Abuja is the capital of Nigeria. Since most Nigerian government agencies are now headquartered in Abuja and most other countries’ embassies have been relocated from Lagos to Abuja, it is surprisingly an expensive city. Abuja city is quite beautiful. One of few purpose-built cities in the world planned and built from the scratch. It has an excellent road network, a beautiful terrain and modern Nigerian architecture.
For the people of Ebonyi State, sanity and transparency appear to have returned in the governance of the state. The swearing in of Chief Dave Umahi as the 3rd executive Governor of Ebonyi State no doubt has set the ball rolling with manifestation that the new Governor is itching to improve on the development and welfare fortunes of the state in a platform devoid of corruption. The aggressiveness upon which Governor Umahi is pursuing his anti corruption campaign has since begun to build a reputation for the new administration.
For the umpteenth time, soldiers and police men clashed leaving in the trail some policemen seriously injured.
Nigerian Newsworld gathered army personnel at the Ngwa High School shot and injured a Police Mobile Force personnel from MOPOL 55 Osisioma, Aba when the policemen entered the vicinity of the military guard post at the school.
A witness who saw the injured MOPOL personnel said he was shot in the chest from a close range and might not survive the gun shot.
It has been a war of words between the Edo state government and the People’s Democratic Party in Edo state recently, over deductions from statutory allocations due local governments in the state. The PDP says the governor’s illegal but regular deductions of the funds due them in the last six years is responsible for the parlous state of affairs in the councils where workers in the Local Government service of the state have not been paid their salaries for upwards of six months.
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.