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Agriculture Will Drive Imo Industrial Revolution Says D. Gov

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The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof Placid Njoku has disclosed plans of the prosperity government led by Senator Hope Uzodinma to make agriculture the driving force of its intended industrial revolution.

The Deputy Governor made this disclosure while fielding questions from Newsmen after he led the committee on agriculture development to inspect agricultural facilities in some parts of the state.

He said the tour was to give the committee set up by the governor and headed by him first-hand information on agricultural facilities in the state so as to know the best way to build on the foundation already on the ground, positing that there will be no need to start afresh when the state has been in existence since 1976 and have a wonderful foundation for growth laid by some progressives minded government of the long past.

Prof Njoku frowned seriously at the encroachment of government land especially in Nekede whereby individuals connived with some dubious past government officials to take over government land and built personal properties on them and made it clear that the law on ownership of land and illegal occupation will take its place in the matter.

“Government is a continuum, so we will continue to adopt those foundational things that have been done for our state. We believe we can bring agriculture back to feed people of the state, as well as be used to drive industrial development of the state”.

“I don’t think the government that held sway in the state in recent past cared much about agriculture, starting from the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) to the  Songhai farms that are supposed to be a beautiful agricultural facility for the state”.

“Everything is totally run down and worse still the land is very badly encroached on by citizens of the community whose forefathers freely donated the land to government and compensations were paid to them”.

Adding his voice, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Lambert Orisakwe said the governor made approval for the over 200, 000  Costa Rica palm seedlings to be transferred from pre-nursery to nursery and then to the main plantation.

Also fielding questions from newsmen, the Commissioner for Entrepreneurship, Noble Atulegwu said he is in the committee to identify entrepreneurial opportunities for youths in the agricultural sector.

The Commissioner was conducted round facilities in ADP, Songhai and Small Holders Oil Palm Management Unit (SMU), managements of the areas where he found largely dilapidated agricultural facilities.

Other members of the committee include; Commissioner for Livestock Development, Lady Obiageri Ajoku and Special Adviser to the Governor Strategy and Development.

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Omotola reacts to affair rumor with Adams Oshiomhole, demanding evidence

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Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, A strong Nollywood star responded to an affair story with Adams Oshiomhole, the former National Chairman of the APC.
A blogger named Gistlover, previously reported that Omosexy is romantically linked as fondly dubbed by fans and politicians.
The movie star renounced the blogger’s claim by posting onher Instagram page on Tuesday, 19 January 2021.

The Actress demanded that the blogger behind the story produce evidence to the alleged affair. [Instagram/OmotolaJalade :“I ordinarily don’t do this but after thinking about it thoroughly and seeking advice I have decided to! So.this Blog ran this story and people started coming to my page.

Gistlover alleges that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is romantically linked [Instagram/GistloverUpdates]

I’ve always known there are people who are sick and will tell you stories that have Never happened but to publish that on a platform as big as Instagram? You must be held accountable,” she wrote.

“I have demanded they FINISH and PROVE THIS STORY … problem is, this blog is hiding under anonymity! ( faceless blogging ) There are more credible blogs out there … follow blogs with accountability.”

“Can everyone who loves me and what I have stood for all these years pls 1. Report this page 2.Report this page 3. Report this page And to those of you who are addicted to cheap gossip.

 If you’re not interested in damaging ppl unnecessarily then demand a proof of sabbath this Story! I’m giving this 24hrs! Thanks.”

This post came barely after 24 hours Gistlover posted a photo of the Omotola and Oshiomole with a very attractive caption.

Gistlover alleges that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is romantically linked [Instagram/GistloverUpdates]

“Today is day so we go keep am holy, we go just dey post pictures, maybe tomorrow when no be Holy day, we go give details, abi how una see am? i come in peace.”

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“Today is day so we go keep am holy, we go just dey post pictures, maybe tomorrow when no be Holy day, we go give details, abi how una see am? i come in peace.”

The star actress asked her followers to boycott and report the Instagram page of Gistlover for corrective actions.

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Joe Erico, has died at 71 years old

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The former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Joe Erico has died.

The Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, confirmed Erico’s death on Thursday.

A statement from the NFF quoted Erico’s family members as saying that the former assistant coach of Super Eagles complained of body pain and was treated for malaria, “only to be found dead in his bed at dawn” on Thursday.

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“It is another sad day for Nigerian Football. Erico was among the very best of Nigeria’s international goalkeepers and also served the country with fervour and diligence as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles between 2001 and 2002.

“He will be sorely missed. We pray that Almighty God grant him eternal rest and also grant his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the big loss,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said.

Born Joseph Bassey Eric in the Odukpani local government area in what is today known as Cross River State, Erico belonged to the cast of the very best goalkeepers in the history of Nigeria’s senior team, and served at the same period as the revered Emmanuel Okala and Eyo Essien.

He made his debut for then Green Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Zambia in Lagos in July 1973 (which Nigeria won 3-2), and then kept goal in all of Nigeria’s six matches at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia, where the Eagles finished third – the first time Nigeria would win a medal at the AFCON. Erico was also in goal in all of Nigeria’s pre-tournament friendlies against Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania just before the team flew to Ethiopia.

Nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito’(Beautiful Game) for his preference for fluency and expression in the rhythm of play of his teams as a coach, Erico was part of the triumvirate (alongside late Amodu Shaibu and late Stephen Keshi) who were shooed in to do a rescue job for Nigeria as the ship to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals tottered badly under Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere. With three matches left in the campaign and a must-win mandate for all, the trio got the job done and qualified Nigeria for Korea/Japan.

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They also led the team to a bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Mali early 2002.

With his death on Thursday morning, it means all members of that historic triumvirate have now passed on.

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Few months to 2023 Primaries: Okigwe zone yet to produce a Senator as Uzodinma, Ibezim Surrender to Supreme court

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One year to the build up to the 2023 elections, Imo North is yet to produce a senator to replace their late Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

This is seen as Governor Uzodinma and Senator Araraume have surrendered their battle over the APC candidate for the said election to the Supreme Court which is yet to fix a date to hear the suit following controversies over the APC primaries.

Uwajumogu who died on the 18th December 2018 was buried early 2020 yet the zone has stayed without a senator.

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Senator Araraume, one of the contestants to the APC primaries had dragged Ibezim to court, challenging his declaration by INEC as the candidate  of the party.

Few days to the APC primaries, the High Court upturned the candidature of Ibezim and replaced him with Araraume.

In same vain, Ibezim appealed against the lower Court’s judgment and at the Court of Appeal which Araraume appealed against at the Supreme Court.

At the time of filling this report, the Supreme Court has not fixed date to hear the suit between the duo of Araraume and Ibezim.

Some of the stakeholders in the zone have not  ceased to regret the non representation of the zone at the Senate getting to two years after the death of the former Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, an act which they described as a set back to the zone.

The situation is more worrisome as INEC has already fixed October 2022 for the primaries ahead of 2023 elections.

The implications of Okigwe having no Representative as its senator include that as the matters are still pending in courts, the tenure of any person that finally gets in as a senator drastically reducing and that would also affect the entire Okigwe Zone and Imo State in general.

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