Ex-Minister Ugwuh Emerges PDP Chairman In Imo

PDP delegates wait to vote during the party’s Congress in Imo State on August 1, 2020. Inset: Imo State PDP Chairman, Charles Ugwuh.

 

A former Minister for Commerce and industry, Charles Ugwuh, has been elected as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State.

Ugwuh emerged the consensus candidate for the party’s chairmanship position at the State Congress held on Saturday at the Kanu Nwankwo Sports Complex in Owerri, the state capital.

A total of 12 contestants vied for the position of the chairman but after much consultation and consideration, the former minister emerged as the consensus candidate.

With a total of 2,621 votes cast, members contested for 39 other positions and the former acting chairman, Martins Ejiogu, was returned as the deputy chairman.

Others re-elected into various positions include Ray Emeana (Secretary), Josiah Eze (Treasurer), Maria Mbakwe (Women Leader), and Godson Nwaobasi (Auditor).

After the elections, Kissinger Ikeokwu (Legal Adviser), Greg Nwadike (Youth Leader), Bede Ojinmadu (Financial Secretary) and Ogubundu Nwadike (Publicity Secretary), joined the new State Working Committee (SWC).

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Officials and delegates participate in the PDP Congress in Imo State on August 1, 2020.

 

In his remarks, Ugwuh thanked officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and officers from PDP National Headquarters for observing the conduct of the Congress.

He also thanked all party elders, leaders, and members, particularly the delegates to the Congress for coming out to participate in the exercise.

The new chairman commended the immediate past SWC for taking good care of the party and congratulated all the winners and members of the new executive of the party in the state.

Delegates wait on the queue to cast their votes in the PDP Congress in Imo State on August 1, 2020.

 

On behalf of the new SWC, the former minister promised to manage the party in Imo to the satisfaction and appreciation of all party leaders and members.

He called for support from all party leaders and members to collectively take the PDP to greater heights and reclaim power in the state.

Ugwuh headed the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry between July 2007 and October 2008 under the administration of late former President Musa Yar’Adua.

Before his appointment as minister, Ugwuh, who is also a former President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), contested the PDP governorship primary election in Imo in 2007.

FG To Recruit 27,000 Imo Youths Under Special Works Programme

Flood Sweeps 15 Oil-Producing Communities In Imo

 

The Federal Government is set to engage 27,000 youths in Imo State to carry out public works in their various Local Government Areas.

Chairman, Special Public Works Committee in the state, Obinna Okenze, disclosed this on Wednesday at the Federal Secretariat in Owerri, the state capital.

Speaking during the inaugural meeting of the state nominees for the Federal Government’s Special Public Works programme, Okenze said that the youths will be recruited between October and December 2020 and will be paid N20,000 monthly.

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He noted that nobody should be charged for the recruitment, adding that anyone found charging money no matter how small will be prosecuted accordingly.

Imo Pensioners Protest Non-Payment Of Pension Arrears 

 

Members of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Imo State have staged a protest in Owerri the Imo State Capital over the non-payment of pension arrears and entitlements.

The pensioners in their numbers took to the streets of Owerri halting vehicular movement for hours demanding that the state government pay them their pension arrears owed to them since February 2020.

The chairman of the pensioner’s intervention committee in Imo State, Ohaneje Iyke says the union has made several appeals to the government and other relevant authorities in the state but all to no avail.

13 More Imo Lawmakers Test Positive For COVID-19

A government health worker shows a Covid-19 test at the Roli Madeira riverside community in the southwest of Marajo Island, in the state of Para, Brazil, on June 1, 2020. TARSO SARRAF / AFP

 

 

Thirteen more members of the Imo State House of Assembly have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The spokesman for the State Task Force on COVID-19, Chinedu Iwuala, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

This brings the total number of lawmakers in the state who are COVID-19 positive to 14.

The infected lawmakers have gone into self-isolation and the State Assembly Complex in Owerri has remained shut since the first lawmaker was diagnosed with the virus.

This comes one week after the state government shut down the Assembly for two weeks.

The Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Professor Maurice Iwu, had confirmed the COVID-19 status of the first infected lawmakers on Tuesday last week while briefing reporters in Owerri, the state capital.

The samples of all other lawmakers and their aides were taken to the laboratory for COVID-19 test, but the results of 13 more members of the Assembly came back positive.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 675 new cases of COVID-19 across the country.

It noted that the new cases were confirmed in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

They included Lagos – 288, Oyo – 76, Rivers – 56, Delta – 31, Ebonyi – 30, Gombe – 28, Ondo – 20, Kaduna – 20, Kwara – 20, Ogun – 17, FCT – 16, Edo – 13, Abia – 10, Nasarawa – nine, Imo – nine, Bayelsa – eight, Borno – eight, Katsina – eight, Sokoto – three, Bauchi – three, Plateau – two.

As of 11pm on Monday, Nigeria has 20,919 confirmed cases of coronavirus out of which 7,109 patients have been successfully treated and discharged while 525 have died.

Police Recover Bodies Of Two Students In Imo

A file photo of a police van.

 

The police in Imo State have recovered the bodies of two students at a Vic-Mic lodge in Nekede area of the state.

The deceased until their death were students of the Federal Polytechnic in Nekede.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, identified the dead as Cynthia Obieshi and Samuel Osuji.

Ikeokwu explained that the students were believed to have taken substance suspected to be drugs.

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He noted that the Divisional Police Headquarters, Nekede/Ihiagwa acting on intelligent report moved to Room 19, Vic-Mic Lodge broke into the room and found two lifeless bodies.

According to the police spokesman, Cynthia was said to have visited her boyfriend Samuel who is the original owner of the room.

He also reiterated the commitment of the Commissioner of Police to unravel the real cause of the death, stressing that preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased might have taken substance suspected to be drugs.

Woman Delivered Of Twins Dies Of COVID-19 In Imo

The Chairman of Imo State COVID-19 Taskforce, Professor Maurice Iwu, speaks to Channels Television on June 15, 2020 of a pregnant woman infected by COVID-19 who lost her life after childbirth.

 

Imo State has recorded another death resulting from COVID-19 complications.

Although the woman’s details are unknown, the deceased was said to have been receiving treatment in the isolation centre after testing positive for the coronavirus disease a few days ago.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the Chairman of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, Professor Maurice Iwu, said the woman was delivered of a set of twins but after delivery, she couldn’t survive it.

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According to Professor Iwu, the babies were however fortunate as to have tested negative for the virus.

While warning the people to disregard rumours that COVID-19 is not real, he asked indigenes of the state to continue to comply with precautionary measures put in place by the state government to contain the spread of the virus.

Iwu also noted that COVID-19 cases keep increasing by the day due to an increase in sample testing in the state.

Imo Sets Up Advisory Committee On Community Policing

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma speaks during the inauguration of a Security Advisory Committee at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital on June 14, 2020.

 

The Imo State Government has inaugurated a Security Advisory Committee on community policing to complement the efforts of security agencies in tackling crime.

During the inauguration in Owerri the state capital on Sunday, Governor Hope Uzodinma asked the members to curtail the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery, child theft and other crimes.

“Government has designed this template to ensure that communities and indigenes are involved in the policing and security measures that the government has decided to carry out.

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“Don’t go and tell the state police (that) community policing is about the Nigeria Police or Fulani herdsmen. It is how we on our own can partner with the police and other security agencies to ensure that security in Imo State (is improved),” he said.

Governor Uzodinma also called on residents of the state to cooperate with the security agencies by providing timely and useful information in curbing crimes in the state.

This follows the agreement between the governors of the southeast and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on setting up a community policing structure in each state in the region.

The committee is composed up of leaders of security operatives, traditional and religious heads as well as women and youth leaders from various communities.

Imo Records First COVID-19 Death

(FILE PHOTO) Professor Maurice Iwu

 

Imo State has recorded its first COVID-19 fatality.

This was revealed on Wednesday by the Chairman of the COVID-19 Taskforce in the state, Professor Maurice.

According to him, the victim had underlying health issues before he was brought to the isolation centre.

Professor Iwu believes that the victim’s condition might have complicated his chances of survival.

Alleged Missing N19.63bn: Ihedioha Asks Court To Stop Probe By Imo Assembly

A file photo of former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

 

 

The immediate past governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has filed a suit to stop the Imo State House of Assembly from investigating him over allegations of missing funds.

He filed the suit at the State High Court sitting in Owerri, the state capital.

In his prayers, the former governor sought a perpetual injunction restraining the lawmakers from probing him over the sum of N19.63 billion said to be missing from the Local Government account during his seven-month tenure.

Ihedioha, through an originating summon, also urged the court to grant him a perpetual injunction restraining the Imo State House of Assembly from inviting him and questioning him about the alleged missing fund.

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Listed as defendants in the suit are the Imo State House of Assembly, the Speaker, and the Clerk of the House of Assembly.

The former governor filed the suit weeks after the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, announced that the sum of N19.63 billion was missing from the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) of the 27 Local Governments Areas of the state.

Governor Uzodinma had alleged that the money got missing under the watch of the immediate past administration led by Ihedioha.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo had, however, described the allegation by the governor as mischievous and a deliberate scheme of his administration to loot the resources of the state.

Building Collapse: Imo Govt To Revoke CofO, Prosecute Contractor

File photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

The Imo State Government has vowed to prosecute the erring contractor as well as revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of the land, following the collapse of an 8-storey building in Owerri.

Governor Hope Uzodinma revealed this on Friday while visiting the site of the collapsed building.

According to him, it is quite unfortunate that the developers violated the lockdown order of the state Govt by embarking on construction work during the lockdown.

He also lamented that the developers did not follow the authorized plan of the state government on the building.

The governor also commiserated with the families of those affected.

This comes as emergency officials recovered two more dead bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building.

A team of rescue officials comprising the Red Cross and Owerri Capital Development Authority evacuated the bodies from the scene of the incident today.

The number of persons killed in the building collapse rose to four following the death of two persons reported on Thursday.

While 12 people have been rescued, many are still trapped including a woman and her two kids.

COVID-19: There Is No Case In Owerri, Says Imo Govt

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu, briefs ministers about the discovery of a possible treatment for coronavirus.

 

The Imo state Government has debunked rumours making rounds in the state that there is a positive case of the coronavirus disease at the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri.

Addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, Chairman of the State COVID-19 Committee, Professor Maurice Iwu said the rumour is false and untrue.

Professor Iwu warned the people against spreading rumours that can cause panic and fear in the state.

According to him, the state government is doing all within its powers to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the state.

While noting that the state is yet to record any case, Iwu said the committee is scaling up its activities.

Part of these include taking samples of people for test in Ebonyi state where they have the nearest COVID-19 Test Laboratory.

COVID-19: NCDC Boss Visits Imo, Worried Over No Records Of Cases In State

NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu holds a meeting with Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in Owerri on April 18, 2020.

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has expressed worry over the yet-to-be-identified case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Imo State.

NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu expressed the worry on Saturday during a visit to Governor Hope Uzodinma at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital.

Addressing the governor, Ihekweazu said he is worried because the people of the state travel a lot and might be at risk of importing the virus into the state.

“Your Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State. We are a little bit worried. We know that our people travel a lot.

“We are happy that there hasn’t been a case so far. There are two ways. To be fully happy, we have to be sure that we are looking hard enough not finding.

“This outbreak is a bit of a preganant (woman). Sometimes, you will be asking people are you pregnant or not? Eventually it will come out,” he said.

In his response, Governor Uzodinma commended the NCDC team for supporting the efforts made by his administration to ensure the virus does not find its way into the state.

He however appealed to the agency to strengthen the COVID-19 team set up by the state government in preventing the spread of the virus.

“We are calling on you to help us strengthen our people so that we can be prepared fully in the event this thing finds its way into Imo State.

“I think what the World Health Organisation has done in terms of awareness and sentisation, we want to commend that. We also encourage them to continue,” he said.