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Atiku, Okowa, Other PDP Leaders Storm Houston for Diaspora Summit

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Facilitated by the Diasporans for PDP, the summit would also provide a fertile ground for the organisers to strategize on moving the party forward ahead of 2023.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, and a host of party leaders would on October 29, 2022, grace the Diaspora Summit in Houston, Texas, United States of America.

The event would enable the candidates to speak to the diaspora community about their plans for the nation as well as strategies for winning the elections.

Hon. Pamugo: “The theme of this summit is ‘Getting It Right Now’ and by this, we want to send a strong message to our beloved Nigerians that the PDP will get it right this time.”

Facilitated by the Diasporans for PDP, the summit would also provide a fertile ground for the organisers to strategize on moving the party forward ahead of 2023.

Speaking exclusively to media, Hon. (Mrs) Victoria Pamugo, a former PDP Chairperson Houston Texas Branch and Founder/National Chairperson, of the group, said party members from various parts of the world would participate in the summit, which she said, is primarily focused on getting the party heads to the election as a united body with the sole desire of rescuing Nigerians from the clutches of “the incompetent All Progressives Congress.”

Hon. Pamugo, who is also member, PDP 2021 National Convention Council, Electoral Subcommittee said: “The theme of this summit is ‘Getting It Right Now’ and by this, we want to send a strong message to our beloved Nigerians that the PDP will get it right this time. A PDP-led government will reposition this nation and make us part of the productive global economy.

“Apart from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; our National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, National Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu, spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, PDP Senate caucus leader, Philip Aduda, minority leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu and many others are expected to grace the event.”

Apart from Mrs Pamugo, other PDP members in the Diasporan community billed to attend the summit are Chidi Igwe (Canada), Theodore Igwe (United States), Tony Adiele (The Netherlands) and Farouk Suleiman (United Kingdom).

Two days ago, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), flagged off its presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The presidential campaign, held at the Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo, was attended by party leaders and members across all categories, including former presidents.

This event is completely free but requires registration.  To register, please visit: www.diasporansforpdp.com

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AIX Founder, Linda Anukwuem Addresses Texas Southern Students on Career Prospects

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“Graduating students must be prepared to reconcile or strike a balance between their values and the culture of the organizations they aspire to. Some corporate cultures require a certain look or presentation to suit specific expectations.”

These are one of the few takeaways when the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Houston-based  AIX Firm, LLC., Linda Anukwuem visited the  School of Communication (SOC) of Texas Southern University (TSU) on October 31, 2022.

Ms.  Anukwuem addressed the Media Marketing and Management class of Radio, Television, and Films (RTF) students on career choices and prospects, sharing relevant workforce preparation tips. “It has always been my intention to share this information with students to enable them to get prepared for the ever-challenging corporate arena,” said Ms.  Anukwuem, who is also an Executive Consultant with Quanten Consortium Angola, LLC.,  a global oil and gas exploration firm.

Before joining Quanten Consortium Angola, LLC., Ms. Anukwuem served as the Chair for the City of Houston’s Mayor’s International Trade & Development Council for Africa (MITDC-Africa) under Mayor Annise Parker as well as chaired the Arts, Culture and Community Relations Committee.

In the lecture-themed “Processional Prospects”, Ms. Anukwuem addressed the Importance of networking and how good interaction could invoke viable spaces that can create a successful path to success.  Ms. Anukwuem also discussed the distractive challenges of the career journey. “Every failure became a lesson learned to prepare for the next opportunity,” she advised.

Special guest, Linda Anukwuem (left) and class professor, Dr. Anthony Ogbo

The class professor, Dr. Anthony Ogbo described the lecture as “a perfect fit” for students who are eager to learn about better career prospects. “Sharing real-world workforce realities is a major part of our course objectives and teaching standards, and this event dovetails that purpose,”   Dr. Ogbo said.

Linda attended the University of Houston, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. In her professional career, she worked as an accountant with Bracewell & Guiliani, LLP, and United Airlines. Because of her hard work and professional acumen, she was featured in the eighth edition of Who’s Who in Black Houston.

TSU’s  School of Communication, originally established in 1975 and consisting of Journalism, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, and Communicative Disorders, was reduced to a single department in 1979 in response to university-wide management efficiency and cost containment concerns.

TSU’s Radio, Television, and Film program prepare students for the production and critical studies of radio, television, film, and new media, offering them a balanced curriculum that provides integrated study and training in the art and business of electronic media.

For a tour of the School of Communication facilities, contact Kevin Adams (kevin.adams@tsu.edu), Assistant Dean for Student Services 713-313-7408

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Houston Health care clinic and home health owners sentenced for fraud

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Alatan was the owner of Colony Home Health Services, while Ekene was the owner of Milten Medical Clinic, both businesses located in Houston.

HOUSTON, TX — Two individuals have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy to commit and committing health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

A federal jury convicted Francis Ekene, 71, Sugar Land, on all counts following a three-day trial.

Today, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake imposed a 120-month-term of imprisonment to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the prison term, Judge Lake noted that despite his health issues, it was important for him to serve his punishment.

Also convicted at trial was Alfred Olotin Alatan, 63, formerly of Houston and now residing in Fulshear. He was previously sentenced to 120 months in prison.

Alatan was the owner of Colony Home Health Services, while Ekene was the owner of Milten Medical Clinic, both businesses located in Houston.

At trial, the jury heard that Alatan paid recruiters to bring patient information to be billed for home health services regardless of whether they needed it or not. Beneficiaries testified in trial and admitted they did not need home health services at the time the health care service providers billed them.

Additional testimony revealed a doctor had signed off on plan of care forms at the Milton Clinic when patients were not actually under his care.

Previous employees Susana Bermudez and Rita Kpotie Smith also testified. Bermudez admitted she and Smith operated both clinics and that Alatan was the leader of the scheme. Both Alatan and Ekene would consult Bermudez and Smith who directed them and provided assistance in carrying out the scheme within both offices.

At trial, the defense attempted to convince the jury they were not involved in the daily operations and did not know the provided services were unnecessary and fraudulent.

Alatan and Ekene were permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Bermudez and Smith, both 55, and of Houston, previously pleaded guilty to their roles as co-conspirators in the scheme. Bermudez is currently serving 30 months in federal prison, while Smith is serving is serving a 60-month sentence.

The Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation with the assistance of the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tina Ansari and Grace Murphy prosecuted the case along with paralegal Judith Cardona assisted with the case.

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Wazobia is not just a food Market, “It’s a movement” —Tunde Fasina

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Wazobia African Market is trending. “It’s more than a grocery store. To me, it’s a movement. A movement for quality food; a movement for lower prices; a movement for community support and empowerment; and a movement to feed the masses,” said Mr. Tunde Fasina, the owner of the Wazobia chain.

One location is on 6203 Westheimer Road – sitting between State Highway 6 (SH 6) and Farm to Market Road 1464 (FM 1464). There is another one on 10828C Beechnut Street sitting right by Wilcrest. Yet all the Wazobia stores have a variety of things in common. The aisles are always braced against a lively throng of vibrant colors of assorted provisions and groceries. In addition, there is also the Wazobia African kitchen. It is a compartment where food is prepared and served to customers to eat or take out. The aroma of inviting freshly cooked food could be perceived from afar.

The stores are always busy. A justification of a loaded inventory of both wholesale and retail household foodstuff. A trip to the Westheimer branch confirmed the obvious. Customers can be seen pushing and shoving as they squeeze past one another trying to check out bargains. Then there is this long line in the eatery area. They are customers from all over waiting to pick up orders.

Over the years, the Wazobia African Market has remained the fastest growing and leading African Grocery store in the City of Houston. It was established on June 18, 2013, to encourage economic development and community building, and to provide authentic products from all African cultures. All Wazobia locations offer Authentic African products and affordable quality food that are often hard to find.

To the greater Houston, especially the African community, Wazobia represents more than just a successful food business. For example, on April 27th, 2019 when the Beechnut location was inaugurated, Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner commended Mr. Fasina for his contributions and phenomenal support to the African community, especially in his role in assisting families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Tunde Fasina…. He told the Texas International Guardian News that his community and humanitarian activities are consistent with his organizational mission.

But Wazobia has been consistent with community support. For instance, during the City’s Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, Wazobia provided free meals to over 200 families. Wazobia has also sponsored major events in the African community, including AfriFEST, Africa Fashion Week Houston, IgboFest, and the Nigeria Cultural Parade held in Downtown Houston. Furthermore, Wazobia is a committed sponsor for Africa Day held annually at City Hall.

By Fall 2019, the food entity officially incorporated a Scholarship program to benefit outstanding academically sound high school students on a need basis in the African community. Mr. Fasina told the Texas International Guardian News that his community and humanitarian activities are consistent with his organizational mission. “Of course, the aim of every business is to make a profit but we are a community-oriented business with a covenant to prioritize family welfare,” noted Mr. Fasina.

“Of course, the aim of every business is to make a profit but we are a community-oriented business with a covenant to prioritize family welfare”

Mr. Fasina continued,  “You may have also heard about our annual Customer Appreciation event which attracts thousands of Houstonians.  This is a family and community fun-filled event organized to appreciate Houston families, friends, and customers with tangible recreational events and prizes. We float free food, drinks, games, and a raffle draw. Besides big item prizes, there are various opportunities where participants or guests win big cash rewards.”

Again, Mr. Fasina noted, “This is just to say thank you Houston for being a part of our family. We strategically created this annual event to further appreciate our esteemed Houston and African family, friends, and especially our customers who troop in and out of our stores to shop.

This year for instance, on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, Wazobia celebrated this event and gave out a grand prize of one year’s worth of free groceries.

Mr. Fasina was right about the Customer Appreciation event. This year for instance, on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, Wazobia celebrated this event and gave out a grand prize of one year’s worth of free groceries. Last year, one Nkechi Igboekwu emerged as the first prize winner of a Hyundai Sonata at the same event.

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