Tuesday, 13 April 2021

UTCH: Staff, professionals, others pass vote of confidence on management and board, list numerous projects, achievements in two years






As the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Professor Ikpeme A. Ikpeme approaches two years in office, a section of staff, the public and professionals from the medical facility has appraised the performance of the management and board scoring the leadership high while calling on the public to give him maximum support to do more.


This was contained in a communique signed by the leaders of the group and made available to TDN. The group said the management under Chief Medical Director Ikpeme and Board chairman Col. Abdul Muhammadu "have injected a breathe of fresh air into the medical facility that had been laid comatose for eight years..." Stating that the CMD's strides are all visible even to the blind as the facility has been transformed.



While calling on the public to disregard publications by a group it described as "Fake Staff of the hospital", said some staff of the facility loyal to the former CMD are bent on discrediting the magnificent works of Prof. Ikpeme and Muhammadu.

"Not surprisingly, the goliaths of that devilish, non-performing era, having found it difficult to comprehend the glittering performance of this god-fearing David within just two years, had become discomfitured, threatened and envious.  Hence, they have resorted to the primitive tactics of sponsoring baseless publications meant to discredit the present Board and Management of the hospital. The statement noted.


"We believe that such publications are baseless, spurious and inconsequential, and therefore undeserving of any serious attention as they are meant to create distractions.  Moreso because the authors, who claim to be staff of the hospital, are fake.  None of their names could be sighted in the staff nominal role.  As the maxim goes: "Nemo dat quod non habet" (you can't put something on nothing and expect it to stand).  A publication by a phantom group of persons must be treated for what it is: falsehood, lies." The statement reads in part.



The group of staffers of the University Teaching Hospital, who have vowed to resist any act of mischief designed to derail the progressive course of taking the hospital to unprecedented glory and greatness, listed about 16 interventions carried out by the Prof. Ikpeme's led administration stressing that "If, within a short span of two (2) years the current administration of the UCTH has successfully executed all these valuable and verifiable projects, non of which could be accomplished in 8 long years of the previous administration, it stands to reason that the present administration deserves a passionate and unconditional support. And as staff of the hospital they willingly supports the administration's giant strides.


The statement reads in part:

Likewise the CMD, Dr. Ikpeme, a seasoned professional, who has brought to bear his administrative astuteness in the day to day running of the establishment.  Little wonder that the hospital has in the last two years progressed at various levels by geometrical pace. In confirmation, we will attempt to capture below a few verifiable interventions made by the current administration that has led to the rising profile of the hospital.



1. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The current Dr. Ikpeme - led Management, apparently enjoying strong support from the Board, undertook and successfully accomplished the overhaul of facilities in the O& G Department.  The labour ward was tastefully renovated.  A New Triage room was constructed while the Theatre, Antenatal & Gynaecology clinics complex were fully and beautifully renovated.  The icing on the cake for the Department of O&G was the installation of new laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery equipment.  We consider it a tragic irony that the immediate past CMD, a Gynaecologist, could not record any of these achievements for the department even after long eight years in office.  It took an orthopaedic surgeon to rehabilitate this department and upgrade same to international standard.



2. Power: 
Black-out stands largely banished from critical units of the hospital.  With constant power supply, affairs of the hospital ensue unhindered round the clock in critical life-saving units.


3. Water: 
The era of lack of water in the hospital is gone.  There is now an efficient and effective water system that guarantees supply and availability of potable water.



4. Environmental Sanitation: 
UCTH no longer smells.  Drainages are regularly desilted and evacuated.  The lawns are now trimmed and green, so attractive that visitors are commonly sighted using them as background scenery for selfies and photographic moments.  Erosion control projects are also on-going.



5. Dental Clinic: 
The department has undergone total renovation, coupled with the installation and commissioning of five brand new state of the art Dental Chairs.


6. Radiology Department: 
Similarly, this department has undergone total renovation culminating in the installation of 2 brand new 4-D ultrasound scanners, full digital direct radiography x-ray machine and a new 32 slice CT Scanner. The environmental upgrade that houses these facilities are topnotch.



7. Isolation Centre/ICU: 
In line with the leadership's avowed commitment to contain COVID-19 pandemic in the state, a new 30 bed modern isolation centre is being constructed alongside a new 10-bed level 3 ICU.


8. Medical microbiology laboratory: 
The Medical Microbiology Laboratory has been completely renovated and upgraded to serve as the only anti-microbial resistance reference (AMR) laboratory in South-South Nigeria.



9. Orthopaedic ward: 
The female orthopaedic ward has been completely renovated and functioning effectively.



10. Staff Welfare: 
The present leadership has continued to demonstrate unprecedented passion for staff welfare and development.  Staff are sponsored for further trainings relevant to their respective careers and promotion implemented for deserving ones.  Payments of various emoluments are usually managed transparently once funds are released.  It must be said that it is as a result of such show of significant commitment to workers that the UCTH has experienced relative industrial peace for two years now with no local strike nor threat of strike.  Every strike action in the last 2 years had been called nationally.



11. Staff Discipline and Efficiency: 
While the current leadership has remained passionately committed to staff welfare and promotion, we commend their demonstrable objectivity in the management of issues of discipline and efficiency in service directed at enhancing productivity.  Not only does Management lead by example, but are also firm on decisions made in the best interest of the establishment.  This was recently typified in the Works and Engineering Department where an eminently qualified contract staff was appointed Head of Department (HOD) deservedly.  

Expectedly, the appointment drew disaffection from disgruntled quarters on the bases that there is a bonafide senior staff who is "qualified" to head the Department. However, that argument fell flat on its face when addressed.  The said officer, in the strict sense of the word, is not "qualified" to head the department. Records, originated and well documented by the previous administration, reveal that he had been twice queried and warned for acts of Misconduct and Truancy.  


A warning is taken seriously in the Public Services. Surely, a staff like that whose continued stay in service is by God's mercy cannot be entrusted with the responsible office of HOD. Besides, the contract staff, although the law allows a relatively short time for such appointment, is a respectable character and his wealth of experience constitutes a dependable source of knowledge the junior ones in the Department shall continue to understudy, benefit from and subsequently apply for the good of the hospital.



12. Okoyong Health Centre:  
The Health Centre, Okoyong, has been renovated and modernized thereby leading to increasing patronage of the centre by indigenes of the community and beyond.



13. Completion of Abandoned Projects: Projects which were initiated in 2012/2013 and wickedly abandoned by the immediate past administration have been re-commenced.  So far, the current leadership has re-commenced work on the 56 suit laboratory to Radiology link road and secured visitors car park.  We believe the abandoned 56-Suite House Officers Quarters will soon come on stream.



14. Health Records & Revenue Management: 
There has been introduction and deployment of electronic Health Records, Information and Revenue Management system which have engendered efficiency and blocked leakages in the system.


15. ENT Nursing: 
The school of post Base ENT nursing has been renovated and working towards re-securing accreditation.  One the only such school in Southern Nigeria.  It was abandoned by the immediate past administration.




16. Other Interventions: 
There are other areas of positive intervention including the beautiful streetlight project, the Ward Lightings, renovation of the mortuary, etc. 
 Concerning academics, many Departments that had lost accreditation to train our people for the benefit of our society have had their accreditation fully restored within the last 2 years.  Other Departments who never had accreditation now have successfully gained accreditation.  We can continue to count.



The successes recorded by the current management within two years in office stand in stark contrast to the maladministration of the immediate past rulership. The reason for such tremendous achievements is not far-fetched. It can be attributable to the inalienable commitment of the Board and Management to the development of the hospital. The Chairman of the Board, Col. Abdul Muhammadu (Rtd), as a highly reputed solider who rendered diligent service to the nation and meritoriously retired, has proven his mettle as a gentleman of impeccable integrity by ensuring harmonious relationship between the Board and Management for the overall benefit of the hospital.

 

We, therefore, wish to particularly counsel the past leadership and their racketeering contractor to desist from their sponsorship of ever failing plots of mischief, calumny and pull-him-down.  They should learn from the divine wisdom that "who God blesses, no man can curse". Rather, they should join hands with the dynamic leadership of the current Board and Management in their undeterred march to elevate UCTH to greatness.


Going by records available to us, we make bold to say that the UCTH has never had it so good from inception.  We are all living witnesses to a revolution in growth and development sweeping through all facets of the hospital.  As staff and stakeholders, we support the current leadership whole-heartedly, with all our power and all our might. 


Accordingly, we shall resist whatever act of mischief designed to derail this progressive course of taking the hospital to unprecedented glory and greatness.
We thank God for blessing our beloved UCTH with a thoroughbred leadership – a diligent and disciplined Board Chairman on one hand, with the support of progressive minded Board members, and an astute and visionary CMD on the other hand, ably supported by loyal and disciplined Management Staff. Together, they have ensured decorum and tranquility in the hospital, thus all hands are on deck and all eyes focused on growth and development.




Monday, 12 April 2021

Defect and lose your seat, ex governor warns incumbent over defection rumour

 


As the 2023 election year draws closer with party primaries just months away, the political climate in most states like Cross River, Zamfara and Ebonyi are tensed up with rumours of defections and counter rumors. 


The heat of defection is currently very strong in Cross River and Zamfara as governor Ayade of Cross River have been facing a serious running battle with members of the National Assembly from the State. This has divided the party in the state while crippling party activities.

Recently, Ayade who played host to governor Balla Mohammed was heard complaining about the several injustice he has faced from the PDP while warning that he will no longer tolerate such level of disrespect and injustice meted on him and his office, stating that he is dancing on the fence.

Many had taken the governor's dancing on the fence statement to mean he is in between two parties. 


Also in Zamfara, governor Bello Matawelle have had his own fair share of party tussle as to who takes hold of the soul of the party in his state. With this supremacy tussle lingering for long there are strong rumors that the governor might be dumping his party for the APC which seems to be a strong party in his state. 



It was based on the aforementioned that a former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji AbulAziz Yari, informed  governor, Matawalle, that his movement to APC will mean forfeiture of his seat as governor  to note that he would lose his seat going by the Supreme Court's verdict that brought him to power in 2019.

Yari who said there's yet to be a verbal or official communication to the governor's decisions to leave the party, however, cautioned that the apex court nullified the election of the APC candidates in 2019 and announced the PDP candidates as winners who would remain in power till 2023.

"As such, until after that period, any PDP elected officer who defects to another party must also vacate his seat going by the court's judgment," he said.

Yari who was at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Gusau on Sunday to distribute N1.3bn assorted grains he purchased for the APC supporters as Ramadan gift, said he believes Matawalle was being misled by some people to join the APC "forgetting the circumstances that have made him to become the governor of the state."

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Let's rally round our new Olu designate, Prince Tsola Emiko, Dr. Agbolaya urges Itsekiri

 


...Calls for unity to move Iwere land forward



A Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Amb. Evangelist, Dr. Toyin Agbolaya has appealed to all Itsekiri sons and daughters to rally round the new Olu of Warri Designate, Prince Tsola Emiko who was presented as the Omoba Monday April 5, 2021 at Big Warri (Ode-Itsekiri) the ancestral home of all Itsekiri.


Dr. Agbolaya while urging Itsekiri nation to support the Omoba,  described Prince Tsola Emiko  the new Warri Monarch designate as a well equipped Man who has the basic necessary requirements of royalty to pilot the affairs of Iwere land to greater progressive heights.




Amb. Dr. Agbolaya who was recently ordained in the Lord's vineyard as an evangelist, said thus "that he's very  sure the Omoba will sail the Iwere ship to the promised land and better days ahead for Warri Kingdom.


" I enjoined all Iwere faithful to join hands with him to move the kingdom forward".


Evangelist Dr. Agbolaya called on those aggrieved to come for peaceful dialogue for unity and interest of Warri Kingdom as well as work for uplifting of Itsekiri togetherness anchored on  the revered Crown which is sign of their unity.


Dr. Agbolaya congratulated The new Olu of Warri Designate saying he is proud of the Omoba as his Boss, adding that he has been in touch with Warri people touching lives positively for development of Warri Kingdom.
Gani Adams is obstructing justice - Yoruba Women



 

South-West women on Monday accused the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, of threatening peace and security, obstructing justice, distorting facts and embarking on a campaign of blackmail.

''We will not fold our arms and allow Gani Adams to rubbish the good name and excellent track record Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko has built over the years'' the descendants of Oduduwa said.

They also tongue-lashed Adams for his apparent disregard for law.

 ''Gani Adams and his co-travellers are behaving like a pack of juveniles. They don't mean well for this country''

In a statement in Osogbo, the women praised Onadeko for her extraordinary courage and absolute understanding of security issues in Oyo State.

They accused Adams of pushing the real issues aside and employing sentiments and blackmail to explain the security situation in Oyo State.

The notable South-West women expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Onadeko to address the security challenges in Oyo State.

Signed by the Chairperson of Yoruba Women in Government (YWIG), Chief Fumilayo Adesanwo, the women commended the courage and patriotism of Onadeko to rid Oyo State of kidnappers, arsonists and other criminal elements.

The women underscored the shameful show of power, uncivilized tactics and the rights of citizens.

They condemned the   uncouth language, arrogant demeanor and use of brute force by Gani Adams and members of the Oodua People's Congress (OPC).

''Gani Adams did not put on his thinking garb before calling for the redeployment of the police commissioner. He is misinforming the people''

Specifically, they took a swipe at the action of the OPC members in Kajola community, Ibarapa North Local Government, describing it as unacceptable.

 ''The solution does not lie in the use of blackmail or force''

The women further praised Governor Seyi Makinde for protecting the lives and property of the people of Oyo State

They also urged the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to ignore Gani Adams.

''The South-West people are solidly behind Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko. We are very proud of her. She has given good account of herself in Oyo State'' the statement added

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

"Forgive, unite and development your communities", council boss charges leaders







The Chairman, Odupkani Local Government Area, Hon. Mrs. Justina Edem, has called on leaders of the Local Government Area to seek ways to foster development in the council while ensuring peace and unity is their main objective. 


Mrs. Justina who made this know in Calabar during the 2021 Easter Celebration party held for councilors and appointees of the council, admonished the council leaders to forgive one another and live in harmony while  calling on all indigenes and residents of Odukpani to respect and love one another as they go about their normal  businesses. She advised all her Councilors and Appointees to remain united towards the development of their various communities.

She further noted that as Christians, Easter was a period to reflect on the gains of Jesus Christ death and apply same to our daily live. She emphasized that Easter signifies sacrifice, peace and  forgiveness, as evoked by Jesus Christ's death on the cross giving us the leverage as Christians to access the throne of grace.

Mrs. Edem used the event to appreciate the Executive governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for restoring peace and sanity in the State through the launch of a security outfit code name "Operation Akpakwu" which has seriously combated crimes and reduced insecurity in the state. She expressed satisfaction with the success stories recorded so far in weeding out criminal elements in Odukpani Local Government Area. She urged the security outfit not to relent in their effort to weed out those who might regroup.


Also appreciating the leader of the party in the Local Government, Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr. Rt. Hon. (Deno Enuo), including Amb. Francis Bassey, Hon Oqua E. Oqua, for their continuous support to Odukpani Local Government Area. She reiterate her resolve in consolidating on the already gains so far achieved in ensuring the Council grows from strength to strength.

For appointees and councilors of Odupkani, 2021 Easter came with so much glamour and sober reflections as the chairman of council, Mrs. Justina Edem hosted them to a treat at the Cross River Cultural Village, where they were entertained with traditional dances, comedy, public interface and merriment.



The event which was in partnership with the G-5 group led by her president, Mr Effiong Edet Oqua (Etoakpa) had several dignitaries in attendance including the Vice Chairman Hon. Enefiok Inyang, The leader of legislature Hon. Eton Effiong Okon and Councilors, the Secretary Pastor Terrance Orok, Special Adviser to the governor on Public Affairs, Prince Eyo Ita Okon, as well as Appointees from State and Local Government and Odukpani PDP Chapter Chairman, Mr Edem Eyo Anam with his Secretary Mr Jimmy Ekpe.
Ayade goes tough suspense more aides, orders investigation of two MDAs

 



Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade in what seems like a sanitation of the system while resolving to "Finish Strong" has approves the suspension of Mr. Gabe Onah as Chairman, Carnival Commission.

The suspension is coming few days after the Commission organized and had the first ever Calabar Carnival award to recognize some eminent personalities whose contributions have gone unnoticed since the establishment of the Calabar Carnival.


The suspension is the second since the Governor made his declaration of finishing strong which saw to the suspension of the Chairman of IRS, Mr. Akpanke Ogar and the SA, Media, Miss Ursula Agbor. Like the former, details of the reason for the suspension were not revealed, however, according to the press release, the suspension takes immediate effect.

Recalled that since the establishment of the Commission, Mr. Gab Onah has been on ground and conducting the affairs of the Commission. He is well schooled on the working of the carnival having attended several training on the growth and development of tourism with particular reference to carnival development.

According to some Cross Riverians who reacted to the suspension, they faulted the timing of the suspension which as earlier mentioned came up shortly after the award night conducted by the Commission. For them, Mr. Onah is storehouse on the affairs of carnival which remains untapped given his many years of experience in the industry. For others however, Mr. Onah has overstayed his welcome having been there from time immemorial, his ideas were becoming defective, hence he should give way to fresh hands and ideas. However, the Governor has not named any replacement to take up from the suspended Mr. Gab Onah.


Similarly, Gov Ayade has also approved of the investigation into the activities Ministry of Lands & Urban Development and the Cross River Geographic Information Agency (CRGIA), sets up committees to carry out these tasks.

According to the press release signed by the Special Adviser Media to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, Mrs. Franca Inok, the Auditor General for Local Government will serve as chairman of the committee, Mr. Efem Eja and Mrs. Agede Ibe will serve as members.

Whereas Mr. Henry Ojogu, a former accountant general in the state will act as Chairman, Mr. Michael Mbang, Prince Ekanem Ekpo Nya will serve as members of the committee to investigate the activities of the Cross River Geographic & Information Agency.

The committee will investigate the activities of the agency from 2015 on matters concerning ground rent and building approval of all new property.

Interestingly, the agency according to reliable information was almost grounded as they were faced with multiplicity of problems especially in the discharge of their duties. The source went on to mention the overbearing interference as one of the challenges of the agency



Source: Primetimenewsonline.com
Easter Celebration: Mrs. Obiano Sues for Peace among Women

Ukpa Ewa | April 4, 2021



AWKA Wife of Anambra State Governor and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano has called on Anambra women to work hard to ensure that peace reigns in the state.

Mrs Obiano made the plea in her Easter message signed on her behalf by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Anambra State Governor, Mr Emeka Ozumba. 

According to her, Easter was a culmination of the season of passion which signifies the sacrificial love of Christ for humankind.

 She further urged all to  pray for sustenance of peace and security which the state has enjoyed over the years. 

"Mothers should derive inspiration from  the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ and other women during the Passion of Christ, and be dedicated in prayers for the good of our families and our state so that the miracle and love of the Risen Christ will pervade our land". 

The Governor's Wife commended the Governor Chief Willie Obiano for his strength of character and restraint amidst daunting challenges.

She however prayed that God Almighty who destined the state as the Light of the Nation will continue to guide him successfully so that his passion and sacrifice in service of Anambra State will not be in vain. 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

C'River Gov dethrones monarch who hosted Innoson motor's Chairman after UNICAL Convocation




Barley 24 hours after the University of Calabar held its 34th convocation ceremony where Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman/CEO, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), received a honorary award, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo), Ugoji Nwabueze Esq, has withdrawn the chieftaincy title and certificate conffered on Chief Emmanuel Ezenweny as the 'Eze Ndigbo' in Cross River State. TDN can authoritatively report. 


Speaking exclusively with TDN, Bar. Nwabueze who is also the president of Ohanaeze IndIgbo in Cross River State disclosed that although the hosting of the Chairman of Innoson motors who was in Calabar to receive a honorary award by the University of Calabar instigated the press release which enforced the dethronment of the Eze Ndigbo, the Press release was predicated on an already existing law instituted by the South East Traditional Rulers Council since 2018.

Explaining further, Nwabueze said his press statement dethroning Chief Emmaunuel Ezenwany as Eze Ndigbo although instigated by the actions of dethroned Eze but its backed by the decision of the South East Traditional Rulers Council, where the council had frowned at the "Eze Ndigbo" title. 


"My brother Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson motors is a national figure, his visit to Calabar is very strategic so those nodding him should have allowed him to either visit the governor or the deputy governor so that the state can see linkages to tap from his visit. Also such a very important person as Innoson should have even visited the traditional rulers of the land. But he was blocked from embarking on those visits even when we suggested it. They blocked the man from seeing the monachs of the land, maybe because they think they have a Palace according to them so he blocked the man from going to see the Obong." The Ohanaeze leader informed. 

"After which they started sharing the video to show that he is still in charge as Igwe even when the South East Traditional Rulers Council had dethroned him. So the Press statement from my office both as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) and President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, was a follow up of the South East Traditional Rulers Council decisions. As you know, I can't give what I don't have. It therefore means that his title which was in error is null and void. He stands dethroned. My action is on the instruction of the South Eastern Traditional Rulers Council." He added. 
 


He informed that "The South East Traditional Rulers Council, after their meeting in early October, 2018 re-stated that the "Eze Ndigbo" title had become a contentious issue among Ndigbo in diaspora. Stating that the Council had "Through a well circulated newspaper advertorials, particularly Sun Newspapers, had banned the use of the title of "Eze Ndi Igbo" in diaspora by any one."


According to the Press Statement signed by Bar Nwabueze, the South East Traditional Rulers Council had "described the said title as "impository, malicious, vexatious, offensive and Insulting to the Traditional rulers in South East and the host traditional institutions in the  communities where such exist"


The South-East monarchs wondered how any sane man will want to become Eze (king) in another man's kingdom. The council then advised those desiring to be coronated as EZE or IGWE to go back to their respective communities in the south east and aspire to such office and get coronated there. 

The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenweny reads in full: 

 PRESS  STATEMENT 

WITHDRAWAL OF THE TITLE OF 'EZE NDI IGBO" CROSS RIVER STATE BASED ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM SOUTH EAST TRADITIONAL RULERS COUNCIL 

The South East Traditional Rulers Council, after their meeting in early October, 2018 re-stated that the "Eze Ndigbo" title had become a contentious issue among Ndigbo in diaspora. 

Through a well circulated newspaper advertorials,  particularly Sun Newspapers, the South East Traditional Rulers  Council had banned the use of the title of "Eze Ndi Igbo" in diaspora by any one. 

It described the said title as "impositotry, malicious, vexatious  , offensive and Insulting to the Traditional rulers in South East and the host traditional instutions in the  communities where such exist"

The South-East monarchs wondered how any sane man will want to become Eze (king) in another man's kingdom. The council then advised those desiring to be coronated as EZE or IGWE to go back to their respective communities in the south east and aspire to such office and get coronated there. 

The decision was reaffirmed at the last meeting of South East Traditional Rulers Council held at Enugu in November, 2020. According to Vanguard newspapers of November, 25, page 26, titled " Igbo Monarchs battle Eze Igbo in diaspora", it quoted the chairman of Abia State Traditional Rulers Council as saying that the EZE IGBO title in diaspora is against Igbo tradition and should be abolished. 

Also, a prominent monarch in Enugu  State and the Traditional ruler of Obimo Autonomous Community, Igwe Spencer Ugwueke, condemned in strong terms the conferment of Eze Igbo in diaspora on Igbo indegenes. He asked if any one had ever heard of an Hausa man crowned Emir in Igbo land or any Yoruba man answering Oba in any Igbo state.

The said-newspaper report noted with dismay that in spite of the ban on the title, some persons were still parading themselves as such and asked such persons to stop forth with as such conduct and title were embarrassing to South East Traditional Rulers Council.

And Cross River state is not an exception as the controversy over the title has created frosty relationship among Ndi Igbo and the traditional institution in Cross River for decades now.

It is on record that the Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council over the years have been consistent in the rejection of the title.

1n 2004, when the idea of the said-title was muted, the then Obong of Calabar was so angry that those who ever thought of the idea were punished as he stripped two of them the title of, "Ada Ida ke" confered on both some years back. The Obong's Council described such title as grossly disrespectful to the traditional Institutions in the State.

On October 20, 2018 during the OHANAEZE  IGBO DAY, CROSS RIVER STATE, the  coronation of Eze Ndi Igbo  ( KING OF THE IGBO) came up again . 

The Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council upon hearing about the coming event issued a Press Statement reiterating it's earlier opposition to the title and coronation as it were over the years. In protest, all stayed away from the event. It was on the ground of the opposition that the coronation of the said- Eze Igbo was cancelled. 

However, a group of self-serving  cartel among Ndigbo in the state insisted I must proceed with issuance of certificate of coronation in my capacity as President of OHANAEZE CROSS RIVER STATE even when I drew their attention to the earlier ban on the title by the South East Traditional Rulers Council.

The certificate was subsquently issued by me at Boki under duress, outside the eagle eyes of the State Traditional Rulers Council.

The South East Traditional Rulers Council has now mandated me to officially withdraw the said-Certificate I had issued in error. It is obvious I don't have the capacity to install any one as such since my root did not draw strenght from royalty.

Since I can't give what I don't have, the Certificate signed by me is hereby withdrawn accordingly as its issuance has continued to jeorpadise the smooth relationship among Ndi Igbo in Cross River and the State Traditional Rulers Council.

It is regrettable that one man's interest has continued to militate against the majority and general interest of Ndi Igbo in Cross River.

As an appointee of the Governor, I have the mandate to do what is right and what will promote the interest and well being of Ndi Igbo in the state and restore the our confidence among our history communities.

The error of  issuance of the Certificate of the title of Eze Ndi Igbo by me is accordingly regretted and any one parading himself as such remains an impostor and should be treated so by relevant authorities, especially security agents.

The arrogance of the claimant to the office has got to crescendo as it grossly showed disrespect to Ndi Igbo and the host communities, as depicted in a COMMUNIQUE issued and dated March 20, 2021

The illegal meeting was allegedly held at 'Obi EzeIgbo, (private home of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi), the so-called EZEIGBO. Perhaps,  "king" of the Igbo in Cross River is above the law and a non- respecter of instructions, lawful orders  and constituted authority.

We, therefore, enjoin the general public to take note of the recent development within the Igbo Community while urging all our people to remain calm and go about their normal business and legally.

Sign....

Ugoji Nwabueze,Esq,
SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GOVERNOR ON NON INDIGENE AFFAIRS (IGBO) AND PRESIDENT OF OHANAEZE NDI IGBO, CROSS RIVER STATE.

Copy: 

Chairman, South East Traditional Council,

Chairman, Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council,

The Permanent Secretary/ SSO
Calabar

The Obong of Calabar

The Ndidem of Oquas.

Muri Munene.

The Commissioner of Police 

Director, DSS.


Several attempts made by our correspondent to reach Chief Ezenwanyi proofed abortive as his both lines were switched off for two days. 




The dethronement of Eze Ndigbo would end a 40 year rift between C'River Traditional stool and the Igbos - Ohanaeze
chief Emmanuel Ezenwaenyi




The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, Barr Ugoji Nwabueze has said that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo  and the abolishment of the title will restore peace and unity as well as end a forty (40) year old rift between Ndigbos in Cross River State and monarchs in their host communities. 

Nwabueze who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) made this known while reacting to issues on the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo in Cross River State. 


Nwabueze told TDN that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel, Ezenwenyi and abolishment of the Eze Ndigbo title in Cross River State will kick start the process of ending a 40 years old rift between the Igbos and their host communities. 

"That title has created a very terrible relationship between us and the host communities, when that idea was muted in Calabar, those who were involved were even punished by the then Obong of Calabar who withdrew the 'Adaidiha ke Efik Eburutu' titles conferred on them. The Obong described it as very insulting and degrading."


"As a reaction the South East Traditional Rulers Council now said if you want to be king, don't go to another man's land and be king, just come home and aspire if you so qualify we will make you king. 
There are a lot of people who are Ezes in their communities, but they live here in Calabar. They have been so coronated kings in their communities, but you here you have not been recognized/coronated King by your own community and you are calling yourself King in someone's land."

Speaking further, Nwabueze added that, "The Obong council is very angry that in their own community someone is calling himself King. Can there be two kings exiting in one land? This issue has created a big rift between us and the Obong's Council. Because of these we can't go to the Obong Palace and they can't come to us. In those days when we have Igbo day we invite the Obong and he attends our functions we also do likewise to them, most times we present a cow gift to them."

"Those thing have all diminish because of one man's interest. So I felt we need to do something urgently before it boils down to outright breach of public peace, because when the natives tolerate you for a while it will boil down to full flesh conflagration." The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said. 


The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi came in barley 24 hours after the University of Calabar held its 34th convocation ceremony where Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman/CEO, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), received a honorary award, and Chief Innocent Chukwuma was seen in a viral video paying a courtesy visit to the dethroned monarch. 

It was therefore, rumored that the visit by the business mogul to the monarch didn't go well with some power blocs, thus the press release dethroning chief Ezenwenyi

In his reactions  Barr. Nwabueze disclosed that although the hosting of the Chairman of Innoson motors instigated the press release which enforced the dethronement of the Eze Ndigbo, but the Press release was predicated on an already existing law instituted by the South East Traditional Rulers Council since 2018.


"My brother Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson motors is a national figure, his visit to Calabar is very strategic so those nodding him should have allowed him to either visit the governor or the deputy governor so that the state can see linkages to tap from his visit. Also such a very important person as Innoson should have even visited the traditional rulers of the land. But he was blocked from embarking on those visits even when we suggested it. They blocked the man from seeing the monachs of the land, maybe because they think they have a Palace according to them so he blocked the man from going to see the Obong." The Ohanaeze leader informed. 

"After which they started sharing the video to show that he is still in charge as Igwe even when the South East Traditional Rulers Council had dethroned him. So the Press statement from my office both as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) and President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, was a follow up of the South East Traditional Rulers Council decisions. As you know, I can't give what I don't have. It therefore means that his title which was in error is null and void. He stands dethroned. My action is on the instruction of the South Eastern Traditional Rulers Council." He added. 
 


He informed that "The South East Traditional Rulers Council, after their meeting in early October, 2018 re-stated that the "Eze Ndigbo" title had become a contentious issue among Ndigbo in diaspora. Stating that the Council had "Through a well circulated newspaper advertorials, particularly Sun Newspapers, had banned the use of the title of "Eze Ndi Igbo" in diaspora by any one."


According to the Press Statement signed by Bar Nwabueze, the South East Traditional Rulers Council had "described the said title as "impository, malicious, vexatious, offensive and Insulting to the Traditional rulers in South East and the host traditional institutions in the  communities where such exist"


The South-East monarchs wondered how any sane man will want to become Eze (king) in another man's kingdom. The council then advised those desiring to be coronated as EZE or IGWE to go back to their respective communities in the south east and aspire to such office and get coronated there. 

The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi reads in full: Eze Ndigbo in C'River Dethroned

In a latest development, a Socio-Cultural group known as 'NKA IKEMESIT MKPARAWA ESSIEN EFIK DUOB-EBA has issued a quit notice to the Eze Ndigbo, Chief Emmaunuel The dethronement of Eze Ndigbo would end a 40 year rift between C'River Traditional stool and the Igbos - Ohanaeze



The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, Barr Ugoji Nwabueze has said that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo  and the abolishment of the title will restore peace and unity as well as end a forty (40) year old rift between Ndigbos in Cross River State and monarchs in their host communities. 

Nwabueze who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) made this known while reacting to issues on the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo in Cross River State. 


Nwabueze told TDN that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel, Ezenwenyi and abolishment of the Eze Ndigbo title in Cross River State will kick start the process of ending a 40 years old rift between the Igbos and their host communities. 

"That title has created a very terrible relationship between us and the host communities, when that idea was muted in Calabar, those who were involved were even punished by the then Obong of Calabar who withdrew the 'Adaidiha ke Efik Eburutu' titles conferred on them. The Obong described it as very insulting and degrading."


"As a reaction the South East Traditional Rulers Council now said if you want to be king, don't go to another man's land and be king, just come home and aspire if you so qualify we will make you king. 
There are a lot of people who are Ezes in their communities, but they live here in Calabar. They have been so coronated kings in their communities, but you here you have not been recognized/coronated King by your own community and you are calling yourself King in someone's land."

Speaking further, Nwabueze added that, "The Obong council is very angry that in their own community someone is calling himself King. Can there be two kings exiting in one land? This issue has created a big rift between us and the Obong's Council. Because of these we can't go to the Obong Palace and they can't come to us. In those days when we have Igbo day we invite the Obong and he attends our functions we also do likewise to them, most times we present a cow gift to them."

"Those thing have all diminish because of one man's interest. So I felt we need to do something urgently before it boils down to outright breach of public peace, because when the natives tolerate you for a while it will boil down to full flesh conflagration." The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said. 


The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi came in barley 24 hours after the University of Calabar held its 34th convocation ceremony where Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman/CEO, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), received a honorary award, and Chief Innocent Chukwuma was seen in a viral video paying a courtesy visit to the dethroned monarch. 

It was therefore, rumored that the visit by the business mogul to the monarch didn't go well with some power blocs, thus the press release dethroning chief Ezenwenyi. 

In his reactions  Barr. Nwabueze disclosed that although the hosting of the Chairman of Innoson motors instigated the press release which enforced the dethronement of the Eze Ndigbo, but the Press release was predicated on an already existing law instituted by the South East Traditional Rulers Council since 2018.


"My brother Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson motors is a national figure, his visit to Calabar is very strategic so those nodding him should have allowed him to either visit the governor or the deputy governor so that the state can see linkages to tap from his visit. Also such a very important person as Innoson should have even visited the traditional rulers of the land. But he was blocked from embarking on those visits even when we suggested it. They blocked the man from seeing the monachs of the land, maybe because they think they have a Palace according to them so he blocked the man from going to see the Obong." The Ohanaeze leader informed. 

"After which they started sharing the video to show that he is still in charge as Igwe even when the South East Traditional Rulers Council had dethroned him. So the Press statement from my office both as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) and President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, was a follow up of the South East Traditional Rulers Council decisions. As you know, I can't give what I don't have. It therefore means that his title which was in error is null and void. He stands dethroned. My action is on the instruction of the South Eastern Traditional Rulers Council." He added. 
 


He informed that "The South East Traditional Rulers Council, after their meeting in early October, 2018 re-stated that the "Eze Ndigbo" title had become a contentious issue among Ndigbo in diaspora. Stating that the Council had "Through a well circulated newspaper advertorials, particularly Sun Newspapers, had banned the use of the title of "Eze Ndi Igbo" in diaspora by any one."


According to the Press Statement signed by Bar Nwabueze, the South East Traditional Rulers Council had "described the said title as "impository, malicious, vexatious, offensive and Insulting to the Traditional rulers in South East and the host traditional institutions in the  communities where such exist"


The South-East monarchs wondered how any sane man will want to become Eze (king) in another man's kingdom. The council then advised those desiring to be coronated as EZE or IGWE to go back to their respective communities in the south east and aspire to such office and get coronated there. 

The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi reads in full:


In a latest development, a Socio-Cultural group known as NKA INEMESIT MKPARAWA ESSIEN EFIK DUOB-EBA has issued a quit notice to the Eze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi, asking him to leave the state within the next 7days for Insulting the Obong of Calabar. 



Several attempts made by our correspondent to reach Chief Ezenwanyi proofed abortive as his both lines were switched off for two days.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

"We've loss confidence in you, resign" staff tells UCTH board Chairman




..says board no longer effective 


Amalgamated Union of UCTH concerned workers have called the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire, to as a matter of urgency take cursory look into what is happening at the institution TDN has garnered.

They also called for the resignation of the Board Chairman stressing that he has lost grip of the hospital especially as he cannot check the activities of the leadership of the hospital.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, signed by Ipole Edom and Theophilus Eyong, they called for the Board Chairman's resignation because he no longer has grip of the health Institution, describing the board as an appendage of the management of the hospital.

They sighted several issues going wrong at the hospital including high-handedness, neglect of civil service rules, unnecessary litigations against the hospital, using contract staff as head of department.

They further stated that the intervention fund released by the NCDC to the hospital has also been shrowded in secrecy adding that the board was not aware of the current employment that was carried out by the present leadership of the health Institution.

The statement partly read: "There are so many unresolved issues bedeviling the hospital which has lingered for too long without being sorted.

"We have lost confidence in the board and especially the Chairman, because he boycotts meetings which are veritable platforms to resolve such imbroglio affecting the hospital.

"The issue of appointing contract staff as head of department, staff welfare, suspension of workers arbitrarily without concluding their investigation.

"We are also aware that the board not have the facts as it concerns the recent employment carried out by the current leadership of the hospital, and we demand that the original list that was approved by the Federal Character Commission be made available.

"We hereby call on the Minister to intervene swiftly before things completely get out of hand at the health institution. Our hospital has become a private one whereby clients, patients and relations now attack staff because they are frustrated due to high bills and charges by the management," they stated.

"We are aware that JOHESU in their letter raised some of the issues in question even though they were not detailed but, the board decided to sweep the matter under the carpet by not addressing them.

In the letter written by JOHESU they said: "We resolve to seek audience with the Board of Management of UCTH, this is to enable us present issues that had been lingering about staff welfare that requires urgent attention to calm down tension in the hospital and ensure non-disruption of service delivery to our clients who deserved prompt and adequate service.

"We want to state categorically that all is not well in the hospital it was high time the issues are resolved to avoid disruption of services will may amount to the hospital loosing revenue," they stated.

When contacted, the board Chairman, Col. Abdul Waziri said he was not aware of the matters raised as he was only hearing them for the first time, but ask that he should be given time to make further findings about the issue raised.

"I am not aware of the matters you have just brought to my notice, I need some days to get my facts right, call me back on Friday, and I will respond appropriately," he said.