Hundreds of half-nude women in Peremabiri community in Bayelsa State, Niger Delta, yesterday, staged a protest against non-implementation of an existing agreement by Shell.The women disrupted movement of workers into the oil platforms and boat houses operated by Shell in the area, alleging non-implementation of the memorandum of understanding Shell entered into with the community. The protesting women tied red cloth to block the entrance to the oil platform located within the community. They further alleged that Shell had failed to redeem the two-year-old promise to replace a faulty community generator, renovate existing community school and provide potable water for its host community.
MR.Oma Djebah, a Journalist, Senior Adviser (Foreign Relations) to the Delta State Governor and former Commissioner for Information, Delta State has two master’s degrees in International Law and Diplomacy (University of Lagos) and Global Journalism (Orebro University, Sweden) as well as a Certificate in Creating Collaborative Solutions from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA. A Council member of both the International Forum of Global Journalists, Sweden, and the Peace and Media Network in London, UK, Mr. Djebah, who has been selected to speak at multilateral fora including the annual United Nations (UN) policy Roundtable on Africa at the UN headquarters, New York and the yearly Highway Africa Conference of over 500 policy makers and media practitioners in South Africa and an author of the book – Niger Delta Crisis: Media and Peace Building Options, in this interview, says if properly organized the national conference would lead to the emergence of a new Nigeria. Excerpts:BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
The former Trasition Committee Chairman of Isu Local Government Area, Imo State, Hon. Engr. Uju Okoro has lashed at the Rescue Mission Administration of Imo State, led by Governor Rochas Okorocha over his administrative lapses in human and capital developments. The TC Chairman made this assertion in Owerri recently during the wedding ceremony of Hon. Williams Onwuzuruigbo.Pouring out his feelings towards the present administration of Okorocha, Hon. Uju stated that he regrets ever being counted as one among other dissolved TC chairmen by Okorocha, stressing that Okorocha is nothing but a wolve in sheep clothing who parades himself like the God of Imo State, thereby violating the feelings of the masses. He further reiterated that Okorocha being the number one citizen of the state is a “rape of administration” disclosing that his primary aim is to enrich his family members and impoverish those under his jurisdiction and termed such as a total mistake to have embraced his offer in the past.
There are still a few people in the nation who do not believe that it is true. They want to see further proof that President Jonathan plans to spend N2b (yes, two billion Naira only) in the north-eastern region as the federal government’s contribution to rebuilding socio-economic infrastructure devastated by the insurgency of Jamaatu Ahlil Sunnah Lid Daawati Wal Jihad (JASLIWAJ). Others who believe it because it is in the proposed 2014 spending plans are outraged. A few who did not expect even the N2b are not disappointed. They have long resigned themselves to the possibility that only State Governments and the international community will bother to put in place a major initiative needed to begin the reconstruction of a region on its knees. Whether the approved 2014 appropriation eventually sets aside N2b or N200b will depend largely on public pressure, the manner the National Assembly perceives its responsibility, and the degree to which President Jonathan feels the need to show requisite levels of political sensitivity. At any rate, this is not an issue that
The apexIgbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has set up a planning and strategy committee on the proposed national conference with Professor Anya O. Anya as chairman. President General of the organisation, chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, who announced this last weekend at the Ime Obi meeting, said the committee would on its own co-opt other members. He also announced the setting up of its finance committee, adding that a colloquium towards the harmonisation of Igbo position would hold between March 10 and 13 this year.
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In this interview granted Sahara TV and uploaded to YouTube, writer, poet and social critic, Odia Ofeimun, speaks about the late Nelson Mandela’s criticism of Nigeria and why he believes the late Premier of the old Western Region, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was greater than the anti-apartheid leader. Here are excerpts of the interview…
Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation who is embroiled in a scandal of towering proportions in the ministry, faces new integrity questions as her Masters’ degree has been challenged by the United States school which supposedly awarded it.Her resume, which she presented to the Senate as a ministerial nominee in 2011, indicated she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Paul’s College Lawrenceville, Virginia, United States.But SaharaReporters has learned from the President of the college that it has never in its 125-year history had a graduate school or graduate program.The Provost Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Institutional Development said in response to our inquiries, “We don’t offer any graduate programs here.”Similarly, the school’s website states: “Saint Paul’s College is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate [bachelor’s] degrees.” There is no mention of graduate degrees.The Minister’s documentation shows she received an undergraduate degree in accounting from the college in 1982, but Dr. Claud Flythe, St. Paul’s current president, could neither confirm nor deny this during a phone conversation with SaharaReporters. Further verification with the Office of Alumni Affairs is also currently impossible, the school said, because the college has been closed since June 2013 to loss of its accreditation.“[Oduah] realized very early in life the indispensability of a sound education in her growth plans in life and therefore pursued her education with all diligence and sense of purpose,” her documents claimed, adding that a determination “to have the best education at the highest level” prompted her stay at the Virginia college in 1983 for the MBA programme.As her public relations machinery marched on, in December 2012 The Sun newspaper published an article headlined “Stella Oduah: An Amazon of transformation,” which lauded her “MBA from St Paul’s College, Lawrenceville Virginia USA.” The story also praised her for being an official who brought her “rich educational background to bear on the aviation sector by automating revenue centers in all the agencies and parastatals to boost their revenue profile and enhance transparency and accountability in the system.”In October, SaharaReporters broke the story that Mrs. Oduah, a former campaign manager for President Goodluck Jonathan, purchased two bulletproof BMW cars worth $ 1.6 Million (N255m) through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, for her own use.Following an investigation, the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation dismissed the Minister’s pleas of innocence and all her rebuttals during her testimony. The committee’s report, which was subsequently adopted by the House, declared that no budgetary appropriation had been made for the purchase of the cars, and that the NCAA proposal for their purchase was rejected.President Jonathan also set up a three-member administrative panel to investigate the matter, but he immediately travelled out of the country with Mrs. Oduah and Colonel Dasuki, the National Security Adviser who was to serve as a member of the panel. Not only did the panel submit its report much later than the two weeks it was given for the assignment, Mr. Jonathan has refused to release its report.Mrs. Oduah’s new certificate questions are certain to feed into national concern about her credibility as an elected official, but also about Mr. Jonathan’s credibility, and about the nation’s security apparatus which verifies official documents offered to the Senate for official nominations.
THE political crisis in Rivers State took a new turn on Monday as two High Court Divisions in Ahoada East and Okehi in Etche Local Government Areas were hit by bomb explosion and fire respectively.The two incidents are coming on the heels of a similar explosion that occurred at the premises of the Ahoada High Court under Justice Charles Wali on December18, 2013.In Ahoada, eyewitnesses said the impact of the explosion, which occurred at about 2am on Monday, destroyed the office of the Nigerian Bar Association with in the court complex.The Ahoada High Court was expected to hear arguments on the vacation of an order restraining a member of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Evan Bipi, from parading himself as the Speaker of the Assembly.Sources said the court registrar had noticed two strange objects when he resumed duty at about 8am and alerted the police.“One of the bombs exploded near the Nigerian Bar Association block before the anti bomb squad arrived the scene around noon. The building was badly damaged,” an eyewitness added. There were suspicions on Monday that the explosion and fire outbreak might not be unconnected with the involvement of the two courts in handling matters relating to the political crisis rocking the state. It was learnt that an anti-bomb squad had stormed the premises of the High Court, defused and evacuated two explosives. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said the command received a report of an explosive that was sighted at the premises of the Ahaoda High Court.Mohammad said, “We received a report that an object suspected to be an explosive was sighted at the premises of the High Court in Ahoada. Our team of anti-bomb squad was dispatched to make it safe.“Their findings reveal, through its technical operation, one unexploded improvised explosive device was recovered and rendered safe while traces of an unexploded IED were identified.“At the end of the operation, it was established that two IEDs were thrown into the premises from outside. The two were initiated, but one went off while the other failed to go off due to technical error.“The exploded IED caused minor damage to the court building. Neither injury nor death was recorded. Considering the strength of the materials used in making the devices, the devices are very weak and cannot cause severe harm, but will make noise and not pull down the building or cause death.”On the fire incident at Okehi High Court, the state police spokesman said, “It was a mere fire incident.”He, however, said that investigation into the incident had commenced with a view to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has accused supporters of the Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike; and the leader of the anti-Rotimi Amaechi lawmakers, Mr. Evans Bipi, of being responsible for the explosion in Ahoada High Court and the fire incident in Okehi High Court.
APC’s spokesman has said that APC , which has its members across the country, cannot afford to imagine any singular religious affiliation.Speaking in a telephone yesterday, Moh ammed explained that of the 25 Interim National Executive Committee membership, 18 are Muslims; 17 are Christians.He warned religious bigots and their official sponsors against setting the country on fire through sponsored religious disharmony.The APC spokesman said no party in Nigeria can survive on religion, adding that it is stupid to tar the APC with a religious paint when the party has not conducted its national convention.“The APC is just six months old after the merger. Our party is a broad-based party from all religions,” Mohammed said.He accused the Presidency of sponsoring Yusuf Mamman to denigrate the APC, stressing that “anybody that knows Yusuf Mamman’s history will not be surprised at whatever he says.”Cautioning President Goodluck Jonathan not to set Nigeria on fire with religion, Mohammed noted that his (Jonathan’s) association with Mamman was an evidence of the President’s desperation.Mohammed said the APC would reflect the nation’s religious diversity during its national convention.He promised that during its convention, APC would reflect religious tolerance. CKN InvestigationMuslim National Officers of APC1. Party Leader – North: Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Muslim).2. Party Leader – South: Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Muslim).3. National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi A…kande (Muslim).4. Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari (Muslim)5. National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah (Muslim).6. Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai (Muslim).7. National Publicity Secretary: Lai Muhammad (Muslim). 8. National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq (Muslim)9. National Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa (Muslim). 10. National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado (Muslim). 11. National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banire (Muslim).12. National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin (Muslim).13. National Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor (Muslim convert).14. EX-officio Member: Muniru Muse (Muslim).15. EX-officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi (Muslim) Christian National Officers of APC 1. Otunba Niyi Adebayo, ACN, Ekiti State, APC National Vice Chairman (South-West).2. Chief (Knight) Tom Ikimi, ACN, Edo State,APC National Vice Chairman, South/South3. Mr. Uzo Igbonwa, ACN, Anambra Sta…te , APC Deputy National Youth Leader4. Chief Kenneth Kobani, ACN, Rivers State, APC National Ex-Officio (South/South)5. Mr. Antibass El-Nathan, ACN, Taraba State, APC National Ex-Officio (North-East)6. Emma Eneuku , ANPP, Enugu State, APC National Welfare Secretary7. Nelson Alapa, ANPP, Benue State, APC National EX-Officio (North Central)8. James Ocholi (SAN), CPC, Kogi State, APC National Deputy Legal Adviser9. Sharon Ikeazor, CPC, Anambra State, APC National Women Leader10. Pastor BD Lawal, CPC Adamawa State, APC National Ex-Officio (North-East)11. Senator Annie Okonkwo, APGA, Anambra State, APC National Deputy Chairman12. Senator Ositsa Izunaso, APGA, Imo State, APC National Organizing Secretary