Heroes labour in vein as over 10 retirees in Anambra die awaiting pension

By Sunny A. David, Awka Over 10 retirees of the Anambra State-owned Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) have died while waiting for payment of their pension. The Chairman, National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Leader of Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions (JAC), Comrade A.C. Okeke stated this while addressing members of Anambra State House of Assembly, during a protest by the groups. The groups had given the university’s management up to Wednesday, August 14 to meet their demands of arrears of salaries and pension payment to its retirees…

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Ex-IPAC chairman, Chief Okereke condemns attack on former Senate President, wants perpetrators prosecuted

Former Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu was manhandled in Germany on Saturday By Paul Efiong, Abuja The former Chairman Inter-Party Advisory Council(IPAC) and former Presidential Candidate for the 2003 and 2007 General Election under the platform of African Liberation Party, (ALP) Chief Osita Emmanuel Okereke, OON, has in every strong term condemned the shameful assault melted on the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at Nuremberg, Germany. Chief Okereke while speaking to Apex News  in Abuja said the attacked really showed that the attackers are nothing but hooligans and terrorists…

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SSANU, Federal University, Lafia chapter, joins nationwide strike

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Federal University, Lafia chapter, has joined the five days nationwide warning strike called by the national body. The action, according to Mr Monday Sarki, the chapter’s chairman, followed the expiration of an ultimatum to the Federal Government to address SSANU’s concerns. “The strike started today (Monday), and will end on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019,” he said. He listed the union’s demands to include the non-payment of earned allowances, dismissal of staff of the university’s staff schools, failure to implement agreements reached with the…

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Catholic bishop condemns prayer ban in Anambra markets, urged Governor Obiano to intervene

Bishop Ezeokafor By Sunny A. David, Awka Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra state, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has kicked against the recent ban on prayers in markets across the State. The cleric described prayer as most important tool Christians needed to ask and receive favours from God as well as wade off evil manipulations. Leadership of Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA), had banned prayers in the market, citing alleged extortion and politicization of the prayers as reason. Delivering a homily on Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic, Nanka, Orumba…

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Lifeline for Nigeria flag designer as group pays N500,000 monthly allowance

Nigeria flag designer, Pa Akinkunmi at the award ceremony  By Carl Umegboro A business conglomerate, Nzenweofor Group has offered a lifetime monthly grant of N500,000 as incentive to the designer of Nigeria’s flag, Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi. By the gesture, the beneficiary-statesman with immediate effect earns a total of N6million per annum for a lifetime. It was also gathered that two months allowances amounting to N1,000,000 was already disbursed to the elder statesman. The group’s chairman, Chief Ndubuisi Nzenweofor disclosed this on Saturday during the LACLIC Golden Heroes Awards held…

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Anambra House of Assembly called for rearing of local cattle breed

By Sunny A. David, Awka Following recent killings in the South-East zone by Fulani herdsmen, a member representing Aguata 1 constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Carter Umeh, has called for the rearing of local breed cattle known locally as Efi Igbo in the state. The Lawmaker moved the motion during a plenary session at the Assembly Complex in Awka, stressing the need for Government to direct the Commissioner for Agriculture to come up with policies to establish structures that would promote indigenous cattle rearing. He maintained that…

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Nkpunando Community Benefits From World Bank Assisted Development Projects

Participants at the event By Sunny A. David, Onitsha Nkpunando Community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State has received a cheque for more than two million naira from Anambra State Community and Social Development Agency World Bank assisted Community-based programme for the renovation of its Health Centre. The money is the first thirty percent tranche of over eight million naira, the total cost of the project as contained in their Community Development Plan, approved by the World Bank. Our correspondent reports that the General Manager, Anambra State…

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Egbengwu–Nimo marks silver jubilee

Priests in a group photo after the Mass  By Sunny A. David, Awka The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Revered Paulinus Ezeokafor has encouraged Christians to sustain their faith and defend their religion. Bishop Ezeokafor stated this in a homily during the dedication and Silver Jubilee of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Egbengwu Nimo, Njikoka Council Area. Bishop Ezeokafor said that it is important that as they built the church, they should also build their lives for their body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He urged them to…

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Anambra lawmaker Nwokoye initiates skill acquisition programmes

By Sunny A. David, Awka The Member representing Awka North Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable John Nwokoye has expressed commitment towards reducing the sufferings of his constituents. The Anambra Lawmaker made this known when he kicked off the 2019 awards of scholarship, distribution of drugs to health facilities and commencement of Skill acquisition programmes for youths in the ten communities of the Constituency. He said the initiative was chosen after a comprehensive assessment of the immediate needs of the people of the constituency and in fulfillment of…

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Stakeholders seek expansion, strengthening of agricultural extension services

Farmers tender a rice belt By Sunny A. David, Awka Lack of manpower and inadequate funding appear to be the major challenge facing agricultural extension services in Nigeria. The Deputy Director, Department of Agricultural Extension, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, Mr. Ifidon Ohiomoba stated this in Awka during a meeting for private sector involvement in One Stop Shop Centre for agricultural extension service delivery in Nigeria organized by the Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture through the Anambra State Agricultural development programme, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of…

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