Akpabio mourns Ogbonnaya Onu, says he was a man with first in all his life endeavours

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – President of the 10th Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio has sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of the former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu. Onu, who died at the age of 72 in Abuja on Thursday served as minister under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration from 2015 to 2022. A statement from Akpabio’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, and Official Spokesperson to the President of the Senate, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh described the late Onu as “A perfect gentleman who will be sorely missed for his wisdom, mature composure, zest for excellence and proven integrity” He said Onu was known for coming first in every endeavour he engaged in and played politics without bitterness in all his life. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a man with first in all his life endeavours. He came first in his secondary school (WAEC), he was the overall best student in the high school (HSc) and made a first class in chemical engineering at the University of Lagos, coming top …

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Buhari Mourns Late Ogbonnaya Onu, Says He Was An Intellectual Giant

By Ogechi Okorie KATSINA – Former President Muhammadu Buhari joins family members of the deceased and the entire nation in mourning the demise of a notable politician, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the first civilian governor of Abia state and former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation under his administration. Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement released via the X account of his spokesman, Garba Shehu. According to the statement, in his reaction to the news of the death of the former chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, a party that once fielded him as a presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari said the nation had lost “one of its most outstanding scientific minds and intellectuals. He was an intellectual giant. My heart goes out to his family, the government and people of Abia State and the country at large. May his soul rest in peace.”

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Former Governor Onu’s Passing A Huge Loss To Ndi Igbo, Nigeria – Kalu Mourns

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has expressed shock and sadness over the demise of former Abia State Governor, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Levinus Nwabughiogu, Kalu described Onu’s death as a huge loss to Ndi Igbo of the South East and Nigeria in general. The Deputy Speaker said that Onu who also served as Minister of Science and Technology in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration epitomized humility, patience, thoroughness, gentility and hardwork. He recalled Onu’s time as the first democratically elected governor of Abia, saying that he championed people-oriented policies that elevated the status of the State while the regime lasted. Also as a minister, Kalu said that Onu was zealous about the scientific growth and the technological development of the country. Noting the deceased patriotic spirit, intellectual, technological and innovative prowess, Kalu said the death of the first-class scholar at a time his mentorship is needed most is disheartening. Acknowledging however that no one can question the Will of …

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Tinubu Grieves Over Death Of Ogbonnaya Oni

By Ogechi Okorie ABUJA – President Bola Tinubu has extended his deepest condolences to the Onu family over the passing of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, CON. President Tinubu’s condolence message was contained in a statement released via official X account of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, signed by the Special Adviser to the President(Media & Publicity), Chief Ajuri Ngelale. Chief Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72. The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament. The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.  Most importantly, the President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude. President Tinubu affirms that Chief Onu epitomizes Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger. The President …

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Why data base should be used for palliative distribution by FG– Ex-envoy, lawmaker

IBADAN- A former Nigeria’s ambassador to the Philippines, Dr Yemi Faronbi, and a lawmaker, Mr Abdulwaheed Akintayo, have called for use of data base in the distribution of palliatives to Nigerians by the Federal Government.The duo stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ibadan, in apparent reaction to a recent statement credited to the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi. Oba Akanbi, had, while distributing grains and cash to the aged and the vulnerable in Iwo on April 1, said that traditional rulers were in the best position to be distributing palliatives to Nigerians on behalf of the federal government.“Traditional rulers serve as a link between the government and the people,” he said, adding that many of the post-fuel subsidy removal interventions of the federal government were not being felt by the under-privileged. Faronbi, however, said that the best option for government was to use data base in distributing palliatives rather than going through the traditional rulers.“What those in authority should think of doing is working out a data base where all …

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Insecurity: Taraba Commissioner Condemns attack on travelers

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo JALINGO – Taraba State Commissioner for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Habu James has condemned the attack on travelers along Wukari-Tsokundu road in Wukari local government area of the state last Monday by suspected Tiv militia, describing it as highly reprehensible. Habu, who is the political leader of the Tiv in Taraba state stated that those behind the attack are criminals and agents of destabilization who do not have the interest of the area at heart. Recall that three people, including a woman were killed in the said attack while two others sustained serious injuries and are presently receiving treatment at the Federal University of Wukari Teaching Hospital, Wukari. Meanwhile, the Commissioner who expressed bitterness over the dastardly act, urged all the Tiv leaders in the area to fish out those behind the killings and hand them over to security agencies for prosecution. He noted that the state governor, Dr Agbu Kefas is doing everything humanly possible to unite all the tribes in the state, in his determination to bring peace and development to the state …

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Plan to construct Lagos-Calabar coastal highway at N4bn per kilometre a misplaced priority – Malcolm

By Chris Udochukwu LAGOS – Human rights Lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo has described the plan by the federal government to construct the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway at the cost of N4billion per kilometre as a misplaced priority. The Lagos-based lawyer therefore suggested that the road construction be put on hold for now due to the fact that Nigerian economy is presently in bad shape, there is no productivity, the people can hardly feed and above all that Nigeria cannot service her debt. Malcolm who stated this via his X account ( formerly twitter said: “The plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria to construct the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway at the cost of N4bn per kilometre is a misplaced priority . It must be put on hold for now . The Nigerian economy is in a bad shape . No productivity. The people can hardly feed . Nigeria cannot even service her debts.” Precise Post recalls that the Minister of Works, David Umahi, on Wednesday revealed that the federal government is constructing the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway at a total cost of N4bn …

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Imo/Abia Customs Command Welcomes New Area Controller

…..Calls for Discipline, Commitment to Professional Development OWERRI – The Nigeria Customs Service, Imo/Abia Area Command, Owerri, has welcomed its new Area Controller, Comptroller Elisha Luka, following the retirement of Comptroller Mohammed Gidado. In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Customs Nnamdi Aligwekwe, on 5 April 2024, revealed that Comptroller Lukas has navigated through various commands and units, occupying sixteen different roles within the service, emphasising his commitment to professional development. According to the statement released via official X account of Nigeria Customs Services on Thursday (today), in his inaugural address, Comptroller Lukas explained the paramount importance of discipline and adherence to standard operating procedures among the command’s personnel. He also highlighted compliance with the directives issued by the Customs headquarters regarding the new uniform code, urging all officers to align with the prescribed regulations. Offering strategic guidance, he directed officers stationed at bonded terminals to prioritise meticulous documentation and revenue collection procedures before releasing consignments. He added that officers serving at excise factories should maintain vigilance, ensuring that production volumes are accurately reflected in …

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Finally, Delta State Govt resolves boundary dispute between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh community

By Chris Udochukwu At last the Delta State Government has successfully resolved the longstanding boundary dispute between the Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh Communities. According to the statement released via the official X account of the Delta State Government, this resolution was announced by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu, during an extensive stakeholders meeting convened at the SSG’s office. Dr. Emu outlined the historical efforts made by past administrations, both military and civilian, to address the conflict, including the establishment of various inquiry panels and private mediation initiatives, all of which failed to yield a lasting solution. Under the leadership of the immediate past administration of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, significant progress was made in demarcating boundaries between the communities, albeit with some contentious areas remaining unresolved. Building on these efforts, the present administration, recognizing the crucial importance of peace for development, facilitated a dialogue involving youth leaders and other stakeholders from both communities. This two-day consultation resulted in comprehensive resolutions aimed at achieving unanimity and providing recommendations that would be binding for both parties. The outcome of this …

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DSP Barau observes Eid prayers, celebrations in Kabo, Kano (Photos)

By Ogechi Okorie KANO – Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau I. Jibrin, on Wednesday, observed Eid-el-Fitr prayers and celebrations at his hometown, Kabo local government area of Kano State. Senator Barau, along with his entourage, arrived in Kabo town around 8:45 am on Wednesday at the central Eid Ground for the prayer amid cheers by the people of the town and its environs. A massive crowd of supporters and well-wishers welcomed him. The two Rakat prayers were led by the Chief Imam of Kabo, Malam Jafaru Mustapha. In his sermon, the Iman urged the Muslim faithful to remain united and to sustain the good deeds and lessons of the blessed month of Ramadan. While wishing the entire Muslims Ummah a joyous celebration, the Imam urged them to pray for leaders for the nation’s development. He also prayed for the Deputy President of the Senate, appreciating his tremendous projects and interventions in the state. “Eid-el-Fitr is a period where Muslims share joy and happiness after the one-month Ramadan Fast. I therefore urge all of us to remain prayerful for …

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Breaking: Ogbonnaya Onu dies at 73

By Our Reporter ABUJA – Erstwhile Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and First Civilian Governor of Abia State, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu is dead. He was aged 73. According to Peter Obi Grassroot Mobilisation Movement, the former minister under Buhari’s government passed on this morning in an Abuja hospital. Ogbonnaya Onu CON was born on 1st December 1951. He was a Nigerian politician, author and engineer. He was the minister of science, technology and innovation of Nigeria from November 2015 until his resignation in 2022. He was the longest serving minister of the ministry. As at the time of filing this report, there was official report from his family or state government in this regard. Details soon….

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Paris 2024 Qualifier: How Super Falcons played to win in South Africa – Ajibade

Super Falcons captain, Rasheedat Ajibade has debunked claims the side adopted a defensive approach in their clash against South Africa in Pretoria on Tuesday. Randy Waldrum’s side held the Banyana Banyana to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the 2024 Olympic Games fourth-round qualifying tie. The result ensured their passage to Paris 2024 following a 1-0 aggregate win Ajibade, who scored the decisive goal in the first leg, claimed the Super Falcons played to win in South Africa. “We didn’t hold back, we wanted to score goals,” the Atletico Madrid forward told reporters. “We respect South Africa, but we wanted to play the way we played in the first leg at home in Abuja.”

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I might win Grammy next year – Asake

Nigerian Afrobeats superstar Ahmed Ololade, aka Asake, says he is not brooding his Grammy loss to South Africa’s Tyla. DAILY POST recalls that Tyla’s ‘Water’ defeated Asake’s ‘Amapiano’ and other Nigerian songs to win the maiden Best African Music Performance category at the 66th Grammys. However, speaking in a recent interview with GQ magazine, the ‘Mr Money With The Vibe’ crooner said he doesn’t take it as a loss. He is upbeat that he might get more Grammy nominations and probably win next year. “It [Grammy loss] is not a loss for me. I might just get more next year. In my head, I was not even taking it too seriously,” he said. On his mind space for his sophomore album, ‘Work Of Art,’ Asake said: “People don’t really know me because I’m quiet. “So everybody started seeing me as mystery. ‘Work of Art’ is just for them to know me. You have to understand I’m human, but you can’t just deny the heart in me.”

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Ondo Amotekun apprehends 14 kidnappers, 31 others

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as the Amotekun Corps, on Wednesday, paraded no fewer than 45 suspected criminals in the state. The suspects, who were apprehended by the corps’ personnel across the 18 local government areas of the state, were presented at the headquarters of the corps in Akure, the state capital. During the parade of the suspects, the state Commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, stated that the suspects would face the full force of the law for their crimes, stressing that they had all been profiled. Providing a breakdown, the commander revealed that the paraded suspected criminals included 14 kidnappers, one dangerous driver, five burglars, two anti-grazing offenders, and five individuals arrested for theft and the purchase of stolen goods. Adeleye stated, “We arrested 14 kidnappers. We have a particular case where we were able to break the kidnap syndicate in Akoko LG. The two kidnap victims are present and the bike the kidnappers were supplied with. In our strife to bring them out, the kidnapper that had already confessed was macheted in several places by …

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Gov. Ododo announces arrest of suspects linked to Kogi killings

The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo, on Wednesday, announced the arrest of the culprits behind the recent killings in the state. Recalls that about 25 people were killed last week in Bagana, Omala Local Government Area of the state. The gunmen, suspected to be armed herdsmen, were said to have also destroyed property worth millions of naira in the community during the attack. The Governor said the perpetrators, as well as their sponsors, had been arrested, adding that an investigation was ongoing to confirm the extent of participation of those arrested. Ododo addressed those criticising his government, describing them as “noisemakers and those without stake as far as governance is concerned.” He said “Reacting to noisemakers, and those that do not have a stake as far as governance is concerned is not part of the mandate given to me by the good people of Kogi State and Mr President. “The crisis in Bagana in the Omala Local Government Area did not start today. It has been in existence since over 45 years ago, precisely 1978. We are doing our …

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NAFDAC recalls Benylin cough syrup amidst toxicity scare

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has recalled the popular cough syrup, Benylin Paediatrics, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson following recent toxicity findings in the laboratory on the product. In a statement published on its website on Wednesday, the agency said laboratory analysis conducted on the product showed that it contains an unacceptable high level of Diethylene glycol and was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals. “Benylin Paediatric syrup is indicated for the relief of cough and its congestive symptoms and for the treatment of hay fever and other allergic conditions in children aged 2 to 12 years. “Diethylene glycol is toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal. Toxic effects can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death. The details of the affected product showed that the Benylin Paediatric was produced by Johnson & Johnson, Cape Town, South Africa With batch number 329304, the product was manufactured in May 2021, and it is to expire this …

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