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10/04/10

Permalink 10:07:09 am, by admin Email , 383 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria Independence Bombing: 10 Arrested, 2 On The Run

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Nigeria police has declared two men wanted in connection with the October 1 car bombing of Nigeria Independence celebrations. Those declared wanted are Ben Jessy and Chima Orlu, both Nigerians. Emmanuel Ojukwu, Nigeria police spokesman described Jessy and Orlu as suspected masterminds of the bombing. Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), an umbrella militant group operating in Nigeria's Niger Delta claimed responsibility for the bombing that killed 15 people and wounded 21. ( Continues below….. )

Ben Jessy And Chima Orlu

Photo Above: Ben Jessy (Left), Chima Orlu (Right)

Nigeria's secret service, State Security Service (SSS) according to reports, has made arrests in the case. SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar in a press conference in Abuja today said nine people were in custody in connection with the bomb attack. The names of those arrested were not disclosed. Ogar said the arrestees all had links to Henry Okah, an ex-MEND leader in exile in South Africa.

Okah was arrested in South Africa on Saturday and today charged in a Johannesburg Magistrate Court with terrorism. He was charged with engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activity, and delivering, placing and detonating an explosive device. The case was postponed and a bail application is scheduled for October 14. His lawyer Piet du Plessis said Okah was not involved in the bombing. He demanded Okah be placed in a high risk detention facility as against his detention in Johannesburg central prison which poses security risk to him. ( Continues below….. )

Tompolo And Henry Okah

Photo Above: Repentant Militant Leader Tompolo(real name - Government Ekpumopolo) (Left), Ex-MEND Militant Leader - Henry Okah (Right)

SSS today said it foiled a larger plot by those who carried out the independence bombing to car bomb key government and security buildings in Abuja on September 29. SSS said six car bombs were to be detonated in the "three-arm zone" made up of the presidential villa, parliament and the Supreme Court.

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10/02/10

Permalink 12:07:00 am, by admin Email , 491 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigerian Militants Claim Independence Bombing

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Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has claimed responsibility for the car bombing of Nigeria 50th independence celebration. "MEND is claiming responsibility for the attack," the militant group wrote in an email to CNN. ( Continues below….. )

Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing.

Photo Above: Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing.

Two bombs exploded five minutes apart outside the Justice Ministry as Nigeria marked its golden jubilee independence celebration at Eagles Square killing 15 people and wounding 21. Most of the casualties came from the second blast. 38 vehicles were destroyed from both blasts. A Red Cross official said the death toll was expected to rise. A third and smaller explosion hit Eagle Square which is less than 2 miles (3.21 kilometers) from the Justice Ministry. No casualty was recorded from the Eagle Square blast. ( Continues below….. )

Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing.

Photo Above: Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing (Photo 2) - Security, paramedics and emergency personnel stand beside a damaged car following the blasts.

The Justice Ministry bombings seemed to have been planned to lure security and paramedics to the first bomb and then killing them with a second blast. The third blast seemed designed to frighten and terrorize celebrants. In a statement to Associated Press, MEND acknowledged that it knew detonation of the second bomb may put civilian passers-by at risk. The statement partly read: "We warned the authorities ahead of time who decided to ignore the warning and alert the public. The blame goes to the Nigerian authorities and our message to the families of those who may have been affected is that we deeply regret any loss of life." ( Continues below….. )

Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing.

Photo Above: Scene from Abuja MEND Nigeria golden jubilee independence celebration car bombing (Photo 3) - Forensic experts comb and examine a blast scene, looking for clues and collecting samples for forensic analysis.

MEND is an umbrella organization of several oil-rich Niger Delta militant groups. It has battled Nigerian government for fairer share of the oil wealth for many years through oil sabotage and kidnapping of oil workers. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

In a 2006 BBC interview, one of the group's leaders who identified himself as Major-General Godswill Tamuno said MEND was fighting for total control of Niger Delta's oil wealth. He said Niger Deltans had not gained from the oil wealth beneath their land, creeks and swamps. The BBC interview was the first time a MEND leader spoke publicly of their group's goals. ( Continues below….. )

A Nigerian militant levels his machine gun.

Most MEND leaders are faceless, communicating with reporters mainly through emails and sometimes phone calls. In Tamuno's BBC interview, he refused to be interviewed on tape or for his location to be disclosed.

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09/30/10

Permalink 10:00:02 am, by wordaz, 1711 words   ng-NG
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*Nigeria: Vision 2020 - Is It Realistic?

By Jide (Oso-) Alabi

In an article which I wrote recently to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, I probably left most people with the impression that our dreams were unattainable. To cite one reason for this, that article for instance noted that with respect to electricity generation, the bane of industrial growth and development in the country, it has been variously estimated that Nigeria needs between 80,000-100,000 mw of electricity to become an industrialized country, or more specifically to achieve its aim of becoming one of the 20 biggest economies by 2020.

This would require an annual supplementary provision of about 7700 mw for the next 10 years to boost the current capacity. In fact, besides the $16 billion so far spent on the power sector since 1999, it has been estimated that Nigeria needs $85 billion of investment in its power infrastructure in order to produce electricity 24 hours a day. This is 17 times the amount announced by government it intends to spend on the power sector and four and a half times the country’s oil savings. So on current figures coming close to even achieving this would entail the exclusive devotion of all government revenues to the project. This is impracticality, as that would bring other sectors of the economy and the nation to a stand still.

Nevertheless what I should perhaps have done was to include a caveat in the article; Nigeria will not achieve the 2020 dream if its leadership and its led fail to wake up to the challenges and pro-actively work to tackle them. For instance on the light issue my suggestion would be for government to supplement electricity generation in the country with a drive by the CBN to bring interest rates to a single digit preferably between 4-7 percent as a panacea to industrial rejuvenation. At the same time banks would be tightly regulated to make sure that the bulk of their money goes into priority sectors such as electricity and industry. ( Continues below..... )

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On the other hand I could have taken the opposite view. I could have insisted that at current pace and without more, the dream could be achieved by that date. But of course, I would be fooling no one. As such if Nigeria is to make true progress in the 21st century, it must not only solve its power problem challenges, push through reforms in its financial sector with the banks taking a cardinal role in that, pass the freedom of information act which in my opinion would go a long way to curbing corruption, revitalize and encourage science and technology education and vocation noting that such constitutes the industrial base for any successful modern economy, embark on a values re-orientation drive and pro-active use of economic ideologies that work whether they be capitalist or socialist and ensure consistent and investor friendly government policies whilst at the same time protecting key sectors.

It would also need to ensure other aspects of an enabling environment are present, look into new areas of business for Nigerians such as opportunities in the call centers and software manufacturing industry as currently enjoyed by India. Most importantly though it must initiate political reforms aimed at improving how its government is run and its public officers chosen. Needless to say that perhaps one unpopular but necessary measure would be to cut government recurrent expenditure i.e. a decrease in the salary of political officers to attract genuine leaders and free up more money for public projects.

Having said all this though, it is pertinent to appreciate that the biggest challenge that Nigeria faces in its quest to actualize the 2020 dream is not physical but rather a mental one. It is a problem as always of leadership and wrong mental dispositions. As the Bible succinctly puts it, as a man thinketh so he is. Another passage tells us that where there is no vision the people perish. Thank God we do have a vision. Nigeria has come a long way since independence and the fulfillment of that vision may have been delayed time and time again, but it is still intact. In spite of the great diversity of Nigeria’s people and culture, the corruption in high places, the ethno-religious and political crisis here and there, one thing shines through.

The unveiling of the new Nigerian youth. Gone is the predominantly 419, and Yahoo-Yahoo boy mentality of the past. The slight of hand, wink of eye, maga mindset of yesterday. Yes these still exist. But day by day it decreases. The proponents of that ideology are beginning to lose their hold on our youth. And that people is the real reason that we as a nation cannot lose hope yet on the Greater Nigeria project, for the greatest asset of a nation is not its mineral resources, but its people. To hit the nail on the head, the greatest asset of a people is its youth. ( Continues below….. )

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

The average Nigerian youth today by all standards has to be counted as one of the most intelligent in the world. If this were not so, they would not leave the shores of their home land only to start excelling in their host country. What they had lacked back home was the enabling environment to spread their wings and grace the skies. Yet can we continue to insist that the Nigerian problem is a systemic one-the so called Nigerian factor. No, for we must undeniably recognize that a system is only as good as its people have either through construction or practice made it. So if the same is faulty the onus lies on us, the same people, to change in order to change it.

It is in view of this that we must applaud the new mindset, the new orientation sweeping across the youth of the land evidenced in such things as the dozens of sincere (the sincere ones mind) different youth groups mushrooming up all across the land geared towards nation building and actively working to bring that dream into reality. For the youth of today as they have at no other time in our country’s history more done so, realize that not only will the gods not do for man what he can do for himself but also that ultimately mans destiny lies in his own hands. This was exemplified by the stand of the youths of the Enough is enough rally earlier this year. And yet it is sad to note that in the past, some have said that the present (youth) generation is a wasted one.

If that is so, we could in reply ask this question- what did these assessors do in their time to stop the slide into decadence. However we will not argue with our forbears for that is a very unafrican thing to do. We will however set the records straight; we are not a wasted generation. We will stand up in our time. The challenge before us though, is this. In 10 years time, will things have changed or would we have become the reality of our father’s unthoughtful prophecy. Or worse, would we have fallen to their fate. Concomitantly, would we to have to bear the ignominy of becoming that same broken record, playing that same broken tune and telling our own children just how wasted a generation they too are? And ultimately to have to shoulder the reply- what did we too do in our time to stop things from coming to that end. No my friends, the poisoned apple must not be passed along. The buck stops here. We may not have been the first Adam but we can be the second. Indeed, we may not be Musa but we can be the Seal of the prophets.

All of that though depends on what we do now. How we start to move from this moment onwards. The attainment of Vision 2020 whether by 2020 or 2025 is really all on us. Yes whether you’re a Slender Slim hustling honestly at Olasosun for the greater purpose of cutting your dream, a street hawker selling your wares in the late evening traffic. Whether you’re businessman plying your trade at the Alaba markets and its replicas all over Nigeria. Whether you are an Aje Butter or Aje Pako, a chief executive officer of a big time corp or just its door man. Upper class or lower class, its all on us. ( Continues below….. )

Nigerian Flag

Photo Above: Nigerian Flag

So long as your mind is right, so long as you believe in the Nigerian project and you are ready to unite with your fellow Nigerian brothers and sisters to do all that is necessary to bring that dream into reality, then all is not lost. 10 years is not a long time in the life of nation, but it is a long time in the life of a man and since often times the life of great nations indeed the world itself- I name you Jesus, I name you the great Muhammed, I name you Mandela and Ghandi- has turned on the nature and character of one man, it is not impossible. My brothers and my sisters my message to you is this; you can be that man or you may choose to be part of the body. One thing is clear. No matter how strong we are individually, our greatest strength yet lies in our collective unity.

When we have attained that, then victory is assured. For Almighty God has predicted. He has looked into the future and spoken “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do” My people God has done his part-the rest is left to us. We must rise up to the horns of prophecy and fulfill our destiny. Leadership and led must be focused, disciplined, upright and sincere. There is no time like the present. NIGERIA WILL GET THERE but we must “Seize the day”.

Jide (Oso-) Alabi can be reached at wordaz@yahoo.com

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09/29/10

Permalink 07:27:00 pm, by Ikechukwu, 1096 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: I’m Sorry IBB - You Are Not Ready Yet!

By Ikechukwu Enyiagu

Military leadership outside the military may come in handy, especially in a nation of blind, deaf, dumb, sheepish and uneducated people. However, democracy has publicly ridiculed such imposition and correctly called it “dictatorship”. As a result, most power-hungry men of the guns decided to join democracy without becoming democratic. A closer look at their activities immediately unmask them and you can’t help but wonder why some of these men, like General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (CFR DSS mni), who speaks words an inch short of a coup d'état statement, continue to think with their uniforms on? I believe that the passion to lead, at its best, should equal the passion for a better Nigeria.

Mr IBB, if you are sincere to yourself and honest about your many reasons for staging a comeback through democracy, I believe you must have learned positive lessons. We Nigerians, therefore, look forward to your addressing the many issues you raised and left in Nigeria during your regime; issues like bribery and corruption which have actually zeroed our country before every eye, and which keep telling negatively on us. The first step for you would be to accept responsibility for the painful national outcome of your selfishness (not mistakes), ask the nation as a whole, and those perculiarly affected in particluar, for forgiveness, and make retributions where possible. ( Continues below….. )

General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Photo Above: General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd.)

I am not here to argue whether you awarded contracts for developments in your time or if you paid salaries as and when due, I question your motives behind every step you took during your reign-which motives resulted in a struggling Nigeria of today. Mr IBB, you defied the national Human Rights Violation Investigation Commission’s request for your appearance before them and questioned the law of the land, thereby making yourself above the law and showing that you are still a forceful military man.

The worst thing you did was to defy appearing before the “Oputa panel” to answer for all the alleged crimes against you. By so doing, even your blood relations can’t trust you because you are so forceful and unaccountable. Your reason and that of other so called “generals" for calling the bluff of “Oputa Panel" was flimsy and superficial because laws and government agencies emerge in proportion to their pressing importance in the country at a given time; that’s the reason for NDLEA, ICPC and the EFCC which may have replaced the “Oputa Panel.” On August 15, 2010, you were quoted to have said regarding “June 12”, “Severally and with great remorse too, I have taken responsibility as a true leader for the actions and decisions of the military administration that I led.

The annulment of the June 12 election is one of the ugly spots one has to live with...I know that a day will come when Nigerians will forgive our regime because we are a godly nation that embraces the culture of forgiveness.” Yes, we indeed are a godly nation that forgives; however, we forgive those who realize their mistakes, genuinely ask for forgiveness, and make retributions-not those whose every action clearly shows that they care less what the citizens do, say, feel or go through, as long as they have their way. The former is not so in your case. What you termed as “abysmal lack of governance" in your declaration speech means nothing but “lack of dictatorship"-a rule where only you has the say in every matter, and so every citizen can hide in fear of you, while “The existing institutions such as EFCC and ICPC will be sustained” statement means “as long as they do not probe you.” And if the said “Roll Call" outlined by Vanguard newspaper on “Why I want to be president again — IBB" is to be given any thought, then every Nigerian has more reasons to be worried because the repetition of names in the list tells nothing short of election rigging method. ( Continues below..... )

Seal of The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Photo Above: Seal of The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the official symbol of the Nigerian President, first used in 1979 by President Shehu Shagari.

That is no democracy. Nigerian democracy is too young for the likes of you to lead us in a democratic setting because your mindset is still militarized and we, as a nation, can’t afford to go back to a military rule. To you, you are the absolute definition of law. Two of the main qualities of a democratic representative are accountability and responsibility, but in your case, you have not only defied the laws of our land, you have indirectly questioned your citizenship because no citizen can be above the law-you have neither proven yourself accountable nor responsible in leadership.

Not even the mighty Bill Clinton of America dared stand between democratic processes in the handling of Monica Lewinskey case-a case that most Nigerians would readily ignore when it comes to their political leaders. Democracy can never thrive in any nation where some people have conceitedly taken advantage of an unstable government and placed themselves above the law.

Nigeria went into a comatose state the moment you assumed the commander-in-chief and, since then, it has been working on regaining consciousness. Your comeback now will finally tear the life out of our great nation.

Every Nigerian who meets the “paper criteria” to contest for any post is, of course, eligible, and that is why you are eligible to contest alongside others. But, in all truth, you are not eligible to be voted for-at least, not presently. Instead of trying to militarize your way back into Aso Rock by your numerous anti and undemocratic methods which every well-meaning Nigeria knows and has come to abhor, I humbly advice that you use some of the knowledge and humane grace you still have inside you to support any candidate who best represents the general interest of our nation, Nigeria.

That way, you may be able, at a long run, to change the opinion polls about you (which, by the way, is less than 25%) and warm your way successfully back into the hearts of Nigerians for subsequent elections. Until then, and until the fire you set in your regime is doused by you and your group, you do not stand a chance to be elected in a free, fair and credible Nigerian election. I’m sorry, general, but you are not ready yet. ...to be continued.

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

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09/28/10

Permalink 02:30:22 am, by aviationreport, 317 words   ng-NG
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*Consolidation, Answer For Nigerian Airlines Survival

By Nosa Osula-Aituamen

Aviation stakeholders say Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should roll out policies that will bring the airlines together. They said strong and strict regulation was the only way to make airline operators in the country cooperate and merge to reap the rewards of the airline business.

The stakeholders stated this at the 5th Safety, Security and Service Summit in Lagos. One of the stakeholders, Mr. Gbenga Olowo said if the Industry was to move forward, what was done in the banking sector should be applied to the aviation sector. ( Continues below….. )

United Airlines Airborne Plane

He noted that the era of one man, one airline would not salvage the financial quagmire the operators are currently facing; adding that safety of passengers would be endangered if urgent steps were not taken. Citing mega carriers of the world who had merged to form a formidable force in competing with others, he said their example had shown that there are great benefits in cooperation.

The airlines Mr. Olowo said include, Delta Airlines, Northwest, United, Continental, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, British Airways and Iberia. ( Continues below..... )

A Virgin Nigeria Plane

Photo Above: A Virgin Nigeria (renamed Air Nigeria) Plane

Another stakeholder, Mr. Sam Akerele emphasized that if the operators were confused as to how to come together, the regulatory agency should take up the bull by the horn and decide the better way for them to avoid going into extinct.

He however noted that the Federal Government must also be willing to assist by creating the enabling environment, granting waivers for the importation of aircraft parts and giving soft loans to carriers. The stakeholders therefore called on the regulatory agency to monitor its sister agencies to ensure that the operators are not driven out of business with unnecessary charges.

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09/25/10

Permalink 12:16:18 am, by lateef lawal, 436 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: 3-D Screening Machines Operational At MMIA

By Lateef Lawal

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) yesterday said that the Three Dimension (3D) security scanning machines have been operational since August 30, 2010 at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos after senior security officers selected to operate the machines had been trained adequately for that purpose.

The gadget was recently introduced for passenger facilitation at most airports in the world, as a result of recent security threats. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

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

In a statement by Mr Akin Olukunle, General Manager (Public Affairs) of FAAN he noted:

"We also wish to correct the impression being held in some quarters that the 3-D scanning machines could be used to violate the privacy of passengers or persons going through it. The machine is configured in such a way that only the blurred image of the person being screened would show on the screen, without revealing his face. It is also designed to wipe off such image in a few seconds if nothing incriminating is found on him. The image of the person being scanned can also not be saved on the system.

"It is also pertinent to point out that in using the 3-D scanning machine, health, culture, human rights and religion were put into consideration so that none of these factors is violated in the process of screening. For example, any person who does not want to be subjected to 3-D scanning citing any of these factors, would be given the option of private physical screening by security officers.

"At the Murtala Muhammed Airport, the configuration of the screening area and the location of the monitor is such that the two areas are far apart and entirely secluded from public view. The time frame involved in the scanning process does not make it possible for the monitoring officer to scan and at the same time come out to identify the person accessing the 3-D full body scanner." ( Continues below..... )

FAAN logo On A Nigerian Map in Nigerian Flag  Colours

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

It would be recalled that the introduction of the full body scanner in airport passenger facilitation followed the unfortunate Northwest Airline failed terror attack of December 25, 2009 in the United States, involving Mr. Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian.

The Abuja declaration of the African Ministerial Conference on Civil Aviation Security also affirms ICAO’s position that necessary efforts should be made to enhance security measures at airports worldwide, to protect air passengers.

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09/24/10

Permalink 12:26:32 am, by lateef lawal, 810 words   English (US) latin1
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*Airline Operators of Nigeria To Dissolve Executive

By Lateef Lawal

Members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria(AON) are set to dissolve the executive council of the association any moment from now and put in place a caretaker committee to run its affairs pending the conduct of a fresh election into the various offices.

This is the highlight of the meeting held last Friday in Lagos by the executives of the association, presided over by the Chairman of the association, Dr Steve Mahonwu where issues relating to the future of the body was extensively discussed against the backdrop of the recent discordant tones emanating from members of the AON on the debts owed various agencies running into over N10 billion and the introduction of pay-as-you-go for navigational services by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) on September 1, 2010.

The latest development within the group, it was reliably gathered, was the fallout of the bickering between the Secretary-General of the association, Captain Mohammed Joji and the Chairman of Arik Air, Sir Arumemi Ikhide-Johnson on one hand and the larger part of the AON members on the other side. ( Continues below..... )

Airborne Plane

Photo Above: An Airborne Plane

A srong indication that things were no longer at ease within the umbrella body of the airlines was the refusal of the Secretary-General of the association to attend last Friday's executive meeting despite persuations by the the Chairman, Dr Mahonwu.

During the meeting, it was learnt that other executive members present discussed issues that led to the recent controversy that seemed to have pitched the airlines against the federal agencies and the Ministry of Aviation and came to the conclusion that there was no need to engage government in unnecessary antagonism since from all indications there were positive moves by the Federal Government to assuage the sufferings of the airlines as regards high operational costs.

The executive meeting also noted that instead of engaging in unnecessary antagonism, they resolved that they should instead plead with the government to fast track the process of the obtaining the N200billion loan promised them through the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) in addition to other palliatives in the areas of duties on imported aircraft and spare parts, rotables and high cost of aviation fuel(JetA1).

Also on the front burner at the meeting was a contitutional issue that seemed to have pitched top executives of AON against one another.It was gathered that while the controversy on the introduction of the new payment regime was on a forthnight ago, the Secretary-General,Captain Joji had issued a statement that should NAMA go ahead to introduce the new payment sysstem all the airlines will withdraw their services and that no airline would adhere to the new regime. ( Continues below….. )

United Airlines Airborne Plane

However, the Assistant Secretary-General, Alhaji Mohammed Tukur countered in an interview, saying that what the Secretary-General said was against the tenets of the gentleman agreement reached between the airlines and the Minister of Aviation which supported the payment for services rendered to airlines on the new payment system while the old debts be spread across 36 months.

Following the latter's counter-statement, it was gathered that Captain Joji was infuriated and told the executive members then that the latter has no right to speak on behalf of the association and also pointed out that the AON constitution did not recognise the position of an Assistant Secrtary General.

At last Friday's meeting of the executives where Captain Joji was not present, the issue was raised and the Chairman, Dr Mahonwu allowed every member present to contribute to the matter.After a lenghty discussion, it was agrred that the association's constitution did not create the position of an Assistant Secretary-General but it was an executive creation through a resolution to fill a vacum whenever the Secretary-General was unavoidably absent.They also noted that the constitution of AON did not in the like manner establish the office of a Secretary-General as it was the personal creation of Captain Joji.The meeting agreed and concluded that the the constitution only recognise the office of the Secretary.

The Chairman of AON, at a dinner organised by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren at the weekend seized the opportunity to inform all the airline executives present on the far reaching decisions taken by the association and the plan to dissolve the present executives of the association, have an interim cabinet that would organise fresh elections into various offices recognised by the constitution.

Many of the operators supported the latest development, saying it was even long overdue and that the dissolution should be carried out without delay while few others were routing for a complete break from AON and the formation of a new association entirely.

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09/23/10

Permalink 02:00:26 am, by Ikechukwu, 1287 words   ng-NG
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*How To Outsmart Internet Scammers (419)

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

Scamming has formed a formidable traffic on the cyberspace over the years and the certainty of coming across them, be it in your emails, websites or even your social networks, is matchless; they are simply unavoidable. However, instead of trying to device means of avoiding these network of scammers, there are actually simple steps towards making them realize that they are not as wise as they pretend to be after all and, maybe even have a greater opportunity of trailing them. ( Continues below..... )

American displays a 419 forged cashier's check

Photo Above: American displays a 419 forged cashier's check

There are two reasons one could be prone to scams:

1. You may be the soft-hearted type that you can’t resist the thought of being “your brother’s keeper.”

2. You may be the over-imagining type, who dreams of a world of chess-you seek riches at no expense.

Whichever category you fit in, I will like to help you in “looking before leaping.” One important point I would like to stress on here is that no field, as long as the worldwideweb is concerned, is left out; This scamming network covers the government, religious, organization, and business circles.

So, these are the things you could do to get the real scammers running when you happen to face them in a net combat:

1. Never use you official email in communicating with them-create a new email address.

2. If you are using a Gmail account, use your Gmail inbuilt IP finder to track the source by doing these:

a. Log into your Gmail account with your username and password.

b. Open the mail.

c. Click on the inverted triangle beside “Reply” and select “Show Original”.

d. Look for “Received: from” followed by the IP address between square brackets [ ].

e. If you find more than one Received: from patterns, select the last one.

f. Copy the IP address enclosed in a bracket like this [10.142.250.5]

3. If you are using a Yahoo! mail account, use your inbuilt IP finder to track the source by doing these:

a. Log into your Yahoo! mail with your username and password.

b. Click on Inbox or whichever mail you you want to track its source.

c. Click on the inverted triangle beside “Action” and select “View Full Headers”.

d. Look for “Received: from” followed by the IP address between square brackets [ ]. That should most likely be the IP address of the sender. However, if there are many instances of “Received: from” with the IP address, select the IP address in the last pattern. If not, select the first IP address in X-Originating-IP.

e. Copy the IP address enclosed in a bracket like this [10.142.250.5]

4. If you are using Windows Hotmail, you should probably:

a. Log into your Hotmail/Windows Live account with your username and password.

b. Click on the Inbox link on the left.

c. Open the email you want to track and click on the inverted triangle beside “Reply” and select “view message source”.

d. If you find a header with X-Originating-IP: followed by an IP address, that is the sender's IP address. If that doesn't work, look for “Received: from” followed by IP address within brackets[]. If you have multiple “Received: from” headers, eliminate the ones that have proxy. anyknownserver.com.

5. If you are using AOL, then:

a. Follow the same procedure as in Hotmail/Windows Live account and

b. Click on Inbox or whichever mail you want to track its source.

c. Click on the inverted triangle beside “Action” and select “View Message Source”.

d. Once you have the headers, look for the IP address that follows X-AOL-IP. That should be the IP address of the sender.

e. Copy the IP address enclosed in a bracket like this [10.142.250.5] Once you have copied out the IP address, go to any of these free IP address locator or tracer to check its course(in the case which the sender is not using “Hide IP” software): http://www.myiptest.com/staticpages/index.php/IP-Lookup or http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/, or any of the free IP address locators on the net.

6. If you negotiate the person in a Yahoo! chat( with a new Yahoo! messenger, and not your official one), you can also get his IP address by doing this:

a. Simply send the person a big file (Not less than 3 megabytes) via Yahoo Messenger File Transfer. Once he/she accepts the file, his/her computer makes a direct connection with your computer for the file

b. Go to “Start" button and type CMD and hit Enter

c. Now type “netstat -n” in the command prompt. You can notice two columns as Local Address and Foreign Address there. Local address is your address while foreign address is the IP of the recipient with whom you are sharing the file.

d. You will get an output. Suppose the following is the output:"TCP 129.11.25.10:5181 174. 26.20.64:1645 ESTABLISHED”, then 174.26.20.64 is the IP address of that person and 1645 is the port number where the file transfer is taking place. You are through with this place.

e. Copy it into any of the given IP address trackers and find out where the person is truly chatting with you from.

7. In the event that you engage in a chat with the person and he/she has seen you via webcam, insist on viewing the person too in other to ascertain that he/she is not imposing.

8. When the person calls, insist that he/she calls and sends you sms with the same phone with which he/she calls-no land phone and no “private number, anonymous call, or 4 and 5 digits numbers generated from call cards). This will enable you beat the ones who use online UK free numbers and numbers like that. Whenever you call, let him/her speak first and call your name so as to make sure that your names appears in his/her phone. In most cases where they use free online UK numbers, incoming calls to that UK numbers often appear as “private calls.”

9. When you are given any government’s site, use your google search engine and type, for example, “the name of a school, government, bank, church, or company’s websites”. This will take you automatically to the official site of the website they gave you. In this place, you can check the email address and the phone/fax number they have given you to find out their authenticity. If it’s a scam, you will find the deceiving coinage in the phone/fax numbers and the email address or the websites given.

10. Do not, for any reason, give out the expiration date and the last 4 or 5 digit numbers in you credit cards unless you have made official and concretized contacts with him/her.

11. Confirm every document with the local and relevant authorities (from the countries where the deal is said to be originating from-be it marriage documents, the involvement of a solicitor or courier service companies) to ascertain their authenticity before indulging. ( Continues below..... )

EFCC officers and police prepare to bust a Cyber Cafe in Lagos, Nigeria.

Photo Above: Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officers and police prepare to bust a Cyber Cafe in Lagos, Nigeria.

Finally, if you are already caught in such conversation and wish to find out their authenticity and, if they are scammers, how easily you can thwart their plans, simply follow these steps to the later and you can be sure to outsmart them. At the slightest idea that you may have uncovered their traps, most of them will bolt and leave you alone while others will linger and be trapped. With these methods, and your instincts, you will never be scammed by an untraceable individual or organization.

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Permalink 03:47:49 am, by ifeatu agbu, 1441 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Jobs for Youths - NDDC’s Mantra

By Ifeatu Agbu

One big challenge that is at the heart of youth restiveness in Nigeria’s Delta region is the high level unemployment. Sadly, this social evil is a pervasive scourge that is choking many economies across the globe. Not even the world economic powers, like the United States and Japan are spared. In the US, unemployment rate among fresh university graduates is said to have hit a record high of 10.6 per cent.

Very often, poor economic policies contribute to this situation which makes sustainable economic development a daunting task. Unfortunately, the most affected are young graduates, who for obvious reasons, lack the experience to secure employment and cannot afford the seed capital needed to start their own businesses. Most of the youths also lack the basic entrepreneurial skills needed to facilitate self-employment.

Yearly, thousands of graduates are churned out from the nation’s over 100 universities into the labour market without corresponding job opportunities. Any society that ignores this ever-growing army of unemployed youths does so at its own peril. It is, therefore, necessary that their potentials are harnessed and positively channelled, so as to save them from being used as cannon fodders for criminal gangs or as thugs for political gladiators. Of course, the sensible thing to do would be to arm them with the necessary skills to enable them to build a better future.

Perhaps, it is in response to these challenges that the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in line with its mandate, is embarking on a Technical Aid Corps [NTAC] programme, as a means of alleviating the unemployment situation in Nigeria’s oil-producing region. The commission has designed the programme to meaningfully engage graduates from the region and reduce the level of unemployed youths. ( Continues below….. )

A Nigerian militant levels his machine gun.

The first phase of this programme has already taken off with scores of unemployed graduates who are now in various companies. During their two-year work experience, the commission will pay each of the beneficiaries N30,000 a month which will be augmented by the employer with N15,000. Like the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC], the scheme is expected to help the young graduates gain the necessary experience, which would enhance their chances of securing gainful employment or to become self-employed at the end of their tutelage in the industries. Indeed, the NDDC hopes that those who are able to prove their mettle may eventually get permanent employment at their place of deployment.

The NDDC scheme has the potential of reinvigorating the SMEs which are among the most potent forces responsible for the fast-tracking of the economic transformation of any country. Most of them lack the resources to hire graduates to boost their productivity. They can therefore take advantage of the availability of this relatively cheap labour to optimise their productivity and profitability. It is thus a win-win situation—the Federal Government mops up unemployed graduates from the labour market and the employers smile more often to their banks.

The Technical Aids Corps is a programme that the three levels of government and the private sector should be encouraged to buy into so that they can collectively mop up the teeming youths roaming the streets in search of employment.

The case for Small and Medium Enterprises [SME’s] has become imperative. An investment expert, Dr. (Mrs) Ngozi Awa, warned that the quest to develop the Nigerian economy may remain a mirage unless efforts are made to boost the emergence of vibrant small and medium businesses in the country.

Awa said in an undeveloped economy like Nigeria with massive unemployment and poverty, only small businesses hold the key to unlocking the potentials of the country and its citizens. According to her, there was the need to place more emphasis on boosting SMEs in the country because through this the economy and livelihood of more grassroots people would be affected for the better. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region showing Port Harcourt

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

“SMEs also create opportunity for self employment; encourage rural development and entrepreneurship; and very importantly have a shock absorber in times of economic melt down as is being currently experienced throughout the world,” Awa said. The NDDC should carry out thorough research on the strength, weaknesses and opportunities of similar schemes done previously, or still on-going, in this nation and abroad so that its technical aids programme can benefit from their experience. This will help it to optimally achieve its lofty goal of drastically reducing graduate unemployment in the Niger Delta. It is also one opportunity the SMEs can not afford to miss.

The first phase of the NDDC Technical Aid Corps tokk off with 2,000 graduates of diverse disciplines as beneficiaries. A breakdown of the figure shows that Akwa Ibom has 289, Abia – 117, Bayelsa – 240, Cross River – 120, Delta – 214, Edo – 120, Imo – 120, Ondo – 176 and Rivers – 310. Speaking at the flag off ceremony in Port Harcourt, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha said the event which took place simultaneously in all the Niger Delta states was a bold step by the Commission to deploy the teaming unemployed graduates in the Region to boost the manpower needs of SME’S , educational institutions and other organizations.

“What this means in simple terms is that the NDDC has today successfully intervened in the suffocating unemployed situation in the Region by 2,000 jobs”, he said. Mr. Ugwoha disclosed that 52,000 applications were received out of which 15,000.00 met the Commission’s requirements, adding “this underscores the urgent need for all stakeholders in the Region to join hands and design solutions to reduce the army of jobless graduates in the Region”.

According to him, the NDDC will pay each beneficiary N30,000.00 per month while the benefiting SME will pay a minimum of N15,000.00 per month, making a total of N45,000.00. While advising the beneficiaries to take full advantage of the opportunity the NDDC Boss stated that they will be made to go through a one month re-orientation programme on work ethics, civil education and basic computer appreciation in relevant work place applications.

On the NDDC Micro – Credit Scheme, Mr. Ugwoha disclosed that a total of 8,500 youths are expected to benefit from the first phase of the disbursement, totaling One Billion Naira and billed to be released by the third week of September. He also spoke on other youth capacity building programmes of the Commission, including the recent training of 25 youths of the Region in South African, Institute of Welding, Graduate Computer Training, programme and training on oil and gas related skills in Norway. ( Continues below..... )

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“The NDDC is doing everything within its mandate to build the capacity of youths to enable them participate in the socio economic development of the Region”, Ugwoha said. In his speech, the Rivers State Consultant of the programme, Dr. Nimi Tariah charged the graduate beneficiaries to ensure exemplary conduct, personal integrity, compliance with rules and regulations, impeccable service delivery and respect for others.

Under the broad theme of economic development, the NDDC driven Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan identified unemployment and youth restiveness as some of the grave challenges facing the Region. The NDDC Technical Aid Corps programme will therefore in the short to medium terms help to alleviate the unemployment situation in the Region and thereby strengthen the growth of small and medium Enterprises to their full potentials and inflate the economy of the Region.

What the NDDC is doing has been applauded by the leaders of the region. Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke is one of those who are thrilled by the human capacity development and youth empowerment programmes of the commission. He described it as key to the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta Region.

Imoke who bared his mind when the NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha led the commission’s management team on a courtesy visit to him at government house, Calabar said he was thrilled by the uncommon passion and commitment shown by the commission in ensuring that youths of the region had sustainable means of livelihood.

In demonstration of his support the governor announced that the Cross River State government was desirous to partner with the commission in ensuring that all set targets designed to change the orientation of the youths through capacity development and empowerment were met. “ We in Cross River State are ready to collaborate with you because we believe that solving the Niger Delta question we remain a mirage of issues as issues of unemployment, human capacity development and youths empowerment are not given due attention” Imoke said.

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

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*Worse Than 9/11

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

America is on the verge of making an irreversible mistake, a mistake that will comfortably tear the so called “United States” into pieces of atomic, uncontrollable entities. That mistake is the allowing, for any reason, for the building of a mosques near Ground Zero.

Never in history has a blow, as private and catastrophic as the 9/11 attack, hit the American soil and, after all these years, the impact has not doused nor has the damage been repaired. Yet, in the cloak of what some individuals who are clearly out to raze the United States of America to dust tend to call “human rights”, a new software that will tell negatively on the entire American system has emerged and downloaded, getting ready to be run. It’s the allowing of a mosque near Ground Zero. ( Continues below..... )

U.S. President Barack Obama

Photo Above: U.S. President Barack Obama

The present leaders of America seem not to be consulting their book of records for guidance at all. The American security is becoming porous by the day and the system, as a whole, is getting weaker by the day-no thanks to their misuse of the word “freedom.” Nobody is contesting the freedom of worship or the fact that Islam is a religion that should also be recognized and respected. The question here is not whether Moslems have been accepted and integrated into the American mainstream, because they have actually been a part of America from years unnumbered; the question is whether terrorists and Islamic extremists are also being drafted to fit into the American system.

I believe that Islam is a honorable religion and the majority who are true adherents love their neighbors. But I also believe that, with all the harms and criminal activities going on in different parts of the world, terrorism is unequaled- terrorism is the master executioner and annihilator or mankind. And terrorism is the product of Islamic extremism or, should I say, a product of Imams who have abandoned the true faith. Every real Muslim will accept the fact that, put in the American position, they will never allow such a such a religion that threatens their peace to be erected in such a “delicate quarter” as Ground Zero, where they will constantly be reminded of terror and its power. These so called extremists, though “Muslims,” do not hesitate to kill men of other faiths, burn churches, Bibles and flags at will, but when a single thing about them is touched, they go murderous. Is that the attitude of a winning or that of cowardice, inability and fear? This leaves room for cogitation. ( Continues below..... )

New York twin towers burning from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Photo Above: New York twin towers burning from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

The world’s golden advice: Let the Imams and all those involved in the plan to build a mosque near the Ground Zero withdraw indefinitely from such plans and relocate the project to a different and less delicate site unless, of course, they are the “fathers of terrorism”. This simple act of allowing such thoughts as erecting a mosque near such “reminder of pain”, and the very act of proposing it, is so unprofessional and unrepresentative of religious or global peace.

Let the world Islamic body converge and, with one voice and determination, deal with this terror roots within them. The simplest way to win the people to Islam will be the ability of the Islamic leaders to prove to the world that co-existence is tolerated in Islam by working round the clock to root out those elements involved in these extreme acts against humanity from among them. They are among them and, at a great margin, their undeniably direct products. Unless and until this is done, people will continously live in the fear of such extremism; people will continue to fear their neighbors whom they truly love, as long as they are not of the same faith.

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