Friday, 31 July 2020

News Release: Release On The Status Of The Meter Assets Providers (MAP) Regulation


Whereas the Meter Assets Providers (MAP) Regulation was published in March 2018 and intended to go into effect within 90 days. Unfortunately, the MAP Regulation did not go into effect until May 2019.

Whereas the advocacy for independent metering services providers stemmed from the failure and continued inability of the electricity distribution companies to provide meters to their customers.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Special Report: Minister Of Niger Delta Affairs Writes House Of Representatives

Akpabio: Minister Of Niger Delta Affairs 

"The Clerk Of The House Of Representative,

MNDA/HM/04/IV/158

Some Niger Delta Development  Commission(NDDC) Contractors Allegedly Given To Some Members Of The National  Assembly(Senate And House Of Rrepresentative).

May I extend to Mr Speaker the compliments of my office and those of the staff of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

I refer to the resolution of the House passed on the 21st July 2020 and forwarded to me on the same day Ref. NASS/HR/LEG/3/36/VOL.ll/O8 directing me to respond to the contents therein within 48 hours.

I hereby respond as follows:

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Article: Between Hushpuppi and Hushpoliticians

"Hushpuppi"

By Chido Onumah

The last one month has witnessed a celebration of crime and corruption in Nigeria, from Ramoni Olorunwa Abbas, aka Ray Hushpuppi, to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and the management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which the president supervises as Minister of Petroleum Resources, to the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, and the leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and everything in between.
With each revelation, my mind would go to Mc Edo Pikin, the talented and creative comedian who has popularized skits that compare absurd topics and situations. I imagined Mc Edo Pikin working on the difference between Hushpuppi and what we shall call Hushpoliticians—the tribe of political and public officers who have mortgaged the estate called Nigeria. He did not do that. But he did not disappoint when he released the “Difference between NDDC and NCDC.” Nigeria is a nest of political Hushpuppies—from Dino Melaye, an ally of Hushpuppi, to Ayo Fayose, Orji Uzor Kalu and Theodore Orji, to Rochas Okorocha, the list is endless.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Director-General and CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission was right when she said—in response to the Hushpuppi affair—that the actions of Ramoni Olorunwa Abbas do not reflect who we are as a people. If in defence of our national pride we can afford to “deny” Mr. Abbas, I wonder what Abike Dabiri-Erewa makes of the putrid news of corruption by our Hushpoliticians oozing from every national orifice in the last one month. As a friend remarked when I used the term Hushpoliticians in a WhatsApp group recently, “When you think about it, Hushpuppi is better than these politicians. He is stealing other people’s money while our politicians are robbing our patrimony.”

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Article: For Soyinka At 86, And A Scoop Denied

Soyinka

By Godwin Onyeacholem

Just off Ozumba Mbadiwe Street in Victoria Island, immediately behind a cluster of residential apartments popularly known as 1004 flats, and directly opposite a quaint one-storey building on the other side of Adetokunbo Ademola Street, lay a row of bungalows finely spruced up with middle-class taste.

It was in one of these bungalows that the fortuitous encounter with the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka took place in the early 90s. 
The one-storey building was the residence of Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, while the bungalow was the official abode of Maxwell Nemadzivhanani, a South African diplomat, now departed, who was then the representative of the Pan Africanist Congress, PAC, a left wing to far left political organization founded in 1959 by an Africanist group which broke away from the African National Congress, ANC, and thrust itself on the frontline of the intense struggle to dismantle the horrid apartheid regime in that country.

Friday, 10 July 2020

U-Report: Edo Deputy Governor Returns Home, Says Oshiomhole Called Ize-Iyamu Thief

Shaibu: Edo State Deputy Governor

Report By Ebireri Henry Ovie

A positive political horizon which signposts the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 19 governorship election, rejection of godfatherism, people’s power in politics and the state’s agenda for sustainable development were given at the weekend by Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Phillip Shaibu as the four main reasons for quitting the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Special Report: Coronavirus - Africa: WHO Calls For Equitable Access To Future COVID-19 Vaccines In Africa


(WHO and partners launched the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to speed up the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines)
The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa (www.Afro.WHO.int) joined immunization experts in urging the international community and countries in Africa to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

News Release: #BringBackOurGirls Denounces Renewed Abductions of Women By Boko Haram


#BackOurGirls and Nigerian women’s groups in solidarity call upon the Nigerian government to rescue all of Nigeria's women and girls abducted by Boko Haram and reunite them with their families. We denounce the renewed spate of abductions by Boko Haram is in response to the recently reported abductions of women and girls from Malaharam in the Biu Local Government Area of Borno State on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Book Review: Review Of Critical Thinking And Policing


Title: Critical Thinking and Policing by Mathias Okoi-Uyouyo & Abdul M. Suleiman.

Publisher: Bookman Publishers.

Year of Publication: 2020.

Number of Pages: 259.

Reviewer:  Dr. Otive Igbuzor (E-mail: otiveigbuzor@yahoo.co.uk; Website: www.otiveigbuzor.com)

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Article: Inside The Nest Of Killers


By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

One of the things that surprise me about human beings is the degree of our conceptions and machinations. It never ceases to amaze me what man can do to get even and settle scores, and regrettably, this can happen for mere imaginary problem(s). There is no limit to what we can do – and this includes the good, the bad and the ugly which can come in legions even when least expected and within our cells and the confines of our operations.

News Release: CLO Kicks Against Use Of Soldiers For Face Mask Enforcement In Enugu State


The Civil Liberties Organization,( CLO), South East Zone is apparently disturbed over  plans by the Enugu State Government to engage the services of  soldiers of the Nigerian Army in enforcing the use of facemasks towards containing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

News Release: Whistleblowing: AFRICMIL Challenges Attorney General, Says Not The Duty Of Whistleblowers To Recover Looted Funds

Malami: Attorney-general

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has restated its call for an honest implementation of the federal government's whistleblower blower policy as a way of ensuring the success of the war against corruption. The Centre highlighted fair and upright application of the rules as one of three key areas in engaging the whistleblowing policy. Other areas are creating awareness and advocating effective whistleblower protection.