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No clash between S’East security, economy summit and ‘Igbo Day’ 2023 – organisers

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“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no conflict or clash between the South East Governors’ Forum Summit on Security and Economy and Igbo Day 2023,” organisers of the former said on Sunday, by way of dismissing the claims that they were intent on throwing spanners in the wheel of the activities of the pan-Igbo confab.

Chris Anyanwu, spokesman of the confab, being put together by governors of the zone, Owerri, Imo State capital, on Thursday, September 28, and Friday September 29, to tackle the twin issues of security and economy, in the five states denied that it was meant to clash with the Igbo Day 2023 celebrations – Igbo Kunie – scheduled to hold the same period in Enugu, Enugu State capital.

Instead the two events are mutually complementary and have the approval and support of all the South East governors and the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Anyanwu, Senator formerly representing Imo East Senatorial zone from 2007 to 2015, said in a statement on Sunday, against the backdrop of concerns being raised over the status of the two events.

The summit on security and economy, the first of its kind on a region-wide scale since 1999, which is being promoted by the five South East governors, and the Igbo Day is championed by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, are scheduled to hold the same dates, but have different time schedules and, therefore, do not necessarily clash, the statement added.

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The security and economic summit will open each day at 10am at the Landmark Event Centre, while the Igbo Day is scheduled to commence at 4pm on September 28, with a public lecture to be delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Onah.

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September 29, which is the day the highest number of Ndigbo were killed in the horrendous 1966 pogrom, will be commemorated with cultural match past by Ohanaeze states, display of local crafts, special delicacies native to various parts of Igbo land, display of Igbo indigenous technology and traditional chants.

In Owerri, on the same day, September 29, the summit would dissolve into breakout sessions where participants will have more detailed discussions in smaller groups to enrich the report of the summit.

One of the organisers who pleaded anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media on the upcoming events, said: “At the syndicate level, summit participants will be temporarily disaggregated to give meaning to all the issues raised at the summit. These breakout sessions will afford participants the opportunity to have more detailed discussions in smaller groups.

“The idea is that during these sessions, participants will complete sundry activities by listening to and dissecting presentations made the previous day in order to arrive at actionable agenda for the socio-economic and political renaissance of the region.”

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Senator Anyanwu’s statement on Sunday affirmed that all arrangements had been concluded to host the Summit as scheduled and reassured that both events complement rather than antagonise each other.

“We refer to our letter inviting you to the above Summit and are pleased to confirm to you that arrangements have been concluded to host the Summit,” Senator Anyanwu wrote. The hosts of the Summit, Their Excellencies, the Governors of Imo, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, and Enugu States are looking forward to your attendance and participation in the activities of the Summit on the 28th and 29th.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no conflict or clash between the South East Governors’ Forum Summit on Security and Economy and Igbo Day 2023. Both events are mutually complementary and have the approval and support of all the South East Governors and the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

“The programmes of both events have been structured to accommodate the schedules of Their Excellencies the South East Governors, the Leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, and all individuals who have roles to play in both events. As we look forward to welcoming you in Owerri on the 28th, please accept our warm regards.”

The Summit is hosted by Barrister Peter Mbah, Enugu State Governor; Senator Hope Uzodimma, Imo State Governor; Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Anambra state Governor; Dr. Alex Otti, Abia State Governor; and Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru, Governor of Ebonyi State.

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Tough economy: Trouble in APC, as staff plan strike

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A loud grumbling has enveloped the 40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja, headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where staff across different departments are threatening to down tools in protest of poor welfare and biting economic hardship.

Daily Trust, is reporting that the staff are specifically asking the party’s top echelon to make provision for their housing and other allowances, stressing that the economic situation of the country had become quite unfavourable to them.

The paper quoted one of the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the party’s executive members had left them to suffer, while taking home humongous amounts of money as salaries and allowances.

Though Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of the party, is said to have commenced payment of N35,000 provisional wage award to them in January 2024, they argued that the largesse would in June, and they would be back to square one and therefore, they needed more stable welfare packages.

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In a swift riposte, Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, was quoted as dismissing the agitation, saying: “Those matters I don’t really discuss them. As you can see, there are many important things to discuss; at the national level, in Edo State. We are battling with all that. So, any in-house matters are not my focus right now.”

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BREAKING: Davido ups the ante, doles out N300million to orphanages

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David Adeleke Nigerian music sensation, otherwise known as Davido is stamping his giant feet with which he has mesmerised his audience across the world in the arena of philanthropy, with an announcement of a fresh donation of a whopping N300million to some orphanages across the country.

The latest is an increase of N63million up from the N237million the popular singer, who disclosed the largesse in a statement on his social media accounts on Tuesday, dolled out last year as part of the gesture in what is now turning out a yearly programme since it started a few years ago.

The gesture is coming at a time Nigeria is under an intense weather of deprivation and poverty, with the prices of food and other commodities hitting the roof and citizens, unable to afford basic items mostly going to bed on empty stomachs as a result.

In recent weeks, demonstrations had erupted in many parts of the country, including Niger, Kano, Ogun and Oyo States, where residents trooped into the streets to demand an end to the parlous situation, which they blamed on the insensitive policies of the government of Bola Tinubu, the Nigerian President.

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The singer, who first gave out N250m to 292 orphanages in October 2022, said the this year’s donation would be done through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), adding: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu set to probe Buhari’s N23trillion Ways and Means debt

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At last, President Bola Tinubu, may be going through the N23trillion Ways and Means debt obtained by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, with a fine comb to determine what the funds, which is attributed to a major part of the current debt overhang in the country, went into.

The Nation, quoted Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy as revealing this much to participants at the ongoing Public Wealth Management Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI).

Besides, the Minister reportedly said the Federal Government would also present a bill to the National Assembly, soon to authorise the removal of “all taxes and levies that constitute nuisance from the country’s tax system, as a measure to wean itself from future Ways and Means indebtedness.

The government, Edun added, will vigorously pursue policies that will allow it harvest revenue in real time from Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) and Corporate entities.

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It was also on the same day that the Minister explained that Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government, but emphasised the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Outlining the measures government was taking in tackling the situation, he revealed that, the government had released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

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