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Nze Charles Onwunali BIR Boss Rolled Out Measures To Enhance IGR



The Imo State Government has banned the activities of all revenue collectors and Task Forces which before now have been disguising or acting as agents of the government.

In a statement made by the Executive Chairman, State Board of Internal Revenue Nze Charles Onwunali included in the ban list, markets, motor parks, filling stations and all forms of transport fees collection such as Busimo, Taximo including all forms of street collections among others.

Nze Charles Onwunali warned that anyone caught contravening the ban Order or seen collecting any form of revenue without official endorsement by the Executive Chairman, State Board of Internal Revenue in line with the Governor’s directive will face the full wrath of the law.

Meanwhile, the BIR Chairman, Nze Charles Onwunali told journalists in Owerri that the Board under his watch has in the short period of his coming on board made some giant strides. The strides according to him included the Restoration of electricity after (18) months of darkness, stocking enough vehicle plate numbers in the State for MVA ID as he did not meet any on assumption of office.


Others include fostering of transparency in the Motor Licensing Offices as well as inculcating a sense of accountability among the Motor licensing Authorities particularly sanitizing the process of touts, fake insurance personnel and other middle men operations in the motor licensing offices.

Nze Charles Onwunali revealed that the incidence of middle men in the activities of the Board has been reduced to the barest minimum as he used his vast experience in tax administration. The feat was achieved as the prices of various services are always made public for the consumption of customers.

He equally announced the banning of all forms of cash transactions at the office of the Board of Internal Revenue maintaining that all monies should be paid into designated Government Bank Accounts.

Nze Onwunali announced that procurement and installation of computers in the MDAs is on-going to enhance efficiency and transparency in collection of Government revenue.

The Chairman who has worked so hard to reposition the Board including the automation of the activities of the Board of Internal Revenue said his administration is poised to reviving the Moribund Tax offices at the Local Government areas to enhance revenue collection of the State.

To ensure a neater Board of Internal Revenue premises, arrangement has been concluded to demolish all shanties and illegal structures within the premises of the Board as he has carried out zonal inspection of Board’s facilities in Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe with a view to seeking ways for resuscitating them.

According to the BIR Chairman with the Midas touch lamented the huge back-log of arrears of salaries owed the casual workers of the Board by the past administration for 8 years, he has been able to put smiles on the faces of these casual workers by off-setting the arrears.

Nze Onwunali also announced that boost the internally generated revenue of the State, he has met with Banks, MDAs and Financial Consultants and promised to sustain such meetings and has also introduced accreditation and ensure internal audit of the Board’s staff with a view to indentifying ghost workers.


Nigeria’s Longest Rigid Pavement and The First of its Kind, Located in Kogi State Has Been Completed by The Dangote Group



It is the first of its kind, top engineers opined, in a statement from the company on Sunday.

The 43km Obajana-Kabba road constructed by Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), is described by drivers as the nation’s most strategic highway that is supporting travellers between the North and the South.

A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the group said: “Concrete roads last more than asphalt roads and do not have potholes. They do not need regular maintenance as asphalt roads do. They save fuel for drivers and protect tyres from wear and tear.”

Olatunbosun Kalejaiye, the Project Director, said the rigid pavement of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project has been finished while the shoulders are being put in order.

Olatunbosun Kalejaiye, the Project Director, said the inflexible asphalt of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project has been finished while the shoulders are being dressed.

The Site Engineer, Samuel Obosi guaranteed that the double carriageway will be durable and less vulnerable to potholes and repairs like asphalt roads which will also reduce the rate of road accidents.

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A few drivers said it is currently among the busiest roads“Thank God it is a concrete road. It can withstand any heavy-duty vehicle,” Alhaji Lamidi Sikiru, a driver said.

John Moses, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, said his taxi business is booming contrasted to when the road was in an awful state and scarcely used.

Representative of Apa Bunu Kingdom, Sam Omosayil, lauded Dangote Group, saying the road has pulled in a great deal of businesses along it.

The Bajana of Obajana Land, King Idowu Senibi, described the project as massive and the first of its sort anyplace in Nigeria.

Talking, the customary head of Akpata Land, Frederick Durojaiye Balogun, said his people are exceptionally pleased with Alhaji Aliko Dangote, adding that the Dangote Cement, Obajana plant, which is the single biggest cement plant on the planet, has brought honour and respect to their kingdoms.


King of Okebunku Land in Kabba Bunu Local Government, Timothy Omonile, complimented Dangote and charged other philanthropists to copy him.

President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, had said plans are brewing to reform Nigerian roads with concrete to cut spending on repairs.

“We will be building concrete roads in the nation so that anytime we construct a road, we do not have to go back to repair after the third raining season, but move on and use the resources to

The Group had commissioned the 26km Itori-Ibese concrete road as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project.

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Police Brutality Returns To Imo As Passer By Loses Life TO Officers At Njaba



While the panel on police brutality set up by Imo State Government is still collecting petitions by Imo people over police brutality, another police brutality has taken place in Imo as police officers are now cooling off in the cell for allegedly killing an innocent man at Njaba last Saturday, December 5.

At the last sitting of the panel, a widow, Nancy Nwankwo petitioned the commission, asking for N100million naira compensation over the death of the husband, Late Kennedy Nwankwo allegedly killed by police.

Following the accidental killing of one Mr Jude Oguzie, along Owerri Njaba road, by some police officers attached to the state police command, on Saturday 5th of December 2020, the Imo state Commissioner of Police, Cp Isaac Akinmoyede has condemned in its totality the killing of one Jude Oguzie by operatives attached to the Command, along the Njaba/Owerri. This piece of information is contained in a press statement signed by the Cp Akinmoyede, and made available to newsmen through the command’s PPRO, Sp Ikeokwu Godson Orlando.

According to the report, The state Commissioner of Police, CP Isaac Akinmoyede,  wondered why the officers refused to adhere to rules guiding the use of firearms., He, therefore, ordered an investigation into the matter, with a view to unravelling the cause of the incident, adding that, the officers involved have however been identified, arrested and are presently in custody.

The Imo police Boss, while sympathizing with the family of the deceased, urged them to remain calm, as the Command will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done.

Even as he made it clear that the Command regrets the killing of the deceased under any guise especially now that the force is doing everything within its powers to put an end to incidents of brutality and incivility to members of the public.

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Okigwe Bye-Election: Who Finally Carries The Trophy Morrow?



…INEC Moves Collation Centre To Owerri

…Insists On Dec. 5 Deadline

…Court Still Reserves Judgment On Araraume, Ibezim

Yet to be answered questions over who finally wins the Okigwe bye-election slated for tomorrow December 5 appear to have taken the centre stage in Imo and Okigwe zone in particular.

This is even as INEC has shifted the final collation centre to Owerri the state capital as well as maintained its ground that the said election must take place Saturday 5 December at all odds.

Our reporter who has been monitoring movements of persons and vehicles in Okigwe zone revealed that since Thursday 4, December, stakeholders as well as supporters of different aspirants have been trooping in, while some lodge in Hotels in Owerri.

Others are in their Houses waiting for the tomorrow’s election. Following the sudden death of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, the Senator representing Imo North in the senate and subsequent declaration of his seat vacant by the Senate, INEC fixed December 5 for a bye election for his replacement.

The election which was initially fixed on November was postponed to December following the #ENDSAR#  protest has 13 candidates as contained in the INEC final list.

The names of the popular candidates in the said list, Ndubueze Patrick, With Accord Party, Emmanuel Ogueri, AA, Nathaniel Chukwudi Uba, AAC.

Others include CHigozie Kennedy Onyinye, AC, Senator Godwin Araraume, of APC, Charlse Onyirimba, APGA, Emma Okewulonu, PDP, Charlse Okechukwu Amajoyi, NRM amongst others.

However, while all awaits for tomorrow’s election which has been predicted  to be tough following the experience of the people during the  party’s primaries particularly the APC and that of the PDP primaries.

At the PDP primaries, the Accord Party candidate, Ndubueze Patrick dumped the PDP for Accord after describing the party’s primaries unfair.

In APC, the APC primaries electoral committee declared two persons winners of same primaries, those were Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Frank Ibezim.

When the APC finally submitted the name of Ibezim as its candidate, Senator Araraume proceeded to court where court upon hearing the parties declared Araraume winner of the controversial APC primaries.

Same court further ordered INEC to immediately substitute Ibezim’s name with Araraume as the candidate of the APC, hence the emergence of the said Araraume who at the time of this report was still the party’s candidate.

However, the question on the  lips of Imo people is who amongst the aspirants would emerge victorious in tomorrows election.

While some people particularly the stakeholders stick on Araraume, counting on his experience and reach, others are of the opinion that other younger ones should be allowed since Araraume had been there twice.

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