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Philanthropist, Alex Ikwechegh Joins Abia 1st Family to Celebrate 29th Anniversary +PHOTOS

Renowned Philanthropist and Founder of Alex Ikwechegh Foundation, Chief (Hon) Alex Ikwechegh, on Tuesday, joined a select few personalities to celebrate the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and wife, Nkechi, on their 29th marriage anniversary.

Hon. Alex Ikwechegh was a special guest at the small private ceremony which held at the couple’s private residence in Umuobiakwa, Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia state.

Speaking with correspondents, after calling at Ikpeazu’s home, the philanthropist described the Abia state Governor as his old time friend.

He wished the celebrants; Dr. Okezie and Nkechi Ikpeazu many more years together as a great couple in unity and love, including celebrating their golden and diamond jubilee in good health, in years to come.

Recall that Ikpeazu and Nkechi got married in 1991. The Governor had earlier revealed he would marry the first lady over and over again, describing her as a formidable pillar of support.

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PHOTOS: Fr Mbaka dedicates magnificent church he built in hometown to God

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Tuesday, attended the dedication of a magnificent church built by Rev. Fr. Mbaka for his community, in fulfillment of his childhood dream.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited learnt that Ugwuanyi celebrated the Mass with the Catholic Bishop of Awgu Diocese, Most Rev Dr. John Ifeanyichukwu Okoye, the Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka and other clerics.

During the dedication of St Anthony’s Parish, Ituku, Awgu Local Government Area, Governor Ugwuanyi commended Rev. Mbaka for the manifestation of his childhood dream.

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THANKSGIVING: Enugu Agog as Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo Stakeholders Standstill for Hon. Engr. Mike Ogbuekwe +PHOTOS

*Nkerefi Community shut down by captains of industries, political allies, oil expatriates_

*Extols Gov. Ugwuanyi’s exemplary leadership_

*Pledges commitment to agricultural revolution and non-oil export resources_

It was jubilation and fanfare yesterday at the thanksgiving reception of Honourable Engineer Mike Ogbuekwe at his Nkerefi country home in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State as people from all walks of life stormed the ancient kingdom in honour of the gaffer and engineering expert.

Engr. Mike Ogbuekwe who had earlier spoken with journalists stated that his thanksgiving was coming at a time God was showing his grace and faithfulness in his life. He disclosed that the journey wouldn’t have been possible without God, hence, the reason for the thanksgiving celebration.

While at the church, St. Patrick Catholic Church (Mount Zion), Nkerefi, where the thanksgiving Mass was celebrated, there was what seemed like a show of wealth and affluence by captains of industries and business magnates from Anambra as they dominated the list of generous donors toward the ongoing church building. While displaying their philanthropic acts at the church ground, many of the donors testified to the goodness of God in their lives.

Meanwhile, at the reception which held at Ogbuekwe’s mansion, our reporter noted the lack of space as the mammoth of people that graced the occasion, deferring status, class, colour, age, gender almost overwhelmed the security. Guests had come from faraway south west, south south and the north to celebrate with their colleague whom they described as “an Engineer with a difference in oil and gas industry and non-oil resources driven economy.” The colossal crowd forced the extension of the space beyond the stretch of the immediate vicinity to as far as some meters away.

There were the presence of top government functionaries from the 5 southeast states, such as commissioners, Managing Directors, Special Advisers, Members of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Members from different Houses of Assembly of states, and other governments’ corporations both federal and states.

Visibly noticed were also popular captains of industries, business moguls, entrepreneurs, downstream expatriates from multinational engineering companies, and automobile experts who had come to show solidarity with one of their folds.

Addressing his teeming well wishers and supporters, the former adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra state and current serving Special Adviser on Agriculture to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, immensely appreciated the governor for having confidence on his capacity to deliver and take the state beyond the petro-dollar dependent economy.

Engr. Ogbuekwe who further said the governor has performed beyond people’s expectations and has taken the state to envious height making it a topnotch state in the country in terms of internal revenue generation and prudent management of accrued resources, extolled Ugwuanyi’s leadership standard as second to none in Nigeria.

According to the United States trained Engineer, “Our working and performing Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has shown by his leadership model that good governance is still possible in the country. We can see how the system has transformed for better within a space of few years under the able leadership of His Excellency. He has set the pace for leadership which others must follow if Nigeria is to make any progress. Our happiness today is that Enugu state has made impressive progress in infrastructure, human capital development, entrepreneurship and agriculture. This was only possible because of one man; Rt. Hon. Ugwuanyi.”

In the same vein, the Special Adviser on Agriculture has reiterated his commitment to make the state a leading state in agriculture. According to him, the state has got the capacity to produce and export agricultural produce to different parts of the world. This, according to him, has been earning the citizens hard currencies. He disclosed that efforts were on ground to make Enugu state a leading state in non-oil export producing state in the country.

In honour of the occasion were the Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ik Obi, Prince Akachukwu of Skyshore Group who led other captains of industry from Enugu state, Nkanu East Local Government Chairman, Hon. Prince Uchenna Nwobodo, former Secretary to Enugu Government, and current Executive Chairman, Enugu State Science, Technical, Vocational School Management Board, Dr. GOC Ajah, mni, Enugu State Coordinating PDP Chairman and Nkanu East PDP Chairman, Hon. Prince Emeka Nwatu, Chief Chido Obidiegwu, Chief Barr. Phil Chinwuba, Chief Ifeanyi Aniagor who led other Managing Directors from Anambra state.

Others were Hon. Pharm. Nnamdi Okafor, Member representing the good people of Awka South I constituency who led other Anambra State House of Assembly Members, Nnaemeka Charles (Nani Boi), Permanent Member 4, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Ralf Okoye, Chief Nwabufo, Mrs Stella Stanley, Mrs. Flora Katas who led the Senior Special Assistants to Gov. Obiano, High Chief Ogugua and Chief K C Morah both captains of industries led other business moguls from Anambra state in Diaspora; former Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Bishop Ralph Nwoye, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Matters, Hon. Bishop Chinedu Nwoye.

Others included Hon. Arinze Chilo-Offia, Hon. Pascal Ukwuani, Hon. Ikenna Nwodo, Hon. Dubem Onyia Jr., all of who are serving Special Advisers, Prince Jim Dubem, President-General, Nkerefi Development Union, Hon. Patty Okoh, PDP Youth Leader, Enugu State, Chief Sunny Nwodo (Obele Igwe), Chairman Board of Trustee, Ndigbo United Forum and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Mobilization, Hon. Chinedu Mbah, Special Assistant to the Governor on Culture and President, Nkanu Youth Council (Worldwide), Hon. Monday Diamond Ani, Chief Engr. Chike Nnaji (Igwurube), HRH, Igwe Emmanuel Onukwube, Chief Ndubuisi Ani,ND Motors, Abuja, Enugu State PDP Women led by Women Leader, Hon. Mrs. Vera Ezeugwu, Nkanu East PDP Women, led by Chief Mrs. Ozoemena, Chief Chijioke, Efi na Nkerefi, Managing Director, Chi Motors, Lagos, President Nkanu Youth General Assembly and Technical Assistant to the Governor, Comrade Edeani, among numerous others.

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Prince of Mburubu storms Nkanu Cultural Fiesta +PHOTOS

The Chairman of Buzuzu Construction Company Limited, Prince Lawrence Ozoemena Ezeh was part of dignitaries who graced the maiden edition of Nkanu Cultural Fiesta.

The event, which held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Stadium, Enugu yesterday, 30th November, 2020 was put up by Nkanu Youth Assembly.

Ezeh was accompanied by members of the Aka Ekpuchi Onwa Team, and was welcomed by the National President of NYA, Hon. Edeani M. Edeani and other executive members of the organisation.

On its plea to the state Governor to live up his pledge to return power to Nkanu land, which make up the Enugu East Senatorial Zone, NYA through its president, Hon. Edeani M. Edeani, said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was at the occasion has been very supportive to Enugu youths.

Edeani urged Gov. Ugwuanyi to remain committed to his earlier stance that it is the turn of Enugu East Senatorial zone to produce the next governor of Enugu State in 2023, and wished that the person from Nkanu land will be “a humble, peace-loving and hardworking governor like Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”.

The National President also appreciated other personalities who have been supporting the association to realize its set objectives and went further to propose that every November 29 should be declared as “Nkanu Cultural Day” in the state.

The maiden annual cultural event, which was organized to promote unity and the beautiful culture of Nkanu, as well as protect the socio-political cum economic interests of the zone, honoured the former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani as the Grand Patron of the association.

It equally recognized other notable sons of Nkanu land as Patrons such as the member representing Nkanu East Constituency, Rt. Hon. Paul Nnajiofor; Capt. Everest Nnaji (Odengene); Prof. Hillary Edeoga (Former Vice Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State); Engr. Okwudiri Daniel Ohaa (Enugu State Chief Fire Officer) Major Gen. C.O Ugwu. Rtd (Ambassadorial Nominee), among others. Members of the Advisory Board of the group such as the Special Assistant to the Governor, Hon. Ferguson Chimaroke Nnamani Jnr., were also honoured.

In his remarks, Senator Nnamani expressed deep appreciation to Gov. Ugwuanyi for the enduring peace being enjoyed in Enugu State, stating that it is “uncommon” in other states in the country.

The former Senate President stressed that the fact that the governor has ushered in an enduring peace in Enugu State, it is a worthy legacy he will be leaving behind at the end of his tenure in 2023.

He therefore encouraged the governor, who was presented with a Meritorious Award of Excellence by the Nkanu Youth Assembly, as the “Icon of Peace and Youth Development”, in recognition of “your excellent leadership and inclusion of youths in governance”, to continue to provide dividends of democracy to all the three senatorial districts in the state.

Also speaking, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, harped on the need for the various youth associations in the zone to harmonize their objectives and work together to achieve their common goal of realizing the governorship seat of the state in 2023, which he expressed optimism that the governor plays a major role to actualize.

Dignitaries at the colourful event include the member representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Hon. Prince Cornelius Nnaji; the member representing Enugu South Urban Constituency, Hon. Sam Ngene; the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Hon. Maduka Arum; the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odoh; former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia; the former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani; Prince Engr. Lawrence Ezeh, and former Chairman of Nkanu East LGA, Hon. Ikechukwu Ubagu.

Others include Prince Obiechina of Ugbawka kingdom, Prince Chijioke Ani of Isi Uzo, Hon Emmanuel Ede, the President-General of Mburubu Town Union, ThankGod Ofoelue, Publisher of Jungle Journalist Media Limited, among others.

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PHOTOS: Ndi Igbo Royal Heritage launches masterplan to develop Igboland into World Class Economy 

A new pan-Igbo organisation has launched a socio-cultural, economic and technological masterplan with a view to developing Igbo land into a world class economy.

Unfolding the grand model of the plan, President General of the organisation in Enugu, Dr Paul Okoye said Igbo people must invoke and begin to implement the Asian Tiger template that has made Asia the economic giants of the world.

He was speaking during the official unveiling of the organisation, which took place at Ofuobi Africa Centre, Enugu, Nigeria.

Addressing journalists, Okoye argued that Igbos sadly, have deviated from their mission and are fixated in a rigmarole, developing other nations and neglecting homeland.

His words; “Igbo land is presently in tatters and we are of the opinion that a new Igbo initiative must begin, devoid of the usual blame game. I do not believe that the problem of the Igbo is Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Efik or whoever. The idea is to liberate the Igbo with a global view, motivating the people to focus on our strengths rather than living in the past. It is going to involve all of us; people at home and in the diaspora, the clergy, the youths, members of the academia, everyone. We will be targeting the youth and re-orientating them towards a path of socio-economic renaissance so they become proud of whom we are once again. We are republicans in nature, but misapplying that will remain detrimental to us as a people until something is done.

“In the new programme, the ‘aku ruo ulo’ is one of the priorities, because it is abundantly clear why Igbos have invested little in the Eastern part of Nigeria. The way out of the impasse is to create an enabling environment. The youths are stronger, more creative and brilliant. What they need is an enabling environment to excel,” he said.

He also revealed that NIROH’s journey began after the civil war from late Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu, and was unanimously passed on to him.

Dr Okoye, an Italian-based technocrat with world class degrees from institutions in United Kingdom and Switzerland believes that Igboland can be developed into a world class economic environment through the combined efforts of umu Igbo.

He says that NIROH’s mandate in the short and long terms include;

*Unification of the Igbo Nation at home and in diaspora;

*Re-orientation and reprogramming of the upward social mobility of the Igbo people and its ascension;

*Improving the infrastructural development in the Igbo nation;

*Identification with core Igbo groups both at home and in diaspora who have an infinite pride in and commitment to the fatherland;

*Promoting the Igbo cultural essence and correctness;

*Promotion and realisation of the Igbo rich cultural heritage in line with the mandate of Obu Ezumezu Ofo Ndigbo Royal Heritage Worldwide;

*Galvanisation of the Igbos especially the youths and the mainstream towards patriotic services to fatherland;

*Provision of a rallying point for the Igbo cohesion and essential unity;

*Restoration of confidence in the Igbo people;

*Promoting a comprehensive discussion for the immediate and lasting restoration of the Igbo social and cultural ethos, geared towards the renaissance and development of the conventional social ethics rooted in virtue, honour and value and encouragement of research, documentation and social actions on various issues that affect the Igbo people and the Igbo Interest.

The programme was punctuated by colourful music, dances and entertainment from all corners of Igbo land.

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PHOTOS: Prince Lawrence Ezeh charges Enugu Youths to take power, donates bus to Group

The chairman of Buzuzu
Construction Company Limited, and Price of Mburubu ancient Kingdom, Engineer Lawrence Ezeh has charged youths of Enugu extraction to strive hard to take over political leadership of the state, come 2023.

Ezeh gave the charge at the 3rd year anniversary of Coal City Youth Development Initiative, which was marked at Ascott Hotel, New Haven Enugu.

He was accompanied by the Prince of Nkerefi, Hon Onuoha, the President-General of Mburubu Town Union, Hon Emmanuel Edeh as well as the publisher of Jungle Journalist Media Limited, ThankGod Ofoelue.

Addressing the Assembly of young men and women, the Prince of Mburubu, as he is fondly called decried the tendency of the youths to allow themselves be easily bought over by politicians during elections.

He also asked them to stop selling their conscience for money and then turning around to complain that they have been shortchanged when denied political relevance in leadership.

Responding, the chairman of of the group, Hon Arinze Chilo-Ofiah thanked the engineer for his advice and promised that the youths would strive to act on his advice.

Highpoint of the event was the donation of a Toyota Hummer bus to the organisation by Eng Ezeh.

Handing over the keys to the Chilo-Ofiah and the founder, Mr John Paul Anih, Ezeh stated that he gave the bus because the youth group had solicited for one, and no one had shown any sign to assist.

He charged them to make good use of the utility bus for the benefit of Enugu Youths and people.

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Enugu Assembly House Committee on Works Oversight Begin Project Inspection +PHOTOS

“Anyone from Nsukka who says this administration is not working is either blind or an enemy of progress”.

These were the words of the Chairman House Committee on works & Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development, Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze while concluding the tour in Nsukka local Government.

The Committee had visited different ongoing & completed project sites in the Local Govt.

Addressing newsmen after the tour the Chairman expressed satisfaction at the level of works done & noted that the areas the Committee faulted will be followed up to ensure the right things are done.

He further directed the Secretary of the Committee, Mrs Ngozi Egbo to write to the ministry of works and office of the Commissioner for finance to withhold payment of any Contractor who has any question(s) to answer. Pending “when we are satisfied with their jobs”.

He said the Committee will tour both Igboeze North & South Local Governments tomorrow Thursday 8th October 2020.

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COVID-19: BUA Group Partners with Abia, Donates Ambulances+Photos

The management of BUA Group Ltd has donated three (3) medical ambulances to Abia State Government to strengthen the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking while receiving the three (3) Kinglong Medical Ambulances presented by the Managing Director, BUA Group Ltd to the Abia State Government at Government House, Umuahia, the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, assured that the vehicles will be put into maximum use in the fight against Coronavirus.

The Governor noted that Abia State Government has begun community testing even to the Local Government level in order to help contain the spread of the virus at the community level.

The State Chief Executive used the opportunity to disclose that additional laboratories for COVID-19 testing will soon be functional at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia, and at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, bringing the number of laboratories in the State to five and expressed hope that these will ensure that at least thirty per cent (30%) of the Abia population is tested.

The Governor thanked the management of BUA Group for their timely intervention in the battle against COVID-19. He noted that the Group has shown care and concern for Abia state and humanity.

Speaking earlier, the representative of the Managing Director and General Manager, BUA Group Ltd, Alhaji Mohammad Ibrahim, stated that the Group partners with the Federal and State Governments in the fight against coronavirus through donations in cash, food and ambulances to States.

He lauded the Governor on his developmental strides in the State which he described as footprints in the sands of time and used the occasion to congratulate the Governor on his recent survival of COVID-19 infection.

Highlights of the visit was the presentation of three fully equipped Kinglong brand ambulances for the fight against coronavirus.

PHOTOS: South West Governors perform Pass Out Parade for Amotekun Security

Yesterday, governors of the South West Stats of Nigeria performed a colourful ceremony for the Amotekun Security outfit.

The Amotekun army was adorned in very colourful red military regalia and leopard skin belts.

The Amotekun qmwas launched to undertake the issue of community policing in the South West region of Nigeria by the governors.

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PHOTONEWS: Edo PDP Women Storm Benin City Centre, Reject APC

Thousands of women on Friday morning stormed the Benin City Ring Road Friday morning, chanting and praying against the All Progressives Congress (APC)

They said they don’t want the APC anymore in the state.

The women however, wore insignia of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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