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ANAMCO Staff Protest Planned Shut-Down

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Tension is now mounting at the multi-billion naira Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company Limited (ANAMCO), Enugu, Enugu State, as the striking workers of the company have vowed never to go back to work until they know their fate on the alleged proposed plan to close down the establishment come January next year.

Following the development the aggrieved workers have called on the  Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt   Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to as a matter of urgency  commence investigation into the alleged  financial fraud running into millions of naira  against the former plant union chairman of the company, Mr. Nath Anike, and the Managing Director of AMAMCO, Jacques Gelin and some other principal officers of the Company.

According to some of the workers who spoke to newsmen in Enugu on condition of anonymity information reaching them had it that the automobile outfit has already concluded plans to close shop in Nigeria come January 2010 with a view to relocating to Germany without any arrangement whatsoever to pay them their gratuity and other entitlements.

In a petition tagged “Petition Against Former ANAMCO Plant Chairman Mr. Nath Anike”, jointly endorsed by the company’s plant Union Interim Chairman and the Secretary, Messrs Nwagbara Frank and Nweke John respectively, dated October 7, 2009, copied to the company’s chairman, Board of Directors, BPE chairman, among other officers and  made available to newsmen in Enugu, the workers  accused Mr. Anike of misappropriating several millions of naira belonging to both the company and the workers.

The workers also alleged that  the former plant chairman, had in May 2009 misappropriated the sum of 17 million naira belonging to workers as well as another 1.3million workers pension fund, calling on all the anti graft agencies in the country to take up the matter with every sense of seriousness.

The striking workers equally made it clear that the present worrisome  state of the multi- billion naira establishment jointly owned by the Federal and some state governments was occasioned by alleged  massive financial fraud that has been going on in the place for quite a long time.

They, however, wondered why  the company should be making plans of  closing shop in Nigeria without  making any arrangement on how to pay them all their benefits when as a matter of fact , they have tirelessly put in scores of years in the company to ensure its progress and sustenance.

Meanwhile, a  former Chairman of   Association of Senior Staff of the company, Mr. Iheanyi Ogbonna, who also spoke to newsmen accused the managing Director of the company, of conniving with some officers to loot the organization’s treasury to the detriment of the workers, as well as  the state and national economy.

Ogbonna regretted that he had written series of petition to various  Anti corruption agencies in  Nigeria in the past without result, appealing to the incumbent bosses  of  the anti graft commissions to  rise up to the occasion  and act now, adding that he had equally petitioned the National Assembly on the matter, insisting that there is urgent need  to investigate the massive financial fraud that has been taking place in ANAMCO long , he declared.

However, the workers protest and strike  has completely  paralyzed  normal activities at the automobile establishment located at the Emene Industrial Layout near the Akanu- Ibiam International Airport , Enugu, the capital city of Enugu State.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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