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August 15, 2018

Stakeholders condemn reduction of work days in Imo, Benue

Labour leaders, lawyers, academics and other stakeholders have condemned the move by Imo, Benue and Sokoto to reduce the working hours and days in their states. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the development was illegal, unconstitutional and a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention. NAN reports that Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue had directed civil servants to use Fridays for farming, while Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo pushed for a law that provides for three days for work and two days for farming. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba…

“Christians commit more crimes than terrorists” – Sultan alleges

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that though Christians were not believed to be terrorists but they commit wicked crimes against humanity. Sa’ad Abubakar III spoke in Benin City at the General Assembly and Executive National Council Meeting of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Abubakar, however, hailed the Pope for making a very strong statement defending Islam as a religion of peace. On the hijab controversy, he stated that putting on hijab is a right and not a privilege for Muslims across the nation. The Sultan said: “Hijab is our right not a privilege….

That There May Be Peace

Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, fellow citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria: For decades our people here in Enugu State – a peaceful and God-fearing population of predominantly peasant farmers, traders and civil servants – have played hosts (not without some difficulties) to a succession of Fulani herdsmen and their cattle in various parts of the State. Over the years, there have been frequent disagreements between the herdsmen and the local population, but such were mostly minor and tolerable inconveniences that one should expect in order to make accommodation for another within the same space. In the past…

Rochas makes good his threat, demolishes church properties

…  Priests, parishioners lament losses “A voice was heard in Rama lamenting. It is Rachel weeping for her children refusing to be comforted because they are no more” (Jeremiah 31:15). This biblical quotation best describes the scene at Akwakuma in Owerri North Local Government Area, where Governor Rochas Okorocha and his workmen have demolished a significant portion of the Sacred Heart Church, reducing to rubble the multi million Naira ultra modern gate, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue and 18 lock-up stores rented out to the poor to help them make a living. The heartless demolition took place at 9 am….

No National Grazing Bill pending before us – Senate

The Senate on Tuesday said there was no National Grazing Bill pending before it as has been reported in the media.    Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Sen. Babajide Omoworare, disclosed this in a statement he issued in Abuja after plenary on Tuesday.   He said that such bill had not been presented to the 8th Senate, but recalled that a bill relating to the issue was presented to the 7th Senate but was not passed.   “Several distinguished senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have been inundated with the request by members of the public concerning…

Open Letter to Gov. Rochas Okorocha

In a meeting of Retired Permanent Secretaries held on December, 2015, it was decided that the payment of only three months of pension to some pensioners by the Imo State Government be acknowledged. However, the arrears left to be paid vary from individual to individual as the minimum arrears yet to be paid is nine months. The government is therefore urged to pay the outstanding arrears immediately.   It is important to note that section 210 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended does not permit withholding of pensions for even one day unless in…

Waiting for Buhari’s Ministers

  There is no doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari has the good will of all Nigerians. His stance on corruption and promise to bring about the desired change Nigerians have always prayed for has endeared him to the heart of many. But Nigerians are not a very patient people and nothing has tried their patience, in recent times, as much as President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in appointing his ministers. Buhari’s predecessors did that in less than two months, giving Nigerians the opportunity to know who their leaders are and who and whom to go to for contracts and related “things”….

After the swearing in – what next? (1)

  May 29th 1999 kick-started the true democratic governance in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and it has become a National Day to be celebrated till date.  This year’s Democracy Day, May 29, 2015 marked 16 years of democratic governance in the country.  On that day, President Muhammadu Buhari providentially nicknamed Okechukwu was sworn-in as the 7th President of Nigeria in Abuja.  Here in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha of APC was sworn-in as the Executive Governor for the 2nd tenure. At the national level the Federal Government was said to have spent more than 2…

Democracy As A Catalyst For National Unity

  As Nigeria marks another year in the annals of her democracy, every Nigerian has a sacred duty in the spirit of patriotism to apply oneself to the utmost in advancing the course of building a better society in which one would be judged by character and not by religion or tribe.We must endeavor to build a country in which the breeze of nationalism and unity will always tame the storm of disunity, a country in which all men and women are brothers and sisters; above all, a country where no man or women is brutalized. As our nation transits…

Buhari visits Imo, hails Igbos

  The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has described Igbos as strong partners in Nigeria’s development during his first trip to Imo State after election. He noted that where a thousand Nigerians gather, there must be Igbos in their midst and commended the mercantile spirit of the people. “Igbos are all over the country and there is no part of the country where 1000 people gather without finding Igbos,” the president-elect said. Gen. Buhari, who was received by the party’s supporters at the Imo International Conference Centre, Owerri, Tuesday, April 7, also appealed to the people to support the All Progressives Congress…

Crude Politics: Have we failed to Learn from History?

A Look at the Current Status Shaping the Contours of Leadership/Followership in our society The Federal Republic of Nigeria obviously remains the “baby giant” of Africa. Nigeria remains the most populous Country in all of Africa and occupies a strategic position in the world in terms of population statistics. Nigeria is a rich country blessed with huge human and natural resources. Despite the abundance of these resources, it is still faced with many challenges and has been rated so poorly in terms of poverty level. This article takes a critical and psychological look on the contemporary trends in the leadership/followership…

ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNALS AND THE 180 DAYS RULE

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The 2015 Elections would generally determine the future of Nigeria, the path and direction, the endangered Nation at war, shall take in the next decade to come, in the backdrop of the Boko Haram managed warfare which is directed primarily, to contain the development of Christianity in the North East and wrestle power out of a Christian Head of government in spite of the frivolous rationalizations of corruption and inept leadership under President Jonathan. Many are going to get killed and at the rate we are going, post election violence, is seemly inevitable. Available records show that while the 2007…

The Principles and Challenges of Free, (2) Fair and Regular Elections under a Democracy

A secret Ballot: A secret Ballot means, no one but the voter knows how he voted. If how, a voter voted is observable, it violates the integrity of the electoral process which can result in intimidations and reprisals. One of the elements of a secret ballot system is that all the parties agree to the outcome of the electoral processes so as to sustain the integrity of the electoral process and democracy as evidenced in the U.S 2000 elections. In Nigeria, how a voter votes is strictly observable which is out of sync with international traditions and strictures of electoral…

IMSU Vice-Chancellor bags Commonwealth Fellowship

History was made in Imo State University, Owerri on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 as the Vice-Chancellor of Imo State University, Arc. Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, fnia, was decorated by the Africa CHOGM College of Higher Institutions as a fellow of Millennium Development Leadership for Rights.   Presenting the fellowship certificate on behalf of the Institute, the Director, Arc. A.N. Eluwa, described the academic as a goal oriented Vice-Chancellor, whose leadership style is in line with the Millennium Development Goals Agenda.  She hinted that the fellowship is only given to special personalities who have distinguished themselves in various leadership capacities. It is…