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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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Atiku’s six-year policy plan worries South

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Party leaders from the Southeast and Southwest are worried over the tenure framework in the document tagged People’s Policy” of the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The policy is for launch on Monday less than 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari launched his, Next Level.
The policy plan of the 72-year-old Abubakar extended beyond four years, an indication that he is planning for a second term in office.
This has caused anxiety in the party because the policy plan extended to six years instead of four.
Instead of planning for a single term of four years, Atiku’s targets have a six-year timeline, fueling speculations that he might be hoping for two terms in office, the Nation reports.
According to a PDP governor, who spoke in confidence with The Nation, the “policy is causing some disquiet because it does not give a ray of hope that power will shift from the North to the South in 2023 if Atiku is elected as the nation’s president in 2019.
“Some of us were expecting a timeline of 2019 to 2023 but the policy plan is mostly made up of a six-year plan.
“The people of the South-East, South-West and South-South want a commitment from Atiku on whether or not he will spend one term in office in order to complete the slot of the North.
“We are suspecting that those who drafted the policy have a hidden agenda of two terms in office for Atiku.”
“I think our candidate is planning for the future for the country. It may not be a matter of second term ambition,’’ a member of the National Working Committee of the party said.
“Atiku has not really been categorical on whether or not he will spend one term in office. So, those raising dust on 2025 policy plan are getting agitated to know where he stands.”

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PDP Loses All Local Elections On Saturday In Bauchi

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Following the release of Toro Federal Constituency (Bauchi) by-election held on Saturday, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost out in all the three by-elections conducted nationwide. All Progressive Congress (APC) won all the three elections into the House of Representatives on conducted on Saturday by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC on Sunday confirmed that Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu of APC won the Toro Federal Constituency by-election in Bauchi. Members of the PDP Announcing the result in Toro, the Returning Officer, Prof. Ahmed Sarkin-Paggam, said Nuhu scored 27,337 votes to defeat his only opponent, Shehu Umar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 18,235 votes. Only APC and PDP fielded candidates for the elections. Katsina votes N19bn for education sector According to the returning officer, a total of 41,532 votes were cast, out of which 40,552 were valid and 970 votes invalid.
Toro Federal Constituency seat became vacant when the member representing the constituency, Lawan Yahaya Gumau contested and won the Bauchi South Senate seat in a by-election held on Aug. 11. INEC on Saturday night confirmed also confirmed Mr. Raheem Olawuyi, the candidate of APC as winner of the vacant House of Representatives seat for Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero constituency in Kwara state.
INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji, said Olawuyi got 21,236 votes, followed by PDP candidate Saheed Alatise, with 18,095 votes. The Labour Party had 150 votes, the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) 76 votes and UPN 42 votes. Professor Adesoji, from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said out of the 40,930 total votes cast, the total number of valid votes was 39,599 while 1,331 votes were rejected.
INEC also declared Alhaji Abubakar Kusada of the APC as winner of the bye-election into the House of Representatives in Katsina state. The election was conducted in the Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa Federal constituency in Katsina state on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kusada was the speaker of Katsina state House of Assembly before his election today. Osun poll: PDP wants NJC to probe relocation of election tribunal Prof Adedayo Hamza, the returning officer who announced the result on Saturday in Kankiya said Kusada scored 48,518 votes to emerge winner.
Alhaji Abdussamad Yusuf of PDP came second with 20,193 votes, while Nasiru Kankiya of the Peoples Redemption Party scored 1,810 votes as second runner-up.


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Obiano’s Accomplishments In Eight Months

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By Egbuna Amuta

There is no denying the fact that Governor Willie Obiano’s predecessor performed well. Thus, they enjoyed the support and cooperation of the people. This helped them to concentrate on their responsibilities to Ndi Anambra at the different periods they were in the saddle.
In strict compliance with his promise to continue, complete and commission projects inherited from the Obi administration, Governor Obiano has performed exceptionally well. He equally commenced, completed and commissioned projects started by his own administration.
Undoubtedly, Governor Obiano has upped the ante of Anambra’s socio-economic development in the past four years and eight months. He did a lot of positive things not contemplated by other governments in Nigeria. For instance, his security initiative is second to none. His “choose your project” program for all communities in Anambra state is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The Obiano administration, among several other landmark accomplishments, transformed the agriculture sector and gave face lift to the state capital, Awka and other parts of the state. This explains why he was re-elected in November 16, 2017 with an overwhelming majority of votes, spread in the twenty-one local government areas of the state.
Apart from his vigorous implementation of his administration’s four pillars of development anchored on mechanized agriculture, trade and commerce, oil and gas in addition to industrialization and their twelve enablers, Akpokuedike religiously held on to his Security Initiative. His attitude towards security is predicated on the fact that without security, lives and property of the citizenry would be in jeopardy.
Due to the cheering exploits of his government in this regard, Governor Obiano would, in June next year, receive the most security conscious leader from the Africa Security Watch in Banjul, the capital of the Gambia.
As a result of Obiano’s transparency and prudent management of resources, Nigeria’s Debt Management Office, DMO, Abuja, adjudged Anambra as the least indebted state in the country today. Notwithstanding that she is not an oil producing state, Anambra was perhaps the only state in Nigeria that refused to collect bailout funds made available to state governments by the federal government in the heat of economic recession in the country in 2016.
Again, the Presidency and the House of Representatives have decided to give another award to Odogwu Omambala for being the foremost champion of workers’ welfare in Nigeria. This honour, which is an endorsement of an earlier award to him by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, in 2017, is to be formally conferred on him on the First of December this year in Abuja.
As if these honours are not enough, the World Bank has declared that the Obiano administration is the most effective and transparent in quality implementation of its joint program with state governments in the Southeast and Southsouth geopolitical regions. For this reason, the bank has assured that it would continue to do business with the Anambra State government. It is equally on record that since Ebubedike took charge of the affairs of the state, Anambra has soared higher in her accomplishments in the education sector. This is lent credence by the deluge of awards her students and teachers are winning in national and international competitions.
All these are recorded barely eight months into Governor Obiano’s second tenure. Notably, when he won so many laurels from many organisations in his first term, his political opponents jealously alleged that he solicited for them. This time around, no self respecting person or group would accuse the World Bank, Debt Management Office, Africa Security Watch, the Presidency and House of Representatives as well as the international community of compromising to honour Obiano for these achievements.
The truth behind Akpokuedike’s accomplishments is that he is a people-oriented political leader who pays greater attention to good governance than partisan politics. This has gone a long way to endear him to the masses.

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Nigeria: Buhari’s anti- corruption agenda vs Atiku’s economic growth plans

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With less than three months to Nigeria’s presidential elections, the two main aspirants, president Muhammadu Buhari and the opposition’s Atiku Abubakar have unveiled their manifestos.
While Buhari’s manifesto, launched on Sunday focused on the fight against corruption, it was criticised by Atiku of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who said it did not address Nigeria’s economic problems.
“If the state of the average Nigerian has not improved in the last three and a half years, more of the same is obviously not what they need,” Atiku’s camp said.

”If the state of the average Nigerian has not improved in the last three and a half years, more of the same is obviously not what they need.”

Nigeria emerged from its first recession in a quarter of a century – largely caused by low crude prices – last year.

Buhari’s manifesto
President Buhari, who in 2015 became the first opposition candidate to oust a president through the ballot box, launched an anti-corruption agenda on Sunday, hoping it will be enough to help him secure a second mandate.
“We are committed to deepening the work we started this first term such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised to do good for the common man,” he said at the manifesto launch.
Buhari, who is also the continent’s anti-corruption ambassador, has however been criticised by the opposition for embarking on a political witch-hunt of his rivals, in the name of fighting corruption.
The president however says actions like placing all government revenues and funds recovered in corruption investigations into the Treasury Single Account (TSA), have buffered the country from oil dependency.

Atiku’s economic-focused manifesto
Atiku, on the other hand, whose manifesto was unveiled on Monday, seeks to boost investment in the country’s oil sector if he becomes president next year.
According to a draft copy of his manifesto, Atiku’s plans include;

 

  • *Introduction of bidding rounds for marginal fields and oil blocks
    *Privatisation of government-owned refineries
    *Issuance of new licences for greenfield investments in crude refineries

Nigeria’s is Africa’s largest producer of crude and remains largely dependent on sales of oil, which make up roughly two-thirds of government revenues, despite years of administration promises to diversify the economy.

Buhari’s plans for the economy
Buhari, who in 2015 campaigned on promises to improve security, the economy and tackle corruption, insisted at the Sunday manifesto launch in Abuja, that his party had delivered.
His economic plan now focuses on job creation, diversifying the economy away from a dependence on oil, and education.
The president vowed to overhaul buildings and subjects taught at 10,000 schools in each year of the four-year term, and retrain teachers to focus on science, technology and mathematics.
He said there was “scope for over 15 million new jobs” by expanding a nationwide vocational skills programme and improving access to credit for entrepreneurs and artisans.
Up to 60 percent of Nigeria’s more than 180 million people are aged under 30, and the country is expected to become the world’s third most populous by 2050.

About the election
Nigerians will head to the polls on February 16, next year.
Nigerian electoral law provides for 90 days’ campaigning and Buhari is one of 78 candidates from 91 registered political parties contesting for the country’s top job.
However the campaign is expected to be a two-horse race between Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Given a history of political violence during elections, Buhari on Sunday urged all parties and their candidates to conduct ‘peaceful and decent’ campaigns.
“We have no other country, let us not set it ablaze because of politics,” Buhari said.
Twenty-four countries, including United States, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union also called for ‘free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections’ as campaigning began.

 

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Blessed Iwene Tansi: The patron saint of Nigeria’s democracy @20

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BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI

The Nigerian Guardian Newspaper wrote in its editorial of May 11, 2011 (dedicated to the then newly Beatified John Paul II), that the journey to Sainthood in the Catholic Church is an effort many in humanity attest:
“In Nigeria, the Catholic Church is holding its breath for Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi who is on this same journey. We ask for progress in the matter too so long as it would propel our people to good conduct and love of neighbour. We congratulate Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church as it enthrones a model we can appreciate. It would be best to ask that his kind should increase in our world today and tarry to hurry into Heaven.” (Guardian Newspaper, “Editorial”, Wednesday, May 11, 2011).
Twenty years ago, when Pope St. John Paul II visited Nigeria for the second time, for the Beatification of Fr. Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi of Aguleri, he made the theme of love of neighbor through “reconciliation and healing”, the central focus of all his preaching and speeches throughout the three-day Papal visit.
This Papal Visit of 21-23 March 1998, was the most singular and visible factor that prepared the ground for the return of democracy in Nigeria few months later in 1999. In fact, two months after the Papal Visit of 1998, events that led to the end of Abacha’s tyrannical regime began to unfold, and Nigeria’s return to democracy became a reality thereof in 1999.
Our aim in the present article is to present the theme of true healing and national reconciliation, highlighted by Pope St. John Paul II during his 1998 visit as a panacea for Nigeria’s rebirth and survival as a nation state today. The article presents Blessed Iwene Tansi as a model of reconciliation and spiritual Patron Saint Nigeria needs today in its struggle for survival as a nation state.
The theme of healing and national reconciliation goes hand-in-hand with the recent calls by some knowledgeable individuals and groups for political restructuring of Nigeria. This too needs a spiritual re-foundation of love of neighbor. In this regard, the nation should not forget to invoke the heavenly patronage and intercession of Blessed Iwene Tansi as Nigeria’s most visible celebrated Ancestral Guardian Saint at this time of our history.
As the country braces-up for the 2019 national elections, we should not lose sight of spiritual dimension in nation-building. Our political elites and those at the corridors of power will be doing the country no good should they fail to listen to the voice of reason calling us for love of neighbor, true healing, national reconciliation and political restructuring today.
How relevant is the Papal Visit of 1998 and Beatification of Fr. Tansi to our Nigerian situation today?
OUR POINT-OF DEPARTURE
It will amount to a denial of history to discuss today the return of democracy in 1999 without first, acknowledging the role played by the visit of Pope St. John Paul II to the country in 1998 and his Beatification of Nigeria’s first Blessed, Fr. Tansi during the visit. Many Nigerians believe that Pope St. John Paul II’s last visit to the country in 1998 and the Beatification of Fr. Tansi prepared the grounds for what is still accepted as divine intervention in Nigeria weeks after the Pope left the country.
In other words, the Papal Visit and Beatification of Fr. Tansi in 1998 formed the bedrock or rather spiritual foundation that made possible the return to democracy in Nigeria in 1999. Without sounding superstitious, however, it is obvious that without this spiritual dimension of that event and epoch, the gains of democratic rule we enjoy today in Nigeria could have been anything but a mirage. This is why we must not overlook the present calls by many for true healing and reconciliation as well as for political restructuring of Nigeria. These are foundational
ingredients, spiritual and political yearnings of the people towards building a new Nigeria of our dream.
They constitute the essence of the message of Pope St. John Paul II during his Pastoral Visit to Nigeria in 1998 for the Beatification of Fr. Tansi. In fact, love of neighbor, healing and reconciliation of the people dominated the life and pastoral ministry of Blessed Iwene Tansi.
This is why the Pope challenged all of us with those ideals as lived and preached by Blessed Iwene Tansi during his earthly existence.

WHO IS BLESSED IWENE TANSI?
One remarkable thing about Iwene Tansi (1903-1964) was that he was a child of destiny, especially, in the area of reconciling people with God, with oneself, with one another and with the created reality. He was born of humble parents who were followers of African Traditional Religion (ATR) in its Igbo cultural colouring, the farmer Tabansi and his wife, Ejikwevi of Igboezunu Aguleri, Anambra State.
The birth of Iwene Tansi occurred at a very critical and trial period of his hometown Aguleri, when the people of the town were having serious frictions with the British Royal Niger Company (R.N.C.), operating at the banks of Anambra River. The livelihood of Aguleri people was and is still dependent on the agricultural activities they do along the banks of the Anambra River. However, with the colonial overlords controlling the Anambra River banks and its environs, the people of Aguleri had never had it easy with the officers and army of the Royal Niger Company (R.N.C.) throughout the colonial era. The birth of Blessed Iwene Tansi occurred precisely when this unease relationship between the natives and the colonial R.N.C. was at its lowest ebb.
Born at Aguleri and educated at the mission school at the Christian Village in his hometown Aguleri, Iwene Tansi became a teacher in his alma mater at the age of 16. Thereafter, he studied for the Catholic Priests and was ordained in 1937. Immediately after ordination, Father Tansi worked as a Parish Vicar under Father John Cross Anyogu (who was later consecrated a Bishop of Enugu), at Nnewi for three years (1938 to 1940). His laudable performance at Nnewi mission encouraged his Archbishop to transfer him to Dunukofia to open that station. This he
did creditably too.
After five years at Dunukofia (1940-1945), Fr. Tansi, again, was transferred to Ufesiodo (Orumba Aguata region) to build up the Mission. He worked satisfactorily as well in this field, from 1945 to 1949. Finally, he was posted to his hometown Aguleri in 1949. It was while at Aguleri that Father Tansi expressed for the first time in writing to his Archbishop his wish to become a Trappist monk. Consequently, from Aguleri he departed for the Monastery in Leicester England in 1950.
As a pastor, Father Tansi dedicated himself not only to daily contemplative prayer but also to active ministry. He evangelized the youth, prepared couples for marriage, visited the sick, was a very good confessor, promoted vocations to priesthood and religious life, and provided for the needs of the poor. He travelled extensively throughout the parish environs to meet and serve his people. An active and busy pastor suddenly developed interest for a monastic life! After thirteen years as a diocesan priest, Archbishop Charles Heerey selected him as the most appropriate candidate to receive, incorporate, and share the Trappist spirituality.
Not a young man at age forty-seven, the parish priest left his native land and travelled to the distant land to prepare himself professionally. En route to England, Father Tansi made a pilgrimage to Rome. In 1950, he arrived at the Abbey of Mount St. Bernard in Leicestershire. Six years later, he took the religious name Cyprian (in honour of that great third-century African ascetic theologian, St. Cyprian of Carthage).
Unfortunately, after Cyprian had begun his formation program, the Trappists reviewed the proposed location of their foundation in Africa and changed the site from Nigeria to neighbouring Cameroon. Although disappointed at this change of location, Cyprian nevertheless continued his formation and dedication to the Trappist spirituality. Early in 1964, however, Cyprian was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. Within a few weeks, he died. Originally buried at the monastery in Leicestershire, his remains were transferred in 1988 to Onitsha and then to be buried finally at Aguleri his hometown, which had been also his last parochial assignment in Nigeria before moving to England.
The saintliness that Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi manifested to others had been a part of him throughout his whole life, beginning even in his youth. Commenting on his whole life during his beatification at Onitsha in 1998, Pope St. John Paul II said, “He proved himself endowed with virtue, devoted to responsibility, and given over to piety, prayer and studies.”
Beatified in Nigeria in 1998 by the Pope St. John Paul II, what now remains is his canonization, which is the final stage in proclaiming someone a Saint in the Catholic Church.

BLESSED IWENE TANSI: THE APOSTLE OF RECONCILIATION
Iwene Tansi was born, precisely at that time in Aguleri history, when one middle-aged man from the town, by name Onwuerume came to the Royal Niger Company palm oil depot at the company’s headquarters in Aguleri after work and mistakenly caused an oil spillage along the Anambra River bank. Onwuerume had a roasted yam, which he wanted to eat but there was no palm oil. Probably out of curiosity, he wanted to puncture one of the R.N.C. oil drums to obtain a little quantity of oil for his piece of yam. He did it but the oil spilled and even drenched him. In a deep terror, he made his escape leaving behind his hoe, piece of yam and spilling oil.
However, the company’s workers easily detected him and detained him. His detention rang a bell and the Ivite Aguleri village where he hailed from, a community, which were used to protracted war, ran to his rescue and released him. In the process, some rascals looted the properties of the R.N.C. on the argument that they will never brook oppression in their own fatherland especially by strangers. The Company’s chief at Aguleri raised alarm, sent for military re-enforcement from the Company’s headquarters at Asaba. The Company’s military forces came in full force. The soldiers marched to the Christian Village Aguleri, which was the only well organized and inhabited spot around.
At the Christian Village, the colonial soldiers arrested the famous traditional ruler and first baptized Christian of the town, Chief Onyekomeli Idigo. From there the soldiers went to ‘war’. The whole of Aguleri-Uno was attacked. Houses were burnt and domestic animals were shot. People were beaten up, wounded, but not killed intentionally even
though there were some deaths.
However, the Catholic missionaries at Aguleri were outraged that a matter that would have been settled in an hour’s discussion meant that three important villages were pillaged and burnt, the inhabitants put to flight, and Chief Idigo as well as 12 of other leading chiefs, who had come to negotiate, were taken away as hostages.

ONE OF THE HOSTAGES WAS THE FATHER OF BLESSED IWENE TANSI. The hostages were imprisoned at the R.N.C. headquarters at Asaba. The profound impact of this imprisonment of prominent Aguleri men on the people of the town was tremendous. For instance, the father of Blessed Iwene Tansi, when they were eventually released from prison after almost a year in Whiteman’s captivity, gave the name IWEGBUNAM (IWENE) to his newly born child (that is, the would be Blessed Iwene Tansi). This Igbo name, Iwegbunam, literally means, “May revenge (or anger) not consume (or rather overpower) me.”
Thus, when the young Iwene reached school age, his father took him to his uncle Orekyie who was a teacher at the Catholic mission school at Aguleri, so that boy when he eventually graduates from school would be equipped with the education to revenge what the White people had done to the father. However, things did not go as Iwene’s father had wished. For while in school the young man, Iwene Tansi met his vocation to the Catholic Priesthood. This changed his life forever.
Instead of toeing the path of revenge as his father had wished for him, God had another plan for the young man, Iwene Tansi. He was to become a Catholic Priest in the order of a new reconciliation, love and forgiveness as taught and lived by the Master, Jesus Christ. Little wonder then that from the moment he was ordained a priest at Onitsha in 1937, Fr. Tansi made reconciliation the focal point of his priestly ministry and life.
In fact, in contrast to the wishes of his father, Fr. Tansi as one of the pioneer indigenous priests in Eastern Nigeria, became number one collaborator of the White missionaries. In the seminary, for instance, he studied under the supervision of the expatriate priests. There, he was entrusted with the most delicate function, the procurator, which he discharged creditably to the admiration of his superiors and fellow students.
Both in active and contemplative life, be it as a busy Parish Priest in Nigeria or a contemplative Cistercian monk in England, Fr. Tansi spent his himself entirely for God through the ministry of reconciliation in the church and society in all the places he had worked as Parish Priest. He spent hours and hours in the ‘Confessional”, helping the people and reconciling them. He helped many people who were experiencing difficulties in living together whether as husband and wife or as neighbours, to reconcile, first with God, with oneself, among themselves and with the created reality.
As a curate (assistant parish priest) at Nnewi, Fr. Tansi lived in the company of both African and European priests. He hadn’t any problem with any of them nor did he manifest any sign of animosity against the expatriate missionaries. He mixed up very well with his fellow African priests as well as the expatriates with whom they shared the presbytery at Nnewi.
Again, in the pastoral ministry, he spent himself entirely, to helping the people in the area of penitential reconciliation in the “Confessional.” Fr. Tansi is also highly remembered for having helped neighbouring towns that share the same Parish to accept a common name and center for their Parishes. This he did especially, at Dunukofia and Ufesiodo (Orumba Aguata) Parihes. The names and choice of Parish centers of these two large Parishes were as result of Fr. Tansi’s effort to promote good neighbourliness and peaceful co-existence among the people of different towns and villages that make up the Parishes.
In addition, Fr. Tansi had a great sense of respect to Nigeria’s diverse ethnic, cultural and religious identities. Imbued with cultural sensitivity, he never spoke ill of other people, their cultures, religions or ethnic identity. For instance, in 1946 he visited Kaduna in Northern Nigeria for holidays. During the Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, when he was about to preach, knowing that the bulk of the congregation was made up of Igbos, he asked permission of the others to address his people in their own mother tongue. He told his people to respect their hosts as well as every other person, irrespective of our differences in ethnic, cultural or religious identities.
Furthermore, addressing the entire congregation in English later, he said the same thing, while charging them to respect also the White people. Jokingly, he said to the congregation, “Do not be imitating the Whites in everything, strive hard to gain the Kingdom of God. The Whites are already in heaven in this world, but you are suffering every want. Are you going to suffer also in the next world?” Moreover, as a Cistercian monk in England, Father Tansi was at the beginning of his sojourn there, the only African amidst the large community of European monks. He never had problem of living together with the White folks at the monastery.
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Speaking in a homily to over three million faithful that gathered for the Papal Mass at Onitsha for the Beatification of Fr. Tansi on 22 March 1998, the visiting Pope St. John Paul II said:
“Today I wish to proclaim [to Nigerians] the importance of reconciliation: reconciliation with God and reconciliation of people among themselves… When we see others as brothers and sisters, it is possible to begin healing the divisions within society. This is the reconciliation, which is the path to true peace and authentic progress for Nigeria and for Africa.”
Continuing, the Pope said:
Today, one of Nigeria’s own sons, Fr. Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, has been proclaimed “blessed” in the very land where he preached the Good News of salvation and sought to reconcile fellow countrymen and women with God and with one another. (Pope St. John Paul II, Homily at Onitsha, 22 March 1998 (see, “L’Osservatore Romano” (Weekly English Edition), 25 March 1998).
The Papal Visit in 1998 was very significant in many ways to Nigeria as a nation-state. In the first place, the 1998 Papal Visit was the second time a Pope was visiting the country, and Nigeria was to get her own first “Blessed”, in the person of Fr. Tansi. The first time Pope visited Nigeria was in 1982 during the civilian and democratic regime of Shagari/Ekwueme (1979-1983).
However, the second Papal Visit to Nigeria in 1998 became a catalyst that changed everything for good for a nation caught-up by the worst military dictatorship and tyrannical regime in her recent history. If the first Papal Visit of 1982 took place under a democratic elected civilian government of Shagari/Ekwueme, 12 years after the Nigeria-Biafra War, the second Papal Visit of 1998 took place when Nigeria was under her most brutal military dictatorship of General Abacha, and after the cancellation of the famous June 12, 1993 national elections.
In fact, many international media outlets did not hide their sentiments in reporting the enthusiasm with which many Nigerians welcomed and embraced the 1998 Papal Visit. Nigerians of all creeds, cultures andlanguages turned en masse to welcome Pope St. John Paul II to the country, and with him, prayed to God to deliver the nation from the tyrannical regime of Abacha’s military junta. God, of course, heard the prayer of his people in Nigeria during the Papal Visit. This is because, few months after the Papal Visit, things began to change for better so much so that in 1999, the country had returned to a democratic rule.
In addition, in international media, Nigeria was a laughing-stock of the world. Human rights abuses under Abacha regime were reported on daily basis in the international media. This was especially, after the Abacha regime had executed and killed the nine Ogoni environmental activists led by Sara-Wiwa, the famous Niger Delta writer.
Already there was the M.K.O Abiola case, the cancellation of the June 12, 1993 national elections by former military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida. Abiola, died in prison and one of his wives, was mysteriously killed during the Abacha regime. Also during this period, many other prominent Nigerians were remanded in prison by the same regime for political reasons. This included General Obasanjo, among others.
What all these meant is that under Abacha regime, Nigeria was really charged, and in a state of anarchy. In fact, by the time, Pope St. John Paul II visited the country in 1998, majority of world powers and Western countries had cut-off diplomatic ties with Nigeria. The Papal Visit and beatification of Fr. Tansi, became therefore, a saving grace for the country. Again, the event of the Papal Visit in 1998 prepared the ground for the restoration of democratic rule in the country. It signaled the end of the tyrannical dictatorship of General Abacha.
Unfortunately, after the return to a democratic rule in 1999, the nation’s political class and those in corridors of power forgot this event of the Papal Visit that restored democracy in the country.
Nigerian leaders, once democratic rule was restored in 1999 after the Papal Visit, decided to forget this spiritual dimension of our journey as a nation-state. Furthermore, Nigerian political class and leaders who took over the mantle of leadership of the country when democracy
returned to the country in 1999, forgot to address the theme of reconciliation and healing that the Pope had challenged the country with during his Pastoral Visit.
Most painfully, our political elites and leaders forgot also to appeal to the heavenly patronage of Blessed Iwene Tansi. Till date, no politician of note from Abuja had cared to know where the Shrine or remains of this extraordinary man of God is located. Moreover, the country forgot to choose Blessed Tansi and honor him as the Guardian Saint or rather, Spiritual Ancestral Guardian of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.
In other words, Nigerian political class and leadership, immediately the democratic rule was restored in 1999, decided to relegate to the background, the spiritual role played by Blessed Iwene Tansi for the return of democracy in the country. Till date, the country and its political class are still behaving and pretending as if he never existed or mattered so much for our national rebirth. The Saint whose Beatification, exemplary life of reconciliation and totally given of oneself to God and love of neighbor, made the Pope to visit Nigeria in 1998 as a witness and pilgrim, is yet to be honored at the nation’s capital and by those at the corridors of power.
The theme of reconciliation and healing, which formed the focal point of the Papal Visit in 1998, and the powerful heavenly intercession of Blessed Iwene Tansi, that won us back the democratic rule in 1999, were all thrown away and forgotten by the nation’s leadership and political
class. Today, most of our political leaders at the center do not remember again, who Blessed Iwene Tansi is! None of our political leaders at the center since 1999 till date is interested in recalling how, through the Blessed Iwene Tansi’s intercession and beatification in 1998, democratic rule returned to Nigeria in 1999. Nobody recalls again the Pope’s teaching on reconciliation and about Blessed Tansi’s preaching on the same theme.
In other words, since Pope’s visit in 1998 till date, no serious effort has been made in Nigeria to imbibe the spirituality and praxis of national reconciliation and healing as practiced by Blessed Tansi and preached by John Paul II during the 1998 Papal Visit. What this means is that Nigeria remains a nation without a “spiritual” fibre and motivation. We are a country that has refused to recognize our only national “Guardian” Spiritual Ancestor (or Patron ‘Saint’) today.

HONORING BLESSED IWENE TANSI IN NIGERIA
Our neglect of the spiritual dimension of nation-building accounts for the reason why till today, no national monument of major significance is erected in the nation’s capital Abuja, in remembrance and in honor of Blessed Iwene Tansi since his Beatification 20 years ago. This is also why the country is yet to declare him, the Patron Saint or rather Nigeria’s national Spiritual Guardian Saint of our nascent democracy.
The 20th January every year that the Church celebrates Blessed Iwene Tansi feast day, is not even known as such by many Nigerians, not to talk of declaring it a national holiday by the government. In developed countries, feast days of Saints of national significance in the caliber of Blessed Iwene Tansi, are celebrated as national holiday with all the meaning attached to it. If not at the national level, at least in some states, the feast day of such a Saint is celebrated in some countries as a public holiday.
This is independent of whatever religious affiliation one may claim to profess. The fact is that, as is always the case wherever the Pope visits, the two Papal Visits to Nigeria in 1982 and 1998 respectively, were national events of great magnitude to all Nigerians, individually and as a nation. For instance, the first Papal Visit in 1982 happened exactly at the time the country had just returned to a democratic rule after the Nigeria-Biafra War and many years of military dictatorship thereof. In 1982 Pope St. John Paul II came to congratulate the country in its efforts towards consolidating democracy and in overcoming the traumas of the Civil War that devastated, in particular, the people of the former Eastern region of Nigeria, the Biafran enclave.
Secondly the Pope’s visit in 1982 inspired the Nigerian federal government of Shehu Shagari and Alex Ekwueme to work for achieving reconciliation through granting ‘State Pardon’ to the two key actors of the Civil War, then living in exile, that is, General Yakubu Gowon and General Dim Chukwuemeka Odimmegwu Ojukwu. The two returned to the country as free men within the time the Pope visited in 1982.
Moreover, the second Papal Visit of 1998 is of particular significance. It signaled the end of a tyrannical regime of Abacha and the ushered in a democratic rule in the country in 1999. In other words, the history of the present-day democracy in Nigeria will be incomplete without acknowledging the contribution of the 1998 Papal Visit and Beatification of Fr. Tansi by Pope St. John Paul II.
It is for this reason that we have emphasized in this article the importance of this spiritual aspect of our history as nation, its significance for Nigeria’s rebirth today. This is necessary considering the fact that Nigerian politicians are already gearing up for national elections in 2019, without truly, addressing the fundamental issues of healing, reconciliation and political restructuring that are crucial for the survival of Nigeria as a united nation state today. The eye of majority of Nigerian politicians today are fixed already towards winning the 2019 elections. The politicians have already started to campaign for their elections and re-elections, without however, paying any attention to these issues the Pope challenged us with during his Pastoral Visit in 1998.
The question of creating an enabling environment in the nation’spolitical landscape that could enthrone a culture of free and fair elections for political stability in the country to emerge, has continued to elude Nigeria’s political discourse. Our politicians are still aloof in reading the handwritings on the wall about the need to embrace true healing, national reconciliation and of course, the restructuring of our political system, that is, if we mean to build a stable and united multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation-state in Nigeria! The fact that our politicians have already started to campaign for 2019 elections without sincerely addressing these issues, should be a source of great concern to all of us.
This is because, Nigeria’s present-day political climate, the disturbing political tension and violent atmosphere reigning in the country today, do not speak good for anybody. As some knowledgeable people are already voicing out, any elections conducted today under this volatile atmosphere and without addressing the issues mentioned above, will be effort in futility.
This is why the country should not fold its arms, and pretend as if everything is alright, or think that ours is a ‘peace time.’ As things are today, the country needs, first, to get healed, reconciled and restructured for any national elections to be meaningful. This is the significance of the Papal message to Nigeria during the Pope’s Visit to the country in 1998 for the Beatification of Fr. Tansi.
CONCLUSION
Thus, as Nigeria celebrates the “Democracy Day” this year 2018, marking the 20th anniversary of the end of Abacha’s tyrannical regime, and prepares for next year’s 20th anniversary of the return to civilian rule in 1999, we must not lose sight of this aspect of our national history, its political and spiritual implications for a new Nigeria of our dream. In fact, one of the mistakes many people have been making in discussing the roadmap to Nigeria’s rebirth is the neglect of the role of spiritual dimension in nation-building.
Perhaps, this is why the country is yet to embrace the trajectories of healing and national reconciliation many years after the Nigeria-Biafra War. It is also the reason the country is yet to atone for the blood of innocent citizens killed and being killed on daily basis today by both the Boko-Haram Islamist extremists and their Fulani Herdsmen counterparts, who are marauding all over the country, killing people and destroying their farmlands and houses. They do all these things freely, without any apprehension from the government or security agencies.
The question is, how prepared is Nigeria today for the forthcoming 2019 elections? Will the 2019 elections achieve the desired aim of Nigeria’s rebirth without our first, addressing those issues of true healing and national reconciliation as well as restructuring which the Pope challenged us with when he visited the country in 1998
Lord help me to remember that nothing is going to happen today that you and I together can’t handle. (Blessed Cyprian Iwene Tansi of Aguleri (Nigeria).


FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI  , a Roman Catholic Priest  From Aguleri , is Professor Ordinarius of Contextual Theology, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome.

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AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO, AT THE 9 CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU UNIVERSITY ON NOVEMBER 17, 2018
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Ndi be anyi ekenem unu!
This convocation is very special to me for obvious reasons. My beloved wife, Ebelechukwu has been chosen to be honoured with a Doctorate Degree. In my career as a public servant, I have come to realize that there is no greater honour than the one given by your own people. So, I must thank the Governing Council of this great University and the Screening Committee, for finding her worthy of this honour. Nkea bu nke anyi! Dalunu!
It is interesting to note that this Convocation is taking place in the birth-month of the great man whose name this university bears. Yes, the great Ikemba Nnewi; Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was born in November 1933. I think that in a sense, this convocation is a part of Ikemba’s post-humours 85th birthday. I think that makes it special also. Oburo eziokwu?
Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to see that in the short period that this university has existed as Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, it has become a citadel of learning to watch out for. In June this year, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University attained a serious international recognition when it formally became a member of the United Nations Academic Impact programme.
The United Nations Academic Impact is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher learning with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the achievement of UN goals. These goals include the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.
This initiative has a membership of over 1,300 institutions across 130 countries of the world. And our own Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University is the only school from South East Nigeria that has joined them. (I think we deserve an applause here!)
Indeed, this university is rapidly growing into its name! I am told that the academic standards are rising to significant levels. There’s a growing seriousness to scholarship that I find commendable and I must thank every member of this academic community for this improvement. It shows that we are all fully aware of the huge weight that the name of this university carries.
On my own part, my Team and I have not relented in our efforts to ensure that the great tradition of excellence that Anambra has established in education is taken to a whole new height. In August this year, five Anambra girls from Regina Celi Model Secondary School Onitsha surprised the world when they won a Gold Medal at the World Technovation Challenge in San Francisco, USA.
Our Golden Girls brushed aside other competing teams from the USA, China, Turkey, Spain and Uzbekistan to clinch the gold medal. Before them, our school children had won the Bronze Medal at the World Schools Debate Championship in Singapore. Besides that, Anambra has remained a top performer in all external examinations in Nigeria since the past six years. All these are visible fruits of our strategic investment in education. And I have no doubt that there will be better results in the future.
Fellow citizens, I am also delighted to reveal here that during my recent trip to Boston, we held serious deliberations with the African Studies Library of Boston University on the possibilities of forging a partnership with Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University. We also discussed with the Cambridge Innovation Centre in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the possibilities of setting up a world class innovation centre in Anambra State. All these are big reasons to be hopeful!
Back home, we have continued to improve on what we have to bring our schools to the level where they can impact our society more. That’s why we made sure that our on-going Light-up Anambra Project is extended to this school. That is also why we have built a hospital here to take care of the sick and directed that it should be quickly equipped to start fulfilling its mission.
We have also upgraded former College of Agriculture at Mgbakwu to a full polytechnic so that it can meet the growing educational needs of our people.
Ladies and gentlemen, the future is bright for Anambra State. And this brightness starts from our schools. It starts from our Nursery to Tertiary institutions. It starts from the academic and non-academic staff of this school to the students. It starts from me and you!
Once again, I thank you for the honour you have bestowed on my wife.
Dalunu!
Chief Willie Obiano
Governor, Anambra State

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President Muhammadu Buhari today received a delegation of leaders from the South East: Engr. Emeka Okwuosa, Chief Chekwas Okorie, Hon. Azuka Okwuosa, Sadeeq Massala, Dr Stanley Uzochukwu and others .

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the split within the Ohanaeze Igbo socio-cultural group on its reported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, did not surprise him.
At a meeting with a select group of South-East leaders on Friday in Abuja, President Buhari said that the moment the resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance.
According to him, “from that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was.”
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President Buhari said that his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, got it right from the very beginning. He said the major problem facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.
“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more. Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now. We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP. We earned money, which we didn’t use.
“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway and power sector was killed and power. They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did. We will report them to Nigerians. Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP. They were so reckless with the resources of the country,” the President stated.
He said; “If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?
“I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have. We must stay here and salvage it together.”
The leaders of the delegation, Emeka Ekwuosa and the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chekwas Okorie informed President Buhari that the Igbos and South-Easterners generally understand the good things he is doing for Nigeria which they said, had unfortunately been misunderstood.
They promised to mobilise support for him in the South-East, saying that his ”re-election will be a national consensus.”

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Ohaneze Ndigbo Re-echoes Call For Restructuring

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Restructuring the Nigeria federation has continued to be identified as the best way to actualize the Igbos dreams in the Nigeria Nation.
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Chief John Nnia-Nwodo restated this during the Ninth Convocation Lecture of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University at the University’s Auditorium Igbariam campus.
The convocation lecture has in attendance traditional rulers, government officials, people of the academia and people from other walks of life.
Governor Willie Obiano while speaking through the Commissioner for Tertiary Institutions, Professor Nkechi Obiekezie, urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the University, state and Nigeria as a nation.

The Governor noted that Anambra state and Nigeria have the human capital that will take the nation to any height .
Governor Obiano while commending the university management for their hard work ,reassured that his administration will remain committed in promoting quality education in the state.
In his convocation lecture, Chief Nnia-Nwodo decried the decimal level of Igbos participation and involvement in government and noted that it is only total restructuring that could give way to legislative independence to the federating units.
He canvassed support to all electoral processes and candidates that could bring positive change irrespective of party affiliation.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Greg Nwakaobi called on the state government and other affluent Ndi Anambra to support the institution in other to enthrone a perfect and conducive academic atmosphere.
Others who spoke at the event include the traditional ruler of Onitsha Igwe Alfred Achebe and Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Mark Okoye among others.

 

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State government says it will put the Nengo River Bridge to use by motorists this Christmas.
Governor Willie Obiano stated this when he paid an inspection visit and witnessed the launch of beams on the bridge at Umunya-Nteje Boundary in Oyi Council Area.
The Nengo Bridge is about thirty six meters long with three spans of twelve meters each.
Governor Obiano who gave the assurance, revealed that the contractor has been paid to make sure that it is put to use this December, stressing the economic importance of the bridge which links Umunya and Nteje Communities.

The Governor noted that with the bridge in place, a lot of developments will be hopefully pulled to the area, expressing optimism that he will come back to commission the bridge this Christmas.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works, Mr. Marcel Ikejiofor assured that the contractor is back on site, expressing optimism that he will deliver on his promise in record time, and said that with the launch of the beam, the hardest part of the job is done.
The Site Engineer, Mr. Francis Ekezie emphasized that they will commence mounting the approach slabs on Monday, in anticipation of its completion in record time, so that motorists will begin to use it.

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