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Politics / Akwa Ibom @ 33 Celebrating Fulfillment Of The Promise: HEALTHCARE, Samuel Brown by danphy6x: 7:55am On Sep 19
Akwa Ibom @ 33 Celebrating Fulfillment of the Promise: HEALTHCARE, Samuel Brown

Akwa Ibom State has evolved into the preferred destination for business and health tourism in Nigeria. However, there are a few who still wonder if what they read about the development strides in the State really exist.

Well, they need to visit the State to see for themselves as the saying goes, 'seeing is believeing'. Without sounding immodest, I believe that these assertions were recently put to test against the dreaded Coronavirus which continues to ravage the world, bringing very powerful nations, and Akwa Ibom State excelled.

A glance through the Covid-19 update by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, shows that in Akwa Ibom State transmission and fatality rates are consistently low compared to other states while the recovery rate is almost 100%.

If that does not give credence to the state of the State's health sector, then how about the declaration by the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, ranking health facilities in the Akwa Ibom as the best in the country?



Ihekweazu, who visited the State alongside officials of World Health Organization, WHO, on a working tour of medical facilities and assessment of the State government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said "this has been such an eye-opening experience both at Ibom Specialist Hospital and this Emergency Operating Center. We are jointly and pleasantly surprised at the opportunity this has presented to the country. This will probably be the best EOC in the whole country.”



He added that the facilities available and quality of personnel gave a good impression about the health care services enjoyed by the people of the State. Does this declaration by a team of heatlh experts not confirm that Akwa Ibom State has recorded remarkable milestones after thrirty three years of creation worth celebrating?



Frankly, the promise of providing accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare has been fulfilled. This is one other reason forward looking Akwa Ibom people thank God for the emergence of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel. He took over from where previous administrations stopped and in five years has totally revamped the State's health sector.



Unarguably, Governor Emmanuel's proactive intervention in the State's health sector prepared the State to meet any health emergency including Lassa fever and Covid-19.



When he embarked on rehabilitation of secondary health facilities across the state many were baffled. Some questioned his rationale in investing so much energy in the sector, but with a simple message: Health is Wealth, Governor Emmanuel, set about transforming long abandoned and dilapidated hospitals into functional health care center equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, manned by motivated personnel.



Soon, medical equipment imported by the administration, which arrived in two batches of 50 containers each loaded with items including electrocardiograph 3 Channels, colonoscopy (with halogen light), x-ray film processor, x-ray film viewer, gastroscope, operating theatre light (5-Spot light), operating table, anastasia trolley with ventilator and monitor, syringe pump, electro surgical units, monopolar-bipolar operating instruments, suction pump and host of other state-of-the art equipment including CT Scanners, Surgical microscope for eyes.



The iconic missionary hospital - St. Luke Hospital, Anua - Uyo, had the honour of being the first secondary health facility to be reconstructed and equipped. The hospital also received a 300-bed gynecology ward in honour of the reputable Irish Missionary, Dr. Ann Ward. From there, Governor Emmanuel extended his Midas touch to public hospitals namely Etinan General Hospital, Ikot Okoro General Hospital, General Hospital, Ituk Mbang, General Hospital, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo, Emmanuel General Hospital, Eket and General Hospital, Iquita Oron, where he made sure they are rehabilitated and upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment. In the same vein, Governor Emmanuel has built and equipped Comprehensive Health Centre, Awa - Onna.



This development has helped to decentralize the State healthcare system and improve access to quality health care especially for rural dwellers. Aslo, it has substantially reduced the pressure on the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH whose primary objective was for referral and research. With more than nine secondary healthcare facilities fully equipped and functioning, the sick and those seeking medical attention can easily access them close by without traveling long distances to Uyo, the state capital.



Akwa Ibom state owned hospitals are today not what they were three decades ago. Aside the greatly upgraded infrastructure and equipment, the case management principles have been modernized to meet the 21st century needs. Under Governor Udom Emmanuel's administration hospitals have been digitized and networked to aid effective healthcare delivery and ease tracing of medical records of patients. This is to reduce the workload and compensate for any shortage in manpower such that a patient who is registered in one hospital has his details on the state healthcare databank which is automatically available upon requests from other segments of the state health system.



Governor Emmanuel complements his rehabilitation of health facilities with recruitment and training of health workers with incentives. There have been series of specialised training and certification of 100 healthworkers in Basic Lives Support and Advanced Cardiac Lives Support with Medical Energy Experts from the USA; Training of 20 Biomedical Engineers and agreed to regularly pay the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and CONHESS to medical and dental practitioners and nurses respectively.



As a result, there has been a noticeable decrease in child mortality and morbidity in pregnant mother's, affordable health care and a healthy population. Most importantly, he has made the state a reference point in healthcare delivery and improved life expectancy of Akwa Ibom people as such many citizens of neighbouring states visited the state on medical tourism.



While appreciating the feat recorded by Governor Emmanuel, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who commissioned the rehabilitated Etinan General Hospital on September, 23, 2017, said “this is an extremely useful project, this is the type of project, I believe touches the lives of the people directly”.

Having repositioned secondary healthcare delivery to function optimally, Governor Emmanuel took a decisive step to reclaim and salvage the State owned quandary health facility - Ibom Specialist Hospital, and transformed it into a multi specialty health care facility with experts in various specialised health care fields working there. With these achievements, the State is several steps closer to attaining self sufficiency I'm health care as envisioned by the founding fathers.

So, as we celebrate the State 33rd anniversary, let's pause to consider howfar Akwa Ibom has come - from a pedestrian State to a preferred business hub. Today, through the industrialisation drive of Governor Emmanuel, the State is at the forefront of global fight against diseases by exporting basic medical consumables especially disposable syringes. Africa's leading syringe manufacturer, the Jubilee Syringe is located in the State. It offers wide employment opportunities to youths, provides a veritable source of revenue and boosts healthcare services in the State.

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Politics / Fraud In The Osadebe House - Emmanuella Bakare by danphy6x: 4:23pm On Sep 17
More than 72-hours after a foremost whistle-blower and anti-corruption crusader, Dr. George Uboh, chairman of George Uboh Whistleblowers Network (GUWN), issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to answer allegations of monumental fraud levelled against him, it has been pin-drop silence from the governor and his otherwise voluble aides. 
 
Those who know Obaseki and how he operates know that if there was no scintilla of truism to the allegation, his camp would have responded with gusto. 
 
Interestingly, when the same organisation alleged that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had interfered with a criminal investigation on August 10 and gave him seven days to respond, the VP responded the same day, attaching evidence to prove his innocence and asking the GUWN to let Nigerians know the outcome of their investigations. 
 
“After analysing the VP’s response, we exonerated him and issued a statement and video in that regard. If the VP, the Number Two citizen in Nigeria, who is cloaked with immunity can humble himself to respond to us same day we wrote him, we, hereby, issue His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki, a 48-hour ultimatum to respond to our allegations. 
 
“It should be noted that although we found suspicious transactions in multiple years, however, the suspicious transactions became rampant and egregious in 2019, hence, our conclusion that His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki allegedly siphoned funds in preparation for the election,” Uboh stated during a press conference at the GUWN office in Abuja, Monday, September 14. 
 
Sickening as the allegations are, the poser is why has Obaseki failed to address them? What is he afraid of? Or, does he consider himself bigger than the people of Edo State on whose mandate he became governor and is seeking a second term in office? 
 
According to Uboh, “The George Uboh Whistleblowers Network (GUWN) is in receipt of bank statements from 2015 to 2019 on the Edo State Government. We are not unmindful of the fact that there is (an) election around the corner in a few days in Edo State. 
 
“As a Civil Society Organization, we are non-partisan. However, for the sake of public interest, we analyse any information sent to us from whistleblowers, some anonymous as in the present case. After analysing the information, we disseminate to the public whose interest we serve.”
 
Some of the allegations against Obaseki, according to the GUWN, include, “Numerous transfers made into 8-digit account numbers running into Billions of Naira; transfers in Billions of Naira from the Edo State Government to General-Purpose accounts in different banks, including but not limited to Equatorial Trust Bank (which is not in operation), Access Bank, Sterling Bank etc. Posers: what does general-purpose stand for? Are these funds dissipating from these general-purpose accounts in these banks? The red flag is clear and convincing.”
 
Further, he said, “We found Billions of Naira in transfers to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) without being specific on the particular MDAs. Transfers should not be in bulk figures in Billions of Naira without specifying the MDAs and their respective account numbers.
 
“We found that Billions of Naira passed through Edo State Government to companies like A&K Construction without specifying the accounts of the companies. In other words, Edo State Government released money to itself, mentioned companies like A&K Construction without mentioning the recipients’ accounts. Without those details, we can conclude that the monies have no destinations.”
 
Uboh continued, “We found that Billions of Naira were transferred in numerous tranches without account numbers and account names of the purported recipients. We found Billions of Naira debited as Value Added Tax (VAT). This contravenes common sense. VAT should be a credit, not debit. Why would you move Billions out and give the narration as VAT? 
 
“VAT collections are credits, not debits. Billions of Naira released as salary from EDSG without specificity. In August 2019 alone, N746,622,765:33 and N693,388,159:31 were moved under the narration salary from EDSG. This is very suspicious, particularly the proximity of the transactions and others above to the election.”
 
This allegation has, predictably, created a miasma of confusion in the state, because Saturday, September 19, is just around the corner. It is the day the people of Edo State will go to the polls to decide, who would get their mandate between the two leading candidates: Governor Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 
 
As with such elections, opinions are still divided about who to pitch their tent with. Well, Obaseki has been governor since 2016 and is seeking re-election promising to Make Edo Great Again – the blueprint of his proposed second term, apparently copied from America’s President, Donald Trump. 
 
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, on the other hand, has presented an elaborate ‘SIMPLE Agenda’ promising to correct the ills of the past and take Edo State to greater heights. Both leading candidates have been crisscrossing the length and breadth of the state selling their suitability and readiness to serve with all their might to the people. 
 
However, if the people were wary of Obaseki’s candidature all the while considering his lacklustre performance in the last three and a half years, there is now a credible reason to vote him out based on his condescending refusal to answer questions regarding his (mis)handling of the state’s finances and how he perfected the heist using executive powers to muscle the legislature.
 
It would be recalled that for many weeks after the House of Assembly should have been inaugurated in 2019, Obaseki refused to initially order a proclamation, in line with constitutional provisions, to clear the way for the inauguration and constitution of the seventh assembly. 
 
This reluctance was reportedly predicated on the governor’s belief that he did not have as many loyalists in the House in comparison with his predecessor and former national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. Obaseki’s refusal caused further depletion in the number loyal to him and he vowed that the doors of the assembly would remain shut for as long as he desired. 
 
Well-meaning indigenes and Nigerians all over the world and legal experts warned him that what he was doing was not only unconstitutional, it would have dire political consequences. But he was not swayed; Obaseki had made up his mind to deny the good people of Edo State legislative representation while perpetrating what has now been uncovered as a mindless plundering of the commonwealth of the state. When he eventually inaugurated the house, he exempted a majority of the duly elected lawmakers and enabled illegality to run riot. 
 
Friday Itulah, a lawyer and former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, said, “We are practising democracy, no doubt, and in our democratic practice, the three arms of government – legislature, executive and judiciary – and unless, and until these three are in place, we cannot claim to be practising democracy. 
 
“And so, if a House of Assembly has come to an end by the effusion of time, ideally, it is the responsibility of the governor to send a proclamation to the clerk for the convening of the first sitting of the assembly during which officials are elected.” 
 
Itulah said failure to do this meant the affairs of the state could not be conducted and the governor could not operate without a House of Assembly. “And you should know that without the House of Assembly, laws cannot be passed, and bills for appropriation cannot be passed and assented to.”
 
All of that had no bearing with Obaseki. In retrospect, it does seem that his irrational refusal to convene the Assembly was because he knew that the legislators had wised up to his wanton financial malfeasances and decided to deal with them. 
 
With the imposition of his lackeys on the Assembly, while forcefully securing the loyalty of others using financial enslavement and coercion, Obaseki went on a plundering binge that has now boomeranged. His only saving grace now – if not too late – would be to address the allegations.
 
*Bakara, political scientist, lives in Abuja, the nation’s capital

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Politics / Shaibu’s Irredeemable Reputational Damage By Osagie Osunbor by danphy6x: 10:57pm On Sep 16
In politics, reputation is everything. Political reputation is less what political figures say or do; it is more about what the people see when they see a politician. Conversely, a politician’s character is an incredibly important feature of reputation formation or destruction – as the case may be – in political circumstances. So, it is important to remember that actions will always be louder than words. 
 
Judging by the reputation of Phillip Shaibu, the incumbent deputy governor of Edo State, it is safe to say that his reputation has done more damage to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in Edo State than the famed incompetence and failure of Governor Godwin Obaseki, the candidate proper. 
 
The question that begs for an answer is: what does Shaibu’s reputation say of him? He comes across as patently unfitting for the office he occupies and which he seeks so desperately to retain, because of his vapidity, irascibility and inability to articulate the achievements of an administration he has been a part of from the outset. 
 
If gravitas and intellection were the lowest common denominator, Shaibu, despite his relative youthfulness – he turned 50 last December – does not appear minimally competent for the office of Deputy Governor. 
 
A deputy governor with questionable intellect and glaring incompetence is a bad combination but the fact that Shaibu never runs anything but his mouth has further worsened the chances of Obaseki, who also appears to have since lost his governance marbles but laughably still seeks re-election. 
 
More so, is his propensity to always resort to violence and violent threats whenever it jostles him that his days in office are numbered, which many have laid squarely at the foot of his background as a student unionist where thuggery and violence undergirded their conduct. 
 
In political reputation, seemingly small things are amplified and they become big. This is why caution is critical and desirable in handling Shaibu, because, for every act of violence that has trailed the state since 2018, his name is copiously mentioned. 
 
Sometime in 2019, mayhem was unleashed on high profile guests like the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, when they attended the convocation ceremony of the Edo University, Iyamho. 
 
At the time, the former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had fallen out with his successor and political godson, Governor Obaseki. Shaibu, as deputy governor, saw the ceremony as a perfect opportunity to show Oshiomhole that power had changed hands. 
 
He reportedly mobilised over 200 ‘Okada’ riders to the venue and the guests were left scampering to safety under a cloud of violent attacks. Those who were not so lucky escaped with bodily injuries and damaged cars.
 
A few days to the event, Oshiomhole said, “I had information that the deputy governor asked some people to organise 1,000 people to the university community. You can crosscheck with the Inspector General of Police. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who delivered the convocation lecture, was also a witness. I conveyed the message to the IGP to prevent thugs from being imported to the place by the deputy governor.
 
“Some few minutes later the governor himself arrived and Mr. Emefiele went to him and said to him, ‘what are these people doing here?’ Emefiele said to the governor that if those people were there, he wasn’t going to deliver the convocation lecture, because he didn’t come to do politics, he just came to perform a normal intellectual activity, which was the convocation lecture.”
 
The truth of what truly transpired has not been established and may never be given the dynamics of Nigerian politics, which is why Shaibu’s involvement or otherwise is still up in the air but his name came up again recently, when the acting chairman of the APC in Edo State, Col David Imuse (retd) said there was credible information that Obaseki had a sinister plan involving Shaibu. 
 
Imuse said, “In a shocking revelation, it has been shown that the Edo State government, in connivance with a retired police officer from Kogi State, who has been identified in series of violence plots in Edo State and beyond, is plotting to stage an attack on their own convoy. 
 
“Specifically, an attack on the convoy of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu in a bid to draw sympathy; pose as victims and set the stage for a new wave of the violent onslaught on the people of Edo State some of whom have fallen victims to the reckless shootings of the governor’s army of thugs and criminals.”
 
Shaibu debunked the allegation but the question is: why always him? The story is told of how he practically arm-twisted the leadership of the PDP, when he followed Obaseki to defect from the APC last June. 
 
In a party where there was no such overhanging threat of intimidation, Obaseki, as the sitting governor, would have had to choose a new deputy from among the fold of the PDP, which he just joined to placate extant members and give them a sense of belonging. 
 
Not with Shaibu. He huffed and puffed, and threatened and coerced the PDP into retaining him as Obaseki’s running mate. It was a hard pill to swallow but it was the least the party leaders could do else they stood to regret not supporting him. 
 
In a recent viral video clip, Shaibu was seen talking to a group of young men ostensibly loyal to the PDP wherein he was overheard boasting that he was not a coward and, “I have called the CP (Commissioner of Police) that they should arrest those boys. Failure to arrest them, I cannot guarantee peace.” 
 
In fact, the role of Shaibu in most of the violent activities in the state was well summed up by the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, when during a reconciliation meeting of the gladiators, called out Shaibu as the brain behind many of the crises in the state. More cogently, the monarch said he was reluctant to call him his son, because of his recent disposition to violence ahead of the election. What could have been more pungent?
 
Interestingly, his wife, Maryam, is cut from the same cloth. If Shaibu had been masking his violent streak with some maturity, she openly revels in it. There is also a viral video of Maryam at a ‘town hall meeting’ where she was heard threatening a cross-section of women that if they attended any other event aside the one organised by her, she would flog them. Some of the women in the audience were much older. 
 
Two interventions are indeed critical and auspicious at this point; that of the National Peace Committee helmed by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd); and the imposition of visa restrictions on individuals found instigating violence in the Edo and Ondo elections slated for September and October respectively by the United States government.
 
Abdulsalami, as chairman of the committee, said they were intervening in the Edo State governorship election, because of the tension it is generating, stressing that if there is no peace, there could not be any election. 
 
At a meeting with Governor Obaseki, Abdulsalami said, “As you know, the purpose of this committee is to ensure that all those involved in this election get hold of their supporters and party people to ensure that there is peace in the state.” The committee oversaw the signing of a peace pact by the major candidates in the election.
 
Likewise, the U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Monday, disclosed: “In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians, who undermined the February and March 2019 elections. 
 
“Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections,” the statement read. 

It is fervently hoped that these would serve as a deterrent to those with a lifelong reputation of violence. 

*Osunbor lives and works in Benin

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Politics / Gov. Ugwuanyi Welcomes Ibom Air To Enugu by danphy6x: 9:55am On Sep 16
Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, last Monday joined dignitaries to celebrate the commencement of Ibom Air commercial flights operations at the Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu.

The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Hon. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ezeilo, applauded Ibom Air for finding Enugu conducive as its takeoff point into the South East market.

Akwa Ibom State-owned Ibom Air, on Monday commenced daily flight operations from the newly-upgraded Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Enugu state.

Also at the inauguration event were other members of the State Executive council,a including Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, his information counterpart, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the Enugu Airport Manager, Mrs. Cecilia Oguama, and the Chief Operating Officer, Ibom Air, George E. Uriesi.

Ibom Air will now fly into Enugu daily from Lagos and Abuja.

Ibom Air established by the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State started with few routes in Nigeria, including Uyo to Abuja, Uyo to Lagos, Abuja to Uyo, Lagos to Uyo and increased it to include Lagos to Abuja and Abuja to Lagos.

Recently, the airline commenced operations at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar.

Governor Emmanuel had two weeks ago, during the launch of the fifth aircraft in the fleet of the airline emphasized on his determination to make Akwa Ibom the hub of aviation development in the country.

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Politics / Gov. Emmanuel Is Determined To Develop A'ibom Communities, Says Akan Okon by danphy6x: 8:38pm On Sep 15
Speedy development of Akwa Ibom communities is a key developmental goal of Governor Udom Emmanuel's Completion Agenda which he is determined to achieve.

This was made known by the Commissioner for Economic Development Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, while welcoming the Minister of Finance, Budget and Financial Planning, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, during the opening ceremony of the Federal Project Support Unit's "Stakeholders On Community Driven Development" workshop hosted by the Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development, at Watbridge Hotel, Uyo, recently.


The minister as well as community development and finance experts from across Nigeria met in Uyo to brainstorm and produce guidelines for sustainable community developmental practices.

Okon pointed out that apart from providing basic infrastructure to improve the living standard of community dwellers, Governor Emmanuel has consistently and promptly paid counterpart funds and given a hundred percent attention to donor agency activities and shown remarkable commitment to resolving challenges facing communities.

"These are evidents of Governor Udom Emmanuel's determination to develop Akwa Ibom Communities". He said.

The commissioner therefore reassured the minister and her team of continuous co-operation of the Akwa Ibom state government to community development projects.

In her remarks, the Minister of Finance, Budget and Financial Planning, who was represented by her Special Adviser, Mrs Elizabeth Ebosele, commended the governor on his laudable achievements in Akwa Ibom state and for supporting the federal government in its efforts to develop communities.
She charged South-south and South-east stakeholders of community Driven Development (CDD) to bring their vast knowledge in community development to bear while designing policies that will be in the best interest of future generations, their immediate communities, the region and Nigeria as a whole.

Ebosele informed participants that both the Presidency and Federal Executive Council await the outcome of their deliberations to be used as a template to execute developmental projects for Nigerian communities.

Also speaking, the General Manager, Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development (CSDP), Mr. Ishmeal Akpan, welcomed the minister and all coordinators of the project to the state.

He thanked them for choosing his state to host such a prestigious workshop and for trusting the grassroots dwellers' capability to select projects tailored to their specific needs and self executing with funds made available by the project.

Akpan assured participants of a blissful stay in the peaceful city Uyo while inviting them to consider more business and leisure visits as well as invest in the state.

The National Coordinator, FPSU, Mr Abubakar Yusuf, in his remarks, commended the Akwa Ibom State government for practicing the best Covid-19 safety protocol in the country, citing the de-contamination chambers at the Victor Attah International Airport and other safety protocol on-board Ibom Air - the state owned airline, saying this has evidently resulted in the state's victory over the deadly virus.

He adviced participants of the two-day workshop to suggest universal policies that would alliviate socio-economic developmental deficiencies in every part of Nigeria and not ones peculiar to their state or Geo-political zone.


Other dignitaries at the workshop included the National Co-ordinator, Federal Project Support Unit (FPSU) Mr Abdulkarim Obaje and his team, Board Members and General Managers of Community Development Agencies, ace community development experts, finance experts from the federal ministry of finance and other financial institutions and others.

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Crime / Defamation, Capt. Hosa Serves Notice On Edo Government To Seek Redress In Court by danphy6x: 7:07am On Jul 22
Chairman of Ocean Marine Solution (OMS), Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo (Capt, Hosa), has served notice on the Edo State Government of his intention to proceed against it in court for libelous and defamatory publications against him by the State Government.

In a letter by his Counsel, Dr Oladapo Olanipekun (SAN), dated July 20, 2020 and referenced EM/OAG/02/2020, addressed to the Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Yinka Omorogbe, Capt. Hosa demanded a retraction of the said publications.

He also demanded that the State Government and/or its representatives should cease and desist from making any further libelous and defamatory publications against him.

Not done, the billionaire businessman demanded the sum of N2 billion for the “embarrassment, inconvenience, losses and damages done to his person, character and interests” as a result of the “mischievous, malicious and misleading publications.”

In the four-page letter, Olanipekun said that “On Monday, 20 July, 2020, publications captioned “Okunbo, Oshiomhole making plans to disrupt Edo governorship elections”, appeared on pages 26 of The Punch and 53 of THISDAY.

“The said publications bear the insignia/mark of the Edo State Government and was signed by Crusoe Osagie, designated as Special Adviser, Media and Communication Strategy (to the Governor), Edo State Government.

“The thrust of the captions and publications referred to above is expressed and reflected in some of the abstracts/excerpts below:

“…a Benin billionaire, Captain Hosa Okunbo, held a meeting on July 19, 2020, where they perfected plans to recruit thugs to disrupt the forthcoming September 19 governorship election in the State, having discovered that they cannot win the election in a fair contest.

“…they met with these thugs, gave them targets and paid them in advance to cause trouble and undermine the will of the people during the election.

“…Okunbo is a key figure in the gang-up to take Edo backward. He is actively supporting and sponsoring warlords, thugs and ill-intentioned politicians that are scheming to dislodge Governor Obaseki so they can have free access to the State’s treasury.

“We are therefore calling on security agencies to quickly intervene, investigate and rein in Okunbo in his quest to set the State ablaze.”

Olanipekun said that “arising from the foregoing, the captions and publications are most unfortunate, inaccurate, misleading, malicious, unfair, defamatory, libelous and incriminating.”

According to him, “You are aware that our client is one of the most prominent citizens of Edo State and, indeed, a foremost Nigerian. He is an accomplished businessman, whose interests and achievements, transcend Edo State and Nigeria.

“Through hard work, excellence and the rare business acumen, our client has built and nurtured a diverse and vast business conglomerate, spanning different spheres of the Nigerian economy.

“Edo State is one of the primary beneficiaries of our client’s industry. He invests significantly in the welfare of the State and he employs several hundreds of Edo indigenes in his many businesses.

“Our client has been meticulous in building his career with the hallmarks of diligence and integrity. His peace-loving nature has received global acclaim. Hence, he was recognized with a global peace award in 2019 by the Chairman of the Order of Lafayette awards in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We could refer to an endless list of numerous awards and achievements certifying our client as a man of integrity, industry, means and peace. It is instructive that some of these awards were conferred on our client by institutions based in Edo State. He is a respected Nigerian and philanthropist, who is held in high esteem within and beyond the shores of Nigeria.”

He stated further; “As a remote and direct result of the false, inaccurate, misleading and libelous publications, our client has been inundated with several enquiries from different parts of the world by concerned associates, clients, investors, friends and family members, demanding explanation and clarification about the criminal insinuations of the publications.

“This has caused serious embarrassment to our client’s reputation and businesses. It has also caused our client undue apprehension, with implications to his health. Our client is not unmindful that these publications are calculated to instigate public antagonism against his person, family and business interests.”

Olanipekun added: “The publications have caused considerable distress to our client, putting his distinguished and illustrious reputation at risk. In particular, you are aware that as with most businesses, our client’s businesses thrive on goodwill.

“The negative impact of the publications makes it more tarnishing and grievous. Rather than establish the truth of the publications, they ere published without taking any steps that would have revealed their inaccuracy.

“Our client notes with concern that the resources and insignia of the Edo State Government have been lent to this unworthy cause, which appears to serve no other purpose than to witch-hunt, malign and settle personal scores for incomprehensible reasons.

“Our client has been projected as a criminal conspirator, who sponsors thugs and takes pleasure in unleashing mayhem and anarchy. He has also been portrayed as an undemocratic and anti-democratic Nigerian, with a dishonest and criminal source of income.

“Clearly, the publications have lowered the estimation/perception of our client in the view of right-thinking and reasonable members of the society.”

Olanipekun continued: “Premised on the foregoing, we have further instruction of our client to demand a retraction of the publication and an unreserved apology.

“The said retraction and apology, apart from being in writing to our client in person, should be published in the same newspapers and given the same prominence as the defamatory caption/publications.

“We also demand that the Edo State Government and or its representatives cease(s) and desist(s) from making any further libelous and defamatory publications in respect of our client.

“Finally, our client demands the sum of N2,000,000,000 (two billion naira) for the embarrassment, inconvenience, losses and damages done to his person, character and interests.

“In the event that the Edo State Government fails to meet these legitimate demands of our client within a period of 3 (three) days from receipt of this letter, our firm instruction is to proceed with other legal means of seeking redress for our client.”

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Webmasters / WAeY Technologies Announces The Launch Of On-demand Delivery Service by danphy6x: 4:12pm On Jul 18
WAeY Technologies Announces the Launch of On-demand Delivery Service to Enhance Logistics in Nigeria

WAeY Technologies today announced the launch of its on-demand delivery platform in Nigeria to enable users to access delivery whenever and wherever. The platform will be made available to all through its mobile app - WAeY Hailing, from which users can request on-demand delivery services.

With the high growth potential of the Nigerian e-commerce industry, there is an even higher demand for excellent logistics and delivery services by both consumers and business owners. To support the growing demands of consumers and the e-commerce market, WAeY Technologies created a platform where users and business owners can request for delivery services in the same way that one would request a cab ride on a ride-hailing platform. This decision was informed by WAeY Technologies’ commitment to providing solutions to business needs through technological innovations.

In his statement, Mobolaji Akintokunbo, Founder and Managing Director of WAeY Technologies shared that “the idea for WAeY Hailing is one that was conceived after a terrible experience I had with getting lunch delivered to me after a meeting. That experience and many more before that had me thinking about creating a solution that would enhance the logistics experience in Nigeria. To achieve this, I partnered with a leading logistics company in Nigeria, HOR Logistics which is led by Moradeyo Wola-Oyesoro. The combination of our unique skills and experience with delivering practical and excellent solutions locally we are confident, will deliver an efficient, reliable and quick delivery solution through our on-demand delivery app - WAeY.”

WAeY app provides a platform from which individuals and businesses can gain access to on-demand delivery services. On the app, users can request a delivery service based on the availability of dispatch riders in the pickup location. Users are then able to track order from pick up till delivery. One of the more distinctive features on the app is that users can request up to 6 simultaneous deliveries. The app provides users with options to book the whole delivery box or to share. The sharing option which is at an even more affordable price gives users the option of picking a seat or two.

Mobolaji further stated that:-

“We did not only build the WAeY app as a delivery solution. We wanted it to become a wealth creation platform as well. The Nigerian Logistics sector has over the years enjoyed significant growth and we would like to give individuals the opportunity to benefit from that growth and development.

People who own delivery bikes can register on the WAeY Hailing platform to increase their earnings, while those who do not own delivery bikes but wish to benefit from the budding logistics market in Nigeria are presented with options that will ensure they earn great ROI per annum. We are confident that WAeY will spell a positive change for the Nigerian logistics sector and online businesses. We are kicking off operations in Lagos State and we have plans to expand to other states in Nigeria, in the next few months.”

The WAeY app is available for Android and IOS phones. Dispatch riders and delivery bike owners can register their delivery bikes on the WAeY Hailing platform through the WAeY Partner app. The app is currently available on Google Playstore.

Politics / Udom's Completion Agenda: Opening Sustainable Business Opportunities In A'ibom by danphy6x: 4:47pm On Jul 17
Udom's Completion agenda: Opening Sustainable Business Opportunities In A'Ibom

By N S Brown

Governor Udom Emmanuel has taken steps to actualise his vision for establishment of Liberty Free Zone in Ikot Abasi industrial city - Akwa Ibom State. According to reports, he led a business delegation accompanied by Mr. Umana Okon Umana, managing director of OGFZA, to meet Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, the minister of trade, industries and Investment in Abuja, to discuss his proposal.

The meeting was described as successful since it aligns with federal government policy to support states in their industrial development drive in order to help create job opportunities and attract foreign direct investment to the country.

This is one of several successful business negotiations initiated by the Governor that is steering the State towards economic growth and self sufficiency. After delivering more than a dozen functioning industries and tidying basic sectoral needs including healthcare, food security, education and others, the Governor is taking on a new set of challenges as he drives his completion agenda aimed at pushing the State into the big league of industralised state's within the African sub- region. And, he seems driven to create an entirely new niche for the State in aviation and maritime sector.

Such drive is understood considering that the geographical location of the coastal State at the Gulf of Guinea with unhindered access to the Atlantic Ocean is very significant as a major gateway State with huge business potentials. Unlike Lagos State whose unstable salty lagoon is unfit for large sea going vessels to berth close to the shore, Akwa Ibom State has a deep continental shelf which would gives easy access to large vessels up to the shore. This natural asset is what attracted European traders and colonists to Ikot Abasi, Ibeno and other coastal communities linning the State.

Perhaps Governor Emmanuel also draws inspiration from this historical fact which explains the sense of urgency he attaches to development. For instance, the State owned international airport was merely a transit point when he took over. However, within his first term the Governor renamed it Victor Attah International airport and undertook extensive expansion works on the facility to accommodate increasing traffic and almost completing a permanent terminal for the airport.

Also, within four years of initiating a State owned airline - Ibom Air, Governor Emmanuel has painstakingly built a brand name for the only State carrier in Nigeria's aviation industry as well as earned the State a place in global aviation map. Not done, the Governor is poised to capture a larger chunk of Nigeria’s often unutilized aviation industry. And, with the help of a highly professional board managing the airline company, the State recently added a fourth aircraft, a 90-seater CRJ900 bombardier to its fleet.

Being an astute business man with keen eyes on trends, the Governor made sure the newly acquired aircraft is post Covid-19 compliant. The new aircraft with registration number 5N-BXP, possesses the latest hyper-technology high efficiency air filter (HEAF), a passenger safety device against viruses, including Coronavirus.

Besides investing in the aviation industry, Governor Emmanuel is working assiduously with relevant federal government agencies to develop the State's maritime industry. With the longest coastline in the country, Akwa Ibom State has served as an important entry point since precolonial era. Its coastal communities were among the first to have contact with seafaring European traders, but were abandoned in the labyrinth of national politics.

Consequently, every investment made by the Governor in the sector is geared towards repositioning the State as a world-class maritime business hub. In so doing, he has interpreted the Akwa Ibom Development Master plan clearly.

Emmanuel's quest to ramp up the actualisation of the Ibom Deep Seaport, IDSP, project began as soon as he entered office. Since then, he has achieved tangible milestones which culminated in the presentation of the Full Business Case Compliance Certificate for the project in June, 2020.

During the presentation ceremony, the Director General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr. Chidi Izuwah, said the project would become a major national and regional economic gateway that would provide additional container handling capacity for the country. He added the IDWP was also expected to handle petroleum products, crude oil, natural gas, vehicles and bulk trade in natural resources and commended Akwa-Ibom State government for its efforts in getting the project to the present level of achievement.

As stated earlier, in addition to ensuring the realization of Ibom Deep Seaport, Governor Emmanuel initiated the Liberty Free Trade Zone, in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, taking advantage of its unhindered access to the Atlantic Ocean.

Juxtaposing these major development efforts with numerous industrial concerns proposed for the area including a coconut refinery, a jetty, fertilizer manufacturing plants, oil servicing platforms among other industrial concerns, it is readily seen that Governor Udom Emmanuel is opening sustainable business opportunities on several fronts that will impact on every area of Akwa Ibom State economy such that on completion of his tenure, he would have left an unmatched legacy, having set up the State for self sufficiency and economic independence.

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Politics / 89KM Kompanin Bobi-kasuwan Garba Road In Mariga LG by danphy6x: 10:58am On Jul 17
Many keep wondering why Gov Abu Sani Bello is attached to rural communities. What is certainly clear is that rural areas in Niger state, as with most other places in the country, remain the golden belt and critical factor of our economic growth.

Given this awareness, Gov Abu Sani Bello has directed ceaseless attention to growing rural infrastructure. Upon his advent in the governance of the state, the rural areas have benefitted the construction of solid roads and bridges.

Specific to this rural focus is the construction of 89km Kamfani-Bobi-Kasuwan Garba road, one of the rural road the Governor has transformed through RAMP, a road which has remained a clear death-trap long before the coming and intervention of the Governor.

Today, Kamfani-Bobi-Kasuwan Garba,
by the will of Allaah, has been transformed, thanks to dogged focus of Gov Abu Sani Bello. The construction of a brand new road and suitable bridges have eased the lives of the residents, especially regarding conveyances and transportation of their farm produce to locations of sale and profit.

#LoloIsWorking

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Crime / Breaking News! Gokada CEO, Found Brutally Dead In His Newly Purchased Apartment by danphy6x: 8:24am On Jul 15
The limbless, headless torso of a millionaire tech entrepreneur was found inside his swanky Manhattan condo Tuesday afternoon — an electric saw lying next to the remains, police said.
Police made the grisly discovery in a building on E. Houston St. at Suffolk St. In the Lower East side about 3:30 p.m. Cops found contractor bags near the torso, sources said, but didn’t immediately open them to see if the body parts were inside.

An NYPD official said investigators believe the victim is tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, 33, who bought the condo for $2.25 million last year. Saleh, a website developer turned venture capital, is the CEO of a motorcycle-sharing company in Lagos, Nigeria.

Source: https://www.inoutnaija.com/2020/07/breaking-news-gokada-ceo-found-brutally.html

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Politics / Niger State Government Has Flagged Off The Rehabilitation Of The Minna City Gate by danphy6x: 5:24pm On Jul 13
Niger State Government has flagged off the rehabilitation of the Minna City Gate-Chanchaga road.

Speaking at the event, the Chief of Staff and Chairman, Infrastructure Committee, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Kagara, said that the rehabilitation work of 5.65km Road on both side which has caused travelers hardship would be completed in 16 weeks.

According to Hon. Balarabe, the reconstruction of City Gate-Chanchaga road is awarded to H and M Nig Ltd at the total cost of N403million

The Chief of Staff assured that even as the road is a federal road, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello deemed it necessary to intervene so that travelers coming in and going out of the state capital will not experience the difficulty experienced last year.

Further, he said that the state government will continue to intervene by fixing federal roads to keep the roads motor-able.

The representative of H and M, assured the state government that they will deliver the project in a timely manner and to the highest possible standards.

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Politics / Magu: Prophet Omale Sues News Agency Of Nigeria For N1 Billion by danphy6x: 2:10pm On Jul 13
Demands Apology and Retraction.

Prophet Omale, the General Overseer of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, Abuja has sued the News Agency Of Nigeria, NAN, over a report he described malicious, derogatory and libelous with the caption – “HOW MAGU USED ‘PASTOR’ TO LAUNDER RE-LOOTED FUNDS ABROAD - REPORT”.

In a letter written by his lawyer, Chief Gordy Uche (SAN), said the report "reeks of calumny, denigration, actuated by malice, and calculated to ridicule and disparage him, and clearly a hatchet job ingeniously crafted to cast a stain on his reputation; expose him to public hatred and contempt and injure him in his religious calling, as the General Overseer of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International."

Our client’s attention has been drawn to the extremely malicious, derogatory and libelous publication with the caption – “HOW MAGU USED ‘PASTOR’ TO LAUNDER RE-LOOTED FUNDS ABROAD - REPORT” by your Reporter, one Isamaila Chafe, posted on your website - www.nannews.ng on the 11th day of July 2020.

"We, however, wish to make the following clarifications to put the public records straight:

1. That our client is the General Overseer of an Inter-denominational/Multi-religious Prayer Ministry, which Mr. Ibrahim Magu attends.

2. That our client, only visited Mr. Ibrahim Magu in a Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, sometime in March 2020.

3. That our client never laundered any funds whatsoever for Mr. Ibrahim Magu, nor for anybody whatsoever.

4. That our client does not own any foreign bank account anywhere in the world.

5. That there are no funds whatsoever traceable from Mr. Ibrahim Magu to our client’s Bank accounts whatsoever neither has our client received any funds whatsoever from Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Our client has never received any funds whatsoever from anybody on behalf of Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

6. That our client does not own any property in Dubai. His name was never used to purchase any property whatsoever in Dubai, United Arab Emirate or anywhere else in any part of the world, neither has he purchased any property or properties for Mr. Ibrahim Magu in any part of the world whatsoever.

"We wish to state that by reason of the said libelous publication which was read by millions of persons all over the world, our client has been severely injured in his reputation, character and calling. Our client has thereby been brought into ridicule, public scandal, hatred, denigration, odium and contempt, and lowered in the estimation of right-thinking members of the society.

"We therefore, demand the immediate retraction of the libelous publication by way of an unequivocal APOLOGY to our client prominently published in at least three (3) National Newspapers not later than 7 (Seven) days from the date of your receipt of this letter and that you restrain from further defamation of our client forthwith otherwise, a libel suit against NAN will commence you, your Organization, claiming the sum of N1, 000,0000,000.00 (One Billion Naira) as exemplary, aggravated, general damages for defamation, and for injunction if you fail to comply.

"Further take notice that this letter constitutes our formal notice of intention to sue.

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Politics / David Ibiyeomie Urges Moral Renewal, Warns Against Cyber-fraud. by danphy6x: 7:45pm On Jul 12
David Ibiyeomie, the founder and presiding Pastor of Salvation Ministries has warned Nigerians against a culture of celebrating fraudulent and unmerited wealth in society, adding that unearned riches bring shame and sorrow in the end.

The cleric gave the advice during his homily on Sunday, at the end of a week-long online service on spiritual empowerment, hosted at the church's headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Ibiyeomie cautioned that any country that gave its highest recognitions and honours to fraudsters and shady characters was setting a dangerous precedent for its youth.

He advised the youth to shun the attraction of "blood money" and the proceeds of crime, citing the travails of Nigerian internet "celebrities" facing multiple charges of fraud in the United States of America.

"Do not go for blood money. Work for clean money and God will bless your effort", Ibiyeomie said, adding that a just reward always awaited those who seek it by honest means.

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Politics / The Salary Cut In Niger State True, But... - Muhammed Sani Idris by danphy6x: 6:59am On Jul 10
The fact of shrinking fortunes, which has confronted governments, as well as private ventures, is no news again, a situation consequent upon a multiplicity of factors, most of which simply defy solutions, even at global levels. The contribution of the raging global pandemic to the problem should not be overlooked, however.

Particularly in Nigeria, states are going out of their ways to cope, by cutting down traditional commitments on routine spendings, even while reducing capital projects. This is the picture in Niger state, very similar with what goes on across other states of the country.

While it is true that Niger state has now decided to make temporary 30% reduction in salaries of workers across board, a move which has affected both career and political officers - including the governor himself(!), the issues which caused the 30% cut should be factored into conditioning an appreciation, rather than condemnation, of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello-led administration.

Today, the truth is that even states that receive larger share from the federation account monthly and even records higher returns from their Internally Generated Revenue, have been constrained into reducing salaries of their workers, even long before now.

Everyone who has been following events in Niger state will tell that the Governor is never known for delaying salaries, and that, even before minimum wage, he has chosen to implement a 25% increase in monthly earnings of civil servants on grade levels. The staff in our fire services department have not been excluded in the list of cadres that have enjoyed enhanced salary schemes under this government.

Governor Abubakar has equally perfected the tradition of paying salaries by 25th of every month, revealing his love and soft spot for the workers. If there is any delay in paying workers lately, such a delay should be viewed against such a litany of unfavourable factors, a situation which the governor himself has found quite disturbing, but which remains inevitable.

Since his first term, again, Governor Abubakar has implemented unadulterated, full-scale implementation of CONMESS - Consolidated Medical Salary Structure - and CONHESS - Consolidated Health Salary Structure - for health workers, including medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, laboratory scientists, and various other categories of health staff in state-owned health establishments. By the move, Niger state remains one of the five states in the country that has so far made the move, ranking the state's medical staff alongside those in the federal service.

While Labour is not wrong to agitate for the welfare of its members, the facts of issues must equally be disclosed and clarified all the time so that the Union would not be pursuing a wrong course and fighting a needless war! Labour should be informed that the 30% reduction in salaries would not be terminally forfeited by workers, but would be repaid soon as the situation improves.

Government had made similar reduction of 20% in the salaries of workers earnings before, and they were all repaid when the situation enabled it. Local governments got into the same problem few months ago, paying 80% of salaries of its workforce and settling the balance later.

The reduction in monthly earnings does not however affect pensioners who have continue to receive 100% of their pensions, underscoring Governor Lolo’s soft spot for retired civil servants.

The austerities that have befallen Nigeria is a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has not spared any country on the globe. Today, no state, even those with large IGRs are not finding it funny, regarding incomes to settle monthly bills, salaries/wages inclusive! But all Niger state is saying is that workers - civil/public servants and political appointees - should manage with what is available now just until the situation improves. The deduction is temporary, and repayments shall be made soon as incomes improve. States that are doing better than Niger state in terms resources have cut salaries too, even long before now.

The truth is that Niger state has been feeling the cash crunch since March, but had thought the situation could be managed without shifting any burden upon the workers. Such is apparently no longer possible. We all have to accept this as reality, even as government shall explore all means to ensure that the situation is resolved in few months to come.

Muhammed Sani Idris
Commisioner of Information
July 10 2020

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Politics / NPA Allegedly Too High-handed In Dealing With OMLS by danphy6x: 9:18pm On Jul 09
The New Nigeria Collective (NNC) group has asked the leadership of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to tread with circumspection in the way it is handling its engagement with the Ocean Marine Solution Limited (OMSL), the company supporting the Nigerian Navy to provide security at the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) of the Lagos delineation of the nation’s waters.

The group, in a statement by its National Chairman, Mr. Adeola Adewunmi, was reacting to a statement recently credited to the NPA leadership and published in a national daily, where it threatened the arrest of any vessel at the SAA, adding that any ship found there would be sanction also.

According to the group, the fact that OMSL has no business with the NPA in the matter presupposes that the government agency has been overreaching itself over time even after the Nigerian Senate intervened and asked the NPA to steer clear of the SAA because the contract is between OMSL and the Navy and not directly with the NPA.

It is even the more disturbing that after Senate’s recommendation, which gave OMSL a clean bill and urged it to continue with its otherwise patriotic assignment, the NPA leadership was still headstrong and went ahead to disrespect the Nigerian senate – an institution of note.

Isn’t it also ridiculous that the NPA is now asking the Navy to arrest the vessels they are protecting or do we call this a clear case of incompetence on the part of the NPA leadership?

“Unfortunately, as it stands today, the NPA doesn’t have a security Architecture in place in the Lagos area, not to mention the Port Harcourt area, where pirates’ attacks are uncontrollable and cost of shipping to Port Harcourt has become astronomical, because ships refuse to go there.

But the Lagos that seems to be working, because of SAA is about to be destroyed out of sheer vendetta and lack of patriotism “Instead of encouraging the security solutions that have brought sanity to the Lagos area, all the efforts of the NPA leadership have been to destroy it and bring the Lagos area to the days that ships had to go to neighboring countries to berth and the country lost a lot of revenue and what is even more worrisome is that this service is at no cost to the federal government, so, what is NPA’s problem?” the group asked.

The NNC said it was embarrassed to learn that despite all the interventions that legitimately stifled the NPA from harassing the OMSL, it has continued to act as though it was not answerable to anyone, adding that the silent treatment being meted out to it by the OMSL can only explain why the matter has not needlessly escalated.

“The truth of the matter is that the NPA does not even have the power to arrest or announce the arrest of anyone. In the very worst-case scenario, if there are infractions at SAA, all that the NPA needs to do is report such to the Navy, which will in turn address the matter.

“But, having followed closely the operations of the OMSL at the SAA, it does not take much to see how the company has been providing the much-needed logistics for the navy to function and be on top of their assignment. But this is the kind of support that the NPA has refused to give, even when it was approached.

“We are inclined to believe, therefore, that there are some persons within the NPA, who for reasons best known to them alone, want the OMSL messed up and as a result, been concocting all sorts of lies and manipulation to justify their premeditated plans,” he said.

The group maintained that the NPA must be immediately called to order to stop distracting the OMSL from doing the job, for which it has been globally acknowledged as outstanding in securing the nation’s waterways and instead, partner them for productive collaboration in the larger interest.

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Phones / Porting: 9mobile Sustains Lead For Sixth Consecutive Month by danphy6x: 11:39am On Jul 09
Porting: 9mobile Sustains Lead for Sixth Consecutive Month

9mobile has maintained its lead in incoming subscribers’ porting for the sixth straight month, according to industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for May 2020.

Incoming (Inward) Porting means the number of numbers ported from another service provider’s network into a service provider’s network.

The figures for May 2020, showed that 9mobile received 6,304 customers from other operators to cement its status as the telco of choice for Nigerian subscribers.

The Operator had started receiving customers from other networks in large numbers in December 2019 when it gained 8,613 subscribers from the other operators.

It subsequently received 5, 516 customers from other operators in January 2020; 5,371 in February; 8,225 in March and 3,829 in April.

The continuous migration of subscribers to 9mobile further affirms that the repositioning efforts it commenced last year is bearing fruits and that its voice and data services remain excellent.

9mobile customers enjoy clear, crisp calls and access to affordable, fast Internet service for browsing and streaming experience that help them to optimise efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

Politics / UPDATE! Progress On Maje-kwamba Road In Suleja (photos) by danphy6x: 8:26am On Jun 29
Progress report on the reconstruction of the Maje-Kwamba Road in Suleja LG, Niger State by Gov Abu Sani Bello

Road Master. #LoloIsWorking

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Politics / Photos: Contractor Continues Work On Mokwa Township Roads by danphy6x: 10:45am On Jun 28
It may be recalled that a few weeks ago the Infrastructure Committee was in Mokwa to inspect the ongoing Mokwa township roads where the Committee discovered that the contractor handling the project was absent from site.

On the directive of the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Kagara, the contractor was immediately directed to go back to site.

Further to the above, I am delighted to inform that work has resumed on the projects and in time the good people of Mokwa will enjoy another dividend of the Restoration Agenda of Governor Abu Sani Bell, the Road Master.

See Below:-

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Politics / Whistleblower: AGF Malami In $1bn Scandal by danphy6x: 9:46pm On Jun 27
...EX-MILITANTS ACCUSE AGF OF PROFITEERING

The whistleblower policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration may have according to sources be put on reverse gear due to associated sleaze and profligacy as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and Mrs Ladidi Muhammed, who is in charge of debt recovery in the ministry are said to be enmeshed in a multi million dollars scandal that is currently rocking the entire anti corruption architecture of the federal government. 

According to a Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-militants under the aegis of Niger Delta Renaissance Force, NDRF, led by Abbey Ebri, Malami has been using the whistleblower policy of the current administration to enrich himself and deny whistleblowers the right to their entitlements using the weapon of intimidation and harassment against whistleblowers to get off their tracks when the ministry has succeeded in retrieving  monies as revealed by the informants. 

This was revealed by Ebri in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital noting that the group was putting everything in place for a full blown confrontation with Malami who he pointedly called a thief owing to so many known facts of dubious dealings allegedly perpetrated by the politician whose office he said has never prosecuted and won any case for the federal government other than withdrawing high calibre cases from courts after monies must have changed hands. 

The group alleged that the AGF is a man who can take anything in bribe money in manner that "poopooh" the anti corruption efforts of the FG.

A case in point according to Ebri, was the case reported by a whistleblower to Malami involving  One Billion and Thirty Four Million , Five Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($1,034,515,000.00) starched away in one of the Commercial bank that will soon be Made Public

The former warlord stated that at the beginning,  the AGF confirmed the money in the account and instructed Mrs Ladidi Mohammed, to follow up the matter with a promise to pay the entitled percentage to the whistleblowers. 

The case according to the Coalition was reported to Malami right inside his Gwarimpa home and reportedly instructed Mrs Ladidi to get to the root of the matter. 

Legal representations were made to the Ministry and all the necessary documentations were perfected. Shockingly and unexpectedly, Ebri said, the AGF office through the debt recovery department turned around to import bottlenecks into the whole dealings giving reasons the whistleblower would not be paid. 

At this point, said Ebri, the whistleblower who was already carrying the weight of legal services was helpless and efforts to make Malami see reasons to pay the money in the past two years met brickwalls adding that the ministry was bent on short changing the man who risked his life to scoop information and brought same to them. 

The flimsy excuses by the ministry through the debt recovery office was that an ongoing litigation on the matter have to be disposed off before the whistleblower is paid, a position which the ex-militants said was discovered to be mere lies to cheat the whistleblower.

Expectedly, acting on Malami's instruction, the Coalition stated, Ladidi hounded the whistleblower's lawyers with the police and forced the original documents generated in the course of the correspondences between parties with the aim of denying the whistleblowers their dues.

Ebri averred that this case in particular was one in a series of cases that Malami and his cohorts have destroyed and monies stolen by them while whistleblowers are silenced. 

The group called on the AGF to resign his appointment lest he plunged the Buhari led administration into chaos noting that Malami was a clog in the wheel of the anti corruption crusade. It added that, professionally speaking, the AGF is inept to man the office as it pointedly accused the Chief legal officer  of wanton corruption and criminally enriching himself. 

"Malami leads a ministry that is neck-deep in corruption and this in unbecoming of a man who should be the moral compass of the current administration. We are calling on the President to prod into the activities of his Minister before he plunges the nation into unending crisis. 

"The whistleblowing policy of the FG is a cash cow for Malami and his cohorts. We have it on good authority that he has his hands in virtually all corrupt cases in the country and often times he ambushed anti graft agencies with the aim of impeding the team of investigations into dubious activities where he collects millions in bribe money."
The ex-militant group stated, warning that, should Malami refuse to pay up the whistleblower, he would have the Coalition to fight

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Politics / Rapists Face Life Imprisonment In A'ibom by danphy6x: 4:11pm On Jun 21
..as Govt begins implementing 'Power for All' electrification projects

Rape suspects in Akwa Ibom State may face up to life imprisonment following the signing of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law , VAPPL, 2020 by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

This law will enable judges to hand down life imprisonment to anyone convicted of rape henceforth in the state.

Speaking after the bill was assented to by the Governor, the Dean of Commissioners and Commissioner for Agriculture and Women Affairs, Dr. Glory Edet, describes VAPPL as a sledge hammer for rapists and perpetrators of gender-based violence , maintaining that the Law has clearly spelt out punishment for such offences.

“I think this is one of the best things that has happened to protect the female gender and as the Commissioner overseeing women matters , I believe the women of Akwa Ibom, the children and even our men are happy because this law will really teach defaulters a lesson.

"This law allows for the implementation of a lot of things we were praying for and prescribes stiffer punishment for violators of the Child’s Right Act , perpetrators of violence against citizens of both gender. Before now violators of the female gender had some years to spend in prison but VAPPL recommends life imprisonment to really deal with the offenders and discourage the spate of violence in our society”, she stated.

Dr. Edet noted that sensitization and awareness campaign on the new law will soon kick start.

Also speaking, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko said Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law (VAPPL) 2020, provides penalty of a life sentence for rapists.

He revealed the law also provides 14 years imprisonment for perpetrators of gender-based violence and any kind of sexual offence other than rape.

Meanwhile, state government is commencing electrification of 265 communities yet to be linked to the national grid.

The Commissioner for Information Mr. Charles Udoh disclosed government’s intention to link all communities in the state to the national grid.

According to him, to achieve this, the state Executive Council has mandated the Bureau of Rural Development and Cooperative to commence electrification of 265 villages that are without electricity to facilitate the actualization of Power For-All Initiative by the state government at the end of 2021.

“You are aware that there are 2274 gazetted villages in Akwa Ibom State, from that number it was reported that 265 villages spread across 27 Local Government Areas in the State are without electricity, so in pursuance of the dream to achieve power for all initiative by 2021, Exco has approved the commencement of the electrification projects in those villages.

"However, the electrification of the 265 villages will be done in phases base on budgetary provisions and through direct labour,” he said.

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Politics / Leadership Is All About Service To The People by danphy6x: 12:45pm On Jun 20
It was the British liberalist, Jeremy Bentham that once thoughtfully opined that, "leadership is all about the greatest good of the greatest number. ”

This thought provoking humanist quote shall continue to generate interest when analyzing the role and impact of government or policymakers in the affairs of societies. This is especially so in a democracy where multitudes of the people elect leaders to govern and deliver on their manifestoes.

Faced with tough choices of satisfying the pressing and nagging needs of both rural and urban dwellers, political leaders, in the noble thoughts of Bentham, are expected to make policies and programmes geared toward fostering as much wellbeing for as many people as possible.

As a son of a peasant farmer, growing up and traveling from Shafini to the urban areas either for education aspirations or commerce wasn't a tea party for us. The road we ply wasn't anything to right home about. Our plight was next to zero rural access road, this was as a result of total neglect by the government despite our people being active voters since the return of democracy in 1999.

The excruciating hardship that has been experienced by our people while traveling in and out of Shafini is better imagine. There are instances during raining seasons where we are cut off completely from traveling out as a result of heavy downpour.

Our people often resort to improvisation by constructing wooden locally made bridge to temporary ease movement. This is the difficult situation as a people we have been passing through for years. In some extreme difficult situations we are often compelled to disembark from our vehicles to push our cars and lorries out of mud or to reduce the heavy load of the vehicles to enable them make it across.

However, it seem our years of suffering is gradually coming to the end as our community is presently benefiting from the construction of 48km Felegi-Shafini-Tungan Jika rural access road with a brand new bridge. With this development, I sincerely believe that the 6 hours it normally took us to make a journey of an hour or less will be history.

As a direct beneficiary, while commending the effort of Gov. Abu Lolo for remembering our neglected areas to be worthy of a rural access road, it is our hope that quality will not be compromised. We shall continue to demand for more from our leaders and pray for them to deliver on their mandates.

Now when I hear people chanting Lolo is working, I will join in reechoing it.

©️ Abubakar Musa Shafini and wrote from Shafini.

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Politics / We Are Satisfied With Progress On 48KM Felegi Road - Niger Committee by danphy6x: 3:40pm On Jun 17
We Are Satisfied With Progress On 48KM Felegi-shafini-tungan Road - Niger Infrastructure Committee

During the last outing, the Infrastructure Committee also visited the ongoing construction of 48km Felegi-Shafini-Tungan Jika road where the Committee’s Chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Kagara expressed satisfaction on the ongoing work, especially the construction of a new bridge.

The old locally made bridge which can be seen in the pictures below shows how difficult it is for the people to pass through the passage for years. Travelers were compelled to drop from their vehicles and cross the water on foot to reduce the risk of the vehicle from sinking.

Nor was the road in any proper shape. Before the intervention of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello through RAMP2, it took travelers as long as 6 hours to make a journey of 1 hour or less.

#LoloIsWorking

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Politics / Political Hawks Sponsoring Attacks On LAWMA MD by danphy6x: 6:25pm On Jun 16
News Alert: Political Hawks Sponsoring Attacks on LAWMA MD

...How this may affect Sanwo-Olu

Indications have emerged that some forces within the Lagos State Government may be planning a vicious attack on one of the brilliant minds making waves in the Sanwo-Olu administration, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin.

Reports have it that the said leader of the hawks, a senior government official has disbursed a huge sum of money today to some Bloggers to begin to promote a false story that an audit of LAWMA account has uncovered what they called "massive fraud" in the accounts of the agency. Contrary to the claim, there is no such audit report anywhere.

According to a Source who pleaded for anonymity, " Lagosians should watch out. Each of the Bloggers got a sum N100,000 to N150,000 depending on their clouts to help promote the false news. I can tell you for free, there is no audit report like that. It is just politics taken too far."

Another reliable Source close to the APC leadership said, "I do hope that those behind this campaign will be called to order by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. This is just pure indiscretion. We cannot be arming the opposition. Have we learnt anything at all in the current Edo State saga? They should just know, the internet never forgets."

He lamented that this internal mess has gone on for weeks now because the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been preoccupied with other issues such as the Lagos State House of Assembly crisis and now the death of the Senator representing Lagos East, Bayo Oshinowo popularly caller Pepper.

"This whole thing is about an attempt by these hawks to gain control of LAWMA ahead of 2023 so they can dictate some terms to Governor Sanwo-Olu when the time comes to seek reelection. They know Asiwaju will be busy with his own campaign in 2023. So these guys want to take control and checkmate Sanwo-Olu. You know LAWMA is a grassroots movement,"
the Source further said.

The battle for the soul of LAWMA has been raging for weeks now unabated.

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Politics / Lagos State Special Adviser Cautioned On Housing On Defamatory Remarks by danphy6x: 11:41pm On Jun 14
Propertymart Cautions Lagos State Special Adviser on Housing on Defamatory Remarks

The Management of a leading real estate company, Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited has addressed the defamatory statement credited to the Special Adviser on Housing to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

In a Release issued in Lagos on Sunday and signed by Head, Legal & Counsel, Oyelami Sogo, Propertymart said, “we shudder at how the Special Adviser became the investigator, the prosecutor and the judge in a case yet to be investigated or follow the expected due process.

Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited is a reputable organization, and defamation of our brand is something we don’t take lightly. Despite the challenges of the industry or the fluctuations of the Nigerian economy, it took us over 12 years to attain this height, a height only a few real estate companies in the country can boast of”.

Mr Sogo further declared that Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited is properly established with a Board and Management comprising highly accomplished Nigerians from different walks of life. “Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka should, therefore, know that we are not a flight by night briefcase company”.

We have contacted the Special Adviser to obtain further information that will aid the investigation process. We hope this will be received by Monday, June 15, 2020.

We are willing to support LASRERA in achieving its objective as we believe this will be to our advantage. This move will help improve the reputation and general outlook of the industry while unfounded cowboys will be exposed if the right steps are taken.

Propertymart has delivered over 6,000 housing units and serviced plots to customers in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since 2008. We are one of the big operators helping the government meet the housing needs of Nigerians and creating jobs for thousands.

Mr Sogo also disclosed that within the group, the company has a direct staff strength of over 150 Nigerians and have generated employment for over 5,000 indirectly across the housing delivery value chain.

Some of Propertymart’s completed and ongoing housing projects include Citiview Estate, Arepo, Ogun; Fairmont Hilltop, Alagbado; Cranbel Court, New Makun City, OPIC; Cranbel Edge 1 & 2, Lekki Ajah; Edensville Estate, Simawa; Mitchel Mews 1 & 2, Magodo, Lagos; Micheville Estate and Bel Terraces in Abuja.

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Travel / Niger Infrastructure Committee inspects Shagunu beach (Photos) by danphy6x: 12:05pm On Jun 14
Shagunu Beach To Be Made One Of Nigeria's Top Tourism Sites - Niger Infrastructure Committee

As part of its project monitoring activities, the Infrastructure Committee headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Kagara yesterday also visited the Shagunu Beach in Borgu LG Niger State.

The Committee Chairman assured the people of Shagunu Community of Gov Abu Sani Bello’s total commitment to change the fortune of the community for good. He reiterated that the ongoing construction of the road and the electrification are all part of the plan of making the Beach a tourist destination which will create job opportunities for the people.

The chairman further explained that the Governor has been putting pressure on the President and will continue to do so until Shagunu beach is made one of the country’s top tourism sites.

The people of Shagunu village in a statement through their village head spokesperson expressed appreciation to the Governor Bello-led administration for the ongoing electrification and the construction of the 22km road.

According to the spokesman of the village head, before the road construction it took the people over 3 hours to drive from Lumma, a community not far away from them, to the village but with the ongoing road construction, even as it hasn’t been completed, one can drive from the same spot to the village in 30 minutes.

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Politics / PHOTOS! Infrastructure Committee Inspects Agwara LG Electrification Project by danphy6x: 8:52pm On Jun 13
Niger Infrastructure Committee Inspects Agwara LG Electrification Project

The Niger State infrastructure committee today paid an inspection visit to the Agwara LG electrification project, the project covers about 120km from Borgu LG.

During the visit, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, stated that, the energy was drawn from the TCN station in Borgu.

It is noteworthy that, the Agwara LG electrification is one of the longest stretch of electrification projects ever embarked on in Niger State.

The GM Rural Electrification Board has explained all that is needed for the project to be energised, he assured the committee that within the next 30days, Agwara LG will enjoy electricity for the first time.

The Governor has insisted that the practice of citing projects in the major cities of the state and completely abandoning the rural areas must cease. Every part of Niger state deserve development.

This is why he has focused on both rural and urban areas of the state. Agwara is about 400km away from the state capital Minna.

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Politics / Niger Infrastructure Committee Inspects Projects In Suleja (photos) by danphy6x: 4:30pm On Jun 12
About 2 weeks ago Governor Abu Sani Bello together led Infrastructure Committee headed by Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, Chief of Staff, on a visit to Suleja town to inspect the ongoing township roads.

One of the projects that were inspected was Jubillee road where work had stopped.

The contractor was immediately directed to go back to site.

Further to the visit, I am happy to report today that work has resumed on the road.

Road infrastructure in Niger state has taken unprecedented direction. His Excellency has expressed special interest on all ongoing road projects within the state and intends to personally ensure that these projects are of the highest possible standards and are delivered in a timely manner.

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Politics / Post COVID-19: 32 States May Find It Difficult To Pay Salaries - Expert by danphy6x: 9:15am On Jun 04
Post Covid-19: 32 states may find it difficult to pay salaries - expert 

.Says Osun will be negatively impacted 

A governance and policy expert, Dr. Tunji Ogunyemi, has declared that about 32 states of the federation may find it difficult to pay salaries, post Covid-19.

He also said that there was a possibility of a further downward review of the already reviewed Federal Government's budget,  going by recent happenings globally.

The  Economic Historian cum lawyer, and who is also the acting Head, Dept of History, Faculty of Arts, OAU, Ile -Ife, urged the Osun State Government to meet with the Labour  leaders in the State with a view to revisiting the Comrade Hassan Sumonu-led CCommittee's template, insisting that the State would be negatively impacted by the global economic downturn occasioned by Covid-19. 

Dr. Ogunyemi stated these on Wednesday  while featuring on a popular radio programme tagged 'Frank Talk', in Osogbo.

"The Federal Government can deliberately create money by printing more money that may not be backed by productivity to pay its workers. 

"But no State can do that. Already, states are cutting their budgets significantly because of the drop in the federal allocation. What they will be sharing in June is half of what they shared in January. Only about four states can manage to survive marginally. 

"The opportunity that the civil servants have now is that no State can say go home, I am not paying. But States can decide to pay slashed salaries because one cannot appropriate and reprobate at the same time. So, the State can only pay from what it has. If it has nothing, what will it pay?

"We are in dire straights. Some states like Kaduna, Delta, Plateau, Taraba, Gombe, among others, are slashing the salaries.

"Though it is rather very difficult to advise the beleagured Governor Oyetola because I know  there will be a lot of calculations in his head now to which there are few answers. But the advice must be based on the foundation of the challenges that Osun is facing.

"Osun pays three quarters of its income into recurrent, salaries, wages and overheads, including liabilities owed the pensioners. Osun also has a background of owing a significant debt both domestically and externally going towards the realm of N200 billion. 

"From that background coupled with 30 Local Governments with huge civil servants, one would rather advise Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, Chairman of the Committee of Government and Labour, to share some views with the governor by calling on the civil servants to know the truth about the financial status of the State.

"Politicking should end here. Some professionals can be called to that kind of meeting, especially experts in public finance and banking to let the truth be told on the status of Osun.

"When an income is far, far less to expenditure, and there is no extra capacity to generate more, it means that the State must  begin to reduce wasteful expenditure.

"So, government must pursue the idea of land charges, cut down if not suspend capital expenditure to pave the way for the maintenance of minimum services of government.

"Also, for the State to stay afloat, then people must prepare for the impact. They must support government and show patriotism in view of the socio-economic reality.

"Reality is staring us in the face and for the clouds to clear, it will take five years or more",
he said.

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Politics / Real Trouble With Magu: Between Metaphor & Literal Translation By A Dance Prof. by danphy6x: 7:17pm On Mar 08
By: Ochada Jerry Ajogwu

One of the real tragedies bedevilling modern day Nigerian newspaper columnists, even the ones that are well regarded by discerning readers, is the penchant to often latch onto populist angst and ride the waves of temporary popular idiosyncrasies. This often happens as they relate to interpretations of existential vicissitudes  and dislocations, to sustain relevance.

Gone are the days when informed commentary was penned by proper, well grounded columnists, whose rational insights and polemic leanings often resulted in seminal opinions, crafted with the meticulous interrogation, rigorous exploration of the subject matter and delivered in the preferred genre, most enjoyably with satirical flavour, to an eager community of readers, whose nationalistic and universal views were defined by the suggestions and interpretations contained in these essays.

In the last decade or thereabouts however, columnists have become more dependent on the popular mindset of emerging cultures to set the tone and determine the focus of informed commentary. By this unfortunate capitulation, they cede the agenda setting role of the columnist in defining the temper and engagement of national discourse.

It is little wonder therefore that the contextuality of our national psyche has more or less been translated in the excess latitude of social media, the mass hysteria often provoked by the lyrical intoxications of mundane and banal lyrical excursions such as Marlians, as well as the triumphalism of ritual, cum cyber-voodoo induced wealth, the laziness of some present day Newspaper columnists and social commentators have been drastically exposed in their inability to tackle societal challenges with erudite articulation. Thus, by this glaring failing, continue to undermine the fine art of critical writing in the country.

One of such recent offerings, which sadly reflects this capitulation is the piece entitled: 'The Real Trouble With Magu', by Abimbola Adelakun, published in a popular national Newspaper of March 5, 2020, in which the columnist went to great lengths to vilify and castigate the personality, intellect and reputation of the boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over his widely reported comment that the Corona Virus is caused by corruption.

Indeed, Adelakun may have no doubt managed to attract and endear herself to a motely cult of personality following over the years.  Although discerning readers may not necessarily place much credence in her 2017 Ph.D in Theatre and Dance, from the University of Texas at Austin for the incontestable fact that top Nigerian Universities are better rated in the obstructions and practice of Theatre and Dance. 

Nonetheless, her sojourn in the Mass Communications department at the University of Ibadan redeems her credentials to scholarship and  may even be conjectured that she probably has a high level of academic intelligence. But that may have been entirely so if her specific disciplines in Ibadan and Texas had been reversed. Simply put,If she had studied Theatre and Dance in Ibadan and Mass Communication in Texas. Then, she might have been more balanced because Ibadan is regarded globally as the academic home of African Theatre and Dance with the influence of Soyinka and others, while America is seen as the leader in Mass Communication  theory and practice.

Be that as it may, it is only natural to expect that someone whose academic focus majored on theatre and performance, Pentecostalism and Pentecostal culture, indigenous African religions, religious creativity, Yoruba studies and black popular culture, would quickly embrace the theatrics and crusading zealotry of spontaneous national opprobrium against a statement which has been uttered more in the connotative context of a metaphoric innuendo than in the clearly pedestrian denotative interpretation of a columnist with a penciled pedigree. 

Indeed, one is a bit flummoxed by the seeming ignorance of a Professor of Communications and Language Arts or is it Theatre and Dance now, to differentiate between when a comment is made in the context of expansive metaphor and innuendo and when it is done as an attempt to exhibit particular or specific knowledge of the subject matter.

Of course there is the little matter of locating  Magu's comment within the ambit of popular imagination by putting it in proper perspective.

Recall that the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu first made the Corona virus and corruption claim in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, at the passing out parade of EFCC’s Detective Inspector Course 5 cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA) in Kaduna on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, when he said: “Corruption is the biggest strategy to humankind. Your Excellency, corruption is worse than all the diseases now running about. And I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even the coronavirus is caused by corruption.

“The EFCC is not satisfied with just prosecuting and jailing the fraudsters, rather the commission has concluded plans to reform them in collaboration with relevant government agencies towards making them better citizens.

“EFCC has zero tolerance for corruption as our mandate is to kill corruption as corruption is worse than all the diseases we have now and I strongly believe coronavirus is caused by corruption.

“Corruption is a huge burden to our nation. It has spread to insecurity, poverty, unemployment, falling standard of education, weak access to affordable health care, falling infrastructure and so many others.

“As part of vigorous pursuit, the commission has created new specialised directorate and section taking into cognisance the changing phase of criminality,” 

The national verbal backlash which greeted this isolated comment on Coronavirus and corruption was understandable because global news channels and social media had already saturated the airwaves and  inundated Nigerians with the devastating consequences of this new disease that has no cure. 

A sneaky translation therefore, would suggest that majority of folks who attacked Magu's comment were simply reacting instinctively to the larger suggestion that many Nigerians were already gripped in the throes of the pandemic of corruption and Magu was indirectly telling them that they had Coronavirus. 

Attempt by the EFCC to properly situate Magu's comment in its proper interpretative context and his subsequent reaffirmation of his statement, was greeted with the same vitriolic outbursts by Nigerians, who perhaps were subconsciously wishing that the virus will not get here, until it finally did on February 27, when the mysterious Italian was caught at the International airport and quarantined. 

The feeling, as is typically Nigerian, was that Magu, by linking Covid19 to corruption just less than a week earlier and even insisting on his position the day before, must have somehow attracted Covid 19 to the country. And with this mindset gaining traction, especially in social media amongst the mass of gullible information consumers, Ibrahim Magu became the pantomime villain for a nation and some of its informed commentators, gripped in the allusion of a global pandemic mutating into the essence of a generic and willing national host.

Those who know the EFCC boss very well, will quickly confirm that his zero tolerance for corruption is not just passionately unparalleled, but can only be equated perhaps, with that of President Muhammadu Buhari and if indeed there was a stronger word or disease to capture how he regards corruption and intends to do curb it, would not hesitate to use that word or do that which would kill corruption dead, once and for all. It is not news anymore that he has often metaphorically associated every national malaise to corruption.

However, what beggars belief is that a seeming Professor of Literary Arts would so brazenly input literal translation to what is obviously Magu's figurative references and then proceed with frenzied zeal to embark on a lengthy and oftentimes rambling diatribe of contracted commentary, aimed at diminishing the ebullient stature and serial successes of the anti-corruption champion on the basis of a metaphoric sentence in a very serious discourse.

To be sure, Ibrahim Magu's excellent credentials, both in rigorous academics and the anti-corruotion crusade speak for themselves and are verifiable. Only a cretin would attempt to impugn on his sterling reputation and even proceed to define him as a dingbat in the public space of a newspaper column. This simply reflects the sad depths to which informed commentary has fallen into at the hands of attention seekers, whose existential relevance reconciles in exploiting public angst to undermine heroic national crusaders to satisfy paymasters, with dubious intentions.

It is important to advise Miss Abimbola Adelakun that while life is a stage (metaphorically of course), the real challenges of existence and governance, which can also figuratively be regarded as Theatre and Dance, demand a deeper, more poignant and instructive interpretation than the literal excursion which reveals her poorly disguised intentions to take a deliberate swipe at Ibrahim Magu.

*Ajogwu, writes from Abuja.*

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Politics / God Will Determine My Successor, Says Governor Emmanuel by danphy6x: 8:50pm On Mar 01
....earns commendation from Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Governor Emmanuel has cleared the air on who will succeed him, saying only God will determine his successor.

He made this revelation at the 60th birthday anniversary celebration and thanksgiving service of Senator Akon Eyakenyi of Akwa Ibom South senatorial district at Destiny International Mission, Uyo, on Sunday.

The governor maintained that no man can give power to another man except God and the leadership of the state after him will be a collective decision of the people of the state, led by the Almighty God, adding that he would rather pray that God reveals to him who he wishes to lead the state after him rather than try to play god.

“I don’t have the power to anoint anybody, but my prayer is, God whoever you want to succeed me reveal the person to me so that I don’t waste my time on somebody that will not be.

"Let God show me who to queue behind. I am a mere mortal and I think God will do that”
. He said.

Governor Emmanuel said his administration is focused on providing good governance and used the opportunity to appeal to the political class to desist from unnecessary distraction with permutations of 2023.

“I want to appeal that for 2020 we want to work.

We are out to work in year 2020, so I don’t want any distraction. Let nobody come and consult me about any office in year 2020 because at the end nobody will ask you who did you anoint to go for what office, but what God used you to do within your powers and within that time that God gave you.

"We are combing the whole world looking for help everywhere, so let God see our effort and support what we are doing".

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has described Governor Emmanuel as one of Nigeria’s leaders to look up to in the new political dispensation.

Dr. Lawan, who led members of the national assembly to celebrate with Senator Akon Eyakenyi, noted that the politics of the new Nigeria, which the 9th Senate stands for, to a large extent is defined by how to reach a desired destination in service delivery, devoid of partisanship, saying Governor Emmanuel represents such a fresh disposition.

“I want to say something about his Excellency, the Governor. As a politician, he is a decent man, very decent; as a partisan, practicing politician, he is a very tolerant leader. ...Here is one elected leader who believes we should all walk together to deliver service to Nigerians. Your Excellency I commend you”.

The senate president pointed out that the turnout of senators at the event, irrespective of party affiliations, is a testimony to the worthiness of the Akwa Ibom contingent in the senate, saying they are worthy representatives and great team players.

He thanked the governor and people of the state for maintaining the penchant for qualitative leadership.

In her thanksgiving, Senator Akon Eyakenyi expressed gratitude to God for her 60-year life journey, her family life and successful election to the Senate.

She thanked the Governor and wife, Martha for their support and said she remains indebted to the people of the twelve local government areas of Akwa Ibom south Senatorial District, who ensured he emergence as their representative.

In his homily at the thanksgiving service, the General Superintendent of Destiny International Mission, Arch Bishop Cletus Bassey, speaking from Luke 17:12-18, said in the present world of ungratefulness, God expects his people to be different by responding to his benevolence with a show of gratitude.

The cleric admonished the people to always acknowledge God as the most dependable, reliable and trustworthy one who holds the future of every man, adding when men acknowledge that there are things only God can do, he blesses their future.

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Politics / Group Alleges Akpabio, APC Chieftains Plotting State Of Emergency In Akwa Ibom by danphy6x: 11:34am On Nov 27, 2019
Group Alleges Akpabio, APC Chieftains Plotting State Of Emergency In Akwa Ibom ...Recruit mercenaries from Chad to cause chaos

Clandestine plots are being made by some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State to cause chaos in the State so as to actualise the planned imposition of a state of emergency, a group, the One Nigeria Movement (ONM) has alleged.

The group alleged that the plots are being spearheaded by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, with support from some of his desperate APC allies in the State.

In a release on Wednesday, signed by its Convener General, Ahmed Sodiq-Mugoro, the ONM said current and reliable information at its disposal indicated that the APC in Akwa Ibom State led by Senator Godswill Akpabio, already perfected plans to bring some mercenaries from Republic of Chad into the State, with the expressed order to cause massive killings of innocent people of the State, as well as widespread kidnappings and bombings of churches and other places where people gather in numbers.

The ONM, which called on Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State to act promptly to frustrate the evil plots, wondered what level of desperation would made anyone to be involved in plots to put the lives of the people at risk.

The governor must as a matter of urgency place law enforcement agencies on the look-out for this evil plot and be ready to thwart the execution of this dastardly and morally shocking design hatched by Godswill Akpabio and his tiny cabal of merchants of violence.

It lamented that after the people of the people of Akwa Ibom State had massively rejected Akpabio and his APC at the last elections in spite of the Armageddon and violence they had planned alongside their much vaunted federal might, he (Akpabio) appeared still bent on destroying the State in order to achieve his personal ambitions and those of his acolytes.

We have been reliably informed that the plan has been hatched and is about to be executed.

The fighters are in the process of being brought to a North Eastern State from where they will be moved to Akwa Ibom State. They will be scattered all over the State and are expected to unleash in a coordinated manner series of killings and bombings across the State, almost simultaneously.

The plan is for them to start the killings in Governor Emmanuel’s home Local Government Area and then spread their killing nets all over the three Senatorial Districts.

The strategic consideration of Akpabio and the APC is to sow fear in the minds of the people and then cause the Federal Government to declare a State of emergency in the State, using the spate of insecurity as the reason for such an action.

It is shocking that the ambition of one man can cause this sort of evil plot. The people of the State boldly and unanimously rejected the brand of violence–induced politics of Akpabio and the APC in the State, yet he has refused to accept the verdict of the people expressly given and affirmed in Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Why should one man’s desire to be seen as the political kingpin of the State, which the people have rejected lead to this sort of morally depraved and evil plot? Akwa Ibom State is peaceful and progressing fast under the leadership of Governor Emmanuel, and it is our humble advice that Akpabio and his cohorts should go and prepare for the next elections and allow the people of the State to live in peace and harmony.

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