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May 27, 2018

Our Six Years Journey to National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018

National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018

On Friday, January 26, 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) assented to the bill on National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018 in the country to cater for the needs of senior citizens. In this write up, C.E. Ukaegbu Chairman, Resourceful Ageing Organization of Retired Executives (RARE) recounts the role the organization played towards the realization of the Act.   Doing things we never thought we could do is our experience in RARE. For example: 1.   When in 2011 we wrote to the Senate President, Distinguished Senator David A.B. Mark, GCON, on reckless handling of senior citizens at pension verification venues we…

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Housing Estate at Orji Mechanic Village

Mechanic villages are usually located in uninhabited areas allocated by government to serve as automobile repair workshops. Many illegal sites are located within the Owerri metropolis and these constitute an environmental hazard to the populace. Most mechanic villages are located within the urban centres and in the course of performing their services to the people, they produce a lot of wastes both liquid, solid and gaseous some of which are harmful to both human and the environment.   Heavy metals such as Nickel, Zinc, Lead, Copper etc are some of the examples of liquid wastes that are produced in such…

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Massive exploitation of students at IMSU

It is very disheartening to observe that the good intention of Governor Rochas Okorocha in extending the Free Education Programme of his administration to Imo State University Students has been converted as a money making business by the lecturers of IMSU. Some of these lecturers mostly in the School of Business Studies are now channelling what would have been paid as tuition fees to themselves by forcing their students to buy their own published so called textbooks at very highly inflated prices. These so called textbooks, which can best be described as pamphlets are published semester by semester on a…

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Religion is Not the Problem: Revisiting Prof. Soyinka’s Stigmatization of Religion (1)

Our renowned Nobel laureate in Literature, one of Africa’s most respected intellectual giants, Prof. Wole Soyinka, is recently, quoted as having accused religion as the cause of Nigeria’s woes and indeed of the world in general. Soyinka asked that religion be tamed and stigmatized. According to the Nigerian Punch Newspaper of January 13, 2017, Prof. Soyinka at the presentation of a book, Religion and the Making of Nigeria, written by Prof. Olufemi Vaughan, said, among other things: “President Muhammadu Buhari had said if Nigeria did not kill corruption, corruption would kill the country.” Condemning killings in the Southern Kaduna in…

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Ezeship tussle in Obosima – Ohaji may boil again, Government should intervene

Crises in Ohaji have claimed so many lives amidst tension resulting to food shortage and militancy in the entire state. This was not only caused by Ezeship tussles and crises but by the undemocratic tendencies of the powers that be on issues affecting the communities. In each case the mafia so glorified until “the come come came”. Regrettably the mother and the worst of these crises loom high in Obosima Autonomous community. The community is accommodating more than 70% of those displaced by similar crises in Ohaji. Any crises therefore will be calamitous. Barely 24 days after the memorial service…

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The dream and race for President of Nigeria from Igbo extraction

The demise of the first Republic, where an Igbo man Rt. Hon. Nnamdi Azikiwe (Owelle of Onitsha) ended up with the termination of the Republic by Military Coup, saw the end of Igbo man in epic position in Nigeria’s politics. Subsequent attempts made by some individuals at other point in time, in 1998 by Dr. Alex Ekwueme, number two man, in Shagari’s government to clinch the ticket and thus become the President failed. That unsuccessful attempt was not because the man lacked credible portfolios but because the military in one hand did not trust an Igbo man as to hand…

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The Palace and Ezeship in Owerri municipality

It is imperative that it is high time a befitting Palace was built for the Monarch of Owerri Municipality. Since Osuji Njemanze reigned as the Ozurigbo the first, until the last Eze Emmanuel Njemanze the Ozurigbo the fourth, they have used their respective private residences as their palaces. It has not augured well for NdeOwere and showed the lack of dignity associated with the office of the paramount ruler befitting the status of Owerri Municipality. A first class Eze and the Landlord of Imo State Government. This may have brought disrespect to the Eze and NdeOwere within the Imo State…

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Blackout at Site & Services Estate New Owerri

For more than five months now residents of the Site & Services Estate, near World Bank Estate, New Owerri have been in total darkness. Their problem began gradually in January, 2015 when electricity supply in the estate became erratic and epileptic. But the worst happened in September, 2015, when the transformer, which was said to be overloaded, eventually parked up. Following the spirited efforts of the leadership of the Estate a new transformer was said to have been graciously granted the estate by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company EEDC in December, 2015. The new transformer has been installed at the…

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CHANGE FRSC TO FTSC: A New Year Message to President Muhammadu Buhari

As we celebrate the Christmas and New Year, the safety of Nigerian citizens must be paramount. The Federal Road Safety Corps has been doing marvellously well to reduce road accidents to the barest minimum through awareness campaigns and road checks. The introduction of Speed Limiting Device is a major breakthrough. They must not relent in seeing to it that it is installed in all vehicles in Nigeria to reduce the excessive speed on our highways especially the Expressways. Some drivers almost ‘fly’ on the roads leading to very fatal accidents with the attendant loss of precious lives and property. This…

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Should Ndi-Nze receive Holy Communion?

In 2002 or thereabouts, Ndi Nze of Irete admitted a man into their midst. On the onset they carried their enquiries as far as to the maiden home of the wife and thereafter stated that she was an “Osu”, As a result of that the wife was not allowed to participate in the activities of the coronation. She was banned from public appearances. The most agonizing aspect of it was that the recipient of the crown imported his aunt, who then represented his wife and behold, the wife had wedded with him in the Catholic Church and they happily lived…

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Explaining Governor Okorocha’s Concession Policy

Importantly, let me briefly note that concession, by definition is the act or an instance of conceding (as by granting something as a right or accepting something as true). It is “something that you allow or do, or allow somebody to have, in order to end an argument or to make a situation less difficult.” It is something done or agreed to in order to reach an agreement or improve a situation, and this is exactly the intention of Imo State Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha. This is geared towards an improved and better state/society for all of us. Recently,…

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President Buhari and the Igbos: the bitter truth of an open secret?

Dr. Kenneth Amaeshi The argument is often constructed like this: the clamour of the Igbos for political positions in President Buhari’s administration is bizarre. Recently, they did not vote en masse for the All Progressives Congress (APC) – President Buhari’s political party. Historically, they attempted to secede from Nigeria, as Biafra. As such, they are not expected to benefit from President Buhari’s reign. Such expectations are invariably tantamount to ad misericordiam (i.e. appeal to pity) fallacy exemplified in the classic case of a man who murdered his parents, and when it came to sentencing him, he pleaded to the judge…

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The Man Dies In Him Who Keeps Silence In The Face Of Tyranny: The Imo Case

An Igbo adage posits that it is only when Elders are not at home that a she-goat gives birth in its tethers.  Another Igbo adage supports this by stating that death is the portion of elders when they refuse to speak up against evil and that the same consequence awaits the young if they refuse to accept the admonitions of Elders.  That is why the Igbos also pray that Elders should live long to guide the young against eating the Beatle in place of the Cricket. The above truisms seem to be lost to both the old and young in…

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Boko Haram: North’s Inhumanity to North

  The recent revelation by the military that “some prominent individuals and political groups who hail from Borno State in particular and the North East generally” are employing marabouts and other unethical means to reverse the gains made so far in the fight against insurgency is not only worrisome but also a confirmation of what many Nigerians already know about the whole saga of Boko Haram being nothing but a fraud perpetuated by a wicked cabal who turn brothers against brothers for the singular and selfish purpose of feathering their own nests while the crisis last. Indeed, there is nothing…

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Attention FERMA Imo State! Death-trap at Obowo-Owerri-Umuahia road

I write to draw the attention of FERMA Imo State at the gully which is progressively cutting the Owerri-Umuahia Federal Road at kilometer 131/2 which now constitutes DEATH-TRAP for motorists and pedestrians alike, if urgent measures are not taken to work on the said location/point on this road. The cause of the gully arose from the collapse of the drainage channel on the road. The saying goes that “prevention is better than cure” which is applicable to human and physical/environmental challenges. On the road sector on which, this piece refers, lack of or ill maintenance of our roads and highways…

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PROLIFERATION OF CHURCHES IN NIGERIA

  Christianity as we know is a major religious tradition in Nigeria. The presence of its churches and related institutions are as ubiquitous as its faithful. Christian tradition has permeated all aspects of Nigerias’ social system. It may not be an overstatement to say that Christianity has attained the level of indigenous religion in the country. The teaching and doctrines are internalized and conceived as the driving force of life yawning by a significant number of Nigeria populace. In the main line churches like the Catholic church, Nigerians constitute members of the college of cardinals in recent times. This fact…

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Confronting the Menace of Illegal Motor Parks in Owerri

  The menace of illegal motor parks and unauthorized loading of commuters in strategic locations such as Maria Assumpta Cathedral roundabout, Douglas road, Orlu and Mbaise roads has become alarmingly chaotic and intractable.  Worrisome also is the impunity with which unscrupulous Landlords and illegal park operators convert almost every available space for this nefarious purpose. In addition to avoidable traffic issues, the practice contributes to worsening sanitation, serious security challenges as most undesirable elements still hibernate around them to perpetrate crimes of all sorts. Most worrisome is that the entire situation is completely at variance with the 2nd term developmental…

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The Need To Establish Fire-fighting Volunteers Corps In Nigeria

  Fire out-break is a world-wide phenomenon. No nation, no State, no community is exempted. The resultant loss of life and property cannot therefore be totally eliminated. But the important thing is that they can be reduced. The purpose of this piece Is to invite attention to an aspect of combating fire out-breaks which is yet to be meaningfully undertaken in this country. We must start by accepting that fire-fighting is too enormous and prevalent a societal challenge to be left only to Government fire services departments. That is why some forward looking countries have considered it a matter of…

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The Pathetic Political Situation In Nigeria

  The political situation in Nigeria is gory and pathetic and in a critical state.  The political structure has decayed and decomposed.  Our politicians have messed up the political field and our country is now at the mercy of economic and financial scavengers, who milk and exploit our proverbial ‘National Cake’. The same scavengers are even benefitting from the rotten structure.  As political maggots, they are even reaping from the decomposed bamboozled structure. The current economic and socio-political crises raise questions desperately demanding for answers: Is the ship of the Nation about to sink?  Is the Nation going to break…

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Can That War End Now?

  According to one of the World’s foremost Political Scientists, Hans J. Morgenthau in his book Politics Among Nations: the Struggle for Power and Peace, p. 51, defines Political Power as “…a struggle for power.  It is a means to the Nation’s Ends”. Similarly, Kaven A. Mingst et al in his Book: Essential Readings in World Politics, p. 51, defines Politics as “…a struggle for power”. An aggregated search into the meanings of the above given definitions reveal that man is consciously constantly making efforts through struggles to harness his environment in order to govern it.  “It is therefore, a…

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