Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Article: Governor Rochas, Pay Us Our Salaries (Part 2)

Governor Rochas


By Kenneth Uwadi

Ralph Miliband a key twentieth century political thinker once said that the hottest place in hell will be reserved for those who sit on the fence in the face of great moral crisis. No one will want to go to the hottest place in hell, at least not me. As a Nigerian citizen I am worried about what is happening in Imo State. I am sad seeing how pensioners who had put into selfless service the most active part of their adult life, at the age of retirement, are made to pass through a living hell before they are able to get their deserved benefits.Why should political officials be paid stupendous salaries and allowances while workers and pensioners are being owed back log of poor salaries and pensions that are at most times, barely able to cater for their immediate needs. If we don’t join hands now to struggle with pensioners for improved welfare, the same treatment being meted out currently to the old will befall workers of today in their retirement age. Today Imo pensioners are owed 19 months salaries while civil servants are owed 4 months and 9 months .

Article: If Nigerians Must Exalt “Honourable” And “Distinguished”



By Ogwazu Nnamdi

Once upon a time came a select group of visitors to the animal kingdom and the euphoria went wide among the residents that none ever bothered to establish the background and orientation of the visitors. Though, the assumption within the kingdom is that these men/women appearing in free- flowing buba and Designers  suit must represent a breed sought after, and with the requisite skills that none ever tried to disparage them.

News Release: Kenya To Host The First Monitoring For Environment And Security In Africa Forum



(The Forum will examine how Earth Observation data through the MESA Project supports policy, planning and decision making at the national, regional and continental level in Africa)

News Release: US Embassy-Intersociety Meeting: A Call For New Generation Of Political Leaders For Nigeria



The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) yesterday  (24th day of August 2015), played host to top officials of  Political & Economic Section of the Consulate of the United States Embassy in Nigeria at its Onitsha office. The three-person team was led by Head of Political/Economic Section of the Embassy, Mr. Thomas Hines. Other members of the team are Ms Danielle J. Grigsby, Political/Economic Assistant and Ms Mary-Anne A. Onwuchekwa (Protocol Assistant). Our organization had earlier on 18th June 2015, met with the three-man delegation from Political Section of the British High Commission (UK) in Nigeria. The team was led by Political Chancellor of the High Commission, Mr. Liewelyne-Jones, accompanied by Mr. Edward Dunn (Political Secretary) and Mr. Osaro Odemwingie (Senior Political Adviser). Delegations from the Canadian High Commission and the European Union had also met with Intersociety in Onitsha and Awka in recent past.

Monday, 24 August 2015

News Release: President Buhari Continually Violating the Constitution

President Buhari


Highlights:
*Supports Buhari Anti-Corruption War But It Should Not Be Selective.
*Agrees With The President That Corruption is An Abuse of Human Right
*Insists that Any Violation of The Constitution is An Abuse of Human Rights.

Friday, 21 August 2015

News Release: African Militaries Must Unite To Avert A Serious Readiness Crisis And Further Deterioration Of Security In Africa



 (New funding priorities and approaches to resourcing African militaries are required)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

News Release: Meeting Of The Ministers Of Finance And Governors Of The Central African Banks, The African Caucus



(Angola will host the Meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Governors of the Central African Banks, the African Caucus)

News Release: Corrupt Politicians Are Turning APC to Sanctuary

Ajulo


The founder and convener of The Egalitarian Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Kayode Ajulo has criticized the frantic spate of decampment of politicians nationwide into the folds of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the wake of the party’s emergence as the ruling party as “desperate, venal, and self-seeking behavior” on the part of the decampees.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

News Release: Capt Ihenacho denies joining APC

Capt Ihenacho


The former nation’s Minister of Interior and governorship candidate for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last governorship election in Imo State, Capt Emmanuel Ihenacho, has said that he is not a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and does not have any intention to join the party.

Article: Removing Nigeria’s Fuel Subsidy Is A Lame Excuse

A fuel subsidy protest in Nigeria


By SKC Ogbonnia

Plagued by endemic corruption, Nigeria’s fuel subsidy scheme has ignited intense debate in recent times. The past Jonathan regime attempted to end the subsidy but was rebuffed by the masses. Once Muhammadu Buhari was elected president, many pundits, including former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair; Bukola Saraki, now Senate President; and the Presidential Transition Committee urged him to terminate the subsidy entirely. Although President Buhari has rejected such calls, the tone of his press statement of July 13, 2015 lacked the decisiveness needed to quell the debate.