Abia Training Teachers In 3 Senatorial Zones

Training of Teachers In Early Childhood Care and Development in Education is on-going in the 3 Senatorial Zones of Abia State.

According to the Chairman of ASUBEB, Mr Kenechukwu Nwosu, “our public nursery schools will beat the Private nursery schools by 2020”.

This current training is done in partnership with University Of Ife, the best in Nursey Education Training in West Africa. Last week ASUBEB completed training of School Supervisors in partnership with Federal Inspectorate Service and next week Intensive ICT Training COMMENCES in partnership with Micheal Okpara University Umudike. Immediately after that Jolly Phonetics training will COMMENCE in partnership with Universal Learning Solutions of United Kingdom.

In the past four years, back to back, Abia State ranked number ONE in performance in West Africa School Certificate Examinations in Nigeria. In addition to building 359 new classroom blocks and four new model schools, Governor Ikpeazu used Australian Education providers to retrain more than 3,000 Abia School teachers and subsequently established a continuous teachers training institute in Umuahia.

The Ikpeazu administration is also feeding primary 4-6 pupils while the federal Govt is complimenting the effort by feeding primary 1-3 pupils in Abia public schools. More than 5300 cooks are employed in the school feeding program with directive from the Governor that they must also feed their own children and teachers.

As a result of the focused efforts of the Governor, public school enrollment in Abia State has improved from 142,000 in 2015 to over 650,000 currently.

Photo News: President Buhari Commissions Ariaria Electricity Project

“I want to thank the Governor of Abia State Okezie Ikpeazu. Without his cooperation our work here (Ariaria Power plant) will not be smooth -President Buhari

“Without Gov Ikpeazu the Ariaria power plant project won’t be a reality…he provided the land and fixed the Ariaria international road”- Minister Raji Fashola

Details later…

Atiku: Giving a dog a bad name, By Daniel Alabrah

On November 14, 2018, the Saturday Sun led its front page with the bold headline: “The Atiku Dilemma,” with two accompanying riders: 1. We want to prosecute him for graft but no evidence to nail him, says Itse Sagay; and 2. Ex-VP now vindicated – PDP.

Sagay is chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), one of the bodies empanelled by President Muhammadu Buhari to deepen his so-called war against graft in Nigeria.

Given the albeit selective disposition of the Buhari administration to the war against corruption, it was expected that it would fire a rebuttal or even query Sagay for giving the President’s main challenger in the February 16, 2019 election such a weighty clean bill. But days, weeks and months have since passed without even a caution to Sagay.

From the report and Sagay’s comment, one perceived some kind of frustration on the part of the federal government to bring the former Vice President to face the wrath of the law. “We want to prosecute him (Atiku) but no evidence to nail him,” Sagay had lamented.

It is like telling a sworn enemy: God saved you otherwise I would have dealt with you. After all, what the Buhari trumpeters want everyone to believe and accept is that Atiku is corrupt and, perhaps, the most corrupt politician to have held public office in Nigeria regardless of not being convicted by any court.

To that extent, it was a surprise that the old wily law Professor, known for his many flip-flops since he became a part of the Buhari administration, made such a courageous positive declaration about Atiku.

It was also expected that after Sagay’s unsolicited clearance of Atiku, other members of the Buhari chant group would take a cue and search for other ammo apart from the time-worn allegations bordering on corruption to throw at Atiku. But whosai!

Since he emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and the major hurdle to Buhari’s second term bid, Atiku has sucked in with equanimity the fiery darts from the latter’s vociferous brigade. But, recently, he said not anymore as he took the fight into the lion’s den and dared the king of the jungle to a battle. He fired a direct shot at Buhari, who claims to be Mr. Integrity, to come clean on the allegation that members of his family and cronies corruptly acquired shares in Keystone Bank and the Arabian telecoms giants, Etisalat, which has morphed into 9Mobile in Nigeria.

Shockingly, instead of responding to the grave allegation, the Presidency decided to play the ostrich and challenged its accusers to show proof. Knowing the way it addresses such issues, many Nigerians are of the view that if there was no substance in the allegation, Buhari would have threatened to go to court to seek legal redress. I am not aware he has done that yet. Perhaps, he is hoping the wind on the matter would sooner than later blow away and Nigerians would move on to other issues as usual.

I doubt very much if that would be the case on this matter that borders on the only foot on which the President is standing to prosecute his re-election bid. Not having a strong showing in terms of performance and achievements after almost four years in office, President Buhari is relying on only his integrity to campaign. Interestingly, his strongest weapon has come under serious scrutiny. I totally align with Atiku that Mr. President should come clean on this allegation regardless of the rebuttals from Keystone Bank and Etisalat.

So far, the response from the Buhari campaign organisation has been anything else but tepid. The effort of its Director of Strategic Communication, Barr. Festus Keyamo, to divert attention from the real issue has fallen flat. His riposte was at best an exercise to personalise the matter. Instead of addressing the weighty allegation against his principal, the official spokesperson rather resorted to his trademark unsubstantiated accusation of corruption against Atiku. In his words, if Nigeria was working, Atiku ought to be in jail.

This however raises some questions. If Atiku should be jailed for alleged sundry acts of corruption that albeit have not been proven by any court anywhere, what about a man who committed treason by truncating Nigeria’s democratic march? If Buhari and his military acolytes had not toppled the Shehu Shagari government in 1983, would Nigeria be where it is today? Whether Keyamo accepts it or not, Buhari’s forceful grabbing of power from an elected people-enthroned government set Nigeria backwards and arrested our political and economic development. Yet this same man, without showing any remorse, wrote a highly patronising and platitudinous condolence message when the person he overthrew passed on recently. Shame now has a different meaning in the dictionary!

Whenever you listen to the Buhari gang speak on Atiku and the issue of corruption, you would think that the legal dictum of an accused not being guilty until the court proves otherwise had been abolished. Clearly, their only objective is to convict the former VP in the courts of public opinion (and in the eyes of voters) knowing as Sagay had said there is no concrete corruption evidence against Atiku. If that was not the case, there is no way the vindictiveness deployed in prosecuting the selective Buhari anti-graft war would have spared the PDP presidential candidate. It is indeed a forlorn hope to expect America, another country with its own laws and statutes, to try a man you accused without evidence in your own country because of what Keyamo called sealed indictment. So much for legal jargons!

While not holding brief for Atiku, who has even challenged the government to prosecute him if it has any evidence of corruption, it is now clear that this is a case of calling a dog a bad name just to hang it. The singular objective of the Buhari campaigners is to besmirch the PDP candidate’s reputation. And the method is simple. Make unsubstantiated and tendentious allegations that cannot stand even the weakest scrutiny in the courts in order to make Atiku unelectable in the eyes of the electorate. Spreading falsehood and wicked propaganda is a veritable tool of their politics and their campaigns for election. Without a shadow of doubt, Atiku has become a bone in their throat. They cannot swallow him and they also cannot vomit him.

As it is, while the ball is in Buhari’s court to respond to the challenge of clearing his name, the Atiku fever is gaining momentum by the day as it sweeps across Nigeria. The campaign of calumny against the PDP presidential candidate has obviously not had the desired effect. They have now resorted to other equally incendiary methods to intimidate and scare their main opponent in the February 16 contest. That too will fail!

*Alabrah writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State (danuzi1@yahoo.com)

FEMALE CHAMPIONSHIP-GOV. DICKSON SPLASHES N22M ON BAYELSA QUEENS

Bayelsa State Governor, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, yesterday announced a cash reward of N22 million for players and officials of Bayelsa Queens, winners of the 2018 National Women Premier League (NWPL).

The Bayelsa State-sponsored Restoration Ladies defeated Nasarawa Amazons 2-0 at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Sunday to emerge champions of the Super Four Tournament, a title they last won in 2007.

Governor Dickson announced the cash gift to the players during a reception in Government House, Yenagoa, which coincided with his 53rd birthday.

A press release by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, stated that the governor, who was presented with the trophy and an award from the organisers as one of the most football supportive states, congratulated the players, coaches and support staff for giving him a befitting birthday gift.

He directed the Commissioner for Sports Development, Mr. Perekiye Buruboyefe, to ensure that the players got N500,000
each.

He also assented to the request from the club’s chairman, Mr. Ebiki Timitimi, for a Coaster bus as well as monthly stipends for the feeder team players.

Governor Dickson promised continuous support for the team even as he assured that his administration has prioritised sports development with a view to taking it to enviable heights.

His words: “I congratulate you, Bayelsa State and the Ijaw
Nation for this victory. There is no doubt that you are the best in the country. Bayelsa is indeed a state of champions and there is no state

“There was intense jubilation when we won. We are very proud of you and what you have achieved. You all gave me a befitting and very exciting birthday present.”

In a remark, the Commissioner for Sports Development, Mr. Buruboyefe, also congratulated the governor, noting that the victory was the outcome of the huge investment, support and encouragement of his administration.

Similarly, the chairman, Mr.
Timitimi, said the victory was a gesture to say thank you to the
governor for the financial and moral support to the team.

He assured that the team would continue to give its best to represent the state and congratulated the governor on his 53rd birthday.

Governor Ikpeazu’s “Make in Abia” agenda gets a boost as the Abiolas are set to establish a footwear city in Abia State

A new footwear manufacturing company is set to open in Abia State this year as one of the products of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s aggressive industrialization drive.This was disclosed during a courtesy visit to the Governor by management of Nibra designs, Managing director of NEXIM bank and the representative of a Brazilian shoe company.

The project which is expected to produce 100,000 pairs of shoes daily will be launched today at Obuaku. According to Dr Wura Abiola, Chairman of Nibra Designs Ltd, the decision to set up the factory in partnership with a Brazilian shoe making company was informed by the need to tap into the existing footwear ecosystem in Aba and support the Governor’s industrialization agenda.

According to her, the NEXIM Bank-supported project will train and employ an initial 3,000 persons to work at the facility which is expected to be completed in nine months.

Following the dogged efforts of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in promoting and developing Small Medium Enterprises and manufacturing in the state, the NIBRA DESIGNS LIMITED and NIBRA BRAZIL, an International Leather firm, are to perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of its footwear factory and Leather City Industrial Park in Obuaku, Ukwa West LGA on Monday, January 28, 2019.

The chairman of NIBRA DESIGNS LIMITED, Dr Wura Abiola, who stated this when she led a delegation of the company, its development partner from Brazil and representatives of NEXIM BANK, on a courtesy visit to government House, Umuahia, said the company is in partnership with NIBRA BRAZIL to bring technology to Nigeria’s footwear sector working with the Aba ecosystem.

Dr Abiola noted that when fully established, the company has the capacity to produce fifteen thousand pairs of shoes daily at take off and one hundred thousand pairs at full capacity, adding that the company will also train Aba shoe makers and graduate them from artisans to full entrepreneurs.

On his part, the Managing Director of NEXIM BANK, Mr Abubakar Bello, said as an Import/Export Bank, the bank is providing the company with facilities worth $10,000,000 (Ten Million US Dollars), adding that its financial assistance to the company will be in phases.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Abia Public Private Partnership and Investment Promotion Board, Dr Austin Ufomba, regretted that China produces over ninety percent of over four hundred million pairs of shoes worn in Nigeria annually, pointing out that the NIBRA DESIGNS has come to revolutionize the Shoe and Leather markets in partnership with Aba artisans.

He further said that the development will create more business opportunities for Aba artisans in addition to job opportunities for teeming Abia Youths.

Addressing the delegation, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu expressed satisfaction that his efforts in promoting indigenous goods is beginning to yield fruits, adding that the development will make Abia entrepreneurs to remain afloat in the twenty first century Leather and shoe business.

Governor Ikpeazu said that his administration has no other option but to keep supporting the growth of SMEs and manufacturing in the state and promised to provide the company the right business atmosphere for its smooth operation.

I Will Ensure Speedy Completion Of All Federal Govt Projects In Enugu East Senatorial Zone -Engineer Lawrence Ezeh

The Enugu East Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Prince Engr. Lawrene Ezeh has pledged to ensure the speedy completion of all federal government projects in the Zone if elected to office in the February 16, 2019 Elections.

He charged contractors handling projects in the Senatorial Zone to deliver the projects in line with the specifications, even as he described the projects as part of the legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Prince Ezeh made these depositions during an on-the-spot monitoring of the level of works on some Federal projects in the Zone during the weel.

He lauded the peaceful disposition of the communities, adding that the initiative was in tandem with the peace and security, human capital and infrastructural development agenda of APC government.

Ezeh revealed that the inspection was to ascertain how far the contractors have adhered to the engineering design of the projects, know the challenges and see how he could be of personal help towards ensuring that work was not delayed.

He appealed to the contractors to engage the services of the community members in skill jobs and minor supply so as to give them a sense of belonging.

Prince Ezeh visited the Nenwe-Nomeh-Mburubu-Nara road; Ozalla-Akpugo Amagunze-Ihuokpara-Nkomoro Isu-Onitsha (Enugu/Onitsha) road; Akpasha (Umuatugbuoma) – Obiji offia, and Amodu roads respectively.

The construction of Nenwe-Nomeh-Mburubu-Nara road with spur to Obeagu Oduma road which N6,437,166,957.38 was budgeted and awarded to Arab Contractors Nigeria Limited with contract number: 6317. The projected was awarded on March 22, 2017 while the Ozalla-Akpugo Amagunze-Ihuokpara-Nkomoro Isu-Onitsha (Enugu/Onitsha) road with spur to Onunweke was awarded on November 10, 2010 to Arab Contractors Nigeria Limited for N6,769,939,488. The Akpasha (Umuatugbuoma) – Obiji offia, Amodu road in Nkanu West LGA was awarded to Slok Nigeria Limited for N3,278,317,359.89 with contract number: 6315.

Also, the ongoing water projects at Umueke, Inama and Uvuru all in Uzo Uwani L.G.A were few of the major projects also monitored by the Prince Ezeh.

If elected Prince Ezeh said, he hopes, among other packages to deliver on more roads, rural electrification and erosion control, school and public libraries, ICT centres, solar street lights, classroom blocks, and healthcare centers projects.

Mrs Nkechi AyoguEze Honoured By Ndi Nne Enugu

The wife of Distinguished Senator Ayogu Eze, the APC guber candidate for Enugu State, Mrs. Nkechi AyoguEze was made the “National Grand Matron of Ndi Nne Enugu” today, 26th January, 2019, by the Leadership of The group “Ndi Nne Enugu”.

The leader of the group, Chief Lady Mrs. Evelyn Ahanonu- a two-time commissioner for Women Affairs in Enugu State said their choice of Mrs Nkechi AyoguEze is on the premise of her passion for service to mankind and benevolence.

“In consideration and appreciation of her sterling qualities of diligent hard work; her abiding care for the most vulnerable; her sustainable mobilization efforts towards gender empowerment and her commitment to securing equity, justice, inclusion and prosperity for our people.”

In her acceptance speech, Mrs Nkechi AyoguEze thanked the women for the honour and thanked God for giving her mothers like them because not everyone is blessed to have good mothers.

She assured them that she will continue to do her best to help mankind and will strive never to let them down.

Recall that Mrs Nkechi AyoguEze is the founder, Oak of Hope Foundation, an NGO that has been putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged in the society. Though this NGO, she has brought succor to the downtrodden and hope to the hopeless.

Mrs AyoguEze is also the head, Department of Gender and Human Rights, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja and through her department, a lot of widows and girl child are been trained and empowered to be independent and self reliant.

Thus one can say that this is an honour well deserved.

The event took place at the campaign headquarters of Senator Ayogu Eze Campaign Organization, Enugu

APC PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN:Ayogu Eze Thanks Enugu People For Massive Turnout

Thank you ndi Enugu State for your massive support and show of solidarity while we hosted Mr. President as he flagged off our Presidential and Governorship Campaigns.

The surging ocean of human heads that turned out in and outside of the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium to receive Mr President and our governorship candidate, Sen. Eze, was breathtaking and a bold testimony that Enugu people are truly sick and tired of the visionless political traders parading as government in Enugu State.

The mammoth crowd is enough evidence to show Ndi Enugu are prepared to embrace change and to strike a new deal that will usher in a new dawn.

We salute our people who thronged the arena to be counted in the epoch rally that marks the commencement of month long, sustained mass movement towards voting out a non performing incumbent who has nothing innovative to offer and who has proved his unpreparedness and lack of capacity to govern a model state like Enugu.

We congratulate our governorship candidate, Senator Ayogu Eze for a successful outing and his growing popularity and acceptance as a very credible alternative to the leadership plague and crisis of incompetence facing the state this past four years.

We congratulate the President for the renewed love between him and Ndigbo, especially Ndi Enugu and we reassure him of our total commitment to returning him to office through the ballots, by delivering more than 80% of votes from the state.

We also appreciate Mr. President and our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole for their support and kind words on our candidate, Sen Eze, especially the trust, faith and confidence they reposed in his capacity to lead . We thank Mr. President for his admonition that Enugu people should wisely vote out the rudderless PDP government in the state and we thank him on his positive thoughts and preemptive felicitations with our candidate on his imminent victory.

We cannot thank you enough, all the National Working committee members of our great party, the APC, serving and past Governors, Ministers and Senators who came to witness an occasion that marks a watershed in the political history of Enugu state.

Ndi Enugu, it is time for a New Dawn, we promise you a better deal in Enugu State, we assure you our candidate will produce the leadership that the state truly deserves.

Remain with us in this journey to reclaim our state from mediocrity and waste.
Join us berth quality and competent leadership.

Vote senator Ayogu Eze, trust us, together we can do it.

Okey Ezirigwe
Spokesman, Ayogu Eze Campaign Organisation

SENATE: Attempts To Frustrate Prince Of Mburubu Will All Fail-PRESS RELEASE

THE attention of Aka Ekpuchi Ọnwa Campaign Organization has been drawn to a failed but callous attempt by some never-do-wells to frame up the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate for Enugu East Senatorial zone, Prince Lawrence Ezeh in a kidnap saga.

These never-do-wells had on Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 played out a very poor script on Ovu bridge along the Nkanu East road feigning that they were kidnapped. It was an attempt to blackmail Prince Ezeh, knowing that he is surely and gradually coasting to victory.

It’s unfortunate that enemies of Enugu East Senatorial zone who are scared of the coming good leadership of Engineer Lawrence Ezeh are running from pillar to post in an attempt to discredit him in order to create reasons to call him a bad name.

Facts check reveal that the same elements allegedly brought down the statue of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in Mburubu, and tried to frame it on the Prince. Their efforts paid off as they were given political appointments by the government.

They have also made frivolous attempts to stop our principal’s ambition at the court using APC elements who lost out at the primaries. That also didn’t work.

They are now trying to cook up this story of kidnap which they believe is the last resort, to criminalise our candidate and bring down his popularity.

Barely one week ago, yet another attempt was made on the life of Prince Lawrence Ezeh during his campaigns at Iva Valley Primary School, Enugu. The hoodlums who traced the campaign train were apparently intimidated by the crowd, and out of frustration, set fire on one of the campaign buses before they ran off.

The general public should bear in mind the character of the opponent of our principal, who is the candidate of the People’s Democractic Party (PDP).

Everyone who know Enugu well is aware of the kind of things he is capable of doing and his antecedents when he was governor.

Aware that this is most likely his last political outing, and that he is heading for another failure, one can only imagine what he would do in order to win in the coming elections.

We hereby wish to state categorically that we have been aware of all these fabrications being incubated to bring down the towering image of Prince Ezeh.

Ordinarily, we would have best ignored them, however we are constrained to speak up, on account of the severe implications of these fabrications.

Be aware that no one can stop the fortunes of Enugu East Senatorial zone this time, which is coming through Prince Lawrence Ezeh. Aka Ekpuchi Ọnwa, no hand can cover the moon.

Prince Lawrence Ezeh is winning the coming Senatorial elections, and will be sworn in as the next senator of Enugu East Senatorial zone. We therefore call on the General Public to disregard their failed attempts and vote wisely in the February 16 Senatorial election, by voting Prince Ezeh for the betterment of Enugu East.

Signed,

Chief SNC Nwagu, DG Aka Ekpuchi Ọnwa Campaign Organization

Buhari, Oshiomhole Vow To Deliver Prince Lawrence Ezeh, Others To Senate

The duo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole have vowed that they will deliver the senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Enugu East Senatorial zone, Prince Lawrence Ezeh to the Senate come February 16 2019. They also said that the APC is poised to ensure that every candidate of the APC, from presidency down to House of Representatives wins their seats to ensure a consolidated government.

The president and Oshiomhole, who is the National Chairman of the party were speaking at the official flag-off campaign rally of the party in Enugu State, which held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Stadium, Enugu.

The President in his speech, expressed delight about the quality of National Assembly candidates marshaled out by Enugu State APC, and hoped to have a robust relationship with them.

Presenting Prince Ezeh and other senatorial candidates the party flag at the podium yesterday, Oshiomhole said “Our campaign is from the top to the bottom, and I need to define it. We need our president to continue the good work he has started, so that the work going on at Niger Bridge will not be terminated. The only way to guarantee it is for Mr President to have another four years, so when we say four plus four, there is a purpose. We want the dualization of roads going on in different parts of the South East to go on.

“We don’t want a lonely president. our electoral system is based on the separation of powers. If we have the president getting votes, and the senators don’t get votes, this president cannot function. Everybody that believe in President Muhammadu Buhari must also believe in the candidature of the three senatorial candidates that are contesting for elections on February 16. We must also believe in believe in the candidature of all the contestants for the House of Representatives for APC. It is the same broom, broom for president, broom for senate, broom for reps. But remember, we don’t want to govern Nigeria in Abuja and you don’t have your governors in the states. That is why it will amount to anti-party activity for anybody to say ‘vote this way, and not that way’. After you have voted on February 16, please come out on March 2 and vote APC, because this historic city of Enugu is not the birthright of a particular political party, and I believe the energy, the creativity, the doggedness, the passion with which Ayogu Eze has mobilized and organized has shown that he won’t be exhausted as the next governor of this great state.

“But also remember that governors cannot function without members of the House of Assembly. So with the same principle, when you vote, you must also vote all members of the House of Assembly. So it is from top to the bottom, no bend bend, no corner corner, straight”, Oshiomhole stated.