• 4 Reasons why Nigerians Prefer Online Dating, By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke

    13/Apr/2016 // 316 Viewers

     

    With the proven statistics that there are more women than men in Nigeria, it is ironic that some men visit online dating site in search of *love *despite the sheer number of beautiful women on the streets of Lagos and other states *.* Today, there are hundreds of Nigerian dating sites. 

    You just need to Google *Nigerian dating sites *and the rest is left to you. The question is why do some Nigerians visit these sites? Jovago.com, Africa's No 1 hotel booking portal shares 4 reasons.

    *Easily intimidated by women*

    Some men freak out when it comes to interacting with women, let alone a
    woman they are interested in. For them to woo her is *wahala. *She is
    expecting and anxious to hear what you have to say because she is willing to give you a chance but you shy away with your tails in between your legs.

    For this type of men, dating sites is an easy way out of this anomaly. You will find men and women on these sites to select from.

    *Indulge *

    Some Nigerians do not believe in online dating but they are tempted to join the bandwagon because they can give a *false* impression of themselves.

    They source pictures of others and use it as their display picture, cut
    their ages, and say they are single while dating. Even if they meet someone charming online, they are never serious because they are just there for fun!

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    *You are single*

    A dating site is a hub for meeting supposed singles. If you are single, you can check these sites out and if you are *lucky, *you will meet another single. Before you know it, you are already dating!

    *To heal Heartbreak*

    If you just broke up with your long-term partner and want to get over the heartbreak as quickly as possible, some people venture into the world of online dating. Often times than not, they are not interested in any online interactions or relationship because they want to purge themselves of the heartbreak.


    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    *Travel/Technology Writer*

    *Mobile:* *+2348090747241*   *Skype:* *Sleeksavvy*


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  • Beneficiary Of A Corrupt Election Cannot Dispense True democracy.

    13/Dec/2016 // 584 Viewers

     

    The purpose of election is to allow the people exercise their constitutional rights as free citizens of any given state or as the case may be to choose a candidate of their choice which in their conviction can pilot the affairs of the state. 

    The government will in turn act accordingly without bias in bringing about a free, fair and credible election with all its agencies involved participating in their various capacities to the best of their ability and respect for the laws that instituted them. 

    Sadly, the true participation of the aforementioned remains a mirage in Nigeria. Attempts to bring an end to undemocratic electoral tendencies will always hit a brick wall because those involved in it enjoy the spoils. It has become a chain of vendetta and the circle, I dare say will continually stagnate the living fabric of our existence as a people and further cause devastating encumbrance in the already shallow system of governance if we fail to throw a patriotic spanner into the political wheel that propels the engine of vindictiveness. 

    Edo state is not an exception in this malady. Many people have become enmeshed in the wrong theory of "rigging" in every election because it has become culturally accepted even though morally incorrect.  Some politicians who desperately want to win at all cost do not see the inherent consequences rather would go all out believing it to be the way. 

    Across the country, news of electoral malpractice abounds and those who partake in it are prime movers of the country's political life. The acceptability of this odious "killer of democracy" is palpable in the corridors of power and yet, its existence is willfully denied. 

    The larger part of the consequence is not only on the side of the unrest that could arise in the post-election but the legal tussle. This is evident in Edo state as the pre-hearing of the petition filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and PDP over the recognition of Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo state kicks-off.  Unfortunately, this tribunal process will surely tear down Mr. Godwin Obaseki in his duty as the executive Governor for riding on the shoulders of the perpetrators of corruption to political stardom. 

    Many of these elements that encouraged the fraud are no more,  but, the brunt in the aftermath remains an albatross around the neck of the innocuous citizens who acted in good faith but their decision subverted for cheap political gain and avarice. 

    The majority of Edo state citizens including die-hard APC members know that the PDP candidate was rigged out in a  manner best described as a "da light robbery". When they are confronted with the allegation, they thrasonically admit to it and say it is the tradition. The question is; when will it end? 

    The central government is seen fighting financial corruption but unperturbed with the endemic electoral fraud that has become synonymous with  the anthem of the country.  The fight against corruption has to be looked at in all facet of governance. And until this is achieved, the fight against corruption will remain cosmetic if the process of electing a leader is fraudulent and inimical to truth and civility. 

    A common axiom explicitly explains this that; you cannot give what you don't have. 

    IREDIA OSAKUE  JP is a Turin-based scholar, social activist , political analyst, and a public commentator on national and global issues.


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  • Oh God! Lead Us Not Ever Again Into The Hands Of APC-Led Government In Edo State

    13/Jul/2016 // 661 Viewers

     

    The present state of affairs in the country is appalling and as well pathetic. The citizens cannot categorically say what are the plans of the government. They come up with issues haphazardly and without clear-cut implementation, therefore, leaving the country to flounder hopelessly. 

    When the idea of anti-corruption came up, the citizens embraced it in the hope that the long-awaited sanity in the perceived rot will be treated without fear or favour. sadly enough, those that have been following the trend of events are dissatisfied with the entire anti-graft  fight - they see it as lopsided, politically motivated witch-hunting and with justice miles away.

    Many of the legal minds in the state describe the war on corruption like a written script, brought in by actors to put their expertise into making it look real. This is the unfortunate situation ominously staring  the country in the face. In a similar vein, some are worried that not everyone that is  brought before the court or interrogated is actually involved directly or indirectly in any official graft, rather, it is a sort of "cleaning exercise" by removing prominent political rivals whose political future they are determined to damage at all cost. With this in mind, many fear that the country is tipping towards one party state. 

    Many sectors are  left to wallow in despair and it appears that the people up there that charged to speak on behalf of the citizens have been lobotomized - they are calm, serene and unable to carry on. They believe that when they wake up from sleep, things will return to normalcy without working towards it. 

    The people's  hope and aspirations which have been dashed  can be seen virtually in the faces of the people. They are so  desperate that they are ready  to hold on to a poisonous snake for survival notwithstanding the inherent danger. This is the pitiable condition the citizens are left to contend with!

    When the president came on board, he was described as "baba go-slow" and true to type the state of affairs has been infected and things are really slow.  It took the government a considerable length of time before the ministers were appointed and the excuse was the usual "integrity syndrome." But, amongst the "well selected" ministers, rumours have it that, at least , some suffer from the disease of corruption which the government professed to be  fighting.   The comatose state of affairs in the country is attributable to  the handiwork of a leader with  a crass knowledge of governance in a democratic setting. 

    The state governors that are sympathizers or politically inclined to the federal have queued behind and willing to toe the same line undermining the circumstance.  They are none other than a cast of narcissistic political actors who  claim glory in failure. 

    According to many, the APC government has failed the country. The states that have the opportunity for a change, like Edo state must be resolute in their  resistance against having an APC-led government. The citizens have seen the bully at play and any mistake of caving in for " continuity" will snowball into an unbearable political turmoil that will take another considerable time to fix. 

    The discerning minds can easily distinguish between the two popular candidates who is ripe enough to satisfy the needs of the people. Opinion pool has shown that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has long been awake and working assiduously ahead of time. This best explains his preparedness to deliver the state from further damage, on this note, it remains the duty of all Edo state citizens to support and vote for him come September 2016. 

    A true leader is known by his words and deeds, on this score, let me introduce you to one of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu's  quotes that x-rays his personality; "I am not desperate but confident that I can lead the people of Edo State working side by side with you to make Edo State the envy of others, we are almost there and we shall arrive by Gods grace."

    The state needs a thorough reconstruction to bounce back and become the envy of other states.  The deaf can hear the noise and the blind can see the extent of damage in the state. The hands of the clock of the state since the inception of the present administration has been ticking   anticlockwise and the governor who has the tool to correct it  is not only willing but disappointingly  incapable.

    The government's interest is no more in governance but in the drive to regain power and further plunge the state into the dark abyss. The citizens have been engaged in a game of deceit for more than seven years and the APC-led government is out again with their game plan to bring about another tortuous four years and even more. 

    A prosperous Edo state which the citizens long clamour for is sure with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at the helm of affairs. 


    Iredia Osakue JP is a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.


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  • The Man That Fits The Moment - Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

    15/Aug/2016 // 508 Viewers

     

    After taking a critical appraisal of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, I, therefore ,  decided to put it this way, especially to those who still look the other way. Without any iota of contradiction, the answer to many unsolved socio-political problems in the state are at his reach and his administrative expertise will do wonders if allowed to put it into play. His popularity in the state will create an enabling ground for interactions and all-inclusive  government. 

    I sincerely want to bare my mind on factual issues which I believe will allay the fears of many and bring them back to the realities of the present political situation in the state and the way forward. 

    The PDP flagbearer is a committed politician par excellence. If his antecedents are anything to go by, then the doubting Thomases will agree with me that he has done exceedingly well and if the opportunity at the doorstep of the people of Edo state is harnessed, the state will transform into a land flowing with milk and honey. 

    No wonder, the Comrade governor had the following to say about him: “You (Pastor Ize-Iyamu) took the leap of faith to found the Grace Group, which in turn, provided rallying point for others who believe in freedom to birth what would become the Edo Chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria. When others despaired, you saw hope. I salute your foresight. If ACN is today GB in Edo, it is only a reflection of the sterling leadership you have provided. Again, if our party is acclaimed in positive lights in Edo today, you share substantially in the glory, if we have improved the human condition, we owe it to the quality of counsel you gave. In our struggle to redefine politics in Edo in the past forty-four months as service to the people, I have found in you a committed ally indeed. Having distinguished yourself in administration, evangelism, politics and lately farming, I believe your sun has only begun to rise” 

    Yes! Oshiomhole was correct to say that his " sun has only begun to rise."  As a matter of course, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has carved a niche for himself in every field of his endeavors - be it in politics, academics, farming, evangelism or administration. And since he declared his ambition to becoming  the governor of the state, his sun has just begun to shine. Shine not only for him but to illumine the minds of the people towards having a vibrant society and light the dark alleys of despair made be by the present lazy government led by the logorrheic Iyamoh   Money bag. 

    Over the years, POI has engaged himself in viable and lofty agendas that have brought about tremendous development in the land, in terms of empowerment, administration, philanthropy and other notable areas that contribute to the positive existence of man. 

    His political mindset is not to lead the state at all cost to his own aggrandizement,  but lead by example and create an atmosphere where the people's commonwealth is protected and adequately managed. He is exemplary in administration and management as it can be seen in his business and role as an astute politician. 

    Sometime ago, he was invited by the EFCC which in my own opinion was politically motivated. The plot was crafted with the aim to silence him and legally and tactically edge him out of the gubernatorial race. But, he went to the "lions den" and came back unhurt. He came, saw and conquered! His victory is akin to that of the biblical Daniel who was maliciously thrown to the lions to be feed on, but the power of God reigned. 

    The ongoing campaign vividly exposes the quality he possesses - he has been articulate in his speech and meticulous in his plans and appearance. When his arch-adversary is about hoodwinking the people with vague promises, verbose speeches laden with a plethora of lies, Ize-Iyamu is busy selling his "Simple Agenda."

    His sterling leadership  as stated above by Mr. Oshiomhole is, in fact,  correct. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has an innate capacity for organization, 
    respect for rules and adherence to principles that reflects the true picture of what he represents. 

    As a distinguished citizen of the state, he has remained resolute in his conviction for a better Edo state and since he embarked on this journey, his footprints remain indelible in the path he has walked. Some twisted minds who seek cheap political relevance in the state have long sought to drag his  good work through the mud by spreading fallacious rumour all in an attempt to misguide the people and throw a spanner in the state's wheel of progress he has put in motion. 

    The simple answer to this man-made suffering in the state is to turnout en masse on the 10th of September 2016 to vote for a government of equity and probity.  Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu by every standard soars above his adversaries in terms of his well-planned agenda  - and a vote for him is a vote for progress and prosperity.  He is my man!

    Iredia Osakue, JP


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  • Top four ways to overcome notification fatigue

    15/Mar/2016 // 161 Viewers

     

    *Top 4 Ways to Overcome Notification Fatigue*

    You must have received unsolicited notifications from emails, calls, text
    messages, Facebook and tweets. These notifications  are irrelevant to you
    but you will still receive them. Your phone beeps every second due to
    these. This can be frustrating. If you are tired of this, jovago.com,
    Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares 4 ways to help you overcome this
    notification menace.

    *Turn off notification*

    This is perhaps the first thing you should do when you repeatedly receive
    notifications. For example, when you leave a comment on a Facebook post,
    all other comments will be sent to you. If the post garners thousands of
    responses, you will receive all of them. It is either you do not comment or
    you comment and turn off notifications for that particular post.


    *Use Truecaller*

    If your service provider ‘disturbs’ you with unrequested calls, it is time
    for you to download Truecaller. The function of Truecaller is to block spam
    calls. You can add the number to the spam list of the Truecaller app. You
    will observe that when next the same number phones you, the app will block
    the number. Same with Truemessenger. You can download these apps on Google
    play store!

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    *Create a VIP list*

    You can create a VIP list of people that can call you especially during
    emergencies.  This will automatically block any spam call or text. Hence,
    you know that any calls or notifications that you receive are important.

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    *Do not add anybody to your social media accounts*

    If you do not want to be irritated by notifications, do not just accept all
    invitations to join a group. If you do, you may be opening the floodgate of
    notifications. If a person adds you to a list or group on Facebook or
    twitter, simply leave the group if you are not interested.


    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    *Travel/Technology Writer*

    *Mobile:* *+2348090747241*   *Skype:* *Sleeksavvy*


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  • Ensuring Africa’s Continued Rise by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

    16/Mar/2016 // 157 Viewers

     

    LAGOS – Africa’s rise is in danger of faltering. After years during which the continent’s economy grew at an average annual rate of 5%, global uncertainty, depressed commodity prices, and jittery external conditions are threatening to undermine decades of much-needed progress. Ensuring the wealth and wellbeing of the continent’s residents will not be easy; but there is much that policymakers can do to put Africa back on an upward trajectory.

    First and foremost, policymakers must secure the financing needed to pursue sustainable development in an uncertain global environment. The World Bank estimates that Africa will require at least $93 billion a year to fund its infrastructure needs alone. Climate-friendly, sustainable infrastructure will cost even more. And yet, as long as global growth remains weak, Africans cannot count on developed countries to fully honor their commitments to help attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
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    Africa must rapidly develop its own resources, beginning by nearly doubling tax revenues. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, tax revenues account for less than one-fifth of GDP, compared to more than one-third in OECD countries. This means there is plenty of room for improvement. From 1990 to 2004, for example, Ghana reformed its tax system and raised revenues from 11% to 22% of GDP. Admittedly, such progress is difficult; in Nigeria, we saw an opportunity in raising non-oil tax revenues, but struggled to seize it.

    Another source of domestic resources is the roughly $380 billion in pension assets held by just ten African countries. Policymakers should be leveraging these considerable sums.

    At the same time, African countries will have to find a way to diversify their economies. Diversification requires investment in the future, in the form of education and well-developed infrastructure, including telecommunications, power, roads, rail, and water.

    There are plenty of models to follow: Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia, and South Korea are all admired by Africans as economies that managed to transform themselves. Dubai, for example, set out more than three decades ago to prepare for a future without oil. The government implemented a step-by-step transformation of the country into a service economy, putting in place the infrastructure and incentives necessary to build up financial services, tourism, medical services, real estate, media, arts, and culture. South Korea and Singapore, which had few natural resources on which to rely, are no less inspiring.

    The secret behind these countries’ success is relentlessly focused leaders, whether entrenched but benign dictators or democratically elected politicians with a shared vision of a broad-based economy. Sub-Saharan Africa has paths for diversified growth that many of the trailblazers did not: value-added agriculture and agro industry, the processing of mineral resources, petrochemical complexes, manufacturing of durable and consumer goods, tourism and entertainment, and an emerging information-technology sector.

    As the necessary measures for diversification are implemented, policymakers must ensure that the economic growth they are pursuing creates jobs. Sadly, this has not always been the case. Much of the recent growth has benefited only a few, leaving many behind – most notably young people and women. From 2006 to 2013, inequality rose in many of the continent’s most important economies, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

    These were challenges that we were starting to address in Nigeria when I was finance minister. We knew that we needed not just to secure growth, but also to improve the quality of that growth.

    To that end, policymakers must ensure that growth is channeled into sectors that create jobs, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and services. They may also have to redistribute income and strengthen social safety nets to protect better those at the bottom of the ladder.

    Matching skills to job opportunities will be crucial. Some 70% of Africa’s population is under 30, and the continent is home to half the world’s primary-school-age children who have been deprived of the opportunity to study. Offering Africa’s children basic reading, writing, and technology skills, as well as vocational, technical, and entrepreneurial training, must be a top priority.

    Weak health-care systems must also be strengthened in order to tackle the endemic diseases that sap productivity, such as malaria, as well as improving preparedness for outbreaks of deadly epidemics. The stakes are high. The World Bank estimates the Ebola outbreak shrank the economies of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia by 16%.

    As the world economy sputters, African countries will have to develop trade with one another. In 2013, African goods and services accounted for just 16% of trade within the continent, and just over 3% of world trade. One problem is that most African countries produce the same type of commodities and trade them with very little value-added. Policymakers must encourage greater specialization; differentiated goods and services will add value and volume to trade.

    Logistics pose another obstacle to intra-African trade. Policymakers must make it easier to move goods across borders, by improving connectivity between countries and reducing bureaucratic hurdles and administrative costs. For example, road transport tariffs across Africa are estimated at $0.05-$0.13 per ton-kilometer, compared to the average of $0.01-$0.05 for all developing countries.

    The Rift Valley Railway project, which will eventually link Mombasa on the Kenyan coast to Kampala in Uganda, is a good example of the benefits that investments in transportation could provide. The African Development Bank estimates that it will double the volume of trade between the two countries, while reducing marginal costs by 30%.

    As they make these investments, policymakers must not forget that much of Africa’s recent growth can be credited to good macroeconomic policies and sound economic management. Extending the continent’s rise will require strengthening the continent’s economic fundamentals.

    This means ensuring that prices in the economy are correct, starting with the exchange rate. Some countries may need temporary controls to curb damaging capital outflows, but policymakers should aim for a market-based exchange rate and a solid plan for governing inflation, debt, foreign-exchange reserves, current accounts, and fiscal balances.

    Africa’s potential can hardly be overstated. The continent is well placed to build diversified economies based on low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure. But policymakers cannot simply assume that Africa’s rise will continue. They must take the right steps to ensure that it does.


    *Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a former finance minister and foreign minister of Nigeria, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, and a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development.

     

     


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  • *5 Quick ways to transfer files between your PC and smartphone By Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE

    17/May/2016 // 213 Viewers

     

    In time past, transferring files like videos, photos and music could take forever. However, with the advancement in technology, you can move large files within minutes without worrying about how long it with take. For the technology 'novice' as well as the tech geek, Jovago.com, Africa's no 1 hotel <http://www.jovago.com/> booking portal roll out the fastest and quickest ways to exchanges files between your personal and your smartphone.

    *Bluetooth*

    This is the most used way to transfer file between devices including your PC and your phone. It is very simple to use. The user simply turn-on the Bluetooth of both devices, pair them and then select the documents, music, picture or video you want to send.  You can send as many files you want  at the same time. Also, ensure that you turn on the visibility of your Bluetooth to make it discoverable.

    *Card readers *

    When you buy a memory card (8GB, 16GB, 32 GB and 64GB), it is usually accompanied by a card reader. It is in this card reader that you insert your SD card which enables you to move files between your PC and your phone. You save the files you want to transfer in your memory card with your phone. Afterwards, insert the memory card in your card reader, and insert into the memory card space of your PC. Open the card reader on your PC and cut or copy your desired files from the memory card.

    *WiFi*

    It is also possible for you to transfer files through your wireless network also known as Wi-Fi. You can do this if your computer is connected to a network. In addition to this, you must  download WiFi app *ShareIt* which you can get on *Google Play Store. *The app makes it easy to setup a wireless network.

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    *NFC connection*

    Near Field Communication (NFC) is fast catching up with Bluetooth as many smartphones now come with this technology. NFC may not be as fast as Bluetooth but it is very reliable as it provides secure data transfer.

    Tomake the transfer possible, both devices have to be touch with  each other.

    *USB cable*

    This is even easier to use than Bluetooth. You connect a compatible USB cable with your phone and computer. Allow your computer some few minutes to recognize the cable. When this is  done, you can choose and move any file you want to transfer

    Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE
    Content Writer-Travel/Tech


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  • Edo 2016: Why you must not repeat that mistake! - Iyoha John Darlington cautions Edo voters

    17/Sep/2016 // 515 Viewers

     

    I have found it absolutely necessary to write again in the course of our state's history as Edo State gubernatorial election comes up in less than a fortnight. Only last week I had to take my time to watch the debate that featured the top contenders to Denis Osadebey Avenue under the platform of the ruling All Progressives' Congress, the Peoples' Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance and the Labour Party.

    I patiently listened to the questions to them by the moderator. My reaction to their presentations was none other  than a sigh of disappointment and exasperation as they round off the historic debate. 

    Many things kept pacing through my mind. For starters, it is said a bad tree does not  bear good fruits. This is well-nigh impossible. As it stands,we all know  where the Nigerian Ship of State is headed for. In fact, there is no denying the fact that she is headed for the rocks resulting from her inability to withstand the strong ocean current with threats of death hanging over our heads like the ancient sword of Damocles.

    Came with the ruling All Progressives' Congress in the run-up to the 2015 general elections were promises for a better life which we soon found out to be airy in the long run. We  are now about two years into the life of this administration but with nothing to show for it but blame game amid the agonizing pangs of hunger and untold hardship resulting from the visionless, directionless and failed economic policies of the Buhari-led government.

    I had to delay writing this piece to wait for the APC mega rally to hear what the President would say again while presenting the party's flag bearer to Edo people. Having patiently and anxiously listened to his short speech, I discovered nothing eventful and this left me highly infuriated for thinking he could come again with his cast of neophyte actors to fool our people yet again when his one year has brought nothing but tears, sorrow, and regrets

    I watched the diminutive Oshomhole speak  , of course , I had to dismiss his rantings with a trivial hand because his administration remains the worst in the history of that state. 

    I would start with Buhari at the center. The president is often heard blaming the former ruling party, the Peoples' Democratic Party.  Without an iota of doubt,  there was corruption and billions of our taxpayers' money was reportedly looted in that vast 'empire of corruption.' That was not the first time we have had  corruption cases in Nigeria. Gowon was overthrown and reasons cited bordered on squandering of money from the oil boom in the 70s. Murtala Muhammed took over but the life of that regime was cut short which saw the emergence of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo whose administration was comparatively better in spite of the massive drain on the public purse under the former. Obasanjo kept to his promises and did not derail the transition train to the Second Republic. He handed over power after a keenly contested election between two top contenders in the persons of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and late Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the defunct National Party of Nigeria and Unity Party of Nigeria respectively.

    The sovereign wish of the Nigerian people like a marriage was again annulled and ultimately bastardized via a coup by Gen Muhammadu Buhari on December 31, 1983. Reasons also cited were corruption and looting of the nation's treasury. Few months into that ill-fated administration, unlike the previous regime, Nigerians had to start queuing up for food tagged then as 'essential commodities' until he was overthrown on August 27, 1985, which is about 30 calendar years today.

    I had to go down the memory lane in reaction to his remark in Benin City for the sake of the youth whose back, he said, he rode to power in the 2015 general elections to know what it has always been like with Nigeria each time Buhari makes incursions on the Nigerian political terrain. Today, however, Nigerians are again on the verge of queuing up for food although it is already happening in some parts of the north, especially in the epicenter of Boko Haram militancy.

    Ex-President Babangida took over an economy that was difficult for him to manage at the time and before one could say Jack Robinson the food queues disappeared within weeks across the country. I could recall from dim memory as many Nigerians heaving a sigh of relief at the period under sad review. Buhari said President Shehu Shagari's administration left no money in the treasury, so it logically implied that Babangida met no money too when he overthrew him back in 1985.

    Ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida rowed the Nigerian boat into sea and started navigating through stormy waters, like I did say before food queues disappeared into thin air,  Nigerians beamed with contented smiles and the media was awash with criticisms of the  Buhari-led military government, what you could not dare before he was kicked out by the duo of Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha.

    Abacha took over after the failed Interim National Government headed by Ernest Shonekan where massive looting was reported, yet we had food aplenty, price of oil sold much less in the international market and there was a great deal of macroeconomic stability. The US dollar never exceeded N80 at the time. As luck would have it Abacha died with his boots on and the mantle of leadership fell on Abdusalami Abubakar. During that transitional government, the treasury, according to unconfirmed reports was, also looted. That did not reduce Nigeria to Somalia and Sudan as it is today for we still ate to our fill.

    Finally, Nigeria was again ushered into a civil democratic rule on May 29, 1999, with the advent of President Olusegun Obasanjo  who reportedly met only $3.7 billion and oil sold for less that $20 per barrel. He had no option but to assemble a good economic team made up of competent technocrats. The business of governance started without the 'blame game' which remained unknown at the time.

    From $3.7 billion, Obasanjo left office leaving well over $39 billion with many remarkable achievements and life compared to what it is today under Buhari was superabundant. Shehu Musa Yar'Adua's administration, by a twist of fate, ended abruptly and Dr. Jonathan unavoidably took over amid massive corruption scandal yet Nigerians had food on their tables until he was harassed out of office by subtle threats - 'the baboons and the dogs will be soaked in blood' - which led to his concession of defeat via falsified and doctored poll results from Kano in the 2015 presidential election.

    Jonathan left a whopping $30 billion and handed Africa's largest economy to President Muhammadu Buhari amid giant strides in service  infrastructures and others such as schools, vehicle manufacturing plants,  transport,  - calling to mind the resuscitation of the moribund Nigerian railway etc. Instead of consolidating and improving on Jonathan achievements all we hear today is the blame game. Within a year Nigerian economy collapsed and eventually slid into recession as major economic policies fail marvelously.

    To the lousy Governor Oshiomhole, we must now turn whose tenure expires before long. What did Edo State benefit under his tenure with the huge allocation and the 13% derivation from the Federal Government? All I heard him boast of during the mega rally while pacing on the raised platform at Ogbe Stadium in Benin like a man under the influence steroid are roads in Benin City and renovation of secondary schools in the state with no mention of any capital project ,  service infrastructure or implemented economic package which are the some of the basic pre-requisites for socio-politico and economic development.

    For starters, how many of our children are today in these schools when a good number of them have been driven away by the harsh and intolerable condition at home in search of greener pastures abroad? Some have died while crossing the fiery Sahara desert on their journey to the coast of North Africa for an onward ferry crossing to  Europe. Never has this ongoing  loss of  lives at sea mainly  Edo State indigenes been recorded in Mediterranean history.

    Oshiomhole has only succeeded in reducing rural communities in Edo State to economic backwater because the roads linking communities in the state which were  built by his predecessors particularly  late ex-Governor Ambrose Alli  have all been washed out and fallen into disuse. The old Bendel State from which Edo was carved out had a good road network that opened up remote outposts and the agricultural hinterland.

    Edo State under Oshiomhole with the billions of naira monthly allocation from the Federal Government did not build a single factory. The few ones Edo State had were all closed down which has  swollen the unemployment queue in the state and this doubtless promotes crime particularly violent ones. Edo State-owned hospitals, if I may borrow a hackneyed quotation from Abacha's coup speech of December 1983, have been reduced to mere consulting clinics in spite of the allocations from the Federal Government. Do you know there are only two government-owned hospitals serving the whole of Benin City the state capital? My dear people of Edo State these hospitals were built back in the 60s! Is the money which he used for building a university in his hometown not enough to build  ultra-modern hospitals in two or more locations in Benin City? I ask yet again, on what basis is Oshiomhole criticizing the past governments in the state and seeking continuity for his 'anointed candidate'?

     Is the government at the centre responsible? NO! There is no functioning government-owned hospital in the whole of Edo State today, yet you often hear the diminutive governor ranting and engaging in a media war to foist his anointed son on Edo people to cover up his excesses when he leaves office. Some rural communities do not have any dispensary not to talk of functioning hospital while dry taps dot the state. The ones built by his predecessor have either been closed down or fallen into disuse and probably over-run by weeds where dangerous reptiles and other bush rodents harbour.

    How many new urban settlements did Oshiomhole build throughout his eight years? There is none on the ground yet you still hear him blaming his abysmal failures on the former ruling party. If these above-named were nonexistent, then why did he not provide these infrastructures for Edo people in his eight years reign? Have you ever sat to ask yourselves these searching questions? I deem asking this particular question absolutely necessary because these problems were there before he assumed the reins of power. It is almost eight calendar years today but why did he not fix these problems if not all but some of them? Oshiomhole if you need reminding is leaving behind today an Edo State that is saddled with massive debt burden up to the tune of a whopping  N500 billion!

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    Sacks of rice in return for your vote for another visionless and directionless leadership. How long will this last you, if one may ask?  Your  vote remains your power to decide your political future. Have a rethink, It's not worth mortgaging your future for after all! 

    Oshiomhole went ahead and built a university in his hometown without studying the situation. Was that not a crying blunder when the universities in the  state are underfunded? Jonathan built no fewer than 12 government-owned universities  across northern states without  one for himself. Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, Atiku Abubakar are all 'proud' owners of universities in Nigeria namely Bell University, Otta, Nigeria,  El- Amin University, Minna, Nigeria and American University of Nigeria, Yola, yet Oshiomhole often authors hate speeches and diatribes not against any of these men but against Jonathan under whose administration we had food aplenty to eat and more so under whose administration Nigeria rose from behind to become Africa's largest economy - a position which we held until last month before we were again displaced by the Union of South Africa!  Edo State has never suffered infrastructural decay under past administrations like what she has suffered today in the past eight years.

    At this juncture, on what basis is Gov Adams Oshiomhole with his Abuja taskmasters from the Hausa-Fulani hegemonic north  and indeed the ruling All Progressives' Congress preaching continuity after their abysmal failures within one year at the centre  and eight years in Edo State when primary education, secondary education, and university education are each  in jumbles, shambles and  jumble of retrogression thus forcing our children out of schools?

    Edo State has three Senatorial Districts which can not boast of any industrial scheme, no farm settlements, no youth  entrepreneurship scheme. Despite the fact that solid minerals abound in Edo State, the sector has been ignored with reckless abandon which if harnessed would have given jobs to at least about 60,000 or more in the state.

    Edo State is very rich in agricultural produce, throughout his eight years, it did not occur to him to build food processing factories and storage facilities. If telephone exchange centers could function with the aid of diesel plants , storage facilities could also be run by diesel plants in every civil division in the state. But these cardinal programmes to better the lots of Edo people remain elusive dreams.

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    Shocking scene of Mediterranean shipwreck! Your relative could be among the unfortunate victims! Could this be the continuity you are being induced with money for? It's high time you had a think and retraced your steps!

    That Esanland  suffered the worst marginalisation under Oshiomhole is not in dispute as virtually that region has been cut  off on the scheme of things because of his feud with Chief Tony Anenih. To the Septuagenarian and elder statesman, Oshiomhole does not even exist! Yet you see him throwing stones to him at every turn forgetting the incontrovertible fact that power, like a cold spell, is only but transient. At one time in our nation's history, Jonathan, Ibrahim Babangida, Obasanjo were in succession Nigeria's most powerful men. Oshiomhole has to realise that every dog , they often say, has its day.

    Having touched on Oshimhole abysmal performance in the past eight years, to the debate we must now turn. In the opening paragraph of this piece, I made a scanty reference to the speeches by the four top contenders. The presentations by the above-named left their capabilities in question to lead Edo State in the coming years. I shall now focus on the presentations of the top two contenders while I dismiss the APGA and Labour Party candidates for being inconsequential in the race to Dennis Osadebey Avenue.

    There are certainly some intrinsic and extrinsic qualities inherent in leaders which  are only present in one of the two top contenders - I mean the APC and the PDP candidates.

    It goes without saying that good leadership is crucial to any successful organization. Good leadership hinges on effective communication. Communication is one of the most key elements of leadership. Good communication skill is deemed absolutely necessary to effectively become a good leader or manager. When communication occurs, as a leader, you will be able to accurately convey your ideas and thoughts to those that work for you.

    Motivation is another thing to be examined here. This is seen as another variable that plays into good leadership. Stagnation occurs when motivation decreases and it will decrease, without proper motivation. Many leaders try to motivate the old-fashioned way through fear. This is not advisable since it tends to only deliver short-term results and cause even less competent work in the long run, due to resentment resulting from the fear tactics.

    Teamwork is always something to consider when striving to become a good leader. This means not only teaching your followers to work together but to become part of the team yourself. A good leader recognizes that his followers are more than just followers, they are people too. These people have lives outside of work where they have to make decisions on a daily basis, from how to deal with house payments, to car bills, to raising children, to uncountable tasks in everyday lives most especially living under the economic recession that is sweeping across  ominously across Nigeria.

    Educational background and qualification also occupy a pride of place. Education doubtless immeasurably improves your leadership skills alongside a cognate experience. And in whom do we find the above-named qualities all encapsulated?

    One man that readily comes  to mind between the two top contenders is none other than  Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu whose vast experience as an administrator would help meet these lofty aims, objectives, ideals, and aspirations to reposition Edo State  on the path of economic prosperity and development.

    The crisis we face today in our state is none other than a culmination of decades of poor planning, mismanagement and insufficient investment in capital projects or infrastructures by a government in the past eight years which prioritises the enrichment of apologists and sycophants to the detriment of our well-being and instead bankrolls its Abuja masters’ meaningless jamborees around the globe.
    Ay, we need a solution doubtless but under an APC-led government this solution which is much sought after is an elusive dream, I wish you could cast sentiments and party affiliations aside and come to terms with realities. Edo State economy is stagnant and has consequently gone  comatose. We lack capital projects that will attract investors to the state.

    A good number of  communities today in Edo State like I pointed out before are not accessible by car and the rural dwellers have to navigate some very long distances on foot. What has this government done in its eight years to open up its remotest outposts? Edo State debt profile mounts marvelously with every passing day, what and  where have all the federal subventions and allocations been spent on which would have been utilized for the provision of infrastructure statewide for sustainable development?

    It is important to note here that the first four years of Oshomhole’s rule were wasted on Maoist one-party ideology that focuses on power retention which he achieved in 2012 through the instrumentality of incumbency rather than democratic participatory power geared towards dedicated service to the people. Edo State under Oshomhole has as a matter of fact never made adequate provisions for infrastructure development. Far from doing this, it concentrated on maintaining expensive bureaucracy, reckless expenditure, and political patronage.

    There is no denying the fact that agricultural infrastructure is critical to our economic development and a clue to the unemployment problem in the state but the lack of agricultural finance has contributed to the decimation of agro-based infrastructure.

    Edo State needs a vibrant saving culture, intelligent public revenue collection, retention and international finance partnership but our state is saddled with massive state debt burden with nothing on the ground to show for it. This state debt overhang has marvelously become an albatross on our state’s development trajectory seeing that we owe too much to be able to re-ignite our service infrastructures destroyed by greed and prodigal years of APC misrule.

    I will sum up here by saying Edo State development goal has been a victim of inferior infrastructure. A PDP-controlled Edo State government under Ize-Iyamu will prioritise restoring, revitalizing, developing and modernizing  the state’s infrastructure base and industrialization as the most urgent tasks of reconstruction.

    In each infrastructural subsector, Pastor Ize Iyamu-led Edo State government,  I dare say , will seek to attract investments and also put state resources so as to have a modern infrastructure base, adequately maintained and efficiently run to meet our various needs.

    These, above all, are some of the reasons why we must not settle for anything less by turning out en masse and prevailing on all men of goodwill who wish our great state well to urgently retrace their steps by voting for progress and prosperity;  voting out poverty, high-handedness which the ruling All Progressives Congress represent.  We must not repeat that mistake because to strike one's foot twice and stumble over the same piece of stone , according to Mark Cicero, is a proverbial disgrace.

    Iyoha John Darlington, a social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues wrote from Turin, Italy.


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  • Opening a new page In Edo State political history

    18/Apr/2016 // 362 Viewers

     By Iredia Osakue


    The long-awaited election in Edo state is fast approaching with a difference. The participants are not leaving any stone unturned as they race to the finishing point.  In  athletics, three winners take home medals, but in this case, only a candidate emerges as the winner and as such becomes the governor of the state for four long years and by extension another term for a tremendous all-round performance.

    This is akin to the modern-day Olympic Games. This being that, athletes need four long years to prepare for the games and whoever wins hold the title until the next games.  Failure to win requires another four years of hard work, total commitment and concentration which of course is onerous. It is on this note that some athletes go out of their way to take steroids so as to excel. The importance of victory in every sphere of life cannot be overemphasized because of the comfort, fame and honour it brings. 

    In the political circle, the same tactic is  devised and employed to outwit opponents. Some candidates go out of their way and rules to hoodwink or worse still intimidate the electorate as they source for support and vote. 

    Oftentimes, the missing link between candidates and the electorate is credibility, track record and the ability to perform when voted into office.  The above ought to be the fundamental parameter acceptably required to measure the political calibre, preparedness and conviction of any candidate. Be that as it may, the candidates cannot do without the electorate because the only sure way to victory is the electorates' constitutional right to vote  and the latitude to decide who wins.  Sadly, this has been abused as some citizens out of greed or disdain over a candidate's  failure to act in tune with objectivity and thus sell the future to the unwelcome candidate. 

    Now that the citizens know all these, the right thing to do as the election time bomb ticks in Edo state is to identify the credible candidate that can right the wrongs. And considering the present political situation; the spate of abuses, executive excesses and arrogance, various degree of crimes, poverty, intolerable environmental degradation. Paucity of basic amenities, educational collapse, high rate of unemployment and infrastructural dearth, the people do not need a seer to help them identify the man with the right political frame of my mind to reconstruct the state.

    Amongst the gubernatorial candidates, one stands tall like the statute of Liberty, taking into cognizance his political journey and experience.  The state does not need a "pupil governor" that needs to be taught the rudiments of governance especially in this present political climate - the state requires a trusted and tested candidate who already has the blueprint  of what needs to be done and not just a mere  ambitious political neophyte without the genuine credentials and foresight to dispense the right dose of healing pills  that can bring about a healthy society. 

    To this end, a new page is about to be opened and the true candidate that knows how to read through the lines and understand the formula is the ever humble and committed Edo man with a burning desire to govern according to the tenets of democracy. He is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. The people call him "leader" not as an act to blow matters out of proportion but an appellation that represents his purpose, ideas, and existence. 

    As you reflect on this, be it etched on your minds that "one cannot lie on the lap of Delilah and wants to wake up in the bosom of Abraham." Also, somebody once said that, " vision without action is a daydream and action without vision is a nightmare." Therefore, it is a compelling necessity that we should carry the vision of this willing-to-serve man to a logical conclusion so that the aspirations of every Edo indigene will be achieved when he mounts the saddle of governance. 

    POI is for real and the key to his vision for the future is now!


    Iredia Osakue is a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and a public commentator on current affairs.


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  • It's about time Buhari threw in the towel

    18/Aug/2016 // 321 Viewers

     


    Nigeria, you will all agree with me , has eventually degenerated into regimentation and dictatorship as Buhari's secret agents like the late Idi Amin of Uganda are visibly  on the prowl. A lot of things have happened in Nigeria in the past one year which is an affront to all democratic norms. We never had it this bad under former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Musa Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

    The leopard, they often say, could never change its spots. Events unfolding marvelously today are pointers to the fact that President Buhari is playing God and thereby creating Frankenstein's monster as we hear again an endless stream of anguished cries from the pauperized body politic. The Daura-born emperor has proven himself not only incompetent but also incapable of leading the country as he fights wars on every front in a bid to crush dissenting voices.

    Perceived opposition figures are dangerously made after by his secret agents thus casting every inquiring mind to the dark days of Idia Amin in Uganda. Buhari's administration has never brought peace to Nigeria. He has no charisma to lead, he experimented with Nigeria back in 1983 which collapsed like a pack of cards on August 27, 1985.

    A similar scenario is dangerously unfolding  as he assumes unlimited and absolute powers which he unleashes on the citizenry. Serving APC governors have become party stooges while their counterparts in the former ruling party have been marked out for annihilation.

    Buhari has no clue to the myriad of problems confronting the country, Jonathan left Aso Rock handing over Africa's largest economy which he has succeeded in destroying resulting from sheer incompetence. 

    By the way, what does one expect of a man who has no certificates? Even his so-called economic team does not know what its job entails as its major economic policies are failing at every turn multiplying the problems which were never there before he forcefully took over power via threats and doctored results from the north. The nation is doubtless in trouble reminding everyone of the dark days of  military rule.

    Buhari has resorted to protecting himself with his kinsmen in order to consolidate his hold on power which is typical of tyrants. There are no viable and formidable opposition voices in the country today. Speak and get crushed has become the order of the day as every dissenting voice is being brutally crushed thus promoting a sectional agenda.

    That Buhari is for the north and Muslims is not in dispute; he has shown and displayed that in so many ways. I pity those who are rather naive to understand his body language. That country has never been so polarized along ethnic and religious lines as it is today. His government reeks of nepotism , a government which is supposedly fighting corruption. One funny thing is that his cowardice is  in the  full glare of public attention, in fact,  it has gotten the better of him  by moving against men of peace but dreading those who are capable of setting the country on fire.

    One of such is the ongoing covert operation to completely  sink and annihilate  his immediate predecessor via trumped up charges - the last straw that will break the camel's back and precipitate a political crisis in Nigeria.  We all know the ignominious path in history  on which tyrants like him have trodden which doubtless led them to a disastrous end. Buhari met the biggest economy on assumption of office, instead of building on what has been handed over to him his incompetence tore the economy to shreds which he often blames on treasury looting as if he did not loot himself when he served under the most corrupt regime in Nigeria's political history.

    Looted money by late Gen. Sani Abacha under whom he headed the Petroleum Trust Fund,  is still being returned to Nigeria to this day who he stoutly defended . How does he feel now with the billions of dollars being intermittently  returned to the Nigerian government some of which he has taken delivery of himself? Does that not make an accessory after the fact  of money laundering? Can President  Buhari extricate himself? He can by no stretch of the imagination do so. People are only afraid to speak against the evil of the day under his visionless leadership for fear of being hacked down by his secret agents. What do you expect of someone who has the Army, Police and other security agents at his beck and call? 

    Peoples' fear and silence in the face of every agonizing oppression should not be mistaken for support of his reign of terror. His apologists from the north are only blinded by ethnic jingoism and do not know what it is like to construct a pathway to nationhood through a rugged terrain. What they fallaciously believe in is that political  power must remain in the region no matter whose ox is gored, whether the person is qualified to hold political power or not.

    That is the sad situation the country is marvelously entangled in today resulting from grand deception and heinous  lies on whose back that  government in Nigeria  rode to power. Obasanjo met a virtually empty treasury and crude oil sold for less than $30 per barrel at the time, but he delved into work and turned the economy around which his successors Yar'Adua and Jonathan improved upon to become  the largest economy on the continent, but only about a week ago we again lost that prestigious status and position  to South Africa  under his visionless and directionless leadership.

    The price of crude oil today is well above the price in Obasanjo days! Buhari's apologists have been taken in by his deafening complaints   and like  zombies  refused to heed the voice of reason to withdraw while he leads them and the country dangerously to an abysmal depths. It is very obvious that he can not lead because employing competent  economic technocrats is not the same thing as soldiering. I think it is about time he threw in the towel.

    The hunger and frustration in that country have adversely affected their way of  reasoning. How can they still be campaigning and canvassing for support of their candidates when  their Chief Representative who was elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress is not only clueless but directionless and visionless thereby imposing untold hardship on one and all?

    None of his promises has ever seen the light of the day under the existing circumstances. What he appears good at is the blame game a ploy he  often employs to cover up his inability to deliver on his campaign promises. He dwells so much on looted funds as if he did not nor the past governments did not loot. They all did at different points in time yet Nigerians were able to feed themselves. The whole thing is very annoying. 

    I happened to run into some Nigerians the other day in Europe  who recounted their ordeals while crossing the fiery Sahara desert to the coast of north Africa from where they often risk their lives crossing the vast Mediterranean in rickety boats to Europe. One of them did expressly tell me how  one of the rickety boats capsized and killed no fewer than 219 Nigerians who he knew personally while in Libya, a majority of the ill-fated Nigerians,  he said , came from Edo State. Yet you see the LLilliputianOshiomhole campaigning vigorously to foist his anointed godson on Edo people!

    There is hunger and starvation everywhere in Nigeria, a dramatic replay and reenactment of the 1984 and 85 scenarios when Nigerians queued for food in metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria after overthrowing the democratically elected government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. Under Shagari there was food aplenty but soon after he deposed him in coup, Nigerians started queuing up for food; that is what is  happening again today.

    Are Nigerians so naive not to see things objectively? Do they need reminding that Buhari is not the Messiah of which Nigeria urgently stands in need? Why have people chosen to be blinded by primordial sentiments and refuse to call a spade a spade? They have lost grip on realities that the ruling party  has  only succeeded in creating more problems for Nigerians and Nigeria.

    Iyoha John Darlington , a social activist, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues writes from Turin, Italy.

    Views expressed in any piece we publish remain entirely the author's and do not reflect our editorial policy. DailyGlobeWatch shall, therefore, not be held responsible for any of its contents or any part thereof. 


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