*Nigeria: I Was Never Arrested By FIRS Says Arik Boss
By Nosa Osula-Aituamen
Chairman of Arik Air Sir Arumemi Ikhide has denied being arrested by the Nigeria Police Force on the orders of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), over failure to remit taxes from the operations of the airline alleging running into over N3 billion affirming that officials of the FIRS only visited the premises of Air Air to reconcile accounts over figures that in dispute. Sir Arumemi-Ikhide who briefed reporters at the corporate headquarters of Arik Air also denied that the managing director of the airline Mr. Chris Ndulue as well as the vice president in charge of finance of the carrier was also arrested.
The Arik Air boss explained that officials of the FIRS only visited the airline for clarifications on issues bordering on figures to be taxed from the proceeds of its ticket sales, which he said needed the full imput of the airline, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA), and other stakeholders. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Arik Chairman, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide (right) receiving the Company of The Year Award from Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to South Africa, Alhaji Shehu Malami at the Leadership Awards for Excellence 2009 held in Abuja on Friday, April 30, 2010.
He said : "At no no time was I arrested, in fact at the said time, I was far away in London, how could I be in London and at the same time be arrested in Nigeria. Sometimes, I wonder where such misrepresentations are coming from, which only intent is to portray the airline in bad light.
We do not need to join issues with anybody, but to just put the record straight by insisting that nobody from Arik Air was arrested by officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
The FIRS officials were only here on courtesy visit, they did not invade Arik Air offices, just the way journalists come in here, they were here carried out their routine assignment and left. At no time did they arrest me or anybody."
He further said of the issues that led to the visit of FIRS officials to Arik Air: "The FIRS write a letter to us in Arik Air that they will like to clear some issues over ticket sales with our officials and we gave them appointment for October 25, 2011. But, before that date we had some issues with the technology that controls our ticket sales and the accruing revenue it should capture. To get such issues sorted out takes quite some time, because the officials handling the technology had traveled to Dubai to fix the equipment that drives the technology. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: A landing Arik Plane
When the FIRS officials visited the affected officials were not on ground to carry out the accounts reconciliation. So, to put it in persective, Arik Air does not owe FIRS, we have already paid about N1.2 billion out of the N2.1 billion.
It was a case of disagreement in sales figures that the FIRS officials sourced from the NCAA, which we as an airline need to reconcile. But, due to the failure in technology, we were unable to achieve that."
The Arik Air further explained such misrepresentation of facts could send negative signals to the international community that is poised to drive the growth of the aviation industry through the injection of the much needed funds.
He explained that information making the round that Arik Air has acquired a brand aircraft worth several millions of dollars, could not be true because the airline has been utilizing multi lateral funding to acquire state - of - the - art equipment, which may have prompted the visit of the team to its office.
He explained that Arik Air will continue to demonstrate its obedience to the laws of the land as a responsible organisation, and not a debt ridden outfit out to short change government. Sir Arumemi- Ikhide lauded the efforts of the Federal Government to assist the airline by creating a conducive atmosphere for it to carry out its business with restrictions in terms of policy and a friendly operating environment.
He also lauded the efforts of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria ( AMCON), which has assisted Arik Air through Union Bank to acquire working capital to keep the operations of the carrier afloat.
Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)
*EU Air Tax On The Verge of Collapse
By Nosa Osula-Aituamen
The House of Representatives has voted against U.S. participation in the European Union’s (EU) costly emissions trading scheme (ETS), which would impost new emissions taxes on U.S. and other nations’ carriers flying to and from the EU.
The bipartisan legislation, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011 (H.R. 2594), was introduced by John L. Mica (R-Fla.), transportation and infrastructure committee chairman along with democratic committee members.
“This appropriately named EU scheme is an arbitrary and unjust violation of international law that disadvantages U.S. air carriers, threatens U.S. aviation jobs, and could close down direct travel from many central and western U.S. airport to Europe,” said Mica, who says neither Congress nor the government will support the EU tax scheme. ( Continues below….. )
If imposed on January 1, 2012, the EU aviation tax scheme would apply to U.S. and other nations’ flights into or out of an EU airport, regardless of how long that flight is in EU airspace, according to the committee.
Airlines would be required to pay an emissions tax to the EU Member State to which they most frequently fly, without any requirements that EU countries even use these fees in aviation emissions reduction efforts.
H.R. 2594 prohibits U.S. aircraft operators from participating in the ETS. The bill also instructs U.S. officials to negotiate or take any action necessary to ensure U.S. aviation operators are not penalized by any unilaterally imposed EU scheme.
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
Photo Above: Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria.
Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)
*Nigeria: Commercialize NAMA Now
........For Efficiency & Transparency Says Air Controllers
By Nosa Osula-Aituamen
The National Association of Air Traffic Controllers, NATCA, has called for the full commercialization of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for efficient service delivery.
At a news conference in Lagos to commemorate the International Air Traffic Controllers Day, President of the Association, Alhaji Jubril Haske said this would help to bring about transparency and accountability which is necessary for efficiency in the running of the agency.
According to him, wastages would be eliminated and other inefficiencies inherent in a typical government agency. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: An Airborne Plane
Alhaji Haske emphasized that the provision of air traffic control services was capital intensive and therefore, required a cost-recovery business model for efficiency in harnessing and allocation of resources.
"We need to commercialize NAMA through a government statutory provision right now is established as a government parastatal like most other government agencies that are not necessarily aviation based or aviation bias or aviation centered but if you look at the trend globally in the last 15, 20 years the trend has been to either privatize like we have in Canada, partial privatization like we have in UK with the Department of National Air Traffic Services (DNAT) or the model that we have in South Africa where you have ATNS that is 100 percent government owned but it is a company that is run just like every other private company, every year they are required by law to publicly publish their statement of account which are also audited by private accounting auditing films. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.
According to him, "Now the advantage in that is that it brings a lot of transparency in how the organization is run, it brings accountability which is necessary for efficiency, it equally eliminate wastages and other inefficiencies inherent in a typical government bureaucracy so what we are asking, what we are advocating for is for NAMA to be fully commercialize based in line with these other examples that I have given and I am sure that this can be done through a statutory provision in which case the agency will simply operate like a commercial entity operate, the main concern of course is safety but then you are also going to put certain mechanisms to ensure that you recover cost, if for example an agency buys 20 VOR and install it in the airport, you must also have a plan as to how you are going to recover the cost of procuring and installing those 20 VORs or 20 ILSs you know we feel if you do that it will serve the interest of safety and efficiency better" ( Continues below….. )
Highlighting inadequacies in functional communication, navigation and surveillance equipment including insufficient Training and retraining programmes, poor remuneration and unsatisfactory job career structure as some of the problems they are grappling with, Alhaji Haske wants the Federal Government to expedite action to address these problems.
Speaking on ‘Pay As You Go’ Alhaji Haske noted that the Association was in total agreement with its introduction, as a lot of money had been collected with its introduction.
"Well I am not in the position to say,,,, but all I can say is that yea, it is necessary, we fully identify and support with that policy thrust by NAMA to recover cost I mean it is absolutely necessary and I am quite sure that you are aware that there are so many airspace users who have not paid for services rendered dating back to years, three years, seven years and what have you so in order to prevent that I think that is why the agency now said ok we will do pay as you go, you pay as we provide the service so those ideas of saying ok the money we are owing is seven years old it should be waste over percentage will not arise and like I said ion the statement that I read aviation generally is capital intensive if you are expecting modern navigational aids, modern Radar systems and what have you, there must be cost this era of seeing air traffic services as part of social services I mean is gone."
Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)
*Nigeria: Magatakarda’s Politics of Humanity
By Amiru Adamu
Experience has shown us that at the climax of every election, the behavior of politicians towards the people changes dramatically, while campaigning politicians demonstrate courtesy and goodwill towards the people, they make themselves available at social events invited or otherwise just to win over the people. Some go to the extent of crying on television just to prove their so called love for the masses. The true character of a politician can only be assessed when he wins or losses an election. For the winners they immediately after their inauguration change their phone numbers, surround themselves with tough looking body guards and practically employ all measures to distance themselves from their people whom they now regard as a nuisance. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Nigerians casting their vote
Same also applies to those who loose the elections, they abscond from their supporters in some cases they shamelessly blame their followers for their failure and cut all relationships with them till some months to another election when they resurface with another deceitful slogan such as “ga naku ya dawo” which in Hausa means yours is back. It is only in Nigeria that a politician behaves in such a manner and have the audacity to return as a contestant, though I don’t blame our people that much, for poverty is and will continue to be a problem to our people if the present status quo is maintained.
However despite the poor image of our politicians, there are still some of them who are truly committed to the development and happiness of their people. One of such politicians is Alh. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko the Executive Governor of Sokoto State. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State
Magatakarda’s open door policy is a pacesetter to all politicians who wish to stay close to their people. Sarkin Yamma has always identified himself with humanitarian causes, and he has maintained this noble commitment throughout his last four years in office. He has left his mark in many aspects of human development and philanthropy, His reputation as a listener is being demonstrated by the open door policy being carried out at his residence, where all visitors irrespective of social class are able to gain audience with him. This is in contrast with the notorious Nigerian culture of guarding government centers, and deploying tough looking, gun carrying security operatives to harass and scare away the masses.
In fact, what many people may not realize is that Magatakarda’s humanitarian sentiment is largely the source of his political strength. It is only in sokoto state that the needy troop to the government house to receive assistance directly from their governor, not from any Aid or assistant. It is only in Sokoto. That the governor apart from financing a Ramadan feeding programme also hosts the masses at his home and sit among them to break his fast from the same plates as everybody present. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states, including Sokoto State and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)
This open door policy and many other humanitarian policies too numerous to mention has accorded “Sarkin Yamma” the goodwill he is presently enjoying in the Nigerian political arena. To further justify my assertion of his open door policy Magatakarda in an interview described his administrative policy thus: “as a matter of principle, I believe and respect the dignity of mankind. As a leader, I believe one of the best things you can do is to listen –know peoples likes and dislikes; their needs and aspirations and put together your programme as much as possible along those lines. That is what I have been doing since I came into office. I have been guided by that principle and thus, we have a government with a listening ear, one that respects the feelings Yearnings and aspirations of the people.”
Sarkin Yamma has demonstrated that he is not a selfish and fair-weather politician who only needs the people to advance his ambition but abandons them when he gains his desired position. He remains a faithful friend of the masses and he should be a source of inspiration to other politicians.
Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
By Masterweb News Desk
Anambra State Ultra Modern Fire Service Headquarters & State Emergency Management Complex, Awka was the second project visited by Masterweb Team during her tour on August 25, 2011 of projects by Governor Peter Obi’s government. The project as observed by our team easily qualifies as one of its kind in the country. The fire trucks and ambulances were all in mint condition and based on operational tests, were found to be above standard. Materials and equipments associated with the trucks and medical emergencies, were also determined to be all above standard.
Our team from on-the-spot assessment, rated the establishment amongst the best in the country, a determination which our supported. Only a handful of states in Nigeria can boast of such modern fire fighting and emergency response facility.
Below are the amazing pictures our team took at the project site:-
In a few days, we will publish our report on New Anambra Govt. Secretariat (Twin Building) & Roads by Governor Obi’s government..
*Unemployment Cause of Social Unrest In Nigeria
By Amiru Adamu
The level of insecurity in Nigeria today is rising at an alarming rate. Bomb blasts, assassinations, and other terror acts have become the order of the day in our once peaceful country. These acts are carried out by no other persons than the youth who are supposed to be the future leaders. The question here is: why will the youths of a country resort to killing and bombing their fellow countrymen and women? ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing - Forensic experts comb and examine a blast scene, looking for clues and collecting samples for forensic analysis.
The answer to this question is not farfetched. Injustice, unemployment, deprivation, hopelessness, and the total lack of commitment of the leaders to the plight of the struggling Nigerian youths are some of the answers to this question. An idle mind they say is the devils workshop. Unemployment in Nigeria today has become every youth's nightmare. It is no longer about going to school and graduating or learning a trade, but about how to face the reality of graduating and joining the brigade of the unemployed with no hope of a better tomorrow. ( Continues below….. )
Unemployment coupled with the ever widening social gap was what prompted the youth of the Niger Delta to pick up arms in protest. When MEND started vandalizing pipelines and kidnapping, many "truth shy" politicians and other stakeholders condemned their acts and declared war against them without taking time to consider the hardship and deprivations those youths were going through.
Blessed are the peace makers. The late President Umaru Musa Yar'adua. Though initially ill-advised by the war mongers, made a U-turn and took the path of dialogue by declaring an amnesty for youths of the Niger Delta. He also took a step that those before him lacked the morality to take by coming up with a programme to empower the youth of the Delta. The dramatic way Yar'adua's amnesty and empowerment programme brought to the end the Niger Delta saga is a testimony to the saying "A hungry man is an angry man". ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Late Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua at a Muslim prayer session in Abuja on September 29, 2009.
The emergence of Boko Haram brought about a new culture of suicide bombing and martyrdom to Nigeria. Our leaders quickly dismissed the group as that of religious extremist who were misguided and brainwashed by their leader, without taking time to look at the facts.
The only solution to the problems is for our leaders to stop dragging their feet and create employment opportunities for our teeming youths, so as to keep their minds busy and off violent thoughts. A stitch in time they say saves nine.
Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.
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*Gaddafi’s Shameful Death: A Red Card To Remaining & Emerging Dictators Says Nigeria’s Intersociety
(Onitsha Nigeria, 21ST October 2011)-The Leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law-Intersociety welcomes the news of the end of the disastrous era of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in the People’s Republic of Libya, though, we preferred him being captured alive so as to face trials over his regime’s sundry grievous rights violations including mass murder, covert and overt sponsorship of international terrorism and internal political insurrections. The journey to Colonel Gaddafi’s disastrous fall remotely started in the Tunisian city of Bouzid on 17th December 2010, where the 26-year old Mohammed Bouazizi, a street vendor, set himself on fire, over his frustration as per former President Azedine Ben-Ali’s failed leadership and dictatorship. The former President, who ruled his country dictatorially since 1987(23 years), later fled the country on 14th January 2011 as a result of the raging “Jasmine Revolution”.
The “Jasmine Revolution” later spread like a wild fire to Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Syria and Libya and swept away the dictatorial regime of former President Hussein Mubarak of Egypt, who ruled Egypt since 1981(30 years). The immediate cause of the Libyan revolution started in Benghazi in February 2011, leading to the formation of the Transitional Ruling Council by the opposition forces or armed opposition groups. The Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years and 21 days, having come to power through his “Arab Islamic Jamahiriya Socialist Revolution” in September 1969, otherwise called the “September Revolution”.
The Gaddafi Revolution was very disastrous to humanity by any standard. His ascendance to the Libyan political throne marked a turning point in the international peace and security. He was instrumental to the formation of the leftist and radical Organization of Islamic Conference formed in the late 70s to humiliate and extinguish the 21-member Arab League, formed in March 1945, because of the latter’s reconciliatory approach towards Arab-Israeli age-long conflicts, especially that between Israel and Palestinian Liberation Organization. In November 1978, Colonel Gaddafi spearheaded the setting up of a 3.5Billion US Dollars fund under the aegis of the Arab League for the destruction of the State of Israel. Within the same period, he personally voted 3Billion US Dollars for the propagation of fundamentalist Islamism and overthrowing of the “Western puppet governments” especially in the Middle East and Africa by the Islamic radical elements .This partly led to the emergence of Ruhollah Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979, Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq in Pakistan in 1977, Omar Hassan el-Bashir in Sudan in 1989, Mullah Mohammed Omar in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, etc.
He recruited, trained, funded and exported thousands of mercenaries to Spain, Northern Ireland, former Yugoslavia, Americas, etc, in furtherance of his anti-west crusade etc. In 1997, he donated a whopping sum of 1Billion US Dollars to the leadership of the Nation of Islam in the USA for the “advancement of Islam in USA”. In Africa, he was believed to be the brain behind the civil wars, insurrections and military take-overs in Chad(1990),Burkina Faso(1987), Gambia(1994), Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, to name but few. He was also accused of being the main mastermind in the bombing of Pan American Airlines over Niger and Canada in 1988 and 1989 respectively, which killed over 400 passengers, though he was exonerated over that of Niger for want of concrete evidence. He spearheaded to its logical conclusion the open campaign for the death of the Late President Anwar El- Sadat of Egypt because of the latter’s favourable disposition towards the Camp David Accord of 1979, between Israel and Egypt. Even in the attempts made on the life of former President Hussein Mubarak of Egypt in 1995 during the OAU (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Colonel Gaddafi was suspected of being involved.
Colonel Gaddafi’s capture and not his death would have gladdened our heart, because his international trials would have been an eye opener to the 6Billion-plus global population over his innumerable crimes against humanity. Colonel Gaddafi’s atrocious era quickly reminds us of the inglorious epoch of the Late “Comrade” Pol Pot of the “People’s Republic of Kampuchea( Cambodia), whose bloody rule of 1975 to 1979 led to the death of more than three million lives. Through his infamous “profound socio-economic changes”, the country’s economy and cultural institutes were destroyed. The prevailing Buddhist religion was banned and the clergy massacred with utter impunity.
The shameful death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and other members of his household means express issuance of red cards to the world’s remaining and emerging dictators to quit their long held political powers before it becomes too late. In Africa, many dictators still dot the Continent’s political enclaves. Some of these dictators are: Jose Edwardo Dos Santos, Angola (1979)-32 years; Obiang Nguema Mbasago, Equatorial Guinea (1979)-32 years; Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Zimbabwe (1980)-31 years; Paul Biya, Cameroon( 1982)-29 years; Denis Sassou Ngueso, Congo Libreville ( first came in 1979, left in 1992 and returned in 1997)-27 years; Yoweri Musevi, Uganda(1986)-25 years; Blaise Compore, Burkina Faso(1987)-24 years; Omar Hassan el-Bashir, Sudan(1989)-22 years; Idris Derby, Chad(1990)-21 years; Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia(1991)-20 years; Issaias Afwerki, Eritrea(1993)-18 years; and Yahya Jammeh, Gambia(1994)-17 years.
The leaders of Djibouti, Rwanda, Senegal, Algeria, Congo DRC, Kenya, Morocco, Swaziland and Lesotho are emerging African dictators, having stayed in power for over ten years or transformed into absolute monarchies. Internationally, the Castro political hegemony in Cuba remains the world’s longest serving political power having come to power in 1959-52 years. Others are: (absolute) King Haji Hassan al-Borkiah Muizzadin Waddaulah, Brunei (1968)-43 years; (absolute)King Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Oman(1970)-41 years; Mr. Ali Abdullah Salih, Yemen(1978)-33 years; Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan(1990)-21 years; Nursaltan Nazarbaev, Kazakhstan(1990)-21 years; Emomali Rahman, Tajikistan(1994)-17 years; Alexsandr Lukashenko, Belarus( 1994)-17 years; Kim Jong-iL, North Korea(1994)-17 years. The leaders of Jordan, Syria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Venezuela are also emerging dictators in their countries having stayed in power for over ten years or transformed into absolute monarchies. The post Gaddafi Libya must be credibly democratic and respecter of the people’s rights and fundamental freedoms. The ICC and relevant UN bodies must also not rest on their oars until the killers of the thousands of the Libya’s innocent citizens are brought to justice to account for their heinous misdeeds or crimes against humanity.
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, BOT
Photo Above: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Intersociety, 41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
*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.
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*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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