depose a First Class Traditional Ruler and we have no intention to depose the Amayanabo of Abonnema.
“Our security agencies have gone so low that they are now involved in everything, including Chieftaincy Affairs. Soon, they will involve themselves in husband and wife issues. Can they carry an Emir like that? Can they carry an Oba like that. We pray they withdraw from such illegal activity “.
Governor Wike charged youths of Abonnema to remain alert in the defence of their traditional heritage, saying no group should be allowed to distort the traditional order. Continue reading
According to reports reaching us, at least one person is feared dead. It was alleged that he was killed by suspected cultists operating around Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Our correspondent gathered that a young man identified as AKPENUCHI CHUKWU was killed in the early hours of today in his village in Isiodu-Emohua by gun men suspected to be cultist who picked him up from his apartment.
A source within the community who confirmed the incident to our correspondent said CHUKWU who was a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress until his death was forced out of his room while sleeping with his wife and was taken to center of the community major road where he received several machete cuts and gun shots.
However, security operatives have gotten to the scene of the incident with a senior police officer at Rumuji police station who confirmed that investigation has commenced into the killing.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Federal Government is not serious about the clean-up of Ogoniland.
The governor stated that for now, the Ogoni clean up programme remains a political project aimed at attaining political mileage.
Speaking when he granted audience to the Senate Committee on Environment on Investigative visit to Ogoniland, Governor Wike said that the people of Rivers State are tired of procrastination in relation to the execution of the clean up.
He said: “The Federal Government is not serious about the clean up of Ogoniland. We are tired of telling our people that the project will start next year.
“Let it not be a political project. Look at the North East, a commission was established and $1Billion released. “.
He said that the devastation of Ogoniland has impoverished the people by destroying their farmlands and fishing waters.
He regretted that as a state that produces the wealth of the nation, Rivers State has no single motorable Federal Road.
Commenting on the soot, Governor Wike stated that it is a fallout of oil pollution, stressing that people are suffering the health hazards.
Earlier, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu said that the committee was on an oversight visit to ascertain the level of environmental degradation in Ogoniland.
She said that the committee will draw attention to the environmental challenges facing the Ogoni people ..
Senator Tinubu said: “We are concerned about these issues. We will use face masks when we get to the location. Face masks will draw attention to the message to world on the essence of the clean up “.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has lauded the Minister of Sports, Hon. Solomon Dalung for his commitment to the development of a united Nigeria, irrespective of party affiliation.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Minister of Sports at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said the Minister of Sports has shown uncommon courage in allowing Rivers State to host the national wrestling championship and the African Wrestling Championship in 2018.
He said: “If we have Ministers like you, nobody will be talking about political parties. People like you work well for Mr President. People like you are the ones Mr President need to move the country forward.
“What you have done for Rivers State is not what money can buy. You have by this action introduced a positive for Rivers State. You are telling the world that Rivers State is peaceful and a place to invest”.
Governor Wike also praised the President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali for his decision to promote the hosting of the championship in Rivers State.
In his remarks, Minister of Sports, Hon Solomon Dalung said that wrestling is traditional to Nigeria, hence the country will continue to excel in the sport.
He commended Governor Wike for his investments in the development of Sports, noting that the facilities put in place for the competition are world class.
The Minister said that over 700 athletes, 300 officials, 24 states and 12 Wrestling Clubs are participating in the Governor Wike National Wrestling Championship.
He said while most states have neglected sports, Rivers State Governor is promoting sports, thereby enhancing social cohesion.
According to our source, boys alleged to be members of the dreaded Badoo cult group have snuffed life out of one Victor Kanayo, a Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCGM) pastor in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The hoodlums gained entrance into the house after cutting the iron bars of the window. The attackers menacingly struck Kanayo with stones several times. The wife of the pastor who was nursing a ten month old baby was left unconscious after the incident.
The Igbogbo Police Division has been informed of the attack. Though the victims were rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital, Kanayo was unlucky as he did not survive the attack.
However, the Lagos State Acting Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgar has met with the Oba of Ikorodu Abdulrasheed Shotobi over the rise of criminality in the area.
Rivers State Governor, NYESOM WIKE has revealed that his honouring the invitation of the coronation of His Royal Majesty, King ATEKE MICHAEL TOM as the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom was as a result of the instrumental role Ateke Tom played in his election as Governor of Rivers state.
Governor WIKE made the revelation at the reception ceremony of the coronation of King ATEKE TOM at Okochiri Kingdom in Okirika Local Government Area of the State.
Governor NYESOM WIKE however used the opportunity to urge King ATEKE TOM and other traditional rulers in the state to continue to ensure peace and unity in their various communities just as he promised to ensured that projects initiated by his administration would be completed.
“Ateke Tom is my friend, when we were struggling to be in Brick House he fought and supported us, he did not hide his support so me I will not hide my support,
“I know you are a peaceful man, I know that you always fight for whatever your people want, I urged you to continue making peace in Okirika.
“all the people especially the people in our party I urge you to support Ateke so that he will succeed in his time as king, I promise that all the projects I am doing in your area I will complete them, I congratulate Ateke Tom, I will invite him inside government house to officially present to him the certificate of recognition”. Continue reading
Only a Rivers State governor of Kalabari extraction can implement and bring to fruition the Trans-Kalabari Road. This view was expressed by Kengema Osaki, a Kalabari political advocacy group when the group visited the Bakana Council of Chiefs on Thursday November 23, 2017.
Addressing the Bakana Council of Chiefs, the Spokesman of Kengema Osaki, Elder Lolo Ibieneye, said that the group is seriously bothered about the decline of Kalabari in the political scheme of things in Rivers State and in Nigeria.
“This has never happened since the creation of Nigeria as a country. This is the first time in the history of this country that the highest Kalabari political office holder is just a member of the House of Representatives. There is no Kalabari person as a Minister, no Senator, no Adviser to the President, not even a Chief Executive of a Federal Government Agency. We managed to have a House of Representatives seat because it is a wholly Kalabari Constituency with no outside interest. This is the lowest Kalabari has fallen politically since independence.
“This is the reason the Chiefs and Elders Council of Kengema Osaki has decided to speak out, not being able to endure the calamity that has befallen Kalabari, we have come to the Bakana Council of Chiefs because the Chieftaincy institution is highly revered by all. You are our fathers, not by age but by virtue of your responsibilities as custodians of our people and our culture. This is the reason why we have come to tell you that the extent Kalabari has fallen, is extremely disheartening.
Citing the abandoned Trans-Kalabari Road as an example of the tragedy, Lolo Ibieneye said:
“Let me tell you that despite the huge financial contributions from our oil-producing communities to the government coffers, no governor can do the Trans-Kalabari Road for us except a Kalabari Governor. This is because the cost of the project is enormous and our environment is swampy. A project of that magnitude and importance requires firm commitment on the part of government but it has become obvious, since the road was started over a decade ago, that only a Kalabari governor can guarantee the actualization of the project”.
On his part, the leader of Kengema Osaki, Chief Bekinbo Soberekon said the 2019 Kalabari campaign for the Rivers State governorship is a special kind of war and Kalabari must give it their best to win. He said:
“All past Rivers State Governors had concentrated development in their own areas and among their own people. That is why, despite the proximity of many Kalabari towns to Port Harcourt, these communities have remained undeveloped. Kalabari must vote a Kalabari person in the 2019 governorship election irrespective of political party affiliation. It is time for us to develop the coastal communities in Rivers State and a governor of Kalabari extraction would achieve this. Let’s all move to actualize this campaign. All we need is to work in unison.
“All through history, Kalabari has never lost a battle in which they fought in unity. We should therefore put behind our internal problems and pursue this cause. If we don’t, posterity shall blame us, our children shall curse us” Chief Soberekon concluded.
Also contributing, the Amayanabo of Okpo town and a Chieftain of Kengema Osaki, HRH King Diamond Tobin-West said that every Kalabari person must come out and fight this political battle and that no Kalabari person should feel unconcerned because the entire Kalabari is affected by the prevailing situation. Continue reading
Governor Wike preaches healthy political relationship.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that despite political differences, key political leaders of the state still maintain a healthy relationship.
Speaking during the burial of Late Pa Albert Mene, the Father of the Executive Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Saturday in Khana Local Government Area , Governor Wike said friendship endures over all other considerations.
He said: “We are still friends despite our political differences. Derek Mene is my friend even though we disagree to agree”.
The governor described the burial of Late Pa Albert Mene as a celebration of life, noting that he lived a worthy life that left lasting legacy.
He said: “This is a celebration of life. For a man to beget a child like the Executive Director of Finance at the NDDC is not easy. I pray that God should continue to bless the family “.
Governor Wike appealed to leaders of the state to always place Rivers State first, irrespective of their political inclination. Continue reading