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Investors Inspect Obeaku Deep Seaport, Commend Ikpeazu over Conducive Business Environment in Abia

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has been commended for his political will and successful partnership with foreign Investors who have come to invest in the state.

The CEO Zoros Energy Ltd – investors in the Obeaku Deep Seaport – Eze Ikenna Nwaigwe who gave the commendation when he led other members of his team to the Deep Seaport on an inspection tour said their visit followed the completion of all the necessary documentations with the NNPC, Federal Ministries of Transportation and Petroleum in which Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration has demonstrated great commitment.

According to Eze Nwaigwe, the Zoros Deep Seaport will start with the reclamation of the area and dredging of about 30 meters deep from Obeaku to Ikot – Abasi Port and an establishment of a Mega City Project comprising of 10,000 housing units in its first phase, refineries, free trade zone, industrial layout, gas plant for steady power supply, shopping malls, hospital and police station all of which the team of Marine Engineers alongside other experts are working out.

On his part, the project facilitator, Elder Godwin Nnah expressed the level of support and interest Governor Ikpeazu administration has committed to the project. He also commended the traditional ruler of Obeaku, Eze Ikeagwuchi Ekeke for his cooperation noting that the security condition of Abia and its industrial status are part of the comparative advantages foreigners look out for and which have been attracting them to the state.

He further noted the employment opportunities and better standard of living Abia populace will enjoy when the Zoros Deep Seaport project is fully realized and encouraged the donor community to sustain their support.

In their words, the Traditional Ruler of Obeaku, Eze Ikeagwuchi Ekeke and a prominent son of the area, Mr Ejike Okere said the community gave out 2,000 hectares of land for the project emphasising that the site is between 7 and 8km to the Imo River and has about 23 nautical miles to the Atlantic Ocean which will make the shipping business easier for Abians.

The Traditional Ruler, Eze Ikeagwuchi Ekeke led the team on the ferry tour to the borders of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.

‘Ebube Agu’ Security Network, A Welcome Development- Nwankpo

The APGA leading governorship aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo has commended the Southeast governors for the initiative.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday and circulated by his Director Media and Publicity Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, the former presidential aide Nze Nwankpo said the governor’s decision to launch a regional security network codenamed “EBUBEAGU” is a welcome development, that it will address the worsening insecurity in the region.

“We must commend the governors of the six states of the Southeast for coming up with this initiative. We believe that “Ebubeagu” will address the issues of kidnapping, terrorists attacks, banditry, armed robberies and help flush out criminal elements that had held the region hostage.” The statement reads

The idea of Ebubeagu Security Network was mooted during a security summit at Owerri organised by the Southeast Governors in April 11, 2021 over the rising insecurity in the region.

The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodimma.

Also in attendance, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo world-wide, Professor George Obiozor as well as top security chiefs in the zone.

BREAKING: Many feared dead, houses burnt, as Fulani herdsmen attack Ngbo community in Ebonyi

Fulani herdsmen in the early hours on Monday attacked a village in Ngbo community of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

It was gathered that many have allegedly lost their lives following the development as houses of innocent indigenes of the area have been burnt down by the rampaging herdsmen in the area.

Ebonyi State Government had, on Wednesday, last week, put modalities in place for the setting up of 1,000 vigilante groups across the state.

The attack, which has been described as unprecedented, affected Ebele village in Umuogodoakpa Community as some victims of the incident are presently taking shelter in the homes of some stakeholders.

Recall that herdsmen had attacked four communities in Ishielu Local Government Area where over 25 innocent rural dwellers were massacred in cold blood.

As at the time of filing this report, no suspect has been arrested or paraded by the Ebonyi State Police Command in connection with the killings.

‘EBUBE AGU’: South-East Governors Establish New Outfit To Tackle Rising Unrest

Governors from the South East of Nigeria have established a security outfit called EBUBE AGU as part of plans to checkmate the rising unrest in the region, stemming from an increase in criminal activities.

According to a communique put out by governors of the Southeast, the agency is to oversee and monitor the activities of vigilante groups in the region.

Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, Dave Umahi who read the statement after a meeting in Imo State on Sunday, noted that the headquarters of EBUBE AGU security outfit will be in Enugu state.

Below is the full communique signed by governors of the Southeast region.

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS AND HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES AT THE END OF THE FIRST SOUTH EAST SECURITY SUMMIT HELD IN OWERRI ON SUNDAY APRIL 11th 2021

After exhaustive discussions on the current security challenges in the South East and with valuable contributions from participants at the first South East security summit in Owerri on this day Sunday April 11th 2021, it was resolved as follows:

1. To strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the South East. The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings including security personnel, natives/ farmers and headsmen.

2. That the five South East states are on the same page with the federal government on the issue of security challenges in the country. To this end, the meeting makes it absolutely clear that the South east will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish

3. That the political leadership in the South East has resolved to bring together all the arsenals at their command, as one united zone, to fight and flush out criminals and terrorist from the zone.

4. That the summit resolved that to achieve this, there is a need to galvanise all the relevant stakeholders in the south east, the political class, the business community, the bureaucrats and the intelligentsia to provide all necessary support to security operatives in the five south east states to ensure total success in the fight against criminality in the zone.

5. That the heads of all the security agencies in the south east have resolved to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help to checkmate crime in the zone.

6. That to fast track crime-busting in the south east, the heads of security agencies have been mandated to draw up a comprehensive list of their logistics and material needs for sustainable success in the fight against criminality, for the immediate provision by the leadership of the South East.

7. That a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the south east joint security platform.

8. To applaud the initiative of the South east security summit and to make it a statutory summit that will convene every quarter while its hosting shall rotate among the five south east states.

9. The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu.

10. The meeting appreciated the formation of South East joint security outfit codenamed Ebubeagu. Headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South East.

11. South East Governors requested the Acting IGP to stop the influx of IGP monitoring units but to allow CPS and State and Zonal commands to handle their cases.

12. Meeting approved that the acting IGP and other security chiefs do invite the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and CAN to find out the reason for increasing insecurity of the South East .

13. Meeting agreed that military policing in the South East should be adequately funded and become effective.

14. Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agencies should implement the ban.

15. The meeting encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and headers to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.

A Salute to Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo at 59

…celebrating Oputa Ifeadi on his birthday

Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo, by the special grace of God, the incoming governor of Anambra State, is a great man, a leader, a mentor and a great blessing to many, including myself.

His philanthropic gestures, and lifetime achievements have set a benchmark for others to follow.

Sir, as you turn and celebrate 59, we remain dedicated to the cause, and the state, in the light of your words: “it’s Anambra Families First”. The positive crew of Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Governorship Campaign Organization are not ready to quit. So, we will continue to honour you as a Nigerian patriot; a true Anambra State political legend; and one who has demonstrated extraordinary service to our nation and our dear State.
You have, time and time again, demonstrated bravery, dedication, extremely capable and selfless service.

As a Presidential Aide to Ex President Goodluck Jonathan, you served meritoriously that the most loved Nigeria ex President appointed you his personal envoy.

You risked both your life and your political standing, but never have you risked your honour and that is the stuff of which revolutionaries are made.

Sir, with your incredibly sharp, vigorous and rigorous mind, we are optimistic that when you become the governor of Anambra state, you will not remain passive in the face of the challenges facing ndi Anambra. You will offer your intelligence, energy and devotion to duty into nursing the state to greater heights.

Oputa Ifeadi, we owe you a debt of gratitude for the love and care you have continued to shower on the staff and management of your campaign organization. You have been more fun and more functions because you treasure happiness; a fate that comes to virtually all genuine political leaders. You have made us dream of Anambra State’s future glory and ultimately, has become the professional politician that started the process of making the dream a reality.

By the special grace of God, your 60th birthday will be celebrated by the good people of Anambra as their “brand new” Governor. Remain steadfast for it is possible. Ndi Anambra are praying, the church is praying, everyone is praying.

Happy birthday Oputa Ifeadi!

Signed
Dr Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp (Ogene Igbo)
DG Media/Publicity & Strategy
Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Organization

Anambra 2021: Nwankpo Hails Soludo’s Consensus Strategy, Insist On Fair APGA Primary Election

Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

The media meet on Thursday involving the governorship aspirant Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo and Journalists in his Awka Campaign Office has been sparking further controversies.

While a session of the media holds that the APGA leading governorship aspirant Nwankpo had accepted the purported consensus arrangements designed to favor Prof Chukwuma Soludo, here is our stand point at Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo campaign Organization.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo said he was fully aware of the speculations, but said he was convinced that the governor he knew would not dare to play God with who would succeed him.

Addressing newsmen in his office in Awka, Nwankpo, a personal envoy to former President Goodluck Jonathan said both the name the mother gave him at birth, Maduaburochukwu (man is not God) and the party’s constitution would not allow the governor to impose a sole candidate on the party.

He said, “The governor has the right to promote a successor. If you make me a governor today, I’ll take interest in promoting a successor of my liking. So there’s nothing absolutely wrong in what our governor is doing. Every governor does that.

“In the case of Soludo, I don’t know how true is it, but there’s a general impression that there was even a commitment before now made by the governor to Soludo. For me, I have no controversies around the matter. If they had a deal, Soludo had the right to demand for it, and Obiano should keep his own part to retain his honor.

“The governor as a public officer, one with good disposition and a person of character, if he made a promise to Soludo, he’ll make effort to keep it. If I’m in Soludo’s shoes, I’ll demand that he keeps it. Same with Obiano.

“So why am I in the race after all? I’m here because what the governor is trying to do for Soludo is something that is not totally in his control. It’s a matter you can’t handle privately.
“One beautiful thing about our governor is that he has a unique name, which people forget. Any anytime I think about it and this issue, I look at that name, it’s Maduaburochukwu, given to him the day the mother gave birth to him. We have to go back to the governor’s history to find out why the parents gave him the name.

“This man you see today that’s called Akpukuedike with all his energy, was a weak person when he was born, in a circumstance that required that the mother would take unique steps to protect him. And it’s God that sustained him and brought him to the greatness he is which is symbolised in his name.

“So I’m sure there’s no time in the history of this state that the governor confuses himself with governor and God. Besides, the bible is clear. We’re a Christian state, the message is clear. They tell us everyday in church which the governor also listens to that it’s God that bestows kings.

“For me, that’s the first principle. I know that the governor is not playing God and people shouldn’t accuse him of that. He’s a good man just trying to look for his successor in order to keep to the promise he made. I admire him for that because it’s what a man of character should do. But God is still there.

“When governor employs people to work for him, like the Information Commissioner, who coincidentally is my friend and brother from the same local government, he’s engaged to discharge his responsibility. If his boss expects him to communicate an idea, and you know how lucid and eloquent he is, he’ll present it with all lucidity because he’s answerable to his boss and that’s what the game is all about.

“But you see, we also have a political party where we all belong to. So the governor will be lobbying and talking to the party. And I don’t think he confuses himself with the political party of which he’s the BOT chairman. There’s a rule guiding the party and the governor has the duty to sustain it.”

While advising the governor and the ex-CBN governor to seek the face of God for his will for the state, the guber hopeful not to treat him and other party contestants as outcasts but to accord them fair and equal treatment.

“So my advice to my governor and friend Chukwuma Soludo is to get on their knees and pray. We’re praying, the church is praying, everyone is praying. And make sure you don’t confuse what you’re doing with the promises of God to the people of Anambra state.

“As party members, we’re telling him, don’t forget we’re here, we fear the same constitution, we love this party, and we want it to survive. Don’t treat us in a way that, because you love one of us, we’ve become outcast. I don’t think, and I’m sure he won’t do that.

“So I understand his body language which is that he doesn’t want APGA to die and for the people of the state to know that when he took the mantle of power for APGA, that the party won’t die in his hands. He won’t do anything to break the hearts of APGA people, he won’t disenfranchise them. That’s the way I understand his body language,” Nwankpo concluded.

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Tributes as indigenes, others bid Eze Aro farewell

It was a moment of solemnity amidst deluge of outpouring, day indigenes, friends and well-wishers of Arochukwu and the entire kingdom bid farewell to late Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro popularly known as Eze Aro.At the final burial rites on Monday, April 5, 2021, both the young and old were at their best in display as the remains of Eze Aro were eventually interred.One by one, the indigenes of Arochukwu in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state took turns to eulogise the lives and times of the departed first class Traditional Ruler.The Chairman, Aro National Rites of Passage Committee, Prof. Okoro Ijeoma, described the deceased king as highly talented, educated, relaxed and very respectful.He said the late traditional ruler sacrificed a lot for the peace of his community.Prof. Okoro used the occasion to draw the attention of the federal government on the deplorable state of Arochukwu/Ohafia highway.He said the completion of the road would be the best way to immortalise the highly respected late Monarch.”We have had a road which is in despair and it was one of those agonies that faced him when he was alive and we want a lasting legacy for the road to be fixed to honour him, because that is how we can grow economically and socially,” he said.Also speaking, a two-time governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance now one of the top APC leaders in Abia state Dr Alex Otti who chaired the burial event commended the chairman of the National Committee on the burial rites of passage and committees for working so hard to organise a befitting burial for the Aro monarch. He also thanked Aro sons and daughters both at home and in the diaspora for their huge financial contributions to the burial and encouraged them to maintain the spirit of unity engendered by the event.”He remarked that the entire Aro people are consoled by the legacies the late Eze Aro left behind. Dr. Otti then prayed to God to show him mercy and grant his soul eternal rest, while calling on the immediate family of the deceased and the entire Aro kingdom to bear the loss with fortitudeConvener of the New Nigeria Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, said the late Eze Aro loved his community and Nigeria at large.He said, “Late Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, preached peace and collective responsibility towards the development of his community while on the throne. Each time we visited him, he will tell us that the crown he was wearing was also on our heads, therefore we must work hard to protect it.”He wanted all of us to be involved in seeking the peace, progress and development of the Arochukwu Kingdom.“He never demanded anything from anyone, he was content with what he had. He was an extraordinary king, one would have expected him to be more demanding but he wasn’t.Born on Monday, March 6, 1932, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, he ascended the famous Eze Aro throne in 1995 and his reign witnessed tremendous transformation of the kingdom and growth in inter-communal relations.Among other positions, Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro, was a first-class traditional ruler and occupied one of the ancient traditional stools in Nigeria and was the custodian of the Aro heritage worldwide.He passed on after a protracted illness.

119 villages abolish Osu Caste system practice in Nsukka

By Ikechukwu Odu

The 119 villages in the nine autonomous communities in Nsukka town, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Wednesday, formalised the eradication of Osu Caste system in their communities.

The decision which was taken by the monarchs, town unions and other traditional institutions in the communities in collaboration with the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatization in our Society, IFETACSIOS, was capped up with an interdenominational prayer session cum declarations and ‘Isu Oho’ by the chief priests and ‘Akpuraruas’ from the three quarters which make up Nsukka town.

Speaking during the interdenominational prayer session at the St. John’s Primary School, Ugwuorie, Nsukka, the Catholic bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Godffrey Onah, condemned the reprehensive traditional practice.

Quoting Galatians 3:28, the clergy explained that there was no need for discriminatory practices amongst people created by God.

The bishop who was represented by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev Fr. Eugene Odo, also said “this is the first of its kind in Nsukka cultural zone. There cannot be development amidst strife and discrimination. The Osu caste system needs to be eradicted to enable all memebers of the society contribute their quota in moving the communities forward because we cannot make progress when we discriminate against ourselves,” the cleric said.

He also called for other communities within the Nsukka cultural zone to emulate Nsukka town by initiating steps towards ending harmful cultural practices that are anti people.

Speaking to journalists during the event, the President General of Nsukka Town Union, Chief Joseph Onyeke, while commending the nine autonomous communities in Nsukka town for the landmark achievement, said “By history, we cannot forget the efforts of our noble men and women like William Wilberforce, Mary Slessor who, about 200 years ago, volunteered their lives to make sure slave trade was abolished. Even though they achieved great height in securing legal freedom for the enslaved, some deprivations remained in practice till this day.

“In practice, discriminations have continued even in this part of the continent. They include denials of intermarriage, title-taking_Oha and Umuada, placement of Oho and Oduatu together and ascending to the height of ‘Onyeishi Aruah among others. The consequences of the above were restiveness and underdevelopment in all sectors of life.

“In Nsukka town, the crises of 1946-1955 regarding the discrimination practices worsened the matter, and ever since then, the problems were managed and never solved,” he said.

Also in his remarks, the traditional ruler of Ihe Nsukka Autonomous Community, HRH, Igwe George Asadu said , that Osu was a creation of humans and not God.

“The segregation lives here on earth and not in heaven. Even the Bible upholds all humans as equal before God,” he said.

He also said that with the eradication of Osu caste system, there would be hitch free intermarriage and equal economic rights which hitherto were not the case before now.

His counterpart of Owerre Nsukka Autonomous Community, HRH, Igwe Emeka Ugwu, said he was happy over the development, adding that he was the first monarch in Nsukka cultural zone to initiate the move towards the abolishment of the discriminatory practices.

In his contribution, the Visioner and Coordinator of IFETACSIOS, Nwada Stella Ogechukwu, while expressing her joy over the abolishment of the practice said “I take full cognizance of other communities that have abolished the caste system, but I call the Nsukka people the pace setters because you came together in strength, might and love to jettison the evil practice.

“I know the kind of efforts that go into achieving such a milestone. Your actions towards achieving this feat are commendable and worthy of emulation,” she said.

Earlier in his address, the chairman of the committee on Total Eradication of Discrimination between Ohu and Amu in Nsukka Town, Barr Peter Odo, described the development as a new dawn in the communities.

“After elaborate deliberations, it was unanimously agreed that the discriminatory practices between ‘Osu and Amu’ be totally eradicated and eliminated,” he announced.

He said that the committee set up to effect the abolishment came up with three solutions of “appeasement, compensation and reparation, adding that those who felt wronged and those whose forefathers may have also wronged others have fully forgiven one another.

APGA, APC loses big as 3000 members dump parties, join PDP in Abia State

About 3,000 decampees from APGA and APC and other Parties from the 13 wards of Bende LGA have been received into the People’s. Democratic Party (PDP) with an assurance that their interest will be highly protected. Speaking while receiving the Party faithfuls during a Bende PDP Unity Rally held at the Practising School Uzuakoli, in Bende LGA, the Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu commended their forsight in coming into the PDP fold and assured. them that having taken the bold step, they will enjoy all the rights and privileges other members have been enjoying.Dr. Ikpeazu represented by his Deputy Sir Ude Oko Chukwu reiterates the resolve of his administration to replicate the tremendous transformation and infrastructural development currently going on in Aba to other parts of Abia.The Governor urged the new PDP members to see the total winning of PDP in subsequent elections as a great challenge that they must surmount and pointed out that having been accepted as full fledged members of PDP , they should embark on winning more docile members into the fold so that together, they will take the Local Govt Area to greater heights.In their remarks,. The member representing Bende South State Constituency, Chief Emmanuel Ndubuisi, the Chairman Bende LGA, Chief Emmanuel Onwuchekwa , the State PDP Chairman, Chief Asiforo Okere represented by Chief Gebriel Elendu and Bende PDP Chairman, Chief Dike C Dick while welcoming them said PDP is a party that believe in equity and capable of accommodating all and assured them that they will never regret coming into the PDP.Also contributing, the Deputy Chairman of Bende LGA, Mr. Promise Uzoma, former Commissioner for Tourism, Mrs Loveth Ojo Adimoha, Chief James Okpara , Chief Ukwu Rocks Emma ,Chief P.C. Mba, a PDP Chieftain Chief Iheanyi Chinasa and Chief P.C. Onyegbu while unanimously welcoming the decampees to a democratic party and assured that they are determined to take back Bende State and National Constituencies come 2023.In their various remarks, the leaders of the decampees, Mr. Alaeligwe of All Progressive Grand Alliance( APGA) Prince Emeka Igwe from All Progressive Congress ( APC) and an APC woman leader, Mrs Mercy Abraham on behalf of others said they decided to join the PDP having witnessed the kinetic and tremendous development the Governor is doing across the StateThe event which featured the formal renouncing of their membership of their former Parties by the decampees attracted the presence of top Govt Officials and PDP chieftains from Bende LGA.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo’s Governorship Bid Receives Boost As Media Gurus Visit Campaign HQs

By Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

The Nigeria Union of Journalists Anambra State Council, comprising of Newspaper Publishers, News Reporters, Online News Bloggers, Print and Electronic Media Practitioners Thursday had a press parley with the APGA frontline governorship aspirant Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo at his campaign office headquarters in Awka.Coming under the aegis of Journalists for Good Governance, the journalists appraised the Nwankpo’s Manifesto, and his political exploits while serving under ex President Goodluck Jonathan and reasoned that it was in the interest of the state for all to rally support as strategic partners in the Nwankpo’s governorship bid.The Journalists whose position was made known by the State Chairman, Comrade Emma Ifesinachi said further that, they were confounded by the Nwankpo’s rich and people oriented manifesto, and believed that it will be profound for Ndi Anambra to support Nwankpo’s governorship ambition.

On the rumoured imposition of candidates in the major political parties. The NUJ Chairman said “The league of journalists for Good Governance have kicked against the imposition of candidates as party flag bearers describing it as non democratic, and repugnant to natural justice. We call for a level playing ground for all the aspirants.”They announced with great delight and sense of responsibility that the journalists in the state will monitor thoroughly all the processes leading to the guber polls and report the events, accordingly.

They urged all governorship aspirants in various political parties to make themselves available for the rigors of primary elections, to enable members of the party participate in the process of selecting the best candidates.”They pledged to partner the Governorship aspirant Nwankpo in marketing his manifesto ahead of the 2021 gubernatorial election.“As the November 6, 2021 governorship election beckons, we are committed to deploying our resources and goodwill to ensure that the right man is elected Governor of this State.”

This, they promised to do through continuous profiling of the aspirants through their respective platforms, as part of their corporate goals of promoting good governance and ensuring collective growth of the State.

The highly elated Nze Nwankpo who appreciated the media professionals on the visit, encouraged them to continue considering the state’s interest above every other sentiments.He said the success of Anambra governorship election 2021 will rebirth and berth a new dawn in the quest to make the state great. He promised to sustain the good works of Governor Willie Obiano if elected as his successor.Nze Nwankpo said he will create opportunities that would be of great benefits to Anambra families.

He said his government will boost the media industry, partner with the journalists in the state, and invest hugely in the state owned print and electronic media houses, and render massive support to the non state actors.“If elected as the governor of Anambra State, my office will be opened to partnership with any group or individuals ready to offer its services in the various programmes of the state government”

Social Media Influencers, Online Bloggers, dozens of journalists from both print and electronic media were at the Media Parley.