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Groups Kick As Amaechi Receives African Writers Quintessence Leadership Award



amaechiblasts1Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and the speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, Ms Sheila Oliver were on Sunday awarded African Writers Quintessence award for exemplary leadership.

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)



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  1. john

    October 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm


  2. jeki tala

    October 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Those who gave the award are dead myopic.The recepiient Ameachi has not exhibited the qualities expected of a good leader.He has derailed democracy in Rivers State because of his high handedness,desplay of arrogance and ditatorial in handling any issue. In the state and beyond.His behavioour is akin to a psycchiatry patient.

    • egbjnr

      October 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      bcos he refused 2 be a sycophant and a stooge hummmm

  3. Ugo

    October 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    The award is well-deserved. Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has proven that there are still patriotic and visionary Nigerians. We need more people like him in government. Tribal, regional religious sentiments apart, we ought to celebrate this great collosus instead of being blinded by the deceptive lies told by those who feel threatened by the achievements of our amiable governor.

  4. Ugo

    October 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Those who disagree with this award are nothing but criminals in the creeks. Their opinions do not really matter because they should be remanded in jail instead of being given a pride of place in a civil society. Jonathan seeks nothing other than unnecessary cheap sympathy when he is the one causing mayhem in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He can pay people to cause problems and make so much noise on his behalf but he can never buy truth with his ill acquired wealth. Truth will prevail.

  5. donjeff

    October 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Ameachi how of Rivers State money did you spend this time to finance your longer throat profs to America & how much did you pay for the award,I also learnt you’ve ran away from naija.Why?

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021



Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

Governor Fayemi

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.”

Also Read: #EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

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.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP



National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

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.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

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.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria



PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

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.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“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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