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Underdevelopment, common factor among Niger Delta states – NDDC boss

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Underdevelopment, common factor among Niger Delta states – NDDC boss

Underdevelopment and infrastructural deficit have been identified as a common factor among states in the Niger Delta region.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, stated this while inaugurating an Aquaculture Training Centre built by NDDC at Elugwu Umuntu Olokoro, Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State.

He also noted that the region is bedeviled with myriad of ecological problems including flooding and erosion.

The NDDC boss, however, said that the Commission was established to tackle “the and various other challenges” of the region, restated the preparedness of the commission under his watch to live up to its responsibilities.

He explained that when he came on board, he adopted a policy of scaling down on new projects until all projects earlier initiated by the commission were completed.

According to him, it is illogical to embark on new projects when old ones were abandoned, adding that the era of abandoned projects by NDDC has come to an end.

Dr Ogbuku described the Aquaculture Training Centre as a signature project of NDDC which will add value to the lives of the people.

He further said that investments in agriculture remained one of the sustainable means of youth employment and job creation.

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The NDDC boss promised to expand the facilities at the centre and to ensure they were put into proper use, adding that the trainees at the centre would be monitored to ensure they were able to stand on their own after acquiring skills at the centre.

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In his address, the Abia State Representative in the NDDC Board, Chief Dimgba Eruba, the Centre was envisioned to be a skill acquisition hub and an economic catalyst that would empower a good number of the teeming population of youths on how to breed, raise and harvest fish, ” and make profit from the enterprise”.

He decried the activities of vandals which affected the timely competition of the project, and urged the host community to help in safeguarding facilities at the centre.

Eruba recalled that “at various times the activities of hoodlums who ingloriously vandalized valuable fittings including an electricity generating set in this center, threatened the successful completion and commissioning of this project”.

He, however, said thatin spite of “the aforementioned setbacks, with sheer determination to overcome the twin evil of poverty and unemployment that confront us in Abia state, we carried on with the necessary works and to the glory of God, we are able to actualize the project.”

In a remark, the Consultant, Dr Moses Oluigbo, identified the production of fries/fingerlings to meet the growing demand for fish seed stocks by fish farmers in the Niger Delta region; creation of a hub for training of youths in the region in fish production technology; generation of employment and wealth creation as some of the objectives of establishing the centre.

He appealed to NDDC to “facilitate and approve the regular posting of a good percentage of trainees” to the centre, arguing that “regular posting of trainees would enhance the operational activities of the centre”.

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The project which was awarded in 2013 to the tune of N245 million consist of eight fish housing tanks (fish ponds), two hatcheries, two lecture blocks,  a six-room staff quarters, a four-room office block, power generating set, eight units of street lights, water supply system, among others.

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86-year-old woman set ablaze by daughter over alleged witchcraft

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A 45-year-old woman simply identified as Abiodun and popularly called “Iya Sunday,” has set her mother ablaze in a bid to kill her.

Abiodun was told by a Pastor that she would be free from a spiritual bondage after the death of her 86-year-old mother.

Witnesses said the suspect poured petrol on her mother and set her ablaze on Friday morning around 5am.

The incident happened at Surulere, opposite Anglican Cathedral Church in Ondo West local government area of Ondo State.

Gory picture of the victim showed that she sustained severe burns all over her body and receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

An eyewitness, Sola Oladele, said the suspect came to her mother’s house in the early hours of Friday.

He said she called out her mother before pouring petrol on her and setting her on fire.

According to him: “What happened between them before the incident we don’t know, but the suspect has been arrested by police at the Enu-Owa division for further investigation.”

Abiodun said her action was because she was told that her mother was behind her predicament.

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She said: “I went to my mother’s house around 4 a.m. and sat outside. When it was 5 am, I called out my mother from the house. Immediately after she came out, not knowing what was happening, I poured petrol on her body and set her on fire.

“What started it is that I went to one Pastor for prayers and he told me that my mother is behind what is happening to me. I did not believe it at first. My mother also took me somewhere to see one woman. After my mother left, the woman also said the same thing.

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“I burnt my mother because of what I heard from the pastor and the woman, that I can only be freed from bondage when my mother is dead.”

Police sources said the case would be transferred to the Police headquarters in Akure for further investigation. (The Nation)

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Gunmen abduct Company MD, three foreigners in Lagos, demand $1.5m ransom

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Armed men suspected to be kidnappers have abducted four Lebanese including the Managing Director of Fouani Company, a prominent representative of LG and Hisense.

According to credible sources, the victims were travelling by boat from Apapa to Victoria Island when they were ambushed near Falomo Bridge. The kidnappers, whose identities are unknown, have demanded an astounding $1.5 million ransom.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident and stated that an investigation is ongoing.

He said, “Yes, we received the report and are investigating it.”
“We are currently working with their families and the Lebanese community to get them released,” Hundeyin explained.

However, the abduction has sparked outrage in the business community, with many calling for increased security measures to protect citizens.

The incident raises concerns about the safety of Lagos’ waterways and the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in combating crime.

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ICPC grills woman who accused suspended Perm Sec of S*xual harassment

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 •Suspended Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa
Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi, the woman who accused the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa, of s*xual harassment, has been grilled and thereafter released by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

This is in the wake of an ongoing investigation by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), following a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, in response to a petition written by Fajemirokun-Ajayi, against the permanent secretary.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust Saturday, an official of the ICPC said that Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was quizzed for hours by the crack detectives of the commission over her allegations.

The official, who did not want his name in print, said Fajemirokun-Ajayi arrived at the commission’s headquarters at about 9:40 am, on Friday, alongside her lawyer; responded to various questions posed to her.

“She wasn’t arrested. She was invited and she honoured the invitation to come and substantiate the s*xual harassment allegations against the Permanent Secretary of her ministry, Ibrahim Lamuwa,” the official said.

The official said she was released after the interrogation on Friday, adding that she would still be called upon in future to make further clarifications if there is a need for her to do so.

Ambassador Lamuwa had responded to the query issued him by the head of service, denying all the allegations labelled against him.

The ICPC’s invitation letter inviting Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was addressed to the minister of foreign affairs, requesting him to release her for questioning.

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The ministry received the ICPC letter titled: ‘Investigation Activities: Notice of Invitation’ on Thursday.

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It said: “In view of the above and pursuant to sections 28 and 40 of the said Act, you are kindly requested to release and direct Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi of the Ministry to appear for an interview before the undersigned at the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday, 14 June 2024 at 10:00 hours,” read the invitation letter dated June 11, and signed by Acting Director of Operations, S. Yahaya.

It is not immediately clear whose petition led to the ICPC investigation or what exactly the agency is investigating.

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