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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has sworn in  Honourable Justice Lilian Abai as the Acting Chief Judge of Abia State with a charge to her to maintain the cordial relationship existing between the executive and the Judiciary in the State. 

 

Speaking after administering the oaths of office and allegiance on the new acting Chief Judge, by the State Solicitor General, Lady Uzoamaka Ikonne at the Government House, Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu assured that his administration would do everything to support her to make the Abia Judiciary better. 

The Governor commended the Judiciary for setting up and sustaining a template for succession which makes leadership transition seamless. He appreciated the relative stable relationship between the Executive arm of Government and the Judiciary in the State and saluted the immediate past Chief Judge of the State, Justice Onuoha Arisa Kalu Ogwe for working in synergy with the Executive and expressed his desire for it to continue. 

 

Governor Ikpeazu, who congratulated Justice Lilian Abai on her emergence as the new Acting Chief Judge expressed confidence that she would acquit herself creditably with the new office. 

 

In her acceptance speech, the Acting Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Lilian Abai thanked the Governor for the honour done her. 

She promised to abide by the oath of her office and discharge her duties accordingly while assuring that she would maintain the cordial relationship existing between the Executive and the Judiciary. 

The swearing in of the new Acting Chief Judge followed the retirement yesterday of  the former Chief Judge of the State, Justice Onuoha Arisa Kalu Ogwe. 

 

The ceremony attracted the presence of the Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, the President Abia State Customary Court of Appeal, Honorable Justice Okey Nwamoh, Honorable Judges of the State Judiciary, immediate past Chief Judge of the State, Justice Onuoha Arisa Kalu Ogwe, retired Chief Judges and Presidents of Abia State Customary Court of Appeal, Secretary to Government, Barr. Chris Ezem, Commissioners, 

State Head of Service, Sir Onyi Onyii Wamah , Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe ,  legal practitioners and family members of the new Acting Chief Judge amongst others. 

 

 

 

 

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Friday, 14th October, 2022 paid a visit to the site of the gully erosion menace at Ovom Street, Ogbor Hill Aba.

Governor Ikpeazu who had earlier been briefed by the relevant agencies of the State Government on the menace went there to see things for himself, expressed deep concern at the extent of the erosion and thanked God that no life was lost in the landslide that led to gully.

 

The Governor regretted that areas that are natural water paths have been converted into places where houses are built thereby subjecting the areas to additional pressure.

The Governor noted that the scale of the incident is clearly beyond what the State Government could handle effectively, assured that the State Government would package a definite and emergency request to the Federal Government through the Ecological Office in the Presidency which was established to deal with issues like this.

The Governor however assured that the State Government will not just wait for the Federal Government, and that emergency remedial actions will be taken by the State Government by the next 2 weeks when the rains should have stopped. 

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu advised the people living around the area to stay away completely from the area to avoid aggravating the situation there.

Governor Ikpeazu was met at the site and taken round by the Member representing Aba Central State Constituency at the House of Assembly, Hon Sir Abraham Oba, the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Sam Nwogu, a former Executive Chairman of Aba North LGA, Prince Ogbonna and some others.

 

 

 

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has charged the 23 newly sworn-in Council Chairmen in the State to carry everyone along in running the administration of their respective local governments. 

 

The Governor gave the charge on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 while inaugurating the elected local government Chairmen at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

He urged the Chairmen to imbibe the culture of operating an inclusive administration, pointing out that they must always involve all Council members, stakeholders as well as the local government legislative members in decision-making in order to succeed.

The Governor further tasked the Chairmen to give priority to payment of primary school teachers, local government area traditional councils, stressing that "These and other statutory obligations should be put on first line charge to ensure the seamless operations of the local government councils."  

He said "With your swearing-in today, you should bear in mind that the days of playing politics are over. Now is the time to concentrate on giving the electorate quality service because that is the reason for giving you their mandate. 

"It is important for all of you to note at all times that we are in office because of the electorate and not for ourselves. We must therefore serve them faithfully, diligently and conscientiously because there is always the day to give account of our stewardship," Governor Ortom said.

Governor Ortom further enjoined the Chairmen to keep abreast with all financial and other regulations guiding the conduct of their administrations and strictly adhere to them and also avoid unnecessary financial commitments which will lead to litigations. 

 

The Governor also cautioned them on embarking on any form of new projects and award of contracts but rather try to complete ongoing ones.

While lamenting the rising crime wave, insecurity and crises in some parts of the State, the Governor charged the Chairmen as chief security officers in their respective local governments, to work in harmony with the Police and other security agencies, traditional rulers, community leaders towards nipping in the bud any form of crisis to guarantee peace.

Governor Ortom reminded the Chairmen that the Open Grazing Prohibition Law is very much in force in the State and called on them to work hand-in-hand with security agencies as well as the Livestock Guards to enforce it.

The Governor also swore in Mr. Abulu Friday Abulu as Special Adviser to the Governor and Terna Demenongo Ayu as Permanent Secretary for the State Civil Service. 

In separate remarks on behalf of their colleagues, Chairman Guma local government, Mr. Mike Uba and Special Adviser to Governor, Friday Abulu all pledged their readiness to work for the development of the State.

The State Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu, State Assembly Speaker and PDP Governorship Candidate, Engr Titus Uba, Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Aondoaver Kaka'an, the State Head of Service, Mrs Veronica Onyeke among other senior government officials also attended the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rivers State Government says it is committed to engaging youths positively and empowering them.

The State Chief Executive, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated this during the opening ceremony of the Uplifting African Youth Through Basketball Programme in Port Harcourt, on Friday, 20th May 2022.

Represented by his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Governor Wike said the issues of youths and young adults are very important to his administration, while expressing delight that youths are being built up with critical life skills in sports, communication, and entrepreneurial leadership skills needed for Rivers State, Nigeria, and Africa.

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Right) exchanging pleasantries with the Consulate General, United States of America, Jenifer Foltz (Left) during the Official Opening Ceremony of the Uplift African Youth Through Basketball in Port Harcourt on the 20th May 2022

“This Administration is very interested in youth engagements, we want to make sure that our youths are very inclusive, participate, play their roles, and be well mentored and well-motivated to be able to fulfill all of their potentials in life, educationally, in sports, morally and so we are here to support”. Governor Wike stressed.

The Governor expressed gratitude to the leader of the Organized Basketball Network (OBN) and his team, for their efforts and the support of the US Consulate, while urging them to visit the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, to appreciate the efforts of the State Government in the area of youth engagement.

The Youth Friendly Governor, said “I want to encourage our youths that as you walk together in the next two days, you would learn how to be tolerant with one another and to know that gender based violence is totally not acceptable and that it is inhumane, I know it is just two days, but a lot can be achieved that can be life time impactful”.

In her remarks, the United States Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz said The United States and Nigeria have very special and close relationship, adding that the Consulate feels this was the right time to do a sports programme.

 

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Left) Officially Flagged Off the Uplift African Youth Through Basketball games in Port Harcourt on the 20th May 2022

“Sports diplomacy is part of what we do, it is part of some ways we build stronger relationships between our two Countries, sports brings people together, and even if you do not speak the same language you can still play sports together”. Jennifer Foltz stressed.

Earlier the leader of the Organized Basketball Network, Obinna Ekezie   said OBN is a platform founded for the development of grassroots Basketball in Nigeria and Africa with a Mission to develop the next generation of World-Class African student athletes and consistently create opportunities to help them advance their careers overseas, through Basketball Scholarship.

He said the project uplifting African Youths is a project to provide inclusion and opportunities for under privileged talented African youths to learn important life skills through Basketball.