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Enugu Govt begins rehabilitation of 9th Mile, Iva Valley, Ajali, Oji River water schemes

Enugu State Government has awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the 9th Mile water scheme at the cost of N600 million to boost water supply in the state.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Mr Anthony Onyia in Enugu on Wednesday said the contract was awarded to FordMarx Nigeria Ltd.

Onyia said that the ‘Crash Programme’ water supply would be solar powered to address the peculiar challenges of power supply.

He said that the contract, which had a six-month duration, would boost the volume of water being supplied to the state metropolis and its environment.

He posited that the rehabilitation would ensure an adequate supply of potable water from Oji River, Ajali, and Iva Valley water schemes to the Enugu metropolis.

The special adviser said that the project had a two-year warranty and maintenance period by the company.

He explained that the project was a network of 12 boreholes, connected to a massive pumping station and a mini treatment plant that would reticulate water to the Enugu metropolis through transmission pipelines.

Onyia also disclosed that the state government had commenced the bid opening and evaluation meeting for the new Okwojo-Ngwo boreholes augmentation in Udi Local Government Area to Enugu metropolis.

The special adviser explained that the Okwojo-Ngwo boreholes augmentation to Enugu metropolis had a network of 10 solar-powered boreholes and a newly conceived design that would boost water production and distribution in the state.

He said that it would equally augment the existing water schemes to effectively manage and meet the demands of the growing population in the metropolis.

According to Onyia, Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration is not relenting in its bid to increase the sources of potable water supply and to maintain existing facilities.

He reassured residents of the state that they would soon enjoy an adequate water supply.

In a related development, Enugu State Government has engaged a consultant to prepare engineering designs for the transmission, distribution of pipelines, reservoirs, and booster stations for Nsukka Water Supply Project.

The state government said in a statement signed by Onyia, that the Nsukka water supply project would have its link from Adada River Dam to ensure an adequate supply of water to the people of Nsukka area.

The statement noted that the construction of the Dam and Water Treatment Plant was part of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources project.

It noted that the state government would do the pipeline construction right from the dam site to the booster stations and reservoir which would be located at elevated points and distribution pipelines in Nsukka.

ENUGU: Oruku community protest killing of their king by policemen

The Oruku Community indigenes on Monday stormed the premises of Enugu State Government House to protest the killing of their traditional ruler, Igwe Emmanuel Mbah, alleging police complicity in the murder of the royal father on December 26, 2020.

Two weeks incident, the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had inaugurated a judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice Harold Eya to investigate into the remote and immediate cause of the brutal murder of the royal father.

The protest took off as early as 8am , the Community had besieged the main entrance to the Government House demanding that the police should be excluded in the judicial commission of inquiry as set up by the state government, pointing fingers at police complicity in the murder of their royal father on December 26, 2020.

The protesters who were mostly old men and women, came to Government House in four loaded 508 buses and other vehicles

In presenting their petition, the Chairman of Oruku Caretaker Committee, Chief Ikenna Martin Nwatu, appealed to the Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, Dr Festus Uzo, who stood in for Governor Ugwuanyi, to come to their aid in fishing out the killers of their ruler for justice to reign.

“We, the people of Oruku are begging you to assist us in getting justice for Igwe Emmanuel Mbah who was brutally murdered. We do not trust the police investigation into the killing of late Igwe Emmanuel Mbah”

“We plead with you to use your good office to ensure that the Department of Security Service (DSS) is involved in the investigation so that justice will prevail”

“We are now in fear as the killing of traditional ruler shows that nobody is safe in our community any more. It is not war between Oruku and Umuode communities but war within the community. It is an internal war. Our houses and other valuable property are burnt and nobody is talking. It is sponsored by some of our public figures who feel they must rule us at all cost”

Responding, the Chief of Staff, Dr Uzor, commended the villagers for being law abiding in their demonstration, reminding them that the state government had since set up a judicial commission of inquiry with a view to getting the culprits as well as restoring a lasting peace in the community.

Dr Uzor reminded the protesters that his boss, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in setting up the panel, urged the people of the community to walk the way of peace, which his administration had strived to maintain and nurture in the state.

His words: “I will convey your message to our Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and I am sure he will listen to your demand. However, I have to correct an impression. The police is not part of the judicial commission. The police is doing their own independent investigation. The DSS is also doing theirs.

“You recall that the terms of reference of the panel constituted by Governor Ugwuanyi, is in pursuant to Section 4(1) of the Commission of Inquiry Law, Cap. 24, Revised Laws of Enugu State 2004, and it included to ascertain the number of persons killed or injured, identify persons, group or institutions who either by acts or omissions were directly or indirectly involved in, or sponsored the crisis, and investigate any other matter(s) that may come to the knowledge of the Panel in the course of the inquiry, not covered in these terms of reference.

“Others are to make recommendations regarding persons whom the Panel finds culpable and/or blameworthy in connection with the crisis, and generally make recommendations, in the light of its findings, on how to prevent similar crisis in future and make other recommendations which the panel may consider appropriate in view of its findings”

It was also observed that the unhappy natives marched to Enugu State House of Assembly Complex where they presented their matter before returning to their community.

At the State House of Assembly, the Spokesman of the Community told the Clerk of the House, Dr Emma Udaya, who received them on behalf of the Speaker, Honourable Edward Ubosi, pointed that leadership crisis was the main issue of the crisis, indicating that some powerful could be behind the killing of the traditional ruler.

Although the House was not in session, Dr Udaya promised to convey their message to the Speaker of the House.

#EndSARS:Enugu Judicial Panel commences public sitting, today 16th November [see details]

The Enugu State Police Brutality And Extra-Judicial Killings Panel will commence its public sitting today, the 16th day of November 2020.

Interested individuals are hereby requested to attend.

Time: 9:00 am.

Venue: High Court Of Justice (inside old Court 3), Enugu State Judiciary Headquarters Independence Layout Enugu.

Members of the Enugu State Police Brutality and Extra-Judicial Killings Panel include:

1. Honorable Justice Kingsley Ngwu Udeh(Rtd.) Chairman.

2. Prof. Joy Ezeilo, Member.

3. Odokoro Ikechukwu, Member.

4. Comrade Osmond Ugwu, Member.

5. Ogbu Charles, Member.

6. Ani Steven, Member.

7. Dr. Valentine Madubuko, Member.

8. Onochiengwu Obuna Esq, Secretary To The Panel.

Please note that only 2copies of the memoranda, letters or complaints is needed and not 12 copies any longer.

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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Nigeria battles resurgence of yellow fever in Delta, Enugu communities

As Nigeria records sudden surge of Yellow Fever, YF, in some communities in two Southern States, Delta and Enugu the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , NCDC, has said that it is currently supporting the affected.

According to the NCDC it’s support follows the spike in cases and deaths recorded so far in those communities in the two states.

NCDC had on 2nd and 3rd of November 2020, notified by the State Ministries of Health of Delta and Enugu States respectively, of cases presenting with symptoms indicative of a viral hemorrhagic fever.

Most cases presented with fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice vomiting (with or without blood) among others.

As at the 6th of November 2020, three samples from Delta and one sample from Enugu tested positive for yellow fever at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital Laboratory and NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa.

The diseases agency noted that more samples are being tested from both states to confirm the causative organism of this outbreak.

The State Epidemiology Teams are leading the response with support from NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

An incident management system has been activated by NCDC to coordinate response activities and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been deployed to both states. The NCDC and State RRTs are carrying out active case search, risk communications and community engagement as well as ensuring prompt management of cases. Our sister agency, NPHCDA is working with the affected states to plan for a vaccination campaign.

Yellow fever is a vaccine-preventable disease, and a single shot provides immunity for a lifetime. Symptoms of the disease include yellowness of the eyes, sudden fever, headache and body pain. The yellow fever vaccine is available for free in primary health care centres in Nigeria as part of the national childhood routine immunisation schedule. The yellow fever virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised the public to take the precautionary measures to reduce the risk of yellow fever infection which includes keeeping clean environment clean and free of stagnant water to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

People should use of mosquito treated nets and install screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquito bites.

Avoid self-medication; visit a health facility immediately if you feel ill and have symptoms such as fever while Healthcare workers are reminded to maintain a high index of suspicion for yellow fever amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency further enjoined parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against yellow fever as part of the national childhood routine immunisation schedule.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, said it has being engaged in continuous proactive and reactivate vaccination campaigned one of such is the WHO’s EYE- Strategy to eliminate YF epidemics from the country.

After 21 years after the last case of YF in Nigeria on the 12th September 2017 a new case was reported, since then there has being pockets of cases in the country.

Enugu Govt unravel cause of over 50 unusual deaths in Enugu Ezike community

The Enugu State Government has confirmed that Yellow Fever is the cause of deaths from a reported strange illness in Ette Uno and Umuopu communities of Enugu Ezike town in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, stated that the disease was confirmed
“through verifiable diagnostic tests”.

Dr. Obi explained that “Yellow Fever is not a new disease but one of public health importance internationally and in Nigeria” adding that “It is one of the diseases controlled for in the Nigerian set of routine and mass immunizable diseases.”

According to him “a suspected case is anyone with a sudden onset of fever who develops jaundice (yellowness of the eyes) within 14 days it is verifiable by diagnostic tests”.

The Health Commissioner therefore disclosed that “the Enugu State Ministry of Health has called for an immediate Emergency Operations Centre Meeting this morning at 10am, with representatives from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other implementing partners in the state, to articulate specific next steps to effectively respond to and control this disease in Igboeze North LGA, and prevent its spread in Enugu State”.

His words: “We are collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health and with nearby states to prevent its spread within Nigeria. The General Hospital, Enugu Ezike, and other hospitals in the state are prepared to provide the supportive treatment needed for Yellow Fever.

“It is transmitted by the aedes or haemogogus specie of mosquitoe, causes symptoms within 3 – 6 days of infection, which range from a mild febrile illness in some individuals to a more toxic illness that can, unfortunately, lead to death in others. Only 15 percent of infected persons enter this toxic phase.

“This is a time to continue in earnest the hygienic practices that we have become used to due to the COVID -19 pandemic, while now improving our environmental hygiene practices; keep our surroundings clean and free of overgrown bushes, ensuring that we do not allow containers and gutters around us to collect water for long periods which allows mosquitoes to breed. We should protect our homes by screening doors and windows with nets, and ourselves by sleeping under mosquito nets and wearing clothes that limit mosquito bites.

“Most of all, if you recognize the above symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please visit the nearest hospital”.

Civil Society Group calls for inclusion of activists in Enugu State #EndSARS panel

PRESS STATEMENT
28Th Oc tober, 2020.

APPRECIATION OF SETTING UP OF ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL OF INQUIRY BY THE ENUGU STATE GOVERNOR TO HANDLE THE CASE OF ENDSARS VICTIMS: CALL FOR INCLUSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY AND ONE MORE YOUTH IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL AND EXPANSION OF THE TERMS OF REFERENCE.

The attention of International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Initiative had been drawn to recent action of Enugu state of setting up of a special panel of Inquiry called Administrative Panel of Inquiry to look into the case of various category of losses suffered by residents of Enugu state as a result of violence and destruction that took over the hitherto peaceful ENDSARS protest.

We see this intervention as a welcomed initiative giving the high level of calamity that has befallen so many people following the violence that characterised the later part of the protest.

Setting up of the Administrative Panel has cleared the confusion and uncertainty that have beclouded the mind of the affected victims and families of casualties of the protest as well as concerned members of the public of what becomes their fate.

With the setting up of this panel, it is clear that all the perons that have lost their property, sustained various cstegory of injuries and families of those who lost their loved ones will receive adequate compensation .

While appreciating the Governor for this intervention, we call on him to include representatives of human rights Civil Society Organisations and National Human Rights Commission in the panel as wrll as add one more youth from a general youth platform to complement the student youth already there as a member.
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The expediency of this demand is necessitated by the unique nature of the issues to be handled by the panel which bother mainly on human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, the social class of the victims and those the recommendation of the panel will revolve around for implementation.

Our call is also necessitated by the fact of special knowledge, experience and skill that human rights activists/defenders possess on areas of human rights violation investigation and report which form the core aspect of the panel’s responsibility

Even though there is youth there to represent the students, thst is not adequate enough giving the nature of the issues at stake. Out of about 6 persons in our record who were extra-judicially killed, all are youths. The youths should be more than one in such a panel as the recommendation of the panel will affect them and they are the ones to drive the process of implementation of the outcome.

We therefore call on the Governor to include representatives of human rights organisations and National Human Rights Commission in the panel as well as add one more youth to complement the one already there who is a student.

We also suggest that the Terms of Reference should be expanded to include the following:
1. To investigate the circumstances that triggered off the violence protest and the destruction and when the violence and destruction started .
2. To recommend ways of forestalling future occurrence.

The need for including these in the terms of reference is for the government and the prople to have the opportunity of discovering and knowing the real truth of what transpired during the period of the protest and to know what really made the hitherto peaceful protest to transit into violent dimension which led to the recorded monumental loss in both human and financial resources. More importantly it will help the government and the people to avert future occurrences

It is good to pay compensation to the victims of violence and destruction but it is also very expedient to know how the violence started, what triggered it off in the first place and how to avert or prevent it in the future. It is also good to set up a panel but is also very essential to use the people that will give the correct result and people that will matter in the course of implementation of the outcome in csrrying out the assignment.

Your Sincerely,

Comrade Osmond Ugwu.
President,

Dr Jerry Chukwuokolo
Secretary.

Enugu Govt relaxes 24-hour curfew in Enugu metropolis to 13-hours

The Enugu State Government has announced an adjustment on the 24-hour curfew imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas of the state.

According to a statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the adjustment was following the hardship occasioned by the 24-hour curfew imposed in Enugu metropolis in the face of the #ENDSARS protests.

Consequently, Aroh stated that “the 24-hour curfew imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas stands lifted with effect from 7am on Sunday, 25thOctober, 2020”.

He added that “in its place, a 13-hour curfew (6pm to 7am) daily, is imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, with effect from 6pm on Sunday, 25thOctober, 2020 until further notice”.

While disclosing that “the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Police Command and other Security Agencies are hereby directed to ensure full compliance with this order” the Information Commissioner pointed out that “persons involved in delivery of essential services such as Health Care Workers, staff of Water Corporation, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Fire service, Enugu State Emergency Management Agency, etc, shall continue to attend to their duties”.

#ENDSARS:CoalCity Youth Council Condemn unrest in Enugu, National Disturbances

*Urges Youths in Enugu State to remain resolute and law abiding while protesting

Our attention has been drawn on the recent and incessant destructions of both private and public owned properties in Enugu by some alleged End Sars protesters within the State.

Our Council, through the office of our Acting National President, Comrade Ifebuchi, Williams Chime, has vehemently condemned this Acts without mercy, thereby expressing deep disappointment amongst the Youths within the State, especially to those who have decided to divert the agendas of the protests into another dimensional parts.

However, our acts at this moment may be morally justifiable based on the recent sordid experience that took place at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, 20/10/2020 but also abysmally condemnable as the act is about to undermine our philosophy and protesting undertone as a family in Enugu State, the Council Acting Nat’l President noted.

As a Council, we also wish to establish and thereby calling the attention of our Youths on how we started a peaceful protests, and today, something we started on a peaceful note has degenerated into another form of human attitudes, with much rancour and civil unrest across the major cities of Enugu State.

No doubts, Nigeria Government both present and past has failed us in terms of leadership prowess and proper accountability in governance, including credible representation and public welfare, but then, we needed to retrench from the parts we are apparently trending on now if we must win this battle.

Be that as it may, while we are actively expressing our views with deep shocks over the recent destruction of properties with further lost of lives in Enugu State, CoalCity Youth Council is also condemning the last human genocides that took place at Lekki tollgate by Nigeria Army, with further describing of their acts as been barbaric and devilish in nature.

To this end, we wish to remind the APC led adminstration of President Mohammed Buhari that, the killers of unarmed Nigerian Youths at Lekki tollgate while singing the National Anthem and holding of Nigeria flag as citizens of this Nation should be brought to book as their acts were undemocratic. This is because, the citizens of this Nation have the legal and fundamental human rights to actively express their views over the governance of this country, anyday, and time and no amount of total humiliation, subjugation and killings of our innocent Youths by this present administration and other Government to come will stop such from happening.

Therefore, CoalCity Youth Council is pleading on all, including our able Youths to remain resolute and law abiding as we pursue justice using the rightful channels. The entire world is seeing what’s happening today.

More also, we are asking and calling on all our members globally to be law abiding in any States of their abodes, and never to implement or embrace the policy of violence while we continue in this journey of total liberation from the shackles of those, who do not want us enjoy the true and dividend of democracy in this Nation.

We are builders and not destroyers.

Thanks!

Signed:
Ifebuchi, Williams Chime
Convener/Acting Nat’l President
Coalcity Youth Council.

#EndSARS: Gov. Ugwuanyi inaugurates judicial panel on police brutality

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, inaugurated an 8-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry recently constituted by his administration to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and/or related extra judicial killings in the state.

It would be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi while addressing the protesting youth last Saturday, disclosed that his administration had set up the panel as part of the measures to address the demands of the protesters.

Inaugurating the panel at the Government House, Enugu, the governor disclosed that on the heels of the diffuse national protests, the National Economic Council (NEC) in its meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, directed the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country “to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality and/or related extra-judicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Police Units”.

Gov. Ugwuanyi consequently announced Hon. Justice Kingsley Ude (Rtd) as Chairman. He also announced the founding Director of Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL), Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (OON) and the President of International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Initiative, Comrade Osmond Ugwu as members representing the Civil Society Organizations.

Other members of the panel include the Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Ikechukwu Odokoro (Rtd); representative of the youth, Charles Ogbu; representative of students, Comrade Stephen Ani, who is the Student Union President, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); the State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Enugu State office, Dr. Valentine Ekeoma Madubuko and Barr. Onochie Ngwu Obuna, representing the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who serves as secretary of the panel.

Gov. Ugwuanyi, who noted that “in the past two weeks, we have been witnesses to the escalating protests against Police brutality and related extra-judicial killings, on the streets of major cities in our country, Nigeria, by our young people”, added that “our youths have been consistent and resilient in their demand for justice for all victims of these twin vices as well as far-reaching reforms in the Nigerian Police”.

While expressing implicit confidence that the members of the panel have the requisite competence, experience and character to deliver on the crucial mandate, Gov. Ugwuanyi enjoined “all residents in Enugu State to remain law abiding and go about their normal businesses”, urging “our youths to have faith in this process and remain calm as the outcome will certainly soothe our pain”.

“Ndi Enugu, we reiterate our faith in the Nigeria project and our commitment to a united and prosperous Nigeria that holds hope, justice, freedom and equal opportunities for every Nigerian, especially the youth, irrespective of religious bent or ethnic distinction”, he added.

The panel’s terms of reference, according to the governor, are “to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extra-judicial killings; evaluate evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances and to draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and recommend compensations and other remedial measures”.

Responding on behalf of members of the panel, the Chairman, Hon. Justice Ude (Rtd), thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for finding them worthy to serve “in this onerous and very important assignment”, assuring him that they will do their best to address the inherent issues to the satisfaction of the public, especially the protesting youth.