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Amaechi worked hard to stop my ministerial confirmation –Wike

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From Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that his predecessor and current Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, worked hard to truncate his confirmation as minister by the Senate.

Wike said that,though Amaechi nominated him for a ministerial appointment, he was not Amaechi’s preferred candidate.

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The governor made the disclosure in his acceptance speech yesterday, after he and General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), former head of state, were conferred with honorary doctorate degrees by PAMO University of Medical Sciences (PUMS), Port Harcourt, for their distinct contributions to the development, peace, democracy and general good of Nigeria. The event marked the first convocation ceremony of the university.

He said the government and people of Rivers State were delighted with the establishment of the medical university, and the vast opportunities it has availed youths in the state to become highly educated and skilful medical professionals and practitioners.

He said the state government has maintained and sustained a close, symbiotic and mutually beneficial relationship with the university from its inception to date, by identifying with and contributing materially to its steady growth and progress.

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His words: “Back in 2017, we instituted a special public scholarship, covering tuition, accommodation and feeding to encourage our indigenous students to take advantage of the university and become graduates and professionals of the areas of interest.

“We have religiously implemented this scholarship progrmme for four consecutive years with almost 600 beneficiaries as at the last academic session.

“Today, I am very pleased to note that all the graduating students of Rivers State origin are scholars of the Rivers State Government educated and trained with public funds.

“In addition to the scholarship, which now costs well over N2.9 billion to implement annually, we have also made several generous financial donations towards the infrastructural development of the university.”

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Osun REC notifies police of gov election

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Osun State, Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, has visited the Zone 11 Police Command Headquarters, Osogbo.

The visit, according to a statement on Thursday, was to familiarise with the police authority and to notify it of the forthcoming Osun State governorship election.

The DC Zonal CID, DCP Ganiyu Salami, who received the INEC team on behalf of the AIG Zone 11, Mukan Gobum, expressed the delight of police authority to partner with INEC to provide security before, during and after election in the state.

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Akeredolu appoints chairmen, members for Ondo parastatals

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The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of some members of the state All Progressives Congress to the state boards and parastatals.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, made this known in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Victor Olabimtan, was appointed the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

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The governor equally approved the appointment of Sam Erejuwa as the Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission .

Similarly, Olajide Akinroluyo has been appointed as the chairman of the Pool Betting and Lotteries Board.

“The appointments take immediate effect,” the statement read.

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The statement also noted that the governor has approved the appointment of Rafiu Akinkuolie as member of the Judicial Service Commission. His name has been forwarded to the Ondo State House of Assembly for screening.

Akeredolu congratulated the new appointees and charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them by performing excellently in their new offices.

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