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05/02/11

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*Osama Bin Laden Killed in Pakistan

By Al Jazeera & Agencies

US president Barack Obama said bin Laden, the most-wanted fugitive on the US list, had been killed on Sunday in a US operation in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, about 61km north of Islamabad. "Tonight, I can report to the people of the United States and the world, the United States had carried an operation that has killed Osama bin Laden, a terrorist responsible for killing thousands of innocent people," Obama said in a statement. "Today, at my direction, the United States carried out that operation... they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. "The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date against al-Qaeda. "We must also reaffirm that United states is not and will never be at war against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, in fact, he slaughtered many Muslims," Obama said. Four people, including one of bin Laden's sons, were also killed in the operation. According to ......Read More

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Permalink 02:22:00 am, by aviationreport, 621 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Germany Donates Vehicles To NDLEA

By Nosa Osula-Aituamen

The German government has donated two Toyota Hiace buses to the Canine Unit of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The vehicles are to facilitate the easy movement of the agency’s dogs to operational areas. The German Consul General, Mr. Walter Von Den Driesch while making the presentation at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command’s office in Lagos on Thursday March 17, 2011 noted that the donation was pertinent to enable the NDLEA maximise the use of the sniffer dogs.

“In 2009, BKA Germany organised a sniffer dog handling training course for 3 NDLEA officers which took place from 2nd November until 19th January in Dresden/Saxony, Germany. The twelve weeks course covered building of trust between animals and people as well as ability and capacity to handle sniffer dogs in complex police situations. After the successful completion of the training, the officers returned to Nigeria with 4 sniffer dogs (Belgian Shepherd dogs) with each dog valued at between 1,500 and 1,800 Euro. These vehicles are to enable the NDLEA convey the dogs to their operational areas” Walter stated. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Nigeria "National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)" Logo

He also pledged to assist the NDLEA in capacity building to address the drug problem. Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade while receiving the vehicles thanked the German government for the kind gesture and promised to judiciously utilise the vehicles. “On behalf of the management of the Agency and indeed the Government of Nigeria, I sincerely appreciate this donation and kind gesture to the Agency. In line with our tradition of commitment and dedication, these operational vehicles will be utilized strictly for the purpose for which they were given. The effective use of these vehicles will make it difficult for the merchants of death to smuggle drugs into the country undetected as the canines can now be moved around our operational bases more conveniently” Giade stated.

The NDLEA boss called on governments, organisations and individuals to assist the Agency. In his words, “It is no longer debatable that the challenges of drug control are quite enormous and it becomes even more compounded when our counterparts and other donor organisations fail to come to our assistance at our critical moments. Globally, it is known and accepted that drug control is a shared responsibility as no country can go it alone. We would be doing great service to humanity if we join hands to counter the activities of the merchants of death”. ( Continues below….. )

A Belgian shepherd dog

Photo Above: A Belgian shepherd dog

Giade also promised that the capacity of the dogs will be optimised now that they could easily be moved around. “The capacity of our Department to confront operational issues such as drug supply reduction through interdiction activities will be greatly enhanced if our partners come to our assistance in terms of equipment and capacity building. The difference in our airport operations became visible even to the greatest pessimists when the United States Government supported our efforts with the donation of modern scanning machines” the NDLEA boss stressed.

The dogs and the vehicles are not enough, because we hope to use them at other airports in the country as well as in other neighbouring countries of West Africa whenever the need arises. “On invitation, we have taken the dogs on assignment in other countries and we hope to expand such operations as the German Government has promised to foot the bill of joint training programmes in the region” Giade stated. The NDLEA officers carried out a field demonstration of how the dogs detect drugs and in turn rewarded by their handlers who give them toys and play with them.

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05/01/11

Permalink 12:21:00 pm, by kali Email , 1066 words   English (US) latin1
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*NPLF, Jonathan, North And The Rest of Nigeria
( Article submitted April 5, 2011 )

By Kali Gwegwe

It will be difficult to dispute the widely held opinion that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s emergence as Nigeria’s president is a divine interjection. In less than one year as president, the Bayelsa State born president has given hope to the mostly disillusioned Nigerian masses. For the first time in the history of Nigeria, fuel is being sold at a uniform price all over the federation. Electricity generation and distribution has improved significantly.

By the time the sector is fully privatized, power outage will be a thing of the past. With a population of about 150m, Nigeria is unarguably the most populous Black Country on earth. This massive population presents an attractive climate for commerce and foreign investments that would have driven away unemployment and poverty. Unfortunately, poor infrastructural development has greatly hampered the country’s socio-economic growth. This could be conveniently linked with the high level of corruption in government businesses and the deep culture of tribalism.

For most part of Nigeria’s fifty years as an independent nation, successive governments have been run like secret societies. The level of secrecy in government businesses has made it almost impossible to effectively fight corruption and other social maladies plaguing the country. In most cases, it is members of the ruling “cartel”-not the constitution that decide the fate of the nation. Sensing that Goodluck Jonathan will not maintain the “old tradition”, this powerful “cartel” that has been running the country all these decades immediately went into battle against him.

It started with a fierce attempt to prevent the then vice president Goodluck Jonathan from acting on behalf of his boss, even when it had become very inevitable. When it became obvious that they have lost out to the Senate’s “Doctrine of Necessity”, the “cartel” quickly resorted to high level blackmail, intimidation, and slander. After all of their plots had failed, the “cartel” went on to instigate tribal and religious sentiments against President Goodluck Jonathan. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria (2010 - present)

It was at this sad point that the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) led by Mallam Adamu Chiroma came into the fray. The NPLF took the issue of zoning in PDP to the level that it gave rise to deep suspicions among many stakeholders in the north that prefer “One Nigeria” to the “Two Nigerias” literally being championed by the minority apostles of zoning. This was the strongest reason why the NPLF’s sole candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar failed woefully during the PDP presidential primaries.

Still refusing to accept the “One Nigeria” option, the NPLF went ahead to appeal to northerners to vote for only northern candidates even though Jonathan has the best of credentials among all the presidential aspirants. This is most regrettable. While not attempting to dismiss the zoning arrangement in PDP, the NPLF should not ignore the fertile fact that it is only God that gives power. The facts are clear enough for everyone to see that God has a hand in the emergence of Jonathan as president. It will therefore be proper that they accept what nature has arranged.

Perhaps, it will be necessary to note here that a greater percentage of northern political stakeholders do not even see the NPLF as a consensus body. They rather see it as an attempt to perpetuate the “old order”, where just a few privileged northerners walk the corridors of power and line their pockets and those of their cronies. This is responsible for why despite the clear fact that northerners have dominated Nigeria’s seat of power, the north is mostly underdeveloped. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Nigeria

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

The vast majority of northerners are living in abject poverty and abandonment. As part of efforts to address the problems of crass underdevelopment and poverty in the north, President Goodluck Jonathan has introduced a special educational programme to cater for the vast population of almajiris. As you read this piece, three new federal universities have been established in the north to address the educational challenges of the high number of youths seeking tertiary qualification.

The federal government has also made available funds to resuscitate the moribund textile industries mostly located in the northern part of the country. Same thing applies to the leather industry. Dredging of the River Niger is also a top priority of the Jonathan led administration. The aim is to promote economic and commercial activities in the north through the citing of a port in Lokoja.

Furthermore, President Jonathan has sent an executive bill to the National Assembly seeking to establish a Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPADEC) to cater for the needs of the host communities of Nigeria’s hydro power plants just like the NDDC is doing for the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region. Clearly, President Jonathan has done for the north what nine northern heads of government refused to do for their people. Jonathan is a positive story of hope for the poor, ignored, and downtrodden.

He represents the vision of our forefathers and that of future generations. President Goodluck Jonathan is a symbol of national unity. Even though, Nigeria’s economy rest on oil and gas revenue from the Niger Delta region where he hails from, President Jonathan has never a day reminded Nigerians of this pregnant fact. This is because, he sees himself as a Nigerian- not an Ijaw man, not a Niger Deltan. This is the truth- so bitter that the Adamu Chiroma led NPLF has refused to accept. Unknown to many, one of NPLF’s major grudge against Jonathan is the latter’s choice of Architect Namadi Sambo as vice president. Right from the onset, Sambo has shown that he is not a fan of “Two Nigerias.”

The NPLF would have preferred a northern vice president that will be in Aso Rock to pursue the interests of a few northern elites. The average northerner is now wise enough to read the hand writing on the wall and has decided to jettison the “old order” that had confined them to the dustbins of their few selfish elites in the corridors of power. This is a new Nigeria.

Kali Gwegwe (CEO, Nigeria Democracy Watchtower 2) writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at kaligwegwe@yahoo.com ( 0806 407 4810 )

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Permalink 01:01:00 am, by kali Email , 861 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Why Some Northern Political Leaders Fear Jonathan
( Article submitted April 5, 2011 )

By Kali Gwegwe

For the very first time in many decades, northern political leaders were told the home truth. This was made by no smaller a personality than the Sultan of Sokoto himself, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Saàd Abubakar. He was of the strong opinion that northern political leaders have failed the north; pointing out that the late premier of northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, “sacrificed his life for the North and Nigeria in the pursuit of the ideals which bind us together as a nation.” He was therefore forced to ask his northern brother this direct question: “...what has happened to Sardauna’s cherished legacy of unity in diversity and being your own brother’s keeper?”

In the Sultan's opinion, hatred has taken over the place of love while violence has become very fashionable. The same sentiments have been raised by youths from the northern part of the country. Under the leadership of Mallam Ibrahim Waiya, the Northern Youth Assembly blamed political leaders from the north for being responsible for the sad tale of underdevelopment and widespread poverty in the region. Since assuming the presidency about nine months ago, President Goodluck Jonathan has made concerted efforts to reform the nation's social, political, and economic sectors.

Unfortunately, many individuals and organisations have hidden under different platforms to sabotage these noble efforts. The opposition of Jonathan's candidature even after the PDP primaries is one of the efforts aimed at salvaging the north from the claws of a few but powerful cliques that has for centuries thrived on the ignorance of the masses. One can clearly see the influence of Robert Greene and Joost Elffers' "48 Laws of Power" in the way and manner northern political leaders have related with the masses. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria (2010 - present)

In the book, law 11 states that, "To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you." The ongoing reforms will put an end to all of these and the apostles of "48 Laws of Power" in the north are not comfortable with this emerging trend. Fearing that their foundation would be unearthed, they resorted to hiding behind all sort of banners to derail the good intentions of the president.

Education is a foundational effort to fight ignorance and poverty. President Jonathan appreciates this fact and decided to liberate the Almijiris with a special educational programme aimed at improving literacy in the north. In order to reduce poverty in the region, the president also approved the release of about N30b to bail-out the textile industry based mostly in the north. A similar fiscal policy has been extended to the leather sector also in the north. The lower Niger is being dredged to stimulate massive economic activities in the north. President Jonathan has also directed that oil and gas exploration activities be intensified in the north.

This is aimed at increasing the nation's foreign exchange earnings and also indirectly improve the federation account allocations to mineral-producing states in the north. Furthermore, President Jonathan has sent an executive bill to the National Assembly seeking to establish a Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPADEC) to cater for the needs of the host communities of Nigeria’s hydro power plants just like the NDDC is doing for the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region. With all the above and other noble efforts of the president in mind, it will be safe for one to argue that Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is more Hausa/Fulani than the immediate past and present generation of northern political leaders. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing some major cities, including the Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

He has shown enough will to liberate the north from social, political, and economic bondage. It will be rewarding therefore for the north to support his presidential ambition. Unknown to many, one of the strongest reason why a section of northern political leaders are against Jonathan's candidature is the latter’s choice of Architect Namadi Sambo as vice president. Right from the onset, Sambo has shown that he is not prepared to promote the "old order" in the north.

Groups like the NPLF would have preferred a northern vice president that will be in Aso Rock to pursue the interests of a few northern elitist "old brigades." The average northerner is now wise enough to read the hand writing on the wall and has decided to jettison the “old order” that has confined them to the dustbins of their few selfish elites in the corridors of power.

This is a new Nigeria. This is the reason why most northerners are singing, “I am Goodluck Jonathan. I was not born rich. If he can make it, I too can!”

Kali Gwegwe (CEO, Nigeria Democracy Watchtower 2) writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at kaligwegwe@yahoo.com ( 0806 407 4810 )

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04/30/11

Permalink 02:49:00 pm, by admin Email , 79 words   English (US) latin1
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*Zimbabwean Woman Strips Naked in Public

By Nehanda Radio

A woman suspected to be ‘mentally-challenged’ brought traffic to a halt in the Harare suburb of Epworth on Monday after stripping naked in front of on-coming traffic. “Ndinokurovai mese nhasi. Handipedzese kuvaka imba iyoyo, (I will beat up all of you. I will not finish building that house),” she ......Read More

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Permalink 01:37:00 am, by lateef lawal, 341 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Voodoo Scare At Lagos Airport

By Lateef Lawal

What is the state of alertness of Security agents, especially those trained as Aviation Security officials at the nation's premiere international gateway-Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos? If it had been a bomb that was neatly wrapped and kept in a corner of the departure hall, what assurance is there that passengers and officials would not have been at high risk for lapses in security surveillance at the airport?

These and many more were the questions agitating the minds of many passengers, airlines and airport officials early on the 6th of this month following the discovery of Voodoo materials wrapped in white clothing and dumped in one of the check-in counters of the departure hall of the international wing of the airport.

The propitiation materials were reportedly discovered at check-in counter number 37 when ticketing staff of a ground handling company were about commencing the checking of passenger tickets for Middle East Airline flight. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

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

Consequent upon the discovery, an alarm was raised which attracted several passengers and officials, while others who could not bear the sight scamppered out of the departure hall. However, officials of the Aviation Security of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) later came to the scene and neatly packed the Voodoo materials for keep at the exhibits unit of their security detention cell popularly reffered to an 'Tango City'.

When contacted on phone, the head of Public Affairs of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Mr Ola Ogundolapo though confirmed the discovery of the said voodoo materials, but told our reporter that it was not a big deal and that it could have been removed from a passenger's luggage as prohibited items. But he could not come up with the name of such a passenger and whether or not security men were able to apprehend any suspect.

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04/29/11

Permalink 08:07:00 pm, by lateef lawal, 386 words   English (US) latin1
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*Safety: Nigeria's CAA Acquires Aircraft Tracker

By Lateef Lawal

Aircraft Tracking equipment was early this month added as part of the safety valve put in place by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) to further solidify the country’s recent attainment of Category 1 safety status.

At the official unveiling of the instrument at the Aviation House, Lagos which drew a large number of stakeholders, the Director General of NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren told the gathering that, “We can track aircraft movements within our airspace. The system is a satellite-based integrated flight tracking and weather forecasting tool, independent of terrestrial radar facilities to improve safety and surveillance functions of NCAA". ( Continues below..... )

Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren

Photo Above: Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren

Demuren added: ”It is a real-time oversight and surveillance tool we are deploying for tracking all civil aircraft in our airspace.” Dr Demuren noted that since safety is the watch-word of the industry all over the world, the authority would not want to experience the sad episode of the Bellview air crash at Lisa village in Ota, Ogun on 6th November, 2005 and the missing Beechcraft 1900 at Bebi on 15th March, 2008 which took some time to locate.

With the aircraft system, he explained, ”We can know that a particular aircraft is flying in our airspace, if it is taxiing on the runway, we know it is on ground; even if you switch off everything, we will still see the aircraft as it is packed in the apron. It is a leading-edge technical solution to enhance NCAA’s safety oversight in Nigerian controlled airspace.” ( Continues below….. )

United Airlines Airborne Plane

The Director General further explained that the data generated from the system will also be useful for Search and Rescue mission and that it is a dependable tool for accident investigation. Enumerating the benefits of the the Aircraft Tracker, Dr Demuren noted that airline operators in the country have a lot to gain from the system as it would assist them tremendously in:

1. Improved fleet management.
2. Flight fuel management-automated collection of fuel burnt reporting.
3. Enhanced safety of flight operations through the use of real-time flight operations data.
4. Automated engine/airframe exceedance reporting (flap performance, hard landing).
5. Meteorological Data Reporting.
6. Real-time flight following and cockpit voice services world-wide.

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Permalink 11:37:00 am, by ifeatuagbu, 1435 words   English (US) latin1
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*Niger Delta: NDDC’s Wake-Up Call To Local Councils
( Article submitted April 13, 2011 )

By Ifeatu Agbu

Listening to the chairmen of local governments in the Niger Delta as they discuss the developmental challenges in their councils, one gets worried but in a way begins to understand why they have consistently failed to execute any meaningful projects in their domain. They are all lamenting what they called the huge burden of paying salaries to their staff, especially primary school teachers. It was disturbing, sitting in the midst of local government chairmen, who are supposedly controlling huge budgetary allocations, but were bellyaching over the strangle-hold of re-current expenditure on the resources available to the local governments.

It was an absurd situation as the issue of bloated salary bills was not the business of the day. The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, had invited the chairmen as key stakeholders in the development of Nigeria’s oil-rich region to work out a partnership arrangement that would spread development to all corners of the region. The commission had set aside N1.35 billion to kick start its proposed collaboration with the local government councils across the Niger Delta region on joint funding and management of projects.

Under the scheme, N150 million would be spent on five identified projects per state at 30 million per local government council. However, while the NDDC would provide the N30 million counterpart funding, the local governments were expected to contribute N15 million to bring the total to N45 million. Raising the N15 million became an issue for many of the local government chairmen. Dr. Omene Odafe, the chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Area in Delta State, lamented “that teachers’ salary alone takes over 50 per cent of the Federal Government allocation to the council and the salaries are deducted at source, such that at the end of the day, my council has virtually nothing left to pay for capital projects”. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

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

Going by his experience, he wondered whether many local governments would be able to benefit from the NDDC scheme. Another council chairman, Prince Timothy Nsirim, of Obio-Akpor Local Government in Port Harcourt metropolis lent his weight to the assertions of his Delta State counterpart. He said that the saving grace for local governments in Rivers State was that the government of Governor Rotimi Amaechi has taken the burden of teachers’ salary off their shoulders. Before then, he said, the council could not execute projects as small as boreholes. He therefore advised other state governments in the Niger Delta to assist their local governments in paying teachers’ salaries so that they would have money to spare for projects.

The position of the local government chairmen would certainly not sit well with most people but that is the reality. Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State confirmed this at an International Conference of the World Mayors Summit held in Osogbo recently. He said that some governors deliberately impoverish local governments through diversion of council funds for other purposes. “Councils have become cash cows as council funds are always within reach. State governments commit council funds for all kinds of projects and at the end of the day, there is little or nothing left for them to embark on anything tangible in their domain”, he said As one would expect, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, the Managing Director of NDDC, was taken aback by what the chairmen put on the table.

He said that it was worrisome that the local governments spend all their money to pay salaries and leave development projects unattended to. “This is very regrettable”. Perhaps, the collaboration the commission was offering would help them to at least contribute something for the wellbeing of their people. Mr. Ugwoha informed the chairmen that NDDC as an interventionist agency does not own projects, stressing that ownership of every development project embarked upon by the commission automatically reverts to the people. Thus, he stressed the need for the involvement of benefiting communities all through the life span of the projects. He said the commission was prepared to assist the local governments to deliver on their mandates. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Nigeria

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

He underlined the fact that NDDC gets only 7 per cent of the funds coming to the region. This point, which has been echoed by other leaders of the Niger Delta in the past, is important to bear in mind. The plain truth is that a sizeable chunk of the funds made available for the development of the region come through the states and local governments. For instance records show that between May 1999 and December 2006, the nine states making up the Niger Delta region received a total of N2.16 trillion, while local governments got a total of N671 billion. Over the same period, the NDDC received only N241.5 billion, representing eight percent of the total amount of N3.07 trillion from the federation Account. With this huge disparity in the distribution of funds, one would expect the two tiers of government to be in the forefront of development projects in the region.

Sadly, that is clearly not the case, as the NDDC with its meager resources is more visible on the ground than some of the states and local governments. Local governments in the Niger Delta cannot blame their poor performance in human and infrastructure development solely on the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries. In most local governments in the country, there are clear signs of poor financial management. Some LG chairmen treat the revenue accruing to their councils as their personal money. They appropriate whatever amount they like to themselves and share the remainder among the councilors. Worse still, some governors, as rightly stated by Gov Aregbosola, hold back LG funds for their personal aggrandizement.

This is most unfortunate. LGs should be held accountable for the money they receive and be compelled to embark on projects that positively impact the lives of their people. That is the only way their existence will be meaningful. What we have from the state and federal governments is more of abandoned projects. Recently, the Niger Delta Professionals for Development, a non-governmental organization, conducted a study with support from the European Union and the National Planning Commission. Its report, called the Citizen Report Card, shows that no fewer than 287 projects have been abandoned in 120 oil producing communities in six states in the Niger Delta region. The nagging question is: where have all the monthly allocations gone? Where are the roads, schools, clinics and hospitals? Where are the libraries and the science laboratories? Where are the waterworks, the bridges and the industries? Where are the social services these governments are supposed to provide their people? These are some of the questions begging for answers. Although some have argued that the current revenue allocation formula is unfair as it is not proportionate to the contribution of the region to the national purse, still the region continues to receive hefty amounts when compared to other regions. The truth is that some governments in the Niger Delta have not judiciously spent what they have been receiving since 1999.

Looking at the projects on ground, it would appear that a huge chunk of the monthly receipts have ended up in private pockets or used to finance poorly executed projects deliberately designed to short change the citizenry. While it may be easy to blame the failure on corruption, there are other critical elements that should also be looked at. For instance, there is evidence that planning and coordination of projects are inadequate. This is where partnership and collaboration come to play. Despite the myriad of financial problems confronting the local governments in the Niger delta, the chairmen should take the offer of partnership by the NDDC seriously, so that they can leave behind projects that people can see and cherish. There is no doubt that developmental agencies in the region need to properly coordinate their activities. It is, therefore, paramount that the various tiers of government, private companies and donor agencies synergize to stop unnecessary waste and duplication of projects in the region.

This was the problem that the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan was designed to solve. The core objective of the plan is to promote partnership and harmonize the activities of all development agencies in the oil-rich region. Keying into the plan is still the best option for the region’s rapid socio-economic transformation.

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

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Permalink 05:15:00 am, by callmeike Email , 1015 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria As It Is Just Wont Do Anymore
( Article Submitted April 15, 2011 )

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Nigeria, as it is, as it has been since it became a name, just wont do anymore. The established structures just wont do anymore. Its history just won’t suffice for our children any longer, and the status quo is no longer a choice. Election is, and both disciples and Judas Iscariot are all in a queue. But, all these-the history of hell and the so-called former leaders in Nigeria-will fizzle out this season; they will die from their roots-be the men, principalities, and powers.

Nigerians went, and are still going to the polls to determine their future; this action is well required of men for what they expect. Having mastered the Nigeria politics of the old(which, of course, doesn’t need any degree to lay hold on), I hereby wish to advice, once again, those who would want to lead in any capacity in the Nigeria setting, to reconsider their plans, ambitions, and schemes before going ahead for the post they seek. This also goes for those already elected: I’m starting, of course, with the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Your desire to lead Nigeria into a better future is a good thing. Many Nigerians would readily agree that the nation needs the youths for a change as it seems that the old ones are struggling to carry our nation to the grave when they die. However, your name-Goodluck-, and your youthfulness are not exactly what will make a better leader for our dear nation. Your conscience is what will. So, instead of rooting your hope of becoming your dream in these two factors, it would be wiser to place your hope for victory in your truest conscience. What your conscience has determined to accept and reject where Nigeria is concerned is your score points in the new Nigeria, not just the votes.

To our retired general, Mohammed Buhari, I’m also saying that it’s a great thing and a good decision to run for this election, as you have clearly seen that many stones were left unturned years back. Many people who still remember your regime with Babatunde Idiagbon believe you can create the change needed. However, I’m here to advice you not to place your hope in whatever you may or may not have achieved in your time with Babatunde Idiagbon because, then, you were a military man and all you used was force, not democratic principles. And, even at that, the root of corruption was rather protected while the ordinary men suffered, not the other way round.

The people who destroy the country are not the little robbers in the streets or those deceitful in business, the root of corruption lies within the government that runs everything else. And you sat on it in your time but didn’t uproot it. ( Continues below….. )

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

Now, to all those in this race, to everyone who has come out to run for any elective post in Nigeria, from the councillorship to the presidency, I passionately advise and sternly warn:

1. You are cursed when you are coming in to use Nigerians again.
2. You are cursed when you have determined how to embezzle the money in your office if elected
3. You are cursed when you believe that it’s your godfathers who will elect you and not the people.
4. You are cursed when you have a tribe, group or sect that you have mapped out to neglect and marginalize if and when elected.
5. You are cursed if you would encourage nepotism, bribery and corruption if and when elected.
6. You are cursed when you refuse to listen and adhere to godly advice, advice that will drive the nation’s dream upward and forward.
7. You are cursed when you have it in mind to appoint the very people who have embezzled their constituents and offices’ money into your cabinet, especially those who still have different questions to answer in different places.

You are cursed with a great curse that will take effect on you and your entire inhabitation and possession. And, if you are already elected by mistake or ignorance, you are cursed with the plagues of the Egyptians right from the day you allow yourself to be sworn into any of those offices till few days later that your corpse will be carried out. But, to all those who have really come out to make all things new, to bring equal rights for all, and to use the nation’s resources and wealth to develop Nigeria and Nigerians; to fight corruption from its root without fear, and to make yourselves available to bear the burdens of the country and its citizens as your own burdens, I say this:

1. You are blessed and your seeds are blessed.
2. Your works shall establish you and your name shall always precede you.
3. No one will successfully be able to weigh you down, though they keep on standing against you.
4. Peace shall be your and that of your household all your days, the kind of peace that stolen money and false securities will never be able to provide for any evil man.
5. You will have the rare privilege of discovering that the best way to safeguard your future and that of your families is to safeguard the future of your neighbors and that of the country.

You will be blessed from your root right from the day you enter the office till the day your soul goes to rest. The Nigeria of old just wont do anymore for me, my children, my neighbors, and my country; it just wont do for hell, and surely, it wont do for the great heavens above. To all of you would-be leaders, you are now adequately advised…and conclusively warned. A word, it’s rightly said, is enough for the wise.

Ikechukwu Enyiagu can be reached at ike.enyiagu@gmail.com

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*ANALYSIS-Nigerian elections seal major power shift

By James Jukwey

A decisive election victory by President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria has shifted power firmly to the largely Christian south from the Muslim north and could reopen political fissures in Africa's top energy supplier. Violence swept northern cities, leaving hundreds of people dead and many homeless after Jonathan's crushing victory over his northern opponent Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler. "Jonathan's landslide, though on the surface it appears like a resounding pan-Nigeria mandate, has brought back with a vengeance all the religious and sectional cleavage, not to mention ethnic bitterness," Olakunle Abimbola of The Nation newspaper wrote in a column. Many people see the riots as a reaction by the north to being cut adrift from power and say Jonathan will have to tread gingerly to avoid ......Read More

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