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Wike Charges Ogbakiri People To Embrace Peace, End Internal Strife

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*As Ohna Sergaent Awuse flags-off 15kms Ogbakiri Internal Roads

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged Ogbakiri people in Emohua Local Government Area of the State to stop destroying their communities because of misgivings held against each other.

The governor gave the charge at the ceremony for the flag-off of reconstruction of Ogbakiri Internal Roads on Saturday.

Governor Wike said it was time Ogbakiri people forgave themselves, considered the disadvantage their former celebrated reputation had suffered and resolved to chart a new course.

According to him, it is only a united people and community that can speak with one voice, determined their development and pursue to achieve it concertedly.

“Ogbakiri people, you have suffered. Look at what the crisis had done to you. Ogbakiri used to be known as one of the great communities in the whole of Ikwerre area. But things are no longer the same today, because of our lack of understanding.

He further continued: “believe today, with what we are doing, everybody must go back home and let us work together. I want all of you to join hands. Let us make sure that Ogbakiri comes back.”

The governor berated some leaders and people of Ogbakiri for being part of a political parties whose leaders have lied to them at every campaign but will never return to deliver democratic dividends to them.

Governor Wike said politics is about what can be attracted to the people as a communities and not for selfish aggrandisement of a few persons.

“I have told people, compare parties. Since 27th May 2021, we have been going from one local government to another, and from one community to another. Let their own party do the same too.”

Governor Wike noted that what they had suffered politically, is now been corrected because their leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have now attracted dividends of democracy to the community.

He urged them to change the style of their politics so that when those of the other party comes to them, they can resist their lies.

“All of you who have been in government, who have been supporting governments, why is it that you cannot drag government to come to your communities and do something for you.”

He further added: “I’m surprised that up till now there are no roads in Ogbakiri. When this internal roads are completed, I will come back and give you street lights. “

Performing the flag-off, Ohna Sergaent Awuse noted that the Ogbakiri internal roads project stands as the highpoint of Governor Wike’s generosity to the people of Emohua Local Government Area.

“No man would have done what you have done for us. We will follow you, stand with you and give you what ever you need from us. You are a correct Ikwerre son.”

Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi said the 15kilometers of Ogbakiri internal roads project will be single carriage way and transverse the 6 communities in Ogbakiri.

He states that along with the numerous socio-economic benefits associated with good road and transportation access, the roads also afford psychological benefit.

“Ogbakiri Internal roads project is for the construction of 15kms of single carriage way, with a typical width of 8m and a total drainage network of 23km.

“These roads will be built according to our minimum standard specifications of sharp sand sub base, base course of 0/50 aggregate finished with 2 layers of asphalt, a binder course and a wearing course.

“These roads which will interconnect the 6 communities that make up Ogbakiri; Rumuoro, Oduoha, Rumuakani, Rumuada, Ahai and Okporowo, will be completed and commissioned within 12 months.”

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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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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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