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Innocent Chukwuma: TMG mourns pioneer trustee, says he worked for electoral reforms

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Innocent Chukwuma: TMG mourns pioneer trustee, says he worked for electoral reforms

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has poured glowing tributes on a pioneer trustee of its Board, Innocent Chukwuma, saying ‘he brought to bear his capacity for hardwork, brilliance and commitment to his cherished pedigree.”

The organization described the death as “an emotive dagger that pierced through the heart of the pro-democracy, civil society community.”

TMG in a statement titled: “Innocent Chukwuma: Death too sudden and devastating to bear”, and signed by its chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said he worked for an ensured an effective electoral and democratic governance in Nigeria..

The statement reads, “TMG received with great shock and sadness the news of the demise of Innocent Chukwuma who was a pioneer trustee of its Board and founding Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation whose unfortunate death occured on Saturday evening, April 3 2021 after a brief illness.

“Late Innocent Chukwuma also steered the affairs of TMG as its chairman between 2006 and 2008 where he brought to bear his capacity for hardwork, brilliance and commitment to his cherished pedigree.

“He worked assiduously and tirelessly in ensuring that an effective electoral and democratic governance is put in place in Nigeria through TMG’s several engagements with different electoral stakeholders particularly, the independent National Electoral Commission the National Assembly, security agencies and the judiciary pushing for sustainable legislation and policy reforms in the country.

“Innocent was so effectively while leading the activities of TMG and defended its stance on national issues.

“Innocent’s death was not only received as a rude shock, but came as an emotive dagger that pierced through the heart of the pro-democracy, civil society community and by extension the ex-students revolutionary leadership with a devastating blow too painful to bear.

“TMG joins millions of Nigerians in condoling with his family, particularly his wife, Josephine Effah-Chukwuma and the children in this sad moment. May God comfort and console them and give them the great fortitude to bear the irreparable loss even as we comforted by the massive outpouring of grief nationwide at his painful passage.

“We also express our heartfelt condolences to the Board, management and staff of CLEEN Foundation as well as all his associates in the civil society movement in the country.

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Fare thee well, our comrade brother and friend! Our hearts still ache!.”

ENDS***

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UN Rescue Services worries, Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with 10m out of school children

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United Nations Rescue Services has raised concern that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder with over 10m out of school children roaming the streets that are available as easy recruits by insurgency.
The UN International Chairman, security and intelligence, African Affairs Ambassador Steve Madila who spoke in Abuja at a media briefing on Wednesday said they are developing vocational  training centers of minimum 3 months and maximum 1 year to keep the out of school children busy as the idle mind is the devils workshop.

He said, the United Nations program on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger was born in 2021 to advocate on sustainable development goals. 
“Before the year 2000 we heard about the Millenium Development goals. It was established because the UN carried out research and found out that about 2.5 billion people on planet earth were living below poverty line and their definition of living below poverty line is if you can not afford to spend at least $2 per day on yourself. 

“$2 is less than N1000. In Nigeria poverty walks on its two legs, there are some people that go out and don’t come back to their houses until another 6pm”

“In Nigeria 50,000,000 bags of cement was  delivered in IDP camps in  the north east, to deliver affordable housing with a minimum of 5,000, 000 naira Nigerians that are 18 years old can have access to affordable housing project. “Our goal is to deliver at least 10,000 housing units across the 6 political zones of Nigeria. The condition for giving you a house that will last a 1000 years.”Civil servants and people in the informal sectors like barbers, taxi drivers that can accumulate between  300,000 to 500,000 can choose from a one bedroom to a two bedroom bungalow, and above. 
“We target people who have lost hope of owning houses of their own and 40 federal Government agencies including NNPC NTA , radio Nigeria, DSS, EFCC,ICPC and the police whoare in dire need for houses because government cannot provide housing for them.  “These have made us to expand our project to 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT.”
He said they will also bring about revolutionary health services in the 6 geopolitical zones  such that it would be made medical hub with 1000 hospitals dedicated to women and children. “These hospitals must have international airport facility to cater for patients in the state that need surgery.  

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Ebubeagu: Igbo Journalists hail Southeast govs, demand immediate legislative backing

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Ebubeagu: Igbo Journalists hail Southeast govs, demand immediate legislative backing

Prominent media practitioners under the aegis of United Igbo Journalists Forum (UIJF), have applauded the recent move by Southeast governors to establish combined security outfit in the region.

In a statement issued on Tuesday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the Journalist group led by its chairman Comrade Emeka Nze also described the idea and resolution of the five governors as “forward moving”.

The Igbo Journalists however, spoke of the need for the five Houses of Assembly in the zone to immediately follow up the decision with legislative backing in their various states.

The statement further enjoined the governors and other well-meaning stakeholders in Southeast not to relent in implementing drastic measures that will bring an end to the rising insecurity in the entire region.

“This is not the time to fold hands and watch while a faceless group emerge from nowhere to kill innocent citizens.

“It’s our firm believe that if the essence of the new security outfit known as Ebubeagu is well carried out, soon all forms of criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, killings and armed robbery will become issue of the past.

“We will also want to enjoin Southeast leaders at any level not to in anyway contemplate, talk more of politicise issues bothering on security as no one knows who will be affected at one point or the other.

“We call on well-to-do Igbo sons and daughters to join hands with the governors in a bid to secure our territory. More efforts should be injected in the area of job creation and empowerment as means of engaging our youths in whatever positive venture,” the statement said.

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NCPC explores Holy Sites in Jordan for 2021 pilgrimage

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NCPC explores Holy Sites in Jordan for 2021 pilgrimage

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, (NCPC) Rev Yakubu Pam said that the Commission is ready to explore New Holy Sites around the world.

He disclosed this recently during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan.

Rev. Pam explained that the Commission has come to Jordan on a state of readiness and exploration visit.
In his words “We came to explore holy sites and we will need your maximum corporation to make it a reality”.

The secretary hinted that the President of Nigeria, President Mohammed Buhari has given the Commission approval to explore the holy sites in Jordan.

Rev. Pam described the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission is a body that is saddled with the responsibility of taking intending pilgrims to Holy Lands around the world.
According to him, “The Commission coordinates the activities of intending pilgrims from Nigeria to any holy site around the world, Israel, Greece and Rome including Jordan.”

He added that the Commission is mandated to ensure the safety of every Nigeria pilgrim as it is of paramount importance.

He therefore solicited for the support of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities to facilitate the procurement of visas for Intending pilgrims because it is of utmost importance to the commencement of the 2021 pilgrimage.

He thanked the Minister of Tourism for his warm reception.
In his words “I want to appreciate you since we came here we have been receiving lots of cooperation from your people, we have not had any difficulties”.
In his response the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Hmeidi Al-Fayez who was represented by the Maanaging Director, Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat thanked the Executive Secretary and members of his team for coming to explore holy sites in Jordan.

He assured the Executive Secretary that the people of Jordan are peaceful and hospitable. According to him “In terms of security, I want to assure you that Jordan is very safe for visitors.”

He promised to ensure that the issue of visa is looked into as the outcome will be both favourable to Nigeria and Jordan.

Arabiyat assured that they would give the Commission the necessary cooporation as both countries have a good relationship with each other.

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