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Enugu SEMA distributes relief materials to 556 flood victims in Nsukka



The Enugu State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Wednesday distributed relief materials to 556 flood victims in Nsukka Local Government Area of the state.
The victims lost their valuables, including their buildings, following a massive flood that ravaged Ama-Ogbo, Onu Iyi, Arulo and Ihe-Aro communities.
The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mrs Nkechi Eneh, said that the gesture was part of efforts by the state government to cushion the effect of the disaster on the victims.
Eneh said that Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was pained by the trauma they went through.
He said that the governor had directed a team of engineers to visit the area to ascertain the extent of damage and find a lasting solution to the menace.
She described the relief materials as a stop-gap measure, adding that the government would soon invite the victims for discussion.
Eneh said that plans were being made by the government to build roads with standard drainages in the area to further check the phenomenon.
The SEMA boss said that work would begin in the affected areas as soon as the rains subsided.
Also, Chief Uche Ogbu, the Chairman, Infrastructural Needs Assessment Committee, said that the state government had taken stock of the necessary things to do in the affected areas.
Ogbu said that four roads were already under construction in Nsukka, while 14 others would be rehabilitated.
One of the victims, Miss Chioma Onah, from Onu-Iyi, described the flood of Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 in the community as unimaginable.
Onah said that the flood pulled down their fence and kitchen, destroying house furniture and other household items.
She said that their community had been subjected to perenial flooding and appealed for the intervention of the state government and other relevant agencies for a permanent solution.
Onah, who said that several people in the community had been rendered homeless by the flood, thanked the state government for the relief materials.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the materials included bags of rice, beans, garri, beverages, vegetable oil, cement, zinc, nails and foams.
(Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/Sam Oditah)






Enugu records 3 more cases of COVID-19



The Enugu State Government has announced three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number to 30.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, made the announcement in a statement in Enugu on Saturday.

Obi said that two patients among the new cases were males admitted for severe underlying conditions at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu.

He added that the other, also a male, had developed symptoms and contacted COVID-19 emergency number,

“Two of the new cases are male patients admitted for other severe underlying conditions.

“ They were being treated at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, and on a high index of suspicion were transferred to the hospital’s holding area while the state’s rapid response team was contacted for sample collection.

“The other case is also a male patient who developed symptoms and contacted the COVID-19 emergency number. He was assessed and subsequently invited for sample collection.

“The results came out positive on Friday and  on a sad note, one of the patients in UNTH with severe underlying conditions had died before the results returned,” he said.

According to Obi, two of these cases hail from Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State and the other from Enugu North Local Government Area.

He said that two patients came into Enugu State from Lagos while the other person came in from Rivers State.

“On a positive note, three more cases have tested negative and were consequently discharged from the isolation and treatment centres.

“Thus, the current state of COVID-19 cases in Enugu State is as follows: 30 reported cases, 13 active, 16 discharged and one death,” he said.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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COVID-19: Enugu Govt calls for prayers, as religious group donates palliative



Mrs Cecelia Ezeilo, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State has called on religious leaders to seek God face over COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world.

Ezeilo made the call when she received cartons of hand sanitiser at the Enugu State Government House from a religious group under the umbrella, Igbo Christian Restoration Assembly (ICRA); South East in Enugu on Friday.

She thanked the religious group for coming to assist in the fight against the deadly pandemic.

”I understand that you are here to handover these cartons of hand sanitiser to the government to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

”The fact that you people feel the pains of your brothers and sisters motivated the move to donate this palliative.

”As we accept this palliative, we also call for your prayers because our hope is only on God to take this pandemic away from the state, Nigeria and the world at large,” the deputy governor said.

In his speech, the National Coordinator of ICRA, Bishop Obi Onubuogu, congratulated the state government for witnessing low case of the pandemic.

”We are here today to present to the state these items in support of the fight against COVID-19.

ICRA also wish to congratulate the governor and the good people of Enugu state as we celebrate God’s safety and His preserving grace in our state.

”God has been with the state since the outbreak of this global pandemic called COVID-19.

”We are happy with the government for its strategic steps taken in checking the spread of the pandemic which has resulted in very few number recorded cases in the state,” he said.

He said that it was on record that all the cases in the state were imported from outside.

We thank God also for the treatment and discharge of almost all the recorded cases,’’ he said.

The coordinator said that the group believed in what the state government was doing against the pandemic and to keep people of the state safe.

He said that the group wished to congratulate the members of the state task force led by the deputy governor, saddled with the responsibility of combating the pandemic.

”We enjoin the entire people of the state to continue to cooperate with the state government as we battle this evil pandemic of our time together,’’ Onubuogu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that present at the presentation were, Commissioner for Transport, Mr Matthias Ekweremadu, Chairman House Committee on Information, Mr Jeff Mbah and Executive Secretary to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs Nkechi Eneh.

Others were Commissioner for Inter-Ministerial, Mrs Mabel Agbo, Special Adviser to the governor on Agriculture, Mr Mike Ogbuekwe, among others.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Enugu residents appeal to govt. to check indiscriminate dumping of refuse



A cross section of Enugu residents on Friday appealed to the state government to urgently check the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainage to avoid flooding in communities.

Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Enugu said that dumping of refuse in drainage could cause environmental hazards.

Mr Kelechi Ossai, a civil servant expressed worry over the crude manner in which some people in the metropolis disposed their refuse into drainage, especially the during rainy season.

He said that the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in any environment could trigger flooding.

Mr Uche Nebo, a chemist called on the state government to ensure that drains across the metropolis were cleared annually.

Nebo said that the state government should provide enough fund for the success of the drainage clearing.

According to him, the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the environment can pose threat to public health.

An environmentalist, who spoke on condition of anonymity said that dumping of refuse into drainage would definitely wreak havoc to both community and property.

“If people dump refuse into drainage, the drainage will be blocked and wreak havoc to both property and the community,” she said.

She said that it was the responsibility of citizens to safeguard their environment against flood.

She noted that the involvement of the citizens in safeguarding the environment would go a long way to complement the efforts of the government in ensuring conducive environment for living.

Mrs Chioma Agu, a health worker noted that it was the responsibility of the government to make its citizens to obey environmental laws through prosecution of offenders.

Agu added that residents could obey the law by ensuring that they did not dispose refuse indiscriminately to avoid polluting the environment or harming the citizens’ health.

She called on residents to always bag their waste appropriately for easy disposal and evacuation.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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COVID-19: Ooni of Ife donates motorised fumigators to Enugu Govt.



The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Thursday at the Enugu State Government House donated four modular motorised fumigators to the state government.

Ogunlesi said that the gesture was part of his contributions to contain the spread of the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

The monarch, who was represented at the presentation of the equipment by Mrs Fadekemi Fadojutimi, said  the gesture underscored his selfless service to the country.

He said that the equipment were locally fabricated within the neighborhood of the monarch.

According to him, the chemical that comes with the equipment is not harmful to the body and can be used to disinfect the environment.

Ogunlesi said that the fumigator had a droplet that could kill germs and viruses.

Responding, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, thanked the monarch for the gesture.

Ezeilo said that the intervention would support the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

The deputy governor also said that the invention of the equipment would generate employment for Nigerians.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Enugu lawmaker decries alleged invasion of constituency by Ebonyi communities



Chinedu Okwu, Member representing Aninri Constituency, in Enugu State House of Assembly has called on the state government to urgently intervene in the alleged invasion and destruction of houses and farmlands by some communities in Ebonyi.

Okwu, who made the call in a petition submitted to the House during plenary in Enugu on Thursday, listed the communities as Uburu, Akaeze and Ishiagu communities in Ebonyi.

He said that land grabbers from the three communities were claiming part of Aninri land, in spite of the obvious boundary features, adding that “they could not render any sustainable account of such claim.

“We complain in tears, about the unwarranted invasion, killing and maiming of our people by the three communities in Ebonyi, Uburu, Akaeze in Ohaozara and Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Areas respectively, that share common boundary with us.

“Shortly after their kinsman, His Excellency Mr David Umahi, became the governor of Ebonyi, they returned to our land with much more force and a new turn of claim.

“Initially, they were making individual claims of ownership of different parts of our land but now, they claim and act for and on behalf of Ebonyi government.

“They forcefully re-enter with tractors bearing the inscription, Ebonyi Government and destroyed our cassava, yam and rice farms respectively, spanning about 100 hectares and deforested our popular Egu-Nkwo, which over the years used to be the major source of our timber business,” he said.

The lawmaker alleged that Ebonyi government had entered into agreement with a Chinese company for mining activities of the Led and Silicon deposits in the land.

“The company just started getting the revenue and other benefits accruable from the mining, which is supposed to be for Enugu State, and now is being enjoyed by the Ebonyi government.

“Our people are dying in pains, the thought of watching helplessly another state driving us out of our land and taking over by force our source of livelihood, when we also have a state government, is quite unbearable”, Okwu lamented.

Reacting, the Speaker, Ubosi urged the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, to dialogue with her counterpart in Ebonyi, to resolve the land encroachment issue amicably.

The House thereafter adjourned to June 11 for further legislative activities.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)



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Enugu Assembly confirms re-appointment of Emeka Odo as BIR chairman



The Enugu State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed the re-appointment of Mr Emeka Odo as the Chairman, Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue Service.

Odo gave an account of his stewardship to the State’s Internal Revenue Board in the last four years in Enugu, adding that he had automated the revenue collection system in the state, to block revenue leakages.

He noted that the automation of the revenue collection system had greatly boosted the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Odo said that Enugu State generated more than N31 billion in 2019, as against the N14 billion  generated in 2016, when he assumed office.

He said that cash payment of revenue had been outlawed in the state, adding that he was currently working on a bill that would specify agencies responsible for revenue collection in the state.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Chief Edward Ubosi, congratulated Odo on his re-appointment and charged him to address the issue of multiple taxation in the state.

Ubosi said the seventh Assembly would come up with legislation that would streamline tax collection in the state, to guard against multiple taxation, to avoid scaring away potential investors from the state.

The House thereafter adjourned to June 11 for further legislative activities.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)





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Enugu Govt announces 9 new positive COVID-19 cases



The Enugu State Government says it has recorded nine positive COVID-19 new cases, bringing the total confirmed cases to 27.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, announced this in a statement issued on Thursday in Enugu.

Obi, who corrected the misinformation from the last update, said that the last announcement that gave the total of 19 was in error.

The Enugu State Ministry of Health wishes to correct the misinformation from its last update.

“It was announced that the total number of cases in Enugu State was 19, with six active cases and 13 discharged.

“However, an error from the reference laboratory was quickly detected and a case that was reported positive, on further investigation, was reconciled and confirmed negative,” he said.

According to him, the update on COVID-19 cases in the state is that there are three newly confirmed positive cases in the state, the previous day, and six newly confirmed cases late evening of Wednesday (June 3).

He added that another previously positive case has responded to treatment, tested negative and discharged.

“Consequently, the total number of cases of COVID-19 in Enugu State at the moment is 27 (13 active and 14 discharged, no death),” the commissioner explained.

Obi said the patient remained in quarantine for the period of clarification of the result.

“The quickly repeated test helped to avoid, for the individual, the experience of being wrongly admitted into an isolation and treatment centre,” Obi said.

He added that prior to this update, the state had recorded 18 cases, including five active and 13 discharged.

The commissioner further explained that case Number 19 was a 55-year-old male, from Enugu East Local Government Area, with no positive travel history.

According to him, Case 20 is a 17-year-old male from Udi Local Government Area, who had been exposed to an individual that had returned to Enugu briefly for a burial ceremony and had returned to Delta State where he tested positive for COVID-19.

Case 21 is a 23-year-old female also from Udi LGA who had also been exposed to this same burial attendee as above that travelled to Enugu from Delta State, who returned and tested positive.

Case 22 is a 25-year-old male from Enugu East, with no travel history.

Case 23 is a male from 9th Mile in Ngwo, Enugu North LGA, who came into Enugu from Imo State a week ago.

Case 24 is a female from Enugu North LGA.

“Case 25 is a 45-year-old male contact of case 19, with a history of international travel to an undisclosed country.

Case 26 is a 66-year-old male from Enugu South LGA and a recent returnee, a few days ago, from Onitsha, Anambra State.

“Case 27 is a 55-year-old female university lecturer with a history of exposure to someone with symptoms of COVID-19,” Obi said.

The commissioner said that it was pertinent to inform the public at this stage that community transmission was gradually being established in the State.

“The Enugu State Government continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the State Ministry of Health also continues to treat its existing cases, respond to alerts, carrying out contact tracing and following up on suspects and probable cases.

“As the social directives of the Federal Government and the Enugu State Government gradually ease, the public health advisories of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Enugu State Ministry of Health, essentially remain and should be adhered to,” he advised.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (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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