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How Anambra Gov. Willie Obiano Turned the State Treasury into a milking cow……. Wife Appoints Over 200 Aides…Bribes Lawmakers With Properties in USA.

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Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano appears to have been overshadowed by powers beyond him as the treasury of the state is said to have been turned into a milking cow.

According to reports , the governor has appointed over 120 aides with titles like; special advisers, senior special advisers, senior special assistants with over 80 percent of them from Aguleri, his hometown, and paying them huge salaries.

His wife is also said to have appointed about 100 aides, all at the expense of the Anambra State Government. “This is quite unlike the former governor, Peter Obi who insisted that his wife should not hire aides at the state government’s expense”, bemoaned a source in the Anambra civil service who pleaded anonymity.

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Laughable of all the appointment is the appointment by the governor of a senior special assistant on Agric and went further to appoint another as special adviser on fish matters. The Special assistant on Agric we gathered was earlier suspended over fraudulent acts, but was immediately recalled since he is from the same community with Obaino. The Anambra South and Central Senatorial district has been relegated to the background with people from there not getting any relevant position in his government.

Obiano is from Anambra North, and Anambra indigenes joke that Obiano’s is ‘a government of Aguleri people, by Aguleri people and for Aguleri people’.

Politicians who helped him to victory lamented to us that they have been left to nurse their wounds for supporting him, as he has abandoned them and brought in ‘technocrats’ who are his previous jobless friends living in the UK and US to run the government. Some of the previous supporters who spoke to us regretted supporting him and had vowed to decamp to the opposition parties if he does not change his stance.

“After all most of the politicians who helped him win the election are Nigerian based technocrats and educated men with proven background, so why will he abandon us”? Bemoaned one of our sources. It is his attitude towards the politicians in the state that made Hon. Uche Ekwunife and others to decamp from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) stated our source.

As previously reported by elombah.com, the list of the lawmakers from the House of Representatives that defected from APGA to the PDP included the former state governorship aspirant on the platform of APGA and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Environment, Hon. Uche Ekwunife; Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Capital Market, Chris Emeka Azubogu and three other lawmakers from the state.

They have also written the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ahmed Mu’azu, seeking waiver to return to the party and apparently contest the parliamentary election in February 2015.

Other members of the House who have written to the national chairman of the party were the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Victor Afam Ogene; member representing Onitsha North/Onitsha South Federal Constituency, Cyril Egwuatu and the Chairman, House Committee on Culture, Tourism, Pilgrimages and Religious Matters, Chief John Olibie. Their defection to the PDP has reduced APGA’s grip on the House.

Sources within the government who spoke to us also revealed that Obiano collects N100 million weekly as “security votes”, but this fund has been siphoned to private pockets in the name of fighting security. Obiano also pays his fellow looter, Chief Victor Ume, the ambattled APGA chairman, 40 million Naira monthly in his capacity as APGA Chairman, and the sole APGA executive officer and sole administrator at the national, state and local government level.

A reliable source noted that the security fight is only in Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha, while allowing the rest town to be ravaged by criminal elements. The contracts awarded by him in his 300 days in office we gathered are given to his friends and cronies while abandoning the ones appointed by ex governor, Peter Obi.

“Most of the contractors are related to him. Some are his friends, while others are recommended by his friends” stated a source.

Further information made available to us from sources noted that his recent sponsoring of the State lawmakers to the USA was to pacify them by allegedly buying choice houses for them in the States while also shopping one for himself.

Calls and text messages placed to his Special Adviser Media, James Eze to respond to these allegations were not picked, neither were they returned. However, just before going to press, a Senior Aide to Governor Obiano sent this text message from phone number +234-8033090972 as the governor’s official response: “I saw your famous report. We don’t join issues with such incredulous stories”.

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Union Bank, WACOT Rice Kick Off Financial Inclusion Drive for Smallholder Farmers in Kebbi

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As part of Union Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with WACOT Rice Limited – a rice processing company, to financially include 6,000 local farmers including youth and women in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi Financial Inclusion Drive (KFID) which will cover four Local Government Areas – Argungu, Augie, Suru, and Dandi – is a critical part of WACOT’s Argungu Outgrower Expansion Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade Hub. This program is set to resolve the overwhelming financial inclusion deficit within rural communities in Kebbi.
The financial inclusion initiative is being implemented with technical support from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to help the farmers acquire the relevant documentation and identification required to open bank accounts.
Union Bank will facilitate account opening and expand its agency banking network to cover the areas while supporting its agents on ground with digital banking solutions to enable seamless transacting and account management.
Farouk Gumel, Chairman WACOT and Board Chair, Union Bank was on ground in Kebbi State to kick-off the drive and paid a visit to the Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to discuss expanding the programme state-wide.
In his recent keynote address at the recently concluded and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Conference, Mr. Gumel said:
 “As we work towards achieving financial inclusion to reach the unbanked, we must commit the same resources and investments to rural-local customers as we have done to urban-global clients to help create the growth that will lift us all to collective prosperity.”
WACOT Rice is a subsidiary of TGI Group. TGI Group, through another of its subsidiary Titan Trust Bank, recently acquired Union Bank in a landmark transaction which was announced in 2021.

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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS VERVE INTERNATIONAL, MAKES CUSTOMERS MILLIONAIRES IN THE FIRSTBANK VERVE CARD PROMO

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In partnership with FirstBank – Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider – Verve International, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, has launched its third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with exciting gifts and cash prizes to appreciate their patronage and use of the card to carry-out their electronic banking transactions.

The ongoing 2-month promo will end on 30 October 2022 as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each. Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

On the other hand, 2620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10% cashback capped at N2,000 per customer.

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank said “we appreciate our partnership with Verve Card through the years; a partnership of empowerment and opportunities which include growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment. FirstBank verve card holders are encouraged to keep using their cards as it is a card offering that promotes safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.”

Verve card is a secure debit card that allows cardholders to conveniently meet their daily financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc. Verve card is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria.

The promo is also opened to new verve cardholders as non-verve cardholders are encouraged to visit the nearest FirstBank branch today to pick up a Verve card and start getting rewarded!

Only recently, FirstBank – in partnership with Verve – rewarded over 2601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize, N10,000 cash prize, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.

 

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Federal Government Orders University Vice-Chancellors To Reopen Schools, Begin Lectures Amid 7 Months Lecturers’ Strike

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The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The Nigerian government has directed vice-chancellors to re-open universities and allow students to resume lectures immediately.

The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

 

The letter which The PUNCH obtained on Monday, was reportedly addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

 

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.

We had reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.

 

It reported that the umbrella body of the lecturers in public universities had declared a warning strike on February 14, to force the Nigerian Government to implement agreements it earlier signed with the union.

 

The agreement stipulated how university education would be funded for better improvement.

 

The strike has since rolled over and is now in its seventh month following the government’s failure to implement all the agreements.

 

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.

 

Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.

 

The government through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

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