Ohaneze Warns against Ndigbo’s Persecution in Lagos

The Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has warned that it will no longer condole the increasing attacks, intimidation, suppression and killings of Igbos in Lagos State.

In a statement issued in Awka, the Vice President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, said Ndigbo had been pushed to the wall without any provocation and would take necessary measures to protect themselves from targeted attacks, harassment, abuses and threats.

Chief Okeke-Ogene noted that a similar scenario that culminated in the last Civil War had started playing out again without the Federal Government and the Government of Lagos State saying or doing anything to prevent further escalation that could lead to total breakdown of law and order.

He disclosed that Ndigbo in Lagos and Rivers State suffered unprecedented attacks, intimidation and threats before, during and after the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, as well as Governorship and state Assembly Elections and were not allowed to exercise their franchise while their sources of livelihood were destroyed, resulting in colossal losses ‘running into hundreds of billions of Naira, even when no Igbo man contested election in the states, while politicians of Yoruba extraction who  contested and won elections in various parts of the country were embraced with joy and jubilation by the people of the area’.

The Ohaneze Ndigbo Vice President noted that Ndigbo had been in the fore front of development of Lagos State and constituted the highest population of tax payers that drove the economy of the state, while many of them were members of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Chief Okeke-Ogene reminded those he described as the masterminds of the attacks and intimidation that nobody had a monopoly of violence and noted that Ndigbo in the Northern parts of Nigeria lived peacefully with their hosts throughout the elections and participated actively in the election processes without apprehension.

He urged Ndigbo to remain calm as the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo was reaching out to the Federal Government, Lagos State Government and Igbo elite on proactive measures to stop the situation from getting out of hand.

On the one year in office anniversary of Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, Chief Okeke Ogene scored the Governor very high, noting that Soludo had continued to fulfil promises made to the people and had accelerated the pace of developments in various sectors, including employment of teachers and health workers, as well as embarking on the construction of over 261 kilometers of roads.

He also commended the governor for providing a conducive environment for a peaceful conduct of the State Assembly Elections and the Anambra Electorates for participating actively in the exercise.

Anambra Set To Launch Solution Innovation

…To Train 20,000 Youths on Digital Skills

The Government of Anambra State has concluded plans to launch her Innovation and Business Incubation Programme on 21st March, 2023.

The programme is driven by the Solution Innovation District, SID.

The launch will also herald the takeoff of the Anambra Digital Tribe Programme focused on grooming a competent digital tribe in the state.

The state government is partnering Microsoft and Wootlab Foundation to train 20,000 youths of Anambra on selected digital skills, starting this March.

This ties into Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s Manifesto. The broad pillars under which the agenda will be driven are education, health, youths and women empowerment, among others.

‘We plan to position Anambra as a centre of excellence for human capital development and proactively leapfrog our students/youths as Africa’s Digital Tribe as contained in Governor Soludo’s People’s Manifesto.

‘To achieve this vision, the governor recently appointed a Special Adviser on Innovation and Business Incubation to drive the Solution Innovation District Programme, Ms. Chinwe Okoli. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, United Kingdom, as well as a Diploma in Management of Higher Education Institutes from Galilee International Management Institute, Galilee, Israel,’ Aburime said.

Fides learnt she has received extensive local and international training and is experienced in public policy design and assessment; managing high-level business relationships; liaising between governments and the private sector, academia and networks; design set-up and management of physical/digital innovation hubs; science parks; co-working spaces; innovation districts; angel investment networks/fund and thriving innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems.

The SID programme is designed to empower over 10,000 youths annually on digital skills as the Anambra Digital Tribe with skills competitive at home and exportable abroad; groom technology-enabled startups to provide solutions to local and global problems and raise innovative entrepreneurs and smart artisans through business incubation to enable them to innovate, grow and sell their businesses to earn more revenue, contribute to the economy and create more jobs.

Interested participants are advised to attend the launch in Awka and can register here: http://bit.ly/ANAMBRADIGITALTRIBE