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|Politics / Re: Senate Recovers N120b From Companies Involved In Revenue Scam by ceomike: 8:25am On Aug 19|
We have more than enough
|Politics / Senate Recovers N120b From Companies Involved In Revenue Scam by ceomike: 7:27am On Aug 19|
The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, has summoned more companies after it had recovered N120 billion from companies involved in revenue scam.
The committee on Friday directed Dana Group and 12 other companies, to appear before it on Monday to explain their involvement in N30 trillion revenue scam.
The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, who made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja that investigative hearing had so far led to the recovery of more than N120 billion from erring companies.
Vowing to follow up on other companies, he said the committee was giving the companies the last opportunity to appear before it.
The companies are A-kehnal Integrated & Logistics Limited, Don Climax/Skyaim, Gagsel International, Africa Tiles & Ceramics and Network Oil & Gas.
Others are IBG Investment Limited, BUA International limited, Huawei Technologies, Indorama Petrochemicals, StarComms Plc, African Industries and African Wire and Allied.
He further disclosed that the committee had resolved to direct the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to start issuing Demand Notice (DM) to companies found culpable in the on-going investigation.
|Politics / Buhari’s Return Is Imminent, Says Saraki by ceomike: 10:38am On Aug 18|
Ailing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to the country from London where he is receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment is imminent, the president of the country’s senate said on Thursday.
“It is clear that Mr President’s insistence on following his doctors’ advice has yielded the desired results,” Saraki said.
“I therefore confidently look forward to Mr President’s imminent return home.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki and the speaker of House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara were the latest Nigerian public officials to meet Buhari in London. Last week the president received a team of his media aides including Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed, spokesmen Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, and his personal assistant on social media Lauretta Onochie and senior adviser on foreign affairs and diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Apply For Graduate Community Liaison Officers At British High Commission, In Lag by ceomike: 8:39am On Aug 18|
The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organizational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Community Liaison Officer (16/17 LOS)
Grade: A2 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Working hours per week: 20 hours
Duration of Post:12 months
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Residence and Support Staff)
Main Purpose of Job
The Community Liaison Officer (CLO) is an information point of contact for families, partners and staff prior to and on arrival at Post.
On arrival the CLO assists UK based (including Home Office, SOCA, DFID & British Council) single staff, couples and families to integrate as smoothly as possible into life at Post.
They also act as a continuing source of information, referral and support and provide effective communication on social matters within the Post.
Roles and Responsibilities
Supporting UK based staff and their dependants before, during and after arrival at Post by providing relevant information as appropriate. This includes an orientation tour on arrival.
In liaison with the Estates Officer, ensure that staff accommodation is delivered on time and at an acceptable standard.
Assist officers, their families and staff on temporary duty by providing confidential information on health and medical welfare at Post.
Act as the main contact between Post and local schools.
Arranging school monitoring visits, arrange registration where necessary.
Point of contact for school bills, fee enquiries and bids for FCO education team.
Compile and issue monthly Newsletter to all staff.
Co-ordinating the annual updating of the Post Report and the Post Fact Sheet.
Completion of the bi-annual ECA Cost of Living (COLA) survey and other returns as required.
Liaising with DSFA and submission of various data/information as required.
Maintain contact with CLO co-ordinator and the CLO world-wide network.
Liaise with other Diplomatic Missions in Lagos and maintain contact with British Women’s Group and the British Council.
Attend the following committee meetings – Post Housing committee, Lagos Joint Post Management Board (LJPMB), International Mother & Child Playgroup based at the Kingfisher Club (KFC).
Ad-hoc responsibilities as required by LM
Essential Qualifications and Experience
Previous experience of working within an office environment, good keyboard skills, familiarity with computers and software packages (notably MS Word, Excel and outlook) is desirable.
The CLO should be familiar with the facilities and resources available in and around Ikoyi and Victoria Island.
They should have good oral and written communication skills.
Being a good listener, approachable, discreet, sympathetic, able to respect confidences is pertinent in this role.
Desirable Qualifications and Experience:
Previous experience as a CLO
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment:
This is a part-time position working 20 hours per week (exact timing will be agreed with successful applicant).
Learning and Development Opportunities:
Appropriate L & D will be provided when the candidate starts.
Starting Monthly Salary
N206, 365 gross
15th September, 2017.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Apply For The Fresh Graduate Internship Academy At Tuteria by ceomike: 9:44am On Aug 17|
I don't think its a major issue.
You can apply but I'd advise you registered a free course on Coursera.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Apply For The Fresh Graduate Internship Academy At Tuteria by ceomike: 9:28am On Aug 17|
Tuteria is running a technical internship academy for fresh graduates to learn programming with Tuteria, and learn to code over a 2 months period. The goal is to integrate successful interns into the company after they must have shown proven skills in working with the necessary tools to build world class applications.
Intending applicant should in a large extent possess knowledge of most of the following requirements.
For whatever role applicants are indicating interest in, the necessary requirements for said role is what should be considered.
Requirements for application into Backend/Devops training.
Knowledge of basic python constructs, variables, functions, classes, inheritance and exceptions.
Knowledge of HTML and CSS
Basic command line tool knowledge.
Basic experience with any python web framework (django, flask etc)
Basic knowledge of Version Control System (Git, Mercurial, SVN) and repository servers (Github, Bitbucket, etc)
Requirements for application into Frontend training.
Extensive knowledge of HTML and CSS
Familiarity with CSS preprocessors e.g Sass, Less
Experience using Jquery and Lodash is an advantage.
Good communication skills
A working laptop.
Resident in Lagos or willing to relocate.
|Education / Bournemouth University Sport Scholarships For International Students In UK, 2018 by ceomike: 5:38pm On Aug 16|
The BU Sport Scholarship is available to high level sporting athletes coming to study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at BU. The scholarship is designed to provide you with the funding you need to develop your sporting abilities and take them to the next level.
You can apply for up to £5,000 of funding and put this money towards coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses or/or support services.
You must demonstrate excellence in your chosen sport, and be part of a Regional, National and/or International squad and compete at that level. Athletes receiving a scholarship will ideally represent BU in the BUCS programme (League and Individual), as well as themselves and/or their club at regional, national or international level. Individual athletes will also need to be competitive with top performers within the BUCS programme.
If you are awarded a scholarship, you will need to meet with the Sports Performance Manager to assess how the funds will help you throughout the year, commit to attending 75% of training sessions, represent BU in sporting competitions where possible to raise the profile of SportBU’s activities and to be featured in marketing materials.
As part of your application for a BU Sport Scholarship, you will have to attend our trial process and be assessed by our coach.
You must ensure your application is supported by a reference from a High Performance Coach or National Governing Body coach/ If you are applying for a sport that sits outside our performance BUCS programme, you will need to ensure that two references are sent alongside your application
Entry: September 2017 and January 2018
|Politics / Re: Pastor Adeboye Has Touched More Lives Than Politicians - Ex-President Obasanjo by ceomike: 10:14am On Aug 16|
He has touched a lot of lives
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: 9mobile Is Currently Recruiting – Apply Now by ceomike: 10:13am On Aug 16|
Hopefully, they don't get to sack a lot of people after a year.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Apply For General Electric Nigeria Early Career Development Program by ceomike: 10:12am On Aug 16|
GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.
We are is recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
Job Title: Early Career Development Program (ECDP)-SSA, Finance
Ref No: 2942693
Job Function: Finance
Business Segment: Oil & Gas Subsea & Drilling
Support the region in driving controllership objectives and improving upon the internal control infrastructure for the Sub-Saharan Africa region; while fostering improved quantitative controllership metrics and accountability across process owners.
He/she will also support on implementation of, and compliance with, financial policies, procedures, and enterprise standards, while serving as the Business’ interface with external regulatory bodies, including audit firms.
Support execution of Business’ priorities.
Facilitate monthly/quarterly closing rhythms in partnership with regional and product company reporting teams.
Facilitate business simplification initiatives to enhance reporting channels for improved and sustainable quarter-end close metrics.
Support in coordinating financial statement audits with external /internal auditors; including SOX, GAAP and Statutory regulatory reviews.
Partner with GE Corporate Audit Staff and Finance Managers for internal GE compliance reviews. Drive closure of open audit issues and proactively work to prevent future issues / manage risk. Lead resulting corrective action process implementation and follow up throughout the organization.
Finance / Economic/Accounting Bachelor’s Degree or similar.
Master’s degree is an added advantage 0-2 years Audit or Tax experience Proficiency in computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite products
|Politics / Re: Pro-buhari Protesters Attack The Guardian Reporter, Charly Boy, Others by ceomike: 9:40am On Aug 16|
We can only pray
|Politics / Pro-buhari Protesters Attack The Guardian Reporter, Charly Boy, Others by ceomike: 8:37am On Aug 16|
The members of the #ResumeOrResign Campaign led by entertainment icon, Charles Oputa (a.k.a Charly Boy) and some journalists escaped lynching by hoodlums at the Wuse Market in Abuja yesterday.
The group had marched deep into the market, chanting their ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ slogan against President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence, which is in its 100th day today, when suddenly some young men started trooping in confrontationally with their ‘Sai Baba!’ counter-chant.
Everyone was caught off guard when the hoodlums started throwing stones at everyone. They formed a cordon around the rally area in a seemingly planned attack.
|Jobs/Vacancies / General Electric NYSC Intern Recruitment 2017 by ceomike: 11:20am On Aug 15|
GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.
The program designed to give graduates, NYSC challenging work assignments, developmental feedback, and exposure to leadership. The duration of our internship program spans a period of 12 months, and combines hands-on experience with formal performance feedback to help participants transition from a collegial environment to the workplace.
As a valuable member of our team, GE Africa interns will receive many benefits including:
Challenging work assignments
Exposure to a multinational company
Opportunities to network with Leaders and other interns
Graduate with an Accounting degree
Authorized to work in your country full-time and without restriction
Must have an advanced to fluent level of English
Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
Demonstrated team player
Confident self-starter who has demonstrated drive
Excellent organization skills, ability to independently prioritize multiple tasks and work to deadlines
A valid NYSC discharge or exemption certificate will be required (please indicate clearly on your resume)
Must have valid authorization to work full-time without any restriction in Nigeria
Demonstrated leadership ability
High performer with a passion to achieve positive business results
Curiosity and desire to learn and expand skill set
Flexible, adaptable, and open to change
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Nigeria Bottling Company Graduate Management Trainee Recruitment,2017 by ceomike: 11:05am On Aug 15|
Its just a database so changing emails should work
|Jobs/Vacancies / Cummins Nigeria Vacancies (4 Positions) by ceomike: 10:30am On Aug 15|
Cummins Inc. a global power leader, is a fortune 500 corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.
By working to coordinate the production, shipment, and delivery of the goods & Customer Service Support required to meet their business needs, Cummins Inc. has been able to more easily meet the demands of their customers.
Please see roles below:
Project Sales Leader, Cummins Nigeria
Sales Manager, Abuja at Cummins Nigeria
Sales Manager, Port Harcourt at Cummins Nigeria
Project Sales Manager at Cummins Nigeria
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Nigeria Bottling Company Graduate Management Trainee Recruitment,2017 by ceomike: 10:28am On Aug 15|
I would suggest you apply again with a different email.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Nigeria Bottling Company Graduate Management Trainee Recruitment,2017 by ceomike: 10:15am On Aug 15|
Who we are:
•A member of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group operating in 28 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa.
•One of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola world wide
•Widely spread production plants, full distribution coverage across Nigeria
•Reward and Recognition
•Dynamic working environment
•Diversity and inclusion
•Professional training and development
•Empowerment & Accountability
What we are looking for:
•Intelligent, mentally agile and ambitious
•Always going the extra mile
•Brave in innovating and making change happen
•Open to learning and new experiences
•Passionate about achieving exceptional result
•A valuable team member
•Have an ethical approach to work
•Second Class Honors (Upper Division) in any of the following disciplines:
•Engineering (Electrical/Electronics, Mechanical, Industrial Production);
•Sciences (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology)
•Social Sciences (Accounting, Business Administration, Economics)
•Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
• NYSC discharge certificate not earlier than 2016
•Minimum of 5 credits (including Mathematics and English) in one sitting in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
|Jobs/Vacancies / ROCAD Graduate Trainee Recruitment, Lagos, Nigeria by ceomike: 10:03am On Aug 15|
ROCAD Construction Limited has executed series of qualitative projects across the Country through the use of qualified and well experienced labor force. Besides, our ability to enter into joint venture with other specialised engineering companies thereby gives us greater capacity to offer a complete package of wide range of electrical, construction and mechanical engineering service.
As a result of our expansion, opportunities have been created for graduates to join our organization through our Graduate Trainee Scheme. Successful candidates will work in our company newly located in Lagos, Nigeria, in the capacity below and may occasionally travel outside the state and country for further field training:
We have a sole purpose of developing, training, packaging, delivery innovative engineering materials and services that best satisfy our clients and customers’ needs, while operating a highly profitable, efficient, resourceful and ethical organization.
We’re looking for ambitious graduates, who want to be future business leaders or ground breaking engineers.
Develop your skills working on different building and infrastructure projects.
Collaborating with a diverse range of people, and carry out building services system inspections and heating ventilation and air conditioning design
Prepare a variety of reports, contract documents and project designs, assessment calculations and drawings
To work on a variety of construction related and property inspection/maintenance projects and undertaking building and site surveys
Create innovative, high quality structural engineering designs on time and to budget and working alongside our architects and building services engineers
Management of Material Resources
Link : http://workony.com/discussion/48/rocad-graduate-trainee-recruitment-lagos-nigeria?new=1
|Education / Application for Czech Republic Government Scholarships For Developing Countries by ceomike: 5:00pm On Aug 14|
The Government of the Czech Republic offers scholarships within the framework of its Foreign Development Assistance in support of the study of foreign nationals from developing countries at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic.
These so called Government Scholarships are designed to cover the standard length of study:
1) in Bachelor/Master/Doctoral study programmes plus one-year preparatory course of the Czech language(which is combined with other field-specific training). Government scholarships of this category are awarded to graduates from upper secondary schools, or Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses, as applicable, who can enrol only in study programmes in which instruction is given in the Czech language. Depending on the subject area, applicants are normally required to sit entrance examinations at the higher education institution concerned. Successful passing of entrance examinations constitutes a precondition for the scholarship award;
2) in follow-up Master study programmes or Doctoral study programmes. Government scholarships of this category are awarded to graduates of Bachelor or Master study programmes, respectively, who enrol in study programmes with instruction in the English language.
The scholarships are intented solely to promote the studies of adults who are foreign nationals from developing third countries in need. Neither a citizen of the Czech Republic, nor a citizen of a member state of the European Union, nor any other foreign national with a permit to permanent residence on the territory of the Czech Republic may therefore be granted this type of scholarship. Furthermore, the scholarships may not be granted to persons under 18 years of age. (The applicants have to turn 18 as of 1 September of the year when they commence studies in the Czech Republic at the latest.)
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|Education / Humber International Entrance Scholarships, Canada by ceomike: 12:37pm On Jul 31|
The scholarships are divided throughout our three semester intakes each year (Winter, Summer, Fall). Applications will be considered based on academics, community involvement, referee/reference letters and statement of interest.
For new students, application details will be provided in the acceptance package. The scholarships will be applied toward the successful students' tuition fees.
Institution: Humber College in Toronto, Canada
Benefits: Two full tuition scholarships and one $5,000 scholarship are available in September 2017 while one full tuition scholarship and one $5,000 scholarship are available in January 2018. The scholarships will be applied toward the successful students’ tuition fees.
The scholarships are renewable but the student must maintain a minimum average of 75% in order to be eligible for renewal.
The scholarship review committee currently welcomes students to submit their applications for the May 2017 and September 2017 intakes. Please follow the deadlines listed above. We thank all students who applied, but are only able to communicate directly with the successful applicants.
|Politics / Buhari, Just Come Back Home by ceomike: 8:03am On Jul 27|
Whether President Muhammadu Buhari has been irrevocably hobbled by ill health or he is sound in body and mind and prancing around in the Abuja House in London is a puzzle that would not be unravelled until he returns home.
Even if all the state governors, the officials of the presidency and political parties travel to London and return with the verdict that Buhari exudes great health and a stellar sense of humour that belies the stern stuff he is made of, this would make no difference to Nigerians. Let Buhari write again to his Guinean counterpart that he is well and that he would soon return to Nigeria to assume the responsibilities he has abandoned for months, this would not still douse Nigerians’ doubts. They would maintain the skepticism that Buhari is yet to recover from his debilitating sickness that has kept him away from Aso Rock.
This cynicism is well founded. The officials of government have so much lost the citizens’ good will that they cannot be trusted. Remember? It was the same way that politicians and even clerics visited the late President Musa Yar’Adua but when they returned they did not tell Nigerians that he was incapacitated. It was only the then Minister of Information, the late Dora Akunyili who had the courage to shed off the carapace of propaganda for Nigerians to be confronted with the reality: the truth that the health of their president was beyond recovery. Yes, we take cognisance of the fact that a glaring misalignment of the creeds and deeds of politicians, especially the ones in these climes, oftentimes makes trusting them as amounting to self-immolation.
But the politicians of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have taken this vice of unreliability to an intolerable height. How does one expect the citizens to believe politicians of the APC hue when to the amazement of Nigerians they have disavowed the promises they made during electioneering? It was the same party that promised restructuring that has now dismissed it as unthinkable. It is thus not surprising when we see the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed engages in futile attempts to portray the president as having recovered from his affliction. When he strove on a national television programme to tell Nigerians that Buhari was no longer sick, he only succeeded in confirming the suspicion of the citizens that he is afflicted with a pathology of lying that he has not bothered to cure himself of. Or how do we explain a situation where Mohammed said that he had neither seen nor spoken to the president since he travelled yet he was so sure that he was not as sick as suggested by some Nigerians?
|Politics / Re: Melaye: INEC Confirms Receipt Of Petition For Recall by ceomike: 6:30pm On Jun 22|
We are all waiting
|Politics / Melaye: INEC Confirms Receipt Of Petition For Recall by ceomike: 6:13pm On Jun 22|
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday formally acknowledged the receipt of a petition submitted to it by constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District seeking to recall Senator Dino Melaye who is representing the constituency in the Nigerian Senate.
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Lukaku Vs Diego Costa : Five Reasons Romelu Lukaku Is The Perfect Replacement by ceomike: 4:02pm On Jun 15|
After 52 goals in 83 matches, two EPL titles, one EFL Cup and plenty of memorable moments, it seems that Diego Costa’s time at Chelsea has come to an end. The enigmatic Brazilian-born Spaniard has revealed that Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s Italian manager, sent him a text message to tell him his time with the English champions was up. A lot has been said about how better the parting of ways could have been handled, but at the end of the day, the inevitability of the breakup had been there all along.
As Costa’s legend is being consigned to the annals of the Pensioners’ history, another man who left Stamford Bridge as a boy some time ago is ready to come back and fulfil all the promise he showed at a young age at the London club. That man is Romelu Lukaku. See five reasons Chelsea fans should be excited about the big, burly Belgian’s return!
|Politics / Democracy, The Elders And Buhari’s Presidency by ceomike: 11:27am On Jun 02|
It is very unfortunate that some elders who ought to be looked up to by the younger ones as towers of strength in a delicate and complicated federation are the ones making regular toxic statements that can destroy the country’s basis for unity. The provocative statements by a socio-political group, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), to the effect that its members would not allow strict adherence to constitutional provisions should ailing President Muhammadu Buhari find it impossible to continue in office are insensitive, careless and unpatriotic in the extreme. To start with, President Buhari is only human and the prayers of all Nigerians are that he gets well soon to continue the execution of the duties of his office.
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) which has been very dubious in defending so-called“ northern interests” since the reported illness of the president met in Kano the other day and warned that some leaders of the ruling party had been exploiting the absence of the president to undermine the presidency. If this was so, such persons should be seen to be just as odious.
|Culture / Oba Of Lagos Versus Oba Of Ile-ife by ceomike: 11:00am On Jun 02|
The title of this piece is in line with that of the famous Daily Times weekly columnist, the late Allah de Odunewu, when in his inimitable humorous style, he wrote in the early 1970s: “Kola Balogun Vs. Kola Balogun”. This is the template for mine that reads: “Oba of Lagos Vs. Oba of Ile-Ife”. There are differences in the personalities. Allah de’s personalities were private citizens of repute, whilst in mine, the personalities are royal fathers. In his article, the duo was flexing muscles over the similarity in their names. That was a storm in a tea cup. In mine, the royal fathers are apparently proving superiority of status through snub. It confirms the truth in the idiom: “It takes two to tango”. The background to the tango is essential.\
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Arsene Wenger Agrees Two Years Arsenal Deal (sorry, anti-Wenger Fans) by ceomike: 2:11pm On May 30|
Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke he will accept the Premier League club’s offer of a new two-year contract, according to reports on Tuesday.
Wenger met Gunners majority shareholder Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month.
The 67-year-old has been heavily criticised this season, with Arsenal fans calling for his resignation after their team failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
|Politics / Police Warn Biafra Groups, Arrest IPOB Members In Rivers State by ceomike: 9:57am On May 30|
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Okey Ezeike, has warned that his men would not allow any Biafran group hold the state to ransom in order to effect the sit-at-home directive by the Movement of Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), in remembrance of the Biafra independence.
A statement yesterday by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Andrew Enwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), urged those who are circulating publications on the order to desist or face the consequences.
|Politics / Biafra At Fifty by ceomike: 9:42am On May 30|
It was on May 30, 1967 that Col. Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the military governor of Eastern Nigeria, declared that region the Republic of Biafra. A few weeks later, Col. Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s head of state, declared war on the secessionist territory. The war dragged on for 30 horror-filled months until the Biafrans threw in the towel in January 1970. Gowon announced a three-point programme of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. A few days ago, Biafra became 50 and was marked with a solemn seminar titled “Memory and Nation-building: Biafra 50 Years After.” It was well attended: Olusegun Obasanjo who commanded troops in that war and later on became head of state and President of Nigeria; Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who was in primary school then but is now the Acting President of Nigeria; Ahmed Joda who was one of Gowon’s super permanent secretaries at the time. He headed the Muhammadu Buhari transition committee in 2015. John Nnia Nwodo, the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, a former minister of Information and a scion of the famous Nwodo family; Professor Ebere Onwudiwe, a well-known political scientist and public intellectual.
There were several others, most of them young Igbo intellectuals who were probably not born during the war. There was nothing substantial or divergent to be expected from a group like that. It was largely a gathering to do some introspection on the lessons of the war and why Biafra as an idea has not gone away. It was an exercise in admonition and not quite a forum for soul searching. But it was worth it because since the end of the war things have not moved swimmingly either for the Igbos or for Nigeria. There have been renewed agitations for the actualisation of Biafra as a republic. The agitators have been harassed and detained by security agencies but there is no let-up in the agitation.
More - http://guardian.ng/opinion/biafra-at-fifty/
|Crime / Customs Intercepts 440 Pump Action Rifles, Others At Lagos Port by ceomike: 8:00am On May 24|
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a cache of arms and ammunition imported through the Tin Can Port in Apapa, Lagos.The 440 pieces of assorted pump action rifles, which originated from Turkey were concealed inside a 40-footer container with numbers PONU210024/1 22G1 carrying POP powder used in designing house ceiling. It was the second seizure of arms of such magnitude this year. The customs had in January this year seized 661 pieces of pump action rifles, which were found in 49 boxes. The secret importation of arms and ammunition is deepening the insecurity in the country.
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