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07/10/10

Permalink 04:12:09 am, by mazisuco, 1161 words   ng-NG
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*A Call To Duty - That Nigeria May Be Greater

By Engr. Steve Ochonma

God has made Nigeria great, but we must contribute our God-given lot to make her even greater. We must leave the stage better than we collectively or individually met it. The older generation has contributed their lot to the best of their abilities and capabilities, but whether or not these contributions were optimal and satisfactory is another point all together.

It has fallen our lot now as younger generation of Nigeria to make our input to the Nigerian project. The dream and wish of every reasonable father is that the son should do better than him. We cannot fail our fathers; neither can we fail our sons. We must rise up to the occasion and the time is now.

Should we be seeing this kind of underdevelopment, non-key sector development; disarticulation, distortion and structural imbalances today if our fathers had got it right? Is this the vision of progress and well-being held forth in the anti-colonial mass movement or have things fallen short of that vision, politically and economically?

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa described the 1980’s as "a lost decade for us". Yet in the 2000’s nothing has changed significantly. Some had posited that the underdevelopment of Africa is circumscribed by the external constraints posed by the structured asymmetrical relations between the industrialized nations and periphery states like Nigeria. But who made industrial nations what they are, and who chose to be a peripheral state? America was built by Americans, Japan by Japanese and Europe by Europeans. Likewise Africa must be built by Africans. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Nigeria

Nigeria must be built by Nigerians, No more – No less. You cannot leave the fate of Nigerians to non-Nigerians. External forces would never take enough interest, let alone do enough with Nigeria or for her. Their interest will always be paramount. The Nigerian leaders must create strategic policy framework not only for sustained strategic development but also for harnessing of our material and human resources for quality and optimal service delivery, and also for wealth creation.

The Nigerian elites and political leadership must cross over from Hob Nobbing with external concerns in engendering exogenous development strategies. The focus should be in revising this “development of underdevelopment” in Nigeria.

And to achieve this we must invest more in our commodity sectors, and other key sectors, such as power, education, manufacturing, health, research and guaranteed and strategic infrastructural development. Goods produced must be guaranteed and warranted for a specific period of time. Services rendered should also be guaranteed. When roads and buildings are designed and constructed, the consultants and contractors should be responsible for earlier demise. If life span of a project is 20 years for instance, the design and construction must be guaranteed to last. Only when the cause of early demise is outside the domain of design and construction practices and materials, can the concerned professionals be unaccountable. Also only and if only qualified professional bodies determine those facts, can they be set free. ( Continues below….. )

Nigerian Flag

Photo Above: Nigerian Flag

Due process must be due process for all its intent and purposes, not just another hypocritical approach to circumvent goodwill and encourauge corruption further. For a greater Nigerian state to be realized the following suggestions may be necessary. A forum of Nigerian PhD holders should be put in place by government to produce policy framework on how to best restructure and diversify the productive base of the economy, in order to reduce dependence on the oil sectors and imports.

The issue of political offices by allocation should be jettisoned. Affirmative declaration or federal quota systems should only be implemented strategically and fairly not the way it is been done today. Only competent persons should be appointed into key positions on merit and on seniority basis. Electoral reform should be a must and sovereignty of peoples’ mandate must be adopted. “One man -one vote” policy should not only be preached but ensured.

Yearly allocations in form of grant should be made in budgets for research institutions to undertake tailored researches and patents granted safely for findings made, and funds (loan) provided for pilot schemes and commercialization of products. Guaranteed service delivery must be part of our administrations. And targets settings and appraisal must be part of our administrations too. Also targets settings and appraisal must be part of our appointments and promotions.

There should be no time for self aggrandizement and incorporation of national economy or business into selected and fortunate pockets controlled by imperialists’ political forces. Focused and visionary leadership is needed urgently and we must cross-over to the path of integrity, honor and selfless service. Sustained and strategic leadership and good governance is needed not only to effectively but also efficiently harness and utilize our God given resources for optimal benefits. A situation where a section of the country is strategically and politically positioned to accommodate all military and petroleum life wires is not acceptable. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

The distribution of our collective, wealth and resources should be equitable. No section of the country should be strategically strangulated economically and holed in. All citizens should have immediate access as a matter of right to good transport systems including international air and sea routes where applicable. Aspiration and actualization of any political position in the country including the presidency should be unlimited and unhindered for any Nigerian.

We must make huge efforts to recognize and harness talents of Nigerians no matter where they come from or are, for optimal national benefits. We are being called to duty and to brace up to the challenges ahead. Though the task will be daunting, but our collective resolve should be to individually and collectively, and optimally carry out our lots by the grace of God. We must offer optimal and qualitative service to Nigeria.

A new approach to leadership and governance must be adopted and adapted to. We must invest our money and time in Nigeria for sustained growth. We must make quantum leaps in our way of thinking, and dealing with one another. Delegated authority must be responsible and leadership must be sensitive, responsive and responsible to the people. This is the way forward. There is no other way.

Others have done it; have got it right we have no reason not to. We can, yes we can, and we should. The time for real change is now, and this is the real deal to make Nigeria greater. Tomorrow may be too late. Let us all rise up to the occasion and show the true Nigerian Spirit and power. You are all welcome on board our Greater Nigeria project’s space craft.

Come join the revolution for greater Nigeria. Come let’s organize for greater Nigeria.

God bless.

With Humility and loyalty,

Yours in Nigeria service

Engr. Steve Ochonma

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07/09/10

Permalink 04:28:18 am, by mazisuco, 597 words   ng-NG
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*Nigeria: Political Revolution is Needed Urgently in Abia

By Engr. Steve Ochonma

Abia State was created on the 27th day of August, 1991. After over 18 years of her existence, Abia could best be described as a toddler. In both the economic and physical infrastructural terms, Abia is simply strangulated.

While other states created along with Abia in Nigeria and after, have made marginal progress, Abia is crippled by the greed, corruption and self-centeredness of her rulers. None of the persons who had been privileged to head the state at any time had made any sacrifice of any sort. They had seen their position as an avenue for self enrichment and aggrandizement. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Abia State, Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Abia State, Nigeria Click Adjourning Link For Enlarged Photo:- http://nigeriamasterweb.com/Etc/AbiaMapLarge.jpg

Today, Abia has nothing, practically nothing, to show for all the billions of Naira that had accrued and still accruing to her as an oil producing state.

If truth must be told, we must look upon this gross abuse on Abia, her backwardness in the comity of states in Nigeria, and the “development of underdevelopment” in Abia as strategic phenomena of internal imperialism. This internal imperialism therefore has resulted to disarticulation, distortion and structural incorporation of Abia economy into selected families’ economic system controlled by these imperialist political forces.

Should we continue in transgression that grace may abound? God forbid. History will not be fair to us if we neglect the opportunity that is being presented us today to right the ills. ( Continues below..... )

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, Nigeria

Photo Above: Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, Nigeria

Focused and visionary leadership is needed urgently. We must cross over to the path of integrity, honor and selfless service. Sustained strategic leadership and good governance is needed not only to effectively and efficiently harness and utilize our God given material and human resources, for a sustained and strategic development of our state, but also for wealth creation through sustained and strategic innovative leadership. This innovative leadership should place merit over and above favoritism and provide a platform where technocrates are placed over government fronts and contractors.

This is the call to duty today. We must brace up to the challenges ahead. Though daunting as the challenges may be, our collective resolve should be “so help me God”, to optimally do our bid. We must offer qualitative and optimal service delivery to Abia.

A new approach to leadership and governance must be adopted and adapted to, in order to revise these present ills. ( Continues below..... )

Orji Uzor Kalu, Ex-Governor of Abia State, Nigeria

Photo Above: Orji Uzor Kalu, Immediate Ex-Governor of Abia State, Nigeria

We must invest more in commodity sectors, manufacturing, power, education, health and guaranteed infrastructural development. By guaranteed, we mean a road design for 25-year life span must be so constructed and contractors and consultants held responsible for earlier demise. Delegated authority must be responsible and leadership must be responsible to the people.

There is no other way. Others have done it; have got it right, there’s no reason why we cannot. We can, yes we can.

The time for change in Abia is now. The time for good governance and responsive and responsible leadership is now. The time for sensitive leadership and sovereign peoples’ mandate is now. Tomorrow may be too late. Let us all rise up to the occasion. You are all welcomed on-board.

Come join the revolution for greater Abia. God Bless.

With Humility and loyalty

Yours-in- statehood

Engr. Steve Ochonma

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07/08/10

Permalink 01:37:27 am, by ifeatuagbu, 1380 words   ng-NG
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*Nigeria: Niger Delta Master Plan: Need for urgency

By Ifeatu Agbu

When Europe was virtually on its knees at the end of the Second World War, it took the intervention of the United States of America, armed with a Marshall Plan, to revive the devastated economy of the continent. The positive rings of that initiative have continued to reverberate across the globe over the years. In Nigeria, the Federal Government took a cue and included the drawing up of a Master Plan in the Act setting up the Niger Delta Development Commission [NDDC]. It was meant to produce a comprehensive compass that would guide the orderly and rapid development of the region.

To actualize this mandate, the commission promptly engaged international experts to produce the highly acclaimed Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan [NDRMP]. The document, which took several years and huge resources to develop, has been globally applauded as one of the greatest achievements of the NDDC which facilitated the project. The overall objective is to fast-track the development of the region that produces over 90 per cent of the country’s oil wealth.

The importance of this regional plan, aptly described as a roadmap to development, is better appreciated against the background of the abysmal performances of previous interventionists’ agencies from the Niger Delta Development Board [NDDB] set up in 1961 to the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission [OMPADEC] inaugurated in 1992. It is no secret that one of the reasons those agencies failed to tackle the developmental challenges of the region was because of the absence of a comprehensive master plan. ( Continues below..... )

Map(s) of Nigeria Showing Niger Delta Map(s) of Nigeria Showing Niger Delta

Photos Above: Map(s) of Nigeria Showing Niger Delta

The choice of GTZ International of Germany and Wilbahi Engineering Consortium of Nigeria as lead consultants that produced a world-class master plan was deliberate, as they have cognate pedigree. In addition, 30 sector consultants and various resource consultants were assembled to work on different aspects of the plan to further enhance its global competitiveness. The process was systematic and laborious as several workshops and seminars were organized with oil-bearing communities, local, state and federal governments, international donor agencies, oil companies, among others.

The Master Plan is structured in three 5-year phases, namely: the foundation phase (2006-2010); the expansion phase (2011-2015); and the consolidation phase (2016-2020). It can be said to be the first integrated development plan driven by stakeholders’ participation in Nigeria because it covers different sectors including health, education, transportation and agriculture, while its objectives embrace economic growth and infrastructural development.

The comprehensive work was approved and adopted by the Federal Government as a document that holds the key to the rapid development of the Niger Delta. The governors and other political leaders of the region were satisfied as they were part of the processes that produced the plan from the scratch. The then President Olusegun Obasanjo was excited and delighted on March 27, 2007, when it was officially launched. He said: “It is my abiding belief that we are launching the commencement of a voyage of hope that will sail the Niger Delta past a legacy of turbulence, neglect and poverty into an assured future as our nation's most peaceful, most prosperous and most ecologically regenerative region by 2020”. ( Continues below….. )

A Nigerian militant levels his machine gun.

The administration of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, which succeeded Obasanjo, also agreed that the plan has the capacity of adequately addressing the development challenges of the Niger Delta. The commission has through its Partners for Sustainable Development [PSD] Forum brought all the stakeholders under one umbrella to aid the process of harmonizing projects in the region as enunciated in the plan.

Incidentally, the first official assignment of the present NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwuoha was the attendance of a workshop by the PSD Forum in Port Harcourt. His remarks at that occasion underscored the importance he attached to partnership. He said: “We know that the task of developing the Niger Delta is enormous. We cannot do it individually but together we can do it.” Ugwoha’s emphasis on the PSD Forum as a platform for collaboration is in line with his desire to engender further buy-in and commitment of all stakeholders to the Master Plan. He said that since the Master Plan constitutes the template for tackling the developmental challenges of the Niger Delta, the commission needs to constantly engage stakeholders in implementing it.

Currently, the NDDC boss has been visiting the state governors in the region and using every opportunity to reiterate the importance of the partnership arrangements already worked out with them. The visits have become necessary at this time to rekindle the interest of some state governments and other key stakeholders to the Niger Delta project that seems to have dwindled over time. A lot of people are worried that the key stakeholders appear to have abandoned the implementation vehicle for only the NDDC to drive. This is unfortunate because the Master Plan is a property of all Niger Delta people. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

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

Perhaps, the setting up of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs contributed to the loss of focus. At the onset, the mandate of the ministry was not very clear, and its interface with the NDDC was at best hazy. Even in terms of allocating funds for the critical needs of the Niger Delta, both the executive and the legislature appeared to treat the ministry and the commission as if they were eating from the same pot. In the 2008, the National Assembly approved a budget of N79 billion for the NDDC. In 2009, however, its budget was drastically reduced to N27 billion, while N50 billion was budgeted for the new ministry. Thus, both of them got the same amount that only the NDDC got a year earlier.

It, therefore, came as a big relief when President Goodluck Jonathan reassured Niger Deltans recently that the lofty plans captured in the Master Plan would be pursued with renewed vigor. He said: “Let me assure you that I am irrevocably committed to the development of the Niger-Delta. We must develop the region to restore confidence and hope among our people and children. To this end, let me assure you that the Niger-Delta Master Plan for development is on course and we will assist the NDDC and all the state governments to faithfully implement it.” The Federal Government should match its words with action by going a step further to mobilize all the stakeholders to put their hands on the plough to get the plan moving at optimum speed. In 2008, there was an understanding that all the nine states budgets would be prepared to fit into the Master Plan, to ensure that they actually keyed into its implementation. It would, therefore, be good to ensure that the central government, states, local governments, oil companies and other stakeholders work in harmony to realize the lofty dreams inherent in the Master Plan. Every one of them should be allocated specific roles on which they can be held accountable.

It is encouraging that the state governors in the region are beginning to take keen interest in the affairs of the commission which drives the master plan process. Recently, the hitherto dormant Advisory Committee of the NDDC, which comprises the governors and the principal officers of the commission, sprang into life after many years of in-action. The advisory committee intervened in the internal challenges that have confronted the interventionist agency of late. The long expected meeting of that moderating body also deliberated on how to aggressively implement the master Plan.

With the governors now putting heads together with the NDDC management, there is hope that the Master Plan will now experience a new lease of life. The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs should be mandated to play a key role in coordinating the activities of the various stakeholders. If the ministry does that, it will help to facilitate the smooth implementation of the Master Plan and consequently the development of the region. There should be some sense of urgency in its implementation knowing full well that the first five years of the 15-year plan, termed the foundation phase, is ending this year.

Mr. Agbu writes from Port Harcourt.

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07/07/10

Permalink 04:04:19 am, by lateef lawal, 756 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Public Hearing On FAAN Concession Agreements Planned

-*Vows To Assist FAAN Recover Over N16b Debts From Concessionaires

By Lateef Lawal

Public hearing is being organized by the Senate Committee on Aviation into all the concessions entered into by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN), especially those concerning the collections of revenues from several of its revenue generating aspects of airports management business.

The public hearing expected to come up before the end of July, 2010 is being planned by the committee in view of avalanche of protests by workers unions and some stakeholders alleging the un-favourability of the various concession agreements to the revenue portfolio of the authority.

Competent sources close to the Senate Committee informed NigerianAviationNews that despite the fact that FAAN has more than twenty-six (26) companies on the list of its registered concessionaires, it was baffling and unimaginable that the authority’s revenues has not appreciated reasonably beyond the period prior to the signing of the agreements with the private companies.

Apart from the invitations being extended to companies involved in collating and collection of revenues, companies that had agreement with FAAN on Airport concessions are also to appear before the Senate Committee. ( Continues below..... )

FAAN logo On A Nigerian Map in Nigerian Flag  Colours

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

The aim of the public Hearing, it was learnt was to verify which of the agreements needed to be reviewed or cancelled outright on its being detrimental to the financial well-being of FAAN, more so when some companies who collected revenues on behalf of the authority blatantly refused to remit such collections to the coffers of FAAN, thereby impoverishing the authority more than they met it.

Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Aviation is set to assist the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to recover over N16 billion owed it by various concessionaires.

Fielding reporters' questions at the Lagos Airport, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Anyim Ude, stated that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and some concessionaires would be investigated because the issues bothered on grave safety and security implications.

He said the committee was interested in finding out why an agency like FAAN would be owed to the tune of N16 billion and be complaining that concessionaires owed them a lot of money. This he said was an affront and that the Committee would ensure that FAAN recovers its monies. ( Continues below….. )

United Airlines Airborne Plane

His words: ”On the May 9th, there was a tragic incident at the MMIA involving a blackout at the arrival and departure halls, this caused a great embarrassment to Nigeria and there was also safety implications. I have already praised NAMA, FAAN, NCAA for their response and efforts they made to restore power at the terminal within the four hours that the blackout lasted.

“For instance if the issue at stake is the 30 or 32 years that the infrastructure have decayed the cables are old, they want to find out if there is any management programme for, maintenance, if not why not? They also want to find out why FAAN is screaming no money, no fund to do certain things while those they call management concessionaires owe them over N16billion.

“We are told that while we are making efforts to help FAAN recover this money, those involved are fidgeting and are trying to make contact at the highest level to thwart our efforts and FAAN’s.” “We are waiting to get this information and we will do the much we can for FAAN to recover the money.

“N16 billion is a good sum of money and FAAN can’t be telling us that they need all the money to do their job, if they collect such kind of money and yet government has put machinery in motion to provide N5.8 billion to rectify these things, if they collect that amount they would not go to government and that is all the issues involved and now we have all mobilized to help FAAN recover that money.

“FAAN, NCAA, NAMA and most importantly big debtors, I learn't that the big ones are fidgeting and we are expecting a list of debtors from FAAN. What is obvious is that there are many chronic debtors owing FAAN and I hear they have many contacts across the country that once you touch them the ground will start quaking.We will not allow the earthquake before we do what we are supposed to do”

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07/06/10

Permalink 12:06:34 pm, by mazisuco, 881 words   ng-NG
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*Ahead 2011: Abia Loot Causes Political Rift

By Engr. Steve Ochonma

It is always easier to steal, loot and plunder than to amicably, impartially and sucessfully share the loots. The unfolding scenario in Abia has lend yet credence to this well known fact. So it is not surprising at all that Governor T. A. Orji defected from PPA to APGA on Wednedsday, June 30, 2010 - only that he is doing so too late. He had enjoyed Abia loot for too long and did not see anything wrong with coniving with the Uzor Kalu’s dynasty of Igbere to rape and destroyed Abia for eleven whole years.

Chief T. A Orji was Chief of Staff under Chief Orji Uzor Kalu and now governor for over 3 years and yet he did not do anything to move Abia forward. It only took a rift with his political godfather and mentor now for him to have a mandate to develop Abia in six months. It is obvious that Abia did not give him her mandate. But who has given Governor Orji mandate now, in June 2010? Obviously political exigencies has.

It should be clear that Governor T. A. Orji and Chief Orji Uzor kalu are like kettle and pot respectively, and non should call the other black. They are from the same school and are both politically the same in all intents and purposes. They shared the same vision and had the same mission in Abia: to loot. They both represent the Abia of yesterday and should be sent on political exile from Abia State. ( Continues below..... )

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, Nigeria

Photo Above: Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, Nigeria

Chief T. A. Orji’s so called six months mandate should therefore be seen as a desperate and calculated cheap political attempt to decieve vulnerable Abians that he meant well but was impeded from doing what was right before now. If he could not do it before now when would he? He squandered his opportunity. He has been tested and found wanting and unfit for the position of a governor. We cannot afford to waste another four years in Abia.

The time for sweeping change is now. Abains are wiser now. Those who collaborated with ”mama” and son to ensalve Abia must pay the price. They will be called upon to give account of their stewardship in due course. I hope they will be ready then and would defend their positions. All those who have converted public properties and wealth to personal belongings should be ready then to defend their positions too.

For now, emphasis is on who will carry our mandate in 2011. A sovereign people’s mandate that will authorize same to carry out the vision and mission of Abia, to be a technological engine room of Nigeria and for Africa’s development. We are watching with great interest the unfolding drama and thank God Almighty for such an opportunity to rescue our beloved state from the jaws of satan.

Make no mistake about it, Abians will rise up to this occassion. We will ensure a credible election and we will ensure a true lover of Abia is elected in 2011 to carry on our dream regardless the political platform.

For PDP, the warning is: “give your ticket to a true technocrat with vision or forget yet again Abia government house in 2011." For the rest of the parties, especailly political brothel parties like APGA and ANPP in Abia, "keeping giving your tickets to failures and political prostitutes ahead of your loyal members to your own detriment." Keep givimg your tickets to the highest bidders to your political non relevance. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Abia State, Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Abia State, Nigeria Click Adjourning Link For Enlarged Photo:- http://nigeriamasterweb.com/Etc/AbiaMapLarge.jpg

No reasonable party would give it’s ticket to a highest bidder who is a rogue and who is in some instances less than a week old in the party, simply because he has a few bucks to give to party officials. It is an insult to loyal party memebers and should be rejected both at the party level and in an election. It has happened over and over again in Abia.

These political rogues are in for a surprise this time. Abians will teach you a lesson this time around. Chief T. A. Orji’s posters that is defacing the streets of Abia under the platform of PPA reads “one good tenure deserves another”. But what good tenure was he referring to. Good tenure of refuse piles in Aba and umuahia? Good tenure of bad roads, no good publc utilities, delapited schools and hospitals, one good tenure of converting all public lands and properties to personal belongings or one good tenure of looting the Abia treasure empty? What one good tenure was he talking about? These guys think we are idiots in Abia. But we will know who the idiots are in 2011 and beyond.

Thank you Abians for your resilence. We will trump, we will show the light, and darkness will be chased away in Abia.

Long live Abia State, long live Abains and long live Organising for good governance in Abia.

Humbly yours in Abia service,

Engr. Steve Ochonma

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07/05/10

Permalink 12:21:16 am, by kali Email , 461 words   ng-NG
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*A Case of Clash of Party & National Interest in Nigeria

By Kali Gwegwe

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is Nigeria’s ruling party. Its interest has clashed with that of corporate Nigeria. Unfortunately, the political class is carrying on as if Nigeria is a lawless country. It is a massive shame that a constitutional democracy can allow the interest of one political party to distort its constitution.

Up till now, the issue of rotational presidency is foreign to Nigerian constitution. That is to say - the constitution has not prescribed that the nation’s presidency rotates between the north and southern tribal divide. Contemplating it is therefore not just an insult on the constitution, but an indictment on those championing it. ( Continues below….. )

Map of Nigeria

By allowing the issue of rotational presidency remain in the public domain implies that Nigeria’s constitution is not supreme. This is dangerous and capable of collapsing the pillars that hold up Nigeria as a country. Political parties should not be allowed to hide under the banner of freedom to undermine the sanctity of rule, law, and order.

The constitution of all political parties must be legislated to conform to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. If not so, one or more political parties would wake up one morning and fix that only homosexuals are qualified to aspire to be president. Another party may just decide that only ex-convicts are qualified to be president. It is also possible that some parties would suggest that only bachelors are eligible to contest the presidency. To avoid all of these, let all political parties work within the framework of the constitution. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

In another breadth, it is even possible that the clamour for rotational presidency is a ploy to kill and bury the PDP. If not so, I do not see any reason why democrats would choose to dance naked on the head of democracy. The leadership of PDP should come out and declare its stand on zoning so that Nigerians can know the political path to follow.

There is no doubt about the fact that PDP will die the moment zoning is adopted. Nigerians are tired of poor political leadership. It is necessary to note here that we cannot talk of political reforms when internal democracy is foreign to political parties in Nigeria. As the ruling party, PDP must show good example by shunning all undemocratic and unconstitutional practices. This is the only way Nigeria can achieve political growth, which would in turn stimulate socio-economic rejuvenation.

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

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06/28/10

Permalink 01:53:40 am, by admin Email , 878 words   English (US) latin1
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*Hotel Owner Says World Cup Robbers Not Nigerians, Woman Not Raped

[ ‘Nigerian’ Gunmen Rob World Cup Fans, Rape Woman -Updated ]

By Masterweb News Desk

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Masterweb News Team contacted Mr. Kurt Mulder, owner of Hamilton Parks Country Lodge where four gunmen robbed World Cup soccer fans guests of the hotel. He told our news team reaching him on the phone that the gunmen were South Africans and not Nigerians. On asking him how he knew the identity of the gunmen he said: “I am a South African and should know South Africans when I see them. Above all, I am an African and you know we know ourselves – I can tell a South African from a Nigerian.” He said the female victim was not raped, but tied up along with others including him, in the same room. Mulder said he was 2 meters away from the female victim and did not see her assaulted by the robbers.

Hamilton Parks Country Lodge is in Hazyview, an isolated area north-east of Johannesburg, South Africa. The hotel according to Masterweb investigations, has witnessed several robbery incidents which South African police failed to investigate appropriately. Several robberies have also occurred at Kruger National Park around the corner from Hamilton Parks Country Lodge, without significant arrests by South African police. ( Continues below...... )

 Hamilton Parks Country Lodge

Photo Above: Hamilton Parks Country Lodge, Hazyview, South Africa.

Masterweb investigations revealed the gunmen did not trail the soccer fans, but hid in the bushland surrounding the hotel. Hamilton Parks Country Lodge is surrounded by over 250 hectares of indigenous bushland. Shortly after midnight, after fans arrived the hotel from the World Cup match between Australia and Serbia, the hotel owner, who doubled as manager, stepped out to welcome them into the hotel, but was accosted by the gunmen. The robbers ordered him at gunpoint to “get back in.” He went in and the gunmen locked the door, ordering everyone in that section of the hotel, including the owner, to lie down. They tied their hands behind their backs with shoestrings and robbed them of valuables, including, cell (mobile) phones, laptops, passports, money, etc. They also went from room to room stealing all that were of interest to them. Captain Jacky Mbuyane, South African police officer investigating the crime, said the Australian female victim was sexually assaulted, and got medical treatment, but she was not raped. In his words: "Emotionally, she was hurt. She was upset." ( Continues below...... )

Map of South Africa

Photo Above: Map of South Africa

The victims were freed after the robbers left. South Africa police and embassies of victims were contacted with details of the incident. Consular officials from Australian High Commission in Pretoria assisted victims in getting medical treatment, issuing emergency travel documents to their citizens.

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Yesterday, Sunday, June 27, 2010, Masterweb News Desk published an article titled ”‘Nigerian’ Gunmen Rob World Cup Fans, Rape Woman”. After Masterweb sponsored investigations, our News Desk came up with the update above. Our Sunday, June 27, 2010 article is reproduced below.

‘Nigerian’ Gunmen Rob World Cup Fans, Rape Woman

Nine soccer fans were tied up and robbed at gunpoint with one victim raped, in a terrifying hold-up in their hotel rooms following the Australia-Serbia World Cup match in South Africa. The fans, which included five Australians, were on their way back to the hotel after the match. The Socceroos of Australia defeated Serbia 2-1 in the encounter.

According to reports reaching Masterweb News Desk, four armed men trailed nine soccer fans back to their hotel in Nelspruit, South Africa, invading their rooms and robbing them, allegedly raping a female victim. Steve Gaynor, one of the victims who had $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from him said the robbers were Nigerians. He said the men were armed with rifles and handguns, and five of the victims, including himself and the raped female, Australians. According to Gaynor, one of the victims, an off-duty Australian Federal Police officer, for safety reasons, kept others calm during the robbery and assault.

"I had watched the match from the hotel that night and about 12.30 am three cars arrived back at the hotel and people started filing in. I was in the bar and some people came in there while others went back to their rooms. We were oblivious to what was going on. These poor kids were tied up, held at gunpoint and robbed. My room was robbed, but luckily I wasn't in there when they broke through the window." Gaynor was quoted as telling reporters.

“They took cash, jewellery and watches off the people they had tied up and stole phones and laptops. It was robbery with violence. One guy was on the floor and the man had his boot on his head and told him not to move or he is dead - it was serious." Gaynor added.

 Steve Gaynor, one of the World Cup robbery victims.

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06/27/10

Permalink 12:52:33 am, by admin Email , 387 words   English (US) latin1
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*‘Nigerian’ Gunmen Rob World Cup Fans, Rape Woman

By Masterweb News Desk

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Nine soccer fans were tied up and robbed at gunpoint with one victim raped, in a terrifying hold-up in their hotel rooms following the Australia-Serbia World Cup match in South Africa. The fans which included five Australians, were on their way back to the hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning, June 24, after the match. The Socceroos of Australia defeated Serbia 2-1 in the encounter.

According to reports reaching Masterweb News Desk, four armed men trailed nine soccer fans back to their hotel in Nelspruit, South Africa, invading their rooms and robbing them, allegedly raping a female victim. Steve Gaynor, one of the victims who had $10,000 worth of equipments stolen from him said the robbers were Nigerians. He said the men were armed with rifles and handguns, and five of the victims, including himself and the raped female, Australians. According to Gaynor, one of the victims, an off-duty Australian Federal Police officer, for safety reasons, kept others calm during the robbery and assault. ( Continues below…… )

 Steve Gaynor, one of the World Cup robbery victims.

Photo Above: Steve Gaynor, one of the World Cup robbery victims.

"I had watched the match from the hotel that night and about 12.30 am three cars arrived back at the hotel and people started filing in. I was in the bar and some people came in there while others went back to their rooms. We were oblivious to what was going on. These poor kids were tied up, held at gunpoint and robbed. My room was robbed, but luckily I wasn't in there when they broke through the window." Gaynor was quoted as telling reporters.

“They took cash, jewelry and watches off the people they had tied up and stole phones and laptops. It was robbery with violence. One guy was on the floor and the man had his boot on his head and told him not to move or he is dead - it was serious." Gaynor added.

Masterweb will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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06/24/10

Permalink 01:06:06 am, by lateef lawal, 417 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nick Fadugba Resigns As AFRAA Sec. General

By Lateef Lawal

The Secretary General of African Airlines Association(AFRAA), Mr Nick Fadugba has reportedly resigned his position in the continental body. He is barely seven months in the saddle before his sudden resignation letter dated June 10, 2010, handed to the secretariat of AFRAA in Nairobi, Kenya. He was elected into office, November 24, 2009 following a keenly contested election held in Maputo, Mozambique.

Giving reason for his decision, Fadugba wrote in his resignation letter that "Since 18 February, 2010, it has been an honour and a privilege for me to serve as Secretary General of AFRAA, an intense period spent single-mindedly addressing the many challenges facing African airlines today.

"After careful deliberation, I have now come to the conclusion that I can better serve the African Aviation industry and African airlines in my previous capacity as founder and Chief Executive Officer of African Aviation Services (AAS) rather than as Secretary General of AFRAA. ( Continues below..... )

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Photo Above: LEFT: Mr. Christian Folly-Kossi - Former AFRAA Secretary General, CENTER: Mr. Nick Fadugba - Outgoing AFRAA Secretary General, RIGHT: Mr. David Tokoph, Chairman AFRAA Executive Committee. Photo in Nairobi, Kenya after handover from Folly-Kossi to Fadugba as Secretary General.

"Consequently, I have tendered my resignation as AFRAA Secretary General in accordance with the terms of my contract to Mr Girma Wake, President of AFRAA."

Fadugba thanked the Chief Executives, management, staff and all members of AFRAA for entrusting him with the responsibility of leading the association and for the valuable experience and insight gained. He expressed his gratitude to Mr Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for his valued support during his tenure as AFRAA Secretary General. ( Continues below..... )

AFRAA Headquaters decorated with map of Africa

Photo Above: AFRAA Headquaters decorated with map of Africa

He said that he was pleased to have initiated steps to resuscitate the fortunes of AFRAA, through the "3 Rs" strategy involving improving the Association’s Relevance to its members, enhancing its international Reputation and boosting its Revenues.

"I look forward to supporting my successor as Secretary General, as well as the AFRAA Secretariat and all AFRAA members. I also look forward to continuing the longstanding close relationship between AFRAA, African Aviation Services (AAS) and African Aviation Magazine in promoting aviation development in Africa, a goal which unites all of us", Fadugba wrote in conclusion of his letter.

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06/23/10

Permalink 01:30:50 am, by lateef lawal, 746 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria's NDLEA Arrests Drug Jailbird, Traditional Doctor, 5 Others

By Lateef Lawal

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have apprehended an ex-convict, Uzoaru Oliver over drug trafficking. The suspect tested positive for drug ingestion on Thursday June 3, 2010 during the screening of passengers on Iberia flight to Madrid, Spain. Also arrested include a traditional doctor, Longe Moshood Adewale, 58, and five others for alleged drug related offenses.

While on observation, Uzoaru expelled 60 pieces of powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine, weighing 915 grammes. Uzoaru was first arrested April 9, 2009 while about to board a KLM flight to Holland with 1.273kg of cocaine in his stomach. He was charged to court and sentenced to eight months imprisonment after which he regained his freedom on Friday December 11, 2009. Prior to his first arrest, Uzoaru lived in Padova, Italy for nine years before returning to the country in January 2009. The ex-convict who used to sell fridges is married with a child and hails from Orlu in Imo State. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

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

In his confession, Uzoaru blamed his involvement in drug trafficking on human error and frustration. “All I know is that it was a big mistake. It is not a good thing to be in this condition, but I was frustrated and could not explain how it happened again. When I came out of the prison, there was nothing for me to do. I even begged for transport money to get home. In the process, I met a contact that prepared another international passport for me because NDLEA seized my first passport. I would have been paid 2,000 Euros but unfortunately I was caught again. It is a mistake and I regret everything” he lamented.

NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Ahmadu Giade said that the situation would have been prevented if the court had sentenced him to 15 years as stipulated by the law. According to the NDLEA boss, “this unfortunate situation where drug convicts get recycled is avoidable. The re-arrest of the ex-convict is an indication that light sentences do not deter criminals. This is a collective responsibility and we must all work towards a drug free Nigeria of our dream, because crime that is highly lucrative requires stiff penalty to enforce compliance.”

The traditional doctor, Longe Moshood Adewale who was caught on June 8, 2010, attempted to board Iberia flight to Paris with 77 pieces of cocaine which he was got to expel. He is married to two wives and has nine children. According to Longe, he had fortified himself with charms and was surprised that he was found with the drugs. “I am a traditional doctor and prepared myself before the trip, so it is shocking that they were able to detect me” Longe stated. He hails from Iperu in Ogun State. ( Continues below….. )

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NDLEA Airport Commander, Alhaji Hamza Umar gave the name of other suspects as Okwara Calistus Chinonye, 30, Mgbakogu Nnaemeka, 34, Kadaji Hadija Shettima, 57, Emeto Lucius, 42 and Uzoma Nnaemezie Gerald, 39. Emeto Lucius, a trader based in Italy for over 14 years ingested 100 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.535kg for a fee of 2,800 Euros. He was to board Air France to Paris when he was nabbed. His reason was that he lost his job, and his trading business was in financial distress. He hails from Imo State. Mgbakogu Nnaemeka that sells cars at his home town Asaba, Delta State was nabbed on June 3, 2010 for ingesting 46 pieces of cocaine weighing 950 grammes. He was to board an Iberia flight to Madrid.

Uzoma Nnaemezie Gerald, a cleaner in Greece also confessed to have swallowed 85 pieces when he was arrested on June 6, 2010. Luck ran out for the Imo State suspect, while he was attempting to board an Iberia flight to Madrid. He would have been paid 3,500 Euros. A 57 year old female trader at Akute who is the only female among the seven suspects, equally fell into the NDLEA dragnet on June 6, 2010 on her way to London in an Arik flight. She ingested 85 wraps of cocaine for which she would have received 3,000 Euros. Okwara Calistus Chinonye, who lives in Spain, was caught on June 3, 2010 on his way to Madrid in an Iberia flight. He swallowed 100 wraps and was to be paid 6,000 Euros. He said that he lost his job and he met his contact at a night club.

Some of the suspects are still under observation.

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