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5 inmates of Enugu custodial centre bag B.Sc degrees



Five inmates of Enugu custodial centre have successfully completed their first degree in various fields of study. The five inmates earned their Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degrees at the Special Study Centre of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Enugu Custodial Centre.

Mr Monday Chukwuemeka, Public Relation Officer of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Enugu State Command, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Thursday.

Chukwuemeka said that the five graduates include Godlove Obinna, a native of Uburu in Ohaozara of Ebonyi State who majored in Peace Study with a Cumulative Grade Point of 4.17 and overall best for Special Study Centres in Correctional Centres nationwide.

“Others are Chekwube Cletus, a native of Umuariaga in Ikwu-ano of Abia, who studied Entrepreneurship and Business Management with a second class honour; Okeke Emeka with a Second Class lower B.Sc in Peace and Conflict Resolution and hails from Agwu of Enugu State.

Also, Abonyi Obinna who majored in Mathematics and Computer Science;  and Nkama Dickson who studied Peace and Conflict Resolution,  both bagged Second Class lower division and hail from Ebonyi State,” he said.

Chukwuemeka said that Enugu Custodial Centre had previously produced graduates in different fields of study including Theophilus Adeniyi, who was the best graduating student in 2014.

According to him, Adeniyi is presently pursuing his Doctorate degree at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

“The Service under the amiable leadership of the Controller-General of NCoS, Mr Ahmed Ja’afaru, has witnessed significant increase in the number of inmates enrolling for educational programmes while in custody.

“This development is fast tracked through the Controller-General’s policy of replacing cells with classrooms in a bid to reintegrate back into the society, reformed individuals who will contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.

“Controller of NCoS, Enugu State Command, Mr Joseph Emelue, thanked NOUN governing council, non governmental bodies, members of staff and good spirited individuals for their immense contribution and positive impact to the inmates’ education.

“He  urged other inmates to emulate the graduates and encourage the society to accept them as reformed persons upon discharge,’’ he said.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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IMT seeks Enugu Govt’s support to commercialise automated sanitiser dispenser



The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, has called for the assistance of the state government in commercialising its solar automated sanitiser dispenser.

The Chairman, IMT Governing Board, Mrs Ifeoma Nwobodo, made the call on Wednesday at the Government House, while presenting the solar automated dispenser produced by the institution to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Nwobodo said that the device could automatically dispense soap, water and sanitiser using solar energy.

The board chairman said that the effort was part of the institution’s contribution to the state government’s crusade against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Nwobodo said that the institution had the capacity to produce the product in commercial quantity, if given the support.

Responding, Ugwuanyi commended the institution for the initiative and breakthrough.

The governor said that such was the type of relationship that needed to exist between government and institutions in the area of research.

Ugwuanyi said that his administration would give the institution the needed support and cooperation to achieve success in the project.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Gov. Ugwuanyi directs rehabilitation of Enugu Ezike General Hospital



Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Tuesday directed the state’s Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to commence massive rehabilitation of the 62-year-old Enugu Ezike General Hospital.

Ugwuanyi gave the directive when he paid an unscheduled visit to Enugu Ezike General Hospital in Ogrute, Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state, to assess the state of the hospital, built in 1958.

The governor, who was led round the hospital by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Cyril Nnadi and the Chairman of Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, Mr Ejike Itodo, expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the facilities on ground.

He, therefore, directed the ministry to commence the evaluation of the facility with a view to rehabilitating it to serve the public better.

During the inspection, the chief medical officer informed the governor that the hospital had no electricity supply since 2008 because of huge bills, among other challenges.

Ugwuanyi consequently directed the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to restore power supply to the hospital.

The governor further made funds available to the hospital’s management to enable it commence clearing of the premises and other immediate interventions.

Reacting on behalf of the management of the hospital, Nnadi thanked the governor for the provision of funds for the hospital premises to be cleared immediately and his directive to reconnect the hospital to electricity supply.

“We also appreciate the governor for his promise to carry out major upgrade of the hospital to serve the people better,’’ he said.

The governor was accompanied on the surprise visit by the state’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Greg Nnaji and Deputy Chief of Staff, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, among others.

The rehabilitation of the hospital was in keeping with the Ugwuanyi-led administration’s renewed vigour toward upgrade of health facilities in Enugu State.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)



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Lockdown: Gov. Ugwuanyi reopens popular Ogbette main market in Enugu



Enugu State government has resolved to fully reopen the popular Ogbette Main Market, Enugu for business after two months of closure following concerns about the COVID-19) pandemic.

The resolution to reopen the market followed a closed door meeting between officials of the state government and the leadership of the market at the Government House, Enugu on Tuesday.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, Mr John Eze, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ogbette Main Market Traders Association, said that the agreement to reopen the market followed a commitment that traders would abide by certain safety protocols.

Eze said that such safety protocols included, wearing of facemasks by both buyers and sellers, and washing of hands in any shop one wished to patronise.

According to him, as a trader, you must have a bucket for washing of hands and a hand sanitiser as well as apply other precautionary measures.

He said the state government equally made a commitment to relaunch the Traders Empowerment Scheme within the month of June 2020.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls  that the state government  on April 1, 2020 shut all markets in the state as part of safety measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)


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COVID-19: Enugu govt. distributes palliatives to cab operators



The Enugu State government, on Monday at Okpara Square, presented food items and protective equipment to members of the Coal City Cabs/Taxi Operators’ Union in the state.
The state Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, said the gesture was part of efforts to cushion the effects of the lockdown, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ezeilo said that government was committed to the wellbeing of the people of the state.
According to her, government has been consistent in the distribution of food items to various groups in the state, including the poorest of the poor, since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The deputy governor appealed to members of the union to continue to abide by the government’s restriction orders as well as the safety protocols in order to be free from the virus.
Responding, the Chairman of the cab operators, Mr Samuel Ajogwu, commended the state government for its efforts at assisting the less-privileged and groups through distribution of palliatives.
Ajogwu also commended the government for its efforts at containing the spread of the virus in the state.
“It is heartwarming that the state government has deemed it necessary to provide us with these food items as palliatives,” he said.
The chairman expressed the union’s resolve to assist the state government in containing the spread of the virus in the state.

Edited By: Benson Iziama and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19 : Enugu community begins cash transfers to indigent families



The Okpebe Autonomous Community in Nkanu West Local Government Area, Enugu State, has supported no fewer than 200  indigent households in the area with cash palliatives.

Mr Charles Ngene, the President General of the community, made the disclosure on Sunday at the inauguration of the first phase of the cash transfers to  the beneficiaries.

Ngene said that the intervention was to cushion economic hardship arising from the COVID-19 pandemic among vulnerable households in the area.

The community’s president, who said that the first  beneficiaries were in Ezinato and Umuoha villages, added that well-meaning sons and daughters of the community contributed the money.

Ngene said that the community discovered that  the  beneficiaries were not able to fend for themselves during the lockdown, even when the Local Government Chairman donated food items to some people.

A member of the planning committee, Prof. Osita Ogbu, said that they were sharing N600,000 to 200 indigent households in the first phase, adding that each beneficiary in a household would receive N3,000.

Responding, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Ngozi Ede, said that it had been difficult for her family to eat well since the lockdown began.

“I was busy thinking of what my family will eat tomorrow, not knowing that this opportunity will come,” she  said.

Other beneficiaries, including Mr Friday Nwobodo and Mrs Promise Ani, thanked the members of the autonomous community for the kind gesture.

Edited /Donald Ugwu

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COVID-19: Enugu govt. decontaminates Ogbete Main Market



The Enugu State Fire Service has commenced the decontamination and fumigation of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing newsmen during the exercise on Saturday, the state’s Chief Fire Officer, Mr Okwudiri Ohaa, said that the exercise would last until Sunday.

It would be recalled that the state fire service carried out the first phase of the exercise in the market on April 1, shortly after the market was shut down by the state government to contain spread of COVID-19 in the state.

During the first phase of the decontamination of the market, the exercise was monitored by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and heads of security agencies in the state.

Ohaa said that the state government had been consistent with the exercise to ensure that “the fight against COVID-19 is won in Enugu State”.

He maintained that the decontamination would be a continuous one, saying that “when the market reopens, it will be a weekly event’’.

He advised residents to continue to adhere strictly to all precautionary measures for containment of COVID-19.

Ohaa said the guidelines on personal hygiene protocol by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among others should be adhered to.

Reacting on behalf of the traders in the market, the Chief Security Officer, Mr Justus Ezebinagu, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the initiative to decontaminate the market for the second time.

Ezebinagu gave an assurance that the traders would comply strictly with the government’s precautionary measures as well as the laid-down protocols by WHO and NCDC.

“When we were told that the governor directed the fire service to come and fumigate the market, the traders were happy because this is the second time they are coming to fumigate the market since this pandemic started.

“We thank our amiable governor for coming to our aid. We are happy.

“Even though the market is partially open for now, we believe that our governor is going to do more in our collective interest,’’ he said.

Edited By: Emmanuel.Nwoye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Police rescue 3 kidnap victims, arrest 1 suspect in Enugu



The Police Command in Enugu State has rescued three kidnapped victims in two successful operations at separate locations within the state.

ASP Daniel Ndukwe, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, in a statement on Saturday said that the two operations were carried out on May 16 and May 26.

Ndukwe explained that the operation was after engaging the alleged kidnappers in gun duel at their criminal hideout, leading to death of one and arrest of the other with bullets injuries.

The police spokesman said that the police recovered one AK-47 rifle; 20 rounds of live ammunition; two machetes; four handsets and N700 from the suspects after the gun duel.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that two of the victims, a father and daughter, were reported kidnapped on May 15 at about 5 p.m. by armed men at a building site in Eziama Abakpa-Nike and taken to an unknown destination.

On May 16 at about 10 p.m., a combined team of operatives attached to the command’s anti-kidnapping and anti-cult units, acting on intelligence, rescued the victims unhurt inside a forest in the said community, after gun duel with the kidnappers.

“They have since re-united with their family members,” the police spokesperson said.

He said that the third victim was reported kidnapped on May 25 at about 8:30 p.m. in exchange for her son and one other, who were being held by the alleged kidnappers.

“However, following a tactical and intelligence-led operation carried out by operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit at the said forest, the victim was successfully rescued unhurt, after an intense gun battle with the kidnappers.

“The gun battle led to death of one and the arrest of the other with severe bullets injuries and in a critical condition.

Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, has enjoined residents to always assist the police with credible information required to effectively guard the state

“The commissioner vowed to make life unbearable for criminal elements hell-bent on inflicting pains on citizens in this COVID-19 pandemic,’’ he said.

Ndukwe said that the commissioner directed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Operational/Tactical Departments to be proactive in combating crime in the state.

The police spokesman said that residents have been enjoined to remain law abiding, vigilant and promptly report suspected criminals and acts of criminality to the nearest police station.

He also said that people could call the command’s emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Ministry confirms 1 new COVID-19 case in Enugu, discharges 5



The Ministry of Health in Enugu State has announced one new confirmed COVID-19 positive case, bringing the number in the state to 19.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, announced this in a statement on Saturday in Enugu.

Obi also said that five old cases were discharged from the state isolation and treatment centre after tested negative to the dreaded virus.

He said that the state is now left with six active cases, having discharged 13 patients.

“One more positive case has been confirmed in the state.

“Total number of cases for Enugu State is now 19, with six active cases and 13 discharged.

“The new COVID-19 patient (Case 19) is a 40-year-old female, who hails from Igbo-Etiti LGA.

“The patient had returned home from Lagos State in violation of the restriction order on inter-state movement,’’ the commissioner said.

According to him, the ministry of health is providing treatment for the existing cases, responding to emergency alerts, carrying out contact tracing and following up on suspects.

He urged the public to strictly adhere to the directives of the Federal and Enugu State governments as well as the public health advisories of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and the state ministry of health.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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ECTDA partners town planners for rapid infrastructural development in Enugu



The Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) says it will partner town planners to increase speed of development of infrastructure in Enugu metropolis and its environs.

The Chairman of ECTDA, Mr Joseph Onoh disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu when professionals in the built environment paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The built environment professionals comprises Nigerian Institute of Town planners (NITP), Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and Nigerian Institution of Surveyor (NIS) among other.

Onoh decried the delay in approval of developers’ plan by the council chairmen, and urged council engineers and town planners to send their scheduled plan to ECTDA for approval and create effective working environment.

He said that the agency would work with all the professional bodies to ensure that anybody given an approval, actually fulfilled all the provisions of the law, adding that such would avert building collapse in the city.

“The delay in approval is human error, which could have been restored and handled immediately.

“The essence of this meeting is for ECTDA in accordance with the stipulated provision of law establishing it to have a harmonious existence with the town planners and be able to have a schedule of all submitted plans from the various local governments areas of the state.

“And also, if we have the specific numbers of these schedules; we will be able to anticipate when the approval will be given.

“We wish to do this to create effective environment where as we take the approval and move forward to check development in the various construction/building sites.

“We believe this will help increase the speedy development of infrastructure in the state.

“We work with all professional bodies to ensure that once we give you an approval, you have actually fulfilled all the provisions of the law and we will make it possible that there will be no more building collapse in the city,’’ Onoh said.

The ECTDA boss, who attributed collapse of structure to developers’ disobedient to government order, however, warned that any structure illegally built, would be demolished.

“We also wish to cut down on the building collapses and structure defects in the town during the process of execution but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed our enforcement,’’ he said.

Earlier, Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Enugu chapter, Mr Emmanuel Asadu, who spoke on behalf of other planning associations, commended the  ECTDA chairman for his unrelenting effort to return Enugu city to its original glory and avert building collapses.

Asadu said that the professionals’ were committed to work with the plans of ECTDA to make Enugu state enviable and a comfort city for developers.

ECTDA has its own agenda and plans in its best way to move the building/environment development plan forward.

“The building/environment planning professional will key into it because all we are looking for is to get the approval of plans done within two weeks to make our developer comfortable with everything.

“The challenge of delay in approving plan is not the problem of town planners because we have so many masters that we are serving.

Master A will tell you to do this; while Master B will tell you do not do this, at the end of the day, even when you receive a plan, work on it quickly and send for approval, it will get stocked there,’’ he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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