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Umahi Revalidates APC membership, says South East must return to mainstream politics

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Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi has performed the APC Registration, Revalidation Exercise in his Onuofukuru polling unit in his country home, Umunaga Uburu, once again giving reasons for his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The Governor who was accompanied by the former National Vice Chairmam of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also a pillar of APC in the South East, Deacon Austin Umahi, reiterated that joining the party at the centre shall bring more dividends of democracy to the people.

According to him, the people of the southeast region have had enough of being at the periphery of national reckoning and have therefore taken the decision to move to the centre and be part of the decision making process.

He therefore urged those fanning embers of hate and discord and enemies of peace in the state to turn a new leaf, adding that his administration is unwavering in its commitment to bequething to Ebonyi State the best records of develoment in quality and in quantity.

Also speaking during the event, the former National Vice Chairman of PDP, Chief Austin Umahi who also performed his registration/Revalidation excercise, said the decision to move to the party at the centre, (APC) was borne out of the dire need to reposition South East to its usual political culture of national mainstreaming in political governance.

Meanwhile, Governor Umahi has been vindicated in his reasons for joining APC as many Igbo leaders are throwing their weight behind APC saying that Ndigbo in the history of political develoment have never belonged to a Minority Party.
One of such leaders is Executive Secretary, National Council for Democratic Development (NCCD), Prince Nwaeze Onu.

Onu, a former senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ebonyi South in the 2019 general election, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, described as “bold and patriotic” Governor Umahi’s decision to join the All Progressives Congress.
According to him, by joining the APC from the opposition PDP, the governor has set the pathway for the South East into the mainstream national politics and enjoined other governors from the zone to follow suit.

The statement read in part: “National Council for Democratic Development (NCDD), a socio-political advocacy group, having watched keenly, recent political developments, has cautioned politicians of Southeast extraction to avoid making the call for the emergence of the next president from the zone a sectional agenda as they need other zones to achieve the feat”.

“We also call on the Southeast stakeholders to build the APC as a strong brand and use it as a launch pad to achieve their dream of producing the next president,” noting that the zone has a great future with the APC because President Buhari has been fair to the zone, and as such he deserves massive cum genuine support from the zone”

Referring to the groundswell of support the defection of Governor Umahi has elicited among the leaders of the South East region, Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Orji Uchenna Orji s described the governor as a leader who has seen the future.

According to the Commissioner, by taking the bold step to build bridges between the zone and other parts of the country, Chief Umahi was living with the dreams of the sage, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe whose political ideology was that of integration.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

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It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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