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[ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ] – Distinguished ladies and gentlemen; I am very pleased to be here to inaugurate these two related committees – 1) The Committee on Fees and Levies, 2) The Committee on State Revenue Summit.
 
 
These two Committees are very urgent and important for our State at this time, especially if our State will stabilize and sustain our growing economy, and raise sufficient internally generated revenue (IGR) to support the implementation of our 2014 Appropriation Budget.
 
                                                     
Just last week when I signed into law, our 2014 budget of N115.3 billion, I emphasized the importance of achieving our IGR target, if we are to reach our other financial targets in that budget.      
                                                     
 
It is to drive this budget and to sustain the future prosperity of our State, that I today inaugurate these two important committees.
 
 
The Committee on Fees and Levies which is made up of 15 eminent citizens, and under the Chairmanship of Chief Udochukwu G. Ogbonna (Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue), - will be responsible for reviewing the fees and levies collectible in Abia State – to ensure proficiency and easy compliance.
 
 
The report of this Committee will be further reviewed by the second Committee on State Revenue Summit, made up of 13 eminent Abians, - under the Chairmanship of Dr Philips Nto, -the State Commissioner of Finance.
 
 
The Committee on State Revenue Summit is to act as the interface between our Government and the tax-paying community in Abia State – to ensure that a formidable new road map and an appropriate tax-regime are reached to the delight of our citizens. These we believe will ensure equitable taxation and easier collection.
 
 
It is my belief that with the work of these two committees, efficiently executed, the implementation of our bank-lodgment policy and no-cash collection by intermediaries, - our State will be on the right direction to attaining a robust IGR collection, not just for now, but for the future.
 
 
As I inaugurate these two committees, I charge you to perform your assignment with utmost integrity, and with collaboration with the relevant tax-paying community. Yours is a call for service and not for self-enrichment, and you must certainly not fail our people.
 
 
May God bless you as you serve!                                                                                                        
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
*Photo Caption – Governor T. A. Orji

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] – April 3, 2014: Our attention has been drawn to claims by the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress during a joint press briefing this morning that the Secretariat of the Conference amended the records of proceedings to allow it powers to appoint Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of Committees.
 
 
The group, in a press statement issued later, protested against what they termed “the decision of the Conference leadership to unilaterally reverse a decision consensually taken by the entire membership of the conference that Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of Committees would be elected or selected by the Committee”.
 
 
In another breathe they blamed the 50 representatives for changing the decision of the majority regarding such appointments, claiming that it was not part of their mandate.
 
 
For the avoidance of doubt and for the information of the public, the Secretariat wishes to explain as follows:
 
 
It would be recalled that Under Order VI (6) the Secretariat had proposed that:
 
 
(a)   “The Chairman shall, in consultation with the Deputy Chairman and Secretary, appoint Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of Committees.
 
 
(b)   The Chairman shall have the powers to review the performance of the Chairmen and Committees and remove them in consultation with the Deputy Chairman.
 
 
During the discussion of the draft Rules of Procedure, delegates amended that Order to read:
 
 
(a)   Members of the Committees shall elect the Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of their respective Committees.
 
 
(b)   Members of the respective Committees shall have the powers to review the performance of the Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of the Committees and remove them in consultation with the Chairman of the Conference.
 
 
At the consultative meeting between Principal Officers of the Conference and 50 selected delegates, mostly elders, representing the various interest groups to resolve the issue that arose over the voting formula, the issue of committees and leadership was also raised by delegates, who pointed out that in view of the posturing by members over the voting pattern, the earlier agreed position regarding the appointment of Committee leadership may throw up another contention.
 
 
It was subsequently agreed at the meeting of Thursday, March 28, 2014, that the principal officers of the Conference should handle the matter for the sake of achieving spread and competence. It was decided that the decision should be taken to the plenary on Monday March 31, 2014, for ratification. 
 
 
At the resumed sitting on Monday, March 31, 2014 after the adoption of the position on the voting pattern, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Kumaila moved a follow-up motion from the Consultative Meeting to allow Principal Officers of the Conference select Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of the proposed Committees to reflect competence, federal character and equity. The motion was seconded by Hon Orok Otu Duke.
 
 
A counter motion was moved by Comrade Ebuchukwu Ezike that the earlier decision reached by the conference to allow delegates select Chairmen/Deputy Chairmen of Committees be retained. It was seconded by Jaye Gaskiya.
 
 
At that point, the Deputy Chairman of Conference, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, put both motions to voice vote. Delegates voted to retain Order VI (6) as earlier proposed, to the effect that Principal Officers of the Conference select Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of the Committees to reflect spread and competence. A motion to adopt the Procedure Rules as amended was subsequently moved by Dr (Mrs) Hannatu Ibrahim and seconded by Ambassador Adamu Aliyu. The Conference adopted the Procedure Rules as proposed and amended.
 
 
The Votes and Proceedings for March 31, 2014 when the amendment was made, which clearly stated the issue in question, was read on the floor of Conference on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and there was no delegate raised any issue regarding the amendment as contained in the Votes of Proceedings of March 31, 2014.  
 
 
Signed.
 
 
Akpandem James
Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications
National Conference 2014
nationalconfab2014@gmail.com
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) logo

[ Masterweb Reports ] – As the debate on President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech entered its third day on Wednesday, focus started shifting from issues raised in the speech to matters central to the National Conference and what to make of them.
 
 
Opinions and counter-opinions flowed as delegates deliberated on issues of corruption, security, economic development or the lack of it, religion, and ethnic nationality with focus on the minority and majority question.
 
 
While some of the speakers suggested that corrupt officers, especially those in public service, should face death sentence, others agreed that economic development with the practical consequence of job creation will check the issue of insecurity nationwide.
 
 
Former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae said Nigeria’s problem started when the military, in 1966, murdered regional government which had served as a tonic for development of zones across the country.
 
 
He also stated that abolition of Parliamentary system of government where power was with the entire cabinet and replacement with Presidential system where powers lie with an individual had caused serious political crises in the country.
 
 
Femi Falana, SAN, in a moving contribution, said the Conference, though not sovereign, has provided Nigerians with a window of opportunity “to find out why we are poor in the midst of plenty while a microscopic minority of the population is rich and smiling to the bank.”
 
 
He said corruption has endangered the corporate existence of Nigeria, and advocated political justice, social justice and environmental justice.
 
 
On the issue of ethnic minority and majority, Chief Edwin Clark pleaded with delegates to give it priority during committee discussions so that at the end of the Conference, existing controversies arising from it would become a thing of the past.
 
 
He said the natural solution to the problem remains the realization that no tribe is greater than the other, “no one is a first class citizen, and no one is a second class citizen. Everyone is qualified to rule this country.”
 
 
It was his view that in the absence of tolerance, the dream of nationhood would be difficult to achieve; “if you are a southerner and the other person is a northerner, if you cannot live together, then there will be no Nigeria.”
 
 
Dalhatu Bashir from Jigawa State noted that at creation, Nigeria came with a promise and it was that promise that moved the country in the right direction.
 
 
For instance, he said the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, an Igbo man was born in Zungeru in northern Nigeria, grew up in Igboland but went ahead to win election in the heart of Yorubaland.
 
 
It was his view that if at the end, the outcome of the National Conference makes it possible for any Nigerian living anywhere in Nigeria to have equal rights of citizenship, then it would justify the reasons it was convened.
 
 
Describing the President’s speech as stimulating, comprehensive and forthright, Ibrahim Bunu said delegates should not fail to negotiate and should not negotiate out of fear since Nigeria belongs to everyone.
 
 
On security, Abubakar Chika Adamu from Niger State said, “Nigeria is at war with itself. Security remains our greatest challenge. We must stop playing politics with it. We here must do what we ought to do and leave the President to do what he has to do to solve this problem.
 
 
On corruption, he observed that Nigerians have moved from mere stealing to looting and have graduated from looting to mass looting. His suggestion was that a soft-landing should be created for those who stole public funds to return them without being prosecuted.
 
 
“We must be serious about fighting corruption,” said Magayi Dambatta; adding that for Nigeria to succeed in this, there was need to reorganize the anti-corruption agencies followed by diligent prosecution.
 
 
A representative of Nigerian youth, Ben Dontoye demanded legal backing to the adoption of capital punishment against corruption. He believed this would be the only way to drive fear into people who have taken to corrupt practices as a trade.
 
 
Former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie cited the absence of sincere leadership at different tiers of governance as one problem that Nigerians are worried about.
 
 
Added to this, he said, was the intolerable level of insecurity in the country. He suggested that agencies constitutionally charged with maintenance of security in the country should be restructured and funded.
 
 
Retired General Muhammed Mansur Dan Ali informed the Conference that out of the 36 states of Nigeria, 33, if not more have soldiers deployed to the streets.
 
 
He said the National Conference should recommend complete restructuring of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies for effective performance of their duties.
 
 
Senator Seidu Dansadau made one appeal in his comment: that Jonathan should ensure that the recommendations of the Conference are implemented and not allowed to go the way of other recommendations in the past.
 
 
He said it was time for delegates to strip themselves naked, “not just to say that we believe in the indivisibility of Nigeria but to practically demonstrate it.”
 
 
His position was supported by Professor Godini Dara who insisted that the lofty ideas and recommendations expected at the end of the Conference must be implemented to free Nigeria from the grips of economic apartheid.
 
 
On corruption, he said there was need to establish ethical standards; and on the economy, Dara strongly urged the President to free Nigeria from what he called the witchcraft of the World Bank while industrialization should take the front seat both in budgeting and planning.
 
 
Both Illiya Danga and Burus Daleng remarked on the courageous decision of the President to go ahead with the Conference in spite of oppositions and wished that with the same courage, the President would implement the decisions of the Conference without fear or favour.
 
 
Sale Dauda from Bauchi State attributed insurgency in every part of the country to the failure of states and local government who he said were totally dependent on what the federal government would do instead rising to their responsibilities of providing leadership and governance.
 
 
He said in some parts of the country, it has become difficult and even impossible to buy a piece of land for the purpose of building a church for worship and that those responsible for such prohibition were the elite.
 
 
Francis Doukpolagha from Bayelsa State told the Conference that the failure of the Nigerian State stemmed from the fact that democracy has become government of the people by the people but not for the people.
 
 
Ignatius Kevin Edet lamented what he called inequality and imbalance in the creation of local government areas in the country and urged the Conference to use the opportunity of the dialogue to correct the anomaly.
 
 
He suggested the application of capital punishment as a check against corrupt practices by public office holders, a position enormously canvassed for by other speakers.
 
 
Correct census as a basis for revenue sharing and infrastructural development was suggested by Charles Edosomwan, SAN, from Edo State who also emphasized that “we need to put power in the strata of government that is close to the people.”
 
 
Veteran journalist, Ray Ekpu, said the President’s speech constituted a new thesis for the reconstruction of Nigeria and that Nigeria as it is today requires a new architecture.
 
 
Ekpu noted that Jonathan seemed like someone who does not want “this house to fall,” still he said the house called Nigeria was too rickety and weather-beaten to be left on the wish list of a permanent structures.
 
 
Ekpu said for a country that has had 14 different administrations in 53 years, “that is cyclical stability. There is no way a country can grow in this manner.”
 
 
For Chief Chris Eluemunoh from Anambra State, “the Igbos have no other country than Nigeria; therefore the unity of this country is paramount to us. This unity must be anchored on equity and justice.”
 
 
Dr Osahon Enabulele of the Nigerian Medical Association proposed a massive national health policy that would cater for the health needs of the rural dwellers.
 
 
In addition, the NMA chief suggested that “a time has come for us to look at the mental and medical fitness of our political leaders,” as a way of ensuring that they are fit and proper to occupy public offices.
 
 
Dr Silas Eneyo from Rivers State likened Nigeria to a building with collapsed pillars and advised: “Let us not pretend to be painting a building whose pillars are collapsing.”
 
 
It was his view that the pillars of any federation lie in its justice and equity system and that the Conference has provided the delegates opportunity to rebuild the house with sound ideas and recommendations.
 
 
Gary Enwo Igariwe said Nigeria has been bleeding for sometime, has gone on its knees and though it wants to stand, it was actually going down. He urged delegates to identify reasons for conflicts and address them.
 
 
He cautioned against selective solution, “when you solve a problem in a particular area and ignore the ones in another area, you have not done anything; you are merely relocating the problem.”
 
 
He said most of the problems can be easily resolved through restructuring of the country; advising that delegates should leave their ethnic standards and discuss Nigeria.
 
 
Professor Eddy Erhagbe told the delegates that for Nigeria to move ahead, the bottom-line remains good governance because “corruption is not regional, it is not ethnic; corruption is an elite conspiracy.”
 
 
Signed.
 
 
Akpandem James
Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications
National Conference 2014
nationalconfab2014@gmail.com
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria

[ Masterweb Reports ] – Debate, comments and opinions on the Presidential speech as a footpath to issues and decisions continued on Tuesday at the on-going National Conference holding at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja.
 
 
Moderated by the Conference Deputy Chairman, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, most of the delegates described the President’s speech on March 17 at the inauguration of the Conference as agenda-setting on issues to be discussed and the outcome Conference.
 
 
For instance, former President of the Senate, Dr. Iyorcha Ayu said: “I stand not to praise nor vilify the President’s speech. It is the speech of a leader who is worried about his country. It is the speech of great expectation, and the whole country expects a lot from all gathered here.”
 
 
Delegates however observed that beyond the letters of the elegant speech lies the responsibility of translating the words into action for the benefit of Nigerians so that the report of the current Conference will not go the ways of others.
 
 
Some of them said the timing of the Conference was apt; coming on the heels of Nigeria’s centenary as a country because it would create opportunity to reflect on the last 100 years while planning for the next.
 
 
Mrs. Temitope Ajayi described the Conference as historic, “coming as Nigeria celebrates one hundred years of existence as one entity.
 
 
The courage exhibited by Jonathan in convening the Conference despite stiff opposition and criticisms by political opponents also formed a part of the comments made by delegates on Tuesday.
 
 
Dr. Amos Akingba said delegates must justify such show of courage by the President by ensuring that issues that would stabilize Nigeria occupy everybody’s mind and not ethnic interest.
 
 
A retired civil servant, Akin Arikawe, said the convocation of the National Conference by Jonathan despite threats and warnings by certain Nigerians was a demonstration of the President’s confidence in the outcome of the Conference and urged delegates not to frustrate that hope.
 
 
Former Information Minister, Professor Dora Akunyili, observed that it has taken more than political will for Jonathan to convene the conference which she said Nigerians have long clamoured for. She said the Conference was a centenary gift to Nigerians.
 
 
Elder statesman, Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN, described Nigeria as the leading country in Africa and asked Nigerians to “stop being demolition contractors, let us be building contractors” so that Nigeria can become “the greatest republic in Africa.”
 
 
Former Minister of Petroleum, Professor Jubril Aminu, said based on issues identified by the President for discussion, he hoped the 2014 National Conference would be the last of such conferences because it would help strengthen the constitution and make it better.
 
 
Mrs. Brenda Akpan, a journalist, said the centre-piece of the speech was that of inclusion as against the practice of exclusion and current discrimination against women, children and the disabled.
 
 
She said the Conference must ensure that every Nigerian has a sense of citizenship, demanding that “we must create space for their participation in governance.”
 
 
While some delegates hammered on the issue of drafting a new Constitution for the country, others said the Conference lacked any legal backing to embark on such an enterprise; and that only President Goodluck Jonathan who convened the Conference will decide on what to do with the report.
 
 
Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, in his contribution, said Jonathan’s speech clearly identified the problems with Nigeria and the challenges before the Conference not only in discussing the problems but in proffering functional solutions to such problems.
 
 
He said for so long, Nigerians have imprisoned themselves in the north-south divide explaining that these differences and disparities have always been there, adding: “we may not be able to remove them, but we can make them irrelevant and ineffective.”
 
 
Robert Audu said it was time for Nigerians to stop “blaming our leaders for our woes, rather, we should now find solutions to these problems,” explaining that it was for such reasons that the Conference was convened.
 
 
Some of the delegates, like Chief Sergeant Awuse, said Nigeria as a country has no insurmountable problems but that the system it operates has not allowed ideas to become realities.
 
 
He said, “I don’t think there is anything wrong with Nigeria. I think there is something wrong with the system. If we look at the system we are running now and we think it is not good enough, we can jettison it and adopt another system. This Conference has given us the opportunity to do that.”
 
 
Bishop Felix Ajakaiye said the problem of Nigeria was not for lack of ideas towards solution but the lack of political will to implement such ideas. He urged the delegates to use their God-given talents to redeem the country by making the best out of the Conference.
 
 
Isa Ajiya told the delegates that the beauty of the President’s speech would only achieve its purpose if they reason together as Nigerians, not as northerners or southerners, not as Muslims or Christians, adding “at the end, Nigeria will shine again.”
 
 
Describing the speech as a summary of impediments that must be cleared for Nigeria to grow and “delivered confidently and convincingly” Olaniwun Ajayi said Nigeria has remained a country blessed with talents but “where the best is yet to happen.”
 
 
Nike Akande in her comments said she was more concerned about Nigeria’s march towards rapid development; a situation she said would justify Jonathan’s expectation in the Conference which she described as a “landmark journey that will make us proud as a nation.”
 
 
In the same vein, Chief Femi Akande said with the elegant speech “full of candour” it was possible to see a stronger and more stable Nigeria arising from the Conference if the delegates remain committed and focused.
 
 
Olusola Akanmode demanded of the Conference to make suggestions for inclusion in the constitution regarding the need for timeline on deadlines for submission of budgets by the executive and passage by the lawmakers at all levels of governance.
 
 
Based on the President's speech, retired Justice Peter Akere said delegates must thoroughly examine why institutions worked effectively in the past, even under colonial administration, particularly in the areas of anti-corruption, revenue and infrastructural development but collapsed thereafter.
 
 
Felix Akhabue was of the opinion that the outcome of the Conference must clear the polity of mindsets of the past so that the country can move forward; adding that a deliberate decision by Nigerians to accommodate each other beyond ethnic lines would serve as the starting point to the greatness of Nigeria.
 
 
Former Police Chief, Bashiru Albasu, lamented the poor security situation in Nigeria from the far north to the deep south and urged delegates to view it as a matter of urgent national importance.
 
 
Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, said the speech delivered by the President should serve as a guiding principle to the Conference; he described it as a speech from the heart of someone who loves Nigeria.
 
 
Ambassador Adamu Aliyu told the delegates that Jonathan’s speech was monumental and indicated no hidden agenda.
 
 
Esther Andrew, a delegate living with disability, pulled the crowd to applause when she called for special attention to the plight of the disabled in the country and thanked the President for making them a part of the Conference.
 
 
She said the negative attitude of the society towards the disabled was not in the nation’s interest, adding: “we don’t need sympathy, we need empathy, we need support, we want to go to school,” although she said most of the educational institutions in Nigeria are not disabled-friendly.
 
 
When the Conference resumed in the afternoon, the issue of religion surfaced as two Christian leaders, Bishop Joseph Bagobiri and Pastor Emmanuel Bosun painted pictures of constitutional issues that have created the impression that Nigeria has a state religion.
 
 
In conclusion, Bagobiri said the conference must right what is wrong about the 1999 Constitution and that except the inconsistencies smuggled into the constitution were addressed, “then what we are doing here will not bring equity to all Nigerians. We should respect the sanctity of the secularity of the country.”
 
 
Bosun, whose contribution attracted a Point of Order which was over-ruled, said Nigeria was daily producing widows and orphans in their thousands because religion has become a manipulative tool used to cause destruction and that there was need for the Conference to take a critical look at the 1999 Constitution.
 
 
An environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, said Jonathan’s speech was a call for the delegates to remember they are in a conference to reconstruct Nigeria and that delegates need to bury their pettiness and look at issues that would make life better for the citizens.
 
 
Tunde Bakare said, “The President has made plain his expected outcome of this Conference. If our expectations are different from his, then we are in a jamboree. It appears Mr. President knew his onions and laid them bare that the greatest problem facing Nigeria today is the issue of governance.”
 
 
Former Governor of Bayelsa State, DSP Alamiyeseigha, described the President’s speech as revolutionary and statesmanlike because it captured issues that have bedeviled the country since its amalgamation in 1914.
 
 
For Mariam Jummai Bello, the problem of Nigeria lies with the women who have refused to bring up their children in a manner that would ensure respect for the law and focus on character development.
 
 
Although Conference Chairman and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi had placed embargo on clapping, Bello’s contribution was heavily applauded when she accused women of pushing their husbands to engage in corrupt act as a short cut to luxurious living.
 
 
Akpandem James
Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications
National Conference 2014
nationalconfab2014@gmail.com
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi, Chairman of 2014 Nigeria National Conference

[ Masterweb Reports ] – The contentious issue of adoption of acceptable voting pattern at the on-going National Conference in Abuja was on Monday resolved when the Chairman of the Conference, retired Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi (CJN rtd), announced the outcome of the negotiation involving 50 selected delegates from all parts of the country.
 
 
The decision of the negotiating team, read by the Conference Deputy Chairman, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, indicated that after a heated debate and horse-trading, all the parties involved agreed on 70% majority votes whenever any issue fails to attract a required consensus.
 
 
Part of the resolution read: “…you will recall that Tuesday 25th March 2014, the adoption of the Rules of Procedure was deferred till further notice for wider consultations due to the lack of consensus on Order VI(4), Order XI(2) and Order XII(4)(e).
 
 
“Consequently, on Wednesday 26th March 2014, the Chairman announced that Principal Officers have decided to meet with some delegates to resolve the impasse. He authorized the Deputy Chairman to announce the names of delegates for the meeting.
 
 
“The Conference warmly welcomes this commendable approach to solving contentious issues and graciously approved the membership of the Committee, comprising delegates…The Committee met on 25th and 26th March 2014. Deliberations during these meetings were cordial.
 
 
“Delegates worked in harmony to develop and put to effective use the spirit of consensus-building with the national interest at heart. At the conclusion of deliberations, members reached a decision to amend Orders VI(4), XI(2) and XII(4) as follows:
 
 
“In the case of failure to reach consensus, the matter shall be decided by a majority vote of seventy percent (70%) of delegates present and voting.”
 
 
The motion to adopt the report presented by Akinyemi was immediately moved by former President of the Senate, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, and seconded by former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah.
 
 
Attah went ahead to congratulate the Conference Chairman and members of the negotiating team for saving the conference from collapse and avoiding the toga of a winner and a loser.
 
 
“I think we are getting to a point where we are making progress,” he said; as the delegates applauded.
 
 
It was also announced that at the meeting on the resolution of voting pattern, the issue of who should appoint committees’ chairmen and deputies was also discussed and a fresh decision taken.
 
 
Professor Akinyemi announced that although the matter was settled last week when delegates voted in favour of appointment by committee members, recent events have indicated that such approach would create fresh problems; among them inequality.
 
 
To calm the nerves and remove any kind of apprehension, he announced the decision of the select team to allow such appointment to be made by the principal officers in such a manner that it would create confidence and reflect demography.
 
 
He said it was also resolved that principal officers must apply the yardstick of experience in the performance of their functions and the fact that such appointments must cover all the 36 states of the federation.
 
 
Responding to objection raised by two delegates who described the decision as “a subversion of the will of the delegates of this conference,” the deputy chairman explained, “If we see a problem coming, I think we owe it to you to bring it to your notice.”
 
With this explanation, a chorus for adoption of the changes swept through the hall. When the question was put, the changes were unanimously carried without any dissenting voice.
 
 
Immediately this was done, Mrs Aladu Ibrahim moved a formal motion for the adoption of the Rules of Procedure or the Standing Orders that would guide and regulate the affairs of the Conference. It was seconded by Ambassador Hassan Adamu.
 
 
Tunde Bakare thanked the Principal Officers and the 50 delegates for saving the Conference based on the resolution of issues, which last week, had resulted in abrupt adjournment of plenary session.
 
 
He said by certain acts of omission or commission, Nigeria as a nation has constantly put the cart before the horse, adding: “we are full of mutual suspicion either between religion or region,” and that “Nigerians are expecting something different from this Conference. We should face the issues that confront this nation….”
 
 
The day’s proceedings had earlier commenced with an announcement by Justice Kutigi of the death of Barrister Hamma Misau, a delegate on the platform of Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria (ARPON), who passed on last week.
 
 
Immediately after the announcement, the Chairman requested observance of one-minute silence in honour of the deceased who was an indigene of Bauchi State. It was unanimously agreed and carried out.
 
 
President Goodluck Jonathan also sent a message of condolence to the Conference on the death of Misau whom he described as an accomplished Nigerian both in public service and in private life.
 
 
The message, signed by Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, also expressed condolences to the Government and people of Bauchi State and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest in the world beyond.
 
 
On the Conference Work Plan, a lot of suggestions were made. For instance, the issue of public holidays came into focus as delegates observed that sitting were scheduled on days nationally observed as work-free days and also asked for extension of time for committee sittings.
 
 
Delegates also raised the issue of work load for each of the committees and suggested restructuring of some of the committees so that the constraints of meeting the deadlines could be removed.
 
 
Conference Secretary, Dr (Mrs) Valerie-Janette Azinge explained that most of the issues raised had already been taken care of.
 
 
She said that at the beginning, there was the constraint of Committee Rooms; “In this premises, we have only 10 Committee Rooms. When we presented this problem to the government, it was agreed that we should rent 10 extra Committee Rooms outside. So, all the committees will be sitting simultaneously.”
 
 
Still on the Work Plan, Senator Mohammed Aruwa, Chief Sergeant Awuse and Femi Falana said the secretariat should take back the document and do more work on it because most of the time-frames attached to it had been overtaken by events.
 
 
Falana specifically advised that while this happened, deliberations on other issues could continue to avoid further waste of time.
 
 
Their position was overruled with a voice vote and the Work Plan adopted after several suggestions for amendments.
 
 
Mike Ozekhome advised that discussion on media should be distinctly stated and should not be hidden under another committee; explaining that even in the 1999 Constitution as amended, the media industry has a clear presence.
 
 
The afternoon session of the Conference commenced with the debate on the President’s speech. To avoid confusion, delegates were called to speak in alphabetical order although about nine of the 39 delegates called were absent.
 
 
Most of the speakers described the speech as inspirational, patriotic and a pointer to the issues that should occupy discussions and decisions at the Conference; and what to expect in the next 100 years of Nigeria.
 
 
John Achimugu said the Conference must not shy away from the issue of religion; describing it as an emotive issue but which in many ways has been a great source of perennial problems in the country.
 
 
He said delegates must be free to discuss religion and discuss it frankly because Nigeria has reached a point where “our society is now zoned to according to faith.”
 
 
Achimugu said the refusal of conferences to discuss the issue in the past has only heightened the differences instead of solving the problems; “I urge us under God to discuss this matter for the sake of ourselves and for the sake of our children.”
 
 
Senator Abdullahi Adamu described the President’s speech at the inauguration of the Conference as the “President’s best speech ever,” and that it set the tone for the Conference.
 
 
He said the Conference must critically examine and address the issue of corruption; and come up with imaginative and effective approach towards fighting corruption.
 
 
Elder statesman, Ayo Adebanjo said the Conference must make a clear break from the past by ensuring that issues are discussed frankly and not allowing the old prejudice to over-shadow delegates’ sense of patriotism.
 
 
Promise Adewusi described the speech as instructive and inspirational.
 
 
It was his view that leadership rather than the followers were responsible for Nigeria’s problem and that “while ordinary Nigerians want to live together, political leaders are united in their greed.”
 
 
Akpandem James
Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications
National Conference 2014
nationalconfab2014@gmail.com
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi, Chairman of 2014 Nigeria National Conference

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release for Immediate Release ] – It has come to the knowledge of Abia State government about the rumour making rounds within and outside the state that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Abia State, Chief T.A. Orji, has endorsed a governorship candidate for the 2015 election.
 
 
Government wishes to state that the said rumour is a figment of the imagination of the peddlers.
 
 
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa stated that the Governor as a democrat, who believes in justice and equity had at no time endorsed anyone for the 2015 governorship position.
 
 
Mr. Ajunwa asserted that as a father of the state, the Governor reserves the right to give fatherly advice to whoever comes to him. He said the governor believes that his advice will help such persons to do well politically.
 
 
It would be recalled that the governor had on many occasions stated publicly that the choice of whoever will emerge as the party’s gubernatorial flag bearer in 2015 will be decided by all the stakeholders in the state.
 
 
Mr. Charles Ajunwa
Chief Press Secretary
 
 
*Photo Caption – Governor Theodore Orji

 [ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ] – Speech Presented By His Excellency, Chief T. A. Orji (Ochendo), Governor Abia State, On The Occasion of The 2014 Abia State Easter Carnival/Cantata Logo, Held At The Ultra Modern Skills Acquisition Centre, Umuahia, On March 21, 2014.
 
Distinguished Ladies And Gentlemen; It is my pleasure to be here today to witness the unfolding of a unique event in Abia State, which is the unveiling of the 2014 Abia State Easter Carnival/Cantata Logo. It is never easy to conceive a monumental idea such as this - that will stand the test of time, and to quickly and boldly begin the process of putting it into practice with an enduring stamp and logo to announce the arrival.
 
Each time I think of the Easter Carnival/Cantata event that we are now venturing into, as signified by the unveiling of this logo, - two other significant events easily come to my mind, making me proud that we have pursued the right course and that history will certainly vindicate our services as Governor of Abia State.
 
When we came to the governance of this State, we said that we will change the new face of Abia and build a sustainable foundation for the socio-economic and political foundation of our State. We indeed meant every word of that promise, and that is why we quickly focused on the two pillars of restoring the security of lives and property of citizens, especially against kidnapping. We equally focused on rescuing our State from the embrace of idol worshipping and vile oaths as a base for political office seeking and advancement in governance.
With these two pillars firmly in place, our Government has opened the doors of new opportunities and a wonderful new era for the voices of our people to be heard; for chances to pursue new prosperity, and the restoration of Abia State as truly God’s Own State.
 
Abians now have reasons to dream new dreams and accomplish them in peace and security and without governance impunity. And that is why we can now join the wonderful victory chorus of redemption and atonement of Easter Carnival/Cantata today. The new face of Abia is certainly with us!
 
As we unveil the 2014 Abia State Easter Carnival/Cantata Logo, we are beginning the institutionalization of a new culture of victory and happiness that will endure. This heralds a new dimension in the culture of Carnivals as we know it in the Nation.
 
Our Carnival/Cantata celebration will be more than brightly costumed people dancing in the streets; having merriment in a street party, and a drama-in-motion – which is the images we easily have of all other carnivals. Beyond all these, our Carnival/Cantata is going to be our new bedrock for expressing our culture and our re-discovered spirituality as a people under God’s Own State, Abia.
 
Our new approach will adopt and integrate the tradition of Cantata singers to premier choral music, choristers and church orchestras – old and new – that reflect our history as Abians. These would offer wonderful and rare opportunities to hear the musical talents of Abians in both Christian gospels and traditional music that delight everyone, young and old, local and foreign.
 
This special blend of traditional carnival and Cantata culture will serve as our added tonic to drive our expanding tourist economy and investment opportunities in Abia State, under our secured and peaceful environment.
 
I have equally been assured that beginning from the 2014 Easter Season, a consistent Abia State Easter Carnival/Cantata platform will be on the ground to provide a quality version of entertainment, education and promotion of the historical culture and creativity of our people. We expect to become the interests of both local and foreign tourists and investors, as we project our State as a peaceful and secured environment.
 
As an annual event, this project will not fail to deliver on its broad agenda, especially on the expansion of the benefits accruing from tourism and investments and the revenue that would be added to our IGR to reduce dependence on monthly Federal Accounts Allocation.
 
I take this opportunity to thank Her Excellency, my dear wife for pioneering this wonderful initiative, and especially the passion she and her team have devoted to the realization of this project. I equally thank many of our citizens and organizations, who did not only share in the initiative, but have committed resources, -money, energy and other supports to ensure the take-off and realization of the project.
 
With the unveiling of the 2014 Abia State Easter Carnival/Cantata Logo today, I am very excited about our new idea, - and just like many Abians and the wider audience out there, we cannot wait for the event to commence!
Thank you for listening and God bless everyone!
 
 
 



*Photo Caption – Governor Theodore Orji

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release ] – The state government has observed that some individuals and groups have been pasting campaign posters and billboards of Chief T.A. Orji for the Abia Central Senatorial seat ahead of 2015 without due authorisation, a situation the Governor had earlier spoken against.
 
 
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, says the government views the act as improper, as the governor is yet to make his position known on the matter or authorise the pasting of his posters.
 
 
Mr. Ajunwa advises all those engaged in the indiscriminate pasting of such posters and billboards to stop the act forthwith.
 
 
Ajunwa says while the state government appreciates the outpouring of love and acceptability of the Governor by the great majority of Abians, it wants them to be patient and wait for the appropriate time to demonstrate their kind feelings towards their governor.
 
 
Mr. Charles Ajunwa
Chief Press Secretary
Cc:
Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC
Director, State Security Service
Commissioner for Police
ABSIEC, Chairman
 
 
*Photo Caption – Governor Theodore Orji

[ Masterweb Reports ] – Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia state in a warm handshake with Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister for Labour and Productivity, when led a delegation of Sure-P team to Abia state on a sensitization tour in Umuahia.......Click for More Photos.
 
 
 
 
 
*Photo Caption - Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia state in a warm handshake with Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister for Labour and Productivity, when led a delegation of Sure-P team to Abia state on a sensitization tour in Umuahia.

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Join the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Honorable Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in a live, online conversation on the 2014 Budget from 4th to 6th of March, 2014.
 
 
The Budget 2014 Jam is a 3-day online interactive conversation between the Hon. Minister and the youth aged 18-40. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts/ideas with the Minister on the 2014 budget and its impact on the nation moving forward.
 
 
If you would like to be part of this free, online conversation please register now. Participation will be on a first come, first serve basis.
 
 
You can access the online discussion using a laptop or tablet device. Be advised that it is not optimal on a smart phone. Register at https://www.collaborationjam.com/jam4/budget2014/registration/
 
 
See you in the Jam!
 
 
What is a Jam?
A jam is an online event that brings together thousands of people from across the country to discuss issues in real time from wherever they are located. The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is hosting the online interactive session with youth this year on the 2014 Budget.
 
 
Objective of the Jam
The jam is meant to educate and engage participants on topical issues through a series of online discussion forums. All participants have an opportunity offer suggestions as well as exchange ideas on how to move the country forward. In this particular instance, the Ministry of Finance would like to hear from the youth on issues that affect them related to the 2014 Budget.
 
 
Target Audience for the Jam
The event seeks to engage as many as 20,000 people between the ages of 18 and 40. The jam is available on a first come, first serve basis with the first 20,000 to register able to participate in the online discussion.
 
 
How to Participate in the Jam
You can register from the 24th of February at https://www.collaborationjam.com/jam4/budget2014/registration/
 
 
The jam goes live on March 4th by 8am and runs continuously until March 6th. Join us at any point in those three days for as little or as long as you want!
 
 
The Proposed Areas for Discussion are:
1. Managing our Debt
2. Stimulating Job Creation
3. Keeping the lights on
4. Spending Wisely
5. Managing our Budget
6. Increasing Revenue
 
 
Log in and start jamming!
 
 
*Photo Caption - Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala