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Umuahia to have pipe borne water by end of September, Ikpeazu assures

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed optimism that pipe borne water will begin to run in Umuahia urban city by the end of September this year.

The Governor stated this while inspecting new equipment procured by the state government for this purpose at the State Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resources in readiness for the pumping of water in the urban and semi-urban cities of the State.

He assured of his administration’s support to the ministry of public utilities in realizing government’s dream of providing potable water to the people of the State.

The Governor called on engineers of the ministry to engage in capacity building that will ensure the new equipment are properly maintained directed his Chief of Staff, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere, to station men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the premises of the ministry to protect the new installations.

Dr. Ikpeazu said he was also passionate about giving the rural populace clean water and urged the Commissioner for Public Utilities to intervene in that regard. He also charged the Commissioner to maintain the relationship with the funding agencies and assured that his government will continue to meet its counterpart funding obligations to continue to enjoy the expertise of the agencies.

Earlier, while displaying the equipment to the Governor, the Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Engr. Emma Nwabuko, stated that the State Government with the collaboration of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Bank are set to pump pipe borne water into the streets of Umuahia by the end of September.

The Commissioner noted the completion of four industrial wells which aid in pumping of water with a pump house, treatment plant, the installation of a 500KVA power generating set and two solar energy banks for 24 hours regular water supply.

He also disclosed that some buildings including commercial buildings and pump house amongst others have been rehabilitated.

Engr Nwabuko further said that the ministry will soon commence the pumping of raw water as a first step so as to identify leakages among the water pipes and work on them.

The Commissioner commended the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, for his tremendous support to the ministry promising that they will not let him down.

Also speaking, the General Manager of Abia State Water Board, Engineer Ogbonna Chiemela, noted the importance of getting it right from the onset, stating that the ministry has done a lot to prepare for the project so as to ensure its sustainability.

COVID-19: Northern youths stowed away in Dangote truck intercepted in Umuahia

Over 40 youths claiming to be from the northern part of the country who were stowed away in a Dangote truck were intercepted at the Umudike Junction of Aba Road, Umuahia, today by eagle eyed men of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS) with support from men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force

According to reports, TIMAAS operatives in the area received intelligence that a Dangote truck carrying the youths was approaching the area from the Akwa Ibom State axis of the border and immediately mounted surveillance. On sighting the truck, the officers flagged it down and inquired from the driver what he was carrying.

He replied that the truck was empty but when the officials climbed the truck to ascertain things for themselves, they found over 40 northern youths lying on the floor of the enclosed cargo space of the truck and invited nearby police officers to join in arresting them.

When the truck and its human cargo were taken to the office of the State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbede, she interrogated the driver and the stow aways and later directed they be escorted back to Akwa Ibom end of the border from where they entered Abia State.

Speaking to newsmen on the development, the State Commissioner for Homeland Security, Prince Dan Okoli, warned that, henceforth, trucks carrying human cargoes to and through the state will be decisively dealt with in line with the directive from the Federal Government banning inter state movement except those on essential duties.

He called on all neighboring states to strengthen monitoring and enforcement of the restrictions on inter-state movements at their various borders to help control the spread of COVID-19 from state to state.

COVID 19 Lockdown: 2 killed in Onitsha,Umuahia by security agents

Police in Onitsha, Anambra State earlier today shot a young man to death.

According to eyewitness, some police officers were chasing some residents drinking at a joint. The young man, oblivious of the development, was coming out from his house to buy foodstuff.

He saw people running and wanted to run as well but fell down and a police officer suspected to be attached to Okpoko Police station shot him at close range.

At the time of filing this report, rioting is ongoing in the Nkpor New Tyre Market area of the city, with residents chanting, ‘no more sit at home, no more government’.

In a similar incident, a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has killed a driver at Toll Gate, Umuikaa Junction in Abia State over bribe.

According to an eyewitness, a driver carrying food items was shot by a civil defence officer because he wont hive him bribe.

Youths in the area consequently descended on the checkpoint in the area, destroying it in anger.

Meanwhile, the Abia State Government has condemned the killing, describing it as one too many.

The statement, signed by the Honorable Commssioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu read “It was with rude shock that we received the sad news of yet another alleged extra-judicial killing of one of our citizens by an arm bearing security agent at Umuikaa junction, Isiala Ngwa South LGA, and wish to state that we strongly condemn such acts which are now almost becoming a regular occurrence in the State.

“While we appeal to members of the public to remain calm and not take the laws into their hands, we assure them that no effort will be spared in ensuring that justice is done swiftly. We also strongly urge arm bearing security agents in the state to ensure that they fully follow service guidelines regarding the use of firearms at all times as the state Government will not spare any effort in ensuring full protection of the right to life of our people.

“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the State Commissioner of Police to immediately apprehend the suspect(s) and fully investigate the circumstances leading to the latest unfortunate incident at Umuikaa junction and ensure that justice is done swiftly.

“We commiserate with the family and friends of the deceased and, once again, call on security agents bearing arms to be responsible and follow relevant service rules regarding the use of firearms”.

Police officer beat journalist to stupor, bolt with his phones in Abia

The offensive agent media professionals by security agents is obviously on the increase with the case study of what happened to AFNews (Abia Facts Newspaper) reporter today on his way to work.

AFNews reporter by name Thompson Nsisiongabasi was on his way to work today from Ahiaeke axis, when he got to Orpet junction in Umuahia, he saw people running not knowing that Police Officers and Civil Defense officers have had a face off at the junction.

Police officers led by one Inspector Sunday Daniel rounded up Thompson and accused him of recording them, meanwhile Thompson’s phone was down since last night due to power failure.

He quickly identified himself as a journalist, but they ignored his identification and started beating him up to a point that blood started running out from his nose.

The police officers also collected his dead phone and seized it.

When a superior officer arrived, Thompson approached him and laid a complain, the said Inspector Sunday Daniel acknowledged beating the journalist, but also denied collecting his phone.

Speaking on the development, the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) called on the Commissioner of Police in Abia State to immediately investigate the matter and bring to book the dishonorable Inspector Sunday Daniel ‘or we will seek a legal means to address the issue’, the group said.

Abia Govt Sacks Touts, Drivers, Keke Riders From Isi Gate Umuahia

Following the successful dislodging of traders at Isi Gate Umuahia, Abia State Ministry of Trade and Investment has directed tricycle riders (keke), drivers, touts and other commercial motorists to immediately vacate their loading points around Isi Gate, to further sanitize the area.

Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe Ph.D, who is the Commissioner for Trade and Investment gave this directive earlier today.

An announcement from his office read as follows “all motor parks within Isi-gate and its environs are advised in their own interest to leave immediately. Loading of any kind would encourage street trading.

“All those loading for Ubani Market and other areas should move to Ossah road by umuagu side.

“Ossah road by Umuagu/ Military Checkpoint near Ezumezu Event Centre is now the center point where Keke and buses going to Ubani Market will converge, while Ossah road by Uwalaka street will serve as keke loading bay for all those travelling to Aba, Owerri, Lagos. The idea is to end touting at Isi gate any violation will attract severe sanctions.

“Landlords and house owners should also note that all the residential buildings converted to shops will face demolition if they refuse to revert back to the original building plan.

“Those selling households equipment, clothes, shoes, wholesalers of any kind of product etc at Orieugba Market should please move to Ubani market. Orie ugba Market is only meant to serve as a relief market for perishable goods.

“The Ministry of Trade and Investment will enforce these directives without further notice to those concerned, plans are under way to give further non payment relief to all those parking in Ubani for a period not less than 6 months” .

Abia Govt To Intervene in Umuahia Landslide Communities

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has advised
residents of some parts of the area where suspected landslide is seriously eroding buildings at Umuchime, Amuzukwu-Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area to as a matter of urgency relocate from the area to avert possible disaster while government does a comprehensive assessment of the situation.

Governor Ikpeazu who spoke through the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Solomon Ogunji who visited the area to see things for himself. Dr. Ogunji disclosed that he has directed the Engineers from Department of Flood & Erosion Control in the Ministry to do an all round assessment on the incident.

He assured that soonest, Ministry of Environment would make a categorical and professional statement about what has happened and what the government plans to do about it. “In the interim , I would advise our people and people from this place to relocate, because since it happens when it is not raining, it can happen in the night.” He stated.

The Commissioner who described the incident as an unfortunate natural disaster, credited it to climate change “I thought that this landslide has been the result of flow of water or flood, but the description I got from those living in the area, they say it happens with noise, eruption with water and smoke, then it is something that can be described to be a landslide, in the neighborhood of an earthquake.”

It could be recalled that residents of the area had called on government at all levels to rescue them from the suspected landslide ravaging the environment which has not only caused lost of property and kept them in pepetual fear but nearly took lives of a nursing mother and her child.

Protests rock Abia as pro-Ikpeazu, anti-Ikpeazu groups hits Aba, Umuahia

Two protests were recorded in Abia State today, according to reports reaching Jungle Journalist. While one group chanted to Government House Umuahia, in support of the government of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the other, made up of women, protested against him, in the city of Aba.

The Umuahia group, who were made up of traders at Isi Gate, praised the Abia State Government for building a relief market for them, as an alternative to Isi Gate, which is the city centre.

They however appealed to the governor to extend the deadline for their relocation from October 10th to December 31st, in order to enable them raise the funds for the relocation.

Responding to their appeal, Governor Ikpeazu in a Press Release signed by the Honorable Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu accented to the appeal.

The statement read “Following appeals made to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu by traders of Isi Gate Umuahia earlier today, he has approved the extension of the ultimatum for them to relocate till 31st December 2019.

“The Governor however directs that they are to ensure that the sanitary condition of the area is good, maintain security, do not obstruct free flow of traffic and they are not to impede beautification work planned for the area.

“By this notice, all traders are expected to voluntarily leave the Isi Gate area before close of business on the 31st of December 2019 as anyone found there will be dealt with according to the law.

On the other side, a group that goes by the name ‘Women For Change Initiative’ earlier in the day were seen protesting against the government in Abia State.

The women barricaded Bata Junction along Factory Road Aba with placards and banners with different inscriptions.

Some read ‘The Return Of Aba Women’s Riot (Part 2) 1929-2019 (90 years)’, while others had pictures of bad sections of roads in the city.

Ikpeazu visits Isi-Gate, promises better market for traders

The Governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has revealed his plans to relocate grocery traders at the former Umuahia main market also known as Isi Gate to a more suitable and conducive environment within the state capital.

The Governor, while on inspection of the former main market, revealed to the traders that there is an on-going market project at Amuzukwu, Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state where he said the market stalls, after completion, will be occupied by the traders of perishable goods and commodities.

He regretted the current state of the city centre and the risk at which the traders are exposed to, saying that the newly built market stalls have been provided with both male and female conveniences, water borehole, stores, good road network and had been made conducive for traders of all kinds of perishable goods. He also said that traders of used clothing otherwise known as ‘Okirika’ and bale materials are to move to the Ubani market as provisions have been put in place for them there.

He also revealed that the state government has been reluctant to dislodge the traders from the former market because of the new market stalls which were yet to be completed and made available, stating that the relocation was necessary as the former Isi Gate which is the city centre has to be made free from traffic congestion and filth. The Governor further urged the traders to co-operate with the state government as it has the interest of the citizens at heart.

Earlier, Chief Emma Nwabuko, revealed that the new market stalls will be ready in the next two weeks as the Governor has made financial provisions for the completion of the market stalls sited at Amuzukwu Ibeku. He also said that the new location of the market was suitable for its intended purpose so as to ease traffic at the Isi Gate area.

He commended the Governor whom he said believes in trade and commerce, and promised to deliver on the given task.

Abia ready to partner FG on Agricultural Development – Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the State government is committed to aligning with the Federal Government on its Change Agenda to promote national programmes and policies on agricultural development.

Governor Ikpeazu, stated this on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the 43rd National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development conference holding in Umuahia, Abia State.

Dr Ikpeazu who was represented at the conference by his Deputy, Rt Hon Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, further stated that considering the emphasis the Federal Government is placing on attainment of food security, job creation and national productivity, the theme of this year’s council meeting, “Consolidating the Strategies of Agricultural Promotion Policy for Economic Diversification and Growth” was apt.

Speaking further, the Governor emphasised the point that agriculture had the capacity to upscale socioeconomic development in Nigeria, and that it was pertinent for Nigerians to optimize its value and benefits.

In his own speech, Senator T. A. Orji, senator representing Abia Central at the Senate, expressed optimism that the deliberations of the council would make positive impacts on the nation.

He enjoined council to come up with policies that could be implemented to put an end to herders/farmers clashes.

On his part, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government was committed to making the country an agriculture export hub.

The minister who was represented by Dr Mohammed Bello of the ministry, said the federal government had resolved “to increase agricultural productivity, reduce food importation and implement programmes that promote food safety and security.

“We shared this agenda with the stakeholders of the National Council on Agriculture at the 41st meeting held in Kano in 2016.

“It led to the articulation of the 2016 – 2020 Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) and its Investment Financing and Implementation Plan (IFIP)”.

Chief Ogbeh described agriculture as a significant sector in Nigeria “because of its contribution to food production and overall development of the nation’s economy”.

He then urged the council to see the need for it to focus on providing a policy direction that would yield improved enabling environment for investors, attainment of food security and sustain livelihood in Nigeria.

Charging stakeholders to recommit themselves to the development of the agriculture sector, the minister reminded them that it was key to good health and wealth creation.

“We are to align interests, identify interventions, rank alternatives and fine tune strategies.

“We also need to pool resources, execute projects, ascertain impact and ensure continuity. At the end, our synergy will help us achieve food sufficiency, enterprise promotion, productive employment and wealth creation in the country”, he concluded.

On his part, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, called on participants to discuss as well as evolve best policies and programmes on agriculture from various perspectives.

Adamu who was represented by Mrs Christy Odua of the ministry said that the Ministry of Water Resources would continually collaborate with the ministry of agriculture and rural development to promote food sufficiency.

He expressed hope that the outcome of the council meeting would make a positive impact on the socioeconomic growth of the country.

Others who also spoke in the same vein at the opening ceremony of the event were Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, represented by Mr Azeez Muyiwa, and Mr Suffyan Koroma, Country Representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, in Nigeria

Abia ready to partner FG on Agricultural Development – Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the State government is committed to aligning with the Federal Government on its Change Agenda to promote national programmes and policies on agricultural development.

Governor Ikpeazu, stated this on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the 43rd National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development conference holding in Umuahia, Abia State.

Dr Ikpeazu who was represented at the conference by his Deputy, Rt Hon Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, further stated that considering the emphasis the Federal Government is placing on attainment of food security, job creation and national productivity, the theme of this year’s council meeting, “Consolidating the Strategies of Agricultural Promotion Policy for Economic Diversification and Growth” was apt.

Speaking further, the Governor emphasised the point that agriculture had the capacity to upscale socioeconomic development in Nigeria, and that it was pertinent for Nigerians to optimize its value and benefits.

In his own speech, Senator T. A. Orji, senator representing Abia Central at the Senate, expressed optimism that the deliberations of the council would make positive impacts on the nation.

He enjoined council to come up with policies that could be implemented to put an end to herders/farmers clashes.

On his part, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government was committed to making the country an agriculture export hub.

The minister who was represented by Dr Mohammed Bello of the ministry, said the federal government had resolved “to increase agricultural productivity, reduce food importation and implement programmes that promote food safety and security.

“We shared this agenda with the stakeholders of the National Council on Agriculture at the 41st meeting held in Kano in 2016.

“It led to the articulation of the 2016 – 2020 Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) and its Investment Financing and Implementation Plan (IFIP)”.

Chief Ogbeh described agriculture as a significant sector in Nigeria “because of its contribution to food production and overall development of the nation’s economy”.

He then urged the council to see the need for it to focus on providing a policy direction that would yield improved enabling environment for investors, attainment of food security and sustain livelihood in Nigeria.

Charging stakeholders to recommit themselves to the development of the agriculture sector, the minister reminded them that it was key to good health and wealth creation.

“We are to align interests, identify interventions, rank alternatives and fine tune strategies.

“We also need to pool resources, execute projects, ascertain impact and ensure continuity. At the end, our synergy will help us achieve food sufficiency, enterprise promotion, productive employment and wealth creation in the country”, he concluded.

On his part, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, called on participants to discuss as well as evolve best policies and programmes on agriculture from various perspectives.

Adamu who was represented by Mrs Christy Odua of the ministry said that the Ministry of Water Resources would continually collaborate with the ministry of agriculture and rural development to promote food sufficiency.

He expressed hope that the outcome of the council meeting would make a positive impact on the socioeconomic growth of the country.

Others who also spoke in the same vein at the opening ceremony of the event were Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, represented by Mr Azeez Muyiwa, and Mr Suffyan Koroma, Country Representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, in Nigeria