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‘Dredging River Niger Won’t Harm Coastal Communities’

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The Deputy Director, Maritime Services in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa, has said the dredging of lower River Niger will not harm coastal communities.

Ezenwa told Newsmen at Edjeba in Delta State that the impact assessment conducted showed that there would be no harm to such communities.

“We have got certification from the Ministry of Environment. We are going to mitigate the negative impact, “she said.

Ezenwa also gave an insight into the dredging specifications, saying, “it is 2.5 metres deep and 60 metres wide just to create a highway inside the water.

“The sand will be used to sand-fill some villages; some farmlands will be relocated and people are not going to feel the impact.

“Some communities will not even know that their river is dredged. So what is the negative impact? We have a dumpsite where we put all our spoils.

“It is the barges. We will now go inland. It is all about cabotage.

How do you promote inland coastal shipping trade without dredging?

“It is not possible. So it is just to promote trade,” she said.

The project which is expected to cost the Federal Government about N36 billion, will cover 572 kilometres and traverse 15 communities.

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US To Lift Travel Ban On Nigeria, Others

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The United States President-elect, Joe Biden has said his administration would roll back enforcement of a variety of executive orders ratified by his predecessor, Donald Trump, when he takes over the office on January 20.
Trump had in the early days of his administration barred immigrants from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen – most of which are majority Muslim.
Citing security concerns, Trump also included Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania to the list early 2020.
However, a statement by the incoming White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, last Saturday, said that among dozens of regulations to be reversed by the President in his first day at the Oval Office, include the travel ban placed on Nigeria and other countries which are most Muslim countries.
“President-elect Biden will take action not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration but also to start moving our country forward,” the statement said.
Recall that the embattled outgoing President of the United States had disclosed that he will not be attending the inauguration of president-elect, Joe Biden.
Trump, who has also refused to concede the 2020 election, is currently facing impeachment following the invasion of the Capitol Hill by some of his supporters.
Also, this will be the first time an outgoing President will be absent during an inauguration ceremony of his successor.

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CLO Congratulates Former Envoy, Obiozor

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The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has  congratulated Prof. George Obiozor on his election as the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
The Chairman of CLO in Anambra State, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, felicitated with Obiozor while speaking with newsmen in Enugu.
According to him, Obiozor emerged victorius at the  group’s National Election held in Owerri at the weekend.
He said that Obiozor secured a total of 304 votes to beat Chief Sergius Okoro, who polled three votes and Dr Valentine Opa-raocha, who got 15 votes.
Ezekwueme said that he was delighted that the election was peaceful and hitch-free.
He noted that Obiozor won “clearly and squarely’’.
The CLO chairman, however, urged Obiozor to use his wealth of experience and connections to pacify aggrieved persons and sub-groups.
“Obiozor should carry everyone along.
“He should run an inclusive administration.
“The new president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo should pacify all aggrieved candidates, persons and sub-groups under Ohanaeze, which is the apex Igbo socio-cultural group,’’ he advised.
Ezekwueme also urged Obiozor to emulate his predecessor, Chief John Nwodo, in doggedness in fighting and championing the cause of the Igbo nation and humanity in general.
“The flaming torch passed to Obiozor must not quench, rather it should burn and shine the more,’’ he added.
It would be recalled that Obiozor was  Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S from 2004 to 2008.
He also served as  Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Cyprus and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Israel.
He was also a Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.

 

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Ugwuanyi Donates Cash, Rice To Wives Of Fallen Heroes

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The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Friday donated  the sum of N5 million and 150 bags of 50kg rice to wives of fallen heroes within 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu.
Ugwuanyi also donated N5 million to the 82 Division Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Chapter of Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre in Abakpa Cantonment, Enugu.
Governor Ugwuanyi made the donations in a brief and solemn event to mark this year’s Armed Force Remembrance Day celebration held at the Abakpa Cantonment, Enugu, under strict COVID-19 Protocol compliance.
He held solemn silence for the fallen heroes, adding that the day was not for long remarks or speech making.
The Enugu State Government, he said, wanted to support the Chairperson of 82 Division NAOWA and wife of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) with the sum of N5 million.
The governor also bought all the alcohol-based san-itisers, liquid detergent, liquid air fresheners as well as bed sheets, among other items made by the graduates of the NAOWA Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre.
Responding, Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, GOC of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, thanked the governor for his overwhelming philanthropic gesture to the Division.
Adegboye also appreciated the governor for leaving his entire busy schedule and creating time to be with the Division “at a special day like this’’.
He noted that the reason the Armed Force Remembrance Day, usually celebrated on January 15, was not held in its usual traditional way and its attendant funfair was quite known to everybody.
“We continue to pray for our nation, our colleagues in the front-lines, our Commander-in-Chief and the Chief of Army Staff as we all seek enduring security and peace throughout the nation.
“We will continue to pray for wives and families of our fallen heroes, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the peace and oneness of the nation.
“We are also grateful to Governor Ugwuanyi for his support to us and entire armed forces”.
According to him, they would continue to pray for the governor and his family for God’s grace and guidance on them.
Also in a remark, Mrs Rasheedat Adegboye, Chairperson, 82 Division NAOWA, thanked the governor, the GOC, senior staff and other officers of the Division that had supported NAOWA Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre.
She said, “For the graduates of the vocational and skills acquisition Centre, I will want you to apply all you have learnt to improve the socio-economic status and well-being of yourselves and families.
“For the new intakes to the centre, I want you to take your training seriously; learn and be master of your chosen skill in order to make a difference in the society, improve your earnings and support your families’’.
A total of 32 sewing machines and its accessories were given to the new graduates of the centre that learnt tailoring/fashion designing.
In the same vein, 170 bags of fish feeds and other accessories were given to the new graduates of the centre that learnt fish farming among other skills.

 

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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