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24 Perm Secs risk sack in Rivers over absence at forum

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No fewer than 24 Permanent Secretaries in Rivers State risk being sacked for failing to appear at the people’’s forum organised to mark the 100 days of Governor Nyesom Wike.

The forum was one of the events earmarked to present the administration ’’s score-card in the last 100 days of Wike, which also served as an interactive session between the governor and the masses

The sack threat was sequel to the absence of the permanent secretaries in the Ministry of Works, Paulinus Nwankwala, who was called up by the governor to respond to questions asked by the people about the condition of roads in Etche local government area of the state.

A visibly angry Wike then requested to know how many permanent secretaries were in the state employ and the number of those present at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, venue of the event in Port Harcourt.

Informed that there are 49 Permanent Secretaries, all of who were duly invited for the forum, but only 25 were present, he asked that the names of those present should be written.

According to you, ““You can see that some of those (permanent secretaries) who were not appointed by us are trying to sabotage our government.

““We will use the necessary law to replace those permanent secretaries who are not here,”” he said.

Wike used the occasion to intimate the people of the state that though his administration inherited an empty treasury from the previous administration, he has been able to embark on eighty six (86) road projects 98 per cent of which have been completed within the period under the review.

Governor Wike stated that Rivers was not among the states given bail out by the Federal Government, saying he was putting the records straight because soon the rumour mill and some politicians would begin to spread false information. “

“Rivers State is not among the states in Nigeria that have been give bailout by the federal government. All the projects we have done so far, we sourced for funds.

““We did not get any bail out from the federal government, ”” Wike declared, even as he expressed optimism that he would get victory at the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja after which his government will settle down for real business of developing the state. ““We have matched our pronouncements with actions.

We have restored dignity and independence to the Judiciary and the State Assembly. Even those who shut the courts have taken refuge in the courts to protect them

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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