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Politics / Abia PDP Chairman Berates Orji Uzor Kalu For Crediting Road Projects In Abịa To by Enyibaba: 8:32pm On Mar 22, 2021
Abia PDP chairman berates Orji Uzor Kalu for crediting Road projects in Abịa to Federal Government

The Abia State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Allwell Asiforo Okere has described as shameful and deceitful the alleged comment by former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu that the Federal Government is responsible for the ongoing massive rehabilitation of roads in Aba. Mr. Okere stated this on Monday in a chat with newsmen in Umuahia. In a video that went viral on social media, Abia State former Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu claimed that the federal government was the one executing the road projects and not Abia State government. Mr. Okere- a former state lawmaker wondered why the federal government should embark on the repair of roads in Aba when it's battling to rehabilitate roads under Its jurisdiction.

He said "Orji Uzor Kalu is in the red chamber and he wants his brother to be in the green chamber of the National Assembly. He is playing with the sensibility of Abians as if Abians have no sense of history. Our people are not in a hurry to forget the past".

He continued "I'm happy when he said his brother will be "omekannaya". What it means is that his younger brother will continue with the woeful performance of Nnanna Kalu who wasted 8 years in the House of Representatives. Did Nnanna Kalu pass any motion? Did he attract any project to Aba? It's left for Aba people to decide if that is what they want".

Mr. Okere who described Chimaobi Ebisike as the most qualified, said he was born and raised in Aba and therefore was aware of the yearnings and aspirations of the people. He said PDP's standard-bearer cannot be compared to the other candidates who reside in other parts of the country and overseas but return to Aba only during the period of election.

"Chimaobi is a complete Aba man. The mother is from Nkwere while the wife is from Mbaise both in Imo state. He will not discriminate against anyone. What we need is somebody that is a true Aba man by all standards. He (Chimaobi) knows the challenges facing the people unlike the other candidates".

The PDP Chairman explained that there was no crack in the party following the emergence of Chimaobi Ebisike. He said all the aspirants were present the day the party's candidate was chosen adding that the former aspirants are the ones spearheading the campaign.

On the ongoing rehabilitation of roads in Aba, he said the Okezie Ikpeazu administration had commenced work before the announcement of Saturday's bye-election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He therefore called on Aba people to vote for the PDP candidate, Chimaobi Ebisike on Saturday.
Business / Don’t Remove Paul Ikonne, Ariaria Traders Appeal To President Buhari by Enyibaba: 4:28pm On Mar 22, 2021
Don’t Remove Paul Ikonne, Ariaria Traders Appeal to President Buhari

Don’t Remove Paul Ikonne, Ariaria Traders Appeal to President Buhari

Traders at Ariaria International Market in Aba have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the moves being made by one Chief Innocent Madumere calling for the removal of Paul Ikonne as the Executive Secretary of National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA).

In a statement signed by the Chairman of Ariaria Market Traders Association, Elder Emeka Igara, Monday, the traders stated that they are worried that the said Madumere who is unknown to the association is using its name to engage in partisan politics with sponsorship from well known political detractors in the state who did nothing for the traders while they occupied various high political offices.

According to him, “nobody authorized anyone to issue any statement on behalf of Ariaria traders and we do not want anyone to use our name to further his own private political interests. We have nothing against Prince Ikonne who has done a lot for us along with his father Eze I.O. Ikonne.

"In any case, we are happy with the President for his choice of a round peg in a round hole in a dedicated personality like Prince Ikonne against appointing those who have nothing to offer to Nigeria and the President.

"We will therefore resist any attempt by these unscrupulous politicians who have long lost political value in the State because of their infamous political voyage in the past, to harass or intimidate Prince Ikonne just to feather their own nests.

Continuing, the traders' leader said, “There is no better Ambassador for the president in Abia State than Prince Ikonne and we make bold to state that many of those who support the President here are doing so because of the sterling qualities of few people like Prince Ikonne and his father, Eze Ikonne.

Politics / Breaking: Oyo PDP Crisis Escalates... by Enyibaba: 4:16pm On Mar 22, 2021
Breaking: Oyo PDP crisis escalates...

Crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State continues to deepen as stakeholders of the party are on war path with Governor Seyi Makinde...

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Crime / Updated: Attack On Imo Police Station One Died, No Arms Carted Away – Police by Enyibaba: 10:47pm On Mar 21, 2021
Updated: Attack on Imo police station one died, no arms carted away – Police

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Politics / The Judiciary And The State Of Anomie Under Uzodinma by Enyibaba: 8:07am On Mar 14, 2021
The Judiciary and the State of Anomie under Uzodinma  

Anyanwu O. Anyanwu 

It is a year now that the Nigerian Supreme Court catapulted Senator Hope Uzodinma to become Governor of Imo State. Where he now bestrides as a 'maradona' in the status that the Nigerian judiciary bequeathed to him. Governor Uzodinma's path to Douglas House vis-a-vis his ambition, where it not for the Nigerian factor, would have permanently been confined to the garbage heap of history. 

Senator Uzodinma's penchant for resorting to illiberal means and parachute politics aptly fit the tempo of the Nigerian state, as it is presently constituted. From the executive, legislature and the judiciary, the real politics of ideas, character, development, intellectualism, honesty, fear of God, sincerity of purpose are all buried; while the state now seem to celebrate with great aplomb, dishonesty, mediocrity, injustice and even obfuscation of state issues and laws. This is the template that squarely railroaded Uzodinma to Douglas House. 

To begin with, before the 2019 Governorship Election in Imo State, Governor Uzodinma's resumè was populated with several law cases and litigation, such that, it was clear to Imo people and Nigerians that he could not be entrusted with the apparatus of state or levers of power to oversee the running of government in Imo. The most cerebral of those litigations was the charge for allegedly siphoning a whopping $12.5 million meant for the dredging of Calabar Sea Port. Records have it that in 2018, he was arrested and grilled over the alleged disappearance of the funds without any job done. 

The litany of cases against Governor Uzodinma before 2019 was so much that, many are of the view that, the easiest path of escape was to adorn the immunity casock - which can only be guaranteed by being a Governor. Thus, his plots to ascend the position of Imo Governor, even without the  electoral mandate of Imo people became somehow a cavalier expedition. One which can be equated with the American Rapper, Curtis James Jackson a.k.a 50 Cent's mantra of "Get Rich or Die Trying."

Specifically, the plots and all the conspirators that sank Imo State's democracy to trouble waters will ever remain the eight wonders of the world. Besides annulling outcome of the primaries All Progressives  Congress (APC) as well as condemning it for violating the electoral process by awarding the governorship ticket to two separate candidates, the Supreme Court, sidestepped its own judgement and went ahead to declare Uzodinma as a Governor of Imo State. It is an absurdity that has now placed the Supreme Court and the Nigerian judiciary in a bad light before Nigerians and the International Community. This is a dent that no one nor the Supreme Court can erase from history. 

To make matters worse, going by the judgement of the Supreme Court on December 20th , 2019, APC had no candidate in that election because the court held that Uche Nwosu, was disqualified, having been duly nominated by the Action Alliance (AA) and the All Progressives Congress (APC)  simultaneously.  

Even if APC had a candudate in the person of Senator Uzodinma,  APC came a distant fourth in the the governorship election conducted in Imo in 2019. His declaration as Governor of Imo State by the Supreme Court is most bizarre and therefore a clear damnation of democracy and the will of the people. It's a chilling usurpation of powers by the Court where only the voters have such powers. In a democracy, The court and the judiciary do not and should never have the powers to decide who govern the people, except in cases where interpretation or justice is sought. In this cases, the determination must be in accordance to the laws and laid down rules of the land.

For the records, the duty of the court and judiciary is to dispense justice, but not to elevate injustice and empower desperate politicians. But in the case of Imo as it were, it clearly tells of the democratic disaster that the judiciary

Politics / What Does BARR OKEY IGWE Really Want? by Enyibaba: 1:03pm On Mar 10, 2021
What does BARR OKEY IGWE really want?

He was brought in from America to become our local government chairman when he had never been in politics before then. After all, we accepted and respected his elder brother for his stake in Abia politics. He emerged as a chairman in 2016; a young returnee lawyer who would have been more productive in the US Army he belonged to. Many thought he would become the messenger of hope due to his training abroad but were disappointed in his two years as chairman of Umunneochi.

Again in 2019, he was imposed on us again as a House of Assembly member, yet we couldn't resist the strong oil magnet behind the scene, hence, we yielded to a second imposition with same person on different positions in Umunneochi. In all of these impositions, we didn't leave him alone, instead we worked as a party to protect the party. Midway into his stay in the House of Assembly, Barr. Philip Okey Igwe is always fueling crises in the polity. He warred with previous T.C Chairmen including Barr Chima Mgbeke, Engr Matthew Ibeh and was the brain behind the unfortunate removal of Matthew as T.C Chairman. He installed Barr Eze Chikamnayo instead but later ran out of favour with him. He is drunk in the pride of being the highest PDP elected office holder in Umunneochi. But does that give him the power to control the Local Government Chairman? For Peter's sake, he left that office totally depleted, what else is he in for? He parcelated over 500 plots of land belonging to Umunneochi to himself, family, friends and associates, yet he is still playing the ostrich. How come he is not afraid of possible probe of his activities while LGA chairman by private individuals?

Recently, election was held into the offices of Chairmen and Councillors of the 17 local governments of Abia state. Barr Okey Igwe absconded to USA to avoid participating in the election and contributing either his money or tact. He didn't know that Umunneochi election was conducted on Saturday 19th December against 18th that was the initial date. He left the chairmanship candidate all to himself, yet came back to seek undue right. Many wondered how he was able to fly into USA amidst strict COVID-19 restrictions of entry to US. But no doubt his membership of the USA Army gave him leverage. He abandoned his company Umunneochi to seek holiday in the States while election was on course. He didn't show presence throughout the election and after. He didn't commit a single dime to the candidate of PDP or the the party herself in the course of the election. Perhaps, after losing out on his interest during the primary election, he gave up interest. Barr. Okey Igwe was yet in the US when all councillors emerged, but at the point they were preparing for election of Principal Officers of the Council, Okey woke up from his slumber. He started scheming for the soul of the Council. He projected his Councillor from Amuda for the Leader of the Council and other CFC councillors as principal officers. He also sought to impose one of his stooges from zone one as another Principal officer right from his parlour in the US. When the election of Principal Officers was called up on the 30th December, 2020, Okey who was still in far away US, mobilized his CFC Councillors and others led by a notorious outlaw from Mbala Isuochi to distrupt the sitting of the day. When they were rebuffed by combined Police and Civil Defence, the council went on and elected their principal officers. Rt Hon. Oguejiorfor Okoli therefore emerged as the leader. The Deputy Leader was elected from Umuaku, a part of zone 2 that has no position as of current in sharing of positions in Umunneochi. It would be recalled that Umuaku had two Councillors, one of them died in an accident the morning he was running away from the pressure to join Okey's camp to challenge the emergence of the principal officers. Unfortunately, they were still calling the deceased phone as he was breathing his last. Sadly, enough, barley two months after this unfortunate incident, they have not called nor condoled with the family of the deceased. In sympathy to Umuaku and in respect to their departed colleague, the councillors ceded the Deputy Leadership to the other councillor from Umuaku Hon. Biereonwu Chigbo. As we speak, Barr Okey Igwe is fighting tooth and nail to strip Umuaku of this only position. He is insisting to retain the deupty leader to his ward against popular opinion. According to natural law, for the fact he was not around during the general and Principal Officers' elections, and also given that he didn't contribute even pure water to the campaign, he doesn't have any right of claim to any slot for principal officers. He ran away from the responsibility of the election, yet all of us rallied round him during his own elections.

These notwithstanding, out of the five Supervisors that will form the Chairman's cabinet, one slot was given to Chief Ndidi Okereke for zone 1, one to Barr Okey Igwe for zone 2, one to Chief Ifeanyi Okechukwu for zone 3, one to Dan Okoli for zone 4, the last one was reserved for the chairman of the LGA Chief Ifeanyi Madu. When Barr Okey started offensive against the chairman, acusing him of influencing the election of Principal Officers of the Council, the peace-loving chairman relinquished his own slot to him, allowing him two slots of supervisors just to let the sleeping dog lie. This is to us the highest show of respect and love. This is regardless of the fact that when Okey Igwe was chairman, he didn't consult any body for the selection of Principal Officers of his council and appointment of supervisors. After all these extension of olive branch, the House of Assembly member is yet to be pacified. What else does he want? He boasted that he will rubbish the administration of Ifeanyi Madu because his preferred candidate didn't make it beyond primary election. He is seeking to achieve these by infliterating the council will his stooges. He has been treated fairly, what else does he really want?

He has reported the Executive Executive chairman to the party at state and LGA level. He also reported to Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly two times, and at all of which the chairman had proven his fairness to him. When he didn't succeed in armtwisting the sympathy of Mr speaker, he proceeded to DSS. Why all these desperation? What does Okey Igwe want from our bridge-building chairman?

When power becomes arrogant, history must remind it of its limitations.

Hon. Tobias Egeonu
Public Affairs Commentator and Political Analyst.

Politics / Uzoma's Contribution To Development Of National Security Remains Invaluable - Ik by Enyibaba: 3:40pm On Oct 16, 2020
Uzoma's Contribution To Development Of National Security Remains Invaluable - Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has described Late Uzoma Akoma, a retired Assistant Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), as a worthy son of Abia whose contributions towards the development of National Security and Intelligence, and service to humanity remains invaluable regretted that the state has lost a rare gem.

Governor Ikpeazu said this at Uratta-Umuoha, on Friday, while delivering his condolence message during a funeral service organized by the St. Andrews Anglican Church, Umuoha Parish.

He reminded all that the earth is a temporary abode hence the need for all to use their positions in life to affect lives positively.

The Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. A. C. B Agbazuere charged members of the bereaved family not to cry as those without hope but take solace in the fact that their late father lived a life worthy of emulation.

In a homely, the Venerable Dr. Udo Obioma reminded all that everyone has a lifespan on earth and once exhausted will face the judgment throne of God to give an account of his stewardship while on earth also enjoined Christians to remain steadfast in their faith Uzoma's Contribution To Development Of Nationa Security Remains Invaluable - Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has described Late Uzoma Akoma, a retired Assistant Director-General.of the State Security Service (SSS), as a worthy son of the Abia whose contributions towards the development of National Security and Intelligence and service to humanity remains invaluable regretted that the state has lost a rare gem.

Governor Ikpeazu said this at Uratta-Umuoha, on Friday, while delivering his condolence message during a funeral service organized by the St. Andrews Anglican Church, Uratta Umuoha Parish.

He reminded all that the earth is a temporary abode hence the need for all to use their positions in life to affect lives positively.

The Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Professor A. C. B Agbazuere charged members of the bereaved family not to cry as those without hope but take solace in the fact that their late father lived a life worthy of emulation.

In a homely, the Venerable Dr. Udo Obioma reminded all that everyone has a lifespan on earth and once exhausted will face the judgment throne of God to give an account of his stewardship while on earth also enjoined Christians to remain steadfast in their faith in God.

In a tribute, the first son of the deceased, Mr. Alexander Akoma while describing his late father as a quiet, loving, caring, and easy-going man who distinguished himself in his career as a Security personnel as well as contributed immensely towards the development of the Uratta community and beyond, prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.

The Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Chief Enyinnaya Abaribe, Member representing Isiala Ngwa North/South Federal Constituency, Chief Darlington Nwokocha, Member representing Isialangwa North State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Ginger Onwusibe among other top government functionaries were present during the funeral. God.

In a tribute, the first son of the deceased, Mr. Alexander Akoma while describing his late father as a quiet, loving, caring, and easy-going man who distinguished himself in his career as a Security personnel as well as contributed immensely towards the development of the Uratta community and beyond, prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.

The Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Chief Enyinnaya Abaribe, Member representing Isiala Ngwa North/South Federal Constituency, Chief Darlington Nwokocha, Member representing Isialangwa North State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Ginger Onwusibe among other top government functionaries were present during the funeral.

Politics / Shun The Temptation Of Conniving With Government Appointees To Siphon Public Fun by Enyibaba: 3:20pm On Oct 13, 2020
“Shun The Temptation Of Conniving With Government Appointees To Siphon Public Fund,” Agbazuere Advises Civil Servants

....says no Government Appointee can siphon public fund without the collaboration of a Civil Servant

The Chief of Staff to Abia State Governor, Associate Professor A.C. B Agbazuere has advised Staff of Parastatals and other government agencies to shun the temptation of conniving with government appointees to siphon money meant for the overall welfare of Staff.

Dr. Agbazuere gave this advice at Government House Umuahia, on Tuesday, while addressing Staff of Abia Line Network Company (ALNC) who staged a peaceful protest to complain about some grievances and challenges confronting them.

He disclosed that no government appointee can siphon money without the active collaboration of some workers.

Reminding them that Parastatals have laws that established and empowered them to manage their Internally Generated Revenue, Dr. Agbazuere expressed worry over where management and workers of Parastatals cannot come together to harmonize and proffer lasting solutions to the issue confronting them.

He further noted that other privately-owned transport companies survive and pay their workers, wondered why the reverse is the case with Abia Line and called on public office holders to see their appointments as a call to serve and to better the lots of their staff and not as an avenue to amass wealth for themselves while promising that the state government will look into the issues raised.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Abia Line Labour Union, Comrade Israel Ogbonna said the essence of their peaceful protest is to appeal to the state government to urgently address some issues, and challenges confronting the Staff of the agency to enable them to continue performing optimally.

The Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Godswill Nwonoruo among other top government officials were present during the event.

~ Ugo Ahuchogu
Politics / BREAKING: PHOTOS: Many Policemen Feared Dead In Ondo Auto Crash by Enyibaba: 1:58pm On Oct 13, 2020
*BREAKING: Many Policemen Feared Dead In Ondo Auto Crash*

"An unconfirmed number of policemen have been feared killed in a lone accident in Akure, Ondo State"

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Politics / Abia: State Of Salary Payment As At 8th October, 2020 by Enyibaba: 10:29am On Oct 12, 2020
Abia: State of Salary Payment as at 8th October, 2020

Starting from January 2020, Abia State Government, led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD, commenced payment of new minimum wage to Abia workers. In the entire south east region of the country, Abia State pays the highest amount per wage level and has the highest monthly wage bill.

While many states battled to pay half or full salary to civil servants during the lockdown period occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19, Governor Ikpeazu religiously paid workers and continued with his key development projects including road construction, promotion of agriculture and SME development as well as improvement of healthcare infrastructure.

As at today, workers in the following establishments in Abia State have received September 2020 salaries and are not owed any arrears:


In addition to the above, the State Government has already paid subventions to ABSUTH, ABIAPOLY, College of Health and Management Sciences, and commenced payment to Secondary Education Management Board (SEMB) in lieu of senior secondary school teachers.

The ministry of Finance, led by Dr Aham Uko, has worked out the dynamics to actualize the bailout of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) with the N400m (Four Hundred Million Naira Only) promised by Governor Ikpeazu next week to help them pay workers who suffered as a result of the forced closure of schools due to COVID-19.

According to the Commissioner for Finance, irregularities were discovered in the payroll of Hospital Management Board (HMB), which has necessitated a review in their modalities of payment to be effected next week.

State pensioners have been fully paid for the month along with other workers, as is the current practice, but this report does not cover those on LGA payroll including workers, LGA pensioners, primary & junior secondary school teachers who are paid by the respective LGAs.

Thank you.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State
Politics / PHOTOS: Abia State Government Demolishes Criminal Hideouts In Aba by Enyibaba: 3:34pm On Oct 03, 2020
*PHOTOS: Abia State Government Demolishes Criminal hideouts in Aba*

"The Chief of Staff to the Governor maintained that government would not fold its arms and watch criminal elements perpetrate crime and threaten the security of the State, also warned criminals who use the Waterside area as hideout to vacate the area and turn a new leaf as well as landlords in the State who harbour armed robbers, kidnappers and hard drug dealers will have their houses demolished while themselves will be prosecuted."

Politics / Photos: Abia State Government Distribute Stimulus Package To Traders by Enyibaba: 3:06pm On Oct 01, 2020
The State Government has distributed covid-19 stimulus packages to traders in Ariaria International Market Aba as part of activities marking the nations Independence Day Celebration.

Speaking during the exercise at Ariaria International Market Aba, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr A.C.B Agbazuere said the gesture which is courtesy of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is aimed at covering major markets across the state including Orie-Ugba, Ubani, Ohiya motor spare parts in Umuahia and Ariaria, Ekeoha shopping centre and Ahia Ohuru in aba in appreciation of the sustained corporation of the market community with the state government in the fight against Covid-19.

Dr Agbazuere who disclosed that the distribution of the covid-19 stimulus package will be done in batches and systematically in other to capture every trader in the market reiterated that Governor Ikpeazu is very passionate about the welfare of traders in the state and further charged them to remain supportive to the PDP led administration in the state.

Responding, the Chairman of Ariaria International market Aba, Mr Chijioke Okeke while appreciating Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for the wonderful independence package to the traders described the gesture as first of its kind since the creation of the state

In their separate speeches, some of the 200 traders that received the covid-19 stimulus package including Patricia Nwoko, Clara Onyenelo, Chijioke Ozurumba, Azubuike Silas, Chinyere Okechukwu among others appreciated Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for the wonderful gesture and prayed God to continue to give him the wisdom and strength to pilot the affairs of the state effectively.

Correspondent Ugochukwu Ahuchogu reports that the T.C Chairman of Osisioma L.G.A, Dr Ikechukwu Nwabeke and his Acting Aba North counterpart, Mrs Joy Iwuchukwu, Leaders and executives of Ariaria International Market were present during the distribution exercise.

Politics / Governor Ikpeazu Receives Report On Post Covid 19 Economic Recovery by Enyibaba: 7:11pm On Sep 30, 2020


Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that the contents of the report of the Abia State Post Covid-19 Recovery Team will form a major plank and platform that will launch Abia into a new economic environment.

Governor Ikpeazu stated this while receiving the report of the Committee on Post Covid 19 Economic Recovery headed by eminent Elder Statesman, Professor Anya O Anya restated his vision and commitment towards launching Abia onto an economic order that will be self sustaining.

The Governor who thanked Professor Anya O Anya for his level of commitment to the development of the State, noted that the greatest attribute of the state remains the ingenuity of Ndi Abia.

He recalled the role played by tailors in Aba in the production of indigenous facemask as a way of supporting the government in containing the Covid 19 pandemic, and promised that a convocation of some selected Abians from different walks of life will take place soon to chart the best way of implementing the report to its fullest.

Governor Ikpeazu equally restated his commitment to repositioning the Civil Service as an enabler for greater productivity.

He noted that Abia as of today remains the only State providing Health Care services to Abians leveraging the Tele-Health initiative, adding that the performance of Abia children speaks volumes of his huge investment in the education sector.

Speaking while presenting the report to the Governor, the Chairman of the Committee and National Merit Award Winner, Professor Anya O. Anya stressed the need for Abia to embrace the opportunities provided by the Covid 19 pandemic and leverage on the areas where the state has comparative advantage.

Professor Anya while noting that Abia has produced many great Leaders in history, said that the performance of Abia children in national examinations is a confirmation that the state has all it takes to challenge the world in the competitive global arena.
He further called on Government to invest in improving human capacity and capability to enable our people fit into the challenges and innovations of the 21st century.

He called for a system where the pursuit of excellence, truth, innovation and quality of education will be the order of the day, adding that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu must have been inspired by God to set up the Committee because the assignment has provided a new platform for a brand new thinking.

Professor Anya thanked the Governor for the quality of the membership of the Committee whom he described as a fine breed of professional and patriotic Abians. He was particularly grateful to Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for her contributions to the work of Committee despite her very tight schedule.

Moderating the event earlier via zoom from the US, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Matters, Dr Ngozi Erondu recalled that the Committee was inaugurated by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in May this year to come up with a blueprint to manage the economy of the State beyond the Covid 19 era as well as profer solution for the sustainable survival of the State.

Other members of the Committee present during the presentation of the report include the Secretary of the Committee, Dr Mrs Nnenna Chikezie, Dr. Chris Odinaka Igwe, Mr Eze Ajuzie while other members joined via zoom.

Business / Abia To Partner NSE For The Promotion And Development Of Smes by Enyibaba: 10:32pm On Sep 28, 2020
Abia to partner NSE for the promotion and development of SMEs

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has stated the willingness of his administration to partner with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in the promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises in the State.

The Governor made this known while receiving in audience the President, Council of Nigerian Stock Exchange, Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo, at the Government House, Umuahia, where he enumerated the efforts of his government towards the promotion and development of SMEs noting that his government identified and made SME a pillar of development in the State and ensured that artisans were assisted and sponsored overseas for training on automated shoe making as parts of efforts to make them globally competitive. He assured that the same gesture will soon be extended to those in the garment and fashion industry.

While highlighting the contending issues confronting SMEs in the State such as power supply, automation, market share and finance, the Governor assured that the issues are being tackled headlong and commended leather and garment manufacturers for showing resilience in their work.

The State Chief Executive also used the occasion to commend the Lead Investor of Golden Guinea Breweries Plc, Mr Okey Nzenwa, for the successful reactivation of the brewery along with its leading brand, Golden Guinea beer and assured that his administration will soon implement an action plan that will ensure Modern Ceramics Umuahia is also reactivated. He thanked the Nigerian Stock Exchange team for their plans and efforts towards the development of Small and Medium Enterprises and expressed his delight to be associated with the Golden Guinea and Nigerian Stock Exchange. He assured of his collaboration in providing the needed atmosphere for the initiatives that promote SMEs and urged them to ensure their mission yields good fruits in Abia State.

“I know that the return of Golden Guinea will bring other good things to the state”, he said.

Speaking earlier, the President, Council of Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr Otunba Ogunbanjo, stated that the essence of the visit was to intimate the Governor of available opportunities in the Nigerian Stock Exchange which will add value to Small and Medium Enterprises in the State.

He described Abia State as the home of SMEs while noting that the ntion's economy which has been negatively impacted by the Corona virus pandemic can be made to grow faster by nurturing Small and Medium Enterprises. He also noted the existence of established guidelines for SMEs participation in government contracts and procurements while commending the Governor for his efforts towards the growth of SMEs in the State.

In his remarks, the Manager, Listings Business Division, Mr Olumide Bolumole, outlined the available opportunities embedded in the NSE which he said are to the advantage of the SMEs. He noted that establishing rudimentary corporate governance requirements for companies allows for longevity and trans-generational wealth. He also stated that the NSE has identified various players who are expected to add value to SMEs and other Nigerian companies.

Politics / We Will Conduct Free, Credible Election, ABSIEC Assures NOA Ahead Of Election by Enyibaba: 7:03pm On Sep 23, 2020
Local Government Election: National Orientation Agency Visits ABSIEC on Courtesy Call.

The Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) today played host to the Leadership of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Abia State chapter who were at the Commission on a courtesy call to inquire on the commission’s preparedness ahead of the December 2020 scheduled Local Government Election in the State.

The Chairman, Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) Prof. Mkpa Agụ Mkpa appreciated the Leadership and members of the NOA and further assured them of the Commission’s readiness to work in partnership with the NOA in order to guarantee a credible election.

Prof. Mkpa Agụ Mkpa Used the opportunity to assure NOA and all Political Parties that will participate in the forthcoming election of equal playing ground. He reiterated the Commission’s resolve for free, fair and credible election.

Prof. Mkpa urged the NOA leadership to help in voters education and sensitization to enhance Citizens participation in electoral process

In her speech, the Director of National Orientation Agency Abia State Lady Ngozi Okechukwu informed the Chairman of ABSIEC that the leadership of the Agency was on an advocacy visit to enhance cooperation between ABSIEC and the NOA ahead of the December 2020 Local Government Election in the State. According to the Director, the visit was necessary to ensure that the forthcoming election adhere strictly to the safety protocols of NCDC in order to mitigate the spread of COVID19 during the election.

The NOA sought for the cooperation of ABSIEC leadership before, during and after the election in order to ensure nonviolent election and also guarantee free, fair and credible elections.
The Director of NOA was accompanied by senior members of her agency.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of Almanac to ABSIEC Chairman by Lady Okechukwu containing the list of all Political Parties registered in Nigeria, and other sensitization materials to promote citizens political / electoral participation and also materials outlining COVID19 protocol during the election.

Politics / Abia State Government House Defends 2021 Budget Allocation by Enyibaba: 4:54pm On Sep 23, 2020
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr A.C.B Agbazuere says the state government is determined to ensure the repositioning and rejigging of various state's agencies by appointing new/efficient management to interpret the Governors visions and deliver multi-sectorial growth for Abians.

Dr Agbazuere who stated this during the 2021 state budget defense of Government House Umuahia totaling N17,813,350,200 disclosed that the proposed budget when approved will strategically strengthen certain achievements by creating conducive environment for local and foreign investors to thrive as well as provide opportunities for human capital development.

The Chief of staff to the Governor while pointing out some of the policy trust for year 2021 for Government House Umuahia including ensuring effective and efficient resource allocation, utilization in relation to proper prioritization of peoples need to ensure that governments programs and projects meet citizens demands as well as guarantee dividends of democracy and value for money in it's implementation, ensuring careful identification and harmonization of all revenue generating windows towards attaining the set goals for 2021 which is economic repositioning urged the the 2021 state budget Committee to be fair to other agencies under the Government House.

He further described the State Government House as the seat of power for all the state government activities whereas the office of the Governor coordinates all the functions and activities of the entire MDA's towards good governance and public engagement in the state.

Earlier in her speech, the Chairman 2021 State Budget Committee and Permanent Secretary Planning Commission, Dr Mrs Nnenna Chikezie while disclosing the theme of this year's budget christened Budget of Local Content and Sustainable Development commended the Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his unrelentless efforts at repositioning the state on the part of greatness promised that the committee will be fair and transparent to all MDA's.

Correspondent Ugochukwu Ahuchogu reports that the Permanent Secretary Government House Umuahia, Mr Alozie Odoemelam, management of Government House, Heads of Agencies under the Government House were all present during the budget defense.

Politics / Gov Wike: How We Ended Godfatherism In Edo State And Sent Oshiomohle Packing by Enyibaba: 11:05pm On Sep 20, 2020
*Gov Wike: How we ended godfatherism in Edo State and Sent Oshiomohle packing*

"If for nothing, we have made the point that there is nothing called godfatherism again in Edo state politics."


Politics / Agbazuere Felicitates With Erondu On His 60th Birthday. by Enyibaba: 10:44pm On Sep 20, 2020
Agbazuere Felicitates With Erondu On His 60th birthday.

The Chief of Staff to Abia State Governor, Dr. A.C.B Agbazuere has felicitated with Elder Azubuike Erondu on his 60th birthday anniversary.

Speaking at the residence of the celebrant at Azuogwugwu in Obingwa Local Government Area, Dr Agbazuere appreciated God for his mercies and grace upon the celebrant describing him as a dependable ally.

Describing Elder Erondu as a man of destiny whose act of honesty, integrity, transparency and uprightness is second to non, Dr. Agbazuere charged him to see his new age as an opportunity to renew his relationship and commitment to the service of God and humanity.

Responding, the celebrant Elder Azubuike Erondu thanked God for his mercies, grace and life to witness and celebrate his 60th birthday anniversary in good health as well as all that came to celebrate with him.

The event which featured prayers for the celebrant, cutting of 60th birthday cake among others attracted the presence of top government officials.

~ Ugo Ahuchogu

Politics / Maintain Good Comradeship And Show Concern To Your Colleagues In The Labour Move by Enyibaba: 11:12am On Sep 19, 2020
Maintain good comradeship and show concern to your colleagues in the labour movement - Dr-acb Agbazuere to NLC

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr A.C.B Agbazuere has charged members of the Nigeria Labour Congress to maintain good comradship and show more concern to their colleagues in the labour movement.

Dr Agbazuere who gave the charge while hosting a banquet for the national and state body of Nigeria Labour Congress in Nigeria in Umuahia who were in the state for the burial of the husband of their colleague and Vice President of the Union, Comrade (Mrs.) Mercy Okezie thanked them for their show of solidarity and love to the Abia daughter and national officer of the union during her moment of grief.

The Chief of Staff further appreciated the NLC for the quantum of confidence reposed on Abia indigenes by given them the opportunity to produce both the National Vice president and National General Secretary of the union at the same time urged them to develop themselves for better leadership in the future, disclosing that the State government is planning to organize training workshops for labour leaders as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Earlier in their speeches, the National General Secretary NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, the Deputy Chairperson National Women Commission, Salamatu Aliu, the state NLC Chairman, Comrade Uchenna Obigwe among others lauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for appointing their member, Dr A.C.B Agbazuere as his Chief of Staff and for the warm reception accorded the national body of the union in the State.

Correspondent Ugochukwu Ahuchogu reports that the Permanent Secretary Government House Umuahia, Mr Alozie Odoemelam among other top government officials were present during the event.

Politics / Governor Ikpeazu Condoles With Family Of Director, Training Service BCA by Enyibaba: 7:02pm On Sep 18, 2020
The State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has condoled with the family of Comrade Mrs Mercy Okezie over the demise of her husband and retired Director of Training Services BCA, Mr Johnson Nwabuikwu Okezie.

Speaking during a condolence visit to the bereaved family at their country home, Umuokpa Amuzu Ameke Ovim in Isuikwuato Local Government Area, Dr Ikpeazu disclosed that death is a necessary end for all mortals hence the need for all to be at peace with all men.

The Governor represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. A.C.B Agbazuere while describing the deceased, Late Mr Johnson Nwabuikwu Okezie as a hardworking man whose tremendous contributions while in service cannot be overemphasized prayed God to give the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

The Governor who further expressed joy that two abians are occupying the office of the National Vice President and General Secretary of NLC at the national level also appreciated the NLC for the quantum of love and solidarity they have shown to the family of their colleague pledged the state governments support to the bereaved family.

Responding, the wife of the deceased and Chairperson, National Women Commission and National Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Mrs Mercy Okezie while describing her late husband as a devoted christian, loving and easy going man who dedicated his life while alive to the service of God and humanity appreciated Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the NLC for their support as well as coming to identify with her family during their moment of grief.

Correspondent Ugochukwu Ahuchogu reports that State NLC Chairman, Comrade Uchenna Obigwe, DG Abia State Mass Mobilization Agency, Chief Paddy Anyatonwu, National and State members of Labour Unions across the country among others were present during the visit.
Culture / Ikpeazu Felicitates Anyaso At 40 by Enyibaba: 7:41am On Sep 16, 2020
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu felicitates with Dr. Chimaobi Desmond Anyaso on his 40th birthday anniversary.

The Governor who thanked God for been with Dr Anyaso throughout the years pointed that his successes and accomplishments in different facets of life, is a testament to the grace and favour of God.

Dr Ikpeazụ commended Anyaso for his impactful philanthropic activities in Igbere, Aba and the state as a whole, just as he joins his family and well wishers to pray to God for his blessings as he begins his new phase of life.

Health / Breaking: Nigeria Records 148 New Cases Of #COVID19, 98 Deaths by Enyibaba: 11:51pm On May 05, 2020
Breaking: Nigeria records 148 new cases of #COVID19, 98 Deaths

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Politics / Photos: Almajiris On Their Way To Abia Intercepted At State's Border by Enyibaba: 3:53pm On May 05, 2020
Photos: Almajiris on their Way to Abia Intercepted at State's Border

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Health / Breaking: Corona Virus: Nigeria Records 245 New Cases Today, 93 Deaths by Enyibaba: 11:52pm On May 04, 2020
Breaking: Corona Virus: Nigeria records 245 new cases today, 93 Deaths

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Politics / Planned Invasion Of State By Almajiri, Abia Gov't Raises Alarm, Tightens Borders by Enyibaba: 8:59pm On May 04, 2020
Planned invasion of state by almajiri, Abia Gov't raises alarm, tightens borders

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Health / Breaking: Covid-19 Patient Discharged In Abia by Enyibaba: 5:00pm On May 04, 2020
Breaking: Covid-19 Patient Discharged in Abia

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Health / Corona Virus: Nigeria Records 170 New Cases, 87 Deaths by Enyibaba: 12:10am On May 04, 2020
Corona Virus: Nigeria Records 170 New cases, 87 deaths

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Health / BREAKING: Corona Virus: NCDC Reports 220 News Cases Today, 85 Deaths by Enyibaba: 12:01am On May 03, 2020
BREAKING: Corona Virus: NCDC reports 220 News Cases today, 85 Deaths

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Health / Breaking: Corona Virus: Nigeria Records 238 New Cases Today, 68 Deaths As Imo St by Enyibaba: 11:14pm On May 01, 2020
Breaking: Corona Virus: Nigeria records 238 New cases today, 68 deaths as Imo State records another case

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Politics / Highlights Of Remarks By Governor Okezie Ikpeazu At The Banquet Hall Of Governme by Enyibaba: 10:47pm On May 01, 2020
Highlights of remarks by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Banquet Hall of Government House

Highlights of remarks by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Umuahia, on Friday, 1st May, 2020

Abia state Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, met with a cross section of Abia leaders including members of the clergy, commercial transport operators, market unions, medics and members of inter ministerial committee on COVID-19, to deliberate on a gradual easing of the ongoing lockdown in the state.

The following are some of the resolutions reached at the meeting as announced by the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu:

1. It has become obvious that we cannot lock down forever. There shall therefore be a phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in the state which was occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

2. Our meeting today looked at 7 major issues in that regard and most of them have been resolved

3. Our consensus is that we will gradually allow the operations of commercial tricyclists (Keke) but on the condition that every Keke operator and passenger must wear face mask with only 2 passengers allowed at a time.

4. We also agreed that the mini buses (Oke Bekee) will carry not more than 5 passengers at any given time and every one of them must wear a face mask. For the 14-seater buses and above, we agreed that only 2 passengers will be allowed per row and in all cases, all of them including the driver must wear their face masks.

5. We have also decided that for now we should keep our school children at home which means all our schools will remain closed but we must reinforce our radio classroom initiatives, which entail learning through radio, an initiative which we have started already. All radio stations in the state will be hooked unto that platform to ensure wider and deeper coverage. Parents are called upon also to exhibit high sense of responsibility in preparing their children to be ready before the radio program which starts at 8am every week day.

6. For our markets, we will meet the leadership of the various markets, and in meeting government, we expect them to raise a team of 17 persons per market that will serve as COVID-19 committee members for their respective markets. The selected 17 persons will meet the Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, to try to teach them or sensitize them on some of the imperatives of COVID-19 which include that every shop going forward must have a bucket of running water, that is bucket with tap, and then soap and hand sanitizers. Social distancing must be observed in all our markets. The details and the schedule for the eventual reopening of our markets will be determined only after these 17-man team of each market has met with government through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff and agreed on same.

7. We have also agreed that for now, the leadership of our respective Churches will take responsibility for the conduct and behavior of the laity even as we have agreed that they can worship from this weekend. We are pleased with their conduct before now and we expect that they will continue to maintain the practice of sitting 2 persons per pew. For Churches that don't have pews, alternate positioning of church members ensuring that we do not have overcrowded churches and places of worship. We have also agreed to run many streams of one hour service each to ensure that all Faithfuls are accommodated and then all churches must close activities on or before 2pm on worship days.

8. For burials, we have noticed that most of our morgues are overburdened as it were and we may have difficulties in our hands if we continue to keep the corpses without burial. In addition to this, preservation may become an issue and we may have avoidable challenges. Government has therefore decided to allow burials since we don't have any COVID-19 related mortality yet. But the burial events which should hold in the nearest fields must observe social distancing and not have more than 30 persons in attendance.

If the burial is to hold in a compound, then those who attend must not be more than 10 persons. And for a burial to be allowed, the Church involved will obtain a permit directly from the Office of the Secretary to State Government, or through the Traditional Ruler of the community as the case maybe for those who believe in traditional religion. However, such a traditional ruler will need to obtain a permit from the Office of Secretary to the State Government with leadership of the Local Government Area monitoring such a burial. They have been authorized to disrupt burials that are conducted in flagrant disregard to these directives.

9. We are also preparing our civil servants to resume but starting with only schedule officers and their immediate support staff. And when they resume they will only work for alternate days and close office latest at 3pm. At no time are we expecting to have more than 20 persons per Ministry during this period.

10. The measures above do not in any way affect the subsisting dusk to dawn (6pm to 6am) curfew in the state, inter state boundary closure, tricycle and other commercial transporters will only resume operation after endorsing a memorandum of understanding with the government on the new guidelines.

11. Finally, I am very happy and proud to announce to us that just this afternoon, the Ministry of Environment and Abia State Government have signed agreement with the World Bank for the commencement of the N27.2 billion project in Aba and we expect ground breaking to take place any moment from now. This project includes the most ambitious water management project ever done in our state with Ngwa Road and other areas expected to be fixed.

Thank you very much.

NB: The Chairman of the inter ministerial committee on COVID-19, Barr Chris Ezem, will issue further details regarding Implementation of the decisions including commencement dates and others.

Politics / Ikpeazu Salutes Abia Workers On May Day Celebration by Enyibaba: 6:03pm On May 01, 2020

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has sent a warm message of felicitation and solidarity with workers in Abia State on the occasion of the 2020 Workers' Day Celebration.

The Governor who described workers as the engine room of the State renewed the commitment of his administration to the welfare of our workers even in the face of present challenges.

Governor Ikpeazu enjoins Abia workers to continue to give their best to the service of our State, assuring that the present tempo of giving priority attention to the payment of salaries and pensions on a monthly basis will be sustained.

He however reminded workers that in the face of the challenges posed by the global pandemic of the COVID-19, it has become inevitable that the coming months will not be easy but promised to keep the workforce fully apprised of the situation as they unfold, in line with the policy of his administration on transparency and openness.

He challenged the workers to use the low keyed celebrations this year on account of the COVID-19 pandemic to reflect on the present challenges facing our people and evolve new mothods and strategies to work under the emerging world order.

Still on the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor thanked Abia workers especially those in the medical and other allied services for their sacrifices to our State and assured that their labors will not be in vain. He challenged the workforce to be in the Vanguard of the fight against the pandemic through vigorous public enlightenment and personal examples.

"As government begins to consider a reassememt of the lockdown in the State", the Governor continued, "our workforce must lead from the front in their conduct at the workplace by fully complying with all directives from the State Government.

Governor Ikpeazu on behalf of the people and government of Abia State wishes all Abia workers a happy Workers' Day Celebration.

Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

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