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Njoku Bags Outstanding Service Award Of Imo Youths Elites



An All Progressives Congress Chieftain in Imo state, Hon. Chinedu Njoku has been recognized with an ‘outstanding service award’ by a nonprofit, nongovernmental group, Imo Youth Elites, (IYE).

Hon. Njoku popularly known as ‘Confirmed’ received the award in Owerri on Saturday amid fanfare and jubilation.

Speaking at the award ceremony held at Hotel Demadrid Works Layout Owerri, the President of the group, Comrade Okemiri Emmanuel said that the recipient has so far proven himself worthy of the award.

According to him, IYE is a youth group made up of selected Imolites whose assessments are not influenced by any individual or group.

He opined that the recipient has put up a stellar performance in terms of community and societal building hence, the reason he was penciled down to be a recipient of the prestigious award.

Comrade Okemiri further said that the group has its primary objective in rebranding the society by way of promoting educational, economic, and leadership values.

He disclosed that the group cuts across the five southeastern states and has recognized so many other outstanding personalities.

He further urged the conferee to keep on a good job, asking God to continue to give him the enablement to sustain the goodwill.

Responding, the recipient, Hon. Chinedu Njoku thanked the group for finding him worthy of the award, admitting that it has indeed spurred him to more action.

He advised everyone to imbibe the spirit of giving and being one’s brother’s keeper because, according to him, life is too short to predict the future.

“It is because of the total neglect of the youths by the Nigerian government that things are going wrong. We are suffering today because of bad leadership.

“Government should integrate the youths in mainstream politics in order to curtail social vices. Look at the recent EndSARs protests by the youths. With the level of destruction of lives and property as a result of the EndSARS protest, Nigerian youths will, at least, be taken seriously by the government.

“Sincerely, I’m highly impressed by the award. I will help market your organization and I urge you all to continue to toe the path of honor. Please, eschew violence and be of good conduct all the time. Let us try to help one another and be of good morals,” he advised.

Reading his citation, the Vice President of IYE, Comrade Austin Okoro recalled that the recipient’s annual football tournament for his community in Atta Ikeduru LGA of Imo state has given the people a new lease of life.

He listed some of his achievements to include the donation of football competition for the youths of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Atta, empowerment of some youths in his community through job creation, and attracting dividend of democracy from the government by virtue of his position in Imo politics, among other things.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.



The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%



The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina



Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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