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Implementation of white paper: commissioner for lands raises alarm over threat to life

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The Imo State commissioner for lands and physical planning Barr. Enyinna Onuegbu has raised alarm over threats to life, owing to on-going implementation of the report continued on white paper on the recovery of both the Eastern Palm University, sealing of the Royal Spring Palm Apartment amongst others.

Imo State House of Assembly had few days ago changed the Eastern Palm University Ogboko to K.O Mbadiwe University, as Part of the recovery measures.

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Immediate former Governor of the State, Senator Rocahs Okorocha had while in the Government established the Eastern Palm University which he said that Imo State Government has 10% share and interest while his Rochas Foundation College of Africa has the remaining 90% which its management would be under PPP arrangement; a decision which did not go down well with Imo people.

During the short lived administration of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor; a panel of Enquiry was set up to investigate the process through which the said college was established with a view of reporting back to the state government.

The panel led by Prof. Jude Njoku upon investigation, reported that the said university be made part of the Imo State University on the grounds that it was established with the state funds.

Before the implementation of the said recommendation, the Supreme Court of Nigeria removed Ihedioha and declared Uzoidnma the winner of the April 9th Governorship election in  Imo hence everything shifted to the present administration.

Speaking to Lead Newspapers, Enyinna Onuegbu, the Imo state Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, and state Legal Adviser, All Progressive Congress, APC, said the recent threat to his life by those who are scared of the implementation of the State government white paper on recovery of state government’s properties, will not deter him from implementing the report to the fullest. Speaking with the Lead Express, Onuegbu said that he has received several threats to his life since he started the exercise from those who stole and appropriated Imo state government properties to themselves, families and cronies saying resorting to threatening him will only make him bolder to judiciously carry out the assignment given to him by Governor Hope Uzodinma as contained in the Government white paper.

He cited the recovery of the Eastern Palm University Ogboko, and the sealing of the Royal Spring Palm Apartments at Akachi road among others as the reasons for the threats saying the exercise was done according to the recommendations of the Justice Duru-Oha Igwe panel which governor Uzodinma vowed to implement.

Onuegbu warned that harming him will not stop the recovery exercise which according to him was a huge crime committed against Imo people, stressing that if he is not there someone else will continue the recovery mandate.

He however advised those whose transactions were genuine not to exercise any fear as the government of Governor Uzodinma is not out to victimize anybody but to ensure that the right things are done and Imo people will not be shortchanged.

He said:’ Since we started carrying out the directives by His Excellency Dist Senator Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo state on the recovery of government properties as contained in the government White paper, I have been inundated with threat calls. This is inspite of efforts to bribe us which was vehemently rebuffed hence the despicable resort to threat to my life. Well, Imo people know who to hold responsible if anything untoward happens to me or my family members. My life is in God’s able hands,” Onuegbu assured.

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Buhari makes health insurance compulsory for all Abuja residents

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Health Insurance Scheme, FHIS, to make health insurance a compulsory for all Abuja residents.

This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, when he received the FHIS Director, Dr Ahmed Danfulani and his management team, who were at the FCTA to present the Working Documents of the Scheme.

A statement by Bello’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye quoted the Minister as saying the FHIS management should ensure that the Scheme succeeds in the territory because “payment for health services all at once either by individuals or even the government is no longer tenable, considering the ever-increasing cost of medical services especially for diseases such as cancer or orthopaedic procedures.”

In Bello’s words: “The mandate given to us by President Muhammadu Buhari is to widen the coverage of health insurance in the FCT and the mandate I am giving you is to ensure that every citizen in the FCT, either in the formal or informal sector, is covered.

“You have to work out a system so that can cover certain diseases. If, for instance, someone is diagnosed with cancer, how can he or she pay for it? Cancer treatment, even the medication alone or chemotherapy alone, costs a lot of money not to talk of radiotherapy or surgery for some orthopaedic cases.”

The Minister encouraged the FHIS team to also work out ways in which “enrollees” under the Scheme should have the option of paying more for wider coverage.

Also he advised them to improve their services and grow the Scheme based on sound business practices, financial management and a robust ICT infrastructure.

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Conversion of Eastern Palm University: Students, Lecturers others in confusion

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Students, Lecturers as well as non academic staff of the recent converted  Eastern Palm University Okpoko appear to be in dilemma over next line of action as Imo State Government is yet to issue directives since the conversion of the school  into a state University from the private University status it was established.

Imo State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem had last Month changed the Eastern Palm University built by the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha into KO Mbadiwe University as part of the Imo State owned campuses.

Information to weekend Lead revealed that while some of the students who joined the school with the notion that it a private university are contemplating whether or not to leave the school following the sudden change which expectedly would affect the school’s management, the lecturers and other non academic staff are also confused not knowing whether they are still employees of the college or not.

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Former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West in the national Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha had while in the office as Governor, got license for the establishment of the Eastern Palm University and other universities in Imo.

In one of the briefings of the said Okorocha before the elapse of his office as the Governor, he made it clear that the said campus which according to him belongs to Rochas Foundation of Africa has 10% ownership by the Imo State government hence its management was under public private partnership.

Rt. Hon. EMeka Ihedioha had within seven months he had sway as the Governor of Imo State constituted a panel of Inquiry into the establishment of the Eastern Palm University of Okorocha led administration.

The panel which was chaired by Professor Jude Njoku after their investigation recommended that the school be made part of the Imo State University.

Upon assumption of Uzodinma as the Governor, he executed the said recommendation by the said panel, hence the charge of the schools name into, KO Mbadiwe University amongst other charges.

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Fed. Government releases N2B for N Power Scheme

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of two billion Naira for the continuation of the Federal Government National Social Investment Programme initiated  (NSIP)  by President Mohammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Umaro Farok confirmed the approval while speaking to journalists in Abuja after receiving the White papers.

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Hajiya Farok stated that N-power would be the first to be taken care of as the kick begins, while other aspects such as the Trader Money, Conditional cash Transfer and the ANCOP Borrowers scheme would follow suit.

The Humanitarian Affairs Minister advised Nigerians to continue to have confidence in President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration as all the promises made during his campaign would be fulfilled.

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