General Abubakar Commends Obiano For Anambra Security

General Abdusalami Abubakar, Anambra, Willie ObianoFormer Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd), has commended the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for his commitment to the peace and security of the state.

General Abuabakar made the commendation on Friday during a courtesy visit on the Governor at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia in southeast Nigeria.

He observed that Anambra State, under the present administration had been rapidly transformed in terms of infrastructural development and security.

The former military President lauded the security agencies for their contribution in maintaining peace and order.

He also urged the citizens of the state to support Governor Obiano’s initiatives and rest assured of continued benefits.

The Governor, in his response expressed joy at the visit, describing his guest as a great man.

General Abuabakar was accompanied by former Governor of old Kaduna State, Abba Musa and former Governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo among others.

Nation Building: Okorocha Tasks Nigerians On Agriculture

Rochas Okorocha, AgricultureThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged Nigerians to concentrate more on agriculture, in order to enhance the image of the nation’s local content.

The Governor, who spoke exclusively to Channels Television in Owerri, the Imo State capital in southeast Nigeria, made the call while reacting to the current economic recession.

He says rather than playing the blame game and trying to point accusing fingers, all Nigerians should look inwards and join hands with the government to develop the Nigeria’s resources.

Governor Okorocha noted that President Muhammudu Buhari needs the support from the citizens at a time like this, irrespective of the political or ethnic differences.

He stressed that the support was needed to continue to fight the menace of corruption and insecurity in the country to a large extent, saying the President has achieved a lot.

Okorocha also expressed optimism that his party, the All Progressives Congress remains committed to fixing Nigeria and laying a good foundation for future generations.

Akwa Ibom LG Retirees Protest Non-payment Of Pensions

Akwa Ibom LG Retirees Protest Non-payment Of PensionsHundreds of Local Government (LG) retirees in Akwa Ibom State have protested against the non-payment of their pensions for the past four months.

The pensioners displayed placards with various inscriptions requesting for the intervention of the state government in ensuring the prompt payment of their entitlements.

The leader of the retirees, Obong Etta, recounted the ordeal of the senior citizens in an interview with Channels Television in Uyo, the state capital in southeast Nigeria.

In a swift response, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Victor Antai, appealed to the pensioners to be patient with the state government.

He explained that the Ministry had not been able to meet its obligations due to the shortfall in financial allocation to the local governments.

Mr Antai promised that the government would offset the debt as soon as its finances improve, stressing that money had already been released to settle one month.

He stated that the issue was strictly a local government affair as all state pensioners have been paid up to date.

Chinese Company Partners Anambra In Agriculture, Power Others

Anambra, Willie Obiano, China CAMC Engineering Limited A project contracting company, China CAMC Engineering Limited is set to partner Anambra State in four key sectors of development.

A delegation from the company and some finance partners facilitated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) revealed this during a courtesy call on the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

Leading the delegation, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Yu Tao, expressed their interest to partner the state in the sectors of agriculture, power, health, as well as oil and gas.

He promised that the company would support Anambra State in areas of staple food processing and agricultural mechanisation.

Mr Tao also highlighted the construction of airport and other transport system, where they intend to engage in intercity and inter-state rail projects.

He said they were convinced that they made the right choice by coming to Anambra State with the level of development they saw in the state.

Governor Obiano on his part welcomed the partnership interest of the group, especially in the area of oil and gas, as well as power.

He assured them of security, saying that his administration has made great efforts to ensure that investments and business ventures in the state thrive under a very conducive atmosphere.

The Governor further sought their partnership in the development of water transportation and creation of Export Free Zone in the state.

While he promised that his government would play its part to ensure that the deal was struck soon, there were exchange of souvenirs and group photographs to seal the meeting.

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.

Residents Lament Poor Condition Of Major Road In Abia

Abia, Road, Umuahia - Ikot EkpeneThe deplorable condition of Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene road has become a source of worry for residents living in Ikwu-ano Local Government Area of Abia State.

The residents have lamented the untold hardship caused by the flooded road that has taken over their houses and farmlands in southeast Nigeria.

They said the road infrastructure was in a state of disrepair as most of the potholes, due to lack of maintenance have turned into deep gullies that leave the buildings located around the road flooded when it rains.

A resident of the community, Ikenna Steve, told Channels Television that motorists and heavy trucks carrying goods were usually trapped and stuck for days while they trek or resort to motorcycles in order to get to their respective homes.

The Chairman of Ikwu-ano Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Christopher Ezeude, and the Traditional Ruler of Oloko Ikwu-ano, Eze Toti Igbokwe, appealed for an immediate intervention to prevent enormous loss of lives and properties during this raining season.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Warns Against Poor Road Constructions

Akwa Ibom, RoadThe Akwa Ibom State government has threatened to blacklist contractors handling road construction projects, whose performance is below the state government’s specification.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, gave the warning on Friday while inspecting ongoing road construction projects across the state in southeast Nigeria.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the aim of the inspection was to ascertain the projects that were ready for commissioning by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to mark his one year in office on May 29.

He disclosed that a total of 11 roads were ready for commissioning while many others were at different stages of completion across most of the 31 local government areas of the state.

The Commissioner commended some of the contractors for the quality of work done and their commitment to delivering the projects according to specification.

He, however, warned that the state government would not hesitate to blacklist those who perform below specification.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the state government was not only committed to the construction of good roads but also to ensure effective networking of the roads to encourage economic and social development.

Traders Criticise Planned Demolition Of Market In Abia

Ariaria International Market-Traders-AbiaTraders at the Ariaria International Market in Aba have raised alarm over the alleged planned demolition of the market by the Abia State government in southeast Nigeria.

The market men and women described the purported act as an exercise in futility and called on the government to focus on fixing the deplorable roads and upgrade the facility in the markets.

During a press briefing in Aba on Monday, the Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Traders in the market, Mr Michael Anibogu, condemned the alleged plan, saying that the market was their only source of income and gratuity.

He maintained that the traders would resist any attempt by the committee set up by government to demolish their shops.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the Abia State Market Development Committee, Solomon Wigwe, clarified that the state government had no intention to demolish the market.

He, however, explained that some sections were marked for demolition.

According to him, the sections to be brought down were the illegal structures erected on the walk ways and drainage.

Wigwe said that the exercise would be carried out in phases and aimed to develop the existing markets to an enviable standard.

Railway Corporation Set To Introduce Scheduled Train Service

Railway corporation, Train serviceThe Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Mr Fidet Okiriah, says Scheduled Trade Train Service would soon commence in the country.

Mr Okiriah revealed the latest plan during his 1-day working visit to the Eastern District of the Nigeria Railway Corporation in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.

He said that this will improve movement of goods and services from one state to another in the most convenient way while keeping to time schedules judiciously.

During the visit, the National Vice President of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers, Innocent Kalu, who spoke for the workers, welcomed their boss with words of appreciation for finding time to visit them and to ascertain their welfare condition.

He reeled out their challenges and appealed for promotion, payment of allowances and overtime, and improved train services from Enugu to Igbede.

He also asked for re-connection of NPA rail line that was disconnected to boost synergy between Railway Corporation and the Maritime and also to expedite action to end cases of casual workers especially in the Eastern district.

The District Manager, Eastern District Headquarters, Ola Adeeyinwo, also made appeals for the provision of rolling stalk that will facilitate train services from Enugu to Ehamufu.

Mr Okiriah, in his response, promised that every benefit they deserve would be given to them in due course as the Scheduled Trade Train Service will increase revenue generation, improve the services of the corporation and translate into better life for workers.

He also gave the assurance of tidying up the challenges in commencing train services along Enugu-Ehamufu axis where major economic activities take place.

He, however, asked them to improve the railway services with more dedication to work and development of advertisement skills.