The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Chima Obieze, made the assertion in Enugu on Thursday when his committee visited the Igbo Etiti and Udi council areas respectively as part of its oversight function to supervise state government projects.
Obieze thanked the Igbo Etiti council chairman for receiving them and also taking them round the state’s project sites in the council area.
He said that some of the state government projects visited by the committee were road projects in Ukehe, Ozalla, Aka and also the road projects that passed through Igbo Etiti to Akpakumenze in Udi Local Government Area (LGA) joining the two local governments.
He explained that the governor had so much love not just for Igbo Etiti but for the entire state, adding that his intention was to connect every community with good road network before 2023.
The committee chairman also commended Mr Malachy Agbo, the Executive Chairman of Igbo Etiti, for taking them to some of the projects executed by the council, including Ohodo-Ekwegbe alshephat road which is about 2.3km, electrification of Ekwegbe community, reconstruction of podium and renovation of several primary schools in the council.
Obieze said that the road was perfectly done with solid drains and commended the council chairman for the podium he constructed in the council field for programmes and rallies.
He said that though the initiative came under the administration of Okwesirieze Nwodo as the then governor in 1991, but the successive chairman abandoned it and the current chairman decided to remember it.
“These are the things we will like the world to know in order to challenge other chairmen to follow suit,” he said.
Obieze described Ugwuanyi of as a worker and said that he was happy that some council chairmen were complementing his efforts.
Reacting to the visit, the Igbo Etiti LGA chairman welcomed the committee.
Agbo said that he thanked God for what he had been using the governor to achieve for the people in Igbo Etiti mostly the peace they enjoy in the council.
He urged the committee to extend his appreciation to the governor who gave him the platform to serve his people.
The chairman said that the little he achieved was because of the governor’s magnanimity, adding that he gave them the council chairmen free hand to operate unlike other states.
He said that in Enugu State, all local governments had autonomy, noting that they planned and executed their projects without interference of the state government.
Agbo said that some of the projects he embarked on and completed were for the interest of humanity,
He assured the governor that the people of Igbo Etiti would continue to support him and his good works, urging the Assembly for continuous support to the government.
He said that what he had done was just a tip of what he was supposed to do, adding that he would do more by his grace.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee also supervised some state government projects in Udi LGA, including, Akpakumenze-Aku road, Eke Ogui road, Ameke Ngwo road and others.
Wase felicitates with Sultan of Sokoto at 63
In a congratulatory message on Saturday in Abuja, Wase described the monarch as an icon of peace.
The parliamentarian said that the sultan through his spiritual counsel brought peace and tolerance not only to Sokoto state but the entire nation.
“His Eminence has over the years demonstrated both in words and in deeds that he is a true man of peace by always preaching unity, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria.
“As a spiritual leader and traditional ruler, you have over the years, distinguished yourself as an exemplary leader, traversing the length and breadth of the country, preaching peaceful coexistence and building bridges across religious and cultural divides.”
Wase prayed for many more years in good health for the sultan as he continued in his service of humanity and uniting the people of Nigeria.
Nov. 16 election: APC screens Lokpobiri, ex-INEC REC, 4 others in Bayelsa
The All Progressives Congress on Saturday screened the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri.
Similarly, the party screened the immediate past Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Frankland Briyai for Nov. 16 governorship election in Bayelsa.
Nigeria News Agency, reports that others, who were screened by the Mr Ita Isong led National Screening Committee include a former female Commissioner of Police, Deseye Poweigha, Ebitimi Amgbare, David Lyon and Preye Aganaba,
Earlier, Isong assured all the aspirants of a level playing ground to ensure a smooth primary of the party on Sept. 29 andl the election.
Speaking with journalists after the screening, the former Cross River REC, Frankland Briyai, and former Minister, Heineken Lokpobiri, said that they were satisfied with the outcome.
Lokpobiri said: ”Well, the screening committee did an excellent job, out of the seven aspirants, I happen to be the last person to be screened and I think the process went very well.
“If I don’t get the ticket, I will definitely cooperate with the party. Am a party man.
“Ultimately, other aspirants are expected to rally round whoever gets the party ticket, so that we can work together for the party.”
On his part, Briyia, reiterated his earlier promises to led Bayelsa industrial revolution as he had been a leader with proven integrity and commitment.
He said: “Bayelsa needs somebody who could share, who could build, who could lead.
“I have been a leader in my post primary school and tertiary school, even in my places of work I have quite outstanding qualities that make me believe that when I win and become the governor of Bayelsa, citizens will experience the best of life.”
Go, change narratives about womanhood – Mrs Akeredolu charges BEMORE girls
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has advised girls who participated in the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp to go back to their homes and change the narratives about womanhood.
She enjoined the girls to proclaim what they were taught at the camp and impact the society positively.
She also urged them to introduce a ‘Weekend Democracy Meeting’ to their families, where some of the things they had learnt would be shared with others for good living.
According to the governor’s wife, she is determined to focussing on the young girls who are malleable and not yet polluted with tribalism and rabid religiosity which are common with many Nigerians.
“I’m determined to equipping them with the tools to succeed and protecting them from harm, and all manners of physical abuse.
“I am certain that this will lead them to becoming leaders, not only in technology, but in all endeavours, especially in politics where their voices are desperately needed to sit at the table of decision making,” she said.
The governor’s wife said BEMORE was structured to chart a new course and serve as a grooming ground for a new breed without greed.
She explained that the girls were taught to be selfless, good mannered, advocate of causes of their choice, especially those related to the uplift of women.
“They were also trained to be proficient in their chosen professions,” she said.
Mrs Akeredolu tasked the girls to return to their various communities and initiate positive changes without being bothered by the high and mighty that might confront them when practising what they had learnt in the camp.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the over 250 girls, selected across the state, were trained on ICT, solar energy, taekwondo and various skill acquisitions.
Edited by Moses Solanke and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Be selfless, patriotic in discharging your duties, CLO charges new ministers
The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has charged members of the newly-constituted Federal Executive Council (FEC) to be selfless and patriotic in the discharge of their duties in order to improve the conditions of the citizenry.
Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, Chairman of the Anambra State chapter of the organisation, gave the charge on Saturday in Enugu while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on the expectations of Nigerians from the new federal cabinet.
Ezekwueme urged the new ministers to work relentlessly in order to restore the trust and hope of Nigerians in government and earn their respect.
According to him, they must engrave their names in the heart of the citizens by being catalysts for positive change.
“They must promote and provide good governance, transparency, accountability, public interest, welfare and fear of God. Passion for betterment of the country and its citizenry must also be their moving spirit.
“The new ministers must be more effective, efficient, prudent, assiduous, conscientious and upright in the discharge of their national duties,’’ he said.
The CLO boss urged citizens to hold them accountable and tell them what they needed to know rather than what they wanted to hear.
“Holistic implementation of government policies and programmes in words and actions, not political rhetoric, is the greatest and best expectations of Nigerians.
“This is the precondition for the true democratic governance which our people have been yearning for,’’ he added.
Edited by Chioma Ugboma and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Kwara deputy governor extols Offa people for integrity
The Deputy Governor of Kwara, Mr Kayode Alabi, has commended the people of Offa for the exhibition of high level of integrity in the politics of the state.
The deputy governor charged Nigerians, especially politicians, to be honest in their dealings to ensure an egalitarian society.
He also called on the people to let humility and service delivery be their guiding principles always.
Alabi, who described the people of Offa as humble and straight forward, recalled that he had a memorable time while he was in Offa Grammar School as a student.
Ogunniyi had earlier commended the state government for its efforts at developing the state, describing it as the government of the people.
The team leader expressed a belief that the present administration in the state would perform and take the state to the next level.
He pledged the unalloyed support of the party to the government in the task ahead.