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Sen. Ngwu lauds Gov. Mbah, assures support to Enugu Fire Service

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Director, Enugu State Fire and Rescue Service, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa and Senator Osita Ngwu
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Sen. Osita Ngwu (PDP), representing Enugu West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, has lauded Gov. Peter Mbah for his commitment to safety through massive support for Enugu State Fire and Rescue Service.

Ngwu made this known on Tuesday when the leadership of Enugu State Fire and Rescue Service, led by her Director, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa, paid him a courtesy call at his residence in Enugu.

He noted that the Service had been active in doing their jobs, which is known to all; because, the state government had been very supportive of their activities and humanitarian rescues.

The lawmaker said that he would support the establishment by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), training, and firefighting equipment to fire service stations/establishments across his constituency in his own little way.

Ngwu said: “I am very honored to be in the midst of you because your works are known to everybody and the residents feel your impact.

“Enugu State Fire and Rescue Service have been very active in doing their job; which can be attested by all.

“I want to appreciate our Governor, Dr Peter Mbah, for his commitment towards the establishment as well as issues of safety in the state.

“As a key player in the oil and gas upstream sector, I vividly understand the importance of having a very equipped and dedicated Fire Service system and thus, would support the establishment across my constituency in my own little way.”

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Earlier, Ohaa applauded Sen. Ngwu for his commitment to giving his constituency and Enugu State in general an effective representation at the red chamber (senate).

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He said that the essence of the visit was to partner with him and get the National Assembly members to support the state fire service as the establishment funding should not be left for the state government alone.

The director also said that the visit was in line with the establishment activities of the year, where they visit elected political leaders to solicit partnership and support.

“Distinguished Senator, we are the leadership of Enugu State Fire and Rescue Service. We are here to solicit your partnership in championing initiatives that will enhance our emergency response capabilities.

“This could come in the form of comprehensive reforms, fortifying Enugu Fire and Rescue Service infrastructures, training programmes for firefighters and provision of PPE equipment among others.

“We are also here to appeal that you use your good office to push a bill that will call for a recognition of State Fire Services in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We believe that partnership with our National Assembly members would increase our service delivery and capacity,” he said.

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Peter Obi should be held responsible for anarchy arising from August 1 hunger protest – Presidency

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Bayo Onanuga, a senior to President Bola Tinubu, has alleged that supporters Mr Peter Obi, former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, are planning mayhem in Nigeria.

Onanuga claimed that the proposed nationwide protests were being planned by Obi’s supporters, whom he described as failed presidential candidate.

According to him, Obi should be held responsible for whatever crisis that would emanate from the action.

In a post on his X handle on Saturday, Onanuga said the proposed protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by the incarcerated IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020.

He wrote: “REVEALED: Peter Obi’s supporters are the people planning mayhem in Nigeria: Obi should be held responsible for anarchy

“Don’t be fooled: the malcontents planning to stage nationwide protests are supporters of Peter Obi, the failed presidential candidate of the Labour Party. And he should be held responsible for whatever crisis emanates from the action.

“The protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020. ENDSARS began as a genuine protest by youths against the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, notorious for its high-handedness. IPOB members planning to extricate the South East region from Nigeria infiltrated the protest and hijacked it for their own agenda. Lagos still bears the scar of the malicious destruction by IPOB elements until today.

“Two years after ENDSARS, the IPOB and the gullible innocents joined the Labour Party in 2022 to support Peter Obi, a sympathiser of their cause.

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They are the people spreading the hashtags ‘EndBadGovernance’, ‘Tinubu Must Go,’ and ‘Revolution2024’. They are not democrats but anarchists. They are attempting to call out our people via propaganda because their Messiah, Peter Obi, failed to win the Presidency in the 2023 election. As bad losers, they don’t have the patience to wait for another election in 2027; they would rather destabilise Nigeria by staging a civilian coup against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Two brothers drown in FCT River

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Two brothers, Joshua and Samson, have drowned in a river in Robukya community in Kwali Ward in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.

A relation of the deceased, Musa Abednego, who confirmed the incident to our reporter on Thursday, said it happened on Tuesday around 9am while they were crossing the river.

He said the brothers, Joshua and Samson, were between the ages of nine and 12 and that they were on their way to the farm when the incident happened.

He explained that the victims got drowned following a heavy rainfall which made the river to overflow.

He said, “Their father asked them to hold on after the rain subsided. Unfortunately, they left home to the farm without him knowing.”

Abednego said their corpses were recovered on Wednesday around 4pm through the help of some fishermen, adding they had been buried.

The spokeswoman of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, was yet to speak on the incident.                                              Daily Trust

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CBN intervenes in foreign exchange market

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has started selling foreign exchange on a regular basis through Authorised Dealer Banks and licensed Bureaux De Change (BDCs) as a response to the current fluctuations in the foreign exchange market.

These fluctuations are primarily caused by the demand pressure coming from corporate entities and the seasonal increase typical during the summer period.

By implementing regular sales of foreign exchange, the CBN aims to stabilise the market and ensure smoother transactions for both businesses and individuals involved in foreign exchange activities.

Director, Financial Markets Department of the CBN Dr Omolara Omotunde Duke in a statement on Friday night assured the public of the bank’s commitment to address the demand pressure and stabilize the foreign exchange market.

Highlighting recent transactions, the CBN disclosed that it sold a total sum of US$106,500,000.00 to 29 authorized dealer banks on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19, 2024.

These transactions took place within an exchange rate range of N1,498.00/US$1 to N1,530.00/US$1. Additionally, the CBN purchased US$9,500,000 (Nine Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) from four authorized dealer banks at rates between N1,510.00/US$1 and N1,550.00/US$1. All these transactions are marked for settlement on July 19, 2024.

The Central Bank also stated its commitment to closely monitor compliance with existing trading rules and regulations by authorized dealer banks. This is seen as an effort to promote ethical conduct and ensure stability in the foreign exchange market.

The general public was also advised to direct their foreign exchange demands to their respective banks and BDC operators, adhering to prevailing market regulations.

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With the regular sale of foreign exchange and ongoing monitoring of trading practices, the CBN aims to meet demand pressure, foster stability, and sustain a well-functioning foreign exchange market.

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