National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie has said that the call for ‘no election’ in Anambra and the South East is illogical and unfortunate.
Okorie, who made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Awka last Wednesday said those in the vanguard of the anarchic campaign were misguided and did not know its implications.
He said there were no articulated and acceptable reasons adduced for their position and called on them to rescind their attitude and express their views through voting for the right candidate.
The chieftain said Anambra should vote for the candidate of the UPP, Chief Osita Chidoka , who represents the yearnings of the people.
He said Chidoka would implement the manifesto of the party which guaranteed their protection.
“To think that some young people, some of them educated are campaigning against Igbo participation in an election is unfortunate.
“It is this election that will bring into office if they cooperate with UPP as expected, a governor that will reflect their aspirations and protect them as chief security officer.
“UPP is here to tell the masses that we can still have a government and leaders that care about them and mainstream them into the management of their own affairs.
“As we campaigned, I saw a people looking for true leadership, UPP is here to tell the masses that we can still have leaders that care about them and mainstream them into the management of their own affairs.
“But UPP cannot be working to have a people oriented leadership and those people we are working for are jumping in the street to shout no election, it is so very irritating.
“Moreover, the reason for non participation has not been articulated by anyone of them, there is no reason they have given that makes sense at all.
“Saying that you want referendum and that government should give you referendum is so pedestrian an argument.
“Government cannot give you referendum because it does not exist in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where we belong.
“The only way you can go about it is to participate in democracy, elect a government that can pursue your wishes and aspirations.
“It is a stupid thing to say that there will be no election in Anambra,” he said
Okorie blamed the frustrations of the youth on disconnection between them and leaders in the South-East.
“There is a disconnect between the political class and elders on the one side and the masses including the youth on the other side; it is a gap that is yearning to be closed,” Okorie said.
Group Takes Disease Control Campaign To C’ River LG
In its determined efforts to take a stand and demand more committed action in the fight against pneumonia, Society for Health Enlightenment Initiative (SO-HEALTHI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), took its enlightenment and advocacy campaign to IkotOffiongAmbai in Akpabuyo Local Government Area.
The event which held at Saint Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, to mark the World Pneumonia Day, saw a contingent of six selected primary schools take part in lecture sessions on pneumonia awareness by experts from the SOHEALTHI Team, climaxing with a spelling competition where winners were given pneumonia-crested exercise books and cash prizes.
At the end of the spelling competition, Amicable Ebrigor Offu and Martha Joseph Aya, both of St. Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, emerged joint best performing students, scoring 100 percent, Godsfavour Okon Eyo and Abigail Godwin Anthony, also of St. Peter’s Primary School, came second, scoring 90% apiece, while Victoria Asuquo Okon of St. Peter’s Primary School and Wendy Edet Ekpo of Jehovah Shalom Primary School, clinched third position, scoring 80percent respectively.
In her remarks, the Founder and Team Lead of the NGO, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, stated that SOHEALTHI, founded in 2006, was saddled with the responsibility of creating awareness and advocating for a pneumonia-free world in accordance with this year’s Theme: ‘Keep the Promise; Stop Pneumonia Now.’
Mrs Archibong noted that, according to global indices, the disease sickens 155 million children under five years and kills 1.6 million each year, it has become pertinent to bring this health crisis to public’s attention, encourage policy makers and grassroot organizers alike to combat the disease.
SUBEB Boss Urges Staff To Support Ayade
The Executive Chairman, Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Stephen Odey has enjoined staff of the board to complement Governor Ben Ayade’s efforts in the basic education sub-sector by supporting him to realise his lofty programmes for the State.
He made this known in a meeting to mark his three years in office as Executive Chairman of SUBEB. Dr Odey said in spite of the financial status of the State, Governor Ayade had made remarkable impact across sectors in the State, especially in the Basic Education sub-sector.
According to Dr Odey, “he is a young man that has a lot of energy, and with ambitious plans for the state, but he is being frustrated by lack of funds”.
Speaking on the achievements recorded in the basic education sub-sector, he thanked Governor Ayade and staff of SUBEB for their support, adding that these feats could not have been achieved without the support of the Governor and hard work of Staff.
He urged staff to remain committed to their responsibilities, stating that “hard work, dedication and loyalty pays in the long run.”
Speaking earlier, the Director of Administration, Emmanuel Ojong, commended Dr Odey for the giant strides recorded in the board within this short time in Office.
He recalled the massive infrastructural developments in schools across the State, and the sanitisation of SUBEB work force to eliminate ghost workers and track down staff without requisite teaching qualifications. Ojong also poured encomiums on the Board Chairman for placing staff welfare at the forefront of his administration.
By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar.
INEC Discovers 22 Polling Booths In Politicians’ Homes In Akwa Ibom
Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini has disclosed that no fewer than 22 polling booths have been discovered in the homes of politicians and other private residences in the state.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, the state capital, Igini explained that “the polling booths are not illegal, but are located at improper places”, adding that such polling booths had been relocated to public places where voters can easily access.
“We have relocated such polling booths to proper places where the people can have access to them. Elections will hold in Akwa Ibom State and votes will count,” Igini assured, even as he warned desperate politicians against hate speeches that could inflame the polity.
He said he was on a mission to Akwa Ibom to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent exercise in line with the relevant sections of the Electoral Act and enjoined eligible voters, party agents and other stakeholders to join hands with INEC to deliver hitch-free polls which outcome would not be disputed.
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