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  •  An estimated tens of billions of old naira notes remain in circulation and are predominantly the only means of conducting transactions in exchange for goods and services in many parts of the country This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria s January 31st deadline for phasing out the old currency is fast approaching Late last year the CBN introduced a redesigned currency for the 1000 500 and 200 naira denominations and asked all holders of the old currency to deposit them in banks before January 31 2023 which is now three days away CBN had also asked the banks to stop dispensing old notes from the Automated Teller Machines while most bank branches even in Lagos and the FCT had drastically reduced the money loaded in ATMs because of the shortage of the new notes as of Friday Some ATMs observed by our reporters had not dispensed for days The acute shortage of the new notes is however been felt mostly on the streets where commuters have been left stranded markets are struggling to stay open while businesses are being forced to rely on electronic transactions Our correspondents were on the streets in major cities and report that the old notes in circulation are still more than the redesigned new notes and yet are being rejected as a legal tender And with just three days to the deadline for old notes to cease to be legal tender in the country commercial banks are opening up their branches today Saturday January 28 and tomorrow Sunday January 29 for customers to deposit old notes in their possession Although the Central Bank of Nigeria had last year directed that banks open on Saturdays to allow customers ample time to deposit their old notes only a few opened up their branches on Saturdays with some opening a few designated branches Also established businesses had requested that customers pay either with transfer use the POS or pay with new notes Similarly informal businesses had resorted to accepting electronic payments for goods and services The Okada commercial motorcycle I took today refused to collect cash from me Obinna a civil servant told LEADERSHIP Weekend It was strange but he insisted that I paty with transfer as he said he had no intention of going to deposit old notes in the bank Similarly a petty trader who also runs an agent banking centre Mrs Ajoke said she stopped collecting the old notes on Friday afternoon as she had gone to make the last deposit in the bank The crowd in the banking hall was too much I don t think I want to do that again so I stopped collecting the old notes A survey by LEADERSHIP Weekend around Lagos on Friday showed a large crowd in the banking halls most of who were depositing cash There were also long queues at the ATMs for those who wanted to make withdrawals and wanted the new notes With barely three days to the CBN deadline on the validity of old naira notes residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT are appealing to the federal government to extend the deadline for the new naira policy as most traders and motorists have started rejecting the old naira notes It was observed that most residents in the territory are presently confused about how to get the new naira notes which they said has been difficult to get following reports of hoarding of the new notes by commercial banks Following the rejection of the old naira notes LEADERSHIP Weekend witnessed an incident in Dutse Alhaji market yesterday where a woman who simply identified herself as Mrs Donald bought foodstuff to take home to feed her family but when she paid the trader the seller rejected the money saying that it is no longer a legal tender The woman angrily dropped the money on the table for the trader after telling her that Tuesday January 31 is the deadline saying that she had no other money and that she cannot afford to let her children stay hungry which did not go down well with the trader who angrily ran after her to collect her wares back from the woman The issue of this money is becoming embarrassing because you have your money but cannot spend it on what your need I went to where I bank in Dutse but the cashiers refused to change the money I took there with the excuse that they do not have enough of the new notes This is wrong and should be corrected she said angrily and left Also it was observed that on most major roads in the FCT passengers were seen stranded not because there were no vehicles to take them to their destinations or because they do not have money on them but because commercial drivers were rejecting old naira notes from them One of the stranded passengers along Kubwa expressway Mr Ephraim Chukwuebuka said that most of the passengers spent hours on the road pleading with motorists to accept the old notes from them because the deadline is Tuesday but that they bluntly refused The whole thing is not funny at all With the way things are going there is no way I will go to work until I get the new naira notes which are presently like gold in Abuja because there is no way I can trek to the town where I work The federal government should look into this new naira policy because it is now obvious that it is the poor masses that are suffering from it When we go to the bank to change money they will say that the new notes are not enough to circulate So how are we going to survive this he queried Another stranded passenger Ms Cynthia Oluwole appealed that if the new naira notes printed are not enough to circulate for public use there is a need for the CBN and the federal government to extend the deadline until more new naira notes are in circulation I do not want to believe that the banks are hoarding the new naira notes for their selfish reasons or probably some rich and powerful Nigerians have collected their massive share of the money while they leave the poor Nigerians to suffer because of the policy Yobe state residents have decried the rejection and non availability of the redesigned N1000 N500 and N200 notes by traders and Point of Sales POS operators across the state Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent said it is unfortunate that traders have started rejecting the old Naira notes even before the January 31 2023 Now I wanted to buy some foodstuff but couldn t due to lack of the new notes A bank customer Bukar Baba said I was at the Automated Teller Machine ATM point but only few machines were dispensing the new notes with long queues while others are still dispensing the old notes Even the banking hall was filled to capacity as many people were trying to deposit their money ahead of the January 31 deadline Another resident Abubakar Musa said we don t know what to do The old currency is scarce and people have started rejecting the old ones Except fuel stations most of the traders have stopped collecting the old notes he said A trader Mansir Ali said yes we have started rejecting the old notes because we have only few days to the deadline and there are long queues in the banks So there is no way we can deposit our cash before the deadline We too are in dilemma because if you go to buy goods the dealers are rejecting the old notes I don t have many goods but due to scarcity of the new notes I can t buy goods that I don t have A hotel manager who would not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that As I m speaking with you we are no longer collecting old notes because if we collect old notes it will become difficult to deposit them before the deadline and the cash will become useless for us So we are accepting bank transfers A POS operator Alhaji Musa said yes we don t want to collect old Naira notes because people have stopped collecting it from us and when we get to the bank there are long queues and even at that the new notes are difficult to get Anger and frustration best described the feelings of most banks customers and other Edo residents following the inability of financial institutions in the state to make available the new naira notes Some operators of POS are also not left out as most customers are refusing the old naira notes However some commercial bus drivers popularly known as tuke tuke still collect the old naira notes from commuters A POS operator who spoke with LEADERSHIP weekend Ighodalo Festus appealed to the apex bank to extend the deadline on the collection of old notes Government should do something about this deadline on old notes This thing is killing our business People don t want to collect the old from us anymore and the banks are not giving us the new notes As bank customers besiege commercials banks in Delta State to beat the deadline for cash swap of new naira notes Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has advised that it should not result to panic and apprehension In Delta state there is rush associated with the exchange of old naira notes with old ones amid CBN s January 31 deadline Across the length and breadth of Asaba it s a dirge of agonies woes dilemma and confusion and frustration from commercial banks over the new naira notes debacle Traders are now skeptical and apprehensive on whether to continue their business transactions with the old naira notes or not They are simply confused on how to handle the issue whether to stop transacting business with the old notes when they don t have access to the new ones Gift Onaiye who sells crayfish shrimps and other seafoods for customers said she was surprised to discover that the withdrawal she was to make was to be paid in the old naira notes I don t have the new naira notes as none of my customers have paid me with them So how can I stop using the ones I have I can t just carry all my money to bank and be waiting for them to give me new notes What will I use to buy my personal needs if by Monday the deadline comes I don t know what to do She expressed her dilemma I only have three 200 hundred naira notes of the new currency which I have kept aside When I went to bank today to deposit all my money thinking if I withdrew some they would give me new currency notes it was still the old currency notes But the director Banking Services CBN Abuja Mr Sam Okejere and the CBN branch controller Delta State Mr Godwin Okafor allayed the fears of the masses saying there are several payment methods During a sensitisation programme on cash swap and facilitation of the circulation of its new naira notes Mr Okafor mentioned some of the payments to include instant payment online transfers bank verification number BVN debit credit cards international bank transfer among others While saying that the cash swap programme is in partnership with super agents and deposit money banks DMBs at different parts of the country The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10 000 per person Amounts above N10 000 may be treated as cash in deposit into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy BVN NIN or Voter s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible They said the super agents refer to companies licensed by the CBN to recruit for the purpose of agency banking and will sensitise customers on opening wallets bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions Designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DMBs in line with the revised cash withdrawal limit policy Agents are also permitted to charge cash out fees for the cash swap transactions but prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for this service Okafor said While revealing principals super agents MMOs DMBs shall be held accountable for their agents adherence to the above guidelines they said these agents will render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transactions while the banks shall in turn render the same to the CBN on a weekly basis The exercise was performed on Friday in Asaba lllah lbusa Ogwashi Uku in Oshimili South Oshimili North and Aniocha South local government areas of the state Transporters plying inter and intra state routes in Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay at the new currency regime lamenting that it has come to compound the already tense atmosphere chocked by the prevailing fuel crises with a litre being sold for N400 in the state We don t have the time to leave our work to go and queue at the bank to deposit the old notes because the banks are already overcrowded with the approaching deadline a mini bus driver plying Uyo Ikot Ekpene road Udo Ekanem explained I already have a lot of old notes piled up and I had to tell my wife and children to help me go and bank them but some of them returned without depositing the cash he added Calling on government and the National Assembly to intervene by impressing it on the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN governor Godwin Emefiele to extend the deadline a commuter Effiong Inyang lamented that today I could not board a bus to Eket because the driver pointedly told me it s either the new notes or perish the thought of joining my bus I was stranded yesterday traveling from Uyo to Eket The driver suddenly stopped midway to demand for fares but was disappointed when nearly every passenger thrusted the old notes He rejected them and offered to coney only those with the new notes to their destination in Eket Less than four days to the deadline for the redesigned naira by the CBN some Point of Sale POS operators in Bauchi State who are still using the old currencies have increased charges for transactions in the old banknotes A check by LEADERSHIP Weekend showed that the operators increased deposit charges by about 50 per cent The operators are now charging between N150 and N200 for N5 000 and N10 000 deposits as against N100 while others simply refused transactions in the old naira notes A POS operator Mrs Grace Simon said she rejected the old naira notes because it was difficult for her to deposit it in the banks due to long queues There is a multitude of customers in the banks you have to spend several hours in the queue to deposit the old naira notes Honestly I don t have the strength and that is why some of us increased charges for old naira notes The charge for a transaction in the new banknotes still remains the same she said According to him the new notes are not readily available He narrated that all efforts to obtain the new notes from the banks to satisfy his customers proved abortive Nwakwe revealed that over 30 percent of cash outlay with him are of the old notes and intends to pay into his account waiting for further details A transporter Chima Ibezim expressed dismay in respect of the hardship he is passing through according to him the new notes are not in full circulation as commuters still pay with the old notes He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline so as to save the citizenry from further sufferings and untold hardship He urged the CBN to make available the new notes in larger quantities A visit by LEADERSHIP Weekend to many POS operators in Damaturu the state capital revealed that many are rejecting the old naira notes while few others still collect it I collect the old notes because our ogas said they don t have problem till on Sunday but many artisans that we roam about together in the town reject the old notes a cola nut seller Mohammed Nura said Governor Buni had in a statement issued by his director general on Press Affairs and Media Mamman Mohammed sought the extension to the deadline as only 4 out of the 17 LGAs have banks Commercial Activities have been paralysed in Jigawa State as people spend days on cues to withdraw money from ATM while old notes are been rejected ahead of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN deadline Local markets traders food vendors as well as other small and medium business are virtually shut down which has consequently thrown families into untold hardship Going round the state people seemed confused as new notes were difficult to get to meet their family needs while many lamented how the CBN policy is unfriendly to rural communities A trader in grains Bashir Maidaura narrated how he kept going to an ATM point for two days to get money for buying grains at local markets as old Naira notes are no longer accepted there Saifullahi Ibrahim of Kudai town Dutse local government who was found standing frustrated on a queue at an ATM point said he was very exhausted as he spent more than 12 hours without getting the new note to feed his children This CBN policy is very disgusting unfriendly and unfair to us the electorate who voted this government into power Mustapha Sulaiman of Kuma town Buji local government revealed that there was no single CBN or any commercial bank agent providing the people with new notes in exchanging with old notes Please we in villages lack access to the new notes Life is becoming very unbelievable for us as the old notes are rejected We are calling on the CBN governor to extend the deadline to avoid total breakdown of law and order in our society The security situation is already very alarming Mustapha stated We are politicians This policy has potent negative impact on our campaigns Please Baba Buhari and the CBN governor should look into our future and the difficulty our rural people are facing Extend the deadline and increase the withdraw limit for the sake of God Talatu called Residents of Ilorin Kwara State are going through difficult times due to the twin problem of acute fuel scarcity and rejection of old naira notes by petty traders Commercial drivers including motorcyclists and tricyclists have hiked transport fares as only a few filling stations that dispensed fuel as at the time of filing this report now sell a litre of petroleum at N350 The hike notwithstanding there were long queues at the filling stations Most poor residents were also starving because of the rejection of the old naira notes by food sellers LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that food vendors especially in the downtown in Ilorin were insisting on collecting new naira notes or N100 N50 and N20 notes Three residents of Okelele Alagbado and Oja Oba area of Ilorin Alh Mubaraq Salahu Raheem Onibembe and Alhaja Adenike Khadija confirmed the rejection of the old naira notes by food vendors and marketers Worse still the commercial banks were still paying their customers with the old naira notes A bank customer Alh Umaru Yerro said I was at a bank at Taiwo Road Ilorin this morning Friday to withdraw money The bankers offered me the old naira notes which I rejected Apparently they didn t have new naira notes I left the bank dejected A seller of beans cakes popularly called akara Alhaja Salamat AbdulGaniyu said I cannot take the old naira notes again from my customers as the January 31 deadline is fast approaching I don t want to be caught unawares On the rise in transport fares transporters blamed the hike on astronomical increase in the price of petroleum and the man hour spent at the filling stations queuing to buy fuel When LEADERSHIP weekend visited some ATMs at UBA Unity Zenith and Access banks along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital customers were on long queues waiting for the management of the banks to put new notes in their ATMs Our Correspondent gathered from some customers that most of them were at the banks from as early as 5 30am till midnight In Benue State most banks are still dispensing old Naira notes to their customers even at the ATM points In an interview one of the customers who vowed to return the old notes he withdrew from the ATM in one of the banks in Makurdi metropolis appealed to the CBN to extend the time for the usage of the old Naira notes since the new notes are limited in circulation Our correspondent who went round to monitor some of the banks observed that most banks were overcrowded because customers who came to withdraw money were rejecting the old notes In an interview one of the bank staff who pleaded anonymity said for over three days now their bank is yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN So they were dispensing what they had old notes to customers He said We don t know what is really the problem but most of the commercial banks including ours since the beginning of this week are yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN and our customers are rejecting the old ones A POS operator who did not want her name in print informed that instead of collecting 10 per cent for every amount deposited or withdrawn they were collecting 20 per cent for anyone that is collecting new notes and 10 percent for new notes Credit https leadership ng billions of old naira still in circulation 3 days to deadline
    Billions Of Old Naira Still In Circulation 3 Days To Deadline
     An estimated tens of billions of old naira notes remain in circulation and are predominantly the only means of conducting transactions in exchange for goods and services in many parts of the country This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria s January 31st deadline for phasing out the old currency is fast approaching Late last year the CBN introduced a redesigned currency for the 1000 500 and 200 naira denominations and asked all holders of the old currency to deposit them in banks before January 31 2023 which is now three days away CBN had also asked the banks to stop dispensing old notes from the Automated Teller Machines while most bank branches even in Lagos and the FCT had drastically reduced the money loaded in ATMs because of the shortage of the new notes as of Friday Some ATMs observed by our reporters had not dispensed for days The acute shortage of the new notes is however been felt mostly on the streets where commuters have been left stranded markets are struggling to stay open while businesses are being forced to rely on electronic transactions Our correspondents were on the streets in major cities and report that the old notes in circulation are still more than the redesigned new notes and yet are being rejected as a legal tender And with just three days to the deadline for old notes to cease to be legal tender in the country commercial banks are opening up their branches today Saturday January 28 and tomorrow Sunday January 29 for customers to deposit old notes in their possession Although the Central Bank of Nigeria had last year directed that banks open on Saturdays to allow customers ample time to deposit their old notes only a few opened up their branches on Saturdays with some opening a few designated branches Also established businesses had requested that customers pay either with transfer use the POS or pay with new notes Similarly informal businesses had resorted to accepting electronic payments for goods and services The Okada commercial motorcycle I took today refused to collect cash from me Obinna a civil servant told LEADERSHIP Weekend It was strange but he insisted that I paty with transfer as he said he had no intention of going to deposit old notes in the bank Similarly a petty trader who also runs an agent banking centre Mrs Ajoke said she stopped collecting the old notes on Friday afternoon as she had gone to make the last deposit in the bank The crowd in the banking hall was too much I don t think I want to do that again so I stopped collecting the old notes A survey by LEADERSHIP Weekend around Lagos on Friday showed a large crowd in the banking halls most of who were depositing cash There were also long queues at the ATMs for those who wanted to make withdrawals and wanted the new notes With barely three days to the CBN deadline on the validity of old naira notes residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT are appealing to the federal government to extend the deadline for the new naira policy as most traders and motorists have started rejecting the old naira notes It was observed that most residents in the territory are presently confused about how to get the new naira notes which they said has been difficult to get following reports of hoarding of the new notes by commercial banks Following the rejection of the old naira notes LEADERSHIP Weekend witnessed an incident in Dutse Alhaji market yesterday where a woman who simply identified herself as Mrs Donald bought foodstuff to take home to feed her family but when she paid the trader the seller rejected the money saying that it is no longer a legal tender The woman angrily dropped the money on the table for the trader after telling her that Tuesday January 31 is the deadline saying that she had no other money and that she cannot afford to let her children stay hungry which did not go down well with the trader who angrily ran after her to collect her wares back from the woman The issue of this money is becoming embarrassing because you have your money but cannot spend it on what your need I went to where I bank in Dutse but the cashiers refused to change the money I took there with the excuse that they do not have enough of the new notes This is wrong and should be corrected she said angrily and left Also it was observed that on most major roads in the FCT passengers were seen stranded not because there were no vehicles to take them to their destinations or because they do not have money on them but because commercial drivers were rejecting old naira notes from them One of the stranded passengers along Kubwa expressway Mr Ephraim Chukwuebuka said that most of the passengers spent hours on the road pleading with motorists to accept the old notes from them because the deadline is Tuesday but that they bluntly refused The whole thing is not funny at all With the way things are going there is no way I will go to work until I get the new naira notes which are presently like gold in Abuja because there is no way I can trek to the town where I work The federal government should look into this new naira policy because it is now obvious that it is the poor masses that are suffering from it When we go to the bank to change money they will say that the new notes are not enough to circulate So how are we going to survive this he queried Another stranded passenger Ms Cynthia Oluwole appealed that if the new naira notes printed are not enough to circulate for public use there is a need for the CBN and the federal government to extend the deadline until more new naira notes are in circulation I do not want to believe that the banks are hoarding the new naira notes for their selfish reasons or probably some rich and powerful Nigerians have collected their massive share of the money while they leave the poor Nigerians to suffer because of the policy Yobe state residents have decried the rejection and non availability of the redesigned N1000 N500 and N200 notes by traders and Point of Sales POS operators across the state Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent said it is unfortunate that traders have started rejecting the old Naira notes even before the January 31 2023 Now I wanted to buy some foodstuff but couldn t due to lack of the new notes A bank customer Bukar Baba said I was at the Automated Teller Machine ATM point but only few machines were dispensing the new notes with long queues while others are still dispensing the old notes Even the banking hall was filled to capacity as many people were trying to deposit their money ahead of the January 31 deadline Another resident Abubakar Musa said we don t know what to do The old currency is scarce and people have started rejecting the old ones Except fuel stations most of the traders have stopped collecting the old notes he said A trader Mansir Ali said yes we have started rejecting the old notes because we have only few days to the deadline and there are long queues in the banks So there is no way we can deposit our cash before the deadline We too are in dilemma because if you go to buy goods the dealers are rejecting the old notes I don t have many goods but due to scarcity of the new notes I can t buy goods that I don t have A hotel manager who would not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that As I m speaking with you we are no longer collecting old notes because if we collect old notes it will become difficult to deposit them before the deadline and the cash will become useless for us So we are accepting bank transfers A POS operator Alhaji Musa said yes we don t want to collect old Naira notes because people have stopped collecting it from us and when we get to the bank there are long queues and even at that the new notes are difficult to get Anger and frustration best described the feelings of most banks customers and other Edo residents following the inability of financial institutions in the state to make available the new naira notes Some operators of POS are also not left out as most customers are refusing the old naira notes However some commercial bus drivers popularly known as tuke tuke still collect the old naira notes from commuters A POS operator who spoke with LEADERSHIP weekend Ighodalo Festus appealed to the apex bank to extend the deadline on the collection of old notes Government should do something about this deadline on old notes This thing is killing our business People don t want to collect the old from us anymore and the banks are not giving us the new notes As bank customers besiege commercials banks in Delta State to beat the deadline for cash swap of new naira notes Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has advised that it should not result to panic and apprehension In Delta state there is rush associated with the exchange of old naira notes with old ones amid CBN s January 31 deadline Across the length and breadth of Asaba it s a dirge of agonies woes dilemma and confusion and frustration from commercial banks over the new naira notes debacle Traders are now skeptical and apprehensive on whether to continue their business transactions with the old naira notes or not They are simply confused on how to handle the issue whether to stop transacting business with the old notes when they don t have access to the new ones Gift Onaiye who sells crayfish shrimps and other seafoods for customers said she was surprised to discover that the withdrawal she was to make was to be paid in the old naira notes I don t have the new naira notes as none of my customers have paid me with them So how can I stop using the ones I have I can t just carry all my money to bank and be waiting for them to give me new notes What will I use to buy my personal needs if by Monday the deadline comes I don t know what to do She expressed her dilemma I only have three 200 hundred naira notes of the new currency which I have kept aside When I went to bank today to deposit all my money thinking if I withdrew some they would give me new currency notes it was still the old currency notes But the director Banking Services CBN Abuja Mr Sam Okejere and the CBN branch controller Delta State Mr Godwin Okafor allayed the fears of the masses saying there are several payment methods During a sensitisation programme on cash swap and facilitation of the circulation of its new naira notes Mr Okafor mentioned some of the payments to include instant payment online transfers bank verification number BVN debit credit cards international bank transfer among others While saying that the cash swap programme is in partnership with super agents and deposit money banks DMBs at different parts of the country The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10 000 per person Amounts above N10 000 may be treated as cash in deposit into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy BVN NIN or Voter s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible They said the super agents refer to companies licensed by the CBN to recruit for the purpose of agency banking and will sensitise customers on opening wallets bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions Designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DMBs in line with the revised cash withdrawal limit policy Agents are also permitted to charge cash out fees for the cash swap transactions but prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for this service Okafor said While revealing principals super agents MMOs DMBs shall be held accountable for their agents adherence to the above guidelines they said these agents will render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transactions while the banks shall in turn render the same to the CBN on a weekly basis The exercise was performed on Friday in Asaba lllah lbusa Ogwashi Uku in Oshimili South Oshimili North and Aniocha South local government areas of the state Transporters plying inter and intra state routes in Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay at the new currency regime lamenting that it has come to compound the already tense atmosphere chocked by the prevailing fuel crises with a litre being sold for N400 in the state We don t have the time to leave our work to go and queue at the bank to deposit the old notes because the banks are already overcrowded with the approaching deadline a mini bus driver plying Uyo Ikot Ekpene road Udo Ekanem explained I already have a lot of old notes piled up and I had to tell my wife and children to help me go and bank them but some of them returned without depositing the cash he added Calling on government and the National Assembly to intervene by impressing it on the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN governor Godwin Emefiele to extend the deadline a commuter Effiong Inyang lamented that today I could not board a bus to Eket because the driver pointedly told me it s either the new notes or perish the thought of joining my bus I was stranded yesterday traveling from Uyo to Eket The driver suddenly stopped midway to demand for fares but was disappointed when nearly every passenger thrusted the old notes He rejected them and offered to coney only those with the new notes to their destination in Eket Less than four days to the deadline for the redesigned naira by the CBN some Point of Sale POS operators in Bauchi State who are still using the old currencies have increased charges for transactions in the old banknotes A check by LEADERSHIP Weekend showed that the operators increased deposit charges by about 50 per cent The operators are now charging between N150 and N200 for N5 000 and N10 000 deposits as against N100 while others simply refused transactions in the old naira notes A POS operator Mrs Grace Simon said she rejected the old naira notes because it was difficult for her to deposit it in the banks due to long queues There is a multitude of customers in the banks you have to spend several hours in the queue to deposit the old naira notes Honestly I don t have the strength and that is why some of us increased charges for old naira notes The charge for a transaction in the new banknotes still remains the same she said According to him the new notes are not readily available He narrated that all efforts to obtain the new notes from the banks to satisfy his customers proved abortive Nwakwe revealed that over 30 percent of cash outlay with him are of the old notes and intends to pay into his account waiting for further details A transporter Chima Ibezim expressed dismay in respect of the hardship he is passing through according to him the new notes are not in full circulation as commuters still pay with the old notes He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline so as to save the citizenry from further sufferings and untold hardship He urged the CBN to make available the new notes in larger quantities A visit by LEADERSHIP Weekend to many POS operators in Damaturu the state capital revealed that many are rejecting the old naira notes while few others still collect it I collect the old notes because our ogas said they don t have problem till on Sunday but many artisans that we roam about together in the town reject the old notes a cola nut seller Mohammed Nura said Governor Buni had in a statement issued by his director general on Press Affairs and Media Mamman Mohammed sought the extension to the deadline as only 4 out of the 17 LGAs have banks Commercial Activities have been paralysed in Jigawa State as people spend days on cues to withdraw money from ATM while old notes are been rejected ahead of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN deadline Local markets traders food vendors as well as other small and medium business are virtually shut down which has consequently thrown families into untold hardship Going round the state people seemed confused as new notes were difficult to get to meet their family needs while many lamented how the CBN policy is unfriendly to rural communities A trader in grains Bashir Maidaura narrated how he kept going to an ATM point for two days to get money for buying grains at local markets as old Naira notes are no longer accepted there Saifullahi Ibrahim of Kudai town Dutse local government who was found standing frustrated on a queue at an ATM point said he was very exhausted as he spent more than 12 hours without getting the new note to feed his children This CBN policy is very disgusting unfriendly and unfair to us the electorate who voted this government into power Mustapha Sulaiman of Kuma town Buji local government revealed that there was no single CBN or any commercial bank agent providing the people with new notes in exchanging with old notes Please we in villages lack access to the new notes Life is becoming very unbelievable for us as the old notes are rejected We are calling on the CBN governor to extend the deadline to avoid total breakdown of law and order in our society The security situation is already very alarming Mustapha stated We are politicians This policy has potent negative impact on our campaigns Please Baba Buhari and the CBN governor should look into our future and the difficulty our rural people are facing Extend the deadline and increase the withdraw limit for the sake of God Talatu called Residents of Ilorin Kwara State are going through difficult times due to the twin problem of acute fuel scarcity and rejection of old naira notes by petty traders Commercial drivers including motorcyclists and tricyclists have hiked transport fares as only a few filling stations that dispensed fuel as at the time of filing this report now sell a litre of petroleum at N350 The hike notwithstanding there were long queues at the filling stations Most poor residents were also starving because of the rejection of the old naira notes by food sellers LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that food vendors especially in the downtown in Ilorin were insisting on collecting new naira notes or N100 N50 and N20 notes Three residents of Okelele Alagbado and Oja Oba area of Ilorin Alh Mubaraq Salahu Raheem Onibembe and Alhaja Adenike Khadija confirmed the rejection of the old naira notes by food vendors and marketers Worse still the commercial banks were still paying their customers with the old naira notes A bank customer Alh Umaru Yerro said I was at a bank at Taiwo Road Ilorin this morning Friday to withdraw money The bankers offered me the old naira notes which I rejected Apparently they didn t have new naira notes I left the bank dejected A seller of beans cakes popularly called akara Alhaja Salamat AbdulGaniyu said I cannot take the old naira notes again from my customers as the January 31 deadline is fast approaching I don t want to be caught unawares On the rise in transport fares transporters blamed the hike on astronomical increase in the price of petroleum and the man hour spent at the filling stations queuing to buy fuel When LEADERSHIP weekend visited some ATMs at UBA Unity Zenith and Access banks along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital customers were on long queues waiting for the management of the banks to put new notes in their ATMs Our Correspondent gathered from some customers that most of them were at the banks from as early as 5 30am till midnight In Benue State most banks are still dispensing old Naira notes to their customers even at the ATM points In an interview one of the customers who vowed to return the old notes he withdrew from the ATM in one of the banks in Makurdi metropolis appealed to the CBN to extend the time for the usage of the old Naira notes since the new notes are limited in circulation Our correspondent who went round to monitor some of the banks observed that most banks were overcrowded because customers who came to withdraw money were rejecting the old notes In an interview one of the bank staff who pleaded anonymity said for over three days now their bank is yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN So they were dispensing what they had old notes to customers He said We don t know what is really the problem but most of the commercial banks including ours since the beginning of this week are yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN and our customers are rejecting the old ones A POS operator who did not want her name in print informed that instead of collecting 10 per cent for every amount deposited or withdrawn they were collecting 20 per cent for anyone that is collecting new notes and 10 percent for new notes Credit https leadership ng billions of old naira still in circulation 3 days to deadline
    Billions Of Old Naira Still In Circulation 3 Days To Deadline
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    Billions Of Old Naira Still In Circulation 3 Days To Deadline

    An estimated tens of billions of old naira notes remain in circulation and are predominantly the only means of conducting transactions in exchange for goods and services in many parts of the country.

    This is just as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s January 31st deadline for phasing out the old currency is fast approaching. Late last year, the CBN introduced a redesigned currency for the 1000, 500 and 200 naira denominations and asked all holders of the old currency to deposit them in banks before January 31, 2023; which is now three days away.

    CBN had also asked the banks to stop dispensing old notes from the Automated Teller Machines, while most bank branches, even in Lagos and the FCT, had drastically reduced the money loaded in ATMs because of the shortage of the new notes as of Friday. Some ATMs observed by our reporters had not dispensed for days.

    The acute shortage of the new notes is however been felt mostly on the streets where commuters have been left stranded, markets are struggling to stay open while businesses are being forced to rely on electronic transactions.

    Our correspondents were on the streets in major cities and report that the old notes in circulation are still more than the redesigned new notes, and yet are being rejected as a legal tender.

    And with just three days to the deadline for old notes to cease to be legal tender in the country, commercial banks are opening up their branches today, Saturday, January 28 and tomorrow, Sunday, January 29 for customers to deposit old notes in their possession.

    Although, the Central Bank of Nigeria had last year directed that banks open on Saturdays to allow customers ample time to deposit their old notes, only a few opened up their branches on Saturdays with some opening a few designated branches.

    Also established businesses had requested that customers pay either with transfer, use the POS or pay with new notes. Similarly, informal businesses had resorted to accepting electronic payments for goods and services.

    “The Okada (commercial motorcycle) I took today refused to collect cash from me” Obinna, a civil servant told LEADERSHIP Weekend.  “It was strange but he insisted that I paty with transfer as he said he had no intention of going to deposit old notes in the bank.”

    Similarly, a petty trader who also runs an agent banking centre, Mrs Ajoke said she stopped collecting the old notes on Friday afternoon as she had gone to make the last deposit in the bank. “The crowd in the banking hall was too much. I don’t think I want to do that again so I stopped collecting the old notes.”

    A survey by LEADERSHIP Weekend around Lagos on Friday showed a large crowd in the banking halls, most of who were depositing cash. There were also long queues at the ATMs for those who wanted to make withdrawals and wanted the new notes.

    With barely three days to the CBN deadline on the validity of old naira notes, residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are appealing to the federal government to extend the deadline for the new naira policy, as most traders and motorists have started rejecting the old naira notes.

    It was observed that most residents in the territory are presently confused about how to get the new naira notes which they said has been difficult to get, following reports of hoarding of the new notes by commercial banks.

    Following the rejection of the old naira notes, LEADERSHIP Weekend witnessed an incident in Dutse Alhaji market yesterday, where a woman, who simply identified herself as Mrs Donald, bought foodstuff to take home to feed her family, but when she paid the trader, the seller rejected the money, saying that it is no longer a legal tender.

    The woman angrily dropped the money on the table for the trader after telling her that Tuesday, January 31, is the deadline, saying that she had no other money and that she cannot afford to let her children stay hungry, which did not go down well with the trader who angrily ran after her to collect her wares back from the woman.

    “The issue of this money is becoming embarrassing because you have your money but cannot spend it on what your need. I went to where I bank in Dutse but the cashiers refused to change the money I took there, with the excuse that they do not have enough of the new notes. This is wrong and should be corrected,” she said angrily and left.

    Also, it was observed that on most major roads in the FCT, passengers were seen stranded, not because there were no vehicles to take them to their destinations or because they do not have money on them, but because commercial drivers were rejecting old naira notes from them.

    One of the stranded passengers along Kubwa expressway, Mr Ephraim Chukwuebuka, said that most of the passengers spent hours on the road pleading with motorists to accept the old notes from them because the deadline is Tuesday but that they bluntly refused.

    “The whole thing is not funny at all. With the way things are going, there is no way I will go to work until I get the new naira notes which are presently like gold in Abuja because there is no way I can trek to the town where I work.

    “The federal government should look into this new naira policy because it is now obvious that it is the poor masses that are suffering from it. When we go to the bank to change money, they will say that the new notes are not enough to circulate. So, how are we going to survive this?” he queried.

    Another stranded passenger, Ms Cynthia Oluwole, appealed that if the new naira notes printed are not enough to circulate for public use, there is a need for the CBN and the federal government to extend the deadline until more new naira notes are in circulation.

    “I do not want to believe that the banks are hoarding the new naira notes for their selfish reasons, or probably some rich and powerful Nigerians have collected their massive share of the money while they leave the poor Nigerians to suffer because of the policy.

    Yobe state residents have decried the rejection and non-availability of the redesigned N1000, N500 and N200 notes by traders and Point of Sales (POS) operators across the state.

    Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent said “it is unfortunate, that traders have started rejecting the old Naira notes even before the January, 31, 2023. Now, I wanted to buy some foodstuff but couldn’t due to lack of the new notes.”

    A bank customer, Bukar Baba said “I was at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point, but only few machines were dispensing the new notes with long queues while others are still dispensing the old notes. Even the banking hall was filled to capacity as many people were trying to deposit their money ahead of the January 31 deadline.”

    Another resident, Abubakar Musa said, “we don’t know what to do. The old currency is scarce and people have started rejecting the old ones. Except fuel stations, most of the traders have stopped collecting the old notes,” he said.

    A trader, Mansir Ali said “yes, we have started rejecting the old notes because, we have only few days to the deadline and there are long queues in the banks. So, there is no way we can deposit our cash before the deadline.

    “We, too, are in dilemma because if you go to buy goods, the dealers are rejecting the old notes. I don’t have many goods but due to scarcity of the new notes, I can’t buy goods that I don’t have.”

    A hotel manager who would not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that, “As I’m speaking with you, we are no longer collecting old notes because if we collect old notes, it will become difficult to deposit them before the deadline and the cash will become useless for us. So, we are accepting bank transfers.

    A POS operator, Alhaji Musa said “yes we don’t want to collect old Naira notes because people have stopped collecting it from us and when we get to the bank, there are long queues and even at that, the new notes are difficult to get.”

    Anger and frustration best described the feelings of most banks’ customers and other Edo residents following the inability of financial institutions in the state to make available the new naira notes.

    Some operators of POS are also not left out as most customers are refusing the old naira notes.

    However, some commercial bus drivers popularly known as tuke-tuke still collect the old naira notes from commuters.

    A POS operator who spoke with LEADERSHIP weekend, Ighodalo Festus appealed to the apex bank to extend the deadline on the collection of old notes.

    “Government should do something about this deadline on old notes. This thing is killing our business. People don’t want to collect the old from us anymore and the banks are not giving us the new notes.

    As bank customers besiege commercials banks in Delta State to beat the deadline for cash swap of new naira notes, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised that it should not result to panic and apprehension.

    In Delta state, there is rush associated with the exchange of old naira notes with old ones amid CBN’s January 31 deadline.

    Across the length and breadth of Asaba, it’s a dirge of agonies, woes, dilemma and confusion and frustration from commercial banks over the new naira notes debacle.

    Traders are now skeptical and apprehensive on whether to continue their business transactions with the old naira notes or not. They are simply confused on how to handle the issue whether to stop transacting business with the old notes when they don’t have access to the new ones.

    Gift Onaiye who sells crayfish, shrimps and other seafoods for customers said she was surprised to discover that the withdrawal she was to make was to be paid in the old naira notes!

    “I don’t have the new naira notes as none of my customers have paid me with them. So, how can I stop using the ones I have? I can’t just carry all my money to bank and be waiting for them to give me new notes. What will I use to buy my personal needs if by Monday, the deadline comes? I don’t know what to do.”

    She expressed her dilemma: “I only have three 200 hundred naira notes of the new currency which I have kept aside. When I went to bank today to deposit all my money thinking if I withdrew some, they would give me new currency notes, it was still the old currency notes.”

    But the director, Banking Services, CBN, Abuja Mr Sam Okejere and the CBN branch controller, Delta State, Mr Godwin Okafor, allayed the fears of the masses, saying there are several payment methods.

    During a sensitisation programme on cash swap and facilitation of the circulation of its new naira notes, Mr Okafor mentioned some of the payments to include instant payment, online transfers, bank verification number (BVN), debit/credit cards, international bank transfer, among others.

    While saying that the cash swap programme is in partnership with super agents and deposit money banks (DMBs) at different parts of the country, “The agent shall exchange a maximum of N10,000 per person. Amounts above N10,000 may be treated as cash-in deposit into wallets or bank accounts in line with the cashless policy. BVN, NIN, or Voter’s card details of the customers should be captured as much as possible.

    They said the super agents refer to companies licensed by the CBN to recruit for the purpose of agency banking and will sensitise customers on opening wallets, bank accounts and the various channels for conducting electronic transactions.

    “Designated agents are eligible to collect the redesigned notes from DMBs in line with the revised cash withdrawal limit policy. Agents are also permitted to charge cash-out fees for the cash swap transactions but prohibited from charging any further commissions to customers for this service,” Okafor said.

    While revealing principals (super agents, MMOs, DMBs) shall be held accountable for their agents’ adherence to the above guidelines, they said these agents will render weekly returns to their designated banks regarding the cash swap transactions while the banks shall in turn render the same to the CBN on a weekly basis.

    The exercise was performed on Friday in Asaba, lllah, lbusa, Ogwashi-Uku, in Oshimili South, Oshimili North and Aniocha South local government areas of the state.

    Transporters plying inter and intra-state routes in Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay at the new currency regime, lamenting that it has come to compound the already tense atmosphere chocked by the prevailing fuel crises with a litre being sold for N400 in the state.

    “We don’t have the time to leave our work to go and queue at the bank to deposit the old notes because the banks are already overcrowded with the approaching deadline,” a mini-bus driver plying Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road, Udo Ekanem explained.

    “I already have a lot of old notes piled up and I had to tell my wife and children to help me go and bank them, but some of them returned without depositing the cash,” he added.

    Calling on government and the National Assembly to intervene by impressing it on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, to extend the deadline, a commuter, Effiong Inyang lamented that “today, I could not board a bus to Eket because the driver pointedly told me it’s either the new notes or perish the thought of joining my bus.

    “I was stranded yesterday traveling from Uyo to Eket. The driver suddenly stopped midway to demand for fares, but was disappointed when nearly every passenger thrusted the old notes. He rejected them and offered to coney only those with the new notes to their destination in Eket.”

    Less than four days to the deadline for the redesigned naira by the CBN, some Point-of-Sale (POS) operators in Bauchi State who are still using the old currencies have increased charges for transactions in the old banknotes.

    A check by LEADERSHIP Weekend showed that the operators increased deposit charges by about 50 per cent.

    The operators are now charging between N150 and N200 for N5,000 and N10,000 deposits as against N100, while others simply refused transactions in the old naira notes.

    A POS operator, Mrs Grace Simon said she rejected the old naira notes because it was difficult for her to deposit it in the banks due to long queues.

    “There is a multitude of customers in the banks, you have to spend several hours in the queue to deposit the old naira notes.

    “Honestly, I don’t have the strength, and that is why some of us increased charges for old naira notes.

    “The charge for a transaction in the new banknotes still remains the same,” she said.

    According to him, the new notes are not readily available. He narrated that all efforts to obtain the new notes from the banks to satisfy his customers proved abortive.

    Nwakwe revealed that over 30 percent of cash outlay with him are of the old notes and intends to pay into his account waiting for further details.

    A transporter, Chima Ibezim, expressed dismay in respect of the hardship he is passing through, according to him, the new notes are not in full circulation as commuters still pay with the old notes.

    He appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline so as to save the citizenry from further sufferings and untold hardship. He urged the CBN to make available the new notes in larger quantities.

    A visit by LEADERSHIP Weekend to many POS operators in Damaturu, the state capital, revealed that many are rejecting the old naira notes while few others still collect it.

    “I collect the old notes because our ogas said they don’t have problem till on Sunday but, many artisans that we roam about together in the town, reject the old notes,” a cola nut seller, Mohammed Nura said.

    Governor Buni had in a statement issued by his director-general on Press Affairs and Media, Mamman Mohammed sought the extension to the deadline as only 4 out of the 17 LGAs have banks.

    Commercial Activities have been paralysed in Jigawa State as people spend days on cues to withdraw money from ATM while old notes are been rejected ahead of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deadline.

    Local markets, traders, food vendors as well as other small and medium business are virtually shut down which has consequently thrown families into untold hardship.

    Going round the state, people seemed confused as new notes were difficult to get to meet their family needs while many lamented how the CBN policy is unfriendly to rural communities.

    A trader in grains, Bashir Maidaura narrated how he kept going to an ATM point for two days to get money for buying grains at local markets as old Naira notes are no longer accepted there.

    Saifullahi Ibrahim of Kudai town Dutse local government who was found standing frustrated on a queue at an ATM point said he was very exhausted as he spent more than 12 hours without getting the new note to feed his children.

    “This CBN policy is very disgusting, unfriendly and unfair to us the electorate who voted this government into power.

    Mustapha Sulaiman of Kuma town Buji local government revealed that, there was no single CBN or any commercial bank agent providing the people with new notes in exchanging with old notes.

    “Please, we in villages lack access to the new notes. Life is becoming very unbelievable for us as the old notes are rejected. We are calling on the CBN governor to extend the deadline to avoid total breakdown of law and order in our society. The security situation is already very alarming,” Mustapha stated.

    “We are politicians. This policy has potent negative impact on our campaigns.

    Please Baba Buhari and the CBN governor should look into our future and the difficulty our rural people are facing. Extend the deadline and increase the withdraw limit for the sake of God,” Talatu called.

    Residents of Ilorin, Kwara State are going through difficult times due to the twin-problem of acute fuel scarcity and rejection of old naira notes by petty traders.

    Commercial drivers, including motorcyclists and tricyclists, have hiked transport fares as only a few filling stations that dispensed fuel as at the time of filing this report now sell a litre of petroleum at N350.

    The hike notwithstanding, there were long queues at the filling stations.

    Most poor residents were also starving because of the rejection of the old naira notes by food sellers.

    LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that food vendors, especially in the downtown in Ilorin were insisting on collecting new naira notes or N100, N50 and N20 notes.

    Three residents of Okelele, Alagbado and Oja-Oba area of Ilorin, Alh Mubaraq Salahu, Raheem Onibembe and Alhaja Adenike Khadija confirmed the rejection of the old naira notes by food vendors and marketers.

    Worse still, the commercial banks were still paying their customers with the old naira notes.

    A bank customer, Alh Umaru Yerro said:”I was at a bank at Taiwo Road, Ilorin this morning (Friday) to withdraw money. The bankers offered me the old naira notes which I rejected. Apparently, they didn’t have new naira notes. I left the bank dejected.”

    A seller of beans cakes popularly called akara, Alhaja Salamat AbdulGaniyu said, “I cannot take the old naira notes again from my customers as the January 31 deadline is fast approaching. I don’t want to be caught unawares.”

    On the rise in transport fares, transporters blamed the hike on astronomical increase in the price of petroleum and the man-hour spent at the filling stations queuing to buy fuel.

    When LEADERSHIP weekend visited some ATMs at UBA, Unity, Zenith and Access banks along Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital, customers were on long queues waiting for the management of the banks to put new notes in their ATMs.

    Our Correspondent gathered from some customers that most of them were at the banks from as early as 5:30am till midnight.

    In Benue State, most banks are still dispensing old Naira notes to their customers, even at the ATM points.

    In an interview, one of the customers who vowed to return the old notes he withdrew from the ATM in one of the banks in Makurdi metropolis, appealed to the CBN to extend the time for the usage of the old Naira notes since the new notes are limited in circulation.

    Our correspondent who went round to monitor some of the banks observed that most banks were overcrowded because customers who came to withdraw money were rejecting the old notes.

    In an interview, one of the bank staff who pleaded anonymity said for over three days now, their bank is yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN. So, they were dispensing what they had – old notes – to customers.

    He said, “We don’t know what is really the problem but most of the commercial banks including ours, since the beginning of this week, are yet to get the new Naira notes from the CBN and our customers are rejecting the old ones.”

    A POS operator who did not want her name in print informed that instead of collecting 10 per cent for every amount deposited or withdrawn, they were collecting 20 per cent for anyone that is collecting new notes and 10 percent for new notes.

    Credit: https://leadership.ng/billions-of-old-naira-still-in-circulation-3-days-to-deadline/

  •  The Nigerian Flying Eagles defeated Bauchi s Wikki Tourists football club 2 0 in a friendly match at the FIFA Goal Project Package B Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja on Thursday night Lekan Adams opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 40th minute with a free kick from close range to take a 1 0 lead at half time At the restart Olusegun Otusanya scored the second goal in the 89th minute to seal the victory for the Eagles Speaking after the match Abdullahi Adamu the head coach of Wikki Tourists FC attributed their loss to fatigue They marked us out of fatigue because the second goal was an error by the goalkeeper while the first goal was a free kick So I think it was the exhaustion that resulted in the goals he said He said the Eagles were in shape and tactically better than his guys They are responding very well in their training and I think that in the future they will do very well in AFCON he said The assistant coach of the Flying Eagles Folorunsho Fatai also spoke saying that it was a good performance by the team We do have some bugs but as we go along we ll be making the necessary fixes on them he said He said they are trying to see how the team can improve their preparation before the AFCON tournament Honestly speaking we are going to work on all areas of our performance We just believe that we are going to work harder to correct our mistakes and mistakes We have identified some of our errors and from there We will continue to improve our performance We will also strengthen the team with more talented skilled and determined players Nigerian News Agency NAN had defeated Paul E Sports Football Academy 5 0 Capital City FC 5 0 Keffi Selected 7 0 AA Zaura FC 8 1 AS Roma Academy 2 0 and kickers Academy 8 0 in friendlies The team will also face Makurdi s Lobi Stars FC on Friday before playing a final match against Nasarawa United FC on Saturday The seven time African champions have been in camp in Abuja in preparation for the AFCON Under 20 2023 in Egypt from February 18 to March 16 NAN reports that Eagles qualified for the competition after they emerged as winners of the WAFU B regional tournament in Niger All AFCON semi finalists will automatically qualify for the FIFA U 20 World Cup in Indonesia
    Flying Eagles defeat Wikki Tourists FC 2-0 in friendly
     The Nigerian Flying Eagles defeated Bauchi s Wikki Tourists football club 2 0 in a friendly match at the FIFA Goal Project Package B Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja on Thursday night Lekan Adams opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 40th minute with a free kick from close range to take a 1 0 lead at half time At the restart Olusegun Otusanya scored the second goal in the 89th minute to seal the victory for the Eagles Speaking after the match Abdullahi Adamu the head coach of Wikki Tourists FC attributed their loss to fatigue They marked us out of fatigue because the second goal was an error by the goalkeeper while the first goal was a free kick So I think it was the exhaustion that resulted in the goals he said He said the Eagles were in shape and tactically better than his guys They are responding very well in their training and I think that in the future they will do very well in AFCON he said The assistant coach of the Flying Eagles Folorunsho Fatai also spoke saying that it was a good performance by the team We do have some bugs but as we go along we ll be making the necessary fixes on them he said He said they are trying to see how the team can improve their preparation before the AFCON tournament Honestly speaking we are going to work on all areas of our performance We just believe that we are going to work harder to correct our mistakes and mistakes We have identified some of our errors and from there We will continue to improve our performance We will also strengthen the team with more talented skilled and determined players Nigerian News Agency NAN had defeated Paul E Sports Football Academy 5 0 Capital City FC 5 0 Keffi Selected 7 0 AA Zaura FC 8 1 AS Roma Academy 2 0 and kickers Academy 8 0 in friendlies The team will also face Makurdi s Lobi Stars FC on Friday before playing a final match against Nasarawa United FC on Saturday The seven time African champions have been in camp in Abuja in preparation for the AFCON Under 20 2023 in Egypt from February 18 to March 16 NAN reports that Eagles qualified for the competition after they emerged as winners of the WAFU B regional tournament in Niger All AFCON semi finalists will automatically qualify for the FIFA U 20 World Cup in Indonesia
    Flying Eagles defeat Wikki Tourists FC 2-0 in friendly
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    Flying Eagles defeat Wikki Tourists FC 2-0 in friendly

    The Nigerian Flying Eagles defeated Bauchi's Wikki Tourists football club 2-0 in a friendly match at the FIFA Goal Project Package B Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Thursday night.

    Lekan Adams opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 40th minute with a free kick from close range to take a 1-0 lead at half time.

    At the restart, Olusegun Otusanya scored the second goal in the 89th minute to seal the victory for the Eagles.

    Speaking after the match, Abdullahi Adamu, the head coach of Wikki Tourists FC, attributed their loss to fatigue.

    “They marked us out of fatigue because the second goal was an error by the goalkeeper, while the first goal was a free kick.

    So I think it was the exhaustion that resulted in the goals,” he said.

    He said the Eagles were in shape and tactically better than his guys.

    “They are responding very well in their training and I think that in the future they will do very well in AFCON”, he said.

    The assistant coach of the Flying Eagles, Folorunsho Fatai, also spoke, saying that it was a good performance by the team.

    “We do have some bugs, but as we go along, we'll be making the necessary fixes on them,” he said.

    He said they are trying to see how the team can improve their preparation before the AFCON tournament.

    “Honestly speaking, we are going to work on all areas of our performance.

    We just believe that we are going to work harder to correct our mistakes and mistakes.

    “We have identified some of our errors and from there; We will continue to improve our performance.

    We will also strengthen the team with more talented, skilled and determined players.

    Nigerian News Agency (NAN) had defeated Paul E-Sports Football Academy 5-0, Capital City FC 5-0, Keffi Selected 7-0, AA Zaura FC 8-1, AS Roma Academy 2-0 and kickers Academy 8-0 in friendlies.

    The team will also face Makurdi's Lobi Stars FC on Friday before playing a final match against Nasarawa United FC on Saturday.

    The seven-time African champions have been in camp in Abuja in preparation for the AFCON Under-20 2023 in Egypt from February 18 to March 16.

    NAN reports that Eagles qualified for the competition after they emerged as winners of the WAFU B regional tournament in Niger.

    All AFCON semi-finalists will automatically qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

  •  The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 17 criminal suspects for offences ranging from conspiracy murder armed robbery truck snatching and abduction to unlawful possession of a firearm The Command s spokesman DSP Daniel Ndukwe said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the arrests and subsequent recovery of items were done within a month from Nov 1 to 27 Ndukwe said that the command recovered two firearms one live cartridge three mock guns a Sino Truck loaded with 789 bags of cement mobile phones ATM cards pieces of wrappers clothes and other incriminating exhibits He noted that the high point of the arrests included a native doctor that allegedly shot and murdered his client while testing the gunshot protection charm he prepared for him According to him on Nov 16 at about 11 00 p m police operatives serving in Isi Uzo Police Division arrested Emmanuel Odoh male and a native doctor aged 23 of Umuaram Village in the Ikem community of Isi Uzo Local Government Area Odoh was arrested for shooting and murdering his adult male client one Onunze Benedict of Eha Amufu community in the same LGA Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally fabricated single barreled gun to shoot and murder the victim in his shrine at the location while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him The gun has been recovered while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu he said The police spokesman said that acting on credible information police operatives serving in the 9th Mile Police Division on Nov 24 at about 3 20 p m arrested six male suspects in a building along Nsukka Makurdi Highway 9th Mile in Udi council area Ongoing investigation into the case at the Anti Robbery Section of the State CID has revealed that the criminal gang that is linked to a similar case earlier reported were perfecting plans to commit felonious crimes before they were apprehended he said Ndukwe said that the arraignment of all the suspects yet to be arraigned shall be done once investigations are concluded The police spokesman said that the state s Commissioner of Police Mr Ahmed Ammani urged the personnel to remain focused on the fight to flush unrepentant criminal elements out of the state The command is soliciting the continued support and cooperation of citizens of the state to flush out all unrepentant criminal elements he added
    Police arrest 17 suspects for various offences in Enugu
     The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 17 criminal suspects for offences ranging from conspiracy murder armed robbery truck snatching and abduction to unlawful possession of a firearm The Command s spokesman DSP Daniel Ndukwe said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the arrests and subsequent recovery of items were done within a month from Nov 1 to 27 Ndukwe said that the command recovered two firearms one live cartridge three mock guns a Sino Truck loaded with 789 bags of cement mobile phones ATM cards pieces of wrappers clothes and other incriminating exhibits He noted that the high point of the arrests included a native doctor that allegedly shot and murdered his client while testing the gunshot protection charm he prepared for him According to him on Nov 16 at about 11 00 p m police operatives serving in Isi Uzo Police Division arrested Emmanuel Odoh male and a native doctor aged 23 of Umuaram Village in the Ikem community of Isi Uzo Local Government Area Odoh was arrested for shooting and murdering his adult male client one Onunze Benedict of Eha Amufu community in the same LGA Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally fabricated single barreled gun to shoot and murder the victim in his shrine at the location while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him The gun has been recovered while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu he said The police spokesman said that acting on credible information police operatives serving in the 9th Mile Police Division on Nov 24 at about 3 20 p m arrested six male suspects in a building along Nsukka Makurdi Highway 9th Mile in Udi council area Ongoing investigation into the case at the Anti Robbery Section of the State CID has revealed that the criminal gang that is linked to a similar case earlier reported were perfecting plans to commit felonious crimes before they were apprehended he said Ndukwe said that the arraignment of all the suspects yet to be arraigned shall be done once investigations are concluded The police spokesman said that the state s Commissioner of Police Mr Ahmed Ammani urged the personnel to remain focused on the fight to flush unrepentant criminal elements out of the state The command is soliciting the continued support and cooperation of citizens of the state to flush out all unrepentant criminal elements he added
    Police arrest 17 suspects for various offences in Enugu
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    Police arrest 17 suspects for various offences in Enugu

    The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 17 criminal suspects for offences ranging from conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, truck snatching, and abduction to unlawful possession of a firearm.

    The Command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the arrests and subsequent recovery of items were done within a month from Nov. 1 to 27.

    Ndukwe said that the command recovered two firearms, one live cartridge, three mock guns, a Sino Truck loaded with 789 bags of cement, mobile phones, ATM cards, pieces of wrappers, clothes and other incriminating exhibits.

    He noted that the high point of the arrests included a native doctor that allegedly shot and murdered his client while testing the gunshot protection charm he prepared for him.

    According to him, on Nov. 16 at about 11:00 p.

    m. police operatives serving in Isi-Uzo Police Division arrested Emmanuel Odoh (male and a native doctor) aged 23, of Umuaram Village in the Ikem community of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area. “Odoh was arrested for shooting and murdering his adult male client, one Onunze Benedict, of Eha-Amufu community in the same LGA.

    “Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun to shoot and murder the victim in his shrine at the location while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him.

    “The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu,” he said.

    The police spokesman said that acting on credible information, police operatives serving in the 9th Mile Police Division on Nov. 24 at about 3.

    20 p.

    m., arrested six male suspects in a building along Nsukka/Makurdi Highway, 9th Mile in Udi council area.

    “Ongoing investigation into the case at the Anti-Robbery Section of the State CID has revealed that the criminal gang that is linked to a similar case earlier reported, were perfecting plans to commit felonious crimes before they were apprehended,” he said.

    Ndukwe said that the arraignment of all the suspects yet to be arraigned shall be done once investigations are concluded.

    The police spokesman said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Ammani, urged the personnel to remain focused on the fight to flush unrepentant criminal elements out of the state.

    “The command is soliciting the continued support and cooperation of citizens of the state to flush out all unrepentant criminal elements,” he added.

  •   The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly Ikuinyi O Ibani has commended Globacom for putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians through the ongoing Festival of Joy promotion He said Globacom is giving a home to the homeless This is one of the best things you can do to help anyone in life He called on other communication firms to emulate what Globacom is doing The Speaker spoke at the presentation of a three bedroom house to the latest winner in the promo Ola Owonifari Joseph in Port Harcourt on Thursday Joseph an indigene of Ekiti State described the build up to his winning the house as a miracle It s a miracle I still can t believe it Glo is our family network We rely on the network to communicate all the time and even with our family and friends I was not expecting anything but I got a call from a Glo officer who after a series of questions told me that I won a house I was too shocked he disclosed The 49 year old engineer added in an appreciative tone that I was just planning how to start developing my own land plot of land at my own pace Behold Glo showed up and made me a house owner This prize is for me and my family and we are moving in immediately God bless the owner the management and the staff of Globacom They will continue to grow from strength to strength I am overwhelmed with joy Earlier Globacom s Regional Manager Port Harcourt Mr Augustine Mamuro said that the company was glad to put smiles on the faces of lucky winners in the promo across the country From here Port Harcourt the festival of Joy promo train will move to other cities including Lagos Lokoja Yola Calabar Kano Enugu and Makurdi to present prizes to winners in these locations A total of 20 houses 24 brand new cars 100 generating sets 200 sewing machines and 1 000 rechargeable fans will be given out in the promo he added while urging Glo customers to dial the dedicated short code 611 and keep recharging voice and data during the promo period in order to be eligible to win the various prizes on offer The event was witnessed by the Chief Whip of Rivers State House of Assembly Hon Evans Bipi Deputy Chairman of Okrika Local Government Hon Obed Tamuno the representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission NLRC Port Harcourt office Mr Walson Dambo and Nollywood veterans Victor Osuagwu and Francis Duru among other guests
    Rivers speaker commends Globacom over Festival of Joy promo
      The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly Ikuinyi O Ibani has commended Globacom for putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians through the ongoing Festival of Joy promotion He said Globacom is giving a home to the homeless This is one of the best things you can do to help anyone in life He called on other communication firms to emulate what Globacom is doing The Speaker spoke at the presentation of a three bedroom house to the latest winner in the promo Ola Owonifari Joseph in Port Harcourt on Thursday Joseph an indigene of Ekiti State described the build up to his winning the house as a miracle It s a miracle I still can t believe it Glo is our family network We rely on the network to communicate all the time and even with our family and friends I was not expecting anything but I got a call from a Glo officer who after a series of questions told me that I won a house I was too shocked he disclosed The 49 year old engineer added in an appreciative tone that I was just planning how to start developing my own land plot of land at my own pace Behold Glo showed up and made me a house owner This prize is for me and my family and we are moving in immediately God bless the owner the management and the staff of Globacom They will continue to grow from strength to strength I am overwhelmed with joy Earlier Globacom s Regional Manager Port Harcourt Mr Augustine Mamuro said that the company was glad to put smiles on the faces of lucky winners in the promo across the country From here Port Harcourt the festival of Joy promo train will move to other cities including Lagos Lokoja Yola Calabar Kano Enugu and Makurdi to present prizes to winners in these locations A total of 20 houses 24 brand new cars 100 generating sets 200 sewing machines and 1 000 rechargeable fans will be given out in the promo he added while urging Glo customers to dial the dedicated short code 611 and keep recharging voice and data during the promo period in order to be eligible to win the various prizes on offer The event was witnessed by the Chief Whip of Rivers State House of Assembly Hon Evans Bipi Deputy Chairman of Okrika Local Government Hon Obed Tamuno the representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission NLRC Port Harcourt office Mr Walson Dambo and Nollywood veterans Victor Osuagwu and Francis Duru among other guests
    Rivers speaker commends Globacom over Festival of Joy promo
    Foreign2 months ago

    Rivers speaker commends Globacom over Festival of Joy promo

    The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi O.

    Ibani, has commended Globacom for putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians, through the ongoing Festival of Joy promotion. 

    He said: “Globacom is giving a home to the homeless.

    This is one of the best things you can do to help anyone in life”.

    He called on other communication firms to emulate what Globacom is doing.

    The Speaker spoke at the presentation of a three-bedroom house to the latest winner in the promo, Ola Owonifari Joseph, in Port Harcourt on Thursday. 

    Joseph, an indigene of Ekiti State, described the build-up to his winning the house as a miracle. 

    “It’s a miracle, I still can’t believe it.

    Glo is our family network.

    We rely on the network to communicate all the time and even with our family and friends.

    I was not expecting anything but I got a call from a Glo officer, who after a series of questions told me that I won a house.

    I was too shocked,” he disclosed. 

    The 49-year-old engineer added in an appreciative tone that: “I was just planning how to start developing my own land plot of land at my own pace.

    Behold, Glo showed up and made me a house owner.

    ” This prize is for me and my family, and we are moving in immediately.

    God bless the owner, the management and the staff of Globacom.

    They will continue to grow from strength to strength.

    I am overwhelmed with joy”. 

    Earlier, Globacom’s Regional Manager, Port Harcourt, Mr. Augustine Mamuro, said that the company was glad to put smiles on the faces of lucky winners in the promo across the country.

    “From here (Port Harcourt), the festival of Joy promo train will move to other cities including Lagos, Lokoja, Yola, Calabar, Kano, Enugu and Makurdi to present prizes to winners in these locations.  

    A total of 20 houses, 24 brand new cars, 100 generating sets, 200 sewing machines and 1,000 rechargeable fans will be given out in the promo,” he added, while urging Glo customers to dial the dedicated short code *611# and keep recharging (voice and data during the promo period) in order to be eligible to win the various prizes on offer. 

    The event was witnessed by the Chief Whip of Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Evans Bipi, Deputy Chairman of Okrika Local Government, Hon. Obed Tamuno, the representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Port Harcourt office, Mr. Walson Dambo, and Nollywood veterans, Victor Osuagwu and Francis Duru, among other guests.

  •  The Benue Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC on Friday arraigned one Robert Ahen 34 before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates Court for alleged criminal conspiracy and other offences Ahen is facing a four count charge of criminal conspiracy robbery extortion cheating and impersonation The NSCDC prosecuting counsel Mr Anthony Shaibu told the court that the accused was arrested following a complaint received from one Iorlaha Awaza a member of staff of the corps on Nov 17 Shaibu alleged that the accused residing behind RCM Primary School Zaki Biam Ukum Local Government had severally blocked the Federal Highway and robbed motorists He also alleged that the accused on or about Nov 17 with others now at large engaged in an illegal road block within Benue extorting and robbing innocent citizens of their monies and other personal belongings He said that the suspect during investigation voluntary confessed to the crime The prosecutor said the accused by his action contravened Sections 97 293 294 323 324 and 399 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State 2004 CAP 124 He said that investigation into the matter was ongoing and requested for additional time to complete it Shaibu said that the NSCDC is a statutory body bestowed with the power to prosecute offences pursuant to Section 3 1 f of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps amendment Act 2007 He said also that their power is also derivable from Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended However when the case came up for mention no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction The Chief Magistrate Mrs Rose Ioryshe remanded the accused at the Federal Correctional Centre Makurdi and adjourned the case till Jan 10 2023
    NSCDC arraigns man, 34, for alleged armed robbery
     The Benue Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC on Friday arraigned one Robert Ahen 34 before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates Court for alleged criminal conspiracy and other offences Ahen is facing a four count charge of criminal conspiracy robbery extortion cheating and impersonation The NSCDC prosecuting counsel Mr Anthony Shaibu told the court that the accused was arrested following a complaint received from one Iorlaha Awaza a member of staff of the corps on Nov 17 Shaibu alleged that the accused residing behind RCM Primary School Zaki Biam Ukum Local Government had severally blocked the Federal Highway and robbed motorists He also alleged that the accused on or about Nov 17 with others now at large engaged in an illegal road block within Benue extorting and robbing innocent citizens of their monies and other personal belongings He said that the suspect during investigation voluntary confessed to the crime The prosecutor said the accused by his action contravened Sections 97 293 294 323 324 and 399 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State 2004 CAP 124 He said that investigation into the matter was ongoing and requested for additional time to complete it Shaibu said that the NSCDC is a statutory body bestowed with the power to prosecute offences pursuant to Section 3 1 f of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps amendment Act 2007 He said also that their power is also derivable from Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended However when the case came up for mention no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction The Chief Magistrate Mrs Rose Ioryshe remanded the accused at the Federal Correctional Centre Makurdi and adjourned the case till Jan 10 2023
    NSCDC arraigns man, 34, for alleged armed robbery
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    NSCDC arraigns man, 34, for alleged armed robbery

    The Benue Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Friday arraigned one Robert Ahen,34, before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged criminal conspiracy and other offences.

    Ahen is facing a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, robbery, extortion, cheating and impersonation.

    The NSCDC prosecuting counsel, Mr Anthony Shaibu, told the court that the accused was arrested following a complaint received from one Iorlaha Awaza, a member of staff of the corps on Nov. 17.

    Shaibu alleged that the accused residing behind RCM Primary School, Zaki-Biam, Ukum Local Government, had severally blocked the Federal Highway and robbed motorists.

    He also alleged that the accused on or about Nov. 17, with others now at large, engaged in an illegal road block within Benue, extorting and robbing innocent citizens of their monies and other personal belongings.

    He said that the suspect during investigation voluntary confessed to the crime.

    The prosecutor said the accused, by his action, contravened Sections 97, 293, 294, 323, 324, and 399 of the Penal Code, Law of Benue State 2004 CAP 124.

    He said that investigation into the matter was ongoing and requested for additional time to complete it.

    Shaibu said that the NSCDC is a statutory body bestowed with the power to prosecute offences pursuant to Section 3 (1) (f) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (amendment) Act 2007.

    He said also that their power is also derivable from Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

    However, when the case came up for mention,no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Rose Ioryshe, remanded the accused at the Federal Correctional Centre Makurdi, and adjourned the case till Jan. 10, 2023.

  •   Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA Dr Ushakuma Anenga has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners The event was organized by the NMA chapter Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long According to him diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise Unenga also said that overeating lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics especially weight loss to start an early treatment of diabetes He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar Diabetes specialist Dr Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050 ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation We need to raise more awareness we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don t fall victim to it he added Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors Therefore he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent Mr Michael Terngu Vembe State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts so that more pensioners benefit Agishi Benjamin a diabetic patient said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication The food is good but don t eat more than the required amount Diabetes is a deadly disease but it kills faster depending on how you manage it he added Dan Edwin Ter another retiree who has had the condition for six years said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non payment of his government pension arrears Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends family and associates The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees edited Source Credit NAN
    NMA warns against use of herbal medicine for diabetes treatment
      Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA Dr Ushakuma Anenga has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners The event was organized by the NMA chapter Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long According to him diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise Unenga also said that overeating lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics especially weight loss to start an early treatment of diabetes He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar Diabetes specialist Dr Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050 ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation We need to raise more awareness we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don t fall victim to it he added Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors Therefore he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent Mr Michael Terngu Vembe State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts so that more pensioners benefit Agishi Benjamin a diabetic patient said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication The food is good but don t eat more than the required amount Diabetes is a deadly disease but it kills faster depending on how you manage it he added Dan Edwin Ter another retiree who has had the condition for six years said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non payment of his government pension arrears Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends family and associates The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees edited Source Credit NAN
    NMA warns against use of herbal medicine for diabetes treatment
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    NMA warns against use of herbal medicine for diabetes treatment

    Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Ushakuma Anenga, has warned against using herbal remedies to treat diabetes.

    Anenga gave the advice on Wednesday in Makurdi during an awareness program to mark World Diabetes Day for Pensioners.

    The event was organized by the NMA chapter, Society for Family Physicians and Medical Women Association of Nigeria.

    He urged people with the condition to stick to their medications and maintain exercise diet in order to live long.

    According to him, diabetes prevention starts from youth and warns against sedentary lifestyle and encourages people to maintain regular exercise.

    Unenga also said that overeating, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are risk factors that predispose many people to diabetes.

    The president of the state NMA said that people should monitor their health statistics, especially weight loss, to start an early treatment of diabetes.

    He said diabetes treatment and control was too expensive for retirees with dwindling incomes and social networks.

    Unenga said that social challenges such as insecurity, poverty and increased stress level increase blood pressure and stimulate blood sugar.

    Diabetes specialist Dr. Barbara Akinbowa said Africa is expected to record the highest cases of diabetes between 2040 and 2050, ahead of Europe and the Americas which currently top the list.

    Akinbowa also said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation put seven out of 10 people over the age of 70 as diabetics worldwide.

    He expressed concern that the African health system could be overwhelmed if steps are not taken to prevent the situation.

    “We need to raise more awareness, we need to educate our people about this imminent danger so that we don't fall victim to it,” he added.

    Akinbowa said that excessive consumption of processed foods in the name of westernization was the main cause of diabetes in addition to hereditary factors.

    Therefore, he called for a return to traditional African foods to reduce the rate of diabetes on the continent.

    Mr. Michael-Terngu Vembe, State Chairman of the Nigerian Pensioners Union, appealed to the state government to provide free medical treatment to pensioners with diabetes and hypertension.

    He praised the organizers and said that more than 250 retirees have benefited from the awareness campaign.

    Vembe requested the extension of the program to the three senatorial districts, so that more pensioners benefit.

    Agishi Benjamin, a diabetic patient, said he has been with the disease for 19 years and has only survived thanks to proper nutrition and medication.

    “The food is good, but don't eat more than the required amount.

    “Diabetes is a deadly disease, but it kills faster depending on how you manage it,” he added.

    Dan-Edwin Ter, another retiree who has had the condition for six years, said he is finding it difficult to obtain medication due to non-payment of his government pension arrears.

    Ter said that he has been surviving thanks to the goodwill of friends, family and associates.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to raising diabetes awareness, organizers provided free treatment and donated test kits to retirees.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Worried by spate of unending kidnapping across the country civil rights advocacy group Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA yesterday urged the Federal Government to establish a national guard made up of special forces drawn from all wings of the armed forces to man the nation s highways HURIWA s national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko in a statement listed the notorious Abuja Kaduna and Lagos Ibadan Expressways where cases of kidnapping of road travellers have been recurring Onwubiko also denounced what he called the total failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out kidnapping for ransom and general insecurity that has made the country very unsafe The group condemned the serial abduction of schoolchildren from boarding schools across Nigeria According to reports a 16 year old abducted female student of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State gave birth to a child in captivity recently The young mother was among 11 remaining female students yet to be released after gunmen abducted over 100 students and eight teachers and killed a policeman in the mixed boarding school on June 17 2021 Commenting Onwubiko said The serial abduction of schoolchildren in boarding schools is alarming and there seems to be no end in sight to the social malady The memories of the Kankara Kagara Chibok Dapchi and other mass abductions are still fresh in the minds of conscientious Nigerians and these incidents still evoke electrifying shock However rather than come up with solid strategies to forestall such large scale kidnapping by terrorists the Federal Government has been snoring leaving marauders to have a field day while subjecting hundreds of parents to psychological torture and untold mental stress HURIWA demands the immediate release of the 16 year old abducted schoolgirl in Kebbi and her mates still in custody They must not be allowed to become another Leah Sharibu The Federal Government should be shameless for once and get them released immediately It is on record that about 53 418 Nigerians lost their lives to non state actors between May 29 2015 and October 15 2022 under President Muhammadu Buhari according to data obtained from the Nigerian Security Tracker a project of the Council on Foreign Relations of the United States of America All highways in Nigeria have either become death traps as a result of dilapidated roads or kidnappers den Such roads include the Abuja Kaduna road the Otukpo Eke Ugbokolo Otukpa highway Birnin Gwari Kaduna road Kaduna Saminaka Jos road Niger Suleja Lambata Bida road Enugu Ugwogo Nsukka Road Nsukka Adani Onitsha Road 9th Mile Nsukka Makurdi road Enugu Onitsha Expressway Ebonyi Enugu Abakaliki Expressway Abakaliki Afikpo Expressway Amasiri Okigwe Expressway Ivo Oso Edda road Benin Auchi road Ogbemudia Farm and Benin Ore Lagos expressway The attacked passenger train along Abuja Kaduna on March 28 2022 is still fresh and the nation is yet to recover from it
    Kidnapping: HURIWA seeks establishment of national guard to man highways
      Worried by spate of unending kidnapping across the country civil rights advocacy group Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA yesterday urged the Federal Government to establish a national guard made up of special forces drawn from all wings of the armed forces to man the nation s highways HURIWA s national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko in a statement listed the notorious Abuja Kaduna and Lagos Ibadan Expressways where cases of kidnapping of road travellers have been recurring Onwubiko also denounced what he called the total failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out kidnapping for ransom and general insecurity that has made the country very unsafe The group condemned the serial abduction of schoolchildren from boarding schools across Nigeria According to reports a 16 year old abducted female student of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State gave birth to a child in captivity recently The young mother was among 11 remaining female students yet to be released after gunmen abducted over 100 students and eight teachers and killed a policeman in the mixed boarding school on June 17 2021 Commenting Onwubiko said The serial abduction of schoolchildren in boarding schools is alarming and there seems to be no end in sight to the social malady The memories of the Kankara Kagara Chibok Dapchi and other mass abductions are still fresh in the minds of conscientious Nigerians and these incidents still evoke electrifying shock However rather than come up with solid strategies to forestall such large scale kidnapping by terrorists the Federal Government has been snoring leaving marauders to have a field day while subjecting hundreds of parents to psychological torture and untold mental stress HURIWA demands the immediate release of the 16 year old abducted schoolgirl in Kebbi and her mates still in custody They must not be allowed to become another Leah Sharibu The Federal Government should be shameless for once and get them released immediately It is on record that about 53 418 Nigerians lost their lives to non state actors between May 29 2015 and October 15 2022 under President Muhammadu Buhari according to data obtained from the Nigerian Security Tracker a project of the Council on Foreign Relations of the United States of America All highways in Nigeria have either become death traps as a result of dilapidated roads or kidnappers den Such roads include the Abuja Kaduna road the Otukpo Eke Ugbokolo Otukpa highway Birnin Gwari Kaduna road Kaduna Saminaka Jos road Niger Suleja Lambata Bida road Enugu Ugwogo Nsukka Road Nsukka Adani Onitsha Road 9th Mile Nsukka Makurdi road Enugu Onitsha Expressway Ebonyi Enugu Abakaliki Expressway Abakaliki Afikpo Expressway Amasiri Okigwe Expressway Ivo Oso Edda road Benin Auchi road Ogbemudia Farm and Benin Ore Lagos expressway The attacked passenger train along Abuja Kaduna on March 28 2022 is still fresh and the nation is yet to recover from it
    Kidnapping: HURIWA seeks establishment of national guard to man highways
    Foreign3 months ago

    Kidnapping: HURIWA seeks establishment of national guard to man highways

    Worried by spate of unending kidnapping across the country, civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, urged the Federal Government to establish a national guard made up of special forces drawn from all wings of the armed forces to man the nation’s highways.   

    HURIWA’s national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, listed the notorious Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan Expressways, where cases of kidnapping of road travellers have been recurring.  

    Onwubiko also denounced what he called the total failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out kidnapping-for-ransom and general insecurity that has made the country very unsafe. 

    The group condemned the serial abduction of schoolchildren from boarding schools across Nigeria.        

    According to reports, a 16-year-old abducted female student of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State, gave birth to a child in captivity recently.   

    The young mother was among 11 remaining female students yet to be released after gunmen abducted over 100 students and eight teachers, and killed a policeman in the mixed boarding school on June 17, 2021.   

    Commenting, Onwubiko said: “The serial abduction of schoolchildren in boarding schools is alarming and there seems to be no end in sight to the social malady.

    The memories of the Kankara, Kagara, Chibok, Dapchi, and other mass abductions are still fresh in the minds of conscientious Nigerians and these incidents still evoke electrifying shock.     

    “However, rather than come up with solid strategies to forestall such large-scale kidnapping by terrorists, the Federal Government has been snoring, leaving marauders to have a field day while subjecting hundreds of parents to psychological torture and untold mental stress.      

    “HURIWA demands the immediate release of the 16-year-old abducted schoolgirl in Kebbi and her mates still in custody.

    They must not be allowed to become another Leah Sharibu.

    The Federal Government should be shameless for once and get them released immediately.     

    “It is on record that about 53,418 Nigerians lost their lives to non-state actors between May 29, 2015 and October 15, 2022 under President Muhammadu Buhari, according to data obtained from the Nigerian Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations of the United States of America.     

    “All highways in Nigeria have either become death traps as a result of dilapidated roads or kidnappers’ den.

    Such roads include: the Abuja-Kaduna road, the Otukpo-Eke-Ugbokolo-Otukpa highway, Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road; Kaduna- Saminaka-Jos road, Niger Suleja – Lambata, Bida road, Enugu-Ugwogo-Nsukka Road; Nsukka-Adani-Onitsha Road; 9th Mile-Nsukka-Makurdi road; Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Ebonyi Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway; Abakaliki-Afikpo Expressway; Amasiri-Okigwe Expressway; Ivo-Oso Edda road, Benin-Auchi road; Ogbemudia Farm; and Benin –Ore-Lagos expressway. 

    “The attacked passenger train along Abuja-Kaduna on March 28, 2022, is still fresh and the nation is yet to recover from it.

  •   Governors Orthom and Wike Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has said that he cannot abandon Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers because he has proven to be a trusted ally Ortom revealed this at a banquet in honor of Governors Wike Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Okezie Ikpeazu and Seyi Makinde on Sunday in Makurdi He revealed that when the bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked him Wike was the first person to condemn him and emphasized that if they kill him they have killed Nigeria He was not silent He spoke without any fear When Benue was under siege he donated 250 million naira and later spent more than 700 million naira to help the state address the humanitarian crisis caused by the attacks He didn t stop at that He convinced Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom to also help the state and he donated 200 million naira to us Ortom said He also revealed that when two markets in the state were burned down Wike donated N200 million each Isn t he a worthy friend He is a worthy friend and we are working together to liberate the country he stated He said he would not support the People s Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar stressing that any of Atiku s supporters is his enemy I am not going to support any Fulani man to continue to do injustice to my people unless my people tell me to do otherwise he said Responding on behalf of the visiting governors Wike thanked Ortom for the honor he had given them Governor Rivers stated that no one could separate them no matter the blackmail emphasizing that they are united People want to break us up but they can t we are united therefore we can t be apart Wike said He also advised the leadership of the PPD in the center to always respect the agreements so that peace reigns edited Source Credit NAN
    Wike trusted, dependable ally, I can’t abandon him – Ortom
      Governors Orthom and Wike Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has said that he cannot abandon Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers because he has proven to be a trusted ally Ortom revealed this at a banquet in honor of Governors Wike Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Okezie Ikpeazu and Seyi Makinde on Sunday in Makurdi He revealed that when the bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked him Wike was the first person to condemn him and emphasized that if they kill him they have killed Nigeria He was not silent He spoke without any fear When Benue was under siege he donated 250 million naira and later spent more than 700 million naira to help the state address the humanitarian crisis caused by the attacks He didn t stop at that He convinced Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom to also help the state and he donated 200 million naira to us Ortom said He also revealed that when two markets in the state were burned down Wike donated N200 million each Isn t he a worthy friend He is a worthy friend and we are working together to liberate the country he stated He said he would not support the People s Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar stressing that any of Atiku s supporters is his enemy I am not going to support any Fulani man to continue to do injustice to my people unless my people tell me to do otherwise he said Responding on behalf of the visiting governors Wike thanked Ortom for the honor he had given them Governor Rivers stated that no one could separate them no matter the blackmail emphasizing that they are united People want to break us up but they can t we are united therefore we can t be apart Wike said He also advised the leadership of the PPD in the center to always respect the agreements so that peace reigns edited Source Credit NAN
    Wike trusted, dependable ally, I can’t abandon him – Ortom
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    Wike trusted, dependable ally, I can’t abandon him – Ortom

    Governors Orthom and Wike

    Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has said that he cannot abandon Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers because he has proven to be a trusted ally.

    Ortom revealed this at a banquet in honor of Governors Wike, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu and Seyi Makinde on Sunday in Makurdi.

    He revealed that when the bandits (suspected to be Fulani herdsmen) attacked him, Wike was the first person to condemn him and emphasized that if they kill him, they have killed Nigeria. He was not silent. He spoke without any fear.

    “When Benue was under siege, he donated 250 million naira and later spent more than 700 million naira to help the state address the humanitarian crisis caused by the attacks.

    “He didn't stop at that. He convinced Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom to also help the state and he donated 200 million naira to us,” Ortom said.

    He also revealed that when two markets in the state were burned down, Wike donated N200 million each.

    “Isn't he a worthy friend? He is a worthy friend and we are working together to liberate the country,” he stated.

    He said he would not support the People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, stressing that any of Atiku's supporters is his enemy.

    “I am not going to support any Fulani man to continue to do injustice to my people unless my people tell me to do otherwise,” he said.

    Responding on behalf of the visiting governors, Wike thanked Ortom for the honor he had given them.

    Governor Rivers stated that no one could separate them no matter the blackmail, emphasizing that they are united.

    "People want to break us up but they can't, we are united therefore we can't be apart," Wike said.

    He also advised the leadership of the PPD in the center to always respect the agreements so that peace reigns.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  Two men Torhemba Tyokyaa and Tartenger Ahemba were on Friday arraigned in a Makurdi Chief Magistrates Court for alleged intimidation and robbing two orphans of their late father s phone Tyokyaa and Ahemba who are of various addresses in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue were charged with criminal conspiracy criminal trespass criminal intimidation and robbery The prosecutor Insp Godwin Ato told the court that one Josephine Ashi filed the complaint at the B Division Police Station Makurdi on Oct 2 Ashi told the police that she and her sister Hembafan were in their late father s house at Owner Occupier Extension Makurdi on Oct 2 when the defendants in company of two other men stormed the house She said the defendants demanded that their late father s Toyota Camry Muscle 2010 be handed over to them She said following their refusal to comply with the demand the defendants and their accomplices started beating them The complainant further stated that while beating them the defendants also threatened to burn down their father s house if they refused to surrender all his property to them Ashi said they started shouting for help and when neighbours rushed in to their rescue the gang snatched their father s OPPO Android phone valued at N96 000 and drove off in a green gulf wagon with registration number KAL 120 PT The prosecutor said the defendants were arrested during police investigation and the others were still at large According to him the offences contravene sections 97 353 398 and 299 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue 2004 However the Chief Magistrate Mrs Roseline Iyorshe did not take the plea of the defendants for want of jurisdiction Iyorshe granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500 000 each and a surety each in like sum and adjourned the case to Dec 14 for further mention NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 men docked for alleged intimidation of 2 orphans
     Two men Torhemba Tyokyaa and Tartenger Ahemba were on Friday arraigned in a Makurdi Chief Magistrates Court for alleged intimidation and robbing two orphans of their late father s phone Tyokyaa and Ahemba who are of various addresses in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue were charged with criminal conspiracy criminal trespass criminal intimidation and robbery The prosecutor Insp Godwin Ato told the court that one Josephine Ashi filed the complaint at the B Division Police Station Makurdi on Oct 2 Ashi told the police that she and her sister Hembafan were in their late father s house at Owner Occupier Extension Makurdi on Oct 2 when the defendants in company of two other men stormed the house She said the defendants demanded that their late father s Toyota Camry Muscle 2010 be handed over to them She said following their refusal to comply with the demand the defendants and their accomplices started beating them The complainant further stated that while beating them the defendants also threatened to burn down their father s house if they refused to surrender all his property to them Ashi said they started shouting for help and when neighbours rushed in to their rescue the gang snatched their father s OPPO Android phone valued at N96 000 and drove off in a green gulf wagon with registration number KAL 120 PT The prosecutor said the defendants were arrested during police investigation and the others were still at large According to him the offences contravene sections 97 353 398 and 299 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue 2004 However the Chief Magistrate Mrs Roseline Iyorshe did not take the plea of the defendants for want of jurisdiction Iyorshe granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500 000 each and a surety each in like sum and adjourned the case to Dec 14 for further mention NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 men docked for alleged intimidation of 2 orphans
    General news3 months ago

    2 men docked for alleged intimidation of 2 orphans

    Two men, Torhemba Tyokyaa and Tartenger Ahemba, were on Friday arraigned in a Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court, for alleged intimidation and robbing two orphans of their late father’s phone.

    Tyokyaa and Ahemba, who are of various addresses in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue, were charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, criminal intimidation and robbery.

    The prosecutor, Insp. Godwin Ato, told the court that one Josephine Ashi, filed the complaint at the ‘B’ Division Police Station, Makurdi on Oct. 2. Ashi told the police that she and her sister, Hembafan, were in their late father’s house at Owner Occupier Extension, Makurdi, on Oct. 2, when the defendants, in company of two other men, stormed the house.

    She said the defendants demanded that their late father’s Toyota Camry Muscle 2010, be handed over to them.

    She said following their refusal to comply with the demand, the defendants and their accomplices started beating them.

    The complainant further stated that while beating them, the defendants also threatened to burn down their father’s house if they refused to surrender all his property to them.

    Ashi said they started shouting for help, and when neighbours rushed in to their rescue, the gang snatched their father’s OPPO Android phone, valued at N96,000, and drove off in a green gulf wagon, with registration number KAL 120 PT.

    The prosecutor said the defendants were arrested during police investigation, and the others were still at large.

    According to him, the offences contravene sections 97, 353, 398 and 299 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004. However, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Roseline Iyorshe, did not take the plea of the defendants for want of jurisdiction.

    Iyorshe granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each, and a surety each in like sum, and adjourned the case to Dec. 14, for further mention.


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  •  Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers has donated 25 buses to the campaign team of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Benue according to Gov Samuel Ortom Ortom who disclosed this on Tuesday in Makurdi during the inauguration of the party s campaign council said that each of the 23 local governments would get a bus Wike has also promised to be in Makurdi for the flag off of the campaigns slated for Monday Ortom said He thanked Wike for always standing with Benue people both in good and bad moments He said that if the Presidential candidate of the party addresses the challenges rocking the party all PDP members would work together to rescue Nigeria declaring that he had no issues with any candidate of the party He encouraged the national leadership of the party to listen to the voice of reason and address the burning issues raised by the five governors All I and my colleagues want is for the committee of the whole house to address the issues holistically If the issues that the five governors raised are not resolved I cannot guarantee what will happen during the presidential election he said The Acting Chairman of the party in the state Mr Isaac Mffo assured the gathering that PDP would win the 2023 polls stressing that the party had no opposition in Benue Dr Cletus Tyokyaa Director General of the Campaign Council who spoke on behalf of the members said that everything would be done to market the candidates toward victory Now that we have been inaugurated we will set the ball rolling in order to achieve great results Tyokyaa assured The state Woman Leader Mrs Ewaje Egwa appreciated Ortom for giving women a lot of appointments and supporting their political ambitions The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Ediga Akpa is the Secretary of the council while Mr Bemgba Iortyom is Director Media and Publicity among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gov. Wike has donated 25 buses to Benue PDP campaign team – Ortom
     Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers has donated 25 buses to the campaign team of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Benue according to Gov Samuel Ortom Ortom who disclosed this on Tuesday in Makurdi during the inauguration of the party s campaign council said that each of the 23 local governments would get a bus Wike has also promised to be in Makurdi for the flag off of the campaigns slated for Monday Ortom said He thanked Wike for always standing with Benue people both in good and bad moments He said that if the Presidential candidate of the party addresses the challenges rocking the party all PDP members would work together to rescue Nigeria declaring that he had no issues with any candidate of the party He encouraged the national leadership of the party to listen to the voice of reason and address the burning issues raised by the five governors All I and my colleagues want is for the committee of the whole house to address the issues holistically If the issues that the five governors raised are not resolved I cannot guarantee what will happen during the presidential election he said The Acting Chairman of the party in the state Mr Isaac Mffo assured the gathering that PDP would win the 2023 polls stressing that the party had no opposition in Benue Dr Cletus Tyokyaa Director General of the Campaign Council who spoke on behalf of the members said that everything would be done to market the candidates toward victory Now that we have been inaugurated we will set the ball rolling in order to achieve great results Tyokyaa assured The state Woman Leader Mrs Ewaje Egwa appreciated Ortom for giving women a lot of appointments and supporting their political ambitions The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Ediga Akpa is the Secretary of the council while Mr Bemgba Iortyom is Director Media and Publicity among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gov. Wike has donated 25 buses to Benue PDP campaign team – Ortom
    General news3 months ago

    Gov. Wike has donated 25 buses to Benue PDP campaign team – Ortom

    Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has donated 25 buses to the campaign team of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue, according to Gov Samuel Ortom Ortom, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Makurdi during the inauguration of the party’s campaign council, said that each of the 23 local governments would get a bus.

    “Wike has also promised to be in Makurdi for the flag-off of the campaigns slated for Monday,” Ortom said.

    He thanked Wike for always standing with Benue people both in good and bad moments.

    He said that if the Presidential candidate of the party addresses the challenges rocking the party, all PDP members would work together to rescue Nigeria, declaring that he had no issues with any candidate of the party.

    He encouraged the national leadership of the party to listen to the voice of reason and address the burning issues raised by the five governors.

    “All I and my colleagues want is for the committee of the whole house to address the issues holistically.

    “If the issues that the five governors raised are not resolved, I cannot guarantee what will happen during the presidential election,” he said.

    The Acting Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Isaac Mffo, assured the gathering that PDP would win the 2023 polls, stressing that the party had no opposition in Benue.

    Dr Cletus Tyokyaa, Director General of the Campaign Council, who spoke on behalf of the members, said that everything would be done to market the candidates toward victory.

    “Now that we have been inaugurated, we will set the ball rolling in order to achieve great results,” Tyokyaa assured.

    The state Woman Leader, Mrs Ewaje Egwa, appreciated Ortom for giving women a lot of appointments and supporting their political ambitions.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Ediga Akpa is the Secretary of the council while Mr Bemgba Iortyom is Director, Media and Publicity, among others.  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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