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Imo Indigenes Of Good Conscience Berates Govt Over Delayed School Resumption

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A group, Imo Indigenes of Good Conscience (IMGOC) has berated the State government over its inability to reopen schools in the state after over a month the Federal Government had given the approval to do so.

It would be recalled that schools in the country were shut down in March as part of the measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which broke out across the world earlier.

And the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, recently, directed that states should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening of schools.

In adherence, Lagos, Kogi and some states had subsequently in mid-September reopened schools with compliance to Covid-19 protocol.

But Imo government led by Governor Hope Uzodinma said it has deferred the resumption of schools till an ongoing Covid-19 testing program in all the 27 local government areas of the state is concluded.

This was contained in a press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Oguwike Nwachukwu and made public on Thursday.

Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the group in Owerri, weekend, the President, Kennedy Nwakwasi said that the continued delay in reopening schools in the state was a height of nonchalance on the part of the government.

He urged the government to emulate other states that have heeded to directives of the Federal Government in the overall interest of her young citizens and the state at large.

Nwakwasi also advised that where the state government is not ready to reopen public schools, they should allow private schools that are ready to reopen in order to safeguard the economy and human capacity development in the state.

He said “We are calling on Imo Government wake up to its responsibility to the citizens and stop engaging in action that is capable of jeopardizing the future of the Imo children as well as affecting the state’s economy and development.

“As far as we are concerned, this government is not serious about reopening schools. As we speak there is no measure in place that suggests that to us. No Covid-19 protocol. Nothing.

“Even states with higher cases of Covid19 cases have resumed schools. So what is holding us?

“Since they are not ready to reopen schools, why not allow private schools that have measures in place to begin school activities.

“Because of this situation, a lot of parents are taking their children outside this state to states that are ready to educate their children and this is entirely not good for our state.

He continued, “Another worst development is that almost all the teachers in public schools are owed about six months salary arrears. This is terrible and does not say any good of the present administration.

“Honestly, we have been left with no option but mobilize our members to take to the street any moment from now to express our concern over this issue if the government does not act fast and do what is needed.”

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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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