Worried that insecurity is spiraling out of control, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has told Nigerians to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) that only has tales of killings and kidnappings come 2023.
The governor in a statement by his Media Aide Mr Kelvin Ebiri gave the charge at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of Etche Campus of Rivers State University in Abara Town of Etche Local Government Area on Tuesday.
Governor Wike said with the total collapse of security in parts of the country, it is obvious that the APC federal government cannot be trusted with the future of the country.
“Don’t listen to those people who lie to you. Those who cannot provide security for Nigeria. Are you seeing the killings everyday now? Are you not worried about this country. Is there any hope that they can offer to this country again?”
Governor Wike boasted that unlike APC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) makes promises and commit to fulfilling them without giving excuses.
According to him, his administration is on the first phase of a 45 days of project flag-off and commissioning that is unprecedented in the history of the country.
“You know the difference between us and them, is that you can see us everyday, moving from one local government to another. It is either we are flagging-off or commissioning projects.
“They are not doing so because there’s nothing for them to do. They don’t have anything to show too. We started on the 27th of May, 2021 and we will end the first phase on 10th of July 2021.
That’s more than a month of flagging- off or commissioning projects. Who has ever done so in this country? Have we not secured a place already in Guinness Book of records?”
Speaking further, Governor Wike urged Etche people not be indecisive in their resolve to pitch tent with PDP and deliver more votes to the party that brought development to them.
“Now, we are going to commission Odofur road, but with how many votes, mere seven thousand votes? You need something but you won’t come out and give the votes.
When we make promise, we fulfill it. You too, fulfill your own promise. It should be two ways, the party, PDP and you.”
Governor Wike insisted that the Rivers State University must release more funds to, and also supervise the contractors handling the construction work at the Etche closely.
He said his administration will not compromise quality work and declared that 40 plots of land will be acquired opposite the campus for the sitting of police station.
“We want quality job because we are known for quality projects. From now till May 2022, economy activities will increase here, so, please, Etche people, try and support the contractors to make sure they finish this job.”
Performing the flag-off, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Don Baridam opined that governor Wike is spreading development using sitting of campuses of the state university in other local government areas.
Such move, he noted, solves the usual complains of overcrowding of classrooms, increases the carrying capacity of the institution and solves the problems of inadequate hostels for students.
“Anybody watching Governor Wike’s blistering developmental pace, especially in recent times, will be tempted to believe that the man is just assuming office. But we all know that Governor Wike is embarking on more developmental projects even as he marks his sixth year in office as our Chief Servant. Contrary to what his implacable critics may say, Governor Wike’s bold signature is on display in every corner of Rivers State for even the blind to see. The good people of Etche can testify to this irrefutable fact today.”
Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku noted that when Governor Wike first made the pronouncement and followed by the release of 16 Billion Naira to ensure that the three campuses are established, most people dismissed it as mere politics.
According to him, skeptics will now have no reason to doubt the sincerity of Governor Wike anymore because so far, two campuses have been flagged off for actual construction work to commence.
Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University, Prof. Nlerum Okugbule, said the Senate and Council of the University have approved that that the Faculty of Agriculture which has the following departments; Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Crop/Soil Science, Forestry and Environment, Food Science Technology, and Fisheries and Aquatic Environment, will be located in the Etche campus.
He explained that the decision was taken cognition of the acknowledged agrarian economy of Etche as the famous food basket of the state.
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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