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Dump APC Now, Constituents Tell Speaker Dogara As They Present PDP Nomination Form To Him. ….give me time to consult with my APC supporters – Dogara

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Hundreds of supporters of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, from Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal constituency of Bauchi State have presented Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination and expression of interest forms to the Speaker, urging him to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
About 1000 people on Thursday thronged his Abuja residence, saying they decided to purchase the PDP form for the Speaker as a result of high level injustice meted on them by the APC.
Hon. Mohammed Aminu Tukur, Alhaji Adamu Jambil and Mrs. Amina Saleh, who led the delegation and spoke on behalf of the constituents, said their new political platform is Dogara Peoples Party as they will follow him wherever he goes.

While speaking, Hon Aminu Tukur told the Speaker that the APC is now plagued by injustice and dictatorship, contrary to their expectations that under President Muhammadu Buhari, the party will be fair to all.
“The day Buhari joined partisan politics in 2002, I was the only person from Bauchi that travelled and I have been with him since then. Mr Speaker, I swear to almighty God that spared my life. I and our people will vote for you and we urge you to heed to our cries and accept this form. We pray that God returns you to your seat. APC is not a religion as it is neither Islam nor Christianity,” Aminu Tukur said.
For his part, Alhaji Adamu Jambil, who is a former deputy chairman of Tafawa Balewa local government, said, “The people have sent us to you with these forms. Bauchi State today is retrogressing. They have not constructed 30 kilometres of roads but they are busy lying that they have done 500 kilometres.
“Our people have sent us to tell you that they will not allow anybody to humiliate you. They love you and will not allow APC to embarrass you and turn around to you beg you to remain in their party. They said we should tell you that as their son, they are not giving you any option but directing you to accept these forms and leave the APC. They said time has gone so they will not give you any option and if you refuse to listen to them, they will desert you. But we know you are an obedient child and you will listen to your parents. Whether you like it or not, you must leave the APC. This is the message from our people to you. We have seen all the good works you are doing and they have sent us to tell you that they will not allow you to rest.”
On her part, Mrs. Amina Saleh, from Dass local government, said women in the constituency have sent her to inform the Speaker that they will be with him: come rain, come shine.
She said, “You told us to join APC and we did. We worked for the party but they have betrayed us and that is why we said instead of building another house, it is better we return to our former home where we are more welcome. They are already celebrating that we are here to present these forms to you. Please our leader, we appeal to you to accept it and wipe away our tears.”
It can be recalled that the APC in Bauchi State has been engulfed in a crisis arising from failed party congresses which has led to thousands of defections and resignations of many of its chieftains and supporters.
There are also two litigations against the party instituted by aggrieved party members; one by the former adviser to the governor, Alhaji Sanin Malam and another by a group of parliamentarians and other stakeholders of the party, including Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar and Dr. Yakubu Lame, among others.
Commenting, Hon Ahmed Yerima, Sarkin Malaman Misau, member representing Misau/Danbam Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, said, “The party has failed to honour its commitments to hold direct primaries which contradicts its earlier promise of using it to resolve internal discontentment. APC had drifted far away from its original concept of internal democracy, rather, it has now been strangulated. On a long-term, these disenchantments will lead to a disintegration of any political institution that allows imposition, money and incumbency to hijack it”.
Responding, the Speaker told the mammoth crowd that, “I have listened to you and I want to say that I am not a novice in politics. So even if they do not regard us, they should know that we are in full control of our five senses. We know what looks like justice and what is not justice, we also know if you want to humiliate or honour us.
“We built the APC in Bauchi and with time left the PDP and entered the APC. I was the first and only lawmaker from Bauchi State that left the PDP then and we knew why we left. We also know what we promised the people of Bauchi State then.
“But I must thank you all. This is not the first time we would face these kinds of threats and betrayal. Our only fault is that we have chosen not to side with injustice or wrong. We always voice out when we see that we are beginning to derail from our election promises to the people and that is why some people said they will retire us from politics and have even started celebrating that they have buried us politically. But throughout all this, I remained unperturbed because I knew that we had our people with us.”
He also recalled how their supporters were denied forms during the last APC congress, despite making payments on time, adding that the new leadership of the party failed to live up to its assurance that all states that had issues with their congresses would be allowed to hold direct primaries, thereby depriving them of any hope that their supporters would have the opportunity to vote for their choice.
Hon Dogara further said, “Truly, I have decided that I will not seek election again. They said they will give me ticket in APC but that I must go and beg for it. I said I do not need the ticket. In politics, I have never gone to anybody’s house to beg for ticket. My ticket is my people. I have assured them that even if I run under zero party, my people will vote for me. So long as it is Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa, even if we run under zero party; we will win by God’s grace. We have thrived well in many political battles in the past and this one too, we shall overcome it. Nobody can threaten us or tell us that we cannot contest election in a political party we spent our resources to establish, only God can stop us.
“I have heard your voices and the voice of the people is the voice of God.
We are in politics to serve and not to be served. As I said, if it were for myself, I will quit because truly I am tired and even thought of stepping aside. But we must run election so long as our people say so.
“I have seen the forms you brought. I don’t know how you got it but I must thank you for this sacrifice. Left for me; I will appeal that you give me sometime to go and consult further.
“I have a lot of supporters in the APC but I have not told any of them what I intend to do or where I will go because I was not given the opportunity but I will assure you that wherever you want me to go or whatever you want me to do I will obey you because you have been with me. This is leadership.
“Even when they were talking about reconciliation in APC, we told them that even if I will be given free ticket in APC, so long as they do not do justice to Senator Sulieman Nazif, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, Honourable Ahmed Yerima, Hon. Aminu Tukur, Hon. Maryam Bagel and others, I will not accept it. I even said that if they will do justice to these people I will be satisfied.
“You have now given us another opportunity to correct the greatest mistake we did in politics, which was to bring this present government in Bauchi State. This is one of the reasons we must run for election and do away with this plague, chase these termites from Bauchi State.
“I will not disobey you but before I fill these forms, I will have to inform all my supporters in the APC about the decision taken by my constituents since all politics is local.”

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Italian judge jails two in Nigerian oil graft case

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An Italian judge sentenced two defendants in a Nigerian corruption case to jail on Thursday in the first ruling on one of the oil industry’s biggest graft scandals.

Nigerian Emeka Obi and Italian Gianluca Di Nardo were found guilty of international corruption and each given four-year jail sentences, three sources with knowledge of the ruling said.
Lawyers for Obi and Di Nardo declined to comment.
The long-running case revolves around the 2011 purchase by Italian oil company Eni and Anglo-Dutch peer Royal Dutch Shell of Nigeria’s OPL 245 offshore oilfield for about $1.3 billion.
Milan prosecutors allege bribes totaling around $1.1 billion were paid to win the license to explore the field which, because of disputes, has never entered into production.

The main trial – which besides Eni and Shell also involves Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi and four ex-Shell managers including former Shell Foundation Chairman Malcolm Brinded – is expected to drag on for months.
But Obi and Di Nardo, accused of being middlemen and taking illegal kickbacks, had asked for a separate fast-track trial which, under Italian law, allows sentences to be cut by a third.
Thursday’s ruling will not tie the court’s hand in the main trial.
But Barnaby Pace, anti-corruption campaigner at Global Witness, said: “This judgment will send shivers down the corporate spines of the oil industry.”
In an emailed statement, a spokeswoman for Shell said neither Obi nor Di Nardo worked on behalf of the company, adding it was waiting to see the fast-track judge’s written decision.
“Based on our review of the Prosecutor of Milan’s file and all of the information and facts available to us, we do not believe that there is a basis to convict Shell or any of its former employees of alleged offences,” it said.

Also in emailed comments, Eni reiterated it had acted correctly in the purchase of OPL 245, saying it had worked directly with the Nigerian government.
Nigeria’s OPL 245 is one of the biggest sources of untapped oil reserves on the African continent with reserves estimated at 9 billion barrels.
Eni, the biggest foreign oil producer in Africa, has been doing business in Nigeria since 1962 and last year produced 109,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Shell is the biggest foreign investor in the country, producing 266,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2017.
The sources said the Milan judge had ordered the seizure of $98.4 million from Obi and more than 21 million Swiss francs ($21.9 million) from Di Nardo.
Prosecutors had alleged Obi received a mandate from former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete to find a buyer for OPL 245, collecting $114 million. Di Nardo, they said, took $24 million of that amount for putting Obi in touch with Eni.

The next hearing of the main trial involving Eni, Shell and 13 people is set for Sept. 26.


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Pinnick re-elected Nigeria FA president

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President of FIFA Gianni Infantino (L) shakes hands with President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick during a press conference at the end of the FIFA executive football summit in Lagos, on February 20, 2018

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick was on Thursday re-elected for a second-term in office, despite legal and political doubts surrounding the vote.
Unconfirmed reports said Chris Giwa, who has been embroiled in a power struggle with Pinnick, had secured a court order to stop the elections.
Sports Minister Solomon Dalung had cautioned against the vote taking place, citing an earlier Supreme Court judgement which replaced Pinnick with Giwa as NFF president.
The long-running dispute, stemming from Pinnick’s victory over Giwa in 2014, led to world football’s governing body FIFA suspending Nigeria in July.

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In Thursday’s vote, in the northern town of Katsina, the 43-year-old Pinnick, who is also the first Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), gained 34 votes to beat former NFF president Aminu Maigari, who received eight votes.
Former NFF general secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi polled two votes, while there were no votes for amateur club owner Chinedu Okoye.
The majority of the previous executive committee was returned on the promise of continuity.
Nigeria put itself on a collision course with FIFA in July when the government’s sports ministry directed the NFF to comply with the court order to overturn Pinnick’s 2014 election victory and recognise Giwa as its head.
In August, FIFA reversed the ban after the government said Pinnick and his executive committee were recognised as the leadership of football in Nigeria.

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FIFA and CAF observers were in Katsina to monitor proceedings, after which Pinnick called for harmony and reforms to heal the rifts in the running of the sport in Nigeria.
“In four years, we’ve gone through rough and turbulent times, sleepless nights,” he said.
“Our coming back… (means) that football is the winner, a total reconciliation of our football. That’s key, that’s cardinal.
“We also need as a matter of urgency to carry out some reforms in terms of our statutes (and) the way forward for everybody.”

First vice chairmen, Seyi Akinwunmi was re-elected into the  board.

Ahmed Fresh and Yahaya Kwande were also re-elected in the executive board of the NFF as representatives from the North Central.
Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau also emerged winner for the post of chairman of Chairmen unopposed following the withdrawal of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah from the race.

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In Brief :Obiano Condoles with Nze Emeka Olisah.

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Governor Obiano Condoles with Nzeh Emeka Olisah, Chairman Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) on the recent demise of his wife, Mrs Chinwe Olisah who passed on at 63.
The Governor visited the Olisahs in their Ngozika Estate home in Awka earlier today.
Pix shows Governor Obiano signing the Condolence Register, in a photo-up with Nze Olisah and his children and finally the bereaved family, the Governor and Chief Maja Umeh, former Commissioner for Information, Anambra State.

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News Pictures Of The Day : APGA Finally Unveils Presidential Aspirant, Running Mate – Ready for 2019

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After years of absence in the presidential elections in the country, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that it will present to Nigerians a presidential candidate during its non-elective convention scheduled for October 7.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the end of the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, the National Chairman, Victor Oye said a presidential aspirant, Maj. Gen. John Gbor (rtd) who hails from Benue State as well as a vice presidential aspirant, Jerry Chukwueke from Imo State have purchased APGA’s nomination forms.

Maj. Gen. Gbor

He said that he and the members of NWC are working hard to reposition the affairs in order to improve the fortunes of the party.
Oye hinted that the leadership of the party is making arrangement to organise a transparent primary election that will be a model in the country.
Speaking about preparations for the 2019 general elections,, Oye said that APGA has witnessed remarkable rise in the number of aspirants that purchased its expression of interest and nomination forms, adding that the party has sold its nomination forms in the whole of the South West, Zamfara, Niger, Gombe, Plateau and Taraba states.
“ People have been coming to buy our forms and for the first time in the history of this country, APGA can match the top political parties in the sale of forms.
“APGA manifesto is ranked the best in the country. So what does that tell, it tells you that if APGA is given the opportunity to manage the affairs of Nigeria, we will do very well,” he said.
When asked to disclose the amount of money the party has generated from sale of forms, Oye said that the figures are not yet ready but that the party has harvested more aspirants than in the past.
On the chances of APGA in the forthcoming general elections, Oye said the party has very bright chances of upstaging other contenders.
According to Oye, the performance of APGA in Anambra State is a case study, noting that governance in the state has become like what obtains in other climes, abroad.
Also the APGA boss said that the party has been receiving notable defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The party is structured in such a way that it will always deliver good governance wherever it governs. With the support of all patriotic Nigerians, APGA will take this nation to desirable level.
“Nigeria can no longer continue to work in a slow pace as we are currently doing. We need to work at a faster rate if we need to get to the eldorado of our dream,” he said.


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WAEC Clears Adeleke Of Certificate Forgery

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The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has cleared Senator Ademola Adeleke, a governorship candidate of certificate forgery brought against him by two chieftains of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

The council in an affidavit deposed to by one Osindeinde Adewumi and filed at the registry of the FCT high court, Senator Adeleke was confirmed to have sat for the senior secondary certificate examination in May/June, 1981.
The affidavit was filed in compliance with the order of Justice Othman Musa asking WAEC to supply the court with the result. WAEC confirmed that Senator Adeleke with candidate number 149 and center no 19645 sat for the exam at Ede Muslim high school, situated at Yidi road, Ede in Osun state .

The ledger containing the result of all the candidates
And the certified true copy of the ledger indicated that senator Adeleke who is currently representing Osun west senatorial district in the senate sat for only English language in the examination.
Wahaab Raheem and Adam Habeeb of Apc had approached an Abuja high court asking it to disqualify Adeleke from participating in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state on the ground that he does not have the required qualification.
The two in their application claimed that the PDP candidate did not sit for the WAEC examination in 1981 because the senior secondary school certificate had not been introduced by 1981.

They also argued that the National Examination Council, NECO examination Adeleke claimed he sat for could not be genuine because NECO was not in existence when he claimed he sat for the exam.
Justice Othman Musa in his previous ruling ordered Adeleke to appear before the court to show cause why he should not be disqualified in the forthcoming election.
The judge also ordered the WAEC to make available the exam ledger and also swear to an affidavit to confirm or deny the participation of Adeleke in the 1981 WAEC examination.
Although the case was to be heard on Tuesday, Justice Musa was said to have gone on official assignment making it impossible for the court to make pronouncement on the matter.

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Osodieme Condoles with Nzeh Emeka Olisah

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The wife of the Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has condoled with the Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, (ASUBEB) Nze Emeka Olisah and family over the death of his wife, Mrs. Chinwe Olisah, who passed away earlier this month.

Wife of the Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) signing the condolence register at the residence of Nzeh Emeka Olisah in Awka.

Osodieme visited the bereaved family Tuesday evening in Awka to commiserate with them over the painful loss.
In her message, the widower, Nzeh Olisah, Osodieme prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of late wife, and urged the family to remain steadfast, especially during this period of grief and seek solace in God, the ultimate consoler.

(L-R): Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, (ASUBEB) Nze Emeka Olisah and wife of the Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) during the condolence visit in Awka.

Said she:
“As you mourn her demise, be consoled that she did not labour in vain. My prayer is that God will grant her eternal rest and grant you and your family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Osodieme’s condolence message in the register.

Signing the condolence register, Osodieme expressed sadness at the demise of Mrs. Chinwe Olisah who passed away after failed health and wrote: “May her gentle soul and souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”
The late Mrs. Olisah was aged, sixty-three.

Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, (ASUBEB) Nze Emeka Olisah and wife of the Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) during the condolence visit in Awka.

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Police declare Adeleke PDP candidate wanted for Exam malpractice

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Senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP governorship candidate in the Osun election on Saturday may not be qualified to run for the office and his attempt to make things up, has landed him in Police trouble.
The police asked him and four others to report today to their Special Investigation Panel at the Abuja headquarters for arraignment in court.
He and the other suspects will face a charge of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation.
The police named the other suspects as
MR Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School , Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr Dare Olutope (School Teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime).
Here is the police statement:
On 21st July 2017, the Osun State Police Intelligence Bureau (SIB) received and acted on an actionable intelligence about an ongoing examination malpractice involving Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke at OJO/Aro Community Grammar School in Osun state.
“When the Police operative arrived at the school, only Sikiru Adeleke was found seated for the examination while Senator Ademola Adeleke seat was vacant and was suspected to have escaped before the arrival of the Police operatives.
“Further investigation revealed that both Senator Ademola Adeleke and his brother Sikiru Adeleke registered and were sitting for the National Examination Council Examination (NECO) 2017 as internal candidates impersonating students of the School at the ages of 57years and 42years respectively. This crime was facilitated by the principal of the school, and two other members of staff of the school for which they are under investigation and being charged to court.
“The Principal of the school, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau, the staff responsible for registration, Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo and a teacher Mr Dare Olutope were arrested on 21 July 2017.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke was arrested on 27 July 2017 and Sikiru Adeleke was arrested on 8 August 2017.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke made cautionary statement and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school but he didn’t sit for the examination.
“However, Police investigation revealed the following primafacial and culpability facts against Senator Ademola Adeleke andfour (4) others.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke made cautionary statement and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school and did not sit for the examination but have a result from NECO with Seven (7) Credit and One (1) Pass, a copy of which was obtained from NECO by the Police.
“The Ojo/Aro 2017 NECO, SSCE school photo album (School’s copy), with Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke Photographs in school uniform in the said album. Senator Ademola Adeleke in the NECO 2017 Result obtained by the claimed that he was born on 12th June 1997 but in his statement to the Police, senator Ademola Adeleke wrote 13th May 1960 as his Date of Birth.
“The photographs of both Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke appearing side by side in the photo album have no NECO stamps on them.
“ Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others were arrested, investigated, granted bail and being charged to court. Charges of Examination Malpractice, Criminal Conspiracy, Personation, Breach of Duty, Aiding and Abetting against Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP Governorship Aspirant in the 22nd September, 2018 Gubernatorial Election in Osun State) and four (4) others namely; MR Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr Dare Olutope (School Teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime) have been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004 today, Wednesday, 19th September, 2018.
“Consequently, Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP Governorship Aspirant in the 22nd September, 2018 Gubernatorial Election in Osun State) and four (4) others namely; MR Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr Dare Olutope (School Teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime) are hereby advised in their own interest to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court.


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Flooding: NEMA puts 12 states on watch list

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has placed 12 states on a watch list of state that could face devastating consequences of increased flooding.
The states are: Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Edo, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers and Bayelsa.
NEMA Director-General Mustapha Maihaja said the peculiarity of the listed states placed them on the list of those that require close watch and other emergency management agencies.
He added that stakeholders have agreed that NEMA could activate its National Contingency Plan; which allows it to establish structures that will respond to emergencies.
The Plan gave NEMA the legal backing to activate five Emergency Operational Centers (EOCs), across Nigeria to professionally handle issues that, expectedly, would arise from the natural disaster.
“EOC A will handle operations in Kebbi, Niger and Kwara States. EOC B will be in charge of Edo and Kogi States, and the EOC C will oversee operations in Anambra and Delta States.
“EOC D will also oversee operations in Benue, Adamawa and Taraba States, while EOC E has been mandated to take care of operations in Rivers and Bayelsa States. NEMA headquarters will coordinate the entire operations,” Maihaja said.
Last week, NEMA raised the alarm that water level at Confluence of River Niger and Benue, at Lokoja, had risen to significant 10.98 meters which were one of the signals that heralded the 2012 devastating flood across Nigeria.
It also confirmed that the flood situation might get worst in some states in few days time with all indications and signals that Lagdo dam in Cameroon would be discharged soon.

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Anambra Flooding: LG Primary, Tertiary Schools Shut in Ogbaru

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All primary, post primary and tertiary schools in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State have been temporarily closed down in reaction to the flood disaster in the area.
The council Chairman, Mr Arinze Awogu, disclosed this while inaugurating the distribution of relief materials at the council headquarters, Atani, on Tuesday.
Awogu said the closure of the schools was in line with the directive of Governor Willie Obiano who said schools in the affected areas should close down to avert loss of life.

“We are in an emergency situation and for us, safety of life is paramount, people will not have need for education when they are dead.
“So in line with the directive of the governor, we have asked that all the schools in Ogbaru be temporarily shut down,” he said.
He said that a 12-man Local Emergency Management Committee had been set up to ensure effective rescue and coordination of victims as well as distribution of relief materials to those in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
The council boss said Ogbaru had taken delivery of buckets, mattresses, mats, mosquito nets and blankets from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) but noted that it was still a far cry from what was required.
According to Awogu, about 190 households comprising of no less than 1,100 persons are presently at the three Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camp located at the council secretariat, Community Primary School, Odoekpe and St. James Anglican Church, Iyiowa.
He noted that 13 out of the 16 villages were on the coastal bank of River Niger and all had been critically affected by flood, adding that the remaining three were also highly exposed to the menace.
The chairman, who had also been sacked from his house, said no life had been lost to the flood in Ogbaru at the moment, stressing that destruction of property, farm, farm produce and livelihood of the people was massive.
He urged people to move to the camps and decried their reluctance to leave their ancestral homes.
“We are close to where we found ourselves on 2012, when the water’s height was 12.84 metres and as at yesterday it stands at 11.80 metres, so you can see how close we are to it.
“There are 16 communities in Ogbaru and 13 of them are along the river bank; all these towns are terribly submerged.
“These are Odoekpe, Atani, Akiri, Ochuche, Mputu, Osamala, Oguikpele, Obaogume and Ummunankwo and they are all gone.
“Others are Obagu, Umuzu, Obaogume, Ogbakuma. All these towns are submerged, no place is safer than the other.
“It is a humanitarian challenge here, we need the best help we can get. It is good that the federal government has declared Anambra flood a disaster. We want to see massive deployment of relief materials here.
“We need effective medical assistance because of the looming epidemic; we need food, disinfectants, toiletries and other emergency items.
“What we are distributing is what we got from SEMA. We want NEMA to react to their declaration by massively deploying relief materials here,” he pleaded.
He thanked Obiano and the people of Ogbaru who had helped to draw attention to the disaster and also rendered assistance.

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APC must retain Osun, Buhari advises

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday attended the grand rally of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oshogbo, where he said the state must be retained by the party.
He appealed to the people not to allow darkness to take over the state of Osun.
Buhari said that the people should come out massively to vote for APC and not allow corrupt people to have their way in the state.

The President restated that APC had zero tolerance for corruption and that Nigerians would continue to kick corrupt leaders out of the polity.
“Nigeria must be free of corrupt leaders,’’ he said as he assured the people of the government’s commitment to completing all projects abandoned by previous administration in the state.
Aside the continuation of road projects in the state, he said that the federal government was constructing a transmission line and sub-station to boost electricity supply in the state.
Praising Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the strides made in infrastructure development, especially in the area of education, healthcare, security and housing, Buhari assured the people that a vote for APC candidate, Mr Gboyega Oyetala is a vote for sustenance of development.

He said he was in the state of Osun for the good of the people.
President Buhari said Oyetola was ready to work and thanked the people for their hospitality, warmth, friendliness and respect they accorded to the leaders of the party.
Earlier in his speech, the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, expressed gratitude to Buhari for assisting to mobilise the people to vote for the party.
“President Buhari’s presence in Oshogbo is not to retain what APC already had but to assure Osun people of the readiness to consolidate and build more on what the people already have,’’ he explained.
Oshiomhole explained that the eight years of APC’s administration had brought many changes and changed the face of Oshogbo and the state of Osun.

Giving the assurance that APC’s candidate, Oyetola was ready to work, he said: “Governorship is not for apprentices but for those who want and ready to work.’’
“This is not the era for those who will want to engage in familiarisation tours but somebody who knows the terrain and ready to work.
“The contest is not for those who will turn the government house to disco house, but for those who are ready to serve and work; we need people who have the passion, people with character, and people with conviction.
“These are trying times, we need people who are competent, people who can manage finances, and those who can also generate revenue.’’


Describing Oyetola as more suitable for the job, Oshiomhole said the candidate would continue with the people-oriented, people-driven and people-support programmes of Aregbesola.
He said that APC was celebrating Osun state where a level playing group had been created for children of all classes.
He said the one-day –a-meal programme for children in schools adopted by Osun state has benefitted the children of the “poorest workers and poorest farmers’’.
Many governors as well as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Lasun attended the rally.

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Book Review : The Morning Sunset By Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru

 

By Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru
The Morning Sunset is a book written to sensitize our people over the issue of engaging in a perilous journey to Europe via Libya. It is a story written for everyone: the youths; kids; fathers and mothers. The continuing migration of people into Europe across the Mediterranean is unnecessary. People are not born to waste their future that way.
The Morning Sunset is simply passing a message to people in Africa. Those that have not been opportuned to visit western world think that it is a bed of roses. In fact a paradise . Where as it is not like that. Many chose to come in search of greener pastures. They believe that Europe is the only place they will have the opportunity to get a better life for themselves and that of their families.

My messages to Nigerians and Africans are that our people should not abandon any tangible thing they have or their education just to embark on this long and dangerous journey through road and desert because the life in Europe does not worth such risk . Also let some parents and relatives be aware especially those that are anxiously waiting for the day their beloved children will come back from Europe but they never knew that the bones of their children have been rotten in Sahara deserts and in the seas of foreign land.

 


Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru is originally from Nigeria but lived in Italy for several years before moving to Leicester , UK.

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