March 2, 2021

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Rivers Electoral Commission To Spend N2.7bn For LG Elections

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The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RISIEC, is getting N2.7billion from the state government for the conduct of local government elections next year.

Although, a date for the election is yet to be announced. But the state commissioner for information, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim said on Monday that the money has already been approved by the state executive council.

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According to him, a total sum of  Two Billion,  Seven Hundred and Forty Seven Million, Three Hundred and Fifty One Thousand, Four and Five Naira, Thirteen Kobo (N2,747,351,405.13) was approved for RSIEC, which is expected to conduct the local government election in line with 1999 constitution.

The commissioner further said the council also approved the construction of a new motor park within the precinct of the newly  commissioned Rebisi Flyover, which is intended to curb activities of illegal park operators in that axis.

“This is in line with the urban renewal vision of His Excellency. Recall that the new Rebisi Flyover Bridge that was commissioned a few weeks ago has changed the landscape and skyline in that vicinity.

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“And to ensure that the illegal motor park around the flyover does not deface the aesthetics that have been achieved, government is acquiring land near the flyover bridge to build a befitting motor park for them.”

In a related development, the state executive council has approved a budget proposal of Four Hundred and Seventy Eight Billion,  Six hundred and Sixty million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy Six Naira (N478,660,773.476) for 2021 fiscal year.

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The approval was given during the council meeting on Monday, 30th November 2020, which was presided over by the State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Banquet Hall of Government House,  Port Harcourt.

Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Isaac Kamalu who briefed journalists after the meeting said the proposed budgetary estimate will help government to accomplish all ongoing projects in the state and also enable the government to make life better for the people.

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