​New Nigerian Online Editor Brother’s Wedding Grounds Otukpo

All roads led to the Norcross Memorial Methodist Cathedral in.the heart of Otukpo City, Benue State, where a younger brother to the Online Editor of New Nigerian, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, Emmanuel Olofu Dickson hooked his sweetheart, Patricia Ijato Adokwu.

The solemnization which was done by the Methodist ArchBishop Of  Benue, Most Reverend Oliver A. Aba, attracted family, friends and well wishers from all over NIgeria and other parts of the world.

In his sermon,  Most Reverend Aba charged the couple to remain steadfast in their faith and grow in love for each other.

He admonished them to always settle their disagreements between themselves, and avoid taking such marital issues to a third party. 

At the reception venue which was held at the GRA part of the city, the couple performed their first marital duties, which was feeding of each other from their wedding cake.

In an interview with our correspondent, the groom, Mr. Olofu Dickson said he was happy that the wedding was a huge success.

He promised to always love and care for his wife.

Also speaking, the bride vowed to be submissive to her husband.

Top among the dignitaries spotted at the colourful ceremony were the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, represented by one of his SSA”s Hon.Mike Ode Okwubi, Senator representing Benue Zone C, Distinguished Senator Abba Moro, represented by one of his media aides,  Honourable Dennis Ogbeche, Dr. Onjefu Okidu, a professor of Mass Communication and Honourable Solomon Ochai Okala.

Others are the Chairman of Ohimini Local Government Area of Benue State, Honourable Faith Agbo, Chief Eddy Anyebe and   Councilor representing Idekpa ward, Ohimini Local Government Area, Honourable Elaigwu Wilson.

Also present were the Engineer John McQueen Oije, Architect and Pharmacist Odihi, Miss Rose Dickson, Evangelist Mark Markson, Colonel Charles Ogoh (rtd) and Mr. Amos Odeh.

​APC Govs warn against politicising Nigeria’s economic, security challenges

Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC have warned partisans against politicising Nigeria’s economic and security challenges, saying the nation has to be united if it wants to defeat the twin evils.

The governors gave the charge on Friday in a statement signed by their Chairman and Governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.

Part of the statement reads; “The Progressive Governors Forum PGF wishes to join all Nigerians to welcome the beginning of 2021. We commend the resilience of Nigerians, and indeed humanity all over the world. The year 2020 was the most challenging year of the last century. People and nations across the globe are still struggling with the health pandemic occasioned by Covid-19. The discovery of vaccine at the end of 2020 is a landmark progress, which certainly bolster hope that human life will return to normal in 2021.

“Apart from the difficult health challenges experienced by citizens who got infected by the Covid-19 virus, resulting in unfortunate loss of lives, periods of lockdowns in Nigeria and world over as a result of the pandemic, spanning over a period of close to six months, created a lot of hardships for our citizens. The adverse economic consequences have created economic recessions for virtually all countries.

“Combined effects of all these have further increase our security challenges in the country. The challenge before us as a nation is to ensure the development of democratic institutions in the country to be able to mobilise effective national responses and resolution of the health challenges created by the pandemic, the economic difficulty and the security challenges facing the country. These are not issues that should be reduced to politics. We must appeal to all Nigerian to have a strong sense of national unity and togetherness in responding to these challenges”.

The statement also commended the excellent work of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and appreciated the support of all Nigerians across partisan affiliations.

“Our ability as a nation to control the spread of the virus is no doubt the result of the diligent work of the PTF under the leadership of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and the support of all Nigerians. We appeal to all Nigerians to continue to support every initiative of the Federal Government in order to bring a permanent closure to this world pandemic.

“We in particular wish to note that, once again, our party, APC, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is able to inspire the process of producing a national budget for the year 2021 before the New Year. This new fiscal orientation is part of the change we promised Nigerians. This is made possible given a committed, patriotic and selfless leadership of the legislative arm of government, under His Excellency, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, Senate President and Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives. As a party and as a government, we have set a new standard in our national budgeting system. Already, many of our states have similarly replicated this feat. We therefore also commend all our state legislatures for effectively demonstrating abiding loyalty to ensure that all our governments lived up to our philosophy of change.

“One issue that has dominated public attention, especially in the second half of 2020 was the new wave of insecurity in the country. Beyond Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, sadly we now have banditry in North West, which is as disruptive and threatening as the activities of insurgents. In addition, kidnapping activities is rampant in North Central and South West and is spreading to every parts of the country. Every Nigerians is justifiably disturbed by this unfortunate development. While acknowledging that our security agencies are doing their best to control the situation, a lot more need to be done. We are confident that our security agencies will effectively restore order and guarantee security of lives and properties of all Nigerians in every part of the country.

“We appeal to all Nigerians to continue to support our security forces in the effort to end insecurity in the country. Nigerians must resist all attempts to politicise insecurity. Ending insecurity will require strong national unity. We therefore wish to acknowledge and commend President Muhammadu Buhari, for providing the leadership at national level, as well as ensuring that all arms of our security services are discharging their responsibilities. As Progressive Governors, we will continue to support the Federal Government and the security services.

“We hereby once more restate our commitment to make all our states models of good governance with records of rapid human development and progress founded on the principles of social democracy in line with provisions of our party constitution and manifesto. In 2021, we shall continue to take all the necessary steps to roll out programmes that will consolidate development of synergy, experience sharing and collaboration by all progressive states.

“The Progressive Governors Forum felicitates with all Nigerians on this festive season and reiterate our commitment to the unity and development of Nigeria, development of our democratic institutions while putting in place genuine programmes to bring an end to Covid-19 pandemic, tackle insecurity, fight crime, destroy all vestiges of corruption and create jobs and opportunities for all Nigerians. This would remain the basis of our programmes for massive infrastructural projects that would stimulate economic activity, reduce inequality and diminish poverty”, the APC governors added.

​State of the nation: Let’s revisit 2014 Confab report — Bode George

Former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, saying it will address the problems confronting the country.

George, in a statement titled: ‘A New Year, A New Beginning’, the PDP leader said addressing the challenges facing the country is more important than the 2023 presidential election.

The statement reads: “The year 2020 was indeed Annus Horribilis and at once Annus Miserabillis. It was a very terrible year on all fronts. No nation was spared from the terrible pandemic whose scourge still festers across the globe with increasing venom.

Here at home we equally confronted the cankerworm of banditry, kidnappings, the Endsars protests that triggered ruin and bloodletting.

Our nation is still challenged with the burden of inequitable obviousness in the machinery of the state. Our Republic is still much skewed, imbalance, distorted by a constitutional arrangement that does not augur for national cohesion and growth.

The composition of power must yield ultimately to a true, genuine structural equity where everyone will have a sense of belonging and where every state can develop along its own natural path with the resources on its ground.

It is interesting that from the North to the South, voices are now coalescing that Nigeria needs a new constitutional arrangement. This is gladdening. I do not seek a dismemberment of our nation. But I am resolved, just like millions of our compatriots, that the stronghold of the center must be loosened for a decentralization that favours state autonomy along the line of a United States of Nigeria where the states are allowed comprehensive sovereign powers as reflected in the very constitution of the United States of America which we copied without thorough tidiness.

Let us revisit the document of the 2014 Constitutional Conference which in totality is quite enlightening about how this nation can be redesigned along with a true, fair, equitable, civilized federation.

“This is the real task before us all now. It is even more important than the 2023 presidential election. This present platform is wobbly. It is unjust. It is unfair. It has to give way for a new structural vision without which the continuity of the Nigerian Union will be fraught with festering maladies.

“Let us start on a clean slate where justice, representative evenness define our democratic space. I wish our nation well as we grapple with a new, progressive idealism in the journey towards a new democratic nation.”

​Abia Govt approves reopening of schools on Jan 11

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, has approved the reopening of all schools in the state on Monday, January 11, for the continuation of the first term of 2020/2021 academic session.

This is contained in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Kanaelechi Nwangwa, in Abia on Friday.

Nwangwa directed all school heads and proprietors to ensure the observance of COVID-19 protocols for the safety of teachers and students.

He said that this was imperative following the the second wave of the COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“They should also note that by this directive, the first term of 2020/2021 will now officially end on Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021.

“This is to ensure that the first term runs a full course as expected.

“Any school proprietor that shortchanges this schedule and decides to cut corners by running an abridged term will be appropriately sanctioned.

“The duration of the first term for the 2020/2021 academic session is from Nov. 2, 2020 to Feb. 10, 2021 with the Christmas break in-between,” he said.

Nwangwa urged school heads and proprietors to be properly guided by the directive to avoid unwanted consequences.