Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has mandated contractors handling various government projects in the state to ensure that they continue to deliver quality jobs and adhere to the contract completion deadline.
Ugwuanyi, who spoke through his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, when she paid unscheduled visits to some ongoing projects for inspection, reiterated the state government’s unflinching commitment towards providing quality infrastructure for the people of the state to continue to enjoy more democracy dividends.
The sites inspected include the Ogurute-Mkpamute-Igogoro-Ikpamodo-Okpo-Amaja road and the Ogurute – Umuogbo-Umuopu-Ette road in Igbo-Eze Local Government Area; the Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA) dump site road at Ogui, Enugu North L.G.A.
Others include the Igbo Ano Specialist Hospital; the Agbani District Hospital, Nkanu West L.G.A; Nsukka Magistrate Court building and the erosion control project along Ugwogo Nike –Opi Nsukka road.
Mrs. Ezeilo, who was accompanied to the project sites by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, said that the essence of the inspection was to ensure that the contractors lived up to expectation and “deliver these essential amenities to the benefiting communities on record time”.
In its bid to further ease the process of registering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo today, announced the Federal Government’s approval of a 90-day special window to register businesses at a reduced rate of N5000 only.
The Vice President who made the disclosure on Tuesday at the launch of the 19th edition of the National MSMEs Clinics in Enugu, Enugu State, said the special window of 90 days starts from October 1st to Dec 31st 2018.
According to Prof. Osinbajo, “It was observed during some of the earlier editions of the MSME Clinics that a lot of MSMEs were finding it difficult to register their businesses as a result of cost.
Speaking on other initiatives by the Federal Government designed to consolidate the gains of the MSMEs Clinics, Prof. Osinbajo said, “we will be establishing shared facilities for MSMEs based on a partnership between the Federal Government, interested States, Bank of Industry, NEXIM Bank, FIRS, NAFDAC, SON and interested private sector partners, as part of our efforts at deepening the impact of the Clinics.”
He also announced the Federal Government’s willingness to partner with State governments in establishing more One-Stop Shops, to further enhance business registration and facilitate seamless interaction between owners of small businesses and the relevant regulatory agencies.
Prof. Osinbajo also said there were follow-up plans to “ensure that all the finalists from the maiden edition of the MSME Awards are supported with publicity and media exposure, to enable them to reach even larger markets at home and abroad.”
He stated that the ongoing disbursement of collateral and interest-free loans given to petty traders under the GEEP TraderMoni programme would soon be launched in Enugu.
He thanked the Federal Government for the launch of the National MSMEs Clinics in the state, noting that it would greatly improve the lives of many youths especially those seeking employment opportunities.
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Ifeanyi, Ugwuanyi of Enugu said the State government had already keyed into some of the social investment programmes initiated by the Federal Government, assuring that the State would continue to cooperate with all federal authorities to improve the well-being of the people.
Security agencies in Enugu State, on Wednesday, commenced a joint training exercise to sustain the peace and order in the state.
The training exercise comes ahead of the September 14, sit-at-home order of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the alleged killing of its members during 2017 Army Operation ‘PYTHON DANCE II.
Addressing the joint security personnel at the parade ground of the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, the General Officer Commanding the division, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk, said the training became necessary for better understanding among themselves.
“It is better we train together so that we will understand ourselves. If we don’t train together we may not be able to handle some of the threats when they actually show up.
“It is important to tell Nigerians that government is not wasting resource on us,” Kabuk said.
The Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, approved N17.73 billion for road project in Enugu State.
The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the project which was initially awarded at the cost of N10.3 billion in 2012 was to serve six different communities.
He however noted that the project suffered failed implementation due to lack of funding.
Giving reasons for the increase, Fashola lay emphasis on the need to provide for erosion control in the State.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said that the problem with Nigeria was neither ethnicity nor religion but systemic corruption.
Professor Osinbajo said this at the 30th National Biennial Conference of the Students Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria holding in Enugu.
He said that corruption had been so entrenched in the country that if you dare challenge it, you will be in the minority.
He, however, challenged the youths to change the narrative and make the difference by checking the impunity of those that had stolen the resources of the country.
“Our problem in this country is not ethnicity or religion; it is not about Christians or Muslims. Our problems are the same wherever you go in this country.
“The story of our country is about good and evil. It is about those that have left us in this condition by stealing our common resources.
“Do not let anyone deceive you.”
The acting president challenged members of SCM to ensure that the movement becomes one of the tools that will move the country forward.
“You should understand that our country can be delivered by people like you.”
According to him, young Christians have special and distinct roles to play in the transformation of the country which is superior to those of other sets of people.
“All of the great nations of the world were transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not a gospel that tickles people’s imaginations or dwells on prosperity.
“It is not a gospel that fits your fancy. It is a gospel that teaches that righteousness exalts a nation.”
Osibanjo appealed to Nigerians to stand against the plundering of the nation’s resources as well as support the anti-corruption initiative of the Nigerian Government, irrespective of party affiliations.
An Enugu Magistrate Court yesterday ordered the state Attorney General and the Nigeria Prisons Service (NIS) to produce members of the Ralph Uwazurike-led Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) in court.
About 32 BIM members were arrested on May 22, 2018 during their celebration of Biafra anniversary in Enugu and were subsequently arraigned on treason charges.
When the matter was mentioned yesterday, none of the accused persons was brought to court, prompting the defence counsel, C. O. Obiekwe, to ask the Attorney General and the NIS for explanations.
He told the court that the Federal Government, in collaboration with the Enugu Attorney General and the Nigeria Prisons, were doing everything possible to keep the BIM members in detention, knowing that they committed no offence.
“We are in a democracy and not a dictatorship as it is being exhibited in this matter. This case portrays this government as anti-democratic.
“I have gone to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) and I was told that they have concluded their job and sent their report to the Attorney General.
“However, every effort I made to see the Attorney General failed. I have gone there up to six times. The last time I went, he said he was tired and did not want to see anybody,” Obiekwe said.
He insisted they gave no genuine reasons for their failure to bring the accused persons to court, saying: “These people are freedom fighters, they have not committed any offence known to law and that is why I call this government dictators.”
The Woman Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East region, Mrs. Sally Chinedu, has appealed to the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ndigbo, to support President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election into office.
Chinedu stated this at a rally held in Enugu over the weekend to receive Ambassador Ginika Tor Williams, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain who joined the APC.
According to her, a support for Buhari is a support for Igbo Presidency in 2023.
She assured that victory for the APC in 2019 would ultimately impact on the overall development of the southeast region.
Chinedu added that she was happy with what APC was doing and decided to support the “change” going on in the country.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Enugu State has inaugurated a 22-member committee on Lassa fever following reported re-emergence of the disease in Ebonyi State.
The state Chairman of the association, Dr Cajetan Onyedum, said the move was necessary to sensitise residents of the state as well as health workers on the need to be vigilant and take necessary action.
“We got official information yesterday on the death of two of our colleagues following confirmed outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi. This morning a nurse also died as a result of the same disease while another colleague is in a critical condition. We thought it would be wise to set up this committee due to the proximity between Enugu and Ebonyi in order to check the incidences here,”he said.
Onyedum said members of the committee were selected from key institutions in the state, adding that the committee would soon embark on public enlightenment throughout the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Wednesday, received 10 out of the 11 indigenes of the state who were among the 490 Nigerians that were recently repatriated from Libya.
Addressing the returnees at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi thanked God for their safe return and also expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and his team for facilitating the return of the affected Nigerians to the country.
The Governor noted that the female returnee from the state could not return with the others because she was currently receiving medical attention in Port Harcourt.
He then promised to assist the returnees undertake necessary medical examinations as well as “reintegrate them with their families and society at large”.
Speaking further, Ugwuanyi advised Nigerians, especially the youths to desist from traveling to Libya and similar unsafe places in search of greener pastures and charged them to positively invest their resourcefulness and creativity “at home rather than expose themselves to slavery and other untold difficulties abroad”.