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The Nigerian Youth: Taking Possession of Tomorrow from Today – By James Eze

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An Address Presented by James Eze, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Anambra State at the Law & Economics Summit organized by the Law Students Association of the University of Nigeria (UNEC) on April 28, 2018.

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I find it infinitely pleasant to have been invited to address such a youthful audience at a time when the Nigerian youths have become the topic of conversation. I sincerely couldn’t have hoped for a better time to be here.

There’s so much despair, so much pent-up anger and so much disenchantment among the youths that I personally think that the political class should engage the youths more. We must find time to speak to you, to counsel you, to share our experience with you. Perhaps, that way, we may avoid a repeat of the horrors of Libya and the bloated bodies floating in silent indictment on the Mediterranean Sea. And this is why I think that the Law Students Association of the University of Nigeria deserves an applause, no, an “accolade,” for organizing this Summit.

Now, I have been advised to speak on the important skills and staying power needed to succeed as an economic leader in Nigeria and beyond and I consider it a very timely topic for obvious reasons. But I also think that it is one topic that requires a very tactical approach in order to distil its various fragments down for easy absorption. It is for this reason that I seriously think that to even talk about the skills we need to survive, we must first understand the geo-political space called Nigeria. So, just how well do we know Nigeria?

Understanding Nigeria

Well, I don’t know what anyone thinks but to me, Nigeria has always been a fascinating mosaic of dreams and nightmare, hope and despair and of course promise and fail! Nigeria can be whatever you want it to be. It is difficult to describe Nigeria. Nigeria offers diversity in a manner that other countries cannot fathom. Nigeria’s diversity is quite often the reason why it is difficult to describe her. Apparently struck by Nigeria’s immense diversity and her deep fissures, one of the founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo is reported to have described Nigeria in 1947 as ‘a mere geographical expression.’ Speaking in the same year, another founding father who eventually became Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa had also dismissively observed that “Since the amalgamation of Southern and Northern provinces in 1914 Nigeria has existed as one country only on paper …. It is still far from being united. Nigeria’s unity is only a British intention for the country.”

Lions and Lionesses, these comments were made in 1947. That was thirteen years before Independence. But has anything really changed about Nigeria since then?

In trying to understand Nigeria too, it is also important to understand the dominant passions that ruled the hearts of our founding fathers at a time when it would be fair to assume that the struggle for independence hard started to gather steam. It may be startling to notice the sharp contrast between their private fantasies and their public ambition of ousting the colonial masters.

In The Trouble with Nigeria, his slim but seminal book published 35 years ago, Chinua Achebe sought to draw our attention to the lack of intellectual rigor that marked the political thoughts of our founding fathers. Quoting James Booth, ‘a perceptive student of Nigerian politics’ who had studied the biographies of the Great Zik and Pa Awolowo at the time, Achebe argued that quite unlike their contemporaries like Nkrumah, Nyerere and Mboya, our own Great Zik and Pa Awolowo had exhibited a shallow grasp of the daunting task of providing leadership to a young country in their early days as was captured in their biographies. Achebe reported that in 1937, the Great Zik had vowed that –

“Henceforth I shall utilize my earned income to secure my enjoyment of a high standard of living and also to give a helping hand to the needy.”

Pa Awo was even more effusive in his own avowal. He was reported to have pledged thusly –

“I was going to make myself formidable intellectually, morally invulnerable, to make all the money that is possible for a man with my brains and brawn to make in Nigeria.”

If these two quotes were to be taken seriously, we may not have to look too far for where the rain began to beat Nigeria. The two comments are not only narcissistic but embarrassingly narrow. They are bereft of the big dreams and grand visions of founding fathers which should serve as a mirror in which the citizens could locate themselves at any moment in time. These two men, along with Sir Ahmadu Bello were Nigeria’s finest minds in their time. But their declarations had no deep philosophy, no clear idea of society or even a simple silhouette of what an independent Nigeria should be.

Achebe therefore concluded that “an absence of objective and intellectual rigour at the critical moment of a nation’s formation is more than an academic matter. It inclines the fledgling state to a disorderly growth and mental deficiency.”

Lions and Lionesses, I am pained to observe that Chinua Achebe may be right in his conclusion. Nigeria’s growth has remained disorderly from independence and there is a continuing absence of rigour in our national polity that has blighted all aspirations to greatness to date. There’s almost always a rivulet of blood running through the country’s deep geographical split carved out by the Niger and the Benue. Nevertheless, at this moment, I think it is still realistic to say that even with all the gloom and doom that assault our sensibilities on a daily basis, greatness has not eluded Nigeria.
And to succeed in Nigeria, we must live in full awareness of our internal contradictions and how they limit our chances of success.

How well do you know yourself?
Surviving in the world today and making a success of one’s chosen career requires a considerable level of self-knowledge. American author, Rachel Simmons once observed that “Self-knowledge is the foundation of real success.” Indeed, experience has shown that one of the keys to living a happy life is to know oneself. No two blades of grass are the same. We are individually different. We carry different sparks of genius, distinct personalities, different aspirations and unique worldviews. Sometimes we are vaguely aware of this and most times we are not. That’s why you find people trying to force themselves into shapes and frames that were not built for them. But Bill Copeland, American poet and historian advises us to always “try to be like the turtle; at ease in your own shell.” Besides, experience has often shown that there is no faster route to career failure, lack of fulfilment and profound unhappiness than making a wrong choice of career. That is why we must be familiar with who we are and what we can comfortably do with the right passion and zeal. In all honesty, your life has not truly begun if you have not discovered your passion. So, it helps to know what we are passionate about. But it also helps to be familiar with our own story and to develop a unique way of telling it.

Once in every while, a serious job interview starts with the seemingly unserious question, “tell us about yourself.” To answer this question with convincing sincerity, the candidate must know his or her own story. He must be familiar with his or her strengths and weaknesses, his innate desires and passions, his unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. Self-knowledge is a very important first step on the road to self-actualization and contentment.

The Imagination will never fail you
Lions and Lionesses, to my mind, no meaningful conversation with the youths can ever be complete without mentioning the importance of the use of the imagination. An unknown thinker once observed that ‘imagination is the strongest nation on earth.’ And the great Albert Einstein reinforced the argument when he observed that ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ The Spanish painter, sculptor and poet, Pablo Picasso agreed when he declared that ‘everything you can imagine is real.’ The word ‘Imagine’ is therefore the most powerful word in the world today. It is the word which continues where ‘creation’ stopped; for imagination is what we see when our eyes are firmly closed. All the wonders of science and technology are products of the imagination. Similarly the greatest artistic expressions; from the Renaissance through Neoclassicism to Romanticism and down to the Contemporary arts which stand today as monuments to the human genius were once figments of the imagination. So, the imagination is everything. And we must learn how to use our imagination to open new doors, expand the boundaries of nature and nurture and create a happier world for ourselves and others. Lions and Lionesses, there is in fact no better time to tune our minds to the use of the imagination than now that you are young, uninhibited and fearless!

Take the Path Less Trodden
Brothers and sisters, more often than not, life offers us an array of choices. But there are no short cuts to success. There is always a story to every success. When you put the two together, you have a “success story.” The trouble with most of our youths today is that we want success without a story. And that is absurd. That is why we have many youngsters who want to pluck their fruits before they are ripe. I think we should all worry about that because a life on the fast lane has a predictable ending. Just before I left my house this morning, I remember reading Robert Frost’s poem titled “The Road not Taken.” I remember that the final stanza of that poem always fills me with bubbles of hope. And it goes like this –

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference

Lions and Lionesses, we are talking about the Path Less Trodden. Do you want to travel the well-worn path where everything SEEMS rosy and a feast appears laid out for you? Or would you rather take the road less travelled like Frost and see what difference it will make in your life? Think about that. But while you are at it, please remember that there is a great sense of fulfilment when we boldly decide to, in the words of Martin Luther King Jnr, ‘hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.’ There is no doubt about it; Nigeria is today surrounded by a mountain of despair. But only those who can hew out a stone from its rocky surface will travel far into the horizons. Fellow citizens, there is something infinitely wrong with achieving success without a story or success which story we cannot tell with pride. If you look around you today, there are so many of your fellow students who own state-of-the-art cars. On many university campuses today, there are students who are living the life that some bank CEO would envy. This is so because, I am told that the sand has since shifted from Yahoo-Yahoo to Yahoo-Plus. The question is, after all the fast cars and the bling-bling, what is next? What would happen if tomorrow comes? My only joy is that, students who conceived the idea of this lecture and have sustained it for years cannot be numbered among these “big” boys and girls.

Live in the Present
I am often fascinated by the pace at which technology evolves. It is as though when we close our eyes in sleep every night, something new slips into the technological atmosphere. At the moment, there is actually a glut of technological offerings out there that to acquire a mastery of a fraction of them presents a challenge of its own. But in this increasingly intense digital environment, we cannot afford to be left behind; for to be digitally cut off is a new kind of death that leaves one marooned in a dark tunnel without the slightest hint of light. So, we must not only strive to live in the Present but also anticipate the Future.

And let me say this here, it is a source of worry to me personally that my generation and the generations before me left the inventive fire of our fathers to die without a fight. What do I mean by this? Lions and Lionesses, our fathers fought the most horrendous Civil War in this part of Africa. And in the midst of adversity and the heavy blast of artillery fire, their creative genius found expression in the array of military hardware that they rolled out to stave off the heavy assault on our people. I have been to the War Museum in Umuahia. I have climbed down the famous Ojukwu Bunker. I have witnessed the remnants of the home-grown inventions that flowered during the war. I have taken selfies with the legendary “Biafran Babies” aircraft flown by Swedish Carl Gustaf Von Rosen and felt with my own palms the numb metal of the famous Ogbunigwe launchers. Now, the question is, if our fathers could churn out all these marvellous inventions in the heat of the war, 50 years ago, what excuse can we give for dropping the baton in peacetime? If our fathers could lend such a weighty hand to technological advancement in wartime, how do we explain our inability to walk in the shadow of their greatness in peacetime?

I have listened to different excuses which often blamed the Federal Government for abandoning the Biafran scientists after the war. That is a fact. But valid as that argument may sound, it is no longer sufficient in the light of what we know now. At least we know with a surfeit of evidence that where there is no government support, technological know-how can still be acquired by entrepreneurs who desire to make a difference in the society. Nnewi is a living proof that technology can grow without the usual hand-out from the government. Indeed the Nnewi industrialists have been at it for decades now, rising against all odds to astonish the world with their never-say-never spirit. The first job I ever did when I left secondary school was as a hydraulic machine operator at Edison Brake Pads and Linings at Uruagu Nnewi. I was waiting for the release of my high school results and rather than idle away my time at home, I choose to work in Edwin Obichebendu’s factory where we manufactured brake pads and linings long before Innoson came around to give Nigeria her first indigenous automobile. My brief stay on the hydraulic machine is still fresh in my memory today. Nwanne, otegokwalu Awusa n’uta o!

My sadness however is that Nnewi remains an island of success in a wasteland of woes. A sad reminder of what happened in Egypt where questions have been raised as to why the elevated science of building pyramids was not replicated in other surrounding countries which would have strengthened our claim to the great civilizations of Pharaonic Egypt. Why has Nnewi remained an oasis of ingenuity and daringness in a region that once astonished the world with high calibre weapons half a century ago? Obu na nwa mgbeke amarozi isi akpu, ka obu na aguba adirozi nko? What have we all been waiting for? I should like to know.

When you realize that we have produced a lot more engineers, scientists and technologists since the war ended than we had during the war, you can’t help but wince in pain. When you also realize that most of the great men and women shifting the technological paradigm in Nnewi may not have chains of university degrees, the irony becomes even more telling. So, Lions and Lionesses, the time to re-enact the wartime technological exploits of our fathers is finally here. And you must lead that charge. ‘A lion does not proclaim its lion-hood.’ I am not trying to echo somebody but this great university must lead from the front. The field of ICT offers us a rich minefield to discover hidden treasures. If India can attain such outstanding mastery of the ICT world and China can assume leadership of the industrial world, surely a region that showed a great technological promise more than half a century ago can still spring awake from its prolonged slumber. And this is my silent hope!

The Obiano Promise
There is a glimmer of hope in the horizon. About a fortnight ago, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, inaugurated the Board of Directors of the newly formed Anambra Creative Economy Agency. The thinking behind the establishment of this Agency is to finally create a warehouse where all the numerous creative, inventive and artistic talents that abound in the state can be harnessed for the greater good of the society. The Creative Economy Agency is the first attempt by any government in this hemisphere to give a sense of validation to people who have a gift of the imagination. I think Governor Obiano deserves applause for this. So, slowly but steadily, our political leaders are beginning to look at encouraging the inventive genius that once flourished during the war. And Nigeria shall be the better for it.

Before I end this address, I have one more advice to give –

Don’t cover up your Ignorance
In my interactions with some youngsters, I have come to realize that many of them find it difficult to admit that they are not knowledgeable in some things. They often make desperate efforts to cover up whenever a crack on their polished surface reveals the emptiness within. Sometimes, their spirited effort at face-saving speaks even more poignantly to the void within. This attitude often gets in the way of learning and mentoring. I am a proud beneficiary of long interactive sessions with cultural icons like Chinweizu, Chimamanda, Obumselu, Osundare and several other accomplished scholars and thinkers that are far too many to mention here. We are all learners at different stages and different situations in life. The field of knowledge is so vast and so immense that sometimes it is safe to say that we know only what we know. Even Albert Einstein who could be said to have singularly split the atom of knowledge and explored its innards had the humility to say “I have not eaten enough of the tree of knowledge, though in my profession I am obligated to feed on it regularly.” If Einstein could approach knowledge with such humility, why would anyone feel uncomfortable to admit their ignorance?

In conclusion therefore, there are no extraordinary skills to learn and no superhuman staying power to acquire in order to succeed as an economic leader in Nigeria and beyond. What stands us out is what we know and the passion we invest in everything we do.

Thank you

 

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President Buhari’s Remarks At Corruption Risk Assessment Training In Abuja

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ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE CORRUPTION RISK ASSESSMENT TRAINING FOR HEADS OF ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENCIES IN THE AFRICAN UNION, AT THE STATE HOUSE CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA, MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER, 2018.

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I am pleased this morning to welcome and address distinguished delegates to the Corruption Risk Assessment training for heads and senior officials of Anti-Corruption Agencies in the African Union.
2. The training is at the instance of this Administration as part of our support for the war against corruption in our continent and it is being facilitated by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) the research and training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
3. The fight against corruption is a battle for the souls of our different countries and it is one that we must win. Since independence, our continent has suffered from the severe consequences of corruption and it is imperative that we take steps to reverse the trend.
4. When we assumed office in May 2015, the pervasive nature and devastating impact of corruption on the Nigerian nation had become dysfunctional. The momentum for our electoral victory could not be separated from the revolt of the people against glaring endemic corruption.
5. During the past several months, we have been taking steps to institute integrity and transparency in the processes of government and holding those who have plundered our commonwealth to account for their actions.
6. However, the costs of recovery and sanctions are also enormous. While commendable successes have been recorded, it has become manifest that corruption fights back. With enormous stolen resources elements have attempted to compromise law enforcing institutions and pervert the course of justice.
7. This realization highlights the necessity of building a system that focuses on preventing corruption. We continue to implement policies aimed at building resilient systems that can withstand an assault by corrupt officials.
8. Our steps in this direction include the full implementation of both the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) the Open Government Partnership, various Executive Orders, strengthening the Anti-Corruption Agencies and permitting their full autonomy.
9. It is in this context of building robust preventive systems that we must understand this initiative which aims to train leaders of anti-corruption agencies in the African Union by deploying Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology for corruption prevention in our countries.
10. Corruption Risk Assessment seeks to identify corruption-prone processes and procedures in organizations and recommend appropriate remedial steps. The methodology places a premium on prevention as an effective complement to enforcement in the war against corruption.
11. In 2016, through support from the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria acquired the capacity to conduct training on Corruption Risk Assessment. Since then, the Academy has conducted a number of these trainings.
12. To showcase the growing appreciation of CRA as a tool for preventing corruption, the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria has received a request for the training of Corruption Risk Assessors for ECOWAS countries from the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja.
13. Therefore, the training starting today is an opportunity to extend the benefits of this methodology to other African countries and by which it is clear that we have not taken our appointment as Anti-Corruption Champion for the continent for the year 2018 lightly.
14. It is heartwarming that most of our countries have subscribed to not only the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNCAC, but also the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC). This event offers a good opportunity to encourage the few countries which are yet to ratify the African Union Convention to expedite processes to do so. No efforts can be too much as we seek to rid our societies of the evil of corruption.
15. This training session is essentially an orientation on the benefits of deploying the CRA Methodology in the fight against corruption. Thus, I urge participants to embrace it and also take steps to widen the knowledge and skills imparted by supporting the training of Risk Assessors for their countries.
16. The Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria has a robust curriculum and expertise cutting across the spectrum of anti-corruption training which can be adapted for other countries taking into consideration national specifics. To further strengthen this institution, the Academy has our support as it moves towards its objective of being an African Centre of Excellence in anti-corruption training and capacity building.
17. I would like here to point out that the training on CRA can only have meaning when the Risk Assessors are put to work.
18. In Nigeria, the Methodology has been deployed to a number of sectors. The most recent one being the Risk Assessment of the country’s e-government system whose report is now available and the summary presented earlier this morning. It is, therefore, my great pleasure to present this Report to all the stakeholders, many of whom are present with us here.
19. I urge them to work assiduously to implement the recommendations of the Report. I must also commend all those who carried out the assessment and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for supporting the process.
20. It is now my pleasure to declare this Corruption Risk Assessment Training for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in the African Union, open.
Thank you. God bless Nigeria and God bless Africa.

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World is watching Nigeria, Buhari tells Atiku, others

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday implored all stakeholders to work towards successful and peaceful conduct of the 2019 elections as the world is focused on Nigeria.
Buhari made the call in Abuja at the signing of peace accord by the presidential candidates of all the political parties ahead of the 2019 elections under the aegis of National Peace Committee (NPC).
Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party boycotted the event, along with the chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.
According to Buhari, the whole world was watching to see how Nigeria would uphold and strengthen its democracy by the conduct of the 2019 polls.

He said that the conduct of elections had been consistently marred by violence caused by the behaviour of the most sections of the political class and their supporters.
The president however said there were encouraging signs that the political class would embrace the responsibilities expected of it.
“We are here to commit ourselves as key actors in the political process, party leaders and presidential candidates to a peaceful and credible conduct of the election.
“Today, we witness the formal and official signing of the peace accord by the presidential candidates of the parties contesting the next elections.

“We the candidates pledge to accord the highest tenets of conduct and encourage our teeming supporters to do the same.
“I wish to call on the INEC and all the security agencies to put the nation first in their conduct; the world is watching us and the task of building our country, institutionalising trust in our political system and institutions is fundamental to the growth and development of our country.’’
He said the essence of the gathering was to perform a very important part of the quest for a peaceful political process and to instil trust to various contestants.
According to him, given the central role good governance plays in the nation state, no society can develop without trust.
He said without the trust of the citizens on their government, there could not be a peaceful and progressive society.
“To gather this trust, there must be norms, rules those whose role is to offer guidance; some of them might cultural, moral or religious.
“However, for our society to function well, culture of rules and regulations must be enshrined and accepted by both the government and the people.
This is why there are constitutions, legislations and courts to mediate and regulate the conduct of citizens; the building of trust in our society is a collective duty and responsibility of all citizens.
“Today, our primary concern is to sign into norms, laws, guidelines that will guide the conduct of our national elections at all levels.
“ It is generally acceptable that democracy is the best form of government for any society; it is nonetheless, not a perfect system. In spite of its imperfections, democracy has come to stay in the world.’’
The president reminded that since 1999, Nigerians had enjoyed almost 20years of interrupted democracy.
He said that since the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, democracy had spread to all over the world, including most unlikely places.
He said that with all its shortcoming, democracy was still the best form government for most developing nations.
He explained that elections were a large part of the process of democracy; methods of choosing leaders had become the most difficult for the people to manage for many reasons.
“We have not had a long tradition of democracy and so many changes in the system have made it difficult for us to imbibe the principles of democracy such as tolerance, sacrifice and commitment to processes,’’ he said.
He thanked NPC under the leadership of former Head of State, Retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar for the sacrifices and good work it had done for the peace and progress of Nigeria.
Abubakar, in his address said the signing of the accord was crucial to ensuring peace during the campaigns and elections.
He told candidates that election would not hold unless there was peace and harmony in the country.
Delivering the keynote address, former Head of State Retired General Yakubu Gowon said that the number of political parties in Nigeria had grown to 91, adding that it was healthy for the country’s democracy.
Gowon said democracy could only thrive through persuasion and not by the use of force.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that presidential candidates of 73 political parties signed the accord.

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Today, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed participants at the signing of Election Peace Accord by 71 Presidential Candidates, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. #AsoVillaToday

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Nigerians open one million bank accounts monthly: NIBSS

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Mr Niyi Ajao, Managing Director, Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), says one million bank accounts are opened monthly by Nigerians as the nation’s financial inclusion rate increased to 63.6 per cent from 45.4 per cent recorded in 2016.
Ajao made the disclosure at the launch of the 2018 Financial Inclusion Survey by Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said with the rise in the rate, the efforts of stakeholders in the financial industry were beginning to pay off.
Ajao, however, said that there was need to do more if the country would meet the 20 per cent exclusion rate by 2020.
According to the survey, 63.6 per cent of Nigeria’s adult population of 99.6 million have access to financial services, while 36.4 per cent, equalling 36.6 million of the adult population are financially excluded.
Out of the 36.6 million adult population that are financially excluded, 55.9 per cent are women, while 44.1 per cent are men.
The survey also showed that 39.7 per cent of the population are banked.
Ajao said that NIBSS, which holds data for the banking industry had recorded up to one million new accounts being opened in banks on a monthly basis.
He said that majority of the new accounts were opened by people who already had accounts.
The managing director said that more than 30 million Bank Verification Number (BVN) holders had continued to make more transactions as the volume of electronic transactions grew.
“When we look at the figures for adult population for EFINA report for 2016, 96.4 million and now 99.6 million.
“This is about 3.3 per cent growth of adult population if you look at the number of financially included, 56.4 million as at 2016 has grown to 63.6 million in 2018 that is a growth of 11 per cent.
“So, the increase is way above the population growth and that means the efforts of all players have yielded fruits but we need to continue with the efforts.
“This is because we still have a lot to conquer if we must achieve the 20 per cent exclusion by 2020.
“We have seen NIBSS Instant Payment (NIP) which we use to gauge the payment behaviour of Nigerians from 2016 up,” Ajao said.
He said that the inclusion rate was growing slowly until 2018 when the volume doubled year on year.
“This year by our projection, we will be doing one billion NIP in 2018. We did half of that in 2017.
“It is clear that what we are experiencing is that it is the few banked people that are doing all the transactions.
“Throughout 2017, the volume of transactions kept on growing, instant payment, Point of Sale (POS), bulk payment, even during the recession when the value of transaction became smaller, we were having more and more volume done.
“That again points out that we are winning the war gradually against cash. More people that would have done cash are now doing e-payment,” Ajao said.
“However, the few banked are the ones doing majority of the transactions.
“This year alone, we have 9.9 BVN holders do all the instant payment transactions we saw in the third quarter and that shows the structure we have in place.
“This growth looks much lower than what we see in the bulk of e-payment, it is this same account holders who are opening new accounts and who are doing more transactions.”

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Osodieme Spices Up Christmas for Aguata Prisons Inmates

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By Emeka Ozumba
It was transports of joy for inmates of Aguata Prisons, Ekwulobia, Sunday, as the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuodike) and wife, Ebelechukwu spiced up their early Christmas celebrations by granting amnesty to ten inmates, and gifting several food and drinks on the occasion of the maiden holy Sacrament of Confirmation on select inmates and some children of staff at the facility.
The high point of Mass celebrated by the Auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev Dr Jonas Benson Okoye was the Sacrament of Confirmation with the Governor and his wife as sponsors.
Whereas the Governor exercised his powers of prerogative of mercy by directing the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to liaise with the Comptroller of Prisons Anambra state, to prepare documents for immediate release of ten inmates, his wife Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) donated foods stuff and assorted cooked meal, beverages, sanitary and other household materials as well as cash for upkeep of the inmates.
Osodieme, had rehabilitated a broken water borehole for the prisons a year ago, to bring to an end the cumbersome task of the inmates fetching water from nearby stream.
Earlier in remarks following his Homily, Most Rev. Bishop Okoye, said that Osodieme’s functional approach to life saving schemes by building houses for widows, and helping the needy through her NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) has distinguished her from the rest.
The Auxiliary Bishop commended Osodieme’s Skills training and acquisition programmes for providing solution to vast vocational demands in the state, a step taken by the inmates in sewing of the clothes provided by the governor for the sacrament of confirmation.
The Aguata Prison facility opened in 2010 with a population of 25 inmates, but presently over stretched its capacity to 218 inmates with over 190 of them on awaiting trial for various offenses.
Other government officials at the event include; the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff, Mr Primus Odili, and some members of the House of Assembly among other political office holders.


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Pix1: Wife of Governor of Anambra State, Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) acting as Sponsor to a young girl at Sacrament of Confirmation held at Aguata Prisons, Ekwulobia on 8th December 2018.
Pix2: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuodike) acting as Sponsor to inmates at Sacrament of Confirmation held at Aguata Prisons , Ekwulobia on 8th December 2018.
Pix3: Comptroller of Prisons, Barr. Emmanuel Nwakaeze KSM, Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuodike) and wife Ebelechukwu at Aguata Prisons , Ekwulobia on 8th December 2018.
Pix4: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuodike) and wife Ebelechukwu (Osodieme) carrying the Oblate to the Alter during the Mass at Aguata Prisons , Ekwulobia on 8th December 2018.
Pix5: Igwe Ekwulobia, Engr. Emmanuel Onyeneke, Ezejiofor II, Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuodike), His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye and wife of the Governor, Ebelechukwu (Osodieme) at thecutting of Christmas Cake at Aguata Prisons , Ekwulobia on 8th December 2018.
Pix6: Gift items for the inmates of Aguata Prisons, Ekwulobia.

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The Young Netpreneur for the Week : Temmy Adeleye (MakeUpbyTemmy )

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The #Netpreneur Pick for the Week is Temmy  Adeleye   (makeupbytemmy ), a  29-year-old founder of The Gele Company.

Temmy is also consultant for startup e-commerce and logistics companies.

 

Temmy can be reached on twitter  @te_mi3 .

 

 

 

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Anambra Govt To Construct New Bridge To Link Ogbaru Communities With Ihiala LGA

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By EJIKE ABANA –

Governor Willie Obiano has inspected ongoing construction work at Umunankwo-Mputu-Ogwuaniocha Road.
The Governor directed the contractors to add a bridge project that will connect Ihiala to the area to be part of the contract.
On arrival at the project site, serious sand filling work was going on at the fourteen point six kilometers road stretch.
According to the Governor, his administration embarked on the road construction to ensure that they have access road just like other Communities, stressing that his administration is the first to
construct a road in their Community.

The Commissioner for Works, Mr Marcel Ifejiofor explained that the contractor has assured of doing the stone base to the palace of the Traditional Ruler of the community before Christmas.
The Project Manager of TAMAD firm, handling the project, Mr Toni Madi assured of completion of the road in record time, as well as adherence to the stipulated standard.
The Traditional Ruler of the Community, Igwe Oliver Nnaji thanked the Governor for coming to their rescue, assuring him of their unalloyed support to his administration.
The Traditional Ruler pleaded with the Governor to ensure that the road is completed before the expiration of his term in office, noting however that the effect of the recession is still biting hard.
Some stakeholders in the area including Honourable Chinwe Nwaebili and Chief Chinedu Emeka hailed the Governor for the road construction, and pleaded with the Community members to continue to support the party to promote their well-being, as brighter days are still coming.

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President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurates a two-tier Presidential Intervention Structure for the elimination of drug abuse

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointed his wife, Aisha, and the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, to serve on the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse in the country.

The committee is chaired by a former Military Administrator of Lagos state, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.)

Giving his reason for appointing his wife and Dolapo, the President said both women had demonstrated commitment to eradicating drug abuse in the country.
He explained, “The appointment of the wives of the President and the Vice-President, as well as the chairpersons of the North and South Governors’ Wives Forums as members of this committee, is in recognition of their concerted efforts to the course of eradicating the menace of drug abuse from our society.
“Additionally, the participation of the first ladies is meant to spur further involvement of women and mothers in particular, in view of the significant role they play in parenting and care.
“It is therefore expected that governors’ wives across the federation will take the lead in replicating this intervention structure at the states and local government levels.’’
A Ministerial Steering Committee chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, was also inaugurated on Monday by the President.
Speaking while inaugurating both committees at the Presidential Villa, Buhari acknowledged that drug abuse had grown to become a major public health problem in the country, requiring very urgent attention.

He noted that from being a transit nation five years ago, Nigeria had effectively become a user country today.
On the abuse of Codeine syrup, for example, he cited the alarming reports on abuses in states like Kano where up to 3million bottles were consumed every 24 hours.

He spoke more, “This is a situation of emergency and we must face and address it as such…
“Drug and alcohol abuse are also major occupational hazards among Nigerian workers, professionals, notably drivers, which contribute to making Nigerian roads particularly dangerous.
“The drugs that are commonly abused include but not limited to alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, Tramadol, codeine, etc.
“Today marks the beginning of another milestone in correcting the root cause of some of the ills of today’s society in order to safeguard our common existence and guarantee a brighter future for our current generation and those yet on born.

“The role is specifically targeted at decimating the disastrous havoc that drug abuse could cause on the very fabric of our society.’’
In his response, the SGF said drug abuse had become a national threat that all hands must be on the deck to combat immediately.

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FG to Obasanjo: Your Atiku will be defeated comprehensively

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The Federal Government says though it is the constitutional right of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support a candidate for an election, his endorsement does not guarantee victory.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the government on Monday in Abuja, said Obasanjo’s candidate for the presidential election, Atiku Abubakar “will be defeated roundly and comprehensively’’.
“With due respect to former President Obasanjo, it is his constitutional right to support any candidate of his choice and we urge him to go out and campaign vigorously for any candidate he wants to support.
“He has not hidden his preference for the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and we wish him very best of luck.
“However, I want to assure you that his candidate will be defeated roundly and comprehensively. It is not about endorsement, endorsement does not win election,’’ he said.
The minister also responded to a statement credited to the former President that, “only a fool will sit on the fence when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption lack of focus, insecurity nepotism and brazen impunity’’.

Mohammed said he held Obasanjo in high esteem and probably he was not properly briefed on the development in the country to have made such conclusions,.
“The facts are all there that this government has done more than any other governments in three and half years.
On corruption, the minister said that the government had put in place institutional reforms which had confirmed its sincerity and commitment to fighting the menace.
“It is not about putting people in Jail but what are the things put in place to address this endemic problem.
“Take the example of Treasury Single Account TSA, which was not initiated by this government. It is only the Buhari administration that has the political will to implement it.
“Before we came in, there were over 22,000 government accounts in various banks.
“Since we came, we reduced it to one account and from 2015 to date N8.9 trillion has passed through the TSA which is as a result of transparency and accountability,’’ he said.
The minister said that even with lean resources, the Buhari administration had spent more on infrastructure than the 16 years of the PDP administration.
He said there was no state in the country without one or two infrastructure development being embarked upon by the federal government.
The minister said the Administration had commissioned the Abuja to Kaduna standard rail gauge while the 156 km Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge would be ready for commissioning in March next year.
He said the government had made fund available for five critical infrastructure projects including the Mambilla power project, the East-West Road, the second Niger Bridge, the Abuja – Kano and Abuja-Lokoja-Okenne highways.
Mohammed said the efforts of the administration in diversifying the economy away from oil had yielded fruits with achievement recorded in agriculture, particularly in rice production and solid mineral sectors.
On power supply, the minister said the administration had improved on generation, transmission and distribution than it met them in 2015, while Nigerians are benefiting from its numerous social investment programmes.

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Social Harmony: Catholic Church Honours Obiano, Two Others

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By EJIKE ABANA

The Catholic Church has honored Governor Willie Obiano with special Award for promoting social harmony in the State and beyond.
The honour is in reception of various people oriented policies of the Governor aimed at engendering comprehensive human and physical development and commenced with a high mass celebrated by Cardinal Francis Arinze at Christ the King Parish Ihiala.
In a homily, Cardinal Arinze explained the Catholic Church the world over is celebrating the history of Blessed Virgin Mary who he described as a woman full of grace, and said that the mass is to recognise three persons in the state with Awards for social Harmony.
While asking God for blessings upon the three awardees, the Cardinal charged Christians to always pray for those in power as authority comes from God, urging those in power to always desire wisdom, fair play, balanced judgment and willingness to serve the masses, as well as give hope to the unemployed and pensioners.

Receiving the honour, Governor Obiano while appreciating the honour said that it is gratifying to be remembered and honoured in one’s home for good deeds, and thanked the Catholic Community for the honour.
The Governor promised to continue to project the State in a good light, and announced that he has empowered and mobilized the contractor handling the Ihiala road project to tar the road as it has great economic relevance and importance to the state. UP SOT
The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba appreciated Cardinal Arinze for always thinking home, praying God to continue to keep him.
During the high mass, the Governor was honoured alongside two other Ndi Anambra.
The wife of the Governor, Chief Ebelechukwu Obiano, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Primus Odili, Head Of Service, Barrister Harry, Traditional Rulers, APGA faithful led by the State Chairman, Sir Norbert Obi, Political functionaries, among others attended the mass.
Choir rendition also featured at the special mass.

 

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ADDRESS BY H.E MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND CHAMPION OF THE 2018 AFRICAN ANTI-CORRUPTION YEAR ON THE LAUNCH OF THE AFRICA YOUTH CONGRESS AGAINST CORRUPTION

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I want to specially thank the African Union under the able leadership of our Chairperson, His Excellency, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and all African Leaders for entrusting me with the leadership responsibility of championing the African Union theme of the Year – “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”
2. May I also extend my gratitude to the African Union Commission headed by Chairperson, His Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat, for providing the technical support to my Champion-role for the past twelve (12) months.
3. Excellencies, the anti-corruption year of the African Union has been long and demanding. The year has also been filled with sharing of great lessons, promises and inspirations as well as some success stories on our journey to winning the fight against the evil of corruption. I am therefore very pleased that with your support, we have kept faith with the African people, particularly our Youth gathered here today.
4. Throughout this year, we have focused the strategy for Africa’s structural transformation on strengthening our collective anti-corruption fight.
5. As African leaders, we made history in adopting this theme in January 2018 in Addis Ababa and openly debated and evaluated our strategy in Nouakchott last July. And today in Nigeria’s capital with our Youth, we are rallying against this once-hidden taboo and hydra-headed challenge that freezes our aspirations and dents the hopes of our youth for a newly emergent Africa.
6. During the mid-year summit of the African Union Assembly, African Heads of State and Government adopted the Nouakchott Declaration on the Anti-Corruption Year, to serve as a roadmap in the fight against corruption over the coming years. The Declaration reiterated that corruption is not only an African phenomenon but a global one, especially when we consider Illicit Financial Flows where Africa, regrettably is in fact a net creditor to the world.
7. To the young people of Africa, this fight against corruption is yours to lead and to win in order to reverse the negative trends of corruption and it’s implications for Africa.
8. The Youth of Africa must pool their energies to effectively ensure that our natural and mineral resources remain on the continent for value addition, job and wealth creation as well as to create affordable health-care and quality education for our people. Winning the fight against corruption is very much in your hands!
9. Of particular interest to the youth, as reflected in the Nouakchott Declaration, is the emphasis on the imperative of investing in the demographic dividends through anti-corruption, education and sensitization campaigns, targeting young people as a means of bringing about behavioral change.
10. I thereby encourage young Africans, to use this Declaration as motivation to achieve greater resource investment in developing anti-corruption curricula and anti-graft campaigns in schools, businesses and the general public space.
11. African Youth must remain the front and centre of restoring traditional African values of probity, integrity, honesty, diligence and hard work. It is only when the youth drive this change, that corruption will be eliminated!
12. Your Excellencies, African Youth Representatives, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, as a build up to this youth congress, l was briefed by the African Union Commission on the African Governance Architecture (AGA)-organized Regional Youth Consultations, dedicated to the Anti-Corruption theme of the year.
13. I am pleased to learn that the youth regional consultative forums were informative and rewarding for the over 600 young people from across the continent who sharpened their strategies and skills to fight corruption.
14 Furthermore, Youth meetings serve as vital platforms for young people to engage. I would like to recognize some of our young leaders here present who have demonstrated the zeal and determination to build the “Africa We Want”:
15. First, I wish to recognize Mr. Moussa Kondo from Mali for his Accountability Lab in the Republic of Mali. He blazed the trail on how to build sustainable coalitions of “Accountapreneurs”.
16. Secondly, I recognize, Mr. Maxence Melo, from the United Republic of Tanzania, founder of Jamii Forums for strengthening the viability of whistleblowing policy tools.
17. I also enjoin us to celebrate our very own Nigerian – Damilola Olawale, founder of Code IT for using technology to give young people the tools to demand transparency in the management of public resources.
18. These young people have done impressive work in pushing the boundaries of innovation in the pursuit for greater accountability. And so today, we celebrate them and indeed we celebrate all of you – anti-corruption youngsters. You are the unsung heroes of our thematic year of the African Union, the high-impact achievers. You are the REAL AFRICAN CHAMPIONS!
19. This Congress is therefore a grand rallying point to catalyze policy and practical action against the vice of corruption. We must listen to the perspectives of the African Youth and engage in frank and honest conversations. Communication, upwards and sideways can only be ignored at a price.
20. I am most pleased to observe that this Abuja Congress will take adequate stock of policy and institutional mechanisms in the fight against corruption as well as the role of technology amongst others.
21. I am confident that you will give due support to the continental strategies to: stem illicit financial flows out of Africa; expedite stolen assets recovery and return; strengthen the capacity of national anti-corruption institutions; explore the link between corruption and conflicts; strengthen oversight by citizens on budget performance.
22. You should also strongly advocate the universal signing and ratification of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption by all Member States of the African Union.
23. At the end of your deliberations in this Congress, I am confident that you will come up with an Agenda for Action on Winning the Fight against Corruption that will serve as the rallying cry of the African Youth towards a corruption-free Africa. Strive for an Agenda for Action that will be results-oriented and serve as a roadmap for our continent.
24. Let me share with you what I believe are the A, B, C of fighting corruption:
“A” stands for ACTION. Let us all move from talk to action. I urge you to develop tangible projects in your community to instil transparency and accountability of the highest standard. I look forward to receiving your Creed of Transparency from this Congress with a view to forwarding the recommendations to the next Summit of the African Union in February next year.
“B” stands for BUILDING BRIDGES. The youth have a unique opportunity to spearhead the building of inter-generational and cross-sectoral bridges in our various communities. Often, fighting corruption requires partnerships with unlikely allies. Be open to exploring constructive partnerships with a wide base of actors. Again, I look forward to all of you joining the Transparency Champions Network that was created following the Regional Youth Consultations.
“C” stands for CULTURE. So, let us cultivate and equip ourselves with African culture, right attitude and mindset change that will enable us to stand firmly against corruption. By so doing, accountability and change will begin with you and me.
25. My Highly Esteemed Young brothers and sisters from all over Africa, I believe that as we wind up the African Union Anti-Corruption Year, the young people across the continent remain the cornerstone of shaping the future of the fight against corruption. While our symbolic year may be ending, our campaign must not end, for our common future is even brighter.
26. As Africa promotes regional integration and global prosperity, corruption remains a major stumbling block to the realization of the seven (7) aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
27. We must therefore fight it from all angles and avenues without ceasing. And only a united front led by the African Youth can change this present narrative to a great story of African transformation.
28. Finally, permit me to leave you with a quote from the late Nigerian anti-corruption crusader Gani Fawehinmi, who said:
“You do not justify your crime by a defence that there are other criminals”.
29. I therefore urge you all to challenge corruption in your different countries as we are doing in Nigeria and DO NOT COMPROMISE!!
I thank you for you attention.
God bless Africa!.

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