Saturday, June 19, 2021

CEPEJ Donates Building Complex To IPCR, Signs MoU With FGN Institute On Niger-Delta Peace-Building.

....As CEPEJ Partners Institute For Peace And Conflict Resolution (IPCR) On Peace Restoration In Niger-Delta Region

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Security stakeholders today witnessed a new dawn in Niger-Delta Region as globally acclaimed peace advocate, Environmental and Human Rights Niger-Delta Activist, and the National Coordinator of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the aegies of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government of Nigeria: Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) to foster peaceful co-existence in the region and beyond.

The media learnt this today in a press statement made available to newsmen by CEPEJ Boss, Comrade Chief Sheriff Mulade at the NGO's Secretariat branch office at Asaba, Delta State stated that, despite the signing of MoU between CEPEJ and IPCR- the two peace advocating bodies, that Chief Amb. Mulade Sheriff had on behalf of CEPEJ donated an expensive building complex, structure for the Federal Government Peace Advocating Institute to kick-start its peace-building, conflict resolution operational activities in the Niger-Delta Region.

According to him, "CEPEJ made this donation within the premises of CEPEJ at Ugolo in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) to operate as its South-South Zonal office free of charge to cover the whole of the Niger Delta".

The press Statement as made available to the media reads in parts: "l, Comrade Chief Amb. Sheriff Mulade, the National Coordinator, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), is very glad today to had signed an agreement to formalize and deepen the partnership between CEPEJ and the Institute for peace and conflict resolution (IPCR). We had thought we could sign this Memorandum of Understanding, MoU early, but circumstances did not allow".

"The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that trust, partnership, and solidarity are essential for confronting threats to peace and security. This agreement is indeed a significant milestone in our ongoing collaboration".

“Strong peace building organisations like ours are more important now than ever for bringing communities together while trying to meet other Sustainable Development Goals. The MoU is not just a piece of paper as it commits us to close partnership in the key areas of Peace building, Conflict Resolution and Development of Society".

“For years, CEPEJ and IPCR have directed their joint focus and expertise to fostering local involvement in peace building conversations and activities. We have come a long way, and now is the right moment for us to strengthen our cooperation and enhance our common focus and work policy.

“We live in demanding times. Nigeria faces complex challenges that have profound implications for peace, security and inequality, and we must address the issue of an ageing population, the prospect of irreversible climate change and increased migration flows. These challenges are complex and interwoven and can only be tackled by working together at the individual, local, regional, national and global levels".

"They require muti-sector approaches and call for new ways of working and also for policy coherence built through engaging the Federal Government, other civil societies, the private sector, households and individuals. We represent the people at the grassroots and we do understand best, their needs and interests. Our partnerships with stakeholders make the grassroots a unique place to foster progress".

“With this Memorandum of Understanding, we are building a joint action from the local to global level, taking necessary steps to implement the 2030 Peace Agenda and its SDGs. CEPEJ’s aim of signing this GMoU with the IPCR is to open doors for other stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to key into the partnership and exploit the benefits for the development of our communities".

“Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to highlight a priority area of our partnership. In terms of peace, Nigeria was scored very low in the 2016 Global Peace Index and rated same with other countries such as Libya, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, and other war torn countries. The federating units making up the country are yet to truly recognise one another as constituents of one nation due to religious, economic, political and social factors, amongst others".

“The Nigerian environment is unnecessarily prone to conflict, so much so that even government interventions and international support are proving inadequate in addressing the problem".

"Therefore, the onus falls on civil society organisations such as CEPEJ aided by indigenous philanthropists in the country to do the much they can to ensure peace and stability of the country, by attending to one community at a time. We must translate this MoU from a commitment on paper to a reality in the lives of the people we serve".

“Finally, I would like to sincerely thank the Director General, IPCR Prof. Bakut Tswah Bakut, colleagues and friends here for making this agreement possible. With goodwill, clear ambitions and a strong commitment to work together, I will look forward to taking the next steps towards our common goal of a peaceful, conflict-free, and developed society for all.”

CEPEJ Boss, Comrade Amb. Chief Sheriff Mulade in the press statement Commended the good responses of the Director General of the Institute For Peace And Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Prof. Bakut Tswah Bakut who responded and pledged continuous partnership with CEPEJ".

He quoted the IPCR Boss, Tswah Bakut to had stated that, "The Institute For Peace And Conflict Resolution (IPCR) was established in February, 2000 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, adding that the Institute is under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is primarily a research centre, a think-tank and an agency to strengthen Nigeria’s capacity for the promotion of peace and conflict prevention, management and resolution".

In the words of Prof. Bakut Tswah: "IPCR is committed to providing Africa with policy options based on result-oriented research while building capacities and intervening in conflicts spots to enable Africa emerge as a secure, peaceful and democratic continent where the principles of the rule of law and human dignity are respected".

"IPCR mandate is to develop and advise African government on peace and conflict resolution, he maintained that the Institute is a quiet organisation that do not make noise about its achievements, adding that the whole Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) was discussed, developed and designed by the office".

CEPEJ Boss, Comrade Chief Amb. Sheriff Mulade noted further that, after he had done on the signing of MoU and handing over of building to the IPCR during the ceremony that, Prof. Bakut stated that the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), under the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has commenced a nationwide awareness campaign to curtail the ongoing insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, killings, farmers-herders clashes and destruction of properties, especially the government facilities across the country.

Bakut asserted that CEPEJ is a special NGO that needs to be partnered with by the Federal Government of Nigeria, stressing that at the level of the IPCR, his presence anywhere including his presence during the signing of the MoU is the presence of the federal government, adding that this new office will cover the whole of the South South.

IPCR Boss added that, there are so many similarities between CEPEJ and IPCR, maintaining that they all have a common vision to focus not just Nigeria but the whole of Africa.

Meanwhile, Prof. Tswah maintained that the signing of the MoU will no doubt bring a new dawn in Niger Delta, Nigeria and Africa as a whole, noting that CEPEJ has overtime proven itself to be worthy of the Federal Government partnership, stressing that with this new development, they are happy and looking forward to achieve their mandate in Africa.

While he concluded that the ceremony was well attended by both officials of CEPEJ, IPCR, Police and other critical stakeholders within and across Delta State.


Chief Livinus Okoye-Ajana;
Concerned Citizen Director.
Based in Abuja.

Our intelligence have uncovered a plot by Anambra South Senator to become a Governor of Anambra State through a backdoor. It has equally been exposed of his frequent meetings with Mrs Adaora Umeoji, Zenith Bank PLC and Rt. Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji which entails using the political impostor, Jude Okeke to destabilize APGA ahead of the gubernatorial election.

For desparate Ubah, who is already indirectly using the Umeoji's to disstabilize the APGA party because of his assured knowledge of defeating the Green House Lawmaker when the November Poll is set with promises to leave Umeoji with no option than to emerge as a Senator for the constituency.

Ubah who is already in ecstacy mood ahead of election should be advised to leave APGA leadership out of his desperation and focus on his legislative duties which he has until March, 2023 to leave Red Chambers and head back to Otolo-Nnewi where he would be ready to face his enormous charges including that of AMCON and NNPC.

For Ubah, he should be advised not to waste his resources for this campaign, even though the fund for campaigns shall be made available through sale of his remaining few properties in Lagos and loans from friends which he would eventually not repay, just as he did in the case of Coscharis, his brother.

We strongly believe in the integrity of judiciary as we journey to the peak of Anambra gubernatorial election scheduled to hold on November 6.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Anambra 2021: Give Your 100% Votes To Prof Soludo, SSM Boss Appeals To APGA Delegates

.....As APGA party sets for Primary Election on June 23, 2021 SSM Boss Enjoins all party Delegates for Anambra Gubet to Vote For Soludo for good Governance And Anambra development.

......As ASSG Coordinator, Idemili North LGA Chapter, Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu Congratulates APGA Adhoc-Delegates for Anambra Guber On Emergence.

....Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu Makes case for Soludo, Enjoins both Adhoc And Statutory Delegates to Vote For Soludo for the forthcoming 23rd June APGA Guber Primary Election

... Cultural and Hospitality expert Commends APGA Leaders, All Soludo Groups, Members On Support to Soludo.

....SSM BOT Chairman task Soludo Groups, All Soludo Supporters, APGA members on more political evangelism for Soludo's Victory come 23rd June, 2021.

AWKA-NAMBRA STATE CAPITAL- The National Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Soludo Solution Movement (SSM), and Idemili North LGA Chapter Coordinator, "All Soludo Support Groups", ASSG, Soludo Solution, SS, Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu has send his sincere appeal, enjoin all APGA delegates- Adhoc and Statutory to give their 100% votes to his Boss, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo for the forthcoming 23rd June, 2021 APGA party Guber primary election in Anambra State so as to witness good governance and sustainable Socio-economic development promised by the former CBN Governor to Anambrarians.
Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu made this appeal today being June 17, 2021 in Awka, Anambra State capital while addressing some group of Journalists during a media conference organized by the leadership of Soludo Solution Movement (SSM) in the group's Secretariat office.
Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu then congratulated the APGA party's Adhoc delegates on their emergence qualifed for the Anambra Guber who were this week , June 15 elected to joined the Statutory delegates for the party APGA Guber primary election scheduled to take place next week on June 23, 2021, while he makes case for the delegates- both Statutory and Adhoc to vote for his principal, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo so as to to promote human capital development as well as domesticate best grassroots development in all Anambra communities of the state.
The globally acclaimed Cultural and hospitality expert while Commending APGA leaders, All Soludo Support Groups, Anambra Youths, APGA members, faithfuls, NDI Anambra, Anambrarians for their support to Soludo sincerely appealed to all Statutory delegates in the forthcoming APGA Guber primary election 23rd June, 2021 to vote for Prof Soludo and see Soludo's Guber projects as Anambra course towards victory and actualization of Anambra political liberation.

Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu then made special prayers for God's special blessings, protection for all Soludo's supporters as he assured them of Prof Soludo's victory by God's special grace while he called on all Local Government Areas, wards, groups not yet visited by his principals not to relent their efforts rather mobilize greatly, Evangelize more, sensitize everyone, every wards, LGAs, every delegates for Soludo's victory, while he assured Anambrarians of Prof Soludo's capabilities to deliver good governance for all NDI Anambra if he emerges as APGA flag-bearer to win the Governorship seat of Anambra State.



Our attention has been drawn to a phantom opinion poll conducted and published by Mr. Valentine Ozigbo designed to buoy up his chances at the PDP primaries, and wish to state as follows:

Mr. Ozigbo is free to execute any scheme or propaganda to give the fa├žade of mass support in the bid to gain advantage over his 15 rivals within the PDP.  We however ask him to desist from dragging the revered name of Prof. C. C. Soludo, CFR, into his scheme, designed to draw attention and give it any sense of credibility.

To elevate self-serving propaganda to a point where it seems that even himself believes his own lies is pure delusion. Conducting customer satisfaction survey in hotel management is vastly different from the scientific work of credible political opinion polling.

We at the Soludo Team do not make noise about our internal but sophisticated polling machine. Everyone in Anambra knows that Prof. Soludo is the Anambra consensus candidate for the November governorship election. From our own polls, if the election were held this month, Soludo would surely garner over 70% of the votes, winning not only all the local governments but most of the 326 wards including Mr. Ozigbo’s Amesi ward. But we don’t make noise about this.

Prof. Soludo does not take the overwhelming support of the people for granted. He is on an intensive consultation of the APGA and Anambra people around the 21 local governments, with over 90% of APGA members rooting for him. Soludo is digging in and digging deep with the grassroots to ensure that in November, the real opinion of the people expressed at the ballots gives him 70% or more votes and not delusional phantom opinion polls for social media propaganda.

Joe C Anatune


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Delta Guber 2023: "Better Delta State CEO" Drums Support For Ijaw Ethnic Nationality

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

A political scientist and Executive Director “Better Delta State,” Dr Isaac Obominuru has offered his thoughts on what he calls a critical study of the Delta State political attitude, especially in its various category and characterization since the return of Democratic governance in May 1999.

Dr Obominuru in a media conference with some group of Journalists today being 15 July, 2021 in Asaba, Delta State capital expressed deep concern about the nature of political representation in Delta State which has tended to undermine the grand principles that sustain civility and political probity.

According to him, “In the over twenty-two years of democratic experience, a pivotal issue, including the political context of its production, which has been concealed or blurred by the binaries of intent and practice, concerns the wanton and arbitrary undermining of the Ijaw gubernatorial aspiration in Delta State politics.”

He took a swipe at what he called “a behemoth of an artificial political construct which has built itself into a formidable old boys’ club that continues to take for granted the political apathy of the citizenry, to safeguard its position through the utility of a dubiously, high flown political rotation model, which has bred the penetration of government by deployment and redeployment, a mechanism that is predicated on who one knows in the political framework rather than who is well disposed and endowed to lead a multi diverse, religious and ethnic minority state as Delta.”

The Executive Director in his hypothesized critical cluster of Ijaw demography in Delta State revealed that Delta State is a diverse congruence of ethnic nationalities consisting of dominant minorities and minorities of minority. He said the Ijaws of Delta State constitute into what Alagoa (1972) in his division of the Delta into eastern, central and western zones along physiographic, linguistic and ethnic lines refer to as indigenous peoples group of the Eastern, Western Delta and fringe.

He said the Ijaw phenomenon is noted in the number of registered voters allocated to it. Relying on a monitoring indicator provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the 2015 Gubernatorial elections, he said an interesting feature of this study reveals that while the actual voting constituency in the North and central senatorial Districts continue to show a strange declivity in the median due to voters’ apathy, and flattens to as low as between 40 to 64 percent, those of the Ijaw enclave continues to register as much as between 68 to 93 percent participation of actual registered voters.

He said “this study provides an existential clue why the clamor for an Ijaw Gubernatorial proposition must be factored as an instructive policy instrument in the Delta State gubernatorial elections.”

He insisted that “a derived analysis from his study, indicates a familiar history that should strike a political note of curiosity for any serious observer on voters’ distribution per ethnic category of Delta State. He drew attention to what necessitated the setting up of the Willink’s Commission of Inquiry in 1957.

He said the Willink commission’s brief was to allay the fears of minority groups whose peoples soon developed a pertinent political pugnacity as they felt themselves submerged under the complex and difficult relationship of the tripartite ethnic league of the dominant - Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba ethnic extractions.

The Better Delta State Executive Director said that “the illusion of a rotation model as well as the process by which its knowledge and objectives are produced and disseminated partly instantiates the translation of domination into hegemony.”

He said this charade of a political rotation in Delta State challenged its own legitimacy, when the then Governor of Delta State James Ibori used his powerful lobby to rotate power in his household by giving it to his brother Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan.

He pointed out that the rotation by Senatorial zones also failed the day the erstwhile Chief of Staff Delta State, David Edevbie, challenged the present State Governor, His Excellency Ifeanyi Okowa in the Delta State 2014 Peoples Democratic Party primaries and was almost at the point of clinching victory from the jaws of defeat until his political naivety was challenged.

The Executive Director insisted that from the stated incidences, nothing suggest that there was a political rotation in Delta State across the senatorial zones.

He argues that what existed only addressed the intendment for which it was designed- the Ibori seizure of power for his kith and kin for sixteen years, while subjecting the Ijaw and other helpless minorities to the status of plebians
For a Better Delta State, Dr Isaac Obominuru said it is time to mobilize for ideological education, self- culture and organizational experience and to call the bluff and political bluster of 2007.

He argues that an Ijaw Gubernatorial candidate should be supported as a strategy to politically assuage a people that has experienced and endured the pain and agony of neglect, exploitation, degradation disenchantment and cynicism.

He said given the sentiments already expressed, it only makes a political sense this time to target the Ijaw ethnic bloc that has shown political character in its diminution by forces that are averse to its right to lead.

To this end, the Executive Director Better Delta State appealed to His Excellency Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, to “demystify and repudiate the self-serving and ideological misrepresentations of the proponents of power shift back to the central.”

He acknowledges that this should be a daunting task, as it puts His Excellency “in a potential confrontation with that external domination and the class it represents, both of which are more intolerant of challenge than ever.”

“Rather than planning to wage wars of attrition against each other as 2022 nears, Obominuru advised the Peoples’ Democratic Party to do what is right. “It is not always going to be about who is right but what is right. Let it take a principled stand like the national Executive council (NEC)did recently on zoning.

Let it begin to forge links to keep itself honest, to sustain its sense of purpose, gain clarity and make the best of its resources against foes and tasks that seem more formidable with each passing day,” he said.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Constitutional Review: Why LG Councils Should Handle Agric Matters In Nigeria- NULGE

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Leadership of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) led by its President, Comrade Olatunji Ambali has recommended that the National Assembly, House of Representatives sub-committee On Constitutional Review should allow only the third tiers of Government to handle Agricultural matters in Nigeria.

The media learnt this in the just Concluded House of Representatives Sub-committee on Constitutional Review which was presented by the General Secretary, NULGE, Comrade .C. Aguonye.

The group faulted the 1999 Constitution for creating room for constitutional flaws, lacuna and imbalances in the system. According to NULGE, "We advocated for LG Police, Use of INEC for LG Council Elections, LG Autonomy, solid LG Primary Education, LG Women Ministry, adequate Funding for LGCs and others. The initial budgets and resources meant for both Federal and States Government should be shifted to the Local Governments to boost food production".

The group said: "This ugly development had stifled Local Governments of its interventions in grassroots development such as provision of social services to the people, provision of employment opportunities to rural dwellers so as to curb the concomitant Youth restiveness, unemployment opportunities, food shortages and others".

"We advocate that the Federal and States Government should relinquish the Ministry of Agriculture to be the sole responsibility of the Local Government. This is because lands, farmers, manpower, imputs, natural resources and technical-know-hows are found in the Local Governments; not even in the States or Federal Government".

"Hence, Local Governments constitute more than 71% of the land and it is at the Local Governments that the farmers also reside, it is our opinion that the Ministry of Agriculture should be ceeded to the Local Government with direct funding from the federation account".

Saturday, June 12, 2021

VAOP, Aniocha/Oshimili Group Congratulates Patrick Ukah As New Delta SSG.

...As VAOP Boss Urges The New SSG to use his office to uplift Delta Youths.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

A group under the argies of Aniocha/Oshimili People (VAOP) has rejoiced with the immediate past Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Hon. Patrick Ukah as the new Secretary to Delta State Government, SSG.

The group in a Press Statement by its National President, Comrade Sir Bieni Victor Emenike today in Asaba, Delta State Capital which was made available to newsmen by the group's Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade Joseph Ojete Jnr., VAOP leadership described the erstwhile Delta Commissioner as a man of focus and great determination, while commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on his choice of Hon. Patrick Ukah for the job of SSG in Delta State.

Bieni, an Investigative/development Journalist cum Activist and Founder of Delta Cultural Initiative (DCI) Worldwide stated that Hon. Patrick Ukah's achievements, greatest contributions to the two Ministries he worked as former Commissioner as well as his outstanding performance as a Political strategist in the State towards the fulfilment of stronger Delta agenda of this present administration has no doubt, led to his elevation as SSG.

The press Statement by Ewulu born Publisher/Editor-in-chief of most educative, informative, reputable Grassroots/ Global online News platform, Delta Uhuru and Shocknaija Media (News Online) reads in parts: "The Leadership of "Voice Of Aniocha/ Oshimili People (VAOP)", a Socio-economic, Cultural and Political Organization in Aniocha/ Oshimili whose primary objective is to promote the quest for economic and general Well-being of the good people of Aniocha/ Oshimili. We are glad to hear of your appointment as SSG. We congratulate you once again on your elevation".

"We trust your abilities to deliver as an illustrious son of Aniocha/Oshimili, Anioma Nation, Delta State as well as World Distinguished content Marketer, policy strategist, Communication expert cum Politician. We appeal to you to act as a pillar of great support to the entire Youths of Aniocha/Oshimili, Anioma nation and Delta State in general".

"We also appeal to you to support your party PDP, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa by working wholeheartedly and relentlessly towards the fulfilment of stronger Delta Agenda of this present Administration. Also work towards ensuring best, smooth transition for Governor Okowa come 2023".

VAOP Leadership then wishes him well in his new office and prayed the Almighty God to protect, guide, preserve and grant him exceptional wisdom to carryout his duty as SSG to the benefits of all Deltans.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Youths Development: Monarch Tasks CAY On Rebuilding Pan-Africanism Ideology.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

HRM, His Royal Majesty Agbogidi Obi Nduka Ezeagwuna (MNSE), the Obi of Issele-Uku Kingdom has Commended the Council of African Youths (CAY) group on their efforts, Commitments towards the rebuilding of the original Ideology, Cultural identity and beliefs of every African Youths in the continents and globally.
Our reporter learnt this yesterday being 8 June, 2021 from one of youngest African Monarchs, HRM (Engr.) Nduka Ezeaguna when the leadership of Council of African Youths (CAY) led by the Speaker, Rt. Honorable Francis Owen and some other principal officials of the global group paid him a courtesy call in his Palace at Issele-Uku Kingdom, Aniocha North LGA of Delta, Nigeria as the Royal Father tasked the CAY group on ideological re-orientation amongst Youths in Africa.

CAY was established in 2004 to organize all Youths in all spheres of life as a Pan-African organization and umbrella body of all Youth groups in African continent with thematic areas such as Youth development, cohesiveness, international harmony, peace and security, good governance, Democratic values, campaign against drug abuse amongst Youths, fight against rape, other negative values, for the promotion of quality education in higher institutions, gender equality, and so many others.

Rt. Honorable Francis Owen in his speech sought for strong partnership with Monarch, while commending him and his cabinet for their exemplary leadership in Africa. The group also said it will continue to be a vanguard of projection and promotion of activities that will bring glory and honor to Adrian Youths, then applauded him for serving as a role model to African Youths.

The leadership of CAY noted that HRM, Obi Nduka Ezeaguna has brought peaceful co-existence in his Kingdom as the speaker highlighted the qualities of the Monarch to includes amongst others: The Monarch symbolizes Overtness, benevolence, industriousness, Nobleness, dedication, understanding, experience, zealousness, efficiency, amiable and accountability in Leadership as wise, courageous, an intelligent Monarch and custodian of African Culture.

In response, the Monarch, HRM, Obi Nduka pledges partnership with CAY leadership towards the promotion of Pan-Africanism amongst Youths in the continent, while showing appreciation for the group's visit. He then urged them to support in inculcating the origal ideology of Pan Africanism to the younger generations to promote political, socio-economic, and sustainable Youths development in the entire continents".

"Reviving the cultural heritage of Africans amongst Youths had become very imperatives. I use this medium to encourage CAY group to do more because whatever we do, or anything we are doing people are watching us".

Anambra 2021: APGA Delegate Elections- June 15, SSM Boss Goes Spiritual For Soludo's Victory.

....... As Global Cultural Star Lists 10 Special promoses of God That Assures Victory For Soludo In Season (3) Prayers, Applauds All Leaders of ASSG, SS, SSM on Commitments.

.....As ASSG, Idemili North Coordinator, Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu makes Special Appeal To All APGA Delegates To Vote Soludo.

AWKA- ANAMBRA STATE CAPITAL- The National Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Soludo Solution Movement (SSM), and the Coordinator, "All Soludo Support Groups", ASSG, Idemili North LGA Chapter, Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu in his Season 2 of "Soludo Walking in Victory" goes Spiritual as he prays for victorious outing for Soludo in next week's June 15 APGA Guber Party's Delegate election in Anambra State.
SSM Boss made this disclosure during a press Conference with some group of Journalists in his office at Awka, Anambra State capital as the Leadership of SSM goes Spiritual for the Victory of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo for the next week's June 15, APGA Guber Delegate Election in Anambra State.
He then used the medium to appeal to the entire APGA party leaders, and ad-hoc Committee members to support, vote for APGA's foremost Governorship aspirants, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the party is set for delegates elections in Anambra State come June 15, 2021.

The global Tourism and Cultural Star also commended the ASSG, Soludo Solution, SS Convener/National Chairman, Hon. Chinedu Nwoye Glamour, SSM Convener/National Coordinator, Hon. Chief Jude Umunakwe, ASSG, SS leaders, SSM leaders and members for their unalloyed commitment to Soludo's course towards Guber victory in Anambra State to enhance good governance and sustainable development in the State.

The prayers made by Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu which is totally in line with God's divine promises reads in parts: "Promise #1: God loves you. See the Book of Matthew 11:28-30 | You can trust in God and his plans for your life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)".

"Promise #2: You don’t need to be afraid
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish".
"#Promise 3: Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:10-13 NIV)".

"Promise #4: This is God’s fight, not yours.
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” (2 Chronicles 20:15-17 NIV). This is God’s fight, not yours".
"Promise #5: God is by your side and will give you strength. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV)".

"Promise #6:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)".

"Promise #7: God will make all things new and bring beauty from these ashes. The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty....
#Promise 8: ......instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. (Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV). God will make all things new and bring beauty from these ashes".

"Promise #9: God is more powerful than anything you’re facing
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NIV) God is more powerful than anything you’re facing".

"Promise #10: Pray and be filled with God’s peace which passes understanding Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 NIV)".
Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu thanked NDI ANAMBRA, Anambrarians, Members of All Soludo Support Groups, APGA members, Party Leaders for their prayers and spiritual support to Soludo Guber Projects, while he pray that the almighty God grant his Boss, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo unmerited favour, excellent victory and highest support of the voters to win in the forthcoming Delegate elections in the State. He said: "God through his unfailingly love for Soludo, which is in line with the #10 Promises of God to Soludo and his followers as highlighted in this episode will bring a success and testimony to every Anambrarians".

Anambra 2021: SSM Boss, Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu Goes Spiritual For "Soludo's Guber Victory" In Season (2) Prayers.

.....As World Distinguished Cultural And Hospitality Expert Decrees Victorious Outing, Says Come June 23rd this Month, Prof Soludo Will Rejoice in Victory.

..... As Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu, the Leadership of "All Soludo Support Groups", ASSG Idemili North LGA Chapter Commends Anambrarians, NDI ANAMBRA On Prayers And Support To Soludo.

....As ASSG Boss, Idemili North LGA Chapter Commends ASSG National Chairman, Hon. Chinedu Nwoye Glamour, SSM Convener Hon. Chief Jude Umunakwe, Leaders and Members of Prof Soludo Support Groups, Others on Keeping Hope alive.

AWKA- ANAMBRA STATE CAPITAL- The National Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Soludo Solution Movement (SSM), and the Coordinator, "All Soludo Support Groups", ASSG, Idemili North LGA Chapter, Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu in his Season 2 of "Soludo Walking in Victory" goes Spiritual as he Decrees victorious outing for the foremost APGA Governorship Aspirant, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo for this month June 23rd, 2021 APGA Guber Party's primary election in Anambra State.

SSM Boss made this disclosure while in an exclusive interview with some group of Journalists in his office at Awka, Anambra State capital during a press conference as the Leadership of SSM goes Spiritual prays for the Victory of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo then sends words of encouragement to all Anambrarians who are majorly the supporters of his Principal for Anambra number one seat.
Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu who took his scriptural stands 1st Chronicles Chapter 29 verse 11, 2nd Samuel 19 , verse 2, 23 verse 12, 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 verses 54, 55, 57; and 2nd Corinthians Chapter 2 verse 14, 1st John 5 verse 4, Phillipians Chapter 4 verse 13 then commended the Conveners, Leaders and members of all Soludo Support Groups, NDI ANAMBRA, Anambrarians for the their support and prayers for Soludo towards a consistent walk in Victory as the the APGA Governorship is set for June this month, this year 2021.

He said: "The scriptures says in Phillipians 4 verse 13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. The scriptures says ...... the King delivered us from all our enemies..... 2nd Samuel 19 verse 23 says, And the King said to Shimei, you shall not die, and the King promised him on oath.2nd Corrithians 2 Verse 14 says thanks be into God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ , and maketh manifest the Savior of his knowledge by us in every place...he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere like a sweet perfume. Our prayer for our Principal, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is that he will succeed like King David. He will use his popularity and victory come 23rd June, 2021 to promote the gospel of Christ, bring development, progress, and peace in Anambra State as his name symbolizes".

He Stated that Victory is not a life without temptation, but a life where temptation is overcome. That it is not just victory over outward thoughts and attitudes. It is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God's peace and power in the midst of greatest difficulties. The walk is a walk into looking up, enlightenment, responsibility. And a Victory over tendency to resist the only tested and proven leader, a chosen one, most widely and generally acceptable Governors Aspirants, a great Anambrarian who is ever ready to empower all; the Youths, Women, others and bring monumental development through unequalled achievements to NDI ANAMBRA.
According to him, "Whosoever that is born of God is bound to overcome the World; and that is the victory that overcomes the World even our faith. There are seven ways in walk in Victory. These are: When we remove the impurity of sin, remove political apathy and follow the political ideologies of Soludo. When we focus on God, we walk in Victory. When we meditate on God's word, we walk in Victory. We walk in Victory, when we persevere in faith, persevere through trials, submit to God and depend totally on him for our victorious outing come June 23rd, 2021".

"Don't worry God has gone before you and prepared the way. Keep walking! People who walk by faith don't see obstacles; they see opportunities. The Lord is a faithful God. Victory is ours. We as leaders, and members of "All Soludo Support Groups", ASSG, Soludo Solution, SS, Soludo Solution Movement (SSM), if God is all we have, we have all we need. Victory is ours. We walk in victory over every negative circumstances".

"The Lord God Almighty is a faithful God. Just cope and walk in Victory. He called us to be warriors to conquere the enemies territory. Anambrarians must conquere and walk in Victory with Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo. Stay strong, be brave, love hard and true and we will have nothing to lose. NDI ANAMBRA is destined for a happy life with Soludo as Governor come this year 2021".

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Political Appointment: Hon. Chief Rita Daniels Chukwuji Congratulates Hon. Chief Isaac Anwuzia.

.....tasks Governor Ifeanyi Okowa On Involvement of Women In His Cabinet.

By Victor Bieni, Ogwashi-Uku

The Assistant State Treasurer, People's Democratic Party (PDP) and globally acclaimed Nollywood star, Hon. Chief Rita Daniels Chukwuji, has Congratulated Hon. Chief Isaac Anwuzia on his appointment as Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Hon. Chief Rita Daniels made this disclosure yesterday, 7th June 2021, in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South LGA Headquarters during the Celebration of Chief Isaac Anwuzia's appointment at Ogwashi-Uku. His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had earlier sworn-in Chief Isaac Anwuzia alongside 8 other Advisers with the new SSG in Unity Hall, Government House Asaba, Delta State.

The former Councillor, Supervisory Councillor in Aniocha South LGA told newsmen that she was very glad that her Political Leader, Hon. Chief Isaac Anwuzia was appointed as the Political Adviser to His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

According to her, "It is a well deserved appointment”.
Our heart’s desire and unalloyed commitment is to ensure that PDP continue to wax strong in Aniocha South LGA. We need more engagement. That is, more effective hands to work".

"We want the Governor to encourage, especially the women by involving them more in state activities and affairs.
And my advice to our Political Leaders is that, they should not be sentimental about people's involvement".

"We need to bump off the issue of Political camp so as to help everyone feel accepted and have sense of belonging. His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa needs to get more capable hands, especially the women to be more involved in his cabinet". She added.

Aniocha South Political Leaders, Others Celebrate, Commend Governor Okowa On Anwuzia's Appointment As Special Adviser On Political Matters

.....Hon. Chief Anwuzia pledges Vibrant Leadership in Aniocha South, Delta State As Political Adviser to Governor Okowa

......Tasked Dr. Chris Agbobu On Regular Meetings of Political Leaders In Aniocha South LGA.

By Victor Bieni, Ogwashi-Uku.

It was a carnival-like event at Ogwashi-Uku, headquarters of Aniocha South LGA, Delta State as Political Leaders in Aniocha South LGA Celebrated, and Commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the appointment of Hon. Chief Isaac Anwuzia as Special Adviser Political to support in finishing strong to this present Administration's Stronger Delta agenda.

Our reporter learnt this during the grand reception to Celebrate the immediate past, three-time Executive Chairman, Aniocha South LGA and former Delta State Secretary of PDP took place at Chief Anwuzia's country home at Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South LGA yesterday being 7th of June, 2021 soon after the swearing in ceremony of the new SSG, Hon. Chief Patrick Ukah and nine other Special Advisers at Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, Delta State.

Ada Anioma, the Director- General, Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor, while applauding the appointment of Chief Isaac Anwuzia thanked all  those who graced the occasion- The PDP Party members, Political leaders within and across Aniocha South LGA, other Senatorial Districts of the State, Executive Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Pastor Jude Chukwunwike, and Members of Aniocha South legislative Arms, and others for coming. She urged all to follow the down-steps of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa come 2023.

Hon Chief Isaac Anwuzia Celebrated with all the political leaders, PDP Party Executives, party faithfuls, Political appointees, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South people and all critical Stakeholders in Aniocha South, Delta North Senatorial District, and Delta State in general.

Chief Isaac Anwuzia, the celebrant and the new Special Adviser to the Governor on Political matters, Speaking at the event pledges vibrant leadership, representation towards unity, growth and victory for PDP in every elections, political stability, dividends of Democracy, appointments for Youths, and supporting Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to finish strong in his stronger Delta agenda.

Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Chief Austine Chikezie applauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the appointment of Anwuzia as Special Adviser on Political Matters while pledging Support to His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's Administration and smooth transition come 2023.

The Chairman of People's Democratic Party, PDP, Aniocha South LGA Chapter, Prince Mike Okwufulueze then commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's appointment of Chief Isaac Anwuzia as Special Adviser to Governor Okowa on Political Matters used the avenue to appeal to those Aniocha South people in APC to embrace, come to PDP.

He stated that the appointment of Chief Anwuzia is a great plus to come to Aniocha South people and PDP. He said: "It is only visionless people that will leave the light which PDP represents to APC that has no Political base in the Aniocha South LGA to contest with us the rulling party PDP".

The Vice Chairman, People's Democratic Party, PDP, Aniocha South Chapter, Dr. Felix Chukwuma Nwokolo also applauded the appointment of Chief Isaac Anwuzia while he noted that PDP will finish strong in Aniocha South LGA come 2023 with the current unity existing amongst party leaders in the area.

Also speaking is the a former Councilor, Supervisory Councilor and present Delta State Assistant Treasurer, People's Democratic Party, PDP, Hon. Chief Rita Daniels Chukwuji who Commended the appointment of Chief Isaac Anwuzia as Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Political Matters while pledging unity and love for Members of her party. She restated her commitment towards the victory of the party come 2023; support for the party members, party leaders in Aniocha South LGA, and Delta State in general.

Other important Political leaders that graced the occasion included amongst Others are Dr. Chris Agbabu, who is former Minister of Defence and Agriculture, Hon. Joe Adigwe, the first Member, Former Member of Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Dr. Awele Nwabuokei, Executive Assistant to the Governor On Oil Matters, Kwale Industrial Park, Hon Chief Ben Nwadiashi, Chief Festus Awuta, Hon. Ikechukwu Nwabuokei, Hon. Chief Dr. Tony Nwaka, Hon Emma Chinye, Hon. Chuks Oseme PDP LGA, Wards Executives, the Executive Chairman, Aniocha South LGA Government Area, Hon. Pastor Jude Chukwunwike harped on Support to PDP and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's Administration.

Other Political leaders that graced the occasion are: Hon. Pascal Adigwe, Hon. Emmanuel Sorokwu, Hon. Collins Iwebunor, Arch Kester Ifeadi, Hon. Engineer Lawrence Ejiofor and others who commended the Executive Governor for the appointment of Anwuzia as Special Adviser on Political Matters to Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa while promising to dance towards the Governor's choice come 2023 election transitions in Delta State.

Monday, June 7, 2021

My Life Is In Danger- Chief Ben Obi Alerts Security Agencies

The All Progressive Grand Alliance , APGA Chieftain, Chief Ben Obi, (Mbuze Agulu) also known as Igwe APGA has narrated his ordeal in the hands of gunmen .

According to him, early hours of Sunday, at about 5:30am in the morning , the 6th of June 2021 there was sporadic shooting around his house. When speaking with our reporter, he said, he started hearing gun shots at his place, presciely around his gate.

He said they shot close to forty rounds and were shouting, “Mbuze come out, Mbuze come out, you think APGA will win again?

He told our news men he has no idea who they were as he has no issue with anyone .

“He said his life was threatened and as they were still shooting and shouting , he sneak out through the appia way .

He told our reporter that at dawn, there were remains of Indian hemp littered around the gate which he suspected must have been smoked by the gunmen.

On another note , he made our news men understand that, few days before his house incident , a source (who pleaded anonymity ) disclosed to him, that there were some persons at a place where people eat abacha, close to St. Peter’s Anglican Church , Agulu , boasting that they will deal with him , handicap him before APGA Guber election .

When our reporters asked if he had idea who the gunmen were or whether he had any dispute with anyone , he replied , “I have not wronged anyone , I am a peace loving man, and a freedom fighter. I would like everyone to hear this, so that if there is a problem, we all know where it's coming from.” He concluded.


An Ughelli based businessman and political stakeholder, Onoriode Giane Gwede has described the appointment of Patrick Ukah, Secretary to the Delta State Government as recognition of excellence. Onoriode Giane made this remark to pressmen in Asaba while attending the inauguration of the SSG alongside other Special Advisers and Political Advisers to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

 Onoriode Giane who says he has known Patrick Ukah for a long time described him as suave, urbane, and very thorough, stressing that these qualities may have endeared him to the Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Continuing, Giane said for one man to have traversed two major Ministries – Ministry of Information and Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education before becoming SSG in one administration is a huge testimony to his pedigree, reliability and efficiency in service.

Onoriode Giane congratulated the new SSG and hoped that God will grant him wisdom, robust health and sense of purpose to carry out this all-important assignment.



An Ughelli based businessman and political stakeholder, Onoriode Giane Gwede has described the appointment of Patrick Ukah, Secretary to the Delta State Government as recognition of excellence. Onoriode Giane made this remark to pressmen in Asaba while attending the inauguration of the SSG alongside other Special Advisers and Political Advisers to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Onoriode Giane who says he has known Patrick Ukah for a long time described him as suave, urbane, and very thorough, stressing that these qualities may have endeared him to the Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Continuing, Giane said for one man to have traversed two major Ministries – Ministry of Information and Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education before becoming SSG in one administration is a huge testimony to his pedigree, reliability and efficiency in service.

Onoriode Giane congratulated the new SSG and hoped that God will grant him wisdom, robust health and sense of purpose to carry out this all-important assignment.


Saturday, June 5, 2021

#Asaba Reps#Public Hearing: Establish Local Government Police, Abolish SIECs, NULGE Tells NASS.

......As Group Says Local Governments Should Not be Appendage of State Governments, Demand Full Autonomy.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Leadership of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) led by Olatunji Ambali has recommended that, the Third Tiers Of Government, the Local Government should not be Subjected to the whims and caprices of State Governments as appendage or extension of Government House.

The group made this disclosure to some group of Journalist during a two-day 3rd June - 4th June, 2021 Zonal Public Hearing for Delta, Bayelsa and Edo States Critical Stakeholders, which was presented by the General Secretary, NULGE, Comrade .C. Aguonye to the House of Representatives, NASS, Committee On Review, Amendment of Nigerian1999 Constitution Chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Idris Wase, and Minority Leader, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, which was held at Delta State Event Centre, Okpanam Road, Asaba, Delta State capital as group sought for the amendment towards full Local Government Autonomy, grassroots Development And employment opportunities for Youths, Women in the rural areas.

The leadership stated that the third tiers has become a purse for Governors' cash- in as, group argued that the 1999 Constitution gave room for these grave constitutional flaws, lacuna and imbalances in the system.

The group added that the development has no doubt, stifled Local Governments of its interventions in grass root development such as provision of social services to the people, provision of employment opportunities to rural dwellers so as to curb the concomitant insecurity, youth restiveness, rural urban drift as well as secessionist agitations to mention but a few.

The group then enjoined National Assembly to do the needful as the Senate embarks on another Constitutional Amendment exercise.

NULGE Leadership presented  the following recommendations that will make Local Government more responsive to the yearnings of the people. NULGE Positions to the Federal House of Representatives on Constitutional Amendment reads in parts: "This our stand if reviewed and implemented will engender grassroots development, economic emancipation, political advancement, security and peace of our dear nation as we also advocate for the
Establishment of Local Government Police".

"It is the submission of NULGE that Local Government Police should be established. Statistical survey reveals that over 75.1% of the population of Nigeria resides in Local Government and it is the Local Government that is the epicenter of Nigeria’s security challenges. Local Government Police Service Board should be established to oversee the recruitment, training, promotion, discipline and retirement of members of the Local Government Police while a unit in the Local Government should be saddled with providing technical and other administrative services".

"Cession of Ministry of Agriculture to Local Government
Since Local Governments constitute more than 71% of the land and it is at the Local Governments that the farmers also reside, it is our opinion that the Ministry of Agriculture should be ceded to the Local Government with direct funding from the Federation account".

"Ministry of Women Affairs And Humanitarian Affairs
NULGE is of the view that Ministry of Women and Humanitarian Affairs should be ceded to the Local Government while the Department of Social Development in the Local Government should be strengthened to carry out regular remuneration of the most vulnerable members of the community; aged, the unemployed and the physically challenged. The Department should also make for adequate social planning, social legislation and social inclusion; Hence, funds meant for the Ministry should be allocated to all the 774 Local Governments".

"Federal Ministry Of Works:
It is well established fact that 75% of roads belong to Local Government. It is therefore imperative that 50% of the funds and functions of the Federal Ministry of works should be ceded to Local Government in areas of road construction and maintenance with a mandate to establish Public Works and Road Maintenance Departments in all Local Governments to facilitate transportation and conveyance of foods and other agricultural products to boost food supply and security both for rural consumption and export".

Since demographic survey reveals that 70% of Nigerians reside within the rural community setting, for governance to be felt by larger percentage of Nigerians, NULGE proffers that the revenue formulation should be altered as follows:
Federal Government 20%
State Government 25%
Local Government 35%
Consolidated Saving 5%
Derivation 15%
This recommendation will resolve various agitations for disintegration of Nigeria by ethnic nationalities, issues of clamour for insecurity, youth restiveness, unemployment, poor funding of education, health and agriculture and others".

"However, NULGE clamours for establishment of Anti-corruption Unit in the Local Government to checkmate embezzlement of fund. We also clamour for direct funding to Local Governments. Funds accruing to Local Government without recourse to Joint Account Allocation Committee which has acted as a conduit pipe for Governors to syphoning Local Government statutory allocation".

"Creation of Local Government in Nigeria
It is our position that there should be a uniform criteria for the creation of Local Government in Nigeria which shall be enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria based on the population of not less than Five Hundred Thousand people, landmass, existence of one paramount ruler, minimum of Ten (10) wards. Any area that meets the criteria should be given provisional approval and subsequent recognition by the Constitution".

"Abolition of Joint Account
NULGE advocates for the abolition of State and Local Government Joint Account which has been converted into a conduit pipe for siphoning of Local Government statutory allocation by the State Government. We call for full observation of fiscal federalism".

"Abolision of State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC)
NULGE calls for abolition of SIEC which has been converted by the Governors as an instrument for selecting their stooges as Local Government Chairmen and councilors rather than giving the people the freedom to choose who govern them. We posit that INEC should be conducting elections in Local Government.
Autonomy of Local Government.

"It is our submission that the power to determine the structure, finance, establishment, composition, and functions of Local government should not be vested in the State House of Assembly but be spelt out in the Constitution.
Audit of Local Government".

"The public account of all Local Government should be audited by the Auditor General for Local Government to be appointed by the National Assembly.
Funding of Primary Education
NULGE recommends that funding of Primary Education in Nigeria should be on first line charge from the federation account".

Friday, June 4, 2021

AsabaHR#Public Hearing#Day 1&2: NLC Backs Local Govt, Judiciary, Legislature Autonomy, Others.

....As Federal House Of Reps (NASS) Committee On Constitutional Review, Wase, Elumelu, Others Today Concludes Public Hearing In Asaba.

......As NLC Leadership In a 71-page Memorandum Made Recommendations, Seeks Amendment to "Feeding-Bottle Nigeria's 1999 Constitution".

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Leadership of Nigerian Labour Congress led by Comrade Ayuba Wabba has said that the Union is in full support of devolution of powers, Gender mainstreaming, removal of immunity for public office holders, full support of pension, Local Government autonomy, Independence of the Judiciary and Legislative arms of Government, electoral reform to allow for electronic voting, State Creation, fiscal federalism, national security that gives room for the establishment of State Police, Socio-economic and Cultural rights of Nigerians, National minimum wage, , review of revenue allocation formula and others.

The media learnt this in a 71-page Memorandum presented to the NASS, House of Representatives Committee on Review of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Idris Wase, and Minority Leader, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu and other members of the Committee during a two-day Public Hearing that took place on Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th of June, 2021 held at Delta State Event Centre, Okpanam Road, State capital Asaba, Delta State as the leadership of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, stated that their positions on the issues were informed by the traditional values of patriotism, equity, fairness, Inclusive national development and Justice for all.

Presentation of the Summary of the Memorandum by the Nigeria Labour Congress at the Zonal Public Hearing for the Review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as presented by the Union's, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Director of Research, Dr. Onoho'Omhen Ebhohimhen, a seasoned Unionist who represented the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba reads in parts: "Protocol: The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is a pan Nigerian organization with a history that transcends Nigeria’s independence. As a pan Nigerian and pro-people organization, the views and positions of Organized Labour in Nigeria are divorced from partisan, ethnic, religious or any other sectional consideration. The Nigeria Labour Congress, as part of its contribution as a social partner in nation building has been involved in all the constitution review processes in Nigeria including the last National Constitutional Conference in 2014. The submissions of the NLC at the different constitution review engagements are anchored on promoting inclusive socio-economic development, decent work, gender equality, respect for labour standards, good governance and strengthening of institutions".

"We have categorized our presentation into two broad areas: Core Labour Issues and Socio-economic, Cultural and Political Issues. For the core labour issues, we have advanced our arguments on the following concerns: the federal structure and devolution of powers particularly with regards to retaining Labour and the National Minimum Wage on the Exclusive Legislative List. Also, on the Core Labour issues are matters of Pension and Industrial Relations.
On the devolution of powers and socio-economic, cultural and political issues, we have also advanced our arguments on other matters of national importance. These issues include Local Government Autonomy, Legislative Autonomy, and Judicial Autonomy, comprehensive judicial reform, electoral reform, gender equality, public revenue allocation, strengthening independence of oversight institutions, residency and indigene provisions, the immunity clause and state creation".

"Retention of Labour on the Exclusive Legislative List: Globally, labour matters are governed by international standards as prescribed by the International Labour Organization (ILO). These international labour standards are adopted by the ILO as Conventions, Recommendations, Protocols and Declarations. Once the ILO adopts any international labour standard especially its Conventions and Protocols, it is demanded of ILO member states through their National Parliaments to ratify and domesticate such standards in their national laws, not sub-national or state laws.
The rationale for this global approach to labour issues is to achieve uniformity of labour laws all over the world. The overarching reason for this derives from the lessons from the First and Second World Wars and efforts by world leaders to foster harmonious industrial standards and operations for sustainability of industrial production, inclusive socio-economic development, social justice, and world peace".

"Nigeria has been a member of the International Labour Organization since October 17, 1960. So far, Nigeria has ratified and domesticated through the National Assembly twenty-six ILO Conventions including all eight ILO fundamental Conventions. The eight fundamental ILO Conventions include: Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No 87)
Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98)
Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29)
Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No 105)
Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138)
Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)
Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100)
Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111)".

"The eight core conventions of the International Labour Organization regulate pension, industrial relation and labour generally. It would, therefore, be anomalous, incongruous and contemptible of global standards and order to even contemplate removing labour from the Exclusive Legislative List. That would be tantamount to renouncing Nigeria’s ratification of extant ILO Conventions and repudiating Nigeria’s membership of the ILO. We are sure such is not the agenda of this noble engagement".

"The National Minimum Wage: In line with our argument on retaining labour on the Exclusive Legislative List, it also follows that any contemplation to remove the National Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List would only expose Nigeria to international ridicule and opprobrium. Just as we had argued in the foregoing, the reasons are very clear and compelling. We wish to restate these reasons as follows:
The National Minimum Wage is a matter of Global Standards

The National Minimum Wage is derived from ILO International Labour Standards especially the ILO Minimum Wage Fixing Machinery Convention 026 of 1928 which is reinforced by the ILO Minimum Wage Fixing Convention 131 of 1970. Distinguished members of this Committee, Nigeria through the National Parliament ratified Convention 026 since 16th June 1961 and has domesticated its provisions in our national constitution and extant labour laws".

"Pursuant to this ratification and domestication, the National Assembly apart from listing the National Minimum in the Exclusive Legislative List also captured provisions of Convention 026 in Chapter 2 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution under the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy which expressly demands that the Nigerian State shall direct its policy towards ensuring the provision of reasonable national minimum living wage and pensions.
Currently, more than 90 per cent of ILO Countries have the National Minimum Wage in their national laws. The issue of true federalism is out of the question. Twenty-six countries of the “old democracy bloc” that retain the National Minimum Wage in their national laws including the United States of America and Germany practise “true federalism”. Some of these countries have practised federalism for more than two hundred years".

"Distinguished lawmakers, from the events of the recent past few weeks especially the struggle of Nigerian workers in a number of states, it is clear even to the blind that the attempt to remove labour and the national minimum wage from the Exclusive to the Concurrent Legislative List is borne out of the desire by a few state Governors to trample on the rights of workers and pay them slave wages.
2. The National Minimum Wage as a Binding International Law
Upon the ratification of ILO Convention 026, Nigeria transmitted the ratification to the Director General of the ILO in line with Article 20 of the ILO Constitution. The ILO Director General also in tandem with the provisions of Article 102 of the United Nations Charter transmitted Nigeria’s ratification of the Convention 026 to the Secretary General of the United Nations".

"This makes the National Minimum Wage a binding international law ratified and domesticated by the action of the National Assembly and which sanctity can only be preserved by its retention in the Exclusive Legislative List. Therefore, it is mandatory for Nigeria to meet and comply with its Public International Law Obligations under the International Labour Organizations (ILO).
3. The National Minimum Wage as a Model Tool for Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication
Contrary to the false information on the exclusion of states from the determination of the National Minimum Wage, the process of determining the National Minimum Wage is the most inclusive social dialogue tool available today which also serves as a wedge from the dungeon of the community of the working poor".

"All the states in Nigeria are represented in the National Minimum Wage Review Committee. And the states make their submissions based on the economic realities in their states and what each state could afford to pay. Relevant agencies of government such as the National Bureau of Statistics also make very cogent inputs based on prevailing economic indices such as inflation rate, purchasing power parity, poverty thresholds etc. Labour and employers of labour also make their own input. The final determination of the National Minimum Wage is informed by consensus building on the aggregate submissions made by all the social partners – the Federal Government, States, Employers and Workers Representative Organizations".

"The argument for a centralized determination of the National Minimum Wage had been strongly canvassed by Nigeria’s founding fathers even before Nigeria’s independence. In a press statement by Honourable Chief Obafemi Awolowo, then Premier of the Western Region, on Thursday, 4th June 1959, he submitted: ....the refusal of the Federal Government to introduce a policy of 5 pounds Minimum Wage has led to anomalies which must be most depressing and shattering to those concerned".

" Federal workers employed in the Western Region, for instance in the Post and Telegraphs and the Moor Planation, who work side by side, live in the same sort of houses and buy from the same markets, with Western Region workers, get less in wages than the latter. And yet they are called upon to expect nothing but “hard work, sweat and blood” after independence. The Action Group and its Allies will terminate this inhuman and uneconomic state of affairs during the first six months in office and in any case, well before the day of independence. All workers employed by the Federal Government Will be paid 5 pounds Minimum Wage with effect from October 1, 1959.At the same time, a law will be enacted by the Federal Parliament stipulating a national Minimum wage not below 5 Pounds, which must be paid by all employers of Labour in Nigeria.”

"Distinguished members of this Committee, we also have positions on a number of other issues of constitutional importance. These issues include pension, local government autonomy, independence for the judiciary and legislative arms of government, socio-economic and cultural rights, comprehensive judicial reform, electoral reform, gender mainstreaming, national security, residency cum indigene provisions, immunity for elected office holders, state creation, public revenue, fiscal federalism and revenue allocation. Our positions on these issues are informed by our traditional values of patriotism, equity, fairness and inclusive national development and justice for all".

"Local Government Autonomy:
We call for the administrative autonomy of local governments in Nigeria. We also call for the uniformity of the tenure of local government councils. Finally, we call for the financial autonomy of local government councils in Nigeria.
Organized Labour demands financial and administrative independence for the Judicial arm of government in Nigeria.

"State Legislature:
We also call for the independence of the legislative arm of government in Nigeria especially in terms of administrative and financial autonomy.
Electoral Reform:
Organized Labour in Nigeria supports the proposal for the democratization of the appointment process for the leadership of INEC with representation from different branches of society. We also demand for an Electoral Offences Commission and support the call for independent candidates, diaspora voting, finite time for the conclusion of election petitions, and other general reforms that would make INEC deliver transparent, credible, free and fair elections".

*Socio-economic and Cultural Rights:
We demand that the rights enshrined in Chapter 2 of 1999 Nigerian Constitution under review be made justiciable.
Gender Mainstreaming:
We also call for gender mainstreaming in all spheres of government in Nigeria. Nigerian women should also be given unfettered access to enjoy rights and privileges provided for in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution and as guaranteed by numerous international conventions and treaties. We also demand proportional representation in Parliament especially for women.
Labour demands that all elected public office holders should not enjoy immunity from prosecution on criminal cases. In order to avoid distraction while in office, elected office holders should enjoy immunity from persecution only on civil cases".

"Indigeneship and Residency:
We call for the ratification and domestication of ILO Convention 169 which demands that indigenous and tribal peoples shall enjoy human rights without discrimination and shall have the rights to decide their own priorities and exercise control over their development.
State Creation:
States should be created by the regions according to their needs and fiscal abilities within their own zonal structures.
Fiscal Federalism:
The revenue allocation formular should be reviewed to the advantage of state and local government areas. Instead of the current attempts on salary re-distribution, we call for wealth re-distribution through the instrumentality of a progressive tax administration system-
evolution of Power".

"State Police:
We call for the strengthening of our existing security architecture but with greater emphasis on a properly structured and overlapping community policing and local intelligence gathering. It is our persuasion that the consideration of our positions will advance the cause of the downtrodden, workers and the generality of Nigerians and engender a more stable polity for the actualization of the Nigeria of our dreams".

"Our Prayers:
That the National Assembly should retain Labour, the National Minimum Wage, on the Exclusive Legislative List as currently listed under the Second Schedule Part 1 (34) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and also retain the general administration of pension as currently captured in Section 173 of the 1999 Constitution and as listed under the Second Schedule Part 1 (34) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria".

"That the National Assembly should favourably consider our demands for the full realization of local government autonomy, legislative autonomy and autonomy for the judiciary arm of government; and
The National Assembly should consider our submissions on strengthening and promoting socio-economic and cultural rights of Nigerians especially as captured under Chapter Two of the 1999 Constitution under review".

"With your kind permission, may I proceed to lay before this august committee of the National Assembly this 71-page memorandum of the Nigeria Labour Congress on behalf of all the working people of Nigeria.
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Aluta continua… Victoria Ascerta!!!"

Delta North PDP Youth Leaders Pass A Vote Of Confidence On Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

.....As Delta North PDP Youth Leader, State Assistant PDP Youth Leader, Comrade Lucky. E. Onyia Sue For Unity among Youth Leaders.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Delta North PDP Youth Leaders led by Comrade Lucky Onyia has sued for unity amongst Youth Leaders, Party faithfuls as the group passes vote of confidence on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for strengthening the party towards a better transition come 2023 general elections in the state.

Comrade Lucky Onyia, Delta State Assistant PDP Youth Leader, Comrade Lucky Onyia disclosed this to newsmen shortly after an interactive sessions of all the PDP Youth Leaders in the 9 Local Government Areas and PDP Wards' Youth Leaders, that comprises Delta North Senatorial District of the State today in Asaba, Delta State capital, while he then urged them to go and Evangelise the people of Delta North and beyond towards a better transition by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa come 2023.

The event was attended by the Delta North PDP Chairman, Hon. Moses Iduh, Immediate Past Commissioner For Basic And Secondary Education, and now Secretary To Delta State Government, Hon. Patrick Ukah, Hon. Mrs Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, Immediate Past Commissioner For Youths Development, Hon. Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, the State Youth Leader, People's Democratic Party, PDP, and other important dignitaries who sensitised the Youths on the need to be a good Ambassador of the party.

The party leaders also urged the Youth leaders to channel their economic, cultural socio- political challenges ready for one-on-one presentation to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for Solutions towards ensuring the growth and development of the party and promotion of political stability in Delta State.

Onyia, the Delta North PDP Party Youth Leader then commended Governor Okowa's development Strides in Delta State, party leaders on their support to the Youths. He then appealed for more empowerment, appointments and Job opportunities for Youth leaders to finish strong.

Onyia noted that the Youth Leaders will continue to give Delta State Government led by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa the needed support to succeed in his administration, he said: " The reason for this interactive session, while appealing to Youth leaders in their various 9 LGAs and Wards to device means of promoting unity in their domain to checkmate decamping of members to the opposition parties".

In the words of Comrade Lucky Onyia:" We use this medium to pass a vote of confidence on His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for carrying the Youths along in his Government. We commend him. We also urged him to do more. Youths of PDP in Delta North we are going to stand by the Governor to have a better transition come 2023".

"The core values we have put in place is to continue preaching peace and unity. We Delta North PDP Youth leaders we congratulates the Governor for appointing Hon. Patrick Ukah as SSG. There is need to ensure that the right persons in the party are given tickets of the party so as to clinch victory for PDP in Delta".

"Go and Develop measures to ensure that our members do not decamp to other political parties. We are going to ensure that the Governor gives more empowerment and appointments to the Youth leaders so as to ensure the growth and development of the party".