Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, has said that he became a billionaire at the age of 25.
Umahi made the disclosure while interacting with leadership of Abakpa main market in Abakaliki, NAN reports.
The governor said he became a billionaire at the age of 25 due to hard work and commitment to duty, adding that he is a very rich person.
He also debunked social media reports that he owns shops at the market and built his house within one year.
“I work very hard, I am not a poor person but a very, very rich person.
“You can’t use the state’s money and still do all these things (projects) we are doing, I don’t have any shop or any interest in the market,” he said.
The governor also said rescinding some of the decisions on the relocation of the traders from the market was due to the intervention of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
He also announced that the Abakpa market would now be designated and called Ebonyi Fruits and Vegetable Market.
“We presently have a special assistant on the market, the structures that are still strong are going to be renovated.
“The traders have two options: it is either you renovate it to our taste and become landlords or we do it on our own and you are no longer the landlord,” he added.
Umahi also announced that due to the intervention of CAN, the government had changed the date of the trader’s relocation to the state’s international market to Jan.10, 2020 instead of the original Oct.15, 2019.
He also ordered that some of the shops that were hitherto sealed in the market and re-opened be re-sealed due to the owners’ reluctance to withdraw their lawsuits against the government.
“The same applies to the such traders at the building materials market as we will enter into appearance with those who took us to court,” he added.
Buhari Made A Snake His Spokesman – Reno Omokri
A former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has reacted to a statement made by Aisha Buhari attacking Garba Shehu.
Aisha in a statement on Wednesday attacked a close relative of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mamman Daura, of allegedly issuing presidential directives behind her husband. She claimed that Daura issued a directive to a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, not to recognise her office.
According to her, Shehu as “ the spokesperson of the President, has shifted his responsibility.
She stressed that “Rather than face this responsibility squarely, Shehu has shifted his loyalty from the President to others who have no stake in the contract that the President signed with Nigerians on May 29, 2015, and 2019. “
Reacting, Omokri supported Aisha’s claim, adding that Shehu is only loyal to his ‘stomach’. He recalled how Garba Shehu betrayed Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
According to him, ‘Buhari made a snake his spokesman’
Omokri on his Twitter page wrote: “I said it before Aisha Buhari said it. Google it, Garba Shehu is any government in power politician loyal to only his stomach. Atiku made Garba Shehu what he is today. If he can betray Atiku, who can he not betray? Buhari made a snake his spokesman.”
I’m Not Done With Politics, I Will Return In 2023 – Shehu Sani
The immediate past senator that represented Kaduna Central in the Senate, Senator Shehu Sani Wednesday boasted that he is not done with politics yet and will bounce back in 2023 “when our people want us to return”.
He spoke in his residence in Kaduna when he was conferred an award of excellence for his outstanding performance and generosity to the service of humanity by Sabon Garin Nassarawa Elders’ Forum.
Senator Shehu Sani lost his senatorial seat to Senator Uba Sani, an acolyte of the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El Rufai, in 2019 election.
Governor El Rufai then boasted that the defeat of Shehu Sani meant he was retired from politics.
But in a defiant tone Wednesday morning, Senator Shehu Sani said “We are not done yet with politics, and we shall return”.
According to him, “we have no fear for anything and nothing we scare us from contesting in 2023. When our people want us to return, we shall return”.
Shehu Sani said he was proud of stewardship in the National Assembly and the award conferred on him “was a testimony of his quality representation” as a senator in the 8th assembly.
The 8th senate was able to defend the integrity and independence of the parliament and stood firm to protect and defend democracy; checkmate the excessive power of the executive and carried out their constitutional functions and duties without fear or favour.
He reiterated his commitment to vying for a political office in 2023 election.
Why I Don’t Visit Abuja — Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday offered an insight into why he rarely visits Abuja.
During the launch of “The Big Interviews: How to get the news subjects and angles that make the headlines” written by Managing Director of The Sun Newspaper, Mr. Eric Osagie, Wike stated: “I have refused to visit Abuja as other politicians in the country do because those who voted for me as governor are not in Abuja.”
On the current political climate in the country, the governor urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the political leadership to practice what they preach.
Wike, however, described the author as “a principled and reliable man who stands for whatever he believes in.”
To the immediate past National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, Osagie is “someone whose legacies in the field of journalism would never be forgotten.”
His successor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole lauded the author for the “wonderful achievement and the efforts he put in documenting his experience.”
He urged Nigerian journalists to be fearless, and courageous like their international counterparts by asking public office holders relevant questions that affect the lives of the people.
In his remarks, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, said the book came at the “right time when the media was being oppressed by the government in power.”
The Publisher of the Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu lauded the auspiciousness of the literature given the “digital era where contents that give credibility to the field of journalism are needed.”
He said fake news had done more harm to the nation, adding that there was need for a book that would teach journalists how to behave.
Also speaking, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, while extolling Osagie’s virtues, stressed that the media has a strategic role to play in the development of the nation.
Besides, the Executive Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), Capt Idahosa Okunbo, hailed the author for “making a difference in his profession.”
Meanwhile, the Rivers Government is launching a Security Trust Fund next month to strengthen security and attract more investments to the state.
Governor Wike dropped the hint when the president of the Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Hajiya Iya Aliyu, visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said the major companies operating in the state must contribute to the security fund “because they benefit from the resources and infrastructure of Rivers State.”
“By January 2020, we will hold a security summit and also launch a security trust fund. All the major companies operating in the state are under obligation to contribute.
“We are committed to improving security in order to attract more investments to the state. We are developing the right infrastructure for economic development,” Wike added.
He said his administration would write Dangote Plc to contribute, as it does in other states, pointing out that the company uses the state’s infrastructure for its businesses.
The governor went on: “Dangote has not contributed anything to this state. I will write him to support the security trust fund. I cannot do roads and your trailers will take over our roads. If you go to G.U Ake Road, you will see Dangote trailers all over the state.
“Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and other major companies must contribute to Rivers State Security Trust Fund as they contribute to Lagos State. This is (a) sufficient notice. As they contribute there, they must contribute here. If they don’t support Rivers State, we will not agree.”
He boasted that Rivers was the best place anyone could invest, adding: “ And because of this, the state would continue to improve security and infrastructure.”
According to him, no society could develop without the contributions of the private sector.
“We need the private sector to drive the economy. Look at what is happening in the United States of America. Over 200,000 jobs were created in one month through the private sector,” he noted.
To encourage the private sector, the governor disclosed that his government had harmonised taxes.
And to create a conducive business climate, he said the administration was working with the private sector to resolve the “few challenges associated with taxes in the state.”
He, however, faulted the closure of the nation’s land borders, stating that Nigerians were suffering untold hardship on account of the policy, just as those that had been allocated land in the state were advised to develop them within six months or risk loss of their certificates of occupancy (C of Os).
In her remarks, Hajiya Aliyu declared that the state was safe for investments, recognising the improved infrastructure and security that are aiding businesses.