The 27 elected local government Chairmen in Imo State who were sworn in under the Rochas Okorocha led administration but suspended by Former Governor Emeka Ihedioha has vowed to return to their offices on the 30th of November 2020.
The lawmakers at a briefing in Owerri, Imo State capital threatened that they will resume to their office on the said date if Imo state Governor Hope Uzodimma does not dissolve the present Interim management committee across the 27 local government areas in the state.
The acting Chairman of the group, Chinwe Obinna, said their action is based on a recent ruling by the Federal High Court in Owerri, reinstating them into office, a judgment the state government did not appeal.
They vowed to go back to their offices to complete their constitutional tenure, of three years knowing fully well that the Federal Government does not recognise interim management at the local government level.
The council chairmen promised to support governor Hope Uzodimma to achieve his government’s policy thrust in the state.
Okorocha Reacts to Killing Of Borno Farmers
Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday reacted to the recent killing of farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents describing it as a great insult to Nigeria.
Okorocha who is also a Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district called on the executive arm of government to rise up and prevent the re-occurrence of the terrible incident.
The killing in Borno State is an eyesore and very provocating. The killing in Borno is just an insult to this nation, a great insult to this country. Action should be taken to stop to show that, this is too much.
So, I urge you the executives to rise up to the occasion and ensure the security of lives and properties in Nigeria, which is the number one constitutional requirement of the government,” he said.
Okorocha made this statement during a visit to Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule over the demise of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairman in the state, Philips Shekwo.
Governor Sule had earlier on Tuesday announced that the killer of the APC Chairman has been arrested.
He identified the killer as Muhammad Usman, a notorious kidnapper who confessed to the crime
Okonjo-Iweala Named Forbes Africa Person Of The Year
Forbes Africa has named Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and a candidate for the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2020.
The announcement was made this on Tuesday via a post on its official handle @forbesafrica.
“The 2020 #AfricanOftheYear Award honoree is…Congratulations to Dr. @NOlweala! Board Chair @Gavi; Board Chair @ARCapicity, gracing the cover of @forbesafrica,” the tweet read
Okonjo-Iweala in response said she is thrilled to be honoured and to be following the footsteps of her brothers Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Nigeria’s Femi Adesina.
“Thrilled to be named @forbesafrica-CNBC 2020 African of the Year following in the footsteps of my great Brothers @PaulKagame and @akin_adesina,” the 66-year-old said.
Okonjo-Iweala also dedicated the award to fellow Africans facing the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health & economic impact of Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!” she added.
Okonjo-Iweala’s joined the list of eminent Africans to have received the award.
In 2019, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), won the award for his outstanding work at the bank and a sterling career in agriculture and finance.
Paul Kagame of Rwanda won the same prize in 2018.
Other eminent Nigerians to have bagged the award are Muhammad Sanusi II (2011), former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Aliko Dangote (2014), president of the Dangote Group.
Sanusi won the first edition in 2011, Adesina has claimed the gong twice — 2013 and 2019, while Okonjo-Iweala is also the first Nigerian woman to be honoured with the prize.
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