Years after: 11 War-torn villages in Ebonyi receive relief materials worth millions of naira ON FEBRUARY 20, 20207:30

Years after: 11 War-torn villages in Ebonyi receive relief materials worth millions of naira

Relief items brought to the community by SEMA and PDA By Peter Okutu The community of Offia Orji in Ndiegu Okpuitumo, Abakaliki local government area of Ebonyi State, Thursday, received relief materials worth thousands of naira in the State. The community comprising eleven villages were deeply affected by its conflict with Cross River State, during which numerous lives were lost and properties including houses were destroyed in 2017. The relief materials which included bags of Beans, pads, salt, tissues, bags of sugar, cartons of detergent, bags of rice, cartons of Ndomie, bags of garri, packs of bottled water, matressses, cartons of spargetti, jerrycans of groundnut oil, packs of medicated soaps and blankets were meant to cushion the negative impact of the crisis on the people. READ ALSO: Ebonyi LGA Polls: ‘Don’t attack, reply my opponents with violence’ The distribution of the welfare packages was done in collaboration with the State Emergence Management Agency, SEMA, Participatory Development Alternatives, PDA with support from Actionaid Nigeria and AMURT. Vanguard gathered the recent visit made it the second time the groups had visited the community to provide succour, especially to the victims of the inter-state crisis. Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of PDA, Ebonyi State, Mrs.Victoria Ebere Eze who explained that her organization provided the necessary logistics needed to ensure that the distribution exercise was a success added that PDA in 2017 donated lots of relief materials to the affected community with support from Actionaid Nigeria. “We thank God that peace has returned to the community. Before now, coming here was a major challenge. PDA had initiated lots of outreaches to meet the welfare needs of the people. As a result of the crisis, some persons sustained bullet wounds, some became widows and much more. But with these interventions, life has gradually returned to Offia Orji community”. Addressing members of the community at Nworie Market in Offia Orji, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Pastor Kenneth Nwabueze Oziomaeze explained that Ebonyi state government was the major sponsor of the current distribution exercise to the affected villages. “Ebonyi government is a major sponsor of the items distributed here today. The items are worth millions of naira. Our next target is to embark on the reconstruction of houses and empowerment of unemployed youths in the community. We are working on it “We want to appeal to them to be patient with the State government. Thank God peace has finally returned to the community. I want to advise them to build bridges of unity with their neighbours.” Appreciating the kind gesture, the Town Union President of the Community, Mr. Uguru Solomon thanked Governor David Umahi for remembering them at this critical moment of their lives.

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Senate calls for reinstatement of sacked GM of Niger Delta Power Holding Coy

ON FEBRUARY 20, 20202:29 PM

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 The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution at plenary, mandating the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, (NDPHC) to reinstate Maryam Mohammed, following her disengagement from service on June 10, 2016. It also directed the NDPHC upon her reinstatement, to pay all her entitlements given the fact that her disengagement did not follow due process in line with civil service rules and procedures. The resolution of senate followed a report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of a petition from Maryam Mohammed against NDPHC for alleged wrongful termination of her appointment. READ ALSO:Happy New Year: How to achieve life-changing resolutions Presenting the report at plenary, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ayo Akinyelure, (PDP-Ondo) said the committee received written submissions and listened to oral testimonies from the petitioner, Maryam Mohammed and the respondent, NDPHC represented by the Managing Director, Mr Chiedu Ugbo. Akinyelure noted that from the submission, Mohammed was truly a staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and was offered exclusive secondment to NDPHC to head Audit department as General Manager from July 1, 2011. She said that Mohammed remained a civil servant and not a political appointee. According to him, her disengagement with the Executive Management team and Executive Directors of NDPHC who were political appointees was out of order, noting that due process was not followed. He said that the officer was not accused of any offence, or queried or suspended prior to her disengagement which was announced by NTA. According to him, the committee noted that the submission of managing director of NDPHC that non communication of the resolution of 8th Senate to management of NDPHC was the reason for her non restatement till now. Following the findings of the committee from the parties, the senate also resolved to immediately communicate its resolution to the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha to direct NDPHC to comply and implement resolutions of the Senate. Meanwhile, the Senate also considered five bills at plenary for first reading. The bills are: 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill 2020, sponsored by Sen. Ovie Omo -Agege (APC Delta), Federal Polytechnic Maiduguri Establishment Bill,2020 by Sen.Shettim Kashim (APC Bornu) among others.

Coronavirus: importers lament negative impact on businesses ON FEBRUARY 20, 20202:27 PM

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Coronavirus: importers lament negative impact on businesses

 Some Nigerian businessmen have said that the outbreak of Coronavirus in China since January has grounded their businesses. The traders who import products from China told Newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, that some of the goods they had paid for were yet to be delivered. Mr Ndubuisi Anuwa, a businessman who deals on computer accessories imported from China, said the development was worrisome and negatively affecting his business. “My container is supposed to have landed in Nigeria from China since January but I have been calling my contacts there and they said that they cannot send it now because they are no longer going out. “In fact as it is, they no longer pick my calls because according to them, I am disturbing them with calls. “I am very worried because my millions, my sweat is tied up somewhere. As it stands, I am not sure of the status of my goods. Scientists condemn conspiracy theories about artificial origin of coronavirus “Even though I am happy that they want to take precautions before bringing the goods in, I am running out of patience because I took some loans to seal that business,’’ he lamented. Mr Eric Okaro, also a businessman who deals on handsets and its accessories from China, regretted that goods were not coming into the country like before. “I buy from somebody in Lagos that travels to China. The person has not been able to travel to bring in goods since this Coronavirus issue. “The goods he has in his warehouse before this outbreak, he is now selling them at an exorbitant rate. “Phones that were going for between N10, 000 and N12, 000 are now being sold to us at the rate of N15, 000 and the same applies to others depending on the prices,’’ he explained. A public servant, Mrs Lucy Atih, told NAN that one of her relations travelled to China for a business trip before the Coronavirus outbreak and had been stranded there. “He has been calling us that he cannot come back because he has not finished what he went there to do. “He went to buy goods but unfortunately, the Coronavirus issue started. He lodged in a hotel and according to him, he has overstayed in China but does not want to come back and be quarantined. “He said he is taking all the necessary precautions. I will advise everyone to handle with care whatever accessories they are using that comes from China for now, until the outbreak of the disease is over,’’ Atih said. Coronavirus (COVID-19) first started in Dec. 2019 in Wuhan, China and had been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Senate calls for reinstatement of sacked GM of Niger Delta Power Company

ON FEBRUARY 20, 20202:44 PMIN NEWS Kindly Share This:facebook twitter

Senate calls for reinstatement of sacked GM of Niger Delta Power Holding CoyNigeria Senate The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution at plenary, mandating the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, (NDPHC) to reinstate Maryam Mohammed, following her disengagement from service on June 10, 2016. It also directed the NDPHC upon her reinstatement, to pay all her entitlements given the fact that her disengagement did not follow due press in line with civil service rules and procedures. The resolution of senate followed a report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of a petition from Maryam Mohammed against NDPHC for alleged wrongful termination of her appointment. Presenting the report at plenary, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ayo Akinyelure, (PDP-Ondo) said the committee received written submissions and listened to oral testimonies from the petitioner, Maryam Mohammed and the respondent, NDPHC represented by the Managing Director, Mr Chiedu Ugbo. READ ALSO: Bill for establishment of Police Academy passes 2nd reading in Senate Akinyelure noted that from the submission, Mohammed was truly a staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and was offered exclusive secondment to NDPHC to head Audit department as General Manager from July 1, 2011. She said that Mohammed remained a civil servant and not a political appointee. According to him, her disengagement with the Executive Management team and Executive Directors of NDPHC who were political appointees was out of order, noting that due process was not followed. He said that the officer was not accused of any offence, or queried or suspended prior to her disengagement which was announced by NTA. According to him, the committee noted that the submission of managing director of NDPHC that non-communication of the resolution of 8th Senate to management of NDPHC was the reason for her non-restatement till now. Following the findings of the committee from the parties, the senate also resolved to immediately communicate its resolution to the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha to direct NDPHC to comply and implement resolutions of the Senate. Meanwhile, the Senate also considered five bills at plenary for first reading. The bills are: 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill 2020, sponsored by Sen. Ovie Omo -Agege (APC Delta), Federal Polytechnic Maiduguri Establishment Bill,2020 by Sen.Shettim Kashim (APC Bornu) among others.

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