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  •  Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death of the Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo Barkindo 63 year old oil diplomat reportedly died Tuesday night in Abuja same day he paid a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on his tenure hellip
    Oil diplomat, Barkindo’s death shocking, says Uzodimma
     Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death of the Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo Barkindo 63 year old oil diplomat reportedly died Tuesday night in Abuja same day he paid a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on his tenure hellip
    Oil diplomat, Barkindo’s death shocking, says Uzodimma
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    Oil diplomat, Barkindo’s death shocking, says Uzodimma

    Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo on Wednesday, expressed sadness over the death of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo.

    Barkindo, 63 year-old oil diplomat, reportedly died Tuesday night  in Abuja, same day he paid a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on his tenure that was about to end at OPEC.

    In a statement signed by Mr Oguwike Nwachuku, the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the governor, Uzodimma described the death as “shocking, unbelievable and unfortunate.”

    “Barkindo was a prominent Nigerian professional, who devoted his time and energy in the service of the country both nationally and internationally.

    “Barkindo died when his services are still required in the country because of his vast knowledge in private and public administration as well as in the oil and gas industry,” Uzodimma said.

    The governor commiserated with the immediate and extended family, friends and associates of the deceased and prayed God to grant them the grace and fortitude to bear the unexpected loss.

    The governor also prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased a peaceful repose.

    Barkindo had headed OPEC since 2016 and was scheduled to be replaced by Kuwait’s Haitham Al-Ghais in August. (

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  •  Prof Osita Ogbu of the Institute for Development Studies University of Nigeria Nsukka has advocated inter security agency collaboration to tackle insecurity in the country Ogbu made the call in a lecture at the Nigerian Army Day Celebration NADCEL 2022 on Tuesday in Owerri He spoke on the theme Curbing insecurity in Nigeria and the imperative hellip
    Don calls for inter-agency collaboration to tackle insecurity
     Prof Osita Ogbu of the Institute for Development Studies University of Nigeria Nsukka has advocated inter security agency collaboration to tackle insecurity in the country Ogbu made the call in a lecture at the Nigerian Army Day Celebration NADCEL 2022 on Tuesday in Owerri He spoke on the theme Curbing insecurity in Nigeria and the imperative hellip
    Don calls for inter-agency collaboration to tackle insecurity
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    Don calls for inter-agency collaboration to tackle insecurity

    Prof. Osita Ogbu of the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has advocated inter-security agency collaboration to tackle insecurity in the country.
    Ogbu made the call in a lecture at the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022 on Tuesday in Owerri.
    He spoke on the theme: “Curbing insecurity in Nigeria and the imperative of inter-security agency’ collaboration and coordination.”
    He underscored the need for a strong synergy among security agencies in the country to effectively fight crime and criminality.
    He, therefore, urged security agencies to rise against human elements hindering intelligence coordination, such as rivalry, mutual distrust, indiscipline, superiority complex and poor inter-services’ communication.
    Ogbu said that the spate of insecurity in the country was alarming, hence the need for “a heightened sense of national duty for positive outcomes”.
    “Coordination of inter-agency intelligence is an art, requiring high national morality, character, humility, diligence, innovation, adaptation, incentives, competence, institutional re-configuration and patriotism.
    “It is our collective responsibility to change the current state of affairs by the decisions and choices we make.
    “We can all aspire to create islands of excellence in our work areas and duties, for together, we shall overcome,” he said.
    In a speech, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, called for all hands to be on deck to properly harness the skills and competences of various security agencies.
    He promised to look into the issues raised during the lecture, with a view to implementing the recommendations capable of enhancing the nation’s security.
    Also, Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo said that inter-agency collaboration was already working in the state.
    Uzodinma said that the choice of the state for the NADCEL had strengthened the sense of security among residents of the state.
    He called for increased support from the civil populace to the “patriotic struggle” of the Nigerian Army to secure the territorial integrity of the country.
    He expressed the hope that the war against all forms of criminality would soon be completely won.

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  •  Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya has described sports as very critical to the physical and mental alertness of military officers Yahaya made the remark during the ceremonial tee off of a golf tournament at the Arsenal Golf Course on Saturday in Owerri The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament was part of hellip
    Sports critical to physical, mental alertness of officers, says COAS  
     Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya has described sports as very critical to the physical and mental alertness of military officers Yahaya made the remark during the ceremonial tee off of a golf tournament at the Arsenal Golf Course on Saturday in Owerri The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament was part of hellip
    Sports critical to physical, mental alertness of officers, says COAS  
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    Sports critical to physical, mental alertness of officers, says COAS  

    Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has described sports as very critical to the physical and mental alertness of military officers. Yahaya made the remark  during the ceremonial tee-off of a golf tournament at the Arsenal Golf Course on Saturday in Owerri.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament was  part of activities marking the year 2022 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).Yahaya, who was represented by Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezeugwu, the Corps Commander, Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army, also launched hole 4 at the Golf Course.He said that the game would go a long way in helping the physical training of officers as well keep them mentally alert to the happenings in their environment.“The physical and mental alertness of a military officer form part of his welfare, which is key to success in the discharge of his constitutional duties.“We will continue to support the game and to promote national unity as part of our core mandate through sports,” he said.Speaking, Captain of the Arsenal Golf and Country Club,  Commodore Ogechi Osuagwu (rtd), of the Nigerian Navy, thanked the COAS for identifying with the club during the auspicious occasion of the commemoration of the Nigerian Army Day.Osuagwu described the club as the best of its kind in the South-East geo-political zone.According to him, the hole 4,  launched by the COAS, would, among other things, add feathers to golf in Imo, thus providing a platform for the improvement of civil-military relations in the state.He appealed to the COAS to support the club with a  300KVA Transformer for generation of  electric power  and  an annual subvention  to keep the club going.The golf captain requested that the hole 4 be annually maintained with a subscription of N200,000.He further thanked Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his efforts at ensuring the security of Imo residents and providing the enabling environment for social activities to thrive in the state.He also advised youths to eschew criminality, and work towards ensuring lasting peace and security in their various communities.“The Arsenal Golf Course has played an enormous role in strengthening civil-military relations in the state and we  thank the COAS for accepting the hole 4 which we offered to him, and for launching it,” he said.Highlight of the event was the presentation of an award to the COAS in appreciation of his support for the club as well as awards, cash and gift prizes such as flat screen televisions and refrigerators to winners of different categories.NAN also reports that the event was attended by serving and former military officers, prominent among whom was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.VINNewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Factional Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC in Imo Mr Daniel Nwafor has commenced fresh membership registration in the state Addressing members of his executive EXCO in Owerri on Thursday he said that the National Working Committee of APC had recognized him as the authentic state chairman Nwafor who pledged his loyalty to Gov hellip
    Nwafor-led Imo APC begins fresh memberehip registration
     Factional Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC in Imo Mr Daniel Nwafor has commenced fresh membership registration in the state Addressing members of his executive EXCO in Owerri on Thursday he said that the National Working Committee of APC had recognized him as the authentic state chairman Nwafor who pledged his loyalty to Gov hellip
    Nwafor-led Imo APC begins fresh memberehip registration
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    Nwafor-led Imo APC begins fresh memberehip registration

    Factional Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo, Mr Daniel Nwafor, has commenced fresh membership registration in the state.
    Addressing members of his executive (EXCO) in Owerri on Thursday, he said that the National Working Committee of APC had recognized him as the authentic state chairman.
    Nwafor, who pledged his loyalty to Gov. Hope Uzodimma, said that he was ready to work with him for the good of the party.
    He said that his EXCO would critically look into the primary election conducted by Macdonald Ebere-led faction of the party.
    According to him, a lot of calls, messages and questions are arising from my recognition, asking what next.
    “What is next is that we will continue to function as the EXCO of tje party in the state.
    “We do not have any business trying to be divisive.
    “We are not in APC leadership to cause divide and rule or enmity with anybody.
    “In politics, we must show tolerance and exceptional maturity to accommodate everyone that comes to us.
    “We recognise the governor as the leader of the party in the state,” Nwafor said.
    He urged those who did not register as members before December 2018, but willing to to do so, to feel free to come forward.
    He urged members of the EXCO to show commitment in ensuring victory for all the party candidates in the 2023 general elections.
    Reacting to the development, the state Publicity Secretary under the leadership of Macdonald Ebere, Mr Cajetan Duke, described Nwafor’s claim and moves as “dead on arrival”.
    Duke described the claim as fake, arguing that it did not emanate from the national leadership of the party.

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  •  Mr Allinor Ugochukwu has emerged the new chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA Owerri branch In an election that ended late on Saturday in Owerri Ugochukwu polled 226 votes to defeat his rival Mr Fidelis Ihediohamma who polled 82 votes Addressing members of the bar the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr Cyprian hellip
    Allinor Ugochukwu emerges NBA  Owerri branch chairman
     Mr Allinor Ugochukwu has emerged the new chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA Owerri branch In an election that ended late on Saturday in Owerri Ugochukwu polled 226 votes to defeat his rival Mr Fidelis Ihediohamma who polled 82 votes Addressing members of the bar the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr Cyprian hellip
    Allinor Ugochukwu emerges NBA  Owerri branch chairman
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    Allinor Ugochukwu emerges NBA  Owerri branch chairman

    Mr Allinor Ugochukwu has emerged the new chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Owerri branch.In an election that ended late  on Saturday in Owerri, Ugochukwu polled 226 votes to defeat his rival, Mr Fidelis Ihediohamma, who polled 82 votes.Addressing members of the bar, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Cyprian Akaolisa congratulated the new executive of the bar.Akaolisa urged successive leaders of the bar to emulate the attitude of not imposing candidates on members during elections.He assured the new executive that the administration of Gov. Hope Uzodimma would accord it the same cooperation given to the immediate past executive of the branch.While commending members of the bar for their peaceful conduct at  the election, he urged those who lost to support the new executive council.“This is the most beautiful transition.“We expect you to carry everybody along,” he advised the new chairman.Earlier in his valedictory remarks, the immediate past chairman of the branch, Mr Jude Ogamba, commended members of the bar for their support during his tenure.Ogamba, who described his administration as “eventful”, said he achieved a lot in the area of welfare, healthcare and infrastructure.He advised the new chairman to be focused, expressing hope that he will surpass his achievements.In his acceptance speech, Ugochukwu appreciated members for the confidence reposed on him.“We have come a long way and I know many were disillusioned and dissatisfied during campaigns, I assure you that we will remain fair.“We will ensure that the bar will remain one,” he said.He solicited the support of members to enable him and his team carry the branch to enviable heights.Declaring the results, the Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr Soronnadi Njoku also announced Mr Michael Onuorah as the Secretary, haven  garnered 226 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Chimonso Neadike, who scored 87 votes.Njoku also declared Mrs Jane Ogali, who got 180 votes as Treasurer after defeating her opponent, Mrs Chinyere Iwunna, who secured 125 votes.Also, Mrs Chioma Egbu, who scored 114 votes emerged the Vice Chairman after defeating Mrs Amarachi Okpara who scored  107 votes and Mr Sunday Iheruo with 86 votes.Mr Daniel Odiba emerged as the Publicity Secretary with 257 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Femi Ogunrinde, who garnered 44 votes.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new executive council of the Owerri bar branch is expected to be in office for the next two years.

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