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Ogui Nike Youth Council reject Enugu govt committee on Ugwuaji land crisis

Ogui Youth Council, in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State have rejected the six man panel set by the State Government to investigate the Ugwuaji land dispute as the land in question is a subject of litigation in court between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities.

The youth body instead called on the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to use his good offices to effect the immediate cessation of trespass and intrusion into Ogui Nike land by the Ministry of Housing, Awkunanaw Communities and illegitimate entrants.

In a letter to the Governor, titled, RE: AGUOWO OGUI NIKE COMMUNITY LAND: HISTORY, FACT AND A CALL FOR GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION AND JUSTICE, signed by it’s Chairman Oluchukwu Fidelis, the youths faulted the setting up of a committee to only investigate issues of contention among Ugwuaji communities even where the said land in question do not belong to Awkunanaw.

They requested for the immediate implementation of the boundary decision between Ogui and Awkunanaw communities as established by a 1942 Inter-tribal Boundaries’ Settlement Ordinance No. 49 of 1933, which was further affirmed by the former Deputy Governor, who was the then Chairman, Enugu State boundry Committee , Ezenwata Okechukwu Itanyi, the then Surveyor General of Enugu, C C Isife and others.

The youths who claimed that various key institutions and offices of the State are in the custody of some of the facts, evidences and credible documents regarding the Ogui Nike land boundry with Awkunanaw communities said, government should be proactive in order to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order which could be born in the course of the land dispute adding that it is now like a gathering storm which may snowball into a hurricane of sort if good measures are not taken.

According to them, some of the facts annexed in there letter to the governor as it relates to the land predate Nigeria independence which were recognized by the previous successive governments of Eastern region, East Central state, old Anambra, old and the present Enugu States of Nigeria.

They include, “The 1942 enquiry into a land dispute between Ogui Nike and Awkunanaw which was headed by Geoffrey Horne, A.D.O under the inter-tribal boundaries’ settlement ordinance No. 49 of 1933 to decide boundary between Awkunanaw and the Nike Clan in the then Agbani District of Udi Division of the Onitsha province.

“Through this Ordinance, the boundaries of Ogui Nike/Awkunanaw as well as Nike/Ngwo were determined and it established that the Aguowo land which includes the dispute area has been in exclusive possession and farmed by Ogui Nike without any challenge whatsoever.

“Also in 2002 following the acquisition of Independence Layout phase 11, Enugu State Government had set up a committee headed by the then Deputy Governor of Enugu State; Ezenwata Okechukwu Itanyi.

“The Committee after deliberations resolved the problem of boundry between Ogui and Awkunanaw communities by adopting a three-pronged approach viz; reconnaissance, field operation, GIS mapping and coordination as well as invoked the decision of the national boundary commission that adopted boundary for Enugu North and Enugu South, which by extension served as the boundary for the two communities.

The Youth council noted that, both Ogui Nike, Amaechi and Ugwuaji communities were both represented by professional surveyors as witnesses in addition to State Government Surveyor General and Zonal surveyor. The following surveyors were nominated by the communities,
L.C Eneje- Ugwuaji
R.C Chukwu-Amaechi
N.J Igwebike- Ogui Nike.

They further stated that following a request by Ogui Nike, Awkunanaw communities the government of Enugu State after careful assessment and evaluation confirmed that 33% of the land used for the development of the independence layout phase II housing estate project, was originally owned by
Ogui Nike, while 66% fell in the land originally owned by Awkunanaw (Amaechi and Ugwuaji). Consequently, both Awkunanaw and Ogui Nike received compensatory plots which were ceded back to them by government in 2005.

The youth council also attached a letter from Bar E.E Egbo, a native of Ugwuaji and Company dated 23 May 2012 which equally confirms and recognises the indisputable fact that 33% of the land used for the Independence Layout, Phase ll belongs to Ogui Nike wherein he pleaded to the Enugu State Government to recognise Ugwuaji as beneficiaries to the compensation due to the Awkunanaw communities.

Also included in the letter is a court case filed in 2005 by Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw seeking the nullification of the government final decision in respect of the report of the boundary between Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw and Ogui Nike.

“After series of court appearances for about fourteen years from 2005 to 2019 without credible evidence or fact, Ugwuaji Community of Awkunanaw on 5th June 2019 pleaded with the Court to discontinue the matter thereby accepting previous decisions of the colonial administration (1942) and government of Enugu State on the land. The plea for discontinuance was granted on 28th January 2020 by Hon Justice A.O Anidi.

“While recognising the report of the boundary dispute between Obeagu Ugwuaji Awkunanaw and Ugwuaji Awkunanaw communities all in Enugu South Local Government, (ESLN No 16); and the Technical Report of the Enugu State boundary dispute between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities comprising (Amaechi and Ugwuaji) part 1 and II (ESLN No 17 and 18), the Enugu State Gazette published on 24, December 2015, Government therefore affirmed and confirmed that the boundary between Ogui Nike Community and Awkunanaw communities remain consistent with 1942, 2002 and 2005 decisions by the successive colonial and democratic government at the times in question.

The youth council while expressing dismay that Ogui Nike Community have been visited with outright violence, torture and intimidation, added that there’s been consistent trespass in their land with impunity which has consequently resulted in the disruption of viable and legitimate economic activities in the Area.

Part of the letter reads: “Over the past few years, there has been consistent trespass into the Ogui Nike Community land by members of Ugwuaji Awkunanaw community including: disruptions of viable and legitimate economic activities of Ogui Nike community members, attempts to illegally usurp and manage properties in the said location, sales and allocation of land belonging to Ogui Nike by Ugwuaji Community, physical torture, intimidation, violation of rights of people of Ogui Nike Community and flagrant abuse of court orders and Executive instructions.

“As we are no longer suspecting that the act is being supported by state authorities which is evident in the presence of State Ministry of Housing in the dispute area,
we therefore call on government to leave our only remaining land and do a wholistic inquiry into not just Ugwuaji land problems but to also determine and recommend effective implementation of existing boundry demercation between Enugu North and South local government areas which include the land in dispute between Ogui Nike and Awkunanaw communities as established by both Enugu state boundry committee and the National Boundry Commission”, they stated.

Nkerefi Congratulates Enugu State@29, Tasks Government on Nkanu East Roads Network

The community of Nkerefi, in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State has congratulated the Enugu State Government ably led by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for navigating the state peacefully into its 29th anniversary.

In a Press Release signed by the leaders of Nkerefi Patriotic Forum (NPF), and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, the community cited the peace, security and serenity of the state as gains that deserve commending the government.

“We commemorate and thank you in a special way for the developmental strides you have subjected Enugu State to so far.

“We also appreciate you for the relatively serene atmosphere we have been enjoying in our dear state.

“Enugu State’s existence is divinely programmed with the gift of quality leaders since it creation in 1991”.

Nkerefi Patriotic Forum in their statement also commend the governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on his performance so far and also tasked him to put more effort in agriculture and food security in the state.

The Forum added that agriculture will boost the economy of Enugu State faster than any other sector of the economy.

In area of infrastructure, they said the Governor have done his best but should put more effort, especially with regards to roads network across Nkanu East Local Government Area.

“The good people of Nkerefi will continue to support and partner with the Enugu State Government in developmental projects and to ensure peace continues to reins in the state”, the statement concluded.

How Enugu State Government has been frustrating railway extension to South East-NRC

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Thursday accused the Enugu State Government of frustrating the Federal Government’s efforts to extension its standard gauge railway project to the South East by demolishing some of its facilities.

The Chairman, Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, Dr. Josef Onoh, had claimed in a publication that certain property linked to the railway, especially in Emene, Enugu, were obstructing the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

The agency proceeded to destroy some structures in the area, including the railway land at Ukwuorji, last week.

But the Railway District Manager (East), Enugu, Osidipe Olusoji, dismissed the claims, insisting that its facilities were not hindering work on airport.

He decried the action of the state government, lamenting that the structures were destroyed at a time the Federal Government had redoubled efforts to extend the standard gauge railway to the zone.

The NRC chief said: “Now that the attention of the Federal Government is focused on this, the ECTDA is still unable to see what is coming and is, therefore, trying to frustrate the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the railway land at Ukwuorji in Emene is not in any way obstructing the rehabilitation of the airport. It may also interest the general public to know that the Ukwuorji area is in no way close to the airport in such a way that it will obstruct the airport rehabilitation. The land is not in the direction of incoming or outgoing flights from Enugu airport.”

However, the state government said it only destroyed shanties in the area obstructing the railway project and airport rehabilitation, stressing that it was not interested in the land belonging to the NRC.

The state Commissioner for Information, Chidi Aroh, said: “We want a new standard gauge to be built just as we begged for the upgrade of the airport.”

Enugu government demolishes sinking 3-storey building

Enugu State Government on Saturday, demolished a sinking three-storey building within the Maryland Layout axis of Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu metropolis.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ground floor of the building, located at 9, Egwuekwe Street, Maryland Layout, instantly caved-in at about 2 am on Saturday leaving the rest of the building in a perilous situation.

Speaking to journalists while inspecting the sinking building, the State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Greg Nnaji, expressed sadness over inability of individuals to follow adequate procedures of constructing buildings.

Nnaji said that his ministry would ensure proper investigation of the immediate and remote causes of the building collapse.

“I will advise people living around the affected building to vacate the environment because it is not safe for them until investigation about the cause of the incident is carried out,” he said.

Also speaking, Chairman of Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority, Chief Joseph Onoh, said that while investigation is ongoing; the remaining structure would be demolished and pulled down for public safety.

Onoh, who arrived at the scene with equipment, said it would be totally demolished so that nobody would occupy it under any guise to avoid recording human casualty for the state.

Earlier, some of the occupants of the building, Mr Lazarus Okoye, Mrs Rita Chukwu and Mr Ugochukwu Okorie, said they heard a mysterious sound around 2 am early on Saturday.

However, they said that they never knew it was the sound of the sinking ground floor of the building they heard.

The occupants appealed to the state government and good spirited individuals to come to their aid.

At the time of filing this report over 50 per cent of the remaining building had been demolished by the Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority.

Ogbette traders demand Enugu Govt. neutrality in association’s election

Traders in Ogbette Main Market, Enugu have called on the state government to maintain neutrality as they prepare for the election of their leaders after a three-year disbandment.

The leader of the group, Mr Okwudili Ani of Wine and Spirit section of the market made the call on Tuesday while briefing newsmen in Enugu.

Recall that the state government had three years ago disbanded the elected executive of Ogbette Main Market Traders Association over leadership tussle.

Consequently, the state government set up a caretaker committee led by a former caretaker committee chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area, Mr John Eze, a none trader.

Ani said that it was gratifying that the caretaker leadership of the traders association had finally deemed it necessary to conduct election three years after they were forced on the association.

He, however, said that the traders would not tolerated undue external influence as they set to choose their leaders.

He said that their position was informed by glaring intrigues, claims and counterclaims leading to the build up of the election.
Ani alleged that the traders had uncovered plans to disqualify one of the candidates vying for the office of the president of the association simply because he is not from a particular section of the state.

He alleged that the leader of the caretaker administration of OMMTA, Eze was behind the intrigue to disqualify one of the contestants whom he described as the most popular candidate.
He said that the traders would resist any attempt by the electoral committee to disqualify any of the contestants unjustly.

Ani said that the three other candidates are from Nsukka “and that is why Eze has been dropping the name of the state governor in his bid to disqualify the only candidate that is not from Nsukka.

“We appeal to them not to create more problems for the traders because we will not tolerate any form of imposition. They should allow us a fair and free ground to choose who leads us,” Ani said.
When contacted, Eze said that neither him nor the electoral committee was involved in any illegality.

Eze said that he was following the constitution of the association in the conduct of the election.

He said that it would be wrong to accuse him of trying to influence the outcome of the exercise, adding “OMMTA has a valid constitution and we are following it.

“Anybody who feels they are qualified is free to contest,” Eze said.

Also, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Rev Fr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, said that he had been given the mandate to follow the law in discharging his duties as an umpire.

Nwankwo, who is a Catholic cleric, said that it would be too early to start talking about disqualification when the screening had not been done.

“The screening will be done today and it is only after then that you start talking about qualification and disqualification. I will be very fair but will follow the law blindly,” Nwankwo said.

Our correspondent reports that Ogbette Main Market, which is the largest in the state has known no peace since the last elected EXCO of the traders’ union was dissolved.

LOCKDOWN: Gov. Ugwuanyi turns back 100 vehicles entering Enugu from Ebonyi State

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, this evening, paid an unscheduled visit to Enugu-Ebonyi boundary to monitor compliance with the ban on inter-state transportation aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The governor who met over 150 vehicles queued at the Enugu axis of the boundary, attempting to enter the state, painstakingly trekked a long distance interrogating the drivers, one by one, to ascertain their eligibility for entering the state.

Consequently, over 100 vehicles that were not on essential duties were identified and turned back to Ebonyi State where they were coming from.

While on the enforcement exercise, Gov. Ugwuanyi met with the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Barr. Kelechi Igwe, who was on transit, and had a brief discussion with him.

Enugu govt intercepts COVID-19 patient who escaped from Delta State Isolation and Treatment Centre to Enugu

…Returns case back to Delta State

Following the directive of His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, the state’s rapid response team/taskforce on COVID-19 and the state’s security apparatus, in a coordinated sequence of events with the Delta State COVID 19 taskforce, moved swiftly yesterday, detected, contained and returned a confirmed COVID 19 case who had escaped from an Isolation and Treatment Centre in Delta State to Enugu.

Consequently, contact tracing and decontamination has commenced immediately.

For record purposes, total cases ever detected in Enugu State remains 8, with 6 active cases receiving treatment.

The Enugu State Ministry of Health, therefore, reminds the good people of Enugu State that in times like these, we owe a responsibility to each other to inform relevant authorities when we develope symptoms or know someone who may have symptoms or history of cross boundaries travel into the state.

The numbers to call are 08182555550 or 09022333833, or the NCDC number 080097000010

The Enugu State Ministry of Health also reminds the people of the state on the need to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 restriction orders and other precautionary measures in the state, which remain in force until further notice, as earlier announced, as follows:

1. All inter-state land boundaries remain closed as earlier directed except for medical emergencies and movement of essential goods and services.

2. The Presidential directive on the compulsory use of face masks or covering in public and the overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am has taken effect yesterday, May 4, 2020.

3. NDI-ENUGU are encouraged to strictly adhere to these restrictions and control measures, in addition to maintaining physical distancing and good personal hygiene.

“If I do these, I protect you and if you do these, you protect me.”

The state government is in consultation with all relevant agencies and stakeholders towards a comprehensive review of all measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Signed
Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu
Commissioner Health Enugu State.

Gov Ugwuanyi’s agricultural revolution, by Michael Ogbuekwe

Engineer Michael Ogbuekwe was appointed by the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in 2019 as a Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture.

Before his appointment, he had worked as an Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture to Governor of Anambra State, Director General of the Project Management and Monitoring Office, and secretary of the Anambra Land Acquisition Committee.

During his stay in Anambra, he was instrumental to the development of both large scale commercial agriculture and small scale farming. He introduced the two pronged approach to agricultural development(large and small scale agriculture), and spearheaded the launch of the Anambra Rice brand which helped farmers achieve massive sales across the state.

In this interview with JUNGLE JOURNALIST MAGAZINE, Ogbuekwe speaks on the diverse areas that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State is revolutionising agriculture.

Excerpts:

Coal City Rice was used for Covid-19 by Enugu State Government

We have heard of Ebonyi rice, Osikapa Abia, bit am not sure we have heard of Enugu rice. Is there something you are doing about the Enugu rice industry?

As a matter of fact, the governor of Enugu State Rt Hon Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has gone a step in trademarking agricultural products. First of them is the Enugu was ice also known as Coal City rice. This will be launched very soon. We have also registered Enugu garri, palm oil, cashew, okra vegetables, Nsukka pepper. There are eight brands that have been registered. In fact if you listen to the budget speech of His Excellency, the Governor, he mentioned it. The work is going on underground. You don’t see what is going on until the birth.

Farmers in the state have been aggregated, millers have been sensitised, and in a short while you will see Coal City rice, all farmed, harvested, processed and bagged in Enugu State. This will boost the economy of the rural communities. The governor is very keen about developing the economy of the rural areas. He calls it ‘The Local Economy Development’.

When all these brands have been put into the market, you will see what will happen. The entire value system of agriculture will be developed and if you can’t cultivate, you can process. If you can’t process, you can bag. If you can’t bag, you can market.
If you can’t market, you can eat, so the value chain will be developed.

The animal husbandry section of Ada Rice Farm Complex, Adani Nsukka

These loans and offers, does it go to the farmers associations and cooperatives or can individual farmers also benefit?

It’s for all farmers in the state. In a short time the demand will be so high that we will practically be begging everybody to go to farm. You and I know that when you want to buy rice for instance-you will want to buy rice with it stones, polished and all. So by the time you get our millers to mill the rice to this standard, every rice in the state becomes important and the demand will be so high. So if you use to buy imported rice, your taste bud will change and you will want to begin to eat home grown rice. With this you can see that whether you belong to an association or not, what we will be needing is your rice to boost the Enugu economy.

There is a lot of effort made by Enugu farmers who are basically farmers. Is the Government giving them any subventions in terms of loans, products and such?
As a matter of fact, Enugu State is participating in the Central Bank Anchor Borrowers programme for rice which will attract loans from Central Bank for onward lending to farmers.

This is to increase rice programme in this state. We have been talking with Central Bank and farmers associations in the state. Then we also have the SME centre which give loans to farmers. Quite a number have benefited in the past and it’s still ongoing. This is in addition to the training that the Ministry of Agriculture provides for farmers and technical services which will be rammed up more this year.

The cashew processing factory at Obollo Afọr, Enugu State

Is there anything the Government is doing to see that farm settlements like Ada Rice and Palm begin to function as they used to in the past?

Yes. The Ada rice you are talking about is at Adani. That is the next for the Central Bank programme. That is where everything will commence because it’s a very huge facility. They will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of all he branding and the Central Bank intervention we are talking about.

There are also other parts of the state that do well in rice like Aninri, Nkanu East, Isiuzo, Ezeagu-name them. They will all be captured and their capacities will improve.

Talk about palm. We went on inspection of existing palm plantations and don’t forget that we also have private palms. So we are talking about our Enugu palm oil brand. We need to feed it from every palm tree in the state, so our job is to aggregate and standardise production, and create a seamless synergy between processing mills and the palm plantations in the state. We also went to the one at Ugwuoba,where there is 500 hectares of palm right there.

Then cashew, there are it’s plantations all over the state. We are working with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and we will standardise the nuts we have. We will create more and better processing centers so that the quality of cashews we export will be better, and as well the ones we consume in the state and he country.

Same with Nsukka pepper. It’s one of the best with very good aroma. We are working to multiply it’s production and by the best agronomic practices.
We have met with some companies who are interested in buying from our farmers to package for export.

We have a lot of okra along the Aninri axis. Instead of have them laid to waste, package them properly and get into our supermarkets. We are aware that pharmaceutical comeliness use it for drugs. We are also taking with some of these people.

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Enugu govt limits keke tricycle operations from 6am -7pm daily

The Enugu State Government has directed all Tricycle Operators in the state, popularly known as “Keke Riders”, to limit their operating time between 6am and 7pm daily.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, stated that the decision was in furtherance of the state government’s efforts to sustain its robust response to contain the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the state, as well as provide maximum security for residents.

The state government added that “the earlier Executive Order issued by His Excellency, the Governor, that every ‘Keke’ should carry a maximum of two passengers at a time remains in force”.

The statement maintained that “any Keke operator found in contravention of the above directive shall be apprehended by the security agencies and dealt with according to the law”.

COVID-19: Enugu Govt directs shut-down of all schools by March 27

Enugu State Government has directed public and private primary and secondary schools in the state to conclude all activities in their various schools and shut down on or before Friday, March 27, 2020.

The government gave this change as part of measures to keep the populace safe in the wake of the global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

A statement by the Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya further enjoined teachers and students to continue to observe the School Water Sanitization and Hygiene Programme (WASH).

The measure and other standard personal hygiene protocol had been instituted in the state for prevention of COVID-19 and other possible diseases outbreak.