Channels National Kids Cup: We Are Out To Catch Them Young- Okon-Akpan

Head, Sports Desk of Channels Television, Austin Okon-Akpan, today (Tuesday) announced the commencement date of the Channels National Kids Cup as May 24-27.

Speaking during the Station’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, Mr Okon-Akpan stated that teams to participate in the National tourney include states from “Jigawa, Sokoto, Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Abia, Rivers, Ebonyi and Kwara” adding that “we are ready to start catching them young”.

Mr Okon-Akpan, who noted that four teams will be representing vlcsnap-2014-05-20-10h00m16s216Lagos State, added that the excitement that has greeted the competition will make it absolutely interesting.

He singled out Ishiaka Adedeji from Ebute-Metta Primary School, whom he tipped to be one among many star players to be watched during the competition.

He urged the relevant football authorities in the country to “monitor and support these group of players” insisting that “the next Cristiano Ronaldo will emerge from the group”.

He commended the efforts of School Road, Aba in Abia State for producing some Super Eagles players and wondered how the players from Lagos and other States will handle the protégés of footballing heroes past.

He however sent the message of the Lagos representatives, who just concluded their preliminaries, to those coming from around the country, including School Road, Aba.

He said “the Lagos guys said don’t care if they are coming from any school, they are ready and will fight till the end”.

He likened the talents of Yusuf Ajayi to world goalkeeping legends, George Campos of Mexico and Jose Luis Chilavert of Paraguay, who were famous for their specialty in dead ball situations and acrobatic goalkeeping style.

Mr Okon-Akpan promised Nigerians that the competition will be no less as interesting as the national and international competitions that take place in Nigeria, Africa and the entire world and maintained that “for us at Channels Television, the objective is simple, we want to be able to catch them at this level. Not necessarily take them to one club or academy”.

“The fact that you take them out of their classrooms and give them the opportunity to show that they can play football; they have talents in them, I think it is admirable” he said.

He however berated the unfortunate incident of age cheats during the preliminary stage of the competition and warned that all hands will be on deck to check other schools coming from the states mentioned above and ensure that the scourge is reduced to its barest minimum during the competition.

Jonathan Meets With Security Chiefs, Governors

FEC_nigeriaThe President’s meeting with security chiefs and PDP governors has ended at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting examined recent security events and developments in the country.

Although, the outcome of the meeting was not made public, those present include the governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Benue, Delta, Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Jigawa states.

Others were the Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Gombe, Katsina and Niger State governors as well as Taraba State’s Acting Governor, and the deputy governors of Bayelsa and Kebbi states.

They were joined by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General Of National Intelligence Agency.

Also present was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior.

No APC governor was present at the expanded meeting.

However, another Security Council meeting would hold next Wednesday with all governors, irrespective of political party expected to attend.

PDP Chairman, Muazu, Calls For Tolerance Amongst Party Members

The national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Adamu Muazu has appealed to members of the party to be tolerant of other people’s views saying the party can make giant strides through politics of inclusion.

Mr Muazu, who made the appeal in Abuja during a visit by the governors of Bayelsa, Abia and Enugu states, said his administration will work towards deepening internal democracy and grassroot mobilization.

He advised politicians aspiring for elective positions on the platform of the party to fraternize more with the people at the grassroots.

The governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, while pledging his loyalty to the party applauded the ideals of the party for a new Nigeria with equal opportunities.

Mr Muazu used the occasion to appeal to all members of the party to be accommodating in tolerating the views of others in order to ensure that the party remains a home for all politicians.

The visit by the governors is aimed at  cementing  the crack in the party which led to the defection of some governors and lawmakers in some states and the national assembly.

400 Abia Youths Graduate From SURE-P Programme

400 youths have graduated from Abia State SURE P ultra-modern skill acquisition centre.

The programme which is part of the strategy and action plan of the administration to alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment, and boost economic development, also empowered graduands with start-up capital and equipment to make them self-employed.

At the graduation ceremony which held at the centre in Umuahia, Governor Theodore Orji stressed that the programme is expected to help government reduce unemployment as the graduates are sent forth with an initial business capital and equipment like beauty kits, sewing machines, computer and printers, agro allied feeds for fishery and poultry farming among others.

The skill acquisition training centre was facilitated by the wife of the Abia State Governor, Mercy Orji, in line with federal government agenda of SURE-P for impacting lives.

Graduates underwent trainings in various vocational skills and were placed in different organisations for internship with a monthly stipend of N10,000 throughout the duration of the training

Abia Police Arrest Fake Vehicle Number Plate Vendor, Indian Hemp Dealers

The Abia State Command of the Nigerian Police has arrested a man who specialises in issuing  fake vehicle plate numbers as well as two men in possession of three drums filled with illicit drugs known to be Indian hemp.

Charles Ubani was arrested for printing out fake vehicle number plates bearing the same serial numbers to people.

However, he fell into the hands of the law when he was invited by the men of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) at Umuika in Isialangwa after the vehicle of a man who he issued out fake number plate was impounded.

A 60 year old drug dealer, Ezechi Ikechi Abiri, who had been in the trade for two years was also arrested. The pastor of his church, Tony Ajuma, was also involved in the case as he had kept the illegal substance at his home.

However, before he could remove the drugs from the pastor’s house, the police arrested him after a tip off.

Briefing journalists in Umuahia, Commissioner of Police, Tilli Abubakar disclosed that both arrests were made after a tip off. He further solicited for information from the public which would help them in making Abia State crime free.

Tilli warned all criminals to stay clear of the state especially as the ember months approaches hinting that his men are on red alert to deal decisively with any act that is capable of truncating the peace and tranquility in the State.

 

Abia: After 6 Years, Nothing To Show For Orji’s Government – Ubani

A public Affairs Analyst, Chigozie Ubani has said that there is low turnout of investment in Abia state due to poor access roads which affects the development of the state.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Mr Ubani said that the state has no form of development, no roads and has not conducted any local government election in recent times.

He said to fix the collapse of industries in Abia state would require a government headed by someone who can incubate ideas, insisting that the present administration has not done enough to revive the collapses because it lacks ideas of what to do.

Mr Ubani said that the governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji, assured a community of 5,000 people electricity but has not done anything about it, “there is too little for so much”.

He accused the government of the hiring people to sing their trumpet when they have not added any value to the development of the state.

He said that infrastructure is a big challenge in the state, he gave an example of these roads, Fox road he said has been abandoned.

He also said that some of the roads that are being worked on are of low quality.

Imo Debunks Allegation Of Illegal Ejection Of Abia Transport Company

The Imo state government has debunked the allegation that Governor Rochas Okorocha forcefully and illegally evicted the Abia state transport company loading bay located on 5 Wethreal road Owerri under the guise that the state is carrying out a redesign on the Owerri master plan.

While speaking to Channles Television in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the General Manager of the Owerri Capital Development Agency (OCDA), Iheanyi Abaekwume said the allegation is false and untrue.

He disclosed that number 5 Wethreal road which was illegally occupied by Abia state transport company is mainly for commercial purposes like malls and office complexes following the Owerri master plan and not for loading bay.

He added that before the ejection, the management were notified accordingly just as their neighbours River State Transport Company and Peace Mass Transmit were notified, adding that under the redesigning Owerri master plan programme by the Okorocha-led administration, the government has since provided a conducive, legal and registered  location for inter and intra city mass transmit along aba which accommodates all the transport companies including Imo state transport .

He also disclosed that the Abia state government might have been misinformed about the issue because other state transport companies like Rivers state transport company who were on number 6 Wetheral road complied immediately without raising any issue.

Mr Iheanyi also added that the state government did not eject Abia Transport Company from their other loading bay on Egbu road as speculated by their management. He said they were evicted by the landlord due to non-payment of their yearly rent. He however advised the Abia state transport company to come to the office of the Owerri Capital Development Agency and secure the form for the new location and stop playing politics with the development of Imo state.

Abia Governor Dissolves Cabinet

The Abia state governor,  Theodore Orji has dissolved the members of the state executive councils.

This was disclosed on Wednesday night in a short press briefing by the outgoing Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Eze Chikamnayo.

Mr Chikamnayo said those affected in the cabinet dissolution include the secretary to the state government, all commissioners, chief of staff to the executive governor and deputy chief of staff, office of deputy governor.

He said new executive members are to be re-constituted soon.

Police Uncovers Orphanage Where Teenage Girls Are Used To Breed Babies In Abia

The Abia state police command has apprehended a fake social worker; Ngozi Nkwonu, who under the pretense of operating an orphanage, runs a baby-making centre, where teenage girls are impregnated and the babies sold off.

Briefing journalists on the discovering, the Commissioner of Police in Abia state, Usman Tlli Abubakar disclosed that one Odinakachi Samuel from Ovurungwu Village, Isiala Ngwa South local government area, who delivered a baby girl connived with the nurse Monica Benjamin to sell her baby for N150,000.

Suspects who were arrested in relation to the case were accused of selling and trafficking babies at the cost of N450,000 while the teenage mothers were paid N10,000 for giving up their children.

The Police boss warned that the command would not tolerate any form of criminality in the state as its primary priority is sustained peace and security.

 

Orji Commissions Road To Fast Track Power Project

The Abia State Government on Wednesday commissioned a 1.4km Geometric access road at Osisioma Local Government Area in a bid to fast track a power project aimed at providing uninterrupted power supply for the people.

In his address, the state governor, Theodore Orji disclosed that the Geometric access road at Osisioma LGA was rehabilitated to ensure that the contractors working at the Geometric/NIPP power station have accessible road to fast track the completion of the project which would hitherto gave residents of Aba and its surrounding environs an uninterrupted electricity supply.

He stated that the importance of a secured environment cannot be over emphasized as it has led to infrastructural development as well as an enhanced economy.

Orji also commissioned 10 roads in Aba, the commercial hub of the state as well as Brass junction road which citizens said was impassable.

The Governor charged the residents to ensure that government efforts are not wasted by being law abiding citizens, adding that the administration would continue to deliver dividends of democracy and is ready to transform the state through its numerous legacy projects.

NEITI Commences Audit Of Allocations To Oil-Producing States

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has commenced the audit of physical allocations and statutory disbursement of the extractive industry from 2007 to 2011 with an initial focus on the nine oil-producing states.

This audit is coming in line with the decision of the Federal Executive Council at its November 28, 2013 meeting.

NEITI is engaging an indigenous audit firm, S.A.I.O. Partners to audit the allocations to the nine states benefitting from the 13 per cent oil derivation.

The audit is expected to be completed within the next nine months

The states benefitting from the 13 per cent oil derivation are the oil-producing states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and River.

The exercise will also be extended to key entities like the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

The audit will also cover the federal government’s share of derivation and ecology as well as the management of the excess crude account.

Speaking at a ceremony to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the auditing firm, the executive secretary of NEITI, Ms Zainab Ahmed said the exercise is not a witch-hunt but one that will create data for national planning and development.

The audit, which is in accordance with provisions of Section 2 of the NEITI Act 2007.

Orji orders the closure of unauthorized revenue accounts

The Abia State government has ordered the immediate closure of all revenue accounts, being operated by ministries and directed that henceforth, all government revenue should go into the consolidated account of government.

Governor Theodore Orji disclosed this in a meeting with commissioners, permanent secretaries and heads of non-ministerial Departments of the government at the government house, Umuahia.

He said he has observed with dismay that some ministries are still using revenue agents, other than the only revenue consultant approved by the government and warned that any commissioner, or head of non-ministerial department found to be engaged in the act will be arrested and sacked.

The governor further warned that any person who parades himself as revenue consultant or collector in the state will be dealt with by the government, adding that any other revenue consultant outside that is not approved by the government is illegal.

He regretted that money meant for the government goes into private pockets while the government labours to meet its financial obligations to the people and vows that the trend will no longer be condoned.

The governor also directed that the Abia state Environmental protection Agency (ASEPA) to cancel all contracts it has with revenue agents while directing the Board of Internal Revenue to henceforth desist from taking revenue of the board upfront.

He charged all the commissioners and heads of non- ministerial departments to explore ways of making money for government other than going to the Ariara and other markets in Aba and bring it for implementation.