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Dakuku Impressed With Smooth Conduct of APC LG Congresses In Rivers



One of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside has praised the smooth conduct of the party’s local government congresses across the state on Saturday.

Peterside, who was part of the congress in his home local government area of Opobo/Nkoro, commended party faithful for their maturity and patience in electing their grassroots leaders in a convivial atmosphere.

He stressed further that reports he got from other local government areas across the state were of the same peaceful nature.

Said he: “This is another progress being made by the party in the state. Recall that we had recently elected our ward leaders, who have been subsequently inaugurated and have been discharging their duties.

“The successful conduct of the local government congresses on Saturday signifies another march towards taking over the state in 2023 and offer Rivers people what is responsible governance.”

Dr Peterside called on all members of the party to close ranks and build a strong and united front that can dislodge the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state

According to him, Rivers people are tired of Governor Nyesom Wike’s lack of accountability, non-employment of Rivers youth, lack of provision of seed funds to promote small/medium scale businesses, among others.

“This is the time for all of us to close our ranks as party members under the leadership of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and sack the clueless governor in the state.

“Governance is not just about brick and mortar, not about appearing on television everyday, abusing real and imagined enemies, fighting party members; it is about vision and deliberate plan to lift people out of poverty.

“APC has done it before in Rivers and we can do it again. As at today, we have structures in every ward and local government areas and in a few days time, we will elect our leaders at the state level with a mandate to dislodge the PDP.

“I am impressed at the level of enthusiasm being shown by Rivers people towards the APC. We understand that their hopes and aspirations have been dashed by a directionless government but we want to assure them that 2023 will mark a change of government in this state,” he stated.

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Dakuku Laments Collapse of Govt Agencies, Parastatals Under Wike



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The 2015 governorship candidate of the All ProgressivesCongress (APC) in Rivers State and immediate Past Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has berated Governor Nyesom Wike over his inability to sustain and maintain agencies and parastatals he inherited from his predecessors.

According to Dr Peterside, the governor’s abandonment of such institutions has created huge gaps in employment, revenue generation, educational and socio-economic development.

He listed such agencies to include Rivers State Traffic Management Agency (TIMARIV), Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), Scholarship Board, Songhai Farm Initiative ,Workmanship and Technical Training Centre( WTTC), Rivers State Housing and Property Development Authority, Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, amongst many others. It is on record that the listed agencies when fully operational employed not less than 5,000 persons .
“Almost all companies that previously operated in Rivers state are all practically dead because our Governor has not provided a conducive environment for them to operate”, he said.

The former House of Representatives member wondered how the governor could go to sleep each day, knowing that thousands of Rivers youths previously engaged by these agencies and parastatals have been without jobs for years.

According to him, even more shocking is that Governor Wike has done practically nothing to create employment opportunities for teeming Rivers youth. “Gov Wike has no interest whatsoever in employment creation. He virtually believes in giving out handouts to a few cronies as a substitute for a well-planned programme of economic empowerment for youths,” lamented Dr Peterside.

Dakuku posits: “When I stated, over five years ago, that Wike was an accidental governor, many didn’t believe me, but I have since been vindicated by the irrational actions of the governor that have left Rivers youth and people poorer and hopeless “.

“The governor has no blueprint or clear-cut policy for the overall collective development of the state. This anomaly is even more evident in the way and manner he has ruled the state in the last six years, waking up and awarding contracts from his pocket.

“I challenge the governor to tell us what Rivers youth have gained under his administration other than using them for protests, thuggery and walks that have yielded nothing for them.

“Rivers youth are worse off than they were seven years ago when they had access to limitless opportunities and programmes that aided their hopes and aspirations.”

Peterside stressed further that Rivers people and the rest of Nigeria looked forward to Carniriv every December as it created opportunities for tourism, hospitality, and economic activities. But that has been lost under Wike.

“One would have thought that since Wike was part of the Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi’s administration, he would be in a better position to appreciate the significance of Carniriv, but it is apparent that he learnt nothing from experience.

“Wike is just a brick-and-mortar ruler who believes everything starts and ends with flyover bridges without a trajectory of recourse to human capital development, socio-economic involvement and creation of leverages for our youth to excel.

“Sadly, we will manage him until 2023 when Rivers people will dump him and his party for a progressive movement that truly understands what economic development means,” he stated.

Dakuku Peterside Media Team

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“My Father fortified me with charms before I moved to Lagos” – convicted robber



A traffic robber arrested by the Decoy Team of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in a sting operation around Otedola Bridge and Ojodu – Berger, last week Friday, has disclosed that his father fortified him with charms before leaving the village for Lagos.

The convicted robber, Samuel Adetomi (18) was arrested at Otedola Bridge by RRS team in traffic. He was in company of about four other suspects, trying to rob a motorist when he was arrested.

While his three other colleagues who sighted the plain cloth officers on time escaped, Adetomi couldn’t make it out of the scene on time, hence, his arrest.

It took more than six policemen to subdue, handcuff him at the scene.

He revealed that he sells bottled water in traffic and rob at night, adding that he sleeps under Ojodu – Berger foot bridge at night.

He added that the several diagonal incisions all over his body as well as the ring found on his toe were part of the fortification with charms his father made him go through before leaving Abeokuta for Lagos.

The operation was part of the festive period’s sting operation ordered by Commander, Rapid Response squad (RRS), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi in selected spots within the metropolis, to stem the incidences of traffic robbery.

CSP Egbeyemi while re – echoing the directives of Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu noted that more security strategies would be deployed to reduce crime during the festive period.

Recovered from him were charms and hard drugs.

Adetomi, who was transferred to the court for prosecution on the order of the Commissioner of Police, was sentenced to four months imprisonment.

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