Emeka Kalu congratulates Guinea Bissau President-elect, Umar Sessoko Embalo

A national leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emeka Kalu has congratulated the president-elect of Guinea-Bissau, Dr Umar Sessoko Embalo and the Prime Minister-Elect, Engr Nuno Nabiam who won the 2019 presidential elections yesterday.

The duo defeated their rivals under the party, NADEM G15, which Kalu said is by a wide margin. Kalu had posted on his Facebook wall the following message:

“Finally we have won the election with a wide margin! Please permit me to introduce the new Guinea Bissau President Elect, Dr Umar Sessoko Embalo and his new Prime Minister, Engr Nuno Nabiam. These two men will drive the country to success. Again, congratulations my people. God is faithful”.

Dr Kalu will be remembered for his untiring efforts at garnering massive support for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria. He led the most vibrant presidential campaign organisation then, Atikulated Agenda 2019 and raised over 10 million supporters for Atiku in Nigeria and in the diaspora.

Abia State to set up University of Science and Technology

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the inauguration of an exploratory committee on the setting up of a University of Science and Technology in Aba.

Members of the committee which will be inaugurated by the Governor at the Exco Chambers of Government House, Umuahia, on Monday, January 6, 2020, include the following:

1. Prof Anya O Anya (Chairman)
2. Engr Isaac Nnadi (Member)
3. Chief (Mrs) Uwaoma Olewengwa
4. Prof Benjamin C. Ozumba (Member)
5. Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji (Secretary)

The Committee has 8 weeks to submit its report.

Thank You.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu,
Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State, Nigeria.
30/12/19

Isiko people are reliable, I’ll attend Isiko Day – Gov Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has described the people of Isiko of Obi-Mgboko Mbu Autonomous Community in Obingwa LGA of the state as reliable people.

Governor Ikpeazu also confirmed that he will attend the Isiko Day celebration on January 3, 2020 at Ahiaeke Isiko.

Speaking when the Planing Committee of the Isiko Day visited him at his country-home in Umuobikwa village, Governor Ikpeazu commended Isiko people for their communal spirit, stressing that he has a long standing relationship with Isiko people.

“I am happy about Isiko people, they’re very reliable people. I have a long-standing relationship with Isiko people, and I have no regret about my relationship with them. I will attend the Isiko Day,” he assured.

Governor Ikpeazu has a long-standing relationship with Isiko people. Recall that in 2011, Dr Ikpeazu was the campaign manager for the re-election of Rt. Hon. Eziuche Ubani to House of Representative.

In 2015 he appointed two sons of Isiko, Hon. Ubani as Commissioner for Works and Enyinnaya Appolos, as Personal Aide, later as Chief Press Secretary. In 2019 he reappointed Appolos as Special Adviser on Media.

Enugu CP rescues maid maltreated by her madam captured in a viral video

The Enugu State Police Command has rescued a maid, Peace Goewam, captured in a viral video where she was being traumatized by her madam.

In the video, which elicited angry reactions from Nigerians, the woman, Mrs. Amaka Ortolehi, from Ngor-Okpala, Imo State, was seen maltreating the maid in most heartless manner.

The incident, our correspondent gathered, led the Enugu State Police Commissioner, Ahmad Abdulrahman into launching a manhunt for her.

Addressing journalists at the State Police Command, the Commissioner said “when I viewed the viral video, it was an eyesore.

“I gave order to my technical officers and anti-cult team. This eventually led to her arrest, alongside her husband Nkemakolam Ortolehi.

“We also arrested Mr. Jonathan Goewan, the uncle to the victim, who out of greed brought her to Enugu from Jos and probably sold her to this wicked family.

“Irrationally, she held her own daughter who she had affection for but was thrusting this very girl on the ground as if she was killing a fowl.”

He added that “we protected and rescued the girl and she is going be to handed over to a government agency that will take care of her till we trace her parents.

“They will come down and tell us why they divorced this girl from them; as for the uncle, he has no satisfactory answer, so we are suspecting foul play.

“This is typical example of Child Abuse, child labour, torture and man’s inhumanity to man.”

The Police Commissioner vowed that all those involved in one way or the other in the girl child’s ordeal would be prosecuted and appropriate punishment meted on them.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Ortelehi has blamed the devil for her actions.

Speaking with newsmen amidst tears, she said “I don’t know what came over me. I don’t treat her in such manner before. You can enquire from her school, you can ask our neighbours.

“This is not how we have been living, I’m a lover of children, all come to my house. Anger put me into this, I love peace, we have been living together for two years, this is just something that went out of the ordinary.”

IKPEAZU SALUTES ABIANS AT CHRISTMAS AND ASSURES OF WATER TIGHT SECURITY

The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, Phd has sent a hearty Christmas message to the people of the State.

According to the Governor, “As Christians the world over commemorate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, I bring you a warm message of goodwill on this very important occasion. Christmas is one of the most defining events in Christendom and one of the most fundamental features of the Christian Faith. The birth of Jesus is the fulcrum upon which our Christian Faith revolves”.

“As we celebrate the Christmas and indeed the entire Yuletide”, Ikpeazu continues, “our people must not forget the true essence of the season which is to reflect on the birth of Jesus and its significance on mankind. While it is a period to share and spread love, our people must celebrate in moderation and avoid needless ostentation, especially as the beginning of the new year is impending and with its attendant challenges”.

Cautioning travelers to exercise the highest form of discretion at this time, Ikpeazu appeals to our people who will journey to their respective communities to drive with extreme care and avoid all forms of recklessness on our roads.
In his words, “While Government will do it’s part, our people must understand that a greater part of the task of avoiding road accidents at this time lies on each of us.Needless overspending, drunk driving and night travels should be avoided at all costs”.

Governor Ikpeazu further assures that the people of Abia State should celebrate this Christmas with the full assurance that their security is fully assured as Government has fortified the existing security architecture across the state. The Governor warned hoodlums, criminals and mischief makers who would want to capitalize on the festivities to perpetrate crimes to steer clear of the state as a massive surprise awaits them.

The Governor is particularly delighted that our home grown and processed ABIA RICE has been all over our markets serving the needs of our people across the state, especially at a time like this when there is a ban on the importation of foreign rice. He congratulate Abia Rice Farmers on this milestone achievement of producing enough rice for our people and urged Abians to be proud of this singular achievement. He assured that in the coming year, greater impetus will be added to our Rice Farmers through the construction of more Cottage Rice Mills to increase their productivity.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu salutes the Abia workforce and assures them of the unwavering commitment of his administration to their welfare and expressed delight that his instruction that no Abia worker should go for the Christmas without his salary has been fully carried out by the appropriate organs of government.

On ongoing road projects, Ikpeazu assured that the tempo will be sustained vigorously especially on the 14 active sites, assuring further that between now and the end of the current dry season, serious grounds would have been covered on several projects.

Ikpeazu thanked the people of the State for their prayers and continued support for his administration and reassures our people that his commitment to a better Abia remains rock solid.

The Governor ends his message by thanking God for preserving our lives to see yet another Christmas and prays God to bless the good people of Abia State.

Onyebuchi Ememanka, Esq.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
24th December 2019.

Gov Ikpeazu signs N 137 bn 2020 budget

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill into Law after the State House of Assembly passed the N137, 419, 617, 116 (One Hundred and Thirty Seven Billion, Four Hundred and Nineteen Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, One Hundred and Sixteen Naira) Budget earlier today.

Signing the Abia State 2020 Appropriation Bill christened “Budget Of Economic Repositioning” into Law at Government House, Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu lauded the leadership of the State House of Assembly for the expeditious passage of the Bill. He stated that since his assumption of office in 2015 this is the first time he is signing an Appropriation Bill before the commencement of the financial year and assured that his administration would do all within its powers to implement the budget.

According to him, the budget aims at supporting the rapid development of the State as well as impacting on the lives of Abia people, especially those living in rural areas and promised to ensure timely execution of projects captured in the budget. He expressed hope that there will be further improvements in the performance of the budget and advised various Ministries and implementation units to adhere strictly to the budget provisions.

Presenting the approved 2020 Appropriation Bill to the Governor, the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, stated that members of the 7th Assembly worked hard to ensure the early passage of the Bill in order to support the realization of the development agenda of the Governor.

Other members of the state executive council, including the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, PhD, Secretary to State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hon D K Uduma, Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, his counterparts in the Finance and Special Duties Ministries respectively, Dr Aham Uko and Chief Chimaobi Ebisike, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr A. C. B. Agbazuere among other top government functionaries including the Permanent Secretary of the State Planning Commission, Dr
Nnenna Chikezie, Special Adviser to the Governor on Legislative Matters, Hon. Tony Mezie Nwubani were present at the event.

Thank Governor Ikpeazu for your road, Okonjo-Iweala tells Isingwu people

Former Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has urged the people of Isingwu Autonomous Community to endeavour to appreciate Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for his role in ensuring the construction of the Umuda-Amato-Ossah Road.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala stated this at her Umuda-Isingwu Country Home while receiving a delegation of Isingwu Eze-in-Council, Isingwu Welfare Union and all Associations in Isingwu, Ohuhu, Umuahia North LGA, Abia State who came to thank her for the role she played in attracting the road to the community.

She stated that she is aware of the controversy over who should take credit for the road and noted that it should not arise as if Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State had not paid the counterpart funding for the project, the World Bank would not have released their own portion of funding for the road. She asked the people to also thank the Governor for his part while thanking her, noting that more of such partnerships and collaboration is needed to bring development to the State.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala disclosed that the road was one of the recurrent wishes of her late father in law and urged the Executives of Isingwu Welfare Union and Isingwu Community to take steps to get the road named after her father in law as a mark of honour for his love for the community.

She expressed delight at the honour done her by the Community in coming to pay her the thank you visit and urged the delegation to also thank her husband, Dr. Ikemba Iweala who always ensured they returned to the village every year wherever they were which fuelled her love for Isingwu Community.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala promised to continue to do whatever she can to assist the community while urging them to continue to be peaceful and progressive for the development of the community.

Nigerians react as Sowore, Dasuki finally gain freedom

Nigerians have expressed sincere happiness after the Federal government ordered the release of #RevolutionNow convener Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was arrested by the Department of State services DSS on August 3, 2019 ahead of a planned nationwide #RevolutionNow protest.

The Federal Government, which later admitted to the arrest, was condemned by a lot of activists, he was subsequently released and rearrested in December.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami made this public in a statement on Tuesday.

Malami said the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted the two by the court.

Nigerians have however taken to social media to express themselves on the latest development.

It will come as a relief to Sowore who contested for presidency under the flagship of National Conscience Party as the Christmas is just around the corner.

Guard against careless utterances, Activist cautions Gov Obaseki

Social rights defender and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor, has cautioned the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to guard against careless and unfounded accusations due to politics.

Eholor’s statement is coming on the heels of allegations credited to the governor that elements of the opposition were behind the recent fire incidents in some major markets in Benin City, the state capital.

The activist said “Thank God for the lives of the traders in Ekiosa market as no life was lost in the fire incident that occurred there on Sunday afternoon.

“The value of life cannot be compared to the value of properties. I thank God that the damage did not go beyond properties.

“Governor Godwin Obaseki has gone there to sympathize and condole with the affected traders. However, he shouldn’t have turned it to a political issue by pointing accusing fingers at the members of the opposition.

“It is too early at this stage to make allegations when the security agencies have not come up with the result of an investigation that they are yet to do.

“Yes, he has made efforts to ameliorate their hardship by promising them a donation of N100million. Lets see how far this amount can go in helping the victims meet their needs.”

Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company MD sacked by Federal Government

Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, Marilyn Amobi.
The Government asked her to step down with immediate effect on Tuesday, following numerous petitions against her.

According to The PUNCH, the order mandating Amobi to quit was issued by the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman.

The minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Aaron Artimas, told our correspondent in Abuja that the NBET boss was asked to step down as a result of the myriad of complaints against her.

Artimas stated that a five-man investigative committee had been mandated to look into the issues and complaints filed against the NBET boss.