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.
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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