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  •  Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Chairman Ohanaeze Council of Elders has said that limiting the zoning of the country s presidency to North and South was not in the interest of all Nigerians Iwuanyanwu said this at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja adding that if the zoning principle must be observed it should be across the country s six geo political zones This he said would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency The 57 man committee of eminent Igbo business men which was inaugurated by Prof George Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land According to Iwuanyanwu the South East and North Centra l especially is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North South zoning arrangement If you want to zone we have six geo political zones in the country zone it along the geo political zones If you know you want to zone You say you are zoning it to the North and South If you zone the presidency to the North there is no way somebody from North Central will get it unless there is a mutual co operation from the North West which is very big And if you zone it to the South even if a zone in the South has been president several times by this zoning arrangement it doesn t stop them from contesting which is not exactly what zoning is all about he said He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness equity and justice and to see that the position goes round adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians While noting that the North had more local government areas Iwuanyanwu said Eastern States had fewer Political power is derived from the party and from delegates and if you look at recent elections we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places you have to have money We were not there when local governments were created it was created by the military now they say when it comes to South the South should go and agree and this is not fair he said Earlier Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting adding that they should critically harness the potentials and resources in the region to their advantage We have all it takes to deliver succor development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria In this wise our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models harnessing of potentials in the agriculture value chain through processing Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs which are the comer stones of Aslan economics I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path Obiozor said He added that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light He said membership of the newly inaugurated committee would be expanded as the need arises to enrich its ideas and mode of operation He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include Amb Okey Emuche Secretary Prof Charles Nwaekeaku Sen Orji Uzo Kalu Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife Sen Chief Chris Ngige Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo Others are Chimaroke Nnamani Dr Obiora Okonkwo Sen Ike Ekweremadu Chief Ogbonna Onu Chief Martin Elechi Sen Sam Egwu Sen Pius Anyim Chief Achike Udenwa Chief Ikedi Ohakim Dr Peter Odili Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia Chief Ned Nwoko Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala Tony Elumelu Sen Ken Nnamani Prof Barth Nnaji Sen Joy Emodi Chief Mrs Stella Okoli Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu Prof Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S/East, N/Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning – Iwuanyanwu
     Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Chairman Ohanaeze Council of Elders has said that limiting the zoning of the country s presidency to North and South was not in the interest of all Nigerians Iwuanyanwu said this at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja adding that if the zoning principle must be observed it should be across the country s six geo political zones This he said would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency The 57 man committee of eminent Igbo business men which was inaugurated by Prof George Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land According to Iwuanyanwu the South East and North Centra l especially is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North South zoning arrangement If you want to zone we have six geo political zones in the country zone it along the geo political zones If you know you want to zone You say you are zoning it to the North and South If you zone the presidency to the North there is no way somebody from North Central will get it unless there is a mutual co operation from the North West which is very big And if you zone it to the South even if a zone in the South has been president several times by this zoning arrangement it doesn t stop them from contesting which is not exactly what zoning is all about he said He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness equity and justice and to see that the position goes round adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians While noting that the North had more local government areas Iwuanyanwu said Eastern States had fewer Political power is derived from the party and from delegates and if you look at recent elections we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places you have to have money We were not there when local governments were created it was created by the military now they say when it comes to South the South should go and agree and this is not fair he said Earlier Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting adding that they should critically harness the potentials and resources in the region to their advantage We have all it takes to deliver succor development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria In this wise our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models harnessing of potentials in the agriculture value chain through processing Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs which are the comer stones of Aslan economics I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path Obiozor said He added that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light He said membership of the newly inaugurated committee would be expanded as the need arises to enrich its ideas and mode of operation He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include Amb Okey Emuche Secretary Prof Charles Nwaekeaku Sen Orji Uzo Kalu Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife Sen Chief Chris Ngige Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo Others are Chimaroke Nnamani Dr Obiora Okonkwo Sen Ike Ekweremadu Chief Ogbonna Onu Chief Martin Elechi Sen Sam Egwu Sen Pius Anyim Chief Achike Udenwa Chief Ikedi Ohakim Dr Peter Odili Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia Chief Ned Nwoko Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala Tony Elumelu Sen Ken Nnamani Prof Barth Nnaji Sen Joy Emodi Chief Mrs Stella Okoli Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu Prof Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S/East, N/Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning – Iwuanyanwu
    General news3 weeks ago

    S/East, N/Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning – Iwuanyanwu

    Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chairman Ohanaeze Council of Elders, has said that limiting the zoning of the country’s presidency to North and South was not in the interest of all Nigerians.

    Iwuanyanwu said this at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council’s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja, adding that if the zoning principle must be observed, it should be across the country’s six geo-political zones.

    This, he said, would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency.

    The 57-man committee of eminent Igbo business men which was inaugurated by Prof. George Obiozor, President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land.

    According to Iwuanyanwu, the South-East and North-Centra,l especially is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North, South zoning arrangement.

    “If you want to zone, we have six geo-political zones in the country, zone it along the geo-political zones.

    If you know you want to zone.

    “You say you are zoning it to the North and South.

    If you zone the presidency to the North, there is no way somebody from North-Central will get it, unless there is a mutual co-operation from the North-West. which is very big.

    “And if you zone it to the South, even if a zone in the South has been president several times, by this zoning arrangement, it doesn’t stop them from contesting; which is not exactly what zoning is all about,” he said.

    He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness, equity and justice, and to see that the position goes round, adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians.

    While noting that the North had more local government areas, Iwuanyanwu said Eastern States had fewer.

    “Political power is derived from the party and from delegates, and if you look at recent elections, we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places, you have to have money.

    “We were not there when local governments were created, it was created by the military, now they say when it comes to South, the South should go and agree and this is not fair,” he said.

    Earlier, Obiozor, President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction.

    He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting, adding that they should critically harness the potentials and resources in the region to their advantage.

    “We have all it takes to deliver succor, development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria.

    “In this wise, our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills.

    “This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models, harnessing of potentials in the agriculture value chain through processing, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which are the comer stones of Aslan economics.

    “I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve, but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path,” Obiozor said.

    He added that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light.

    He said membership of the newly inaugurated committee would be expanded as the need arises to enrich its ideas and mode of operation.

    He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally.

    He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation, and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour.

    He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include: Amb. Okey Emuche, (Secretary), Prof. Charles Nwaekeaku, Sen. Orji Uzo Kalu, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife, Sen. Chief Chris Ngige, Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo.

    Others are: Chimaroke Nnamani, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Chief Ogbonna Onu, Chief Martin Elechi, Sen. Sam Egwu, Sen. Pius Anyim, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Dr Peter Odili, Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia.

    Chief Ned Nwoko, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala, Tony Elumelu, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Sen. Joy Emodi, Chief Mrs Stella Okoli, Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, Prof. Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu the Chairman Ohanaeze Council of Elders says limiting the zoning of the country s presidency to North and South is not in the interest of all Nigerians Iwuanyanwu made the assertion at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja He said if the zoning principle must be observed it should be across the country s six geo political zones he said this would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency The 57 man committee of eminent Igbo business men inaugurated by Prof George Obiozor the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land According to Iwuanyanwu the South East and North Central especially is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North South zoning arrangement If you want to zone we have six geo political zones in the country zone it along the geo political zones If you know you want to zone You say you are zoning it to the North and South If you zone the presidency to the North there is no way somebody from North Central will get it unless there is a mutual cooperation from the North West which is very big And if you zone it to the South even if a zone in the South has been president several times by this zoning arrangement it doesn t stop them from contesting which is not exactly what zoning is all about he said He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness equity and justice and to see that the position goes round adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians While noting that the North had more Local Government Areas Iwuanyanwu said eastern states had fewer Political power is derived from the party and from delegates and if you look at recent elections we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places you have to have money We were not there when local governments were created it was created by the military now they say when it comes to South the South should go and agree and this is not fair he said Earlier Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting adding that they should critically harness the potential and resources in the region to their advantage We have all it takes to deliver succor development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria In this wise our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models harnessing of potential in the agriculture value chain through processing Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs which are the comer stones of Aslan economics I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path Obiozor said He said that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light He said membership of the newly inagurated committee would be expanded as the need arose to enrich its ideas and mode of operation He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include Amb Okey Emuche Secretary Prof Charles Nwaekeaku Sen Orji Uzo Kalu Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife Sen Chief Chris Ngige Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo Others are Chimaroke Nnamani Dr Obiora Okonkwo Sen Ike Ekweremadu Chief Ogbonna Onu Chief Martin Elechi Sen Sam Egwu Sen Pius Anyim Chief Achike Udenwa Chief Ikedi Ohakim Dr Peter Odili Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia Chief Ned Nwoko Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala Tony Elumelu Sen Ken Nnamani Prof Barth Nnaji Sen Joy Emodi Chief Mrs Stella Okoli Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu Prof Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S.East, N.Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning arrangement – Iwuanyanwu
     Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu the Chairman Ohanaeze Council of Elders says limiting the zoning of the country s presidency to North and South is not in the interest of all Nigerians Iwuanyanwu made the assertion at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja He said if the zoning principle must be observed it should be across the country s six geo political zones he said this would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency The 57 man committee of eminent Igbo business men inaugurated by Prof George Obiozor the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land According to Iwuanyanwu the South East and North Central especially is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North South zoning arrangement If you want to zone we have six geo political zones in the country zone it along the geo political zones If you know you want to zone You say you are zoning it to the North and South If you zone the presidency to the North there is no way somebody from North Central will get it unless there is a mutual cooperation from the North West which is very big And if you zone it to the South even if a zone in the South has been president several times by this zoning arrangement it doesn t stop them from contesting which is not exactly what zoning is all about he said He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness equity and justice and to see that the position goes round adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians While noting that the North had more Local Government Areas Iwuanyanwu said eastern states had fewer Political power is derived from the party and from delegates and if you look at recent elections we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places you have to have money We were not there when local governments were created it was created by the military now they say when it comes to South the South should go and agree and this is not fair he said Earlier Obiozor President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting adding that they should critically harness the potential and resources in the region to their advantage We have all it takes to deliver succor development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria In this wise our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models harnessing of potential in the agriculture value chain through processing Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs which are the comer stones of Aslan economics I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path Obiozor said He said that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light He said membership of the newly inagurated committee would be expanded as the need arose to enrich its ideas and mode of operation He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include Amb Okey Emuche Secretary Prof Charles Nwaekeaku Sen Orji Uzo Kalu Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife Sen Chief Chris Ngige Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo Others are Chimaroke Nnamani Dr Obiora Okonkwo Sen Ike Ekweremadu Chief Ogbonna Onu Chief Martin Elechi Sen Sam Egwu Sen Pius Anyim Chief Achike Udenwa Chief Ikedi Ohakim Dr Peter Odili Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia Chief Ned Nwoko Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala Tony Elumelu Sen Ken Nnamani Prof Barth Nnaji Sen Joy Emodi Chief Mrs Stella Okoli Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu Prof Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S.East, N.Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning arrangement – Iwuanyanwu
    General news3 weeks ago

    S.East, N.Central not favoured to win presidency by current zoning arrangement – Iwuanyanwu

    Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Chairman, Ohanaeze Council of Elders says limiting the zoning of the country’s presidency to North and South is  not in the interest of all Nigerians.

    Iwuanyanwu made the assertion at a meeting organised to inaugurate the council’s Finance and Development Committee on Sunday in Abuja,.

    He said if the zoning principle must be observed, it should be across the country’s six geo-political zones.

    he said this would give every Nigerian opportunity to aspire for the presidency.

    The 57-man committee of eminent Igbo business men, inaugurated by Prof. George Obiozor, the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, was to proffer ways of financing and developing economic activities in Igbo land.

    According to Iwuanyanwu, the South-East and North-Central especially, is not favoured to win the presidency going by the current North, South zoning arrangement.

    “If you want to zone, we have six geo-political zones in the country, zone it along the geo-political zones.

    If you know you want to zone.

    “You say you are zoning it to the North and South.

    If you zone the presidency to the North, there is no way somebody from North-Central will get it, unless there is a mutual cooperation from the North-West. which is very big.

    “And if you zone it to the South, even if a zone in the South has been president several times, by this zoning arrangement, it doesn’t stop them from contesting; which is not exactly what zoning is all about,” he said.

    He explained that zoning was to ensure fairness, equity and justice, and to see that the position “goes round”, adding that limiting it to North and South was against the interest of other Nigerians.

    While noting that the North had more Local Government Areas, Iwuanyanwu said eastern states had fewer.

    “Political power is derived from the party and from delegates, and if you look at recent elections, we have fewer local government areas and for you to penetrate to get other places, you have to have money.

    “We were not there when local governments were created, it was created by the military, now they say when it comes to South, the South should go and agree and this is not fair,” he said.

    Earlier, Obiozor, President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, said the meeting was also to give effect to matters of immense importance and relevance to Nigerians of Igbo extraction.

    He implored Nigerians of Igbo extraction to stop lamenting, adding that they should critically harness the potential and resources in the region to their advantage.

    “We have all it takes to deliver succor, development and a better and sustainable society for millions of our people and indeed Nigeria.

    “In this wise, our focus will be on economic activities that will engage our youths through employment opportunities and acquisition of skills.

    “This should be in line with our known entrepreneurship models, harnessing of potential in the agriculture value chain through processing, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which are the comer stones of Aslan economics.

    “I am conscious of the fact that the tasks we have set for ourselves will not be easy to achieve, but I am happy in the knowledge that they are doable and that we are on the right historical path,” Obiozor said.

    He said that the meeting demonstrated the determined efforts of Nigerians of Igbo extraction to tell their stories in a more positive light.

    He said membership of the newly inagurated committee would be expanded as the need arose to enrich its ideas and mode of operation.

    He said other committees would also be established to handle critical sectors that impacted on the people generally.

    He commended Iwuanyanwu for his sterling contributions towards the growth of Ohanaeze Nidigbo Worldwide as a body and the Igbo nation, and Nigerians in all segments of human endeavour.

    He also thanked ail those who worked closely with Iwuanyanwu to ensure the success that had been achieved.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee include: Amb. Okey Emuche, (Secretary), Prof. Charles Nwaekeaku, Sen. Orji Uzo Kalu, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezife, Sen. Chief Chris Ngige, Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okweslieze Nwodo.

    Others are Chimaroke Nnamani, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Chief Ogbonna Onu, Chief Martin Elechi, Sen. Sam Egwu, Sen. Pius Anyim, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Dr Peter Odili, Chief Chibuike Amaechi and Chief Celestine Omehia.

    Chief Ned Nwoko, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala, Tony Elumelu, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Sen. Joy Emodi, Chief Mrs Stella Okoli, Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, Prof. Maurice iwu are also members of the committee among others.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Dr John Otu lecturer at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo A EFUNAI in Ebonyi has harped on the need for sustainable human and infrastructural development in Ebonyi Otu one time Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki The former commissioner commended the leap in development arguing that the state had emerged from the ashes of underdevelopment and now reckoned among the frontline states in terms of human and infrastructural development He noted that Ebonyi was lucky to be endowed with credible leaders as governors since its creation in 1996 He explained that the policy thrusts of the leaders were centred on lifting the state and its people from poverty illiteracy disease infrastructure deficit and backwardness He commanded the incumbent governor Chief Dave Umahi for improving and sustaining the Ebonyi development vision through his massive landmark infrastructure He nonetheless attributed the success story of Ebonyi to the foundation laid by the administration of Sen Sam Egwu the first civilian governor If you go through what Ebonyi was before Egwu came on board you will know that Ebonyi was a sheer dessert nothing was here it was derisively called dust of the nation and there was virtually no tarred road in the state No pipe borne water in the state and that accounted for the high incidences of guinea worm and cholera infestations in the state And of course successive governments in our older states where the various parts of Ebonyi belonged marginalised us criminally so to speak so much so that the people here in Ebonyi were like urchins they were like layabouts they didn t know what education meant Thank goodness that Ebonyi was created in 1996 and we had to look inwards and Ebonyi was also lucky to have former Gov Sam Egwu as the first governor of the state Because of his background as an intellectual and academic he was able to know what was of primary importance to the state and so he tackled it head on on assumption of office Otu noted He extolled the achievements of the Egwu administration in education housing road construction job creation and empowerment Egwu s administration operated on a kind of mass oriented governance structure look at the free and compulsory education which he declared two years into his administration and sustained throughout the administration We could count the number of graduates from the state on inception at our fingertips our teaching hospital then had only two consultants and the Ministry of Health had only nine doctors So each time we think about the achievements of the state I ask how did Ebonyi move from the backwoods to the frontline he added Otu congratulated former governors Egwu Chief Martin Elechi and the current governor Umahi for sustaining the chain of development in the state and called on future leaders to expand and sustain their efforts As we mark 26 years of the creation of Ebonyi I appeal that future leaders should expand and sustain the giant strides recorded in human and infrastructure developments he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Otu, ex-Commissioner harps on sustaining human, infrastructure development in Ebonyi
     Dr John Otu lecturer at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo A EFUNAI in Ebonyi has harped on the need for sustainable human and infrastructural development in Ebonyi Otu one time Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki The former commissioner commended the leap in development arguing that the state had emerged from the ashes of underdevelopment and now reckoned among the frontline states in terms of human and infrastructural development He noted that Ebonyi was lucky to be endowed with credible leaders as governors since its creation in 1996 He explained that the policy thrusts of the leaders were centred on lifting the state and its people from poverty illiteracy disease infrastructure deficit and backwardness He commanded the incumbent governor Chief Dave Umahi for improving and sustaining the Ebonyi development vision through his massive landmark infrastructure He nonetheless attributed the success story of Ebonyi to the foundation laid by the administration of Sen Sam Egwu the first civilian governor If you go through what Ebonyi was before Egwu came on board you will know that Ebonyi was a sheer dessert nothing was here it was derisively called dust of the nation and there was virtually no tarred road in the state No pipe borne water in the state and that accounted for the high incidences of guinea worm and cholera infestations in the state And of course successive governments in our older states where the various parts of Ebonyi belonged marginalised us criminally so to speak so much so that the people here in Ebonyi were like urchins they were like layabouts they didn t know what education meant Thank goodness that Ebonyi was created in 1996 and we had to look inwards and Ebonyi was also lucky to have former Gov Sam Egwu as the first governor of the state Because of his background as an intellectual and academic he was able to know what was of primary importance to the state and so he tackled it head on on assumption of office Otu noted He extolled the achievements of the Egwu administration in education housing road construction job creation and empowerment Egwu s administration operated on a kind of mass oriented governance structure look at the free and compulsory education which he declared two years into his administration and sustained throughout the administration We could count the number of graduates from the state on inception at our fingertips our teaching hospital then had only two consultants and the Ministry of Health had only nine doctors So each time we think about the achievements of the state I ask how did Ebonyi move from the backwoods to the frontline he added Otu congratulated former governors Egwu Chief Martin Elechi and the current governor Umahi for sustaining the chain of development in the state and called on future leaders to expand and sustain their efforts As we mark 26 years of the creation of Ebonyi I appeal that future leaders should expand and sustain the giant strides recorded in human and infrastructure developments he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Otu, ex-Commissioner harps on sustaining human, infrastructure development in Ebonyi
    General news4 weeks ago

     Otu, ex-Commissioner harps on sustaining human, infrastructure development in Ebonyi

    Dr John Otu, lecturer at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (A-EFUNAI), in Ebonyi has harped on the need for sustainable human and infrastructural development in Ebonyi.

    Otu, one-time Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki.

    The former commissioner commended the leap in development, arguing that the state had emerged from the ashes of underdevelopment, and now reckoned among the frontline states in terms of human and infrastructural development.

    He noted that Ebonyi was lucky to be endowed with credible leaders as governors since its creation in 1996. He explained that the policy thrusts of the leaders were centred on lifting the state and its people from poverty, illiteracy, disease, infrastructure deficit and backwardness.

    He commanded the incumbent governor, Chief Dave Umahi for improving and sustaining the Ebonyi development vision, through his massive landmark infrastructure.

    He nonetheless attributed the success story of Ebonyi to the foundation laid by the administration of Sen. Sam Egwu, the first civilian governor.

    “If you go through what Ebonyi was before Egwu came on board, you will know that Ebonyi was a sheer dessert; nothing was here, it was derisively called ‘dust’ of the nation, and there was virtually no tarred road in the state.

    ” No pipe-borne water in the state and that accounted for the high incidences of guinea worm and cholera infestations in the state.

    “And of course, successive governments in our older states where the various parts of  Ebonyi belonged, marginalised us criminally so to speak, so much so that the people here in Ebonyi were like urchins, they were like layabouts, they didn’t know what education meant.

    ” Thank goodness that Ebonyi was created in 1996 and we had to look inwards and Ebonyi was also lucky to have former Gov. Sam Egwu as the first governor of the state.

    “Because of his background as an intellectual and academic, he was able to know what was of primary importance to the state and so he tackled it head-on, on assumption of office,” Otu noted.

    He extolled the achievements of the Egwu administration in education; housing, road construction, job creation and empowerment.

    “Egwu’s administration operated on a kind of mass-oriented governance structure; look at the free and compulsory education which he declared two years into his administration and sustained throughout the administration.

    ”  We could count the number of graduates from the state on inception at our fingertips; our teaching hospital then had only two consultants and the Ministry of Health had only nine doctors.

    “So, each time we think about the achievements of the state, I ask, how did Ebonyi move from the backwoods to the frontline?

    ” he added.

    Otu congratulated former governors Egwu, Chief Martin Elechi and the current governor, Umahi for sustaining the chain of development in the state and called on future leaders to expand and sustain their efforts.

    “As we mark 26 years of the creation of Ebonyi, I appeal that future leaders should expand and sustain the giant strides recorded in human and infrastructure developments,” he said.


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  •  Dr Paul Okorie ex Commissioner for Works in Ebonyi has applauded the giant strides made by successive governments in addressing human capital development needs and infrastructural deficit since Ebonyi was created in 1996 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ebonyi was carved out from the present day Enugu and Abia states by the administration of Gen Sani Abacha on Oct 1 1996 Okorie in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abakaliki reviewed the social economic and political travails of the Ebonyi people before the creation of the state According to him a lot of progress has been made in the areas of human development educational and economic empowerment infrastructural development as well as water and sanitation Okorie paid tributes to the state s past leaders whom he said their selfless contributions administrative ingenuity and leadership prowess accounted for the rapid development that the state has witnessed since its creation He said Ebonyi was in a very terrible state when it was created in 1996 and I happened to be one of the key operators since its inception in 1996 even up to 2013 Before Ebonyi was created everywhere was stinking heaps of refuse here and there everywhere was dirty the use of bucket toilets was the order of the day When you are going you will be perceiving odour people were just dying cholera and guinea worm infestations were endemic pigs were roaming freely on the streets competing with humans for available space The military administration created the Ebonyi State Environmental Protection Agency to tackle this environmental menace And the Ebonyi we met was in a terrible situation environmentally water roads education and everything was just in a very very bad shape But the first military administrator Walter Feghabor was on hand to tackle the little he could do within the short period he had as the military administrator He handed over to Mr Simeon Oduoye an Assistant Inspector General of Police who held sway briefly before the advent of civil rule in 1999 Dr Sam Egwu was elected first civilian governor in 1999 and served for two tenures Egwu as a former Commissioner for Education under the previous military administrations used the opportunity to articulate the challenges of the state and had to prioritise education He awarded free and compulsory primary and secondary education established the Ebonyi State University EBSU and made tuition fees affordable for students He introduced an overseas university exchange scholarship programme that saw many indigenes of the state pursue their higher degrees in the United Kingdom He revitalised the Ezilo and the old Abakliki water schemes which accounted for almost 24 hour water supplies in Abakaliki and its environs road projects and job creation also received a boost during the administration Through regular public water supplies we were able to tackle and eradicate guinea worm and cholera which were deadly endemic water borne diseases in the state The Ebonyi Rural Water and Sanitation Agency EBRUWSA was also on hand to install boreholes in rural areas where pipe borne water could not reach Okorie while applauding the achievements of former Gov Martin Elechi said that his government gave a boost to the development of rural communities through the building of ring roads building of 36 Unity Bridges to connect communities hitherto separated by rivers Elechi built the ultra modern Oferekpe and Ukawu water schemes to supply water to the greater percentage of Ebonyi communities but unfortunately the projects have not been completed to date Elechi also encouraged education During his time he still gave overseas university scholarships built model secondary schools and reintroduced boarding in model secondary schools in the state Elechi did quite well in road infrastructure he boosted the state Civil Service through regular promotion training and retraining of the workforce and payment of pensions and gratuities He built the ultra modern state secretariat at Ochudo Centenary City built Staff Development Centre Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre among other landmark projects he added Okorie also extolled the incumbent governor of the state Chief Dave Umahi for the administration s many landmark infrastructural development projects especially the urban and rural road construction and flyover bridges built in many parts of the state Okorie also called for the construction of more intra city roads in Abakaliki establishment of cottage industries to provide jobs and employment opportunities to enhance the per capita income of citizens and fast track development com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-Commissioner lauds giant strides in human, infrastructural development in Ebonyi
     Dr Paul Okorie ex Commissioner for Works in Ebonyi has applauded the giant strides made by successive governments in addressing human capital development needs and infrastructural deficit since Ebonyi was created in 1996 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ebonyi was carved out from the present day Enugu and Abia states by the administration of Gen Sani Abacha on Oct 1 1996 Okorie in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abakaliki reviewed the social economic and political travails of the Ebonyi people before the creation of the state According to him a lot of progress has been made in the areas of human development educational and economic empowerment infrastructural development as well as water and sanitation Okorie paid tributes to the state s past leaders whom he said their selfless contributions administrative ingenuity and leadership prowess accounted for the rapid development that the state has witnessed since its creation He said Ebonyi was in a very terrible state when it was created in 1996 and I happened to be one of the key operators since its inception in 1996 even up to 2013 Before Ebonyi was created everywhere was stinking heaps of refuse here and there everywhere was dirty the use of bucket toilets was the order of the day When you are going you will be perceiving odour people were just dying cholera and guinea worm infestations were endemic pigs were roaming freely on the streets competing with humans for available space The military administration created the Ebonyi State Environmental Protection Agency to tackle this environmental menace And the Ebonyi we met was in a terrible situation environmentally water roads education and everything was just in a very very bad shape But the first military administrator Walter Feghabor was on hand to tackle the little he could do within the short period he had as the military administrator He handed over to Mr Simeon Oduoye an Assistant Inspector General of Police who held sway briefly before the advent of civil rule in 1999 Dr Sam Egwu was elected first civilian governor in 1999 and served for two tenures Egwu as a former Commissioner for Education under the previous military administrations used the opportunity to articulate the challenges of the state and had to prioritise education He awarded free and compulsory primary and secondary education established the Ebonyi State University EBSU and made tuition fees affordable for students He introduced an overseas university exchange scholarship programme that saw many indigenes of the state pursue their higher degrees in the United Kingdom He revitalised the Ezilo and the old Abakliki water schemes which accounted for almost 24 hour water supplies in Abakaliki and its environs road projects and job creation also received a boost during the administration Through regular public water supplies we were able to tackle and eradicate guinea worm and cholera which were deadly endemic water borne diseases in the state The Ebonyi Rural Water and Sanitation Agency EBRUWSA was also on hand to install boreholes in rural areas where pipe borne water could not reach Okorie while applauding the achievements of former Gov Martin Elechi said that his government gave a boost to the development of rural communities through the building of ring roads building of 36 Unity Bridges to connect communities hitherto separated by rivers Elechi built the ultra modern Oferekpe and Ukawu water schemes to supply water to the greater percentage of Ebonyi communities but unfortunately the projects have not been completed to date Elechi also encouraged education During his time he still gave overseas university scholarships built model secondary schools and reintroduced boarding in model secondary schools in the state Elechi did quite well in road infrastructure he boosted the state Civil Service through regular promotion training and retraining of the workforce and payment of pensions and gratuities He built the ultra modern state secretariat at Ochudo Centenary City built Staff Development Centre Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre among other landmark projects he added Okorie also extolled the incumbent governor of the state Chief Dave Umahi for the administration s many landmark infrastructural development projects especially the urban and rural road construction and flyover bridges built in many parts of the state Okorie also called for the construction of more intra city roads in Abakaliki establishment of cottage industries to provide jobs and employment opportunities to enhance the per capita income of citizens and fast track development com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-Commissioner lauds giant strides in human, infrastructural development in Ebonyi
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    Ex-Commissioner lauds giant strides in human, infrastructural development in Ebonyi

    Dr Paul Okorie, ex-Commissioner for Works in Ebonyi, has applauded the giant strides made by successive governments in addressing human capital development needs and infrastructural deficit since Ebonyi was created in 1996.   The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that  Ebonyi was carved out from the present-day Enugu and Abia states by the administration of Gen. Sani Abacha on Oct. 1, 1996.   Okorie, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abakaliki, reviewed the social, economic and political travails of the Ebonyi people before the creation of the state.  

    According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the areas of human development; educational and economic empowerment, infrastructural development as well as water and sanitation.  

    Okorie paid tributes to the state’s past leaders whom he said, their selfless contributions, administrative ingenuity and leadership prowess accounted for the rapid development that the state has witnessed since its creation.  

    He said: “Ebonyi was in a very terrible state when it was created in 1996, and I happened to be one of the key operators since its inception in 1996 even up to 2013.   “Before Ebonyi was created, everywhere was stinking; heaps of refuse here and there, everywhere was dirty, the use of bucket toilets was the order of the day.  

    “When you are going, you will be perceiving odour; people were just dying,  cholera and guinea worm infestations were endemic; pigs were roaming freely on the streets, competing with humans for available space.  

    “The military administration created the Ebonyi State Environmental Protection Agency to tackle this environmental menace.  

    “And the Ebonyi we met was in a terrible situation environmentally; water, roads, education and everything was just in a very very bad shape.  

    “But,  the first military administrator, Walter Feghabor was on hand to tackle the little he could do within the short period he had as the military administrator.  

    “He handed over to Mr Simeon Oduoye, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, who held sway briefly before the advent of civil rule in 1999.   “Dr Sam Egwu was elected first civilian governor in 1999 and served for two tenures.  

    ” Egwu as a former Commissioner for Education under the previous military administrations used the opportunity to articulate the challenges of the state and had to prioritise education.  

    “He awarded free and compulsory primary and secondary education, established the Ebonyi State University (EBSU), and made tuition fees affordable for students.  

    ” He introduced an overseas university exchange scholarship programme, that saw many indigenes of the state pursue their higher degrees in the United Kingdom.  

    “He revitalised the Ezilo and the old Abakliki  water schemes, which accounted for almost 24-hour water supplies in Abakaliki and its environs, road projects and job creation also received a boost during the administration.  

    ” Through regular public water supplies, we were able to tackle and eradicate guinea worm and cholera which were deadly endemic water-borne diseases in the state.  

    “The Ebonyi Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (EBRUWSA) was also on hand to install boreholes in rural areas where pipe borne water could not reach.

    ”   Okorie while applauding the achievements of former Gov. Martin Elechi said that his government gave a boost to the development of rural communities through the building of ring roads, building of 36  Unity Bridges to connect communities hitherto separated by rivers.  

    “Elechi built the ultra-modern Oferekpe and Ukawu water schemes to supply water to the greater percentage of Ebonyi communities, but unfortunately, the projects have not been completed to date.  

    ” Elechi also encouraged education.

    During his time, he still gave overseas university scholarships, built model secondary schools and reintroduced boarding in model secondary schools in the state.  

    “Elechi did quite well in road infrastructure, he boosted the state Civil Service through regular promotion, training and retraining of the workforce and payment of pensions and gratuities.  

    ” He built the ultra-modern state secretariat at Ochudo Centenary City; built Staff Development Centre, Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre among other landmark projects,” he added.  

    Okorie also extolled the incumbent governor of the state, Chief Dave Umahi for the administration’s many landmark infrastructural development projects,  especially the urban and rural road construction and flyover bridges built in many parts of the state.  

    Okorie also called for the construction of more intra-city roads in Abakaliki,  establishment of cottage industries to provide jobs and employment opportunities to enhance the per capita income of citizens and fast-track development.

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  •  INEC registered 335 854 potential voters in Niger at the just suspended Continuous Voter Registration Continuous registration of potential voters for the 2023 general elections began across the nation on June 28 2021 and was suspended on Saturday July 30 2021 after some extensions of earlier deadlines Resident Electoral Commissioner Prof Sam Egwu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday that the registration of the potential voters in Niger also began on June 28 2021 He commended Niger residents for demonstrating maturity before during and after the exercise The turnout was very impressive especially in the last quarter there was an upsurge during the extension period he said He urged those who registered earlier than the last round of registration to endeavour to collect their cards as Permanent Voter Cards PVCs were waiting for collection at INEC offices at local governments headquarters Egwu said the date for collection of PVCs for the just suspended registration would be announced as soon as the cards were ready NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC registers 335,854 potential voters in Niger
     INEC registered 335 854 potential voters in Niger at the just suspended Continuous Voter Registration Continuous registration of potential voters for the 2023 general elections began across the nation on June 28 2021 and was suspended on Saturday July 30 2021 after some extensions of earlier deadlines Resident Electoral Commissioner Prof Sam Egwu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday that the registration of the potential voters in Niger also began on June 28 2021 He commended Niger residents for demonstrating maturity before during and after the exercise The turnout was very impressive especially in the last quarter there was an upsurge during the extension period he said He urged those who registered earlier than the last round of registration to endeavour to collect their cards as Permanent Voter Cards PVCs were waiting for collection at INEC offices at local governments headquarters Egwu said the date for collection of PVCs for the just suspended registration would be announced as soon as the cards were ready NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC registers 335,854 potential voters in Niger
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    INEC registers 335,854 potential voters in Niger

    INEC registered 335,854 potential voters in Niger at the just-suspended Continuous Voter Registration.

    Continuous registration of potential voters for the 2023 general elections began across the nation on June 28, 2021 and was suspended on Saturday July 30, 2021 after some extensions of earlier deadlines Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Sam Egwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday that the registration of the potential voters in Niger also began on June 28, 2021. He commended Niger residents for demonstrating maturity before, during and after the exercise.

    “The turnout was very impressive, especially in the last quarter; there was an upsurge during the extension period,’’ he said.

    He urged those who registered earlier than the last round of registration to endeavour to collect their cards as Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were waiting for collection at INEC offices at local governments’ headquarters.

    Egwu said the date for collection of PVCs for the just-suspended registration would be announced as soon as the cards were ready.


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  •   Chief Edward Nkwegu the Chairman Expanded Public Works Programme in Ebonyi has said that at least 13 000 volunteers participated in the Federal Government sponsored Special Works Pprogramme in the state Nkwegu made the disclosure on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Abakaliki He said that five participants were drawn from each of the 1785 polling units According to him the number represents about 70 per cent of the beneficiaries while 30 per cent was distributed among the political office holders The 30 per cent was distributed among the governor minister senators and other high profile political office holders In Ebonyi the scheme was structured in such a way that only the downtrodden were beneficiaries It is a very big success story in our state In fact it is our formula that has been used in other states More than 90 per cent of the beneficiaries had received their stipends of N66 000 spread for a period of three months Most of the beneficiaries have received their stipends except those who have issues with their Bank Verification Number BVN There are those who used different names in opening bank accounts and another name for registering the BVN So these are the few that are still having issues with their banks and as soon as they rectify the problem they will receive their credit alert Nkwegu said He said that the Federal Government had indicated its readiness to continue with the programme He said that the fresh edition would start as soon as fund was made available Nkwegu also spoke on the clamour for the governorship slot to be zoned to Ebonyi North Senatorial District He pointed out that zoning was designed to accommodate various interests and reduce political tension He said that the system had helped to shape the political structure and sociology of the state since the inception of the current Republic in 1999 He said Recall that the first executive governor of the state Sen Sam Egwu hail from Ebonyi North Chief Martin Elechi who succeeded him in 2007 is from Ebonyi Central Gov Dave Umahi from Ebonyi South took over from Elechi in 2015 and by 2023 he will complete his two tenures Zoning has helped the state to navigate through some of the political tensions associated with transiting from one government to another Many people appreciate that this formula is what has been working for the state So for me I think that we should work with that since it has favoured the state It first began in 1999 with Ebonyi North and since it has gone round courtesy demands that the second round should start from Ebonyi North where it started NAN reports that Nkwegu who is an industrialist contested for Ebonyi governorship position in 2015 on the platform of the Labour Party He has also indicated his interest to run for governor in 2023 under the banner of the All Progressives Congress ODO OOA USO Source Credit NAN
    13,000 Ebonyi indigenes took part in FG’s Special Works Programme – Chairman
      Chief Edward Nkwegu the Chairman Expanded Public Works Programme in Ebonyi has said that at least 13 000 volunteers participated in the Federal Government sponsored Special Works Pprogramme in the state Nkwegu made the disclosure on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Abakaliki He said that five participants were drawn from each of the 1785 polling units According to him the number represents about 70 per cent of the beneficiaries while 30 per cent was distributed among the political office holders The 30 per cent was distributed among the governor minister senators and other high profile political office holders In Ebonyi the scheme was structured in such a way that only the downtrodden were beneficiaries It is a very big success story in our state In fact it is our formula that has been used in other states More than 90 per cent of the beneficiaries had received their stipends of N66 000 spread for a period of three months Most of the beneficiaries have received their stipends except those who have issues with their Bank Verification Number BVN There are those who used different names in opening bank accounts and another name for registering the BVN So these are the few that are still having issues with their banks and as soon as they rectify the problem they will receive their credit alert Nkwegu said He said that the Federal Government had indicated its readiness to continue with the programme He said that the fresh edition would start as soon as fund was made available Nkwegu also spoke on the clamour for the governorship slot to be zoned to Ebonyi North Senatorial District He pointed out that zoning was designed to accommodate various interests and reduce political tension He said that the system had helped to shape the political structure and sociology of the state since the inception of the current Republic in 1999 He said Recall that the first executive governor of the state Sen Sam Egwu hail from Ebonyi North Chief Martin Elechi who succeeded him in 2007 is from Ebonyi Central Gov Dave Umahi from Ebonyi South took over from Elechi in 2015 and by 2023 he will complete his two tenures Zoning has helped the state to navigate through some of the political tensions associated with transiting from one government to another Many people appreciate that this formula is what has been working for the state So for me I think that we should work with that since it has favoured the state It first began in 1999 with Ebonyi North and since it has gone round courtesy demands that the second round should start from Ebonyi North where it started NAN reports that Nkwegu who is an industrialist contested for Ebonyi governorship position in 2015 on the platform of the Labour Party He has also indicated his interest to run for governor in 2023 under the banner of the All Progressives Congress ODO OOA USO Source Credit NAN
    13,000 Ebonyi indigenes took part in FG’s Special Works Programme – Chairman
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    13,000 Ebonyi indigenes took part in FG’s Special Works Programme – Chairman

    Chief Edward Nkwegu, the Chairman, Expanded Public Works Programme in Ebonyi, has said that at least 13,000 volunteers participated in the Federal Government-sponsored Special Works Pprogramme in the state.Nkwegu made the disclosure on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Abakaliki.He said that five participants were drawn from each of the 1785 polling units.According to him, the number represents about 70 per cent of the beneficiaries, while 30 per cent was distributed among the political office holders.“The 30 per cent was distributed among the governor, minister, senators and other high profile political office holders.“In Ebonyi, the scheme was structured in such a way that only the downtrodden were beneficiaries.“It is a very big success story in our state. In fact, it is our formula that has been used in other states.“More than 90 per cent of the beneficiaries had received their stipends of N66,000 spread for a period of three months.“Most of the beneficiaries have received their stipends except those who have issues with their Bank Verification Number (BVN).“There are those who used different names in opening bank accounts and another name for registering the BVN.“So, these are the few that are still having issues with their banks and as soon as they rectify the problem, they will receive their credit alert,” Nkwegu said.He said that the Federal Government had indicated its readiness to continue with the programme.He said that the fresh edition would start as soon as fund was made available.Nkwegu also spoke on the clamour for the governorship slot to be zoned to Ebonyi North Senatorial District.He pointed out that zoning was designed to accommodate various interests and reduce political tension.He said that the system had helped to shape the political structure and sociology of the state, since the inception of the current Republic in 1999.He said: “Recall that the first executive governor of the state, Sen. Sam Egwu, hail from Ebonyi North, Chief Martin Elechi, who succeeded him in 2007, is from Ebonyi Central.“Gov. Dave Umahi from Ebonyi South took over from Elechi in 2015 and by 2023 he will complete his two tenures.“Zoning has helped the state to navigate through some of the political tensions associated with transiting from one government to another.“Many people appreciate that this formula is what has been working for the state.“So, for me, I think that we should work with that since it has favoured the state.“It first began in 1999 with Ebonyi North and since it has gone round, courtesy demands that the second round should start from Ebonyi North, where it started.NAN reports that Nkwegu, who is an industrialist, contested for Ebonyi governorship position in 2015 on the platform of the Labour Party.He has also indicated his interest to run for governor in 2023 under the banner of the All Progressives Congress. ODO/OOA/USO

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  •   The Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Niger Prof Sam Egwu on Monday urged political parties to cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure the smooth implementation of the electoral process in the state Egwu while addressing stakeholders at the commission s headquarters in Minna said that only through their cooperation could the commission conduct a survey smoothly in 2023 He clarified who is responsible for transporting voters from IDP camps from bandit prone areas to safer locations saying it is not the responsibility of the commission He said there are IDP camps in 14 of the state s 25 local government areas He blamed voter apathy during elections for the failure of political offices and appointees claiming they often disassociated themselves from voters This usually makes it impossible for those who voted them into office to contact them again The next time you ask them to go out and vote they are reluctant Egwu said In his remarks the Niger Police Commissioner Mr Monday Bala Kuyas said that the police do not rest on their oars to ensure the conduct of free fair and non violent elections in 2023 Kuyas said that the commando has recorded success stories in battling bandits in recent times I assure all law abiding residents 100 percent that a formidable safety net has been put in place to allow eligible residents to exercise their franchise without threat to life and property he said The police commissioner advised political party leaders and candidates to instill in their supporters to avoid all forms of violence and vandalism before during and after the implementation of any electoral process Representatives from most of the registered political parties members of civil society organizations and the media attended the stakeholder meeting
    2023: INEC solicits cooperation of political parties
      The Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Niger Prof Sam Egwu on Monday urged political parties to cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure the smooth implementation of the electoral process in the state Egwu while addressing stakeholders at the commission s headquarters in Minna said that only through their cooperation could the commission conduct a survey smoothly in 2023 He clarified who is responsible for transporting voters from IDP camps from bandit prone areas to safer locations saying it is not the responsibility of the commission He said there are IDP camps in 14 of the state s 25 local government areas He blamed voter apathy during elections for the failure of political offices and appointees claiming they often disassociated themselves from voters This usually makes it impossible for those who voted them into office to contact them again The next time you ask them to go out and vote they are reluctant Egwu said In his remarks the Niger Police Commissioner Mr Monday Bala Kuyas said that the police do not rest on their oars to ensure the conduct of free fair and non violent elections in 2023 Kuyas said that the commando has recorded success stories in battling bandits in recent times I assure all law abiding residents 100 percent that a formidable safety net has been put in place to allow eligible residents to exercise their franchise without threat to life and property he said The police commissioner advised political party leaders and candidates to instill in their supporters to avoid all forms of violence and vandalism before during and after the implementation of any electoral process Representatives from most of the registered political parties members of civil society organizations and the media attended the stakeholder meeting
    2023: INEC solicits cooperation of political parties
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    2023: INEC solicits cooperation of political parties

    The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Niger, Prof. Sam Egwu, on Monday urged political parties to cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the smooth implementation of the electoral process in the state.

    Egwu, while addressing stakeholders at the commission's headquarters in Minna, said that only through their cooperation could the commission conduct a survey smoothly in 2023.

    He clarified who is responsible for transporting voters from IDP camps from bandit-prone areas to safer locations, saying "it is not the responsibility of the commission."

    He said there are IDP camps in 14 of the state's 25 local government areas.

    He blamed voter apathy during elections for the failure of political offices and appointees, claiming they often disassociated themselves from voters.

    “This usually makes it impossible for those who voted them into office to contact them again.

    "The next time you ask them to go out and vote, they are reluctant," Egwu said.

    In his remarks, the Niger Police Commissioner, Mr. Monday Bala Kuyas, said that “the police do not rest on their oars to ensure the conduct of free, fair and non-violent elections in 2023”.

    Kuyas said that the commando has recorded success stories in battling bandits in recent times.

    “I assure all law-abiding residents 100 percent that a formidable safety net has been put in place to allow eligible residents to exercise their franchise without threat to life and property,” he said.

    The police commissioner advised political party leaders and candidates to instill in their supporters to avoid all forms of violence and vandalism before, during and after the implementation of any electoral process.

    Representatives from most of the registered political parties, members of civil society organizations and the media attended the stakeholder meeting.

  •   2023 Ebonyi debates on governorate zoning Nigerian News Agency Although all senatorial areas have served as Governor of Ebonyi for two terms there is currently one issue that is at the forefront Which zone should start the second phase of governor rotation The word block has already been introduced The implication is that if accepted power will now rotate between the Abakaliki and Afikpo blocs Ebonyi created in 1996 during the military regime of Head of State Sani Abacha was extracted from Enugu and Abia states As a result of the political settlement of the country the state has three senatorial zones Ebonyi North Ebonyi Central Abakaliki bloc and Ebonyi South Afikpo bloc Gov Dave Umahi subtly raised the issue of the bloc when he recently allowed gubernatorial hopefuls in his cabinet to start consultations Umahi spoke through Mr Uchenna Orji the State Information and Guidance Commissioner when he briefed reporters shortly after the extended executive council meeting According to him The President in Council announced the lifting of the ban on political consultations ahead of the 2023 general election He expressed his determination to consult widely especially with the House of Assembly the EXCO the Council of Elders the Founding Fathers women s organizations the CAN and other relevant groups in order to obtain opinions on where the vote will be divided governorship For the post of governor he made it clear that Ebonyi Sur which has benefited from the zoning principle will not be able to compete as his administration s support will go to the Abakaliki bloc EXCO took note of the intention of the president of the Council and began the debate on where the governorship will be divided between the north and central zones Senator Sam Egwu the first civil governor of Ebonyi also lent his voice to the zoning Egwu now the incumbent senator representing Ebonyi North area on the PDP platform however was specific that Ebonyi North should produce the next governor He even narrowed it down to Izzi the most dominant clan in the area He recently spoke at his farmhouse Umuebe Ezzangbo Ebonyi s Ohaukwu Local Government Area At the end of my last term in 2007 almost everyone was interested in the position and depending on the situation I called for a procedure to be followed so that each zone knows its turn It is with this arrangement that Elechi emerged from the Central Ebonyi Zone we advocated for the South but some people opposed it but we campaigned vigorously for the South through which Umahi became the governor until now Then since the beginning had been turned around power should return to where it started to maintain the trend stressed the former governor Ebonyi North Zone has waited for 16 years and therefore the people must produce the next governor I have shared the same opinion before and they supported me I am sure that the current government will also do the same because anything to the contrary will not be ideal for the state he explained He called on stakeholders to support the arrangement adding that by God in 2023 Izziman will become the next governor of Ebonyi Although the zoning issue has yet to be resolved Senator Obinna Ogba the incumbent Senator representing Ebonyi Central Zone and Mr Chris Osulor Member of the Ebonyi House of Assembly PDP Ezza South have indicated interest in running for governor The two legislators are members of the PPD and the Central Ebonyi Zone Ogba outlined his manifesto recently emphasizing that the zoning agreement was not binding on any applicant as applicants were free to compete for the governorship or any other office of their choosing However Ogba former chairman of the Ebonyi PDP said that as a true party man would comply or a decision would be reached on the issue Osulor for his part alluded to the unresolved issue of zoning The legislator further said that the state s next governor may come from Ezza or Izzi the two main clans in the Abakaliki bloc that have yet to produce a governor The clamor everywhere is that other clans should allow the Ezza clan who is the eldest son of Ezekuna to produce the next governor of the state In general the position of the people in the Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone is that it is their turn to produce the governor An average Izzi man will also be clamoring that it s his turn But the resolution of the State Executive Council has given the two zones an equal opportunity to compete for this position And so any of the clans can take it Mr Abia Onyike former Information Commissioner in Ebonyi stated that the governorship game in Ebonyi is essentially a tug of war between two major clans Izzi and Ezza For the Ezza clan they have two great LGAs Ezza North and Ezza South They also have a strong presence in the Ishielu Ohaukwu Onicha and Ivo LGAs On the other hand the Izzi clan has three major LGAs Izzi Abakaliki and Ebonyi He listed the main Ezza gladiators as Anayo Edwin Nwonu PDP Senator Igwe Nwagu PDP Professor Bernard Odo former Secretary of State Government APC and Mr Chris Osulor Member of the House of Representatives of Ebonyi State Assembly PDP For the Izzi clan the main contenders challengers are Chief Elias Mbam Chairman of the APC Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission RMAFC Others are Mr Fidelis Nwankwo former Minister of State for Health PDP Chief Austin Igwe Edeze APC Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh PDP Mr Francis Nwifuru Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Ebonyi State APC among others By all indications the Izzi clan in the North Ebonyi senatorial district appears to be having a head start as the governorship zoning debate rages in the state Political analysts believe that the governorship may need to return to Ebonyi North where it all initially started in 1999 when Dr Sam Egwu was elected If that happens then Chief Elias Mbam one of the top APC candidates has a chance to become governor if he can defeat the other candidates the former NUJ deputy national chair said Although Mbam has not declared his intention to run for governor people are urging him to join the gubernatorial race Mbam who is from the Izzi clan said he would consolidate the achievements of democracy in Ebonyi beyond 2023 and stimulate the development of infrastructure and human capital in Ebonyi Residents in separate interviews in Abakaliki also noted that Ebonyi was gifted with capable hands to steer the ship of state One of the respondents a civil servant urged Mbam to be available for the gubernatorial race in 2023 He described Mbam as a consummate technocrat politician and official expert who would deploy his wealth of experience to sustain stimulate and deepen the achievements of democracy in the state if elected governor Mbam has been in a leadership position since the dawn of this current dispensation in 1999 and has held different executive positions at various times at Ebonyi where he proved to be a seasoned administrator RMAFC Chairman was first appointed Goodluck Jonathan and through his rare show of ingenuity in his first term as RMAFC Chairman Buhari was re elected for a second term Ebonyi needs a man with so much experience especially in the global political economy that he will put his great knowledge to use in state government Elom said He added The current zoning deal in the state will see power transferred to the Ebonyi North senatorial district where Mbam comes from so he should use this advantage to offer his service to the people Another respondent a retired civil servant said that Mbam s governorship would serve the interests of the poor the rich the small and the powerful in society He described Mbam as a selfless and humble politician who has touched many lives and empowered many young people and widows in his community and Ebonyi in general Although at some point I read in the news that Mbam said that at the moment he is more concerned with fulfilling his duties as president of RMAFC He should begin now to contemplate serving his people in a higher capacity and as such be available to run for governor of the state in 2023 He has all the necessary qualities to offer the State good governance and credible leadership therefore I urge you to throw your hat into the ring in the 2023 gubernatorial race he said To be sure the right to participate in elections is a constitutional right but zoning and rotation of powers are essential to ensure fairness and stability Characteristics If used please credit the writer and Nigerian News Agency Source
    2023: Debates in Ebonyi over zoning of governorship
      2023 Ebonyi debates on governorate zoning Nigerian News Agency Although all senatorial areas have served as Governor of Ebonyi for two terms there is currently one issue that is at the forefront Which zone should start the second phase of governor rotation The word block has already been introduced The implication is that if accepted power will now rotate between the Abakaliki and Afikpo blocs Ebonyi created in 1996 during the military regime of Head of State Sani Abacha was extracted from Enugu and Abia states As a result of the political settlement of the country the state has three senatorial zones Ebonyi North Ebonyi Central Abakaliki bloc and Ebonyi South Afikpo bloc Gov Dave Umahi subtly raised the issue of the bloc when he recently allowed gubernatorial hopefuls in his cabinet to start consultations Umahi spoke through Mr Uchenna Orji the State Information and Guidance Commissioner when he briefed reporters shortly after the extended executive council meeting According to him The President in Council announced the lifting of the ban on political consultations ahead of the 2023 general election He expressed his determination to consult widely especially with the House of Assembly the EXCO the Council of Elders the Founding Fathers women s organizations the CAN and other relevant groups in order to obtain opinions on where the vote will be divided governorship For the post of governor he made it clear that Ebonyi Sur which has benefited from the zoning principle will not be able to compete as his administration s support will go to the Abakaliki bloc EXCO took note of the intention of the president of the Council and began the debate on where the governorship will be divided between the north and central zones Senator Sam Egwu the first civil governor of Ebonyi also lent his voice to the zoning Egwu now the incumbent senator representing Ebonyi North area on the PDP platform however was specific that Ebonyi North should produce the next governor He even narrowed it down to Izzi the most dominant clan in the area He recently spoke at his farmhouse Umuebe Ezzangbo Ebonyi s Ohaukwu Local Government Area At the end of my last term in 2007 almost everyone was interested in the position and depending on the situation I called for a procedure to be followed so that each zone knows its turn It is with this arrangement that Elechi emerged from the Central Ebonyi Zone we advocated for the South but some people opposed it but we campaigned vigorously for the South through which Umahi became the governor until now Then since the beginning had been turned around power should return to where it started to maintain the trend stressed the former governor Ebonyi North Zone has waited for 16 years and therefore the people must produce the next governor I have shared the same opinion before and they supported me I am sure that the current government will also do the same because anything to the contrary will not be ideal for the state he explained He called on stakeholders to support the arrangement adding that by God in 2023 Izziman will become the next governor of Ebonyi Although the zoning issue has yet to be resolved Senator Obinna Ogba the incumbent Senator representing Ebonyi Central Zone and Mr Chris Osulor Member of the Ebonyi House of Assembly PDP Ezza South have indicated interest in running for governor The two legislators are members of the PPD and the Central Ebonyi Zone Ogba outlined his manifesto recently emphasizing that the zoning agreement was not binding on any applicant as applicants were free to compete for the governorship or any other office of their choosing However Ogba former chairman of the Ebonyi PDP said that as a true party man would comply or a decision would be reached on the issue Osulor for his part alluded to the unresolved issue of zoning The legislator further said that the state s next governor may come from Ezza or Izzi the two main clans in the Abakaliki bloc that have yet to produce a governor The clamor everywhere is that other clans should allow the Ezza clan who is the eldest son of Ezekuna to produce the next governor of the state In general the position of the people in the Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone is that it is their turn to produce the governor An average Izzi man will also be clamoring that it s his turn But the resolution of the State Executive Council has given the two zones an equal opportunity to compete for this position And so any of the clans can take it Mr Abia Onyike former Information Commissioner in Ebonyi stated that the governorship game in Ebonyi is essentially a tug of war between two major clans Izzi and Ezza For the Ezza clan they have two great LGAs Ezza North and Ezza South They also have a strong presence in the Ishielu Ohaukwu Onicha and Ivo LGAs On the other hand the Izzi clan has three major LGAs Izzi Abakaliki and Ebonyi He listed the main Ezza gladiators as Anayo Edwin Nwonu PDP Senator Igwe Nwagu PDP Professor Bernard Odo former Secretary of State Government APC and Mr Chris Osulor Member of the House of Representatives of Ebonyi State Assembly PDP For the Izzi clan the main contenders challengers are Chief Elias Mbam Chairman of the APC Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission RMAFC Others are Mr Fidelis Nwankwo former Minister of State for Health PDP Chief Austin Igwe Edeze APC Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh PDP Mr Francis Nwifuru Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Ebonyi State APC among others By all indications the Izzi clan in the North Ebonyi senatorial district appears to be having a head start as the governorship zoning debate rages in the state Political analysts believe that the governorship may need to return to Ebonyi North where it all initially started in 1999 when Dr Sam Egwu was elected If that happens then Chief Elias Mbam one of the top APC candidates has a chance to become governor if he can defeat the other candidates the former NUJ deputy national chair said Although Mbam has not declared his intention to run for governor people are urging him to join the gubernatorial race Mbam who is from the Izzi clan said he would consolidate the achievements of democracy in Ebonyi beyond 2023 and stimulate the development of infrastructure and human capital in Ebonyi Residents in separate interviews in Abakaliki also noted that Ebonyi was gifted with capable hands to steer the ship of state One of the respondents a civil servant urged Mbam to be available for the gubernatorial race in 2023 He described Mbam as a consummate technocrat politician and official expert who would deploy his wealth of experience to sustain stimulate and deepen the achievements of democracy in the state if elected governor Mbam has been in a leadership position since the dawn of this current dispensation in 1999 and has held different executive positions at various times at Ebonyi where he proved to be a seasoned administrator RMAFC Chairman was first appointed Goodluck Jonathan and through his rare show of ingenuity in his first term as RMAFC Chairman Buhari was re elected for a second term Ebonyi needs a man with so much experience especially in the global political economy that he will put his great knowledge to use in state government Elom said He added The current zoning deal in the state will see power transferred to the Ebonyi North senatorial district where Mbam comes from so he should use this advantage to offer his service to the people Another respondent a retired civil servant said that Mbam s governorship would serve the interests of the poor the rich the small and the powerful in society He described Mbam as a selfless and humble politician who has touched many lives and empowered many young people and widows in his community and Ebonyi in general Although at some point I read in the news that Mbam said that at the moment he is more concerned with fulfilling his duties as president of RMAFC He should begin now to contemplate serving his people in a higher capacity and as such be available to run for governor of the state in 2023 He has all the necessary qualities to offer the State good governance and credible leadership therefore I urge you to throw your hat into the ring in the 2023 gubernatorial race he said To be sure the right to participate in elections is a constitutional right but zoning and rotation of powers are essential to ensure fairness and stability Characteristics If used please credit the writer and Nigerian News Agency Source
    2023: Debates in Ebonyi over zoning of governorship
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    2023: Debates in Ebonyi over zoning of governorship

    2023: Ebonyi debates on governorate zoning

    Nigerian News Agency

    Although all senatorial areas have served as Governor of Ebonyi for two terms, there is currently one issue that is at the forefront. Which zone should start the second phase of governor rotation?

    The word block has already been introduced. The implication is that if accepted, power will now rotate between the Abakaliki and Afikpo blocs.

    Ebonyi, created in 1996 during the military regime of Head of State Sani Abacha, was extracted from Enugu and Abia states. As a result of the political settlement of the country, the state has three senatorial zones: Ebonyi North, Ebonyi Central (Abakaliki bloc) and Ebonyi South (Afikpo bloc)

    Gov. Dave Umahi subtly raised the issue of the bloc when he recently allowed gubernatorial hopefuls in his cabinet to start consultations.

    Umahi spoke through Mr. Uchenna Orji, the State Information and Guidance Commissioner, when he briefed reporters shortly after the extended executive council meeting.

    According to him: “The President-in-Council announced the lifting of the ban on political consultations ahead of the 2023 general election.

    “He expressed his determination to consult widely, especially with the House of Assembly, the EXCO, the Council of Elders, the Founding Fathers, women's organizations, the CAN and other relevant groups in order to obtain opinions on where the vote will be divided. governorship.

    “For the post of governor, he made it clear that Ebonyi Sur, which has benefited from the zoning principle, will not be able to compete as his administration's support will go to the Abakaliki bloc.

    "EXCO took note of the intention of the president of the Council and began the debate on where the governorship will be divided between the north and central zones."

    Senator Sam Egwu, the first civil governor of Ebonyi, also lent his voice to the zoning.

    Egwu, now the incumbent senator

    representing Ebonyi North

    area on the PDP platform, however, was specific, that Ebonyi North should produce the next governor. He even narrowed it down to Izzi, the most dominant clan in the area.

    He recently spoke at his farmhouse, Umuebe Ezzangbo, Ebonyi's Ohaukwu Local Government Area.

    “At the end of my last term in 2007, almost everyone was interested in the position and, depending on the situation, I called for a procedure to be followed so that each zone knows its turn.

    “It is with this arrangement that Elechi emerged from the Central Ebonyi Zone, we advocated for the South but some people opposed it, but we campaigned vigorously for the South, through which Umahi became the governor until now.

    “Then, since the beginning had been turned around, power should return to where it started to maintain the trend,” stressed the former governor.

    “Ebonyi North Zone has waited for 16 years and therefore the people must produce the next governor, I have shared the same opinion before and they supported me. I am sure that the current government will also do the same because anything to the contrary will not be ideal for the state,” he explained.

    He called on stakeholders to support the arrangement, adding that "by God, in 2023, Izziman will become the next governor of Ebonyi."

    Although the zoning issue has yet to be resolved, Senator Obinna Ogba, the incumbent Senator representing Ebonyi Central Zone and Mr. Chris Osulor, Member of the Ebonyi House of Assembly (PDP-Ezza South) have indicated interest in running for governor.

    The two legislators are members of the PPD and the Central Ebonyi Zone.

    Ogba outlined his manifesto recently, emphasizing that the zoning agreement was not binding on any applicant, as applicants were free to compete for the governorship or any other office of their choosing.

    However, Ogba, former chairman of the Ebonyi PDP, said that as

    a true party man would comply or a decision would be reached on the issue.

    Osulor, for his part, alluded to the unresolved issue of zoning.

    The legislator further said that the state's next governor may come from Ezza or Izzi, the two main clans in the Abakaliki bloc that have yet to produce a governor.

    “The clamor everywhere is that other clans should allow the Ezza clan, who is the eldest son of Ezekuna, to produce the next governor of the state.

    “In general, the position of the people in the Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone is that it is their turn to produce the governor.

    “An average Izzi man will also be clamoring that it's his turn. But the resolution of the State Executive Council has given the two zones an equal opportunity to compete for this position. And so, any of the clans can take it.”

    Mr. Abia Onyike, former Information Commissioner in Ebonyi, stated that the governorship game in Ebonyi is essentially a "tug of war" between two major clans: Izzi and Ezza.

    For the Ezza clan, they have two great LGAs: Ezza North and Ezza South. They also have a strong presence in the Ishielu, Ohaukwu, Onicha and Ivo LGAs.

    On the other hand, the Izzi clan has three major LGAs: Izzi, Abakaliki, and Ebonyi.

    He listed the main Ezza gladiators as: Anayo Edwin Nwonu (PDP), Senator Igwe Nwagu (PDP), Professor Bernard Odo, former Secretary of State Government (APC) and Mr. Chris Osulor, Member of the House of Representatives of Ebonyi State. Assembly (PDP).

    For the Izzi clan, the main contenders/challengers are Chief Elias Mbam, Chairman of the APC Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

    Others are Mr. Fidelis Nwankwo, former Minister of State for Health (PDP), Chief Austin Igwe Edeze (APC), Dr. Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh (PDP) Mr. Francis Nwifuru, Speaker of the House of Assembly of the Ebonyi State (APC), among others.

    “By all indications, the Izzi clan in the North Ebonyi senatorial district appears to be having a head start as the governorship zoning debate rages in the state. “Political analysts believe that the governorship may need to return to Ebonyi North, where it all initially started in 1999 when Dr. Sam Egwu was elected.

    “If that happens, then Chief Elias Mbam, one of the top APC candidates, has a chance to become governor if he can defeat the other candidates,” the former NUJ deputy national chair said.

    Although Mbam has not declared his intention to run for governor, people are urging him to join the gubernatorial race.

    Mbam, who is from the Izzi clan, said he would consolidate the achievements of democracy in Ebonyi beyond 2023 and stimulate the development of infrastructure and human capital in Ebonyi.

    Residents in separate interviews in Abakaliki also noted that Ebonyi was gifted with capable hands to steer the ship of state.

    One of the respondents, a civil servant, urged Mbam to be available for the gubernatorial race in 2023.

    He described Mbam as a consummate technocrat, politician and official expert, who would deploy his wealth of experience to sustain, stimulate and deepen the achievements of democracy in the state if elected governor.

    “Mbam has been in a leadership position since the dawn of this current dispensation in 1999 and has held different executive positions at various times at Ebonyi, where he proved to be a seasoned administrator.

    “RMAFC Chairman was first appointed Goodluck Jonathan and through his rare show of ingenuity in his first term as RMAFC Chairman, Buhari was re-elected for a second term.

    “Ebonyi needs a man with so much experience, especially in the global political economy, that he will put his great knowledge to use in state government,” Elom said.

    He added: “The current zoning deal in the state will see power transferred to the Ebonyi North senatorial district, where Mbam comes from, so he should use this advantage to offer his service to the people.”

    Another respondent, a retired civil servant, said that Mbam's governorship would serve the interests of the poor, the rich, the small and the powerful in society.

    He described Mbam as a selfless and humble politician who has touched many lives and empowered many young people and widows in his community and Ebonyi in general.

    “Although at some point I read in the news that Mbam said that at the moment he is more concerned with fulfilling his duties as president of RMAFC.

    “He should begin now to contemplate serving his people in a higher capacity and as such be available to run for governor of the state in 2023.

    “He has all the necessary qualities to offer the State good governance and credible leadership; therefore, I urge you to throw your 'hat' into the ring in the 2023 gubernatorial race,” he said.

    To be sure, the right to participate in elections is a constitutional right, but zoning and rotation of powers are essential to ensure fairness and stability. (Characteristics)

    **If used, please credit the writer and Nigerian News Agency

    Source:

  •   The Center for Democracy and Development CDD West Africa said Monday that politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and build public trust CDD Director Idayat Hassan said this at the launch of Democracy Watch Reports a series of reports examining the state of democracy in Nigeria since May 1999 in Abuja Ms Hassan said the move was necessary to prevent corruption in the country as set out in the 20 year Nigerian anti corruption report He said the three reports released by CDD were intended to assess Nigeria s performance against some basic attributes of democracy and socio economic transformation over the past two decades He said the first report examined data on the human rights situation in Nigeria while the second report questioned Nigeria s anti corruption efforts by X raying the activities of anti bribery agencies and the third report examined the economic plans of the various administrations in Nigeria Ms Hassan said that for each of the reports the CDD made some recommendations asking that to prevent corruption legislators should collaborate with anti corruption agencies and commissions to enact laws that affect the prosecution of corruption cases Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency lawmakers should amend vital legislation to address concerns about virtual money laundering The National Assembly should revise the Law of the Office of the Code of Conduct to allow the public disclosure of the statements of assets of the officials without jeopardizing the privacy or security of the officials The Presidency and the National Assembly must strengthen their supervision over ministries departments and agencies and collaborate to reinforce their legal and administrative mandates Nigeria s international partners should support national efforts by taking stronger measures to deter the theft of public funds and prevent illicit financial flows Finally our third report recommended that Nigeria needs economic policy reforms especially diversifications so that the main macroeconomic variables can be controlled This is urgently needed more than ever due to the economic and fiscal challenges caused by the collapse in world oil prices caused by the COVID 19 pandemic he said Ms Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to guarantee the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees of human rights He said that the security forces must be effectively trained and regulated in this area to avoid human rights violations It added that the federal and state governments were urged to take note and implement the pertinent recommendations of various reports from human rights panels He said that Civil Society Organizations could contribute to the training of security professionals in conducting ethical civic military operations He also urged the media to prioritize investigative journalism that focuses on human rights issues to draw public attention to abuses and help hold the government to account and educate the public on their human rights and avenues repair He said public participation in governance is also critical for a democracy to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Ms Hassan some of the main findings of the report showed that more than 70 percent of the prison population in Nigeria was made up of detainees awaiting trial and more than 20 percent awaiting trial for more than a year The report also showed that Nigeria had not performed well on all the human rights indicators used despite using the core indicators This trend he said even deteriorated with the fact that there is now an emerging trend of security officers receiving orders from elites in Nigeria to hold detainees longer for false reasons He added that the threat of illegal detention has become quite widespread requiring the intervention of a special ECOWAS court in some cases Hassan said the report condemned the extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians as seen since the advent of democracy in 1999 Ms Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of human rights that they vowed to uphold However he said the report called for public participation in governance to ensure citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Professor Adebayo Olukoshi Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa In delivering his opening speech he said that the purpose of democratization must be redefined Mr Olukoshi said Nigeria should be able to deliver development and job opportunities adding that if it fails to do so the nation s quest to strengthen and consolidate democracy would amount to jumping in the same place without progress He urged political parties to be more programmatic rather than pursuing personal goals and the kind of politics of God s paternalism This report for me is an attempt to offer a balance of the road we have traveled since 1999 In the early years of our transition we made quite significant progress Subsequently our story becomes one of poor performance in the governance of democracy There has been a gradual closure of civil spaces and the recruitment of civil liberties in the country including the restriction of freedom and independence of the media Despite the best efforts of the electoral management authorities we have seen a continuous attack on electoral integrity in the country Therefore the fight to make the vote matter is still alive In his comments INEC Commissioner for Niger State Prof Sam Egwu described the report as a profound reflection on Nigeria s journey over the past 20 years as well as having a very authoritarian undertone We have seen civil and political liberties flourish regular and periodic elections with some degree of improvement We have seen a certain degree of competition and acceptance of defeat but we have not been able to bring so many benefits to people in terms of material improvement We have been blindly trying to build a liberal democratic order that has not taken into account the importance of the well being of the people he said Mr Egwu said that it was necessary to really question Nigeria s type of democracy and at the same time improve our elections thinking of a type of democracy that would implement measures to empower ordinary citizens and lift them out of poverty He also called for the need to work on national unity and integrity and try to develop a liberal democratic order YAYA
    Nigerian politicians ‘must’ publicly disclose sources of income – CDD
      The Center for Democracy and Development CDD West Africa said Monday that politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and build public trust CDD Director Idayat Hassan said this at the launch of Democracy Watch Reports a series of reports examining the state of democracy in Nigeria since May 1999 in Abuja Ms Hassan said the move was necessary to prevent corruption in the country as set out in the 20 year Nigerian anti corruption report He said the three reports released by CDD were intended to assess Nigeria s performance against some basic attributes of democracy and socio economic transformation over the past two decades He said the first report examined data on the human rights situation in Nigeria while the second report questioned Nigeria s anti corruption efforts by X raying the activities of anti bribery agencies and the third report examined the economic plans of the various administrations in Nigeria Ms Hassan said that for each of the reports the CDD made some recommendations asking that to prevent corruption legislators should collaborate with anti corruption agencies and commissions to enact laws that affect the prosecution of corruption cases Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency lawmakers should amend vital legislation to address concerns about virtual money laundering The National Assembly should revise the Law of the Office of the Code of Conduct to allow the public disclosure of the statements of assets of the officials without jeopardizing the privacy or security of the officials The Presidency and the National Assembly must strengthen their supervision over ministries departments and agencies and collaborate to reinforce their legal and administrative mandates Nigeria s international partners should support national efforts by taking stronger measures to deter the theft of public funds and prevent illicit financial flows Finally our third report recommended that Nigeria needs economic policy reforms especially diversifications so that the main macroeconomic variables can be controlled This is urgently needed more than ever due to the economic and fiscal challenges caused by the collapse in world oil prices caused by the COVID 19 pandemic he said Ms Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to guarantee the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees of human rights He said that the security forces must be effectively trained and regulated in this area to avoid human rights violations It added that the federal and state governments were urged to take note and implement the pertinent recommendations of various reports from human rights panels He said that Civil Society Organizations could contribute to the training of security professionals in conducting ethical civic military operations He also urged the media to prioritize investigative journalism that focuses on human rights issues to draw public attention to abuses and help hold the government to account and educate the public on their human rights and avenues repair He said public participation in governance is also critical for a democracy to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Ms Hassan some of the main findings of the report showed that more than 70 percent of the prison population in Nigeria was made up of detainees awaiting trial and more than 20 percent awaiting trial for more than a year The report also showed that Nigeria had not performed well on all the human rights indicators used despite using the core indicators This trend he said even deteriorated with the fact that there is now an emerging trend of security officers receiving orders from elites in Nigeria to hold detainees longer for false reasons He added that the threat of illegal detention has become quite widespread requiring the intervention of a special ECOWAS court in some cases Hassan said the report condemned the extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians as seen since the advent of democracy in 1999 Ms Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of human rights that they vowed to uphold However he said the report called for public participation in governance to ensure citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Professor Adebayo Olukoshi Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa In delivering his opening speech he said that the purpose of democratization must be redefined Mr Olukoshi said Nigeria should be able to deliver development and job opportunities adding that if it fails to do so the nation s quest to strengthen and consolidate democracy would amount to jumping in the same place without progress He urged political parties to be more programmatic rather than pursuing personal goals and the kind of politics of God s paternalism This report for me is an attempt to offer a balance of the road we have traveled since 1999 In the early years of our transition we made quite significant progress Subsequently our story becomes one of poor performance in the governance of democracy There has been a gradual closure of civil spaces and the recruitment of civil liberties in the country including the restriction of freedom and independence of the media Despite the best efforts of the electoral management authorities we have seen a continuous attack on electoral integrity in the country Therefore the fight to make the vote matter is still alive In his comments INEC Commissioner for Niger State Prof Sam Egwu described the report as a profound reflection on Nigeria s journey over the past 20 years as well as having a very authoritarian undertone We have seen civil and political liberties flourish regular and periodic elections with some degree of improvement We have seen a certain degree of competition and acceptance of defeat but we have not been able to bring so many benefits to people in terms of material improvement We have been blindly trying to build a liberal democratic order that has not taken into account the importance of the well being of the people he said Mr Egwu said that it was necessary to really question Nigeria s type of democracy and at the same time improve our elections thinking of a type of democracy that would implement measures to empower ordinary citizens and lift them out of poverty He also called for the need to work on national unity and integrity and try to develop a liberal democratic order YAYA
    Nigerian politicians ‘must’ publicly disclose sources of income – CDD
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    Nigerian politicians ‘must’ publicly disclose sources of income – CDD

    The Center for Democracy and Development, CDD-West Africa, said Monday that politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and build public trust.

    CDD Director Idayat Hassan said this at the launch of Democracy Watch Reports, a series of reports examining the state of democracy in Nigeria since May 1999 in Abuja.

    Ms. Hassan said the move was necessary to prevent corruption in the country, as set out in the 20-year Nigerian anti-corruption report.

    He said the three reports released by CDD were intended to assess Nigeria's performance against some basic attributes of democracy and socio-economic transformation over the past two decades.

    He said the first report examined data on the human rights situation in Nigeria, while the second report questioned Nigeria's anti-corruption efforts by X-raying the activities of anti-bribery agencies and the third report examined the economic plans of the various administrations in Nigeria.

    Ms. Hassan said that for each of the reports, the CDD made some recommendations asking that to prevent corruption, legislators should collaborate with anti-corruption agencies and commissions to enact laws that affect the prosecution of corruption cases.

    Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency, lawmakers should amend vital legislation to address concerns about virtual money laundering.

    “The National Assembly should revise the Law of the Office of the Code of Conduct to allow the public disclosure of the statements of assets of the officials without jeopardizing the privacy or security of the officials.

    “The Presidency and the National Assembly must strengthen their supervision over ministries, departments and agencies and collaborate to reinforce their legal and administrative mandates.

    “Nigeria's international partners should support national efforts by taking stronger measures to deter the theft of public funds and prevent illicit financial flows.

    “Finally, our third report recommended that Nigeria needs economic policy reforms, especially diversifications so that the main macroeconomic variables can be controlled.

    "This is urgently needed more than ever due to the economic and fiscal challenges caused by the collapse in world oil prices caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.

    Ms. Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations, the report urged the government to guarantee the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees of human rights.

    He said that the security forces must be effectively trained and regulated in this area to avoid human rights violations.

    It added that the federal and state governments were urged to take note and implement the pertinent recommendations of various reports from human rights panels.

    He said that Civil Society Organizations could contribute to the training of security professionals in conducting ethical civic-military operations.

    He also urged the media to prioritize investigative journalism that focuses on human rights issues to draw public attention to abuses and help hold the government to account and educate the public on their human rights and avenues. repair.

    He said public participation in governance is also critical for a democracy to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations.

    Ms. Hassan, some of the main findings of the report showed that more than 70 percent of the prison population in Nigeria was made up of detainees awaiting trial, and more than 20 percent awaiting trial for more than a year.

    The report also showed that Nigeria had not performed well on all the human rights indicators used, despite using the core indicators.

    “This trend, he said, even deteriorated with the fact that there is now an emerging trend of security officers receiving orders from elites in Nigeria to hold detainees longer for false reasons.

    He added that the threat of illegal detention has become quite widespread, requiring the intervention of a special ECOWAS court in some cases.

    Hassan said the report condemned the extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians as seen since the advent of democracy in 1999.

    Ms. Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations, the report urged the government to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of human rights that they vowed to uphold.

    However, he said the report called for public participation in governance to ensure citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations.

    Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. In delivering his opening speech, he said that the purpose of democratization must be redefined.

    Mr. Olukoshi said Nigeria should be able to deliver development and job opportunities, adding that if it fails to do so, the nation's quest to strengthen and consolidate democracy would amount to jumping in the same place without progress.

    He urged political parties to be more programmatic rather than pursuing personal goals and the kind of politics of God's paternalism.

    “This report for me is an attempt to offer a balance of the road we have traveled since 1999.

    “In the early years of our transition, we made quite significant progress. Subsequently, our story becomes one of poor performance in the governance of democracy.

    "There has been a gradual closure of civil spaces and the recruitment of civil liberties in the country, including the restriction of freedom and independence of the media.

    “Despite the best efforts of the electoral management authorities, we have seen a continuous attack on electoral integrity in the country. Therefore, the fight to make the vote matter is still alive. ''

    In his comments, INEC Commissioner for Niger State, Prof. Sam Egwu, described the report as a profound reflection on Nigeria's journey over the past 20 years, as well as having a very authoritarian undertone.

    '' We have seen civil and political liberties flourish, regular and periodic elections with some degree of improvement.

    “We have seen a certain degree of competition and acceptance of defeat, but we have not been able to bring so many benefits to people in terms of material improvement.

    "We have been blindly trying to build a liberal democratic order that has not taken into account the importance of the well-being of the people," he said.

    Mr. Egwu said that it was necessary to really question Nigeria's type of democracy and, at the same time, improve our elections, thinking of a type of democracy that would implement measures to empower ordinary citizens and lift them out of poverty.

    He also called for the need to work on national unity and integrity and try to develop a liberal democratic order.

    YAYA

  •   The Center for Democracy and Development CDD West Africa said on Monday it said politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and build public trust CDD Director Idayat Hassan said this at the launch of Democracy Watch Reports a series of reports examining the state of democracy in Nigeria since May 1999 in Abuja Hassan said the move was necessary to prevent corruption in the country as set out in Nigeria s report on 20 Years of Fighting Corruption He said the three reports released by CDD were intended to assess Nigeria s performance against some basic attributes of democracy and socio economic transformation over the past two decades He said that the first report questioned data on the human rights situation in Nigeria while the second report questioned the anti corruption efforts of the Nigerian activities of anti corruption agencies and the third report examined the economic plans of the various administrations in Nigeria Hassan said that for each of the reports the CDD made some recommendations calling for that to prevent corruption lawmakers should collaborate with anti corruption agencies and commissions to enact laws that affect the prosecution of corruption cases Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency lawmakers should amend vital legislation to address concerns about virtual money laundering The National Assembly should revise the Law of the Office of the Code of Conduct to allow the public disclosure of the statements of assets of the officials without jeopardizing the privacy or security of the officials The Presidency and the National Assembly must strengthen their supervision over ministries departments and agencies and collaborate to reinforce their legal and administrative mandates Nigeria s international partners should support the measures of national efforts to deter the theft of public funds and prevent illicit flows Finally our third report recommended that Nigeria needs economic policy reforms especially diversifications so that the main macroeconomic variables can be controlled This is urgently needed more than ever due to the economic and fiscal challenges caused by the pandemic caused by world oil prices he said Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to ensure that constitutional guarantees of human rights are safeguarded He said that the security forces must be effectively trained and regulated in this area to avoid human rights violations It added that the federal and state governments were urged to take note and implement the pertinent recommendations of various reports from human rights panels He said that Civil Society Organizations could contribute to the training of security professionals in conducting ethical civic military operations He also urged the media to prioritize investigative journalism that focuses on human rights issues to draw public attention to abuses and help hold the government to account and educate the public on their human rights and avenues repair He said that public participation in governance is also essential for a democracy to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Hassan some of the report s main findings showed that more than 70 percent of the prison population in Nigeria was made up of detainees awaiting trial and more than 20 percent awaiting trial for more than a year The report also showed that Nigeria had not performed well on all the human rights indicators used despite using the core indicators This trend he said even deteriorated with the fact that there is now an emerging trend of security officers receiving orders from elites in Nigeria to hold detainees longer for false reasons He added that the threat of illegal detention has become quite widespread requiring the intervention of a special ECOWAS court in some cases Hassan said the report condemned the extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians as seen since the advent of democracy in 1999 Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of human rights that they were sworn to uphold However he said the report called for public participation in the governorate to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Professor Adebayo Olukoshi is Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Goverce at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa In delivering his opening speech he said that the purpose of democratization must be redefined Olukoshi said Nigeria should be able to provide development and employment opportunities adding that if it fails to do so the nation s quest to strengthen and consolidate democracy would amount to jumping in the same place without progress He urged political parties to be more programmatic rather than pursuing personal goals and God s kind of fatherhood policy For me this report is an attempt to take stock of the path we have traveled since 1999 In the early years of our transition we made quite significant progress Subsequently our story becomes one of poor performance in a democratic government There has been a gradual closure of civil spaces and the recruitment of civil liberties in the country including the restriction of freedom and independence of the media Despite the best efforts of the electoral management authorities we have seen a continuous attack on electoral integrity in the country Therefore the fight to make the vote matter is still alive In his comments INEC Commissioner for Niger State Prof Sam Egwu described the report as a profound reflection on Nigeria s journey over the past 20 years as well as having a very authoritarian undertone We have seen civil and political liberties flourish regular and periodic elections with some degree of improvement We have seen a certain degree of competition and acceptance of defeat but we have not been able to bring so many benefits to people in terms of material improvement We have been blindly trying to build a liberal democratic order that has not taken into account the importance of the well being of the people he said Egwu said that it was necessary to really question Nigeria s type of democracy and at the same time improve our elections thinking of a type of democracy that would implement measures to empower ordinary citizens and lift them out of poverty He also called for the need to work for national unity and integrity and to try to develop a liberal democratic order Source NAN
    Politicians should be required to publicly disclose sources of income –CDD
      The Center for Democracy and Development CDD West Africa said on Monday it said politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and build public trust CDD Director Idayat Hassan said this at the launch of Democracy Watch Reports a series of reports examining the state of democracy in Nigeria since May 1999 in Abuja Hassan said the move was necessary to prevent corruption in the country as set out in Nigeria s report on 20 Years of Fighting Corruption He said the three reports released by CDD were intended to assess Nigeria s performance against some basic attributes of democracy and socio economic transformation over the past two decades He said that the first report questioned data on the human rights situation in Nigeria while the second report questioned the anti corruption efforts of the Nigerian activities of anti corruption agencies and the third report examined the economic plans of the various administrations in Nigeria Hassan said that for each of the reports the CDD made some recommendations calling for that to prevent corruption lawmakers should collaborate with anti corruption agencies and commissions to enact laws that affect the prosecution of corruption cases Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency lawmakers should amend vital legislation to address concerns about virtual money laundering The National Assembly should revise the Law of the Office of the Code of Conduct to allow the public disclosure of the statements of assets of the officials without jeopardizing the privacy or security of the officials The Presidency and the National Assembly must strengthen their supervision over ministries departments and agencies and collaborate to reinforce their legal and administrative mandates Nigeria s international partners should support the measures of national efforts to deter the theft of public funds and prevent illicit flows Finally our third report recommended that Nigeria needs economic policy reforms especially diversifications so that the main macroeconomic variables can be controlled This is urgently needed more than ever due to the economic and fiscal challenges caused by the pandemic caused by world oil prices he said Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to ensure that constitutional guarantees of human rights are safeguarded He said that the security forces must be effectively trained and regulated in this area to avoid human rights violations It added that the federal and state governments were urged to take note and implement the pertinent recommendations of various reports from human rights panels He said that Civil Society Organizations could contribute to the training of security professionals in conducting ethical civic military operations He also urged the media to prioritize investigative journalism that focuses on human rights issues to draw public attention to abuses and help hold the government to account and educate the public on their human rights and avenues repair He said that public participation in governance is also essential for a democracy to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Hassan some of the report s main findings showed that more than 70 percent of the prison population in Nigeria was made up of detainees awaiting trial and more than 20 percent awaiting trial for more than a year The report also showed that Nigeria had not performed well on all the human rights indicators used despite using the core indicators This trend he said even deteriorated with the fact that there is now an emerging trend of security officers receiving orders from elites in Nigeria to hold detainees longer for false reasons He added that the threat of illegal detention has become quite widespread requiring the intervention of a special ECOWAS court in some cases Hassan said the report condemned the extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians as seen since the advent of democracy in 1999 Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations the report urged the government to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of human rights that they were sworn to uphold However he said the report called for public participation in the governorate to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations Professor Adebayo Olukoshi is Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Goverce at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa In delivering his opening speech he said that the purpose of democratization must be redefined Olukoshi said Nigeria should be able to provide development and employment opportunities adding that if it fails to do so the nation s quest to strengthen and consolidate democracy would amount to jumping in the same place without progress He urged political parties to be more programmatic rather than pursuing personal goals and God s kind of fatherhood policy For me this report is an attempt to take stock of the path we have traveled since 1999 In the early years of our transition we made quite significant progress Subsequently our story becomes one of poor performance in a democratic government There has been a gradual closure of civil spaces and the recruitment of civil liberties in the country including the restriction of freedom and independence of the media Despite the best efforts of the electoral management authorities we have seen a continuous attack on electoral integrity in the country Therefore the fight to make the vote matter is still alive In his comments INEC Commissioner for Niger State Prof Sam Egwu described the report as a profound reflection on Nigeria s journey over the past 20 years as well as having a very authoritarian undertone We have seen civil and political liberties flourish regular and periodic elections with some degree of improvement We have seen a certain degree of competition and acceptance of defeat but we have not been able to bring so many benefits to people in terms of material improvement We have been blindly trying to build a liberal democratic order that has not taken into account the importance of the well being of the people he said Egwu said that it was necessary to really question Nigeria s type of democracy and at the same time improve our elections thinking of a type of democracy that would implement measures to empower ordinary citizens and lift them out of poverty He also called for the need to work for national unity and integrity and to try to develop a liberal democratic order Source NAN
    Politicians should be required to publicly disclose sources of income –CDD
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    Politicians should be required to publicly disclose sources of income –CDD

    The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) said on Monday, it said politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and build public trust.

    CDD Director Idayat Hassan said this at the launch of Democracy Watch Reports, a series of reports examining the state of democracy in Nigeria since May 1999 in Abuja.

    Hassan said the move was necessary to prevent corruption in the country, as set out in Nigeria's report on 20 Years of Fighting Corruption.

    He said the three reports released by CDD were intended to assess Nigeria's performance against some basic attributes of democracy and socio-economic transformation over the past two decades.

    He said that the first report questioned data on the human rights situation in Nigeria, while the second report questioned the anti-corruption efforts of the Nigerian activities of anti-corruption agencies and the third report examined the economic plans of the various administrations in Nigeria.

    Hassan said that for each of the reports, the CDD made some recommendations calling for that to prevent corruption, lawmakers should collaborate with anti-corruption agencies and commissions to enact laws that affect the prosecution of corruption cases.

    Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency, lawmakers should amend vital legislation to address concerns about virtual money laundering.

    “The National Assembly should revise the Law of the Office of the Code of Conduct to allow the public disclosure of the statements of assets of the officials without jeopardizing the privacy or security of the officials.

    “The Presidency and the National Assembly must strengthen their supervision over ministries, departments and agencies and collaborate to reinforce their legal and administrative mandates.

    “Nigeria's international partners should support the measures of national efforts to deter the theft of public funds and prevent illicit flows.

    “Finally, our third report recommended that Nigeria needs economic policy reforms, especially diversifications so that the main macroeconomic variables can be controlled.

    "This is urgently needed more than ever due to the economic and fiscal challenges caused by the pandemic caused by world oil prices," he said.

    Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations, the report urged the government to ensure that constitutional guarantees of human rights are safeguarded.

    He said that the security forces must be effectively trained and regulated in this area to avoid human rights violations.

    It added that the federal and state governments were urged to take note and implement the pertinent recommendations of various reports from human rights panels.

    He said that Civil Society Organizations could contribute to the training of security professionals in conducting ethical civic-military operations.

    He also urged the media to prioritize investigative journalism that focuses on human rights issues to draw public attention to abuses and help hold the government to account and educate the public on their human rights and avenues. repair.

    He said that public participation in governance is also essential for a democracy to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations.

    Hassan, some of the report's main findings showed that more than 70 percent of the prison population in Nigeria was made up of detainees awaiting trial, and more than 20 percent awaiting trial for more than a year.

    The report also showed that Nigeria had not performed well on all the human rights indicators used, despite using the core indicators.

    “This trend, he said, even deteriorated with the fact that there is now an emerging trend of security officers receiving orders from elites in Nigeria to hold detainees longer for false reasons.

    He added that the threat of illegal detention has become quite widespread, requiring the intervention of a special ECOWAS court in some cases.

    Hassan said the report condemned the extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians as seen since the advent of democracy in 1999.

    Hassan said that to address the issue of human rights violations, the report urged the government to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of human rights that they were sworn to uphold.

    However, he said the report called for public participation in the governorate to ensure that citizens demand their fundamental human rights and are held accountable for any violations.

    Professor Adebayo Olukoshi is Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Goverce at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. In delivering his opening speech, he said that the purpose of democratization must be redefined.

    Olukoshi said Nigeria should be able to provide development and employment opportunities, adding that if it fails to do so, the nation's quest to strengthen and consolidate democracy would amount to jumping in the same place without progress.

    He urged political parties to be more programmatic rather than pursuing personal goals and God's kind of fatherhood policy.

    For me, this report is an attempt to take stock of the path we have traveled since 1999.

    “In the early years of our transition, we made quite significant progress. Subsequently, our story becomes one of poor performance in a democratic government.

    "There has been a gradual closure of civil spaces and the recruitment of civil liberties in the country, including the restriction of freedom and independence of the media.

    Despite the best efforts of the electoral management authorities, we have seen a continuous attack on electoral integrity in the country. Therefore, the fight to make the vote matter is still alive. ''

    In his comments, INEC Commissioner for Niger State, Prof. Sam Egwu, described the report as a profound reflection on Nigeria's journey over the past 20 years, as well as having a very authoritarian undertone.

    '' We have seen civil and political liberties flourish, regular and periodic elections with some degree of improvement.

    “We have seen a certain degree of competition and acceptance of defeat, but we have not been able to bring so many benefits to people in terms of material improvement.

    "We have been blindly trying to build a liberal democratic order that has not taken into account the importance of the well-being of the people," he said.

    Egwu said that it was necessary to really question Nigeria's type of democracy and at the same time improve our elections, thinking of a type of democracy that would implement measures to empower ordinary citizens and lift them out of poverty.

    He also called for the need to work for national unity and integrity, and to try to develop a liberal democratic order.

    Source: NAN