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Anambra Govt Spends Over N7Bn On Community Infrastructural Development

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Anamnbra State government has expended over seven billion naira on infrastructural development of communities and markets in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta, made this known in a post-EXCO briefing in his office at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat, Awka.
Ogbuefi Nnachetta noted that so far, twelve communities are yet to complete the first phase of the twenty million naira choose your project initiative, due to some problems arising from within such communities, urging them to hasten up with the work so as to access the second tranche.

The Commissioner said that one hundred and forty- five communities have commenced the second phase, while thirty-four communities still lag behind.

He recalled that the sixty- three recognized markets in the state were given ten million naira each for any developmental project of their choice.

In education, Ogbuefi Nnachetta noted that Anambra has been adjudged the best in terms of eradication of exam malpractice with three per cent malpractice rate.

The Commissioner announced that any student that graduates with First Class Honours will be given automatic employment upon graduation in line with government’s decision to employ teachers massively this period.

He said that government has concluded arrangement to introduce a one pattern of fencing of compounds along the old road from Amansea to Onitsha Bridge Head and called on those who own shanties and mechanic workshops along the road to dismantle them as the government plans to give the state a face lift.

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Former Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako Loses Wife

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Wife of Former Governor of Adamawa State Murtala Nyako, Hajiya Zainab Murtala Nyako is dead.

Zainab Nyako died at the Federal Medical Center Yola after a brief illness in the wee hours of Wednesday at the age of 63.
A family source who spoke to AIT said that Zainab Nyako was rushed to Federal Medical Center Yola after she collapsed on Tuesday at about 4:00pm and died at the hospital some hours later.
Mrs Nyako is survived by her husband, Murtala Nyako, six children, her aged mother as well as 10 grandchildren.
The family source said she has been buried according to Islamic rites at the Nyako family house in Dougirei, Yola, Adamawa State.

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Buhari Appoints 28 Judicial Officials

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 28 judicial officers for the court of appeal, the federal high court and the high court of the federal capital territory.

The appointments are on the recommendation of the national judicial council, NJC.
The twelve court of appeal justices nominees are justice P A. Mahmud, justice F O. Ojo, justice I A. Andenyangsto, justice Gabriel O. Kolawole, justice B B. Aliyu, and justice Ebiowei Tobi others are justice J G. Abundaga, justice A S. Umar, justice A M. Talba, justice A M. Bayero, justice A M. Lamido, and justice M B. Idris.
The nine federal high court judges are Sunday Bassey Onu, Mrs. Adefunmilola Adekemi Demi-Ajayi, justice peter o. Lifu, Obiora Atuegwu Egwuata, and Mrs. Sa’adatu Ibrahim Mark. Others are Mobolaji Olubukola Olajuwon, Aminu Bappa Aliyu, Tijjani Garba Ringim and Nkeonye Evelyn Maha.
The president has also appointed seven (7) judges for the high court of the federal capital territory and they are Binta Mohammed, Modupe Osho-Adebiyi, Gaba Venchak Simon and Babangida Hassan.
The other nominees are Akobi Iyabeni Anna, Samirah Umar Bature and Asmau Akanbi Yusuf.
The nine new justices of the court of appeal will be sworn-in by the chief justice of Nigeria and chairman, national judicial council, justice Walter Onnoghen, on Friday June, 22, while those appointed for the federal high court will be sworn-in on Monday June, 25 2018.the new FCT high court judges are to be sworn-in on Tuesday, June, 26.

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Former IGP Gambo Jimeta not dead – Family

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The Former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Gambo Jimeta is not dead, the family disclosed in a statement, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The statement was signed by Mubarak Gambo, a member of the family.
“Our attention has been drawn to online news reports on the death of the former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Gambo Jimeta.
“We hereby emphatically state that Alhaji Gambo Jimeta is very much alive and is not dead,” it said.
According to statement, the family has also spoken to Premium Times, that first broke the story and they have corrected the information and issued an apology.
It added that the family have been overwhelmed by the show of concern and would like to thank everyone that reached out to them.
The family further offered condolences to the family of the former Governor of Adamawa State, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) on the passing of his wife Hajiya Zainab Nyako as well as the family of the Chief of Staff to Governor Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Jimeta.
“May Almighty Allah have mercy on their souls and bring comfort to their families during their time of grief,” it added. (NAN)

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How NASS mutilated the 2018 budget – By Muhammadu Buhari

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By Muhammadu Buhari
I would like to thank the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as all the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members, for passing the 2018 Appropriation Bill, after seven months.
​When I submitted the 2018 Budget proposals to the National Assembly on 7th November 2017, I had hoped that the usual legislative review process would be quick, so as to move Nigeria towards a predictable January-December financial year. The importance of this predictability cannot be overemphasized.
​While the Federal Government’s budget represents less than 10% of aggregate yearly expenditures in the economy, it has a very significant accelerator effect on the financial plans of other tiers of government, and even more importantly, the private sector, which mostly operates on a January-December financial year.
​Notwithstanding the delay this year, I am determined to continue to work with the National Assembly towards improving the budgeting process and restoring our country to the January-December fiscal cycle.
​I note, with pleasure, that the National Assembly is working on the enactment of an Organic Budget Law, so as to improve the efficiency of the nation’s budgetary process.
​As I mentioned during the presentation of the 2018 Appropriation Bill, we intend to use the 2018 Budget to consolidate the achievements of previous budgets and deliver on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020.
​It is in this regard that I am concerned about some of the changes that the National Assembly has made to the budget proposals that I presented. The logic behind the Constitutional direction that budgets should be proposed by the Executive is that, it is the Executive that knows and defines its policies and projects.
​Unfortunately, that has not been given much regard in what has been sent to me. The National Assembly made cuts amounting to 347 billion Naira in the allocations to 4,700 projects submitted to them for consideration and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to 578 billion Naira.
​Many of the projects cut are critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation. Some of the new projects inserted by the National Assembly have not been properly conceptualized, designed and costed and will therefore be difficult to execute.
​Furthermore, many of these new projects introduced by the National Assembly have been added to the budgets of most MDAs with no consideration for institutional capacity to execute them or the incremental recurrent expenditure that may be required.
​As it is, some of these projects relate to matters that are the responsibility of the States and Local Governments, and for which the Federal Government should therefore not be unduly burdened.
​Such examples of projects from which cuts were made are as follows:
The provisions for some nationally/regionally strategic infrastructure projects such as Counter-part funding for the Mambilla Power Plant, Second Niger Bridge/ancillary roads, the East-West Road, Bonny-Bodo Road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Itakpe-Ajaokuta Rail Project were cut by an aggregate of 11.5 billion Naira.
Similarly, provisions for some ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the FCT, Abuja especially major arterial roads and the mass transit rail project, were cut by a total of 7.5 billion Naira.
The provision for Rehabilitation and Additional Security Measures for the United Nations Building by the FCT, Abuja was cut by 3.9 billion Naira from 4 billion Naira to 100 million Naira; this will make it impossible for the Federal Government of Nigeria to fulfill its commitment to the United Nations on this project.
The provisions for various Strategic Interventions in the health sector such as the upgrade of some tertiary health institutions, transport and storage of vaccines through the cold chain supply system, provision of anti-retroviral drugs for persons on treatment, establishment of chemotherapy centres and procurement of dialysis consumables were cut by an aggregate amount of 7.45 billion Naira.
The provision for security infrastructure in the 104 Unity Schools across the country were cut by 3 billion Naira at a time when securing our students against acts of terrorism ought to be a major concern of government.
The provision for the Federal Government’s National Housing Programme was cut by 8.7 billion Naira.
At a time when we are working with Labour to address compensation-related issues, a total of 5 billion Naira was cut from the provisions for Pension Redemption Fund and Public Service Wage Adjustment.
The provisions for Export Expansion Grant (EEG) and Special Economic Zones/Industrial Parks, which are key industrialization initiatives of this Administration, were cut by a total of 14.5 billion Naira.
The provision for Construction of the Terminal Building at Enugu Airport was cut from 2 billion Naira to 500 million Naira which will further delay the completion of this critical project.
The Take-off Grant for the Maritime University in Delta State, a key strategic initiative of the Federal Government, was cut from 5 billion Naira to 3.4 billion Naira.
About seventy (70) new road projects have been inserted into the budget of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. In doing so, the National Assembly applied some of the additional funds expected from the upward review of the oil price benchmark to the Ministry’s vote. Regrettably, however, in order to make provision for some of the new roads, the amounts allocated to some strategic major roads have been cut by the National Assembly.
​Another area of concern is the increase by the National Assembly of the provisions for Statutory Transfers by an aggregate of 73.96 billion Naira. Most of these increases are for recurrent expenditure at a time we are trying to keep down the cost of governance.
​An example of this increase is the budget of the National Assembly itself which has increased by 14.5 billion Naira, from 125 billion Naira to 139.5 billion Naira without any discussion with the Executive.
​Notwithstanding the above stated observations, I have decided to sign the 2018 Budget in order not to further slowdown the pace of recovery of our economy, which has doubtlessly been affected by the delay in passing the budget.
​However, it is my intention to seek to remedy some of the most critical of these issues through a supplementary and/or amendment budget which I hope the National Assembly will be able to expeditiously consider.
​I am pleased with the success recorded in the implementation of the 2017 Budget. A total sum of 1.5 trillion Naira has been released for the implementation of capital projects during the 2017 fiscal year. In response to this and other policy measures implemented, we have observed significant improvement in the performance of the Nigerian economy.
​To achieve the laudable objectives of the 2018 Budget, we will work very hard to generate the revenues required to finance our projects and programmes. The positive global oil market outlook, as well as continuing improvement in non-oil revenues, make us optimistic about our ability to finance the budget.
​However, being a deficit budget, the Borrowing Plan will be forwarded to the National Assembly shortly. I crave the indulgence of the National Assembly for a speedy consideration and approval of the Plan.
​The 2018 Budget I have just signed into law provides for aggregate expenditures of 9.12 trillion Naira, which is 22.6% higher than the 2017 Appropriation. Further details of the approved budget will be provided by the Minister of Budget and National Planning.
​I thank the Ministers of Budget and National Planning, the Budget Office of the Federation, and everyone who worked tirelessly and sacrificed so much to bring us to this day. However, the job is only partly done.
​I am sure you will remain committed to advancing our Change Agenda, not only in the preparation of the national budget, but also in ensuring its effective implementation.
I thank you and may God bless Nigeria.
Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, delivered this remark at the 2018 budget signing ceremony on Wednesday, in Abuja

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She’s a flawless feminist:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie needs no introduction for literary lovers.

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When Beyonce’s single Flawless hit the music stands in 2013, suddenly everybody knew Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The song had featured the Nigerian author and used lyrics from her now famous essay We should all be Feminists. That she was a hugely talented, award-winning author was irrelevant and it was as though she needed Beyonce to “make her famous”. She had, by then, published three remarkable novels ­– Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah and a collection of short stories – The Thing around your Neck. But I guess we live in a time where pop stars will always be more famous than authors.
A little taken aback by the sort of fame that came after her association with the Beyonce song, Adichie in an interview to a Dutch publication said, “I was shocked about how many requests for an interview I received when that song was released. Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyoncé. I felt such resentment. I thought: Are books really that unimportant to you?”
Adichie burst into the literary scene in 2003 with Purple Hibiscus – the story of a Catholic tyrannical Nigerian father who brutalises his children into submission. Purple Hibiscus was about one family, the canvas for her next novel Half of a Yellow Sun was much larger and far more complex. In this novel Adichie managed to weave together the lives of three characters swept up in the Biafran war for independence. The Washington Post described her as “The 21st Century daughter of Chinua Achebe” when this novel was released. It also won her the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007. She then wrote The Thing around your Neck in 2009 – a searing and profound collection of short stories. Then came Americanah. Adichie calls Americanah her “f**k-you” novel. She says she wrote the novel when she no longer felt that she needed to be a “dutiful literary daughter” responsible for her country’s history.
A New Yorker article by Larissa MacFarquhar observes, “As her subjects have expanded, her audience too has but visibility has its drawbacks.” It goes on to say that in Lagos, Adichie is “as recognisable as the President.” This public scrutiny means nothing she says or does goes unnoticed. She was criticised for appearing in public with her natural hair. When she exerted her right to embrace her natural hair, she offended many African women who interpreted this as criticism of their choice to straighten their hair. Hair went on to become the most recurring metaphor in her novel Americanah, which is about a Nigerian Igbo girl fitting in to American society. Gradually, she begins to find the idea of “fitting in” revolting and fights back – first by going back to her kinky African hair and then by giving up on the American accent.
She was also accused of being a “sell-out” and a “capitalist”, particularly on Twitter, when she allowed “We should all be Feminists” to be written on Dior T-shirts. In her TED Talk with the same title, she points out that she is a happy African feminist — “one who does not hate men, who likes lip-gloss and wears high-heels for herself but not for men.”
Adichie’s voice is powerful and distinctive because she is not afraid to be unpopular. She is okay with being disliked. “The desire to be liked is something women need to get over,” she says.
She addresses controversial issues of race and gender with disarming ease. She speaks in a language that doesn’t alienate, yet is her own. She is also very political. And has been very vocal of gender issues in politics. In the essay Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About for the New Yorker, she says, “Why is America so far behind in its representation of women in politics…Would a woman who behaved exactly like Trump be elected? Now is the time to stop suggesting that sexism was absent in the election because white women did not overwhelmingly vote for Clinton. Misogyny is not the sole preserve of men.”
Awarded the 2018 Pen Pinter Prize in memory of the late Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter for “her refusal to be deterred or detained by the categories of others”. However, Adichie’s unique strength lies not only in her own “refusal to be detained by the categories of others,” but in inspiring an entire generation across gender, race and culture to break barriers and re-examine life as we know it.

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Umahi Condemns Renaming of Abakaliki Street in Anambra

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* Warns against discriminating Ebonyians in Anambra

David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman, South East Governors Forum, Mr. David Umahi, has condemned the renaming of a street initially named after Abakaliki, by his Anambra State counterpart, Mr. Willie Obiano.

Obiano had recently renamed the popular Abakaliki Street, housing most of the nightclubs in the capital city as ‘Club Road’.
In doing so, Obiano had explained that renaming the street was necessary, so that its name can depict the flurry of night activities which the street has become synonymous with.
But Umahi, in a press release signed on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Chief Emmanuel Uzor, condemned the change in name, saying that it was a way of marginalising Ebonyi, or even making Anambra feel superior to his state.
The release quoted Umahi as being alarmed by the action of Anambra State Government, while calling for the immediate reversal of the action by his Anambra counterpart, Obiano.
“While we condemn in its entirety, the action, if it is true, Umahi has put everything in place to ensure that His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano reverses the action of bringing back the Abakaliki street, a name gazetted a long time ago in the spirit of oneness in Igboland.
“There should be no part of Igboland that should be discriminated against. Ebonyi State has received the highest discrimination even from among her brother states and this is not healthy especially as we fight to unite our people and form a formidable economic and political bloc.
“The governor has put a call through to his brother Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on how best to resolve the conflict of interest especially as regards the social media claims that the street was taken away from Abakaliki people because they are not qualified to answer such name of a major street in Awka,” the statement said.
Uzor said the Ebonyi State government would not want to rush into conclusion over the change of name, which it gathered was done because Abakaliki was seen as the capital of a backward state. He reminded anyone taking any action against an Abakaliki man based on the former toga and personality that Abakaliki had since inception of the administration of Governor David Umahi, Ebonyi has become the fastest developing capital and the most beautiful state capital in Nigeria with great potential to overtake other states in the nearest future.
Umahi frowned on every opportunity by other states especially Anambra to look down on Abakaliki man and called on Ndigbo to eschew discrimination and see every Igbo man as a brother irrespective of where he or she comes from.

 

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Atiku urges APC to concede defeat like Jonathan if it loses

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to accept defeat in good faith if it loses the July 14 governorship election.
Atiku, who visited Gov. Ayo Fayose in Ado Ekiti on Monday said losing an election to a rival party should be seen in the light of the concession to defeat by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
The News Agency reports that Atiku was accompanied by the members of the PDP Governorship Campaign Council.
The former vice president also expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness of the PDP for the election.
“We are satisfied that the Peoples Democratic Party is prepared for this election.
“We hope that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will accept the outcome of the election.
“They should be democratic for the first time.
“We have seen how democratic they are, but for the first time in 2015, we have the opposition party taking over from the ruling party, we expect them to do the same,’’ Atiku said.
Fayose, in his remarks, said the PDP was ready for the election, vowing that the people of the state would defend their votes.
“They (PDP leaders) are here because they know that PDP has won this election. Everyone is on the same page with us.
“We are looking forward to observers from all over the world because I am the voice they want to suppress. We are prepared for the election and we are going to win,’’ he said.
Among those in Atiku’s delegation were Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, former Senate President, David Mark, former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of Ogun, Gbenga Daniel, and Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe.

 

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Saturday Suicide Attack: 32 Kill, 84 Injured 84 in Damboa, Borno

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No fewer than 32 persons were killed, while 84 others were injured when six suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs), in Damboa local government area in Borno state on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that some locals alleged that the deaths arose from a misfiring by the Nigerian Army’s artillery but the army denied the claim.

Malam Buba Shettima, a witness said that two separate bomb blasts occurred in Shuwari and Abbachari, at about 8:30 p.m.

“The whole of Damboa was shaken by the unfortunate incident. We all scampered for safety as the blasts were coming from different directions. There were bodies everywhere.

“We suspected that the many deaths recorded were a result of the military artillery,” he said.

Mohammed Hassan, another local from the area who corroborated the claim, said: “At about 8:30 pm of on Saturday night, an attack suspected to be from an artillery killed 31 innocent people in Damboa Shehuri and Abachari. The attacks came from two separate directions. My house was among some of the houses destroyed,” he said.

Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, denied the claim, saying the killings were caused by suicide attacks and not military artillery.

“There was nothing like an attack from the military artillery. You can see the pictures of six female bombers who detonated their explosives and as a result, 20 persons were killed while others were injured,” he said.

Rogers urged people to disregard the claim that people were killed by the military and not by suicide bombers.

Modu-Zannah Maina, The District Head of Damboa, who described the incident as “shocking and disturbing” said the attack was perpetrated by female suicide bombers.

Maina lamented that a lot of people that were affected were mostly children adding that many victims were injured.

“We are here in this hospital to check our people affected by Saturday’s bomb blasts. So far, the victims have been responding to treatment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Demian Chukwu, the Borno Commissioner of Police, said “On Saturday, at about 2045hrs, an explosion occurred at Abachari area, in the outskirt of Damboa L.G.A. of Borno State.

“At the sound of the explosion, personnel of the Nigeria Police and Members of the civilian JTF mobilised to the scene and discovered twenty dead bodies and 48 injured persons in a suspected terrorist attack.

“The wounded and the dead were evacuated to a hospital while the scene was sanitised by a deployment of police EOD unit.

“Investigation is ongoing to unravel the nature of the attack,” he said.

Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, the Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who also confirmed the incident, said the agency had deployed its personnel to evacuate wounded persons to the hospital for quick medical attention.

“Our team has been deployed to render life-saving support to the victims of the blast. As you can see, they have been tirelessly working with ICRC since morning to evacuate the injured from the airport to the hospital.

“We are all saddened by the unfortunate incident that occurred in Damboa,” said Kolo.
(Source: NAN)

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Nigeria to shut borders over rice smuggling

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The Nigerian Government says it will shut the land border between it and a neigbouring country in a few days time to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI).
Ogbeh who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country.
The minister said that a neighbouring country was bent on destroying the economy of the country and discouraging local production of rice, hence the need to shut down the border.
“Our other problem is smuggling. As we speak, a neighbor of ours is importing more rice than China is importing. “They do not eat parboiled rice, they eat white rice, they use their ports to try and damage our economy. “I am telling you now because in a few days, you will hear the border has been shut, we are going to shut it to protect you, us and protect our economy.
“You will start seeing all sorts of negative things on the internet. “Let me tell you why we need to shut the border, I grow rice, I was the first Nigerian to mill rice free of stones, if you plant rice in certain parcels of land, some poisonous materials gets into the rice.
“There are three kinds of water in their natural state; there is fresh water from the river, salt water from the sea, blackish water.
“If you go to the Delta in many countries, in South East Asia where they grow the rice, if you plant rice in the same place like four to six years continuously, the quantum of arsenic begins to increase and arsenic causes cancer and that is what they are dumping for us.
“Some people say they prefer Thai rice because they are very sophisticated, welcome to poison,’’ Ogbeh said.
He said that the Federal Government in two years reduced rice importation by 95 per cent and increased the number of rice farmers from five million to 30 million.
The minister said that states like Anambra, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa were doing well in rice production.
“We just have to handwork you to prosperity otherwise, this country will not grow. My wish for you is to have a better time that we had,’’ Ogbeh said.
The President of GOTNI, Dr Linus Okorie, commended the minister for sharing prosperity experiences with the youth.
Okorie noted that the leadership clinic was organised by GOTNI to expose young people to practical leadership principle for life success.
According to him, GOTNI is committed to changing the narratives of poor leadership in Nigeria by consciously developing the capacities of generational leaders.
“A lot of young people are asking questions, seeking answers to their questions, wish that they have an experienced person who will hold them by the hands and show them the way to achieve success.
“There are a few people that are readily available to do this; a lot of them are making decisions everyday on the basis of their limited exposure.
“If Nigeria must make progress, if we must consciously build the next generation of leaders then, we must expose these young people to experienced leaders that have gone ahead for a conscious transfer of knowledge and experiences,’’ he said.
Some of the youths who spoke at the meeting called for continuous mentorship from leaders, access to finance and low interest rates to assist them in businesses.
GOTNI is a non-profit youth leadership capital development organisation with a passion to nurture various categories of young people under 40 years of age, into transformational leaders.

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Day of the African Child: Osodieme makes Case for Children with Special needs

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Wife of Governor of Anambra State and Founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) has made case for greater care and attention to indigent children especially those with special needs.
Osodieme made the plea in her message on the occasion of the commemoration of International Day of the African Child on 16th June 2018.
A statement signed on her behalf by Chief Media Officer, Emeka Ozumba, Osodieme observed that the Day’s theme: “Leave no child behind in African Development,” reminds everyone that every child needs support, proper nurturing and education to grow through life.
Her words;
“Children are God’s precious gift of love to mankind. It behooves on us to nurture, shield, and educate every child to live to his/her full potential by ensuring that no child is left behind in the scheme of human development.“
Osodieme called for inclusiveness that will ensure that no child is left behind, stressing that in this era of pervasive hunger and privation there is the tendency to ignore the plight of others especially indigent children with special needs. She urged parents not to abdicate responsibility and the teachers, to use their talents to identify and harness the unique gift of every child no matter how challenging.
Drawing inspiration from the classic song, “Greatest Love of All” by American singer, Late Whitney Houston, Osodieme belted the chorus; “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be…! She emphasized that adults owe it as a duty to protect the children whose laughter, according to the song, “remind us how we used to be,” stressing that “there is a child in every one of us.”
Furthermore, Osodieme expressed appreciation with the state government commitment to the protection and welfare of children which she noted is apparent in steadfast implementation of child-friendly programmes by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs. Osodieme also assured that her NGO, CAFÉ will sustain collaboration with the Ministry especially in the area child welfare programmes by supporting maternal and child healthcare, immunization and social education for the development of sound mind and body that would lead to the realization of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of every Anambra child.

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