Thursday, 17 October 2019

News Release: "Onitsha Fire: Time For Govt To Rev Up Its Rapid Response Strategies"-- CLO

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), South East Zone is to say the least, deeply saddened over the unfortunate petrol tanker fire that engulfed parts of Onitsha on Wednesday 16th October 2019, leaving in its trail, tears, sorrows and blood.

Our hearts goes out to those affected by the losses both in human lives, damage to properties and loss of goods and other valuables.
This is not the first time such is happening in Onitsha and would definitely not be the last but the reality is that the incident has brought to the fore the imperative need for the government and the relevant institutions to review its strategies and take drastic proactive measures.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Special Report: "Citizens Of Southeast & South-south Paid N306B ($1B) At Roadblocks In 50 Months (August 2015-Oct 2019)"--Intersociety

The staggering sum of N306b or $1b (at official exchange rate of about N306 per US$) had been paid at gunpoint in the past 50 months or between August 2015 and Oct 2019 by citizens of Southeast and South-south or old Eastern Nigeria including Delta and Edo States to estimated 600 military and 6,300 police roadblocks in the two regions”

The Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law, said today in a 4-page Executive Summary of its latest report. The Report and its Executive Summary was signed by Barristers Chidimma Undegbunam, Chinwe Umeche, Uju Igboeli and Ndidiamaka Bernard; and Emeka Umeagbalasi (a Criminologist & Graduate of Security Studies)-all principal officers of Intersociety.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Speech: "A New Alaigbo Is Possible And Is Here With Us"

(Being welcome Address By President Of Igbo Professionals For Development And Empowerment Initiative(IPDEI), Mr. Livy-Elcon Emereonye, At Its Maiden Annual Conference 2019)

Your Excellency, the Governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha CON
Your Royal Highness, Eze George Ekeh, the Father of the day
The Chairman of this conference, Dr. Sam Amadi
The Keynote Speaker, Hon Chief Joseph Chukwuma Ikunna
Honourable members of the National Assembly 
Honourable members of Imo State House of Assembly
Honourable Commissioners here present
Chairmen of different Local Government Areas
Different professional bodies
Different regulatory agencies
Members of Igbo Professionals for Development and Empowerment Initiative
Invited guests too numerous to mention
Gentle men of the press
Distinguished ladies and gentle men.

It’s with joy that I welcome you all to the maiden annual conference of the Igbo Professionals for Development and Empowerment Initiative (IPDEI), holding here in Owerri, Imo State, designed to stimulate positive mental attitude for imminent paradigm shift anchored on institutionalization.

Friday, 11 October 2019

News Release: 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture Holds On November 14th, 2019

The 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture will hold on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Main Hall of Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, the organisers said Friday in a statement.

The Lecture, according to News Express Publisher Isaac Umunna, “will focus attention on Nigeria’s economic cum developmental challenges and the way out.” The theme, he said, is “Getting Nigeria Out of the Woods – A New Thinking”.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Article: Why Federal Government Of Nigeria Should Leverage On NIPOST Infrastructure To Drive Its Social Intervention Programs (SIPs)

By Emeka Oraetoka

In terms of spread, only the Nigerian Police Force is slightly ahead of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in the country. NIPOST has offices throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria. The implication of this is that federal government can drive its social intervention programmes through NIPOST with almost 100% success. There is no local government area in Nigeria that has no presence of NIPOST. Apart from LGAs headquarters, almost all the towns in Nigeria boast of Postal outlets.

Government’s social programmes, TraderMoni, N-Power and direct cash transfers to the “poorest families”, that have lifted many poor Nigerians out of poverty, can even lift more people out of penury if government deploys NIPOST infrastructure scattered all over the federation to strategically target the poor of the poor in the rural areas of the country. Leveraging on NIPOST’s backbone to run the programmes will eliminate hitches that may arise from the current method being adopted by the federal government. For instance, the concern expressed by the first lady, Aisha Buhari not long ago, about the apparent poor spread of the programmes, would have been take care of, if NIPOST was involved in funds distribution from the inception.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Article: Revolutions That “Fired” Young Leftists


By Edwin Madunagu

I feel the need to begin with some clarifications on the title that has been constructed for this piece: “Revolutions that ‘fired’ young Leftists.” This need will be more than adequately met if a specific meaning can be attached to the word, “revolution”, as used in the article, and if the period under reference can be indicated—at least broadly. There is also the need to indicate the immediate inspiration for the discussion.

Assuming that it is now understood that the word “revolution” generally means a process of radical and fundamental transformation of a social order, its special meaning in this piece appears as the point in that process, the point known as “insurrection”, where the old regime collapses (or is overthrown) and a new one emerges (or is installed).  Historically, this “point” has been a couple of hours, a single day or, at most, a couple of days. Beyond this, the situation may require a new characterization: perhaps a “civil-war-in-revolution” or a “revolution-in-revolution.” (The latter is owed to Regis Debray). The history of revolutions illustrates this situation abundantly. The new regime may be a single power, a dual power or a multiple power. Of course, none of these possibilities can be “stable”.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

News Release: President Museveni Highlights Role of Trade As Afreximbank Signs East Africa Branch Office Agreement

President Museveni And Former President Obasanjo At The Ceremony

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today in Kampala concluded the formalities for the take-off of its East Africa Branch Office in Kampala as it signed the two principal documents with the Government of Uganda at a ceremony witnessed by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah and Philemon Mateke, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Uganda in charge of regional affairs, signed the Branch Office Agreement while Prof. Oramah and Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of Uganda, signed the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Temporary and Permanent Premises of the East Africa Branch Office in Kampala, at the Ugandan State House in Kampala.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Article: Nigeria: Restructure Or Rupture

By Austin Emaduku

Nigeria is standing on the edge of a dangerous cliff. It is just a matter of time before it tips over. Rather than the current emotional and politically driven call for a “Revolution”, we all really need to calmly analyse and situate the cause(s) of our problems. In any case, a revolution without a vanguard is a recipe for anarchy. Besides, we are too fatally fractured as a people to achieve a broad-based revolution acceptable to all. The best we can achieve in such a situation will be strife, anarchy and uncontrolled fragmentation. With the perennial mutual mistrust and prevalent hatred spread on social media, the resultant crises will take forever to settle. Libya will be a child's play.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Article: Revisiting “Zoning And Rotation”


By Edwin Madunagu

At the end of the Nigerian Civil War (July 1967 – January 1970), and in preparation for a possible return to civilian rule, the ruling class established—or rather, creatively adapted—the dual principle of “zoning” and “rotation” of key political party offices and government positions among geopolitical segments of their class.

Some leading ideologues of the newly re-united class claimed that the principle emerged from one of the lessons of that bitter conflict: the need to protect and promote “national unity” at all time. The theory was that with this principle and complementary ones, the Nigerian ruling class, following the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, could vow, “Never Again!”. These ideologues were young, brilliant and idealistic. But since their horizon did not go beyond capitalism and the capitalist ruling class, their brilliant idea could not even survive the first substantive test.

News Release: "Harnessing Solar Energy For The Socio-economic Development Of The G5 Sahel Countries"--AfDB

Akinwumi Adesina, 

G5 Sahel heads of state at a Summit on Friday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, gave strong support to Desert to Power, an Africa Development Bank led initiative.
The summit, "Harnessing solar energy for the socio-economic development of the G5 Sahel countries" came on the heels of a high-level technical meeting attended by the region’s energy ministers, and development partners including the World Bank, and regional institutions such as the West African Economic and Monetary Union and ECOWAS.