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Isi-Uzo people hail Gov. Ugwuanyi for restoring peace to Eha Amufu

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…Assure governor of 100 percent support for PDP at the polls

The people of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, comprising political, religious, traditional, and community leaders have expressed immense gratitude to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his exemplary leadership role in restoring peace and security to Eha Amufu.

The people said that Governor Ugwuanyi’s intervention in the Eha Amufu crisis was responsible for the peace the community is enjoying presently, disclosing that after the emergency peace and security meeting the governor had with stakeholders of Eha Amufu, there has not been any further attack in the area.

They reassured Governor Ugwuanyi of their overwhelming support and votes for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state including the party’s governorship candidate, Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah.

Isi-Uzo people made the remarks yesterday when Governor Ugwuanyi visited Ikem, the council headquarters to identify with them and ascertain how they were faring.

Welcoming Governor Ugwuanyi, the Council Chairman, Hon. Barr. Obiora Obeagu stated that the five old communities and 21 autonomous communities in Isi-Uzo LGA were grateful that “today our governor has brought peace to us,” revealing that “today Eha Amufu is back to its feet.”

Hon. Obeagu thanked God for the feat, adding that the governor did not only ensure that the crisis reduced, but that he also brought palliatives in the form of cash and food items to assist those who were displaced.

Declaring that “PDP is Isi-Uzo and Isi-Uzo is PDP”, the chairman assured Governor Ugwuanyi that the party will record a landslide victory in the council area in the forthcoming general election.

Also speaking, a community leader from Eha Amufu and former chairman of Isi-Uzo LGA, Hon. Eric Ebe, pointed out that when Eha-Amufu had security challenge last year, Governor Ugwuanyi made tireless and frantic efforts to address the issue, stating that he visited the community at night, had sleepless nights and did everything humanly possible to ensure that peace was restored to the area.

Hon. Ebe reassured the governor that Isi-Uzo LGA will deliver the PDP in the forthcoming elections in Enugu State, stating that the council has always delivered the PDP 100 percent in all the elections contested in the state since 1998 the party was formed.

Speaking in the same vein, a former chairman of Isi-Uzo LGA and former acting National Financial Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Osita Ogene, reiterated the untiring efforts Governor Ugwuanyi made in restoring peace to Eha-Amufu in particular and Isi-Uzo LGA in general, stressing that “from the day we had the security meeting with the governor till today, Eha-Amufu has been coming back fully, unbelievably.”

He asked Governor Ugwuanyi to “keep doing good as God will continue to remember you.”

The Bishop of Aha Amufu Diocese (Anglican Communion), Most. Rev. Daniel Olinya equally thanked God for the good works He has been using Governor Ugwuanyi to do in Eha-Amufu and Isi-Uzo LGA, especially in the areas of peace, security and development.

Other speakers, namely the State Chairman of the PDP, Hon. Augustine Nnamani, the lawmaker representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Hon. Prince Cornelius Nnaji, the member representing Isi-Uzo Constituency, Hon. Mrs. Catherine Amaka Ugwueze, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Jideofor Ebeh, and Igwe Ogbodo, all thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for his positive intervention in the Eha Amufu crisis and reassured him of the overwhelming support of the people of Isi-Uzo LGA for the PDP as well as their commitment to ensure that all the party’s candidates win at the polls, maintaining that “Isi-Uzo is PDP and PDP is Isi-Uzo.”

Warmly received on arrival by a jubilant crowd and leaders of Isi-Uzo LGA, including Bishop Olinya, other clergymen and the traditional rulers led by HRH Igwe Sam Ogbodo, Governor Ugwuanyi appreciated the people of the council for the support they have been giving his administration since 2015 and the PDP since 1999.

The governor explained that he came to know how the people were faring considering what they passed through last year.

Governor Ugwuanyi prayed for the repose of departed souls and further prayed that God will never allow such to happen again.

Thanking the people of Isi-Uzo for accepting to deliver the PDP at the polls in Enugu State, the governor stated that by the virtue of his position as the leader of the PDP in the state, he is canvassing votes for all candidates of the party in the state.

He, therefore, urged the people to vote for the PDP and ensure that those who have not collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) do so for the full realisation of their support for the party at the polls.

Other stakeholders of Isi-Uzo LGA who graced the event include the PDP LG Chairman, Hon. Uche Ugwueze; former Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Poverty Reduction, Hon. Godwin Ogenyi; former Council Chairmen, Prof. Sam Ugwu and Hon. Jacob O. Abonyi; Prof. Odoziobodo; Alhaji Sani Friday Nnaji (farmer/philanthropist); former Transition Committee Chairman, Hon. Emmanuel Igwurube; Sylvester Ugwuagbo (former Permanent Secretary) and Anselm Onah (Registrar, State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS) Igbo-Eno).

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Southeast governors shun Soludo as Anambra hosts regional conference

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Southeast governors have shunned the zone’s regional conference on human capital development, hosted by Anambra State Governor Prof Chukwuma Soludo.

The region’s other four governors of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo sent representatives to the two-day conference held in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

Soludo lamented the lack of unity among the region’s leaders, saying it was detrimental to the Southeast’s growth.

He advocated for a regional education board to fashion out a curriculum for the region.

The governor also said that the Southeast could come together and set up a teacher certification institute to certify teachers for schools in the region.

It was his reaction to recommendations and policy documents unveiled by technocrats during the conference.

In the area of education, labour and health, he said they could be adopted by the governors of the region to grow human capital.

He maintained that the Southeast could not afford to lag in the area of human capital development, adding that Anambra had the least land mass in the country, and also the least natural resources.

Soludo said: “Your recommendations are excellent. I will read them with keen interest and see which of them we can take.

“We have little land mass in the Southeast. We are actually the smallest with Lagos State, but while Lagos is reclaiming land from the sea, we are losing our land to gully erosion.

“Anambra is the world’s gully erosion capital. In the Southeast, we are landlocked, and we have the least mineral resources. Our only boost is human capital.

“Human capital naturally is our only dependable resource. It has been so yesterday and today and will remain so tomorrow.

He described the conference as “pivotal to who we are.

“And if we do not mind about human resources, then we are going nowhere. We must work on that

“I listened to your recommendations on education, but who said the Southeast cannot set up a regional education board to fashion out a curriculum for students in the region?

“Must we always use what others are using? Who knows, you may fashion out a curriculum that will attract the interest of other people, and the world at large.

“The various governments of the Southeast can come together and set up a teacher certification institute to certify teachers for schools in the region too.”

Soludo lamented that in the past some governments of the Southeast sent home some workers, on the ground that they were not from their state. He added that Anambra had reversed that policy.

“We just recruited 5,000 teachers in Anambra State, but I told the ministry not to accept if I recommend anybody to them. We employed people from every state.

“All I need is for the best teachers to be employed. Our children deserve the best teachers, and all they hope to get is the very best, no matter where the teachers come from.

“In my own eyes, I don’t see those boundaries and for the greatness of Nigeria, we must not see those boundaries,” he said.

The conference had the theme: changing the narrative – towards entrenching human capital development in the Southeast Nigeria. (The Nation)

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2023: INEC announces new deadline for collection of PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the extension of the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, nationwide.

During its meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Friday, the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, indicated that the Commission will not hesitate to consider additional measures to ensure that all citizens have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the general election.

Having reviewed reports from all the states of the Federation, the Commission said it was encouraged by the progress made so far as more Nigerians troop out daily to collect their PVCs.

The Commission, therefore, announced the collection of PVCs in all its local government offices by one week.

“The ongoing collection of PVCs nationwide will therefore continue and end on 5th February 2023,” a statement signed by Festus Okoye
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said.

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2023: Obi of Onitsha storms Kaduna, says Nigeria’s unity sacrosanct

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Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe
The Obi of Onitsha (AGBOGIDI),  His Royal Majesty (HRM), Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, has called on Nigerians to remain united and love one another irrespective of tribe or religious affiliation.
The royal father spoke to journalists in an interview on Thursday after commissioning the Digital Resource Centre named after him at the Green Field University (GFU), City Campus in Kudenda, Kaduna,saying Nigerians are brothers and sisters and they must live together.
Ahead of the February election, the royal father charged Nigerians to pick up  their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and vote massively during election.
“What matters most at this point of the nation’s history is a unifier.What Nigeria needs is a good president, but if you say South East today, South East tomorrow, it doesn’t matter. What we want is a Nigerian leader who will unite the country and lead it to greater heights,” he said.
The Founder/Pro-Chancellor, Greenfield University, Chief/Engr Simon Ifediora Nwakacha (Onwa of Umueri),  described the Obi’s visit to the university as a wonderful occurrence, adding that “this is the first First Class traditional ruler. His coming here is good for unity of Nigeria,” he said.
“The prospects for the university are very bright.We  look forward to the university being great. Already now the first set of accreditation was succesful. Greenfield scaled through  getting its permanent license to operate campuses from any part of the country,” he added.
In  his Keynote address, Engr.  Nwakacha  welcomed the Obi of Onitsha, whom he described as the first First Class Traditional Ruler to visit their city campus.
“During deliberation in one of our council meetings to choose who we would name the digital resource centre after, your name was suggested and widely accepted,” he said.
He recalled that when they were setting up the Imperial Academy, a  school owned by his wife in 1996 in Kudenda, they met the traditional ruler and begged him to name the road leading to the school after his village in the South East, Umueri, which he obliged and the name has remained till date.
He described the feat as an understanding that promotes unity among the diverse people of Nigeria.

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