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Elect people that can solve problems – Wike

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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has noted that most socioeconomic and educational problems linger in the country because Nigerians elect people who could not solve problems.

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Governor Wike made the observation at the signing into law three bills passed by the State House of Assembly at the Executive Chamber of Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

The three laws were: the Rivers in Women’s Right to Share in Family Property Law No. 2 of 2022; Rivers State Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Law No. 3 of 2022 and the Rivers State Pension Reform (amendment) Law No. 4 of 2022.

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Speaking on the law to prohibit the curtailment of women’s right to share in family property law, Governor Wike expressed displeasure at how most cultures, particularly in Rivers State, did not encourage what engenders growth among the people.

He wondered why women were deprived from sharing in the inheritance of their families when they are often the most useful members of the society in comparism to most male children.

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Governor Wike asserted that the law was important to the development of the State, because it would enable its citizens to actualise their potentials, as women would be allowed by law to inherit their entitlements.

“It is not you who decide whether you will have a girl or you’ll have a boy. It is God. So, put yourself in their shoes today, where, by the mercy of God you have three children and they’re all girls and you struggle in life to see what you can keep for your children.

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“Tomorrow, one of their uncles comes, and says, my friend, girls don’t inherit their father’s property. With all your efforts in life, somebody comes to discriminate against them, why? We have even found out that women are more useful to us than even the men.

“The day, you’re getting old and dying, you’ll know that you need more daughters than men. They will leave their husbands’ houses and come to take care of you.”

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Governor Wike urged women not to be afraid of any threat from members of their families concerning inheritance.

He asked them to stand up for their rights and challenge any discrimination against them in court, using the law in order to access their entitlements.

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Speaking on the pension reform law, Governor Wike said when pensioners protest, it is because they did not quite understand the good intentions of government.

He explained that because of paucity of funds, government must prioritise its spending in order to have funds for the provision of services, projects and also pay workers wages.

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“The government has good intention and wants to do it at its own time. Only government knows when it can carry out this responsibility. Government will pay when it will pay.”

He further added: “Government cannot carry everything at the same time. Whether you like it or not, huge chunk of our resources go into the civil service.”

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Concerning the law on compulsory treatment and care for victims of gunshots, Governor Wike stated that within the confines of the law, any victim of gunshot would be required to be properly identified, so that such person can be traced should the person run way after treatment.

Governor Wike, however, explained that the law was in furtherance of the responsibility of government to protect life because even the criminal needs to be alive to be tried and made to suffer for his crime.

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Speaking further, Governor Wike said the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was right in what it was demanding from the Federal Government.

However, Governor Wike said any government that releases kind of money that ASUU requires, given the current economic reality, would crumble.

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He counselled that both parties should rather sit at the table and make concessions within no winner, no loser context in the interest of the students.

“The problem didn’t start today. It has been there. Again, it is that we elect people who cannot solve problems.”

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Governor Wike also acknowledged receipt of a report from the State House of Assembly on the revocation of ownership of the land currently occupied by AIT in Ozuoba, Rivers State, because they did not have requisite titled documents.

The governor said the days of Rivers being seen as a father Christmas is gone, because nobody could illegally acquire what belongs to the State.

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Governor Wike also directed the state Attorney General to take appropriate action and act on the report.

Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, said the heathy synergy between the executive and the legislature examplifies what was expected of a true democracy.

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According to him, while the executive commits to delivering high quality and people-focused projects, the legislature was also delivering people-focused high quality bills which serve the need of the State and its people effectively.

Leader of the House, Martin Amaewhule, informed that while Michael Chinda, representing Obio/Akpor constituency II initiated the bill on Prohibition of Curtailment of Rights of Women, the bill on treatment for gunshot victims was introduced by Samuel Ogeh, representing Emohua State constituency.

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Gridlock as Akwa Ibom youths rally support for Peter Obi

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There was heavy traffic gridlock on major Streets of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital as supporters of the Presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi embarked on a 2 million- man on Saturday, October 1.

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The supporters, mostly youths who took off from the Water fountain, at Nwaniba, Uyo by 11 am and walked round the major Streets of Uyo metropolis before they converged at the Discovery Park, Udoma Avenue about 2 pm.

Addressing the supporters, State Chairman of LP, Comrade Lincoln Charles said, “This 2 million match will avail all ‘Obedients’ the opportunity to familiarize, synergize and reignite their support base for the presidential flagbearer Mr Peter Obi, for a possible and better Nigeria.

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“This is a reawakening of our consciousness in politics, leadership and governance. Our message is direct, clear and simple. It is all about Hope for Nigerians and all believers of good governance.

“It is about strong grassroots mobilisation to encourage eligible voters to vote for Peter Obi come 2023. Let us all know our PVCs are intact because Peter Obi’s movement is real.

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” The time is now for all Obedients to stand bold and say enough is enough by marching words with action , spread the message across the units, villages, wards and LGAs that a vote for Peter Obi signifies hope, and victory for all Nigerians”

On his part, the Spokesperson of Peter Obi in Akwa Ibom Mr Aniekan Udofia urged the residents to join the Obedient movement for a better Nigeria from 2023.

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He said:;” When we started they said we are making noise, that we are not serious. When we started they said the Labour party does not have a structure. You came out and you gave us structure. Never in history have Nigerians come out to choose their President. In 2023 Nigerians will choose their President, Peter Obi”

Also speaking, the Campaign Director, Peter Obi Integrity Network for Transformation, (POINT) Engr Okon expressed confidence that their Principal would emerge victorious in 2023 given the massive support he is receiving from all parts of the country.

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“Today is the independence day of Nigeria, and I can say that today is the day Nigeria is completely free and independent. As you can see, the revolution is going on and nothing can stop it. Look at the type of people that are coming out to express their love and passion for our principal.

“Everything about today is just dedicated to Peter Obi. We see a divine hand in it, this movement is not ordinary, it started like a joke and it’s growing like a wildfire we are talking of 2m man match and you can see the crowd and these two million people cannot be wrong” Okon said.

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A female youth who identified herself as Mercy Anny decided to join the rally because of her readiness to vote for Obi.

Her words” I came out today to for this rally because I am for Peter Obi. And I can assure you unlike other parties this is not a paid or borrowed crowd. I am here because I want a better Nigeria. I came out today because I want my unborn children to have a better life. And I know Peter Obi has what it takes to give us that better life”,

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Prepare To Accept Outcome Of 2023 Election, UN Peace Commission Tells Atiku, Obi, Tinubu, Others

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As Nigeria celebrates its 62 Independence anniversary, major contenders vying to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2023 have been advised to embrace peace ahead of the presidential elections, even as they are asked to prepare for the outcome in good faith.

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi are the top presidential candidates.

In a goodwill message to mark 62nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, released on Saturday in Abuja, Acting Head of Mission and Country Representative, International Peace Commission of the the United Nations, Amb. Hussaini H. Coomassie, said the presidential candidates should prioritise message of peace, unity of Nigeria and her development during this campaign period.

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Dr. Coomassie, who is double as the global vice chairman, Advocacy for Good Governance & Social Justice Network (AGGSJN) also warned supporters of the major presidential candidates against thuggery, hate speeches and fake news during the electioneering campaign.

While congratulating Nigerians home and abroad for the 62nd Independence Anniversary, the UN Representative expressed hope that the country will overcome all the challenges confronting her presently.

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The statement reads: “From the International Peace Commission of the the United Nations we felicitate with Nigerians home and abroad for celebrating the country’s 62nd Anniversary of Independence from the colonial rule. It is our firm believe that Nigeria shall overcome all her challenges and emerge a great Nation that is destined to be.

“As the Nigerians getting ready to elect another leader to succeed the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari next year, it is our hope, however, that the major contenders will prepare their minds and that of their supporters to gladly accept whatever the outcome will be in the sportsmanship spirit.

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“This I emphasise should be registered in their minds that only one of them will emerge victorious at the poll as Nigerian voters will decide.

Therefore, I urge the political gladiators and their supporters to embrace peace, preach peace and practice peace during and after this forthcoming exercise.

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“Nigeria should be seen as a collective project and not a personal project. This Nation is greater than anyone and history will not forget in a hurry whatever said and done either in the country’s favour or against her,” Dr. Coomassie said.

According to Dr. Coomassie, something is now clear that no administration will ever take the country and her youths for granted again based on the current politicial consciousness of Nigerians.

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He also called on the Nigerian youths to actively and peacefully participate in the ongoing process and elect a leader that will protect their future and the generations yet unborn.

“I believe that God in His mercy has magnanimously blessed Nigeria with enormous resources. This nation is only yearning for a right leadership to creatively tap into these resources and turn around her fortune. The forthcoming national election is another opportunity to right the wrong,” Dr. Coomassie stated.

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PDP Crisis: Again, Atiku Breaks Silence, Says ‘We’ve Realised Our Mistakes’

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Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, says Peoples Democratic Party, has realised its mistakes from the past and is working assiduously towards getting its lost glory.

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Atiku, who was in Gombe for a wedding ceremony, briefly opened a campaign office dedicated to the realisation of his 2023 aspiration of becoming the number one citizen.

The PUNCH reports that the office was donated by Jamilu Ishaku, the first runner-up in the 2023 PDP gubernatorial election.

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Also, donated were about 10 space wagon campaign vehicles provided by Ishaku.

Explaining the chances of the PDP in an interview he granted journalists at the Sani Abacha International Airport Gombe, Abubakar described the party’s chances as high due to its impeccable record.

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He acknowledged that the party lost in 2015, following what he termed as mistakes, which the PDP had recovered from.

Abubakar said, “PDP is a very popular party and it is the oldest party in Nigeria. We have realised that we made mistakes.”

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Speaking on the chances of the party in 2023 election amidst the growing internal wranglings in the main opposition party, Abubakar added that talks were still on.

“I’m still talking to aggrieved members of the party and I believe at the end of the day we will work together,” he added.

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