Igbere TV Awards to Hold Nov 28 at Sheraton Hotels Abuja

The maiden edition of the much anticipated Igbere TV Awards, has been fixed for Thursday, November 28, 2019.

The all-important event will take place at the Sheraton hotels, Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen, on Thursday, by the Executive Director of Igbere TV News, Emeh James Anyalekwa, in Uyo.

He said the event will be the best of its kind, adding, “the Igbere TV awards night will be the talk of town on the streets of Abuja and beyond, by God’s Grace.”

“This maiden edition promises to be inspiring, motivating, entertaining, educative and all encompassing.

“We have loads of activities to captivate and blow your mind”.

“We have interesting categories to accommodate every sphere of life in the Igbere TV Awards. You don’t want to miss it”, he said.

Anyalekwa added that modalities for the award and list of the organizing committee would be rolled out soon.

The Igbere TV awards recognizes excellence, achievers, performance, humanity and philanthropy.

It is awarded to individuals, Brands, and corporate bodies who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field.

This maiden edition is expected to be graced by the Presidency, Governors, Senators, Ministers, Celebrities and Captains of Industry.

More details later.

2 Oil Companies Seek To Establish Modular Refinery In Abia

Two indigenous oil companies, David Twin Oil West Africa, and ESKOM Plc have visited and explored the possibility and viability of establishing a modular refininary in Abia state.

Chief Executive Officers of the firms, Emmanuel Obiora and I. O. Orjiakor respectively stated this when they paid Governor Okezie Ikpeazu a courtesy visit at Government House, Umuahia, the capital.

They said they were driven for the visit by Ikpeazu’s demonstrated passion for investments in the state which cannot be ignored by any serious enterprise seeking to expand its market share.

The enterprenuers, who were led on the visit by another businessman from the state, Jerry Kalu, assured that their companies possess capacity and financial muscle to deliver on the proposed project.

Responding, the governor noted with appreciation the companies intention to engage in the project in the state as Oil and Gas form one of the five pillars of his administration.

He said the administration engaged in the proposed Enyimba Economic City and the Agro-Industrial City in Umuahia to boost the economy of the state, create employment opportunities and improve its resources.

According to him, the administration’s engagement in such projects has among other gains, placed the state in third position in the list of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country at the close of business in 2018.

The governor, therefore used the forum to stress the importance of creation of employment opportunities as panacea for security of lives and property, and sustainable economy for the development of the country.

Ikpeazu, who reiterated the commitment of the administration to take the necessary steps to partner with them to actualize the dream of embarking on the project lauded them for the visit.

Source: Leadership

Enelamah: A true son of Abia

Okechukwu Enelamah, former Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, is a true son of Abia State who represented us excellently well while serving the country.

The Ohuhu Umuahia born son of a priest, earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1985. He later earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University in 1994 where he was a Baker Scholar and Loeb Fellow. He is a member of ICAN (1992) and became a CFA in 1997. He earned Dean’s List honours in his MBBS graduating class at the University of Nigeria, and was awarded national prizes in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) examinations.

Enelamah who schooled at Government College Umuahia worked as an Audit Senior and Consultant at Arthur Anderson (now KPMG Professional Services) from 1988. He later worked in the New York and London offices of Goldman Sachs from 1993 before joining Zephyr Management as an investment manager where he rose to the position of a Principal in the Johannesburg office between 1995 and 1997. Enalamah founded African Capital Alliance (ACA), a private equity firm, in 1997 where he served as CEO until his appointment to the Industry, Trade, and Investment portfolio in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

As a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he focused on his job and left politics for politicians. While seeing NIGERIA as his primary constituency, he did not ignore the development of his state. When Governor Okezie Ikpeazu dreamed up the ambitious Enyimba Economic City, Minister Enelamah offered exceptional support to ensure that it is realized.

He positively sold the state to the international business community and supported his Governor to ensure that high profile investors bought into the project as well as helped clear bureaucratic bottlenecks to the approval of the project.

After the Governor conceived and discussed the need to support MSMEs in Ariaria International Market with VP Yemi Osinbajo, Minister Enelamah again stepped in to ensure that the project is realized. He worked assiduously with the team of ABSG and the office of VP Osinbajo to deliver the Ariaria Independent Power Project.

Indeed, Enelamah served NIGERIA and his state very well and with the fear of God. History will forever be kind to him even though members of Abia APC may not have realized that once you are appointed to serve you put politics aside and support your president and state to make progress.

We salute you, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah…the sky is the limit for you and posterity will reward you.

John Okiyi Kalu.

HOPE RISES FOR IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS IN ABIA AS THE NTIGHA DRY PORT PROJECT GAINS TRACTION

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has restated the total commitment of his administration to the provision of enabling economic environment that will turn Abia State into a choice investment destination in Nigeria.

Ikpeazu made this remark this night at the Governor’s Lodge Abuja while receiving in audience the Federal Government Concessionaire for the Dry Port Project at Ntigha, Isiala Ngwa North LGA of Abia State, EASTGATE DRY PORT PROJECTS LIMITED.

The CEO of EASTGATE, Bill Nkemdirim came to the Governor to formally introduce to him the company that will handle the actual construction of the project, Messers China Tianchen Engineering Corporation and to further inform him that every arrangement for the construction works have been concluded and that they are ready to start work at the site.

Governor Ikpeazu expressed deep delight at this development and assured them that his government will provide every necessary support to ensure that their work is seamless. He stated that the Dry Port Project will be a powerful catalyst to the economic development of the state and indeed, the entire South East region. He noted that upon completion, businessmen who engage in Import and Export will not have to go beyond the state to enjoy port services as containers to and from the region will now be discharged at the port, for onward movement to their final destinations.

Apart from the direct impact on businesses, Ikpeazu added that the location of the dry port will catalyze the growth and development of indirect businesses around the area in addition to the provision of jobs. He added that the coming of the Enyimba Economic City will combine with the Dry Port to positively turn around the economy of the State and the South East region permanently.

Stressing the importance of inter-modality in Ports operations, Ikpeazu challenged the operator to construct a 3km rail line from the project site at Ntigha to link Nbawsi which is a major railway stop, so as to link the Port to other parts of the country.

Earlier, the CEO of EASTGATE DRY PORT PROJECTS LTD, Bill Nkemdirim informed the Governor that they were fully prepared to commence construction and they are pleased to have engaged a world class organization, CHINA TIANCHEN ENGINEERING CORPORATION for the project.

Founded in 1953, China Tianchen is one of the leading international engineering corporations in the world providing engineering consulting, design, procurement, construction management and commission supervision. The company has successfully commissioned thousands of projects within China and in over thirty countries cutting across Asia, America, Africa, Europe, etc.

Mr. Nkemdirim told the Governor that the Dry Port Project is being undertaken under a BOOT- Build, Own, Operate and Transfer arrangement for a period of thirty years. He said that the Federal Government awarded the contract to his company on account of his established track record and experience in managing port operations. He added that the project will turn around the economic fortunes of the state and the entire South East region as it will be the first Dry Port in the region.

He said that the construction period is expected to be 24 months.

The delegation from China Tianchen was led by Mr. Liang Shen, Project Manager of the Energy Division of the organization as well as the Consultant to the Project, Jude Menes of Menes Konsult.

The delegation will depart for Abia State tomorrow to enable the Chinese Team visit the project site for pre construction preliminary evaluation.

The Leader of the Chinese Team later presented the Governor with a souvenir.

Nigeria Introduces New Federal Marriage Certificate

The Nigerian government has introduced a new Federal Marriage Certificate for all types of marriages in the country.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, disclosed this on Wednesday at a stakeholders conference on the conduct of statutory marriage in Abuja.

She said existing couples who do not have their certificate issued by the Ministry of Interior are advised to visit the ministry’s website to re-certify their marriage certificates.

According to Mrs Ehuriah, not all places of worship are permitted to conduct marriages. She advised Nigerians to ensure that their marriages are conducted in places licensed by the Ministry of Interior.

“This is for the marriage to be credible and registered in the National database of legally certified marriages,” she said.

“If the certificate is not printed and delivered by the principal registrar of marriages, then it is illegal and can not serve the desired purpose”, she said.

“Arrangements are ongoing for couples whose certificates were not issued in line with the Marriage Act of opportunity to bring them to conformity.”

Speaking on the benefits of the certificate, Mrs Ehuriah said it will be recognised by all foreign embassies during visa application.

She advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to accept the certificate for the guidance of foreign embassies in Nigeria and Nigerian missions aboard.

Ms Ehuriah said conducting marriages by places of worship not duly licensed by the ministry will be considered a breach of the Marriage Act.

“Presently, only about 4,689 licensed places of worship in Nigeria have updated their records with the Ministry of Interior; 314 have renewed their licenses to conduct statutory marriages,” she said.

She said the ministry is building a database for all statutory marriages conducted in Nigeria.

“It has also developed a database for all places of worship licensed for celebration of marriages ”

This will enable the ministry to be in a good position to respond to enquiries from various interested parties from within and outside Nigeria, Mrs Ehuriah said.

She said documentation process for the licensing of places of worship has been automated to facilitate submission of application for licenses by interested places of worship.

“Administrators of places of worship are encouraged to meet the requirements to satisfy their members.”

She said government at all levels has the responsibility of ensuring the sanctity of marriage by supporting any initiative aimed at promoting compliance with the Act.

The director, citizenship and business at the ministry, Stephen Okon, said it is important to educate the public on the key requirements of the Marriage Act.

“Sometimes citizens are denied their rights because of the manner their certificates of marriage was documented”, he said

He said Nigerians do not conduct statutory marriage even after traditional and church marriage “despite the growing popularity of Registry marriage”.

Take RUGA to Sambisa forest, Obaseki tells FG

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki said his administration will not avail the federal government land for the contentious Ruga settlement in Edo State.

The Governor spoke while giving a lecture on the topic “Challenges of Pastoralism and International Migration for Sustainable Peace and Development: Edo State Experience” at the Department of State Services Institute of Security Studies (Executive Intelligent Management Course 12), in Abuja.

He said the narrative that the pastoral movement and farmer/headers clashes are not related to the security challenges in Nigeria is not true.

His words: “In Edo State, we have found so-called herdsmen with maps in the forests, they clearly cannot be herdsmen who are dependent on their livelihood from their animal assets; that cannot be.

“I think it is important in the context of this discourse to make that distinction between conflict as a result of economic activities, separate from deliberate conflict that is related to other issues like insurgency and terrorism.”

The Governor said over the years the state has had issues of pastoralists or herdsmen who have come to parts of the South, Edo State using grazing routes and mixing with locals.

“Our approach is, animal husbandry is a business just like we have poultry, piggery or what have you, so from that perspective, we want to now upgrade agricultural practices as it relates to livestock.

“During the era of General Babangida, he set up ranches in Edo; we have one in Igarra and several parts of the state. They are either privatized or left fallow, so we are talking to people who purchased them to see how they can be re-activated.

“For us, because it is business like any other private business, the state should not really have much to except we create an enabling environment for those people we want to invest in livestock business.

“So, the issue of giving state land for livestock, it won’t happen in Edo State.

“However, for individuals who have land and they want to go into livestock business like we are supporting people who are doing cassava and others, we as government will support them.”

On how to resolve the incessant herders/farmers conflict, he said: “The Sambisa Grazing Reserve (4800 ha) is an ideal and symbolic place to take-off by establishing a ranch run by the military.

“It would significantly improve the security situation in the zone and encourage cooperation between pastoralists and the military.

” In the North West, the military should also be encouraged to create ranches in the Gidan Jaja Grazing Reserve (565,000 ha) for the same purpose of improving security and cooperation with pastoralists,” the Governor said.

Obaseki said violent extremism, recurrent herder-farmer conflicts, cattle rustling, armed banditry, violent cross-border crimes, insurgency, illegal migration and other forms of crimes have “threaten the fabric of our country. ”

According to him, national cohesion is seriously threatened by the conflict “as many farmers and pastoralists have lost their lives and property in several orgies of violence.

“As we gather here for this lecture, so many Nigerians are living in fear of attack or reprisal attacks due to the growing herders-farmers’ conflict,” he said.

Source: The Nation

Fulani herdsmen take over security operations in South West, to move South East August

According to a report on social media, this is Kayode Ajulo, a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court Of Nigeria states his encounter with Fulani Vigilante group on his way returning from Akure yesterday 4pm.

Ajulo said that terrorists were already mounting the highways with guns and openly doing “security work”. They have direct phone lines with the neighboring police stations confirming they are legit. Some of the Herdsmen Vigilante are wearing various Nigerian security outfits.

This confirmed the police announcement in June that they will collaborate with Fulani Herdsmen to bring back peace in the country.

Nigerians were also shocked when the Miyetti Allah announced too that they will be setting up Vigilante group across the country.

As it stands, these vigilante groups has been operating secretly all over the country and the Miyetti Allah’s announcement was a mere formality.

There are indications that they will also unfold their operations in the South East in August.

University of Nigeria Nsukka ranked no 1 in Nigeria, 17 in Africa

The University of Nigeria has just been ranked number 1 in Nigeria, and No 17 in Africa based on citations from publications, which is a direct measurement of quality of research output for the year.

UNN is the only Nigerian university in the top 20 ranking in Africa.

It’s world ranking is 1108 with 108,209 citations.

No 2 in Nigeria is University of Ibadan with 86,756 citations.

No 3 is University of Ilorin with 74,245 citations.

No 4 is Covenant University with 55,844 citations.

No 5 is University of Lagos with 41,121 citations.

University of Ibadan word rank is 1246,

University of Ilorin 1328,

University of Covenant 1511,

University of Lagos 1726.

No 1 in the world is Harvard university with 8,704,969 citations.

No 1 in Africa is University of Cape town with 996, 898 citations.

This remarkable achievement is all due to the push for excellence in publishing in visible journals that are cited internationally by staff of the University.

Ikpeazu tasks Ndigbo on development of S’East

Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has urged the Igbo to unite themselves and develop the economy of Southeast to create employment for her teaming youths.

He gave the charge while receiving a delegation of Nzuko Umunna led by Mr. Emeka Onwuka, at Government House, Umuahia.

He stressed the need for all to come out of their comfort zones and leverage on the comparative advantage of Igbo nation to secure the future of her young ones through economic development.

This is as he reiterated the commitment of his administration to create job which through industrialization, agriculture and trade & commerce. This, he said, informed his crave for Enyimba Economic City.

He further disclosed the plan of administration to establish an agro-industrial cluster in Umuahia, which would house cassava processing plant and palm oil refinery, among others.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mr. Emeka Onwuka, said the Nzuko Umunna as a think tank comprising of Igbo professionals both at home and in Diaspora, has 248 professionals from various fields of endeavour spread across Africa, Europe, Asia and America.

He stressed the need for strategic partnership with Igbo leaders for ideas, policies and programmes that would ensure the development of the Igbo nation.

He congratulated the Governor on his re-election and successful inauguration, saying that by his re-election, Abia people had validated his record of achievements and commitment to the radical transformation of Abia State within the shortest time.

The group later presented a copy of its economic development report to the Governor.

The Sun

Abia Govt Ready To Achieve 100% Success In Eradication of Polio

Deputy Governor of Abia State, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, says the state government’s target to completely eradicate Poliomyelitis in the state will be vigorously pursued to achieve the 100% level of success previously recorded in the eradication of measles across the country.

Sir Oko Chukwu who stated this during a meeting with members of the Abia State immunization Task Force in his office at govt house Umuahia maintained that as a govt that is deliberately working towards extending life expectancy of citizens above national average, it will cue into this year’s immunization mandate of ensuring a 100% success rate in the program commencing on Saturday this week.

The Deputy Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Infornation, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, further disclosed that in its resolve to prevent high rate of infant mortality, govt is setting up a mother and child hospital in the state as well as strengthening primary healthcare institutions with improved communication link to secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state. He informed that the free home care service for senior citizens and the procurement of 6 mobile hospitals and ambulances are part of the efforts of the government to intervene at critical extremes of the healthcare spectrum in order to ensure that life expectancy in the state remains above national average.

Sir Oko Chukwu who is also the chairman of the Task Force stressed the need for community and political leaders in the state to be more proactively engaged in sensitizing the people on the importance and benefits derivable from participating in the immunization program. He also expressed appreciation to all the local and international partners who are working with the state on the immunization program and assured of govt’s preparedness to advance the process of payment of relevant counterpart funds.

In his address, the Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Chinagozi Adindu stated that in order to ensure a successful poliomyelitis immunization program in the state, the Agency will administer oral polio vaccines to children aged between 0-5 years as well as strive to meet the 15 years population target which they hope to achieve by improving on areas of routine immunization across the 17 LGAs, strategic campaigns and embarking on active surveillance and awareness.

Dr Adindu disclosed that this year’s immunization program will be flagged off on Friday, 19th July 2019, at Aba North LGA by the wife of the Governor, Mrs Nkechi lkpeazu and expressed appreciation to the State and federal Governments for their assistance towards the success of the polio immunization program.

In their remarks, the WHO Representative in the state, Dr L.E Okoro, the chairman, Umuahia South traditional rulers council, Eze G.C Onwuka and a representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Victoria Adindu appealed to parents and community leaders to ensure that information is passed to the target population on the full commencement of the immunization program which is expected to take place between the 20th and 24th of July 2019.Abia Govt Ready To Achieve 100% Success In Eradication of Polio

Deputy Governor of Abia State, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, says the state government’s target to completely eradicate Poliomyelitis in the state will be vigorously pursued to achieve the 100% level of success previously recorded in the eradication of measles across the country.

Sir Oko Chukwu who stated this during a meeting with members of the Abia State immunization Task Force in his office at govt house Umuahia maintained that as a govt that is deliberately working towards extending life expectancy of citizens above national average, it will cue into this year’s immunization mandate of ensuring a 100% success rate in the program commencing on Saturday this week.

The Deputy Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Infornation, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, further disclosed that in its resolve to prevent high rate of infant mortality, govt is setting up a mother and child hospital in the state as well as strengthening primary healthcare institutions with improved communication link to secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state. He informed that the free home care service for senior citizens and the procurement of 6 mobile hospitals and ambulances are part of the efforts of the government to intervene at critical extremes of the healthcare spectrum in order to ensure that life expectancy in the state remains above national average.

Sir Oko Chukwu who is also the chairman of the Task Force stressed the need for community and political leaders in the state to be more proactively engaged in sensitizing the people on the importance and benefits derivable from participating in the immunization program. He also expressed appreciation to all the local and international partners who are working with the state on the immunization program and assured of govt’s preparedness to advance the process of payment of relevant counterpart funds.

In his address, the Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Chinagozi Adindu stated that in order to ensure a successful poliomyelitis immunization program in the state, the Agency will administer oral polio vaccines to children aged between 0-5 years as well as strive to meet the 15 years population target which they hope to achieve by improving on areas of routine immunization across the 17 LGAs, strategic campaigns and embarking on active surveillance and awareness.

Dr Adindu disclosed that this year’s immunization program will be flagged off on Friday, 19th July 2019, at Aba North LGA by the wife of the Governor, Mrs Nkechi lkpeazu and expressed appreciation to the State and federal Governments for their assistance towards the success of the polio immunization program.

In their remarks, the WHO Representative in the state, Dr L.E Okoro, the chairman, Umuahia South traditional rulers council, Eze G.C Onwuka and a representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Victoria Adindu appealed to parents and community leaders to ensure that information is passed to the target population on the full commencement of the immunization program which is expected to take place between the 20th and 24th of July 2019.