The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion and Enugu State Government seem not to be at talking terms for some years now especially since Gov. Sullivan Chime took over the mantle of leadership as the governor of the State. The entire Anglican Dioceses in the state have been complaining that government is taking over their missionary schools whereas the ones belonging to the Roman Catholic Church have never been tampered with. Not too comfortable with the turn of events, bishops from the whole dioceses in Enugu converged at Enugu at Bishop’s Court, Independence Layout Enugu last year.
Non- payment of workers’ salaries arrears assumed the front burner during the recent Workers Day Celebration in Abia State. Parallel faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Abia State called on the state government to kindly clear all the arrears owed to government agencies and parastatals before May 29, 2015.
Recently, the people of Umuchoko Village in Umuohiagu Autonomous Community, Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo State woke up to the news of a tragic drama involving a pastor, his blood thirsty daughter and a hapless trainee nurse sharing neighbourhood with them.
In fact, the community would hardly forget that fateful Friday, when their land was brazenly violated following the gruesome murder of a trainee nurse, one Miss Callista Nzubechukwu Uzoigwe, by the pastor and his daughter.
A crisis of confidence is brewing in the Edo state civil service between the Edo Head of Service, HOS, Mr. Jerry Obazele and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC over the modalities for erecting a Pensions scheme for state workers. The workers through the NLC are accusing the office of the HOS of seeking to deduct their salaries for a fixed deposit account as a prelude to picking a pension fund administrator.
The crisis rocking Ebonyi state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the past one year appeared to have taken a dramatic twist for the worst. This is sequel to the renewed leadership tussle among the stakeholders of the party. It can be revealed authoritatively that the two big masquerades behind the crisis is the National Leader of the Party, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the governorship candidate of the party in last election, Senator Julius Ucha. The duo has been fighting over who controls the structure of the party in the state.
Activities of Pentecostal pastors and their spouse have continue to generate reactions, with the female pastors taking over the altar business, less charitable critics bemoans the activities of the Latter Day ministries. Like the saying that “mechanics are making it difficult for people to know the different between a mad man and the motor mechanic”, activities of Pentecostal Churches, especially, the ministries run by married couples and spinsters have no less made it difficult for worshippers to know those that are divinely called in the service of God.
The insurgency rocking parts of the north-eastern Nigeria has no doubt caused monumental havoc to lives and properties of thousands of hapless residents of the area caught in the senseless killing spree.
For close observers, Ebonyi State, “The Salt of the Nation”, supposed to have made an unprecedented quantum leap in the growth and development of Agricultural sector within the eight years of the current administration led by Governor Martin Elechi taking into cognizance the priority his government accorded the sector. But the situation on ground to some extent can still be likened to a paradox of man proposes, God disposes; that is the case of the Governor and the people respectively.
A major crisis is looming in the nation’s oil sector as the 7-day strike action called by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) workers is likely to continue this week.
Unlike most states of the federation where a different political party has to form the government, in Taraba State the People’s Democratic Party, PDP which has continued to form the government has also won the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state to form the state government on May 29. It is beyond doubt to politicians and keen watchers of unfolding of political events that from the return of democracy in 1999, no other political party has formed the government of the state other than the PDP.