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Former President Goodluck Jonathan Speaks on How Politicians Are Treated When They Leave Office

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Former President has said many of the persons who pledge loyalty to those in power forget them when their tenure is over.

Jonathan said this when Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State invited him to commission some projects in the state.

Jonathan said this when Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State invited him to commission some projects in the state.

Jonathan said some people are only loyal when a person is still in a position of power.

“There are people who act like they can’t eat without you when you’re in a position of power. But once you’re no longer in that position, they move on and act like you no longer exist,” he said.

“It is a very big day for me and you know why? Because it’s not easy for somebody to work with you in Nigeria then after leaving office, that person still continues with that kind of strong fraternal relationship with you.

“I have been in government for a reasonable time and I’ve served at quite a number of levels starting from deputy governor.

“Most of my experience is that after leaving office, some people just forget that you even exists.

He, however, described Bala Mohammed, governor of the state, as his good brother.

“Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi is a good brother and I’m quite pleased that he invited me to commission the first major project that he has completed, that’s a big honour,” he said.

Jonathan appreciated the people of Bauchi state for voting Mohammed as their governor and commended his good strides and commitment to changing the face of the state.

Earlier, Mohammed thanked Jonathan for appointing him into power without knowing him personally.

Mohammed was the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) when Jonathan was in power.

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Sagbama/Ekeremor Road: Gov Diri happy with contractor’s pace

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… as contractor completes bridges to Ekeremor main town

His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State is excited at the progress achieved so far on the ongoing construction work at the Sagbama/Ekeremor Road.

The contractor, Setraco, has completed five bridges between Toru-Orua and Isampou communities and at the moment working on the sixth bridge at the entrance of Ekeremor main town.

Governor Diri told newsmen that he was satisfied with the progress that will ensure vehicles drive into Ekeremor main town by next month.

“I’m satisfied with the level of work. The contractors, Setraco are doing a good job and, I think the value of money is commensurate. We are happy and we hope that they will deliver at the agreed time.

I have always said that, at the end of my first tenure, we will drive to Ekeremor town on a tarred road. For now, why we are here today, is for me to see things for myself on a new bridge that was proposed for Ekeremor main Town, and I have also approved the construction of another bridge. We are looking at our Two Years anniversary, and I have also given a task for the tarring to be up to Aleibiri, and let us also stabilise the road down to Ekeremor, so that we can take a drive on our Two Years anniversary to Ekeremor main Town.

We are trying our best in the face of the downturn in the economy. These Senatorial roads are very fundamental to our People. Government is all about the People and so, we have taken them as a priority. This is one, the second is also ongoing. It is the third one that we have challenges, but I believe, this year, we will equally start something. In the first place, it is our People that will use these roads, so, even on the Eastern Senatorial road, Bayelsans will hear from us very soon on the actions the State Government will take”, Gov. Diri stated.

The Governor was accompanied on the tour by member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Dr. Fred Agbedi, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, Hon. Tari Porri representing Ekeremor 1 in the State Assembly, Commissioners and other top government functionaries.

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Illegal Refineries: Gov Wike gives 48 hours ultimatum to Council Chairmen

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Offers two million Naira for each location listed.

In what he described as a war against the illegal refinery operators and their sponsors in Rivers State, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Executive Chamber of the Rivers State Government House today met with Chairmen of all Local Government Councils and heads of security agencies in Rivers State.

Governor Wike who gave the Chairmen 48 hours to provide the location and owners of illegal refineries in their LGAs promising to pay N2,000,000 for each location that is named.

Saying leaders owe a duty to protect their people he said “I am not bothered if the Federal Government is supporting us we owe a duty to our people to protect their lives.” He went on to charge the Chairmen to be bold as leadership is a difficult responsibility that sometimes involves taking risks.

Addressing the service Chiefs he said it is unfortunate for the country that security personnel are involved in illegal bunkering .

He cautioned that he wouldn’t accept them sabotaging the health of Rivers people or the country’s economy as he called for the transfer from Rivers State of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and NSCDC officer discovered to be complicit in the illegal refinery trade.

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