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The Tide Man Emerges Abia NUJ Scribe

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The Abia State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has conducted a bye-election to fill vacant positions in its executive with The Tide correspondent, Boniface Okoro, emerging as the new state secretary.

The council at its monthly congress last Thursday, also inaugurated a 6-member committee charged with the responsibility of flushing out fake journalists in the state.

Mrs Tina Ikwegbu and Mrs Adaeze Ralph Igbokwe, both of the state information chapel were returned as treasurer and Internal Auditor respectively, while Mr. Uche Arongwa was elected assistant secretary at the end of the bye-election.

Speaking after the election in which all the contestants were returned unopposed, Abia NUJ chairman, Comrade Hyacinth Okoli, expressed happiness over the smooth conduct of the election and charged the new executive members to put in their best to make the council grow to enviable heights.

Responding on behalf of others, Mrs Ikwuegbu assured that the new executive members would not let the council down.

While inaugurating the Task Force on fake journalists, vice president of the NUJ, zone C, Sir Ambrose Nwachukwu, charged the members not to compromise on their assignment.

Nwachukwu further enjoined the committee not to be deterred by the challenges that would confront it in the course of discharging it’s responsibly.

He said similar committees had been set up in other states in line with the directives from the national secretariat of the union.

“The national secretariat, the Central Working Committee and the National Executives Council of the union are worried by the phenomenon and are determined to reduce quackery in the profession to its barest minimum”, Nwachukwu said.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Sunny Ogele, thanked the council for finding them worthy for the assignment and promised that the committee would discharge its duty creditably.

Ogele solicited the support of registered journalists in the task of stamping out quackery and unethical conduct by the journalists which, according to him, have dented  the image of  the union and the profession.

The members of the committee include Beniface Okoro (correspondents chapel), Uche Arongwa (BCA), Uzoma Isiakpu (state information) and Beatrice Okezie Ozoemelam (NAWOJ).

The well attended congress was also used by the council to thank God for last Sunday’s release of the four journalists and their driver by their abductors.

The council’s boss, who led the praise and worship session, said the council had good reasons to appreciate God for the release of the victims, after one week of captivity, given the fact that the incident happened in the state.

He said he was highly elated by their release in view of the stigma and discomfort caused to journalists in the state, where the victims were abducted on July 11, 2010 in a village near Aba.

He called on the Federal Government to fully equip the police and other security agencies to enable them fight crime, especially kidnapping, in the South east and other parts of the country where abduction had become notorious.

Prayers were offered for God’s protection over journalists in the country as well as divine intervention in  the fight against kidnapping in the South East zone.

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Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room

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The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”

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Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill

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The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.

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2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria

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Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.

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