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Peace entrenched in Enugu, Gov. Ugwuanyi encouraged me to start farming business – Northern farmer



Peace entrenched in Enugu, Gov. Ugwuanyi encouraged me to start farming business – Northern farmer

A Northern-based wealthy farmer and indigene of Mbu, in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, Alhaji Sani Friday Nnaji, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing the peaceful and conducive environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

Alhaji Nnaji, who is deep-rooted in agricultural business, has large farms in the Northern part of the country such as Zamfara State. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ANSAR Technology Nigeria Limited, as well as the Founder of Alhaji Sani Nnaji Foundation, which empowers local farmers in food production and marketing.

Speaking when Gov. Ugwuanyi joined him and other Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir at his Country home in Mbu, Isi-Uzo LGA of the state, yesterday, Alhaji Nnaji disclosed that he returned home from the North to establish him farming business because of the enduring peace the governor has entrenched in Enugu State.

The wealthy and successful farmer stressed that emplaced peace in Enugu State since Ugwuanyi assumed office in 2015, is one of the greatest achievements of the governor, adding that his agricultural business is thriving favourably in the state because of the existing peace in the state.

Alhaji Nnaji who revealed that his farming business has created many jobs for the people of the state and beyond, stated that “Isi-Uzo can today feed Enugu State”.

He pointed out that “we took 1, 200 farmers from Isi-Uzo LGA and invested the sum of N177 million to give them inputs for cultivation of maize”.

According to him, “our maize today, after harvesting, can serve the purpose of Enugu State. Our yam farming is encouraging. In fish production, together with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), we access Ebonyi River here, and we are going to have fish ponds that will serve the entire South East geo-political zone.

“Today cotton in Enugu State is better than cotton in anywhere in Nigeria. We planted cotton and we harvested cotton more than 12 times in the North where I am coming from. We harvest cotton 4 times and it will dry up; so we have gotten more than our target in Enugu State.

“We tried cultivating onions in Enugu and it does well. We are going to Soya Beans in Enugu. Now we have over 50 hectares of land for farming; it is doing well and we believe that it is going to do more than the one in the North.

“Your Excellency, with your support, with the peace you have entrenched here, we have created a lot of jobs for our people. The peace here is what made me to come back home. Thank you very much and may God bless you sir”.

Dignitaries at the Sallah event include the member representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Hon. Prince Cornelius Nnaji; the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Augustine Nnamani; the member representing Isi-Uzo Constituency, Hon. Mrs. Catherine Amaka Ugwueze; her Enugu North counterpart, Hon. Barr. Ibenaku Onoh; the Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Chijioke Edeoga; and the State Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and Chairman of Udenu LGA, Hon. Solomon Onah.

Others are the Chairman of Isi-Uzo LGA, Hon. Jacob Abonyi; his Uzo-Uwani, Enugu East, Igbo-Eze South and Igbo-Eze North counterparts, Hon. Chukwudi Nnadozie, Hon. Alex Ugwu, Hon. Andy Omeje and Hon. Ejike Itodo, respectively; the Chairman, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), Chief Ikeje Asogwa; Traditional Rulers from the council area; the Sarkin Hausawa, Enugu State, Alhaji Abukakar Yusuf Sambo; the Chief Imam, Enugu State, Said Zulqarnaini; State Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Chief Innocent Ezeoha; the State Secretary of the Party, Hon. C. C. Akalusi, etc.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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