National Pay Cut: Group Threatens To Sue FG

A pressure group under the aegis of Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Rivers State has condemned Federal Government’s plan to cut the salaries of civil servants in the country.

Chairman of the body, Comrade Sotonye George who made the condemnation in a chat with our correspondent in Port Harcourt such move by the government showed insensitivity to the plight of the common man, especially the civil servants.

Comrade George opined that the Federal Government should rather drastically cut-down the salaries and allowances of politicians especially members of the National Assembly who are carting home billions of naira monthly without any tangible contributions to the economy.

He noted that the poor civil servants still earn the same salary when the economy was running on of N150 per Dollar, pointing out that with the current trend of things in the country, the Federal Government ought not to come up with such plan to cut down civil servants’ salary, when even the one they are paying them is not enough for them to take care of their family needs.

The CSO chairman stated that if the federal government goes ahead with their plans, they will have no option than to seek redress in court in and also join in protest against such move in the country.

On the on-going Forensic Audit at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Comrade Sotonye George said they are in total support of such audit if at the end of the day, it would not be swept under the carpet, stressing that the level of corruption and crime rate at the commission is alarming.

He enjoined the present administration to fulfill their campaign promises to the people in the country and stop complaining or blaming their political opponents.  

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2023: Nwanosike Tips Wike For President

Re-elected chairman of Ikwerre local government council, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike has tipped the Governor of Rivers State Chief Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike to emerge as the next president of Nigeria in 2023.

Nwanosike who spoke at an event he organized to appreciate members of his re-election campaign team at Igwuruta, expressed the belief that by the grace of God, Nigerians will elect Gov. Wike as the next President of the country.

He described the governor as a man of truth who has touched the lives of Rivers people in all facets of development.

According to the Chairman, Governor Wike has been grooming leaders that will take over the mantle of political leadership of Rivers state, adding that the governor has proven himself as a tested and capable leader. “Wike is a gift to Nigeria nation, for always standing for the truth,” he declared.

The chairman berated critics of the local government elections in the state describing them as of bad losers who never engaged in election campaign the way his party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did.

“The PDP campaigned vigorously in all the 23 local governments and wards. It is baffling that a student who failed to read properly for an exam could blame his lecturer for his failure.”

On the comment by a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chiefs Emeka Bekee over the local council election, the Ikwerre Council boss said, the APC chieftain had no audacity to criticized Governor Wike over the council election, adding that the 2021 local council election under the Wike administration cannot be compared to what he termed the sham council election conducted by former Governor Chibuike Amaeachi within two weeks before leaving office in 2015.

“Nigerians are aware that a count of competent jurisdiction annulled that election as null and void. In the history of democracy in Rivers state, Governor Wike inaugurated a properly constituted Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) which conducted local government election where there were no violence and manipulations but free and fair,” Nwanosike stated.

He expressed the readiness and commitments of the elected leaders of the local government council to work for the development of Ikwerre people, adding that all ongoing projects will be completed and new ones stated.

Nwanosike thanked the campaign team headed by Hon. Sonny Nwadkiko for their effort in the election. The event was attended by the elected and serving councilors of the council.

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Rivers Youth Assembly Honours RSIEC Boss Over LG Polls

A coalition of youths, the Joint Assembly of Rivers Youths (JARY) have conferred an award of excellence on the chairman of the Rivers State Independent  Electorial Commission (RSIEC), Hon. Justice George Oniyi (Rtd) for his effort in conducting peaceful, free and fair local government election in the state.

President of the body, Comrade Garshion Acho-Bob, while presenting the award to the RSIEC boss described him as a statesman who succeeded in conducting credible and violence free and fair elections in the state.

According to Comrade Acho-Bob, the RSIEC chairman has always demonstrated integrity and forthrightness in all his official undertakings, adding that Rtd Justice Omereji has justified his appointment as head of the commission and made the Rivers man proud in the manner the last local council election was conducted in the state.

“Rtd Justice Omereji has performed credibly in every sphere of assignment, both as a former justice who delivered landmark judgment that help to resolve fundamental social crises and now as RSIEC chairman in conducting credible elections in Rivers  State, “Acho-Bob stated.

Chairman of RSIEC, Rtd, Justice Omereji who spoke to the media after the event expressed appreciation to the Joint Assembly of Rivers Youths for the award. Stating that the award was an attestation of public acceptance of the creditability of the local council election conducted by the commission.

“The actions of the youth body has shown that we have not disappointed the people in the conduct of the election. I have always stated that it is honorable to appreciate and honour a person after he has discharged his responsibilities credibly. We followed the rules in the conduct of the elections. No man can see his back, it is the people that judge our actions;” the RSIEC helmsman declared.

The RSIEC boss advised the youth in the state to learn and imbibe the attitude of patience and emulate people who has demonstrated integrity in life.

“You must eschew violence and criminality, in your action, the society is looking up to you as the people to take over affairs of the state. Omereji advised.

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Gunmen Strike Again: Kill 7 Cops in Rivers, 6 in A/Ibom

Rivers State Police command said gunmen  last Friday, attacked police checkpoints and stations and killed about seven men and officers of the Nigeria Police in the state.

The hoodlums attacked   Rumuji Police Divisional Headquarters in Emohua Local Government Area and Elimgbu Police Station in Obio/Akpor LGA. The bandits also attacked two security checking points, C4i security formation on the East-West road and another at Ogbakiri Junction in the same Emohua LGA.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, said, after the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka and heads of tactical units visited the different scenes of crime, that the bandits met very stiff resistance.

It was gathered that the gunmen took away some rifles and also set a patrol van ablaze.  However two of the attackers were felled while others escaped as they abandoned their blood filled vehicle.

Omoni urged the public to increase security consciousness and report every person or persons with gun wounds to the nearest Police Station.

In a related development,  gunmen   reportedly attacked Odoro Ikpe Police Station, in Ini LGA of Akwa Ibom State, killing six officers on duty on Saturday.

The assailants invaded the police station and gunned down six officers while others were injured.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Odiko S. Ogbeche confirmed the incident.

The PPRO, however, was unable to give details of the incident, stating that the Commissioner of Police was already at the scene for an on the spot assessment.

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‘UN, Britain Should Save Nigeria From Breakup’

Elder statesman and preacher, Dr. Sokari Soberekon has appealed to the United Nations and the British government to intervene in the deteriorating security situation in the country to avert a possible civil war.

The elder statesman who spoke to The Vortex in an interview in Port Harcourt deplored the social crises, ethnic division and insecurity in the country and noted that the amalgamation of the country has brought more woes and underdevelopment than could have been envisaged by the colonial masters.

The bickering and divisions among the components units of the country has become worrisome and embarrassing.”

I call on the United Nation, and the British government who midwife the joining of Nigeria to intervene and save the country before we plunge into another war; he declared.

Soberekon stated that it was better to break up the country in peace than war, stressing that the peaceful disintegration will set the nation free from bloodletting, nepotism and marginalization by persons and groups.

“I have not seen in the Brotherhood we stand’ inscribed in the National Anthem. We are significantly different in every culture, tradition and political orientations. If we have to divide the country to solve the crises, it can be done in peace. We can relate as nations,” he stated.

The former world Wrestling Champion however called on President Mohammadu Buhari to take the alternative recourse of carrying out holistic restructuring of the country to allow each federating unit to manage its resources for development and pay tax to the centre.

He blamed the Nigeria Armed forces for the current crises of confidence among ethnic group in the country, asserting that the intervention of the military in the politics of the nation dislocated the socio-economic and political development of the country.

President Mohammadu Buhari would have written his name in Nigeria history if he could be courageous to carry out holistic restructuring of the country because,’ Nigerian needs freedom not violence, killings and intimidations and other forms of crimes going on in the country.   

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AKULGA To Prioritize Development Of Oceanic Communities

Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Rowland Sekibo has stated that his second term administration will devote more efforts in extending more infrastructural development to residents of oceanic communities in the local government area.

Sekibo who spoke to newsmen at the Abonnema said the development of the oceanic areas will top his priority during his second term in the local government.

The council boss stated that his second term as the local council chairman will be used to consolidate on the achievements of his administration, adding that issues of security and welfare of the rural communities will be of foremost task in his administration of the council.

Sekibo attributed his endorsement by the party to lead the council for another term to the goodwill and support of the people of the area, pledged not to abuse their confidence.”

He commended Governor Nyesom Wike and the leadership of the PDP for reposing confidence in him adding that Akuku-Toru area of the state will always remain the bastion of unweaving support for the ruling party and the governor.

Also speaking, chairman of the party in the local government, Hon. Stephen Emen commended the party members in the area for endorsing the incumbent chairman of the council, Rowland Sekibo.

According to the party chairman the endorsement of Hon. Sekibo is the right thing to do; adding that the projects executed by the chairman in the local government speaks for him.

He expressed optimism that issues of insecurity in some areas of the local government will be tackled effectively by the chairman. He also charged the councilors to join hands with chairman to ensure dividends of democracy is provided to the people.

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Ikwerre L G Boss Condemns Rights Abuse by OSPAC

Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike has urged residents of the local government to report all incidents of misdemeanor and abuse of rights of the people by the ONELGA security planning and action committee (OSPAC) to the Nigerian Police in the area.

Reacting to several complaints by residents of the local government on the activities of OSPAC, Hon. Nwanosike explained that citizens have the duty to report such abuses to the security agencies and the authorities in Isiokpo adding that the local government will never condone abuse by the vigilante group.

The Local Government boss frowned at several reports of misbehavior by the vigilante group, explaining that the authorities of the local government will investigate and deal appropriately with such cases against OSPAC in the area.

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Real Reason RIWAMA Sacked 2 Waste Managers

The sole administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has terminated the contract of two Service Providers with the Agency for non-performance.

Bro. Obuah who announced the sack of the Service Providers while carrying out his early morning routine checks in parts of Port Harcourt, the State capital and its environs on Thursday, April 8, 2021, said the sack of the service providers, became necessary following their inability to keep their zones clean in spite of repeated warnings and appeals by the Agency, describing their actions as sabotage and dereliction of duty.

The Sole Administrator assured that the measure would serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrant Service Providers who do not want to take their jobs seriously.

Bro. Obuah also vowed that the Agency would no longer spare any service provider who is not ready to work and keep their areas clean, daily.

It will be recalled that the RIWAMA boss had recently, charged Service Providers with the Agency to take their work seriously or have their contracts terminated, even as he reiterated that the task to keep Port Harcourt, the State capital and its environs clean at all times is a mission that must be accomplished and frowned particularly at the nonchalance of some contractors in the discharge of their duties.

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‘Aluu Contributes N100,000 Monthly For Security’

The traditional ruler of Omokiri Community in Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Alhaji, Eze Hassan Welewa (JP) has admonished youth and residents of the state to eschew violence and all forms of electoral malpractices during the April, 17, Local Government Election in the state.

Eze Welewa who spoke to newsmen in his palace at Aluu on the forthcoming election charged voters to turn out massively and exercise their franchise.

Eze Welewa commended the security agencies in the area for the prevailing peace in Aluu and the state and charged them to remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties during the election.

The monarch stated that the prevailing peace in the area was made possible by the efforts of the Onelga Security Planning and Action Committee (OSPAC), the IGP monitoring team and the police division in the area.

According to the monarch Aluu has been restored as a land of peace. Today Aluu is peaceful and no longer known for evils deeds.  We contribute at least N100,000 monthly to support OSPAC operation in our community in addition to donations from private individuals; so we are 100% in support of OSPAC and other security agencies to keep peace in Aluu, he said.

On the relationship between the University of Port Harcourt and the community, the Paramount ruler commended the university authorities for their contributions to the community.

Community Development Committee Chairman (CDC) of the community, Hon Worlu Prince Nduka expressed appreciation to OSPAC and the security agencies in the area for the peace in Aluu, stressing that they had depended on internal security arrangements before the arrival of OSPAC.

Hon. Worlu attributed the criminal activities to the community to the presence of some criminal’s elements that ran away from other communities to cause problem in Aluu.

He however disagreed with the notion that the existence of the University of Port Harcourt in the area may have contributed to the influx of criminals in Aluu.

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He Is Chairman In Waiting -Ex-envoy

The campaign train of Barrister Vincent Nemieboka, Chairmanship candidate of PDP in Ogu/Bolo for the forthcoming Local Government Election paid a solidarity campaign visit to the Ogu Divisional Council of Chiefs (ODCC) at their secretariat in Ogu.

The Leader of the delegation, Senator George Thompson Sekibo who is the Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District said the PDP in the LGA has selected men and women of character that will take the LGA to a greater height, and described Nemieboka as the most capable candidate for the restructuring and remodelling of Ogu/Bolo LGA.

He said that although Barrister Nemieboka is from Ele, he has worked for the development of Ogu and in Ogu/Bolo politically and has served as a leader during the SDP and NRC era.

According to him, he was also instrumental in the creation of Ogu/Bolo LGA working with the likes of Chiefs A.C. Iyaye, M.D. Nemieboka and A. W. Alamina where he served as the Secretary of the committee. He was the one that strengthen the committee members and kept pushing until the aim was achieved.

He said, seeing that the LGA is not achieving its purpose, the PDP decided to bring in   Nemieboka due to his wealth of experience to help in relaying the foundation of the LGA.

Senator Sekibo lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his support to the LGA. andformally introduced Barrister Vincent Nemieboka as the PDP Candidate for Ogu/Bolo in the forthcoming Local Government Election.

In his remark, Barrister Nemieboka reiterated his respect for the Chieftaincy institution, stating that he would partner with them if he becomes the LGA Chairman.

He promised among other things to correct the wrongs in the LG council especially the issue of over staffing which has affected the allocation of the LGA and the execution of developmental projects, and also resolve security issues such as the Wakama and Kporgor communal crisis and the land dispute between Ogu and Ele, stating that without peace there is no development.

He introduced his Vice Chairman, Mrs Eunice Alabo who is a Health-care expert and the 12 Councillorship Candidates from the wards.

Responding on behalf of the ODCC, Chief LT Williams Tuboibo-Iyama, said he has not heard any political candidate vying for any office talk so confidently about his plans for the community, adding that it is an indication that Barrister Vincent Nemieboka will perform well.

He affirmed   the blessings of the Chiefs and their willingness to work with him if voted into office and thanked the PDP in Ogu/Bolo for according them the respect they deserved.

In his vote of thanks, Chief S.M.K. Taribo-Amgbara described Barrister Vincent Nemieboka as chairman-in waiting noting that his candidacy cuts across party lines.

He said as the first Secretary of the committee for the creation of Ogu/Bolo LGA, Barrister Vincent Nemieboka  worked passionately and patriotically and expressed joy to see him  contest as Chairman in a Local Government he worked so hard to be created.

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