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Rivers Will Never Abandon PDP- Gov Wike

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*As Eyitayo Jegede flags-off reclamation of 25 hectares of land in Okrika, Okochiri internal roads

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says there is no level of internal crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that will make the State to abandon the party.

Every squabble within PDP, Governor Wike pointed out, is always considered as a family matter and so addressed, with everybody accepting the final resolution.

Governor Wike in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri made the assertion on Thursday at the flag-off ceremony for the sand-filling and land reclamation of Okrika New Town and Okochiri Internal Roads in Okrika Local Government Area.

The governor described those leaving the PDP as lily-livered persons who are hunted by their nonperformance in office and seeking protection for their shortcomings by joining the All Progressive Congress (APC).

“We are not afraid. We are here: I am here. Rivers State is here and nobody can intimidate us. If Nigeria is Nigeria then Rivers State is part of Nigeria and nobody can toil with us.

“If we are angry with PDP, we will fight it there. I will not run away. It’s a family fight, if you can win me, you win, if I win you, so be it. And we will always win.”

Governor Wike said there is no attraction that will make him to join the APC or betray the trust of his supporters. According to him, he is too busy to make himself available be taken by another governor to Aso Rock to have a shake with the president to celebrate defection.

Governor Wike stressed it makes no meaning to join a party that has not done anything good in Rivers State and has no record of success in delivering development to Nigerians.

“This is one State, if PDP will want to appreciate States, this is one state that PDP should commend. Everyday, if you’re a Christian, and if you’re a Moslem, you should say God bless Rivers State. God protect Rivers State.

“This is one State that, for whatever it is, is the hub of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Whether anybody want to like us, you don’t want to like us, if we do anything otherwise, then people will know the difference.

“And they know we can’t do anything otherwise because we don’t believe in giving flimsy excuses.”

Speaking about the land reclamation project, Governor Wike explained it’s importance for the coastal community of Okrika because it will avail them lore land for expansion and future development.

He said his administration identified and do projects that meets the direct needs of the people and the reclaimed land will become a new town for the Okrika people.

About the Okochiri Internal Roads, Governor Wike noted that politicians are no more trusted because they fail to keep their promise to electorate. But he is different because he has fulfilled his campaign promise to the people of Okochiri.

“People have lost credibility and integrity and people now say politicians can not be trusted. It’s not true. I can be trusted, PDP Rivers state can be trusted.”

Performing the flag-off, PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) noted the landmark projects in Okrika as a show of courage and boldness of Governor Wike to develop the entire State.

Jegede acknowledged the enormous support and goodwill of the Okrika people for Governor Wike.

According to Jegede, Governor Wike has provided trusted leadership and has become the model for new crop of leaders that are emerging across the country.

“I saw that there is a new phase of development in Port Harcourt , the reconstruction of the roads that are going on. And I wondered, what about the other communities? I know Rivers State has 23 local governments.

“So, I’m not surprised today that we are in Okrika local government and that we are flagging-off project, land reclamation. I know that land has been a challenge to the people of Okrika. I love your courage sir. I love what you’re doing for this community.”

In his project description, Special Adviser to Governor Wike on Special Projects, George-Kelly Alabo said the sand-filling and land reclamation project will secure 25 hectares of land that will provide about 536 plots of land for the Okrika people. According to him, the project will be competed in 9 months.

On the Okochiri Internal Roads, Alabo stated that 9 roads with a total measurement of 5.642 km and 7.3 m wide will be reconstructed for the people. It shall be completed in 12 months.

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Fintiri Appoints Auwal SSG, Edgar Chief Of Staff, Ardo Head Of Service

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Adamawa State Governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the appointment of Hon Awwal D. Tukur as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).


Hon Awwal was a former Member of the House of Representatives and served as the Director General of the Adamawa Presidential and Gubernatorial Campaign Council in the 2023 national elections.

Governor Fintiri has also approved the the appointment of Dr Edgar Amos as Chief of Staff Government House.

Following the appointment of Dr Amos who before now was the Head of Service, Shehu Isa Ardo takes over as Head of the Civil Service.
The appointments take immediate effect.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
07:06:2023

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USAID, IITA Unveil 2023 Agricultural Inputs Fair In Yola

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By Abdulaziz Abubakar Damare

The USAID in Partnership with IITA through its project “Feed The Future, Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity” has declared its 2023 Agricultural Inputs Fair opened in Yola, the Adamawa state capital on Monday 5th June 2023 at Mahmud Ribadu Square in Yola, Northeast Nigeria.

In his address, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, commended USAID and its Implementing Partner IITA for choosing Adamawa as one of the beneficiaries of various training and supports by the organizations.

The Governor who is heavily represented by his Deputy Prof. Kaletapwa George Farauta, expressed the readiness of Adamawa state government to partner with relevant organization to boost food security in Adamawa.

Fintiri who described the training given to farmers on modern techniques as timely, called for the NGO’s to train farmers on application of fertilizer and manure as part of their project to ensure bumper harvest.

He added that the state government will pay more attention on the stomach infrastructure of the good people of Adamawa in its new tenure.

Earlier in his welcome address, the chief of party Integrated Agricultural Activity (IAA) Mr. Prakash Kant Silwal said they have engaged over 30,000 farmers in Adamawa on various training and modern farming techniques in the state.

Mr. Prakash said the inputs fair is an opportunity for producers of various crops, seeds, food among others to sell their products.

He added that the inputs displayed at Mahmud Ribadu Square are qualitative, accessible and affordable compared to that of market prize.

In his remarks, the chairman Agro Dealers Association Northeastern Nigeria Alh. Usman Bapullo Ribadu, challenged farmers to harvest a certified seed and acquire the knowledge of farming before venturing into the sector.

On their various testimonies on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mal. Dauda Mohammed from Guyuk Local Government and Josia Stanley said the training obtained from the NGO’s has yielded a positive result and made them self reliant.

The two-day inputs fair in Yola continues Tuesday 6th June and in Gombi on 7th June 2023.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is an award-winning, research-for-development (R4D) organisation providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa since 1967.

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Unmasking The Illiteracy And Hate Of Faceless Stakeholders In Yola North

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In the aftermath of the 2023 governorship election in Adamawa State, a group of faceless stakeholders have emerged, driven by illiteracy and animosity, on a mission to undermine the efforts of the committed and experienced Secretary to the Adamawa State Government (SSG). These self-proclaimed stakeholders, by flagrantly violating the orders given by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to engage their constituents for political appointments, are exposing their true intentions while playing a manipulative game of ‘reverse psychology’.

The recent allegations leveled against the Chairman of PDP Yola-North, Abdullahi Sarki (Audu Kacisa), claiming that he secretly visited critical stakeholders in an attempt to influence the selection process for the best eleven (11) political appointees, are baseless and a desperate ploy by these naysayers. Their accusations hold no merit and only serve to highlight their own incompetence and lack of substantiation for their supposed commitment during the election.

Furthermore, the claim that the stakeholders visited by the Chairman have unanimously refused to comply with the request is nothing more than a display of symptoms resembling a new strain of bipolar disease. These so-called stakeholders, who lack the courage to prove their commitment and support, are resorting to baseless allegations in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of those genuinely dedicated to the progress of Adamawa State.

The assertion that the Chairman’s actions were influenced by the former Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Mallam Bashir Ahmed, is the pinnacle of irresponsibility exhibited by these pretenders who worked against the victory of the PDP in the last election. While true patriots are eagerly seeking collaboration for the betterment of the state, these nattering nitwits continue to throw tantrums and impede progress.

It is important to note that SSG Bashir Ahmad, through his unwavering determination and strategic political calculations, demonstrated his competence without the support of these detractors. While they were engaged in trivial pursuits, he successfully navigated the political landscape, leaving them in the dust. As the reality of their own ineptitude and irrelevance unfolds, they are quickly fading away like flies.

It is crucial for the good people of Adamawa State to recognize these faceless stakeholders for what they truly are: ill-informed individuals driven by ignorance, illiteracy, and a deep-seated hatred for progress. Their attempts to discredit the Governor and his administration, as well as the dedicated individuals who have been instrumental in the state’s success, should not be taken seriously. Instead, the focus should remain on building a united front and fostering collaborations that will lead to the development and prosperity of Adamawa State.

In conclusion, let us not be swayed by the manipulations of these faceless stakeholders who seek to undermine the progress made in Adamawa State. Their illiteracy and hate are evident, and their actions serve only to hinder the collective efforts of those genuinely committed to the state’s growth. It is time to rise above their petty games and work together towards a brighter future for Adamawa State.

By Concerned Citizens of Yola North

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