Covid 19: Imo Records first case

Covid 19: Imo Records first case

In the earlier hours of today, we were informed by credible sources that there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 infection in Imo State and we have confirmed this to be true. The index case, who is neither a patient nor a member of staff of the hospital, was confirmed positive following standard testing by NCDC officials in the state and has been transferred to FMC Owerri isolation / Holding Centre for monitoring and necessary management protocol. It is important that members are in the know of this development to reinvigorate our exercise of caution as we carry out our essential duties in the hospital. While we await official announcement by relevant authorities on this development, members are advised to reinforce their guard and maintain universal precautions as prescribed in the WHO IPC guidelines. These are no times for panic or unnecessary acts of heroism. Let us continue to adhere to the basic ground rules of avoiding unnecessary movements within the hospital, avoidance of physical contacts as much as possible while keeping to social distancing, regular hand washing and the use of face masks within the hospital environment. We shall continue to monitor the situa

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Covid 19: Kingsley Uju Distributes Relief Materials to Constituents

In line with his focus driven representative commitment to his constituents, the member representing Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West Federal Constituency, Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima has distributed food items to his constituents to relieve them of the economic strains of the sit-at-home directive of the government. The lawmaker, who is known for his philanthropic disposition across the Federal Constituency, Saturday 25th, April, distributed the essential food items in all the wards that make up Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru West Federal Constituency. Some of the food items distributed by the lawmaker to cushion the negative effects of coronavirus on his constituents include a trailer load of rice, a truckload indomie noodles; bags of salt, hand sanitizers and cash donations. Speaking during the distribution of the coronavirus relief package, The DG, Omeudo campaign Organisation, Hon. Henry Igbomezie, speaking on behalf of Hon. Uju Kingsley, advised the beneficiaries to wash their hands regularly, observe social distancing and obey all government regulations rolled out in the fight against the pandemic. Igbomezie stated, Hon. Uju Kingsley is a man who does not fail to live

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Uzodimma Revives Ada palm, Restores Public Water Supply to Owerri

Uzodimma Revives Ada palm, Restores Public Water Supply to Owerri

In a major step that will positively alter the economic and social lives of Imo people, public water supply to owerri metropolis, which has eluded residents for 24 years, will be restored in the next few days. Similarly Adapalm , a major palm oil mill.oowned by the state, which has not produced a drop of palm oil in the last 15 years, now produces 30,000 metric tons of palm oil every day. Whereas residents of Owerri last drank from public taps in 1996, Adapalm which used to be heavy revenue earner for the state stopped production in 2005 as a result of mismanagement and inefficiency. Imo state commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, explained that Governor uzodinma decided to revive the two institutions as a means of boosting the state's economy as well as to make live easier for residents of Owerri and Imo people in general. He disclosed that Adapalm now produces 30,000 metric tonnes of palm oil daily with the attendant generation of jobs for the youth and distribive line job creation for the rural people Emelumba recalled that the last turn around maintenance carried out in Otamiri water works was in 1996, hence the governor directed a holis

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Duncan Mighty arrested on allegation of Fraud- Police

Following report this morning that popular Portharcourt based musician, Duncan Mighty was abducted by unknown Gunmen early hours of this morning, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command through the Public Relations Officer, SP Ikeokwu Godson Orlando has issued a press release informing the public the musician was not abducted but arrested based on petition written by an upcoming rap artist M2, who claimed that the IMO state Government led by Owelle Rochas Okorocha, through the office of the SA oN Entertainment, enter into a deal with DUNCAN MIGHTY to manage, promote, arrange Collaboration with other top artist and sign M2 under YOUNG WEALTH record label owned by Duncan Mighty,as a result an agreement was reached with a fee of ELEVEN MILLION NAIRA (N11,000,000) Was paid to him,However, since collecting the payment he refused to fulfill his own part of the deal. In their official release. The PRO, stated, "Sequel to the petition, the artist was arrested, and he affirmed the having such agreement and collecting the fund, but said he can only refund the money if the contract is terminated,he was then released on bail on self revognaisance. Consequently, a letter was revieved

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Nine hospitalised as truck rams into seven vehicles in Imo

No fewer than nine persons have been hospitalised after a truck rammed into seven other vehicles on Njaba bridge along Owerri / Orlu Expressway. Uju Onwudiwe , who represents Njaba constituency at the State House of Assembly confirmed the accident while moving a motion on the floor of the House . She called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha to repair the Njaba bridge as a matter of urgency . The lawmaker said that she cried when she got to the scene of the incident . She said that the accident could have been averted if the damaged bridge had been repaired . She said , “Mr Speaker and my colleagues , you need to see what happened at Njaba bridge . That accident would have been averted if the damaged bridge had been repaired . “As a lawmaker and as a mother I am very concerned . It could have been any of us . As I speak, nine persons are still hospitalised and others have gone . I also urge that the cars be removed from the roads before hoodlums hijack them . ” While urging her colleagues to support the motion , she said that lives should not be politicised. Eddy Obinna ( Aboh Mbaise ) who spoke against the motion said that the road could not be given speedy attenti

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Iheanacho loses aide in Auto Crash

The personal assistant to Nigerian -born Leicester City player , Kelechi Iheanacho on Saturday died in a ghastly motor accident. The victim , David Nwachukwu , was said to be the Super Eagles player ’s closest confidant . Nwachukwu , who hailed from Ohaji /Egbema area of Imo State , the same area with the footballer was in a jeep when the deadly accident occurred . An eyewitness told our correspondent that the incident happened beside Alvana modern secondary school , located along Owerri -Onitsha Expressway in Owerri , the Imo State capital . He was riding alone when the crash occurred . A source said that the deceased ran into a stationary vehicle and died on the spot. His remains had been deposited in a morgue , our correspondent gathered . His neighbours , Paulcy Iwuala and Abuoma Ozurigbo , confirmed his death. Ozurigbo said “What a black Saturday . Just yesterday at our estate we ( David Nwachukwu and him) discussed how we were going to fly together to Abuja soon because your friend , Kelechi Iheanacho , is coming back. “ What a life . This one hurts badly .” Iwuala , described, Nwachukwu , as a good person who would be missed by everybody who

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Imo Pays 24,000 Pensioners Arrears

The Imo state government on Thursday paid no fewer than 24, 000 pensioners had received two months pensions. The development erupted jubilation in the state, this even as the governor, Emeka Ihedioha, in his maiden broadcast to the people of the state, said that there was huge fraud in the payment of pensions in the state. Ihedioha in the broadcast said that the State government would be parting with N1, 218,175,387 for both State and Local government pensioners, monthly. He revealed that his administration inherited six years pension arrears and discovered inexplicable discrepancies in the total number of pensioners in both the State and 27 local government areas. The governor said, "I would like to appeal to all our citizens that the challenge of payment of a pensions bills standing over N1.2 billion monthly is very enormous. This calls for sacrifices by all citizens. "We are confronted with the necessity to source for the revenue to ensure a good life for our senior citizens". Ihedioha recalled that on assumption of office, his administration embarked on a wide range of reforms geared towards achieving effective service delivery, ensuring value for money an

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Okorocha accuses Ihedioha of failing Imo pensioners

The immediate past governor of Imo State , Rochas Okorocha, has accused his successor , Emeka Ihedioha , of dashing the hopes of pensioners in the state . This is coming few hours after the governor had in his state -wide broadcast said his administration inherited six years ’ pension arrears from Okorocha. Ihedioha also announced that his administration had started the payment of pension arrears after the biometric capturing of the pensioners had been concluded . A statement by Okorocha’s media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo , accused Ihedioha of playing politics with issues of pensions in the state . He said , “After three months of the much orchestrated biometric verification of pensioners in the state , and after all the promises to pay pension arrears , the governor of the state , Chief Emeka Ihedioha , made an early morning broadcast on Thursday , October 17 , 2019, specifically on the issue of pensions , and only ended up dashing the hopes of the pensioners in the state and also gave a wrong analysis of what the pension situation has been in the state .” The senator alleged that Ihedioha was “liberal with blackmail ” and “ tight -fisted” with the truth of the pensio

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College eject students from Owerri hostels

There was an outcry at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education , Owerri , Imo State , on Wednesday , as the management ejected students living in hostels owned by the institution . The security personnel on the campus acting on the instructions of the provost of the college moved into the hostels and forced the students out and removed their belongings . One of the security personnel explained that the management had ordered all the students living in the hostels to vacate immediately their examinations were over. But one of the affected students , who spoke on condition of anonymity , accused the school management of being insensitive . She said that the management , without any notice , ejected them from the hostels they pay for every year . According to her, ejecting them in the dead of night exposed them to dangers . She said there were many of the students doing menial jobs in Owerri after the examinations , who ought to have been allowed to operate from the hostels . “The security men on campus came to the hostels and threw away our properties and asked us to vacate our rooms . Apart from being stranded , we were exposed to the dangers of the nig

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Police Exonerates Uju Kingsley of Rape Allegation

Says Allegation Frivolous and Unfounded  The Police in Imo have described as “frivolous and unfounded” the allegation of rape levelled against Uju Kingsley, a member of the House of Representatives. SP Orlando Ikeokwu, spokesman for the Imo Police Command, said at a news conference on Wednesday that the allegation against the lawmaker (Ohaji-Egbema/Oguta/ Oru West Federal Constituency) was unfounded. The PPRO said investigations revealed that a woman, Mrs Nkeiruka Kamalu, 40, and other conspirators attempted to blackmail and extort money from the lawmaker. According to him, on May 5, a case of advance fee fraud, conspiracy, forgery and threat to life, was lodged against Kamalu. He said that the woman had claimed to be pregnant for Uju and blackmailed him into sending various sums of money to her, including the money to travel to Canada to have the baby. Ikeokwu, however, said that diligent investigations revealed that Kamalu was neither pregnant nor travelled to Canada nor had a set of twins as she claimed. He said rather, she connived with one Emeka Muoneke to buy a child somewhere at Nnewi in Anambra with N1.8 million. “Our investigations reveal that all of Kamalu’s

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