The North America Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the event, Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital was also unveiled as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, the city won the nomination having defeated Oxford and Moscow in the selection process.
In his remarks, Amaechi urged Nigerians to demand accountability and transparency from their leaders.
“The people are the core determinants of the dynamics of every society.
“It is commonplace to hear in Nigeria that our votes don’t matter, but I tell you that through constant participation and insistence on transparency and accountability in the electoral process, the people can eventually have their way.
“The system has no other choice but to be straightened out. The people remain the power-base of the nation.
“They determine the quality of leaders they get, and determine the direction of the governance. They can monitor accountability in governance and the strategic direction of the country.
“Never forget that the voice of the people will continue to remain the voice of God,” Amaechi said while receiving the award.
The event witnessed cultural display and goodwill messages from some Nigerian-American professors like Austine Okwu, Toyin Falola, Kalu Ogba, Ogaga Ifowodo and Wole Soyinka.
They described Amaechi as an achiever whose achievements in the state qualify him for the leadership award.
Soyinka was represented by Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, former Managing Director of the defunct Daily Times of Nigeria.
Soyinka, Nigeria’s noble laureate in his remarks said “for us in the Book World, still basking in the glow of a Nigerian city bestowed with the honour of the World Book Capital for 2014, this is a much-deserved recognition.
“It would have given me enormous satisfaction to be able to be present and to share this moment, unfortunately I cannot. On behalf of my fellow writers and other partakers in the literary pursuit I say hearty felicitations.
“We look forward to next year in Port Harcourt, a historic capital city festooned with the written word with all its spiritually liberating manifestations.”
But in protest, the Director General of the Network for Defence of Democracy and Good Governance, Egberipapa Soboma-Jackrich II, the spokesman of the Concerned Kalabari People in the U. S, Chief Diepiriye Doulas condemned the award.
They said that the governor had in his first tenure in office, assured the state that “Rivers money is for Rivers people and we admired him.
“But this time around, the state revenue is being used to fund the G7 governors, groups and solidarity visits to the state government house in Port Harcourt.
“It is hard to believe that Amaechi, a South Southerner will be a key player to fight to unseat South Southerner from Aso Rock Villa.
“He has redirected the resources of the State for this unholy project and people are feeding fat on it. Nobody knows why he is so stubborn and ignoring the advice of elders.
“He has refused to humble himself, we are afraid he would stumble.’’ they stressed at the venue of event. (NAN)
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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