Ebonyi State government has said that it has begun data capturing and registration of Ebonyi youths across the 13 local government areas of the state that were misled into Biafra agitation by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Barrister Uchenna Orji, state Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Job Creation, gave the information in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the activities of the administration in the area of youth empowerment.
He stressed that the state government apart from pursuing the action plan of making the repentant IPOB members economically independent, the initiative would also help in reducing social vices and other forms of criminality currently plaguing the society.
The commissioner who stated that the state government had extended its empowerment schemes to Ebonyi youths in other states of the federation including Sokoto, Kaduna, Anambra and Lagos added that over 3,000 youths had so far been empowered in the state.
He disclosed that the state government was set to create 12,000 jobs through the empowerment of 3000 youths, including women as they were being given N250, 000 each to start up any business of their choice, so that they would become economically self-reliant.
Orji further added that the reason for the numerous empowerment programmes of the Governor David Umahi-administration was to increase the per capital income of Ebonyi citizens and ensure the boosting of the economic status of the state.
“These IPOB youths are being registered in the Department of Education and Social Welfare in the LGAs; after their capturing, the state government will create a programme to train them and empower them in their chosen career which we have started. Those of them that have taken to the streets due to lack of job will be empowered so that they can be useful and meaningful to the society. Those who are living and staying outside the state are equally undergoing our empowerment programmes,” he stated.
He called on other members of the proscribed separatist group who have not been captured to quickly do so.
Ben Bruce Hails Buhari’s ‘No Visa Policy’
A former lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing all Africans to come to Nigeria without Visa from January 2020.
President Buhari while attending a peace and development summit in Egypt, announced the country will begin issuing visas on arrival for all African nationals.
If this policy comes into effect it would be a major boon for the continent-wide push to ensure freer movement of Africans.
Reacting to the No Visa Policy on Thursday, Murray-Bruce urged Buhari to extend ‘no visa policy’ to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.
In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Monday, Ben Bruce wrote: “I commend President
@MBuhari for his visa free policy to all citizens of African Union member nations. I first suggested this in my Right of Return Bill. I urge the President to go the whole hog and extend this to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.”
I commend President @MBuhari for his visa free policy to all citizens of African Union member nations. I first suggested this in my Right of Return Bill. I urge the President to go the whole hog and extend this to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) December 12, 2019
BREAKING: Senate Probes DSS Invasion Of Court, Rearrest Of Sowore
The Senate has begun probe into the action of the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS following the rearrest of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Consequently, the Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Central to carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back in one week.
Resolution of the Senate was sequel to a point of Order on the issue raised by Senator Bamidele on the invasion.
Bamidele came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders as Amended that did not allow for contributions from other Senators.
Sowore: Nigeria Is Not Answerable To US, UK, EU — Femi Adesina
The Special Adviser on Media Affairs and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has stated that Nigeria is a sovereign nation therefore not answerable to the US, UK or EU regarding cases of human rights abuses.
This statement was uttered by Femi Adesina when he appeared on Channels TV on Wednesday night, December 11th as a guest.
The statement he made was in reference to comments from the EU, UK and the US on the invasion of the Federal High Court Abuja by men of the Department of State Services to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
Adesina said: “We are not answerable to the US, the UK or the EU. We are Nigeria, a sovereign country. Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them.”
He went on to speak about Wole Soyinka’s criticisms against the regime of the President, stating that the Nobel laureate was free to express his opinion.
“We respect Prof. Soyinka. You don’t have too many of them in the country or even on the continent. He is an avatar and he is well respected but his opinion will remain his opinion. It will be considered and if there are things to act on, we will act on them,” he said.
When asked to comment on the recent attack on his senior colleague, Garba Shehu by the first lady, Aisha Buhari, Adesina said he will not be able to comment as he is not the person that was attacked by the first lady. He went on to add that the President’s family is off limits except the President directs him speak on the issue.