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LG Allocations: Ebonyi Officials Seek Jonathan’s Intervention

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Officials of the Ebonyi
State government have pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene over the withholding of the state’s local government funds by the Federal Ministry of Finance on the directives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The officials, led by the Attorney-General of the state, Mr. Ben Igwenyi, who addressed newsmen in Abuja recently, said the development had brought untold hardship to the people of the state.
Igwenyi said that the reasons adduced by the EFCC for withholding the state’s local government allocation were baseless.
“The EFCC said they are withholding the allocation so that it will not be used to prosecute the forthcoming elections and that we are running the LGAs through caretaker committee chairmen.
“The Presidency should wade in and call to order the EFFC, ICPC, the top brass of Ebonyi politicians in Abuja to stop this power
play on the integrity of the people.
“We don’t want it to turn sour and unpalatable to all and sundry because the Local Government Employees demonstrated few days ago as a result of non-payment of salaries.
“The said salaries could not be paid because some top functionaries of government were using the EFCC to withhold the Local Government Allocation.
“This is simply a calamity and man’s inhumanity to man. The allocation has been withheld till date to frustrate the people and make them rebel against the state government, all in the name of politics and quest for power,’’ Igwenyi said.
According to Igwenyi, over five constitution-related cases have been instigated by the Abuja politicians and their few cronies in the state against the state government.
This, he said, was in addition to the suit aimed at stopping the procurement of N15 billion bond, which process had been completed.
“It should be noted that more than 10 months ago, the Ebonyi State House of Assembly had approved the procurement of the bond and the state government had completed all formalities.
“We have started making refunds to the investors,’’ he said.
Igwenyi noted that trouble started after the state officials decamped from the PDP to the Labour party.
“The PDP Ward Congresses which took place on November 1, 2014, turned out to be the genesis of political crises in Ebonyi State.
The state Attorney-General described the scenario that had played out in Ebonyi in the past four months as “anathema”, saying that the issue of appointment of caretaker committee was only used to witch-hunt the state and withhold its local government funds over the period.
Igwenyi, however, noted that Gov. Martin Elechi and his supporters had resolved to support President Goodluck Jonathan and vote for him as a tested and trusted leader notwithstanding their defection to Labour Party.
Dr Ifeanyi Ikeh, who doubles as the Supervising Commissioner for Information and Orientation as well as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, was also present at the news briefing.

L-R: Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Enugu State, Mr Nathaniel Ubong, Representative of Enugu State Government, Mr Chime Richard and Representative of Commandant, Nigerian Army 82 Garrison, Capt. Umar Garba, at the 2014 Security Summit organised by NSCDC in Enugu, recently.

L-R: Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Enugu State, Mr Nathaniel Ubong, Representative of Enugu State Government, Mr Chime Richard and Representative of Commandant, Nigerian Army 82 Garrison, Capt. Umar Garba, at the 2014 Security Summit organised by NSCDC in Enugu, recently.

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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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