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Terrorism Trial: Senator Ndume Says VP Namadi Sambo Was Aware Of His Activities With Boko Haram-VANGUARD

The ongoing trial of the sitting lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District, Mohammed Ali Ndume, over his alleged romance with the Jamaatu Ahlil Sunna Lidawati wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram terrorist sect, may have assumed a dangerous dimension, considering that the accused person has sworn before a Federal High Court in Abuja that the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, was fully aware of his relationship with the sect.

While challenging the legal competence of the 4-count criminal charge that was entered against him by the Federal Government, Ndume, through a 24-paragraph affidavit he attached in support of his motion seeking to quash the charge, admitted having telephone exchanges with members of the Jammatul Sunnah Walid Jihad though denied furnishing them with classified information that has aided their terrorist operations in the country.

The embattled lawmaker who said the first telephone exchange between him and the sect was on October 4, 2011, insisted that the reason the sect approached him was as a result of his being a member of the Presidential Committee that was inaugurated on August 2, 2011, with a view to addressing the security challenges in the North Eastern part of the nation.

It would be recalled that Ndume was arrested by the States Security Services, SSS, on November 21, after a self-confessed spokesman of the sect, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, fingered him as one of the major sponsors of the sect. 
He was docked before the high court on December 12, 2011, and subsequently released on bail after he had spent 26-days in detention.

He was specifically accused of violating sections 7(1) (b) and 3(b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011, by not only disclosing classified information to the terrorist group, but also furnishing them with phone numbers of top government officials, including that of the Attorney General of the Federation.

Though the embattled lawmaker pleaded not guilty to the allegation, the federal government alleged that he had “on or about the 4th day of October, 2011 somewhere between Maiduguri and Abuja, being in possession of the mobile phone number of Ali Sanda Umar Konduga (alias Usman AI- Zawahiri), a terrorist spokesman of the Boko Haram sect which you know to be of material assistance in securing the apprehension of the said Ali Umar Konduga, did fail to disclose same information to a law officer as soon as reasonably practicable and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 7(1)(b) of the Terrorism

(Prevention) Act, 2011 and punishable under Section 7( 1) of the same Act.”
Government further alleged that though the sect notified the accused person of their intention to attack judges of the Borno State Election Petition Tribunal and the National Assembly, he failed to disclose the information to security agencies, adding that he used an MTN GSM line, 08035998045, to send telephone numbers of certain public officers including the AGF, to the Boko Haram spokesman for the purpose of sending terrorist text messages to them.

Investigations by Department ‘C’ had revealed that among those billed to testify against him included the said self-confessed spokesman of the sect, Konduga, who was earlier sentenced to three years imprisonment by an Abuja Chief Magistrate court which also ordered that he should be remanded in the custody of the SSS pending the conclusion of investigation into the alleged conviviality between the sect and the lawmaker.

Meanwhile, in his bid to exculpate himself from the charge, Ndume, in the affidavit which was deposed on his behalf by one Hauwa Abubakar, a legal practitioner in the chambers of his lead counsel, Messrs Rickey Tarfa, SAN, read in part:
“The said Presidential Committee was mandated amongst other terms of reference, to consider any other initiatives that will serve to engender enduring peace and security in the area.
The committee swung into action with a mandate inter alia to dialogue with, negotiate with and arrive at an amicable settlement with the said “Boko Haram” sect.

“He was contacted via phone by people who claimed to be members of the Jammatul Sunnah Walid Jihad (otherwise known as ‘Boko Haram’) as a result of being a member of the Presidential Committee to find amicable settlement to the issue of security confronting the nation.

“His first contact with the said Jammatul Sunnah Walid Jihad (otherwise known as ‘Boko Haram’) was in the course of his national assignment on the security challenges in the North East of the country. “He has never been a member of the Boko Haram and never provided logistics such as telephone numbers to the said terrorist sect or any member(s) of the said sect or any Ali Sanda Umar Konduga.

“He never received any information from Ali Umar Konduga on planned attacks on judges of the Borno State Election Tribunal. The first time he was contacted by one Ali was on 4th of October, 2011 after his inauguration as a member of the said Presidential Committee and in the course of his assignment on the security challenges in North East.

“He promptly informed one Usman, who represented the State Security Service before the Presidential Committee of his contact with the said Jammatul Sunnah Walid Jihad (otherwise known as ‘Boko Haram’ sect) and also other members of the committee.

“He also informed the Director of State Security Service of his interaction with the said “Boko Haram” sect and forwarded a copy of the DVD he obtained from the sect to the Director of SSS for review.

“The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Namadi Sambo, is also aware that he was in contact with the Jammatul Sunnah Walid Jihad (otherwise known as ‘Boko Haram’).

“All actions taken by him with respect to the “Boko Haram” were for and on behalf of the said Presidential Committee as he was mandated by the said Committee. Before his appointment as a member of the Committee, he never had any contact with the said sect or any member or in possession of the telephone numbers of any member of the sect.

“I know of a fact that the charge as constituted is an abuse of court process. There is no offence disclosed against the Accused /Applicant in the proof of evidence.

“The proof of evidence does not disclose any prima facie case against the Accused/ Applicant. There is nothing to link the accused with the alleged offences committed as stated on the charge.

“The Complainant/Respondent will not be prejudiced by the grant of the reliefs sought in this application. It is in the interest of justice to grant this application”, he added.

Having raised allegations against the Vice President, Sambo, and the Director of the SSS, Nigerians are watching to see how the Attorney General of the Federation is going to handle the matter since no one is presumed to be above the law.

If indeed Ndume is facing trial over his alleged non disclosure of information to security agencies pertaining to planned attacks by the terrorist sect, what then should be the fate of any one found to have acted as an accessory to the alleged crime?

Will the AGF summon the VP to appear before the trial court to exonerate himself over the allegation meted against him by the accused person? How far can the Federal Government really go on this one? Is this trial another wild-goose chase?
These are pressing questions that should be answered in due course.

- Sahara Reporters

Speak up!: Group demands explanation from Ondo Assembly over alleged mismanagement of N900 million

Group Against Corruption in Nigeria [GACN] on Tuesday spoke out against recent allegations of fraud rocking the Ondo State House of Assembly.

The group has demanded that the state Assembly Speaker, Hon. Samuel Adesina to explain how he allegedly mismanaged over N900million within 15 days and threatened to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] if he failed to provide a satisfactory explanation.

According to documents tendered by the group, the money was allegedly spent as follows

“N25million, being amount approved for the printing of 2012 Calendar and with teller No: 00560029, publication of personality profile brochure for ODHA with amount of N12million and teller No: 0056122.

“N24million, being amount approved for fumigation of House of Assembly External and Internal and teller No: 00560016. N18million, being amount approved for a five days retreat at MIC-COM GOLF ADA, Osun State and purchasing of spare parts for Mechanical Workshop with one million.

“N46mllion, being amount approved for the supply and installation of Wireless intercom system with 200 capacity extension [teller No: 00560099] and N36million for purchasing of Back-up perkins generator for the House 500KVA soundproof [00560096], supply and installation of 80 units of 60 waits/20VZ security light”.

The National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Morakinyo Ogele accused the Speaker of using his office to loot state funds by awarding contracts through inflation.

He also accused the lawmakers of being idle saying “In Ondo State, the Assembly is not functioning, because they are not performing their primary assignments as legislators, but preferred to be travelling abroad when the state financial system is in sorry state”.

 

Fire rages at UNILAG Faculty of Science

An early morning fire, which started in the Faculty of Science, University of Lagos (Unilag) is still raging.

Uncertain as to how the fire started, some eyewitnesses say the fire erupted from one of the offices located in the department of physics and spread to other offices.

The Lagos State Fire Service was at the scene trying to put a stop to the fire, and as at press time, reports had it that the Federal Fire Service had also arrived.

Unilag students are however angry with the school’s Fire Service, as they were the last to get to the fire scene.

It will be recalled that about 2 weeks ago, another fire raged for 120 minutes, claiming a car in a university. The campus cab burnt to ashes without rescue from the fire service on campus while bystanders prevented the driver of the burning car from re-entering the burning vehicle which he said he got on hire purchase.

- Daily Times Nigeria

Egba High Chief strangled to death, autopsy reveals

Late Egba chieftain, politician and architect, Apagun Wole Olumide did not commit suicide as is being circulated in media spaces but was rather strangled to death at the artificial lake beside the Golf resort Hotels, according to the result of an autopsy carried out by the family, THEWILL can authoritatively confirm.

Apagun Olumide died on Friday in a manner that has been speculated as suicide, after excusing himself from his driver only to be found lifeless in the lake hours later. His remains, recovered by local divers, was intercepted by the Police on Saturday morning and later deposited at the morgue of the Neuropshychiatric Hospital Aro, Abeokuta.

However, divulging to THEWILL the details of the autopsy released on Sunday, a family source said the late right-hand man of former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, was strangulated to death.

“Information at my disposal reveal that the Egba High Chief, Chief Apagun Oluwole Olumide, whose mysterious death has kept tongues wagging, was actually strangled to death,” wrote the source, who discussed with THEWILL solely on the note of anonymity.

“According to the autopsy report just released this evening, and which is being kept secret by family members ahead of his planned burial, the late Apagunpote of Egbaland was strangled in the neck.”

Apagun Olumide was buried in his house at Ita-Eko, Abeokuta after a brief and dour ceremony attended by such dignitaries as former governor of the state, Chief Gbenga Daniel; former Power and Steel Minister, Alhaji Sharafa Ishola and other top government functionaries. He was interred at exactly 3:45pm.

Until his death, Wole Olumide, an architect, was the Apagunpote of Egbaland — a chieftaincy titled he held with glamour and was respected for. He was also the chairman of the hotly controversial Golf Resort Hotels, alleged to have been employed by the former governor to siphon state funds. And as a right-hand man of Daniel, he has been fingered in allegations of looting of Ogun State’s funds in past years and he has allegedly been implicated in the ex-governors hunt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

- The Will

Policeman Goes Mad Over N20k Bribe, Shoots Driver, Kills Painter

An unidentified police sergeant attached to Area ‘C’ Police Command, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos, allegedly went beserk and shot a truck driver on his left hand and a stray bullet he fired killed another person while he was making efforts to escape from the scene of the incident to avoid being lynched by an angry mob.

An eyewitness told P.M.NEWS that trouble started when the cop with about five others who were operating in a (danfo) commuter bus blocked the truck with a Lagos registration number RV538 EKY driven by Saheed Mufutau. The incident occurred at Jimoh Odutola Street, by PHCN office, Surulere, Lagos on Friday.

According to the source, the policeman, after checking the truck’s particulars and they were up to date, demanded for a N20,000 bribe which the driver pleaded he could not afford because he was in the area to off-load empty containers.

During the ensuing argument, the sergeant allegedly shot the driver in his left hand. Sensing danger, his colleagues in the danfo bus sped off and left the sergeant to his fate.

In his desperate bid to escape from the scene, the cop fired several shots into the air to scare the mob from lynching him. One of the bullets he fired hit Dotun Alawiye, a motor spray painter at a nearby workshop. He died instantly.

The erring sergeant still managed to escape with the help of a motorcyclist he forced to ferry him away from the area.

He was later arrested at Bode Thomas Police Division and handed over to the Area ‘C’ Police Command where he was serving.

Speaking with P.M.NEWS, Chairman of Artisans Association at Doyin bus stop, where the deceased painter had his workshop, Mr. Gbenga Shoneye, said they heard the gun shots at the bus stop but did not know one of them had been hit by a stray bullet.

“We are appealing to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to ensure that justice is done because the deceased had a wife and four children,” he said.

Wife of the deceased Mrs. Omolara Karounwi, 30, said she was shocked to hear that her husband was killed by a stray bullet because he was an easy-going person who never got involved in any trouble.

“We had been married for 15 years and blessed with four children. How am I going to cope with the upkeep and training of the children?” she wept.

She called on the authorities to ensure that justice is done on the murder of her husband, while also soliciting for the assistance of kind Nigerians on the upkeep of her four children.

Narrating his ordeal to P.M.NEWS on his bed at a hospital on Savage Street, Orile Iganmu, Lagos, the shot driver Saheed Mufutau of 22, Ifelodun Street, Moslem area, Ibadan, Oyo State, said he lives in Ibadan with his wife and a child.

“On the day of the incident, I brought an empty container with my truck from Mile 2 to Eric Moore, and on my way back, a danfo bus suddenly blocked my way on Jimoh Odutola Street and two policemen in uniform and some others in plain clothes dropped off the bus and demanded for my driver’s licence and vehicle particulars. I obliged.

“After they had checked the papers and discovered all were current, one of them with a gun shouted at me that I must give them N20,000 for off-loading my container. As I tried to explain that I had no money on me, one of them removed my vehicle plate numbers and they entered their vehicle and tried to zoom off.

“As I made attempt to retrieve my vehicle plate number from them, the armed cop shot at my left hand and I fell down while they escaped.

“An okada rider rushed me to the hospital, ”Mufutau explained.

He appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and state Commissioner of Police to come to his aid because the hospital management are yet to operate on his hand to remove the bullet lodged there.

When P.M.NEWS visited the Area ‘C’ Police Command to see the Area Commander and DPO, they were said to have gone to the Lagos State Command for a briefing, but a police source confirmed the incident and said that the errant cops has been arrested.

- Pm News

Nigerian Federal Perm sec caught with N2bn cash

A serving federal permanent secretary (names withheld) has been arrested over a N18 billion scam uncovered in the police pension scheme with N2 billion cash found in his residence.

The matter has been handed over for prosecution to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The permanent secretary was a director in a federal ministry from where he was seconded to one of the newly-created ministries.

Two other accomplices, who are also a serving director (names withheld) in two federal ministries but who had earlier worked with the Police Pension Fund office, have also been arrested and handed over to the EFCC and ICPC for more investigation. EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the report, saying that apart from the permanent secretary, there are four other top civil servants involved.

Sources in the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) told Daily Sun that investigation showed that “there is a syndicate which operates in the ministry. A cheque of N300 million was used to clear money from an account which is being kept for that sole purpose.
“The permanent secretary and his accomplices have been handed over to the EFCC and ICPC but investigations are still ongoing. On conclusion, we expect ICPC and EFCC to take the matter to court…”

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, had earlier confirmed the investigation at a parley with newsmen last week.
Meanwhile, indications emerged at the weekend that PRTT Chairman, AbdulRasheed Maina, has rejected fraud allegations leveled against his team by Assistant Chief Accountant in the Police Pension Office, Mr. Toyin Ishola.
Ishola had earlier testified before the Senate Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service and States and Local Government Administration investigating pension management and administration.
He told the committee that Maina allegedly distorted the existing Police Pension Account by transferring N21 billion into three different accounts domiciled in three different banks.
The Joint Committee Chairman, Senator Aloysius Etok, and his co-Chairman, Senator Kabiru Gaya, thereafter issued a warrant of arrest against Maina.

The warrant, which was dated March 8, 2012, pursuant to Section 89 of the 1999 Constitution.
But in a 50-page written submission to the committee, Maina insisted that the PRTT has so far saved and recovered N151.6 billion and £6 million for the country from 2010 to date, out of which N74 billion was appropriated as part of the N4.877 trillion 2012 budget.

Another N24 billion was reportedly earmarked as contingency for harmonization of arrears particularly with police, where officers in the cadre of AIGs/Commissioners of Police are paid monthly pensions between N84, 000 and N101, 000.
The documents showed that the two accounts in two different banks were opened with the authorization from the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation vide an August 9, 2011 letter. The new mandate showed that Yakubu Kolawole Adeyemi, Edwin Ementa Nwokoye are the new signatories as at September 5, 2011, replacing Ishola and one Mike Okoro.

Furthermore, the PRTT noted that it discovered that there were illegal “withdrawals by staff of the Police Pension Office, using multiple cheques in fictitions names in excess of 30 cheques per day to withdraw cash from their bankers.
“Such illegal withdrawals amounted to N14 billion. The PRTT, assisted by the law enforcement agencies, have made substantial recovery of the said stolen monies. A staff of the Police Pension Office (names withheld) turned in N1billion cash.

“Another surrendered three luxury estates with about 27 blocks of deluxe flats he built in Abuja and many others…”
Maina equally indicated in the documents submitted to the committee that while he is from Biu in Borno State, Danjuma Zubairu is from Kabba in Kogi State; in a direct response to allegations that the account in a bank in the Central Business District branch, was domiciled in the account of his younger brother.
Zubairu, Maina maintained, is the Group Head, Private Banking, Abuja region of the bank. Repeated calls and text messages to Etok and Gaya were unanswered.

- The Sun

Delicate rescue saves stranded $1.7B US satellite

Air Force ground controllers delicately rescued a $1.7 billion military communications satellite last year that had been stranded in the wrong orbit and at risk of blowing up – all possibly because a piece of cloth had been left in a critical fuel line during manufacture.

During the 14-month effort, the satellite had to battle gravity and dodge space junk while controllers improvised ways to coax it more than 21,000 miles higher to its planned orbit.

“This rescue effort was definitely a very sophisticated and highly technical masterpiece,” said Col. Michael Lakos, chief of the Military Satellite Communications Division at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

The Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite is the first of six in a $14 billion system designed to give the military more communications capacity than its current Milstar system as well as resist signals jamming.

Losing AEHF-1 would have been a costly and embarrassing blow. It would have delayed the satellite system along with all the related technology that will use it, and it would have prolonged the military’s dependence on the aging Milstar system, first launched in 1994. It also would have raised more questions in Congress about the military and aerospace industry’s ability to manage multibillion-dollar projects.

The program was $250 million over budget and two years behind schedule when the first satellite, AEHF-1, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in August 2010. As planned, an Atlas V rocket carried AEHF-1 to an elliptical “parking orbit” ranging from 140 miles to 31,000 miles from Earth.

Trouble came days later when ground controllers twice directed AEHF-1 to fire its main engine to begin moving into a circular orbit more than 22,000 miles above the Earth. Both times the satellite shut the engine down when it detected that it wasn’t working – a safety feature.

AEHF-1 was useless in the parking orbit where it was stranded. Worse, there was a danger the fuel backed up in the lines might ignite and explode, the Air Force said.

The Air Force acknowledged a problem in the propulsion system shortly after the 2010 launch but didn’t publicly discuss the danger the satellite was in until this year.

“My initial reaction was we had lost the mission,” said Dave Madden, the civilian director of the Military Satellite Communications System Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

Madden quickly assembled teams of “really big brains” from the Air Force and the aerospace industry – including satellite builder Lockheed Martin – to determine what went wrong. His experts said another attempt to fire the engine might trigger an explosion.

“Their findings probably saved the satellite,” Madden said.

- AP

Killings In Kaduna: Nigerian Police confirm P.M.NEWS report

Kaduna state Police Command has confirmed the gun and machete attacks on Assembly of God church members at Nayida Village, Chikun Local area of Kaduna, where a pastor and nine other persons were killed. The police dubbed the attacks a reprisal attack, executed by Fulani herdsmen. P.M. NEWS had reported that a pastor and other nine members were killed by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen when they attacked Assembly Church of God at Chikun local government area of Kaduna State . The new Kaduna Police Commissioner, Mohammed Abubakar told newsmen this aftertoon that the attack was ” a reprisal by relations of Fulani herdsmen who were victims of the April 2011 post election violence. “. According to him, the herdsmen were not only killed, they lost cows and motorcycles”. On why the attack went on unhindered , the police boss said there was no communication network of any of the service providers and victims had problem contacting the police or any of the law enforcement agencies. While urging the ethnic groups in the area to remain calm , Abubakar gave assurance that police have beefed up security in the area to forestall further attack. He however disclosed that investigation into the ugly incident has commenced with a promise to get to the root of the matter.

- PM News

JONATHAN’S BUDGET SHOCKER: Ex-Militants Get More Money Than Health Sector

The National Assembly yesterday passed the 2012 Appropriation Act of N4,877,209,156,933 with a startling revelation that President Goodluck Jonathan allocated more money to the ex-Niger Delta Militants than the nation’s critical health sector.

A breakdown of the budget shows that the Presidential Amnesty Programme for ex-militants has a recurrent expenditure of N66,176,411,902 while the entire health sector was allocated N60,920,219,702.

The staggering allocation to the ex-militants is separate from the huge amount also allocated to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, which is to gulp N48,673,424,630. In other words, the ex-militants and NDDC, which ought to create a conducive atmosphere to discourage militancy in the Niger Delta, were cumulatively allocated N114 billion.

The controversial fuel subsidy has the lion share of N888 billion followed by Works which is to gulp N244 billion.

Education, which is another critical sector of the economy, received only N66 billion, while Power was allocated N75 billion.

Transport is to gulp N89 billion and Water Resources N75 billion.

The 2012 budget, which was increased by about N228.3 billion after it was amended by the National Assembly, is predicated on a crude oil benchmark of $72 per barrel and a production output of 2.48 million barrels per day, as well as an exchange rate of N155 to the U.S. dollar.

After the passage of the budget, Senate President David Mark congratulated his colleagues for the quick passage of the budget and enjoined the executive to submit the 2013 budget to the National Assembly “latest by September this year, to enable us consider and pass it before the end of the year.”

- Pm News Nigeria

Too good to be true? Rochas Okorocha’s 100 days in office summary

Lekan Olanrewaju.

Promises of change from politicians are nothing new. Unfulfilled promises from politicians are just as commonplace, particularly here in Nigeria. However, once in a while, we see stories that give us hope. Or rather, would give us hope, if they weren’t so hard to believe. One of such stories is that of the Governor of Imo state, who famously supposedly doesn’t collect a salary and he cut his security budget from #4.5billion to #2billion so he could funnel the cash towards infrastructural development, free education for the citizens, #18, 000 minimum wage, among others. However, many wonder if these are true, or just part of another attempt by a politician at fooling the populace.

A list of the achievements and/or projects undertaken by Governor Rochas Okorocha has now been made public. Take a look below

PUBLIC UTILITIES

Rehabilitation of Water Schemes in Imo State, namely:

1. Otamiri Head –Works

2. Egbu Water Scheme

3. Orji Water Scheme

4. Umuoba Water Scheme

5. Ubachima Water Scheme

6. Mgbidi Water Scheme

7. Umuowa Water Scheme

8. Osuama Water Scheme

9. Nsu Water Scheme

COMMERCE & INDUSTRY

Adoption of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the execution of some
projects, namely:

10. International Electrical, Electronics and Auto-Parts Market, Naze

11. Central Market for general goods, New Owerri

12. Imo Free Trade Zone, Ngor Okpala

13. Development of Industrial Clusters, Phase 2-4, Naze

14. International Trade Fair Complex/Exhibition Center, New Owerri

15. Transformation of Okigwe Regional Cattle market into Okigwe
International Market

[The projects mentioned above are starting points, as the present
government in Imo State has entered into agreements with their
developers who are expected to commence work on the sites between
September and October 2011, while Phase 1 of the Industrial Cluster
has been completed.]

Adoption of Private Public Partnership in the re-activation of some
moribund industries, namely:

16. Owerri Shoe Industry

17. Nsu Tiles and Ceramics Industry, Mbano

18. Ezinnachi Clay Products Industry

EDUCATION

19. Establishment of the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies

20. Secured approval of 922 million(Nine hundred and twenty two
million) naira from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) to be used for
projects in Educational Institutions in Imo State

21. Commissioning of a well equipped Information Communication
Technology (ICT) Laboratory at Girls Secondary School, Ikenegbu,
Owerri

22. Secured approval for the establishment of National Teachers’
Institute (NTI) Study Center in Imo State

23. Release of 138 (one hundred and thirty-eight) million naira for
payment of arrears of CONTISS/CONUAS (Academic & Non-academic) staff
entitlements in Imo State University, Owerri

24. Provision of 100 (one hundred) million naira for the accreditation
of courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Nursing Science in Imo
State University

25. Reversal of the proposed 150,000(one hundred and fifty thousand )
naira school fees for students of Imo State University by the past
administration

26. Increased subvention to the Imo State University from 57.56
million(fifty-seven million, five hundred and sixty thousand naira) to
100million(one hundred million) naira monthly

27. Commencement of the building of the Young Scientists’ College in Owerri

28. Declaration of free and compulsory primary and secondary school
education in Imo State

HEALTH

29. Upgrading of General Hospital Owerri to a Specialist Hospital.

30. Connection of the Owerri Specialist Hospital to the National
electricity grid

31. Provision of Solar energy as well as Solar-Powered borehole in the
Owerri Specialist Hospital

32. Constitution of a Task-Force group on counterfeit and fake drugs
and unwholesome food items

33. Purchase and distribution of medical equipments worth
90,000,000(ninety million) naira to health institutions in Imo State.

34. Approval of the payment of 100% CONMESS/CONHESS (salary structure)
for all doctors and health workers in Imo State University Teaching
Hospital.

35. Facilitating the return of some specialist doctors who left Imo
State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) before May 29th 2011

36. Reviving the Academic Curriculum of the Imo State University
Medical School by ensuring the graduation of the 3rd set of medical
doctors from the school in August 2011. It will be recalled that
IMSU/IMSUTH have not graduated medical doctors in the last 2 (two)
years owing to protracted industrial strikes by staffs of the
institution

37. Purchase of 2 new ECG machines as well as 2 new Anaesthetic
machines for use by IMSUTH

38. Successful implementation of 89%DPT3, 107%OPV3, 80%BCG,77%HBV and
96% anti-measles vaccination coverage of targeted children during the
first round of the 2011 Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week held
from 28th June2011 to 3rd July 2011

FINANCE

39. Payment of 12 years arrears of pension owed retired staffs of Imo
State government

40. Release of 2.7 billion (two billion, seven hundred thousand) naira
into the State and Local Government Joint Revenue Mission Bank Account
for the development of Imo State rural schools and infrastructure

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

41. Implementation of the outstanding 2008 Local Government Staff
conversion exercise in the various cadres

42. Actualizing the 2008 Local Government Junior staff promotion exercise

URBAN PLANNING

43. Commencement of negotiations with Messrs Roche Group from Ireland
with a view to creating a demonstration layout which will pilot the
provision of modular mass houses in Imo State

44. Commencement of negotiations with Hewlett- Packard Corporation,
USA with a view to actualizing the computerization of the Imo State
Land Registry

45. Commencement of negotiations with a Brazillian firm who is willing
to partner with the Imo State government in providing power supply
using natural gas

46. Commencement of discussions with Tummy Tummy Foods Industries
Limited to facilitate their building a factory in Imo State, which
upon completion, will provide employment for over 3000 youths

47. Commencement of discussions with TTI with a view to
re-invigorating the IGIS Project

SPORTS

48. Imo State representatives at the just concluded Hockey Premier
League championship held between 14th and 21st August 2011, came 3rd,
thereby qualifying to represent Nigeria in India for the next World
Hockey Championship

49. Renovation of the Indoor Sports Hall at Dan Anyiam Stadium.

50. Revisiting the contract for the construction of the Orlu Township Stadium

51. Imo State Weight lifting Team participated in the competition for
junior and senior categories at Lagos State and won 3 gold, 3 silver
and 2 bronze

52. Imo State Amateur Wrestlers won 1 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze
medals at the Continental Championship which ended on 30th May 2011

53. Imo contingents in the Karate Championship held in Ghana in August
2011 won a total of 3 gold and 1 bronze medals

54. Imo contingent that took part in the 17th National Sports Festival
held in Rivers State in July 2011 came 14th on the medals table,
having won a total of 61 medals, including 8 gold, 16 silver and 37
bronze.

55. Through sponsorship by the Imo State Government, the Heartland
Football Club, Owerri recently qualified for the Finals of the 2011
Federation Cup.

HOUSING

56. Conversion of the Parliamentarian quarters to Concord Hotel Annex

57. Conversion of Banquet Hall to Government House Chapel

58. Design and construction of Heroes Square

59. Design and construction of Ikemba Ojukwu Convention Center, Owerri

60. Renovation of Commissioners’ Quarters

61. Reconstruction of Multi-Purpose Hall and V.I.P Lounge, Government House

62. Reconstruction of Imo State House of Assembly

63. Reconstruction of the Exco Chambers Building

64. Renovation of the Imo Concorde Hotel

65. Reconstruction of the Abuja Laison Office of the Imo State Government

66. Reconstruction of the Brigade Commander’s Guest House

67. Renovation of the Imo State Police Commissioner’s Guest House

68. Renovation of the abandoned Governor’s Lounge, near Concorde Hotel

69. Design and construction of Multi-purpose Hall at Oguta Motel

70. Reconstruction of the Customary Court, Owerri

Completion of some Housing Estates, namely:

71. Nekede Exclusive Garden Phase 11, Area ‘H’ New Owerri

72. Okporo Housing Estate , Okporo, Orlu

73. Obinze-Avu Lay out

74. Egbu Market, (Somachi)Lay- out

75. Acquisition of Iwuanyanwu Holdings Landed Property at Naze

76. Acquisition of land for Mass Housing at Azara Obiato

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

77. Seventy-five matrimonial cases have been treated and the couples re-united

78. On August 23rd 2011, Operators of “Hope House Child Center,
Ngugo”,received one million naira, while Green Health Care Services
received four million naira as their subvention from the Imo State
Government

79. Installation of twenty-seven 40KVA Generator sets in the 27
Special Health Centers

80. Commencement of the procurement of customized Identity cards for
all the Traditional Rulers in Imo State

SECURITY

81. Procurement of one hundred Hilux Vans manned by a combined team of
Police, Army and State Security Service for the effective policing of
the Local Government Areas

82. Empowerment of Local Vigilante groups to complement the efforts of
the Police in combating crime in Imo State

83. Patrol of the newly acquired Security vehicles within and around
the 27 Local Governments for sensitization

AGRICULTURE

Restructuring and revitalizing of the Assets of the Imo State
Government-owned Companies that have been moribund or performing at a
very low capacity, namely:

84. Imo Palm Plantation limited ( a.k.a Adapalm Ltd, Ohaji)

85. Imo Modern Poultry, Avutu, Obowo Local Government Area

86. Imo Rubber Estate limited, Obiti, Emeabiam and Umuekwunne

87. Development of cassava farms in all the 27 local Government Areas
in Imo State

88. Commencement of the replication of Imo Palm Plantation project in
the 3 zones that make up Imo State

89. Commencement of the replication of Imo Modern Poultry in the 3
geo-political zones that make up Imo State

90. Empowerment of over 100 FUGs & FCAs under the FADAMA 111 projects
to increase food production in Imo State

91. Increasing the volume of fish production in Imo State through the
Agro-Nova project of the Imo State Ministry of Agriculture

92. Improvement of the Oguta Fish Hatchery to produce about 50,000
fingerlings per year

93. Stocking of the Nekede Poultry section of the Agronova with birds

94. Delivering Agricultural Extension Services to the farmers in the
Local Government Areas

95. Distribution of sufficient quantity of fertilizer to the farmers
in Imo State during the last planting season

CAPITAL PROJECTS

96. Release of 180 million naira for development projects in Orlu and
Okigwe zones in Imo State

Asphalting of some major roads within Owerri Municipal, including:

97. Assumpta Road,

98. Bank Road,

99. MCC Road through School Road

100. Restoring peace and confidence in the entire people of Imo State
to the nation’s democratic process.

An overwhelming list, to say the least (no pun intended). However, what does it say about the state of the times we live in when the thought of a governor making good on his promises is met with suspicion and disbelief?

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