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Army Attack On Rivers People In 2019 Never Dampened Our Spirit – Wike



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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the killing of Rivers people by the Nigeria Military in Abonnema Town during 2019 general election has not dampened the resolve of the people to always defend the nation’s democracy.

The Rivers State Governor in a statement by his Media Aide Mr Kelvin Ebiri was speaking at the flag-off of reclamation of 52 hectares of land for the Abonnema and Obonoma Towns in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the State on Wednesday.

Governor Wike said the plan of the Nigeria military was to rig the election against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, but the people of Abonnema resisted it and paid the supreme price defending the interest of the State.

“They suffered it in 2019 when the military came and killed so many of our sons and daughters, because they wanted to rig the election through one of their own sons.”

The governor continued: “They suffered because of their defence that PDP must not be rigged out. But, I can tell them that those who died, did not die in vain. They died in defence of Rivers interest; they died in defence of Abonnema. They died in defence of Obonoma interest, they died in defence of Akuku-Toru interest. And that is why we will never abandon this LGA for what they have done for us.”

Governor Wike restated the need for politics to be development oriented devoid of hatred that often lie underneath the resolve by most politicians to kill their opponents.

“Politics shouldn’t get to the level we should kill our own people. That is not politics. Politics is what do I attract to my area for the entire benefit of my people.”

He stated that the people of the Abonnema and Obonoma communities should be grateful, first to God and then to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of the opportunity to see result of their unalloyed political support.

According to him, but for PDP, it would have been difficult to witness the actualisation of the reclamation of vast land from the swamp for the benefit of future generations .

Governor Wike said the people now have seen the difference between a party that tells them stories and a party that fulfills whatever promise it has made to them.

“When the chairman of the council came, he said that I have a special interest in this local government. Special interest, yes, and it is because when we started this journey, this was one of the local governments that came out boldly and gave us all the necessary support.

“That is why we have said we will never abandon this local government for what they have done for us.”

Speaking further, Governor Wike directed his Special Adviser on Special Project to send an application for additional payment of 20 percent for the contractor. This he said, will make it 70 per cent of total contract sum paid to the Master Dredger, the company handling the project.

Governor Wike said he wants the project to be completed in 8 months instead of the proposed 12 months because he desires to map out the utility lines and eventual allocation of spaces within his tenure.

Performing the flag-off, former President of Nigeria’s Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara said he has never seen where a state government has championed development in local government areas as executed by Governor Wike

Senator Wabara noted that the projects, as confessed by the benefiting communities, addresses their most pressing needs, which will be used by everybody irrespective of their political party.

He acknowledged the immediate pains associated with the ongoing construction of the 10 flyovers as experienced by residence of Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor councils. He urged them to be patient as there cannot be development without inconveniences.

Earlier, Special Adviser to Governor Wike on Special Projects, Kelly-George Alabo recalled that a few months ago, Governor Wike had made a promise of executing the land reclamation project for the people.

The governor, Alabo said, had thereafter directed commencement of the procurement process and at the end the contract was awarded with 50 percent mobilisation fee paid to the contractor.

According to him, because land means so much to the people, the contractor has mobilised to site with personnel and equipment to fast tract completion of the project.

Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disreal Gbobo Bob-Manuel, who commended Governor Wike for fulfilling his promise to reclaim land for the community, disclosed that for decades, past administration have made similar promises, which was never actualised.

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About 35 Roasted To Death In Rivers Illegal Refinery




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About 35 persons have been burnt to death by fire that engulfed a site of an illegal oil refinery in Rivers State.

It was gathered that the tragedy occurred at Ibaa Community, Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

The fire was said to have broken out late Sunday night when over 45 persons were gathered at the time to transact illegal oil business.

A source from the community, who spoke in confidence, said some of his cousins and a wife to one of them died in the incident.

“My community has been thrown into mourning. My cousins and a wife to one of my cousins went there too for some business but died,” he said

Another source, Emmanuel Daniel, said the victims went to the area to trade on the petroleum product when the engulfed the site.

Daniel said that people from Isiokpo Kingdom in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Ibaa and Oduoha in Emohua LGA, were affected by the fire.

Daniel said: “More than 40 people were there at the site. They were there scooping and bagging crude oil when fire caught up with them

“The fire came from a refining site that is close to the point where they were bagging the crude.

“Many Isiokpo and Oduoha people, and Ibaa people were there. Seven of the people died inside the pit where they were scooping the crude. About 10 burnt to charcoal by the pit.

“About 30 people died at the site while over 15 have been rushed to the hospital. I hear that three of them have died while they were being rushed to the hospital.”

A video showed charred remains of children, men and women, who were victims of the incident, littering the scene of the incident.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) promised to get more information about the development.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Emuoha Local Government Area, Chidi Lloyd, said it was unfortunate that some youths were still engaging in the illicit trade despite warnings and public advocacy.

Lloyd appealed to traditional rulers in the area to speak out about and discourage such criminal activities within their domains.

He said: “It is unfortunate that people who have been misguided would lose their lives in that kind of dastardly manner in Ibaa.

“We have said this for the umpteenth time and anybody who is in Rivers State will bear me witness thet there cannot be any short cut to wealth.

“I also have said to traditional rulers that they have a duty. It is not just to be given recognition, that they have a duty to expose criminal elements within their neighbourhood. “

The council chair identified Oblle, Rukuni and Ndele as the other communities where illegal oil refining activities had persisted despite warnings.

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5 Dead In Delta Tanker Explosion – Police




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The Delta State Police Command says five persons died with properties including eight buses, two tankers, five trailers, two cars, and one motorcycle burnt completely in an early Sunday inferno, Channels TV reports.

Sunday’s incident happened after a tanker laden with PMS – driving towards Benin along Warri-Benin Road – fell with its content spilling into the nearby swamp.

In a statement, the command’s spokesman Bright Edafe disclosed that the spillage attracted youths who started scooping the fuel into jerry cans and other containers.

While they were at it, he said an explosion erupted and the fire engulfed the area.

Meanwhile, the Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has sent his condolences to the families of victims who got burnt in the explosion.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Festus Ahon, in Asaba, Governor Sheriff commiserated with the victims’ families on the sad incident.

He disclosed that the State has reached out to help the victims.

Governor Oborevwori blamed the unfortunate incident on the poor state of federal roads, once again calling on the Federal Government to expedite action in reconstructing failed portions of the road.

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Adamawa Assembly To Support Works, Land & Survey Ministries with Requisite Legislations




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The Adamawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Works Energy, Land and Survey says it is committed towards ensuring that the two ministries are backed by law in discharging their duties for overall development of the state.

The Chairman of the committee who is also the deputy chief whip of the house, Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre constituency stated this when he led other members on a familiarization visit to the headquarters of the ministry of land and survey and that of works and energy development separately.

Japheth Hammanjabu said the purpose of their visit was to understand the progress and challenges being faced by the ministries.

The Chairman revealed that the committee is ready to intervene on any possible review of the current legislative framework under which the ministries operate and make amendments where necessary.

He commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the commissioners of the ministries for the role they are playing towards the progress and development of the state.

In their separately, the Commissioner ministry for land and survey and the surveyor general of the state explained that the ministry and the surveyor general’s office took a holistic assessment of the major land problems in the state after which a work plan was made to that effect.

While appealing for mutual working relationship with house for them to succeed in discharging their responsibilities they also appreciated the committee for the timely visit describing the composition of the members as well deserved.

Members of the committee include the Chairman of the committee Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre, Haruna Jilantikiri of Madagali who is also the Vice Chairman of the committee and Majority Leader Kate Raymond Mamuno of Demsa, Yerima Moses of Michika, Babangida Muhammad Njidda of Nasarawo Binyeri and Yohanna Sahabo Jauro of Mubi South Constituencies as members.

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