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130 convoy of Toyota Hiace buses fully loaded heading to see the leader of IPOB (Mazi Nnamdi Kanu) in Umuahia right now.

Tell injustice Bingo we are Biafrans!

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  1. Yohaig 13th July 2017

    July 14, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Few days after the visit of Olusegun Obasanjo to Governor Kashim Shettima
    of Borno state, one of the states in North East Nigeria that had been under siege from the
    Boko haram sect, reactions are still been generated over the comment
    made by the Governor in which he lamented how the Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan waited for 19 days to call him over the kidnap of the Chibok
    girl which took place on April 14-15, 2014. An action he felt would not have lingered
    for long had it occurred in the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo.

    Ignoring the views of many on why as the commander of the state, he had failed to inform the President rather than rely on his call.
    The Governor only reminded such people that the President was fully briefed over the incident considering the fact that the state was under Emergency
    rule declared by the President himself and secondly the President had been well briefed
    by security agencies, intelligence establishments like the Department of
    State Security Services and the National Intelligence Agency as
    well as the Service chiefs always gave daily situation report as is expected
    in any security matter in the country to the Commander in Chief.

    The question of some Nigerians is if the Former President was privy to such
    information, why did he hesitate in taking action when he should have as the Commander in chief and why would
    the Governor fail to call the then President, at least to inform him
    of what had happened in his State.

    For many these questions may prove difficult to answer as the battle to recover the
    girls is still ongoing. Recall the Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo had said there was no possibility the Chibok girls will ever be recovered.

    While the Former President may have privileged information for making such remark.
    Nigerians like every other nationals in such cases have not lost hope that someday
    the Chibok girls who are still missing will be recovered back to
    their parents.

  2. Oge Ubasom

    July 19, 2017 at 6:43 am

    To my pleasant consternation, I harbored no inkling that I
    was going to be featured with another guest speaker whose pedigree and personality towered like the Iroko and whose oratory prowess dwarfed whatever I was coming to the programme with.

    Regardless of the truth that the programme is not a platform for competition and assessment of
    credentials, I confessed to listeners that I never know Ahuama was going to make the seat hotter by pairing me with an intellectual powerhouse like Dr.
    Ikpeazu. Little did I know I was locked in an interesting intellectual exercise with
    the man whom gubernatorial destiny has broadly smiled on.

    We shared our pleasantries and quite expectedly Dr.
    Ikpeazu addressed his questions with admirable ease and proffered practicable answers to issues of environmental importance.

    In all of that, I saw a man with an irrepressible knack and glittering vision to make a huge difference in the little corner
    he was detailed to oversee.

    Prior to his appointment as the Deputy-General Manager, Abia
    State Environmental Protection Agency for Aba and its environs, mountainous heaps of
    health threatening refuse constituted an intractable nightmare to the
    well-intended Government of Chief T.A. Orji.

    Scarcely had Dr. Ikpeazu assumed duty at the Aba office
    of ASEPA, than he quickly deployed his wealth of experience in tackling head long the filth which had almost defaced
    Aba.

    Governor Orji?s hailed preference for Dr.
    Ikpeazu may have been inspired by the truth that the challenge of continuing with
    the era of legacies he instituted in the State, is better left in the hands of a man with
    a relatively not too fantastic aristocratic credentials
    to avoid basking in the frenzy of expired family name and background and consequently take Abia
    back to the tunnel of retrogression.

    This much Dr. Ikpeazu wisely sympathized with during the People?s Democratic
    Party Campaign rally for Bende Local Government Area which held at
    Practicing School Uzuakoli when he reminded Abians that he was chosen from among them because he will be
    better positioned to feel their pains and heartbeat.

    In his words: ?only those who are close to each other perceive each
    other?s mouth odour?.

    I ruminated over Dr. Ikpeazu?s position above and
    concluded by extrapolation that the undisputable truth in that submission has illuminated
    the already identified reality that the most vicious opponent of Peoples Democratic Party in the gubernatorial seat of the
    State is fielding a candidate who is lost in the deceptive reverie
    that this is a race that will be decided by name-dropping.

    Far from that because the chicken has come home to roost and
    Abians will not be a hurry to align with those who alienated
    them during their corporate and individual exploits.

    The rank and file of Governor Orji?s chronic critics has variously owned up to the truth that Dr.
    Ikpeazu is a good choice and that if not encumbered, will leave milestones that will stand the test of time.

    My reaction has always been that those who delight in street
    lies are perpetually doomed to talk from the sinking sand
    of ignorance.
    If Governor T.A. Orji had accepted to be encumbered, he
    would not have succeeded in assuming the pathfinder of Modern Abia.

    The certainty therefore is that Dr. Okezie
    Ikpeazu will shepherd Abia from a liberated platform bequeathed by Ochendo and whose wealth of experience will be deployed at the
    Senatorial Chambers of National Assembly for attraction of the
    much needed Federal presence in the State.
    A retrospective necessity, will at this point make we recall Dr.
    Ikpeazu?s outstanding template during our discussion on BCA on how he was going to intervene at the Water-side end of Ogbor-hill Aba during his eventful days at ASEPA.

    He had it well figured out: relocation of the slaughter house,
    cleaning and beautification of the Water-side river banks up
    to the abandoned Enyimba Hotel and its environs, with lush green trees and
    grasses for the people of Aba to site out and consummate the gift of nature.
    In my mind?s eye, I see all that and more coming to fruition if he becomes the
    Governor of the State.
    What with his towering expertise in Biochemical pharmacology intelligently studied up to doctorate degree level?

    His effervescent thirst to expand and institute more academic milestones had seen him scholarly feature in many citadels of knowledge.

    Again I will like to recall that during one of the strategic
    meeting at Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, which I attended,
    it was Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu?s recipe that was unanimously adopted as a guideline for checking the operations of revenue agents in the State
    Dr. Ikpeazu is a strategic thinker whose all embracing and team-playing model
    of development will be roundly endorsed by all Strata of development partners
    the State.
    As I temporarily conclude this piece, I believe the Ikepeazu I featured with during a BCA Discussion Programme,
    will feature me in several other programes in his incoming divine mandate.

    Iyke Ogbonnaya, a public affairs analyst wrote in from Umuahia.

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Obaseki earmarks N500m for Benin Royal Museum

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…as efforts on retrieval of stolen artefacts yielding results

Edo State government has proposed N500 million for the construction of the Benin Royal Museum, stating its intentions to make Benin the culture capital of West Africa with the planned return of the artefacts stolen from the state in the colonial era, which is yielding positive results.

Governor Godwin Obaseki said this while presenting the 2019 Budget proposal on Monday before a session of the House of Assembly.

Addressing the legislators, he said, “To fulfil our commitment towards making Edo the culture capital of West Africa, we have earmarked N500 million in 2019 proposed Budget, to commence the development and construction of the Benin Royal Museum. This will be done in collaboration with the Palace of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Ogidigan”

Efforts by the Edo State Governor and the Benin Monarch, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, to retrieve artefacts stolen from the state in the colonial era are yielding results as European governments have set modalities in place for either permanent or temporary return of the artworks.

Oba of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa Campaign for the return of the prized heritage objects has raged for decades, with Nigerian authorities mounting pressure on European governments and museums to return them, while the Europeans argue that holding the work was best for the preservation of the artefacts, as there were no structures in Africa to properly hold them.

The French government recently approved the return of 26 artefacts stolen from the Benin Republic after a report recommended the move, raising the prospect of more of such moves from the European country.

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Okowa presents staff of office to Warri Monarch

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An array of tradition and culture played out in Warri, Delta state when Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Monday presented staff of office to the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Warri Kingdom, Prof. Paul Okumagba, Idama ll.

The event took place 11 years after the death of the late traditional ruler, Benjamin Okumagba in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.

The new monarch, Prof. Okumagba is a renowned professor of Sociology from the Delta State University, Abraka.

Gov. Okowa who was represented by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, congratulated the monarch on his selection and subsequent recognition as the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom and urged the monarch to entrench peace in the Warri metropolis.

“The Orosuen is one of you and it is a win-win situation for all the people of Okere Urhobo, Warri.

“No doubt, the government is aware of some pockets of dissenting voices in the processes leading to today’s ceremony.

“I sincerely urge you to give him your fullest support and cooperation for sustainable peace and progress of the kingdom.

“Your Royal Majesty, you are the father of all your subjects, so you should be fair to all and sundry, as the custodian of the tradition of your people, it is important that you uphold the sanctity of their custom,’’ he said.

Several traditional rulers across the state including the Orodje of Okpe, Orhue 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Abe 1, religious leaders and government functionaries attended the event.

 

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LASG, FRSC Worry over Increase of Beer Parlours in Lagos

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The Lagos State Government has raised concerns over the increased establishment of beer parlours in Lagos.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the state was worried because there was also an increase in the record of alcohol-induced auto accidents in the state.

Bamigbetan spoke at the commencement of 2018 Don’t Drink and Drive campaign in Ikeja, a statement said on Sunday.

“Bamigbetan said the level of consumption increased daily with the establishment of restaurants and bar in every part of the state.

“He noted that establishment, aided by peace and harmony in Lagos, has made alcoholic consumption in the state a daily routine.

“He stressed that the new level of alcohol consumption rate has justified a report released by a market research data group, Global  Data (formerly Canadean) recently, estimating five per cent annual growth rate.

“The commissioner argued that the state government was not frowning on the establishment, but those who patronise them should not drive or engage in any activity that could endanger other residents’ lives and property,” the statement added.

The Lagos Sector Commander, FRSC, Hyginus Omeje, reportedly said the level of alcohol consumption made the agency to deploy the seven breathalysers donated to it across the state.

Omeje added that any vehicle which its driver tested positive to alcohol would be impounded immediately to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.

Earlier, the acting General Manager, Lagos Traffic Radio, Eyitayo Akanle, said to sensitise motorists to the negative effect of drunk driving, 10 billboards had been placed on major roads within the state.

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