19 Northern Govs Insist On Licences For Preachers

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19 Northern Govs Insist On Licences For Preachers

 

THE 19 northern state governors on Friday agreed to commence the issuance of licences to all religious organisations  and preachers in all states in the region. Only Kaduna state had, hitherto, proposed the new measure. 

 

The governors, who said they were alarmed by the proliferation of sects and preachers in the region, also agreed to close down all religious organizations and institutions that refused to be registered with the respective state governments.

 

These were part of the seven-page communiqué issued by the governors after a meeting in Kaduna on Friday.

 

The governors also said they noted the proliferation of Islamic sects in the region whose doctrines are repugnant to Islamic injunctions and Islamic jurisprudence.

 

“In view of the above, it has become imperative to establish a regulatory mechanism to consistently monitor activities of newly registered and unregistered religious organizations, ascertain the sources of their funds, both locally and internationally, monitor the activities of new Islamic schools established by any of the sects as well as their curriculum,” the communiqué said.

 

They also agreed to “facilitate the issuance of certificates and licences to prospective preachers and ensuring that all Islamic schools and other religious organizations are duly registered by government and close all unregistered ones.

 

“The Forum made an insightful and thorough review of the current security situation in the region with specific reference to Boko Haram insurgency, cattle rustling and lingering deadly clashes between farmers and cattle rearers as well as armed banditry and kidnapping which have been responsible for developmental challenges,” they said.

 

The Forum also urged the people to be focused on issues that will engender national unity and development and the consolidation of democratic gains in the nation, stressing that “peaceful co-existence and national interest should be of utmost concern to all.”

 

The seven-page communiqué was signed on behalf of the 19 governors by the Borno State governor and chairman of Northern State Governors Forum, Alhaji Kasim Shettima. All the states were represented by their governors or deputy governors.

 

Earlier Shettima had said that the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to partake in the reconstruction of the North in order to make the region regain its glory.

 

Shettima made this known, while declaring open a meeting of the Forum.

 

“You may recall that consequent upon a deliberate resolution of the Forum, I had the privilege to lead a top-level delegation to the headquarters of the Islamic Development Bank in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, for special consultations with the management of the bank on possible ways of attracting their assistance in addressing some of the core challenges we are facing in the region.

 

“In reaction to our various presentations, the bank’s president, Dr Mohammed Ali, had given us a strong indication of the IDB’s declared intention to initiate a comprehensive and constructive plan for the reconstruction of the Northern Region.

 

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ERIC OHARISI WITH NEWLY ELECTED PDP EXCOS WARD 1/5 UGHELLI NORTH LGA OF DELTA STATE. 

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ERIC OHARISI WITH NEWLY ELECTED PDP EXCOS WARD 1/5 UGHELLI NORTH LGA OF DELTA STATE. 

 

PEOPLE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WARD CONGRESS DELTA STATE HON.(PRINCE) ERIC OHARISI WITH NEWLY ELECTED PDP EXCOS WARD 1/5 UGHELLI NORTH LGA. 

 

Hon. (Prince) Eric Oharisi honourable member representing Ughelli North Constituency Delta State House of Assembly having a group photograph with the newly elected PDP Excos Ward 1/5 Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State after a successful ward congress of the People Democratic Party which was held in the state and also cutting across the nation today.

EXCLUSIVE: Abductors of Nigerian Minister demand N200 million ransom

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EXCLUSIVE: Abductors of Nigerian Minister demand N200 million ransom

 

Abductors of a former Minister, Iyabo Anisulowo, have demanded the payment of N200 million as ransom for her release, sources informed of the investigation have told PREMIUM TIMES.

 

The former minister was kidnapped on Wednesday along Sawonjo/Iganokoto road in Yewa area of her home state of Ogun.

 

Her abductors contacted the family by phone on Friday night demanding the payment.

 

They made the phone call using the former minister’s mobile phone number, our sources said.

 

The family were negotiating with the unnamed callers at the time of this report.

 

The police in Ogun said they were conducting forensic investigation into the kidnap following the recovery of the victim’s car and other belongings. Mrs. Anisulowo was taken away by her abductors in her SUV.

 

Meanwhile, the Ogun State commissioner of police, Abdulmajid Ali, and some other senior officers of the command have relocated to Ilaro, Ogun State, for the rescue operation.

 

The spokesperson for the command, Muyiwa Adejobi, assured that the victim would be rescued alive.

 

“The command wishes to inform the general public that the police have some clues as the Toyota SUV of the victim, with Reg No Lagos LSD 115 AM, and some items have been recovered, and this will definitely catalyse the forensic investigation into the matter and immediate rescue of the victim,” Mr. Adejobi said in a statement on Friday.

 

He added that the commissioner of police, deputy commissioner of police in Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, assistant commissioner of police in Operations, officers in charge of Special Anti-Robbery and the Kidnapping Squads, officers and men of the State Intelligence Bureau and Police Mobile Force, ICT Experts, have been on their toes and working assiduously to make sure the victim is rescued unhurt and the perpetrators are apprehended.

 

“The Command detectives are also presently working with other security agencies and special teams from the office of the Inspector General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja to recue Senator Iyabo Anisulowo without delay,” the statement emphasised.

 

“In addition, in the spirit of  adequate supervision, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of  Zone 2 Command, AIG Bala Hassan, visited the scene of crime on Thursday  and met with the officers and men detailed for the operations on the adopted strategies.”

 

GOV  OKOWA, DAME EDITH OKOWA, ROLI UDUAGHAN  ATTEND MR AND MRS TONY OBUH JNR  WEDDING  CEREMONY  AT ASABA: Ovino Efekodha & Tony Jnr Obuh  wedding ceremony 

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GOV  OKOWA, DAME EDITH OKOWA, ROLI UDUAGHAN  ATTEND MR AND MRS TONY OBUH JNR  WEDDING  CEREMONY  AT ASABA: Ovino Efekodha & Tony Jnr Obuh  wedding ceremony 

 

Delta State Governor, Senator  Ifeanyi  Okowa and Wife Dame Edith Okowa, Mrs Roli  Uduaghan wife of Delta State Former governor   today in a group photograph with Mr and Mrs Tony Obuh

 

Congratulations to Hon Anthony Chuks Obuh

Buhari’s economic policies “opaque, archaic” – Ezekwesili

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Buhari’s economic policies “opaque, archaic” – Ezekwesili

 

President Muhammadu Buhari’s current economic policies are similar to those he promulgated during the military regime he led in the 1980s, a former Minister of Education and social critic, Oby Ezekwesili, has said.

 

Mrs. Ezekwesili said Mr. Buhari’s “archaic” and “opaque” economic principles are not only encouraging massive corruption and abuse of power, but also hurting the poor they were intended to help.

 

Mrs. Ezekwesili said this at The Platform, a public policy forum that is currently underway in Abuja.

 

“During the first coming of this our new president, a command and control economic system was adopted.

 

“During that era, inflation spiralled. During that era, jobs were lost. During that era, the economic growth level dipped,” Mrs. Ezekwesili said. “That era wasn’t the best of eras in economic progress.”

 

“What did not work in 1984 cannot possibly be a solution in a global economy that’s much more integrated.”

 

Mrs. Ezekwesili said Mr. Buhari was rehashing the same “command and control” approach towards economic issues which has left the country’s economic indices worse off since he assumed office almost year ago.

 

“In over one year, the president is still holding to the premise that command and control is the only way out,” Mrs. Ezekwesili said. “In a year we have lost the single digits inflation status we maintained in past administrations.”

 

Mrs. Ezekwesili said Mr. Buhari’s distortion of foreign exchange system has left the poor it was intended to support even worse off.

 

“The president comes into this economic philosophy on the premise that he does not want the poor to suffer. I can relate to that, a leader must not allow the poor to suffer, especially a leader who knows that most of his votes came not from the elite but from the poor.”

 

“The problem though is that the intention and the outcome are diverged.

 

“The weakest and the most vulnerable suffer the impact of inflation the most. Enormous power is being abused as a result of opaque economic policies.

 

“Companies are suddenly finding themselves unable to produce because they’re unable to access foreign exchange,” Mrs. Ezekwesili said.

 

Mrs. Ezekwesili, therefore, urged Mr. Buhari to sit down with his administration officials and reconsider the impact his polices have had on the nation’s economy, quoting an American parlance that says if something is not broken there’s no need fixing it”.

 

“Mr. President should sit with his team and look at the economic evidence that speaks loudly. It’s time to sit back and review the well-intended idea of command and control economic principle.

 

“He should do what the Americans say that if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,” Mrs. Ezekwesili said.

 

ERIC  OHARISI  CELEBRATE HIS ROYAL MAJESTY AGBAOVWE AFUGBEYA OYISE II,  THE ODION R’ ODE OF UWHERU KINGDOM OVER STAFF OF OFFICE. 

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ERIC  OHARISI  CELEBRATE HIS ROYAL MAJESTY AGBAOVWE AFUGBEYA OYISE II,  THE ODION R' ODE OF UWHERU KINGDOM OVER STAFF OF OFFICE. 

 

PRESENTATION OF STAFF OF OFFICE TO HIS ROYAL MAJESTY AGBAOVWE AFUGBEYA OYISE II,  THE ODION R' ODE OF UWHERU KINGDOM BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ARTHUR IFEANYI OKOWA ON THE 29TH APRIL 2016. 

 

Today it was a spectacular and a memorable event at Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

 

As the Governor of the state Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa who was represented by the deputy governor Barr Kingsley Otauro presented the staff of office to his Royal Majesty Agbaovwe Afugbeya Oyise II, the Odion R' of Uwheru Kingdom. 

 

Present in this ceremony is the number one citizen of Ughelli North Constituency II at DSHA, Hon. Prince Eric Oharisi which is part of his constituency. Also in attendance is the Executive Chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Area Hon. Kenneth Ibru who also gave the welcome ceremony speech, also in attendance is Rt. Rev. Vincent Muoghereh JP immediate past Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ughelli, Prof. Patrick Muoghereh immediate past commissioner for Basic Education Delta State and  a host of others were in attendance to grace this memorable ceremony.

OSANEBI MOURSNS OMO N’ OBA N’ EDO UKU AKPOLOKPOLO, OBA EREDIAUWA OF BENIN.

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OSANEBI MOURSNS OMO N' OBA N' EDO UKU AKPOLOKPOLO, OBA EREDIAUWA OF BENIN.

 

The Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi mourns the passing away of Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin. Osanebi says the late Oba Erediauwa was a role model, an exceptional leader not only of his Benin people but a leading light in the committee of traditional rulers in the country.  

The Deputy Speaker in a statement he released on Friday in Asaba, noted that the late Benin monarch radiated royalty, majesty, wisdom, intelligence and nationalism even as he spared no effort in protecting the traditions and values of his people.

 

Osanebi, however, notes that the passing on of the monarch comes at a critical time when the country is facing numerous challenges of nation-building and would miss his wise counsel sorely.

 

 The Odoziobodo and Turaki of Ndokwa Nation calls on the good people of Benin kingdom, the people and Government of Edo state and all Nigerians to take heart at the passing on of this illustrious royal personage adding that with the remarkable life he lived, the place of the Oba in Benin and Nigeria history is assured.  The Deputy Speaker also extends his condolences to the Benin royal family and calls on all its members to take heart and honour the memory of the late Oba by working for peace, which was a cardinal pursuit of the monarch during his lifetime.

Okowa mourns Oba of Benin, Says Late Monarch, An Epitome of Royalty

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Okowa mourns Oba of Benin, Says Late Monarch, An Epitome of Royalty

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said he received with sadness and an immense feeling of great national loss, news of the translation of the highly revered traditional ruler of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa 1, CFR, the 38th Oba of Benin Kingdom.

 

A statement issued in Asaba on Friday, by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, said the Governor expressed sadness over the news of the translation of the Oba of Benin, one of Nigeria’s foremost traditional rulers.

 

According to Aniagwu, Governor Okowa, who described the late monarch as an epitome of royalty, extended special condolences to the Edo State Government, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, other members of the late Oba’s immediate family and the entire Benin Kingdom.

 

“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of Delta State, i extend my sincere condolences to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the people of Benin Kingdom and Edo State on the passage of the beloved monarch who had ruled over his people in the past 37 years since his ascension to the throne in 1979.

 

According to the statement, Governor Okowa joins them in mourning the revered traditional ruler who will be long remembered and celebrated for his worthy service, over more than three decades, as the Chief Custodian of the traditions of the Binis and his invaluable contributions to the sustenance of the cultural heritage of his people within and outside Nigeria.’’

 

The statement said the Governor noted that the late Oba of Benin would also be remembered for his notable contributions to the development of his kingdom, state and country as a leading, administrator, retired permanent secretary and inspirational traditional ruler.

 

The statement further said the late monarch lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation and urged the people of Benin Kingdom to honor the late monarch by living in peace and harmony.

 

According to Aniagwu, the Governor prayed God to grant the people of the kingdom the fortitude to bear the loss and also for wisdom for the Crown Prince to ascend the ancient throne of his forefathers.