TOP NEWS HIGHLIGHTS TODAY, JUNE 01, 2019

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1) GOVERNOR NYESOM WIKE ISSUES ONE MONTH ULTIMATUM TO MECHANICS, STREET TRADERS, ROAD SIDE CAR DEALERS TO VACATE PORT HARCOURT STREETS…

Rivers state government has issued a one month ultimatum to road side mechanics, road side car dealers, street traders and private taxi park operators to vacate the streets of Port Harcourt or face forceful eviction. Governor Wike issued this ultimatum during an interactive sessions with artisans, traders, national union of road transport workers and market union leaders at the government house on Friday in Port Harcourt. Governor Wike said he is committed to restoring Port Harcourt to its garden city status and advised them to adhere to the stipulated period as government has fixed next month to enforce the directives.

“I am giving everybody one month to leave the road. I will not give anybody more than one month. By June 30th is one month. First week of July you will see me. Anything you see, you take. Port Harcourt must be clean. Port Harcourt must be free. Please use this one month now to find where you can stay but not on the road. We are fighting criminals, some of them now pretend as if they are selling on the road, you don’t that they are criminals. It will not happen again. I will get rid of criminals out of the streets of Port Harcourt and bring back Port Harcourt to be the garden city.”

The governor also revealed that his administration has awarded contracts to clean drainages beginning from education busstop along the mile one axis of port Harcourt down to Igwuruta in Ikwerre local government as well as expand the road along the Rukpokwu axis and construct walkways.

“We are awarding the contract from Education now down to Igwuruta, to desilt the entire drainage, to do the entire overlay and then expand from rukpokwu and put walkways. Then when we finish, you carry your vegetables and come and out on the road. It’s not proper.”

Wike
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
(Rivers State Governor)

2) FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECLARES TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK AS PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO MARK EID-FITIRI

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5, as public holidays to mark the Muslim Eid-Fitri Celebration.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press & Public Relations, of the ministry, on Friday in Abuja.

Ehuriah congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and enjoined Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to continue to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation.

Muhammadu Buhari
(Nigerian President)

3) COURT DISMISSES AGE FALSIFICATION SUIT AGAINST ACTING JUSTICE OF NIGERIA, JUSTICE TANKO MOHAMMED…

A Federal High Court sitting in Jabi area of Abuja has dismissed the suit alleging that the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria falsified his age. The Plaintiff, Tochi Michael alleged that the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed reduced his age by 3 years. Justice Danlami Senchi while dismissing the suit said that the Plaintiff does not have a locus stranding to file such a suit as he has not shown how the allegation of falsification of age will cause him any personal injury over and above the general public of Nigerians. The court also held that the Plaintiff did not disclose how he came about the fact that the acting CJN falsified his ageas there is no document or evidence before the court to prove that the acting CJN falsified his age. The trial Judge, Justice Danlami Senchi said that the suit invites entity was meant to scandalize, destroy and malign the acting CJN, and awarded a cost of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira) against the Plaintiff, which must be paid within the next 3 weeks.

JUSTICE TANKO MOHAMMED

4) GOVERNOR NYESOM WIKE ASCENDS TO FOUR BILLS PASSED BY RIVERS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY…

Governor Nyesom Wike Friday 31st May 2019, has signed into law four Bills passed by the Rivers state House of Assembly. The Bills signed into law by the governor include, Rivers state multi door court house law 2 of 2019; Rivers state arbitration law 3 of 2019; Rivers state pension reform law 4 of 2019; and Rivers state college of health sciences and management technology law 5 of 2019.

Governor Wike said that the Rivers state pension reform law 4 of 2019 will help resolve the challenges generated by the contributory pension scheme; while the Rivers arbitration law 3 of 2019 will help in the resolution of several legal conflicts without resulting to litigation…

“These four laws will help the state particularly the one of pension, which is very key, which was having a lot of crisis, to solve most of the problems that have affected the issue of pension. Again, the one of the arbitration, is also very key. It’s not every matter that must go to court. Infact in advance country now, it is advised that you settle out of court. The law of arbitration have taken most of the disputes to settle. It is even quicker and faster than normal court process.”

In the Rivers state college of health sciences and management technology law 5 of 2019, the governor said he may likely seek for an amendment if there is any issue contrary to issues raised by stakeholders in the state.

Rives State House of Assembly

5) MEXICO PRESIDENT PLAYS DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW TARRIF ON MEXICAN GOODS….

Mexico’s President has insisted his government will not be provoked after President Donald Trump announced escalating tarrifs on all goods unless Mexico curb illegal migration. President Andreas Manuel Lopez O’Bredo described US slogan ‘America First’ as a fallacy, saying universal justice was more important than borders.

President Trump had declared a national emergency at the US Mexico boarder in February. President Trump said it was necessary in other to tackle what he claimed was crisis with thousands of undocumented migrants crossing the US Southern frontier.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
(MEXICO PRESIDENT )

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