[ Masterweb Reports ] - Join the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Honorable Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in a live, online conversation on the 2014 Budget from 4th to 6th of March, 2014.
The Budget 2014 Jam is a 3-day online interactive conversation between the Hon. Minister and the youth aged 18-40. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts/ideas with the Minister on the 2014 budget and its impact on the nation moving forward.
If you would like to be part of this free, online conversation please register now. Participation will be on a first come, first serve basis.
You can access the online discussion using a laptop or tablet device. Be advised that it is not optimal on a smart phone. Register at https://www.collaborationjam.com/jam4/budget2014/registration/
See you in the Jam!
What is a Jam?
A jam is an online event that brings together thousands of people from across the country to discuss issues in real time from wherever they are located. The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is hosting the online interactive session with youth this year on the 2014 Budget.
Objective of the Jam
The jam is meant to educate and engage participants on topical issues through a series of online discussion forums. All participants have an opportunity offer suggestions as well as exchange ideas on how to move the country forward. In this particular instance, the Ministry of Finance would like to hear from the youth on issues that affect them related to the 2014 Budget.
Target Audience for the Jam
The event seeks to engage as many as 20,000 people between the ages of 18 and 40. The jam is available on a first come, first serve basis with the first 20,000 to register able to participate in the online discussion.
How to Participate in the Jam
You can register from the 24th of February at https://www.collaborationjam.com/jam4/budget2014/registration/
The jam goes live on March 4th by 8am and runs continuously until March 6th. Join us at any point in those three days for as little or as long as you want!
The Proposed Areas for Discussion are:
1. Managing our Debt
2. Stimulating Job Creation
3. Keeping the lights on
4. Spending Wisely
5. Managing our Budget
6. Increasing Revenue
Log in and start jamming!
*Photo Caption - Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
[ Masterweb Reports ] – Protocols; On behalf of the people of Anambra State, Onitsha Kingdom and myself, I heartily welcome you on this unexpected, but highly appreciated, visit to us today. We were the parties that were seeking opportunities at this time to visit you in Abuja to express our gratitude on several grounds.
Firstly, following my three months’ absence abroad, I had personally wanted visit you in Abuja to thank you for the encouraging and extremely helpful suggestions you gave to me on our self-help palace project during your last visit in November 2013. You can see that the first phase of the project is near complete, and I wanted to use the opportunity of my visit to invite you to cometo Onitsha once again to perform the formal opening of the “new” palace during our next annual Ofala festival in October. The new Ime-Obi Onitsha presents a twenty-first century concept of a palace for the people, not of the Monarch alone. Thus, the palace already has an IT Center and will also incorporate a Library/Archival/Resource Centre, a Museum/Art Gallery, Conference and Meeting Facilities, and Offices for our Constituent Groups, without diminishing or distorting the traditional roles and functions of the palace.
Secondly, our son and Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, is about to hand over the baton of governance to his elected successor, Chief Willy Obiano. Peter Obi has done very well and the people of Anambra State are truly enjoying the peace, development and progress that he has engendered during his tenure in office. We are aware how close you have taken him, and that his far reaching achievements would not have been all possible without your generous support for him. Indeed, you had already received a letter to the effect that the elders and leaders of Anambra State wanted to visit to thank you for supporting Peter Obi, and to pray that you extend the same goodwill to his successor.
Now, instead of us coming to Abuja to pay our respects as is appropriate with protocol, you have turned the table on us by coming to us, instead. This is a genuine reflection of your distinctly humble and practical approach to life, both in governance and politics, as well as in your personal life. Mr. President, may we therefore take this opportunity to thank you very much for your love for Onitsha and Anambra State and for saving us the trips to Abuja to do the same. Indeed, as they say, the mountain has come to Mohammed today.
There are many more things to be grateful to your government for, but let me single out the construction of Zik’s Mausoleum, which is now nearing completion after some sixteen years of delays, dilly-dallying and cat and mouse games between successive governments at both state and federal levels. It will go down in history that it was your administration that had the determination andzeal to finally give our beloved Right Honourable, Chief Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Owelle-Osowa Onitsha, first President of Nigeria, and Zik's of Africa, a befitting resting place. Mr. President, we cannot thank you enough for this gesture.
Your Excellency, the twenty-first century has kicked off in tension and turbulence as peoples and governments all over the world are steuggling to adjust to the inevitable forces of change that are resulting from the impacts of Information, Technology and Communication. There are tensions in the Middle East, Europe, Far East, The Americas and Africa. In Nigeria, we have our own share of problems to which, by the will of God, you have to lead our responsesas President. Critical amongst these are: the armed insurgency by the Boko Haram in the North-East parts of the country, the imbalance in the conditions of life and living between various segments of our society, general security, and corruption in public life. We, the people of this country who elected you, have the duty to support you with our constant prayers and constructive advice, including drawing attention to areas that need improvement. In this regard, we urge you to remain focused on your transformation agenda, paying particular attention to national security, the general elections in 2014, which must bepeaceful, free and fair, and the economics of fuel price subsidy, which is eating deep into the budget of the country.
It took great courage and foresight to convene the National Conference in the manner you have done and we of the South-East states join the rest of the country in applauding you. No right thinking Nigerian would want a dismemberment of our dear country. Collectively, we have far more to lose in such eventuality than in staying together. What the majority, including the people of the South-East, are saying is that there is urgent need to rearrange the country to give a greater sense of belonging to all the constituent groups, including the minorities. We pray that your government and the National Assembly will create the enabling environment for the success of the Dialogue.
I cannot resist mentioning once more our indefatigable outgoing governor, Mr. Peter Obi. Your Excellency, you know and we know that Peter Obi is your greatest supporter and pillar of strength in the entire South –East, and will count amongst the few that believe most in you in the entire country. Shall we call him you younger brother or even your son? He will now become fully availablewhen he leaves office next month and we urge you to take him close to you and deploy him effectively, particularly in the immediate period ahead. We assure that he will be an even greater asset to you now that he is free from the burdens of State governance.
Mr. President, Anambra people recently elected a new Governor, Chief Willy Obiano, in a process that was widely heralded as peaceful, transparent and fair. By so doing, we have again shown the light to the rest of the country that politics and elections in a democracy should not be matters of do or die. Our Governor-Elect is a technocrat who, we believe, will build on the foundations laid by his predecessor and take the State to the next levels. We pray that you accord him the same understanding, favours and love as you did with Mr. Peter Obi.
Finally: a reminder. When you visited us in 2011 during the general elections campaign, you promised that the Second Niger Bridge between Onitsha and Asaba will be completed and become operational during your tenure as President, if elected. We elected you, but what was not clear to us was the tenure you had in mind. In any case it takes a few years to accomplish such a project and we are concerned that time is running dangerously short. This bridge will be a great legacy to the presidency of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the history of this country. We pay that you will give this very essential national project the attention it deserves.
Your Excellency, there will be an opportunity for a vote of thanks but let me remind you that Anambra State is well represented here today in terms of the State Government, State and Federal Legislators, Traditional Rulers’ Council, the Elders Council, Religious Leaders, the President-Generals of Community Organizations, Elected Chairpersons of Local Government Councils, Traders Associations, other eminent citizens, and the Onitsha community. That we have assembled like this with less than twenty-four hours’ notice is a mark of our unity as a people, as well as our high regard for you. We pray for you and wish you very well as you discharge the onerous duties of governing our county.
Thank you very much for listening to us.
Nnaemeka Achebe CFR, mni
Obi of Onitsha
22 February 2014.
*Photo Caption - His Royal Majesty, Nnaemeka A. Achebe, CFR, mni, Obi of Onitsha
[ Masterweb Reports: Paul Nwabuikwu reports ] – It has come to our attention that a story is circulating online about the purported resignation of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
For the avoidance of doubt, this story is not true.
The Finance Minister is still in place and assures Nigerians that all will be done to ensure that macro-economic stability is maintained through tight fiscal and Monetary policies.
Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy
*Photo Caption - Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release ] – The Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, has described as laughable and a distortion of facts the assertion by the All progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the 2011 governorship election in Abia State, Chief Reagan Ufomba, that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Governor Theodore Orji stole his mandate.
The chief press secretary who was reacting to a statement credited to Chief Ufomba in the Daily Sun newspaper of Monday, February 3, 2014 captioned “Gov Orji stole my mandate in 2011" wondered how the APGA candidate could accuse Governor Orji of stealing his mandate even when he came a distant third in the polls with abysmal figures as shown by INEC results. He said the gap between the PDP and APGA in the 2011 election was glaringly wide and did not give room for accusations.
Mr. Ajunwa stated that the PDP and its governorship candidate, Chief T. A. Orji have always enjoyed the massive support of the people of the state in comparison to the APGA, its candidates and activities in the state which have remained in the obscurity.
The chief press secretary maintained that the PDP-led government headed by Chief T.A. Orji has endeared itself to Abians and Nigerians through well thought out people-oriented governance which has touched every strata of the state and for which the people are extremely grateful. According to him, the Chief T.A. Orji’s mandate in Abia State is divine and responsible and that is responsible for the many landmark achievements that Governor Orji has recorded and will continue to record in the state, adding that the massive crowd of Abians that usually throng public events involving the governor is evident of their love and support for the government of the day.
He further said that the legacy projects of Chief T. A. Orji in the state in less than eight years far outweigh what past administrations put together were able to achieve and advised the opposition in the state to have a rethink instead of distracting the governor.
Mr. Ajunwa admonished Chief Ufomba to concentrate on how to rebuild his crisis ridden party rather than find faults where there is none, and reminded him that elections are not won on the pages of newspapers but through hard work and past antecedents of individuals.
*Photo Caption – Chief Reagan Ufomba
[ Masterweb Reports: Report from Abia ] –The Senior Special Assistant on Print Media to Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, Mr. Eddie Onuzuruike, has described as irresponsible a recent comment by the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, portraying the state as backward.
Kalu in his uncharitable and self-serving manner had said during a recent programme aired on African Independent Television (AIT) that Abia is not working.
“Kalu is a drowning politician who is looking for something to hang onto. He has lost face with Abians after inflicting pains on them during his inglorious eight years rule.
“In his characteristic manner, Kalu blamed his self-inflicted travails on the high flying Governor of Abia State, Chief T.A. Orji (Ochendo).
“While it is not our intention to dignify the misguided comments of a drowning man, nonetheless, it is pertinent to address some of the issues he raised in order to put the records straight.
“It was a common knowledge that Abia State under Kalu’s visionless leadership was converted into a family business. Kalu who crowned his mother, Eunice Kalu, ‘Mother Excellency’ outsourced Abia State Government machinery to his mother. If Kalu meant what he told the world that he only spent security votes during his eight-year tenure, then he should ask his mother to furnish him and indeed the people with what she did with the Abia State funds which she had unlimited access to. Kalu’s mother from 1999 to 2007 not only demonized democracy in Abia State but she turned the whole system into what became known as ‘mamacracy.’
“Kalu’s mother who practically ran all the local governments in the state apart from dipping her hands into the councils’ funds, infiltrated the civil service and introduced nepotism and clannishness as state craft. Kalu’s mother humiliated politicians by taking them to shrines, she made the traditional rulers to look like puppets. Kalu’s mother turned agencies and parastatals into her trading out posts and shops. She forced Abians to congregate at coven at Nweke Street, Aba, to peal melons in a share show of shame,” he said.
Continuing he said: “Where was Kalu when his mother converted PPA to a private political association and used touts and marabouts to harass citizens and party men and the PPA primaries conducted in her kitchen? Where was Kalu when the mother appropriated shops in Ariaria and Aha Ohuo markets? Where was Kalu when the drains in Aba were filled with tipper loads of sand? It was public knowledge that Odinukonamba took Kalu and siblings to Aso Rock to negotiate with government because of the atrocities they committed in Abia State.
“With all these, how can you reply Orji Uzor Kalu who like Nero was fiddling while Abia burnt mercilessly due to the machinations of his menacing mother.
“Kalu deserves pity because he is being consumed by envy having seen that Abia, the state which his family held down for eight years has finally woken up and is marching forward in leaps and bounds following the positive touch of Ochendo. Kalu and his mother should bury their heads in shame that the state they left floundering is now standing firm on a solid foundation laid by Ochendo.
“Today, Abia State has been redesigned with LEGACY PROJECTS that can be seen across the state. Kalu squandered the resources of the state prosecuting his grandstanding and self-securing politics instead of building a new Government House, new workers’ secretariat, and new markets to expand the commercial base of the state. He did not see the need to give Abia a solid infrastructural base and provide security for the state.
“Fortunately for Abia, the man who succeeded Kalu has chosen to be different and sees governance as a vehicle for service to the people. He has given them what Kalu could not give. The people are happy for it because they are now having a new experience of people-oriented governance.
“Rather than engaging in mindless campaign of calumny, we advise Kalu to deflate his over inflated ego and applaud the man T.A. Orji, who has changed the face of Abia for posterity.
“The government needs not reply Kalu because he was never in charge as his mother was the de facto governor of Abia State. Kanu who never governed Abia State, was a mere jellyfish grandstanding for his mother. We are waiting until Kalu’s mother who had indepth knowledge of government from 1999 to 2007 comes out to make public statement. Abians are keenly watching for such a day.”
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[ Masterweb Reports: Paul Martins writes ] – Good day Sir; I am writing to you concerning what could be a dangerous situation at Ijegun to Ijagemo road of Igando/Ikotun local council development area, Lagos state Nigeria. Because of the early winter thaw, and the rainy weather lately, there has developed series of potholes . This problem started as a small group of potholes I believe, which have since merged together into a gap which grows daily. The hole is now roughly five feet wide and getting large enough to swallow the rear of an entire car.
The roads are now deteriorating so quickly they are becoming impassable in anything other than a HGV or Tractor and even they run the risk of the road collapsing and sliding into the ditch. Boundary Lane at Hundred End is predicted to catastrophically fail anytime soon, endangering lives for the want of a bit of maintenance.
According to the contributions that was outlined to be done by our honorable of our constituency, Hon. Omotayo Aramide Oduntan (Mrs) who has been a member from July 4th 2011. which are:
* Rehabilitation of federal water project in Alimosho constituency II (January 2012);
* Repairs of bad portion on Ijegun road;
* Silt clearing on Ijegun road and drainage, January 2012);
It is unfair to have this rigorous lies on the Lagos state house of assembly website. Looking at our political office holders ranging from the local government to the house assembly, Ijegun/Ijagemo has recorded the worst representatives in the whole local governments in Lagos state. I said that because there is no one that is trying to bring any developmental projects to the area and if there is one I am challenging him/her to speak out. At this juncture, I would like to remind the elected that you were elected to protect the yearnings and aspirations of your electorates in which you will be accountable on the Day of Judgment for betraying them. The worst of all is the present member of the lagos state house of assembly representing Alimosho constituency II that has spent almost seven years (7) without achieving anything for the community rather moved away from ijegun to lekki and spend the government money on her house and trips to America and the unfortunate part is that we have not been seeing or hearing from her during any proceeding defending any interest of her constituency.
At the end, I would like His Excellency the executive governor of Lagos state Barr. Babatunde Raji Fashola to intervene and assist in the provision of good road using any means, even if it has to be collecting the grant apart from staff salary and running cost to execute the same laudable projects other local governments have been doing.
Finally, I would want the entire indigenes of the local government to come together and decide for the local government for who to be elected in the forth coming election to prevent the present elected officer from turning their sits as their personal belongings that they have inherited .Dear indigenes we have decided to write not by insinuation or to achieve any political ambition but just to enlighten you and wake you from slumber.
Paul Martins ( Email: email@example.com ).
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[ Masterweb Reports: Eddy Aghanenu reports ] - One of the first things one learns in a secondary school is on letter writing. We were taught that letter wring is the act of communication between two persons. There is a sender and a receiver. It is the best way of putting one’s thoughts, requests and other ideas into writing. It is meant to be a private communication between the people involved. It is rare for letters to be for public consumption. When letters are therefore meant for public consumption, it therefore means that the writer or sender wants such a letter to be for public debate.
Reading letters from our leaders especially former and current presidents provides an insight into how our leaders work. It also exposes some of the things ordinary citizens may not be privy to. When Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the second republic, wrote a public letter to then President Shehu Shagari about the collapsing economy, it was like a bombshell on the nation. Chief Awolowo in his usual meticulous manner, reeled out figures to show that the economy was in tatters. President Shehu Shagari in his reply mocked Chief Awolowo and likened Chief Awolowo to the shepherd who was crying wolf where there was none. The banter between President Shagari and Chief Awolowo provided enough ammunition for beer parlour discussions. Andy Akporugo, then editor of Sunday Times turned the epistles of both leaders to a satire. Chief Awolowo became the villain who never saw any good in the NPN led federal government. The import of his letter was lost on the nation. Few months after Chief Awolowo’s letter, there was austerity measure declared by the federal government to arrest the dwindling economy. Today, the nation has not recovered from not heeding Chief Awolowo’s letter. The economic storm has not abated.
It was therefore with the same curiosity that one read Chief Obasanjo’s letter to the president. Chief Obasanjo’s open letter to the president was surprising since he had unhindered access to him. Moreover, GEJ is his godson. What would have gone amiss to necessitate the writing of such a venomous letter to the president? Was it because the son is no longer a baby and is indirectly telling the father that he can find his way in the murky waters of Nigerian politics without being led by the father? Was the president becoming too independent? Was it true that GEJ never replies nor acts on the previous letters written by the former president? What was OBJ trying to prove by making his letter public? That he is a statesman? Does one become a statesman by writing letters, more so when the writer was in a position to correct the ills he was accusing the president of?
As stated earlier, letters between leaders gives the led an insight into the workings of government. Such is OBJ’s letter to the president and the reply. OBJ’s letter has explicitly done so. Nigerians are becoming aware of how elections are being organized in this country. How else can one construe this portion of Chief Obasanjo’s letter:“I worked for both President Shagari and President Yar’Adua to succeed me not just because they are Moslems, Northerners or Hausa-Fulani, but also because they could strengthen the unity, stability and democracy in Nigeria. We incurred the displeasure of ethnic chauvinists for doing what was right for the country.“? Could it then mean that the votes of Nigerians never counted in all the elections organized by OBJ? In other words, all elections organized by OBJ were rigged in favour of his preferred candidates.
Chief Obasanjo states further that I do not know if Chief Obasanjo practiced these while he was in office.
Eddy Aghanenu ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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