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Senator Ohunabunwa empowers constituents as beneficiaries count blessings



The lawmaker representing Abia North Senatorial District, Mao Ohunabunwa, has described a report that he empowered women in his constituent with frying pan and camp gas as a mischievous and deliberate spread of falsehood.

Senator Ohunabunwa, who spoke through his Special Assistant, Uche Okoli described the report as a distortion of fact and misrepresentation of what happened.

Okoli said that the senator conducted a skill acquisition training programme in 2017 which was handled by Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN), adding that after the training, each person was equipped with the necessary tools needed in the area of training with a financial support of up to N50,000.

“Politics of lies and falsehood only makes a mockery of the individuals involved, the picture being peddled around only tells a part of the story.

“In 2017, the Distinguished Senator Mao Ohuabunwa in line with his commitment to teaching Ndi Abia North to fish instead of giving them fish, embarked on Skill Acquisition Training programme for Abia North Women and Youths in Partnership with Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN) and part of the skills included making pastries; the beneficiaries chose the skills themselves. After the training they were given working tools and grant to start up the business with a firm commitment from Senator Mao Ohuabunwa to facilitate access to SMEs loans as the business grows from subsistent stage to SME,” Okoli said.

The Senator’s aide further noted that the picture trending on the social media ‘is only an edited part of the story to suit the narrative from the usual suspects to achieve an agenda best known to them’

“We are not bothered about the narrative these individuals are pushing, the distinguished senator cannot be distracted, his focus on empowering the people of Abia North is already paying off as these women empowered with these equipment are very grateful and they are already impacting positively to their families. Other youths who were also trained in Solar Power and other skills are bringing in results” he added.

Okoli added that the second phase of the programme is ongoing.

One of the beneficiaries of the skill programme, Mrs Ogechi Nwosu from Isuikwuato local government area said that she makes about N3,000 daily from her pastry business.

“I am doing well, I make doughnuts, chinchin and so many other things, the training changed my life and the start up cash of N50,000 went along way to help me stabilize my business,” another beneficiary, Mrs. Victoria  Akanu from Ohafia noted.

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Nigerian youths blow hot, declare to take over power in 2019



A group of Nigerian youths drawn from all works of life gathered in Lagos and other states of the Nation to declare the intention of young Nigerians to take over power from the old leadership sect come 2019.

The group, under the umbrella of Youth Take Over initiative powered by Yaga Foundation, pointed out clearly that the greatest challenge facing the Nigerian Nation is that of leadership. According to them, if leadership is in order every other thing will fall in place.

The National Coordinator of the movement, Comrade Gabriel Ashibi lamented over the epileptic state of the Nation’s economy, infrastructural decay and the acrimonious poverty bedevilling the people. He said that the worrisome state in which we find ourselves is all a product of leadership failure.

He added that with improvements in information technology and new standards in global communication, Nigeria should have been reckoned with as a top player internationally. He, therefore, pointed out that it has become inevitable that a new leadership regime must take the centre stage in the governance of our dear Nation so as to bring to bear fresh ideas and innovative abilities of the younger Nigerian generation.

The Kano State publicity secretary of the movement comrade Shuaibu Abubakar added that the era of recycling old leaders is over and that 2019 presents itself as the best chance for the youth to take over power and put an end to the stagnation, redundancy, and underdevelopment that have been witnessed over many decades of our Nationhood.

Comrade Oladipo Aberuagba, an exco member of the movement pointed out that Nigerian youth had performed brilliantly in all fields of endeavor especially sports, entertainment, ICT and general business. They are top executive managers in both private and public sectors and it is very disappointing to know that some people are still selling the idea that Nigerian youths are not experienced or matured for leadership.

The Lagos State coordinator Comrade Nwoko Cosmos regretted that it is quiet unfortunate that an oil producing Nation like Nigeria should still be importing fuel at this stage of global awareness. According to him, all that Nigerians are yearning for is basic amenities, peace and security, and the protection of life and property for all Nigerians. He added that the era of lies and propaganda is over and that Nigeria must give way for a more creative and dynamic leadership team that will help us all achieve the much talked about Nigerian dream.

The National coordinator used the opportunity to call on all Nigerian youths to compulsorily register and get their PVCs and make sure that they play an active role in the next electoral exercise. He urged them to shun all forms of electoral violence, thuggery, rigging, ballot box snatching, and other forms of destructive activities during the polls. He opined that the future of this great nation lies in the activities of the youth population.

It was a peaceful, warm and an interactive gathering.

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Kogi Signs Seven MOUs in two days 



A total of seven Memoranda of Understanding were signed between the Kogi State Government and private partners over the two-day Kogi State Economic and Investment Summit, which ended yesterday, 14th February.
Four of the MOUs were signed with energy companies while two were with agriculture companies. The last was with a global tourism brand, that has agreed to build a 20-storey facility on the top of Mount Patti to attract fun-seekers to the state. The signings were only some of the many side attractions that took place at the event.
Two of the MOUs were signed with the Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as witness. He was in attendance on Day One and they are the ones signed with PowerChina International Group Limited on a 10MW Solar power plant and provision of 33kV lines for evacuation to local grid and Ghaba International on a tourist resort.
Speaking on the MOUs, the Commissioner for Finance, Asiwaju Idris, said the partners were carefully selected and the process was duly certified by the Ministry of Justice. He said the signing was months in the making and he was happy that step has been taken.
“Kogites should be proud that at last they have a Governor that has the political will to use the resources of the state to create wealth for the majority of the people,” he said. “To demonstrate his seriousness, in front of live cameras and with the whole world watching, Governor Bello signed two MOUs on Day One of the summit that will have lasting positive impact on the economy of the state and her good people. This shows the summit was not only a talk shop but one that has already wielded results without delay.”
In his keynote address at the summit, Prof. Osinbajo described Governor Bello as both ambitious and far-sighted. He said he had been privileged to see a document that outlined a 32-year Master Plan for the state developed by the current government.
Caption: L-R Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) witnessing the MOU signing between Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Ghaba International, represented by Micheal Ani to build a resort on Mount Patti on Day One of the Kogi State Economic and Investment Summit held recently in Kogi State

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How herdsmen killed two Civil Defence officers in Benue



The authorities of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,  NSCDC yesterday confirmed the killing of two of its officers in Wanger Village in Kasseyo council ward of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

The corp, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Corps, ASCI, Adakole John Peter, a copy made available to New Telegraph in Makurdi said, the officers were killed last Sunday during an exchange of gunfire with Fulani herdsmen that came to attack the village.

Mr. Adakole gave the names of the officers as Adams Godwin and Abah Patrick.

He stated that the late Adams joined the Corps on 14th July, 2010 with the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Corps, ASCII, and was later promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Corps, ASCl on the 1st January, 2014, and gained another promotion to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Corps, DSC, on 1st January, 2017.

The NSCDC spokesman disclosed that Patrick who was recruited into the corps on the 26th October 2007 as a Lance Corporal and later promoted to the rank of Senior Corps Assistant on 1st January, 2014,  had written his promotion examination on the 23rd December 2017 and was awaiting the result of the examination before his demise.

He stated that the deceased officers were not recruited in 2017 as reported in some sections of the media.

“It should be noted that NSCDC never recruited in 2016 or in 2017 and that the two (2) officers killed were never in this category”, the statement read.

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