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Rivers Councils Have No Excuse Not To Provide Democratic Dividends- Wike

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says his administration has vigorously addressed security challenges in the State to enable all council chairmen deliver dividends of democracy to people at the grassroots.

He reiterated that since the inception of his administration, the State government have not touched One Kobo that belongs to the local government councils.

The governor in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri said this at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Local Government election grand finale rally in Obio/Akpor local government council that held at Oginigba Primary School Field on Tuesday.

“The State government has provided the enabling environment for every local chairman in the State to perform. Since the inception of this administration, the State government have not touched One Kobo that belongs to the local government council. They have always had their money as the statutory allocation comes. The council chairmen have their money to perform. So whoever does not perform is left for him or her.

“As a policy of state we have also decided to address vigorously the security challenges in the State, that is to enable them(council Chairmen) perform their duties of delivering democratic dividends to our people.”

Represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Emeka Woke,
the governor explained that before his assumption of office, the local government councils under the previous administration owed past councillors, elected council chairmen and their political appointees huge sums of money.

According to him,  the State government expeditiously set up a committee to verify the actual amount of money owed past political appointees and ensured that council caretaker administration paid the debts.

To this end, the governor said no council chairman can claim he or she is owing past political appointees.

Governor Wike thanked the people of Obio-Akpor council for the support they have continued to give to his administration right from its inception.

The governor said those who have continued to accuse him of executing projects mainly in Port Harcourt city and Obio-Akpor councils are merely playing politics with the truth.  According to him, every free minded Rivers indigene and Nigerian can attest to the fact the State Government have ensured even spread of projects in all the 23 councils of the State.

“Those of them who say they do not see what we are doing, you don’t expect them to acknowledge what we have done. These are people who have had opportunity to govern the State for eight years and six years down the line, they can’t come and say this is what we did for the people of Rivers State in spite of the huge resources that accrued to them during their time. But, in order to cover their shame and lack of accountability, they will always criticize what we have done.”

Governor Wike , urged voters in Obio-Akpor council to come out en masse and vote for PDP chairmanship candidate, Mr. George Ariolu and 17 councillorship candidates in Saturday’s Local Government election.

Rivers State PDP Chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, said Obio-Akpor council will always be a fertile ground for the PDP because of the numerous developmental projects of the Wike’s administration in the Council.

The PDP chairman accused the immediate past administration in the State of wasting the State resources on monorail and other meaningless projects.

“Somebody came from Ubima , gave us a monorail that never worked and promised us a narrow gate we are not sure of,  desecrated traditional institution in Rivers State, locked up the courts and we have another man who came from Rumuepirikom, opened the courts, built eight flyovers and changed the landscape of Rivers State.”

He charged PDP members to ensure the party emerges victorious in Saturday’s election and remain fully mobilised as ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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