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Emeabiam Set for Total Transformation as Mrs Akeredolu Lays Foundation for Community Development Centre

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The people of Emeabiam in Owerri West LGA of Imo State have witnessed the inception of total transformation, following the foundation laying of the Ada Emeabiam Development Centre (ADEDEC) in the area, recently.

This is coming at the heels of a weeklong medical outreach in Emeabiam organized by Ada Emeabiam II, Her Excellency Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (First Lady of Ondo State), in collaboration with Sharing Hope Medical Mission USA.

Speaking during the foundation-laying ceremony of the multipurpose centre for the benefit of humanity, the wife of Ondo State governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, said she was primarily moved by the problem of lack of a working health facility in Emeabiam, which had caused untold hardship, and needles deaths of pregnant women during delivery crises; hence the need for a nearby functional health center for the people of Emeabiam. She revealed that work on the site will be accelerated in order to realize completion within the earliest possible time.

In his remarks at the event, the traditional ruler of Umuokpo-Emeabiam, HRH Eze Engr Eunan Eke, commended Mrs Akeredolu for her passion to spearhead the total transformation of her land of origin, Emeabiam, as evidenced by her altruistic involvement in developmental projects in the area. He also reaffirmed the support of well-meaning sons and daughters of Emeabiam, and prayed God to bless and grant the success of the initiative by Ada Emeabiam II.

Whilst speaking at the foundation-laying ceremony, the leader of the visiting team from University of California, San Diego, USA, Mr Emeka Anyanwu thanked the Ondo State First Lady for her invitation, and promised that the medical team would support developmental projects in Emeabiam, and will continue to visit the town in subsequent years for medical missions.

Sharing Hope Medical Mission USA is a medical organization based in the United States, with a mission to provide access to healthcare and education in undeserved and vulnerable communities in Nigeria so as to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those populations most in need. 

The volunteer medical team had concluded a similar medical mission in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during the previous week.

The proposed Ada Emeabiam Development Centre (ADEDEC) is a multipurpose centre which is committed to transforming Emeabiam into a peaceful, green, health-conscious and productive community through the implementation of outcomes of people-centered research and development studies in health, education, entrepreneurship, women and youth affairs, and social development. 

ADEDEC, upon completion, will accommodate, amongst others, healthcare, ICT and skills acquisition centres, including a library and recreational/sport garden/field, all geared towards achieving the objectives of the Center.
In attendance at the event were officials from the Imo State Ministries of Health, Education, and Women Affairs and Social Development, including members of the Oha n’Ikoro Emeabiam and Eze-in-council, citizens of Emeabiam communities, staff and students of Comprehensive Secondary School (CSS) Emeabiam, gentlemen of the press, aides to the first lady of Ondo State, and well-wishers.

Earlier in the day, the visiting team, led by Mrs Akeredolu, had paid a courtesy call at the palace of HRH Eze Engr Eunan Eke where they were well received and were presented with a Humanitarian Service Award by the people of Emeabiam. 

The visitors, adorned with ‘okpu nwagoro’ traditional Igbo caps, were entertained by the energetic Abigolo cultural dance.

Other activities of the day were a visit to CSS, Emeabiam, including a sightseeing tour of the Art Village Gallery in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

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Balarabe Musa: Nigeria has lost a selfless leader – Mimiko

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Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has described the death of ex-Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Balarabe Musa, as a big loss to the Nigerian nation and the African continent.

Mimiko, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, John Paul Akinduro, said “Balarabe Musa was a detribalised Nigerian, who until his death, remained a true advocate for a just, fair and pro-people Nigeria”.

He further described the elderstatesman as a dogged politician. “To my mind, his most remarkable legacy was his unwavering commitment to principle in the face of overwhelming opposition and oppression during the ignoble effort to impeach him from the office of governor”

Mimiko eulogized the late ex-Governor of Kaduna State as one whose uncommon leadership style stood him out among the rest.

“Though he has left us, his passion and dedication towards making Nigeria an egalitarian society will continue to be a reference point for quality leadership. I join the good people of Kaduna state to celebrate his life and times and the legacy of selflessness he has bequeathed to our country,” Mimiko said.

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Edo 2020: Okaijiesan pledges support to Ize-Iyanmu

….extols Oshiomole’s giant stride

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The Okaijiesan of Esan land Alhaji Williams Momodu,  the 2nd, have called on all Esan electorates to rally aronud the Apc candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate Audu Gani in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo state.
The Okaijiesan recieved Comrade Adam Oshomole led members and the director General of POI and Audu campaign organisation, Rt major General Cecil  Esekhaigbe at the palace  on Thursday, during  a rally at Irrua, Edo state.
The Okaijiesan, momodu reminded the former Governor Adam Oshomole of his commitment toward bring good governance to the people of Esan, he also stressed on how the former Apc National chairman helped in construction of access roads that is being used by farmers and traders in the community, he assured the oshomole of his lasting support for Pastor Osage Ize-Iyamu and Apc in the election ahead.
Adam Oshomole, in his remark, explained why the party need to field a better candidate in the Governorship election, beside Godwin Obaseki, according to him, “the party with it ideology of continuity pinched on better life for the people ahead, i have built schools for the children as a governor which has being abandoned by Godwin Obaseki, also, constructed road that have giving access to farmers to take their products to the markets, tell Obaseki to show you the project he has done in Esan land?, he asked.
The Okaijiesan of Esan land Alhaji Williams Momodu prayed for the POI/AUDU campaign team and wishes them success in the election.
The campaign train moved to the open field at the Director General house, where Oshomole addressed both youth and women.

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EDO 2020: Education Board chairman, others resign from Obaseki’s government

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Chairman of the Edo State Post Primary Education Board, Pastor Gabriel Oiboh and the first member of the board, Osanyemwere Osawe, have resigned their appointments from the Godwin Obaseki Government as the state inches towards the 2020 governorship election.
Oiboh, who spoke on behalf of the team regretted the pressure mounted on him to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said “I have tendered my resignation from the board due to unduly pressures from my former boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki over decamping with him to the PDP. The presure is too much and it is now leading to threats. I stand with my party, the APC and will be loyal to the party candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu”
Meanwhile the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in that election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has applauded effort of the team in retaining their ground as a member of the party. He assured them of the party victory toward the forthcoming Elections

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