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LEADERSHIP Consolidates Presence In S’East, S’South



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The LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group, has begun moves towards getting to all the nooks and crannies of the South East and South South geopolitical zones of the country.

To this end, the management has reached can agreement with the management of Orient Daily newspapers, to begin the printing of LEADERSHIP titles in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

Chief operating officer of LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Dele Fanimo disclosed this yesterday at the opening of a meeting with staff of the organisation in the South East and South South geopolitical zones.

The meeting had in attendance the general manager, Operations, Mr Femi Adekunle and the general manager, South South/South East, Mr Mariam Ogbe as well over 18 correspondents, sales representatives and advert executives.

Fanimo said, “We came around because we thought that we should have a foothold in the South South and South East. Our general manager, South South/South East has been working tirelessly and her efforts paid off yesterday because we were asked to come in on Sunday night to sign an MoU with Orient Daily newspaper.

“As from next week, from 6:00am, your vendor will drop a copy of LEADERSHIP Newspaper on your table. I brought my colleagues here so that we can share views on how this will work out.”

He thanked the director of Fides Communication of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Rev. Fr. Obinna Dike, for providing the venue for the meeting and for the good job he is doing in media.

The COO said: “I want to thank God for your life because if you have a publication that people subscribe to, not just because of the religious attachment alone but they must have found one or two thing in the publication and hold on to it and then, sustain it to this far. It shows the good work that you have been doing. I want to commend you for that.

“Why we are here Sir, is that sometimes, we have had the issue of not having our newspaper constantly on the table for breakfast. It was really worrisome for us at a time because we have a very huge market in the South South and South East.

LEADERSHIP is a national newspaper. It holds no allegiance to any political party or any social organisation.”

In his speech, the director of Fides Communication of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Rev. Fr. Obinna Dike, said professional media personalities have a lot to contribute to the development of the society.

Dike said, “This year I was one of the guest speakers at a media summit organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Council and one of my arguments was when we become real professional media personalities, we have a lot to contribute to the development of the society, especially now.

“My argument was that a professional media person would create a community that will transcend this our little mindedness of my brother, my sister, my Church, my tribe and begin to look at humanity as people created by God in this profession.”



Market women, youth and commercial motorcyclists groups in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State, have declared support for the reelextoon bid of governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, based on his performances in office.

The groups made the declaration yesterday at Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre local government area, during a sensitisation tour of One Million Youths for New Rivers State, said they will work for the reelection of Wike because his projects have impacted their lives positively.

Speaking at the rally, chairman of Ikwerre local government area, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike stated that the antics of the opposition will fail in the area because the people are with the governor.

Nwanosike noted that key projects such as Isiokpo internal roads, Ipo-Airport road, General Hospital, Isiokpo and the reconstruction of basic schools in the area have transformed the local government area.

He furrher noted that the decision to reelect Wike flows from the fact that more projects will be attracted to the area during his second term.

In his speech, coordinator of One Million Youths for New Rivers State, Hon. Ehie Edison assured that the youths will continue to drum support for the governor  because he is youth friendly.

Edison said since the creation of Rivers State, no administration has offered youths more opportunities in government than the Wike led administration.

He said, “All Rivers youths will stay at the INEC office and defend their votes. We will not be intimidated by the use of SARS , military or thugs. We shall stand firm to defend votes cast in favour of the PDP and Governor Wike.”

Also speaking, secretary general of the One Million Youths for New Rivers State, Hon. Major Jack noted that the large turn out of the masses in Ikwerre local government area indicates that Wike’s reelection is a foregone conclusion.

Gov Udom does not influence location of industries- information commissioner

BY Bernard Tolani Dada, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh says the location of any industry is purely the choice of an investor.

Reacting to an allegation of concentration of Industries in Awa clan in ONNA  local government area by a former member of the National Assembly, Hon. Eseme Eyibo, the commissioner said the government of Mr Udom Emmanuel has spread development and industries across the state with no senatorial district left out.

He also said government is a facilitator providing basic infrastructure as equity participation.

According to him, the coconut refinery is in Mkpat Enin, Plastic factory is in Itam same with the pencil and toothpick company.

We have the rice mill at Ini,  Fertiliser plant is in Abak while Garry processing plant are situated in both Ibesikpo Asutan and Abak local government areas respectively as well as the revamped Peacock paint in Etinan.

He also pointed out that the Deep sea is earmarked for Mbo while the international jetty is designed for Ikot Abasi.

The commissioner urged the people of the state to avail themselves of the various media outlets to get acquitted with the development strides of the government of the day under the leadership of Mr Udom Emmanuel.

“No matter the distractions from these opposition elements, the administration of Mr Udom Emmanuel is focused on creating wealth for the people by opening up conducive environment for investors to invest in the aboundant natural resources in the state.

“We will not be distracted because these industries are functioning and many more will be added before the end of his tenure in 2023. I am glad that despite the lies spread by these people, Akwa Ibom people know the truth and are ready to stand by this truth which governor Udom Emmanuel represents,” he added

Why We Launched Safe Motherhood Initiatives For Pregnant Women – Bayelsa Govt

BY Osa Okhomina, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State deputy governor, Retired Rear Admiral John Jonah, has offered reasons why the present administration in the state initiated the Safe Motherhood Scheme for pregnant women in the state,  saying the initiative was launched to safe pregnant women from the dangers of traditional practices by Traditional Birth Attendants and professional misconduct from some health workers.

Deputy governor John Jonah, who called on pregnant women to key into the recently launched Safe Motherhood Initiative Policy of the Restoration Administration of governor Seriake Dickson and take advantage of modern health facilities that are now available in most rural communities.

The Bayelsa deputy governor, who gave the explanation while declaring open a meeting with state leaders of Churches and Clergy at the D.S.P. Memorial Banquet Hall, Government House , as part of the state government’s efforts to sensitise members of the public on the Safe Motherhood Initiative of the state government, said the traditional practices by Traditional Birth Attendants who take deliveries sometimes have limitations with the attendant dangers.

Jonah urged the expectant mothers to take advantage of modern health facilities that are now available in most rural communities,”the stipend that would be provided for those that will enroll into the Safe Motherhood Initiative was to enable them access health facilities with ease”.

The deputy governor also decried the poor attitude of some health workers who do not exhibit the right attitude while discharging their duties, stressing that the job of saving lives was not a tea party.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Hon. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, commissioner for Information and Orientation, stated that the meeting with Church leaders was to enlighten them on the state government’s policy of Safe Motherhood Initiative, who in turn, are expected to sensitise their teeming members.

‘Injustice, Inequality Inspired Calls For Restructuring In Abia’

By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja

The former deputy speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Mr Emeka Stanley, has said that calls for restructuring in Abia State arose out of injustice and inequality in the state.

The former deputy speaker, who is aspiring for the Abia State South senatorial district on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made this known during an interview with journalists in Abuja, stressing that equality among all citizens was key to national development.

He said, “In a system where there is no real legislation or justice and equity, people are bound to complain and most people say restructuring is the way out.

“Restructuring does not mean dis-integrating the country, it is giving better recognition to regional existence like balancing of equity in appointments, these are all forms of restructuring.

“I believe in restructuring, anything that can make Nigeria be a strong country with good future for its people in terms of employment, industrialisation and empowerment.”

Stanley said a country where some citizens were treated as sacred cows does not give room for equitable distribution of the nation’s wealth.

He frown at a situation where some universities admitted jamb candidates that scored 40 per cent of the marks and those that scored 80 per cent were not given admissions.

He said that this kind of situation makes the nation waste people with high intelligence quotients (IQ) that could contribute greatly to national development.

“When qualified people are not allowed to decide and take actions and you bring somebody with lower IQ by all ramification, that person cannot perform, we want the best for Nigeria to grow as a country.

“For example in the north we have the herdsmen situation and we know that the herdsmen are backward in education, so there should be a special provision for them and it can only be done when each bloc recognises their own deficiency and tackle it.

“So I think that Nigeria has gone a long way but even if we call it nascent democracy we should apply the principles of the democracies we are copying like the US.”

Speaking on his reasons for seeking an elective position in the Senate, Stanley said because he had been involved in act of law making for the state he had all the experience to do a better job at the federal level.