Saturday, 25 June 2011

U-Report: Speaker Of Imo State House Of Assembly Receives Award For Excellence And Philantropy

Speaker Uwajimogu

Reported By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha

The speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu has received an award for excellence and philanthropy. The award was given to him by the National Commission for Museums and Monument in association with Alliance Francaise, Boom Votex and Next 2 None (NGO) to mark the International Children's Day in a 4-day Children's Art Festival Organized at the Rosy Art Theatre Owerri – Imo State on the 23rd of June 2011.

Speaking at the occasion after receiving the award, Rt. Hon. Uwajumogu thanked the Organizers of the event particularly the guest speaker Mrs. Chioba Francisca Uboh and Mr. Obii Ekeocha, the initiator of the ceremony for their ingenuity in facilitating the ceremony. Speaker Uwajumogu advised them to continue to work together for the growth of our children, our cultural heritage in the state and Nigeria at large. He maintained that our children has a right to be  loved, a right to be protected, a right to sound and qualitative education, a right to be heard and a right to live. The ebullient and vibrant legislator therefore urged and enjoined all and sundry to carry out this crusade of taking care of our children to various homes, communities and local governments. He insisted that these crusades are geared towards the well-being of our children who majority of them are still in child labour, abject poverty, sexual abuse, slavery and other unimaginable conditions in many parts of the world.

Article: Tough Talking Hafiz Abubakar Ringim

Hafiz Ringim
By Kenneth Uwadi
It was Thursday, and I was drinking table water that I bought from a nearby store and from my window I stare  at  Bunmi  that walks  toward  my door.  She is dark, of Yoruba lineage and with large brown eyes .Her legs kept moving, as if she was doing a slow rhythmic dance. She was wearing long shiny earrings with bracelets on each arm. Her cloth hugs her body; the lightest of cotton is that cloth. Everyone in the neighbourhood admires her and she knows it. I was still watching her when the news of the suicide bomb blast at the Nigerian police headquarters was aired on radio.
The news of the suicide bombing in Nigeria hit me like a bucket of cold water. I stayed glued to my radio set  so as to get the true story of this gory incident  but my neighbours' dog, Jimmy, will not stop barking, the same high, rhythmic bark. Sometimes when this dog starts barking at  God knows what, I  use to   chase it out of my  room ,  close all the windows in the house and  put on a home theatre at  full blast. Dogs will be dogs, and will always bark. Jimmy; my neighbour's   dog has bad manners and a cold nose. Always  following me around the house like a porcupine and always climbing all over my clothes, filling me full of mange and rubbing up against my knee like a dog hungry for  bone .Damn this dog, I've got to hear this news.
A bomb blew up inside the Nigerian police headquarters killing a suspected suicide bomber and others, witnesses and officials said. The blast tore into a police car park at the compound in our capital Abuja, throwing people to the ground and destroying several vehicles. Holy Mary, Mother of God! This is the first suicide bombing in Nigeria as we face a growing threat from Islamic militants. Boko Haram Islamic  sect, we gathered has  claimed responsibility for this bombing that left eight people dead and 77 vehicles destroyed. A statement from a senior member of the group, Abu Zaid, said the attack at the police headquarters was to prove a point to all who doubt the capabilities of the sect. It said it was angered by a police declaration that the days of Boko Haram are numbered.
The Police have claimed to have randomly detained at least 58  Boko Haram  sect members .The 58 Boko Haram members we  are  told  were moved to Abuja aboard a military aircraft .This  Boko Haram set members are full of hate. They are now the monster that grew out of despair. Bombs are going off everywhere in Nigeria, even in places which are supposed to be the safest due to their supposedly tight security. With the adoption of suicide bombing by this sect, Nigeria is now unsafe. If suicide bombers can detonate bombs at the National Police Headquarters,then nowhere is safe again.
IG of Police Alhaji Hafiz Abubakar Ringim had in Borno State announced that the days of Boko Haram were numbered and that the police will soon flush out the group. Tough talking Ringim. He can go ahead to jump up or boxed in and talk the entire tough about how he can flush out the Boko Haram group. He can bang his  fists on the wall, beat his chest, kick  and shout till he is hoarse but we want to see action. He should make things happen. The Police talked tough when Alfred Rewane was shot and killed in Lagos on October 6, 1995. Till date nobody was convicted for his murder.The police talked tough over  the bloody assassination of the then  Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Bola Ige. He was a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), one of the political parties that presented a candidate for the 1999 polls. Bola Ige was killed in his home in Ibadan, in the South-western state of Oyo, on the 23rd December 2001.His case provoked a severe outcry in Nigeria. He apparently had come to spend the Christmas with his wife when a group of gunmen came into his house and shot him. Bola Ige had publicly stated that he was going to resign his ministerial appointment in order to actively take part in party politics. Till date the police could not solve the Ige murder case. What about the murder of  Chief  Sunday  Awoniyi on January 7,2002. He was found soaked in his blood, reportedly stabbed to death. No one has been convicted for the murder of Awoniyi
Dating back to history, there is hardly any high profile crime case that has been successfully unravelled or solved. Yet IG of Police Alhaji Hafiz Abubakar Ringim is talking tough.The police talked tough when Barnabas Igwe,chairman of the Anambra state branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, and his wife Abigail Amaka were ambushed in their car and brutally murdered in Onitsha, on September 1,2002. The police also talked tough  when Ogbonnaya Uche, was shot in his home in Owerri on February 8, 2003, and died two days later.The police talked tough when  Aminasoari K. Dikibo, Chairman of Peoples' Democratic Party, South South Zone was killed on 6 February 2004, equally under circumstances termed to be inexplicable. The murder of Dikibo was so mysterious that it has come under public scrutiny. Dikibo was accosted while on his way to attend a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the party.Orji Uzor Kalu once said that Dikibo told him (Orji) that some High Politicians in Abuja were after him. The police till date did not solve the mentioned crime cases, yet Hafiz Abubakar Ringim   is talking tough about Boko Haram.
The cops In Nigeria to me are almost as menacing as Boko Haram for they have never come out with solutions to crime cases of national attention. What can our Police  forces do well? To me it is time we find someone that can re-structure the police,overhaul the system, improve the  intelligence gathering efforts and capabilities. For now, Nigerian Police is obsolete in attitude, training and functions. The activities of the Boko Haram sect are now becoming embarrassing. Authorities that are responsible for security should please stand up, take up their responsibilities and save us from this sect
(Uwadi writes from Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State,Nigeria)

Report: State Of The World’s Mothers 2011

"In commemoration of Mother’s Day, Save the Children is publishing its twelfth annual State of the World’s Mothers report. We have assembled our Champions for Children – leading voices from academia, politics, religion, business and the arts – to celebrate the great progress the world has made in recent decades to reduce deaths among children under age 5. These distinguished essayists explore the many reasons why the United States, as a nation, must continue to invest in lifesaving maternal and child health programs. U.S. investment in basic health care for the world’s mothers and children will impact everything from the future of national security, to economic growth for American businesses in developing countries, and even the environment. Millions of children are alive today because of past investments in lifesaving programs. But our work is not done. Each day, 22,000 children still perish, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. While many countries are making progress, many still need our help. This report identifies countries that are lagging behind in the race to save lives. It also shows that effective solutions to this challenge are affordable – even in the world’s poorest countries."

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News Report: Nigeria's President Consults Ex-Convict Former Party Chieftain Over Ministerial Nomination

George And Wife During Trial

Chief Olabode George, former Deputy national Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), who has just served a jail term for corrupt enrichment of self while serving as non executive Chairman of Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), has been in consultations with Nigeria's President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, over who will fill the ministerial slot for Lagos state where George comes from. Lagos state has been in the hands of the rival Action Congress Party of Nigeria(ACN) since 2007. The President is mandated to appoint at least one Minister from each of the thirthy-six states of the country.

chidi opara reports network members in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city reported three meetings last week between the former PDP chieftain and the President. "It is all about nomination of Ministers", a highly placed Presidency contact informed us.

A high level Presidency insider also informed us that the former PDP chieftain presented three names out of which the President is expected to choose one. We are still waiting for the names as promised by the insider at the time of preparing this report.

Security contacts had revealed to chidi opara reports earlier this year that having served in strategic locations as a naval officer, Olabode Goerge, who was also a military governor of Ondo state, is privy to a lot of sensitive information about petroleum and arms rackets in high places. It is feared in security circles that George, if pushed too far may reveal whatever he knows.

Our investigation revealed that Olabode George has a hold on PDP national leadership and the President. The former PDP chieftain, according to our findings has details of how he donated part of the proceeds of the corruption for which he was sent to prison to the PDP national purse and to the Umaru Yar'Adua/Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign organization in 2007. The PDP national leadership and the Presidency, we learned on good authority have resolved to rehabilitated George. A presidential pardon, chidi opara reports also learned, is also in the offing.