Taraba State Government says it has begun sensitisation of Kakara community to the privitisation of the Karara Beverages, producers of the Highland Tea.
Mr Ezekiel Iliya, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Taraba Investment and Property Development limited (TIPDL), stated this while addressing newsmen in Jalingo on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Kakara beverages Nigeria Ltd is located on the Mambila Plateau, in Sardauna LGA of the state.
Iliya said that the exercise was to educate the people of the benefits they would derive at the end of the sensitiisation.
He noted that the state government would own 30 per cent assets while the remaining 70 would be privatised.
The managing director stressed that the host community preferred foreigners to manage the company than Nigerian investors.
“We are happy that the host communities have welcomed the idea of the privatisation.
“They have told us that they are all happy with the development, because it is what is happening in the whole world today.
“Government is not selling the company to an individual as speculated.
“Nothing changes in the company, 30 per cent will be for government while 70 will be privatised.
” This will improve profitability, productivity, efficiency and job opportunities for the benefit of Tarabans.
He said government was proposing to privatise the company, to ensure proper and efficient management devoid of interference and bureaucracies.
Iliya urged the general public to disregard any rumours that Mambila Beverages (Nig) Limited belonged to a particular community.
According to him, these are rumours by mischief makers who aim at creating dissatisfaction and raising unnecessary tension amongst members of the public.
NAN recalls that the government had proposed the privitisation of Karara beverages, the producers of the Highland Tea to a private company.
About 99 enumerators are currently undergoing 12 days training ahead of the National Population Commission (NPC) Trial Census in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Enugu State.
Opening the training in Enugu on Friday, the Federal Commissioner Representing Enugu State in NPC, Chief Ejike Ezeh, said that the nine LGAs had selected three council areas each from the three senatorial zones for the exercise.
Ezeh said Enugu East Senatorial Zone comprises Nkanu West, Enugu North and Isiuzo council areas.
Enugu North Senatorial zone includes Udenu, Uzo-Uwani and Igboeze council areas while Enugu West Senatorial Zone included Ezeagu, Oji River and Udi council areas.
According to him, 7,718 Enumeration Areas have been selected for the trial to test run suitability and readiness for the actual census in 2023.
The commissioner explained that the exercise would be used to test the new technology and innovations in the census enumeration both in terms of e-recruitment of personnel and use of specially configured computer tablets for the exercise.
“The selection of the coverage areas has been scientifically and purposely carried out to achieve the objectives of the Trial Census.
“The selection of samples from all states of the federation and the FCT is expected to yield nationwide information on state-specific issues that may arise for the next census and come up with possible solutions for addressing the challenges.
“However, some states have been selected for full LGA enumeration to test challenges around complete coverage under various scenarios such as in hard-to-reach areas, special populations, and rural-urban settings,” he said.
Ezeh noted that “the Trial Census is not the actual enumeration of persons for the 2023 Population and Housing Census”, adding that the outcome of the trial would not form the basis of the 2023 Census.
“Data generated during the Trial Census will not be used to arrive at figures for the 2023 Census which is going to be zero-based and from information collected in April 2023,” he added.
The commissioner called on stakeholders and the general public, especially residents, security agencies and the media, to support the Trial Census to ensure its success in Enugu State.
The Chairman of Enugu North LGA, Chief Emeka Onunze, assured the NPC of the council’s resolve to support the Trial Census and ensure its huge success through massive rural publicity.
Onunze, whose council area is selected for the exercise, lauded NPC for selecting it for the national exercise, adding that it would further cement relationship between the commission and council.
“We are ready to ensure that the exercise moves on smoothly without any hitch in the council area,” Onunze who was represented by the Secretary of the council, Mr Abuchi Ugwu, said.
One of the trainees for the Trial Census, Miss Chioma Ani, said she had learnt census methodology, planning and operations, use of digital maps and Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) among others. (
The National leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has expressed appreciation to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his “untiring commitment“ to the welfare of the pensioners in the state.
They said Ugwuanyi was able to care for pensioners in spite of the state’s lean resources and the nation’s economic challenges.
The National President of NUP, Comrade Godwin Abumisi, stated this when the governor G hosted him at the Government House, Enugu, on Friday following his emergence as the new national president of the group.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abumidi is an indigene of Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State and the first South-Easterner to head NUP.
He described Ugwuanyi as “a pensioner and labour-friendly governor”, saying he was not in their list of state governors who are not labour and pensioner-friendly.
According to him, they have a list of governors who are not paying pensions and gratuities.
“I am so happy to inform you that our dear Governor (Ugwuanyi) and the government of Enugu State are not on that lis,” hwe said.
Abumisi commended Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness, saying: “I want to say that I am very happy to associate with you.
“Having won the NUP presidency, we said it would be beautiful for us to come to Enugu and tell His Excellency that we have done so.
“We are here because this is the first time in our history, in the national history, in the history of the NUP, that it is our fortune to occupy the position of the National President of NUP.
“The beauty of it all is that I am from Enugu State, from a little town known as Obeleagu Umana in Ezeagu LGA”.
On their part, the leaders of pensioners in the South East Zone expressed profound gratitude to Ugwuanyi “for the compassionate love, respect and honour that you have shown to our pensioners in Enugu State”.
Speaking on their behalf, Dr. G.B Ugochukwu equally thanked the governor “for your labour and pensioner friendliness, regular payment of workers’ salaries, pensions, security and infrastructural development in the state”.
“All these are possible because Enugu State is in the hands of God”.
Receiving Comrade Abumisi and his entourage, Gov. Ugwuanyi stated that it was heartwarming for an Enugu State indigene to occupy the exalted position of the National President of the NUP.
The governor congratulated Abumisi for attaining the enviable position and prayed that he leads the union with the fear of God.
He urged him to provide the desired leadership for the benefit of millions of pensioners in the country.
On his administration’s commitment to the welfare of the state pensioners, Gov. Ugwuanyi represented by his deputy, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, said that the government on assumption of office inherited a backlog of gratuity, running into billions of naira.
“To mitigate this challenge, the present administration undertook to set aside N100 million monthly to offset the backlog of gratuities dating back to 2009.
“A committee was put in place to ensure utmost transparency. However, with the coming of COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant global economic downturn, we had to temporarily put it on hold to ensure that salaries and pensions were paid”, he said.
The governor disclosed that the Enugu State at present has 12,000 pensioners in the government’s payroll with a monthly wage bill of N630 million.
He added that Enugu was one of the few states in the country that keyed into the payment of the new National Minimum Wage with its consequential adjustments in 2020.
“This has doubled the wage bill of the state. The above notwithstanding, this administration has continued to pay salaries on or before the end of every month”, he said.
Ugwuanyi reiterated the cordial working relationship between his administration and the pensioners in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Katsina State has expressed concern over the poor turnout of residents registering for the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in the newly established 1,750 polling units.
Alhaji Jibril Zarewa, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Katsina.
He said that one year after the commencement of PVC registration, there was a poor turnout of people for registration in the newly established polling units.
According to Zarewa, “In May 2022 when we did analysis, we realised out of the 1,750 newly established polling units, about 1,200 units did not have more than 50 people who registered in each of them.
“This registration involved transfers. Some of the polling units have zero registration, some have only one, some five while some have not more than 50 people who registered.
“Although this can be attributed to the suspension of telecommunication networks in 17 of the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) for about five months due to the security problem.
“Since the resumption of the exercise in March, out of the 1,750 polling units created, about 1,200 don’t have up to 50 people that registered in each of them.
“We are appealing to the people of those areas where the new polling units were created to go and register, as INEC is always ready for them.
“The reasons for the creation of additional polling units is to serve the areas and decongest the congested polling units through the transfer of their polling units, he said.
He disclosed that initially there were 4,902 polling units in the state but with the creation of the additional ones, there are 6,652 polling units at present.
Zarewa explained that the collection of the PVCs is appreciable, saying towards the 2019 election, INEC had to stop the issuance of the PVCs.
“As at that time, we had about three per cent of our cards collected, which means out of the 3.230 million PVCs, we had, just about 50,000 not collected.
“As of Jan. 12, 2022, we have taken 53,000 from the headquarters, and just a few days ago, we have taken an additional 20,000 for people who made corrections.”
The Police Command in Ebonyi says it has raided the Indigenous People of Eastern Security Network suspected camp, killed one and arrested another.
The command’s Spokesman, SP Chris Anyanwu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abakiliki and made available to newsmen on Friday.
Anyanwu stated that the operation was carried out by the tictical team of the command, led by SP Jerry Maigorosom.
He stated that the camp was located at Oriuzor Village in Ezza North Local Government Area (LGA).
“At about 1435hrs of June 30, the tactical team of the command stormed the camp of suspected IPOB adherents at Oriuzor Village through a credible intelligence at the disposal of the command.
“On sighting the operatives, the hoodlums opened fire on them, leading to a gun duel.
“In the process, one of the hoodlums, identified as Elijah, was fatally wounded, while six others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Fortunately, one of them, Chibundu Ali, 18, a native of Ezzama, Ezza East Development Centre was arrested and taken into custody.
He is being interrogated to unravel the identity of other fleeing suspects,” Anyanwu stated.
He added that the camp was ransacked and destroyed and some items recovered.
According to the statement, the items included one cut-to-size AK47 rifle with a few rounds of its live ammunition.
Others were locally-fabricated revolver pistol and expanded ammunition shell, amongst others.
It alleged that the items were stolen during an attack on a Divisional Police Station in Ezza South LGA.
It added that operatives attached to the Ohaozara Divisional Station also nabbed an armed robbery syndicate, which allegedly specialised in snatching of vehicles and motorcycles from Enugu and other neighboring states.
It stated that three suspects, including a lady and Ebubeagu personnel, were rounded up at Uburu in Ohaozara LGA, while negotiating the sale of one of the stolen motorcycles.