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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for the establishment   of a permanent scheme to cater for ex-servicemen and families of deceased ex-servicemen.

Governor Wike also announced the release of N100million to the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Legion as Grant for widows of ex-servicemen and their families  to set up businesses.

Speaking during the emblem appeal fund launching for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that support for the ex-servicemen  should not be restricted to the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

He said: “It is only when January 15 approaches that ex-servicemen are remembered. I suggest that a permanent scheme be set up to serve the ex-servicemen.

“The scheme will serve as an incentive  to serving military  personnel  to put in their best for the country. “

He called on Nigerians to do everything humanly possible to support ex-servicemen and their families.

The governor directed local government areas in the state to also redeem their pledges to the Nigerian Legion.

In an address, the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Legion, ACG Ogborun Chichi  said one of the fundamental objectives of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is to work towards ameliorating the harsh and unfriendly challenges  faced by the ex-servicemen.

He thanked the Rivers State Governor for sustaining the security of the employment of members of the Nigerian Legion at the Rivers State Civil Service Secretariat.

ACG Ogborun Chichi said that the governor’s immeasurable donations, support and care for veterans, widows and dependants  of fallen heroes have helped them to survive the harsh economic climate .

Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani urged corporate organisations  to join government  in supporting  the ex-servicemen who sacrificed so much for the unity of the country.

The launching of the emblem witnessed  donations from the state government, top government officials, local government councils  and public spirited individuals.

Highpoint of the occasion was the decoration of the Rivers State Governor by the Sole Administrator of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State Command.  The governor also reciprocated the gesture.

The Sole Administrator of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State Command also decorated top government officials and service commanders.

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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching




The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Police Arrest Armed Robber Operating With Tricycle In Enugu




The Police in Enugu had arrested a suspected armed robber, who specialises in using tricycle, popularly known as Keke Napep, to operate in the metropolis.

The police spokesman in Enugu, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu that the suspect was nabbed in new artisan market axis of the metropolis on April 8.

Amaraizu noted that the feat of tracking down the elusive suspect was achieved by operatives of the Anti-Cultism Squad of the command.

He said that the suspect identified as Chika Ezike was nabbed based on intelligence information concerning his alleged nefarious activities and elusiveness.

“According to confessionary statement from the suspect, he used to impersonate as a security operative while driving the tricycle and that at a secluded area, he will forcibly dispossess his victims of their valuables and money and then change to another area of the metropolis,’’ Amaraizu said.

He said, “the suspect is regretting his act now as he is blaming Satan for his woes.’’

The spokesman said that the suspect had been helping police operatives in their investigations.

Amaraizu urged residents of the state to be wary of the antics of mischief-makers as well as other criminal minded individuals at any time or place.

“Members of the public should report promptly any suspicious person, object and gathering to the command’s four distress call numbers are: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 and 08098880172.

“They can also get to the command through our social media platforms, which include: nigeriapoliceenugustatecommand for Face-book; @PoliceNG_enugu for Twitter handle and, for Email,’’ he said.

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Nationwide Meeting will promote payments to reinforce manufacturing sector – Sen. Egwu



Sen. Sam Egwu, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, has reaffirmed the Nationwide Meeting’s dedication to advertise payments that might place manufacturing sector towards driving the nation’s financial development and restoration.

Egwu made the pledge throughout an oversight go to to industries that had benefited from the Federal Authorities’s monetary intervention by means of BoI’s credit score line in Lagos.

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In response to a press release by Hadiza Olaosebikan, the Head of Communication, Financial institution of Trade (BoI) on Tuesday in Lagos, the senator stated that his committee had sponsored a invoice to that impact.

Egwu stated the invoice would be sure that all authorities’s procurement should first be sourced domestically earlier than importation may very well be thought-about.

“It’s a part of our drive to make sure financial buoyancy and development of the manufacturing sector, as a result of if we spend money on our industries, importation will scale back,” he stated.

Egwu stated that the go to was to entry the affect of BOI’s intervention funds on industries that they had supported and interacted with producers on how authorities’s help would help them to beat the challenges dealing with the sector.

“We’re right here to see in case you are glad with the extent of presidency’s intervention and see how far it has been capable of help you to upscale your operations to satisfy the worldwide finest practices.

“The feedbacks will assist us to reposition BoI for larger effectivity.

“It is because we want extra industries to maneuver the economic system ahead and scale back how we spend our international trade on issues we will ordinarily produce right here,” Egwu stated.

Additionally, the Managing Director of BOI, Olukayode Pitan, stated that greater than 96 per cent of the financial institution’s threat belongings had been performing.

Pitan famous that the financial institution ended the 2016 monetary yr with the bottom Non-Performing Mortgage (NPL) ratio of three.7 per cent.

He stated that the federal government’s help enabled the financial institution to ensure a line of credit score price over 500 million {dollars} from the Africa Growth Financial institution (AfDB) that required a sovereign assure.

“It is a line of credit score authorised by the AfDB which we’ve to repay and this is the reason every time we grant loans, they are going to be loans of very excessive chance of compensation,” Pitan stated.

In her remarks, Mrs Nike Ogunlesi, the Chief Govt Officer, Ruff n Tumble, a garment producer, urged the Senate to evolve payments that might restructure the nation’s banking system to help development of companies.


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