Imo High Court Complex Abandoned Overtaken With Weed, Residents Query Govt Neglect

The new Imo State High Court Complex has been taken over by weed.

The complex, built by the immediate past administration in the state has been abandoned and subject to no use by the new administration.

Findings by our correspondents reveal that the multi-Million naira edifice constructed to serve the Imo state judiciary has been overtaken by weed.

A resident of Imo state, Mr Chidi Okafor who spoke to newsmen expressed displeasure over the development, noting how detrimental the action of the current government is to the progress of the state.

Okafor told newsmen that the situation has become worrisome with government neglecting meaningful infrastructural projects that would have aided the development of Imo state.

“I find this situation very embarrassing. The new government since it came to power has squarely been concerned with destroying and neglecting meaningful as well as impactful projects of the last administration.

“Look at the demolition of the Imo freedom falls and destruction of other ongoing projects conceived and paid for by the last regime. These projects were funded with our resources, the taxes we pay and our commonwealth.

“The present government should with utmost sincerity and the passion they have for this state settle its differences with the immediate past administration. We cannot watch things destabilize this way and destroy our heritage in the name of politics. They should find a way to bury their ego for the betterment of our state. Enough is Enough.”

Another resident, a lawyer who spoke to our correspondent anonymously noted that the current situation was not what electorates in the state had expected when Governor Emeka Ihedioha took over the reins.

She urged the new administration to consolidate on the many gains recorded under the last government and continue to drive the state forward.

“ Any serious government would have made it a point of duty to continue where the last administration stopped. I see no reason why he ( Emeka Ihedioha) would abandon an edifice such as this “.

Imo has in the last few months witnessed the alleged demolition of several of former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s “ legacy projects” by the new government, this has fueled speculations on the streets that the neglect suffered by the Imo State High court complex might not be unrelated to these claims.

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Eid Mubarak: Musa Halilu Ahmed Foundation Secures Release Of 41 Prisoners

Musa Halilu Ahmed a non profit organisation committed to consolidating effort of the Nigerian government in achieving social justice across Nigeria has facilitated the release of 41 prisoners serving various jail terms at the Numan Prisons in Adamawa State.

Founder of the organisation, Alhaji Musa Halilu Ahmed who also doubles as Dujima of Adamawa the 1st, was in attendance at the ceremony alongside the Controller of Prisons in Adamawa, Mr. Audu Umar, and other dignitaries in the state.

The Founder said the gesture was in the spirit of Eid-Mubarak, and in alignment with the Federal Government’s efforts to further decongest the nation’s prisons.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, had earlier directed all governors in the country to do everything possible to decongest the prisons. This, according to Dujima Adamawa, is his commitment to support the government of Adamawa, and make the state prosperous.

Those who were granted clemency are young men between the ages of 18 and 25 as these are the segment of the productive workforce in Nigeria.

“The alarming rate of youths in Nigerian prisons is negatively impacting on the nation’s development. This gesture will encourage these young men to become responsible citizens and live a crime-free life.

“We want them to return back to their families and also contribute to the development of the country, and this can only be done when we support and empower them with necessary tools to function effectively in the society and live a meaningful life.

“Besides release, those granted clemency will be rehabilitated, reintegrated and empowered with Skills Acquisition for six months, thereafter, will be provided with seed grant to stay independent and become self-sufficient,” Halilu stated.

Alhaji Halilu further promised continuous support to the Prison command in order to improve the condition of prison facilities in the state.

The freed inmates, who could not conceal their joy, thanked the Dujima Adamawa, Musa Halilu, for securing their release and promised to be good ambassadors of their families and the nation.

In his remarks, the Controller of Prisons in Adamawa State, Audu Umar, thanked the Dujima Adamawa the First, and advised the ex-inmates to keep away from crime to avoid going back to jail.

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Africa’s Most Influential: Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed Makes List Of Top 100

Immediate past Senior Special Assistant on National Social Investment Program, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, has been named as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent, Global 100 Under 40.

According to Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), a New York based organization, the recognition was given to Barrister Ismaeel, based on his “commitment to excellence.” The recognition also comes in line with the first pillar of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent; RECOGNITION.

With this, Barrister Ismaeel, has joined 99 other global leaders to be recognized with the special recognition as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent, Global 100 Under 40, in the Politics & Governance category.
Among those included to be honoured in New York are Naomi Osaka from Japan, Prince EA of USA, Kamissa Camara from Mali, Lukwesa Morin of France/Zambia, King Rukidi IV of Toro from Uganda, William Heard from USA, and many others.

Barrister Ismaeel, who has officially joined the ‘MIPAD Class of 2019’ will receive his honor in September 2019 in New York City, following the opening of the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He will then push for the support of the implementation of United Nation’s International Decade of African Descent 2015 -2024.
In related development, Barrister Ismaeel, will on Friday, August 30th 2019, ring the closing bell of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos State. This is part of MIPAD’s “Celebrating Excellence” with the theme “Africa Exchanges as a destination for Capital.”

Joining Barrister Ismaeel in the ringing of the Closing Bell of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) are Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, founder, Pearls Africa Youth Foundation; popular Nigerian songwriter and singer, Asa Bukola Elemide; US Foreign Service Officer, Visa Chief, US Embassy, Abuja, Carolyn Joy; CEO of Del-York Creative Academy, Linus Idahosa; Director-General, Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Moses Umoru, and amongst others.

MIPAD is a global civil society initiative in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, focusing our efforts on the 1st pillar; RECOGNITION.

MIPAD publishes a unique global 100 list that identifies high achievers of African descent worldwide, pairing those based across the Diaspora with their counterparts inside Africa, across various verticals, annually until 2024.

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I’ll Be More Party Conscious In This Final Term, Says President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday  assured members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Congress (APC) that he would be more conscious of the interests of the party in taking key decisions.

Receiving members of the NWC of the APC at the State House in Abuja, President Buhari pledged to uphold party supremacy and commended the National Chairman , Adams Oshiomhole, and other members for their sacrifices and overall success in the last general elections in the country.

“It is obvious that the success of the party was more paramount in your hearts. You could have deployed the times and energy you deployed for the party for your own personal use.

‘‘I respect the sacrifices you are making; you can only derive satisfaction if you are working for your country and all our people because, materially, nobody can pay you for the sacrifices,” the President said.

President Buhari used the occasion to appeal to NWC members to abide by the constitution of the party, adding: “It is not enough to just criticise certain decisions of the party without first understanding what the constitution says.”

The President assured the NWC that competent members with the requisite experience will be invited to contribute their quota to nation-building as heads and chairmen of boards of governmental parastatals and agencies.

Earlier, Oshiomhole while congratulating the President on the electoral victory, noted that the NWC was meeting with him exclusively for the first time after the elections.

The party chairman acknowledged that, while it was regrettable that the party lost some states, the greatest victory of the APC  was in Kwara and Gombe states.

‘‘In Kwara, we uprooted the ruling dynasty and inaugurated absolutely loyal and totally committed APC men at the helm of affairs,’’ he said.

Commending the unique leadership style of the President, Oshiomhole thanked President Buhari for his unflinching support that ensured the success of the party in holding the principal offices of the 9th National Assembly.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 7, 2019

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Obasanjo Reverses Self On Fulanization, Seeks Dialogue

It’s never too late to do the right thing; I think finally, former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo appears to understanding this as well as his role as an elder statesman.

On Saturday, he met with Fulani cattle breeders in the Southwest as well as Kogi and Kwara States in order to address the scuffle between the nomadic herders and the resident farmers.

Obasanjo told Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) that Yorubas wanted unity, peace, harmony, wholesomeness and progress in the region, stressing that the time had come for everybody to acknowledge that “bad things are happening” in the Southwest and which have been attracting bad names to the Fulani in their midst.

This is a clear departure from Obasanjo’s reliance on writing only letters in the past. The former president appears to be putting his money where his mouth is, he finally seems to understand that actions speak louder than words. Meeting face to face with Fulani cattle breeders is completely different from writing an open letter.

If one reads the communiqué from the meeting, Baba seems to have gotten some firsthand information on the most recent shape of the farmer/herder clashes across the country and the reasons for such happening in the Southwest.

Like President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have done in the last few weeks, Chief Obasanjo has embraced dialogue over explosive statements that could cause the country more harm. We all know that Baba loves Nigeria and that he wants peace but this can best be achieved through diplomatic channels.

A proof of this was the swift rescue of five persons abducted in Ogun state. The police force deployed geo-tagging technology and other technological know-how to track the kidnappers and arrest five culprits.

These are the kind of engagements that is required and expected of our leaders and I am happy Baba is adding his voice to this newly adopted strategy.

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IPC Flays Attack Of Ebonyi Journalists, Lauds NAWOJs’ Plan To Protest

The International Press Center calls for immediate investigation of attacks on journalists by State House of Assembly member representing Afikpo South-West, Mr. Nkemka Onuma, with men suspected to be thugs at the assembly complex.

According to the reports by Sun Newspapers dated July 30, 2019, the incident happened after the screening of one of the commissioner nominees, which was fraught with irregularities, as the speaker, Francis Nwifuru, noticed that the year the nominee purportedly left primary school was not in sync with the year he started secondary school, according to his documents.

The suspected thugs reportedly assaulted Ogochukwu Anioke of The Nation newspaper, Samson Nwafor of Nigerian Pilot and Mrs. Grace Egbo of Tribune, who was pregnant. After attacking the reporters, the thugs also held Anioke hostage inside the assembly premises, ordering the gateman to lock the gate as he made to drive out.

 Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC in a statement decried the attacks and demands that the lawmaker and those who perpetuated the callous and dastard act be brought to justice

He noted that the harassment of journalists and most especially the attack on the pregnant journalist is barbaric, an assault to democratic principles and also an escalating attack against press freedom that is being waged by tyrants in Nigeria

“It is laudable that NAWOJ plans to protest the attacks on the pregnant journalist, other media stakeholders and professional bodies should also commit to ensure that all relevant government authorities’ hands are on deck so that perpetrators are punished,” he added

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IDPs Grumble Over Govt, Authorities Neglect As Rochas Foundation Provides Aid, Succor

Internally Displaced Persons IDPs In Durumi camp have expressed displeasure over what they described as “total neglect and abandonment” by government and authorities in charge of their welfare.

This is just as the Rochas foundation visited the IDPs and provided succour in food and other other food supplies to them.

The inhabitants of Durumi IDP camp alerted that the Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA officials responsible for their welfare have disappeared leaving them to wallow in lack of care and food.

One of the IDPs simply identified as Maria said “Its sad that as IDPs, we have been neglected by the authorities. For sometime now, food and other supplies have not gotten to us. We have endured to grumble with the situation caused by the insecurity that made us flee from our ancestral homes.”

The IDPs were however grateful to the Rochas Foundation for giving what they described as a “timely and impactful” gesture to them.

Two inhabitants of the camp, Salamatu and Dahiru were full of gratitude to the Foundation for its assistance.

The Rochas Foundation during the visit promised to build a school facility within the camp.

The school project in Durumi camp according to the officials of the foundation is in furtherance of the 11 schools it has built under its READ programme to provide qualitative and free education for indigent students in making them responsible leaders of Tomorrow.

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How Buhari Lifted Over 5 Million Nigerians From Poverty – BMO

President Buhari’s goal to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is on course. According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), the President’s success in lifting five million Nigerians out of the poverty bracket in a short time is quite commendable and a sign of greater things to come.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the group stated that the Buhari-led administration had put in place policies, since it came into power, targetted at eradicating poverty and improving the lives and welfare of the Nigerian people.

“The Buhari administration put in place the Social Investment Program (SIP)aimed at tackling poverty, unemployment and improving the living standard of Nigerians. Within the last three and a half years since the program has been operational, it has successfully impacted the lives of over 12 million Nigerians, directly and indirectly.

“The program, with its four components, has provided employment to hundreds of thousands of local farmers through the Home Grown School Feeding Program. These farmers are the suppliers of farm products that are used to feed the over 9.5 million children this government is feeding in our public primary schools.

“The Conditional Cash Transfer program which simply gives a stipend to the poorest of the poorest families in Nigeria, has given a new life to over 350,000 Nigerian families that were far below the poverty line before this administration came on board. With N10,000 given to them every two months, they now have more disposable income; they can now buy new clothes, improve their hygiene and send their children to school.

“This sum, put into the hands of caregivers of these over 350,000 families, has rescued these families, with at least four beneficiaries per house, from the claws of poverty and has given them new life and hope.” 

The group noted that the GEEP loans the Buhari government has been giving to traders, businesses and farmers has reached over 2 million beneficiaries. 

“The thing about these loans is the domino effect of their impact. Traders now have more credit, they can now expand on their businesses. As they expand on the businesses they grow, they can help people around them. The lives of beneficiaries who they support improve as well.

“There is also the N-Power Program that has provided employment to 500,000 previously unemployed graduates.”

BMO noted that the impact being made by the administration was being felt at the bottom of society’s pyramid, with the poorest Nigerians finding succour through these programs. 

BMO stated further that President Buhari’s statement that with good leadership Nigeria can lift 100 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty, whether deemed ambitious or not, was practicable.

“President Buhari had emphatically said that with good leadership 100 million Nigerians can be lifted out of extreme poverty, and with his good leadership he has started this journey and steady progress is being made.”

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Rochas Foundation To Build School In IDP Camp

The Rochas Foundation is set to build a school in the Durumi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp.

This is in line with the aim of the foundation under its READ program to ensure that kids in the camp are given a shot in life through.

A few days ago, its founder, Senator Rochas Anayo Okorocha led other members of the Foundation to the Durumi IDPs camp where it handed food and other supplies to the inhabitants of the camp.

The school facility is part of the efforts of the Rochas Foundation which has successfully built 11 schools across the country since inception to provide qualitative and free education for indigent students in making them responsible leaders of tomorrow.

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Elections More Appropriate For Change Of Government, Not “Revolution’’ – Presidency Tells Group

Following calls circulating on social and digital media, an organisation that calls itself the “Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria” plans a “revolution” march tomorrow, Monday 5th August, with the aim of bringing “regime change” in Nigeria without recourse to a nationwide vote.
The President of Nigeria and his administration respect and uphold the right of every Nigerian to peaceful protest and civil campaign– whether to raise awareness on issues, and even oppose the government. It is the inalienable right of all citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to do so.

There is, however, a difference between peaceful call to protest and incitement for a revolution.

The organisation championing this planned action is not fronted by any serious public faces. We call on the sponsors and organisers to have the decency to come forward and make their identity known – out of respect to all Nigerians – so that Nigerians can be fully aware in whose name this “revolution” is being proposed and who the beneficiaries may be.

Less than six months ago, Nigeria held simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections. Both contests were won resoundingly by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All-Progressives Congress party. The campaign was observed, and results were confirmed by international election monitoring groups and observers. The result was even contested by the losing presidential candidate and his party in Court.

The ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government and a president in Nigeria. The days of coups and revolutions are over.

Those making the “revolution’’ call hide behind the veil of social media modernity. But without revealing the identity of their sponsors this shadowy campaign is no better, and no more democratic, than the days of old.

The President calls on all those who seek to use and hide behind everyday citizens to attain power through undemocratic and violent means, which has been alluded, to come out clearly and be identified. They should lead their march in person. Only then will they begin to have the right to call themselves leaders before the people of Nigeria.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 4, 2019

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FG’s Energizing Education Programme Will Help Improve Power Supply Across The Country, Says Osinbajo

The Federal Government’s Energizing Education Programme is geared towards delivering on several critical policies and objectives of this administration in the Next Level, including improving power supply around the country by providing solar hybrid plants in 37 Federal Universities and 7 teaching hospitals in the next four years, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Friday in Ebonyi State, where he commissioned some projects including the 2.8 MW decentralized solar hybrid power plant that will supply 7,700 students and over 1,800 staff of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) with clean, reliable and efficient power.

Before the end of the year, similar projects would also be commissioned in Bayero University Kano (BUK), Kano State and Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Delta State; as well as the University of Lagos, he added.

By providing decentralized/off-grid solutions, the Vice President noted that the programme is also expected to reduce the dependence on the national grid and increase universal access to electrification in the country.

He said, “We are decentralizing so that we have upgrade capacity in several different States of the Federation and several communities so that we can provide private power in universities and economic clusters. For example, we have private power in Sabon-Geri market, Kano. We are commissioning another 7,000 shops there, we have private power also in the Ariaria market in Abia State, both solar power and we have a fuel-based and gas-based power plant there as well.”

According to the Vice President, this will further increase access to modern quality education by providing adequate power supply to critical learning resources such as science laboratories, design and technology workshops and Information Technology resources.

He added that the project is also aimed at “providing conducive, safe and secure learning environments, with the aim of eradicating cultism, rape, kidnapping and other criminal activities that may occur.”

The Vice President added that the objectives of the Energizing Education Programme includes “empowering Nigerian women through the provision of education and training programmes for STEM and dedicated training on renewable energy in world class energy training centres, improved quality of healthcare services which will ultimately reduce mortality rates in our healthcare institutions; and the development and implementation of environmentally friendly projects for cleaner, healthier environments.”

Prof Osinbajo also commissioned the renewables workshop and training centre to promote renewable energy and over 7.5KM of street lighting to enhance security and safety on the campus.

Noting that students of the institution would not only reap the benefits of clean, reliable and affordable electricity, the Vice President added that they would also receive hands-on training on renewable energy which can be applied beyond the walls of the university.

He said, “This solar hybrid power plant being commissioned today (in FUNAI) is the first to be heard of the 37 Federal Universities and 7 teaching hospitals, that will be provided with a plant that is similar with what we have here under the Federal Government’s Energizing Education Programme and we hope that this will be completed in the next four years.

“The phase 1 of the project consists of nine Federal Universities and one teaching hospital which cuts across 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria and it is currently being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).

“The phase 1 project will benefit a total of about 127,000 students and 28,000 staff of the Universities, 4,700 staff in teaching hospitals (including 819 doctors), powers 2,850 street lights and result in the decommissioning of hundreds of generators.”

This phase, the Vice President said, is fully funded by the Federal Government and will train 180 female STEM students.

The Vice President said the project will further create more jobs in the power sector chain.

“This project itself created 108 energy related jobs from power system engineers to electricians and as stated earlier, trained 20 young women with the skills to work in the energy sector anywhere in the world,” he said.

Prof. Osinbajo urged more effective collaboration and synergy amongst government bodies at all levels, in order to achieve significant growth for the country.


Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President
3rd August, 2019

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Outrage as Imo Gov Ihedioha Allegedly Demolish Rochas Freedom Square Project

Residents of Imo State’s capital, Owerri were left bewildered as the Freedom Park, built by the immediate past governor, Rochas Okorocha was demolished on August 1.

The sound of earth-moving equipment and heavy machinery dominated the air as the park, built barely two years ago, was torn down in a flagrant show of force. The fountain was reduced to a pile of iron and concrete as on-lookers gathered to catch a glimpse of the wreckage.

Freedom Park, or Freedom Square as it is also called, is one of the attractions erected by Okorocha during his term as governor. The park was a fair distance from the State House and has been described as ‘t?he safe house of Owerri, a place where everyone is equal irrespective of politics and religion?’. Recently, it has become a hotspot for late-night revellers and tourists.

While most residents are at a loss to explain the events of August 1, there is a general sentiment that the demolition was ordered by new Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

The events share parallels with the levelling of another tourist attraction, Akachi Tower in May. The tower, also built by Okorocha, was demolished days after his successor was sworn in.

During its inauguration, Okorocha said Akachi Tower signified the generous hand of God over the state. The tower, along Owerri’s Akachi Road, featured a spiral staircase, topped by a defiant fist.

The tower was pulled down with a demolition truck before the culprits, numbering over a dozen, were reportedly removed from the scene by men in military fatigues. The new Imo State Governor did not respond to rumours of his involvement.

The demolition of tourist attractions like the Akachi Tower and Freedom Square has set off conversations about the new administration’s perceived intention to revise a chapter of Imo’s history.

During his tenure, Okorocha erected many edifices as part of his efforts to turn Imo State, and Owerri in particular, into a tourism hub.

The Imo State Governor is yet to release an official statement on the matter.

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