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  •  The Lagos State Government says it is diverting traffic from Underpass from Tuesday Sept 20 2022 for continuation of the Tink bridge construction The Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Sunday Oladeinde assures that alternative routes had been mapped out to ease movement during the course of the reconstruction of the underpass He advised motorists to use the Ojota interchange to connect Maryland and its environs Oladeinde also urged motorists heading to the inner streets of the axis to make use of Mobolaji Bank Anthony to access Emmanuel Aderibigbe Shitta and Adeoye Adeyemi streets Hr said that other motorists heading toward Mende and its environs could use of Mende Street to link Ajose Street and connect Oki lane to continue their journey He added that the repairs of a section of the Lagos Bound lane at the Iyana Expressway scheduled for Sept 17 had been postponed till further notice due to unforeseen circumstances The commissioner explained further that the new date would be communicated to the public Oladeinde while commending motorists for their patience and cooperation reaffirmed that personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority would be deployed to the affected routes to minimise inconveniences He sought for the concurrence of Lagos residents at this season of road constructions as the gains of the ongoing projects would ameliorate the traffic challenges in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG diverts traffic at Maryland Mede Underpass, postpones Iyana-Era diversion
     The Lagos State Government says it is diverting traffic from Underpass from Tuesday Sept 20 2022 for continuation of the Tink bridge construction The Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Sunday Oladeinde assures that alternative routes had been mapped out to ease movement during the course of the reconstruction of the underpass He advised motorists to use the Ojota interchange to connect Maryland and its environs Oladeinde also urged motorists heading to the inner streets of the axis to make use of Mobolaji Bank Anthony to access Emmanuel Aderibigbe Shitta and Adeoye Adeyemi streets Hr said that other motorists heading toward Mende and its environs could use of Mende Street to link Ajose Street and connect Oki lane to continue their journey He added that the repairs of a section of the Lagos Bound lane at the Iyana Expressway scheduled for Sept 17 had been postponed till further notice due to unforeseen circumstances The commissioner explained further that the new date would be communicated to the public Oladeinde while commending motorists for their patience and cooperation reaffirmed that personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority would be deployed to the affected routes to minimise inconveniences He sought for the concurrence of Lagos residents at this season of road constructions as the gains of the ongoing projects would ameliorate the traffic challenges in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG diverts traffic at Maryland Mede Underpass, postpones Iyana-Era diversion
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    LASG diverts traffic at Maryland Mede Underpass, postpones Iyana-Era diversion

    The Lagos State Government says it is diverting traffic from Underpass from  Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 for continuation of the Tink bridge construction.

    The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

    Oladeinde assures that alternative routes had been mapped out to ease movement during the course of the reconstruction of the underpass.

    He advised motorists to use the Ojota interchange to connect Maryland and its environs.

    Oladeinde also urged motorists heading to the inner streets of the axis to make use of Mobolaji Bank Anthony to access Emmanuel, Aderibigbe Shitta and Adeoye Adeyemi streets.

    Hr said that other motorists  heading toward Mende and its environs could use of Mende Street to link Ajose Street and connect Oki lane to continue their journey.

    He added that the repairs of a section of the Lagos Bound lane at the Iyana Expressway scheduled for Sept. 17, had been postponed till further notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

    The commissioner explained further that the new date would be communicated to the public.

    Oladeinde, while commending motorists for their patience and cooperation, reaffirmed that personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority would be deployed to the affected routes to minimise inconveniences.

    He sought for the concurrence of Lagos residents at this season of road constructions as the gains of the ongoing projects would ameliorate the traffic challenges in the state.

    .


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  •  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has pushed for the compulsory education of the girl child as a protection mechanism from forced early marriage UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins spoke when he featured as a special guest on the News Agency of Nigeria interview programme Forum in Abuja Hawkins who said that child marriage remained a big issue in the country urged all stakeholders to look for ways to prevent this to keep children who are supposed to be in schools in the schools How do we ensure that girls are able to complete the full grade 12 up to the age of 18 so they can make decisions about their future That is the most important issue that we need to take into consideration The result of girls not going to school especially junior secondary is that they get married or they re married off and I think that we must push for the girls to go to school That in effect delays the marriage if they re going to school If they don t go to school it accelerates the marriage because it is a protection mechanism So we need to look at those too in UNICEF as many of the traditional religious leaders across the country say to me when we talk about child marriage Child marriage is a big issue and I m sure you will come on to it in Nigeria Hawkins said girl child education was one of the main priority issues UNICEF was working on because of its profound effect on the health of the adolescent girls He said that the Girls Education Programme GEP of UNICEF was an intervention designed to highlight issues of girls and education in the country The programme will continue not as GEP but other interventions what it did was to highlight the issue of girls and education and it looked into many different elements One is access which is about distance and so on how do girls get to school how can they go to school Are our families prioritising the girls to be able to go to school Secondly is about the environment in the school which is about gender teachers that is women and men teachers in the school to make it possible The third is the transition from basic education to junior secondary education and that has many different aspects The UNICEF representative therefore urged the government to consider the social aspect of the education of the girl child such as the provision of WASH facilities and travelling distance to and from schools Hawkins said that these among many others would encourage the girl child to learn and continue learning NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Early marriage: UNICEF pushes for compulsory education of girl-child
     The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has pushed for the compulsory education of the girl child as a protection mechanism from forced early marriage UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins spoke when he featured as a special guest on the News Agency of Nigeria interview programme Forum in Abuja Hawkins who said that child marriage remained a big issue in the country urged all stakeholders to look for ways to prevent this to keep children who are supposed to be in schools in the schools How do we ensure that girls are able to complete the full grade 12 up to the age of 18 so they can make decisions about their future That is the most important issue that we need to take into consideration The result of girls not going to school especially junior secondary is that they get married or they re married off and I think that we must push for the girls to go to school That in effect delays the marriage if they re going to school If they don t go to school it accelerates the marriage because it is a protection mechanism So we need to look at those too in UNICEF as many of the traditional religious leaders across the country say to me when we talk about child marriage Child marriage is a big issue and I m sure you will come on to it in Nigeria Hawkins said girl child education was one of the main priority issues UNICEF was working on because of its profound effect on the health of the adolescent girls He said that the Girls Education Programme GEP of UNICEF was an intervention designed to highlight issues of girls and education in the country The programme will continue not as GEP but other interventions what it did was to highlight the issue of girls and education and it looked into many different elements One is access which is about distance and so on how do girls get to school how can they go to school Are our families prioritising the girls to be able to go to school Secondly is about the environment in the school which is about gender teachers that is women and men teachers in the school to make it possible The third is the transition from basic education to junior secondary education and that has many different aspects The UNICEF representative therefore urged the government to consider the social aspect of the education of the girl child such as the provision of WASH facilities and travelling distance to and from schools Hawkins said that these among many others would encourage the girl child to learn and continue learning NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Early marriage: UNICEF pushes for compulsory education of girl-child
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    Early marriage: UNICEF pushes for compulsory education of girl-child

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pushed for the compulsory education of the girl-child as a protection mechanism from forced early marriage.

    UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins, spoke when he featured as a special guest on the News Agency of Nigeria interview programme, Forum, in Abuja.

    Hawkins, who said that child marriage remained a big issue in the country, urged all stakeholders to look for ways to prevent this to keep children, who are supposed to be in schools, in the schools.

    “How do we ensure that girls are able to complete the full grade 12 up to the age of 18 so they can make decisions about their future.

    “That is the most important issue that we need to take into consideration.

    “The result of girls not going to school, especially junior secondary, is that they get married or they’re married off and I think that we must push for the girls to go to school.

    “That, in effect, delays the marriage if they’re going to school.

    If they don’t go to school, it accelerates the marriage because it is a protection mechanism.

    “So, we need to look at those too in UNICEF as many of the traditional, religious leaders across the country say to me when we talk about child marriage.

    “Child marriage is a big issue and I’m sure you will come on to it in Nigeria.

    ”Hawkins said girl-child education was one of the main priority issues UNICEF was working on because of its profound effect on the health of the adolescent girls.

    He said that the Girls Education Programme (GEP) of UNICEF was an intervention designed to highlight issues of girls and education in the country.

    “The programme will continue not as GEP but other interventions; what it did was to highlight the issue of girls and education and it looked into many different elements.

    “One is access, which is about distance and so on; how do girls get to school?

    , how can they go to school?

    Are our families prioritising the girls to be able to go to school.

    “Secondly is about the environment in the school which is about gender, teachers- that is women and men teachers in the school, to make it possible.

    “The third is the transition from basic education to junior secondary education and that has many different aspects.

    ”The UNICEF representative, therefore, urged the government to consider the social aspect of the education of the girl-child such as the provision of WASH facilities and travelling distance to and from schools.

    Hawkins said that these, among many others, would encourage the girl-child to learn and continue learning.


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  •  The South South Vanguard of the Peoples Democratic Party SSV PDP says there is no division in the PDP in Delta State The SSV PDP is a coalition of young members of the PDP with focus on grassroots mobilisation and membership drive within the South South zone The Zonal coordinator of the group Mr Alfred Eboziem in a statement on Sunday in Lagos criticised a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP Chief Olabode George for insinuating there was division in PDP in Delta The zonal coordinator faulted claims by George that Okowa was fighting with Chief James Ibori hence there was division in Delta PDP If anything Okowa and Ibori are friends and contemporaries and it shows in the mutual respect they show to each other to the acclamation and admiration of other politicians in the state Both share a friendship that transcends the realm of partisan politics It is a friendship that has survived treachery and mischief of politicians An elder like George should not join such mischief makers he said We want to place on record that there is no division in Delta PDP Gov Okowa as the leader of the party in the state is working effectively with the state party leadership and all the structures up to ward levels George cannot sit in Lagos and be imagining a non existent dogfight within the party in Delta His utterance showed a clear lack of understanding of politics in Delta and the South South zone We advise Chief George to concentrate on building a strong PDP in the South West particularly in Lagos State where he hails from he said Eboziem said that Okowa s political trajectory placed him above any politician in Delta hence he deserved the necessary respect He said that Okowa an exceptionally brilliant medical doctor started his political journey as Local Government Secretary LG Chairman commissioner Secretary to the State Government Senator Governor and now vice presidential candidate of the PDP NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No division in PDP Delta, says group
     The South South Vanguard of the Peoples Democratic Party SSV PDP says there is no division in the PDP in Delta State The SSV PDP is a coalition of young members of the PDP with focus on grassroots mobilisation and membership drive within the South South zone The Zonal coordinator of the group Mr Alfred Eboziem in a statement on Sunday in Lagos criticised a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP Chief Olabode George for insinuating there was division in PDP in Delta The zonal coordinator faulted claims by George that Okowa was fighting with Chief James Ibori hence there was division in Delta PDP If anything Okowa and Ibori are friends and contemporaries and it shows in the mutual respect they show to each other to the acclamation and admiration of other politicians in the state Both share a friendship that transcends the realm of partisan politics It is a friendship that has survived treachery and mischief of politicians An elder like George should not join such mischief makers he said We want to place on record that there is no division in Delta PDP Gov Okowa as the leader of the party in the state is working effectively with the state party leadership and all the structures up to ward levels George cannot sit in Lagos and be imagining a non existent dogfight within the party in Delta His utterance showed a clear lack of understanding of politics in Delta and the South South zone We advise Chief George to concentrate on building a strong PDP in the South West particularly in Lagos State where he hails from he said Eboziem said that Okowa s political trajectory placed him above any politician in Delta hence he deserved the necessary respect He said that Okowa an exceptionally brilliant medical doctor started his political journey as Local Government Secretary LG Chairman commissioner Secretary to the State Government Senator Governor and now vice presidential candidate of the PDP NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No division in PDP Delta, says group
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    No division in PDP Delta, says group

    The South-South Vanguard of the Peoples Democratic Party (SSV-PDP) says there is no division in the PDP in Delta State.

    The SSV-PDP is a coalition of young members of the PDP with focus on grassroots mobilisation and membership drive within the South-South zone.

    The Zonal coordinator of the group, Mr Alfred Eboziem, in a statement on Sunday in Lagos criticised a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George, for insinuating there was division in  PDP in Delta.

    The zonal coordinator faulted claims by George that Okowa was fighting with Chief James Ibori, hence, there was division in Delta PDP.

    “If anything, Okowa and Ibori are friends and contemporaries, and it shows in the mutual respect they show to each other to the acclamation and admiration of other politicians in the state.

    “Both share a friendship that transcends the realm of partisan politics.

    It is a friendship that has survived treachery and mischief of politicians.

    An elder like George should not join such mischief makers,” he said.

    ”We want to place on record that there is no division in Delta PDP.

    Gov. Okowa as the leader of the party in the state is working effectively with the state party leadership and all the structures up to ward levels.

    “George cannot sit in Lagos and be imagining a non-existent dogfight within the party in Delta.

    His utterance showed a clear lack of understanding of politics in Delta and the South-South zone.

    “We advise Chief George to concentrate on building a strong PDP in the South-West, particularly in Lagos State where he hails from,” he said.

    Eboziem said that Okowa’s political trajectory placed him above any politician in Delta, hence, he deserved the necessary respect.

    He said that Okowa, an exceptionally brilliant medical doctor started his political journey as Local Government Secretary, LG Chairman, commissioner, Secretary to the State Government, Senator, Governor and now vice- presidential candidate of the PDP.


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  •  Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu the Chairman Ohanaeze Council of Elders says limiting the zoning of the country s presidency to North and South is not in the interest of all Nigerians Iwuanyanwu made the assertion at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja He said if the zoning principle must be observed it should be across the country s six geo political zones he said this would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency The 57 man committee of eminent Igbo business men inaugurated by Prof George Obiozor the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land According to Iwuanyanwu the South East and North Central especially is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North South zoning arrangement If you want to zone we have six geo political zones in the country zone it along the geo political zones If you know you want to zone You say you are zoning it to the North and South If you zone the presidency to the North there is no way somebody from North Central will get it unless there is a mutual cooperation from the North West which is very big And if you zone it to the South even if a zone in the South has been president several times by this zoning arrangement it doesn t stop them from contesting which is not exactly what zoning is all about he said He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness equity and justice and to see that the position goes round adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians While noting that the North had more Local Government Areas Iwuanyanwu said eastern states had fewer Political power is derived from the party and from delegates and if you look at recent elections we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places you have to have money We were not there when local governments were created it was created by the military now they say when it comes to South the South should go and agree and this is not fair he said Earlier Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting adding that they should critically harness the potential and resources in the region to their advantage We have all it takes to deliver succor development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria In this wise our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models harnessing of potential in the agriculture value chain through processing Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs which are the comer stones of Aslan economics I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path Obiozor said He said that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light He said membership of the newly inagurated committee would be expanded as the need arose to enrich its ideas and mode of operation He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include Amb Okey Emuche Secretary Prof Charles Nwaekeaku Sen Orji Uzo Kalu Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife Sen Chief Chris Ngige Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo Others are Chimaroke Nnamani Dr Obiora Okonkwo Sen Ike Ekweremadu Chief Ogbonna Onu Chief Martin Elechi Sen Sam Egwu Sen Pius Anyim Chief Achike Udenwa Chief Ikedi Ohakim Dr Peter Odili Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia Chief Ned Nwoko Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala Tony Elumelu Sen Ken Nnamani Prof Barth Nnaji Sen Joy Emodi Chief Mrs Stella Okoli Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu Prof Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S.East, N.Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning arrangement – Iwuanyanwu
     Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu the Chairman Ohanaeze Council of Elders says limiting the zoning of the country s presidency to North and South is not in the interest of all Nigerians Iwuanyanwu made the assertion at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja He said if the zoning principle must be observed it should be across the country s six geo political zones he said this would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency The 57 man committee of eminent Igbo business men inaugurated by Prof George Obiozor the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land According to Iwuanyanwu the South East and North Central especially is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North South zoning arrangement If you want to zone we have six geo political zones in the country zone it along the geo political zones If you know you want to zone You say you are zoning it to the North and South If you zone the presidency to the North there is no way somebody from North Central will get it unless there is a mutual cooperation from the North West which is very big And if you zone it to the South even if a zone in the South has been president several times by this zoning arrangement it doesn t stop them from contesting which is not exactly what zoning is all about he said He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness equity and justice and to see that the position goes round adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians While noting that the North had more Local Government Areas Iwuanyanwu said eastern states had fewer Political power is derived from the party and from delegates and if you look at recent elections we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places you have to have money We were not there when local governments were created it was created by the military now they say when it comes to South the South should go and agree and this is not fair he said Earlier Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting adding that they should critically harness the potential and resources in the region to their advantage We have all it takes to deliver succor development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria In this wise our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models harnessing of potential in the agriculture value chain through processing Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs which are the comer stones of Aslan economics I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path Obiozor said He said that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light He said membership of the newly inagurated committee would be expanded as the need arose to enrich its ideas and mode of operation He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include Amb Okey Emuche Secretary Prof Charles Nwaekeaku Sen Orji Uzo Kalu Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife Sen Chief Chris Ngige Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo Others are Chimaroke Nnamani Dr Obiora Okonkwo Sen Ike Ekweremadu Chief Ogbonna Onu Chief Martin Elechi Sen Sam Egwu Sen Pius Anyim Chief Achike Udenwa Chief Ikedi Ohakim Dr Peter Odili Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia Chief Ned Nwoko Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala Tony Elumelu Sen Ken Nnamani Prof Barth Nnaji Sen Joy Emodi Chief Mrs Stella Okoli Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu Prof Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S.East, N.Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning arrangement – Iwuanyanwu
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    S.East, N.Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning arrangement – Iwuanyanwu

    Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Chairman, Ohanaeze Council of Elders says limiting the zoning of the country’s presidency to North and South is  not in the interest of all Nigerians.

    Iwuanyanwu made the assertion at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council’s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja,.

    He said if the zoning principle must be observed, it should be across the country’s six geo-political zones.

    he said this would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency.

    The 57-man committee of eminent Igbo business men, inaugurated by Prof. George Obiozor, the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land.

    According to Iwuanyanwu, the South-East and North-Central especially, is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North, South zoning arrangement.

    “If you want to zone, we have six geo-political zones in the country, zone it along the geo-political zones.

    If you know you want to zone.

    “You say you are zoning it to the North and South.

    If you zone the presidency to the North, there is no way somebody from North-Central will get it, unless there is a mutual cooperation from the North-West. which is very big.

    “And if you zone it to the South, even if a zone in the South has been president several times, by this zoning arrangement, it doesn’t stop them from contesting; which is not exactly what zoning is all about,” he said.

    He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness, equity and justice, and to see that the position “goes round”, adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians.

    While noting that the North had more Local Government Areas, Iwuanyanwu said eastern states had fewer.

    “Political power is derived from the party and from delegates, and if you look at recent elections, we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places, you have to have money.

    “We were not there when local governments were created, it was created by the military, now they say when it comes to South, the South should go and agree and this is not fair,” he said.

    Earlier, Obiozor, President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction.

    He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting, adding that they should critically harness the potential and resources in the region to their advantage.

    “We have all it takes to deliver succor, development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria.

    “In this wise, our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills.

    “This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models, harnessing of potential in the agriculture value chain through processing, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which are the comer stones of Aslan economics.

    “I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve, but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path,” Obiozor said.

    He said that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light.

    He said membership of the newly inagurated committee would be expanded as the need arose to enrich its ideas and mode of operation.

    He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally.

    He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation, and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour.

    He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include: Amb. Okey Emuche, (Secretary), Prof. Charles Nwaekeaku, Sen. Orji Uzo Kalu, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife, Sen. Chief Chris Ngige, Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo.

    Others are Chimaroke Nnamani, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Chief Ogbonna Onu, Chief Martin Elechi, Sen. Sam Egwu, Sen. Pius Anyim, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Dr Peter Odili, Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia.

    Chief Ned Nwoko, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala, Tony Elumelu, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Sen. Joy Emodi, Chief Mrs Stella Okoli, Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, Prof. Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others.


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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says modalities are in place to train 40 prisoners Internally Displaced Persons IDPs and retirees on entrepreneurial skills According to a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Monday Ewans the Director Enterprises Development and Promotion SMEDAN the four day training scheduled to begin on Monday would take place in six states They are Ondo Niger Katsina Imo Borno and Rivers According to Ewans the beneficiaries will be provided with empowerment materials for start up or scaling of their enterprises He emphasised that raising employment levels among youths required a skill based training model essential in making a smooth and sustainable transition to employment This alternative educational path fosters skills acquisition and development for a professional working life It creates self reliance reduces the issues of social unrest unemployment and dependency Ewans said He expressed concern that in spite the growing economic empowerment programmes youths continue to experience unequal access to education and skills development Ewans said they also face barriers to securing employment and opportunities to thrive as entrepreneurs More so as insecurity affects the country a lot of Nigerians are forced to vacate their ancestral homes into temporary abodes called Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps In these camps all the persons are not given the opportunity to be exposed to the acquisition of livelihood skills entrepreneurship and vocational to enable them to return to financially independent lives after the camp experience It is imperative that a deliberate action is taken to empower these IDPs post the camp experience Ewans said He said that a lot of public servants spend their lives serving the nation without having the opportunity of acquiring livelihood skills that would support them after retirement Most of them run into serious problems and even die from lack of financial resources illness and the likes It is important to provide an opportunity for these set of people to acquire skills that will make them relevant during their post retirement years Ewans said According to him the programme aims at promoting skills development among IDPs prison inmates and retirees SMEDAN is committed to the conduct of a large number of vocational and entrepreneurship development programmes in specific skills relating to trades like electronics electrical and food processing among others This will enable the trainees to start or scale their own businesses It will create jobs and alleviate poverty through empowering IDPs inmates and retirees Also it will ensure that they become self reliant and financially independent as well as reintegrate them especially IDPs and inmates into the society and provide a sense of belonging to them it is also to equip them especially inmates with surviving skills that will make them become meaningfully engaged and not to go back to criminal activities Ewans said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN set to train 40 prisoners on entrepreneurial skills
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says modalities are in place to train 40 prisoners Internally Displaced Persons IDPs and retirees on entrepreneurial skills According to a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Monday Ewans the Director Enterprises Development and Promotion SMEDAN the four day training scheduled to begin on Monday would take place in six states They are Ondo Niger Katsina Imo Borno and Rivers According to Ewans the beneficiaries will be provided with empowerment materials for start up or scaling of their enterprises He emphasised that raising employment levels among youths required a skill based training model essential in making a smooth and sustainable transition to employment This alternative educational path fosters skills acquisition and development for a professional working life It creates self reliance reduces the issues of social unrest unemployment and dependency Ewans said He expressed concern that in spite the growing economic empowerment programmes youths continue to experience unequal access to education and skills development Ewans said they also face barriers to securing employment and opportunities to thrive as entrepreneurs More so as insecurity affects the country a lot of Nigerians are forced to vacate their ancestral homes into temporary abodes called Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps In these camps all the persons are not given the opportunity to be exposed to the acquisition of livelihood skills entrepreneurship and vocational to enable them to return to financially independent lives after the camp experience It is imperative that a deliberate action is taken to empower these IDPs post the camp experience Ewans said He said that a lot of public servants spend their lives serving the nation without having the opportunity of acquiring livelihood skills that would support them after retirement Most of them run into serious problems and even die from lack of financial resources illness and the likes It is important to provide an opportunity for these set of people to acquire skills that will make them relevant during their post retirement years Ewans said According to him the programme aims at promoting skills development among IDPs prison inmates and retirees SMEDAN is committed to the conduct of a large number of vocational and entrepreneurship development programmes in specific skills relating to trades like electronics electrical and food processing among others This will enable the trainees to start or scale their own businesses It will create jobs and alleviate poverty through empowering IDPs inmates and retirees Also it will ensure that they become self reliant and financially independent as well as reintegrate them especially IDPs and inmates into the society and provide a sense of belonging to them it is also to equip them especially inmates with surviving skills that will make them become meaningfully engaged and not to go back to criminal activities Ewans said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN set to train 40 prisoners on entrepreneurial skills
    Economy1 week ago

    SMEDAN set to train 40 prisoners on entrepreneurial skills

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), says modalities are in place to train 40 prisoners, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and retirees on entrepreneurial skills According to a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Monday Ewans, the Director, Enterprises Development and Promotion, SMEDAN, the four-day training scheduled to begin on Monday would take place in six states.

    They are Ondo, Niger, Katsina, Imo, Borno and Rivers.

    According to Ewans, the beneficiaries will be provided with empowerment materials for start-up or scaling of their enterprises.

    He emphasised that raising employment levels among youths required a skill-based training model essential in making a smooth and sustainable transition to employment.

    “This alternative educational path fosters skills acquisition and development for a professional working life.

    “It creates self-reliance, reduces the issues of social unrest, unemployment and dependency,’’ Ewans said.

    He expressed concern that in spite the growing economic empowerment programmes, youths continue to experience unequal access to education and skills development.

    Ewans said they also face barriers to securing employment and opportunities to thrive as entrepreneurs.

    “More so, as insecurity affects the country, a lot of Nigerians are forced to vacate their ancestral homes into temporary abodes called Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

    “In these camps, all the persons are not given the opportunity to be exposed to the acquisition of livelihood skills (entrepreneurship and vocational) to enable them to return to financially independent lives after the camp experience.

    “It is imperative that a deliberate action is taken to empower these IDPs post the camp experience,’’ Ewans said.

    He said that a lot of public servants spend their lives serving the nation without having the opportunity of acquiring livelihood skills that would support them after retirement.

    “Most of them run into serious problems and even die from lack of financial resources, illness and the likes.

    “It is important to provide an opportunity for these set of people to acquire skills that will make them relevant during their post retirement years,’’ Ewans said.

    According to him, the programme aims at promoting skills development among IDPs, prison inmates and retirees.

    “SMEDAN is committed to the conduct of a large number of vocational and entrepreneurship development programmes in specific skills relating to trades like electronics, electrical, and food processing among others “This will enable the trainees to start or scale their own businesses.

    “It will create jobs and alleviate poverty through empowering IDPs, inmates and retirees.

    “Also, it will ensure that they become self-reliant and financially independent as well as reintegrate them, especially IDPs and inmates into the society and provide a sense of belonging to them.

    “it is also to equip them, especially inmates with surviving skills that will make them become meaningfully engaged and not to go back to criminal activities,’’ Ewans said.


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  •  Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State has described his deputy Dr Obafemi Hamzat as a reliable trustworthy and committed brother friend and partner Sanwo Olu in a statement signed on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Gboyega Akosile sent greetings to Hamzat who clocks 58 on Monday He said that the deputy remained a worthy ambassador committed public servant and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda According to him the deputy governor is worth celebrating for his life of consistent commitment to public service in different capacities He noted especially Hamzat s contributions to governance in Lagos State formerly as a commissioner in various ministries and now as deputy governor of the state Dr Hamzat is a reliable trustworthy and committed brother friend and partner He is an epitome of dedication and selflessness who has used his elevated positions in government to uplift the standards of life of the people he is serving he said Sanwo Olu said that Hamzat had contributed immensely to the growth and development of Lagos with a high degree of honesty dedication and professionalism He prayed that the Almighty God would keep and prosper him and his family giving him good health and wisdom to render more service to humanity Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole On behalf of my family Lagos State Government and the good people of Lagos State I wish my trustworthy hardworking dependable supportive and committed brother friend and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda Dr Obafemi Kadri Hamzat the deputy governor of Lagos State happy 58th birthday Dr Hamzat a seasoned technocrat administrator politician and committed democrat remains one of the most committed public servants and politicians in Lagos State in the present Fourth Republic He has contributed immensely to the governance and political development of our dear Lagos State he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu greets Hamzat at 58
     Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State has described his deputy Dr Obafemi Hamzat as a reliable trustworthy and committed brother friend and partner Sanwo Olu in a statement signed on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Gboyega Akosile sent greetings to Hamzat who clocks 58 on Monday He said that the deputy remained a worthy ambassador committed public servant and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda According to him the deputy governor is worth celebrating for his life of consistent commitment to public service in different capacities He noted especially Hamzat s contributions to governance in Lagos State formerly as a commissioner in various ministries and now as deputy governor of the state Dr Hamzat is a reliable trustworthy and committed brother friend and partner He is an epitome of dedication and selflessness who has used his elevated positions in government to uplift the standards of life of the people he is serving he said Sanwo Olu said that Hamzat had contributed immensely to the growth and development of Lagos with a high degree of honesty dedication and professionalism He prayed that the Almighty God would keep and prosper him and his family giving him good health and wisdom to render more service to humanity Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole On behalf of my family Lagos State Government and the good people of Lagos State I wish my trustworthy hardworking dependable supportive and committed brother friend and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda Dr Obafemi Kadri Hamzat the deputy governor of Lagos State happy 58th birthday Dr Hamzat a seasoned technocrat administrator politician and committed democrat remains one of the most committed public servants and politicians in Lagos State in the present Fourth Republic He has contributed immensely to the governance and political development of our dear Lagos State he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu greets Hamzat at 58
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    Sanwo-Olu greets Hamzat at 58

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has described his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, as a reliable, trustworthy and committed brother, friend and partner.

    Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, sent greetings to Hamzat, who clocks 58 on Monday.

    He said that the deputy remained a worthy ambassador, committed public servant and partner in the ‘Greater Lagos’ agenda.

    According to him, the deputy governor is worth celebrating for his life of consistent commitment to public service in different capacities.

    He noted especially Hamzat’s  contributions to governance in Lagos State, formerly as a commissioner in various ministries and now as deputy governor of the state.

    ”Dr Hamzat is a reliable, trustworthy and committed brother, friend, and partner.

    ”He is an epitome of dedication and selflessness, who has used his elevated positions in government to uplift the standards of life of the people he is serving,” he said.

    Sanwo-Olu said that Hamzat had contributed immensely to the growth and development of Lagos with a high degree of honesty, dedication and professionalism.

    He prayed that the Almighty God would keep and prosper him and his family, giving him good health and wisdom to render more service to humanity, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.

    ”On behalf of my family, Lagos State Government, and the good people of Lagos State, I wish my trustworthy, hardworking, dependable, supportive and committed brother, friend and partner in the ‘Greater Lagos’ agenda, Dr Obafemi Kadri Hamzat, the deputy governor of Lagos State, happy 58th birthday.

    ”Dr Hamzat, a seasoned technocrat, administrator, politician and committed democrat, remains one of the most committed public servants and politicians in Lagos State in the present Fourth Republic.

    ”He has contributed immensely to the governance and political development of our dear Lagos State,” he said.


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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday at the Lancaster House London signed the condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President disclosed this in a statement The vice president in his message described the late Queen Elizabeth II as a monarch for all seasons who brought people together from all over the world Nigeria joins the government and people of the UK the Commonwealth and rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolence to the royal family on the passing of a monarch for all seasons May the Lord bless her memory he said The vice president also joined other world leaders to pay their last respect to the late British monarch at the Queen s lying in state at different times on Sunday World leaders who visited the Westminster Hall to witness the lying in state alongside the Osinbajo included the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau U S President Joe Biden French President Emmanuel Macron among other royals and Heads of State and Government Later Osinbajo held a bilateral meeting with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly They discussed how to improve trade ties between both countries especially expanding opportunities for Nigerian businesses and supporting the country s climate objectives The duo discussed the imperative of strengthening international coalition to tackle insecurity in the Sahel and the horn of Africa region Cleverly welcomed Nigeria s participation at the funeral programme for Queen Elizabeth ll He expressed gratitude for Nigeria s solidarity and friendship with the UK on the mourning of the monarch and also celebration of the life and times of the late Queen As at press time King Charles III is hosting the vice president and other visiting world leaders at a reception at the Buckingham Palace as part of activities for the State Funeral of the British monarch On Monday Osinbajo will also attend the funeral service for the Queen at Westminster Abbey NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo signs condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday at the Lancaster House London signed the condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President disclosed this in a statement The vice president in his message described the late Queen Elizabeth II as a monarch for all seasons who brought people together from all over the world Nigeria joins the government and people of the UK the Commonwealth and rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolence to the royal family on the passing of a monarch for all seasons May the Lord bless her memory he said The vice president also joined other world leaders to pay their last respect to the late British monarch at the Queen s lying in state at different times on Sunday World leaders who visited the Westminster Hall to witness the lying in state alongside the Osinbajo included the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau U S President Joe Biden French President Emmanuel Macron among other royals and Heads of State and Government Later Osinbajo held a bilateral meeting with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly They discussed how to improve trade ties between both countries especially expanding opportunities for Nigerian businesses and supporting the country s climate objectives The duo discussed the imperative of strengthening international coalition to tackle insecurity in the Sahel and the horn of Africa region Cleverly welcomed Nigeria s participation at the funeral programme for Queen Elizabeth ll He expressed gratitude for Nigeria s solidarity and friendship with the UK on the mourning of the monarch and also celebration of the life and times of the late Queen As at press time King Charles III is hosting the vice president and other visiting world leaders at a reception at the Buckingham Palace as part of activities for the State Funeral of the British monarch On Monday Osinbajo will also attend the funeral service for the Queen at Westminster Abbey NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo signs condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II
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    Osinbajo signs condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday, at the Lancaster House, London, signed the condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II.

    Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and PublicityOffice of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement.

    The vice president, in his message described the late Queen Elizabeth II as a monarch for all seasons who brought people together from all over the world. 

    “Nigeria joins the government and people of the UK, the Commonwealth and rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolence to the royal family on the passing of a monarch for all seasons.

    “May the Lord bless her memory,” he said.

    The vice president also joined other world leaders to pay their last respect to the late British monarch at the Queen’s lying in state at different times on Sunday.

    World leaders who visited the Westminster Hall to witness the lying in state alongside the Osinbajo included the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, U.

    S. President Joe Biden, French President, Emmanuel Macron, among other royals and Heads of State and Government. 

    Later, Osinbajo held a bilateral meeting with UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly.

    They discussed how to improve trade ties between both countries, especially expanding opportunities for Nigerian businesses and supporting the country’s climate objectives. 

    The duo discussed the imperative of strengthening international coalition to tackle insecurity in the Sahel and the horn of Africa region. 

    Cleverly welcomed Nigeria’s participation at the funeral programme for Queen Elizabeth ll.

    He expressed gratitude for Nigeria’s solidarity and friendship with the UK on the mourning of the monarch, and also celebration of the life and times of the late Queen.

    As at press time,  King Charles III is hosting the vice president and other visiting world leaders at a reception at the Buckingham Palace as part of activities for the State Funeral of the British monarch.

    On Monday, Osinbajo will also attend the funeral service for the Queen at Westminster Abbey.


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  •  Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is planning another calamity for Nigeria with his Economic Plan a replica of the Structural Adjustment Programme SAP Okechukwu a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja saying that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential Candidate has nothing for the country I watched with rapt attention but in deep regrets that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s Economic Plan delivered at the Lagos Chamber of Comerce and Industry LCCI last Monday is more or less like the nebulous economic policy of Structural Adjustment Programme SAP s Pocketbook of 1986 The former Vice President harped profoundly on privatisation of State Owned Enterprises as the fulcrum of his economic revitalization programme akin to SAP proponents of yore Whereas one is not against private sector partnership however what we have in surplus are rent seekers and scanty industrialists Therefore I am not surprised that a man who breached PDP s constitution and by extension failed to unite his party did not bother to do the needful assessment which posits that 80 per cent of State Owned Enterprises privatised under his chairmanship of National Council of Privatisation and indeed the 16 years of PDP leadership went into comatose he said Okechukwu added Recall that when they came to power in 1999 the Peoples Democratic Party PDP with Atiku as Chairman of National Council on Privatisation NCP dusted up the SAP Pocketbook and stripped our national assets including profitable companies like NICON Insurance NICON Hilton Hotel Niger Dock and unprofitable companies like Distribution Electricity Distribution Companies For instance Niger Dock a profitable pre privatisation company has 6 000 staff under Nnamdi Ozobia today it has gone under with less than 600 staff and the N1 72 billion proceeds allegedly missing Secondly NICON one of Africa s leading Insurers originally owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria was privatised in December 2005 With an asset base of N46 9billion gathered over a 52 year period of operation 30 branches and six regional offices it is therefore modest to classify NICON as a colossus in the insurance industry but has regrettably gone under AMCON life support management I challenge His Excellency to take a glance at the unintended consequences of the privatisation program before taken us back to SAP Pocketbook Especially when Federal Government has wasted over N2 trillion life support to Electricity Distribution Companies privatised to improve our power supply Today the outcome is crisis which defeated the core objective of privatisation Okechukwu urged Atiku to focus on solving the internal crisis facing his party before thinking about winning the 2023 presidential election I make bold to say that what Atiku is proposing is by no means different from SAP policy thrust neither is his proposal on NNPC Ltd better than the giant steps that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken towards commercialism of NNPC If you ask me His Excellency Atiku Abubukar should first unite his party and drop Sen Iyorchia Ayu who incidentally has crowned him Nigeria s Odinga Only thereafter could he return to the drawing board and recalibrate his Economic Plan in line with what the new frontiers that Nigerians are yearning for he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku’s Economic Plan is SAP Pocketbook: VON DG
     Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General of Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is planning another calamity for Nigeria with his Economic Plan a replica of the Structural Adjustment Programme SAP Okechukwu a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja saying that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential Candidate has nothing for the country I watched with rapt attention but in deep regrets that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s Economic Plan delivered at the Lagos Chamber of Comerce and Industry LCCI last Monday is more or less like the nebulous economic policy of Structural Adjustment Programme SAP s Pocketbook of 1986 The former Vice President harped profoundly on privatisation of State Owned Enterprises as the fulcrum of his economic revitalization programme akin to SAP proponents of yore Whereas one is not against private sector partnership however what we have in surplus are rent seekers and scanty industrialists Therefore I am not surprised that a man who breached PDP s constitution and by extension failed to unite his party did not bother to do the needful assessment which posits that 80 per cent of State Owned Enterprises privatised under his chairmanship of National Council of Privatisation and indeed the 16 years of PDP leadership went into comatose he said Okechukwu added Recall that when they came to power in 1999 the Peoples Democratic Party PDP with Atiku as Chairman of National Council on Privatisation NCP dusted up the SAP Pocketbook and stripped our national assets including profitable companies like NICON Insurance NICON Hilton Hotel Niger Dock and unprofitable companies like Distribution Electricity Distribution Companies For instance Niger Dock a profitable pre privatisation company has 6 000 staff under Nnamdi Ozobia today it has gone under with less than 600 staff and the N1 72 billion proceeds allegedly missing Secondly NICON one of Africa s leading Insurers originally owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria was privatised in December 2005 With an asset base of N46 9billion gathered over a 52 year period of operation 30 branches and six regional offices it is therefore modest to classify NICON as a colossus in the insurance industry but has regrettably gone under AMCON life support management I challenge His Excellency to take a glance at the unintended consequences of the privatisation program before taken us back to SAP Pocketbook Especially when Federal Government has wasted over N2 trillion life support to Electricity Distribution Companies privatised to improve our power supply Today the outcome is crisis which defeated the core objective of privatisation Okechukwu urged Atiku to focus on solving the internal crisis facing his party before thinking about winning the 2023 presidential election I make bold to say that what Atiku is proposing is by no means different from SAP policy thrust neither is his proposal on NNPC Ltd better than the giant steps that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken towards commercialism of NNPC If you ask me His Excellency Atiku Abubukar should first unite his party and drop Sen Iyorchia Ayu who incidentally has crowned him Nigeria s Odinga Only thereafter could he return to the drawing board and recalibrate his Economic Plan in line with what the new frontiers that Nigerians are yearning for he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku’s Economic Plan is SAP Pocketbook: VON DG
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    Atiku’s Economic Plan is SAP Pocketbook: VON DG

    Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), says former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, is planning another calamity for Nigeria with his Economic Plan, a replica of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP).

    Okechukwu, a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, saying that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate has nothing for the country.

    “I watched with rapt attention, but in deep regrets that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s Economic Plan delivered at the Lagos Chamber of Comerce and Industry (LCCI) last Monday is more or less like the nebulous economic policy of Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP)’s Pocketbook of 1986. “The former Vice-President harped profoundly on privatisation of State Owned Enterprises as the fulcrum of his economic revitalization programme, akin to SAP proponents of yore.

    “Whereas, one is not against private sector partnership; however what we have in surplus are rent seekers, and scanty industrialists.

    “Therefore, I am not surprised that a man who breached PDP’s constitution and by extension failed to unite his party did not bother to do the needful assessment which posits that 80 per cent of State Owned Enterprises privatised under his chairmanship of National Council of Privatisation and indeed the 16 years of PDP leadership went into comatose,” he said.

    Okechukwu added: “Recall that when they came to power in 1999, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with Atiku as Chairman of National Council on Privatisation (NCP) dusted up the SAP Pocketbook and stripped our national assets including profitable companies like NICON Insurance, NICON Hilton Hotel, Niger Dock and unprofitable companies like Distribution Electricity Distribution Companies.

    “For instance, Niger Dock a profitable pre-privatisation company has 6,000 staff under Nnamdi Ozobia, today it has gone under with less than 600 staff and the N1.72 billion proceeds allegedly missing.

    “Secondly, NICON one of Africa’s leading Insurers originally owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria was privatised in December, 2005. With an asset base of N46.9billion gathered over a 52-year period of operation, 30 branches and six regional offices, it is therefore modest to classify NICON as a colossus in the insurance industry, but has regrettably gone under AMCON life support management.

    “I challenge His Excellency to take a glance at the unintended consequences of the privatisation program before taken us back to SAP Pocketbook.

    Especially when Federal Government has wasted over N2 trillion life support to Electricity Distribution Companies privatised to improve our power supply.

    Today the outcome is crisis which defeated the core objective of privatisation.

    ” Okechukwu urged Atiku to focus on solving the internal crisis facing his party, before thinking about winning the 2023 presidential election.

    “I make bold to say that what Atiku is proposing is by no means different from SAP policy thrust neither is his proposal on NNPC Ltd better than the giant steps that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken towards commercialism of NNPC.

    “If you ask me,His Excellency Atiku Abubukar should first unite his party, and drop Sen. Iyorchia Ayu who incidentally has crowned him Nigeria’s Odinga.

    “Only thereafter could he return to the drawing board and recalibrate his Economic Plan in line with what the new frontiers that Nigerians are yearning for,” he said.


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  •  The Ogun chapter of the Accord Party says the expulsion of three national officers of the party by the National Executive Committee did not follow due process Alhaji Adekunle Olayokun Chairman of the party s Caretaker Committee in the state made this known at a press conference in Abeokuta on Sunday Olayokun said the position was taken at a meeting of the party chieftains held earlier on Sunday in Abeokuta The News Agency of reports that the National Secretary of the Accord party Mrs Adebukola Ajaja had on Thursday announced the expulsion of the three national officers through a communique issued at the end of the party s NEC meeting in Abuja Ajaja had listed the affected members as Revd Isaac Adeniyi the Acting National Chairman Innocent Igbokwe the former Zonal Vice Chairman South East and James Itiaba Zonal Vice Chairman South South The three officers were accused of gross misconduct gross insurbodination and breach of party s constitution Olayokun however stated that the expulsion was illegal adding that such action could only be carried out and ratified at the national convention of the party before it could become effective He therefore declared support for Adeniyi and the other affected national officers Olayokun described the development as a plot to truncate the impending success of the party s candidates at the forthcoming 2023 general elections He warned against further attempts to destabilise the party saying this would be met with stiffer actions Any further attempt to bring rancour into the party by anyone from now on will be met with stiffer actions like party discipline and court action he said He called all members of the party to be united to enjoy the dividends of democracy The chairman also stressed the need for the members to be focused on their mission to entrench the party as the credible alternative in all the states and at the federal level at the 2023 polls We are indeed sure of our party s success in the coming election Day by day people have been seeing improvements development and progress in the Accord Party which has now become the envy of all nannewsngr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ogun Accord Party kicks against expulsion of acting national chairman, others.
     The Ogun chapter of the Accord Party says the expulsion of three national officers of the party by the National Executive Committee did not follow due process Alhaji Adekunle Olayokun Chairman of the party s Caretaker Committee in the state made this known at a press conference in Abeokuta on Sunday Olayokun said the position was taken at a meeting of the party chieftains held earlier on Sunday in Abeokuta The News Agency of reports that the National Secretary of the Accord party Mrs Adebukola Ajaja had on Thursday announced the expulsion of the three national officers through a communique issued at the end of the party s NEC meeting in Abuja Ajaja had listed the affected members as Revd Isaac Adeniyi the Acting National Chairman Innocent Igbokwe the former Zonal Vice Chairman South East and James Itiaba Zonal Vice Chairman South South The three officers were accused of gross misconduct gross insurbodination and breach of party s constitution Olayokun however stated that the expulsion was illegal adding that such action could only be carried out and ratified at the national convention of the party before it could become effective He therefore declared support for Adeniyi and the other affected national officers Olayokun described the development as a plot to truncate the impending success of the party s candidates at the forthcoming 2023 general elections He warned against further attempts to destabilise the party saying this would be met with stiffer actions Any further attempt to bring rancour into the party by anyone from now on will be met with stiffer actions like party discipline and court action he said He called all members of the party to be united to enjoy the dividends of democracy The chairman also stressed the need for the members to be focused on their mission to entrench the party as the credible alternative in all the states and at the federal level at the 2023 polls We are indeed sure of our party s success in the coming election Day by day people have been seeing improvements development and progress in the Accord Party which has now become the envy of all nannewsngr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ogun Accord Party kicks against expulsion of acting national chairman, others.
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    Ogun Accord Party kicks against expulsion of acting national chairman, others.

    The Ogun chapter of the Accord Party says the expulsion of three national officers of the party by the National Executive Committee.

    did not follow due process.

    Alhaji Adekunle Olayokun, Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee in the state , made this known at a press conference in Abeokuta on Sunday.

    Olayokun said the position was taken at a meeting of the party chieftains held earlier on Sunday in  Abeokuta.

    The News Agency of reports that the National Secretary of the Accord party, Mrs Adebukola Ajaja, had on Thursday, announced the expulsion of the three national officers through a communique issued at the end of the party’s NEC meeting in Abuja. 

    Ajaja had listed the affected members as Revd. Isaac Adeniyi, the Acting National Chairman, Innocent Igbokwe, the former Zonal Vice-Chairman (South-East) and James Itiaba, Zonal Vice-Chairman (South-South).

    The three officers were accused of gross misconduct, gross insurbodination and breach of party’s constitution.

    Olayokun, however, stated that the expulsion was illegal, adding that such action could only be carried out and ratified at the national convention of the party before it could become effective.

    He, therefore, declared support for Adeniyi and the other affected national officers.

    Olayokun described the development as a plot to truncate the impending success of the party’s candidates at the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

    He warned against further attempts to destabilise the party, saying this would be met with stiffer actions.

    “Any further attempt to bring rancour into the party by anyone from now on will be met with stiffer actions like party discipline and court action,” he said.

    He called all members of the party to be united to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

    The chairman also stressed the need for the members to be focused on their mission to entrench the party as the credible alternative in all the states and at the federal level at the 2023 polls.

    “We are indeed sure of our party’s success in the coming election.

    “Day by day, people have been seeing improvements, development and progress in the Accord Party which has now become the envy of all.

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  •  Plateau United Football Club of Jos beat AS Stade Mandji of Gabon 1 0 in Abuja on Sunday in the second leg match of their first preliminary round fixture in the 20222023 CAF Champions League The News Agency of Nigeria reports that victory meant they advanced to the second preliminary round after a 3 2 aggregate victory Both sides had played out a 2 2 draw in the first leg match of their fixture at the Stade Franceville on Sept 10 The second leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium saw Chappy Katoh scoring the only goal for Plateau United in the 64th minute Goalscoring chances were few and far between in a very cagey affair as both sides looked solid in defence However it was the hosts who created more chances but were frustrated by goalkeeper Rudd Tsoumbou for the first half to end goalless Fidelis Ilechukwu s side continued to dominate play and were unlucky not to score early in the second half The deadlock was however broken in the 64th minute when a lovely cross from Ibrahim Mustapha found Katoh who nodded in a powerful header from close range The visitors then piled on the pressure in the last 20 minutes of the game but Plateau United were resolute in defence as they held on four victory NAN reports that Plateau United will now play in the second preliminary round where they face Esp rance de Tunis of Tunisia hosting the first leg match on Oct 7 In another CAF Champions League game also played on Sunday hosts Watanga FC of Liberia defeated Nigerian champions Rivers United FC 1 0 But the Port Harcourt based side still progressed to the second preliminary round on a 3 1 aggregate victory having won the first leg at home with a commanding 3 0 lead They will next take on reigning champions Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco in their second preliminary round fixture In CAF Confederation Cup matches also played on Sunday goalkeeper Adewale Adeyinka was the hero as Kwara United drew 0 0 with hosts AS Douanes of Niger Republic This was in the second leg match of their first round fixture and it was played at the Stade Gen Senyi Kountche in Niamey The result meant Kwara United qualified 3 0 on aggregate to book a second round berth against reigning Confederation Cup champions Renaissance Sportive de Berkane of Morocco It was however a sad day for hosts Remo Stars Nigeria s other representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup They bowed out of the competition following a 0 1 loss to visiting Moroccan side AS FAR Rabat The first leg in Morroco had ended in a 1 1 draw but the experienced Moroccan side pulled off a stunning away victory to end the Nigerian side s campaign NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Club Competitions: Plateau United advance as Remo Stars crash out
     Plateau United Football Club of Jos beat AS Stade Mandji of Gabon 1 0 in Abuja on Sunday in the second leg match of their first preliminary round fixture in the 20222023 CAF Champions League The News Agency of Nigeria reports that victory meant they advanced to the second preliminary round after a 3 2 aggregate victory Both sides had played out a 2 2 draw in the first leg match of their fixture at the Stade Franceville on Sept 10 The second leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium saw Chappy Katoh scoring the only goal for Plateau United in the 64th minute Goalscoring chances were few and far between in a very cagey affair as both sides looked solid in defence However it was the hosts who created more chances but were frustrated by goalkeeper Rudd Tsoumbou for the first half to end goalless Fidelis Ilechukwu s side continued to dominate play and were unlucky not to score early in the second half The deadlock was however broken in the 64th minute when a lovely cross from Ibrahim Mustapha found Katoh who nodded in a powerful header from close range The visitors then piled on the pressure in the last 20 minutes of the game but Plateau United were resolute in defence as they held on four victory NAN reports that Plateau United will now play in the second preliminary round where they face Esp rance de Tunis of Tunisia hosting the first leg match on Oct 7 In another CAF Champions League game also played on Sunday hosts Watanga FC of Liberia defeated Nigerian champions Rivers United FC 1 0 But the Port Harcourt based side still progressed to the second preliminary round on a 3 1 aggregate victory having won the first leg at home with a commanding 3 0 lead They will next take on reigning champions Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco in their second preliminary round fixture In CAF Confederation Cup matches also played on Sunday goalkeeper Adewale Adeyinka was the hero as Kwara United drew 0 0 with hosts AS Douanes of Niger Republic This was in the second leg match of their first round fixture and it was played at the Stade Gen Senyi Kountche in Niamey The result meant Kwara United qualified 3 0 on aggregate to book a second round berth against reigning Confederation Cup champions Renaissance Sportive de Berkane of Morocco It was however a sad day for hosts Remo Stars Nigeria s other representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup They bowed out of the competition following a 0 1 loss to visiting Moroccan side AS FAR Rabat The first leg in Morroco had ended in a 1 1 draw but the experienced Moroccan side pulled off a stunning away victory to end the Nigerian side s campaign NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Club Competitions: Plateau United advance as Remo Stars crash out
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    CAF Club Competitions: Plateau United advance as Remo Stars crash out

    Plateau United Football Club of Jos beat AS Stade Mandji of Gabon 1-0 in Abuja on Sunday in the second leg match of their first preliminary round fixture in the 20222023 CAF Champions League.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that victory meant they advanced to the second preliminary round, after a 3-2 aggregate victory.

    Both sides had played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg match of their fixture at the Stade Franceville on Sept. 10. The second leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium saw Chappy Katoh scoring the only goal for Plateau United in the 64th minute.

    Goalscoring chances were few and far between in a very cagey affair as both sides looked solid in defence.

    However, it was the hosts who created more chances but were frustrated by goalkeeper Rudd Tsoumbou for the first half to end goalless.

    Fidelis Ilechukwu’s side continued to dominate play and were unlucky not to score early in the second half.

    The deadlock was however broken in the 64th minute when a lovely cross from Ibrahim Mustapha found Katoh who nodded in a powerful header from close range.

    The visitors then piled on the pressure in the last 20 minutes of the game, but Plateau United were resolute in defence as they held on four victory.

    NAN reports that Plateau United will now play in the second preliminary round where they face Espérance de Tunis of Tunisia, hosting the first leg match on Oct. 7. In another CAF Champions League game also played on Sunday, hosts Watanga FC of Liberia defeated Nigerian champions Rivers United FC 1-0. But the Port Harcourt-based side still progressed to the second preliminary round on a 3-1 aggregate victory, having won the first leg at home with a commanding 3-0 lead.

    They will next take on reigning champions Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco in their second preliminary round fixture.

    In CAF Confederation Cup matches also played on Sunday, goalkeeper Adewale Adeyinka was the hero as Kwara United drew 0-0 with hosts AS Douanes of Niger Republic.

    This was in the second leg match of their first round fixture and it was played at the Stade Gen. Senyi Kountche in Niamey.

    The result meant Kwara United qualified 3-0 on aggregate to book a second round berth against reigning Confederation Cup champions Renaissance Sportive de Berkane of Morocco.

    It was however a sad day for hosts Remo Stars, Nigeria’s other representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup. They bowed out of the competition following a 0-1 loss to visiting Moroccan side AS FAR Rabat.

    The first leg in Morroco had ended in a 1-1 draw, but the experienced Moroccan side pulled off a stunning away victory to end the Nigerian side’s campaign.

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