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Why The Oppoaition Is After ABS Managing Director

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By Ekene Okoye

 

Politics is a game of vast possibilities, but in Anambra State, the Light of the Nation, it is more an unending war of attrition. Hence, you would often hear warnings that the faint-hearted should beware of Anambra politics.

This much is already at play in the state with the 2017 gubernatorial election fast approaching. Prominent sons and daughters of the state interested in upstaging the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano, are fast amassing their troops in various formations intent on outwitting each other. Unfortunately, some persons who had no business getting mired in the vortex of the Anambra political cauldron have become

cannon fodders. One early victim is Nze Uche Nworah, the managing Director

of Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS).

 

Who is Nze Uche Nworah? The Enugwu-Ukwu born technocrat with over twenty-years post graduate experience in marketing communications and project management had worked previously as a banker and as marketing honcho with telecoms giant Globacom prior to his current stint as MD of the now revitalized ABS, which prides itself as the heartbeat of the East.

A goal-getter and performance driven gentleman, Uche, is unarguably one of the beacons of what is now known as the Willie Effect and the successful turnaround stories in the new Anambra.

 

In furtherance of his agenda to reposition and rebrand Anambra State,

Governor Willie Obiano set out early in his administration to rekindle the spirit of community and excellence amongst the people. Today it is common to hear the term “Ndi Anambra” as against “Anambrarians,”as well as many singing the state Anthem with glee.

The transparent process of expressions

of interest that preceded the recruitment of professionals to revive two moribund state media organs (ABS and National Light) are intrinsic in the positive outcomes we now know as the new Anambra.

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A brief insight into the state of ABS before Mr. Nworah would help put the issues in perspective.  As at 2013, I was one of the victims of a purge at ABS.

Being new and trying to find my way around broadcasting I was suddenly yanked off alongside 250 other staff described by then Commissioner for Information, Chief Joe-Martin Uzodike, as “dead woods” that had nothing to

offer.

Though I moved-on, my interest in ABS and its affairs never waned.

Truth be told, the place was practically dead, with a compound over-ground with weeds and no functional studio. The station had no reach and hardly stayed on air. It was referred to as “Arooma Radio Station.”

 

Enter Nze Nworah as MD in 2014 with private sector transparency and can-do

spirit, and the rest is history. ABS is now living up to its name “The

Heart-beat-of-the-East.” The staff are experiencing a rebirth with training

programmes never heard of before Obiano government held almost every

quarter. Now digitalized with wider reach locally and globally, and a new

television station under-way, ABS has given Anambra State government and

the communities a renewed voice amidst sea of private sector stations funded by individuals with political ambitions. Any wonder then why Uche is a target for vilification.

 

Often ‘things you don’t need in life target you the most.’ Mr. Uche Nworah

never imagined that being professional at his job could attract the level

of envy and controversy that suddenly came with the widely acknowledged

Miss Anambra pageant now in its first year. The success of Miss Independent

ABS pageant actually made the state government hand the franchise of Miss

Anambra to the station. Unfortunately the pageant managers were called to

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answer for the conduct of their former beauty queen who was allegedly involved in lurid sex video shoot.

 

Much has been said about that unfortunate incident, but many who work or associated with ABS or are residents in Anambra and are sufficiently interested may know the real truth. It is now obvious that a section of the people may have been misled by pure twisting of the sex video story on social media in effort to smear Mr. Nworah as head of ABS and get him sacked. Of course there are many inside ABS who are not happy with the new order because they see the man as an outsider. But at the same time not

even this disgruntled group can wish away the progress the station has

made. These are persons who have become willing tools in the smear campaign and blackmail.

 

Now the facts are emerging that Mr. Nworah and the pageant managers had

nothing to do with the sex tape controversy. If anything, they merely gave the former beauty queen a soft landing when she should have been dethroned even if at the tale-end of her reign.  Unfortunately, political opposition

saw a chink in the ABS and by extension the armour of the Obiano administration and pounced to exploit the situation and the hapless former beauty queen. Now that the security agencies are handling the matter, it behooves the conspiracy theorists and the opposition to let Mr. Nworah be.

Like the late Zufilkar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan said before his crucifixion, Mr. Nworah “has not done nothing unworthy in mortality,” and should not be crucified for the sins of another just to get at Obiano.

Ekene writes from Nawfia;ekene1970@gmail.com

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CAMA 2019 Chats Way Forward For Nigeria’s Security, Economic and Political Stability

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…Sanwo-olu, Ganduje, Nwoko, Kanu, Akiolu, Sunday Dare, Obasa, Akande, Rashida Yahaya Bello, others gears up for honour
The much-awaited and much publicized glamorous event of class and panache, Classic Africa Merit Award (CAMA season 9), is on daily basis gaining momentum as D-day draws near as the evening of candor and splendor is all set to hold on Sunday 29th September, 2019. The event, which has been on the mouth of many in the know, is tagged CAMA 2019.
Designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Classic International Magazine, this year’s edition of the most sought after award event in African promises to cut across the frontiers of this country to other parts of the continent.
With the harsh realities of a biting economy and challenging security situation across the nation more than ever, organizers of the award led by the publisher of Classic International Magazine, Mr. Dave Agwazim has decided to chat a way forward for the nation with the gathering of eminent personalities to deliberate on the missing link in our nationhood and how to get out of the quagmire, hence the theme, “Next Level: Chatting A Way Forward On Infrastructural Development For Economic And Security Stability in Nigeria”
The expansive and beautiful 10 Degree Events Center, Billings way Alausa Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos will play host to CAMA 2019; kicking off with sultry Green Carpet “Meet ‘n’ Greet” event at 4pm while the main event commences at 5pm..
The basic and essential objectives of the event is to identify, screen and objectively honour and recognize without bias or sentiment, selfless and industrious individuals across the nation who have severally and individually excelled and performed exceptionally in their respective areas of endeavors and chosen fields, even as this applies to responsive and responsible corporate citizens and industry giants who have brought their products and services to bear on the collective growth of the economy.
Feelers and responses we are getting so far have been encouraging, but like Oliver Twist, we are all expecting more, just as dignitaries, movers and shakers of industries, showbiz impresarios, top notch politicians, top government functionaries and media gurus are billed to attend the all-embracing annual event.  The veteran versatile writer, David Agwazim, whose style of doing things is never in small measure. No doubt, from analysis, CAMA 2019 promises to be a memorable event as usual for those who will attend.
Some of the expected dignitaries to grace this grand high octane event are His Excellences, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu and Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, executive governors of Lagos and Kano States respectively.  Others are the highly revered Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Prince (Dr.) Ned Nwoko, an accomplished and cerebral international legal luminary; First Lady of Kogi State, Hajia Rashida Yahaya Bello, MD of Sonola Foods, Dr. Satish Nair; Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Sunday Akin Dare; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Lagos State Commission for Commerce, Chief (Mrs.) Lola Akande, highly celebrated Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, Bishop Anene Nwachukwu, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, honourable member representing Kosofe Constituency 1 at Lagos State House of Assembly; fastest rising film-maker, Mrs. Regina Daniel Nwoko, and chairman of Classic International Magazine, Dr. Iyke Kanu, etc.
Distinguished sons and daughters of African descent, nay brands will be honoured with merit awards for their dexterity and quality service within the year under review.
There is always a reward for every good work done on this planet earth.  Man does not only work to earn a living but also to make a contribution to life, to make an impact and living his name in the sands of time.  This fulfillment is the real purpose of life.  ‘There is dignity in labour’, they say, and when a man does not work hard to justify his pay, he of course does not show that he is worthy to live.
CAMA is an award event endowed in 2011 by celebrity journal, Classic International Magazine to reward and celebrate excellence in service across the length and breadth of Africa, promote African culture and provide opportunity for networking.
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How Police Arrested Port Harcourt Serial Killer

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested an ex-militant turned serial killer.

Gracious David West who has been killing girls in hotels in the state was arrested by the police following a close monitoring of clips obtained from a Close Circuit Televusion (CCTV) of one of the hotels he lodged a girl in.

The serial killer confessed to killing some girls in hotels across the state and tying white handkerchiefs on their leg and neck.

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Confessing to the crime while being paraded before newsmen, he revealed how he contacted the girls, the name of the hotels he took some of them to and how he carried out the killing late in the night.Serial Killer

Confirming the arrest, spokesperson for the state command, Nnamdi Omoni, said:

“I can confirm the arrest but the details will be made public by the Commissioner of Police on Friday.”

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Recall that a peaceful protest was held by concerned citizens in the state on Wednesday, where they called on relevant authorities to wade into the incident of killing of young ladies in the state.

 

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Wellness HMO Again Adopts Three Women for ‘Wellness for Life’

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Leading Nigerian health insurance provider, Wellness HMO, on Saturday, September 15, adopted a total of three women with their ‘Wellness for Life’ initiative, thereby giving the beneficiaries access to quality health care for the rest of their lives.

 

The winners were all selected by raffle during the Hadassah Healing Conference 2019, which took place on Saturday, August 24 at Ikorodu and Saturday, September 15 at Sabo, Yaba; the winners were also each given a ‘Wellness for Life’ gift certificate.

 

The event was attended by over a thousand women from various walks of life.

 

Speaking on behalf of Wellness at the event was Mrs Adetutu Afolabi, pharmacist and Executive Director, Wellness.

 

She said, “Women are like the nexus in most homes, they are the caregivers who many times ignore their own health needs. For this reason, we have a role to play in ensuring that women remain a priority where health needs are concerned. That is the reason we are doing this. The Wellness ‘For Life’ initiative is a gift that these women will enjoy for the rest of their lives; without the worry about health care needs, these women can focus on their families and contribute positively to the society.

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Afolabi also stated, “last year at the Hadassah Healing Conference when we had the maiden edition of the initiative, three women won, but only one of them showed up. The others didn’t come, possibly because they thought such gifts for a lifetime was not possible. This year, we are back again, and we have picked two people from Ikorodu and the last person we picked today from Yaba. In Ikorodu, we had Mrs. Leji Abosede and Mrs Aribabagun Adejoke. Today, Mrs Ramota Lawal won through the raffle draw.”

 

The excited Mrs Ramota Lawal, who resides in Makoko, Yaba and hails from Ibadan shared with members of the press that she is indeed grateful to have won such a gift. “I am really grateful to Wellness HMO. By God’s grace, Wellness will continue to grow and find favour. I got here about 6 AM today and I am thankful that I won,” she said in her native parlance.

 

Wellness HMO, which has been in existence for over 10 years has on a yearly basis partnered with the Hadassah Healing Foundation to provide free health services and screenings for women and the underprivileged. ‘Wellness for Life’ is simply another of their initiative to create and add more value to these women.

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When asked if Wellness HMO would be able to sustain this initiative, Afolabi promised that “As long as Wellness is in business, we will ensure the sustainability of this initiative.

 

She also thanked the convener of the conference, Pastor Nike for creating the platform that gives Wellness HMO the opportunity to add value to the lives of women every year. She equally appreciated the women for attending the yearly conference.

 

Also weighing in on the state of health insurance in Nigeria, Afolabi said: “There is the need for better sensitisation on the benefits of health insurance in Nigeria, and the people too need some mind shift on making provision for the future unknown as regards their health, which is the concept of insurance. Health insurance is not a scam, Wellness HMO has tailored their products to meet individuals’ and corporate organisations’ health needs by giving access to quality healthcare at pocket-friendly rates.”

 

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