Friday, September 30, 2005


by Remmy Nweke in Berlin

NIGERIAN Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has said that the nation is consolidating on its democratic processes, and drummed support of the international community.

Prof. Adeniran made this statement at the 45th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence in Berlin, Germany, Thursday night during a party at his residence in Landoltweg in Dahlem district of Berlin.

He said that developed countries of the world should assist Nigeria to grow by supporting the current reforms.

Pointing out that on the political front, there have been too many challenges the nation is facing.

Stressing that Nigeria has been addressing these challenges by ensuring the broadening of the political landscape in such a way that it becomes possible to consolidate the democratic processes.

This process, he said, has been on course since the take over of governance by civilians and precisely through the political parties from the military.

The government, Prof. Adeniran, whose 60th birthday also coincided with the anniversary, said has come up with its own agenda, which paved the way for the holding of the month-long Political Reform Conference in Abuja.

He emphasised that this has brought together all the sectors of the Nigerian society to a roundtable.

He pointed out that the outcome would definitely reflect not only on the executive arm of the government alone, but extended to the legislature and judiciary, as well as other parts of the civil society.

According to him, this would additionally show on the way Nigerians would continuously relate to the politics of the nation.

What is happening now in Nigeria in respect to the political and economic reform programmes, he said, calls for the understanding of the entire international community.

“We’re particularly happy due to the supports over the years by the international community and precisely the German government,” he declared.

Prof. Adeniran also urged friends of Nigeria to come out fully so as to be part of the reform processes.

“And to be part of a system that built a better society for all Nigerians,” he asserted.

The occasion was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, business and Nigerian community, with some cultural music entertainment from the Benin, Omo Oduduwa and Nzuko Ndigbo groups.

Akunyili: Govt appeals court ruling on suspects

GOVERNMENT yesterday appealed the ruling of an Abuja High Court which quashed the charges preferred against eight persons who allegedly conspired to kill the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Dora Akunyili.

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AGITATIONS over which geopolitical zone should produce the country’s president in 2007 resurfaced yesterday with Ndigbo reaffirming that their intention to produce the number one citizen cannot be negotiated.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Imo PDP crisis to be resolved -Udeagu

CRISIS in the Imo State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may soon be amicably resolved.

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FG banks tokunboh spare parts

IMPORTATION of used vehicle spare parts popularly called tokunboh, has been banned with immediate effect, by the Federal Government.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Fr. Uba in Lagos, woos parishioners

PARISH Priest of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Awba-Ofemili, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Chike Uba, was in Lagos over the weekend, Ofemili Times authoritatively reports.

It was also gathered that the trip to Lagos was in continuation of his several projects at the parish, of which church building topped the agenda.

Ofemili Times recalls that the young energetic priest last year embarked on tour of parishioners abroad in order to enable him meet with parishioners in diaspora who are living outside Awba-Ofemili.

This took him to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Aba and northern parts of the country to mention a few.

This year, however, the ‘meet the parishioners’ approach took him to neighbouring Niger republic.

At the time of filling this report his full agenda was not yet disclosed as he continued to engage Awba-Ofemili indigenes.

Our correspondents further gathered that this is the first time, a priest posted to the town would involve himself so much in bringing developmental projects like the church edifice to a logical conclusion, among others.

Also last year, his visitation was summed up with a grand relaunch of the church building project which attracted a lot of Awba-Ofemili indigenes and their friends.

The launch was opened with a mass conducted by the Bishiop of Awka Archdiocese.

Shun PDP registration, Gov Kalu tells members

CONTROVERSIES trailing membership re-registration of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nationwide took a new turn yesterday when Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu asked members of the party in the state to shun the exercise.

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DISCREPANCY noticed in a legal fiat granted Chief Chris Uche (SAN) by Attorney General of the Federation (AG), Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN) yesterday stalled trial of policemen who allegedly killed five Igbo traders and a lady in Apo Mechanic Village, Abuja on June 18.

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Monday, September 26, 2005

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