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New Year: NGO Donates Provision, Food, Toiletries, Celebrates With Orphans



In the spirit of the Yuletide/ New Year celebrations, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), Mission Statement Nigerian International Humanitarian Foundation of New England

(NIHFNE), has donated provisions, toiletries, foods, drinks to orphans at Uyiosa Orphanage Homes, Benin.

The Foundation made the donation during a visit to the two branches of Uyoosa Orphanage homes located at Airport Road in Oredo Council Area and Upper Sakponba in Ikpoba-Okha Council Area of Edo.

The presence of the NGO at the homes changed the mood of the orphans as they were seen smiling faces during the visit.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen on the sideline of the celebration, Mr Paul Isere, one of the NGO representatives, said the visit was to give the orphans a sense of belonging.

The Orphans Posting With Some Of The Items Donated

According to him, “This is a normal routine exercise of the NGO, in every festive period such as Eather and Christmas/ New year.

“The NGO representatives are here today to show the orphans a sense of belonging, the foundation want them to feel they are not neglected.”

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Another representative, Mrs Esohe Ehigiator said the non- profit organisation is dedicated to meeting the basic humanitarian needs of children and orphans of all ethnicities, race, religion and agenda throughout the United States and other countries.

She noted that the goals of establishing the foundation was to put a smile on the faces of children of this world.

Ehigiator said the NGO, which is located in Lynn Massachusetts (USA) was formed by 10 good friends from different spheres of influence.

According to her, the orphanage visit is on yearly basis, that is, twice a year.

The Nannies of the Orphanage homes, Mrs Rosemary Enolagbon and Mrs Roda Igwe who spoke on behalf of Children, thanked and prayed for the NGO.

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[UPDATED] Edo Guber: Ighodalo Emerges PDP Candidate, Promises To Lead Edo On Path Of Prosperity




Former Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September 2024 Edo State Governorship election.

Ighodalo polled 577 of the 585 accredited votes, defeating 10 other aspirants to clinch the party’s ticket at the keenly contested primary which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the Edo State capital.

While the State’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu polled one vote, another top contender, Anselm Ojezua scored zero votes.

Meanwhile, the immediate past House of Representatives member, representing Oredo Federal Constituency, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama stepped down from the race, while his other counterpart, a former House of Representative member representing Ovia Federal constituency, Omosede Igbinedion also stepped down from the race, declaring her support for Asue Ighodalo.

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Other aspirants including Felix Akhabue, Martin Uhomoibhi, Hadizat Umoru, Dr. Earl Onaiwu and Arthur Esene also polled zero votes. The election also recorded six void votes.

Ighodalo was declared winner of the primary election by the Chairman of the Edo PDP Primary Electoral Committee and Governor of Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal, and the Co-Chairman and Governor of Delta State, Sheriff Oborevwhori.

According to Lawal, “By the powers vested in me by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, pursuant to the Constitution of our great party, the PDP, as the Chief Returning Officer of the 2024 Edo PDP Primary Election, I hereby declare Asue Ighodalo as the winner of the just concluded primary election with a total vote of 577.

“Therefore, I hereby return the elected as the PDP candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in the State.”

Ighodalo, while commending the delegates, leaders and members of the PDP for the confidence reposed in him, promised to, if elected the State’s next helmsman, work with all stakeholders to transform the fortunes of Edo people and lead the State on the path of prosperity and greatness.

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He said, “I thank the good people of Edo State. Resilient people; brilliant, hard working, visionary, focused, and willing to move our state into prosperity.

“I am only a tool in this process and I promise you all that I will be a useful tool in this process. Edo State by God’s grace will move from where Governor Godwin Obaseki has carried us to, to the next level.”

He further noted, “I would like to thank Governor Obaseki for the wonderful work he has done in the last seven and a half years. I know that in a year or two people will keep talking about Obaseki. We all haven’t seen the value of the work he has done but he is like a builder who is building the foundation for a 100-storey building. I thank him and his wife for supporting him tremendously and giving him the strength to go through the vicissitudes of the last seven years. No man is perfect so we all will repair and work on each other’s mistakes.

“I promise all the good people of Edo State; those in Edo State, in Nigeria, and in the Diaspora that I will work tirelessly for our State. I will assemble our best hands to move our State to the next level and I promise you all that I will give you my all.”

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Reiterating the need for a united party to win the forthcoming guber elections in the State, Ighodalo said it is only with a formidable and united front that the PDP can excel and succeed in the mission of retaining its seat at Osadebe Avenue and consolidating on the impactful work the party has started in the State.

Earlier, the host Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, while welcoming guests at the primary election, said, “Today, we are going through an exercise that has been stipulated by our party. Even though it’s statutory, the exercise will be life-changing because Nigeria is going through difficult times and we can only overcome the challenges we are facing as a Country with the right leadership.

“If we in Edo do not begin to show the right leadership that will begin to reset Nigeria, God forbid, we may all be in trouble. PDP is the only party that has what it takes to rule this Country. Again, we are showing the example in the way we are conducting our leadership selection process.”

He added, “We are following our rules very assiduously; my role as a host governor is to welcome all of you who are here, starting with our members who elected the delegates that are carrying out this exercise today. Thanks to members of the State and National Working Committee of our great party, the PDP for being steadfast in the rules. I also thank all the aspirants for exercising the spirits of sportsmanship.”


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Gov. Mohammed Pledges Support For Educational Excellence




Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has pledged more support and cooperation of his administration to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi for educational excellence.

Mohammed made this known in Bauchi on Thursday while he was commissioning some classrooms, laboratory and office blocks at Gubi campus of the university.

Represented by his Deputy, Alh Auwal Jatau, Mohammed said that the provision of such infrastructures were testimony of the commitment of the institution to ensure a conducive environment for teaching and learning.

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He added that the projects would not only provide a conducive working environment, but would also strike a balance between academic and administrative activities in the university.

According to him, the university had over the years grown to become a citadel of learning that could be favorably compared with m the first generation universities.

“This university has lived up to expectations by prudently deploying its resources to infrastructural development.

“I would like to commend the Governing Council, the Senate and Management of the university for working hard to make the Institution one of the best not only among its contemporaries but even among the first generation universities in the country.

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“Today, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University can boast of two campuses where various courses are seamlessly run,” he said.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammad Abdulaziz, expressed gratitude to the administration of Gov. Mohammed for supporting the university to achieve its objectives.

Represented by Prof. Sani Kunya, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, the VC said that the support would go a long way toward ensuring the educational development of the state.

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Senate Passes South East Development Commission Bill




The Senate, on Thursday, passed the Bill seeking the establishment of the South East Development Commission.

The commission is to be charged with the responsibility of receiving and managing funds from the Federation Account for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses, and other infrastructural damages suffered by the region as a result of the effects of the civil war.

The Red Chamber took the decision while considering the bill’s clauses at its Committee of the Whole, chaired by the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The House of Representatives, on December 21, 2023, at its Committee of the Whole, chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu, who is also the sponsor of the bill, unanimously passed it for a third reading and sent it to the Senate for concurrence.

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The commission, when established, shall, among other functions, “conceive, plan and implement, in accordance with the set rules and regulations, projects and programmes for the sustainable development of the South East states.”

The areas of intervention will include transportation including roads, health, education, employment, agriculture, industrialization, housing and urban development, water supply, electricity and telecommunications.

Other functions include, “tackling ecological and environmental problems that arise from the extraction and mining of solid mineral, exploration of oil mineral in the Southeast states and advise the Federal Government and the member states on the prevention and control of oil spillages, gas flaring and environmental pollution; liaise with the various solid mineral extraction and mining companies and oil and gas prospecting and producing companies on all matters of pollution prevention and control; and execute such other works and perform such other functions which in the opinion of the Commission are required for the sustainable development of the South East States and its peoples.”

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In his remarks after the Bill was passed, Akpabio noted that once the Bill becomes law, it will bring development and the region’s fears will be addressed.

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Akpabio said, “It’s a very important bill passed by this 10th Senate. This bill addresses all the fears of our brothers and sisters from the South East. I want to say congratulations.

“I pray this commission will bring a lot of development to the South East and we will assist you to stop any form of agitation and bring peace to your region. When harmonised, it will address the fears of the southeast.”

With the passage at both chambers, a conference committee will be set up to harmonise differences before it will be transmitted to the President for his assent.

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The Senate had on Wednesday, passed for second reading, bills seeking for the establishment of the South West Development Commission and North Central Development Commission.

Senator Gbenga Daniel in his lead debate for the South West Development Commission Bill, said the commission would be charged with responsibilities among others, to receive and manage funds from the Federation Account, including donations and gifts, for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructural damages suffered by the region and to tackle ecological, environmental and other developmental challenges and for related matters.

Senator Abba Moro, in his presentation, said the proposed North Central Development Commission will catalyse the development of the array of potentials of the North Central as well as address the gap in the infrastructural development of the region and related matters.

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