Archive for July, 2013

 sir emeka offor in fight against polio (2)sir emeka offor with other rotarians in the  End Polio campaign
 Emeka Offor is a man who rarely talks; rather he prefers his philanthropy and hard work to speak for him.  This son of a Policeman who was born in Kafanchan braved the odds to become the successful businessman that he is today. He has dealt poverty a great blow and has tried his best to ensure that the pangs of poverty does not hinder the dream of the average Nigerian child today. Recently he gave a whooping 1 million dollars in addition to the initial 250 thousand dollars he donated to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus programme, for the eradication of polio in Nigeria. Unfortunately, Nigeria is the only country in Africa where the incidence of Polio is still being recorded. Would it not be good news for us as Nigerians if zero cases of Polio is recorded by the end of 2014 in Nigeria, as is being projected, courtesy of our own Sir Emeka Offor? Why would Bonny Okonkwo and a group of persons under the “Mbala Obodo” forum castigate and vilify him for this kind gesture to humanity? Wait a minute!, is it not Sir Emeka’s $1 million we are talking about here? Does he need to get approval  from “Mbala Obodo” on how to spend it? What have they as a group or as individuals contributed towards bettering the lives of Oraifite indigenes? Has anybody bothered to ask yet?
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The speakers in the acclaimed “Mbala Mbodo”  forum alleged that there is no clean drinking water, electricity, or hospitals in Oraifite, but I must say here that this  claim is totally fallacious. Sir Emeka Offor has a charitable foundation, The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF- http://www.sireofforfoundation.org) that has touched the lives of Oraifite indigenes and indeed the whole Nigeria at large.
SEOF pipe borne water SEOF health scheme
His numerous philanthropic  gestures have gone unnoticed because he is not a trumpeter. He signed a 7million-dollar contract with Books for Africa (BFA) for the delivery of 32, 40 ft HQ containers of primary, secondary and University texts from November 1 2011- November 1 2014. It is expected that 640,00 books , assorted computers and school supplies would be shipped under this agreement. Sir Emeka Offor has lived up to this promise as he ensures that these books are distributed annually to all these institutions of learning. I was present at last year’s book sharing exercise; it was possible for one to confuse the venue for a motor park as hundreds of buses from various institutions across the federation were parked waiting to receive their share of books. The high point of the occasion was the donation of a brand new 2012 Toyota Corolla car valued at 4.2 million naira and an automatic employment to Miss Ebere Anaegbuonu a beneficiary of his scholarship scheme, in fulfillment of the vow he made to provide a brand new car and automatic employment in his chain of companies to any beneficiary of his scholarship scheme who graduates with a first class from any discipline. Presently over 120 students are enjoying Sir Emeka Offor’s scholarship at various educational levels.
SEOF education scholarship schemeBFA SEOF BOOKS DISTRIBUTION
 In December 2012, his foundation sponsored a delegation of  about 20 widows from Oraifite on a  three week study visit to the Talent Research Foundation in India. This group of women learnt a lot about practices and activities that enhanced the economic, social and political lives of the rural Indian populace. Areas of interest included skill acquisition centers, small holder farms, orphanages, rehabilitation centres and designated rural health centers. The SEOF Widows Cooperative which as of date caters for over 2000 widows doles out on a yearly basis, bags of rice and other food items to these women.
He also gave out 7 million naira through his charitable foundation to one Miss Stella Eze from Nsukka, Enugu State for her kidney transplant. She is presently in India for the surgery.
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It is on record that Sir Emeka Offor’s company, Kaztec Engineering Limited rescued  2 of the survivors of the Calabar boat mishap that happened earlier this year. He also took it upon himself to visit them at the Bakor Medical Centre, Calabar where they were hospitalized, with food items as well as cash donations. He even went as far as offering them employment.
Just a few months ago, Sir Emeka through his foundation donated $4,000 USD to save Baby Kehinde’s life. Kehinde Olaniyi was born two months ago in a very bad shape, with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) at the Garki General Hospital, as against his twin Taiye who is in perfect condition. Kehinde also suffers undescended testicles, inguinal and lumbar hernia, plus Scoliosis; a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. The donation was to assist in a corrective surgery abroad.
sir emeka offor with one of the survivirs of the boat mishapSEOF donates to save Kehinde's life
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in her efforts to help eradicate some ravaging diseases in Nigeria recently donated $250,000 to the Carter Center, in support of her River Blindness Control Programme in the South East states of Nigeria. It will also be recalled that the SEOF has donated so far the sum of €250,000 to endow a professorship of glaucoma in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Mainz, Germany. This is to assist research on the early detection and treatment of glaucoma.
In all fairness, how does these charitable gestures culminate in terrorizing the people of Oraifite?
river blindness carter center
Sir Emeka Offor understands that Charity begins at home, so when he decided to build a radio station in Nigeria, he did not consider Abuja or Lagos or Port-Harcourt, he decided to bring it back home to provide entertainment, information and above all employment to his dear people of Oraifite. Blaze 91.5FM organizes and hosts the Blaze Blast Concert on the 30th and 31st December of every year, a platform which brings together youths from the south-east and affords them the privilege of celebrating  Xmas with the best of the best in the Nigeria Entertainment Industry. And guess what..IT IS FREE! For example, 2face Idibia, Psquare, Ill Bliss, Phyno, Basketmouth, Gbenga Adeyinka, Wande Coal, Flavour, Chidinma, Bracket and over 30 other artistes all graced last year’s Blaze Blast Concert. This year’s concert promises to be even better than the last as  Kcee of the Limpopo fame, Lynxx, Olamide, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Akpororo, Okey Bakassi are some of the names that are being  lined up for the concert. Where else in Nigeria will you get to watch an assemblage of artistes of this magnitude for free?  You may consider spending Xmas this  season in Oraifite to have a feel of what i am talking about.
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Many do not know this, but Sir Emeka does not joke with his relationship with God, little wonder he was instrumental to the erection of the All Saints Anglican Church, Oraifte; a magnificent edifice to behold!
Emeka Offor has brought a lot of development to the Oraifite community so much that once you mention you are from Oraifite the next question you are being asked is “Are you related to Emeka Offor?”. “Sir E” as he is fondly called was instrumental to the construction of the the first access road from Oraifite to Nnewi- the now “Emeka Offor road”. Besides being the brain behind the constant power supply and the eradication of kidnapping in Oraifite, he also plays a substantial role in the sponsorship of the New yam festivities “Afiolu” in Oraifite which has become very popular over the years beyond the shores of Anambra State.
 Sir Emeka Offor has done a lot in the development and transformation of his beloved hometown Oraifite and should not be paid back with defamatory comments.
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 For all those who have nothing to offer to Oraifite and instead of supporting those who are, have resorted to peddling negative stories about “Sir E” in order to deter him from his charitable works, PLEASE STOP! The least you can do is to encourage him to do more.
But be that as it may, the decision by some group of people to take out their time to disparage the character of this God sent man cannot be condoned, for as the saying goes… “It is within the rights of every man, wealthy or not, to protect and preserve his reputation. This is because a man is no better than his name, perception being cognitive reality. To this end and in the protection of every man’s interest in his good reputation, the human society developed the law of defamation of character.”

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The #GEJAmaechiSeries- the most talked about ‘soap opera’ in Nigeria at the moment, has just entered its ‘Season 2’  as  protesters opposed to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State stormed the Port Harcourt International Airport as early as 7 am Tuesday morning  to mock the arrival of opposition governors that came to visit him. The governors of  Jigawa, Kano, Niger and Adamawa that came to pay Amaechi a solidarity visit could not leave the Port Harcourt International airport this morning as protesters rented by forces loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience bombarded the airport.

Amaechi,  who arrived on a different flight from Abuja around 9:00 AM had to wait in the VIP lounge of the airport until the other four governors arrived as he could not leave, worried that his convoy would come under attack from the protesters.

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Aides to the governor said they are worried that a bloody confrontation could arise should the governors leave the airport as several of the protesters appear armed with police men supposedly from the Jonathan camp on ground to offer them protection.

It is believed by several opposition camps, that Mr. Jonathan wants to foment a violent confrontation between supporters of the governor, and those opposed to him so as to  give room to declare a state of emergency in the state,

Last week, the #GEJAmaechiSeries featured the foiled impeachment of the Rivers House of Assembly speaker, Hon Amachree by five lawmakers led by an Evans Bipi, who is a close relative of Mr. Jonathan’s wife. This led to to a huge fight in the house that left several of the lawmakers seriously injured.

According to News Express, President Goodluck Jonathan is set to replace Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, his current Chief of Staff with AIT boss, Chief Aleogho Dokpesi. This is how they are repoorting it….

Raymond Dokpesi of AIT

Media guru High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi has been lined up to replace Chief Mike Oghiadomhe as Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan in a cabinet shake-up expected to be effected soon.

A competent source told News Express that this was the reason why Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, operators of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM, promptly dismissed Executive Director Imoni Mac Amarere and popular presenter Gbenga Aruleba of FOCUS NIGERIA fame for featuring an interview with Lagos-based journalist and activist Richard Akinnola, on last Friday’s discharge and acquittal of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late Nigerian military ruler, General Sani Abacha, in connection with the June 4, 1996 murder of heroine of democracy, Kudirat Abiola.

Mr. Akinnola had during the interview on Saturday strongly condemned the appeal court verdict, calling it “a miscarriage of justice” and a political judgment to pacify the North ahead of 2015 general elections in which President Jonathan is expected to run.

The source told News Express: “Dokpesi decided to sacrifice Mac and Gbenga because he has been lined up to replace Oghiadomhe as the new Chief of Staff and he does not want anything that would jeopardise his chances. It is however wrong for him to do this because these are men who have given all their life to AIT. What does he want them to do now?”

Dokpesi, 61, and Oghiadomhe, 55, are from Edo State in South-South Nigeria and both are chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has ruled Nigeria since the return of democracy in May 1999.

Mike Oghiadomhe, Current Chief of Staff to President Jonathan

           Mike Oghiadomhe, Current Chief of Staff to President Jonathan

 

Oghiadomhe has worked with Jonathan since June 2007 – first as Deputy Chief of Staff to the then Vice President, a post he held till August 2008 when the post was scrapped. He was immediately re-appointed Principal Secretary to the Vice President, a post he held till May 17, 2010 when he was made Chief of Staff.

News Express learnt that Jonathan has since been fed up with Oghiadomhe but has been forced to retain him this long by his political godfather, Chief Anthony Anenih, the PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, who happens to be one of those Jonathan is counting on to help him win a second term in 2015. It is not clear if Anenih has finally agreed for Oghiadomhe to be dropped or if Jonathan has finally mustered the courage to do as he wishes and damn the consequences.

mikeoghiadomhe with jonathan and sambo

 

Source: NewsExpress

Chief Victor Umeh restored as APGA Chairman by the Appeal Court

Chief Victor Umeh restored as APGA Chairman by the Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu, on Monday nullified a High Court judgement which had sacked Victor Umeh as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The ruling which was delivered a few minutes after 10 a.m Monday morning, re-affirms Chief Umeh’s Chairmanship of the party. This judgment has finally put to rest the protracted power tussle between Victor Umeh and Gov. Peter Obi.

Chief Victor Umeh and the Peter Obi faction of the APGA had been engaged in a long drawn out battle for the chairmanship of the party. It led to the sacking of Chief Victor Umeh from the party – following a midnight convention held by the Peter Obi faction of the party – where Maxi Okwu was supposedly elected the new chairman. A state high court in Anambra later rectified the chairmanship of Maxi Okwu.

Governor Obi has stated he would retire from politics when his tenure ends in 2014. We await to see what becomes of the party as the battle for Obi’s successor draws nearer.

AIT Chairman and known supporter of IBB, High Chief Dr Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi is said to have sacked two senior editorial staff, Gbenga Aruleba and Imoni Amarere over the interview of Mr.Richard Akinnola,frontline social critic and human rights activist with Aruleba on AIT two days ago on the acquittal of Major Hamza Al Mustapha where Mr.Akinnola strongly condemned the ‘miscarriage of justice’ of the judgment as a political judgment to pacify the North ahead of 2015 general elections. According to sources, Chief Dokpesi threw caution to the wind as he stormed the studio even when the bulletin was still on and stopped the bulletin after which he lambasted Aruleba over this controversial interview which he said was in bad taste.Sadly,Dokpesi followed this up yesterday evening by sacking Aruleba and Amarere, both are well-trained,talented and experienced broadcasters, went ahead and announced their sack in the 8pm news bulletin of last night.

This is really strange considering what these journalists have been through over the last few years where in several occasions they received death threats from politicians who are left aggrieved over the way they deal with issues without fear or favor. It is only a matter of time before we know whose political toes Gbenga and Imoni have stepped on. Is Dr Dokpesi trying hard to “plaster” some bruised ego…….?

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has discharged and acquitted Hamza Al-Mustapha from the murder of Kudirat Abiola.

The judgment overturns that of the Lagos High Court which sentenced him to death by hanging.

Al-Mustapha was the Chief Security Officer of General Sani Abacha, military head of state from November 1993 to June 1998. After Abacha’s death, he was arrested and tried for murder and attempted murder.

On 30 January 2012, a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere convicted him over the murder of Kudirat Abiola, the wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

He was sentenced on January 30 to death by hanging.

Al-Mustapha was trained as an intelligence operative in the Nigerian Army. He was involved in at least two investigations of coup attempts. His reported conduct of interrogations brought him to the attention of Abacha, who subsequently appointed him his Aide-de-Camp when he was Chief of Army (August 1985 – August 1990).

Al-Mustapha was appointed Chief Security Officer to the Head of State with a Special Strike Force Unit during Abacha’s military regime (17 November 1993 – 8 June 1998).

He reportedly wielded immense influence as most people saw him as the closest advisor of Abacha.

Reacting to the judgement, a throng of Al-Mustapha’s supporters at the court yelled at the judge: “Allahu Akbar, you will live long!”

Source: Telegraph

tunde ednut accident

Nigerian musician of the “Catch cold” fame, Tunde Ednut was involved in car accident on his way to pay courtesy visit to OJB Jezreel, who is down with kidney failure.  A speed taxi driver cab crashed into his white saloon car. Eventhough the car was badly damaged, no life was lost. See his tweet…

tunde ednut accident tweet