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  •   The Chairman of APGA in Abia Rev Augustine Ehiemere says the Ukwa la Ngwa ethnic nationality in the state has suffered untold neglect for the past 20 years under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP Ehiemere disclosed this on Friday in a statement issued in Umuahia and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria The statement was issued against the backdrop of the alleged plot by the ruling PDP to poach APGA s House of Assembly candidates from Ukwa la Ngwa He stated that APGA received the intelligence about a plot by PDP to use its candidates to sabotage the chances of APGA s Governorship Candidate Prof Greg Ibe He therefore advised the candidates to resist any inducement financial or otherwise to lure them out of APGA He maintained that the plot was to offer the candidates irresistible financial inducements to defect to the PDP According to our intelligence their plan is to lure the affected APGA candidates with such heavy financial offers to help deliver PDP governorship candidate Prof Uche Ikonne in their respective constituencies They equally promised to concede the House of Assembly seats to some of them while others would be rewarded with political appointments in the imaginary Ikonne led government Ehiemere stated He described the experience of Ukwa la Ngwa people under PDP as lamentable for anybody to vote for its candidates He explained that the nine local government areas of Ukwa la Ngwa including Gov Okezie Ikpeazu s Obingwa had the worst roads in the state Ehiemere expressed sadness that Ukwa had nothing to show in terms of infrastructure and other indices of development in spite of being the only oil bearing area of the state He asked So why should any right thinking candidate of Ukwa la Ngwa extraction succumb to the PDP trap He urged the APGA candidates to refuse to be remembered on the wrong side of history We urge them to stand tall as heroes of democracy and support our governorship candidate in his vision to birth a new Abia where merit will be placed above other sentiments The bid to free Abia from political bondage is a divine project that should not be truncated or sacrificed on the altar of personal aggrandisement he added The APGA chieftain expressed regrets that certain politicians were desperate to continue to use our common patrimony to hold the state down perpetually Never again shall we mortgage our future and that of the unborn generation because of pecuniary interests We should not allow those who have allocated to themselves the position of kingmakers to use our collective resources to buy our future We must all rise to ensure that only those who have the competence to revive our economy and navigate the state out of its present economic doldrums receive our mandate Ehiemere stated He contended that PDP had brought misery to the people with the delays in payment of salaries and pensions in addition to the deplorable state of infrastructure He urged the people to reject the continuation of god fatherism and imposition which he said had taken the state far behind others in the South East He maintained that the 2023 is the time to vote for competence and not mediocrity Abia cannot be entrusted in the hands of emergency philanthropists and overnight billionaire government contractors who are feeding fat on Abia s commonwealth The next Abia governor must have capacity and a track record of achievements like Prof Ibe Ehiemere stated He described Ibe as the best among all the governorship candidates He said that Ibe the proprietor and Chancellor Gregory University Uturu remained the single highest employer of labour in the state Ibe has empowered thousands of our people long before now unlike some of these emergency philanthropists he stated Reacting to the allegation of poaching the PDP s Acting Spokesman Chief Amah Abraham said that it was not true that PDP was poaching APGA candidates The truth is that the Ukwa la Ngwa people have realised that their interest would better be served under the PDP It s not poaching They are people who have realised their mistakes and want to return home It s called political realignments and wheel balancing We engage them constructively and they are aligning themselves with the winning party It s not a matter of any inducement They are committed to the cause of PDP Abraham said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Why Ukwa-la-Ngwa people will not vote for PDP – APGA Chair
      The Chairman of APGA in Abia Rev Augustine Ehiemere says the Ukwa la Ngwa ethnic nationality in the state has suffered untold neglect for the past 20 years under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP Ehiemere disclosed this on Friday in a statement issued in Umuahia and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria The statement was issued against the backdrop of the alleged plot by the ruling PDP to poach APGA s House of Assembly candidates from Ukwa la Ngwa He stated that APGA received the intelligence about a plot by PDP to use its candidates to sabotage the chances of APGA s Governorship Candidate Prof Greg Ibe He therefore advised the candidates to resist any inducement financial or otherwise to lure them out of APGA He maintained that the plot was to offer the candidates irresistible financial inducements to defect to the PDP According to our intelligence their plan is to lure the affected APGA candidates with such heavy financial offers to help deliver PDP governorship candidate Prof Uche Ikonne in their respective constituencies They equally promised to concede the House of Assembly seats to some of them while others would be rewarded with political appointments in the imaginary Ikonne led government Ehiemere stated He described the experience of Ukwa la Ngwa people under PDP as lamentable for anybody to vote for its candidates He explained that the nine local government areas of Ukwa la Ngwa including Gov Okezie Ikpeazu s Obingwa had the worst roads in the state Ehiemere expressed sadness that Ukwa had nothing to show in terms of infrastructure and other indices of development in spite of being the only oil bearing area of the state He asked So why should any right thinking candidate of Ukwa la Ngwa extraction succumb to the PDP trap He urged the APGA candidates to refuse to be remembered on the wrong side of history We urge them to stand tall as heroes of democracy and support our governorship candidate in his vision to birth a new Abia where merit will be placed above other sentiments The bid to free Abia from political bondage is a divine project that should not be truncated or sacrificed on the altar of personal aggrandisement he added The APGA chieftain expressed regrets that certain politicians were desperate to continue to use our common patrimony to hold the state down perpetually Never again shall we mortgage our future and that of the unborn generation because of pecuniary interests We should not allow those who have allocated to themselves the position of kingmakers to use our collective resources to buy our future We must all rise to ensure that only those who have the competence to revive our economy and navigate the state out of its present economic doldrums receive our mandate Ehiemere stated He contended that PDP had brought misery to the people with the delays in payment of salaries and pensions in addition to the deplorable state of infrastructure He urged the people to reject the continuation of god fatherism and imposition which he said had taken the state far behind others in the South East He maintained that the 2023 is the time to vote for competence and not mediocrity Abia cannot be entrusted in the hands of emergency philanthropists and overnight billionaire government contractors who are feeding fat on Abia s commonwealth The next Abia governor must have capacity and a track record of achievements like Prof Ibe Ehiemere stated He described Ibe as the best among all the governorship candidates He said that Ibe the proprietor and Chancellor Gregory University Uturu remained the single highest employer of labour in the state Ibe has empowered thousands of our people long before now unlike some of these emergency philanthropists he stated Reacting to the allegation of poaching the PDP s Acting Spokesman Chief Amah Abraham said that it was not true that PDP was poaching APGA candidates The truth is that the Ukwa la Ngwa people have realised that their interest would better be served under the PDP It s not poaching They are people who have realised their mistakes and want to return home It s called political realignments and wheel balancing We engage them constructively and they are aligning themselves with the winning party It s not a matter of any inducement They are committed to the cause of PDP Abraham said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Why Ukwa-la-Ngwa people will not vote for PDP – APGA Chair
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    2023: Why Ukwa-la-Ngwa people will not vote for PDP – APGA Chair

     The Chairman of APGA in Abia,  Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, says the Ukwa-la-Ngwa ethnic nationality in the state has suffered untold neglect for the past 20 years under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    Ehiemere disclosed this on Friday in a statement issued in Umuahia and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .

    The statement was issued against the backdrop of the alleged plot by the ruling-PDP to “poach“ APGA’s House of Assembly candidates from Ukwa-la-Ngwa. He stated that APGA received the intelligence about a plot by PDP to use its candidates to sabotage the chances of APGA’s Governorship Candidate, Prof. Greg Ibe. He, therefore, advised the candidates to resist any inducement, financial or otherwise, to lure them out of APGA.

    He maintained that the plot was to offer the candidates “irresistible financial inducements” to defect to the PDP.

    “According to our intelligence, their plan is to lure the affected APGA candidates with such heavy financial offers to help deliver PDP governorship candidate, Prof. Uche Ikonne, in their respective constituencies.

    “They equally promised to concede the House of Assembly seats to some of them, while others would be rewarded with political appointments in the imaginary Ikonne-led government,” Ehiemere stated.

    He described the experience of Ukwa-la-Ngwa people under PDP as lamentable for anybody to vote for its candidates.

    He explained that the nine local government areas of Ukwa-la-Ngwa, including Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s Obingwa, had the worst roads in the state.

    Ehiemere expressed sadness that Ukwa had nothing to show in terms of infrastructure and other indices of development, in spite of being the only oil-bearing area of the state.

    He asked, “So, why should any right-thinking candidate of Ukwa-la-Ngwa extraction succumb to the PDP trap?

    ” He urged the APGA candidates “to refuse to be remembered on the wrong side of history.

    “We urge them to stand tall as heroes of democracy and support our governorship candidate in his vision to birth a new Abia where merit will be placed above other sentiments.

    “The bid to free Abia from political bondage is a divine project that should not be truncated or sacrificed on the altar of personal aggrandisement,” he added.

    The APGA chieftain expressed regrets that certain politicians were desperate to continue “to use our common patrimony to hold the state down perpetually.

    “Never again shall we mortgage our future and that of the unborn generation because of pecuniary interests.

    “We should not allow those who have allocated to themselves the position of kingmakers to use our collective resources to buy our future.

    “We must all rise to ensure that only those who have the competence to revive our economy and navigate the state out of its present economic doldrums receive our mandate,” Ehiemere stated.

    He contended that PDP had brought misery to the people with the delays in payment of salaries and pensions, in addition to the deplorable state of infrastructure.

    He urged the people to reject the continuation of god-fatherism and imposition which, he said, had taken the state far behind others in the South-East. He maintained that the 2023 “is the time to vote for competence and not mediocrity.

    “Abia cannot be entrusted in the hands of emergency philanthropists and overnight billionaire government contractors who are feeding fat on Abia’s commonwealth.

    “The next Abia governor must have capacity and a track record of achievements, like Prof. Ibe, ” Ehiemere stated.

    He described Ibe as the best among all the governorship candidates.

    He said that Ibe, the proprietor and Chancellor, Gregory University, Uturu, remained “the single highest employer of labour in the state.

    “Ibe has empowered thousands of our people long before now, unlike some of these emergency philanthropists,” he stated.

    Reacting to the allegation of poaching, the PDP’s Acting Spokesman, Chief Amah Abraham, said that it was not true that PDP was poaching APGA candidates.

    “The truth is that the Ukwa-la-Ngwa people have realised that their interest would better be served under the PDP.

    “It’s not poaching.

    They are people who have realised their mistakes and want to return home.

    “It’s called political realignments and wheel balancing.

    “We engage them constructively and they are aligning themselves with the winning party.

    “It’s not a matter of any inducement.

    They are committed to the cause of PDP,” Abraham said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have faulted the education budget in the 2023 national budget saying that it falls short of the recommendation of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO They made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja They argued that without adequate investment in education other sectors would also suffer NAN reports that UNESCO recommends that developing countries should dedicate 15 to 20 per cent of their annual budget to public education NAN also reports that in 2021 Heads of State and Government and Ministers of Education from more than 40 countries adopted the Paris Declaration a global appeal initiated by UNESCO and France to increase investment in education in the aftermath of the COVID 19 crisis The Chairman Private School Owners Association Prof Gregory Ibe told NAN that there was a considerable increase in the 2023 budget for education compared to 2022 budget adding that more funding was required in the education sector to make the impact required It appears we re playing deaf ear to the major thing that can save Nigerian education system Education budget takes N470 billion out of the total budget for the 2023 fiscal year which is still on the low side There s no amount of money you will put into the university system polytechnic higher education secondary school or basic school that will make the impact that is required What I m saying is that if you want to develop a nation and you fail to develop the children of that nation then forget it You are not getting it right There s no amount of property you sell that can be equated to you investing in the education of your children So the first thing that the president ought to do is to privatise institutions of high learning the same way that they brought it to NNPC as they fuse private individuals in there he said Ibe who is also the Chancellor Gregory University Uturu Abia said that for education to get its rightful place 40 per cent of all education institutions must have partnership I ve been preaching on this matter that in order to stop all these strikes actions sell 40 per cent of all institutions to private individuals So that the school now will become ownership by selling 60 per cent to private individual and government should hold 40 per cent If this is done there will be change and there will be quality There will be sanity in the system and salaries will be paid he said The chancellor advised the federal government to provide financial aid to Nigerian youths so that they could have tertiary education by revamping the federal scholarship board He suggested N2 million as scholarship to students on annual basis to be given to Nigerian youths payable while spreading it through a number of year He said this would have impact on the Nigerian youths especially those in the northern region whose parents could not afford to pay their school fees as a result of poverty This money is given will be payable through revolving money 60 per cent of northern Nigerian youth are not able to go to school because their parents cannot afford the fee Even with the free education they are not encouraged to enjoy it They cannot even enjoy the free education so they cannot even also pay for school fees So with this revolving money and financial aid plan 60 per cent of the Northern Youth will go to school when all of us have opportunity of receiving education and this will translate to the development of the country he said Also a Political Analyst Mr Rotimi Lawrence said that going by UNESCO recommendation this is figure was far from the ideal of global standards Lawrence decried the negative downwards effects of the low budgetary allocation to the education sector by the federal government He therefore called for a better funding especially for government owned universities so as to avert the seemingly endless strike actions by academic unions Looking at the population of young people with zeal and energy bubbling with visions the government must have a marshall plan in tackling youth restiveness through a deliberate policy on education particularly vocational training We are also in a global village and there is a paradigm shift from natural resources to human capital Therefore government must increase spending on human capital to fight literacy out of school children syndrome girl child education and early child marriage he said Meanwhile Mr Jacobs Ogundele an Auditor commended the federal government for increasing the education saying that it was a right step in the right direction Ogundele who emphasised that the increase will positively impact on the sector called for more increase in subsequent fiscal year I think the national assembly are still going through it so it is still an appropriation bill but not yet a budget However it is a slide increment from that of 2022 that is till running The university will enjoy better part of it while polytechnic and colleges of education will also have there shares Unity schools and other recurrent activities will also enjoy the remaining So if government can actually release the said amount of N2 05 trillion I think the sector will do more in the 2023 fiscal year he said NAN reports that education budget in the 2021 national budget stood at 5 6 per cent Compared to the 50 per cent that was promised this shows that the 5 6 per cent budget in 2021 was however equivalent to 2 8 per cent Similarly in the 2022 national budget education budget stood at 5 39 per cent of the national budget which is N923 79 billion out of the total budget of N17 13 trillion However for the 2023 budget N2 05 trillion which is 10 per cent of the entire budget of N20 51 trillion was for education sector paltry N470 billion is earmarked for tertiary education revitalisation and salary enhancement Also N1 23 trillion is the provision for Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies for recurrent and capital expenditure with the other amount voted for UBEC and TETFUND NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Stakeholders hail education budget, say it still falls short of UNESCO recommendation
     Stakeholders in the education sector have faulted the education budget in the 2023 national budget saying that it falls short of the recommendation of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO They made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja They argued that without adequate investment in education other sectors would also suffer NAN reports that UNESCO recommends that developing countries should dedicate 15 to 20 per cent of their annual budget to public education NAN also reports that in 2021 Heads of State and Government and Ministers of Education from more than 40 countries adopted the Paris Declaration a global appeal initiated by UNESCO and France to increase investment in education in the aftermath of the COVID 19 crisis The Chairman Private School Owners Association Prof Gregory Ibe told NAN that there was a considerable increase in the 2023 budget for education compared to 2022 budget adding that more funding was required in the education sector to make the impact required It appears we re playing deaf ear to the major thing that can save Nigerian education system Education budget takes N470 billion out of the total budget for the 2023 fiscal year which is still on the low side There s no amount of money you will put into the university system polytechnic higher education secondary school or basic school that will make the impact that is required What I m saying is that if you want to develop a nation and you fail to develop the children of that nation then forget it You are not getting it right There s no amount of property you sell that can be equated to you investing in the education of your children So the first thing that the president ought to do is to privatise institutions of high learning the same way that they brought it to NNPC as they fuse private individuals in there he said Ibe who is also the Chancellor Gregory University Uturu Abia said that for education to get its rightful place 40 per cent of all education institutions must have partnership I ve been preaching on this matter that in order to stop all these strikes actions sell 40 per cent of all institutions to private individuals So that the school now will become ownership by selling 60 per cent to private individual and government should hold 40 per cent If this is done there will be change and there will be quality There will be sanity in the system and salaries will be paid he said The chancellor advised the federal government to provide financial aid to Nigerian youths so that they could have tertiary education by revamping the federal scholarship board He suggested N2 million as scholarship to students on annual basis to be given to Nigerian youths payable while spreading it through a number of year He said this would have impact on the Nigerian youths especially those in the northern region whose parents could not afford to pay their school fees as a result of poverty This money is given will be payable through revolving money 60 per cent of northern Nigerian youth are not able to go to school because their parents cannot afford the fee Even with the free education they are not encouraged to enjoy it They cannot even enjoy the free education so they cannot even also pay for school fees So with this revolving money and financial aid plan 60 per cent of the Northern Youth will go to school when all of us have opportunity of receiving education and this will translate to the development of the country he said Also a Political Analyst Mr Rotimi Lawrence said that going by UNESCO recommendation this is figure was far from the ideal of global standards Lawrence decried the negative downwards effects of the low budgetary allocation to the education sector by the federal government He therefore called for a better funding especially for government owned universities so as to avert the seemingly endless strike actions by academic unions Looking at the population of young people with zeal and energy bubbling with visions the government must have a marshall plan in tackling youth restiveness through a deliberate policy on education particularly vocational training We are also in a global village and there is a paradigm shift from natural resources to human capital Therefore government must increase spending on human capital to fight literacy out of school children syndrome girl child education and early child marriage he said Meanwhile Mr Jacobs Ogundele an Auditor commended the federal government for increasing the education saying that it was a right step in the right direction Ogundele who emphasised that the increase will positively impact on the sector called for more increase in subsequent fiscal year I think the national assembly are still going through it so it is still an appropriation bill but not yet a budget However it is a slide increment from that of 2022 that is till running The university will enjoy better part of it while polytechnic and colleges of education will also have there shares Unity schools and other recurrent activities will also enjoy the remaining So if government can actually release the said amount of N2 05 trillion I think the sector will do more in the 2023 fiscal year he said NAN reports that education budget in the 2021 national budget stood at 5 6 per cent Compared to the 50 per cent that was promised this shows that the 5 6 per cent budget in 2021 was however equivalent to 2 8 per cent Similarly in the 2022 national budget education budget stood at 5 39 per cent of the national budget which is N923 79 billion out of the total budget of N17 13 trillion However for the 2023 budget N2 05 trillion which is 10 per cent of the entire budget of N20 51 trillion was for education sector paltry N470 billion is earmarked for tertiary education revitalisation and salary enhancement Also N1 23 trillion is the provision for Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies for recurrent and capital expenditure with the other amount voted for UBEC and TETFUND NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Stakeholders hail education budget, say it still falls short of UNESCO recommendation
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    2023: Stakeholders hail education budget, say it still falls short of UNESCO recommendation

    Stakeholders in the education sector have faulted the education budget in the 2023 national budget, saying that it falls short of the recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

    They made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

    They argued that without adequate investment in education, other sectors would also suffer.

    NAN reports that UNESCO recommends that developing countries should dedicate 15 to 20 per cent of their annual budget to public education.

    NAN also reports that in 2021, Heads of State and Government and Ministers of Education from more than 40 countries adopted the Paris Declaration, a global appeal initiated by UNESCO and France to increase investment in education in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

    The Chairman, Private School Owners Association, Prof. Gregory Ibe, told NAN that there was a considerable increase in the 2023 budget for education compared to 2022 budget, adding that more funding was required in the education sector to make the impact required.

    ” It appears we’re playing deaf ear to the major thing that can save Nigerian education system.

    Education budget takes N470 billion out of the total budget for the 2023 fiscal year which is still on the low side.

    ‘ There’s no amount of money you will put into the university system, polytechnic higher education, secondary school or basic school that will make the impact that is required.

    ” What I’m saying is that if you want to develop a nation and you fail to develop the children of that nation, then forget it.

    You are not getting it right.

    ” There’s no amount of property you sell that can be equated to you investing in the education of your children.

    “So the first thing that the president ought to do is to privatise institutions of high learning the same way that they brought it to NNPC as they fuse private individuals in there,” he said.

    Ibe, who is also the Chancellor, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia, said that for education to get its rightful place, 40 per cent of all education institutions must have partnership.

    ” I’ve been preaching on this matter that in order to stop all these strikes actions, sell 40 per cent of all institutions to private individuals.

    ” So that the school now will become ownership by selling 60 per cent to private individual and government should hold 40 per cent.

    ” If this is done, there will be change and there will be quality.

    There will be sanity in the system and salaries will be paid,” he said.

    The chancellor advised the federal government to provide financial aid to Nigerian youths so that they could have tertiary education by revamping the federal scholarship board.

    He suggested N2 million as scholarship to students on annual basis to be given to Nigerian youths payable while spreading it through a number of year.

    He said this would have impact on the Nigerian youths especially those in the northern region whose parents could not afford to pay their school fees as a result of poverty.

    ” This money is given will be payable through revolving money.

    60 per cent of northern Nigerian youth are not able to go to school because their parents cannot afford the fee.

    ” Even with the free education, they are not encouraged to enjoy it.

    They cannot even enjoy the free education so they cannot even also pay for school fees.

    ” So, with this revolving money and financial aid plan, 60 per cent of the Northern Youth will go to school when all of us have opportunity of receiving education and this will translate to the development of the country,” he said.

    Also, a Political Analyst, Mr Rotimi Lawrence said that going by UNESCO recommendation, this is figure was far from the ideal of global standards.

    Lawrence decried the negative downwards effects of the low budgetary allocation to the education sector by the federal government.

    He, therefore, called for a better funding especially for government owned universities so as to avert the seemingly endless strike actions by academic unions.

    ” Looking at the population of young people with zeal and energy bubbling with visions, the government must have a marshall plan in tackling youth restiveness through a deliberate policy on education particularly vocational training.

    ” We are also in a global village and there is a paradigm shift from natural resources to human capital.

    Therefore, government must increase spending on human capital to fight literacy, out-of-school children syndrome, girl-child education and early child marriage,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Mr Jacobs Ogundele, an Auditor commended the federal government for increasing the education saying that it was a right step in the right direction.

    Ogundele, who emphasised that the increase will positively impact on the sector, called for more increase in subsequent fiscal year.

    ” I think the national assembly are still going through it so it is still an appropriation bill but not yet a budget .

    ” However, it is a slide increment from that of 2022 that is till running.

    The university will enjoy better part of it while polytechnic and colleges of education will also have there shares.

    ” Unity schools and other recurrent activities will also enjoy the remaining.

    So, if government can actually release the said amount of N2.05 trillion,  I think the sector will do more in the 2023 fiscal year,” he said.

    NAN reports that education budget in the 2021 national budget stood at 5.6 per cent.

    Compared to the 50 per cent that was promised, this shows that the 5.6 per cent budget in 2021 was however equivalent to 2.8 per cent.

    Similarly, in the 2022 national budget, education budget stood at 5.39 per cent of the national budget which is N923.79 billion out of the total budget of N17.13 trillion.

    However, for the 2023 budget, N2.05 trillion which is 10 per cent of the entire budget of N20.51 trillion was for education sector, paltry N470 billion is earmarked for tertiary education revitalisation and salary enhancement.

    Also N1.23 trillion is the provision for Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies for recurrent and capital expenditure with the other amount voted for UBEC and TETFUND.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Dr Uwaoma Uche an Associate Professor of Mass Communication has eulogised the late British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II as one that gave integrity to leadership as the Head of the Commonwealth Uche is the Dean College of Social and Management Sciences Gregory University Uturu in Abia His reaction to the death of the 96 year old is contained in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Saturday He stated Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership and exemplified dignity in carriage and conduct of protocols of a responsible and responsive leadership Her essence of diplomacy at local and international sphere was distinct and indispensable in the world political arithmetics Uche further described the Queen as A dotted family woman and dress essence exemplified Also Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka said that the Queen would essentially be remembered for her role in Nigeria gaining independence on Oct 1 1960 Abada recalled in an interview with NAN in Abakaliki that it was during her reign that the British Parliament enacted an Act that gave the country her independence The former Head of Department said Nigerians will continue to remember her for granting the country freedom from her country Britain that colonised Nigeria If she did not approve it who knows what could have happened to the country It was not only Nigeria that she granted independent but other African countries colonised by Britain The don said that it was unfortunate that successive Nigerian political leaders did not follow the good leadership footsteps of Britain If our leaders had followed the good examples of our colonial masters in managing our human and material resources we would not have had this level of poverty and security challenges in the country Abada said He prayed God to grant the Queen s soul enternal rest having used her life on earth to render selfless service to mankind Others who also spoke glowingly about the life and legacies of the British longest serving mornarch described her as an instrument for global peace An Abakaliki based social critic Mr Maxwell Udenta described the Queen as an ambassador of global peace Udenta said that the deceased stood for peace across the world mediated and preached for peace during many global crises and also touched lives positively According to him the death of the Queen has created a vacuum He said that under her leadership nations of the Commonwealth enjoyed robust bilateral relations and coordination Udenta said that the friendly bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain yielded many mutual agreements including the repatriation of some stolen wealth and monuments from Nigeria He also said that during her reign many Nigerian military personnel were trained by the British Army Another public affairs analyst in Abakaliki Mr Micheal Eweru said that the British economy which has remained strong among the nations of the Commonwealth could be ascribed to the Queen s support and coordination Hopefully her son and successor Charles lll will do better Eweru said NAN reports that Charles III formally ascended to the throne on Friday at the age of 73 He succeeded his mother who was on the throne for 70 years and died on Thursday Sept 8 at 96 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership – Don
     Dr Uwaoma Uche an Associate Professor of Mass Communication has eulogised the late British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II as one that gave integrity to leadership as the Head of the Commonwealth Uche is the Dean College of Social and Management Sciences Gregory University Uturu in Abia His reaction to the death of the 96 year old is contained in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Saturday He stated Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership and exemplified dignity in carriage and conduct of protocols of a responsible and responsive leadership Her essence of diplomacy at local and international sphere was distinct and indispensable in the world political arithmetics Uche further described the Queen as A dotted family woman and dress essence exemplified Also Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka said that the Queen would essentially be remembered for her role in Nigeria gaining independence on Oct 1 1960 Abada recalled in an interview with NAN in Abakaliki that it was during her reign that the British Parliament enacted an Act that gave the country her independence The former Head of Department said Nigerians will continue to remember her for granting the country freedom from her country Britain that colonised Nigeria If she did not approve it who knows what could have happened to the country It was not only Nigeria that she granted independent but other African countries colonised by Britain The don said that it was unfortunate that successive Nigerian political leaders did not follow the good leadership footsteps of Britain If our leaders had followed the good examples of our colonial masters in managing our human and material resources we would not have had this level of poverty and security challenges in the country Abada said He prayed God to grant the Queen s soul enternal rest having used her life on earth to render selfless service to mankind Others who also spoke glowingly about the life and legacies of the British longest serving mornarch described her as an instrument for global peace An Abakaliki based social critic Mr Maxwell Udenta described the Queen as an ambassador of global peace Udenta said that the deceased stood for peace across the world mediated and preached for peace during many global crises and also touched lives positively According to him the death of the Queen has created a vacuum He said that under her leadership nations of the Commonwealth enjoyed robust bilateral relations and coordination Udenta said that the friendly bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain yielded many mutual agreements including the repatriation of some stolen wealth and monuments from Nigeria He also said that during her reign many Nigerian military personnel were trained by the British Army Another public affairs analyst in Abakaliki Mr Micheal Eweru said that the British economy which has remained strong among the nations of the Commonwealth could be ascribed to the Queen s support and coordination Hopefully her son and successor Charles lll will do better Eweru said NAN reports that Charles III formally ascended to the throne on Friday at the age of 73 He succeeded his mother who was on the throne for 70 years and died on Thursday Sept 8 at 96 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership – Don
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    Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership – Don

    Dr Uwaoma Uche, an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, has eulogised the late British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as one that gave integrity to leadership as the Head of the Commonwealth.

    Uche is the Dean, College of Social and Management Sciences, Gregory University, Uturu in Abia. His reaction to the death of the 96-year-old is contained in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Saturday.

    He stated: “Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership and exemplified dignity in carriage and conduct of protocols of a responsible and responsive leadership.

    “Her essence of diplomacy at local and international sphere was distinct and indispensable in the world political arithmetics.

    ” Uche further described the Queen as: “A dotted family woman and dress essence exemplified.

    ” Also, Prof. Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that the Queen would essentially be remembered for her role in Nigeria gaining independence on Oct. 1, 1960. Abada recalled in an interview with NAN in Abakaliki that it was during her reign that the British Parliament enacted an Act that gave the country her independence.

    The former Head of Department said: “Nigerians will continue to remember her for granting the country freedom from her country (Britain) that colonised Nigeria.

    “If she did not approve it, who knows what could have happened to the country.

    “It was not only Nigeria that she granted independent but other African countries colonised by Britain.

    ” The don said that it was unfortunate that successive Nigerian political leaders “did not follow the good leadership footsteps of Britain.

    “If our leaders had followed the good examples of our colonial masters in managing our human and material resources, we would not have had this level of poverty and security challenges in the country,” Abada said.

    He prayed God to grant the Queen’s soul enternal rest, “having used her life on earth to render selfless service to mankind”.

    Others, who also spoke glowingly about the life and legacies of the British longest serving mornarch, described her as “an instrument for global peace”.

    An Abakaliki-based social critic, Mr Maxwell Udenta, described the Queen as “an ambassador of global peace”.

    Udenta said that the deceased stood for peace across the world, mediated and preached for peace during many global crises and also touched lives positively.

    According to him, the death of the Queen has created a vacuum.

    He said that under her leadership, nations of the Commonwealth enjoyed robust bilateral relations and coordination.

    Udenta said that the friendly bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain yielded many mutual agreements, including the repatriation of some stolen wealth and monuments from Nigeria.

    He also said that during her reign, many Nigerian military personnel were trained by the British Army. Another public affairs analyst in Abakaliki, Mr Micheal Eweru, said that the British economy, which has remained strong among the nations of the Commonwealth, could be ascribed to the Queen’s support and coordination.

    “Hopefully, her son and successor, Charles lll, will do better,” Eweru said.

    NAN reports that Charles III formally ascended to the throne on Friday at the age of 73. He succeeded his mother, who was on the throne for 70 years and died on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 96.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A one day workshop on investigative journalism in Umuahia has advised media professionals in the South East to shift emphasis from routine and sensational reporting to investigative development journalism The workshop was organised by an Owerri based media outfit called Ikenga Media and Cultural Awareness Initiative IMCAI It was sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and supported by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism WSCIJ Two resource persons at the workshop including Dr Uche Uwaoma a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication Gregory University Uturu in Abia made the call in their separate presentations Uwaoma who is an Associate Professor spoke on the Fundamentals of news investigative checking He said that it would profit society more if media professionals in the country would focus more on development communication It is my opinion that journalism should shift from negative sensational reporting to development communication he said He therefore called for the establishment of more regional and community based media outfits that should focus on community development issues and human interest stories He further urged media professionals to concentrate efforts more on local issues that would have direct impact on the people s wellbeing We should strive to de emphasise Arghanistanism focusing on foreign issues at the expense of issues within our local environments he said He listed some of the challenges against investigative journalism to include insecurity the lack of modern equipment poor remuneration and lack of incentives Others he said were media influences legal constrains and unfriendly sources amongst others Also a renowned journalist and former Secretary to the Abia Government Mr Ralph Egbu spoke on Ethical issues What kind of news is news Egbu said that the ethics of journalism centred on the dos and don ts of the journalism profession According to him ethical issues deal with the dilenmas of right and wrong in the conduct of journalism practice He described the principle of objectivity fairness accuracy balance factual and truthful reporting as the hallmark of credible journalism Egbu further spoke on reward and gratification in the media saying A journalist should neither solicit nor accept bribe gratification or patronage to supress or publish information To demand payment for the publication of news is criminal to the notion of news as a fair accurate unbiased and factual report of an event He also highlighted major issues that could constitute the violation of ethics in journalism and the implications of such violation including credibility loss The Police Public Relations Officer in the state SP Godfrey Ogbonna spoke on Safety first Is the information worth the risk of news coverage what are the red flags Ogbonna advised journalists to take safety precautions anytime they planned to embark on investigative assignment In the event that you are to accompany a security agency to the scene of a crime ensure that you wear protective vest bullet proof he said In a presentation via zoom Mr Sampson Ademola from WSCIJ said that the centre was sponsoring investigative journalism in some parts of the country including Bauchi Borno and Adamawa Ademola spoke on the need for collaborative media efforts to hold government accountable He urged media professionals to focus their investigations more on the state and local governments than the centre Earlier the Coordinator and Editor in Chief of IMCAI Dr Chido Onumah and Uche Ugboajah respectively said the primary objective of the platform was to project issues bordering on the development of South East and holding the political leaders accountable Our objective is to give voice to our people and publish stories that will help to promote accountability and development of the region Our region is the most backward in terms of good governance This is because we are not holding our governors and other political office holders accountable they said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Workshop urges greater emphasis on dev’t. journalism in S’East
     A one day workshop on investigative journalism in Umuahia has advised media professionals in the South East to shift emphasis from routine and sensational reporting to investigative development journalism The workshop was organised by an Owerri based media outfit called Ikenga Media and Cultural Awareness Initiative IMCAI It was sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and supported by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism WSCIJ Two resource persons at the workshop including Dr Uche Uwaoma a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication Gregory University Uturu in Abia made the call in their separate presentations Uwaoma who is an Associate Professor spoke on the Fundamentals of news investigative checking He said that it would profit society more if media professionals in the country would focus more on development communication It is my opinion that journalism should shift from negative sensational reporting to development communication he said He therefore called for the establishment of more regional and community based media outfits that should focus on community development issues and human interest stories He further urged media professionals to concentrate efforts more on local issues that would have direct impact on the people s wellbeing We should strive to de emphasise Arghanistanism focusing on foreign issues at the expense of issues within our local environments he said He listed some of the challenges against investigative journalism to include insecurity the lack of modern equipment poor remuneration and lack of incentives Others he said were media influences legal constrains and unfriendly sources amongst others Also a renowned journalist and former Secretary to the Abia Government Mr Ralph Egbu spoke on Ethical issues What kind of news is news Egbu said that the ethics of journalism centred on the dos and don ts of the journalism profession According to him ethical issues deal with the dilenmas of right and wrong in the conduct of journalism practice He described the principle of objectivity fairness accuracy balance factual and truthful reporting as the hallmark of credible journalism Egbu further spoke on reward and gratification in the media saying A journalist should neither solicit nor accept bribe gratification or patronage to supress or publish information To demand payment for the publication of news is criminal to the notion of news as a fair accurate unbiased and factual report of an event He also highlighted major issues that could constitute the violation of ethics in journalism and the implications of such violation including credibility loss The Police Public Relations Officer in the state SP Godfrey Ogbonna spoke on Safety first Is the information worth the risk of news coverage what are the red flags Ogbonna advised journalists to take safety precautions anytime they planned to embark on investigative assignment In the event that you are to accompany a security agency to the scene of a crime ensure that you wear protective vest bullet proof he said In a presentation via zoom Mr Sampson Ademola from WSCIJ said that the centre was sponsoring investigative journalism in some parts of the country including Bauchi Borno and Adamawa Ademola spoke on the need for collaborative media efforts to hold government accountable He urged media professionals to focus their investigations more on the state and local governments than the centre Earlier the Coordinator and Editor in Chief of IMCAI Dr Chido Onumah and Uche Ugboajah respectively said the primary objective of the platform was to project issues bordering on the development of South East and holding the political leaders accountable Our objective is to give voice to our people and publish stories that will help to promote accountability and development of the region Our region is the most backward in terms of good governance This is because we are not holding our governors and other political office holders accountable they said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Workshop urges greater emphasis on dev’t. journalism in S’East
    General news3 months ago

    Workshop urges greater emphasis on dev’t. journalism in S’East

    A one-day workshop on investigative journalism in Umuahia has advised media professionals in the South-East to shift emphasis from routine and sensational reporting to investigative development journalism.

    The workshop was organised by an Owerri-based media outfit, called Ikenga Media and Cultural Awareness Initiative (IMCAI).

    It was sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and supported by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).

    Two resource persons at the workshop, including Dr Uche Uwaoma, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Gregory University, Uturu in Abia, made the call in their separate presentations.

    Uwaoma, who is an Associate Professor, spoke on the “Fundamentals of news investigative -checking”.

    He said that it would profit society more if media professionals in the country would focus more on development communication.

    “It is my opinion that journalism should shift from negative sensational reporting to development communication,” he said.

    He, therefore, called for the establishment of more regional and community-based media outfits that should focus on community-development issues and human interest stories.

    He further urged media professionals to concentrate efforts more on local issues that would have direct impact on the people’s wellbeing.

    “We should strive to de-emphasise Arghanistanism – focusing on foreign issues at the expense of issues within our local environments,” he said.

    He listed some of the challenges against investigative journalism to include insecurity, the lack of modern equipment, poor remuneration and lack of incentives.

    Others, he said, were media influences, legal constrains and unfriendly sources, amongst others.

    Also, a renowned journalist and former Secretary to the Abia Government, Mr Ralph Egbu, spoke on “Ethical issues: What kind of news is news.

    ” Egbu said that the ethics of journalism centred on the dos and don’ts of the journalism profession.

    According to him, ethical issues “deal with the dilenmas of right and wrong in the conduct of journalism practice.

    ” He described the principle of objectivity, fairness, accuracy, balance, factual and truthful reporting as the hallmark of credible journalism.

    Egbu further spoke on reward and gratification in the media, saying: “A journalist should neither solicit nor accept bribe, gratification, or patronage to supress or publish information.

    “To demand payment for the publication of news is criminal to the notion of news as a fair, accurate, unbiased and factual report of an event.

    ” He also highlighted major issues that could constitute the violation of ethics in journalism and the implications of such violation, including credibility loss.

    The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, spoke on “Safety first: Is the information worth the risk of news coverage – what are the red flags”.

    Ogbonna advised journalists to take safety precautions anytime they planned to embark on investigative assignment.

    “In the event that you are to accompany a security agency to the scene of a crime, ensure that you wear protective vest (bullet proof),” he said.

    In a presentation via zoom, Mr Sampson Ademola from WSCIJ said that the centre was sponsoring investigative journalism in some parts of the country, including Bauchi, Borno and Adamawa.

    Ademola spoke on the need for collaborative media efforts to hold government accountable.

    He urged media professionals to focus their investigations more on the state and local governments than the centre.

    Earlier, the Coordinator and Editor-in-Chief of IMCAI, Dr Chido Onumah and Uche Ugboajah, respectively, said the primary objective of the platform was to project issues bordering on the development of South-East and holding the political leaders accountable.

    “Our objective is to give voice to our people and publish stories that will help to promote accountability and  development of the region.

    “Our region is the most backward in terms of good governance.

    “This is because we are not holding our governors and other political office holders accountable,” they said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Many parents and candidates seeking admission into the universities for the 20222023 academic session have shifted their interest to private universities The News Agency of Nigeria survey in Abia shows that private universities have become feasible alternatives due to the lingering strike by lecturers in public universities The nationwide action by the lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has paralysed academic activities in all the federal universities in the country since Feb 14 The unfortunate development which has become perennial in the country appears to have betrayed the people s confidence in public universities Worried by the scenario many admission seekers in the country aided by their parents and guardians have now resorted to private universities At Madonna University Okija in Anambra the Public Relations Officer Mr Emeka Okpara said that most of the courses offered in both the Elele and Okija campuses of the institution were fully subscribed to in the just concluded academic session According to Opara since JAMB released the 2022 results many people have been calling to enquire about our admission requirements A lecturer in the university who pleaded anonymity said the school had already exceeded its quota in some of the courses He said that the institution presently stood the risk of being sanctioned by the National Universities Commission NUC At the Tansian University Umunya in Anambra a member of staff in the Admission Department said that the university was already experiencing an upsurge in the number of admission seekers We have had good students enrollment since the university was established about 15 years ago However the level of enrollment increased last year he said on the condition of anonymity He ascribed the development to the ongoing industrial action by ASUU in addition to the excellent academic performance by the institution Mr Lawrence Nwaimo who is seeking admission to Paul University Awka said the school had commenced admission for the 20222023 academic session Nwaimo said that there were many candidates struggling to gain admission due to the limited chances in the institution I have been going to the university since last week and I usually met a crowd of people in the admission office each time I came there he said In Ebonyi the Public Relations Officer Evangel University Dr Thenz Nwali said that the incessant strikes by ASUU and Non Academic Staff Union in public universities led to more students seeking admission into the institution An official in the university s Admission Department also said on the condition of anonymity that many candidates were coming to the institution to seek admission He said The incessant strikes in the public universities have pushed up students enrollment in our school Even the candidates who did not have our institution either as first or second choice are coming to seek admission here In Abia the Vice Chancellor Clifford University said that the 20212022 academic session had just ended and that enrollment for the 20222023 session had yet to commence We will begin to enroll new students in October That is when we will start to see the impact of the strike whether there is an improvement or not So for now we do not know what the impact of the strike will be on the enrollment of students Omeonu said He further said that available statistics from the previous enrollments did not show any increase as a result of ASUU strikes Also Prof Ambrose Ugbogu the Vice Chancellor of All Saints University of Theology and Seminary said that the statistics of the university s enrollment had not revealed any increase in the past six months Ugbogu said that the charges by private universities could be one of the factors discouraging students from switching from public to private universities Also those who were already admitted into public universities would not want to relinquish their admission he said He however admitted that some undergraduates and parents might begin to contemplate changing institutions should the strike linger into the commencement of the 20222023 academic session Mr Sleek Ogwo the Principal Assistant Media and Public Relations Gregory University Uturu said that it would be difficult to give any statistics of enrollment when admission for the 20222023 had not begun Ogwo said that the university had just concluded its 20212022 session and would soon begin the admission process We can only ascertain whether there is an increase in enrollment compared to our previous records around October when we should be done with admission he said A parent who identified herself as Mrs Gloria Duru said that she had lost interest in public universities because of the incessant disruptions in academic activities due to industrial disputes between ASUU and the Federal Government Duru said that the private universities had provided an alternative provided one could afford the financial resources She said that she had been able to secure admission for two of her children at both Cliford University and Gregory University Uturu In Imo Rev Fr Emeka Iheme a Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy Claretian University of Nigeria Nekede near Owerri said the institution was expecting more than double the number of students admitted in the last session Iheme said that the university admitted at least 71 students in their first academic session in 2021 when the institution was established He said that at least 300 prospective students had so far enrolled for the next session billed to commence in October He argued that the ASUU strike could be a factor since parents and guardians were confident that their children and wards would graduate in record time in private universities He further opined that the increase in the number of the university s enrollment could be attributable to the introduction of new courses scheduled to start next session following their accreditation by NUC NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: Parents, candidates turn to private universities for admission
     Many parents and candidates seeking admission into the universities for the 20222023 academic session have shifted their interest to private universities The News Agency of Nigeria survey in Abia shows that private universities have become feasible alternatives due to the lingering strike by lecturers in public universities The nationwide action by the lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has paralysed academic activities in all the federal universities in the country since Feb 14 The unfortunate development which has become perennial in the country appears to have betrayed the people s confidence in public universities Worried by the scenario many admission seekers in the country aided by their parents and guardians have now resorted to private universities At Madonna University Okija in Anambra the Public Relations Officer Mr Emeka Okpara said that most of the courses offered in both the Elele and Okija campuses of the institution were fully subscribed to in the just concluded academic session According to Opara since JAMB released the 2022 results many people have been calling to enquire about our admission requirements A lecturer in the university who pleaded anonymity said the school had already exceeded its quota in some of the courses He said that the institution presently stood the risk of being sanctioned by the National Universities Commission NUC At the Tansian University Umunya in Anambra a member of staff in the Admission Department said that the university was already experiencing an upsurge in the number of admission seekers We have had good students enrollment since the university was established about 15 years ago However the level of enrollment increased last year he said on the condition of anonymity He ascribed the development to the ongoing industrial action by ASUU in addition to the excellent academic performance by the institution Mr Lawrence Nwaimo who is seeking admission to Paul University Awka said the school had commenced admission for the 20222023 academic session Nwaimo said that there were many candidates struggling to gain admission due to the limited chances in the institution I have been going to the university since last week and I usually met a crowd of people in the admission office each time I came there he said In Ebonyi the Public Relations Officer Evangel University Dr Thenz Nwali said that the incessant strikes by ASUU and Non Academic Staff Union in public universities led to more students seeking admission into the institution An official in the university s Admission Department also said on the condition of anonymity that many candidates were coming to the institution to seek admission He said The incessant strikes in the public universities have pushed up students enrollment in our school Even the candidates who did not have our institution either as first or second choice are coming to seek admission here In Abia the Vice Chancellor Clifford University said that the 20212022 academic session had just ended and that enrollment for the 20222023 session had yet to commence We will begin to enroll new students in October That is when we will start to see the impact of the strike whether there is an improvement or not So for now we do not know what the impact of the strike will be on the enrollment of students Omeonu said He further said that available statistics from the previous enrollments did not show any increase as a result of ASUU strikes Also Prof Ambrose Ugbogu the Vice Chancellor of All Saints University of Theology and Seminary said that the statistics of the university s enrollment had not revealed any increase in the past six months Ugbogu said that the charges by private universities could be one of the factors discouraging students from switching from public to private universities Also those who were already admitted into public universities would not want to relinquish their admission he said He however admitted that some undergraduates and parents might begin to contemplate changing institutions should the strike linger into the commencement of the 20222023 academic session Mr Sleek Ogwo the Principal Assistant Media and Public Relations Gregory University Uturu said that it would be difficult to give any statistics of enrollment when admission for the 20222023 had not begun Ogwo said that the university had just concluded its 20212022 session and would soon begin the admission process We can only ascertain whether there is an increase in enrollment compared to our previous records around October when we should be done with admission he said A parent who identified herself as Mrs Gloria Duru said that she had lost interest in public universities because of the incessant disruptions in academic activities due to industrial disputes between ASUU and the Federal Government Duru said that the private universities had provided an alternative provided one could afford the financial resources She said that she had been able to secure admission for two of her children at both Cliford University and Gregory University Uturu In Imo Rev Fr Emeka Iheme a Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy Claretian University of Nigeria Nekede near Owerri said the institution was expecting more than double the number of students admitted in the last session Iheme said that the university admitted at least 71 students in their first academic session in 2021 when the institution was established He said that at least 300 prospective students had so far enrolled for the next session billed to commence in October He argued that the ASUU strike could be a factor since parents and guardians were confident that their children and wards would graduate in record time in private universities He further opined that the increase in the number of the university s enrollment could be attributable to the introduction of new courses scheduled to start next session following their accreditation by NUC NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: Parents, candidates turn to private universities for admission
    Education3 months ago

    ASUU strike: Parents, candidates turn to private universities for admission

    Many parents and candidates seeking admission into the universities for the 20222023 academic session have shifted their interest to private universities.

    The News Agency of Nigeria survey in Abia shows that private universities have become feasible alternatives due to the lingering strike by lecturers in public universities.

    The nationwide action by the lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has paralysed academic activities in all the federal universities in the country since Feb. 14 The unfortunate development, which has become perennial in the country, appears to have betrayed the people’s confidence in public universities.

    Worried by the scenario, many admission seekers in the country, aided by their parents and guardians, have now resorted to private universities.

    At Madonna University, Okija in Anambra, the Public Relations Officer, Mr Emeka Okpara, said that most of the courses offered in both the Elele and Okija campuses of the institution were fully subscribed to in the just-concluded academic session.

    According to Opara, since JAMB released the 2022 results, many people have been calling to enquire about our admission requirements.

    A lecturer in the university, who pleaded anonymity, said the school had already exceeded its quota in some of the courses.

    He said that the institution presently stood the risk of being sanctioned by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

    At the Tansian University, Umunya in Anambra, a member of staff in the Admission Department said that the university was already experiencing an upsurge in the number of admission seekers.

    “We have had good students’ enrollment since the university was established about 15 years ago.

    “However, the level of enrollment increased last year,” he said on the condition of anonymity.

    He ascribed the development to the ongoing industrial action by ASUU, in addition to the “excellent academic performance” by the institution.

    Mr Lawrence Nwaimo, who is seeking admission to Paul University, Awka, said the school had commenced admission for the 20222023 academic session.

    Nwaimo said that there were many candidates struggling to gain admission due to the limited chances in the institution.

    “I have been going to the university since last week and I usually met a crowd of people in the admission office each time I came there,” he said.

    In Ebonyi, the Public Relations Officer, Evangel University, Dr Thenz Nwali, said that the incessant strikes by ASUU and Non-Academic Staff Union in public universities led to more students seeking admission into the institution.

    An official in the university’s Admission Department also said on the condition of anonymity that many candidates were coming to the institution to seek admission.

    He said: “The incessant strikes in the public universities have pushed up students enrollment in our school.

    “Even the candidates who did not have our institution either as first or second choice are coming to seek admission here.

    ” In Abia, the Vice Chancellor, Clifford University, said that the 20212022 academic session had just ended and that enrollment for the 20222023 session had yet to commence.

    “We will begin to enroll new students in October.

    “That is when we will start to see the impact of the strike, whether there is an improvement or not.

    “So, for now, we do not know what the impact of the strike will be on the enrollment of students,” Omeonu said.

    He further said that available statistics from the previous enrollments did not show any increase as a result of ASUU strikes.

    Also, Prof. Ambrose Ugbogu, the Vice Chancellor of All Saints University of Theology and Seminary, said that the statistics of the university’s enrollment had not revealed any increase in the past six months.

    Ugbogu said that the charges by private universities could be one of the factors discouraging students from switching from public to private universities.

    “Also, those who were already admitted into public universities would not want to relinquish their admission,” he said.

    He, however, admitted that some undergraduates and parents might begin to contemplate changing institutions, should the strike linger into the commencement of the 20222023 academic session.

    Mr Sleek Ogwo, the Principal Assistant , Media and Public Relations, Gregory University, Uturu, said that it would be difficult to give any statistics of enrollment, when admission for the 20222023 had not begun.

    Ogwo said that the university had just concluded its 20212022 session and would soon begin the admission process.

    “We can only ascertain whether there is an increase in enrollment compared to our previous records around October, when we should be done with admission,” he said.

    A parent, who identified herself as Mrs Gloria Duru, said that she had lost interest in public universities because of the incessant disruptions in academic activities due to industrial disputes between ASUU and the Federal Government.

    Duru said that the private universities had provided an alternative, provided one could afford the financial resources.

    She said that she had been able to secure admission for two of her children at both Cliford University and Gregory University, Uturu.

    In Imo, Rev. Fr. Emeka Iheme, a Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, near Owerri, said the institution was expecting more than double the number of students admitted in the last session.

    Iheme said that the university admitted at least 71 students in their first academic session in 2021, when the institution was established.

    He said that at least 300 prospective students had so far enrolled for the next session billed to commence in October.

    He argued that the ASUU strike could be a factor since parents and guardians were confident that their children and wards would graduate in record time in private universities.

    He further opined that the increase in the number of the university’s enrollment could be attributable to the introduction of new courses scheduled to start next session, following their accreditation by NUC.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Umuokpara Ahiasa Women in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia Tuesday embarked on a protest to demand the immediate release of Prof Uwadinachi Iweha abducted on June 5 The protesters led by Mrs Victoria Asomugha matched to to the palace of the Traditional Ruler of Ezekele Autonomous Community Eze Godfrey Ibeakanma The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it was the second protest by the women who had held a similar action on July 25 Iweha a former Chief Medical Director Abia State University Aba is the Provost Gregory University s Medical College Amachara Umuahia In a speech during the protest Asomugha said the women were not happy that nine weeks after Iweha was abducted by gunmen his whereabouts were yet unknown We the Umuokpara women Ahiasa are not happy because of the kidnapp of our son Our son went to church but he did not come back We want him alive because he has a lot of work to do for us We want Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and the security agencies to please search and locate our son wherever he is she said Addressing the women Ibeakanma commended the women for their doggedness and concern describing their action as proper He said he had not forgotten that they thronged his palace on the same issue about two weeks ago He said that although the State Government the Police and other security agencies were trying their best they should redouble their efforts to secure the victim s release We know that the governor has tried and promised to pay N5 million to anyone that could provide the information on how our son could be found Since we are alive there is still hope because somebody is not supposed to miss in the house of God It is only God that performs miracle and we expect his miracle in this matter that hurts us so severely he said Meanwhile the Police Public Relations Officer in the state SP Geoffrey Ogbonna told NAN that the command had intensified its search for the victim Also the President General of the community Mr Odimba Maduakolam appealed to the government and security agencies to help quicken the release of Iweha In a speech the victim s family stated that it was still in shock over the abduction of their patriach The speech which was issued to newsmen by the victim s son Chukwudi confirmed that a ransom was paid a day after their father was abducted He however regretted that the family had yet to hear anything from the abductors As a family we had not been able to discern the motive behind this act or point accusing fingers at anybody We have our trust in God that he will return and be reunited with us in good health Chukwudi said NAN recalls that the Nigeria Medical Association Abia State chapter had held several protests to also push for the release of their member The body later declared a strike every Tuesday to reinforce its call on the abductors to release the victim NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Angry Abia women demand release of abducted Medical College Provost
     The Umuokpara Ahiasa Women in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia Tuesday embarked on a protest to demand the immediate release of Prof Uwadinachi Iweha abducted on June 5 The protesters led by Mrs Victoria Asomugha matched to to the palace of the Traditional Ruler of Ezekele Autonomous Community Eze Godfrey Ibeakanma The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it was the second protest by the women who had held a similar action on July 25 Iweha a former Chief Medical Director Abia State University Aba is the Provost Gregory University s Medical College Amachara Umuahia In a speech during the protest Asomugha said the women were not happy that nine weeks after Iweha was abducted by gunmen his whereabouts were yet unknown We the Umuokpara women Ahiasa are not happy because of the kidnapp of our son Our son went to church but he did not come back We want him alive because he has a lot of work to do for us We want Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and the security agencies to please search and locate our son wherever he is she said Addressing the women Ibeakanma commended the women for their doggedness and concern describing their action as proper He said he had not forgotten that they thronged his palace on the same issue about two weeks ago He said that although the State Government the Police and other security agencies were trying their best they should redouble their efforts to secure the victim s release We know that the governor has tried and promised to pay N5 million to anyone that could provide the information on how our son could be found Since we are alive there is still hope because somebody is not supposed to miss in the house of God It is only God that performs miracle and we expect his miracle in this matter that hurts us so severely he said Meanwhile the Police Public Relations Officer in the state SP Geoffrey Ogbonna told NAN that the command had intensified its search for the victim Also the President General of the community Mr Odimba Maduakolam appealed to the government and security agencies to help quicken the release of Iweha In a speech the victim s family stated that it was still in shock over the abduction of their patriach The speech which was issued to newsmen by the victim s son Chukwudi confirmed that a ransom was paid a day after their father was abducted He however regretted that the family had yet to hear anything from the abductors As a family we had not been able to discern the motive behind this act or point accusing fingers at anybody We have our trust in God that he will return and be reunited with us in good health Chukwudi said NAN recalls that the Nigeria Medical Association Abia State chapter had held several protests to also push for the release of their member The body later declared a strike every Tuesday to reinforce its call on the abductors to release the victim NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Angry Abia women demand release of abducted Medical College Provost
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Angry Abia women demand release of abducted Medical College Provost

    The Umuokpara Ahiasa Women in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia, Tuesday embarked on a protest to demand the immediate release of Prof. Uwadinachi Iweha, abducted on June 5. The protesters, led by Mrs Victoria Asomugha, matched to to the palace of the Traditional Ruler of Ezekele Autonomous Community, Eze Godfrey Ibeakanma.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it was the second protest by the women, who had held a similar action on July 25. Iweha, a former Chief Medical Director, Abia State University, Aba, is the Provost, Gregory University’s Medical College, Amachara, Umuahia.

    In a speech during the protest, Asomugha said the women were not happy that nine weeks after Iweha was abducted by gunmen, his whereabouts were yet unknown.

    “We, the Umuokpara women, Ahiasa, are not happy because of the kidnapp of our son.

    “Our son went to church but he did not come back.

    “We want him alive because he has a lot of work to do for us.

    “We want Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and the security agencies to please, search and locate our son wherever he is,” she said.

    Addressing the women, Ibeakanma commended the women for their doggedness and concern, describing their action as proper.

    He said he had not forgotten that they thronged his palace on the same issue about two weeks ago.

    He said that although the State Government, the Police and other security agencies were trying their best, they should redouble their efforts to secure the victim’s release.

    “We know that the governor has tried and promised to pay N5 million to anyone that could provide the information on how our son could be found.

    “Since we are alive, there is still hope because somebody is not supposed to miss in the house of God. “It is only God that performs miracle and we expect his miracle in this matter that hurts us so severely,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, told NAN that the command had intensified its search for the victim.

    Also, the President-General of the community, Mr Odimba Maduakolam, appealed to the government and security agencies to help quicken the release of Iweha.

    In a speech, the victim’s family stated that it was still in shock over the abduction of their patriach.

    The speech, which was issued to newsmen by the victim’s son, Chukwudi, confirmed that a ransom was paid a day after their father was abducted.

    He, however, regretted that the family had yet to hear anything from the abductors.

    “As a family, we had not been able to discern the motive behind this act or point accusing fingers at anybody.

    “We have our trust in God that he will return and be reunited with us in good health,” Chukwudi said.

    NAN recalls that the Nigeria Medical Association, Abia State chapter, had held several protests to also push for the release of their member.

    The body later declared a strike every Tuesday to reinforce its call on the abductors to release the victim.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chieftains of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA in Abia Thursday passed a vote of confidence on the State Working Committee SWC over its conduct of the party s primary elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party s Local Government LG and Ward Chairmen and Secretaries announced this at the party s Secretariat in Umuahia They were joined by the woman and youth leaders of the party at the ward and LG levels The group said it was at the party office to commend the SWC for conducting transparent fair and credible primary elections for all the elective positions In a speech during the solidarity visit the Chairman of Chairmen Mr Divine Nnamdi said the step was taken to lend their weight behind the outcome of the primaries Nnamdi said that they aligned themselves with the SWC in their objective management of APGA in Abia According to him the primaries were conducted in an atmosphere of due process and internal democracy It remains the freest primaries ever held by APGA in Abia he further said Also the Secretary of Secretaries Mr Nduka Izuchukwu said that they came to reaffirm that the primaries were genuinely conducted and followed due process The exercise was done in a fair and transparent manner and with respect to internal democracy It is important to note that all the aspirants participated and witnessed the seamless process that produced our flag bearers Izuchukwu said The Woman Leader and Youth Leader Mrs Juliet Okonkwo and Kalu Ukpai respectively spoke in similar vein saying that they stood by the outcome of the primaries The lawmaker representing Aba South constituency Mr Obinna Ichita expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the primaries that led to the emergence of credible candidates Ichita who is the only APGA member in the House of Assembly said he was confident that the party would take over the state in 2023 In an address the Chairman of the party Rev Augustine Ehiemere thanked the ward and LG leaderships for the vote of confidence on the SWC Ehiemere urged them to remain steadfast and committed to the cause of the party to clinch all the elective positions in the upcoming general elections He charged them not to be distracted by wolves and political jobbers who are out to derail the party from realising its divine mandate in 2023 All the speakers underscored the need for the party to remain united and focussed in order to go into the general elections with the unity of purpose and unalloyed commitment They appealed to aspirants that have gone to court to challenge the outcome of the primaries to withdraw their suits and join hands with the winners to ensure resounding electoral victory for the party NAN reports that one of the four governorship aspirants Mr Chikwe Udensi had on May 29 declared himself the candidate of the party from a parallel primary election Another governorship aspirant Gen Ijioma Ijioma rtd rejected the result of the exercise Both aspirants threatened to go to court to challenge the outcome of the primary election which produced the Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Prof Greg Ibe as the party s gubernatorial candidate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APGA primaries: Abia LG, ward leaderships pass confidence vote on SWC
     Chieftains of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA in Abia Thursday passed a vote of confidence on the State Working Committee SWC over its conduct of the party s primary elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party s Local Government LG and Ward Chairmen and Secretaries announced this at the party s Secretariat in Umuahia They were joined by the woman and youth leaders of the party at the ward and LG levels The group said it was at the party office to commend the SWC for conducting transparent fair and credible primary elections for all the elective positions In a speech during the solidarity visit the Chairman of Chairmen Mr Divine Nnamdi said the step was taken to lend their weight behind the outcome of the primaries Nnamdi said that they aligned themselves with the SWC in their objective management of APGA in Abia According to him the primaries were conducted in an atmosphere of due process and internal democracy It remains the freest primaries ever held by APGA in Abia he further said Also the Secretary of Secretaries Mr Nduka Izuchukwu said that they came to reaffirm that the primaries were genuinely conducted and followed due process The exercise was done in a fair and transparent manner and with respect to internal democracy It is important to note that all the aspirants participated and witnessed the seamless process that produced our flag bearers Izuchukwu said The Woman Leader and Youth Leader Mrs Juliet Okonkwo and Kalu Ukpai respectively spoke in similar vein saying that they stood by the outcome of the primaries The lawmaker representing Aba South constituency Mr Obinna Ichita expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the primaries that led to the emergence of credible candidates Ichita who is the only APGA member in the House of Assembly said he was confident that the party would take over the state in 2023 In an address the Chairman of the party Rev Augustine Ehiemere thanked the ward and LG leaderships for the vote of confidence on the SWC Ehiemere urged them to remain steadfast and committed to the cause of the party to clinch all the elective positions in the upcoming general elections He charged them not to be distracted by wolves and political jobbers who are out to derail the party from realising its divine mandate in 2023 All the speakers underscored the need for the party to remain united and focussed in order to go into the general elections with the unity of purpose and unalloyed commitment They appealed to aspirants that have gone to court to challenge the outcome of the primaries to withdraw their suits and join hands with the winners to ensure resounding electoral victory for the party NAN reports that one of the four governorship aspirants Mr Chikwe Udensi had on May 29 declared himself the candidate of the party from a parallel primary election Another governorship aspirant Gen Ijioma Ijioma rtd rejected the result of the exercise Both aspirants threatened to go to court to challenge the outcome of the primary election which produced the Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Prof Greg Ibe as the party s gubernatorial candidate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APGA primaries: Abia LG, ward leaderships pass confidence vote on SWC
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    APGA primaries: Abia LG, ward leaderships pass confidence vote on SWC

    Chieftains of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia Thursday passed a vote of confidence on the State Working Committee (SWC), over its conduct of the party’s primary elections. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party’s Local Government (LG) and Ward Chairmen and Secretaries announced this at the party’s Secretariat in Umuahia. They were joined by the woman and youth leaders of the party at the ward and LG levels. The group said it was at the party office to commend the SWC for conducting transparent, fair and credible primary elections for all the elective positions. In a speech during the solidarity visit, the Chairman of Chairmen, Mr Divine Nnamdi, said the step was taken to lend their weight behind the outcome of the primaries. Nnamdi said that they aligned themselves with the SWC “in their objective management of APGA in Abia”. According to him, the primaries were conducted in an atmosphere of due process and internal democracy. “It remains the freest primaries ever held by APGA in Abia,” he further said. Also, the Secretary of Secretaries, Mr Nduka Izuchukwu, said that they came to reaffirm that the primaries were “genuinely conducted” and followed due process. “The exercise was done in a fair and transparent manner and with respect to internal democracy. “It is important to note that all the aspirants participated and witnessed the seamless process that produced our flag bearers,” Izuchukwu said. The Woman Leader and Youth Leader, Mrs Juliet Okonkwo and Kalu Ukpai, respectively, spoke in similar vein, saying that they stood by the outcome of the primaries. The lawmaker, representing Aba South constituency, Mr Obinna Ichita, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the primaries “that led to the emergence of credible candidates”. Ichita, who is the only APGA member in the House of Assembly, said he was confident that the party would take over the state in 2023. In an address, the Chairman of the party, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, thanked the ward and LG leaderships for the vote of confidence on the SWC. Ehiemere urged them to remain steadfast and committed to the cause of the party to clinch all the elective positions in the upcoming general elections. He charged them not to be distracted by “wolves and political jobbers, who are out to derail the party from realising its divine mandate in 2023”. All the speakers underscored the need for the party to remain united and focussed in order to go into the general elections with the unity of purpose and unalloyed commitment. They appealed to aspirants that have gone to court to challenge the outcome of the primaries to withdraw their suits and join hands with the winners to ensure resounding electoral victory for the party. NAN reports that one of the four governorship aspirants, Mr Chikwe Udensi, had on May 29, declared himself the candidate of the party from a parallel primary election. Another governorship aspirant, Gen. Ijioma Ijioma (rtd.),  rejected the result of the exercise. Both aspirants threatened to go to court to challenge the outcome of the primary election, which produced the Chancellor of Gregory University, Uturu, Prof. Greg Ibe, as the party’s gubernatorial  candidate.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Medical Doctors in Abia under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA on Tuesday began an indefinite strike to protest against the abduction of their colleague Prof Uwadinachi Iweha The body announced its decision to withdraw its services at a rally and prayer session held at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia The Chairman of the association Dr Chimezie Okwuonu told newsmen that Iweha was abducted by unknown gunmen on Sunday June 6 in front of his house at Umuajameze Ezeleke Umuokpara in Umuahia South Local Government Area Okwuonu said that the victim was taken away with his Toyota Highlander and that they had neither seen nor heard from him since then He said that the association was deeply worried by his continued detention by his assailants hence their prayer for God s intervention As an association we contacted the relevant security agencies and Government of Abia and until today Tuesday we have yet to hear from our colleague or see him We are worried that nine days down the line Iweha is still within the kidnappers den This is traumatic depressing dehumanising and has instilled a lot of fear within the medical community Our earnest prayer is that his health condition does not deteriorate further and he comes back alive to us and his family Okwuonu said The association therefore condemned the kidnap and called on Abia Government and security agencies to take necessary measures to secure Iweha s release It argued that the recent spate of kidnapping in the state perceived as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria had eroded the achievements made in the area of security It further said With the current state of fear caused by the kidnap and detention of our colleague safety cannot be guaranteed Also it will be difficult to attend to duties as normal because no one knows who will be the next victim Today Tuesday June 14 the NMA Abia has commenced a withdrawal of services in both public and private sectors to register its deep displeasure at this unfortunate incident This is to give its members time to join the family in searching for its member However emergency services are still going on to enable our members to attend to critical patients The association appealed to any member of the public with useful information about the whereabouts of the victim to report the same to the nearest police station It described Iweha as elderly fair in complexion about 5ft 2inch tall and last seen on white chieftaincy top on grey trousers It thanked the President of the NMA Dr Uche Ojinmah and members of the National Officers Committee for identifying with Abia over the unfortunate incident The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victim is a former Chief Medical Director Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba and Abia Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centre Umuahia He is presently the Provost Gregory University College of Medicine Umuahia Campus Source NAN
    Abia medical doctors embark on indefinite strike over colleague’s abduction 
     Medical Doctors in Abia under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA on Tuesday began an indefinite strike to protest against the abduction of their colleague Prof Uwadinachi Iweha The body announced its decision to withdraw its services at a rally and prayer session held at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia The Chairman of the association Dr Chimezie Okwuonu told newsmen that Iweha was abducted by unknown gunmen on Sunday June 6 in front of his house at Umuajameze Ezeleke Umuokpara in Umuahia South Local Government Area Okwuonu said that the victim was taken away with his Toyota Highlander and that they had neither seen nor heard from him since then He said that the association was deeply worried by his continued detention by his assailants hence their prayer for God s intervention As an association we contacted the relevant security agencies and Government of Abia and until today Tuesday we have yet to hear from our colleague or see him We are worried that nine days down the line Iweha is still within the kidnappers den This is traumatic depressing dehumanising and has instilled a lot of fear within the medical community Our earnest prayer is that his health condition does not deteriorate further and he comes back alive to us and his family Okwuonu said The association therefore condemned the kidnap and called on Abia Government and security agencies to take necessary measures to secure Iweha s release It argued that the recent spate of kidnapping in the state perceived as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria had eroded the achievements made in the area of security It further said With the current state of fear caused by the kidnap and detention of our colleague safety cannot be guaranteed Also it will be difficult to attend to duties as normal because no one knows who will be the next victim Today Tuesday June 14 the NMA Abia has commenced a withdrawal of services in both public and private sectors to register its deep displeasure at this unfortunate incident This is to give its members time to join the family in searching for its member However emergency services are still going on to enable our members to attend to critical patients The association appealed to any member of the public with useful information about the whereabouts of the victim to report the same to the nearest police station It described Iweha as elderly fair in complexion about 5ft 2inch tall and last seen on white chieftaincy top on grey trousers It thanked the President of the NMA Dr Uche Ojinmah and members of the National Officers Committee for identifying with Abia over the unfortunate incident The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victim is a former Chief Medical Director Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba and Abia Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centre Umuahia He is presently the Provost Gregory University College of Medicine Umuahia Campus Source NAN
    Abia medical doctors embark on indefinite strike over colleague’s abduction 
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    Abia medical doctors embark on indefinite strike over colleague’s abduction 

    Medical Doctors in Abia, under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Tuesday, began an indefinite strike to protest against the abduction of their colleague, Prof. Uwadinachi Iweha. The body announced its decision to withdraw its services at a rally and prayer session held at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia. The Chairman of the association, Dr Chimezie Okwuonu, told newsmen that Iweha was abducted by unknown gunmen on Sunday, June 6, in front of his house at Umuajameze Ezeleke Umuokpara in Umuahia South Local Government Area. Okwuonu said that the victim was taken away with his Toyota Highlander and that they had neither seen nor heard from him since then. He said that the association was deeply worried by his continued detention by his assailants, hence their prayer for God’s intervention. “As an association, we contacted the relevant security  agencies and Government of Abia and until today, Tuesday, we have yet to hear from our colleague or see him. “We are worried that nine days down the line, Iweha is still within the kidnappers’ den. “This is traumatic, depressing, dehumanising and has instilled a lot of fear within the medical community. “Our earnest prayer is that his health condition does not deteriorate further and he comes back alive to us and his family,” Okwuonu said. The association, therefore, condemned the kidnap and called on  Abia Government and security agencies to take necessary measures to secure Iweha’s release. It argued that the recent spate of kidnapping in the state, perceived as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, had eroded the achievements made in the area of security. It further said: “With the current state of fear caused by the kidnap and detention of our colleague, safety cannot be guaranteed. “Also, it will be difficult to attend to duties as normal because no one knows who will be the next victim. “Today, Tuesday, June 14, the NMA Abia has commenced a withdrawal of services in both public and private sectors to register its deep displeasure at this unfortunate incident. “This is to give its members time to join the family in searching for its member. “However, emergency services are still going on to enable our members to attend to critical patients.” The association appealed to any member of the public with useful information about the whereabouts of the victim to report the same to the nearest police station. It described Iweha as elderly, fair in complexion, about 5ft 2inch tall and last seen on white chieftaincy top on grey trousers. It thanked the President of the NMA, Dr Uche Ojinmah, and members of the National Officers Committee for identifying with Abia over the unfortunate incident. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victim is a former Chief Medical Director, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba and Abia Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Umuahia. He is presently the Provost, Gregory University College of Medicine, Umuahia Campus.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Israeli government says it is committed to investing in youth innovative and research programmes in Nigeria to promote technological advancement Mr Michael Freeman Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria made this known on Wednesday in Abuja in his address at the graduation ceremony of Innovative Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers i FAIR 2 programme Freeman was represented at the event by Mr Yotam Kreiman Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul Embassy of Israel in Nigeria I FAIR 2 was organised by the Embassy in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President Skill G Ltd Gregory University and DeNovo being private sector based organisations Freeman said From i FAIR 1 in 2021 and approach of Israeli Embassy that we have here on knowledge sharing startups innovations and technologies in emerging context in general and in Nigeria in particular We have seen from the video presentations what i FAIR is it is an 8 month accelerator programme for startups in specific fields that were chosen between the embassy and the Office of the Vice President Unlike other programmes from the exhibition our graduates really finished with the prototype of their products in their hands and ready to show it to investors and other companies He further expressed appreciation to partners of the i FAIR programme for the success achieved in the completion of i FAIR 2 since its commencement in November 2021 Speaking at the event Prof Gregory Ibe the Managing Skill G Nigeria Ltd congratulated the graduants and urged them to harness the skills they acquired and products invented to boost growth of the i FAIR project Ibe who is also the of Gregory University Uturu in Abia State was represented by former Vice President of ECOWAS Mr Edward Singhatey The products that you have seen are the successful ones you do not see the 99 unsuccessful ones So it will be a journey that you will have to undertake but do not get discouraged if at all your products do not hit the market immediately You have got an array of tremendous products from toys that can develop the creative mind of young children to contraptions that can pound Ginger in a natural way Ibe stated He added To the innovations in the medical fields like the chest metre the photo therapy among so many others it was a joy and a privilege to listen to you pitch your inventions yesterday I sincerely hope that this will be the first step in a journey that will take you to higher heights It is only a matter of time before one of your products or one of the batches in this i FAIR will hit the market and go international Also speaking Mr Avi Ostfeld Founder of Makelab advised the graduates of the programme to remain focused to achieve their desired goals in life The potential of the people is here now we need motivation Motivation sometimes is tricky but usually you have it Every one of us wants to move forward to success on personal and country level So the motivation is here sometimes we need to help it a bit with self confidence but in general we have the people and we have motivation Ostfeld said Meanwhile Mr Olukokun Opeyemi Manager of Thinkbikes organisation who spoke on behalf of the programme expressed appreciation to the organisers for the benefits derived from i FAIR 2 Opeyemi said Our mission is to provide last man transportation for small businesses and this will be the most affordable so far N3 or less can get you 50km range I want to thank the State of Israel for this initiative that has helped a number of us we are so grateful I heard about the innovation centre for a while but when I got here I knew I was not dreaming at all I need to read the book Think big again Without i FAIR we would not have been here The News Agency of Nigeria reports that i FAIR is a platform and acronym for Innovation start up programme for aspiring Nigerian Inventors and Researchers NAN
    Israel to boost support for youth innovative programme in Nigeria
     The Israeli government says it is committed to investing in youth innovative and research programmes in Nigeria to promote technological advancement Mr Michael Freeman Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria made this known on Wednesday in Abuja in his address at the graduation ceremony of Innovative Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers i FAIR 2 programme Freeman was represented at the event by Mr Yotam Kreiman Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul Embassy of Israel in Nigeria I FAIR 2 was organised by the Embassy in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President Skill G Ltd Gregory University and DeNovo being private sector based organisations Freeman said From i FAIR 1 in 2021 and approach of Israeli Embassy that we have here on knowledge sharing startups innovations and technologies in emerging context in general and in Nigeria in particular We have seen from the video presentations what i FAIR is it is an 8 month accelerator programme for startups in specific fields that were chosen between the embassy and the Office of the Vice President Unlike other programmes from the exhibition our graduates really finished with the prototype of their products in their hands and ready to show it to investors and other companies He further expressed appreciation to partners of the i FAIR programme for the success achieved in the completion of i FAIR 2 since its commencement in November 2021 Speaking at the event Prof Gregory Ibe the Managing Skill G Nigeria Ltd congratulated the graduants and urged them to harness the skills they acquired and products invented to boost growth of the i FAIR project Ibe who is also the of Gregory University Uturu in Abia State was represented by former Vice President of ECOWAS Mr Edward Singhatey The products that you have seen are the successful ones you do not see the 99 unsuccessful ones So it will be a journey that you will have to undertake but do not get discouraged if at all your products do not hit the market immediately You have got an array of tremendous products from toys that can develop the creative mind of young children to contraptions that can pound Ginger in a natural way Ibe stated He added To the innovations in the medical fields like the chest metre the photo therapy among so many others it was a joy and a privilege to listen to you pitch your inventions yesterday I sincerely hope that this will be the first step in a journey that will take you to higher heights It is only a matter of time before one of your products or one of the batches in this i FAIR will hit the market and go international Also speaking Mr Avi Ostfeld Founder of Makelab advised the graduates of the programme to remain focused to achieve their desired goals in life The potential of the people is here now we need motivation Motivation sometimes is tricky but usually you have it Every one of us wants to move forward to success on personal and country level So the motivation is here sometimes we need to help it a bit with self confidence but in general we have the people and we have motivation Ostfeld said Meanwhile Mr Olukokun Opeyemi Manager of Thinkbikes organisation who spoke on behalf of the programme expressed appreciation to the organisers for the benefits derived from i FAIR 2 Opeyemi said Our mission is to provide last man transportation for small businesses and this will be the most affordable so far N3 or less can get you 50km range I want to thank the State of Israel for this initiative that has helped a number of us we are so grateful I heard about the innovation centre for a while but when I got here I knew I was not dreaming at all I need to read the book Think big again Without i FAIR we would not have been here The News Agency of Nigeria reports that i FAIR is a platform and acronym for Innovation start up programme for aspiring Nigerian Inventors and Researchers NAN
    Israel to boost support for youth innovative programme in Nigeria
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    Israel to boost support for youth innovative programme in Nigeria

    The Israeli government says it is committed to investing in youth innovative and research programmes in Nigeria to promote technological advancement.

    Mr Michael Freeman, Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, in his address at the graduation ceremony of Innovative Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR-2) programme,.

    Freeman was represented at the event by Mr Yotam Kreiman, Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul, Embassy of Israel in Nigeria.

    I-FAIR-2 was organised by the Embassy, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President, Skill G Ltd., Gregory University and DeNovo, being  private sector-based organisations.

    Freeman said: “From i-FAIR-1 in 2021 and approach of Israeli Embassy that we have here on knowledge sharing, startups, innovations and technologies in emerging context in general and in Nigeria, in particular.

    “We have seen from the video presentations what i-FAIR is; it is an 8-month accelerator programme for startups in specific fields that were chosen between the embassy and the Office of the Vice President.

    “Unlike other programmes, from the exhibition, our graduates really finished with the prototype of their products in their hands and ready to show it to investors and other companies.”

    He further expressed appreciation to partners of the i-FAIR programme for the success achieved in the completion of i-FAIR-2, since its commencement in November 2021.

    Speaking at the event, Prof. Gregory Ibe, the Managing , Skill “G” Nigeria Ltd, congratulated the graduants and urged them to harness the skills they acquired and products invented, to boost growth of the i-FAIR project.

    Ibe, who is also the of Gregory University, Uturu, in Abia State, was represented by former Vice President of ECOWAS, Mr Edward Singhatey.

    “The  products that you have seen are the successful ones, you do not see the 99 unsuccessful ones.

    “So, it will be a journey that you will have to undertake, but do not get discouraged, if at all your products do not hit the market immediately.

    “You have got an array of tremendous products from toys that can develop the creative mind of young children, to contraptions that can pound Ginger in a natural way,” Ibe stated.

    He added: “To the innovations in the medical fields like the chest-metre, the photo-therapy, among so many others; it was a joy and a privilege to listen to you pitch your inventions yesterday.

    “I sincerely hope that this will be the first step in a journey that will take you to higher heights.

    “It is only a matter of time before one of your products or one of the batches in this i-FAIR will hit the market and go international.”

    Also speaking, Mr Avi Ostfeld, Founder of Makelab, advised the graduates of the programme to remain focused to achieve their desired goals in life.

    “The potential of the people is here, now we need motivation. Motivation sometimes is tricky, but usually you have it.

    “Every one of us wants to move forward to success on personal and country level.

    “So the motivation is here, sometimes we need to help it a bit with self-confidence, but in general we have the people and we have motivation,” Ostfeld  said.

    Meanwhile, Mr Olukokun Opeyemi, Manager of Thinkbikes organisation, who spoke on behalf of the programme, expressed appreciation to the organisers for the benefits derived from i-FAIR-2.

    Opeyemi said: “Our mission is to provide last man transportation for small businesses and this will be the most affordable so far, N3 or less can get you 50km range.

    “I want to thank the State of Israel for this initiative that has helped a number of us, we are so grateful.

    “I heard about the innovation centre for a while, but when I got here, I knew I was not dreaming at all; I need to read the book Think big again. Without i=FAIR we would not have been here.”

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that i-FAIR is a platform and acronym for Innovation start-up programme for aspiring Nigerian Inventors and Researchers. (

    (NAN)

  •   2023 University chancellor emerges Abia APGA guber candidate APGA By Sam Oditah Umuahia May 28 2023 The Founder and Chancellor Gregory University Uturu Prof Greg Ibe has emerged the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA for the 2023 general elections in Abia Ibe polled 283 votes to defeat other contestants including his closest rival Mr Etigwe Uwa SAN who scored 148 votes The two other contestants Gen Ijioma Ijioma rtd and Chikwe Udensi scored 36 votes and 13 votes respectively In an acceptance speech Ibe extended a hand of fellowship to his co contestants saying there is no Victor no vanquished He urged them to join him in the onerous task of salvaging Abia from imminent collapse As we begin the final journey of redeeming Abia my doors remain open to receive those unique ideas that can help us to realise the new Abia of our dream Umunnem my brothers today is a good day to be an Abia citizen I want to profoundly appreciate Abia people in general for their patience and prayers so far I assure you that God has heard our collective prayers and has commenced the salvation of our state Ibe said He appealed to everyone to join the struggle to re write the story of the state notwithstanding their party affiliations and personal interest As the lamentation of Abia people for 24 years comes to an end shortly I implore you to weep no more for I see in the horizon a brand new Abia Ibe said Announcing the result the Returning Officer Mr Echezona Etioba said that accr NAN
    2023: University chancellor emerges Abia APGA guber candidate
      2023 University chancellor emerges Abia APGA guber candidate APGA By Sam Oditah Umuahia May 28 2023 The Founder and Chancellor Gregory University Uturu Prof Greg Ibe has emerged the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA for the 2023 general elections in Abia Ibe polled 283 votes to defeat other contestants including his closest rival Mr Etigwe Uwa SAN who scored 148 votes The two other contestants Gen Ijioma Ijioma rtd and Chikwe Udensi scored 36 votes and 13 votes respectively In an acceptance speech Ibe extended a hand of fellowship to his co contestants saying there is no Victor no vanquished He urged them to join him in the onerous task of salvaging Abia from imminent collapse As we begin the final journey of redeeming Abia my doors remain open to receive those unique ideas that can help us to realise the new Abia of our dream Umunnem my brothers today is a good day to be an Abia citizen I want to profoundly appreciate Abia people in general for their patience and prayers so far I assure you that God has heard our collective prayers and has commenced the salvation of our state Ibe said He appealed to everyone to join the struggle to re write the story of the state notwithstanding their party affiliations and personal interest As the lamentation of Abia people for 24 years comes to an end shortly I implore you to weep no more for I see in the horizon a brand new Abia Ibe said Announcing the result the Returning Officer Mr Echezona Etioba said that accr NAN
    2023: University chancellor emerges Abia APGA guber candidate
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    2023: University chancellor emerges Abia APGA guber candidate

    2023: University chancellor emerges Abia APGA guber candidate

    APGA
    By Sam Oditah
    Umuahia, May 28, 2023 The Founder and Chancellor, Gregory University, Uturu, Prof. Greg Ibe, has emerged the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the 2023 general elections in Abia.
    Ibe polled 283 votes to defeat other contestants, including his closest rival, Mr Etigwe Uwa (SAN), who scored 148 votes.
    The two other contestants, Gen. Ijioma Ijioma (rtd.) and Chikwe Udensi scored 36 votes and 13 votes, respectively.
    In an acceptance speech, Ibe extended a hand of fellowship to his co-contestants, saying “there is no Victor, no vanquished.”
    He urged them to join him in the onerous task of salvaging Abia from imminent collapse.
    “As we begin the final journey of redeeming Abia, my doors remain open to receive those unique ideas that can help us to realise the new Abia of our dream.
    “Umunnem (my brothers), today is a good day to be an Abia citizen.
    “I want to profoundly appreciate Abia people in general for their patience and prayers so far.
    “I assure you that God has heard our collective prayers and has commenced the salvation of our state,” Ibe said.
    He appealed to everyone to join the struggle to re-write the story of the state, notwithstanding their party affiliations and personal interest.
    “As the lamentation of Abia people for 24 years comes to an end shortly, I implore you to weep no more for I see in the horizon, a brand new Abia,” Ibe said.
    Announcing the result, the Returning Officer, Mr Echezona Etioba, said that accr

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