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Tony Anenih, new PDP BoT Chairman

Tony Anenih, new PDP BoT Chairman

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has elected former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih, to chair its Board of Trustees (BoT), a position which he occupied until 2007.

Chief Anenih, 73, was elected after a meeting of the board, which began at about 8.45pm, Monday night and ended at about 12.45am Tuesday morning.

His emergence was by consensus following a long drawn meeting of all the members of the board presided by President Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential villa.

Briefing the state house correspondents after his election, Chief Anenih said that he had been chairman of the BoT for two years before and has all it takes to move the party to greater heights.

He added that he is not in doubt of his ability to make meaningful contribution to the growth of the party.

“I was elected today by consensus as the chairman of the BoT. I know I can make meaningful contributions to the progress of the party. As you know, the BOT is the conscience of the party. It’s a body of men and women who have seen it all and I am happy to be the chairman of that board.”

According to the PDP the BoT had approved Professor Jerry Gana’s report on stream lining of the membership of the board as well as carry out necessary amendments based on the provisions of the BoT laws.

The amendments were in the areas of tenure of office for BoT members, and selection by consensus of the new chairman.

The election to head the party’s BoT is coming few months after President Jonathan appointed the former Minister of Works as the Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority.


goldie GOLDIE laid to rest
Late singer, Goldie will be buried Monday morning at Vaults & Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Goldie died on Thursday, February 14, 2013 shortly after arriving from the US where she attended the Grammy Awards. Her death two weeks ago has spurned many controversies.


Sir Emeka Offor (AKS member) and Felix Obadan (Governor-District 9125)

Sir Emeka Offor (AKS member) and Felix Obadan (Governor-District 9125)

Philanthropist and Vice-Chairman of Chrome Group, Sir Emeka Offor, has assumed the status of Africa’s single largest donor to the Rotary International with an endowment of $1.31 million into four different causes of the charity organisation.

The endowment, which has also elevated Offor into the prestigious status of the Arch C. Klumph Society (AKS) reserved for highest donors to the Rotary cause, will be invested in further pursuit of global peace at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, eradication of polio and guinea worm across the globe and Nigeria in particular, maternal and child mortality rate as well as women empowerment programmes.

Offor, who was honoured at a ceremony during the weekend in Sheraton Hotels Abuja by Rotary International District 9125, Nigeria, became the fourth Nigerian to be inducted into Rotary’s AKS, other Nigerians are former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Mike Omotosho and Kenneth Gbagi; they have variously and singly contributed more than $250,000 to the Rotary cause.

Governor of District 9125, Felix Obadan, in his remarks explained that Offor’s contribution to Rotary International has come as the biggest from an African so far, adding that Rotary will in October further honour him with the first ever Nigerian Day at its Evanston Illinois headquarters in the United States.

Obadan noted that Offor had consistently identified with humanitarian causes, adding that Rotary International was pleased to have him within its midst.

“Working on the principle that the very poor and needy can become active and productive members of the society if properly equipped, Mr. Emeka Offor had established a charitable foundation-The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) two years ago and is committed to human and material capacity development, skill acquisition and transfer at the grassroots level leading to the establishment of small and medium enterprises and cooperative societies for the less privileged.

His contribution will afford scholars at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok to continue to learn issues on peace and conflict resolution, it will afford the organisation the opportunity to play its part in the eradication of polio and guinea worm as well as infant and maternal mortality; his name will be in the annals of history as one of those that eradicated these menaces,” Obadan said in his citation of Offor.

Also in his commendation letter to Offor as read by past Rotary International President, Jon Majiyagbe, the Chairman of Rotary International Foundation, Wilfrid Wilkinson said: “Your exceedingly generous gifts will help to bring about peace throughout the world, will provide opportunities for children to be educated and will help bring about healthier mothers and children.

Sir Emeka Offor exchanging pleasantries with past rotary int'l president Jon Majiyagbe and wife

Sir Emeka Offor exchanging pleasantries with past rotary int’l president Jon Majiyagbe and wife

When Nigeria is removed from the list of polio endemic countries, you will have the joy of knowing that you assisted in attaining that special milestone. Thank you for all your gifts.”
Offor in his acceptance remarks stated that he will continue on the path of humanitarian gesture, adding that he had followed the activities of Rotary International with keen interest; he equally donated about N93 million to District 9125 with contributions from his associates.

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No life was lost in the inferno, but materials worth millions of naira.

goldie RIP
Medical sources at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital have revealed that Big Brother Africa singing sensation Oluwabimpe Susan Harvey aka “Goldie” died of Intracranial hemorrhage as a result of hypertension.

Several of the sources told Saharareporters exclusively that Mrs. Harvey had bleeding in her brain which could be attributed to hypertension.

The confirmation put to rest earlier speculation by her managers and fans that she died of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) as a result of her long journey from the Grammy’s Award in the US.

One of our sources said that they could not immediately determine if drugs consumption triggered the excessive amount of bleeding that killed her as it was rare for someone her age to die of stroke.

The medical source stated that a toxicology test would be required to find out if her death was caused by drugs, a process that would likely take months as conclusive tests could only be conducted outside Nigeria.

The pop singer died on Valentine day shortly after returning from the US.

The cause of death has been a source of speculation and resentment as her fans, and friends objected to suggestions that she might have died due to drug addiction.

Source: SaharaReporters

Portrait pic of sir offor
Billionaire businessman and Chairman of Chrome Group- a multi-billion dollar oil and gas conglomerate based in Abuja, Sir Emeka Offor on Tuesday donated the sum of $500, 000 USD to the victorious Super Eagles who just came back from South Africa after winning the nations most coveted football trophy. President Jonathan while welcoming the team to a grand reception in Abuja on Tuesday announced the donation. In addition to that, all the players, courtsey of the federal government were given the sum of N5 million each,a plot of land in Abuja each and a national honour of Member of Niger (MON).Joseph Yobo was given Order of Niger (OON). Keshi was given N10 million and a national honor Commander of the order of Niger (CON) and a plot of land in Abuja.

wizkid ayo
EME superstar, Wizkid is set to release his new ‘Azonto’ video on the 15th of February 2013, same day “his boss” Banky W is having his Valentine Concert in Lagos; but that is not the main gist. The gist here is that pictures from the video which was shot in London reveals none of the EME boys featured in the music video, including Banky W. This further fuels speculations of his exit from the highly successful label, although it is yet to be made official.

There are also indications from Wizzy’s camp that he is set to float his own record label ‘Starboy’ which will see him Wizkid.jpgsign a new artiste soon. Hmmmmmmm……………

Members of Parliament tonight overwhelming endorsed historic legislation that will give gay couples the equal right to marry.
Almost half a century after homosexuality was legalised in Britain the House of Commons voted by a majority of 400 to 175 to redefine marriage and make it available to all.
But the Tory rebellion was larger than expected with initial indications suggesting that more Conservative MPs voted against equal marriage than in favour. There were 75 abstentions.
Nick Clegg hailed the vote as a “landmark for equality in Britain” which showed “no matter who you are and who you love, we are all equal” while Ed Miliband said it was “an important step forward in the fight for equality in Britain”.
But seven hours of intense and often heartfelt debate revealed deep divisions on both sides of the House over the proposals.
Dozens of Conservatives, including a cabinet minister, defied the appeals of David Cameron to vote against changing the law claiming it would impinge upon religious freedoms.
A number of Labour and Liberal Democrats also chose to vote against the Bill that now faces a bruising passage through committee and the House of Lords before almost certainly becoming law later this year.
To the dismay of gay marriage supporters neither David Cameron nor the string of senior Conservative ministers who have recently come out to back the change sat in the Commons as the Culture Secretary Maria Miller outlined the Government’s plans.
In recent days Mr Cameron has also declined to reiterate his public support for the Bill with Downing Street insisting it was a genuinely free vote.
However an hour before the vote he recorded a last minute television interview saying the move would make society stronger.
“Marriage helps people commit to each other and I think it is right that gay people should be able to get married too,“ he said.
”This is, yes, about equality. But it is also about making our society stronger”
Ms Miller said the bill would allow society to recognise in law that gay couples had the same “depth of feeling, love and commitment” as heterosexual couples.
“I don’t think it’s the role of Government to tell people what to believe,” she said.
“But I do think that Parliament and the state have a responsibility to treat people fairly.”
Unusually she was forcefully backed up by her Labour opposite number Yvette Cooper. While the Labour frontbench strongly support the move a number of their MPs voted against the motion.
“We should not hide discrimination by calling it definition instead,” she said.
“Marriage has changed many times over the centuries…and it should change again.
“Society hasn’t collapsed. If marriage is to stay relevant, to stay important and to remain a crucial part of our family and social relationships, then it also has to remain in tune with the values of every generation
“And that means it should keep up with rightly changing attitudes towards homosexuality too.”
A significant number of gay MPs made passionate and moving speeches urging their colleagues to support the legislation.
The Conservative MP Mike Freer, who was elected to Margaret Thatcher’s old seat of Finchley in 2010 told MPs: “I sit alongside you in committees, in the bars and in the tea rooms.
“I queue alongside you in the division lobbies but when it comes to marriage why are you asking me to stand apart and join a separate queue?
“If I am equal in this House give me every opportunity to be equal. Today we have a chance to set that right.”
The Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert described the difficulties of growing up as a gay man in Cornwall.
“I am a gay man who grew up in a rural part of our country from a working class background. It was an environment which made it hugely difficult to be open, honest and upfront with my family, friends and fellow workmates.
“That was unacceptable 20 years ago it is unacceptable today. But for many hundreds of thousands of people it remains the case. I think this legislation will send a signal that this house values everybody equally. That signal will deeply affect people like me.”
Other heterosexual MPs also made powerful interventions in favour of the move.
The former Labour minister David Lammy dismissed suggestion that it somehow undermined Christianity.
“The Jesus I know was an illegitimate refugee born with a death sentence on his head,” he said.
“He would stand up for minorities”.
But others expressed strident opposition to the proposal arguing it was a slippery slope that would lead to churches being forced to marry same sex couples. They also pointed out that the measure did not attract widespread national support and had not been any of the party’s manifestos.
“The product of this bill will end up before the courts will end up before the European Court of Human Rights and people of faith will find that faith being trampled on,” said the Conservative MP Roger Gale.
“That to us is intolerable. It is not possible to redefine marriage. Marriage is the union between and man and a woman. It is Alice in Wonderland territory, Orwellian almost for any Government to seek to come along and rewrite the lexicon.”
The Gerald Howarth said: “I believe marriage can only be between a man and a woman and I shall not surrender my principles.I believe this bill is wrong.”
The Labour MP Robert Flello became the first member of his party to pledge to vote against the Bill tonight.
He said: “I’m deeply concerned about the divisions and upset this issue has caused on both sides of the argument. Some of that is because the debate has been characterised as bigoted religion on one hand versus equality on the other.
“Neither of those are true. True Christians are not bigoted and this is actually not a matter of equality, no matter how often it is referred to as equal marriage.
”Civil partnerships are equal to marriage – they might not have the same name but they are equal.
He added the Bill would create two forms of marriage – traditional marriage and same sex marriage – which were still not “equal” with the plans trying to “engineer cultural equivalence”.
55 MPs defied a three line whip to vote against a motion ensuring that the bill can pass smoothly through Parliament without being “talked out”.

Source: TheIndependent

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Following the recent controversy generated over alleged lopsided postings in the Nigerian Army, members of the Northern Senators Forum met over the weekend to discuss a perceived marginalization of the North in the army.

Sources in Abuja confirmed that leaders of the forum circulated a paper, which contained a table of alleged postings in the military in recent times. The document also showed how the Igbo tribe has been favoured in recent postings, in clear breach of the federal character principle as they were made to occupy choice postings and commanding positions.

It was gathered that the forum resolved to officially protest the lop-sidedness and ethnic imbalance in the postings.

“We have resolved to launch protests against this imbalance and ensure that the right thing is done,” a source said, adding that in a federation, every arm of government and agency must be ready to play by the rules.

However, a group, Information for Democracy and Development (IDD) has come to the defense of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, calling the allegations “needless distractions aimed at dragging the military into politics”.

In the group’s opinion, the allegations were the handiwork of some disgruntled elements who are uncomfortable with the re-engineering work being done by Gen. Ihejirika within the army, and they are hoping to mislead the public about the true picture of things within the army.

They may, as well, be people who have twisted the fact to mislead members of the public and distract government in the fight against terrorism.

Allegations of nepotism against Ihejirika, coming at this time, are, indeed, diabolic and a calculated attempt to distract the army leadership from its laudable counter-terrorism campaigns, which have already started bearing fruits.

“Apart from the principles of quota and federal character, we believe that the army, being a professional body, must insist on certain minimum qualification,” the National Coordinator of the group, Mr Joshua Yahaya said.

Also, another publication on 247U, a news site, wrote in defence of Ihejirika against the allegations of favouritism in the army postings. It wrote thus:

“It has come to our notice that there is a campaign by some unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements, whose intentions appear to be bent on destabilising the Nigerian military and nation at large.

“This campaign is being propagated in the form of a spurious article being circulated, alleging that the Ihejirika is on some sinister and clandestine operations to Igbonise the Nigerian Army.

“The COAS has been accused of selectively promoting only Igbos at the expense of others. Well, nothing can be further from the truth, and this will be demonstrated in a very clear and dispassionate analysis in rebuttal to the openly biased and ethnically tinged attempt by some disgruntled elements.

“What this hatchet job of an article has done is to selectively focus on the promotion of four officers, and then proceed to make bold claims that these promotions were ethnically motivated because the said officers were of Igbo origin, and then conjure up a justification of why their promotions were ethnically motivated by employing a lot of hyperbole and incredulous reach in drawing conclusions from far-fetched inferences.

“The elements behind this very dishonest article have done this while ignoring the holistic picture of all promotions within the different cadres of the army.

“They focused on the promotions of Brigadiers Ugwu of the Ordinance Corps, Nwaogbo of the Armored Corps, Agha Okoro of the Supply and Transport Corps and Chioba of the Corp of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers only. How can this be a complete picture when 43 Brigadiers were promoted as Major Generals in 2011 and 22 promoted in 2012?”

Source: TheHerald

The controlled bomb explosion which occurred Monday morning at the NIPOST office at Garki Area 10 Abuja is said to be as a result of the detonation of a parcel bomb addressed to Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.

The package which was addressed to the finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, and was intercepted after postal workers discovered there was something fishy about the package was detonated by the Nigerian Police Force Anti-bomb squad under controlled circumstances. No life was lost in the explosion.

The Finance Minister has come under intense pressure to resign over her “uncompromising” attitude in the fuel subsidy payments to oil marketers. Ngozi’s mother was kidnapped late last year but was later released after an undisclosed ransom believed to be in millions was paid.
kidnapped kamene okonjo with daughter, ngozi okonjo-iweala