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Nairaland / General / Bakori Decried How Post Paid Customers Owe Jos Disco N115 Billion by PeterOnu(m): 5:30am On Nov 26, 2021
The Managing Director, Jos Electricity Distribution Plc, Engr. Hashim Ibrahim Bakori said post paid customers across the company’s franchise states of Bauchi, Benue, Gombe and Plateau were indebted to the company to the tune of N115 billion.

Bakori who decried the colossal debt said the debt had greatly impinged on the operations of the company stressing that the post paid customers debts were different from the cost of energy losses as a result of energy theft.

Bakori made the disclosure yesterday at the Launch of the Company's 5-years Corporate Strategic Plan to kick start a new goal to be achieved by the company at Elien Event Centre, Rayfield-Jos.

According to him, "If nothing is done to bridge the gap, a lot will go wrong and that is why we are lunching the Corporate Strategic Plan and by the time we are done, people will start seeing improvement on our energy supply across our franchise States".

The Managing Director further explained that, "We have consulted reputable company in the world to come and partner with us in moving the company forward".

Bakori who was optimistic of the company's improved service delivery assured customers that "From today you will see a very new Jos DisCo".

He however lamented that despite the laudable efforts by the new management of JED PLC to achieving qualitative service delivery to customers, vandalism and energy thieves still remain huge challenges to the company.

In his words, "Despite these efforts, the company is currently bedeviled by some man-made challenges. These challenges range from vandalism and theft of our installations, energy theft to customers huge indebtedness to the company".

According to him, In 2021 alone, Vandals and thieves have torched about 200 Distribution Transformers, armored cables, copper earth wires, transformer oil, feeder pillars, copper bars, several spans of aluminum conductors, line insulators etc",

Also speaking, the Chief Commercial Officer of the electricity distribution company, Engr. Mansir Nakande, said to achieve the desired level of reliable power supply, each of the 11 DisCos developed a 5-year Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), which was reviewed and approved by Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), on 29th April 2021.

Nakande said the PIP plan for 5 years is put at N47.23 billion excluding the investment in customers metering.

Earlier, the Chairman, Jos Electricity Distribution Plc, Alhaji Babanginda Inuwa, in his welcome address, said the new vision of the power company would henceforth become the backbone of JEDC's growth.

According to him, "The purpose of the new 5-years strategic plan is to help demonstrate how JED intend to break away from inefficiencies and inadequacies",

Meanwhile, in order to meet customers satisfaction, JED Plc had installed and commissioned not less than 88,500 prepaid meters from January to date at the cost of N5.6 billion naira.

The company had also planned to invest not less than N7.2 Billion on its network Expansion and Reinforcement.

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/customers-owe-jos-disco-n115-billion-bakori/

Nairaland / General / NATFORCE Denies Defying Nsa's Ban On It's Activities by PeterOnu(m): 1:51pm On Nov 14, 2021
The National Taskforce on Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapons (NATFORCE) has dismissed allegations that it is still carrying out its activities without any hindrance despite the order of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd).

The NSA, in June this year, had directed the immediate dismantling of all illegal security outfits across the country, and cautioned individuals, organisations and foreign partners on the activities of NATFORCE, which he said was illegally formed as a task force to combat illegal importation and smuggling of small arms, ammunition and light weapons into Nigeria.

However, Dr. Baba Mohammed, the Director General of NATFORCE, in a statement, said that consequent upon the NSA’s directive, he had directed, vide an internal memo dated 12th June,2021, and another reminder on 12th November, 2021 to all zonal state directors, prohibiting all activities at the commands.

The statement added that copies of the earlier statement made were also forwarded to the office of the NSA, DSS, the Police and all those concerned., and said the allegation that it had been recruiting personnel in defiance of the Federal Government directive are wrong or could have occurred from miscreants and those who could be impersonating Dr Baba Muhammed.

Dr. Baba Muhammad added that following the NSA proscription, series of warnings also followed against staff who may be found culpable for fraud, cheating and illegal operations, with threats that the full wrath of the law will be deployed on wanting staff.

He said NATFORCE is still awaiting to hear a positive response from the two chambers empowered to make laws for the country i.e. the National Assembly, which will provide the needed legislative backing to properly define the responsibilities of the taskforce and set legal guidelines for its operations across the federation.
Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/natforce-denies-flouting-nsas-ban-on-activities/

Nairaland / General / ENDEAVOR Holds 3rd Annual ‘scaleup Entrepreneurship Summit’ Today by PeterOnu(m): 1:24pm On Oct 21, 2021
AS the Nigerian economy still reigns as the largest in Africa despite daunting challenges, Endeavor Nigeria is set to hold its third annual ‘Scaleup Entrepreneurship Summit’ October 21, 2021.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Senior Associate Marketing and Communications, Endeavor Nigeria, Joy Mabia, where it pointed out essence of the Summit this time around, which is to drive a culture of entrepreneurial leadership and inspiring a generation of high-impact entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

According to Mabia, ‘Catalysing Conversations 2021’ hopes to catalyse the powerful multiplier effects that shift economies from the ground up. The aim is to spread the mission of high-impact entrepreneurship, illustrating why entrepreneurs that Think Big, Scale Up and Pay-It-Forward are critical for long-term economic transformation.

She added that Catalysing Conversations 2021 will bring together some of the boldest and most exciting entrepreneurs from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa to discuss and expand on a wide range of topics that are critical to boosting socio-economic transformation in Nigeria and other emerging markets.

She said: “Endeavor Nigeria, the leading community of high-impact entrepreneurs in Nigeria, has announced that its 3rd annual scaleup entrepreneurship summit, Catalysing Conversations, will be held on Thursday, 21 October 2021. This year’s virtual event is tagged “The Multiplier Effect”.

“By driving a culture of entrepreneurial leadership and inspiring a generation of high-impact entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Catalysing Conversations 2021 hopes to catalyse the powerful multiplier effects that shift economies from the ground up. The aim is to spread the mission of high-impact entrepreneurship, illustrating why entrepreneurs that Think Big, Scale Up and Pay-It-Forward are critical for long-term economic transformation.

“Catalysing Conversations 2021 will bring together some of the boldest and most exciting entrepreneurs from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa to discuss and expand on a wide range of topics that are critical to boosting socio-economic transformation in Nigeria and other emerging markets.

“The packed agenda will feature a mix of moderated fireside chats and TED-style talks by speakers from diverse backgrounds. The conversations will focus on themes of innovation, high-growth company dynamics, high-impact entrepreneurship, the journey from startup to unicorn, financial freedom, and the transformational power of technology.”

According to her (Mabia) business heavyweights are set to speak on various topics and issues on how to take businesses in Nigeria and Africa to the next level.

“Confirmed speakers include Ife Oyedele – co-founder, Kobo360, Tito Ovia, co-founder and Head of Public Sector Growth, Helium Health, Ife Orioke – Chief Commercial Officer, Flutterwave, Adolfo Babatz Torres – CEO and co-founder, Clip, Babs Ogundeyi – CEO and Founder, KudaBank, Gaurav Biswas – Founder and CEO, TruKKer, Tosin Eniolorunda – Founder and CEO, TeamApt, Pedro Conrade – CEO and co-founder, Banca Neon, Odun Eweniyi – Chief Operating Officer and co-founder, PiggyVest, Yanmo Omorogbe, co-founder and COO, Bamboo, Tomi Majekodunmi – CEO and co-founder, Bankly, and many others. Atedo N.A Peterside, CON, Chairman of Endeavor Nigeria, will deliver the closing remarks at the event.

Also, she said the Managing Director and CEO, Endeavor Nigeria, Tosin Faniro-Dada, said, “High impact entrepreneurs play an important role in job creation and economic transformation and we are committed to driving the entrepreneurship movement that can power the development we need.

“At Catalysing Conversations 2021, we have put together an immersive digital experience that will amplify important messages, facilitate engaging discussions and provide networking opportunities for guests. We look forward to a great event that will catalyse further innovation and enterprise across Africa.”

Meanwhile, the statement also explained that attendees at this year’s event will include entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, C-Suite executives, investors, policymakers, tech ecosystem enthusiasts, journalists, Nigerians in Diaspora, and general participants from Nigeria and across the world.

In addition to the inspirational learning experience at the summit, there will be virtual networking opportunities between attendees to foster partnerships and cross-market collaborations.

Catalysing Conversations 2021 is sponsored by Chapel Hill Denham, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc and VFD Group.

The event is free to attend and interested participants can find out more information or register to attend atwww.endeavornigeria.events

Endeavor is the world’s leading community of high-impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 1997, Endeavor is a global organization with a mission to unlock the transformational power of entrepreneurship by selecting, supporting, and investing in the world’s top founders. Today, Endeavor’s network spans nearly 40 markets and supports more than 2,000 entrepreneurs.
Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/endeavor-holds-3rd-annual-scaleup-entrepreneurship-summit-october-21/

Nairaland / General / Benue Born Model, Esther Daniels Wins International Crown by PeterOnu(m): 4:09pm On Oct 16, 2021
A Nigerian model, Esther Ene Daniels, on Saturday, emerged the Face of Unity Global for the year 2021.

Miss Daniels, a native of Otukpo in Benue State, Nigeria, beat 50 other contestants from various countries in an online poll that lasted for one month.

The organizers of the pageantry announced Miss Daniels' victory early hours of Saturday, via the official website www.faceofunityglobal.org and their official social media handles, adding that a "date for the coronation ceremony would be announced shortly".

According to the Organisers, Queen Igodan and Kauna John also emerged as first and second runners-up respectively.

While reacting, Queen Daniels dedicated her victory to God Almighty and humanity, whom she said had been her cardinal point of service.

Miss Daniels who could not hide her joy, called on her co-contestants, especially the runners-up, to team up with her in the quest to preach peace and unity to the world, as well as "redefining the place of the girl child in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large".

She promised to make good use of her crown to make the organizers of the pageantry proud, and to bring glory to her country, Nigeria, by justifying the confidence reposed in her, while thanking her parents, fans and her management crew for their wonderful supports, prayers and solidarity, in making her clinch the crown.

Miss Daniels, 25, who is in her final year at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, was the Miss Idoma Ambassador 2019, where she championed the campaign against RAPE, as well as empowering hundreds of young girls with skills acquisition training and take off capital.

The winner of Face of Unity Global 2021 is also an actress, singer, cinematographer, gender based activist and a humanitarian.

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/breaking-benue-born-model-esther-daniels-wins-international-crown/

Nairaland / General / There Is No Panic Or Attack On Dunamis Church - Enenche by PeterOnu(m): 7:21pm On Oct 05, 2021
Dunamis International Gospel Centre has dispelled as mere rumors being peddled by mischief makers that Dunamis Church was attacked by hoodlums recently.

It was reported that the District Centre Estate, Phase 4, Kubwa, in the Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, following the invasion of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre by suspected robbers on Monday.

A statement issued by the church made available to journalists, in Abuja, said, there is no panic or attack on dunamis church, nothing like that has happened or will ever happen in the Name of Jesus. Let it be made very clear that rumor, untruth, fallacy, and fabrications are being pushed in the air.

According to the church statement, when you tell a story that is not true, it is hellfire you are playing with. When you tell a story that is not true, or you push news that you are not sure of, or you push rumor that is not correct, it is hellfire you are playing with.

The church explained that there is no truth in it. In a particular location, petty thieves tried to come and steal something in the night, were resisted, the alarm was raised and they ran off, over the fence. Then some demonic agent picked a hint of such an unsuccessful misadventure of petty criminals and calls it ‘armed men attacks worshippers’. That devil is a bastard.

“We take authority over every agenda of armed banditry, agenda of terrorism and every such agenda in our nation, your tenancy in this land expires, in Jesus’ Name!

“If you leave here and anybody tells you that they heard something, tell them that it is a lie from the pit of hell! Both the devil who concocted it and the intention of that devil suffers frustration. It can never see the light of day.

“Gehazi told a lie and that lie followed his generation. It followed his generation. Please be warned. God does not need the support of a man to be Almighty. He doesn’t need the support of man. Be real, be sincere", the statement said.
Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/there-is-no-panic-or-attack-on-dunamis-church-pastor-enenche/

Nairaland / General / Agrichainx Unveils Tonto Dikeh As Brand Ambassador by PeterOnu(m): 8:47pm On Sep 27, 2021
Agrichainx Innovative Technologies Limited, Africa’s first global agricultural blockchain has unveiled celebrity actress and humanitarian, King Tonto Dikeh as its official brand ambassador.

The unveiling ceremony, which took place in Abuja Monday, had Ms Dikeh in attendance, after signing memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Agrichainx management.

Speaking at the ceremony, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Agrichainx, Amb. Dr. Godfrey Otoaye Akhayagboke, said the choice of the celebrity was to show its commitment to global empowerment to the less privileged and to the struggling women around
the world.

He said Dikeh will remain the official face of the firm for the next one year and the company is privileged to have her as her
ambassador.

“To support the growth of our economy, we are privileged to have her on board as our brand ambassador. Within the next few months, she will be helping us to promote Agrichainx.

“Agrichainx is an agricultural platform that was designed to connect farmers to the market, finance, tools and resources. To make agriculture simple and efficient for investors,” Akhayagboke said.

He also said the firm has been in operation since 2018 and has developed its native crypto currency called Agricoin which has been
listed in 12 exchanges in which investors, holders and users can convert their agricoin into their various choices of currencies.

“Agrichainx has registered users in 129 countries around the world, we have very active communities in 15 African countries and we have visited all the states in Nigeria educating and creating awareness about agriculture and blockchain.

“We have a lot in alleviating the plights of farmers throughout Africa,” Akhayagboke added.

On the position of the Nigerian government on the use of crypto currency, Akhayagboke, said “when a government is against a particular drive that is the direction of investment because as at when the government will be supporting that, poor people will not be able to invest in that direction.

“Recalled that in the beginning, the federal government was against crypto currency but at a second thought they are looking at the other side by joining other countries and other central banks all over the world by having their own cryptocurrency and in line with this, the Nigerian government through CBN will be launching E-naira on the 1st
of October.

“This also means that the federal government are already given a nod to cryptocurrency”.

On youth development, he said the company has several programs for youth empowerment, including teaching them agricultural blockchain and how they can go into farming.

In her speech after signing the MoU, King Tonto Dikeh said agriculture is very dear to her heart.

“I have always wanted to look for ways to make agriculture to be more attractive for my peer groups and for people coming behind me.

“We talk about oil all the time and we neglect the richest resources that Africa ever had which is agriculture.

“I have a passion for agriculture, I am a farmer, I try to make farming attractive for my peer groups. I want more like me to go into farming because farming is the future,” she said.

Dikeh appealed to governments to increase the help giving to farmers in loans and access to tools especially in rural areas.

“The grassroots are the real farmers and they are people that need these facilities and support and that is why we need to invest more in them for a better future.”

King Tonto Dikeh is a livestock and plantation farmer.

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/agrichainx-unveils-tonto-dikeh-as-brand-ambassador/

Nairaland / General / Unprecedented Leadership And Heroes Award To Hold In Abuja by PeterOnu(m): 8:55pm On Sep 18, 2021
African Transformer Institute (ATI) and Global Socio-economic and Financial Evolution Network Worldwide is set honor distinguished personalities with Unprecedented Leadership and Heroes’ Award

The award is a prestigious international recognition which
recognizes distinguished individuals for their unprecedented excellence and pragmatism in
leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, profession, business and influence as well as
community development, peace and security

The award is part of African Transformer Institute (ATI), Global Socio-economy and Financial
Evolution Network (GSFEN Worldwide) and Peace Ambassador Agency Worldwide programs to recognize distinguished personalities in
their different field of endeavors.

Notable personalities already in the nomination lists include Vice President of Global Goodwill Foundation U.S.A, Amb. Lisa Jones, Prof. Peter Bheda of Boston University of Hospitality, U.S.A, Prof. Blessing Lawal Nigeria, Sir(Engr) Gozie Denwigwe, Amb. Ghazala Khan, Dr. Gomez U.S.A and many other's

The chairman of the award committee Mr. Igweshi Augustine stated that the award ceremony will be held in Abuja Nigeria in November, 2021 and prominent Nigerians are already been nominated for the prestigious international award also the profile of awards recipients will be featured in Transformer's Magazine, one of the African leading Magazine.

Nairaland / General / FCC And It's Deteriorating Nature, Urgent Need Of President Buhari To Intervene by PeterOnu(m): 7:54am On Sep 16, 2021
The Chairman of the Integrity Group of Federal Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission- FCC,  Wokocha Augustine Onyekachi has called on all relevant authorities to restore sanity at the commission following what he described as negation of federal character principle by the chairman of the commission,  Muheeba Dankaka.


Speaking on behalf of 33 other federal commissioners, Wokocha Augustine Onyekachi representing rivers state accused Dankaka of selfishness, greed and vindictive and further call on President Muhammad Buhari to immediately intervene and restore sanity in the commission. 

Dankaka is alleged to have severally
Negated federal character principles
By employing over 20 person's without following due process and With half coming from her own village.

The fcc chairman who is also accused of running the commission as a sole administrator is said to be carrying out ongoing renovation of the office, a capital project which the chairman is carrying out without following due process and was never in consultation with other stakeholders. 

According, to Onyekachi other accusations against the fcc chairman shall be unfold in the following days. 

Section 14 (3) and (4) of the Constitution  provide thus: 

“(3) The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies
and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the
federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to
promote national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of
persons from a few states or a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that
government or any of its agencies.

“(4) The composition of the Government of a State, a local government council, or
any of the agencies of such Government or council or such agencies shall be
carried out in such manner as to recognize and the conduct of the affairs of the
Government or Council the diversity of the people within its area of authority and the need to promote a sense of belonging and loyalty among all the people of the
Federation.” 

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/urgent-call-on-president-buhari-to-restore-sanity-in-federal-character-commission/

Nairaland / General / Nigeria Needs To Re-focuse Its Development Agenda On The Youth And Women - Usman by PeterOnu(m): 9:07am On Jul 29, 2021
By Kingsley Mba

The founder/president Bukar Foundation, Abuja, Dr Usman Bukar has advised Nigerian government to prioritize its development agenda to accommodate more youths and women 'to enhance their roles in nation building.'

This was contained in the key note address Dr Bukar delivered during the Peace, Unity And Nation Building dialogue organised by StandTall Africa Initiative in Abuja under the theme, "Building A Better And Stronger Africa & Nigeria Through Peaceful Co-existence, Unity And Intellectual Engagement."

Dr Bukar in his address said that the speed with which Nigeria's population is growing, more efforts should be channelled toward empowering the youths and women as critical partners in nation building.

"Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups and 500 languages. From a population of about 50 million in the 1960s, it has grown to become not only the most populous black country and the largest economy in Africa but also the one with the largest youth population in the world, next to China and India." Dr Bukar stated

He therefore contended that given the above scenario, it is therefore pertinent for Nigeria to reset it's development focus to cater for the needs of the youths and women as a result of their size and potentials.


Speaking on the concerns raised by the population size of the country, Dr Bukar noted that there would be conflict as people scramble for limited land spaces, scarce resources while identifying poverty, joblessness and corruption as the root causes of the hopelessness and atrocities by some people against fellows citizens.

He pointed out that the increasing number of the population has also placed more demand for security and welfare of the people.

On the agitation and clamour from many Nigerians for restructuring and Constitutional review, Dr Bukar stated that those craving for more states or local government creation should know that the already existing ones are yet to be consolidated and the group should align their actions with positive contributions and the realities facing the country. He nevertheless believes that only good governance and sound leadership can address the many challenges and agitations in the country.

A former governor of Niger state, Dr Babangida Aliyu in his contributions during the event called on the National Assembly to take decisive action in addressing the problem the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam pose to students seeking admission particularly foreigners as JAMB has no provisiosn to accommodate foreigners who wish to study in Nigeria.

"JAMB has become a problem to many students and foreigners seeking admission in Nigeria, the national Assembly should look into this especially private schools in Nigeria"

Speaking on insecurity and the problem posed by secessionists, Dr Aliyu said it is wrong for public figures and politicians to have dual citizenship. This he said gave them undue advantage as they find easy way to escape after heating up the polity.

"When those people causing problems know that the other foreign Nations where they are citizens would offer them assistance, they become more emboldened "

He mentioned the Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo AKA Sunday Igboho, the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and the Publisher of Sahara reporters as some of the people using their dual citizenship as a privilege to cause unrest.

"Public figures and politicians seeking any position should first renounce his or her dual citizenship,"

The former governor advised the government to focus more on building strong institutions as only strong institutions can produce good leaders and good citizens.

Speaking on insecurity, Aliyu stated that there is need for the government to strengthen the traditional institutions and leaders to fight insecurity. "These traditional rulers and village leaders have impeccable intelligence gathering networks. They know new faces and strangers coming into their communities through an established system of local administration".

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/2021/07/29/nigeria-needs-to-re-focuse-its-development-agenda-on-the-youth-and-women-dr-bukar-usman/

Nairaland / General / Ebonyi 2023: The Vast Conspiracy Against Ezza Ezekuna Community by PeterOnu(m): 12:01pm On Jul 28, 2021
By Francis Izekwe

Less than two years to the 2023 General elections, political predators and a section of powerful vested political interest in the state have set in motion, a vast conspiracy to sabotage the genuine political aspiration of the Ezza people for the governorship of the state.

This plot is steeped in a history predicated on scare mongering, vicious propaganda, blackmail, intimidation and blatant falsehood. Having worked so well for this cabal since the unfolding Fourth Republic politics in 1999, these desperate and vicious political operatives are determined to foist their narrow selfish interest on Ebonyi people at all cost.

The battle for the soul of Ebonyi, at a time when politics at both national and sub national levels have adopted zoning in recognition of the need for fairness and equity to curtail heightened ethnic saliency, which has continued to spew instability in our nation, portends grave threat and danger to the peace and well being of the state, if not properly managed by the political class.

In pursuit of justice and fairness, states and local governments should micro-zone positions and political offices to correct anomalies and historical injustices.

The Ezza Ezekuna people whose progenitors constitute the Abakaliki bloc in the state, it must be stated, are imbued with patriotic zeal and are perhaps the most committed group to the Ebonyi project. The depiction of Ezza people as the most committed group to the Ebonyi project is not a hyperbole but is anchored on empirical evidence and a history of selflessness, sacrifice and enormous contributions to the cause of Ebonyi state. The riveting account of G.B.G Chapman, the British Intelligence Officer with jurisdiction covering the present Ebonyi state is indeed illuminating and instructive.

The warriors of Ezza Ezekuna saved the people of Ezillo from looming defeat in the hands of more powerful foes at the dawn of the 20th century. Again, the people of Effium relied on the heroics and exploits of the warriors of Ezza Ezekuna to repel the offensive of external aggressors who were poised to decimate them in 1928. In moments of profound challenges in the past, the Ezza people summoned their mighty men of valour for the common good.

In effect, it is accurate to state that Ezza people have always been the protectors of minority groups since time immemorial.

In recent contemporary history, the selfless and sacrificial nature of the Ezza people has been on full display. They have never shied away from confronting challenges and advancing the collective interest of the state.

For instance, when duty beckoned during the agitation for the creation of Ebonyi State, Ezza Ezekuna sons and daughters played critical and frontline roles in the struggle that eventually led to the creation of the state.

It is a historical fact that Monday Umanyi, an Ezza son who championed the campaign for the creation of Ebonyi State was persecuted and eventually paid the supreme price at a time it was a taboo to advocate for the new state. Another prominent son of Ezza, Chief Samuel Okohu was the highest donor at the fund raising of the Movement for the Creation of Ebonyi State.

Senator Offia Nwalli, an influential political leader with prodigious intellect from Ezza Ezekuna submitted the formal request for the creation of Ebonyi state to the National Assembly. As a matter of fact, Ezza sons occupy prominent places in the pantheon of heroes whose sacrifice and contributions made the creation of Ebonyi State a reality.

When Fourth Republic politics berthed in 1999 and a son of Ezza in the person of Geoffrey O. Chukwu (GOC), became the State Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP), the sacrificial and selfless nature of Ezza people was again brought to the fore. Instead of using his powerful position to work for the emergence of a son of Ezza as governor of the state, he instead supported and worked tirelessly for the installation of Dr. Sam Egwu, a minority from the Northern Senatorial zone as Governor.

The Ezza people and their political elite also supported the emergence of Chief Martin Elechi from Ikwo (2007-2015) and Engr. Dave Umahi, the current governor of the state who is in his second and final tenure.

Despite these noble acts of selfless service and contributions towards the growth and development of the state, there has been deliberate efforts by enemies of progress who feel threatened by the progress recorded by the Ezza people. Since the creation of the state in 1996, many crises have been contrived by visible and invisible political actors with the aim of decimating and diminishing the stature of Ezza people in the eyes of other groups in the state.

In 2002, attempts were made by these powerful forces to expel Ezza Ezekuna people from Effium. This orchestrated plan failed woefully to the consternation of the sponsors. Given their determination to execute this agenda of ethnic cleansing, the same crisis exploded again in 2020. What started as a disagreement between factions of the transport union soon snowballed into a full- blown war between Ezza and Effium people, exposing in the process, the political nature of the crisis.

The fact that the recent Ezza-Effium crisis broke out so close to 2023 is seen by many discerning observers as the opening salvo of delegitimization campaign against the Ezza people in the run up to 2023. To these purveyors of violence, it does not matter those lives and properties running into millions of naira have been lost by both sides. This delegitimization campaign by 2003 was allegedly sponsored by the state government as the plan to sow seeds of discord among the Ezza people gathered steam.

Two groups- Ezza Ezekuna Consultative Forum and Ezza Ezekuna General Assembly were said to have been created and funded by the state government to pit the people against each other.

Over the years, there has been deliberate campaign to diminish the voting strength of Ezza Ezekuna people. Part of this deliberate strategy involved the deployment of faulty biometric data capturing machines to areas populated by our people. Between 2007 and 2015, this strategy was deployed with devastating effect by the state government in cahoots with compromised agents of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

In 2008, the state government teamed up with Ezillo people against Ezza- Ezillo community. At issue was a dispute over the location of a pay-phone between two teenagers whereupon the state government instead of nipping the dispute in the bud took side against the Ezza-Ezillo people. Tellingly, only Ezza people including their traditional rulers and political leaders were detained. The state government practically supervised the sacking of Ezza-Ezillo people from their ancestral homes and the widespread destruction of their possessions.

To legitimize the atrocities visited on our people, the state government used the state-owned media to denigrate and condemn the Ezza -Ezillo people as the aggressors.

The emergence of the Engr. Dave Umahi administration brought succour and an end to the maltreatment of the Ezza-Ezillo people as he made a powerful push for peace. He released all the people that had languished in detention for years and for once the state government became an impartial arbiter. A committee composed of clergymen was empaneled to uncover the immediate and remote causes of the crisis and advise the state government on how to bring lasting peace to Ezillo. In the end, the panel established the status of Ezza-Ezillo people as co-owners of Ezillo.

The current state administration, it should be stated has been in the main even handed in handling the affairs of the state especially the intractable communal crises that has reared its ugly head from time to time. The governor has demonstrated leadership in this regard. But certain elements within his administration, vestiges of the old discredited era are bent on executing a vile campaign of calumny and blatant falsehood with the aim of tarnishing the reputation of Ezza-Ezekuna people in the run up to 2023 general elections.

These agents of hate and deception ordinarily cannot succeed in an environment devoid of confusion and have as their lifeline and political survival, the destructive tools of blackmail and scare mongering to rely on and deploy to devastating effect.

As 2023 draws closer, these political predators who perceive the Ezza Ezekuna as potent threat to their political survival will thrown everything in their arsenal of propaganda in the attempt to scuttle the aspiration of our people. It is this people that Governor Engr. Dave Umahi should be wary of if he wants to finish his administration on a high note.

(Izekwe, a Public Affairs Commentator based in Enugu, can be reached on izekwefranc@gmail.com).

Nairaland / General / Group Slams Austin Okai, Says GYB Is Building Bridges In Kogi State by PeterOnu(m): 1:51pm On Jul 26, 2021
Group under the aegis of Progressive Ambassadors (PAs), has expresses confident that Yahaya Bello would deliver if voted as number one citizen of the country. The group regarded as frivolous, a comment by one Usman Okai Austine to demarket Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state whose popularity hinges on the fact that he is building bridges of unity and inclusiveness within his state in particular and across the nation in general.

According to the forum, Okai, in a publication on his Facebook page circulated to other social media platforms painted Gov. Bello as being divisive and tribalistic in his handling of affairs of the state with particular reference to the recent visit to President Muhammadu Buhari by a delegation from Kogi state, tagging the Governor, alleging that he selected only people from his senatorial district.

In a statement by the National Coordinator, Secretary general and Treasurer, Abba Adaudu, Mr. Omale Omale and Chris Ngara respectively, says "Ordinarily, one would have ignored Okai whose regular media outings is not only mischievous and malicious but aimed at distorting facts and misinforming the unsuspecting public to score political points, however, we feel duty bound to put the record straight especially on the recent visit to Daura.

"Apart from the delegates which the poster deliberately mentioned in his publication to have been selected only from the governor's tribe, others on the delegation were CPS Unogwu (Kogi East), MD Confluence Rice, Segun (Ogun State), Chairman KGIRS Isah (Kogi West), Solid Mineral Commissioner, Bashir (Kogi West), GYB, President, SA Youth, Jibril (Kogi West) DG protocol, Sunday (Kogi West) SA PR Bolori (Borno) Omala LG Secretary, Joy (Kogi East), SA Haruna is from Kogi East and several others including the governor's driver who is Austin Okai's kinsman.

"Instructively also is the fact that the deligation was made up of people from the local government level and not just top state government functionaries.

Stressing that the poorly fabricated article lamented the total neglect of infrastructural development in Kogi state at a time the Governor is transforming the state infrastructurally exposes the author's mischievous characteristics.

Pointing that Ganaja fly over project is ongoing, operation light up Kogi East project is at 95% completion, the Referral Hospital in Okene as well as the Zonal Hospital in Idah, Isanlu and Kanto-Karfe which are all to be completed this year. Remodeling of the state Specialist Hospital and rehabilitation of the University Teaching Hospital and many more are infrastructural testimonials of the Bello's administration.

With all these couple with regular payment of workers salaries and the towering popularity of the Governor, it has become difficult for his detractors to constructively criticize him, hence the resort to mere mischief, malice, fabrication and blatant falsehood.

The group urges Austine Okai and his diminishing sponsors to rechannel their efforts towards doing something meaningful as the arrow of GYB has already left the bowl, and no amount of falsehood will stop it from hitting the target.

Nairaland / General / Motorists Commend Pst Enenche As Dunamis Church Constructs Another Road In Abuja by PeterOnu(m): 6:42pm On Jul 10, 2021
By Isaac Michael & Oriri Peter

The Etsu Karu in FCT, HRH Bawa Jatta, has called on highly placed individuals and corporate organizations in the Country to complement government's efforts towards community development.

He made this plea at the inauguration of a bye-pass road between Karu and Jikwoyi communities in the FCT, initiated by the Dunamis International Gospel Church, and commissioned by its Senior Pastors, Dr. Paul Enenche and his wife Dr. Becky Enenche on Friday, July 9 2021.

The Monarch while prayed God to reward the church for the noble gesture, noting that the road was a huge burden for motorists in that axis before the intervention.

In his remarks, Pastor Enenche stressed the need for Nigerians to always dedicate themselves to the service of God and humanity, emphasizing that the church had embarked on several projects across the Country, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. He further stressed that a good christian makes a difference by what he gives to those around him.

According to the Senior Pastor, "The major assignment of leadership is the welfare of the people and I believe as we look more into the welfare of the people, we have a better life".

Pastor Enenche explained that the church was reaching out to people on monthly basis to empower them do a lot of things such as trading, tailoring. He further noted that on a quarterly basis, the Church organises mega outreaches to enable it undertake such projects as renovation of schools and provision of transformers.

Also speaking, Pastor Yakubu Usman, Resident Pastor, noted “that the gospel is unto good works, we are the salt of the earth, and a city set upon a hill cannot be hidden."

The Karu-Jukwoyi branch of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN chairman, Rev Amos appreciated Dunamis for the gesture, describing Pastor Enenche as a holiness preacher and a preacher with a lion and large heart. He prayed for more grace for the church. "Pastor Enenche has continued to demonstrate the true virtue of Christianity of love and care for the people."Above all, he is not just a preacher but one with large and lion heart."

On his part, Simon Nehemiah, a resident of the community said "it is a project that God has ordained and will eventually change the face, as it were, of the whole community, before now the dust around was very terrible, there is even the health aspect because of the dust which can cause respiratory challenges and problems but now Dunamis church has to solve the problem. God bless the church and the senior pastor."

In the same vein, Mr. Alex Bako, a motorist said "it is a laudable project and it is going to be beneficial to all and sundry especially the immediate community the church operates. Dunamis Church has always contributed positively to the nation, and am sure this road is not going to be the last the church will construct."

Dignitaries present during the commissioning included Maj. Gen. Chris Garba, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Hon. Samuel Godday, Hon. John Dyegh, traditional rulers and other dignitaries from all works of life.

It could be recalled that the Church had constructed and commissioned other road projects including the Nyanya-Mararaba checkpoint road, Phase 4 Kubwa, Area 1 Durumi, Garki road in Abuja among others.

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/2021/07/10/motorists-jubilate-as-dunamis-church-constructs-another-road-in-abuja-photos/

Nairaland / General / Re: How I Love The ‘evil’ Of Prophet T.B JOSHUA by PeterOnu(m): 3:59pm On Jul 10, 2021
The viral story making the rounds on social media with the headline, How I love the ‘evil’ of prophet T.B Joshua, credited to Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche, Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Centre was actually written by a totally different person.

The attribution of the story is misleading as the said statement did not emanate from the Senior Pastor.

The said story was authored by Enenche Obonyilo Peter, also known as Enenche Enenche, a comedian and it was first published on Daily Post online with his name boldly written below the article.

To set the record straight, Enenche Enenche is an entertainer while Dr. Paul Enenche is a pastor and both are separate individuals.

Those sharing the story should be aware of who the real author is, as any attribution of the article to Dr Paul Enenche is false and misleading.

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/2021/07/10/re-how-i-love-the-evil-of-prophet-t-b-joshua/

Nairaland / General / Benue South 2023: Hon. Alapa Declares For Senate by PeterOnu(m): 10:33am On Jul 02, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

Leaders and relevant stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the 9 local government areas of Benue South, yesterday converged on Otukpo, the traditional and political headquarters of Idoma nation, as Rt. Hon. Nelson Alapa declared his intention to fly the party's senatorial flag, come 2023.

Alapa, who made history as the Minority Whip of the 6th House of Representatives while representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency of Benue State, is currently a member of the National Working Committee of APC and had served the party in various capacities.

Addressing party leaders from the various local government areas of Benue South in his country home, Otukpo, Chief Alapa said he was consulting the party hierarchy for their blessings to clinch the party's senatorial ticket and for eventual victory at the general elections, come 2023.

Having served the party since inception to the highest echelon of decision making, and having served as a principal officer of the National Assembly, the grassroot politicians said he appeared most qualified, to represent the good people of Benue South at the negotiating table, when issues of development, security, women and youth empowerment would be discussed at the upper legislative chamber.

The seasoned Parliamentarian stressed that, he stepped down from the gubernatorial race to ease the chances of Benue South in producing and projecting a consensus candidate amongst all those aspiring for the office of first citizen of Benue State in 2023.

Responding, the Zonal Chairman of APC in Benue South, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed, said Chief Alapa was the first aspirant to have officially made his intention to contest the senatorial race known to the party leadership at the zonal level, corroborating the saying that, 'he who gets to the river first can never fetch dirty water'.

On his part, a stalwart of the party, Hon. Eddy Anyebe, described Chief Alapa as a product which can be sold anywhere because he is a people-oriented person.

Hon. Anyebe further reminded the gathering that it was until Chief Alapa got to the green chamber that the people believed there was money meant for projects in the House of Representatives, adding that, the entire Benue South would benefit more, when he gets to the red chamber.

He urged the leadership of APC at the zonal level to consider the candidature of Chief Alapa, since he is sellable and those who profited from his enormous projects while he was in the House of Representatives could still attest to his ability to deliver on mandate.

Speaker after speaker from various local government areas, including party chairmen, women leaders, youth leaders and other stakeholders, in affirmation, lauded the leadership qualities of Chief Alapa, whom they described as "humble" and "perfect gentleman", pledging their commitments in domesticating the campaign in their locality.

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/2021/07/02/benue-south-2023-hon-alapa-declares-for-senate/

Nairaland / General / Constitution Review: Senator Ibezim Wants More State To Be Created In South East by PeterOnu(m): 10:47am On Jun 12, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

The newly inaugurated Senator representing Imo North, Senator Frank Ibezim, has clamoured for an additional state to be created for the South East region, to balance some political equations.

According to the lawmaker, additional state for the region would go along way to pacify the people, while suggesting restructuring to help strengthen the nation's democracy.

Speaking to Journalists in Abuja on Friday, on the gains of democracy, to mark the 2021 democracy day celebration, Senator Ibezim also remarked that, democracy had faired well in Nigeria, compared to the days of military regimes.

He said during the military era, due to some draconian laws, people were not supposed to speak against the government; "but today, people have freedom to speak and you have free speeches also".

On the clamour for restructuring and secession, the lawmaker said it was high time the government listened to the people and harmonized the differences to ensure peace is restored.

"Now, most Nigerians are calling for peace, and I believe that, with the challenges of our time, maybe it is a way to eventually help this nation. So, I can't throw away those that are talking about succession.

"All I want for Nigerians is to listen to everybody, because by the time you listen to everybody we will be able to come together. I believe that, this is a great country. I believe that there is hope for positive development and I believe that now is the time for us to look inwards and work together", Ibezim said.

He said restructuring the country would further strengthen the unity of the people and restore peace and security.

Senator Ibezim, while throwing his weight behind creation of additional state in the South East, added that, it could only be possible through the instrumentality of the amendment of the 1999 constitution, which process is currently ongoing.

He called on Nigerians, especially, agitating groups to remain calm and await the outcomes of the constitution amendment process, which he said would address many issues raised by various groups.

It would be recalled that, the South East region is the only geopolitical zone in Nigeria with only 5 States.

Each of the South South, South West, North Central and North East has 6 States, while the North West had 7 States.

Attempts to create additional states under the current democracy have failed, due to botched constitution amendment processes and unimplemented resolutions of national conferences.
Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/2021/06/12/constitution-review-senator-ibezim-wants-additional-state-to-balance-equation-in-s-east/

Nairaland / General / Insecurity: Benue Council Boss Advances Governor Ortom's Implementation Of CVG by PeterOnu(m): 7:46pm On May 11, 2021
Ado Local Government Chairman, James Oche has said his administration would support Governor Samuel Ortom and the Benue State Government in seeing to the full implementation of the law establishing Community Volunteer Guards.

James Oche who gave these words at the expanded stakeholders security meeting of Ado local government area, held on Sunday, 9th May, 2021 in Igumale maintained that it was indeed sacrosanct to, in the wake the security concerns, rise up to the task in defence of the lives and properties of people of Benue State.

At the stakeholders meeting the political class was led by the Member, House of Representatives for Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, Hon. Francis Otta Agbo, the Ado Local Government Chairman, James Oche, the Member representing Ado State Constituency, Hon. Mrs. Agnes Uloko and the Benue Commissioner for Urban Development Chief Dennis Ekpe Ogbu as well as other prominent individuals including former state assembly members, past chairmen and leaders of various political parties in Ado. At the stakeholders meeting were also religious leaders, heads of security agencies and traditional rulers.

The modalities for the implementation of the law on Community Volunteer Guards and sundry security issues affecting Ado LGC and Benue State were deliberated and consensus reached as contained in a communique issued immediately after the meeting.

The stakeholders while commending Governor Samuel Ortom for his efforts especially as regards security of lives and property of Benue People noted that the implementation of the law was long due having been passed since 2000.

The assembly of stakeholders urged the Benue State Government to as quick as possible support the Ado Local Government with the provision of logistics and material support for the new guards and further commended the efforts of Mr. James Oche in ensuring the security of the people of Ado.

Speaking on the crisis between Effium and Ezza communities, the stakeholders warned Effium and Ezza people to desist defiling Ado land with blood of innocent ones in the name of fighting each other and further urged the security agencies to go after all those behind the crisis in the two communities and arrest them for prosecution, directing that a curfew be placed in affected communities to limit movement of persons pending when normalcy would return.

The stakeholders also commended the senator representing Benue south senatorial district, comrade Abbah Moro for raising up the Ado security situation in the floor of the Senate, stressing that his action further strengthened and restored their confidence in his ability to representing them. They saluted the gallantry of the operation Whirlstroke and the Police as well as other security agencies in Ado.

The Ado stakeholders used the forum to condem in totality the recent statement and actions of the Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi, who falsely accused the peaceful and vulnerable Agila people for the attack on the Umugodu-Akpu community of Ebonyi State and commended the Ado council chairman for his prompt action in ensuring that the truth was told to the public through the media and called on the Federal Government and relevant authorities to hasten the delimitation of the Benue/Ebonyi Boundary.

The stakeholders further charged the Hon. Francis Ottah Agbo and the Mr. James Oche to create an opportunity for them to have an interface with the Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom over recent developments within the Local Government.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/471512546385252/posts/1548112302058599/

Nairaland / General / 2023: Group Want Senator Bala Mohammed To Contest President by PeterOnu(m): 3:00pm On May 07, 2021
By Our Correspondent

A Patriotic Call On His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Mohammed (Kauran Bauchi), to Contest for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, come 2023 has been made.

The call was made by the National Coordinator of the Bala Mohammed Support Group Dr. Engr. Richard J. Agene among others.

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Gentlemen of the Press, the Leaders and critical stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Leaders of the various PDP support groups, ladies and gentlemen.

It is with a great sense of responsibility in the collective search for a true leadership to salvage our nation from the current state of affairs including the unfortunate security situation of our dear country Nigeria, that we have embarked on a nation-wide consultation with critical stakeholders across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, as well as 774 local government areas across our country for this very important gathering.

It is no longer news that our country is in dire need of leadership; our security architecture have collapsed, the economy is in shambles, government institutions have become helpless, poverty has taken over the land, killings, kidnapping, banditry, maiming, arm-robbery, insurgency, sexual abuse, corruption among other vices have almost become our new national anthem; our nation, the once pride of Africa has been brought to her knees.

As Dr. Maxwell once posited that, “everything rises and falls on leadership”. It is incontrovertible that the Nigerian enterprise is no doubt in dire need of a strong, visionary and purposeful leader, who has the capability, will power and zeal to lead our nation on the right path and correct the abnormalities confronting us as a nation.

As patriotic Nigerians and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), we are aligned with the efforts of our great party as the rallying point of all men and women of goodwill in our country to rescue our nation from the stranglehold of the incompetent, divisive and overtly corrupt All Progressives Congress (APC), come 2023.

It is in this regard that we believe that the right step must be taking by throwing up a Presidential candidate that will be generally acceptable to the Nigerian people across board for the task ahead.

After a very thorough and extensive consultation among stakeholders from across the six geo-political zone, and after due review of the array of credible leaders in our party, there is an emerging consensus towards competence, reliability, performance and pan Nigerianism in the choice of the next President.

In these consultations across stakeholders, one name continued to future over others among our array of contemporary leaders in our country. Ladies and gentlemen, with humility, we wish to report that that name is Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

It is in this regard that this group is calling on the Governor of Bauchi state, Sen. Bala Mohammed, to please answer the call by compatriots to lead in the task of salvaging the country from total collapse, by making himself available to CONTEST for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigerian come 2023.

Senator Bala Mohammed, without any contestations, possess the much-sought credentials for the purpose and visionary leader, who can unite our nation and redirect our national energies for productivity, wealth creation and political stability of our country.

Senator Bala Mohammed is a leader, who understand the nuances of our nation with an inherent zeal and will power to effectively manage our national diversity for that united and virile nation of the dreams of our founding fathers. This ostensibly is why he is widely accepted across the nation as the desired leader to lead our nation out of the wood.

Born on the 5th of October 1958, Senator Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi state, was also Minister of Federal Capital Territory from 2010 to 2015, where he led many reforms and laid solid foundation for the stability and massive development of the federal capital. He was a Senator from Bauchi State between 2007 and 2010.

A journalist, public servant, legislator and administrator, Senator Bala Mohammed possesses the skills and experience needed to fix our ailing nation.

His proficiency in public service in the ministries of Internal Affairs, Solid Minerals, Power and Steel and Transportation and Aviation; as well as his experience in administration of the FCT, administration in the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, administration of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and government of Bauchi state, set him out for the task ahead.

Moreover, considering the zoning principles of our beloved party, and the inclination by party stakeholders to zone the presidency to the North East or South East in the interest of equity, justice and fair-play our country, we are pleased tom report that consultations so far made indicate a preference for Senator Bala Mohammed, who is from the Northeast.

It is against this backdrop that the Sen. Bala Mohammed Support Group is strongly recommend him to the PDP as a viable option for us to wining the general election, come 2023.

We implore all our party faithful to support in mobilizing the youths and the entire party faithful for this unstoppable movement.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Nairaland / General / Effium/ezza Crisis: Benue LG Boss Talk Tough As Renewed Attack Claim One Life by PeterOnu(m): 5:40pm On May 03, 2021
The Effium/Ezza crisis in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State yesterday took a violent turn in Odoke and Odum communities leading to the death of woman identified as Uzoamaka Ekpuma.

Ado Local Government Chairman, James Oche in the wake of the renewed hostility directed the Operations Whirlstroke and Puff Adder who immediately reported at the communities to stop further threat to lives and properties.

The chairman has in unequivocal and strong terms warned factions to exercise restraint and resist the temptation to undertake reprisals as the security agencies were directed to decisively deal with anyone who would contravene law and order.

The crisis which ensured in the early hours of Sunday 2nd May, 2021 led to destruction of properties worth millions and has caused spill over effects to several other communities and created a situation of IDPs.

Mr. Oche has saluted the efforts of Rev Fr Solomon Ujah whose proactive steps aborted the imminent murder of persons caught by opponents in the course of yesterday's crisis.

In a statement signed personally, James expressed the resolve of his administration to remain proactive and concerned to issues that threaten the lives and welfare of his subjects.

Nairaland / General / Pantami Saga: "Elumelu Got It Wrong"- Reps Fires PDP Caucus by PeterOnu(m): 11:23am On Apr 24, 2021
By Abdul Seye

The war Of attrition between members of the House of Representatives over Ali Pantami saga continues.

On Saturday, the Spokesperson of the House, Benjamin Kalu in a statement insisted that the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu used the wrong order in his legislative intervention.

The statement was in response to a press statement by the Spokesperson of the Minority Caucus, Francis Agbo, who said on Friday that Mr Kalu erroneously misrepresented legislative proceedings on the point of order raised by Mr Elumelu.

It would be recalled that Mr Elumelu had on Wednesday raised a point of order on privilege. Elumelu in his point of order called for resignation of the Minister for alleged links to extremists.

Mr Kalu, in his statement, insisted that the House will entertain a motion on Pantami, if properly presented as a motion of urgent public importance or motion on notice.

"The House acknowledges the severity of the issue and its nature as a matter of public concern. As always, the House stands ready to give audience to Rep. Ndudi Elumelu or any other member of the House on this issue, provided that such audience is sought through the proper channels and brought under the relevant rules of the House," the statement reads in part.

Mr Kalu explained why the use of Order 6 rule 1 and 2 was erroneous.

"That there are only two motions recognised by the House rules; Motion on Matters of Urgent Public Importance and Motion on Notice, the minority leader could have come under either of these but he erroneously chose to come by way of privileges.

"That the relevant issue raised by Hon Elumelu which is of national importance is inadmissible under privileges for what it seeks to address, since matters under privilege, once breached, must be personal and internal to the House.

"This is why all matters of privilege are sent to the House committee on ethics and privileges, not to the President directly as the house resolution as alleged by the yet to be tutored “spokesman” of the minority caucus. One wonders what the house committee on ethics and privilege will be doing with the sack of Pantami," he stated.

He also explained, "That there is no debate on privileges unless a motion has arisen from it, in which case, it must be seconded before debated in line with the house rules and procedure to a motion."

The Spokesperson reiterated that the House stands by the legislative procedure as interpreted by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on Elumelu's point of order.

According to standing rules of the House, Order 6 allows lawamkers to raise a point of order in the event of breach of individual or collective breach of privilege.

Order 6 (1) reads; Privileges are the rights enjoyed by the House collectively and by the members of the House individually, conferred by the legislative Houses( Powers and Privileges )Act, 2017 and other statutes, Practices, Precedents, Usages, and customs. Purposively speaking, privileges are House-specific either individually or collectively. Therefore, issues that come under privileges must have this all-important element and must not be general in nature.

 

Order 6(3) reads; A member raising a matter of privilege shall draw the attention of the House to the provision(s) of the Legislative Houses ( Powers and Privileges) Act, 2017 or the standing orders of the House and other statutes breached in relation to him or the House. At no point did the minority leader, Hon Ndudi Elumelu comply with these provisions of the house rules, simply because there was no nexus between the issue and the provisions of this Powers and Privileges Act, 2017. The matter did not and will never qualify to be brought to the house under Order 6. (Privileges).

Source: www.naijavoicenews.com

Nairaland / General / Lawyer Writes EFCC Chairman Over Wrong Detention Of His Client by PeterOnu(m): 8:41pm On Apr 07, 2021
A Law firm based in Abuja, Alex Oketa Chambers, has exposed how a young man has been kept in detention at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's (EFCC) facilities in Wuse, Abuja, for a week running, without disclosing his offence to him.

In a letter to the Commission's Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday, the law firm also accused the EFCC of keeping Mr. Muktar Habibu Ali in same cell with a COVID-19 patient identified as Mr. Mbah, without a detention warrant.

Barrister Alex Oketa, Head of Chambers, who signed the petition, also copied the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the National Human Rights Commission, urging them to intervene and free Mr. Ali, whom he said was being held without any just cause.

"Our Client was arrested by men and officers of the EFCC from the Abuja Zonal Office since the 30th day of March, 2021 and dumped in detention till date.

"Our client is being detained alongside a Covid-19 Patient named Mr. Mbah from Abia State and risks contacting the deadly virus.

"Since the time of his arrest till the time of writing this letter, Our Client has not been told or confronted with the reason for his arrest and inordinate detention and no statement whatsoever has been obtained from him", the petition reads.

Barrister Oketa said the family of his Client suspected that, his arrest was not unconnected to a debt of N1.5m between him and his friend.

He said the debtor "had boasted few days to his arrest that the new Zonal Head is his friend and that he would use him to ensure that our client is arrested and detained until he pays him the desired amount".

The Lawyer added that the continued detention of his Client without valid warrant or arraignment in court, violates his fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 As Amended), which the EFCC Chairman swore to uphold.

Nairaland / General / Lawyer Writes N'assembly, AGF, On How Bawa-led EFCC Connives Against Mr. Israel by PeterOnu(m): 8:18pm On Apr 06, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

Abuja based legal practitioner, Christopher Emeka-Izima, has explained how the Abdulrasheed Bawa-led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is conniving with one Chief Ezeani Okoye to detain his Client, Mr. Ifeanyi Israel for two weeks running.

Mr. Israel, a 45-year old Estate and Property Manager, is being detained on the order of Chief Okoye, an 83-year old businessman, over a mere allegation of non-remittance of rents paid through him by the tenants occupying Okoye's properties, which he (Israel) was managing.

In a four-page petition submitted to the EFCC headquarters, on behalf of the detained client on Tuesday, Emeka-Izima also copied the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Senate Committee on Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission.

He alluded that, despite meeting bail conditions, the EFCC had refused to grant administrative bail to Mr. Israel, whom the anti-graft agency is allegedly planning to keep in custody till 25th April, when he is likely to be arraigned at Gudu High Court on one-count charge, without a detention warrant.

Emeka-Izima also added that, his Client was first arrested in March 2019 on same allegation and kept for days without arraignment, even after he had met all bail conditions, saying, he was later granted bail and asked to be reporting to the agency every two days, which he had complied with for over 2 years.

He said, his Client was invited again by one Mr. Bakare on the 25th March, 2021, claiming to be the new officer assigned to the case by the new leadership of Bawa.

"Our Client is being detained at the instance and pleasure of Chief (Dr.) Ezeani J.K. Okoye who had vowed to use the Commission to keep our Client perpetually 'out of circulation' in this town after his failed attempt at this with the Navy and DIA sometime in 2018.

"Chief (Dr.) Ezeani J.K. Okoye has filed a civil suit at the FCT High Court in Suit No. FCT/CV/2050/2019. Dr. Joseph K. Okoye vs Ifeanyi Israel & Anor, where he is claiming the same money for which our Client is now detained, but he abandoned the said civil matter since May 2020 after our Client presented before the court all the evidence of the remittance of all the money being claimed. For fear of our Client defeating him in the process of prosecution of this case, he has made sure that our Client would not be granted bail again by this 'new officers' led by one Mr. Gudu Modibo", the petition reads in part.

The lawyer, while praying the relevant authorities to intervene and release his Client, added that his health was deteriorating and that the medical team of EFCC was currently administering drugs to him, even as he said that was not sufficient enough.

He called on the EFCC Boss, Bawa, to grant his Client administrative bail, reminding him of his duties to the good people of Nigeria, especially, the generation of the young, to uphold and respect the rule of law, as no society would grow in absence of the rule of law.

When contacted, Hajia Aisha Larai Musa of the Public Relations Unit of EFCC said she was far away and could not comment on the issue at the moment. She, however, promised to get back to this reporter on Thursday.

Chief Okoye on his part, refused to speak with our correspondent. He cut off the telephone conversation when the topic was introduced and also refused to respond to text messages.

Nairaland / General / Kebbi First Lady Wins FIDA Outstanding Award On International Women's Day by PeterOnu(m): 2:53pm On Mar 25, 2021
The Kebbi State Chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), has conferred an award of honour to the First Lady of Kebbi state, H.E Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu in appreciation of her efforts in the fight against Gender-Based Violence in the state and the country at large. It was presented at the association’s award night and IWD celebration on Friday, 19/03/2021 in Birnin Kebbi.


Speaking at the occasion, H.E Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu thanked FIDA for being able partners in the struggle to have Gender protective laws passed in Kebbi state. She advocated education and a culture of awareness, discouraged stereotypes and superstitious beliefs and called on society to equip young girls with the confidence to call out perpetrators as a way to fight the scourge.


In a statement signed by the SSA to the Dr. Bagudu, Mr. MUKTAR ABUBAKAR BAGUDO, the First Lady spoke on activities of the Nigerian Governors Wives Forum NGWF and their efforts to bring these problems to the fore. She used the opportunity to present a grant of N100,000 each from the Forum to two survivors and from 9 of N50,000 each to other survivors present on the night. Each recipient had a sadly moving story. Examples include 3 nursing mothers raped by one man (who claimed to be a Mahdi and conned them separately with a fake story of how he flies by magic to Mecca 5 times in a day to say his prayers) and an 8 year old with unrepairable fistula etc following rape. The grants will help support the women in restoring normalcy to their lives.


Earlier, FIDA president Barrister Kudirat Shuaibu in her welcome messages described Dr Bagudu as the champion of GBV advocacy in Kebbi and one who is passionate about curbing the scourge.

Also honoured was Justice Halima Aliyu Yauri, a serving high court judge in the presence of other distinguished ladies such as Justice Asabe Karatu, former acting CJ and Justice Nusirat Ibrahim Umar.

Highlights of the event were the recitation of a poem on GBV and the first public sighting of a transformed Jibril Aliyu, the abused boy tied to an animal stall by stepmothers.

Nairaland / General / Ambassador Abubakar Breaks Diplomatic Protocols by PeterOnu(m): 12:26pm On Mar 16, 2021
An Ambassador-Designate identified as Ambassador Mohammed Abubakar that was nominated by President Muhammad Buhari and confirmed by the Nigerian Senate from Jigawa state has broken diplomatic protocols.

It was gathered that the Ambassador designates to the Republic of Guinea Bissue has insulted diplomatic courtesies, showed no regard for public service rules and has assumed duty at the Embassy of Nigeria Conakry, Guinea on 15th March 2021.

He has been tagged the black-sheep among his equals as he has assumed office while others are yet to be cleared to depart for official resumption.

We can not deny the fact that his actions show a high level of gross insubordination, flagrant disrespect of constituted authority, and an act unbecoming of a Diplomat.

Further, Concerned Nigerians who consider his actions to be against an expected behavior of an Ambassador has call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. President to immediately recall him back to Nigeria and replace him with someone who depicts the ideals of foreign service, tranquility, and composure.

Moreover, report has it that Mohammed Abubakar will be retiring in January 2023 and as such has less than 24 months to act as an Ambassador so it’s a sheer waste of Government limited resources to send an Ambassador and his family and return him back after 20 months while scheduling another Ambassador to go to the mission when there are other qualified and competent officers to stay the required 3 years.

Such display of diplomatic naughtiness from a Mat is thought to be a representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria cannot be tolerated or swept under the carpet like other issues.

Nairaland / General / COVID-19: 10m Girls Risk Child Marriage, UNICEF Projects Next Decade by PeterOnu(m): 11:03am On Mar 10, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

About ten million additional child marriages may occur before the end of the decade, threatening years of progress in reducing the practice, a new analysis released by UNICEF has shown.

A statement released by Helen Wylie on behalf on UNICEF, in commemoration of the 2021 International Women's Day, the UN body also warned that, school closures, economic stress, service disruptions, pregnancy and parental deaths due to the pandemic were putting the most vulnerable girls at increased risk of child marriage.

UNICEF stressed that, in the last ten years, the proportion of young women globally who were married as children had decreased by 15 per cent, from nearly 1 in 4 to 1 in 5, the equivalent of some 25 million marriages averted, a gain that is now under threat.

“COVID-19 has made an already difficult situation for millions of girls even worse. Shuttered schools, isolation from friends and support networks, and rising poverty have added fuel to a fire the world was already struggling to put out. But we can and we must extinguish child marriage,” said UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore.

She explained that, the “International Women’s Day is a key moment to remind ourselves of what these girls have to lose if we do not act urgently – their education, their health, and their futures".

Explaining the dangers of child marriage, the UNICEF said, "Girls who marry in childhood face immediate and lifelong consequences. They are more likely to experience domestic violence and less likely to remain in school. Child marriage increases the risk of early and unplanned pregnancy, in turn increasing the risk of maternal complications and mortality. The practice can also isolate girls from family and friends and exclude them from participating in their communities, taking a heavy toll on their mental health and well-being".

On how the global pandemic is aiding child marriage, the UNICEF stressed that, "COVID-19 is profoundly affecting the lives of girls. Pandemic-related travel restrictions and physical distancing make it difficult for girls to access the health care, social services and community support that protect them from child marriage, unwanted pregnancy and gender-based violence.

"As schools remain closed, girls are more likely to drop out of education and not return. Job losses and increased economic insecurity may also force families to marry their daughters to ease financial burdens".

Worldwide, an estimated 650 million girls and women alive today were married in childhood, with about half of those occurring in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India and Nigeria. To off-set the impacts of COVID-19 and end the practice by 2030 – the target set out in the Sustainable Development Goals – progress must be significantly accelerated.

“One year into the pandemic, immediate action is needed to mitigate the toll on girls and their families,” added Fore.

“By reopening schools, implementing effective laws and policies, ensuring access to health and social services – including sexual and reproductive health services – and providing comprehensive social protection measures for families, we can significantly reduce a girl’s risk of having her childhood stolen through child marriage", she stressed.

Nairaland / General / HOWFI Confers 'humanitarian Idol Of The Year Award' On GYSAPEO by PeterOnu(m): 10:38am On Mar 10, 2021
By Oriri Peter

A Non Profit Organization, Husband of Widows Foundation International, (HOWFI) founded to improve sustainable grass-root community development by enhancing gender equality, and improving the welfare of vulnerable groups such as Widows, Orphans, Children, and Youths has conferred a 'Humanitarian Idol Of the year Award' on Mr. Chuks Ozegbe Emmanuel, the President of the Global Youth Skills Acquisition and Poverty Eradication Organization (GYSAPEO).

According to the Chairman of HOWFI, Mr. Ngozi Chinatu Dickson, Global Youths Skills Acquisitions and Poverty Eradication Organization emerged as the winner of 'Humanitarian Idol of the Year’ after a rigorous process of nomination, vetting and voting describing him as an emotional person who has a soft spot for Widows, orphans and the vulnerable.

The Husband of Widows Foundation International is an organization with the core vision to develop and implement tailored sustainable programs for effective capacity building and poverty reduction at grassroots levels, empowering women and youth, and communities to be self-sufficient in their diverse field of endeavors.

GYSAPEO is one of the leading Humanitarian NGO in Nigeria and has for over 10 years proven credible and reliable through its numerous community service projects and events that have transformed individuals and communities at large, this have earn them several awards and honors.

The Award was presented to the organization by the Chairman Board of Trustees, Mr. Ngozi Chinatu Dickson and the host of others on the 9th of March, 2021 at his Cooperate Headquarters in Abuja.

The occasion was graced by dignitaries from all works of life.

According to the GYSAPEO National president, in his speech, noted that “It is quite heartwarming that today, the Husband of Widows Foundation International has grown and it's doing well in it's humanitarian drive, I'm excited to see you grow to this level, I appreciate God for seeing your organization through, the Award will energize me to do more, caring for the needy and the less privileged is a call I must answer and I believe that's what God want everyone of us to do. I dedicate this Award to my Lord Jesus Christ, my Board Members, All state coordinators, my staff and the less privileged", He said.

Source: www.naijavoicenews.com

Nairaland / General / MURIC Working To Turn ITF Into A Religious Organization, Coalition Raises Alarms by PeterOnu(m): 6:15pm On Mar 09, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

A conference of Civil Society Groups, known as Coalition for Good Governance and Rule of Law, on Tuesday, raised alarm that, the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), was pushing to turn the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) into a religious organization.

Ishaq Akintola, the leader of MURIC, had reportedly accused the Director-General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari of recruiting only Christians into the agency, since his assumption of office.

MURIC was reported as saying, out of 487 staff employed at the ITF in 2019, only 90 were Muslims and that this was just 18.48 percent, while Christians were 81.52 percent.

But at a Press Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Leader of the Coalition, Comrade Isaac Ikpa, said the allegation of nepotism in the ITF was an attempt by MURIC to cause unnecessary distraction in the operations of the agency in an attempt to malign the character of the leadership.

He said Sir Ari was reputed to have entrenched a regime of transparency and accountability in the operations of the ITF since he assumed office.


“The Coalition for Good Governance and Rule in its numerous engagements with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in the country indeed finds it worrisome that MURIC would elect to turn the truth on its head in a most brazen and despicable manner.

“We are constrained to add our voice to this narrative for the fact that the allegations are unsubstantiated. The allegations are also lacking in merit because it is obvious from all indications that MURIC relied on hearsays before making its position known in the public space”, the Coalition said.

The group also described as “uncharitable”, the allegations by MURIC, saying, it was an indication that the leadership of MURIC was not in tune with reality and the operational structure of the ITF that emphasizes meritocracy due to the sensitivity of its operations.

“It is our considered view that MURIC mistook the ITF for a religious organization where religious considerations should be the yardstick for employment as against experience, qualifications, and suitability for the job” the group added.

The Coalition stressed that it had on several occasions, continuously tasked agencies of government on good governance and the rule of law, “and it is instructive to state that the ITF remains one of the agencies of government that has displayed a high level of compliance to the extant laws guiding its operations, including recruitment at all cadres”.

The group said the ITF Board was known to have carried out its employment in line with the federal character principle and there was no iota of favoritism or nepotism as being speculated.

“We believe that MURIC was misled into its hasty conclusion without carrying out a detailed investigation. We, therefore, implore a respected organization like MURIC to do some research before making public statements on petitions before it and will encourage MURIC to continue to carry out its roles as a respected civil society organization, or at the risk of been labeled as a tool for inciting religious tension in the country” Ikpa added.

Nairaland / General / MURIC Working To Turn ITF Into A Religious Organization, Coalition Raises Alarms by PeterOnu(m): 6:07pm On Mar 09, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

A conference of Civil Society Groups, known as Coalition for Good Governance and Rule of Law, on Tuesday, raised alarm that, the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), was pushing to turn the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) into a religious organization.

Ishaq Akintola, the leader of MURIC, had reportedly accused the Director-General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari of recruiting only Christians into the agency, since his assumption of office.

MURIC was reported as saying, out of 487 staff employed at the ITF in 2019, only 90 were Muslims and that this was just 18.48 percent, while Christians were 81.52 percent.

But at a Press Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Leader of the Coalition, Comrade Isaac Ikpa, said the allegation of nepotism in the ITF was an attempt by MURIC to cause unnecessary distraction in the operations of the agency in an attempt to malign the character of the leadership.

He said Sir Ari was reputed to have entrenched a regime of transparency and accountability in the operations of the ITF since he assumed office.


“The Coalition for Good Governance and Rule in its numerous engagements with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in the country indeed finds it worrisome that MURIC would elect to turn the truth on its head in a most brazen and despicable manner.

“We are constrained to add our voice to this narrative for the fact that the allegations are unsubstantiated. The allegations are also lacking in merit because it is obvious from all indications that MURIC relied on hearsays before making its position known in the public space”, the Coalition said.

The group also described as “uncharitable”, the allegations by MURIC, saying, it was an indication that the leadership of MURIC was not in tune with reality and the operational structure of the ITF that emphasizes meritocracy due to the sensitivity of its operations.

“It is our considered view that MURIC mistook the ITF for a religious organization where religious considerations should be the yardstick for employment as against experience, qualifications, and suitability for the job” the group added.

The Coalition stressed that it had on several occasions, continuously tasked agencies of government on good governance and the rule of law, “and it is instructive to state that the ITF remains one of the agencies of government that has displayed a high level of compliance to the extant laws guiding its operations, including recruitment at all cadres”.

The group said the ITF Board was known to have carried out its employment in line with the federal character principle and there was no iota of favoritism or nepotism as being speculated.

“We believe that MURIC was misled into its hasty conclusion without carrying out a detailed investigation. We, therefore, implore a respected organization like MURIC to do some research before making public statements on petitions before it and will encourage MURIC to continue to carry out its roles as a respected civil society organization, or at the risk of been labeled as a tool for inciting religious tension in the country” Ikpa added.

Nairaland / General / MURIC Working To Turn ITF Into A Religious Organization, Coalition Raises Alarms by PeterOnu(m): 5:52pm On Mar 09, 2021
By Yemi Itodo
A conference of Civil Society Groups, known as Coalition for Good Governance and Rule of Law, on Tuesday, raised alarm that, the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), was pushing to turn the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) into a religious organization.

Ishaq Akintola, the leader of MURIC, had reportedly accused the Director-General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari of recruiting only Christians into the agency, since his assumption of office.

MURIC was reported as saying, out of 487 staff employed at the ITF in 2019, only 90 were Muslims and that this was just 18.48 percent, while Christians were 81.52 percent.

But at a Press Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Leader of the Coalition, Comrade Isaac Ikpa, said the allegation of nepotism in the ITF was an attempt by MURIC to cause unnecessary distraction in the operations of the agency in an attempt to malign the character of the leadership.

He said Sir Ari was reputed to have entrenched a regime of transparency and accountability in the operations of the ITF since he assumed office.


“The Coalition for Good Governance and Rule in its numerous engagements with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in the country indeed finds it worrisome that MURIC would elect to turn the truth on its head in a most brazen and despicable manner.

“We are constrained to add our voice to this narrative for the fact that the allegations are unsubstantiated. The allegations are also lacking in merit because it is obvious from all indications that MURIC relied on hearsays before making its position known in the public space”, the Coalition said.

The group also described as “uncharitable”, the allegations by MURIC, saying, it was an indication that the leadership of MURIC was not in tune with reality and the operational structure of the ITF that emphasizes meritocracy due to the sensitivity of its operations.

“It is our considered view that MURIC mistook the ITF for a religious organization where religious considerations should be the yardstick for employment as against experience, qualifications, and suitability for the job” the group added.

The Coalition stressed that it had on several occasions, continuously tasked agencies of government on good governance and the rule of law, “and it is instructive to state that the ITF remains one of the agencies of government that has displayed a high level of compliance to the extant laws guiding its operations, including recruitment at all cadres”.

The group said the ITF Board was known to have carried out its employment in line with the federal character principle and there was no iota of favoritism or nepotism as being speculated.

“We believe that MURIC was misled into its hasty conclusion without carrying out a detailed investigation. We, therefore, implore a respected organization like MURIC to do some research before making public statements on petitions before it and will encourage MURIC to continue to carry out its roles as a respected civil society organization, or at the risk of been labeled as a tool for inciting religious tension in the country” Ikpa added.

Nairaland / General / Bagudu Attends Turbaning Of 9 Dhs, 3 Traditional Title Holders By Emir Of Gwandu by PeterOnu(m): 8:03am On Mar 08, 2021
The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Saturday witnessed the turbaning ceremony of nine District Heads and three traditional title holders performed by Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar.

The historic ceremony took place at the Abdullahi Fodio Palace, in Birnin Kebbi, amidst pomp and pageantry.

Shortly after the turbaning ceremony, the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar, who is also the Chairman, Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, admonished the celebrants to embrace all segments of the society and dedicate themselves to the service of the people.


He also charged participants to always remain peaceful with one another, be security concious and seek divine intervention from God, through fervent prayers.

“You have to offer selfless service to all manner of people in your domains .

”Our country is passing through a trying period of security challenges, seek divine intervention from God,” he charged.

According to a press statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Yahaya Sarki, The monarch thanked Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for approving the appointment of the new District Heads and the Emirate Council for their support.

Those turbanned were : Alhaji Buhari Muhammud Gidado, District Head of Aliero, Alhaji Siddiku Ibrahim Saad, Ubandoman Gwandu, Alhaji Aminu Abubakar Dangaladima, District Head of Gulumbe and Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu Maiyama, Sarkin Kudun Maiyama.


Others were: Alhaji Yakubu Abubakar Kaoje, Sarkin Yamman Yamusa and Alhaji Hassan Sulaiman Jega, Marafan Dangamaji.

Others were: Uban Kasar Kimba, Alhaji Bashar Aliyu Muza, Alhaji Umaru Dodo Aliero, District Head of Sabiyel and Alhaji Tukur Umar Bahindi, Ubankasar Bahindi

The three traditional title holders turbaned were: Alhaji Haliru Haruna Rasheed, as Katukan Gwandu, Sarkin Edo Gwandu, Mohammed Kaseem Oshame and Sarkin Delta Gwandu, Elder John Ovuerhiroye Emeni.


The turbaning ceremony was attended by the Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Samaila Abdulmuminu Kamba, Members of the National and Kebbi State House of Assembly, Judges, Khadis, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Advisers, Local Government Chairmen, District Heads, businessmen and put, among others.

Nairaland / General / Kebbi First Lady, Dr. Zainab Visits Vastun Aluminium Factory by PeterOnu(m): 5:24pm On Mar 02, 2021
Her Excellency, the Kebbi First Lady, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, on Saturday 27th February 2021, visited Vastum Aluminium factory in Tondi, along Yauri – Koko road with her team.


The factory, which is about to start full operations, specializes in the corrugation of aluminum roofing sheets and alloy zinc, among others. It is the second of its kind in the state and only one in the Yauri axis.


The company’s Managing Director, Engr. Ahmad Rufai Khalifah, who received Dr. Bagudu at the factory, thanked her for the visit, and her commitment as the mother of the state, to see young people succeed in their various fields of endeavors. He said that the company was set up to reduce the burden for builders around the axis, who always have to buy roofing sheets from far locations, and in most cases damages due to occur before it arrives. The MD also thanked Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for providing an enabling environment for entrepreneurs in the state.


Dr. Bagudu expressed satisfaction in the work done so far in the factory. This includes the assembly of two machines and their test running. She commended the young entrepreneur and further assured that the Bagudu-led administration will patronize and support the company in line with the governor’s vision to support emerging businesses in the state to thrive.

Crime / Immediate Passage Of Peace Corps Bill Will Checkmate Students’ Kidnapping - Akoh by PeterOnu(m): 6:19pm On Mar 01, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Professor Dickson Akoh, has said the frequent kidnapping of school children by armed bandits would be a thing of the past, if the Bill establishing the Nigerian Peace Corps is given speedy passage at the National Assembly and eventually assented to by President Muhammad Buhari.

Akoh said members of the Corps had been sufficiently trained to tackle insecurity and other social vices around educational institutions in the country.

The Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, to give legal backing to the existing PCN under Prof. Akoh, passed second reading at the Nigerian Senate December 2020, while the House of Representatives is set for its final passage.


President Buhari had in 2018, declined assent to the Bill passed by the 8th National Assembly, citing paucity of funds and duplication of roles of existing agencies.

The Bill, however, has been re-gazetted by both chambers in the 9th Assembly, after “the grey areas raised by the President had been addressed”.

At a world press briefing in Abuja on Monday, the Peace Corps Boss called on National Assembly to quickly pass the Bill for onward assent of the President.

“In view of the heightening insecurity challenges in our country, I strongly appeal to the leadership of the National Assembly to fast-track the passage of the Bill and for Mr. President to assent to this all-important Bill.

“This will indeed, enable the Peace Corps to deploy its Officers and Men to educational institutions as they have been adequately trained and oriented to serve as supporting agents of social order by providing a second line of public safety”, Akoh said.


He explained further that, the Peace Corps can “adequately address insecurity in schools by upholding bottom-up surveillance through monitoring, observation, evaluation and to detect, collate and analyse intelligence data on matters that may likely cause breach of peace and security within the school community and properly transmit same to appropriate Security Agencies for preventive actions”.

Statistics have shown that a total of 1,140 school children/students have been abducted in the period of seven years, ranging from Chibok to the most current incident in Jangede.

Some of the abducted students were either killed, forcefully married away, maimed or remained traumatized even after regaining freedom.

Source: https://www.naijavoicenews.com/2021/03/01/akoh-to-nass-immediate-passage-of-peace-corps-bill-will-checkmate-students-kidnapping/

Nairaland / General / Reps To Investigate Alter Semper Over Unlawful Waiver To Co-own 'health Plus' by PeterOnu(m): 5:29pm On Feb 17, 2021
By Yemi Itodo

The House of Representatives is set to commence investigation into
allegations of unlawful waiver, obtained by a private equity firm, Alta Semper Capital, to co-own a popular retail pharmacy, Health Plus, in Nigeria.

The Spokesperson of the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu made this known while addressing newsmen on Wednesday.

He said the decision by the House to investigate the matter, followed a petition by one Oladimeji Ekengba, challenging alleged waiver granted by Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to Alter Semper Capital, also known as Idi Holdings.

According to him, the petitioner argued that according to Section 2(2) of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act, P.17, 2004 (PCN Act), a retail pharmacy can only be wholly owned by a registered pharmacist or in partnership with other registered pharmacists.

Kalu stressed that petitioner further stated that the letter of ‘No Objection’ allegedly issued to Alter Semper as a waiver by PCN was illegal.

"The Committee on Public Petitions has been mandated by the House to investigate this issue.

"The management of Health Plus, Alter Semper Capital, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria plus and every other person who has played a role in the issue will soon be invited to the House.

He noted that, " as you are aware, the PCN Act established the PCN, a body charged with responsibility for regulating the practice of the pharmacy profession in Nigeria, and also charged with the responsibility for maintaining a register of qualified pharmacists and pharmaceutical businesses.

"The combined provisions of the PCN Act and the PCN Regulations stipulate that a retail pharmacy can only be owned by a registered pharmacist or in partnership with other registered pharmacists.

"So it was shocking to learn that by a letter dated 30 October 2017, the PCN Registrar granted a waiver to an equity investment relationship between Health Plus Limited and Alta Semper Capital (a.k.a. Idi Holdings) in March 2018.

" This is in defiance of the clear stipulation of our laws, which does not permit unqualified persons to own or operate a retail pharmacy business in Nigeria.

"A mere letter cannot and must not be allowed to abrogate an Act of the National Assembly.

"Therefore, any structure put on that weak foundation should not be allowed to stand because it was not birthed by legality.

"The only remedy for the Alter Semper-Health Plus anomaly is for parties to be returned to status quo. While we are open to foreign direct investment, private equity companies must come through the front door and not the back door.

"We are a rule of law compliant nation. Investors must understand this and comply with our laws."

The spokesperson further pointed out that "the Covid-19 scourge has critically impacted medicine security in Nigeria.

"So, as we navigate the challenges of the pandemic, now more than ever, there is a grave responsibility on the government to ensure best practices and a healthy regulatory space for local pharmaceutical businesses to thrive.

"Pharmaceutical practice standards and the integrity of the supply chain should not be distorted or compromised.

"We cannot allow unlicensed practitioners in Nigeria’s pharmaceutical space because it could create a window for fake or substandard drugs to be introduced into the system," he said.

Kau expressed confidence that the House would do justice to the concerns raised by the petitioner to ensure the health and safety of Nigerian citizens were safeguarded against predatory or charlatan practitioners in the pharmaceutical sector.

Reacting, some pharmacists in Nigeria expressed displeasure with the development.

They argued that the relationship between Alter Semper Capital and Health Plus, was based on an illegality which they said was harmful to the pharmaceutical sector.

A pharmacist based in Abuja who preferred to remain anonymous said, "what happened with Health Plus and the foreign investors sets a wrong precedent in the pharmaceutical industry if allowed to stand.

"It is an affront to the integrity of the profession that an unqualified person will be allowed to run a pharmacy in Nigeria simply because he is a foreign investor.

"This cannot happen in the legal profession or the medical profession, so why should it happen to pharmacists?

The pharmacist stressed that "the Registrar was wrong and acted illegally by issuing a letter of no objection to a flagrant abuse of the PCN Act.

"In my own mind, let the investors be refunded and health plus made to wait for them to come through the proper channels."

He said if the allegations were found to be true, the disciplinary committee of the PCN should invite the Registrar for questioning.

He commended the House for rising to the occasion, saying, "we hope it will return sanity to the profession by returning all parties, both Health Plus and Alter Semper to their initial positions before the letter of no objection.

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