Enugu State Govt. Moves To Sustain SMEs

The Enugu Government said it has demonstrated commitment and competency in the management of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state.

Speaking during a one day training for entrepreneurs in the state, the Special Adviser to Enugu Governor on SMEs and Investment Promotion, Mr Anayo Agu, said the state has funded over 2500 companies totaling about 2 billion Naira.

Mr Agu said the state made funds available for running and starting up business irrespective of where the individual comes from.

He said the state is ready to take advantage of foreign partnership because of its abundance in trainable individuals who are willing to grow in business and contribute their quota.

He noted the state has attracted a lot of foreign investments which are at the preliminary stages citing the U.S solar power plant at Nachi.

“We have a U.S company that is still at the beginning stages of establishing a solar plant in Enugu state and to be precise at Nachi, the reason these investors are coming to the state is because of the full assurance that is coming from the state. Not only that the state will protect the investment but also to enable it.

“In terms of international business, we have international airport; the Akanu-Ibiam International Airport which is thriving, we have Ethiopian airline that operates twice weekly, and just by the airport we have the free trade zone”.

Mr Agu further explained that the free trade zone will give manufacturers opportunity to sell goods at duty free and equally export to another countries.
He said the state will continue to provide enabling environment to ensure the ease of doing business.

APC Governors Visit Enugu Governor Over Nimbo Attack

Northern-Governors-APC A delegation of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have condemned the Ukpabi Nimbo attack of April 25, insisting that the perpetrators must be brought to book.

The condemnation was made when the governors visited the Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Government House, Enugu, to commiserate with him on the mindless attack on his hapless citizens.

Leading the delegation was the Chairman of APC Governors Forum and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, who decries the ugly incident and insisted that it was a criminal act that should be condemned in the strongest terms.

He emphasised that crime in any form or shape should not be politicised either by attaching religious or tribal sentiments to it.

The governors, however, commended the maturity displayed by the government and people of Enugu State by not allowing the incident to degenerate into crisis.

Traditional rulers and some clergy men in the state were at the meeting with the visiting governors.

Nigeria’s National Anthem ignited the sober moment and thereafter, the leader of the delegation and the Governor of Imo State went straight to the purpose of their visit.

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Nimbo Community was attacked by suspected herdsmen

First, he said, it was to commiserate with the government and people of Enugu state over the deadly attack on Nimbo people, reiterating that it was a criminal act that should be condemned.

On behalf of his colleagues, he commended the government and people of Enugu state for exhibiting maturity in the handling of the ugly incident, which if not properly managed would have escalated to a full blown crisis.

Also addressing the feeling of pain associated with the incident, the Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, explained that he understood the ordeal the people of Enugu State were going through, having been enmeshed in the deadly attacks of Boko Haram daily.

Commending the industrious and accommodating spirit of the Igbo people, he condoled with the government and people of Enugu State and urged them to continue to remain calm.

Responding, Governor Ugwuanyi said the visit of his colleagues was a significant one which showed that the nation shared in the State’s moment of grief.

He prayed that the commission of inquiry set up would help unravel the relevant facts in the incident.

The traditional ruler of Eziama-Olo, Igwe Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, in a vote of thanks, commended their visitors and pleaded with them to assist and ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

The delegation afterwards shared moments of photography with the hosts before departing through the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Terror War: Police Deploy Sniffer-Dogs To Nigerian Airports

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate deployment of sniffer dogs to the Airports in Nigeria.

This, according to a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, is in line with international best practice.

The statement also stated that the directive was made in line with the IGP’s sworn resolve to drastically reduce crime, provide and maintain safety and security of persons, protect vulnerable and critical government infrastructures, reduce possibility of arms smuggling through the airports and generally bolster the war against terror.

At the official flag off ceremony which took place on Thursday, February 20 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Zuokumor Michael, stated that the sniffer-dogs would, among other things, be used for detecting explosives, rescue operations, perimeter patrols, patrols of parking lots and the apprehension of offenders resisting or attempting to evade arrest.

He charged the dog handlers to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens and also work in collaboration with other security agencies towards providing effective security at the airports.

The IGP also called for the cooperation of the general public, assuring them that his administration would do all that was necessary to provide them with optimum security.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the deployment of the sniffer-dogs has commenced with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport I and II, Lagos and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Others are Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Jos Airport, as well as Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

This development is in line with the IGP’s New Year message to Nigerians, in which he promised more proactive and extensive security measures to avert any threats or potentially dangerous situations from arising or entering into the country.

Oduah Supporters Storm Enugu Airport In Counter Protest

Activities at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu were temporarily grounded for few hours when a youth group under the aegis of Igbo Progressive Union stormed the airport on Saturday morning to protest against calls for the removal of Nigeria’s aviation minister, Stella Oduah.

While addressing newsmen during the protest, the leader of the group Emeka Agbo, said youths especially in the South East are prepared to do everything possible to protect Mrs Oduah.

The group argued that the aviation minister is innocent of the scandal against her as the purchase of the two armoured BMW vehicles the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) allegedly bought for her is in the best interest of the Aviation Sector.

According to the protesters, “some highly placed individuals especially her political detractors are the master minders of this evil seed as they are all out to tarnish the image and pedigree of the Minister.”

The protesters including young men and women carried placards with different inscriptions accusing some unnamed politicians of being behind the calls for the removal of the minister insisting that the intention of the cabal was to stop the minister from going ahead with her transformation agenda in the aviation sector.

There has been a public outcry against the purchase of the two vehicles which cost a total of N225 million. Hence, several groups and individuals have called for the Minister’s dismissal.

They argued that she has done so much in the Aviation Sector under the transformation agenda of President Goodluck and that she has affected so many lives during her tenure as the Aviation minister.

Also, the kinsmen of the embattled minister who were joined in the protest led by a George Nwabueze, traditional ruler from Ogbaru community, threw their weight behind the Aviation minister. They argued that the whole scenario is a political witch hunt by some people who are against the re-election of the President in 2015.

Meanwhile, a group under aegis of South East Progressive Assembly (SEPA) condemned the action of the protesters. And insisted that the aviation minister must resign honourably to avoid the wrath of tax payers of whom she used their money in purchasing the armoured bullet proof cars.

While addressing newsmen in Owerri the Imo state capital, the president of the South east progressive assembly Ebere Uzoukwa said the actions by the aviation minister showed that she’s not capable of running the affairs of the ministry and as such, she should resign and allow President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint capable hands from any other part of the country.

Although there has been calls from different quarters for the removal of the Aviation minister Stella Odua over the controversies trailing the purchase of two bullet proof cars for her by the Aviation Authority, NCAA, has insisted that purchase of the vehicle followed due process and the cars were part of the operational vehicles provided in the NCAA 2013 budget which is in line with NCAA condition of service.

Police Foil Attempt To Bomb Enugu Airport

The Enugu state Police Command has claimed that it foiled an attempt by four persons to blow up the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu with explosives and the four suspects arrested.

The state’s police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the arrest said when the suspect’s vehicle was searched by the operatives of the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) of the state police command, some items believed to be dangerous fireworks contained in two cartons were discovered.

He added that the suspects, whose identities had been kept secret for security reasons, were apprehended while driving to the airport at about 8.30AM, Thursday morning.

They (the suspects) are helping the police with their investigation, he added.