Pointblank News http://pointblanknews.com/pbn ...Just the news Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Jigawa of their Dream, Sule Lamido of Our Dream http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/articles-opinions/jigawa-of-their-dream-sule-lamido-of-our-dream/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/articles-opinions/jigawa-of-their-dream-sule-lamido-of-our-dream/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28:38 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25698 An unprecedented development is taking place in all sectors in Jigawa State. Governor Sule Lamido is demonstrating the general belief that, a leadership that is well-read, competent; with the right leadership skills, exposure and behavior is a competitive advantage for any state, including the nation at large.
Governor Sule Lamido’s careful planning and execution of people-oriented projects and programmes, including the visibly enhanced economic growth and quality of governance in Jigawa State is a clear indication that, despite the general poverty of ideas among public office holders and the scarce resources in most northern states, there are leaders who are genuinely committed to development. Sule Lamido means what he says and he is doing exactly so. Indeed, Lamido’s development strategies should be a working document for states in Nigeria, especially the other 18 northern states who share similar geographical, cultural and economic terrain with Jigawa State. Lamido himself should be seen as a role model for public office holders and youths because he is exhibiting what is expected of elected leadership.
In Jigawa, Sule Lamido is using a reductionistic approach to development- attending to the big problems by solving the small ones. The approach encompasses new thinking, new strategy, and new concept maps. The approach completely shifts away from the traditional way of development in most states in Nigeria. Governor Lamido’s concept is a new strategy where development in agriculture, roads, education, electricity, healthcare, water supply, youth development and other sectors are tackled through segmentation of the various sectors into their smallest units, then a head-on tackling of each unit with the participation of the people. The involvement of the people ensures the people and their communities come first in all circumstances, including accountability.
In Jigawa State, development is as it ought to be. All spheres of the society is systematically and systemically being touched by the impact of development- massive roads construction, rehabilitation and expansion, construction of institutional structures, free girls and disabled education, free maternal and child health, the rural solar electricity project. Worthy of a special mention is the first of its kind successful youths and poverty alleviation programme.
For example, the population of Jigawa people is made up of mainly rural dwellers and peasant farmers. Governor Lamido has remodeled the typical Nigeria’s rural development strategies- where rural development is mainly targeted at only agricultural productivity. Rural development in Jigawa State has gone beyond agricultural productivity. In Jigawa today, rural development is also directed at the development of human and natural resources; rural road, energy, education, culture, social order, and political awareness. This re-direction has conformed rural development in Jigawa state with the global concept of rural development- “quantitative change or uplift in the standard of people in the rural areas, brought about through integrated approach, by both governmental and non-governmental agencies and the people themselves”.
Through Governor Lamido, the Jigawa people are realizing the Jigawa of their dream, while through his new approach to development in Jigawa; other Nigerians are beginning to see in Sule Lamido the leadership of their dream.
Zayyad I. Muhammad, zaymohd@yahoo.com, 08036070980. He blogs at www.zayyaddp.blogspot.com

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Uduaghan Proffers Solutions to Terrorism, Violent Crimes http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/press-releases/uduaghan-proffers-solutions-to-terrorism-violent-crimes/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/press-releases/uduaghan-proffers-solutions-to-terrorism-violent-crimes/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:26:35 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25696 DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has attributed the current spate of terrorism and rising incidence of violent crimes in the country largely to the problem of youth unemployment.

Governor Uduaghan, launching the Delta State Micro Insurance Scheme (DMIS) in Asaba on Wednesday, noted that lack of employment over the years has created a pool of youths who are being recruited for insurgency and other nefarious activities.

“Over the years, we have ignored poverty. We have not paid attention to the people at the lower rung of the society. The youths have become a pool of people being recruited to become kidnappers, armed robbers, terrorists and assassins,” the Governor observed, adding, “it is not a problem we can solve in one day, but, we can start from somewhere.”

He emphasised, “the terrorism we are having in Nigeria today is as a result of poverty, we have neglected poverty for so long and in Delta State, we are committed to this micro-credit scheme which has helped us to empower our youths and remove them from this pool of poor persons.”

According to the Governor, jobs should be created for youths to be positively engaged, disclosing that it is impossible for government or available industries in the country to give employment to the teeming unemployed Nigerians.

He disclosed that his administration devised the micro-credit scheme which has empowered a lot of Deltans and has made them to be employers of labour as a way to get Deltans to be positively engaged.

Governor Uduaghan who described the insurance scheme as the first of its kind in the country observed that many farmers and beneficiaries of the micro-credit scheme incurred incalculable losses as a result of the flood which ravaged Delta State in 2011 because their business where not insured.

He explained that the insurance scheme was therefore born to forestall such experiences in the future, adding that the State Government for a start was paying premium until when the business owners fully embrace the concept of insurance.

Dr. Uduaghan observed, “Insurance companies have become more committed and are paying claims. We need to insure our micro businesses. Delta State is taking the lead in this area of insuring micro business in the country.”

The Commissioner, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mr. Fola Daniel had lauded the Governor Uduaghan’s administration for the initiative, assuring that the beneficiaries of the Delta State Micro-Credit Programme that in case of damage, the insurance companies will pay their claims within a period of fifteen days.

“This is an insurance that is accessed by low income operators, the NAICOM would withdraw the license of any insurance company who fails to pay claims and also prosecute the owners of the companies for economic sabotage,” Mr. Daniel said.

The Commissioner, Ministry of Poverty Alleviation in the state, Dr. Anthonia Ashiedu attributed the successes recorded with the micro credit programme to Governor Uduaghan’s passion to reduce poverty in Delta State.

Ashiedu explained that the DMIS policy among other objectives is to provide protection for micro entrepreneurs, ensure business sustainability in the event of unforeseen circumstances

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I’m Ready To Expose Sponsors Of Boko Haram – Adamawa Clairvoyant http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/im-ready-to-expose-sponsors-of-boko-haram-adamawa-clairvoyant/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/im-ready-to-expose-sponsors-of-boko-haram-adamawa-clairvoyant/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:24:30 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25693 A popular clairvoyant in Adamawa State, Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Goni, a.k.a.AMG, has threatened to expose the sponsors of Boko Haram insurgency if the group does not suspend the current bloodletting and hostilities in the country within two weeks.

The spiritualist expressed sympathy for President Goodluck Jonathan, saying the president is a good man and those that are targeting his administration will fail woefully.

He said having been disturbed by the bloodletting and seemingly inexorable hostilities by the group, he deemed it fit to come forward, and warned that if those behind Boko Haram fail to change their ways, he will soon expose them.

Goni added that among those sponsoring Boko Haram activities are top politicians and traditional rulers with the sole aim of causing confusion in the country.

He said he was aware of the various nocturnal meetings held by the sect before launching attacks but was not able to curtail their attacks as he had not been permitted to do so.

“My vision always tells me whenever the Boko Haram are about to launch attacks but I was always incapacitated to stop them because I was not given express permission by the authorities to do so; but through my intervention, the intensity of the attacks is minimal”, he said.

Goni said though the present administration is facing security challenges, the president will weather the storm because he means well for the country.

He condemned the recent bombing in Abuja and urged government to take more security measures like mounting of CCTV cameras.

He called for the probe of the Chinese company handling the installation of CCTV cameras in Abuja, adding that the contract should be revoked and handed over to a more competent company.

Goni also called for more attention to agriculture as a major source of employment opportunity and the need for local government autonomy to fast track grassroots empowerment.

“Government should also look at ways of giving employment to civilian JTF in the armed forces, police and other para military organizations so that they can continue to actively contribute their quota in protecting their father land”, Goni said.

Leadership.

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Nyanya: Boko Haram has declared war on Nigeria, Nigerians – Buahri http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/nyanya-boko-haram-has-declared-war-on-nigeria-nigerians-buahri/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/nyanya-boko-haram-has-declared-war-on-nigeria-nigerians-buahri/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:19:08 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25690  General Muhammadu Buhari, former Military Head of State, has condemned the recent killings in Nyanya park in Abuja saying those who committed the killings have declared war against the government of Nigeria.

Buhari made this known in a statement titled: “Nyanya Bomblast and the Fight Against Terrorism in Nigeria”

The statement reads thus:

NYANYA BOMBLAST AND THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM IN NIGERIA

BY -GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR.

Sinister terror and hatred have again reached from the shadows to steal the lives of innocent Nigerians.  In Nyanya, seventy-two people were killed by a car bomb. Hundreds more were injured in the devastation.  Their killings served no purpose except for those who exalt in evil. The bomb blast quickly came and went like the deadly thief it was; but we shall be left to endure the pain and loss from this terrible act for a long time to come.

What the nation lost is irreplaceable.  The number 72 seems like just another grim tally among the death statistics that have become all too common.  But what occurred is much more than that. We must really stop and take notice of where evil is attempting to drive us to. The abduction of over one hundred school girls is unacceptable, condemnable and saddens me greatly.

We cannot allow these merchants of death to make us numb to the tragedy they manufacture.  Those who were killed were not merely numbers on a page. They were human beings, made of flesh and blood body and soul like all the rest of us. They were someone’s father or mother, brother or sister. They had parents; they were someone’s child. They were husbands or wives, neighboring friends and colleague. They had dreams and hopes. They were loved and loved others in return. Now, life has been taken away and those who cared from them must bear a grief no person should be asked to carry.

These people committed no wrong. Their only crime was to be ordinary working class people seeking to eke out a livelihood and tend for themselves and their families. For this, they were killed.

They represent the backbone of the working people. Not many of them lived an easy life. Most worked hard and long for modest wages. They lifted themselves up every morning to earn their daily bread. They faced the many social and economic challenges and obstacles our society poses, yet they worked not to destroy but to make this a better place by bettering the lives of their family and loved ones.

These people lived anonymously and died the same way. We do not yet know their names. But, in a fundamental sense, we know who they were. They were part of us. They shared the same aspirations we all do. We seek an improved fate for our children and hope to leave them a better life. We want to work and live in dignity and respect.  We want a life of peace and harmony with our neighbors regardless of religion, ethnicity or background. We seek prosperity not poverty. We seek brotherly understanding not strife. We seek peace, not bombs.

It was not just 72 people who were taken in this depraved assault.  Each of us lost something that day. Yet, despite the loss and suffering, we must not cower in fear, and let the purveyors of death believe they have scored a victory over us.

Those who committed this act have declared war on all that is decent and good. They have declared war not against the state or even the government. They have declared war on Nigeria and all Nigerians because this murder took men and women, old and young, Christian and Muslim alike. In trying to scare, frighten and divide us, the evildoers committed injury to their own cause. For they have shown us that we all suffer inhumanity in the same way.

No matter our religion or place of birth, we all bleed and are wounded the same way by injustice. Decency runs through the teachings of each religion and ethnic group that comprise the people of Nigeria.

We may have our differences, but the vast majority of Nigerians stand united against the appalling violence committed in Nyanya and other places.

These acts have no place in Nigeria. Those who commit them have no place in our country.  The perpetrators may look like human beings. They may have limbs and faces like the rest of us but they are not like us. In killing innocent people, they have become inhuman. They live outside the scope of humanity. Their mother is carnage and their father is cruelty. They have declared war against the people of Nigeria. They have shown that they do not want to liberate the people. They want to kill them. Yet, with all the energy of their evil and ignorant hatred, they shall fail. The good people of Nigeria shall triumph.

Such a wicked mission shall not succeed. We have gone too far in our journey to nationhood and endured too much to allow these terrible acts to divert us.

Not only have these agents of death killed innocent people, they also abducted over 100 young women from their school. Why abduct school girls? Whatever they plan, they should be ready to face the wrath of Nigerian people. They should release these young girls unharmed. Anything else would be an abominable crime.

We all must take close heed at this moment and recognize the severity of what is upon us. A small minority seeks to bring the nation to its knees through terror. Thus, we must stand tall and united. We can ill afford to allow their crimes to go unpublished united.

I call on the government to improve and redefine its strategy in the light of this expanding menace.  Clearly, its intelligence gathering needs to be improved so that it can break terrorist plots before they hatch.  Moreover, it needs to enact greater social and economic reform in the blighted areas of the nation to win the hearts and minds of the people.  Give the youth a viable alternative and they will not be duped by the lure of extremist dogma. A major initiative with immediate and long-term strategies for mass employment should be introduced right away.

Nigeria must and will overcome this scourge but it cannot do so merely by wishful thinking. We need wise and decisive strategy.

As for me and my party, we deplore and condemn these and all such attacks. Those who commit them must know that the nation stands four square against them.

While we are engaged in tight political competition against the ruling party, we shall not play politics on this issue so vital to our national survival and wellbeing.

We pledge ourselves to the unity and safety of this nation and shall do nothing to undermine national security.  We seek no political advantage from this calamity and wish the present administration success in fighting it.

We stand ready to help in any meaningful and productive way to fight this battle against evil.  We extend our hand and earnest offer of cooperation in this regard.

Nigeria and Nigerians have suffered enough. Those who now lead the nation and those who would lead her must overlook political differences to find whatever ways we can cooperate to make this a safer, more secure nation for all.

Thank you and May God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Kaduna, April 20th, 2014
Vanguard

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Five Nigerian students murder colleague in Ghana http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/five-nigerian-students-murder-colleague-in-ghana/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/five-nigerian-students-murder-colleague-in-ghana/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:59:42 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25687 Five students of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of 19 year old Godwin Ayogu, who was also a student of the school. Sadly, all the students arrested are Nigerians, worst still, they were his friends. One in particular was his roommate.

The students arrested are: Ogunsanyo Abayomi (the roommate), Obi Mnaetochi Brendan Ilozumba, Oti Uchechukwu Chijooke, Jimoh Oluwatobiloba Timileyin and Isaac Ifidon (all pictured above).

It is believed that Ayogu was killed over money on the school campus. His body, with legs and hands tied, throat slit and intestines gushing out (last pic right), was then dumped at Amamoma on the outskirts of the university.
His cause of death after a post-mortem examination, was given as stab wounds to the heart.

The Homicide Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department, Headquar­ters, Accra said after investigation, what they found out was that Ayogu’s roommate, Ogunsanyo borrowed money from him to pay his school fees. But instead of paying back when he promised, he traveled to the UK, promising to pay back when he returned.

When he returned, instead of paying back, he moved out of the campus room he shared with Ayogu and rented a two-bedroom apartment outside the campus. Ayogu took the matter to other Nigerians who are students of the school, asking them to talk to Ogunsanyo to return his money.

Ayogu was last seen alive on February 18th. He was seen in the company of another friend of his named Oluwatobiloba. The two had gone to Ogunsanyo’s apartment to demand Ayogu’s money, in the course of which a scuffle ensued between Ayogu and Ogunsanyo.

The next morning Ayogu’s body was discovered.

All five students disappeared from campus as soon as Ayogu’s body was discovered. But through thorough investigations, police were able to find out what happened and arrested all five as soon as they resurfaced on campus

Ghanaian police said the suspects are assisting them in their investigations

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All hands must be on deck to end insurgency-Kwara Gov http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/all-hands-must-be-on-deck-to-end-insurgency-kwara-gov/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/all-hands-must-be-on-deck-to-end-insurgency-kwara-gov/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:56:07 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25684

To end the current violent insurgency in the country, all hands must be on deck, so says the Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed who made the charge while receiving a group of women protesting the kidnap of secondary school girls in Borno State at Government House, Ilorin on Tuesday. Dr Ahmed described the insurgents’ activities as a test of Nigerians’ faith in the country and stressed everyone join hands with the government and security agencies to end the menace.

“The success of the current pursuit of peace by security agencies will require every hand to be on deck. Information is very important. We must see ourselves as each others keepers to live in peace”, he said.

The Governor promised to deliver the message of the women to President Jonathan with an expectation that the presidency will give Nigerians confidence that the prevailing security challenges would be brought under control.

The Women wing of the Nasrul-lahi of Nigeria NASFAT in Kwara State who staged the peaceful protest against the abduction of over 200 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State and other acts of violence by insurgents in parts of the country, said their heart bleeds for the country.

Their leader, Hajia Ummuani Abdulrahaman said the activities of insurgents, particularly the bomb blast at Nyanya, Abuja and the abduction of the female students called for concern by all stakeholders in the country, irrespective of religious and political differences.

Hajia AbdulRahaman who presented a letter of protest to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for transmission to President Goodluck Jonathan said “We know what it takes to lose a pregnancy talkl less of a child. We want these children to be recovered because they are our futures. They are what we depend on as mothers”, she pleaded.

The NASFAT women leader who said as mothers the women felt the agonies of the mothers of the abduction girls, noted that the activities of the insurgents have gone beyond religious affiliations, adding that people of all religious faiths must come together to tackle the slaugh of insurgents, especially the violence against women in different forms.

Pix caption: Ilorin NASFAT Women Leader, Hajia Humuhani Abdulrahman (right) presenting letter of protest against insurgency to Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed during their protest to the Government House, Ilorin while SSG, Alhaji Isiaka Gold (left) and others watch

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Nigerian Muslim clerics recruiting Boko Haram members – Cameroon Govt http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/nigerian-muslim-clerics-recruiting-boko-haram-members-cameroon-govt/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/nigerian-muslim-clerics-recruiting-boko-haram-members-cameroon-govt/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:53:47 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25679  —Nigerian Muslim clerics living in the border towns of Cameroon and Nigeria are recruiting Boko Haram members in their mosques, the government of Cameroon has alleged. Worse still, government officials in the North East states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa collaborate with the terrorists and take bribes from them, thereby, hindering the fight against the terrorists. Governors of these states also capitalise on their civilian fears to berate the army and the federal government.

These allegations were published in a report, yesterday, by US-based online military news agency, StrategyPage. The magazine explains that the army wants governors in the affected states removed because “many officials in those states are cooperating with Boko Haram (to avoid attack) and are taking bribes from the Islamic terrorists.

“Some of these officials are covering themselves in case Boko Haram should gain power and the governors are often just responding to civilian fears of army misconduct,” it noted.

The magazine said: “Cameroon is also concerned about pro-Boko Haram clerics from Nigeria quietly preaching and recruiting for Boko Haram in Cameroon mosques.

“Islamic conservative clergy are not unusual on either side of the border, but those who do not denounce Boko Haram are suspected of quietly recruiting young men to join the “jihad” (struggle) and fight (and often die) in Nigeria. These preachers have to recruit quietly because otherwise police in Cameroon will arrest and deport them, sometimes after a vigorous interrogation. Evidence of this recruiting is showing up when some of the recruits return from Nigeria with tales of disillusionment and adversity while with Boko Haram,” the report said.

The magazine said that the Cameroonian government is “being criticized because recent claims of large (over 5,000 weapons) arms seizures near the Nigerian border could not be verified by reporters. Civilians living in villages near where the government said the seizures took place said they saw nothing. The government responded that the smugglers operated in remote areas and avoided civilians as well as security forces. There are also concerns that even if weapons were seized they would, as often happens, be sold back to black market arms dealers so that government officials could keep the cash.”

On the military, the report said: “Residents of those three states have justifiable complaints about the army, in particular the casual attitude of the military towards the safety of civilians and their property.

“The army is also unreliable when it comes to sharing information on casualties. Thus Boko Haram related deaths so far this year are believed to be (based on local reports) at least 1,500, which is 50 per cent more than what the army reports. Boko Haram related deaths from 2010 to 2013 were about 3,600, so the violence is not declining.

“The government has been saying, for several years, that Boko Haram would be crushed within a year and never happens. More insightful observers point out that the problem is mainly one of corruption and poverty, as well as the appeal of Islamic radicalism as a magical cure. All of Nigeria suffers from corruption.

“Poverty is more prevalent in the Muslim north, in part because of climate. That’s because the semi-desert Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert is found in the north.

 

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Wike: Allow PDP Adopt it’s Winning Strategy – Emma Okah http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/wike-allow-pdp-adopt-its-winning-strategy-emma-okah/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/wike-allow-pdp-adopt-its-winning-strategy-emma-okah/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:48:41 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25677 As calls continue to mount on the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief
(Barr) Nyesom Wike to run for the governorship of Rivers State, a former
Information Commissioner in the state, Barrister Emma Okah has urged the
opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), to mind its business and let
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) strategize ahead of the 2015 elections.

He argued that the former OBALGA Chairman would not be breaking any law
should he decide to run.

Speaking in a live radio programme, ‘Editors Round Table’ on 97.7 FM in
Port Harcourt on Monday, Barrister Emma Okah emphasized that the
constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not preclude any
citizen from contesting for office of Governor on the basis of ethnicity,
as long as he or she is qualified within the confines of the law.

“Let’s look at the legal dimension, the framers of the constitution did
not deny any Nigerian chances of running purely because of ethnic group”
he said.

On the heated question whether it was right for the incumbent governor
(Chibuike Amaechi) who hails from the Ikwerre ethnic extraction, to be
succeeded by another of his kinsmen, Okah described the current
development in the PDP as a product of necessity, heaping the blame on
Governor Amaechi whom he accused of ‘whipping up ethnic sentiments to
antagonize one against the other’.

He noted that the PDP was facing a contentious time in the state, a
situation he attributed to the ‘traitorous’ actions of Governor Amaechi
and his cohorts. He said under the present circumstance, it would be most
dangerous for PDP to allow a candidate who cannot challenge the incumbency
of Amaechi.

“Let’s look at it from its own peculiarities; PDP in Rivers State is
facing a trying moment because a governor was elected under PDP and
carried it to APC.  Amaechi carried with him, a financial warhead to APC
and this weakened the PDP” he said.

He slammed the APC of being jittery over a Wike governorship ticket,
adding they should mind their business and leave the PDP alone to adopt
its winning strategy.

“Our mandate is to reclaim the Government House which Amaechi took to the
APC.  And to do this, PDP must field the best candidate and if that man or
woman comes from Ubima, Ogoni or Kalabari, the party will support that
candidate to win the election” he said.

Okah urged critics of the party to look into history, particularly at what
transpired in neighbouring Imo State prior to the election of Governor
Rochas Okorocha.

“Recall that after Udenwa came Ohakim as governor of Imo State.  Rochas
and Udenwa are from same Orlu Senatorial zone but the party went for
Rochas because they needed a man who will deliver for them.  The same
scenario has just presented itself in Rivers State” he said

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Building Collapse: Dangote Cement partners Bricklayers Association http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/building-collapse-dangote-cement-partners-bricklayers-association/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/news/building-collapse-dangote-cement-partners-bricklayers-association/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:45:39 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25675 The nation’s foremost cement manufacturer , Dangote Cement last week
expressed its willingness to partner members of Lagos State Bricklayers
Association(LSBA) towards eliminating the spate of collapse building in
Lagos even as the cement company collaborated with Standard Organisation
of Nigeria(SON) to train building materials dealers in Benin, Edo  State
capital.

Regional Manager, Marketing Services of Dangote Cement Plc,  Johnson
Olaniyi in his remarks at the inauguration of the new executives of LSBA
in Lagos State said the company’s new product Dangote 3X Cement is
developed to enable builders build with peace mind. According to him, the
new 42.5 3X cement is quick setting and comes with more strength than
other brands in the market.

Highlighting the of  advantages of  new Dangote 3X Cement and other brands
in the market, he said “The 3x is an acronym for more profit to all users
of cement while allowing the builders to build with peace of mind. The
product comes with more yield, more strength and more life”.

He pledged Dangote Cement’s willingness to partner with the new executive
led by Abel Kayode in training new bricklayers and retraining old hands in
the sector to adapt to modern standards in bricklaying. The training he
said, will help greatly in reducing the spate of collapsed building in
Lagos State.

Mr. Olaniyi added that Dangote Cement will be providing the bricklayers
with basic tools that will help them in doing their jobs more efficiently
and called on interested members to come and become distributors of
Dangote Cement.

Responding, the new President, Abel Kayode commended Dangote Cement for
sponsoring the inauguration of his executive and pledged to work hand in
hand with the cement company towards eliminating the menace of collapsed
building.

In a related ddevelopment, the Edo/Delta Zonal office of  the Standards
Organization of Nigeria(SON) has commended Dangote Cement for partnering
the agency in training members of Cement,Iron,and Asbestos Free Products
Dealers Association(CRADA) in Benin City.

State Head, SON, Edo/Delta, Mr. O.I Akogun who gave the commendation at a
day seminar for CRADA members said that though a lot of  organisations
were approached for sponsorship of the training, only Dangote Cement
responded. He commended the company for the introduction of the new 3X
cement and called on participants to buy the products as it has been
approved by SON.

Responding, representative of Dangote Cement, Johnson Olaniyi said that
the company’s sponsorship of the seminar is deliberate strategy of
collaborating with stakeholders to promote standardization in the building
and construction industry.

He informed CRADA members that they form a vital link in the distribution
network of Dangote Cement and pledged that all their demands will be met.
About 300 dealers attended the training.

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Hypocrisy: Blaming Boko Haram On The Army & Jonathan http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/articles-opinions/hypocrisy-blaming-boko-haram-on-the-army-jonathan/ http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/articles-opinions/hypocrisy-blaming-boko-haram-on-the-army-jonathan/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:44:59 +0000 Our Reporter http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/?p=25671 By Farouk Martins Aresa

It is dishonest for anyone to pin the Boko Haram terror on the Army or Jonathan. On the other hand, credit Yar’Adua for using South-south governors to tame MEND. Many of us have called on Northern leaders, especially in Borno State to rise up against Boko Haram. It was plain the folks watching families disappeared, that rose up to fight. Only to be betrayed by the financiers. They ended up being lynched and made examples of for cooperating with kaferi soldiers.

We do not give enough credit to talikawa that risked their lives fighting Boko Haram, including   fathers that turned on their sons and one brave enough to give newspaper interview. Helplessly watching school kids kidnapped from boarding schools. Instead we praised those leaders that agitated for a secular state to join organization of Muslim countries. They wanted Sharia as the law of the land. Though know well, that they are above any law, not to mention Sharia law.

Sharia, on customary courts level could be alright at the localities, as long as basic human rights were not tramped on. If it had been well implemented, people may even elect Sharia court or customary court. But religious frenzy can be easily drummed up in disguise for power. How else can we explain talikawa kidnapping, butchering and maiming talikawa rather than supporting one another against poverty hailed on them by their politicians funding Boko Haram or MEND?

Recently, Aregbesola also called on the Sultan, whose life has been threatened to lead the fight. Actually, he has a moral and religious role to play but the problem at hands calls for more than the Sultan without Jihad Army. Nevertheless, some Muslims unlike ours have declared Fatwa on terrorists to keep their countries at peace. Indeed, many of these terrorists fled those countries.

Blame Ebele all you want; he did not create Boko Haram. Finger pointers were overpowered by Frankenstein monsters they created. Ebele already has his hands full with MEND and splinter groups. Though, Boko Haram also wants the monthly allowance MEND gets. Indeed, MASSOB and OPC will follow, asking for their own shares. The same money that should be spent training and creating jobs for youths that work and play according to the rules.  See demands by others

There is nothing wrong with religion itself. It is supposed to instill the fear of God and civilize us making humans better persons. We have always said that but for religion, our world would be a bad place to live. Yeah, it can get worse. Instead of making it a better place, some calculated that they have to live off the suffering of the poor and working class. They promise happiness and everlasting life in heaven if we endure, while they inherit and enjoy the earth.

Africans that should be more alert to this reality because we are still struggling to get out of economic colonialism introduced to us through religious missionaries. Nowhere is this more of a reality than in the North where talikawa looking to avenge poverty on scapegoats, adhered to religious extremists. Yet, they are taught as guerrilla fighters, no one can change it, it is written.

We also have some jokers promising they could curtail Boko Haram in a month, if elected. One of the untouchables wanted a free hand, to quashed Boko Haram or resign. Even if they have magic wands, only traitors will wait until their houses burn down before they put out the fire.  All hands should be on deck regardless of party, religious or ethnic sympathies.

As for those that rightly or wrongly postulated that Boko Haram controls the Army. We know that there is no unit or organization, secret or open that can never be infiltrated by spies and traitors. Any branch of the Armed Forces can be infiltrated. Even Armed robbers infiltrated the Police and the Army while some of them specialized in renting arms to hoodlums, OBJ cried out. It is a reason to be more vigilant as some bona fide members would certainly turn rogues.

It was not too long ago we had arrogant soldiers claiming only members of the Armed Forces can rule effectively in African countries; bloody civilians could not effectively curb dangerous criminals and religious extremists. When anyone could get arms in the world markets, the same bloody civilians and armed robbers got trained but military alone could not curb them. Indeed, military leaders confessed that it could not be solved just by military means.

We need fairness, justice and religious tolerance on board as well. You see, we all romanticize with the good old days, but it was not good for the working class, women and child labor or abuse. Believe it or not, many people cannot see the connections between ultra conservatives and religions in the name of God. Did God send anyone to kidnap adolescence girls from school?

Pakistan is in full fledge showdown with terrorists, India had to invade the holiest Mosque to fish out the terrorists and Saudi Arabia will not tolerate any radical extremist in their Country. They find Saudi Arabia so uncomfortable; they have to establish bases in weak foreign countries. At some point, nothing can satisfy terrorists, they want power and control. They dream of times in Jesus and Mohamed days. So, Christian and Muslim conservatives have so much in common.

They forget that the Arch Bishop of Canterbury or the King of England does not rule anymore, that the feudal lords and systems have gone with the ages. But conservatives as Christian Rights and Muslim fundamentalists are trying to find their ways back either by killing human rights, voting rights, union rights or women and children rights. They make promises to get elected in a subtle manner and the people that put them in power only regret after the fact, as in Egypt.

Abeg, Ebele has enough blame to deal with but neither Army nor him created Boko Haram. It is a shame when locals complain that their oppressors came in Army uniform to kill them. This is a country known for its peace keeping skills worldwide. Blessed with many ethnic groups that can be sent to anywhere in the country, neutral to local conflicts. Who sent offending ethnic group?

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