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Wike Cautious Traditional Rulers Not To Allow Illegal Oil Bunkering In Their Domain



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*Gives certificates of recognition, staff of office to HRM Awuse, HRM Oriebe

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has cautioned traditional rulers in the State not to allow illegal oil bunkering and artisanal refinery activities in their domain.

The governor, who reiterated his resolve to sustain the war against illegal oil bunkering and artisanal refining activities has specifically warned the King of Akpor in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and the King of Omerelu in Ikwerre council not to allow such activities to thrive anymore in their respective domain.

Governor Wike in a statement by his Media Aide Mr Kelvin Ebiri gave the charge when he presented Staff of office and certificate of recognition to His Royal Majesty, Nne-Nwe-Eli Emohua XIII (OLO IV), Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse and His Royal Majesty, Nye Nwe Ali Akpor, Eze Ozuowuowu Levi Amos Orlu Oriebe at Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday.

Both Nne-Nwe-eli Emohua XIII (OLO IV) and Nye Nwe Ali Akpor are First Class stools in Emohua and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas respectively.

The governor said the State government will not hesitate to depose the King of Akpor kingdom if illegal oil bunkering continues in Rumuokparali and Ogbogoro communities.

He also frown at the king of Omerelu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area where illegal oil bunkering activities is thriving.

According to the Governor Wike, aside the soot problem and economic sabotage associated with the criminal activities, the internal roads being reconstructed by his administration in Omerelu are damaged.

“We are doing internal roads in Omerelu. This is a community that has been crying for roads and we have given them not less than 11/12 kilometers of internal roads, and now they’re spoiling it because of the conveying of the products. We can’t continue to accept that. I can’t understand why you just want to collect the chieftaincy title and do nothing.”

Governor Wike told the two kings presented with their staff of office to come to terms with the responsibilities associated with their new status and discharge them effectively.

He said they are to ensure peace prevailed in their domain by attending to all shades of conflict so that they do not snowball into crisis.

He also charged them to stop partisan politics but be willing always to work in synergy with the government in order to promote governance at the grassroots.

“This your certificate of recognition comes with a lot of responsibilities. Do what you’re expected. Relate with government to know what is going on.

“When once you alert government, you’ve done your own work. But if you don’t alert government, it’ll be considered that you’re part of it.”

Speaking further, Governor Wike said the demolition of shanties will continue because hoodlums use such places as hideouts to perpetrate their criminal activities including those found in the Government Residential Areas in Port Harcourt.

He said the State has also recovered government properties fraudulently acquired by retired civil servants.

“Civil servants will retire and change documents and forge it that they had allocation twenty years ago, for State government property. I am taking them back, all.”

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Elections: Adamawa Govt Declares Friday Public Holiday




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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has declared Friday March 17th, 2023 as work free day for civil servants in the state to prepare for the Governorship and State Assembly elections.

Governor Fintiri who in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou approved the holiday noted that, public servants are expected to utilise the opportunity to travel to their homes where they registered to vote.

While applauding the citizenry for their understanding amid the daunting challenges they face, Governor Fintiri said “This is the time to show more commitment, love for State and ensure peaceful democratic process by being law abiding as you vote this Saturday”.

The Governor noted equally that it is the time for all citizens to exercise their voting rights.

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Gov Fintiri Commissions 60-bed Cottage Hospital In Girei




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Wednesday commissioned another new sixty-bed cottage hospital in Girei LGA.

The hospital project which was awarded in 2020 has male and female surgical wards, laboratory complex, mortuary, Out Patient Department, Maternity complex and staff quarters.

Speaking at the event at Sangere Futy in Girei , Governor Fintiri said the hospital would lessen the pressure of referral services at the Sate Specialist Hospital, Yola and Modibo Adama University Teaching Hospital, Yola.

While underscoring the benefits of health, Governor Fintiri says his administration has bridged the gap between primary healthcare and Secondary health centres by constructing hospitals in places where there is none.

Fintiri said Health occupies a central place in his administration and the government has so far revitalized the sector to providing optimum services to the people in the state.

While we continue to deliver creditably well on the other development agenda, health is one sector we shall continue to invest in with obligatory comfort because it directly translates to our collective wealth.

“The Girei Cottage Hospital is yet another project our administration is proud of. It is a project carefully selected and strategically earmarked to serve the good people of Girei and its surrounding communities.

“With this formal commissioning, this hospital becomes fully operational today. It is expected to lessen the pressure of referrals on the State Specialist Hospital and even the Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital , both in the State capital, which are by design, primarily conceived to provide tertiary health care services to the people.

“It is a fully functional 60 – bed capacity Hospital with all required equipment of a modern secondary healthcare center.

“We shall continue to draw joy in the completion of these projects as we round up the last lap of this administration and thank God for his mercies upon us.

“We did make resolve to serve our people with everything at our disposal. This is what we are doing and it is what we shall continue to do.

“It has been our moving testament that we shall continue to initiate and commission project till the last day of this administration; this is gravely embedded in our governance philosophy of no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched,” he said.

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Prof Abdullahi Isa said the hospital is equipped with mordern medical facilities to provide services to the people.

He urged the residents of Girei to protect and maximise the benefits of the hospital and however announced that Governor Fintiri has approved new salary structure for health workers in the state.

The Executive Chairman Girei LGA Council, Mr Juda Amisa commended Governor Fintiri for providing purposeful leadership to the people of Girei and Adamawa at large.

Contributing, the State Commissioner of Livestock and Acqaculture, Usman Yahaya Diyajo called on the Girei residents to reciprocate Governor Fintiri’s gesture by massively reelecting him this Saturday.

Highlight of the event was various dance display by groups and individuals.


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Adamawa Govt Says Activities Of NGOs Remain Suspended




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The Adamawa State Government has reiterated that activities of Local and International Non Governmental Organisations operating in the State is still restricted until after the March 18th Governorship and State Assembly elections.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who in a statement by his Press Secretary Mr Humwashi Wonosikou directed the restriction during a state-wide broadcast on 28th February, 2023, noted that the involvement of some of them in politics instead of their core responsibility of humanitarian assistance necessitated the move to ensure sanity in their activities.

“Relevant enforcement agencies will continue to assert their authority. They have been directed to ensure compliance. Anybody found wanting will be treated as a saboteur and made to face the full wrath of the Law,” the Governor said.

“For the avoidance of doubt, your operation remain restricted across the 21 Local Government Councils of Adamawa State until the elections are completed and declared; The Government will continue to monitor your activities to restore sanity and halt the disregard for the rules of engagement.”

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