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I went after Kalu because he took my loyalty for granted – Gov Orji

GOVERNOR Theodore Ahamefule Orji of Abia State was literarily at his best in this interview with some Journalists 20 hours after he was sworn-in for second term. In a no holds barred fashion, he speaks on why he moved against his immediate predecessor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu; why South-East Governors backed President Goodluck Jonathan without conditions; why they accept the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) offer and his plans for Abia.

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A third inauguration for Uduaghan in Delta

GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State is now creating a pattern of creating drama during important state occasions. When he took the oath of office after last January’s gubernatorial re-run elections, Dr. Uduaghan made a dramatic arrival into the inauguration ground by driving himself into the Cenotaph, venue of the swearing in ceremony amidst cheers from the crowd.

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Enugu welcomes Chime for a second term

THOUSANDS of the people from the 17 local government areas of Enugu State gathered last Sunday to witness and cheer Governor Sullivan Iheanacho Chime as he took another oath of office to govern the Coal City State for a second term of four years. The Michael Okpara Square venue of the inauguration was filled with people from all walks of life who converged as early as 8 am for the colourful event.

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Jonathan craves legacy in his appointments

The first high level appointments into the President Goodluck Jonathan new administration may indicate a strategic departure from business as usual. They may also indicate a hardened resolve by President Jonathan to build a legacy in his image. The appointments, nevertheless, could provoke an unneeded tension with the National Assembly that may shadow the administration’s four-year tenure.

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Ogun: Not an amusing start for Amosun

THE 40,000 capacity Moshood Kasimawo Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, Ogun State was filled to the brim last Sunday morning. People stood on the tarmac and on the football pitch. The crowd was not only huge but ecstatic. It was not a gathering of just the masses but the crowd was representative of all classes of people. Indeed, many who had not been to any state function in the last 5 years were there.

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Unusual strides in labour

THE Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, is not one to walk away from a fight. Over the past year, the bulky red-capped middle aged chief from Abia State has squarely taken on the challenge of ensuring industrial harmony in various sectors of the economy as well as creating _ or inspiring resources to create _ the much needed jobs for a teeming army of unemployed in the country.

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Sovereign Wealth Fund: Aganga’slegacy

THE appointment of Dr. Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga as the nation’s Finance Minister on April 6, 2010, elicited high expectations in many quarters, especially among private sector operators. The expectations stemmed from his background as Managing Director, MD, of Goldman Sachs, based in London, United Kingdom, a position he held until the ministerial appointment. Dr. Aganga’s wealth of experience, Nigerians had hoped, would be put into use in the formulation of macro-economic policies that would jump-start the economy.

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