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*Photo Caption - Emeka Uduh (aka Chukwuemeka Uduh), pathetic delusional NIWI anti accountability thug used by NIWI criminal power bloc.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji has dedicated the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) award conferred on him by President Goodluck Jonathan to Abians for their support to the policies and programmes of his administration.
Orji who stated this while addressing Abia Stakeholders who came to pay him homage at the Governor's Lodge, Abuja, after the award ceremony, said he would not have accomplished much to qualify for such national honour if not for the support of the people.
He said that he had been challenged to post more legacy achievements in the state before his exit in 2015.
Governor Orji said the award which was the first to be conferred on any Abia sitting Governor, called for celebration by all Abians who have faith in Abia cause.
The Governor also noted that more Abians for the first time received the national honours award at various categories because of his openness and magnanimity to nominate them.
He solicited more support of Abians in the transformation of the state as championed by his administration, vowing to leave the state better than he met it.
The Governor promised to continuously deploy the scarce resources of the state with prudence to achieve more results in the overall interest of the state.
"Governance is all about the people not for self aggrandizement," he said while preaching continued unity among the people."
*Photo Caption - Abia state governor Theodore Orji receiving the award of Commander of the Order of the Niger from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria H/E Goodluck Ebele Jonathan during the 2014 National Honours Award in Abuja.
[ Masterweb Reports: Don Osehobo reports ] - Chief Tom Ikimi, a former APC National Leader who dumped the party for the PDP recently has said that Nigerians must resist the urge to allow the APC win the 2015 elections as it will spell doom for the entire country and the gains of the President's transformation agenda.
Ikimi who said he is not seeking any appointment for joining the PDP but to contribute his quota to the growth of the democracy and the development of the nation said that, "we must not gamble with our country; allowing APC to take power is a gamble We must avoid".
Drumming up support he said President Jonathan as the first President of Nigeria to be a University graduate, cannot do without challenges as he is equipped to overcome them commending his fetas in revamping the food and transport sectors, saying, "our people are happy".
He spoke as he led his supporters from across the south-south zone to attend the zonal PDP rally at the Ogbe stadium in Benin city also said that, "I believe I can make a difference... as I have now adopted and re-integrated myself into my original family of PDP".
According to him, there is no nation without problems assuring the President that "Your predecessors fought a civil war and succeeded, another fought for the independent of our country and for the restoration of democracy", adding that it was as a sitting President that George Bush encountered the September 11, 2011 terrorist bombing of the US.
Ikimi said that with his joining the PDP, the entire south-south zone is now fully PDP as Edo state is back to the PDP since he will be leading all his erstwhile APC supporters to retrieve the Edo mandate which was taken away from the party in 2007 with the 2015 and 2016 elections in the state.
He regretted as a chief cook who invited others to a dinner, those he invited came, ate and took away the pots, the plates and the spoons, referring to the fate of the ACN before it fused with other parties into the APC in 2013.
Responding the PDP National Chairman, Dr Aminu Muazu assured Ikimi that all his supporters would be integrated into the party at all levels of the party from the wards to the zone as Integration Committees set up for that purpose was already at work, reconciling new members and old members who are returning.
He said, the "PDP has been stabilised as a party and remains a great party with a great leader in President Goodluck Jonathan who is goodluck in name and in person".
Don Osehobo ( Email: email@example.com ) , reports from Sapele, Nigeria.
*Photo Caption - Chief Tom Ikimi
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and the Minister of a Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala said that the present Government in Nigeria, led by Dr. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan was trying everything possible to sustain the growth recorded by the Country. She was speaking during the presentation by McKinsey Global Institute, of the study about Nigeria entitled: Nigeria's Renewal: Delivering Inclusive Growth in African's Largest Economy at the New York Palace Hotel.
Reeling out measures under Jonathan's Transformation Agenda to turn Nigeria around, Iweala called on investors to come to Nigeria for the abundance of investment opportunities and favorable returns on investment.
Speaking at the event, the former Governor of a Anambra State, accompanied by his former Commissioner for Planning and Budget/Chief of Staff, Prof. Chinyere Okunna, said that President Goodluck Jonathan was on the right paths towards the growth of the Nigeria's economy. He said that though most of the measures taken by Jonathan had long gestation period, but that very soon Nigerians would start seeing the impact of his many revolutionary polices such as the fruits of the privatization of power distribution, support for Small and Medium Enterprises, support for local manufacturers such as INNOSON Motor Manufacturing ltd, among other measures.
Speaking further, Obi said that the new policy on Agriculture was worthy of commendation as it has reduced the country's import of agricultural produce. "The way we are moving on Agriculture, I have no doubt that Nigeria had made a bold move towards food sufficiency", Obi said.
*Photo Caption - The Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi (right), with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and the Minister of a Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo ( left) and Mr. Andrew Jack of the Financial Times( middle), after the presentation on Nigeria at the New York Palace Hotel by the McKinsey Global Institute
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has called for the declaration of state of emergency on Education. Obi spoke September 17 at the Muson a Centre, Lagos, during the 105th anniversary of the founding of King's College, Lagos, where he was invited as a Special Guest to share experiences on how he was able to turn education around when he was the governor of Anambra State drawing from the fact that from near failure before he became Governor, now takes first position in external examinations.
Speaking, Obi said that Nigeria needed a completely new approach to education. Using statistics, he proved that Nigeria spends more money in education than many countries that comparatively do better than Nigeria. He said the problem was principally that only 20% of the money released got to the final destination.
On how he was able to turn education around for the country to learn from that, he said that in his first 4 years, he did everything, including pumping money into education with little success. "In my second tenure, I realized that we need to approach it differently. In defiance to all opposition, I returned schools back to the missionary owners, schools that were forcefully taken from them in 1970, which was
a very irresponsible decision. After the return, we kept paying both the tutorials and non-tutorial staff. We also released over 6 Billion Naira for the rehabilitation of the schools," Obi said.
Speaking on other measures initiated by his Government to boost education, Obi said that he made all possible efforts to ensure that at least 90% of the money spent on education got to the schools. "Besides compelling development agencies to take their grants directly to the schools to circumvent numerous 'toll gates', we also gave money running into several Billions directly to the schools to equip their libraries,
provide sick bays rebuild and equip their laboratories. This are in addition to the provision of over 500 buses, generators, internet connectivity, Microsoft academies, among others to all the public and missionary-owned schools in the State.
Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Segun Oni said that APC government would , if elected into power, review the curriculum, emphasize on re-training of teachers, increase the involvement of stakeholders in the management of schools.
The occasion which was chaired by Chief Philip Asiodu was attended by Kalu Idika Kalu, Okey Ezibe, Turner Coker, Demola Aladekomo, Hakeem Bello, Chike Obi, Herbert Okumagba, among others.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi
[ Masterweb Reports: Mr. Gabriel Maji reports ] - My name is Gabriel Maji, a Nigerian from Kogi State. I was highly embarrassed to see the picture of my late wife on the cover of The Punch newspaper this morning along with a story which quoted me. It was a neighbour who showed me the story.
This is the link of the article online - http://www.punchng.com/news/synagogue-nigerian-togolese-beninoise-victims-still-missing/.
I wonder how a newspaper like The Punch would go out of its way to write such a wicked story which is completely false about me and my wife. I was thoroughly shocked to see what was written and I don’t know how the paper came about it.
The Punch story has not only embarrassed me and my relatives but is also misleading to the whole world because it was all concocted to achieve the ulterior motive of the writer.
I want to say clearly that I am still with the church and since this ugly incident happened, the church has also been with me. The SCOAN has been communicating regularly with me and has never said or done anything bad against my wife or me. Even my children and I have been here and the church has been 100 percent with me. What happened was not only to my wife.
Many people were coming in to sympathize with me not knowing some were false sympathizers like The Punch writer who came with ulterior motives. He even secretly took the picture of my late wife on the wall in my house. I leave him to God for judgment. My advice to him is to desist from falsehood. Stop writing what did not happen as truth to mislead the public, because you will account for everybody you mislead by your writing.
Mr. Gabriel Maji ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Gabriel Maji, insert his wife Veronica.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has commended the military for the role they are playing in fighting insurgency in the Northern part of the country.
He was speaking when he received at the Government House, Umuahia, the flag officer commanding, Naval Training Command, Lagos, Rear Admiral Goody Anyakpele, who paid him an official visit.
He said that their effort in combating insecurity in the North is commendable, noting that military men have sacrificed their lives in the process.
The Governor said the government depends on the military and other security agencies for security now that election was around the corner and assured of his readiness to continue supporting the military.
Governor Orji said his government remains eternally grateful to the military for helping it nip kidnapping in the bud and help restore security in the state.
In his remarks, Rear Admiral Anyakpele who said he was on inspection visit of Naval schools under his command to assess facilities thanked the Governor for supporting security personnel in the state to discharge their duties effectively.
He thanked him for the vehicles he has given to the Navy school of finance and logistics Owerrinta and the accommodation he provided and urged the governor to do more.
Anyakpele who maintained that there will be no progress without security assured that the military will continue to provide the enabling environment for fair and peaceful election in the country.
*Photo Caption - Governor T. A. Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Don Osehobo reports ] - President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that having conquered the Ebola scourge, the country would soon overcome the Boko Haram insurgency, assuring Nigerians that everything is turning around for the good of all.
President Jonathan who was addressing the teeming crowd of PDP members and stakeholders at the unity rally of the South-south zone held at the Ogbe stadium also said. "We have. Conquered Ebola, we will crush Boko Haram".
He spoke about his transformation agenda for the country and said that it has brought about drastic improvements in the transportation and agricultural sector among others with the revamping of roads network and railway lines as well as improving food security.
According to the President,"You cannot lead hungry people, even the FAO has recognised that we have reduced poverty by fifty per cent even as the WHO recognises our fight against Ebola", adding that as a party the PDP was working to unite all its members across the country for the 2015 polls.
He said, all members of the party are equal as there were no godfathers or godmother, "our appeal to our people is that as they go for elective offices the struggle should be in a decent manner so that the party is united thereafter".
President Jonathan who commended PDP members in non-PDP states like Edo for their solidarity assured them that the party will be in control of their states come 2015 and 2016 and, "Edo will fall to PDP".
Earlier in a welcome address, the south-south zonal Vice-chairman Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh, said like Nigerians from other parts of the country the south-south is happy to be the home of the president ans wholeheartedly support his second term bid.
Chairman of the South-south governors forum and governor of Cross Rivers state, Senator Liyel Imoke, at the occasion welcome all to the occasion and commended the PDP and all Nigerians for supporting the President's second term bid and for especially adopting him as the sole candidate of the party for the 2015, adding that the South-south zone was proud of the President.
Also speaking, Chief Tony Anenih, chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, listing such names as Chief Tony Enahoro, Isaac Boro, David Ejoor, among others, acknowledged the role the zone has played in unifying the country, by working with other zones and especially the North, forging alliances and fighting together for the nation's unity.
He said, "the current situation calls for synergy between the zone and the North", as the zone is ready, "to claim our right with dignity and in the interest of One Nigeria to win elections and win the peace".
Senate President Senator David Mark said that Dr Jonathan, like a good product, which markets itself, is one which the zone gave to Nigeria and has done the country so much good. He said since, "nobody lights a lamp and puts it under the table", he was happy that the zone rallied round the President in his second term bid.
Arc. Namadi Sambo, the Vice-President speaking in appreciation of the zone's support of the President, said that the President has ensured that the area among others benefit from his transformational agenda with his approval of a coastal rail-line for the south-south zone, and the first maritime university and a shipyard in Africa, to be located in the zone.
PDP National chairman Dr Adamu Muazu, who used the rally to condemn the APCks criticism of the party's adoption of Jonathan as it's sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential elections asked it to bring its best forward.
He said, "PDP has become stabilised, it is the party to beat. It is a strongly united party...no rancour,our doors are wide open and we are willing (as a party) to continue to participate in building a sustainable democracy (in Nigeria) and we are strongly behind our President".
Don Osehobo ( Email: email@example.com ) reports from Sapele - Nigeria.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The United Nations has commended Nigeria for her seriousness in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. Speaking at one of the side events to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the theme of "Localising the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Lessons from Inter-Governmental Partnership in the Implementation of the MDGs", the Director of United Nation's Millennium Campaign, Carinne Wood commended the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (SSAP-MDGs), Dr. Precious Gbeneol for her commitment to the Project. The former SSAP-MDGs who is now the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Post 2015 Development Agenda , Ms Amina Mohammed was also commended for laying the the initial foundation for
Relying on various reports about the Project, Ms Wood commended the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi for his innovative vision of mainstreaming the MDGs into Governance in Anambra State during his tenure as Governor.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Gbeneol said that whatever achievements Nigeria recorded were due to the resolve of Mr. President to change the face of governance in Nigeria by concentrating on things that would hasten the development of the country. She expressed her gratitude to Mr. President for his deploying the resources that made the effective implementation of the MDGs programme possible.
The former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, who was invited to speak at the event in recognition of the remarkable performance of Anambra State in the MDGs programme in Nigeria, shared his experience on how he was able to marry the policies of his Government to MDG goals. "On coming into office, we adopted the MDGs as our vision as a State and formulated a multi-sectoral approach for delivery of all the MDGs goals simultaneously. Although road construction was not part of the MDGs strictly speaking, roads are necessary for the delivery of the MDGs, starting with goal one-poverty alleviation. We constructed a lot of roads to creat access for rural communities. Recognizing that we could not on our own achieve everything, we went into strategic partnership with international and local partners. A case in point was our collaboration with the Church which led to the return of their schools and government's continued funding of those schools. This is the reason why Anambra State now comes first in external examinations. We also supported their health institution. Using St. Joseph Hospital Adazi-Nnukwu for example, I can tell you that it now handles heart operations, Obi said.
Obi explained that for Post MDGs agenda to be fruitful, that the people must be at the centre of its planning and implementation. He said that even in the budgeting process, the people must be encouraged to be part of it.
Ms Amina Mohammed who described Obi as the " MDGs' Nigerian champion,"
encouraged other governors to understudy him and replicate what he has done in their States.
John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who represented the Catholic Bishops of West Africa thanked the United Nation for the continued concern for the plight of the peoples of the world, commended Dr. Gbeneol for her work in the MDGs. Further, he said he was a witness to Obi's achievements in a Anambra State, and insisted it was because of his close collaboration with the Church. He urged other Governments to see the church as partners in progress and collaborate with her for the good of the
society and to the Glory of a God.
*Photo Caption - The Senior Special Assistant to the the President on MDGs (SSAP-MDGs), Dr. Precious Gbeneol ( middle) with the former Governor of Anambra
State, Mr. Peter Obi (left), and the rep of Catholic Bishops of West Africa, John Cardinal Onaiyekan (right) at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York
[ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ] - A new Ag Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, has been sworn-in to steer the Abia State judiciary for the next three months.
She is taking over from the former CJ, Justice Nnenna Oti who has retired from service, and acted in that capacity before under the present dispensation.
In his speech at the ceremony at the Executive Council chamber, Government House, Umuahia, Governor Theodore orji ,said that nature abhors vacuum, adding that the 1999 Constitution stipulates that in the event of vacancy, the most senior judge should act as Chief Judge for a period of three months while the Governor, the state House of Assembly, the Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council (NJC) is vested with the power of appointing an acting or substantive Chief Judge.
He regretted that the relationship between the executive and the judiciary during the tenure of the last Chief Judge was not cordial and advised the new Ag CJ not to tow that line but rather to show example.
Responding, the new Ag Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe thanked the Governor for the honor done her and for having a good working relationship with the judiciary and pledged to carry judges and the staff of the judiciary along.
*Photo Caption - Governor T. A. Orji