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Ononuju Describes NSU Ceramics Industry As Economy Booster

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The Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barrister Kingsley Ononuju (Ekwedashike), has stressed on the importance of Nsu Ceramic Industry to the economy of the State, especially in terms of improvement on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and massive employment opportunities.

Barr Ononuju, stated this during an on-the-spot assessment of the Industry, in Nsuluebichi Clan in Ehime Mbano, Local Government Area (LGA), recently.

His words, “Our factories must work. I am here, in my capacity as the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry to assess the status of the ceramic industry and report to His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma.”

The Commissioner pointed out that the idea of having the ceramic industry is for the relevance it is going to bring to Nsu and Imo State.

According to him, “Getting this massive project back on track, will help the state economy tremendously in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era.”

He recalled that the first week, Governor Uzodimma was inaugurated, he visited the Industrial Layout on Onitsha Road, Owerri, where he declared that he came to get the industrial sector functioning.

Ononuju stressed that the government is working hard to find committed investors, who will work in partnership with the State Government to bring the factory back to life on the well-spelt-out legal framework.

He assured that Gov. Uzodimma is determined in his resolve to ensure that all that belongs to Imo people must be returned to the populace and that the purpose of establishing the industry must be actualized to generate jobs and boost IGR.

While promising that Orie Agu, Market in Nsuluebichi Clan, will soon become an international market, the Commissioner warned that henceforth, anyone entering the ceramic factory site, without clear authorization of the state government, will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Responding, Honourable Austin Nwachukwu, Special Adviser to the Governor on National Assembly Matters and native of the area, thanked the Commissioner for the visit and disclosed that the Ceramic Industry, which was started in 1982, by the former Governor of Imo State, late Sam Mbakwe PhD on an expanse of land spanning about 18 acres but got halted because of the military coup in  December 1983, can employ over 5, 000 Imo youths and put the State on the path of real industrialization because of the multiplier effect.

In their various responses, the traditional rulers expressed joy that there is a good leader in the state now but lamented that the useful part of the industry has been carted away by Okorocha, who invaded the community with trailers and armed men in uniform.

They revealed that two of the generators taken away from the factory have been traced to Okorocha’s house in Ogboko and Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) premises and that there is a litigation against the man, who auctioned the factory.

The highlight of the visit was a flag stop at Orie Agu Market Square, where the Commissioner, who represented the Governor was received by traditional rulers and prominent sons of the clan including Honourable Chief Agugbue Odionyemma, Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, High Chief Zeek Martins Nnadozie, Eze E.C. Iwunze,  Ebichi 2 of Nsu, Eze Herbert  Anyanwu, Ihe 1 of  Ihitensu and  Eze Emmanuel Nzeadibemma, who received the Hon Commissioner and his entourage including the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Benard Uwha at his palace.

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Omotola reacts to affair rumor with Adams Oshiomhole, demanding evidence

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Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, A strong Nollywood star responded to an affair story with Adams Oshiomhole, the former National Chairman of the APC.
A blogger named Gistlover, previously reported that Omosexy is romantically linked as fondly dubbed by fans and politicians.
The movie star renounced the blogger’s claim by posting onher Instagram page on Tuesday, 19 January 2021.

The Actress demanded that the blogger behind the story produce evidence to the alleged affair. [Instagram/OmotolaJalade :“I ordinarily don’t do this but after thinking about it thoroughly and seeking advice I have decided to! So.this Blog ran this story and people started coming to my page.

Gistlover alleges that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is romantically linked [Instagram/GistloverUpdates]

I’ve always known there are people who are sick and will tell you stories that have Never happened but to publish that on a platform as big as Instagram? You must be held accountable,” she wrote.

“I have demanded they FINISH and PROVE THIS STORY … problem is, this blog is hiding under anonymity! ( faceless blogging ) There are more credible blogs out there … follow blogs with accountability.”

“Can everyone who loves me and what I have stood for all these years pls 1. Report this page 2.Report this page 3. Report this page And to those of you who are addicted to cheap gossip.

 If you’re not interested in damaging ppl unnecessarily then demand a proof of sabbath this Story! I’m giving this 24hrs! Thanks.”

This post came barely after 24 hours Gistlover posted a photo of the Omotola and Oshiomole with a very attractive caption.

Gistlover alleges that Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is romantically linked [Instagram/GistloverUpdates]

“Today is day so we go keep am holy, we go just dey post pictures, maybe tomorrow when no be Holy day, we go give details, abi how una see am? i come in peace.”

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“Today is day so we go keep am holy, we go just dey post pictures, maybe tomorrow when no be Holy day, we go give details, abi how una see am? i come in peace.”

The star actress asked her followers to boycott and report the Instagram page of Gistlover for corrective actions.

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Joe Erico, has died at 71 years old

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The former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Joe Erico has died.

The Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, confirmed Erico’s death on Thursday.

A statement from the NFF quoted Erico’s family members as saying that the former assistant coach of Super Eagles complained of body pain and was treated for malaria, “only to be found dead in his bed at dawn” on Thursday.

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“It is another sad day for Nigerian Football. Erico was among the very best of Nigeria’s international goalkeepers and also served the country with fervour and diligence as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles between 2001 and 2002.

“He will be sorely missed. We pray that Almighty God grant him eternal rest and also grant his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the big loss,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said.

Born Joseph Bassey Eric in the Odukpani local government area in what is today known as Cross River State, Erico belonged to the cast of the very best goalkeepers in the history of Nigeria’s senior team, and served at the same period as the revered Emmanuel Okala and Eyo Essien.

He made his debut for then Green Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Zambia in Lagos in July 1973 (which Nigeria won 3-2), and then kept goal in all of Nigeria’s six matches at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia, where the Eagles finished third – the first time Nigeria would win a medal at the AFCON. Erico was also in goal in all of Nigeria’s pre-tournament friendlies against Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania just before the team flew to Ethiopia.

Nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito’(Beautiful Game) for his preference for fluency and expression in the rhythm of play of his teams as a coach, Erico was part of the triumvirate (alongside late Amodu Shaibu and late Stephen Keshi) who were shooed in to do a rescue job for Nigeria as the ship to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals tottered badly under Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere. With three matches left in the campaign and a must-win mandate for all, the trio got the job done and qualified Nigeria for Korea/Japan.

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They also led the team to a bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Mali early 2002.

With his death on Thursday morning, it means all members of that historic triumvirate have now passed on.

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Few months to 2023 Primaries: Okigwe zone yet to produce a Senator as Uzodinma, Ibezim Surrender to Supreme court

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One year to the build up to the 2023 elections, Imo North is yet to produce a senator to replace their late Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

This is seen as Governor Uzodinma and Senator Araraume have surrendered their battle over the APC candidate for the said election to the Supreme Court which is yet to fix a date to hear the suit following controversies over the APC primaries.

Uwajumogu who died on the 18th December 2018 was buried early 2020 yet the zone has stayed without a senator.

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Senator Araraume, one of the contestants to the APC primaries had dragged Ibezim to court, challenging his declaration by INEC as the candidate  of the party.

Few days to the APC primaries, the High Court upturned the candidature of Ibezim and replaced him with Araraume.

In same vain, Ibezim appealed against the lower Court’s judgment and at the Court of Appeal which Araraume appealed against at the Supreme Court.

At the time of filling this report, the Supreme Court has not fixed date to hear the suit between the duo of Araraume and Ibezim.

Some of the stakeholders in the zone have not  ceased to regret the non representation of the zone at the Senate getting to two years after the death of the former Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, an act which they described as a set back to the zone.

The situation is more worrisome as INEC has already fixed October 2022 for the primaries ahead of 2023 elections.

The implications of Okigwe having no Representative as its senator include that as the matters are still pending in courts, the tenure of any person that finally gets in as a senator drastically reducing and that would also affect the entire Okigwe Zone and Imo State in general.

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