Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that he will not leave abandoned projects to whoever will succeed him in 2023 as reported by The Nation.
Wike, who spoke when he led a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, to inaugurate the longest flyover in the state, the Rumu-Ogba Flyover at Artillery Port Harcourt, vowed to complete all his projects.
He said: “I have told you, I am not going to leave any project for anybody. I don’t want my successor to say he met uncompleted projects. I will carry my own problems and solve my problems, when my successor comes let him solve his problems”.
He said his government would inaugurate five more flyovers in the next one year and commended the people of Rumu-Ogba for supporting Julius Berger to complete the flyover in their area.
The governor lambasted members of the opposition for criticising his flyover projects saying they had gone from saying that he would not complete them to claiming that the flyovers lacked proper design.
He said a former governor of the state had in 2015 said he (Wike) would not have money to pay salaries much less doing projects.
Wike said: “We can stand tall and tell anybody in this state that on 27th of May 2015 somebody had his birthday. He was a former governor and he told them there was no way we would get money to pay salaries not to talk of doing projects.
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“But see how God works, we are not only paying salaries we are also doing projects. Rivers State deserves the best. This is our second tenure but we are going to work as if it is our first tenure.
“We are not interested in going to Abuja everyday to stay; we are interested in staying in our state and developing our sate with our resources. In the next one year, we are going to commission another five flyovers”.
While saying that his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was known in the state for making promises and fulfilling them, the governor said in two weeks’ time, his government would sign a contract with Julius Berger for a world-class cardiovascular and cancer centre in Rivers.
He said the project designed to be the best in the country would be completed in 14 months.
He said: “We are happy to say that our party is a party when we make promises we fulfill. It is not a party that you have problems and you have told the people you are coming to solve problems but having come in you begin to give excuses.
“They thought that these projects would be abandoned. But to the glory of God projects are not being abandoned. In the next two weeks, Julius Berger will come back and sign a contract with us where we are going to build a cancer and cardiovascular disease centre, the best in this country and they well complete it in 14 months.”
Inaugurating the flyover, Kwakwanso, said serving and former governors had a lot of respect for Wike “because of what he does and things that he says.”
Addressing Wike, he said: “We love you for a number of reasons. You have been working around the state to make Rivers a better place for everybody. We have seen your projects and your programmes.
“I have seen the positive changes that you brought to the state since 2015. We respect you because most times you are on the ground here in Rivers State taking care of the people. You work on the ground while many people who have similar responsibilities are in the skies. Keep on moving and doing the right things. Being a governor is a serious responsibility.”
Kwakwanso commended Wike for maintaining the peace in Rivers adding that the governor had two more years left in his tenure to move up to the centre for a national assignment.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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