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Soludo To Present Appointment Letters To 5000 Teachers Today

Soludo To Present Appointment Letters To 5000 Teachers Today
Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo

Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Charles Soludo will today (Friday) personally present appointment letters to the newly recruited five thousand (5000) teachers in the State.

The Eastern Updates reports that the International Convention Center, Awka which is the venue of the historic event, will be a beehive of activities from 10:00, Friday, December 2, 2022, when the teachers and guests are expected to be seated.

This is another testament to the transparency being demonstrated by Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s administration in all sectors of Anambra State.

Read Also: Focus On Governance, Stop Attacks On Obi, HURIWA Urges Soludo

The occasion will officially witness the Governor personally welcoming and handing out appointment letters to the successful teachers

Educationists have variously within and across the nation commended Governor Soludo for superintending one of the most transparent and credible Teachers’ Recruitment exercises ever witnessed in the country in recent times

The Commissioner for Education, Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh was also on the ground in all the stages, to carry out the Governor’s mandate of making the exercise transparent and credible.

Meanwhile, in another report, the Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, to focus on delivering dividends of governance to the people of the state and stop attacks on one of his predecessors and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said Soludo should focus on bringing to an end the activities of ‘unknown gunmen’ turning the state into a killing field.

The group also urged the governor to tackle the menace of flooding, cater to the well-being of internally displaced persons living in camps in the state, and get rid of filth and rubbish littering the streets of Anambra since he assumed office on March 17, 2022.

Recall that Soludo had attacked Obi, saying the investment he left in government was worth close to nothing. Soludo also said Obi couldn’t win the 2023 presidential election.

The Eastern Updates

APGA Crisis: Njoku Out From Prison, Insists On Chairmanship

APGA Crisis Njoku Freed From Prison, Insists On Chairmanship
Chief Edozie Njoku

A factional national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Edozie Njoku has regained freedom but is now begging Anambra State Governor, Prof Charles Soludo, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for recognition.

Njoku and Chukwuemeka Nwoga were granted bail on self-recognition on Wednesday by an FCT High Court sitting in Bwari.

The Eastern Updates reports both were arraigned on Monday by the police authorities for allegedly forging a supreme court judgement to give legitimacy to their claims as national chairman and national youth leader of APGA respectively.

On that account, Justice Mohammed Madugu ordered their remand at Suleja Correctional Centre on Monday for two days.

Read Also: APGA Raises Alarm Over Plot To Implicate Soludo In $28m Bribe

However, while speaking in a press conference at the FCT secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) shortly after he regained his freedom, Njoku said it was a memorable experience for him going to prison.

The politician betrayed all conventional logic and common sense to say that he or anyone could forge the supreme court’s judgment.

He, however, said it was time to move the party forward, begging Governor Soludo and INEC to recognize him as the party’s national chairman.

He said: ‘On Monday, I was remanded in prison for two days. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I was fortunate from birth that my parents sent me to one of the best public schools in England. But from public school in England to a prison cell in Nigeria was a wonderful experience.’

Meanwhile, Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo is yet to react to the claims by the factional group.

The Eastern Updates

Police Denies Report Of Gunmen Attack On Ebonyi INEC Office

Police Denies Report Of Gunmen Attack On Ebonyi INEC Office

Ebonyi State Police Command has described as false the report that the Izzi local government area office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was set ablaze by unknown gunmen.

It explained that the fire outbreak came from inside the office building.

In a statement signed by the police public relations officer, Mr Chris Anyanwu which was made available to The Eastern Updates, the command said on-the-spot assessment carried out by the police revealed that there was no perceived external attack on the property.

Anyanwu who noted that the two civilian security staff posted to the premises were not on their duty post when the incident occurred said that the fire incident was reported to the mobile policemen on duty by Nwebe Emmanuel, a retired security staff of INEC who was in his farm located adjacent to the INEC office as at the time of the incident.

Read Also: 2023: Gunmen Attack INEC Office Set Ablaze, 340 Ballot Boxes

He said, ‘On Sunday, the 27th of November, 2022, at about 1145hrs, a report was received by Ebonyi State Police Command that the office of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) situated at Iboko Izzi LGA was gutted by fire.

‘The deputy commissioner of police in-charge State Criminal Investigation/Intelligence Department alongside a team visited the office. Frantic efforts were made to put off the fire as attempt to reach the Fire Service, proved abortive’.

He said the team faced the challenge of gaining access into the premises as the INEC staff who locked up the gates and the main building was nowhere to be found. He added that the gate was forced open and the inferno was brought under control, but regrettably, over 60 percent of the building was already affected.

He added that an on-the-spot assessment conducted indicates that the fire emanated from inside the office building, noting that there was no perceived external attack on the property and the two civilian security staff posted to the premises were not on their duty post.

The Eastern Updates

Lagos Ohanaeze Holds Igbo Cultural Celebration

Lagos Ohanaeze Holds Igbo Cultural Celebration

In their quest to promote Igbo culture and tradition and show that the people are united, members of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State chapter, will today and tomorrow celebrate Igbo Cultural Day in Lagos State. 

President of the Lagos State chapter, Chief Sunday Ossai had last week inaugurated the Igbo Cultural Celebration Planning Committee to plan and execute the event.

He had charged members of the committee to organise an Igbo cultural celebration that would bring pride and joy to members of the organisation.

Speaking at the inuaguaration, the Chairman of the committee, Prince Ubochi C. Ubochi, promised that the committee would execute an event that would be the pride of every Igbo resident in Lagos State and beyond.

Read Also: 2023: There Is No Going Back On Obi, Ohanaeze Insists

He went on to disclose that the theme of the event as ‘Nmeme’ Ohanaeze Lagos 2022, adding that the celebration will be the biggest Igbo cultural celebration ever witnessed in Lagos State.

He said the first day of the event, December 2, 2022, would be the maiden Annual Lecture and Award Ceremony and would hold at  Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The second day would be an outdoor event to be held at the Police College, GRA Ikeja.

‘This field event will showcase the rich Igbo cultural heritage in addition to march past and cultural displays by the representatives of all 57 Local Governments Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), youths, the market associations, state Town Unions and other stakeholders,’ he said.

He said highlights of the 2-day event would be a lecture and unveiling of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo House.  He said there would be cultural displays, fashion parades and variety of Igbo foods and delicacies for everyone to enjoy.

The Eastern Updates

Umahi Excited Over Award By Rivers Govt, Praises Wike

Umahi Excited Over Award By Rivers Govt, Praises Wike
Governor David Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has described the award given to him by his Rivers State counterpart, Governor Nyesom Wike as a recognition of the corporate and personal relationship between him and the governor. 

In his acceptance letter to Wike dated December 1, 2022, which was obtained By The Eastern Updates, Umahi said that the award is in recognition of people with a shared vision and passion for the socio-economic prosperity of the states.

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The governor who expressed joy over the award conveyed his acceptance of the offer to be awarded the Grand Service Star of Rivers State.

The award will be conferred on the Governor on the 3rd of December, 2022 at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt.

‘I view this as an inestimable honour and a rare stimulus on my modest contributions to nation-building.

‘Please Your Excellency, accept always, the assurances of the affectionate considerations, esteemed regards, and best wishes of my family, the government, and people of Ebonyi State,’ he said.

In another report, the Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe hit back at the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike who had earlier said that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s brother (Abaribe) had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after collecting money from them, saying that he will never serve the Rivers’ governor.

Speaking last weekend in Umuahia, the Abia State capital during the PDP flag-off campaign in the state, Wike had accused an Obingwa brother of Governor Ikpeazu of dumping the PDP after receiving the money he requested for.

Wike went on to hint that the said person whom he did not mention his name was denied the ticket of the PDP and is currently contesting for the 2023 election under another party.

The Eastern Updates

Over 100 Facilities Destroyed In Ogbaru Flood – Report

Over 100 Facilities Destroyed In Ogbaru Flood - Report

The entire Ogbaru local government area of Anambra State is now messed up with the relics of the flood that had submerged all the communities in the area after the flood had receded however leaving over 100 social amenities in a state of disuse.

Ogbaru is the local government where dozens of people lost their lives when their boat capsized as they were being evacuated from their submerged homes.

Officials of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, who visited the area on Thursday on a fact-finding for the purpose of assisting the flood victims, were taken aback at the magnitude of the destruction in all the communities.

It was discovered that all the water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in both the primary and secondary schools, as well as in other public places, were washed away by the flood.

Most sections of the major road that passed through the local government, the Onitsha – Atani- Ogwuikpele federal road, were washed away by the flood such that communities beyond the local government headquarters at Atani can no longer drive to their homes.

It was, however, observed on Thursday that farming season had earnestly begun, with planting of yams and cassava taking place to ensure that they mature before the next flood comes.

The local government transition committee chairman of Ogbaru, Mr Paschal Aniegbuna told the UNICEF officials that his area was the worst hit among the seven local government areas of Anambra State that were affected by the flood.

He said: ‘Usually we know the flood must come every year, but what happened in 2022 was something we did not imagine. The only access road that connects all the communities has been washed away.

‘The local government headquarters was the holding place for the internally displaced people, but at a time, the area was no longer safe as all the buildings were flooded and we had to relocate them to the upland. Vehicles no longer ply beyond Atani.’

The whole fence and gates of the local government were pulled down by the flood, while some of the offices are yet to be cleaned up.

It was also observed that because of the collapse of the road, residents of many communities in the area had resorted to using the engine boat to transport themselves to Onitsha and other riverine towns in the area.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, coordinator in the local government, Linda Onyeke gave a detailed report of the destruction, which showed that all health, water and sanitation facilities were destroyed.

She said that unless there is immediate assistance to the affected communities, there might be outbreak of deseases in the area.

The Eastern Updates

One Killed In Enugu Road Crash

One Killed In Enugu Road Crash

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Friday morning confirmed the death of one person in a crash that happened along Enugu Abakaliki Federal Highway in Enugu State. 

The state Sector Commander, Joseph Toby, who confirmed the incident to reporters disclosed that the crash which happened on Thursday afternoon was caused by excessive speed, adding that two other persons sustained varying degrees of injury in the accident.

Toby said, ‘The accident was fatal. It was as a result of excessive speed that led to loss of control. It is a mini-commercial bus which was carrying one passenger and because he was on speed, he ran over someone trying to cross the road.

‘Probably in his struggle to control the bus, the bus somersaulted and in the process, burst into flames. The passenger he was carrying was rescued before the bus burst into flames.

‘Unfortunately, the driver was burnt to death. The person he knocked down and a passenger were rescued and had been taken to the hospital.’

Read Also: What We Are Doing To Reduce Road Accidents In Anambra – FRSC

In another development in Lagos State, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a statement on Thursday, said the agency rescued a yet-to-be-identified driver during an accident on Otedola Bridge, in the Berger area of the state.

Oke-Osanyintolu said, ‘The agency’s responders discovered that a low-bed with unknown number plate conveying a mile lift was involved in a solitary accident.

‘Further information revealed that the incident occurred while the driver of the low-bed was trying to avoid collision with a broken down trailer.

‘No mortality was recorded at the scene of the incident but the lone driver sustained injury in the right ankle. The recovery operation is ongoing.’

The Eastern Updates reports that there has been a rise in road crashes in Nigeria in recent weeks.

The Eastern Updates

Suspected Serial Kidnapper, Scammer, 11 Others Nabbed In Abia

Suspected Serial Kidnapper, Scammer, 11 Others Nabbed In Abia

The Police command in Abia State has confirmed the arrest of a suspected serial kidnapper, a scammer, and 11 others involved in various other crimes in the state.

The state commissioner for police, Mustapha Bala made this known in his maiden press briefing one month after his assumption of office in Umuahia, the state capital on Thurday.

Represented by the police public relations officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna he said under his watch the command is poised to maintain peaceful and calm disposition in the state.

According to him, ‘To maintain and improve on this feat, the command is not leaving any stone unturned in her efforts towards fighting crime and criminality.’

He said the suspect, who is a member of a gang of dreaded kidnappers was involved in the kidnapping of three persons from different locations and days for which he was paid about N2m as ransom.

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‘Further investigation revealed that he was among the gang that kidnapped one Mrs Shullamit Shericks sometime in August 2022 and was released after a ransom of N3m was paid.’

The commissioner said the scammer converted to his own use the sum of $10,000 mistakenly paid into his bank account No. 2038600188 and later absconded.

The others are suspected of illegal possession of arms, Biafran currency, hard drugs, weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp, armed robbery, rape, gun running, cultism, obtaining by fraud, and conspiracy.

Bala, therefore, disclosed that the command would not rest on her efforts in ensuring that the residents and visitors enjoy the forthcoming Yuletide peacefully.

‘Let me also use this opportunity to admonish all road users to always ply the roads with utmost care and remember that someone somewhere cares for them,’ the police chief added.

Speaking separately to newsmen when they were paraded at the command headquarters, the suspects which included a lady informant for fraudsters, could not give coherent and satisfactory responses to the allegations.

The Eastern Updates

2023: There Is No Going Back On Obi, Ohanaeze Insists

2023 There Is No Going Back On Obi, Ohanaeze Insists
Mr. Peter Obi

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has stressed that it is backing the Peter Obi presidency as a way of ensuring equity, fairness, and justice for the people of the South East.

This is coming even as the apex Igbo socio-cultural group lashed out at the renewed killings in several parts of the South East, saying it was a grand design by enemies to stoke insecurity in order to undermine the aspiration of the candidate of Labour Party (LP).

While disclosing these in Umuahia, on Wednesday during the inauguration of new executive of the Abia State chapter of Ohanaeze, Secretary General of the group, Okey Emuchay, said Obi remains the choice of Ohanaeze.

He said Ohanaeze was convinced the killings that took place at Eha-Amufu in Enugu State last week and the rising insecurity in Imo and Anambra States were deliberately targeted to undermine the zone.

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‘The campaigns have started and we’re facing existential challenges because of who we are: the Igbo. The killings have started in Enugu and other parts of South East.

‘They want to de-market the South East, that’s why insecurity has increased just because the presidential aspiration of an Igbo man has taken a life of its own,’ he said.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo scribe said in the search for equity, justice and fairness for the Igbo, the apex organisation had robustly engaged with other parts of the country to support an Igbo to emerge as the next president.

To this end, he said the political action committee set up by Ohanaeze traversed the country and engaged with political parties, traditional rulers, and all other stakeholders ‘but at the end of the day, the two major political parties overlooked Ndigbo’ in the choice of their presidential candidates.

Emuchay said the rest of Nigeria should not be treating Igbo as if they do not belong when it comes to occupying the highest office in the land and other sensitive positions.

He pointed out that the South West zone were assuaged with the presidency in 1999 following the injustice done them when the presidential election was annulled in 1993 and the winner, M.K.O Abiola, later died in unexplained circumstances.

‘Nigeria took a decision in 1999 and presented Olu Falae and Olusegun Obasanjo as presidential candidates and Obasanjo was chosen.’

According to him, such deliberate political arrangements could have been applied to the South East in the run up to the 2023 poll if there was sincerity for Igbo inclusiveness in the Nigeria project.

The Eastern Updates

You’re For Power-Hungry Politicians, Anyim Tackles APC, PDP

You’re For Power-Hungry Politicians, Anyim Tackles APC, PDP

Chief Pius Anyim, who is a former Senate President has asserted that most of the political parties fielding candidates for the 2023 elections are mere platforms for powerful individuals to grab power at the detriment of the people.

Anyim, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, stated this on Wednesday in his keynote address delivered at the 2022 Annual Political Parties Summit in Abuja.

He attributed the recent controversy surrounding the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress to their failure to operate within the norms of democratic principles.

Anyim said, “The complaints of the G5 Governors of PDP is not that the party primary election was faulty, but that the pre and post-primary processes did not guarantee justice to them.

“In APC also, the Christian caucus is aggrieved, owing to perceived injustice following the Muslim-Muslim ticket. Let me therefore say that any failure to democracy starts with the political parties.

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‘In view of the above, I can safely say that the political parties in Nigeria have helplessly become a platform for powerful politicians to grab power at the detriment of the people.

‘The expectation generally is that since the country has embraced democracy, its political parties should as a matter of ideology adopt democratic norms in the administration and management of their party affairs. However, the lack of internal democracy in Nigerian political parties has become a persistent threat to the country’s democracy.

‘Various political parties have repeatedly failed to adopt and apply the provisions of their constitutions to all party members who are interested in running for office.’

The ex-SGF, however, said there was an organised demand that political parties must not only see conduct of party primary elections as constituting the core of their democratic mandate but must also enthrone social justice

Speaking on the use of technology for the 2023 general elections, Anyim backed the calls for the Independent National Electoral Commission to subject the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System to third-party evaluation to ensure it met standards and integrity.

The Governor of Imo State, Chief Hope Uzodinma, called on the political elite to desist from inflammatory comments and canvassing of narratives that could stoke conflict and inflame passions.

He said no one would gain from the consequences of such idle chatter.

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba-Alkali, represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Dandaura Mustapha, said on no account should any Commissioner of Police allow a sitting governor to stop other political parties from conducting their campaigns.

The Eastern Updates