It would be recalled that the Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Ugwu, during the commencement of the vaccination exercise with frontline health workers on Friday said the next stage of the vaccination, will be for key stakeholders of political, religious and traditional institutions as well as elderly people with underlying illnesses, among other identified people.
Frontline health workers were earlier vaccinated at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Teaching hospital after it took delivery of 65,410 doses of the vaccines from the Federal Government.
The state ministry, therefore, called on residents to drop every conspiracy theory and be ready to take the vaccine as soon as it’s available to all.
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has reiterated his resolve to transform Nsukka, a town and Local Government Area in South-East Nigeria, into an urban area.
He made this known during an event organised by the people of Nsukka town to thank him for the roads projects already completed in the area especially the Opi/Nsukka road.
He stated that he is fully committed to fulfilling his campaign promises and improving the living standards of people in the area and the state at large.
“We promised to pay a special attention to rural development and to create more urban areas to boost economic growth. In line with this, we pledge to equip and modernise Nsukka”
“We are gratified to see that the projects we have done in Nsukka such as construction of vital roads, installation of street lights, upgrading of health and other public facilities, among other things, have given this town a new look and lifted the quality of life for its residents. I want to assure you that we will remain committed to the full realization of our vision for the town”
One of the organisers, Mr Peter Odo, a permanent secretary at the government house, said prior to the construction, the road was considered a death trap especially during the rainy season. He added that it was the first time such development was coming to Nsukka
While commending the governor, he called for the need to focus more on human capacity building to foster economic growth.
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has assured the inmates in the state of his resolve to attend to their welfare.
Speaking during his 53rd birthday celebration at the Enugu Maximum Prisons, Governor Ugwuanyi said he has set aside funds and necessary logistics to lawyers and Civil Society Organisations to secure the prompt release of inmates.
“Having taken notice of the over-crowding or congestion in the prisons, especially the ever-growing population of inmates that are awaiting trials, we have set aside funds and we are providing necessary logistics to lawyers and civil society organisations to secure the prompt release of inmates where legally possible.
“I have listened to the demands of the Comptroller of the Enugu Prison Command, I want to assure and reassure you that very soon, government will attend to some of those issues,” he said.
In her address, the Enugu State Comptroller of Prisons, Mrs Ukwuori Ndukwe Kalu, commended the Governor for the attention the command has received since inception of his administration.
“I have been following with keen interest your assistance to prison inmates since my arrival in the state, ranging from prompt intervention during the Nsukka jail break incident in 2016, renovation at the Enugu Prison, release of funds for procurement of drugs for inmates and granting of pardon to seven deserving inmates among others,” she said.
The Prisons Comptroller noted that the level of sophistication of inmates would require proactive measures to avoid incidents like jail breaks and riot in the prisons.
“To be proactive, we need five escort vehicles to convey armed squad personnel to and from courts in Enugu, three eighteen-seater buses with gadgets for effective communication to convey suspects and inmates to courts across Nsukka, Oji River and Enugu Prison in the State Command,” she said.
Mrs Kalu also called the governor’s attention to the sewage challenges they face in the facilities, especially in Nsukka.
In his response, Governor Ugwuanyi reiterated his commitment to assisting the command in the area of welfare.
“We have taken note of sewage and other allied challenges confronting these prisons and I have resolved to take necessary measures and we will address them adequately and satisfactorily,” he said.
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has called on the newly sworn in judges in the state to uphold the law and be objective in discharging the duties and responsibilities of their office.
Governor Ugwuanyi said this during the swearing-in of Justice Ebele Egumgbe as the Chief Judge of Enugu State High Court and Justice Jacinta Nweze as the Chief Judge of the Customary Court.
He congratulated the chief judges whom he described their appointment as most deserving, as he urged them to discharge their duties in honesty.
“I urge you to diligently carry out the duties and responsibilities of your office which entail the dispensation of justice,” the governor said.
In an earlier remark, the Chief Justice of Enugu State, Justice Priscilla Emeghelu, told the Governor that a lot of vacuum have been created, especially in the State High Court as a result of retirement and death of some judges.
“We must not fail to observe that this number is grossly inadequate, particularly as it affects the High Court whose number of judges have been depleted by retirement and death of its members in the past 10 to 11 years,” she said.
Justice Emeghelu added that the death of judges has become a burden on the available ones.
“This has led to honourable judges sitting in two judicial divisions and cases filled each day have continued to increase.
“We are hopeful that Enugu Judiciary will get up to five to six slots in the next exercise,” she stated.
Expressing their appreciations, the new chief judges promised to carry out their duties without bias or sentiments.
The Federal Government has been asked to reconsider the suggestions in some quarters for the setting up of state police across Nigeria.
A former Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Ibrahim Lame, made the call at a forum on good governance in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
He said the Nigeria Police Force was grossly incapacitated to take care of the security needs of the people.
Dr. Lame added that only effective community policing could address the recent rise in communal clashes experienced in Nigeria.
He highlighted the security of lives and property as the primary objective of any sensitive administration and should be taking seriously at all times.
In their remarks, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onayekan and an aide to the Enugu State Governor, Dr. Malachy Ochie, focussed on how to ensure good governance and stability in the polity.
Some participants at the gathering also suggested how to provide the dividends of democracy to the people.
They noted that it must be backed with a strong political will by those in government.
Governor Ugwuanyi was on inspection tour of the prison to ascertain what caused the incident.
He was received by the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in-charge of Enugu State, Mr Lawrence Felix.
Addressing the prison officials, he ordered the immediate release of 1.5 million Naira for the outright fortification of the five cells in the prison to avert such incident from reoccurring.
The Governor also directed the Police Area Commander, Mr Monday Kuryas, to step up security around the area.
He urged the prisoners to be obedient and law abiding while he asked the people of Enugu State to remain calm, saying that their safety was his priority.
The prison official on his part bemoaned the structural problem of the prison, saying that the cells were mere relics of the colonial masters without proper burglary proofs and iron security doors.
He said that investigations were ongoing, stressing that suspicions were high that the jailbreak might have been successfully carried out by the inmates in collaboration with a former inmate who was conversant with the terrain and have aided the escapees.
The Minimum Prison, Nsukka was built in 1934 with initial capacity of 186 inmates but presently has 254 prisoners with 95% on awaiting trial.
Enugu State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has inaugurated a seven man Judicial Commission of Inquiry to unravel the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the deadly attack on Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor urged the Chairman of the Commission, retired Justice Chukwuma Eneh, alongside other members to, among other things, ascertain the exact number of deaths in the incident, ascertain the role of the security agencies as well as recommend to the state government appropriate security measures to permanently avert clashes between communities and herdsmen.
The governor said that, among other things, the mandate of the Commission, includes finding out the remote and immediate circumstances that led to the attack, ascertaining the role of security agencies before and after the attack, ascertaining the actual number of deaths in the deadly attack as well as making recommendations on appropriate security measures that will prevent future occurrence.
The members of the commission are drawn from various backgrounds including legal, security, medical and the civil society.
The Chairman, a retired justice of the Supreme Court, promised the governor that they will not betray the confidence reposed in them.
Monday, April 25, 2016 at Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State was a day of pain and sorrow as suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the town in the early hours of the morning.
The Inspector general of police, Mr. Solomon Arase visited and condemned the attack and assured of tracking the perpetrators down.
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.
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.
The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has organised a town hall meeting, to look into the prevailing security circumstances in the state.
Over 200 traditional rulers and presidents-general of town unions were present at the meeting to fashion out a roadmap towards safeguarding Enugu State, following the Nimbo community attack.
In his address on Monday, Governor Ugwuanyi announced the activation of the almost moribund Neighborhoods Association Watch Group Law of 2006 to cater to security matters in all the communities of the state with initial 100 million Naira seed money.
Speaking in company of his deputy, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, he recalled the April 25 incident at Nimbo and extended appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and others who condemned the deadly attack.
The Governor urged the National Human Rights Commission and other relevant rights bodies to investigate the Nimbo community deadly attack with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book and preventing future occurrence.
He called for the peaceful coexistence of community members with settlers and visitors, maintaining that the government is committed to the security of lives and property of the people in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi clarified that the functionality of the community security effort was not intended to diminish the responsibilities and duty of the security agencies.
He urged them to continue to provide adequate security for the people while urging the people of Enugu to remain calm and peaceful in the face of the determination to embark on business with investors.
The traditional ruler of Eziama-Olo, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzo, and the President General of Amodo-okowa community, Bartholomew Ede, expressed satisfaction at the meeting and said that everybody must support government initiative financially and otherwise, in order to achieve security.
The Nigerian Senate has directed security agencies to immediately conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on Nimbo community in Enugu State and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
The lawmakers condemned Monday’s attack on a community in Enugu State where suspected herdsmen killed a yet to be determined number of people and burnt buildings.
At the floor of the Senate on Thursday in Abuja, the legislators observed a minute silence to honour the Nigerians killed in Nimbo and other communities by suspected herdsmen.
After a debate, they set up a committee with representatives from each geopolitical zone to meet urgently and proffer solutions to the problem.
The Senate also resolved to invite security chiefs to brief the Upper Chamber on the movement of fleeing terrorists, to ensure that measures were put in place to forestall a spread of terrorist activities across Nigeria.
He instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.