The quest for who will man the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is taking the shape of the 2011 presidential elections, where ‘it was zoning’ and ‘it was not zoning’ characterized the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) primary elections. A lot of people are saying that the NDDC chairman must come from their zone, while others are lobbying Aso Rock with the help of their state governors and the big wigs
Mr. Ike Ekweremadu would not stop to amuse us. His call for the Constitution to give a nod to the legalization of prostitution in Nigeria shows the height of laziness ongoing in the sin-ate he is a member. One wonders why a call to legalize prostitution in Nigeria should be coming from the senate by this difficult period in the Nigeria’s history if the members have some good and affirmative works that would help
It is becoming a fad. I mean kid prostitution. This once ugly trade is becoming a culture among many Nigerian populaces. They may call themselves liberals, but it is immodest to the conservatives. Hardly would anybody believe that a kid could become a sex worker, let a lone, being sent to such heinous trade by parents to keep the family treasury up. But we have seen and read such reports on the newspapers.
According to Ellen Glasgow, “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” Probably, Glasgow had Rivers State under Governor Chibuike Amaechi at heart by making that statement. To some people, it is a wonderful idea that Governor Amaechi has contracted Educomp Solutions, an Indian conglomerate to manage the 24 model secondary schools that he is building in Rivers State. According to media reports credited to Amaechi,
With his open plea to the public to build the spirit of lack-of-complaints on his administration’s incapability to build majority of the roads in Rivers State due to what was termed the unruly nature of contractors awarded the road contracts, Governor Chibuike Amaechi needed to be pitied. It is however very sad that the residents are subjugated to this man-made humiliations by the contractors in the state. Many of the contracts are huge
Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi was a pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India who lived between 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948, pioneering satyagraha, which was defined as resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience and became a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa (meaning total nonviolence). Gandhi was quoted as saying that it is only the Christians that do not know God. And I am beginning to believe
Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State had on 18th August 2008 assured the people of the state that the water programmes of his administration would not fail. “Unlike before” was the right ward he used to define how ‘serious’ the promise was. Speaking at the at the Consultative Forum on Potable Water Supply, held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt, Amaechi oiled his words by lecturing that
A radio station in Rivers State is incessantly and wholeheartedly presenting a programme – “Go Slow Matter”. Telephone lines are opened for information on the subject matter. People from all walks of life in the state either call or send the presenter with text messages anytime the programme was on, to inform where there is or no traffic-jam in the state (popularly called go-slow). This Reporter takes a very perspicuous
What we have seen in the Rivers State Chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) is criticism upon criticism of the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led government of Rivers State in his second coming in office. The political party has taken over the work of critics to mean opposition. It is always lending its voice, scavenging whatever Amaechi-led government has done without setting its priorities on how it feels it should be done, which has
"A critic is anyone who expresses a value judgement," defined lexicographers, but the interpretation of "a critic" by somebody who is close to the Rivers State government shocked me recently. He said and saw anyone who “expresses a value judgement" about Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led administration as automatically an OPPOSITION. After a meeting he invited us and was driving a senior colleague and I in his car, he told the
In December 2009, Ikoku Spare Parts Market in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, was shut down by the Rivers State Government, due to what it termed “its poor sanitary condition”. The state environmental sanitation authority boasted that the closure of the market was to ensure cleanliness in Port Harcourt. Mr. Lekan Ige, then the spokesman for the state’s Environmental Sanitation Authority said, “Ikoku spare parts market is one of such areas that have remained
Recently, Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji of Abia State, while inducting 18 commissioners that will help him man the affairs of the state, charged them to submit their blueprint within 14 days. Orji, throwing caution to the wind and came out with this request without exhibition of ego, shows that no matter how old a father is, he still needs some advise, if he is wise. He said that he needs the blueprint from the commissioners so that he
It is replete with Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, in stating how he lived with his crowd of siblings and their parents in public house (christened Face me I Face you) at Diobu, Port Harcourt. Amaechi never made any speech either in the media, church, social gathering, political campaign etc etc. without mentioning how, in the phantom house, they queued in the mornings to take bath, one after another, since he assumed
Basic Education is very important in any child’s life. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), being in the forefront in seeing that the Universal Basic Education programme was enforced, is highly commendable. Its expression and readiness to assist the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led government of Rivers State, as contained in a recent report, with technical inputs to boost this kind of education, is an effort that the praise goes
If the members of Keke Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (KORAN), Rivers State branch, knew that they would be losing their job today, they would not have pleaded with Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State to call his aides to order over the unremitting harassment of them in November, 2009. In that year, Samuel Vidoh, secretary of KORAN and Dickson Nyemaichechukwu, Public Relations Officer (PRO), expressed this discontentment.
Daniel Otelemaba Amachree has said that the new Rivers State House Assembly he heads will not be rubber stamped. We say kudos to him and to the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Layi Kwane, for clinching these exalted offices. We also say kudos to the former Speaker Tonye Harry. Though, Harry didn’t realize it earlier to separate legislative work from politics until the indirect harmer of the Executive beckoned, and the criers and winners