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Please Help! Rochas Aide, Nkiru Sylvanus wants to grab my land – cries embattled civil servant



A female civil servant, Mrs. Okorie Rita Ijeoma mother of seven, has cried out against alleged demolition of her Boys Quarters, fence as well as erection of illegal building foundation by Ms Nkiru Sylvanus, a former Special Assistant to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha in an attempt to take her piece of land from her.

Mrs. Okorie who brought along to THE LEADER office, copies of documents to authenticate her claims over the property located at Plot 8 Housing Area F (along Old Nekede Road) said that Nkiru Sylvanus claims that the Governor gave her the land through the Ministry of Lands.

Among the documents she showed to our reporter to prove ownership are: the Power of Attorney issued to her by a former Permanent Secretary in the State, late B.S.C. Onyeche and receipts of the various payments she made to government and to the Umuihua Umuodu Youth Organization of Owerri up till 2015.

The embattled woman who said that she put up a dwarf fence as soon as she bought the land in 2003, said that she was shocked recently (in April this year) to find that someone had put up a building foundation in part of the land. “On inquiry I was told that it was Nkiru Sylvanus”, she said.

I reported to the police and arrests were made. Nkiru Sylvanus refused to show up at the Owerri Area Command that invited her but preferred to report at the New Owerri Police Station. The latest development is that she has used the police attached to her to demolish my Boys Quarters. The police invited her last Tuesday but she refused to turn up and rather sent only her lawyer who was ill-briefed. On three occasions, her agents have demolished my fence it was only after my security men (a month ago) apprehended her orderly who was trying to demolish my fence that Nkiru Sylvanus finally showed up at the police station.

I wonder how a single girl, that has no responsibilities can take my land ( I am a mother of seven) I have stayed in Owerri for over 30 years. This is the only thing I have and she wants to take it and add to what she has “Nkiru Sylvanus owns a hotel near my property” added Mrs Okorie.

She disclosed that the police asked them to submit their relevant documents to facilitate conduct of a search at the Ministry of Lands to ascertain the true ownership of the property. “That search is over but Nkiru Sylvanus refused to turn up when the police invited the two of us to come for briefing on the report of the search,” Mrs. Okorie disclosed.

“From my latest findings, Nkiru Sylvanus appears to be above the police, if not, why should she refuse to honour their invitation for over two weeks now? she asked.

Mrs. Okorie said that to the best of her knowledge, government has neither revoked her Certificate of Occupancy of the land nor officially re-allocated it anyone else. She maintained that she has her Certificate of Occupancy with No. 33, Pg 333, Vol 15 under Section 9 of the Land Use Decree of 1978.

Another evidence of her proof of ownership includes her Power of Attorney dated April 7, 2003 adding that the land is more particularly delineated in deposited plan No. IMLD in the Ministry of Lands and Survey Owerri, Imo State from which is lifted a Survey Plan No. OWR(M)181 dated November 3 1980 measuring 144.737 square meters.

The embattled civil servant calls on government to come to her aid by getting the Nollywood actress to hands off her piece of land.

But when contacted on phone Nkiru Sylvanus insisted she was not aware of such disputed piece of land.



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



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



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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