General Yakubu Gowon Calls For Peace In Nigeria

GowonFormer Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, says the insurmountable problems facing  Nigeria, which include insecurity and the state of the economy, among others, can be solved through prayers.

Gowon, who spoke to journalists shortly after a Church thanksgiving service on Sunday at Umuda, Isingwu, Abia state, noted that such problems are usually obtainable in any country because people have different ideologies.

“Look, I think that whatever problem we have as a country, we should pray concerning it, I know that if we pray sincerely, God will hear the prayer for peace and well-being of the country.

“There would be problems as long as there are human beings living in this country.

“But I can assure you that the problems are there to be dealt with and to be solved, and part of the true solution in the end is prayer, I believe in prayer and I know that this country is heading for the better,” General Gowon said.

Meanwhile, the Abia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu who was also at the service, made a commitment to take the state to a higher level of development and promised to ensure that all the youths in the Umuda community will register for the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), as education is priority for his administration.

“I want to assure you that each and every youth in Umuda must register for the Secondary School Certificate Examination.

“I have taken it upon myself to relieve parents of the financial burden, I do not want to hear that any child did not participate in the examination because he or she cannot obtain the form.

“I have no other direction, rather than upwardly mobile to take Abia state from one level of development to another higher level,” the governor said.

Abia Polytechnic Makes Waste Management Bins For State Govt.

waste-management-equipment-abia-polytechnicThe Engineering Department of Abia Polytechnic will be partnering with the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) in the provision of waste disposal bins that will be used for waste management.

The Made-in-Aba Products campaign which has taken another positive turn is now showcasing the capability of the state owned polytechnic and its readiness to make waste conversion and disposal equipment locally.

It is part of the government’s efforts to ensure the state relies solely on Aba-made products.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had reiterated his commitment to stimulating and firing up the innate spirit of ingenuity in all indigenes of Abia State, with the strident and focused campaign to produce and buy made in Aba products to generate jobs and grow the economy of the country.

“My goal and agenda is to make Abia truly the number one state; and SME capital of Nigeria as well as the commercial nerve centre/production hub of Nigeria.

“The equipment that you are seeing here (popularly known in Aba as ASEPA bucket) are all fabricated by the Engineering Department of the Abia State Polytechnic in Aba.

“It is in our best interest, as a state and people, to stop distracting the government and instead support the efforts and drive for made in Aba products,” he pointed out.

Governor Ikpeazu further assured residents that the focus to build Abia State through the promotion and promoting the made-in-Aba products would yield great results.

“It will go a long way to generate the needed revenue to fund some of our critical infrastructure that serve as an enabler to provide the conducive environment for investment and business to thrive, thereby creating wealth and reducing unemployment and over dependency on oil and federal allocation,” the Governor stated.

He further stressed that the campaign of buying and selling Made-in-Aba Product had come to stay.

Other crafts produced also, include desks for primary and secondary school children that will be used in Abia and other states amongst many others.

Abia State Councils Elections To Hold December 17

Election in NigeriaThe Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) will on December 17 hold elections into the chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 17 local government areas and 292 electoral wards of the state.

The electoral body announced the date of the election on Wednesday while briefing reporter in Umuahia, the capital of the state.

The Commissioner for Information of the electoral body, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha, hinted that the administration’s decision to conduct the LG elections despite all the variables and challenges was due to the determination of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to better the lives of the citizenry especially at the grassroots.

Meanwhile, all candidates of political parties intending to participate in the election have been asked to proceed to ABSIEC’s headquarters for collection of nomination forms not later than October 14.

Abia Governor, Ikpeazu Says He Is Not Distracted

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State,Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, says he is not distracted as Nigerians await the judgement of the Appeal Court over the power tussle in Abia State.

The man in the eye of the storm, following allegations of tax certificate forgery, spoke to State House correspondents over the matter.

Dr Ikpeazu said he was only worried that the uncertainty and the kind of rumours milled by his detractors are capable of scaring away investors and stopping the good work he has started for Abia people.

According to him, those who are perpetrating the act in the state do not have the welfare of Abia citizens at heart.

Ikpeazu Vows To Defend Abia Electorates’ Mandate

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State,Governor Okezie Ikpeazu says that the mandate given to him by Abia electorates is the pillar of equity and bond of progress, justice and unity which cannot be ignored or taken for granted.

The Governor said this on Tuesday at the Government House in Umuahia during a solidarity rally organised by supporters from Abia North senatorial district.

He said that the solidarity support have strengthened him the more to defend his mandate.

Governor Ikpeazu vowed to continue to render quality service to the people of the state despite the distractions.

Charter Of Equity

In their remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe, and a former member of the state assembly, Sampson Orji, said that they came to voice their support to ensure that the right decisions were taken for the peace of the entire people of the state.

Other notable supporters, Abraham Amah, Barrister Nnennna Obewe and Mathew Ibe asked any person wishing to be Governor of the state to do so only when it is the turn of their senatorial district in order to avoid political upturn.

They said that the governorship seat rotates among the three senatorial districts which include Abia North, Abia Central and Abia South.

The supporters noted that the state is governed by charter of equity as prescribed by the founding fathers of Abia State.

Abia Political Crisis Is Threat To Democracy – Ikpeazu

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State, courtAbia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the political upturn in the state is a threat to democracy.

The Governor raised the alarm on Monday at the executive chambers of the Government House in Umuahia, during a visit by a delegation of some Senate members.

He said that the tussle for the state executive leadership would affect the economic development of Abia State if not checked on time.

Governor Ikpeazu stated that no business stakeholder would be encouraged to invest in an atmosphere of political uncertainty.

The leader of the legislative delegation, Senator Biodun Olujimi, stressed the need for the Governor to surround himself with wise counseling.

Departing the Government House, the lawmakers made a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Abariba Kingdom, Eze Kalu Ogbu.

Eze Ogbu emphasised the need for a total reform of the economic policy to better the lives of Nigeria citizens.

He challenged the government to improve the standard of living, saying that people are dying of hunger caused by abject poverty in the land.

The monarch expressed displeasure that at 56 years, Nigeria was still going through high rate of unemployment and decay in infrastructure among others.

He called for the implementation of the national conference report.

Ikpeazu vs. Ogah: Court Dismisses Application For Stay Of Execution

Court, PDP, AbiaThe Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday dismissed an application filed by the PDP asking for a stay of execution on judgement removing Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and ordering his replacement by Mr Uche Ogah.

Justice Okon Abang in his ruling said there was no evidence to show that the application was filed before the judgement authorising the issuance of certificate of return was carried out.

He said that the judgement had been delivered ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Mr Ogah, and since his judgment has been carried out by INEC’s issuance of the certificate to Mr Ogah, therefore there was nothing to stay.

The judge then dismissed the application for what he described as lack of merit.

Justice Abang also set aside an earlier damage fine of 40,000 Naira given against Governor Ikpeazu. He noted that his ruling subsists until set aside by an upper court.

Counsel to Ikpeazu, Mr Wole Olanikpekun, had earlier argued that the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to take any further decision since the matter was on appeal.

Counsel to Mr Ogah, Dr. Alex Iziyon, on his part urged the court to dismiss the argument of his colleague, saying the court cannot keep a blind eye to the abuse of its orders.

In an earlier ruling, Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Owerri, the Imo State capital had affirmed the election of Governor Ikpeazu.

He also ruled that the Governor’s tax documents were not forged, pointing out that the plaintiff was unable to prove that the tax documents were forged.

Fed. High Court Orders Ikpeazu To Pay Ogah N40,000 Damages

Ikpeazu, Uche OgahThe Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, ordered Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to pay what it described as a 40,000 Naira damage fee to Mr Uche Ogah.

In his ruling, Justice Okon Abang said that the sum should be paid before further proceedings will be taken before the court.

Justice Abang said that in his attempt to malign the court, Governor Ikpeazu only succeeded in slapping the court in the face.

Abang also dismissed a post judgement application made by both parties involved in the matter.

He ruled that the application lacked merit as Ikpeazu undermined the integrity of the Federal High Court.

In addition, Justice Abang ordered a stay on proceedings in the matter before it pending the Appeal Court’s decision on a related motion filed by Governor Ikpeazu.

Court Affirms Okezie Ikpeazu As Abia State Governor

okezie ikpeazu, Abia State, courtA Federal High Court on Friday declared that the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State is valid.

Justice Ambrose Allagoa made the declaration in his judgement at the Federal High Court in Owerri, the Imo State capital in southeast Nigeria.

He was ruling on the matter filed by Mr Friday Nwosu against Governor Ikpeazu, Mr Uche Ogah, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on alleged forgery of tax documents by the Governor.

The judge also affirmed that Governor Ikpeazu’s tax documents were not forged.

The court ruled that the plaintiff, Mr Nwosu was unable to prove that the tax documents were forged.

Abia Govt. Partners Australian Investors On Education

Abia, EducationThe Abia State government has partnered private investors from Australia to train primary school teachers across the three senatorial zones of the state.

This was disclosed to reporters on Thursday at the Government House in Umuahia, the Abia State’s capital in southeast Nigeria after a private audience between the foreigners and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

The leader of the team, Vivian Peters, and her group promised to provide expertise free of charge in line with the global standard in education.

Some Australian educationists, Alder Wood and Sakira Suma, also said that the exercise would be carried out in accordance with the Abia State government’s policy on educational development.

The training, which is expected to kick off immediately would be on classroom management and teachers-students relationship amongst others.

Sunshine Stars’ Recent League Form Excites Ogbeide

Sunshine StarsSunshine Stars Techinical Adviser, Solomon Ogbeide, wants his side to continue a push for a continental ticket in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The Akure club side beat Nasarawa United 3-0 in a rescheduled game at the Akure Township Stadium.

Okiki Afolabi converted a 34th-minute penalty to put the Owena Waves in front before Samad Kadiri made in 2-0 in the 51st minute.

Afolabi completed his brace in the 59th minute to complete a comprehensive win for the hosts.

Sunshine Stars, who have now gone seven games unbeaten, are 12th on the NPFL table while Nasarawa United are 16th.

Meanwhile, Enyimba’s defender Chinedu Udoji, has described the defending champions’ 1-1 draw against Heartland in the oriental derby as a fair game.

The two-time African champions, remain in 19th place on the NPFL standings with 13 points from nine matches.

Enyimba took the lead after 27 minutes through striker Peter Onyekachi while former Enyimba star Ifeanyi Onuigbo got the equaliser in the 31st minute.

NPFL: Enyimba, Heartland Match Ends 1-1

NPFL-Enyimba FC-Heartland FCThe Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between Enyimba FC and Heartland FC has ended in a 1-1 draw.

According to players from both team, they played their heart out and luckily, the game ended in a draw and promised to do better in the next outing.

The match played at Umuahia Township in Abia State had supporters from both clubs cheering their team up.

Speaking during a pep talk with Enyimba FC before the match, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, commended their effort and resilience so far.

He promised that all their entitlements would be settled soon, expressing optimism that the team would make the state proud in the CAF competition.