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President Goodluck Jonathan has dropped 9 ministers in a recent cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday afternoon.

The ministers affected are Ruqayat Rufai (Education); Zainab Kunchi (Power, [state]); Buka Tijani (Agriculture [state]), Shamsudeen Usman (National Planning; Ita Okon (Science and Technology);  Olugbenga Ashiru (Foreign Affairs); Ama Pepple (Lands) and Hadiza Mailafia (Environment).

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Nigerians had long expected President Jonathan to rejig his lackluster cabinet which has largely failed to deliver services to the Nigerian people.

But while the expectation mounted, Mr. Jonathan repeatedly  dispelled speculation that he had plans to fire non-performing ministers.

Last August, he unveiled a rating procedure known as Performance Contract Agreement for ministers but said he would not use the result of the assessment in considering who to fire.

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Mr. Jonathan said the assessment would only appraise his administration’s performance and delivery of targets to Nigerians.

“I read all kinds of thing in the media, that the president wants to assess the ministers so that he would know who would go and who would stay. That is not the purpose of this.

“We would have done it probably in the first week when we came on board, but the key thing is that we have given ourselves points that we think we will get at, we believe that if we get at those points or even if we achieve 70 per cent of that, at least it will be better off for our own country,” the president said.

According to the president, the exercise was to ensure enhanced performance, transparency and accountability in governance, adding that it is not a witch-hunting exercise.

“I want to assure every one of you who has taken part in the exercise that this is not a witch-hunt targeted at anybody,” the president said in his remarks after the signing ceremony.

 

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 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.
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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.
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 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.
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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?
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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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Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, SEOF, has said any undergraduate on its scholarship who obtains a first class degree in his or her

discipline would be presented with a brand new car.

Secretary of SEOF, Mrs C. N. Ufondu, made this known while presenting cheques worth millions of Naira to another batch of 42 students who are beneficiaries of the foundation’s 2013 scholarship scheme at Oraifite in  Anambra State.

“The founder of SEOF,  Sir Emeka Offor has promised that any of the students that graduate with a first class degree  would take home a brand new car  of 2.0 series and automatic employment will be sourced for the beneficiary, irrespective of the state, town or local government of origin”.

According to Mrs Ufondu, one of the beneficiaries, Miss Ebere Anaegbuonu, who obtained a first class from the Department of Industrial Physics, Anambra State University, Uli, had already benefited from the largesse.

She further said that apart from the 42 students who received their cheaques, 120 other  beneficiaries were  in different schools across the country.

A breakdown of the figure showed that 34 of the students were undergraduates, six  post graduate students while two were secondary school students.

Ufondu, however, warned the beneficiaries to take their studies seriously, pointing out that, ‘’it is not yet over unless it is over.

“That you are given your cheques today does not mean that you have finished with us. If along the line you are found wanting, the scholarship will be withdrawn.’’

Source: Vanguard

Chinua Achebe, one of the world’s most celebrated writers and author of the classic novel “Things Fall Apart”, has passed away. The 82 year old Proffessor who has been sick for some time, was a David and Mariana Fisher Professor of Literature at Brown University, until his death last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
May his soul rest in Peace.

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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.

The wife of the Chief Medical Director of Anambra State University Teaching hospital, Uli, and a member of the university’s governing council, Dr Emmanuel Ekwesianya was kidnapped Thursday morning at Ihiala, Anambra State. Mrs Amaka Ekwesianya was abducted by unknown gunmen as she was about driving out of the house. According to our source, the abductors dragged her out of her car as soon she drove out of the gate and was forced into their own before the zoomed off.

The kidnappers are yet to contact any of her family members as at the time of this report, but we will keep you posted as events unfold.
Dr. Emma Ekwesianya who hails from Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area of the State, is the immediate past Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Anambra state chapter.
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It was pagentry at Oraifite, Anambra State, as The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), which collaborates with Books For Africa (BFA), a US-based organisation, distributed books, computers and other educational supplies worth over $10 million dollars to over 300 institutions of  learning and public libraries across the country. The book distribution which took place on the 27th of October, 2012 is the second to be undertaken by the organisation. The first was in 2010.

An array of cultural dance displays by students from benefitting institutions such as Madonna University Okija, was part of the carnival-like event.

The First Lady, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the occassion was represented by Senator Ben Obi (Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs.) Other dignitaries present included Senator Ken Nnamani (former Senate President), Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Ambassador Howard Jeter (former US ambassador to Nigeria), Tom Warth (Founder, Books For Africa), Mrs Jackie Farris (DG, Yar’adua Centre), Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese Rt Rev Dr G.I.N Okpala, Vice Chancellors and Rectors of various Universities and Polytechnics, traditional rulers, to mention but afew.

Hon Tony Obi, the Coordinator of the SEOF in a welcome address higlighted the various achievements of the foundation so far which included the scholarship scheme being offered to students at all levels.

The high point of the event was the cutting of the tape and the symbolic presentation of the books and educational supplies by Sir Emeka Offor, accompanied by dignitaries and celebrities to representatives of selected schools.

Sir Emeka who had last year promised a brand new car and automatic employment in his company to any of the beneficiaries of the SEOF scholarship scheme who makes a first class, made right his promise as he officially presented a brand new Toyota car to Miss Ebere Anaegbuonu, a first class graduate of Industrial Physics from Anambra State University Uli.

Nigerian celebrities; P-square, Flavour, Bracket, and the duo of “Aki and PawPaw” were also present and added colour to the event.

The students and heads of benefitting institutions who were present were full of praises for the gestures from the Foundation and joyfully loaded their lots in their vehicles after the ceremonies.

 

The Old Boys hostel, room 183-186 M Block, at Igbinedion University was yesterday burnt down. The inferno which occured in the late hours of the night  is said to have been caused by bad electrical wiring of the hostel. Apart from students’ personal effects that was caught up in the fire, no life was lost.

 

A Nigerian born Professor from Ondo State, Ilesanmi Adesida, a former Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, USA becomes the University’s first black Vice Chancellor.
The 63 year old professor who is a naturalized American physicist of Nigerian descent, was selected by the Board of Trustees of the University to be the next Vice Chancellor for Academics Affairs and Provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a position he assumed in August 2012.