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NUJ decries resurgence of harassment, extortion by revenue touts in Anambra

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Wednesday, decried the resurgence of touts in different forms, harassing and extorting citizens and visitors for different levies within Anambra.

The Chairman of NUJ Anambra State Chapter, Dr Emeka Odogwu, revealed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on how these illegal revenue collectors dehumanise residents and visitors in the state.

Odogwu noted that there was a need for a digitised revenue collection methodology or refined approach to avoid painting the government bad.

He appreciated security agencies for their efforts in addressing the touting menace and other security challenges in the state, adding there was the need to deploy non-uniformed officers to monitor the activities hoodlums to curb criminal activities associated with them.

According to him, however, “I frown at the resurgence of cult-related killings in some cities in the state and call on the commissioner of police and state director of DSS to rise to the occasion.

“We are commending the state government’s efforts in enhancing the aesthetics of the state by demolishing shanties and similar structures, but we appeal to the government to carry out these demolitions with a human face.

“This can be done by ensuring that the goods and property of the occupants are not destroyed recklessly or punitively in the process as well as providing an alternative for the displaced traders,” he said.

The chairman noted that one of the primary duties of journalists as members of the “4th estate of the realm” was to continue to advocate for the downtrodden in the society for a better society.

“The role of journalists as moral barometers and conscience of the society should never be compromised or traded not minding whose ox is gored. The watchdog roles must go on unhindered.

“On this premise, I am raising an alarm on the dilapidated state of Basden Memorial Special School in Isulo, Orumba North local government area (LGA) and calling on government and public-spirited individuals to assist the school bounce back.

“As a body, we passionately appeal to Anambra Governor’s Wife, Mrs Nonye Soludo, and other well-meaning individuals to support special schools in the state, particularly the Basden Memorial Special School, Isulo,” he added.

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Peter Obi Celebrates Pastor E.A Adebayo On His 82nd Birthday

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On behalf of my family, I sincerely rejoice and celebrate the Revered Servant of God and Father in Faith, Pastor Enoch Adeboye @PastorEAAdeboye , as he marks his 82nd birthday anniversary today.
Undoubtedly, Papa Adeboye has remained a source of inspiration to many.

His far-reaching influence on millions of people within and outside Nigeria is immeasurable. As a servant of God and shepherd of His flock, Papa Adeboye has continued to spread the gospel of brotherly love, unity, and peaceful coexistence among all.

I, therefore, join the entire Christendom, especially the Redeemed Christian Church of God, to celebrate his remarkable life of impact on the nation.

I pray God to grant him more healthy and fruitful years as he continues to pray for our dear nation and contribute towards our development, peace, and progress. -PO

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We Will Not Rest Until LP Takes Over Govt And Provide Quality Leadership – Abure

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The National Chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Julius Abure has vowed to ensure the party takes over power in Nigeria and provide quality leadership.

He spoke while addressing journalists in Umuahia, Abia State, following a meeting with Governor Alex Otti and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of LP.

He said, “We will not rest until we are able to take over government and provide the people quality leadership that will work for the country.

“How do you reconcile a situation where we export crude oil only to import refined products at high costs. Nigeria’s problem is bad leadership, and once we get it right, every other thing will be fixed.

“Today, you can see that Nigeria is not moving as it should. A bag of rice sells for N120, 000 while minimum wage is N30,000. A tuber of yam that previously sold for N500 is now N1200.

“Life has become very difficult in Nigeria; security challenges are enormous; inflation is very high; unemployment is increasing, and people now find it increasingly difficult to feed. This is the reality in Nigeria today under APC Government.

“We will provide a leadership that will fight poverty and fight hunger; a leadership that will empathize with the people and liberate them.”

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