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More than 200 households square up for battle with CBN over clinic conversion to COVID-19 center plans

Apparently piqued by what they referred to as insensitivity on the part of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over plans to convert its clinic to a Covid 19 treatment centre, more than 200 households in a CBN estate in Abuja have vowed to square up for battle with the Apex Bank.
As parents and owners of homes in the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) estate in Garki II of the Federal Capital Teritory, Abuja, they are worried for their families about the trauma such an action would bring to bear on them.
More so, that the CBN sold the homes in its former Estate to the new owners 14 years ago.


The residents are saying the Apex Bank no longer own the estate solely hence it has no power to unilaterally take such decision without recourse to the other stakeholders, since it ceased to be the sole owner of the estate after it sold homes to former occupiers.
They therefore sent a protest letter to the Bank management stating that,
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent decision of the Management of the Central Bank of Nigeria, to convert their old clinic building located at the CBN I & J Estate one Garki II, Abuja to a center for the treatment of Covid-l9 patients.

“We, the Residents of the Estate are hereby constrained to write to the Management of the Bank to draw your attention to the following facts and express our displeasure over such plan as it shows total disregard to humanity.
“CBN is not the sole owner of the Estate by virtue of the sale of the Estate to occupiers in 2006 in line with the approved guidelines issued by the Federal Government in respect of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT.
“By the said sale, the Bank ceases to be the sole owner of the Estate and therefore cannot take any unilateral decision that will affect all patties.”

The residents have also sent letters of protests to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Capital Territory Department for Development Control, seeking to stop the conversion of a clinic to a Covid-19 centre.
The Residents’ Association vowed to go to any length with the bank, starting with the courts, if the “unpopular and arbitrary” decision to convert the CBN Clinic in the Estate to a Covid-19 Isolation Centre is not reversed
According to the association, in a statement, “The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has planned to convert its clinic inside the estate in Garki 2 as covid treatment centre. The Clinic Doctor and CBN Management staff had met officials of the estate association to brief them of the proposed plan but the residents are vociferous in their resistance.

The association is at a loss as to why the clinic inside an estate where more than 200 families live should be converted to treatment centre saying the risk can only be imagined.

“If executed the estate will have only one entrance instead of the normal two as expected by law. The association intend to approach the court should CBN insist on converting the estate into covid treatment centre.”

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Gov Matawalle visits IDP camp, urges FG to deploy more troops

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Zamfara state Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle has expressed sadness over the resurgence of banditry activities in the state.

The governor who visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Unguwar Danbaba in Tsunami area of Gusau local government as he urged the federal government to deploy more troops to the affected areas.

Sympathising with the IDPs who are mostly from Rijiya community, he assured them of his administration’s commitment to the continued protection of lives and properties of the citizens in the state.

The governor, in a statement by his Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications, Yusuf Idris Gusau said although his administration inherited the security problem in the state, with the support and cooperation of the people, the situation has reduced to a minimal level.

He appealed to the people of the state to support the government by providing necessary intelligence to security agencies in order to bring an end to the security challenges facing the state.

He commended the Ministry for Humanitarian and Disaster Management for the prompt action taken in the provision of food items, medicaments and bedding materials to the IDP camp.

Earlier, one of the IDPs” leaders, Mallam Muhammadu Shehu expressed gratitude over the governor’s visit as herequested for redeployment of more security personnel to the affected communities to enable them return to their respective communities.

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Arrest insecurity in Ebonyi not our President, indigenes tackle Umahi

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Arrest insecurity in Ebonyi not our President, indigenes tackle Umahi

**Raises the alarm over plot to declare Oluchchukwu wanted

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor Dave Umahi, to tackle the insecurity situation in the state instead of the plot to arrest for trial the association’s President, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu.

The Ebonyi indigenous group said it is in possession of a audio clip where the state government had asked the security operative to declare Mr. Oluchchukwu wanted and effect his arrest for trial over a published open letter in a national daily regarding the killings in Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.

In a statement released to newsmen Thursday in Abuja, AESID said sane minds had expected the state government to rejoind the said open letter with its own facts or counter proves rather than descend so low to harass security agencies to declare the leader of the group wanted.

“As a governance and accountability platform, we in AESID believe that the interest of truth and justice would be best served by truths and nothing but sincerity of purpose especially in managing the lingering Effium war and other communal unrests troubling the very soul of our dear state, not the resort to open or clandestine threats to the lives of Ebonyi citizens like our President willfull elected to not only ask questions and engage leaders in a democracy but even shoulder lots of the burden the government has elected to ignore.

We urge the security agencies in Ebonyi state to please jettison the rather hasty and irrational reactions cum conclusions of the government but rather focus their strengths and energy in bringing all those causing these delibitating unrests in Effium and indeed, our dear state in general to book.

We take this stand because we have known our President, Paschal Oluchukwu well enough and his track records are there for all to see.

“Ambassador Paschal is only deeply concerned just like the rest of ordinary Ebonyians that our once very peaceful Ebonyi has turned into a killing field while the government gallivants and prevaricates without seeking open-minded and credible solutions to these myriads of violence and insecurity in our land.”

While demanding for explanation within 24 hours on the allegation of bias in the lingering Effium carnages raised in the open letter, the group said such was necessary for the governor to clear his name and help in restoring peace in Effium and other parts of the state.

“Meantime, it is pertinent at this closing juncture to draw the attention of the Nigerian security apparatchik who were all duly copied the said Open letter to this latest threats and gimmicks of Governor Umahi to silence those calling for accountability in democratic setting.

“The Nigerian government and the whole world should hold Umahi and his agents responsible, should any harm befall our dear capacity President, his family and or relatives including his businesses home and abroad, for we believe at all times that the primary purpose of government is the protection of lives and property of citizens.”

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Tazan brings succour to Stagi orphanage home

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***lauds Gov. Bello’s strides on security

The Director of Foreign Affairs and integration, United Arab emirate, of National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Tazan Saahibfatatiu has brought succor to the inhabitants of Stagi Cornerstone orphanage home to confirm with the doctrine of feeding the needy during the period of the Holy Ramadan.

Tazan made this known in a chat with newsmen after the presentation of food items and provisions to the orphanage noting that alms giving during Ramadan fast is considered one of the most admonished good deeds in Islam.

He added that the message of communal responsibility is reinforced through fasting and this, he maintained, encourages empathy and compassion for those that are less privileged in the society.

According to him, the world would have been a better place for all if only everyone takes from the little he or she has to help those in dire need in the society.

While commenting on the prevailing state of economy of the state, Tazan lauded Governor Bello for the giant strides recorded on security, stressing that the peace in the state has encouraged people like him to come home and do business, see family and friends very often.

Earlier, a friend who accompanied him, Hon. Chukwuma Trust lauded the effort of Saahibfatatiu adding that he feels motivated to go back home and replicate same.

While he promised to keep helping the orphanage home on regular bases, he donated an instant cash gift to support the orphanage home.  

Speaking on behalf of the owner of the home, the matron of orphanage, Mrs. Clara Owosagba expressed delight over the items, adding that the items will go a long way in providing regular food for the children.

She further called on the government through the state Ministry of Health to help provide care for one of their children who is a sickle cell patient and in dire need of medical attention.

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