The incident of the Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise which occurred on Saturday, March 15,, 2014 and claimed 16 lives of our young graduates is still fresh in our memory. The breakdown was FCT 7, Rivers 5, Niger 2, Bauchi 1 and Edo 1. Although the exercise has come and gone, the families of the deceased will not forget the incident in a hurry. If there are employment opportunities, 693,000 graduates would not have chased 4,550 vacancies that existed at the Immigration office at that time. That is, an average of 152 vacancies per candidate.
Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, the Vice chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN and the deputy President of the senate, senator Ike Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West senatorial district in the National assembly were received like heroes and kings on Monday, December 1, 2014 by the people of ‘ Old Awgu division’ which presently comprises of Awgu, Ani Nri and Oji River council areas in Enugu state, as they visited Awgu town for the official commissioning/hand over of ‘Awgu Study Center’ of NOUN.
For development experts the grim statistic that less than 30 per cent of Nigerians have access to potable water supply calls for concern. But as the federal government and other stakeholders find ways to exit the country from this situation, in-between, water vendors are having a field day.
The dry season is here again and it is known that at this time water is always scarce.
The Church over the years has remained a humanitarian organization taking care of both the spiritual and material needs of its adherents. That is is why the Anglican Diocese of Ohaji/Egbema in Imo State last Sunday 30th November 2014 honored 134 aged men and women both in the Diocese and in other denominations such as Catholic, Presbyterian, and Baptist among others in the Local Government Areas of Imo State.
The aged men and women made up of those between those aged 80 and above with those above 90 dominating the number were that day treated to a special feast.
The slogan change used by the All Progressive Congress, APC is beginning to work against the doctrine of the party. Lagos State Chapter of the party had its State House of Assembly election amidst intense violence owing to the clamour by the party members to effect the change.
The die is cast ahead of the February 14, 2015 scheduled presidential election in Nigeria. The Federal Government ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party-PDP, last week at Eagle Square in Abuja ratified the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan\Sambo ticket by 3,073 delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. President Jonathan scored 2,808 valid votes. At the convention also, PDP ratified the appointment of its national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, the national Secretary-Prof. Oladipo and the national Auditor.
From every indication Enugu State PDP appears to be one of the most troubled state chapters of the ruling party, where the national leadership of the party led by Dr Adamu M’uazu requires the Biblical wisdom of the Solomon to resolve if the party must maintain its winning streak in the state, come 2015 general election.
I am grateful to the organizers of this meeting for choosing me as a Guest Lecturer for a number of reasons. First, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has a very strong and effective voice in shaping the economic policies in Nigeria, particularly, in the industrial and manufacturing sectors of the economy. By so doing, member of the association contribute to wealth creation and the fostering of national economic prosperity and social progress. Indeed, MAN helps in policy formulation, advocacy and implementation at the national, state and local levels.
There are emerging indications that the battle for PDP gubernatorial ticket in Enugu state may spring surprises.
Two years after calm returned to the Uselu Psychiatric hospital, Benin City with the confirmation of the appointment of Dr. Sunny Olotu as the substantive Chief Medical Director of the hospital, crisis resumed last week as a medical doctor and three other workers of the hospital in Benin City, Edo State were disciplined over alleged insubordination.