Governor Ikpeazu Condoles With Late Ikeogu Oke’s Family

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has commiserated with the family of the late Ikeogu Oke, winner of the 2017 NLNG Literature Prize for Poetry, who passed on recently.

The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, said the death of the renowned poet, journalist, and public affairs commentator came to him as a shock.

He described the deceased as one of the best brains from Abia State and regretted that his death came at a time Abia and Nigeria needed him most, especially for always putting the state first in his poetic and constume renditions.

The Governor prayed God to grant his family and the people of Abia State the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Prince Eze Conferred With Doctorate Degree In Community Devt, Promises To Do More

The Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Enugu East Senatorial Zone, Dr Lawrence Eze has been conferred with a honorary doctorate degree in Community Development.

Eze, who is the prince of Mburubu Kingdom in Nkanu Local Governement Area of Enugu State received the honour Thursday, November 29, 2018 from the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu.

Describing Eze, the school’s rector, Dr John Emaimo, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Olofin Oluchi described Eze as a compassionate philantrophist hungry to help his people “Prince Lawrence Eze became conscious of his immediate environment, as his Mburubu community just like neighboring communities in Nkanu East had suffered long neglect and lacked basic infrastructure like potable water, good roads, electricity and other things. Because of that, Prince Eze dedicated his life to community development, and has taken philantrophy to enviable heights, which has to a large extent brought succor to communities in his area.

“A few of these include connection of electricity to all the villages in Mburubu from national grid, continuous annual grading and laying of laterite on Ugbawka-Nara-Mburubu road preceding every Yuletide, award of scholarship to 35 students from Mburubu, he also singlehandedly undertook the rehabilitation of three bridges in Nkanu East, which includes Ojoruwa bridge which links Ugbawka-Nara-Nkerefi- Mburubu and Nomeh communities. he recently contracted a 4.5 kilometer asphalt road in Mburubu, with street lights. This was commissioned by an impressed Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

“Currently, he is fixing the failed portions of Agbani-Ugbawka roads to alleviate the sufferings of the people of the area due to the deplorable state of the roads. it is in line with these and some other things not reflected here that this academic institution is today proud to award a doctorate degree in Community Development, Honoris Causa to Prince Lawrence Ozoemena Eze”.

Responding, the senatorial hopeful said “It is with with deep sense of joy and great appreciation that i receive this honorary degree today. You have just spurred me to do more to alleviate the sufferings of the masses. You have shown me that philanthropy pays, and I want to assure you that my philantrophic work will not be limited to the areas motioned here”.

PRINCE OF MBURUBU: BEST CANDIDATE FOR ENUGU EAST SENATORIAL ZONE, BY CHIME WILLIAMS 

Leadership is the ability to steer the wheels of good governance alright for the lead, implicitly the many decisions and actions of the leader goes a long way to determine to a very large extent, the successfulness of the lead.

Apparently, from agro-life, to auto mobile sector, infrastructure to education down to health care, sporting including security and other mainstream economy of the zone, everything broken down with unprecedented hardship and suffering being the order of the day.

However, the light of Prince Engr Eze out of his own magnanimous and spirited heart, has tried to proffer some tangible solutions in remedying some of these issues as it concerns the growth and development of the zone.

His charity and optimism in giving aid to the less privilege ones within the zone has showed a greater preparedness and readiness to serve the zone at the red chambers.

A case Study of this can be drawn from his scholarship schemes, which he has verged to intensified into a greater height if elected as the senator come 2019.

Little wonder that some political bigots and gladiators within the zone were working vigorously against the political ambition of a dignified and reputable man who has the desire to transform the current state of things within the zone if elected. However , the early plans had failed due to the opportunity and favor Prince Ezeh gotten from the ruling All Progressives Congress APC under the chairmanship of DR. Ben Nwoye , due to a fact that, his mandate to bring a change under the zone is divine before its manifestation in reality and 2019 is just a year to reckon with, and also a benchmark for the unity & progress of the zone.

In times past, the zone has been represented abysmally and had some unreconcilable leadership at all levels, which has really thrown the zone into a more sincere political jeopardy, rather than the expected progress as its concerns leadership of civil developments.

It is pertinent therefore to note that, Prince Ezeh is courageous, prepared, have national and International Influence, grassroots appeal, and other outstanding antecedents which has endeared him more supporters within the zone.

CHIME WILLIAMS  IS THE DIRECTOR, PRINCE POLITICAL ASSOCIATES.

Prince of Mburubu to Speak at Enugu Youth Devt Program

The senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) running for Enugu East Senatorial Zone, Eng Lawrence Eze will be one of those speaking at the Power of 4Ms lecture holding in Enugu this weekend.

The program me is titled, ‘Unmasking the Greatness Within You Through the Power of 4Ms’, and will hold on Saturday, 1st December 2018.

Venue for the program me is Polo Park Mall, by IMT Enugu. Time for the event is 10 am prompt.

Eze, popularly known as ‘The Prince of Mburubu’ will handle the topic, ‘My Country: the Future of Young People’.

Other speakers include Sir Paschal Okolie, Ngozi Eboh, Mekysha and Ebere Okorie. Others include Ken Ike Okere and Chukwuma Ephraim Okenwa.

Groups Withdrawing Support For Atiku Are Driven By Greed, Not Love For Nigeria- Kalu

The Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Chief Emeka Kalu has taken a swipe at the 145 Atiku support groups that moved their support to President Muhammadu Buhari. The businessman who spoke with our correspondent on the phone, said its clear these groups are driven by hunger, greed and selfishness, never love for Nigeria.

Kalu, who expressed dismay at the move, said there had never been any iota of seriousness on the part of these groups, as they have been there for the money from the beginning.

He stated that he was not surprised at the move, as the groups are mainly made up of new entrants to the race, and had never had the interest of Atiku’s presidency at heart. Kalu maintained that as one of the oldest and foremost support groups, Atikulated Agenda 2019 have not only become one of the most popular groups, but has also proven its loyalty by mobilizing with personal funds, without demand for funds from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, or the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCO), which is the umbrella body of all support groups.

He stated “The recent exit of the so-called groups from the support of our principal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is rather unfortunate, though not surprising. This shows the level of loyalty the leaders of these unpopular groups are, and what they believe in. They just came a few months ago and started shouting and making noise that they are supporting Atiku, because they believe he is sharing money all around, and it shows that their loyalty is not to our next president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but to the money which is their target.

The Atikulated Agenda 2019 has been there all along, from the very beginning, and has never collected a kobo for the massive mobilization we have done, across the whole country all the way, and across over 40 countries.

These groups do not understand the meaning of the words ‘loyalty’ and ‘commitment’, these words don’t exist in their dictionary. What they have is ‘money’, ‘highest bidder’, as their attitude have shown. But we want to thank God this is happening early enough so that our Principal and incoming president Atiku Abubakar would see those who really love him, and those who don’t.

“Atikulated Agenda 2019 is committed, dedicated, focused and energized to ensure that in the coming elections, Our Prinipal become the next president”.

THE ODDS IN FAVOUR OF THE PRINCE OF MBURUBU, as APC flags off campaign for Enugu East Senatorial seat

It was like a gathering of eagles as mammoth crowd converged at the National Museum field,Enugu for the All Progressives Congress(APC) campaign flag off for Enugu east senatorial election.
The flag off saw the official unveiling of Prince (Engr) Lawrence Ezeh(The Prince of Mburubu) as the APC candidate for Enugu east senatorial election.
The party candidate who is a trail blazer in community development took out time to intimate the party faithfuls and his teeming supporters of his agenda for the good people of the zone.
As it stands,so many factors are in favour of the APC candidate for the forthcoming Enugu east senatorial election.
First and foremost,the APC candidate has a wide acceptance by the constituents of Enugu east senatorial zone.
He is a household name, thus needs no introduction.
He is the man widely accepted as the best for the senatorial seat.
He is the people’s choice.
The name rings bell wherever you go.
The fact that his antecedent speaks volume gives him an edge over other candidates.
His philanthropic deeds has endeared him to the masses.
He is a man who has dedicated his life and resources to uplifting the society.
His projects include scholarship award,rural electrification,reconstruction of bridges,road construction and rehabilitation etc.
His effort to a great extent has brought succour to many individuals and communities.
The masses are aware of what he can do if given the opportunity to be at the senate.
Furthermore,his capacity to deliver cannot be overemphasized looking at his numerous deeds.
He has shown all and sundry that he is equal to any task through his antecedents.
The good people of the zone are rest assured and optimistic that his emergence as the next senator of Enugu East senatorial zone will put an end to the lapses witnessed in the zone when it comes to representation at the red chamber.
It is certain that he will make use of his enormous capacity to attract federal presence to the zone.
Despite being the candidate of a party aside the state ruling one, the APC candidate stands tall among other candidates as the age long voting pattern based on party affiliation has been quashed.
The voters are fully abreast that political parties are mere platforms and what matters most are the candidates.
The constituents are zealous of voting in the best candidate not minding the party affiliation.
The next key factor that favours Prince of Mburubu is the fact that his major opponent for Enugu east senatorial seat is a former senator who represented the zone with nothing to show as what he attracted during his stay at the senate from 2007-2011.
The records are there that the senatorial zone witnessed the worst representation ever during his opponent’s stay as the senator for the zone.
For “once bitten,twice shy”, the constituents are resolute not to repeat the mistake.
Hence,the coast is clear for the APC candidate.
Next is the fact that the benevolent prince is devoid of any graft that will undermine his activities at the senate.
He has not been found wanting or facing any trial for embezzlement of public fund.
Prince of Mburubu has a clean sheet which makes him the preferred candidate.
His unblemishness will make him not to be distracted by any anti-graft agency which will in turn aid optimum representation for the zone.
The constituents are assured that any fund meant for the zone will be put to use and not siphoned to individual coffers.
The last but not the least is that the 2019 elections will not be business as usual.
There is no room for rigging considering the electoral act amendments.
Rigging is now a thing of the past as the masses will decide who wins.
It is certain that the APC candidate being the people’s choice is assured of victory.
Considering the above factors and many more,Prince (Engr) Lawrence Ezeh(Prince of Mburubu) of APC is sure of landslide victory at the polls and the constituents of Enugu east senatorial zone are assured of effective representation beyond legislation.
This article is a contribution from Enugu East Senatorial Rescue Team.

IKPEAZU ADVOCATES SYNERGY AMONG PRO GROUPS ON IGBO CAUSE

The Abia state governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu has stressed the need for synergy among Igbo pro groups in fighting the Igbo cause in the country in order to achieve the desired results.

Dr. Ikpeazu extolled the Eastern People’s Front for their togetherness in championing the cause of Ndi lgbo in the Country, assured that he would align with their objectives of making the lgboman a major stakeholder in the country’s agenda.

Receiving a delegation of the group at the Govt House, Umuahia said his administration will do everything possible to support the Eastern Peoples Front in bringing to the fore pro Igbo agenda in placing the region in properly in the Nation’s scheme of affairs.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu pointed out that the Forum would reawaken the lgboman’s agenda by giving impetus to the lgbo consciousness and urged Ndi lgbo to show commitment by voting the PDP Presidential flagbearer who has chosen an lgbo man, Dr Peter Obi as his Vice President and his (Ikpeazu’s) future political ambition in the 2019 general election.

He expressed satisfaction with the composition of the Forum which made up of formidable and tested volunteers and urged Ndi lgbo to be united in order to be relevant in the socio-economics- political activities nd prayed God for the grace for the realization of the objective of setting up the Front.

Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the Eastern People’s Front, Elder Ken Emechebe said they came to interface with the Governor Okezie lkpeazu’s led administration because of their satisfaction with the way he has handled lgbo affairs so far and called on Abia electorates to vote massively for the PDP presidential candidate because of his choice of an lgbo man as his running mate as well as his restructure programme for the country once elected.

Elder Enechebe used the forum to commend the late Premier of Eastern Nigeria, Dr Michael okpara for his vision in transforming the lgbo nation and made it clear that they are out to ensure that the lgbos are no longer relegated to the background but have a say in the governance of the nation.

Abia’s Debt Profile: The True Position, By Obinna Oriaku

My attention has been drawn to the blatantly false figures of the Abia debt stock conjured up and being peddled by some mischief makers driven by malice who are bent on misleading their gullible followers on the state of Abia debt portfolio. Such falsehood is nothing but only a product of the warped figment of the imagination of its authors who must have been recruited by desperate unscrupulous politicians.

Ordinarily, one would not have responded to the hate-inspired publication but as the driver of the Abia State Ministry of Finance, in this open, frugal and transparent government, it behoves on me to respond appropriately with a view to setting the records straight.

First and foremost, it is imperative to state at this point that a critical and surgical perusal of the Debt Stock of Abia State as at September 2018, as verifiable at the DMO office, lends veritable credence to the judicious financial management and frugality of the current administration.

The fictitious figures being bandied about by naysayers, detractors and self-ordained enemies of the State Government, worry the ordinary Abian and remain inconsistent with conventional wisdom. To say that Abia’s corrigible debt will take a 210 year-term to offset, in the name of politics, self-promotion or shopping for relevance, remains the apogee of skulduggery. It is similar to making an intentional voodoo inroads against the collective will and good of Ndi Abia. No doubt, the resentful soul propelling such mendacious news can go any length to want to make it become real so that his sophistry can, at least, appear like truth, and his intentions have a glimmer of honesty, therefore, attempt to justify his highly jaundiced position. But no matter how much they try, their efforts will always remain vain, puerile, facile and jejune.

Let us take a clear look at the debt stock of Abia State and the components (debt categories) that make it up:

A. DEBT STOCK AS AT 2014
i. Debt Stock = N25,126,070,685.10
ii. Debt Service = N977,671,142.80
TOTAL DEBT STOCK = N24,148,399,542.30

B. DEBT STOCK AS AT 2015
i. Debt Stock = N33,530,526,404.80
ii. Debt Service = N15,068,996,133.70
TOTAL DEBT STOCK = N18,461,630,271.10

C. DEBT STOCK AS AT 2016
i. Debt Stock = N53,525,312,006.52
ii. Debt Service = N8,202,484,003.26
TOTAL DEBT STOCK = N45,322,827,923.26

D. DEBT STOCK AS AT 2017
i. Debt Stock = N60,648,431,912.05
ii. Debt Service = N8,578,365,685.37
TOTAL DEBT STOCK = N52,070,066,226.68

E. DEBT STOCK AS AT 2018 (SEPTEMBER)
i. Debt Stock = N74,791,876,604.80
ii. Debt Service = N6,145,035,586.01
TOTAL DEBT STOCK N68,646,841,018.79

It is also necessary to note the debt categories of the debt stock of Abia State.

DEBT CATEGORY

1. Budget Support Facility = N15,169,000,000.00
2. Bailout Funds = N12,601,854,171.08
3. Restructured Commercial Bank Loans = N4,428,096,782,46
4. Excess Crude Account = N8,720,030,857.51
5. Commercial Bank Loan = N8,828,099,126.50
6. Agriculture Loan = N199,929,947.77
7. Contractors’ Arrears = N988,612,735.97
8. Pension and Gratuity = N20,208,779,379.37

Note the following:
i. Debt Service is made up of the principal repayments which we pay alongside running interests for such debt categories with interest element.

ii. Gratuity and pension stood at about N37b before the inception of this administration.

iii. Budget support of N15,169,000,000 was admitted in the third quarter of 2018 as a loan to the State.

However, we thank God Almighty for the directional and visionary leadership of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu PhD as it is very obvious that Abia under his leadership has grown beyond such petty minions, leaving men like the fake news propeller behind as the governor has refused to fall for their many tricks and join the bandwagon.

Should we extrapolate Abia pension and gratuity bills which we have reduced from N37bn in 2003 record to about N20bn as at September 2018, the sincerity of our regime towards offsetting accumulated debt of previous administrations is not in doubt. If we then take the pattern a step further by extrapolating Budget Support Facility of 15,169,000,000.00 which FG just added to us as a loan by the 3rd quarter of 2018, then people will appreciate even further the messianic efforts of the Ikpeazu administration in maintaining uncommon equilibria and balancing in the fiscal management pf the State’s resources. Assuming there was no borrowing from the excess crude account which was stopped before this administration came on board, Abians would better know what exactly the State is owing.

However, since government remains a continuum, we take responsibility of servicing all outstanding debts; but these should not been blown out of reasonable proportions by petty and hired undertakers parading themselves as opposition.

-Obinna Oriaku, a seasoned banker, is the current Commissioner for Finance in Abia State

Nwobodo, Ken Nnamani, Sullivan Chime endorse Prince of Mburubu for Senate (PHOTOS)

Chief Jim Nwobodo (former governor of old Anambra State, Senator and Minister), former Senate president Ken Nnamani and former Enugu State Governor, Barr Sullivan Chime endorse the Prince of Mburubu, Engineer Lawrence Eze for Senate.

The Prince of Mburubu is running for the Senate against former Enugu State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani who is rumoured to be hospitalized abroad.

While Mburubu is running under the All Progressive Congress (APC), the absent Nnamani is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contestant for the Enugu East Senatorial Zone Enugu metropolis and all of Nkanu land.

While both are very popular, Prince Lawrence Eze who is relatively new in politics, enjoys heavy popularity, having used personal funds to develop communities in his local government over the years.

Political analysts believe that his denial of the ticket by the PDP and quick reception by the APC dimmed the popularity of PDP and shot the APC to fame and fortune overnight in Enugu State. No wonder he is described as ‘The Terror of the PDP in Enugu State’.

‘APC Will End PDP Govt Of ‘Nrashi Aka’ In Enugu State’

A business man, engineer and senatorial candidate running for Enugu East Senatorial Zone, Prince Lawrence Eze yesterday informed teeming supporters that his party, the All Progressive Congress will end impunity, nepotism and what he described as the government of ‘Nrashi Aka’ In Enugu State.

Eze made this assertion while campaigning with the APC candidate for the House of Representatives in Enugu North and South Federal Constituency, Hon Nelson Maduka Arum Ugwuaji community in Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Eze, the Prince of Mburubu Kingdom berated the indiscriminate appointment to office by the Enugu Government, which he said does not add value to the growth of the state, but is a way of settling interests for the sole purpose of winning elections.

He said all the governor thinks about is how to win elections, without a single plan on how to effectively govern the state.

“Since our elder statesman in APC, Barr Sullivan Chime left power, Enugu master plan has been suspended and all manner of development has ended. Now all the governor does is dash a few people money, dash others appointments to do nothing but just hold empty portfolios. How does that contribute to the development of our state? “, he wondered.

He also said: “You see this government of sharing money to friends and family by this government? We will end it. The wealth of Enugu State is for all, not for a few. APC will end this Era of Nrashi Aka in our dear state”.