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04/16/11

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*Nigerians - Troop Out And Vote For Buhari Today

By By People's Mandate Movement (PMM)

RISE NIGERIA, RISE TODAY APRIL 16

Rise Nigeria, Rise My People!! Nigerians must rise today, Saturday, April 16. Nigerians must take the bull by the horns. Nigerians must vote in mass. Take your destiny in your hands. Vote out evil and reclaim your country. If you do nothing, evil will rule Nigeria. Nothing should scare you this time around and steal your votes.

Let criminal politicians import arms for their thugs - all you need to offset and shame them out of office, are what you already legally have -your hands, your legs, your eyes, handsets, digital cameras, Internet, etc.

Troop out and vote for Buhari. Let them know that power belongs to you and not to imposters. We must vote for change by voting Buhari/Bakare ticket. Mobilize Nigerians for a massive vote for the ticket. Buhari must win today. Let his win be like an earthquake that will rock, jilt and shake the whole nation to a revolutionary change.

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04/15/11

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*Vote Buhari For President of Nigeria

By By People's Mandate Movement (PMM)

PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release

Huge crowd trail Buhari during a campaign rally

Photo Above: Huge crowd trail Buhari during a campaign rally - displaying "Power to the people" sign which is part of PMM logo (photo insert).

Great Nigerians, The D day is Saturday, April 16 when we must vote Buhari president of Nigeria. If we do nothing, evil will rule Nigeria. If we do not act on Saturday, we should no longer complain about the bad situation in Nigeria. We must vote for change by voting Buhari/Bakare ticket. Vote and get others to vote for the ticket. The die is cast - start mobilizing Nigerians for a massive vote for Buhari on Saturday. Let his win be like an earthquake that will rock, jilt and shake the whole nation to a revolutionary change. Let the cry of.... ....Click here to read full Press Release

Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Tunde Bakare

Photo Above: Muhammadu Buhari -Left, Pastor Tunde Bakare -Right

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04/14/11

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*Buhari/Bakare for President of Nigeria

By Martins Tokode

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin – Charles Darwin Thank you all for your response to my recent piece on the political situation in Nigeria.

Clearly the most pressing problem that confronts us today as a nation is corruption and indiscipline. We are not under the siege of natural disasters. But that is how far goodluck can carry us. We need to do the rest ourselves; otherwise we would ever remain backward as a nation. Complex problems always have an epicentre. An attack on a complex problem at the epicentre usually resolves the complexities to manageable chunks that can easily be tackled.

Corruption and indiscipline represent the banes of our socioeconomic disasters. We now have very complicated problems that we do not know where to start from. Corruption is in various forms and it manifests in many ways. I neither suggest that it can easily or quickly be eradicated nor suggest that a single person has all the answers to the problem, but we have to start from somewhere. I am not saying these men are perfect for there is no perfect human being. Nigerians know those who are more suited to fight the monster of corruption that besieges us.

The effects of corruption are very obvious for all to see. Many Nigerians are brutalized and dehumanised with associated loss of honour and dignity as they struggle with realities of live below poverty line in their homeland. Those who emigrated in the hope of finding better living have suddenly realised that hope does not always lie in a foreign land. Graduates of first class mental quality have suddenly found themselves on the receiving end of racial discrimination. Many have turned to menial jobs unfit for the unschooled in their native land. The hope of recovery for millions of Nigerians seems very slim. Many are permanently sequestrated in foreign land unable to visit their native home because of shame of unrealised dreams. The groans of Nigerians reach high heavens as they labour under the perplexity and awe unleashed on them by the coalition of the powers that be. ( Continues below….. )

General Muhammadu Buhari

Photo Above: VENUE: Abuja, DATE: December 9, 2010 - Buhari displays a clenched fist (PMM symbol) during his declaration of his intention to stand for the 2011 presidential election.

Based on this monster called corruption, the lots of Nigerians have diminished over the years. In 1964, over 84 per cent of the Nigerian population was living above poverty line. Since then, the poverty rate has assumed an upward trend, from 28.1 per cent in 1980 to 46.3 percent in 1995 to 65.5% (67.1 million of the population) in 1996. The governor of Enugu state, on October 3rd 2003, put the figure of Nigerians living below poverty line at 87% (about 93 millions of the estimated 120 million). On 4th June 2010, the minister of finance confessed that more than 50% of Nigerians now live below poverty line. His estimated unemployment rate was 19.7% and according to him, more than 50% of Nigerians between 15 – 25 years in cities were unemployed. The gross under-estimation of these figures has been decried by Nigerians.

Other figures of national wellbeing tell dismal stories: Infant mortality rate in Nigeria was 109.5 for live births and 187.5 for under-fives in 2009. Nigeria was in the 183 position out of the 195 countries, lagging behind Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Gambia, Cameron etc. Nigeria contributes 2% of the world population but donates 10% of world maternal deaths. The maternal mortality rose from 473.4 in 1990 to 608.3 in 2008. Between 1.06 and 1.63 million Nigerian women will suffer disability due to complications of pregnancy and labour. The high maternal morbidity and mortality rates in Nigeria have been attributed to poor governance by the experts.

On 6th December 2010, the zonal commander of Federal Road Safety Commission for Lagos and Ogun states said Nigeria looses a crude estimate of N456 billion ($3 billions) to road traffic accidents per annum. The Executive director, Accident prevention and rescue initiative (APRI) Abuja, Nigeria said a crude estimate of more than 35,000 Nigerians die of road traffic accidents annually (an incredible under-estimation). The life expectancy of Nigerians has deteriorated from 51.01 years in 2003 to 47.56 years in 2011. Based on these figures, Nigeria position shifted from 192 in 2003 to 219 in 2011 on world ranking. Remember these figures are far below the realities on ground.

A few Nigerians have taken over the commonwealth of more than 150 million people. Because of exorbitant running cost of the government and money sharing culture of politicians, very little money is allocated to infrastructure development, and the little that is allocated leaked out through bribery and contract inflation. Nigerians are dying on the roads because of bad roads consequent on poorly executed or unexecuted road projects. Many Nigerians die easily of curable and preventable diseases. Poor funding of health centres leads to lack of diagnostic and treatment facilities. Inadequate and uncoordinated efforts and the syndrome of get rich quick make Nigeria a dumping ground for fake drugs, substandard automobile tyres and parts etc. Poor funding of Universities leads to poorly educated professionals with below par skills. Inadequate funding of education results to a situation where our graduates are devoid of situated skills and are not fit for purpose. Those who have attended schools that blow the trumpet of entrepreneurial education merely graduated without creativity and inventive skills. The curriculum was designed such that it is inadequate to inculcate the skills of abstract thoughts, inventiveness and creativity in the students. Because our schools merely specialise in producing graduates unfit for modern economy, Nigeria has to rely on foreign brains for the establishment and the management of our industries. Recently many industries have relocated out of the country because of hostile economic environment. The brains behind institutions that are functioning in Nigeria today are not even Nigerians.

A corrupt nation like Nigeria is treated like a person with bad credit rating. A bad credit rating person gets loans but at very high rates. The high insurance premiums on employees, equipments and loans as well as the money used to bribe corrupt politicians by foreign companies are passed on to the consumers (i.e. Nigerians). For instance, the telephone tariff in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world. Modern economy is technologically driven; the technology that is not within the reach of Nigerian native level of industrialization. These modern equipments are very expensive even for rich countries of the world. Most of the time, these equipments are leased out by the manufacturers, who maintain them and replace them when necessary. The same arrangement cannot operate in Nigeria because of insecurity and corruption. Lack of these equipments contributes to the underperformance of our industries, schools and hospitals. How many of our Universities have electron microscopes or spectrometers? If they don’t, what is the worth of their PhD degrees in cell biology and chemistry? This may also be part of the reasons why power project is very expensive in Nigeria aside from the inflation by the politicians. Now consider a situation where there is peace in Nigeria and the corruption is low, using this arrangement being enjoyed by developed nations, our hospitals can be better equipped to treat our citizens and our schools can be better equipped to train our youths. ( Continues below….. )

CPC Flag

Photo Above: CPC Flag - *Muhammadu Buhari is presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

The indiscipline in our society has no limit. Teachers get drunk and staggered to the classrooms anytime they fancy. Many teachers are not found in school because they have gone in search of extra income to prop up their inadequate salaries. Examination processes are openly corrupted by the coalition of students, teachers and the examiners. Nigerian youths are being modelled by people who should never smell the walls of our schools. Teachers have sex with students and extort money from them in exchange for what they are being paid to do. Our youths have completely lost direction. Our schools have become abattoirs where students slaughter themselves without challenge. The smell of obscene acts in our schools is unimaginable. Our schools are now raising armed robbers, political touts, 491 experts and prostitutes. Politicians seduce the girls in our higher institutions with treasury money that rightly belongs to them in exchange for sex.

Many have graduated with brainwashed mentality rather than informed faculty typical of University graduates. They are cheap prey to religious extremism and hooliganism. The fire of intellectualism has being extinguished from our top Universities. Instead of vibrant, articulate, well read and well informed students with structured mentality that used to emanate from our Universities, our universities now churn out stupid, apathetic, brainwashed graduates fatigued by years of drinking religious orthodoxy. It is so sad. The minds of Nigerian youths are being cultivated with notes formed 20 years before. By the time an average student graduates from our Universities, his mind lag behinds his counterparts in the civilised world by almost 50 years. How can the certificates carried by those graduates of our schools be accepted for employment in civilised world?

Because the state has failed Nigerians on several fronts, many have turned to God in religious institutions. But evidence shows that their socioeconomic salvation may not be in the religious houses. The problems of many are not solved but they kept going for doses of religious opium to enable them cope with realities of Nigerian society. Many have merely become dependent on religious leaders without any personal initiatives and skills at handling the challenges of real life. Economic hardship has driven many men of the cloth to do what is contrary to the law of humanity and the tenets of their religion. The voice of the stomach of many has been louder than thus saith the Lord from above. Many have exploited the large drift to religious houses for gains. What the secular training of many cannot fetch them through the front door of keen competition and sound thinking are now easily available through the back door of religious manipulation and exploitation. We now coerce and intimidate the weak among us into submitting their meagre income for the purpose of building empire and flying in the air. I am not against Christianity; I am a Christian myself but I do not allow religious sentiments to prevent me from following the path of truth. I am yet to see our own type of ecclesiastical practice elsewhere, not even in the days old.

Salvation is now for sale. Discipleship that Jesus and the apostles gave free to their followers now needs to be purchased. The all night meetings that Jesus and the early apostles had with the people without payment are now subject to charges payable at the gate. Christianity has become a pay-as-you go enterprise. The benevolent deeds of God are now stratified by greedy pastors with fees attached to each type of miracle. Many politicians have found haven in our churches in exchange for their loyalty and continuous donation of money stolen from national treasury. Jailed politicians are welcomed back into the society from prisons with societal thanksgiving conducted by men who are supposed to sanitise the society. As politicians are lifting one hand up to worship on our camp grounds, they are using the other to loot the national treasury. The church in Nigeria is practising unholy wealth conversion.

Unlike the ancient prophets and the apostles who spoke openly against the injustice and corruption of their days, our men of God in Nigeria have shut up their bowels of mercy and refused to plead the course of the underprivileged. They are not touched by the wailings and the pains of the widows, the widowers and the orphans who have died in our hospitals, on our roads, in their homes due to generator exploitations, armed robbery, and other causes that may be linked directly or indirectly to corruption. They speak not against the government that rob and trample on the wounds of Nigerians. Politicians are donating to them stolen money to occupy front seats at meetings and crusades. Where are we going! Nigerians are besieged everyday as they are bombarded by the ecclesiastical artilleries of sham miracles and prophesy from the media outlets meant to lure them into religious exploitation. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states including Bayelsa State and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

Our children are now branded witches and wizards as these greedy pastors extort money from their parents in the name of deliverance. Ecclesiastical missiles are unleashed on Nigerians on Sundays to intimidate and coerce them into submitting to man-made ordinances poorly constructed by ignorant pastors. Many so called men of God have become ecclesiastical snipers as they set out from Nigeria hopping from one Western country to the other leeching the Nigerians in Diaspora. To these migrant pastors, the problems that Nigerians face are easily attributed to witches and wizards that have become international couriers transferring their files from one nation to the other.

The basic truth is that the poverty and suffering of Nigerians is the wealth of the church. Can you tell an average British to come to church for miracles of healing or prosperity when they have responsible leaders who take care of their people? Can you summon the Germans to hopeless all night prayer meeting because of accidents on the roads when they have intelligent leaders who can use laws and training to control the driving behaviours of the citizens? The socioeconomic afflictions have driven many Nigerians to endure futile all-night meetings under hostile weather in desolate camps and mountains to the joy and festivity of mosquitoes. When they come down with diseases and severe malaria, they reassure them that the devil is on reprisal mission. This represent one of the reasons why many men of God are mute about the political corruption in Nigeria and many are against the political inclination of some men of God. If our nation is socioeconomically better and not many people go to church in search of miracles, how do our pastors in Nigeria extort money from them? This position is not general to all men of God for quite a number of pastors are still decent and committed to divine mandate.

If Pastor Bakare wants wealth, it is far easier for him to attain wealth through pastoral work. I have never seen Pastor Bakare face to face and I don’t go to his church. But I believe that he is one of the credible pastors in Nigeria that speak the truth of the bible. Some people castigate him because of his mistakes but tell me a man that is perfect. A man should be rated based on his principles and not because of his mistakes. It is safer for him to get rich and ride jet by exploiting the congregation in the quietness of his church environment than to risk the bullets of assassins while demonstrating on the road or on a campaign podium. But he knows better. He knows that prosperity does not come by donating money in the churches and intelligence does not come by bathing in the anointing oil.

Some people say he is leaving his flock; but Jesus said it is better for him to leave his flock. Parental anxiety during separation from children is nothing but a marker of prior poor parenting and control instinct. In many churches in Nigeria today, the members cannot function without the leader. The church is structured around a single man: one man show. He is the only lion that roars. Leaders raise leaders, but managers manage people. Under managers people remain who they are whereas leaders make men into leaders. That is what Jesus did. Leaders who have done descent work should not be afraid to leave his followers. Jesus was never afraid of leaving his disciples.

If we accept that our major problem is corruption, then any government that is apathetic towards this national malady does ordinary Nigerians a great disservice. The lack of political will to tackle corruption by the ruling party is disturbing. Since the inception of this administration, many corrupt politicians are walking free on our streets and even contesting for political offices. The politicians in the ruling party demonstrated their no mercy stance for Nigerians when they celebrated the release of a corrupt politician from the prison recently. It is very sad that these men are not touched by the worries of Nigerians; they are less concerned about the cries of the widows and widowers and the orphans of those who lost their lives of causes that could be traced to corrupt practices. Nigerians buy fake electronic products from India, China and Japan with hard earned money. Money is siphoned from poor Nigerians to enrich our politicians and these foreign countries and create employment for their citizens and tax for their government. We need government of the poor in Nigeria! ( Continues below..... )

Muhammadu Buhari

Photo Above: Muhammadu Buhari during an interview with Reuters at a private residence in Lagos, Nigeria, February 19, 2011.

But in all these hope is not lost for Nigeria and Nigerians. The mother Nigeria though emaciated and haggard from years of neglect can still be nourished; milk of prosperity can still flow from her breasts to nourish her children– Nigerians. Recent economic speculation suggests a favourable economic future for certain African countries including Nigeria. It is believed that the recent global economic recession did not affect African nations as much as the Western World had anticipated. Consequently, the investors are considered well disposed to Africa continent. If this conjecture is correct, it is believed that African continent may be the next economic power house.

But any nation that will partake of what is coming needs to prepare well ahead. This will not come by prayers alone but by active involvement of the citizens in the government of the day. This is where your role comes into the political equation of Nigeria at this crucial time.

The youths in Nigeria today stand on the threshold of history. What they do will dictate the outlook of Nigeria in the next few years. The youths constitute the largest percentage of the eligible voters in Nigeria today. They are likely to live longer to enjoy the rewards of their efforts of today or reward of apathy and inactivity in matters of governance. You are the ones who can make revolution happen. You are the ones who can turn around the bad stories of Nigerians. You are the ones who own the power to say enough is enough; we are not prepared to suffer anyone. You are the ones who can make Nigeria a delightsome land, a land of that flows in abundance where hunger will become a tale. You are the ones who can cause that revolution that will put Nigeria in its rightful position in the comity of nations.

If you do it, the chance is high that you will spend your days in plenty and unemployment will be a forgotten dirge in the land. I salute your creative ingenuity that has hitherto been misused; turn the creative virtue of 419 into mechanism to rid our nation of corrupt politicians. Our unfinished business of chasing away corruption from Nigeria must be accomplished. Say it to yourself many times until it becomes a passion. Let the passion propels you to convert it into a slogan. Blow the trumpet of the slogan in the cities, towns, your classrooms, your hostels; say we shall finish the unfinished business to your friend, your family, your employer, your teacher, your pastor, your imam, etc. Let the sister say it to the brother, father to the daughter, mother to the son; noise it in the market places and in the cinema houses. Say it aloud, Nigeria must be delivered from corruption. Send it around in text messages and forward it as emails to your loved ones.

Let the revolution begin now. Not like the revolution in the northern Africa; but quite and intelligent revolution. Note that there is a close link between economic decline and civil war. Shun hooliganism; you are too valuable to be used as instruments of electoral manipulation. But in the quietness of your heart and resolve in your soul, say no to corrupt politicians. How will this happen. It will take only your commitment, your resolve to despise the sun, your determination to disdain the rain, your patience to ensure that you cast your vote intelligently. Shun popular opinion, be a reasonable person, do not be emotional, your life is not about pampering the emotion of somebody else or considering the quiet demeanour of a politician mistakenly taken for humility and uprightness.

Boldly and courageously put your fingers on the appropriates sites of the ballot papers for the progressives. Vote for credible people with past record of courage, resolve, and love of their father land even to the near shedding of their blood. Do not be deceived by the unending promises of power supply; if it has not happened in the last 12 years, 4 years is unlikely to make a huge difference. The issue of power in Nigeria needs a man who is bold and courageous. Good will is not enough and good luck is inadequate. Between the promises of power to its actualisation, there are many obstacles on the way. A man that is completely sandwiched among corrupt politicians is unlikely to achieve despite his good intentions. Nigerians need more than good intentions. We need a leader who can think straight, talk straight and is not afraid of intimidation. Nigerians need men who do what they talk.

The age of laissez-faire leadership is gone; Nigerians need a leader who will take the bull by the horn. How will a passive man overcome the obstacles placed before power project by the generator dealers and importers? How will he, with his passive posture and tolerant for corruption, dissuade his corrupt colleagues from collecting bribes from generator manufacturers and dealers to cripple the power project? How will he withstand the foreign imperial powers that get taxes from generator export to Nigeria? How will he persuade the government of the countries of generator manufacturers to cope with unemployment that will result from loosing electric generator market in Nigeria?

This will only take a man of zero tolerance for corruption. It is only a man who loves Nigerians and completely sold out to them that can do this. One may say none of the aspirants that we have is qualify; but the cure of pollution is dilution, it is not pollution. It is only a fool that continues doing the same thing and expects different results. We have cast our net on the left side for 12 years without end to our woes. It is time to try the right side. Use your votes to say no to corruption, corrupt party and politicians. Use your vote to cause revolution in Nigeria.

Spread this message around; send it to as many people as you know; let the revolution begins with you. We should ride above ethnic and religious sentiments and let us give the job to the people who appear more capable to do it. If Efik or Tapa man appears more suitable I will still be writing what I am writing in his favour. Not every man is well suited to solve a particular problem. Let us give the power to those who can solve our most pressing problem - corruption. If they fail us again, we would kick them out and look for someone else. We have tried the ruling party long enough.

May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.

Martins Tokode can be reached at martins_tokode@rocketmail.com

Muhammadu Buhari

Photo Above: Muhammadu Buhari

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Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Tunde Bakare

Photo Above: Muhammadu Buhari -Left, Pastor Tunde Bakare -Right

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03/30/11

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*Nigeria: Bai Koroma Visits Arik Air Facility

By Nosa Osula-Aituamen

President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone visited Arik Air Aviation Centre at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos to acquaint himself with operations of the airline. President Koroma, who was on a two-day visit to Nigeria, was received by the top management of the airline led by the Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue.

The Sierra Leonean President was conducted round the facilities at Arik Air including the airline’s state-of-art Operations Control Centre (OCC) and the maintenance hangar. He expressed satisfaction with the facilities in place at the airline’s headquarters. ( Continues below….. )

A Landing Arik Plane

Photo Above: A Landing Arik Plane

Speaking with journalists shortly after the departure of President Koroma, Ndulue said the visit was to cement the existing relationship between the airline and the Sierra Leonean government.

He disclosed that Arik Air has entered into a joint venture agreement with the government of Sierra Leone to incorporate an airline, Leone Airways which will be the country’s national carrier.

Ndulue elaborated on the visit: “President Koroma came on a courtesy visit to Arik headquarters so he can familiarize himself with our operational base. He was very impressed with what he saw.” ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Photo Above: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

He stated that the new Leone Air will operate the Freetown to London route and that structures are being put in place to enable the new airline start operations soon.

Arik Air, according to Ndulue, is not new to the government and people of Sierra Leone as the airline has been operating flights between Lagos and Freetown since June 2009. He therefore sees the new joint venture as a vote confidence in the airline.

Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)

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03/29/11

Permalink 11:11:00 am, by lateef lawal, 520 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: AON To Hold Service Providers Responsible For Negligence

By Lateef Lawal

Members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) will henceforth hold service providers responsible for any damage to their aircraft as a result of culpable negligence by any of the agencies. According to the Assistant Secretary General of AON, Alhaji Mohammed Tukur, the position of the association was predicated on the nonchalant attitude of some service providers in living up to their responsibilities in ensuring adequate security and safety measures at the nation's airports.

He said though members of AON were not shying away from the fact that they were owing some of the agencies appreciable level of old debts, some of the service providers have not been living up to their statutory responsibilities to airlines. Tukur noted that on several occasions, aircraft of member airlines had suffered losses due to bird strikes and intrusion into the sterile areas of airports damaging aircraft on the ramp without any compensation and that the airlines would no longer take it as business as usual. ( Continues below..... )

Airborne Plane

Photo Above: An Airborne Plane

He gave as example, the incident last year when a man drove his car into the sterile area of an airport damaging an aircraft on the ramp, the several incidents of bird strikes which affected many of the airlines and the recent incident in which due to lack of perimeter fence, goats rammed into a chartered aircraft carrying some top politicians.

The AON Assistant Scribe said if the government could not assist the airlines with its much touted financial bail-out for the airlines over a year after the announcement and the Minister of Aviation was not even doing anything positive on the bail out, the association would lose confidence in getting any reprieve under the present administration.

Nevertheless, Tukur assured that domestic airlines were ready to continue to service their historical debts as agreed earlier with the Minister of Aviation, but any accident or incident traceable to the fault of any service provider would no longer be treated with kid glove, as indicted service providers would be made to pay for such loss(es) incurred by any of the member airlines. ( Continues below..... )

An airborne Dana plane

Photo Above: An airborne Dana plane

Meanwhile, Alhaji Tukur has enjoined managements of the various domestic carriers to be wry of some unscrupulous who have been making traveling difficult for passengers by creating artificial scarcity of seats onboard aircraft and attendant extortion through illegal hike in air fares.

He said for example there had been complaints by some passengers of purchasing tickets that officially cost N17,000 for between N20,000 and N26,000 only to get onboard to find out that the plane was not full as claimed by the supposed official(s).

He also enjoined passengers to desist from patronising those staff that usually accost and sell tickets to them off the counter and always ensure that all their transactions are made from the officially designated ticket sale counter of airline of their choice.

Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)

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03/28/11

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*Nigerians Deserve Quality Education

By Ifeatu Agbu

There is no disputing the fact that education is the key to any country’s significant development. In spite of this, however, many developing countries fail to give priority to the sector. Policy makers in these countries know too well that knowledge is the fuel that fires the engine of growth. It is for this reason that UNICEF recommends that developing countries should appropriate 26 per cent of their annual budget to the education sector. Unfortunately, this has been largely ignored by most of these governments, including Nigeria.

The situation in Nigeria is particularly worrisome because one would expect that a nation with vast oil wealth should use a substantial part of its resources to develop its human capital. It is indeed ironic that Nigeria, despite her oil wealth is sharing the dark basement with highly illiterate societies. A recent Global Monitoring Report on education shows that Nigeria is one of only 10 countries that account for 72 per cent of the global total number of 796 million illiterate adults. It is also one of the 15 countries with more than half of the world’s 23.6 million out-of-school children.

Owing to the rot in our educational system, many young Nigerians are now queuing up in foreign embassies to obtain visas to study abroad, even in fellow African countries like Ghana and South Africa, where the learning conditions are better. Unfortunately, the government appears to be nibbling at the problem rather than tackling it holistically. Just recently, the Federal Government approved nine new federal universities to bring the total of universities in the country to 117. Ordinarily, one would say the more the merrier. But that is not the case here, as the problem of funding the universities and education generally is still largely unaddressed. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states and capital (Abuja or FCT)

Logically, there are chances that the new universities would face the same financial predicament as the ones before them. So, increasing the number of universities may not solve any problems for the beleaguered education system. Even those in the system acknowledge this. The Vice-chancellor of Oshun State University, Professor Sola Akinrinade, agrees that new universities would expand access to higher education but reasoned that "the dearth of qualified lecturers and other challenges facing university education ought to have been resolved before the creation of new universities."

The Minister of Education, Ruqqayatu Rufai has a ready explanation. She said that the decision of the Federal Government to establish the universities was informed by the desire to provide access to university education to a larger number of qualified candidates who are annually stranded due to lack of carrying capacity by the existing universities.

As if to buttress this point, the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde, said that only 16 per cent of 1.4 million candidates seeking admission in 2011 can be offered placements because of low carrying capacity of the universities. “We are worried. There are children who want to go to university, but cannot go because the carrying capacity is defined by National Universities Commission (NUC), considering personnel, infrastructure, etc”. He gave a graphic example with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where 7,000 candidates qualified to study medicine but it had only 150 slots.

The need for more universities notwithstanding, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie frowns at the rush to set up new ones. He warned that establishing new universities without commensurate funding would be counter-productive and argued that existing universities could have been expanded to achieve the same objective.

Without exception, all the existing public universities run by the Federal and state governments are in dire financial straits. Mr. Ayo Olowe, the chairman of ASUU, University of Lagos chapter, said that the fund allocated to education is too small for the country to make meaningful progress in the sector. "In a situation whereby they (FG) are spending less than two per cent of the national budget on education, as opposed to UNESCO's standard of 26 per cent; portrays the government as unserious," he said. ( Continues below..... )

Members ASUU protesting in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria in September this year.

Photo Above: Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protesting in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria in September last year (2010). Click For Enlarged Photo

The appalling situation in our universities is all too obvious and it shows in the acute shortage of lecture halls, laboratories, libraries, and hostel accommodation. The quality of teaching in the universities is equally below standard. This is even made worse by the influx of unserious lecturers into the academia. Consequently, not one university in Nigeria is among the top 50 universities in Africa, and none is ranked among the top 3,000 universities in the world.

This is totally unacceptable. The federal and state governments that are owners of most of the universities should demonstrate their commitment to quality education by meeting the UNESCO’s standard of 26 per cent allocation to the sector. The government should also set irreducible minimum international standards for private universities, some of which are really no more than glorified secondary schools were anything goes as long as they collect their unmerited high fees.

Time was, when our universities were ranked among the best in the word. For instance, the University of Ibadan was once the fourth best university in the commonwealth. To regain this past glory, engagement of quality lecturers is key. The universities must therefore reinvent themselves by persuading their best graduating students to come back as was the case in the past, to become graduate assistants. The universities should sponsor them for masters and doctorate programmes in some of the best universities in the world.

Producing quality lecturers should not be left for universities alone. Government and their agencies as well as the private sector should also key into it by offering scholarships for post graduate studies. Some of the oil companies and state governments have done well in this regard. Only recently, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for the first time since it was established over 10 years ago, instituted overseas post graduate scholarship programme. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

The Managing Director of the commission, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, explained that the scheme was essentially for the people of the region, who wished to pursue Masters and Doctorate degree programmes in science-related courses in foreign universities. Ultimately, the post-graduate training would upgrade the knowledge of the students and make them more marketable.

The commission has also started a Petroleum Engineering/ Drilling Graduate Training Programme for indigenes of the Niger Delta as part of efforts to make the local content policy of the federal government a reality. Mr. Ugwoha said that the trainees would, among others, be equipped with fundamentals of oil and gas exploitation, well site safety, both onshore and offshore, basics of hydrocarbon, well-logging with special emphasis in abnormal pressure evaluation.“The good news about this programme is that all participants are engineering graduates of tertiary institutions and the trainers are experts brought in from the oil fields in the United States and beyond” Ugwoha said.

Another agency of government that is also contributing significantly to producing post graduate students is the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). It has so far trained 1,800 scholars at the Masters level and 250 at the Doctoral level in top ranked universities specialising in oil and gas courses in the United Kingdom.

The Executive Secretary of the Fund, Engr. Muttaqha Rabe Darma said the Fund has started domesticating its Masters Degree Programmes following significant progress made in upgrading the physical infrastructure and teaching facilities of some Nigerian Universities. This is good news.

The upgrading should also be extended to our primary and secondary schools which have degenerated to disgraceful levels in recent years. Since something cannot be built on nothing, quality university education can only be achieved with quality primary and secondary education.

Mr. Ifeatu Agbu ( ifeatuagbu@yahoo.com ) writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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*Nigeria's Coal City, Enugu - Milked & Forgotten?

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Enugu State, for some of those born after the 70s, and whose interests in history are nothing of pride, was popularly known as the Coal City. And for those born well ahead of the Nigerian civil war, the Coal City remains a great part of our collective history as a nation. Coal was discovered in Enugu in 1909, almost 50 years ahead of oil discovery. Until the discovery of oil in Nigeria, coal remained our major stay as a country. At that time, when the British were brutish, the workers, amongst whom were some indigenes of the State, couldn’t dare to voice their truest demands even if they had a hint of what their rights were.

Now that oil has force-retired coal in Nigeria, the entire nation, especially the government seems to have little or no use and respect for history. Any nation or person that advertently ignores history is set for an uncertain future. With all the oil and pomp, the Nigeria of today has become more of a must-read for the the schools of the world. It’s even a laughable twist when one remembers that the same coal which the Nigerian government has toyed with and discarded, along with the indigenes where the mines are located, is the very coal which drives China into its super power dreams. China, a country with the largest single population in the world, is being driven by the same coal that the Nigerian government mocks. ( Continues below..... )

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Billions of Naira have been poured into the so-called Niger Delta regions because of the location of the nation’s oil deposits. The indigenes of the Niger Delta are treated with a high level of care and respect in the nation because of the oil. It’s deserving to acknowledge the source of your stay, but my questions in reference to the Coal City are these:

1. If the Niger Deltans now receive greater attention solely because of the large oil deposits in the region, why has Enugu State constantly been treated like it was never carrying the entire nation-single-handedly?

2. Recently, the salaries of former heads of state were reviewed in their favor, why is it difficult for the country to see that the government has marginalized the Coal City decades before that word got across to the Niger Deltans? Why is the Coal City treated as if it never served any purpose worthy of even greater rewards than the ex-presidents who, in their time, ruled and left without results?

3. If the Niger Deltans are compensated, and the heads of states, promoted, even after their retirement form office, why does the federal government think it not robbery to continue to ignore the Coal City indigenes and to ride on their kindness? ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

By His grace, oil has also been discovered in Enugu State. What does this entail for the nation and the state, and how is the government planning on defrauding, yet again, the good people of Enugu State? This injustice has overstayed its welcome; I, therefore, request that the federal government visit this matter and treat it in the spirit of urgency.

This has nothing to do with the history of Biafra, nor has it anything to do with the seeds that the British planted in Nigeria; it has everything to do with the way the federal government treats minorities, be they of people, resources, or concerns, and, most especially, the way the federal government views Enugu State and its indigenes as a whole.

In spite of all her worth, the Coal City has no direct outlet to the outside world except for the long-overdue minor renovations going on at the state airport. I ask that the same privileges, treatments, and incentives given to the youths of the Niger Delta and our former heads of state be extended to the Indigenes of Enugu, the great Coal City. A stitch in time saves nine.

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*Nigeria: Buhari's Unfinished Business

By Martins Tokode

A friend of mine sent the first post-coup broadcast of Mohammed Buhari to me recently. Reading through the address, I came to one conclusion that Nigeria has not improved regarding the issues raised in the address. Almost everyone knows that PDP is a rejuvenated NPN that was in power at the time. It seems to me that the same NPN is now doing exactly the same thing done then but under a different nomenclature and at a different time in the history of Nigeria. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Muhammadu Buhari during an interview with Reuters at a private residence in Lagos, Nigeria, February 19, 2011.

Recent report in FRESHFACTS newspaper about the views of the international community regarding our April election, paint a picture of shoddy preparation and systematic corruption of the electoral process. I will like the general public to read the broadcast of the General in 1984. I do not intend to show affection for service men's intervention in politics; my point is that we need a man who is courageous and resolute to clean our country of corruption- our major devastating problem. One good turn deserves another.

HERE IS THE BROADCAST

In pursuance of the primary objective of saving our great nation from total collapse, I, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari of the Nigerian army have, after due consultation amongst the services of the armed forces, been formally invested with the authority of the Head of the Federal Military Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is with humility and a deep sense of responsibility that I accept this challenge and call to national duty.

As you must have heard in the previous announcement, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1979) has been suspended, except those sections of it which are exempted in the constitution.The change became necessary in order to put an end to the serious economic predicament and the crisis of confidence now afflicting our nation.

Consequently, the Nigerian armed forces have constituted themselves into a Federal Military Government comprising of a Supreme Military Council, a National Council of States, a Federal Executive Council at the centre and State Executive Councils to be presided over by military governors in each of the states of the federation. Members of these councils will be announced soon.The last Federal Military Government drew up a programme with the aim of handing over political power to the civilians in 1979. This programme as you all know, was implemented to the letter. The 1979 constitution was promulgated. However, little did the military realise that the political leadership of the second republic will circumvent most of the checks and balances in the constitution and bring the present state of general insecurity. The premium on political power became so exceedingly high that political contestants regarded victory at elections as a matter of life and death struggle and were determined to capture or retain power by all means.

It is true that there is a worldwide economic recession. However, in the case of Nigeria, its impact was aggravated by mismanagement. We believe the appropriate government agencies have good advice but the leadership disregarded their advice. The situation could have been avoided if the legislators were alive to their constitutional responsibilities; Instead, the legislators were preoccupied with determining their salary scales, fringe benefit and unnecessary foreign travels, et al, which took no account of the state of the economy and the welfare of the people they represented. As a result of our inability to cultivate financial discipline and prudent management of the economy, we have come to depend largely on internal and external borrowing to execute government projects with attendant domestic pressure and soaring external debts, thus aggravating the propensity of the outgoing civilian administration to mismanage our financial resources. Nigeria was already condemned perpetually with the twin problem of heavy budget deficits and weak balance of payments position, with the prospect of building a virile and viable economy.

The last general election was anything but free and fair. The only political parties that could complain of election rigging are those parties that lacked the resources to rig. There is ample evidence that rigging and thuggery were relative to the resources available to the parties. This conclusively proved to us that the parties have not developed confidence in the presidential system of government on which the nation invested so much material and human resources.While corruption and indiscipline have been associated with our state of under-development, these two evils in our body politic have attained unprecedented height in the past few years. The corrupt, inept and insensitive leadership in the last four years has been the source of immorality and impropriety in our society. Since what happens in any society is largely a reflection of the leadership of that society, we deplore corruption in all its facets. This government will not tolerate kick-backs, inflation of contracts and over-invoicing of imports etc. Nor will it condone forgery, fraud, embezzlement, misuse and abuse of office and illegal dealings in foreign exchange and smuggling.

Arson has been used to cover up fraudulent acts in public institutions. I am referring to the fire incidents that gutted the P&T buildings in Lagos, the Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation, the Republic Building at Marina, the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Capital Development Authority Accounts at Abuja and the NET Building. Most of these fire incidents occurred at a time when Nigerians were being apprehensive of the frequency of fraud scandals and the government incapacity to deal with them. Corruption has become so pervasive and intractable that a whole ministry has been created to stem it. Fellow Nigerians, this indeed is the moment of truth. My colleagues and I ¨C the Supreme Military Council, must be frank enough to acknowledge the fact that at the moment, an accurate picture of the financial position is yet to be determined. We have no doubt that the situation is bad enough. In spite of all this, every effort will be made to ensure that the difficult and degrading conditions under which we are living are eliminated. Let no one however be deceived that workers who have not received their salaries in the past eight or so months will receive such salaries within today or tomorrow or that hospitals which have been without drugs for months will be provided with enough immediately.We are determined that with the help of God we shall do our best to settle genuine payments to which government is committed, including backlog of workers¡¯ salaries after scrutiny. We are confident and we assure you that even in the face of the global recession, and the seemingly gloomy financial future, given prudent management of Nigeria¡¯s existing financial resources and our determination to substantially reduce and eventually nail down rises in budgetary deficits and weak balance of payments position.The Federal Military Government will reappraise policies with a view to paying greater attention to the following areas:

¡öThe economy will be given a new impetus and better sense of direction. ¡öCorrupt officials and their agents will be brought to book. ¡öIn view of the drought that affected most parts of the country, the federal government will, with the available resources, import food stuffs to supplement the shortfalls suffered in the last harvest. Our foreign policy will both be dynamic and realistic. Africa will of course continue to be the centre piece of our foreign policy. The morale and combat readiness of the armed forces will be given high priority. Officers and men with high personal and professional integrity will have nothing to fear.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria and all other holders of judiciary appointments within the federation can continue in their appointments and the judiciary shall continue to function under existing laws subject to such exceptions as may e decreed from time to time by the Federal Military Government. All holders of appointments in the civil service, the police and the National Security Organisation shall continue to exercise their functions in the normal way subject to changes that may be introduced by the Federal Military Government. All those chairmen and members of statutory corporations, parastatals and other executive departments are hereby relieved of their appointments with immediate effect.

The Federal Military Government will maintain and strengthen existing diplomatic relations with other states and with international organisations and institutions such as the Organisation of African Unity, the United Nations and its organs, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, ECOWAS and the Commonwealth etc. The Federal Military Government will honour and respect all treaties and obligations entered into by the previous government and we hope that such nations and bodies will reciprocate this gesture by respecting our country¡¯s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Fellow Nigerians, finally, we have dutifully intervened to save this nation from imminent collapse. We therefore expect all Nigerians, including those who participated directly or indirectly in bringing the nation to this present predicament, to cooperate with us. This generation of Nigerians, and indeed future generations, have no country other than Nigeria. We shall remain here and salvage it together. May God bless us all. Good morning.

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I am not a mouth piece for Buhari and I have neither seen him face-to-face or remotely related to him in anyway. I do not even live in Nigeria. But I knew how Nigeria was during his short rule. He is man of his word. He did exactly what he said in the speech above. Unfortunately his mate Tunde Idiagbon is no more with us. Nigeria needs men who will say and do. Nigeria needs strong and courageous leader. May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.

Martins Tokode can be reached at martins_tokode@rocketmail.com

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