Dr. Frank Nweke Jr., the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 general election, said his government would restore the integrity of Enugu State.
Nweke gave the assurance when he had a conversation with a cross-section of citizens at the Enugu Sports Club, GRA Enugu, on Sunday.
Addressing the audience, Nweke said that if he is elected to office in 2023, "I will work with seven basic key drivers to revive Enugu State."
He said that its axes are: leadership, governance, security, development of human capital, economic transformation, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, technology and innovation.
Nweke said that the PDP had offered nothing to the Igbo at the national and state level and that it should be expelled and usher in a party that can deliver.
“It is time to build a regional bloc with APGA, as we all know that no single company can prosper if the macroeconomics and policies continue to favor only a few.
“It is sad that the problems we are dealing with are still basic problems like water scarcity, bad roads and extreme poverty.
“My government will ensure that the dignity of the state is restored as water will flow in Enugu City in 12 months, roads will connect farms to markets, and safety will be top priority.
“Accountable leadership and transparent leadership will be our watchwords to ensure that all members of the government stay true to their promises to improve the lives of people in Enugu,” he said.
In his welcome speech, Mr. Henry Nwosu, CEO of Enugu Sports Club, welcomed the audience and called for synergy between stakeholders in the state and the southeast.
According to him, the conversation is to help the participants rationalize, articulate and effectively communicate their ideas, as well as their thoughts and intentions regarding the various aspects of the socio-economic, political and administrative services that they or their parties aspire to. lend to people
“We deliberately designed the show to run one candidate at a time so that we would have plenty of time to review all the burning issues of the day with each candidate.
“Collaboration between the governors of the Southeast, regardless of party affiliation, is really needed if we are truly concerned about the development of the region,” he said.
In his vote of thanks, Dr. Ignatius Anya thanked the APGA candidate for sharing his ideas with them, saying it is not an easy decision to make.
“Because of the fact that they recognized us, we will give them our support, hoping that they will keep the promises they have made to the people of the state.
“It is necessary that those who want to govern the state tell us how they are going to govern us, so that we retain them when the time comes,” Anya said.
He reminded the candidate that it is not only the indigenous Enugu who are leaving the state, as people from other states contribute greatly to the development of the state.
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The Southampton Football Academy in the United Kingdom, has identified the Caleb British International School (CBIS) as a breeding ground for future international football stars.
This is contained in a statement by Dr Elvis Otobo, Deputy Director, Public Relations, Media and Marketing, Caleb Group of Schools and University, issued to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
Students of the school were in the U.
K, for an annual football development tour that took place from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9. According to him, the students of the Caleb British School displayed rare skills and leadership qualities during the football training tour.
Otobo said that a representative of the academy, Mr ED Kilby, commended the participants when he visited the school, at Lekki-Abijo GRA, to present certificates of participation to five students.
According to him, Kilby stated that the five students displayed true spirit of sportsmanship, resilience and other exceptional qualities during the football training competition.
He noted that the essence of the tour was to expose youths to professional training in football.
According to him, Kilby, commending the boys, noted that with the display of such rare skills, the future was clearly theirs.
He quoted Kilby as also stating that the students showed strength of character, resilience and willingness to learn and improve.
Otobo said the academy representative noted that the tour was a good decision that gave the young stars the best exposure in the game of football and sports activities.
“This development will enhance the students’ resilience, empathy, confidence, empowerment, sharp thinking, learning as well enable them exercise good judgment.
“It will also help to keep their mental skills sharp and create a platform for global networking among others, Otobo quoted Kilby as saying.
Otobo said the CBIS football coach, Mr Kazeem Gbajabiamila, remarked that the entire experience was elating and a welcome development.
He noted that the students had the opportunity to experience the Solent University Facility in Southampton where they were lodged.
“ No doubt when the management of Caleb British International School, Lekki, decided to expose their young stars to the best of the round leather game, Southampton Football Academy in the U.
K, readily came to mind.
“It was a good experience for the CBIS students.
“There, they had the opportunity to experience the university’s facilities, which I found very educative to our students.
“ They went on excursion to different heritage sites and cruise and the feeling was great and beautiful.
“Our students had the opportunity to be coached by UEFA grade A license Development Coaches, which are top coaches in the world,” Otobo quoted Gbajabiamila as saying.
On his part, Mr Andy Martino, the Southampton Football Academy Coach, is quoted as describing the CBIS students as ‘future masters’ of the game.
Martino said their exceptional leadership qualities were going to take them to their dream destination.
The Borno Police Command said it had arrested a housewife, Fatima Abubakar, 25, for allegedly killing her husband, Goni Abbah with poison.
The Commissioner Of Police, Mr Abdu Umar, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri, said that the suspect was arrested on October 19 by men of the Command at Anguwan Doki. Umar said that the victim, who was the Chief Imam of the area, returned from the mosque when the suspect, who was the second wife, allegedly mixed poison in his food.
He explained that as soon as Goni started eating, his condition deteriorated.
According to him, the victim was immediately rushed to the State Specialist Hospital where he was given emergency medical attention, but unfortunately he later died when they returned home.
The commisioner of Police immediately deployed men of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to arrest the suspect after the incident was reported by the family of the victim at the GRA Police Station.
He noted that on the arrival of the police, they witnessed large numbers of aggrieved youths in the neighbourhood who stormed the home of the victim with the intention to lynch the suspect but the police were able to bring the situation under control.
He added that the suspect, in her statement, confessed to the alleged crime, noting that she bought the poison from Monday Market when she already made up her mind to kill him.
He said that the case had been registered as culpable homicide before the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before she would be charged to court.
The suspect, Fatima who was paraded at the command, told NAN that she killed her husband because she was tired of the marriage.
She said: “I never wanted the marriage.
Goni was my second husband; I got separated with my first husband because I hate marriage.
“Anytime I woke up with the fact that I am married, it pieces me off.
At some point, I had to run to my parent to demand an end to the marriage but they always sent me back, asking me to be patient.
“At some point, two months after I gave birth to my child, I ran away and slept in an uncompleted building for about two weeks.
I later returned to my husband’s house.
“Not that he doesn’t treat me well, we are also not quarrelling.
We are two in the household, I am his second wife and I have been married to him since 2021. But I just hate when any man comes near me.
“I don’t really know what is wrong with me.
Even now that I am speaking to you, I don’t really feel that I was the one who killed him, she said as she broke down in tears.
The Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) has screened no fewer than 301 women on breast and cervical cancers in Enugu as part of activities lined up for the association’s week.
The week, which is themed: “Early Detection of Cancer Saves Lives”, started from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22 with continued massive public education on breast and cervical cancers and its early detection.
Conducting the screening on Saturday, the President of MWAN Enugu State, Dr Ijeoma Obianyo, said that the screening was free to mark MWAN week in the state.
Obianyo noted that those showing symptoms or signs of cancer were referred to cancer or oncology centres in tertiary health institutions within the state.
According to her, the screening is for adolescents upward to older women in order to ensure early detection of cancer and timely treatment to save lives.
She said that the association had about 50 medical women volunteering their services to get women screened on the two cancers as well as giving them vital health education as well as counseling.
“Apart from today’s free screening for all women; in other days, women can walk in here, in MWAN Headquarters along Abakaliki Road, GRA Enugu, to have these screenings done with a little token,” she said.
She, however, advised women to “know your breast and do self-breast examination at least every month”, adding “If you notice any abnormality, you rush to the association office for a medical expert to examine you”.
“For the cervical cancer, ensure you do your screening at least every three years to ensure early detection of any abnormality.
“If, while doing your screenings for both cancers anything is detected, we will quickly give the person referral to the tertiary health institutions for more comprehensive checks to be conducted and followed up.
“Women should do regular cancer checks; even if they do not find anything; please check since early detection of cancer saves lives,” she added.
A beneficiary of the screening, Mrs Antonia Onuora, thanked the association for the free checks as well as their care for the diseases that affects women most in the society.
“I do come for cancer screenings in this place yearly and I wish other organizations will give due attention to eliminate all forms of cancer in our society,” Onuora said.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Blessing Ogbonna, appreciated MWAN for joining the fight to eliminate cancer among women and “stop the increasing death of women from breast and cervical cancers”.
The Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday commended the youth for their massive turnout at the rally in support of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shetima.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Eko Youth Walk, organised by Tinubu support groups, commenced from Maryland at 7.00a.
m. and saw youths walking through Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Joel Ogunaike Str., Oba Akinjobi Str. and terminated at Police College.
The walk was also to throw support for the reelection of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, in 2023 general elections.
The Lagos State APC Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo, in a statement, said the party acknowledged and was motivated by the turnout of the youth to throw support for the APC candidates.
“The success of the rally is a clear statement and demonstration of the preference of our teeming youths as regards the choices before them.
“It underscores a clear understanding of the manifesto of our presidential candidate which is essentially a commitment to youth development, empowerment and a guarantee of a bright future under a progressive government.
“The support for Sanwo-olu is a vote of confidence in a promising second term as a result of a highly successful first term of office.
“It is note-worthy that the youths mobilised human and material resources towards the success of the rally, to harness their collective strength towards a great cause,” Oladejo said.
The spokesman said that the party equally appreciated “the contributions of the womenfolk, artisans, market men and women and other stakeholders towards our common lofty goals.
” He urged all and sundry to remain undaunted as the nation was counting down to 2023 elections.
The rally, after the walk, shifted to Police College, Ikeja GRA.
The Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) has urged all levels of government to include cancer treatment in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) scheme to assist the vast majority of rural women.
The President of MWAN, Enugu State, Dr Ijeoma Obianyo, made the call on Thursday in Enugu during a symposium on “Cancer Awareness and Prevention” as part of ongoing programmes for MWAN Week 2022 in Enugu State.
The week, which is themed: “Early Detection of Cancer Saves Lives”, is running from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22 with continuous public awareness and education on breast and cervical cancers and early detection.
Obianyo noted that there was the need to keep up the awareness level and ensure that women above 30 years should engage in regular screening and self examination to detect breast and cervical cancers very early to aid treatment.
She said that cancer had become the lead cause of death among women, adding that this was due to late detection when no effective medical remedy could be given to the patient.
“However, we preach the gospel of early detection via regular personal examination and medical check-ups just as we go to check for malaria fever and typhoid.
“It is time we pay serious attention to cancer disease through regular checks and taking necessary health precautions.
“It is rather unfortunate that over the years, we have lost quite a number of women and MWAN, both at the national and state levels, has vowed to reverse this ugly trend that steals our women from us,” Obianyo said.
She said that the week-long activities started with an awareness walk on cancer screening and check; and then followed by radio awareness programmes and jingles on prevention of common cancers from Oct. 17 to the end of the month.
“On Saturday, Oct. 22, we will be having a free breast cancer check at our headquarters at MWAN Centre at Abakaliki Road, GRA Enugu,” she said.
In a lecture titled: “Screening for Breast Cancer and Challenges of Early Detection in Our Environment”, Dr Nneka Nweke, noted that women should know their breasts and ensure that they engage in creating awareness among other women on cancer check.
Nweke noted that poverty, ignorance and lack of awareness on taking early steps to detect cancers by women remained major impediments to its containment in the country.
“We can reverse the trend by aggressive health education on early detection and treatment and ensuring we empower women especially rural women to have access to cancer test centres and kits as well,” she said.
In another lecture, titled: “Available Screening Modalities for Prostate Cancer”, Dr Ikenna Nnabugwu urged men above 40 years to do well by getting yearly prostate cancer checks.
Nnabugwu, who is from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, called on men to ensure that they form the habit of visiting health facilities and reporting any abnormality experienced.
In a goodwill message, the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, said that awareness on cancer early detection cannot be over-emphasised, adding that “our people needed to know the enormous benefits in early detection of any kind of cancer”.
Obi, represented by Dr Ifeoma Otiji of the state Ministry of Health, said that the state was strengthening all its health facilities with kits necessary to ensure early detection of diseases, especially cancers.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Ngozi Ibeziako, noted that breast cancer remained the most common cancer and it affects women the most and a negligible number of men.
Ibeziako noted that there was a need to increase education of everybody, both family members and health workers, to watch out for it and do the right diagnoses on time for it to be tackled early and ensure the safety of all women.
The high points of the event were a testimony by a breast cancer survivor, Mrs Joy Ebue; a launch of an endowment fund to support the programmes of MWAN as well as a gala and get together of all its members.
At 80 years of service delivery in the hospitality industry, the Lagos Airport Hotel is rolling out the drums to celebrate its existence.
The octogenarian hotel began as an owner-operated facility with five rooms in 1942 and was named “Grand Hotel, Lagos’’, by its then owner, Mr Joseph Harold, a Briton.
Mr Harold renamed it “Ikeja Arms Inn’’ in 1956. At the twilight days of colonialism, the defunct Western Region, led by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo as premier, bought into the hotel by acquiring substantial equity participation.
In 1976, states in the southwest geo-political zone took over the ownership of the hotel following the Indigenisation Decree promulgated by the retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
It was the period that Nigeria was one of the frontline states in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and Obasanjo nationalised assets of the UK in Nigeria for supporting the apartheid regime.
Some British-owned companies fell under the hammer of that decree.
The new owners, Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Lagos states renamed it Ikeja Airport Hotel and made it one of the Oodua Investments Company Ltd. conglomerate.
Chairperson, Board of Directors of the hotel, Princess Olufunnke Olugboji, told newsmen in Ikeja that it had set aside Oct. 21 to Oct. 25 to felicitate 80 years of the hotels’ unbroken service.
She said the hotel had been able to weather the storm in its 80 years of existence because it consistently engaged strong management teams and supervisors.
She noted that the hotel management planned to upgrade its facilities, improve service delivery and sustain repeat patronage by its valued guests.
She added that management was also working assiduously to increase the hotel’s market share.
“Lagos Airport hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Nigeria that sustained its services since its establishment in 1942, providing exceptional hospitality services to its numerous customers.
“To the glory of God, the hotel since 1942, has weathered the storm and remains standing in spite of all odds; even after all of its contemporaries have gone into extinction.
“It has remained the hotel of choice, serving generations through professionalism, personalised services, accessible location, security, and courteous and friendly staff which make the hotel a perfect home away from home.
“The hotel is continually making guests’ satisfaction its priority,’’ she stressed.
Olugboji explained that the Odu’a Investment Company Ltd. was working hard to put the hotel on the international pedestal to partner with investors and international brands alongside the within its group.
“Our hotel will be celebrating its 80th anniversary from Oct. 21 to 25. To make it a worthwhile event, we have lined up various activities to herald our eight decades of excellent hospitality services.
“The celebration is kicking off with a Jumat Service at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja and a poolside entertainment follows.
“On Saturday, Oct. 22, the hotel staff and the public will enjoy free medical services and there will also be a novelty football match between Eko Hotel and Suites and the Lagos Airport Hotel on the hotel’s football pitch in the evening followed by entertainment at the poolside.
“Sunday, Oct. 23, a thanksgiving service will be held at the Archbishop Vinning Memorial Cathedral Church, GRA, Ikeja and on the evening of the same day, there will be light entertainment at the hotel’s poolside as well,’’ Olugboji said.
According to her, the grand finale will come up on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with an anniversary lecture entitled “Culture, tourism, and hospitality as agents of economic growth in the Southwest region.
’’ She said that the event would be attended by the governors of the owner-states as special guests of honour.
Earlier, Mrs Folashade Awe, General Manager of the hotel noted that the hotel has 277 rooms ready for hire and that they are equipped with modern-day hotel facilities which make guests’ stay memorable.
“The hotel’s cuisine is another area of strength as the chefs are ever ready to provide sumptuous continental and indigenous meals to the delight of our guests.
“In spite all economic and environmental odds, the hotel is still flourishing and constantly reinventing and has continued to offer distinctive and standard hospitality services to all and sundry,’’ Awe said.
Rev. Fr. Mark Ikeke, the Parish Priest of St. Jude Catholic Church, GRA Effurun in Delta, has described the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege as an outstanding leader.
This is contained in a statement by Omo-Agege’s Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Mr Ima Niboro in Abuja on Monday.
Niboro said that the cleric lauded the lawmaker for impacting positively on the lives of the people of his state, Delta by attracting projects across the three senatorial districts.
He commended Omo-Agege for breaking the jinx of not only being the first Urhobo Senator to be reelected, but also for being the first senator from the area to become Nigeria’s number five citizen.
“Omo-Agege possesses rare leadership qualities among his peers.
” While urging those in authority not to deprive others of their rights, Ikeke commended the Delta APC Governorship candidate for his political strides in the state, saying that he has positively impacted on the lives of his constituents and other parts of the state.
A Magistrates ‘ Court sitting at Chediya, GRA Zaria Kaduna State on Monday granted a security guard and two others accused of impregnating a minor bail.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bello Hamisu, a 65-year-old security guard; Tukur Aliyu, a 52-year-old motorcyclist and Aminu Umar, a 60-year-old farmer were arraigned on Sept 14. They were charged with criminal conspiracy and defilement.
In a ruling, Magistrate Dorcas Kitchner, granted them bail on condition that each of them must present three respected persons and a Ward Head (Mai Anguwa) as sureties.
Kitchener also adjourned the matter until Oct.31 for summary trial.
She ordered that they should be remanded in the Zaria Correctional Centre if they fail to meet their bail conditions.
Earlier, The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Aliyu Jibril told the court that they were charged with criminal conspiracy and defilement, contrary to Section 368 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017. Jubril told the court that Alhaji Nura Yusuf of Tsibiri village reported the matter to the police in Giwa Local Government Area on Tuesday.
He said that Yusuf, the guardian of the minor, said that the victim became pregnant on Aug. 1, and upon interrogation, she mentioned the names of the suspects as the only persons who defined her.
The prosecutor added that the defendants admitted that they committed the offence.
The Police Command in Gusau, Zamfara on Sunday confirmed the killing of one man and 18 others sustained injuries during a clash by members of two youth groups.
The Police said the groups were suspected to be members of APC and PDP in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Muhammad Shehu, gave the confirmation in an SMS message to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Sunday.
Shehu, who confirmed that the command had received a report of the killing, said: “discreet investigation into the case has commenced aimed at ensuring that the perpetrators face the full wrath of the law.
” The PPRO, however, declined further comment on the incident.
The PPRO’s confirmation followed an allegation by the APC that thugs suspected to have been hired by the PDP attacked and killed one man and injured 18 others without reason.
The APC’s allegation is contained in a statement issued by Mr Yusuf Idris, Publicity Secretary in Gusau on Saturday.
Idris said that: “It is highly disheartening and worrisome the attack with firearms perpetrated by PDP thugs.
“The thugs came as the PDP Zamfara Governorship candidate’s boys and shot at innocent youths who were carrying out their monthly sanitation work in GRA area of Gusau, the Zamfara state capital.
” He said that victims were attacked because they were APC supporters.
“We are calling for calm by the good citizens of the state who were angered by the thugs.
“We wish to call on both the state government and security agents to urgently fish out the culprits and bring them to book to prevent reprisals,” he added.
Idris urged security agencies to also uncover how and where the alleged attackers secured such dangerous firearms.
“A stitch in time, saves nine and a word is always enough for the wise,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state Deputy governor, Sen. Hassan Nasiha, had visited the victims of the attack at the Specialist Hospital, Gusau to ascertain their condition.
Nasiha told newsmen that 18 youths were shot during the attacks.
He confirmed that one live was lost while 18 others sustained various degrees of bullet wounds.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three of the victims with serious injuries from gun shots were seen being attended to at the specialist hospital.
He said it was the fear of such breach of law and order that the Zamfara Government announced a halt on campaign activities and rallies by political parties in the state.
The deputy governor, however, said that the state government would investigate the matter and resolve on next line of action.
He assured of government’s resolve to punish whoever was found involved in the attack.
Nasiha consoled with the victims of the incident and promised that the government would not fold it’s arms and watch that happen again.
Meanwhile the PDP in its response, said that its governorship candidate, Dr Dauda Lawal-Dare, only had a small meeting to receive defectors from the 14 local government areas of the state.
The party’s Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Murkhtar Lugga, said shortly after the event, that the party received 50 defectors from each of the 14 local government areas.
On the issue of halting rallies as announced by the state government, Lugga said PDP’s activity was within the ambit of the law and in line with the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.
According to him, the party was guided by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s guidelines and time table for rallies and electioneering campaigns.
“We have applied for security and the Commissioner of Police and the Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps deployed their men that ensured successful activity of our great party,” he said.
Lugga expressed concern at the activities of some criminal elements who allegedly attacked some PDP youths during the event.
He claimed that two of its youths were also reportedly shot in front of the Campaign Office of Dr Dauda Lawal Dare in the state capital.
The PDP officials conducted newsmen round the emergency unit of the Specialist hospital where two victims with fractured legs and other wounds were also receiving medical attention.
Lugga, however, said that the party would investigate the alleged killing of an APC youth and injuring of 18 others and take appropriate action.
The vice chairman said the party was a law-abiding institution, assuring that their activity did not go against the INEC guidelines.
“There was no information from the INEC halting political rallies or political events in Zamfara state,” Lugga said.