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Firm commences Lead Ore Production In Enugu

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Nigeria’s  first  lead ore smelting plant has commenced production at Emene Industrial Estate, Enugu, Enugu state.

The multi –million factory  owned by LOC Metals and Minerals Limited, has  a projection of producing about 400 metric ton per month or 50 per cent of its installed capacity.

Built by a Chinese firm which also trained the pioneer production team of the establishment,  a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu by the Factory Manager, Mr. Ifeanyi Nweke, noted that lead  is a versatile product used as input for numerous manufacturing products such as Aluminum roofing sheet, car, batteries, heavy construction equipment, auto parts among other items.

According to him,  lead is equally used by many people as production component, adding that  despite its wide use, most people only know the raw material as an input that was used in paint production many years ago.

His words: “It is interesting to note that though there are large deposit of lead ore in the South East of Nigeria and some parts of the North, Nigeria is not recorded in the international market as a lead producer. Most of the lead ore exported in Nigeria is in raw form, while  most of the miners are small artesian  miners  who use manual labour for their production”.

Continuing,  Mr Nweke  therefore noted with happiness  that an indigenous  company has taken the bold  step to commence the smelting of lead ore into lead ingots for export and local use.

Revealing that  it has taken the company about one year to get to its current production stage, Mr Nweke, hinted that the result of a  recent test on the company’s lead ingot  carried out in far away United States of America [USA], indicates 99 per cent purity level for the ingots, saying the production team are very proud of its achievements so far.

He,   however, expressed the hope that by the end of August 2009, the company would have met 25 per cent of the plant installed capacity of 800 metric ton per month, stressing that the reason for the low level of production was as a result of the rains  which has been delaying  the supply of the raw materials from the miners.

“When dry season sets in  by October this year, the factory should be doing a minimum of 400 metric ton per month, or of its installed capacity.”

The factory boss also  hinted that even though,  the organization which currently has about 36 staff already had an export contract, it is also  interested in selling to local  factories in the country that need the products, adding that it would be their major contribution to the economic development of  the nation and a way of supporting the local industries to grow.

Maintaining that their intention was to make the plant one of the largest producers of leads ingots in Africa, Mr Nweke  further disclosed that a one-time gubernatorial candidate in Enugu state and financial consultant and managing partner, of Finance, Investment and Trade Consultant [FIT consult limited], Chief  Loretta Aniagolu is the majority shareholder and  chairperson  of the  board of Directors,  while it is partly financed by Access  Bank Plc.

Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State addressing newsmen on his programme for the state, recently. He finally decamped from the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday

Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State addressing newsmen on his programme for the state, recently. He finally decamped from the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday

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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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