The Enugu State Ministry of Lands and Urban Development said it has suspended all activities within the Golf Annex I, in Agu Abor, for proper regularisation of issues surrounding the sale of the land.
This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Mr Chidi Aroh, and made available to newsmen in Enugu on Saturday.
Aroh explained that the suspension, which had the approval of the state government, was carried out in response to the “various serious and technical issues concerning the Golf Annex 1, Agu Abor.” He further disclosed that a committee was set up to deal with all outstanding issues concerning the Golf Annex I, with a view to effectively and conclusively resolving them to allow infrastructural work to resume in earnest.
The commissioner added “Exultantly, the committee has almost concluded its assignment with the resolution of all multiple allocations and community protests.
“Also, the determination of outstanding payments and review of road and drainage designs to allow for full accessibility of all plots,” he said.
Aroh expressed optimism that full scale work to complete the infrastructural works at the Golf Annex would resume shortly in line with the state government’s commitment to ensure decent and affordable housing for all in Enugu State.
The statement listed the technical issues concerning the Golf that were being addressed to include protests and petitions from the host land owners.
“Others are the issues of allocations; non-payment of statutory land fees by many allotees in spite repeated demands; and overall review of design arising from non-accessibility of several plots due to technical error in original layout design”.
Some traditional rulers in Enugu State have expressed worry over the rising cases of harmful traditional practices and violence against women and girls in the state.
They made the disclosure at a one-day town hall meeting organized by an Enugu based NGO, Women Aid Collective (WACOL) and the Fifty-Fifty Action Women in collaboration with the Ford Foundation in Enugu on Saturday.
The theme of the meeting is “Change norms and practices that promote Violence Against women and girls”.
Some of such anti women cultural practices they noted are, denial of inheritance, forcing of the girl child into early marriage and female Genital Cutting.
Speaking at the event, the Traditional Ruler of Obige- Obukpa, in Nsukka Council area of the state, Igwe Raphael Ezeh, expressed concern over what he described as the inhuman treatment being meted against women and girls in some communities in the name of culture.
Eze, who is the Chairman, Enugu North zonal traditional Council said they had banished all culture that were obnoxious to natural justice.
He explained that the traditional rulers had played their part, urging other participants to help spread the news that violence against women and girl was evil.
While calling on everyone and groups to join hands in eliminating the menace in the state, the royal father agreed to end inhuman treatment against women and girls as a result of culture and norms in their respective domains and state in general.
Ezeh applauded WACOL for remaining a driving force on issues bothering on women and the girl child in Nigeria and Africa.
“Beating a woman is not a show of love and whoever engages in it is not normal because women deserve to be treated with dignity,” he said.
In his remark, Chairman, Igwe in Council, Enugu East Senatorial district of the State, HRH Hyacinth Edeani, said as traditional rulers, they were committed to eliminating harmful traditional practices in the state.
Speaking at the event, the Head of Communications, WACOL, Mrs Egodi Igwe said the meeting was aimed to dialogue with stakeholders and chart a new way of finding solution to the issue of gender based violence.
Igwe, who represented the Executive Director of WACOL, said that the organisation partnered Ford Foundation, an International Organisation, on the the project targeted at removing harmful cultural practices against women.
According to her, the norms we accepted as a way of life had affected women negatively.
The communication head noted that in Igboland, land and economic trees were only reserved for men, meaning that women would perpetually remained poor.
“So we gather community and religious leaders, youths, women and judiciary to interact and find solution to the menace,” she said.
Igwe urged the traditional rulers to introduce bye laws to end all forms of harmful cultural practices in their various communities.
“These bye laws will be codified and implemented in a manner that it will be gender friendly,” she said.
She explained that traditional ruler of a community had power to change harmful cultural practices to suit changing society.
This, she noted, would help bring best in women and empower them to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
Speaking also on the topic “Harmful Cultural norms against women and girl and its negative on community development”, the resource person, Mrs Uju Okeke, said that culture was not evil but must be rejected when it was harmful and against women.
She described negative culture as the one that subjected women to physical abuse, sexual violence, force ejection from home and harassment upon death of their spouse among others.
Okeke, who is the Executive Director, Centre for Mmadu on Human Right (C4M), said 70 per cent of women live below poverty line because they were denied economic resources and prevented from engaging in any work.
She, however, emphasized the need for cultural reorientation, empowerment of women, protection and implementation of laws to end violence against women and girls.
Rep. Tunji Olawuyi (APC-Kwara) has began installation of another set of solar street lights in some communities in his constituency.
Olawuyi, who represent -ero Federal Constituency, said the was part of his contribution to the development of the area.
The lawmaker’s Chief of Staff, Mr Abdulganiyu Olarewaju, made this known to newsmen in Omu-Aran. He said that it is part of his desire to illuminate communities in the four local government areas of the constituency.
Some of the street lights which arrived earlier were installed at Oraayoka in Irepodun Local Government Area, while some would be installed in Irewolede axis in Ajase Ipo. The next batch, according to him, will be installed in some communities in Oke-ero, Isin and Ekiti Local Government Areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the lawmaker had earlier installed solar street lights at the palace of paramount rulers in the four local governments areas.
The beneficiaries were all the first class traditional rulers in the constituency, including the Olosi of Osi, Olomu of Omu-Aran, Olusin of Isanlu-Isin, Alofa of Ilofa and Olupo of Ajase-Ipo. Other parts of the communities that benefited from the street lights were Alofa street, Osi central mosque and the Area Court, Isanlu Isin general hospital and Omu Aran correctional centre.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Saturday assured residents of Dutsin Fakara in Arewa Local Government Area of provision of portable water.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor, who was on his way to Bachaka town in the same local government, sighted a group of women trying to fetch water from a local well which attracted his attention.
After making inquiries about the water problem from the women, he promised to provide a borehole to supply portable drinking to the community.
According to him, this is part of his administration’s continuous effort to provide basic social amenities to people of the state, particularly rural dwellers.
The residents expressed immense joy and appreciation to the governor for his concern and kind gesture.
At the border town of Bachaka, in Arewa local government, the governor inspected a collapsed building as a result of gully erosion in a Model Primary School.
Earlier, the governor had inspected an ongoing construction work of Gulma township roads in Argungu Local Government Area as well as the encroaching gully erosion at Dukku in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area.
Malam Saliu Mustapha, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial district in the 2023 general elections, has announced financial reward for Kwara United FC ahead of the team’s first round match against AS Douanes of Niger Republic on Sunday in Lagos.
In a statement by the candidate in Ilorin on Saturday, he pledged $500 for each goal scored by the team against the Nigeriens, and an additional $10,000 for the 26-member team if they advance through to the group stage, “as well as a more generous cash prize if they win the tournament”.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the APC candidate, who is also the Turaki of Ilorin Emirate, in August at the request of Kwara United FC management, sponsored a ‘open gate’ for supporters and football enthusiasts in the state to watch for free the team’s final home game against Mountain of Fire FC in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Expectedly, the Kwara United FC, also known as Harmony Boys, victoriously defeated their opponents 3-0 in the match.
“In addition, I have directed my team to make adequate transportation arrangements, in collaboration with the Kwara United Supporters’ Club, for those who may be willing but unable to attend the match live in Lagos.
“Regular tickets will also be made available for free to the contingents.
“This is my modest way of supporting Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s vision of always elevating Kwara through sports and other endeavours.
“It is my expectation that this financial reward will motivate Kwara United FC team to achieve greatness, which has been their hallmark for many years, and to represent Kwara and Nigeria in the continental competition,” Mustapha said.
He urged all soccer-loving Nigerians in Lagos and its environs to come to the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on Sunday to cheer up the team and make the second leg in Niamey on Sept. 18, a formality.
, 73, met with newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace in London Friday, marking their first formal meeting in their new roles.
“It’s very kind of you to come in.
I know how you’ve been busy, to say the least,” King Charles told the new premier with a laugh.
On a more somber note, he said that the outpouring of sympathies following his mother’s death meant so much.
“It’s been so touching, this afternoon, when we arrived,” he said of the tributes he and his wife Camilla, Queen Consort, found in London.
“All those people had come to give their condolences and put flowers… it’s the moment I’ve been dreading, as I know a lot of people have,” he continued, alluding to Her Majesty’s death.
“But we’ll try to keep everything going.
” Truss, 47, met Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle at on Tuesday, following her election as leader of the Conservative Party.
She became the 15th – and final – prime minister appointed by the Queen.
The audience was historic, as it marked the first time in the Queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign that she did not meet a new premier in England.
The Queen had been experiencing episodic mobility issues, and a source told PEOPLE the appointment was hosted at Balmoral for certainty of schedules.
Charles and his wife, now known as Camilla, Queen Consort, had traveled to Queen Elizabeth’s side in the Scottish Highlands after Buckingham Palace announced that her doctors were ”concerned” for Her Majesty’s health Thursday.
Charles had been in Scotland the day before, carrying out engagements.
There, the senior royals joined by Princess Anne, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Harry, who is in Europe this week with wife Meghan Markle for a series of charity visits.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), His Majesty Chapel Parish in Ahmadiyya, Lagos, has embarked on free medical checkups to improve the health of residents of the community.
The Pastor in charge of the parish, Samson Ajayi, disclosed this during a medical outreach for community members in Abule Egba area of Lagos State on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that among tests carried out at the outreach included free Blood Pressure check; Blood Sugar, medical and spiritual counseling, among others.
“We intend to sustain this medical outreach and trust God to put resources in our hands and even take them outside the church premises.
“The number of people that came for the programme is beyond the number I was thinking about; we never envisaged that we will have that number of people.
“This will also be an avenue to feed the people in our community; what we are doing as RCCG is just to fulfill the mandate of God as it was laid down by the General Overseer, Pastor Adeboye, “ he said.
The pastor said that the challenges surrounding the general health of the populace prompted the Church to organise the free medical check-up for the community.
According to him, many Nigerians are suffering from ailments that they are ignorant of, including hypertension, diabetes, among others.
“We realise that many people, while working or walking, collapse and die, while some go to bed and do not wake up.
“The leadership of this mission, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, feels that it is imperative to contribute to our immediate community and that is what prompted the medical outreach.
“Both Christians and Muslims came around to participate in the medical check-up and the Bible says we should love one another.
“In this programme, there is nothing like sentiment; we attend to everyone that comes around to check their medical status.
“As a Church, we believe that corporate social responsibilities are important and we should organise for the people to know their health status, “ Ajayi said.
The Federal Government said late Queen Elizabeth II of England was not only a monarch to her country home but also a representative of other nations of the world.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha stated this when he signed the condolence register before the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, on behalf of the Federal Government on Saturday in Abuja.
The register was signed at the Abuja residence of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria.
“The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President has personally asked me to come and convey his condolences.
“And he has already done that officially to sign the condolence register on behalf of the people of Nigeria at this very difficult grieving moment to the immediate family of her majesty.
“The Queen was not only a monarch, to us in Nigeria she represented several times, having visited this country two times, one in three years after her ascension to the throne, her coronation in 1953 and spent the period of about 20 days in Nigeria visiting different cities.
” According to him, late Queen Elizabeth II had a very good relationship with the people of Nigeria during her life time.
SGF used the occasion to reassure the British envoy of the continuous relationship between Nigeria and her country.
“For us in Nigeria, particularly for the period of three years, she was our Head of State after independence in 1960 to 1963 before we became a republic.
“So there is this mutual ties that have existed between Nigeria since Nigeria became protectorate of the British in 1901, that mutual bond of friendship of togetherness that we have experienced continues to succeed.
“And I can assure you that the Nigerian government is in the state of mourning and the people of Nigeria are mourning like other members of the Commonwealth.
” Please do extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the immediate family of the new King now King Charles and the people of the UK.
Responding, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, thanked the SGF for his coming to represent President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of Nigeria.
“Thank you very much for coming to represent the president and indeed the people of Nigeria with your wife to express your personal condolences and the people of Nigeria condolences.
“We really appreciate it, and as you said, the bond between Nigeria and the UK is very deep, very long and I know the late Queen herself the late queen, when I did my credentials to her before I came to take up my role as her High Commissioner, she spoke very fondly of her two visits to Nigeria.
” According to her, late Queen Elizabeth was so passionate and had interest and was also committed to Nigeria’s affairs.
Catriona, however, assured Nigerian government of her close ties with the country even after the death of Queen Elizabeth.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that late Queen Elizabeth II, who was a longest serving Queen, was enthroned in 1953 upon the death of her father.
She died on Sept. 8.
A Group, Campaign for Transformative Governance (CTGF) on Saturday engaged candidates representing various political parties in the forthcoming 2023 Senatorial Elections in Lagos in a dialogue.
CTGF Chairman, Mr Sina Odugbemi, while speaking on theme of the dialogue titled: The 2023 General Elections and The Quest for People-Centered Public Service-Focused Governance – Any Hope?
said the ongoing electioneering was everybody’s business.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CTGF is an initiative of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technology And Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE).
The Federation of Informal Workers Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON) and Pro-Labour Civil Society Organisations are also part of the initiative.
NAN reports that candidates of the political parties present at the dialogue included: the Action Alliance (AA), Africa Democratic Party (ADC), Labour Party, Young New Party and others.
Odugbemi stated that political context of late was devoid of content and as such unhealthy for democracy, hence the need for the forum to midwife discussion between the aspirants and the masses.
He explained that the discussion would lay a foundation of what the masses expected from their representatives when voted into power and a benchmark for the performance of the elected candidates.
The CTGF chairman stated that Nigerians must not be tired of politicking if they truly desired transformative change and progress in the country.
He noted that tactically, votes would count in the upcoming elections but it was the consciousness of the voters that would lead them to the polls during the election to make it count.
“A country currently experiencing inequality, corruption, hunger and insecurity like ours, is prone to violent reaction and that is why we organised this forum to mitigate any violent reaction that could arise.
“This is for the political parties’ candidates to be informed that they would be held accountable, and for voters to be sensitised that while they have the power to vote, they also have the power to recall any political representative that is not performing.
“The present state of Nigeria is redeemable and we all must be serious to ensure that things change positively,” he said.
According to him, the group will monitor every stage of the electioneering, from the build up, through voting and post election.
In his remark, the Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Lagos State Council, Mr Gbenga Ekundayo, said those vying for political offices in Lagos State must understand the challenges, resources at hand and opportunities available to maximise to improve things.
Ekundayo, also Secretary of CTGF, stated that the initiative was borne of of the need for trade union members to be involved in electioneering to make informed decisions on who they should vote for that would lead to progress in the state and country.
He explained that the dialogue was organised to enable members assess the various political candidates’ level of accessibility and capability that would lead to a future beneficial to all.
The TUC chairman urged Nigerians to use the provision of the constitution to recall any political office holders who failed to deliver on their promises or push ideas and agenda that could impact lives positively.
“We sent invitations to candidates of all the political parties in Lagos State but only a few showed up.
“This shows that some of the political parties feel that they are familiar with the system and know the mechanism to deploy to win the election, and so such fora do not count for them.
“For us, this is a step in the right direction to ensure that the promises made by the political parties’ candidates here are kept and held accountable, and to also beam a search light on those candidates that are not here and may be voted into power,” he said.
Chairperson, AUPCTRE Federal Organ, Lagos, Mrs Oluwatoyin Sokumbi said Nigeria was a project that must succeed and all hands must be on deck to reposition the country.
Sokumbi explained that politicians must present their manifestos to the electorate for them to know their programmes and not just campaign to seek the votes of the masses.
“In the past, one could recite the manifestos of political parties by heart, but all we hear now is ‘vote for me’ and not what they intend to offer.
“We need to know the plans of the political parties and the electorate must also know that they have the power to facilitate the recall of a political office holder that underperforms, the same way they have the power to vote.
“Ignorance is no longer an excuse.
Candidates vying for political offices must tell us what they intend to do better than those they are complaining about and how posterity will have something good to say about them,” she said.
According to her, the present state of the economy has made Nigerians more politically conscious and ready to put in their best to make the country great again.
In his address, Hon. Oluwabori Awofodun, representing Somolu Constituency 1 for Action Alliance party, urged Lagos residents to vote for competence and do a solid backgroud check on political parties’ candidates before voting them into power.
NAN reports that the candidates agreed that youth empowerment and unity were germane to the progress of the state.
They also agreed that healthcare must be prioritised, with a state of emergency declared on electricity to enable a modern economy.
It was also suggested that political representatives in the state must improve sanitation, water transportation to decongest traffic on the roads, among others.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ordered that the first leg of the 20222023 TotalEnergies Confederation Cup match between Kwara United FC and AS Douanes of Niger Republic, be played behind closed doors.
Rising from the Pre-Match Meeting on Saturday, the Match Commissioner, General Tamba Langtombong from The Gambia, delivered CAF’s verdict on the match.
Gen. Langtombong, who read out the messages concerning the match from CAF, added that arrangements needed to be made to comply with the directive.
He equally warned on the consequences of going against the decision, especially encroachment, which according to him, would count against the home team.
This means that Kwara United FC will be having additional challenge of playing without their motivational fans, supporters and followers.
The reasons for the decision might be connected to Covid-19 issues, especially as it has to do with inter-country engagements.
The decision will also deny Kwara United FC the opportunity of achieving economic and revenue values from the much-publicised and promisingly crucial match.
The club had earlier fixed ticket prices for the three categories of seats at the arena, which are the VVIP seats, the VIP seats and the Popular side.
It had announced that ticket fee for a VVIP seat would be N5000; VIP seat for N1000, with the ticket for the popular side advertised for N500. The club therefore, enjoined its fans and supporters to stay away from the venue, take advantage of the live streaming of the match, as arranged by the club, and also pray for victory.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match is scheduled to hold at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena Ilorin on Sunday evening.