13 June 2018

Spanish FA Sacked Julien Lopetegui A Day Before World Cup.

By: Emeh Blaiz Pascal

The Spanish Football authority has announced the immediate Sacking of Coach Julen Lopetegui.

Spanish Football Association president, Luis Rubiales, was supposed to be at Fifa’s congress in Moscow on Wednesday but flew to Spain’s training base late on Tuesday night to deal with the matter.
“We have decided to fire the national coach. What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck.

The Spanish national team is the team of all the Spaniards. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.
“There is a way that you must act, Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we cannot accept how he has acted in this case.”
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12 June 2018

Gov Obiano Inaugurates Anambra State Housing Development Cooperation Board.

EARLIER TODAY:

ANAMBRA STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, GOV. WILLIE OBIANO INAUGURATES BOARD.

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano at the Governors lodge, Amawbia on Monday 11th June, 2018 inaugurated the Board of the State Housing Development Corporation.

The Board which is to be Chaired by Chief Emeka Etiaba, SAN were charged by the Governor, to discharge their responsibility with utmost dexterity. He reiterated that for us to have the Anambra State of our dream, we all must join hands to work for it. He expressed the belief that the decision to get them to work for the development of the State Housing Development Board, is indeed a sincere understanding of their various outstanding performances in their various fields of endeavours in life. "...You all were carefully selected as a result of your accomplishments in life. I want a keenly reinvigorated and vibrant board. You must ensure that whoever builds within the governments lands, have such structure(s) brought down. I want Estates with world class ecstatics with good roads, electricity, security, pipe born water and what have you..."

The Board Chairman, Chief Emeka Etiaba, SAN expressed happiness to be associated with the government and thanked the Governor for his belief in the board members noting that they shall get to work immediately and ensure that the right things are done. He praised the giant strides of the Government of Anambra State especially in the over all development of the State. He assured that the Board shall do everything within their powers to live up to the thrust reposed on them. He emphasized the fact that, the Governor's appointment were in line with the law of the Corporation. He reiterated that the State Housing Development Corporation, is supposed to be a money yielding corporation for the State and therefore, the first port of call for his team shall be to embark on proper auditing of the titled documents in the Anambra State Housing Estates. This, according to him, will not only be beneficial to the State, but also help property owners to access loans with their properties. The team shall revisit the Housing Estates in Anambra State in other to identify the reason behind the neglect of our people towards estate development. He acknowledged the fact that indeed, the housing development in Anambra State over the past years diminishes our peoples love for estate development. Chief Etiaba assured that after 3 years in office, the government shall see their report card.

The Board members are;

~ Chief Emeka Etiaba - Chairman.
~ Hon. Engr. Emeka Ezenwanne (Com. for Housing) - Statutory Member
~ Hon. Chris Onukwuba (Com. for Lands) - Statutory Member
~ Prof. Joe Asike - Member
~ Prof. Victor Idigo - Member
~ Engr. Ebele Okeke (Former Head of Service of the Federation) - Member
~ Sir. Isaiah Ezekika - Member
~ Bar. Mrs. Maggie Ify Mozia - Member
~ Bar. Dennis Ofor - Member

The Board also has Barrister (Mrs) Anierobi Onyeoma as its Legal Adviser and Secretary General.

....TO GOD BE THE GLORY, ANAMBRA IS GETTING IT RIGHT....

Harrison Madubueze
Awka, Anambra State.
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4 June 2018

Gov Obiano, CP Decorates CSO, Two Others.

Gov. Obiano, CP decorates CSO ,two others.


By Obika Chidiebele

The governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano, today, in a brief  ceremony for the decoration of newly promoted officers of Nigerian Police Force, urged the officers to always see themselves as servants to the people

The event which held at the Exco Chamber of the Anambra state government House Awka, where the governor was assisted by the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, CP Garba Umar in decorating his former ADC now CSO, Chinedu Aniagbaoso who was recently promoted from Superintendent of Police to Chief Superintendent of Police.

The Guard Commander Lodge, Mr Uti Kennedy who was formerly Assistant Superintendent of Police was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Police and Miss Felicia Elechi, orderly to Her Excellency Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano from Sergeant to Inspector of Police.

In his brief remarks after the decoration, Governor Obiano reminded the people who came to felicitate with the newly promoted officers to always be diligent in whatever assignment they were assigned to do, stressing that any opportunity given to one is an avenue for one to be assessed. That someone was always watching and taking note

Some participants at the occasion includes, the Service Chiefs in the State, Commissioners, other Exco Members, the friends, families and well wishers of the celebrants and the press.
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29 May 2018

Gov Obiano Frees 20 Prisoners To Mark Democracy Day.


Obiano Frees 20 Prisoners to mark Democracy Day.

By Obika Chidiebele

In commemoration of the 2018 Democracy Day celebration in Anambra State, the Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano granted amnesty to twenty prison inmates in the state.

The ex-convicts who were drawn from different prisons in the state have amongst them two persons who are not indigenes of Anambra state. They are Mr Augustine Emelue and Sunday Agbo who hail from Delta and Ebonyi states respectively while the rest are from Anambra State.

The list which is a combination of  Easter and Democracy Day celebrations batches has the following beneficiaries -

1. Chimezie Ewuzie 2. Augustine Emelue 3. Amaechi Edochie (Enugwu Otu. 4. Monday Nwobu 5. Oluchi Emeodi 6. Nchedochi Rachel 7. Sunday Agbo 8. Christopher Biali 9. Innocent Nwokeke 10. Emmanuel Nwoye 11. Ignatius Ohams 12. James Odor 13. Uchenna Ifecheobi 14. Tochukwu Okpala 15. Onwuachu Augustine 16. Emeka Okoye 17. Ekene Okeke 18. Ernest Onyemechalu 19. Afam Okoli 20. Ubaka Okwuchukwu.

In a short ceremony to mark their release, the governor, Chief Willie Obiano reminded the former prisoners to stay away from trouble by being good citizens of the State and Nigeria. He further pledged to empower them with seed money to allow them fend for themselves as most of them have stayed more than five years in incarceration and lost contact with the real world.

A former inmate, Ekene Okeke from Abatete who spoke on behalf of the ex- prisoners thanked Gov Willie Obiano for releasing them. He informed the governor that they had undergone trainings in various skills in the prison yards during their stay and promised to judiciously utilize every kobo that would be given to them by the governor. They applauded the governor over his security exploits and promised to key into the state governments policies to develop Anambra state.
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28 May 2018

Ebonyi State begins payment of n200m compensation to 347 farmers property owners others




By Peter Okutu 
 
ABAKALIKI- EBONYI State Government through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, of the Federal Government, weekend, began the payment of N211, 486, 220 million as compensation to 347 rural farmers, property owners among others, who will be affected as a result of the intervention project geared towards tackling the menace of erosion occasioned by flooding in the state. 
 
 In Ebonyi, the Agency is executing four projects at Iyi-Okwu/International Market flood site, Iyi-Udele flood site, Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road flood site and Ebia River, Egu-Ugwu Agbaja flood site at the tune of N13.76 billion to pave way for the channelisation of flood and allow for the economic prosperity of the citizens and the state at large. 
 
 The project further seeks to enhance erosion management and gully rehabilitation, increase incomes for rural households through improved agricultural and forest practices, agro-forestry, natural regeneration and gain efficiency in public administration and public spending through improved knowledge-based, analytical tools, multi-sectoral coordination and stakeholder dialogue. Handing over cheques to the beneficiaries, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Chief Donatus Njoku called on them to effectively use the funds given to them to find an alternative to their farmland or buildings so that the project would be successfully executed for the betterment of their communities. 
 
 
 In a chat with South-East Voice, the Project Coordinator, Dr. Philip Echiegu stated that the affected persons were being paid compensation so that they will not suffer any form of loss following the execution of the project as 347 of them would benefit from the N211, 486, 220 million released for the exercise. “Altogether, we have four projects; those four projects are divided into two lots; Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road site and Iyi-Okwu/International market flood site are in one lot whereas, Iyi-Udele flood site and Ebia River, Egu-Ugwu Agbaja flood site are in lot 2. “The contract has been awarded for the two lots in the amount of N13.76 billion altogether; what we are trying to do here today is to pay compensation to the project affected persons because it is anticipated that the project will affect and involuntarily displace some persons; some are farmers while some have buildings along the corridors of our interventions.
 
 “So in order to make sure that they don’t suffer loss as a result of the project, we are paying them compensation; altogether we have 347 persons that will be affected at one of the sites, Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road flood site but the total amount earmarked for this compensation for that section is N211, 486, 220. “Since Monday, we have been doing due diligence to make sure that we do all the needful in terms of verification and authentication of the compensation of the project affected persons to go and stand at their site so that they will be documented and we go back to the office, fill some forms, do other verifications, bring their ID cards; bring land papers for authentication; for those who don’t have are expected to bring their ID from their traditional rulers or from the site committee for that site. 
 
 “We are doing everything possible not to get involved in some property that will jack up the compensation amount; there are some farms we are trying to see; the intervention involves channelisation; you know as the river is moving, it is creating some course; as the river is moving it introduces some loops and reduces the velocity. We are doing everything possible to avoid some choice property so that the compensation will even go down.” The beneficiaries who were mostly farmers thanked the initiators of the kind gesture and promised to utilise the funds accordingly.



Source - Vanguardngr
By Peter Okutu ABAKALIKI- EBONYI State Government through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, of the Federal Government, weekend, began the payment of N211, 486, 220 million as compensation to 347 rural farmers, property owners among others, who will be affected as a result of the intervention project geared towards tackling the menace of erosion occasioned by flooding in the state. *Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State represented by his Commissioner for Environment, Chief Donatus Njoku handing over cheques to project affected persons in Ebonyi State In Ebonyi, the Agency is executing four projects at Iyi-Okwu/International Market flood site, Iyi-Udele flood site, Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road flood site and Ebia River, Egu-Ugwu Agbaja flood site at the tune of N13.76 billion to pave way for the channelisation of flood and allow for the economic prosperity of the citizens and the state at large. The project further seeks to enhance erosion management and gully rehabilitation, increase incomes for rural households through improved agricultural and forest practices, agro-forestry, natural regeneration and gain efficiency in public administration and public spending through improved knowledge-based, analytical tools, multi-sectoral coordination and stakeholder dialogue. Handing over cheques to the beneficiaries, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Chief Donatus Njoku called on them to effectively use the funds given to them to find an alternative to their farmland or buildings so that the project would be successfully executed for the betterment of their communities. In a chat with South-East Voice, the Project Coordinator, Dr. Philip Echiegu stated that the affected persons were being paid compensation so that they will not suffer any form of loss following the execution of the project as 347 of them would benefit from the N211, 486, 220 million released for the exercise. “Altogether, we have four projects; those four projects are divided into two lots; Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road site and Iyi-Okwu/International market flood site are in one lot whereas, Iyi-Udele flood site and Ebia River, Egu-Ugwu Agbaja flood site are in lot 2. “The contract has been awarded for the two lots in the amount of N13.76 billion altogether; what we are trying to do here today is to pay compensation to the project affected persons because it is anticipated that the project will affect and involuntarily displace some persons; some are farmers while some have buildings along the corridors of our interventions. “So in order to make sure that they don’t suffer loss as a result of the project, we are paying them compensation; altogether we have 347 persons that will be affected at one of the sites, Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road flood site but the total amount earmarked for this compensation for that section is N211, 486, 220. “Since Monday, we have been doing due diligence to make sure that we do all the needful in terms of verification and authentication of the compensation of the project affected persons to go and stand at their site so that they will be documented and we go back to the office, fill some forms, do other verifications, bring their ID cards; bring land papers for authentication; for those who don’t have are expected to bring their ID from their traditional rulers or from the site committee for that site. “We are doing everything possible not to get involved in some property that will jack up the compensation amount; there are some farms we are trying to see; the intervention involves channelisation; you know as the river is moving, it is creating some course; as the river is moving it introduces some loops and reduces the velocity. We are doing everything possible to avoid some choice property so that the compensation will even go down.” The beneficiaries who were mostly farmers thanked the initiators of the kind gesture and promised to utilise the funds accordingly.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/05/flooding-ebonyi-begins-payment-n200m-compensation-347-farmers-property-owners-others/
By Peter Okutu ABAKALIKI- EBONYI State Government through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, of the Federal Government, weekend, began the payment of N211, 486, 220 million as compensation to 347 rural farmers, property owners among others, who will be affected as a result of the intervention project geared towards tackling the menace of erosion occasioned by flooding in the state. *Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State represented by his Commissioner for Environment, Chief Donatus Njoku handing over cheques to project affected persons in Ebonyi State In Ebonyi, the Agency is executing four projects at Iyi-Okwu/International Market flood site, Iyi-Udele flood site, Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road flood site and Ebia River, Egu-Ugwu Agbaja flood site at the tune of N13.76 billion to pave way for the channelisation of flood and allow for the economic prosperity of the citizens and the state at large. The project further seeks to enhance erosion management and gully rehabilitation, increase incomes for rural households through improved agricultural and forest practices, agro-forestry, natural regeneration and gain efficiency in public administration and public spending through improved knowledge-based, analytical tools, multi-sectoral coordination and stakeholder dialogue. Handing over cheques to the beneficiaries, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Chief Donatus Njoku called on them to effectively use the funds given to them to find an alternative to their farmland or buildings so that the project would be successfully executed for the betterment of their communities. In a chat with South-East Voice, the Project Coordinator, Dr. Philip Echiegu stated that the affected persons were being paid compensation so that they will not suffer any form of loss following the execution of the project as 347 of them would benefit from the N211, 486, 220 million released for the exercise. “Altogether, we have four projects; those four projects are divided into two lots; Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road site and Iyi-Okwu/International market flood site are in one lot whereas, Iyi-Udele flood site and Ebia River, Egu-Ugwu Agbaja flood site are in lot 2. “The contract has been awarded for the two lots in the amount of N13.76 billion altogether; what we are trying to do here today is to pay compensation to the project affected persons because it is anticipated that the project will affect and involuntarily displace some persons; some are farmers while some have buildings along the corridors of our interventions. “So in order to make sure that they don’t suffer loss as a result of the project, we are paying them compensation; altogether we have 347 persons that will be affected at one of the sites, Odunukwe-Nkaliki-Hatchery road flood site but the total amount earmarked for this compensation for that section is N211, 486, 220. “Since Monday, we have been doing due diligence to make sure that we do all the needful in terms of verification and authentication of the compensation of the project affected persons to go and stand at their site so that they will be documented and we go back to the office, fill some forms, do other verifications, bring their ID cards; bring land papers for authentication; for those who don’t have are expected to bring their ID from their traditional rulers or from the site committee for that site. “We are doing everything possible not to get involved in some property that will jack up the compensation amount; there are some farms we are trying to see; the intervention involves channelisation; you know as the river is moving, it is creating some course; as the river is moving it introduces some loops and reduces the velocity. We are doing everything possible to avoid some choice property so that the compensation will even go down.” The beneficiaries who were mostly farmers thanked the initiators of the kind gesture and promised to utilise the funds accordingly.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/05/flooding-ebonyi-begins-payment-n200m-compensation-347-farmers-property-owners-others/
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27 May 2018

Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to START process of 2018 Recruitment




Important Information!

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) will START process of 2018 Recruitment.

The AUTHENTIC adverts will appear in Sun, Punch and Daily Trust Newspapers of Monday May 28, 2018.
Please inform any interested candidates to be sure to follow the due process and make their applications as required.

No one would be able to help any person that does not complete this REQUIRED application process.
Even Board Members WOULD NOT be able to help in that situation.

Oscar Ekponimo Uses Technology To Bring Wasted Food To The Hungry - Next Generation Leader

There is NO need for CVs, names of candidates or phone calls now until after the application process is closed according to the publication.
Our people MUST apply first before we can assist.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Regards,

Chibuzor Obiakor,
Board Member, FRSC.
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26 May 2018

#TeamIkoloAbuja2019 Celebrates One Of Its Amazon, Obioma Obidiegwu As She Turns A Year Older Today.

On behalf of #TeamIkoloAbuja2019, we celebrate our very own amazon Obioma Obidiegwu,very caring, unassuming and charming. Beautifully made by God.

As you add another year today, we say a Happy Hearty Birthday to you dear. We pray that God in his infinite mercy will grant you all your heart desire. More blessings and more years ahead.

Remain blessed!

Emeh Blaiz Pascal
Team Coordinator
#IkoloAbuja2019
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25 May 2018

World Cup: What to expect from the Super Eagles in Russia




FIFA and CAF instructor and former Super Eagles coach  to Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup, Adeboye Onigbinde  in this chat with DESMOND EKWUEME in Port Harcourt gives an insight to the likely outcome of Nigeria’s participation in the football fiesta….Excerpts…

Are you satisfied with the provisional list of 30 players released by Gernot Rohr?



From the qualifiers down to the international friendlies so far played, everyone could see that Rohr stuck to his team. He had no choice but to maintain and effectively utilise the crop of players he has known and used since he took up the job. I sincerely think, it is a fair list going by the variables and factors around him.


                                                           Adegboye Onigbinde
What is your opinion about the age bracket of the players Rohr listed considering that you have always been an advocate of catch-them-young?

I think the players are relatively young. Again, we must give it to Rohr for attempting to look at and consider youthfulness in drawing his list. I am particularly excited by the fact that we know the age of some of the players he listed given that they grew up in Europe.

How do you react to the invitation of a player like Simeon Nwankwo of Crotone in Italy who was not part of the qualifiers?

It is not always about being part of the qualifiers. You have to look around and infuse a couple of talents who can add value to the squad. In 2002, young Bartholomew Ogbeche was not part of the qualifiers but his performance then couple with his age made us include him, more so, he was a striker. We must remember that Rohr was shopping for players especially in the forward line and that was how the player you are talking about propped up. I see nothing bad in his inclusion given that he is young, he is scoring goals for his club and he is an attacker. Rohr has been looking for attackers.

Just three players from the domestic League were called up and two of them are goalkeepers. Are you impressed with this decision?

Perhaps that could be a reflection of the standard of our domestic league. But in a situation whereby players are taken to overseas by agents and scouts for the so called greener pastures, what do you expect? However, I think the league here has not been fully explored and it’s potential exploited. But that is an issue for another day because we can’t change it overnight. The World Cup is weeks away so let’s focus on that. If I had my way, we would include more than the number of local players enlisted to give our domestic league a facelift because whether we like it or not, it remains the source and pool from where our national team gets players.

One of the three players invited is the leading scorer, talking about Junior Lokosa, would he have made the final cut if you were in charge?

It is only natural that you include such a player in your provisional list. I commend Rohr for that. But beyond that, it is up to the player to now justify his inclusion and prove that he is hungry to make the final list and trip to the World Cup. I personally want to see how far that boy can go. I wish he does well because at present he seems to be the ambassador of the domestic League.

He is carrying the burden of the league here. Everyone is looking up to him now. This is a lifetime opportunity which could change his story and that of the domestic League. Should he make the final squad and goes ahead to excel at the World Cup then, he would have generated more interests for the players in the league here by foreign clubs.

From what you know, which is the strongest and weakest department of the Super Eagles heading for the World Cup?

I think at this point, each player and each department on the field should double up his and it’s efforts to complement others. We know, Eagles have not been scoring many goals and naturally everyone will say, it is the problem of the attackers. But we have seen in tournaments where defenders help out their teams to score crucial goals thus taking the burden and pressure off the fforwad.




Source~Vanguardngr
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EFCC quizzes Ramalan Yero and two others and released him




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday quizzed the former governor of Kaduna state, Ramalan Yero and two others over their alleged role in disbursement of N750 million campaign funds during the 2015 elections.




                                                                   Ramalan Yero
The former governor, who was interrogated for about four hours before he was released voluntarily reported along side the former Kaduna state PDP Chairman, Haruna Gaya and former Secretary to the state government, Hamza Ishaq  to the Kaduna state EFCC office in the state capital, where they were interrogated by detectives of the commission.

They were later released on administrative bail.

But  the spokesman of the  former governor,  Yakubu Lere,  absolved his boss of any wrong doing in connection with the disbursement of the campaign fund.

He  alleged that his boss was being blackmailed and harassed  by the current administration  ahead.




Source ~ Vanguardngr
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Anambra Talent Show 2018 Begins



The 2018 Anambra Talent Show Lecture begins in grand style at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre.

The auditorium was filled with an overflow outside, by young creative youths within the state.


This magnificent event is put together by the Ministry of Youth and Creative Economy in partnership with Bring-It-On-Africa, a brand that brings the best out of African Youths.

More pictures below >>



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Sen. Victor Umeh OFR Sponsored Theatre Arts Professional Regulatory Council Bill.

Senator (Dr) Victor Umeh OFR on Thursday 24th May, 2018, sponsored a bill titled: Theatre Arts Professionals Regulatory Council (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB.681)

In just 4 months in the Senate, Senator Victor Umeh has sponsored 2 bills and 1 motion. An achievement that many of his colleagues who have spent 3 years in the Senate are yet to accomplish.

Congratulations to Nollywood.

Kudos to the Great Ohamadike Ndigbo!
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24 May 2018

Behold The Game Changer, Hon Okoli Gozie Ray For Nnewi North, South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency.

As the race for 2019 elections draws nearer, the sound of #IkoloAbuja2019 keeps echoing. So is this feeling of joy that gladens the heart of all the good and patriotic people of Nnewi North, South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency. The reason is not far fetched because one man has decided to answer their call to liberate them from the shackles they are in.

His name is Hon Barr @Okoli Gozie Ray ,a worthy son of Ekwusigo extraction, recall that equity beckons here and it's the turn of Ndi Ekwusigo LGA to produce a  that will represent  them at the Green chamber having supported most candidates from Nnewi North and South extraction. Hon Ray is legal luminary with full of experience. He has offered himself for service and quality representation as a way to liberate his people.

The time is now to make that needed change and show the light for everyone to see. Hon Barr @Okoli Gozie Ray is name that is worth sending to Abuja and you will never forget in a hurry.

Ray is Real!

Ray is Rare!!

#IkoloAbuja2019 is here.....
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