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Curator Who Shaped a Global View of Contemporary Art Is Leaving His Post

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Okwui Enwezor, the Nigerian curator and critic whose exhibitions laid the groundwork for a new global view of contemporary art, stepped down Monday from his position as artistic director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich.
The museum stated that he was resigning for health reasons, but did not elaborate. Mr. Enwezor, 54, had served as director of the Haus der Kunst since 2011.
Mr. Enwezor emerged as perhaps the most influential curator of the last quarter-century through large-scale exhibitions that assessed art at a global scale. He first made his mark in Germany in 2002 as curator of Documenta, the once-every-five-year mega-exhibition in Kassel. As the first non-European to direct that show, Mr. Enwezor presented a panorama of world art that displaced Europe from its traditional central position, and interwove African, Asian and Latin American art into a cosmopolitan tapestry.

A champion of artists of African descent, Enwezor has curated a number of critically-acclaimed exhibitions, including “Snap Judgements: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography” (2006) at the International Center of Photography and “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–65” (2016) at the Haus der Kunst, and received the Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies in New York in 2009 and the Folkwang Prize for his contributions to contemporary art in 2017. A prolific writer, Enwezor penned Contemporary African Art Since 1980 with Chika Okeke-Agulu in 2009 as well as a number of essays that can be read in publications such as Artforum, Frieze, and Parkett.

In New York, Mr. Enwezor’s major exhibitions include “The Short Century,” a history of modern African art and decolonization movements, seen at MoMA PS1 in 2002; and “Rise and Fall of Apartheid,” an exhibition of South African photographers at the International Center of Photography in 2012. In 2015 he was curator of the Venice Biennale, becoming one of only two people to organize both that show and Documenta, Europe’s two leading exhibitions of contemporary art.

Mr. Enwezor’s tenure at the Haus der Kunst was tainted by a bizarre scandal involving a human resources manager who pressured employees to join the Church of Scientology, which is strictly monitored by the German authorities, though not illegal. The museum also faced funding problems, and in 2017 it appointed a managing director to lead the museum alongside Mr. Enwezor as artistic director.
“There is never an ideal time to leave, but I am stepping down when the Haus der Kunst is in an artistic position of strength,” Mr. Enwezor said in a statement.

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All baptised Christians must be missionaries, Pope Francis says

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A baptized person who does not proclaim the Gospel is not a good Christian- Pope 

Every baptised Catholic is called to be a missionary and to spread the Gospel of Christ, Pope Francis has said.
In his Sunday Angelus address, the Pope said that “a baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Jesus, is not a good Christian.”
“The missionary disciple has first of all a centre of reference, which is the person of Jesus,” Pope Francis added. This is because announcing the Gospel is “not an initiative of individual believers, groups or even large groups, but it is the Church’s mission inseparably united with her Lord.”
“No Christian proclaims the Gospel ‘on his own,’ but only sent by the Church who received the mandate from Christ himself,” the Pope said.
The Pope was reflecting on the day’s Novus Ordo Gospel reading, in which Jesus sends out his disciples “two by two” to spread his teaching. Pope Francis said Christ’s message to his disciples applied all baptised Christians, not just priests and bishops.
People may reject the Gospel, but this would only be in line with what Christ himself experienced. “Only if we are united with him, dead and risen, can we find the courage of evangelization,” Pope Francis said.

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CAN suspends protest march

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has postponed until further notice its planned peaceful protest march slated for July 11.
It said it did so due to some circumstances beyond its control.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle made the announcement in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji , his Special Assistant, Media and Communication.
However, Ayokunle said the three-day prayer and fasting would hold as scheduled from July 9 to 11, 2018 in all churches and state chapters of CAN.
He disclosed that the church and denominational leaders would come to the National Christian Centre together with the National Executive Committee (NEC), of CAN on the July 11 at 10am to pray to God for the nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), recalls that the leadership of CAN had declared July 9 to 11 as National Day of prayers and fasting programme against the killings across the country.
The association also called on all Nigerians, both within and outside the country to take part in the programme.
The association said the decision was hinged on the wilful and persistent killings of fellow citizens in general and Christians in particular, mostly in Plateau and Benue states where mass burial has become the norm.
” CAN is worried, disturbed and disappointed that despite all the clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to re-organise his security team by replacing all the security chiefs, he has consistently not responded to such calls,” the association said.

 

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President Macron roots for innovation as he meets 2000 African entrepreneurs

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday met over 2,000 African entrepreneurs at the invitation of Nigerian philanthropist and businessman, Tony Elumelu.
The entrepreneurs who are the alumni of Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme met the two leading political and business leaders in Lagos, Nigeria to discuss the future of Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The Foundation is Elumelu’s flagship project that seeks to empower thousands of young entrepreneurs from the continent through providing mentorship, training, and seed capital.
Macron, a former investment banker, said that it is time Africa to take up its own responsibilities than leaving them to the outsiders, a role that he believes business leaders will have to spearhead.
“Africa is the one to take responsibility of Africa. Africa should speak for Africa. Africa shouldn’t be lectured on what to do. This is a new narrative that Africans should have,” he said.


The president pushed for quick priority measures to tackle immigration where many young people are consistently dying crossing seas to seek greener pastures in the Western world.
“Issues of immigration are an example of the result of having a big number of Africans who are disempowered. If we don’t collectively address this and bring together business leaders to find ways through which Africa can thrive, we are not ever going to thrive,” he said.
Macron emphasised that it is through innovation and disruptions that Africa will arguably be able to lead the way, highlighting that the two are catalysts to fast economic transformation.
“Innovation means change. If we don’t embrace it, we risk missing on important change,” he told the entrepreneurs, adding that if Africa doesn’t grow, France and the rest of the world will hardly achieve its growth targets.
The French president also argued that the private sector is the answer to some of Africa’s biggest problems.
This speaks directly to Tony Elumelu’s push for what he termed as ‘Africapitalism’, a philosophy to advocate for the continent’s private sector to take lead in transforming Africa’s economies.
President Macron is the youngest president to ever lead France. His rise to the top political position, he said, was the fact that too many people discouraged him and doubted his ability to be a president.
“But there is no one way for success. Take a risk and never stop at the first failure. No one succeeds without taking a risk,” Macron noted.

President Macron’s presence in Nigeria and his meeting with Elumelu, marked an important validation to the latter’s rise as a notable African philanthropist.
In 2015, the mogul committed USD100 million, which according to him, could generate nearly USD10 billion revenues to Africa’s economies in the next 10 years.
According to the foundation, about 4,250 African brightest entrepreneurs, including Rwandans, have been empowered through the Foundation, indicating the level at which Elumelu is edging closer to his dream to institutionalize luck and democratize access to finance.
But Elumelu’s long-term target is to change the current narrative that many people have towards Africa and Africa’s entrepreneurship landscape.
“We want France to know that the 21st century Africa is not the Africa we used to know years ago,” Elumelu told the French President on the same flour amidst loud cheers from the enthusiastic entrepreneurs.
Tony Elumelu said the collaboration between the French President and our Foundation is a result of Macron’s recognition that African entrepreneurs are the key to Africa’s economic transformation and his desire to connect with and elevate the voices of future leaders.

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Four IPOB members granted bail of N10m each

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Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday admitted four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to bail in the sum of N10 million each.
Justice Nyako, admitted Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, David Nwawuisdi and Benjamin Madubugwu to bail.
Chimezie, Onwudiwe, Madubugwu and Nwawuisi, aged between 33 and 45, are facing three-count charge of conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and illegal possession of firearms.
They were all arrested in 2016 and had been in detention since then.
They were charged along with the former leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu who has not been seen since Sept. 22, 2017
Nyako in granting them bail, said she had carefully considered the consolidated application for bail submitted by their counsel and the number of years they had spent in prison custody.
She also made reference to the defendants health status as well as the ruling she had read of “a sister judge’’ as well as the Administration of Criminal Justice Act,(ACJA)2015.
In considering their bail, Justice Nyako ordered the defendants to deposit monetary sum of N10 million each with the Chief Registrar of the court.
She added that the defendants are not allowed to travel outside the country, that they are to deposit their travelling documents at the court as well.
The judge ordered that they were not to seen in any gathering at any time or granting newsmen interviews or any type of interviews.
“No welcome `oyoyo’ gathering.If you do that, you will be sent back to prison. Go home, be with your family, come to court. The trial has commenced, Nyako said.
At the prayer of the defence counsel, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the judge ordered that the defendants to report to the Commissioner of Police at their locality every two weeks, instead of Abuja.
She ordered the first defendant, Chimezie to report to the Commissioner of Police, Rivers.
Nyako also ordered the second defendant, Onwudiwe and the fourth, Nwawuisdi to both report to the Commissioner of Police, Enugu state.
She said the third, Benjamin Madubugwu should report to the Commissioner of Police in Anambra.
Chimezie also pleaded the court to stop men of the State Security Operatives from invading their residence after being admitted to bail.
Justice Nyako in response, assured them that they were under the custody of the court.
She adjourned the commencement of triai until Nov. 14.

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Bayelsa Airport Due For Commissioning In August

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Leaders and people of Amassoma Community in the Southern Ijaw Local government Area of Bayelsa State have expressed delight at the ongoing construction of an international Airport which is billed to be completed and commissioned in August this year.

Traditional rulers, Elites, men, women and youths of Amassoma Community, host to the Bayelsa State International Airport were at the site as work intensified ahead of its official Commissioning in August this year.
The Amassoma people say they are overwhelmed with such gigantic project sited in their domain, describing it as an economic booster and an avenue for employment opportunities.
Director Bayelsa Airlines Elizabeth Daitari-Akpama took the visitors round some sections of the project like the control tower, fire bay, terminal building, among others.
Elizabeth Daitari-Akpama explained that the 3.5 kilometer runway was 75% completed, with some expansion already created at the terminal building to accommodate about 500 passengers.

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Family helpless as man pours more than $100K into romance scam

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New Zealand – Two siblings have spoken about the heartache of watching an elderly loved one stubbornly pour up to $100,000 into a Nigeria-based romance scam despite their protests.
The pair did not wish to be named, believing the toll the story would take on relationships within the family would be too great, but told the Herald about how their father, who is in his 80s, faithfully sends large sums of money to a woman in Nigeria every month.
And there was nothing they could do to stop it.
The octogenarian had been making transactions for more than two years.
The siblings told the Herald they felt utterly powerless to intervene.
“It’s heartbreaking all around for all his kids,” his son said.
They felt their late mother had worked hard for the money and “didn’t get to enjoy it really”.
Their father had shut himself off from the whole family so he can carry out this addiction, he said.
“It’s incredibly frustrating – we have sort of lost a father and a grandfather.
“We’ve sat down with him, we have talked to him, we have showed how a lot of what she says on her Facebook page is not true – where she went to school and things, the university is non-existent.”
But he still believed the relationship was legitimate, he said.
“He will say things like ‘she can tell how I am feeling just by the sound of my voice’.
“Of course she can – that’s her job.”
Emotionally he had been wrapped around her little finger, he said.
“She’s just bleeding him dry.
“My father send her gifts all the time to her address in Nigeria.”
One of the rooms in his house was locked to conceal the presents he planned to send her.
“It’s things like a lot of jewellery – because we can see by his bank records that he has been going to Michael Hill.”
Perfumes, chocolates, food, handbags and shoes – “you name it, he sends it”.
“She is a real person because she skypes with him all the time.”

The age gap between the pensioner and his Nigerian pen pal was just over 40 years.
“He believes she’s in love, but she won’t come to New Zealand or anything like that.”
The family questioned why she would never visit, but the pensioner would turn his back on them rather than respond.
“Deep down I believe he knows he is being scammed.”
He had sold some of his valuables to send her more money, he said.
“It’s his money, he can pretty much do what he wants with it.”
Unless he was in a coma, the family could not control his finances, he said.
But they did worry about how he would get by on a pension in the years to come.
“It’s pretty hard to get by just on that.
“Eventually, he is not going to be able to support himself.”
His daughter also told the Herald it was difficult to watch unfold and that it was sad there was absolutely nothing the family could do to help.
“Extremely frustrating, but you either drive yourself crazy over it or… it is what it is unfortunately.
“There is nothing you can do.”
They had no way of knowing where the money was going, whether it was all going to this woman or to something more sinister, she said.
“He’s now in a situation where she demands money.”
He did not feel like he can say no, she said.
“Not that it’s threatening or anything – I can’t explain it.” – New Zealand Herald

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An Address Presented by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano to Mark the Commencement of the 2018 Farming Season

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An Address Presented by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano to Mark the Commencement of the 2018 Farming Season.
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Ndi b’anyi ekenem unu
We are gathered here today to launch this year’s farming season. This is the fifth farming season under my watch and the most important one for obvious reasons. The first reason is that this is the first farming season since I began my second term in office. Many people look forward to a very impressive start to my second term because to whom much is given, much is expected.
The second reason is that, after four intensive years of recording excellent results in Agriculture, Ndi Anambra have become used to success. So, we cannot afford to let Ndi Anambra down. Never! So, our next performance must be better than our last effort.
Ndi b’ anyi, I personally believe that the farm of the future must fulfill three important promises – It must feed the people, it must protect the environment and it must offer a healthy return on investment. The theme of this year’s planting season was carefully selected to drive the fulfillment of these promises. The theme is “Developing Modern Agriculture through Cluster Farming Sustainability.” Under this theme, our approach is to mechanize agriculture and encourage the production of Target-Crops for backward integration and stimulate Agro- business and investment in the sector.
Cluster Farming is a tool for bringing farmers who share a common focus area together to ensure that they benefit from inputs like group marketing, access to finance, and economics of scale. Therefore, it is a tool that can help smallholder farmers to reduce the risks associated with the business side of agriculture. It leads to the emergence of FARM HUBS which makes it easier to empower famers to adopt a more results-oriented model of growing food in a professional, standardized and controlled pattern. Cluster Farming therefore makes facilitates the creation national and international linkages and collaborations between farmers and the markets they serve, investors and both financial and research institutes.
Overview of the Last Farming Season
Major performance indicators point to a positive growth in our performance in the Agricultural sector in the last planting season. For instance, our efforts to make more people embrace farming yielded an impressive result in the outgone year. Over three thousand farmers were duly registered to bring the number from 106,000 in 2016 to 109, 137 farmers in the outgone planting season. Similarly, we recorded an increase in the number of cooperatives from 2285 in 2016 to 2401 in the 2017 planting season. Rice production rose from 244,235 metric tons in 2016 to 345,000 metric tons in 2017. Cassava production shot up from 1,792,596 in 2016 to 1,881,000 metric tons in 2017 while Maize production increased from 39,902 to 43,521 metric tons in the last planting season. Land utilization also increased in the period under review and stood at 49,000 hectares due to the influx of more people into agriculture.
Quite naturally, our projections for the last planting season were adversely affected by a number of factors. We had very little access to agricultural funds and farmers who took available loans did not show enough enthusiasm to repay those loans and open access to more intending borrowers. Farming also took a severe blow from climate change which has remained a major threat to agriculture through the years. It must also be stated that while Anambra did not suffer a major clash between farmers and herdsmen in the last planting season, their growing menace across the country remained a source of anxiety everywhere. We are counting on the federal government to find a quick solution to the threat that the roaming herdsmen poses to quest for a diversified economy and greater food sufficiency in the country.


2018 in Focus
Ndi Anambra, when I look at trends in our national economy, I feel justified in my decision to make Agriculture the number one pillar of my economic blueprint. Agriculture is becoming increasingly important in Nigeria and we must continue to push ourselves harder to surpass the targets we have set for ourselves in the sector.
It is in pursuit of this that we have set our sights on deepening our efforts to mechanize agriculture in the state. We have made adequate arrangements to provide more access to capital intensive farm machineries like tractors and other equipment to our farmers. This will enable us meet our target of cultivating 25,000 hectares of land in this farming season.
To achieve this, we have finalized plans to invest the sum of N1.5bn in Land Development, N2bn in providing infrastructure and N600m in procuring agricultural inputs and machineries this planting season. Consequently, we plan to grow our cooperatives from 2401 to 2836 in 2018. The same projection applies to our rice production which we hope to increase from 345,000 to 440,000 metric tons in this planting season. We also plan to increase Cassava production from 1,881,000 to 2,060,687 metric tons and Maize from 43,521 to 55,000 metric tons. We have also set targets for Vegetables at 160,000 metric tons, Yam at 70,000 metric tons and finally, Fish at 55,000 metric tons.
Ladies and gentlemen, this year too, I am delighted to introduce a Mobile Application for Agric Extension and Farmer Information Management System. We shall also issue a proper Farmer’s ID Card to duly registered farmers. In addition, we shall hand out cheques, motorbikes and other farm inputs to beneficiaries. I have no doubt that these gestures will boost the morale of our farmers and encourage productivity. We have also evolved a comprehensive 4-year Development Plan for different agricultural produce and farm types. This strategy will help us in increasing productivity, land utilization as well as encourage the best practices that will lead to increased yield.
Building on the Advantage
Our dear state has continued to increase our advantage in the agricultural sector and we shall not relent. We have turned Anambra Rice into a coveted brand in the Nigerian market and successfully introduced Anambra Vegetables into the export market. We have also taken a few steps further to brand Anambra Honey, Anambra Garri and Anambra Cassava. I urge you all to key into this movement and develop these brands.
I wish to emphasize here that my administration maintains cordial relations with Donor Agencies by ensuring a prompt payment of counterpart funds to enable the state benefit from more Donor assisted projects.
At the same time, we have plans to access the N3.5 billion CBN facility for Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACs) and Accelerated Agricultural development Scheme (AADS. We are currently developing other agricultural schemes with NIRSAL to ensure that the set targets on rice, cassava and fish value chain are achieved.
Conclusion
In conclusion, I wish to observe that under my watch, Anambra State has established the fundamentals for a big agro-economy. We have created the enabling environment and attracted quality investments to pave the way for more investors. However, it takes a determined citizenry to sustain a vision of development. I have no doubts that Ndi Anambra will rise to the occasion by coming into agriculture in a much bigger way to help us sustain the momentum we have built in this sector. My administration has proven its capacity to make things happen. Ndi Anambra, the ball is now in your court.
It is on this note that I hereby declare the 2018 Planting Season open!
Dalunu!
Chief Willie Obiano
Governor

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Press Statement:CHIEF GABRIEL CHUKWUMA A.K.A. (GABROS) BREAKS SILENCE ON INNOSON – GTB IMROGLIO AND THE DESPERATION TO HUMILIATE INNOSON AT ALL COST.

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CHIEF GABRIEL CHUKWUMA A.K.A. (GABROS) BREAKS SILENCE ON INNOSON – GTB IMROGLIO AND THE DESPERATION TO HUMILIATE INNOSON AT ALL COST.

MY HUMBLE SELF:
I am Chief Gabriel Chukwuma, popularly known as Gabros. A business man of international repute. A notable Football Administrator. In fact, the highest stakeholder in Nigeria’s Football. The President of Gabros Group including Gabros International Football Club which I have ran for 22 years and newly acquired Nnewi United FC.

I have also served as the First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) now Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

MY STORY:
I have followed with studied silence the avoidable imbroglio between the Chairman of Innoson Group, Chief (Dr) Innocent Chukwuma, OFR and GTBank and considers this period appropriate enough to break my silence. I am compelled to break my silence at this point due to the increasingly bizarre, laughable but very destructive dimension the matter has assumed in the last couple of months culminating to declaring Innoson wanted by a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja. I fear for my country. The reason for our stunted growth is in this matter. Our industrial and technological underdevelopment lies in this matter. We are our own enemies as a people. But God is watching.

IN THE BEGINNING:
In the beginning, Chief (Dr) Innocent Chukwuma, OFR was GTBank’s best customer for 10 years. The bank made billions of naira profit banking for Innoson! But sadly, the then Managing Director of the bank died. A new one came on board, inexperienced and tribalistic. He caused confusion, causing a reconciliation exercise of Innoson accounts with the bank. In the process, external auditors were brought in. The report of their audit showed that GTBank stole over Seven Hundred and Twenty Million Naira through excess charges on Innoson’s accounts. Intent on cheating, GTB rejected this report, and set up their internal auditors. The internal auditors said that what was stolen was Five Hundred and Twenty Million Naira (N520 Million). It was the CBN and EFCC that reconciled the two figures.

Trouble started when Innoson demanded for 22 percent interest rate which is the official bank charges in Nigeria. Laughably, a GTBank that equally charges 22 percent from customers including Innoson offered to pay only 7 percent. At 22 percent, the bank leadership felt they will have no balance again from the amount they claim that Innoson owes the bank, or worse still, they will balance Innoson. But this is nobody’s business, you can’t eat your cake and have it again. Innoson of course, rejected 7 percent interest while GTB insisted.

Innoson headed to the Federal High Court Awka and won, won also at Federal High Court Ibadan, GTB went on appeal and still lost. Suddenly, looking like victims of ship wreak in a big sea desperately looking for what to hold on to, GTBank returned to Innoson’s containers that came into the country over six years ago to say that the papers were forged and they quickly find succor in the country’s anti-graft agency, the EFCC. The same EFCC that never investigated GTBank for Innoson’s stolen Millions. The same EFCC that earlier investigated the forgery matter and gave Innoson clean bill. What a country?

Now let me ask, which businessman can forge such import documents like Risk Assessment Report (RAR) or Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) for payment of import duties and shipping companies Bill of Laden? These documents are prepared by the Nigerian Customs and Shipping Companies and same forwarded to banks by the shipper, while the banks release them to their customers. So at what point were the documents forged? Innoson obtained these documents after GTB paid the duties for Innoson to clear his goods. In all intents and purposes, this forgery allegation is diversionary.

The same GTB is in custody of Innoson’s property worth over five billion naira as security. Innoson has court judgement of over 22 billion naira against GTB. How can a man who has such money go for forgery of a material of less than one billion naira? In the same vein, GTBank had told a court of competent jurisdiction that their ledger got burnt and swore an affidavit to that effect, at another time, the supposedly burnt ledger resurfaced.

My worry is not particularly about GTBank’s refusal to pay Innoson his over Twenty Two Billion Naira, of which various layers of our Courts has ordered them to pay. My real worry is roping the young man in a forgery matter, all in a bizarre bid to evade paying him.

INNOSON, AN HONEST MAN:
Nobody is in a better position than me to testify to Innoson’s business honesty. He is my younger brother; I trained him and brought him up in business. Innoson abhors dishonesty and cheating. He cannot forge anything. For the years he was under me, he kept clean records. I don’t know where GTB is coming from with their forgery allegation or is it an attempt to give a dog a bad name to hang it?

How many containers have we brought into the country in the last 25 years without controversy? How can one or two be associated with forgery? This is a figment of somebody’s jaundiced imagination.

Innoson has acquitted himself creditably in the world of business. He is a national Ambassador extra-ordinary. Winner of the Highest Africa’s Businessman’s award in China. Winner of Sun Newspaper’s Young African Businessman award, a member of the Order of the Federal Republic OFR, Holder of Honourary Doctorate Degrees from some of the best Universities in the country including the prestigious Nigeria Defense Academy, Kaduna. Winner of Nigeria Centenary Award. Presently, the Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State. A Philanthropist of note. He was a major facilitator of the Two Billion Dollar Chinese Investment in Nigeria. He has built a reputation that makes him a respected ally of foreign business organizations especially in China. Why desperate to destroy him?

WHERE ARE THE AUTHORITIES OF THE LAND?
In other lands, Innoson cannot be haunted this way like a common criminal. Innoson is a National Asset. He is a rare talent. While others are doing buying and selling, he brought us Technology and industrialization. But rather than appreciate his business ingenuity, some people are bent on destroying him and the whole country went to sleep. Where are the authorities of the land? Where is Mr. President, the anti-corruption warrior? Where is the Vice President? Where is the Senate President? Where is the Hon Speaker of House of Representatives? And of course, where is the Number one Law Officer, Hon Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federation? These authorities must intervene now. Some people are bent on destroying this country by destroying one of our best due to greed for money.

The day the Lagos State High Court was declaring Innoson wanted, was the day BBC London was celebrating him as Africa’s Business Icon. What message are we sending to the International Business Community? Where is the enabling environment for foreign investors in the country when the indigenous ones are persecuted, haunted and harassed even ceaselessly?

WHY HE HAS NOT APPEARED IN COURT:
Innoson my brother is a very humble young man. He does not consider himself above the laws of the land. I was part of the decision that he should not appear in court at least for now. We became afraid of his safety considering the level of desperation to have him arraigned even without due process of law.

In the same Lagos State High Court, are lying a number of applications from Innoson’s Legal team especially one challenging the Jurisdictional Competence of the court to entertain the matter. But instead of considering these applications even the one bothering on abuse of court process, what is more “IMPORTANT” instead is to arraign Innoson and perhaps remand him to complete the humiliation or even attempt something worse than humiliation.

The criticality of jurisdictional competence of a court of law to entertain a particular matter cannot be over emphasized. Or is the court waiting to remand him first, and then apologize, when it is established that it has no jurisdiction? Why not follow the due process of law by making first thing first. In all, Innoson is not afraid of arraignment, but the due process of law must be followed.

MY ADVICE TO GTBANK:
I see inexperience, even tribal sentiment in the whole saga, but very sadly, greed for money on the part of the leadership of GTBank is a major reason for this problem. But let it be said that arms twisting, intimidation, ill-advised collaboration with authorities to undo Innoson so as to evade paying him can achieve nothing. Even as the matter is dragging, various banks are still doing business with Innoson, smiling while GTB is busy beating drums of war to silence him.

I have advised earlier that dialogue is the best way to solve a problem and I still stand on that position. One thing is very clear no amount of intimidation or even harassment can legalize illegality. GTB should do the needful!

CHIEF GABRIEL CHUKWUMA
Senior Brother of Chief (Dr) Innocent Chukwuma, OFR

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Obiano Urges Anambra Workers To Key Into State Health Insurance Scheme

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Anambra State workers have been enjoined to key into the State Health Insurance Scheme to assist them in accessing quality healthcare services at low rates.
Governor Willie Obiano made the call at a forum organized by the Anambra Health Insurance Agency, in Awka.

The Governor who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Pension Matters and Health Services, Mr. Dozie Okpaaugo said the forum was aimed at sensitizing workers on values of the Health Insurance Scheme.

Governor Obiano explained that the scheme is an all-encompassing one with a transparent policy to enable workers to access health services from any health institution designated by the Agency in the state.

He noted that under the scheme, workers would be contributing five per cent of their monthly basic salary, while the government contributes ten per cent.

The Secretary of the Agency Mr. Emmanuel Eze, while addressing the workers said that the sensitization which started on May twenty-three will last until June sixth, adding that Anambra is the first state in the country to adopt the contributory health scheme and commended the Governor for being proactive to the scheme for the benefit of workers and their family.

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Buhari addresses Nigerians tomorrow

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President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast on Tuesday, as part of the celebration of 19 years of unbroken democracy.
Nigeria since 1999 has been observing 29 May as Democracy Day.
According to Femi Adesina, President Buhari’s media adviser, television and radio stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria for the broadcast.
May 29, 1999, was the day the military handed over the reins of power to democratically elected representatives at all levels of governance.
The military, in its second coming, had governed Nigeria, between January 1984 and May 1999, allowing some two years of civilian rule at the state level, between 1991 and 1993.
Tomorrow’s celebration also marks the third anniversary of the Buhari administration.

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