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APGA Chief Tasks Journalists on Sustenance of Political Stability

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Traditional media Practitioners in the country have been asked to abide by their professional ethics and resist guidance by social media handlers in their reportage.

Mr Sly Ezeokenwa, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), made the call during a media chat with some selected journalists in Awka on Saturday.

Reports says that the APGA chairman maintained that journalists had core roles to play in transforming the society and as such need to be well guided professionally at all times.

He said that by his calculations, based on reports from some journalists, stories affecting the party were wrongly presented to the public.

“These reports were largely information originated from social media handlers.

“It is expected that journalists, as agenda setters for government, need to fact check their sources of information on activities and policies of government before going to print.

“Journalists play a vital role in the development of the society and as such should double check any information available to them to avoid misinforming the public.

“It is very imperative that more attention be paid to investigative journalism in critical areas of government activities before publication, knowing that the public trusts their reports to be real and rights,”he said

Ezeokenwa said that APGA is open to transformative leadership and having elected a youth as its national chairman, it’s the wish of the party to expand its tentacles across the country to sustain its progressive leadership since 2006 when it assumed power in Anambra.

He said that APGA is not a regional political party because its party constitution is open to any Nigerian who desires progressive principles to join and provide striking positive governance.

Speaking earlier, Dr Emeka Odogwu, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Anambra council, said that the visit was part of the activities to mark the council’s 2023 press week.

Odogwu, represented by Mrs Ngozi Obileri, the Vice Chairman of the Anambra Council, commended the APGA national chairman for his supportive role and acceptance to be present during the grand finale of the press week.

Odogwu said journalists in the state have maintained their professional beats through unbiased reportage of activities of the state government and assured that they will not relent in dishing out quality and factual reportage.

Dr Njide Ezeonyejiaku, Chairman, NUJ press week planning committee, said that a novelty match would be held between journalists and men of the judiciary, as part of activities to maintain mental balance and healthy living of the journalists for a balanced reportage always.

Mr Boniface Okechukwu, former Vice president of the state council, in his vote of thanks, assured the APGA national chairman of factual reportage by media practitioners in the state as they are committed to serve the society professionally. (NAN)

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Alleged Kidnapping of 11 Travellers in Enugu, Mischievous, Misleading – Police

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The Police Command in Enugu State has denounced media report alleging that 11 people were kidnapped at the Amechi-Idodo area of the Enugu/Abakaliki Expressway on Wednesday.The command described the report as misleading, mischievous and aimed at creating panic.The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu.

Ndukwe said that the stance given in an online publication remained a total distortion of facts surrounding the incident of an attempted abduction along the said road, on July 16, 2024, around 6p.
m.Ndukwe said that contrary to the misleading report, a Joint Security team, upon receipt of a distress call on the incident, moved to the Enugu/Ebonyi States border point along the Enugu/Abakaliki Expressway, on the said date and time.
“Hence, they rescued 13 occupants of a Nissan commercial bus. However, three others, who scampered into nearby bushes upon the attack, are yet-to-be located,” he said.The command spokesman said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kanayo Uzuegbu, had ordered the sustenance of ongoing operations to locate and rescue the three missing victims and also hunt down the assailants.Ndukwe said that the commissioner reassured commitment of the command to sustain collaborative efforts with internal and neigbouring States’ security forces to ensure watertight security on major highways and borders.“The commissioner further cautions reporters and publishers to always verify their facts before going to press,” he said .This, he said, was to avoid misleading reports and creating panic in the minds of unsuspecting members of the public,” he added. (NAN)

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Tinubu Mandates 2.1m Crude Oil Production – CDS

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President Bola Tinubu has directed security agencies to improve the security architecture to ensure the production of 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day.

Gen. Christopher Musa, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), said this while briefing State House correspondents, after a meeting with President Tinubu on Friday.

“It is a mandate for us to restore full production, we are targeting 2.

1 million barrels per day, which is achievable.
So, we are taking steps to ensure that all that is required to be done is done,” he said.

He said the President was aware of the cries of the oil producing communities and would not let them down.

He said the communities should be rest assured that steps were being taken to address their grievances so that full production of crude oil would be restored.

“For the criminals, those that are hell bent on destroying our infrastructure and stealing our crude oil for whatever reasons, their days are numbered.

“We are coming after them, and we want to assure Nigerians that all we need is to work together to achieve success.

“Nobody can do it alone, no single service, no single individual can do this alone; we all need to work together, including the states. We understand that the communities have so much needs, the President will address those issues to ensure that we have full production,” said Musa.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, said security chiefs were at the State House to brief President Tinubu on the current security situation in the country.

“This we have been doing regularly. Mr President is satisfied with our report and he has challenged us to continue to work together and improve our synergy.

“We have records of all reported crimes across the country and can tell you that crime rate is declining in Nigeria. 

“Records don’t lie, the records are there. So, I can assure you that we will continue to do what we are doing to maintain the decline in the crime rate,” said Egbetokun.

Report says that Nigeria’s crude oil production currently stands at 1.472m pbd, down from 1.502m last month and up from 1.450m one year ago.

This is a change of -2.04 per cent from last month and 1.50 per cent from last year.

The decline in daily crude oil production figure is attributed to pipeline vandalism and sundry criminal activities that have made it impossible for the country to meet its OPEC production quota. (NAN)

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Gov. Alia Promises to Pay N70,000 Minimum Wage

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Gov. Hyacinth Alia of Benue has promised to pay the newly approved N70,000 minimum wage agreed between the Federal Government and the organised labour.Alia, who disclosed this on Friday while answering questions from newsmen in Makurdi, said that workers needed to be appreciated.The Federal Government and the organised labour had on Thursday, announced the sum of N70,000 as the new minimum wage in the country.

He said with focus and the improved internally generated revenue, his administration would pay the new wage.
The governor said despite the current economic situation in the country, things were gradually moving in the State because of careful planning and prudent application of resources.
“Even our internally generated revenue (IGR) has increased. So it is now left for us to close all loopholes to see how much we can cash in to do many other things including the payment of salaries.“Why not, we can pay. I’m focused. What is agreed by the Federal Government is definitely what we the sub-nationals can also just queue in to.“Without the workforce, we wouldn’t have any center of any government. So we need to appreciate our civil servants or workforce in a way approved by the Federal Government and the Labour organisations synonymously so that the system can work”he said.Earlier, the governor while inaugurating the governing councils of seven State tertiary institutions charged them on corporate governance.He said the future of the institutions was on their shoulders therefore, they must not fail in the discharge of their responsibilities.The governor urged them to concentrate on policy enhancement that would improve the quality of education at the institutions to meet global standards.Alia said the government would provide them with a working guidelines for efficient service delivery.Responding on behalf of those inaugurated, Mr Paul Chukwuma, Chairman/Pro-chancellor Benue State University (BSU) promised to deliver on their mandate.Chukwuma said State institutions needed adequate support to carryout research and development.He said they would use their connections to facilitate support to the various institutions.Those inaugurated include Paul Chukwuma, Chairman/Pro-chancellor Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi, while Prof Shagbaor Wegh, Mr Simon Orkuma , Dr Diana Ochoga and Mr Michael Gongul are members.At Benue State Polytechnic, Ogbokolo – Dr Demian Anyam is the Chairman, while Mr Sam Godday , Dr Kelvin Kandev, Mr Samuel Awuhe and Mr Peter Egbodo are members.In College of Education, Oju – Prof. Member George-Genyi is the Chairman, Prof Emmanuel Otor, Prof Joseph Kerker, Habiba Ochifu, and Rev. Elijah are to Serve as members.College of Education, Katsina-Ala has Prof. Gabriel Moti as Chairman, Chief Johnson Onoja, Victoria Ekwo, and Patience Iorun as members.Akawe Torkula Polytechnic, Makurdi – Prof. Okpe Okpe is the Chairman, Mr Bitacy Jirgba, Dr Shiminenge Atime, Mr Edo Egboja and Mr Achihin Hur are members.Akperan Orshi Polytechnic, Yandev has Dr Victoria Pila as Chairman, Mr Sam Agwa, Mr Nicholas Ugallali, Mrs Theresa Ikwe and Mr Joseph Adi as members.In College of Health Technology, Agasha – Dr Bem Vangerwua is the Chairman, Dr Silas Ge, Alice Yaaju, Rebecca Tor and Comfort Anongu are to serve as members.(NAN)

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