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.
Abia State Government has closed down Union Primary School, in Afaraukwu, Umuahia North of Abia State, the home community of Nnamdi Kanu. The action became necessary owing to a bomb scare in the school.
According to a statement signed by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the state Commissioner for Information, the Government is currently working with relevant security agencies in the state to unravel the source and nature of suspected explosive devices found at the school.
He said “While initial examination of the devices show evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era, we are awaiting definite official report from the EOD squad of the Nigeria Police who are currently investigating the incident.
“Meanwhile, necessary measures have been taken to protect the pupils and staff of the school with security sweeps ongoing while the school is temporarily closed.
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agencies to embark on proactive checks in other vulnerable locations out of abundance of caution.
“While we are grateful to God that there is no harm to life or property, we urge citizens and residents to continue to maintain vigilance and report suspicious situations to security agents”.
Recall that the state government recently declared a dusk to dawn curfew in the metropolitan towns of Aba, Umuahia, Ohafia and Arochukwu in the state due to the rising cases of insecurity in the geopolitical zone.
Aside from the unprecedented exploits of Professor Gregory Ikechukwu Ibe, OFR succinctly adumbrated in the first part of this serial, do not tell us that you are not aware that he also pledged $1 million to COVID-19 research.
What about his company called Skill ‘G’ Ltd.that produces education solutions and also built laboratories in universities across Nigeria?
Certainly, a man who works with 73 federal and state universities, 62 polytechnics and monotonic schools and whose equipment and science laboratories 104 unity colleges are adoring, and whose mathematics kits developed with his Israeli partners are in use across Nigeria must be self-sufficient.
So, why does he want to be the Abia State governor? Some cynics — who care little about the impact his emergence will have on Abia — may want to ask that question. Well, the Deputy Registrar (Media) of Gregory University Uturu, Sleek Ogwo, provided the answer thus:
“It is not Prof Ibe that needs the governorship of Abia State today. It is the state that actually needs Prof Ibe. It is the backlog of the things he has done in his personal life, his track record, that made people call him to come and replicate the same positive development in the larger society.”
He explained that Prof. Ibe’s astuteness and the successes he achieved in less than 10 years of establishing Gregory University Uturu are products of age-long preparation.
“What you see in Gregory University Uturu today is a later development. Prof Ibe’s achievements started when he was working with other people. He worked for companies where he was marketing manager.
“He was the marketing manager of the first company that sold air conditioners in Nigeria. He was the one that innovated how they could make ACs work with the kind of low power that we had in the country at the time.
“That was the first major thing he did after leaving the construction company where he worked. He has been a success story in so many areas. Then, he came to replicate that success story with Gregory University Uturu”.
Ogwo said people see these scores of successes and tell him to use the same experience and passion to develop Abia State.
“They believe he will do a great job. I think Prof Ibe is suitable for the job of governance,” he said.
He also added, “Abia State is in crying need to match and possibly surpass her neighbours in the area of development. So, here we have someone with experience, passion and connection to meet that need. There is no doubt that the complaint about paucity of funds in the quest to develop Abia state will be a thing of the past under his watch as governor, since he will attract foreign collaborations and partnerships that will stimulate development.”
Speaking further, on the impacts and benefits Abia State would enjoy under his watch when elected governor, Prof. Ibe challenged those in doubt of his capacity to come and see the pictures of how he transformed (and is still transforming) Uturu with personal money.
“I take challenges and I succeed with them. At the time I served the Nigerian Army during the toughest period, trying to secure certain things for Nigeria which I succeeded in doing.What I have accomplished in education, business, administration and even the development of my community are attestations that with centralised government in Abia state, every community will be proud to say I’m from this local government area,” Prof. Ibe concluded.
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The Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has sought the collaboration of the Government of France in attracting French companies to invest in the state, especially the Enyimba Economic City.
Governor Ikpeazu made the request recently when he received the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasquier courtesy visit.
He assured that his government will provide the necessary support needed by such French companies to invest in the state.
Governor Ikpeazu said he expects great collaboration from the French Government in the areas of Agriculture and Technical Education.
He disclosed that his government plans to build a Youth Eco-System where Abia Children could acquire skills and be citizens who can fit into the technological demands of the 21st century.
He appealed to the Ambassador to partner with the state in that regard.
The State Chief Executive who described Education as key to success in every other venture said the focus of the state is on Technical Education and solicited the French Government to do more in that regard.
Earlier, the French Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Jerome Pasquier said his country is open to any possibility of working with Abia State in the area of Education and Agriculture
He described Abia as one of the best places in Nigeria for investment and promised to make the French presence felt in the State.
Governor Ikpeazu also presented some Made in Aba items as commemorative gifts to the Ambassador.
The French Ambassador had earlier arrived at the Government House Umuahia and was received by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. ACB Agbazuere.
He was also later conducted round the National War Museum Umuahia.
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and the Coordinator of the Education For Employment (E4E) program of the State Government, Mr. Endi Ezengwa were present at the event.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has ranked Abia State as the third state with top capital inflow in 2020.
According to NBS, “By destination, Lagos emerged as the top destination of capital investment in Nigeria with $8.3 billion, followed by Abuja, which received $1.3 billion.
“The others on the list are Abia State with relatively $56 million, Niger with $16.4 million, and Ogun with $13.4 million.
Anambra State recorded $10.2 million, Kaduna State recorded $4.03 million, Sokoto got $2.5 million and Kano got $2.4 million”.
It stated that the remaining 26 states received no foreign capital inflows the entire year.
The states include: Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara States.
A former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, has joined the All Progressives Congress.
The ex-Army Chief formally declared for the APC and registered with the party in the ongoing registration and revalidation on Tuesday.
Recall that General Ihejirika, served at the helm of the Nigerian Army from 2010-2014 under former President Goodluck Jonathan, made his declaration to join the APC at his Isuikwuato country home in Abia North Senatorial District.
The former COAS made his declaration and subsequently registered at Ezere Ward 2.
His registration was conducted by the APC Ward Chairman, Iheanyi Chukwu, in the presence of stalwarts of the party, including Kalu; State Secretary of the party, Perfect Okorie; Deputy State Woman Leader of the party, Lady Franca Osuwa; Chairman, Abia APC Registration panel, Ambassador Bala Mohammed Mairiga; Chief Ameobi Ogah; Dr. Lilian Obenwa; Abia North APC Zonal Chairman, Chief Chris Ajah; Member, Abia State House of Assembly, representing Isuikwuato Constituency, Hon. Emeka Okorofor; and party faithful.
Recall that in November last year, Kalu, the APC leader in Abia State, urged Ihejirika to join the party.
“General Ihejirika’s decision to join us today in the APC is no doubt a great one and I must commend him for taking the bold step after over a year of convincing him to join the party.
“He should be assured that his membership in our party will be a very fruitful one.
“I am loyal to the party.
“This is why I have always subjected myself to the party’s decision-making process.
“My appreciation also goes to the Chairman, Abia APC Registration panel, Ambassador Bala Mohammed Mairiga, and his team for joining me to grace this exercise.
“The chairman can see for himself that the APC in Abia is deeply rooted.
“In the last few days, he has accompanied me to some decamping ceremonies of people from other parties into our party.
“On behalf of our National Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, I welcome you to our great party.”
Disclosing his reasons for joining the party, General Ihejirika said his coming into politics by joining the APC is to contribute to the progress of the party in the state and at the national level.
The former COAS said further that having served in the Army for almost 38 years, he has gathered sufficient experience to contribute to the democracy of the nation and the fortunes of the party.
In his words:” I am delighted by the presence of the leader of the party in our state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, to honour this event.
“Having served almost 38 years in the military, I am convinced that it will be a waste of experience for me to remain outside government activities.
“Thus is because I have a lot to offer and assure you all that I will operate an open-door policy.
“I will also learn fast.”
Ihejirika said his first goal is to unite the party.
He said: “My first goal is to unite the party.
“Unity is very important because if we are united, we can achieve all our goals for the state and the nation at large.”
Recall that similar advances by Senator Kalu had yielded results as it saw the founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and United Peoples Party, Chekwas Okorie; former governorship candidate of the APGA in 2015 and 2019, Dr. Alex Otti; former governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Emeka Atuma; former Commissioner for Finance in Abia State, Obinna Oriaku, joining the party in the state.
Students group A group, under the aegis of Abia Nigerian Law School Students’ Association (ALSSA) has called on the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu to intervene on their behalf.
While noting the various giant stride the government has accomplished which includes but not limited to the construction of major roads in Abia, Provision of amenities, and core infrastructural developments which has enveloped the state since the beginning of his tenure.
The President of the association, Mr. Darlington Uwaoma appealed to the Governor to help out members of the group which comprises Abia state law students in the 6 campuses of the Nigerian law school – Abuja, Lagos, Yola, Enugu, Kano, and Bayelsa).
Revealing that the majority of them are starving and are yet to meet up with the financial demands of the Law school. Others are debtors due to the monies borrowed to actualize their dream.
Darlington Uwaoma also stated that Abia State students have always been among the best for the past 5 years with many students who are now lawyers bagging first-class from different campuses of the Nigerian law school and stressed that this year’s set will replicate the amazing feat.
He pleaded that timely intervention of the Governor will go along way to help them prepare adequately for the task ahead.
Recall that some states, recently Enugu State gave out grants to their indigenes to help curtail the financial hardship especially in this covid-19 season.
Following the second wave of coronavirus infection across the country, the Abia State government has placed a five thousand naira(5,000) fine on any resident of the state without a face mask.
The State Government also disclosed that it has banned cultural festivals till further notice and warned that it would hold responsible the Traditional Ruler of any community that contravenes the government’s directive in preventing the COVID-19 infections.
The Government in a press release signed by the Secretary to the Abia State Government and Chairman Inter Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Barrister Chris Ezem and made available to newsmen, on Saturday, in Umuahia, directed that all hotels and hospitality places paste a “No face mask No entry” banner at their entrances and maintain all COVID-19 protocols.
It added that any contravention will attract N100,000.00 fine including sealing off of the premises.
The Government’s statement said, “All churches are now to operate on a 50-person basis per stream and must conclude all religious activities by 2pm on Sundays and Saturdays whichever is applicable. All weekly activities must be limited to 2 activities only. Whilst night vigil and crusades are totally banned. All religious places of worship must paste at its entrances “No face mask No entry”.
“All eateries are now to operate on a take away basis and must maintain all covid-19 protocols at their premises. They must place at their entrance “No face mask No entry” sign. They must ensure the availability of running water and sanitizers at their premises. Any contravention will attract a fine of N100,000.00 and the premises will be sealed off.
“All COVID-19 market Committees are to be revived and must ensure total compliance with all COVID-19 protocols at all markets failing which the Government will not hesitate to shut down such a market and proscribe its Union.
“All burials and weddings must be limited to 50 persons only and maintain all COVID-19 protocols. Traditional rulers of communities must liaise with the Local Government Chairman of the relevant Local Government and set up an enforcement Committee made up of people of integrity to ensure compliance. The enforcement Committee is at liberty to stop any burial or wedding in contravention.
“All public places, ministries and parastatals must paste at their entrances “No face mask No entry” sign.
All schools, private and public, must observe all COVID-19 protocols.
“Community testing and sample collection is ongoing in all the 17 LGA’s. The State medical protocol team are in place and our molecular lab is 24 hours in operation to run samples”.
The State Government, however, urged all Abians to continue to observe and comply with all COVID-19 protocols and take these directives seriously.
Abia State governor Okezie Ikpeazu says the state government is not interested in profiling any tribe but clamping down on criminal elements violating open grazing law in the state.
Ikpeazu disclosed this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily. He also explained why open grazing is banned in the state.
“Abia State was one of the first states that came out with legislation banning open grazing and our argument is that Abia State is perhaps the smallest state apart from Lagos in land area in Nigeria and we have a lot of minerals and crude oil beneath the soil.
“God did not endow us with sufficient land to permit open grazing and leaving our land for cattle grazing.
“Our interest is not to generally profile the Hausas or the Fulanis, we are interested in the criminal elements,” Ikpeazu said.
According to the governor, the problem of farmer-herders clashes can be solved after proper diagnosis and when the Federal, State and local governments come up with a joint policy to tackle the problem.
“Nigeria is supposed to do a proper diagnosis of the problem and treat it accordingly. We are not diagnosing the problem properly; we are just diverting the attention of serious-minded people in this country.
“We have people who are interested in creating anarchy and confusion so that opportunist anarchists like ISIS who are interested in destabilising the country will come in.
“The Federal government down to the local government should come on one page and have a policy dealing with criminal elements wherever they may be found irrespective of the state of origin or background.”
It will be recalled that Southeast governors recently announced that they have banned open grazing and the movement of cows by foot in the region in a bid to tackle the security challenges confronting the zone.
Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi disclosed this on Monday during the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress in Abakaliki.
The Sanitation Mobile Court, Aba North has sentenced Miss Hannah Geoffrey of No 53 Osusu Road, Aba to a two week imprisonment at the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Aba for indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the drainage and littering the newly reconstructed Osusu Road.
Delivering his judgement, the Presiding Officer, E.U. Eke Onuoha stated that the accused was guilty of two count charge occasioned by illegal dumping of refuse inside the gutters and littering of refuse around her premises contrary to section 18 schedule 12, No. 9 of the Abia State Environmental Basic Law 2004 and 2013 as amended.
While reacting to the judgement, The Deputy General Manager Abia State Environmental Protection Agency ASEPA Aba Zone and Environs Hon Chief Rowland Nwakanma lauded the judiciary for upholding the law and warned that the era of Indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the drainages and littering the roads with garbage is over in Aba. He further reiterated his willingness to implement the directive of the executive Governor of Abia State Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu to ensure that sanity is maintained in the city by ensuring that no one defaces the newly constructed roads in Aba while commending his Taskforce Teams for apprehending defaulters and charged them to pursue their duties diligently.