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Ohanaeze raises alarm over plot by army to declare state of emergency in Southeast

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide said that it has discovered a plot by the leadership of the Nigerian Army to declare a state of emergency in the southeast region.

The group in a release signed by its President-General and Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike stated that declaring a State of Emergency in the Southeast was an affront on the people of the region and an attempt by the military to create confusion and tension in the zone.

According to the release, such a decision, if materialized, would bring catastrophic consequences to the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the Southeast at the moment.

The leadership of OYC while alleging that the attempt to declare a state of emergency by the army was a calculated attempt to stop the 2023 Igbo Presidency agenda by the powers that be at the center, warned that the youths of the region were going to resist such an attempt.

“The recent proclamations of Nigerian Military” that if there’s any more evidence of Killings of Security Agents by Biafra agitators in the Southeast Region could lead to the declaration of State of Emergency” as an affront on the people of Southeast, and calculated attempts to create Confusion and tension in the Zone, inasmuch as We are not in Support of any Killings of Igbos and Security Agents in Southeast.

“OYC had urged the military to Concentrate on the insecurity Challenges in the Northern region where bandits and Terrorist Organizations like Boko Haram insurgents had wreaked havoc and fear amongst Northerners, there’s heavy fighting over there in North East, We Urge Nigerian Army to declare State of Emergency in the North East before thinking of Southeast.

“Igbo Youths wish to categorically advise Biafra agitators to maintain their original non-violence postures and avoid making inflammatory threats of Killings Security Agents in Reprisal attacks, such decision will surely bring catastrophic consequences to the peaceful atmospheric environment we enjoy in the Southeast.

“OYC had uncovered plots by Igbo external detractors to use the recent evidence of fallouts after IPOB clashed with DSS in Enugu to instigate the removal of Southeast Governors, which is part of the Rogue Operations to stop any of them from contesting 2023 Presidential Elections, Igbo Youths are solidly behind the Southeast Governors, who had portrayed themselves as worthy servants of Igbo Nation.

“OYC countermands all directives of the closure of markets, banks, and offices in the Southeast Region, as any order that will bring untold hardship and consequences to the people of Southeast will be surely resisted and Igbo Youths will resist attempts to undermine the Southeast Governors powers as Chief Security Officers of their States, and any nefarious activities to remove a democratically elected Governor Under the guise of the declaration of State of Emergency in the Southeast Region,” part of the release read

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No going back on Water Resources Bill – FG

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The Federal Government has declared it will go ahead with the Water Resources Bill.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed told reporters the bill was not designed to cause water wars in the country.

He said the bill is a panacea to likely water conflicts in the country.

He said critics of the bill have either not read it or might be mischievous.

He said there is no hidden agenda behind the bill.

He said it is not a subterfuge reintroduction of RUGA.

Mohammed made the clarifications at a joint briefing with the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu in Abuja.

He said: “There is nothing new about the National Water Resources Bill. This is because it is an amalgamation of Water Resources Laws that have been in existence for a long time.

These are:

– Water Resources Act, Cap W2 LFN 2004

– The River Basin Development Authority Act, Cap R9 LFN 2004

– The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (Establishment) Act, Cap N1100A, LFN 2004

– National Water Resources Institute Act, Cap N83 LFN 2004

“So, why are the laws being re-packaged as the National Water Resources Bill 2020?

“The answer is that they are being re-enacted with necessary modifications to bring them in line with current global trends as well as best practices in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

“The overall objective of this amalgamation is the efficient management of the Water Resources Sector for the economic development of Nigeria and the well-being of its citizens.

“The Bill provides for professional and efficient management of all surface and ground water for the use of the people (i.e. for domestic and non-domestic use, irrigation, agricultural purposes, generation of hydro-electric energy, navigation, fisheries and recreation).

“The Bill will ensure that the nation’s water resources are protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all persons.

“Critics contend that the Bill is aimed at taking the resources of a certain part of the country for the use of herders. In other words, the Federal Government is seeking to implement RUGA by subterfuge.

“We also want to state that the Bill is for the good of the nation, and has no hidden agenda whatsoever.”

Adamu said the bill was sent to all the states for concurrence without any object.

He said the bill predated the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said:” This was never a Buhari bill, it is a bill for Nigeria. It started 2008 long before the President thought of winning election.”

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#Fuel hike: No going back on strike, protest – NLC

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The Nigeria Labour Congress has vowed to proceed with its planned strike and protest with effect from September 28 following the failure of the Federal Government to reverse the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

Rising from its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja a few minutes ago, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the proposed action by the organised labour would proceed from next week.

He stated that the decision was unanimously taken by the chairmen of the 36 states and FCT chapters of the NLC.

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#Technology: Sanusi Urges Youths To Explore and not Rely on Government

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The Former Central Bank Governor, CBN, Mohammed Sanusi (II), has urged Nigeria youths not to rely on government but to explore and create opportunities for themselves, especially with technology.

The former CBN governor who was the guest speaker on the second day of the Kaduna Investment Summit explained that over-reliance on oil has left the country unproductive.

“We need to think over and over again as to how we understand economics and what we see. How do we understand technology or electricity are we consumers or are we producers and that’s why investment in human capital is so important.

“Produce young men who know that they are worth more than just using their phone to import a pair of shoes,” he said.

Sanusi said Nigeria has to take economic diversification more seriously in order to experience growth and development.

Referencing Malaysia, Sanusi gave a breakdown of the economic growth of both countries within a 30-year period.

According to him, for Nigeria “there was an increase in wealth but without any structural transformation”.

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“We were growing but we did not diversify and that explains the huge levels of poverty in the country, it explains the huge levels of inequality in the country, it explains the vulnerability of the economy to shocks, it also explains the relatively slow pace of growth because when Malaysia started, they started from a GDP per capita level lower than Nigeria’s GDP per capita in 1985. It started from $310 to $4,045 while we started from $345 to $2,055”.

He also stressed the importance of the government creating the right environment and infrastructure for private businesses to thrive.

The former CBN governor who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency noted that with the right environment, the country can move away from being only consumers to producers of technology.

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