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African Utility Week to focus on getting investors excited about power projects on the continent

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African Utility Week to focus on getting investors excited about power projects on the continent

“The private sector will have to play a crucial role”

 

The new GET FiT investment mechanism which brings private and public investors together, the proposed BRICS Bank and China’s funding relationship with Africa are some of the updates featured during the Investment & Finance track of the upcoming African Utility Week conference and expo from 14-15 May in Cape Town.  The event brings together more than 5000 power professionals across the entire ecosystem for the African water and power sectors.

“The power sector has to fight for its share of investment, private or public, like any other sector out there”, says Claire Volkwyn, African Utility Week’s programme director, “and while we sometimes need to be a little creative or innovative in how the funding of deals is put together, in terms of guarantee mechanisms etc., the African power sector remains a massive opportunity for financiers.” 

 

Dr Jan Martin Witte, Senior Project Manager at KfW Development Bank in Germany, is one of the high-level speakers on the programme and will inform delegates about the new GET FiT renewable energy funding mechanism by which the private sector is incentivised to get involved.


Addressing the financial challenges

He says the GET FiT mechanism was designed to help finance ready-to-build small scale renewable energy projects in Uganda and address the financial challenges, particularly the comparatively low REFiT tariff schedule and  the recent liquidity crisis at the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company which has undermined investor confidence.

 

Dr Witte explains how GET FiT will address these issues:  “at the request of the government of Uganda, the World Bank is to cover the political and commercial risk through a modified version of its Partial Risk Guarantee product.  Furthermore, KfW has raised funding from Norway, UK (International Climate Fund), Germany and EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund in order to provide a tariff top-up of two additional dollar cents on the current rate.  At this stage, Norway and the UK have committed funding to the programme.”


He says this will provide a strong incentive for private developers to bring projects to market:  “it will also encourage commercial banks to enter the sector.  The implementation of the programme is anticipated in February this year when the first request for proposals will be sent out and published.”

 

Unique funding concept
The KfW Senior Project Manager says this concept is unique and innovative “because we try to incentivise the private sector to get involved and so leverage more private capital for investments in renewable energy generation in Africa.  The traditional way in the past would be to provide cheap credit lines to commercial banks in countries to finance these projects.  Our mechanism will provide support directly to projects.  The combination of the proposed World Bank guarantee mechanism (which would for the first time be applied to a series of smaller renewable energy generation projects) and the GET FiT tariff increment is something that has not been done before.” 

 

He says furthermore that in development projects the money is usually provided upfront.  “However”, he explains, “in this case, we will provide the tariff increment to the investors once the projects have delivered electricity – we shift the entire performance risk to the private sector.”


KfW plans to kick off the first GET FiT financed projects in Uganda and is also looking at countries such as Zambia, Rwanda, Ghana and Tanzania for future implementation.  Says Dr Jan Martin Witte:  “the legal and regulatory framework conditions for private investments in energy must be right ­– we do not expect easy replication of GET FiT from Uganda to other markets.”

 

PPPs the way forward
According to dr Witte African governments and donors alone will not be able to finance the huge energy infrastructure requirements of the continent.  He notes:  “the private sector will have to play a crucial role, by providing capital and expertise.  Proper regulatory and legally enabling conditions need to be in place, however, for the private sector to come on board.  GET FiT is one small way in which donors and DFIs can support reform-minded governments in the region to leverage private capital for investment.”

 

More expert topics and speakers in the Investment & Finance track at Africa Utility Week include:

 

·         Potential for generation, transmission and distribution in Ethiopia
Minister Womdimu Tekle, Minister of State, Water and Energy, Ethiopia

  • Regulatory frameworks governing tariff determination across Africa

Joseph Kapika, Researcher: Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform & Regulation, University of Cape Town, South Africa

·         Cost reflective tariffs:  Balancing commercial and socio-economic imperatives
Dr Sam Amadi, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

  • BRICS Development Bank

Dr Sam Muradzikwa, Chief Economist, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Zimbabwe

  • Innovative funding can change the face of your project

Carlo Van Wageningen, Chairman, Lake Turkana

  • China's funding relationship with Africa

Senior representative, China-Africa Development Fund, China

  • The EU/Universal Access Fund

Kjell Larsson, Energy Advisor, European Commission, Belgium

  • Funding power projects with local finance:  Rwanda's 15MW peat project

Charles Nyirahuku, Manager: Peat, Methane & Petroleum, EWSA, Rwanda

 

African Utility Week dates and location: 
Exhibition & Conference: 14-15 May 2013 
Pre-conference Workshops: 13 May 2013

Site Visits: 16 May 2013
Location:  CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa 

Websites:  www.african-utility-week.com ; www.clean-power-africa.com


Notes for Editor

About African Utility Week
African Utility Week brings together the entire ecosystem for the African water and power sector, from high level government representatives, utilities and municipalities, regulators and power pools to consultants, vendors, service providers and energy intensive power users for the purpose of sharing and determining the future development of Africa’s power industry.

Spintelligent
Spintelligent is part of Clarion Events, a global business-to-business event organiser with over 500 staff in offices in the UK, Netherlands, United States, South Africa, Brazil, UAE and Singapore. Spintelligent forms part of Clarion’s specialist energy and utilities portfolio which also includes Synergy and The Energy Exchange. Spintelligent has established itself as the key strategic information provider to the global metering, meter-to-cash and customer-end technology sector and as a specialist in African infrastructure development, with a focus on the power and mining sectors.

For more than 13 years, Spintelligent has been building, sharing, connecting and thinking about the business sectors we serve. Our industry leading media products – publications, online portals, conferences, exhibitions, industry reports – enable us to share knowledge and insights, build relationships and deliver real business value to our customers and stakeholders.

Spintelligent is recognised for its print and electronic publications, with market-leading brands including Metering International, ESI Africa and Mining Review Africa. Its regular global events and exhibitions, as well as its critical business intelligence and integrated marketing services make it a leader in its field. The company’s highly skilled resources in management, marketing, research and production allow for unique products bridging the developed and developing worlds.

Contact:
Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone:  +27 21 700 3558
mobile:  +27 82 562 7844
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

 

 

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Clarion addresses industry-specific training needs in energy and telecoms industries

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“We are passionate about working in partnership with businesses”

Global events giant Clarion has launched a training division which will address learning and development needs in the oil & gas, utilities, telecoms and mobile money industries across five continents.  Clarion Training’s Managing Director Mario Berard:  “Part of our experience in providing quality content B2B industry events in the energy and telecoms sectors, is that we are part of the industry and therefore perfectly placed to identify trends and gaps and challenges with regards to skills development.”
                                                                                                    
Long-standing stakeholder relationships
Clarion Training has identified a need for training solutions that deliver both industry specific know-how and effective learning and development.  Mario Berard explains:  “our team draws on a unique combination of substantial expertise in the area of performance improvement with a wealth of industry specific knowledge and understanding. We are passionate about working in partnership with our clients to provide training solutions that meet the challenges of their businesses and the development needs of their people both in content and delivery.”

The Clarion Group has achieved worldwide recognition for flagship conferences and exhibitions in upstream and downstream oil and gas, energy trading, metering, transmission and distribution sectors.  Strong and long-standing relationships with governments, major energy producers and all the leading utilities have helped attract more than 50,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries in the last 10 years.

By the industry, for the industry
Clarion Training recognises that every sector has its own unique challenges,” says Mario Berard, “and whilst the skills are transferable, in order to achieve high performance you need to understand and apply them in the context of the sector.”

The training faculty and programmes span the globe to ensure clients benefit from the most relevant international and regional expertise in any one of the topics and sectors that are covered.

The highly regarded training faculty include:

  • Abe Abrahami:  a highly acclaimed and experienced international consultant and certified trainer with 40 years’ experience in oil & gas, energy, mining, risk management.
  • Prof Arun Singh OBE, FRSA:  an international lawyer and consultant.
  • Derek Bell:  a highly experienced and qualified international consultant and certified trainer and project management professional.
  • Andrew Inkpen:  the J. Kenneth and Jeanette Seward Chair in Global Strategy at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.
  • Milja Hofman:  an international consultant and roaming expert. 

Clarion Training courses will take place across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. 

Upcoming courses for May to June this year include:

  • Project Finance in the Oil and Gas Industry, London
  • International Roaming and Roaming Partnerships, Dubai
  • International Oil and Gas Contracts, Dubai
  • Project Management for the International Oil and Gas Industry, Cape Town
  • Expanding your Mobile Money Suite, Singapore 
  • Strategy, Analysis and Decision Making in the Oil and Gas Industry, Houston
  • Complex Negotiation Skills for the Oil and Gas Industry, Dubai
  • Shale Oil and Gas: Project Viability, Analysis & Decision Making, London
  • International Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances in Oil and Gas, Kuala Lumpur
  • International Oil and Gas Contracts, Cape Town
  • Shale Oil and Gas: Project Viability, Analysis & Decision Making, Cape Town

Clarion Events is the UK's largest independent events company with annual turnover of over £150m, drawing upon over 80 years of experience of hosting strategic conferences and seated events across Britain, Europe, North and South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Our events, business-to-business and business-to-consumer, serve 15 different market sectors from leisure and entertainment to finance, from retail to gaming and from fine art to energy, mobile and telecoms.

Contact details:
Telephone:  +44 (0) 20 7384 8074
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7384 8007
Email: contactus@clariontraining.com
Web:   http://www.clariontraining.com/

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NIGERIA: Coach Stephen Keshi Press Statement.

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I am still Head Coach of the Super Eagles.

My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as the Head Coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria.
While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON 2013, which my team won by the grace of God,especially concerning my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation.

I have since had opportunity to discuss the various issues with all concerned. I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job.

I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention.

Signed Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
Super Eagles Head Coach.

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Press Release from The Nigerian Police Force – Hotspots For Ritual Killers

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Press Release from The Nigerian Police Force
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Good day all,

The Nigerian police has advised all to avoid the following places as they have been identified as hotspots for Ritual Killings:

Continue and see these places

1. Ota, Ogun State

2. Lambe, Ogun State

3. Ikorodu,Lagos State

4. Mowe, Ogun State

5. The Bridge linking Abiola Garden with Otedola Estate, Lagos.

6. Isheri Olowo-Ira under Bridge, Lagos

7. Toyota Bus Stop on Apapa/Oshodi Expressway, Lagos (Clifford Oji’s former location)

8. Waterfront River Niger area Of Onitsha, Anambra State

9. Isiala-Ngwa, Abia state

10, Igwurita, Muruokoro, Port Harcourt, Rivers state

11. Ilorin-Oro Road, Kwara state

12. Lokoja-Abuja Expressway, Kogi state

13. Kaduna Eastern By-Pass, Kaduna state

14. The Bank of River Kaduna, Kaduna state

15. Kaduna/Abuja Expressway, Kaduna state

16. Abuja Motor Park,Kaduna

17. Kawo Motor Park, Kaduna

18. The Railway tracks, Kaduna

These are police emergency numbers in Lagos, please:

POLICE CONTROL ROOM 1 – 07055350249 and 07035068242.

RRS CONTROL ROOM 2, Alausa – 08065154338 and 07055462708

CONTROL ROOM 3 SHQ; – 08079279349 and 08063299264 and 767 toll free line.

If you by mistake fall victim quickly send an sms/pre-text message to all or any of these numbers.

Make sure you drive at the middle of express road at all times. If anyone tells you that your car is sparking or there is fire or smoke coming out from your car bonnet, please do not listen just drive on. That is their new tactics.
Pls kindly advice your loved ones accordingly.

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Press Statement By International Human Rights Monitor (IHRM) Occupy-Nigerian Embassy,Washington-DC, November 20, 2012

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New York[RR] New York–The expected protest to occupy-Nigerian-Embassy In Washington-DC November 20,2012 organized by International Human Rights Monitor (IHRM) In conjunction with other Human Rights organizations like CDLF, Anti-War-Defenders and much more, will go forward as planned.

IHRM is galvanizing the general public at home and broad to show outrage on the corrupt incompetent leadership Nigeria that facilitated the climate that led to the gruesome lynching of four (4) university of Port-Harcourt students on false allegation of theft, and other extra-judicial killings committed against our people by both Boko Haram and government security agencies…in that country.

We demand the following:

1. That Nigerian government headquartered in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja immediately investigate the lynching of UNIPORT4, over alleged theft without evidence. Lynching of these students in total violation of International human Rights law, abuse of their human dignity, by actively using cruel and inhuman methods including use of fuel and wooden object to executive the innocent. Extra-judicially killing of these individuals in 21st century is most despicable; IHRM thinks this despicable act by Nigeria-State and her agents strips her all respectable diplomatic immunities, rights, and privileges within the comity of nation-states;

2. That alleged police officer who came with police truck, ordered the vigilante to execute four (4) student of University of Port-Harcourt by fire be arrested, prosecuted to the fullness of the law, if found guilty placed behind bars; IHRM believe that alleged dismissal of alleged police officer/s who ordered the killings is not good enough;

3. We reiterate that Immediate overhaul of the Embassy in Washington-DC and Nigerian Embassies around the world must be conducted without further delays; we demand that that the Federal government at Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja institute a independent panel of inquiry with respect to missing 1.7 trillion oil-subsidy accruing from oil & Gas revenue be investigated; we demand that missing $20Million accrued from Real Estate sales deposited in M & T Bank, and others, investigate the criminal activities of Ambassador Adefuye, EFCC, and other diplomatic officials involved in looting, be thoroughly investigated and report made public as part of transparency and accountability, including investigation of money laundry allegations in Nigerian Embassies around the world;

4. We demand that better equipped FBI, and CIA, be consulted in this investigation since, EFCC that the president ordered three weeks ago to investigate embassy scandals is comprised, as the letter from Ambassador Adefuye to anti-graft agency revealed; we demand that rogue Ambassador Adefuye resigned immediately to this effect. We think EFCC is also incapacitated. Findings from these investigations should form the pillar for immediate prosecution of individuals, companies and their collaborators who have duped the people and the country, and sharp punishments, imprisonments, and other consequences imposed accordingly; we demand that officials involved in distribution of 1.7 Trillion of oil-Subsidy from importation of petroleum products, be arrested and prosecuted according;

5. We demand that the government should overhaul Nigerian embassies around the world, since Nigerian embassies officials operations are one and the same thing wherever they are located, stealing from Visa fees/application fees, that it should not take more than 9 months to over these embassies; 6. We demand that the government make public Petrol Production and Distribution (PPD) policies directed at 500% local production of petroleum products within the space of 10months;

7. We demand the government audit and make public the Nigerian Washington-DC accounts, and explain what happened to the $20Million accrued from Nigerian Real Estate Sales, 2004, with monthly interest of $350,000.00 since 2004 to 2012 with accurate embassy inventory rather than denials, and conflicting numbers from Embassy officials and M&T Bank officials;

8. We demand that massive corruption and money laundry at the Nigerian Washington-DC embassy should be addressed once and for all, and official crooks and perpetrators brought to justice. Nigerian Diaspora and larger population and suffering masses should not be made to pay for the incompetence and corruption by embassy official, and FCT-Abuja officials;

9. We unequivocally state that the government and its officials end the act of mockery at leadership, because if it underestimate the people’s power, and resolve to act, via massive protest at these diplomatic shamelessness and perfidy of officials at Nigerian embassies particularly Nigerian Washington-DC embassy, in addition, to the incessant rape, continuous insecurity and killings in the country by Boko Haram fundamentalists, government sponsored extra-judicial killings using their friends and cronies within the government as proxies in these dirty acts, otherwise, it will live to regret these practices, one way or the other;

10. We demand that the Nigerian government and its officials pay attention to 3.5 Million Biafran children, women and old people who were killed by starvation policy under Gowon dictatorship (1967 to 1975), as meticulously detailed by eminent Prof. Chinua Achebe in his recent Book: “There Was A Country”, His Personal Memoir on Biafra–if indeed Nigeria were to move forward, issues raised by the respected academic is a game changer that could trigger massive infrastructural and meaningful policy development and humanization of that society which, all citizenry can call home(land);

11. We vehemently condemn October 30, 2012 distraction by Senate President David Mark and his cronies, who said that the National Assembly would create additional states, to address marginalization challenge. It is dubious and disingenuous to think that creation of additional states will address issues of marginalization in the country. IHRM thinks Mr. Mark and Company are naive and daft to boot. “Creation of additional states can only make government closer to the people contrary to the view in certain quarters that we do not need additional states in the federation,” he said. Mark and his co-travelers are yet to tell the citizenry who will fund newly created states, when indedd exiting states lke Ekiti, Adamawa and others cannot even pay workers; the society is in colossal dysfunctional state, daily bombings, extra-judicial killings and other multiple vices have gotten worse by seconds, minutes, etc.

Please join us as we protest incompetence, corruption, killings in the country, and express an uncompromised support for our oppressed people in the homeland, by defending our human rights, honor, and restore the dignity of man, women and children. Join IHRM now. Every onlooker is either a traitor or coward.

Signed

Carlisle (Carl.) Umunna
Executive Director
IHRM
646-643-9571

Donations to:
IHRM,
321 Edgecombe Avenue Suite #5J
New York, NY 10031

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Charly Boy Issues Press Release on Gay, illuminati Story

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National Mirror had on Saturday, the 22nd June issued a two page press release stating strongly that indeed Charlyboy confessed to Ed Jato that he was gay and head of Illuminati in Nigeria, hence justifying the news released on their entertainment page quoting Charlyboy on the alleged confession. However, Charlyboy has made another press statement, cautioning National Mirror to be more reasonable and professional while putting up a defense against their action as the newspaper may be heading towards obliteration if it continues to report news in the manner it did against him and keeps “defend the indefensible”

Below is the Press statement:
I have read with considerable interest and amusement the latest publication from national Mirror this Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 concerning their vexing and defamatory publication concerning my alleged confession of being a homosexual preference and member of the Illuminati cult.

From the ramblings of the Editor of Saturday Mirror, it is clear that the Mirror Newspaper group still does not understand the basic tenets of responsible journalism. They appear incapable of understanding the ramifications of publishing a CONFESSION THAT NEVER HAPPENED regardless of their perceived notion about a subject of their story. This lack of fundamental understanding of the difference between a reasonable opinion based on observable facts, and the report of factual confession is at the heart of the problem. From the latest publication of June 23rd, 2012 it is clear that National Mirror lacks this understanding, or does not care to understand the difference, even after being dragged to court for reporting an opinion as fact and for repeating hearsay in bold print without the courtesy of seeking to confirm the story or speaking to their so-called friend.

It is also clear to any discerning member of the public that National Mirror is allowing its paper to be led to ruin as a result of the ego of the team responsible for that publication.  Rather than accepting the obvious mistake of publishing a story without first hand facts; for NOT INVESTIGATING A STORY THEY SAW ONLINE and admit their negligence for CONFIRMING A FALSE STORY THAT WAS ALLEGED AS FACT by an online paper, they have sought to create a pitiful Red Herring, and diversion from the issues, by falsely suggesting that the lawsuit against them is related to some imagined column I wanted to syndicate in their paper and an attempt to make them change their editorial policy! This is such a cheap attempt at diversion, it is laughable.

The National Mirror in their June 22nd publication also compounded their comedy of errors by talking about their own staff that they fired illegally, without mentioning the fact that THEY USED THAT STAFFER’S NAME TO PUBLISH THE ORIGINAL STORY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OR PERMISSION OF THAT STAFFER! That Staffer was ALREADY on suspension when that story was published under his name without his knowledge or permission! When the staffer, who is very well known to me, complained, and actually denied writing the so called Gay Confession story bearing his name on his facebook page, rather than apologize to him, they actually summarily fired him! (and then they tried to rectify that criminal act of publishing a fake Confessional story under an unsuspecting staffer’s byeline by changing the name of the writer of the offending story, about 2 weeks after the fact! (We have evidence of the original and the new version for the public and courts to judge in due course).

These infantile attempts by National Mirror to cause a diversion from the fact that they goofed in publishing a story about a factual confession that never happened, is really a sad commentary about the level of professionalism at the Mirror Newspapers owned by Mr Jimoh Ibrahim. I would have expected more from a paper owned by a very smart person such as Jimoh Ibrahim, and edited by an experienced hand, such as Steve Ayorinde. Imagine, a paper is being sued for publishing an HEARSAY as first hand fact, and for repeating third party hearsay they found online as fact without verification, and all they can say is that they will not be forced to change their editorial policy or recall a staff fired illegally? Unbelievable!I am left wondering what all of that have to do with the fact that they damaged my reputation by publishing a false story without checking with me or investigating itproperly?Essentially, they are publicly defending, and standing by an editorial policy which allows publication AS FACT, stories they gleaned from the internet, without going through any due verification process! Really, is this what journalism has become in Nigeria?

In any case, I am sure the publication will be very useful in court as that appear to be more evidence of admission from the paper that they did not bother, or care, to investigate a story, and an admission that they never tried to contact the subject of a reported confession. Since the matter is in court, we will let the Law court draw whatever inference it can from that as to whether this paper had observed reasonable journalistic ethics, willfully negligent or taken reasonable care to ensure that my reputation was not tarnished with this bogus story.

I also note that they have published a purported interview with the publisher of the so-called DanfoExpress, the new publication whose advertisement sparked off this frenzy in the first place. They have reported that the man claimed I did confess to him and even has a recorded tape to prove it. I am very happy to read that because Mr. Ed Jatto himself, if indeed he granted the interview to National Mirror, (and from experience I must be careful to take as fact anything reported in Daily Mirror at this point), has finally allowed himself to be dragged into the matter by claiming I confessed to him as being gay and head of illuminati. Since I am sure I NEVER CONFESSED TO ANYONE EITHER IN PRIVATE TALKS, OR IN A TAPED INTERVIEW, I have instructed my lawyers to file a separate lawsuit against Mr. Ed Jato and Saturday Mirror for this latest publication. At least, this will finally force Mr. Ed Jato and Mirror Newspaper group to bring out the tape of the alleged confession into the public domain, if indeed there is such a tape. Frankly, I personally will also like to hear myself on that tape!

From my perspective, and for the solution of this matter, I think both National Mirror and Ed Jato can put this matter to rest once and for all by calling a Press Conference to play the tape of this alleged confession for everyone to hear. If they can do that, then this whole story will go away, and my lawsuits against them will also apparently collapse since I have been told that TRUTH IS ALWAYS A DEFENCE.

So, to settle this matter once and for all, I am issuing a PUBLIC CHALLENGE TO NATIONAL MIRROR AND ED JATTO to bring the tape to a PUBLIC PRESS CONFERENCE and let the whole world learn the truth once and for all. That way we can save everyone the aggravation and let the whole world know if this is indeed a storm in a teacup or not.

Of course I know for a fact that neither Steve Ayorinde, nor Ed Jato, can take up this public challenge because they know they did not have any confession from me about being a gay person or being the head of the illuminati. After all, they cannot have a confessionthat does not exist on tape, unless of course they want to add criminal charges to their defamatory actions.In my opinion, the pride of National Mirror and the refusal of the Editor in Chief to be a man and admit to errors of judgment will eventually lead to the ruin of the National Mirror Newspaper. I do hope Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim is listening and reading. National Mirror is simply compounding its errors by continuing to defend the indefensible

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4th October 2010 Press release: Abuja car bombs

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Save Nigeria Group Global (SNG) UK condemns without reservation, the car bomb blast that occurred in Abuja at Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary. We sympathize with, and extend our condolences to the families of innocent Nigerians that died in the incident.
The Federal Government should ensure that the Nigerian security services fish out the perpetrators of this crime, their protectors and sponsors and bring them to book to the full extent of the law

The Federal Government must also initiate an immediate Board of Inquiry to establish how such an act of terrorism could be perpetrated in our nations capital on the eve of such a high profile event particularly in light of the claims by MEND that security agents assisted them in planting the devices.

The Federal Government must also ensure that all the innocent victims of this crime receive medical care at the same level as can be expected by Government Ministers or Members of the National Assembly

In conclusion we also call upon the Federal Government to step up the process set out in the amnesty programme as well as revisit the issue of constitutional amendments that will ensure that power is returned to the regions as it was the case at independence. This will not only satisfy the agitation for resource control but will also create a more balanced federation where the injustices of the past will finally be redressed including Niger Delta question. It is our view that no amount of Police or military measures will remove the root cause of the crises, the economic deprivation and environmental degradation of this region unless until power is devolved to the people.

In the same vein we call upon MEND to respect the amnesty and call an immediate ceasefire. They should bear in mind that none of the victims of this act were party to the issues in the Delta and some were even from that region. No person of conscience can consider this a justifiable action

The first duty of any government is to safeguard the security of its populace, with the exponential level of kidnapping in various parts of the country, armed robbery and now urban terrorism it is clear the government is not living up to its responsibilities.

While we reflect on our 50 years let us pray that the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace

C.V.Akuta

Spokesman

Save Nigeria Group (UK)

 

Notes to editors

Save Nigeria Group was formed in early 2010 by UK based Nigerian activist groups seeking to ensure that true democratic and accountable government takes hold at all levels in Nigeria

These groups amalgamated SNG UK with SNG Nigeria under the leadership of Dr Tunde Bakare in a meeting in London on 20/07/2010

SNG UK is a coalition of the following groups Champions For Nigeria, Arise Nigeria, Unity and Positive Change In Nigeria, Support Option A4 Group, GAIN Organisation, Rally For Nigeria and Citizens For Change Global

SNG UK is an apolitical, non tribal, non religious group dedicated to returning Nigeria to a truly democratic and competent system of government.

The current spokesman is Chinedu Akuta of Support Option A4 Group,

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Press Release: Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliot and Emem Isong reunite again

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Holding Hope and Bursting Out from premier in August

…we want to make people cry and laugh-Uche Jombo

 

First, from Royal Arts Academy Productions were Guilty Pleasure and Nollywood Hustlers starring notable stars such as Ramsey Nouah, Majid Micheal, Nse Ikpe Etim, Uche Jombo, Susan Peters, Charles Inojie, Monalisa Chinda and many others.

 

Now, it is Holding Hope and Bursting Out from the movie cooking pots of Emem Isong, Desmond Elliot and Uche Jombo. The trio who seem to have mastered the art of giving double treats as premiere are toeing same path they did last year when they showed two movies, Guilty Pleasure and Nollywood Hustlers to selected crowd amidst pomp and pageantry.

 

Holding Hope and Bursting Out will be premiered on Sunday, August 8 at Silverbird Galleria, Lagos before doing rounds at ‘community cinema houses’ across the country.

 

Holding Hope is the story of Mrs. Badmus and her wayward son. It is the story which springs complexity out of simple plot. For Sidney to inherit his mother’s wealth who is dying of cancer there is a hurdle he must cross and that hurdle isn’t an easy one. The story was written by     Uche Jombo, Emem Isong, and Uduak Emem Oguwamalam. With impressive cast such as Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliot, Nadia Buhari, Biola Williams, Ngozi Nwosu, Rukky Sanda and many others one can only imagine what to expect.

 

Bursting Out is the story of a lady ripe for marriage and family wants her to get married to the many suitable suitors but she delays, as time goes on she decides to close her eyes and jump, a decision of faith that comes with consequences. Star actress, Genevieve Nnaji and

Majid Michael reunites in the movie that has directorial hands of Desmond Elliot and Daniel Adenimokan to create electrifying masterpiece. Emem Isong is the producer of the flick.

 

Speaking on the movie, Uche said they want to make people cry, laugh and perhaps pause and think at the same time. ‘It’s a movie that we intend and want people to see in the cinema, and be moved by it, cry about it, and at the same time, laugh.  Really, life is too short, as there are things you can change in life, but there are also things you cannot change”.

 

Come Sunday August 8, Emem, Desmond and Uche will try to out-do their first outing and prove to all and sundry that the success of their first outing was not a fluke.

 

 

 PRESS RELEASE FROM BIGSAM MEDIA

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Press release: Halliburton Scandal: Let’s call a spade a spade!

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To The Great and Good People of Nigeria: We, The Champions For Nigeria Organization wish to sympathize with you for all your endurance and diligence in the face of avoidable economic hardship, socio-cultural deterioration and political despondency caused as a result of the greed, selfishness, inconsideration, mismanagement, corruption and visionless leadership of our leaders.

Looters with stolen and rigged mandates live in affluence, openly insult our collective intelligence and squander our collective resources and wealth without regard to us and the consequences, while the majority of Nigerians live in poverty, starvation, fear and great inconvenience.

Champions For Nigeria believe that corruption is arguably the major problem we have in Nigeria today that is preventing Nigeria from achieving any semblance of greatness or even socio-economic growth and development. And we know those who are perpetrating this evil monster on us; we know those who are still bent on keeping the majority of Nigerians as serfs and slaves long after colonialism “ the inept ruling clique.

The recent catalogue of distressing, outrageous and profound revelations of blatant and reckless corruption and bribery, plundering of the nation's treasury by a few clique, started during Abacha's ignominious regime and continued into Obasanjo's œholier-than-thou administration and now being covered up by the lame-duck Presidency of Yar ˜Adua is a testimony yet again to the fact that despite all the noise of the war against corruption, nothing has really changed. The looters are still in charge, and actually admitting new looters everyday to join their evil enclave.

Of particular interest is the allegation of massive, unbelievable, bribery and corruption against three successive governments (Abacha, Abdulsalam and Obasanjo) and other top government officials by Halliburton, a United States-based company engaged in building Africa's first liquefied natural gas plant in Nigeria.

Awashed with undisputable facts about the Halliburton bribery scandal, this is a true litmus test for the rule of law mantra of Yar A'dua government. The fact remains that in Nigeria's political space dogs don't eat dogs. It has been proven again and again. This is a behaviour that helps perpetuate corruption and bold-faced illegality in the dealings of individual and agents of government on behalf of Nigerians, without regard to the consequences of that behaviour and the effect on the image of Nigeria and Nigerians in the Diaspora.
 
Unless you are not in the good books of the government of the day, whatever action or inaction a highly placed official or representative of government takes, there is no reprimand. Halliburton scandal is going down the annals of unsolved sticky issues in Nigeria political life and the world is watching the unfolding drama once again. It is obvious that, there is a deliberate effort by the incumbent government to cover up, but the fact that this is a scandal of International dimension is what is keeping this matter in the public domain. Hence, the setting up of a lack lustre enquiry committee to look into the matter that is as plain as the broad day light.
 
Name and shame the culprits! That is what this scandal demands! Let the Yar A'dua Government start the rebranding programme by showing commitment to the following agenda in respect of the Scandal:

The Champions For Nigeria therefore calls for the following:

Liaise with foreign governments to determine names of bribe-takers

The Halliburton scandal is the lever for uncovering high profile corrupt practices in Nigeria and it will help to further the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country. Nigeria government must therefore liaise with the US counterpart to uncover the names of the Nigerian bribe-takers in Nigeria.

Release and publicise the names of the bribe-takers to the public.

We want the government to show transparency by naming and shaming those officials involved in this transactions and mess. When the names of the Nigerian officials, high and low, who partook in the bribe taking, are known, their names must be published immediately. This will serve as a great deterrent to future thieves and bribe-takers if they know the authorities will nit hesitate to publish and publicise their names into the public domain.

Explore known international treaties

Show cooperation with the international community in order to forestall such activities in the future. Nigeria should explore all international treaties with all the countries concerned including USA and Switzerland to ensure adequate information and evidence are available for a valid legal prosecution in Nigeria. The treaty between Nigeria and USA on Mutual Legal Assistance is one example of the treaties that must be explored and used to the advantage of Nigeria in the corruption fight.

Apply Nigerian law evenly

Allow the law to take its course and justice to prevail in line with the rule of law mantra of the government. Nobody is above the law in Nigeria. If the names of the alleged bribe-takers are known and evidence gathered, they should be arrayed before a competent court in Nigeria without preferential treatment. The successful prosecution of Nigerian bribe-takers will ensure the fight against financial corruption in Nigeria is on course.

No secrecy as case is in public interest

The Nigeria government must avoid secrecy in the legal case against any Nigerian bribe-takers because this case maintains a high public interest. Any attempt to keep secrecy in this case would be counter-productive and could lead to further abuse of public office with impunity.

No plea bargaining

The Nigeria government must avoid legal plea bargaining. Criminals must be brought to justice. If criminals are found guilty of their crimes, they must face the consequence of their actions as stipulated in the laws of Nigeria. Legal plea bargaining will allow criminals to continue their criminal intents while escaping the law and it will allow new criminals to explore more corrupt opportunities to defraud Nigeria.

Identify and confiscate assets

Repatriate the bribery funds that have already been traced to  Swiss bank account (s) and disclose the identity (ies) of those having historical interactions with the account(s). All the proceeds of crime recovered from the Nigerian bribe-takers must be accounted for including their local and known international assets. The assets and all proceeds from the crime must return to the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Promulgate laws to bar bribe-takers from public office

Strengthen the regulatory laws that guide international business interactions between Nigerian government and other entity. Criminals who steal public fund in one way or another should be stopped from taking any public office in Nigeria in the future. This should include bribe-takers who collaborate with foreign firms to dupe the country, Nigeria.

Furthermore:

We call on the Authorities and Government to review all allied contracts with a view to ensure that level playing ground and meritocratic due process prevail in the ways and manner the contracts were awarded

Clean up our image in the International community by showing more transparency in the conduct of business dealings with other nations and business entities.
 
Let's call a Spade a Spade…that would help reshape our brand!

Signed:
For and on behalf of CHAMPIONS FOR NIGERIA Organisation.

Akintokunbo A Adejumo (UK)   +44 7939 804 121 (champions@championsfornigeria.org )

Bernard Owen Imarhiagbe (UK)
Ephraim Adinlofu (UK)
Ade Adewolu (UK)   
Taghogho Agarin (USA)
Olayiwola Ajileye (UK)  
Odimegwu Onwumere (Nigeria)    
Owolabi Dada (UK)
Dapo Williams (UK)
Adebayo Adejuwon (Canada)
Kola Afolabi (France)

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