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Wike woos lawmakers to contain insecurity in Rivers

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[FILE PHOTO] Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike has called on members of the Rivers State House of Assembly to partner with his administration in enhancing security, good governance and improving the living standards of the people.

He noted that tackling insecurity in the state would create the right environment for investments to thrive and help his administration achieve its objectives.

The governor made the appeal yesterday while proclaiming the Ninth State House of Assembly.

He urged the lawmakers to work with the executive arm to ensure the implementation of policies and programmes for the good of Rivers people.

Wike, however, assured the legislators that his administration would continue to promote the independence of the legislature.

He stated that his government was out to boost socio-economic prosperity and full employment for all through structured and targeted strategies, programmes and projects.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has re-elected the member representing Andoni constituency, Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, as its speaker.

The legislators also elected the representative of Ahoada East 2, Eddison Ehie, as deputy speaker.

The state Ninth Assembly, like the Eighth, has the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the majority with 30 members while the Social Democratic Party possesses two seats.

The clerk of the state house, Stanford Obah, administered the oath of office on the members.

Besides, the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has urged the three tiers of government to be decisive with the security issues plaguing Nigeria.

During the institution’s seventh convocation press conference yesterday at Malete, he regretted that the insecurity in the country had assumed a frightening dimension, resulting in loss of foreign academic collaborations.

For the nation to overcome the challenges, Na’Allah maintained that leaders across board must jettison ethnicity, jingoism and religious sentiments, noting that any military formation divided along these lines would never win any battle against insurgency.


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