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



“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.

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.

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.”

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.

“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.


BREAKING: Mother of all strikes! D-Day, October 3! *Stockpile food, essentials – NLC, TUC   



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday, announced midnight Tuesday, October 3 as the date for the commencement of total strike by their workers to get the Federal Government accede to their demands to end the current sufferings of their members and Nigerians at large.

The two labour centres representing the organised labour in Nigeria, which arrived at the decision after they had met separately at their local levels directed their affiliates to mobilise for protests from October 3, saying they took the decisions were approved at the meeting of the joint National Executive Council of the two unions on Tuesday, September 26, in Abuja.

Joe Ajaero, President of the NLC, speaking on behalf of his group, while urging Nigerians to stock their homes ahead the total strike, bemoaned the situation where the government had ignored the demands of the workers, saying it “substantially failed to meet its demands after the removal of fuel subsidy,” added that adding that the grace period given by the two labour centres had expired.

The organised labour, is demanding wage awards for public workers and a new minimum wage, apart from the removal of tax exemptions and allowances to public sector workers, provision of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, the release of modalities for the N70billion for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the Federal Government.

The union, which on September 5th and 6th, the NLC embarked on a two-day warning strike which led to the partial crippling of economic activities in some states and gave the government a 21-day ultimatum to meet its demands, is also demanding a stop to the increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld salaries of university teachers and workers as well as the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT).

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BREAKING: Total strike looms! *NLC, TUC, finally meet, agree on action



The Federal Government, may have finally lost the move to stop the impending strike by organised labour, or at least mitigate it by dividing its membership, following a meeting of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), hitherto in disagreement over the issue.

In fact, the two bodies representing the junior and senior workers in Nigeria are reportedly meeting currently to announce a statewide indefinite strike, a move coming about three weeks after the NLC held a warning strike on Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday 6, 2023, without the TUC, which it explained was to call attention of the FG to the painful suffering of Nigerians, particularly workers.

However, indications, suggests that having agreed to come to an understanding in the interest of the working masses of Nigeria, both camps, having also met separately in their different local organs, decided to hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to announce an indefinite nationwide strike in response to the FG’s failure to address the suffering and other socioeconomic hardships caused by the removal of subsidies on Premium Motor, PMS, commonly known as petrol.

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Tinubu will shock Atiku and his gang – APC *Why meeting with Biden didn’t hold



Having met with Joe Biden, at a parley of the G20 group in India, it was unnecessary for President Bola Tinubu to hold another session with his US counterpart at the recent United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the All Progressives Congress (APC), explained on Monday.

Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, in a statement, also explain other issues in a quick riposte to the attacks of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who claimed that the POTUS avoided Tinubu at UNGA because he did not want to be associated with the putrid stains trailing his Nigerian counterpart.

Morka, National Publicity Secretary of the party, also dismissed Atiku’s claims through his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu that fuel subsidy, which the Tinubu administration said it has jettisoned having dismissed it as a drain on the nation’s resources, had returned through the backdoor, saying the payment of the mark up in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), in August, was to ensure stability.

Hear him: ”Shaibu’s claim that fuel subsidy is back is not correct. The government’s intervention to ensure some measure of price stability and predictability does not amount to the return of the ruinous fuel subsidy of the recent past.

“Lifting the Visa ban on Nigerians by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should ordinarily make any well-meaning Nigerian happy. Diplomatic rapprochement between Nigeria and UAE authorities is ongoing and details of outcomes will soon be made public.

“The matter of the proposed meeting with United States of America President Joe Biden does not even require elaboration. Having met with President Tinubu on the sidelines of the G-20 Nations summit in India, another meeting with President Biden during the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) had become unnecessary and was not even on President Tinubu’s schedule, contrary to preliminary indications on the matter.

“Nigeria is facing pressing challenges that require focused efforts and undivided attention. Issues such as economic recovery, security of lives and property, infrastructure development, and social welfare demand continuous, sustained and innovative efforts.

“President Tinubu is committed to ensuring an inclusive, honest, transparent and accountable governance system. We encourage citizens to actively participate in democratic processes, ventilate their views, and contribute constructively to national conversations. As the discerning people that we are, we remain confident that Nigerians will continue to differentiate between genuine, constructive and development-oriented criticisms and those driven by self-interest, mercenary considerations and disruptive political agenda.

“While we urge Nigerians to ignore purveyors of fake news and other inanities, it is obvious that Shaibu and his likes will stop at nothing in their desperation to distort facts and give oxygen to their politically knocked-out principal. But that can only worsen his infamy in the light of the President’s determined commitment and strides to improving the social and economic conditions for all Nigerians.

“The PDP and all its agents of misinformation should know by now that no amount of sleazy propaganda, muckraking, lies, half-truths, misrepresentations, misinformation or disinformation will confer the presidency of Nigeria on their candidate.

“Nigerians have freely chosen our party, the APC, and President Bola Tinubu, to continue to steer the ship of state. And the President is making good his campaign promises to deliver purposeful leadership to remake Nigeria, open the economy to rewarding investments, promote inclusive growth, create jobs, secure lives and property and renew hope for a vibrant future.”

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