Elder statesman, chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has urged the governors of the southeast zone to take the project of the second Niger bridge and the Enugu airport seriously.
Iwuanyanwu while speaking to our correspondent in Owerri yesterday advised the governors to seriously monitor the projects which he described as very important to the zone.
He is also optimistic that the project would be completed following the commitment of president Muhammodu Buhari.
According to Iwuanyanwu “I believe it is realisable and I believe Buhari’s government has shown commitment than any other government, I don’t have any doubt that the present government is serious about it .
The elder statesman described the second Niger bridge as an important gateway to the people of southeast and Africa as a whole.
“it is a very important bridge to everybody not only to southeast but to the whole of Africa , it will be a gateway to anybody who wants to travel to other parts of Africa. Iwuanyanwu said.
He continued “I want to congratulate Buhari for the effort his government is making, also on Enugu airport he approved N10 billion , the important thing is to make sure the contractors are doing well .
“I want the governors of the southeast to be interested in the construction of the second Niger bridge and also the Enugu airport , out of respect he has for us he approved N10 billion, I expect the five southeast governors not to just watch but to monitor physically the projects so that if there is any problem they can report to leaders of Igbo land” Iwuanyanwu stated.
11 Killed, 4 Women Kidnapped As Bandits Raid Niger Communities
11 persons have been killed and four women kidnapped as gunmen attacked five communities in Shiroro local government area.
Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala Makera and Dnalgwa communities were attacked in the early hours of Saturday.
The bandits were said to have moved from house to house to carry out their activities.
The attack is coming barely one week after eight communities were sacked by bandits in the same Shiroro local government where a village head and 16 others were killed.
One of the victims of the attack, Saidu Yisa, said that two of his wives were raped by four of the bandits in his presence before he was shot at a close range.
The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District Alhaji Sani Musa confirmed the latest attack saying that the situation is getting out of hand.
The Senator lamented the incessant killings and called the federal government and security agencies to up their strategies.
“As the attacks continued, more villagers in my constituency are awaiting their fate as no sign of succor seems to be coming their way. It is confirmed that the bandits are attacking all through the night to this afternoon and most communities are in grave danger,” he said.
Why EFCC Rejects Petitions — Magu
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Saturday, January 25, 2020, shed light on why some petitions sent to the anti-graft agency are returned.
According to him, every petition received by the commission passes through the Screening Committee who considers the content and determine whether it falls within the scope of its constitutional mandate.
The EFCC chairman made the explanation while featuring on “Talk Radio”, a morning programme of the Ibadan-based Inspiration 100.5 FM.
“Before we commence investigations on any petition, we give them to the Screening Committee for review. The committee will look at the content and advise accordingly on what to do.
“If it is something we should handle, we launch into action. If not, we guide the petitioner on the appropriate place to take it to,” he said.
Polygamy Is Major Cause Of Poverty In The North — Emir Of Kano, Sanusi
Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, says polygamy is the major cause of poverty in Northern Nigeria.
The monarch said this while moderating a paper presentation session on ‘the role of universities in nation building’ at the maiden convocation of the Federal University, Gusau, in Zamfara state, on Friday January 24th.
Represented by one of his aides, Usman Bugaji, the monarch said the culture of polygamy is what makes the north a major area of poverty in the country, unlike in the south where the poverty level has reduced.
“There are people who cannot afford to feed one wife but are ready to marry three wives and have more children than they can feed, talk less of paying for their school fees.
“The poverty level of the North is 80 percent, while in the South, the percentage is 20 percent, simply because of the culture of marrying many wives and producing many children who, at the end, are left on the streets to beg for what to eat,” he said.