OFFICIALS OF THE ENUGU CAPITAL TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, ECTDA EVACUATING THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR’S POULTRY.Yesterday, officials of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority and Ministry of Environment, acting on orders of the Chief of Staff to Governor Sullivan Chime, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, in an unprecedented move stormed the official lodge of the state deputy governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, and carted away over 3,000 birds and about 40 crates of eggs from his poultry.The ECTDA and Environment Ministry officials, who were led by their commissioners, Messrs Ikechukwu Ugwuegede and Nnaemeka Chukwuone respectively, arrived the lodge at about 1p.m. on Monday to inform Mr. Onyebuchi of the Chief of Staff’s order to evacuate the chickens and demolish the poultry, which the government said constituted a public health hazard.It was a hapless deputy governor, who was with his wife and personal aides, including the security officers attached to his office at the lodge, which has been under renovation since September 2012, watched as his birds were evacuated in four trucks to an unknown destination by the officials.In justification of the state government’s action, Chief Press Secretary to Chime, Chukwudi Achife, said it was regrettable that the deputy governor chose to ignore all entreaties, including a government directive, to relocate the birds, especially since it had to do with the health of the people.The statement read: “In recent times, the stench from the poultry had been pervading the Government House and causing much discomfort to all workers within the Government House, including, of course, the governor.“Following persistent complaints and appeals from staff of the government, the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr. GOC Ajah, was instructed to invite the Ministry of Environment and Government House clinic to inspect the poultry.“Both the Ministry and Government House medical personnel came out with a verdict that the place was not being well kept and constituted a health hazard to people working in the Government House.
Elder statesman and one of the pioneers of the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abu King Shuluwa has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to announce his second term ambition in order to save the ruling party and the country from further crisis.Shuluwa observed that the crisis currently rocking the party had direct links with the…
About 74 people have been killed by the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect in two separate attacks in Borno and Adamawa states. Kawuri town in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State was razed completely when the terrorists attacked the town on Sunday, leading to the death of 51 people and a soldier. At the end of the carnage, more than 300 houses and shops were razed, while scores of policemen and civilians were also injured. Kawuri is one of the big towns in Konduga, situated along Maiduguri-Bama Expressway and about 60 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. About 50 heavily armed terrorists were said to have invaded the town on the market day around 5p.m. and unleashed mayhem on residents and traders. Those injured in the attack are now receiving treatment at Konduga General Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Our correspondent learnt that no
Born to rule Northerner Jonathan lacks capacity to conduct 2015 elections, says Atiku. Only the Hausa/Fulani can
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan does not have the capacity to conduct the 2015 general elections describing the political situation in the country as “grim.” Atiku also said there was nothing wrong holding national conference, maintaining however that the Jonathan administration also lack the capacity to organise the National confab within the same year with elections. The former vice president, who featured as a guest on the personality programme Liberty Radio, a private station in Kaduna, said the situation in the country, was no longer about the ambition of any individual but about Nigeria.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Gary Enwo-Igariwey, on Monday told former Abia State governor, Chief Uzor Kalu, to shelve his 2015 presidential ambition in the overall interest of the Igbo nation. Enwo-Igariwey made the plea during a courtesy visit to the former governor in his Abuja residence on Monday. The leader of the apex pan-Igbo socio-cultural group said the appeal became necessary because of the need for Ndigbo to speak with one voice on important national issues. He explained that he had been holding discussions with Kalu over the issue for close to six months after the latter approached him to seek for support to contest
As President Goodluck Jonathan prepares for his re-election next year, Kano State Governor, Dr. Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso has warned that Jonathan is not qualified to contest for presidency in 2015. According to the governor, any attempt by Jonathan to run in the next poll will amount to a third term in office, which is not acceptable to most Nigerians. Kwankwaso, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, advised President Jonathan to take urgent steps to solve the raging insecurity challenges in the North-East and stabilise the Nigerian economy and take a bow from governance in 2015, when he would have attained the eight-year maximum limit stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.
The leadership of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has thrown its weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan
THE Arewa Consultative Forum has asked the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, to release the 320 persons arrested in the state on Sunday as Boko Haram suspects. The northern group said the people arrested by the Rivers State Police Command were traders. South-South and South-East Coordinator of ACF, Alhaji Musa Saidu, told The PUNCH that none of those arrested by Rivers policemen had anything to do with the violent Islamic sect. The state police command had on Sunday claimed that its men arrested 320 persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram. The suspects were said to have been in a convoy of 17 buses when they were nabbed at about 5am on Sunday at the border between Imo and Rivers states. The convoy of the suspected insurgents was said to have been led by one Bala Dambam and they were reportedly coming from Jigawa State.
Nigeria’s foremost conglomerate, Dangote Industries Ltd is to invest $300 million (N50 billion) in rice production to make the country, self sufficient in rice production and also stop importation of the product into the country. The President of the Group, Aliko Dangote last week at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos Switzerland said his Group’s planned investment in the agriculture sector will create additional 180,000 jobs in the economy. Explaining his Group’s foray into agriculture, Dangote said. “If I dreamt five years ago that I would invest in Agriculture, I will write it off as bad dream or nightmare but today, we’re investing $2.3 billion in Agriculture, $2 billion in sugar, and $300 million in rice. In Nigeria, we have one of the most attractive investment policies through framework that the government has put in place to help businesses succeed.” It is expected that the planned investment will effectively enable the country become self-sufficient in food production as it did in cement sector. Dangote Group ended cement importation with three plants located at Obajana, Gboko and Ibese meeting domestic demand for cement. The Group through massive investment in sugar cultivation as part of the national sugar master plan will put Nigeria on the world sugar map and end importation of raw sugar. Dangote Sugar, a subsidiary of the Group is a front line player in the sugar backward integration policy. The company is working towards producing One million tons of white sugar by 2015, cultivating 100,000 hectares in about six states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa, Taraba, Kogi and Kwara State. Also, the investment in rice cultivation will boost local production and in years to come end the nation’s dependence on imported rice. The Group is investing heavily in agricultural sector principally because it is motivated by the desire to create jobs, empower Nigerians, and