Politics https://www.codewit.com/politics Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:22:42 +0300 Codewit.com - Codewit World News en-gb support@codewit.com (Codewit World News) Ogbemudia played his part well, says Hon. Igbuya https://www.codewit.com/politics/27365-ogbemudia-played-his-part-well-says-hon-igbuya https://www.codewit.com/politics/27365-ogbemudia-played-his-part-well-says-hon-igbuya The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, Friday described Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia as a leader of rare character.

In a condolence message to the family, Igbuya applauded Ogbemudia’s efforts in the improvement of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing and commerce in defunct Bendel State.

“Ogbemudia was an honest man, an extraordinary politician, a great leader and a man of principle. From 1957 when he joined the Nigerian Army to the day he died, Ogbemudia stood out” Igbuya said.

He praised the second republic governor for his role in the Nigerian Counter Coup of 1966.

“His character was legendary, particularly when tested by the counter coup of 1966 and his trial where he was acquitted” the speaker said.

The Delta State House of Assembly presiding officer said Edo and Delta owed a great deal to Ogbemudia’s leadership.

“Ogbemudia really showed what difference an individual could make, what difference a leader could make”

He said Ogbemudia served with distinction as an administrator and a governor of the Mid West State, later Bendel State.

“Ogbemudia was a professional of immense reputation. His was an enduring performance. Apart from his achievements during his military days, he also left lasting testimonies of his contribution to Bendel State.

“Indeed, Ogbemudia, a governor on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), played his part well and the legacy he left will remain an eloquent testimony to a life of achievement”.

“Nigerians will certainly miss the man who left a lasting stamp on Edo and Delta. Ogbemudia will be remembered for his very unique and purposeful leadership. He will also be remembered by Nigerians as a brave military officer”.

 “On behalf of the good people of Sapele and myself, i send our heartfelt condolences to his entire family, his wide circle of friends and Nigerians as a whole for the loss of this thoroughly good and great man, Chief Samuel Ogbemudia”                      

Source: Henry Ovie

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fideln2011@gmail.com (Fidel Njamanze) Politics Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:33:47 +0200
DUNAETA Lauds Rachael Umahi for Building Houses for 172 Widows https://www.codewit.com/politics/27362-dunaeta-lauds-rachael-umahi-for-building-houses-for-172-widows https://www.codewit.com/politics/27362-dunaeta-lauds-rachael-umahi-for-building-houses-for-172-widows ….Describes her as embodiment of selfless service

A Non-Governmental Organisation, the David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA), has hailed the move by Chief (Mrs.) Rachael Umahi, wife of the Ebonyi State Governor and Founder of the Family Succour& Upliftment Foundation Programme, to build houses for 172 widows in the State. DUNAETA in a statement issued on Mondayin Abakaliki, the State capital, described this as a demonstration of selfless leadership that others in similar positions need to emulate.

The group in the statement signed by the Founder and President, Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze, congratulated the Ebonyi State First Lady for this bold initiative that tallies with the biblical injunction in James 1:27which, states: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (King James Version)

“Ebonyi women and, indeed, women all over the world will forever remain grateful for the humanitarian efforts of Chief (Mrs.) Rachael Umahi, who has used her pet project to bring succour to the women of Ebonyi State in various ways. With this latest move, at least 172 widows in Ebonyi State are to receive two-bedroom bungalow each as succour to alleviate the sufferings of this group of underprivileged citizens who are often victims of harmful traditional practices.,” said Lady Eze, who is also the Technical Assistant on Media to Governor David Umahi.

She noted that the Ebonyi First Lady has used her pet project to positively affect and influence lives in the State through the paying of medical bills of indigent patients, mobilsiation of women towards better family, as well as partnering with USAID/PMI and the Ministry of Health in sustaining support towards the elimination of malaria and assisting those suffering from VVF in the State.

“I would be pleased to render my services in any way possible to enable the Ebonyi State First Lady succeed in her efforts to turn the fortunes of Ebonyi women around, particularly in her efforts to fight all harmful practices that are inimical to the welfare of women in the State,” Lady Eze said.

She urged all Ebonyi women “to reciprocate and appreciate the efforts of this great gift to us by participating actively in politics and lending constructive voices on the issues of governance and welfare of the families as our amiable First Lady and her husband cannot do it alone.”

ENDS

Monica Ada Chidinma Eze,

President DUNAETA & TA On Media to Gov. Umahi

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Monica Ada Chidinma Eze) Politics Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:16:38 +0200
U.S. Congresswoman Calls Iraqi, Syrian Leaders Most Sincere in Fighting Terrorism https://www.codewit.com/politics/27360-u-s-congresswoman-calls-iraqi-syrian-leaders-most-sincere-in-fighting-terrorism https://www.codewit.com/politics/27360-u-s-congresswoman-calls-iraqi-syrian-leaders-most-sincere-in-fighting-terrorism

U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard made new surprising remarks on Friday in which she once again supported Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling him and the Iraqi premier “the most genuine people in their efforts to fight terrorism.”

The Hawaiian Democratic Representative who was being interviewed by CNN criticized U.S. policies of regime change in Syria saying she is ‘surprised’ by the media coverage of the Middle East crises. She said there are no moderate rebels in Syria but there are terrorist groups like al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and Ahrar al-Sham, and ISIS who are being provided support by the United States and other allies like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar to topple the Syrian president.

“I believe the most genuine people in their efforts to fight terrorism right now are the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Syrian President Bashar Assad. We cannot ignore the great efforts of the Russian President Putin in supporting these two countries in fighting terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra,” claimed Gabbard. “The United States draws a distinction between terrorists, dividing them into good and bad terrorists.”

The U.S lawmaker had a seven-day trip to Syria and Lebanon in January where she met and talked with many Syrian refugees, Syrian opposition leaders, widows and family members of Syrians fighting alongside groups like al-Qaeda, as well as those fighting on the side of the government, and also some Christian clergymen of the war-stricken city of Aleppo.

Gabbard also had a secret meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad which drew strong criticism from many people. She called the regime change war ‘counterproductive’ saying it does not serve America’s interest or the interest of the Syrian people.

Upon her return, Gabbard released a statement in defending herself saying “Originally, I had no intention of meeting with Assad, but when given the opportunity, I felt it was important to take it. I think we should be ready to meet with anyone if there’s a chance it can help bring about an end to this war, which is causing the Syrian people so much suffering.”

“As I visited with people from across the country, and heard heartbreaking stories of how this war has devastated their lives, I was asked, ‘Why is the United States and its allies helping al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups try to take over Syria? Syria did not attack the United States. Al-Qaeda did.’ I had no answer,” Gabbard stated

Later in February, her Stop Arming Terrorists Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Rand Paul. The bipartisan legislation would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and would prohibit the government from funneling money and weapons to terrorists through other countries who are directly or indirectly supporting them.

Although an Iraq War veteran, Gabbard was against the invasion of Iraq. She said in late 2012, “I was against the war in Iraq. We never should have gone there in the first place.” She believes that the United States' victory conditions in Iraq were not been clearly defined. In 2014 she voted against renewed U.S. military engagement in Iraq.

Source: SudaneseOnline.com

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osaeedfj@gmail.com (Omar Saeed ) Politics Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:01:51 +0200
Establishment of maritime university: nimasa supports government https://www.codewit.com/politics/27344-establishment-of-maritime-university-nimasa-supports-government https://www.codewit.com/politics/27344-establishment-of-maritime-university-nimasa-supports-government The attention of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been drawn to speculations in a section of the media and a Press Statement from the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) to the effect that the Agency is opposed to the establishment of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko, in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State

This assertion is far from the truth and it has become necessary to clarify the issue as the Federal Government is committed to the actualization of the project which the Agency conceived. It is pertinent to note that NIMASA is supporting every aspect of the law in its determination to fulfill its obligations.

In addition, the National Assembly recently held a public hearing on the matter and it is expected that the funding of the institution and other aspects of running it will be specified in the Act setting up the University.

For the avoidance of doubt, at no time did the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside say anything contrary to the Federal Government’s position on the issue and we solidly stand behind the Federal Government on its determination to actualize the project.

The benefits derivable from the setting up of the institution will be quite numerous.         Apart from becoming a citadel for knowledge and development of human capital, job opportunities will be created to the Nigerian people, particularly the community. 

ISICHEI OSAMGBI

Head, Corporate Communications,

NIMASA

isichei.Osamgbi@nimasa.gov.ng;

February 9, 2017

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (ISICHEI OSAMGBI) Politics Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:28:11 +0200
IGP Panel report has vindicated APC position on elections in Rivers – APC https://www.codewit.com/politics/27343-igp-panel-report-has-vindicated-apc-position-on-elections-in-rivers-apc https://www.codewit.com/politics/27343-igp-panel-report-has-vindicated-apc-position-on-elections-in-rivers-apc The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, welcomes the Inspector-General of Police panel investigation report which uncovered the bribing of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials by the governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike to the tune of N360m of which the sum of N110m has been physically recovered from the INEC officials by the Police.

We feel a sense of vindication over repeated alarm we sounded before, during after the general and rerun elections of 2015 and 2016 that Gov. Nyesom Wike bribes electoral officials before and during every election in Rivers State. Indeed, the IGP Panel report goes further to confirm that the audio bribery clips published by Saharareproters in which the voice of Gov. Wike was directing the deployment of bribe money to INEC officials is real and authentic despite the barefaced denials by the governor.

The APC believes that the spins and reverse spins the PDP is trying to put to a clear case of criminal act they committed with overwhelming evidence is the usual antics of roadside pickpockets when they are caught in the act. Even more laughable is the attempt to disown the exhibit claiming that it belongs to the APC. Where on earth could the APC in Rivers State have found that kind of money if not the governor who withdrew N2bn belonging to River’s taxpayers just before the rerun election from which N260m was paid out to electoral officials as bribe money?

It is obvious that the old-fashioned antics of the governor and the PDP are simply not flying; a thousand press conferences cannot help because lies are known to have expiry date. Gov Wike and the PDP must show uncommon bravery by accepting the fate which awaits anyone who dares in the wrong direction of the law.

The APC would like Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP to tell the world whether they did not bribe INEC officials as alleged and discovered by the IGP Panel. They should also tell the people whether INEC officials who are alleged to have collected the bribe money did not actually confess to the crime.  Does the proof of bribery provided by the police as evidence that Gov. Wike gave bribe to electoral officials not authenticate the act to the extent that those who made the refunds are alive?

Whereas the APC is wary of wasting ample time in meaningless exchanges with a morally deficient PDP on the matter, we call on the Inspector-General of Police to effect immediate action on the report by prosecuting those found culpable. We know that Gov. Wike’s immunity protects him from prosecution for now but it does not protect him from investigation as have been done. Let others that have been indicted be prosecuted according to law without any delay. When Gov. Wike’s immunity expires in 2019, he must be made to face the full consequences of his action in line with the laws of the land.

Chris Finebone

State Publicity Secretary

February 8, 2017

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi) Politics Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:24:29 +0200
Sapele residents insist on Eighteen – Hour Power supply https://www.codewit.com/politics/27340-sapele-residents-insist-on-eighteen-hour-power-supply https://www.codewit.com/politics/27340-sapele-residents-insist-on-eighteen-hour-power-supply Residents of Sapele on Monday decried the incessant power outage by the authorities of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC). They also condemned the attendant crazy bills by BEDC.

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya, Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Hon Ejaife Odebala, elders and leaders of various political and non political groups in Sapele voiced their dissatisfaction, insisting on electricity for up to 18 hours daily.

At a stakeholders’ meeting in Asaba, the speaker urged BEDC to stop bringing estimated bills. “Don’t take people for granted. Your actions show great disrespect for all of us. Sapele residents are paying bills. BEDC must provide meters to consumers. The officials must respond to fault reported by consumers. They must communicate. The irregularity in power supply has disrupted daily life” he said.

Episcopal Vicar and Dean, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sapele, Very Rev Father Christopher Ekabo suggested ways towards a lasting solution to the crisis.

“At least 12 hours to 18 hours electricity should be given to Sapele. Anything less will not be good for the people. No more estimated bills. Prepaid meters should be made available to curb further collection of money by staffers of BEDC. The load shading should be done in a proper manner. The excuse of none payment of bills should be looked into” the priest said.

He urged BEDC to make a formal and public apology for it actions.

After a heated argument, the stakeholders agreed on eight hours of power for a start, subject to further improvement within the shortest possible time.

Sent in by: Ebireri Henry Ovie

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Ebireri Henry Ovie) Politics Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:16:48 +0200
Ebonyi: Umahi Lays Foundation for Memorable Christmas And New Year https://www.codewit.com/politics/27337-ebonyi-umahi-lays-foundation-for-memorable-christmas-and-new-year https://www.codewit.com/politics/27337-ebonyi-umahi-lays-foundation-for-memorable-christmas-and-new-year “Positive shock that awaits those coming back home this season: They will encounter the amazing revolution taking place in Ebonyi. They will be shocked that the flyovers they see in other big cities in Nigeria are now very visible in our state. They will be shocked that most of the headquarters of our local government areas are now fully electrified, even as street lights are now part of life in Ebonyi State. They will be shocked by the beauty and peace in the state as the governor has ensured that no criminal activity is witnessed during this season. They will be shocked by the quality of roundabouts in the state. They will not help but admire the classy and new-look Government House Gate is now wearing. They will be shocked by the quality of roads that litter all our local government areas. They will be shocked that their elders and parents are well-taken care of by the government of Ebonyi State. They will be so shocked that going back to these other towns may no longer be a wise decision.”

Ebonyi: Umahi Lays Foundation for Memorable Christmas And New Year By Monica Ada C. Eze Prelude Let me start this treatise on how Ebonyians are remembered so specially during this season by quoting Kamil Ali, who stated: “As we enter the Season of Goodwill – Feel the warm glow in your heart by lighting up a smile on someone’s face.” And according to Engr. Dave Umahi the indefatigable Governor of Ebonyi State, “Love is in the air as we celebrate the Prince of love and peace embodied in the personality of Christ Jesus”

Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State, South-East of Nigeria, was a very successful businessman before he ventured into politics and has all the good things to make one comfortable, but his desire to make a difference in the politics of his state influenced him to contest the highest political office in the state and, as God would have it, he succeeded through what is commonly defined in Ebonyi as divine mandate. He is popularly known by his chieftaincy title, Akubaraaoha (wealth that touches the lives of the multitude), because of his benevolence and philanthropy through which he has awarded thousands of scholarship to indigent students of Ebonyi State and alleviated others in other ventures.

Based on this, it looks as if Brian Tracy was foreseeing what is currently happening in Ebonyi State through the incumbent governor, Engr. Umahi, when he stated: “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” To strengthen the position of Tracy, John Bunyan on the other hand stated: “You have not lived today, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” All these leader’s positions tally with Engr Dave Umahi’s vision and mission for Ebonyi State when he stated, “Our mission is to enhance the welfare of our people, and empower all Ebonyians to be self-reliant, through the compassionate delivery of transparent and God-fearing governance, based on integrity and dignity.”

Aim This article is not aimed at writing generally about the philanthropic acts of Governor Umahi because doing that is to write a book but, rather, this attempt is to expose to the entire world recent benevolence acts of the governor towards Ebonyi people; in making their Christmas and New Year celebrations not only memorable, but events they will live to remember for a long time.

Peace in Ebonyi The governor, in his principle that if there is no peace meaningful development will not only be elusive but developments earlier achieved will be destroyed, have reiterated that trouble-makers should look for other states to relocate.

Setting the pace in sustaining peace in Ebonyi, thereby making the state conducive for a peaceful celebration, Chief Umahi, said he would deal decisive with any individual or group of persons that attempt to re-ignite the Ezza-Ezillo crisis that has claimed more than 200 lives, and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

The governor’s statement is coming on the heels of alleged security report that some youths in the area were perfecting plans to organise a rally to remember their brothers and sisters who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

The governor said that he is still committed to ensure that the peace accord signed by Ezilo and Ezza-Ezilo people, which brought to an end the protracted communal clash, is not violated by any individual no matter how highly placed.

The governor stated this at a thanksgiving service organised by the Ebonyi State Government, to appreciate God for his benevolence on the people, at the Government House Chapel, Abakaliki, on 19thDecember, 2016.

His words: “I stand on the altar of God to say that anybody that wants to ignite crisis in Ezza-Ezillo, I will crush the person. I have directed that the people that organised or wanted to organise a rally in honour of their brothers and sisters in the unfortunate incident should be made available to me. They will spend the Christmas in cell. I must be emphatic, there is nothing to remember.” Governor Umahi said the thanksgiving was to appreciate God for the settlement of the crisis and the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the state, pointing out that it was responsible for the level of infrastructural and social development so far recorded by his administration. Umahi slashes Ebonyi varsity student’s tuition To make the students feel the benevolence of the Ebonyi State Government under the able leadership of Engr. David Umahi; the Governor out of his magnanimity directed for the reduction of the fees of the state university students by  N10,000  thereby bringing to an end the intractable agitation by students  for tuition slashing. Recall that tuition was increased by former Governor Martin Elechi,  a development that led to  protests  by the students. This reduction was in fulfilment of Umahi pledge during his campaign when he assured that he would reduce the fees if supported to win 2015 governorship election. The governor, who announced the reduction during an interactive forum with the management and staff of the university at the permanent site, Ezzamgbo, explained that the reduction which would take effect from next year was for both students of Ebonyi origin and non-Ebonyians. Umahi, who had while making his remarks, noted that the reduction was necessary because students of the university paid almost the highest fees in the South- East and South-South, explained that the slash was to cushion the suffering of the students and their parents. He however enjoined the students to avoid cultism and criminal tendencies in order to continue to enjoy the tuition reduction. Umahi slashes Ebonyi varsity student’s tuition The governor had while announcing 3,000 bags of rice and N10 million for the students of the university as their Christmas gifts, over heard them    chanting,”reduce our fees, reduce our fees.” He also donated two buses to the Students Union Government for easy transportation of students to lectures. Before then, he announced the donation of rice each to all staff of the university with N5m to be shared by them for the Yuletide.He he told the students to continue to partner with his government. Umahi approved all promotions of the university staff which had been kept on hold for years and gave the university authorities N100m loan for agricultural activities.  The declaration caused a wide jubilation among the students and staff who sang and thanked  the governor for his largesse. Umahi also advised that for any student to graduate from the Department of Agriculture,he/she should have at least one hectare of farm. The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University,Prof. Francis Idike who commended the governor for gazetting the university staff and bringing commendable changes to the system. He assured the preparedness of the university community to toeing the vision and mission of his administration. Yuletide: 13th Month Salary Bonus To give Ebonyians a surprise Christmas package, Governor Umahi has not only approved to pay extra one month salary bonus, otherwise called 13th month to workers under the state employment in the spirit of Christmas celebration, but has paid and distributed bags of rice and tubers of yam to each of staff. He approved and directed that junior workers would receive 100 per cent bonus, whereas senior ones would be paid 50 per cent of whatever they receive monthly, boasting that his administration was neither owing workers salaries nor pensions. He disclosed his administration’s plan to begin immediate payment of gratuity arrears owed by both local and state governments since 1993, amounting to N8 billion. The governor, who expressed dismay that civil servants found it difficult to pay their retired colleagues their pensions but would want to be paid when they retired, noted that he would begin payment of gratuities this December, with the families of retirees who had already died. He said: “We are not owing anybody pension in Ebonyi State. Gratuity is owed since 1993, and gratuity for both local and state governments is over N8 billion, but the funny thing is that when you seat as a civil servant, you refuse to pay others their gratuities, and when you now leave, you start insisting, we should pay gratuity. “So, for those we have owed gratuity for a very long time; we are expecting a miracle. What we want to do for our brothers and sisters that were not paid gratuities before their death: we intend to look at their case and see how we can pay off their gratuities through their families. We hope to do it this December. “We also want to pay everyone that has retired 10 per cent of whatever we owe him/her in the name of pension and other allowances.” Christmas largesse for former Lawmakers from the State, members of NUJ, NUT, Federal Workers, Political Office Holders, University Staff, Others Ebonyi State is truly in a celebration mood as Governor Umahi goes about distributing love and touching the lives of every segments of Ebonyi State. No citizen from Ebonyi State or residents from other States will say that the Governor has not reached him or her one way or the other during this season. Be it former Lawmakers from the State, be it Federal Workers working in various organisations in the State or be it members of Nigeria UNION OF Teachers (NUT) or members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) everybody have something from the Governor to celebrate Christmas. Apart from the largesse to civil servants, all the political office-holders, including the NWC of PDP, senior technical assistants and technical assistants have been granted funds to celebrate their Christmas and New Year festivities, including bags of rice and tubers of yam. Never in the history of Ebonyi State has our people been so remembered by their governor. Uplifting Women Petty Traders Women like me, and other appointees, are given place of honour and well-respected and regarded, but let me state that it is only the highly-placed women that are regarded. But even women, who under normal circumstances would not be privileged to get near the seat of power, are today given equal opportunities as any other citizen of the state. In this regard, Umahi has assisted Ebonyians, mostly women doing petty business (not hawkers) in Lagos with N140 million, which was shared N10 million per local government, to enhance their business ventures. Umahi extends empowerment scheme to wives of policemen The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr.  David Nweze Umahi, has extended his administration's empowerment programme to police officers wives.in the state. He announced this during Christmas party organized for the officers and men of the state command in Abakaliki.  Engr. Umahi, who noted that government would not ask police officers on duty to join in his rice cultivation programme, said their wives should key into his women empowerment scheme in order to reduce over dependence on the salaries of their husbands. "There is no way we can ask   police officers on duty to come and cultivate rice or go and do training for empowerment  but we offer to partner  their wives," the governor said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Emma Anya, on Tuesday. He added, "Your wives can actually hold your homes. They can make up for the differences in your wages if they   engage in our empowerment programme.  We  can agree on what and what your wives can   be doing so  that we can support them;  so that at the end of the day, they  can be one of the pillars of your respective homes,  This, I believe will reduce financial challenges,  friction  and tension in your homes. Umahi, who said the visit/party for the   officers and men    was to celebrate the Yuletide with them, lauded them for their commitment to combating crimes in the state. He explained that his administration's provision of social amenities for them in their barracks was because of their efforts in sustaining peace in the state. He added, "I want to appeal to the Commissioner of Police to call the herdsmen for a meeting. There are so many cases of herdsmen. You've done extremely well and I have told the police headquarters of how you have been trying to solve the problem of herdsmen in the state.   But it is like they are reneging on the agreement we made in this place and so    we have to call them back for us to review the agreement." The governor, who noted that the living environment of the policemen was not too healthy, immediately approved the release of fund for the relocation of septic tanks in the barracks. Apart from ordering removal and replacement of windows of their apartments, Umahi directed that the barracks should be decorated to reflect the mood of the season. He also donated bags of rice and tubers of yam to the officers and men. Earlier, the State Police Commissioner, Mrs Peace. Ibekwe- Abdallah, had  said that Governor Umahi had been of great support to the command  as he had  reconstructed the  internal roads in the barracks and provided  street light  and water  for the officers and men. She eulogised the governor for providing enabling environment for the police in the state to perform their constitutional responsibility of checking crimes. Early Payment of Civil Servants’ Salaries While several states in the federation are finding it difficult to pay their staff salaries at this recession period, Umahi has directed that the salaries of staff of Ebonyi State be paid by the 15th of every month, and in order to motivate and empower its civil servants, the governor has also directed that the salaries be increased by five per cent. Based on this, Mr Leonard Nkah, the President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ebonyi chapter, commended Governor Umahi for approving 5 per cent pay-rise for workers, adding that by the action, Umahi had proved to be a listening governor. Governor Umahi announced the five per cent increase in workers’ salaries when he addressed the people on Saturday, at the Abakaliki Township Stadium, to mark the country’s 56th Independence Day anniversary. The state NULGE president expressed optimism that, “as a listening governor, Umahi would continue to adjust workers’ salaries upwards periodically.” Nkah also appealed to the governor to direct the relevant authorities to comply with the governor’s directive, by paying local government workers by the 15th of every month. Free Transpiration of Home-bound Ebonyians In demonstration of the selfless nature of his administration, the governor has directed the transportation of all Ebonyians in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Nnewi, Onitstha and other big towns in Nigeria where they reside back home to the state capital, Abakaliki, for the 2016 festivities. Martin Luther King Jr,, may have had Umahi at the back of his mind when he stated: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Throwing more light in this regard, the great Indian leader of all times, Mahatma Gandhi, said: “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”  Umahi’s benevolence and his love for his people will forever speak for him throughout his life. Early Payment of Civil Servants’ Salaries While several states in the federation are finding it difficult to pay their staff salaries at this recession period, Umahi has directed that the salaries of staff of Ebonyi State be paid by the 15th of every month, and in order to motivate and empower its civil servants, the governor has also directed that the salaries be increased by five per cent. Based on this, Mr Leonard Nkah, the President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ebonyi chapter, commended Governor Umahi for approving 5 per cent pay-rise for workers, adding that by the action, Umahi had proved to be a listening governor. Governor Umahi announced the five per cent increase in workers’ salaries when he addressed the people on Saturday, at the Abakaliki Township Stadium, to mark the country’s 56th Independence Day anniversary. The state NULGE president expressed optimism that, “as a listening governor, Umahi would continue to adjust workers’ salaries upwards periodically.” Nkah also appealed to the governor to direct the relevant authorities to comply with the governor’s directive, by paying local government workers by the 15th of every month. Positive shock that awaits those coming back home this season: They will encounter the amazing revolution taking place in Ebonyi. They will be shocked that the flyovers they see in other big cities in Nigeria are now very visible in our State. They will be shocked that most of the headquarters of our local government areas are now fully electrified, even as street lights are now part of life in Ebonyi State. They will be shocked by the beauty and peace in the state as the governor has ensured that no criminal activity is witnessed during this season. They will be shocked by the quality of roundabouts in the state. They will not help but admire the classy and new-look Government House Gate is now wearing. They will be shocked by the quality of roads that litter all our local government areas. They will be shocked that their elders and parents are well-taken care of by the government of Ebonyi State. They will be so shocked that going back to these other towns may no longer be a wise decision. Conclusion I will conclude this attempt by quoting Eleanor Roosevelt who stated: “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” and Abraham lincoln,who said that, “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” Finally, to Lord Bloody Soul, “A piece of benevolence, a shard of good will is sometimes all that is needed to raise a truly loyal army.” Governor Dave Nweze Umahi, you have through your benevolence, love, compassion and commitment to your people raised truly a loyal army that will ever be there for you to crush and conquer the world for you. Merry Christmas to my leader and uncle! Monica Ada Chidinma Eze is Technical Assistant (TA) on Media to Governor Dave Nweze Umahi and can be reached on dunaebonyitransformation001@gmail.com /quintrelking@gmail.com

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Dr Mcdonald Onu) Politics Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:10:54 +0200
Leading Steering Committee Announced for West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference https://www.codewit.com/politics/27329-leading-steering-committee-announced-for-west-african-international-petroleum-exhibition-and-conference https://www.codewit.com/politics/27329-leading-steering-committee-announced-for-west-african-international-petroleum-exhibition-and-conference The committee will guide the content of over 25 business, technical and special focus sessions, featuring more than 75 prominent industry speakers and representatives from both the regional and international oil and gas community

LAGOS, Nigeria, December 20, 2016/ -- The steering committee driving the programme for the West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC) (www.WAIPEC.com) 2017 has officially been announced, representing a cross section of key senior business leaders and stakeholders from across Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

WAIPEC, hosted by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) (www.PETAN.org) will take place on 21-23 February 2017 at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos and will promote Nigerian expertise and key projects throughout West Africa, whilst supporting the development of major new collaborations for the benefit of the region’s petroleum economy.

The steering committee representatives will feature:

    Ademola Adeyemi- Bero, Managing Director, FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited and Chairman, Nigerian Independent Oil Companies
    Austin Ojunekwu Avuru, Chief Executive Officer, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company
    Bank Anthony Okoroafor, Chairman, Petroleum Technology Engineers Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
    Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director, The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo)
    Emeka Ene, Petroleum Technology Engineers Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
    Geoff Onuoha, Vice Chairman, Petroleum Technology Engineers Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
    Ahmadu-Kida Musa, Deputy Managing Director, TOTAL Exploration and Production
    Ranti Omole, Chairman, Conferences Committee PETAN
    Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)
    Dr. Mazadu Bako, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)

WAIPEC is the only oil and gas event to be held fully in partnership with Nigeria's petroleum industry and the ten committee members, alongside PETAN will draw on their unrivalled global resources to ensure that the event delivers to the needs of all stakeholders in Nigeria and through the region.

The committee will guide the content of over 25 business, technical and special focus sessions, featuring more than 75 prominent industry speakers and representatives from both the regional and international oil and gas community. Running alongside the conference - an exhibition is projected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and 6,000 visiting professionals from West Africa, Europe, Americas and Asia.

Bank Anthony Okoroafor, Chairman, PETAN explains; “PETAN has put together an esteemed panel of representative from both public and private exploration, production and services companies – their expertise together ensuring a programme that presents an invaluable insight for all stakeholders and participants in WAIPEC 2017.”

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi) Politics Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:04:43 +0200
Toyin Saraki Commends Cambridge University In Waiving Application Fees For Post-Graduate StudentsFrom African Countries https://www.codewit.com/politics/27320-toyin-saraki-commends-cambridge-university-in-waiving-application-fees-for-post-graduate-studentsfrom-african-countries https://www.codewit.com/politics/27320-toyin-saraki-commends-cambridge-university-in-waiving-application-fees-for-post-graduate-studentsfrom-african-countries HE Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa commended the leadership at Cambridge University for waiving application fees for African students.

This announcement was made at Cambridge-Africa Day on Tuesday 25 October, where Mrs. Saraki gave the afternoon keynote speech on the importance of closer collaboration between African health specialists and global universities such as Cambridge University.

She noted how academic research cascades down to affect individuals at a community level and frontline health workers. Other speakers of the day included Professor Richard Leakey the palaeontologist and Professor Ebenezer Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

“I am so pleased by the news from Cambridge University. Yesterday I was hugely encouraged by the sheer quality of much needed research, led by African post graduate students, from Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda, to name just a few, in close collaboration with their research mentors from Cambridge University. The collaborations demonstrated that clear solutions to challenges that have bedevilled the global development community: from predicting, preventing and patient management of pre-eclampsia and adverse drug reactions and pharmaco vigilance ‎in patients of African descent; to the environmental importance of bat conservation to agricultural ecology and in turn or food security, could be solved.

“In truth, the African solutions to African challenges will come from raising African research to the highest of global excellence, as manifested by the quality emanating from empowering African students to pursue further skills at Cambridge, a leading global institution. I commend the leadership of Cambridge University in waiving application fees for African post-graduate students as a step of singular goodwill towards global development, that will reverberate for generations.

“An old African proverb is that ‘It is the person that wear the shoe that knows where it is pinching’ this application fee waiver will allow more African students of deserving intellect, to access the opportunities of ground-breaking research, to return with greater skills, which can be applied to our local challenges, that may hitherto have gone un-researched and unsolved due to the global institutions not knowing the challenges existed.”

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Abang Veronica) Politics Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:06:03 +0200
Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Address At National Assembly Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Governance Bill https://www.codewit.com/politics/27309-honourable-minister-of-state-for-petroleum-resources-address-at-national-assembly-joint-committee-on-petroleum-industry-governance-bill https://www.codewit.com/politics/27309-honourable-minister-of-state-for-petroleum-resources-address-at-national-assembly-joint-committee-on-petroleum-industry-governance-bill Ministerial Address By Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources presented at the stakeholder and public hearing hosted by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Governance Bill today Friday  9th December, 2016

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Uche O. Adighibe) Politics Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:43:18 +0200