PH news briefs: PVS collection ends but in peoples hands still

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1. The All Progressive Party (APC) in Rivers State has announced the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Rivers state tomorrow Tuesday 12th of February in continuation of his presidential campaign. The chairman of APC in Rivers State, Ojukaye Flag Amachree, made the announcement in the state by his media aide, Prince Tarteme. The statement said the presidential campaign rally of APC will take place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium. The statement called on all APC faithful in Rivers State to come out en masse tomorrow for the rally.

2.   The three days extension given by the leadership of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enable voters collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ended today (February 11, 2019), nationwide. INEC announced the three days extension following several complaints by voters that they were yet to collect their PVCs ahead of the elections. Meanwhile, some voters in Rivers State blamed INEC for their inability to collect their PVCs.

3.   The Initiative for Credible Election has urged religious bodies and faith-based organizations in Rivers State to sensitize their members for free, fair and non-violent 2019 elections. Convener of the group, Ledum Mittee, said this during a prayer submit for peaceful elections inRivers State held in conjunction with Fire Brand Ministers Forum in Port Harcourt. Mittee said religions leaders owed it a duty to pray for God’s intervention in the forthcoming elections. A co-convener of the group, Dr. …..Peterside also joined in urging the Christian communities to pray for peaceful elections.

4.   Traditional institution in Rumuodunwere of Elelenwo clan in Obio Akpor Local Government of Rivers State has joined in calling the people of Rivers State to use the extension by the INEC to collect their permanent voters’ card.  The paramount ruler, Eze Ken Otto, made this call while hosting women and youth groups of Rumuodunwere in his palace. The Eze called for peaceful and transparent elections to move the state and nation forward.

5.   The chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Austin Sado, said the suspension of the strike is only for a short time because the Government has not fulfilled much of what ASUU is asking for. Dr Sado in an interview with our correspondent said at any point the National Executive of ASUU would reconvene to assess and reevaluate the agreement. He said ASUU does not trust the Federal Government because of experiences. Dr Sado also said the failure of Government to pay subventions to universities is crippling the university system.

6.   The Management of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic Bori, says it has set up a five-man committee to investigate cause of the fire outbreak that occurred at the female hostel section of the institution. The Rector, Dr Georgewill Oneniye-Ofori, told our source that it took the collective effort of staff and students to put off the fire. Dr Georgewill said arrangements have been made to relocate the students affected. A cross section of students who spoke with newsmen said they lost belongings and valuable documents as a result of the fire. Some also attributed the fire outbreak to electrical fault.

7.   The Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on NDDC affairs, Tonye Okiri, said the Commission’s resolve to pay contractors owed N20m and below was a plan by the leadership to siphon money for the 2019 elections. Adidi Tonye Okiri told newsmen in Port-Harcourt that he wondered why the Executive Director Finance and Administration, Chris Amadi, and others, sworn in just recently, were so much in a hurry to disburse money. He accused members of the board of doing that to gain political support for the APC-led federal government. Those interviewed however said government always did projects for the people in order to attract support, saying there was nothing wrong in doing that.