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Uzodinma Vows To Recover Alleged 141B of LGA Squandered By Okorocha Adm, As Recommended By Duruiheoma’s Panel

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Imo State Governor Senator Hope Uzodinma has vowed to implement the panel report chaired by Eze Duruiheoma which indicted  Local Government administration under Okorocha of squandering N141 Billion on frivolous projects.

This is even as he also assured Imo people of implementing the report of the committee on taking off of Imo State University of Science and Agriculture chaired by Prof. Awuzie.

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has said that he will do his best to implement the recommendations of the reports of panels set up by the government to look into the activities of the past government as they concern Imo affairs.

Governor Uzodimma spoke on Thursday at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers, Government House, Owerri while receiving the report on the Local Government Panel of Inquiry headed by Eze Duruiheoma (SAN) and another on the take-off of the new University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences headed by Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie.

Acknowledging the Duruiheoma report on Local Government, Governor Uzodimma said: “I will do my best to implement your recommendations. I have not come to a joke. I come to restore hope and sanitize the rot. I will do my best to confront whatever is before me.” He added that “humility is not cowardice and that courtesy does not mean surrender.”

Responding to the monumental sleaze which the Panel reported characterized the local government administration during the administration of former Governor Rochas Okorocha, the Governor described as “unfortunate and regrettable” how those entrusted with the common patrimony squander such goodwill.

The Governor thanked the Panel for painstakingly carrying out the inquiry and urged the members to make themselves available for any other assignment that is in the public interest whenever they are called upon.

Earlier, Duruiheoma reported that there were attempts to frustrate the efforts of the committee at doing its work, noting that the Panel was later to discover unimaginable sleaze in the conduct of government business at the local government areas from 2011 to 2019 that saw ₦141 billion being frittered away on “funny projects.” He noted that during the period under review, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Commissioners, Council Chairmen, and contractors were involved in the colossal squandering of the LGA allocations and that stealing of public funds was past time.

Duruiheoma who pleaded with the Governor to ensure that local government areas are made to serve as the pivot for development of our society, regretted that under Okorocha, the LGA was reduced to a bedrock of fraud and criminal diversion of money meant for development.

In another development, Governor Uzodimma also commended the Prof. Awuzie-led nine-member Panel on the take-off of the new Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, which also submitted its report on Thursday.

The Governor said the take-off has become necessary as it will serve as one of the answers to the post-COVID-19 efforts at repositioning Imo State for economic recovery.

“All over the world, after COVID-19, everything in terms of intervention and stimulus package is dependent on agriculture. To meet the expectations from our people, food security must be worked out,” the Governor said.

Prof. Awuzie had earlier commended the Governor for finding the members of his Panel worthy to fashion out the modalities for the take-off of the university.

He used the opportunity to explain to the Governor how the programs will run, the staff and facilities requirements, and what potentials await the new university and the Imo State Polytechnic that will operate from Omuma, Orlu, Ehime and Amino campuses simultaneously.

The presentations were witnessed by Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku; the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins; the Secretary of the State Government, Cosmos Iwu; the Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie; commissioners; and other government appointees.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno

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The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

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Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.

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‘Your Words Mean Nothing’ – Aisha Yesufu Slams Buhari

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Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, says the words of President Muhammadu Buhari “mean nothing”.

Reacting to the abduction of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, Yesufu said the primary responsibility of government is to protect lives.

In a strongly worded statement on Friday night, Buhari had warned bandits that he would not fall for threats and blackmail.

He had also said that his government had the capacity to deal with them but has not taken drastic action to prevent a situation where captives are used as shields.

Yesufu said Nigerians are used to a president “whose words are meaningless”.

“What I make of the statement is absolutely nothing. We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens.”

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“The body language of President Muhammadu Buhari enables the terrorists. They know that we have an ineffective President and Commander-In-Chief, we have an incompetent one a clueless one, who does not even bother about what is happening in the nation.

“Yesterday we buried seven military officers, the best that we have, the nation was in mourning and the President was a few minutes away from the location of the burial and didn’t even turn up, what does that signify? It Is high time we began to make serious demands on the president.

“It is not in our place to give the way forward. His salaries are being paid for it; his needs are being taken care of. He was voted to give the way forward,” she said.

Yesufu was a strong member of the #Bring Back Our Girls Movement, which was on the frontline of the campaign for the release of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

Up till dates, some of the students are still in captivity.

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