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sir emeka offor with other rotarians in the  End Polio campaign

 

By Biodun Adeniyi

By 1996 estimation, Andrew Carnegie was reputedly worth $189.6 billion dollars. That bulk was as well estimated to be the second largest fortune ever acquired by anyone. But he reasoned that if he died that wealthy, he would have died a disgraced man. It was why he gave away a third of that wealth ahead of his death. Think of Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Foundation, and you’ll think of a man with outliving legacies. His thoughts on giving was perhaps fancied by latter-day super-rich, namely Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Ted Turner, Mike Bloomberg and Warren Buffet, who are all committing fifty percent of their wealth to charity.

The US apart, a recent estimate posted 1.77 billion pounds as the total from “angel givers” in that country. Christopher Hohn, Tom Hunter, Lord Sainsbury, David and Heather Stevens, Peter Cruddas and Anthony D’Affay, amongst some others, lead the pack of givers in the UK, having practically fulfilled or are fulfilling promises that the bulk of their wealth would go the way of charity. Nearer home, South Africa’s Francis Van Niekeuk, Jay Naidoo, Cyril Ramaphosa and Mark Shuttleworth are reputed to be some of the greatest givers. And in Nigeria, Theophilous Yakubu Danjuma, Mike Adenuga, Jr, Aliko Dangote and Emeka Offor have since caught the giving bug.

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Point is, the art of giving has not only become entrenched in societies where capitalism, whether pure or prebendal, have been entrenched. Granted that wealth accumulation is a free desire in these systems, only the fittest seem to always survive, and probably triumph over others. Reasons around hardwork, luck, and inheritance often account for the disparities, but the thought to give back to the deprived majority eventually features in the consciences of the victorious few. Some holy books prioritise giving. Hear them: “Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you,’’ so the Bible says in Luke 6: 38. “Surely the men and women who give in charity and give to Allah a goodly loan, they shall receive double and for them is a noble reward.”  The Holy Qur’an also says in 57:18.

Not many rich givers might have been inspired by these books. After all, John Holme once told us that “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up”. And “when we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed”, so Maya Angelou said in her contributions to the giving debates. Those last two views are not necessarily directly from the scriptures, but the same meanings are shared, eventually expanding understanding on the virtue of giving. Importantly, the rich often times seem wont to giving, instead of leaving or reserving the excesses for their lineages, because of the positive pulls to so do, in the midst of deprivations.

Having just being honoured at a recent elaborate ceremony in Abuja as Rotary International First Polio Ambassador in Nigeria, Emeka Offor’s identity as a giver of note was somewhat unveiled, ultimately exemplifying one, or two of the motives behind giving. That significantly departed from the old recognition of the man as a kingmaker, who pulls strings behind thrones. It took away, and perhaps permanently, the businessman’s image as a throttle presser that does not mind whose ox is gored.  And gradually, his hot political sides are being overwhelmed by the dimension of the philanthropist.

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The businessman had doled out $1million to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program, in aid of the Global Polio Eradication Innitiative (GPEI). That sum was the second of such gesture from the charitable billionaire. He was in 2012 said to have also given $250,000 to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program. Petina Dixon-Jenkins reported that, Offor in February 2013 “contributed $250,000 in support of Rotary initiatives to enhance maternal and child health and another $250,000 for education and literacy projects.” Besides, “In October 2012, Offor contributed $250,000 in support of Rotary’s peace and conflict resolution studies. The gift provides support for students from Nigeria and other African countries who attend the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkom University in Bangkok, Thailand. The Center offers a three month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies to approximately fifty peace fellows annually”.

We were also told that working in league with US based Books for Africa (BFA), the man with humble beginnings has through his foundation brought in over I million books, computers, and school items to Nigerian and other African countries. His educational empowerment project totalling $14million will eventually become the largest single contribution to schools in Africa. And back to the health sector, the business mogul in also in the fight against glaucoma, where he has established a $100,000 glaucoma research grant at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Mainz, Germany, and has established a Nigerian fellowship for cataract Surgery and Glaucoma Management.

And at home, Offor is as well towing the beaten path. Like Holme said, he chose to exercise his heart by lending a hand to widows through his foundation. Women cooperatives have been developed to train participants towards economic independence. They are tutored in many money making skills, including palm kernel oil processing for sale, acquisition of tailoring and hairdressing skills and in the management of different small scale businesses.

Youths are also being empowered through innovative transportation concerns that include commercial buses and taxis. Micro finance grants and loans have been provided to the youths for motorcycle purchases, while participants are given technical assistance in the area of business management. Guest at the recent event were also told how the foundation has been involved in many community infrastructural projects. This comprise of “digging wells to provide potable water, enhancing the health of local communities, and sharply reducing water-borne morbidity among infants”. In addition “The foundation has also paved an access road in Offor’s home village of Oraifite to decrease the isolation of this rural community”.

Beyond books for educational institutions, the businessman further showed he has keyed into Thomas Fuller’s words that “learning makes a man fit for himself”, by going an extra mile to ensure youths are truly fit for the self. While Offor notes that “without education the people cannot create their own solutions”, he has been in the business of “building model schools and classrooms, furnishing them with Internet and other up-to-date equipments”. Scholarships are also been provided to the economically disadvantaged, with over 120 grants thus far. First class graduands amongst beneficiaries are instantly provided with a car and then employed in his burgeoning company.

The soft spoken son of a policeman told an interviewer that his passion for philanthropy was triggered by his humble backgrounds, adding up to his desire to “uplift people and make them independent and self-sufficient”. This is further to the position that he feels that “there must be something in my power to do, some impact I can make, something I can contribute to help remedy the situation (poverty).” For him, “A candle losses nothing by lighting another candle. The problem of poverty is not unique to Nigeria alone. The answer to the question of wealth creation and distribution has always been the creation of value.”

The man who sits atop the Chrome Group, spanning the diverse areas of Oil and Gas, Finance and Investments, Telecommunications, Insurance, Maritime Destination Inspection, Real Estate and the Power Sector assures that “more heroic and focussed leadership” is still to come from him, especially through his foundation. And to boot “Our nation Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and natural resources. Our faith is first and foremost in the Nigerian people. I am fully convinced that if given the same opportunities, our local talent can compete with the best there is anywhere in the world”. He added “We as a nation are a talented and resourceful people, and once our new intakes come in and embrace the strong work ethic of the group, and imbibe our can-do mentality, there is no limit to what we can achieve”.

Okey Ikechukwu (Thisday, July 2nd, 2013) sees the unveiling of Offor’s philanthropic sides as a “Metamorphosis”. That seems apt in the sense in which he perceptively mutated from being a hand that rocks the cradle to that of the “angel giver”. It is even more complete to add that he barely showcased Zygmund Bauman’s thoughts on shifting identities in the mould of the desert quicksand. But the breadth is rewarding when it is good, as the altruistic side of Offor has shown. Congratulations, Ambassador Emeka Offor.

Dr. Adeniyi is an Abuja based Communications Expert

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Churchgate building Central Area, Abuja

The CBN building in Central Area is a very tall structure as well, but this looks taller to me. What do you think?….And just incase you have no answer to this question…PLEASE  look closely…in front of the building…keeping your eyes down….there’s even a bigger question on the banner. May be that would be easier for you….It looks tiny from here so lemme help you with the words IS GOODLUCK’S TRANSFORMATION 4 REAL? drop your comments

 

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The political battles of Gov Rotimi Amaechi is far from over as the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has suspended him from the party in a latest development following his purported re-election as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) elections last Friday against the wish of President Jonathan.
The PDP stated this after an emergency meeting of its National Working Committee Monday morning in a communique below.
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE NATIONAL
WORKING COMMITTEE OF THE PDP ON MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013.
The National Working Committee at its emergency meeting on Monday, 27
May, 2013 considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers Executive
Committee against His Excellency, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the
Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c
), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution following his refusal to obey the
lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his
decision dissolving the elected Executive Council of Obiokpor Local
Government Area of Rivers State.
The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise
of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b),
hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike
Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the
appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.
This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the
Party to enforce discipline at all levels within the Party.
Signed:
Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

This is believed to be the architectural masterplan of Uncle Jona who fears the continued reign of Gov Amaechi as the NGF Chair will scuttle his 2015 ambitions. The pro-Jonathan Governors had unanimously endorsed Gov Jang as the new NGF Chair and went as far as introducing him to the VP, Namadi Sambo, calling Amaechi’s re-election a charade.

Former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva

Former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva


A statement signed by EFCC’s Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the former governor was “picked up at his Abuja home, at No. 3, Niger Street, Maitama” by the EFCC officials who stormed the former governor’s home at about 10.00 am.

According to the statement, the embattled governor was discovered in the house where he was “hiding in a dingy corner in the upper chamber of his expansive mansion.”

“On arrival at the facility at about 10.00 am, the Commission’s operatives were told that the ex-governor was not in town but they insisted on conducting a search on the house having obtained a warrant from the court.”

“During the search, vital documents were obtained. Ironically, the ex-governor who was said to be out of town was later found hiding in a dingy corner in the upper chamber of his expansive mansion” the statement claimed.

He was immediately whisked away and is currently being interrogated at the Abuja headquarters of the anti- graft agency.

According to EFCC Mr Sylva is “being grilled in connection with fresh evidence linking him with a bouquet of fraudulent transactions that borders on money laundering. Part of the new evidence includes a number of eye-popping real estate acquisitions in Abuja.”

The anti-graft agency further explains that the arrest of the former governor is sequel to his refusal to honour invitations and purported lies by his attorney that he was ill in Lagos, whilst he was in residence in Abuja.

“Rather than appear before the EFCC, he got his lawyers to inform the Commission that he was unable to appear because he was sick, and hospitalised in Lagos. The lawyer had promised to appear with his client on May 7, 2013 but failed to do so.”

The agency also released a number of distraught pictures of Mr Sylva following his arrest from his alleged hiding place.

The commission warned that it will no longer tolerate the antics of suspects who treat its invitation with levity.

The embattled governor is standing trial on a six-count money laundering charges and embezzling over N6billion of Bayels state funds whilst in office.

Sylva recently denied allegations that he is hiding from the EFCC after an Abuja High court granted the commission permission to paste the six-count money laundering charges at the front gate of his Abuja residence.

The governor in a statement by his media aide, Doifie Ola, stated that the governor was not hiding but keeping a low profile because he does not want his security compromised.

Source: Channels

turai and patience
Nigeria’s former First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua on Thursday floored incumbent First Lady Patience Goodluck Jonathan as Justice Peter Affren of the Abuja High Court set aside the purported revocation by the FCT administration of a land measuring about 1.84 hectares allocated to Turai’s non governmental organization, Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation, WAYEF.

The court held that the claims by the FCT Minister that the land was revoked on an overriding public interest was not supported by any shred of evidence before the court. It further held that the initial letter of offer issued Turai’s organization by the Minister remains valid and subsisting.

“The defendants failed woefully to adduce any shred of evidence before this court to support their claims that the allocation of the land was revoked on overriding public interest. There is no overriding public interest in this issue. The allocation made to the plaintiff who is a vocational training centre was in public interest and in line with section 28 (1) of Land Use Act”

The court faulted the FCT Minister’s exercise of his powers in revoking the plot of land allocated to Turai’s organization, noting that the exercise of that power to revoke allocation of land must come within the confines of the law.

Delivery of the court’s judgment was adjourned by the court several times to enable Mrs. Jonathan and Hajia Turai Yar’Adua reach a negotiated settlement but all to no avail.

Dame Patience Jonathan, Nigeria's First Lady

Dame Patience Jonathan, Nigeria’s First Lady


The disputed land, plot no. 1347 Cadastral Zone AOO, Central Business District, Abuja, FCT, was initially allocated to Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation, WAYEF, while Mrs. Yar’adua was First Lady, but the FCT Minister, Mr. Bala Mohammed, revoked the allocation for what he described as “overriding public interest” and re-allocated it to Mrs. Jonathan for the building of African First Lady Peace Mission Headquarters on 2nd of November, 2011.

Mrs. Yar’Adua complained that the land allocated to WAYEF on 19 February 2010 was being trespassed upon by Mrs. Jonathan and got a court order dated in 2012 restraining the First Lady from affecting WAYEF title and interest over the land.

Former Nigerian First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar'adua

Former Nigerian First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’adua


Those joined as co-defendants in the suit are the FCT Minister, the Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS and the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF.

Turai, on behalf of her organisation, WAYEF, is asking for N1.5 billion as general damages, N100 Million as exemplary damages, N100 Million as aggravated damages in addition to N261 Million already paid for Certificate of Occupancy as well as N454 Million paid for building designs.

WAYEF’s lawyer, Mr. Adamu Ahmed Ibrahim, observed that while it appears that the Ministry of Justice may be interested and committed to a settlement, their terms and what they offer says otherwise.

According to the lawyer, the land being offered by the FCTA was a much smaller parcel of land than the one purportedly acquired from WAYEF for Mrs. Jonathan.

As part of the moves to get a negotiated settlement, the Federal Capital Territory Administration had offered WAYEF Plot. 1838 Cadastral Zone AOO Abuja measuring 6119.29 square meters as replacement plot. While another plot 1839 was also proposed to be in favour of the African First Lady Mission, measuring 6100.51 square meters

The said Plot nos 1838 and 1839 are subdivided from plot 700 CBD Cadastral Zone AOO, Abuja.

The court however did not grant Turai’s demand for monetary damages.

Head of the legal unit of the FCT Administration, Mrs. Ima Akpongete, while reacting to the decision of the court indicated that the FCT will appeal the decision and argued that the minister exercised the power of his office accordingly in revoking the allocation and reallocating it to First Lady’s Peace Mission.

Source: PMNews

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.

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.

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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.

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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