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03/08/11

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*Nigeria: As Goodluck comes Home to Bayelsa State

By Nwokedi Nworisara

On Tuesday, March 8th 2011, Bayelsa State will witness a rousing reception for her illustrious son, President Goodluck Jonathan at the Sampson Siasia Sports Complex. This reception originally expected to attract more than one million people has been toned down because of the obvious logistic difficulties it will present in terms of crowd control. Accreditation to this event has been tight even for journalists. This has been the case with every stop of the President in his nationwide campaign. His popularity and widespread acceptance is not in doubt. The question has always been that of space constrains and how to secure the people and their visitors never whether the crowd will come. I say this because of the hype following the crowd pulled by the Gen.Buhari, the CPC presidential flag bearer’s campaign in Kaduna and attempts by the press to judge his popularity with this criterion. There was also the talk about the PDP’s Lagos campaign which “attracted a smaller crowd”. Some analysts have even been fixated lately on the relatively small voter’s numbers in Bayelsa State vis avis the so called opposition States as signal that the President was already disadvantaged in going into the polls. These things happen in politics but the reality is different from visuals being created by opposition parties. Let me crave your indulgence to explain the reality here.

On the issue of registered voters in States, people should understand that voting in the new system of DDC machine is a different ball game altogether from what we used to know. Here the nitty-gritty will be as different as black and white. It is true that there were allowed double registration and you wonder how they could still do it but nothing is perfect. It is true that under aged registration may have occurred in those Northern States with figures that defy logic but not to worry, for instance those in Puddah during registration, those whose registration could not be effected but through their computer literate husbands or relatives will come out to vote and we shall see their faces and determine whether they are toddlers even if we cannot know whether they are Nigerians or from across the border. At that time it will be the Party on ground that has the right to make a complaint or query a result. To be on ground requires a lot of finance and logistics input and not many parties today can match the national spread of the ruling Party. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

So what may happen is that those states with inflated numbers will have actually reduced voting population to the extent that eyebrows will be raised again. The taste of the pudding is in the eating they say. So do not be carried away yet. Sectional parties have always found it difficult to survive the Nigerian political terrain all through history and this time will not be an exception. The fact that a party takes control of the states of South West with the second highest voter strength does not translate to a loss for the President in the Presidential election here. The revise is more likely to be the case however because it is more likely that the people will vote a more likely to win President of southern extraction than anyone else and this may create a bandwagon effect to affect even the result of the gubernatorial elections here. The safeguard here is that the South Western electorate is relatively better informed and therefore also more flexible in their choice patterns.

One of the reasons for caution in predicting from the registration is of course the requirement for spread in electoral votes across two thirds of the country. It is better that you are everywhere accepted in smaller numbers than you score ninety percent in few. We have seen it in Chief Awolowo and his Action Group AG; we saw it in Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and his Nigerian peoples Party NPP in the past. The issue of drawing crowd by raising local sentiments has always been counterproductive in this political system. It may win you some states but the Nigerian Presidency is not for extreme ideologues.

The Jonathan Presidency is sponsored not by Bayelsans but all Nigerians who yearned for change. We decided that he should be the bridge in our effort to cross this putrefying river of national stagnation. Our basic judgment was to answer the question “Who is capable of going for us? We saw that under the circumstances that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was the best choice so we decided to support him. Each mission is limited by the requirements of it. Nigeria is in a transition because we are yet to attain Nationhood to enable us act as one people more easily. What we need most is a uniting element not a tiger. A tiger acts for the body that is already united and strong otherwise by his sudden strength he will only pull it apart. The South South Presidency is the uniting factor for Nigeria because it will give the so called minorities a sense of belonging and will restore hope for a permanent move towards nationhood through citizenship. Therefore competence is qualified in this instance to suit the goal. We cannot be looking for someone to unite Nigeria towards nationhood and we are seeking the one that can tear her apart.

So as the President comes to campaign in his home state Bayelsa State, it is important that all well wishers know that the place of his presidency amongst the array of Presidential candidates seeking your votes com April. Since the time of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria has never seen another bridge builder like Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Maybe this assertion will become clearer with time. Permit me once again to introduce him here. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, and President, Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was born to a humble Niger Delta family of canoe makers on November 20, 1957. He attended St. Stephens and St. Michaels Primary Schools, Oloibiri, finishing in 1969. He proceeded to Mater Dei High School, Imiringi, where he passed his West African School Certificate with flying colours in 1975.

On completion of his secondary education, he worked as a Preventive Officer with the Nigerian Customs Service for two years before proceeding to the University of Port Harcourt as one of the pioneer students of the new University nestling on the shores of the Choba River. He graduated with Second Class Upper honours in 1981. In 1985 and 1995 he studied for his Master’s and Ph.D degrees in Hydrobiology and Fisheries Biology, and Zoology respectively, from the same University. But this was not until he had completed his mandatory one year of National Youth Service in Iresi, old Oyo State, and now Osun State of Nigeria. ( Continues below….. )

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

Returning to the warm embrace of family and friends in 1982, he was appointed as Science Inspector of Education, Rivers State Ministry of Education, while studying in between for his post-graduate and graduate degrees. Between 1983 and 1993 he took up employment as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Science, Rivers State College of Education. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Director (Ecology of the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) in charge of Environmental Protection. He resigned his job in 1998 and went into politics.

His honesty, simplicity, charisma, quiet strength and determination made him an ideal running mate to Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha on the Bayelsa People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and gubernatorial ticket. They won the elections, and he served as a Deputy Governor from 1999 to 11 December 2005. On 12 December that year, he became the substantive Governor of Bayelsa State.

It wasn’t long after that fate once again beckoned. He was busy preparing for re election to his first full term as substantive governor, when the PDP, which is the largest political party in Africa, nominated him as running mate to the Presidential candidate, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua. After a keenly contested election, the Yar’adua/Jonathan ticket won, and on May 29, 2007, he was inaugurated as Nigeria’s Vice President. Precisely on February 9, 2010, Dr. Jonathan assumed office as Nigeria’s Acting President by virtue of a National Assembly resolution empowering him as Acting President, following President Yar’Adua’s long absence for medical attention in Saudi Arabia. This popularized the doctrine of necessity. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was sworn-in on May, 6, 2010 as President, Commander-in-chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the passing away of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 5, 2010.

Dr. Jonathan has received several local and international awards. He was voted the ‘Best performing Deputy Governor’ in 2002 by IPAN, given the ‘Democracy and Good Governance Award’ by Nigeria Union of Journalists in 2004. The Africa International News magazine league conferred on him the ‘Niger Delta Development Award’; the Nigerian Bar Association, the ‘Distinguished Personality’ award in 2006, and the All African Students Union in South Africa, the ‘Africa Leadership Award 2006’.

Additionally, the Nigerian Union of Teachers voted him the ‘Best Performing Governor in Education in the South-South’ in 2006. He was also recognized by the International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) in 22 July 2006, with ‘Ambassador for Peace Merit Award’ as well as the ‘Leadership and Good Governance Merit Award’. There is no complete introduction of the President without mentioning the indefatigable First Lady Dame Goodluck Jonathan who is actually the engine room behind the President’s success. As Bayelsa’s turn out in large numbers led by Governor Timipre Sylva to welcome a man whose personality has literally shut down all quarrels between brothers in the State, it is expected that all political parties and their supporters will be represented a this unique rally of solidarity. The only problem to grapple with is space and consideration for the safety of the crowd. Organizers are toying with the idea of setting up huge screens TV screens for those who cannot make it into the Stadium. The last time he visited Otueke the logistic problem forced some visitors to watch the event on television from their hotel suites. .This time around the focus is on accrediting only leaders and representatives of the people to such rallies but in Yenagoa, the President is likely to interact directly with the crowd of his home State.

Nwokedi Nworisara a Public Policy Analyst and Media consultant, writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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03/07/11

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*Buhari Award: SADA Finds It Difficult To Understand Saharareporters

By Dr. Kofi Agyapong

Sons & Daughters of Africa (SADA) on the web at www.sada53.org says we are finding it very difficult to understand Saharareporters. Is the publisher against the AAUW NYC Branch award to Nigeria presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari? This is the proper time for every human being to raise the image of the person who has elected to contest a presidential election in the most populous nation in Africa.

If American Association of University Women (AAUW) did not bring out in public what it did, how is the Nigerian and African public in particular and the whole world in general get to know the works of the candidates that have benefited the people in Africa or for that matter Nigerians. ( Continues below….. )

Dr. Kofi Agyapong & Wife

Photo Above: Dr. Kofi Agyapong & Wife( Carolyn )

Note that Nigeria is the most populated African nation and elections in Nigeria affect all Africans and in fact the whole world. I am flabbergasted to continue to read the attempt by the news paper which ordinarily is only dedicated to publishing good news about the people in Nigeria to continue to obstruct and obfuscate the minds of our Nigerian voters who are to judge the candidates from their past works in public.

Please, let the publishers of Saharareporters know that if they have not been paid to publish their negative perception of what has happened, let them accept the award as fait accompli and should not push it any further.

In fact I was so proud to read for the first time since I landed in USA in 1962, that an African presidential candidate has been considered and given an award of this nature, not in an African country; not in Nigeria but outside Nigeria, in fact in New York City, the financial capital of the world. ( 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.

You may not be surprised to learn that this award has brought shame on all those who only look at Nigeria as a country of 419 scam, but to me this is the best thing ever happened to an African in USA, This award has also proven that Nigeria has men who are forward looking and have positive mentality towards women and young ladies.

Is this not an indication that points to the fact that not only are Nigerians interested in the coming election but people all over the world. Outside Nigeria, the award means people are paying attention to the background and community works of the candidates affecting women.

Please, I am appealing to Saharareporters to bring to light good works affecting women, young ladies and children of the candidates that are contesting the coming Nigerian election. I would like to compare them with the works of Buhari.

We should be proud of the works of the candidate that has earned him the award in New York City of all places. Thank you AAUW for acknowledging the works of some of our African leaders in this case the works of Buhari, one of the presidential candidates in Nigeria April 2011 elections.

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Dr. Kofi Agyapong ( Email: KAfrica33@aol.com Phone: +1 240-417-0299 ) writes from the United States

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03/04/11

Permalink 06:28:17 am, by admin Email , 776 words   English (US) latin1
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*Buhari Award: Saharareporters Shamed As AAUW Responds

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On March 3, 2011, Saharareporters operating as a tabloid and gossip Column published a News commentary titled “Was Buhari Powned?: Controversies Trail “Women’s Award” In New York” ( The link or URL of the article is: http://www.saharareporters.com/article/was-buhari-p0wned-controversies-trail-womens-award-new-york ).

Going through the article, one will not find it difficult to conclude that it was written in bad faith - to smear Muhammadu Buhari and his presidential campaign even if it tore down Dr. Nkechi Agwu, who is the first black president of American Association of University Women (AAUW) New York City (NYC) Branch in a century. Instead of celebrating Dr. Nkechi Agwu (a PhD holder in Maths) and the first black president of AAUW NYC branch, a Nigerian media outfit (Saharareporters) that is supposed to have been one of the pioneers of such a project, embarked on a regressive agenda. Saharareporters with inadequate investigative tools bombarded all levels (National, State and local) of AAUW with embarrassing questions on Dr. Agwu's branch award which was not only accorded to Buhari, but five other people of different races and nationalities. It was only the Nigerian honoree that drew unnecessary harassing phone calls from an outfit that should have been celebrating Nigeria successes.

This is not the first time Saharareporters embarked on actions either knowingly or unknowingly calculated in tearing down Diaspora Nigerians that should have been otherwise celebrated. On October 18, 2010 Saharareporters carried an article "How Philip Emeagwali Lied His Way To Fame" on its News & Report section ( The link or URL of the article is: http://www.saharareporters.com/report/how-philip-emeagwali-lied-his-way-fame ). No author was assigned to the article, rather it was filed as "A Citizen Investigative Essay On SaharaReporters, New York".

On Buhari Legacy Ambassadors Award, AAUW national body pestered by Saharareporters, has made it clear through a press release that the award to Buhari by AAUW NYC Branch is legitimate and in order. This puts to shame Saharareporters' ill-equipped and flawed investigation and write-up on AAUW NYC Branch distinguished award to Buhari. The attention of the general public is drawn to Saharareporters Buhari defamation duplicate article titled “U.S. Diploma mill hits Buhari's camp: As Buhari parades questionable "Women's Award" certificate by AAUW” ( The link or URL of the article is: http://www.myondostate.com/myondostate/newssend.php?id=943 ) published on MyOndoState.Com. In this publication, again Buhari distinguished AAUW award was falsely described as a scam.

The link or URL of AAUW national body press release is:- http://www.aauw.org/media/pressreleases/nigerian_030311.cfm A copy of the press release is reproduced below.

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Press Release -FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- 03/03/2011

Contact(1): Katie Broendel, broendelk@aauw.org 202/785-7761

Contact(2): Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org 202/785-7738

AAUW Issues Statement about AAUW NYC Branch and Muhammadu Buhari, a Candidate in the Nigerian Presidential Elections

WASHINGTON – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) today issued the following statement about the AAUW New York City Branch issuing an award to Muhammadu Buhari:

AAUW's many branches have the liberty to create and bestow branch awards upon individuals and/or entities they deem worthy. The Legacy Ambassador Award, which was presented to General Muhammadu Buhari, was done so at the sole discretion of the New York City branch without input from the AAUW national organization.

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

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03/03/11

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*Buhari Deserves AAUW Distinguished Women's Award

-Saharareporters Can Grow Into Gossip Column All It Wants - That Can Never Erase The Truth.

Saharareporters' Commentary of March 3, 2011 titled "Was Buhari Powned?: Controversies Trail "Women's Award" In New York" was nothing but an embarrassment to responsible journalism. It was written in bad faith and failed to disapprove nor refute Muhammadu Buhari's great strides towards the empowerment of Nigerian women - the basis for his "Legacy Ambassadors Award" by American Association of University Women (AAUW) NYC Branch.

Saharareporters should tell Nigerians and the world whether or not Buhari and his government/political party made the women empowerment giant strides, the basis for his AAUW honour. Saharareporters failed to make any mention of Nigeria Masterweb, the original publisher of the award news event. The article titled "Buhari Accorded Distinguished Women's Award In The U.S.", is reproduced at the end of this article.

Saharareporters should refrain from gossip, blackmail and frivolous reports. This is the only means she can attain the heights of WikiLeaks. Journalism to the contrary, may bring her ridicule and guest to the court.

Saharareporters, for your information, Buhari was nominated for the award and after thorough investigations of claims associated to the nomination, AAUW NYC Branch approved it. Your claim that the award was based on political consideration is inaccurate. None of the claims of the contributions of Buhari and his government/political party in the empowerment of Nigerian women and girls has been refuted by you. This tends to give the impression that your media outfit (Saharareporters) may be anti-women empowerment. You should have at least acknowledged Buhari's contributions to women and girls empowerment. Question to you: "What has Saharareporters done during its existence towards the empowerment of women and girls in Nigeria or anywhere in the world?" It seems Saharareporters is more interested in hearsay, gossip and rumours than in women issues on their empowerment and subjugation. Do you have any evidence to prove otherwise?

Let the sun shine on all those fighting for the empowerment of women and the less privileged among us.

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Below is our original AAUW award article published February 28, 2011

Buhari Accorded Distinguished Women's Award In The U.S.

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Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), former Nigeria Head of State and presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the forthcoming elections, was accorded distinguished women's honour in the U.S. yesterday. The award "Legacy Ambassadors Award" by American Association of University Women (AAUW) NYC Branch, was received on behalf of Buhari by Mohammed M. Shehu (popularly known as MB Shehu), an activist and member of Buhari Campaign Organization.

The award ceremony which kicked-off at 3.00 pm at AAUW beautiful historic Victorian Italianate Brownstone, located in the Murray Hill Historic District of Manhattan, at 111 East 37th Street, New York, USA, was well attended by distinguished guests. The Brownstone helped the New York Murray Hill district attain historic status on U.S. national registry in 2003. Eleanor Roosevelt (ex-U.S. first lady and mother of human rights) attended the opening ceremony of Brownstone Founders' Day, June 1, 1949, and signed AAUW NYC Branch Golden Book. ( Continues below….. )

Muhammadu Buhari

Photo Above: Muhammadu Buhari

Masterweb gathered, the reason for AAUW's distinguished leadership award to Buhari, was based on his well documented track records. In AAUW words: "Specifically, during his tenure as the Head of State of Nigeria, his government was the first to decree affirmative action for women, mandating that women should be part of the policy making in all states of the country, thereby producing female commissioners in all states in the country and implementing the affirmative action at the federal level at an optimal scale. His government banned underage marriage, empowering young girls in communities where girls as young as age 12 were married away to men old enough to be their grandfathers. As a candidate in Nigerian Presidential elections over the years, his commitment to the cause of empowering women and girls continues. His current political party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), is the only known party that has waived membership fee and party primary form fee (processing fee) for women to empower them to run for legislative offices."

The award certificate in appreciation of Buhari's contributions in advancing equity and education for women and girls was signed by AAUW New York Branch president where the award ceremony took place.

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.

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03/02/11

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*Nigeria: Aviation Senate Committee Chair Impressed With NAMA

By Lateef Lawal

The Chairman of Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Sylvester Anyanwu has commended the management of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for the success so far achieved in adding value to safety and air navigation. He gave the commendation at the weekend during his committee’s on the spot assessment of air navigation facilities at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos with special attention on the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON).

Senator Anyanwu said the visit to the Lagos site of TRACON gave his Committee an insight into the real issues about the project and its completion and functionality in enhancing safety and air navigation within Nigeria’s airspace. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

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

He remarked: "I am quite impressed with what I saw in NAMA with all challenges. I urge the management to improve on staff training and re-training so as to sustain the success already achieved and the continuous maintenance of its facilities. I want to assure you of speedy approval of your budget proposal for the current year and if possible add more in areas we feel you need more funding. I commend NAMA for the wonderful job it is doing for the country".

Anyanwu further noted that most air travelers were concerned about their safety in the air and that was why NAMA’s duty in this regard was critical to people’s lives and urged the management not to compromise on this. ( Continues below….. )

United Airlines Airborne Plane

Senator Anyanwu told the management to keep up the good work and re-training of its workforce on continuous bases because, "lack of training is worst than not going to school at all".

In his brief speech earlier, the Managing Director of NAMA, Alhaji Ibrahim Auyo said the Agency needed the support and understanding of the Senate Committee on Aviation to solidify the success achieved. Auyo said the organization was currently trying to improve on safety and training of the workforce and would need the support of the legislature in achieving that.

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*Nigeria: AON Opposes Transfer Of GAT To Arik Air

-Says Domestic Airline Will Not Move to MMA2

By Lateef Lawal

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has vehemently opposed the directive from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) demanding move of all domestic airlines operating at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) to MMA2, Lagos.

The AON also opposed the planned take over of GAT by Arik Air, as the body is of the view that it would amount to granting an illegal right to Arik against other airlines. These views were contained in a position paper jointly signed by the Chairman of AON, Dr Steve Mahonwu and the General Secretary, Captain Mohammed Joji. ( Continues below..... )

Airborne Plane

Photo Above: An Airborne Plane

The full text of the AON’s position paper titled, General Aviation Terminal(GAT)-Unprecedented Scandal In The Aviation Industry, AON says Categorical No!, is published below:

“On the 8th of February 2011, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria instructed all airlines operating in the General Aviation Terminal except Arik Airlines to move their passenger check in activities to MMA2. In effect, FAAN wants to clear other airlines from GAT for the use of Arik Airlines.

“As the umbrella body for airlines in Nigeria, we want to make it unequivocally clear that we reject this move as immoral, illegal and unconstitutional. Such a proposal could only have been made by a body totally lacking in conscience or any form of integrity.

“We have always made it clear that there should be a clear distinction between a terminal operator and an airline operator in order to prevent a conflict of interest that could stifle the entire industry. At all stages we had resisted any attempt to allow Arik Airlines build its own terminal because we appreciate that the airline’s motive on this topic is driven by interest inimical to the growth of the aviation industry in Nigeria.

“GAT is not available to FAAN to give to Arik. There is a valid and subsisting judgment of the court handing over the GAT to Messrs Bi-courtney Limited, Arik’s attempt to overturn the court decision has failed at all levels of courts. Even, Supreme Court of Nigeria refused an application by Arik and its cohorts to restrain the transfer of GAT to Bi-courtney Limited.

“ Two heads of State, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR and Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’Adua GCFR have examined the issues and come to the conclusion that Arik is not entitled to GAT and that consistent with the agreement with Bi-courtney Limited, all scheduled domestic flights from Lagos must emanate from MMA2 or a terminal controlled by Messrs Bi-courtney.

“ On the instruction of FAAN and NCAA, Bi-courtney made GAT usable by building a temporary apron where all disused aircraft in the GAT were transferred so that the company could take over the use of the GAT. Is FAAN not aware of elementary principle of estoppel in law, which prevents any person from reneging from the understandings reached especially when the other party acting on the understanding has altered its position.

”We must as Nigerians put an end to this culture of impunity, which the Ministry of Aviation and FAAN is fast becoming. No airline should move from GAT. Government must comply with the law. We must not allow a selfish minority to trample on the rights of the majority and the good of the Nigerian aviation industry, understanding reached especially when the other party acting on the understanding has altered its position”.

FAAN logo On A Nigerian Map in Nigerian Flag  Colours

Photo Above: FAAN logo On A Nigerian Map in Nigerian Flag Colours

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03/01/11

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*The Agony of The Nigerian Worker…suffering in the midst of plenty

By Charles M. Oluchukwu

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. .......Martin L. King Junior

Talk about freedom, certain quarters of the society see freedom as only political for as such they benefit, but individual freedom stems from first being economically free; this economic freedom definitely will guarantee politico-social freedom, which in turn will engender better living standards…access to qualitative education, shelter, mobility and such things that make life worth living for humans. ( Continues below….. )

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Today the upper chamber of the Nigerian Federal legislative house have finally but unceremoniously passed the recent minimum wage bill, many today celebrate such as a landmark, (well in a country where legislators are but prebendalists) but they failed to actually find out the true state of the Nigerian worker viz a viz the current living standard occasioned by high cost of living and sporadic inflation which increases geometrically.

No thanks to the senate deputy president who asserted thus: “today is a happy day because we have shown that we are conscious of the sufferings of our people. This country is rich enough to cater for everybody if we avoid the avarices of some few people”. Because we and them already know that Nigeria is endowed with abundant material and human resources, it is only bad governance and parasitic political office holders that deprive our people of better living standard.

Nigeria happens to be a state where we import what we have (petroleum products) and export what we do not have (democracy). We have a decayed system, a state where the economic minister will deplete the national reserve in the face of booming oil price and sales (what will he do when oil prices fall), a country where excess crude oil revenue is shared between the central and subordinate governments instead of saving for the evil days, a state that have failed for decades to build refineries but rather choose to import finished products of resources they have in abundance at extremely high cost. The list is inexhaustible.. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: Nigerian Naira Notes

The Nigerian worker has nothing to be happy about as the forces of demand and supply are still in existence, after all both federal and state owned universities have increased school fees, where will these workers start from, is it the high cost of building materials for them to have a roof over their heads or the school fees of their wards that they will pay with N18,000. Thank God its minimum wage, and it will be possibly the minimum person in the minimum wager home that it will take care of.

The agony of the Nigerian worker is unending expecially in the face of these parasitic governments and their cronies.

Charles M. Oluchukwu ( knuckles5050@yahoo.com ) writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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*Nigeria: A Lee Way Out On Airlines' Accumulated Debts

By Olu Ohunayo

On all paper and paperless tickets, it is clearly stated that "this taxes or charges are owned by different agencies", though collected on their behalf as obtained in other climes. The only difference is while in other climes, the taxes and charges are remitted regularly or on agreed terms; in Nigeria the reverse is the case.

We love "playing with other people's money", thereafter they will run to the Ministry of Aviation, Presidency, etc for protection and intervention when its time to pay up. The Presidency should realise that such intervention is a clear case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. FAAN and related organizations must work out modalities of getting these charges as quickly as possible. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: FAAN logo On A Nigerian Map in Nigerian Flag Colours

In fact, collection of such charges before an aircraft departs will not be a bad idea due to the embarrassing backlog of debts. The action will inadvertently aid the efficient management of our airlines as they will be tempted into dipping hands into such monies collected on behalf of the Agencies, while also working assiduously towards improving revenue from other ancillary options.

We should also understand that the airline industry is usually funded and dependent on loans to meet immediate and future operational targets, while revenue generated are used to service these loans, run operational expenses and also act as necessary liquidity during adverse periods. If taxes and charges are to be used at all, it is temporal with clear understanding of other parties. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria.

The airlines should pay for their services and should equally demand for compensations when the service providers’ actions or in-actions affect or slow down their operations. The BAA chief executive, Colin Matthews instigated an inquiry into the airport shutdown last month.

He also agreed to forgo his annual bonus during the public outcry that culminated in flight delays and Virgin Atlantic was even bold enough to announce that it will hold BAA charges in its possession until a form of compensation was worked out.

It is a lesson for us all to be bold enough to accept responsibility and listen to public outcry. The agencies should also consider reducing their present charges which is not reflective of market realities while also waiving a certain percentage of these charges or taxes collected by the airlines, just as they have done with concessionaires, EFCC and other debt retrieving partners.

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02/28/11

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*Buhari Accorded Distinguished Women's Award In The U.S.

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Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), former Nigeria Head of State and presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the forthcoming elections, was accorded distinguished women's honour in the U.S. yesterday. The award "Legacy Ambassadors Award" by American Association of University Women (AAUW) NYC Branch, was received on behalf of Buhari by Mohammed M. Shehu (popularly known as MB Shehu), an activist and member of Buhari Campaign Organization.

The award ceremony which kicked-off at 3.00 pm at AAUW beautiful historic Victorian Italianate Brownstone, located in the Murray Hill Historic District of Manhattan, at 111 East 37th Street, New York, USA, was well attended by distinguished guests. The Brownstone helped the New York Murray Hill district attain historic status on U.S. national registry in 2003. Eleanor Roosevelt (ex-U.S. first lady and mother of human rights) attended the opening ceremony of Brownstone Founders' Day, June 1, 1949, and signed AAUW NYC Branch Golden Book. ( Continues below….. )

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Masterweb gathered, the reason for AAUW's distinguished leadership award to Buhari, was based on his well documented track records. In AAUW words: "Specifically, during his tenure as the Head of State of Nigeria, his government was the first to decree affirmative action for women, mandating that women should be part of the policy making in all states of the country, thereby producing female commissioners in all states in the country and implementing the affirmative action at the federal level at an optimal scale. His government banned underage marriage, empowering young girls in communities where girls as young as age 12 were married away to men old enough to be their grandfathers. As a candidate in Nigerian Presidential elections over the years, his commitment to the cause of empowering women and girls continues. His current political party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), is the only known party that has waived membership fee and party primary form fee (processing fee) for women to empower them to run for legislative offices."

The award certificate in appreciation of Buhari's contributions in advancing equity and education for women and girls was signed by AAUW New York Branch president where the award ceremony took place.

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02/24/11

Permalink 05:03:00 pm, by kali Email , 769 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Sanusi & Western Economic Theories

By Kali Gwegwe

When Nigeria's Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi tried stampeding the federal government into removing fuel subsidy based mainly on some western economic theories, I had strongly criticized his action. Some even called me names. My argument was that no nation should make the mistake of swallowing any western economic theory hook, line, and sinker. This was based on the fact that every nation- especially the developed west has the dirty habit of sabotaging the economies of other nations in order to strengthen theirs.

No doubt, this culture of "economic interest" has led to serious conflicts between nations. Economic interest was the foundational cause of the cold war between the former Soviet Union and the United States. Even with the collapse of communism, the "economic war" has not ended. The battle now is between Beijing and Washington. It is surely about economic interests. It would therefore be suicidal for any nation to follow western institutions blindly like most western trained economic and financial experts do. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

In one of my books, "Western Democrats in Glass Parliament" (http://i-proclaimbookstore.com/wedeinglpa.html), I have argued that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank are all instruments used by western countries to destroy the economies of weak nations so as to have them (developing countries)rely on the developed west for everything, including political leadership. The developed nations are known to have deliberately used international institutions to mislead African governments in the near and far pasts to economic policies that are mostly aimed at subtly breeding poverty and socio-political tensions. The Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), frequent calls for the devaluation of national currency, and pressure to withdraw fuel subsidy are a few examples.

Unknown to many African governments, most developed countries in the west still subsidize critical sectors of their national economy. For instance, agricultural subsidies alone accounts for more than 40% of the total budget of the EU. This has not only helped the agro-allied sector to grow; it has equally promoted food security in the EU. The message here is that, subsidy is not as bad as is being painted by the IMF and World bank here. ( Continues below….. )

Nigerian Naira Notes

Photo Above: Nigerian Naira Notes

One cannot understand why Lamido Sanusi would close his eyes and ears to the weak purchasing power of the average citizen and pressurize the Nigerian federal government to withdraw fuel subsidy simply because western economic theory support its removal. Apart from his argument that a few persons in the petroleum industry were abusing the subsidy regime, he had also revealed that some marketers were taking advantage of the high cost of petroleum products in neighboring countries to smuggle petrol, thereby creating scarcity. As far as I know, it is not yet a crime for the price of fuel in a country to be cheaper than that of neighboring countries. Going by the arguments of the CBN, it is like asking the mostly poor Nigerian populace to pay heavily for the "sins" of security agencies and other corrupt officials in the nation's petroleum industry.

Before now, the CBN has been quick to compare the cost of petrol in Nigeria with those of the United States and other western countries. Often times, the leadership of the CBN and other formulators of the nation's fiscal policies forget to remember that Nigerian workers are not earning the equivalent of what their contemporaries in the developed west do. This is one good reason why the CBN or ministry of finance have no justification in comparing the cost of petrol in Nigeria and America, Canada, or Britain. ( Continues below….. )

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Many Nigerians were indeed glad when Sanusi Lamido for the first time, ignored the west by rejecting calls for the devaluation of the Naira. Not every economic theory can be applied to every similar situation. An economic policy that is successful in the United States may not work out the same way in Nigeria owing to different factors such as population, culture, technology, or purchasing power.

The CBN and other associate formulators of the nation's fiscal policies must open their eyes and ears very wide. I do hope that the minister of finance, Olusegun Aganga is also listening. Western democrats are meeting in their glass parliament! Their aim? Ask the Russians, Japanese, and Chinese.

Kali Gwegwe writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at kali.gwegwe@nigerianfootballpost.com ( 0806 407 4810 )

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