Minister blames ports’ congestion on poor logistics

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THE Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, has blamed the perennial congestion which has engulfed Ashaye terminal of the Tin Can Island port on inadequate logistics support of containers for scanning by the terminal operator.

Umar noted that the inefficient cargo transfer mechanism is the root cause of the worrisome situation that has also become a source of worry to the Presidency.

The Minister who was on a tour of some of the terminals, said that the issue of space constraint is another problem that the government will also look into in an effort to address the issue of port congestion.

Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT), as the terminal operator, has the responsibility of taking delivery of imported cargoes which it thereafter transfers to the scanning site of the service provider, Cotecna Destination Inspection company.

The Minister also decried the slow process of transfer of cargo by the Terminal Operator, adding that the incessant server break down, compounds goods clearing procedure.

According to the Minister who was accompanied by top officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) during the facts-finding tour, the congestion problem could have largely been averted, if the delays associated with feeding the scanning facilities with containers had been addressed.

He disclosed that though an average of 150-200 containers were being transferred daily, the service provider had maintained that its facilities had the capacity to scan a minimum of 400 boxes per day.

Senator Umar also noted that the situation was being compounded by the large number of empty containers at the terminal and ordered that a Committee to resolve the issue of empty containers be set up immediately.

He added that the Committee should be headed by the Executive Director, Port and Marine Operations of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), with representatives from Customs, TICT, NPA, Shipping Companies, Cotecna, APM Terminal, and clearing agents’ bodies.

“We went round the terminal with the Minister and the representatives of the service provider and the Terminal Operators, and we can all see the problem. TICT has a lot of cargo, no space because empty containers have taken over most of the available spaces.

Cotecna is waiting to scan, no cargo transfer from TICT because of transportation problem.

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Anambra poll: Ngige will win the Gubernatorial election

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(Codewit) If election were to be held today according to Codewit poll, the former Anambra State Governor and Senator representing Anambra Central, Chris Ngige, will be the winner. In a recent poll ran from 14th September, 2013 to 30th of September 2013; Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige (ACP)  win over his three challengers, Mr. Tony Nwoye (PDP) , Mr. Willie M. Obiano (APGA) and  Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah (Labour Party).

Ngige polled with 59.5% votes to beat Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah (Labour Party) who scored 20.6% votes, , Mr. Willie M. Obiano (APGA) 12.2% and Mr. Tony Nwoye (PDP) with 7.6%

From this early result, it showed that Ngige is in a distant lead in most parts of the state, while Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah is the second following Ngige with a huge margin of 30% in the race. Codewit wil run the poll again in october before the final election in November please stay tuned.

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Aba Mega Mall project is private sector driven – Obanua

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Abia State government recently entered into partnership with a real estate investment and infrastructure company, Greenfield Assets Ltd, to develop the Aba Mega Mall, comprising of 5,830 ultra modern shops in Aba. In this interview, Group Managing Director, Greenfield Assets, Paul Obanua, gives insight into the significance of the project. Excerpt.

What is the Aba Mega Mall project all about?
The project is geared towards creating a commercial hub for the entire eastern and south-south regions of the country. It is designed to stimulate the urban renewal of Aba city, by providing a structured facility where trading and other commercial activities can be done in an orderly manner. Presently in Aba, every nook and cranny including the roads, drainages and streets, are trading posts. This project is an attempt to sanitise the city by giving the people of Aba a dignified trading centre, which from a survey conducted by us, the traders and dwellers in the city are eager to have it operational.

Are you constructing on virgin land or will already existing properties pave way for the project?

The construction has already begun and it is on a virgin land. The Aba Mega Mall would consist of 5,830 ultramodern shops and they will come in four sizes of 12sq meters, 16sq meters, 24sq meters and 48sq meters. Now the interesting part is that the facility will also have provisions for banks, security post, petrol station, 25,000 sq meters of climate-controlled warehouse space, restaurants and a massive parking space for over 5,000 cars. When completed, the mall facility management will require considerable manpower in excess of 20,000 direct jobs and over 100,000 indirect jobs.

What is the significance of this project to the people of Aba and Abia State in general?

The significance of the Aba Mega Mall project is that we are providing the most needed infrastructure for the South-East, South-South, and the entire country and even beyond our borders. We are talking Cameroon, Gabon, Togo, Ghana and the entire sub region of West Africa. At the moment there is no standard retail infrastructure in Aba. We are building a world-class retail facility, with 10MW 24 hour power supply, paved roads, clean sanitation, guaranteed security in order to create an atmosphere of world-class shopping centre with peace of mind. The availability of the mall would give the people an opportunity to grow their customer base, market share and profit, while regenerating the city, which becomes a win-win situation for the traders and the city.

An insight into the profile of foreign firms partnering Greenfield on the project

Q B Construction is a renowned Construction Company in the United States. They have done projects all over the US. There is JK Structures Limited, a Pan European company; they have the elevated concrete technology. JK Structures has been in existence for almost 30 years and were involved in the building of the Euro Disney.We are also involving local contractors. The competencies of our development partners are not in doubt, and we call them our development partners because they have some level of venture financing.

Does Greenfield have needed resources to ensure the mall does not become one of uncompleted government projects?

First of all, government does not intentionally fail in their projects but the level of bureaucratic bottleneck in the Nigerian system is the reason many projects fail. Secondly, the Aba Mega Mall project is private sector driven.

The Abia state government is encouraging private sector driven development; this is what governments all over the world do by creating an enabling environment, laws and support system to the private sector to assist in developing the economy of a state. Aba Mega Mall can never be one of the abandoned white elephant projects because before the project started we had attained what is called a financial close; this means that the money to build is already in place before we went to site.

Based on your experience, do you think that the PPP route is the way to go in the development of Nigeria?

Yes, it’s the way to go, but the various governments should endeavour to keep to agreements. The government alone does not have the money and all other resources to develop the country. Take a look at our national budget which is barely $30 billion (less than that of New York City Council 2014 budget of $70 billion) will not be enough to reconstruct all our federal highways as there are today. Hence governments across the country should do everything possible to encourage private investors and keep to PPP agreements.

What is Greenfield’s vision for the city of Aba in the next 10 years?
In the next one year we would have completed the mall and have it operational, after which we’ll then go into building the 1,000 hectares Free Trade Zone. On the other the hand, the various power projects in and around the city would have also become fully operational. Aba having the right infrastructure in place, in 10 years’ time will be comparable to places like Shenzhen and Chengdu in China. It will be a commercial/industrial hub for Africa in the next 10 years.

The idea of the project is to eliminate street trading. One of the causes of people trading on the street is the lack of funds to rent a decent shop. Does the Aba Mega Mall intend addressing this by making shops cheaper to rent?
I will tell you that street trading is not as a result of the inability to afford a shop but stems from lack of adequate retail infrastructure.

Trading is a commercial decision geared towards wealth creation. So when you’re talking of such economic decisions, you are looking at a venture where the intention is to make profit. Trading is not a social activity, neither is it born out of communism. Every trader is a capitalist and so the interest of a capitalist is to engage in a sustainable venture that offers growth and profit. In effect, if you have a commercial facility where people can grow their business and make more sustainable profit, they’ll go there. Why would anyone want to remain on the streets if there’s an alternative location where customers consider more accessible, secure, orderly, healthy and conducive to do business; wouldn’t the traders rather have their trading outlets there?

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Our chemical exports to Syria may have been weaponised

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BERLIN (Codewit) – The German government on Monday admitted it had approved as recently as 2011 the export to Syria of chemicals that could be weaponised, and in larger quantities than previously known.

Data released by the economy ministry showed that German firms had exported between 1998 and 2011 to Syria a total of 360 tonnes of chemicals for either military or civilian use.

The ministry insisted that it had no evidence the chemicals, which were approved as recently as April 2011, were used in weapons.

“After a comprehensive review of all available information, it can be assumed that the goods were used for civilian purposes by private industry,” it said in a statement.

The ministry did not say which companies had exported the chemicals but said that shipments stopped from May 2011 when sanctions against chemical exports to Syria were imposed.

It had acknowledged two weeks ago that export licences were granted between 2002 and 2006 for shipments totalling more than 100 tonnes of so-called dual-use chemicals.

Ministry sources said the chemicals could be used in the surface treatment of metals, fluorination of drinking water and the manufacture of toothpaste.

UN chemical weapons inspectors reported in September that banned chemical weapons were used on a large scale in the Syrian civil war, and that evidence showed sarin gas killed hundreds in an opposition-held area near Damascus on August 21.

The UN report did not say who used the sarin gas, though the Syrian opposition and its allies have blamed President Bashar al-Assad’s troops. The United States claims more than 1,400 people died in the attack and has threatened to attack Assad’s regime.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Saturday at the UN General Assembly that Berlin was ready to give financial and technical support to the international operation to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.

The announcement followed a resolution passed by the UN Security Council which ordered the destruction of Assad’s banned chemical arms.

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Kenya mall attack: No woman involved — Shebab

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NAIROBI – Somalia’s Shebab Islamists insisted Monday that no woman joined them in an attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, dismissing speculation that British ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite took part in the massacre.

“We once again openly declare that no woman was involved at Westgate,” Shebab said on Twitter, reiterating it had a policy of “not employing sisters for such missions”.

“A week after Westgate, the Kenyan government and Western intelligence officials failed to uncover the facts and details of the Westgate Operation,” it added, playing up an apparent lack of information on the attackers and details of how the massacre was planned and carried out.

“The Kenyan govt (government) is still chasing its tail by holding on to the hopeless notion that a woman led the attack,” the group said in another Twitter post.

The four-day bloodbath at the upmarket shopping mall, which Kenyan forces brought to an end on Tuesday, left at least 67 people dead. The Kenyan Red Cross said Monday that 39 more were still missing.

Lewthwaite, a 29-year-old Muslim convert, was married to Germaine Lindsay, one of four suicide bombers who attacked the London transport network in July 2005, killing 52 people.

The mother-of-three has been on the run in East Africa for around two years and is wanted by Kenyan police for alleged involvement in a separate terror plot.

Interpol issued a “red notice” arrest warrant for Lewthwaite on charges of possessing explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

Kenyan officials have given contradictory statements about whether a British woman may have been involved in the attack

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NUPENG warns against breach of agreement

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NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has warned Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria, PEDAN, and the oil marketers to fully implement provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, and extant labour legislations to avoid industrial unrest.

The union spoke after signing a new CBA for the Petrol Station Workers, PSW, branch of NUPENG with PEDAN in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry.

NUPENG in a statement by its General Secretary, Isaac Aberare, lamented that the former agreement was haphazardly implemented by some of the members of PEDAN, while many totally refused to implement provisions of the CBA in defiance to extant labour legislations.

The statement read in part: “NUPENG has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement, (CBA) for the Petrol Station Workers branch (PSW), with the Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN) in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry. The PSW branch of NUPENG comprises  pump operators, drivers, mechanics, watchmen, driveway supervisors, supervisors, book-keepers and station managers of petrol stations.

“The Union re-iterates that the former agreement was haphazardly implemented by some of the members of Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria, (PEDAN), while many totally refused to implement provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in defiance to extant labour legislations. The Union calls on Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN) and the oil marketers to use its best endeavour to ensure that the agreement is fully complied with to avoid any industrial dispute that can result to crisis in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry. NUPENG states that there is tension and restiveness among its members, as they are tired of being denied benefits provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

The statement added that the union expected “prompt positive action in the matter to avoid any confrontation with NUPENG as this will not augur well for their relationship. The agreement which will remain in force for a period of two years was signed on behalf of NUPENG by Comrade Igwe Achese, President, Comrade Isaac O. Aberare, General Secretary, Comrade Roland Abu, PSW branch Chairman and Comrade Abass Adegoke, Branch Secretary. The Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN) officials that signed are Alhaji Kabir Umar, National President, Comrade I. A. Eze, National Secretary-Secretary and Mazi Sweet Asouzu, for the Zonal Vice Presidents.”

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Obama congratulates Jonathan, Nigerians on 53rd independence anniversary

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Washington, DC – The U.S. President, Barack Obama, has congratulated  President Goodluck Jonathan and the people of Nigeria as the nation celebrates 53rd anniversary it Independence Day on Oct.1.

“A warm friendship connects the Nigerian and American people, reflecting our shared values of democracy, economic growth, security, and respect for human rights and the rule of law.

“Our partnership is strong because of our people, as the proverb tells us, if you want to go quickly go alone. If you want to go far go together,’’ Obama in a statement,  issued by Secretary of State, John Kerry said on Monday.

He added that in the coming years, the U.S. would be looking forward to going further with Nigeria as the country expands education, jobs and opportunity for its people.

“On the 53rd anniversary of your independence, I wish all Nigerians a safe and prosperous future,” Kerry quoted the U.S. president as saying.

Meanwhile, in the historic city, New York, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria from around the world are gearing up to celebrate the anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence.

The celebration is scheduled from Oct.3 to 5 with activities ranging from party for young Nigerians and their friends, to a cultural night where the youth would demonstrate appreciation of their Nigerian heritage.

Also there would be an Independence Day Parade/Carnival and Festival.

People from all walks of life are expected at the celebration to showcase the glory of Nigeria.

The  theme for this year’s celebration is “Nigeria, Time for change’’.

Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration in New York started in 1991.

The celebration is usually the largest of its kind by any African nation in the U.S

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Nigeria @ 53, on the road to Yugoslavia

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Soon enlightened nations will put on
Trial those who had hitherto   ruled over them.
Kings shall flee into the deserts, into the company of the wild
Beast whom they resemble. And nature shall resume her rights
.” –The prophesy of St. Jaust, just before the French Revolution}.

WE need no eschatological clairvoyance to know that political-socio-economic vicissitudinary turgescency are inextricably intertwined with developmental strides in the life and times of any individual, state or nation.

Hence, the essayist   William Blake (1757-1827) posited in his Proverbs of hell that, “the man or nation   which never alters his / its opinion / state is like standing water and breeds reptiles of the mind”.

This was corroborated by Schiller (1759-1805) in his Maid of Orleans that “that nation is worthless which does not joyfully stake everything in defense of her honour”.

Whither goeth Nigeria after 53 years of independence? I daresay say, it has been 53 years of hellishly scorching pains and horrendous spasms of agony.   Fifty-three years of a tale told by an idiot packed full of political, socio-economic sounds and furies signifying a superfluity of nothingness. Fifty-three years of the leadership graft and corruption- no light, no roads, no schools, no education, no water, no fear of God, no jobs, no transportation, no joy and no happiness for 99 percent of Nigerians, except for politicians and their cohorts.

In Homer’s Illiad, he did an encyclopedic and kaleidoscopic encapsulation of Nigerians and Nigeria after 53 years of independence. He said: “The gods(Nigerian leaders) have so spun the thread for wretched mortals (Nigerians) that they must live in pains. “ Nigeria has earned over one quintillion pounds from its multidimensional revenue base since independence, but very little to show for it. The leaders (executives and legislators) at states and national levels have allocated psychotic jumbo salaries and allowances to themselves, whilst the vast majority of Nigerians wallow in abject and scorching poverty.

It is a hackneyed truism that when the choreographer loses his wits and the conductor his dexterity, the dancers and the members of the philharmonic orchestra become cocooned in contretemps. This scenario has been the bane of the Nigerian nation since 1960 till date.

The multi-faceted political, socio-economic engineering processes conceptualised and implemented without sincerity of purpose by the military junta and so-called democratically elected government has left Nigeria cascading down the slope of crass socio-economic underdevelopment and the schismatic road to Yugoslavia.

The kingdoms and geographical expressions of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes were renamed Yugoslavia in 1929- and was run as a highly centralized “Greater Serbia” The country was befuddled and bedraggled by political and nationalist schisms and Croats separatists murdered   king Alexander in 1934. It was attacked and dismembered by Hitler in 1941 and also bemused and submerged in intra and inter- political wars against the Nazis and itself.

The communist-led partisans of Josep Broz Tito (1892 – 1980) emerged victorious in 1945, and reformed Yugoslavia along Soviet lines. It was expelled by Stalin from the Soviet bloc in 1948 on account of political and ideological indiscipline. The Yugoslavia communists rejected Soviet model and pursued policies of decentralization, worker’s self-management and non – alignment. However, after Tito’s death in 1980, the Yugoslavia Federation/Confederation, unity and ideological experiment failed and became sunken in the quagmire of political and nationalist crises.

The wealthier northern republics of Slovenia and Croatia edged and opted for democracy and Western European political models while Serbia forcefully resisted the separatist aspirations of Albanian nationalists in Kosovo Province in 1990. The communist conceded principle of free elections and every nation went their way with pockets of resistance in some areas till today.

The vertical and horizontal integration of the history of Yugoslavia has become necessary in the light of what Nigeria has been passing through as a nation since 1960 till date. The inability of the leadership to fight corruption and engender cohesion has given rise to parochial irredentism,  tribalism, religions wars and militancy.   We have ethnic   nationalities and geo-political zones being represented   by militant groups and others like Arewa, Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Urhobo Progress Union,UPU, and political / religious   militant groups like Boko Haram, Egbesu Cult, Liberation Movement of Urhobo people, MASSOB, OPC, etc, shows that Nigeria is on the road to Yugoslavia.

To salvage Nigeria from this labyrinth, we have to call our politicians to order in the light of 2015. The way and manner they are going about trying to actualise their political ambitions snacks of the truism that the Nigerian nation will be “Antediluvian History” on, before or after 2015. The demon of political rascality and horrendous leadership impunity must be deracinated from our body-politick hook, line and sinker. Let our leaders redefine the contours of politics from “strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage” (The Devils Dictionary) and “politicians are like the bones of a horse’s for shoulder – not a straight one in it” (Wendell Phillips) to “politics is the doctrine of the possible, the attainable” (Otto Von Bismarck).

The political parties, especially the PDP, must put their houses in order and stop heating the polity. President Goodluck Jonathan must give a patriotic, sagacious and perspicuous, consideration on whether to drop his political ambition to contest the 2015 presidential election or not to contest in the interest of peace, unity and continuous existence of Nigeria as a nation.

We must convene a national conference of ethnic nationalities and not a sovereign national conference. There must be serious economic strategy to ameliorate poverty in Nigeria and the enhancement of service delivery of all welfare and social     agencies to the citizenry.

The continuous existence of Nigeria as a nation remains a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma superimposed in a conundrum. Are Nigerians and Nigeria prepared to remain as one sovereign, united, indissoluble and progress-oriented country? The leadership must be prepared to take the bull of true unity, progress and development by the horns. The leadership must be patriotic and altruistic and must be prepared to see the Nigerian nation as their unprejudiced and unbiased single constituency.

The vast majority of poverty-stricken and oppressed Nigerians are already asking in words of Williams Shakespeare that, “Nigeria: To be or not to be: that is the question: whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.”

Nigerians are sick and tired of the political brouhaha and socio-economic hara-kiri they have been suffering since 1960 that is 53 years ago. We have fought a civil war and experienced strikes and civil unrest over these same issues. Yet, we are yet learn about the nuts and bolts of NATIONHOOD.

Finally, in words of the great humanist and orator Martin Luther King, Jr.r5t “Let nobody fool you, all the loud noises we hear today are nothing but the death groans of thee dying system. The old order is passing away, the new order is coming into being. But whenever there is anything new there are new responsibilities. As we think of this coming new world we must think of the challenge that we confront and the new responsibilities that stand before us. We must prepare to live in a new world”

Nigeria is on the road to Yugoslavia!!! Unless something drastically draconian is done.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE @ 53

 

Chief  BOBSON GBINIJE, convener of Mandate Against Poverty, wrote from Warri

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Nigeria @ 53, on the road to Yugoslavia

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Soon enlightened nations will put on
Trial those who had hitherto   ruled over them.
Kings shall flee into the deserts, into the company of the wild
Beast whom they resemble. And nature shall resume her rights
.” –The prophesy of St. Jaust, just before the French Revolution}.

WE need no eschatological clairvoyance to know that political-socio-economic vicissitudinary turgescency are inextricably intertwined with developmental strides in the life and times of any individual, state or nation.

Hence, the essayist   William Blake (1757-1827) posited in his Proverbs of hell that, “the man or nation   which never alters his / its opinion / state is like standing water and breeds reptiles of the mind”.

This was corroborated by Schiller (1759-1805) in his Maid of Orleans that “that nation is worthless which does not joyfully stake everything in defense of her honour”.

Whither goeth Nigeria after 53 years of independence? I daresay say, it has been 53 years of hellishly scorching pains and horrendous spasms of agony.   Fifty-three years of a tale told by an idiot packed full of political, socio-economic sounds and furies signifying a superfluity of nothingness. Fifty-three years of the leadership graft and corruption- no light, no roads, no schools, no education, no water, no fear of God, no jobs, no transportation, no joy and no happiness for 99 percent of Nigerians, except for politicians and their cohorts.

In Homer’s Illiad, he did an encyclopedic and kaleidoscopic encapsulation of Nigerians and Nigeria after 53 years of independence. He said: “The gods(Nigerian leaders) have so spun the thread for wretched mortals (Nigerians) that they must live in pains. “ Nigeria has earned over one quintillion pounds from its multidimensional revenue base since independence, but very little to show for it. The leaders (executives and legislators) at states and national levels have allocated psychotic jumbo salaries and allowances to themselves, whilst the vast majority of Nigerians wallow in abject and scorching poverty.

It is a hackneyed truism that when the choreographer loses his wits and the conductor his dexterity, the dancers and the members of the philharmonic orchestra become cocooned in contretemps. This scenario has been the bane of the Nigerian nation since 1960 till date.

The multi-faceted political, socio-economic engineering processes conceptualised and implemented without sincerity of purpose by the military junta and so-called democratically elected government has left Nigeria cascading down the slope of crass socio-economic underdevelopment and the schismatic road to Yugoslavia.

The kingdoms and geographical expressions of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes were renamed Yugoslavia in 1929- and was run as a highly centralized “Greater Serbia” The country was befuddled and bedraggled by political and nationalist schisms and Croats separatists murdered   king Alexander in 1934. It was attacked and dismembered by Hitler in 1941 and also bemused and submerged in intra and inter- political wars against the Nazis and itself.

The communist-led partisans of Josep Broz Tito (1892 – 1980) emerged victorious in 1945, and reformed Yugoslavia along Soviet lines. It was expelled by Stalin from the Soviet bloc in 1948 on account of political and ideological indiscipline. The Yugoslavia communists rejected Soviet model and pursued policies of decentralization, worker’s self-management and non – alignment. However, after Tito’s death in 1980, the Yugoslavia Federation/Confederation, unity and ideological experiment failed and became sunken in the quagmire of political and nationalist crises.

The wealthier northern republics of Slovenia and Croatia edged and opted for democracy and Western European political models while Serbia forcefully resisted the separatist aspirations of Albanian nationalists in Kosovo Province in 1990. The communist conceded principle of free elections and every nation went their way with pockets of resistance in some areas till today.

The vertical and horizontal integration of the history of Yugoslavia has become necessary in the light of what Nigeria has been passing through as a nation since 1960 till date. The inability of the leadership to fight corruption and engender cohesion has given rise to parochial irredentism,  tribalism, religions wars and militancy.   We have ethnic   nationalities and geo-political zones being represented   by militant groups and others like Arewa, Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Urhobo Progress Union,UPU, and political / religious   militant groups like Boko Haram, Egbesu Cult, Liberation Movement of Urhobo people, MASSOB, OPC, etc, shows that Nigeria is on the road to Yugoslavia.

To salvage Nigeria from this labyrinth, we have to call our politicians to order in the light of 2015. The way and manner they are going about trying to actualise their political ambitions snacks of the truism that the Nigerian nation will be “Antediluvian History” on, before or after 2015. The demon of political rascality and horrendous leadership impunity must be deracinated from our body-politick hook, line and sinker. Let our leaders redefine the contours of politics from “strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage” (The Devils Dictionary) and “politicians are like the bones of a horse’s for shoulder – not a straight one in it” (Wendell Phillips) to “politics is the doctrine of the possible, the attainable” (Otto Von Bismarck).

The political parties, especially the PDP, must put their houses in order and stop heating the polity. President Goodluck Jonathan must give a patriotic, sagacious and perspicuous, consideration on whether to drop his political ambition to contest the 2015 presidential election or not to contest in the interest of peace, unity and continuous existence of Nigeria as a nation.

We must convene a national conference of ethnic nationalities and not a sovereign national conference. There must be serious economic strategy to ameliorate poverty in Nigeria and the enhancement of service delivery of all welfare and social     agencies to the citizenry.

The continuous existence of Nigeria as a nation remains a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma superimposed in a conundrum. Are Nigerians and Nigeria prepared to remain as one sovereign, united, indissoluble and progress-oriented country? The leadership must be prepared to take the bull of true unity, progress and development by the horns. The leadership must be patriotic and altruistic and must be prepared to see the Nigerian nation as their unprejudiced and unbiased single constituency.

The vast majority of poverty-stricken and oppressed Nigerians are already asking in words of Williams Shakespeare that, “Nigeria: To be or not to be: that is the question: whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.”

Nigerians are sick and tired of the political brouhaha and socio-economic hara-kiri they have been suffering since 1960 that is 53 years ago. We have fought a civil war and experienced strikes and civil unrest over these same issues. Yet, we are yet learn about the nuts and bolts of NATIONHOOD.

Finally, in words of the great humanist and orator Martin Luther King, Jr.r5t “Let nobody fool you, all the loud noises we hear today are nothing but the death groans of thee dying system. The old order is passing away, the new order is coming into being. But whenever there is anything new there are new responsibilities. As we think of this coming new world we must think of the challenge that we confront and the new responsibilities that stand before us. We must prepare to live in a new world”

Nigeria is on the road to Yugoslavia!!! Unless something drastically draconian is done.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE @ 53

 

Chief  BOBSON GBINIJE, convener of Mandate Against Poverty, wrote from Warri

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Nigeria Independence: Bauchi beefs up security

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Bauchi—As the country marks its 53rd anniversary, motorists going in and out of Bauchi State are now being made to undergo serious security checks, thus leading to traffic congestion in most parts of the metropolis.

Vanguard investigations revealed that most residents who travelled out of town for the independence anniversary public holiday were held in traffic along Wunti-dada road,Yelwa, Awala Junction, Gombe road as well as the Bauchi/Jos Road axis.

One of the travellers who spoke to Vanguard on the issue said that he was delayed for several hours in a bid to undergo such security checks.

However, police sources told Vanguard that the security measure was in line with the directive by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, that all efforts be put in place to ensure a crime free-celebration.

Apart from the security checks by the police, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, were also seen at strategic points in the state capital, interrogating drivers who did not possess valid drivers’ license.

“I am on my way to Abuja to see my family because of the public holiday declared by the Federal Government. Our vehicle has been on this security check for more than one hour and it is delaying my journey. Only God knows the kind of security checks we will meet on our way.This will further delay the journey,” a resident who simply identified himself as Lamido said.

Residents using motorcycles popularly known as Okada were also stopped at the various checkpoints, and asked to push their bikes through the security check points

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