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-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Chief Eze C. Eze)
 

 

As the first ever musical reality show for orphanages organised by
Melody Shelters, a collaboration of Adonis Productions and Prince
Tonye Princewill came to a climax this 5th of May, 2012, the Kogi
State’s Godswill Orphanage has emerged as the 2012 champions.

The PDP Chieftain and the Leader of Princewill Political Associates
(PPA) was on hand to present the cheques totalling 20 million Naira to
all the beneficiaries in a star studded event witnessed by an
enthusiastic PH crowd, government officials and chieftains of the
Entertainment Industry amongst others.

The final event saw Godswill Orphanage of Kogi State clinching the
coveted trophy and the Championship Prize of N10M while the
Runners-up, the Lifetime Orphanage of Rivers State got the Prize of
N5M. Rachael Homes, Abuja came in third carting home the N3Mprize. The
Princely amount of Five Hundred Thousand each was given to the other
remaining five Homes as co-champions and what the Prince
called“combined winners”.

Mrs. Elizabeth Opanachi the Matron of the Godswill Orphanage Abuja the
Champion Home in her appreciation thanked Prince Tonye Princewill and
the Directors of the Melody Shelters for embarking on this great
innovative and God inspired project that will surely change the course
and lives of the less privilege in Nigeria. Mrs Opanachi who was
emotional in her presentation quoted the gospel of St. Mathew Chapter
5verse 7 which says “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain
mercy”assuring the Prince that his investment and concern for the poor
in Nigeria would not go in vain as they would continue to pray for
your upliftment and growth in all aspect of your life. “You are a gift
from God and the poor will surely celebrate you when the time comes”.
She went further to challenge other rich men in Nigeria to emulate the
Prince and invest their funds to alleviate the suffering of orphans
and/or the many, not the few. She concluded by urging the various
segments of government in Nigeria to assist the credible Orphanages in
Nigeria in their onerous task to reduce poverty and provide succour to
the orphans in Nigeria.

Mr. Adonijah Owiriwa the CEO of Melody Shelters thanked all that made
the event possible particularly the Prince who bore most of the
financial burden and concluded by stating;“Give me just three Prince
Tonye Princewills in Rivers State and I will turn Rivers State to the
true Garden City it should be and the envy of all cities in Africa!”
Prince Tonye Princewill who through his Head of Media, Chief Eze C Eze
presented the cheques assured Nigerians that all things being equal
this event has come to stay as he intended to spend the remaining part
of his life attending to the needs of the needy among us. He remarked
that his concern in this regard had nothing to do with politics but is
inspired by God who provided the resources against all odds. Therefore
he said, he would make this show an annual event.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, Media Consultant, PPA.
 

 

*Caption For Article Photo - Godswill Orphanage, Kogi State Winners with their cheque of N10m. Left in Photo, Next to the Winners, is Mrs Elizabeth Opanchi, proprietor of Godswill Orphanage and Right -  Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze (with microphone).
 
 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Kelvin Osa-Okunbor)
 
Delta State Governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan  has called on critics of the Asaba International Airport runway extension valued at over N7.4 billion to seek clarification on the project as the  topography in the area allocated for the airport requires intense levelling of a hill as well as filling up of a river valley to achieve the prescribed standard that could secure approval for big aircraft operations by the Nigeria  Civil Aviation Authority( NCAA).
 
Uduaghan who spoke in an interview with reporters after assessment of work at the runway extenstion site at the state airport in Asaba, explained that the contract for the levelling of the hilly part of the airport runway was since awarded in 2011, and not necessarily for the purpose of the recently concluded South South Summit hosted in the state.

The Delta State chief executive explained that rather than tear the project apart through uninformed criticism,urged critics to  see how the airport modelled to be the best in Nigeria could accelerate the development of the states around it, even as he described airport as an infrastructure that could stimulate foreign investment.
 
He explained that runway of the airport at the moment could only accommodate small and medium size aircraft, because the engineers are woprking round the clock to meet the runway length and width as prescribed by the civil  aviation regulator:Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA), which from time to time sends its officials to inspect the level of work done at the airport for relevant approvals.
 
Uduaghan said : " The Asaba Airport has a huge role to play in the socio- economic development of the state in many areas.We also considered the cargo activity at the airport, that is why we embarked on the airport.
 
But, unfortunately , we wanted to build an airport with a runway length of between 3.4 kilometre  and four kilometers , unfortunately, there is no terrain in Asaba area that could give us such stretch of land , the topography here in Asaba  is  mainly either hills, or low lands , rivers  with adjoining  valleys. With all the directions and technical survey that was done, for the airport, we got where we are now which gives us two terrain, the hill on one side and the river on the other side.
 
We have to make do  with what is available with serious heavy engineering work, there is also a bridge on the runway course, we dealt with that, we had a runway which could take smaller planes, convinced that it was good enough, but  we are looking at expanding it longer so we could take bigger cargo plane.
 
In the face of that we are not the regulatory body, NCAA came and said before approval could be given , the state has to demolish the hills and needed to sand fill the other extreme  which is the river side,  to move the runway, that involves lowering the hills and sand filling the other end to attain a level line for the runway, that we have started doing.
 
We have given out the contract combined because of NCAA recommendations, to allow  for the present operations.That is why big aircraft at the moment are not flying into Asaba Airport, until that leveling part of the terrain is completed." 
 
He said : " The contract  for the leveling of the hills was not awarded because of the recently concluded South South Summit,  hosted in Asaba, it is purely driven by the technical and safety consideration  of the NCAA, the contract  has since 2011 been awarded, as the chief executive of the state I directed the contractor  to get the job done in good time, because we are in a hurry to get the airport up and running, that is our goal, this driven by the pressure I am under from our sister states in the South East, Anambra, Abia, Enugu to get the airport running.
 
When the  contractor said  had done  a major  percent of the job, we were going to  give  him about ten or eleven months, as at the time the contractor had done just less the  per cent, we thought he had attained about fifty percent. 
 
That indeed puts us in fix,   meaning  that if we had allowed him to move at that pace, it will take another two years or more time to complete the job, so we brought in more contractors to speed up the completion of the job, we have brought in two other contractors, they are now three contractors, there is no variation in the costs, the same cost for the demolishing, we are convinced that soonest the project with different segment will be completed. I think the figure that is being bandied about is the totality of so many things, the unfortunate thing is that the time the figures were sent out, it was not properly transmitted, and that is the unfortunate thing.
 
That is the reaction we are having, however I am hoping that contractors will speed up the completion of the hills, so that NCAA could us approval because our ambition is be able to land a big aircraft as big as Airbus 380 in Asaba Airport." 
 
He further clarified that it may be difficult to fix a timeline for the completion of construction and commissioning of the airport. He said : " It will be difficult for me to give you an exact date that this airport will be ready for commissioning , because the regulation  and certification is done by NCAA, each time the team comes, they look at what is on ground  assess the level of completion, and give us specification of what to expect.
 
Another dimension to this that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), carried out a project assessment in the United States of America of how a modern airport should look like, and that is the model that we are adopting here to make Asaba Airport a model of a modern airport in Nigeria.
 
We are looking at this airport as the airport of the future in Nigeria. There are many airports across the world that do not have the kind of facilities we have here in Asaba Airport.
We want the Asaba Airport to be a model of what an airport should look like. It is possible to achieve that. Commissioning is subject to the approval of the regulators. 
 
On his advice to critics of the airport project, Uduaghan said : " First of all I share their concern, and I just hope that it is being done in good faith, to ensure transparency, but generally we want to appeal to them, they should look more for the positive side of the airport project that any probable negative, I speak this way because of the benefit of the airport, to Deltans and Nigerians in general who use the airport. 
 
Even all the dignitaries that attended the South South Summit were amazed at seeing this kind of airport, that sought of encourage us that we are doing what is right. They should look at the positive sides of what we are doing and encourage us."
 
Also speaking in an interview, the director of highway services and chairman implementation committee of the  Asaba International Airport, Engineer Donatus Umukoro explained that with over fifty heavy duty equipment deployed at the project site the contractors will soon complete the levelling of the hills near the runway.
 
He described those opposed to the project costs as merely acting based on insufficient knowledge of the volume of work to be done to bring the runway and other critical facilities at the airport to the prescribed standards.
 
Umukoro said : " The volume of cutting of the hills and filling up of the low areas is much in line with the requirements of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA). 
 
"In terms of costs, we need to spend over seven billion naira to put the runway into the acceptable standard that will be adequate for the work to be done, we are doing a lot of work.
 
"The contract is being handled by three contractors, with three heavy duty equipment on site working from morning till evening seven days of the week. 
 
"At the moment, we are working on one hundred and fifty metres to meet the capacity smaller and medium size aircraft but to get to the ultimate level of big aircraft like Boeing 747 we need to get to two hundred metres way ,we have barely done some good work , in some sections, the work is very massive, it will require some time, to complete the project. 
 
"Obviously, many factors contribute to the speedy completion of this project, weather is a primary consideration, that is why it is difficult to say when the work will be completed.
People who are complaining that over seven billion naira is required to complete the runway job are embarking on a ridiculous game, because they are ignorant of the volume of work involved. The complaint is ridiculous because people are misinformed.
 
"The volume of earth work involved is very huge, the cutting itself is very huge , apart from 
the 300 metres on one stretch , we are also cutting another stretch of 500 metres , about one point two kilomtres, we have to protect the area by filling with hard soil and grassing the whole terrain to prevent erosion. I think the whole criticism stems from misinformation." 

-Masterweb Reports
 
The Nationwide and state Saturday environmental sanitation days popularly known as “clean-up”, is seen and regarded as a lazy man’s system and should be replaced with effective methods to deal with filth in our environment.
 
Sanitation according to WordWeb dictionary is “the state of being clean and conducive to health”. Sanitation should be a daily activity not weekly or monthly activity, because it is a well-known fact that “cleanliness is next to Godliness” and clean environment promotes good health.
 
Environmental sanitation days being observed both nationally and states’ level are being poorly carried out, reasons being that people view it as free/resting day for watching TV, going to farm/ garden, holding family/compound/community meetings, playing football and other outdoor games, visiting nearby friends and relations, etc.
 
Furthermore, putting into consideration people on essential duty (Doctors, Nurses, Ministers of God, Imams, Security Agents, etc), those whose day of worship is on Saturday (Seventh Day Adventist, etc.), people on emergency call (health, travellers, politicians, etc) there is then need to do away with this antiquated system of Saturday clean-up exercise.
 
As a measure to replace this system with more effective method, there is need for Government to make use of environmental sanitation agencies in their various states and federal level such as; Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, sanitary officers, and other relevant agencies in monitoring our environments and meting out appropriate sanctions to nonconformists. To make environmental cleaning a serious issue, there is also need to pass a law for the apprehension of anyone found littering the environment irrespective of the occasion or one’s position in the society.
 
Another measure to enforce environmental sanitation is through encouraging people at various business and market places to organise days for their Environmental Sanitation/ clean-up and provide them with free wastebaskets and other materials necessary for the exercise.

-Masterweb Reports
 
Based on the solid foundation he has been laying for it, Anambra will be the best state in Nigeria in 20 years time, Governor Peter Obi has said.
 
Anambra State Government has initiated more measures to further strengthen the policy of honouring retired civil servants. Governor Peter Obi dropped the hint at a dinner organized in honour of committee of Directors of the State Civil Service who toured some completed and on-going projects of the present administration, two retired Heads of Service, fifteen retired permanent Secretaries, two retired accountants General and one retired Auditor-General at the Banquet Hall of the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia.
 
According to Obi, his efforts and good rapport with the presidency had attracted foreign investors to the state resulting in the decision of the second largest brewers in the world, SABmiller, to establish a factory in Onitsha, Anambra State. The factory which is one of the three being put up in Onitsha industrial area, the governor said, would employ an initial 350 people, with 60 percent coming from Anambra State as mutually agreed. The other two will also employ about the same number, the governor stated.
 
He noted that these and other foreign investments like the Protea group which is building a five-star hotel in Onitsha were results of his vision for the state and useful partnership with the federal government to which he is adviser on finance. Obi stated that his several trips abroad with the president had been yielding good dividends to the state from the useful contacts he had been making.
 
The governor said such investments were what the state needed to take care of the large number of the unemployed and reckoned that if sustained, the state would rank the best in the country in 20 years time.
 
He used the opportunity to commend the retired top civil servants that included Elsie Ikemefuna and Ngozi Melifonwu who were former heads of service and said it was wrong not to show appreciation to those who had served the state well. He also noted that his administration was the first to honour such people and while regretting that it had not been done in the past, promised to make it a regular event henceforth.
 
According to him, the peak of civil service was not being permanent secretaries because the position was by appointment. Rather, he noted, the peak was directorship.
 
Obi reiterated his resolve to build a better place for today’s children by laying the proper foundation regardless of whether it was an unpopular action. ‘I’m not doing what I’m doing today as a campaign because I have said I will not aspire for anything again after eight years in office as Anambra governor. I’m not doing it to seek glory because I have got all I want from God. The history of Nigeria will not be written without a page being devoted to my contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s democracy,’ Obi stated.
 
The event which was also attended by serving directors of the various ministries who toured the governor’s projects, also saw them relieving what they witnessed on the tour. Their spokesman, Pius Udo, who is the clerk of the state legislature, said the tour afforded them the opportunity to confirm what they had heard and read about the governor’s achievements and stated, ‘we have come, we have seen and we are convinced that the government is performing.’ He then jokingly moved a motion that Obi be commended and appreciated by the audience for his good works.
 
Highlight of the dinner was the presentation of gifts to the retirees.  

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)
 
Yar’adua , Nigeria’s fourth democratically selected president. Yar’adua  , Nigeria’s most unassuming president. Yar’adua , Nigeria’s most frail president. Yar’adua , Nigeria’s most educated president . Yar’adua , Nigeria’s only president with leftist ideology. The manner of your exit equals the manner of your entrance. Mysterious appearance and mysterious disappearance. State Governors Peter Odili, Donald Duke, Sam Egwu, Ahmed Makarfi, even Jerry Gana and Rochas Okorocha were all in the presidential race of 2007 and from nowhere you appeared through Obasanjoic abracadabra and became the ruling party flag bearer. All the presidential aspirants except Rochas and Jerry were commandeered to genuflect before His Royal Ota majesty and accept the native intelligence that brought you to power. The ensuing presidential do or die abracadabra raised to power two made you the choice of the entire Nigerians while your Buhari opponent was left to weep the second time.

 
Yar’adua , the first thing you did as president elect was to denounce the process that brought you to power while still clinging to the stolen mandate. You were the first president in Nigeria to ever admit that the road to victory was as fraudulent as fraud itself. However the Justices of the Supreme Court by their majority judgment felt that you actually had typhoid fever when you admitted that the election was fraudulent.
 
Yar’adua you were the first president in Nigeria to declare your asset. You weren’t materialistic but your wife Turai was the direct opposite of you .During your regime the praise of Turai was the arrival of favour. Emirs, Igwes, Obas, Professors, High Chiefs, Ex this and Ex that all bowed down to Her Majesty Turai before being qualified to share in the national cake.
 
Yar’adua , you weren’t corrupt but during your regime , the newest cabal in the country, the Nigeria Governors Forum manipulated your rule of law  mantra and begun the process of liquidating the foreign reserves which godfather Obasanjo left behind.
 
Yar’adua your Seven Point Agenda has been replaced by the Transformational agenda and Vision 20; 2020 and Nigerians are anxiously waiting and praying for the transformation. All those cabals who held the nation hostage while you were sick have been thrown into the dustbin by your brother Goodluck and replaced by another set of cabal. Your godfather Obasanjo have been frustrated out of the PDP as the Chairman of BOT and the assistant godfather Babangida have been sidelined and marginalized by the same party that he goes about the globe complaining.  
 
Yar’adua you weren’t confrontational but you could not suffer fools hanging around your political space. On your way to Brazil you gave the military high command order that before you finish your first breakfast in Brazil they would have wiped off Boko Haram from your Presidency or you sack all of them from the service. Of course before you finished brushing your teeth to taste the sumptuous ala-cart before the breakfast table in Brasilia, the army high command have finished  wiping off the then Boko Haram and handed their leader to the notorious Nigerian police.
 
Yar’adua you weren’t an economist but you never trusted the economic theories of the all knowing western economists. They forced you to increase fuel price by ten naira but immediately their convoy left the gates of the state house you hastily reversed yourself and reduced it by five naira to the fury of the western economists.
 
Yar’adua your godfather Obasanjo , just like Shehu your late brother, never believed in rule of law but rule of power and money but you defied their  philosophy and introduced the rule of law mantra into the Nigerian polity. You obeyed court orders and asked your Ministers, Ambassadors and Heads of Parastatals to do the same.
 
Yar’adua why did you leave live this? The nation you left behind is now a mess and civil war is looming. Let me intimate you of events tat occurred in your absence.
 
The first lady, Patience is still very powerful but not as powerful as your wife. The power Turai once wielded has been split between Patience, Ngozi, Diezani and Stella-Oduah.
 
The 2011 presidential election was still fraudulent but not as fraudulent as the one supervised by professor Maurice and Dr Abel.
 
The Governors Forum cabal you couldn’t checkmate have checkmated your younger brother Goodluck. They have collectively defecated fuel subsidy, corruption and Boko Haram on the transformational agenda your brother promised Nigerians.
 
Yar’adua , while you got the Boko Haram extremists hunted and chased into Chad and Sudan your Goodluck brother have continued to play snooker with them until they now have annexes  in his state house, national assembly, judiciary and police force.
 
Yar;adua you started the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants and established a ministry for the interest of Niger delta but your brother have not been able to establish a negotiable link with the Boko Haram militants.
 
Yaradua the James Ibori which you shielded from prosecution for helping you with funds for the presidential election have now been jailed in Britain for money laundering charges.
 
Yaradua ,the latest is that the fuel subsidy bill which was N384 billion naira in 2009, the year you went to that Saudi hospital where they finished you off, by 2011 the subsidy bill had skyrocketed to N1.7 trillion naira and the culprits are walking freely and threatening Brimstone.
 
Yaradua, some elder statesmen have left to join you in that place. Have you met with them. Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Ezeigbo Gburugburu died and was given the most celebrated burial in the history of Africa. From London to Zungeru, Lagos to Enugu thousands gathered to pay homage to the Lion of Biafra. Dr Matthew Mbu and Professor Sam Aluko also died and were accorded respects.
 
Yar’adua, your brother Goodluck isn’t an economist either but he got so carried away by the economic theories of western capitalists that he added eighty naira to the same fuel price you removed five naira.
 
Yar’adua , the rule of law mantra have died .Twenty protesters were killed  around the country because they gathered to occupy empty square hitherto inhabited by beggars and mentally deranged to complain that they are hungry and need food on their table.
 
Yar’adua wake up. You have slept enough! The northern politicians wished you death with the evil permutations that they will use the zonal formula to ascend your exalted throne where food is N1billion naira annually. However your brother Goodluck thought them lessons on silence and subterfuge and dribbled them to political irrelevance. Out of frustration they have sworn to make the nation ungovernable for your brother until he reverts back to the zoning formula and allows them to complete your tenure and your brother is presently helpless. He prefers to hide in the villa like goggled Sanni and occasionally escape for meetings of African Union.
 
Yar’adua  wake up now before civil war starts in Nigeria. Your tenure remains one year. Move round your former residence in the villa and chase away those people wining and dining from five pm while distracting your brother from giving us the needed fresh air.
 
Yar’adua wake up! You’ve slept enough! Wake up!  Wait! Did I hear that revered Christian leaders like Archbishop John Onaiyekan, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Emmanuel Kure and Professor Yusuf Obaje prayed with you days before your death? That’s a problem. If they did then they must have administered the Sacrament of Extreme Unction to you. This revered Sacrament is administered only to people at the point of death so that the Almighty will receive them unto paradise. If they administered it then Yar’adua you better stay where you are because that place is better than your former residence in Aso Villa.
 
Obinna Akukwe
 

-Masterweb Reports
 
Lecture with title "Ndigbo In Geo-Politics of Nigeria" holds on a rescheduled date ( 25th May, 2012 ) at Enugu, Enugu State.
 
Venue: NUJ Press Center, Rangers Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
*All efforts by detractors and saboteurs to prevent the event from holding failed. Igbos should show massive support for the event by coming from wherever they
are to the venue in solidarity.
 
Date: 25th May, 2012.
 
Time: 10.00 am prompt
 
Programme: *SEE BELOW
 
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezife, former Anambra State Governor.
 
*Chairman of the occassion is Amb. G. A. Onyegbula, a distinguised retired diplomat, while President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is expected to be Chief Guest. 
 
Other Speakers - Among those to speak are: Dr. Arthur Nwankwo, Col Joe Achuzia, Barr Uche Okwukwu, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Enemchukwu, Chief Charles Okereke, Dr. Kema Chikwe, Mr. Osadebe Ibegbu, Chief Inyama - President, Igbo Development Association 19 Northern States, Prof Ben Obumselu, Prof Ralph Nwokedi, Dr. Okey Emordi, Prof Pat Utomi, Chief Bob Ogbuagu, Pa Onyenso Nwachukwu, Prof Julius Onah, Dr. Uma Eleazu, Prof Emeka Enejere , Udenta Udenta, Chief Mrs Kate Ezeofor , Prof Uzodimma Nwala, , and several other distinguished speakers.
 
Col J.O.G Achuzia (Air Raid) will lead a powerful delegation of Anioma Igbos and Igbozurume group to the Enugu epoch-making lecture. Rivers Igbos will be led by Barr Uche Okwukwu, a notable Ikwerre lawyer and Obi Wali Jnr.
 
For participation, support or co-sponsorship please contact -
 
Nigeria: Chuks Ibegbu Phone: +234 8035410176, Email: chuksibegbu@gmail.com
 
Overseas: Chief Charles Okereke Phone: +1 4148070329, Email: chiefokereke@yahoo.com
 

The  THEME OF this lecture is "Ndigbo in the Geo-Politics of Nigeria, the way foward" while the sub-theme is "Ndigbo After Ojukwu". The keynote speaker is HEX DR CHUKWUEMEKA EZIFE (OKWADIKE), former Executive Governor of Anambra State. Among many other noteable speakers are Col J.O.G Achuzia (Air Raid) who will speak on Ndigbo after Ojukwu,   Chief Charles Okereke, composer "God Bless Africa" - an African Union award winning anthem,  and CEO Nigeria Masterweb ( www.nigeriamasterweb.com ) - a very popular online publication, will also present a paper by proxy at the event. All our speakers are distinguished in their respective fields.



 
Lecture Organized By Nigerian Presidency of South East Extraction Movement (NPSEEM) and Igbo Unity Forum (IUF), and sponsored by Igbo World Assembly (IWA)
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PROGRAMME SEQUENCE
 
Arrival of Guests 8.00 am - 10.00 am
 
Introduction of Guests 10.00 am - 10.30 am
 
Opening Ceremony 10.30 am - 11.00 am
 
Goodwill Messages 11.00 am - 11.40 am
 
Keynote Speech 11.40 am - 12.00 noon
 
Cultural Dance(s)and/or Music 12.00 noon 12.10 pm
 
Paper Presentations(15 minutes each) 12.10 pm - 2.30 pm
 
Question And Answer Session 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
 
Refreshment And Cultural Dance(s) 3.30 pm - 4.00 pm
 
Closing Remarks 4.00 pm - 4.10 pm
 
Vote Of Thanks 4.10 pm - 4.20 pm
 
Closing Ceremony 4.20 pm - 4.30 pm
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-Masterweb Reports
 

Sunday, May 6, 2012: Governor Peter Obi has received the 2011 Governor of the Year Award of the Business Hallmark publications. The award was presented to the Governor at the People of the Year, 2011 awards ceremony of the media organization at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos on Saturday Night.
 

Speaking at the event, the Publisher of the newspaper, Prince Emeka Obasi said his choice was after painstaking debate and voting among the members of the Paper’s Editorial Board. He said his choice was informed by Obi’s transformational, visionary and people-oriented leadership, which it noted had set a standard and benchmark to access governance in the country.
 

Further, it noted that Governor Obi administration had re-defined governance through comprehensive, integrated and holistic approach that introduced a new order hinged on promotion of fiscal discipline, transparency and accountability. “With what he is doing in Anambra State, she is now one of the most progressive and celebrated state in the country”, he said.

 

The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Abdulaziz Udeh said the award was in recognition of Obi’s commendable difference in governance, adding that performance such as his, had become a beacon of hope for the country.
 

The Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Relations, Sen. Ben Obi said that the award had shown that Gov. Obi’s solid achievements and leadership qualities were speaking for themselves. He said the Governor was destined to leave a solid legacy in Anambra State through transparent, focused and committed leadership.
 

The Anglican Bishop of Mbamili, Rt Rev. Henry Okeke said the award was in recognition of the Governor’s giant strides that were being appreciated beyond the bounds of the State and the Country.
 

In his response, the Governor said he saw the award as a challenge and motivation for him to  do more for the uplift of the society.
 
*Caption For Article PhotoGov. Obi  (Middle), being presented with the Business Hallmarks Governor of the Year Award (2011) by Senator Ben Obi (left). On his right is the former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Mr. Emeka Onwuka in the early hours of yesterday.
 
 

-Masterweb Reports
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012: Yesterday’s May day celebration in Anambra was unlike many others in the past devoid of rancour and name-calling between labour union and Government as the Chairman of the state wing of the Nigeria Labour Congress, comrade Patrick Obianyo praised Governor Peter Obi for his enormous achievements in infrastructural development.
 
These facilities, Obianyo said, had given the people easy access to towns and villages in the state and opened up those communities that were hitherto difficult to reach.
 
Describing the relationship between the state and the labour union as “very cordial because it is obvious that the government has done so well and had increased workers’ salaries severally including the recent N10,000 increase”.
 
Obianyo, however, asked the Governor to look into some areas that are still disturbing to the workers. Although salaries has been increased several times, he said, the recent removal of fuel subsidy has greatly eroded the value of money and government needed to put more money on workers’ wages.
 
He also said that the union was worried about the plight of workers of Anambra state indigenes dismissed by Abia state government. Most worrisome, he said was the aspect of 53 pensioners among them who have spent their entire productive life in the service of Abia Government and had been receiving their pensions.
 
The workers also worried about the termination of appointment of workers of the defunct Anambra state environmental protection agency (ANSEPA), contract appointments and the likes. Obianyo also demanded that labour leaders be appointed into boards and parastatals and non ministerial departments.
 
Governor Obi in his speech thanked workers for their contributions to the growth of the state. He said that when all joined hands the state would attract outside support and that in itself will give the state more leverage.
 
Obi said that virtually everything Obianyo complained off were being handled at government level and that soon, the Secretary to the Government will invite labour leaders on a round table to discuss them.

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)
 
 
 
The recent revelations by  the National Security Adviser at the South-South Economic Summit in Asaba, Delta State that the PDP politicians are responsible for the Boko Haram continuous atrocities has become a bone in the neck for the PDP. Recent information revealed that that there is pressure on President Goodluck to sack Patrick Azazi.The comments of Azazi is nothing new because many people who are monitoring the activities of Boko Haram from a discreet distance including the writer have already made all these observations between the time of UN headquarter bombings and the Madalla Christmas Bombings. It was the  frustrations at how government was foot-dragging on the issue of naming and exposing the sponsors of Boko Haram inside the PDP that led to the above article  first published on the 2nd of February by thenigerianvoice.com.and by other media organisations. Azazi only reiterated what all informed sources including the PDP, CPC, ACN chieftains are aware of .By the time you are through you will understand that the ruling party actually has a syndrome of perpetual deception of which probably the Mountain of Fire Ministry (MFM) need to be contacted to conduct proper 21 day deliverance on them from the spirit of lies, pretentions and deception. Below is the replication of the article.
 
 
The Boko Haram as presently constituted has three wings. The pro-sharia Boko Haram which is the offshoot of the one led by late Alhaji Yusuf, the All Queda Boko Haram which is sponsored by Arab support and the Peoples Democratic Party Boko Haram which wants to prevent President Goodluck from contesting for a second term in 2015 or stifle his seven year tenure elongation bid. My analysis is to dissect the PDP Boko Haram and the lies they have fed Nigerians.
 
 
This party called the PDP is a bundle of deceit. The name Peoples Deceptive Party actually depicts them. When a criminal is in a locality and visits theft on the unsuspecting locals, the only way to avoid detection is to point in another direction as the search for the criminal ensues. The criminal blames the stranded traveler who lodged in a nearby motel or the stranded trader who slept in the market square or even the mentally deranged who lives near the sewage pit. This is the formula the PDP have used to make Nigerians look the other way while seeking for sponsors of Boko Haram.
 
 
Senator Ali Ndume is PDP, Inspector General of Police  Ringim that supervised the escape of principal suspect bomber in Suleija on Christmas day  is PDP, Zakari Biu the Commissioner of Police who executed the escape plan is PDP, the Christmas bomber is PDP registered in his village. PDP governors pays tithe to Boko Haram . The gun runner, Comrade Nuhu Mohammed , arrested for supplying arms to Boko Haram militants is PDP. His phone contacts revealed affinity with members of the Federal Executive Council, National Council of State and other PDP chieftains. The list is endless and it all points to the same source , the ruling party.
 
 
The opposition especially Congress for Progressive Change and Action Congress of Nigeria have asked the ruling party umpteenth times to unmask those behind Boko Haram. It is common knowledge within the opposition parties that the ruling party is using the Boko  Haram to get at each other. The problem is that it gets far deeper than meets the eye. The PDP cannot afford to expose their Boko Haram members for fear of political recession. The entire nation is fed with lies while the bloodletting continues.
 
 
Immediately after the bombings of the United Nations headquarters in Abuja, intelligence reports indicted high level friends of government in the executive, legislature, senior party officials, elder statesmen and security officers including retired ones. It is expected that President Goodluck will seize the opportunity of the uproar and outrage against the bombings to confront the indicted senior members of the party. Instead he chose to appeal to some of them to turn a new leaf. Emboldened by presidential timidity the murderers recruited more high level personalities, hitherto sitting on the fence, into the murderous chess game.
 
 
Their strategy is to make the nation state unsafe, ungovernable for president Goodluck until he forgets his ambition of either a second term in office or the seven year tenure elongation plot. The PDP politicians in the North merely tolerated President Goodluck during the months and weeks to the presidential elections. There was so much funds to be shared in 2011 that they elected to stuff their pockets first before thinking of 2015.With hundreds of billions of naira used to purchase the northern PDP and with their pockets filled to the brim, they decided to start where they stopped. Where did they stop? They stopped when they sensed that the failure of President Goodluck to win the party ticket will likely result to his being non-partisan and thereby conducting  a free and fair election at all levels. With the political realignment and discontent in the core north, a free and fair election will favor the opposition CPC. This will drive them into political oblivion and irrelevance and as such the option of free election is not desirable. Secondly the PDP politicians are not sure yet of what a Buhari presidency will do to the thieving elites. The only safe option was to swim or sink with Goodluck. Having secured their position, relevance and offices, they have resumed the zoning battle with a new coloration. The agenda is that this ‘Goodluck should not be given a breather until he wipes off any ambition beyond 2015 from his Ijaw mind’. They are yet to come to terms that a shoeless Nigerian would lord over their aristocratic birthright.
 
 
The Nigerian security forces especially the State Security Services and the Directorate of Military Intelligence have shown rare professionalism in tracking and monitoring the sponsors of Boko Haram. The problem is that the number of high profile personalities involved is such that only a presidential order would close up the matter. The President is yet to give the much awaited orders because of fear or religious, ethnic and sectional twists and propaganda. In such cases you cannot blame the monitoring agencies when the authority to enforce is not appropriately delegated. The escapist option is to blame the opposition parties.
 
 
Governors Babangida Aliyu and Rabiu Kwakwanso of Niger and Kano respectively deserve commendations because they have refused to accept Boko Haram insurgents hanging around their political space. Part of the attacks on these two states was to hit back at the intransigence of the duo over what others are condoning.
 
 
Their 2015 succession politics is not my headache because only God knows what would happen in 2015. The problem is that their succession chess game is leading to the death of numerous shoe and shoeless Nigerians and creating a pathological hatred between the Christians and Muslims of this country and the north and south of Nigeria, a trend which if not arrested, will lead to a civil war.
 
 
The Sharia Boko Haram could be checkmated by security agents, the Al-queda  Boko Saram is containable by foreign military collaboration but the PDP Boko Haram could only be checkmated by northern elders or the leader of the party itself, President Goodluck. Feelers from the state House suggests a presidential helplessness and as such I deem it fit to suggest that PDP elder statesmen like Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar, Shehu Shagari, Alex Ekwueme, Joseph Wayas, Theophilus Danjuma and others who came to his rescue during the Yar’adua cabal face off should be invited to talk sense into their party men before they drag us all into Armageddon.

Obinna Akukwe
 
 
 
 
 

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Eddy Aghanenu)
 
The recent BRACED Commission Summit in Asaba, Delta State, has come and gone. The ripple effects of the summit are expectedly still being felt across the state and beyond. The BRACED Commission, the regional South-South body formed to integrate and fast track development in the zone was formed over two years ago by governors in the region. It has begun to dawn on the governors that for states to develop fast and integrate their economy and resources, regional cooperation is needed. It is with this in mind that the South-South governors decided to take a cue from what is going on in the South West Zone of the country.
 

The summit started on a note of controversy and shame. Few days before the summit, a former governor from the zone was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment by a British Court. This brings to three, former governors from the zone who have been convicted for financial crimes and breach of trust. They are the former governors of Bayelsa, Edo and Delta States. The South-South Zone has churned out the highest number of convicted governors in the country. It speaks volumes of the financial rascality and recklessness of leaders in the zone and the judicial system of this country is held comatose by another former Braced governor who secured an injunction of perpetual immunity against which the EFCC as an organisation is too terrified or too knowing to appeal because that former governor is now “justice”
 
In the words of Wole Soyinka, a guest speaker at the summit “ Ask yourselves how it comes about that one of your former members of this very governorship consortium is currently basking in immunity, having succeeded in obtaining a judicial injunction against prosecution for his crimes against the future, perpetrated while in office. Do we need to point out that as a nation we are covered with shame that it took an external court of justice, of the former colonial masters, to finally put an end to the costly shenanigans of another of your former brother governors, one who held the forces of anti-corruption at bay, led them a merry dance all the way to Dubai until he was plucked out of his imagined sanctuary?”
 
Another controversy that trailed the summit was Delta State’s decision to spend N7.5billion in demolishing hills at Asaba Airport so that the presidential jet could land safely. How come a whooping N7.5billion was being spent in ten days to demolish hills in the Airport? Where there no feasibility studies before they started construction? In a State crying for health reforms, qualitative education, good roads, security, provision of water, power, was it economically advisable for the Governor to waste N7.5billion in the demolition of ant hills at Asaba Airport? And yet our governor had the temerity to tell us that Deltans would praise him in future for the bold decision to demolish ant hills for N7.5b notwithstanding its present opportunity cost to the development of the state.
 
Another show of shame occurred  during the summit when there was power outage for over an hour. That power outage symbolizes the ineptitude and chaotic planning by the organisers of the event and the Delta State Government that hosted it.
 
The BRACE Commission is a welcome idea but we envisage the challenge of implementation of ideas. Regional integration is necessary if the South-South Zone is to move forward. The BRACED Commission Summit organised on the broad theme “Integrating the South – South for Sustainable Development” (with special emphasis on Development, Investment and Security) was held at the Convention Centre, Asaba, Delta State under the auspices of the BRACED States – Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta. Various papers were delivered at the summit. President Kigame of Rwanda called for the need for integration and accountability. He said integration can only take place when we have upright leaders who are accountable to the people. To him, "we recognised as Rwandans that our development depended on our efforts, we owe it to ourselves to succeed, not to any other person. Similarly, the South-South has felt that it does not want to be held captive by its past. I want to state that you have enormous advantage over most countries, you have huge oil deposits and other natural resources."
 
The huge oil deposits are the bane of the region. The powers that be in conjunction with oil multinational companies have combined to steal the people’s wealth and also to destroy their various means of livelihood and the environment. President Kigame said that developmental decisions must involve the people. It is when the people are involved in decisions affecting them, that their need can be met. He said: "All these mean that solution to national challenges came from within and that is that people own the entire development process. In my view, countries can only develop if governments enable a qualitative improvement in their citizens' life. This means that a suitable business climate that facilitates better production and more trade and investment must be established." Unfortunately, this is yet to happen in the South-South geo political zone.
 
As earlier stated, Prof. Wole Soyinka, a guest at the occasion commended the governors for agreeing to integrate economically. To him, it is through integration that states can be viable. He was in agreement with President Kigame on the need for regional integration. “Let each regional grouping and its member states single-mindedly project and pursue their strategies for the enhancement of the quality of life and the dignity of their people. Let them quarry into their resources to extract the material required for their very existence, material that they can exchange among one another based on their spatial developmental advantages. In short, they should share among themselves, areas of specialisation, substituting strength for the weakness of their partners, expertise for deficiencies in one member or the other.” He equally admonished leaders to deliver good governance to the people. He also queried the corruption going on in the zone as exemplified by the jailing of former Governor James Ibori of Delta State.
 
The host governor spoke glowingly of his economic plans for the state. He spoke of industrial parks, tourism and Export Free Zone. "The major outline of this goal is to build key infrastructure in the areas of power, transportation (including airports and sea ports) and industrialisation anchored on our Special Economic Zones. In pursuit of this vision, we have struggled with enormous challenges. But we have remained focused.” To the citizenry in Delta State, these projects are seen more on television than on ground.
 
Earlier, Delta Rescue Mission (DRM), a group aimed at liberating the state from socio economic and political collapse had issued a press statement. In the press state, DRM spoke the feelings of the people of the Niger Delta. The group called on member states to implement people oriented programmes. “DRM also calls on member states to urgently tackle the twin issues of unemployment and insecurity. Regional integration of roads, rail and water transport is of utmost priority. DRM hopes that the BRACED Commission will urgently address these. DRM equally hopes that a strategy for the development of the region will emerge from this summit. Above all, DRM calls on member states to ensure that transparency and accountability become the order of the day and a watch word in the region.”
 
DRM further demanded that “Fresh building blocks of accountability and integrity must be honestly laid by the Braced Commission coupled with demonstrable will by the promoters of the Braced Commission to implement same. It is a matter of regret that the few governors convicted so far for monumental fraud and theft of state funds are from the BRACED states. “As a sign that the inglorious past will not return, the governors of the BRACED states should openly denounce the looting of public funds by their predecessors some of whom are openly patronised by the present governors.”
 
The summit was filled with good speeches, a very good communiqué and brilliant ideas. But the question then arises; will the Commission implement these ideas? Will it not be another jamboree? Will it not be another talk-show where Government Officials line their pockets with the people’s money? A Commission whose website is not functional or updated, will it be able to function effectively. A Commission whose website has the last posting in October, 2011, has no information on the Asaba summit or the outcome of the summit; can such a Commission be relevant and responsive to the yearnings of the people in its present setup? Is there a secretariat in between the summits that implements the decisions? Is there a template for development common to the Braced States? Has there been an attempt for the people of the Braced states rather than their governors to own the process? Have we worked out regional infrastructural projects? Is there a peer review mechanism, for instance can airports been built to the same standards at near identical costs? Is there a common degree of intolerance to corruption and wasteful and avoidable expenditure among the members?
 
For the Commission to be effective, it must be unbundled from the clutches of the Governors. It must not be political. It must be neutral in the affairs of member states though a benchmark of good governance must be set. It should be managed by tested and patriotic professionals and technocrats drawn from the member states who may earn token wages if  they earn at all. It must be accountable. Personal aggrandizement should not be welcome in the Commission. Above all, the welfare of the people in the South-South zone should be of paramount interest to the Commission.
 
Eddy Aghanenu