Osinbajo lauds Nigerian girls’ victory at World Technovation Pitch

Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has congratulated the young Nigerian ladies, who won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California, USA.

Osinbajo’s posted this on his Twitter handle @ProfOsinbajo on Friday.

He tweeted: “These young ladies in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

“Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California. Congratulations.  We are proud of you.”

The five girls from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra State, South East Nigeria, represented Nigeria and Africa, at the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US, and won the contest.

The team, led by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu defeated representatives of other countries to win the pitch.

The young ladies from Nigeria also included Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.

 

Anambra polls | INEC deploys 23,000 for Anambra polls – REC

Anambra polls | INEC deploys 23,000 for Anambra polls – REC

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says twenty-three thousand (23, 000) ad hoc staff will be deployed for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, made the disclosure on Monday during the Election Management System Implementer Workshop for INEC officers in Awka.

He said that the ad hoc staff included members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and those redeployed from other states. Orji described the Election Management System as a critical tool, which the commission required to effectively manage field assets, resources, constituencies and chains of electoral activities during election.

He said the card readers that would be used for the election had been tested and were working effectively while the configuration of the cards would take four days from now.

The REC explained that the training of the electoral and assistant electoral officers, security agencies and ad-hoc staff had been concluded. The National Commissioner of INEC South East, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, represented by the Technical Adviser to INEC Chairman, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, urged the participants to take the training seriously as it would help in determining the outcome of the election in the state.

The Project Manager of the European Centre for Election Support (ECES), and the trainer, Mr David Le Notre, said the election management system training would enable the commission deliver free, fair and transparent election in the state.

Le Notre said the centre had been in partnership with over 50 countries in ensuring credible elections and hoped that Anambra election would not be different.

He assured that the body would play fair role in its monitoring and assessment believing that INEC would do the needful that would entrench credibility in the election process.

Some of the participants, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said they would play by the rules of the commission and promised to take the training seriously to enable the commission to succeed.

Ifeanyi Ubah formally dumps PDP, joins APGA

The Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Dr. Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah has formally dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Dr. Ubah has also thrown his support on the Governor of Anambra state and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in the November 18th Governorship Election, Chief Willie Obiano. The oil mogul who made the declaration in a statement he issued to newsmen on Saturday also said that“I wish to state unequivocally that I have taken a position to fight for the sustenance and continued relevance of my state and the Igbo tribe. I am a very strong and proud Igbo man who is passionate about the protection of the Igbo name and the pride attached to it. I have dedicated myself to ensure that “Afa Igbo ama efu”. The Capital Oil and Gas boss gave his reasons for calling it a day with PDP to include what he described as the “unfair and callous treatment meted out on me,” adding that the party hierarchy did not hearken to his several pleas despite his having spent most of his political life working assiduously for the party. He said “the political backstabbing has left a sour taste in my mouth and I have come to the conclusion that my service to the PDP is the price I have to pay if I am to succeed in my quest to serve my people. At this juncture, I have left the battle for the Lord.” Dr. Ubah who said he is very pleased to be back to APGA, the very party he began his political journey some years back also said that “based on this and my conscience, in truth, before God and man, I have made up my mind and resolved to join and support the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).” “My political journey which started from APGA has taken me to two other political parties, Labour Party and then PDP. I am extremely glad to be back to where I belong. Nke a bu nke anyi! I want to assure party faithfuls that I have returned to add immense value to the party and grow the party with the experience I have gathered over the years in politics.” Dr. Ubah who assured APGA of his unflinching support also declared that he would be organising a rally tagged AFA IGBO EFUNA to underscore his second coming into the party. The statement reads thus: “To my steadfast supporters and umu nnem, Today marks a turning point in my political life as I take a giant leap into that which will spur the advancement of my dream for an ideal and prosperous Anambra State. It has been a bumpy ride considering where I started from, the rough roads I have been through and challenges I have faced in search for the light at the end of the tunnel. Having done so much politically over the years by virtue of my avid belief in adding value to the people of Anambra State and in appreciation to God for his mercies on my life bearing in mind my modest background being the Son of a Teacher, it has become imperative to take stock of my contributions, assess my strengths/weaknesses and take advantage of the opportunities available to me which would be in tandem with my drive to further the course of the Ndi Igbo. As part of my vision and passion to advance the cause of my people, I have spent the last 5 years of my life making concerted efforts through human capital development and the rechanneling of my investments in oil and gas, media, sports, construction amongst others to my home state in a bid to empower the youths and contribute my quota to building a robust state economy. During this period, I have had laughs and good times with my people while also suffering betrayals and deceit from friends and allies alike. Be that as it may, there is a limit to what I can achieve in my private capacity as it is my staunch belief that the number of lives one can touch while occupying the seat of power far outweighs the number that can be touched in one’s private capacity. I have been immensely blessed by God and as such, I do not consider politics as beneficial except that it provides me with the channel to which I can achieve my ultimate aim of sincere service to Ndi Anambra. Incidentally and regrettably, despite several efforts to expand the horizon of lives one can touch using the seat of power, I have not been lucky enough to achieve my goal. Bearing in mind the number of politicians that have ended up worse off having encountered not even up to half of what I have suffered in politics, I will continue to thank God immensely for affording me the wherewithal to continually put food on my table as well as that of others. I strongly believe that the route I have journeyed through up until now was ordained by God to avail me the requisite experience which as we all know, is the best teacher. My next steps are hinged on His divine direction and I am happy and contented to follow as he leads. I will continue to champion people-oriented programmes and the cause of Ndi Igbo with the fullest assurance that God will answer our prayers soon. For those who believe I should quit politics in my best interest owing to all that I have suffered in the hands of politicians, I must say thank you for your care and kind advice. I have taken note of your sincere counsel. However, I believe that the end will justify the means as I am bold, strong, courageous and determined to take Anambra State to the next level. Unfortunately, having spent most of my political life working assiduously for the PDP and in consideration of the unfair and callous treatment meted out on me despite my several pleas to the party hierarchy, I have decided to call it a day with the PDP. The political backstabbing has left a sour taste in my mouth and I have come to the conclusion that my service to the PDP is the price I have to pay if I am to succeed in my quest to serve my people. At this juncture, I have left the battle for the Lord. In view of the above, I wish to state unequivocally that I have taken a position to fight for the sustenance and continued relevance of my state and the Igbo tribe. I am a very strong and proud Igbo man who is passionate about the protection of the Igbo name and the pride attached to it. I have dedicated myself to ensure that “Afa Igbo ama efu”. Being an indigene of Nnewi, home to notable Nigerians like General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Ikemba Nnewi), HRH Prince Nwafor Orizu, Dr. Chuchu Okongwu, Chief Cletus Ibeto, Dr. Ikem Okeke, HRH Igwe Kenneth Orizu amongst a host of others and one of the biggest industrial cities in Nigeria, I have taken a position to champion the cause of the Igbo race by striving to ensure the growth and sustenance of the only party bequeathed to us by the Great Ikemba Nnewi, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). I have decided to join the struggle to ensure that our legacy lives on as we must uphold the identity of the Igbos as handed down to us by Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu. While APGA might be seen as a regional party, there is no doubt in my mind that we can make it a force to reckon with nationally in the mould of Alliance for Democracy (AD) that metamorphosed into Action Congress (AC), then later transformed to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now the All Progressives Congress (APC) which currently leads at the centre. Based on this and my conscience, in truth, before God and man, I have made up my mind and resolved to join and support the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). My political journey which started from APGA has taken me to two other political parties, Labour Party and then PDP. I am extremely glad to be back to where I belong. Nke a bu nke anyi! I want to assure party faithfuls that I have returned to add immense value to the party and grow the party with the experience I have gathered over the years in politics. To mark my new political sojourn, I will be committing myself to APGA during this election and subsequent elections by organising a rally tagged AFA IGBO EFUNA which would underscore my entrance into the party. This rally is scheduled to take place on the 13th of November 2017 at the Ifeanyi Ubah Games Village, Ozubulu/Nnewi. Furthermore, I will commence the sensitization of my friends, foes, allies and all Anambrarians from Sunday, 5th of November, 2017 by 8PM through Authority 91.9FM radio and live stream youtube channel (to watch, click here: https://gaming.youtube.com/channel/UC4Nm7tJwcO1cwz2OPf971FQ/live) on the factors that informed my resolution and the need for Ndi Anambra, especially those from Anambra South to key into the vision and support APGA. This process will last throughout the campaign period as allowed by INEC. I wish to thank all my supporters who have stood by me patiently and persistently throughout my political travails. Your prayers and perseverance are the reasons we are where we are today. To those who feel aggrieved and disappointed as a result of my choice, I wish to tender an unreserved apology to you all as I reassure you that my decision is a product of a well-thought-out assessment of the political landscape as well as fervent prayers. May I also use this medium to specifically express my sincere gratitude to my precious wife and lovely children for their ceaseless prayers, support and encouragement so far irrespective of the trials and tribulations. You all have been an endless source of strength and inspiration. I love you all. To my spiritual fathers, elders and true friends who have also been praying for me while rendering their informed advice, I am very thankful for everything you have done for me. May God reward you all in his infinite mercies. For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to state that while I would gladly render my sincere advice to the party on the line it should tow nationally, I will be lending my full support to whichever party they deem fit nationally in a bid to achieve equity in the event that my party declines to produce a candidate for national elections. This election is not a do or die affair and as such, I wish to call on the Federal Government, State Government, INEC, relevant security agencies, political parties and my fellow Anambrarians to join hands in ensuring that the elections are conducted in a free and fair manner, devoid of violence and rancour. APGA bu nke anyi. Afa Igbo ama efu na-aka anyi!”

Anambra guber polls; APC National chairman meet aspirants, inaugurate screening committee

In the lead up to the Anambra State Governorship Elections, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun has assured that the Party will conduct a free, fair primaries and ensure a level playing ground for all the Party’s aspirants.

The APC National Chairman said this when he met with the Party’s twelve aspirants for an interactive session at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the decision for the interactive session with them, was because there are a lot of things that might have been left undone or over looked, which they the aspirants might want the party to look at, this would avail them the opportunity to put this down, to vocalize them and the party would see what it can do.

“What is important is that I want you to me happy, I want you to be satisfied that we are going to have a truly free, fair primaries and a very level playing ground. That is the main purpose for this meeting”, he said.

Speaking earlier, the APC National Organizing Secretary, Osita Izunaso expressed confidence that the Party will win the Anambra governorship election, upon which he reeled out the Party’s election timetable.

Izunaso informed that screening of aspirants would commence on Thursday, 10 to Friday August 11, 2017 while screening appeal will be between Monday 14 and Tuesday August 15, 2017, the primary election was slated for Saturday August 19, 2017, while primary election appeal was also slated for Monday August 21, 2017.

The twelve aspirants are: Chukwuma Paul, Madu Nonso, Moghalu George, Nwibe Bart, Nwike Patrick, Nwoye Tony, Obidigbo Chike, Okonwko, Onunkwo Johnbosco, Uba Andy, Uchegbu Adoabi and Uzoh Obinna‎.

Also, at a separate event, the Party’s National Organising Secretary, Izunaso inaugurated a seven-member screening committee for the Party’s aspirants vying for the Anambra governorship seat.

The committee is chaired by the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, with members including Dattuwa Kumo, Awele Nwoko, Ishaya Ibrahim, Usman Wowo, Halims Agoda and Ba’aba Umar.

Anambra to Establish Seed Multiplication Centre

The Anambra State government has said it will set up a seed multiplication centre in the state in an effort towards making the state a certified seed producer.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing and Export, Mr. Afam Mbanefo, announced this in his office in Awka while welcoming the fifth federal government/IFAD Supervision Mission to the state.

The members of the delegation, who are in the state on a two-day inspection tour, were drawn from IFAD, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Addressing the delegation, Mbanefo, who described Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) IFAD assisted as a well packaged programme, announced that its activities especially in rice and cassava value chain contributed immensely to the state’s position in the country in rice production capacity.

The commissioner applauded the team on the series of trainings they organised for farmers on the best agronomic practices in rice and cassava farming, which according to him, is evident in the achievement of 7.4 tonnes per hectare as against 1.1 to two tonnes they were recording before VCDP intervention.

Anambra and the path to budget reforms

As part of ongoing public financial management reform in the country, states are of necessity required to adopt a medium-term budget system process that is informed by rolling medium-term budgetary/expenditure framework as well as medium-term sector strategies. The budget reform process, among other things, is intended to encourage sub-nationals to move from yearly to medium-term budgets so as to have long term views – thereby allowing governments to use budget as an instrument to achieve developmental goals.

The medium term budget system (usually 3-year plan) is a well-documented policy framework in the form of a State Development/Strategy Plan that is amenable to regular updates. It has an impact on three levels of public sector outcomes, including aggregate fiscal discipline, resource allocation and use based on strategies priorities, and efficiency and effectiveness of programmes. Hitherto, states majorly formulate and execute yearly budgets – an annual activity that enables governments to implement with a view to achieving its goals stated in the policy documents for a particular fiscal year.

In this context, Anambra has since taken the bold step to align itself with the mandate; and even more so that the State under the administration of His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, has demonstrated resolve in promoting accountability and transparency in the utilization of public financial and human resources. It had in April 2017 engaged leading audit and assurance services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), under the auspices of the World Bank-assisted State and Local Governance Reform (ANSLOGOR) Project with a terms of reference that seeks to provide assistance to the State in supporting systems that will improve its fiscal policy objectives.

The scope of work covers tasks that include the formulation and implementation of a Medium Term Budgeting/Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Multi-Year Budgeting Framework (MYBF) in ten focus ministries in the State. Upon completion of budget reforms for the selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the firm will further carry out an assessment of skills gap in budgeting, development of sector strategies and economic management generally in other four MDAs, including the Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners; the Ministry of Finance; the Office of the Accountant General; and the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service.

Last week, the State Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, held a 2-day training programme on budget review and public financial management reforms for Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and other stakeholders in these focus ministries. The workshop facilitated by PwC was aimed at providing participants with an overview and introduction to the World Bank-assisted State and Local Governance Reform (ANSLOGOR) Budget Reform project, while serving as a veritable pedestal to present the implementation method of the project for discussions and comments.

Suffice it to say that the ongoing initiatives targeted at reforming the Anambra State public financial management system are premised on creating a coherent and transparent budget framework focused on channeling resources to fund the state’s developmental needs in an efficient and transparent manner, without compromising macroeconomic stability.

The Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) approach to planning government expenditure will play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful implementation of the reform process. This framework will link the annual spending of the MDAs with Government’s long-term strategies as articulated under the State Development Plan, including the State Economic Blueprint.

These broad components will be involved – a Medium Term Fiscal Framework that will project likely availability of resources over a 3-year horizon (which is documented in a Fiscal Strategy Paper), a Budget Policy Statement (BPS) which sets out policy goals that will guide the government’s budget decisions and priorities, and a series of Medium Term Sector Strategies (MTSS) that identify goals and objectives for the key sectors of Government and translate these into affordable fully-costed and well-defined set of initiatives over the same period.

The MTSS, a component of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework represents a crucial link in the process of translating the State long-term sustainable economic growth strategies as articulated in the development plan into the spending reality of the annual budget. Heretofore, in order to ensure the effective implementation of its aspirations with respect to the Agricultural sector plans, the State’s Development Plan (Y2014-2018) was aligned with the Medium Term Sector Strategies (MTSS) in November 2014.

The Y2015-2017 MTSS document articulated the interventions and strategies planned for the MTSS period viz a viz the Ministry’s budgetary allocations and other financing sources. These in congruence with clear agriculture plans and high-level policy directions, informed the development of feasible agricultural programmes and projects experienced in the State. Going forward, the ongoing budget reform process will establish frameworks and basic infrastructure for the introduction of MTSS/MTEF in the other MDAs.

It is noteworthy that the sustained commitment of the state government to the budget reforms will enhance fiscal performance, and indeed assist in the realization of the State’s goals geared towards the attainment of excellence in service delivery to the citizenry.

Evans the Billionaire kidnapper reveals how he sent Millions to his wife

Evans the Billionaire kidnapper reveals how he sent Millions to his wife. Upon the arrest of the Lagos notorious kidnapper, Evans, a search group went to his house in Magodo, documents discovered inside the house showed that just four days before his arrest, he sent N20 million to his wife in Ghana through a Bureau de Change which was delivered to her in Ghanaian currency, Cedi and he confirmed it. This is as they were said to have also recovered another mansion belonging to him in Ghana, making three, the number of mansions he has in the West African country.

Evans told police detectives how he was abducted in 2015 by another gang of kidnappers operating in the eastern part of the country. And that a gang of desperate kidnappers trailed him from Nnewi, his home town sometime in 2015, while he was cruising in his brand new black latest G-Wagon towards the commercial city of Onitsha in Anambra state.

The notorious kidnapper went further to say, the period was the era when he was terrorizing the east with his criminal contemporaries like late Ngwu Ekere Omu, Vampire, Osisikanku and others. He disclosed that when he got to a spot close to Onitsha, the gun-totting young men intercepted and bundled him into their car and zoomed off towards Enugu-Onitsha express way. According to him, “When they ended up at a hidden spot which I later knew was inside one of the riverside areas in Anambra state, they brought me out for interrogation. I boldly introduced myself as Evans. Initially, they were shocked but later they started looking at me with skepticism. “I then asked them the name of their leader and after they reluctantly told me it was ND, short for Ndubisi, I informed them that he was serving a prison term at the Port-Harcourt prisons.

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“That was when they started believing that I was the notorious Evans, widely known in crime circles. Nevertheless, they put a call to their leader in Port-Harcourt prison and as soon as they mentioned my name, he ordered them to take me back to where they picked me without delay.” It was learned that ND, their leader, who is still serving a long sentence in Port-Harcourt prisons, masterminded the first kidnap incident in Lagos state in 2011. Also, police detectives have recovered a gold ring worth over $75 from the house of the kidnap kingpin after carrying out another thorough search in his mansion at Magodo phase 2, Lagos.

It was  also gathered that detectives attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Team, IRT, led by Abah Kyari, have commenced inventory of all the landed and physical properties owned by the arrested kidnap kingpin, Evans. This is as they are also investigating all the transactions he carried out with banks in the country within the period he was terrorising Nigerians. Reliable sources informed that they will spread their dragnets to every part of the country where he operated and even neighbouring countries where he was reputed to always run to after collecting huge ransoms from his victims. Sources said Ghana and South Africa will top the list of countries where they hope to liaise with International police, Interpol, in tracking the suspect’s assets.

According to the sources; another vital area the detectives will focus on is telecommunication. “This is because we would like to find out how he was able to knock out our intelligence efforts towards arresting him for so long. “If not that the Inspector-General of Police equipped us with the latest communication gadgets, it would have been impossible to arrest Evans. “So far, Evans, has been trying to recant all the confessional statements he made earlier during interrogation but I assure you that very soon, he will open up and we will nail him finally,” police sources stated.’’

Notorious kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme George Onwuamadike alias Evans makes new shocking revelations

Notorious kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme George Onwuamadike alias Evans, yesterday claimed he gave his father N3million cash, a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a Hilux Van before he stopped visiting his hometown, Umudim, Nnewi in Anambra State.

Evans made the allegation when detectives took him to one of the dens his gang used for the detention of victims.

The bungalow situated at Green Street, Jakande Estate, Isolo, was rented by the kingpin, through his gang members in 2010 and he paid the rent yearly.

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The other two are situated at New Igando and Gowon Estate, the suspect said. Evans, who said he believed his father must have started the pig husbandry from the money he gave him, blamed the man for what he turned into.

He said: “Before I stopped going home, I gave my father N3million and I bought him a jeep and pick up van. I believe that part of the money I gave him was what he used to establish the piggery business. Had it been my father had taken good care of me,  I wouldn’t have become what I am today.

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“I dropped out of school at JSS2, when my father refused to send me to school. I have been fending for myself since I was 10 with the support of my mother, presently my mother is paralyzed. She’s on sick bed.

“My wife was only lying that she did not spend part of my money. She only wants Nigerians to have sympathy for me. She did not know I was into kidnapping.  I only told her that I am into drug, which she advised me to stop because it is dangerous.”

 

Two of the detention camps, located in Jakande Estate, Ejigbo, and the New Igando, were visited by the police, while the third, reportedly located in Gowon Estate, Egbeda, could not be visited.

Evans reportedly claimed he paid N750,000 per annum for the Jakande Estate flat, and N1m for the New Igando apartment.

“I have just three camps in Lagos where I kept some of the victims I kidnapped. One of them is this house on Jakande Estate; the others are in the New Igando and on Gowon Estate. I paid N750,000 per annum for this flat (Jakande) then. I don’t come to the camps, I have my boys on the ground and they give me information on a daily basis. Whenever the pressure from the police is much, I usually move my victims to another camp,” he said.