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Court adjourns Lake Petroleum right case against Anambra Govt to July 12

Court adjourns Lake Petroleum right case against Anambra Govt to July 12

The Fundamental Right Suit filed by Lake Petroleum Limited,  against Anambra State Government, has again been adjourned to Friday July 12, 2024 for hearing.

Lake Petroleum Limited, a victim of the Onitsha South Local Government authority demolition of shops at Niger Street Onitsha, said it lost over 863 shops and 27 Sand dredgers pits it rented to tenants following the demolition

Following the demolition and alleged take over Ndende Land, which accommodates all the demolished property, Lake Petroleum Limited dragged Anambra State Government to Federal High Court Awka, to seek redress in the Suit No: FHC/AWK/CS/75/2024.

When the case was called up on Thursday, June 13, 2024, the matter could not be heard by the presiding Judge Honourable Justice Yilwa Haswu Joseph, because the Respondent lawyer T.C Ikenna, a Director in Anambra State Ministry of Justice, represented by a lawyer ROM the Ministry, claimed that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondents, have not been served with the originating summon.

However, counsel to the Applicant, Oghenekome Sinbad Akegor, from the Law Firm of  G.E. Ezeuko, SAN, and Co., stoutly objected to the claim and told the court that they have served all the Respondents in the case all the processes through their Secretaries, except the 4th Respondent, the Inspectir General of Police who was served through the Legal Department of the Nigerian Police, Anambra State Command Awka Anambra State.

The argument between the lawyers to the parties in the case, made the Presiding Judge Justice Joseph to call for the Court File to check by herself the authenticity of the claims the lawyers.

The judge however discovered that contrary to the claim by the Respondent counsel that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondents have not been served with originating motion, that it was only the 2nd and 3rd Respondents, that were not served the Originating Motion but stated that from the Court file Emeka Orji have been served, with Form 48, Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to the Court.

She therefore, said that she wants is a situation where all the necessary cort processes are served to all the parties involved in the case for fairness and therefore adjourned the case for hearing to July 12, 2024.

Meanwhile, Counsel to the Applicant Mr Akegor, has expressed confidence that no matter any  subterfuge that will be employed by any of the parties to delay the matter that the Court will able to handle it and ensure that justice is done in the case.

“We believe that any party that will delay in this matter, the court will be able to see the subterfuge that will be employed by any of the parties do delay the matter, and still surmount the pranks and deliver justice in the matter.

“What transpired in the Court is that we were ready to proceed with the originating motion and adopt the processes so that the Court can adjourn for judgement.

However, the counsel to the 1st to 3rd Respondents stated that they were not served the originating processes which is not the correct position and we had insisted that we served them, but the Honourable Judge looking at her records discovered that there was no service of the Originating Motion on the 2nd and 3rd Respondents.

“We are sure that, that might have been a slip probably on the part of the Baliff for not putting the the prooff of services there, we are confident that the issues with respect to the services will be addressed before the next adjourned date and we will be able to proceed and get this matter to be determined to finality.

“We believe that if they want to delay, we are very confident that in this Honourable Court will not allow that. We are very confident that the court will give us Justice, we believe that the court will be able to see through the subterfuge councils representing the parties will want to employ in order to make sure that the court does not deliver justice timely. We have confidence in this court that this court will give us justice timely as at when due.

“It is left for the state government to come and tell the Court whether what they have done is legal or not. We have challanged their act, we challenged their actions and they are inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution which grants the Applicant,  Lake Petroleum Limited the right to acquire and own property both movable and immovable in anywhere in the country.”

It will be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Awka, the Anambra State capital, has adjourned to Thursday June 13, 2024, for hearing on a Fundamental Right action filed by Lake Petroleum Limited, against Anambra State Government, the Attorney General of Anambra State and Emeka Orji, who is the Chairman Caretaker Committee, Onitsha South Local Government Area, Anambra State and the Inspector General of Police.

The Court had upon the Motion Exparte dated 19th day of March, 2024 given an Order of Interim Injunction restraining the Respondent by themselves, agents privies, cronies from further invasion, entering, ejecting, demolition and sealing off and stationing armed thugs and Policemen on the landed property known as Ndende land situate along Niger Street, Onitsha South Local Government Area Anambra State covered by Building Certificate of Occupancy Issued in the name of the Applicant, Lake Petroleum Limited, and from further denying the Applicant its staff and tenants access or entry into the said land to carry out their daily legitimate businesses pending the determination of the Substantive Motion for Enforcement of the Applicants Fundamental Right to own immovable property in Nigeria.

Building collapse: Bishop Nwokolo prays for victims, confirms medical bills’ provisions

Building collapse: Bishop Nwokolo prays for victims, confirms medical bills' provisions

Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Dr. Owen Chiedozie Nwokolo has visited the site of the collapsed centenary building at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School Onitsha (DMGS), Onitsha, Anambra State.

Nwokolo who visited the site shortly after his return from a trip outside the state, inspected the site and had inquisitive interaction for firsthand information on the unfortunate incident.

The bishop also visited the University on the Niger Teaching Hospital, Iyi Enu where the offered prayers for the survivors who were recuperating.

He confirmed that the Diocese has provided funds for their medical bills and daily upkeep.

Responding, the victims who were visibly stable and in sound mind appreciated the Bishop for the visit and prayers, commending the level of professional medical care by the hospital personnel.

Akpolophi Otega Isaac: A Nigerian Entrepreneur’s Journey to Success

Akpolophi Otega Isaac: A Nigerian Entrepreneur's Journey to Success
Akpolophi Otega Isaac

By: Agbadudu Mera

Akpolophi Otega Isaac is a prominent Nigerian entrepreneur renowned for his significant contributions to interior decoration, real estate, and hospitality. As the founder and owner of Otega Furniture and Otega Restaurant, Isaac has established himself as a visionary leader, transforming the landscape of Nigerian businesses. His innovative approach and dedication to excellence have garnered widespread acclaim and set new industry standards.

Early Life and Education

Isaac’s early interactions with his mother, who sold fish in the neighborhood market, inspired his entrepreneurial journey. He was born in Benin City, Edo State. This exposure to entrepreneurship ignited a passion in Isaac, laying the foundation for his future endeavors. Despite pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Benin, the lessons he learned from his mother’s hard work and perseverance remained a driving force.

Isaac’s first major venture, Otega Furniture, is based in Abuja and has become synonymous with innovative interior design and high-quality furnishings. Through cutting-edge technology and a keen eye for design, Isaac has redefined how interior spaces are experienced. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has set Otega Furniture apart as a leader in the industry.

In addition to his success in the furniture industry, Isaac has made a notable impact in the culinary world by establishing Otega Restaurant. The restaurant is celebrated for its fine dining experience, offering local Nigerian dishes that are accessible and affordable to a broad audience. This democratization of fine dining has distinguished Otega Restaurant as a pioneer in the hospitality industry, fulfilling Isaac’s dream of providing Nigerians with luxurious dining experiences without the need to travel abroad.

Isaac’s entrepreneurial excellence and community contributions have earned him several prestigious awards. In 2023, he was honored with two significant accolades:

Young Entrepreneur Summit Africa Initiative Award (2023): Recognized for his innovative business strategies and success in various industries.

Ambassadorship Honorary Award (2023): Awarded for his outstanding contributions to community development and philanthropy.

Looking ahead, Akpolophi Otega Isaac plans to expand his businesses further and explore new opportunities in different sectors. He is particularly interested in leveraging technology to drive real estate and hospitality innovation. Isaac’s goal is to continue redefining industry standards and enhancing the quality of life for people in Nigeria and beyond.

In conclusion, Akpolophi Otega Isaac’s story is about determination, innovation, and a deep-seated commitment to his community. His entrepreneurial ventures fulfill his dreams and inspire others to pursue excellence in the face of challenges. Through his work, Isaac continues to make a lasting impact on Nigeria’s business landscape and society at large.

Hon Akiolu holds multiple youth empowerment programs for constituents

Hon Akiolu holds multiple youth empowerment programs for constituents

The lawmaker representing Lagos Island 11 federal constituency, Hon Prince Kayode Moshood Akiolu has held a multiple youth empowerment programs for his constituents.

The empowerment programs which were in conjunction with Federal Cooperative College, Oji River, Enugu State, Orange Business Solution and Services Ltd as well as Gideon Oshinaya and Co Ltd was held at two different locations.

The youths were trained and empowered on agro and skill acquisition on fashion design, fishery, animal husbandry 

Mrs Angela Okafor was the resource person for agro training while Mrs Chidinma Ndieli took the participants through training on tailoring during the 7 day youth empowerment programs.

Many other resource persons in the civil societies featured in the life changing empowerment program.

A source from the Constituency Office of Hon Akiolu who will not want his name mentioned, said that certificates of participation, working tools and start up cash were given to the lucky youths on completion of the training.

A resident, who identified himself as Yusuf Lateef said that there is excitement in the entire city of Lagos and especially Lagos Island area about the youth empowerment programs.

Lateef noted that many people were positively impacted in the previous editions noting that the lawmaker has taken empowerment to the next level with the multiple training and empowerment of the lucky beneficiaries.

“Hon Akiolu is a God sent to many people who have been struggling to stay afloat because of the current economic reality in Nigeria. I expect other lawmakers to borrow a leaf from the Lagos Island legislator and put smile on the faces of their constituents.

“He empowered beneficiaries with items like sowing machine, generators, Solar fans and cash needed for their trade after elaborate exposure teaching from experts in their various fields.

“The poultry farmers were given bags of feeds, drinkers and stipend for start up, the fish farmers were given foreign fish feed, fingerlings and stipend for start ups,” he said.

2024 Pivot Challenge: Experts to mentor young entrepreneurs in S’east

2024 Pivot Challenge: Experts to mentor young entrepreneurs in S'east

A non governmental organization, The Pivot has disclosed its plans to mentor and impart skills on young entrepreneurs in the southeast as part of the activities for the maiden 2024 Pivot Challenge.

Executive Director, Ifedi Eze who disclosed this in a press briefing in Awka, Anambra state said the programme is targeted at harnessing talents, creativity and innovative spirit of people of southeast towards boosting socio-economic development of the region. 

He said industrial experts and other professionals in government and private agencies have been selected to

He said, “Pivot challenge was conceived to harness the innovative spirit of our people and channel it towards the sustainability solution that will drive social and economic progress of the southeast region and country at large.

“The programme is part of the activities of The Pivot aimed at encouraging innovation and supporting organizations who are building enterprises to address societal issues.

“Our approach is not just young people but to position as enabler of enablers and people who are desirous of driving change in the society.”

Coordinator, 2024 Pivot Challenge, Onyinye Okafor disclosed that 50 successful participants would be enrolled in a free boot camp starting September 2, while the top 5 from the boot camp exercise will present their final pitches at the October 1 annual Pivot conference with prizes expected for winners.

“The challenge will focus on various critical sectors including agriculture and food security, clean energy and environment, gender equality and social inclusion, technology and innovation, healthcare and wellbeing economic development and wealth creation, education and skill development, infrastructure as well as security,” she said.

The programme Themed “From Ground to Up: Building a Prosperous Future For Southeastern Nigeria,” is scheduled to take place in Anambra and would attract young entrepreneurs in southeast region between the ages of 18 and 35. 

Participants are expected to apply via the registration portal https//challenge.thepivot.ng/apply between June and July 12, 2024.

Onitsha School confirms 3rd trapped victim dead, two rescued in Building collapse

Onitsha School confirms 3rd trapped victim dead, two rescued in Building collapse

ANAMBRA, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Management of Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS), Onitsha, Anambra State has confirmed death of one person in the Wednesday building collapse in the school.

Director of Operations, DMGS Situation, Chijioke Ojji in a statement on update on the development said the deceased, Gideon Ezeigwe from Nkerefi in Nkanu East, Enugu State, was found dead within the building. 

He said although the search and rescue phase was over, management’s priority remained ensuring safety and security of both the inhabitants and the site. 

The statement reads, “It is with a heavy heart that we write to update you on the situation at the Centenary disaster site. 

“Sadly, the 3rd trapped person, Gideon Ezeigwe from Nkerefi in Nkanu East, Enugu State, was found dead within the building. We pray that his soul will Rest In Peace. His family has been informed and has our support in dealing with this tragic loss. 

“It is appropriate to acknowledge the valour and stoicism of all the volunteers led by the Principal, Ven Chigozie Anieto and Rev Ugochukwu Ogunoegbunam – the Bishop’s Chaplain. 

“We are in awe of their undaunted spirit; risking their own safety to find the trapped persons and especially Gideon whom they located at and retrieved from the 1st floor. We are indebted to you all forever.

“Worthy of special commendation is Mr Israel Olajide, the Clerk of Works DMGS Centenary, who showed extraordinary tenacity, endurance, and bravery. His knowledge of the Centenary building was an unquantifiable asset.

“Though the search and rescue phase is now over, our priority remains to ensure the safety of everyone and secure the site. We will also begin planning for the evacuation of the rubble once the investigations are completed.

“We thank the Anambra State government for providing an excavator to aid the rescue mission. The Fire service also attended with a water tanker which was used to reduce dust and cool the entrapment site, keeping the trapped persons cool.

“We take seriously our obligation to aid and expedite the conduct of a thorough investigation into the cause of the collapse, with transparency and accountability. 

“The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) and the Anambra State Physical Planning Board have commenced the professional and statutory investigations with the collection of samples at the site and collation of documents for detailed assessment. DMGS and DMGS Centenary are cooperating fully with these bodies.

“Naturally, there are a plethora of theories making the rounds in social media. We acknowledge that most are well meaning as the stakeholders and the public rightly seek answers. 

“At this time, we can offer neither answers nor explanations for the collapse of the Centenary building but urge you to wait patiently for the assessment and testing by the investigators.

“However, we will continue to share factual information on various aspects of this disaster. Please direct all enquiries to dmgscentenary@gmail.com

NYCN to Host Wazobia Cultural Fiesta, Talent Hunt in Anambra

NYCN to Host Wazobia Cultural Fiesta, Talent Hunt in Anambra

All is now set for the first-ever Wazobia Cultural Fiesta and Talent Hunt being organised by the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Anambra State.

State Chairman, NYCN Council, Amb Comrade Obi Emeka Chukwudi disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Youths, Mr Patrick Aghamba to garner the Ministry’s endorsement and partnership towards the event.

Chukwudi said the initiative is part of the Council’s advocacy activities for the mobilization of the youth structures towards positive engagements and strengthening of the peace and unity of people of the country.

According to him, the youths being the creative age group in the society, can through such events, begin to look away from crime and other social vices.

Obi expressed appreciation to the Youths Commissioner for providing leadership for the youths and coordinating the numerous visions of Governor Soludo towards youth empowerment, in a manner that has yielded positive result.

“This visit is to ensure that the Council and the Ministry are in sync with respect to the laudable intentions we have for the upcoming Wazobia Cultural Fiesta and Talent Hunt.

“This no doubt, aligns with what Mr Governor envisions, which is to make Anambra a liveable and prosperous homeland and the first choice destination to live, work, and enjoy.

“We have absolute confidence that with the support of the youth Ministry and the Commissioner, we will accomplish one of the best talent hunts Anambra has ever seen,” Obi said.

Responding, Commissioner Aghamba assured of his support and that of his Ministry towards the event, expressing optimism that the event would positively engage the minds of the young people.

“The Soludo administration is intentional about what it wants to achieve with the youths in Anambra. The results are everywhere.

“Mr Governor has done a lot for Anambra youths- through the One Youth Two Skills initiative and other programs that have empowered our youths to be self-reliant and independent.

“The vision to create one thousand youth millionaires annually is alive through these programs and we can only be grateful to the governor for his strategic plans.

“I want to assure the Youth Council that the Ministry is  solidly behind them in any venture that will complement what the government is doing to make lives better for the youths.”

The Wazobia Cultural Fiesta and Talent Hunt initiative is in line with the vision of the Chukwuma Soludo administration to promote Anambra as a safe haven for creative ventures.

It also aims to promote the diverse cultural values and endowments of the various people of Nigeria, while encouraging unity and patriotism among the young people.

The event is slated for July 27, 2024.

Oko Poly seeks Anambra govt support on establishment of Agric School, erosion control

Oko Poly seeks Anambra govt support on establishment of Agric School, erosion control

Acting Rector, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State, Dr Uche Onyegbu has appealed to the state government to partner the school in its effort to control identified gully erosion sites in the institution.

He also called for more collaboration in the area of establishment of School of Agriculture at its Ufuma campus. 

Onyegbu made the appeal at the flagg off of Tree Planting Campaign for the protection and conservation of environmental ecosystem.

He described the event as a noble exercise and in fulfillment of already mapped out policy of the institution on environmental protection, conservation and aesthetics.

According to him, the institution understands the importance of protecting the environment, hence considered it worthy to embark on the exercise also targeted at preventing gully erosion already threatening structures in the institution.

“We appeal to the state government to collaborate with us in our efforts to control the various gully erosion sites in the institution.

“We also call for more collaboration in the area of establishment of School of Agriculture at the Ufuma campus,” he said. 

Performing the symbolic tree planting exercise under its”Operation Go Green” at the institution’s premises, Commissioner For Agriculture, Dr Forster Ihejiofor noted that the gesture would help regulate the climate and ensure ecosystem stability.

The Commissioner, represented by Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ifeyinwa Uzoka said protecting the environment was among government’s vision to transform the state into a liveable, prosperous mega city.

He regretted that the state has been bedevilled by deforestation, stressing the need for citizens to engage in mass tree planting which he said involved mobilisation of students to plant at least one tree.

While urging residents to plant trees to ensure healthy living as well as check erosion and guard against global warming,  Ihejiofor underscored the need to ensure the trees were nurtured to maturity.

“Every student of the school should have one tree planted.This campaign should also be taken to homes and other institutions. Ndi Anambra should plant trees. If you fell one tree, you plant at least five trees,” he added.

Former Board Member, National Board For Technology Incubation and member of Academic Staff Union of the Research Institute, Hon Cletus Amaraegbu urged the institution’s management to take full ownership of the Tenera Specie high yielding oil palm and coconut seedlings.

On his part, Mr Stephen Eboh, a Nollywood Actor recognised as the face of the “Operation Go Green”initiative, listed other benefits of the exercise to include revenue generation, erosion control and other economic derivables.

“With the commencement of the exercise, the institution has set the pace in the comity of higher institutions of higher learning in promoting environmental friendly ecosystem,” he quipped.

Acting Registrar of the institution, Mr Obini Onuchukwu, while appreciating the dignitaries that graced the occasion, called on those who still engage in deforestation to desist, describing the act as the major cause of the present global warming the whole world is experiencing.

He commended the State Governor, Prof Charles Soludo, Dr Forster Ihejiofor,Hon Amaraegbu and other Principal Officers of the institution for their contributions and support services towards the realisation of the project.

He pledged the readiness of the institution to partner the State Ministry of Agriculture to develop Aqua-culture and related activities at its Atani campus.

Deputy Rector, Dr Ken Ezekwe, Bursar, Mr Stephen Udu were among the personalities that attended the ceremony.

Drug Abuse: First Lady launches Operation Clean Anambra of Substance Abuse campaign 

Drug Abuse: First Lady launches Operation Clean Anambra of Substance Abuse campaign 

Wife of the Anambra State Governor,  Dr Nonye Soludo has urged youths in the state to shun drug use for the sake of their personal health, future  and the society at large.

Soludo who gave the advice while flaging off Operation Clean Anambra of Substance Abuse Campaign, in Awka lamented that substance abuse has resulted in increased violence and crimes, higher prevalence in Hepatitis B and C virus, HIV/AIDS, and collapse in the social structure.

“Our homes are losing the sacredness of culture and moral traditions. 

“Our communities have become havens for drug peddlers and manufacturers who use the element of fear and intimidation to silence the people who are willing to assist local authorities with valid information. 

“Healthy Living initiative is championing this fight in schools and communities to break the wall of illicit drugs economy which is booming at the detriment of our society.

“We have constituted Healthy Living Overwatch in the 179 communities to monitor illicit drug dealers and report same to security agencies.

“The target is to make everyone a driver of solution to rid Anambra state of this deadly disease called substance abuse and save the lives and future of our children,” Soludo said.

Anambra State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr Daniel Onyishi said that one out of every four user of illicit drugs is a woman.

Onyishi said that the agency is working with Governor’s Wife to address the growing substance abuse cases in Anambra. 

“According to recent statistics, Nigeria alone has 14.4 percent drug abuse prevalence rate and it was projected that by 2030 it will rise to 40 per cen if nothing is done.

“The major concern is that women, especially young girl are embracing substance abuse. One out of every four drug abuser is a women and one out of five will suffer substance abuse disorder.

“Women are key nurturers, moulders and caregivers in the society and should not be involved in illicit drug abuse,” he said.

The NDLEA Commandant urged community leaders to support the agency with information about drug dealers in their environment.

Earlier, Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike said that the campaign would save the youths from degenerating into a generational tragedy with addiction. 

President-General, Anambra State Association of Town Union, Mr Titus Akpudo, promised to take the message against substance abuse to the nooks and crannies of the state.

“As community leaders, we must support the Governor’s Wife in the fight to eliminate substance abuse in our communities because if we do not act now, it will hunt us in future,” he said.

Anambra man arrested after 6months of fake legal practice

Anambra man arrested after 6months of fake legal practice

A middle-aged man is currently cooling off in police custody for allegedly impersonating a lawyer and appearing in court since December last year.

The suspect was arrested while trying to defend a case in a magistrate court in Anambra State.

According to a trending video clip, luck ran out of him as his impersonation was exposed following his inability to provide evidence of his assertions nor prove he had basic understanding of the law during interrogation.

This viral video also showed the self-acclaimed lawyer in a suspected borrowed gown being handcuffed by the police at the directive of the Magistrate who ordered his arrest.

The suspect was seen resisting arrest, insisting he was a lawyer.

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