Imo: Why I’m running on PDP’s platform – Obi

Gilbert Ekezie

A governorship aspirant, Ngozi Obi, speaks on why he is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for next year’s Imo governorship.

 

After much consultation, you have finally decided to run on the platform of PDP, what actually informed your decision?

Well, like you said, I have been out there consulting and some political parties have been calling me to join them, but I tried to take time to study the terrain. I am in the race to make the state better than what it is, with the focus on people oriented programmes and policies. And, I hope to make the state an enviable place and city where people all over the world will come. Therefore, I need a political platform that can assist me to function appropriately to establish all these focus. For that reason, I found out that PDP is a better option for now.

It is believed that some aspirants had already showed interest to run on the PDP platform, how do you hope to make a breakthrough?

It is a…

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Nathan John: Nigeria’s highest voluntary blood donor

Fred Ezeh

Mr. John Nathan was recently celebrated as the highest private voluntary blood donor in Nigeria. The Federal Ministry of Health and the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), officials confirmed that he donated blood voluntarily 55 times in the past few years.

John’s case was used to neutralise the fear of other Nigerians that regular blood donors risked diseases that could lead to untimely death. He said: “I began to donate blood voluntarily some years ago after I was properly educated about the benefit of regular blood donation.

“As recommended, I donate blood once in four months. And I have been consistent in doing that. I might not be privy to the information but I know I have saved lives.

“My motivation was not to make money as others choose to do. I could have also placed a price for each donation but I choose otherwise because I want to give life to other people whose body system could not produce sufficient Red Blood cells for sustenance.

“I…

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Protecting local rice production

The Federal Government’s plan to shut one of the nation’s land borders, over the incessant smuggling of foreign rice into the country, is a commendable effort. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who announced the plan, said the decision would help to consolidate on the gains of government’s fiscal policy, which had reduced rice importation from South-East Asia by more than 95 per cent in the past two years and increased the number of local rice farmers from 5 million to 30 million.

Although Ogbeh did not mention the land border to be shut, he may be referring to Seme border, which links Nigeria with the Benin Republic. The minister had decried the attitude of the neighbouring country, which, he said, was adversely affecting Nigeria’s economy and the investment in local rice production.

The Federal Government’s protectionist measure to check the smuggling of rice is appropriate. In fact, no responsible government opens its borders for…

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Oshiomhole: Beyond the song and dance

Sufuyan Ojeifo

Former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was destined to be the national chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) at this intersection in the nation’s political evolution. His emergence approximates a part of the philosophy in the muses of H.L. Detridge that “we are all victims of our actions; our destinies are controlled by the cosmic rolls of the dice, the whims of the stars and the vagrant breeze of fortune that blows from the windmills of the gods.”

Divine elements, apparently working in harmony with existential considerations as well as the avuncular disposition and approbation by President Muhammadu Buhari, had culminated in the consensual coronation of Oshiomhole at the party’s June 23 national convention in Abuja. The magnitude of the strategic political concession that produced the Oshiomhole consensus also bore the obligatory imprimatur of the party’s 24 state governors who provided the essential validation that…

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Day 1,200 residents enjoyed free healthcare

Health is wealth. This is a popular maxim that has remained fallible for centuries. Sadly, not many Nigerians have access to this basic necessity of life.

Everyday, Nigerians die from illnesses that ordinarily can be treated. More so, there is the dearth of well-equipped medical centres, especially in rural areas, to cater for the needs of ordinary Nigerians.

Worried by this development, the American Initiative for Health and Wellness in Africa (AIHWA), partnered with a hospital operated by the Abuja Diocese of the Catholic Church, St Mary Catholic Hospital, Gwagwalada, for a medical outreach. The outreach, which ran from June 18 to 20, 2018, covered over 1,200 special health challenges. Over 300 surgeries were conducted and offered free of charge.

President of AIHWA, Rev. Fr. Kenny Udumka, told Daily Sun: “We are based in the United States, but we also have a field office in Abuja here. We are a different healthcare organisation, in the sense that we are integrated. For…

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Gombe records cases of elephantiasis

The Gombe State Government says it has recorded cases of Lymphatic Filariasis, popularly known as elephantiasis, at Galdamaru community in Kaltungo Local Government Area.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Tuesday.

He described elephantiasis as a parasitic infection that causes extreme swelling in the arms and legs due to infestation by Filarial worm.

Ishaya said that until now, elephantiasis, which is one of the neglected tropical diseases, was last reported a decade ago in the state.

According to him, the ministry is deploying a team of experts as soon as fund is made available to conduct a skin snoop to find out the actual cause of the problem, and to provide a lasting solution.

He said Galdamaru is in Gombe State, but it shares boundaries with Taraba State and the area is a difficult terrain that is inaccessible from Gombe.

“The community is in Gombe State, but because of lack of access route, the…

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