https://naijanetworknews.com Wed, 04 Dec 2019 15:03:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 https://naijanetworknews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/cropped-IMG-20180817-WA0001-32x32.jpg https://naijanetworknews.com 32 32 BARRISTER IFEANYI EJIOFOR ADDRESSES THE ENTIRE WORLD ABOUT THE CARNAGE IN HIS ORAIFITE HOME IN ANAMBRA STATE https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/12/04/barrister-ifeanyi-ejiofor-addresses-the-entire-world-about-the-carnage-in-his-oraifite-home-in-anambra-state/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/12/04/barrister-ifeanyi-ejiofor-addresses-the-entire-world-about-the-carnage-in-his-oraifite-home-in-anambra-state/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 15:03:33 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5203 Good afternoon everybody! It is with deep sense of grieve that I wish to address the world on the carnage that took place in my house on Monday 2nd December 2019, at Ifite-Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.Particularly, in regards to safety concerns, I will be fine by my fans, friends, colleagues, well-wishers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who I am representing in all capacity. And also to address the first narrative being penned by the Nigerian Police in Anambra State on the incident of yesterday. It has become compelling that I narrate to the world what transpired in my house and how it all started. On Sunday, being the 1st day of December 2019, at about 8-9pm, I was called by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Oraifite Police Station. He never passed any message to me. Then in the morning of Monday 2nd December 2019, at about 6am, I got a call from my elder brother, Evangelist Emeka Ejiofor, that the Nigerian police had invaded my premises, led by the Area Commander himself. So I requested to speak with the Area Commander and the request was obliged. The conversation was fairly recorded. I requested to know why they were in my house because as at the time in question, I was not around. So, he said that they came for one of my wards who participated in a local conflict and demanded to see me, but I told him that I was out to somewhere and will be back by probably around 10:30 to11am. And that when I come back, I will come to the station to see him and find out what really transpired and why he was in my house. So he said ok that he will grant me that request but he emphasized that time is of essence and I should keep to it.So I became worried because I hadn’t any issues with anybody.I never stepped out of my house. I have been indoors, receiving visitors and sympathizers from all works of life. So when I came back around 10 O’clock in the morning, I briefly had a discussion with my mother, whom I told that I was going to see the Area Commander to find out why they were in my house. But on a second thought, I decided to go and see my uncle who will accompany me in that movement. So I had already left my house to my uncle’s place where I would pick him. And that served as a saving grace to the carnage and disaster because the target was me. So we where on our way going to the Area Commander’s office, taking Ama a conventional route, when I got a call from my younger brother that policemen where in my house and they had opened fire on all living objects in my home including all persons in my house.So I was like: somebody came to my house at about 6:00 a.m, I had a discussion with him on issues I know nothing about and I promised him as a lawyer well respected, that I was going to be in his office at about 10:00am to11:00am.What then that was taking place in my house, took me by surprise.Therefore, I decided to observe,So I restricted from that movement and waited till I was further briefed on what was going on.Then as the carnage proceeded, my brother kept on furnishing me with the developments.And after about two minutes of our discussion, he told me that about four persons had been gunned down in my premises and the entire household set ablaze by the police.So I said, what happened? What is actually going on? Because I was confused. Police came to my house, opened fire on everybody in my house, set the house ablaze, set the houses of the neighbors ablaze, what have I done to deserve this kind of treatment?So I decided to take refuge within the neighborhood. And as the carnage continued, the report kept on filtering in as to the atrocities they were committing in my house, including raping people around the area.So I am calling on all responsible International Organisations, European Union, United Nations, United States of America, United Kingdom and also Amnesty International, to get involved and investigate the carnage in my house because as I speak to you now, I am homeless. They have burnt down virtually everything. Furthermore, it is important to clarify that many people were killed in that process. Now I learnt that many people that were running into the houses were burnt down along.So until when an access is given to people who will investigate what transpired in my house, then we can be able to determine the number of people that were actually killed.Because I can assure you that twenty to thirty people have been murdered in my house on the account of this incident. And my mum also was gunned down. She sustained bullet injuries, though she is still receiving treatment. So I do not know the offences I have committed for becoming a lawyer of IPOB.I do not know where I got it wrong. This is a person that has been at home since Sunday 27th of November 2019 till Sunday 1st of December 2019, when we went for the Thanksgiving service. I am calling on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to also intervene. I have already made a contact with the NBA Chairman, Abuja branch, to also take it up because my name is at stake as I speak to you, because their intention is to kill me. Nothing More. So I want this matter to be steadily investigated.Furthermore, it is important to pass this information to the whole world, that if my house will be attacked and people gunned down in this manner by the Nigerian Police in conjunction with the Military,it shows that there is nobody in the South-East region of Nigeria that is safe from the hands of the security agencies.It is also important to emphasize that NO POLICE MAN’S CORPSE WAS FOUND IN MY PREMISES. I am supposed to say that because even their vehicle was not found in front of my premises. NO POLICE WAS KILLED. They took the corpses of the people they killed in my house to Onitsha/Owerri expressway, burnt them and also burnt the vehicle. I am very familiar with the workings of the system by virtue of my relationship with the police.Thank you very much!

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NKECHI IKPEAZU ADDRESSES WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO MARK #16DAY OF ACTIVISM, CALLS FOR MEDIA SUPPORT AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/12/04/nkechi-ikpeazu-addresses-world-press-conference-mark-16day-activism-calls-media-support-gender-based-violence/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/12/04/nkechi-ikpeazu-addresses-world-press-conference-mark-16day-activism-calls-media-support-gender-based-violence/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 07:22:39 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5199 Wife of the Governor of Abia State Nkechi Ikpeazu, under the auspices of Vicar Hope Foundation and a coalition of civil society organizations including National Council for Women Societies and International Federation of Women Lawyers today addressed a World Press Conference to elicit the support of the media in the fight against gender-based violence. The event which was held at Vicar Hope Foundation headquarters in Umuahia is in line with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The theme for this year is Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape.  Mrs Ikpeazu said the media is vital in the effort to eliminate gender-based violence “The media needs to put out issues of Gender Based Violence in the public space so that it can be seen in the right perspective. In addition, issues of Gender-Based Violence demands responsible reportage. Te media needs to tell stories of abuse correctly, and appropriately,” she said.  Mrs. Ikpeazu said it is a sad reality, that on a daily basis, women and girls around the world are still experiencing harassment and violence of all forms and types and despite all the long years of chanting for gender equality, women and girls are still raped and battered, and girls are still mutilated and married off as children. “Violence against Women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions,” says Ikpeazu “At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or mutilated”.  “I believe Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality. Both men and women experience GBV, but with current statistics, it is obvious, that women and girls are the major victims. GBV is a violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls. The forms of Violence against women and girls include rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, dowry-related abuse, marriage by abduction, forced marriage, and child marriage”. She added that violence against women, girls often impair their productivity, by reducing their contribution to the social, economic, and political development of their families, and communities. She went ahead to emphasize that the psychological effect of GBV has continually left imprints on the minds of the victim making them live beneath their potentials. Focusing on the theme of the year, Mrs. Ikpeazu said rape is rooted in a complex set of beliefs, power, and control that continue to create a social environment, in which sexual violence is pervasive and normalized. It is no longer news that in recent events, the cases of rape has been on the hike. It is no longer men raping women; they are now raping girls, even girls of a few months old. 154 countries have laws against sexual harassment, but even where these laws exist, women and girls from all walks of life, still face sexual harassment every day. 15 million adolescent girls worldwide have experienced forced sex at some point in their life and only 1% of these numbers have reached out for professional help.  “The reason women and girls are less likely to report sexual abuses are rejection, victim-blaming, and stigmatization. In recent times, more survivors have tried to speak up, which has put this issue of sexual violence in the spotlight, but the question still remains, have speaking up solved the issue? It is obvious that we need to elevate and take our actions to the next level.” The Founder of Vicar Hope Foundation said the state legislature in response to the advocacy and encouragement from Vicar Hope Foundation and a coalition of civil society organization including National Council of Women Societies, International Federation of Women Lawyers is giving speedy passage to the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill which would widen the scope of legal frameworks that will enable a reduction in gender-based violence.  “Today I am happy that the proactive 7th Assembly is seriously working on the bill with a view to giving it a speedy passage. It is also pertinent to note that for several years’ efforts to pass the bill have been on snail slow speed until this coalition of civil society organizations came together, joined forces and met a willing House of Assembly that puts the people first.  I use this medium to appreciate the 7th Assembly, led by Right Honourable Engr. Chinedum Orji for responding to our call and moving swiftly in response to fill the need”. 16 days of Activism begins from 25 November which is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on 10th December which is the World Human Rights Day. Globally, every organization that operates in the human rights space, is undertaking one action or the other to highlight the period.

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TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR OF ABIA STATE: 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/12/03/text-of-a-press-conference-by-wife-of-the-governor-of-abia-state-16-days-of-activism-against-gender-based-violence/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/12/03/text-of-a-press-conference-by-wife-of-the-governor-of-abia-state-16-days-of-activism-against-gender-based-violence/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:55:22 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5192 Good afternoon Gentlemen.

I welcome you to this press briefing. We are addressing you today as a coalition of NGOs and Civil Society groups working in the GBV space, including FIDA, NCWS, and the Ministry of Women Affairs.  This event is holding in line with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The theme for this year is Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape. The 16 days of Activism begins from 25 November which is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on 1oth December which is the Human Rights Day.Globally, every organization that operates in the human rights space, is undertaking one action or the other to highlight the period. Violence against Women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or mutilated. It is a sad reality, that on a daily basis, women and girls around the world are still experiencing harassment and violence of all forms and types. Despite all the long years of chanting for gender equality, women and girls are still raped and battered, and girls are still mutilated and married off as children Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality. Both men and women experience GBV, but with current statistics, it is obvious, that women and girls are the major victims. GBV is a violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls. The forms of Violence against women and girls include rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, dowry-related abuse, marriage by abduction, forced marriage, and child marriage. Violence against women and girls often impair their productivity, by reducing their contribution to the social, economic, and political development of their families and communities. The psychological effect of GBV has continually left imprints on the minds of the victim making them live beneath their potentials. Focusing on the theme of the year, rape is rooted in a complex set of beliefs, power, and control that continue to create a social environment, in which sexual violence is pervasive and normalized. It is no longer news that in recent events, the cases of rape has been on the hike. It is no longer men raping women; they are now raping girls, even girls of a few months old. 154 countries have laws against sexual harassment, but even where these laws exist, women and girls from all walks of life, still face sexual harassment every day. 15 million adolescent girls worldwide have experienced forced sex at some point in their life and only 1% of these numbers have reached out for professional help.  The reason women and girls are less likely to report sexual abuses are rejection, victim-blaming, and stigmatization. In recent times, more survivors have tried to speak up, which has put this issue of sexual violence in the spotlight, but the question still remains, have speaking up solved the issue? It is obvious that we need to elevate and take our actions to the next level. Today, we are convinced that there is still a lot to be done, beyond the chants, we need to revise our laws, domesticate where necessary and strengthen its enforcement.  Recall that last year, I under the auspices of the Vicar Hope Foundation, led a large coalition of civil society groups including NCWS, FIDA and many more to the Abia State House of Assembly to ask the House to give accelerated hearing and passage to the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law. Over the past several months I have sustained that action alongside my partners in the Ministry of Women Affairs, FIDA, NCWS, and other women organizations. Today I am happy that the proactive 7th Assembly is seriously working on the bill with a view to giving it a speedy passage. It is also pertinent to note that for several years’ efforts to pass the bill have been on snail slow speed until this coalition of civil society organizations came together, joined forces and also met a willing House of Assembly that puts the people first.   I use this medium to appreciate the 7th Assembly, led by Right Honourable Engr. Chinedum Orji for responding to our call and moving swiftly in response to filling the need. This shows that the House of Assembly is committed to the protection of the lives and rights of the people of Abia State and we as a coalition will continue to throw our unreserved support behind these legislative processes and our legislators. To support this effort as Vicar Hope Foundation, we are announcing a Gender-Based Violence Response Desk to complement efforts by partners and support groups. This desk will create referral pathways for reporting, counseling and managing GBV cases.Before I end, I want to call on members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm to join in the struggle to address Gender Based Violence. We need to put out issues of Gender Based Violence in the public space so that it can be seen in the right perspective. In addition, the Gender Based Violence demands responsible reportage. We need to tell stories of abuse correctly, and appropriately.  Finally, this year’s theme “Generation Equality” suggests we all have to come together, men and women, to raise consciousness and conversations to end all forms of Gender-Based Violence. We are conscious to note that GBV is faced by men and women, and that is why we are raising a community of bystanders, men, and women who may not be directly affected by abuse but are not silent about it.  Thank You.

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ENYIMBA AUTOMATED SHOE COMPANY LIMITED: EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION COMMENCES https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/26/enyimba-automated-shoe-company-limited-equipment-installation-commences/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/26/enyimba-automated-shoe-company-limited-equipment-installation-commences/#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2019 15:02:15 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5188 It will be recalled that upon assumption of office as Governor of Abia State in 2015, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu took up the challenge of projecting the ingenuity of the Aba shoe and garment producers by launching a massive Made in Aba Campaign.The Governor personally led the campaign and showed great examples by wearing only articles of clothing produced in Aba from inception of his administration till date.In the course of promoting the campaign, it was observed that Aba Producers could not expeditiously handle large shoe supply orders due to the absence of automation in the shoe production process. All processes were manually-driven which leads to delays and inconsistent batch production.The Governor took it upon himself to solve this problem by setting about ensuring that large-scale shoe production equipments are installed in Aba.The first step in the process of automating shoe production in Aba was capacity building which saw the Governor sponsor 30 Aba Shoemakers to China to be embedded in a shoe factory for one month and learn machine-based production.After the return of the China trainees, the Governor placed an order for the full range of shoe production machines that the Aba Shoemakers used in China. The machines have since arrived Aba.Contemporaneous with the placement of the order for the automated shoemaking machines, the Governor also directed the building of a special purpose shoe factory where the machines will be installed. The factory is also ready.The Engineers from the company in China that supplied the machines have arrived Aba from China and today, Tuesday, November 26, 2019, the Governor has handed the machines over to them to go and commence the installation.The 30 Shoemakers the Governor sent to China to learn the use of the machines are also on ground to work with the Engineers from China as they will form the nucleus of the workforce of the shoe factory upon commencement of production.The installation process will take one month and the Chinese Engineers will be in Aba until installation is complete and production has begun in earnest. They will also ensure that the Aba Shoemakers fully understand the process before they return to China.The dream of an automated shoe factory in Aba has come to fruition. Aba is now well placed to handle any quantity of orders for shoe production and they will deliver expeditiously and according to specification.Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is a transgenerational leader as the effects and significance of this investment will last far beyond his administration. He does not just build. He builds to last.Sam HartProject Co-Facilitator

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Ethiopia’s Sidama vote overwhelmingly for independence https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/24/ethiopias-sidama-vote-overwhelmingly-independence/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/24/ethiopias-sidama-vote-overwhelmingly-independence/#respond Sun, 24 Nov 2019 09:57:28 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5182 Ethiopia’s Sidama people have voted in favor of autonomous rule by a huge margin. The result may inspire other groups to push for autonomy in Africa’s second-most populous nation and in Africa in general. Residents of Ethiopia’s Sidama zone voted in favor of a new federal region, with about 98.5% choosing autonomous rule, the country’s electoral board said on Saturday. Voter turnout was 99.8%.The official preliminary results of a referendum held on Wednesday were released by the deputy head of the National Electoral Board, Wubshet Ayele, in the regional capital, Hawassa, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Addis Ababa.”The November 20 polls was peaceful and didn’t have major logistical challenges, although in some places there were larger than projected queues of voters,” Ayele said. By creating their own federal region, Sidamas people — Ethiopia’s fifth most numerous ethnicity — hope to regain control of land resources, political representation as well as to reaffirm their cultural identity. Ethiopia’s Sidama zone, home to about 4 million residents, is part of the country’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), home to over 40 ethnic groups. For decades the Sidama people have been longing to break free form the SNNPR and gain regional independence, a right enshrined in the constitution. But years of autocratic rule have failed to fulfill this provision. Saturday’s result paves the way for Sidama to become Ethiopia’s 10th state, but it also could act as inspiration for other ethnic groups keen to carve out their own region.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the move was an “expression of the democratization path Ethiopia has set out on.”Ethiopia, once one of Africa’s most repressive nations, has been undergoing rapid changes since Abiy was appointed last year, promising to forge a more open society.

Last month, Abiy won the Nobel Peace Prize for his political reforms and for making peace with Eritrea.

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Lassa fever: FMC Umuahia confirms case https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/20/lassa-fever-fmc-umuahia-confirms-case/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/20/lassa-fever-fmc-umuahia-confirms-case/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:06:42 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5171 *Upgrade us to Teaching Hospital – MD

The case of lassa fever in Abia state of a 7-year old admitted into the children’s ward and who died in the Federal Medical Center, has been confirmed.Speaking with TRN in Umuahia, the Medical Director of the Center, Azubuike Onyebuchi said already, blood samples have been taken and was confirmed as lassa fever, stating “all the health personnel and all the people that came into contact with the patient have been placed under surveillance and we have reported to all the sister agencies we are supposed to report to, including SCDC, the state Ministry of Health and others. Every thing has been done according to international best practices.As a result therefore, he said “We have also sealed off all the wards the patient passed through and disinfected and closed down all the wards for the period of surveillance. “All the personnel involved are under surveillance to make sure everyone is safe”.This, he said happened on Saturday, the 2nd of November, adding “Friday (November22) will be 21 days of the surveillance, that happened about 17 days ago.”By Friday, that 21 days (surveillance) would have elapsed and if nobody comes down with lassa fever, it means that we have conquered that cycle”.According to him, the hospital have traced all the contacts, including the relations and are being monitored daily.The patient, the MD said, came in from one of the villages from Abia, stating that the issue is of “prevention is better than cure”, warning, “people should know about lassa fever and make sure they don’t have rats around the house to contaminate the food that they eat, wash their hands frequently and if there is any fever, present themselves to any health facility for examination and not to assume malaria or typhoid”.He disclosed that in the hospital “We have our Health Infection Prevention Committee and they are working, making sure we carry our patients in the international best practice”, stating that the hospital is well equipped in the sense that they can detect, have our staff trained on High Index Suspicion.On the preparedness of the hospital to tackle similar challenges in future, he said “What we have done as a hospital is to have a very good isolation ward which I have just renovated and putting it in a condition to receive this kind of viral haemologic fever and all other cases that need to be isolated”.He expressed his hope that the hospital’s linkage with the referal center in the South East region, which is the Federal Teaching Center with the Biology center and elsewhere and with this, “we will be able to make our diagnosis of lassa fever”, stating that the hospital has sent the samples to those places to make sure it does not miss the diagnosis.Speaking on the age-long request of making FMC Umuahia a Teaching Hospital, the MD said it has been the request of the hospital to be converted to a Teaching Hospital, pointing out that they have been talking to all the relevant agencies for the federal government to consider upgrading FMC Umuahia to a Teaching Hospital.

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LONG TERM PLANNING, KEY TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT -IKPEAZU https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/13/long-term-planning-key-to-sustainable-development-ikpeazu/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/13/long-term-planning-key-to-sustainable-development-ikpeazu/#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2019 07:30:23 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5167 Governor Okezie Ikpeazu says that only meaningful long term planning by government can lead to sustainable development and as such, the Abia State government has concluded arrangements for a long term economic development plan to facilitate rapid development of the State.The Governor who spoke through the Permanent Secretary/Executive Secretary, Abia State Planning Commission, Dr. (Mrs.) Nnenna Chikezie during the opening ceremony of a three day Approach Meeting of Abia State Long-Term Development Plan Draft Agenda held at Umuahia said the State is looking at 30 years long term sustainable development plan.She said that the essence of the Approach Meeting is to draw out a long-term development plan for Abia State, following the directives of the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu that the Planning Commission drives the entire process, “The objective is to initiate frame work, discuss the tools that would be needed to drive this process and at the end bring in every stakeholder to the table, so that a development plan that is all inclusive would be produced.” She said it is a process that must be completed before the year ends.According to the Executive Secretary, the Governor’s directives followed the impressive performance of the Abia team in a competition that took place recently in South East/South South . She disclosed that the State Government is collaborating with Partnership Initiative for Niger Delta (PIN) to achieve the goal, adding that realizing the plan would help the State access help from donor agencies as they would be able to see and assess the economic road map of the State.In his presentation, the lead consultant of PIN, Dr. Ebebe Ukpong assured that they would bring their experiences to bear and work as a team as well as give technical guidance to Abia State government to enable the State drive her economic development plan accordingly.He said the meeting would avail its participants the understanding of the areas that are primary in building a development plan of the State as well as set agenda for the State team.Contributing, the Partnership and Engagement Manager of Partnership Initiative for Niger Delta (PIN), Dr. Chime Asonye said the team is interested in making State governments to be proactive in economic development plans.He said as partners, they would be committed to supporting Abia State government in getting her economic development plan and ensure monitoring and evaluation are put in place as they implement their development plans.The Approach Meeting drew participants from various sectors including civil societies, public and private sectors as well as civil servants from relevant cadres.Special Adviser to the Governor on Policy Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Chima Chukwu was part of the team from the State Government at the meeting. Onyebuchi Ememanka, Esq Chief Press Secretary to the Governor. 12th November, 2019.

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Plenary Proceedings of the Abia State House of Assembly for Tuesday, 12th of November, 2019 https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/12/plenary-proceedings-of-the-abia-state-house-of-assembly-for-tuesday-12th-of-november-2019/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/12/plenary-proceedings-of-the-abia-state-house-of-assembly-for-tuesday-12th-of-november-2019/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:40:50 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5163 It is Tuesday, 12th of November, 2019.Welcome to a new Legislative Day at the Abia State House of Assembly.The Sergeant-At-Arms ushered the Speaker Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, the Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu and other Principal Officers into the hallowed Chamber of the Abia State House of Assembly.The Member representing Umunneochi State Constituency, Hon. Barr. Okey Igwe, prayed before the commencement of the House Plenary.Observations and Adoption of VOTES and PROCEEDINGS of Wednesday 30th of October, 2019.The Speaker asked the House members to check Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday, 30th of October, 2019.”Distinguished Colleagues, you are welcome to today’s Plenary Session this Tuesday, 5th Day of October, 2019. Before we proceed, as usual, may we go through the Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday, 30th of October, 2019?In the absence of any correction, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon.Solomon Akpulonu, moved a motion that the House adopts the Proceedings of Wednesday, the 30th Day of October, 2019, as correct and as a working document of the House. The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Chukwu Chijioke, seconded the Motion while the Lawmakers responded in the affirmative when the Motion was put up for vote by the Speaker, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji.The Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday, 30th of October, 2019, was subsequently adopted.PETITIONThe Chairman of the Abia State House of Assembly Committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Barr. Emeka Okoroafor, brought a Petition by:(1) Ogwahia Development Union (Nneji Autonomous Community) in collaboration with Concerned Citizens of Ogwahia Community on ADDRESSING SETRACO and many Injustices and inhumane acts against Ogwahia Community (Nneji Autonomous Community).Another Petition from Ubaha Community in Isialangwa North Local Government Area of the State titled SAVE OUR SOUL over the invasion of their farmlands by some suspected herdsmen.He hinted that the Community is worried over the settlement of herders in their Area.The Petitioners urged the House to use their Legislative Powers to stop the menace.After Presentation of the Petitions, the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Petitions laid it on the Table.The Speaker, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, committed the First Petition on Setraco with two weeks mandate to report back to the House, while the second one was committed to the House committee on Agriculture.MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE.The Member representing Umunneochi State Constituency, Hon Okey Igwe, brought a Matter of Urgent Public Importance over the deplorable state of roads in his Umunneochi State Constituency specifically Mbala Road.”As we Speak now, Mr Speaker, that road has broken down completely.”Mr Speaker, that road also leads to the field where we usually hold our rallies, and if I am to invite the Governor or Mr Speaker to a rally in Umunneochi, there may be no means of arriving the venue”, he said.PRAYERS:That the House of Assembly pass a resolution compelling the State Ministry of Works to mobilize to the site immediately.And that if the Ministry of Works fails to mobilize to the site this week, that they be invited to the House to tell us why the directives of the Governor is not being carried out.The Lawmaker therefore urged his follow members to contribute positively to the Matter of Urgent Public Importance.Commenting on the Matter, the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, called for contributions to the motion from Members.The Member representing Ukwa East State Constituency, Hon Paul Tharibo, Called on the House to refer the Matter back to the House Committee on Works.The Member representing Arochukwu State Constituency, Hon Mike Ukoha, called on other members to support the Matter and the position of the Lawmaker representing Ukwa East.The Member Representing Isialangwa State Constituency, Hon Ginger Onwusibe, thanked the Lawmaker representing Umunneochi for bringing up the matter.”As the Chairman of the House committee on Works, we are interfacing with the Ministry of Works.”It is not only for the Governor to give approval, it is also important that the approval is backed up by the releasing of funds”.The Speaker said:”Having listened to all the submissions from the Honourable Members here especially the one by the House Committee on Works, I think our resolution should be as follows:”That the House Committee on Works do a proper Oversight on the road in question.”And to interface with the Ministry of Works to find out why the Governor’s directives on the road have not been carried out”.The House subsequently resolved as announced by the Speaker.Notice of Presentation of Bill:H.A.B.7: Abia State Specialist And Diagnostic Centre, Umuahia, Bill 2019, sponsored by the Speaker and others.A Bill for a Law to Establish Abia State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Umuahia, and for other matters connected therewith. (Presentation and First Reading)The Majority Leader moved that the House do allow HAB7 to undergo First Reading; the Deputy Minority Leader seconded the Motion while the House responded in the affirmative when the Speaker put the Motion up for Vote.The Bill Passed First Reading.ORDERS OF THE DAYThe Clerk of the Abia State House of Assembly, Sir JohnPedro Irokansi, read the Orders of the Day as follows:(1)Presentation by the House Committee on Public Accounts, Anti- Corruption and Due Process on the 2018 Audit Report of the Accounts of Abia State.The Majority Leader moved a Motion that the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts be allowed to present his Report. The Deputy Minority Leader Seconded the Motion with the House responding in the affirmative when the Speaker put the Motion up for vote.Presenting the Report, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Chukwudi Apugo, said the Committee observed the following:That the Board of the Internal Revenue did not fully utilize the Revenue Window in the State.That the BIR engaged the services of a contractor to perform their duties.That the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue did not utilize the workforce of the Board.That the State does not implement the Procurement Law in awarding contracts in the State.DISCREPANCIES OF RECORDS between Office of the Accountant General and MDA’s in the State.That there is lack of synergy between the Office of the Accountant General of Abia State and some Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the State.RECOMMENDATIONSThat the Accountant General, as a matter of urgency, develop a synergy between his office and MDA’s.That the House review the BIR Law with a view to unbundling the revenue collection in the State.That the Public Procurement Law in the state be adhered to in awarding contracts.The Committee urged the House to pass and clear the 2018 audit Report of Abia State.The Chairman of the Committee thanked the Speaker and the Members for the opportunity given them to serve.The Speaker thanked the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts for his detailed report.The House Leader moved a Motion that the House adopts the Report as a Working Document of the House. The Deputy Minority Leader seconded the Motion while the House responded in the affirmative when the Speaker put the Motion up for Vote.The Speaker subsequently committed the Report to the House Committee of the Whole for further legislative actions.NEXT ITEM:(2) Presentation of the Report on the menace of revenue leakages and non payment of salaries by the management of Abia State University.The Leader of the House, Hon Solomon Akpulonu, moved that the House do allow the Ad Hoc Commitee Chairman to present its report. The Deputy Minority Leader seconded the Motion with the House responding in the affirmative when the Speaker put the Motion up for vote.Presenting the Report, Hon Paul Tharibo, who stood in for the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee, Rt Hon Bishop Kennedy Njoku, said the Committee swung into action by inviting the Vice Chancellor of ABSU, the Registrar among others.FINDINGS/OBSERVATIONS(1) Sequel to ongoing investigations, the management of ABSU paid some months’ arrears to its staff.(2) That retired staff of ABSU are being owed areas of five years.(3) That the management of ABSU should reconcile the deductions in their books(4) That ABSU does not receive subventions from the State Government as and when due.(5) That the management of ABSU is owing its Staff School situated at Aba.(6) That the Former Abia State Commissioner For Finance ordered Abia State University to engage the services of Lloydant Business Services () That Lloydant Business Services does not pay tax to the Abia State Government.(8) That the House should summon the former Commissioner for Finance, Mr Obinna Oriaku, to offer explanation on why he ordered ABSU to engage Lloydant Business Services.(9) That the Management of Abia State University should release the deductions made from Staff(10) That the management of ABSU should release to BIR the deductions made for PAYE tax.(11) That the House should urge the Governor to mandate the Accountant General to increase the subvention to the Institution.Etc.Hon Paul Tharibo thanked the Speaker and Members of the House for the opportunity given them to serve in that capacity.After the presentation of the Report, the Lawmaker laid the report on the Table.The Majority Leader moved a Motion that The House adopt the Report presented as a Working Document of the House. The Deputy Minority Leader seconded the Motion with the House responding in the affirmative when the Speaker put the Motion up for Vote.The Speaker subsequently committed the report to the House Committee of the Whole.NEXT ITEM (4) H.A.B.6: The Abia State Consumer Protection Agency Bill, 2019, sponsored by Rt Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu et al.A Bill For a Law to Establish The Abia State Consumer Protection Agency and for other Matters Connected therewith (Second Reading, First Allotted Time)The Majority Leader of the House, Hon Solomon Akpulonu, moved a Motion that the House allow HAB6 to undergo Second Reading. The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Chukwu Chijioke, seconded the Motion with the House responding in the affirmative when the Speaker put the Motion up for Vote.In leading the debate, the Deputy Speaker and Sponsor of the Bill, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu, said the Bill seeks to protect Consumers in the State.He posited that the Bill also seeks to encourage Made in Aba Products among others.He urged the Lawmakers to support the Bill as it will not be a burden but a blessing to Abia State.The Member representing Ukwa East State Constituency, Hon Paul Tharibo, in his support for the Bill said the Bill is more of a Health bill which seeks to ensure that Abians live on good health.”This agency will ensure that goods and services given to Abia populace enjoy standards as measured in other parts of the world”. He therefore urged the House to support the Bill.The Member representing Ikwuano State Constituency, Hon Stanley Nwabuisi, in his support said the Bill seeks to domesticate the law already existing at the federal level.The Member representing Obingwa West State Constituency, Hon Thomas Nkoro, said the Bill should seek for the Protection of Consumers in Abia State.”We should find out if the Bill is proper; what we should find out is if the Bill is seeking the Consumer Protection Council in Abia State”He said Issues of Consumer Protection is on the Exclusive List of the Federal Government.The Member representing Umuahia South State Constituency, Hon Barr Jerry Uzosike, said in 1992, the National Assembly passed the Consumer Protection Council Law but its ineffectiveness caused the Kano State government to go ahead to establish the Consumer Protection Council of their own.”The existing federal laws which went ahead to say there should be a State Committee have not funded this Committee.”Instead of discarding the Bill, I want to plead with the House for the Speaker to allow the Committee on Judiciary to look at this Bill and bring it out in a way we can safely handle the Bill and pass it into Law”, he said.The Speaker on his part said if a mention is made on issues of Law and Constitution, the House is bound to look into it critically.The Leader in his summary of the debate said based on the concerns of some of the Lawmakers, he quoted Item 64 under the Exclusive Legislative List which put the Agency in the Exclusive List.”What happens in the state is, the Consumer Protection Agency is domiciled in Enugu and those working there are looking for protection against litigation.”We should find a way for this Bill so that experts will bring in their contributions to enable us repackage this Bill” he said.The Speaker noted that the points by Hon Nkoro ought to have been made before the Bill was presented.”If you have a leeway based on what the Constitution said concerning the Exclusive List on whether states can have their own Consumer Protection Council, I think it should have been brought to the notice of the House before we got to this stage”, he said.The Speaker subsequently committed the Bill to the Abia State House of Assembly Committee on Trade to look into the Bill critically and report back to the House within three weeks.NEXT ITEM.Consideration of H.A.B 5: A Bill For a Law to Establish Donor Agencies Trust Fund in Abia State and for other Matters connected therewith, in the Committee of the Whole.The Leader of the House, Hon Solomon Akpulonu, moved that the House defer item number 5 and move straight to Item number 6 on the Order Paper.He moved a Motion that the House do adjourn Plenary to Wednesday, 13th of November, 2019. The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Chukwu Chijioke, seconded the Motion with the House responding in the affirmative when the Speaker put the Motion up for Vote.The Plenary of the Abia State House of Assembly was subsequently adjourned to Wednesday, 13th of November, 2019.Courtesy: Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly

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Malami reduces EFCC, ICPC’s powers, scraps asset recovery committees https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/07/malami-reduces-efcc-icpcs-powers-scraps-asset-recovery-committees/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/07/malami-reduces-efcc-icpcs-powers-scraps-asset-recovery-committees/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:59:06 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5159 The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has whittled down the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other anti-graft agencies as regards seizure of assets.The AGF also scrapped all asset recovery and tracing committees.The directive is contained in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette Vol. 106, No 163, titled, ‘Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulation 2019’, dated October 29, 2019.The AGF directed in Part 3, Section 5(1) of the gazette that all non-conviction based forfeiture shall be conducted by his office.He ordered that where a non-conviction based forfeiture procedure arose, the law enforcement agency and anti-corruption agencies should transfer the matter to the office of the AGF.Section 5 states, “All non-conviction based forfeiture shall be conducted by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.It read, “Where a non-conviction based forfeiture procedure arises, the LEA (Law Enforcement Agency) and ACAs (Anti-Corruption Agencies) shall transfer the matter to the Office of the AGF.”In the past, the EFCC had the power to initiate non-conviction based forfeiture as was done in the case of the EFCC and the wife of a former President, Patience Jonathan.The new directive, however, implies that only the AGF can pursue such cases.The gazette further states that all seized assets shall be registered by all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.It holds that all final forfeited assets recovered by agencies shall be handed over to the AGF within 60 days from the commencement of the regulations of management.The AGF warned that any agency head who failed to follow the new guidelines would be dealt with.It adds, “… Non–compliance with the regulations of these provisions and the guidelines and directions made pursuant to these regulations shall be considered insubordination and attract liability under the Public Sevice Rules.”In another gazette with No 162, titled, ‘Guidelines for the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Stategy 2017-2021, ‘ the AGF said all programmes regarding anti-corruption must be done with the express approval of his office.The AGF said all the MDAs must receive permission from his office before on any donor-assisted project.

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MRS. IKPEAZU CHARGES AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS, PHILANTHROPISTS ON DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS AS BRIDGE-BUILDING https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/07/mrs-ikpeazu-charges-african-governments-philanthropists-on-development-of-sports-as-bridge-building/ https://naijanetworknews.com/2019/11/07/mrs-ikpeazu-charges-african-governments-philanthropists-on-development-of-sports-as-bridge-building/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:48:05 +0000 https://naijanetworknews.com/?p=5149 The Wife of the Governor of Abia State, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu has urged government on the African continent and transnational corporations to see sports as a vehicle that can unify, build bridges and blur national divides.In a message she sent to the 3rd African International Para-Badminton Workshop holding at the National Stadium Abuja, Mrs. Ikpeazu said sports had proven an effective tool for international diplomacy.She commended the Badminton Federation of Africa for its choice of Nigeria to host the 5-day workshop and camp and prayed that the outcomes will help expand the frontiers of the game on the continent. “Para badminton is gradually gaining appeal in our country and sports-lovers like myself will often throw our weight behind it as we seek new ways for our young ones to express their physical talents,” Mrs. Ikpeazu wrote.“Like every sport, Para-Badminton nurtures unity in diversity and creates a platform for excellence. “The unique gains of giving disabled sports prominence is that it fosters a sense of belonging in society and encourage the physically challenged to excel by stimulating competitiveness.”Mrs. Ikpeazu added that it was the reason why she has tried to support the growth of this game, by hosting two editions of the Nkechi Ikpeazu National Open Para-Badminton Championships in Umuahia and by sponsoring the team to the African and World Para-Badminton Championships in Uganda in 2018.She invited conglomerates and sports philanthropists to see sports development as a challenge and do their best to keep sports alive in Nigeria.

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