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Prince Ned Nwoko Excited over Emefiele’s Reappointment and Confirmation

Delta North Senator-elect, Prince (Dr) Ned Nwoko has expressed his excitement over Mr. Godwin Emefiele’s reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari and his subsequent confirmation by the Senate for a second term as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN).

Speaking during an interview in Abuja on Friday, the Senator-elect praised the Delta North-born helmsman of the nation’s apex bank for performing very well in office. He extolled Emefiele as a thorough and diligent manager of money and resources.
Prince Ned Nwoko said he was not surprised over Emefiele’s profound success as the Governor of CBN. He urged him to continue with his usual hardwork, tact, sense of discipline, patriotism and unflinching commitment as he enters the second tenure.

Prince Ned Nwoko said that Mr. Emefiele’s dexterity in managing Nigeria’s banking sector has contributed significantly in stabilising the economy generally.

He described Mr. Emefiele as an illustrious son of Delta North, whose remarkable contributions to the banking industry in Nigeria is outstanding and worthy of emulation.
According to him, Mr. Emefiele has been superintending the affairs of the apex with surefootedness. He said it was through such approach that he successfully steered the Nigerian economy out of recession.

The Delta North Senator-elect also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for upholding merit by reappointing Mr. Emefiele adding that the president’s decision was wise and appropriate.

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Paris Club refund: FG set to pay N649bn final tranche to states, many thanks to the facilitator, Rt. Hon (Dr) Prince Ned Nwoko

Nigerian govt to disburse N649.4bn Paris Club refund balance to states

States yet to collect their balance of the Paris Club debts refunds would soon be paid, the Supervising Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed,

The Minister who disclosed this in Abuja during her quarterly briefing with journalists on the activities of the Finance Ministry, said about N649.434 billion has been released for that purpose.

“For the final phase of the Paris Club debts refunds, the total sum of N649.434 billion was verified by the Ministry as the outstanding balance to be paid to the State Governments,” the Minister said.

The amount to be paid is lower than about N691.560 billion the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) paid as at March 2019 partly as a result of the exchange rate differential at the point of payment.

She assured that States with outstanding balances of the refund would be paid in due course.

‘Exit from recession’
According to the Minister, the implementation of policies under the Economic Recovery & Growth Plan (ERGP) led the economy to exit recession and currently on a path of sustainable, inclusive and diversified growth.

She, however, lamented the country’s “unsatisfactory revenue performance”, particularly in the non-oil sector, saying this has negatively impacted financing of critical sectors such as health, education, and infrastructure.

The Minister said the significant improvement in the country’s external reserves from $28.3 billion in 2015 to $44.69 billion as at May 13, 2019 has helped stabilise the currency exchange rates and economy.

On the role of domestic revenue mobilisation for continued economic success and inclusive growth in the country, Mrs Ahmed said time to act to accelerate all revenue initiatives is now.

She said she has accepted President Muhammadu Buhari’s call to action, by prioritising revenue generation, and strategic revenue growth initiatives and cost-cutting interventions aimed at boosting revenue performance.

On the progress recorded in the economy, the Minister said the country achieved “seven consecutive quarters of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth since exiting recession in the second quarter of 2017.”

“As at Q4 2018, the economy grew by 2.38 per cent in real terms (year-on-year), representing an increase of 0.27 per cent compared to Q4 2017 and, a rise of 0.55 per cent, compared with the growth rate in Q3 2018.

“Overall, GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.93 per cent in 2018 compared with 0.82 per cen in 2017, representing an overall increase of 1.11 per cent year on year,” she said.

In 2018, she said the country’s budgeted revenue was about N7.2 trillion, against the realised figure of N3.96 trillion, signifying a negative variance of 45 per cent.

Despite the shortfall, she said the government “was able to fully pay workers’ salaries and service its debts 100 per cent.”

On capital releases, the Minister said, as at May 14, 2019, “seven months overhead was released for 2018, two months for 2019, and N2.079 trillion capital expenditure.”

Strategies
“We have adopted a prudent debt management strategy which ensures we invest what we borrow in capital projects. Although our debt by international standards, at 19.09 per cent Nigeria’s debt to GDP ratio, is well below the threshold of 56 per centfor countries similar to Nigeria. The government is addressing the issue of reducing the debt service to revenue through a combination of debt substitution strategies.”

On ongoing reforms by her Ministry at the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) and the Joint Tax Board (JTB), she said the country’s taxpayer database has been expanded to 35 million from nine million in the four years of the Buhari-led administration.

She said this figure is expected to grow to 45 million individual and corporate payers when the ongoing integration of different biometric databases is completed.

“Through reforms at the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) and the Joint Tax Board (JTB), we have been able to harmonise the Tax Identity Number (TIN) database to cover Federal, States and Local Governments to establish a unified identity number system for uniquely identifying tax payers,”
She said.

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DELTA NORTH SENATE: WHY NED NWOKO IS NEEDED

It is an incontrovertible fact that Prince (Dr) Ned Nwoko is the preferred choice of Anioma people to give them effective representation at the Red Chambers of the National Assembly.

The Star Prince, in addition to his well known philanthropy and milk of human kindness, his urbane nature and accessibility to all is unmatchable. The Senator-elect, Prince Ned Nwoko has declared that all his salaries and allowances throughout the period of his stewardship at the Red Chambers would be donated to the less privileged in his district – the Anioma nation. This is a continuation of his good works and uncommon feat whilst serving in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003.

Prince Ned Nwoko is a known game changer, his contributions in turning around the life and well being of the people is inestimable.
Even when not in the National Assembly, Prince Ned Nwoko initiated and facilitated the legal fireworks that brought about the Paris Club Loan Refunds that contributed to the bail out of Nigerian economy from recession and financial insolvency. Every worker in Nigeria benefitted from his ingenuity. Likewise when he was in the Green chambers of NASS (House of Reps), his impact was unassailable.

The Monetization Bill he privately sponsored that was signed into Law was a turning point in the salaries and wages of workers that made their take home pay worthwhile. Except for the Udoji Salary Review of 1977, the Nigerian workers never had it so good.

Amongst the other numerous private bills sponsored by Prince Ned Nwoko, many of which became acts of law include:

(1) A bill for the establishment of National Information Network Centre

(2) A bill for an act establishing National Disability allowance

(3) A bill prohibition of corporal punishment in schools

(4) A bill for an act for compulsory road worthiness test.

(5) National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Reform bill 2000.

(6) A bill for an act to establish the Public Funds Recovery and Reward Commission (Whilstle blowing )

(7) A bill for the establishment of a National minimum wage council

(8) National Minimum wage bill (1999).

(9) A bill for an act for Continuity of Evidence in court proceedings.

(10) A bill for an act for compulsory professional indemnity in Nigeria.

(11) A bill for an act for the protection of Nigerian in diaspora.

(12) A bill for the amendment of the firearms Act.

(13) A bill for an act for the consolidation of all decrees.

(14) A bill for the prohibition of Expensive Burial Rites in Nigeria

(15) A bill for an act for Community Legal Services

(16) A bill for the Convening of a National Conference

(17) Bill for an act establishing a National Sports University.

(18) A bill for an act for compulsory Fire and Insurance Regulations at Homes and Offices.

(19) A bill to. Regulate the activities of Motorcycle Riders in Nigerian Cities.

(20) A bill for Contract Awards Performance Act- which birthed DUE PROCESS.

(21) A bill for an act to abolish Female Genital Mutilation which was co-sponsored with. Hon Linda Ikpeazu.

Beyond these, Prince Ned Nwoko played pivotal roles as Millennium leader that not only brought integrity to the House, but equally facilitated a lot of constituency projects during his tenure in the House of Representatives.

(1) He facilitated the Completion of Benin / Asaba Express way already began during military era but abandoned just after Abudu.

(2) Construction of Ewohimi/ OnitchaUgbo /Idumuje Ugboko Road. Even it’s recent rehabilitation was facilitated by his efforts and that of Honourable Minister of Petroleum – Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

(3) Dam project initially proposed at Aniofu but later taken to OgwashiUku – still ongoing project which he has vowed to see to its completion.

(4) Granting of License for Asaba Airport as House Committee Chairman on Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.

(5) Facilitated the building of NTA Station Asaba new Police Headquarters Asaba .

(6) Provision of. Brocast equipment particularly Cameras, for NTA Asaba and Delta Television Station.

(7) Electrification of Eight Communities within his Constituency – Aniocha / Oshimili

(8) Expansion of FMC Asaba and Donation of transformers to. Federal College of Education Technical Asaba.

(9) Building / Renovation / Provision of facilitaties in many Schools within his Constituency i.e. Ani- Nshi Primary School OgwashiUku, Abuedo Primary School Ubulu Uku, Egbune Primary School Issele Uku, Asagba Primary School Asaba to mention but just a few.

Prince Ned Nwoko is a parliamentarian par excellence, having a special knack for legislation that would continue to be of immense benefits to not only Anioma people but Nigeria as a whole. THIS IS WHY NED NWOKO IS NEEDED.

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PRINCE NED NWOKO SENATOR-ELECT, EXTOLS LATE CHIEF EDDIE UGBOMAH

PRINCE NED NWOKO SENATOR-ELECT, EXTOLS LATE CHIEF EDDIE UGBOMAH

Delta North Senator-elect, Prince [Dr] Ned Nwoko has described the death of Anioma-born renowned movie producer and television personality, Chief Eddie Ugbomah as hard to believe and saddening while extolling him as an authentic entertainment guru.

Speaking today on the transition of the veteran producer, he said it was with utter shock and disbelief that he received the news of the sudden transition to eternal glory of Chief Ugbomah who he described as a worthy entertainment star of Delta North descent.

The Senator-elect added that the late movie producer was someone who ranked among the greatest film producers of his era. He stressed that the Aboh, Ndokwa East-born producer-cum actor was among those who laid the foundation for the successful entertainment industry that Nigeria has bequeathed to the world.

The Delta North Senator-elect further praised the veteran film maker as a man of strong will and many parts who etched his name on the brighter pages of history.

Prince Nwoko enjoined his family members, friends, associates, the entertainment industry, the people of Ndokwa East LGA, Anioma and Delta State at large to take solace in the fact that the multi-talented producer lived a good and productive life worthy of emulation.

Born in December 1940 to parents from Aboh in Ndokwa East LGA, Chief Eddie Ugbomah died last Saturday, May 11 in Lagos.

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Senator-elect, Ned Nwoko Bags National Assembly Impact Makers Award

Senator-Elect for Delta North Senatorial District and frontline philanthropist, Prince [Dr] Ned Nwoko has been conferred with the prestigious Award of Excellence in Humanitarian Services by Who Is Who organization, under the National Assembly Impact Makers category. The international attorney and former outstanding member of the House of Representatives is expected to bring his vast experience and huge connection to bear at the 9th National Assembly expected to be inaugurated in the first week of next month [June, 2019].

Dr. Michael Nwoko giving an acceptance speech on behalf of Prince Ned Nwoko

The popular Anioma-born politician received the award alongside former President Goodluck Jonathan and other iconic federal lawmakers including Senator Dino Melaye [Kogi West], Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje [Gombe Central] and Hon. Tony Nwulu [Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency. The impressive occasion was staged at the Congress Hall of five star Abuja Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Saturday evening.

The amiable Senator-Elect who recently received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] was represented at the ceremony by the Special Assistant (Special Duties) on Contributory Health Commission to the Executive Governor of Delta State (Special Duties) on Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Michael Nwoko. Other members of the delegation representing the frontline politician included Dr. Christopher Okobah, Comrade Joshua Opia, Chief Nosike Ogbuenyi, Mr. Austine Otuya and Mr. Kenule Nwiya.

At the well attended ceremony attended by the crème de la crème of society, the Delta North Senator-elect was eulogized for his numerous humanitarian services to mankind, Delta State and the nation at large including road construction and rehabilitation, the Paris Club loans refund initiative, scholarship to hundreds of indigent students, support and welfare for widows and handicapped persons, the sick and promotion of tourism and entertainment among others. They extolled the extra-ordinary philanthropic activities of the Idumuje-Ugboko-born prince especially through the Ned Nwoko Foundation.

In the acceptance speech delivered on his behalf Dr. Michael Nwoko, Prince Ned Nwoko pledged his continued assistance to the needy and the society as a whole. According to him, he sees philanthropy and humanitarian works as service not just of fellow human beings but also God. He therefore thanked the organizers for appreciating his efforts.

Some others who received various categories of awards at the event include Mrs Anjorin Rose Inikpi, CEO Honour Five properties Ltd, [award of excellence in estate management, confirmed impact maker in the FCT], Silverbird Communications, [award of excellence in broadcasting], Pat Ugochukwu, Fabulous Clothing, [award of excellence in business], Mr. Emmanuel Adukwu, MD Mees Palace Football Academy, [Impact maker award in sports] and Dr Kenneth Egwuda, Alps Diagnostics hospital, [award of excellence in IVF Technology.

Others are Senator Joy Emodi, Proprietor of Brickhall School, Abuja [award of excellence in standard education], former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Engr. Andrew Yakubu, founder, Maryamu Yakubu Skill development and educational foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, Founder, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, [award of excellence in humanitarian services], MC Tagwaye [best comedy show], Dr. Oluwatosin Dokpesi, MD African Independent Television (AIT) and Mr. Omoaefe Ejere, GM, Grand Cubana hotel, Abuja among others.

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Prince Ned Nwoko Receives Certificate of Return from INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] on Friday issued certificate of return to Prince Ned Nwoko as the lawful Senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial District. The brief ceremony took place at the Zambezi Crescent, Maitama, Abuja headquarters of the commission. The action followed the nullification of the election of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi via a landmark court verdict delivered on April 3, 2019 by Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The ruling was to the effect that Senator Nwaoboshi was not the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] primary conducted on October 2, 2018 in Asaba to nominate its senatorial candidate for Delta North district in the February 2019 general election.
The judge ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the name of Prince Ned Nwoko as the rightful candidate of the PDP, having established the fact before the court that Nwoko scored a majority of the lawful votes in the primary. He also ordered Senator Nwaoboshi to stop parading himself as the candidate of the PDP for the Delta North senatorial district.

Nwoko through his counsel Ahmed Raji (SAN), had dragged INEC, PDP and Nwaoboshi before the court praying for an order to stop INEC from publishing or further publishing the name of Nwaoboshi as the candidate for Delta North senatorial district. Nwoko also asked for another order compelling the PDP to forward his name to INEC as the authentic candidate of the party for the senatorial district in the 2019 general election.

Nwoko who predicated his suit on seven grounds, which were supported by 20-paragraph affidavit evidence and five exhibits, averred that he was screened and cleared for the Delta North senatorial district by the PDP Electoral Committee.

He declared among other things, that at the end of the primary election, he scored 453 votes to defeat his closest rival, Nwaoboshi who scored 405 while Paul Osaji came third with 216 votes.

Nwoko, however, maintained that to his surprise, the PDP jettisoned the result of the primary election and forwarded Nwaoboshi’s name as its candidate for the senatorial district. He stated that all efforts to redress the injustice through the party’s appeal panel were frustrated and thus unsuccessful.

Efforts by secured a stay of execution of the judgment order met a brick wall following Justice Ahmed Mohammed decline to entertain his motion at the Federal High Court. The Judge rather passed the entire case file and Nwaoboshi’s motion to the appellate court for adjudication.

The refusal of the High Court to grant the prayer of Nwaoboshi for stay of execution cleared the coast for the issuance of certificate of return by INEC to Prince Nwoko as the rightful candidate of PDP and the Senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial District.

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Prince Ned Nwoko Donates Millions to Cover Medical Bills of Many

Prince Ned Nwoko donated millions to cater for the medical treatment of some physically challenged Anioma Indigenes who paid him a courtesy call at his Mount Ned Nwoko resort Idumuje-Ugboko.


In his brief address to the physically challenged Anioma indigenes whom he calls his friends, the Star Prince admonished them to use the funds judiciously in taking good medical care of themselves while stating that his phone line remains open to them whenever they need to talk with him as always.


Responding, one of the Anioma beneficiaries who pleaded anonymity appreciated the Star Prince for always responding to their needs whenever they called on him. According to the speaker, “if only we have two of your kind in Anioma land, Anioma would have witnessed more massive human capital development but it is our prayers that God will continue to protect and bless you more for being a father to the fatherless and to the needy.” 

He also released another (59million Naira) as scholarship grant for Anioma and verifiable Delta state students, has remained on the news for his good gestures towards humanity.


Prince Ned Nwoko has done a lot for the Anioma people and we are happy to be associated with his brand always, this is not the first nor the last time that he has been assisting us. We pray God to always bless and enrich his circle”- Madam Isioma, an elderly woman who identified herself as a retired head teacher from Isele-Azagba pointed.

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PRINCE NED NWOKO ON RELIGION

“I believe the choice of one’s faith is a personal matter. There is no compulsion in religion because it is an affair between the individual and God. I have no right whatsoever to dictate to my wives or my children the faith to follow. It is their personal choice to make. What is paramount in life is to do good to fellow human being, to help the needy and use what you have to make the society better.”

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Patriotism In Action: Prince Ned Nwoko Funds Repair of Failed South East-Abuja Link Road

Former member of Federal House of Representative, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko has displayed uncommon act of patriotism as he undertakes to deploy his personal funds (100 MILLION NAIRA) to rehabilitate failed portions of the road linking South East and Abuja through Onicha Ugbo/Idumuje Ugboko and Ewohinmi in Edo State.
Ned Nwoko said the agony faced by travellers from the eastern Nigeria to the northern part of the country, moved him to repair the road to alleviate the sufferings of those plying the road.


The road has become a vital short cut for travellers from the South East to the North, including Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja, but failed after heavy rain falls in recent months.


The single lane road originally constructed by Niger Delta Development Company (NNDC) had become a major transit for travellers from South East and the North thus increasing the economic activities for the towns along its path namely, Onicha Ugbo- Idumuje ugboko- Ewohinmi.


The failed sections of the road exposed commuters to travel delays and other untold hardships, including attacks by hoodlums operating on the Onicha-Ugbo- Idumuje Ugboko axis.


Prince Ned Nwoko said: “I am funding the repairs of the road in my private capacity, to lessen the impact of the suffering of travellers caused by the terrible condition of the road” “This is just a palliative effort, but I will continue even in my personal capacity, to push the Federal Government to urgently undertake a total reconstruction of the road”, he pledged.


The rehabilitation work is expected to be completed in six weeks.
Many commuters have been stranded on other failed portions of other roads linking Abuja and the Southern part of the country, including the failed portion of Oke-Oka axis of Akangba-Owo road in Ondo State.

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PROPOSED STARS UNIVERSITY TO PARTNER WITH FUPRE

The founder and Chancellor of the proposed STARS University (Sports, Technology, Arts and Research Science University), Idumuje Ugboko, Delta State. Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko, Saturday, 27th April, 2019, hinted that the university will partner with the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, FUPRE, to provide quality university education with requisite knowledge to drive development and economy of the country to accelerated level. The international legal luminary and senator elect for Delta north, dropped the hint while addressing the university community on the occasion of the award of honorary doctor of science degree to him by the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun. On this vexed national issue, the visionary Prince shared the opinion that academic and research collaborations are very valuable tool that not only accelerates the progress, economic growth and development of a country, but also enhances the quality of education offered by the institutions to the citizens of the country.


His words, “academic collaboration is beneficial to universities in learning new teaching tools, exchange of ideas, collaboration in research works and enthronement of a lasting sports culture within their various campuses and the country at large.” He further added, “all these add up, will increase the breadth and knowledge of students in learning different approaches to solving their individual problems and contributing their quoter towards meeting national challenges.


“This tool is being increasingly utilised with success in developed countries. Good examples where such partnerships are been implemented are the the Ivy League universities in the United States of America, the Oxbridge and the Golden Triangle universities in the United Kingdom, the C9 League universities in China, the Group of Eight universities in Australia, and the Imperial Universities in Japan. These universities have evolved strong culture through partnership in many areas which have helped to placed them top among the best universities in the world and also placed their countries at high pedestal in technological advancement, economic and sports development.” Prince Ned Nwoko, emphasized.


He went on to say, “under the prevailing conditions of paucity of funds in the Nigerian universities,  university authorities must have a well-planned partnership and collaborative approach in a manner that will enable them put available resources into maximum use.””Partnership and collaboration must be embraced, emphasised, encouraged and brought to a level where it can impact and improve the quality, resources and capabilities of Nigerian institutions to undertake research to find solutions to the numerous challenges facing the country.” He advised.


In conclusion, Prince Ned Nwoko said, “an academic culture that fosters partnerships and cooperation instead of individualism must be embraced to improve quality of education offers as well as accelerate progress and development of the country”.


The above quote, summarised the views of our visionary Prince on this burning national issue. That is why he is needed at the Senate, to give the Red Chamber sense of direction and initiate great ideas that will help the country out of her perennial socioeconomic predicaments.


By Iroroh Frank.