Crisis In Rivers State Is A Frightening Development – Clarke

A  Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke today (Tuesday) said that the situation in Rivers state is a frightening development, stating that politics is the life of a nation and a dominant factor in any civilized country.

Mr. Clarke mentioned that politics is an area where money is easily made by young men, so Nigerians need to be careful. He warned, if what happened in Rivers state is not looked into, it might spread to other parts of the country.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Clarke said “if this dominant factor is being threatened in a way or manner that will disrupt the whole existence of the country, then something has to be done.

“No matter how much we are developing economically if there is no political stability that development will be crushed in one night”.

He also stated that the bombing in River State is not a new development in the country, “but it happening in a court where a pending case was to be held the following day which has political connotations, that’s where we have the problem”.

“If nothing is done here, I’m afraid it might spread” he added.

Mr. Clarke explained that there is a particular period for a petition to be heard, in an election state like Rivers,  any candidate that doesn’t want a petition to be heard can take a drastic step.

Sunrise Daily Highlights Memories of 2013

Sunrise Daily Host, Chamberlain Usoh on Wednesday morning gave a review of the major highlights, issues and episodes of the programme in 2013, including the Nigeria Governor’s Forum crisis in which two chairmen, Jonah Jang and Chibuike Amaechi, emerged following a controversial election which was held in May 2013.

According to a statement by Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, the purported election that returned Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) was a ruse.

Other issues highlighted were the return of Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai, who was deemed unfit to continue to hold office as a result of his health, alleged fabrications by the Abia state government on its various achievements which an investigative journalist challenged on the programme.

Finally, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) employment scam which led to an interview with the then Lagos State commandant, Obafaiye Shem. The interview with the officer, who was unable to state the official website of the agency, went viral online and produced the popular phrase, ‘Oga At The Top.”

More Can Be Done In Nollywood – Whitfield

Hollywood actress, Lynn Whitfield has said that the Nigerian Movie Industry ( Nollywood) is fast developing but still needs more time to get to perfection.

She added that there is so much curiosity internationally about Nollywood because they have carved a niche, making foreigners eager to reckon with them.

Whitfield who is in Nigeria for the African Film Festival was speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, in Tinapa, Calabar,  stated that most of the stories written do not reflect the life of an everyday Nigerian, adding that the stories are written based on personal issues but “the Nigeria that I know are authoritative and powerful people which is so different from what the writers capture”.

She added that part of her visit here is to train young writers, film makers to be able to picture the Nigerian culture in movie making.

Whitfield revealed that she plans to be part of Nollywood production and not just cameo which she has been involved in before.

Advisory Committee Needs A Year To Complete The Job – Bakare

A Public Affairs Analyst, Bola Bakare, on Wednesday said that the six weeks given the advisory committee to submit a report on the proposed National Conference will not be enough as the job cannot be done in such a short span of time.

Mr Bakare’s argument while speaking on Sunrise Daily brought a fresh twist into the on-going discussion on whether the plan for a National Conference is the way to go.

Commenting on President Goodluck Jonathan’s call for a National Confab, Bakare stated that the initiative is good but there are several other things to consider, including the tendency of the average Nigerian to be dishonest.

He also said: “Let’s look at how we got here. Let’s look at timing. Let’s look at the National Assembly. Let’s look at the mode of operation. Let’s look at the aftermath of non-implementation.”

He added that the timing is wrong. This thing cannot happen in six weeks. The best bet is for the advisory committee to put it together and then it should be pursued after a year.

The advisory committee which is currently visiting different regions of the nation for consultations on how the people want the Conference to be conducted is expected to submit its report by the second week of November.

Mr Bakare doubts that the timing would enable the committee to achieve much as the magnitude of the assignment needs a whole year to finish up.

The process of consulting with the people, putting together a report and thereafter submit it to the President cannot be completed in 6 weeks as stipulated by President Goodluck Jonathan. “It won’t get done in nothing less than 12 months,” Bakare said.

He also raised concerns that as 2015 draws near, election campaigns would also overshadow the plans for a National Dialogue.

Although many have argued that good governance and not a Conference is what the country needs, Mr Bakara opined that the problem with the nation lies with the individuals that make it up.

Calling for an inward reflection on the people’s part, Mr Bakare said “we need to look at ourselves. What is wrong with Nigerians is the person (you as a person, me as a person, we as Nigerians). We are highly dishonest people”.

He added that, the orientation which accommodates embezzlement of public funds by public and political officers as long as they leave office so that others can do the same is wrong.

Lack of Planning Increases Spate Of Kidnapping – Analyst

A legal practitioner, Emeka Onohwakpor has said that lack of planning contributes to the rise in cases of kidnapping, including the kidnapping of  human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome.

Mr. Onohwakpor said the Police was ill prepared for the kidnappers who took Mr Ozekhome captive, disclosing that there was an exchange of fire between the police and the kidnappers, before Mr Ozekhome was taken.

“The police didn’t have the Rapid Response Squad team on ground,” he said.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Onohwakpor advised that air support system should be put in place in the fight against crime.

He also highlighted the need to increase the use of technology in fighting crime and corruption. “There is so much corruption in the air, we don’t have good role models,” he said.

Mr. Onohwakpor further called on security personnel in the country, including immigration officers to join forces in curbing the kidnapping menace.

Human Rights Activist, Mike Ozekhome,

Kano To Curb Unemployment Through Agriculture

The Commissioner for Agriculture in Kano state, Baraka Sanni has said that agriculture is the most sustainable sector in the economy, adding that the 19th Nigerian Economic Summit marks the first time its getting the much needed attention it deserves.

“It is one of the most important sectors that the government has to face,” she said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, she pointed out some factors that will help agriculture in the state.

Starting with employment, she said the state intends to create employment for the youth and vulnerable women.

Following employment, she mentioned food security, saying that the state is trying to create more in terms of production to be able to feed the population, adding that the state gets more visitors and they have to work towards more food sustainable policy.

She stated further that increment in the income of farmers and the aim to jack-up the internally generated revenue can be achieved using agriculture.

The commissioner mentioned some institutes that have turned the whole page when it comes to employment in the state,with focus on one of the institute, the Poultry Institute which according to her, has helped in training women on Small Holder Poultry Programme, and so far about 2,800 women have been trained in the institute.

The commissioner said that the training programme reaches out to not just literate women but also to women who are not educated.

Anambra Crisis is A Way Of Making Money – Odidika

A legal practitioner Kenneth Odidika, has said that the crisis in Anambra state should not come as a surprise stating there are other parties’ asides the Peoples’ Democratic Party,(PDP) but that the best should be brought out to salvage the state.

Speaking on Channels Television Sunrise Daily, Mr. Odidika added that the heat in Anambra is a strategy of making money, “people go to Anambra to make money”.

Speaking on the developments in Taraba state, Mr. Odidika explained that the governor of Taraba state did what the law asked him to do, by transmitting a letter to the speaker, he said that the law doesn’t say that the speak has to consider it.

He mentioned that the speaker doesn’t have the right to call the letter a forgery, adding that the document has not been checked which makes them unserious.

He added that the governor has done what the law demands him to do.

Nigerians Need To Challenge The Characters In Government — Analyst

A public Affairs analyst Olanrewaju Suraj urged Nigerians following the latest trend of events rocking Taraba state, that they should wake up from their slumber and challenge unscrupulous characters in the present day government of the country, else there will be further re-occurrence of events unfolding in Taraba state, in the country.

The public affairs analyst who was on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily commended the media for taking it as a responsibility to delve into the Taraba imbroglio by questioning and engaging critics, however, he criticized some part of the media for not standing on the right part of the issue.

Suraj hinted that the media should further beam its searchlight on the state and the issues surrounding it, as a lot of foul play will be unfolded as time went on as he opined that the state of the governor is still questionable despite the fact his supporters claimed that he is sound, hale and hearty, while referring to the clip of governor Danbaba Suntai’s arrival.

Suraj said “what was shown to the people in Taraba state was a clip of about 26 seconds, where the governor was shown sitting down and you can only see the lips moving with no voice.

On the sacking of the Exco members by the state governor, Suraj hinted that all treacherous moves to ensure the governor remains in place has started to unfold as earlier stated that a proper watch should be on the state and the state of events because, after the sack, the swearing of the of the Secretary to the State Governor (SSG) was done in the dining room of the governor Suntai and not in the Exco chambers, while does seated were not officials of the government but individuals “that have constituted themselves into a ‘cabal’.

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They Voted For Suntai, Not Acting Governor – Analyst

Public affairs analyst, Achike Chude, has said that the long absence of Taraba’s Governor Danbaba Suntai from office, without redress, is evidence of loopholes in the Nigerian constitution as the governor is the one voted to rule and not an ‘acting governor’.

Although, the constitution has made provisions that the deputy governor take over as ‘acting governor’ when the governor is indisposed, Mr Chude argues that “the people who voted for the governor, voted for the governor, they didn’t vote for the acting governor to be governor”.

This he said while reacting to the news of Governor Suntai’s expected return to office after a plane accident which took place in October 2012.

Using former First Lady, Turai Yar’adua, as an example, he highlighted that there was a failure to learn from history whereby “a few people who do not have any legal basis for directing the affairs of state” hold government and the people to ransom.

“That was not resolved right” because the people involved in the various acts were never called to book.

The culture of impunity may be at play in Taraba state even though “it was unfortunate that the governor had an accident. Unfortunate that he was injured” but this is about “a few people who are in power, who have availed themselves with all the trappings of power in a most undemocratic manner.

They do that through subterfuge, intrigue, outright manipulation of the system, corruption, intimidation, and sometimes outright threats against political opponents and at the end of the day, the whole state lie in comatose”.

Arguing that such long absence from office is unacceptable, he said the constitution doesn’t provide adequate instructions on the proper steps to take in such situations.

He also attributed the citizens’ silence regarding the matter to ‘the complacency and docility of the people,” adding that, the ignorance and illiteracy of the people is to be blamed.

He said “all of these things have a role to play when you are talking about effective administration of a people.”

“Our people have been so much marginalised… so they have surrendered their mandate to a few people who has taken it upon themselves to determine the direction of their state”.

‘Ineffectual’ Justice System Is Responsible For Corruption In Nigeria- Akaraiwe

A former vice president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Mr. IKeazo Akaraiwe has blamed the “ineffectual” nature of the Nigerian laws as the main cause of corruption in the country.

He added that the reason why the country still remains in the battle to fight the scourge is because “there is a culture of impunity majorly because the law is ineffectual’’

The entire infrastructure, architecture of justice delivery in Nigeria..the cases take much too long “ he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday.

He advocated for the increase in the number of judges and the quick dispensation of judgment especially in corruption related cases.

He further said “the major thing the NBA can do is to advocate and to engage all level of governance, we have spoken with the Attorney General of the Federation”.

He also blamed the executive arm of government of not seeing the link between the rule of law and economic development, claiming that “if they did, they will even be in the driver’s seat trying to push for an increase in the appointment of judges”.

Channel Technological Fight Against Corruption To The Right Source – Consultant

A computer consultant, Benjamin Semola has said that fight corruption is not just about taking pictures of corrupt incidents and putting it on social media platforms but about channeling it to the right source.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast show Sunrise Daily, Mr. Semola, who described corruption as the use of entrusted power for private gain, stated that the level of corrupt practices obtainable before the advent of social media has reduced drastically.

He said right now Nigerians have used technology in getting involved with the fight against corruption, “it’s not just that tool but the user of the tool if his not corrupt”

He mentioned that there also other devices that can be used to fight corruption with technology asides the regular devices (smartphones, iPad)

Semola said these devices can be bought in the open market and used. Such devices include “spy pen, spy button, pendant for ladies that have camera and some wedding rings that have camera”.

He advised that these devices after being taken as evidence should be channeled to the right place.

ASUU Strike: Education Minister Has Not Helped Matters

A public affairs analyst, Chima Nnaji, has said that the Minister of Education, Ruqayat Rufai is not helping the on-going industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and accused of treating the situation in an off-handed manner.

“The Minister of Education has not being helping matters” by “talking glibly.” This, he said, is a very cheap way of looking at a very serious problem.

He said “she ought to sit with her team to take a very incisive analysis of the issues moving forward”.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Nnaji said “she ought to sit with her team to take a very incisive analysis of the issues moving forward”.

The strike action embarked upon by the union is currently in 6th week, however, students may have to wait some more before an agreement is reached between the body and the Federal Government.

Mr Nnaji said “it appears it’s still a long wait” but added that the strike may be called off “anything from next week Tuesday, if it is possible.”

He accused President Goodluck Jonathan and government officials of paying little or no attention to the problems of the education sector and focusing attention on 2015. It is very unfortunate thing because “education is the most primary thing government should provide.”

“The ministers, governors, president, all the people in government are geared towards 2015.”

First, government must accept responsibility because “an agreement is an agreement” and must be respected.

The ASUU strike is happening at a time where there is proliferation of federal universities but “if you do not prepare the child of today for tomorrow, there is no future for this country.”

He addressed the issue of unqualified lecturers and called them to examine themselves. “How many of them are good enough to teach. What is the content of their teaching?”