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  •  The Anambra Government said plans were being concluded to establish functional blood banks in the three senatorial districts to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths in the state The Commissioner for Health Dr Afam Obidike said this on Tuesday during a Maternal and Perinatal Child Deaths Surveillance Response meeting in Awka Obidike said that postpartum haemorrhage or severe bleeding during and after childbirth had been identified as one of the major causes of maternal mortality in the state He said that establishing functional blood bank services was imperative to drastically reduce maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage in the state He regretted that women were dying from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth mostly in rural areas According to him many of these deaths can be prevented with timely effective maternal care management This is why Gov Charles Soludo s led adminidtration has adopted a holistic approach to ending maternal mortality in the state This review meeting is to ascertain the cause of death of women during and after delivery across the state Postpartum haemorrhage and other causes have been identified So part of the ways to reduce this is to procure anti shock garments establish blood bank services across the three senatorial districts procure mama kits and delivery of free antenatal care services at hospitals he said Obidike described anti shock garment as a stretchy wrap that helps to stabilise a woman in shock from postpartum haemorrhage by applying pressure to her lower body and abdomen He said that the garment gives time to seek treatment and can save a woman s life Without it she may bleed to death he said He said that the state government had established a blood bank at Onitsha General Hospital and planned to establish more in hard to reach communities where maternal mortality was high Also the Coordinator Reproductive Health Dr Uju Okoye said that the implementation of the solutions proffered at the meeting would help improve maternal health in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra to establish blood banks to reduce maternal deaths
     The Anambra Government said plans were being concluded to establish functional blood banks in the three senatorial districts to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths in the state The Commissioner for Health Dr Afam Obidike said this on Tuesday during a Maternal and Perinatal Child Deaths Surveillance Response meeting in Awka Obidike said that postpartum haemorrhage or severe bleeding during and after childbirth had been identified as one of the major causes of maternal mortality in the state He said that establishing functional blood bank services was imperative to drastically reduce maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage in the state He regretted that women were dying from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth mostly in rural areas According to him many of these deaths can be prevented with timely effective maternal care management This is why Gov Charles Soludo s led adminidtration has adopted a holistic approach to ending maternal mortality in the state This review meeting is to ascertain the cause of death of women during and after delivery across the state Postpartum haemorrhage and other causes have been identified So part of the ways to reduce this is to procure anti shock garments establish blood bank services across the three senatorial districts procure mama kits and delivery of free antenatal care services at hospitals he said Obidike described anti shock garment as a stretchy wrap that helps to stabilise a woman in shock from postpartum haemorrhage by applying pressure to her lower body and abdomen He said that the garment gives time to seek treatment and can save a woman s life Without it she may bleed to death he said He said that the state government had established a blood bank at Onitsha General Hospital and planned to establish more in hard to reach communities where maternal mortality was high Also the Coordinator Reproductive Health Dr Uju Okoye said that the implementation of the solutions proffered at the meeting would help improve maternal health in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra to establish blood banks to reduce maternal deaths
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    Anambra to establish blood banks to reduce maternal deaths

    The Anambra Government said plans were being concluded to establish functional blood banks in the three senatorial districts to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths in the state.

    The Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, said this on Tuesday during a Maternal and Perinatal Child Deaths Surveillance Response meeting in Awka. Obidike said that postpartum haemorrhage or severe bleeding during and after childbirth had been identified as one of the major causes of maternal mortality in the state.

    He said that establishing functional blood bank services was imperative to drastically reduce maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage in the state.

    He regretted that women were dying from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth mostly in rural areas.

    According to him, many of these deaths can be prevented with timely, effective maternal care management.

    “This is why Gov. Charles Soludo’s led-adminidtration has adopted a holistic approach to ending maternal mortality in the state.

    “This review meeting is to ascertain the cause of death of women during and after delivery across the state.

    “Postpartum haemorrhage and other causes have been identified.

    “So, part of the ways to reduce this is to procure anti-shock garments, establish blood bank services across the three senatorial districts, procure mama kits and delivery of free antenatal care services at hospitals,” he said.

    Obidike described anti-shock garment as a stretchy wrap that helps to stabilise a woman in shock from postpartum haemorrhage by applying pressure to her lower body and abdomen.

    He said that the garment gives time to seek treatment and can save a woman’s life.

    “Without it, she may bleed to death,” he said.

    He said that the state government had established a blood bank at Onitsha General Hospital and planned to establish more in hard-to-reach communities where maternal mortality was high.

    Also, the Coordinator, Reproductive Health, Dr Uju Okoye, said that the implementation of the solutions proffered at the meeting would help improve maternal health in the state.


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  •  Prof Charles Soludo a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN is expected to deliver a paper at the 2nd local government economic summit billed for the Merit House Abuja from Sept 26 to Sept 27 This is contained in a statement by Mrs Oluwakemi Enahoro the Deputy Director Committee Clerk National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday Enahoro said that the summit was being organised by the Senate Committee on State and local government administration in collaboration with Civil Pact Nigeria The summit is being organised by the Senate Committee on State and local government administration in collaboration with Civil Pact Nigeria with focus on research and advocacy in issues affecting local government administration and grassroots development in Nigeria The event is scheduled to hold from Monday Sept 26 to Thursday Sept 27 at Merit House Abuja with a theme Investing in Rural Poor for Shared Prosperity through the Local Government System The summit is meant for local government chairmen council leaders and other vital local government stakeholders in Nigeria It is aimed at galvanising institutional supports for local government to enable them help the active rural poor to gain access to credit for improved farming activities and scale up rural enterprise development she said Enahoro said that Kogi deputy governor Chief Edward Onoja would also deliver a paper at the event Institutions such as Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development Agency SMEDAN Development Bank of Nigeria DBN NIRSAI Micro Finance Bank Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission NIPC are slated to present practical steps by which the rural poor can be supported through the local government system Former CBN Charles Soludo and Kogi deputy governor Chief Edward Onoja will be guest speakers at the event Soludo also Anambra governor will speak on Disruptive Innovation thinking local government system and the future of Nigerian economy while Onoja would speak on the local government system and the destiny of rural poor in Nigeria she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex- CBN governor, Soludo to grace 2nd LG Economic Summit
     Prof Charles Soludo a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN is expected to deliver a paper at the 2nd local government economic summit billed for the Merit House Abuja from Sept 26 to Sept 27 This is contained in a statement by Mrs Oluwakemi Enahoro the Deputy Director Committee Clerk National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday Enahoro said that the summit was being organised by the Senate Committee on State and local government administration in collaboration with Civil Pact Nigeria The summit is being organised by the Senate Committee on State and local government administration in collaboration with Civil Pact Nigeria with focus on research and advocacy in issues affecting local government administration and grassroots development in Nigeria The event is scheduled to hold from Monday Sept 26 to Thursday Sept 27 at Merit House Abuja with a theme Investing in Rural Poor for Shared Prosperity through the Local Government System The summit is meant for local government chairmen council leaders and other vital local government stakeholders in Nigeria It is aimed at galvanising institutional supports for local government to enable them help the active rural poor to gain access to credit for improved farming activities and scale up rural enterprise development she said Enahoro said that Kogi deputy governor Chief Edward Onoja would also deliver a paper at the event Institutions such as Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development Agency SMEDAN Development Bank of Nigeria DBN NIRSAI Micro Finance Bank Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission NIPC are slated to present practical steps by which the rural poor can be supported through the local government system Former CBN Charles Soludo and Kogi deputy governor Chief Edward Onoja will be guest speakers at the event Soludo also Anambra governor will speak on Disruptive Innovation thinking local government system and the future of Nigerian economy while Onoja would speak on the local government system and the destiny of rural poor in Nigeria she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex- CBN governor, Soludo to grace 2nd LG Economic Summit
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    Ex- CBN governor, Soludo to grace 2nd LG Economic Summit

    Prof. Charles Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is expected to deliver a paper at the 2nd local government economic summit billed for the Merit House, Abuja from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27. This is contained in a statement by Mrs Oluwakemi Enahoro, the Deputy Director, Committee Clerk, National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday.

    Enahoro said that the summit was being organised by the Senate Committee on State and local government administration in collaboration with Civil-Pact Nigeria.

    “The summit is being organised by the Senate Committee on State and local government administration in collaboration with Civil-Pact Nigeria with focus on research and advocacy in issues affecting local government administration and grassroots development in Nigeria.

    “The event is scheduled to hold from Monday, Sept. 26 to Thursday, Sept. 27 at Merit House, Abuja, with a theme “Investing in Rural Poor for Shared Prosperity through the Local Government System”.

    “The summit is meant for local government chairmen, council leaders and other vital local government stakeholders in Nigeria.

    “It is aimed at galvanising institutional supports for local government to enable them help the active rural poor to gain access to credit for improved farming activities and scale up rural enterprise development,” she said.

    Enahoro said that Kogi deputy governor, Chief Edward Onoja, would also deliver a paper at the event.

    “Institutions such as Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN),Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), NIRSAI Micro Finance Bank, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), are slated to present practical steps by which the rural poor can be supported through the local government system.

    “Former CBN Charles Soludo and Kogi deputy governor Chief Edward Onoja will be guest speakers at the event.

    “Soludo, also Anambra governor will speak on “Disruptive Innovation thinking, local government system and the future of Nigerian economy, while Onoja would speak on the local government system and the destiny of rural poor in Nigeria,” she said.


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  •  The Civil Liberties Organisation CLO has lauded Gov Charles Soludo of Anambra for his prompt action in shutting down Winters Garden Hotel over an alleged viral video sex party held in the hotel This is contained in a statement signed by the CLO Chairman Mr Vincent Ezekwueme and made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Saturday The CLO applauded and extolled Gov Soludo for his relentless efforts in inculcating moral rectitude in his administration and the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Soludo shut down Winters Garden Hotels and Suites in Awka the state capital over an alleged viral video of sex party purported to have held in a section of the hotel facility According to the statement it is most despicable that such happened in the university community in spite of lecturers six month old strike which had forced students on unscheduled vacation There is need to get to the root and ascertain the actual authentic promoters and organizers of the devil event Nigerians are eager and inquisitive to know the organizers and the motive behind it It is very unfortunate and detestable that this amorous and disgraceful act has brought about negative image and impact on the state and her citizens he said Ezekwueme described the act as shameful painful and devastating shock and effects on the youth society and state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sex party: CLO hails Gov. Soludo for shutting down hotel 
     The Civil Liberties Organisation CLO has lauded Gov Charles Soludo of Anambra for his prompt action in shutting down Winters Garden Hotel over an alleged viral video sex party held in the hotel This is contained in a statement signed by the CLO Chairman Mr Vincent Ezekwueme and made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Saturday The CLO applauded and extolled Gov Soludo for his relentless efforts in inculcating moral rectitude in his administration and the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Soludo shut down Winters Garden Hotels and Suites in Awka the state capital over an alleged viral video of sex party purported to have held in a section of the hotel facility According to the statement it is most despicable that such happened in the university community in spite of lecturers six month old strike which had forced students on unscheduled vacation There is need to get to the root and ascertain the actual authentic promoters and organizers of the devil event Nigerians are eager and inquisitive to know the organizers and the motive behind it It is very unfortunate and detestable that this amorous and disgraceful act has brought about negative image and impact on the state and her citizens he said Ezekwueme described the act as shameful painful and devastating shock and effects on the youth society and state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sex party: CLO hails Gov. Soludo for shutting down hotel 
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    Sex party: CLO hails Gov. Soludo for shutting down hotel 

    The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has lauded Gov. Charles Soludo of Anambra for his prompt action in shutting down Winters Garden Hotel over an alleged viral video sex party held in the hotel.  

    This is contained in a statement signed by the CLO Chairman, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme and made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Saturday.  

    The CLO applauded and extolled Gov Soludo for his relentless efforts in inculcating moral rectitude in his administration and the state.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Soludo shut down Winters Garden Hotels and Suites in Awka, the state capital, over an alleged viral video of sex party purported to have held in a section of the hotel facility.  

    According to the statement, it is most despicable that such happened in the university community in spite of lecturers’ six-month old strike which had forced students on unscheduled vacation.  

    “There is need to get to the root and ascertain the actual authentic promoters and organizers of the devil event; Nigerians are eager and inquisitive to know the organizers and the motive behind it.  

    “It is very unfortunate and detestable that this amorous and disgraceful act has brought about negative image and impact on the state and her citizens,” he said.  

    Ezekwueme described the act as shameful, painful and devastating shock and effects on the youth, society and state.


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  •   Driving state finances through internally generated revenue Soludo s prescription Driving state finances through internally generated revenue Soludo s prescription By Chimezie Anaso News Agency of Nigeria During his inauguration as the fifth democratically elected Governor of Anambra State on March 17 2022 Prof Charles Soludo made some promises toward developing the state One of the promises is that many unproductive systems will give way As a new social order and everything technology philosophy take life many unproductive systems will give way There will be new and better ways of managing our parks and markets different and better ways of collecting government revenues managing waste and general service delivery to citizens he had said Few months into his administration the promise is becoming a reality Shortly after his election Soludo had warned against granting new revenue windows and renewing existing ones The professor of economics and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria demanded that all revenue agreements would terminate upon his assumption of office Soludo consequently suspended all kinds of toll and levy collections in the state pending creation of a new Internally Generated Revenue IGR collection model by his administration He described his proposed reforms as a disruptive change and appealed to Anambra people to cooperate and tolerate inconveniences that might be associated with the change which he said would be for the general good of the residents According to Soludo federal allocations can no longer fund the development demands of Anambra He said that IGR would be the major driver of state s finances adding that his administration would maximise its collection block leakages expand tax base and tackle evasion Analysts are of the view that revenue collection in the state had been uncoordinated and managed largely by revenue contractors who engaged touts in the collection and remitted pittance to the government In fulfillment of his promise Solodo s administration has begun reforms in the road transport sub sector of the economy with the introduction of biometric enumeration and registration of operators of commercial vehicles The Anambra State Internal Revenue Service AIRS in collaboration with the Anambra State Ministry of Transport has captured various categories of transporters including wheelbarrows pushers tricycle riders shuttle and mini bus operators and trucks tippers lorries and heavy duty truck operators Traders were also mandated to enroll and obtain a permit to operate e receipts and a code with which they could make subsequent remittances The government is convinced that the measures will engender transparency and reduce the activities of illegal revenue collectors and touting According to AIRS by August 2022 any trader operating without a permit will have his or her shop sealed and be made to pay double of the yearly subscription as penalties For those in the transport sector operating a vehicle without permit will result in seizure of the vehicle and payment of double of the monthly subscription The Chairman of AIRS Mr Anthony Madiebo notes that under the new IGR regime in Anambra tricycle operators will pay N15 000 monthly N42 000 quarterly or N81 000 biannually at the rate of N600 daily Madiebo also notes that shuttle bus and pick up van operators will pay N25 000 monthly N70 000 quarterly or N135 000 biannually at a daily rate of N1 000 Taxi operators will pay N17 500 monthly N49 000 quarterly and N94 500 every six months at a daily rate of N700 while township bus operators are to pay N30 000 monthly N84 000 quarterly and N162 000 for six months According to the AIRS chairman the rates were agreed by the government and other stakeholders after consultations He gives the assurance that commercial transporters will not pay any other levy to anybody after paying the stipulated levy Dissatisfaied with the policy two categories of transporters tricyclists and shuttle bus drivers have staged protests against it describing it as outrageous and rigid The transporters blocked the Unizik Junction of the Enugu Onitsha Expressway for two days causing gridlocks They are convinced it is more convenient for them to pay the levy on a daily basis A tricycle rider Mr Jude Okoro points out that tricycle riders incomes are not fixed but depend on whether they work or not Our income is daily our levy should be daily it is not correct to expect that we operate everyday What of if somebody is sick has an accident travels or gets arrested After days of absence will the person pay for the days he did not make income Again how are we sure that touts will not collect money from us as they have been doing he asked The state Commissioner for Transport Mrs Patricia Igwebuike insists that the levies are imposed in the best interest of the operators Igwebuike argues the levies are lower that the cumulative payments the operators make to touts According to her unions coordinating commercial transport in the state were considered and will get the percentage agreed between them and the government after collection of the levy by the government For instance tricycle operators said that they paid as much as N2 000 to touts everyday but we have told them to pay N600 per day and N15 000 per month If they pay that money to the government it covers them for the whole month they will not pay any other money to anybody for anything Their union will get its percentage for running of its secretariat she explains A human rights activist and public affairs commentator Mr Osita Obi describes the new policy as fair He says that commercial transport operators especially tricycle operators had been heavily shortchanged by touts Obi believes that the policy will make the operators to get value for their payments as well as bring sanity to transport What the government is doing is best for the transporters and the people of Anambra the rates are very fair compared to what these touts collect from them They pay about N40 000 to their unions to start operation they pay not less than N2 000 daily We expect that the government will ensure nobody collects money from them after paying their monthly levy The concern about paying for days they don t work is correct the government should take care of that but let the system start he urges An economist and businessman Mr Chukwudi Ibekwe however describes the tax policy as regressive He says it will mean using the sweat of the poor to fund the rich Ibekwe believes that commercial transporters are being exploited by some people and groups urging that they need government s protection According to him transporters should not be taxed based on their assumed total income Government should consider the cost of their businesses They buy fuel carry out repairs and remit money to vehicle owners so what is their net earning which should be the taxable income Some of them are into the business as a poverty alleviation measure It is expected that when they raise capital they go into other trades You don t have to suffocate them with tax The same goes for other businesses While you are taking your tax as a government you should leave room for them to survive and grow The current economic situation is enough threat to businesses a stringent tax regime will kill them he cautions Ibekwe however believes that there is the need for states to switch to an IGR driven economy to be able to pay their workforces and still provide infrastructure He advises that taxation should be fair transparent and understandable to the payers for effective collection The rights campaigner urges the state government to enlighten the residents about the tax policy and make some adjustments that will suit the payers www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Driving state finances through internally-generated revenue: Soludo’s prescription
      Driving state finances through internally generated revenue Soludo s prescription Driving state finances through internally generated revenue Soludo s prescription By Chimezie Anaso News Agency of Nigeria During his inauguration as the fifth democratically elected Governor of Anambra State on March 17 2022 Prof Charles Soludo made some promises toward developing the state One of the promises is that many unproductive systems will give way As a new social order and everything technology philosophy take life many unproductive systems will give way There will be new and better ways of managing our parks and markets different and better ways of collecting government revenues managing waste and general service delivery to citizens he had said Few months into his administration the promise is becoming a reality Shortly after his election Soludo had warned against granting new revenue windows and renewing existing ones The professor of economics and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria demanded that all revenue agreements would terminate upon his assumption of office Soludo consequently suspended all kinds of toll and levy collections in the state pending creation of a new Internally Generated Revenue IGR collection model by his administration He described his proposed reforms as a disruptive change and appealed to Anambra people to cooperate and tolerate inconveniences that might be associated with the change which he said would be for the general good of the residents According to Soludo federal allocations can no longer fund the development demands of Anambra He said that IGR would be the major driver of state s finances adding that his administration would maximise its collection block leakages expand tax base and tackle evasion Analysts are of the view that revenue collection in the state had been uncoordinated and managed largely by revenue contractors who engaged touts in the collection and remitted pittance to the government In fulfillment of his promise Solodo s administration has begun reforms in the road transport sub sector of the economy with the introduction of biometric enumeration and registration of operators of commercial vehicles The Anambra State Internal Revenue Service AIRS in collaboration with the Anambra State Ministry of Transport has captured various categories of transporters including wheelbarrows pushers tricycle riders shuttle and mini bus operators and trucks tippers lorries and heavy duty truck operators Traders were also mandated to enroll and obtain a permit to operate e receipts and a code with which they could make subsequent remittances The government is convinced that the measures will engender transparency and reduce the activities of illegal revenue collectors and touting According to AIRS by August 2022 any trader operating without a permit will have his or her shop sealed and be made to pay double of the yearly subscription as penalties For those in the transport sector operating a vehicle without permit will result in seizure of the vehicle and payment of double of the monthly subscription The Chairman of AIRS Mr Anthony Madiebo notes that under the new IGR regime in Anambra tricycle operators will pay N15 000 monthly N42 000 quarterly or N81 000 biannually at the rate of N600 daily Madiebo also notes that shuttle bus and pick up van operators will pay N25 000 monthly N70 000 quarterly or N135 000 biannually at a daily rate of N1 000 Taxi operators will pay N17 500 monthly N49 000 quarterly and N94 500 every six months at a daily rate of N700 while township bus operators are to pay N30 000 monthly N84 000 quarterly and N162 000 for six months According to the AIRS chairman the rates were agreed by the government and other stakeholders after consultations He gives the assurance that commercial transporters will not pay any other levy to anybody after paying the stipulated levy Dissatisfaied with the policy two categories of transporters tricyclists and shuttle bus drivers have staged protests against it describing it as outrageous and rigid The transporters blocked the Unizik Junction of the Enugu Onitsha Expressway for two days causing gridlocks They are convinced it is more convenient for them to pay the levy on a daily basis A tricycle rider Mr Jude Okoro points out that tricycle riders incomes are not fixed but depend on whether they work or not Our income is daily our levy should be daily it is not correct to expect that we operate everyday What of if somebody is sick has an accident travels or gets arrested After days of absence will the person pay for the days he did not make income Again how are we sure that touts will not collect money from us as they have been doing he asked The state Commissioner for Transport Mrs Patricia Igwebuike insists that the levies are imposed in the best interest of the operators Igwebuike argues the levies are lower that the cumulative payments the operators make to touts According to her unions coordinating commercial transport in the state were considered and will get the percentage agreed between them and the government after collection of the levy by the government For instance tricycle operators said that they paid as much as N2 000 to touts everyday but we have told them to pay N600 per day and N15 000 per month If they pay that money to the government it covers them for the whole month they will not pay any other money to anybody for anything Their union will get its percentage for running of its secretariat she explains A human rights activist and public affairs commentator Mr Osita Obi describes the new policy as fair He says that commercial transport operators especially tricycle operators had been heavily shortchanged by touts Obi believes that the policy will make the operators to get value for their payments as well as bring sanity to transport What the government is doing is best for the transporters and the people of Anambra the rates are very fair compared to what these touts collect from them They pay about N40 000 to their unions to start operation they pay not less than N2 000 daily We expect that the government will ensure nobody collects money from them after paying their monthly levy The concern about paying for days they don t work is correct the government should take care of that but let the system start he urges An economist and businessman Mr Chukwudi Ibekwe however describes the tax policy as regressive He says it will mean using the sweat of the poor to fund the rich Ibekwe believes that commercial transporters are being exploited by some people and groups urging that they need government s protection According to him transporters should not be taxed based on their assumed total income Government should consider the cost of their businesses They buy fuel carry out repairs and remit money to vehicle owners so what is their net earning which should be the taxable income Some of them are into the business as a poverty alleviation measure It is expected that when they raise capital they go into other trades You don t have to suffocate them with tax The same goes for other businesses While you are taking your tax as a government you should leave room for them to survive and grow The current economic situation is enough threat to businesses a stringent tax regime will kill them he cautions Ibekwe however believes that there is the need for states to switch to an IGR driven economy to be able to pay their workforces and still provide infrastructure He advises that taxation should be fair transparent and understandable to the payers for effective collection The rights campaigner urges the state government to enlighten the residents about the tax policy and make some adjustments that will suit the payers www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Driving state finances through internally-generated revenue: Soludo’s prescription
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    Driving state finances through internally-generated revenue: Soludo’s prescription

    Driving state finances through internally-generated revenue: Soludo’s prescription   Driving state finances through internally-generated revenue: Soludo’s prescription   By Chimezie Anaso, News Agency of Nigeria During his inauguration as the fifth democratically-elected Governor of Anambra State, on March 17, 2022, Prof. Charles Soludo made some promises toward developing the state.

    One of the promises is that many unproductive systems will give way.

    “As a new social order and everything-technology philosophy take life, many unproductive systems will give way.  

    “There will be new and better ways of managing our parks and markets, different and better ways of collecting government revenues, managing waste and general service delivery to citizens,’’ he had said.

    Few months into his administration, the promise is becoming a reality.

    Shortly after his election, Soludo had warned against granting new revenue windows and renewing existing ones.

    The professor of economics and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria demanded that all revenue agreements would terminate upon his assumption of office.

    Soludo consequently suspended all kinds of toll and levy collections in the state pending creation of a new Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collection model by his administration.

    He described his proposed reforms as a ‘disruptive change’, and appealed to Anambra people to  cooperate and tolerate inconveniences that might be associated with the change which, he said, would be for the general good of the residents.  

    According to Soludo, federal allocations can no longer fund the development demands of Anambra.  

    He said that IGR would be the major driver of state’s finances, adding that his administration would maximise its collection, block leakages, expand  tax base and tackle evasion.

    Analysts are of the view that revenue collection in the state had been uncoordinated and managed largely by revenue contractors who engaged `touts’ in the collection and remitted pittance to the government.

    In fulfillment of his promise, Solodo’s administration has begun reforms in the road transport sub-sector of the economy with the introduction of biometric enumeration and registration of operators of commercial vehicles.

    The Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS), in collaboration with the Anambra State Ministry of Transport, has captured various categories of transporters including wheelbarrows pushers, tricycle riders, shuttle and mini bus operators, and -trucks, tippers, lorries and heavy duty truck operators.  

    Traders were also mandated to enroll and obtain a permit to operate, e-receipts and a code with which they could make subsequent remittances.  

    The government is convinced that the measures will engender transparency and reduce the activities of illegal revenue collectors and touting.  

    According to AIRS, by August 2022, any trader operating without a permit will have his or her shop sealed and be made to pay  double of the yearly subscription as penalties.

    For those in the transport sector, operating a vehicle without permit will result in seizure of the vehicle and payment of  double of the monthly subscription.  

    The Chairman of AIRS, Mr Anthony Madiebo, notes that, under the new IGR regime in Anambra, tricycle operators will pay N15,000 monthly, N42,000 quarterly or N81,000 biannually, at the rate of N600 daily.  

    Madiebo also notes that shuttle bus and pick-up van operators will pay N25,000 monthly, N70,000 quarterly or N135, 000 biannually, at a daily rate of N1,000.   Taxi operators will pay N17,500 monthly, N49,000 quarterly and N94, 500 every six months at a daily rate of N700, while township bus operators are to pay N30,000 monthly, N84,000 quarterly and N162, 000 for six months.

    According to the AIRS chairman, the rates were agreed by the government and other stakeholders after consultations.

    He gives the assurance that commercial transporters will not pay any other levy to anybody after paying the stipulated levy.  

    Dissatisfaied with the policy, two categories of transporters – tricyclists and shuttle bus drivers – have staged protests against it, describing it as outrageous and rigid.

    The transporters blocked the Unizik Junction of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway for two days, causing gridlocks.

    They are convinced it is more convenient for them to pay the levy on a daily basis.  

    A tricycle rider, Mr Jude Okoro, points out that tricycle riders’ incomes are not fixed but depend on whether they work or not.  

    “Our income is daily, our levy should be daily; it is not correct to expect that we operate everyday.

    What of if somebody is sick, has an accident, travels or gets arrested?  

    “After days of absence, will the person pay for the days he did not make income?  

    “Again, how are we sure that touts will not collect money from us as they have been doing?

    ’’ he asked.

    The state Commissioner for Transport, Mrs Patricia Igwebuike,  insists that the levies are imposed in the best interest of the operators.  

    Igwebuike argues the levies are lower that the cumulative payments the operators make to touts.  

    According to her, unions coordinating commercial transport in the state were considered and will get the percentage agreed between them and the government after collection of the levy by the government.  

    “For instance, tricycle operators said that they paid as much as N2,000 to touts everyday, but we have told them to pay N600 per day and N15,000 per month.  

    “If they pay that money to the government, it covers them for the whole month; they will not pay any other money to anybody for anything.

    Their union will get its percentage for running of its secretariat,” she explains.  

    A human rights activist and public affairs commentator, Mr Osita Obi, describes the new policy as fair.

    He says that commercial transport operators especially tricycle operators had been heavily shortchanged by touts.  

    Obi believes that the policy will make the operators to get value for their payments as well as bring sanity to transport.  

    “What the government is doing is best for the transporters and the people of Anambra, the rates are very fair compared to what these touts collect from them.  

    “They pay about N40,000 to their unions to start operation, they pay not less than N2,000 daily.

    “We expect that the government will ensure nobody collects money from them after paying their monthly levy.

    “The concern about paying for days they don’t work is correct; the government should take care of that but let the system start,” he urges.  

    An economist and businessman, Mr Chukwudi Ibekwe, however, describes the tax policy as regressive.

    He says it will mean using the sweat of the poor to fund the rich.

    Ibekwe believes that commercial transporters are being exploited by some people and groups, urging that they need government’s protection.

    According to him, transporters should not be taxed based on their assumed total income.

    “Government should consider the cost of their businesses.

    They buy fuel, carry out repairs and remit money to vehicle owners; so what is their net earning which should be the taxable income?  

    “Some of them are into the business as a poverty alleviation measure.

    It is expected that when they raise capital, they go into other trades.

    “You don’t have to suffocate them with tax.

    The same goes for other businesses.  

    “While you are taking your tax as a government, you should leave room for them to survive and grow.

    The current economic situation is enough threat to businesses; a stringent tax regime will kill them,” he cautions.  

    Ibekwe, however,  believes that there is the need for states to switch to an IGR-driven economy to be able to pay their workforces and still provide infrastructure.

    He advises that taxation should  be fair, transparent and understandable to the payers for effective collection.

    The rights campaigner urges the state government to enlighten the residents about the tax policy and make some adjustments that will suit the payers.

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  •   Institute pledgThe Nigeria Policy Institute USA NPI USA a non partisan organisation has pledged its support for Gov Charles Soludo s infrastructure projects in Anambra The Executive Director of the institute Chief Jimmy Asiegbu who spoke with journalists in Awka on Wednesday expressed the institute s readiness to support Soludo s administration financially and technologically He said the group would make itself part of the progressive changes needed for effective and productive governance of Anambra and the country Asiegbu commended Soludo for effectively handling the troubling issues of insecurity such as cultism kidnapping killings and drug abuse in restoring safety and peace to the state He also commended Soludo for cleaning up Okpoko Awka Onitsha and environs as well as closing the tax loopholes and revenue misappropriation in the state Soludo has undeniably demonstrated that he is equal to the task of fulfilling his campaign promises to people of the state These campaign promises include turning Anambra into a livable environment road construction and tackling infrastructural decays flood and erosion related problems across the state It is a welcome development that Anambra indigenes in Diaspora are supporting Soludo s projects and we urge other indigenes living abroad to emulate this gesture he said The executive director urged the governor to work with the Diaspora indigenes of the state to assist his government financially technologically and otherwise by setting up accounts where they could donate their widow s might He called for progressive steps to attract local and foreign businesses for business growth and job creation for the unemployed youths in the state We urge the governor to surround himself with good advisers who will tell him the truth and suggest the best approach to solving the problems of the state NPI USA has confidence that Soludo will work on exceeding the performance of his predecessors and make Anambra the Dubai of Africa as he had severally promised he said He therefore called on residents to accord the governor all the support he needs to succeed he said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institute pledges support for Soludo
      Institute pledgThe Nigeria Policy Institute USA NPI USA a non partisan organisation has pledged its support for Gov Charles Soludo s infrastructure projects in Anambra The Executive Director of the institute Chief Jimmy Asiegbu who spoke with journalists in Awka on Wednesday expressed the institute s readiness to support Soludo s administration financially and technologically He said the group would make itself part of the progressive changes needed for effective and productive governance of Anambra and the country Asiegbu commended Soludo for effectively handling the troubling issues of insecurity such as cultism kidnapping killings and drug abuse in restoring safety and peace to the state He also commended Soludo for cleaning up Okpoko Awka Onitsha and environs as well as closing the tax loopholes and revenue misappropriation in the state Soludo has undeniably demonstrated that he is equal to the task of fulfilling his campaign promises to people of the state These campaign promises include turning Anambra into a livable environment road construction and tackling infrastructural decays flood and erosion related problems across the state It is a welcome development that Anambra indigenes in Diaspora are supporting Soludo s projects and we urge other indigenes living abroad to emulate this gesture he said The executive director urged the governor to work with the Diaspora indigenes of the state to assist his government financially technologically and otherwise by setting up accounts where they could donate their widow s might He called for progressive steps to attract local and foreign businesses for business growth and job creation for the unemployed youths in the state We urge the governor to surround himself with good advisers who will tell him the truth and suggest the best approach to solving the problems of the state NPI USA has confidence that Soludo will work on exceeding the performance of his predecessors and make Anambra the Dubai of Africa as he had severally promised he said He therefore called on residents to accord the governor all the support he needs to succeed he said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institute pledges support for Soludo
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    Institute pledges support for Soludo

    Institute pledgThe Nigeria Policy Institute, USA (NPI-USA), a non-partisan organisation, has pledged its support for Gov. Charles Soludo’s infrastructure projects in Anambra.

    The Executive Director of the institute, Chief Jimmy Asiegbu who spoke with journalists in Awka on Wednesday, expressed the institute’s readiness to support Soludo’s administration financially and technologically.

    He said the group would make itself part of the progressive changes needed for effective and productive governance of Anambra and the country.

    Asiegbu commended Soludo for effectively handling the troubling issues of insecurity such as cultism, kidnapping, killings and drug abuse in restoring safety and peace to the state.

    He also commended Soludo for cleaning  up Okpoko, Awka, Onitsha and environs, as well as closing the tax loopholes and revenue misappropriation in the state.

    “Soludo has undeniably demonstrated that he is equal to the task of fulfilling his campaign promises to people of the state.

    “These campaign promises include turning Anambra into a livable environment, road construction and tackling infrastructural decays, flood and erosion related problems across the state.

    “It is a welcome development that  Anambra indigenes in Diaspora are  supporting Soludo’s projects, and we urge other indigenes living abroad to emulate this gesture,” he said.

    The executive director urged the governor to work with the Diaspora indigenes of the state to assist his government financially, technologically and otherwise by setting up accounts where they could donate their ‘widow’s’ might.

    He called for progressive steps to attract local and foreign businesses, for business growth and job creation for the unemployed youths in the state.

    “We urge the governor to surround himself with good advisers who will tell him the truth and suggest the best approach to solving the problems of the state.

    “NPI-USA has confidence that Soludo will work on exceeding the performance of his predecessors and make Anambra the Dubai of Africa as he had severally promised” he said.

    He, therefore, called on residents to accord the governor all the support he needs to succeed,” he said.

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  •  The Climate Change Education and Action Programme CLEAP has said that Anambra is the worse hit by the impact of Climate Change in Nigeria and Sub Saharan Africa The Head of CLEAP Mr Elochukwu Ezenekwe said this at a Climate Change Workshop organised by the Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development Outreach PASDO on Wednesday in Awka Ezenekwe said there was need to declare an emergency on climate change impact in Anambra According to him the state suffers from flooding and gully erosion Climate change hits us in Africa through various extreme weather and climate related events that include drought desertification flooding and gully erosion Drought and desertification are the least destructive and easiest to manage Flooding is more destructive but usually allows for recovery of houses and properties when the water recedes But for gully erosion the damage is comprehensive and total Ezenekwe said He argued that with gully erosion everything collapses into the very deep gullies and nothing is recovered He said that the disaster usually sweeps away classrooms health centers houses crops farmlands roads electricity infrastructure and livelihoods amongst others Anambra state suffers from flooding and is the headquarters of gully erosion in Africa Ezenekwe said Earlier Mr Ernest Ezeajughi the Chief of Staff to Gov Charles Soludo thanked the group for the enlightenment on the challenges and inherent opportunities that could be explored to tackle climate change impacts Soludo is also taking proactive steps to ensure that four million trees are planted in the next four years to check the negative impacts of climate change We will engage the heads of relevant ministries and agencies to design the best modality for implementing the recommendations from the workshop Ezeajughi said In a remark a representative of PASDO Ms Chioma Nwafor said that the programme was designed to galvanise action by educating stakeholders and actors at the community local state and national levels NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria – Expert
     The Climate Change Education and Action Programme CLEAP has said that Anambra is the worse hit by the impact of Climate Change in Nigeria and Sub Saharan Africa The Head of CLEAP Mr Elochukwu Ezenekwe said this at a Climate Change Workshop organised by the Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development Outreach PASDO on Wednesday in Awka Ezenekwe said there was need to declare an emergency on climate change impact in Anambra According to him the state suffers from flooding and gully erosion Climate change hits us in Africa through various extreme weather and climate related events that include drought desertification flooding and gully erosion Drought and desertification are the least destructive and easiest to manage Flooding is more destructive but usually allows for recovery of houses and properties when the water recedes But for gully erosion the damage is comprehensive and total Ezenekwe said He argued that with gully erosion everything collapses into the very deep gullies and nothing is recovered He said that the disaster usually sweeps away classrooms health centers houses crops farmlands roads electricity infrastructure and livelihoods amongst others Anambra state suffers from flooding and is the headquarters of gully erosion in Africa Ezenekwe said Earlier Mr Ernest Ezeajughi the Chief of Staff to Gov Charles Soludo thanked the group for the enlightenment on the challenges and inherent opportunities that could be explored to tackle climate change impacts Soludo is also taking proactive steps to ensure that four million trees are planted in the next four years to check the negative impacts of climate change We will engage the heads of relevant ministries and agencies to design the best modality for implementing the recommendations from the workshop Ezeajughi said In a remark a representative of PASDO Ms Chioma Nwafor said that the programme was designed to galvanise action by educating stakeholders and actors at the community local state and national levels NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria – Expert
    Environment2 months ago

    Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria – Expert

    The Climate Change Education and Action Programme (CLEAP) has said that Anambra is the worse hit by the impact of Climate Change in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The Head of CLEAP, Mr Elochukwu Ezenekwe, said this at a Climate Change Workshop organised by the Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development Outreach (PASDO) on Wednesday in Awka. Ezenekwe said there was need to declare an emergency on climate change impact in Anambra.

    According to him, the state suffers from flooding and gully erosion.

    “Climate change hits us in Africa through various extreme weather and climate-related events that include drought, desertification, flooding and gully erosion.

    “Drought and desertification are the least destructive and easiest to manage.

    “Flooding is more destructive but usually allows for recovery of houses and properties when the water recedes.

    “But for gully erosion, the damage is comprehensive and total,” Ezenekwe said.

    He argued that with gully erosion, “everything collapses into the very deep gullies and nothing is recovered”.

    He said that the disaster usually sweeps away classrooms, health centers, houses, crops, farmlands, roads, electricity infrastructure and livelihoods, amongst others.

    “Anambra state suffers from flooding and is the headquarters of gully erosion in Africa,” Ezenekwe said.

    Earlier, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, the Chief of Staff to Gov. Charles Soludo, thanked the group for the enlightenment  on the challenges and inherent opportunities that could be explored to tackle climate change impacts.

    “Soludo is also taking proactive steps to ensure that four million trees are planted in the next four years to check the negative impacts of climate change.

    “We will engage the heads of relevant ministries and agencies to design the best modality for implementing the recommendations from the workshop,” Ezeajughi said.

    In a remark, a representative of PASDO, Ms Chioma Nwafor, said that the programme was designed to galvanise action by educating stakeholders and actors at the community, local, state and national levels.


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  •  Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni Lagos State chapter says it is determined to partner Anambra Government in area of education for the indigent youth Mrs Amaka Obi its president said this during a courtesy visit by the executive members of the chapter to Dr Nelson Omenugha Special Adviser SPAD Youth Empowerment Programme to Anambra Gov Charles Soludo in Awka She said that the chapter was glad with Omenugha s appointment as an alumnus and encouraged him to be a worthy representative of the institution The president recalled that the chapter had previously donated a facility to the university and had desired to sponsor vulnerable youths to school through the instrumentality of the youth channel The office of the youths programme and empowerment would best select those indigent youth to sponsor without favour and that is our reason for going through the office to achieve the goal Obi said that the chapter was prepared to ensure that the government s initiative in providing education and skill acquisition to indigent youths was achieved and wished to be part of the success story through its contribution Miss Deka Ezeadili an alumina corroborated the president and said that the chapter decided to give back to the society that made them what they were today Ezeadili said that the chapter fancied home support because the youths from the state desired to have the very best from their people resident outside the state Ezeadili said that Anambra youths needed to get busy with developmental projects to be self reliant and contributors to the state s growth and developments Mrs Blessings Anakwuba a member of the alumni said that the chapter had plans to collaborate with the government also in areas of skill acquisition Anakwuba said that irrespective of the degrees acquired by any youth it was imperative that they got one skill or the other to compliment the certificate to ensure defeat of hunger and idleness These and more of other sustainable youth programmes are what the chapter has to offer to the state all for the development of the Anambra youth In response Omenugha said that the government was committed to generating more resourceful youths to fight poverty Omenugha said that the government was open to any group of persons or organisations that desired to partner the state on youth empowerment and wealth generation He said that the governor was very passionate about youths growth and development in every possible progressive activities that would be created to make then very productive in the state He commended the alumni chapter for the courtesy visit to initiate inclusive and sustainable wealth creation mechanism to ensure that the youth were lifted out of poverty in Anambra He said that the responsibility to advise the governor on Youth Empowerment Programme was not an easy one but also very critical and sensitive He assured the chapter that his position would be used to promote youths creative ideas that would be translated into job creation to increase the internally Generated Revenue of the state Omenugha said that he was happy that the chapter came to congratulate and ensure that he was doing well and assured the team that he would not disappoint the alumni I am a graduate of Unizik I eat breath and wear Unizik it is my home and as a former leader of Unizik union I will always welcome and partner the school at any time he said He said that his job as an adviser to the governor on youths programme and empowerment was very strategic He promised to ensure that undergraduates and graduates were trained to be creative and independent upon graduation Omenugha said he had an additional responsibility to interface with private and public sector to ultimately work on how to uplift the youth out of poverty through introduction of skills and competitive creative ideas to create wealth We have started interfacing with public and private institutions critical training institutes high network persons amongst others to ensure that the competitive youth programs are planned for and executed to achieve wealth creation for the youth Omenugha commended the Lagos Island Unizik alumni for their decision to partner the government and urged all other groups in the state to emulate their footprint in youth development NAN
    Unizik Alumni to partners Anambra govt. in education
     Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni Lagos State chapter says it is determined to partner Anambra Government in area of education for the indigent youth Mrs Amaka Obi its president said this during a courtesy visit by the executive members of the chapter to Dr Nelson Omenugha Special Adviser SPAD Youth Empowerment Programme to Anambra Gov Charles Soludo in Awka She said that the chapter was glad with Omenugha s appointment as an alumnus and encouraged him to be a worthy representative of the institution The president recalled that the chapter had previously donated a facility to the university and had desired to sponsor vulnerable youths to school through the instrumentality of the youth channel The office of the youths programme and empowerment would best select those indigent youth to sponsor without favour and that is our reason for going through the office to achieve the goal Obi said that the chapter was prepared to ensure that the government s initiative in providing education and skill acquisition to indigent youths was achieved and wished to be part of the success story through its contribution Miss Deka Ezeadili an alumina corroborated the president and said that the chapter decided to give back to the society that made them what they were today Ezeadili said that the chapter fancied home support because the youths from the state desired to have the very best from their people resident outside the state Ezeadili said that Anambra youths needed to get busy with developmental projects to be self reliant and contributors to the state s growth and developments Mrs Blessings Anakwuba a member of the alumni said that the chapter had plans to collaborate with the government also in areas of skill acquisition Anakwuba said that irrespective of the degrees acquired by any youth it was imperative that they got one skill or the other to compliment the certificate to ensure defeat of hunger and idleness These and more of other sustainable youth programmes are what the chapter has to offer to the state all for the development of the Anambra youth In response Omenugha said that the government was committed to generating more resourceful youths to fight poverty Omenugha said that the government was open to any group of persons or organisations that desired to partner the state on youth empowerment and wealth generation He said that the governor was very passionate about youths growth and development in every possible progressive activities that would be created to make then very productive in the state He commended the alumni chapter for the courtesy visit to initiate inclusive and sustainable wealth creation mechanism to ensure that the youth were lifted out of poverty in Anambra He said that the responsibility to advise the governor on Youth Empowerment Programme was not an easy one but also very critical and sensitive He assured the chapter that his position would be used to promote youths creative ideas that would be translated into job creation to increase the internally Generated Revenue of the state Omenugha said that he was happy that the chapter came to congratulate and ensure that he was doing well and assured the team that he would not disappoint the alumni I am a graduate of Unizik I eat breath and wear Unizik it is my home and as a former leader of Unizik union I will always welcome and partner the school at any time he said He said that his job as an adviser to the governor on youths programme and empowerment was very strategic He promised to ensure that undergraduates and graduates were trained to be creative and independent upon graduation Omenugha said he had an additional responsibility to interface with private and public sector to ultimately work on how to uplift the youth out of poverty through introduction of skills and competitive creative ideas to create wealth We have started interfacing with public and private institutions critical training institutes high network persons amongst others to ensure that the competitive youth programs are planned for and executed to achieve wealth creation for the youth Omenugha commended the Lagos Island Unizik alumni for their decision to partner the government and urged all other groups in the state to emulate their footprint in youth development NAN
    Unizik Alumni to partners Anambra govt. in education
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    Unizik Alumni to partners Anambra govt. in education

    Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni, Lagos State chapter, says it is determined to partner Anambra Government in area of education for the indigent youth.Mrs Amaka Obi, its president, said this during a courtesy visit by the executive members of the chapter to Dr Nelson Omenugha, Special Adviser (SPAD) Youth Empowerment Programme to Anambra Gov. Charles Soludo, in Awka.She said that the chapter was glad with Omenugha’s appointment as an alumnus and encouraged him to be a worthy representative of the institution.The president recalled that the chapter had previously donated a facility to the university and had desired to sponsor vulnerable youths to school through the instrumentality of the youth channel.“The office of the youths programme and empowerment would best select those indigent youth to sponsor without favour and that is our reason for going through the office to achieve the goal.”Obi said that the chapter was prepared to ensure that the government’s initiative in providing education and skill acquisition to indigent youths was achieved and wished to be part of the success story through its contributionMiss Deka Ezeadili, an alumina corroborated the president and said that the chapter decided to give back to the society that made them what they were today.Ezeadili said that the chapter fancied home support because the youths from the state desired to have the very best from their people resident outside the state.Ezeadili said that Anambra youths needed to get busy with developmental projects to be self reliant and contributors to the state’s growth and developments.Mrs Blessings Anakwuba, a member of the alumni, said that the chapter had plans to collaborate with the government also in areas of skill acquisition.Anakwuba said that irrespective of the degrees acquired by any youth it was imperative that they got one skill or the other to compliment the certificate to ensure defeat of hunger and idleness.“These and more of other sustainable youth programmes are what the chapter has to offer to the state, all for the development of the Anambra youth.In response, Omenugha said that the government was committed to generating more resourceful youths to fight poverty.Omenugha said that the government was open to any group of persons or organisations that desired to partner the state on youth empowerment and wealth generation.He said that the governor was very passionate about youths growth and development in every possible progressive activities that would be created to make then very productive in the state.He commended the alumni chapter for the courtesy visit to initiate inclusive and sustainable wealth creation mechanism to ensure that the youth were lifted out of poverty in Anambra.He said that the responsibility to advise the governor on Youth Empowerment Programme was not an easy one but also very critical and sensitive.He assured the chapter that his position would be used to promote youths creative ideas that would be translated into job creation to increase the internally Generated Revenue of the state.Omenugha said that he was happy that the chapter came to congratulate and ensure that he was doing well and assured the team that he would not disappoint the alumni.“I am a graduate of Unizik; I eat, breath and wear Unizik; it is my home and as a former leader of Unizik union I will always welcome and partner the school at any time,” he said.He said that his job as an adviser to the governor on youths programme and empowerment was very strategic.He promised to ensure that undergraduates and graduates were trained to be creative and independent upon graduation.Omenugha said he had an additional responsibility to interface with private and public sector to ultimately work on how to uplift the youth out of poverty through introduction of skills and competitive creative ideas to create wealth.“We have started interfacing with public and private institutions, critical training institutes, high network persons amongst others to ensure that the competitive youth programs are planned for and executed to achieve wealth creation for the youth.”Omenugha commended the Lagos Island Unizik alumni for their decision to partner the government and urged all other groups in the state to emulate their footprint in youth development.(NAN)

  •  Anambra has recorded 20 maternal deaths from nine healthcare facilities across the state between January and June 2022 Dr Obianuju Okoye the state s Reproductive Health Coordinator made the disclosure at the first maternalortality review meeting on Tuesday in Awka Okoye said that the state established an electronic platform where hospitals in the state could record data on maternal deaths From the reports on our e platform the state recorded 20 deaths from nine hospitals between January and June mostly from hard to reach areas This review meeting will help the state government to know where the problems are coming from and how to collectively address them she said Also speaking Dr Chinomnso Nnebu Consultant Community Physician Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital NAUTH lamented that many pregnant women go to deliver at faith based organisations instead of the hospitals Some faith based organisations will keep pregnant women and be praying for them instead of advising them to go to the hospital Faith works but faith without work is dead We need to educate pregnant women to stop giving birth in prayer houses because they cannot manage pregnancy complications he said Dr George Eleje Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology NAUTH urged pregnant women to register early for antenatal to prevent complications and maternal deaths According to him antenatal care makes pregnancy safe and helps the woman prepared for an uneventful labour and also for a good pregnancy outcome In his remarks Dr Afam Obidike the state s Commissioner for Health said that the meeting was to review causes of maternal deaths in the state and proffer solutions to put an end to deaths Obidike described maternal mortality or pregnancy related death as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of pregnancy He said that Gov Charles Soludo s led administration was adopting a holistic approach to end maternal mortality in partnership with the private healthcare sector which offered 70 per cent of health services There are cases where a pregnant woman go to primary healthcare centres and when things become difficult there is no where else to go Hence we are working on strengthening the referral system too If we put things right we are ensuring the safety of the next woman that will deliver Gradually we will reduce maternal mortality rate as much as possible in the state Obidike said
    Anambra records 20 maternal deaths in 6 months
     Anambra has recorded 20 maternal deaths from nine healthcare facilities across the state between January and June 2022 Dr Obianuju Okoye the state s Reproductive Health Coordinator made the disclosure at the first maternalortality review meeting on Tuesday in Awka Okoye said that the state established an electronic platform where hospitals in the state could record data on maternal deaths From the reports on our e platform the state recorded 20 deaths from nine hospitals between January and June mostly from hard to reach areas This review meeting will help the state government to know where the problems are coming from and how to collectively address them she said Also speaking Dr Chinomnso Nnebu Consultant Community Physician Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital NAUTH lamented that many pregnant women go to deliver at faith based organisations instead of the hospitals Some faith based organisations will keep pregnant women and be praying for them instead of advising them to go to the hospital Faith works but faith without work is dead We need to educate pregnant women to stop giving birth in prayer houses because they cannot manage pregnancy complications he said Dr George Eleje Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology NAUTH urged pregnant women to register early for antenatal to prevent complications and maternal deaths According to him antenatal care makes pregnancy safe and helps the woman prepared for an uneventful labour and also for a good pregnancy outcome In his remarks Dr Afam Obidike the state s Commissioner for Health said that the meeting was to review causes of maternal deaths in the state and proffer solutions to put an end to deaths Obidike described maternal mortality or pregnancy related death as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of pregnancy He said that Gov Charles Soludo s led administration was adopting a holistic approach to end maternal mortality in partnership with the private healthcare sector which offered 70 per cent of health services There are cases where a pregnant woman go to primary healthcare centres and when things become difficult there is no where else to go Hence we are working on strengthening the referral system too If we put things right we are ensuring the safety of the next woman that will deliver Gradually we will reduce maternal mortality rate as much as possible in the state Obidike said
    Anambra records 20 maternal deaths in 6 months
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    Anambra records 20 maternal deaths in 6 months

    Anambra has recorded 20 maternal deaths from nine healthcare facilities across the state between January and June 2022.Dr Obianuju Okoye, the state’s Reproductive Health Coordinator, made the disclosure at the first maternalortality review meeting, on Tuesday, in Awka.Okoye said that the state established an electronic platform where hospitals in the state could record data on maternal deaths.“From the reports on our e-platform, the state recorded 20 deaths from nine hospitals between January and June, mostly from hard to reach areas.“This review meeting will help the state government to know where the problems are coming from and how to collectively address them,” she said.Also speaking, Dr Chinomnso Nnebu, Consultant, Community Physician, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), lamented that many pregnant women go to deliver at faith-based organisations instead of the hospitals.“Some faith-based organisations will keep pregnant women and be praying for them instead of advising them to go to the hospital. Faith works but faith without work is dead.“We need to educate pregnant women to stop giving birth in prayer houses because they cannot manage pregnancy complications, ” he said.Dr George Eleje, Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NAUTH, urged pregnant women to register early for antenatal to prevent complications and maternal deaths.According to him, antenatal care makes pregnancy safe and helps the woman prepared for an uneventful labour and also for a good pregnancy outcome.In his remarks, Dr Afam Obidike, the state’s Commissioner for Health, said that the meeting was to review causes of maternal deaths in the state and proffer solutions to put an end to deaths.Obidike described maternal mortality or pregnancy related death as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of pregnancy.He said that Gov. Charles Soludo’s led-administration was adopting a holistic approach to end maternal mortality, in partnership with the private healthcare sector which offered 70 per cent of health services.“There are cases where a pregnant woman go to primary healthcare centres and when things become difficult, there is no where else to go. Hence we are working on strengthening the referral system too.“If we put things right, we are ensuring the safety of the next woman that will deliver. Gradually we will reduce maternal mortality rate as much as possible in the state,” Obidike said.

  •  The Anambra State House of Representatives approved the state s Revised Appropriation Bill 2022 of N169 6 billion on Friday The approval came more than 55 days after Governor Charles Soludo introduced the bill in the House The passage followed the adoption of the House Finance and Appropriation Committee report during plenary in Awka Introducing the report Mr Obinna Emeneka representing Anambra East Constituency and chairman of the committee said that the revised budget consisted of N108 billion of capital expenditure and N61 3 billion of recurrent expenditure After extensive scrutiny and review we recommend that the size of the revised 2022 budget be maintained except for minor adjustments in the allocation of some Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs That the sum of N169 621 744 131 be approved for the service of the Anambra State Government for the year ending December 31 2022 and for related purposes The committee also recommends that projects and contractors are subsequently specified and funds released to MDAs to ensure effective budget performance Emeneka The Speaker of the House Mr Uche Okafor commended the committee for the close scrutiny of the budget and cast a voice vote for the adoption of the report The House passed the bill after a voice vote and the speaker directed the Acting Clerk of the House Ms Esther Anaetoh to send a copy of the bill to Soludo for approval The Nigerian News Agency reports that the revised 2022 budget was N27 7 billion more than the N141 9 billion budget initially approved for former Governor Willie Obiano Also in plenary the speaker read out a letter from Governor Soludo dated July 5 seeking approval to secure a 100 billion naira global cap multi term loan facility for the construction and renovation of key infrastructure in the state The letter was forwarded to the House Public Accounts Committee for consideration and would be reported to the House on Thursday July 21 The Speaker also announced that there would be a farewell session in honor of the late Dr Okechukwu Okoye who represented Aguata Constituency ll on Tuesday July 19 Recall that the late Okoye was kidnapped on May 15 while the state police confirmed his death on May 21 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra Assembly approves revised budget of N169.6bn for 2022
     The Anambra State House of Representatives approved the state s Revised Appropriation Bill 2022 of N169 6 billion on Friday The approval came more than 55 days after Governor Charles Soludo introduced the bill in the House The passage followed the adoption of the House Finance and Appropriation Committee report during plenary in Awka Introducing the report Mr Obinna Emeneka representing Anambra East Constituency and chairman of the committee said that the revised budget consisted of N108 billion of capital expenditure and N61 3 billion of recurrent expenditure After extensive scrutiny and review we recommend that the size of the revised 2022 budget be maintained except for minor adjustments in the allocation of some Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs That the sum of N169 621 744 131 be approved for the service of the Anambra State Government for the year ending December 31 2022 and for related purposes The committee also recommends that projects and contractors are subsequently specified and funds released to MDAs to ensure effective budget performance Emeneka The Speaker of the House Mr Uche Okafor commended the committee for the close scrutiny of the budget and cast a voice vote for the adoption of the report The House passed the bill after a voice vote and the speaker directed the Acting Clerk of the House Ms Esther Anaetoh to send a copy of the bill to Soludo for approval The Nigerian News Agency reports that the revised 2022 budget was N27 7 billion more than the N141 9 billion budget initially approved for former Governor Willie Obiano Also in plenary the speaker read out a letter from Governor Soludo dated July 5 seeking approval to secure a 100 billion naira global cap multi term loan facility for the construction and renovation of key infrastructure in the state The letter was forwarded to the House Public Accounts Committee for consideration and would be reported to the House on Thursday July 21 The Speaker also announced that there would be a farewell session in honor of the late Dr Okechukwu Okoye who represented Aguata Constituency ll on Tuesday July 19 Recall that the late Okoye was kidnapped on May 15 while the state police confirmed his death on May 21 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra Assembly approves revised budget of N169.6bn for 2022
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    Anambra Assembly approves revised budget of N169.6bn for 2022

    The Anambra State House of Representatives approved the state's Revised Appropriation Bill 2022 of N169.6 billion on Friday.

    The approval came more than 55 days after Governor Charles Soludo introduced the bill in the House.

    The passage followed the adoption of the House Finance and Appropriation Committee report during plenary in Awka.

    Introducing the report, Mr. Obinna Emeneka, representing Anambra East Constituency and chairman of the committee, said that the revised budget consisted of N108 billion of capital expenditure and N61.3 billion of recurrent expenditure.

    “After extensive scrutiny and review, we recommend that the size of the revised 2022 budget be maintained, except for minor adjustments in the allocation of some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

    “That the sum of N169,621,744,131 be approved for the service of the Anambra State Government for the year ending December 31, 2022 and for related purposes.

    “The committee also recommends that projects and contractors are subsequently specified and funds released to MDAs to ensure effective budget performance,” Emeneka.

    The Speaker of the House, Mr. Uche Okafor, commended the committee for the close scrutiny of the budget and cast a voice vote for the adoption of the report.

    The House passed the bill after a voice vote and the speaker directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Ms. Esther Anaetoh, to send a copy of the bill to Soludo for approval.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the revised 2022 budget was N27.7 billion more than the N141.9 billion budget initially approved for former Governor Willie Obiano.

    Also in plenary, the speaker read out a letter from Governor Soludo, dated July 5, seeking approval to secure a 100 billion naira global cap multi-term loan facility for the construction and renovation of key infrastructure in the state.

    The letter was forwarded to the House Public Accounts Committee for consideration and would be reported to the House on Thursday, July 21.

    The Speaker also announced that there would be a farewell session in honor of the late Dr. Okechukwu Okoye, who represented Aguata Constituency ll, on Tuesday, July 19.

    Recall that the late Okoye was kidnapped on May 15, while the state police confirmed his death on May 21.


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  •  The Civil Liberties Organisation CLO on Monday in Onitsha tasked Anambra government on prompt evacuation of heaps of refuse from all the dump sites across the state This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the CLO Chairman Mr Vincent Ezekwueme and the Secretary Mr Chidi Mbah and made available to newsmen in Onitsha The group urged the governor to intervene and avert the health hazards and epidemic spread looming in Onitsha and its environs We urge Gov Charles Soludo to expedite actions toward evacuation and clearing of the refuse dump sites in various parts of the state Clearing of waste bins and refuse is inevitable and ineluctable to avoid flooding health hazards erosion obstruction destruction of roads blockage of drainage channels and roads due to torrential downpour currently at its peak The group made observation on ongoing Onitsha clean up and Urban Renewal Initiative and level of compliance of the governor s directive for demolition of illegal structures on the drainage systems We commend the political will and relentless efforts of Soludo to ensure safe secured clean and habitable homeland Notwithstanding there are still refuse dump sites in various parts of the state that need immediate evacuation as they constitute a threat to lives and health of the citizenry the statement said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group task Anambra govt. on prompt refuse evacuation
     The Civil Liberties Organisation CLO on Monday in Onitsha tasked Anambra government on prompt evacuation of heaps of refuse from all the dump sites across the state This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the CLO Chairman Mr Vincent Ezekwueme and the Secretary Mr Chidi Mbah and made available to newsmen in Onitsha The group urged the governor to intervene and avert the health hazards and epidemic spread looming in Onitsha and its environs We urge Gov Charles Soludo to expedite actions toward evacuation and clearing of the refuse dump sites in various parts of the state Clearing of waste bins and refuse is inevitable and ineluctable to avoid flooding health hazards erosion obstruction destruction of roads blockage of drainage channels and roads due to torrential downpour currently at its peak The group made observation on ongoing Onitsha clean up and Urban Renewal Initiative and level of compliance of the governor s directive for demolition of illegal structures on the drainage systems We commend the political will and relentless efforts of Soludo to ensure safe secured clean and habitable homeland Notwithstanding there are still refuse dump sites in various parts of the state that need immediate evacuation as they constitute a threat to lives and health of the citizenry the statement said NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Group task Anambra govt. on prompt refuse evacuation

    The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) on Monday in Onitsha tasked Anambra government on prompt evacuation of heaps of refuse from all the dump sites across the state.

    This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the CLO Chairman, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, and the Secretary, Mr Chidi Mbah, and made available to newsmen in Onitsha.

    The group urged the governor to intervene and avert the health hazards and epidemic spread looming in Onitsha and its environs.

    “We urge Gov. Charles Soludo to expedite actions toward evacuation and clearing of the refuse dump sites in various parts of the state.

    “Clearing of waste bins and refuse is inevitable and ineluctable to avoid flooding, health hazards, erosion, obstruction, destruction of roads, blockage of drainage channels and roads due to torrential downpour currently at its peak.”

    The group made observation on ongoing Onitsha clean up and Urban Renewal Initiative and level of compliance of the governor’s directive for demolition of illegal structures on the drainage systems.

    “We commend the political will and relentless efforts of Soludo to ensure safe, secured, clean and habitable homeland.

    “Notwithstanding, there are still refuse dump sites in various parts of the state that need immediate evacuation as they constitute a threat to lives and health of the citizenry,’’ the statement said.


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