Archive for July, 2017

Rivers APC state-wide LGA Congresses hold tomorrow – Chief Ikanya

Posted on July 29, 2017. Filed under: Politics |

Rivers APC state-wide LGA Congresses hold tomorrow Chief Ikanya

Following the APC Stakeholders meeting that held today (Friday) at ESI, 120 Woji Road, GRA, Port Harcourt under the oversight of some national officers of the party, it has been re-affirmed that the state-wide LGA Congresses slated for tomorrow, Saturday, 29th July, 2017 will go ahead as earlier scheduled.

Speaking after today’s meeting, the APC State Chairman, Chief (Dr) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said that the locations and venues where the Congresses will hold in all 23 LGAs of the State have been duly communicated to APC LGA party officers. He also assured that necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure hitch-free Congresses across the State.

Chief Ikanya re-iterated the need for all members of the party to participate peacefully in the exercise in their various LGAs accordingly.

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Peller Unity Cup: Alesh Akeem meets Shina Peller, Aquila group

Posted on July 29, 2017. Filed under: Arts and Entertainment |

Peller Unity Cup: Alesh Akeem meets Shina Peller, Aquila group

Nigeria’s leading and celebrity pencil artist Alesh Akeem has been spotted with Quilox CEO, Shina Peller amidst the on-going Peller Unity Cup.

Alesh Akeem and Shina Peller were seen together alongside other members and crew of the Aquila records during the south-western states tour for the tournament.

The tournament according to Shina Peller is played to immortalized his late father’ Prof. Moshood Abiola Peller and mark the 20th anniversary since he departed. He also added that the aim tournament is to improve Oyo state grassroots football without any hidden political intentions.

Alesh Akeem is famous for drawing and presenting hyper realistic artworks to international celebrities and top notable Nigerians.

Source: Adeyera Olubunmi

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Rivers APC delighted with Ag. President Osinbajo’s visit to Rivers State

Posted on July 29, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Rivers APC delighted with Ag. President Osinbajo’s visit to Rivers State

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed profound delight over the visit of Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN Thursday and his successful commissioning of the new ultra-modern world-class fertilizer plant built by Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited in Port Harcourt.

The party ina statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary,  Mr. Chris Finebone said, “with production capacity of 4,000 metric tons of nitrogenous fertilizer per day and production capacity of 1.5 million metric tons of Urea fertilizer the plant built with 1.5 billion dollars is considered the world’s largest single-train Urea plant. It is supported by a port terminal at the nearby Onne Port Complex, and a dedicated Gas Pipeline of 83.5km for gas supply.”

The statement noted that “the implication and significance of this huge investment cannot be lost on the economy and people of Rivers State as it will perhaps provide the largest single employment opportunity to Rivers people and other Nigerians, especially in the downstream sector of agriculture where the plant’s products are important input.”

It reads: “The APC applauds the Acting President for personally commissioning the plant as the Indorama Eleme Petrochemical Limited remains perhaps the nation’s most viable privatisation scheme undertaken by the federal government.

“However, we deplore the tantrum being thrown at the APC by the governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike alleging that leaders of our party put pressure on the Acting President to decline commissioning his market and motor park projects. The governor should understand that no President in Nigeria goes about commissioning local government projects such as markets and garages. The Acting President, pressed for time, managed to commission the only two road projects that appeared to be of some significance – the Chokocho-Igbo-Etche-Rumuokurushi Road and Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road.

“Ordinarily, we expect Gov. Wike to show appreciation that the Acting President squeezed in the commissioning of those two projects into his very tight schedule and not accuse the Ag. President and APC of playing politics. If anyone played politics over the visit, it was Gov. Nyesom Wike. We urge him to take the advice of the Acting President that public office holders should pay more attention to governance than playing politics. The governor should have cleared the projects he wanted commissioned with the office of the Acting President prior to commencing his media propaganda instead he put the cart before the horse. Instead of taking the blame for mismanaging the process and deliberately lying to the people, he resorted to blaming the APC. Gov Wike should own up that his attempt to continue fooling the people crashed in his face this time around.

“In the beginning, Gov. Nyesom Wike and PDP told Rivers people that the Acting President was visiting Rivers State to commission his projects. They never mentioned the fertilizer plant at Eleme. On the other hand, APC told Rivers people that the major assignment the Acting President was coming to perform in Rivers State was the commissioning of the ultra-modern world-class fertilizer plant built by Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited. With the visit having come and gone, we believe that Rivers people now know who tells them the truth.”

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Epe abduction: MSSN rejoices, wants culprits arrested

Posted on July 28, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Epe abduction: MSSN rejoices, wants culprits arrested

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has congratulated the parents of the just released kidnapped students in Lagos State.

This was contained in a statement by the Amir of  MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, on Friday.

It would be recalled six students were kidnapped in Lagos State Model College, Igbonla about 64 days ago.

The students were released on Friday in Ondo State.

While rejoicing with the parents and families of the students, Ashafa noted that security operatives deserved a level of commendation over the safety of the released students.

He hailed the security operatives for their maturity in ensuring the safe release of the kidnapped Students.

The Muslim students’ leader, however, urged security operatives in the state to ensure the culprits were arrested and punished.

He said, “It is glorious to say that after 64 days of heightened pressure on the Police and other Security operatives to secure the release of the students earlier than now, there is a success story at the end.

“We  should also commend the professionalism and maturity displayed by the Police that brought this huge relief that climaxed the whole experience at the end of the day. Hopefully, the Police will get the culprits arrested and punished. This is important to serve as deterrence to other ill-minded individuals planning to engage in the condemnable act of kidnapping.”

He subsequently urged the Lagos State government to create avenues that  would relieve the kidnapped students of the ‘horrible’  experiences they must have gone through.

 

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PDP Lampoons APC, Lauds Osinbajo For Honouring Gov Wike’s Invitation

Posted on July 28, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

PDP Lampoons APC, Lauds Osinbajo For Honouring Gov Wike’s Invitation

The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has lauded the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his visit to the State Thursday, July 27, 2019 for the commissioning of some landmark projects by the State Governor, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike despite the retrogressive efforts of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State to dissuade him from honouring the invitation.

A statement from the office of the State chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said by ignoring the call and gossips of the anti-democratic APC elements, Prof. Osinbajo has once more proved that he is the Acting President of Nigeria and not that of the APC and that national interest should be placed over and above personal, parochial and selfish interests.

The statement further noted that the Acting President being a better educated, more exposed, and of superior class than the charlatans in APC could not have been swayed from honouring Gov Wike’s invitation having been in the State earlier, and amazed by what the Wike administration has been able to achieve in only two years in office, gave him the name ‘Mr Project’.

The State PDP noted with regret that rather than invest all the millions of naira into more meaningful ventures or at worse, empower their few surviving ‘living dead’ members, the visionless APC felt the best they could do was to spend the millions of naira on media hype and publicity to misinform a more reasonable Acting President.

Recall that the APC through their State Chairman, Davis Ikanya, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze and Chris Fine bone had prior to the visit of the Acting President, mischievously paid for full pages of advertorials in major national dailies, asking and urging the Acting President to put off the visit to Rivers State just to ridicule the State but were shamefully ignored by the Acting President, Prof. Osinbajo.

“This has once more brought to the fore the fact that the intimidated political acolytes and stooges of Rotimi Amaechi are still living in the past when people were hoodwinked to believe outright lies dressed and packaged as real and which characterized the eight wasted years of the Amaechi administration as the State governor.

Things have long changed, and seeing they say, is believing which is the watch word of the Wike administration,” the statement added.

The State PDP wished and advised the APC political jobbers like Chris Finebone, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze etc, to learn from the Acting President’s wisdom and respect for great achievers like Gov Nyesom Wike and not to idle away their time in petty jealousy and politics of calumny and blackmail which have earned them nothing but condemnation and jeers all over the country as anti-masses politicians.

 

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Umahi: 53 Garlands to a resolute revolutionist and the New Zik of Nigeria Politics

Posted on July 27, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Umahi: 53 Garlands to a resolute revolutionist and the New Zik of Nigeria Politics

By Monica Ada Chidinma Eze

Hurray! Hurray!! Hurray o!!! my boss, uncle, the Lion of Ebonyi, the enigma and the new face of democracy in the politics of Nigeria, Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi FNSE, FNATE the present Governor of Ebonyi State is 53. God in His infinite mercy and divine consideration blessed Nigeria with this accomplished Administrator on the fateful day of 25th July, 1964. Wow!! I am so excited to celebrate this indefatigable, a resolute revolutionist who based on the trust of his brother South East Governors collectively elected him the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum. Governor Umahi’s emergence to lead this strategic body did not come as a surprise to political watchers in Nigeria considering his organizational acumen, reputation as peacemaker, sagacity, prowess and the wisdom with which he has governed Ebonyi since his assumption of office on May 29, 2015 and formal acceptability of Ebonyi State into the mainstream of the politics of South East.

It is on record that for the first time the South East Governors’ Forum under the purposeful and visionary leadership of Governor Dave Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State has a vision and drive for zonal socio-economic and security integration of the region and have mapped out strategies especially in energy sector for greater economic activities in Igboland. In order to achieve this, the S.E. governors have announced the composition of 10-man economic team which comprised Professor Barth Nnaji, former presidential economic adviser, Professor Osita Ogbu and eight others to be selected from the five states that make up the zone, adding two each to be selected from the  five states in the zone. This vision will go a long way at improving power supply and help to spur its railway, cement production and other economic and industrial programs the zone is articulating in unism. Efforts are also made to interface with the Southeast Economic Corporation, Central Bank and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for collaborations to achieve this noble goal,

In its vision to fight the menace of kidnapping, robbery and other vices prevalent in the region, the Forum has planned for security integration of the region and in this regard agreed to compare notes, collaborate with their commissioners of police and other security agencies to achieve this security integration.

Considering the unique position of this new face of democracy in Nigeria, this trailblazer, an asset the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ensured that he was among the six political leaders selected to visit our ailing President at London at least to reassure Nigerians that our President is getting better.

In recognition of this great and unassuming leader from Ebonyi State he was awarded the prestigious Zik Prize for exemplary leadership in consideration of his unprecedented feats within two years in office as the Governor of Ebonyi State, which has given hope, not only to the South Easterners but to the entire Nigeria that leadership that can take her out of her present wood and predicament is still possible.” Affirming the greatness of this new discovery in the politics of Nigeria one of the big voices of Africa, a well respected world leader and a former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, described Governor Umahi as a true Nigerian which zeal, energy and character is a true test of a leader. I have seen his exploits and the speed to which he wants to develop Ebonyi.”

Ebonyi State in the past was seen as the most backward and undeveloped State in South Eastern Nigeria but today through Engr. Dave Umahi, the State has come to acquire a new reputation as the most progressing and progressive state in the region. Umahi’s focus and passion have brought unprecedented transformation and development in all sectors of Ebonyi State. Based on his track record, Umahi has proved himself worthy of being regarded as a reincarnation of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe a world acknowledged leader, an icon of repute and one of the greatest leaders from Nigeria, who was in his life time called The Great Zik of Africa.”

It is only a resolute revolutionist leader in the mould of Governor Umahi that could envision at this period of recession, scarcity and hardship to initiate a total new city of 5,000-unit mega city housing project in Ebonyi State though to be bankrolled by the Africa Nations Development Programme (ANDP) is another milestone that put Governor Dave Nweze Umahi as a concerned and committed lover of his people. Described as one of the best things that have ever happened to Ebonyi State as I am convinced that this housing project that will comprise of 5,000 detached two bedroom bungalows and other facilities such as schools, water, electricity, police station, barracks, hospitals among others is not only a milestone but also a strategic move to put Ebonyi in the league of the most developed states in Nigeria. This project that will be executed by this international body will cost the Ebonyi State Government little or nothing apart from the donation of the land and construction of a two-kilometre road to the site

Apart from all these milestones, Governor Umahi has arranged with the Bank of Industry to deposit N2 billion to fund small scale industries in the State, which will be made available to groups of people in the state with viable projects. Ebonyi under the watch of Governor Umahi will assist investors interested in the development of limestone and salt in the State, while the administration is cooperating with a multi-national cement company, Larfage, which is at the final stage of establishing the biggest cement factory in the country in Ebonyi, even as efforts are in progress to see that Nigercem in Nkalagu resume production soon.

To summaries what Umahi has become in the politics of Nigeria, his brother Governor and the Governor of Abia State recently declared him as the wisest Governor in Nigeria. The Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who made the declaration during a visit by the Ebonyi State Executive Council to Abia State, is more than justified in the rating based on the realities on ground in Ebonyi vis-à-vis other states of the federation.

Gov Umahi’s style of leadership is truly unique and has the imprint of wisdom all over it. At a time when many other states are finding it difficult to pay workers’ salaries or meet other basic needs as a result of the economic recession in the country, the Umahi Administration, despite Ebonyi’s modest resources, embarks on numerous road projects, flyovers, roundabouts, street lights and hospitals, while also executing a revolution in agriculture, as well as the educational and health sectors. This is in addition to regular payment of civil servants, who also get paid a 13th month by the State Government. Therefore, Governor Ikpeazu was 100% correct in describing Governor Umahi as the wisest State Governor in Nigeria.

This God gift to us Ibos and Nigeria as a whole has in addition to all these feats received accolades from World Leaders. Recently the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington declared that Abakaliki rice being aggressively promoted by Governor Umahi is one of the best in the world. According to the Ambaasdor, “Your rice is the best anywhere in the world and we commend the Governor for putting his government to work in Ebonyi State.”

I urge Ebonyians and the entire Easterners to join hands and celebrate Umahi for these positive testimonies by distinguished non-Ebonyians as I appeal to the people of the state to join in celebrating their God-given Governor who has deferred sleep in his quest to make Ebonyi one of the best states in Nigeria.

If we are to consider the massive investments in security, welfare, infrastructure, agriculture, roads, flyovers, health and education in Ebonyi State by this man, we from Ebonyi State count ourselves lucky having him as our leader.

Umahi and his profile

Born on July 25th, 1964 to late Elder Joseph Umahi Nweze and Margret Umahi of Umunaga in Uburu, Ohaoazara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. Umahi received his secondary education from Ishiagu High School and the Government Secondary School of Afikpo before entering the Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1982. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

In 1990, he co-founded Norman Engineering and Construction Nig. Limited with Ombo Isokarari, serving as its general manager until 1993. Until 2011, he served as chairman and CEO of Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd., Focus Investment Nig. Ltd., and Osborn La Palm Royal Resort Ltd.

Umahi entered public service in 2007 as the acting chairman of the Ebonyi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party. From 2009 to 2011, he served as state chairman of the party. During that term, he served a year on the governing board of the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba as its chairman.

The Politics of Umahi

To Ralph Waldo Emerson an American Essayist, Lecturer and Poet, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. This is exactly what Engr. Dave Umahi is currently doing to give a new direction to Ebonyi, Ebonyians and the Ibos as the Leader of the South East Governors’ Forum. The few months I have spent as a Technical Assistant on Media to this enigma of a man, I have come to understand him as one character that, “Nothing seems a problem to him and no issue is insurmountable so far he is concerned. Problem does not exist in his dictionary”. This is why John Maxwell with Umahi in mind stated, “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”  Discussing and narrating the journey of Umahi to the office of the Governor of Ebonyi State is like reading a typical story in James Hadley Chase’s novel. It started when the first civilian governor of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu, appointed him acting chairman of PDP, Ebonyi State chapter. In that capacity, as a Trojan he is, he fought to ensure that the PDP candidate in the 2007 gubernatorial candidate, Martins Elechi, not only won convincingly but saw him through to the Supreme Court of Nigeria. This action led to his businesses and personal outfits being burnt and destroyed in his home town, Uburu. For proving himself as a great leader, he was formally confirmed as the substantive chairman of PDP. He not only made PDP under his watch a cohesive, vibrant, united family but a political lethal force in the state, ready to pull down any form of opposition using its grassroots appeal as a strategy. He is reputed to have built the best State Secretariat of PDP in the entire Nigeria.

Based on his unique leadership style, which he exhibited so much as the PDP Chairman in Ebonyi State, he was duly rewarded with the office of the deputy governor during the second tenure of Chief Elechi, during the 2011 gubernatorial election in which he contributed so much financially, materially and spiritually to ensure that Elechi was duly re-elected.

It was very obvious that he will succeed Elechi come 2015 gubernatorial election, based on mutual understanding, as a result of his sacrifices and the risks he took to ensure the success of his party in the state. But to make his journey the fairy tale it was, he was shocked to his marrows when in the company of elders and chiefs from his community, the then Governor Elechi bluntly told him that he will never succeed him. Instead, he backed then Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, who the governor nominated to succeed him.

At this point, Umahi took his fate in his hands and resorted to God. And with the help of the then Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Pius Anyim, Sam Egwu and others, he was eventually given the privilege of reclaiming what was truly he is. This is the divine march that has recovered Ebonyi State from the doldrums to its present glorified and enviable state.

Bill Taylor after carefully study of the macabre dance in the politics of Ebonyi State in his article titled, “Do You Pass the Leadership Test?”  wrote, “The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.”

“I am glad to note that all these challenges and uncomfortable scenarios were just incentives for Umahi to do the impossible in Ebonyi State as he demonstrates his ingenuity in the arts of governance that forced the amiable Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, to describe him as the “wisest governor” in Nigeria. It is also a fact not minding the position of the opposition political parties and people that are awed by the great feats of the Umahi’s administration in such a short period of time that under the administration of this enigma, Ebonyi State can boast of the best Laboratory Diagnostic Centre and equipped Virology Centre. Recently, the Inspector-General of Police stated that Umahi is the most-friendly governor in Nigeria, while the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington described the Ebonyi Rice as the best in the entire world; while the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright stated that, “Ebonyi roads are the best in the South-East”With all these postulations, one cannot make any mistake to declare that Umahi has delivered”

Today, Ebonyi State is rated as one of the most outstanding growing states in Nigeria, as Umahi embarks on total rehabilitation of the dilapidated roads in Abakaliki and construction of roads in all the zones of the state.

While the current recession ravaging most states in Nigeria has made them unable to pay their staff salaries for many months, the administration of Umahi in Ebonyi State has not only increased the salaries of its workers by 5 per cent, but also pays regularly on 15th of every month. What is more, we are now hearing about the 13th month salary in Ebonyi State, Governor Umahi having decided to pay the state’s civil servants 13th month salary during the 2016 Christmas!

Today, there is no family or community in Ebonyi State that is not feeling the impact of governance in Ebonyi, and are all singing the praises of the governor: pleading with him to go for a second term, come 2019.

Umahi has not only redefined governance, but has achieved within less than two years in office what past administrators couldn’t achieve in the 20 years of the creation of the state. This is why it looks as if John Maxwell had Umahi in mind, when he stated: “Knowing how to do a job is the accomplishment of labour – showing others is the accomplishment of the teacher – making sure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of the manager – inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of the leader.”

The Poem I Developed to Celebrate My Boss and My Uncle on this Auspicious Birthday Celebration

My Boss! My Uncle!! My Governor!!! My Excellency!!! Your name David has formed an independent, positive, and determined personality who can’t easily be influenced by the opinions of others. People who don’t know your pedigree and modus operandi will accuse you of being stubborn. Yes! It is a fact that once you have made a decision, you put forth great effort to accomplish your goals regardless of obstacles. Your progress is built upon your meticulous awareness of detail, your patience, and your consistent hard work. You have great ambitions and your requirements in life are moderate.

Let the whole world hear me, My Uncle is a realist with interest in mathematics, technical and scientific fields and that is why he has brought all these into the governance of Ebonyi State turning the entire State into one huge Construction Site!!! He has brought inventive to bear in these fields. You are interested in facts and figures and do well in positions that require great attention to detail, such as accounting and computer technology. Activities combining ingenuity and manual skills are of particular interest to my boss, enabling him to excel in technical vocations, mechanical, electrical and electronics. It is difficult for him to visualize or theorize unless the ideas being presented are developed in a logical step-by-step manner. It is what he can see, experience, and prove through compilation of facts, experiment, and logic that has greatest value to him. My uncle, my uncle you are always skeptical of new ideas that are more visionary, idealistic, or philosophical but as a realist, you handle issues in most pragmatic way that always astonish those around you and earn their admiration. As a great David, he inhibits the inspirational quality of musical or artistic expression, in which any interests he has would lean toward the practical, technical aspects and the perfection of technique.

Your loyalty to, and appreciation for your family and friends are shown by what you do for them rather than what you say. This name limits your ability to be expressive, imaginative, and versatile. As a result, this limitation causes repression and frustration at times. In personal relationships, it is hard for you to express the appreciation and compliments that mean so much to some people. Also, you do not appreciate being the target for sentiment or flattery. You are not overly conversational; in fact, at times, you consider time wasted when spent in idle chatter. You are more interested in being active and accomplishing the tasks you set for yourself. Your lack of expression can lead to misunderstandings and unhappiness with those close to you who do not understand your practical, candid, somewhat self-centred approach. Humour and spontaneity are not natural expressions of this name. You are serious and methodical.

My David has nothing else to prove as he has demonstrated without any reasonable doubt that he is a leader who has the vision to take Ebonyi State to the next level. I urge the good people of Ebonyi State to speak with their votes in 2019 and ensure that landslide victory for my David so as to ensure that he gets four more years with which to build on the great foundation he has laid for our dear State,”

My David is the most outstanding and I am very proud to be associated with this great Zik of Ebonyi State.

Conclusion

As much as it is impossible to in one article enumerate all the feats of this great leader from Ebonyi State, let me conclude by stating that if we are to judge Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi based on the realities of his feats in the governance of Ebonyi State, I can comfortably state that Ebonyians will continue to give him their full support and will cap it by overwhelmingly re-electing him in 2019 to enable him continue his good work.”

I therefore congratulate Governor Umahi my leader and my uncle for his birthday on this auspicious day and for showing that Ebonyi State can be number one State in Nigeria and for all these great feats and positive testimonies by distinguished non-Ebonyians and redefining governance in Ebonyi State, I must state that I am proud to be called ADA EBONYI and one of those considered worthy to be among the UMAHI’s great team.

Let me formally conclude this treatise by declaring that the Lion of Ebonyi State at 53 has come of age and can now roar and let the world take note that Ebonyi will shine and shine to the glory of God

Happy birthday my leader, uncle and the lion of Ebonyi State.

Wishing you long life and prosperity.

Monica Ada Chidinma Eze AKA ADA EBONYI is Technical Assistant (TA) on Media to Governor Dave Nweze Umahi and can be reached through dunaebonyitransformation001@gmail.com & quintrelking@gmail.com

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Crisis Loom in Ogoni as Soldiers Back Shell’s Forceful Resumption of Oil Mining

Posted on July 27, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Crisis Loom in Ogoni as Soldiers Back Shell’s Forceful Resumption of Oil Mining

The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators’ Forum wishes to alert the general public of a planned crackdown and violation of human rights in Ogoniland as Shell and the NPDC backed by Nigerian soldiers begin the laying of pipelines in Ogoni against the wishes of the people.

The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum representing all 6 Ogoni kingdoms and 2 special areas vehemently condemn these actions of the NPDC and Shell and demand immediate withdrawal from the Ogoni territories.

We state categorically that neither Shell nor the NPDC are accepted in Ogoniland for the resumption of oil mining.

We therefore call on Nigeria’s military authorities to avert the impending bloodshed and mindless killing which is the clear intention of this affront.

We understand that killing the Ogoni people is not new to Shell neither does the company use its conscience in dealing with Ogoni issues, however, Shell and the NPDC’s forceful entry into Ogoni oilfields remains unacceptable to us as a people.

We further state that we are committed and willing to peacefully and non-violently confront these intruders if they fail to comply with our demand for immediate withdrawal from Ogoniland.

Signed

Tanee Wilfred Miigbara (Chairman, MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum and Coordinator, Babbe Kingdom)

Gideon Amba (Coordinator, Eleme Kingdom)

Isaac Lemon ( Coordinator, Gokana Kingdom)

Elder Kayone (Coordinator, Ban-Ogoi Special Unit)

Friday Nlekawa (Coordinator, Tai kingdom)

Israel Sor (Coordinator, Ken Khana Kingdom)

Sylvanus Nkinanee (Coordinator, Nyo-Khana Kingdom)

Sylvanus Adamgbo (Coordinator, Bori Special Unit)

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Group Decries Low Voter Turnout in Lagos Local Government Polls

Posted on July 27, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Group Decries Low Voter Turnout in Lagos Local Government Polls

The July 22, 2017 elections into various offices in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos state appear to still be generating discussions among many both within and outside the state.

It is on this note that a socio-civic group, Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF) described the low turnout in the election as “shocking.”

The group described the low turnout as “one of the manifestation of lack of sound political education at the local level.”

The group’s position was contained in a statement signed by its Lagos State Director of Media, Information and Publicity, Mr Olalekan Adigun, today, in the state.

Mr Adigun said: “From the preliminary report presented by our team of election monitors deployed across the state, the poor turnout of voters in the exercise was noticeable across the state.

In some polling units visited by our team, LASIEC oicials were simply observing their siesta in places like Victoria Island.”

The groups also maintain that it was simply a “convenient excuse for politicians to blame the weather for the poor turnout as many voters interviewed by our team claimed they could not identify the candidates by names or programmes.”

The statement read. The group criticized the pockets of violence that were reported in places like Odi-Olowo/Ojuwowe, Agege and others describing it as “uncivilized and barbaric” for “people to still resort to self-help in this digital age.”

PSF also use the opportunity to “console those who lost properties to the heavy 9ood on Saturday.”

Mr. Adigun called on the Lagos State Government to ensure adequate compensation for the victims of the incident.

“We are using this opportunity to call for a review of the drainage system in Lagos. The Lagos State Government should take a second look at the Town Planning Laws to ensure it’s up to date to forestall future disasters we are presently experiencing especially on the Island”  the statement said.

Mr Adigun further said: “Everyone should be worried about the poor turnout in Saturday’s poll because if people don’t show interests in Local Government elections, a Government that is the closest to them, it portends danger to Nigeria’s democracy in the future.”

“We need more youth participation especially in local politics because that was one of the reasons the Local Government Areas were created in the first instance,” he added.

The statement went further to say that the group’s Observation Report on the Local Government elections will soon be published on its website.

Source: Olalekan Adigun,

Director of Media, Information, and Publicity

Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF)

Lagos State chapter

 

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South-South Youths to Wike: PDP is a discredited platform

Posted on July 26, 2017. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

South-South Youths to Wike: PDP is a discredited platform

…..Warn Timi Frank, others

South –South Youths on Thursday praised the All Progressives Congress (APC) for bringing about the needed change in Nigeria.

The youths heaped praises on the leaders of the party for getting Nigeria out of the predicament of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement by the South-South Youth Leaders Forum, the youths condemned the reported stand of Governor Nyesom Wike concerning the performance of the APC in the country.

“Governor Nyesom Wike in his heart of hearts knows the truth and should be man enough to accept the fact that PDP disappointed Nigerians.”

The leader of the group, Dr. Uche Amadi among other youths praised the APC for liberating the political space from the suffocating control of the PDP and injecting the needed political and economic re-engineering into governance in the country.

They also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for tackling the country’s numerous challenges and building a virile nation for generation yet unborn.

“APC is not like PDP. PDP is a discredited platform, a cult house of discord and enmity. APC has a vision and mission.  The party will win the 2019 presidential election.”

The youths applauded the APC dominated National Assembly for looking into some areas in the 1999 Constitution and addressing the problems confronting Nigeria.

Particularly, the youths eulogized the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for bringing his wealth of experience to bear on the party’s administration.

“In party politics, members of the party want to be given the chance to make their contributions. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is a man of wisdom, dedication and integrity. He is handling the affairs of the party in a pleasant manner.”

The youths who noted with dismay the unhealthy comments by Timi Frank described Oyegun as symbol of peace, a good manager of men and resources as well as a strong believer in the National Cause.

They called on APC members all over the country to continue to have confidence in the ability and capacity of the chairman to move the party to the next level.

“Timi Frank has lost relevance. The only value that he has is that of being a nuisance to the good people of Bayelsa State.”

“Oyegun, a versatile and time tested technocrat, administrator and a stickler for transparency, is carrying everyone along” the youths added.

 

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Ogoni Community Development Network Flays HYPREP’s Failure to Account for Clean-up Funds

Posted on July 25, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

The Ogoni Community Development Network  do hereby express our disapproval and dissatisfaction with the report of the project coordinator of HYPREP, Marvin Dekil, on his 100days in office.

We note that Dekil’s report did not represent the expectations of the Ogoni public whose interest is to live in a clean and safe environment. As such, we expect HYPREP to have reported on the state of the Integrated Soil Management Center which the  former chairman of it’s governing council, Mrs Amina Mohammed launched with an elaborate ground breaking ceremony in December 2016.

We also state that HYPREP under Dekil has received over NGN300,000,000 from the Board of Trustees of HYPREP in the past months yet the integrated soil management center has not received any attention, the water projects have not commenced and its workers have not been paid in the past 4 months.

Dr Dekil, should explain what he is doing with our money.

We wish to state that HYPREP as presently constituted is serving a particular political party interest and this has clearly been represented in its activities and recruitment.

We warn that if HYPREP is not closely monitored to guard against fund mismanagement, the Ogoni clean-up may end up funding.

Credit: Johnson Kuele
President, Ogoni Community Development Network

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