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Onyirimba hails Isiala Mbano Diocese On 9 Synod

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Imo North APGA Senatorial Candidate; Atty. Charles Onyirimba, Congratulates the Bishop of Isi Mbano diocese, Rt, Rev Gregory Ukanwa on the diocesan 3rd session of the 9th synod.

With the theme “Let God Be True: A Quantum Analysis Of The Faithfulness Of God”. (Rom 3:4).

Atty Charles Onyirimba, who was present at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Okohia, Isiala Mbano LGA, venue of the Synod Service, on, 26th October, 2020, praised the Bishop for the positive impact he has made, in the Isi Mbano Anglican Community and in Mbano town in general.

Atty. Charles Onyirimba, hailed the giant strides recorded by the Bishop, in building both the spiritual and physical life of the members of the Church. He commended the Bishop for his fatherly disposition all through his episcopacy as the Anglican Bishop of Isi Mbano Diocese.

Speaking further, Atty. Charles Onyirimba calls for the need for youths empowerment.

“It’s amazing to see the amount of talentful  and skilful youths  we have in Okigwe zone, but sadly the system is built to ensure such talent is either mismanaged or outrightly killed, and continue to throw up mediocres as our only Alternatives, sadly we also have accepted this to be our lot.

The state of our youths clearly poses threats to the security, stability and sustainable development of our dear zone, which no leadership worth it’s salt would treat with levity.

We cannot continue to profess that our youths are the leaders of today and key drivers of societal transformation owing to their enormous agility, courage and creativity, and we are yet to pursue vigorously a robust and institutionalized youth development and empowerment plan.

To address the problems of youth unemployment in Okigwe zone and Imo State at large, there is a need for a strategic vision and plan of action for youth development in the state.

The candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) for Imo North Senatorial Bye-Election, Atty. Charles Onyirimba, as a man who understands the issues of Youth development having served in many youths organizations both nationally and internationally is proposing that if the given the opportunity to become a Senator of the Federal Republic, he will sponsor bills aimed at “YOUTH EMPOWERMENT”

The Youth Empowerment Bill will be bills to implement a sustainable youth policy framework.

The bill seeks to, among other things, establish a Youth Development Commission that will provide solutions to the myriads of challenges confronting the youths. The commission will be saddled with the responsibility of empowering the youths in life-changing salable skills, self-development & entrepreneurship training, and qualitative economic empowerment to start up.

This will help institutionalize Youth empowerment and development in the state. The commission will have the responsibility of articulating sustainable empowerment programs that is designed to create job opportunities for the youths in the state.

Areas like enterprise and entrepreneurship development,   Technical and vocational education training,

  Skills acquisition,   Making Youth related public institutions and facilities work,   Exploiting the entertainment and sports industry,   Go-to-Farm policy,   ICT trainings,   Giving soft loans to SMEs,

Providing funds for setups and other empowerment programs will be focused.

The commission will be managed by professionals especially from the private sector with representatives from government ministries and agencies.

The bill when passed and implemented will provide a sustainable plan for Youth development in the State.

It will also help in improving youth economic development, attract investors/donor support and increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the state.

This  bill will better position the youths for continued greatness in economic scheme of Nigeria and compliment the efforts of the  government towards improving the social-economic status and the empowerment of the youths.

A state is only made great by creating growth focused policies and laws that makes adequate plans for the future and commitment to achieve the plans.

In conclusion, he prayed that God will continue to bless and uphold the Bishop and the Diocese, saying that his works and legacy will always be remembered for good in the Church of God.

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Benue Releases 210 Impounded Cattle To Owners

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Benue State government has released to the owners a total of 210 cattle earlier impounded by the state Livestock Guards Task Force for violating its laws against open grazing in two Local Government Areas.

Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, said that 140 of the cattle were arrested at Mballgh council ward in Makurdi LGA while the remaining 70 bringing the total to 210 were impounded from Ggbajimgba in Guma LGA.

Zaki who handed the seized animals to their owners in Makurdi, encouraged them to respect the state’s law which banned open grazing since 2017, adding that they had fulfilled the requirements for violating the law.

“We can’t stop implementing the law so they (herders) should do the right thing by obeying the law,” the Livestock commander said.

Reacting, the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Risku Mohammed, who led some members of his executives to include his secretary, Ibrahim Galma and the owners of the cattle to receive the animals appreciated the Benue government for keeping the cattle safe.

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Mohammed admitted that the herders had trespassed the anti-open grazing law of the state as he stressed that some of them were yet to fully understand the law and that was why there were still pockets of violation in different areas of the state.

He appealed for time to enable the association effectively educate and orientate their members about the law, stressing the need for government to provide a pilot ranching for them to learn the rudiments.

On his part, the owner of the 140 animals, Abdullahi Haruna, said he had followed the due process for the release of his cattle and therefore came with vans to evacuate them.

While the owner of the 70 cows, Haro Audu, said his children had herded the cattle into Benue state but appreciated the peaceful release of the animals back to him.

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45-year-old man sentenced to death, 10-year imprisonment for murder in Ekiti

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The Ekiti State High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man, Mohammed Isiaka, to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh.

The court, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted two others – Ismaila Okoro, 20, and Awolusi Bidemi, 23.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”

The judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of fine of N2,000.

He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no bit of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offence of murder.

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“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offence of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

According to the charge, the first accused committed the offence on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

The prosecutor, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, called six witnesses, while exhibits tendered included a gun, an army belt, a portrait picture, a mask, a human skull and bones, charms, among others.

The second and third defendants, who spoke through their counsel, Sunday Ochayi and Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, called one witness each.

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New dates, centres for post-UTME – OAU

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New dates, centres for post-UTME - OAU

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in Osun State, has fixed new dates for its post-UTME screening exercise.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University read this in a press statement titled, ‘OAU fixes new post-UTME dates’ on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “All candidates are hereby informed that new dates, which starts from Saturday, 27th February 2021, will be conducted in two centers: Ile-Ife and Abuja.

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“The Post UTME Screening Exercise, which will be conducted in Ile-Ife centre, between Saturday, 27th February and Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 will be on OAU campus and its Centre for Distance Learning, in Moro, while the Abuja Centre will hold on Saturday, 6th March 2021 at the JAMB CBT Centre, Bwari, Abuja.

“In view of this, candidates are advised to log in to the https://www.admissions.oauife.edu.ng to print out their Screening Slips which contain actual dates and venues for each of them, beginning from Sunday, 14th February 2021.

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