[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - We the Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora; condemn in unequivocal terms the dangerous sectionalism/tribalism and consequent double standards being employed by the DSS, the Nigerian army and other security outfits in its handling of Fulani herdsmen and their terrorist attacks across the country. Of particular note is the arrest and hounding into jail of 76 persons in Agwu local government area of Enugu state by military personnel just for trying to protect themselves where the security agencies have failed from attacks, destruction of their farmlands and abduction of women in the community by Fulani Herdsmen. Indeed, it’s even more appalling that the Nigerian army resorted to denying their implication in aiding and abetting terrorist herdsmen on tribal grounds by falsely claiming the arrest of the Agwu 76 was done by fake soldiers.
We submit that the brazen parochialism of the Nigerian army which refuses to protect all citizens as constitutionally mandated but rather protects, aids and abets terrorist herdsmen is not only a fundamental breach of their constitutional responsibility but also capable of igniting an existential crisis of unfathomable consequences in an already fragile nation with ever diminishing cohesion. The army is of course not alone in this unprofessional, insensitive and combustible journey of infamy as both the DSS and the Nigerian police have by their actions and inactions proven to be part of the “axis of tribalism” that favours, aids and abets Fulani herdsmen over and above other Nigerian citizens. It is notable that whereas the DSS hurriedly issued a press release within two days of the purported abduction of 5 Fulani herdsmen in Abia state falsely alleging that IPOB was responsible for the murder of the herdsmen whom they claimed to have discovered in a shallow grave that they never presented to anyone, the same DSS has never bothered to issue a press release, nor investigate the serial mass killings, rape, maiming and burning down of whole communities across Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen. We are convinced that DSS is accusing IPOB and MASSOB of killing Fulani herdsmen to change the narrative because of Igbo Ekunie’s upcoming case against the Nigeria security services at the ICC, which ICC is currently conducting its preliminary investigations on.
We note that on the 5th of March in Agatu Benue state more than 300 people were gruesomely massacred by Fulani herdsmen who went on to burn down the whole community and render the survivors refugees, yet the DSS has to date neither investigated, issued any press release nor arrested anyone for the heinous crimes. In Agwu Enugu state, Ondo state, Abraka in Delta state, Dori and Mesuma villages in Taraba state and several other communities across Nigeria, Fulani herdsmen have continued to terrorise, rape, kidnap, massacre and burn down communities, yet again the DSS has never bothered to investigate nor issue any press releases while the police have yet to arrest any culprit to date. We thus find it strange that an organisation that goes to sleep when hundreds and even thousands are massacred across Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen can hurriedly find its voice and issue a false, irresponsible and ethnically inciting press release when 5 Fulani herdsmen are allegedly abducted. We are persuaded to believe that this is the case because the DSS, the army and other security services have become sectarian organisations that serve the Hausa Fulani alone in Nigeria.
Whereas security agencies are constitutionally required to serve all citizens and residents equally in their onerous duty to protect life and property, the incipient bastardisation of government institutions has led to the unprecedented situation where the army, DSS and police now serve the narrow tribal interests of Fulani herdsmen whom international organisations such as the United Nations and the Global terrorism index (GTI) have since classified as the 4th deadliest terrorist group in the world; possibly aligned with Al Qaeda and ISIS. The audacity, organisation, coordination and public wielding of AK47 sub-machine guns and other sophisticated assault weapons by Fulani herdsmen indicates the herdsmen are getting support and aid not only from the Nigerian government and security services but possibly also from Al Qaeda and ISIS, which portends grave danger for Nigeria, the African continent and beyond. The implication of such dangerous collusion with terrorists on ethno-religious grounds is that the federal government is working against international conventions and laws as it concerns the prevention of terrorism and the violation of human rights.
While it is regrettable that no lessons were learnt from the Nigeria-Biafra war that was occasioned principally by tribal divisions within the army, we warn that the relapse to sectionalism/tribalism by Nigerian security services is a dangerous and sure recipe for doom. Accordingly we request the creation of state police to enable each state better protect their citizens and the resignation or sack of the chief of army staff and the director general of DSS to permit a total overhaul of these critical institutions before its too late. Finally, we advice all frontline states and communities to be vigilant and to take all necessary measures to protect themselves from further attacks.
[ Masterweb Reports: SKC Ogbonnia reports ] - Section 20 of the CBN Act of 2007 clearly states that the Naira “shall be legal tender in Nigeria at their face value for the payment of any amount.” Yet this law has meant nothing to many Nigerian businesses which commonly reject the Naira in preference to the US Dollar. But these businesses are not alone. The Nigerian government is also guilty of the same charge. Perhaps this practice is not new by any stretch and far predates the current Buhari government, but an eye-witness account below exposes a specious dynamic.
Ikenga, a fellow Nigerian citizen resident in Houston, Texas, is a researcher in an international Oil & Gas project. Not long ago, the funding group voted to cite its multimillion dollar project in Africa, and Ikenga passionately lobbied for a Nigerian destination. Along with three expatriates he entered Nigeria this March to explore the project feasibility. Ikenga had arrived Nigeria with his Nigerian passport and planned to travel back into the US with his American passport since he is a dual citizen.
On departure back to the United States, he was informed by the officials of United Airlines that he might not travel because his Nigerian passport had expired a month before. Ikenga was told that such cases typically require a $200 Nigerian Visa in order to travel back to the United States of America. Yes, a Nigerian Visa to travel to USA! If you have a problem connecting the dots, please you are quite in order… Be that as it may, the manager at the United Airlines, Mrs. Sue Gongul, was kind to intervene with uncommon leadership, untangling the quagmire with candor, and finally stating that the Nigerian Visa charge is usually waived if the passenger could show any proof of having paid for Nigerian passport renewal fees anywhere.
Ikenga quickly explained that he had indeed paid the e-passport renewal fees of $106, but it was not processed before his trip due to another bizarre experience very deserving of another perplexing thesis. In any case, he was advised to authenticate the receipt at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) office at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA) Lagos.
Now at the NIS desk, Ikenga’s predicament seemed not to matter to Mrs. C. A. Dibi, the Comptroller of Immigration on duty at the airport on March 22, 2016. Mrs. Dibi wasted no time to insist that the $200 must be paid regardless. Having missed his flight a night before due to a heavy Lagos traffic provoked by long queues at fuel stations, Ikenga simply accepted to pay the charge—even if that could finally prompt his traveling project team to say ‘bye-bye to Nigeria’. But this piece would not have made it to the reading media if the payment or the amount was still the problem.
The emergent problem is that when Ikenga requested to make the payment with the Naira equivalent of the $200, he was told point-blank by Mrs. Dibi that the NIS—a primary agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria—does not honor the local currency for the service being rendered. In Dibi’s words, “Go and ask anywhere; we do not accept Naira for visa fees.” In other words, though Ikenga had the Nigeria’s currency to tender, a comptroller of the nation’s Immigration Service encouraged him to employ the services of the illegal “Black Market” to change the naira into dollar. Obviously dazed, Ikenga grudgingly made the payment after buying the foreign dollar at the illegal rate of N323 instead of the naira equivalent at the official rate of N198. Ikenga’s view of Nigeria since then, including any notion of attracting foreign investment to his beloved native country, is better imagined than written.
The whole scheme is pennywise pound-foolish for Nigeria and ought to stop henceforth. While plucking dollars by hook or crook from expatriates or Diaspora Nigerians may appear superficially attractive, the illicit pattern does nothing but continually weaken the local currency, since there has been an ocean of naira competing for the few dollars in the marketplace. Even worse, the pattern not only typifies endemic corruption, it also serves as an echo chamber for Nigeria’s shady image.
In attempt to shore up foreign investment, President Muhammadu Buhari has been doing a marvelous job shuttling outside Nigeria to salvage our battered image. But his tireless efforts will amount to naught if the government is seen as promoting shady schemes targeted against expatriates inside the country. Moreover, the president made the appreciation of the Naira a campaign issue. Though he is understandably still blurred by the dizzying economic blues from the immediate past regime, any hope for the International Monetary Systems to appreciate the very naira without the desired example by Nigerian government agencies is sheer wishful thinking.
SKC Ogbonnia ( Email: SKCOgbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Nigeria naira notes.
[ Masterweb Reports: Tola Adeniyi reports ] - The National Assembly is about to pass a Bill that is set to kill whatever is left of our so-called over-centralised federal System. The Bill if passed will be the greatest rape on our democracy and the biggest insult on our collective sensitivity as a people and as a country.
“The Fulani National Grazing Reserve”, is presently before the National Assembly. The bill has successfully scaled through second reading in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. For it to become law it is to pass through the third reading.
“The bill seeks to provide for the establishment of national grazing reserves and stock routes. It is sponsored by Senator Zainab Kure.
“The Bill proposes to establish a National Grazing Reserve Commission (NGRC) for the country. The NGRC will be charged with the responsibility of using funds received from the Federal Government to forcefully acquire farmlands from Nigerians in all the 36 States of the country, develop same at government expense through the provision of bore holes, water reservoirs, etc; for the exclusive use of nomadic cattle rearers.”
The issue here is very clear. Fulani Herdsmen are cattle farmers. They could as well keep their cattle in ranches. They could devise whatever means like their counterparts in Argentina, Australia and the rest of the civilized world to do their animal husbandry. The men and boys roaming the streets, roads and bushes driving cattle are not the owners of these animals. They are just employees, labourers, attendants or whatever name they are called.
The owners of these cows like Generals Obasanjo, Nyako, Abdulsalami Abubakar and our president Buhari are big time farmers. They are businessmen. It is immoral to ask tax payers to finance the operations of these businesses. Cattle owners must provide capital through bank loans or whatever means to create their grazing lands in their localities. The cows are not owned by the Federal Government.
Just as the Federal Government is not creating farm lands for cocoa and kolanut farmers in Sokoto or Katsina, or creating farm lands for Agatu yam farmers in Enugu or Maiduguri, or creating special areas for fish farming in Zungeru, it cannot for any reason ever consider creating special lands for herdsmen for grazing. Let the herdsmen run their business without encroaching on the lands of other people. Let the cattle owners buy into the Fodder technology and other modern methods of providing feeds for their animals without roaming the streets and plundering other people’s farms.
To ever dream of this perverted Bill is to step on the toes of other Nigerians and step on sore foot, and by so doing create a dangerous precedent.
Nobody should play ethnic game here. This is not an issue directed against any ethnic nationality in Nigeria. The simple matter is to let those who trade in cattle fund their business like all other businesses, including farming, in Nigeria.
The Bill must not see the light of the day. The sponsors want to create serious problem in the polity and their design must be nipped in the bud.
The Nigeria Bar Association, the Coalition of Civil Societies, and all those who care about the continued existence of this troubled country must rise up to strongly oppose and kill this obnoxious and self serving Bill. It beats my imagination that members of the National Assembly did not see the serious danger posed by this corrosive Bill.
In a reaction to the threats posed by this obnoxious Bill, the National co-ordinator of the Oodua Peoples congress Otunba Gani Adams says:” Without any doubt, this is a very dangerous proposal for Nigeria. We all have seen how the Fulani herdsmen kill and maim members of the community where they graze their cattle without the backing of any law. I am sure that we can only imagine what their attitudes would be if the supposed grazing reserves are forcefully taken over by government and handed over to the herdsmen.
Nigeria has enough problems on her hand right now; we should not provoke new and potentially more dangerous ones.
*Photo Caption - Armed Fulani herdsman.
[ Masterweb Reports: Adekunle Olushola reports ] -Lagos is set to be treated to gastronomic delights as foremost financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, announces the first GTBank Food & Drink Weekend. Scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of May, 2016, the 2-day event is designed to showcase Nigeria’s emerging food industry as well as offer a wide variety of cuisines, such that attendees will be able to taste their way around the world.
The GTBank Food & Drink weekend will be headlined by two critically acclaimed international chefs; Marcus Samuelsson and Raphael Duntoye. Ethiopian born and Swedish raised, Marcus Samuelsson is a James Beard Award-winning chef, New York Times best-selling author, and a judge for the highly rated TV show CHOPPED. He is chef & owner of Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie in New York. Nigerian born Raphael Duntoye is the chef patron and owner of Le Petite Maison in London, Dubai and Miami.
The food and drink fair, which is free to attend, will provide a platform for SMEs in the Nigerian food industry to promote their businesses by showcasing a wide variety of their products ranging from fresh organic groceries to dry foods, confectionary and pastries, ready to eat consumables, top quality crockery and wine & champagnes. The fair will also feature a series of Cooking Master Classes covering the latest culinary trends, and a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment.
The Cooking Master Classes will be headlined by our international chefs and accompanied by Tiyan Alile, who is the President of the Culinary Arts Practitioners Association in Nigeria and the founder of the Culinary Academy. Several other top rated chefs who will also host master classes include; Gbubemi Fregene, Ozoz Sukoh, Alex Oke, Atim Ukoh , Iquo Ukoh, Michael Elegbede and Uzo Orimalade. The chefs will demonstrate before a live audience how to apply modern twists to classic Nigerian cuisine as well as prepare some of the most amazing international cuisines. Attendees of the cooking classes will also be treated to savoury food and wine tastings as well as enthralling celebrity chef face-offs including one by popular mother and daughter chefs, Iquo and Atim Ukoh. There will also be a dedicated play area for children and Chef Uzo Orimalade will host the “I can bake” MasterClass series for the children.
Commenting on the GTBank Food & Drink Festival, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “We are incredibly excited to showcase the diverse culinary mosaic that Nigeria uniquely offers to the world as a prime destination for food enthusiasts from around the world.” He further added that, “In addition to showcasing the wide array of Nigeria’s culinary community as well as the richness of Africa’s cuisine, this fair reinforces our commitment to supporting small businesses and promoting our rich heritage.
GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.
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*Photo Caption - A GTBank branch
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Announcements of death, either ceremonial and unceremoniously are gaining ground in Nigeria as people are using such instances to gain fame, dehumanizing enemies. Social media is widely used in propelling such incidentals because of its easy, free, unchecked, mostly unverifiable as the scenarios arise, meanwhile, when posted goes viral in nano seconds comparable to the speed of light.
Most respected African culture, tradition and dignity to humanity are gradually fading out with more of these circumstances gaining grounds, yet ignored and left unchecked by relevant authorities. By now, it's thoughtful to address this thoroughly like from yesterday.
It is decided to bring to our immediate attention how such “End of Life" is processed in organized societies and believed to be putative by our able men, women and children. Otherwise, we remain a laughing stock in the eyes of the world, as such learning nothing, making nonsense of our generation and race.
Danmasanin Kano should not have been drawn into false drama, while enjoying his lovely life; performing humanitarian services across the length and breadth of Nigerian, repeatedly echoing, Martin Luther King statement “I have a dream that someday Nigeria is going to be a better place”
As a people and nation with majority of blacks, renowned and educated in the universe, our rethink of death proclamations must include, Dr. David Levine’s guidance of Death Confirmation as is the situation with “Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule” are enumerated hereunder:
Before Death Confirmation: Indicate you would check the resuscitation status of the patient before doing anything else:
• If the patient is not for resuscitation, continue to confirm the death.
• If there is uncertainty as to the resuscitation status, CPR should be commenced whilst this is clarified.
• Ask the ward staff about the circumstances surrounding the death and document this.
• Ask for the patient’s notes:
• Confirm the resuscitation status of the patient
• Read the patient’s notes for some background on the patient
If family or friends are present:
• Introduce yourself
• Offer your condolences
• Explain the need to confirm the death
• Offer the family the opportunity to wait outside – respect their preference
1) Wash hands
2) Confirm the identity of the patient – check the wrist band
3) General inspection – skin colour / any obvious signs of life
4) Look for signs of respiratory effort
5) Does the patient respond to verbal stimuli? – “Hello Mr. Wazobia, can you hear me?”
6) Does the patient respond to pain? – press on fingernail / trapezius squeeze
7) Assess pupils using pen torch – After death they become fixed and dilated
8) Feel for a central pulse – carotid artery
• Listen for heart sounds for at least 1 minute
• Listen for respiratory sounds for at least 3 minutes
1) Assess for a pacemaker – not essential, but good practice, as this will need to be checked prior to cremation.
2) Wash hands & exit the room – ensuring the door is closed and curtains are drawn.
• Once you have completed the above, document your assessment clearly.
• Ensure you adhere to hospital documentation guidelines – date / time / your name & grade
• Document each of the examination steps you performed & the result of each step.
• Finally, documents that you are confirming the death and the time at which you did so.
• Sign and print your full name, grade, registration number and contact number.
To complete death confirmation
Inform nursing staff that you have confirmed the death:
• They will then inform next of kin, if not already present.
• They will also contact the porters to arrange transfer of the body to the morgue.
Consider if this death needs referral to the coroner, as if this is the case a death certificate cannot be issued – this will require discussion with the consultant responsible for the patient.
All these may not be obvious with our etiquettes but should serve as headway to the beginning of death proclamations in Nigeria. Hence, it's not in any wealthy for any living being to hear him or herself out with death accolades, at the highest instance of ignorance in a dynamic society.
This proclamation is hereby upturned, as a result of records, evidential proof of life and living, not limited to personal confirmation with Alhaji Ashir Sheriff, Engr. Abdulrahaman Ahmed, Minister Solomon Dalung; all close allies to Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano.
This legend deserves apologies from purported headlines, hence deserves our collective prayers; Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano to deliver his dream “I have a dream that someday Nigeria is going to be a better place for all.”
*Photo Caption - A coffin (casket)
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - This is a second call for the immediate sack of Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for the atrocities and grave crimes against humanity committed by the army under his direct command in the days of December 12th to the 14th of 2015.
The description of the demonic acts perpetrated by the army as laid down by attorney for the family, respected "change" senior advocate Femi Falana are chilling, disturbing and sickening.
According to the narration of events by surviving daughter Suhaila and attorney Falana, General Buratai sent his men to the home of Zakzaky without a court order for Zakzaky's arrest and out of the jurisdiction of the military.
Buratai's "illiterate" armed hooligans in uniform burned down Zakzaky's home in attempt to murder Zakzaky, his wife, children, relatives, friends and everyone else in and around the building. We have viewed videos of the aftermath.
Zakzaky's elder sister was killed in the above process. Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife Zeenat and their sons and Suhaila survived the burning down of their home, hidden in the "basement."
The soldiers then went there the next day to check and confirm that they had succeeded in murdering Zakzaky and his entire family. It was then that they found the family survived. The soldiers then murdered three of Zakzaky's sons in cold blood in the view of Sheikh Zakzaky, Suhaila and Zeenat. The soldiers rained bullets on everyone in there hitting Zakzaky six times. His eyes were struck. Zeenat was also shot at least two times with shots to her abdomen and leg. Both were beaten, and further maltreated.
Near death and blinded Zakzaky was dragged on his behind and loaded in a wheelbarrow in typical Daesh style. They were all taken to secret detention and left to suffer and die and treated as the army so desired, denied their constitutional rights and access to their attorney's, a judge and their medical specialists.
The bodies of the murdered sons, sister and other family members along with hundreds of other victims were carried away like animal carcasses and mass buried.
Zakzaky and wife Zeenat have since been detained extrajudicially and held incommunicado, denied access and information and prevented from seeking justice.
In additional shows of power drunken lunacy and radical fanaticism, Buratai's possessed men under his and the orders of the administrator of Kaduna, demolished all other properties of the Zakzaky and went further to even exhume graves on his sons killed a year earlier, reportedly by Captain S.O Oku under Jonathan's command and discarded these bodies in unknown mass graves. Some were burned.
This being the same Buratai that is unwilling and unable to accost a single of openly marauding armed Fulani herders who are brazenly above-the-law, terrorizing and killing innocent people in hundreds, burning down entire communities and even firing shots at serving Senators.
While General Buratai's observing his paid duty to defeat ragtag, jungle hiding, heroin addicted Boko Haram terrorists is appreciated. It must be recognized that just the way we do our jobs, so also did Buratai do his. Any military leader is expected to be able to defeat terrorists, unless he is corrupt and compromised as were the past generals who were being paid by the survival of Boko Haram. Even the Civilian JTF used to roundly defeat Boko Haram terrorists when unhindered by Shettima and Jonathan.
We do recall that when Azubuike Ihejirika decided to crush Boko Haram in 2013, he did so easily, killing Shekau I and freeing all local governments under them, before he was ordered to stop and allow them recover their losses. To this effect, we believe Buratai's salary is all he deserves for performing his duty to command the army to do their bidding against the terrorists and finish up the job Jonathan had done in his last months pre-election; and it is time he hands over that duty to other well qualified officers and is retired to face his charges for this act of unsurpassed bloody barbarism.
Nigeria's north has suffered enough of God's Wrath. We are tired of God punishing us with Boko Haram and making us the most disgraced land on earth. We are tired of the extreme poverty, shops burning, kidnapping, cattle rustling, kidnapping, desert encroachment and all other afflictions that God uses to punish us when we exhibit and allow and support this wickedness and oppression of the highest degrees against minorities in the north, Igbos, Christians, Shia and whoever else.
The Prophet of Islam said: “Fear the prayer of the oppressed, even if he is a disbeliever, for there is no barrier (between it and Allah [the God]).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
Please fire Buratai now and let him face his charges and free blinded Zakzaky and his beautiful wife who has lost six of her seven sons to Buhari and Jonathan and is not even able to bury them. This is not the "change" we fought and voted for.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai
[ Masterweb Reports: Chidozie Egbule reports ] - The Nigerian Police Service Commission (PSC) is recruiting 10,000 into Nigerian Police. The recruitment exercise started April 1st 2016 for the following positions.
A.) Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police
Bachelors Degree or High National Diploma (HND)
B.) Cadet Inspector of Police
National Diploma (ND), Advanced Level (A Level), National Certificate of Education (NCE) or their equivalent.
Five (5) credit level passes (including Mathematics and English Language) at O’Level.
C.) Police Constable
O’Level certificate or its equivalent with at least five credit level passes including Mathematics and English Language in not more than two sittings.
To apply for a Specialist position, candidates must possess relevant certificates and/or credentials in the required technical discipline.
This recruitment exercise is absolutely free!
[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria has a unique opportunity to become a great nation under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osinbajo spoke at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday while receiving a delegation of his Law Faculty course mates at the University of Lagos. He said he and Buhari were determined to give a good account of themselves and ensure that the country makes good progress.
He urged Nigerians to support Buhari who, according to him, is honest and whose only desire is to make Nigeria become a great nation.
According to the vice president, despite the twists and turns in governance, the country has a unique opportunity to make good progress now. Earlier, Justice Chinyelu Anigbodu who spoke on behalf of the delegation that included a former federal minister, Odein Ajumogobia, noted that Osinbajo’s election “is a precious gift to us.”
*Photo Caption - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-LEFT; President Muhammadu Buhari-RIGHT
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The Cross River State Government has announced the launch of the Calabar International Trade Fair (CITF) with the first edition billed to hold in December 2016 as part of activities for the Calabar Carnival.
Making this known at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the management of Tinapa Business Resort and CLIQIT, an e-commerce business management and development company, the Cross-River State Commissioner of Finance and Managing Director (MD) of Tinapa, Asuquo Ekpenyong announced that the initiative is aimed at reviving the Tinapa project which he said is not where it was projected to be.
He said: “We have gone through the blueprints, we have identified those issues that prevented Tinapa from going where it should be and we are trying to tackle those issues with a fully detailed plan.
“One of the ways we think we can do that is to have an international trade fair, something that would be around the period when Cross-River would be at its peak in terms of travellers. That is the week of the Carnival in December.
“We have chosen that date for obvious reasons in terms of the influx of people and Calabar which should be a major trade hub isn’t where it should be, so, we have partnered with Cliqit. They will be bringing their experience and capacity in driving trade traffic to Tinapa and we will provide the resources.
“This platform; Tinapa Business Resort has the capacity to host a lot of trade and businesses and we are trying to use this opportunity of the CITF to showcase the resources Tinapa has and I believe that come December 2016, we will put on a great show and something that will be worthy of repeat year-on-year”.
The brain behind the project, Gerald Konwea, who is the founder/CEO of CLIQIT enthused that the carnival was capable of breaking the record for the highest number of vendorS at a fair with a targeted vendor population of 10,000.
In Mr. Konwea’s words: “This is going to be arguably the biggest trade fair in the world. There are big trade fairs in Germany with up to 7,000 vendors and there are even bigger trade fairs in China. Except the numbers are on Chinese websites, there are no numbers on Google or websites that reflect on Google to suggest otherwise.”
“To achieve this feat, we are partnering with the Guinness World Records to execute publicity internationally and prove the trade record we are trying to achieve.”
“We are partnering Red Media to handle our publicity locally and we hope to host the world as we have begun preliminary discussions with every other body and also on both State and Federal level to help us execute this project because this is a big project”.
Asides the obvious tourist gains the project is expected to bring to Cross River State, the Calabar International Trade Fair is also aimed at increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state up to 5 billion naira, introduce up to 15, 000 jobs and 10, 000 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME’s) and empower people of Cross-River state with skill acquisition and go-to market strategies and ultimately contribute development of the state.
Asides the aforementioned, statistics reeled out by Konwea said the IGR of the state is expected to significantly rise from N12.7 billion to N14.9 billion yearly by 2016 – 2019 and an additional N2 – 5 billion from 2020 onwards.
He said: “This project will also provide gainful employment up to 7,000 and 15,000 by 2023. This can be achieved through skill acquisition programs, SME empowerment and support activities and instituting Calabar as a major trade hub in the region by reviving the Tinapa project”.
“Like I said, we are trying to host about 10,000 vendors with let us say at least one person to every vendor, or being modest, about 25,000 people and spectators expected to participate.”
Mr. Konwea further availed that the project is rightly timed as it comes at a time when the drive for made-in-Nigeria products is gaining ground across the country, which according to him will be hugely promoted at the fair.
“We are partnering with the organisers of the Made-in-Aba Trade Fair and we are looking to see a lot of Nigerian creativity in December 2016,” he added.
Mr. Ekpenyong, who revealed to that the trade fair is billed to hold from 20-31 December is the medium term plan of the project.
He said: “We have phased out a plan on what we are doing with Tinapa. There is the short-term, which is the immediate for a period of one to three months, there is the medium-term, which is the trade fair and there is the long-term.
“Tinapa has components, there is the hotel, the shops, the games arcade, the water park and the studio. Each of these components are being reviewed. There are different phases and the trade fair is just a cut of the holistic picture and that picture will be revealed to the general public. It is a work-in-progress.
As regards security, Mr. Ekpeyong said: “Calabar is one of the safest cities in Nigeria. We will be partnering with all the security agencies and with services from the Nigerian Police Force all the way to DSS to ensure that we provide the safe and secure environment for the hosting of this trade fair”.
One other major side attraction of the fair is going to be a one-kilometer red carpet which will play host to entertainers, media houses, journalists, celebrities, government officials and tourists during the course of the Calabar Internartional Trade Fair.
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*Photo Caption - Damilola Esan, Chief Operating Officer-CLIQIT (LEFT); Gerald Konwea, Founder/CEO-CLIQIT (RIGHT)
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The African Basketball League which officially tipped off on March 5th, 2016 in Lagos has gone a step further to launch a laudable project tagged ‘’Made in Africa Project’’.
This will include Made in Nigeria, Made in Gabon, Made in Senegal and Made in Abidjan. The aim is to showcase products made in indigenous franchise countries and help reinvigorate local markets and resources in an era of the diminishing commodities market. The CEO of ABL, Ugo Udezue stated that ‘’there is a psychological element to this project, years of dependency to foreign products needs to be strategically eased out and the dwindling oil market presents an opportunity for a reset of our mindsets’’.
Mr Udezue further added that ’’the goal of ABL is to use its sports platform to add value to the government push towards local manufacturing and production’’.
The core platform of the ABL whose slogan is “more than a game” is targeted towards adding value to the economies of the franchise cities through sports. The ABL has carefully sourced local products, worked patiently with local vendors to create made in Nigeria goods. Normally everything attached to a basketball game is sourced from overseas, including tags for officials and VIPs, the ABL has changed all that, 70 percent of products used at the games are made in Nigeria. Products like electronic scoreboards, basketball floors will soon be produced in Nigeria because of partnerships with ABL and local vendors.
No doubt, the ABL has contributed greatly to the economy of Nigeria within few weeks of existence. They have already created jobs directly and indirectly through vendors, built multimillion-naira bleacher system here in Lagos, built basketball goals in Lagos and both products are for the first time used in a professional game in Africa.
For African Basketball League (ABL)
The African Basketball League is a league modelled after the NBA and Euroleague with the vision of creating opportunities in the sports industry by capturing the rich entertainment culture of Africans to promote sports tourism.
Our objectives are to create wealth and employment; develop intra-Africa tourism and integration; and foster internal growth and development.
This will be achieved through the development of an ecosystem that will support the creation of viable and valuable basketball franchises.
*Photo Caption - African Basketball League (ABL)