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Governor Umahi Receives Knocks For Intimidating Political Rivals

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The run up to the 2023 elections in Ebonyi state has continued to be heralded by uncertainty, violence and protests as opposition party flag bearers are either in police custody or experiencing violent disruptions and attacks …

The gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party, LP, in Ebonyi State, Mr. Edward Nkwagu, on Friday, condemned in totality the attack on the governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Prof Benard Odoh by suspected Ebubeagu operatives in the state.

Nkwagu also faulted the continued detention of the former member of the House of Representatives, Linus Okorie in the Abakaliki correctional Centre.

Okorie, who is the Ebonyi South Senatorial Candidate of Labour Party, was arraigned in a Magistrate Court sitting in Abakaliki, for five count charges bordering on alleged murder, conspiracy, felony, among other crimes.

Nkwagu described the incident as wickedness and injurious to both people of the state and the opposition party.

According to him: “It is disheartening and wrong for a suspected armed agent of Ebonyi State Government to deny the opposition party from reaching out its supporters across the state,” he stated.

In a related development, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations and concerned Nigerian citizens in Ebonyi State on Friday protested against the alleged continued harassment, intimidation and attacks of opposition parties by the agents of the state government.

The groups, who demanded the immediate removal of the Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba from Ebonyi, said the state is threatened by insecurity and killings.

The Protesters were carrying placards with the following inscriptions: “Oganihu Ebonyi rejects Umahi’s tyranny, Shut down the Ebubeagu torture chamber now, Inspector General of Police, send CP Aliyu Garba away from Ebonyi, Democracy on trial in Ebonyi state, Save Ebonyi from emperor Gov. Umahi. etc.

The leaders of the protesters, Dr. Laz Ude Eze, representing Oganihu Ebonyi Movement and Engr. Chinedum Elekwachi, CUPP, said: “The State has undoubtedly become a war zone orchestrated by State agents under the directive of the governor. There has been consistent and shameful disregard to the rule of law, intimidation, abduction and torture of innocent citizens, as well as oppression of the opposition.

We rise to alert President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerians and the whole world in particular on the disturbing issues in our dear state, and call for the rescue of our people.

“Going down memory lane, Governor Umahi who was elected the third civilian Governor of the state in 2015 have become the direct opposite of a civilian leader, and has therefore turned himself into a demi-god, a maximum dictator of sort and has consistently exhibited acts that runs affront to the letters of 1999 constitution (as amended) which he had swore an oath to protect.”

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Lalong Appoints Ten New Permanent Secretaries

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has approved the appointment of 10 new Permanent Secretaries.

The governor made the announcement in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos.

According to the statement, the new officials are to fill the vacancies created following the retirement/resignations of some Permanent Secretaries in the service of the state government.

“The new Permanent Secretaries are expected to be sworn in on Tuesday 24th January 2023.

“The new Permanent Secretaries are: Keziah Dung (Barkin Ladi); Yusuf Ayuba Gimba ( Bassa); Gongden Micah Sunday (Mangu); Lamu Michael Dennis (Mangu).

 

“ Peter Wuyep (Kanke); Bapman Naankin Emmanuel (Mikang); Boniface Gwotbit Bankshuet (Mikang); Gotan Benjamin James (Pankshin); Salamatu Ritmwa Parlong (Pankshin); and Wuyep Zitta (Langtang South)”.

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Enugu2023: My Government Will Explore The Opportunities Of Coal, Gas And Solar Energy To Meet Power Needs Of Enugu State – Frank Nweke Jr

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Frank Nweke Jr, the Enugu State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Sunday night, said that his government would explore the opportunities of resources like coal and natural gas (CNG) which the state has, as well as solar technology to meet the power needs of the citizens.

Nweke who spoke during a virtual town hall meeting with the Enugu Association, Canada, noted that Enugu has one of the highest electricity tariffs in Nigeria, an issue he would work closely with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) as Governor to understand and resolve.

“Electric power is critical for domestic use and economic progress. While working with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to improve supply and reduce tariffs, we have some opportunities available to us as alternatives to power from the mains.

“The use of coal has been stalled due to agreements induced by Western powers on the basis of managing climate change. What we have now are illegal miners and private companies who have expanses of coal deposits concessioned to them.

“As a government, we will work to retrieve these concessions by making deals with the people concerned or by making a strong representation to the government at the centre who hold the rights to mineral resources on the exclusive list under section 39 of the constitution.”

He also noted that the developed economies that had opposed large scale mining for reasons of climate change had fallen back to the use of coal due to the effects of the Russian-Ukraine war. He declared that he had the political will to ensure that all resources and opportunities available to the State would be explored.

On the use of natural gas (CNG), Nweke referred to Lagos and Abia where communities are sequestered, and clean energy provided to them. He revealed his team have had conversations with licensed operators who are willing to do the necessary due diligence checks and explore that opportunity whenever his government is ready.

Nweke further stated that as Governor he will also explore the opportunity of solar technology. He noted that Enugu already had young companies assembling inverters and looking to extend their production to solar panels.

“We will work with these local companies and with some established international companies from Japan, Turkey and other parts of the world to establish a ‘Partnership in Technology Program” to set up plants for assembling solar panels and training our people to do the same in Enugu State.

“Our intention is to put in place a policy that will mandate developers of new estates to deploy structures for renewable energy, taking sections of the State off-grid by providing power from natural gas or solar technology.” He concluded.

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Cross River Declares Work-Free Days For PVC Collection

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The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has declared Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 January, 2023 as work-free days in the state to enable civil and public servants across the state to collect their Permanent Voters Cards.

 

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Eric Anderson, said in a statement on Friday that the collection of PVCs was “in readiness for their full participation in the 2023 general election scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2023 for Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as Saturday, March 11, 2023 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.

“Government wishes to make it abundantly clear, especially for the benefit of members of the general public, to note that these work-free days are not Public Holidays and should NOT be seen as one.

 

“Civil and public servants in the state are hereby advised to take advantage of the work-free days to get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in these elections. Your PVC is the pathway to achieving credible elections.”

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