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|Nairaland / General / 'imocadabra' And Imo House Of Assembly by nwokeji29: 5:17pm On Jul 22|
The suspension of six members of Imo State House of Assembly, opens a pandora’s box of strange events, political and social, which now plague our State.
This is not the first time lawmakers of the State of Assembly are suspended. And when such occur, it is trailed by several interpretations.
When Acho Ihim was Speaker of the 8th Assembly, some members were also suspended for ‘parliamentary misconduct’, a term coined to axe lawmakers who refuse to fall in line.
The ‘parliamentary misconduct’, we later understood, was the refusal of some members to take part in the impeachment of the then Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere.
Several tales have been propounded why the six members were sacked by the current Speaker, Paul Emeziem. The six cut across the two dominant political parties in the House- the APC and PDP.
The Speaker had also accused the six members of ‘parliamentary misconduct’.He did not dove tail what he meant by using such terminology. But those with sixth sense, will decode that the six lawmakers were suspended because they were found on the wrong side of the divide.
If it’s a football match, they were caught offside. And the referee and the linesmen concurred.And a check on VAR, confirmed they were offside.
What is evident is that, there are skirmishes in the House. Not all the members are on the same page. And they are not expected to. Interests and affiliation differ among members. As their faces are different, so are there thoughts and intentions.
And when there is such development,
shifting cultivation takes place. Whoever gets shifted, cries foul.Members resort to undo each other. The end product, is bickering, mutual suspicion among members.
Our Assembly members have not began to fling chairs at each other, or resort to break each other’s head with bottles, which is an indication, that they are still civil and gentlemen.
They have not downgraded to touts, who use weapons to fight each other when divisive issues arise.We never saw such ugly incidents when the famous six were suspended.
But it had happened in Rivers State and some other States in the federation.The 'desecreation' of the State legislature in some States led to the mace being taken to Government House, the dome of the Executive, for safe keeping.
Across the country, House of Assemby members have ceased to be a check and balance on the Executive.They have sold their royal oaths, by abdicating their constitutional responsibility, as a check on the Executive.
When House members cease to be legislators and choose to become errand boys of the executive, they are bound to be tossed around when they suddenly want to be assertive.
The under currents which shaped the suspension of six lawmakers of Imo House of Assemby is still shrouded in secrecy. Only the actors and co actors involved in the entire saga know the crux of the matter. It’s a game of chess laden with riddles and uncertainty.
We are yet to hear the full gist, the untold story, the undercurrents. And until we do, we hope the unfolding development which trailed their suspension does not get messier.
What has happened in the Imo State House of Assemby is “Imocadabra”, an evolving strange mix of deception and deceit, which has crept in the socio political lexicon of the State. Only time is the temporary barrier hindering it’s manifestation in other spheres
|Nairaland / General / Killing Of Ancestral Python: Owerri Chief Priest Storms Alvan, Warns Of Danger by nwokeji29: 4:43pm On Jul 22|
The Chief Priest of Owerre (Onye Ishi Ala), Reginald Ejiogu on Monday, stormed the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, AIFCE, Owerri, with an ‘Omu’ signaling danger ahead for students and management of the citadel of learning, over the killing of an ancestral python, called Eke Nworie
Recently students of the institution had killed the gigantic python, an act considered a sacrilege, within the norms and tradition of Owerre.
The Chief Priest had emphasized on the need for cleansing, to avert occurrence of strange incidents over the murder of the ancestral python.
In a letter to the management of Alvan, the Chief Priest, demanded that “the College management must appear before him (the Chief Priest) for cleansing upon receipt of the Notice on or before seven days”
He noted that the murder of the python “is a sacrilege and violation of our culture more especially in this time of our festival season which is our week of peace”
INNONEWS was informed that a similar incident had occured between 1979-1980 during the construction of Wethedral/Christ Church Road, Owerri, when some foreign contractors killed the “Eke Ala Owerre” python, the forebearer of the “Eke Nworie” python killed by students of Alvan.
An attendant to the Chief Priest told this newspaper “When the foreign contractors killed the Eke Ala Owerre python, strange things began to occur. There were mysterious deaths among the contractors. There were breakdown of their machines.
“At a stage, they abandoned the road project, until they were cleansed by the then Chief Priest of Owerre, (Onye Ishi Ala Owerre), Late Eke Igwe Nwoduo Ejiogu
He continued “The management of ALVAN think this is a joke. This is a spiritual matter, and they seem not to understand the gravity of killing that ancestral python
“The consequences are monumental, devastating because the land has been descreated. And it must be cleansed immediately.
“You do not kill Eke Nworie python. It is not done. It is a sacrilege with serious consequences that are just to terrible to mention.
“This is why the Chief Priest had to come here today (at Alvan) to put this ‘Omu’ which signifies danger ahead. No one should blame us if strange things begin to happen.
“Only the Chief Priest, no one else, is spiritually fit to do the cleansing and not anyone else” he stated.
|Sports / Super Eagles: Re Examining Gernot Rohr's Technical Competence by nwokeji29: 8:21pm On Jun 12|
Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles of Nigeria Coach, has failed to uplift the national team. The German- Franco born tactician has managed 21 wins in 53 games, since he took charge of the Super Eagles in 2016.
He led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Eagles crumbled to the superior football fireworks of Argentina. The team crashed out in the first round of the mundial.
Rohr thereafter led the Eagles to a third place at AFCON 2019 held in Egypt, after losing to a more prepared Desert Warriors of Algeria in the Semi Final. The Algerians went ahead to win the tournament.
Another feat the German recorded in his stuttering handling of the Super Eagles, is the recent qualification of the team for another AFCON tournament to hold in Cameroun in 2022.
Rohr may have scrapped his way to achieve these feats, but the fact is, he is yet to meet the expectations of Nigerians, which is to guide the present Super Eagles, to win a major football tournament and become one of the football giants in Africa and the globe.
“Rohr has not shown impressive technical abilities to build a Super Eagles team, that inspires hope and confidence in Nigerians“
He lacks the quality of a modern coach. He has displayed little or no confidence to build a technically suave Super Eagles team that can compete with other football nations.
Rohr do have the players to realize these expectations, but he seems to be bereft of the ability to blend together, the budding talents of hundreds of Nigerian players who play both in the domestic and foreign leagues. He is short of the requisite technical competence to give Nigerians, the Super Eagles of their dreams.
Rohr’s technical decline has manifested in series of dour games, with no win in his recent games of the Super Eagles.The latest is a scrappy, fumbling and wobbling 0-0 draw with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in an international friendly played in Austria.
The Eagles under Rohr’s tactless management had lost 0-1 to the same Cameroonian team days before the scoreless draw. The team in both games, put up shoddy and poor performances. Rohr claimed the results of the matches are irrelevant. What is important, according to him, is to play more friendly games, to give the players opportunity to showcase themselves.
This exposes his poor knowledge of the football rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroun. If he understands the history of both countries in African football, he would have not gambled with a game with Cameroun, who have remained Nigeria’s perennial football adversary.
Rohr has not shown impressive technical abilities to build a Super Eagles team, that inspires hope and confidence in Nigerians. He has experimented with over 150 players since he took charge of the team five years ago. Under Rohr, the Super Eagles have been displaying un-cordinated style of play that lacks depth, a departure from the classy display of most of the players for their various clubs in Europe.
“Rohr’s technical decline has manifested in series of dour games, with no win in his recent games of the Super Eagles.The latest is a scrappy, fumbling and wobbling 0-0 draw with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in an international friendly played in Austria”
That the Super Eagles failed to score in the double header against Cameroun, had raised questions on the technical proficiency of Gernot Rohr who has not been able to develop a potent attacking force for the team.
He had two strikers for the Cameroun friendly. Kelechi Iheanacho, and Paul Onuachu. The duo had collectively scored 45 goals for their various European clubs last season. Onuachu was the top goal scorer in Belgian league, where he scored more than 30 goals for his club, Genk. Iheanacho scored 15 goals for English Premier League club, Leicester City and aided the club to win the English FA Cup. The two players fired blank in the two friendly games against the Indomitable Lions because of Rohr’s poor placements of the two strikers.
“Under Rohr, Super Eagles have been displaying un-cordinated style of play that lacks depth, a departure from the classy display of most of the players for their various clubs in Europe”
Rohr is one of the few coaches, who have enjoyed considerable time to manage the Super Eagles. He has spent five years thus far as Eagles Coach, equaling the same period, Clemence Westerhof and Jo Bonfere, were in charge of the Eagles.
Westerhof led the Eagles from 1989- 1994, winning the AFCON in 1994 and led the team to a spectacular debut at the World Cup in USA same year, where they nearly reached the Quarter Finals, before a Roberto Baggio late equalizer and extra time goal sent the Azzurris of Italy into the Round of 8.
The Dutchman did not only won laurels for the team, he erected one of the best Super Eagles squad in history, bringing to the fore, a golden generation of players such as Austin Okocha, Rashidi Yekini, Sunday Oliseh, Daniel Amokachi, etal.
Bonfere Jo, who was Westerhof’s assistant, also within four years in charge of the Super Eagles, 1996- 2000, continued on the path of Westerhof, winning an Olympic Soccer Gold Medal in Atlanta in 1996 and reached the final of AFCON 2000 in Lagos.
What has Rohr achieved in five years in charge of the Super Eagles? A wobbling, scrappy team with enormous talents but plagued by poor technical depth. The NFF should reflect, pause and ponder on Gernot Rohr.
|Politics / Panic Grips Uzodimma’s Men, Criteria To Appoint New Commissioners Emerge by nwokeji29: 9:51am On Jun 12|
Governor Hope Uzodimma is said to have set a template which will influence the choice of new Commissioners and other appointees of his administration, INNONEWS gathered.
Uzodimma had last month sacked 20 of his Commissioners, retaining nine of them.
Last week, he sacked over 100 aides, who are Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants, SSAs encapsulated in the Expanded Exco, in what appears a major sweep of his officials he had appointed in March 2020.
Information and Strategy Commissioner, Declan Emelumba, reportedly said that the sack of the appointees, is geared towards ‘re jigging’ the administration for improved service delivery to the people.
INNONEWS was informed that Governor Uzodimma had appointed a large number of appointees to settle those who in one way or the other assisted and stood with him during his race to become governor of the state.
A source told this newspaper that “those days are gone. Now that he has settled majority of those who contributed to his campaign and ascension as governor, this is the time he will assemble his core loyalists to assist him run his government.
“A small government is being considered with fewer officials and not the crowd of appointees that dominated the past executives.
“This administration is about to enter the second half of its tenure, and this is the time to separate the wheat from the chaff and get the right team to carry out the task ahead
“This is the time to bring on board the real foot-soldiers of the governor who will help deliver the core mandate of this administration to the people of the state
“Some of the sacked Commissioners may be retained. There is so much lobby and pacification. Some of those who erred are begging and lobbying to return. It is the governor’s discretion to reconsider or not. He is really disappointed with most of them. Some of the sacked SAs may be upgraded. It is a win or lose situation for those who were recently sacked.
“Certain political interests will be accommodated. The APC, our party needs to be energized. Camp Hope members alone cannot call the shots all the time. This is why the outcome of the party congress will determine who gets what in the new phase of the administration. It’s a waiting game, and remember, the Governor has the exclusive right to choose who works with him” the source told this newspaper.
|Politics / APC Chieftain, Nwachukwu Berates PDP For Politicizing Insecurity In Imo by nwokeji29: 7:53am On Jun 12|
A chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC, in Imo State, Chief Mike Nwachukwu, has lashed out at the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for politicizing insecurity in Imo State.
In a statement titled "That Peace Shall Reign In Imo", which he signed and made available to newsmen in Owerri, he stated that "the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Imo State, and other opposition elements, should also refrain from politicizing the unfortunate situation in Imo State.
"The negative stance of the PDP on a serious issue, such as insecurity is unfortunate and unacceptable.
"This is not time for politics or to reap political capital from the frightening level of insecurity in the State
"Leaders of the PDP in the State should be reminded that it is only when there is peace in the land that electoral or political contest can take place.
"I urge them to rather join hands with the APC led administration of Governor Hope Uzodimma to find a lasting solution to the monster of insecurity in tbe State.
Nwachukwu who had vied for Owerri zone Senatorial seat in 2019 on the platform of APGA, called for support for Governor Hope Uzodimma to fight insecurity.
"In this regard, all hands must be on deck to tackle insecurity in Imo State before it gets out of hand.
"I call on all stakeholders in the State, political leaders, traditional rulers, the Clergy, not to keep silent or see the unfortunate events of the past few weeks, as an opportunity to take an undeserved swipe on the administration of Dist.Senator Hope Uzodimma, while Imo burns or head to golgotha.
"Governor Hope Uzodimma, through his 3R mantra has firmly provided good governance to the good people of Imo State and has been on the right track towards the provision of the much needed road infrastructure in our dear State" Nwachukwu stated
|Politics / 2023: Why APC, PDP Will Not Give Its Presidential Tickets To South East- Group by nwokeji29: 8:56am On Jul 15, 2020|
The South East geo political zone is on the verge of losing out in the 2023 political calculus if ongoing political development in the country is anything to go by.
This was disclosed by a group, South East Vanguard For Good Governance, in a statement in Owerri and signed by its President, Fred Okenwa and Secretary, John Okolisa.
The group said the two leading political parties in the country, the All Progressive Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will not hand an Igbo its presidential tickets in the 2023 presidential election.
The group stated that this implies that the chances of an Igbo producing Nigeria’s President will be a mirage in 2023, as the two major political parties in the country will zone its presidential tickets to the North and South West respectively.
“The APC has shown clearly that it will not allow an Igbo to fly its Presidential ticket in 2023. The ongoing battle in the party is all about 2023 and Igbos are not in contention. “It is evidently clear that South East have no stake in the APC. The presidential ticket of the APC will dangle between the South West and the North.
“Already, Bola Tinubu, has not hidden his desire to contest for the presidential ticket of the party using the APC platform and all calculations point to the fact that he is well rooted in the party. Which Igbo man is grounded in the APC, to challenge Tinubu for the party’s presidential ticket when the chips are down?
“The APC is not grounded in the South East unlike in the South West where the entire zone is in the grip of the APC. Already, the odds are against the South East in the ruling party. We have never voted for the broom party since 2015.So, how would they concede its Presidential ticket to a zone which never voted for it in the last two general elections.
The Forum further stated that the PDP will not zone its Presidential ticket to the South East geo political zone.
Part of the statement reads “There are clearer indications that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, may pick the PDP presidential ticket again in 2023.
“If this happens, where does this leave the South East zone. As usual, we will play the second fiddle by either producing a running mate to one of the presidential candidates, possibly the PDP. If the Presidential ticket of the APC goes to the South West, certainly the South East cannot produce a running mate” the group stated
|Politics / Police Issue Stern Warning To Ousted LGA Chairmen In Imo State by nwokeji29: 8:16pm On Jul 12, 2020|
There is tension in Imo State as sacked but court reinstated local government chairmen elected during the reign of former Governor Rochas Okorocha, may have concluded plans to take over the 27 Local Government Councils in the State.
This is not going down well with the Imo State Police Command, Owerri, which warned on Sunday that it will foil any attempt by the Chairmen to do so.
In a statement in Owerri, signed by SP Ikeokwu Godson Orlando, Police Public Relations Officer,the command warned “those trying to cause problems to desist from this act that is capable of leading to breakdown of law and order as the Command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone taking laws into his/her own hands”
The full statement reads:
“It has come to the notice of the Imo state Police Command that the ousted Local Government Chairmen and their supporters are planning to forcefully take over office simultaneously on Monday 13/7/2020. This is sequel to the claim that the Federal High court ruling is in their favour. The appeal and stay of execution to that ruling has been received by the office of the Commissioner of Police Imo State. Just on 09/07/2020, the Appeal Court Order for the parties involved to maintain status quo.
‘The Command therefore wish to warn those trying to cause problems to desist from this act that is capable of leading to breakdown of law and order as the Command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone taking laws into his/her own hands.
“The Command is fully aware of the court judgement directing them to return to office, and also the stay of execution and status quo obtained by the Interim Management committee.
“To this end the command wish to warn both parties to maintain status quo as directed by the court until a final judgement is pronounced.
“The command wish to state clearly that it will be ready to enforce and ensure the execution and compliance of the court judgement as soon as all legal processes are exhausted and verdict received.
“Similarly,the IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND wish to remind all the parties involved that the Covid 19 restrictions and directives is still in existence, as such, the ban on all forms of gathering/assembly is still in place, there shall therefore be no protest or gathering of any kind. Any person or group of persons found violating this executive order as issued by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the laws.
“Members of the public are advised to go about their lawful business as the Command is still in the business of protecting lives and properties.
|Politics / Uzodinma Reveals What Should Bother Igbos In 2023 by nwokeji29: 2:58pm On Jul 12, 2020|
BY CONSTANCE EKE
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has said Igbos should bother about a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction and not Igbo Presidency in 2023.
He made the remark after hosting South East leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Owerri.
The delegation to the meeting was led by former President of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah, Minister of State, Education, Dr. Emeka Nwajiuba, and Sir Frank Ibezim.
He said ’What should bother the Igbo is Nigerian President of Igbo extraction and not Igbo President of Nigeria.
“South East is part of Nigeria, South East leaders exhibit all qualities and capabilities for good governance and as such believe that APC as the ruling party in Nigeria will make the right decision at the appropriate time.
|Politics / PDP Chieftian Gives Reasons Why Ihedioha, Sam Daddy Will Not Reconcile by nwokeji29: 7:38pm On Jul 11, 2020|
A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, Chief Anselem Okebata, has mocked plans to reconcile former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha and Senator Samuel Anyanwu.(Sam Daddy)
Newspaper reports in Owerri had claimed that some top chieftains of the PDP such as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, are worried over the rift between Ihedioha and Anyanwu in Imo PDP
Okebata who spoke to INNONEWS in Owerri, said the proposed reconciliation between Ihedioha and Anyanwu, is a good one but will not see the light of the day if certain considerations are not considered.
He said “There is no genuine reconciliation in politics Ihedioha and Anyanwu can never reconcile. The only way unity can return to the PDP in Imo State is for Ihedioha to shelve his governorship ambition in 2023.You and I know that the latter will not agree to do so. But that is the only way we can start achieving reconciliation in the party.
“The PDP in Imo State needs a new face for the next election. If Ihedioha insists on running again, then there can be no unity or reconciliation with Senator Anyanwu
“You don’t gloss over issues or sweep matters under the carpet. Anyanwu, till date believes that Ihedioha truncated the process that gave him the governorship ticket of Imo PDP in 2018
“Ihedioha manipulated his lackeys in the party to suspend Anyanwu. That has to be corrected. How can you suspend someone whom the national leadership of the party has continued to give assignments? The suspension on the Senator by the party in the State is a sham and has to be revisited for genuine reconciliation to come to pass
“For genuine reconciliation to thrive in Imo PDP, there should be fresh congresses and a level playing field should be provided in the party for everyone.
“Almost all major stakeholders in Imo PDP have absconded because there is no level playing ground for other stakeholders including Senator Anyanwu
“One man is in total control of the entire party structure in the State. This is not right. Those proposing reconciliation between Ihedioha and Anyanwu should take all these issues into consideration, except they want to pay lip service in reconciling the duo.
|Nairaland / General / Imo Assembly Female Member Who Escaped Bottle Attack From Colleague Opens Up by nwokeji29: 8:32pm On Jul 10, 2020|
Hon (Mrs) Uju Onwudiwe, member representing Njaba State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, has opened up how she escaped death by the whiskers after escaping a bottle attack flung at her by a male colleague.
Mrs Onwudiwe was attacked by member representing Ahiazu Mbaise State Constituency, Hon.Samuel Otuibe, who flung bottles at her during a meeting of House members which took place at the residence of the Deputy Speaker, Amara Chyna Iwuanyanwu.
The meeting centered on non payment of salaries of House members and their aides for three months
Trouble was said to have begun when another female member of the House, Hon Mrs Ngozi Obiefule, was addressing the meeting, Hon.Otuibe rudely interrupted her. This irked Mrs Onwudiwe who advised Otuibe to allow Hon.Obiefule to conclude her speech.
This infuriated Otuibe who picked up a wine bottle and flung at the female lawmaker
Speaking on her ordeal, Hon Onwudiwe said she was shocked at the incident, describing the act as a clear attempt to kill her.
She said before the bottle was flung towards her, two of her colleagues, Hon Heclus Okoro and Fred Nnodumele, had blocked it before the object landed in her direction.
She said Hon.Otuibe did not only throw her bottles but also flung at her a glass cup which injured Hon Okoro and Nnodumele and destroyed the window blinds in the building.
She said she had done no wrong to Hon Otuibe as both of them were neither friends, stating that his colleague’s action was deliberate as he was playing out a script.
|Politics / Encounter With Edozie Onyeako, One Of Imo State Finest by nwokeji29: 9:05pm On Jun 30, 2020|
Imo State is not in short supply of men and women of exceptional quality. It is a State noted for producing men and women of fine character, who have left indelible marks on the sand of history.
Within the country, from Abuja to Lagos, they abound. Across the globe, from Atlanta to Milan, down to London, Imolites with the burning passion for the development and growth of their State are legion.They are found in various fields of human endeavour, where they have not only proved their mettle but attained commanding and enviable heights.
In medicine, in politics, in technology, in industrialization, in sports, Ndi Imo are not in short supply.
The gains inherent in such milestones have not trickled down to Imo State. Imo like any other underdeveloped state in Nigeria is hunted by poor governance that has resulted in impoverishing its people. The successes of its finest, at home and in Diaspora, have not benefited its people. This is a sad tale, a pathetic story. No State government, past or present, has deemed it appropriate to congregate Imo’s finest and explore their successes for the benefit of the people.
Imo State is not only in dire need of rapid development. It is begging for progress and prosperity. No economy has thrived on the strength or capacity of the government alone.Well to do individuals has contributed in no small measure to uplift a state or nation. In industrialized democracies, individuals have shaped economies and the citizenry have been the ultimate benefactors.
Enter Edozie Onyeako, a successful industrialist from Aji Community in Oru West Local Government Area, of Imo State, who has made remarkable success in Nigeria’s turbulent industrial and manufacturing sector. He is rated by all standards, one of Imo’s finest, a gentleman, soft spoken and filled with passion for the good of the state.
Onyeako belongs to the category of few successful Imolites who have attained Olympian heights in a chosen field of endeavour. He is among the very few successful manufacturers from the South East who have weathered the storm, overcome daunting challenges which plague every facet of Nigeria’s economic sector, particularly the industrial and manufacturing sectors.
Onyeako towers high in these sectors. He is a success story. Many attest that he posses the midas touch, having set up and nurtured to success Cospharma Nigeria Limited, a manufacturing firm based in Lagos, which remains a success story in the manufacturing sector of the country.The success of the company reflects in the high number of Nigerians employed by the firm irrespective of tribe or religion.
Re enacting the gains of such milestone for his beloved Imo State, has been uppermost in the mind of Onyeakor. He recalls with sadness how his efforts to build a similar factory in his beloved Imo State, that would employ hundreds of Imo youths, and boost the industrial sector in the State, was hampered by lack of a condusive environment to do so. He fumes at this sorry development.
Hear him “When I wanted to set up a factory in the State, the place they called the industrial hub in the State, was in total state of decay and that gave me an insight on the challenges faced by other prospective investors who want to invest in the State.
Not daunted, Onyeako and his partners went ahead to set up a multi billion naria integrated factory on Owerri-Onitsha road.
He is one of the few Imolites whose passion for the development of Imo State cannot be limited by government’s inadequacies. He has not given up on his State because he believes in the “can do it spirit”. He used Nnewi as a case- study.
Hear him again “Nnewi, became what is today out of nothing. The can do it spirit among Nnewi businessmen made the place what it is today. Nnewi was abandoned and ignored by the Government. But the people of Nnewi stood up for themselves and decided to make Nnewi great. The businessmen in Nnewi came together and made it to grow. Today, Nnewi is an industrial hub in the South East.
Onyeakor firmly believes that Imo State can develop at a rapid pace if it embraces industrialization. For him, agriculture and industrialization are key propellers to the growth of any economy. Imo has what it takes to become another Nnewi. He believes they will drive Imo State to the destination of its progress and development.
He said “We must begin now to take urgent steps to boost other sectors in Imo State such as agriculture and also encourage industrialization. If 20 percent of the hotels in Imo State were to be industries, Imo State would have been a major industrial hub in the country. Agriculture sustains an economy while industrialization grows it. We can feed our people, we can also feed others. We have the capacity to do it.
His passion for his dear Imo State cannot be over emphasized. He radiates a burning desire with an unquenchable thirst for the good of his dear State. How he translates his vision remains a puzzle, in a state plagued by incoherent policies of successive governments, which has failed to embolden legion of Imo’s finest.
|Politics / 2023: Political Permutations In Imo APC, PDP by nwokeji29: 8:06pm On Jun 30, 2020|
The political landscape in Imo State has a record of intrigues and unfolding dynamics, which most times have made nonsense of political permutations of political analysts and observers.
The political episode in the State in 2019 is a case study, as bookmakers never believed that Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress, APC, would become Governor of Imo State after Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had been elected as Governor.
However, 2023 may be three years away, but the political permutations are beginning to surface in the two leading political parties, as political actors in both parties, begin plans to actualize their political targets.
Nothing is certain in politics particularly in Imo State, but unfolding events at the moment tend to give an insight of what may occur in the political arena of the State in 2023.
Emerging Dynamics In Imo APC
There are ongoing political permutations in the ruling party which may determine the direction of Imo APC from now to 2023. An impending political tsunami also looms judging from ongoing political developments in the party.
Governor Hope Uzodinma may go up against some powerful forces such as Senator Ifeanyi Ararauume and former Governor Rochas Okorocha, who have an eye on the party structure except there are political alignments and realignments, political concessions, deals or negotiations among the political gladiators before the 2023 elections.
Araraume is most likely to go to the Senate for Okigwe zone in 2023 on the grounds that the new drama in the APC at the national level favours him.
The emergence of a new power bloc in the APC led by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, may be a plus for Araraume who is believed to be an ally of the former Rivers State Governor.
The Special National convention of the APC expected to hold in December 2020 will further open up the party to trickier political intrigues in the State.
Governor Hope Uzodinma who has lost his major backbone in the party such as the former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, may realign with new forces in the party at the national level, to enable him maintain his grip of the APC in the State. If he succeeds, then a second term ticket will be in the offing, but with considerable resistance from forces who may not be favoured.
PROJECTION: intense crisis looms.
New Wave In Imo PDP
Political permutations in Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP may change slightly from now to 2023. It is expected that there will be “fresh forces” that may contest the soul of the party with former Governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha.
Agitations for a “fresh face” to fly the party’s governorship flag in 2023 will become more intense within the confines of the party.
Senator Samuel Anyanwu, who has been eying the governorship ticket of the party for long is expected to make another strong push for the ticket in 2023 this time with so much adrenaline and firepower.
The outcome of the PDP National Convention where fresh party officers will emerge will shape and determine a lot in the party in the State. It will determine who will eventually call the shots in the party ahead of the 2023 polls.
A new wave of turbulence may also blow up in the party but Ihedioha looks good to maintain considerable grip as part of his game plan to stage a comeback in 2023.
Projection: Rebuilding Process Will Be Intense, Turbulence In The Offing
|Nairaland / General / 'Second Lock-down Will Reduce Spread Of Covid 19 In Imo", Group Tells Uzodinma by nwokeji29: 9:15pm On Jun 28, 2020|
following the revelation by the Imo State Task Force on Covid 19 on the increasing rate of confirmed coronavirus cases in the State, Governor Hope Uzodinma, has been advised to order a second lock-down of the State.
The Imo Awareness Coalition, a watchdog group in the State, in a statement signed by spokesman of the Coalition, Fidelis Echendu, said the revelation by the Task Force on the rate of the spread of the virus in the State “is shocking and demands urgent action”.
“The Governor deserves commendation for his broadcast where he reeled out measures to further contain the spread of the virus.
“But the shocking revelation by Prof Iwu led Committee who said there are over 200 cases in the state, is worrisome. The state government should do more to curtail the spread of the virus in the State.
“We, the Imo Awareness Coalition, IAC, based on media reports credited to Prof Iwu call for another lockdown of the State for two weeks.
“The lock-down is the only way to reduce the spread of the virus. Governor Uzodinma should take a cue from his Lagos State counter- part, Baba Jide Sanwolu, who had to rescind his decision to re- open churches, mosques and gatherings in Lagos State.
“The safety of our people is paramount and we must go beyond telling them to observe covid 19 protocols.
“The time to act is now else Imo State will become the epicenter of covid 19 in the South East zone and this will not augur well for the people and economy of the State” Echendu said.
Recall that Imo State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Maurice Iwu, had expressed concern over rising cases of coronavirus in the state and called for holistic approach to combating the scourge.
He said the virus was unprecedentedly spreading with a cumulative positive reality of 1,461 cases, the highest in the state so far.
According to Iwu, of this number, 247 cases came out positive, 1,214 negative, 16 persons are in isolation at WODDI centre, while 45 are on self-isolation with 20 discharged.
He noted that the state had lost three persons already to the pandemic, hence the need to abide by the governor’s desire that restrictions on movement from 8pm to 6am be maintained with inter-state travel ban still enforce.
|Nairaland / General / Covid 19: Task Force Gives Shocking Revelation On Spread Of Virus Imo State by nwokeji29: 12:47pm On Jun 28, 2020|
The Chairman of Imo State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Maurice Iwu, has expressed concern over rising cases of coronavirus in the state and called for holistic approach to combating the scourge.
Iwu made the disclosure in Owerri at the weekly COVID-19 briefing with newsmen.
He said with this development, Imo residents needed to re-access their stance on the existence of the virus in the state and continue to maintain the precautionary measures by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The chairman urged them to maintain the protocol of hand washing with soap and water, mask wearing and maintaining of physical distancing in line with Governor Hope Uzodimma’s state broadcast on Thursday.
He said the virus was unprecedentedly spreading with a cumulative positive reality of 1,461 cases, the highest in the state so far.
According to Iwu, of this number, 247 cases came out positive, 1,214 negative, 16 persons are in isolation at WODDI centre, while 45 are on self-isolation with 20 discharged.
He noted that the state had lost three persons already to the pandemic, hence the need to abide by the governor’s desire that restrictions on movement from 8pm to 6am be maintained with inter-state travel ban still enforce.
He said that two local governments in the state are contracting the diseases more than others.
The task force chairman said the police, civil defence and two other teams would help to enforce compliance on the governor’s directives.
Iwu said: “Four teams will be involved to enforce compliance.
“This is a collective fight.
“We will not leave it to doctors alone.
“The doctors are doing fantastically well and we need to help them by doing our own bit.
“More health workers are being infected, but we help them by complying to instructions that are not many and tedious, which are washing of hands with soap and water and applying alcohol based sanitisers aside others.
“The issue is beyond politics.
“One person that has coronavirus is capable of infecting majority of people.
“So the directives on Churches, Mosque, Markets, weddings, burials and other social gatherings are still enforce in the state.”
|Politics / South East Group: 'igbo Presidency Dead And Buried In APC' by nwokeji29: 9:15pm On Jun 27, 2020|
The South East Awareness Coalition, SAC, a socio political group has said the quest by Igbo to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023, is “dead and buried’ within the confines of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Chuks Okoye, President of the group, recalled that the Coalition had raised an alarm recently lamenting that the ruling party will not hand an Igbo it’s Presidential ticket in 2023.
Speaking to newsmen in Enugu, Okoye said recent developments in the APC which culminated in the sack of the National Working Committee, NWC which was replaced by a Caretaker Committee, is an indication that the script to produce Buhari’s successor has no Igbo in the picture.
“We have credible proof that some powerful forces are favouring Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, for the presidency in 2023.
“The dissolution of the NWC led by suspended Oshiomole which cuts off the grip of Bola Tinubu on the party, in preference for Amaechi, is a ploy to possibly favour the much trumpeted Presidential bid of the former Rivers State Governor.
“The South East is not in the larger picture. It has never been. And we had said it over and over again. If Amaechi from the South South is favoured for the 2023 presidency, where does it leave the South East?
“The APC cannot claim it is in short supply of credible Igbo worthy to fly its presidential flag in 2023. There are three or four prominent Igbos in the APC who are most qualified to be favoured for the Presidency in 2023. Is Amaechi more qualified than Ogbonnaya Onu, Chris Ngige, Rochas Okorocha to be considered for the 2023 presidency
Okoye said the South East should not put it’s eggs in one basket in 2023, as latest events in the APC has shown that it has to begin now to define it’s political direction.
“APC is no longer a sure route for Igbo presidency. he stated.
|Politics / New Look APC: Buhari, State Governors Hold The Ace by nwokeji29: 7:19pm On Jun 26, 2020|
President Muhammadu Buhari and State Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC now hold the ace in the party.
President Buhari had wielded the big stick on Thursday, alongside the National Executive Committee of the APC sacking the National Working Committee, NWC, led by suspended Adams Oshiomole.
Buhari said the fortunes of the APC “are currently in jeopardy”
In another tense, he said ” What we see clearly emerging, is that we are beginning to self destruct. This, my party members, is not just regrettable but utterly gut wrenching.
The underlying currents in the party show that the President has fully retaken the soul of the party which had slipped into the kitty of Bola Ahmed Tinubu for a long time
For the first time, Buhari became decisive on issues affecting the ruling party which signposts the fact that indeed he may have begun plans for a successor in 2023.
Dissolving the National Working Committee, NWC, has been adjudged a killer punch for Tinubu, the acclaimed national leader of the party.
Victor Giadom, factional Chairman of the party who had convened the NEC meeting Buhari and co honoured, excluded Bola Tinubu from those invited to the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Tinubu has been widely reported to be interested in running for the Presidency in 2023, and had Oshiomole, as an alibi, who had tailored the party to suit the former Governor of Lagos State perceived Presidential ambition.
The composition of the caretaker committee headed by Yobe State Governor, Mai Buni, a core Buhari Ally, who had served as Secretary of the party when John Odigie Oyegun was Chairman, is a clear indication, that the APC now wears a new look controlled by pro Buhari forces. And they henceforth will determine where the pendulum swings in the party.
State Governors elected on the party’s platform, have one option- to join the “new moving train” in the APC, as those sympathetic to the suspended Oshiomole, are expected to make a u -turn, to key into new emerging dynamics in the party.
However, some of them can become victims of fierce power game on or before 2023, as those who brought in the new order in the party, will become ripe for reward for loyalty in some states.
|Nairaland / General / Imo PDP Too Weak To Win Imo Guber Election In 2023- APC Chieftain by nwokeji29: 10:55pm On Jun 03, 2020|
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, is too weak to recapture power, particularly the governorship in 2023.
This was disclosed by a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC in the State, Mr. Kenneth Iwueke, when speaking to newsmen in Owerri. He said the PDP lacks the political will to revive and rebuild itself for the 2023 elections in the State.
Iwueke said the defection of some of the party’s key officials to the All Progressive Congress, APC is an indication that the PDP in the State is on a gradual and steady drift to collapse.
He claimed that the morale of party members at the ward level, is so low at the moment.
He said “The PDP lacks the firepower to bounce back to power in 2019. They cannot win the governorship of the State again because the party is decimated at the moment with the defection of some of its exco members. This signposts that all is not well in the party. The APC government of Hope Uzodinma, will soon overrun the PDP with its performance in office.
Reacting to a question that the PDP defeated the APC by winning the 2019 governorship election, Iwueke said the PDP never won that governorship election.
“The Supreme Court verdict which removed Ihedioha as Governor of Imo State, has reaffirmed the fact that the PDP never won the 2019 Imo governorship election. Based on that verdict of the nation’s apex court, the APC won the election. The PDP stole the victory of the APC and the Supreme Court retrieved it from them.
“Infact, the party has never won any election in the State. Check the records from 1999. It was APGA that was winning elections in the State but most times, they could not protect their victory and it was being snatched away from them by the PDP.
“The PDP even when they were in power in the State always used other unconventional methods to win elections in the State.
“But in 2019, they were caught napping by the Supreme Court’ Iwueke submitted
|Politics / Imo PDP Reveals Those Behind Defection In Imo PDP by nwokeji29: 8:02pm On May 29, 2020|
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, has fingered Governor Hope Uzodinma and Senator Samuel Anyanwu, as the hand of Esau behind the resignation of some members of the State Executive of the party.
At a press conference held at the State headquarters of the party along Okigwe road, Owerri on Thursday, Acting Chairman of the party, Martin Ejiogu, alleged that the Governor through a former Chairman of the party, Charles Ezekwem, induced those who have resigned and assured them of more benefits when they cross over to the APC.
The PDP in Imo State has been hit lately by resignations of it’s Publicity Secretary, Asst Publicity Secretary, Youth Leader and Assistant Fianancial Secretary.
Ejiogu also said the resignation of some of the party Exco members, “constitute a band of Senator Samuel Anyanwu loyalists who worked vehemently against the interest of the party during the 2019 general elections. Besides, they had in principle left the party a long time ago, what played out earlier today was a mere drama, a dummy from a script that had been written months before now”
Ejiogu said the claim, that they defected as officers of “our great party is a clear misrepresentation, obsessed fallacy and the height of mischief. By the party Constitution, their tenure expired more than two months ago as they had served out their four years term”
“It is however imperative to observe that their so called defection to the APC was essentially orchestrated by selfish motive because of the zoning arrangement of the party which did not favour them” he said
Ejiogu said the party consider the development as “banal, inconsequential and worthless and are accordingly inclined to advise the political party they have purportedly defected to, to be wary of these elements.
He continued ” Their exit from our great party is indeed a reprieve, relief and positive development for our great party because for long they have remained huge liabilities to our great party”
|Politics / Uzodinma Unknowingly Pushing Okorocha, Ihedioha, Araraume Into Alliance by nwokeji29: 7:35pm On May 29, 2020|
The present political scenario in Imo State, is full of drama, including alignments and realignments of political actors, as the next political dispensation draws near in the State.
Imo State has lately become a theater of intrigues and this is why anything, just anything, is possible on the political stage of the State.
In the past one week, the political scene has been dominated by interesting political drama.
Some Exco members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the State defected to the ruling party in the State, All Progressive Congress, APC. Those who defected are the former State Chairman, the Publicity Secretary, Assistant Publicity Secretary, Legal Adviser and Youth Leader.
Before these latest political incidents, an alliance of strange political bedfellows comprising Governor Hope Uzodinma, former Governor Rochas Okorocha, and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, was consummated in the APC, ostensibly to keep in limbo, Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, who was ousted by the Supreme Court as Governor of Imo State.
The alliance is heading to the rocks on the basis that Gov. Uzodinma, seems to be going solo in running his government.
He had shut out all Okorocha’s allies from his appointments and allowed several probe panels, instituted by ousted Governor Ihedioha, to continue digging mind blowing deals and under hand practices which took place during the latter’s era as Governor.
Senator Araraume seems to be facing similar ordeal, as Uzodinma never looked his way when making his appointments. The Governor like he did to Okorocha, never considered any of Araraume’s loyalists for appointments.
Araraume is among multitude of aspirants in Imo APC seeking nomination to be candidate of the party for Okigwe Senatorial seat. He is not getting sufficient greenlight for his aspiration from Uzodinma, who remains a huge determinant factor on who picks the APC Okigwe zone Senatorial ticket and eventual Senator of the zone.
Recently, Governor Uzodinma cancelled all salaries and benefits accruable to all former Governors in the State and lately, the Imo State House of Assembly, is going for Ihedioha’s jugular, by instituting a probe of LG funds during the latter’s reign as Governor of Imo State.
Analysts contend that based on these unfolding developments, it is clear that there is love lost between Governor Uzodinma and his ersthwhile allies and it will take a little time for them to vent their displeasure. In other words, the bubble may burst sooner or later.
Okorocha was recently speculated in the media to have his sights on joining the PDP. He or his media handlers never denied the report.
Emeka Ihedioha is still nursing his sack as Governor of the State, and is believed have commenced underground moves to upstage Uzodinma, who is behind his fall.
Ihedioha do have firmer grip of the PDP in the State since those who left the party were not his political soulmates in the first place. It is public knowledge that Ihedioha pulls the strings in Imo PDP and whosoever does not align with his political dance steps is edged out.
How disposed he will be to open up the party for others to join him for an alliance is yet to be deciphered.
However as it stands now, the PDP in Imo State can become a fertile ground for those who are opposed to the style of Hope Uzodinma, who has shown clearly that he does not intend to share the spoils of power with anyone.
Uzodinma has indirectly opened a “meeting point”for Okorocha, Araraume, Ihedioha and possibly, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, to congregate against him.
Senator Anyanwu has continued to insist that he remains a member of the PDP despite the movement of his political allies such as former State Chairman of the PDP, Charles Ezekwem, to the APC.
Uzodinma’s political disposition is capable of unconsciously leading to an alliance of Okorocha, Ihedioha, Araraume and Senator Anyanwu in the future.
And the PDP in the State appears to be the rallying ground for such possible alliance for the trio which will certainly be a lethal political weapon in 2024 for Uzodinma and the APC. Time will tell.
|Nairaland / General / 'it Is Early To Judge Gov Uzodinma, He Needs Time' Edozie Onyeako by nwokeji29: 8:09pm On May 18, 2020|
Mr. Edozie Onyeakor is Imo State born Lagos based industrialist .A philanthropist committed to the plight of the downtrodden, Onyeakor in this interview with newsmen spoke on Governor Hope Uzodinma’s administration in Imo State, proffered ways of boosting the Imo economy in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic, and other wide ranging issues on the State.
May we know you sir?
I m Edozie Onyeakor. I m an industrialist and a philanthropist, who is disposed to affect lives positively. I come from Oru West local government area of Imo State.
How do you asses governance in your home State of Imo, particularly the Uzodinma administration?
I will say, so far, so good. He has not performed badly. Governor Uzodinma never had the opportunity of a transition period just like his predecessor, Ihedioha had. So we must not be quick to judge him barely few months in office. Governance is a complex venture. It requires time. The former Governor, Ihedioha, had three months Transition period before he was sworn in as Governor of Imo State. That gave him time to prepare how to run his government. Senator Uzodinma never had that opportunity. Such Transition period do give incoming Governors, the opportunity to fine tune their programmes and policies before they are sworn in into office. Uzodinma was proclaimed as rightful Governor of the State by the Supreme Court on January 14th. On the 15th, he was sworn in as Executive Governor of Imo State. I must salute his courage for being able to cope so fast with the dynamics involved in governance, together with other daunting challenges such as the outbreak of the covid 19 pandemic.
Would You Say He Performed Creditably Within 100 Days In Office?
100 days is not enough, to assess his Administration considering the challenges particularly the Covid 19 challenge, which just popped up barely a month he was in office. And like I said,he never went through a transition period. But I think he has shown impressive capacity to govern the State and I advise Imolites to continue to support his vision for the State.
How do you asses complaints of non- payment of salaries of workers in the State?
I think that issue is very clear. The Governor in his 100 days in office speech said he identified payroll fraud and because of the shocking discovery, workers should tender their BVN. I do not see anything wrong with that. Verification is a usual practice to identify ghost workers in the civil service. And the State Government cannot afford wasting scarce resources on ghost workers particularly at this period, oil price is so low, and there is downward slide of the global economy, which has impacted negatively on Nigeria’s economy
There is a drop in the revenue allocation from the Federal to the State governments. In other words, what is coming from the centre is to the States is so low. No sensible government will continue business as usual. This is the time to close up leakages and avoid waste. This is the time for belt tightening. No State Governor can afford to waste scarce resources in the face of these frightening economic realities.
So I believe what the Governor did, was to save some money for the State, by ensuring that the right workers are paid. I do not see why any genuine worker will lose sleep, when he or she is asked to tender his or her BVN number for him or her to receive salary. We must understand that these are tough times, and we must accept this fact and support our Governor who has shown commitment for the good of the State.
What Is Your Take on the Outbreak of Covid 19 Pandemic and It’s Effect on the Economy?
As you must have observed, Covid 19 has an adverse effect on the global economy. Covid 19 may go, but the effect of the pandemic will be with us for a long time. This is why we need a post Covid 19 Economic Roadmap, to address challenges which we envisage in the economy and other aspects of our social life. I will say a ‘new normal’ is in the offing, and we must brace up ourselves for it. If the spread of the virus can be contained, I believe it will go a long way to revive the economy though gradually. I also suggest that we begin now to think of ways of diversifying our economy.
In your State, Imo, What Do You Suggest The Uzodinma administration Should Do, In The Face of This Economic meltdown
We need to reduce dependence on Federal Allocation from Abuja because like I said before what is coming from the centre is low. Our IGR needs to be boosted. There should be aggressive measures to ensure our IGR is high.We can achieve this. We must begin now to take urgent steps to boost other sectors such as Agriculture and also encourage Industrialization. Agriculture sustains an economy while industrialization grows it. We can feed our people, we can also feed others. We have the capacity to do it. And we can do this if we get our policies right. I strongly suggest that the State government should look at ways of boosting the food processing sub sector of the agriculture sector. Food processing holds the key to wealth creation which will reflate Imo on the global economic map if it is properly harnessed. This has been the most challenging sub sector in the agriculture sector in the country.
The government should also focus on the enormous value supply chain that goes with food processing. It is one thing to produce food and it is another ball game to process it. But I can assure you, that if concerted efforts are taken to address the food processing sector, we would have gone a long way to achieve a lot in the agric sector in the State which is pivotal to the economic development and growth of our State.
Also, there should be focus on reviving our industries. There are many moribund industries in Imo State. Sometimes, I wonder why past administrations, never took up reviving our industries as a priority. I believe Governor Uzodinma can reactivate them. Industries are key driver’s of economic development. As an industrialist, I understand the importance of industrialization in the economy. Industrialization is the major driver for employment. If 20% of hotels in Imo State are to be industries, there would have been massive employment in our State. Imo State will develop better if we have functional industries.
However, I m gladdened about Governor Uzodinma’s industrialization policy. I read in the newspapers, where the Governor said, ADAPALM can employ more than 35, 000 people when it is fully rehabilitated. That’s good news to hear. It shows he understands what he needs to do to get our State working again, but I must say, there are opportunities in the State to have about 20 more of ADAPALM. I speak based on my experience. When I wanted to set up a factory in the State, the place they called the industrial hub in the state, was in total state of decay and that gave me an insight the challenges faced by other prospective investors who want to invest in the State.
The growth in the industrial sector can be geometric if government gets it right. I do recommend that the State government should establish the Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, IPPA, which will identify industries that require attention and assist industrialists who want to set up industries in the State. Such an agency will meet the needs of those who want to build industries in the State and assuage their challenges.
You Are An Apostle of Youth Development, How Do You Suggest We Engage Our Youths?
Our youths must be engaged. If we can get our youths employed, then we will be making remarkable progress towards the development of our State. Imo State do have the highest number of graduates in the country, considering the number of tertiary institutions in the State.These institutions produce graduates yearly. It is clear now that government alone cannot give them jobs.And if government cannot give all of them jobs, then government has to create the conducive environment to enable them be self employed, thats the trend across the world. I have always been an advocate of youth development. We need to make our youths to become self sustaining, to be able to create jobs for themselves.Unemployment has been a major challenge across the world. But there are workable measures to engage our youths.I suggest to the state government to engage our youths on Entrepreneurship Training and Mentorship programmes. This module has been effective in other countries. It will provide the platform for our youths to engage in ICT, industrialization and agriculture. This will make our youths to be self dependent and this will aid in the collective task of developing and sustaining our economy
You were Among Prominent Sons Of Oru West LGA Who Gave Out Palliatives To Your People During Covid 19 Pandemic?
We were motivated by the passion to assist our people during this challenging times because of Covid 19. I believe it is part of my responsibility to assist the needy and the less privileged during this period of adversity. We must see ourselves as our brothers keeper.
Thank you for your time?
|Politics / APGA Vows To Recall Imo Assembly Speaker, Deputy by nwokeji29: 10:46pm On May 15, 2020|
The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Imo State chapter, says it has gone to court to seek the recall of the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Chiji Collins, and his Deputy, Amarachi Iwuanyanwu.
This was disclosed by the Imo State Chairman of APGA, Hon John Iwuala while addressing members of the party during the inauguration of APGA Covid-19 Palliative Committee, at the party’s Secretariat, Egbu Road, Owerri, on Friday.
Iwuala noted that APGA has gotten approval from INEC to proceed to Court of law to legally recall the defected members, stating that the Constitution of APGA prohibits such an unthinkably wicked action against the party “when there was no crisis in APGA to have warranted their defection to another party that fought them during the 2019 election”.
“All necessary documents have been gotten from INEC to recall the APGA defected House of Assembly members. We are asking the Court to declare their Seats vacant and conduct fresh election. The party is taking Fire Brigade Approach for their recall as they lack the locus standi to leave a party that brought them to power”, Iwuala said.
Iwuala said the party has vowed to teach them lesson, saying “gone are days when members would play dirty with APGA again”, vowing that nothing shall stop the party from taking severe action against those who downgrad APGA.
Meanwhile, Imo APGA Covid-19 Palliative Committee to provide relief food items to poor citizens has been inaugurated.
The Committee is tagged “Operation Feed the Poor in Imo State”.
Notably, the Central Planning Committee is headed by Hon John Iwuala with Mrs Maria Mbanuzuo and Pastor Alphonsus Eberendu as Vice Chairman and Secretary.
Inaugurating the Committee, Barr Finta Ifinta, urged them to ensure that they carry out their assignment dutifully even with human face so that those who need the Palliatives would get them to cushion the effects of hunger arising from coronavirus pandemic.
Apart from the Central Planning Committee, there are other Sub-committees: Diaspora Committee (headed by Mrs Nkemdiri Onyirimba), Contact and Mobilization Committee(headed by Chief Eric), Publicity Committee (headed by Hon Emeka Nkwoada) including Security and Disabled Persons Committees which would be looked into after kick- off of the Palliative.
The Chairman of the Central Committee, Iwuala, appealed to all well-meaning persons especially those of Igbo origin to contribute to the Palliative to submerge hunger among the needy for the progress of the society.
|Nairaland / General / Imo PDP: 'We Smell Kangaro Proceedings In Imo Assembly Probe Of Ihedioha' by nwokeji29: 8:01pm On May 12, 2020|
he Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Imo State chapter, Wednesday rose in defence of former Governor Emeka Ihedioha, over allegations of mismanaging N19.63 billion naria local government funds.
The party said "it smells kangaroo proceedings in Imo Assembly probe of Ihedioha”
Ihedioha had denied the allegations leveled against him by the APC government of Hope Uzodinma and has gone to court.
Ray Emeana, State Secretary of the party, at a news conference in Owerri,said “ it smelt of a kangaroo proceedings for the Imo State House of Assembly to purport to invite officials of government during Gov Ihedioha’s period of service to come to the House of Assembly to explain the whereabouts of the so called missing N19.63 billion”
The PDP said it is at loss how Ihedioha was singled out for “probe” by the House of Assembly when the Interim report of the Auditor General of the Local Governments covered both the Okorocha and Ihedioha administrations.
He said “The Interim Report reviewed expenditures of the 27 Local Governments of Imo State within this period and queried various officers, and MDAs to explain various expenditures totaling, 19.63 billion Naira.
“It is instructive to note that H.E. Rochas Okorocha was the Imo State Governor from January 1, 2019 to May 28, 2019. Whereas, H.E. Rt . Hon Emeka Ihedioha was the Imo State Governor from May 29, 2019 to December 31st 2019 that the Interim Audit Report covered.
“It should be noted that of the N19.63 billion LGA expenditures in question, approximately N16 billion was expended between January 1 to May 28 2019, during the administration of Rochas Okorocha. It was only the sum of approximately N3.7 billion that was spent by the 27 LGAs between May 29, 2019 to December 31,2019 during the administration of Governor Ihedioha.
“So, effectively it is the expenditure of N3.7 billion that the LGAs during the administration of Gov Ihedioha should explain and account for, not N19.63 billion as is being claimed and bandied about everywhere, by the current Commissioner of Information acting on behalf of Governor Hope Uzodinma of APC. The remaining sum of approximately N16 billion should be accounted for by the regime of Former Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Emeana said “indeed the debate of the motion by the House to investigate the interim audit report at the House of Assembly show extreme bias and a clear premeditated case of witch hunt, without any pretense to impartiality and objectivity
He frowned at the fact that no single member of the PDP is a member of House of Assembly Public Accounts Commitee
He continued “The matter was referred to the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly, that had no single member of the PDP as a Committee member. The Minority Caucus of the PDP in the State House Of Assembly petitioned the Speaker to reconstitute the Committee and not only include PDP members but to make a PDP member Chairman as has been the precedent, convention and procedures in the Imo House of Assembly , some time in the past, in the National Assembly since 1999, in most of the State Houses of Assembly in the Federation and indeed most of the Commonwealth. This is to ensure fairness and transparency. Mr Speaker refused.
“It was also clear that the condition precedent for the House of Assembly to assume jurisdiction to investigate the Interim Auditor’s Report had not been met.
He said “ Under these circumstances it became imperative for His Excellency, to seek the intervention of the Court following obvious breaches in the processes and procedures of the purported probe.
“His Excellency, Ihedioha, would want the Court to determine whether the procedure for investigation is consistent with sections 128, 129 and even 125 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Imo State Local Government Administration Law, Section 129 (1), that contained the procedures for the auditing of Public Accounts of Local Governments.
“It is also imperative for the Court to clarify whether the composition of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Imo State House of Assembly for the investigation is in line with the relevant extant laws, parliamentary rules, conventions and procedures. And whether fair hearing would be afforded His Excellency.
The party said the former Governor has no intention of stopping or evading any investigation
“From the foregoing, it is evident and incontrovertible that Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has no intention of stopping or evading any investigation or “probe” of the N19.63 billion Auditors Interim Report by the Imo Legislature. Rather, he is out to establish that the rule of law , due process and FairPlay are applied in the entire process.
“We note that the current regime, having failed to convict Rt. Hon. Ihedioha in the media trial it has been waging, now wants to exploit the option of the legislature to achieve their sinister plan of establishing an infraction where there is none. Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha has nothing to fear, is not afraid of accounting for his stewardship to the people of Imo State that elected him. But he will not sit idly by and condone deliberate twisting of facts in a kangaroo trial with a meditated and predetermined outcome.
|Nairaland / General / '3rd Covid 19 Case In Imo, Returnee From Kano" Says Commissioner by nwokeji29: 8:51pm On May 11, 2020|
The Imo State Government has given an update on the third Covid 19 confirmed case in the State.
He is a returnee from Kano State.
According to a statement by the State Commissioner of Health, Dr (Mrs) Damaris Osunkwo, all the three confirmed cases of Covid 19 are doing well at the Isolation and Treatment Centre.
Part of the statement reads “The 3rd and newly confirmed case is a 43 years old returnee from Kano State who arrived his home in Ehume Obowo recently
“Contacts from him have been listed and are been followed up. Also samples have been taken from people considered highly exposed to him and already sent to the laboratory. We are going ahead to investigate reports and rumours of returnees and other suspected cases”.
The Commissioner advised Imolites to continue to keep safe.
“Please keep been safe by adhering to earlier advisories of steady hand washing with soap and water. Use hand sanitizers frequently, maintain social distance of 1 to 2 metres and avoid crowding. Continue to report all suspected cases and adhere to remain at home.
“Observe respiratory etiquette and wear face masks always. Do not panic and desist from spreading false rumours.
“Government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of all Imolites” the statement stated.
|Politics / Imo APGA Unveils Formula To Win Okigwe Senate Election by nwokeji29: 8:56pm On May 09, 2020|
As the Okigwe senate seat draws near, Chairman, Chairman,All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA in Imo State, John Iwuala, says the party has evolved a winning formula to win the polls, wade off election riggers and those who manipulate election results.
He said the party has conceived what he described as “termite approach” to ensure the votes of the people of Okigwe zone are not truncated at the polls.
He said “The election of Okigwe Senate cannot easily be manipulated or rewritten by election riggers who always subject citizens to hardship. Hence APGA is going to apply Termite Approach to win the election because we have been on ground since 1999.
He continued “APGA is intensifying election campaign at the State, Local Government Areas and Ward Levels. We are fully prepared to win the Okigwe Senate election. APGA is ready to protect its votes as it did in 2011 and APGA has been known as a winner of all duly conducted election in Imo State and the entire Igbo and”.
Speaking at the official inauguration of the campaign organization of Attorney Charles Onyirimba, Iwuala said the party has what it takes to clinch victory in the polls, because the party is well rooted in the state, local governments and at the grassroots level with overwhelming membership, supporters and popularity.
He described Attorney Charles Onyirimba, as an illustrious Imo citizen and legal luminary and is the best aspirant for the Okigwe Senate Seat, having been tested and trusted by his people.
Iwuala charged members of his campaign team to discharge their duty fairly and actively, to enable Attorney Charles Onyirimba win the Okigwe Senate seat in order to meet the interests and needs of the people through quality representation.
He noted that APGA’s constitution gives room to Special Citizens to show off their mental ability to add to its victory at the election, thanked Attorney Charles Onyirimba for giving palliative food items and sanitizers to Okigwe Senatorial District to cushion coronavirus pandemic.
In his remarks, APGA State Publicity Secretary, Emeka Nkwoada, urged members of Attorney Onyirimba Campaign Organization to always use the Social Media to project Attorney Charles Onyirimba and APGA to continue to gain popularity to move forward, saying Onyirimba is the candidate of APGA for the Okigwe Senate Seat Election.
|Nairaland / General / Covid 19: Another Lockdown Likely In Imo by nwokeji29: 7:22pm On May 07, 2020|
The non adherence to preventive measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in Imo State, may force the Imo state government to order another lock-down in the state.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had lifted the lock-down last Friday, though he retained the dusk to dawn curfew.
And despite strong advise by health authorities to the people of the state to maintain physical distancing, regular hand washing and gathering of not more than 50 persons prohibited, independent investigations conducted by this newspaper reveal, that the level of adherence is low and unimpressive.
Despite the ban on inter state travels, it was observed that buses particularly at non authorized motor parks conveyed passengers to and fro the State.
Most motor parks in the state particularly the illegal ones at Ama Jk and Douglas road, Owerri boarded passengers to the brim in their buses.
Intra city buses, it was also observed, also ferried passengers to full capacity. Some of them without face masks.
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control, NCDC had hinted that the latest wave of those infected with covid 19 originated through “community transmission”, a pattern of coroavirus infections outside the imported cases- those with infections who returned from abroad.
Major markets such as Eke Ukwu and Relief markets in Owerri metropolis, opened fully for business, as physical distancing were not properly observed by both buyers and sellers.
Though compliance to the use of face masks were substantially complied with by residents in Owerri metropolis, the level of adherence in the hinterlands is zero.
Our correspondent who visited Eziobodo, Okolochi communities in Owerri North LGA reports that he never sighted anyone with a face mask, except Okada riders who clustered together- in violation to physical distancing
Government offices provided hand washing facilities, including major stalls which opened for business after weeks of the lock-down.
It was observed that most check points manned by security agents have vanished within the state capital.
However, Governor Hope Uzodinma, has said he will be compelled to order another lock-down in the state if the act is deliberate.
Imo State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba, while briefing newsmen at the end of the State Exco meeting in Owerri, said Governor Uzodinma has warned against the abuse of easing the lock-down by Imolites, noting that the idea was only meant for people to move around and get essentials for a little while.
He added that the Governor threatened to impose a total lock-down should it be observed that the abuse is deliberate.
|Nairaland / General / "Ihedioha Head Of Imo Opposition That Must Be Weakened Before 2024"- Sources by nwokeji29: 10:58pm On May 02, 2020|
BY RALPH EJIMKONYE
Former Imo State Governor, Hon Emeka Ihedioha has been fingered as the “arrow head of the opposition in the state” to the present Hope Uzodinma administration in the state.
This is among other factors, why the former Governor has to be probed by the present administration, top level sources in Imo APC have revealed to this newspaper.
The Supreme Court had on January 14, 2020, sacked Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as Governor of Imo State and replaced him with Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Imo State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Hon. Declan Emelumba, had recently accused the Ihedioha administration of misappropriating N19.36 billion naira local government funds.
The Imo State House Of Assembly, dominated by the ruling APC, says it will proceed with the probe of the past administration.
According to multiple sources who spoke to this newspaper on condition of anonymity, Uzodinma never contemplated probing the former Governor, but indications that “Ihedioha has resolved to contest again for Imo governorship in 2024, is the chief factor why they decided to go after the Mbutu born politician”
The source said “It’s all about 2024. As it is now, Ihedioha is the leading opposition figure and arrow head in the State. Other opposition leaders have either lost steam or capitulated. There is no known politician in the state, who will have the nerve to challenge the APC government in 2024. Some have even fled the political stage and they will not have the muscle to return. There is no strong opposition to the present government except Ihedioha and the PDP.
“The only opposition figure that is formidable in Imo State is Ihedioha and the PDP and we are aware he still retains considerable level of support and followership in the state because of the manner he was kicked out of office by the Supreme Court.
“That sympathy is there for him and if he nurtures it till 2024, he will be the biggest threat to the APC government in the State, which has started on a shoddy note by not paying salaries to workers and pensions to pensioners.
“Ihedioha has showed signs that he wants to stage a come back to Government House in 2024 and it is public knowledge, that he still enjoys support and sympathy from the Imo populace, who have not really accepted the Uzodinma government.
“Public sympathy still sway in Ihedioha’s favour and Uzodinma knows this fact. And it is important that such public support is decimated before the next election cycle
“This is the reason, Governor Uzodinma said leadership is not a popularity contest but he forgot that popularity is a major plus to win elections.
“ Once he is politically decimated with all these allegations of fraud, he will lose credibility in the eyes of the voting masses by the next election cycle” the sources concluded
|Nairaland / General / Four Die In Owerri Building Collapse by nwokeji29: 8:38pm On May 01, 2020|
More details have emerge on the 8 storey building which collapsed on Yar’Adua Drive in Owerri on April 3o, 2020, as four persons have been confirmed dead and many injured.
The collapse of the building had caused panic in the state capital.
According to the State Commissioner of Health, Damaris Osunkwo, she said 14 persons have been rescued from the rubble.
Rescue operations in search of more survivors at the collapsed building is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has commiserated with the families and victims of the incident.
Expressing his displeasure at the avoidable incident that resulted in the loss of lives and property, when he visited the scene of the incident on Friday, Governor Uzodimma warned that under no circumstance should any such structure be erected without appropriate approval, monitoring and supervision by the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) and all other agencies charged with such responsibility.
The Governor noted that the building suffered avoidable structural defects coupled with sub-standard building materials used in the construction by the engineers.
|Nairaland / General / Imo Eases Coronavirus Restrictions by nwokeji29: 8:15pm On May 01, 2020|
The Imo State government has reeled out new measures, including easing restrictions as part of measures to contain the spread of corona-virus in the State.
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in a broadcast, Friday directed compulsory use of face masks.
The Governor said it has become necessary that protective covers are used since its importance has been emphasized by medical personnel.
He maintained that the dusk to dawn curfew in the State remains in place, but directed that from Sunday, May 3, all food markets will remain open, while social gatherings of more than 50 people will not be accepted.
He said “Effective from Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 public gatherings not exceeding 50 persons at a time shall be allowed.
“However the rule of social distancing must be strictly adhered to.If such gatherings must hold, there must be sufficient provisions for bucket stands for regular washing of hands in running water.
“Hand sanitizers must also be made available for regular use by the people so gathered.
“Equally every person in the gathering must wear face mask.
He promised that the government will continue to live on its promises to protect lives and property of Imo people, asking for their continued support in this trying period.
|Nairaland / General / Scores Feared Dead, As 7 Storey Building Collapses In Owerri (PHOTOS) by nwokeji29: 7:49pm On Apr 30, 2020|
A seven storey building under construction located at Yar’ Adua drive, Owerri has collapsed.
More than 30 persons mainly construction workers are trapped in the building
Rescue efforts are ongoing.
|Nairaland / General / Covid 19 Index Case In Imo: Contact Tracing Ongoing- Official by nwokeji29: 7:26pm On Apr 30, 2020|
The Imo State government says it has commenced contact tracing of the index case of coronavirus in Imo State.
A statement by the Commissioner of Health, Dr (Mrs) Damaris Osunkwo, stated that ” following the discovery of the confirmed case, the Imo State Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners: NCDC, AFNET, and WHO have already enlisted and started following up daily with thirty seven (37) persons so far.
“More contacts are being sort for enlistment. Meanwhile, the confirmed case is already in isolation and treatment center where he is doing quite well. All the contacts being followed up have remained without symptoms and self isolating. We are escalating sample collection and laboratory testing and so far, all the samples sent to the laboratory have come out negative except the index case.
The Commissioner appealed to Imolites not to panic.
” Imolites should not panic over this turn of events but be calm and commit to all advisories and observances that have been put out for the purpose of control most especially, hand hygiene, the use of face masks, social and physical distancing, avoidance of crowding, no funerals, burials should not be attended by more than 20 people, comply to the lockdown order and remain at home”
|Nairaland / General / Okorocha's Men 'resign To Fate' Over Uzodinma's Solo Appointments by nwokeji29: 12:52pm On Apr 30, 2020|
Loyalists of former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, who had been expectant of appointments or “accommodation” in the Hope Uzodinma administration, may have resigned to fate following the disposition of the Governor to appoint only his followers in his government.
A source told this newspaper that Okorocha’s men encapsulated in Rescue Mission group have now resolved to “watch the Uzodinma administration from a distance” after the latter only rewarded his supporters in CAMP Hope with appointments, ignoring pleas from top shots of the APC who had persuaded him “to form a broad government that will capture all layers of interests in Imo APC”
Governor Uzodinma had appointed over 120 aides as Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants, SSAs. He also appointed over 20 Commissioners without any nominee from his allies- Senator Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume.
This newspaper learnt that the last act that broke the camel’s back was how those in Rescue Mission in the APC were completely excluded from palliatives for covid 19 shared by the State Governor to the 27 local governments.
Former Governor Okorocha and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume had aligned with Senator Hope Uzodinma when the latter was installed as Governor of Imo State by the Supreme Court on January 14, 2020.
The apex court had sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
|Nairaland / General / Covid 19: Edozie Donate Palliatives Worth Millions Of Naira To Imo Community by nwokeji29: 8:15pm On Apr 22, 2020|
In a clear display of milk of human kindness and in a bid to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of Aji Community in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State, notable sons of the area, led by Chief Evans Edozie Onyeakor have doled out palliatives to the people of the area to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Palliatives include bags of rice, tomatoes, yam, several cartoons of Indomie worth millions of naira, were shared out to indigent men and women of Aji community, which took place at Community Primary School, Aji.
Others who joined Engr.Onyeakor in the provision of the palliatives to the people include High Chief Ambassador Cliff Nzerue (Onwa) and Engr.Livy Obidike, founder Lino Laboratories Ltd.
The palliatives are part of the contributions of an ilustrious son of the area, Engr.Onyeakor and co, to support the efforts of Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, to ensure the welfare and safety of the people of the State during the period of coronavirus pandemic.
Engr.Onyeakor, a manufacturer, noted for his philanthropic gesture and an emerging political icon in the area, respected for his kind hearted nature, expressed hope that the palliatives will go a long way to ameliorate the sufferings of his people.
Most of the beneficiaries who converged at Community Primary School Aji, expressed gratitude to their worthy sons for remembering them during this period of adversity
” We are grateful to them. For remembering us during this period of Covid 19 which has brought hunger and hardship in many homes in our midst, we are happy, our ilustrious sons deemed it appropriate to provide us with these Palliatives” said one of the beneficiaries, an elderly woman in her 80s
In his remarks, the traditional ruler of Aji Community, HRH B.E Ibenacho Ezeoha ii thanked Engr Onyeakor and others for their kind gesture and prayed God to reward them accordingly.
The Monarch added that the Palliatives will be shared accordingly, stating that there were no political attachment in sharing out the palliatives.
In his remarks, an elder in the community, Chief Sir J.C Akunna, said all the villages that make up Aji Community will benefit from the Palliatives provided by the three ilustrious sons of the community.
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