Libyan crisis could spell ‘disaster’ for Italy

0 0
Read Time:2 Minute, 48 Second

There are warnings of a catastrophic humanitarian emergency as thousands of Libyan asylum seekers fleeing a violent uprising make their way to Europe.

Several thousand would-be immigrants crossed the waters from Tunisia last month to the Italian island of Lampedusa, south-east of Sicily.

On Thursday around 500 asylum seekers alone landed on the island, which has long been the first port of call for refugees trying to get into Europe from North Africa.

Italy’s interior minister Roberto Maroni has warned the numbers could go over one million, and he is calling for help from the rest of the EU.

“We are in front of a humanitarian emergency and I ask Europe to settle all the necessary measures to deal with a catastrophic humanitarian emergency. We cannot be left alone. This is my request,” he said.

It marks the end of a cosy deal between prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi to make the problem go away.

Under the deal, agreed in 2008, Italy gave its former colony $5 billion to keep the boats at bay.

But on Thursday the Italian coast guard intercepted four boats. The 500 or so onboard were transferred to Lampedusa, the tiny southern island closer to North Africa, than to Italy – just 130 kilometres across the Mediterranean from Tunisia.

Since the Tunisian regime was toppled on January 6, 700 people have landed on Lampedusa, more than doubling the resident population.

Mr Maroni has warned that the EU border control agency estimates that up to 1.5 million would-be immigrants from Libya will attempt to cross the sea.

Over the past 15 years, more than 13,000 people are said to have died trying to do the same.

Mr Maroni, a minister from the anti-immigration northern league and a key member of Mr Berlusconi’s ruling coalition, is appealing to his European neighbours to help finance, process and repatriate asylum seekers.

But so far his request has been met with silence.

Some commentators have suggested that Italy should reap what it has sewn, suggesting that Mr Berlusconi could and should have done more to promote human rights in Libya, given the close relationship between the two leaders.

Just five months ago, Mr Gaddafi was extended a warm welcome when he was in Rome on a state visit.

The Italian prime minister even invited 500 attractive young women to a so-called “convert to Islam” party hosted by Mr Gaddafi, after which Mr Berlusconi was photographed kissing the Libyan dictator’s hand.

Arturo Varvelli, a Middle East expert at Milan’s Institute for the Study of International Politics, says the situation is a disaster for Italy.

“The disaster is the loss of an important economic partner like Gaddafi,” he said.

The Italian government is split on how to deal with the Gaddafi administration, with many insisting that Italy’s national interest still lies in supporting the Libyan despot.

A 2008 friendship agreement between the two countries saw Rome hand over $5 billion in reparations for Italy’s early 20th century colonial rule over Libya.

The treaty also states that there should be no direct or indirect military force exerted on Libya by Italy.

In return, Libya collaborated to stem the flow of illegal immigrants flooding Italian shores.

In the space of two-and-a-half years, the boats had stopped and Italy became Libya’s number one trading partner.

About Post Author

Anthony Claret

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

Beauty queen Bianca Ojukwu appointed special assistant on diaspora affairs

0 0
Read Time:2 Minute, 8 Second

Former most beautiful girl in Nigeria and wife of ill Biafra leader, Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu has been appointed by President Jonathan as a senior special assistant on diaspora affairs.

On Wednesday, the presidency issue a statement announcing the appointment of Mrs  Bianca Ojukwo and three other persons – Hon. Kingsley K. Kuku as Special Adviser, Niger Delta Affairs,  Amb. (Dr.) Zakari Ibrahim as Coordinator, Anti Terrorism and Oyewole Olugbenga Leke as Senior Special Assistant, Maritime Services.

The appointment of Bianca comes less that a month after her husband was flown abroad to receive intensive medical care.

Both Bianca and Chief Ojukwu got married in 1994. Back in April, 2010, in an interview with the Daily Sun, Lagos based tabloid, Bianca admitted that the Biafran strongman and her started dating back in 1989, when she was just 22 and Ojukwu was 56.

Before her appointment, the beauty-queen runs a skin and beauty enterprise, in Enugu among other businesses. She has been quoted to have refused political offers from one of the south-east governors sometime last year.

“Being Ikemba’s wife is a job on its own. These are issues that are being constantly discussed. Right now my prerogative is my husband and my family. I have a very young family. I don’t want a situation that would have my attention divided. I would like to help determine the path that my children would take. I would like to be instrumental to raising and shaping their lives,” Bianca said.

Although the former Miss Intercontinental used to practice law, her appointment as assistant to the president on diaspora affairs has generated mixed opinions among Nigerians abroad.

The generality of Nigerians surveyed see her appointment by President Jonathan – who  is contesting the presidential election less than three month from now – as a double-edged sword for the sole purpose of a political swing and Bianca’s needs to attend to family matters outside the country as oppose to official diaspora matters.

Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians live outside the country – largely in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and South Africa –  and contribute about $10billions yearly in remittance to the Nigerian economy.

Since the inception of democratic regimes in 1999, Nigeria’s national government has taken fairly robust steps to tackle many of the pressing issues that affect Nigerian citizens outside the country – this includes negative image, deportation, maltreatment and abuse of human rights, disenfranchisement, extortion and poor representation by some embassies and high commissions.

About Post Author

Anthony Claret

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %

Mercy Johnson all the way

0 0
Read Time:1 Minute, 22 Second

Continental status of Mercy Johnson was affirmed penultimate week in far away Liberia when she was hosted by Embassy Entertainment, owners of Embassy Club among other businesses. view the whole album

Mercy Johnson who arrived at the West African country in company of a member of her Management Company and publicist, Platform Plc and Bigsam Media respectively practically shut down the Roberts International Airport, as many of the officials ranging from members of staff of the airlines to immigration officers queue for photograph with her.

After a change of dress she was driven in a long convoy through Monrovia, the capital of the state. Her presence attracted a mammoth crowd, police had to be called to clear the way and maintain orderliness.

While on Magic FM, Truth FM and Sky TV, extra security personnels had to be engaged to pull her through the crowd. Aluche, the CEO of Embassy Entertainment had to exclaim that Liberia has not witnessed his kind of crowd except during the Visit of international singer, Akon and Nollywood actress, Omotola. ‘Mercy is big, very big’ he said in accented English.

Paid several thousands of dollars to grace celebrity night at the club which held February 13 and 14, Mercy was a guest of the club for two days, meeting fans and signing autographs.

Weeks after the trip, the actress’ publicists, Bigsam Media released new set of promotional photographs. The actress adorned different costumes and lived up to her sexiest best.

Pictures by Debbins studios and style and makeup byAmaka Ononobaku of Stunners Makeover.

Signed
Bigsam Media
Lagos | Nigeria
March 1, 2011.

bigsammedia007@gmail.com007@bigsammedia.com Phone: 08028302862.

About Post Author

Anthony Claret

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
Happy
0 0 %
Sad
0 0 %
Excited
0 0 %
Sleepy
0 0 %
Angry
0 0 %
Surprise
0 0 %