Benue State and all the states around the Rivers Benue and Niger basin including the FCT should expect to experience devastating flood between August and October, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), has predicted.
NIHSA, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, earlier predicted the recent flooding in Lagos, Nasarawa, Anambra, Abia, Kwara, Kaduna, Rivers, Enugu, Borno and Ondo states as a result of heavy local rainfalls. The situation was aggravated by poor drainage system.
The Director-General of the Agency, Engr. Nze Clement Onyeaso, in an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, said all areas earlier identified as flood prone this year as well as those along the Rivers Niger and Benue might likely begin to experience more devastating flooding from the end of August.
“Nigeria is located within the River Niger Basin which is occupied by nine countries namely Benin, Burkina- Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivore, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria. Nigeria is located at the lowest position of the Basin and this means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding. The period of flooding in these upstream countries is August and September of every year,’’ he said
According to the DG, NIHSA was monitoring the development as the world approaches these critical months, adding that the agency would also continue to monitor Cameroonian authorities with regards to flood scenarios in the upper catchment of the sub-basin.
Engr. Nze warned Lagosians against the practice of dredging and sound filling the Atlantic Ocean, to build what they usually call model cities like those in Lekki and Banana Island, saying such may, in the future, pose serious threats.
As part of the preparation for the expected floods, the DG called on Nigerians, especially the state governments to be fully prepared by ensuring cleaning of blocked drainage system and canals remove refuse, weeds, water hyacinths and floats on water channels.
The Agency had earlier predicted that 121 LGAs in 27 states and FCT might experience severe flooding this year.
Oche Onu writes from Lagos
BENUE ELECTS NEW OCH’IDOMA -How Pastor Emerged Elected.
A new paramount traditional ruler has been elected following the recent “hunting expedition” embarked on by the Ochi’Idoma IV, Dr Elias Ikoyi Obekpa in October this year. (The Idoma people of Benue believe that a king/Chief is not declared dead but rather declared gone hunting when they pass).
In line with directive by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, an election was conducted and a new Ochi’Idoma emerged through an election procedure on December 30, 2021. Pastor John Elaigwu Odogbo emerged with 19 votes out of a total 28 votes cast in a keen contest at Otukpo. Among the contestants were federal permanent secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono, who scored eight votes, and Andrew Idakwu, who left with only one vote. Presenting the new Ochi’Idoma to Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi, supervising Commissioner of Information, Ekpe Ogbu, who is head of the selection team, said the exercise was conducted peacefully with the outcome of Pastor Odogbo as Och’Idoma elect.Ogbu explained that out of a total 32 expected members of the selection committee, 28 were present, two have impending court cases and one indisposed health wise.He added that five people had indicated interest to contest for the seat, noting that one voluntarily stepped down. The commissioner further stated that one among the remaining four contestants was not nominated and left the venue, leaving three finalists.
Speaking, the Ochi’Idoma elect said he saw the involvement of God in the entire exercise even as he thanked the governor for his leadership. The new royal father likened Ortom to the biblical Samuel who became the advocate of Israel who united the people together just as he assured that he would not disappoint the confidence reposed in him by the Idoma people.
Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom, hailed the Idoma nation for the selection of their new monarch, adding that he had always stood for equity, transparency and justice.He said that appointment belongs to God who chooses one and anoints such person to do His will.
“We will find a convenient day to do the coronation. I want the contribution of the traditional rulers to my administration,” Ortom said.The new Ochi’Idoma was born on March 27, 1969 to the family of Elaigwu Ekoja as the fifth child in Obagaji, the headquarters of Agatu Local Government Area of the state.He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1994) with degree in Accounting and currently studying for his doctorate degree.10 THINGS ABOUT THE NEW OCH’IDOMA ELECT YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW
Pst Elaigwu is an erudite trainer (resource person in FIRS) and a thorough professional with vast experience in taxation and Accounting through International training and development among which are:1- Enhancing Critical Skills in the Fighting Against Corruption, Accra, Ghana, 2005;2- Enhancing Secretarial Functions for optimum Performance, Benin Republic, 2006;3- Modernization of Tax Administration- South Africa, 2008;4- International Seminar on Taxation- Japan, 2011;5- Developing Strategic Skills for Organizational Improvement, London, 2012;6- Strategic Leadership Planning and Conflict Management South Africa, 2013;7- Corporate Governance and Strategic Management Workshop, Dubai- 2015.8- Globalization and Worker Relationship, New York, USA, 2018.Comrade Pst Elaigwu left Federal Inland Revenue Service in 2016 to set up his consultancy firm and other related Companies such as:1- Esan Gods Integrity Consults. (EGIC.) Tax Consultancy and Management firm.2- Elmaro Elaigwu & Co. (EE&C.) Audit Management consultancy firm.3- EMEU God’s Professional Academy Limited. (EGPAL.) Professional Training Consultancy Firm.Comrade Pst Elaigwu is that man who is guided by this noble philosophy of: The longest distance to success is short cut and must not be considered or deared. Comrade Pst Elaigwu is married to Mrs Martha Omabo Elaigwu and blessed with wonderful five children.
Oche Onu writes with reports.
The Worst Military Govt Better Than Buhari’s -Ortom
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday described the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as worse than any military government that had ever led Nigeria.
Ortom made the remarks while answering questions from journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital, shortly after his return from the Abuja convention of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
He said that the outcome of the convention of his party is a clear sign that the PDP has positioned itself to take over leadership of the country in 2023, alleging that the current APC administration has failed in all ramifications.
“We (PDP) are determined to take over leadership of this country, come 2023 because of the failure of APC led government.“They are being deceitful and not being able to secure our land. They have rather succeeded in destroying our economy, our security, our social life, and everything you can think of in this country.“I have been privileged to read the history of Nigeria and those that have been destroying us ncluding the military. Usually, we say that the worst democratic government is better than the military government.
“That is what we use to say but for the purpose of APC led government, I want to say that the worst military government we have had in Nigeria is better than this particular government led by APC.
“I have never seen anything like this; people who don’t want you to tell them the truth or advise them, try to twist things and tell the world that you are against them.Is it not democracy we are practicing?”
The governor, however, commended his colleagues for their resilience to forge ahead in what he described as, “despite all intimidation and blackmail by the APC government” to achieve more than 90 percent consensus in electing new leaders for the PDP.
How Colin Powell, America’s First Black Secretary of State, Died
Colin Powell, the first Black secretary of state in United States of America died on Monday. According to reports, the former statesman and military commander died of COVID-19-related complications at the age of 84.
The report says he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that makes it difficult to fight infections.
Born April 5, 1937 to Jamaican immigrants in Harlem, Powell’s “American Journey” started in New York, where he grew up and earned a degree in geology. Powell served four U.S. presidents and rose to become the first African American and the youngest chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military officer in the US. He died Monday at Walter Reed National Medical Center. His family said he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said in a statement on Facebook
Powell became very popular after engineering military victory in the 1991 Gulf War. He was so respected that he was considered a strong candidate to become the first ever Black US president. But he turned down such ambition of running for the White House and endorsed Barack Obama for the office.
Powell was also America’s first Black national security advisor under president Ronald Reagan.
George W. Bush described Powell “an American hero, an American example, and a great American story” as he nominated the military man as his secretary of state in 2000.
“He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom — twice,” Bush said on Monday.
“He was highly respected at home and abroad. And, most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”
Powell had a reputation for bipartisanship, straight-talking and integrity, and was praised for his officer’s instincts of duty and honor.
US Defense Secretary Austin Powell told reporters Powell was among the “greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed,” lamenting the loss of “a tremendous personal friend and mentor.”
“It’s a blot… and will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now,” Powell said in a 2005 interview with ABC News.
Tributes nevertheless poured in from Congress, where Democratic Senator Mark Warner praised Powell as “a patriot and a public servant,” while House Republican Peter Meijer described him as a rarity in the modern age: “a true soldier statesman.”
“Today, the nation lost a man of undaunted courage and a champion of character,” added centrist Republican Senator Mitt Romney.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who stood firmly behind US actions in Iraq and gave military backing to the war effort, described Powell as a “towering figure in American military and political leadership.”
“He was wonderful to work with, he inspired loyalty and respect and was one of those leaders who always treated those under them with kindness and concern,” Blair said.
Powell earned a number of civilian honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom — twice from Bush Senior and Clinton.
He married his wife Alma in 1962. They had three children: Michael, Linda and Annemarie
Oche Onu writes with agency report