Police Parade Crime Suspects In Abia

Police-AbiaThe Police have paraded some suspected armed robbers and car snatching syndicate in Abia State, southeast Nigeria.

Items recovered from the suspects by the Abia State Police Command include a Lexus Jeep, a Toyota Camry car, locally made pistols, handbags amongst others.

While briefing reporters in Umuahia, the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Habila Joshak, said that the suspects met their Waterloo when a patrol team of the command mounted up a surveillance during one of their operations after a tip off.

Mr Joshak explained that on sighting the Police, the suspects opened up fire while the security agents outwitted them, saying the driver of the Toyota Camry hit an electric pole and died while reversing.

He noted that the command has mapped out strategy that would checkmate the activities of criminals in Abia State.

The Police Commissioner called on the public to give useful information about questionable characters and suspicious activities around their vicinity.

Okorocha Condemns Enugu Herdsmen Attacks, Tasks FG On Justice

Rochas Okorocha on Enugu Herdsmen killingsGovernor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has condemned in strong terms the recent attack on residents of some rural communities in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria.

The Imo State Governor described the act perpetrated by some group of unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen as ‘very barbaric and unfortunate’.

At a meeting with some traditional rulers on Wednesday in Owerri the state capital, he said that the recent attack in Enugu State was inhumane and totally unacceptable.

Peaceful Coexistence

The Governor urged the Federal Government through the security operatives, to immediately bring the perpetrators of such evil act to book.

He appealed to the traditional rulers in all the communities in Imo State and southeast Nigeria to take absolute control of security in their various autonomous communities.

Governor Rochas Okorocha also tasked them to ensure peaceful coexistence between their people and residents from other areas, adding that Nigeria presently needed absolute peace in the face of its several challenges.

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Herdsmen have also caused agony and tears at different other communities in Nigeria

Expressing optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would tackle the present security challenges caused by the herdsmen, he called on the people of Enugu State and the entire Southeast region to remain calm, as drastic measures were being taken to curb the killings.

President Buhari had in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

He instructed the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police to take all necessary action to stop the killing, saying that ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons had become a priority on the government’s agenda for enhanced national security.

Okorocha Donates Patrol Vans To Imo Security Network

Rochas OkorochaThe Imo State government has donated 20 Hilux vehicles to the Imo Security Network, a local security agency in the state.

This development comes as a way of boosting security surveillance and monitoring, as the Imo State government expresses worry over the rising spate of kidnapping in the state.

The vehicles were donated on Wednesday by the Imo State Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, who represented Governor Okorocha at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital in southeast Nigeria.

He said that the patrol vehicles would go a long way in fighting crime, especially kidnapping and other related criminal activities in the State.

While reiterating his commitment to providing adequate security for the people of the state, Governor Okorocha urged the local security agency to work closely and partner with other agencies in the state to reduce crime.

He also gave cash rewards to 50 personnel among the security men for creditably doing well in the discharge of their duties.

Receiving the patrol vehicles, the coordinator of the agency commended the state government, while he added that they would sustain their cooperation with other security agencies to eliminate crime in the state.

Abia Government Sets Up Sanitation Task Force

Abia-State-Sanitation-ASEPAJail term awaits sanitation defaulters, as Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) on Monday inaugurated a Sanitation Task Force.

According to the General Manager of ASEPA, Ikye Apugo, this came in a bid to maintain clean and healthy environment within Umuahia, the state’s capital and its environs in southeast Nigeria.

Mr Apugo said that the Task Force had the mandate to clean the metropolitan city and to ensure that Abia State residents adhered strictly to the sanitation rules, especially around the market areas where littering of dirt were highly prohibited.

He hinted that the dump site at the expressway would soon disappear, as ASEPA had start building a new dump site that would accommodate the large volume of waste generated in the state.

The ASEPA boss urged the people of the state to cooperate with the sanitation task force to make Abia State a healthy and conducive place to live.

Governor Obiano Commissions Three Water Projects In Anambra

Willie-Obiano-Anambra-Water-ProjectGovernor Willie Obiano has commissioned three water projects in Anambra State in southeast Nigeria.

The first was the commissioning of a 420,000 litres capacity water scheme with 11 kilometres reticulation coverage at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam campus, located inside the university.

Governor Willie Obiano said that he decided to tackle the water challenge of the institution in line with his approach to issues concerning the critical sectors of Anambra State’s economy in terms of ensuring standard infrastructure.

He expressed hope that the water scheme, aside servicing the water needs of the university, would take care of over 1,000 households around the university environment daily.

Governor Obiano said that his vision was to ensure that the impact of good governance was felt by every citizen, community and institution in the state, maintaining that every necessary infrastructure meant to serve the people of the state must be fixed.

He stated that the project was a product of his visit to the university where he was told of the water challenge faced by students and staff over the years.

The governor also promised a quick completion of the power project in the state which would boost power supply in Igbariam while he advised the students to remain calm and peaceful.

In his speech, the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government and the MDGs’ Desk Officer for the project, Mr Daniel Ezeagwu, highlighted the specifications of the water project that distinguished it as the best.

Commending the Governor, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Fidelis Okafor, said that he would ensure the water needs of the institution were serviced effectively.

Governor Obiano proceeded to Ihiala Local Government Area (LGA) where a water scheme with total storage capacity of 475 litres with 40 kilometres reticulation was commissioned as 20 kilometres of water reticulation in the first phase had been realised.

He assured the residents that work on two major roads within Ihiala would commence and effort was in top gear to ensure 15 hours of electricity supply in the local government area.

At Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area, the joy of the people knew no bound, as the largest regional water scheme of 870 litres storage capacity with 40 kilometres reticulation was commissioned.

The project executed by the Anambra State government with support of the Federal government under the 2013/2014 MDGs’ conditional grants scheme comprises three boreholes, water treatment facility and 100KVA generator, as it would serve at least 35,000 households daily.

Governor Obiano urged the residents to take ownership of the project and protect it from vandalism, especially the giant generator that would be supplying power for the water scheme and be sure to wave goodbye perpetually to water challenge.

Obiano Commissions Onitsha Shopping Mall In Anambra

Obiano Commissions Onitsha Shopping Mall In AnambraGovernor Willie Obiano, on Wednesday commissioned the Onitsha Shopping Mall in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria.

Commissioning the project amidst fanfare and celebration, Governor Obiano restated the major blueprint of his administration which includes trade and commerce.

He noted that his target was for the people of the state to begin to enjoy shopping activities in the best environment with quality and standard being the hallmark.

The Governor added that the mall, which already has heavy security presence, would have two additional Police patrol cars while the Ministry of Works would commence the construction of an exit route at the back of the mall for easy accessibility in and out.

Commissioning Shoprite Mall which is an anchor tenant, the Governor expressed hope that among other things, the mall would decongest the open market, break shopping traffic from Anambra to other states and attract more investors for increased revenue generation.

In his statement, the Development Manager of Capital Alliance, Osita Okonkwo, said that the project was a shining example of what could be achieved when a proper synergy exists between government and private investment partners.

Onitsha Mall is the largest retail shopping center in Onitsha and one of the most iconic malls in Anambra State and it was initiated by the immediate past administration.

Governor Ikpeazu Signs Abia 2016 Budget Into Law

Okezie Ikpeazu Abia 2016 BudgetAbia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Tuesday signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill into law.

Governor Ikpeazu assented to the law at the executive chambers of the Government House in Umuahia, southeast Nigeria.

He expressed optimism that Abia State would depend less on Federal Allocation with the fall in oil price in the global market, stressing that the people of the state must rise above others in driving the economy.

The Governor hinted that, with the resolution of the confusion between the Geometric Power Plant and the Enugu Distribution Company, the state would soon enjoy regular power supply which would encourage Small and Medium Enterprises and focus on infrastructural development.

The budget of 101.4 billion Naira tagged “Budget of Restoration through Enterprise”, is a figure that represents a decrease from the 2015 Budget of 102.4 billion Naira.

The 2016 budget expectation, made up of 59.2 billion Naira recurrent expenditure and 42.1 billion Naira capital expenses, was designed to deliver the much expected dividend of democracy.

The Governor had earlier sent to the House of Assembly for passage, a draft budget estimate of 96.7 billion Naira made up of 58.9 Naira recurrent expenditure and 37.7 Naira capital expenditure on December 31, 2015 which was amended by the House.

Presenting the appropriation law to the Governor for signing, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Martins Azubuike, stated that Internally Generated Revenue remained the option to the implementation of the year 2016 budget and that early passage of the appropriation law was key to the implementation of the budget.

He recommended the implementation of revenue generating laws which had earlier been passed by the House and the Abia Security Fund Law, the Abia Advertising and Signage Law, the Public, Private Partnership Initiative Law, Abia Quary and Dredging Site Law among others.

Mr Azubuike also urged the executive to ensure that taxable Abians were brought into the tax net by the Board of Internal Revenue, as a way of realising the budget and commended the Governor for his efforts at driving sustainable development in the state.

DPR Seals Fuel Service Stations Under-dispensing In Imo

DPR - Imo - FuelThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Imo State has sealed some fillings stations in Owerri for under-dispensing and cheating the public with their fuel pump meters.

The DPR made the closure during a routine inspection in Imo State’s capital in southeast Nigeria.

The agency cautioned independent petroleum marketers against taking advantage of the present fuel situation to extort the general public.

A trip around Owerri, the Imo State capital showed that petrol was available in most of the fuel service stations but they sell as high as 160 or 180 Naira per litre.

However, the NNPC Mega Station sells at government approved price of 86:50 Naira per litre and it is the only fuel station that experienced long queue within the state capital.

The DPR Operations Manager in Imo State, Austin Chukwu, appealed to the general public to be patient with the Federal Government, assuring them that the fuel situation would fizzle out in a matter of days.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Controller of DPR, Kaduna Zone, Musa Tambawal, said that the agency had begun daily monitoring of petrol service stations across Kaduna State in order to ensure that they sell at the official pump price.

The DPR official made the statement when he led a monitoring team to seal five petrol stations in the Kaduna metropolis which were caught hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price.

Health Minister Asks FMC Owerri Workers To Resume Work

Minister-of-Health-Professor-Isacc-AdewaleThe Minister of Health, Professor Isacc Adewale, has directed all staff of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri to resume work.

The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan gave the directive in company of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Health, Honourable Chike Okafor.

Professor Adewale said that the directive was to take immediate effect after he inaugurated an interim administrative committee to oversee the hospital’s management.

According to him, the committee would review events that led to the industrial unrest that shut the hospital in the last eight months in Imo State, southeast Nigeria.

Both the Minister and lawmaker urged the aggrieved workers to place patients ahead of any personal interests.

Presidential Intervention

The workers had earlier in the year asked for President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention before he was sworn-in as President.

Asking him to look into the activities affecting the staff and patients of the health institution, they accused the board and management of the FMC Owerri of allegedly concluding plans to privatise and commercialise some key departments in the institution.

They alleged that having succeeded in privatising the mortuary, transport, security and laundry departments, there were plans to privatise other departments, especially the laboratory and pharmacy departments.

They subsequently called for the removal of the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Angela Uwakwe, accusing her of financial misappropriation, high-handedness and victimising staff that were against her proposal of privatisation.

Dr. Uwakwe at the time debunked the accusations that the management was trying to privatise the entire hospital, noting that it was just some units.

She said that the board was still meeting to ratify the proposed privatisation, insisting that it was a proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) to make the hospital services more efficient and effective.

In a bid to find a lasting solution to the rift between the management and staff, the FMC Owerri Board Chairman, Sen Onyeka Okoroafor, said that the board had decided to drop the privatisation plans.

He added that the FMC board had also reversed the query letters given to staff in the course of the feud between the management and staff of the centre.