Denja Abdulahi Inaugurates LOC For ANA International Convention In Enugu

The national president of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Mallam Denja Abdulahi yesterday inaugurated the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 38th International Convention to be held in Enugu.

The occasion which took place at the Governing Council Hall of ATCOI College of Education Enugu also marked the formal flag-off of preparations for the convention scheduled to hold from Thursday 31st October to Sunday 3rd November 2019. It held on Saturday, 29th June, 2019.

The convention is code named “Coal-City Homecoming 2019”.

Those who graced the occasion include the National Vice President of ANA, Mr Camillus Ukah and the Enugu State Chairman, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue.

Hon Ndubuisi Eneh, a former Chairman of the state chapter emerged Chairman of the LOC, while renown poet, Mrs Chinemerem Anyi emerged Secretary.

Other members of the committee include a former Commisioner for Works in Enugu State, Barr Ugochukwu Agballa, deputy director of programmes of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Enugu national station, Sir Gregory Odiakosa, and Chief Lecturer, General Studies Department of the institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, Dr Mrs Ojel Anidi.

Other members include Mr Gregory Mbajiogu, of the department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), former Publicity Secretary of ANA Enugu and academic facilitator at ATCOI College of Education, Enugu Mrs May Ezeudu, retired deputy co-marshal of the Federal Road safety commission (FRSC) Mazi Chike Nwaka, and former secretary of ANA Enugu chapter, Mr Sunday Ogbonna.

The event was spiced with folklore performances, readings, and a workshop.

The International Convention is expected to be preceded by the ANA Enugu State convention which is to hold from 29th to 30th October 2019.


Help checkmate hate speech-Ikpeazu says to NIPR

-Nkasiobi Akoma, Umuahia

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on members of Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations(NIPR) to help checkmate the level of hate speeches by championing and emphasising on issues that unite rather than tear Nigeria apart.

Governor Ikpeazu who made the call when a delegation of NIPR led by their National President, Mallam Mukatar Sirajo, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Umuahia reiterated that the call has become necessary as discordant statements that do not promote peaceful co-existence are threatening to derail the nation’s train.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, stated that the present administration in Abia State holds the institute in high esteem, recognizing their importance in enhancing the image of the State and hence have endeavoured to collaborate and partner with their members by engaging them in relevant State programs and urged them not to relent in highlighting the modest achievements of his administration to National and Global audience.

He reassured members of the institute of Government’s assistance towards addressing the problem of quacks infiltrating their profession as well as carry them along in the scheme of things in governance of the State and wished them a successful outing in the state.

Earlier in his speech, the National President NIPR Mallan Mukatar Sirajo who disclosed that they are in the State for the AGM of the State Chapter and elections, expressed appreciation to the State Government for the overwhelming support the institute enjoys from the administration and pledged their determination to always support and publicize the positive strides of the Ikpeazu administration.

NUJ NEC MEETING: Abia Govt vows to complete NUJ Secretariat

-Cynthia Nwachukwu Chinonso, Umuahia

The Abia state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, on Friday, hosted the National Executive Council meeting of the NUJ which was targeted at addressing issues of security and welfare of its members.

Speaking at the NEC meeting held at the Okpara auditorium, Umuahia, the Governor of Abia state, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. (Sir) Ude Oko Chukwu, commended members of the NUJ for their pivotal role in the sustenance of peace, security and stability of the nation’a democracy.

He sated that the government of the state is committed towards ensuring the completion of the NUJ secretariat whose foundation was laid five (5) years ago, assuring of government’s commitment to further grow the good relationship between NUJ and the state government in terms of its partnership with its members in the state which will continue to exist. He stated that the good relationship between the state and NUJ was obvious with the recent appointment of two NUJ members as Permanent Secretaries in the state.
He further noted that the state government enjoys good working relationship with security agencies in the state which contributed to Abia being one of the most peaceful states in the Federation.

Sir Oko Chukwu assured that the government will continue in same positive trajectory to ensure further improvements in security of the people and visitors to the state. He commended the NUJ for the positive contributions of the members during the 2019 General election and assured them of the readiness of the state government to enhance the partnership with NUJ while urging members of the union to continue to do their best by writing on issues that promote oneness of the people and de-emphasize on stories that tend to tear the people apart.

Speaking earlier at the event, the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, expressed appreciation to members of the NUJ for electing Comrade Isiguzo, whom he described as a great son of the soil, as their national President and assured that he will certainly make the NUJ proud by leaving great legacies.

He further tasked NUJ members on professionalism in the discharge of their duties noting that Abia State under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu will continue to provide the best operational environment for journalists to perform their duties without fear of persecution or state censorship and called on members of NUJ to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that they report events accurately as well as balance their stories to avoid being used as tools by politicians fighting personal battles with their opponents.

Also Speaking, the National Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, noted that the most excruciating challenge facing journalism in Nigeria today is the safety and welfare of its practitioners. He informed that the union has put in place several platforms in order to ensure safety and better conditions of service for her members and intends to do more through synergy with all stakeholders in the media as well as agents of the state.

He further called on the Federal and state Governments to rise up against insurgency and protect the lives and property of citizens of the country in line with their constitutional obligations.

He also appealed to Abia state government to come to the aid of the union with the completion of its permanent secretariat which was began some years ago so as to further enhance the intellectual capacity of its members.

EDOCSO MARKS 2019 INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

Members of Edo Civil Society Organisations today commemorates the 2019 international day in support of victims of torture across the globe. Every 26th of June has been declared by the United Nations as the international day in support of victims of torture.

The event was declared opened by the Coordinator General of Edo Civil Society Organisations, Leftist Omobude Agho who admonished activists to be steadfast in the pursuit of eradicating the practice of torture in the 21st century. He viewed it as barbaric, dehumanizing, outdated and necessitated by laziness of investigators. The unrelenting efforts of human rights defenders were further encouraged with the hope that someday, torture and other unwholesome practices by state actors and non state actors would be a thing of the past in the country. A reminiscence of touching torture cases that EDOCSO have been involved were told by him.

Dele Igbinedion took the participants through a synopsis of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law as a potent tool for activists as they vigourously fight against human rights abuses. He made a donation of copies of the ACJL to the body. Igbinedion informed the participants how they can press for their rights and obtain huge compensations when their rights are violated.

The keynote lecture was delivered by U.L. Osa-uwagie taking the participants through the legal framework on torture thereby exposing the types of torture which includes Physical and Mental or Psychological Torture. Various provisions of the Anti Torture Act, 2017 were exposed to the participants. He further elaborated on the rights of victims of torture and how they can seek remedies. The participants were encouraged by the various victory cases he has pursued with compensations paid to victims.

Representatives of institutions that delivered speeches include the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, represented by Atiemwen A. Friday, while the National Human Rights Commission was represented by Mr. Ovbiose O. Felix and Mrs. Osaheni-okoro C. Ifunanya. Others were Oseghale Esohe of the Public Work Volunteers of Edo state government and Mr. Lucky Isibor of the Nigerian Union of Journalists.

Testimonies were taken from victims of torture.

PHOTOS: Made in Aba Shoes for Abia School Children

Made in Aba shoes and socks were donated to pupils of Community Primary School, Ikputu Nsulu, today to support the Made in Aba and educational improvement agenda of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

The Free School Shoes program sponsored by Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Dr Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, is coordinated by Mr Chinenye Nwaogu.

More schools are expected to benefit from the program.

PHOTOS: Abia Govt Takes Delivery of More Medical Equipment

The call by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to Abians across the world to support the efforts of the State Government in different spheres of our economy received yet another boost this week as the State Government took delivery of a full container of medical supplies of different kinds from abroad.

This time, the supplies which came as a gift, came from Dr. Sampson Chima Nwobilo, an Abia born medical doctor resident in the UK, who coordinated the collection and movement of these medical equipment to Nigeria.

Personal Physician to the Governor, Dr. Micheal Michael Enyinnah who is also in charge of coordinating these supplies and ensuring their distribution across hospitals in the state, described the gift as huge and will go a long way in boosting Medicare in the State.

Dr. Enyinnaya stated that this was the fifth time the State was receiving such supplies, free of charge, from Abians in the diaspora.

The supplies include High Resolution Ultra Sound Machines, Haemo Dialysis Machines, Equipment for resuscitation, Mobile Monitors, Ventilators, Different kinds of electric and manual beds, etc.

According to Dr. Enyinnaya, the cost of these items is in several tens and tens of millions.

Dr. Enyinnaya, on behalf of the Governor and the good people of Abia State, expresses profound gratitude to the donor and urges other good spirited Abians, especially those living abroad to emulate this good gesture and do the same for the good of our people.
These supplies, like the previous ones, will be distributed across the different strata of our medical system from the primary health care centers up to the tertiary levels.

Again, I saw President Atiku Abubakar in spirit, says prophet

A renown prophet from Ebonyi State has stated how he saw the former Vice President and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the last presidential elections sworn in as president.

Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi who heads King of Kings Deliverance Ministry Worlwide, Gbonum Ukepa Ntezi, Ebonyi State said the latest decision of the Presidential Tribunal at Abuja, is enough to kill the morale of Nigerians. He however said that while he slept, he saw himself praying and perspiring but God led him to look up and he beheld that Atiku has been made the president of Nigeria.

“I was praying for Nigeria, and the next minute, I was dancing and rejoicing. This is because I clearly heard the voice of God as he showed me the president, and he is Atiku Abubakar. While I danced, God said to me that he loves Nigeria,and that time has not yet come for the country to be divided.

“Nigeria will rise from these trying times and become a better country very soon. The Lord said that’s the reason why he raised Atiku, and will make him president. Forget about what they are doing to stop Atiku, says the Lord. I shall make nonsense of all their efforts as a demonstration that no man is God.

“Watch and see’, says the lord”, the prophet stated.

Recall that Chukwudi is the same prophet who prophesied that Presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Muhammadu Buhari and Donald Trump would emerge when they did.

He has also made other prophecies forseeing various governors winning into office. One other remarkable prophecy from Chukwudi is the release, and subsequent attack of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian government.

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Abia Speaker appoints CPS

The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji, has appointed Chief (Sir) Jude Ndukwe as his Chief Press Secretary.

According to information obtained from the Clerk of the State House of Assembly, John Pedro Irokansi, the Speaker charged the new CPS and his team to ensure optimal reporting of the activities of the members of the house and his office through synergy with the media.

Chief Ndukwe who hails from Afaraukwu Umuahia was formerly a Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor of Abia State and a columnist with Authority Newspaper. He is a member of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

AUTONOMY FOR STATE LEGISLATURE, JUDICIARY SHOULD NOT BE COMPROMISED, SAYS PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said efforts to ensure autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary will further strengthen democracy and deepen inclusiveness of citizens by guaranteeing fairness for ordinary Nigerians.

Receiving Report of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary, President Buhari said the government will study the report and recommendations, and take an appropriate decision.

“I went through a terrible time getting here for the three times I contested elections. That’s why I want to stabilise the system so that others will not pass through the same experience.

“Both young and ordinary Nigerians depend on leadership to ensure justice is always done. So we must ensure that trust is not compromised. This administration will take the report seriously,’’ he added.

In his remark, the Chairman of the Committee, immediate past Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said implementation of the recommendations will entrench constitutionalism, democratic principles and separation of powers.

“The recommendations clearly spell out that if uniform modules for implementation of financial autonomy for state legislature and state judiciary are approved for implementation across 36 states, it will no doubt strengthen Nigeria’s democratic principles, practices and public governance,’’ he said.

Malami added that the committee had observed that most states honoured the constitutional provisions for financial autonomy in the breach, than in observance, noting that the legislature and judiciary remain the last hope of the common man and should be given autonomy.

He said the committee consulted with state governors, Chief Judges of states, Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Civil Society Organizations and relevant stakeholders, including members of the public.

The Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary was inaugurated by President Buhari on March 22nd, 2019, to fashion out strategies and modalities for implementation of the financial autonomy of the state legislature and state judiciary in compliance with Section 121 (3) of the 1999 constitution (As Amended).

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 25, 2019

JOK to Abia Youths-make yourselves catalysts for rapid development of Abia

Abia State Commisioner For Infornation, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, has called on the youths of the state to make themselves catalysts for the rapid development of the state.

He made the call when members of Okezuo Abia Youth Wing (OYW) led by their cordinator, Honorable Kalu Orji, paid him a courtesy visit in his office, describing the youths as the focused group for the second term plan of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

He said: “The second term of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is focused on you as we hope to leverage the rapid development of the state on your enormous energy through job creation, skill acquisition and educational development. Our trans-generational leader, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, plans to put in place the necessary framework for the creation of 700,000 new jobs in the next ten years, deliver 14 new model schools, 350 new classroom blocks and support ICT skill development programs from primary school level to advanced levels in the hope that many of you will emerge as Techpreneurs.”

Chief Okiyi expressed appreciation to members of the group for the role they played in ensuring the re-election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and assured them that their labor will not be in vain as, according to him, the Governor has plans to engage them productively. He called on them to lead the campaign against the use of hard drugs by young people, rape, kidnapping and indiscriminate dumping of wastes in the state.

Earlier in his address, Honorable Kalu Orji said the group visited the Commssioner to congratulate him on his inauguration as the Commissioner for Information as well as assure him of the support of the group to the Governor as he embarks on the task of reforming the public sector in the state. He used the occasion to request that members of the group be factored in when the Governor is making key appointments and empowering the citizens as, according to him, they have qualified members that can serve at any level to support the administration.

Also speaking, the Secretary General of the group, Hon Chimaraoke Nwogu, called on the state government to continue to focus on infrastructure development, Agriculture, education and security of lives and property of the people of the state to ensure her rapid development. He also expressed appreciation to the Governor for the appointments made so far which, according to him, showed his determination to fulfill the promise he made to run his second term with youths as the pivot.