The Community for the Protection of Democracy and Good Governance – NDDGG, has urged Governor Nyesom Wike to prioritize job creation for the teeming youths within the state relatively than establishing rehabilitation centres as a method to stem the tide of drug-related crimes.
The group was reacting to stories that the Rivers State governor deliberate to construct rehabilitation centres within the state.
In an announcement signed by its Director of Operations, Hon. Williams Igweh, the group recalled that Wike made a promise to ascertain rehabilitation centres when a delegation of the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company – NDLEA led by its Chairman and Chief Govt Officer, Brigadier Common Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) paid him a courtesy go to at Authorities Home, Port Harcourt.
Throughout that go to, the Governor stated, “improve in crime fee within the state and throughout the nation is usually carried out underneath the affect of onerous medicine.”
“The Community for the Protection of Democracy and Good Governance – NDDGG is, nonetheless, frightened that the meant gesture of the governor to arrange a rehabilitation centre within the state, won’t in any method handle the difficulty of the rise in crime fee witnessed on every day foundation within the state akin to kidnapping, armed theft, rape and others.
“This isn’t to say that we’re towards the transfer however suffice it to notice that organising a rehabilitation centre won’t handle the problems that largely result in crime. As we’re all conscious, crime is usually dedicated by youths whose minds are idle.
“The NDDGG, subsequently, calls on Governor Wike to prioritize job creation for the teeming unemployed youths of the state whereas he goes about with concluding plans for organising the rehab.
“Past partaking our youths for process drive jobs prior to now 5 years of this administration and plans to make use of 5 thousand youths within the state civil service, the Rivers State authorities ought to contemplate reviving the Sungai and Buguma Fish Farms as a way to improve the State GDP.
“The Rivers State Authorities should be capable of arrange and successfully run a scheme to help small companies to get entry to gentle loans and startups, in addition to create enabling surroundings for companies to thrive within the state.
“Every part should be finished to bridge the employment hole within the state, as a result of it’s unhealthy publicity for Rivers State to rank primary within the nation’s unemployment index, in response to the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics. An idle thoughts they are saying is the satan’s workshop.
“One other worrisome pattern as noticed by the NDDGG has been the truth that the difficulty of welfare of our senior residents, that’s, pensioners and retirees of the state authorities has been sadly thought of as much less essential.
The group additional frowned on the donation of brand name new SUVs to Commissioners of the State Unbiased Electoral Fee, RSIEC, saying that the event was insensitive.
“Governor Wike had earlier claimed that the state authorities pays pensioners and retirees within the state their month-to-month pension and gratuities to the tune of nothing lower than N1.8 billion.
“Nevertheless, after we put a name throughout to the chairman of pensioners within the state, Fortunate Atti to verify the governor’s declare, he clarified that there are 4 sorts of cost the pensioners are entitled to.
“He listed them to incorporate month-to-month pension, (which he acknowledged has been the one cost acquired by the pensioners within the state prior to now 5 years of this administration).
“Others are gratuities, pension arrears and third get together beneficiary cost in circumstances of deceased members. He stated non of those monies has been paid since 2015.
“This has been the precise place of issues, and, sadly, the governor prefers to attain low cost political factors with half-truths and enjoying with the sensibility of those revered class of people and the generality of the state.
“As a lawyer and one who’s properly armed with the legislation and the nitty-gritty of governance, Governor Wike can not declare to be unaware that month-to-month pension is just not the one cost retirees and pensioners are entitled to.
“If the declare by the governor is something to go by, why then has there been a sustained public outcry of non-payment of the stated pension and gratuities since 2015 until date by these senior residents who had given up the higher a part of their lives rendering meritorious service to the state?
“The NDDGG hereby calls on the Rivers State Authorities to retrace its steps and contemplate our recommendations as the best way ahead to make sure the general peace and improvement of the state”, the assertion concluded.