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FINALLY, UZODINMA WAGES GRUDGE AMONG IMO IMC CHAIRMEN

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… Offers Them Maintenance Jobs At LGAs

Governor Hope Uzodinma has finally waded into the grudges exhibited by the Interim Management Committee chairmen in the twenty-seven Local Governments of Imo as well as their councilors following the Government authorization of the Interim Chairman to carry out maintenance projects at the various local governments of the state.

This paper had in one of its recent reports disclosed that the majority of the chairmen have been murmuring, grudging for being adamant and jobless at the Local Governments following the failure of the Government to assign them duties or to take full charge of the local government’s administration in the state. 

Governor Hope Uzodinma had upon the appointment of the Interim Management Committee Chairmen a Few months ago, urged them not to pay salaries of the workers as well as not to carry out projects in the local governments since workers receive monthly salaries electronically.

This development however almost rendered the chairmen redundant since they now drove to the office and at the end of the day would go home without doing any job as government Appointees.

This became more worrisome as none of them had any other source of income except their monthly salaries since the Uzodinma’s administration inherited the Treasury Single Account propounded by Ihedioha’s administration which now allows all the Internal Generated Revenue to be paid into the Central Accounts of the Government. with the above, the Interim Management Committee Chairmen who upon appointment selected their allies as Aides had no option than to lay them off since there was no provision for them.

The Interim Management Committee however got disappointed when they were subjected to only salaries while they initially believed that by Uzodinma’s nature as a philanthropist, much would be accrued to them.

Probably for these reasons, the Imo State Governor who by nature feels happy when others are happy decided to calm the frayed nerves by assigning the chairmen to carry out maintenance jobs in their various Local Governments.

Information from the Government hinted Lead that the state Governor had to do this to enable the appointees to at least, compensate their supporters at the grassroots.

Information to Lead revealed that the Government mandated the Interim Management Committee chairmen to follow the normal specifications of contracts by calling on interested individuals for tender after which the successful contractors would be paid by the state government.

Speaking with The Weekend Lead, one of the chairmen who would not want his name in print disclosed that with the recent development, the governor has given the sense of belonging as well as respect in their various local governments at least to be the middle persons between the contractors and the state government which would finally pay the successful contractors.

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo faction in solidarity with IPOB’s security network to secure Igboland

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Chidi Ibeh, Ohanaeze Ndigbo-led factional leader has declared that it will help the IPOB Eastern Security Network and other indigenous security agencies to stop any sort of crime in the South-East region.

Ibeh, in a statement by Secretary-General Kalu Mkpa, a media assistant to the factions, noted that the body’s leadership has moved to put all stakeholders in Igbo land on the same page, including Southeast Governors, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and youths, in order to defend the territorial integrity of the Igbo nation against invasion by herdsmen and extremists.

Recall that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had launched the Eastern Security Network, ESN. He had said “ESN was formed to protect the Southeast from marauding Fulani herdsmen and other criminal elements.”

In Sunday’s declaration, the Ibeh-led group stated, “whether it is called the IPOB Eastern Security Network or the proposed Southeast Governors’ or Ogbunigwe Joint Security Office, we will ensure that potential invasions from outside will be stopped without further delay.”

Ibeh said it would assist in the full realization of “Enyimba Economic City” Aba, the reconstruction of the Enugu coal mine, the resuscitation of Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railways with rail links and links with all Igbo state capitals and commercial cities, in particular the Onitsha-Owerri-Aba connection, on the economic development of Igbo territory.

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Biden’s Appointment of Nigerians, A Proof that We Are Hard Working -Onyeama

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The US President-Elect, Joe Biden‘s appointment of three Nigerian citizens into his cabinet is proof that a decent number of Nigerians abroad are progressing nicely, notwithstanding whatever opposite view anybody may have, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has said.

“Mr. Joe Biden, the in-coming US President, has three Nigerians in his new cabinet. It shows that Nigerians are flourishing – doing great any place they are. Nigerians should keep on showing their gifts any place they go,” said Onyeama.

The Minister, who said this at Okpara Square, Enugu when he flagged off the Public Service Works (PWS), one of the few projects started by President Muhammadu Buhari-drove organization to engage youths in the nation and deter them from going abroad to look for greener pastures.

Admitting that the circumstance of things has been very harsh and intense for the youths over the most recent ten years, Onyeama emphasised: “It hurts me how Nigerian youths are being trafficked to different nations where they are looking for greener pasture, where some of them don’t live to get the greener pasture; consequently this empowerment focusing at the youngsters of this nation.”

He said that President Buhari was doing a great deal to empower young people in Nigeria and to prevent them from running out of the nation looking for purported better life in foreign lands, in this manner exposing themselves to the harsh climate and brutal treatment by their host country.

“Some lose their lives in the desert while others die in the high oceans,” he stated, asking the youths to utilize such projects.

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“Most of the black doctors, scientists, who are doing well abroad are Nigerians,” Onyeama, said, recalling that when he travelled the Caribbean Island (Jamaica), he was pleasantly surprised to realize that one of the best hospitals in that country “is owned by a Nigerian, an indigene of Enugu State,” adding that “Nigeria is blessed with every good thing. All we need is good leadership.”

“The vast majority of the doctors, scientists, who are doing great abroad are Nigerians,” Onyeama, stated, recalling that when he toured the Caribbean Island (Jamaica), he was enjoyably shocked to understand that one of the best hospitals in that nation “is owned by a Nigerian, an indigene of Enugu State,” adding that “Nigeria is blessed with each beneficial thing. All we require is good leadership.”

Onyeama further stated: “I went with Mr. President to China around two years back. Furthermore, the President was considering how China had the ability to lift a very numerous individuals from neediness in three years,” clarifying that the three things that contributed to this included “having the ability to take care of yourself, having technical education and having money to finance the program.”

He said that President Buhari has set a target of lifting 100 million vulnerable Nigerians out of poverty in ten years, noting that this is a target no leader in Africa has set previously.

He advised the 17,000 beneficiaries of the PSW programme in 17 local government areas of Enugu State to “take it seriously because once you are creating a job, it has a multiplier effects.”

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NIN Mandatory for Foreign Diplomats says Federal Government.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria says National Identity Number is compulsory for foreign diplomats who will reside in Nigeria for a continuous period of at least two years.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, made this known in a statement by his Technical Assistant, Dr Femi Adeluyi, on Sunday.

He said that an enrolment centre has been set up for the foreign diplomats at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement read, “The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has endorsed the establishment of National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The desk will be set up by Tuesday, 19th of January, 2021.

“This enrolment centre will offer help for members of the Diplomatic Corps and will be overseen by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)

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“The centre is being established based on the solicitation of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in order to simplify the registration process for diplomats.

“The National Identity Number is a must for diplomats who will live in Nigeria for a continuous period of at least two years.

“It is also a must for all other lawful inhabitants in the nation as written in Section 16 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007.

“The Law has made it a must for Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN since 2007. Be that as it may, compliance has been low, as of not long ago.”

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