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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the people of Enugu State to ignore some allegations being levelled against Dr. Victor Chukwuemeka Nnam, the former Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development in the state.

HURIWA, in a statement on Saturday by Comrade Emmanual Onwubiko, National Coordinator of the group, alleged that some groups made up of organized labour unions, concerned government agencies, and some others have “devoted resources to run media narratives in the major national dailies against the former commissioner”.

According to the rights group, Dr. Nnam, who recently tendered a resignation letter following the government’s inability to approve a proposal to reform land administration, has been accused of being involved in land racketeering.

HURIWAS said, “Currently, some persons and groups are using compromised high profile activists and media platforms to launch personal attacks against the former Commissioner.

“And for them to achieve their selfish objectives, they have allegedly forged fake documents and allegedly contracted some unprofessional media platforms to publish unverified the falsehoods against the institution.

“We have gathered that they have also tried to instigate the security agencies and the Enugu State House of Assembly through baseless unsubstantiated reports which were based on the same fake allegations that they have sponsored in the social media.

“The allegations against the former commissioner have ranged from his resignation being an avenue to evade prosecution over land mismanagement to land racketeering in the state”.

The rights group argued that despite the media campaign and reports on several platforms, no evidence of impropriety has been found.

Reacting to some of the allegations, HURIWA, in the statement, praised the former commissioner for towing the part of resignation in the midst of alleged undue interference from various quarters which is uncommon to politicians in Africa.

The rights group further said, “the former commissioner had been battling with some of his former colleagues and recently, with the state House of Assembly over the allegations of land racketeering”.

According to HURIWA, “In the resignation letter which was titled: ‘Letter of the resignation of my appointment as the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Enugu State,’ Dr Nnam cited the recent removal of the professional heads of a department under him as one of the reasons for his resignation.

“The letter which he personally signed and addressed to the state governor, partly reads, ‘Sir, when you appointed me the Commissioner of Lands and Urban Development, Enugu State in 2019, I accepted the appointment with the hope that I was going to be allowed to bring onboard world best practice in land administration.

“I immediately proposed the establishment of a GIS land administration system to enable the ministry to stamp out land grabbers and create investors’ confidence in our land system. The proposal was rejected without explanation to date.

“However, the reason for my resignation is the recent removal of the professional heads of the department under me on punitive grounds for simply doing their jobs diligently. My conscience will no longer allow me to continue to serve your administration while those innocent professional senior civil servants are punished for doing the right thing”, HURIWA quoted.

Also, reacting to the issue of the Enugu State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee, NULGE, HURIWA stated that “the matter is already a subject of litigation, stressing that as such, there are things that may not need to be said, “but the former Commissioner has challenged that NULGE with all the existing documents in the ministry, do not have any title to the land”.

The rights group further quoted Dr. Nnam thus: “If NULGE claims to be the rightful owners of the said land, why are they afraid of going to the court?

“It is not an uncommon knowledge that when someone’s land is encroached on, the person has the court to run to but in this case, NULGE that claims ownership did not go to court, rather they decided to use powerful people in government to obstruct justice. I am aware that Hymac took NULGE to court. They should go to court and present their ownership proof. NULGE has no subsisting title over the land, let alone anyone revoking it”.

Ruminating on one of the issues relating to a previously alleged land allocation by a former local council chairman, HURIWA queried the outlandish and utterly pedestrian claim that the resignation of Dr. Nnam was to evade probe on a 13-year old case that lacked merit even from the first instance when Ezinwa’s troubles began in 2008 and had no bearing at all with the administration of Dr. Nnam as Lands Commissioner.

HURIWA in line with the saying that: “He who comes to equity must go with clean hands”, called on the Enugu State Police Commissioner; CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu to commence an investigation and invite for interrogation, the individuals behind these unrelenting tissues of lies and innuendos targeting the person of Dr, Chukuemeka Nnam.

“We also urge the Governor; His Excellency, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi not to be deceived by this evil campaign against the person of the former Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development because those making these baseless allegations are working hard to scuttle the government’s agenda for urban revolution in the Estate”.

Conclusively, HURIWA applauded Dr. Nnam’s reasons for resignation, while revealing that in civilized societies, it would be greeted with praise and commendation and considered noble, brave, a show of great character, integrity, and honour, rather it is being viewed in a different and negative light.

HURIWA further condemns the threats of demolition of the house reportedly belonging to the erstwhile Commissioner at Diamond Estate by the Enugu Capital Development Authority in what looks clearly like abuse of power and we call on the iconic Governor of Enugu State His Excellency Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to call this lawless agency to order.

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BREAKING: Lagos govt shuts Dowen College in Lekki over Sylvester Oromoni’s death

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Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of Dowen College in Lekki over the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.

The school will remain shut pending the outcome of an investigation.

Oromoni was allegedly murdered by students and there are fears that the culprits are on the run or left the country.

Gory details of the act have sparked outrage on social media with Nigerians demanding the arrests of the perpetrators.

On Friday, Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo announced the seal of the college.

A terse statement by the ministry’s spokesman, Ganiu Lawal, quoted her as saying state officials met with the school management and staff.

Adefisayo appealed for calm, saying “no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident”.

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2021 World Disability Day: We suffer discrimination to get employment in Kogi – PWDs

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People With Disabilities (PWDs) have cried out over discrimination in employment for Ministries Department and Agencies in Kogi State.

Kogi State Chairman of PWDs, Comrade Ibrahim Arome, who disclosed this on Friday against the backdrop of the 2021 World Disability Day lamented that many of his members have been denied employment opportunities even when they have the capacity to deliver.

Arome, who noted that there is ability in disability, called on the Kogi State Government to implement the disability rights law to address some of these challenges affecting his people.

He added that there is a need for the government to establish the disability commission to enable PWDs to have a sense of belonging in the state.

Arome explained further that PWDs lack mobility in the state stressing that the special schools across the state have been abandoned by the government thereby making education difficult for their members as the existing public schools in Kogi State are not accessible.

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“We use this year’s celebration to appeal to the executive Governor Alh. Yahaya Bello kindly implement the disability right law and establish a disability commission in Kogi state. Governor Yahaya Bello should kindly provide PWD’s with mobility (Bus) because to our special being, mobility is not for fashion but a necessity.

“We are also appealing that the Government should ensure that all the MDAs in Kogi state obeys and adheres to the disability Act 2018 and reserve at least 5% of every employment, empowerment and appointment for PWDs,” he said.

“The Kogi state Governor kindly gives immediate order through the appropriate quotas for the renovation of special skills schools across the state and equip them with the learning special materials and manpower to help reduce the risk of our special members traveling to other states to acquire education”.

In his lecture titled “Bringing out the abilities in persons with disability”, the Chairman, Southwest Nigeria Association of the Deaf, Mr. Sulaiman Akinremi, said more than 500 million people in the world are disabled as a consequence of mental, physical, or sensory impairment.

Akinremi said, “In the majority of these countries, it is estimated that 1 in 10 persons has a physical, mental or sensory impairment and at least 25% of the entire population is adversely affected by the presence of disabilities.

“It is also estimated that at least 75% percent of these people live in developing countries and living in areas where they do not receive the services needed to enable them to overcome their limitations. Disabled people in the developing world often face more acute barriers than those in developed nations mostly those living in Isolated rural areas in the developing world. In some countries 20% of the population are disabled.

“It can be estimated that, when disabled people’s relatives are included, 50% of the population is affected by disability. In addition, disabled people are the poorest of the poor. They often do not have access to adequate medical services and where such services exist, the medical personnel lacks the experience of their needs”.

He noted that any country or society that is on the path to greatness will need to take a pragmatic shift in its orientation about persons with disabilities and it will greatly influence whether persons with disabilities become assets or liabilities.

“PWDs faced a lot of challenges but they are not limited by their disabilities except those placed in their ways by government and society. Though people may doubt the capacity of PWDs to prove their abilities, they have often proved them wrong. They are able to take negativities and turn them into motivation and drive with their different abilities.

“The world is witnessing a rapid transformation in thoughts, concepts, and behaviours aimed at bringing about development. Government and society cannot afford to be left behind by clinging to outdated ideas or concepts inhibiting transformation by undervaluing the particularly important and leading roles PWDs have to play,” he added.

Earlier in her address, the Kogi State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Fatima Kabir Buba said the present administration has continued to give priority to PWDs in the state stressing that over 2000 People With Disabilities benefited from the N10,000 COVID-19 palliative in 2021.

Represented by the Ministry Permanent Secretary, Mr. Aleni Emmanuel Allenclay, the Commissioner said, “Persons with disabilities are a very important segment of our population that requires special treatment.

“The Administration of new direction agenda under the leadership of His Excellency the Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello is working assiduously towards giving a new liaise of life to PWDs in the area of education, health care, empowerment, and legal support system as well as main streams them into the State Development Plan”.

DAILY POST reports that, on September 23rd, 2013, the UN General Assembly convened the historic high-level meeting on disability and development aimed at creating a fully disabled agenda inclusive society.

The 2021 World Disability Day has the theme “Leadership and Participation of PWDs towards an inclusive accessible and sustainable post-covid-19 world”.

DAILY POST also reports that the World Disability Day in Kogi State which was organized by, the leprosy mission Nigeria, Sightsavers, had in attendance, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prod James Apam, Kogi State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,(NSCDC), and the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State.

The day is celebrated on December 3rd every year.

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US foundation donates ambulance to Benue IDPs

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A United States-based medical foundation with a branch in Nigeria, Dr. Patrick Adeel Foundation, also known as Shahnaz Shakeel Foundation, has donated a fully-equipped ambulance to the Benue State Government for use by Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

A representative of the Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Terver Atsewe, who presented the ambulance to Governor Samuel Ortom Thursday, 2nd December 2021 at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi, said it is to be used in conveying sick people from the IDP camps to the hospitals.

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Mr. Atsewe who stated that the ambulance was equipped with the latest medical facilities such as gas cylinders and other first-aid facilities assured that more of such vehicles would be given to the state.

Receiving the ambulance, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed appreciation to the foundation for the donation and assured that the ambulance would be utilized judiciously for the benefit of the IDPs.

The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Emmanuel Shior led the representative of the foundation to the Governor for the presentation.

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