Gov. Peter Obi condoles with Anambra people over Boko Haram Attacks
18th January 2012
Gov Peter Obi yesterday extended his condolences for the third time to Anambra families that lost their dear ones in the Boko Haram crisis in different parts of Northern Nigeria. Speaking yesterday when he paid visit to Adazi Nnukwu community that lost some of their people in Mubi, Adamawa State, he said that all deaths saddened it him, including those that took place at some parts of the State.
Lamenting what human beings could do to one another in the name of senseless courses, he called on Nigerians to cultivate the brotherhood of one another as one of the prerequisites of building a prosperous country.
He assured the people of Adazi Nnukwu, and indeed all Anambrarians and Ndigbo that were affected by the killings that he would remember them in prayers and by other means that would lighten their burden.
He assured that he was in touch with the leadership of the North, including the Governor of Adamawa State on how to tackle the situation in the best interest of the families affected and with the view of avoiding similar tragedy.
Earlier, the President General of the town, Mr. Ben Enemuo had thanked the governor for coming and described his gesture of concern as consoling.
Similarly, the Dean, Faculty of Law at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Ken Nworgu and Rev, Fr. Jonas Benson Okoye thanked the Governor for being with the town, and indeed all the bereaved in Anambra State at this time of despair.
Jonathan’s a True Statesman, Says Obi
By Charles Onyekanmuo
Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has said President Goodluck Jonathan has displayed uncommon qualities of statesmanship by carrying the people along through taking immediate measures to ameliorate the initial pains experienced on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
The governor, who made a broadcast to the people of the state Monday, shortly after the President addressed the nation on the matter, said that in spite of the fact that the President and the Governors were agreed on and are still committed to the need for complete deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry for the good and progress of the country, the president has graciously reduced the pump price of premium motor spirit from N138 to N97 per litre.
This, as well as his palliative measures in the transport sector, the Governor reasoned were among his commendable responses to the challenges of the exercise.
While commending President Jonathan for displaying manifest qualities of statesmanship, Obi also commended the organised labour for reciprocating the gesture and urged them to always work for the interest of the country.
He called on those he referred to as “failed politicians” who suddenly turned themselves to overnight “comrades” during the fuel subsidy protest in order to derail the progress of the country to have a rethink and resolve to work together with President Jonathan who he noted meant well for the overall interest of the country.
He enjoined Anambra people and all men of goodwill to appreciate the President’s show of love and compassion for the people and continue to identify with his good intentions for the country, adding that the support has become critical as the President renewed the war against corruption and also expressed the determination to reduce the cost of governance as well as initiate programmes that would turn around the economy of the country.
He also reminded the people of the state and indeed the entire South-Easterners that they voted overwhelmingly for the President in the last general election and should realize that they are even faced with the more critical task of supporting him by ensuring that the mandate given to him remains inviolate.
Source: This Day, 17th January 2012.
Obi commends Jonathan
From TAIWO BANKOLE, Abeokuta
Governor Peter Obi has commended the President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment to the Nigerian project and for his statesman’s approach to the issue of deregulation. Obi, who spoke in a state-wide broadcast in Anambra yesterday, said: “Earlier today, our dear President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR addressed the nation on the issue of de-regulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry.
“By so doing, he has displayed uncommon qualities of statesmanship and leadership by carrying the people along through taking immediate measures to ameliorate the initial pains of the exercise.
“In spite of the fact that the president and governors are agreed on, and are still committed to the need for complete de-regulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry for the good and progress of the country, the president has graciously reduced the pump price of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) from N138 to N97 per litre, as well as his palliative measures in the transport sector.
“These indeed are among his immediate commendable responses to the challenges of the exercise.
“May I, at this juncture, commend Mr. President for displaying manifest qualities of statesmanship. I also commend the organized labour for reciprocating the gesture and urge them to always work for the interest of the country. As for failed politicians who turned themselves into overnight ‘comrades’ in order to derail the progress of the country, I call on you to have a rethink and resolve to work together with a president who have the overall interest of the country at heart.
“In appreciation of Mr. President’s show of love and compassion for the people, I call on the good people of Anambra State and indeed all men of goodwill across the country to continue to identify with our president’s good intentions for the country. This support is critical as Mr. President renews the war against corruption and expresses determination to reduce the cost of governance, as well as initiate programmes that will turn around the economy of the country.
“Let us recall that Ndi Anambra and the entire South easterners overwhelmingly voted for him at the last presidential election. We are therefore faced with the more critical task of supporting him the more by ensuring that the mandate given him remains inviolate.
‘Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank all of you in Anambra State for the civilized manner you have conducted yourselves during the past few days. I call for your continued understanding and support for our dear President in his determination to take the country to economic freedom.”
Source: Sun, 17th January 2012.
Awka - How Tricyclists Rob Bank Customers
Unsuspecting customers of various banks branches in Awka, Anambra State capital have been losing money to robbers who disguise as tricycle operators popularly known as keke NAPEP at the Ukwuoji area of the town LEADERSHIP SUNDAY investigations have revealed.
The robbers who have found base at Ukwuoji where there is a concentration of new and old generation banks employ several tactics to disposes victims of the money they withdraw from the banks in the process of conveying them to their destinations.
Pa Okorie(not real name), a pensioner, on Wednesday, tasted the fang of the mostly young men who describe themselves as hustlers, after he withdrew the sum of N50,000 from one of the new generation banks at Ukwuoji.
Accompanied by his daughter, unsuspecting Pa Okorie heeded the request of one of the young men to board his tricycle, but was surprised after another young man emerged, saying he is the tricycle's conductor and opting to sit in between Pa Okorie and his daughter. More suspicious, Pa Okorie told an eye witness, is that the driver did no wait to carry more passengers.
Pa Okorie according to an eye witness who spoke to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND in the cause of this investigation fainted after he discovered that the N50,000 he had withdraw for the family's upkeep had disappeared from his hand held purse after the operator had sped off.
It was gathered that such has also happened in the area as some of the tricycle operators who habour ill intention station their tricycles at the junction seeking only passengers who come out of the many banks in the area.
Our reporter who visited the area discovered that while the tricycle carries only four passengers, some of the operators get as much as two street urchins to work for them as conductors, who canvass for passengers, while leaving only a space of two passengers to be filled.
A keke NAPEP operator who refused to disclose his name told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that the operators have a union, and that no one who belongs to the union will do such 'illegal business'. When asked why some of them use two conductors, he replied that it can not be ruled out that some people engage in nefarious business in the guise of looking for passengers.
"I don't know why anyone will carry two conductors in keke NAPEP that carries only four passengers. This is Christmas season, you can not rule out that some people as duping people, but they are not our members," he said.
The police public relations officer in Anambra State police command, ASP Emeka Chukwuemeka could not confirm this to our reporter when he was called, his cell phone rang severally without answers at the time of filing this report.
Source: Leadership, 6th November 2011
400 Arraigned in Anambra Sanitation Court
Bearice Onuchukwu in Onitsha
Anambra State Sanitation under the office of the state's Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Michael Egbebike has charged 400 people to court for non payment of sanitation revenue fees.
The commissioner, while speaking with newsmen in Onitsha on the bad environmental situation in the state's three major cities of Onitsha, Awka and Nnewi said the state government spends not less than N20 million monthly on waste management .
He also lamented that the state government has not been able to realise a quarter of what was spent in the last two years.He attributed what he called a major setback to the state government's effort at clearing the cities of garbage and filth, to the negative attitude of the citizenry to sustainable waste management which deters them from paying for services rendered.
He said that in most states where waste management is working, payment for waste was already at a very high rate, adding,"garbage is a dynamic thing. The good thing is that government is carting away the garbage. We have come a long way from where we started.
"We inherited a dump site where practically no garbage is being carted away. This is the first time we are having receptacles with compactors to carry away the garbage and for the first time, the garbage is no more put in gutters. It is a milestone achievement".
Dr. Egbebike also observed that outside carrying the waste, the people must also as a second step, change their attitude towards waste management disposal and learn to pay for services rendered to them to have a sustainable waste management.
He further said:"Our people are not easy to change. They have rigid characters when it comes to waste disposal and payment for services."
Source: Daily Trust, 7th November 2011.
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