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There is currently unease among the staff of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri as they wait endlessly for a purported asset acquisition company to fulfill their own part of a business bargain. Generally, civil servants are known to engage in Esusu or group contribution aimed at pulling funds to execute a major project or acquire assets. Minus these group monthly contributions, the other means of assessing funds for any desired project is by obtaining bank loans or loans from the cooperative society. The story of the staff of FMC Owerri does not differ as same arrangement exists among staff. However, a supposed asset acquisition company has taken advantage of the prevailing financial scenario to rip unsuspecting staff. According to the story narrated by the Secretary General of the Hospital Staff Welfare Association, Comrade Umah Iyke Godwin, the company SEGNET International Concept approached the Joint Health Sector Union JOHESU of the hospital and made several presentations regarding a purported ample opportunity that would enable members of staff acquire different categories of goods with the payment period spread over years at the buyers convenience. The period of payment raged from 3 months to 5 years while the assets available included vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles, washing machines, refrigerators and other house hold / office equipment.

The company also offered to construct water bore holes to interested individuals for a fee payable over a long period. The criteria for participation was prove of your membership of staff of the hospital and an authorization to your bank to deduct stipulated amount of money at source from your salary account. The company went further to mandate intending beneficiaries of the scheme to buy household equipment of between twenty to hundred thousand naira. These items when bought and fully paid for qualifies an intending participant to qualify for the exercise.

The goods instantly bought and paid for is a prerequisite for participating in the scheme. Interestingly, these products which ranged from kitchen ware, electrical gadgets to other household items were sold at exorbitant prices, about 50% more than the market price. Hundreds of staff subscribed to the plan, buying different items, filling necessary forms, and submitting relevant documents. A date was set for the delivery of the main items to be preceded by an alert to confirm exactly what items to be delivered. Agreed date were repeatedly postponed with some staff receiving the SMS alerts while others did not get. Segnet International concept kept reassuring the staff that every technical log jam would be sorted out and all who signified interest would be happy at the end of the day.

At a point, the company claimed that the Nigerian Customs Service was responsible for the delay claiming that as manufacturers representative, their goods has since arrived but is being delayed by the Customs. Like fairy tale, the said goods are yet to be delivered six months after the transaction. The main facilitator Mr. Sunday Kolawole no longer takes calls or reply texts. The letter headed of the fraudulent company has two phone numbers 08121129873 and 08105405253 with its address at 14 Adeniyi street Trinity road Westminister Apapa Lagos.

They claimed to be importers, exporters, manufacturers representative and general merchants. What worries the staff more is the confidential documents submitted to the fraudsters which included passports, bank details, payslips and forms filled containing confidential personal data. ”What convinced us to fall prey was the long payment duration. The huge profit they were supposed to make equivalent to a hire purchase arrangement coupled with the exotic cars they were coming with made us believe they were real” Umah concluded.

 

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  1. Mariam Abdullahi

    September 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Some times I think that people who make judgements about other people they don’t even know are shallow, and people who start rumors are shallow, and I really don’t care what shallow people say about Segnet International Concept.i cannot stop thanking allah for bringing Segnet in our Society ,Segnet has really better the life of many of our Staffs here in Kastina,Am a Civil Servant in Kastina and am also one of the Beneficiaries that apply for 3 Bed-Room Flat here in Batagarawa,Kastina which was later Approved and Build for me and my lovely Kids though My Husband is late now,he died in Auto Car Crash Few years Ago,not so long after the death of my Late Husband Segnet brought this wonderful News for us in our Lgea,since then Life has been so meaningful for me and my kids.A lie has speed but truth has endurance,if you were not opportune for a thing just try again,rather than giving a false Rumor about,Thank Allah for Segnet.

  2. Mike Sule.

    December 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Segnet is a dubious coy. It has defrauded staff of d 17 LGEAs in Plateau State by luring them to buy their products in d face of serious hardships wt d promised to deliver approved items & bonuses on agreed dates dat never materialised. Staff of d coy phone nos are place in calls divert. I wish d law in Nigeria can act immediately.

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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…Umuagwo Varsity of Agric kicks-off October

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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