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Okigwe Leaders Disown Imo North Senatorial Election Result

Prominent leaders of Okigwe in Imo North senatorial zone in Imo State have disown the results of the February 23, 2019 senatorial election as well as the March 9, 2019 senatorial re-run election in the zone, saying that only total cancellation of the results would assuage the people of the zone. They said that there was under-hand arrangement allegedly perpetrated by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its cohorts during the elections. The spokesman of the Okigwe leaders, Chief Athan Anyanwu yesterday said that INEC had made itself a laughing stock in the elections with three conflicting results emanating from one election. They alleged that one of the results showed Senator Ben Uwajumogu of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election, while another result in the INEC official website shows Attorney Charles Onyirimba of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner with yet a third result indicating Mr. Ndubuisi Emenike of Action Allianc

UNICEF Task Mothers On Exclusive Breastfeeding

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has advised mothers to embrace six months exclusive breastfeeding of newborns for optimal child growth and development. Dr Zakari Adam, the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, gave the advice on Wednesday in Akwanga at the opening of a six-day capacity building for 32 participants on Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling package. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the six-days training was sponsored by UNICEF in collaboration with Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency in which participants were selected from the agency. Adam said that the training was aimed at equipping nutritional health personnel with skills for effective healthcare service delivery. He said that exclusive breast feeding was key to the development of the child, adding that it establishes early relationship between the mother, the family and the nation at large. Adam explained that exclusive breastfeeding was good for

NASS, SGF: Do not Overlook South-east, Youths Urge PMB

An advocacy group, Igbo Youth Assembly Worldwide (IYAW) yesterday urged   President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and   All Progressives Congress (APC) not to allow exclusion of the South-east from the top positions in the country, in the build up to the new government. They specifically advocated for the APC to zone Deputy Senate Presidency and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the South-east zone as part of the administrations drive to ensure that all zones are carried along. They maintained that the South-east remains a major stakeholder in the Nigerian project and as such should be given a prime positions in this administration. They added that the zone gave the President and APC much more votes than in 2015, stressing that it shows that the people from the South-east, despite the seeming stranglehold the opposition party has over region, is ready to work with the President and his party. The President general of the IYAW, Ifeanyi Nwaudunna, wh

EU To Grant UK Citizens Visa Free Travel After Brexit

The European Council and the Parliament have announced that after Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay of 90 days in any 180 days should be granted visa free travel. The agreement, which was already confirmed by EU ambassadors on behalf of the Council on Tuesday, was approved by the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee on Wednesday. The text now needs to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council.

Undeclared Offshore Assets: FG okays amnesty, immunity for defaulters

Urges Nigerians to voluntarily declare foreign assets •FIRS targets N750 b from 55,000 millionaire tax defaulters •Tax Amnesty: We’ll make our position known— PDP  The Federal Government, yesterday, said it has approved tax amnesty and permanent waiver of criminal prosecution for owners of offshore assets who are willing to voluntarily declare them. The  Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who made the disclosure, said the immunity package would shield the owners from tax offences, penalties and interests concerning such declared offshore assets. Malami spoke at the unveiling ceremony of the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme, VOARS, in Abuja. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked for time to study the rationale behind the Federal Government’s plan to grant tax amnesty to offshore asset owners, to respond appropriately.    This came as the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, said it was targeting a

Breaking: ASUU resumes indefinite strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University chapter, on Wednesday resumed indefinite strike to press home its demands. ASUU strike The union had embarked on a strike in 2018 but suspended it when the Taraba government promised to meet its demands which included the payment of earned academic allowances from 2014 till date, and the provision of required infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning.  Dr Samuel Shikaa, the branch Chairman, and Dr Atando Agbu, the Secretary, in a statement shortly after the Executive Council Meeting with national officials in Jalingo, said that the teachers would remain at home until the demands were met. Shell, UBA sign $200m contractor support fund The union said that the law establishing the university, which specified adequate funding for the institution, had been abandoned by the state government. “Law no 4 of 2008 specified that five per cent of the state allocation, five per cent of the Local Government allocation


A well known traditional doctor and community leader Chief Dr. Pius Okechukwu Eziadigiaku popularly called “Ezemuo” has called upon Ndi Igbo not to allow their rich culture and tradition to die because of Christianity and western civilization. He made the call at Alor while speaking with pressmen. Chief Eziadigiaku further stated that white men taught them strange culture and tradition which branded the age long Igbo cultural heritage as paganism and evil adding that during the era of our fore-fathers, they have rules and regulation otherwise known as (Nso-ala) which regulate the way and manner Igbo’s live their lifes during that period. He said "Let me make it very clear, it is since Igbo’s began to copy the white people in their way of life they started having pre matured deaths, madness and other kinds of evils in the land, it wasn’t so during the era of our fore fathers, he stressed. Chief Eziadigiaku disclosed, it is time for Igbo’s to go back to their root and bega


PROTOCOLS. Mr Chairman, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me first give the glory of today to our Lord Jesus Christ as I welcome you to the inauguration of this very important committee. On 9th March this year, the people of Imo State voted overwhelmingly for us because they believe that we can give them good leadership. And with the elections over, the business of governance has to commence. Our people are eager, expectant and seem assured that we will be true to our words. I find this enthusiasm humbling and at the same time challenging. Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, in the course of the campaign, we promised good governance while stimulating development in all sectors and across all the zones of our dear state. Having recognised that we cannot deliver on that promise without leveraging on the experiences, and expertise of the broadest possible diversity of Imo people, we are here today to inaugurate the transition committee that will help us

Governor Okorocha Pays President Buhari Courtesy Visit At The State House

The embattled governor of Imo state Owelle Rochas Okorocha , today President Buhari an official visit to felicitate with him on his re election for a second term in office . Nigerian Notch source at the presidency however  gathered that the governor's visit was not unconnected with the ongoing issues with his electoral mandate and speculations that EFCC will swoop on him soon. Some high ranking leaders of the party are angling for him to be finally expelled from the All Progressives Congress for his alleged anti -party activities in lmo state, by his support for AA, which they said put the party at a disadvantaged position during the last guber election in the state. Last weekend , Owelle Rochas Okorocha gwas seen in Lagos at the 67th colloquium celebration of Ahmed Bola Tinubu; National leader of the party who is believed to have the wand in resolving many of the challenges governor Okorocha is currently facing. Meanwhile , the issue of his certificate of return which is


His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, Governor- Elect, Imo State , has constituted a Transition Technical Committee. The Committee Members are as follows  Membership 1.      Dr. Ernest Ebi                                                Chairman 2.      Dr. Kema Chikwe                                          Vice Chairman 3.      Chinedu Okpaleke                                       Secretary Sectoral Sub-Committee Membership Projects Review Sub-Committee 1.      Dr. Chris Asoluka          -               Sub-Committee Chair 2.      Dr. Sam Amadi 3.      Mr. Tony Abili 4.      Dr. Ikechi Iwuagwu 5.      Engr. Ben Ekwueme 6.      Barr. Alozie Nwokoro 7.      Mr. Dan Onwu 8.      Bar P.G.U Madu                -              Secretary Finance Review and Funding Initiative Sub-Committee 1.   Dr. Abraham Nwankwo        -        Sub-Committee Chair 2.      Dr. Emeka Osuji 3.      Johnson Chukwu 4.      Okey Nwosu 5.      Prof. Uche Uwaleke

Anambra Police Command arrest most wanted Criminal

Anambra Police Command have arrested a notorious  kingpin, Mr Ikechukwu Udensi AKA Ikanda was declared wanted last year for killing a trader, Mr Ndubuisi Nwokolo in Onitsha. Ikanda, who is a known notorious criminal and gang lord, around Onitsha axis and environs last year murdered a 38-year-old businessman in broad daylight, for attempting to rescue a commercial motorcyclist conveying him from being extorted by Ikanda and his boys. A N1 million tag was put on his head by Anambra State government for anyone who can provide information that would lead to his arrest, as he was said to be powerful and also works for several big politicians in the state who always effect his release, each time he was arrested. Commissioner of Police  Anambra State, Mr Mustapha Dandaura who paraded Ikanda before journalists said he was arrested on Sunday in Onitsha, following a tip-off, to collect proceeds of illegal toll collection from his men. Dandaura said, “We had launched an aggressive manh

Nwogwu Christian emerge winner, Nnewi/Onitsha Brothers Union Chairman

Nwogu Christian Nwankwo,(Okiri Too Much) has emerged  winner of the keenly contested election of Nnewi/Onitsha brothers Union, the major transport union plying the Nnewi/Onitsha route axis in Anambra state. He defeated his closest rival with 193 votes to 58 votes. The election which took place at Ichi yesterday came with many interest's but the major interest was to elect a chairman who will represent the interest of the majority, reason why all drivers on that route came out in their numbers to perform their constitutional rights as members of the Union. The election by all standards was free, fair and credible as the process was transparent, which even made losers to congratulate winners. Speaking to Nigerian Notch after the election the returning officer for the election Chief Emma Ukatu thanked God for the wisdom given to them to conduct a successful election. He thanked members of the union for the way they organized themselves, and called on the winners to be magnan

Onitsha Police Area Command Arrest Over 80 Suspected Criminals... Commercial Town Loses N1.5b- HURIJE

The Onitsha Police Area Command in a bid to  eliminate criminal elements intimidating and extorting people in Onitsha, the Anambra State commercial nerve centre have arrested over 80 hoodlums in the commercial town. The the clamp down on the hoodlums, said  a competent Police source commenced a fortnight ago and was being led by the Onitsha Area Command,Mr. John Obuagbaka, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). The arrests, according to our source, has shown the effort of the Area Commander to sanitize Onitsha of hoodlums who have vowed to make the  commercial city uncomfortable for the residents and visitors. As s result of this effort, the leadership of Human Rights, Liberty Access and Defenders Foundation (HURIJE) led by its Chairman, Dede Uzor A.Uzor, had  commended the Area Commander and encouraged him not to relent in the war against thuggery and intimidation by hoodlums who have  vowed to make  Onitsha residents and their customers not to sleep with their two eyes close

MAN Decries Deplorable Condition Of Imo Industrial Estate

The Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) IMO/Abia branch Chief R N J Anyanwu has lamented the deplorable state of the Onitisha road industrial layout situated at Irete near Owerri. He explained that the available industries in the layout, are faced by harsh environmental problems pointing out that among the challenges is the deplorable condition of the roads network in the industrial estate. The chairman, told our correspondent in an exclusive interview in Owerri Monday, that over 90 per cent of the investors have relocated their investments to other states, especially Ahoada and Omoko in Rivers State where the manufacturing environment is relatively healthier. According to him his worry over the Present state of the industrial layout, was that about 10,000 skilled and unskilled workers, have lost their jobs due to successive government’s neglect of the area. He regretted that the past state governments and the present state government, allowed the inf