………Condemns abduction of 100 girls
A prodemocracy group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has tasked the Federal government to implement sustainable solution to the frequent attacks of schools in the border communities by suspected armed insurgents in North East.
A pro democracy group – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has condemned the early Monday Morning targeted bombing campaign by suspected armed insurgents around the crowded Nyanya/Abuja Public Park.
……..Demand release of two detained APC youths in Sokoto
With a charge that the Inspector General of police Mr. Mohammed Dikko Abubakar direct the immediate release or prosecution in the competent court of law of the duo of Malam Basiru Maragwiwa and Samaila Oko over alleged involvement in a recent inter-party fight which resulted in one fatality, a pro-democracy group has tasked the police to strive to be professionally objective and avoid partisanship.
….ncc refuses to remit revenue from fines to consumers;
A pro-transparency Non-Governmental Organization-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has faulted the directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission [NCC] that fines of over N645 million slammed on some four defaulting telecom companies be paid into NCC's account.
Soon, all rural communities in Etche Local Government Area that are yet to benefit from the State Government Power Supply will be electrified, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has assured.
Amaechi promised to kick-start the electrification project with about one N150 million to distribute power to communities without electricity in the area.
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Political parties have been warned to desist from playing politics with the current state of insecurity in the country through their celebration in the media of a cocktail of unsubstantiated allegations of linkages of political parties other than theirs in the sponsorship of violent insurgencies in parts of Nigeria.
A pro-democracy group-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has called for an end to the killings in Benue and Southern Kaduna State.
To this end, the Rights group has asked the governors of Kaduna and Benue States to table before their respective State Houses of Assembly executive bills for the creation of statutory peace and conflict negotiation commission to coordinate constant inter-ethnic, inter-religious dialogues and conflict resolutions.
Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the National Assembly to apply political and parliamentary activism as part of their oversight functions to protect the nation’s democracy from further disasters. He noted that the National Assembly lawmakers were voted into power to help the citizens when the need arises.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned President Goodluck Jonathan's vituperation against Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima during his media chat on Monday night, calling it unwarranted, unpresidential and petty. In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan was wrong to have threatened, no matter how subtly, to withdraw from Borno the troops who are battling against Boko Haram insurgents, and urged him to apologize to the people of Borno and to all Nigerians for the presidential indiscretion.
Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the Federal Government to fight oil theft and financial diversion in the country.
Amaechi spoke Tuesday when the British Minister for Africa and Member of Parliament, Mark Simmonds visited him in Port Harcourt, Tuesday
Amaechi recalled that his administration had procured two surveillance helicopters that would assist the Federal Government to fight oil theft, but expressed disappointment over the inability of the Federal Government to ensure it’s arrival to the state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has unreservedly condemned Monday night's horrific attack on the Federal Government College in Yobe state, in which over 40 students were reported to have been brutally murdered by blood-thirsty insurgents.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the attacks, which were extremely gory even by the scorched-earth tactics of the terrorists, plumbs the depth of horror.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has sharply criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for devoting his broadcast to the nation on Wednesday night to the centenary celebrations instead of the national tragedy involving the cold-blood murder murder of over 40 school children in Yobe state.
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has written to congratulate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the Federal Government and people of Nigeria on the occasion of Nigeria’s centenary celebrations.
As Nigerians first and more importantly as leaders with the responsibility of bequeathing a functional and prosperous nation where no man, woman, child, aged, strong, weak, able bodied or person with special needs is oppressed our 100th birthday must be a time we pause and ask if indeed we have kept our side of the bargain?
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the failed attempt by a presidential aide, Reno Omokri, to link suspended CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to the heightened attacks by Boko Haram, has shown the presidency may be seeking to profit, politically and otherwise, from the insurgency that has dispatched thousands to their early graves.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said Thursday's suspension of Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by President Goodluck Jonathan is patently illegal, poorly thought-out and in bad taste, noting that it will definitely have negative consequences for the nation's economy.
His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Official Commissioning of the Nigeria - Turkish Nizamiye Hospital
Life Camp, Abuja
Thursday 20th February, 2014
A pro-transparency and democracy inclined Non-governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has asked President Good luck Jonathan and the National Assembly to thread softly and ensure that the baby is not thrown away with the bath water in the matter of the suspension by the President of the embattled Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has appointed Brig.-Gen Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa as his new Chief Of Staff.
Brig-Gen. Arogbofa, a retired Officer of the Signals Corps of the Nigerian Army, takes over from Chief Mike Oghiadomhe who resigned last week.
President Goodluck Jonathan said Tuesday in Abuja that in addition to enhancing regional and continental trade, ongoing reforms in the Nigerian Customs Service will also boost security in the country by helping to curtail the influx of illegal small arms and light weapons.
Speaking at an audience with the visiting Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, President Jonathan said that the reforms were necessitated by the need to re-define the core values and operations of the service.
President Goodluck Jonathan received with great shock and sorrow this afternoon, news of the sudden death of Senator Isaiah Balat, the Special Adviser (Special Duties) to Vice President Namadi Sambo.
On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President extends sincere condolences to the Vice President, his staff and all others who had the pleasure of working with Senator Balat at the Presidential Villa.
A pro-democracy group-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has urged the governor of the state of Osun Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to desist from introducing religious uniforms in public schools.
Reacting to growing schism in Osun state among contending religious forces on the proposed plan by the state government to introduce religious school uniform, the Rights group asked the Osun state government to keep the peace by maintaining the gap between the state and organized religion.
Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has lauded officers and men of the Nigerian Airforce for remaining neutral and apolitical.
He said this is very visible among the officers and men of the Nigerian Airforce in the State.
Amaechi made the commendation when the new Commander of 97 Special Operations Group of the Nigerian Airforce, Port Harcourt, Air Commodore Ajibola Augustine Jekennu led other officers and men to pay him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Reception for the Super Eagles
Abuja. Thursday, February 13th, 2014
.,.. urges teachers to show commitment
Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has urged teachers in the state to be committed in their responsibilities.
He urged them to meet the challenge of delivering the best to pupils and students in model primary and secondary schools across the state built by his administration.
He also pledged to continue with the free education policy in the state.
Worried that the conventional method of prosecuting rape cases across Nigeria has failed to rein in the spate of violent sexual violations of teenagers and infants in Nigeria by male adult pedophiles, a civil society group-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has asked the Wife of the President Mrs. Patience Good luck Jonathan and the national hierarchy of the Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission [NHRC] to initiate legislative advocacy to compel the Executive Council of the Federation headed by President Good luck Jonathan to prepare and send an executive bill for the creation of a national office of chief public prosecutor of rape cases at both the federal and state jurisdiction.
The 2013 Nigeria Women Football League Congress will hold on Thursday 6th February in Lokoja, Kogi State. The congress which would herald the draws of the 2014 Nigeria Women Football Premier League, will be declared opened by Kogi State Governor Captain Idris Wada. The Congress was supposed to be held on 1st February, but was shifted due to the participation of the Super Eagles in the 2014 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa.
The question of values in leadership boils down to why people seek leadership positions in the first place. Put very simply, if people want to win elections so they can improve the lot of the people and serve the nation, obviously they will take decisions along those lines. The Survey on the Global Agenda tells us that people in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa are particularly worried about this challenge, and speaking for Africa, I can say we've seen too many people who seek power in order to make money, exert influence and spread money to their friends and cronies.
HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] a democracy inclined Non-Governmental Organization has picked holes with the ongoing anti-terrorism strategy of the current Federal Government which according to it has failed to yield the desired results even as it has urged the Federal Government to wage unrelenting professional but clandestine, intelligence-driven anti-terrorism battles all across the major flashpoints of violent insurgency to stop the incessant bloodshed and wanton destruction of precious lives of Nigerians and do less of political warfare with perceived political opponents of President Good luck Jonathan's suspected ambition to run for another term in February 2015 election.
COMMUNIQUÉ ARISING FROM THE 8TH MEETING OF THE
INTERIM NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE
ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC)
THURSDAY, 23RD JANUARY, 2014
Believing that the waning anti-graft campaign in Nigeria would be pronounced dead if the tide is not radically turned regarding recent high profile political appointments, a civil society group – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) wants the duo of Mr. Boni Haruna and Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu to quit their new juicy positions, until they clear their names of alleged heist of public fund.
The family of Osonduagwuike Onwubiko of Ndiuche-etiti, Arondzuogu; Aro-Umuduru Autonomous community in Onu-Imo Local Government Area Council of Imo state has announced the transition to the great World beyond of their lovely father Mazi Cyprian Osonduagwuike Onwubiko who joined his Creator after very brief illness at the Saint Anthony Catholic Specialist Hospital in Okigwe, Imo state[March 27th 1927-January 13th 2014].
President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja Tuesday for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where he will lead efforts to attract beneficial global participation in this year's World Economic Forum on Africa which will be hosted by Nigeria in Abuja from May 7-9 in Abuja.
The National President of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Bitrus Bewarang has cautioned all the four league bodies in the country to adhere strictly to the rules governing their various leagues, and ensure transparency in administering the 2013/2014 League season.
Let me tell you what I will like just before we get started. Chikwe did a very moving tribute to Madiba, and we all sat in silence and listened; I have been very honoured to meet him three times personally and twice we have actually had a conversation. All sorts of things have been said about his seeing different activities and different sectors and different events and different attributes which are used to build peace and reconciliation and build a nation.
I cannot say that any government or leader is perfect; we are all human beings with our foibles and our weaknesses. But you would want to assess a government based on what it has done, and the environment in which it is doing it. Sometimes, we have a good government that is doing a good and great job in a very bad environment, and that
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the tacit defence of the Rivers State Police Commissioner Mbu Joseph Mbu by the Police Service Commission (PSC), saying the commission, by its unimaginative action, was only pandering to the Presidency which is the sponsor of the impunity in the state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as an act of desperation and an abuse of court process the plan by the PDP to use the judiciary to stop the impending leadership change in the National Assembly, following the defection of 37 members of the ruling party in the House of Representatives to the APC.
Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has assured that his administration would complete this year most key road projects in the state.
Among other roads, he named such major road projects for completion this year to include the Andoni-Opobo Unity Road, the road leading to Akpajo from Dr Peter Odili road and the Garrison, Woji and Slaughter flyovers.
In what has become a vogue among prominent Nigerians, including the thugs among them, former Nigeria Minster, Edwin Clark has written his own letter to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, for daring to criticize his kinsman, President Goodluck Jonathan. In the letter, he accused Obasanjo of looting the country treasury despite having only N20,000 when he came from prison. He exposed some assets of the retired general while accusing him of being behind the current state of the country.
……..amaechi to dickson: you’re wrong on soku oil wells
After a very long slumber, the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, through his Chief Press Secretary has issued a statement, claiming that the Soku oil wells, which historically have always been in Rivers State are in Bayelsa State. This statement is coming many months after the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has been consistently reiterating that the Soku oil wells which belong to Rivers State have been appropriated to Bayelsa State by the President Goodluck Jonathan led Federal Government.
Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has presented a budget estimate of about N485.5 billion for the 2014 fiscal year to the Rivers State House of Assembly for deliberation and passage into law.
Speaking on Tuesday during the presentation at the Old Auditorium of Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Amaechi said, the 2014 budget thrusts is N4.797 billion which is 0.98 per cent lower than the 2013 budget of N490.32 billion.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
1. The President and Commander-In-Chief
of the Armed Forces,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria [HURIWA] - a pro-democracy based Non-Governmental Organization has in the strongest possible terms condemned the alleged killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen of over three dozen villagers of Shonong village of Riyom Local Government Council of Plateau state even as the Rights group described the alleged mass killing as barbaric, primitive, reprehensible, despicable and odious just as it tasked the Federal Government to rise to the occasion by ensuring that the suspected mass murderers that are staging these intermittent mass killings on the Plateau and other North central states targeted at farmers in the villages are arrested, prosecuted and sanctioned in the competent courts of law in compliance with section 6 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria [as amended].
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as a cruel irony the accusation of inconsistency and double standards levelled against its leaders by the presidency, saying an incompetent and flip flopping administration has no moral authority to point an accusing finger at anyone, least of all the patriotic and respectable APC leadership.
A frontline civil society group with a pro-transparency tendency-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has demanded an independent probe of the allegation of missing crude fund from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation[NNPC] estimated at over $10 billion USD just as it asked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] to blame itself squarely for the persistent pessimism and cynicism among the Nigerian populace regarding the lack of transparency and accountability in the administration of public fund by the NNPC.
Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has enjoined supporters of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Tai Local Government Area to prepare for the mobilization and registration of party members in order to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state.
In recognition of their hardwork, dedication and show of patriotism to the State, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has honoured some past administrators and eminent citizens of Rivers State to commemorate the New Year celebrations.
…….. "why they betrayed me"
Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has told the Ogbakor Ikwerre Convention, the socio-cultural body of Ikwerre people in Rivers State, the role he played in the appointment of the supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike as minister and Former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Austin Opara as Deputy Speaker in 2003. Like Amaechi, both Wike and Opara are from the Ikwerre ethnic group, the largest ethnic group in Rivers State. However, both Wike and Opara are now leading the fight against Amaechi in Rivers State.
President Good luck Jonathan has been called upon to make effective crime fighting all across Nigeria and especially the increasing and distressful trend of armed kidnappings in the Southern parts of Nigeria as a major focus of his administration in the new year 2014 to save the citizenry from the spate of violent killings and also save the South East especially from the deliberate deindustrialization that the spate of armed kidnappings by freelance armed hoodlums have unleashed relentlessly in the outgoing year. HURIWA also wants the Federal Government t realistically tackle youth unemployment which remains a major threat to the continuous existence of Nigeria.