Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wechie’s deceitful claim, inconsequential to Wike, Rivers PDP replies APC

Chairman, Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah has described the call by the depleted State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Gov Wike to resign over underhanded claim by Mr. Livingstone Wechie, as nonsensical, child’s play and act of frustration.
Obuah also said as far as the PDP is concerned, the so called ‘revelation’ by a chameleonic Wechie lacks worth and substance and therefore does not require a serious- minded Governor and the PDP to be perturbed about it, not to talk of resigning and abandoning the people’s mandate.
The PDP Chairman explained that going through the APC’s statement signed by Eze Chukwuemeka Eze and the sudden suspicious and questionable turnaround by Livingstone Wechie, the party is convinced of the naivety, regarding democratic principles, of the APC and its political jobber, Mr. Wechie, and that the duo do not have character and should not be taken serious.
The PDP observed that the APC statement is watery and lacks substance, saying the reason for Governor Wike to resign is neither here nor there, insisting that the latest bond between Wechie and his sponsor, Rotimi Amaechi, and by extension, the All Progressives Congress, APC, will soon be exposed.

Enugu Govt completes three-month training of Traffic Enforcement Bureau Cadets

Following the successful completion of over two months training of more than 200 persons by personnel of the Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs), to be recruited as Traffic Enforcement Bureau Cadets, the Enugu State Ministry of Transport has announced Saturday, July 22, 2017, as the date for the passing-out parade of for the Cadets in the Course 1.
It will recalled that the Enugu State Ministry of Transport (MOT) Traffic Enforcement Bureau was established by the past administration in 2004,  through the Road Traffic Law, S.86 CAP 137, Vol. VI Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004 Enugu State Road Traffic (Approved Traffic Offences, Penalties and Fine) and has been in operation since then.
Announcing the passing out parade date, the Commissioner for Transport, Hon. Vitus Okechi said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Heads of all the Security Agencies in the state; all the Transport Stakeholders in the state, namely: the National Union of Road Transport Workers, RETAN, Tricycle Association, LUBAN, AMTO, IPMAN, NUPENG, etc; Religious leaders; Traditional Rulers; all Market Traders Associations; Public Office holders, among others, are expected to grace the occasion.

RIWAMA warns against continued harassment, intimidation of sanitation workers by security agents

Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Felix Obuah has again called on security agencies, especially the Police, to stop the incessant undue arrest, harassment and intimidation of Sanitation Workers who clean the City at nights.
Obuah, in a statement in Port Harcourt said the call became necessary as the continual arrest and harassment of Sanitation Workers is capable of subverting the efforts of the Agency to keep the State clean and healthy.
The Sole Administrator emphasized that the job of cleaning the City at the odd hours of the night is indispensable and should be commended, adding that those who carry out this legitimate assignments ought to be appreciated rather than hounded and dumped into police cells.
Obuah also appealed to the Police to assist the Agency by ensuring that the cleaners are not molested or intimidated by hoodlums who interrupt or obstruct the services at nights.

2016 NEC retreat resolutions: Council recieves monitoring report citing progress

· FG to decide on proposed new Ecological Fund criteria
There is considerable progress in the implementation of ideas generated at last year’s retreat of the National Economic Council, according to a Monitoring Report presented to the Council at the July meeting earlier today.
At the NEC meeting presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, the report of an Ad-hoc Committee on Ecological Fund was also received with recommendations on how to manage the Fund.  Prof. Osinbajo noted the report and stated that the Federal Government will now consider the recommendations and take its decision on the matter
The NEC Retreat which was held in March, 2016 adopted 71 resolutions across six thematic areas, which included; agriculture, solid minerals, investments, industrialization and enabling monetary policy. Others are infrastructure and services, investing in our people and survival of states & beyond.
The monitoring activities started in the 1st quarter of 2017 determined the level of implementation of the resolutions and the extent to which the Federal Government and States have invested towards achieving the objectives of the resolutions.
National Economic Council (NEC) is composed of Governors of the 36 States including the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the Central Bank Governor.
Below are the highlights of deliberations of the 79th NEC meeting:

Budget: Osinbajo proposes N135.6bn virement

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has submitted a virement proposal of N135.6bn to the National Assembly.
The money is meant to cover projects across many MDAs, particularly the Ministry of Power/Works/Housing.
The request was made in a letter dated July 18, 2017, which was read to members of the House by its Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, at plenary on Thursday in Abuja
The acting president drew the attention of the House to discussions and agreements between the executive and legislature before the 2017 Appropriation Bill was signed into law.
Part of the agreement was that the executive should submit a “virement proposal’’ to move some funds from within the budget to other critical items in the budget.
Some of the ministries affected by the request are Power, Works and Housing; Transportation, and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Our huge investment in education yielding dividends, says Ugwuanyi

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday unveiled the ultra modern permanent site of the Post Primary School Management Board (PPSMB), saying that the new edifice was another demonstration of his administration's resolve to provide quality education for the people of the state.
Similarly, Gov. Ugwuanyi commissioned some equipment recently procured by the state government for technical and vocational Schools in the state,  during which he also inspected exhibitions of craft and equipment built by talented students of technical schools.
Unveiling the PPSMB permanent site, the governor said that the project will provide a conducive operational environment for workers in the state as part of the government's efforts to promote job satisfaction, efficiency and productivity among the workers.
He noted that his administration had also declared its unequivocal commitment to raise the standard and quality of education in the state, especially through the revitalization of regulatory bodies in the education sector in addition to the upgrading of facilities and infrastructure.

AFRIMA receives 4,816 entries for 2017 submission ...Eastern Africa with the highest entries

AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein

AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein
The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is already in the works to becoming an epoch-making awards event after receiving nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and music professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17.
The African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the
2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website and the awards social media platforms.

Wike flags off reconstruction of 175 public schools

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (2nd L) , Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Venerable Fyneface Akah (l), Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives , Rt Hon. Austin Opara and Former PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus after the flag off of the reconstruction of 175 Basic Schools by Governor Wike on Thursday at the State School, Rebisi. 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has flagged off the reconstruction and furnishing of 175 Basic Schools across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. 
The 175 basic schools  are in deplorable condition, making teaching and learning difficult. 
Performing the flag off of the reconstruction of the schools on Thursday  at the State School, Rebisi in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said nobody would believe  that the immediate past administration left schools to decay  to  this level.
He  said that  when his administration  took over, the former administration  did not access UBEC, pointing out that the State Government  accessed  the funds for the re-positioning  of basic schools in the state.

EU, UNICEF Earmarks 54 million Euros for MNCHN project in 3 Northern states

The European Union, EU in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF has earmarked 54 million Euros for Maternal, New-Born, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) outcome project in three Northeast states of Bauchi, Adamawa and Kebbi.
The UNICEF Country Representive, Mohammed Malick Fall who stated this Thursday during the official handover ceremony of Health Equipment and Medicine to Bauchi State government, said that  out of the 54 million Euros, the EU has provided 50 million Euros through a grant,  UNICEF contributed 1 million Euros while the three benefiting states are to provide 1million Euros as government counterpart fund.
He said that the project was hinged on sectoral integration that includes health, water and Sanitation/Hygiene, Nutrition, HIV/AIDs, Child Protection, Community Development and social protection in the three target states.

S-East S-South Network (SESSNet) gives FG ultimatum on restructuring

*May opt for self-determination if...
The South‎-East South-South Network (SESSNet) has given The Federal government of Nigeria no later than December 2017 to restructure the country or risk intense global agitation for self-determination in the South East and South South region.
The group also called for establishment of a Committee that would determine which areas need to be restructured in the country with immediate effect.
This was stated in statement issued by the group and made available to newsmen.‎
The statement reads; "‎‎For decades Nigeria has faced existential crisis due to the circumstances of its arbitrary creation and the added phenomenon of successive bad leadership.
"The crisis of nationhood has continued unabated and in recent times has assumed frightening dimensions with the proliferation of secessionist groups across the country, including IPOB, MASSOB, OPC, LNC, Niger Delta AVENGERS, RONDEL.

Footballer Nwankwo Kanu's wife launches new health book after helping him fight back from killer heart disorder

Wife of Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has written a book on healthy living, inspired by her battle to help him fight back from a near-fatal heart disorder. Amara is currently on holiday in Lagos for a month. Would you be interested in an interview with her while she’s in Nigeria?
Nwankwo Kanu won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and UEFA Cup. As captain of Nigeria he became an Olympic Gold medallist and twice won African Player of the Year. Kanu is a member of theInvincibles: the Arsenal side that finished the 2003-04 season undefeated. He famously scored a hat-trick in fifteen minutes against Chelsea to turn a 2–0 deficit into a 3–2 victory.

People who die from AIDS nearly halved from 1.9m to 1m – UN

UN says the annual number of people who die from AIDS has nearly halved from 1.9 million to one million between 2005 and 2016.
According to the UNAIDS agency, the share of people with HIV who have access to medical treatment has also risen to above 50 per cent for the first time. UNAIDS said in 2016, there were 36.7 million people around the world who were living with the virus that weakens the immune system and could lead to AIDS.
Among them, 53 per cent were able to get medicine that suppresses the virus.
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