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[ Masterweb Reports ] - On behalf of the U.S. government, the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Abuja has congratulated Udegboka Nkechi Tessie as one of the 100 Nigerians chosen to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  The program brings about 1000 young African leaders to the United States for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring, and will create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use.
 
Mandela Washington Fellows (MWF) will spend six weeks at top American universities that will provide tailored programs in the business and entrepreneurship; civic leadership; and public management sectors. Coursework and training in each of these sectors will focus on the skills young African leaders need to run better ministries, start and grow businesses, and serve their communities. The Fellows will also interact with President Obama during the 2016 Summit in Washington, D.C., along with other senior U.S. government, business, and civic leaders.
 
Tessie’s experience and accolades have distinguished her as one of the Africa’s most influential young leaders, and based on her interests and previous experience, she has been placed in the Business and Entrepreneurship Track at Northwestern University, Evaston, north of Chicago. The University is thrilled to welcome her and other 25 MWF. They will work with Northwestern’s esteemed faculty and have access to organizations that are leaders in their fields. The experience will be intense and transformative, but for them to get the most from the program, they should be prepared to work very hard.
 
The academic curriculum is designed to expose her and other 25 Fellows to all aspects of the entrepreneurial process starting with developing an idea to the launch of a business. Throughout the six weeks, they will explore various elements of this process including developing an idea, assembling a team, understanding potential customer, developing a brand, and determining the marketing program and the sales channels. In the final week of the Institute, the academic sessions and the Fellows preparation will culminate in an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The academic curriculum will be complemented with a variety of experiential learning activities including site visits to some of Chicago’s leading businesses, including Google, SRAM/World Bicycle Relief, and the digital startup hub 1871. The University will facilitate networking and collaboration sessions with young, American professionals and provide many outlets for networking. The University will empower them make connections with leaders in their industries.
 
Nkechi is the only Fellow that has her project based in Anambra state. She is certified in Entrepreneurship Management and the Nigerian Ambassador for WeConnect International. She lives in the semi-urban and works with rural residents and people living with HIV. She passionately does her work to empower others despite no support. Through a non-profit organization, Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI), she has build capacities of many women and youth living with HIV as well as semi-urban/rural women and youth. She has a social enterprise where she recruits, empowers and engages her target group to manufacture products so they could have sustainable means of income.
 
*Photo Caption - Udegboka Nkechi Tessie

[ Masterweb Reports: Udegboka Nkechi Tessie reports ] - I am Udegboka Nkechi Tessie, a passionate African doing all I can in my little way to better my continent. I am very optimistic and patriotic about my country, Nigeria and Africa as a continent. I will be part of those who would develop Africa despite frustrations in doing so. I had a charitable mission to execute in Abidjan and thought it wise to explore ECOWAS borders to travel by road. In doing so, I have to disguise myself as a common citizen to get the feel of what majority experience.  
 
While in the city of Abidjan, a small bag containing my international passport with valid visas and other items got missing, thus I couldn’t return to Nigeria on the due date. The missing items were reported to the Ivorian police district in Cocody and some money charged before they could issue me a police report. The continuous search for the passport and reporting to the Nigerian Embassy in Cote D’Ivoire halved the supposed transport fare to Nigeria; so I became scared of getting stranded in Abidjan. Was told by the Nigerian embassy they could only translate the police report in English; and that I was covered to travel by road. I know of many illegal fee collections at the borders and vowed not to pay any as to enable the amount I have take me home.
 
THE JOURNEY BEGINS:
 
ELUBO-IVORY COAST BORDER
 
Ivory Coast Side: I met a couple travelling to Accra in a taxi that brought us to the border. Upon arrival at the border, the immigration officers stopped us and asked for our travelling documents which the couple provided while I showed the covering document with me. The couple paid 1000cfa each and told mine was 5000cfa. I pleaded with them that I did not have such amount and had in fact lost other valuable items while in their city, Abidjan. They sent me back; 'I should go back to Abidjan’, they had ordered.  I stood outside for over twenty minutes while their boss instructed they shouldn’t let me go until I pay the money. Another officer interrogated me on my mission in Abidjan and where I was going to, which I gave a detailed explanation. After thirty minutes, he let me go.
 
Ghana Side: As I stepped into the immigration office, I saw same Ghanaian couple leaving. The officer asked for my passport, I gave him the covering note.
 
“Pay 1000cfa”, he said.
“I don’t have any money with me” I replied.
“So how would you get to Lagos?” he asked.
“The couple that just left will help me to Accra”, I told him. He said I should run to meet up with them. The couple boarded to Accra while I boarded to Aflao border.
 
 
There is an immigration point about an hour drive from Elubo where we left from. Every passenger was asked to get down from the vehicle and walk through a room presenting identity cards or travel documents with accompanied illegal fees. About 57 passengers all paid between 500 – 1000cfa.  I was asked to step aside until they finished collecting money from other travelers. Seeing I wasn’t ready to cooperate, he asked I go back to Abidjan and get an Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) from my embassy. Secondly, he said, the police report and embassy letter was not addressed to them. As I stepped to enter the vehicle, another officer asked me what the problem was. As I started explaining, he interrupted me to ask if I am a Nigerian. Immediately I said yes, he left me and said “that is why you are like this”.
 
All the 57 passengers paid the illegal dues and crossed over to board the bus and I was kept far from the bus to go back to my embassy in Abidjan to collect the ETC. The driver started the ignition and on seeing I wasn’t moved to pay, the officer finally called me to join the bus, but instructed that next time I should get an ETC.
 
AFLAO BORDER
 
Ghana Side: I woke up and found myself at the border with about three other passengers. The entire luggage was gone and all that was left was my small bag. Many ‘okada’ bike riders approached me so they could easily take me across, I told them ‘no, I want to cross the border myself.’  I got down from the vehicle, washed my face and proceeded to the immigration departure side. It was 6am, they just resumed work for the day, and I was their first client. “Your passport”, I gave him the police report and the documents I had. He glanced through and asked I step aside; they would address my issue later. I did, while I watched as hundreds of travelers pay fees in cfa and cedis to cross the border. Despite some travelers having their travel documents and yellow fever cards, they were mandated to pay stamping fees. For over 40minutes, the immigration officer was busy collecting fees and kept me waiting.
 
He came later that I should pay 10000cfa to continue with my journey. I said, “I don’t have such, you have just read from the police report of what I lost”.
 
“We are not interested in your money, we only try to do the right thing; hurry up so you can leave”, he said. I was politely stubborn and insisted I have nothing to pay for. A group of ‘customers’ came in, he left me and went to collect monies from them while another female officer checked their documents.
 
After a while, he asked if he could search me, since I am insisting I have no money with me. I agreed and gave him my bag and that I did not know the amount I had inside. “Hold on, the female officer will search you” he said. The female officer asked I pour out all the contents inside my bag on the table and searched each one after the other. In my daily meditation book, 4000cfa fell off. I picked the money and kept it. She also searched my pockets and other parts of my body. It was only the 4000cfa found in my possession. “Oya, give us 5000cfa and go” the officer said. “You have just found 4000cfa with me and you are asking for 5000cfa, how do you want me to get it?” I asked.
 
They all left me to have their breakfast and I was busy jotting down my experience with him on the paper. He asked what I was writing, ‘It’s my meditation for the day’, I said. “Please you are not allowed to write in my office.” he told me. I politely left his office to stay outside and continued with the writing. After twenty minutes, he came and said that writing was not also allowed in the border areas, so I should stop. I did stop and came in again.
 
“I hope you have money to eat breakfast, lunch and supper here, because we are not releasing you today unless you pay” he said. I was battling to control tears from streaming down my face when I replied him, “I have no appetite.”
 
“Why do Nigerians lie a lot, I will prosecute you for lying. You said you have no money with you and we found 4000cfa” he threatened me.
 
“Start the prosecution right away; no delays; I told you lets search the bag together as I don’t know the exact amount I have in” I told him.
 
Where do you work?” he asked. “I work with ECOWAS and you know too well what you are doing is illegal. I know much about the ECOWAS treaty and the Free Movement of Persons and Goods (FMPGs)”. I answered him.
 
“What is FMPGs? It is just on paper. It will not work in Africa”, he said, coupled with so many other things.
 
At several intervals of 10-15mins, he would ask if I was ready. And I would reply, “ready for what?  This is not the only border to pass through, if I give you this money I have with me, what will I give when I get to the other borders?” He replied that I should pay what I have now and worry not, for tomorrow would take care of itself.
 
After more than three hours, he let me go. I asked him if he was now the happiest person on earth for delaying me, but he replied with a rhetoric question, “Is this the ‘thank you’ you are supposed to tell me?
 
I left and few steps away was accustomed by another officer to pay 500cfa. I explained that I had been with the Ghana immigration since 6am, they had searched and I had no money with me.
 
Togo Side: I felt bad at the inconsideration of these officers and tears poured down as I passed through the Togo side. The officers read the police reports and let me pass while they made other travelers pay the unlawful fees. I saw vehicles going straight to Lagos but intentionally boarded a cab stopping at Seme border so I could walk and cross through the border myself. Boarding a cab going to Lagos was very expensive because you pay to the drivers which they use in settling the officers at the borders.
 
CONDJI BORDER
 
Togo Side: The queue was long and the immigration officer was busy collecting money as each traveler passed. When it was my turn, I showed the document with me, and was told to step aside. I pleaded with them I had no money and after delaying me for a while, I was allowed to go.
 
Benin Side: I met an immigration officer who I eventually came to believe is very unhappy with his job. A young officer sitting and collecting money as travelers passed, showed him my document, but he refused to read it. He wouldn’t even look at it. He said I should go back to where I was coming from. When I refused to leave, he stood up and pushed me out. I demanded to see his boss; he said his boss was ‘outside there’.
 
“Outside where?” I asked. He said ‘outside of where I was coming from.’ Seeing there was no sign of mercy in him, I left and met a police officer, showed him the evidence of my lost documents and he allowed me pass through the gate for vehicles. I made sure I looked for the officer frustrated with his job to give him a tongue out.
 
SEME BORDER:
 
Benin Side: I met a Nigerian student who alighted with me from the same car. Many cyclists approached to pick us, I refused that I want to walk and cross the border myself. The student joined me. It was quite a long distance and when we got to the police post, he asked we pay N500, I showed my document as usual, and he refused that I must pay. I stood for a while and got annoyed and left with my bag. Surprisingly, nobody chased or called me back. The student paid the N500. When we got to the immigration post, we were asked to pay another N500. I showed my document and left while the student, because he needed to stamp his passport made the payment.
 
Nigeria Side: Happy I was finally getting home, thus won’t have issues with my people, it turned out to be the second toughest time I had on the entire trip. I was stopped by the port health officers who demanded to see my travelling documents, I gave them what I had after which they interrogated me and demanded I pay N5000. I smiled and said I did not have such amount. Then one of them said I should be ready to pass the night with them there. Sighting the student at the immigration side, I waved at him. The port officials asked who that was, I told them he is a Nigerian I had met in the car and wanted to assist me pay my transport to Lagos. They sent me to go and call him while they seized my bag. I met him negotiating with the immigration officers on the N1000 amount he was to pay for his passport to be stamped. I told him the port officials wanted to see him when he was done.
 
He came later, and they asked how he got to know me and since he had decided to help me, he should pay N5000 for them to release my bag and we could go.
 
“I have been fooled, is this why I was asked to call this innocent student?” I said to myself. While the student was murmuring on what to answer them, I quickly wrote on the notepad with me, “please walk away now, say goodbye”.  As I was talking to the officers, I positioned the note to the student, he picked the message and excused himself in style and left the scene. The officers started quarrelling among themselves who asked the wrong and right question that prompted the guy to leave. While they blame each other, one of them asked me to carry my bag and go. I thanked them and left, full of smiles.
 
General observations, questions and comments:
 

  • Do the returns from these illegal fees get to the top ranking officials, the government or ECOWAS?
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  • There is no implementation of the protocol on free movement of persons and goods, it is just on paper.
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  • There is poor public enlightenment on the protocol and ECOWAS Treaty to the ECOWAS citizens.
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  • The officials at the borders are rather misinforming travelers.
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  • Can ECOWAS work similar to Schengen where one travels from Germany to France, Italy, Spain, etc with no officer stopping to demand for money?
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MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWS WOWED ME
 
 Been one of the 100 Nigerians shortlisted for the President Obama’s Young Africans Leaders Initiative (YALI) aka Mandela Washington Fellows (MWF), the US embassy urgently needs my passport. The unofficial rate of N48.500 for a new passport was scary. Immediately the MWF from Nigeria got a wind of what happened to me in Abidjan and the lost of my passport, they freely contributed and raised the amount for me. Surprisingly, these youths, I don’t know them, they don’t know me; we have not met before. For days, I had uncontrollable tears for their unexpected kind act remembering what I suffered at the hands of officials at the ECOWAS borders. The American government has not made a mistake; they have selected the true leaders that will impact Africa. As I wept, I asked if every Nigerian can think and act like these 100; if we have these 100 occupying the elective positions and manning agencies and ministries in the country; what change again do we need from APC. The change we need is in our hands and we, the MWF will be part of those who will impact and develop Nigeria.  UDEGBOKA TESSIE NKECHI; +2348033842029; tessyleen@yahoo.com
 
*Photo Caption - Udegboka Nkechi Tessie at a village mission.

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[ Masterweb Reports: George Elijah reports ] - “It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership”-Nelson Mandela.
 
On three different occasions, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari earlier contested to lead the nation out of the woods as a politician, somehow he could not be elected then since it was not yet his divine time to ‘free Africa’s most populous country out of the woods’. But on March 28, 2015 at the age of 72 years posterity smiled on him when he was beckoned upon to eventually take Nigeria into a land flowing with milk and honey. He was resilient, determined, focused and refused to quit bearing in mind the gradual influence of his political party, All Progressives Congress (APC) ready to wrestle power from the then incumbent ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). By the end of the day, Buhari won and was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
 
All across Nigeria from east to west, north to south, Nigerians, particularly the masses celebrated, holding unto the belief that the untainted integrity and anti-corruption stance of President Buhari would suffice to save the nation’s economy and rein in better governance for the country.
 
True, many Nigerians believe that Mr. President is a good man, with a large heart ready to surmount any challenge in bringing quality living for the people. I strongly believe with the victory won and being in power for 12months, Nigerians expect Mr President to doggedly put in same resilience, determination and tenacity in ensuring that basic amenities of life was made available at the speed of lightening.
 
It is not out of place to say that President Buhari met myriad of challenges on assumption of work after instruments of power was handed over to him by former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, his immediate predecessor on a platform of peace. Plagued by too many problems affecting Nigeria, Mr President had faced headlong his globally-acclaimed anti-graft war mantra at ensuring all public officials found wanting on financial crimes are apprehended and prosecuted.
 
Like a leader, never afraid to lead his people, even in times of danger, President Buhari came into power during one of the lowest moments of the nation’s economy, national security threats of Boko Haram terrorists, Food Insufficiency and Fuel Scarcity. He confronted these problems that have dragged Nigeria backward since the country attained her independence, such that if you see other nations that had same year of independence with Nigeria, they are already long made progress.
 
Just within his 12 months in office, May 29, Mr President had wielded the big stick, stepped on toes of elites that people were always earlier afraid, gives no damn about sacred cows in the business and political sectors. Nigeria’s president did not shy away from his passion and determination to contend the malaise of corruption.
 
While embarking on his financial crimes war against kleptomaniac-politicians, some elites were mentioned, picked up by Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) on various offenses relating to fleecing of Nigeria’s fortune. Buhari did not interfere and promised never to interrupt the functions of the anti-graft agency. He kept to his words till date due to his unquestionable integrity. As a popular belief that : ‘When you fight Corruption, Surely Corruption Fights Back’, various public office holders whose names popped up in the books of EFCC investigation had some funds returned, while some others abused Nigerian Court processes in ensuring they deliberately delay the final judgment pronouncement. That did not deter Mr President from allowing EFCC optimal access as enabled by Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution to pursue, arrest, investigate and prosecute any politician who steals Nigeria’s wealth under any form or guise. Even the deaf can ‘hear’ the activities of EFCC working closely with International Police (INTERPOL) in ensuring every stolen funds of Nigeria outside the shores of the country is returned.
 
It is obviously clear that President Buhari has performed beyond comparison in his anti-corruption war which has made members of International Community be willing to assist and further help Nigeria in eliminating the monster of Boko Haram terrorists.
 

Fulani Herdsmen/Igbos Controversy Matters Arising

 

Just like it is difficult for 10 children born of same parents not to occasionally have frictions, altercations or misunderstanding on various issues of life, yet settle their differences as one big family, so is Nigeria with 774 local governments, 36 states having to contend with several ethnic/tribe related community face-off that comes in different strata; still remain one indivisible nation.
 

Sad, barbaric and condemnable that some misguided Fulani Herdsmen youths from Nassarawa State (Northern Nigeria) stormed Abia, Benue, Delta and Enugu States (South East Nigeria) and snuffed life out of defenseless women, innocent children, harmless girls and oppressed men in those areas mentioned. Truth is, their act is sacrilegious, reprehensible and an act against humanity.
 
Mr President ordered marching instruction to the offices of Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Director General of Department of State Security Service (DSS) and Nigerian Army to move to these areas and put an end once for all to matters of ethnic/tribal communal clash, ensuring peace of lives/properties are unhindered.
 
It is also saddening that youths from Benue State took laws into their hands in a reprisal attack by visiting Nassarawa State 24 hours ago, killed 20 Fulani Herdsmen and butchered 38 Cows. As I am writing this article, I am aware on-going protests are being carried out in various areas in London by Nigerians in Diaspora pressing that Mr President should speedily investigate the massacre of the Igbos living in South East Nigeria.
 

Despite having a peaceful protest in London by Nigerians in Diaspora on genocide committed by Fulani herdsmen, their valid point seems to have been buried in the euphoria with which Biafra Flags were conspicuously raised in display by the protesters. Summarily, this tells you that the Biafran youths agitating for self-determination of Biafra Republic over the present trial of embattled, incarcerated Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra in Nigeria are majorly behind this movement.
 
It is high time for Nigerians from all walks of life to know that Nigeria is a project in the hands of God., destined for greatness. Severally in the past, in spite of our differences in languages from same country, Nigeria still remain indivisible. No man can destroy the plans of God, since Nigeria is a key in the hands of God.
 
To dissuade all fraying nerves across ethnic/tribal lines, Mr President needs to urgently convoke a high-powered Security Intelligence and Peace Reconciliation Committee headed by renowned peace-loving and scandal free Bishop and Imam which will have as members Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Director General of DSS, Nigerian Army Defence Head, Governors of affected states: Nassarawa, Abia, Benue, Delta and Enugu where the remote reasons for the genocide should be dispassionately investigated, a full list of deceased men, women, children and the wounded be compiled. Representations should be made to their families with rehabilitation plans of their various homes destroyed and adequate compensations duly monitored should be made available to their confirmed family dependants. By this, the healing process must have begun.
 
Security operatives should be put on red alert in those states mentioned above to arrest, prosecute any youth found with dangerous weapons or fermenting trouble under any guise or in any form irrespective of their family networking or connections to the corridor of power. Truth must be told, this is how Nigeria can for once nail the coffin of ethnic/tribal communal crisis in the country.
 
As stated by Nelson Mandela, former South African President that: “We must always use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always right to do right,” at this juncture there are salient issues President Buhari should know which he needs to take very seriously.
 
Firstly, Mr. President needs to revisit his economic team, bring them to the drawing board with a mandate that all hands have to be on deck to ensuring the issue of food security question is treated as a leading priority to solving the problems of food insecurity making the production and distribution of foods by farmers available to everyone at a cheaper price.
 
The greatest threat to any society is food insecurity, which calls for peoples immediate survival. When a man has eaten he hardly gets worried about any other issue. Mr. President needs to instruct his economic team to summon an emergency meeting with all registered farmers in Nigeria, with bank executives in attendance where the challenges confronting the farmers are heard on first hand, and loans made available to them to facilitate their speedy efforts into mechanized farming. By so doing, food would have been made surplus and available to all Nigerians, thereby solving the problems of food scarcity, which made prices of food stuff to jerk up beyond the masses financial muscle.
 
President Buhari should begin to perform an oversight functions on EFCC and other relevant anti-graft agencies in ensuring that funds recovered from these anti-corrupt firms are ploughed back into the nation’s Agricultural sector where the issue of food security presently affecting Nigerians in rural/urban areas are taken care of adequately and permanently.
 
It is very important that as a concerned Nigerian resident Overseas, just like every other Nigerians in Diaspora, every detailed information raised in this apt article should be meditated upon, internalized and brought to the attention of Mr President by his media handlers and other assistants so he could implements the blue prints so enumerated for a United Nigeria.
 
Governance is not a tea-party but huge responsibility that requires every commitment, vision and accuracy to perform. We all voted for President Buhari to lead us. We should allow him concentrate on governance so that promises he made to the electorates in his manifesto will be fulfilled in earnest. God bless Nigeria, God bless Nigerians.
 
*Quotes:
 
“Posterity gives every man his True Value”-Publius Cornelius Tacitus
 

* “When we are planning for Posterity, We ought to remember that Virtue is not Hereditary”-Thomas Paine

 
George Elijah ( Email: elijahotumu@yahoo.com ), CNNiReport Journalist reports from USA.
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari

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His work has continued to draw commendation from across the globe despite pockets of condemnation at home. However, TB Joshua appears to have successfully transcended the scriptural saying that prophets lack honour in their home. His many award and recognition attest to this assertion.
 
The TB Joshua led SCOAN has been described as “Nigeria’s biggest tourist attraction” and “the most visited destination by religious tourists in West Africa,” with thousands of foreigners flocking to attend the church’s weekly services. Figures released by the Nigerian Immigration Service indicated that six out of every 10 foreign travellers coming into Nigeria are bound for The SCOAN. ThisDay newspapers had reported that “about two million local and inbound tourists” visit The SCOAN annually and that the church’s popularity has led to an increase in flight routes to Lagos from several African countries. Moreover, in 2009, Joshua started a football club – My People FC – as part of efforts to help the youth. Two members of the team reportedly played for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
 
Apart from his fame which continues to spread like wild fire, Joshua and his ministry have also had their lows characterized by grief and anguish. An instance was the mysterious collapse of the church’s guesthouse on 12 September 2014, killing scores of worshippers. This has unfortunately led to a long drawn litigation between the church and the Lagos State Government. The incident which has been blamed on a myriad of factors notwithstanding, worshippers from across the world have continued to besiege his services in expectation of miracle solution to their equally myriad challenges. Many devotees have continued to testify about the efficacy of his prayers and accuracy of his prophetic utterances on Emmanuel Television.
 
It can be asserted that Joshua is an epitome of humility, selflessness, though a highly misunderstood one at that because so many people only see him in the light of a single story. He is also known to have awarded scholarships to less privileged members of our societies without minding tribe, sex, locality and even faith. As he stated in one of his teachings that we must learn to show love to everyone and differences in faith should not be a barrier. I can say without mincing word that Joshua has shown great love for the down trodden in our country and beyond. He believes strongly that love is what we need in our society today. Lack of love according to him, is the reason monies meant for all is illegally expropriated by a few. Lack of love is the reason why monies meant for infrastructure is cornered by a few. It is my candid opinion that all our religious leaders and by extension all Nigerians should imbibe this attribute of love for country and one another exhibited by TB Joshua. Diverse accounts abound of Joshua’s prophetic utterances believed to have served as guidance for both political and economic direction for leaders and individuals alike. There are media reports that this humanitarian arm has donated money in order to help orphans and the destitute. In 2009 it was reported that one widow received more than N500, 000. In 2012, Joshua sponsored one Nigerian student doing a PhD in Oxford University with Nigerian media reporting the total given amounted to £100,000. There is also a rehabilitation programme for militants from the Niger Delta region and a Forbes blogger estimated that Joshua had spent $20 million on humanitarian activities over a period of three years. Joshua was involved in the meeting of the family of the late president of Liberia, Samuel Doe, with the former warlord Prince Yormie Johnson who was responsible for Doe’s death. During this meeting the family publicly forgave Johnson. SCOAN has also established another NGO in Ghana called Passion For Needy. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Joshua sent a team of medical personnel and humanitarian workers to the affected area, establishing a field hospital called ‘Clinique Emmanuel’.
 
I have gone this far to demonstrate that even though the argument still rages as to the role and relevance of religious leaders in politics and governance, our reality as evidenced above demonstrate that they have been useful and will continue to be absolutely relevant and even indispensable for the peace, order, good governance of any society. Besides, it also shows that religious leaders irrespective of their faith and creed ought and should be accorded honour due them both at the Local, State and Federal level. However religious leaders across the divide must strive at all time to balance their divine calling with service to humanity. They must not be deterred by prevalent scepticism and unbelief. They must up their game by being major players in the social and political life of the country. Their scope of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) need to be broadened.
 
The point must be made that there are still ‘prophets’ in this country who can be relied upon to feed the hungry,  make rich the poor, set the captives free and intervene decisively in temporal political matters that assail the body polity of our dear country from time to time. The political rumblings in our polity today call for such urgent intervention by men of good conscience to save our republic from catastrophe.
 
*Photo Caption - T.B. Joshua

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*Photo Caption - Child who alleges some Biafrans cannot sing its anthem singing the song with other children.



[ Masterweb Reports: Funmi Ilori reports ] - Nigeria has made tremendous progress in the last five years with increased access to the computer, mobile, technology tools and support from Multinational companies. Many young men and women have become technology entrepreneurs creating employment opportunities using Information Communications Technology (ICT) tools. These tools should be afforded the younger generation for fighting Information Communications Technology (ICT) illiteracy.
 

Adegoke Talabi who just ended his NYSC programme said he was inspired to donate books to the iRead Mobile Library as he participated in the Samsung Dream Contest 2015. He said this was an opportunity to help add value to the society. His dream was to invest time and effort with his technology skills and background as a Computer Scientist, donating Computer books and teaching basic ICT skills in public primary and secondary schools.
 

The IREAD Mobile library project was started by Mrs. Ilori Oluwafunmilayo who had a vision to take libraries to the people. She saw that many girls in her community didn’t have access to libraries, and the libraries that existed were underused.
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Donating Computer Studies for Primary Schools books 1 - 6 today to the iRead mobile library is first to support the project and aid the reading culture of children who may come across the iRead mobile Library. This will also help introduce each child to basic ICT knowledge. Access to ICT knowledge at a young age helps facilitate interest in the opportunities ICT brings. These Computer books are approved by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) and published by Dataklinik Associates Nigeria Limited, www.dtkassociates.com.
 

Evident is the failure rate recorded in our national examinations such as Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (U.T.M.E) at over 70%. We must realize that meaningful change can only come through improving education and supporting projects like this in Nigeria. Children and youth are the future of our country, and we can’t afford to leave any child behind.
 

Initiatives like these provide a method for increased access to knowledge. Mr Adegoke urged everybody to rally behind this initiative to lay a firm foundation for the education system and allow current progress to accelerate. He hopes that the older generation, organizations and many young men and women alike will mentor children and get them back into the libraries, by supporting initiatives like these now and in the future.
 
Adegoke Talabi
3RD RUNNER-UP SAMSUNG DREAM CONTEST 2015... http://goo.gl/KiRhPI
Phone: 08132129128, 08094413223, 07017769256 |
Email: gokegreat@gmail.com
 
*Photo Caption - Left to Right: Adeola Olufunke, Talabi Adegoke, Funmi Ilori (iRead Mobile Libary Pioneer), Olugbenga Akinsanya Awomodu (Digital Marketing, Mobile Contents & Services Samsung West Africa), Funmi Johnson and Children of the Mobile Library in Lagos.

[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - Nigeria faces today a number of problems. But the problem of unemployment has become very serious in recent years. Because the problem is very extensive, it has attracted wide attention and discussions in the country. Of course, the problem of unemployment among youths has raised its head in almost every country, but that cannot be our consolation.
 
Causes
 
We should analyses the causes behind unemployment among youths in Nigeria.
 
Alarming growth rate of population: The most important factor is the alarming growth of population. The population of our country has exceeded 173 million according to World Bank in 2013. We see that the population is growing fast but there is no expansion of corresponding avenues of employment.
 
Inadequate growth of economic opportunities: In comparison with the growth of population, the economic opportunities in the country in trade, industry, commerce, and agriculture have not proportionately increased, with the result that there are more young men seeking employment than there are opportunities to absorb them.
 
Defective Education System: Our system of education is also defective. It is not satisfactorily related to the socio-economic needs of our people. Since the western system of education was introduced in this country; people have all along shown a general tendency towards general higher education. A certain degree of general education was also considered essential for securing services in public offices and jobs in private companies. The lure of lucrative opportunities in liberal profession have all along attracted the bulk of the young men with the result that gradually all these lines have become crowded.
 
Lack of technical qualification: They do not possess such technical qualifications as would enable them to take to some technical lines. The society is thus confronted with the problem of finding openings for the educated young people.
 
Unplanned Automation: Unplanned automation has thrown thousands of young people out of their work.
 
Solution
To solve the problem a change of outlook is also needed. It is a fact that no government can provide employment for all the unemployed youths. However, there is a need for harmonious development of economic opportunities.
 
Practical Education System: Hence our education system should be more practical. Vocational education can offer greater employment opportunities to our youths. A system of education should be evolved where students are given technical training so that it will eventually help them in securing suitable jobs in appropriate lines of occupations.
 
Economic opportunities in agriculture: The scope for employment of the educated young men in in the field of agricultural is often forgotten. The introduction of better farming methods, cultivation of new crops, running of poultry farms, gardening, etc, are possible lines of work which young men with technical training and initiative may take up with profit. By reviving cocoa and small-scale industries we can also solve the problem of rural unemployment. The existing cocoa industries are to be revitalized and along with them new industries on cocoa basis should be started. Cocoa industries can serve not only as whole time occupations to many but also as subsidiary means of livelihood to thousands.
 
Control Population Explosion: However, all these will be of no avail unless population explosion is controlled. Indeed hunger, distress and unemployment will rule the land unless the birth rate is reduced to an optimum level.
 
These are some of the methods, which may be tried for minimizing the effects of unemployment. Since this is a very complex problem, it is hardly possible for combating it by a single remedy. Its solution depends on a variety of economic and social factors.
 
Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman,
Former Chairman, Nigeria Community In Ukraine.
Email: lukahmed@yahoo.com
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

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