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ANAMBRA FASHION EXPO 2022 IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT ~ Vice Chancellor, COOU

 

says, CES-COOU has a lot to offer the project in her next edition.

~ commends Governor Soludo’s leadership style that has encouraged disruptive creativity among the youth in the State.

 

Okoye Clara, Awka-

 

 The Vice Chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Prof. Greg Nwakoby, has commended the organizers of the maiden edition of the Anambra Fashion Expo 2022 saying that it’s a welcome development to rejig the traditional fashion ecosystem and reposition it for global appeal.

The Vice-Chancellor who was ably represented at the event in Awka by the University’s Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES-COOU), Prof Vincent Ezeabasili, stressed that the Centre priorities fashion in her annual training being offered to graduating students of COOU.

 

While addressing COOUNews at the event, the Vice Chancellor said that CES-COOU since its inception has trained all graduating students in its annual Employment Readiness and Job Creation (ERJC) programs and the department of Entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Management Sciences in industrial learning and tours by the Skills Acquisition Unit of the centre.

“… we commend the organizers of the AFE 2022 and as an institution of higher learning, we are open to partnering with the organizers, especially in areas where our students will have the opportunity of being part of the Models that would perform on the runway, Master Class, among other things. We commend them and also thank the State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo for believing in the young people by giving them opportunities to thrive and contribute to the development of the State and society at large…” He said.

The event was held at the Anambra State International Conference Centre (ICC), Awka.

 

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Keyamo Carpets Obi

 

Chidi Onuka, Awka

 

  • Says security agencies should place Obi on watch
  • Accuses Obi of wanting to start ethnic and religious crisis in Nigeria

The presidential spokesman for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Barrister Festus Keyamo has replied to the calls by Peter Obi and his supporters that he , Keyamo be placed on the watch of the security agencies for calling out Obi and as well as accusing Obi of planning to feign an assassination attempt on himself in order to curry sympathy.

 

In a statement,  Keyamo stated that rather than the security agencies placing him on their watch list it was Obi that ought to be placed on such or invited l, adding that he was more than willing to furnish the security agencies with evidence as a witness.

 

He said “ I also call on the Security Agencies in Nigeria to place Mr. Peter Obi and some of his demented supporters on the terror watch lists for circulating an incendiary video with a fake message by one of his supporters called Powell Glad Legbe (on his Facebook page) calling on Yorubas not to vote for Peter Obi. Mr. Peter Obi then wrongly and wickedly attributed that quote to an amorphous ‘Tinubu group’. Up till now he has not withdrawn his accusation nor has he apologised to our candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

It is obvious Mr. Peter Obi wants to cause religious and tribal crises in the country and for this I call on the security agencies to place Mr. Peter Obi on security watch or invite him for thorough investigation. If necessary, I am prepared to be invited too as a witness to prove my case against him. “

 

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ASUU Strike: National Industrial Court Adjourns Matter

Tobenna Ezenduka, Abuja

 

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria today adjourned until September 16th, 2022 the suit filed by the Federal Government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over its industrial action which has lasted for 210 days since the union declared the strike.

 

The Federal Government had approached the court in Abuja, requesting it to order ASUU to resume while it continues to find a lasting resolution to the dispute.
At today’s proceedings, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) also made a request to join the suit as an interested party.
Ebun-Olu Adegnoruwa (SAN) who represented SERAP in the suit said his client had filed a similar suit to compel the FG to honour its 2009 agreement with ASUU. He thus submitted that SERAP’s interest in the matter was based on the need to forestall the duplicity of outcomes concerning the strike. However, counsel to the Federal Government, Tijjani Gazali (SAN) rejected SERAP’s application to consolidate the suits owing to the fact that such a request was premature in nature since the case had been slated for mention on Monday.
Ruling on the request by SERAP, the presiding judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman ruled that the suit was not ripe for consolidation by SERAP as he was only presiding over the matter as a vacation judge and that the case would be assigned to another judge for adjudication.
He however ordered the parties in the suit to file and exchange court documents while he adjourned the matter to Friday, 16 September 2022.
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Three Students Found Dead In Anambra

Nkechi Nwoka, Onitsha-

News reaching Anambra Times has it that three female students of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Anambra State, have been found dead.

The incident reportedly happened at the Igbariam campus of the COOU, which is also known as Anambra State University.
The victims were found dead in their hostel and have been identified as Chidera Obidiaso, of the political science department, Mercy, a student of the pharmacy department, and Emmanuella, a student of the business administration department.
The deceased students were all 200-level students of the institution, however the cause of their deaths is yet to be ascertained as they were locked within their rooms and residents said that the students were found dead when the door to their room was forced open, residents further alleged that on opening the door, two of the girls were found dead on their beds while the other was found in the kitchen in the apartment.

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APC Reacts To Peter Obi’s Ethnic Card Video

 

 

 

  • Describe video as offensive and ploy from US Strategy Script
  • Say Obi playing the ethnic card and victim at the same time

 

Following the release of a viral video in which the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi was seen accusing a “Tinubu’s Group” of spreading a Whatsapp message calling on the Yoruba not to vote for him, the APC Presidential Campaign Council has described Obi as an ethnic champion who is playing the ethnic card and at the same time playing the victim.

 

In a press release obtained by NzogbuNzogbu.com, the campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo called the video offensive and debunked the existence of any group known as “Tinubu’s Group” as all groups supporting the APC candidate have clear designations and well known promoters adding that only messages released by the APC Presidential Campaign Council were official. Keyamo further challenges Obi to make known to the public the source of such nebulous content.
He said “ Firstly, we vehemently deny the existence of any of such “Tinubu group” that made and circulated such a message. All groups supporting the APC Presidential Candidate and his running-mate have clear designations with well-known promoters. In addition, it is only messages released by the APC Presidential Campaign Council that are officially authorized and for which we take responsibility.
We challenge Mr. Peter Obi to reveal the source and name(s) behind that nebulous Whatsapp message.
We wish to state that it is obvious Mr. Peter Obi deliberately concocted that message and circulated that offensive video himself as a campaign strategy in order to come across as a victim of some kind of ethnic agenda, whereas in truth, he is the real agent provocateur of an ethnic agenda.
As the takeoff date for campaigns draw closer, Mr. Peter Obi has suddenly realised that Nigerians are beginning to burst his bubbles as his messages are bereft of ideas, depth and clear-cut solutions to our challenges. His messages are only full of false data and highfalutin jargons in what is clearly a disingenuous ruse to distract a scrutiny of his empty records as a Governor of Anambra State and nothing else. Hence his easy recourse to playing ethnic card and fanning the ember of hate.
We have in on good authority that part of the “US Strategy” (just like the failed “Dubai Strategy” his former boss and himself adopted in 2019) was to return to the country and spread ethnic hatred amongst the voters and cause chaos, then pose as the victim. They have just kick-started that plot by orchestrating and circulating the said video.
We find it utterly disgusting, demeaning and insulting to the sensitivities and sensibilities of Nigerians for a Presidential Candidate of the ilk of Peter Obi to make such a video parroting a spurious, unverified and sham message that has the potential of deepening our faultlines as a nation and further promoting ethnic tensions. This is completely unbecoming of a Presidential Candidate that hopes to unite this country. Again, we note that Mr. OBI’s latest stunt is consistent with what is now widely perceived as his adoption of hate as campaign strategy, having consistently failed to rein in his known and identifiable supporters, mostly domiciled on social media, threatening political opponents with violence and death.
Moreover, here is a man known as a sectional irredentist, with public records showing him expelling Nigerians from a section of the country from Anambra State while he was Governor and has decidedly resorted to ethno-religious card in his activities and messaging thus far, now accusing his better of being an ethnic champion. What a supreme irony!
We are also aware that plans are afoot by Mr. Peter Obi to fake an assassination attempt on himself and hire Labour Party boys dressed in APC caps and T-shirts to attack some Labour Party offices. It is all part of the “US Plan”. It is the first in a series of incendiary actions planned by this ill-prepared but desperate candidate.
We call on all well-meaning Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic origins or political divides, to rise up and condemn this tactless tactics and cheap manoeuver by a desperate non-starter of a presidential candidate who has decided to resort to crude revisionism, ethnic jingoism and crass insensitivity with a view to whipping up undeserved sentiment to fuel his faltering ambition that is nothing but a flash in a pan.
Our advice to Mr. Peter Obi is to quit the race if he has nothing more to tell Nigerians.”
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Breaking News: Ifeanyi Uba’s Convoy Attacked By Gunmen

 

Chinenye Uzoka, Awka

Four dead…

Ubah escapes in vehicle 

Clement Ubadike, Awka

News reaching Anambra Times  has it that the convoy of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator representing Anambra South in the Senate has been attacked by gunmen, killing four people.

 

The attack took place along Enugwu Ukwu as his convoy was on its way to a function.
Ifeanyi Uba had however escaped as his bullet proof vehicle sped away from the incident while receiving a hail of bullets.
AT will bring up more details in due time.

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Gunmen Rob, Kidnap 4 In Nise, Anambra

 

Kate Uchegbu

Gun men yesterday kidnapped four travelers setting ablaze their own vehicle and making away with an SUV belonging to one of their victims.

 

The gory incident occurred around the market area in Nise, an area within the Awka South Local Government of Anambra State.

 

anambratimes.com gathered that the assailants began by robbing people before zooming off with their victims.

 

The operation, it was stated lasted for about 30 minutes. Responding, the police spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed the incident and stated that then Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng had deployed a team of security operatives who were presently on the trail of the criminals.

 

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Anambra: Transport Fares To Jump By 150 Percent As Soludo Imposes Levies On Transport Operators

Constance Ejezie, 

It is very likely that public.transport users within Anambra are likely to spend more money commuting from place to place as the Soludo administration is set to impose a new set of fresh levies on  transport operators within the state.

 

Tricycle riders popularly known as keke are to pay as much as 24,000 a month while commercial bus drivers are to pay the whooping amount of 35,000 every month inclusive of union dues-
AT gathered that unions of these transport operators are gearing to shut down operations in protest against such fees which they have described as harsh and inconsiderate on the conditions of these operators who have to battle other set of worsening conditions such as fuel and the cost of living.
Also the operators are frowning on the monthly payment which is far different from the daily payment option which sees these operators operate under a pay as you go system, the monthly levy they say is largely unrealistic since it comes into force whether one had worked in that month or not.
A transport operator who opted for anonymity  asked ” What would happen if we have to service or tricycles or have course to travel out for a day or two or fall ill? Would such a tax or.levy be fair or economically correct?”
We are currently battling other issues such as buying fuel at the slated price of 165 and the increased cost of living, how then do we bear with all these?  How?”
Readers will also recall that AT had  also reported that the Soludo  administration had also jerked up the rates  paid by market men and women in the state.
With such development it means that commuters will have to pay more as transport fares as prices could skyrocket by 150 percent which in turn could affect the prices of goods and services.
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Anambra Traders Lament Increase In State Government Taxes

 

Constance Ejezie

AT  has gathered that following the introduction of a new tax regime for the various markets in Anambra State, traders in these markets are groaning over the new regime describing such as unfair. particularly Eke Awka market in Awka

 

Soludo had in a meeting with market unions recently announced that his administration  would be introducing a new tax regime. He described such a new regime as necessary owing to the dwindling revenue accruing to the state.
The traders were however shocked when certain persons visited thier market (Eke Awka) and demanded an outrageous payment of N14,200  for shop owners while the hawkers were asked to pay N200 at various times and places every day.
A breakdown of the levy includes stallage fee of N4,800, market development fee of N2,400, market traders fee of N3,000, pollution/sanitation fee of N2,000, biometric market registration of N700.00, and market operation fee of N1,300.00, all payable between Tuesday and Friday this week.
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Exposed: How Willie Obiano Looted Anambra

More revelations have emerged on the looting allegations levelled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against the immediate  past Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano.

 

Obiano had been arrested and detained by the EFCC earlier in March while he was on his way out of the country. Although he was later released, the EFCC had however seized his passport and had refused to release it despite a court ruling by Justice Hyadezer Nganjiwa which ordered the commission to release the passport to Obiano to enable him travel out of the country on health grounds, a ruling the commission  had appealed and even petitioned the judge before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court asking that Nganjiwa be recused from handling the case.
According  to an operative of the EFCC who opted to be anonymous at this point in time more allegations on  how the governor had looted the state’s allocation of the N5billion Sure P funds by funnelling them into frivolous accounts within Nigeria and outside the country .  The operative who is a top official of the EFCC also told RPN that some of these monies were funnelled through cronies and agents under fictitious names, another part was used to buy choice properties in the United States.
The operative told our correspondent that the EFCC had developed such facts into a water tight case and would present such at subsequent trials.
On the present set of governors, the operative said that the EFCC had concluded investigation for 18 out of the 28 outgoing governors and would prosecute such persons when they conclude their tenure.
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