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Ohaneze celebrates Chief Iwuanyanwu at 81




Last Updated on September 2, 2023 by Fellow Press

Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldeide, has celebrated its President General, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, as he clocks 81 years of age on Sept. 4, describing him as an outstanding Nigerian businessman.

They also described Iwuanyanwu as a broad-minded charismatic personality of impeccable pedigree, a foremost Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Nigerian patriot and a man who had devoted all his life in the service of the Igbo people and Nigerians in general.

These are contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, on Saturday in Enugu.

According to Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide joins millions of admirers both at home and in the Diaspora to felicitate one of the finest amongst the Igbos, a philanthropist par excellence and a robust creative thinker, Chief Iwuanyanwu.

Ogbonnia said that Iwuanyanwu’s life trajectory was dotted with a distinctive stardom beginning from his primary school to the present day.

He added that there had never been an idle moment in Iwuanyanwu’s life as he was a school prefect, college sports captain, brave Biafran Army captain who was among the engineers that invented the multi-purpose Biafran bomb, called “Ogbunigwe”, an accomplished engineer with legacies in road construction and aviation industry.

He said that Iwuanyanwu engaged in air and sea transport, real estate, football, publishing, agriculture, research and development, Chairman, Federal Boards; Chairman, Board of Trustees of formidable political parties; contest for Nigerian presidency, Ohanaeze leadership, amongst others.

“There was a time in history when Iwuanyanwu was the highest employer of labour, at least in the entire East of the Niger and one of the most endearing is the Iwuanyanwu Foundation which has offered scholarships to over 10,000 indigent students across the country.

“He has donated to universities to create conducive environments for learning, built churches and other community facilities,” Ogbonnia said.

The publicity Secretary recalled that over 40 years ago when Chief Sam Mbakwe, the former governor of old Imo State, conceived the idea of an International Cargo Airport at Owerri, it was Iwuanyanwu that made the highest donation of US$ 2 million.

He further said that Iwuanyanwu’s success story was a veritable and inspiring tribute to the virtues of hard work, audacity, intellect, sincerity, heroism, sacrifice, ingenuity, resilience and philanthropy.

“Since Iwuanyanwu was sworn in as the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in May, he had hit the ground running.

“Within the four months of his incumbency, his Midas touch has neutralized the inauspicious frosty relationship that existed between Ohanaeze and the Igbo Archbishops and Bishops, Anya Ndigbo, Ala Igbo Development Foundation and Aka Ikenga, Nzuko Ummunna.

“Others are Igbo Leaders of Thought, Global Igbo Leaders, World Igbo Congress, Association of Igbo Town Unions, Lagos State Market Traders and others.

“He has restored a cordial relationship with the Ohanaeze Governors; mainstreamed the Igbo Captains of Industry into the Ohanaeze activities; resolved the leadership crisis in the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uk and Ireland, and admitted the African Americans with authentic Igbo ancestry into the Igbo cosmology,” he said.

He explained that the president general had reactivated the Youth and Women Wings of Ohanaeze Ndigbo; convened a meeting of the Igbo political office holders to address the insecurity in the South East and re-commenced the monthly National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings of Ohanaeze.

Ogbonnia said Iwuanyanwu had stoutly renewed the call on the presidency for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“Igbos all over the world, shall on Monday, September 4, 2023, clink glasses to a toast for their awesome leader with an incredible physical prowess, an extra-ordinary visionary, and transformative imaginative visionary.

“On behalf of the Igbo nation and all the organs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, we express immense gratitude to God that the Igbo leader is as fit as fiddle at 81.

“We ask the Almighty to grant him many more fruitful years to enable him realize the lofty programs he has espoused for Igbos. Happy birthday, Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo,” he prayed.


Accept FG offer above N60,000 as new minimum wage, Opeyemi Bamidele to labour



The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, APC, Ekiti Central has pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC
to accept whatever the federal government offered them above N60,000 as the new minimum wage.

Bamidele urged the NLC and TUC to toe the path of dialogue and peace in the negotiation of a new minimum wage, which the President had promised to send a bill to the National Assembly for this purpose.

The Senate Leader has reiterated the need for Nigerians to demonstrate more patriotic spirit and oneness in their daily activities as the nation journeys through its socio-political trajectory towards the promised land.

He made the call in an Eid-el-Kabir message by his Directorate of Media and Public Affairs on Sunday, just as he highlighted some achievements of the administration of President BolaTinubu.

Bamidele said, “The federal government has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”

While identifying with all Muslim faithful nationwide, Bamidele who noted that Nigerians, regardless of religion and tribes, should team up with and rally support for the Tinubu administration to safely steer the ship of the nation into a successful end, emphasised that no nation could travel the journey of national rebirth alone without the unwavering support of its citizens not minding their political, cultural and social backgrounds and orientations.

He assured that the current administration would leave no stone unturned in alleviating the economic hardship being faced by the majority of Nigerians and re-offer them a sense of pride in their home country.

In the spirit of the season, the Senate Leader urged all Muslims to emulate love and good neighbourliness exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SWAT) during his time and how he related very well with people of other faiths and nationalities.

Bamidele who appealed that the ongoing reengineering efforts of the Tinubu Administration could only yield democratic dividends in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity, but where lives and property are protected, said: “Just to mention a few among ongoing projects like the 700 kilometres Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the establishment of N50 Billion Pulako Initiative and annual recruitment of 30,000 new police personnel are Key Performance Indicators of this government.

“Only recently, this government declared a state of emergency in agriculture and launched the National Agricultural Development Fund with N100 billion, in addition to the Dry Season Farming Initiative and the Green Imperative Programme to ensure food security across the land.

“All these and other components of the 8-point Renewed Hope Agenda require the patriotic support and prayers for their deliverables to multiply at the doorsteps of Nigerians in the remaining three years of the first term of this government.”

He further urged the Muslim faithful to use the season of Eid el-Kabir to pray for the leaders of the country for divine wisdom and understanding that can match the enormous tasks of leading the country especially at a time when economic realities are not favourable around the world.

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FG updates on UAE lifting visa ban on Nigeria



The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will soon announce the date for lifting the visa ban that has been imposed on Nigerian travellers.

This information was shared during an interview with Otega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu, which is available on the official YouTube page of the State House of Nigeria.

Keyamo acknowledged that while a resolution was reached between President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during President Tinubu’s working visit to the UAE in September 2023, additional processes were required before the ban could be officially lifted.

He said the processes have now been completed, paving the way for the imminent announcement from the UAE government.

“After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers. We have done everything. We have resolved everything.

“Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent,” Keyamo stated.

The Minister further mentioned that he is aware of the specific date when the travel restriction will be lifted, but he emphasized that it is up to the UAE government to make the official announcement.

The lifting of the ban is expected to restore ease of travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE, thereby enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

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