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Uzodinma And Burden Of Reinstating 2018 ALGON



By Declan Anele

Varying reactions have not ceased to accompany the federal High Court judgement on the list of July which amongst other things ordered the Imo State Government to immediately reinstate the suspended AlGON Chairmen and Councillors of 2018.

The judgment which though came to the state Government as a surprise was expected, prayed and prepared for by the plaintiffs who are the suspended councillors and chairmen elected under the regime of former Governor Rochas Okorocha but were suspended under Ihedioha’s administration on the recommendation of the Imo 9th House of Assembly.

The said 2018 ALGON was initially suspended for six months by the Ihedioha led administration but the duration was again extended for another six months when the initial six months elapsed.

With the brief background, one would be right to say that Uzodinma was not the person or amongst those that masterminded the ouster of the embattled chairmen and Councillors but only inherited this problem from his predecessor, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha and since Government is a continuum, it is incumbent upon the sitting Governor to inherit both assets and liabilities hence the instant situation.

While the Government is preparing to appeal against the judgement, people have not stopped to give reasons why Government should proceed on Appeal while others appeal with the state Government to tamper justice with mercy by allowing sleeping dogs lie, that is obeying the court judgement

In assessing the various opinions of the people since this landmark judgement, one would come to terms that even those calling on the Government to proceed to the court of Appeal are not on that voyage because they hate the embattled chairmen and councillors who present court judgement favours but arrived at that opinion because for them these chairmen and councillors are products and supporters of former Governor Okorocha under whose administration, they were elected.

To these people, Uzodinma would have been supported not to appeal against the instant judgement, but given their relationship with the former Governor Okorocha who according to them that set up what they termed bad precedence which Ihedioha copied and which is today hunting the innocent young Politicians who spent their hard-earned resources to contest the said election in 2018.

Okorocha had in 2011, suspended the 2011 ALGON elected under the administration of his predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim.

Even when the court of the first instance favoured the plaintiffs and ordered for their reinstatement, the then Governor Okorocha ensured that the beneficiaries of the said judgement did not benefit from it, he rather appealed against the judgement, the matter is reportedly pending at the supreme court.

With this, therefore, some of the stakeholders in the state are now of the view that Okorocha frustrated the 2011 ALGON up to supreme Court, that Uzodinma should as a payback to Okorocha, frustrate these ones.

Very interesting these opinions appear but these people should not fail to understand that this,’Rochas Okorocha had served as Governor for a period of eight years, that is to say, he had served out the constitutionally provided two terms, hence he would never be Governor again in Imo unless in the next generation if a thing like that exists.

The question now is would Imo be held backwards because of the mistake or one bad precedence set by one man?

I was one of the persons that through this my medium condemned the action of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha as well as the 9th Imo Assembly for suspending the 2018 ALGON.

I was blunt when I made Ihedioha understand that he erred by that singular act, in the said report, I remember telling Ihedioha that, he would not have joined Okorocha in the same mistake, at least, coming from a legislative background as a former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives who took part in the making of some of these laws, which forbid suspension or sack of elected councils by the sitting Governors.

This is no longer a time to dwell in that Okorocha’s ill policy which Ihedioha further fell victim to, but a time for the stakeholders to wear their thinking Caps, weight in between the options, the advantages of having elected council which is sinequanon to development at the grassroots or a time to keep shooting ourselves on the leg all in the name of paying back a particular individual on his own coin.

Amongst, the three tiers of the Government which are the Federal, the State and the Local Government, it is only the Local Government otherwise known as the third tier that brings about development in the rural areas and where there are no functional or elected councils, the reverse becomes the case.

It is appalling that since 1999, only during the administration of Achike Udenwa that Imo has had an elected council devoid of Interruption while every other state has had successive council elections.

A close look at the Local Governments administration in Imo particularly in the area of development, one would be tempted to ask if Imo has been receiving Local Government Allocations since 1999.

Having said this, I will join those appealing with our dear Governor Uzodinma to tamper justice with mercy, but in doing this, I will not suggest, that he reinstates them wholly as contained in the Judgement rather would suggest, he invites the beneficiaries of the judgement and see a way to pay them off of their entitlements just as Ihedioha had started doing with the 2011 ALGON sacked by Okorocha’s administration.

In doing this, the Governor should also dialogue with the 2011 ALGON, and see a way to also pay them off.

The reason for this is not far fetched since there is already at the Local Government Councils Interim Management Committee, selected amongst the Governor’s Loyalists, it will not be advisable to ley them off because politics is all about interest, Uzodinma must work with those he believes that are loyal and those that believe in the same ideology with him.

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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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WAFU Tournament: The Baby Elephants Beat Eaglets 3-2 in Thrilling Final



Ivory Coast defeated defending champions Nigeria 3-2 to win the West African Football Union (WAFU) B competition at the Stade de Kégué, Togo on Monday.

Sindou Kone, Abdrumane Konate and Seydou Traore gave the Ivorian side a three-goal lead before two late goals from substitute Ahmed Abdulahi guaranteed a cheeky completion for Ivory Coast in Lome.

Ivory Coast, who had defeated the Golden Eaglets 1-0 in the group stage of the WAFU tournament, started the game on the front foot and were by far the better side of the teams from the kick-off.

Goalkeeper of the Nigerian side, Destiny Emuwahen, was forced to make a fine save in the 10th minute following a fine passing game from the Ivorians. After five minutes, he was beaten by a fine header from Sindou, who jumped highest to net in a fine cross from a corner kick via a nod.

The goal prodded the Eaglets to life and they began creating chances of their own began failed to convert any of them.

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Sindou messed up the Eaglets backline as he kept on tormenting the Nigerian defenders and nearly got the second however saw his shot impeded by Victor Udoh.

Abdrumane made it 2-0 for Ivory Coast 13 minutes into the restart, with Golden Eaglets coach Fatai Amoo reacting with three quick substitutions as he brought on Ahmed for Chijioke Osuji, Samson Ogunmola for Samuel Akere, with Emmanuel Papo, who got the champ against Burkina Faso in the semi-finals, replaced by Oluwatomiwa Kolawole.

Substitute Seydou scored the third goal of the night for Ivory Coast in the 84th minute to put the game out of the reach of the Eaglets.

Be that as it may, two late goals from Ahmed in added time gave the Eaglets a life saver, however it was short of what was needed as the Baby Elephants held on to claim the trophy.

Regardless of the loss, the Eaglets are through to the 2021 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Morocco in July, where the top four teams at the WAFU tournament will qualify for the 2021 U-17 World Cup in Peru, as Africa’s representatives

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Anambra State Needs Another Governor like Peter Obi, says Ozigbo



A previous Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, Valentine Ozigbo, on Sunday urged Anambra State citizens to elect somebody in the class of ex-Governor, Peter Obi, in the impending governorship political race planned for November.

Ozigbo, who is aspiring to fly the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming gubernatorial polls said, “Peter Obi left Anambra on a positive direction with different sums left in numerous banks which have been approved by many sources.

“However, today, Anambra is in such an debt that one begins to think about how the state government is the place where it is presently.

“With the status quo, Anambra will before long be forgotten about in the comity of economically-viable states soon. That is the reason my mission is extremely well-suited.”

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Ozigbo said this in an interview with journalists, in Awka. He stated, “We can’t manage the cost of another slip-up of enthroning ineptitude after such underperformance.”

“Anambra today is a shadow of what it used to be. Obiano has put forth a valiant effort however whether his best is sufficient, it is for the individuals to pass judgment.”

“I have moved around the state and noticed genuine infrastructural rot, helpless waste management, absence of access to fundamental amenities, and so on.”

“More troubling is the rising debt profile of Anambra State regardless of the horrible performance of the government.”

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