Why FG Must Establish Fire Service at Anambra State Now – Hon. Okwudiri Christopher
The member representing Orumba North and Orumba South federal constituency Anambra, said establishing a Federal Fire Service in Anambra State or it environ is a must so as curb the menace of fire incidence; to save lives and properties.
Hon Okwudiri stated this while throwing more light on the recent motion he moved on the floor of the house, during an interaction with Informavores at the National Assembly Complex.
He reiterated that this is what prompted him to move a motion on the need to investigate the fire incident at the old Motor Spare parts Market, Obosi, Anambra State.
According to him, in the early hours of January 11th, 2020, fire engulfed the Old Motor Spare parts Market, Ugwuagba-Obosi, popularly known as Mgbuka Obosi Market in Anambra state. The fire outbreak razed down more than four hundred lockup shops and caused the death of one Mr Godwin Edozieuno.
“It is also interesting to note that Anambra state accommodates over seventy five (75) major markets where goods worth billions of naira are traded, yet there is no Federal Fire Service in the state.”, the honourable laments.
“In the same vein, a similar motion was moved on October 29,2019 in respect of the Upper Iweka/Ochanga Market fire Incident and the House resolved, inter alia, to call on the federal Government to establish a Federal Fire Service Station in Onitsha and its environs.
“As a result of the fire incident that took place on the 29 October, over 6 persons lost their lives while many others were injured, with several shops razed due to the absence of Federal Fire Service Station.”
“That was mainly why so many valuables and lives were lost. So far, the Federal Government has not done anything to compensate those who lost their lives and valuables as a result of the fire incident.”
“Hence the urgent need for the Federal Fire Service Station to be established in Onitsha or its environs.”
On the issue of state police, the member is of the opinion that some governors might explore the opportunity to use to intimidate their opponents and the only alternative we have is to change all the service chiefs.
“As far as am concerned, Anambra state is one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria and I want the other governors to take a borrow from what the Anambra state governor is doing to ensure that the people of the state enjoys a peaceful atmosphere. Nigerians security architecture, needs to be rejigged.” he concluded.
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Organ Trafficking: Ekweremadu, Wife, Doctor Sentenced To Various Prison Terms
The duo of Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and Doctor Obinna Obeta has been senenced to various jail terms for bringing a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.
A judge at The Central Criminal Court, [ Old Bailey], announced the sentence friday.
At a sentencing hearing on Friday, Ekweremadu was jailed for nine years and eight months, his wife Beatrice was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment while Obeta received a 10-year prison term.
The sentencing follows their conviction in March for organ trafficking, The Ekweremadus’sick daughter, Sonia was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The jury said Ekweremadu, his wife and their doctor criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.
The conviction is the first under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The sentencing comes after pleas from multiple prominent personalities and institutions, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Other petitioners included both chambers of the National Assembly, the Chairman/CEO, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Erewa Dabiri, and the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC).
After months of a pre-trial, the trial commenced on January 31, 2023 and lasted about six weeks, culminating in a guilty verdict against Ekweremadu, Beatrice, and Obeta.
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Reps Seek UK Government Clemency for Ekweremadu
The House of Representatives has write to the government of the United Kingdom seeking mercy in sentencing the embattled Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.
This is contained in a resolution reached following a motion moved by Toby Okechukwu, a lawmaker from Enugu State.
A UK court found the duo guilty of conspiracy of organ harvesting of another Nigerian. The Ekweremadu couple will be sentenced in the coming days.
Moving the motion, Okechukwu said diplomatic intervention in this kind of case is normal.
“It is a common practice in international relations for nations, including the UK, to seek relief for their citizens involved in situations such as that of the Ekweremadus,” he said.
Speaking on the motion, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, said intervention by the House is not a justification for the charges against the Ekweremadus. He urged the UK government to consider Ekweremadu’s years of public service.
Consequently, the House resolved to urge the UK government and the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing Ekweremadu, his wife and the doctor.
Also, they urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to take all diplomatic steps and other necessary interventions regarding the travails of the Ekweremadu family.
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HYPPDEC Donates Food Stuff, Clothing to Locals in Kogi to Tackle Cashless Policy Effect
By Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPDEC), on Tuesday, donated 400 bags of rice, 250 gallons of vegetable oil and some packaged women rappers to ten Local Government Areas in Kogi State under the agency to cushion the effect associated with the new cashless policy.
Making the presentation to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the Lugard House, Lokoja on Tuesday, a Board Member of HYPPDEC, Alhaji Isah Ozi Salami, said that the gesture is part of the agency’s intervention in times of natural disaster or any hardship situation on citizens.
Salami expressed the commitment of HYPPDEC in tackling the prevailing economic hardship on Nigerians as a result of the Cashless Policy.
“We owe it as a duty to take adquate care of the people in the 10 Local Government Areas belonging to HYPPDEC communities in Kogi
“Our concern under the present economic hardship is to alleviate the sufferings of the people within HYPPDEC communities in Kogi” Ozi Salami told Governor Bello.
He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for the provision of logistic supports that have facilitated smooth operation of the agency in Kogi.
He also told the Governor that HYPPDEC will soon begin the construction of 50 housing units in Kogi for resettlement of last year’s flood victims in riverine communities.
“I appreciate Governor Bello’s magnanimity in providing land for the housing project. The Governor is expected to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the project” Ozi Salami disclosed.
The Chief of Staff to Governor Bello, Jamiu Asuku who received the food stuff on behalf of his boss, hinted that Kogi will key into HYPPDEC’s intervention initiative in the areas of provision of food and security of lives and property for citizens.
Governor Yahaya Bello appealed to HYPPDEC to focus more on Ibaji Local Government Area in its intervention programme as a result of the bad terrain of the area.
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