*Nigeria: Tapping Anambra Investment Potential
By Esin Suji
One of the enduring features of the development process in Nigeria is the dominance of the public sector [Government]. However, over the years – with growing populations and wider needs – there is increasing awareness that Government can no longer go it alone. This is the raison d’être for local and foreign investments to grow economies. The focus here is Anambra State which enjoys the benefit of a successful industry captain as Governor.
Opportunities for profitable and mutually-beneficial investments abound in virtually all sectors of the economy and society. Highlights of these investment options speak volumes. With its rich flora and fauna, large tracts of arable as well as bodies of water, the State boasts an array of agricultural investments:
• Food Crops – Rice, Cassava, Yams, Cocoyams, Bananas & Plantains, Vegetables, Fruits
• Cash Crops – Palm Produce [Oil, Kernels, Feeds], Forestry resources.
• Livestock/Animal Husbandry – Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, Snails, Poultry, Bees and exotic animals [popularly known as ‘Bush Meat’].
• Fishing & Fisheries.
• Agro-allied Industries – Food Processing & Packaging, Fruit Juice, Vegetable Oils, Furniture making, Raffia Palm & Bamboo products, Palm Wine bottling, Gin Distilleries, Honey production, Agro-Inputs [Fertilizers, Pesticides, Animal/Poultry Feeds, etc.].
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Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
Attractive returns are also available from the exploitation/mining of rich deposits of petroleum crude oil, natural gas, bauxite and iron ore, sand stone, lignite, kaolin, clay and coal. As a matter of fact, the first Nigerian private refinery Orient Petroleum Refinery (OPR) is sited in Nsugbe-Umuleri area, with a proposed capacity of 55,000 barrels per day. A range of other options would embrace manufacturing of domestic and industrial products as well as cultural industries, including arts and crafts; and fabrication of appliances, spares and accessories.
Infrastructural development offers tremendous opportunities as well. Included here are highways, metro line, aerodromes, access/rural roads, power plants, new towns development, modern markets and shopping malls. For a developing economy like Anambra’s, there are also wide-ranging options for investments in support services such as potable water supply schemes; health and veterinary services; educational services [including skill acquisition centres for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises – MSMEs]; information & communication technology [ICT] services; maritime services [inland waterways; haulage and passenger services; cable bus network; machinery and equipment leasing, hire, supplies, maintenance and repairs; waste disposal and management. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi (Photo 3)
There are also investment options in the hospitality industry, including tourism [packaged tours, lodges and cabins], resorts, hotels, amusement parks, stadia and other forms of commercial entertainment. The pick is extensive. For starters, the State is widely known as main custodian of Igbo civilization, largely symbolized by Igbo-Ukwu and Nri, even as Nnewi is acknowledged as a technological enclave; Awka the legendary heart of blacksmithing & wood carving; and Onitsha the largest commercial centre in West Africa.
The natural tourism endowments include lakes and other waters with unique features: Agulu Lake whose source is not clear, Amaokpala Lake, Nawfia Lake, Obutu Lake, Otumoye Lake, Okpu Ana Natural Spring [Ukpor]. There are caves with religious, judicial and recreational significance: Ogbunike Cave which hosts a lion, bush python labyrinth of tunnels, several chambers and the source of spring water; Owerre-Ezukala Cave with features to develop a swimming pool, landscapes, gardens and a powerful waterfall; Ajalli Cave. ( Continues below...... )
Photo Above: Ogbunike Cave. *Ogbunike Cave is one of the greatest wonders of nature. It is located in Ogbunike, a few miles to Onitsha, largest city in Anambra State and one of largest commercial centers in Nigeria.
Public-Private Partnerships and private initiatives are available in the development and improvement of such other hospitality revenue earners as Kenneth Dike Park [Awka], Nkisi Boat Yard [near River Niger, Onitsha], Mamu Forest Reserve [Orumba North LGA], Otuocha Forest Reserve [Anambra East LGA], Otuocha Sand Beach [Anambra East LGA] and Rojenny Tourist Village [Oba].
Procedures and incentives for investments have been liberalized even as investors are assured of international legal protection and returns. And, as attested to by visitors and residents alike, the security situation in the State has improved tremendously. The Obi administration has strengthened grassroots policing through subventions to vigilance services, while regular security agencies get monthly support in funds and equipment.
Under the present dispensation, quite a number of Nigerian and international investors have been demonstrating practical interest in Anambra State. Among these are Wicklove [in partnership to revitalize and run the giant rice mill at Omor]; AMBA Investicorp, Nkwelle-Ezunaka [partnership to resuscitate the State-owned Integrated Livestock Company]; SABMiller Breweries, Onitsha [investing some US$100 million in the first phase]; Dencar Services/Eaglefin Structured Finance Mauritius [building a 260 megawatt capacity plant]; Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi [first of its kind in Nigeria]; Orange Drugs Industrial Complex, Onitsha; Chikason Group of Companies, Nnewi; Neem-Fertilizer Plant [in partnership with the Federal Government]; Juhel Parenteral Drugs Complex, Awka; and Brown Sugar Factory, Omor. Meanwhile, Phase 1 of the Business Park project is fully functional – housing financial institutions, Securities & Exchange Commission, Nigerian Stock Exchange, brokerage firms, among others. Phase 2 is nearing completion; its funding derived from revenue generated from Phase 1.
To strengthen its strategic partnerships and further attract investments to the area, the Government recently hosted an investors’ forum as part of the State’s twentieth anniversary. The platform attracted guests from within and outside Nigeria. Critical issues in focus included investments in medicine [specialist hospitals, technology transfer & capacity building]; potable water supply to the rural communities [micro-grid, etc.]; water treatment; energy from waste technology; combating environmental pollution; fish farming; project [especially infrastructure] financing; vocational & technical education; and housing development.
Indeed, Anambra State is irreversibly on the path of sustainable prosperity and development, which discerning investors could join in a mutually-beneficial relationship. There is always a welcome mat for the genuine investor.
Esin Suji writes from Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
*Nigeria: Mothers, Cry! These Are Gay Leaders Hiding Under "Prostitution Bill"!
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
I call on all mothers in Nigeria to weep in sackcloths-weep to heaven until God shows mercy. Weep because your children are no more; go hungry and call on God-night and day-because your husbands are turning gay even in your youths, and your sons are raping their grandmothers. Weep for men who rule Nigeria, weep for the young men they are training, and weep for yourselves because you never stood for the truth while they go on defiling sanity. The passions for debauchery amongst Nigerian leaders have led them to openly and unashamedly dare to smash on our faces another rotten egg called “prostitution bill” in the name of “job creation and revenue source.” What these law makers who have sworn under Satan never to obey a single law of God fail to take into consideration is that Nigerians may be pressed down and compelled, but never defeated or blind-we know that in their government-turned cultic gatherings, homosexuality is the first law of initiation and relevance, and that, in other to legalize gay marriages in Nigeria and give them the rights to destroy what is left, they have thrown in a veil in the form of “prostitution bill” to cover any shame they may have left. ( Continues below…… )
The most painful feeling one gets when one looks at these so called leaders of Nigeria and their actions is not because of their corruption; the most painful feeling, perhaps, is the knowledge of their abundant ignorance. It gets more painful when everyone else, except them, sees how arrogant they are in their ignorance and belief in their “honorableness.” In their belief that they are doing it the best of ways, that no one else can do it better, and that they are making names, they comfortably, and without knowing it, wear their shame in their necks nationally and beyond our shores. They love wonderful skyscrapers but would not consider the number of pillars holding their foundations, and love to borrow laws without finding out the root of those laws and what necessitated their being put to practice. USA and Europe are always countries to emulate, so think Nigeria’s leaders, yet they fail to note that it was the quest for greater freedom, equal opportunities, and human rights which necessitated these moves in these countries; democracy led them thus far. True democracy, responsibility and accountably-these things rule those countries, but Nigeria’s government chose, instead, to emulate those which destroy more than they claim to build. ( Continues below…… )
It’s no longer a secret that most of our girls in higher institutions have turned to unofficial prostitution as means to augment what they get from their homes; and these law makers pay them the highest patronage. These leaders are quite sure that most of these girls would keep their pride if things were different, nevertheless, they would prefer to legalize their pains than let them go away; they would rather give them certificates to sell their pride in other to generate more money for them to cart away with. I pity those who lead Nigeria, I really do. I’ve been a Nigerian for years and I know who these politicians are, how they think-their make up. Time has proven that they only have a look of life, but it’s not. Even a mad man dares to imitate good, and an imbecile, once in a while, follows rules, but these would not-there simply is no will, no zeal and no knowledge to do. Their thugs, guns and stolen money clothe them with a bloated and superficial air of importance and relevance. That is the more reason Nigerians should and must wake them from this slumber initiated through their communion of bloodshed; Nigerians must come out in accord to oppose these strange spirits in our midst. ( Continues below...... )
Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex
The government of Nigeria has to openly admit that it has failed woefully; all of Nigeria’s leaders must come clean and declare that they no longer have what it takes to keep Nigeria rolling, even like a rolling stone which gathers no moss. You produce hundreds of graduates yearly when there is no work for them, but your interest lies more in all the money you could squeeze out from undergraduates countrywide; and so, you build more schools. You transfer national infrastructures to other countries-leaving millions of Nigerians jobless; then you turn around and actually believe that the only way to empower women and create jobs for them would be to give them certificates to sell their bodies to whosoever wills. Sometime back, a local government in Delta state actually came up boldly to proclaim their number one “women emancipation” agenda in Delta state as “giving laptops to JSS1 female students." Ignorance never receives an answer to any prayer because selfishness, rebellion, and wickedness crush it. God’s punishment will rest on every evil government and all who run it down to the graves, forcing those who have no businesses with death, down with it.
The reason for this ongoing legislation is not far-to-seek: it’s simply their way of making room to legalize gay marriages in Nigeria. It’s no secret that many of these leaders are equally gay and only prostitutes can tell gays that the road is clear; and so, prostitutes must be liberated and prostitution, legalized. How shameful and pathetic! These men clamor for a Nigeria where prostitution will be one of the several jobs they promised to create. Next to that, gay marriage will follow; and after that, pedophile will spring forth, with their passions for even unborn babies. Incest has long been common with them, even at the highest level, who then can tell what swift end may befall even the innocents? ( Continues below...... )
Photo Above: A commercial sex worker (prostitute) in action in a bar.
Prostitution increases crime, it springs up accidental murderers in every corner. Prostitution, apart from being detestable to every right-thinking human, is an agent of destruction. Legalizing prostitution in Nigeria is worse that legalizing cocaine intake in the midst of hungry and angry people with loaded guns. This government and whoever sponsored that bill ought to be buried in shame. If these politicians cannot provide jobs for the citizenry as they vowed to and should, it will do well that they do not compound issues. Legalizing prostitution is not job creation; prostitution is no work, it is management for people who would kill themselves eternally just to eat for a day…and then for those lost in moral decadence. In America and other countries that Nigeria’s lawmakers would readily want to emulate in these evils, they have first done their share in human rights, fighting corruption and establishing accountable and responsible governance before bringing up issues of debauchery. Only a man who is filled makes merry.
Our men have failed us; our fathers have become sons of perdition. Mothers, save what is left! Things will always get done when women stand united; stand up and pull out this antichrist in Nigeria’s foundation. Religious leaders and traditional rulers have equally fallen from their exulted heights-each builds his paradise here on earth. But maybe, this time, women would come out en masses and save what is left, and, in the saving, save themselves; Rachel should not have to weep twice. A call for A Sovereign National Conference remains the first necessary and expedient step.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
*Jesus Is The Answer For The World Today….Always
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
There is a God, the God through whom came forth all creation. There is one far greater than you and I, whose word brought forth existence. He is the beginning and the end of all life, the sustenance thereof. In Him lies the power to lift up or to pull down-in His word. There is nothing which escapes His word, nothing evades His gaze. When He speaks, the pillars of the earth trembles; no one, no science ever counters His orders. Eternal has He set His word on High, and has sworn to give up the whole world if His word is threatened. His name is higher, greater and more powerful than every other name, yet He has exulted His word even above His name; His word manifests His nature.
Science has tried, religion has searched, yet nothing comes close to the secrets of His presence. Wise men have invented, and willing men seek Him in all His creation. Men have asked and wondered, yet before we became, He has set the firmaments to show us His faithfulness-both in love and in judgment. Disobedience sprang forth confusion, and confusion, ignorance; the very ignorance which kills everything in its path. Religions, in disobedience, have sought for answers in the dark, yet His light shines within the foundation of all truths. He is the truth. After two millennia, men have only gone to the moon in the smallest numbers, yet the marvels of the lights He is willing to shine forth are yet unborn in hearts of disobedience. Nothing ever glorifies itself when He shows up; all creation submits and surrenders when He utters a word. Yet men hear not. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: A Christian Church service (Photo 1)
When a man’s way pleases Him, He makes his enemies to be at peace with him; this is His promise. But there is no peace on earth. There are tribulations all over, yet He has brought victory in obedience. Men fight each other at every slightest suspect; who fights Him when disasters come-when the earth opens up and swallows all of man’s pride? The wind and the waves change history, and no one dare points a finger-everyone feels His voice as the ground beneath us disobeys our disobedience. Men complain that the other has failed him, yet man never considers God in all his ways. To some, man is God, to others, graven images, yet to others violence is the presence of their God. There are, worse still, those who believe that there is no spirit, no God, and no eternity. To the majority, pleasure and love for money count for the explanation of existence; to them, nothing else describes life better. And so, they kill, destroy, and alter God’s creation-destroying both themselves and their neighbors as the hunt for money and pleasures take all stages. Nevertheless, the four corners of the world are carried by His word and by His love. His is the genuine and unstained love.
The history of the times gone serve both as direction and warning. Before God, no one is excusable. The spirit in man always bears witness to a world after now, the constancy of the moon and the sun-the galaxies-these announce to men that God’s faithfulness is beyond self. There is no searching to the sun, no digging down to the deep; God is. The careful crafting of man debits a master sculptor’s signature; there is no missing His touch-everything carries the mark of His word.
There is no one who has ever lived, or may yet live, who carries the burden of creation like Jesus, the Christ. No one gathers the skeletons of creation, and then fills them in with sinews in His word-bringing forth life never seen before-none except this man, Jesus. Some call him a Jew, others call Him a prophet; there are even those who called Him what they could never call their enemies, yet He remains the true word in whom, through whom and for whom all things were formed. He is the savior of the world, the hope for mankind, both for now and through all ages. Many have tried to apportion to Him a sit amongst the gods of flesh, yet no area can contain Him. Men have devised many routes to get to Him, yet He remains the one and only way to the father, the one to whom all creation chooses to disobey. He is the personification of the father, He is one and inseparable with God; He is God. In Him is the light, the remedy, and the new life; Jesus is the answer for the world today, and forever. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: A Christian Church service (Photo 2)
He has, with Him, the keys of life, death, victory, joy, peace, fruitfulness, and eternal assurance. In Him lies the true paradise, the bliss inexplicable-full of depth. Behind Him lies the valley, the abode, and the reward of disobedience. He is the answer for today and always; His hands are well stretched towards all, calling in love to children of disobedience: “See, I am that I am; I am what you need that you never had, the water which refreshes and the food which satisfies forever. Take of me and eat without paying. In the world, there are worries and pains, but in me lies victory. I’m the peace, the justice, the freedom, and the life which you need today. Justice issues forth from me, and I’m the only impartial one. Nothing ever goes wrong in those who live in my obedience. As I have heard my father’s voice and obeyed and am alive forever, even so hear my voice and obey and live-all ye nations.”
The answers which all seek lie with Christ, in a personal relationship with Him. There is nowhere else in the world where peace may be found; no other god brings the love and peace which come from Him and follow Him about. Nations and money shall learn from millipedes and the soil-trust in money shall fail. Are you a teacher, student, shepherd or lamb; do you lead a clan or a country? Jesus is your guide. Who has woes, who lacks peace; where are cries, moans and sighs heard? Come to Jesus in all truth. In Him alone is truth joyful; truth finds reasons to celebrate in His presence. I call on the governments of the world today, from Africa, through Asia, Mid-eat, Australia, Europe, to America…everyone who lives under the sun and to every authority which has rightly lost legitimacy and relevance: Give Jesus of Nazareth a chance to heal and mend your broken selves; look upon Him for truth, solution, peace, and life. True life, peace, and prosperity are found only in Him; the answer which the world needs today can only be obtained when men seek Him in all truth. Nevertheless, the foundation stands sure: let him who will approach do so in faith. To those whose self is god, this word will become a rock of offence. But him who has approached, take your place in peace. Always and forever, Jesus remains the answer.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
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*Enraged Wife Cuts Off Husband's Penis, Throws It Into River
By Jude Smith, Masterweb Correspondent
A 30-year-old Vietnamese woman identified only by her last name, Pan, cut off half of her sleeping husband's penis with a pair of scissors at their home in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan. She reported herself to police claiming her act was in revenge for beating by her husband after she confronted him about an extra-marital affair. She told police she threw the severed part into the river.
The condition of her jobless 29-year-old husband, a drug user was unclear at the time of this report. According to unconfirmed reports, Pan has no regret for mutilating her husband which she justifies due to his physical abuse of her and unhidden affair with another woman. She claims to have suffered beatings by her husband even though she supported the family since their marriage two years ago from a job at a karaoke shop.
Pan remains in police custody awaiting court arraignment. A police officer told reporters: "She has been taken into custody on charges of assault." She could face up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.
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Photo Above: Seaweed that looks like penis.
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*'Nigeria’s capital To Be Relocated To Somalia'
By Ikechukwu Enyiagu
The news reaching me today from the government seat of Nigeria, Abuja, indicates that there is an ongoing plan by the federal government of Nigeria to transfer the Federal Capital Territory to Somalia. The reason behind this decision by the government, it was gathered, was not unconnected with the reason for yet another ongoing arrangement to build three (3) new oil refineries in Indonesia. According to president Goodluck’s administration, “The country is not safe for investments that must yield.” There has been an agreement between the Somali and Nigerian governments to relocate the new capital to Yenagoa but was later decided that the said new capital is to be situated in Somalia, considering “matters arising.”
When one wonders the possibility of this strange moves and the correlation between the warring Somalia and the confused Nigeria, the answers to all these roll in: As Israeli government took the contract of protecting the presidency, the Somali government has taken the contract of directing the Nigerian government on how to keep the head up in years of continued and unending civil war. As gathered, it was agreed that a relocation of the capital to a place like Bayelsa or Rivers would afford the presidency a greater chance of maneuvering through many threats since he gas gained mastery of the creeks from childhood. However, considering the uncertainties and unstable nature of the Niger Delta region, and the seeming resilience of the Somali government in a war-torn country, Nigeria has finally agreed to shift its seat of power to Somalia. This is the news coming from Nigerian government, the seat of poisonous and life-destroying jokes made by thoughtless elders and leaders of the giant of Africa. Anything is a joke, yet any news goes. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
Does anyone understand any of these mentioned above: I do not. Can somebody tell me the meaning of these jokes, if they are? I deeply long to fully comprehend the times of Nigeria in the prophecy and countdown of all times. April Fools usually happen once every year, and in most cases, do not cause any harm. For all the years I have lived a Nigerian, I’ve come to discover that the government of Nigeria is fraught with April Fools; nothing seems as it sounds. Should we be more worried about Nigeria’s intention to invest billions of dollars in a distant and disaster-ripped Indonesian soil, should we praise them instead; should we pretend it’s yet happening in the limbo, or should we put up fierce resistance this time?
Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world, with about three hundred and ninety million (390,000,000) in population, is situated in the Southeast Asia, and having common neighborhood with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Apart from the population of Indonesia which constantly threatens the living standard of its citizens, Indonesia is also known as a home for unusual natural disasters. These disasters, which have left everywhere in Indonesia susceptible, usually come unannounced. The population of Indonesia has almost turned the citizens into Nigerians-slaving for others wherever they may be accepted. Indonesians can be found in their numbers in Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., and other countries, doing every conceivable odd job. An average doctor in Indonesia earns a peanut-salary. In other words, Indonesia is in a struggling situation; one which, perhaps, is worse than that of Nigeria when derivations and manpower are considered. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Africa showing Somalia, Nigeria and other countries
Nigeria has the largest number of unemployed graduates, yet we are building more universities. We would prefer squeezing parents dry of all their savings in other to train their children, and when it’s job creation, we would rather create them for Indonesians and others instead of Nigerians. Nigeria has one of the best of lands, yet we would prefer to relocate our infrastructures to other countries. Nigeria mines oil, yet we would opt to refine them abroad, and then, ship a few back to the country-causing untold hardship on Nigerians. We have the human resources, but the concerns of our leaders have nothing in common with alleviating poverty; on the contrary, their aim is to make life unlivable for true Nigerians. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Workers at work in a Nigerian oil rig
There are several Nigerian graduates with every qualification and proof for success, but the government would prefer to work with those who bought their certificates, who drank and slept their ways through college, as advisors. If Nigeria is not safe and fit for Nigerian investments, which country would you expect to come in to invest? If the Nigerian government agrees to partner in a venture which would gulp our billions of dollars in other to provide thousands of jobs for citizens of another country, who would provide jobs for Nigerians? As it is now, another news has come out from the government, denying any involvement with the Indonesian plot. Then it’s a joke, just like the Somalia joke; only, let’s watch out how this joke becomes another incurable disease against Nigerians. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station.
A bishop once called Nigerians: a “suffering and smiling” people; Pastor Tunde Bakare said that Nigerians are idiots ruled by fools, that “it takes idiots to be ruled by fools.” My question is: how elastic can Nigerians get? Has our elastic limit, our patience, our indifference not exceeded? Whose duty is it to tell the leaders to stop or step aside? Kerosene has long become a rich man’s privileges in Nigeria, and one would budget specially for petrol while he budgets for a car; what then shall the ongoing “fuel subsidy removal” do to Nigerians? ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Pastor Tunde Bakare
Crimes grow with unimaginable rates in Nigeria simply because no one remembers his duties to the leaders of this country, which duties include, first and foremost, calling them to order. Nigerians would prefer to become and remain individual thieves than to task the government to do what is right. It’s no progress, no one should celebrate; it’s a generational decay. I put it to you that a country with highly corrupt leadership yields nothing but highly corrupt businessmen, schools, religious leaders, relationships, children, and future.
Until and unless Nigerians learn to live a true life, ours shall be worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. The labor union is a collateral damage. Only a mass call: from schools to markets, from labor union to teachers; from hospitals to lawyers and from religious places to mothers for A Sovereign National Conference would help the future we all are trying very hard to build and protect today. He who believes in God and reads that “sin is a reproach to any nation” but goes ahead to develop his personal fraudulent abilities as means to overcome the government callousness, instead of standing up, risking what has forever been risked, and shouting a big No to the government, such a man deceives his soul. A man has lost every excuse who does not strife to obey.
Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at
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*Nigeria: Re: Anambra - This is Utterly Contemptible
By Valentine Obienyem
I must confess that I have not been a fan of Mr.Tude Fagbenle. A friend of mine brought my attention to his last piece entitled Anambra: This is Utterly Contemptible. I decided to react not because of what he wrote against me; I have since taken falsehoods against me as part of the hazards of my position in consideration of the peculiar nature of our State. However, because of what he wrote about the Government of Anambra State, there is every need to set the records straight.
While reading the article, I remembered a phone call which I had received from a columnist friend of mine to the effect that Dr. Okey Ndibe is reaching out and indeed recruiting his friends who are column writers to deal ‘a crushing blow on’ on me , that is to utterly destroy me for exposing his lies and impropriety against the best from Anambra State in Saharareporters that he owns with Sowore. As usual, I laughed, comforted by Napoleon’s sister, Catherine, who said that the sound of the cannon was neither new nor unpleasant to the ears of the Bonaparte. My friends told me that Fagbenle is so principled a writer that Okey could not have reached out to somebody like him and that he probably wrote out of conviction. As usual with my reactions, I do not like crossing swords with people; I explain to them, especially when they appear to be uninformed or plainly misinformed, which is the case here. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Okey Ndibe
If you read Okey’s pieces, you will notice that in a year, he has written not less than 15 articles directly on Governor Obi or he would use one or two paragraphs in articles that are not on the Gov to behead him with his scimitar. What baffles me is that 99 per cent of what he writes about him are usually pure, unadulterated falsehoods. One common thing about these pieces is that he often couches them in words a Fagbenle will not dare use to describe a fellow Nigerian not to talk of a Governor! He has become so obsessed that he extends his falsehoods to anybody or anything that has to do with Governor Obi or any person who challenges his mentor who is still warming up to contest the Governorship of Anambra State in spite of many failed attempts in the past. If he is looking for a way to project him, why does he not question the leadership of the Senate why it has not found him fit to chair any Senate Committee.
“Emulating the Lagos Fashola phenomenon, Peter, without fanfare or air of self-importance, built kilometres upon kilometres of roads, constructed canals against floods, built hospitals, and generally improved the quality of life of the masses. By general acclaim, no governor of Anambra State before him had come close to achieving so much in so short a time.” No matter how unbalanced one may perceive Fagbenle’s article to be, the above quoted lines have redeemed it. Elsewhere, Fagbenle wrote: “First term of four years behind him and now into a second term, news coming out from Anambra distresses. Obi, I’m told, has not only shown signs of tiredness, even nonchalance, with the challenges of governance, Anambra is falling back into a state of disrepair. Many who were with him at the start are deserting him.”
Let me remind Fagbenle that Gov. Obi became Governor before his soul mate and fellow action Governor, Fashola. I will leave it at readers’ discretion to determine who, logically, is emulating another. Local politicians running around in Anambra State, whose idea of climbing up the rungs of political ladder is to pull others down, are among those spreading falsehoods, but what is critical is what the masses of Anambra people genuinely feel about their Governor. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Governor Peter Obi
Those out in Abuja are aware that the man does not sleep while running around for the good of the State. He meets everybody that could help the State, even those his status dictates that he should not meet. We are here talking about a Governor who often travels to Abuja and elsewhere alone because he wants to conserve funds for the State. It may sound incredible, but most times he travels to Abuja and comes back the same day to reduce expenses and attend to affairs at home. Those in Abuja must have taken note of his passion for the State and his commitment to Nigeria by drafting him into one Committee or the other. It is not for nothing, and certainly not a sign of dwindling performance, that the President named him an Honorary Adviser on Finance and a member of the Presidential Economic Monitoring Team. When other Igbos are pleased with Obi’s leadership style which led other Governors of the South-East to insist he remains the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum which hitherto rotated among the Governors, people like Okey would scheme for him to be removed. Why do they delight in creating war situation where there is none? But it is unfortunate that unlike the good example by the Fagbenles of this world who project their best, the likes of Okey Ndibe are more interested in drawing their own back.
If you judge the Government of Obi by what Okey writes, you will throw pure water at him for non-performance. He has consistently called the Governor a propagandist, without showing one example of what he said he did that he did not do. Let me assure you that the man has done more in his second term than he did in his first term. Is it not in the second tenure that he built the second Phase of the imposing State Secretariat; the imposing Second Business Park at Onitsha; many bridges such as Otuku at Umueze-Anam (completed), Umuodu (completed), Ogbonabo (nearing completion), Ebenebe (nearing completion), Okpu Bridge (on-going); procured new set of machinery to maintain Anambra roads; started the building of the permanent site of the State University at Igbariam with perimeter fencing covering seven Kilometers, and the erection, nearing completion, of Senate building, Faculties of Management and Agriculture; supplied computers, provided school buses, boreholes and Internet facilities to secondary schools in the State; completed block of five classrooms in each of the 177 towns in the State and commencing same number very soon in the second phase; built 7 out of 15 imposing buildings at the new teaching hospital such as the Pharmacology building, the College of Medicine building, the Laboratory, the Pathology/Mortuary buildings; given over 100 patrol vehicles to the police and other communication gadgets, One can go on and on. Certainly this is not a sign of dwindling performance. ( Continues below..... )
Away from infrastructure, I respectfully invite Mr. Fagbenle to note that in spite of what Obi is doing, he has not borrowed a kobo or raised bond since he became the Governor; instead he is strategically saving billions for the State. Those same people some of us want to compare him with, borrowed hundreds of billions of Naira to financial institutions. Not that he is averse to borrowing, but he wants to do so only when it is imperative to so do and with bankable projects, too. When he became Governor, pensioners were owed almost for 18 months, he has cleared that. It was in his second tenure that he cleared the arrears of gratuities owned since ten years ago. He spent over six Billion Naira on this! Today, retirees get their gratuities two months of their retirement.
If you are in touch with Okey, call him. I assure you that like other destructive critics, he does not know the details of the labour crisis in Anambra. The Governor does not owe doctors, but they are demanding increased payment. The Governor has offered to pay 50 per cent of their demands but they will have none of that. Lagos State had the same experience. In the area of minimum wage, the Governor paid that in August, by adding 10,000 Naira to all level of workers – a move which no state in the East and West, perhaps excepting Lagos has done and yet workers went on strike. When they gathered for the strike and poured vituperations on the Governor in a language fit for common criminals, Okey celebrated it! Today, they have called off the strike without achieving anything. Does this not tell you that they were out to destabilise the Government? One of the labour leaders in the State, Mr. Patrick Obiayo even asked Anambra elders that intervened to go to hell (Daily Independent of October 5th). He has been attacking all notable people from Anambra State that one way or the other identified with Obi or are planning to contest against his mentor. This was how he attacked the internationally revered Chief Emeka Anyaoku (Sun of 27th September), because he commended Gov. Obi. He has also vilified Prof. Dora Akunyili, Soludo, among others. If he could open his poisonous tongue against Anyaoku and Akunyili on the pages of newspapers, why do you think he will spare anybody? He has lost the sense of respect and decorum. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Valentine Obienyem
It was in this second tenure that Obi attracted a fortune 500 company, SABmiller to start building what will become the biggest brewery in Nigeria in Anambra State in what represents the biggest foreign direct investment into the country (120,000 Million Dollars). Ask other South-West Governors how they healthily contested Gov. Obi on the facility coming to Anambra as each wanted it for his State. As I write, the Governor is off to South Africa to persuade another big company that had already visited Anambra but lost hope because of useless internal politics of people asking them to distance themselves from Anambra and most likely the type of bile-studded articles of Okey Ndibe, that all is well with the State. Certainly, this is not a symptom of dwindling productivity.
Let me take the liberty of this space to give Mr. Fagbenle an example of Okey’s typical criticisms against Obi. In one of his columns, he described the imposing new teaching hospital Obi is constructing as not fit to host prisoners. Let me apologise I am divulging a private conversation here, but Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi told me that the moment he read that, that he lost all respects for Okey. If he is your friend, tell him that he had done violence to himself. His writings only exude sadism and pessimism.
Photo Above: Section View - General Out-Patient Dept., University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Anambra State, Nigeria – One of the several buildings at the Teaching Hospital complex established by Obi’s government.
Let me give one more example of how Okey reaches at the truth. In one of his write -ups, he said I was the one caught with 200 Million Naira in Lagos. The truth of the matter has since been established, but I was nowhere near the scene, I only got into Lagos later in the evening. If am interested in millions as damages, I will simply sue him.
As for some people deserting Obi, let me tell Mr. Fagbenle that Pini Jason was never part of his Government, I only call him now and then for guidance which Okey could not offer me. Obi is perhaps the Governor with the longest lasting Cabinet in Nigeria. He is still working with same Cabinet for close to six years. Some members of that Cabinet found to be wanting have been forced to resign, about two resigned on their own after getting other offers. One was promised a higher post and was lured to resign, by the time he begged the Governor to come back, it was late.
Finally, Dear Mr.Fagbenle, ask yourself why Saharareporters carry anti-Obi articles without taking our responses. Okey is a co-owner and it is not my fault if in the process of pursuing the Governor for nothing they went all out against prominent sons of the State.
Obienyem wrote this piece from Awka, Anambra
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By Masterweb News Desk
Amaku University Teaching Hospital was the first project visited by Masterweb Team during her tour on August 25, 2011 of projects by Governor Peter Obi’s government. Our team described the institution as a bouquet of flowers in the horizon; that was how they saw it from afar before realizing it was the target of their project visit. The structures amazingly interlocked into rainbows of gracefully intertwined flowery colours that displayed architectural creativity. The external paintings of the buildings backboned the architectural flowery aura. Glory to God for the architectural designers of the hospital project who unraveled structural and landscape wonders in Amaku, a village needing all the hopes for good health and growth into an urban city.
Work is still in progress at Amaku University Teaching Hospital as more buildings are under construction in fulfillment of Governor Obi’s dream for a high rated teaching hospital in the community. Completed buildings were all above standard both in and out. Our team walked through these building and found none to be sub-standard, a determination which our supported.
The Chief Medical Director of Amaku University Teaching Hospital told our team that they have a masterpiece blueprint for a complete landscaping of the hospital grounds with lawns, hedges, trees and flowers for the beautification of the premises once all building structures are completed.
Below are pictures our team took at Amaku University Teaching Hospital:-
Photo Above: Dr.Lawrence Ikeakor, Chief Medical Director of Amaku University Teaching Hospital (Left) & Prof. Linus Ilika, Anambra Commissioner of Health (Right) pose for photo in front of the General Out-Patient Dept. Building after interview by Masterweb team.
In a few days, we will publish our report on Anambra State Ultra Modern Fire Service Headquarters & State Emergency Management Complex, Awka.
*Tags: Nigerians, Anambra, State, Tour, Amaku, University, Teaching, Hospital, Report, Governor, Peter, Obi, South, East, Africa, Masterweb
*Nigeria: Giving Fuel Subsidy A Bad Name
By Kali Gwegwe
I have, over the last twenty-four months written severally on the need for government to maintain the current fuel subsidy regime. My main argument has been that Nigeria’s socio-economic framework is still too fragile to absorb whatever shock that may arise from further increases in the pump price of petroleum products. I am not unaware of the fact that the income and welfare of Nigerians have not improved for a long time.
As at March 2009, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that about 10m Nigerians were unemployed. This figure is disputable. It reported a mere 19.7 employment rate. Sadly, unemployment has continued to be on a steady rise in the country owing to a number of critical factors. The volume of economic expansion has not been robust enough to correct the causes of growing unemployment in the country. Some of the major factors contributing to high unemployment figures are pandemic corruption in private and public sectors, high cost of doing business, poor power system, insecurity, lack of access to financing, high interest rate, and dilapidated public infrastructure among others. All of these have in turn helped to promote the negative culture of poverty, hunger, crime, disease, and underdevelopment.
It was in the midst of this sad reality that Goodluck Jonathan contested and won the 2011 presidential election. For one very simple reason, Nigerian masses wholeheartedly welcomed with both hands, the transformational agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan. It was aimed at alleviating the long time suffering of more than 60% of the nation’s population that literally sell their own blood in order to provide food, clothing, housing, transportation, education, and health care for members of their families. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria (2010 - present)
The transformational agenda started well with a “zero tolerance for corruption” posture. For the first time, a large cache of “untouchables” were arrested and docked for issues bothering on graft. Deliberate efforts are also being made by government to diversify the nation’s economy through practical steps to discontinue our reliance on the unpredictable revenue from oil and gas. Another highpoint of the transformational agenda of the Jonathan-led administration is the renewed vigour towards fixing the very important power sector through increased funding and other complimentary instruments and policies. To crown it all, government found it wise to increase the basic salaries of workers after coming to the realization that the nation’s present socio-economic framework was too weak to support majority of households in the country meet their statutory obligations.
Owing to the ignoble activities of a few but powerful persons working with foreign collaborators, four of the nation’s refineries located in Rivers, Delta, and Kaduna States were systematically sabotaged in order to promote a needless fuel importation business. As the world’s sixth largest producer of crude oil, we have no reason to import petroleum products at all. As a matter of fact, Nigeria is importing petrol and kerosene today because government has lost the battle of “will” to a tiny group of people that feed on the common blood of Nigerians. Instead of going after these enemies of the nation, government is being stampeded into harassing hapless citizens through the arrogant attempts to remove fuel subsidy. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station.
Signs suggesting that government have lost the soul of the nation to a small clan of greedy and heartless Nigerians and their foreign accomplices emerged when the governor of the Central Bank, Mallam Lamido Sanusi called for the immediate withdrawal of fuel subsidy shortly after resuming office. His major plank of argument was that only a “tiny cabal” was benefiting from the huge subsidy paid by government. I strongly disagree with Sanusi’s opinion. It is quite regrettable that the CBN governor will in a cheap attempt to push his opinion through, dismiss and bury the fact that millions of Nigerians benefit from the subsidy government pay on petroleum products. For the few people like him that does not dip hands into their bottomless pockets to buy petrol, he may find it convenient to deny the benefits of fuel subsidy. This kind of attitude displays the mien of the average top government official.
The truth is that, there are millions of Nigerians, including bus/taxi drivers, small scale enterprises, Okada riders, hair dressers, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and even religious organizations that save about N90 for every liter of petrol they buy. No person or amount of propaganda can drown this fact in a pool of insensitivity of a few well-heeled government officials. A lie will always remain a lie, no matter who tells it. This clarification is very important because of the high amount of respect President Jonathan has for his aides and other top government functionaries.
Sometimes, government officials acting the script of third parties can deliberately give counsels that will put their principals in problem. The president should therefore take heed of this and ignore any policy that will put more holes in the pockets of ordinary Nigerians. In everything, let him stand with the masses. Events around the globe have shown that power actually belongs to the masses. I am tempted to believe that the enemies of Nigerian democracy (they are many) will take advantage of the expected uproar that will greet the removal of fuel subsidy next year to incite the masses to ask for the resignation of the president. These are some of the reasons why the president must be very cautious with the suggestions he receives from his advisers, ministers, and other top government functionaries. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
The unilateral position of Sanusi concerning the removal of fuel subsidy was emboldened by the coming of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as the Minister Finance in August, 2011. She too has been in the forefront of calls for the removal of fuel subsidy. I am not surprised owing to her background as a senior World Bank staff. The World Bank is a tool used by the West to promote and protect their economy. Unknown to many, the economic independence of Africa will be a threat to the West. They will hide behind any veil to destabilize the continent’s polity and economy. Some of these veils include Austerity Measures, Structural Adjustment Program, and Currency Devaluation.
Currently, attention has been shifted to the National Assembly. The minister of Finance is investing so much energy trying to convince the legislators on the need to remove fuel subsidy. Let them not be deceived by paper logic. Governance is more of a practical thing than paper logic. They should not be swayed by the beautiful pictures Okonjo-Iweala usually paints about Europe and America. If Nigerian workers earns as much as their contemporaries in those countries, nobody will complain about buying fuel even at N200 per liter.
Sadly, the latest call for the removal of fuel subsidy came from the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF). According to its chairman and governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi; the fuel subsidy was enriching only a few people. I strongly condemn the series of lapses that have led to Nigeria becoming a petrol-import-dependent country. However, there is no way those who import petroleum products will not make profit. It is the huge profits these importers make that cause Sanusi and Amaechi to argue that only a tiny number of Nigerians are enjoying the benefits of fuel subsidy. This is a very faulty way to analyze issues and draw conclusion. It will be too wrong for government to sacrifice Nigerian masses just to “fight” those who milk Nigeria through the subsidy they receive from importing petroleum products to service the high demands in the local market. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigeria Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
There is also this suspicion that some persons and companies involved in the importation of petroleum products do collaborate with some government officials to engage in sharp practices that is costing the country trillions of Naira. There are also cases of smuggling of petroleum products out of the country. All of the factors enumerated above are reasons why the CBN governor, NGF, and minister of finance want fuel subsidy removed. If our refineries are working at optimum capacity, we would have no reason to import fuel and spend huge amount on subsidies. The Nigerian masses should not be forced to pay for the inefficiencies of government officials and organizations.
One fact that has emerged clearly from all the calls for the removal of fuel subsidy points to one direction. The nation’s fiscal policy formulators and advisers do not have regard for the Nigerian masses. They are therefore easily persuaded to take a pro-elitist stand each time the need for national transformation arises. In fact, they see the masses as inconsequential in the greater Nigerian Project. This is one strong reason why President Jonathan must be quick to dismiss whatever idea or suggestion that will cause him not to stand with the masses.
It is also a huge fact that the nation’s policy formulators, special advisers, and senior special assistants to the president are either lazy or ran out of ideas. The only option left for them is to take hold of the jugular of hapless masses by rooting for the removal of fuel subsidy. They see it as a short cut to fixing the nation’s frail socio-economic framework. Like I have suggested elsewhere, the phase has come for government to make the affluent bear the burden of nation’s transformational agenda for the first time in the history of the country. Since independence in 1960, it has been the suffering masses that carry the burden of the nation’s political and economic experimentations. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
There is no doubt about the fact that the withdrawal of fuel subsidy will save billions of Naira for government to invest in other critical areas. However, the other side of the coin is that majority of Nigerians are too poor to buy a liter of fuel at N150. These are persons that earn less than $2 a day. It is with this $2 that they pay for the feeding, rent, clothing, education, and medical expenses of their family members. Withdrawing fuel subsidy at this time will definitely increase the level of poverty in Nigeria. The gains of the new minimum wage of N18,000 will be rubbished by the hike in the pump price of fuel.
Like I have suggested in my other write-ups on this same issue, those pushing for the removal of petroleum subsidy would sing a different song if they were earning even N100,000 a month. Many persons in the “president’s team” are not on the same page with him. Ordinarily, their opinions are supposed to be shaped by the pledge of the president, which is to “stand with the masses.”
Instead of strangulating the poor and hapless masses to raise additional money to service the nation’s socio-economic framework, government should pay more attention to the development of the non-oil sector of the economy. This should be done by energizing the private sector to perform at optimum capacity. This will however mean having a robust power groundwork, cheap access to credit facilities, lower interest rates, improved security of lives and property, friendly tax regime, and a sound transport infrastructure among others. With these fiscal policies, the economy will pick up and help create jobs and improve the welfare of the citizenry. It is at this point that government can contemplate the removal of fuel subsidy. By then, the nation’s socio-economic framework would be able to absorb the shocks that would come with it.
Kali Gwegwe, CEO, Nigeria Democracy Watchtower writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at email@example.com ( 0806 407 4810 )
By Masterweb News Desk
Iloagusi Colleens Chidubem, a Nigerian resident in India, was on Wednesday arrested by Indian police for assault at the Nigerian embassy in New Delhi. Chidubem allegedly hit Mohammed Hussain, a senior official at the embassy with a stone on the head. An Indian police officer speaking to the press said: "We received a complaint from the Nigerian high commission and have registered a case. We are investigating the matter."
According to the First Information Report (FIR), Mohammad Hussain was on Tuesday, October 11 informed by security at the embassy that someone wanted to see the High Commissioner. Hussain stepped out to meet the visitor who identified himself as Iloagusi Colleens Chidubem, but was forced to call the police after Chidubem became aggressive. According to Hussain in the FIR, the embassy offered the accused Rs 500 ($10.20) after he said he had not eaten anything all day long and told him to go home. The embassy called the police after Chidubem refused to leave the embassy according to Hussain's statement. The police forced Chidubem to leave the embassy. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Indian & Nigerian Flags [ Indian Flag-(left); Nigerian Flag-(right) ]
Chidubem came back the following day, October 12 and again demanded to see the High Commissioner and a scuffle broke out between him and the security guards. According to Hussain in the FIR, he spoke to Chidubem over the phone but could not understand him as he spoke Igbo (a local dialect in Nigeria). That prompted Hussain to come out to meet the accused who hit him on the head with a stone. The guards overpowered and detained him until police arrived to arrest him.
A First Information Report (FIR) is a written statement or report prepared by the police in India, Japan and Pakistan when they are contacted with information on the commission of a cognizable offence. It is called the First Information Report because it is a report of information that reaches the police first in point of time of the commission of a cognizable offence. It is a complaint lodged with the police orally, in writing or by phone by victims of cognizable offences, or by someone representing them.
*Tags: Nigerians, Arrested, Indian, Police, Assault, Embassy, Abuja, Africa, Masterweb
By Intersociety, CLO & Human Rights Club
(Onitsha Nigeria, 8th October, 2011)-The announcement by the Anambra State leadership of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria and its affiliate bodies on Friday, 7th of October, 2011, of the suspension of the three-week long strike action embarked upon by the Anambra State organized labour leaderships, is a welcome development- said the leaderships of Intersociety, CLO & Human Rights Club in their joint statement issued in Onitsha today. “The Peter Okafor-led TUC deserves commendation for seeing reasons with the 5million people of Anambra State on the need to embrace dialogue and save the Anambra children from the hands of the world of crime, propelled by idleness”-says Intersociety. “The commendable action of the TUC should be emulated by the Patrick Obianyor-led Anambra NLC. The strike action ab initio is unwarranted and appears to be politically motivated and ill conceived”-says CLO. “The Anambra TUC clearly saw the hand-writing on the wall and retreated wisely to avoid facing the wrath of the Anambra public opinion, which weighed heavily against the strike action clearly rooted on wrong premise”-says Human Rights Club.
We have also been vindicated by the unfolding developments. It is becoming clearer day by day that the strike action ought not to have been embarked upon because the minimum wage implementation did not cause it. The State Labour leadership is even more confused by not knowing why it embarked upon the strike action ab initio. It initially alleged that the strike action was as a result of the refusal of the Government of Anambra State to implement the National Minimum Wage, but when informed opinions ex-rayed both government and labour positions and found the labour stance too hard, it reprobated and re-christened the strike “salary relativity” or “demand for a general review of salaries across board for workers in the senior reaches of civil service”. It also formulated-“the demand that salary increases and allowances granted by federal government to its workers before the minimum wage came into force be extended to the State workforce”. Those affected by the former are about 30 permanent secretaries and directors, who were also provided with a lot of incentives including brown new vehicles (permanent secretaries) and retirement gratuities paid two months after retirement.
It is our firm warning that the Social Contract obligations must never be compromised on the altar of over bloated workers wage bills. Time is running out for the State NLC Leadership to put off its unwarranted and unpopular strike action and embrace constructive dialogue.
Emeka Umeagbalasi-Intersociety, Aloysius Attah-CLO, Samuel Njoku-Human Rights Club
Photo Above: Comrade Aloysius Attah
Photo Above: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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