*Nigeria: Case For Conference & Referendum Organized By The States
By Folorunso Makinde
Nigeria today is bedevilled by a lot of problems that requires more than what elected representatives can resolve on their own. The problems are various and many - there is the problem of the cost of administration brought about as a result of the unending states creation exercise embarked upon by successive administrations. Currently, Nigeria is reported to be spending over 80% of its GDP on the cost of administration. No enterprise on such a spending scale in proportion to its revenue can survive. This is already calling into question the viability of Nigeria as a going concern. This is more than any one president can resolve.
There is the problem of revenue allocation that we have not been able to actually sit down, discuss and resolve. This can never be resolved by elected representatives on their own without consulting the electorate to find acceptable formula.
As a country, no one actually know the size of our population. It has ranged from 100 million to 120 million to 150 million. The truth is that the federal set up has made it impossible for the accurate and true head count of Nigerians as figures have been inflated time and time again. There are also problems associated with the breaking down of infrastructures, tribalism, incessant religious violence, degrading level of our education, to mention but a few. Many Nigerians who could afford to leave the country have voted with their feet. Many of our youths have lost their lives in their efforts to find greener pastures outside the country when the opportunities to maintain a living in Nigeria after their education are very scant. No country sustaining such a high level of skills drain can develop at a dignified rate or maintain a respectable level of development. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states, including Sokoto State and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Many have called for a national conference to discuss our problems as a country. We in Nigerians For Referendum (NFR) also support this view but we disagree on the focus for the call and the method being advocated to bring it about. Many who have advocated for National Conference have directed their calls towards the President of the Federation. We in NFR believes that the call was directed towards the wrong quarter.
Firstly, the Presidency in a country practicing a federal system of government like Nigeria is, should not be the first point of call for the convening of a National Conference. The purpose of a National Conference is to discuss and address issues affecting the people. No one belongs to a federal constituency unless he/she has initially or originally belong to a local constituency that is part of Nigeria. A person is identified as a Nigerian because that person first belongs to a state or locality that forms part of Nigeria. The President of Nigeria today was able to contest and holds that post because he belongs to a local area of a state that forms part of Nigeria. Just as they say in the European Community (EC) that the main requirement for anyone to hold an EC passport is that such a person must first hold a nationality of a member state of the EC. The same thing applies here.
This is akin to an association formed by members who then decide to elect a chairman for the association. The duties and responsibilities of the chairman will be determined by the collective agreement of all members of the association who can also determine when and whether to reduce or increase the role/powers of the chairman. The agenda of the meeting of such association will be determined by members of the association and not by the chairman alone, and being elected a chairman does not give whoever holds the post the right to disenfranchise any member of the association or restrict the right of any member to include a particular item on the agenda for discussion provided such item is not restricted by the collectively agreed rules and regulations of the association.
As a matter of fact every member would have equal right to include an item on the agenda of the meeting of the association. However, what made the Nigerian system to become muddled up is the fact that in Nigeria, the federal government and hence the Presidency, rather than being seen as a product of agreement of the various constituencies that make up the country, it is seen as an entity with a separate and independent existence. The consequence of this is all around us - duplication of authorities, duplications of services etc. Take for instance, education; we have state universities and federal universities, when it is the same people the two level of authorities are trying to provide education services to.
Secondly, asking the President to convene a National Conference shows lack of understanding of the politics at the federal level. The Presidency has as its constituency the whole of Nigeria and as such the President has a balancing job to do. Some people will want one thing, others will not want that thing. For a politician to successfully contest for the post of a president and win wider support for his candidacy, he has to be everything to everyone. No wonder why successive Presidents has given the idea of a National Conference a cold shoulder. President Goodluck Jonathan publicly declared that he would not do it. This is not to say that he or Presidents before him do not believe that as a country Nigeria has serious problems or does not see the need for a National Conference to discuss the issues. President Jonathan like any other candidate for the presidency of the nation must thread very carefully in order to gain wider support. The state governors has no such inhibitions. This is not to say that each state has homogenous constituents but the diversity within the states are not as many and not as distinctly pronounced as in the wider country, and the issues affecting a state is more likely to affect the constituents in a similar way though not necessarily equally. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
NIGERIANS FOR REFERENDUM - NFR
We in the NFR believes that the focus for agitation for a conference and subsequently a referendum should be the state authorities rather than the federal authority. Whatever the agitation of the people, they should first discuss it at the state level. This is why we are advocating for a state level conference followed by a referendum organised and conducted at the state level and the results analysed at the state level or by regions. The outcome will then be used as the basis for negotiations among the constituents/regions that make up the country. The advantages of this type of arrangement are enormous. Firstly, it will help to give a voice to people that otherwise would not have got a voice. When the debates start at the grass root level, everyone will be able to voice their views, and aggregation and alignment of views can take place. This will help to ascertain the actual views of the people and avoid the usual criticism of second guessing what the people’s views are, a criticism that is usually levelled at representative democracy.
Furthermore, it is a well known fact that politics at the federal level is not conducive to allowing all the necessary issues and views to be given air time. It does not allows for all the views to be properly heard and considered. Business at the corridor of power and in particular at the centre is done by negotiation, trading off and compromise without enough time being given to actually analysing the issues. With the debate conducted and the referendum held at the various states, groups within the states can put forward whatever views they considered important to them and then vote on it in a referendum.
We understand that there are 36 states in the federation together with the capital territory Abuja but we anticipate that during such debates and referendum, alignment of views and demands will emerge which will help to aggregate the various views and demands. We understand that there are elected representatives however certain issues are best discussed by the ordinary people themselves. Some of the issues involved may also affect the positions of the elected representatives and as such will raise the question of conflict of interest. For instance, the issue of the kind of government we want at the centre or addressing the formula for revenue allocation or even reducing the number of seats in the national assembly. Issues like this cannot be left in the hands of the elected representatives.
Secondly, decisions in a referendum organised at the grass root level will attract a higher legitimacy as it is the undiluted decision of the people. The fact that everyone is involved or has the opportunity to be involved in the debate and the decision making will give such a process or decision a wider acceptance and thus wider legitimacy. Thirdly, everyone should be given the opportunity to be involved in taking decision on the future direction of the country. Nigeria today is completely different from the Nigeria our forefathers signed up to and it is only fair that everyone should be given the opportunity to participate in crucial decisions that will determine where we go from here as a country.
Nigeria is at a crossroad and important decisions are necessary to determine where we go from here as a country. The status quo is no longer defensible. We in the NFR believes that conference and referendum organised and conducted at the state level and analysed regionally is the way forward to ascertain the wishes of our people and determine the future of our country. This is why we are urging all progress minded Nigerians to join us in demanding that each state governor organise a state-wide conference and holds a referendum in their individual states to determine what their constituents want and this will then form the basis for negotiation among the various constituents or regions that make up the country.
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*Prostitution in Nigeria’s Ivory Tower
.. I "inherited horrible Concession Agreements" -aviation minister
By Amiru Adamu
Prostitutes have been in business from time immemorial and are viewed as social outcasts by all generations from way back then to date. Prostitution in Nigeria has thrived despite religious injunctions and countless laws enacted against it. Though the act of prostitution is still practiced in brothels and streets of major cities all over Nigeria today, the dark trade has shifted and is flourishing in Nigeria’s higher institutions of learning. Young girls sent to schools to acquire knowledge and become productive citizens in the nation, have found a vocation in prostitution and now practice one of the oldest trades within and outside our institutions of higher learning.
One may be wondering why the act will be flourishing in our institutions, under the very nose of the authorities concerned? One of the reasons I believe is the misconceived notion that students of higher institutions of learning are adults, hence at liberty to behave as they wish most especially outside the lecture halls. But didn’t they take an oath during their matriculation ceremonies to be of good conduct? Didn’t they swear to abide by the rules and regulations governing their institutions? Or is prostitution part of the academic achievements? I can go on and on. ( Continues below...... )
Photo Above: A commercial sex worker (prostitute) in action in a bar.
Another reason why prostitution thrives in our higher institutions unchecked, I believe is because most of the stakeholders in the schools most especially the lecturers are benefitting directly and indirectly from the trade. My reason for so saying is the fact that most of the students who practice such trade do not take their studies seriously, but still manage to pass and graduate with flying colours because they sleep with some of their lecturers and pay some for grades from the proceeds of prostitution.
Though prostitution has been in existence in Nigeria long before now, I believe the present high rise being witnessed is not unconnected with the fact that our politicians who are the major customers of the “academic prostitutes” are paying a lip service to the menace. They patronize the girls in the night and climb unto the moral high ground in the morning calling for action to be taken to curb the menace. I recently interacted with a young lady whom I will like to refer to as madam K. She is a student at one of the teacher training institutions of a certain Northern state.
Madam K. is a prostitute and a pimp of some sort; she explained how she operates to me. Every evening she said, “I visit a hotel where I have a contact who supplies girls to people, mostly highly placed personalities and politicians. My contact usually requests for 5 to 10 girls to be brought and if there is an event in town, he requests for up to 30 girls or more at a time.” When I asked her how she manages to get such a number of girls, she said, “I have more than 200 phone numbers of girls who are ever ready to render service anytime I call upon them.” Her story is just one out of thousands of such transactions being carried out in our society today. This high level of patronage coupled with the usual excuse of poverty has made students of higher institutions of learning, embrace prostitution or “RUNS” as they like to refer to it with almost a total monopoly. ( Continues below...... )
The deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu recently asked the senate to consider the possibility of legalizing prostitution because according to him, it has defied all laws. What they failed to realize is the fact that, most measures taken to curb prostitution concentrates largely on trafficking rather than addressing the menace of prostitution here in Nigeria. I am a realist who believes in calling a spade, a spade. I do not expect any legislation or law to stop or at least address the situation, because most of the people responsible for bringing about such laws are directly benefitting from the trade or rather are the so called clients.
In my opinion the possible solution to this menace lies with the parents who should supervise their wards at schools more effectively, since the authorities trusted with the job have failed. Religious groups such as Federation of Moslem Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and its Christian counterpart as well as other concerned groups should come up with effective campaigns against prostitution in our higher institutions. The campaigns should aim at educating the students on the negative effects of these acts, health and moral wise. Efforts like this might perhaps arrest the situation or at least save those who are yet to go beyond redemption.
Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
* - Interview & Lecture Regarding Congo
By Nehanda Sankofara (Nana)
On Wednesday November 16, 2011 at 4:30 AM Pacific Time, I Nehanda Sankofara (Nana) will be interviewed about the Genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 102.3 FM, KJLH, the Front Page show with host Dominique Diprima . You can also listen and view this interview live on line at and . I will discuss my trip to the Congo and recent incidents occurring on the ground and similarities between the Congo and Haiti.
On Saturday November 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM I will speak about the the Congo at the AFIBA Center, 5730 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90043 this lecture will include a Power Point presentation, again I will be speaking about the Genocide in the Congo and the similarities of the post earthquake chaos occurring in Haiti. I will also speak about international grassroots efforts to help both countries and how you can get involved.
We will discussed our up coming Student Exchange Program/Trip to Ghana to teach students about International Trade and Commerce and Multimedia. Adults are welcome on this trip but only students will receive help from Mothers for Africa towards their travel expense. We are making special accommodations for adults who wish to travel with us, including sight seeing tours while the students are in school and you will also receive information about International Trade and Commerce.
Mothers for Africa the Nana Sekyiaabea Foundation
President Nehanda Sankofara (Nana)
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Altadena CA, 91001
2061 N. Los Robles Ave. Ste 205
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Photo Above: Nehanda Sankofara (Left), Sarah Jubril, four-time Nigeria presidential aspirant (Right)
*President Jonathan or the Peoples: Restructure Nigeria Now.
By Oguchi Nkwocha, MD.
Today, there is governance and leadership in Nigeria which is demonstrating what Nigeria is known for: long on dreaming and potential, short on performance and delivery. Long on sweet talk, short on effective action. Long on denial, long on pretense; short on reality and short on practicality. Nigeria loves to lie to itself and loves even more to believe those lies. Nothing exemplifies this more today than Nigeria’s President Jonathan’s recent invitation of global investors to invest in Nigeria because according to him, the recent worsening security situation in Nigeria is more like a passing fad which should be ignored and not taken seriously. Imagine that—in this the month of November in the year 2011!
It is perhaps owing to this phenomenon that luminaries like Chinua Achebe once argued (in futility, truth be known) that Nigeria’s fundamental problem is that of (lack of) leadership rather than structure. Who knows if he has since changed his argument with the unfailing understanding that for Nigeria, the fundamental problem is in fact structure: a poor foundation right from the start, clearly recognized and understood as such, even then, on which was erected a construction that was purposely designed not to serve the peoples but strictly to protect the interests and pleasures of Nigeria’s masters. It was all wrong from the standpoint of the peoples; it is still all wrong, this structure thusly designed, christened “Nigeria.” Nigeria is really a structure-problem. Leadership has nil to do with the faulty foundation.
It is not leadership that produced nor sustains Boko Haram: it is the structure of Nigeria which continually breeds and nurtures and justifies suchlike. President Jonathan, in the same speech, glibs over what he calls Nigeria’s thirty-month “Civil War” like a pupil reciting by senseless rote a colonially-scripted History lesson. That Nigeria’s war he speaks of, which is veritably a war of Genocide by Nigeria against Biafra (against the Igbo and other Biafrans), will ultimately be traced to the same fundamentally flawed structure and design which deliberately forces incompatible peoples together into a false union. Unfortunately, President Jonathan on that occasion chooses to profess ignorance of this, but there is neither reason nor excuse for him to imply that Nigeria ever got through that war successfully. Nigeria has not and will never recover from that war. If Nigeria had any hope of ever taking off as a nation, the Nigeria-Biafra War destroyed such a hope; the result is that Nigeria languishes today, a wandering body without Spirit, an irredeemable basket-case. No, Mr. President: Nigeria did not get through that war successfully; Nigeria was actually buried by that war. It is a war whose clouds were pre-seeded by the faulty structure of Nigeria, and whose execution was clearly dictated by that awful unbalanced structure. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria (2010 - present)
It is really up to the peoples suffering in Nigeria to get up now and do what their leaders are completely incapable of doing: face reality, admit the clear and present danger, and restructure Nigeria so to save themselves from having their already devastated life completely crushed out of them. President Jonathan and his ilk want to tell the peoples that Boko Haram is being defeated; and even if not, that the people should live with and endure the violence and terrorism since terrorism is known all over the world. Well, the cowering and suffering peoples in Nigeria should be reminded of history, thus…
In the early 1930’s in Germany, the Nazi party, a tiny minority of the population, terrorized the German people. The Nazis told the people what terrible things they would do and then proceeded to do such; it was quite violent, criminal and inhumane. But the German people who considered themselves “peace-loving,” civilized, cultured and Christian chose not to believe that the minority Nazis were serious and a real threat. In the end, all German people became Nazi in one way or another. We all know today what happened then. Yes, Today, when President Jonathan is busy telling the peoples of Nigeria that Boko Haram is not a serious threat. But the reality is that with Nigeria as currently configured, there is in fact nothing to stop Boko Haram from eventually taking over Nigeria and then “owning” all the peoples. History is the witness. Especially, when it is now reported that Boko Haram is linking up with the global network of known terrorist organizations.
Even if it is not Boko Haram, still, it is something else, something just as terrible or worse, which comes along and ravages the peoples, of which contrary to what they prefer to believe, such Evil stays and soon becomes the people and the peoples become it. Whether it is what they want or not, President Jonathan and his league, just like previous Nigeria’s so-called leaders, have condemned the peoples to such a fate when they pretend or actually believe that the situation in Nigeria is somehow normal—enough to invite security-sensitive investors— and should be endured as such by the hapless peoples.
The peoples need to rise and restructure Nigeria. A mere two or three years ago, how to restructure Nigeria would have presented a daunting conceptual proposition. Today, global winds of change have introduced a tested and effective People’s Power Tool which is here to stay, in the name of “Self Determination.” Self Determination gives the right of the people back to the people: it is the people who decide how they want to be, what they want to be, and how they want to relate one people to another. Restructuring based on the people’s self-deterministic choices presents a simple, concrete workable agenda. And, luckily for those residing in the Nigeria geopolitical space, the peoples and their respective nations are essentially distinct and have their own distinct ancestral land. The restructuring template and lines are already naturally in place. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Self Determination will result in a new structure of indigenous nations reclaiming each its own original God-given (man-stolen) sovereignty. Each sovereign nation will protect its citizens from hurtful activities such as Boko Haram’s, and at least will not have its national character tarnished by such activities originating from other nations. Each will determine which other nation(s) it can enter into mutual relationships with and what types of relationship. The people of each nation will determine what kind of citizenry they want for their own nation as well as what type of nation; and what kind of world-citizens they want to be.
Restructuring Nigeria as such has many other benefits for the peoples. It is the equivalence of building firewalls in a threatened and threatening arena in order to provide an independent and relatively secure internal environment for stability, accountability, growth and development while managing and controlling inbound access and preventing dangerous breaches that intend harm on the people. Every successful biological and sociological family relies on these tenets to raise and sustain the family. The best cure for Corruption now is self-determined nations wherein citizens will be held truly accountable to their kith and kin by their own kith and kin in a structure which would not provide, would not permit, and could not tolerate, the kind of free-for-only-the-connected “national cake” and excesses and parasitic opportunities that is the badge and bane of Nigeria. The best chance for “free and fair elections” (hithertofore a mere distractive election sloganeering), is within self-determined nations: same for effective corrective, remedial and redemptive action when called for. The best answer for a non-working Civil Service which nevertheless extracts pay “at the source” while leaving nothing and providing nothing for the masses which it is supposed to serve, is a self-determined nation.
If the peoples languishing in Nigeria want to live and thrive again, they ought to restructure Nigeria—today. Self Determination is the template; it is supported and available now. Now is the time. On the other hand, if all they are only capable of doing is grumbling and groaning and complaining, waiting to be eventually assimilated by resident Evil, then, the peoples may continue to criticize President Jonathan (well-deserved), yet without forcing him to do the right thing—embrace and start the restructure process! For that matter, it is within the power of the peoples and it is also in both their immediate and long-term interests to act now to redeem themselves, in spite of President Jonathan and Nigeria’s longstanding oligarchs. Thus, in these heady days of Self Determination, any permanent failing is the peoples’, not the government’s. Every accusing finger the peoples point at President Jonathan means three fingers pointing back at the peoples: do the math.
Restructure now! Self Determination is the most fair and most natural winning formula to accomplish this, and it is available today. For those people praying for miracles to solve Nigeria, Self Determination is a Godsend: it is the right answer, the right divine gift and tool, at the right time, for the otherwise insoluble problem that is Nigeria. Use Self Determination; use it wisely and use it with confidence, to restructure Nigeria—today.
Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
*Inhalable Toxic Chemicals in Aircraft Cabin Air
-Poses no significant safety and health hazard,says report
By Lateef Lawal
A significant concentrations of organophosphate neurotoxins and other noxious substances have been found in cabin air of aircrafts, even under normal flying conditions. This was the outcome of report commissioned by the UK Department of Transport, on "Aircraft Cabin Air Sampling Study" carried out by the Institute of Environment and Health at Cranfield University. This was brought to public knowledge during a workshop on "Inhalable Toxic Chemicals in Aircraft Cabin Air" (ITCOBA), held on 11 October 2011 at Cranfield University, organized in order to respond to the disinformation that has increasingly surrounded the issue of whether aircraft cabin air is contaminated with organophosphate neurotoxins, and whether those substances caused ill-health.
Unfortunately, the final conclusion of the report is the statement: "With respect to the conditions of flight that were experienced during the study, there was no evidence for target pollutants occurring in the cabin at levels exceeding available health and safety standards and guidelines." The first phrase underlines the fact that the study failed to achieve measurement of a "fume event", even though that was one of its principal objectives. Even for "normal flying conditions" the purported conclusion is irrelevant because no standards are available for some of the most problematical substances.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that this "conclusion" is neither sound nor justified by the actual work carried out, it has been carelessly and uncritically quoted, including by the UK Minister for Transport Theresa Villiers, and widely used to infer that there is no safety and health problem. The ITCOBA workshop embraced a more comprehensive and integrated approach to the problem than has ever been attempted hitherto. All relevant academic disciplines were represented and the medical, economic and legal implications surrounding the issue were also tackled. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
It attracted a remarkably diverse group of participants, among whom were aircrew (both pilots and cabin staff), doctors specializing in aviation medicine, molecular biologists developing biomarkers for the medical conditions resulting from exposure, engineers developing possible remedial technologies, journalists and lawyers. It is generally recognized that, while not every possible experiment and observation has been carried out, there is already a great deal of data pertaining to the problem available. What is lacking is an adequate analysis of the data and a consequential plan of action. The key starting hypothesis is "Certain substances present in aircraft cabin air cause neural degeneration". It was the aim of the Workshop to advance towards considered acceptance or rejection of this hypothesis and, along the way, to make it more precise.
The primary focus should undoubtedly be on the tricresyl phosphates present in jet engine oil as antiwear additives. Careful laboratory studies in animals have demonstrated their severe neurotoxicity. They can leak into the cabin via the oil seals in the engines and, as noted above, measurements have confirmed they do. There is, therefore, prima facie a health risk, increasing with the degree of exposure. Since practically the entire human body is innervated, functions such as thinking and motor control may be affected. Prima facie there must also be a safety risk since the pilots are breathing the same air, even before inhalation is sufficient to cause complete incapacitation. Due to the wide range of symptoms  expected from a neurotoxin, especially those that cause physical degeneration of parts of the nervous system, and the delay (of the order of days after exposure of the order of hours) in their appearance after exposure, affected people may not consult a physician and even if they do their condition may be misdiagnosed.
A particularly pernicious example is vague diagnosis as a psychiatric ailment which, if nothing else, prevents the correct treatment being applied. Highly encouragingly, successful biochemical treatments are being developed and are already available. A very important advance in biomedical science is the development of an assay for the main metabolic products of inhaled tricresyl phosphates. This will enable anyone thought to be suffering from exposure to be promptly and correctly diagnosed. It seems obvious that whenever aircrew have to be hospitalized after a flight all passengers should be medically checked. ( Continues below….. )
The existing evidence is that even the effects of low-level chronic exposure can be progressive and debilitating. Technical solutions. Given what would appear to be overwhelming evidence in favour of the hypothesis, the focus should move to possible technical remedies. One is to stop bleeding air. The Vickers VC10 from the early 1960s was, apparently, the last jet airliner to have a separate compressor until the Boeing 787, which today enters regular service for the very first time (with All Nippon Airways) and which resumes this earlier practice.
But it will take many years before the world's stock of bleed air jetliners is replaced, hence other remedies must still be sought. One is to reformulate the oil to eliminate tricresyl phosphate. Steps are being taken in this direction but it is proving hard to find substitutes with the same mechanical properties. Yet another is to decontaminate the air before it reaches the cabin, using adsorbent material. Again, work is being carried out without, as yet, a wholly satisfactory system having been developed. This remedy will, in any case, only work in conjunction with technology to continuously monitor the air composition. The development of a retrofittable monitoring system should be given a high priority. It will alert pilots to any malfunction of the air supply leading to chemical contamination and enable a sound decision on what action to take in response to the reported level of contamination.
Finally, according to the report,there are wider issues beyond the technical and medical ones on the aircraft. It appears that a significant (i.e., more than 10%) proportion of the population has a genetic susceptibility to organophosphate-induced pathology. Can they be identified and asked to take special precautions? Estimates of the numbers of sufferers -- bearing in mind that frequent flyers, who obviously have a greater chance of exposure, tend to be above-average contributors to gross domestic product -- suggest that, at national level, there is a strong economic case for prompt and effective remedial action. Retrofitting chemical metering on jet aircraft is probably the most immediately realizable solution. The mandatory inclusion of a health warning on air tickets, as on cigarette packets, would seem to be the alternative in the face of technical inaction.
Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)
*Nigeria: NAMA To Give Equal Opportunity To Women Engineers
By Lateef Lawal
Women engineers in the employ of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency [NAMA], will henceforth be given equal opportunities like their male counterparts in driving the technical needs of air navigation service. This assurance was given by the Managing Director of NAMA, Mazi Nnamdi Udoh while receiving top officials of the Association of Professional Women Engineers in Nigeria [APWEN] at the Ikeja, Lagos head office of the agency on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
He remarked that most of the naughty engineering problems were better solved by women engineers for their calmness in the midst of tension. The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria [APWEN], is a non profit, non –governmental, educational service organization and a division of the Nigeria Society of Engineers [NSE]. He told the Association led by its President, Engineer Olayinka Abdul, that NAMA would begin to do things differently by making use of women engineers, saying that they would now be exposed to constant trainings and challenges in order to make them more relevant and give them sense of belonging in the scheme of things. Engineer Udoh announced that NAMA would be willing to sponsor some of the APWEN notable annual Awards to encourage and celebrate excellence among the women engineers. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah
Engineer Felicia Aguabata,the Lagos State Chairperson, in her address, appreciated the effort of the managing director in ensuring the completion of the multi-billion naira Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria [TRACON] project as the immediate director of safety electronics and engineering services of the agency. The President-elect of APWEN, Engineer Abdul lauded the Agency for changing the face of the nation’s aviation industry through the implementation of its various critical safety projects at the airports across the country ,just as she asked for more support from the management in promoting the future events and programmes of the association.
Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)
By Obiechina Family
The Obiechina family cordially invites you to the Memorial Mass of their husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, father-in-law, brother-in-law and mentor - Professor Emmanuel Obiechina who passed away on November 8, 2010.
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*Christians Should Live A Live Life Of Gratitude-Every Christian
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
I’m a Christian. Am I born-again, Spirit-filled; demon-casting, harvest-occupied, heaven-bound? Someone may ask. Do you want my answer? I’m a Christian, and I know my graces and call in Christ Jesus. I know both the nature of the flesh and move of the Spirit. I bear witness of the only and true one, Jesus Christ. His hunger was my filling-up, His lowliness, my exultation; it was the stripes He sustained for my sake that gave me healing and divine health. His blood gave me access-the blood of Jesus did. Now I have God as my true father and the Holy Spirit, my guide, teacher, comforter, insight, and every solution to all of life’s puzzles. He is not just the giver of solutions; He’s become my very own solution-my answer to baiting questions from the Pharisees and the Sadducee from time and space. When Jesus died, it did not stop there: He made a show of the devil, triumphing over him in his death. Taking the keys of hell and death, He rose in glory-the only glory there ever was, is, and ever shall be; He rose in the glory of the father. He says, “I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead.” I am a Christian who knows that the world needs the manifestation of the sons of God now more than ever. The world needs me more than I need the world. But for the sakes of those already known from times unknown, even to the deep shall His people go…for this harvest.
Christianity is the bloodline of Christ on earth; it is Christ available for every willing soul. Christ in a man is the hope of glory-glory which even death cannot come close to. Those who lose their lives in Him shall find it; there is no loss-not even one-in Him. In Him lies revelations and excellence. Christians are, of all, very blessed; and we ought to be very grateful and wear gratitude as apparel. Our brothers did fight the good fight ahead of us, and are long gone to glory ahead of us. Apostles, Apostles, Teachers, Pastors, and Evangelists-they all stood their times, yet none of them attempted to disbelieve. Of course, they paid for their faith in ways most Christians today would not imagine for a course for which the all-round and eternal price had been paid. But today, we swim in grace; none faces the gravity of what they had to go through to stand and say like St Paul: “I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith.” Yet we have our fights of faith, and this, with great grace. But let His grace not be in vain. When I consider the apostles and the prophets who were here before us, I bow down in gratitude to God. And when I consider the stretch of their faith, I say, “Indeed, it’s more precious than gold.” Today, we live in grace unimaginable, freedom inexplicable; need we not be super-abundantly grateful? Like St. Paul, indeed “…we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death works in us, but life in you.” It’s for true harvest that Jesus became man; it’s for this true harvest that we have been made worthy to labor with God in this very kingdom business. St Paul is a man who still speaks in the youth of His recreated spirit; today, he speaks even clearer. As Christians, we cannot count the blessings; we may never be able to tell them all until we sing ‘bye and bye’. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: A Christian Church service (Photo 1)
Faith is a precious thing. It’s what ties us to the perfect work of Christ-to our union with Christ. Faith leads us to believe and to confess our deepest assurances, dying with Him in baptism, and rising with Him in glory. Christ is the embodiment of faith; believing in Him, believing in His word jumpstarts you into a realm of assurance and clarity. This is your acceptance before the father. The father requires nothing more from us except this faith-even if it’s as little as a mustard seed. His Spirit shall cause it to grow and do mighty things. Faith and love dwell in a most holy intercourse, where they are one with the Spirit of expansion, true harvest, and readiness. Its power surpasses the threats and influence of fear; the faults and falsities of hell. Fear, simply, is not in His presence. Christians should live in gratitude-Christians all over the world. There is no limit to the eyes of faith; no product of science ever travels faster. This, in union with love, is much work. It produces exactly what it talks about. There is no true Christian journey without true and genuine love for the brethren, no sacrifice surpasses except it be carried out in divine love. Jesus paid it all, and today, all we can do is to “work in love.”
Christianity offers so much; the life of Christ in man is the miracle which has overshadowed all darkness. First, it takes away fear and gives faith, removes death and gives life in all its newness. True peace shows itself when a soul is born anew. For a Christian, victory is the path to tread all the way to glory. There is no failing, no falling, and no going back except in the kingdom of fear and unbelief. To every Christian is the Spirit of excellence. The desires for sin and the things which entice may battle, yet victory lies with faith, obedience, and love. We may die, but are truly alive. Hunger may come but we are constantly fed. The world may fold in, yet the greater the devil’s lies, the brighter heaven’s truth. There is absolutely no loss for a Christian-that one who has believed and is obeying…to the later. A Christian may stumble, yet the Spirit never lets go because He has promised that nothing in His creation is ever strong enough to break our eternal bond with Him. There is no question posed by the world which does not have its answer in God’s word. We- all who live in this light- we know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. It does not matter what the world comes up with, there is answer to every question the world has not even thought of pushing forward. Therefore, I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below---there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. Christ paid with Himself, the father’s love brought us in; not even sin has a chance. There is a place in God, a place far from sin and death which it brings; this place is in the blood of Jesus Christ. We are not called to live in sin-no Christian is. Yet we have been given grace for help in every hour of need. What more and what better can be given than Jesus and His anointing? Nothing else in all of creation! ( Continues below….. )
The Antichrist, that man of sin was never a secret Christ kept from His people in Zion; He warned of his coming and presence. But God’s word has taught us the path of victory: constant faith in God, steady gaze on the man Jesus, and the walking in love. Today, we all seem to have relented so much in the law of “watch and pray” that many no longer operate in the spirit of discernment. No building is God’s presence; the church is. And the church goes everywhere a man in Christ goes. When we gather together as admonished, let there be the perfect Spirit of love connecting one to all and all to one, for therein the Spirit truly dwells and takes pleasure. When we come together as one, let genuine love for one another open our hearts and eyes to the truth of the times because Christ always speaks to His church. Today, the love of God is being substituted for the love of self; this is seen in its worse form when shepherds of God’s people accept the very sin which brought Abraham in close encounter with God. But we should not forget that, while those who refused to listen but insulted every sound advice were destroyed, Abraham, the servant of God, was busy pleading and interceding for the world of sin, and he was not disappointed because his intercession won the willing ones; let his passion for souls also drive us to every good work. The beauty of God is that, while His word is a consuming fire against all rebellion, His love saves-even to the uttermost. Let us, then, carry the lamp of His love and go to the uttermost, interceding and bringing in the sheaves. The readiness every Christian is called to must not be begun by the sound of any gong nor with the time of worship in services; ought every Christian to stand on guard, especially now that everything compels one to go against the truth of Christ’s teachings. Behind all wickedness, cheating, immoralities, and everything that saddens God’s heart lie the nudging and the intrigue of the man Antichrist. Christ’s commandment and call to the church to love one another is the only way to understand the move of the Antichrist. His main mission is to disprove God’s faith in man-to disprove the entire work of the man Jesus who carried His work of redemption through all shame, pain and deaths until He rose in victory. He did all these to get us right with and back to God. So, satan’s failure lies in our constant gaze on the man Christ Jesus-remembering what He saw which made Him come forth from the father for us and for the world-not minding the dangers- and damning all his baits which dangle before all at every corner. Love overcomes the devil, and the man of sin knows this. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: A Christian Church service (Photo 2)
Considering what life, what grace, and what mighty power we share in the anointing of His presence, nothing pretends further; everything takes its true form in His presence and we are blessed to shine. The whole creation, even every creature moans as the manifestation of the sons of God is awaited-all over the world. We have the higher calling-to our God and for this world. The provisions and the challenges in our calling are more precious than gold; the harvest is our father’s heartbeat. A laborer shares in the harvest and our light shines ever brighter as we labor together with the father. Let our messages change from prosperity (true prosperity is ours) to reasons for gratitude for the place we have been given in his presence, from fears to faith. The word says: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” Gratitude should drive our walk and works in Christ. Let the words we speak carry the power to superimpose desired results. And let these reasons propel us to turn away from the world and all its baits, in this crucial time and ever, and turn to Him. Let faith be sown into the fertile ground of love and produce souls for the king who is head over all-our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are yet those who are still to be brought into His fold, those who are caged and trapped by satan’s wickedness all over the world. They are forced to live outside the voice of their spirit; it’s our duty to speak and bring them in. Some are taken out of this word forcefully before they know to accept and speak. Let the fire of heaven’s urgent call be rekindled in our hearts over and over again until nothing else dominates. Our blessings in God call for a life of gratitude from every Christian; this gratitude should cause us to constantly stand in the gap for those who have being shackled against the truths their spirits are growing to accept. They are everywhere and their voices are heard louder now than ever. Some have not heard the truth, yet their spirit yearns for their true savior. We shall bring them out by the power of God’s Spirit. We, indeed, owe God every moment of gratitude, so then let the world see how much God’s love has caused us to metamorphous into completely different new beings-into His eternal mountain of love and safety. Let every creature share in the love we have received of the father. Our works must reveal the dept of our joy, gratitude and love. Let gratitude and work, therefore, be propelled by faith-working in love. So, my brother, my sister-you who have been chosen to share in this life-: look at what beauty your life has become, and give everything in gratitude. Hold nothing back any longer; show grace, show gratitude. In humble gaze, I have become, of all, the most grateful.
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By Masterweb News Desk
The new Anambra Government Secretariat was the third project visited by Masterweb Team during her tour on August 25, 2011 of projects by Governor Peter Obi’s administration. The huge twin structures, additions by Obi to an existing secretariat built by the federal government and handed over to the newly created Anambra State in 1991, visually symbolize ambition and excellence. The project is one of the mirrors of Governor Obi’s dream of what he wants Anambra to be in the comity of states. If one's guess is "making Anambra the best it can be", it is not far from the truth. The identical twin buildings were befitting to a state that cares about its image, workforce and attraction of foreign investments. Masterweb Team took a tour of randomly selected sections of the buildings and found them adequately furnished and equipped to standard. According to our team's investigations, Peter Obi is the only known governor who added a more modern annex to an original state secretariat. The pictures below of the new Anambra Government Secretariat twin buildings speak for themselves. It is befitting of a state that has produced the likes of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chinua Achebe, Odumegwu Ojukwu and many others.
Masterweb Team during the course of the day visited many road projects by Governor Obi’s administration; these included and not limited to - dualized Awka-Enugu Road (Zik’s Ave); Ora-eri-Obeledu-Akwaeze-Igbo Ukwu Road and Anambra State University, Uli Campus Road. Our team covered approximately 215 kilometers of the total 500-kilometer road network completed by Obi’s government. The roads inspected by our team were well paved (tarred) and maintained as can be see in the pictures. 500-kilometer road network within five years in office, with meager federal government allocation is a feat statistically significant in comparison with all Nigerian governors. Governor Obi's impressive roadwork rate will certainly complete work on ongoing projects such as Nnewi and Lilu road projects, and also deliver service to all bad roads in the state. Several bridges under construction in the state were also inspected by our team who came back with photos as evidence of the level of work at the sites. Completed Odor bridge, linking Awgbu and Amaokpala is an example of what these bridges would look upon completion.
Masterweb received several emails and phone calls congratulating her team on their competent analysis of governance in Anambra. They made it known to us that our team's inspection statistical analysis, was one of the best reports ever conducted in Nigeria. One respondent wrote: "Masterweb team's analytical high score of Governor Peter Obi was non partisan nor arranged, but a professional competent measure rarely used in Nigeria where pay-offs and corruption is the order of the day." Others wrote that every Nigerian was convinced that Governor Obi was one of the best governors in the country from two sources that echoed , namely Nigeria ex-Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd.) and the Senate Committee. It would be recalled that Gowon in a speech delivered in May this year, said Governor Peter Obi was one of the best governors in the country. The Compass Newspaper article of May 22, 2011, titled "Gov. Obi is Worthy to be Emulated - Gowon" reporting the news is republished below.
In a major buttress of Masterweb team's positive assessment of Obi's performance, Nigeria Senate Committee declared Anambra and just three other states financially healthy, amidst warning that 27 states were on the verge of bankruptcy and five given ‘tolerable’ tag. Excerpts from Sun Newspaper article of October 28, 2011, titled "27 states face bankruptcy - Abia, A’Ibom, Anambra, Jigawa healthy: Senators urge merger of states" one of the several articles carrying the news, is published below.
Governor Obi has been able to keep things in equilibrium in Anambra, piloting her on top in the comity of Nigerian states, without external borrowing, mass sack of the workforce nor the sack of non-indigene civil servants. His admirable success is financed by internally generated revenue and meager federal allocation to the state. One should not be surprised that with light, security and infrastructure at the average or best in the country, the Anambra story under Obi would be a tale of a super state and not of local comparison.
Below are the pictures our team took at the new Anambra Government Secretariat, road and bridge project sites:-
Photo Above: Lilu Road Project. A road project by Obi's government that broke through rocky hills to give Anambrarians direct access to Lilu. Previously Lilu could only be accessed through Eke Ututu in Imo State. Work on Lilu Road Project is still progressively ongoing.
In a few days, we will publish our report on Alex Ekwueme Square, Prof. Kenneth Dike Library & Anambra State Housing Development Corporation projects..
*Nigeria: Concession Review A Must
.. I "inherited horrible Concession Agreements" -aviation minister
By Nosa Osula-Aituamen
Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah says concession agreements not yielding the expected dividends will be reviewed or totally cancelled.
The Minister, who stated this during an Interactive Session with the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, disclosed that she "inherited horrible Concession Agreements" which no development oriented administration can sustain.
She said "more that 70 per cent of Concessions and Leases in the sector are not performing and have not given the sector a premium on the terms of the contracts".
She stressed that Concession Agreements are entered into by agencies of government as a result of lack of capacity to deliver on their mandates, adding that such agreements were aimed at not only addressing this deficit but more so to enable government make returns on her investments. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah
In the case of concessions in the Aviation sector, Oduah said the agreements have failed to yield the expected dividends by way of enhancing the capacity of the sector hence government is left with no other option than to review them.
She however assured that the exercise would be carried out painstakingly, fairly and transparently to ensure equity and justice to all parties. The Minister however left no one in doubt that all concessions and leases that are unfavourable to the government and people of Nigeria would be cancelled.
On the security concerns at the nation's airports, Oduah said her Ministry was in concert with the National Security Adviser (NSA), and all the other security agencies in order to make the airports safe for all users, stressing that the security and safety of all persons passing through the airports remain a great priority. She further dispelled insinuations that all efforts at improving security were concentrated at the International Airports, saying security is currently being beefed up at all the nation's airports.
On the concerns expressed by members of the committee as well as other Nigerians on the need to have a National Carrier, the Minister said she shares the aspirations of all those who desire a National Carrier but said that dream can only be actualised when a proper framework has been put in place. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria Former Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze
"We must have a National Carrier, but we need to have the appropraite framework to drive and actualise this dream, we cannot actualise this dream without the necessary framework", she said. She added that the issues of legal framework, ownership structure and funding are very critical and needs to be sorted out before embarking on the project to revive the National Carrier.
Oduah listed the other challenges in the sector to include obsolete and decaying facilities and infrastructure, but expressed optimism that her Roadmap to revamp the sector will surely yield positive results. She enjoined the House Committee to give her Ministry all needed support and cooperation in order to be able to deliver facilities, infrastructure and services that are not only top rate but also meets international standards and best practice.
Earlier in her Opening Remarks, Chairperson of the, Hon. Nkeiruka C Onyejeocha said the purpose of the parley was to rub minds with those who run the Ministry on the best way to move the sector forward in line with Mr. President's Transformation Agenda.
She listed areas of concern to the Committee to include air safety, courtesy at the airports, reports of cargo loses and power outages at the airports, proper equipments and the Total Radar Coverage. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
Others are on Concessions and Waivers, arbitrary increases in airfares, improvement in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by the parastatals, the huge debt profile of airlines to FAAN and NAMA, the standard of airport facilities as well as bureaucratic bottlenecks affecting operations.
She however pledged the readiness of the Committee to work in concert with the ministry in order to deliver to Nigerians, facilities, infrastructure and services at the airports that will assure their maximum comfort and safety.
Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)
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