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Rivers APC Calls PDP a Party of Blind Critics, Enemies of Progress

Posted on July 26, 2014. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: , |

  • Defends Amaechi’s purchase of road analyser

Road analyser 1The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to provide proof that the APC Government in the State inflated the cost of the Automated Road Analyser (ARAN) commissioned on July 18 by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

“We are shocked that instead of joining the rest of Rivers people to celebrate the purchase of this scientific device to be used in monitoring road quality so as to ensure that dubious contractors do not rip off the State, PDP leaders are questioning this wise investment by the visionary government of Rt. Hon. Amaechi,” APC said in a statement issued Friday in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

The party said that by opposing the purchase of the road analyser, PDP has left no one in doubt that it is a party of blind critics and enemies of progress. “Contrary to PDP’s claims, the purchase of the road analyser by the Rivers State Government was done in a transparent manner and followed due process. Each of the two machines cost N109 million, making a total of N218 million for the two machines. The figure was not inflated in any way and any right-thinking person would appreciate this wise investment which will not only ensure better road quality but also save the State hundreds of millions of naira,” APC said.

The party challenged PDP leaders to provide proof that the cost of the machines was inflated “as it is not enough to make wild allegations in a failed bid to tarnish the image of a transparent administration.”Road Analyser purchased by Rivers State government

APC insisted that “Governor Amaechi, instead of being criticised, should be commended and congratulated for ensuing that our funds are judiciously utilised and that contractors do not defraud the State by means of poor quality road projects.”

The party advised Rivers PDP Chairman Felix Obuah and his spokesman Jerry Nedam to stop ridiculing themselves through frivolous allegations that cast them in the mould of blind critics and present PDP as a party of jokers and unserious minds. “This does not in any way do any good to PDP in its doomed mission to gain a foothold in Rivers State as we count down to the 2015 general elections, at which PDP will be totally rejected by Rivers people,” APC said in the statement.

 

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“Why we want Olejeme to be Delta State governor in 2015” – Itsekiri leaders

Posted on July 14, 2014. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olojeme

Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olojeme

Prominent Itsekiri Leaders have advised Deltans at home and abroad not to focus on gender but to look at the individual personalities, the person’s qualities and what he or she has to offer in electing their next governor.

The leaders who made their views known on Sunday described the chairman, Board of Directors of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme as an honest, simple and accomplished administrator.
“Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has the knowledge and the skills to succeed in the state. So we are mobilizing our people, friends and in- laws across the state. We are quite confident that she would become governor in 2015” the leaders said in a statement issued in Warri.
The statement signed by the Chairman of Itsekiri Movement for Good Governance (IMFGG), Mr.  Francis Diden also commended Olejeme for her contributions to the development of human resources in the state.
“Olejeme deserves the biggest thanks for developing the people,” the statement said.
Praising Olejeme for her altruistic and philanthropic disposition, the leaders said: “We are very impressed about her people-oriented programmes in Delta State. It is time for Deltans at home and abroad to unite and support a person who can enhance unity and provide opportunities for all.”
“We want her to be the next governor of the state because of her proven leadership qualities and our belief that she can govern the state very well” the statement said.
“He is a woman of principle who takes every word she says seriously. She is accessible and always ready to listen to all. Her ability to initiate plans and execute projects that will better the lot of the people is not in contention” the statement added.
In a related development, top Okpe leaders on Sunday described the Majority Leader of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Monday Igbuya as a blessing to the state, while calling on indigenes and non-indigenes residing in Sapele Local Government Area to see him as a role model.
Chairman of Okpe Political Leaders Forum (OPLF), Mr. Darlington Ebireri in a statement issued in Sapele said the leaders praised Hon. Igbuya for protecting the people’s rights through quality representation, job creation and poverty alleviation.
“You have done us proud. All we can do is to acknowledge and thank you in our modest way by asking you to continue in Delta State House of Assembly” the leaders said after a meeting of stakeholders in Okpe kingdom.
The leaders who vowed to support Hon Igbuya come 2015 general election, described his performance in the state assembly as wonderful.
“Igbuya is a good ambassador of Sapele Local Government Area and his performance has spoken volume. He has defended the cause of Sapele at the State Assembly and if given another chance, come 2015, Delta State in general and Sapele Local Government Area in particular will be great” the statement said.
“He will do a lot for the people in terms of legislation that would further unite Delta State and laws that will attract the desired investment into this state, laws that would create employment opportunities and encourage private sector participation in the economy”.
The leaders advised others eyeing the seat to wait till 2019.
We will back him again in 2015 election” the leaders insisted.
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One Year After: PDP under Fire for Promoting Insecurity in Rivers State •Amaechi, Llyod Heroes of Democracy —APC

Posted on July 14, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has been accused of promoting insecurity through encouragement of militants, devious acts in Rivers State as part of its desperation to make life uncomfortable for Governor Amaechi and people of Rivers State. The allegation was contained in a statement by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to mark the first anniversary of the failed attempt by five renegade lawmakers to take over the leadership of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“Needless to say, this failed coup by the unserious and misguided Hon. Evans Bipi and other funny characters like Hon. Michael Okechukwu Chinda, Hon. Victor Ihunwo, Hon. Michael Amaewhule and Hon. Kelechi Godspower Nwogu was aimed at carrying out the impossible task of impeaching Governor Chibuike Amaechi for defending the interests of the good people of Rivers State contrary to the wishes of their paymasters in Abuja,” APC said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

APC eulogised Hon. Chidi Llyod, the Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, noting that “if not for his bravery and few others that stopped Hon Bipi and his group of renegade five the evil plots of these enemies of democracy to endanger our democracy by attempting the impeachment of Governor Amaechi might have been actualised.” It declared Hon. Chidi Llyod, Governor Amaechi and all those who played positive acts to stop these undemocratic elements heroes of democracy, saying that without their brave efforts in concert with loyal members of the State House of Assembly and other progressive elements in the State, PDP would have since murdered democracy in Rivers.

Reeling out the sins of PDP against Rivers, APC accused the renegade lawmakers of abandoning the work for which their constituencies sent them to the House of Assembly, even as it accused PDP of luring back militants in the state years after they were driven out by the Amaechi administration. 

According to APC, “After failing in their bid to illegally unseat Governor Amaechi, these lawless lawmakers and their sponsors have not rested as they embark upon on one act of impunity after another to ensure that Rivers State, her people and government never know any peace. They have stopped representing their constituencies, thereby depriving their people due representation.

“Their sponsors through their agent PDP and other organs have ensured that Rivers State does not rest through false propaganda against the Rivers State Government and have even gone further to promote and lure back militants just to heighten insecurity in Rivers State with kidnappings, assassinations and harassment of political opponents as the order of the day.”

Rivers APC did not also spare President Goodluck Jonathan in the statement. “Not minding that Rivers State gave President Jonathan the highest number of votes during the 2011 presidential election, and the fact that he is an in-law to the state as his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan (Mama Peace), is from Rivers State, the promoters of the rebel lawmakers at the Presidency have ensured that no Federal Government presence is felt in Rivers State. These agents of darkness went the extreme mile of under-developing Rivers State and her people by ceding our oil wells to the President’s home state of Baylesa and other neighboring states of Abia and Akwa Ibom just to demonstrate their hatred for Rivers State and her people.”

According to APC, “For fighting for the rights of the people who elected him their Governor, Rt. Hon. Amaechi’s life is not spared as his constant harassment is now one of the major tasks of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Recently, the Governor was ambushed and refused entry into Ekiti State by military personnel acting on orders from above and his chartered aircraft confiscated. In Kano, the aviation authorities, acting at the behest of the Presidency, impounded the Rivers State Government-owned aircraft for no good reason, thus forcing Governor Amaechi and his delegation to make the long journey back to Port Harcourt by road.” 

The party expressed joy that “despite all these setbacks, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has proved himself an icon, hero and soldier of democracy. Some of the feats of this great leader of our time include making Port Harcourt the World Book Capital City, dogged fight for the oil wells and other rights of Rivers State and her people, as well as award-winning achievements in Education, Agriculture, Health, etc.”

APC said that “even if President Jonathan and his confused cohorts do not recognize the great feats of Governor Amaechi, the rest of world does, the latest proof being his recent decoration as an Associate Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR), Geneva, Switzerland.”

The party urged Governor Amaechi, Hon. Llyod and other genuine democratic forces in Rivers State not to be intimidated, assuring them that both APC and the entire people of Rivers State are solidly behind them.

Long Life APC!

Long Life Rivers State!!

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State

14-07-14   

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Isoko Leaders endorse Olejeme

Posted on July 10, 2014. Filed under: news | Tags: |

Isoko leaders on Wednesday declared their support for the governorship ambition of Dr. Ngozi Olejeme.

The leaders, who spoke to journalists in Emevor under an Umbrella body, Isoko Development Forum (IDF), observed that since the state needed a vibrant, visionary, focused and disciplined person, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme was the most appropriate person for the position.

“Olejeme is the best among all those running for the 2015 Delta State governorship election. She understands the needs of the people and wants to create an enabling environment to make the state more attractive to entrepreneurs” the leaders said.

The chairman of IDF, Dr. James Awusi said they were ready to advance Olejeme’s campaign in Isoko land and beyond.

The group noted that the liberal nature of Olejeme and her tremendous passion for the progress of the common man have made her the most suitable person to govern the state.

“Olejeme is most qualified, capable and competent” they said.

They called on all Isoko to support Olejeme and entrust her with the governorship seat, assuring that the people will not regret such a decision.

 

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Intervention of UNEP in Ogoni and the management of its report

Posted on July 8, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

By Odimegwu Onwumere

 

The United Nations Environmental Project (UNEP) is one agency of the United Nations, UN, which has shown commitment in making sure that the environmental degradation caused by multinational oil companies in Ogoni is resolved, not minding that it was seemingly partly salaried for by the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, after a request by the government, to investigate the extent of pollution in the region.

 

The international organization presented its report adjudged as the most detailed scientific study on any area in the Niger Delta to President Goodluck Jonathan on August 4, 2011 in which it criticized SPDC and the Nigerian government for contributing to 50 years of pollution in Ogoni-land.  According to experts, the report of UNEP said 10 out of the 15 examined sites which SPDC said it had wholly remediated still had pollution above the SPDC and government remediation charges.

 

Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, President for Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, had decried that in Ogoni-land people were dying daily and were still drinking polluted water, because the clean-up has not been done. Tailored towards the environmental restoration in Ogoni, UNEP confirmed in its report that Ogoni people were not telling lies: That neglect of environmental pollution laws and sub-standard inspection techniques of the federal authorities have led to the complete degradation of the Ogoni environment, turning the environment into an ecological disaster.

 

Therefore, UNEP held that one billion dollars should be spent to clean-up Ogoni. This was sequel to the recommendations it made to the federal government. They include: Establishment of HYPEP governance structure, creation of operational guidelines, preparation of a detailed work plan and implementation of certain emergency measures to ensure a seamless transition from the submission of the report to the commencement of full scale cleanup of hydrocarbon contamination.

 

The intervention of the UNEP has saved the region from the damning neglect it has suffered over forty years and brought the attention of the world to the area and keeps the Federal Government and the oil multinationals in quandary of the perils the region has suffered because of their nefarious activities in the land. The report has made the world to truly understand that the once supported productive farming lands the people enjoyed, fishing and related activities are all damaged by the incessant pollutions that were being experienced in the area, which had compelled the people to gumboot SPDC out of the place 21 years ago.

 

Before the UNEP intervened and calmed down the fraying nerves of Ogoni people with its report, heads had already rolled in the terra firma since the late 1980s the people alarmed that their place was being destroyed by the oil companies. Ken Saro-Wiwa and others called today as Ogoni-4 and Ogoni-9 were killed in the struggle and many others are unsung. Hence, with the Ogoni Bill of Rights of 1990 they chronicled their requirement for environmental, socio-economic and political justice, observers could note. Although, the source continued, the Bill of Rights was presented to the Nigerian government and, till date, there has not been a murmur by way of reaction to, or commitment with, the document.

 

While the UNEP demands that One Billion Dollars should be expended by the Federal Government to clean-up the mess that Ogoni has become in the hands of the oil companies, One Hundred Billion Dollars was demanded to clean-up the entire Niger Delta region, which has been suffering environmental and oil pollutions since 1958 that crude oil was explored in the zone. When UNEP entered Ogoni, it found out that “what the people took as potable water had carcinogens, such as benzene, up to 900 times above World Health Organisation standards.” The report also revealed that at some places in Ogoniland, “the soil is polluted with hydrocarbons to a depth of five (5) metres.”

 

Investigation revealed that the report of UNEP exposed that the Ogoni native soil had certainly been turned into an “ecological disaster,” as the Bill of Rights had declared. In the Bill of Rights, which became the memorandum the Ogoni people reposed on, which later inspired the entire Niger Delta to create comparable charters as a nonviolent way of nudging the government into discussion and deed, stated on its menu inter alia that the search for oil has caused severe land and food shortages in Ogoni.

 

Ogoni is one of the most densely populated areas of Africa (average: 1,500 per square mile; national average: 300 per square mile.) that neglectful environmental pollution laws and sub-standard inspection techniques of the Federal authorities have led to complete degradation of its environment, turning Ogoni people’s homeland into an ecological disaster.  Ogoni people lack education, health and other social facilities, which is intolerable that one of the richest areas of Nigeria should wallow in abject poverty and destitution, the Bill of Rights recorded.

 

Ripples

According to a source, one Nnimmo Bassey, a native of the Niger Delta, had believed since the report of UNEP that it was not too late for President Goodluck Jonathan to: Declare Ogoni land an ecological disaster zone and invest resources to tackle the deep environmental disaster there, provide potable drinking water across Ogoni land, commission an assessment of the entire Niger Delta environment… But these things seem a tall dream for the Federal Government, as there have been accusations and counter accusations by the bodies involved in the menaces in Ogoni land. Recently, SPDC alleged that the Federal Government was stalling the UNEP’s recommendation of $1bn for the clean-up of damage oil pollution has done in Ogoniland.

 

The Federal Government had through the House Committee on Environment gave the petroleum resources ministry a mandate to produce and submit a work plan for the proposed clean-up and the utilization of the funds. In that event, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Danladi Kifasi, and Dr Musa Zagi, GM, health, safety and environment in the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) supposedly assured that the Federal Government was working seriously on the implementation of the UNEP’s Report.

 

Hon. Uche Ekwunife, Chairman of the committee had reportedly expressed disappointment over the non-implementation of the 2011 UNEP’s report on Ogoni-land, saying: “We need a speedy resolution of the issue. We’re talking about a spill in Ogoniland that happened so long ago. We will not continue to deal with this matter in this manner. Their water is contaminated, ecosystem is out. The people are living in danger and one out of eight citizens is dying of cancer. UNEP’s report says it will take about 30 years to clean-up and if we are still passing bucks after three years, when are we going to complete it?”

 

A group known as the Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award signed a petition for this matter, during a three day conference in Cairo in the first week of July this year. In the petition the group reportedly called on President Jonathan to implement the recommendations of a 2011 UN report on Ogoni-land. According to the source, the signatories were shocked to find out that three years after the report of UNEP, the Nigerian administration had still not dealt with the appalling situation in Ogoni-land.

 

Business plan for chemical management

An account by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, which was disclosed by Premium Times on August 23, 2013, stated that there was a business plan that has been negotiated by the Federal Government and UNEP that will cover from 2014 to 2018.

 

The document had been said was entitled, “Business Plan on Priority Needs to Enable Further Strengthening of the Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) in Nigeria for 2014-2018’’.

 

It was said to have been developed: In line with the UNEP Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for Recovering Cost of National Administration (LIRA) guidance document in response to the commitment of the government.

 

It was developed for environmentally sound management of chemicals, through a life cycle management approach to chemicals and their waste in Nigeria.

 

The plan recognizes the Nigerian Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) implementation plan, which signifies Nigeria’s commitment towards sound management of chemicals (2011-2016), that was endorsed in March 2011 by relevant national stakeholders.

 

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348032552855

Email: apoet_25@yahoo.com

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PDP’S RED HERRING OVER 280M USD LOAN

Posted on July 8, 2014. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Earlier today, the Felix Obuah faction of the Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) issued a misleading and mischievous statement accusing the Rivers State Government of taking a new loan of 280m USD. The release, which was a tissue of lies, claims that the Rivers State Government tabled a fresh request for loan before the Rivers State House of Assembly. The PDP also claims that the loans were to enable the Governor source money for 2015 elections and to sponsor the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi administration takes its insistence on transparent and accountable governance. It would therefore continue to put out the facts of the matter as it concerns the finances and economy of Rivers state for its employers (the Rivers people) to see.

 

The facts of the matter are as follows:

 

·The Rivers State Government applied for and secured a loan package from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank in 2012 for the World Bank-assisted water scheme in Rivers State.

· The rule is that the national government would need to endorse the release of the loan after the Rivers State House of Assembly would have approved.

· Everything else was done but for reasons unknown to the Rivers State Government, the responsible officers on the Ministry of Finance failed to sign off the release of funds, thereby delaying the Rivers State Government robust water sector’s complete overhaul and rejuvenation; therefore denying the people of the state access to good water.

· Not willing to give up, the Rivers State government continued to push and the scheme with the loan was again approved in the 2014 budget. Now, the Federal Government has finally signed off for this fund to be drawn down for work to start, but due process required that the Rivers State House of Assembly endorsed it once more. This is what necessitated the re-presentation of the old loan to the House.

 

But true to type, Obuah’s PDP, uncaring of the truth and in what has become its masterful display of ignorance and blind mischief has announced that the Rivers State Government is taking a fresh loan and that this is for the 2015 elections.

 

Unfortunately unlike the PDP, the Rivers State government is focused on ensuring governance and service-delivery to its people until its last day. Again much unlike most of the PDP controlled states, Rivers State has remained one of the least indebted states in the country. Its financials have been reported as strong not only by international rating agencies, but also by the Federal Government agency responsible for monitoring states indebtedness, the Debt Management Office (DMO). Whenever the DMO releases debt figures, Rivers State remains unmentioned (in blue) where the PDP states who earn the same and in some cases more than Rivers State are in Crimson red, owing debts that will hang on the head of successive governments up to the 4th and 5th generations.

Despite this obvious disparity and the excellent rating of the finances and economy of Rivers State, the PDP shamelessly keeps going to the media with stories of enslaving the future of the state as if the party knew anything about future of a nation. The tales by moonlight often told by the PDP are as embarrassing as they are contrived. It is unfortunate that Obuah’s PDP continues to revel in these lies of an unhealthy economy and mortgaging of the future.

It is not news any longer that the PDP has led the nation’s economy on a downward spiral because of its lack of prudence and irresponsible stewardship of its resources. Nigerians are still waiting for the report of the probe into the 48.9 billion dollars NNPC funds. In the meantime, delegates at the National Conference have alleged another missing N730 billion from the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA. Rather than address these issues, the PDP is sending Nigerians off on a wild goose chase. But while the PDP can deceive some of the people, some of the time, it cannot deceive all the people, all the time.

The Rivers State Government is grateful to Rivers people for the confidence it has reposed in us and for always seeking clarification when the rabble-rousers begin their mumbling.

We are thankful for these engagements and wish to assure you that the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi-led administration will never take your loyalty for granted nor breach this sacred trust, which you have reposed in us. The finances of our state are in the most credible hands, and we will ensure that they are used only to secure the lives of our present and future generations in our Rivers of Possibilities.

Signed

Ibim Semenitari

Hon Commissioner of Information and Communications,

Rivers State

July 7, 2014

 

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Olejeme is our choice, say Urhobo leaders

Posted on July 4, 2014. Filed under: news | Tags: , |

Eminent personalities from Urhobo on Thursday spoke at length about the need for transparent leadership in the state in 2015. They also vowed to see to it that only those who are morally competent occupy positions in the state.

“We require a capable governor who will address the core issues of this potentially great state. The person should have the strength of character and charisma to motivate the people, devise appropriate relief policies for the disabled and the elderly, guarantee basic workers’ rights, build infrastructure at the barest cost and create an industrial Delta where everyone who seeks can find employment” the leaders said.

At a meeting convened by Urhobo Leaders of Thought, a group advancing the synergy of Urhobo stakeholders in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, representatives of all Urhobo associations, traditional institutions, professional bodies and opinion leaders vowed to support Dr. Ngozi Olejeme,

A statement signed by Chief Nicholas Akpomiemie, chairman of Urhobo Leaders of Thought, advised other aspirants, particularly those from Delta South and Delta North not to dissipate any more energy to challenge Olejeme.

“Olejeme will not only win the primaries but at the same time win the 2015 governorship election”

To pick Olejeme, the leaders said experience in government, solid political structure, and track record of achievement, contacts and acceptability within Delta Central and across the state were the qualities which determined the choice.

“Olejeme is a suitable person for the Delta State exalted seat. She is a woman of wisdom, integrity, honesty and vision. She is also a grassroots mobilizer and the only governorship aspirant in the state that has credible structures in the three senatorial districts

They described her as a wonderful philanthropist whose generous hands transcend ethnic or religious barriers.

On the expectations of Deltans, the leaders said “Olejeme will evolve dynamic and progressive programmes which will re-engineer the private sector and accelerate the improvement in infrastructure, industry and agriculture. She will place Delta State on the world map for good” the leaders added.

 

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What ‘Good Press’ In Nigeria Means These Days

Posted on July 1, 2014. Filed under: Opinion | Tags: |

By Don Baridam, PhD

Since the “BringBackOurGirls” protests started after we learnt that about 276 girls were abducted by the radical Islamic group called Boko Haram on April 14th, 2014, there is nothing that many commentators have not compared President Goodluck Jonathan to in this trial period of our history as a nation.  There has been what I perceive as induced slams on the President. These slams are what is regarded these days in Nigeria as ‘good press’, especially by the opposition groups and some individuals.

Anything contrary and most appropriate is regarded as a ‘bad press’. Some have said that Mr. President is weak, clueless and runs no government. But in my own opinion, Jonathan for who he has always been is only demonstrating his true self: A man who is quiet, patient, tolerant, objective and unassuming. The President does not need to be boisterous in order to run his government, what people need to understand is his knack for productivity and appreciation for constructive suggestions/ criticisms.

Perhaps, what these agents of disinformation expect is a President that is high handed and autocratic but unfortunately these are undemocratic methods that would rather fuel unimaginable crisis in the country and not expected of a man with the qualities earlier mentioned.

 

While we are all bothered by the current trend of militant activities and insurgency  threatening our existence as a nation, it would be foolhardy to expect our President to engage in war of words with any religious sect after all our forebears have done to keep Nigeria together irrespective of tribe and religious beliefs. The subtle but yet firm approach of the Jonathan administration in tackling the Boko Haram menace has not yet given us respite but clearly we can see that the notorious sect has succumbed to negotiations through kidnaps like the sad incident of our 276 girls.

To get to the root of our discontents as a people, Jonathan was able to put us together for a National Conference currently sitting in Abuja to address all our desires and misgivings.  This in itself even in the face of criticisms is most welcome but the “good / bad press’’ issue would not give peace a chance. Criticism must be objective and constructive enough to prompt a sitting President to appreciate its value, however what we see in our dailies is completely at variance with progressive values. Politicians whether in a ruling party or not must desist from making inflammatory comments capable of causing problems that could ordinarily be contained.

 

Nigeria without doubt is becoming a great country under Jonathan’s transformation agenda with an unconfirmed population of about two hundred million people; it is noteworthy to know that most sectors of our economy have improved appreciably. The recent rating placing the Nigerian Economy as one of the top three largest economies in Africa, with an industrial/agricultural sector GDP of 32% and 30% growth rate even with all the threats of Boko Haram depicts the efficacy and savvy of the Jonathan team.

 

In the area of unemployment which appears to be one of the issues frequently raised and has lived with us through successive administrations, Jonathan by providing funds in agricultural and other sectors has now provided the platform for genuine investors that would provide a vast number of employment opportunities to Nigerians. The privatization of power is a major success of his administration. We must all agree that one of the leading deficiencies we have suffered for generations now has been the lack of adequate power supply. This new development, a problem that only Jonathan has been bold enough to tackle, in no distant future will serve as the spring board for millions of employment avenues as manufacturing and production would be quadrupled.

 

President Goodluck Jonathan needs our cooperation and understanding as this will enable him achieve the remaining part of his promises to our people. We have to use our collective abilities in a productive way that would ultimately bring an end to the culture of violence and negative publicity that is fast becoming a trade mark. While the world over is protesting with the slogan of BringBackOurGirls, let us also BringBackOurCoexistence.

 

Prof. Baridam was Vice-chancellor UNIPORT (2005-2010). He contributed this piece from Khana, Ogoni, Rivers State.

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UNEP Report: MOSOP Coordinators Kick Against Planned Protest

Posted on July 1, 2014. Filed under: news | Tags: |

The Kingdom Coordinators Forum of The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has dissociated itself from the planned protest by a faction of MOSOP led by Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara. A statement signed by the Chairman of the Forum, Frank Jonah said the protest will not only endanger the lives of people but will in no small measure work against the interest of the Ogoni in the present political dispensation.
Mr.Jonah spoke to newsmen in Bori, Ogoniland at the end of a consultative process with chapter leaders of MOSOP.
The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators expressed deep concern about the security of lives in a protest in Abuja or in any part of the country given the present security situation.
The Forum expressed displeasure over the insensitivity of the Pyagbara-led group to the present realities and strongly condemned the call for a street protest at this time.
The Coordinators therefore urged the FCT Police authorities to ensure that no protest of that sort is allowed in any part of the FCT noting that the real motive of the protest is to embarrass the government rather than the implementation of the UNEP report as claimed by the Pyagbara led MOSOP.
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Okpe leaders drum support for Olejeme

Posted on July 1, 2014. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Key issues in development like industrialization, higher education, good governance, opportunities for Okpe sons and daughters at the state and federal levels and how the people can improve their living standards took the centre stage in the politics of Okpe Kingdom on Thursday.

 

Representatives of the Okpe communities, the religious, students, artisans, business executives and elders who spoke on exemplary leadership that would see majority of Okpe people moving out of poverty, hopelessness and unemployment, said they were ready to support merit, performance, freshness and new ideas in the choice of the next governor.

 

“’The next governor must be someone of impeccable character and a track record in public or private sector” a statement issued by the President General, Okpe-Sapele Political Vanguard,  Mr. Onoriode Oghene in Ugbimidaka-Elume, Sapele  Local Government Area said.

 

The statement said the representatives resolved collectively to stand behind a member of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme in the governorship election.

 

“We have searched, researched and continually asserted in the last four months that the governorship slot must be for the best and simply the best. “Dr. Ngozi Olejeme is the best person for the job” the statement said.

 

Explaining that the decision was taken to reward industry, performance and achievement, the statement said Olejeme would offer the people responsible and accountable leadership as well as transform the kingdom and the state.

 

“For years, Olejeme worked non- stop to alleviate the suffering of the people. The records of what she did for the people are there. We know Deltans, particularly Okpe people are politically conscious, people who know what is good for them and can make good comparison. No amount of inducement can make the people to support another aspirant”.

 

They urged the deputy governor, former and serving commissioners, National Assembly members, a retired police officer and others not to challenge the people’s choice’

 

They also urged Deltans at home and abroad to rise against mediocrity and protect their rights and their votes.

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