#Empowerment: Alex Mbata Embarrass over 3,000 people from Owerri Zone
It was an atmosphere of joy, smiles and there were sighs of relief for the people of Owerri zone as Alex Mbata empowers over 3000 indigenous.
Chief Dr. Alex Mbata, is a philanthropist from Owerri-north LGA and he has decided to put a smile on the face of his people this celebration season as over three thousand indigenes of Owerri zone benefitted from his recent empowerment program.
The program which was held on Thursday at Ndubuisi Kanu Square had in attendance the Executive Governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma and so many leaders and government functionaries of Owerri zone extraction including the deputy speaker and some members of Imo state House of Assembly.
The convener, Chief Alex Mbata, while addressing the people, said that empowering the people to explore their potentials, was the major cardinal objective of Prince Alex Mbata Humanitarian Foundation (PAM).
According to Mr. Alex, his foundation was established in the year 2015, and has since been anchored on selfless services to God and humanity.
In his own owns, “Our foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization entirely and wholely financed by my personal earning.
Our foundation also identifies and assist vulnerable widows and the indigents in the society through cash and various forms of material assistance.
Similarly, our foundation runs sponsorship of education of students from poor homes, takes the youths off the streets by organizing and sponsoring sports activities in schools NAD communities.
We have so far empowered over twenty thousand Nigerians of various shades, religion and tribes.
Today we are empowering about three thousand people from the 104 wards in the nine LGA’s that make up Owerri zone.
We are giving out 300 motorcycles, 500 hair dryers, 500 sewing machines, fifty thousand naira (N50k) to 1,000 people among which are the widows, the indigents and small scale traders, 2,000 bags of rice among other items.”
The Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, who was conspicuously present at the event, described Prince Alex Mbata as a true philanthropist.
In his word “I am delighted that a man who has no political position could use his hard earned resources to empower the people, this a good example and I urge other individuals from Owerri zone and Imo state at large to borrow a leave from the philanthropic gestures of Mbata.
He did not mince words in describing him as the empowerment machine of our time.
You don’t need anybody to tell you again about Prince Alex Mbata. You saw everything yourselves at the square” Sen Hope said.
The like of Prince Charls Amadi, Chief Harritex Njoku, Barr. Enyinnaya Onuegbu, some commissioners of Owerri zone extraction, Some IMC chairmen and other government appointees were present at the event.
US Vice President Kamala Harris’ address as she touches down in #Accra, #Ghana
US Vice President Kamala Harris’ address as she touches down in #Accra, #Ghana: Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the #UnitedStates, arrived in Ghana on Sunday afternoon to commence her nine-day visit to #Africa.
She was greeted by the Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and other government officials amidst drumming and dancing at the Kotoka International Airport.
VP Harris appeared elated as she greeted the enthusiastic crowd that had gathered to welcome her.
This is what she had to say: On behalf of the president and our entire nation, we bring you greetings and we are looking forward to this trip and the very important #relationship and #friendship between the people of the United States and those who live on the #continent of Africa.
I’m very excited about the future of Africa. I’m very excited about the impact of the #futureofAfrica on the rest of the #world, including the United States of America. When I look at what is happening on this continent and the fact that the median age is 19 years old and what that tells us about the #growth of #opportunity, of #innovation, of possibilities, I see in all of that great opportunity, not only for the people of this continent but the people of the world.
Especially when we understand that by the year 2050, we believe one in four people on earth will be on the continent of Africa. The partnership between this continent, its people and the people of the United States and reinforces the work that we will continue to do together. Be that on addressing the climate crisis, to supply chains to our work together on international rules and norms.
In particular, on this trip, I intend to do work that is focused on increasing investments here on the continent and facilitating economic growth and opportunity 1.2s specifically in the areas of economic empowerment of women and girls. 1.5s Empowerment of youth. Entrepreneurship, digital inclusion, and supporting the work that must be done to increase food security, including adaptation to the effects of the climate crisis.
I look forward to my meetings with President Nana Akufo-Addo, President Suluhu Samiya and President Hichilema. We will build on the previous meetings I have had with each of them to strengthen democracy and good governance, promote peace and security, build on long-term economic growth, and strengthen our business ties.
I also look forward during this visit to meeting with entrepreneurs and artists and students and farmers to witness firsthand the extraordinary innovation and creativity that is occurring on this continent and inspiring the world. We have a lot of work ahead of us. And again, I’m so very excited to be here and I thank you all for the very warm welcome.
ChineduAmadi: The Man Who Wants To Make Imo Best State With 4-Point Agenda
Chinedu Amadi has said that his major concern is to build a sustainable Imo State if elected as governor.
Amadi who is a successful businessman and entrepreneur said that with his four-point action plan in security, economy, education, and agriculture, Imo will become great again.
He said that the absence of security has crippled economic activities in the state and with that restored, the economy will be induced to make education and agriculture thrive in the state.
Amadi said that Imo is blessed with both human and natural resources, adding that he will be bringing his experience from the private sector into governance. He also stated that he will ensure people are able to make developmental contributions based on their abilities and not just anywhere they find themselves.
Further on his four-point agenda, Amadi said that he already has a practical and strategic well detailed plan that will transform Imo State, adding that every glaring and silent problem in the state has its solution in the agenda/action plan.
As the Operational Director/Chairman of DuKan Group, one of Nigeria’s multisectorial companies, Chinedu Amada has demonstrated strategic leadership and commitment to build a sustainable system, something Imo State has been missing in leaders for years.
He is a first class Geologist from Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO; holds a Masters Degree in Structural Geology from Leeds University United Kingdom and is presently on his Ph.D at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
“My commitment is to create a sustainable Imo State. To create a system that wants and produces nothing but communal prosperity, a place we all can be proud to call home”
“I am only out for the people and together we can achieve what will stand to be one of the best states in the country”, he said.
Chinedu Amadi is an aspirant from the Labour Party, with a strong belief that his capacity and track record has put his name as the best man for the job come November 2023.
An Mbaitoli born businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Hon. Chinedu Amadi has thrown his hat in the ring for the November 2023 Imo State gubernatorial election.
He cited need for a more impactful and effective government that will trickle to the grassroot as reasons for his decision, as he tags “Imo Dignity 2023”
The youthful Innovative Aspirant who made his intention known during a press briefing in Owerri the Imo State capital said that he would be contesting the ticket of the Labour Party.
He noted that the party is strongly positioned to battle and the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) in the state. He said that only a young charismatic leader like himself can lead Labour party to victory.
Amadi who said that his candidacy will excite the youths, decried poor governance that has greeted the state over the years, noting that only a prepared young mind with proven records of success in business and leadership can restore the state lost Dignity He said, “After consultation with my family, friends, business associates and well meaning Imolites, I am offering myself to serve Imo people by contesting for the guber ticket of Labour Party. I wish to change many things about our state which I can not do outside the corridor of power.
Like Peter Obi, I want to challenge the unproductive system. We can not continue to recycle ineffective leaders who have held tight to our common wealth, especially since the last Supreme Court judgement that produced the current state government and still expect positive results.” His statement continued,”As a state, we’ve been starved of quality leadership. We are yet to experience a government that is transparent and accountable to its citizens. Those elected to serve us have turned the citizens to slave and squander their resources; enriching their family members and cronies. This has to stop. I volunteer to lead a revolution in the state through the ballot. I’m experienced, young and willing to serve.
Amadi also state that Labour Party is a fresh breathe to our political space. We’ve seen the best of previous ruling parties and it is not good enough. We have to try something new to departure from the stinking norm.
I am open to collaboration with individuals, groups and community stakeholders, to achieve this desire of improving the lives of all citizens in our communities. With your support, I believe that we can build a brighter future for ourselves and our children.
#Imo2023: Samuel aka Charming Prince joins Imo Gubernatorial race
A businessman and philanthropist, Samuel Anyakamnele otherwise known as Charming Prince has thrown his hat in the ring for the November 2023 Imo State gubernatorial election.
He cited need for a more impactful and effective government that will trickle to the grassroot as reasons for his decision.
The young entrepreneur who made his intention known during a press briefing in his office in Owerri the Imo State capital said that he would be contesting the ticket of the Labour Party.
He noted that the party is strongly positioned to battle and the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) in the state. He claimed that only a young charismatic leader like himself can lead Labour party to victory.
Anyakamnele who said that his candidacy will excite the youths, decried poor governance that has greeted the state since 1999, noting that only a prepared young mind with proven records of success in business and leadership can rescue the state.
He said, “After consultation with my family, friends, business associates and political structure, I am offering myself to serve Imo people by contesting for the guber ticket of Labour Party. I wish to change many things about our state which I can not do outside the corridor of power. Like Peter Obi, I want to challenge the unproductive system. We can not continue to recycle ineffective leaders who have held tight to our common wealth since 1999 and expect positive results.”
His statement continued,”As a state, we’ve been starved of quality leadership. We are yet to experience a government that is transparent and accountable to its citizens. Those elected to serve us have turned the citizens to slave and squander their resources; enriching their family members and cronies. This has to stop. I volunteer to lead a revolution in the state through the ballot. I’m experienced, young and willing to serve.
Anyakamnele who is the MD of Charming Prince Foundation concluded, “Labour Party is a fresh breathe to our political space. We’ve seen the best of the APC and PDP and it is not good enough. We have to try something new to departure from the stinking norm. I am open to collaboration with individuals, groups and community stakeholders, to achieve this desire of improving the lives of all citizens in our communities. With your support, I believe that we can build a brighter future for ourselves and our children. In the coming days I will pick the guber form and with the support of the youths of Imo State and by the grace of God almighty, I will clinch the ticket of the party.”
#Crime: Nigerian Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murder Of Shaun-Douglas Chabalala
The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday, March 13, 2023, sentenced a 37-year-old Nigerian national, Onyeghani Ekene Dumkele, to life imprisonment for the murder of Limpopo artist, Shaun-Doughlas Chabalala, 23.
Sunnyside police spokesperson, Captain Daniel Mavimbela said Chabalala was robbed inside the seventh-floor residential unit and then forcefully thrown out of the window. He died at the scene.
“Shortly after he was convicted, a 37-year-old foreign national, who murdered a multitalented up-and-coming Limpopo artist, Shaun-Douglas Chabalala, 23, was handed a life sentence in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday afternoon,” Mavimbela said.
“Additionally, a 15-year jail term was imposed on Onyeghani Ekene Dumkele for aggravated robbery, plus a 12-months suspended sentence, on condition that he is deported to his native country after he completes his concurrent sentence for murder and aggravated robbery.
Chabalala and his friend, Given Mzamane, were lured to the infamous Tambotie block of flats in Sunnyside, east of Pretoria, in May 2018, through a fake advertisement of a luxury camera.
The two arrived at the populated block of flats, with the intention of purchasing the advertised camera.
“They carried a cash amount of R14 000 on them, only to be led into an ambush inside an apartment where Dumkele lived on the seventh floor. Upon entering the apartment, the victims were attacked by a group of men,” Mavimbela said.
Mzamane testified that he forced his way out of the door and manage to escape. However, it was not before he had witnessed two men, who had participated in the robbery and attack on himself and Chabalala, lift Chabalala and threw him out of the window from the same apartment.”
The artist succumbed to injuries from the attack and the fall. He was declared dead at the scene.
“Dumkele was arrested almost 15 months after the murder, by Sunnyside police detective, Captain Simon Motolla, who had decided to abandon a wedding celebration that he had attended in Mpumalanga after he was tipped-off on the whereabouts of the accused,” said Mavimbela.
Dumkele was sniffed out from the ceiling inside a house in Pretoria West by a police dog, following the enlistment of the services of a K-9 Unit.”
During his arrest, Dumkele blamed the murder on his missing co-accused and fellow countryman, Obienna Ofoegbuliwe, who has since absconded after he was granted bail of R3 000.
“That testimony was rejected by the court since he knew that, among others, the police had been searching for him, had not disclosed the identity of the killer prior to his arrest and was easily pointed out by Mzamane during the identification parade,” said Mavimbela.
Sunnyside police station commander, Brigadier Matshidiso Kgoadi has welcomed the stiff sentence.
Kgoadi saluted the dedicated team of investigators and the prosecutor who worked tirelessly to secure Dumkele’s conviction.
#IsialaMbanoDecide: Chikwem Onuoha Vs Prof Sylvia Agu
A cursory look at the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly Election has seen some interesting winners emerge and key gladiators losing out.
Losing an election comes with negative energies , for some people it could even degenerate to rascality and other forms of criminality.
Some of the negatives from bad losers include verbal abuse and blackmail against the harmless and uninvolved groups in the process.
The fact that there is no perfect election anywhere in the world leaves players in the murky waters of politics with the informed possible outcomes of either a win or a lose scenario.
It is therefore highly condemnable that Chief Chikwem Onuoha – the Ego Bekee Croonie would take out his election defeat on the INEC Imo state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Prof Sylvia Agu who was not even part of the election processes.
The Presiding Officer ( PO) takes charge of the Pooling Unit , others at the ward / LGA levels include the Supervising Presiding Officers (SPOs), Collation Officers and finally the Returning Officer(RO) who makes announcements and declares the result and the winner.
From the beginning to the end of this series the REC does not feature and he or she cannot influence the final outcomes of election result following laid down procedures as earlier stated. Only ignorance would make Chikwem Onuoha stage a viral social media blackmail / Camapign against the Imo REC .
Such acts of Discrimination must stop, forthwith in the interest of Democracy.
Professor Sylvia was simply doing her duties like other INEC Officials and the after come of that work is some win and some loose
Gone are those days that people vote party , and the youths of Isiala Mbano have made their choice, you can’t promise us just ego oyibo and expect us to remind slaves.
Ego oyibo is not enough Obi didn’t offer us ego oyibo yet look how big his flocks are…
Three Nigerians Arrested For Drug Smuggling In Indonesia May Face Death Penalty
Indonesian authorities on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, said they have arrested four foreigners including three Nigerians for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the country.
The Nigerian nationals were arrested separately between January and March at Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta and several apartments in the capital, police spokesperson Trunoyudo Wisnu Andika told a news conference in Jakarta.
One of the Nigerians arrested had allegedly swallowed dozens of capsules filled with more than a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine.
Indonesia is a major hub for drug trafficking in Southeast Asia and has strict drug laws, with convicted smugglers sometimes executed by firing squad.
Gatot Sugeng Wibowo, chief of customs at Soekarno-Hatta, said officers arrested Malachi Onyekachukwu Umanu, a Nigerian who arrived at the airport from Ethiopia on March 5 with no suitcase or bag.
His suspicious behavior prompted officers to check his body, and an X-ray turned up some 64 capsules inside his stomach. Authorities managed to force all the capsules, which were filled with a total of 1.07 kilograms (2.3 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, out of his stomach within three days, Wibowo said.
Customs officers at the airport also arrested a Brazilian man, Gustavo Pinto da Silveira, shortly after he arrived from Rio de Janeiro in early January, carrying a backpack, suitcase and surfboard. He initially refused to let officers test the contents of liquids in his luggage.
His resistance led officers to further investigate the substance, which was stored in six toiletry bottles and had a strong odor. Lab tests confirmed the fluid was 2 liters (67.6 ounces) of liquid cocaine. Police said it was worth 20 billion rupiah ($1.3 million).
Police also arrested two other Nigerian nationals along with an Indonesian man and woman who tried to smuggle 1.04 kilograms (2.2 pounds) of crystal meth from India wrapped in lace fabric through a post office in Jakarta.
Mukti Juharsa, the police director of drug investigations in the capital, believes the recent arrests are all linked to an international syndicate that sought to distribute the drugs in Jakarta.
“Foreigners shouldn’t try to bring drugs to Indonesia. They won’t escape being arrested, as customs at all international airports in Indonesia have been improved,” Juharsa said.
“He said the suspects would be punished according to Indonesia’s strict narcotics law, with a minimum of five years’ imprisonment and a potential death sentence, as both dealers and distributors of various types of drugs.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says Indonesia is a major smuggling hub in part because international drug syndicates target its young population. There are 5.6 million drug users in the country of 270 million people, Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency estimates.
Mercy Johnson’s Husband Dedicates House Of Reps Certificate To Her
MY BEAUTIFUL DARLING WIFE @mercyjohnsonokojie Mercy Johnson Okojie Mercy Johnson Okojie
Words will fail me if I have to describe you and what you mean to me over and over again. When I count my blessings, your place on my list is NUMBER ONE, nothing or no one can ever change that.
Our formidable Union have continued to soar not because of our perfections. Are we even perfect? It is largely because God got His eyes on us permanently fixed. You are the best thing that ever happened to me and everyone can see it Clearly.
Queen of my Life, may I seize this time once more to adore you immensely for your fervent role in this humonguous call to serve my people, our people. For the invaluable support you keep rendering, for the timeless backing you give me, for the unending prayers, love, care and everything deserving of a man in my place, I say thank you my darling wife. Obulu! Obulu!! Obulu!!!
You have endeared yourself as a truly blessed “Obhiaha” of a reputable standards to my Esan Heritage, you have demonstrated what a true supportive wife of a man should be and this has landed us many successes and by the special grace of God Almighty we will journey together hand in hand to the end in our continued quest for our humanitarian and philanthropic outreaches in kind service to humanity.
Before I drop off, I want you to know that my love and appreciation to you for all your effort to this victory for our Constituency is immeasurable and may God in His infinite Love and Mercy, continue to shine His light of glory on you, for in me is the reflection of that grace, abundance, splendour and grandeur your bare.
For this and many more, I am dedicating this certificate of Return to you my dear wife. Your quintessential role in the entire process leading up to this win earns it for you.
Commercial banks have been directed by the Central Bank to dispense old currency notes and to also receive same as deposits from customers. Tellers at the commercial banks are to generate the codes for deposits and there is no limit to the number of times an individual or company can make deposits.
The Governor of the CBN gave the directive at a Bankers’ Committee meeting held on Sunday, 12th March, 2023. The Governor, Dr Godwin Emefiele, personally confirmed the above to me during a phone conversation on Sunday night.
Residents of Anambra are therefore advised to freely accept and transact their businesses with the old currency notes (N200; N500; and N1,000) as well as the new notes.
Residents should report any bank that refuses to accept deposits of the old notes. Anambra State Government will not only report such a bank to the CBN, but will also immediately shut down the defaulting branch.