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09/19/10

Permalink 07:54:31 am, by Ikechukwu, 920 words   ng-NG
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*Nigeria: Our Contemporary Millionaires' Grand Illusions

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu (ike.enyiagu@gmail.com)

“For wisdom is a defense, so says the holy book, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.” In other words, money brings security and wisdom brings security but the pre-eminence of wisdom over money is that it brings lasting security. When a man thinks of security, he thinks of lasting security; and when he thinks of a lasting security, he thinks of posterity. Now, there can be no posterity without the children. So we can deduce from this quote that, as money builds the house, wisdom gives it the foundation it deserves. Every architect knows that the height and durability of any building is, first and foremost, dependent on the depth of the building’s foundation. This literally translates that a man’s true security is in his family, his children. That’s the reason kidnappers in developed world often prefer using children as baits for their parents. In every 90 out of 100% divorce hindrances(in the case of families with children) in the developed world is the issue of custody of the children. Each partner wants to go but not without the security for the future-the children.

Coming now to how this issue applies to our contemporary millionaires, you cannot look farther than is already stated; it’s still the children. I see a man work extra-hard either by genuine labor, cheating, defrauding, embezzling, stealing, or making blood sacrifices to get to his primary monetary millions in order to be secure or, better put, to secure a comfortable future for his children. This article is not to question our millionaires’ sources of wealth, but rather to appreciate their zeal and, most importantly, to point out to them why their zeal is misguided by whatever informs it. This article laughs at their methods of ensuring that their future is secure in their children. Although this does not apply to all our 'wealthies', majority of them are in this quagmire which needs to be looked at urgently. ( Continues below..... )

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Education sector in the United Kingdom is a major revenue source for Britain, thanks to Nigerian leadership and that of other myopic countries. Malaysia has taken on the heels of Britain in ‘educating’ our Nigerian students. Most of these students either come on their own reasons, by scholarships( which oftentimes are fueled by nepotism) or as children from these millionaire homes. I am emphatically talking on our millionaire politicians because I have a better case on the matter. Scattered all over these countries are the children of the said rich, studying, as it were, courses that boost their fathers’ pride. And so, they can ‘feel’ like they are finally saving a future. But, wait a minute! It’s all wrong, it’s all unwise, it’s all a waste- like building castles in the air. To our millionaires: maybe you have not known, but about 0.5% of your children are actually studying as students do. The rest- what do they do? Well, they do exactly the options you left for other deprived Nigerians studying in different institutions in Nigeria because you have concluded that, since your children are all away getting the best education, you are secure.

What an illusion! What a grand illusion! Since money is the only word you have made your children to understand, it might interest you to know that they pay their way through virtually everything; paying for a girl’s smile, for a class assignment or coursework and for exam mercenary(since the whites/Asians find it hard to different black faces). Some of these children have even graduated to paying for friendships because they can’t afford to be alone, for any reason. No one is mentioning the fact that the abduction/kidnapping strategy has also migrated to Malaysia in search of your children. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Most of our millionaires’ zeal were borne out of ignorance and blatant selfishness. You may be saying, “how does that concern me since I’m connected and can get my children settled once they are through with school?” Well, what you fail to see is that no child runs without, first of all, learning how to sit; Nigeria, as she works on growing, needs professionals with practical ability and not mere theorists. Gone are the days when the ability to read, write, and being able to speak English language is considered a degree certificate in Nigeria labor market. Time is here when every government employee, not to mention the private sectors, with all the UK, Malaysia, Ukraine or US degree, will have to go through intensive practicals as the core interview procedure. You see why you can never be secure in your children when it comes to Nigeria as long as Nigerian schools remain in shambles?

Wake up, our millionaire politicians! Wake up, our men of cash! Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Look into our Nigerian schools. Bring into your homes the brilliant and intelligent but low-opportunity students and set up constructive competitions between them and your children. Upgrade our schools and set up a program to make academic intelligence in Nigeria interesting and competitive. Stop thinking that money is lasting security. No, wisdom is the spirit of money without which money means nothing.

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09/18/10

Permalink 04:26:29 pm, by molak, 785 words   ng-NG
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*Nigeria At Fifty

By AKinyemi Abdul Mujeed

Remember that a fool at fifty is a fool forever. Is Nigeria a fool? Let us find out. Democracy according to Abraham Lincoln is the government of the people by the people and for the people. Before we consider the democratic journey if adventitious or not, there are some features of democracy which need to be considered. These features include periodic election, independence of the judiciary, freedom of press, supremacy of the constitution, respect for fundamental human right, application of the principle of the rule of law, principle of separation of power, principle of check and balances, multi power system and so on.

Although we claim to have periodic election in Nigeria, there is no such thing as periodic election. What we have is periodic selection. During elections, there is rigging, bribery, and killing to get to the to post. Most of our leaders today forced themselves on people by distributing foodstuffs and making irrelevant portfolios. This is very bad. If a political godfather does not baptize a candidate, such a candidate will never win the election and this does not speak well of the giant of Africa. ( Continues below….. )

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Nigeria also claim to have freedom of the press, but this is not so. The Nigerian press is not free under the present civilian administration. What they print and broadcast are being carefully screened by their editors to prevent victimization of the government .In September 2008, the Lagos and Abuja branches of channels Television, headed by John Momoh, was closed down by security operatives on orders from the federal government for broadcasting news about Late president Yar’adua’s ill health and his likelihood to resign then.

Also, the rule of law which state that we are all equal before the law is no more valid .The immunity clause prevent public office holders from being dragged to court for any crime committed. This shows that the law is partial. The former President ought to be dragged to court for not being able to account for some money and projects before living office. Most of our leaders are selfish, after ruling thrice-twice as elected president Obasanjo`s shadow loom large over the polity. If his time at the helm had been so prosperous and peaceful, perhaps he would have been so much adorable figure. If he had not tried to perpetuate himself in office by attempting to force a rework of the constitution after eight years, perhaps he would have been getting an hero welcome everywhere.

If he had not seen governance as a means of realizing a personal ambition and living in the delusion that what some great men could not get he received, even without asking, perhaps many would have been singing his praise. If he had not constituted himself into a rock-solid hurdle against democratic ideals, perhaps many would have been praying for him. If he had not become the chief priest of do or die politics, perhaps he would have been genuinely loved by many democrats. Perhaps -may be so. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Where is Nuhu Ribadu now? He has being sent out of office due to the fact that he was fighting corruption. The Niger Delta militants are demanding for there fair share of the Nations wealth. There is no development. What we have are bad roads, terrible power supply, low standard of education, fuel scarcity etc in the Africa’s giant for that matter.

There is insecurity in the country since the last decade. If the then attorney general of the federation (Bola Ige) could be assassinated in 2003 and his killers are still roaming the street as free men after prolonged trials under a civilian regime, what will happen to a common man like you and I? We claim that there is multiparty system. The minimum number of political party that should be in a country in a democracy is two. In Nigeria today we have over 30 political parties, and each party wants’ its candidate to be elected. That is why we have rigging and some other electoral malpractices.

There must also be an independent National electoral body. The body responsible for election in Nigeria is Independent national Electoral commission (INEC), the body itself is corrupt not to talk about the heads of the body. Due to some problem that affects the feature that needs to be considered to know if democratic journey is adventitious or not, it is hereby concluded that the democratic journey in the last decade is nothing but a disappointment as the pace is not adventitious.

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09/17/10

Permalink 03:30:32 am, by Ikechukwu, 1186 words   ng-NG
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*Who Is Vote-Worthy In Nigerian Election?

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu (ike.enyiagu@gmail.com)

Assuming that individual votes in Nigeria now count for something, that the logistics for a free, fair and credible election have been put in place, who and who should we vote for in this coming election? Who is vote-worthy among all the aspirants and/or party nominees? Every party goes through primaries before putting forward the candidates that best describe or represent their parties. It’s no longer news that Nigerian political parties have placed their interests far above national interest and their nominees do not, in minutest way, represent the interest of the masses or of the nation for that matter.

That informs the reason so many politicians defect from party to party as elections draw near. You see a single politician go through three parties within four years and you wonder, ‘what is he really after?’ Well, it’s clearly a show of visionless leadership, a glaring proof that most of our politicians do not know what politics or leadership is all about. They scamper from pillar to post in search of who promises them the bigger share if they could sell out their constituencies. A perfect example of such political sell-out is what is going on in Abia state where Mr governor has been buttonholed to return to PDP.

Most of these old politicians generally started from PDP and left for other parties because of in-party irregularities, anti-national interest strategies and policies the party adopted, or because of personal reasons. In the case of governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji of Abia state who has been wooed by the PDP bigwigs to desert his present political party, APGA, for PDP, the sole bargain would have been, ‘what is in it for me?’ and not, ‘ what is in it for my state?’ There are a thousand and one of such cases scattered all over the federation, especially as the election draws nigh. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Every common Nigerian (to whom power truly belongs) knows that the present politics in Nigeria is not representative of our collective yearnings and our national purpose, but it will be well to take cognizance of the few politicians that truly need and are working towards this change that we all long for. So, as we prepare to vote, it’s important that we search out for the best we can squeeze out from our politicians; it is important that we picture tomorrow from our pasts when we choose who to vote for.

Before we decide on who to vote for, we have to, first of all, KNOW THOSE WE DARE NOT VOTE FOR. It will be safe for me now to say that, although we do not have the best of politicians in Nigeria today, we can get the best out of the ones we choose to vote for if we give it a good shot. So, some of the qualifications you have to look out for in any politician who must not be voted for are these:

1. Has he/she been in power before and, if so, how was general security in the area he/she led? If there were security fallout during his/her tenure, he/she is not to be voted for.

2. How did the educational sectors, both for the teachers and the students, fare in his/ her tenure? If there were fallout by, either teachers’ frequent strikes or cults’ butchery, he/she is a bad candidate.

3. The withdrawal of the American troops from Iraq was one of the promises Obama made prior to his election and everybody looked forward to it. If he/she was in office before and was not able to meet, at least, 60% of his/her manifesto, that’s a candidate who is not yet ready.

4. If he/she has been in office before, was his/her administration able to bring in new business ideas,opportunities and investors? Were there remarkable improvements in the business sector? If business was as usual in his/her time, then it’s a clear sign that he/she is not versatile.

5. In the case of a former head of state, how were the citizens in diaspora treated during his regime; with respect like every other citizen from different countries or were their rights violated with the support of our first man? If Nigerian embassies during his tenure were mere outposts, then he is not to be trusted with the lives of the citizenry.

6. His/her background must be dug and if he/she is known to belong to or harbor cultists or occultists, then no good thing will ever come out from such regime. Get rid of such persons. ( Continues below….. )

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

The core problem we face in Nigeria is security fallout; security of lives, property, personalities, and our national purse. Basically, the most important place we must not make mistake about is who to be voted for as the president. The general fallout we experience in Nigeria has its root in the presidency. So, the person to occupy the first seat in Nigeria must not be selfish and cowardly. These are some of the things to check out in a candidate, both new and returnees, before endorsement or election:

1. He/she must be educated and able to defend his discipline. As a matter of fact, exams should be set from party primaries for every political aspirant based on their areas of discipline -the presentation of certificates is not enough. This will automatically ensure that impostors, mediocre, untrained and ignorant personalities do not lead this great nation as long as they remain in that darkness. As a matter of truth, this is the core problem in Nigeria-the imposition of ignoramus on the nation as leaders.

2. He/she must be a de-centralised person; someone who sees family to mean the nation and the people he leads.

3. He/she must have a record of honesty. Since honesty is rare in Nigeria, it wont be difficult to track an honest man or woman.

4. He/she must be a man with the 21st century mindset, a man who can represent the unspoken wishes of the people.

5. He/she must be open and willing to tolerate high criticism. A good leader knows that criticisms sharpen and bring out the best in him/her.

6. He/she must be tolerant of his/her opponents. He must be willing and ready to accept constructive competitions for the Nigerian goal.

These and a lot more, when properly utilized, will bring a new Nigeria to bare. Someone might say that his/her vote does not count. Well, it does, at least, it will start counting the moment you start believing in yourself, for how can we not believe in ourselves and expect to believe in Nigeria? We are Nigeria, we are the ones to choose who represents us. This consciousness is the beginning of our victory as a great nation.

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09/15/10

Permalink 02:05:13 am, by lateef lawal, 980 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Arik Air Makes A Detour - Pays N50m & $25,000

By Lateef Lawal

Arik Air which was refused start-up September 1 for its flights by Air Traffic Controllers over its huge debt has made a U-Turn by paying N50 million for its domestic operations and $25,000 for six flights on the Lagos-London route.

It could not be immediately known why the sudden change of heart, when the management of the airline had earlier told journalists that it was not going to pay since "the dispute in respect of the domestic charges has been on since 2002 and is currently before the Supreme Court".

Arik management further claimed that at a meeting held August 30, at the conference room of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) attended by Aero, Air Nigeria, Dana, Bristow and IRS airlines, it was agreed that navigational charges were illegal. It also described the action of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) as unlawful and unilateral. ( Continues below..... )

A landing Arik Plane

Photo Above: A landing Arik Plane

Despite the claim by Arik, all the airlines mentioned including Associated Airline, Overland, Allied Air, Mobil Aviation and AOS Helicopters not only paid part of their old debts but also embraced the new payment regime of ‘Pay As You Go’ for all their flights to avoid future accumulation of debts.

However, in a swift response to Arik’s claims, NAMA in a statement stated among others:

That all the domestic airline operators were fully notified earlier before now shortly after a meeting in Abuja with the honourable minister of aviation, Mrs Fidelia Akuabata Njeze who equally appealed to them to honour their financial obligations to all the parastatals. That the issue of Terminal Navigation Charge has never been a contentious issue in the court with the Agency.

That AON had wanted a waiver on en-route navigation charges which was taken to the Court and the Appellant Court ruled in favour of NAMA in 2002.

That the issue in the Court has nothing to do with the huge debt Arik is owing NAMA on services provided on domestic and international routes. That when AON went to Court in 2002,Arik was never incorporated and can not be a party to the issue in Court as claimed to escape settling its debt which stood at N884,719,271.65 and $1.6million on domestic and international routes respectively as at June 2010. That what transpired today, showed that Arik Air was alone ranger in this new payment regime as other airlines made their flights without hitches.

That the Act No 48 that established NAMA empowers it to charge for its services ditto ICAO regulation . NAMA as an agency of government does not receive subvention for payment of salaries and allowances including continued maintenance of facilities to ensure safe air navigation. Our only source for meeting these mandatory obligations is from our internally generated revenue. It was after this statement was issued that NigerianAviationNews learnt that Arik Air had come forward to pay N50million at about 8.00 pm and 9.00pm last night, clearance was reportedly given to Air Traffic Controllers to give Arik Air flights navigational services. And as at this morning (Thursday) all flights of Arik commenced their normal schedule. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

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

REACTIONS……………

1. From: NIGERIAN AIR TRAFFIC CONROLLERS ASSOCIATION[ Haske Jibrin(President), Martin Akujuobi(General Secretary) ]: The attention of the Nigerian Air Traffic Contollers’ Association has been drawn to the current debate, innuendos and misguided arguments regarding the denial of services to defaulting airlines by the relevant government Agencies over payment of fees and charges. The Association wishes to state as follows:

*That we identify with the resolve of the Government Agencies to deny services to ANY Airline that fails to pay its business charges to the concerned parastatals, especially I the interest of the Aviation Safety systems.

*That the Association supports any step taken by Government to ensure adequate funding of the various Aviation Parastatals to enable them finance their critical safety services to the industry such as Staff Training and Re-Training, Equipment re-newals and up-grades and other financial obligations to the Public Air Transport system.

*That the public should be properly guided by the fact that the denial of services to defaulting Airlines is in line with normal and civilized business practice and any thing to the contrary is both unethical and a reward to unpatriotic corporate citizenship.

*Meanwhile, it is mischievous to insinuate that Air Traffic Controllers are on strike. The truth is that the Association and its members will continue to deny Air Traffic Services to any airline found to be in default, while arrangement has been concluded to set up a committee of the Association to ensure the sustenance of this important revenue drive.

2. FROM: CIVIL SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVE[ Comrade Abdul-Razaq Saidu, Civil Society Rep-MTSS Aviation ](MTSS 2011-2013): The existence of the Federal Government’s MTSS and full representative of the Civil Society in the same MTSS gave the Civil Society representative some serious concern over the indebtedness of the airlines to the Federal Government’s parastatals and agencies in the Aviation sector with particular reference to NAMA.

It is a fact to confirm that NAMA has installed basic infrastructure and equipment thereby enabling the pilots and air traffic controllers to function effectively in terms of safety in the air. The airlines indebtedness to the parastatals has become an open hearing issue by the Senate Committee on Aviation, Ministerial Committee for which both had looked into the face-off between the airlines and parastatals particularly NAMA.

Directives were given to address this face-off, but some airlines have refused to comply with these directives, considering the fact that it is an ICAO set standard on payment for services provided. It has therefore become mandatory for the airlines to pay for the services being provided by these parastatals.

Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)

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09/02/10

Permalink 02:56:07 am, by admin Email , 391 words   English (US) latin1
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*U.S. May Cremate Nigerian Prof - Help Bury Him

By Masterweb News Desk

The burial of Chukwudubem Okafor, 64, a Nigerian Professor in the U.S. who killed his wife and himself on August 15, is on hold unless funeral expenses are paid up. The original funeral/burial cost of $13.000.00 was reduced to $9,500.00 to enable Okafor's family afford the bill, but only the sum of $4,200.00 has been paid as at the time of this report. Hunt Memorial Chapel(aka Emmett Golden Hunt Memorial Chapel), the funeral home (mortuary) handling the burial, upon passionate plea by Nigeria Masterweb, has extended its deadline for the completion of the funeral payment from August 30, to September 6. Hunt Memorial Chapel would upon the expiration of the deadline, if the $5,300 balance is not paid, declare Okafor's body abandoned and seek permission from the city for its cremation .

Hunt Chapel handled the funeral and burial ceremony of Cheryl, Chukwudubem Okafor's murdered wife, and is now stuck with his body. Cheryl was buried at Laurel Dale Cemetery in Reading, Pennsylvania. According to Carrie Arvilla Hunt, Hunt's Funeral Director, the funeral home has been with Okafor's body since August 15. ( Continues below…… )

Laurel Dale Cemetery, Reading, Pennsylvania, where 
Chukwudubem Okafor's wife, Cheryl was buried.

Photo Above: Laurel Dale Cemetery, Reading, Pennsylvania, where Chukwudubem Okafor's wife, Cheryl was buried.

Nigerians and friends of Nigerians are called upon to help raise the needed funds to enable Okafor's burial in the U.S. We are not talking of burial in Nigeria which would be more than double the cost for U.S. internment. Let us give him a grave site which his children in Nigeria from his first marriage could go to and pay him their last respect, whenever they make it to the U.S.

Please send your donation via Cashier's Check (Cheque) immediately to:- Hunt Memorial Chapel(or Emmett Golden Hunt Memorial Chapel), 427 E Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320.

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Chukwudubem Okafor and wife Cheryl.

Photo Above: Chukwudubem Okafor and wife Cheryl (Photo 1).

Chukwudubem Okafor and wife Cheryl.

Photo Above: Chukwudubem Okafor and wife Cheryl (Photo 2).

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08/30/10

Permalink 01:11:19 am, by Ikechukwu, 751 words   ng-NG
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*Nigeria: Is Occultism The Solution?

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

One can hear a number of our Nigerian university students cheering and saying, “aha, we know it; we know that cultism is the only safe way through school, and when we graduate, we will metamorphose into our fathers’ occults to take our places in the nation-we always knew we were right.” As for our fathers and our leaders of the ages, “what an old man sees while sitting down, the young can’t see even while standing"- so they often quote. But suppose, only supposing, that I beg to differ in this case, will the generals involved dare to consider this truth they have only refused to acknowledge for decades?

There once was a young man who had to, as a matter of no-alternative, become a cult member in order to muster enough bullies to rig the councilorship election in his favour. And he sure won. I once knew of a local government chairman who, on campaigning, had to offer the life of his first son before he could be granted the chairmanship position of his L.G.A. The story is, “and he sure won.” Just lately we were brought to the awareness of state lawmakers in naked blood oath taking. Our polity has been marred from the beginning by occult introduction and acceptance. For the uninformed, occultism in our polity is what has been rebranded ‘godfatherism’. ( Continues below..... )

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Granted, Wole Soyinka, in an interview, explained the genuine and commendable (permit me to say) reasons confraternities were introduced in Nigeria. Looking back upon the years gone, I wonder how this myopic birth has fared. Cults metamorphosed into occults hence, cultism and occultism. While the cult boys and girls rule our universities and streets, the occult fathers and mothers rule the nation.

The sole purpose for the emergence of cultism and occultism in our country was and has always been to instill fear in the opponents in order to subdue them and subvert justice. This is the tool that has successfully held Nigeria under one cord-dictatorship. This dictatorship tells its story when PDP openly rigs elections by the shameless comments and decisions they make before elections are conducted. Over the years, occult groups became Nigeria while Nigeria became just a name.

The basic criterion for winning an election in Nigeria has, for decades, been established as the name of the so called elders’ groups one belongs to. Research has equally proven that within a short space of time, two different cult and/or occult groups are bound to have a misunderstanding and, since violence and terror are their greatest tools, blood often spills. ( Continues below..... )

University of Ado-Ekiti students demonstrate against cultism.

Photo Above: University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) students demonstrate against cultism. *Ado Ekiti is a city in Ekiti State, Nigeria. It is also known as Ado. The population in 2004 was 44,6749.

But the question here is, “whose blood, whose child?” It has always been the simple, the innocent and the quiet in the land; it has always been Nigeria. Taking a second look at our national political parties will give you an even clearer picture. They are like a bunch of children playing the “ghost and blood games”, gambling, as it were, with our future that they have called personal business. Now that the election is our closest neighbor, there are blood initiations, oath takings, missing of persons, blood sacrifices, and all the evils only them can tell how they are done going on in different constituencies.

All hope is not lost, however, for my true fellow Nigerians. Change is coming to America through Obama, a change commensurate with what the country needs at a given time. In the case of Nigeria, a change has already begun but it wont be a change via pleas. The change that is coming on Nigeria shall be as strong as the heart of Nigeria-it shall not be measured less. There is a clarion call; Get rid of this evil practice and let Nigeria breathe.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Finally and after all considerable considerations, I permanently stand to oppose the majority who agree that occultism is the solution for Nigeria. No, it is not!

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

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08/29/10

Permalink 12:59:29 am, by lateef lawal, 653 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria Finally Attains FAA Category 1 Safety Status

By Lateef Lawal

It is indeed a 50th Independence Anniversary gift as promised by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren when he spoke of his optimism last month with aviation journalists that the attainment of Category 1 Safety Status will be an anniversary gift to the government of the Federation of Nigeria.

Last Wednesday, United States of America(USA) through her Ambassador in Nigeria, Ms Robin Sanders announced in Abuja that Nigeria had scaled the hurddle and is now recognised as belonging to the Category 1 Safety Status of the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) of the U.S.A after three years of strenuous upgrading exercise entered into with the country's regulatory agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA).

Sanders explained that with the new safety rating, Nigeria registered aircraft will be able to operate direct flights between the U.S and Nigeria without safety hinderance.

She therefore charged Nigeria, especially the regulatory agency to sustain the status already attained in continued collaboration with the United States of America to ensure the maintenance of the highest safety standards. ( Continues below..... )

FAAN logo On A Nigerian Map in Nigerian Flag  Colours

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

Sanders urged Nigeria to keep the flame aglow in sustaining the safety rating and noted that in the next 18-24 months, Nigeria will come under global watch towards ensuring that the Category 1 Status is sustained and also urged Nigeria to step up its efforts at maintaining hundred per cent full body search at all airports in addition to its efforts at acquiring three dimensional full image body scanners.

She said that the achievement of category one is an important milestone for Nigeria and US bilateral relationship. Sanders explained that Nigeria is one of the African countries including Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa that are Category 1 rated.

Receiving the Category 1 certification documents, from the U.S Ambassador on behalf of Nigerian government, the Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren expressed gratitude to the US government for all its contributions for the long journey that started a few years ago.

In her remarks, Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze, lauded the assistance of the U.S government in the attainment of the safety rating while she listed the benefits to include reduced costs on aircraft insurance premium, better and easier access on aircraft leasing from aircraft manufacturers as well as attracting foriegn investment into Nigeria. ( Continues below..... )

Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze

Photo Above: Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze

Njeze assured the Nigeria will do everything possible to sustain the safety rating , which she said is a befitting gift for Nigeria's 50th independence anniversary. She commended Arik Air as one of the airlines that will benefit from the safety rating in flying into the U.S with its domestic crew as well as Nigeria registered aircraft.

Also speaking the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Aviation matters, Captain Shehu Usman Iyal expressed gratutude to the US government for the feat, which he said is no mean achievement considering the many years the Nigerian government through its safety reform agenda has been pursuing the safety rating. Iyal said the Federal Government is committed to sustaining the category one status through various measures aimed at promoting safety and security in the aviation sector.

He traced the pursuit of category one to the tenure of the Obasanjo administration, which he said was poised to turn around the aviation sector with its many intervention measures and programmes affirming that sustaining the safety rating will not be difficult.

He praised various agencies and bodies including the World Bank, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and others that made Category 1 Safety rating for Nigeria a reality.

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08/28/10

Permalink 12:50:11 am, by drgenesis, 829 words   ng-NG
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*Hurray! 50 big cheers to Nigeria!!!

By Dr. Genesis A. Dawuda

“Today is independence Day.” – Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s First Prime Minister on October 1st 1960.

About 50 years ago, the quote above rent the air as the first sentence, and first line of the speech presented by Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister –late Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa on the ceremony of the Independence of Nigeria as a sovereign state.

Nigeria is situated in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the West, Chad and Cameroun in the east, and Niger in the North. In the south its coast lies on the Gulf of Guinea, part of the Atlantic ocean. With a population of over 140 Million, it is known as the most populous country in Africa and the eighth in the World.

This wasn’t so about 50 years ago. It had about 25,000,000 people that made up the population. According to the late Prof. Stephen Leacock (Dec. 30, 1869 –March 28, 1944 –former lecturer, head of department of Economics & Political Science and Professor Emeritus at McGill University, Montreal), “The climate never varies; each day is awful. White people cannot live there; those who survive go home.” ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

About 50 years ago, there were all in all 5,000 whites, but a large proportion of them were missionaries, nurses, and teachers, holding down a job, not a country, along with the clerks and traders of the steamship companies and the Staff of the Government House. Three guns (31/2 inches each), four battalions of infantry, one mortar and a signal school class, make up the whole National Defence of Nigeria.

Even at that, the whole army was black, except the officers. Someone said if there was to be mutiny at that time Nigeria could rise up and kill all the white officers, but why will they do that at the first instance?

Before independence, there was real government, the Government House was at Lagos. With mostly the Nigerians running the state. Those in the inland govern themselves through their Chiefs, Emirs and such relevant titles their people know them with. This was the indirect way of ruling the whole regions put together.

About 50 years ago all the revenues raised in taxes cannot keep Chicago running for six months, but today there is Petro-dollar, Human resource, Solid minerals and recently ICT that is doing wonders in the development that even led to the relocation of one of the headquarters of a GSM company from South Africa to Nigeria.

Today, Nigeria has earned to herself the credit of constructing the fastest growing federal capital city in the world. The federal Capital was moved from Lagos to Abuja. It started with three-lane roads, now it’s embarking on six-lane roads in order to manage vehicular traffic. About 50 years ago, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa said, “ In these days of rapid communications, we cannot live in isolation, apart from the rest of the world, even if we wished to do so.” Today, there is the Internet, The GSM and the easier accessibility to air Transportation.(There are 22 airports in Nigeria with paved runways, and 21 Airstrips). ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

About 50 years ago, the late prime minister closed his speech with “God save our Queen.” But today; to utter ‘God’ has been replaced by ‘Allah.’ About 50 years ago, Nigeria “emerged without bitterness or bloodshed” but today it’s sad to say that many lives have been lost in cold blood and vehement bloodlettings.

About 50 years ago, the late prime minister opened a “new chapter in the history of Nigeria and of the commonwealth and indeed, of the world.” Today, we have a recorded history of 14 previous and current Leaders after Independence, 10 past and present senate presidents, 11 Past and Present Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. 7 Speakers of the Federal House of Representatives (past and present).

Today, we have six geopolitical zones, 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory, 774 Local Government Areas, Today, we have 8,540 elected councilors, 1,205 House of Assemblies. 24 well-consolidated banks. We have 27 federal Universities, 31 State Universities, 33 Private Universities.

Today, We have 13 different organizations concerned with security in the Military, Paramilitary, and Agencies. With the Nigerian Police divided into 12 zones. To say Nigeria has not grown and developed does not need consulting the late professor of Economics, Stephen Leacocks in his grave but to compare his penned thoughts with what is tenable today in Nigeria.

With doors opened to the world, Nigerians are listed among every 5 blacks around the world. Today, we have the Philip Emeagwali (a Nigerian), who Bill Clinton (former president of United States of America, the most popular democracy in the world) addressed as the Bill Gates of Africa.

This same Bill Clinton recognized the resilience in Nigerians as the most happiest people on the planet earth. Click www.drgenesis.com/hurray.htm to read more on Nigeria at 50

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08/27/10

Permalink 02:22:38 am, by lateef lawal, 890 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Abuja Airport Now IATA StB Compliant

By Lateef Lawal

MAEVIS Nigeria Limited, in conjuction with key industry partners, especially the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), British Airways, RESA, IER and other stakeholders, has completed a key milestone in making Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA) the second IATA StB compliant airport in Nigeria.

The Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos(MMIA) became compliant in August 2008. British Airways (BA) – a One World Alliance partner airline, and MAEVIS launch partner airline commenced the use of full 2D Bar Coded Boarding Pass (BCBP) Departure Control Systems (DCS) operations on a fully IATA compliant CUTE systems for all Abuja international passengers on her Abuja - London and points beyond international flights from August 16, 2010. ( Continues below..... )

Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport,  Abuja, Nigeria.

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

This development makes Nigeria’s Abuja airport fully compliant ahead of the IATA/ACI deadline of December 2010. According to the Managing Director of Maevis, Mr Tunde Fagbemi, this achievement "is also a true testimony of the resilience of the FAAN/Maevis team (a true Nigerian spirit), the extensive Infrastructure, Superstructure and Systems deployment at these Airports and the many tests, customisation and certification by British Airways, Lufthansa, Delta Airlines, Air Nigeria and our numerous IATA/ACI certified deployment partners and personnel".

Fagbemi added, "now that we are fully certified and gone live, we are confident that in the coming days other Airlines and their passengers using NAIA will gradually cut over to the new world class systems and Brand new Check-in-Desks and ultra modern check-in platform /systems provided by MAEVIS on a PPP – BOOT basis. As noted by IATA, these systems would further simplify the check-in and boarding process for all passengers who use NAIA and help to make Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) drive for excellence in customer service and make international standards and other Technology friendly expectations at our airports a reality."

The full implementation of the 2D bar-coded boarding passes enables:

-*Fast and convenient check-in and boarding.

-*Boarding with home printed 2D bar coded boarding passes.

-*Issuance of Mobile phone 2D bar coded boarding passes.

-*Several other passenger facilitation delights for airport customers and Aviation Stakeholders. ( Continues below..... )

FAAN logo On A Nigerian Map in Nigerian Flag  Colours

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

Maevis is a world-class Airports Infrastructure, Airports Operations Automation Systems provider Integrated ICT business solutions expert and Out Sourced Service provider. Maevis is FAAN’s partner under a PPP agreement - the team is committed to the renewal, revamping and upgrading of FAAN Airports Operations Management Systems (AOMS) and the renewal of certain defined infrastructure, superstructure and systems at Airports and Terminals located at four International Airports in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja.

The current deployment at NAIA includes the Building of a Brand new World Class level 4 Data Centre, laying of a brand new ICT backbone for the aviation industry, the re-cabling of the Fiber Optic cable at the airports & the installation of modern servers, a brand new Communications network linking all Airlines and their host Airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano & Port Harcourt, deployment of a full suite AOMS Systems, a Full IATA compliant 2D BCBP compliant CUTE /DCS System, the renewal/revamping of the Check in counters, check-in area, replacement of all current Servers, PCs, Printers etc at these airports with 2D barcode-compatible machines, and the introduction of 2D barcode readers at boarding gates in line with ICAO, ACI & IATA standards.

Since the deployment Friday, August 20, passengers have been able to print their own 2D bar-coded boarding passes at home or at the office and proceed directly to baggage drop-off or through security at NAIA enroute to their boarding gates and destinations of choice. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

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

Fagbemi noted that the company had made provisions for all local airlines and any other operators on all its new check-in counters and boarding gate stations to issue and read 2D BCBPs even if their Departure Control Systems (DCSs) have not been upgraded to handle them or if they do not currently have their own CRS and Departure Control System.

The unique approach that Maevis has taken with this technology implementation at NAIA, according to him was fashioned after its earlier deployment in August 2008 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) which has been described by many industry stakeholders as impressive. Not only are the day-to-day needs of the Airlines supported with shared workstations, Maevis is investing for the future of the Airlines, FAAN and indeed assisting the entire aviation industry in Nigeria to fully implement IATA's Simplifying the Business objectives with the aim of creating:

-*more opportunities for airports;

-*more convenience for passengers and lower costs for the industry.

The technology reduces costs and improves customer service for both airlines and airports by introducing faster and easier check-in. This system offers the passenger more self-service options during their journey through the airport. This also translates into paper documents being converted into electronic messages both for passengers and air cargo, saving time and increasing accuracy. This new system deployed at NAIA will result in less time spent at check-in, giving longer commercial dwell time to travelers and offering passengers more pleasant travelling experience.

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08/26/10

Permalink 02:34:00 am, by Ikechukwu, 706 words   ng-NG
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*Nigeria: The Attitude Of A Repentant Nation

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Does Nigeria have a problem? Yes. Is it right to pluralize this monster? Yes. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary describes 'problem' as "an unwelcome or harmful matter needing to be dealt with and overcome." Before anything can be termed as problematic, it must be an unwelcome phenomenon which outcome will bring nothing but harm and/or discomfort to its hosts. The force and the face of a problem stir a spontaneous desire in man to deal with and overcome it. However, the middle line which this definition of problem tends to summarize(in the case of Nigeria)with the word 'deal with' is the key to the 'overcoming' which everyone yearns for. This hidden word is called 'repentance.'

The problem with Nigeria is not just the leaders who cannot lead well and it is definitely not the leaders with passion for embezzlement either. The problem with Nigeria is an epitome of a nation that has refused to apportion its mistakes their appropriate places. It is the mistake of not accepting one's place of fall and the reason for the fall before attempting to move on. I can assure you that many a leader have come up severally in Nigeria with the 'genuine' desire to better Nigeria...but have not only failed, they made everything worse. No farmer who comes home sweating and wants a change of cloths will venture putting on a new cloth without, first of all, taking a clean bathe. The stench has to be removed as a matter of urgency. Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

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

Nigeria has refused to acknowledge its sins and repent from it yet we yearn to go forward. We heap sin for sin, be it from the government offices to our national and international security quarters, from our business fronts to our neighborhoods, and/or from our religious enclaves to our families. Our desire for sin matches our desire to be better. This is why it has become a blind cycle in Nigeria-soldier go soldier come...

However, there is an attitude for progress, be it in the live of an individual, an organization or a state. This attitude is called REPENTANCE. Repentance has a miraculous grace to lift one to an unimaginable height of assurance, peace and progress. It deals with the covenant of death and cuts off every limiting cord. Nigeria, what we need is genuine repentance...from all quarters.

We need to individually consider our roles in this problem, be it a government that treads on the minority, the president who buys his way forward, the banker that robs, the lecturer that bullies, the security officer that plays god, the parent who spoils the child, the pastor who preaches his type of heaven, the imam who encourages self-destruction or the brother who betrays-the list is endless. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

We all need to take stock and repent genuinely. Genuine repentance is the only answer to our moving forward as a nation because genuine repentance alone can abolish minority-mentality, stop our incumbent president from becoming another Abacha, the likes of Umar Farouk Abdul Matallab from shaming his family, another Prof. P. O. Otubu from destroying the future of our children, the police court-like attitude of execution rights, the parent from buying WASSC for the son, the pastor from feeding on the blood of his weak members, the incorrect re-branding of Islam as a terrorist religion, and the ritual killings for money.

Only genuine repentance will make Nigeria enjoy what it has. As 2011 election approaches, I implore us all, as a nation, to set aside a period for true remorse and genuine repentance before we plunge ourselves into yet another future that could turn out to be an already written history. Genuine repentance alone will make the Nigerian vision clearer and our leaders able to deliver. It is the only true re-branding that Nigerian needs for the now and the future.

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

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