Politics https://www.codewit.com/politics Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:17:47 +0300 Codewit.com - Codewit World News en-gb support@codewit.com (Codewit World News) PRESS RELEASE: NIGERIA’S FUTURE CAN BE RE-POSITIONED IF WE GROOM YOUNG LEADERS TO BE VALUABLE AND EXCEPTIONAL https://www.codewit.com/politics/27430-press-release-nigeria-s-future-can-be-re-positioned-if-we-groom-young-leaders-to-be-valuable-and-exceptional https://www.codewit.com/politics/27430-press-release-nigeria-s-future-can-be-re-positioned-if-we-groom-young-leaders-to-be-valuable-and-exceptional
In response to the challenges of leadership bedeviling Nigeria and the obvious decline in value-based leadership, Royal Foundation International is set to host her National Leadership Summit (NLS), a program packaged to be a platform to equip students with Leadership skills, a requisite skill for success in Private and Public Sector in their adult lives and also as students in their respective schools.
 
According to the convener, Femi Royal Aliu, he noted that, “Royal Foundation International is a youth-led organization that utilizes amazing innovation and cutting edge technologies to package fellowship programs, internships, summits, bootcamps for young people to promote individual effectiveness, wealth creation and leadership skills”.
 
The Maiden Edition of her National Leadership Summit was hosted in November 2016 and she featured over 10 schools including Dalos College, Ambassadors College, ECOWAS College, and Iganmode Grammer School (the defending champion that produced the debater of the year and got our award for this) and many others space will fail me to mention.
 
NLS 2017 will bring together about 20 schools to a single venue as a gathering of eagles and will also be a platform to learn about exceptional and value-based leadership and how they can model it, alongside, students from different schools will also compete for the debater of the year award on the topic, “To work for someone else or build one’s business; which is better?”
 
The event is themed: “Nigeria’s Future: The Role of Exceptional Leadership” and will hold thus:
 
Date: Friday, 9th June, 2017
Time: 10 AM
Venue: Covenant University Secondary School, Ota
 
The event will bring together mainstream speakers including, Precious Ajoonu, Leap Africa; Jimoh Oluwasegun, NGOPodcast; Rahmah Aderinoye, UNICEF Global Ambassador; Lanre Olokunde, Snapnet Nigeria; Alexander Tosin, MTN Nigeria; Doyin Ajayi, Sweet FM; Oyekanmi Ayoyemi, Wikimedia Group; Moremi Kedirsmeia, from Botswana on an amazing panel to enlighten these young minds.
 
The event is in partnership with Covenant University Secondary School, Global Shapers Community Ibadan of the World Economic Forum, Lead Resources, Next Gen Africa, AREAi Africa, Hearts Connect Initiative, AllforDevelopment Foundation, Thriving Teens and sponsored by NerdyGram Consulting, Parle G Biscuits & Sweetco Plc.
 
Media partners include Ogun State Television, The Nations Newspapers, Hebron FM, The Guardian, Unilag FM, TVC amongst others.
 
Caveat: This event is strictly by invitation!
 
For sponsorship, partnership and further enquiries, you can send a mail to royalfoundationafrica@gmail.com or info@royalfoundation.org.ng; call/text us on +2348137365526.
 
Connect with us on Facebook, twitter and instagram via @rfisupport and get to know about what we do on www.royalfoundation.org.ng
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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi) Politics Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:53:51 +0300
Saudi Arabia on the eve of an impending coup against Crown Prince https://www.codewit.com/politics/27429-saudi-arabia-on-the-eve-of-an-impending-coup-against-crown-prince https://www.codewit.com/politics/27429-saudi-arabia-on-the-eve-of-an-impending-coup-against-crown-prince

As Saudi Prince Meshaal bin Abdulaziz made up a plan to receive a huge amount of money to topple Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef and elevate Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to the position of Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia seems to be preparing for of an impending coup d'état.

After disputes surged over the appointment of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Meshaal bin Abdulaziz, who is the former chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Allegiance Commission, decided to leave the country. King Salman then wrote him a letter and asked to return. Meshaal bin Abdulaziz demanded a large sum of money as a precondition for his returning to the country so that he could implement Muhammed bin Salman’s plan of rising to a higher position.

Till now, Muhammed bin Salman has gained 28 of 40 Allegiance Commission votes and certainly has no obstacle to achieve power. The matter is not about the time or the change of coup process, what matters more is the time of announcing the coup and delegating the rule to bin Salman.  

On December 2015, after having been dismissed from the post of the crown prince and being replaced by Muhammad bin Nayef (Muhammad bin Salman being appointed to the position of deputy crown prince), something that was attributed to the Allegiance Commission, Meshaal bin Abdulaziz left Saudi Arabia for Switzerland.

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osaeedfj@gmail.com (Omar Saeed ) Politics Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:51:37 +0300
FED ALLOCATIONS: Gov. Wike should tell the truth for once https://www.codewit.com/politics/27424-fed-allocations-gov-wike-should-tell-the-truth-for-once https://www.codewit.com/politics/27424-fed-allocations-gov-wike-should-tell-the-truth-for-once ...At the time Amaechi left office, R/S was getting less than N10b monthly allocation

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State is dismayed that two years after the 2015 elections, Gov. Nyesom Wike is still carrying on with his style of campaigns full of bare-faced lies and misrepresentation of facts to unsuspecting Rivers people.

The governor yesterday (Sunday) told the Synod of Anglican Church in the house of God that the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was receiving between N27b and N30b monthly federal allocation while the present federal government has cut the allocation for the State under his administration. He blamed the alleged move on attempts to sabotage his government.

Firstly, if the Amaechi administration received anything close to N25b during his 8-year tenure it must be for less than 6 months in his first tenure when Nyesom Wike was Chief of Staff to former Gov. Chibuike Amaechi. That was when oil price was at its highest and the over 300 oil wells taken away by the Goodluck Jonathan government were still property of Rivers State.

For more than three years of the Amaechi second tenure after Soku and other oil wells had been taken and transferred to other states coupled with dwindling oil prices and production levels, the government then was receiving less than N10b monthly allocations up till 2015.

If Gov. Wike is receiving less than N10b allocations today, he is in part responsible for the fate the State is facing. He encouraged the Jonathan administration to take away Rivers oil wells believing that he was undoing Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. It would be recalled that the former governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi had earlier warned Gov Wike of what he (Wike) is complaining about today. Now, the chicken has come to roost, Gov. Wike should deal with it and save us his display of verbal indiscretion.

More significantly is the fact that Gov. Nyesom Wike, having successfully concealed the budgets of Rivers State from the people for the second year, has also refused to tell Rivers people that Rivers State last month received the highest sum of N14.5b Paris Loan Refund from the Buhari administration.

Instead of applauding the Buhari government for several bailouts funds, prompt refunds and general concern for the finances of states of Nigeria, Rivers State inclusive, Gov. Wike has rather chosen to bite the finger that feeds him. This is not surprising; after all, the governor has always been that especially to his benefactor, Chibuike Amaechi.

The APC believes that Gov. Nyesom Wike is merely diverting attention from being transparent with the finances of Rivers State by making misleading statements to Rivers people even in the hallowed ouse of God.

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Chris Finebone) Politics Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:15:39 +0300
Confusion As Epileptic Okada Man Dies At Church Entrance In Ondo State https://www.codewit.com/politics/27419-confusion-as-epileptic-okada-man-dies-at-church-entrance-in-ondo-state https://www.codewit.com/politics/27419-confusion-as-epileptic-okada-man-dies-at-church-entrance-in-ondo-state A 40-year-old epileptic motorcyclist was found dead at the entrance of a Pentecostal church in Ondo over the weekend.

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codewit_correspondent@codewit.com (Codewit Correspondent) Politics Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:49:49 +0300
Ogbemudia played his part well, says Hon. Igbuya https://www.codewit.com/politics/27365-ogbemudia-played-his-part-well-says-hon-igbuya https://www.codewit.com/politics/27365-ogbemudia-played-his-part-well-says-hon-igbuya The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, Friday described Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia as a leader of rare character.

In a condolence message to the family, Igbuya applauded Ogbemudia’s efforts in the improvement of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing and commerce in defunct Bendel State.

“Ogbemudia was an honest man, an extraordinary politician, a great leader and a man of principle. From 1957 when he joined the Nigerian Army to the day he died, Ogbemudia stood out” Igbuya said.

He praised the second republic governor for his role in the Nigerian Counter Coup of 1966.

“His character was legendary, particularly when tested by the counter coup of 1966 and his trial where he was acquitted” the speaker said.

The Delta State House of Assembly presiding officer said Edo and Delta owed a great deal to Ogbemudia’s leadership.

“Ogbemudia really showed what difference an individual could make, what difference a leader could make”

He said Ogbemudia served with distinction as an administrator and a governor of the Mid West State, later Bendel State.

“Ogbemudia was a professional of immense reputation. His was an enduring performance. Apart from his achievements during his military days, he also left lasting testimonies of his contribution to Bendel State.

“Indeed, Ogbemudia, a governor on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), played his part well and the legacy he left will remain an eloquent testimony to a life of achievement”.

“Nigerians will certainly miss the man who left a lasting stamp on Edo and Delta. Ogbemudia will be remembered for his very unique and purposeful leadership. He will also be remembered by Nigerians as a brave military officer”.

 “On behalf of the good people of Sapele and myself, i send our heartfelt condolences to his entire family, his wide circle of friends and Nigerians as a whole for the loss of this thoroughly good and great man, Chief Samuel Ogbemudia”                      

Source: Henry Ovie

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fideln2011@gmail.com (Fidel Njamanze) Politics Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:33:47 +0200
DUNAETA Lauds Rachael Umahi for Building Houses for 172 Widows https://www.codewit.com/politics/27362-dunaeta-lauds-rachael-umahi-for-building-houses-for-172-widows https://www.codewit.com/politics/27362-dunaeta-lauds-rachael-umahi-for-building-houses-for-172-widows ….Describes her as embodiment of selfless service

A Non-Governmental Organisation, the David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA), has hailed the move by Chief (Mrs.) Rachael Umahi, wife of the Ebonyi State Governor and Founder of the Family Succour& Upliftment Foundation Programme, to build houses for 172 widows in the State. DUNAETA in a statement issued on Mondayin Abakaliki, the State capital, described this as a demonstration of selfless leadership that others in similar positions need to emulate.

The group in the statement signed by the Founder and President, Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze, congratulated the Ebonyi State First Lady for this bold initiative that tallies with the biblical injunction in James 1:27which, states: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (King James Version)

“Ebonyi women and, indeed, women all over the world will forever remain grateful for the humanitarian efforts of Chief (Mrs.) Rachael Umahi, who has used her pet project to bring succour to the women of Ebonyi State in various ways. With this latest move, at least 172 widows in Ebonyi State are to receive two-bedroom bungalow each as succour to alleviate the sufferings of this group of underprivileged citizens who are often victims of harmful traditional practices.,” said Lady Eze, who is also the Technical Assistant on Media to Governor David Umahi.

She noted that the Ebonyi First Lady has used her pet project to positively affect and influence lives in the State through the paying of medical bills of indigent patients, mobilsiation of women towards better family, as well as partnering with USAID/PMI and the Ministry of Health in sustaining support towards the elimination of malaria and assisting those suffering from VVF in the State.

“I would be pleased to render my services in any way possible to enable the Ebonyi State First Lady succeed in her efforts to turn the fortunes of Ebonyi women around, particularly in her efforts to fight all harmful practices that are inimical to the welfare of women in the State,” Lady Eze said.

She urged all Ebonyi women “to reciprocate and appreciate the efforts of this great gift to us by participating actively in politics and lending constructive voices on the issues of governance and welfare of the families as our amiable First Lady and her husband cannot do it alone.”

ENDS

Monica Ada Chidinma Eze,

President DUNAETA & TA On Media to Gov. Umahi

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Monica Ada Chidinma Eze) Politics Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:16:38 +0200
U.S. Congresswoman Calls Iraqi, Syrian Leaders Most Sincere in Fighting Terrorism https://www.codewit.com/politics/27360-u-s-congresswoman-calls-iraqi-syrian-leaders-most-sincere-in-fighting-terrorism https://www.codewit.com/politics/27360-u-s-congresswoman-calls-iraqi-syrian-leaders-most-sincere-in-fighting-terrorism

U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard made new surprising remarks on Friday in which she once again supported Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling him and the Iraqi premier “the most genuine people in their efforts to fight terrorism.”

The Hawaiian Democratic Representative who was being interviewed by CNN criticized U.S. policies of regime change in Syria saying she is ‘surprised’ by the media coverage of the Middle East crises. She said there are no moderate rebels in Syria but there are terrorist groups like al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and Ahrar al-Sham, and ISIS who are being provided support by the United States and other allies like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar to topple the Syrian president.

“I believe the most genuine people in their efforts to fight terrorism right now are the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Syrian President Bashar Assad. We cannot ignore the great efforts of the Russian President Putin in supporting these two countries in fighting terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra,” claimed Gabbard. “The United States draws a distinction between terrorists, dividing them into good and bad terrorists.”

The U.S lawmaker had a seven-day trip to Syria and Lebanon in January where she met and talked with many Syrian refugees, Syrian opposition leaders, widows and family members of Syrians fighting alongside groups like al-Qaeda, as well as those fighting on the side of the government, and also some Christian clergymen of the war-stricken city of Aleppo.

Gabbard also had a secret meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad which drew strong criticism from many people. She called the regime change war ‘counterproductive’ saying it does not serve America’s interest or the interest of the Syrian people.

Upon her return, Gabbard released a statement in defending herself saying “Originally, I had no intention of meeting with Assad, but when given the opportunity, I felt it was important to take it. I think we should be ready to meet with anyone if there’s a chance it can help bring about an end to this war, which is causing the Syrian people so much suffering.”

“As I visited with people from across the country, and heard heartbreaking stories of how this war has devastated their lives, I was asked, ‘Why is the United States and its allies helping al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups try to take over Syria? Syria did not attack the United States. Al-Qaeda did.’ I had no answer,” Gabbard stated

Later in February, her Stop Arming Terrorists Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Rand Paul. The bipartisan legislation would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and would prohibit the government from funneling money and weapons to terrorists through other countries who are directly or indirectly supporting them.

Although an Iraq War veteran, Gabbard was against the invasion of Iraq. She said in late 2012, “I was against the war in Iraq. We never should have gone there in the first place.” She believes that the United States' victory conditions in Iraq were not been clearly defined. In 2014 she voted against renewed U.S. military engagement in Iraq.

Source: SudaneseOnline.com

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osaeedfj@gmail.com (Omar Saeed ) Politics Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:01:51 +0200
Establishment of maritime university: nimasa supports government https://www.codewit.com/politics/27344-establishment-of-maritime-university-nimasa-supports-government https://www.codewit.com/politics/27344-establishment-of-maritime-university-nimasa-supports-government The attention of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been drawn to speculations in a section of the media and a Press Statement from the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) to the effect that the Agency is opposed to the establishment of the Maritime University at Okerenkoko, in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State

This assertion is far from the truth and it has become necessary to clarify the issue as the Federal Government is committed to the actualization of the project which the Agency conceived. It is pertinent to note that NIMASA is supporting every aspect of the law in its determination to fulfill its obligations.

In addition, the National Assembly recently held a public hearing on the matter and it is expected that the funding of the institution and other aspects of running it will be specified in the Act setting up the University.

For the avoidance of doubt, at no time did the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside say anything contrary to the Federal Government’s position on the issue and we solidly stand behind the Federal Government on its determination to actualize the project.

The benefits derivable from the setting up of the institution will be quite numerous.         Apart from becoming a citadel for knowledge and development of human capital, job opportunities will be created to the Nigerian people, particularly the community. 

ISICHEI OSAMGBI

Head, Corporate Communications,

NIMASA

isichei.Osamgbi@nimasa.gov.ng;

February 9, 2017

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (ISICHEI OSAMGBI) Politics Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:28:11 +0200
IGP Panel report has vindicated APC position on elections in Rivers – APC https://www.codewit.com/politics/27343-igp-panel-report-has-vindicated-apc-position-on-elections-in-rivers-apc https://www.codewit.com/politics/27343-igp-panel-report-has-vindicated-apc-position-on-elections-in-rivers-apc The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, welcomes the Inspector-General of Police panel investigation report which uncovered the bribing of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials by the governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike to the tune of N360m of which the sum of N110m has been physically recovered from the INEC officials by the Police.

We feel a sense of vindication over repeated alarm we sounded before, during after the general and rerun elections of 2015 and 2016 that Gov. Nyesom Wike bribes electoral officials before and during every election in Rivers State. Indeed, the IGP Panel report goes further to confirm that the audio bribery clips published by Saharareproters in which the voice of Gov. Wike was directing the deployment of bribe money to INEC officials is real and authentic despite the barefaced denials by the governor.

The APC believes that the spins and reverse spins the PDP is trying to put to a clear case of criminal act they committed with overwhelming evidence is the usual antics of roadside pickpockets when they are caught in the act. Even more laughable is the attempt to disown the exhibit claiming that it belongs to the APC. Where on earth could the APC in Rivers State have found that kind of money if not the governor who withdrew N2bn belonging to River’s taxpayers just before the rerun election from which N260m was paid out to electoral officials as bribe money?

It is obvious that the old-fashioned antics of the governor and the PDP are simply not flying; a thousand press conferences cannot help because lies are known to have expiry date. Gov Wike and the PDP must show uncommon bravery by accepting the fate which awaits anyone who dares in the wrong direction of the law.

The APC would like Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP to tell the world whether they did not bribe INEC officials as alleged and discovered by the IGP Panel. They should also tell the people whether INEC officials who are alleged to have collected the bribe money did not actually confess to the crime.  Does the proof of bribery provided by the police as evidence that Gov. Wike gave bribe to electoral officials not authenticate the act to the extent that those who made the refunds are alive?

Whereas the APC is wary of wasting ample time in meaningless exchanges with a morally deficient PDP on the matter, we call on the Inspector-General of Police to effect immediate action on the report by prosecuting those found culpable. We know that Gov. Wike’s immunity protects him from prosecution for now but it does not protect him from investigation as have been done. Let others that have been indicted be prosecuted according to law without any delay. When Gov. Wike’s immunity expires in 2019, he must be made to face the full consequences of his action in line with the laws of the land.

Chris Finebone

State Publicity Secretary

February 8, 2017

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi) Politics Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:24:29 +0200
Sapele residents insist on Eighteen – Hour Power supply https://www.codewit.com/politics/27340-sapele-residents-insist-on-eighteen-hour-power-supply https://www.codewit.com/politics/27340-sapele-residents-insist-on-eighteen-hour-power-supply Residents of Sapele on Monday decried the incessant power outage by the authorities of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC). They also condemned the attendant crazy bills by BEDC.

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya, Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Hon Ejaife Odebala, elders and leaders of various political and non political groups in Sapele voiced their dissatisfaction, insisting on electricity for up to 18 hours daily.

At a stakeholders’ meeting in Asaba, the speaker urged BEDC to stop bringing estimated bills. “Don’t take people for granted. Your actions show great disrespect for all of us. Sapele residents are paying bills. BEDC must provide meters to consumers. The officials must respond to fault reported by consumers. They must communicate. The irregularity in power supply has disrupted daily life” he said.

Episcopal Vicar and Dean, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sapele, Very Rev Father Christopher Ekabo suggested ways towards a lasting solution to the crisis.

“At least 12 hours to 18 hours electricity should be given to Sapele. Anything less will not be good for the people. No more estimated bills. Prepaid meters should be made available to curb further collection of money by staffers of BEDC. The load shading should be done in a proper manner. The excuse of none payment of bills should be looked into” the priest said.

He urged BEDC to make a formal and public apology for it actions.

After a heated argument, the stakeholders agreed on eight hours of power for a start, subject to further improvement within the shortest possible time.

Sent in by: Ebireri Henry Ovie

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Ebireri Henry Ovie) Politics Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:16:48 +0200