Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has expressed delight over the decision of the Court of
Appeal which ousted the jurisdiction of Justice Opufaa Ben-Whyte of the High Court of Rivers, who had earlier on handed down an order in Stephen Wonah & Ors v. All Progressives Congress, restraining the Rivers APC from participating in the just concluded Ward and Local Government congresses held on July 31 and September 4 2021 respectively.
In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, Chief Eze said the Appellate Court’s decision perpetually rescinded the restraining order and garnished the Rivers APC with the powers to fully participate in the congresses to elect its executive committees at all cadres.
“Ben Whyte had been restrained from proceeding with hearing the substantive suit after granting a very controversial Motion ex-parte to restrain the Ward Congresses of the party in Rivers State two days after same had been concluded,” Eze said.
Describing the verdict as reassuring, Chief Eze said the APC in Rivers State has achieved a major court victory which will be subsisting unless and until upturned by the apex Court.
“Ward and Local Government Congresses have been held hitch-free across the 23 local government areas of the state” he continued.
Having demolished all hurdles and cleared all uncertainties, the party chief said nothing is stopping the Rivers APC from flushing out the misguided reign of the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers state come 2023.
He called on former Rivers South/East Senator, Magnus Abe, to allow some peace in the APC, having exhausted every unhealthy legal tricks and satanic strategies to subvert the very will of majority of party members in a democracy.
Responding to Sen. Abe’s claim that he was excluded from the scheme of things and pushed out of the party by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, Eze said providence at some point became intolerant of Senator Abe’s unyielding carriage and gross dissidence and ultimately showed him the way out because according to him, “God works in a mysterious way”.
He said the party made frantic efforts to get Abe and his friends registered as party members but their passionate malevolence and aggressive ill wills against the party would not let them go with the tide, so they were left at the shore and now on the frolic of their own. “It is an act of God”, the party chief stated.
Sympathizing with Abe the woes that have befallen him, Chief Eze said “I must confess that I sincerely sympathize with my very good friend, Senator Magnus Abe over his self-induced exit to political wilderness.
In line with my earlier prediction that when events forces the eyes of his sheepish followers to open, they will not only desert him but may even stone him in public gatherings for destroying their political careers,
I am happy that to the Glory of God most of Abe’s followers are no longer interested to buy into his bizarre lies and deceits which have caged his unguided followers in his coven of captivity.
The situation of Abe reminds me of the narrative as contained in the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 14 verse 5 where Apostle Thomas asked Christ where is the way and Christ in verse 6 answered thus, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
NYSC SIGNS MoU TO INCLUDE CORPS MEMBERS ON NHIS PROGRAMME
The National Youth Service Corps has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Health Insurance Scheme on the inclusion of Corps Members in the NHIS programme.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim who stated this when he led a delegation of the management of the Scheme to the Headquarters of the NHIS in Abuja, today commended the Federal Government over its concern for Corps Welfare.
He said the signing of the MoU is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that all Corps Members must be enrolled in the NHIS programme.
“This shows the concern for the welfare of the Corps Members by the Federal Government and we are thanking the President for his uncommon love for the Scheme.
We also promise that our Corps Members are going to render more selfless service to the country. This is going to inspire them to do more for their fatherland.
We want to thank the NHIS for this partnership and we are going to take this partnership to the next level”, he said.
Speaking further, Ibrahim said the partnership with NHIS is going to cushion the health needs of the Corps Members in their different states of service.
He added that the Scheme is already in partnership with several stakeholders, including the NCDC whereby all Corps Members are tested for COVD-19 before admittance to the orientation camps, alongside other camp officials.
He said only those that test negative are allowed entry into the camps, while those that test positive are taken to the isolation centres by the NCDC and State Health officials for treatment and care.
“This partnership has helped the NCDC in COVID-19 data analysis in the country”, lbrahim said.
The Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo said every Nigerian should be included in the healthcare delivery of the Federal Government.
He added that the NYSC and NHIS had worked assiduously through a joint technical team towards the development of a blueprint for the necessary financial provisions.
“We decided to sign an MOU so that the responsibilities of the two agencies will be clearly spelt out in order to have a hitch-free implementation”, the Executive Secretary said.
He commended the Federal Government for increasing Corps Members’ allowances, adding that the provision of a free medicare will spur them into higher level of service delivery to their fatherland.
“We call on the Corps Members to reciprocate this gesture and rededicate themselves to national service.
NHIS is growing, as different associations are signifying interest in the Scheme”, he said.
Prof. Sambo said as a result of efforts by the NHIS to deepen the implementation of the rebranding agenda in the agency, it has developed a five-tenure strategic plan among other innovations.
He disclosed that the NHIS and State Health Insurance Agencies are developing a new initiative tagged; “Health Insurance Under One Roof”, where the two agencies would ensure adequate free medicare for all Nigerians.
He said that the law establishing the NHIS makes it not mandatory, but efforts are on-going to have a clear pathway for universal healthcare that will be mandatory for all Nigerians.