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Gov. Wike’s Refusal To Pay Pensioners Is Wicked And Irresponsible – Dr Dakuku Peterside

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Former All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to hearken to the voices of retired senior citizens and pay them all their outstanding entitlements without further delay.

Dr. Peterdside’s admonition is coming on the heels of protests by pensioners in the state, who on Wednesday came out in their large numbers to voice their disenchantment against the refusal of Governor Wike to pay them for more than six years.

He expressed shock and sadness over the incident, saying it typifies the attributes of a “wicked and irresponsible” emperor, who derives pleasure in seeing people cry and sometimes die in the course of demanding their rights.

The former House of Reps member said there is no justifiable reason by the governor not to have paid the senior citizens who devoted a chunk of their adulthood to serve the state in different capacities and have retired and thus should enjoy the fruits of their labour.

According to him, the governor cannot complain of lack of funds, giving the fact that the state has received huge allocations in the last six years, in addition to Paris Club refund, borrowings from banks, and another N75bn refund from the Federal Government.

“At no time in Rivers State history has senior citizens been treated with so much disdain and disrespect. Here are men and women, some who may have taught Wike in primary and secondary schools, begging the governor to pay them what is their right.

“I was moved to tears when I saw the pictures of old men and women protesting at their age. This is embarrassing and shameful to a state that has enormous resources to pay them all their entitlements and allowances.

“Governor Wike still has an opportunity to redeem his battered image by immediately commencing the processes to pay them. On no account should they come out protesting again, enough is enough of their unmerited sufferings every year,” he stated.

Peterside, who is the immediate past director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) expressed sympathy for the pensioners, pointing out that in due time, their prayers would be answered.

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Gov. Diri Presents N310 billion 2022 budget of sustainable growth

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… happy with implementation of 2021 budget

His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State has presented the 2022 budget estimates of N310, 717,608,353.00 Billion Naira to the State House of Assembly for consideration.

The 2022 budget is tagged,” Budget of Sustainable Growth.”

The State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was allocated the highest figure of N51 billion naira for capital project followed by Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources which had N12 billion naira. N4billion is the proposed figure for Education.

Because of drop in allocation, the revenue projection is slightly lower than the 2021 Budget by N19 billion indicating a reduction of about 3.54%.

The Governor who was accompanied to the presentation by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, also said the 2021 budget had a great performance and that many projects and achievements were recorded in various sectors including education, roads, and agriculture.

“The projects include:
• Construction of Unity Bridge in Nembe
• Construction of Elebele Bridge in Ogbia
• Dualization and Re-designing of the Tombia Round-about
• Construction of the Sagbama/Ekeremor Road.
• Construction of Yenagoa – Oporoma Road.
• Construction of AIT – Igbogene Outer Ring Road.
• Construction of Igbedi Road
• Construction of Glory Drive – just to mention a few

“Mr. Speaker, our Prosperity Government is also formulating a 30-year long-term development plan for the State, may I now proceed with a summary of the 2022 Appropriation Bill tagged “BUDGET OF SUSTAINABLE GROWTH”.

“In concluding, Mr. Speaker, I will not stop thanking God for His infinite mercies and the good people of Bayelsa State for their continuous support, patience, sacrifices and the goodwill they have extended to our Government. We are determined to continue to build confidence in our people by being proactive in the formulation and implementation of our policies.”

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EFCC Arraigns Managing Director for N6bn Deceased PHCN Insurance Benefit Fraud

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The EFCC, on Thursday, 21 October, 2021 arraigned the Managing Director of PJO Ventures Limited, Cecilia Osipitan and her company, PJO VENTURES LIMITED, and INSURANCE RESOURCERY and CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED before justice U.P Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja on a nine count charge bordering criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and conversion of public funds to the tune of N6, 000,000,000.00(Six billion Naira).
The money was meant for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, (PHCN). The offence contravenes Section 311 of the Panel Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Act.

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