Tuesday, 29 November 2022

JUST IN: Court Sentences IGP To Three Months In Prison
Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja has sentenced the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

Delivering ruling, Justice Olajuwon issued the order following a suit filed by a former police officer, Patrick Okoli who claimed he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigeria Police Force.

More to follow…

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Prince Otu makes case for Calabar Seaport as Tinubu's wife leads APC South South Women to converge in Calabar
Prince Bassey Otu, APC gubernatorial candidate for Cross River State Addressing APC women recently in Calabar

The governorship candidate and standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River state, Sen. Prince Bassey Otu has called on the party's presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu to key the state into various sectors that will help revamp the economy of the state.

He noted that if the calabar seaport comes alive, Cross River will be made, as the governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade CON, has already made available a $10m investment portfolio which will be unveil in no distance time. 

Speaking during the APC South South Women Rally held in Calabar, Otu said Cross River is emerging as the fastest growing economy in south of the niger,while calling on the federal government to assist the state grow economically being the first capital of the country. 

The eloquent, grassroot politician fondly called 'Sweet Prince', said Cross River is totally for Tinubu and the party will deliver APC from start to finish. 

"Cross River is emerging as the fastest growing economy east of the Niger 
We have an investment portfolio of $10m which we are going to unveil soon, courtesy the digital governor of Cross River state. 

We want you to key us into all the sectors, we don't want you to forget about our seaports. The moment we have that in place cross river state is made. 

Let me thank everyone and each of you for coming. Our total support is for Jagaban and nothing is going to change that." He said. 

In her remarks Aisha Buhari, First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria called on women to be serious with the activities and programs of the party so as to attain victory, while expressing optimism that women and youths will deliver in the forthcoming 2023 general elections. She noted that the party stands for peace and progress, urging the women to carry the campaign with seriousness and commitment. 

Sen. Oluremi Tinubu who read the remarks on behalf of the first lady, said they would bring succor to unemployed youths in the state and as well, turn around the fortune of the people of the state for the better.

Governor Ben Ayade expressed gratitude for the choice of the state for the flag off of the campaign for the party candidates. "Our support for Asiwaju Tinubu is not because he is perfect. Our support for Asiwaju is because of his provable excellent track record as a people person who can consolidate on the gains of the present, drive inclusive growth, and lead our country to become more prosperous. "It is clear that the Asiwaju Tinubu/Shettima presidential ticket is the most experienced and the most progressive combination available on the ballot in 2023," the governor said. 

Earlier in her opening remark, APC National Women leader, Dr. Betta Edu mentioned that they will work with the presidential candidate to ensure that the rights and privileges of Nigerian women are fully protected. "We will work with Asiwaju to ensure that the rights and privileges of Nigerian women are fully protected." "I assure you of our commitment to making sure that women always get enough seats at the table where issues of public importance are decided." She added.

Friday, 25 November 2022

Ayade's aide inducted into Fellowship of African Institute of Public health Professionals

Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong has been inducted into the prestigious body of health professionals in the African Continent as a "Fellow, African Institute of Public health Professionals".

The Cerebral Doctor who was in the company of well-established and renowned Public Health Professionals across the continent was filled with joy in a highly delighted occasion held at the Egyptian Capital, Cairo, North Africa. 

The young, energetic and vibrant DG who has created a nitch for herself in the Public Health sector with her most recent achievements coming as the Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency is well celebrated and considered by many as a leading light brightening the future of young Appointees in the Country.

With a dogged and resilient approach towards Community-based Medical  Services, Dr Janet Ekpenyong has created one of the longest and most effective work chains as she often leads from the front sensitizing, vaccinating, and consulting in different Communities defiling natural barriers irrespective of time and seasons.

Owing to these noble feats achieved in recent years, the Havard-certified and Igbinedion University Graduate is impacting the lives of women and children across the state with her unquantifiable and dynamic philanthropic gestures all year round.

Since she was appointed the Second Executive Secretary of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency by His Excellency, Senator Ben Ayade,  Dr Janet Ekpenyong has supervised the revitalization of some major health facilities across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state, facilitated the kick-starting and full implementation of revolutionary health policies, unbiased employment of health workers and the functionality of the programs.

While she stood with pride bearing the nation's flag at the event, Dr Janet Ekpenyong remains humble as she sees opportunities like these as stepping stones and better prospects to meet the unmet, the vulnerable and those who desire the impact of government the most.

In the last couple of years, Dr Janet Ekpenyong stands tall with giants in the health sector, proffering solutions to common health challenges and policies, while harnessing available support to help the nation actualize the vision towards universal health coverage while she also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Forum of Executive Secretaries in Nigeria.

Our highly celebrated and influential Medical practitioner isn't a novice in the International scene as she has worked with several international organizations to promote funding for health, such organization is Palladium on a USAID – Health Policy Project as the National Technical Advisor, where she led on Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) and Public Financial Management (PFM) support for Sustainable Health Financing of HIV/AIDS and TB Programs at the national level both in Lagos and Kano States.
She also provided technical expertise on the USAID Health Policy Plus/Integrated Health Policy Project where she Led the design and implementation of relevant studies including State Health Accounts, Fiscal Space Analysis and public expenditure reviews which culminated in an improved health financing environment in the supported states. She also worked with Abt Associates on the USAID-Health Finance and Governance Project in Cross River where she was able to support the state on domestic resource mobilization for health leading to increased budgetary allocation and releases for health.

In her continuous quest for knowledge, Dr Janet Ekpenyong is currently studying for a  PhD program in public health at the Texila American university, she has a master's degree in public health from the University of Glasgow. She is a graduate of medicine and surgery from Igbinedion university and has a lot of certifications from prestigious schools Such as the University of Washington, The Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Southern Medical University Guanzhou, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine amongst others.

She is a recipient of numerous Awards and recognitions including a Justice of Peace Medal by the universal peace federation, Distinguished Award of honour and Excellence Award, Rotary club international, and lions club international amongst others.

Dr Ekpenyong is widely celebrated for her humanitarian and philanthropy services as she is committed and passionate about causes which help to improve the welfare and socioeconomic status of people especially those in rural communities.

Others who were also inducted include Dr Naeema Hassam Al-Gasseer, Country Representative of the
WHO Egypt, the National women leader, Dr Betta Edu, Former Sudan minister of health and WHO Country Director,  Dr Akram Ali  Mohammed amongst others.

Here are some pictures from the event: 

Tinubu Said Campaigning In South-East ‘Waste Of Time And Money’ – Babachir Lawal
Babachir Lawal

Thursday night, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal told Nigerians that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu said campaigning in the South-East was a waste of time and resources during the party's primaries.

Speaking during a political program on Channels Television's Politics Today, Babachir said Tinubu behaves as if he is already the president of the country. That his ego and entitlement attitude will lead to his failure at the poll come 2023. 

"During the convention, he didn't even allow us go the South-East," Mr Lawal said. 

"He said it was a waste of time and money."
Mr Lawal made the comment while analysing Mr Tinubu's chances in the imminent February presidential polls.

According to him, the APC candidate stands no chance of winning the election.

Mr Lawal has endorsed the Labour Party's Peter Obi, although he is still a member of the APC.

He broke off with Mr Tinubu after the latter announced a Muslim as his running mate for the 2023 polls.

Mr Lawal and some other APC members had advocated for the appointment of a Northern Christian in order to balance the ticket.

Lawal noted that the Muslim-Muslim ticket is an insult on Christians, especially those from the northern extraction of the Country. 

BREAKING: Gospel Musician, Sammie Okposo, Dies At 51
Sammie Okposo


This was made known by a source close to the musician. He said Okposo slumped and died on Friday morning.

The development comes about 15 hours after the musician posted a Throwback photo of Sammie Okposo Praise Party on his verified Instagram page on Thursday.

Details regarding his death remain sketchy as at the time of filing this report.

 Okposo was slated to be a guest minister in an ongoing by Outpouring Assembly International tagged "Outpouring 2 Calabar. 

Born on May 30, 1971, Sammie Okposo was an international Nigerian gospel artist. He was also a music producer, Psalmist, and CEO of Zamar Entertainment. He released his first album Addicted in 2004.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

UPDATED: How Prince Otu defeated Sandy Onor in Court

The Federal High Court, sitting in Calabar, in a well considered judgment, struck out, the suit filed by Sen. Sandy Onor & PDP seeking to disqualify  Hon. Peter Odey and Sen. Prince Bassey Otu from contesting the forth coming 2023 general elections.

The matter before Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie of Court 2 in the Calabar Division of the Federal High Court highlighted six questions for resolution including whether the APC is eligible to participate in the 2023 gubernatorial elections in Cross River without presenting qualified Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates; whether Senator Otu and Honourable Odey are qualified to contest the gubernatorial elections; and whether INEC can publish Honourable Odey's name as deputy gubernatorial candidate of the APC which has in her affidavit in an appeal matter asserted that he is not their member.

Again, the plaintiffs (PDP Cross River and Onor) sought for determination, of whether Mr. Odey is not disqualified to contest as Deputy Gubernatorial candidate of the APC, having acquired citizenship in the United Kingdom (UK) and lied on oath that he did not do so; whether INEC can legally publish the second and third defendants as candidates if the first two questions are resolved in favour of the plaintiff and whether if any other question is resolved in the plaintiff's favour will mean that the second defendant is also disqualified from contesting in the 2023 general elections.

Counsel to the PDP, Mba Ukweni, SAN had prayed the court to, among other five relife, disqualify the APC gubernatorial candidate and his deputy who are the 2nd and 3rd defendants since it was a joint ticket.

In her ruling, presiding Judge Rosemary Oghoghorie, said that counsel to the plaintiff failed to convince the court enough to proof their case. She therefore struck off the matter.