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Institution urges media, CSOs, NGOs to fight human rights abuses



The African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage) has advised media, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to fight human rights abuses in the society.

The Executive Director of the institution, Prof. Ufo Okeke-Uzodike, said this on Thursday in Enugu, while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming ‘‘Big Idea Podium’’ conference of the institution.

Afri-Heritage is a political and socio-economic research and analytical institute.

Okeke-Uzodike noted that no country can achieve much development without having a sound human rights record.

He said that good human rights record follows positive economic and political developments.

“Development and peace only strive in a place or country with high positive human rights record; and not where there is violence, rancour and trampling of people’s human rights,’’ he said.

According to him, human rights abuse and impunity had become a serious issue in the country presently.

Okeke-Uzodike noted that the media, CSOs and NGOs must continually join and push for the right things to be done at all levels by the authorities.

“When your fundamental human rights are negated in any form, the government should protect you and right the wrong done to you, to create lasting peace and development in every circle or society,’’ he said.

On the up-coming ‘‘Big Idea Podium’’ conference on Thursday, May 16, he noted that the institution would invite academically sound resource persons to discuss human rights issues.

“The discussion will be centred on:  “Human Rights and Democracy in Nigeria: Agenda for a New Era.”

‘‘Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, one of Nigeria’s eminent human rights advocates, scholar and activist, will be a lead discussant at the conference.

‘‘Others discussants are; Prof. Ogugua Ikepeze, Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and Mr Chris Isiguzo, President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),’’ he said.

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Groups commend NAHCON for injecting accountability in Hajj operation



Three goups, on Wednesday in Kaduna commended the management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for ensuring accountability in the running of Hajj operations in the country.

The groups, Youth Reformation and Leadership Skill Development Foundation, Salvage Nigeria Forum, and Good Governance And Anti Corruption Advocacy, made the commendation at a joint press conference in Kaduna.

Dr Auwwal Aliyu, who spoke on behalf  of the groups noted that the progressive innovations brought into Hajj operation have enhanced the image of Nigeria and its people.

They particularly appreciated the leadership role being played by NAHCON Chairman, Abdullahi Muktar since 2015, which ensured good governance and the protection of the rights of pilgrims.

According to them, the Commission had since keyed into President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti corruption crusade by ensuring due diligence and adhering to due process in its operations.

They urged the Federal Government to renew the mandate of the NAHCON management team including its chairman, in order to consolidate on the gains recorded so far.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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LG Chairman, youths collaborate to promote peaceful co-existence in Nasarawa



Alhaji Abubakar Abbas, the Chairman of Wamba Local Government council of Nasarawa State, has expressed his readiness to collaborate with the youths in the council area to promote unity and peaceful co-existence among the residents.

Abbas stated this on Wednesday in Wamba, while playing host to members of the Wamba/ Farin-Ruwa Youths Movement residing in Lafia.

He said that his administration had given topmost priority to the protection of lives and property of the people of the area, hence the need for collaboration to promote peaceful co-existence.

Abbas expressed appreciation to the youth for the visit, while assuring them of his support to enable the association succeed.

“Since assumption in office, I have been executing projects that had direct bearing on the lives of our people, apart from the protection of their lives and property.

“This is because the importance of peace to societal development could not be overemphasised.

“I am ready to collaborate with you and other organisations in promoting peaceful co-existence among our people.

“Since no country can achieve any meaningful development without peace, there is, therefore, the need for us to act in that direction,” he said.

Abbas solicited for the support of the youth and other people of the area to enable him succeed in the task ahead of him.

Responding, Mr Solomon Mundung, the President of the association, said that the visit was to intimate the chairman on their activities, which were aimed at bringing the people of the area together.

He commended the developmental strides of the council boss and called for its sustenance.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Kaduna Assembly set up adhoc committees to scrutinise LGAs performance



The Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Shagali has constituted three adhoc committees to scrutinise activities of the 23 Local Government Councils in the state.

The speaker said during plenary on Wednesday in Kaduna that the committees will be deployed to each of the three senatorial districts.

According to him, the committees will investigate the local councils’ compliance to laws and other statutory operational guidelines and legislations in terms of their finances.

The committees will also determine if they have right signatories to their accounts, are complying with

spending limits, holding statutory council and security meetings.

Other issues include the revenue position and other financial aspects of the local councils, relationship with councillors, and whether they seek for clearance and approvals from the state government.

The adhoc committee for Zone 1 is headed by Mr Emmanuel Kantiok; Zone 2, Alhaji Idris Abdullahi, and Zone 3, Alhaji Muktar Hazo.

Each of the committees has nine members and secretary and will submit the report back to the assembly in three weeks.

Mr Tanimu Musa, the Chairman House Committee on Information, later told newsmen that the committees were not set up to witchhunt anybody, but ensure that the councils operate in compliance with laid down regulations in the handling of funds allocated to them.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Gov. Ihedioha inaugurates new HoS



Gov. Emeka Ihedioha, on Wednesday in Owerri, inaugurated Dr Camillus Iwuagwu, as the new Head of Service (HoS).

Ihedioha, on the occasion, charged Iwuagwu to introduce innovations that would move the service forward and create conditions for high performance by civil servants.

He tasked the new HoS to re-enact the commitment, devotion and teamwork that would drive excellence in the state civil service as well as enhance the success of government policies and programmes.

The governor, however, appreciated the immediate past HoS, Mr Ama Eluwa for her contributions to the state civil service.

“The task ahead of us is enormous and we need all hands on deck because we cannnot afford to disappoint the people, who have vested so much trust in us.

“As we continue to rebuild Imo, I charge you to be proactive and steer the ship of our civil service for improved performance”.

In his response, Iwuagwu assured the governor that he would do his best to justify the confidence reposed in him.

He expressed optimism that the state public service would improve on its tradition of speedy, efficient and effective implementation of government policies and initiatives.


Edited by Ejike Obeta/Yemi Idris (NAN)-Aduloju

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Court refuses to grant order against Edo APC faction



The Federal High Court sitting in Benin, has declined to grant an order restraining Col. David Imuse (rtd) from parading himself as chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Edo Chapter.

In her ruling Justice A.A. Deemi-Ajayi, refused the order pending the determination of a suit brought before it.

Deemi-Ajayi, also said all motions relating to the matter should be presented together on Dec. 10, and thereafter a ruling could be made.

In suit number FHC/B/CS/133/2019, the plaintiffs/Applicants; Anselm Ojezua and two others through their counsel Ken Mozia (SAN), prayed the court to issue an order restraining Imuse and Lawrence Okah, from parading themselves as chairman and secretary of the party respectively.

Mozia had argued that Ojezua remained APC chairman in the state, while Okah had been suspended as secretary.

“That the status quo as at 10/11/2019, with regard to chairmanship of the APC should be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the case.

“And for such further or other orders as this honourable court may deem it fit to make in the circumstances of this case,” Mozia stated.

However, in a motion of preliminary objection, imuse, Okah and others, through their lawyer Douglas Ogbankwa, argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

Ogbangwa argued that; “it is a domestic affair of the APC and therefore, the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

“The subject matter of this dispute purely revolves around the suspension/removal of the 1st plaintiff as chairman of APC Edo State.”

The court subsequently fixed Dec. 10, to hear all motions and necessary documents on the matter and thereafter rule on them.

It would be recalled that eleven members of the 16-member State Working Committee, had signed a removal notice on Ojezua as state chairman of the party.

Two of the signatories later said they were forced to sign at gun point; while a leadership meeting of the party also purportedly removed Okah as state secretary of the APC in Edo state.

Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Imo Assembly adopts motion prohibiting defacing of green areas



The Imo House of Assembly on Wednesday, adopted a motion urging  Chairman of Imo Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) to enforce penalties on motorists and pedestrians who deface green areas.

The House adopted the motion sponsored by the member representing Ideato North, Arthur Egwim (AA).

Presenting the motion, Egwim noted that there was need for Chairman of the Commission to invoke the prohibitive sections of the laws establishing the commission to stop the unlawful practice.

He stated that commercial motorists and vendors now made use of green areas as parks, thereby defeating the efforts of the state government to improve the environment.

Egwim also urged the commission to re-grass areas which had been defaced and put warning signs against further acts of defacement by motorists and pedestrians alike.

The motion which was seconded by the member representing Ideato South constituency, Mr Johnson Duru (PDP) was passed and approved,following votes in favour of the motion.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Collins Chiji (Isiala Mbano PDP), directed Clerk of the House to write to the ENTRACO Chairman and advise him accordingly.

The speaker also announced the defection of Mr Syracuse Okoro, the representative of Ohaji/Egbema from the Action Alliance (AA) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Okoro cited personal reasons for his defection.

Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Dada Ahmed (NAN)

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