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Allegations of Transfer of Billions to company purportedly owned by Governor Umahi, work of enemies of progress – Ebonyi State government



The Ebonyi State government has described the circulation of some documents purported to be evidence of the transfer of billions of Naira from the State treasury to a company purportedly owned by the State governor, Engr David Umahi as the handiwork of disgruntled enemies of progress in the state.

According to a statement signed by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Orji Uchenna Orji, “the entirety of the content of the post is nothing but an unintelligent collection of fake news and mischievous circulation of fake figures of nonexistent transactions packaged by a nonentity that is playing the script of drowning political opponents of a Distinguished leader whose hallmarks in good governance have gained national acclaim”.

The full statement:

1. The attention of the Ministry of Information and State Orientation has been drawn to the false, faceless, seditious and senseless social media post made against the person of our performing Governor and the coporate personality of Brass Engineering & Construction Nigeria Ltd dated 29th January,2021.

2. We wish to state categorically that the entirety of the content of the post is nothing but an unintelligent collection of fake news and mischievous circulation of fake figures of nonexistent transactions packaged by a nonentity that is playing the script of drowning political opponents of a Distinguished leader whose hallmarks in good governance have gained national acclaim.

3. In their wildest show of ignorance of the law and facts, they alluded to Brass Engineering Construction Ltd as the private business of the Governor and framed up nonexistent figures to cover up their mendacities. They desperately brandished fake records of transactions to make people believe their lies.

4. We invite these political desperados to substantiate their allegations with the minutest documentary evidence or bury their heads in shame for selling dummy to swindle the sensibilities of the gullible.

5. Let it be known that the Governor had made his mark as an accomplished Captain of Industry with flourishing business empire before he joined active politics. Detractors must know that Brass Engineering Construction Nigeria Limited is a going concern which has a legal personality and management structure distinct and separate from the Governor with it’s rights and privileges under the Corporate Affairs and Allied Matters Act.

6. Those who are mentally and psychologically poor, but are agents of the spirit of envy and blackmail must know that our world class Leader, His Excellency Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE is indistractable and his reputation indestructible as he is on a divine mission to move the state to the part of irreversible greatness

7. These political howlers have further revealed their motives and routes in their attack to the Governor for defecting to the ruling APC and for his respect for the President of Nigeria.

8. There is no doubt that the sponsors of this fake social media post are from the sinking PDP group in Ebonyi State This falsehood demonstrates how hopeless they can be in their fruitless efforts to destroy the reputation of a leader who has attained greater heights in good governance, transparency and accountability..

9. They have tried without success in using the issue of herdsmen to discredit the Governor. Their new strategy is to fabricate figures of nonexistent transactions against Brass Engineering Company Ltd to discredit a man of extra-ordinary leadership ability whose transformational strides are having national acclaim; a man who has won laurels of acclaim from virtually all the Media Houses for his manifest commitment to the develoment of democracy in Nigeria.

9. This reprehensible behaviour of these unproductive and expiring remnants of PDP in the state shows the depth of the darkness of their hearts in the midst of the celebrated and unprecedented tranformation that we have continued to enjoy in Ebonyi State since 2015 under the celebrated leadership of His Excellency Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE, Governor of Ebonyi State

9. If not that their hearts are darker than the devil, why will they sponsor lies against a leader that has made Ebonyi to be the fastest developing state in Africa through his numerous life -changing projects and programmes; a man who has made us proud in the comity of states; a man who has empowered us to be self reliant and self sufficient; a man who has lifted Agriculture, Education and Health in the state in record time. Why are they troubled by the defection of the Governor and the good people of Ebonyi State to APC as if they are not aware that Ndigbo as a minority tribe have always maintsreamed with the Party at the Centre sine the history of Nigeria’s political develoment which is a wisdom bequethed by our founding fathers so we can have a fair deal in national politics.

10. Let them be assured that God Almighty who decorated our dear Governor with the capacity and will to work passionately for his people will give him the enablement to anchor gloriously the ship of develoment in Ebonyi State and to move forward in greater services to his fatherland, and no weapon of warfare fashioned against him shall prosper.

11. Members of the public should please disregard the publication by these enemies of progress as another angle to many devilish ochestrations by the Udeogu faction of PDP in the State who by all intents and purposes has no vision and direction after being abandoned for the Progressives Party by the good people of Ebonyi State

Hon. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji (Commissioner for Information and State Orientation)

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63rd Independence: Tinubu Approves Wage Palliative for Junior Workers, Appeals for Patience Over Reforms



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved a temporary wage award for workers on the lower rung of the Civil to cushion the effects of economic reforms by the Federal Government.

In an Independence Anniversary broadcast to the nation on Sunday, the President announced a N25,000 addition to the monthly wages of the affected workers for the next six months.

President Bola Tinubu also said that the Federal Government has been taking the path to economic greatness since his administration assumed office in May, and that he was aware of the hardships being experienced by Nigerians, but affirmed that nothing good comes easy.

He appealed to Nigerians to remain resolute as the gains of the reforms will be visible and felt in a short while.

Full text of Presidential broadcast:

Dear Compatriots,

It is my unique honour to address you on this day, the 63rd anniversary of our nation’s independence, both as the President of our dear country and, simply, as a fellow Nigerian.

On this solemn yet hopeful day, let us commend our founding fathers and mothers. Without them, there would be no modern Nigeria. From the fading embers of colonialism, their activism, dedication, and leadership gave life to the belief in Nigeria as a sovereign and independent nation.
Let us, at this very moment, affirm that as Nigerians, we are all endowed with the sacred rights and individual gifts that God has bestowed on us as a nation and as human beings. No one is greater or lesser than the other.

The triumphs that Nigeria has achieved shall define us. The travails we have endured shall strengthen us. And no other nation or power on this earth shall keep us from our rightful place and destiny. This nation belongs to you, dear people. Love and cherish it as your very own.

Nigeria is remarkable in its formation and essential character. We are a broad and dynamic blend of ethnic groups, religions, traditions and cultures. Yet, our bonds are intangible yet strong, invisible yet universal. We are joined by a common thirst for peace and progress, by the common dream of prosperity and harmony and by the unifying ideals of tolerance and justice.

Forging a nation based on the fair application of these noble principles to a diverse population has been a task of significant blessing but also serial challenge. Some people have said an independent Nigeria should never have come into existence. Some have said that our country would be torn apart. They are forever mistaken. Here, our nation stands and here we shall remain.

This year, we passed a significant milestone in our journey to a better Nigeria. By democratically electing a 7th consecutive civilian government, Nigeria has proven that commitment to democracy and the rule of law remains our guiding light.

At my inauguration, I made important promises about how I would govern this great nation. Among those promises, were pledges to reshape and modernize our economy and to secure the lives, liberty, and property of the people.
I said that bold reforms were necessary to place our nation on the path of prosperity and growth. On that occasion, I announced the end of the fuel subsidy.

I am attuned to the hardships that have come. I have a heart that feels and eyes that see. I wish to explain to you why we must endure this trying moment. Those who sought to perpetuate the fuel subsidy and broken foreign exchange policies are people who would build their family mansion in the middle of a swamp. I am different. I am not a man to erect our national home on a foundation of mud. To endure, our home must be constructed on safe and pleasant ground.

Reform may be painful, but it is what greatness and the future require. We now carry the costs of reaching a future in Nigeria where the abundance and fruits of the nation are fairly shared among all, not hoarded by a select and greedy few. A Nigeria where hunger, poverty and hardship are pushed into the shadows of an ever-fading past.

There is no joy in seeing the people of this nation shoulder burdens that should have been shed years ago. I wish today’s difficulties did not exist. But we must endure if we are to reach the good side of our future.
My government is doing all that it can to ease the load. I will now outline the path we are taking to relieve the stress on our families and households.

We have embarked on several public sector reforms to stabilize the economy, direct fiscal and monetary policy to fight inflation, encourage production, ensure the security of lives and property, and lend more support to the poor and the vulnerable.

Based on our talks with labour, business, and other stakeholders, we are introducing a provisional wage increment to enhance the federal minimum wage without causing undue inflation. For the next six months, the average low-grade worker shall receive an additional Twenty-Five Thousand naira per month.

To ensure better grassroots development, we set up an Infrastructure Support Fund for states to invest in critical areas. States have already received funds to provide relief packages against the impact of rising food and other prices.

Making the economy more robust by lowering transport costs will be key. In this regard, we have opened a new chapter in public transportation through the deployment of cheaper, safer Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses across the nation. These buses will operate at a fraction of current fuel prices, positively affecting transport fares.

New CNG conversion kits will start coming in very soon as all hands are on deck to fast-track the usually lengthy procurement process. We are also setting up training facilities and workshops across the nation to train and provide new opportunities for transport operators and entrepreneurs. This is a groundbreaking moment where, as a nation, we embrace more efficient means to power our economy. In making this change, we also make history.

I pledged a thorough housecleaning of the den of malfeasance the CBN had become. That housecleaning is well underway. A new leadership for the Central Bank has been constituted. Also, my special investigator will soon present his findings on past lapses and how to prevent similar reoccurrences. Henceforth, monetary policy shall be for the benefit of all and not the exclusive province of the powerful and wealthy.
Wise tax policy is essential to economic fairness and development. I have inaugurated a Committee on Tax Reforms to improve the efficiency of tax administration in the country and address fiscal policies that are unfair or hinder the business environment and slow our growth.

To boost employment and urban incomes, we are providing investment funding for enterprises with great potential. Similarly, we are increasing investment in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
Commencing this month, the social safety net is being extended through the expansion of cash transfer programs to an additional 15 million vulnerable households.

My administration shall always accord the highest priority to the safety of the people. Inter-Service collaboration and intelligence sharing have been enhanced. Our Service Chiefs have been tasked with the vital responsibility of rebuilding the capacities of our security services.

Here, I salute and commend our gallant security forces for keeping us safe and securing our territorial integrity. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We remember them today and their families. We shall equip our forces with the ways and means needed to perform their urgent task on behalf of the people,
We shall continue to make key appointments in line with the provisions of the Constitution and with fairness toward all. Women, Youth and the physically challenged shall continue to be given due regard in these appointments.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate the National Assembly for its role in the quick take-off of this administration through the performance of its constitutional duties of confirmation and oversight
I similarly congratulate the judiciary as a pillar of democracy and fairness.

I also thank members of our dynamic civil society organizations and labour unions for their dedication to Nigerian democracy. We may not always agree but I value your advice and recommendations. You are my brothers and sisters and you have my due respect.

Fellow compatriots, the journey ahead will not be navigated by fear or hatred. We can only achieve a better Nigeria through courage, compassion, and commitment as one indivisible unit.

I promise that I shall remain committed and serve faithfully. I also invite all to join this enterprise to remake our beloved nation into its better self. We can do it. We must do it. We shall do it.!!!

I wish you all a happy 63rd Independence Anniversary.
Thank you for listening.
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Eid-ul-Mawlid: FG Declares Wednesday Public Holiday



By Ojone Grace Odaudu

The federal government has declared September 27 as a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, minister of interior, announced the holiday on Monday in a statement by Oluwatoyin Akinlade, permanent secretary of the ministry.

The Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration is in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Tunji-Ojo congratulated all Muslims in the country and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.

The minister urged Nigerians to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition towards one another.

“His admonition to Nigerians is to imbibe the spirit of love, patience, tolerance, and perseverance which are deep spiritual virtues that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) exemplified,” the statement reads.

“Tunji-Ojo also urged Nigerians, especially our youths, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition toward fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class, and ethnicity, and join hands with President Bola Tinubu’s administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable Nation that all citizens will be proud of.”

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Female wrestler Adekuoroye Obtains 2024 Olympics Spot



Female wrestler Adekuoroye obtains a spot in the 2024 Olympics.

By Ojone Grace Odaudu

Odunayo Adekuoroye, a female wrestler representing Nigeria, won the bronze medal in the women’s 57kg division at the upcoming World Championships in Belgrade on Wednesday. She therefore became the nation’s first grappler to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.

Adekuoroye overcame Turkish opponent Elvira Kamaloglu in the third-place match 9-5 to earn a spot in Paris.
Adekuoroye will compete in her third Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, aiming to win a medal after obstacles in Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020.

The 29-year-old, who missed the African Wrestling Championship earlier this year, was charged with winning her first world title but dropped 6-4 in the quarter-finals against world No. 1 and India’s Sarita Mor on Tuesday.

She was however able to compete in the repechage on Wednesday, securing her third World Championships bronze medal and a spot to per take in next year’s Olympics.

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