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No individual can choose a governor for Rivers people – Abe
Former Senator representative Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Magnus Ngei Abe, has said the statement credited to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi that the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress has been zoned to the riverine part of the state was his personal opinion.
He described the Minister’s declaration as a Greek gift to the riverine people and a poisoned chalice which is bound to fail. Abe said this during an interactive session with members of the party in Port Harcourt, where he stressed that zoning the governorship ticket of the party is a process.
According to him: “The people that are being zoned in must understand why it is zoned to them and the people that are being zoned out, must also understand why they are being zoned out. “If you just stand and carry a microphone and begin to zone and unzone, everybody knows what you are doing. And so long as it is singularly done, I want to stand here and say that it will not work.”
FG threatens NARD as doctors begin strike after agreement
The National Association of Resident Doctors’ strike hit tertiary hospitals in the country hard on Thursday as they were overwhelmed by a large number of patients, many of whom were not attended to.
In some hospitals, where consultants could not cope with the heavy workload, patients, whose cases were not emergencies, were turned back. But as resident doctors in Kano, Osogbo, Port Harcourt, Jalingo, Gombe, Enugu, Ibadan, Lagos and other parts of the country joined the strike, the Federal Government expressed anger over the industrial action, which began a few hours after the NARD signed an agreement with government.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Thursday, threatened that government would decide the fate of the doctors, if they refused to call off the strike before the weekend.
$1.5bn refinery revamp bill can build 12 hospitals – Peterside
The founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Atedo Peterside, has sustained opposition to the Federal Government’s move to renovate the Port Harcourt refinery for $1.5bn, noting that the money could instead build 12 world class hospitals at $125m dollars each.
In a Twitter post on Thursday, he advised the government to instead sell the refinery to private sector investors that could rehabilitate it with their own funds, citing successful core investor sales like Eleme Petrochemicals sold to Indorama and Nafcon sold to Notore.
“The $1.5bn earmarked for PH refinery rehabilitation by NNPC could build 12 world class hospitals costing $125m each – two in each geopolitical zone. We could then allow private sector core investors to purchase the refinery and rehabilitate it with their own funds,” he tweeted.
Two shot as ex-minister escapes death in Plateau attack
Two persons have been shot by gunmen, who attacked the country home of a former minister of Sports, Damishi Sango, in Danwal village, Ganawuri chiefdom, Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.
It was gathered that the two persons shot were among those guarding the former minister’s house and were rushed to the hospital.
It was further learnt that the former state chairman of the PDP, who was in the house when the gunmen arrived in the village, was not hurt.
NAF diverted Rivers $10m armoured helicopter to Baram Haram war – Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said two armoured helicopters worth over $10m that the state government gave to the Nigerian Air Force to fight crude oil theft and sea piracy in the state have been diverted to fight Boko Haram.
He warned that the state will not hesitate to withdraw the gunboats he was about to present to the Army, Navy and Police if they were deployed for use in other states.
Wike stated this at the presentation of 29 operational vehicles to the police at the re-launching of the Rivers State security outfit codenamed, C.4.I, at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Bandits invade Niger joint forces camp, kill seven, abduct 10
Bandits have allegedly killed seven persons, including five soldiers, in the latest attacks on communities in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The bandits were said to have abducted over 10 persons, stole seven motorcycles and burnt down military vehicles during attacks on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday, which left the villagers confused and scampering for safety. The communities include Allawa, Manta, Gurmana, Bassa and Kokki, all in the Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The PUNCH learnt that the bandits stormed the camp of the Joint Security Task Force comprising the Army, police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and vigilantes around 2am on Thursday at Allawa and opened fire on them, killing five soldiers and one NSCDC operative, while many sustained varying degree of injury.
Nigeria lacks proper parties yet, says Fayemi
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said Nigeria has yet to have proper political parties, saying what the country has now are mere platforms.
Fayemi also urged Nigerians to continue to strengthen the ties that bind Nigeria to ensure a better future for the country. He said such ties predated colonialism, stressing that the country can only triumph when everyone puts their hands together and ensure they do whatever they can in their various spheres to strengthen the bridge of togetherness.
Fayemi, who is Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, made the call at a get-together organised by the members of the National Assembly to mark his birthday in Abuja.
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