Only Prompt Justice Can Save Nigeria From Collapse and Total Anarchy – Chief Emeka Kalu

Nigeria as a Nation has been hit by unprecedented trials in her march to full democratic emancipation for which much had been given in terms of sacrifices and clear cut determination to be ranked among free Nations in a free world as we have experienced since 1999.

But it is very unfortunate that since 2015, we seems to have slipped back to abyss of history from whence we had emerged as a result of leadership styles that has made the citizens to appear more like victims of circumstances than free people in a free Nation blessed as Nigeria. The echo for real CHANGE has continued to reverberate in the space of the Nigeria vacuum, oozing like strong aroma of rum from the men that truly love freedom for what it stands for, but such echo seems to go unheeded, unrecognized and unaccepted as things has continued to move from bad to worse with no positive end in sight.

The bold citizens of Nigeria have been cowed into silence and oblivion as threat and intimidation has become the order of the day. The pride of democracy that makes Nigeria envy of all has been thrown through the back door all in the name of clinging unto power even as our Nation slide into anarchy that has never been experienced in the land.

We cannot all continue to maintain acute silence and believe everything will go back to normal even while we do nothing, that is why I am calling on well meaning Nigerians, leaders of thought, and men of good conscience to speak up against the dwindling state of our affairs, let us speak for justice as that is the only character that makes us human.

In a situation where the state apparatus, and other agents of the state begins to work hard to uphold the interest of one man or a group of people; A situation where justice seems to be strangled even when overwhelming evidence said otherwise, and a situation where proffessionals go to court to throw tantrum rather than defend their case: it becomes paramount that the people should speak up before they totally lose their pride and right.

The mandate given to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and denied through machinery of the state is a rape on democracy and a slap on the faces of intellectual Nigerians who seems to have been cowed into submission and mundane existentialism. This mandate is about the true liberty of Nigeria which we must defend. Justice should not be swayed while evidence abound.

I call on all Nigerians to take all measures needed to steer Nigeria aright again. Nigerians believed that Atiku is the right man at this point in the history of our Nation. We must lend our voices and demand for justice as the life of millions of us cannot be placed at the caprices and dictate of a few unrepentant politicians.

CHIEF EMEKA C. KALU is the DG, Atikulated Agenda, a pro-Atiku Presidential Support Group

Insecurity and the “Decapitated”, “Displaced” and “Defeated” Boko Haram: Why the long silence – Chief Emeka Kalu, by Amos Kalu (AFK)

The ebullient, outspoken and indefatigable Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019 support group, and one time Governorship candidate of APGA in Abia State has in recent weeks continued to lend his voice to topical issues that concerns Nigeria and Nigerians in such a manner that the senses of our people may be brought back to realities on ground, beyond the façade of propaganda that has ruined more than helped our Nation under this government of President Muhammad Buhari.

This week, I read with trepidation, anger and disappointment, the massacre of our soldiers by the “Decapitated”, “Displaced” and “Defeated” Boko Haram. Our vibrant and patriotic soldiers being slaughtered every day with no ends in sight, and I only but wonder how we arrived at this lowest ebb of national misfortune.

The level of Insecurity of life and properties of Nigerian citizens has reached it crescendo as we watch helplessly and doing nothing, even as no drastic measure is visible.

The priority of any Chief Security (President) of any Nation is the protection of lives of Citizens and the upholding of the Nation’s constitution and it is very clear that the later obligation has been blatantly disparaged, mismanaged and misused, even as the government has themselves also created insecurity in their effort to hound political opponents and dissenting voices, forgetting that the beauty of Democracy is freedom of speech, association, religion etc, all of which are embedded into opposition. That is the only mechanism that keeps a Nation in balance. But inability to heed to all these has continued to drift Nigeria towards anarchy.

When the soldiers that are supposed to be the strongest fortress of our security is reduced to puppet that will be slaughtered at will by Boko Haram, then our own lives as citizens are as good as lost already since those to protect it has lost the capacity to protect. Our defense billions has so far not been able to acquire the right equipments to empower our Gallant Soldiers to face the menace of Boko Haram which has now taken regional and international dimension. Their decision to sign up to defend their Nation then becomes a forfeiture of their life, sorrow to their families and nightmare to their loved ones.

I will therefore always continue to call on well meaning Nigerians to speak up and join our hands together to fight this ugly monster of insecurity. We may think it does not concern us at the moment, but when the fox has eaten up all the chicken in the farm unchallenged, the next attempt will be to eat up the farmer. That is why the farmer should always keep awake and ready to chase the fox and protect the chicks and in the same vein prevent calamity upon himself and household.

May God save Nigeria!

Abia ready to partner FG on Agricultural Development – Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the State government is committed to aligning with the Federal Government on its Change Agenda to promote national programmes and policies on agricultural development.

Governor Ikpeazu, stated this on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the 43rd National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development conference holding in Umuahia, Abia State.

Dr Ikpeazu who was represented at the conference by his Deputy, Rt Hon Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, further stated that considering the emphasis the Federal Government is placing on attainment of food security, job creation and national productivity, the theme of this year’s council meeting, “Consolidating the Strategies of Agricultural Promotion Policy for Economic Diversification and Growth” was apt.

Speaking further, the Governor emphasised the point that agriculture had the capacity to upscale socioeconomic development in Nigeria, and that it was pertinent for Nigerians to optimize its value and benefits.

In his own speech, Senator T. A. Orji, senator representing Abia Central at the Senate, expressed optimism that the deliberations of the council would make positive impacts on the nation.

He enjoined council to come up with policies that could be implemented to put an end to herders/farmers clashes.

On his part, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government was committed to making the country an agriculture export hub.

The minister who was represented by Dr Mohammed Bello of the ministry, said the federal government had resolved “to increase agricultural productivity, reduce food importation and implement programmes that promote food safety and security.

“We shared this agenda with the stakeholders of the National Council on Agriculture at the 41st meeting held in Kano in 2016.

“It led to the articulation of the 2016 – 2020 Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) and its Investment Financing and Implementation Plan (IFIP)”.

Chief Ogbeh described agriculture as a significant sector in Nigeria “because of its contribution to food production and overall development of the nation’s economy”.

He then urged the council to see the need for it to focus on providing a policy direction that would yield improved enabling environment for investors, attainment of food security and sustain livelihood in Nigeria.

Charging stakeholders to recommit themselves to the development of the agriculture sector, the minister reminded them that it was key to good health and wealth creation.

“We are to align interests, identify interventions, rank alternatives and fine tune strategies.

“We also need to pool resources, execute projects, ascertain impact and ensure continuity. At the end, our synergy will help us achieve food sufficiency, enterprise promotion, productive employment and wealth creation in the country”, he concluded.

On his part, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, called on participants to discuss as well as evolve best policies and programmes on agriculture from various perspectives.

Adamu who was represented by Mrs Christy Odua of the ministry said that the Ministry of Water Resources would continually collaborate with the ministry of agriculture and rural development to promote food sufficiency.

He expressed hope that the outcome of the council meeting would make a positive impact on the socioeconomic growth of the country.

Others who also spoke in the same vein at the opening ceremony of the event were Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, represented by Mr Azeez Muyiwa, and Mr Suffyan Koroma, Country Representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, in Nigeria

Abia ready to partner FG on Agricultural Development – Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the State government is committed to aligning with the Federal Government on its Change Agenda to promote national programmes and policies on agricultural development.

Governor Ikpeazu, stated this on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the 43rd National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development conference holding in Umuahia, Abia State.

Dr Ikpeazu who was represented at the conference by his Deputy, Rt Hon Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, further stated that considering the emphasis the Federal Government is placing on attainment of food security, job creation and national productivity, the theme of this year’s council meeting, “Consolidating the Strategies of Agricultural Promotion Policy for Economic Diversification and Growth” was apt.

Speaking further, the Governor emphasised the point that agriculture had the capacity to upscale socioeconomic development in Nigeria, and that it was pertinent for Nigerians to optimize its value and benefits.

In his own speech, Senator T. A. Orji, senator representing Abia Central at the Senate, expressed optimism that the deliberations of the council would make positive impacts on the nation.

He enjoined council to come up with policies that could be implemented to put an end to herders/farmers clashes.

On his part, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government was committed to making the country an agriculture export hub.

The minister who was represented by Dr Mohammed Bello of the ministry, said the federal government had resolved “to increase agricultural productivity, reduce food importation and implement programmes that promote food safety and security.

“We shared this agenda with the stakeholders of the National Council on Agriculture at the 41st meeting held in Kano in 2016.

“It led to the articulation of the 2016 – 2020 Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) and its Investment Financing and Implementation Plan (IFIP)”.

Chief Ogbeh described agriculture as a significant sector in Nigeria “because of its contribution to food production and overall development of the nation’s economy”.

He then urged the council to see the need for it to focus on providing a policy direction that would yield improved enabling environment for investors, attainment of food security and sustain livelihood in Nigeria.

Charging stakeholders to recommit themselves to the development of the agriculture sector, the minister reminded them that it was key to good health and wealth creation.

“We are to align interests, identify interventions, rank alternatives and fine tune strategies.

“We also need to pool resources, execute projects, ascertain impact and ensure continuity. At the end, our synergy will help us achieve food sufficiency, enterprise promotion, productive employment and wealth creation in the country”, he concluded.

On his part, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, called on participants to discuss as well as evolve best policies and programmes on agriculture from various perspectives.

Adamu who was represented by Mrs Christy Odua of the ministry said that the Ministry of Water Resources would continually collaborate with the ministry of agriculture and rural development to promote food sufficiency.

He expressed hope that the outcome of the council meeting would make a positive impact on the socioeconomic growth of the country.

Others who also spoke in the same vein at the opening ceremony of the event were Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, represented by Mr Azeez Muyiwa, and Mr Suffyan Koroma, Country Representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, in Nigeria

Support Ugwuanyi, Buhari To Move Enugu, Nigeria Forward, Says Prince of Mburubu As He Thanks Supporters

Prince Lawrence Ezeh, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the just concluded senatorial elections has called on his teeming supporters to lend support to the governments of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, and President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ezeh stated this when he hosted his supporters and other stakeholders to a party where he expressed gratitude to them over their support during the elections.

Ezeh, popularly known as the ‘Prince of Mburubu’ while speaking at the party which held at Mburubu Primary School, said that despite the intrigues that led to his defeat at the polls, he would remain forever grateful to everyone who contributed in one way or the other to his campaigns, especially party faithful, members of the Aka Ekpuchi Onwa Campaign Organisation and his kinsmen from the length and breadth of the senatorial zone. He however said that in the spirit of development of Enugu State, which informed his decision to run for elections in the first place, his supporters should support the state government led by Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in his efforts to develop the state.

Ezeh equally called for the support of President Muhammadu Buhari whom he said despite all odds, is committed to the betterment of Nigeria.

His words “The whole essence of this get-together party is to show you that I have a sense of gratitude. All the toiling day and night, and all the risks you people took to support me, I have never at anytime taken it for granted.

“We worked beyond the expectations of people, and in doing this, we touched the lives of our people very meaningfully. In all, we have proven to the world that leadership is not all about politicking, but about responsiveness to the needs of the people.

“We have done our best, and I believe that almighty God will crown our efforts with very great success. Don’t be distraught or dismayed, because God knows that you fought a good fight. I am calling on you today to extend your support to our state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. I make this call because it’s important to note that he is also pursuing the same goal that I came for-the betterment and development of our state. So it’s important that we all lend him our support to ensure that we don’t get distracted from the real essence of politicking, which is effective governance.

He further stated that support for the government should cut across board-
state governor, LGA chairmen, national and state legislators, ward councillors, and of course, Mr. President as to further attract development and bring the dividends of democracy closer to the people.

“What we should be concerned with at the moment is good governance and not politics. You must also take note to support the man at the helm of affairs in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari. He needs our support to continue to extend the good works he has been doing to all and sundry, especially down here to our dear Enugu East Senatorial zone”.

The Spokesman of Aka Ekpuchi Onwa Campaign Organisation, Mr Emeka Nwodo (Okwuruoha) expressed thanks to Prince for the party and stated that the gesture won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

Highlights of the event was the giving of gifts to all the villages in Mburubu community, with whom he expressed delight for giving him bloc votes at the elections.

EDUCATION, WISE RESPONSE TO BOKO HARAM TERRORISM, SAYS PRES BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, praised the efforts of outgoing administration of Governor Kashim Ibrahim Shettima in promoting education as counter strategy to Boko Haram ideology and insurgency.

President Buhari gave the commendation at a ceremony to commission six model schools, out of 40 world class facilities established to provide quality education to mostly children of the poor, and those turned orphans by the 10-year insurgency.

The President said expansion of educational facilities in the state was the best response to Boko Haram’s actions to stifle education, especially that of the girl child.

“This is a wise response to Boko Haram terrorism. Education plays a significant and remedial role in the efforts to provide equal opportunity and achieve a higher standard of living for citizens,” he said.

President Buhari assured Governor Shettima and Borno indigenes that his administration is still focused on recovering the abducted Chibok and Dapchi school girls.

“We will not give up. As a President, Nigerian and parent, I share in the agony of parents whose children have been abducted. We will do all that can be done to reunite them with their families,” he said.

The President said an end is already near for Boko Haram insurgency.

President Buhari commended the outgoing governor for achieving so much in provision of infrastructure, expansion of educational opportunities, especially for the girl-child, improving health facilities and stimulating the manufacturing sector in spite of distractions by Boko Haram.

In his remarks, Governor Shettima said the entire state remains eternally grateful to the President for the succour he brought by providing good and responsive leadership.

“We are grateful for the succour you have brought to our people. Nigeria has never had a leader with as much passion and love for Borno State,” he said.

The governor expressed optimism that the state’s massive investment in education will pay off in due course.

At the event, the Shehu of Borno, His Eminence Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai extoled President Buhari’s leadership qualities, and his passion for empowering ordinary Nigerians through youth programmes, investments in agriculture, provision of stable power and security.

While condoling with the Armed Forces on loss of officers and men, he promised a regular update by traditional rulers on all security threats.

President Buhari commissioned schools with boarding facilities for about 1,200 students, while 1,000 will be day students. The schools will provide free education, uniforms, sandals and two meals for students. And the non-boarding students will get bicycles.

Two of the schools he commissioned were named “Muhammadu Buhari Academy,” and “Yemi Osinbajo Primary School”.

Six of the schools were named after Amb. Babagana Kingibe, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Asheik Jarma, a former elected governor of the state; late Alhaji Mala Kachalla, another former civilian governor and a “mega primary school” was named after late Ibrahim Damcida, a distinguished career civil servant.

One of the schools was branded “Aliko Dangote Academy”, in honour of Africa’s richest man for his “enormous contributions” in reconstructing the state after destructions by Boko Haram.

Significant projects commissioned by the President were Borno State industrial hub, incorporating 16 integrated manufacturing plants, which produces varied products like plastic mats, candies, sacks, PVCs, solar power panels, biscuits and cassava powder.

Other projects were a state of the art Radio Diagnostic Complex at the State Specialist Hospital, a housing estate named “Zanna Umar Mustapha Gardens’’ which provides 246 3-bedroom houses and a newly completed “Baga road’’.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 25, 2019

BOREHOLE PERMIT: Receipt Is Fake, Says Abia Govt

Kindly note that the attached demand notice did not emanate from the authorities of Obingwa LGA or Abia State Government. It is the handiwork of a revenue tout that the Government has identified and will soon punish according to the law.

Obingwa LGA Chairman has confirmed the document to be FAKE and a FORGERY.

Members of the public are hereby advised to ignore the said demand notice and report anyone parading same to the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that those wishing to dig boreholes anywhere in the state must obtain proper permission from Abia State Water Board after payment of inspection and water analysis fees.

Without proper regulation, we risk suffering the dangers of indiscriminate digging of boreholes with associated environmental and health risks to our people.

The government will continue to make necessary efforts to improve public water supply in the state with the full implementation of the new Aba and Umuahia water schemes soon to take off.

We have released the list of all collectible state and LGA revenues in Abia State. Members of the public are advised to call 08184222428 to verify demand notices before payment to the designated bank accounts already released.

ABIANS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO PAY CASH TO ANY REVENUE AGENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.

Thank you.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner For Information, Abia State
26/4/19

Governor Ikpeazu Dissolves Boards of ABSUTH and HMB

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the immediate dissolution of the Boards of the following parastatals in the State:

1. Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH),

2. Hospital Management Board (HMB).

Governor Ikpeazu wishes to express appreciation to the members of the two boards for their contributions to the state’s health sector and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Signed,

Enyinnaya Appolos
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
25/04/2019

PHOTONEWS: ABIA HOSTS 43RD NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SUMMIT

Abia State is currently hosting the 43rd National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development at the International Conference Center, Umuahia.

Participants are currently engaged in technical session to dissect the challenges in the sector and proffer solutions. Abia State Commissioner For Agriculture, Rt Hon Chinedum Elechi, declared the technical session open on Monday.

Honorable Minister For Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, is expected to arrive the state tomorrow for the formal opening ceremony of the Council Session by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

Theme: Consolidating the Strategies of Agricultural Promotion Policy for Economic Diversification and Growth.

ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA DURING THE COMMISSIONING OF OSHODI TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, MURTALA MOHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ROAD AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BUSES

WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL, 2019

1. I am delighted to be here today to commission three key projects that reflect the drive and success of our Administration as we pursue policies and programmes that will positively impact on our citizens.

2. The new Oshodi Transport Interchange; the Mass Transit Medium and High capacity public buses and the reconstructed Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road by Lagos State Government clearly demonstrate the need to continue to provide high impact projects for the development of infrastructure and opportunities for job creation at all levels.

3. Just as this transport interchange with three different terminals is going to change the face of public transportation, the mass transit buses totaling 820 will move the people of Lagos State in a more comfortable and more efficient manner.

4. These projects by Lagos State are perfectly aligned with the efforts of the Federal Government to improve the country’s infrastructure especially in the transport sector.

5. To compliment the Oshodi transport Interchange, the Federal Government has recently approved the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway up to Oworonshoki and Old-Toll gate which was last attended to, 40 years ago.

6. We have recently commissioned the new International Airport Terminals in Port Harcourt and Abuja as well as the rail lines from Abuja to Kaduna. The Lagos to Ibadan rail line is under construction. Our government will continue to prioritise high impact infrastructure which will vastly improve the lives of our people.

Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,

7. This is my second working visit to Lagos state within a span of one year. I was also here in February to solicit for your votes. I thank you for supporting me. Earlier this morning, I commissioned Ayinke House at the Institute of Maternal & Child Health and also the Lagos Theatre in Oregun.

8. Your Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has performed satisfactorily and we should all commend him for his contributions to the growth and development of Lagos State.

9. I want to once again thank all the people of Lagos State for their support for our government and our party.

10. It is therefore with great pleasure that I commission the new Oshodi Transport Interchange, the Mass Transit Buses and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport road.

Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.