The Enugu State Government has constituted a nine-member ad hoc committee to ascertain the status and location of all the state-owned property.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Simon Ortuanya, stated this in a statement issued in Enugu on Wednesday.
Ortuanya stated that the committee, headed by Prof. Malachy Okwueze, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, “is to identify state government’s property wheresoever it is located.
“Determine the status of the property and the level of compliance with its monetisation,” he stated.
Other terms of reference, according to him, include ”to identify Enugu state landed property in and out of the state.
“Verify the claims of individuals or corporate bodies to the state government’s property.
“Identify the level of indebtedness of individuals and corporate bodies to the state with respect to government’s landed property allocations.
“Make further findings and recommendations that are reasonable to the task,” the SSG further stated.
He also stated that the committee had two months to complete its assignment from its inauguration.
Members of the committee include Mr Monday Okeke, Special Adviser to the Governor, SSG’s Office, as Secretary, and Mr Livinus Okoro, the Auditor-General of the state.
Others are Mr Charles Ngene, the Deputy Director, Town Planning, Mr Dennis Ezema, Mr Kingsley Chime, Chief Jeff Ogbodo, Mr Joshua Udeh and Mr Ebuka Odoh.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sam Oditah
Foundation donates food, other gifts items to widows in Abuja
News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden edition of the foundation’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the widows were full of praises to the foundation.
Major items such as rice, spaghetti, indomie, seasoning, vegetable oil, salt, bread, Ankara materials, shoes and cash were distributed to widows.
Mrs Bukola Adewumi, founder of the SASF, said empowering widows was a dream come through for her, adding that her mother was also a widow and knew what she went through during the period, until she passed on.
”This is like a burden to me, my mother was a widow, I knew what she went through, the struggle and I have nursed this ambition from my university days and also given the little I had then,” she said.
Adewumi said she had been giving her widow’s mite before now, but that it was time to establish a foundation that would be readily available to cater for their needs.
She noted that her greatest joy would be to see the widows smile, stressing that it was the essence of establishing the foundation to assist widows.
According to her, SASF will not only be about sharing food items, but would also ensure that the widows are trained on entrepreneurial skills, in other to have a ready source of livelihood.
She explained that the foundation would acquire land and build a widow’s home, in a bid to have projects running there.
”Whatever money we make as proceeds will be plough back to the widows,” she said.
Adewumi said the foundation would have a data base where the names and details of all widows would be saved, for possible support, adding that widows, who register with her foundation, would no longer be a liabilities.
She then called on public spirited Nigerians to contribute to the foundation in the drive to help the widows out of doldrums, adding that their financial support would help cushion their plight.
Mrs Elizabeth Aledare, a resident of Lugbe Airport road, lauded the foundation, adding that the gesture was a divine intervention for her as she and her children had nothing to eat at the moment.
She said that one of her children was billed to return to school come Sept. 21, but that the fear of getting her food had overwhelmed her, until the foundation intervened.
Aladare, 53, from Kogi, who had been a widow for 12 years, said she would remain grateful for the swift intervention by the foundation.
Mrs Chinese Ozor, one of the beneficiaries, a 40 -year-old widow from Enugu, who lost her husband in 2016, commended the organiser, describing the initiative as a timely intervention.
She said such gesture would linger in her memory, while calling for support from Nigerians for the foundation to be able to reach out to other widows.
Mrs Binta Aminu, another beneficiary, 42, from Katsina, who lost her husband in 2018, said the intervention by the foundation was heartwarming.
Aminu said she could not believe her eyes with the items provided by the foundation, while commending the organiser for the kind gesture.
Mary Adeyemi, 23, from Oyo, who lost her husband in 2019, described the gesture as huge and wonderful.
The young widow urged other public spirited Nigerians to join hands with SASF to reduce the burden of widows in the country.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide
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Ember Months: FRSC urges motorists to drive patiently, apply controlled-speed
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be patient and apply controlled-speed on the highways during this Ember-months period.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday.
NAN reports that the Ember-months included the months of September, October, November and December.
According to Kalu, the insinuation that blood sucking demons take over roads during Ember-months period is never true.
“It is human negative attitude that most times lead to increase in crashes and even deaths,’’ he said.
“The major causes of possible increase in road crashes in this period remained human impatient and negligence.
“The human deficiencies stem from impatience and anxiety to meet up personal or group target before the year runs out.
“With impatience and anxiety to meet up target; most motorists care less about other road users and even their own health and body system during this period.
“Another is the negligence of pushing out mechanically deficient vehicles during this time to make more money or returns even at the detriment of passengers and other road users as well,’’ he said.
The sector commander noted that due to the perceived human deficiencies leading to crashes; the command had already embarked on massive road safety education in parks, churches, mosques and public gatherings in the state.
According tp him, as the lead agency on road traffic management and safety; we are all out this season to ensure our people are educated and they are very cautious driving in the not friendly weathers such as rain and harmattan seasons during the Ember-months period.
“Our education also covers the need for motorists and transporters to adhere to the guidelines on COVID-19 prevention as far as vehicular movement of humans and goods are concerned,’’ he said.
He noted that the command would also carry out road audit; vehicular logistic repairs and maintenance for special end of the year and festive operation and improve on joint patrols with sister security agencies.
He said that the corps was determined to reduce crashes in the state to zero level at the end of the Ember Months this year.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Divers rescue 5 as bus plunges into river in Ebonyi
Divers have rescued five persons from the Akaeze-ukwu River in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi as a ‘608’-model bus plunged into it on Friday evening.
The bus was said to have 38 passengers on board.
Mrs Stella Uchegbu, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Commander in Ebonyi told the News Agency of Nigeria , in a telephone interview that the incident involved the bus and an articulated vehicle.
Uchegbu said that reports reaching her desk indicated that the rescued victims were unconscious and were taken to the hospital.
“We can, therefore, not confirm if any person is dead or not and the FRSC team (Ishiagu unit) is still at the scene for rescue efforts.
“The Afikpo unit team is, however, on standby in case any major thing ‘breaks’ this night to give back-up to the staff at the scene,” she said.
The sector commander further revealed that the victims are members of a particular church who attended the burial of their pastor in Afikpo and were returning to Enugu.
“There are however two versions of the incident as one held that the articulated vehicle tried to overtake the bus which made it (the bus) to lose control and another held that it was the bus which actually tried to overtake.
“There was no report of collision by both vehicles but the bus just lost control at the bridge and plunged into the river.
“We have not ascertained whether the bus was fully loaded or if the passengers observed COVID-19 social distancing but divers from the area managed to rescue five persons,” she said.
She further revealed that someone called to inform that his brother and wife were still trapped inside the river but the divers said they couldn’t continue because it was dark.
“God is alive and he can still preserve the victims,” she said.
Mr Chidi Ogbuatu, Coordinator of Akaeze Development Centre, also told NAN on telephone that efforts were on to rescue the trapped passengers.
“The incident is horrible as the bus tried to overtake the articulated vehicle at the bridge with 38 passengers on board.
“We can confirm that five persons have been rescued as one of them, a woman had died at the time they were rescued,” he said.
Ogbuatu said that the Chairman of the council and the Commissioner for Works provided cranes to retrieve the trapped vehicle and the process is still ongoing.
“The bus is yet to be traced inside the river but the divers managed to retrieve the five victims.
“I have notified the state governor of the incident and we are hoping for the best,” he said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Enugu ex-governors Nnamani, Chime in closed door meeting
Two former governors of Enugu state, Mr Sullivan Chime, and Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, on Friday held a closed door meeting.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the meeting was the first in 13 years after the two political allies went in opposite directions.
The meeting, which was held at the Agbani country home of Nnamani in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state was at the instance of the Senator, who currently represents Enugu East Senatorial zone in the National Assembly.
However, details of the meeting could not be ascertained as the two hitherto estranged former governors could not speak to the press after the meeting.
It could be recalled that the relationship between the two politicians turned sour in 2008 shortly after Sullivan took over office.
Nnamani was governor for eight years between 1999 and 2007 while Chime succeeded him and administered the state until 2015 all under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu