Tuesday, 30 June 2015

News Release: Jega’s Tenure Exit At INEC: Time To Reverse Bastardized & Corrupted Electoral Policies In Nigeria


By relevant provisions of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999, as amended last in 2011, the five year tenure of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru M. Jega, from Kebbi State, Northwest, Nigeria, ends today.  Prof Jega was originally appointed INEC Chairman by former President Goodluck Jonathan on 8th June 2011. This is in accordance with Supplementary Section 14 (1) (a) of the Part 1 of Third Schedule to the Constitution of Nigeria 1999, as last amended in 2011. By the same Constitutional provisions, Prof Jega is entitled to a second and final tenure of five years if the appointing authority (the Presidency) wishes to. But owing to Prof Jega’s public disclosure immediately after the  highly controversial and disputed 2015 general polls,  that he would not ask for or accept another tenure as INEC Chairman; his tenure as  INEC Chairman officially and finally ends today being   June 30,  2015.

News Release: Afreximbank Agrees To EUR 57 Million Funding For Cape Verde Hotel Project

Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra (right), exchanges documents with Jean-Marie Gras, President of Decameron New Horizon, at the signing ceremony in Cairo.

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today signed on to an agreement to provide a 57 million-Euro credit facility for the construction of a five-star hotel and spa by Cape Verde-based Decameron New Horizon group along the island nation’s main Santa Maria beach.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Open Letter: A Call For Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Impeachement

Governor Okorocha

 Imo State House of Assembly,
House of Assembly Complex
C/o Clerk of the House
 A  Call For Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Impeachement
The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) is sad to note that In the midst of abundant human and natural resources, the vast majority of Imo working masses and the youths live in abject poverty. It is no secret to us that the politician responsible for this embarrassing state of absurdity in Imo State is the “profit first” capitalist anti-poor, anti-peoples Governor of Imo State Chief Rochas Okorocha.

News Release: Proposed Transfer Of Boko Haram Terror Suspects

Crime Suspects

The proposed transfer to Anambra prisons (Onitsha, Awka and Ekwulobia) and other prisons in the Southeast zone, of some detained suspects of the Boko Haram Terror Insurgency leading to mass protests on Saturday, 27th June 2015 by Igbo traders based in Anambra State, is seen by the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law as an infamous policy by the reactionary forces at the Federal Government aimed at massive destruction of Igbo lives and properties and escalation of Islamic insurgency in Nigeria; the alleged belated denial of such moves by the public relations office of the Nigerian Prisons Service notwithstanding.

Friday, 26 June 2015

News Release: Afreximbank Supported Hotel Project Set To Help Meet Capacity Needs For 2016 Summit

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (left) lays foundation stone for Bamako Sheraton Hotel with assistance of Cesse Kome, President, Koira Hotel Investments, as N’Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Minister of Culture (red head scarf) looks on.

With a $1 billion pipeline of tourism-related projects across Africa, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is making a big difference in helping its Member States to more easily deliver on their tourism strategies while creating jobs, the Bank announced today in Bamako.

News Release: National Assembly Crisis Is A Dangerous Threat To Undermine The Constitution And Welfare Of Nigerians

By Section 1 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended last in 2011; this Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria. By its subsection 2, the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall person or group of persons take control of the government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution. By its subsection 3, if any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution, the Constitution shall prevail, and that other law shall to the extent of the inconsistency be void.

Article: President Buhari And The Lessons Of June 9th 2015

President Buhari

By SKC Ogbonnia

The events since the inauguration of Nigeria ’s 8th National Assembly are not trending exactly like the making of the change the world had hoped for when Muhammadu Buhari was elected president. The opposition is already weakened and compromised. Party indiscipline, which had been a cancer of past regimes, is now full grown. The discredited corrupt oligarchy of Nigeria’s Legislature once more appears primed to dictate the content and character of the much anticipated change. And the very enemies of the change are having a blast.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Photonews: Fracas In Nigeria's House Of Representatives

Article: Governor Okorocha Pay Us Our Salaries And Pensions Now

Governor Okorocha

By Kenneth Uwadi

It is all over the news that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State is blaming the precarious financial health of Imo on alleged fraudulent activities of political appointees, senior staff of ministries and parastatals, as well as local government workers . What a very poor defence as we all know that allocation received has been diverted to the interest of ‘My Family-My Family’ and not the needs of the people. Nothing should worry truly patriotic Imolites more than an attempt to becloud their reasoning. This is especially so when such camouflaging is being done in a brazenly dim-witted manner.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

News Release: General Electric Nigeria To Develop Local Expertise

GE Nigeria Enginners in Training in Brazil

In furtherance of its commitment to create jobs, build skills and ensure technology transfer in its operations in Nigeria and beyond, General Electric (NYSE: GE) has sent the first batch out of the 15 newly recruited technicians and engineers to Brazil for training in the assembly and test of subsea equipment. The young Nigerians, most of whom are just fresh from school departed Nigeria over the weekend for the one-month training.

News Release: Bell Labs And Technische Universität Dresden Sign Agreement To Collaborate On Advancing The Development Of 5G Networks

Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has become a research partner of the Technische Universität Dresden’s 5G Lab Germany. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

U-Report: FOI Coalition Tasks President Buhari On NFIC, POCA Bills

President Buhari

Report By FOI Coalition Publicity

The Freedom of Information Coalition in Nigeria(FOICN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Proceeds of Crime-POCA and Nigeria Financial Intelligence Center-NFIC bills recently passed by the National Assembly.

News Release: NALC To Push For Bold Education Agenda For Nigeria At OAS

Washington DC based “Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NALC)”, has been invited by the “Organization of American States (OAS)” to its 16th International Education Symposium in Guadalajara, Mexico, holding June 22nd-26th, 2015.

Monday, 22 June 2015

News Release: MEND Berates Members Of Nigeria’s 8th National Assembly

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has observed with disgust, the brazing disregard for the feelings of the Change-Seeking masses by very selfish members of the Eight National Assembly.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

News Release: Group Slams Amnesty International Report On Nigerian Military

Since Amnesty International accused the Nigerian Army of crimes against humanity and the subsequent submission of its finding to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 3 June 2015, and President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to the military to conduct internal probe over the damning Amnesty International report the issue has continued to generate controversies among Nigerians

Friday, 19 June 2015

Article: The Greedy Governor Of Imo State

Governor Okorocha

By Kenneth Uwadi

Recently someone called me on phone. He said: "Uwadi you have been silent for some time You need to help us . Your write up always remind Owelle of his duties. It is nine months now that my department in the Imo civil service has not received any salary; some other department are being owed seven months, four months , three months salaries while pensioners are owed 18 months salaries . Now I trek to work and i borrow money to eat. This is bad as we are dying of hunger".

Article: A Vision Of Lt. General Danbazau In The New Nigeria

Lt. General Danbazau

By Maxwell Ogor Kukuk.  

It was the selection of Lt. General Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau as member of President Muhammadu Buhari's entourage, alongside former Governor of Lagos, Barr. Babatunde Fashola and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, to his meeting with leaders of G7 countries, hosted by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel that restored my vision of the cerebral former military officer as an essential pillar in the building of a new Nigeria. 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

News Release: General Electric Unveils Manufacturing Capabilities In Nigeria

General Electric has commenced fabrication of subsea wellheads at its Onne facility in River State.  This achievement comes at the culmination of 4 years of planning, capital investment and training of Nigerian personnel to establish the first of its kind capability in Nigeria.  The new investment has resulted in a 40% increase of covered work shop area at Onne facility and additional permanent staff.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Open Letter: Update On Complaint Against Wrongful Allocation Of Results To Deceased Students & Related Issues

Ref: Intersociety/NG/06/015/003/Rector/FPO/AN

Prof Godwin Onu
Rector, Federal Polytechnic
The Deputy Rector (Administration)
Office of the Rector, Federal Polytechnic
Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria

Update On Complaint Against Wrongful Allocation Of Results To Deceased Students & Related Issues
Following our letters of 21st May and 4th June 2015 addressed to your respected office on the matter above underlined and reactions so generated, it is our resolution to write to update you and other stakeholders. Importantly, we have observed few errors contained in the two previous letters under reference.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

News Release: Anti-Corruption War Must Not Be Politicized

The Citizens Anti-Corruption Network (CAN) wishes to call on the President Mohammed Buhari to be weary of some persons both within and outside his new government whose intentions are now to explore the anti-corruption stance of his government to blackmail perceived political opponents especially public officials who served in the previous administration in the country.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

News Release: Afreximbank Appoints New President

Dr. Benedict Oramah
Shareholders of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today appointed Dr. Benedict Oramah to be the next President of the continental multilateral trade finance institution, making him the third President to serve the Bank since its establishment in 1993.

Article: Irrefutable Facts About Nkpor Old Road Completed Project & Related Issues In Anambra State

By Emeka Umeagbalasi

This is not only the fact as it is, but also as it ought to be, over who completed the asphalt and gutter work on Nkpor Old Road between Obi and Obiano administrations. To add to the fact that the Road did not have any leftover as un-asphalted portion under Obi administration, I personal observed the last asphalt of the Road at Nawfia-Omuokpu-Amawbia section in early 2014 and that between Enugu-Ukwu and Nawfia in late December 2013. Peter “Okwute” Obi fought hard to complete the Road particularly following APC and Ngige's scornful use of it as one of their campaign weapons against him and his APGA party, during the 2013 gubernatorial poll that brought Akpokuedike-Aguleri to Anambra's gubernatorial seat; to the effect that the Road having been awarded since 2008; is Obi's longest lasting road project in the State; which was one of the reasons why Obi completed it by fire by force. At Intersociety, we also fought for re-asphalting of the failed portions of the Road with several letters and offline messages and information to Obi and his Gubernatorial Company.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

News Release: Afreximbank Urges Domestic Resources Mobilization For Export Trade Infrastructure As AGM Opens

Opening of Afreximbank AGM 2015: (L-R) Dr. Benedict Oramah, Afreximbank Executive Vice President; Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor, Bank of Zambia; Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra; Denys Denya, Afreximbank Executive Vice President; and Dr. George Elombi, Afreximbank Executive Vice President.

Africa faces an urgent need to develop mechanisms to mobilize domestic resources to support investment and development of export and trade-related infrastructure, Jean-Louis Ekra, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), said in Lusaka today.

News Release: The Inauguration Of 8th National Assembly Of Nigeria & Supremacy Of The Constitution

The attention of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is drawn over the inaugural events that unfolded yesterday (09/06/2015) on the floor of the Eight National Assembly of Nigeria particularly at the Senatorial inauguration.  The official statement of the new federal governing party-APC, over the referenced events has also been read and analyzed. The emergence of Hon Yakubu Dogara of the APC as the new Federation’s House Speaker with 182 votes against his challenger’s 174; is very commendable. Our only concern in the case of Senator Bukola Saraki of APC, who was returned by 57 Senators present as the new Senate President, out of 109 senatorial membership is that his emergence did not command a commanding and commendable majority capable of soldiering his leadership devoid of rancor and bickering.

Monday, 8 June 2015

News Release: On Visit To Zambian Vice-President, Afreximbank Announces Support For Small Enterprise Financing

Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra presents a gift to Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina during the courtesy call as Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor of the Bank of Zambia (1st left), looks on.

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is negotiating to provide a financing facility to enable the Development Bank of Zambia boost its capacity for financing small enterprises and entrepreneurs in the country, Jean-Louis Ekra, President of the Bank, has said.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

U-Report: Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky To President Buhari: “Re-Constitute And Re-Orient Nigerian Army”

Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

Report By Stephen Lawan

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, His Eminence Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has advised the new government in the country to re-constitute and re-orient the army in order not to inherit an army that sees citizens as enemies.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

News Release: Towards An African Agreement For Maritime Security

With six months left until the African Union summit dedicated to maritime security begins (http://www.african-union-togo2015.com), Togo held a press conference, on Tuesday June 2nd, around the preparations for this special event to share the challenges, strategy and vision of what could be a determining point for the African continent.

Friday, 5 June 2015

News Release: Boost Investment In Africa’s Energy For A Triple Win For People, Power And Planet

African governments, investors, and international financial institutions must significantly scale up investment in energy to unlock Africa’s potential as a global low-carbon superpower.

That is the main message of a new report from Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel, Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities (http://www.africaprogresspanel.org). The report calls for a ten-fold increase in power generation to provide all Africans with access to electricity by 2030. This would reduce poverty and inequality, boost growth, and provide the climate leadership that is sorely missing at the international level.

News Release: Africa Witnesses The Largest International Islamic Economic Gathering Next Week

(The 40th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank Takes Place in Maputo)

Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group (http://www.isdb.org), has stated that preparations are in full swing at the IDB Group for its annual meeting, which is scheduled to take place this year, Allah willing, in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique at the kind invitation of the Government of Mozambique. This is the first time the meeting of the IDB Board of Governors is taking place in the southernmost part of Africa, to which the IDB gives priority in its development programs and plans. The meeting has taken place several times in the past in a number of member countries in the west, east and north of the continent thereby indicating the IDB's firm commitment to supporting developmental efforts on the continent.

Open Letter: Complaint Against Wrongful Allocation Of Results To Deceased Students & Related Issues: A Call For Investigation & Redress (2)

Ref: Intersociety/NG/06/015/002/Rector/FPO/AN

Prof Godwin Onu
Rector, Federal Polytechnic
The Deputy Rector (Administration)
Office of the Rector, Federal Polytechnic
Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria

 Complaint Against Wrongful Allocation Of Results To Deceased Students & Related Issues: A Call For Investigation & Redress (2)
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety, is an international rights organization formed and incorporated in 2008 with headquarters in Onitsha, Southeast, Nigeria. Intersociety thematically works for protection and advancement of democracy and good governance, civil liberties and rule of law as well as security and safety. Our advocacy activities and other information about us are available on www.intersociety-ng.org.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Report: Blood On Their Hands

(A Report By Amnesty International Detailing Recent Human Rights violations by the Nigerian Military)

Evidence released today by Amnesty International based on dozens of military documents and correspondence as well as interviews with victims, eyewitnesses and members of the security forces reveals that senior officials of the Nigerian military had full knowledge of the arbitrary detentions and high rates of deaths and failed to take action to stop these human rights violations.........

Article: A Trajectory of Power, Humiliations And Painful Exit

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

By Buhari Bello Jega

It is a small world indeed, for those who understand the transient nature of life, opportunity and power. Power they say corrupt; and absolute power corrupt absolutely.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

News Release: Afreximbank’s 22nd Annual General Meeting

The African Export-Import Bank will hold its 22nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and related activities in Lusaka, Zambia, from 10 to 13 June 2014. Former African Presidents, ministers, business and political leaders, central bank governors, and experts in African trade finance will be joined at the events by representatives of the continent’s top banking institutions. (Full programme will be posted at: http://afreximbank.com/event/annual-general-meeting-2015/ )

Article: A Cue For President Buhari On Electricity Crisis

President Buhari

By SKC Ogbonnia

May 29th, 2015 has come and gone. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is now a former president, and  Nigeria ’s prevalent electricity crisis is no longer his headache. The problem is now wholly owned by Muhammadu Buhari, the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Thus far, Buhari has started on a good note, declaring in his inaugural speech that “Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.” 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

News Release: Declaration Of Assets By President Muhammadu Buhari And Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Say No CampaignNigeria (SNC) congratulates the President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on the successful transition and assumption of office. We congratulate the Nigerian people for their determination, resilience and patriotism for ensuring a hitch free democratic transition. By virtue of our decision to defend democracy, we have earned international respect and recognition as a democratic model for another developing democracies around the world.

News Release: Democracy Day Squandermania (Concluding Part)

It is heartbreaking that Nigeria, which is a land naturally flowing with milk and honey has been turned into a land flowing with blood and tears, despair, anguish and torture courtesy of governance insanity, naivety and mercantilism; chronically inflicted on it by its 17, 500-member  criminal governing council. The Team Buhari that just come on board with anti corruption parroting voice  as its governance agenda  remains the highest assemblage of doyens of corruption in the history of Nigeria dominated by  the country’s five leading cartels; and as such, it has earned a new indelible name-All Progressives in Corruption (APC). By this new name, anybody that joins the team becomes a progressive in corruption. In totality, Nigerian governance is a government of corruption for the corrupt people and by  the corrupt people”-Emeka Umeagbalasi and Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Board Chair & Head, Democracy & Good Governance of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law.

Monday, 1 June 2015

News Release: Governor Abubakar Sani Bello Appoints SSG, Others

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

The governor of Niger State, Malam Abubakar Sani Bello, has appointed Alhaji Shehu Umar Danyaya, a retired civil servant, as the secretary to the state government, SSG.

News Release: Democracy Day Squander-mania (Part One)

It remains the irrevocable position of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety that Nigeria’s major anti social and anti development enemy is corruption & corrupt practices particularly in its high public places. The most shocking aspect of it is that the country’s corruption has successfully passed processes of scientification and codification leading to its present three pillars of criminal borrowings, criminal overheads and criminal allowances. In other words, Nigeria’s corruption has gone scientific and is now in marriage with the country’s body of laws.In the world over, peripheral corruption or corruption on the surface is easier to fight or tackle than codified and scientific corruption; and Nigeria’s codified corruption has gotten immunity requiring radical approaches such as mass revolution”- -Emeka Umeagbalasi, Criminologist & Security Studies graduate.