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[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent reports ] - “Fading away like the stars of the morning, loosing their light in the glorious sun-thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling, only remembered by what we have done”. Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889). When Horatius wrote this song, he deeply thought about death, the end and leveler of all men. There was a hero whom we remember today for the things he did. Three years has gone byesincethe demise of a great man who lived from November 4, 1933 to November 26, 2011. One of the greatest lgbo, and Nigerian ever to grace the planet earth.  A man whose mere mention of his name could provoke lightning and thunder in the sky and could make the rainbow to appear in the cloud. He was the lion of the tribe of Igbo. A hero you would dare to enter into the lion´s den or walk into the valley of the shadow of death when you remember he was with you. The late Dim Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu,  Ikemba Nnewi , Ezedioramma, and  Eze Igbo Gburugburu was a hero of his people.  In life he was the great Iroko tree. Even in death he towered above all. After death his greatness did not diminish as his name still rings bell.
 
Ojukwu was born with a silver spoon but he shunned to be dressed with the prince’s apparel and put on long robes and dwell in the palace of the king, but choose to identify with the poor and down trodden. His love and commitment for Ndigbo may never be equaled by any other. From 1966 -1969, Ojukwu,s love for Ndigbo compelled him to put his own life on the line to stop a genocide and annihilation of his own people, but endured a gruesome civil war when he would have lived in the affluence of his father’s wealth. Rather he stripped himself all these and sacrificed all to defend his own people. “Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends”. (John 15: 13).
 
A fast moving intercity train full of passengers was on its way from one city to another. Not knowing the danger on the way. The bridge to its destination has collapsed. A man who saw the danger ahead of the train stood on the way before the hazardous point shouting and signaling the train to stop, but the train would not stop. The man was taken to be mad instead. Realizing the train wouldn’t heed to his warnings as it approached nearer, he threw himself on the railway and was crushed by the train. His action suddenly caused the train to stop. And the passengers came down wondering why the man should do that. But just few meters away from the scene, they sighted the collapsed bridge. They now realized they were headed to destruction if not for that man’s action. Those who realized that the man sacrificed his life to save them wept for their hero. They gathered his remains, each holding a piece saying, this is the remains of he who died for me. Ojukwu was to Ndigbo like the man in this story.
 
Heroes out of love die for the cause they believe in. And to say that Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, a man who studied history and made history was an Igbo hero who believed in the cause of Ndigbo and stood in the gap for his people until death is like stating the obvious. Permit me to use this medium to pay tribute to my hero, a man I subscribe to his ideals, vision, and philosophy. Though he is gone yet he lives in me. The late Eze Igbo Gburugburu was like a mustard seed that grew to be a giant tree whose large branches offered shelter and became a sanctuary for birds of the air. Many of today’s Igbo now people and politicians rode to greatness through his wings. But many have turned the other way and have shunned the stepping point from where they ascended, yet have not kept their promise and loyalty to uphold the legacy of the hero.
 
As the third memorial anniversary of one of the greatest Igbo hero that ever lived is recently been observed by his widow, family, and those who recognize and acknowledge what he stood for, I would like to recall some excerpts from his speech in commemoration of his 64th birthday at the main bowel of the prestigious National theater Iganmu Lagos. To those who may have ascended to greatness through him but now seem to dash the board and to the generality of Ndigbo here his voice saying;
 
“Because of you, I fought a three year bitter war
Because of you, I impoverished myself to buy you protection
Because of you, I stood while others crouched
Because of you, I endured thirteen years of bitter exile
Ndigbo I have paid my dues”.
Indeed Ojukwu paid his dues for Ndigbo, and you owe him no better honour than to immortalize him by upholding his legacy. There was a hero.
 
*Photo Caption: Chief (aka People's Servant) Charles O. Okereke( left ), Late Chief (General - rtd.) Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu( right ). 

[ Masterweb Reports: Nosa Osazuwa reports ] - On Wednesday 10th December 2014, the presiding magistrate of the coroner court investigating the cause of death of persons in the Synagogue building collapse, Oyetade Komolafe, submitted that the court lacked the powers to hear the application filed by The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), through its lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, praying the court to stay proceedings pending the determination of the same application by the high court.
 
Magistrate Komolafe, citing various examples, observed that the coroner’s court was purely a fact-finding one that was not intended to witch-hunt any group or individual. He thereby dismissed the application and ruled that proceedings would continue on Friday, December 12, 2014: “I have said it several times that this court is purely on a fact-finding mission and is not intended to prosecute anybody or group. We are all here to find out the real cause(s) of the death of persons in the building collapse. I wonder why it being painted to look as if we are trying to prosecute anybody. The coroner’s court id different from the regular court and would not entertain any application that is not within its powers to do so. For this reason, the application brought by the counsel to The SCOAN is hereby dismissed. We will reconvene on Friday, December 12, 2014 to continue proceedings”.
 
Meanwhile prominent Nigerians have continued to storm the court premises in solidarity with The SCOAN and its Founder, Prophet T.B. Joshua. At least three traditional rulers were sighted within the court room. They included: BaaleOnipetesi, HRH. Chief Olusegun Akinola, BaaleAnifowose, HRH. Chief KayodeOkeyemi II and the Ologudu of Oguduland, HRM. Oba WaidiAyinlaFashola.
 
Many other groups were seen carrying placards and calling on the Federal Government as well as the Lagos State Government to leave Prophet T.B. Joshua alone and dig for the real cause of the building collapse. Prominent among these groups was the Osun State Youth Forum and a coalition of other youths from the entire federation.
 

Nosa Osazuwa ( Email: nosa.osaz@gmail.com ) was present during the court proceedings.
 
 
*Photo Caption - Prophet T. B. Joshua

[ Masterweb Reports: Olusola Daniel reports ] - Over the past few days, I have read and listened to various discussions about the state of the Nigerian economy, and it is disheartening to see some supposed opinion leaders feeding the public with half-truths or blatant lies all in a bid to achieve their sinister objectives. One would expect an issue as crucial as this to be taken with all seriousness rather than being used as an opportunity to score political points while launching ill-advised missiles at well-meaning public servants.
 
 
Like King Solomon said in the Holy Writ, sensible people foresee trouble and hide from it, but gullible people go ahead and suffer the consequence. This aptly describes what we are experiencing in Nigeria today. Like a sentinel watching over the economic affairs of our nation, the finance minister has repeatedly warned of an impending shock. This apostle of prudence, who set up the Excess Crude Account to build up savings for the nation, has continued to caution the political class against profligacy while advocating for healthy savings.
 
 
These moves by the finance minister, in addition to her consistent calls for cutting down recurrent expenditure and setting lower budget benchmark in light of global economic realities, have met with stiff resistance from our lawmakers at the national assembly and our all-powerful state governors. Is it not therefore surprising that some folks would say she didn’t sound the alarm early enough when she has been drawing attention to these realities for more than three years now? Shouldn’t we rather question the governors and legislators who have depleted our reserves by constantly laying heavy demands on our oil earnings to fund their profligacy?
 
 
While commenting on the issue in April 2012, the minister noted that fiscal federalism has made it difficult for the country to save. “It is difficult getting governors to agree to $1bn savings for the SWF. We had the state governors saying they can only allow $1bn. Now they say it is illegal and the country is not able to save. In the excess crude account today we have left only about $3.6bn. Should the oil price drop today we have no cushion because $3.6bn for this economy is not enough to take us to any length of time,” she said.
 
 
Rather than criticising madam Okonjo-Iweala for everything that goes wrong, we should commend her for working hard to stabilise the economy. She has continued to defend the interests of the average Nigerian in spite of stiff opposition from those who would rather squander our commonwealth on self-aggrandisement. Even in this difficult period, she has advanced measures to protect the poor through the retention of critical infrastructure projects and building of social safety nets. Another commendable move is the planned luxury tax on private jets, champagne and other luxury goods such that the rich would also bear the brunt of the economic downturn.
 
 
When one objectively examines the measures that the minister has announced for managing the impact of declining oil prices, one cannot but appreciate her diligent efforts to help the nation cushion the shock. Having helped other countries such as Malaysia which have gone through similar challenges, she has brought her experience to bear to ensure that Nigeria has a robust strategy to confront the situation. As a technocrat, the minister of finance has not ceased to condemn profligacy and wasteful spending by politicians. We ought to team up with her in this fight rather than lending unwitting support to political figures who want to destroy confidence in the economy to help pave way for their selfish ambitions especially as we approach 2015 elections.
 
 
 
Olusola Daniel ( Email: olusoladaniel316@gmail.com ), political observer and advocate for community development reports from Lagos, Nigeria.
 
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports ] – The inhuman treatment meted by the Spanish security and health authorities to African immigrants under the guise of Ebola scare is worsening every day. Naturally the Spanish do not hide their dislike and discriminatory attitude towards black immigrants. With the outbreak of the Ebola, a deadly virus which Sawyer and company, an American sowed the seed in African soil, Spain has exhibited a high rate of non - chalant attitude and harsh treatment to black immigrants that show any sign of ill health in their territory. Their approach has been to abandon them to die or stew in their own ruins. The most recent incident is the case of 23 black African immigrants who got to the Canary Island of Gran Canarias on their rickety boat on....... Read More
 
 
*Photo Caption - Black immigrants being transported in a garbage truck by Spanish authority.

[ Masterweb Reports ] - ''When I say that the Presidency must come to the north next year I am referring to the Hausa-Fulani core north and not any northern Christian or Muslim minority tribe. The Christians in the north such as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma, the Burra, the Kilba, the Mbula, and all the others are nothing and the Muslim minorities in the north, including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur, the Bade, the Bura, the Igalla, the Zerma, the Bariba, the Gbari and all the others know that when we are talking about leadership in the north and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani.
 
They can grumble, moan and groan as much as they want but each time they go into their bedrooms to meet their wives and each time they get on their prayer mats to begin their prayers, it is we the Fulani that they think of, that they fear, that they bow to and that they pray for. Some of them are even ready to give us their wives and daughters for one nights sport and pleasure. They owe us everything. This is because we gave them Islam through the great Jihad waged by Sheik Uthman Dan Fodio. We also captured Ilorin, killed their local King and installed our Fulani Emir. We took that ancient town away from the barbarian Yoruba and their filthy pagan gods. We liberated all these places and all these people by imposing Islam on them by force. 

It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran. In return for the good works of our forefathers Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to rule and to do with as we please.

 Since 1960 we have been doing that and we intend to continue. The Igbo tried to stop us in 1966 and between 1967 and 1969 they paid a terrible price. They were brought to heel and since then they have been broken.
 
No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year. We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa's biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it. Many say we are behind Boko Haram. My answer is what do you expect? We do not have economic power or intellectual power. All we have is political power and they want to take even that from us. We must fight and we will fight back in order to keep it. They have brought in the infidels from America and the pigs from Israel to help them but they will fail. The war has just begun, the Mujahedeen are more than ready and by Allah we shall win.
 
If they don't want an ISIS in Nigeria then they must give us back the Presidency and our political power. Their soldiers are killing our warriors and our people every day but mark this: even if it takes one hundred years we will have our revenge. Every Fulani man that they kill is a debt that will be repaid even if it takes 100 years. The Fulani have very long memories''-
My attention was recently drawn to the above tirade written by no other than the former national security adviser Ismaila Gwarzo and published in the NVS http://nigeriavillagesquare.com/forum/articles-comments/85402-nigeria-allah-s-gift-fulani.html .

The arrogant, condescending and utter nonsense written by no less a person than General  Sanni Abacha’s former NSA is neither new nor surprising, it is just another confirmation that Nigeria’s core North is suffering from a severe  mental disorder better described as the born to rule disease. From Ahmadu Bello, Balewa and other first republic political leaders from the North, such mindset and rhetoric has always been their disposition towards Nigeria.  Ismaila Gwarzo and others like Junaid Muhammed, Ango Abdullahi, Murtala Nyako, Adamu Ciroma amongst others who have made careers out of abusing and threatening other Nigerians are all following Ahmadu Bello’s legacy of bigotry. Since they are so obsessed with an unbridled quest for power, one wonders  why they haven’t  opted to secede and create Arewa republic which remains the best and only option for them to actualise their born to rule caliphate uninterrupted? Perhaps that option has not come into consideration because it will deny them crude oil money to loot and other ethnic nationalities to oppress.

Gwarzo boasts of violence which also is not new. From 1945, 1953, 1966 to date Northern leaders like Gwarzo have thrived in sponsoring violence against other Nigerians. This is what has evolved into the Frankenstein in Boko Haram. The idea that the North or Hausa-Fulani are born to rule is beginning to be the product of mental health disorders that is bound to lead to the eventual decimation of the core north. Not even the British colonial masters who had overwhelming military powers ever considered themselves born to rule. Indeed they eventually handed power to Nigerians.  It leaves one to wonder how the Hausa-Fulani hopes to accomplish what the British could not. In terms of demographics a combination of the Hausa and minority Fulani makes up just 29% of the population while the Yoruba and Igbo roughly make-up 40% of the population according to the CIA world fact book.  Of Nigeria’s three largest ethnic groups two are From the South. Indeed the Ijaw which is considered the 4th largest with 10% of the population according to CIA world fact book is also from the South.

The Hausa plus Fulani does not make-up a majority of Nigeria’s population, as they remain roughly within the same population threshold as each of the other two largest ethnic groups. So one wonders how the Hausa-Fulani who as the article by Gwarzo clearly demonstrates has no regards for other Northern minorities and Christians hopes to further and sustain their born to rule intentions? Most importantly; even if the Hausa-Fulani were to constitute an absolute majority of Nigeria’s population is arrogating to themselves the born to rule arrogance the way to build a nation? Is it not common sense to realise that a diverse and heterogeneous multinational state like Nigeria needs nation building/equality and not a born to rule mindset by any group?  In Ghana the Akan ethnic group make-up 47% of the population but they have never gone around  parading themselves as  a born to rule group. Various ethnic groups in Ghana have freely produced the president without any let or hindrance.
 
In India the Hindu’s make-up 80.5% of the population constituting an absolute majority but they have not constituted themselves a born to rule group. The immediate past president of India Manmoham Singh is a Sikh which constitutes only 1.9% of the Indian population. Other countries even where some ethnic or religious groups form an absolute majority have been able to build their nations and create harmony by de-emphasising tribe/religion and enthroning equality, but in Nigeria the Hausa and non-native Fulani that do not constitute a majority  have continued to harass and abuse the nation with their born to rule nonsense.  This is the same Hausa-Fulani that vigorously campaigned against a sovereign national conference on the basis that they want to preserve Nigeria’s unity. I wonder how constituting  themselves a born to rule group and constantly harassing, threatening, abusing and even killing other Nigerians can be a reasonable method to preserve Nigeria’s unity?

The  Hausa-Fulani and core North constitute Nigeria’s greatest faultlines.They have ruled Nigeria unmeritoriously and destructively for more than 40 years since independence but just for once that a president from the Niger-Delta whose resources they depend on to survive has accidentally come to power they have practically taken up arms to remove him from power. Their opposition to Goodluck Jonathan is based not on policies or bad governance but wholly on ethnicity/religion. How do they intend to sustain a multi-ethnic nation with such obvious discriminating behaviour?  The core North has simply made it impossible for Nigeria to become a true nation because of their warped born to rule mindset and penchant for enthroning apartheid, marginalisation, injustice and oppression. It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that it was the decade’s long abuse of power by the North that led to the clamour for and introduction of zoning. Other multi-ethnic countries don’t practice zoning. If the Hausa –Fulani had allowed a level playing field on the basis of justice and equality Nigeria would have had no need for zoning. Politically, economically and socially Nigeria is paying the price for the corrupt, discriminating and malevolent leadership of erstwhile Northern leaders who created the bankrupt system we are still grappling with.

 In 2000 twelve states in the North introduced Sharia laws in a vulgar violation of the secular constitution. Riots emanating from this abject abuse of the Nigerian constitution led to the deaths by official estimates of more than 20,000 people. These constitute amongst others the systematic abuse that the core north has repeatedly subjected the nation. There have been two major attempts to break-up Nigeria the first by Odigmegwu Ojukwu  the second by Gideon Orkar and both because of the excesses of the core north. The core North in the past and present thus continues to constitute the fault lines and conditions that are leading to agitations and attempts to break-up the nation. Indeed, underlying the calls for a sovereign national conference is the desire by the advocates to provide a peaceful opportunity to separate from the core north or at least change the oppressive domineering system created by them. 

Militant and separatist groups such as MEND, MASSOB, OPC and others exist because of injustices engendered by Northern leaders. If the core North  does not cure themselves of their born to rule disease and begin to invest in nation building;  centrifugal and centripetal forces will  continue to be galvanised  in due course to stage a third major attempt to break-up Nigeria. No people can perpetually opt to be part of a nation where they are reduced to inequality and slavery by an arrogant, insulting group that refuses to subscribe to the basic and universal tenets of justice and equality for all within the nation. The nation is now so fragile; weakened by decades of injustice, misrule, discrimination and ethno-religious divisions that no soothsayer is needed to determine that any major attempt to break the nation will succeed this time and like past incidents it will be because of the North. 
 
 The Gwarzo’s of this world by their bigotry and nonsensical rhetoric are only making it easier for those intent on sending Nigeria to the grave. If he and his co, travellers are wise they should begin to retrace their steps from the treacherous paths they tread before it’s too late.
 
Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu ( Email: lawrencenwobu@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria.

 

 
 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Valentine Obienyem reports ] - Recently, some people circulated malicious news insinuating and even out rightly saying that Mr. Peter Obi did not clear arrears of pension and gratuities before he left as he claimed.
 
Since I was sure that cheques were issues and that as soon as the new Governor took over, he stopped all cheques issues by Obi, I concluded that if there were retirees that were not paid, that the possibility was that their cheques were among those stopped.
 
Not satisfied, I called the Union of Pensioners, Anambra State chapter,  and other relevant authorities , my findings is that Obi cleared all the arrears of pensions owned retirees in Anambra from 1999 till he left, for this he spent over N35 Billion Naira.
 
My investigations reveled that Anambra pensioners are only owed from July, 2014 (about 4 months now).
 
I am not quarrelling with anybody nor am I trying to paint anybody black, it is not in my character. This is therefore, as the title suggests, to set the records clear.
 
Valentine Obienyem reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi

[ Masterweb Reports ] – The tenure of Ambassador Chukwudi Newington Okafor, the Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand has not only heralded several improvements amongst Nigerians living in Thailand but has also moved Nigerians in Thailand in an upward progression in terms of discipline, co-operation and the overall push towards rebranding and repositioning Nigeria’s image in Thailand. Prior to the arrival of Ambassador Chukwudi many Nigerians in Thailand claimed that the Nigerian embassy in Bangkok and her activities in actuality remained alien and unresponsive to the needs and demands of its diplomatic responsibilities towards Nigerian nationals living in Thailand. Many Nigerians had reported some years back that the mission, the vision, and the diplomatic actions of the Nigerian embassy in Bangkok lacked the required diplomatic tenets. By then, going to the embassy as some claimed used to be frightening for many Nigerians, in addition to the fact that the long wait and rude behavior of some of the officials showed that it was....... Read More
 
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Thailand

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, says his administration is willing to partner University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in any field of
interest.

The Governor stated this at the Government House, Umuahia, when he met with the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba and other principal officers of the school who paid him a courtesy visit. According to him, Abia State government is ready to open up discussions with the school towards a lasting partnership.

He thanked the Vice Chancellor for being the first from the UNN to visit him and expressed the hope that the visit will open windows of opportunity between the school and Abia State government.

Governor Orji noted that the university has done a lot in producing people of substance who occupy various positions in society today. He stated that the essence of governance is to impact on the people and disclosed that his government has done a lot in the area of health and academics.

The Governor revealed that Abia has excelled in academics and maintained the second position in WAEC in the past two consecutive years. Earlier in his speech, Prof. Ozumba said their visit was to build a partnership with Abia State government and appreciated the Governor for his laudable programmes in the state.

He said he appreciates the import of the position of Governor Orji as the chairman of the South East Governors' Forum and implored him to lend a helping hand to the university.
 
*Photo Caption -Governor Chief Theodore Orji

[ Masterweb Reports: Nosa Osazuwa reports ] - Nigerian students from different parts of the country stormed the premises of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos during the Thursday November 20, 2014 hearing in the coroner’s inquest into the collapsed Synagogue, Church Of All Nations building.
 
The placard-carrying students called on the Federal Government as well as the Lagos State Government to face the real issues and avoid the diversionary tactics aimed at witch-hunting Prophet T.B. Joshua, whom they described as a fatherly figure.
 
The students observed that unless the government made tangible efforts to address pertinent issues surrounding the collapse of the church building, they would have no choice than to embark on a nation-wide mass protest in solidarity with Joshua.
 
According to a spokesperson for the students and a student of the Delta State University, Abraka, who preferred anonymity: “Please, government should leave this man alone; he has been like a father to us, giving us scholarships and supporting our cause. We wonder why a residential area should become a training route for military aircraft. Why cover up the truth in pursuit of lies? If government fails to address some of these pertinent questions begging for answers, we will mobilize all Nigerian students for a mass protest nationwide in solidarity with our father, Prophet T.B. Joshua”.
 
Meanwhile, the police witness, DSP Olushola Agboyi, still maintained his position that the Synagogue building collapsed as a result of sabotage through an explosion with either electronic or chemical devices.
 
Despite subtle threats from the magistrate, he stood his ground saying, “I have firm belief through thorough investigation conducted by me and my men that we can’t rule out the issue of sabotage. I came to the conclusion that it was a case of either chemical or electronic demolition due to the following three facts:  first, when I got to the scene of the incident, I discovered the buildings fell with floors laying on each other. Secondly, I discovered that the smoke like particles from the video is typical of explosions which I learnt from my training as a police officer. Thirdly, the building fell in one swoop and in seconds which is a clear example of controlled demolition."
 
Finally, the counsel to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Olalekan Ojo, explained why Prophet T.B. Joshua could not make it to the coroner’s inquest. He insisted that the prophet, as the chief mourner, had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders especially in lieu of the repatriation of 74 of the victims’ bodies to South Africa.
 
“As you can see from the antecedents of this coroner, even if he had come today, it would have been a sheer waste of time since only one witness spoke whereas three were scheduled to. Also, he is very busy attending to the needs of the victims," he said. 
 

The inquest, which closed unexpectedly early, is due to continue on Friday 21st November 2014.
 
Nosa Osazuwa has been present at the Ikeja High Court from the beginning of the coroner's inquest.
 
*Photo Caption - T. B. Joshua
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Uwa Eghomeka reports ] - Amidst the uproar that followed the partial removal of fuel subsidy in January of 2012 came the announcement that a new federal government programme would be created to ease the effect of government’s decision on the average Nigerian. When the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) was created and a committee inaugurated in February of the same year, their focus was to ensure that the funds accrued by the federal government as a result of the subsidy removal would be reinvested into programmes and initiatives that would be easily accessible by all. Thus, the SURE-P committee began their arduous task under the leadership of Dr Christopher Kolade. Many may have thought that SURE-P would fail; that as other ventures had before it, it would be ‘business as usual’. Those people, I believe, have to date, been pleasantly surprised to find that not only has SURE-P remained, it has grown in spades.
 
Since its inauguration two and a half years ago, SURE-P, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, has been involved in several projects such as the procurement and management of mass transit, maternal and child healthcare, community service programmes, HIV/AIDS Intervention, Polio Eradication and other noteworthy causes. Chief among their projects are the vocational training and Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS).
 
Nigeria’s Minister of National Planning had declared that the current unemployment statistics for Nigeria as at 2011, stood at 23.9%; which translates to almost 40 million citizens. Another figure from the National Bureau of Statistics had indicated that over 70% of Nigerians live on a USD a day or less. These figures are frightening, to say the least. Thankfully, there is some ray of hope on the horizon.
 
With the vocational training project which has as its areas of focus; hands on skills, life skills and entrepreneurial skills, SURE-P has invested in reducing unemployment through skills acquisition and development. As of today, they have arranged over 6,000 job placements for skilled labour, with 1,000 technicians registered at the NationalAutomotive Council. Quite impressive, one might say, but that is until one learns that through SURE-P, about 185,000 Jobs have been created.
 
While this may be a mere drop in the bucket when you consider the almost 40 million jobless Nigerians, it is a drop nonetheless, and one that will be accompanied by many more drops with the passing of time. Admirably, we do not have a bunch on delusional people forming that committee that manages the president’s SURE-P pet project. These are men and women who are fully convinced that the government alone cannot employ all the unemployed. Thus, apart from the encouragement and training of youths towards the pursuance of entrepreneurship, the committee also launched one of its most laudable projects; the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS).
 
Based on the figures which the government has to work with, the only way the GIS will be able to reach its full potential and be a rewarding enterprise is if the government, non-governmental organisations and private business owners all key into its vision. The beauty of the GIS is that it is not restricted to any industry and the government has made it more attractive to business owners by committing to pay the allowances of all graduates taken in by different organizations.
 
Thanks to the GIS initiative by SURE-P, over 3,000 graduates have found placements, while others are awaiting theirs. In a country such as ours, this is a step in the right direction. So far, SURE-P and the Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala led Federal Ministry of Finance have proved to be a formidable team focused on improving the lot of our youths.
 
Uwa Eghomeka ( Email: ueghomeka@gmail.com ), teacher and budding writer reports from the ancient city of Benin.
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria.