Monday, June 16, 2014

More political trouble in Edo State as APC Legislatures Suspends 4 PDP members.

Hell broke loss last week at the Edo State House of Assembly as the APC house members suspends the 4 PDP members who recently defected from the APC to PDP. The suspended members backed with other PDP members went into the House, sat and also suspended the Speaker who is the leader of the APC. As expected a free for all fight broke out and the Police had to come in to maintain peace. The APC went to court, got a interim injunction. Restraining the PDP suspended members from entry the complex of the house of Asmebly. It also stop them from entering the. Official home. Although, they appealed the Judgement but today Monday they went to the house in breach of the judgement. They say it is a kangaroo judgement. At their sitting in the House today they're sorted to playing indoor games as both parties were present in the House chambers.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Political wahala in Edo State

Trouble is brewing in the APC in Edo State. The whole problem started when the party held their ward and local government congress. If you will recall that the ANPP, the CPC & the ACN formed the APC. But before the merger, the ACN had about three major factions with several other lesser factions. The factions where lead by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Dr. Egberamwen Odobo who is the Deputy Governor and the Governors faction. However, as the faction battle persisted the Odubu faction was forced to work with the Governor's factions. It was at the Congress that the Ize-Iyamu's faction was roundly defeated. Being that it is the ward that determines who goes to the LGA, State and Federal. It is also the foundation of who becomes what in the system Like Governors & Presidents. As at press time, the Ize-Iyamu faction has concluded plans to decamp to the PDP. They have even gone as far as to Aso Rock, the Nigeria Presidential seat to meet with President to formalize modality of their coming into the PDP. Another leader of one of the lesser faction, chief Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri had already decamped into the PDP.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nigerian Soldier beat up a Police woman in the street of Benin City.

Yesterday, March 18, 2014 around 3pm @ the Mega Petrol Station, Omoruyi street @ Sapele Road, just by Mr Biggs. A Hausa Soldier driving a coaster bus conveying what looks like military personnel im mufti, came down from his buses that he parked in the middle of the road and beat up a Police Woman who was controlling the traffic. He slapped her, tore her head open with his belt. I came down from my car and accosted the soldier, The women in the bus were siding with the driver. In my anger I asked him if he could beat up a muslim woman like that? As the argument went on the station DPO @ Adesuwa Police station came in, i went to park my car before I came back they had all cleared the scene. This morning I went back to see the DPO but they said he was on official assignment. I told his deputy that there is need for the police woman & the DPO to make a written report to the Defence Hqters and other military post around here. If this matter is not treated properly the soldier would be tempted to assault another person again. I told them that when we need them to fight Boko Harran he is on the street beaing up a uniformed Policewoman serving the nation.

Time to Engage by Kingsley Omose

Time to Engage
Years back when I resided in a quiet neighborhood in Surulere, Lagos, I had cause to visit Orile-Iganmu, a densely populated and blighted community in the Coker axis of Surulere, and what I saw and experienced there left me tongued tied for over two weeks.
I could not comprehend how Orile-Iganmu, a community about ten minutes drives from the Lagos Island business district, where financial deals and business transactions were done in the billions of Naira, could be so blighted and poverty ridden.
But what was more distressing for me was that Orile-Iganmu was just about thirty minutes walk from the part of Surulere where I was then residing, and it struck me that if for any reason people in Orile-Iganmu were ever to go on rampage to protest their appalling condition, my family was in deep trouble.
Not having the resources at that time to relocate my family from what I considered then to be a real threat to our future wellbeing, I decided that the best option was to engage with residents of the Orile-Iganmu community, become their friend and do the little I could to improve their living conditions.
My thinking was that if Orile-Iganmu was ever to implode and some members of the community were to invade more affluent parts of Surulere, they would pass by my gate, counting me as one of their friends thus sparing me and my family a worse fate that would befall others in my neighborhood.
In my search for engagement opportunities, I began attending the monthly meetings of the Opeloyeru Community Development Association, which was part of Orile-Iganmu that served as the link between the community and Surulere through Opeloyeru road, the main gateway into Orile-Iganmu
The main challenge facing the community then was that roads in Orile-Igamu became rivers of water during and after the raining season, leaving the community flooded and its roads impassable, its economy in doldrums, its people sick, in despair and despondent.
Babatunde Raji Fashola had just been sworn in as executive governor of Lagos State and with his rallying campaign slogan of “Eko Oni Baje”, we decided in the Opeloyeru CDA to take this issue of getting the government to reconstruct Opeloyeru road.
Through civil advocacy visits and series of letters and electronic mails sent to Governor Babatunde Fashola, we were able to bring the plight of the Orile Iganmu community to the governor’s attention resulting in the setting up of a government committee headed by Dr. Jide Idris to look into the matter.
A government delegation led by Dr. Steven Jagun eventually visited and went on an extensive tour of Orile-Iganmu, and representatives of the various community development associations in the community as well as a large number of residents were on hand to welcome them.
The result of all these initial interactions and engagements with the Lagos State government is that seven years later, Orile-Iganmu has undergone massive infrastructure upgrading that has radically transformed the community and in the process improved the quality of life of its residents.
While it is not yet uhuru for the community, one positive outcome has been the blossoming and flourishing of the local economy of Orile-Iganmu, a natural fall out of the fact that many roads are now motorable, leading to the establishment of more businesses, more employment and better living standards.
The quality of houses in the community have also improved and more people are relocating to Orile-Iganmu, as its attraction has always been the proximity to Lagos Island, and with the new express road and railways passing by the community, things are certainly looking better for the formerly blighted community.
To improve the human capacity development of its residents, especially its youth, we formed the Orile-Iganmu Progressive Association, an NGO which has been running a newspaper and free computer training institute in the last five years and has since added a football academy and now a film institute.
Since we started running the free computer training institute, we have observed that university and polytechnic enrolments have drastically increased among our grandaunts, many of whom were secondary school leavers stuck in the sands of time.
With the help of corporate sponsors and sacrificial giving of time and substance by members of OIPA, we have run workshops and trainings for handiwork, leadership training, book club, camping trips for members of our Youth Vanguards, industrial attachments in manufacturing concerns and much more.
Members of the Youth Vanguard currently run a monthly sanitation exercise in Oril-Iganmu community, have become model youths and citizens , regularly invite upstanding speakers for talks and seminars in the community, and many of them who are now in tertiary institutions attend meetings when on holidays.
We have also gotten the Parents Teachers Association of one of the foremost primary schools in Nigeria based in Ikoyi, Lagos to adopt a disadvantaged primary school in Orile-Iganmu, and in the last three years their efforts have transformed the school that has seen government also improving its infrastructure.
You may be wondering by now what is the rationale for this write up, well it is no other than the recent development that has gripped public attention and drawn the ire of Nigerians, where six million young men and women applied for 4,556 vacancies in the Nigeria Immigration Service.
The resulting death of 20 of these young men and women (unofficially 39 of them are said to have died), in various centers across Nigeria, following a stamped in some of the centers were 520,000 out of these six million young men and women had been invited for a screening exercise, sad as it may seem is not what is troubling me.
I am also not troubled that the Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service may have been motivated by profit motives in opening up the application, to fill 4556 vacancies, to six million young men and women who paid N1000 each, and of which only 520,000 were shorted listed for screening.
What is troubling to me is seeing photographs of tens of thousands of young men and women across the various centers where screening was conducted for the 520,000 Nigerians, and the numbing thought that another 5,480,000 did not even make it to the screening exercise and what will become of them.
What is equally troubling to me is that we do not even know the actual number of young men and women beyond the six million, who applied online for the Nigeria Immigration Service vacancies, that are currently unemployed and for how long they have remained so, and how they are keeping body and soul together.
Suddenly, I am feeling as vulnerable as in the days after I visited Orile-Iganmu, when I realized that my family was residing less than thirty minutes walk from a blighted and poverty ridden community which was likely to implode at any minute due to their appalling conditions, and with implications for my family.
Short of relocating my family from Nigeria, which is not even within my contemplation and an escapist approach to the problem, or retreating behind the walls of a heavily gated community, the fact remains that we are living in the midst of tens of millions of unemployed young men and women.
No one knows the tipping point or what will trigger these young men and women, millions of whom are graduates to take the laws into their hands as we are already witnessing in many parts of the North East of Nigeria where religious fundamentalists have possessed their minds to our chagrin and pain.
This is not the time for playing the blame game or pointing accusing fingers at governments at all levels for the high level of unemployment among young men and women, this is the time for an all hands on deck approach to tackling a problem which has the potential to overwhelm us all, this is the time for engagement.
This is why I related the above account of what we were able to collectively achieve in Orile-Iganmu which fell within my area of influence as opposed to it just being within my area of concern, in which case I would have only condemned and pontificated without doing more, and the community may have been worse off today.
We need to individually and collectively creatively engage the mass of young men and women who are currently unemployed or underemployed to keep many of them occupied, so that with eventual government intervention, our efforts will collectively become the seed that drastically curtails the scourge of unemployment in Nigeria.

Friday, February 28, 2014

STEWARDSHIP: IGBINEDION VERSUS OSHIOMHOLE; THE TRUTH .

STEWARDSHIP: IGBINEDION VERSUS OSHIOMHOLE; THE TRUTH .
In 8 years between 1999 and 2007 about N200 billion accrued to Edo State out of which the following are among the projects that emerged: Stella Obasanjo Women & Children Hospital, Edo State Library (Best in the South-South then), NYSC permanent orientation camp, Okada, Gynecological ward, (a storey building), Specialist hospital Benin, College of Agriculture, Iguoraikhi, institute of Management Technology, Usen, College of Education, Igueben, Iyekogba Housing Project. Others are Lecture theatre, ICE, Benin, high Court complex and judges quarters, Uromi, in Okada, in Fugar, etc, Cassavita factory, Uromi (85% completed), the gigantic Edo State Liaison House, Abuja, male and female Hostel AAU, Ekpoma. Also, "Decasualising" workers of EBS, rural electrification, fruit Juice, Ehor and fertilizer blending, Ikpeshi. Etc.
Between 2008 & 2013 i.e. 5 years, about N700 billion has accrued to the Edo state. Out of this mind blowing amount, no attempt has been made to address the fundamental problem in the state, unemployment through industrialization. The environment is made hostile to private investors through punitive taxation and unleashing of "mad men" on businesses and individuals (insecurity). To make matters worse, the state government is carrying out a systematic downsizing of the work force. While the roads rehabilitated do not escape my attention, the huge size of funds siphoned through them is unnerving. How can this government justify the N1.5 billion per kilometer it's paying on Airport road, a road that is not coastal and without a single bridge? We can't afford to wait until these years and funds slip off before hurling ineffective insults & curses. Adams Oshiomhole, must as a matter of urgency apply our funds to the resuscitation of industries that are lying fallow so that the jobs & income which are the vital signs of development would reach the people. Edo is not the personal property of any individual, political party or group, it's ours; we must take it back.

Agriculture is truly the future.

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10 Leading Farms In Nigeria, Their Owners

Before the advent of crude oil, agriculture was the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy. Then, the country’s economy thrived; food was available and affordable. People, therefore, did not go hungry, except in extreme cases occasioned by a serious factor.
With the oil boom era, the country and its people shifted attention from agriculture to oil and gas. Subsequently, graduates of Agricultural Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Economics etc., looked for white-collar jobs in banks and other seemingly lucrative areas, including oil and gas. Little did people know that those who remained in agriculture would today be raking in millions and billions of naira, as their products now grace both local and international markets.
This gives an impeccable signal that agriculture is, perhaps, more viable than other sectors. Also, it is an indication that well planned investment in agriculture is not a futile effort. It suffices that some Nigerian farmers have successfully built some shining legacies that need to be emulated and replicated. Most of them, as observed, are politicians. In this edition, LEADERSHIP Friday brings to the fore Nigeria’s top ten biggest farmers.
OLUSEGUN OBASANJO (OBASANJO FARM)
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is not only a retired army officer, former head of state and politician, he is also a successful farmer. He owns Ota Farm, which is also called Obasanjo Farms. The large farm was formally opened on October 8, 1979, a week after Obasanjo handed over power to a civilian administration on October 1, 1979. At inception, the farm took off as Temperance Enterprises Limited (Farming Venture). It later became Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited.
Obasanjo Farms indeed took off in grand style, indication that Nigeria’s former president meant serious business. This probably accounts for the growth, expansion, sustainability and consolidation witnessed in the evolution of the farm, considering how it started and where it is now.
The farm took off with two layer houses containing 100, 000 birds each and five broiler houses of  12,000 each, in addition to two feed mills of three tons per hour each. The large farm, which has up to 7,000 workers started with four bulldozer operators. Today, Obasanjo makes up to N34million daily from Ota Farm, which has branches in Ibadan and Igbo-Ora, Oyo State. This is no small earning for the former president whose farm has played a significant role in the development of agriculture and food production.
Obasanjo also uses the farm complex at the Agbe L’ Oba House, Ota, the Ogun State headquarters of the farm, to hold political and diplomatic meetings.
ABDULSALAMI ABUBABAKAR (MAIZUBE FARMS)
What makes General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) significant today in Nigeria and beyond is not just his successful military career or the fact that he willingly handed over power to a democratically elected government in 1999 to usher in the Fourth Republic. He has a stake in the Nigerian agricultural sector, being the owner of Maizube Farms Limited, which is helping to cater for the food needs of many Nigerians today.
Maizube Farms Limited is located at Km 26, Minna-Bida Road, Minna, Niger State, where General Abubakar is from. The 500-hectare multi-product farm has both livestock and crop sections and today, it is proudly one of the stable sources of crop and animal products upon which Nigerians depend for food and other uses.
Just as General Abubakar gives appreciable time to his peacekeeping mission across the African continent, so also does he give a great deal of time and attention to his Maizube Farms.
MURTALA NYAKO (SEBORE FARMS)
Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), the executive governor of Adamawa State may be more popular from the political perspective to many, but he is one of the most successful Nigerian farmers today.  Few know that he is the owner of Sebore Farms in Mayo-Belwa, Adamawa State.
Murtala Nyako was born at Mayo-Belwa, to Alhaji Hamman-Yero, a notable merchant and Hajiya Maryam Daso who was keen on Islamic studies and herbal medicine, on August 27, 1943.
Nyako was born a cattle owner, as his mother had been allocated some cows for her offspring before his birth. So he started what has snowballed into an integrated commercial farm today as a cattle farm. Even throughout his career, in the Navy and in politics, Nyako was never distracted from developing and expanding his coast in the agricultural sector, the result of which is his success story today.
He commenced a sustainable crossbreeding programme of his local cattle with exotic superior sires in 1990 with very satisfactory results. He also got involved in the production of horticultural crops and his first commercial export of muskmelons to Europe, using a chartered aircraft, took place in January 1990. Nyako owns the largest mango farm in Nigeria, leading to his being popularly known as Baba Mai Mangoro (BMM). Exotic mangoes from his mango orchard of 50, 000 trees were first exported to Europe in 1993. He is also presently involved in the modern production of dates, passion fruit and bananas, pasture development breeding of Boer goats and farming.
Nyako is the president of the Horticultural Crops Growers Association of Nigeria, the Practicing Farmers Association of Nigeria and the Apex Farmers Association of Nigeria. He is the patron of numerous farmers’ commodity associations in the country.
USMAN DANTATA Jr. (ANADARIYA FARMS)
The young and enterprising Usman Dantata Jr., who is married to Rukaiya Indimi, daughter of multi-billionaire Borno businessman Mohammed Indimi, is the president/CEO of Anadariya Farms. The large poultry farm, which is located in Tiga, Bebeji local government area of Kano State, was started by the late business sage of Kano, Alhaji Usman Sanusi Dantata of the Dantata dynasty, in the 1960s. Anadariya Farms thrived well in poultry produce. For instance, it was noted for exporting poultry birds and eggs to Saudi Arabia twice a week using a Boeing 747 plane.
However, after decades of activity, the farm experienced some challenges and stopped operations until recently, when Dantata Jr. came on board and injected viability into the large farm. The CEO came with refined vigour, to ensure the farm maintains a successful track record. He has a background in investment and banking and was a trader of various commodities in Europe before coming back to Nigeria. He also has a certificate in feed production and broiler management obtained in North Carolina. Suffice it to say that he had equipped himself with the necessary training before stepping into the business.
This wealth of experience and pool of relevant knowledge may have been the reason for his decision to expand the services and operations of the farm to include a hatchery, production of broilers and layers, the production of feeds and the processing and sale of poultry products. Anadariya Farms produces above 3, 000 broilers weekly. This is one of Nigeria’s most viable farms, with its growing, diverse agricultural activities.
SIR JOSEPH I.A ARUMEMI-IKHIDE (OJEMAI FARMS)
Another modern farm with high level of activity and making great impact within the nation’s agricultural space is Ojemai Farms Limited owned by Ojemai Holdings. The farm, which is located in Edo State and owned by Sir J.I.A.  Arumemi-Ikhide, the chairman of Arik Air, was established in 1984 with interest tilting towards livestock production. It took off as a local producer of pork and turkey meat. However, as years past by and business expanded in the farm, there was the need for expansion of scope of operations.
This led to new interest in production of broiler, catfish, fish fingerling and other forms of animal produce. The farm has grown to become one of the biggest farms in Nigeria and one of the nation’s prides in the agricultural sector.
ARINZE ONEBUNNE (JOVANA FARMS)
Prince Arinze Onebunne is the successful managing consultant and CEO of Jovana Farms, located in Mushin, Lagos. Onebunne specialises in the farming of animals such as grasscutters (greater cane rats), rabbits, quail, antelope, guinea pigs and fish, and so on. His high profile level of animal farming has taken him to over 30 states in Nigeria and to other countries as a seminar facilitator, advocate, training personnel and empowerment speaker.
The founder of Jovana Farms is also at the vanguard of modern fish and livestock farming in Nigeria, which is considered a fast growing and lucrative subsector of the nation’s economy today. With his vast experience and engagement in training and mentoring prospective animal farmers, he earns millions of naira not only from sales of animal products, but also from consultancy charges. Onebunne also carries out feasibility research, site survey and farm construction projects, as part of his professional services.
DR OLATUNDE AGBATO (ANIMAL CARE SERVICES KONSULT)
Dr Olatunde Agbato, a veterinary doctor, is the founder and president/CEO of Animal Care Services Konsult. Agbato, a graduate of the University of Ibadan (UI), became a viable player in the agricultural sector with the establishment of the company known commonly by its shortened name, Animal Care. The company has interests in commercial poultry production, commercial livestock feed milling, aquaculture, manufacturing, and procurement and distribution of animal health products. The company also undertakes provision of expert services for people with interest in animal farming, but who lack the know-how.
Animal Care was founded in 1979 and is located in Ogere Remo, Ogun State. The company concentrates majorly on poultry and veterinary services. It has continued to grow and has a subsidiary called Funtuna Farms, which is a poultry farming operation unit. Furthermore, it has a fish farm operation unit.
Agbato has over the years distinguished himself as a veterinary doctor cum farmer. He is a fellow of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria; fellow, Farm Management Association of Nigeria; member, International Egg Commission, and has received many awards of recognition. Agbato is, indeed, one of the farmers who have sown under the sun and can now reap their harvests.
ABDULLAHI ADAMU (NAGARI INTEGRATED DAIRY FARM)
Nagari Integrated Dairy is one of the farms currently being operated in the country on a commercial level. It is reputed to be one of the largest single integrated dairy farms in Africa. It covers 1,200 hectares of land and has 7,000 Holstein cattle. In view of the quality of the products it churns out, the claim that it is among the top suppliers of high quality farm and dairy products in Africa is justified.
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa State and now a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is the man behind Nagari Integrated Dairy Farm. Although his fame on the political scene has overshadowed his agricultural exploits, Abdullahi can be described as an accomplished farmer. The success story of Nagari Integrated Farm is the result of the enterprising nature of this farmer, lawyer, engineer, technocrat and consummate politician.
Over the years, Nagari Integrated Dairy has invested in research and development, and in state-of-the-art dairy farming technology. The company has developed its own proprietary dairy farming expertise and methodologies. This has made it a benchmark for the efficient production of high quality dairy products.
ALHAJI WAHAB IYANDA FOLAWIYO (FOLAWIYO FARMS LIMITED)
Folawiyo Farms Limited, located on Yinka Folawiyo Avenue, Apapa, Lagos, was incorporated on October 4, 1985. It carries out integrated agricultural production, with branches in several states in Nigeria. It is owned by renowned business tycoon, philanthropist and the Baba Adinni of Nigeria, the late Alhaji Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo.
In matters concerning agriculture, Folawiyo Farms stands tall in all aspects. They are into livestock farming, fish farming, flour milling, agro-chemical production and distribution, agricultural consultancy, development and engineering, production and supply of agro-pesticides, farm tools, fertiliser services, horticulture, and so on.
Folawiyo’s journey to greatness began back in 1957 when he founded Yinka Folawiyo and Sons Limited, an import and export business empire that includes holdings in shipping, banking, construction, agriculture and energy. It is therefore not out of proportion to say Folawiyo’s business concerns traverse the entire length and breadth of the Nigerian economic terrain.
PETER ADENIYI (ANU-OLUWA FARMS)
Mr Peter Adeniyi, perhaps, did not understand fully the fortunes he was sowing to harvest when he founded Anu-Oluwa Farms in Ibadan, the ancient capital city of Oyo State. The farm, which has special interest in poultry and egg production for the Nigerian market, has become one of the largest farms in Nigeria.
The farm also sells livestock feeds and materials, table eggs, day-old chicks, point of lays, fish and fish fingerlings and livestock vaccines. Adeniyi is one of the most successful farmers in Nigeria.

Imperialism at full speed, The Ugandans says no to homosexuality.

World Bank Freezes Loan To Uganda For Not Allowing Homosexuality

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President Yoweri Museveni photo
President Yoweri Museveni
AFRICANGLOBE – The World Bank has suspended a planned $90m loan to Uganda meant to strengthen its health care system after its president signed into law a bill prescribing harsh jail terms for homosexual offences.
The decision by the global lender comes days after homosexuality supporting countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway said they would also freeze or change aid programmes for Uganda because of the law.
The law will see those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality” – defined as sex between gay men and minors or the disabled – jailed for life.
“We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not be adversely affected by the enactment of this new law,” a World Bank spokesman said.
With a per capita income of $506, Uganda relies heavily on donor aid and suspension of aid could affect many development programmes.
Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo shrugged off foreign aid cuts and international criticism, saying Uganda can do without Western aid.
“The West can keep their ‘aid’ to Uganda over homos, we shall still develop without it,” he said in a message on Twitter.
Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president, signed the bill, described as one of the world’s toughest anti-homosexuality laws, despite condemnation from Western regimes and foreign backed so-called human rights groups.
Barack Obama, the US president, had warned the president that he risked complicating diplomatic ties between the two nations if he signed the bill into law.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday compared the “flat-out morally wrong” and “atrocious” law which was enacted to protect Ugandan children to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany or apartheid in South Africa.
Crisis Meeting
Ugandan homosexuality proponent Frank Mugisha met with his masters in Washington on Thursday with top State Department officials to call for help in protecting homosexuality.
A State Department official said Mugisha met the top US diplomat for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and acting assistant secretary for human rights Uzra Zeya, to discuss “mutual concerns” about safety and “how the US might respond to the law’s enactment”.
Diplomats and foreign agents masquerading as rights groups had tried to pressure President Museveni – already under fire from key Western regimes over alleged rampant graft and for stifling opposition groups and media – to block the legislation.
But in a blunt speech after signing the law, Museveni warned Western nations not to meddle in the east African country’s affairs and said he was not afraid of aid being cut.
Immoral western regimes are attempting to force their lifestyle on African governments whom they perceive as being weak, however it seems as if their concerns over so-called human rights does not extend to countries such as Saudi Arabia and Israel.