“I anticipate that the fair will set a good pace for more developmental projects, Innovations and a positive use of the human resources in the South East. I am also positive that the fair will provide the right network for continuous growth, a platform to promote laudable inventions and a channel to support positive developmental goals."Charles Obiukwu
The police in Imo State on Monday said its officials dispersed protesters on a peaceful march against Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration because they did not get the permission of the police to carry out the march. The protesters were allegedly attacked along Wethral road, Owerri, the Imo State capital by a detachment of police officers as they commenced the march.
Police on Monday morning attacked protesters on a peaceful protest against the Rochas Okorocha government in Imo State. The protest, tagged ‘Occupy Owerri’, which is expected to last for one week, was called by Imo People’s Action for Democracy, IPAD, against the policies of the Governor Okorocha administration.
The Enugu State chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, the umbrella organisation of all the political parties in the country, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his effective leadership that has engendered peace and good governance in the state “at a time when recession has become a ‘customised excuse’ for elected leaders for non-performance”.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has presented an appropriation bill of N140.93 billion to the State House of Assembly for consideration as the 2018 working budget of the State.Christened “Budget of Partnerships and Opportunities”, the 2018 estimates shows an 28.15 per cent increase over that of 2017 outlay of N111.72 billion.
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Friday asked Imo State workers to embark on holidays and resume duties on January 8.
Mr. Okorocha’s press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, however said workers on essential duties were exempted from the 18-day holiday.
The long holiday is to enable the workers enough time to celebrate with their loved ones.
The Federal Executive Council, FEC today, Wednesday approved the award of a N155.7 billion Naira contract for the construction of a hybrid two-lane-six-lane road network that starts from Abuja that cuts through the heart of Northern Nigeria: Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria to Kano.
The Ndubuisi Emenike Foundation said, yesterday, that it started the upgrading of the health centre in Umuduru, Nsu community in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State, to make health care service available and affordable for over 2000 people in the area.
The President of the foundation, Emenike,
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has granted pardon to nine inmates serving various jail terms at the Enugu, Aba, Umuahia and Kirikiri prisons.
Chief Umeh Kalu, Chairman, State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, announced this in a statement made available to the Newsmen in Umuahia on Monday.
The Police Command in Enugu State has declared members of the “Malaysian Boys’’ gang wanted for alleged criminal activities.
Police said the “Malaysian Boys’’ gang have been operating within Nimbo and Adani axis of Uzouwani Local Government Area of the state.
Police IG orders commissioners to strategise over Yuletide security
Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Wife of Nigeria’s First President Nnamdi Azikiwe, has urged Nigerians to remain united in honour of the memories of the nation’s founding fathers.Pro Uche Azikiwe
Azikiwe made the plea on Monday at the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo LGA of Ebonyi during the institution’s 2nd Convocation Lecture with the theme, ‘National Reconciliation and the Role of Universities’.
Uche Ewah Azikiwe MFR, (born 4 February 1947) is a Nigerian academic, educator and author. She is the widow of former President of Nigeria Nnamdi Azikiwe. She is a professor in the Department of Educational Foundation, Faculty of Education at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 1999, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Scores of cows belonging to herdsmen invaded and destroyed a cassava farm at Olokoro, Umuahia South Council of Abia State, valued at hundreds of thousands of Naira.
The cassava farm located on two plots of land at Power Word Estate belongs to Deacon Steve Oko who was almost in tears while speaking with journalists in Umuahia, yesterday.
herdsmen.“The entire farmland now looks like a football field”, Oko lamented, saying that his decision to embrace farming early this year as part of strategies to survive the biting economic hardship in the country and also to enhance his economic base, has turned to sad story because of the activities of herdsmen.
Dangote group of companies has provided the sum of N18.5 million as seed money towards the establishment of Dangote Education For Employment (E4E) Job Center in Abia state as part of the group’s effort to provide jobs to Nigerian youths.
Aliko Dangote. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the Center located within the premises of the Isiala Ngwa North Council Headquarters, Okpuala Ngwa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, represented by the Company’s Head-Compensation & Benefit, Mr. Charles Obera, explained that the gesture was in support for Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s initiative.
According to him, sponsoring the building of the Job Center House,
Ninth President General of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, 65, a lawyer, economist, and former minister, was in Lagos, last Thursday, to address Ndigbo in the state on restructuring and why they must unite, end their differences and hold credible Ohanaeze election in the state.
Nwodo, who had his primary and secondary education in Enugu and tertiary education at the University of Ibadan and London School of Economics, was received at the Practice Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos by Ohanaeze groups from the local councils of Lagos, numerous cultural and dance troupes as well as Biafran agitators,
EBONYI State government yesterday ordered the contractor handling the N1.2 billion low and high lifts Ivo water projects to go back to site without delay. The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Mrs. Euphemia Nwali who stated this while accessing the level of work at the mega water scheme regretted that the contractor handling the project has not been able to put the fund released to him by the state government into the project.
“We contracted it out to Belfom Nig Ltd to do the low lift and high lift. I am not satisfied with the level of work. By now, they are supposed to have casted the project. If you look at their site, it is very busy. “I am calling on the contactor to come back to site and do the work. We have paid the contractor.
A group of lawyers under the aegis of ‘Otu Ọka Iwu’ have condemned the incessant harassment, intimidation and extortion of traveller’s by law enforcement agencies on the Lagos-Benin-Onitsha Expressway and roads in the South-east region. In a statement on Tuesday, the lawyers decried a situation where the stretch of road from Lagos (in the south west) to Onitsha (in the south east) is “invaded by all manner of security agencies” including the Army, Police, Customs Service, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, and Federal Road Safety Commission operatives. A group of lawyers under the aegis of ‘Otu Ọka Iwu’ have condemned the incessant harassment, intimidation and extortion of traveller’s by law enforcement agencies on the Lagos-Benin-Onitsha Expressway and roads in the South-east region.
In the spirit of Christmas, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has offered free transportation for indigenes of the state residing in other parts of Nigeria, who intend to return home to celebrate the festive season with their loved ones. Announcing the welfare package, the Managing Director, Enugu State Transport Company, ENTRACO, Bob Itanyi, stated that the gesture was borne out of Mr. Ugwuanyi’s magnanimity and enduring resolve to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the state as well as give them a sense of belonging as the true heroes of democracy. Mr. Itanyi explained that the free transportation exercise, which commences on December 19 and ends on December 23, will be carried out in states of the federation that are far from the state,
An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the immediate return of Obiora Okonkwo of the Peoples Democratic Party as the senator representing the Anambra Central Senatorial District. Justice John Tsoho gave the ruling on Wednesday after counsel to other parties in the matter withdrew their arguments against the plaintiff. The judge said he was inclined to grant the request sort by the plaintiff because all the defendants indicated that they had no objection to the suit.
The defendants who consented to the claims sort by Mr. Okonkwo are the PDP; its former chairman, Adamu Muazu; INEC; and Uche Ekwunife, a former senator and former member of the PDP.
Wednesday’s court judgement comes few weeks after INEC fixed January 13 for election of a new senator to occupy the seat.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Wednesday presented a budget estimate of N190 billion (N190,921,464,290) to the State House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year.
Tagged “Budget of Consolidation and Continuity III”, it is 45.58 per cent higher than last year’s budget. About N132.98 billion, representing 69.70 per cent of the total budget, was earmarked for capital expenditure, while N57.943 billion, or 30.30 per cent, is for recurrent expenditure. “This administration intends to use the limited resources at our disposal to achieve maximum impact. We intend to achieve synergy through collaboration and integration of programmes and projects at all levels in order to realise our vision of making Imo better,” he said. The governor further said that relevant agencies of government would be strengthened for their constitutional responsibilities to ensure monitoring of all programmes and projects.
Kemafo Nonyerem "Kema" Chikwe, Ph. D. is a former Nigerian Federal Minister of Aviation. She currently holds the position of National Women Leader of the Nigerian political party PDP.
Chikwe started school at the age of five at Aba in what is now Abia State. She majored in French at the Advanced Teachers’ College, Owerri. She then attended Queen’s College of the City University of New York where she obtain degrees in French. She obtained a doctorate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in curriculum education.
The Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State, has carried out two successful kidney transplant surgeries in collaboration with a team of doctors from University of Toledo Medical Center, Ohio United States of America. The surgeries were carried out last week by the medical team led by Dr. Obi Ekwenna and both the donors and the receivers are said to be doing well at the hospital’s intensive care unit. The kidney transplant surgeries were performed on a 37 year old businessman and native of Ohafia Abia state
Africa is home to endless opportunities. The few who understand this take advantage of its limitless potentials, while others simply complain about the economic situations that have ridiculed the continent and have in one way or the other affected their lives. Visionaries pay less attention to what their countries can do for them and more to what they can do for their countries. To achieve this, they identify opportunities, take them head-on and, when they succeed, they create jobs for thousands of people.
Even with his persistent employment drive and the deafening campaigns on the patronage of Made-In-Aba goods and services, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has had to face criticisms for not paying Abia State workers’ salaries. The tongue-lashing climaxed after the receipt of the bailout funds and the Paris Club loan refunds from the Federal Government. But the governor appears not to have lost his cool. He rather waited for an opportunity to give explanation on the disbursement of the funds.
A group known as the Imo People’s Action for Democracy, IPAD, has announced that it will hold a one week rally in Owerri, the Imo State capital against the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led government. A statement by the group on Wednesday said the rally tagged, ‘Occupy Imo’ will hold from December 18 to 24 at Okigwe Road opposite Rock View Hotel Owerri. The coordinator of the protest, Aku Obidinma, said the rally is, ”a response of the people to the increasing height of bad governance in the state which is now attaining its peak.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Court of Appeal, Enugu, secured a landmark judgement when the appellate court dismissed the appeal by former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Innocent Umezulike, challenging the interim forfeiture of the N50 million in his Zenith Bank account.
The judgment read by Justice Ogunwumiju upheld the decision of the lower court to order the temporary forfeiture of the money.
Pensioners in Abia on Thursday staged a protest round the major streets of Umuahia, the state capital, calling on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to pay their 18 years’ pension arrears.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the senior citizens, numbering at least 1,000, drove round the town in hired buses, beginning from their office on Abam Street, Umuahia, to Government House and State House of Assembly complex. Operating under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners,
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has replied critics over the newly-created Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment. According to a statement on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Mr. Okorocha said the ministry was a laudable initiative and predicted that critics will regret downplaying the essence. “At the end of the day, the achievements of the new Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment will be so amazing that the critics of the initiative,
Three principal officers of the Imo House of Assembly on Tuesday in Owerri resigned their positions following alleged controversies surrounding the 2018 appropriation bill. The principal officers who resigned their positions are the Majority Leader, Lugard Osuji; his deputy, Kenneth Ibe; and the Chief Whip of the House, Marcel Odunze; all of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Tendering their resignation, the former majority leader said the action was in the `collective interest’ of the assembl
In keeping with the commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration to the welfare of the workers, the Enugu State Executive Council on Tuesday approved a 13th month salary for civil servants of the state as an added boost to celebrate the forthcoming Christmas. The approval was the outcome of the meeting between the leadership of the organised labour in the state and the Council, held at the Government House, Enugu. Reacting to the development, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress,
Hundreds of women in Amagu community, Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Tuesday protested the arrest of their husbands and sons by the police. The residents of the community and some government officials in the area have been at loggerheads over lead mineral deposit in the community. Some members of the community were said to be mining the lead without license from the federal or state government. The police were alerted
The Rochas Okorocha administration has blamed the printer’s devil for the wrong christening of the Ministry of Happiness. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the typographic error led to the naming of the Ministry as the Ministry of Happiness and Couples Fulfilment. It is now called Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment. “There was a typographic error in the first statement issued on the swearing in of the new commissioners. The word “Couple” was inadvertently written,
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State’s failed presentation of 2018 budget has continued to generate reactions. Chief Rochas Okorocha
It will be recalled that Okorocha planned to present the state budget on Tuesday. But it turned out to be a drama, when lawmakers did not show up for the budget presentation. Following this development, a cross section of stakeholders, who spoke to Vanguard in Owerri, said the lawmakers should not be taken serious and that they woke up from their slumber very late, while some were of the view that it was never late to correct their mistakes.
Chuma Nwokolo the Great Story teller - was born in Jos, in 1963, He graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1983 and was called to the bar in 1984. He was managing partner of the C&G Chambers in Lagos and writer-in-residence at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He founded the literary magazine African Writing with an old friend, Afam Akeh. His first novels, The Extortionist (1983) and Dangerous Inheritance (1988), were published by Macmillan in the Pacesetter Novels. Chuma's stories have found foster homes in the London Review of Books, La Internazionale, AGNI, MTLS, Arzenal, and Sentinel, among places.
A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has ordered the arrest of the Former Governor of Enugu state, Chimaroke Nnamani. Ex-Enugu Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani Presiding Justice, Chuka Obiozor, who issued the bench warrant for the arrest of Mr. Nnamani said it was because Mr. Nnamani’s lawyer, Shamsudeen Abubakar, failed to give reasonable evidence as to why the ex-Governor was absent in court today. Nnamani is being prosecuted for alleged money laundering to the tune of N4.5 billion, an offense he committed during his tenure as Governor of Enugu State between 1999 and 2007.
GRAINS worth over N100 million were destroyed in a midnight inferno that gutted Akwatta food section of the popular Ogbette Market in Enugu.
Traders were seen crying yesterday bemoaning their loses to the fire, which cause was yet to be determined at the time of filing this report.
Chairman of Corn Millers Association, Mr Augustin Ogbonna, who described the inferno as a mystery, lamented that the loss was like the end of the world to the affected traders. “This is something we have not experienced before. Over 200 bags of Bambara nuts worth over N42,000 each were completely destroyed in the fire. All our milling machines were also burnt.
The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Chukwuma Soludo, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s giant strides in Enugu State, saying that his feats in securing the state from vices such as kidnapping, have positioned it as a safe haven for investment and living.
Mr. Soludo who spoke as the Chairman of the Occasion at the 47th Convocation Lecture of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, which was delivered by the Governor of the CBN,
Emeka Ojukwu, the son of the late Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu has been described as, ”a politician with an inflated ego, who has ‘no electoral value’ in the South-east and the entire country.” The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategic Communications to the Governor of Anambra State, Oliver Okpala said this in response to Mr. Ojukwu’s recent statement addressing Governor Willie Obiano over his (Ojukwu) defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Ojukwu,
A huge fire from an explosion at Saclux Paints Industry in Umuahia, the Abia capital, on Sunday destroyed a missionary school building in the neighbourhood. Mr Emeka Okereke, the owner of the school, known as Love for Africa Mission, told Newsmen that a tanker, allegedly bearing ‘black oil’ exploded inside the company’s premises around 1 pm.
He said that the fire started with an explosion shortly after they ended the Sunday service at the school.
South East governors have been accused of distancing their administrations from entrepreneurship programmes initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
From right, Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Rochas Okorocha (Imo); and Willie Obiano (Anambra) during a meeting of the South East Governors Forum
The Programme Director, South East Entrepreneurship Development Centre, SEEDC, Dr. Osita Aniemeka, disclosed this yesterday, when the establishment signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Iwuanyanwu Foundation in Owerri.app.
The traditional ruler of Umuigbo Amurri in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, Fidelis Nsiegbu, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for entrenching peace and good governance across all the nooks and crannies of the state, through his administration’s grassroots development programmes that have positively touched the lives of the people of the state, especially the rural dwellers.
The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) is currently inspecting ongoing federal projects for 2015/2016 fiscal years in some states in the South-East to ensure quality service delivery to the people. The acting Chairman of FRC, Victor Muruako, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the commission was simultaneously doing same in other zones in the country. Projects inspected included construction work at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku/Ozalla; National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu.
Any Commissioner, Special Adviser or civil servant involved in any act of fraud or corruption in Anambra State will automatically be dismissed from the work force. Equally, any government official found to be involved in any shady deal aimed at corrupt enrichment or diversion of public funds will be shown the way out of the Anambra State Government.
These stern warnings were handed down to commissioners and other top government officials by the state governor, Willie Obiano, at a meeting in Awka, the state capital.
The Anambra State Government has recorded a massive decline in cases of examination malpractice in the last one year. The state Commissioner for Education, Kate Omenugha, said on Wednesday that the vice had reduced to 5.57 per cent cases in 2016 from 10.9 per cent recorded in 2014.
Ms. Omenugha said the statistics revealing the decline and released by WAEC showed Anambra as one of the eight states “that recorded a decline in cheating in during its examination.’’
The commissioner said the statistics showed that 2,267 candidates.
South-East Governors have appealed to the Federal Government to increase revenue allocation to states in the two geo-political zones to reflect the current prices of crude oil in international market. The request by the governors of the two geo-political zones was contained in a communique made available to newsmen after a closed door meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital at the weekend.
AKANU Ibiam International airport Enugu has been certified as ready for emergence response any time such challenges occur. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, which conducted a mock exercise to test it’s emergency response capability at the airport said it was satisfied with the mock response.
The exercise which created panic in some passengers who were not aware that it was a test case, was a stage-managed aircraft crash with 20 passengers on board.
A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, has commended the Federal Government’s plan to link major cities of the South-East with rail services, saying it is what the zone needs to galvanize commerce and grow the economy.
Ararume also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring a free and fair election in Anambra State, saying, it has proven that the APC was party out to grow democracy.
Enugu-Ezike reputed as the largest single community in black Africa is located in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State of Nigeria. It has a population of about 259,431 with 36 villages in addition to some other newly created political autonomous communities. Enugu-Ezike has common boundaries with Benue and Kogi States of Nigeria. On the North is Ette, a non-Igbo speaking community in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area. On the East is Ofante and Idoma while the North West flank are Amaka and Akpanya
Mr Richard Nwala, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Abia, said on Sunday that the present administration in the state had completed and inaugurated 41 roads since its inception. Nwala told newsmen in Umuahia that the Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration had made long strides in road construction in the state. He said that rehabilitation and reconstruction of 74 other roads, including some bridges, were ongoing in different parts of the state.
Federal Government has called for urgent intervention of Ebonyi Government in addressing issues bordering on resettlement of original allottees of the land provided for National Housing Programme (NHP) in the state. The Minister of State 1 for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri, made the call during inspection of Ebonyi NHP project site located at Ezzamgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area.
GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, weekend said the state government would continue to empower women and youths to reduce poverty especially at the rural areas. Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State Ugwuanyi said this while laying the foundation stone for the N100 million Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA, Ultra-Modern Skill Acquisition, Secretariat and Event Centre at the Superior Police Officers Mess, Agbani Road, Enugu.
A former Commissioner for Education in Ebonyi, Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, has decried the closure of his three schools by the Ebonyi State Government. Mr. Chibueze-Agbo, who was a commissioner under former Governor Martin Elechi, via a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abakaliki, said government’s action amounted to infringement of his fundamental rights and impunity.
A police officer attached to the Ebonyi State command on Tuesday assaulted a journalist, Sunday Agbo, for taking pictures of a car at an accident scene in Abakaliki, the state capital. The police officer whose real name could not be ascertained but is popularly known as King Joe is attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS.
The Nigerian Police have confirmed the death in Enugu by electrocution of an artisan identified as Uzoma Okpara.
The spokesperson of the police in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.
According to him, the deceased, who is said to be a plumber, died on Tuesday when he ‘unknowingly’ came in contact with the high tension wire located close to a building where he was said to be effecting repairs on a faulty overhead tank.
The Founder, Afa Igbo Efuna and Chairman, Capital Oil & Gas Industries Limited, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, Sunday, joined millions of other Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to commemorate the 6th Anniversary of the passing on of the Founding Father of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Ezegburugburu of Igboland).
Ancient communities in Abia North, especially, Abam, have always been at home with maternal lineage. If an Abam man marries from outside his own community, the wife inherits his estate. In most cases, the estate is the man’s farm lands. In times past, the men engaged more in deforestation, a task they performed with raw strength.
Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (October 21, 1932 - November 19, 2017) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983. He is the Ide of the Oko kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother Prof Lazarus Ekwueme, reign as the traditional ruler. He was also honoured by the council of Traditional Rulers in the old Aguata as the Ide of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State
ov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has appointed a former Deputy Governor of the state, Chigozie Ogbu, as the Acting Vice Chancellor of Ebonyi State University (EBSU). The Secretary to the State Government, Bernard Odo, announced the on Friday.
Mr. Odo said the governor, as the university’s visitor, directed that Mr. Ogbu would replace Francis Idike whose appointment as the acting vice-chancellor would elapse on November 26.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed January 13, 2018 for the conduct of the re-run election to fill the vacant Anambra Central senatorial election.
According to a statement by Mohammed Haruna, a National Commissioner at INEC, the decision to finally fix a date follows a judgement on Monday by the Court of Appeal.
The seat became vacant since 2015 following the sack of Uche Ekwunife
Some people have argued that their quarrel with the Heroes Square project is the statue of Jacob Zuma, the South African President that is erected there. The question such critics should answer is, “Is Jacob Zuma a hero?” You have the right to your own opinion but I will boldly say that Jacob Zuma is a hero both in his home country and in Africa as a continent.
DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the people to engage in actions that will strengthen the bond of unity to matter the political divide. Governor Okowa made the call yesterday at Owhelogbo, Isoko North local government area of Delta State at a grand reception organized in honour of former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori by Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme is dead. A statement from his family signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme said that he died by 10:00 pm in a London clinic, Sunday. The statement read.....
Ebonyi State Development Association, ESDA, an association of indigenes of Ebonyi, yesterday, said that the state Governor Dave Umahi will empower 520 street traders who are indigenes of the state and resident in Lagos to mark this year’s Ebonyi Cultural Day. Speaking during a press conference to announce Ebonyi Cultural Day billed to hold tomorrow at National Stadium Lagos.
A doctor who was kidnapped on Thursday has been released.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Emeka Ogah, was kidnapped by armed persons at Ajaokuta axis of Kogi-Lokoja Highway.
Also freed were the Director of Administration in the Hospital, Christopher Ogbu, and the Director of Finance,
On January 11, 2018, sons and daughters of Igbo and Yoruba extractions from all walks of life would gather in Enugu as one people from the two divides of the Niger to not only celebrate their age long but greatly ignored brotherhood which historians have recently traced to a common ancestry,
The Enugu State Police Command, on Saturday, distributed over 2,500 leaflets with security tips, distress call numbers and social media addresses in Enugu. The command’s four distress call numbers are: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 and 08098880172.Nigerian police
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The Chairman of the South East Governor’s Forum, David Umahi, has congratulated his counterpart, Willie Obiano on his victory in Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state. Mr. Obiano polled 234, 071 votes to emerge victorious ahead of Tony Nwoye of the All Progressive Congress, APC, who garnered 98,752 votes to place second and People’s Democratic Party’s Obaze Oseloka who got 70,293 votes to place third.
The Imo state government has responded to the call by a human rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP demanding the probe of Governor Rochas Okorocha over the statues erected in honour of two African leaders, Jacob Zuma and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. In the petition signed by the Executive Director of the group, Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP called on the Code of Conduct Bureau,
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the reinstatement of the security aides of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State. While welcoming the president on arrival on Wednesday in Awka for the Grand Finale of the All Progressives Congress governorship rally, the governor had complained about the withdrawal of his security aides.
Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra is expected to be a close contest between four leading candidates. However, there are 37 candidates in the election including five women. Here are 10 major things to know about the coming election as well as previous elections in Anambra.
The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, in partnership with PREMIUM TIMES will bring you a comprehensive coverage of the election.
The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has commended Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) for selecting Abia State as one of the 18 States nationwide that will benefit from the World Bank support. The Governor who spoke through his Special Adviser on policy implementation, Hon.Chima Chukwu, at a one day Stakeholders’ Workshop on Resettlement Policy Framework held at the Okpara Auditorium Umuahia, noted that it was a great advantage for Abians to have RAAMP in Abia.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has asked Dr Muhammad Isah Acting Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Professor Bolaji Owasanoye Acting Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to “jointly investigate allegations of incompatibility and/or apparent conflict of interest situation, and abuse of office involving Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Chile Eboe-Osuji (born 1962) is a judge of the International Criminal Court, The Hague. He was elected on 16 December 2011 and sworn in on 9 March 2012. He was the Legal Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Eboe-Osuji was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and practised briefly there. After obtaining his master of laws degree from McGill in 1991, he worked as a barrister in Canada, having been called to the Bar in Ontario and in British Columbia in 1993.
Udi hill is also referred to as the Ugwueme and Udi hills. These hills are known to rise hundreds of metres above sea level. In 1915, Udi hill was the site of the first coal mine to be opened in Nigeria. It was eventually closed two years later but replaced with the Iva Valley mine. At the time when the mine was in full operations, Enugu was reputed to be the only significant producer of coal in the West African sub-region.Today, the tunnels beneath the hills where coals were mined are now tourist attractions,
Following the proposed plan for President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the Southeast states, the Igbo National Council, INC, has demanded that the Vice President slot should be zoned to the region, in the next election.
Nwodo said that the cooperation of the governors was a phenomenon in moving the region forward. According to him, the summit is timely because the zone is facing serious economic challenges. “South-East has the worst road infrastructure;.."
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says 23,000 ad hoc staff will be deployed for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra. The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Nkwachukwu Orji, made the disclosure on Monday during the Election Management System Implementer Workshop for INEC officers in Awka.
The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, will on Thursday arrive Owerri, the Imo State capital, for a two-day visit. The visit is coming while a controversy is still echoing over the visit of South African President, Jacob Zuma, to the state during which a statue was erected in his honour in Owerri, the state capital.
The most recent statue unveiled in Imo State in honour of Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has caused series of hilarious twitter trolls on Governor Rochas Okorocha’s timeline.Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf on Thursday arrived Owerri, the Imo State capital, for a two-day working visit during which she was honoured by the state government.
The senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah, has urged residents of Anambra State to come out in large numbers to exercise their constitutional mandate in the November 18 governorship election in the state. Ms. Oduah made this call while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, according to a statement from her office.
Despite being labelled a terrorist organisation by the federal government, members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, staged a demonstration in Onitsha, the Anambra State capital, threatening voters not to participate in the November 18 governorship election in the state.
Ahead of the November 18 Anambra governorship election, President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Adamu-Bulkachuwa, has constituted an Election Petition Tribunal for the state.
Mrs. Adamu-Bulkachuwa, via a statement signed by Surajo Gusau,
Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on members of Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines And Agriculture (ACCIMA) to expedite the reconstruction of Enyimba Hotels Aba to give Aba a first class hotel that can host national and international events. The Governor made the call during the investiture of RTN Andy Obasi
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was Special Guest of Honor as Abia Judiciary commemorates the commencement of the 2017/2018 Legal year.
The event which held at the Judiciary Headquarters Umuahia brought together Judges, Magistrates, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, lawyers, judiciary Staff, etc. It is an annual ritual in the judiciary and formally marks the start of the new legal year.
A mysterious chain of deep valleys jewelled the charming landscape of Enugu City; and steep walls of stratified rocks beatify the confines of these valleys, within which outcrop the ‘black gold’ of ancient Nigeria: the black gold that powered our railways and brought us fortune for decades.
Nnedi Okorafor has made a name for herself with novels that combine politically complex science fiction and lyrical fantasy. -- The New York Times
Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults.
Sixteen members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Anambra are to repeat their service year while three others will serve various terms of disciplinary measures. The Anambra NYSC Coordinator, Ebenezer Olawale, who made the disclosure on Thursday in Awka, said no formal passing out ceremony was held in the state.
The United Nations has commended the Ohanaeze, apex Igbo socio-cultural group on the role it played in stemming the tide of agitations threatening Nigeria’s unity. The UN said it was worried about developments in Nigeria, particularly in the South-east but however noted that it stood for a united Nigeria where human rights are respected and not trampled upon.
The Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi State, Titus Lamorde, said on Friday that four kidnap suspects escaped from the command’s custody in Abakaliki. He named the suspects as Ogonna Alioke, Friday Nwangbo, Emeka Nwangbo and Ekene Omenyi.
Mr. Larmode said that they were detained for allegedly kidnapping
The Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted to a meeting between a United Nations delegation and the Ohanaeze, an Igbo socio-cultural organisation. A UN team led by Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a special representative of Secretary General of UN, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday in Enugu met with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by its President-General, John Nwodo.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has charged Nigerians to resist and reject anybody who wants the country to disintegrate.
He maintained that the only way the country can move ahead is if the country remains one united and indivisible country devoid of corruption.
He spoke on Saturday at the wedding of one his aides, Nelson Nwokoro, at the Pastoral Centre in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
The Police Command in Enugu State on Sunday confirmed that no life was lost before, during and after the state’s November 4 local government election.
The Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, ENSIEC, conducted election into 17 council areas and 261 political wards on Saturday.
The command’s spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu,
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Some armed persons abducted and tortured into coma the coordinator of Ikwo South Development Centre, Marvin Anari, on Sunday.
The incident it was gathered happened at Ukwuachi playground, Amagu, in Ikwo Local Government Area, venue of the stakeholders meeting of the town.
The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Garba Umar, on Wednesday unmasked two suspects behind the invasion and killing of 18 worshipers at St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra State. The suspects are Charles Obi, also known as Gozila, and Dickson Nwodi.
The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has sacked the state’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Augustine Nwakwoegu. In a statement on Wednesday evening signed by his Principal Secretary, Clement Nweke, Mr. Umahi said Mr. Nwakwoegu was relieved of his appointment
The Anambra State Police Command on Thursday said it arrested two suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at a printing press in Onitsha.
“We recovered thousands of pamphlets printed by the IPOB members who were planning to distribute
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an Igbo socio-cultural group, has urged its people living in the north to court more friends so as to actualise the ethnic group’s quest to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
The call is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 northern states and Abuja. The meeting, held in Minna, ended Sunday night.
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has presented commendation letters to 88 outgoing members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for their contributions to Standards and Quality Control.
The Coordinator of SON in Anambra State, Nwaoma Olujie, made the presentation, in Awka, the state capital on Tuesday.
The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Garba Umar, says it will deploy 28,000 of its personnel to ensure hitch-free state governorship election scheduled for November 18.
Mr. Umar said this at a meeting in Awka, the state capital, on Tuesday of heads of security formations in the state and representatives of the 37 political parties fielding candidates for the election.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State says he did not sack the Chairman of the state’s Council of Traditional Rulers, Samuel Ohiri, as insinuated in the social media.
The governor refuted the report in statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo in Owerri on Wednesday.
Mr. Okorocha described the report as `baseless’ and urged the general public to disregard the rumour.
South-East governors and Igbo leaders, yesterday, pleaded with the federal government to expedite action on all federal roads in the zone, lamenting that the situation of the roads had further deteriorated.
They also agreed on a regional economic summit with support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development, DFID, to hold between 11 and 13 November, 2017.
The Igbo leaders equally approved the visit of Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa to the South East for an economic mission scheduled between 6-11 November.
The Ohanaeze Youths Council, OYC, yesterday, asked Governor Rochas Okorocha to justify the erecting of Jacob Zuma’s statue in Imo State, when civil servants were being owed salaries.
According to a statement in Owerri by National Publicity Secretary of OYC, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, the resources could have been used to pay workers.
He contended that the erection of Zuma statue could amount to defiling the land, saying: “The Ohanaeze Youths Council notes that Governor Rochas Okorocha has demonstrated a high level of administrative prodigality. This is wasting the economy of Imo people,
The South-east Governors Forum on Sunday lamented the condition of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.
Rising from their meeting at Government House Enugu, the forum called on the federal government to take urgent steps to fix the decaying infrastructure at the airport.
According to them, areas that need urgent attention include the runway, terminal buildings and cargo shelter.
They also called on the federal government to urgently take steps to repair the roads in the region which are in deplorable condition.
Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi Saturday renamed the Abakaliki Township Stadium after the oldest man in the state and father of Senator Sylvanus Ngiji Ngele, Pa Ngele Oruta who died at the age of 112.
Speaking at Umuezeokoha community, Ezza North local government area of the state during the funeral ceremony of late Pa Joseph Odoh, father of the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Prof Bernard Odoh, Governor Umahi said his decision to rename the state stadium after Ngele was because of his numerous contribution towards the unity of the state
n the rustic town of Isienyi-Ukwu Amakama in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State lies a kingdom in a wood cave of a sort, surrounded by mysterious army bees.
One mysterious thing about the wood cave is that it still protects the setters who took refuge inside and outside it, even in these modern days and defies all charms of the evil men.
Ifeoma Fafunwa is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye, a Nigerian production company driving social change through performance art. She recently produced the popular stage play HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True, a collection of monologues based on true-life stories of Nigerian women,
The Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program,GEEP, loan in Abia State.
The loan is a collaboration of the office of Vice President, Bank of Industry and Abia State government.
Uzoma Nwagba, Chief Operating Officer GEEP at the event noted that 2907 loans have been disbursed to Abia.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has completed the production of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for the newly registered voters in Anambra State.
INEC National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the opening of a two day capacity workshop for INEC Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) on Monday in Kaduna
Two-Hundred and Fifteen police officers, from the rank of Deputy Superintendent to Chief Superintendent cadres, in Zone 9, are participating in a one-week “Incident commanders’ management course”, taking place in Umuahia, Abia State.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the list of participants included 50 officers from each of the four states in the zone, namely Abia, Anambra, Imo ad Enugu.
A South-East based group, the World Igbo Youth Congress, WIYC, on Thursday, asked Abia State Governor and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe to produce the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra,
The group spoke in apparent reply to Governor Ikpeazu, who had told State House correspondents, after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, that it was not his duty to locate Kanu.
South east Governors together with Igbo leadership have charged the federal government to expedite action on all the federal roads in the south east region whose situations have further worsened.
The Igbo leaders also approved for a regional economic summit with support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development, DFID, slated to take place between 11 to 13 November 2017.
The Progressive People’s Alliance, PPA, governorship candidate in the November 18 election in Anambra State, Godwin Ezeemo, has promised to reduce the cost of governance, if elected.
Mr. Ezeemo made the promise while inaugurating PPA campaigns for the election in Onitsha on Sunday where he also signed ‘’the Social Contract-manifesto’’ with the people of Anambra.
The Enugu State Government said it had regularised the appointment of 857 volunteer teachers in the state, five years after they were recruited.
The Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, made the disclosure in Enugu on Thursday while addressing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council Meeting.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered an investigation into the alleged extortion of retirees by staff of the state’s Audit Department.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Emmanuel Uzor, ordered the state Auditor-General and the Fiscal Responsibility Commission to thoroughly investigate the matter.
Some retirees in Ebonyi State have accused some unnamed staff of the state audit department of reportedly extorting money from them before approving their gratuities.
They also alleged that the audit staff in Abakaliki deliberately withhold their files if they (retirees) failed to comply with their monetary demands.
The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, has assured Nigerians that the Anambra election will be conducted free of hitches.
Mr. Yakubu gave this assurance while briefing the Senate committee on INEC on its preparations ahead of the state election and the 2019 general elections.
Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy (TIPTOP), a programme designed to tackle malaria infection in pregnant women, has been launched in Ebonyi.
The programme was launched on Thursday in Ohaukwu Local Government Area, selected for the pilot project.
Ify Malo is the CEO of Clean Tech Hub and Energy Innovation Center, Abuja. She was the immediate past Senior Policy Adviser on Energy Policies, Regulations and Partnerships to the Honorable Minister of Power in Nigeria and advised and managed the policy direction for large scale grid connected and off grid power projects.
Thirty minutes to 9th Mile, another 30minutes to Awhum Monastery, and yet another forty-five minutes to the flooded Limestone Caves, all the way from Enugu, the coal City- this is the trail that leads to the marvellous showers of Awhum Waterfalls.
The Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, has disclosed plans to commence payment of pension benefits to soldiers, paramilitary officers and police officers dismissed as a result of their roles in the Nigerian civil war which lasted between 1967 and 1970.
The agency said this on Wednesday via a press release signed by the spokesperson, Ema Okondo.
The Anambra Chapter of National Association of Nigerian Seadogs (NAS), has urged youths to be more politically responsible and not allow the political class to use them for violence. The association made the call at Citizens Summit held by the Honduras Deck in Awka on Sunday. The theme of the summit is “Electioneering, Hate Speech, Thuggery and Youth in Building a Better Anambra State’’.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of not building the image of the state, as well as looting public treasury. The accusation comes days after he unveiled a huge statue in hounour of South African President, Jacob Zuma.
The decision has been widely criticised as endorsing the governance style of a president who is facing corruption charges in his country.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has lifted the 10p.m. to 6a.m. curfew imposed on Aba on Sept. 12, as a result of improved security situation in the commercial city.
Ikpeazu via a statement issued in Umuahia on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Enyinnaya Appolos, commended Aba residents for compliance during the period the curfew lasted.
The governor commended the residents of Aba for complying
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, has officially ended operation Egwu Eke II, which took place at 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Area of Responsibility and Cross River. The Deputy Director Public Relations of 82 Division Nigerian Army, Enugu, Sagir Musa, a colonel, said this in a statement issued in Enugu on Monday.
OHANEZE Youth Council, OYC, has defended the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha over the controversial statue of the South African President, Jacob Zuma erected in Owerri, the Imo State capital, at an alleged whopping cost of N500 million, saying that he achieved a feat for which he should be lauded rather than vilified.
The Imo State House of Assembly has demanded the removal of Basil Iguegbe, the monarch of Agbobu autonomous community in Okigwe local council of the state. The legislators also asked the community to present Odinaka Chidoka to the Okigwe council “for recognition and replacement of the dethroned.”
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has reacted to a trending screenshot on Twitter, which showed his verified Twitter handle, @GovernorRochas, respond to political blogger Japheth Omojuwa‘s Tweet. A blogger, Japheth Omojuwa, had shared photos of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers with Real Madrid stars Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo and captioned it:
The police in Ebonyi State have confirmed the rescue of a Catholic priest, Timothy Nwanja, abducted by gunmen in Okpokueze Nkomoro community, Imoho Development Centre, Ezza North Local Government Area of the State.
Also rescued was the cook to the priest who was abducted with her boss.
The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, was absent in court on Tuesday morning as his trial for alleged treason continued at an Abuja court. A senator who stood as surety for Mr. Kanu also asked to be relieved of that role.
Mr. Kanu is facing trial along with three others, and a fourth co-defendant, Bright Chimezie, who is yet to be added to the list of defendants.
The judge handling the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has threatened to withdraw from the case, following what she described as attempts by the defense to frustrate her.
Justice Binta Nyako gave the warning Tuesday after a series of arguments between herself and defense lawyers.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has thrown in his weight behind the hosting of the forthcoming ZUMA film festival, which is billed to hold between December 1 and 5, 2017 in Abuja. Receiving Management of the NFC led by its Managing Director/Chief Executive, Dr, Chidia Maduekwe at the Government House, Umuahia, during the week, Ikpeazu, accompanied by his deputy.
President Muhammadu Buhari has held a closed door meeting with leaders from the South-eastern part of Nigeria.
The meeting held inside the new Banquet hall of the State House in Abuja shortly after Islamic Friday prayers.
President Muhammadu Buhari says the South-eastern part of Nigeria has stronger voice in his cabinet compared to the North. Mr. Buhari said this on Friday at a meeting with leaders from the South-eastern region who visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Saturday inaugurated water and electricity projects worth N200 million in different communities across Ukwa West local government area of Abia. The General Manager, SPDC,
The Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, have commended the Federal Government for commencing the rehabilitation of the 41km Ozalla-Akpugo-Amagunze-Ihuokpara-Nkomoro Ebonyi federal road.
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption has described as “embarrassing” the visit and honour of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma by the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.
Lanre Suraj, CSNAC’s Chairman, said in a statement on Sunday the honour bestowed on Mr. Zuma would embolden the president to tell his people he is celebrated abroad.
The family of the controversial separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has dismissed claims by the Abia Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, that police recovered lethal weapons when they raided the family’s compound at Afara Ukwu together with the Army on October 8. Emmanuel Kanu, the family’s spokesperson, told journalists via telephone that if any weapon was found within the premises, it must have been planted by security operatives.
his is the impressive waterfall at Owerre Ezukala a border town in Anambra State.
The location of the waterfall shares boundaries with Imo, Abia and Enugu States.
The waterfall is found in front of the Ogba Ukwu cave (largest cave in West Africa) gushing out from a spring on top of the huge and imposing Ogba Rock. The Waterfalls have their sources from a confluence of the swampy Edegere and Ozu ukwu stream, both in Iyiafo village of the community.
Linus Chinedu Okorie, popularly known as Linus Okorie (born 30 April 1974) is a Nigerian leadership consultant, author and the president and founder of Guardians of the Nation International(GOTNI), a nonprofit leadership development organization, based in Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. He is a conference speaker and a regular guest in many print media, radio, and television platforms across Nigeria. He is the radio and TV host of "The Leadership Clinic."
The Nigerian Army said that it has arrested at least 42 suspected criminals a few weeks after the launch of the military exercise codenamed, “Operation Python Dance II” in the South-east region. The operation which began on September 15 in the five South-eastern states amid clashes, will end on October 14.
The Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Anthony Ogbizi, has said that lethal weapons, including petrol bombs and one double-barrel gun, were recovered during last Sunday’s raid of the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, club Abia Warriors have announced that they have hired Brazilian Coach, Rafael Everton, as their new manager.
The Media Officer of Abia Warriors, Igwe Onuoha, said the newly hired Brazilian tactician will take over from Coach Abdullahi Biffo who is currently undergoing a coaching course in the United States of America.
If the current Nigerian leadership still has any conscience, it must be shocked and sobered by the reaction of the people of the South East over the unfounded “Army vaccine” rumour that took place last week. It was a conclusive proof that due to the prevailing unsavoury atmosphere foisted by the regime on major national institutions, a section of the Nigerian populace no longer sees the Nigerian Army as their own.
The candidate of the United Progressive Party in the Anambra governorship election, Osita Chidoka, has urged the federal government to issue a public apology over the massacre of civilians allegedly by soldiers of the Nigerian Army during the civil war in 1967.
A university Don, Chinyere Okunna, has advocated for N10 billion fix deposit as a condition for the establishment of private media outfit in the country. Okunna, a lecturer with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, made the suggestion in a paper she delivered at the beginning of 2017 Press Week of Anambra State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday in Awka.
Heads of Security formations in Anambra say they are ready to provide adequate security, before, during and after the November 18 governorship election in the state.
The Commissioner of Police and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Inter Agency Consultative Committee
The Anambra State government has debunked rumours which emanated on Wednesday of an alleged ‘army invasion’ of schools in the state to ‘inject pupils and students with vaccines to tackle monkeypox.’
The rumour mills indicated that some students were alleged to have died after being forcefully injected with the vaccine which made parents withdraw their children and wards from school. .
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, GCVO, CFR, CON (born 18 January 1933) is a Nigerian politician of Igbo descent. He was the third Commonwealth Secretary-General. Born in Obosi, Anyaoku was educated at Merchants of Light School, Oba, and attended the University College of Ibadan, then a college of the University of London, from which he obtained an honours degree in Classics as a College Scholar. Aside from his international career, Chief Anyaoku continues to fulfill the duties of his office as Ichie Adazie of Obosi, a traditional Ndichie chieftainship
Ooni of Ife, Adeleye Enitan Ogunwusi has described the Igbo race as the life and lifeline of Nigeria.
He called on the federal government to gainfully engage the youths from the region to ensure the indivisibility of the nation.
The monarch said this when he paid a visit to Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu at Government House, Umuahia.
Ooni Adeleye said the visit was part of his decision to bridge the gap across Nigeria and to support the Governor of Abia State.
He said Governor Ikpeazu’s passion for the traditional institution in Nigeria, the state and things that has positive values cannot be over emphasized.
Presently Obosi Ukwala is situated in a hilly area, bordered by Onitsha to the North-west, Nkpor to the North-east and Oba to the south-east, all part of the old Idemili local government area, with the exception of Onitsha.
Oral history shows that Obosi people originated from Arochukwu via Ojoto. Some ancient people of Arochukwu migrated into Oze, Ora-Eshi, and Nri then found Ojoto, Ihiala and Alo. Some Ojoto people that left founded Obosi, Nnewi-Umudim, and Ibuzo and Umuru-Ukpo. The founder of Obosi was a hunter named Adike from Ojoto and the word "Obosi" came from "Mbosisi" meaning "falling apart of soil" (erosion prone soil).
he Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Ebonyi has decried public understanding that organised labour should always be at logger head with the government. he state NLC Chairman, Mr Leonard Nkah, told newsmen in Abakaliki on Friday that many people erroneously believed that labour leaders should always be at logger head with the government.
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, says no fewer than 8, 000 corps members presently serving in Anambra will be available for the conduct of the forthcoming governorship election.
Ebenezer Olawale, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, said this in Awka on Sunday.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has accused civil servants in the state of illegal collection of leave allowances from 2011 to 2015.Umahi
He also said that he would report the issue to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) national leadership if the organised labour in the state failed to acknowledge the development and seek an amicable resolution of the issue.
Imo State House of Assembly has called on managers of banking institutions in the state to quickly address the incessant long queues experienced by bank customers while trying to use the Automated Teller Machines, ATMs.
Speaking to Vanguard yesterday in Owerri, the mover of the motion, Mr. Mike Iheanatu, described it as a sign of failure.
The Chairman of the Southeast and South south governors forum, Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwaibom state, Sunday,said that the level of agitations in the two regions worry the governors.
The Nigerian Army has said that it has arrested at least eight suspected cult members, vandals and a drug dealer in the ongoing military operation, with the code name “Operation Python Dance II.”
The Nigeria Prisons Service, NPS, in Enugu State has begun manhunt of two male convicts who escaped from the prison in the state capital on October 6.The two convicts are: Lucky Sama and Balogun Joseph with charge numbers CME/566c/17 and CME/669c/17, respectively.
General maintenance of roads in Abia State will take a different shape as 6 new Earth Moving equipments /Construction equipments were commissioned today at the Abia State Government House, Umuahia by our August Visitor, Governor of Rivers State ,Nyesom Wike, who is in Abia on a State visit.
For his role in entrenching peace in Nigeria and globally, the Nnamdi Azikwe University on Thursday initiated a project for an Institute of International Studies and Diplomacy in honour of former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku.
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, met in Enugu State on Thursday to review ways of improving the registration and training of teachers in the South-east.
Part of its resolution was a mandatory computer-based for all teachers before they are registered, an official said.
Each time I ponder Nigeria’s widening ethnic fissures and the provincial outlook it has bred, it is mostly the lyrics from a song by Stevie Wonder that readily comes to mind: “What happened to the world we knew.” The opening line from the song, Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday, aptly captures our befuddling existential dilemma a
The Federal Government has reiterated its resolve to complete work on the Second Niger Bridge as well as other federal projects in the South-East zone.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo gave the assurance during a funeral mass for late Roseline Ezinma Akabueze, the mother of Ben Akabueze, the Director-General, Budget Office, Abuja at St Gabriel Catholic Church, Ifitedunu, Anambra State.
As Nigeria celebrates her 57thIndependence Anniversary, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reassured residents of the state of a visible increase in critical infrastructure across the state “now that the rain is fast receding”, adding that “more contractors will return to old sites, while work will commence at new sites”.
Background: ‘The Awakening’ is a South Saharan Social Development Organization radio programme that helps youths understand democracy, their rights and responsibilities.
The Awakening programme is broadcast on Coal City FM 92.9, Heartland FM 100.5 Owerri, Pacesetter FM, 103.5 Umuahia, Purity FM, 102.5 Awka, Unity FM, 101.5 Abakaliki, through the generous support of the Open Society Initiative West Africa (OSIWA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
In response to the fact that Nigeria is going through a very difficult time occasioned by distrust and tension amongst the various ethnic groups in the country, besides the activities of government which has been grossly inadequate and in most instances fanned the flame of discontent in the country, South Saharan Social Development Organization(SSDO) as a youth focused organization held a town hall meeting between the Northern Youth Assembly, represented by the national Speaker, Alh. Ukkasha Hamza Rahama and the national clerk, Mr. Danjuma Abdulrazak and the youths of South-East Nigeria, drawn from various youth based organizations to begin a process of deescalating the situation and finding creative ways to reposition the anger in the land, by analyzing the issues generating tensions in the country, identifying solutions and seeking ways to re-channel youths’ anger; for a truly united and peaceful Nigeria. By the end of the deliberations, the following underlying issues were identified as fueling the tension:
1. Bad governance: the failure of Leaders to deliver on their mandate and dividends of democracy lies at the root of the agitation and tension in the country and citizens from every part of the country are victims.
2. Poor citizens’ participation in governance: Citizens failure to hold leaders accountable has encouraged poor governance.
3. While the citizens from the south-east Nigeria feel economically, socially and politically marginalized, the citizens from the northern Nigeria feel treated with disdained, contempt and tagged inconsequential, especially by the rampant use of the term ‘Aboki’ which is rude instead of ‘Abokina’, which is courteous and endearing.
3. While the citizens from the south-east Nigeria feel economically, socially and politically marginalized, the citizens from the northern Nigeria feel treated with disdained, contempt and tagged inconsequential, especially by the rampant use of the term ‘Aboki’ which is rude instead of ‘Abokina’, which is courteous and endearing.
4. Epileptic knowledge of Nigeria’s history adversely influences youths’ reactions to national issues. 5. Mutual suspicion and hostility amongst citizens is being fueled by propaganda, especially on social media platforms.
In view of the above, the participants resolved as follows:
1. The youths of south-east Nigeria and northern Nigeria implore the government of Nigeria at all levels to work assiduously to deliver the dividends of good governance to Nigerians as a panacea to the restiveness, agitations and counter agitations going on in the country;
2. Youths should join hands in the fight against bad governance by holding the government at all levels accountable;
3. Fair and equitable distribution of Nigeria’s resources and improved transparency in governance are remedies to the cries of marginalization among the different ethnic groups in Nigeria;
4. Youths of the northern and south-eastern parts of Nigeria should support and facilitate formal meeting(s), dialogue and build a constant communication structure for better understanding of the culture of the different parts of the country;
5. Mutual respect of citizens from the northern and the south-eastern part of Nigeria must be upheld and encouraged;
6. Youths must as a matter of importance and urgency understand Nigeria’s history and historical ties to enable them treasure the efforts of the country’s past heroes and not repeat mistakes of the old years;
7. Youths should be patriotic and work towards the unity of Nigeria;
8. Nigerian youths should shun and fight against negative views, narratives and hate speeches on social media and use same for the good of the country
South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO) is a duly registered non-profit organization in Nigeria,
with a primary focus of equipping women youth and children with the social, health, economic, educational and political skills needed to survive and compete favorably in a vastly changing and urbanizing sub Saharan Africa
• Convener Barr. Onyinyechi Nwachukwu South Saharan Social Development Organization
• Co-Convener Ken Ike Okere Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu zonal station
• Onyedika Agbo- Youthwing Nigeria
• Rt. Hon. Ukasha H. Rahama Northern Youth Assembly of Nigeria
• Moshood Muhammed I Stand With 9ja Movement
• Catherine Kyang Angai Open Society Initiative for West Africa
• Hon. Abdulrazak Danjuma Northern Youth Assembly of Nigeria
• Gideon Iwuere Pagers
• Trish Eze Coal City FM
• Ndu Cecilia Global Missions International
• Ilo Alvan C. Youth Initiative for Advocacy and Growth and Advancement(YIAGA)
• Nebo Collins New Century Initiative
• Okenna Ugochukwu ESUT ASMACS
• Okafor Sebastine ESUT Radio
• Nwachukwu David National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS)
• Hon. Bonny Ede PG Town Union
• Igboke Onyebuchi APAGG/V2P
• Comrade Ozor Ugonna Kingsley Rural Engagement and Development Foundation
• Com Odochime Lazarus CORAL
• Ugodi Chima Martins Red Foundation
• Kanu Christian Broken Crucible Rebirth Centre
• Ejike Ilo Office of the Deputy Senate President
• Ezeoma Chinedu Oriental Development Union
• Dr. McGinger Ibeneme One World Health Care Foundation
• Onuaguluchi Ozioma Enugu State University(ESUTH)
• Rt. Hon. Ngene Obinna P. National Youth Council of Nigeria
• Agatha Agu Life Line
South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO) as a youth focused organization held a town hall meeting between the national Speaker of the largest northern youth group of over 6.8 million youths of the 19 northern states, Alh. Ukkasha Hamza Razak and the youths of Enugu State, in the company of the national Clerk,
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi on Friday suspended Augustine Eze, Headmaster, Community Primary School, Amazu, Ishielu Local Government Area of the state and seven other teachers for absenteeism.
Mr. Umahi who paid an unscheduled visit to the school directed the suspended teachers to report to the Chairman of the local government, Mr Henry Eze.
The senator representing Abia-South District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, says he is not liable if the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, does not show up in court on October 17 for continuation of his trial for alleged treasonable offences. Mr. Abaribe was one of three sureties in the bail for Mr. Kanu in the case.
Fairness and professional obligation demands that we hear the other party in a situation of conflict and disagreement, and so I intend to do precisely that this week, in response to the developing scenarios between the Buhari administration and the Biafran separatist agitators, the IPOB, which it has labelled a “terrorist organization.”
SENIOR Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on International Relations, Dr. Genevieve Mordi, has reiterated the state government’s readiness to synergize with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, to remove the state from the ranking of being the second state with the highest number of trafficked persons in the country.
Chika Unigwe Nigerian born writer - was born on 12 June 1974 in Enugu, Nigeria, the sixth of seven children. After completing her secondary school education at Federal Government Girls’ College, Abuja, she went on to earn a BA in English at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1995. That same year, following her marriage to a Belgian engineer, Chika moved to Turnhout in Flanders, Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region. The couple have had four children. In 1996,
Former Governor of Abia, Dr Orji Kalu, has expressed opposition with Nigerians agitating for the division of the country.
He called for restructuring as panacea to solving the problems facing the country.
Kalu made the remark on Friday in a paper he presented at a Public Lecture organised by the Department of Social Sciences, University of Calabar.
The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, has commended the untiring efforts of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State in disaster management in the state, saying that the agency is happy with what his administration is doing in that regard.
The post-UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination) involving about 23,000 candidates commenced on Monday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University with the faculties of Arts and Physical Sciences leading the way.
The Enugu State government has concluded arrangement for the utilization of the enormous waste generated in the state for the production of electricity and fertilizers. Briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting held at the Government House, Enugu
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is to conduct the 2017 post-University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) from October 3 to October 9, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Charles Igwe, has said.
Mr. Igwe, a professor, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka, Enugu State, on Friday.
The prominent Igbo organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned courts in Nigeria not to allow themselves be used in undermining the democratic process by granting ‘frivolous’ orders against the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.
Residents in Imo state, Thursday were forced out of their houses following heavy downpour.
Poorly constructed drainage in front of Imo government house Photo by Chinonso Alozie. The areas included, Uratta Toronto junction, World bank, Wethedral road, IMSU junction, Chukwuma Nwoha, Orji road.
Although the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has gone to court to quash the Federal High Court order proscribing it and declaring it a terror group, the news of the group’s ban was received with mixed feelings in the South-East.
Youth under the aegis of Anambra Youth Movement, AYM, weekend, threatened to liaise with youths from other South-East states to shut down the region if the Federal Government refused to heed calls for restructuring of Nigeria as demanded by several groups and individual Nigerians.
The Ose Okwodu Market, Onitsha in Anambra State, known for foodstuff sales and food condiments, is one shopping centre that holds out to all. Unlike in the other markets in the commercial nerve centre, Ose Okwodu Market has able-bodied and physically challenged persons, particularly the deaf and dumb doing business in it.
Kechi Okwuchi America's Got Talent 2017 Finalist - was one of two survivors on board a Nigerian flight — traveling between Abuja and Port Harcourt — that crash-landed at Port Harcourt International Airport in 2005. The fatal plane crash claimed the lives of 107 passengers.
A former governor of Ebonyi, Martin Elechi, said he was ready for probe by his successor, Governor David Umahi, alleging that he had been under investigation since 2015.
The Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Enugu State, has described as condemnable the recent alleged burning of the Central Mosque at Ogurute, Enugu Ezike.
The Nigeria Army has assured residents of the South East and Cross River State that troops involved in the ongoing military exercise will abide by rules of engagement.
Egwu Eke II, a military training exercise, commenced on Friday. “The troops in Egwu Eke II, which when translated means Python Dance II, will also display high sense of professionalism,’’
The ministry of Agriculture has flagged off the sale of cassava tubers to Abians. Performing the ceremony at the ministry headquarters umuahia, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Barr (Mrs) Uzoamaka Uche-Ikonne stated that the gesture is part of the 26th Anniversary celebration of the state as well as laudable achievements of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu led administration in the agricultural sector.
It has become obvious that no sacrifice is too great to make in caring for Abians especially for those at rural areas and slums within our cities.
Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu’s romance with caregiving was blown open right after her dear husband came into power in the year 2015; as she, with the support of her husband launched the Vicar Hope Foundation in Abia State.
The Ariaria International Market is an open-air market located in Aba, a city in Abia State South Eastern Nigeria. The market is one of the largest markets in West Africa and nicknamed "China of Africa" because of its versatility in the making of wears and leather works. Ariaria International Market was established in 1976 following a fire outbreak that destroyed the old Ekeoha Market in Aba. The market was originally sited in a swampy area.
Chizoba Imoka - Executive Director, Unveiling Africa In 2006, at the age of 19, an undergraduate student of Economics at University of Alberta, Canada, came up with the idea of setting up Unveiling Africa Foundation (UVA/unveilingafrica.org), an international non-profit body that unites and connects Nigerian teenagers around the globe for positive social change. Ten years later, Chizoba is now a PhD student at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in the University of Toronto, sharpening her vision and laying the foundation for an ambitious educational reform programme in Nigeria. At the end of her studies, her immediate goal is to set up a teachers’ training college in Nigeria, based on a framework of inclusion, social justice and African-centred education.
Abia State deputy governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu has urged residents of the state to shun rumour mongering in order not to cause tension in the society.
Oko Chukwu who made the appeal in an interview with Vanguard in reaction to the wave of false reports which swept through Aba,
In what appeared like a mortal blow to the existence of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, state governors in the South East geopolitical zone, yesterday, proscribed the activities of the separatist group and other aggrieved organisations. The development which came on a day the Nigerian Army gave seven reasons for declaring the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB a terrorist group.
In an effort to further fight erosion menace that has continued to cause harm in Oko, the home town of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, the community has begun planting of trees with robust root system. The Chairman of Ezioko village, Oko, Men’s meeting in Lagos, Mr. Chukwuneke Okafor,
The Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, Southeast Zone, has raised 12 questions for the immediate and incumbent governors of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi and Chief Willie Obiano, on the management and application of funds, as well as execution of projects in their tenures.
The newly-appointed Commissioner of Police for Abia, Anthony Ogbizi, assumed duty on Thursday, with a call on residents to embark on profitable ventures and ensure peace in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Ogbizi took over from Adeleye Oyebade after a brief handover ceremony at the command’s headquarters in Umuahia.
Members of the Hausa/Fulani community in Abia State have called for enhanced security for their members taking refuge in various locations, following days of reported attacks by suspected members of the separatist Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB.
Vehicular journeys on federal roads in the South-East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo have become deadly trap for motorists as virtually all the roads have become impassable.
Notable among such roads include the Enugu-Umuahia-Port Harcourt expressway, Onitsha-Owerri road, Enugu-Onitsha expressway,
Gov. Willie Obiano has inaugurated a 13-member Governing Council of Anambra State Health Insurance Agency to facilitate health delivery services in the state.
A statement made available to newsmen in Awka on Saturday noted that council was inaugurated at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, by Gov. Willie Obiano.
The Police Command in Enugu State says it has commenced investigation into the alleged poisoning of the food of a prominent man in a restaurant in Enugu, the state capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement he signed in Enugu on Sunday.
There are four market days in the Igbo land. These market days are Eke, Orie, Afor and Nkwo.
Market days in Igbo land are very significant so much so that the four market days I mentioned above are uniformly observed within every community in Igbo land. It was during the reign of Eze Nrijiofor I (1300-1390AD), the fifth Eze Nri in the line of succession that the Igbo tradition of four market days was instituted.
Ndubuisi Ekekwe - A Nigerian Genius Making Remarkable Tech Strides was born in Ovim, in Abia State, where he attended the Secondary Technical School. He passed his SSCE/WASCE with flying colors obtaining 8 distinctions which included A2 in Further Mathematics thereby setting his school’s all-time record as the best exam results in that examination. His gifted brain power started showcasing at his early years, as attested by the fact that he prepared himself for other none-science subjects and also score highly attaining a distinction in GCE.
The Chairman of the South-east Governors’ Forum, David Umahi, has debunked reports making the rounds alleging that the body met behind closed doors and subsequently accused the federal government of killing members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, and other related issues.
The Police Command in Enugu State said it has commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged drowning of three children in a well at Ezeama.
Ezeama is a village in Ohodo community in Igboetiti Local Government Area of the state
The Enugu State government has made another breakthrough in its on-going efforts to rid the state public service of ghost workers, recovering in the latest exercise, N21 million from ghost teachers in its Post-Primary School Board, PPSMB, within three months.
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has postponed its 2017 post-UTME screening exam earlier scheduled to start on Monday September 11.
Its Registrar, Chris Igbokwe, announced this in a statement on Saturday in Nsukka.
The registrar said a new date would be made known to the general public.
Traditional rulers in Umuahia South Local Government Council have called on Abia State House of Assembly to enact a law prohibiting open grazing, lamenting the destruction being done to crops by herdsmen. They also called on the authorities of Umuahia South council area to also enact an edit against open grazing even as they lamented the menace of herdsmen in the council area.
Allegations of ethnic and religious bias in appointments into top management positions in the nation’s cash cow, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, drew the ire of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and other opinion moulders in the South, who described it as a threat to national unity
No fewer than 900 heart surgeons will this month storm Nigeria for a congress of the African Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, AATCVS. The choice of Nigeria as destination for the congress is believed to have arisen from Nigeria’s recent successes in open heart surgeries. Scheduled to hold in Enugu between September 11 and 15, 2017, the congress has this year’s theme as “Safe, effective and sustainable cardiovascular surgery in Africa.” Chairman of the local organizing committee,
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has assured constituents on the completion of all projects attracted by him. This came on a day he also announced the arrival of underground water drilling equipment, a move he said was geared towards providing immediate succour to communities in Enugu West senatorial district facing the challenge of lack of portable water.
Scores of Owerri indigenes and their friends, yesterday, worshipped at Maria Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri, in supplication to God over the destruction of their ancestral market by Imo State Government. Also high on the people’s supplication was the repose of the soul of 10 year-old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi.
Two new Permanent Secretaries and ASOPADEC Commissioners have been sworn-in by the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu. Charging the offcers at Executive Chambers, Government House, Umuahia, the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu said ASOPADEC was established to handle the development of the oil producing communities.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has flagged off the execution of 136 school building projects across the state. The projects include four new Model Schools, spread across the state, with each comprising of ten classroom blocks, Library, Laboratory, Teachers quarters, Sick bay,
Abia State Government (ABSG) through his ministry of sports has disclosed that Enyimba FC stadium rehabilitation is set for completion. The state has released pictures of the final arrival of equipment and materials for the completion of the stadium in Aba, the capital of Abia State.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday commended the federal government for approving $150million loan for the construction of the Ring Road that cuts across eight local government areas of the state. The 160km road project has intercessions with trans-saharan highway as the state government had taken efforts to secure financiers for the laudable project.
Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria, an MA in English, Gender and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001.
Folklore continues to challenge humanity with interesting connexions and interpretations of experience. Indeed, it constantly invites us to look at life and its situations more closely to see how one aspect could be an interesting paradigm for the other. Is it what the folksongs convey in simple but profound philosophical statements or what the proverbs seem to legislate? Is it even in the silent speech of the wall mural in the shrine or the full concentration of the dibia afa the diviner while reading the signs of the seeds of insight on the divination tray?
Three people were suspected to have died in Owerri on Saturday when some youth protested the demolition of the main market in the capital, called Eke Ukwu Market, by the Imo Government.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Imo, Andrew Enwerem, however, said he could not confirm the deaths.
National telecommunications operator and leading corporate promoter of Nigerian arts and culture, Globacom, has announced its readiness to sponsor the prestigious Ofala festival of Onitsha, Anambra State, for another three years. This followed the signing, on Wednesday, of a new Memorandum of Understanding between Globacom and the palace of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe. The new deal will see the telecom firm sponsoring the festival from 2017 to 2020.
Researchers from Cornerstone University owerri, on fact finding mission weekend confirmed Umueri community, formerly known as Umuleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria, as the nexus of Igbo origin.
Earlier, during their first visit, a fortnight agothe group of researchers made up of Academicians, Theologians and Scholarsafter an extensive discussion with the people of the community on possible ways of assisting the team by furnishing them with accurate and unhindered truth about the origin of Igbo people were able convinced beyond all historical proof that Umueri holds the truth towards unlocking the real and untainted history of Igbo origin and that all Igbos can trace their ancestral home from the ancient town founded by Children of Eri, the son of Gad, a direct son of Jacob who is founder of the tribe of Israel.
Concerned members of Egbeani Ezeawulu community in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State have called on its embattled Chairman, Mr. Ignatius Okelekwe, to give account of his stewardship, alleging that N3.170 million belonging to the community could not be accounted for.
One of the aggrieved members of the community, Mr. Onyeka Egbe, claimed that the alleged misconduct of Okelekwe resulted in the disapproval of his leadership by members of the community.
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, assured the Igbo that his administration would give them their dues in appointments and provision of infrastructure.
The promise made when he received a coalition of South-East youth groups who mounted a vigil at the Presidential Villa gate to show solidarity with him was, however, dismissed as coming too little and too late in the life of his administration by several Igbo groups and personalities.
The University of Nigeria, UNN, Nsukka, has announced its official cut off mark for the 2017/2018 Post UTME screening exercise, less than one week after JAMB announced its marks.
Registrar of the institution, Chris Igbokwe, explained that UNN pegged its cut off mark at 200 after consultations.
UNN, Firm Partner on Auto Assembly
he University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and Hightech System Limited are to partner to set up tractors assembling and manufacturing plant as part of Higher Institution Tractorisation Initiative (HITI).
Transactional Adviser to HITI, Mr Ike Willie-Nwobu, said the project would be domiciled at the Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO) plant, Enugu.
According to him, the technical support is under the auspices of Chinese-Israeli European Technical Partnership Guide with the Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, providing Tractor Information and Communication Management System (TICMS).
The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has commissioned a key electrification project at Abia State University Uturu that enabled the institution to be connected to the national power grid.
The project was a great relief to the 36 year old institution that has been running on power generators since it was established in 1981.
Pro-Chancellor of the University, Senator Adolphus Wabara, thanked the Governor, on behalf of the senate, for assembling and appointing great leaders and administrators who have the interest of the University at heart to supervise the institution.
25 years after her creation as a Federating Unit in the Nigeria Federation, Abia has joined other Federating Units like Lagos, Bayelsa, Osun, Cross River etc to unveil and establish its own identity.
Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo - a lecturer, writer, essayist and administrator was born and raised in Eastern Nigeria, but now lives in Lagos. She is the first child of Joshua and Christiana Adimora and has five siblings. Raised partially in a rural environment and partially in the city, she combines these two factors, as background and setting for her children's stories and adult fiction. Though born in Eastern Nigeria, she has lived in different parts of the country - East, North and West. She has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and in the USA.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Masters (MA) degrees in English from the University of Lagos and her Ph. D from University of Ibadan, in Nigeria. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from University of Lagos.
Across Igboland and among the Igbo of Nigeria in the diaspora, the month of August, as it is now, is gladdened with the celebration of New Yam called iwa ji and iri ji ohuru. This is best pictured in the framing of the ceremony by Chinua Achebe’s work as far back as in the 1950s.
As Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) describes: “The pounded yam dish placed in front of the partakers of the festival was as big as a mountain. People had to eat their way through it all night and it was only during the following day when the pounded yam “mountain” had gone down that people on one side recognized and greeted their family members on the other side of the dish for the first time."
The South-East Governors Forum has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari back to Nigeria after his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
The Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, on behalf of the forum, thanked God for granting the president a divine healing.
The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the seizure of some exotic cars smuggled into the country recently.
The Customs, which posted photos of the cars on its Facebook page on Friday, said the cars were intercepted by the Federal Operations Units, Zone ‘C’ Owerri.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has initiated investigations into failed federal road contracts in the South-East.
The commission has invited all contractors awarded various road contracts by the federal government for questioning.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it has recovered N553.77 million from corrupt politicians in the South-east.
The Zonal Head of Operations of the commission, Johnson Babalola, made this disclosure at a news briefing on Tuesday in Enugu.
Oko community in Anambra State, the country home of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, has renewed call to the Anambra State government to save them from indiscriminate sand excavation. The community had on May this year petitioned the Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Anambra State over what it described as indiscriminate excavation of sand by a section of people in the town, as well as selling it for economic benefits.
Prof. Stella Okunna, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, has called on the Nigerian Copyright Commission, to strictly enforce copyright laws and bring copyright violators to justice.
Okunna, spoke in Awka on Saturday at a creative forum, organised by Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS).
Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, disclosed this in a statement in Abakaliki. According to him, the decision was sequel to a report submitted by the committee on verification of workers’ pensions and gratuities to the state executive council. “The council has authorised the release of N750 million for the payment of pension and gratuity arrears of retired state civil servants.
Over 300 staff of Imo State University Teaching Hospital, IMUTH, Orlu, yesterday, blocked the administrative complex of the hospital, over the allegation of half payment of salaries among other issues. Their grievances were outlined by the chairman, Joint Action Committee, JAC, Mr. Bright Chukwunta, who led the protest. According to him, they have also declared a 21-day prayer and fasting to seek the face of God in order to intervene in their predicament.
Wife of the Enugu State Governor, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has advised women to register their births with the National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure accurate population data.
Ugwuanyi, who gave the advice on Sunday at the beginning of an Inter-Denominational August Meeting of Nkanu East Senatorial District, in Agbani near Enugu, said such data would be relevant in national planning.
Chidi kwubiri -The world’s next greatest artist was born in 1966 in Umuahia, Abia State. He is a German-based artist who studied fine arts (painting) at the Art Academy Dusseldorf with Prof. Michael Buthe and Prof. A.R. Penck (Master of Fine Arts [Meisterschüler]). He has had multiple solo exhibitions in Nigeria, USA, Germany, South Africa, France and the Netherlands. Over the years his works have been shown at the Casablanca Biennale, Morocco, the “Palm Beach Contemporary”, Florida,USA, the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, Goethe-Institut, Dusseldorf, Germany, OPERA Gallery, Paris and at the 50th Anniversary of the Nigerian Independence at the Nigerian Embassy and Deutsche Bank, Berlin. Art knows neither limits nor boundaries.
Just about this time every year, married women and widows in the South-east of Nigeria do one thing in common. In every August, no matter in which part of the country they may live, they converge in their home towns, communities and villages to hold what has come to be known as August meeting.
The origin of this social and economic phenomenon is not for us to seek. It has its origin as a by-product of the civil war, during which most of these Igbo women were idly circulated around their communities and villages as they had been forced home by the circumstances of the civil war in 1967 – 1970. Through such communal gathering, they began to undertake some social and economic ventures either to help in the community or to give support to the development of their individual communities.
Chief Chijioke Nwakodo, the Chief of Staff to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia is dead.
Nwakodo, 56, died in a London hospital on Thursday evening, his younger brother, Mr Obidike Nwakodo, told newsmen on Friday in Umuahia.
Nwakodo further said that the news of his death was communicated to the family on Thursday evening.
The Enugu State Government has said that seven local government areas in the state are to benefit from N1.5 billion grant from the World Bank for execution of vital community development projects. The projects will be handled through the CSDP in the next three years.
General Manager, State Agency for Community and Social Development Projects, CSDP, Dr Maximus Asogwa, made this known while briefing the State Executive Council, exco meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on the progress of the partnership between the state government and the World Bank.
The Ekumeku Movement consisted of a series of uprisings against the rising power of the Royal Niger Company of the British Empire in the Anioma communities of the Western Igboland. The British penetration of Nigeria met with various forms of resistance throughout the country. In the south, the British had to fight many wars, in particular the wars against the Ijebu (a Yoruba group) in 1892, the Aro of Eastern Igboland in 1901–1902, and from 1883–1914, the Anioma.
Dr. Cosmas Maduka is the founder, President/CEO of Coscharis Group. He started Coscharis Motors as a one-man business and over the years has transformed the organization into an indigenous conglomerate with diverse interest in Manufacturing, ICT, Petrochemical, Auto care and Auto Components, Automobile Sales and Services, Agric and Agro Allied business sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Through his visionary leadership Coscharis Motors has secured sole franchise of BMW, MINI, Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover premium brands and Abro USA Auto care and Consumer products amongst others.
Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Nigeria, IPMAN, Aba depot, Chief Christian Ahukanna, has urged the Abia State Government to repair the road leading to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation depot at Osisioma Ngwa. Ahukanna, who made the appeal in Aba, said that the deplorable condition of the road had made it difficult for petroleum marketers to lift products from the depot to other areas of the country. “The road leading to NNPC Aba depot has been in deplorable condition for some time now. I have cried to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to help us out. He is a listening governor who has embarked on various road rehabilitation projects in Aba and other parts of the state
No fewer than 18 suspects were apprehended by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) for vandalizing electricity installations in the South-East region.
The arrest was carried out by the vigilante groups, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), police and the army in the last one month.
The Head of EEDC Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu that among the 18 suspected vandals, one of them had been sentenced to three years imprisonment.
World Bank is to spend $60 million (N21 billion) to build 500 rural roads in Abia State to enable farmers evacuate their agricultural produce.
The project would be executed under the Federal Government’s Rural Assess and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAM, aimed at boosting the government‘s paradigm shift in agriculture. Speaking, yesterday, at a stakeholders’ workshop, which involved traditional rulers and leaders of thought from rural communities, whose roads were selected for the programme, national coordinator of the programme, Mr. Ularamu Ubadoma, explained that some of the roads will have bridges to link them with other communities.
The news we often hear most times about Eastern Nigeria dominated by the Igbo ethnic group is the agitation for Biafra. But what a number of Nigerians do not know is that there is more to this region than the agitation for secession. There are deposits of tourists destinations tucked in different parts of the region from Enugu to Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, and Abia. For travellers who are preparing for adventure or looking for where to visit in Eastern Nigerian, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 6 destinations to include in your itinerant.
Four occupants of a two-storey building on Fire Service/Mbaise Road died after the building collapsed early Sunday.
Five other occupants of the building were, however, rescued but they sustained various degrees of injuries.
The Coordinator of Owerri Operations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Evans Ugoh, who confirmed the casualties to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said rescues operation was ongoing.
The Enugu State Government has offered scholarship up to first degree level in any Nigerian university to the best graduating student of Shalom Academy Nsukka in 2017, Cynthia Ali, who scored A1 in all the nine subjects she sat for in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam.
The state government also resolved to present the student with a certificate of honour in further recognition of her outstanding academic performance.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama says the Federal Government is prepared to give victims of the Ozubulu attack the best possible medical treatment wherever it is available. Onyeama disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen in Nnewi when a delegation of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) paid a condolence visit to the victims, government and people of Anambra.
Hundreds of tricycle operators on Wednesday besieged the Ebonyi State Government House, Abakaliki, to protest what they called excessive taxation by the government task force.
The protest which halted human and vehicular movement along the busy Ogoja Road lasted for over one hour.
The operators said members of the task force of the state Ministry of Works and Transport were robbing them of their tricycles.
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the sum of 12.319 billion naira would be recovered from public servants who fraudulently falsified their records of service.
The governor also directed that the over 530 staff who falsify their retirement age or refused to appear before the Verification Committee On Age Discrepancy And Date Of Birth and Employment of Public Officers in Delta State should be expunged from the payroll immediately.
The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, on Saturday lamented what it described as incessant attacks on its personnel discharging their lawful duties in Ebonyi.
The corps also alleged that a serving commissioner in the state watched its staff being lynched without acting.
Stella Uchegbu, Sector Commander of the commission in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria that such negative development was hindering the effective discharge of their duties.
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, said that not less than 75 manufacturing firms from about 150 in its membership list in the South East had shut down in the last five years.
Azubuike Okafor, chairman of MAN in-charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu, said this at the first Anambra Government-Development Partners summit in Awka on Tuesday.
Mr. Okafor attributed the shutdowns to harsh operational environment faced by members in the zone.
Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to intervene and ensure that the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia States, enjoys 24 hours supply of electric power.
The city of Aba is noted for its huge commercial activities, while the Ariaria Market is one of the most popular markets in the southern part of the country.
The Enugu State Government says it has discovered and weeded out 6,280 ghost workers and pensioners from the nominal rolls of local governments councils and its Pensions Board.
Part of the discovery was the findings of a committee that recently disbursed the first tranche of the Paris Club Refund, which was used to offset the outstanding salaries and some pensions of Local Government workers and retirees respectively, totaling 3,462 ghost pensioners.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has declared Monday as a day of mourning for those who died in Sunday’s attack at St Phillips Catholic Church Ozubulu which claimed 12 lives.
The governor stated this in a broadcast to the people of the state on Monday.
The governor, who debunked reports attributing the incident to terror attacks, again reiterated his earlier statement that the incident was a spill over of a drug war between indigenes of the state living abroad
His main business was to inspect the site of the Enyimba Industrial City which will house the Enyimba Free Trade Zone, a multi billion naira project promoted by the Abia State Government in conjunction with Real Estate Mogul, Darl Uzu. The project site is at Ukwa West LGA.
When the Minister was done, he and members of his entourage paid a courtesy call on the Governor at his official residence at Government House Umuahia where Governor Okezie Ikpeazu assured him of the total commitment of his administration to the realization of the project.
Wife of the President,Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has commissioned a sickle cell diagnosis and treatment center in Umuahia.
Represented by the wife of the former Military Administrator of Kebbi and Kastina states, Mrs Grace Chamah, she said one of the biggest challenges facing women and children in Nigeria was access to healthcare services.
She said she set up her pet project, ‘Future Assured’ to advocate improved healthcare services for the vulnerable and marginalized section of the Nigerian population
Okechukwu Ndibe, better known as Okey Ndibe, (born 1960) is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. Of Igbo ethnicity, Ndibe was born in Yola, Nigeria. He is a native of Amawbia a town in Akwa South Local Government of Anambra state, Nigeria. Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Never look an American in the eye: A Memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghost, and the making of a NIgerian American, Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain, and co-editor (with Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove) of Writers Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa. Janet Maslin of The New York Times as well as Philadelphia Inquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Mosaic magazine named Foreign Gods, Inc. one of the 10 best books of 2014.
Amawbia is a town in Awka South Local Government of Anambra State, Nigeria. The town has six surviving villages: Umueze, Ngene, Adabebe, Umukabia, Ezimezi and Enu-oji. From time immemorial, Amawbia had been an autonomous community, managing its own affairs. Beginning from 1905, Amawbia had been the seat of government for the former Awka District, the former Njikoka Local Government, and presently, Awka Local Government. Amawbia is also home to the state house i.e. Governor's lodge and the State Prisons. It was formed as a settlement for foreigners and the name is probably derived from ama ndi obia
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday sealed the multi-billion naira Enugu Mall occupied by SPAR, a multinational retail outlet.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that EFCC officers stormed the building in the early hours of the day and dispersed all the workers.
Chris Oluka, the Head of Public Affairs of EFCC, confirmed the incident, saying that the managers of the building flouted the directive of EFCC on the construction of the building.
Mr. Oluka said that the officers from Abuja raided the mall and dispersed workers who were recently recruited preparatory to official opening of business on Friday.
The country office of UNICEF in Nigeria has declared its full support for what it called a people-centred approach to governance adopted by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State since he assumed office.
Saying Governor Ugwuanyi’s government is strong, the UNICEF country representative, Mohammed Fall, who led a delegation from the global body on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Enugu, said, “I want also to thank you for your leadership, thank you for your vision, your government is also strong.
Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said that without the determination of his team, the state would not have become Nigeria’s fourth largest economy, noting that he inherited a state with an average ambition. He also stated that through strategic refocusing, the state had been positioned as one with the greatest chances of producing the most surprising development results in the next five years.
Gov. Willie Obiano has approved Hepatitis screening for an estimated 6.18 million Anambra population, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Josephat Akabuike, said on Friday.
Akabuike said this during a news briefing to mark the 2017 World Hepatitis Day in Awka.
He said that the screening was already included in the state health insurance scheme and was billed to commence before the end of this fiscal year.
According to him, the screening will be done at all government health facilities across the state.
Parts of Asaba, the Delta State capital, were Saturday submerged, following a heavy down pour which lasted for over six hours and caused gridlock on the Okpanam road.
Delta Broadcadting Station, DBS, Asaba, wes submerged by the flood. Okpanam road, DBS Road, SSS road, West end were heavily flooded, cutting off the Asaba shopping mall. Our correspondent reports that the drainage being constructed on the Okpanam road was overwhelmed by the flood.
The flood which led to the collapse of parts of the fence of the State Broadcasting Station, DBS, also cut off the State Police headquarters and Okpanam village from the Asaba metropolis.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has restated its determination to ensure that nothing happens to the Igbo in the North on account of the quit notice issued by a coalition of Arewa youths.Rising from a meeting at Umudike, Abia State, to review its next move on the parley with Arewa Youths over the quit notice, the group expressed the hope that the meetings would yield fruitful results.
They however, expressed regret that one Edozie Eyibo, whom they claimed is not an Igbo man and Chuks Ibegbu were allegedly working against peaceful resolution of the issue.
Awo-omamma is presently located east of Uli after its neighboring community Mgbidi.
It is home to the famous Njaba River on its eastern flanks.
The federal dual road from Onitsha to Owerri runs like an equator cutting across the Njaba into Northern and Southern parts from the West down to the East of Awo-omamma.
Awo-omamma has contiguous boundaries with communities of many local government areas such as Mbaitoli, Oguta, Oru-West etc. Awo-omamma touches Ukwuorji (Mbaitoli Local Area) after the Njaba bridge. The coastal people of Awo-omamma were refered to as “Umunnam bi la ofe” which can be translated the clan across the river. This clan shares borders with Akabo while Umuelibi and Ubahaze (Clans in Awo-omamma) clans share boundaries with Awa presently in Oguta L.G.A as far as the Uha mmiri along its borders with Ngbele.
Charles Obiukwu – Mr. Ellington, one of Nigeria’s finest entrepreneurs, an Economist and a philanthropist hails from Osumenyi in Nnewi Local Government Area Anambra State Nigeria.
Charles studied Economics in Igbenidion University Okada where he graduated with honors in 2006 and obtained an Msc. in International Business Management from the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.
Charles Obiukwu is the CEO of HECTA Resources the sole agent of the leading Ellington world class brand of electrical appliances. He is acknowledged as an influential Business Leader and an Advocate for an innovative Africa.
Charles is also the founder of The Charles Obiukwu Foundation and Obiukwu Empowerment Foundation. His goal is to empower young adults starting from the grassroots with Positive Value Education that will promote patriotism and rekindle creativity among members of this age bracket who will make their community and the country at large in the near future a safe place and the centre of attraction to the world. He believes that the moral value of a nation has a direct impact on their economy. Through his foundation, he is pioneering “ThePositiveChange” campaign. He has through the foundation launched a campaign in partnership with the principals of community secondary schools in Osumenyi to reorient the mindset of the young adults in these schools by modelling inspirational icons such as Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa and others through print publication like class posters, frames and an upcoming inter-school Essay Contest for Secondary Schools in Osumenyi such as St. Anthony of Padua Secondary School. Charles Obiukwu believes that applied knowledge is the building block for the future.
He married to Edith Obiukwu.
“Knowledge isn’t power. Knowledgeable action is power.”
The Enugu Government has engaged the services of 291 health workers to monitor and minimise patterns of spread of diseases in all the political wards in the state.
The Director of Public Health Services, Okechukwu Ossai, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday, said the workers would also report incidences of disease outbreaks to 88 focal sites for disease surveillance in the state.
He said the involvement of local informants in localities was fashioned to facilitate timely knowledge and information on disease outbreak at ward levels.
No fewer than 700 suspected cultists and 38 suspected armed robbers were arrested in different parts of Anambra in the last three weeks, Garba Umar, the state Commissioner of Police, has said.
Mr. Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka that the arrests were clear signal that Anambra was no longer a safe haven for criminals.
“This number of arrests within three weeks to me was unprecedented and we will sustain the tempo until we flush out all the bad eggs in the state,” he said.
Oduah is passionate about the South East Development Commission, SEDC, which she co-sponsored with Senator Samuel Anyawu, PDP, Imo East, to facilitate the development of Igbo states just like the NDDC is doing in the Niger Delta.
The bill had been rejected in the House of Representatives after a rowdy session, but succour came when the Senate allowed it to scale second reading.
Oduah and Anyanwu will never forget in a hurry the day the bill passed second reading as there was wild jubilation in the Senate chamber as well as the gallery by Igbo senators and members of the House of Representatives.
Days after time ran out for the priests of Ahiara diocese, in Nigeria’s Imo state, to write and apologise for having refused to accept Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, their bishop for the past five years, Pope Francis, through some of his closest advisers, has begun to respond to each of them.
“The pope promised he would write back, and he’s doing so,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria.
The prelate, who’s been the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Ahiara, also said that the letters “are not passing through me,” so he doesn’t know their content, and added that he probably won’t until the process of delivering the letters is over.
The Acting Programme Manager of Agricultural Development Programme, Anambra, Mr Jude Nwankwo says plans are underway to commence export of rice from the state in 2018.
Nwankwo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka.
“By the grace of God, Anambra will commence rice export after our harvest this year’’, he said. He said that the figure would be 300, 000 higher than what was recorded in 2016.
“In 2016, we projected 180, 000 metric tonnes of rice, but we surpassed it by 20, 000. In 2017 our target is to produce 500, 000 metric tonnes of rice, but the information from the field indicates that the figure will even go higher again’’, he said.
Mr Joseph Aremu, the new Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps in Imo, has called for robust partnership and collaboration with the state Police Command to check road accidents.
Aremu made the call on Thursday in Owerri when he visited the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike.
He described police as a critical stakeholder in highway management.
Aremu said that the visit was to seek improved collaboration with the police to effectively and efficiently coordinate activities on the highways.
“FRSC is doing its best to reduce road crashes in the state. We are working tirelessly to ensure that road crashes are completely reduced.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has dissolved the state executive council. The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr Onyii Wamah on Friday night. According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained his Chief of Staff, Mr Sunny Nwakodo, and the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Obinna Oriaku. Also retained is the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Chief Umeh Kalu (SAN).
No reason was given for the sack of the commissioners, special advisers as well as senior special assistants and the SSG.
Ede-Aroh festival is an annual festival held at the Afor market square every last Afor market day of the year in which cocoyam is celebrated. To every Abagana person, if sowing and harvesting of yam is the reserve of men, then sowing and harvesting of coco-yam is exclusive to women; balancing the activities of sowing and reaping between the sexes.
During Ede-Aroh festival, women bring portions of their cocoyam yield to Aroh deity in gratitude of Aroh’s protection and guide. The cocoyams are prepared and eaten as bond of brotherhood among the people
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has agreed a N2 billion deal with the Ebonyi State Government, for which each of the parties will provide N1 billion each as matching funds geared towards empowering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
Bank of Industry
Managing Director of BoI, Olukayode Pitan, said at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the bank would work with the state to ensure that it provides training for owners and operators of SMEs in the state.
Eni Njoku was born on November 6, 1917 in Ebem, Ohafia, Abia State. He was educated at Ebem Primary School and attended the Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar from 1933 to 1936. He attended the Yaba Higher School (now Yaba College of Technology) Lagos from 1937 to 1939.
Eni Njoku studied botany at the University of Manchester in England. He graduated with a first class honors degree in 1947 and obtained his M.A. degree the following year. In 1954, he obtained his doctorate from the University of London.
The Ofala Festival, is an annual ceremony practiced by the indigenes of Onitsha, and of recent years by other neighboring Igbo communities such as Nnewi in Anambra State, SouthEastern Nigeria and Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area. It serves as a rites of renewal of the king or Obi and it is similar to the Igue festival in Benin and the Ine , Osi or Ogbanigbe Festival in many mid-West Igbo communities of Nigeria. The term ofala, is derived from two Igbo words - ofo and ala. The festival is celebrated within two days mostly in October by the Obi
EBONYI State Government, weekend, accused its Cross River State counterpart of frustrating the peace move initiated by it to quell the boundary dispute between boundary communities in the states. Last Saturday, nine persons, including a pregnant woman from Ofioji, Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, were allegedly killed by their counterparts in Cross River State, following the outbreak of fresh hostilities in the affected communities.
But in a quick reaction, Chief Press Secretary to Cross River State Government, Mr. Christian Ita, denied the allegation that the state government was frustrating the peace move geared towards resolving the boundary dispute, describing it as untrue and unfounded.
The Federal High Court, Awka, and the ongoing multi-million naira Federal Secretariat complex both in Anambra are currently under threat of gully erosion.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited the erosion site, reports that the tarred road to the state secretariat, through Ekwueme Square, is also endangered.
Furthermore, the gully is already eating off the perimeter fence of the moribund Anambra Secretariat building commenced under the Chinwoke Mbadinuju administration, thereby endangering the structure.
The President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo has explained the reason why the top Igbo organisation prefers restructuring of the country to total break up despite the relentless agitation of its youth.
According to a statement from his office on Friday, Mr. Nwodo told a cross section of Ndigbo leaders in Abuja on Thursday that no ethnic group has more stake in the Nigeria project than the Igbo and as such Igbos cannot consider a break up as a viable option.
The Ohanaeze boss said that there is no part of this country where Igbos have not invested their resources even without any corresponding investment from others in Igboland.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.
Mr. Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognised traditional rulers in the State in Owerri on Tuesday
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been commended for his commitment to improving healthcare standard in Enugu State and making it accessible to all.
The governor got the commendation when a delegation from Roche Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostic Services visited him at the Government House, Enugu. The company’s director of special projects, Henry Onwuka, said they were impressed with the “positive steps” Governor Ugwuanyi has taken to give healthcare delivery in the state uplift, noting that it was what inspired their decision to collaborate with his administration.
The Ebonyi State Government has urged security agencies to ensure that the killers of an indigene, Linus Ogbee, suspected to have been killed by herdsmen in a farm settlement in Ondo State, are apprehended and prosecuted.
Mr Ogbee, a 67-year-old father of seven, was killed at the weekend in his farm at Ilion Camp, Igbatoro, a farm settlement community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The Police in Anambra have arrested two suspected bank robbers following their failed attempt to rob Union Bank Nkpor branch near Onitsha.
Mark Ijarafu, the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Ogidi division, made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Ogidi on Sunday.
Mr. Ijarafu said: “a three-man robbery gang at about 1.00 a.m. on June 24, stormed one of the Union bank branches located at Nkpor
Igbo Leaders of Thought, including governors, members of the National Assembly, leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers and church leaders, met at Enugu, yesterday night, and pledged their support for a restructured but united Nigeria where there would be justice, equity and fairness.
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has however, rejected the opposition of the Igbo leaders to the splitting of the country, saying the leaders were helping the Nigerian government to delay the imminent disintegration of the country.
Those of us who believe in the Igbo project within a wider concept know that there cannot be any headway without consultations. Politics is not for Monks. Saints who understand the game work assiduously to win as many souls as possible. There is more to power than youthful exuberance.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo as presently constituted and ably headed by Dr. Nnia Nwoko should be the voice of the Igbo henceforth. There is enough room in Nigeria for everyone. What should occupy the minds of those who understand politics is how to work with the other ethnic nationalities to restructure the country.
In an effort to ensure good motorable roads for Ndi Anambra, Governor Obiano has embarked on massive repair and filling of potholes in major cities of Anambra state.
The Engr. Supervising Potholes repair in Anambra Central Engr. Chibuzor Adimorah said, while monitoring the repair of Alex Ekwueme roads in Awka that Governor Obiano through the Anambra Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) has impacted positively for Ndi Anambra in plying safely on Anambra roads.
Engr .Adimorah urged Ndi Anambra to continue to support Governor Willie Obiano for the progress of the state.
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested two notorious cult kingpins engaged in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state.
The Police recovered one cut-to-size single-barrelled locally-made gun, two axes and one machete concealed in the suspects’ bags.
The command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu, yesterday, that the suspects were “strong members of Egede Ayes Confraternity.’’
Amadioha is the Alusi (god) of thunder and lightning of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. He is amongst the most popular of Igbo deities and in some parts of Igboland, he is referred to as Amadiora, Kamalu (which is short for Kalu Akanu), Kamanu, or Ofufe. Astrologically, his governing planet is the Sun. His color is red, and his symbol is a white ram. Metaphysically, Amadioha represents the collective will of the people.He is often associated with Anyanwu, who is the Igbo god of the Sun. While Anyanwu is more prominent in northern Igboland, Amadioha is more prominent in the southern part. His day is Afo, which is the third market day of the Igbo four-day week.
Prof. Osita Ogbu -is highly commended for his intellectual accomplishments and con¬ceptualization of development templates that have impacted the growth trajectory of several African countries; for his commitment and quality service to Nigeria, especially on the economic turf.
He was Economic Adviser to the President and also Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission. He has been Executive Director of The African Tech¬nology Policy Studies Network, Nairobi. He is a notable teacher, development economist, policy studies expert, youth mentor, public speaker, public affairs commentator, international con¬sultant and author. He has travelled to over 40 countries mostly for professional engagements - and considerably impacted humanity
The Anambra Police Command has described as ‘untrue’ media reports stating the discovery of arms and ammunition in an articulated vehicle that conveyed yam tubers into Nnewi on June 12.
The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Sam Okaula, told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Awka that nothing of the sort occurred.
“What actually happened was that on June 12, a member of vigilance operative went to a pit somewhere in Uruagu, Nnewi, and dug out two rusted old magazines and few ammunition.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has dissolved the state executive council. The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Onyii Wamah, on Friday night. According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained his Chief of Staff, Sunny Nwakodo, and the Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku.
The Kaduna state government has debunked the news setting the social media abuzz that some Igbos fleeing the north, following the eviction order given to them by some northern groups, were ambushed and killed in Kaduna. A statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, SSA to Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Media and Publicity) said the state government had met with the Igbo community in the state and that the Igbo community have said that there were neither any Igbo person relocating in panic nor were there any such thing as ambush and massacre.
As the coalition of 16 Northern youth groups begin the count-down of the quit notice handed down to the Igbos in the 19 Northern States to vacate the region before 1st October, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting with the Traditional Rulers at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa Abuja. The South East Traditional Rulers is led by its Chairman, His Eminence, Eze Dick Eberechi and some of the selected monarchs that include His Royal Highness, Eze Cosmas Agwu and Eze Lawrence Agubuzu.
The Commissioner for Education in Ebonyi, Prof. John Eke, has warned that the government would clamp down on schools in the state being operated without the approval of the government. He gave the warning on Wednesday in Abakaliki in an interview with newsmen.
He said that it was illegal to operate school without obtaining necessary approval from the government. He said that the Ministry of Education had well-defined procedure which prospective school proprietors must comply with to obtain approval.
He maintained that it was illegal and against the laws of the state to establish and operate any school including nursery, primary or secondary without an enabling licence issued by the Ministry.
In line with Governor Willie Obiano’s determination to arrest Youths restiveness in the state through empowerment in agriculture, IFAD Assisted Value Chain Development Project (VCDP) in collaboration with Hello tractors, Nig. Ltd has embarked on a week training for Youths, drawn from 5 participating Local Government Area under Value Chain Development Project.
The one week training going on at ADP Awka premises is targeted at empowering the youths on tractors operations and maintenance in their designated Local Government Areas.
Speaking on the occasion, the State Project Coordinator, (SPC), on Value Chain Development Project, Mr.Agwuncha stated that the youths numbering 15 were selected from registered cooperatives from Anyamelum, Anambra East and West, Awka North and Orumba North, the five participating Local Government Areas under,
I come from Mbriri, a town in Imo State. I was born in Owerri to the family of late Reginald Iwuagwu. I am the last of eight surviving children. I was born by parents who were not rich. I had a very humble and challenging childhood. I grew up in a part of Owerri called Royce Road. It was not a rich settlement. I went to one of the poorest schools then in Owerri, Water Side Primary School. It was a school that produced highly successful people. From there I moved to Emmanuel College, Owerri, where I finished my secondary school. I trekked to school in both primary and secondary school. While I was in SS1, my father had stroke that got him nearly bedridden and he died after five years. It is a family where we had to sell almost everything that we owned just to keep my father alive.
Highly accomplished men and women are admitted into orders for people of title such as Ndi Ozo or Ndi Nze. These people receive insignia to show their stature. Membership is highly exclusive, and to qualify an individual need to be highly regarded and well-spoken of in the community.
A bill for the establishment of the South East Development Commission, on Wednesday, scaled second reading in the Senate; one week after a similar bill was thrown out in House of Representatives.
The bill co-sponsored by two South-eastern senators, Stella Oduah, PDP-Anambra, and Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, was subsequently referred to the committee on establishment and public service matters, which, Senate President Bukola Saraki ruled, should report back in four weeks.
The governors of the five south-east states have urged Igbos leaving in Northern Nigeria to remain where they are and go about their activities without fear of being attacked. They assured them of their security despite the three months ultimatum given to them to leave the region by a Northern coalition.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, gave the assurance on Thursday at a press briefing in Abakaliki.
Pope Francis has intervened in an ethnic crisis involving the Nigerian town of Ahiara, Imo state , whose bishop, Peter Okpaleke, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012, is unwanted by lay people and priests of the diocese.
Though Mr. Okpaleke is an Igbo from Anambra State, the Catholic leaders in Ahiara rejected him because he is not an Igbo man from Mbaise.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo, has said that the northern youths asking the Igbo to leave the north should be treated like Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) he also said that the ‘Ohanaeze has called on the Igbo in the North to go about their normal activities and to be law-abiding’
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has sent a 7-man investigative team to Delta State to investigate the criminal activities of armed Fulani herdsmen in parts of the State.
Delta Women protest rape by herdsmen
The visit of the team to Delta is sequel to a petition by the member representing Ethiope East in the Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA, Mr. Evance Ivwurie to President Muhammad Buhari and his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump calling for urgent action to stop the attacks by armed herdsmen in the area before it snowballs into a major catastrophe
Acting state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in Ebonyi State, Mr Leonard Nkah yesterday applauded Governor David Umahi over the refund of the pension funds deducted from the salaries of workers in the state’s civil service. Nkah, who gave the commendation in Abakaliki noted that the development had gone a long way to boost workers confidence in the policies and programmes of the present administration in the state.
Dike Chukwumerije is a Nigerian Spoken Word and Performance Poetry artist and an award winning author. He has eight published books to his name including the novel, Urichindere, which won the 2013 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Prose Fiction and a poetry theatre production - Made In Nigeria - currently touring the country.
He was born in Lagos, and had his primary and secondary education in that city, before moving north to Abuja where he studied Law at the University there. His interest in writing and Poetry came as a child from his elder brother,
The Nigerian Police on Thursday applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his commitment to the peace and security of his state.
The police equally scored Enugu state high on initiation of innovative programmes aimed at complementing the efforts of security agencies in combating crimes and securing the lives and property of the citizenry
Ahead of his administration’s second year anniversary, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Tuesday stirred celebration across the state as he simultaneously inaugurated 26 development projects executed by his administration, his spokesperson said.
The projects, sited mostly in the rural areas were among the 35 flagged off simultaneously late last year across the 17 Local Government Areas in line with the administration’s vision of opening up rural areas to create more urban centres for socio-economic growth.
Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has inaugurated a six man membership Abia State scholarship board.
The board is to among other things provide succour and support from Primary, Secondary through Tertiary education in Abia, look for the most vulnerable pupils and students in their first and final years of education and those who desire for skills in line with his administration’s objectives which he described as most critical
The Anambra State Head of service, Barrister Harry Udu has said that the current contributory pension scheme for civil servants is strictly for their welfare and not intended for any political reasons. Barrister Udu who spoke to the press in Awka on the efficacy and veracity of the scheme, said it has not been suspended as some people alleged.
According to him, when the exercise started in 2014, there was a window period for those who had up to three years to retire which will end on the first of July this year
The police in Imo State have arrested no fewer than 87 people who allegedly took part in armed robbery, kidnapping and cult-related activities between April 1 and May 22, 2017, in the state. The command stated that within the six weeks under review, it had recovered not less than 47 firearms and ammunitions from hoodlums.
Protesters lamented the non-payment of their salaries for a year and one month. They called on the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to listen to their plights.
Chioma Ajunwa –Opara is the first Nigerian and West African woman to win an Olympic athletic gold medal and thereafter inspiring a generation of athletes to lift their gazes and go for the highest; for inspiring the Nigeria Police and demonstrating that with passion, discipline and focus, a person, however disadvantaged, can indeed go forth and achieve important life goals.
Mmanwu is a traditional masquerade of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. Their culture revolves around work and entertainment; for the Igbo people, masquerade is a major form of entertainment. The masquerade revolves around their community and masquerades can differ from village to village.
The transport ministry says the proposal for a $5.9 billion loan to finance railway projects captures all parts of the country, denying the eastern corridor had been excluded as alleged by a Senator.
The Senate had, on Tuesday, resolved to summon the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, after Eyinnaya Abaribe, PDP-Abia, alleged that the eastern corridor had been excluded from the plan.
The police in Enugu State have arrested two suspected bandits allegedly responsible for the killing of Helen Sunday, the orderly of Enugu State Deputy Governor, Cecilia Ezeilo.
A statement by the spokesperson of the command, Ebere Amaraizu, issued in Enugu on Wednesday, said the arrest was effected by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command.
Residents of Odume Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, yesterday protested against the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, over what they called refusal to respect and obey the agreement they reached with them at National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Forum.
Awka indigenes resident in the United States of America, USA and Canada have begun a five-day free health care programme for all villages in the town as part of their think home project for their people.
The exercise, under the Awka Union USA and Canada International Medical Mission, which is taking place in five strategic locations in Anambra State capital, is targeted at about 2000 sick people from poor families in all the villages in the town.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has advised its people against depending on other parts of the country for its source of food consumption. President Buhari says we must produce our food locally
The apex Igbo body therefore called on Ndigbo both home and abroad to invest much in agriculture, especially in their peculiar areas of comparative advantage such as palm produce, rice, cassava, cashew plantation, yam, among crops
Some indigenes of Ebonyi State resident in Aba, Abia State have decried the dilapidated state of the government lodge located in the city.
South East Voice observed that a section of the Ebonyi Government Lodge is being used by some traders, artisans and horticulturists who display their wares in the area. It was gathered that Ebonyi Government Lodge, Aba, was inherited by the state government during the creation of the State in 1996.
Onyeka Onwenu (born 17 May 1952) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, journalist, politician, and X Factor series judge. She is the youngest daughter of the Nigerian educationist and politician D.K Onwenu. Dubbed the "Elegant Stallion" by the Nigerian press, she is a former chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture, and currently the Executive Director/chief executive officer of the National Centre for Women Development.
The Ekumeku Movement consisted of a series of uprisings against the rising power of the Royal Niger Company of the British Empire in the Anioma communities of the Western Igboland. The British penetration of Nigeria met with various forms of resistance throughout the country. In the south, the British had to fight many wars, in particular the wars against the Ijebu (a Yoruba group) in 1892, the Aro of Eastern Igboland in 1901–1902, and from 1883–1914, the Anioma.
The Supreme Court, on Friday, declined to sack Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State from office over alleged tax infractions. A five-man panel of Justices of the apex court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which nullified Ikpeazu’s removal from office over the alleged fraud
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has expressed shock over the death of the President of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal, CCA, Justice Pius Ifeanyi Okpara, after a brief illness. According to a Government House statement signed by the Governor’s.
Anxiety has enveloped communities in Imo State, seeking recognition for an autonomous status following the squabble between Imo State House of Assembly and the state Commissioner for Community Government Council, Mr. Innocent Eke, in connection with creation of autonomous communities in the state