[ Press Release For Immediate Release ] - June 27, 2016: The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has called on Abians not to panic, but remain calm over the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja delivered today in favor of Mr. Uche Oga against him, in the case of alleged falsification of tax receipts.
Governor Ikpeazu, who said that he has faith in the judiciary and rule of law, added that he will appeal the ruling as he has instructed his lawyers to file an appeal immediately against the said judgment.
The Governor noted as an appointee of the Abia State Government from 2011 to 2014, when he served as the General Manager, Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), and first Deputy General Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Aba and Environs respectively, before his resignation in October 2014 to contest the Governorship election in the state, that within the period his taxes were deducted at source, and when he had need of his tax clearance in 2014, he applied to the Abia State Board of Internal
Revenue, and was duly issued with his tax receipts for the period in question.
He maintained that he remains the Governor of the state according to law and will await the final determination of the matter by the appellate courts.
Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor
*Photo Caption - Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu
[ Masterweb Reports ] - 25 Mandela Washington Fellows of President Obama’s Initiative to strengthen African institutions through the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) were given a warm reception at the Northwestern University, Evanston, north of Chicago. Three Nigerians, Adams Adeiza, Tessie Nkechi Udegboka and Kelechi Mbah are among the young leaders from 18 African countries.
In her opening speech, Meg McDonald, the assistant vice president for Research at Northwestern University and who works on daily basis with the University Research Centers and Program of African Studies says she is privileged to formally welcome the 25 Fellows and thrilled they would be part of the University community over the course of the program.
She says, “Though the duration of the formal program is six weeks, but really our hope is that the experience you enjoy here will make a lifelong difference in your career and also a life changing experience. Our previous Mandela Washington Fellows – like each of you – were exceptionally talented and passionate leaders. They – like you – all demonstrated a vision for taking on challenges, solving problems, creating value, and improving their communities and their countries. Our goal this year is to create an extraordinary learning environment for you – one that you will always remember; and one that will help shape your personal and professional journey”.
Speaking on mutual investment, Meg says she and her colleagues regard the MWF as a wonderful way for Northwestern to invest in global talent development. Such action is at the heart of Northwestern University’s mission, so this President Obama’s initiative aligns well with Northwestern strategy and strength as a global research institution. She says, “We see the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) program as an invitation for YOU to enrich OUR lives! Your presence here makes Northwestern a better place. Your ideas, your achievements, and your aspirations for creating business and social innovation enrich our academic community too. It is my pleasure to welcome you as members of the Northwestern University family.
What can I say about your new family? Some key statistics can help outline our excellence. Northwestern University was founded in 1851, with two faculty and 10 students. We have grown to more than 3,000 faculty with 8,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students in 12 schools on three major campuses – Evanston, Chicago and Qatar.
The knowledge Northwestern University is creating and sharing is having a huge beneficial impact for the world. Our research discoveries are diverse ranging from breakthroughs in nanotechnology and biomedicine to astrophysics, energy, the humanities, social sciences and public policy. Our 50 University Research Centers are a major part of this knowledge ecosystem. These centers are innovation hubs that bring together thought leaders from many different disciplines and from around the world. Northwestern is ranked 12th in `America’s Best Universities and 25th in the Times Higher Education World University survey".
Already the 25 young leaders have started having amazing warmth professional and caring experience with Professors Verinder Syal and Mike Marasco, the faculty leaders. She says to the 25 Fellows, “During the program, you will meet and work with many amazing people from social service agencies, government and industries. For example, you are scheduled to meet with Jan Schakowsky, our local congresswoman. Jan started her career in social services, and was first elected to the US House of representatives in 1990. Jan is a stellar example of how person can make a huge and positive difference.
And, of course you even get to meet President Obama when you go to Washington DC. The culmination of this program in Washington demonstrates the importance placed on it at the very highest levels of this nation.
It’s pretty difficult to get into Northwestern University: we only accept 13% of the students applying for admittance. Our graduates have excelled in many different professions. Some have won Oscars, Pulitzers, Olympic medals, and Nobel prizes. Several have held high government offices, or served on the US Supreme Court. They have been senior leaders of prestigious academic and medical institutions.
Our graduates also have led major corporations, including PepsiCo, Motorola, and IBM. A Northwestern grad is the current CEO of SpaceX. A recent alum launched Groupon; another founded and leads the One Acre Fund in East Africa. You will truly enjoy meeting Harry Kraemer, the former CEO of Baxter and a fellow alum of the Kellog School of Management.
But now, consider the MWF Program, which has an acceptance rate of less than 2%. Remember I just said Northwestern’s acceptance rate is 13%. Think about that for a moment. ……… So you are the chosen of the chosen, the best of the best. You are poised to make an enormously positive impact on the world”
She quoted President Obama, who in 2015 while addressing the Mandela Fellows said, “I have no doubt that you are going to leave behind for the next generation – and the generation after that – an Africa that is strong and vibrant and prosperous, and is ascendant on the world stage. “
Expressing her gratitude to host the Fellows, Mag says, “I’m so very pleased that Northwestern is part of your remarkable personal journey, and always remember that you are now part of the Northwestern family.”
The 3 Nigerians were excited to find a Nigerian lecturer from Anambra state at the university, Professor Jide Nzelibe, a professor of Law, who him and his wife both lecture at the university.
*Photo Caption - Participants in the program - Kelechi Mbah (left); Adams Adeiza (center) and Tessie Nkechi Udegboka (right) pose for photo.
[ Masterweb Reports: New Song Release ] - Trump Up America (America Solidarity Anthem) is a patriotic U.S. national song composed by Charles O. Okereke, a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The beautiful inspirational song came into existence in April this year through realities prevalent in the American society. It is a must-listen-to song that combines symphonic orchestra, jazz and a little bit of everything into a beautiful soothing and inspiring patriotic song.
You can get a copy of this song for less than $1 - see link at the end of this article. Remember to share the song widely with friends and contacts. "I delivered the song to America how it was given to me through the night. I did not make any adjustments to suit people's expectations, but released it how it was given to me by Him above. Contact me at +1 (414) 807-0329 or email@example.com if you have any question." Okereke said in a press statement to newsmen.
Okereke recently shared the song with an American women in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and here are comments the woman posted after the encounter: "Great guy! He had one of the most interesting stories and was a genuinely nice person. Highly recommended! Plus he played great music!"
Composer also shared the song on social media this month and here are comments he received from a Facebook user by name - Stephen Boyle LOL:
Stephen Boyle LOL wrote:
A 1 minute sample clip with a 99 cent download of full song.
Are the proceeds generated to bring all persons across America UP? I believe I already know the answer to the question. What form of SOLIDARITY is this?
Here's a dictionary definition to help:
unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.
"factory workers voiced solidarity with the striking students"
unanimity, unity, like-mindedness, agreement, accord, harmony, consensus, concurrence, cooperation, cohesion, fraternity, mutual support; formalconcord
"our solidarity is what gives us the credibility and power to make changes"
an independent trade union movement in Poland that developed into a mass campaign for political change and inspired popular opposition to communist regimes across eastern Europe during the 1980s.
The lyrics of the first few lines of the first verse are as follows: "I am American, center of democracy; Land of freedom, equity; Trump up America; trump all. Trumpet loud in... etc." The song has both audio and video versions and are available at iTunes, Amazon and other online music stores. ......... Click To Get Copy of Song.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Nigeria's first lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari is not the Aisha Buhari named in the bribery scandal involving U.S. Congressman Williams Jefferson, Masterweb authoritatively has gathered. Masterweb Reports conducted investigations on who the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the U.S. bribery scandal really was, after claim by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State that it was the president's wife. In his statement, Fayose said that the Aisha Buhari that according to court documents transferred the sum of $170,000 to the convicted U.S. Congressman was President Buhari’s wife.
In a statement by Idowu Adelusi, Governor Fayose's Chief Press Secretary (CPS) in reaction to the freezing of the governor's Zenith Bank account by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the governor accused President Buhari of being corrupt. “The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal (sic). When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialize the judgment for people to see and read.” Fayose alleged.
Lere Olayinka, Fayose's Special Assistant on New Media put in circulation copies of the court documents which named one Aisha Buhari as having transferred the sum of $170,000 to Williams Jefferson using a firm as proxy.
*Photo Caption - Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's First Lady
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Our attention has been drawn to a statement signed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami to order for diligently doing his job.
We read with utmost shock and disgust the statement emanating from Senator Abudullahi as the Senate official reaction to news of arraignment of some persons over an alleged forgery of the 2015 Senate Standing Rules.
We observed that instead of addressing some fundamental questions about the legality of the actions of certain individuals, the Senate official reaction embarked on name calling and its usual smear campaign.
We thought that, the Senate official reaction would have found it convinient to answer the following questions in their statement.
1. Who authorised the promulgation of the Senate Standing Order 2015?
2. Who published the Senate Standing Order 2015?
3. Who approved the Senate Standing Order 2015?
4. Who paid for the publishing of the Senate Standing Order 2015?
5. Who distributed the Senate Standing Order 2015?
6. Does the action of the accused persons contravene section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law of the federation?
7. What power does the Constitution of Nigeria confers on the Attorney-General of the Federation as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation concerning the breach of the Penal Code Law or any other laws of the nation?
Until we get answers from the Senate on the above questions raised then shall we provide answers to issues like blatant abuse of judicial process, undue interference in the internal affairs of the Senate and Separation of Powers which Senator Abudullahi raised in his statement.
Mr. Brown Justice
Convener of the New Mandate Movement
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Senate seal
[ Masterweb Reports: Adekunle Olushola reports ] - Foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is set to hold the 6th edition of its Annual Autism Conference. The two-day programme, which is free and open to the general public, will hold on the 20th and 21st of June, 2016 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Themed “Managing Autism: The Next Generation, Consideration and Resources”, the Autism Conference will feature specialists from Nigeria and the United States of America offering consulting services ranging from the assessment of children for Autism and other developmental challenges to the counselling of their parents. Other services include; Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy , Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy.
Amongst the partners for the two-day programme are the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Patience Ambode, First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, the state Ministries of Health and Education, Science and Technology, Blazing Trails International, Texas, USA, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Patricks Speech and Language Centre and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro Ogun State.
The annual Autism Awareness Conference commenced in 2009 as part of the GTBank Orange Ribbon Initiative, an advocacy program which has been at the forefront of creating awareness for ASD to ensure autism is diagnosed early in children, encouraging investment in autism research and management as well as campaigning not only against the stigmatization of children living with autism but also that they receive the required support from parents, teachers, friends and the society. The 5th edition of the Autism Conference had over 1,500 participants, more than triple the number which attended the inaugural conference. Even more participants are expected at this year’s conference which starts by 9am and closes by 5pm daily.
Commenting on the 6th Annual Autism Awareness Conference, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “This year, we hope to go beyond awareness and make our greatest impact yet amplifying the national awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and increasing the expert assistance available to people living with Autism. He further stated “Our belief that children, irrespective of developmental disorders, can reach the fullness of their potential continues to inspire us to provide support for parents, teachers and care givers of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through our annual Autism program.”
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports numerous programmes across Africa that positively affect Infant and Maternal Healthcare, Education, the Art, Community Development and the Environment.
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*Photo Caption - A GTBank branch
[ Masterweb Reports: Ife Olori reports ] - The postponement of Anambra Central senatorial re-run election was blamed on Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra state, who was described as an intruder delaying the process.
Speaking to journalists in Onitsha the immediate past national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the party’s candidate in the Anambra Central senatorial re-run election, Chief Victor Umeh, said:
"I will blame Mr. Peter Obi for procuring the court order that stalled the election. The reason is that he was not part of the election at all.
"The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was right in excluding Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the election because the Court of Appeal disqualified its candidate.
"There is no way Mr. Obi should have joined the Senatorial race in 2016, a race that started in 2014. All of us started the race in 2014, went through the processes of nomination, went to the election proper and the election was nullified.
"The law has been settled long ago by the Supreme Court that the only people that participated in the nullified election who are qualified, will proceed to the repeat election."
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the re-election that was scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016, following a court order obtained by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to include it in the re-run.
*Photo Caption – Peter Obi
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] -NIDO America hereby disassociates its self from a statement being circulated by Prof. Apolllos Okwuchi Nwauwa, Mr. Gabriel Ndubuisi George, and Mrs. Patience N. Key. Apart from stoking treasonable charges against President Muhammadu Buhari, the statement demands the president to mandate all Nigerian “herdsmen to return to their own farmlands, and then earmark specific lands within the Fulani enclave for grazing and to which the herdsmen should be restricted.”
The general public should dismiss the archaic statement as a litany of delusional self-serving rhetoric rather than genuine concern for common good. While the recent heinous activities of the herdsmen ought to be condemned by all, any statement suggestive of every Nigerian to return and be restricted in their area is pea-brained. Such inflammatory innuendo does nothing but fuel wholesale xenophobia as well as deeper ethnic crisis.
NIDO America is a non-partisan organization and must resist the naked attempt by a political party to collude with some radicalized ethnic jingoists within the organization to incite crisis in Nigeria. It should be recalled that the Executive Committees of NIDO America/USA under Attorney Samuel Adewusi (ex-Chairman, NIDO America); Mr. Gabriel Ndubuisi George (ex-Chairman, NIDO USA); and Prof. Apollos Nwauwa (ex-General Secretary, NIDO USA) were dissolved effective from 28th May, 2016 for false propaganda against the state among other reasons. Hence the organization is currently placed under an interim committee headed by the Hon. Chiwuikem Ihediwa.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. SKC Ogbonnia
-for NIDO America Board of Regents
*Photo Caption - NIDO America logo
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Our attention has been drawn to a false and spurious accusation with fabricated evidence made against the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption CSNAC accusing him of committing N275 million fraud.
We have also observed that each time the public was about to appraise the activities of the Police Service Commission, a spurious accusation levelled against its Chairman, Mr. Mike Okiro by one Aaron Kaase is being promoted by CSNAC to instigate President Buhari against Mr. Okiro. This is what they have been doing since Mr. Buhari came to power last year.
There is no doubt that their motive is to hide under the on going war against corruption to get President Buhari to remove Mr. Okiro from his job.
Furthermore, by pushing for Mr. Okiro's removal, another of their motive is to incite our Southern brothers against President Buhari by accusing him of promoting a Northern Agenda.
Therefore, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the spurious allegations against Mr. Okiro by a cash and carry Civil Society Organisation.
We call on Mr. Okiro to focus on his job by ensuring the successful completion of the ongoing Police recruitment exercise.
We urge CSNAC to spear a thought for Nigeria espeially now that every action of the President is been misinterpreted by our Southern brothers.
Mallam Abubakar Suleiman
Chairman, Arewa Youths Renaissance
*Photo Caption - Mr. Mike Okiro
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] -This is to inform the general public that Professor Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa, Engineer Gabriel N. George, and Attorney Samuel Adewusi have been expelled from NIDO America effective June 10, 2016. This decision became necessary after it was discovered that these individuals are still parading themselves as officials of NIDO, giving the false impression of two factions within NIDO America.
As stated in an earlier statement carried by various sections of the media, the past leadership of NIDO America/USA was dissolved due to a pattern of “gross abuse of power; including massive corruption, influence peddling, conspiracy, extortion, false propaganda against the state, nepotism, subterfuge, wanton chicanery, and flagrant violation of NIDO Bylaws."
NIDO America/USA is currently placed under an interim committee headed by the Hon. Chiwuikem Ihediwa. Thus, any person conducting business with the trio of Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa, Gabriel N. George, and Attorney Samuel Adewusi is doing so at his/her own risk.
Dr. SKC Ogbonnia
NIDO America Board of Regents
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