The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) says it will soon make a resolution statement on the matter between Igwe Godwin Ezeilo, traditional ruler of Nanka Community in Orumba North Local Government and Chief Walter Okeke over Afo-Nanka market land allocation.
Mr Samben Nwosu, the Federal Commissioner in charge of Anambra PCC office, said this after the final examination session in a case conference held on Thursday.
Okeke had dragged Ezeilo to PCC, alleging that the monarch was falsely laying claims to the market space allotted to him by the Orumba North Council Authority in 2016.
He said he surveyed the land in question where he got approval to build a bank, having met the allocation processes as stipulated by the council.
According to him, I did not apply to get a land in Nanka market, rather the council chairman at that time, called me to come for my allocation, saying he was aware that I had the capacity to develop the land.
Okeke said he paid for the space through the Head of Works after which the chairman of Market Allocation Committee showed him a space and the council approved for him to do a survey of the place.
In his defence, Ezeilo said he got allocation for the same place in 2014 with approval to build an eatery and a bank.
The monarch said Nanka market land was donated to the community by a particular village, adding that it could only be allocated for development purposes and could not be sold to individuals.
He said it was wrong for Okeke to survey any land within the market without coordinates as the land remained a community land and he could not appropriate it to himself for paltry allocation fee.
Ezeilo said he was the original and bona fide allottee because the council authorities had not revoked the allocation he did in 2014.
He said the petitioner had called him in the past to sign off the bank area to him as he had been informed that it already belonged to someone.
Ezeilo said apart from fighting for what rightly belonged to him, he was also protecting the interest of Nanka people as part of the area in question was for siting of Police Station and other community projects.
Mr Obinna Ikwueto, Transition Chairman of the council who was at the case conference, provided documentation history of Nanka Market allocation even when he was not the one in office when the two allocations were made.
Mr Collins Nwafor and Dr Sam Mba who were in charge of Works and Market Committee were also present to explain their roles.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that a team from PCC were at the market for on-the-spot assessment of the market land.
Nwosu said he would rule on the matter on a date not latter than 30 days.
He urged the parties to remain peaceful assuring they would both be happy at the end.
Resumption: Anambra giving schools 1,000 infrared thermometers — Commissioner
The Anambra Government says it is providing 1,000 infrared thermometers to schools in the state as part of preparatory measures to ensure safety as schools reopens.
The state Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenughasaid this during a Facebook live streaming programme to sensitise students, teachers and proprietors on COVID-19 preventive measures on Monday in Awka.
Omenugha said that based on the agreement of all commissioners for education and the Minister of Education, schools will resume on Aug. 5 basically for senior secondary school three students.
She said that an online survey conducted showed that 95 per cent of schools were ready for resumption and also willing to comply with the guidelines.
“The only challenge we have now is that 50 per cent of schools do not have boreholes and we have notified the Public Utilities ministry for intervention,” Omenugha said.
The commissioner advised schools in the state to make available buckets, soap and sanitisers,and also appealed for intervention from well-meaning individuals on construction of the boreholes.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, assured the public that measures had been put in place to ensure that students would not be affected by the pandemic.
“Schools have to be reopened and we have to think of a safer way of doing that. We already engaged teachers and stakeholders on what to do with regards to schools reopening.
“From our interactions, meetings and sensitisation, teachers and stakeholders have shown a high degree of readiness and preparedness for resumption.
“The essence of this programme is actually to speak with the wider audience and for them to understand what they need to do and be ready,’’ Okpala said.
He stressed that students must observe two meters distancing per seat in classrooms, ensure proper wearing of face masks and daily use of infrared thermometers for screening.
Okpala also reiterated the need for washing of hands with soap under running as well as avoidance of contact salutations like handshakes, hugs and pecks.
“Teachers, infirmaries and COVID-19 Task force teams are our extension of ministerial surveillance arm to help us monitor compliance,” he said.
Okpala said that flyers containing all the COVID-19 pandemic information and guidelines would be distributed to schools.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Nursing mothers tasked on continuous breastfeeding for healthy children
Nursing mothers across the country have been advised to embrace breastfeeding of their babies for its importance to growth of children.
Dr Obiora Onwurah, a medical doctor in Awka, called for nursing mothers to see the future benefit other than their instant feelings.
“The child that exclusively breastfed for at least six months has all the potential to grow healthier and stronger than the one that was exclusively fed with baby milk.
“Breastfed babies don’t get sick unnecessarily compared to those that were fed with baby milk.
Also, breastfed babies tend to have sharper brains and stronger bones than those that were not,” he said.
On her part, Mrs Ngozi Nwobu, a grandmother, blamed western civilization as the cause of young mothers not wanting to use exclusive breastfeeding on their children.
“I don’t know who told them that their breast will shrink when they engage in exclusive breastfeeding of their child.
“It is a lie, for it takes the way you handle your body to either have a robust or shrink breast and not what the child sucked,” she said.
Nwobu advised mothers not to see breastfeeding as obsolete as no amount of innovation in manufactured baby cereals could surpass breast milk.
Mrs Felicia Abazu, a civil servant, said that she would never allow her daughter to engage in other forms of feeding newly born child other than breastfeeding.
“I can tell you that there is no substitute to breastfeeding a newly born child until he or she gets to two years a least.
“For my daughter that is now pregnant, I have told her the importance of breastfeeding a child for the child to have a strong immune system,” she said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Typhoid fever in Nigeria not too common as believed — Commissioner
The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Vincent Okpala, says Typhoid fever in Nigeria
is not as common as it has been made to be.
Okpala told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Monday that the Widal test used in the country to diagnose Typhoid
fever would not give accurate diagnosis for the fever.
He described Typhoid fever as a life-threatening systemic infection caused by the bacterium, Salmonella typhi.
He explained that “seriously, nobody in Nigeria had or have Typhoid. If you have 101 patients claiming to have Typhoid or are being told
at the hospital that they have the fever, I tell you there is zero or no patient suffering from Typhoid out of the 101 patients.
“Typhoid fever is not as common as they make it to be. The standard tests for Typhoid are the stool and urine culture but these tests are not done here in Nigeria.
“Most hospitals here conduct Widal test; while it is easy and low cost to administer, it is not reliable in the diagnosis of Typhoid fever.
“And this has most likely led to a large number of patients being misdiagnosed and treated for a disease they never had.”
Dr Okpala said that the standard test – stool and urine culture, were not usually done in Nigeria due to the lack of efficient laboratories,
delay in producing results, patient’s inability to pay for the tests and physicians’ poor knowledge.
He said there was need for renewed scrutiny and adherence to diagnosis guidelines by healthcare practitioners in the country, lamenting
that “malaria and Typhoid have become common terms adopted by many Nigerians.”
According to him, there is need for increased awareness to break the cycle of misconception.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Sen. Ubah, Obikwelu return as Anambra FA Chairman, Vice through e-voting
Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah, President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah has been re-elected as Chairman of Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) for a second term, in an election conducted through electronic voting on Sunday.
Jude Obikwelu, a long time vice-chairman of the association was returned unopposed.
The result of the elections was signed by Jude Anayadufu, chairman of the 2020 AnSFA electoral committee and issued to newsmen by Obinna Dike, Head of Media and Publicity, on Monday in Awka.
Philip Balepo, a veteran journalist was also elected into the board as a first timer.
Other elected members of the board were Joe Amene, Uduh Kingsley, Amuzie Cyprain, Obiefune Collins, Adinnu Okezie and Ada Edward.
Elections were also successfully conducted into 19 Local Football Councils (LFC) while in Orumba South, forms were returned late and bye election would be held on a later date.
“The elections held on August 2, 2020 with Obinna Dike as the Returning Officer for the LFC, while Godwin Madubuko was the Returning Officer for the Board Elections.
“In the LFC elections, there was a tie in the Chairmanship position for Onitsha South with option of a coin toss. A bye election will be conducted for Orumba South LFC which returned forms late. Other 19 LFCs were through”, the statement said.
“The Electoral Committee thanks the candidates, delegates, agents, stakeholders, media and the government for their collaboration in ensuring a smooth electoral process.
“Appreciation also goes to the Nigeria Football Federation and Sports Ministry for their roles in the elections,” it stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Anambra FA elections originally scheduled for July 27 and July 28 were suspended on the orders of the state government that it would violate COVID-19 rules.
The election had reached advanced stage with conclusion of sales and return of forms, screening, appeal and final briefing for all candidates and delegates eligible to participate in the quadrennial election before it was called off by government.
The electoral committee communicated the development to the AnSFA which met and gave it powers to conduct the election through virtual processes.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)