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“Priest marks independence at rubbish dump on Owerri street”
Rev. Canon Uche Chinamerem, a priest of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri in the capital of Imo State, who decided to celebrate the nation’s independence at a heap of refuse as a way of protesting the dirty lifestyle of people of the state and the government negligence.
The Priest told Punch Newspaper on a telephone conversation that he did that because the heap of refuse was shameful. How how can a normal human being go to the market every day and trade in that dirty environment? He asked.
“I went to celebrate in front of the refuse dump because what is there is shameful.
“Let’s accept that the government refused to clear the refuse, how can a normal human being go to the market every day, trade within that dirty environment and think nothing about the refuse? Don’t we have market women association, community groups or vigilantes in the area?
“Obviously, they are waiting for the government to clear the refuse. In Igbo parlance, we say a rejected man does not reject himself. Why have we decided to reject ourselves? Why can’t we clear the refuse and tell the government that if it cannot be responsible, we are responsible citizens? So, this is not just about spiting the government, but telling our people to wake up and do the right thing when the government has failed.”
“PDP crisis: Makarfi, Sheriff agree on 24-man negotiating committee”
According to an investigation by Punch Newspaper, it appears there is progress in the quest between the two factional National Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to end the ongoing crisis in the party.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the PDP factional National Chairman and Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the National Caretaker Committee, have setup a 24-man reconciliation member committee to handle negotiation and prepare the terms and conditions to end the party’s problem.
The reconciliation committee consists of a 12 members each from the two factions.
An undisclosed member of one of the factions told Punch that;
“As I speak with you, I’m working on the terms of reference for the committee. We have agreed that each of us (factions) should nominate 12 persons that would be in the reconciliation committee.
“The names should be made known this week. However, we are giving each group the opportunity of knowing the nominees before we release the list to the public.”
“Fayose, Aregbesola disagree on sale of national assets”
At an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the creation of Ekiti State, the governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, while delivering a lecture titled “The imperative of unity” urged the Federal Government to sell nonfunctional national assets and leave the functional ones.
However, Governor Ayodele Fayose condemned Aregbesola’s stands, noting that Nigeria would be sold at a give-away price if that happens.
“Selling our national assets simply amounts to auctioning Nigeria. If we sell the assets because the country is in recession, what would be left of Nigeria? Fayose asked.
“What would we call our own? Selling of assets is like moving the country backward. If we sell the assets to finance this year’s budget what would we sell next year? The Federal Government should look beyond its party and assemble economists and financial experts that would assist the President in his drive to bring the nation out of the present economic quagmire.” He added
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