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Obi presents three APCs, 50 patrol vehicles to police


NAMBRA State Governor Peter Obi yesterday presented three armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and 50 patrol vehicles to the state police command. The governor, in his New Year message, had promised to make security a priority this year. The police command now has over 350 patrol vehicles in its fleet. At a ceremony at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, in the presence of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Muhammed Abubakar, the governor promised that the other security agencies would soon get their patrol vehicles. He said: “May I reassure the IGP and the Police Force that Anambra State will continue to work with them for the security of the state and the country at large. We enjoin all Nigerians to do same.” Obi explained that the gesture was borne out of the need for Anambra State to sustain its achievements and perform

My govt did well in 2012, says Orji From Ugochukwu Ugoji-Eke, Umuahia

ABIA State Governor Theodore Orji has said his administration performed well in 2012. The governor said the projects his administration executed last year are there to prove his claim. He said the projects have laid the foundation for the transformation of the state into investors’ haven. According to him, many investors have started coming to the state to explore its economic potential. Addressing reporters in Umuahia, the state capital, Orji said his administration is attracting investors because it has restored peace and driven away kidnappers and armed robbers. He said: “It is now that we have started laying a solid foundation for a new Abia State. We have tackled insecurity. When you restore peace, there will be room for sustainable development.” The governor said he has no regrets investing heavily in security, adding that without this, “it would have been very difficult for investors to come to the state to invest and people would have stopped coming home for Christmas holidays”. Orji described his administration as sincere in fulfilling its electoral promises to the people. The governor stressed that the achievements were the result of participatory democracy, which his administration has entrenched in the state. He said he achieved the projects in the last 18 months with the meagre financial resources from the Federation Account, which often did not exceeded N3.7billion per month. According to him, his administration’s refusal to go to the bond market is to avoid mortgaging the state. Orji explained that the relocation of traders to the new Umuahia Modern Market would begin this year because the project has reached 75 per cent completion.

better. According to him, nothing can be done well without tight security. Receiving the keys to the vehicles from the governor, Abubakar said he was in Anambra State to appraise the security situation. He thanked Obi for his commitment to security. The police chief noted that each time the governor visited him in Abuja, it was on how to improve the security of his people. Abubakar said he was also happy visiting Anambra because the state has remained an example of how others should support security agencies. He hailed Obi for repositioning the police through his membership of the Police Funding Committee. Comparing Anambra of the past and that of today, he said that under Obi, the state has moved from its ugly past and become more peaceful, se-

• Obi (left) handing the keys to the vehicles to IGP Abubakar in Awka...yesterday cured, stable, progressive and safe. Hailing the governor and the police command for securing the state, Abubakar said the police have posted more 500 of their men and officersto Anambra. He hinted of the possibility

of establishing more area commands in the state for more effective policing. The police chief restated his commitment to a safer Anambra. According to him, by the extent of support the police were enjoying from the gov-

ernor, there was no reason for them to fail. The governor took Abubakar to Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Nnewi. They inspected the plant and the 300 security patrol vehicles ordered and paid for by

the Anambra State Government. The vehicles will be distributed to various communities for effective policing. Abubakar promised to examine the vehicles manufactured at the plant to ascertian their suitability for security.

dissolves Enugu primary school teachers decry Court two-day marriage non-payment of December salary T


RIMARY school teachers in Enugu State yesterday urged the government to pay their December 2012 salary to enable them to settle their children’s school fees. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, the teachers accused the government of not prioritising their welfare to enable them to contribute their quota to the educational advancement of the state. A teacher, who spoke in confidence, expressed dismay with the government’s action. He said their families had dry Christmas and New Year celebrations. He added: “We celebrated this season almost without food on our table. I could not provide my family with the needed things because I so much relied on my December salary but to my surprise, we

were not paid. “I could not even borrow because it was already late and I so much expected this salary to come. It was horrible for my family during the celebrations.” Another teacher, who also spoke in confidence, advised the government to pay the salaries and entitlements to enable the teachers settle their children’s school fees. According to him, schools will resume soon and their children need to resume along with their mates. He added: “It is very unfair that one will work and not get paid, especially in this season. We celebrated Christmas and New Year from hand to mouth and now that the celebration is over, the government should endeavour to pay us our money so that we can pay our children’s school fees.”

A volunteer teacher in a rural community said the government had not paid him and his colleagues since their recruitment in 2011. Mr Chumaife Nze, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, confirmed the nonpayment of the December 2012 salaries and entitlements to the members. He said: “I contacted the Permanent Secretary of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) before Christmas but he said the salaries and leave allowances had been released. But up until now, no teacher has received a bank alert on the payment. “I do not understand what is happening. Even volunteer teachers have not received any salary since they were recruited in 2011.” The Commissioner for Edu-

cation, Dr Simon Ortuanya, expressed shock at the nonpayment of the salaries. He said: “I need to confirm this. I cannot comment unless I confirm this but I will be surprised if that is the position.” The government, in 2011, introduced the volunteer teachers’ scheme to bridge the education gaps in rural areas. Governor Sullivan Chime said the idea was to engage teachers who retired from the service to bridge the gap in primary and post primary schools in rural areas n the state. He said that young people deployed to rural schools abandoned their duties in search of greener pastures. He said the retired teachers who resided permanently in those areas were engaged on a stipend of N18,000 per month. The state recently sacked the Chairman of the SUBEB, Mrs Ethel Nebo-Ezeabasili.

Jang: ex-servicemen deserve better welfare


LATEAU State Governor Jonah Jang has advocated better welfare package for ex-servicemen. The governor noted that they have paid maximum sacrifice to defend the nation. Jang spoke yesterday in Jos, the state capital, when he launched the emblem appeal week and this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day. The governor urged the nation to ensure the welfare of the ex-servicemen and the families of the fallen heroes. He said they deserve better welfare. Jang launched the emblem with N10million. He said: “The painful reality confronting some of our exservicemen and families of our fallen heroes is such that even their entitlements are sometimes not forthcoming or they are subjected to very dehumanising conditions in the pur-

From Yusufu Aminu Idegu, Jos

suit of their rightful earnings.” Jang said the Armed Forces should be appreciated for their roles in bringing honour to Nigeria and uniting the country, especially during the journey to nationhood. The governor appreciated the role of the Armed Forces, the police, the State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies, for restoring peace in Plateau State. He said: “The greatest service we can do to the past he-

roes is to ensure that the unity and stability of this nation remains solid.” The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Olivia Dazyem, said last year’s donations were used to empower widows of fallen heroes. The commissioner said the ministry would use this year’s donations to support the education of fallen heroes’ children. She said: “These resources don’t go in vain. We use them


for what they are meant.” Mrs Dazyem solicited for more funds from the public.

Imo PDP vows to win in 2015


HE Imo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to regain the state in the 2015 governorship election. The party said its legacies in the state have been sabotaged by the current All Progressives

From Okodili Ndidi, Owerri

Grand Alliance (APGA) administration. The PDP said APGA “lacks focus and vision to govern the state”. The party said it will leave no

stone unturned to return to the government House, which it lost to the All Progressive Grand Alliance during the 2011 general elections. Its Chairman, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), spoke in Owerri, the state capital.

HE Kaduna Sharia Court II, Magajin Gari, yesterday agreed to dissolve the marriage between Laure Sulaiman and Babagida Dan-Auta on the condition that the wife should pay back the dowry she collected. Laure, on December 10, last year, prayed the court to dissolve the marriage. The woman said she was no longer in love with DanAuta. But the husband told the court that his wife was hiding something because she called for divorce only two days after their marriage. Laure said: “I don’t love him and I want this court to grant me divorce. I am ready to return the N10,000 he paid as dowry. I cannot be obedient to him as a wife.” Dan-Auta of Maraban Jos also disputed the wife’s claim on the amount paid as dowry. The husband said he paid N17,000 and not N10,000. He said the woman had divorced before their marriage, adding that she also lied to him on the number of children she had. According to him, she told him she had three kids but he later found out that she had eight children. He added that the woman left their home two days after the wedding asking him to divorce her. The Khadi, Malam Ibrahim Inuwa, had adjourned the matter three times before acceding to the request for divorce. He had given the couple till January 2 to reconcile their differences. At yesterday’s sitting, the couple opted for divorce, saying they were unable to resolve their differences. Inuwa ordered Laure to pay back the N17,000 dowry by January 4 before the marriage could be legally dissolved.