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HURIWA urges Ugwuanyi To Immortalise Legendary Broadcaster Paddy Eke

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As a way of sending its letter of condolence to broadcasters all over the country and especially to the governor and the people of Enugu State, civil rights advocacy group Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to name the faculty of Mass Communication of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) after the late legendary broadcaster Chief Patrick Ezeja Eke (Paddy Eke).

The group said : “We have learnt of the passage of one of the most Iconic broadcasters and journalists East of the Niger, the Enugu State- born former professional broadcaster Chief Patrick Ezeja Eke. We the entire members of the media-oriented human rights body, are by this public statement extending our condolences and solidarity to the governor of Enugu State and the good people of Enugu and indeed the South East of Nigeria over the demise of a great man who glamorized broadcasting and deployed his immense media talents to promote harmony, national peace and to champion respect for constituted authority.

“HURIWA recalled with nostalgia that Chief Patrick Ezeja Eke (Paddy Eke) started his professional career in broadcasting in 1966 with Eastern Nigeria Broadcasting Service (ENBS).He was a prominent voice during the Biafran war, when he broadcast to the sound of bombs detonating dangerously close by. That was from 1967 – 1970.

“HURIWA notes also that this iconic journalist  took a course in Broadcasting at the BBC London in 1979. He rose through the ranks to become Controller of Programmes when Eastern broadcasting was reborn and became Anambra Broadcasting Service in 1985. In 1997 he became Director of Programmes. In recognition of his contribution to the growth and development of Enugu State in general and the broadcast media in particular, he was made Justice of Peace of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – a worthy achievement – in 1998. He became the Chairman, Board of Directors of ESBS after his retirement in 1999, under the administration of the then governor of Enugu State – Governor Chimaroke Nnamani. He gave 35 years of active life to the career he loved so much – Broadcasting.May his soul rest in the bosom of the Lord”.

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HURIWA recalled that the late broadcaster was a contemporary of the equally iconic broadcaster and film star Chief Pete Edochie even as the group stated thus: “We know that governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will use his powers to ensure that the memories of this great son of Igbo land is extolled and engraved. There is the imperative need for the Enugu State government to consider honouring the beautiful memories of their great son. This honour will also spur on hundreds of other broadcasters and journalists of Enugu State and South East to also dedicate their professional careers to the service and advancement of humanity and the nation.

“HURIWA recalls that recently the Anambra State governor honored their own version of iconic broadcaster- Chief Pete Edochie who is a contemporary of Chief Paddu Eke now of blessed memory. Even though 70-year-old Pete Edochie is an accomplished actor, not many know that the man famous for his ‘Okonkwo’ role in the ‘Things Fall Apart’ movie was a broadcaster.Edochie who worked with the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), retired in 1998 and faced Nollywood squarely.The actor alongside his former colleagues had reason to smile recently, as the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, paid their gratuities which had been owed them for a really long time.

“Pete Edochie, Offokaja and other ABS retirees receive their gratuities. First batch of retirees of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) today received their long outstanding gratuities from the office of the Anambra state Accountant General. ”

Among the recipients are Mr. Boniface Offokaja, former Director General of the organisation who retired in 1984. Another retiree and recipient, Nollywood legend, Chief Pete Edochie, MON who retired from ABS as Director of Programmes in 1998 was full of praise for Governor Willie Obiano for fulfilling his promise to clear outstanding pension and gratuities of the organisation. “Many of us have lost hope that we will ever receive our gratuities.

Despite our meritorious service to Anambra state, successive governments chose to neglect us. What Governor Willie Obiano has done today is remarkable. We are praying for him because he is a compassionate governor. ”

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BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Bank Manager For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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As the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) continues its surveillance of financial institutions, it has arrested an operations manager of a leading commercial bank in the Abuja central area for hoarding the newly redesigned naira note.

The unnamed banker, was arrested for refusing to load the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), of the bank despite having N29million of the redesigned naira notes in the branch’s vaults.

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EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren said, “Before he was whisked away for further questioning, the operatives ordered the loading of all the ATMs and the payment of the stipulated amount across the counter to the delight of the distraught customers who had spent hours on queues without getting the new notes.

“This discovery, which indicates a sabotage of the government’s monetary policy by some banks, was made by the EFCC in continuation of the ongoing surveillance and visit to banks across the country to access their vaults and verify whether they were deliberately refusing to dispense the redesigned Naira notes.

“More than five bank branches were covered today by the operatives in Abuja.”

He further stated that similar exercises were ongoing in zonal commands across the country.

The operation will continue until normalcy is restored to the banking system.

The EFCC also noted that Nigerians finding it difficult to access their funds at any bank and suspects foul play should contact the commission, for immediate intervention.

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Aides Have Hijacked Leadership From Buhari – Babachir Lawal

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Aides Have Hijacked Leadership From Buhari- - Babachir Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer in charge of his government as some of his aides have hijacked his leadership of the country according to Babachir Lawal.

Babachir, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, spoke when he appeared on Channels Television’s “The Verdict 2023”, on Friday night.

Speaking about the state of governance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Lawal said things were out of the hands of the President.

He further stated that those in the present regime who had the ears of the president refused to carry out the expectations of the President or the public.

Lawal also said before the president’s election into office in 2015, he had shown a remarkable sense of leadership, while he previously held positions as governor of Borno State, Minister of Petroleum, and military Head of State, but had challenges with his “lieutenants”, and deciding who executed projects and orders when he came into power as President.

“Things are out of his hands, there’s no running away from that fact. There are people that do not take the orders they are given. As soon as they leave where the order is given, they go and do different things. There is nothing like cabal. There is no government that does not have an inner caucus. There’s no government. There are people who have the ears of the President, to whom the President by functionality, their functions in government, ought to do things, but they are not doing what the President tells them to do, or what the President expects them to do, or what society itself expects them to do.

“I can tell you this, I know President Buhari very well, even long before he became President, and most Nigerians also knew him. And the expectation was that based on his antecedents as former governor of Borno State, former Minister of Petroleum, and then President, he had shown a remarkable sense of ability to rule.

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“By 2015, we were almost at the same level where we are this time around; people were fed up. But when he got in, I think the President had issues with his lieutenants, about who executes the orders he gives, and who executes the policies that he makes. And that is really my own side of things.”

Asked about his switch from his support for, and membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, to join the Labour Party which has Peter Obi as its presidential candidate, Babachir said: “I’ve seen the light; you can repent when you see the light. I’ve seen the light, I saw the light and I repented, I’m sorry. I did that before. The light is Peter Obi. The darkness is the old system that used to govern us, which is represented by both the PDP and the APC. No change. The same people, the same agbada, the same red face cap. The same people. So Nigerians have seen the light, not only me.”

 

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BREAKING: I’ll End Cash Crisis In Seven Days – Buhari

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BREAKING: I'll End Cash Crisis In Seven Days - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged citizens to give him seven days to resolve the cash crunch that has become a problem across the country from the Central Bank of Nigeria policy to change high-value naira notes with new ones.

During the Progressives Governors’ Forum who paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa to seek solutions to the cash crunch which they said was threatening the good records of the administration in transforming the economy, Buhari said the currency re-design would give a boost to the economy and provide long-term benefits. He expressed doubts about the commitment of banks in particular to the success of the policy.

“Some banks are inefficient and only concerned about themselves”, said the president, “even if a year is added, problems associated with selfishness and greed won’t go away.”

He said he had seen television reports about cash shortages and hardship to local businesses and ordinary people and gave assurances that the balance of seven of the 10-day extension would be used to crack down on whatever stood in the way of successful implementation.

“I will revert to the CBN and the minting company. There will be a decision one way or the other in the remaining seven days of the 10-day extension,” the president was quoted to have said in a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

The governors told the president that while they agreed that his decision on the currency redesign was good and that they were fully in support, its execution had been botched and their constituents were becoming increasingly upset.

They told the president that, as leaders of the government and party in their different states, they were becoming anxious about a slump in the economy and the series of elections that are coming.

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They requested the president to use his powers to direct the concurrent use of the new and old notes till the end of the year.

The president said when he considered giving approval to the policy, he demanded an undertaking from the CBN that no new notes would be printed in a foreign country and they, in turn, gave him assurances that there was enough capacity, manpower and equipment to print the currency for local needs. He said he needed to go back to find out what was actually happening.

Buhari told the governors that, being closer to the people, he had heard their cries and would act in a way that there would be a solution.

 

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