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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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Gov Fintiri Meets CAN Leadership, Reels Out Scorecard

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—I’ll Definitely Take You To The Adamawa Of Your Dream – Gov Fintiri

By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State who is seeking for re-election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has met with leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

He was at the CAN State Secretariate in Yola Monday at the instance of the leadership where the officials asked him what he intends to do for the state if re-elected for a second tenue in office.

He started with the security sector where he narrated how his administration has redefined the security architecture that was hitherto in the state of shamble.

He said the government has injected thinking and funds that changed the narratives, enabling the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

On education, Fintiri said his administration has inherited a comatose system but injected a lot of commitment and resources to revive the sector.

According to him, the successes recorded has helped the government to renovating 5,000 classrooms, announcing that arrangements are in the pipeline to upgrade ten legacy schools in the state.

He added that the government has provided free education and relieved parents burden of payment of WAEC and NECO adding however that UNICEF has also built eighty schools in Fufore and Guyuk and it is set to construct more.

Governor Fintiri has made clarifications over some unwarranted rumours on the workforce, saying his administration has never sacked 10,000 workers as being speculated in some quarters.

He said the Government has only stopped the last minute biased recruitment of 1,500 teachers by then outgoing administration and employed 2,000 competent teachers through a clean process.

Speaking on the Health sector, Fintiri said over 100 primary healthcare centres were built and renovated, eight new cottage hospitals with staff quarters were built and equipped with modern facilities while health workers were also employed.

The Governor said his administration is also reforming the infrastructural sector, as the government has constructed 347km rural roads, built many urban roads in the state capital and some towns.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has initiated Adamawa Agribusiness Support Programme to tap the potentiality in the agric sector for youth employment, improve revenue generation and welfare of the citizens.

He said the Government has also cleared backlog of gratuity of retired workers to the tune of N5b, improved payment of monthly pensions and welfare of retirees across the state.

The Governor has also spoke on environment, housing, Internally Generated Revenue among other sectors and sought for support of the Chiristian Leaders, promising to redouble efforts if reelected.

Earlier, the State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said Christians in the state are committed to Adamawa unity as according to him, God has endowed the state with all the potentialities to achieve greatness for the citizens.

Hightlight of the meeting was questions and answers session.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National Minimum Wage

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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