Amaechi And The Defenseless People

Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State has conquered ina lot of battles as they relate to politics and has been fighting nonstop toconquer in governance. Mind you that politics and governance are two differentthings, even though that they walk on, together.  And we all must join hand at this criticaltime of a second term and help Amaechi for our state not to fail.

While observers and stakeholders have extolled Amaechi forcertain accomplishments in governance, the social growth and demand of ourpeople intensify every day. This shows that there are still people who have notconquered their basic need of food, clothing and house etc residing in RiversState. These people were however cannot be said were distorted by thegovernment, but perhaps, by their fates. And they are today looking up to thegovernment for re-habilitation.

These people are not too far from us. They are one, two,three of the neighbours living on our streets. They have throat, but theirvoices cannot be heard, because they are not the fathers, mothers, sisters,brothers, nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts of the next neighbour to us livingin that expensive and expansive house and using that state-of-the-art cars andtravels to abroad at will, with the children attending school at any choiceschool around the world?

This is not an assumption. It is real. Some of them feedon the mound of that garbage. They are scorched by the sun and rained by therain and fell sick and are resuscitated by only their God and fate. Most ofthem have died and we made mockery of their corpses on our streets for weeks.And the environmental agents did eyes-right to empty the decomposing corpse,because there were no rich persons who stood for them to claim their corpses,and perchance, cough out money to the agency.

While we are defeating and have defeated in other basicneeds, we have not defeated how not to neglect and debase these inopportunepeople we live with, without much care to their wellbeing. You may see them asimpaired people or adjectively quantify them with any English words at ourdisposal or at our disapproval, they still remain vulnerable to the harshenvironment they didn’t create, neither did we create.

The Rivers State Government-led by Amaechi on itsinception of office on October 25, 2007, was seen arresting these people on ourroads and streets with their begging bags and demolishing their make-shift hutsand sending them to a rehabilitation camp somewhere in Rivers State for rehab.But it is either, like some government projects that have failed in the pastlike a pack of cards, the state’s Ministry of Health didn’t take the projectseriously hence these people have re-flooded our streets and roads with an embarrassingmettle to get money from the masses when one passes across their differentdens. Sometimes, the person you hugged on the crowding street is a mentallyderanged fellow.

In March this year, the media reported that a disabled beggarallegedly caused the disappearance of the reproductive organs of four men atRumuola, Port Harcourt. This is one out of the cases of social menace in thestreets. We are not talking about the high rate of kid beggars; some of themwear white skin. We must express concern over the increasing number of beggarsin Port Harcourt. Parents alone cannot check the trend, because it could bededuced that some of these people do not know who their parents are. There isan allegation that people pregnant women to beg for alms on the streets.

Some of the people who pose as agents to these peopleembarrass the masses with pictures of some eyesore people who needed help fromthe members of the public, because they could not afford the finance to augmenttheir frail health and their entire wellbeing. They walk into eatery centres,buses, in short everywhere, begging for assistance. Imagine you are eating andan irritating picture a protruding tumour-patient is posed before you? It isindeed, irritating, also.

Some of these impaired people who were fortunate (notenough) and their parents were able to take care of them still need our careand support. Have you not been hearing there voices on the radio and TVbeggarly telling the government the reason it should see to their plight? Butthe state government, without reservation, has been building schools andhospitals around the 23 LGAs of the state, but little are we sure it has reallybuilt the same to the vulnerable people around us or refurbish their existingones.

Just recently, the media reported that a new School ofNursing Complex was to be built in the Greater Port Harcourt City before theend of the tenure of the administration of Governor Amaechi. The StateCommissioner for Health gave this disclosure during an Interactive Forum withthe Management, Staff and the Students of Rivers State School of Nursing/PublicHealth Nursing, in Port Harcourt.

While the Commissioner was reportedly waiting for theinauguration of work at the new Nursing School site, Amaechi should re-directthe Ministry to revisit the project of evacuating the beggars and the mentallysub-mental people trotting everywhere and anyhow around us for rehab. Thoseamong them we hear their voices on the radios and TVs now and then should beattended to. The world and Rivers State should not only be meant for thehealthy people, an epitome that life should not be defined from the rose andcozy aspect.

Among the physically impaired brothers and sisters ofours, the project team of the state’s Health Ministry should also realize thatamong the impaired there must be the ones who would want to train as nurses anddoctors and also become commissioners by tomorrow; and we cannot afford alwaysseeing them dilapidating without a recourse to their plight. In earnest,Amaechi must set a team directed to evaluate the level of the menace thesepeople are facing in the state. Structures should be erected for them and ifthere are already existing ones, they also need renovation. With this, theworld would attest by tomorrow that the state branding and re-branding imagehad direct comportment on its masses without substantial possessions by onlythose perceived were fit. Moreover, countries in Europe and America we alwaysdraw equivalence from don’t ‘abandon’ their impaired ones to their fates. Theytreat them as beloved ones.

A stitch in time, they say, saves nine. We wish Amaechi the best.

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EFCC vs. Kalu: AReplay Of Igbo Fate After The Civil War?

After the ubiquitous Nigeria/Biafra civil war in 1970 andNdigbo were individually given N20 in exchange to any amount of money the Igboleft in the bank before the outbreak of the war, Ndigbo went crackers andspeeded and spread  to anywhere of thecountry and the world to make the ends meet. They were scorched by the sun andbeaten by the rain while looking for what to eat, with the freshly memories oftheir property and beloved ones still very fresh in their minds. This is to saythat if you want your friend or enemy to pass away gradually, you do what theNigerian government did to the economy of Ndigbo during the period in quote.But Ndigbo refused to take their last breath. They made up and looked for themoney with their bare hands. And they succeeded.

Since the media reported on Friday April 27, 2012, that theCourt of Appeal, Abuja Division, has granted that a suit against formergovernor of Abia state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu brought to it by the EFCC would beretried, the malevolence of this agency against Kalu has refused not to berefused a recurring decimal. Wednesday, July 25, 2007, after the EFCC obtainedan intervening penalty order against the various assets of Kalu, while he wasbeing prosecuted by the commission, The Sun Publishing Limited, was alsoaffected, if not for the ebullient spirit of its team at that time that stoodtheir gun. Nigerians of goodwill shouted and asked question about why the EFCCwas very callous to deal with Kalu in such an inhuman manner only known forgenerals in wars who would do anything to bring their opponent down, either bymagic or design.

One thing that left people mumbling as the EFCC was makingpeople to believe that Kalu was an awful man when he was governor, was howNigerians sympathy and reactions poignantly across the world flooded The Sun.In the same manner, Kalu got a share of the torrent of concern and prop up fromeven unanticipated lodgings. Some people thought that it was Kalu’s end as theEFCC was always in the news peddling and darkening the image of Kalu. He washowever quite because in Igbo, there is a saying thus: He who carried nothingbreaks nothing. He was not disturbed as the EFCC was making its counterfeitclaims of 107 count charge of money laundering against him. The agency toldNigerians that he stole (not alleged) N3b while in office when he was arraignedin 2007, but today is the same agency not saying he stole N5b? And maybe, ifthe case Nigerians had known that Kalu hadn’t was being dragged by the EFCC tomore years to come, the ‘stolen money’ by Kalu would hit N15b to N30b. Hence,the question, “EFCC: Out To ExterminateKalu?” crops up.

For The Sun to alleviate the fears of its friends andbusiness associates in 2007 the EFCC cacophonously lodged a manhunt against it,The Sun wrote that as an organization, it was not in any way against fightingcorruption. It considered itself as partners of all the anti-corruption and lawenforcement agencies, with evidence of its past editorial assistances, but itwas unswervingly against mixing anti-corruption crusade with perceived hiddenpolitical purposes on the one hand and frequent alternative to impunity on theother hand. What made The Sun’s outburstvery interesting was the fact that at the time (Thursday, July 26, 2007) of itsstatement to clear the air: Neither The Sun Publishing Limited nor any of thenumerous companies owned or associated with Kalu were put on notice before theorder was obtained nor were served with the court order, leaving the workers inThe Sun completely in the dark as to what their offences were beyond theirassociation with the marked Kalu.

The company was later notified by its bankers on a Mondaythat the company’s accounts at various banks have been sterile on the order ofEFCC. Every bank that The Sun operated was also blocked by the EFCC. They saidit was pursuant to this ‘court order’ widely acclaimed by Nigerians as tainted.The newspaper group was denied access to funds to finance its daily operations.In the same jaded manner the EFCC haunt The Sun, the agency had on TuesdayOctober 10, 2006, declared Kalu’s mother wanted. Then, you wonder why declareMadam Eunice, the mother of the indomitable ex-Abia State Governor wanted,whereas she was not holding any government position as at the time and after.Apart from Kalu’s motherly mother, 18 others who were officials of the thenAbia State Government, local government helmsmen, personal staff of thegovernor‘s mother, some security aides and two brothers of the governor were inthe ‘wanted’ list of the befuddled EFCC.

Hear this flimsy charge from the EFCC: “They were declaredwanted for conspiracy, stealing, money laundering, official corruption anddiversion of public funds.” While Kalu told newsmen on Tuesday that all thosedeclared wanted were ready to submit themselves to a fair trial, Nigeriansfrowned at the EFCC that it was only pursuing the bid to give the kiss of lifeto President Olusegun Obasanjo‘s third term agenda. When the EFCC, perhaps, gota tip of the iceberg that it was chasing shadow in the case, the agency swiftlymade a statement the same Tuesday through its Head, Media and Publicity, Mr.Osita Nwajah, saying that some of the security aides of the governor‘s mothershot at the commission‘s operatives, when the agency approached to arrest MadamEunice and others on Monday, which was based on THEIR court order. You knowwhat this means? Give a dog a bad name in order to hang her!

Further, to draw the masturbated psych of Nigerians who didnot see witch-hunting of the EFCC to mean fighting corruption, the EFCC addedthat Interpol and other law enforcement agencies around the world and all thediplomatic missions in Nigeria had been alerted to treat the suspects asfugitives from justice if they set foot in their respective countries. Butwhile the agency was saying that anyone who aids and abets the escape ofsuspects who had warrants for their arrest duly issued by a court of law wouldbe in serious contravention of the laws of Nigeria and would be accordinglydealt with under the law and warned the suspects to surrender themselves forquestioning, saying that “No one is above the law,” five years after, the EFCChave refused to act according to the following instructions by Kalu:

1.     Kalu said the allegations by theEFCC were merely meant to distract the attention of those opposed to the failedthird term bid of Obasanjo…

2.     Those who are doing this should knowthat they cannot live in glass houses and be throwing stones.

3.     There is massive fraud in thePresidency and nobody is talking about it.

4.     Why do you declare people wantedwhen you know where they are?

5.     This is all about resuscitating thefailed third term bid of the President.

6.     What I still insist on is thatObasanjo himself must be probed for serious cases bordering on corruption.

7.     There should be a probe of hisTemperance Farm account and other accounts.

8.     In 1998, before he was elected,those accounts had no money in them.

9.     Now, they are in billions.

10. How did the money get there?

11. How did he make all his money?

12. There are several companiesundertaking multi-million naira projects in his Bells University, yet no onehas said anything.

13. I have been in business before Ibecame governor and will still be in business after.

14. So, I can account for all the moneyI have in my accounts.

15. No one can cajole me to support athird term for anybody or do anything unconstitutional by making falseallegations against me or those who work with me or my family.

Notwithstanding, was it because of his outspokenness thatthe EFCC and its surrogates want to exterminate Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu out ofcirculation? This is evident that there is every conviction that there is astring up gang out there to destroy him ostensibly at all costs. But with God,his fate will never be like that of the eliminated Chief MKO Abiola, winner ofthe June 12, 1993, presidential elections, who was reportedly pummeled to thesoil by anti-democratic elements.

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The Surge Of Colossal Examination Collapse in Nigeria

The issue of examination failure in Nigeria has become a characteristic of great concern to parents, teachers, stakeholders in the education supervision, and even to the students. This calls for drastic harnessing to attain international position compared to what obtains in continents like the United States of America (USA) and Europe. The problems bedeviling education in Nigeria are either unattended to or haphazardly been looked into by the authorities. And there are factors concerned with the failure such as decaying infrastructure, lack of finance, insincerity on the part of the superintendents of education in the nation, amongst a crowd of other features.

Home:

The home is supposed to be the stronghold for the development of a child in term of Informal Education and Formal Education. But it is very appalling how the home has lost its role in molding the child for a better society. Many parents would say that they want to build leaders of the future, but it is however amazing how they cannot allow the children really involve in studying assiduously.

In many homes today, the child is supported with money to bribe his or her way in an examination hall to make good result. To this end, the child only hopes on passing the examination he or she never read and prepared for. This is the rot, mot, mouse eating into the fabrics of education in Nigeria culminating into moral and educational decadence. And unless these menaces at the homefront are headlong tackled, the nearness of putting the education system right in Nigeria will only be a tall dream.

Teachers:

The axiom that teachers salary is in heaven is no longer obtainable in the contemporary times. Teachers in the present-days are hardly conscious of their calling. Many of them even aid the students to malpractice in examination for lucre. As a result, the teachers lack the confidence in the teaching profession. They are not aspiring to see the student walk his or her talk.

Therefore, the Nigerian authorities must put every strategy in place to curb this hydra-headed monster of malpractice-relationship between the students and teachers. Nigerians have always said that teachers engage in the ugly trade of collecting money from students to pass examination due to poor salary. This issue of poor salary is not the problem, but the teachers. They are no longer concerned with covering the education syllables yearly as prescribed by the Ministry of Education, even though that in international standard, the education curriculum in Nigeria is overloaded and the ‘chalk and talk’ system in many of the schools is outdated.

Conversely, computer and its studies should be a national curriculum since the modern-day students are hardly appealed to reading books; they are glued to watching television and browsing the phone or laptop. So, it will make a tremendous success in enhancing education in Nigeria if the studies go digital than analogue and the curriculum made less tedious.

Education in Nigeria can never make the sun of the day again if the teachers continue to follow the successive governments that didn’t see education as a necessary priority, which has given rise to the appearances of private school racing to fill the vacuum, but to no avail.

The students can make a difference and be impressed with college’s scholarship scheme. The teachers must represent the government in the school and make teaching their compulsory priority. They must set a goal of genuine success for the students and allow constructive criticism from different quarters and not embark on strike when admonished by those whose job is to do so.  Teachers must translate the ideas in the school curriculum into their visions and into training the students. There must be a good teacher-student relationship where discipline will be strong but soft. This increases the students’ confidence for their teachers training and the teachers to be aware of the students feeling.

Defining Education:

Except the authorities and the citizens are able to see education beyond book learning, the tide of education failure in Nigeria will continue to be prevalent. Thus, all hand must be on deck to inculcate innocence of childhood for moral and principled values in the society. For example, respect for elders, community and selves must be paramount. When a child respects self there will be respect for elders, home and the enlarged society.

Nigerians as a result should comprehend that education is not based on the provision of solid infrastructure in schools, but on a conducive-effective-teaching and learning where people will apply their education to their lives and not in seclusion degenerating into extensive and expansive creative people challenging and exposed to their potentials and international opportunities.

Myth and Reality:

Brainstorming over the ways of stemming the deluge of failure in education in Nigeria, it is a fact that many Nigerians believe so much in the unconventional ways of scaling through, like praying and fasting for education success. Instead of reading, many people resort to divine steps to reengineering their scholastic fortunes. The negative sideview of this unconformity approach is that students especially engage in the praying and fasting exercise in making sure that their teachers do not distract them when malpracticing in the examination hall.

Books:

The belief that those spearheading education in Nigeria are inept and insincere and hardly provide the needed books to read perhaps implored the 20.04 per cent of 310,077 candidates, who sat for the Nov/Dec 2010 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to obtain five credits in English Language, Mathematics and three other subjects, while over 70 percent therefore were not qualified to apply for admission into Nigerian universities and polytechnics. This spate has not abated to this day. Those in the university are also not spared in this anomaly as lecturers hardly embark on research but photocopy works of others and sell same to the students christened handouts.

In Conclusion:  Reading Culture:

It was the lack of reading culture and the book to read that has informed President Goodluck Jonathan’s desire to engage, communicate and learn from Nigerians through his pet project, “Bring Back The Book” that was officially launched before the April 2011 elections. For Mr. President, bringing back the books, and indeed, bringing back Nigerian books, is  what Nigerians  desperately need  to make their education today count and to have a firm grip on  their future. Nigeria’s dying publishing industry must also be encouraged for a steady rise of young and talented writers.

Nigerians must know that they have attained a period when illiteracy wouldn’t be for all, but educational “opportunities” should be. Nigerians must eschew the promotion of materialism over the promotion of education. Book culture must be put in place “properly” in the minds of all, for a new Nigeria that is in dearth of education woes to be certain. The ministry of education in Nigeria should particularly be literacy friendly.

There should be national funding for the education to enable the impoverished people to concentrate in their studies instead of combining schooling with trading.  There must be government-run grants-awarding body to support education and the production of books.

Education opportunity should meet with responsibility where the Ministry of Education should ensure the success of national reading contests from local government, progress to state competition, and then to regional and the national, to motivate and encourage schools, local government, state, region and the national education system.

The spate of crisis in different parts of the country is also of great concern to many Nigerians in achieving education.  The stability of a people gaining education in a “destabilized” environment is in doubt.

The actual government departments dedicated to ensuring that there is stemmed failure in education in Nigeria should wake-up because Nigeria since 50 years has remained one of the countries dealing with poor education system in the world in spite of all these institutions that we have always had.

Amaechi, Nigerian Idol And Other Talented People

The affirmation by Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State that Mercy Chinwo, the conqueror of the Nigerian Idol season 2, should anticipate the state government’s support towards her education and music career, is a hope given in good faith that must be lauded.

In his eulogies, Amaechi said that Chinwo is a good ambassador of the state, when she paid him a polite visit at the government house in Port Harcourt recently. His advice that she should not find any middle-ground on her education or have a swollen-head because of her win, is rational.  And Chinwo’s expression of gratitude to the government and people of Rivers State for being their sister’s keeper during the competition, is praiseworthy.

Now that we have seen that Chinwo emerged the winner of the Nigerian Idol 2012, it should remind us of the many people in the state who also have talents that have not been harnessed, not because they don’t want,but because they are financially incapacitated to do so, and there are dearthof platforms where their talents could be explored. Feedback mechanism from any government when a citizen wins in a renowned competition is good, but would have been better if the citizens can earnestly boast of government’s owned competitions where they have to go and showcase their talents and hence havesupport from the government to further their career whether they won or not, after all, not every winner in a competition would be a success by tomorrow, and winners are always not the best.

Such initiative, if instituted by the government, would re-structure the mindset of the people, and they wouldn’t develop High BloodPressure (HBP), while thinking the way forward to their talents and how tobring them to limelight, and make them go beyond the despair of not knowing what to do, they will have a clear report of where they are and a business plan concerning where they are going. Mercy Chinwo’s explanation that her success demonstrates that Rivers youths are blessed with enormous talents andprospective, should spur the government to begin now to harvest these talents; even though that the government has been doing its best to train people ineducation abroad, we still need moral talents to be developed, just as are doneto technical education.

The government should always do its part to better thelots of the citizens and shun any iota of promise and fail, just as Chinwo has calledon youths to shun violence and pursue their goals. It is erroneous for anyone to support people with talents selflessly. This will provide a training ground and a ground for residence. Money should bereleased for the rehabilitation and renovation of the talented people and thecultures. People should be trained for leadership skills and talentsacquisition. Let funds be deployed and assistance rendered to establish them to own their individual businesses.

Despite the dazzling performance by Governor Amaechi in many sectors of the economy, the deplorable condition of most talented people have caused untold hardship to even the non-indigenes in the state with talents thatwould also have been good ambassadors of Rivers State if supported. The Nigerian Government supported Amnesty, why can’t talents be supported?

We wish Amaechi the best.