Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has forwarded four names of the members of the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, (ENSIEC) to the state Assembly for screening.
This is contained in a letter sent to the House by the governor which was read by the speaker, Chief Edward Ubosi, at the plenary in Enugu on Tuesday.
Nigeria News Agency reports that those nominated as ENSIEC members were Mr Solomon Udeh, Dr Bernadine Ezeugwu, Mrs Theresa Egbo and Mrs Anthonia Ogbu.
The Speaker of the Assembly Chief Edward Ubosi, directed them to submit 25 copies of their Curriculum Vitae to the Clerk of the assembly, Mr Emmanuel Udeaya, to enable lawmakers to carry out their screening on Thursday.
Earlier, while welcoming his colleagues back from their Christmas and New Year break, Ubosi thanked them for their contributions and support in 2019.
He, however, solicited for more support in 2020 noting that the Assembly would move in accordance with required legislative speed.
Edited by: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Donald Ugwu
Mrs Ugwuanyi wants families, LGs to support exclusive breastfeeding
Wife of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has called for the support families, friends and local government authorities, in the area of exclusive breastfeeding for babies.
Mrs Ugwuanyi made the appeal in a virtual internet video message, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Monday in Enugu.
The message was to commemorate this year’s “World Breastfeeding Week”, which holds between Aug.1 and Aug. 7.
According to her, there is need for mothers, fathers and wives of local government chairmen, to join in the renewed call for appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, and support nursing mothers in any way they can.
“A warm chain of support from us all will create an enabling environment that empowers all mothers to breastfeed optimally for a healthier planet.
“I pledge to bridge the gap for the survival of our children within the state.
“This appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, which is uncompromising exclusive breastfeeding, is also one pathway to mitigate environmental degradation,’’ she said.
Mrs Ugwuanyi also stressed the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of children within the first one hour of birth, and exclusively for six months.
“Also introduction of solid food after six months to complement continuous exclusive breastfeeding, meant to last for two years of age or beyond,’’ she said.
The governor’s wife noted that mothers’ breast milk contained antibodies that helped babies fight viruses and bacteria, as well as lowered babies’ risk of having asthma or allergies.
“It also provides the ideal nutrition for the babies and makes them smarter.
“Babies, who are exclusively breastfed for six months without a formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and diarrhea,’’ she added.
She also enumerated some negative consequences of inadequate breastfeeding on malnourished children, especially when they become adults, to include stunting and likely suffering of chronic diseases.
NAN reports that the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is: “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Enugu state tasks tricycle operators on COVID-19 protocols
The state’s Commissioner for Transport, Chief Matthias Ekweremadu, gave the advice in Enugu while inaugurating the newly-elected executive members of Association of Tricycle Riders Transport Union (ATRTU), Enugu State Chapter.
Ekweremadu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Mr Ogbonna Idike, said that the union members were critical stakeholders in the government’s fight against the pandemic in the state.
“The spread and impact of COVID-19 is still taking its toll on the state, Nigeria and the world; we must abide and enforce the COVID-19 Containment Protocols with all seriousness and obedience it deserves.
“The government directive of 50 per cent passengers, compulsory wearing of face mask by all occupants of your tricycles and hand sanitizing/washing devices should be intensified,’’ he said.
The commissioner urged them to impress it on their members to get rider’s biometric registration and permit to ensure harmony with the ministry.
On the newly elected executive, Ekweremadu called on them to maintain peace and harmony within the union as well as be in total obedience to the state government rules and guidelines.
“I must commend the union for a peaceful and hitch-free election. The peace and unity I see among you today must be stepped down to your various branches and units as well as your relationship with the ministry,’’ he added.
Speaking, Chief Emeka Madu, Chairman, House Committee on Capital Territory in Enugu State House of Assembly, lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for creating an enabling environment for the riders in the state.
Madu, who is also a patron of ATRTU, also applauded the electoral committee for organizing a hitch-free election as well as ATRTU members for the overwhelming support to state government policies and programmes.
Chief Victor Onyia, a patron of ATRTU, called on those elected into the executive to continue on the foot step of peace and progress of the union.
“There is more benefit if a union continue to stand as one both collectively and for individuals,’’ Onyia said.
In his acceptance speech after the swearing-in and inauguration, the newly re-elected state Chairman of ATRTU, Mr Benjamin Ikah, assured commercial tricycle operators of the protection of their rights.
“My executive will ensure that none of our members will suffer injustice; while we will continue to work harmoniously with the ministry and state government.
“I am also appealing to the state government to extend the working hours of commercial tricycle operator to at least an hour more in the evening,’’ he appealed.
In the election, Ikah defeated Comrade Uchenna Chikezie by 43 – 16 votes; with two invalid votes from a 61-member-delegate from branches of ATRTU in the state.
Other members elected unopposed included; Mr Augutine Ubaka – Vice Chairman; Mr Pius Ezugwu – Secretary; Mr Charles Odo – Assistant Secretary and Mr Linus Ogbu – Treasurer.
The rest are; Mr Ernest Udeh – Financial Secretary; Kingsley Ezugwu – Publicity Secretary; Mr Yusuf Abubakar – Provost 1 and Mr Samuel Okeke – Provost 2.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Enugu CP tasks community policing committee on panacea to criminality
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, has urged the newly- inaugurated State Community Policing Committee (SCPC) to find panacea to criminality at grassroots.
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, made this known in a statement issued in Enugu on Thursday.
The commissioner gave the task after the inauguration of the SCPC on Wednesday.
Abdurrahman said that the new SCPC structure of the New Community Policing Strategy of the Nigeria Police was a follow-up to the State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) earlier inaugurated by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The commissioner also lauded the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, for his untiring efforts at re-jigging and rejuvenating the concept of community policing.
“I must commend the Inspector-General of Police for making community policing a veritable strategy in curbing existing and emerging acts of crimes and criminality as well as other security challenges in the nation.
“I personally hail the foresight and wisdom of the Inspector-General in bringing back and giving the concept of community policing its required momentum and this is uncommon,’’ Abdurrahman said.
The commissioner described the SCPC as a key driver of the new Community Policing Strategy in the state, urging its members to use their experience of performances in their respective fields to effectively execute assigned duties.
He, however, prayed God Almighty to grant the committee the required wisdom and strength to pilot the affairs of the SCPC in the most resourceful manner.
Responding, Mr Fred Ekokotu, the Committee’s Chairman and Command’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, expressed assurance that the committee would work assiduously toward the realisation of its set goals/objectives.
On his part, the co-Chairman, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu, Traditional Ruler of Ibagwa-Nike Community, thanked the police for the opportunity given them to serve.
Ugwu assured that the committee would always do its best to accomplish assigned responsibilities.
The members of the committee include, Dr Aikay Ubaka, Deputy Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee, Enugu Command; Pastor Onuora Okeke, State Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria; and Alhaji Ibrahim Ezeani, representing the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
Others are, Mr. Larry Oguego, Coordinator, Human Rights Volunteer Corps, representing Civil Society Organisations; Virginus Nwobodo, state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress; and Pascal Ugwu, state Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria.
The rest are, Mrs. Josephine Okechukwu, representing Nigerian Women Society; Mr Gabriel Nnamani, state Chairman, Council of Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities; and Mr Jude Ezegwui, Enugu State Branch Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Ondo 2020: Jegede emerges PDP gubernatorial candidate
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, who was the Chairman of the PDP primary committee, announced that Jegede scored 888 to emerge as a winner.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Agboola Ajayi, incumbent deputy governor, scored 657 to come second.
Others are Mr Eddy Olafeso scored 175, Mr Bode Ayorinde 95, Boluwaji Kunlere 33, Mr Sola Ebiseni 29 and Goddey Erewa 14.
Ugwuanyi announced that a total of 2,122 delegates were supposed to participate in the election but only 2,050 delegates eventually took part.
While 2,045 delegates voted, 64 votes were returned invalid.
The committee chairman described the process of the primaries as free and fair.
He added that the exercise was peaceful and was conducted in accordance with the law of the party.
“Having met all the guidelines of our party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede is hereby declared winner and returned elected as candidate of PDP Ondo State governorship election,’’ he said.
Ugwuanyi, therefore, urged all other aspirants to work with the winner for the success of the party in the main governorship election in the state.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, PDP Ondo governorship candidate, said he was grateful to God for a successful primary.
Jegede also commended Ugwuanyi for conducting the primaries credibly.
“By this victory, we serve a notice on the All Progressives Congress (APC) that for them, the end has come.
“By the grace of God, with the assistance of the people, and the support of party members and all the aspirants, we will take over the government of Ondo State on Oct.10,’’ Jegede said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)