[ Masterweb Reports ] - The African Development Bank (AFDB) says it is proposing an integrated project to tackle rural roads, erosion menace and waste management in the two Abia cities of Aba and Umuahia.
The Country Representative of the bank, Dr.Usmane Dore, stated this during the bank's preliminary visit to the state to see things.
He pledged the bank's partnership to the state, pointing out that Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, was one of the first governor's to reach out to the bank for assistance.
According to him, the AFDB has a tradition of partnering with states adding that rural roads in the two cities will be strategically rehabilitated and updated.
To that end, he said that the bank’s rapid assessment team has been sent to the state for assessment and implored the state to cooperate with the team to fast track the project.
Receiving the team led by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy ,Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Governor Orji assured that the state will cooperate with the bank as it is ready to abide by the rules as well as contribute its quota to the project.
He stated that the perennial problem of rural roads , erosion and waste management has continued to plague Aba despite the huge sums of money being sunk into the city by the state government to address the problems.
The Governor said there was need for an external body like the AFDDB to assist the state as the problems were beyond its scope and thanked the federal government for the interest it has shown to Abia State.
Earlier, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating minister of the Economy, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said the the objective of the visit is that the ADB has agreed to work with Abia State and bring some more benefits, maintaining that it is designed to cement the Governor's legacies in the state.
According to her, President Goodluck Jonathan is desirous to work with states to make things better.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - The first son of Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, Chinedu Orji , an Engineer, has sued the Sun Newspapers owned by the former Governor of the State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, claiming N5 billion for calling him "a terrorist."
Briefing journalists yesterday in Umuahia, a member of the legal team for Orji's son, Chief Chukwunyere Nwabuko, said the libelous publication was contained “on page 21 of the March 10, 2014 edition of The Sun Newspapers which read that 'it is not a secret affair as his terrorist activities in the state are fully documented' ".
The Counsel said the former Governor had been using his media outfit to publish malicious and libelous articles against Orji and his son who does not even hold any position in government.
He gave the suit number of the case filled at Abia State High Court holding at Ohafia as HOH/5/2014, adding that Livy Uzorukwu (SAN) is the lead counsel of Orji's legal team.
Nwabuko further said that the Presiding Judge, Justice Anthony Chioma, had already granted an order for the defendant to be served out of jurisdiction, adding that the matter is coming up for hearing next week, September, 22.
The three point claims by the claimant include: "The sum of N5,000,000,000 as damages for libel; An unreserved apology to be published in at least three editions of the Daily Sun Newspapers; and An Order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, privies, servants and associates from further writing , printing , and publishing of the said libelous matter or a similar one against the claimant.
*Photo Caption - Engineer Chinedu Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Samuel Patrick reports ] - I am writing under the capacity of Eggon tribes NGO based in the UK, hence I am trying to bring over to your notice that there has been violent fightings going on right now in Nasarawa State. This very state was created out of creed, selfishness and more prominently out of religion bigotry and purely base on Islam doctorine from the old Plateau State. This old state was divided on religious grounds. The old Plateau State southern part is dominated by powerful Islamic rich men and women, including General Ibrahim Abacha, a military strongman at the time 1994-1998, who happened to come into being for their aspiration and expectation for having old Plateau splited into two parts in 1996. This splitting came into favour of the southern Islamic extremist interest group.
Return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 provided great opportunity for the old Plateau southern Islamic extremist. Nasarawa State is currently being control by these extremist elements who are now bent in strategizing with the sole aim to Islamize Eggon Christians that constitute the majority of Eggon tribe. The Islamic extremists have clandenstally embarked upon "voilent cleansings" of Christians in the entire state, by using recruited militia fighters like Boko Haram. These fighters execute Christians considered as threat to Islamization of the state.
The present excutive governor of the state won election through support of majority
of Eggon tribe (Christians), but now are targets of the governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Malgura and his band of cohorts of Islamic extremists, who are part of Boko Haram inner cells. As gathered from reliable sources, Nasarawa State governor is the General Secretary of this cell within the ambrella group of Boko Haram collective
sects, who are right now inflicting havoc in Northeastern part of Nigeria.
As I write, Eggon tribe in Nasarawa State is being massacred at night, mostly in the villages. This needs is to be made known worldwide through this respectable
Eggon One Tribe NGO, UK.
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states (including Nasarawa & Plateau States), and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Abia State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), has blasted the Progressive Peoples Alliance ( PPA), over media comments credited to the National leadership of PPA where it alleged that the PDP- led administration in the state had "ruined Abia."
PPA also accused Governor Theodore Orji who came on board on the wings of the party of abandoning its blue prints for the development of Abia and defecting to PDP, vowing to recapture the state in 2015 and rescue it from " PDP's bondage."
PPA's National Chairman, Mr. Peter Ameh, also accused Abia elders of" conspiracy of silence", and boasted that come 2015, PPA would end their unholy alliance with PDP-led administration to impoverish the state.
But PDP has described PPA's comments as the ranting of a frustrated and drowning party that has resorted to propaganda as an awareness strategy, adding that the PPA is a dead party.
PDP said PPA was only furious because PDP in less than four years, had done for Abia what PPA could not achieve in 10 years, and asked the party" to bury its face in shame".
In a statement, signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chief Uchechi Ogbuka, PDP said that "PPA is dead and has long been buried," adding that PDP is so rooted in the state that no opposition party could uproot it in the nearest future.
His words: "PPA when it was alive was never a political party but a personal estate of one man and his family members who used it as a conduit pipe to drain the resources of Abia. The exit of Governor Theodore Orji from PPA in 2010 marked the death and burial of that wicked empire.
"Abias now know better and can never be taken back to Egypt by a non- existent party owned and administered by one man who had subjected Abia to servitude for almost a decade before Governor Orji courageously confronted him and set Abia free.
"Ever since Orji joined PDP, Abians have seen the difference between a people- oriented political party and a personal estate disguising as party. Today the array of identifiable legacy projects dotting the Abia landscape courtesy of the PDP- led government better tells the story that Abia's future no doubt lies with PDP.
"There is no gain saying the fact that as the 2015 polls approach, Abia PDP is not losing sleep because of the opposition as non exists in the state let alone the long dead and forgotten PPA".
PDP, therefore, enjoined Abians to keep faith with the party promising to still field credible candidates that would continue with the good foundations already laid by Orji's administration in all elective positions in 2015.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has commiserated with the Nigerian Army over the accident involving a petroleum tanker that claimed the lives of two of its gallant officers at Leru junction in Umunneochi Local Government Area along Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ajunwa, Governor Orji condoled with the families of the deceased military officers who died in active service, describing their deaths in the accident as most painful.
The Abia State Chief Executive regretted the unfortunate incident and prayed that it does not repeat.
Governor Orji advised motorists plying the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway to desist from over speeding and to slow down at road blocks to avoid accidents.
He prayed God to grant the souls of the deceased officers peaceful repose.
*Photo Caption - Governor T. A. Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - A new platform known as Diaspora Institute for Nigerian Justice and Accountability (DINJA) has emerged to compliment the efforts of well-meaning Nigerians at raising the country's socio-political consciousness. The spoke's man for the group Professor Bitrus Gwamna says that the group seeks to proffer solutions to Nigeria's socio political and economic problems through position papers and conferences, promising to disseminate the group's findings to all nooks and crannies in Nigeria.
He says members of DINJA are drawn from all walks of life in the Nigerian diaspora, and are committed to educating Nigerians on the sanctity of the rule of law as enshrined in the country's constitution. Gwamna further states that "The institute also seeks to promote good governance by sensitizing the citizenry to the need to hold all levels of the Nigerian government accountable for its actions." According to him, "the democratic experience witnessed in the country will fail to satisfy the people's yearning for fruitful political and economic dividends if Nigerians shy away from demanding justice and fair play from those they have elected to shepherd them to peace and prosperity."
Prof. Gwamna says the institute laments the incessant harassment, removal and replacement of public officials without regard to civil service protocol, and the lip service paid to corrupt practices in the country's socio political and economic life.
He stresses that DINJA's founders, will adhere to best research practices and will leave no stone unturned to ensure that its objective of ridding Nigeria of corruption, and replacing the vices with a culture of justice and accountability.
Diaspora Institute for Nigerian Justice and Accountability (DINJA)
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Ahamefule Orji, has been honoured with a prestigious award by the World Igbo Congress for excelling in relationship building with Ndi Igbo in the Diaspora.
The award is also for a distinguished record of support by Governor Orji for the Igbo project all over the world.
This was the highpoint of the twentieth anniversary convention of the World Igbo Congress held in Houston Texas, United
States of America.
Presenting the award, the Chairman, World Igbo Congress Nze Joe Eto, said Governor Orji had over the years given unprecedented support to the congress which had tremendously impacted on its activities.
Nze Eto urged other well meaning Igbo sons and daughters to emulate the governor by identifying with the programmes of the World Igbo Congress and commended the governor for his dynamic style of leadership which had brought positive socio-economic transformation in all sectors of the state economy.
Receiving the award, Governor Theodore Orji represented by his Special Adviser on Diaspora Matters, Chief Kingsley Megwara, reminded Ndi Igbo in the Diaspora of the need to remain committed to the Igbo ethos of ingenuity, communal spirit and enterprise that knows no barrier in fast tracking the development of the people.
Governor Orji noted that his contribution in advancing the Igbo cause was based on his philosophy that with unity of purpose, Ndi Igbo would record remarkable achievements and would excel in pursuit of their goals.
The Chairman World Igbo Congress Nze Eto was re-elected for the second term at the event which had prominent Igbo people in attendance, including Labour and Productivity Minister Chief Emeka Nwogu, former Governor Anambra Mr. Peter Obi, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Senator Ben Obi, wife of Anambra State governor, Mrs. Ebele Obiano among others.
*Photo Caption - Governor Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - What has been exposed as top military sabotage of the so-called war against Boko Haram, has not yet ended in the Nigerian military according to continuing reports from the battle front.
Nigeria’s top Boko Haram negotiator, Australian Dr. Stephen Davis recently revealed that Nigeria’s former Military chief, General Azubuike Ihejirika is a top sponsor of the Boko Haram terrorist group. This perplexing revelation answered hundreds of questions Nigerians had on why one of the best armies in Africa remained unable to defeat a handful of ragtag terrorists living in harsh conditions like Robinson Crusoe in circumscribed jungles in the northeast.
But since this army chief was sacked this January, we have continued to receive disturbing reports of a continuation of top military level, army chief implicated, sabotage of the so-called operations against Boko Haram. The sabotage sacrifices men of the Nigerian army and allows Boko Haram recoup continuously and conscript more young youth from the north, creating a permanent, endless cycle of loss of life of Nigerian northern youth.
Most recently it was complained to us that the recent valiant action of an army commander in recovering Damboa from the hands of Boko Haram last August, surprisingly earned him a transfer and got him replaced. This is very hard to believe, but our sources have confirmed that Maj. Gen D. M. Kachalla who led his men bravely and tactically and was able to recapture Damboa from the Boko Haram terrorists was immediately thereafter removed from his post and transferred out of Borno State.
Maj. Gen D. M. Kachalla with his special force defeated Boko Haram and reclaimed Damboa without any causality on the army side.
It has been noted that the Special task force who defeated Boko Haram in 2013 after the state of emergency was declared, and killed the original Shekau in August of that year were all transferred out of the State likewise by the Military chief that very August shortly after they reported killing the original Shekau and that was when the stationary army division 7 was suddenly used to replace the effective JTF and Boko Haram was allowed to forcibly conscript more unfortunate northern youth and the sect was allowed to recover fully.
Evidence suggests a level of cooperation between the leaders of Boko Haram and Nigeria’s implicated army chiefs. Military vehicles and weapons are left for the terrorists and capable army commanders are transferred out. Also the Civilian-JTF who Boko Haram hates and fears the most were significantly undermined and incapacitated by the former head of the army, General Ihejirika. They remain sidelined and obstructed from engaging and sacking Boko Haram under the current Military Chief, General Kenneth Minimah.
The United States Assistant Secretary for Africa Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield this week described the Nigerian military as literally a sham now, stating that it has lost practically all left of its reputation.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has called on Igbos in the Diaspora to support President Goodluck Jonathan to be re-elected the President of Nigeria early next year.
Speaking in the USA on Saturday, during the 2014 World Igbo Congress in Houston, Texas, Obi, who was recognized and presented with an Award for his distinguished and commendable performance in public office, said that for Igbos to get their due in Nigeria, that they should always look at what would benefit the people and not for selfish reasons. "Today, some people said we negotiated wrongly with Jonathan in 2010 just because we moved away from the past practice where people's idea of negotiation ends in nominating their children, relations or cronies for appointment. What we did was to go for those things that will benefit the totality of our people, such as request for an International Airport with full terminal building, the construction of the Second Niger Bridge, the control of some menacing erosion in the geo-political region, the reconstruction of Federal roads in the region, among others", Obi said he was happy that Jonathan is doing all that.
Obi assured that future negotiations will follow the same pattern and called on those still seeking personal benefits to have a re-think.
Further, Obi said that beyond working on those specific projects that were basis for negotiation with President Jonathan in 2010, that the President's personal approach to issues affecting our people, just like others, were encouraging. Using INNOSON Motor Manufacturing Company as an example, Obi recalled how Jonathan's intervention made him recover the money for his goods wrongly auctioned and how he personally came to commission the company's Nnewi facility and how he has continued to encourage him.
On the rumour that he was plotting to replace Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Obi described the rumour as "very wicked", and said he was still at a loss to discern what those after the rumour hope to gain other than to destroy relationships and present him as somebody desperate for appointment, when the contrary is actually the case. "I have never discussed the issue of SGF with anybody and do not know how people conceived the story of my plotting to become one. It must be the mechanization of evil minds," Obi said.
Meanwhile, the former Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu who was alleged to be the Chief Lobbyist for Obi has denied the report which he said appeared for him totally incomprehensible, malicious and wicked.
Those that attended the conference includes, the Representative of the President and the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Ebele Obiano representing her husband and the Governor of Anambra State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, Simon Okeke, Prof Pita Ejiofor, Engr Patrick Obi, Joe-martins Uzodike, CY Agupugo, among others
*Photo Caption - The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, speaking at the last concluded World Igbo Congress in Houston, Texas, recently
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The education reforms embarked upon by Anambra State in the last couple of years has continued to yield results, as schools in the state emerged the overall best in the 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). A repeat of the feat recorded last year.
The official WAEC result, made available to the media, showed that Anambra State (65.92 per cent), Abia State (58.52 per cent), Edo State (57.82) came topmost.
Nevertheless, eight out of the 36 states in Nigeria recorded a score less than 10%. These states include Adamawa, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi. Others are Gombe, Bauchi and Yobe.
The percentage of the total number of candidates that obtained a minimum of five credits, including English Language and General Mathematics, was 31.21 per cent as against 30.90 per cent, 37.66 per cent and 36.57 per cent for the 2011, 2012 2013 WASSCE examinations. This, according to WAEC, implies that the average performance of the candidates in the May/June 2014 WASSCE was lower than that of the 2013.
Commenting on the feat by Anambra State, education experts from and outside the State t linked it to the courageous return of schools, hitherto thought as impossible, to the Missionaries in 2010 by the former Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who thereafter continued to pay the salaries of tutorials and non-tutorials staff as well as provided direct funding to the missionaries that enabled them to rehabilitate the schools and provide learning materials and facilities.
It will be recalled that the Minister of State for Education, Barr Nyeso Wike predicted what is happening in Anambra State when he visited the State under Governor Obi, during the launching of the distribution of 25,000 computers,450 nos of 50 KVA generators and 500 school buses to schools in the State. Commending Obi for investing heavily on education by judicious use of Federal and State monies to rehabilitate schools in the State. He said that he would advise that Obi's policies be replicated throughout the country.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleman Dikko had at another event, during presentation of cheques totaling over One Billion Naira to public and missionary schools for the provision of infrastructure, expressed surprise at the transformation of schools in the State in the area of provision of computers, Internet connectivity, provision of sick bays, libraries, buses, generators, among others and said that with what he witnessed, that Anambra would soon become the leading light in education in the country.
The former Governor could not be reached for his reactions as he was said to be away to the USA attending the World Igbo Congress.
*Photo Caption - Map of Anambra State