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Niger Delta Leaders Task Buhari, Umana On NDDC Board Inauguration

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Notable leaders in the Niger Delta on Sunday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to accept the need for a new board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

‘’The board is needed to assure the nine states interests in the region’s development process’’

The leaders in a statement in Port Harcourt urged the president not to dally with the Niger Delta problem.

‘’Fundamental to the forensic audit report is the question of implementation. The evidence so far is that the Federal Government is not rising to the occasion admirably’’

The statement signed by the Chairman of Niger Delta Front (NDF), Chief John Harry, suggested that if Buhari cared so much about developing the region and making the government wide-ranging, he should quickly constitute a new board for the commission.

‘’The Niger Delta people have suffered in silence from the hardship deriving from the advice of interim committee promoters’’

The leaders commended the Federal Government for the forensic audit, the advantage being that the people of the region has been galvanised into lending full support to President Buhari in his campaign to curtail corruption in the region’s development agency.

‘’Three issues likely to have negative effects on government plans for the region are the personnel audit, delay in constituting a new board and moves to put in place another interim committee to run the commission’’

They described the ploy to constitute another interim committee as impractical and unnecessary.

‘’It is a matter of sorrow and regret to see a man or woman betray his region and people. The proposed interim committee will not only make NDDC a weak but scrappy agency’’

Specifically, the leaders referred disdainfully to individuals and groups urging Buhari not to constitute the commission’s board.

‘’In order to avoid a repetition of our recent past experience whereby government engaged in all sorts of interim strategies, the commission’s board should be constituted’’

The leaders expressively proclaimed sympathy for the workers, describing the proposed personnel audit as a moment of total aberration.

‘’For purposes of implementing the personnel audit, the agenda will present enormous problems’’

The statement called for rapid departure from past concepts.

The leaders commended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Okon Umana for his largeness of vision.

They also applauded NDDC Sole Administrator, Mr Effiong Akwa for playing his part creditably.

The statement underscored the people’s unexpected qualities of endurance, the fear of dismissal and Umana’s energy, knowledge and dedication to public service.

‘’We must act, and act quickly. We have to plan our way out from this mud hole and that must be done by the Commission’s board’’ the men and women of intellectual and financial abilities said.

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2023: Sit-At-Home Big Threat To Igbo Presidency – Group

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A group known as Pan Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction Coalition has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra and its factions that multiple sit-at-home orders could deprive the Igbo winning 2023 presidency.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed on Friday by the group’s Chairman, Rev Obinna Akukwe and the Secretary, Dr Pat Anyanwu.

According to PANPIEC, frustrated politicians would use the purported sit-at-home of February 24 to scuttle the aspirations for Igbo presidency and give the impression that the South-East voters were supporting the agitation for a Biafra state.

“PANPIEC is aware that some members of the Strategy Team are working behind the scenes for the release of Nnamdi KANU, details of which will be kept private.

“Therefore, any further multiple sit-at-home represents a multiple demarketing of the Igbo Presidency Project.

“PANPIEC advises Simon Ekpa, Commander of IPOB auto-pilot, to jettison his Biafra agitations till after the 2023 elections to enable teeming Igbo Youth to exercise their civic responsibilities.

“Igbo cannot be asking for Biafra and Igbo Presidency simultaneously.

“PANPIEC warns for the last time that the indiscriminate sit-at-home strikes fear into the minds of other stakeholders in the north favourably disposed to the Igbo Presidency.

“PANPIEC have received thousands of inquiries from concerned northern voters over the stance of Ndigbo on Biafra and warns that all the rumours of war are destabilizing the Igbo Presidency Project”, the group stated.

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Nasarawa Gov Sule Loses First Son, Hassan Sule

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Hassan, the first child of Nasarawa Governor Abdullahi Sule, is dead. Hassan, reported to have no health challenge, was full of life on Thursday and had useful engagement with friends, it was gathered.

He was said to have slumped around 9:30pm on Thursday before he was confirmed dead.

The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, confirmed the incident.

According to him: “His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on behalf of his family announces the sudden demise of his son Hassan Sule whose sad event occurred Thursday 26th January 2023 at the age of 36”

Hassan was laid to rest in Gudi, Akwanga Local Government Area on Friday.

 

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Frank MBA, Idowu Owohunwa Become Lagos, Ogun Police Commissioners

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The Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba on Tuesday approved the redeployment of two commissioners of police to Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

Frank Mba, a former spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force is returning to Lagos where he served as Police PRO for many years.

Also recommended to the PSC to take over as Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, is CP Idowu Owohunwa.

While CP Frank Mba, former Force Public Relations Officer, is the current Commissioner of Police in charge Federal Border Patrol branch at the department of operations, CP Owohunwa is currently the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

This was stated in a letter dated January 24, 2023, and signed by Hafiz Inuwa, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police to the Police Service Commission (PSC).

According to the letter, the postings are part of a strategy being put in place by the IGP to strengthen the strategic and operational readiness of the Police force in Lagos and Ogun commands.

It reads, “I am directed to humbly write and forward the proposed posting of the under-mentioned commissioners of police to State Commands indicated against their names for the Commission’s kind consideration and approval”.

“The Inspector General of Police is deploying the under-mentioned Commissioners of Police to strengthen the strategic and operational control of the commands.”

 

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