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Rivers courts, state Assembly to reopen on Monday, says Wike




RIVERS State Governor-elect, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the State House of Assembly and courts, which have been under lock for a long period will be reopened on Monday.

Speaking during his pre-inauguration lecture titled: “Democracy and good governance: Towards a new Rivers State” Wike also vowed to co-operate with the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

Wike stated that after his swearing in on Friday, he will reopen the courts and declare open the 8th Assembly in the State Assembly Complex.

He told participants who included former Rivers Governor, Peter Odili, former Deputy Speaker, Austin Opara, Mr. Celestine Omehia, former Nigeria Bar Association President, Onueze Okocha (SAN), amongst others, that he would not personalise governance but instead ensure an all-inclusive system of government.

Alluding to the disagreement between the outgoing Governor Chibuike Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan, Wike said the overwhelming mandate given to him by the people of Rivers State is not for him to fight President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, he will rather cooperate with the next president in order to attract benefits to Rivers State.

“The people of Rivers State did not overwhelmingly elect me to fight the administration, but to work for the greater good of our people. In cooperating with Buhari for development reasons, I will always bear in mind the fact that I am a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

Former President of the Ijaw National Congress, Professor Kimse Okoko, who was the guest lecturer at the event, advised the incoming federal and state governments to tackle poverty because it remains one of the most potent threat to the sustenance of democracy in the country.

And concerned that poverty cannot be effectively tackled without a major fight against corruption, Okoko advocated that the incoming administration should strengthen the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

He observed that irrespective of 16 years of democratic governance, the country is yet to develop democratic value because of the weakness of government institutions.

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