Obasanjo Urges Zambian Govt. To Follow Rule Of Law In Dealing With Opposition

Xenophobia Attacks: Obasanjo Lays Blame On SA Government
Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has appealed to the Zambian government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights principles, in dealing with the opposition in the Southern African country of Zambia.

The appeal is coming on the heels of the report, which broke early on Tuesday that the house of the main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, was allegedly broken into by the Government Police and other Paramilitary Agencies with the purpose of arresting him without any warrant.

Obasanjo, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said it was in the best interest of the country to maintain the rule of law and human rights principles, which are recipes for peace, stability and development not only in the Southern African country, but the entire African continent.

“Early Tuesday, the news broke that the Zambian Government Police and other Paramilitary Agencies broke into the house of the opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, to effect his arrest without any warrant.

“Special appeal is being made to the Government of Zambia to ensure that the rule of law is followed without Bach of human rights in dealing with the opposition leader of the stature of Hakainde Hichilema.

“It is in the best interest of the country in ensuring that the rule of law and human rights principles are followed to ensure peace, stability and security, which are fundamental basis for development, which all Africans require at this point in time”, he stated.

Obiano Signs Two Billion Dollars Airport City MoU

The dream of Governor Willie Obiano in making Anambra State a first choice investment destination and a hub for commercial activities seems to be materialising.

The State Government has signed a two billion dollars Memorandum of Understanding with two investment companies, Orient Petroleum Resources and Elite International Investment Limited, for the construction of an international airport city in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area.

Speaking at the signing ceremony which took place in the Government House Awka, the state’s capital, Governor Obiano expressed hope that the project would reduce cost of importation and boost development in the state.

He added that it will also create a boundless business connection between Anambra and China, saying the State Government will ensure that the project is not only a central economic hub for the state, but also for the entire south-east region and Nigeria at large.

Giving details of the investment, the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Igwe Cyril Enweze, said the project would promote rapid urbanisation and increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state.

On his part, the Managing Director of Orient Petroleum Resources, Mr Christian Udechukwu, commended the vision of the Obiano led administration.

He assured the State Government that they would deliver quality project, in line with aviation engineering best practices.

The airport city to be named, Anambra Airport Infrastructure Company Limited, has a completion duration of three years and sits on a 1,500 hectares of land at Ivite Umueri.

Mascherano Warns Barcelona Against Juventus Attackers

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Barcelona defender, Javier Mascherano, has cautioned his teammates against Juventus pair, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, ahead of Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg tie.

Juventus will meet Barcelona for the first time since the 2015 Champions League final, when an early Ivan Rakitic strike left Massimiliano Allegri’s men with a mountain to climb before they succumbed 3­-1 in Berlin.

Barcelona will be without Sergio Busquets due to suspension, meaning Mascherano could be given a rare outing in the midfield holding role.

Neymar, as well as Rakitic and Gerard Pique, who returned to the team following a suspension against Malaga, are all one booking away from a suspension that would rule them out of the return leg.

Wike Inspects Road Projects In Rivers State

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of the ongoing construction of Ogbunabali Internal Roads in the state.

The Governor, accompanied by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Joe Agi and a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Tony Okeah, inspected the roads being reconstructed in the area.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (m), Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi (l) and Former Member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Tony Okeah during the inspection of Ogbunabali Internal Roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While majority of the roads in Ogbunabali have been completed and expanded with modern walkways, others are still under construction.

Governor Wike meandering through construction equipment during his inspection of Ogbunabali Internal

While on the inspection tour, residents trooped out to show their appreciation and praise the governor for fulfilling his pledge to the community.

In response, Wike assured them that his administration would drive the project to its logical conclusion, saying that the people of the area deserve the best for the contribution they have made to the state.

The governor also inspected ongoing work at the Landscaping Architecture at Airforce overhead bridge, as well as the Port-Harcourt Pleasure Park.

Orieku Street in Ogbunabali under Construction

This is the first time the Ogbunabali Internal Roads are being rehabilitated, despite being neighbours of the Government Reserved Area.

FG Commits To Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

FG Pledges Commitment To Supporting Young EntrepreneursNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to creating a conducive environment for youths in the country to grow in their chosen careers.

Professor Osinbajo made the commitment in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, at the launch of a gospel album.

He added that the economic development plan of the government is targeted at promoting young entrepreneurs not only with funding but by providing other enablers that can engender greater development.

The Vice President noted that there is a great deal of opportunities in the technology, entertainment, music and showbiz industries waiting to be tapped and government is poised to assist young Nigerians in living their dream.

He further disclosed that the Federal Government is setting up hubs for technological and entrepreneurial advancement in all the six geo-political zones of the country to provide the pedestal to flourish and serve as coordinating centre for young entrepreneurs who need start up support in various fields.

Professor Osinbajo said, while efforts are underway to set up the hubs in other parts of Nigeria, those of Abuja and Lagos have been set up. He therefore called on young people to actively participate in the initiative.

Ogun Govt. Set To Review Obsolete Forestry Law

Ogun Govt. Set To Review Archaic Forestry Law The Ogun State Government has commenced the review of its Forestry and Wild Life laws promulgated 80 years ago, so as to meet up with current challenges in the forestry sub-sector of the state’s economy.

The State Commissioner for Forestry, Mr Kolawole Lawal, disclosed this while speaking with journalists on the outcome of a stakeholders meeting with Ijebu-Ode timber contractors at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.

According to the commissioner, the crux of the meeting was to deliberate on ways of tackling the spate of deforestation in the nine forest reserves across the state by illegal operators.

He stated that the review of the Forestry and Wild Life laws had become imperative to forestall forest depletion which according to him, is a major factor in issues of climate change.

Mr Lawal noted that since the promulgation of the law in 1937, “No serious review had been carried out. What was done in 2006 was not a review but just a compendium of the scattered law in a single booklet”.

He, however, expressed optimism that the law when reviewed, would tackle holistically the menace of illegal logging head on.

“The outdated law has greatly affected the operation of the Ministry and development of its forest reserves but once the review is passed into law and approved, illegal activities will be stamped out in our forest reserves”, he said.

On his part, the Secretary, Association of Ijebu Timber Contractors, Ijebu-Ode Chapter, Mr Jide Fakayode, commended the state government for its unrelenting efforts at combating illegality in the reserves.

He then assured the government of the association’s cooperation and commitment to the development of forestry sector.

Federer To Face Nadal In Miami Open Final

Federer To Face Nadal In Miami Open Final
Roger Federer

Roger Federer won a thrilling three-hour contest against Nick Kyrgios to get to the finals, against Rafael Nadal at the Miami Open.

The Swiss triumphed 7-6 6-7 7-6 to take his 2017 record to 18 wins and one defeat.

Federer will take on Nadal for the 37th time on Sunday, and the second final this year after beating the Spaniard at January’s Australian Open.

Gov. Obiano Supports Umunze Federal College Of Education

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has announced several support measures for the development of education in Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze, Orumba South local government area of Anambra state.

During the 23rd Joint Convocation ceremony of the institution where governor Obiano bagged a Fellowship Award, he stated that education was a critical enabler in his administrative blueprint and would also be a tool which youths could compete favorably, globally, and all efforts would be channeled towards improving it.

He announced the immediate commencement of construction of 1.8 kilometer Boulevard leading to the institution, immediate delivery of a 32 seating capacity bus and in addition to contracting the refuse disposal of the institution to a competent private sector firm and a donation of the institution development token of 5Million Naira.

The 23rd Joint Convocation ceremony of the institution was for 2,058 graduating students for the award of the National Certificate of Education (NCE), and Professional Diploma in Education (PDE).

The academic procession was impressive as the governor also joined and added to the spectacle.

At the convocation arena, speeches from the Provost, Professor Jehoshaphat Ogbuagu and the Executive Secretary of National Commission for College of Education, Professor Babb-Aliyu Muhammadu, who represented the Minister of Education, harped on objectives of higher education in producing teachers with occupational knowledge and skills needed for teaching technology relevant to the growth of Nigeria economy.

The Governor advised the graduating students and the need for them to take up the opportunities education had provided them with.

“As you have presented your certificates, you will see where it will say that you must be found worthy in character and learning, very critical key words for your future development and for the advancement of society.”

He also contributed to the growth of the institution, “As the provost mentioned earlier that we have started work on. It is 1.8 kilometers, we will finish it and asphalt it. I have also told the Provost, although I have given you buses a couple of times to enable you to commute within this great institution, I will be giving you another 32 sitting capacity bus”.

However, the governor was then decorated with Fellowship Award of the institution which is the highest award from the College reserved exclusively for selected persons who have proved their mettle in their areas of professionalism.

The award was in recognition of his giant strides in the development of Anambra state within a short period of time.

Nasarawa Govt. To Partner Nurses, Midwives On Service Delivery

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The Nasarawa state Ministry of Health has taken steps to ensure standard practice in the nursing and midwifery profession.

Consequently, the management said it has concluded arrangement with the State chapter of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), to organise a one week intensive mandatory continuing professional development program, workshop for practitioners.

A statement in Lafia signed by the Ministry’s Director of Nursing Services, Alabere Bawa, indicated that the week-long symposium would serve as an avenue for renewal of practicing licenses and is expected to update practitioners with current trends and ways to enhance service delivery.

The statement calls on all nurses and midwives in the state to converge on Monday April 3, for the commencement of the training program.

Nasarawa Govt. Set To Curtail Meningitis Outbreak

The Nasarawa state government says plans are underway to vaccinate residents against cerebral spinal meningitis.

The Director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health, Doc. Ibrahim Adamu, revealed this in an interview in Lafia, the state capital.

Meningitis, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord which has swept across 26 countries in sub-Sahara Africa, killing and disabling young people annually or cause severe cerebral brain damage before hours.

In Nigeria, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that the disease has claimed more than 300 lives in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger states.

During a visit to the Ministry of Health to ascertain level of preparedness towards curtailing eventual outbreak of the disease in the state, Dr. Adamu said, “We are making contact with the CDC to be able to procure vaccines that will immunise citizens of Nasarawa state”

He noted that the Ministry in the last three years had embarked on awareness campaigns and immunisation exercise as precautionary measures against an outbreak of the disease, stating that there is no case of cerebral spinal meningitis recorded so far in the state.

He then used the medium to appeal to the people of the state to avoid overcrowded spots, sleep in ventilated rooms and seek medical attention whenever they feel unusual.

“It affects usually young adults and people that leave in a very poor ventilated environment”, he noted.

On the part of residents, they urged the government to create more awareness on the dangers of the disease.

They also called on Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to make it available in order to control the hot weather being experienced.

“We need light, because in Lafia we have problem of that especially this our school environment.

“We hardly see light and that is causing a lot of sicknesses to the students.

“My appeal to the government, is to try to ensure stable electricity supply to all especially in Lafia where the heat is really intense”

Nasarawa Extension Workers Charged To Transfer Knowledge

Subject matter specialists and extension workers of Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NAPD) have been advised to always transfer knowledge acquired, during various workshops attended by farmers in their various localities.

The acting program manager of NADP, Mr Stephen Kpama gave the advise at the quarterly review technology meeting, organised for subject matter specialists and extension workers of the three zones of the state.

Addressing participants, the acting manager appreciated them for their efforts and sacrifices towards sustaining their attendance.

According to him, the meeting which was held last in August 2014 is meant to be held monthly but now quarterly, due to inadequate funds.

He charged them to take advantage of the program to educate farmers in the state in order to boost food production.

“As stakeholders of the state, our first priority is to farmers of the state.

“If there are no farmers, our importance is going to be irrelevant and since we have agreed to make way to see how we can transfer this technology to our farmers, we should do it wholeheartedly”, he said.

Participants of the meeting were drawn from the southern, western and northern zones of the state.

Troops Arrest Two Boko Haram Spies

Two suspected Boko Haram terrorists carrying out surveillance on Kareto and Dangalti villages, were apprehended by Troops of 158 Task Force Battalion of 5 Brigade, Nigerian Army.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman.

The statement adds that, “Preliminary investigation shows that the apprehended spies were on a mission to facilitate possible attack on the communities by Boko Haram terrorists.

“One of the Boko Haram terrorist belonging to Mamman Nur’s faction, Bulama Kailani Mohammed Metel, under the leadership of Abu Mustapha surrendered himself to troops of 145 task Force Battalion, 5 Brigade at Damasak”.

It has been confirmed that the surrendered suspect, Bulama Kailani Mohammed Metel, a high profile terrorist, had been on the Nigerian Army’s Wanted Boko Haram terrorists poster recently produced, with a serial number 253.

He is currently undergoing further interrogation.