Obiano Flags Off Multi Million Dollar Omasi Tomato Farm

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has performed the ground breaking ceremony for the multi-million dollar Ekcel Farms Mechanised Agricultural Project sited at Omasi, Ayamelum Local Government Area.

The project will focus on cultivation of Cassava and Tomato, with five per cent shares designated to Omasi community, ten per cent to Anambra State and another five per cent to the development of the community.

The company would bridge the gap between Cassava production and consumption in the State while the Tomato refinery plant, to be established, would be the largest in Africa and first in Nigeria.

While addressing the people, the Governor said that the project would generate over 13,000 direct jobs and over 100 indirect jobs.

The project has an initial investment of 100 million dollars or 16.500 billion Naira.

Under the project, Cassava would be processed into ethanol and starch.

Governor Obiano said 90,000 tones of Cassava would be produced annually.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ekcel Farms, Emeka Okwuosa, and the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion Protection Agency, Cyril Enweze, said the Governor’s genuine commitment to transforming the State through his administrative blueprint was the attraction for investors especially in the area of security.

The Governor flagged-off the project with the assurance that activities would commence immediately in the next 12 or 18 months.

Governor Obiano said “when agricultural activities begin, 150 tones of Tomatoes would be produced annually”.

APC, PDP Supporters Take Protest To INEC In Port Harcourt

INECIt was a clash of interests as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State staged protests at the gates of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While the APC supporters and other sympathisers from some other political parties in the State claimed that the INEC had recruited ad-hoc staff that were card carrying members of the PDP, the PDP supporters said they had uncovered a game plan by the electoral body to shortchange Nigerians in favour of the APC.

A clash ensued as both parties wanted their issues addressed at the same time.

The police force tried to control the situation, as the parties attempted to overpower each other.

In response, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Gesila Khan and members of her team refuted the allegations.

The REC however, said that INEC remained a nonpartisan body.

Goodluck-Sambo Campaign Organisation Holds Town Hall Meeting In Benue

goodluckPresident Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization in Benue State has organized a town hall meeting with leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue North Senatorial District to re-launch the president’s re-election campaign in the zone.

The town hall meeting, called at the instance of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign coordinator in Benue State, Mr Sam Odeh, a former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, was aimed at re-strategising ahead of the presidential election which will hold March on 28th.

At the meeting with key party leaders from the zone and aspirants on the platform of the PDP in the forth coming general elections, Mr Odeh stressed the need to overrun the opposition in a landslide victory for the president and other candidates of the party at the general elections.

One after the other, PDP leaders from the senatorial district in their endorsements, gave assurances that the opposition will not break its rank this time around.

The gathering of PDP bigwigs from the zone, would remind the opposition of its resolve to defend its 16 years reign in the State as the PDP has its eyes in ruling the State and Nigeria beyond its acclaimed 60 years political dominance.

Dickson Grieves As 11 Bayelsa Politicans Die In Motor Accident

dicksonBayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has expressed deep pain, shock and grief over the death of the wife of Professor Edmond Allison-Oguru, the Secretary to the State Government and a group of  women in a fatal road accident along the Ahoada/Elele section of the East/West Road in Rivers State.

In a statement released on Sunday, Governor Dickson described the incident as “tragic, a monumental and painful loss to the State”, stressing that “the women that lost their lives in the accident were our mothers and sisters”.

Dickson also prayed to God to grant the bereaved families the courage and strength to bear the “very painful and irreparable losses”.

Meanwhile, a Government House statement says, all official engagements of the Governor has been suspended for three days as a mark of honour and respect for the souls of the departed women.

The accident occurred when the tyre of an oncoming Toyota Sienna van exploded and rammed into the bus conveying the women.

A former councillor in Ogbia Local Government Area, Gbaregolo Eseimokumo, listed some of the victims to a local online newspaper as Consider Amadi, a former women leader in Ogbia; Clara Abila, a grassroots politician; Immaculate Amasimua, former Commissioner at the Civil Service Commission in Bayelsa; and Elisabeth Oguru, wife of the Secretary to the State Government.

Others are Zimbra Goma, former Commissioner for Women Affairs; Ruby Benjamin, former House of Assembly member representing Brass Constituency 1 in Bayelsa; amongst others.

One of the women is reported to have survived the crash and is receiving treatment.

Group Calls On ICC To Prosecute Buhari For 2011 Violence

goran sluiterMr Goran Sluiter, a Dutch lawyer called the International Criminal Court to investigate Nigeria’s presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, over the 2011 post elections violence that claimed hundreds of lives.

The lawyer and a group known as Northern Coalition For Democracy, told a news conference in Abuja that there are evidence at their disposal that indicts Gen. Buhari over the violence.

The group hinged its action on the need to prevent violence similar to the 2015 general elections.