APC rejects ban on Okada in Anambra state and urge resistance

FB_IMG_1530396447408APC rejects the forceful de- employment of thousands of Anambra Youth in favour of non- Anambra citizens who will take advantage of the lacuna.

It is sad enough that since theoretical time restriction on movement of commercial motorcycles after 7pm ,the beneficiaries have mostly been men of the police and other agencies who ply the trade after 7pm under official cover at thevexpense of the real citizenry struggling to eke out a living.

If his government which banned this same transportation mode in 2016 without an emabling law and unbanned themto be used in elections buses ought to been issued out to specific operators ahead of pulling out services of commercial motorcycles.

We have learnt to regard ASBA as a dustbin of government mischief, since illegal taxes in excess of N3.6bn were snatched from local governments and dumped in the agency as a conduit to prosecute elections.

All the rhetorics with which governor Obiano , who continues to resist appropriate governance of LGs democratically consigned that money to the morribund agency have since then not come to light.

Even then buses cannot ply all routes. Policemen and other security agencies will again beat this crass cruelty on the Anambra Informal sector, and the Government has not offered any new argument since 2016 misadventure in the same direction.

There is no argument that can justify the expansion of this illegal ban to private motorcycle owners because everyone cannot own cars at the same time. It is unconstitutional to the extent of infridging right of movement and freedom to own moveable and immovable property.

It is needless to remind us that Anambra State has a stake in the upstream segment of the mororcycle market with thriving industries, which market is being decreed out ofexistence by a pollicy begging to be thought through.

The commissioner for information in the state is hereby challenged to a live television and radio simultaneous debate on this ill-advised policy.

APC assures the down-trodden people of Anambra State they we shall not abadon them to those who exploit their limited knowledge of their rights to kill their subsistence and build big businesses beneficial to persons in government.


Okelo Madukaife

State Publicity Secretary

Ogidi. June 29,2018


An Imam in Plateau reportedly hid over 200 people, including Christians, inside a mosque during last weekend’s attack in the state.

3Uq4d7LtAccording to BBC Pidgin, the religious leader, whose identity was not disclosed, saw people fleeing Birkin Ladi Local Government Area where part of the killings took place.

He was said to have rendered them assistance by offering a mosque in Nghar Yelwa, his village, as a place of refuge.

The imam was said to have hid the women in his house before taking the men to the mosque.

“I first took the women to my personal house to hide them there,  then, I took the men to the mosque to hide, ” the imam reportedly said. After hiding them,  some armed men reportedly approached the imam, asking him to identify the Christians among the people. He was said to have lied that they were all Muslims. According to the report, he laid on the floor, begging the armed men to leave. One of the survivors of the attack lamented the death of his son. Another man expressed sadness over how more than 60 victims were buried in a mass grave. Look at how they are buried. Where do we run to?  We were born here and we grew up here but they want us to leave. To where?” he cried.

Over 200 people were killed in the attack.

Meanwhile, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has alleged the killings were  “orchestrated with political and religious mindsets,” just as it condemned the killing of scores of citizens in three local government areas of Plateau State between Saturday and Sunday.

The Sultan of Sokoto is president general of the JNI and the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, an umbrella body of all Nigerian Muslims.

The Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu, in a statement on behalf of the Sultan, described the incident as “sad,” after three years of unbroken peaceful co-existence in Plateau.

“We also advise that serious security measures should be taken on all the identified villages that have been notorious in causing distress to motorists, particularly in Kaduna and Plateau states


News Update :Cash transfers to 302,000 poor homes begin in July, from $322m Abacha loot

The Federal Government says it will commence disbursement of the recovered 322 million dollars Abacha loot through Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) to 302,000 poor households in 19 states in July. Mr Tukur Rumar, of the National Cash Transfer Office (NTCO), said this at a roundtable on assets recovery organised by the Swiss Embassy on Thursday, in Abuja. The event was organised to intimate citizens and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the efforts both nations were making on asset recovery after the Post-Global Forum on Assets Recovery (GFAR) held in Washington D.C. in Dec. 2017. At the forum, Nigeria made commendable commitments on beneficial ownership, tax transparency, asset recovery, transparency management of recovered funds and payments to victims of corruption. The states are: Niger, Kogi, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Kwara, Cross River, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarrawa, Anambra and Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs) in Borno. According to Rumar, the benefiting households will receive N5,000 monthly and are derived from the National Social Register (NSR) that the 19 states are already on. He said the programme was designed to also train beneficiaries on livelihood skills, social skills and other programmes that would change their lives completely. Rumar, however, said that NCTO had been making payments to the 46,000 poor and vulnerable households across the 19 states since Dec. 2016, adding that the number had increased to 290,000. Mr Iorwa Apera, the National Coordinator, National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO), said 503,055 households were already on the NSR register from the 19 states, adding that by July, there would be a social register for all the states of the federation. He said that of the Abacha loot, about 302,000 poor homes across the 19 states would be mined by the NCTO to begin to receive the Abacha loot. Apera told the participants that the Federal Government would begin with those states, because they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NASSCO to put in place certain infrastructure to empower the national register. “Some of the states delayed, but the other ones were quick enough to set up infrastructure that allowed us to start work there, but all the states are now on board as they have set up their state operating offices and donated office equipment to us. “As states come on board, we enroll and so they extend to the beneficiary register, and presently we are generating data in all the states now,’’ he said. Mrs Linda Ekeator of the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment said the Abacha loot was invested in the social investment programme, because it was a programme that was already supported by the World Bank. She said that before the money was returned to Nigeria, there was an agreement with the Swiss government that it should be used for alleviating poverty and this was to be done with the supervision of the World Bank. The Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Eric Mayoraz said the 722 million dollars of the Abacha family money that was hidden in Switzerland was fully repatriated in 2005.


SanniAbachaHe also said that the 322 million dollars that was repatriated in Dec. 2017, was money that was frozen by the Swiss Attorney-General, but was not domiciled in Switzerland, but in other countries, mainly Luxembourg.


He, however, said measures had been put in place to ensure that Swiss banks were not used to hide stolen funds from other countries. “For possible new cases, the Swiss legislation has fundamentally changed. “The law in Switzerland does not allow bank secrecy anymore, and all banks and financial institutions have a due diligence duty to ask everyone coming with money where it is coming from. “That does not mean that there are no illegal or stolen assets now in Switzerland, but then there is another instrument I signed myself with the Nigerian Ministry of Justice and Switzerland two years ago on mutual legal assistance and this is for new cases. “Now, this agreement with our own Ministry of Justice and Nigeria is that there will be direct communication and exchange on mutual legal request and we are really collaborating with EFCC and other agencies in Nigeria,’’ Mayoraz.



The Executive Director, ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, said for Nigerian citizens to not keep spreading rumours about the whereabouts of recovered loots, the government must be transparent in all the processes. He also said that CSOs should be given access to the social register to enable it monitor properly whether or not the beneficiaries received what was due to them. (NAN)

Anglican Bishop Angela arrested for defiling minor(RAPE)

A former bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Johannes Angela, has been arrested for defiling a 15 year-old standard eight pupil. The 66 year-old Angela is being held at Lwala Kotiende Police Station after he was arrested at his rural home in Bondo, the CitizenTv online reported.




The man committed the act between the night of 27and 28 June, 2018, according to police report, while the girl was staying in his house at Majiwa village, North Sakwa location.


The Chief of North Sakwa location Mr Hobson Omolo said the clergy was arrested after the minor reported the incident at a local children’s home. Angela is expected to be charged in court on Monday.


He retired last year after serving at Bondo Diocese for 17 years, the Citizen TV reported.



“By all definitions and descriptions, the Nigeria’s so called herdsmen are terrorists and if President Buhari doesn’t believe so, then it would be difficult for anyone to reasonably absolve him (Buhari) from complicity”

“I cover wars and crisis as a journalist, I think I know, and the world also knows how terrorists operate”

“The fact that herdsmen’s attacking pattern is focused primarily on wiping off farmers should rob Buhari who has achieved only little in his economic agenda that’s expected to be powered mainly by farmers . The impact of these well defined attacks on Nigeria’s economy are expected to be grave, maybe on the long run greater than that of Boko Haram which has been largely localized to the North East”

– Christiane Amanpour – CNNFB_IMG_1530355030274

Ondo PDP Chairman Remanded In Prison Over ‘N500m 2015 Election Fraud’

Clement Faboyede, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, and Modupe Adetokunbo, Director-General of the PDP Campaign Organization in the state during the 2015 general election, were on Friday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on a three-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N500million.

Clement Faboyede, PDP Factional Chairman in Ondo state Photo file SaharaReporters Media _1

According to the three-count criminal charge number FHC/ L/201C/2018 filed before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent, E. E. Iheanacho, Faboyede, Adetokunbo and others at large, on or about the 27th day of March, 2015, allegedly conspired amongst themselves to accept cash payment in the sum of N500million from one Owolanke Micheal, a sum in excess of N5million yet it didn’t pass through a financial institution as rewquired by law.

The offence is contrary to Section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011(as amended by Act 1 of 2012) and punishable under Section 16(2) of the same Act.

In Count 3 of the charge, it was alleged thus: “Clement Faboyede while acting as the state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party on the 27th day of March, 2015 made  cash payment of the sum of N500 milion to the Ondo State Election Committee of the People’s Democratic Party which exceeded N5million without going through financial institution contrary to section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011(as amended  by Act 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16(2)of the same Act.”

The two defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge. Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, Mr E. Iheanacho urged the court to remand them in prison custody and fix a date for trial to commence.

Although the defence counsel, Mr E. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), urged the court to admit them to bail, the presiding judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, asked him to file a formal application for bail. He said although Mr Jegede told the court that formal application for bail had been filed, it was not yet in the court’s file.

Thereafter, justice Saidu ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter till September 17, 2018, for trial.

Danfo’ Driver Chased By LASTMA Officials Kills One, Injures Eight At Otedola Bridge

One person has died and eight more are injured and s a result of an accident caused by a commercial bus driver trying to evade arrest by officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA)on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The scene of the accident was just opposite the spot of the petrol tanker explosion of Thursday.

The LASTMA officers were on their way out of the scene of the tanker explosion when they spotted the bus driver, driving against the traffic. When they moved to apprehend him, the ‘Danfo’ driver tried to evade them by swerving to the other side of the road bit ended up only colliding with another bus.

The pick-up vehicle conveying the LASTMA officers hurriedly left the scene, while one of the LASTMA officials ran into a near-by bush to escape from the people who had rushed to the scene.







Witnesses blamed the traffic control agency for causing the accident, saying it wouldn’t have happened if they had not pursued the driver to the path of the oncoming vehicle.

Officals of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were at the scene of the tanker explosion to take the injured to the hospital, but one died on the spot.




The driver of the other vehicle said he was coming from Akure and his journey had been good before the accident.

“I was coming from Akure this morning and it has been good,” he said. “Those LASTMA people caused this. They chased the man into me and they ran off. I want my boss to come here before they tow the vehicle away.”

Another witness said: “The excesses of LASTMA officers in Lagos are too much. They pursue vehicles and when they arrest them, all they want is money. That was how they detained my husband’s bus for months too. This is too much.”

Culled from SaharaReporters _S8A1439

Apga Dunukofia protested at Anambra state Assembly complex, Gov house and state party office against inhuman treatment being mated out to the party officials. 

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Earlier today Apga Dunukofia protested

at Anambra state AssemblyComplex, Government house Awka against the inhuman treatment meted out to the party official.

As long as greedy is strong than compassion, there will always be suffering and Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed,the Transition Chairman of Dunukofia LGA is greedy to the extent he can’t hear the cries of the members of his political party (Apga)

Who is the bone of the contention in this matter?

His Name is Hon Uche Umerie ,From Ukwulu, Dunukofia LGA, Anambra state also the current Transition Chairman of Dunukofia LGA.Before his appointment as the Transition Chairman, he was a former member Anambra state house of assembly, Dunukofia constituency under the platform of PDP, which the good people of Dunukofia Constituency labeled his tenure ‘DOOMED’ and also a renowned Cultist and a political Thug, he’s among those that tried to…

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Apga Dunukofia protested at Anambra state Assembly complex, Gov house and state party office against inhuman treatment being mated out to the party officials. 

Earlier today Apga Dunukofia protested

at Anambra state AssemblyComplex, Government house Awka against the inhuman treatment meted out to the party official.

As long as greedy is strong than compassion, there will always be suffering and Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed,the Transition Chairman of Dunukofia LGA is greedy to the extent he can’t hear the cries of the members of his political party (Apga)

Who is the bone of the contention in this matter?

His Name is Hon Uche Umerie ,From Ukwulu, Dunukofia LGA, Anambra state also the current Transition Chairman of Dunukofia LGA.Before his appointment as the Transition Chairman, he was a former member Anambra state house of assembly, Dunukofia constituency under the platform of PDP, which the good people of Dunukofia Constituency labeled his tenure ‘DOOMED’ and also a renowned Cultist and a political Thug, he’s among those that tried to kidnapped our former Gov Chris Nwabueze Ngige then, among those that burned Anambra state properties.

Hon Uche Umerie was rejected the good people of Apga Dunukofia because of character and previous behavior mentioned, they also lamented that he’s nothing to offer to our LGA but being an errand boy and adopted political son to former SA to the Governor on political matter then Hon *CHINEDU OBIDIGWE* from Agulueri. HON CHINEDU Agulueri gave us a Greek gift as Transition Chairman.
This is exactly 16th months (one year and four months) , he assumed this particular position, ever since then he’s been messing the system of Apga in Dunukofia LGA, if not the intervention of party executives under the the leadership Hon Vincent Ezennia (SAPA) and almighty God, Our party APGA would lost in our LGA during last year Gubernatorial Election because he worked against our party.

According to rightful source, who narrated who lead to the peaceful protest today. He said Hon Uche Umerie is neglecting the party faithfuls and labeled us a mugu, to the extent that he said that he don’t belong APGA but PDP.
💧he has not called for Apga meeting nor met the party officials in Dunukofia LGA and also his conduct is unbearable to our party.



When http://www.morningstarnaija.com news reporters contacted the Able Chairman of APGA DUNUKOFIA LGA  Mr Vincent Ezennia about the bad incident that occurred IMG-20180628-WA0161IMG-20180628-WA0156IMG-20180628-WA0154IMG-20180628-WA0139IMG-20180628-WA0109IMG-20180628-WA0082IMG-20180628-WA0076IMG-20180628-WA0070

at Anambra state Assembly complex, Gov house, Awka, he also to me the same stories stated above but the most ugly thing was Hon Uche Umerie invited some his fellow cult members headed by one notorious Sunday Okongwu (Nigga) from Ukpo and disrupted the peaceful demonstration, to the extent that *NIGGA* injured the deputy chairman of the Party, Mr. Emma Otika with Sharp object(Weapon)

According to the recorded videos. Hon Lawrence Ezeudu who supposed to protect party interest was seen protecting the life of Notorious Sunday Okongwu and Uche Umerie.

Apga Dunukofia are the Calling the Governor, the state Chairman of Apga and Executives , The National Chairman of our great party APGA and Executives to terminate the Appointment of Hon Uche Umerie as the Transition Chairman of Dunukofia LGA with immediate effect so that normalcy will return to Apga Dunukofia and Local Govt

Say Capital NO to Cultists in Dunukofia LGA

Culled by http://www.morningstarnaija.com news reporters.

Breaking news About 30 cars burnt at Otedola Bridge axis Berger!

Petrol tanker said to have gone up in flames on the bridge, leading to the inferno and also Hundreds of commuters burnt to death in a ghastly accident that involved about 30 vehicles on Otedola Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway this evening. Uncountable  casualties recorded

Stay tuned for more details………

*”we youths are the future of Today and Leaders of Today——_——- Hon Ezenwafor Afam, Anambra state house of assembly aspirant, Aguata 11 constituency 2019*

It was a glorious day ON SUNDAY 24/06 /2018, as the Catholic Youth organization of Nigeria, CYON, EKWULOBIA DEANERY, Awka Diocese, Anambra state marked their 2ND DEANERY Day Celebration/Lunching of Her maiden Cum #2M, fund raising for installation of computer Facilities.


In this elaborated event, *Hon Ezenwafor Afam* presided over the occasion as the Chairman of the magnificent event.

From the moment he took the microphone to address the audience, one remarkable thing was noticed of him; which was his ability to pull important personalities and spectators which made the occasion more fruitful than expected.

*Hon. Afam Ezenwafor spoke thus:*

It gives me great pleasure to be called upon to share this occasion. I wish especially to commend the Catholic Diocese of Awka, the DEANERY Chaplain, Rev Fr Nelson Okoye, the President CYON, Ekwuluobia deanery, Mr. Ajaogu Benjamin Chukwuma and his Executives for selecting this illuminating and powerful project (Fund raising for installation of Computer facilities) on this 2nd DEANERY day Celebration.

I am a youth like you all, my making will not be complete without mentioning my input repositioning Ekwuluobia and Aguata youth. I was the former Ekwuluobia student union Government and also one of the founding members of this great Federation of Aguata students Union, IMT Chapter. I was enthusiastic and passionate about building a strong *Aguata Student’s Union*, which I achieved

I fought injustice with all my strength and soul and body; and In order to provide peace and orderliness among the students and the good people of Aguata LGA, Anambra state, I denied myself the rest and leisure that my peers enjoyed.

During my leadership, I lead a group of Aguata students union Activists to counter and resist the impeachment of Late Engr Godwin Oselu Former Aguata LGA Chairman, when he was battling former Governor of Anambra State, Mbadinuju.
I believe in grass-root politics, which is where you can find youths that are very sincere, so I am one of you”

*Fund raising for installation of Computer facilities*

Putting up computer centers in Ekwuluobia deanery is something that that will be good for our youths, and it will reduce unemployment, as a certified computer scientist, one will not complain of job because you will be self employed, remember we live in a digital age. A larger percentage of human activities in this present age revolve around the internet and the ICT. As should be expected, this phenomenon created an easy avenue for dissemination of information within and across borders.

I thank almighty God that the personnel that graced this Occasion most especially the Chief Launcher Pham. OLIVER EZEOBI , Hon. IKEM UZOEZIE, member representing Aguata 11 constituency in Anambra state house of assembly, Hon EUCHARIA AZODO, HON member representing Aguata constituency in Federal house of assembly, CHUKWUMA UMEOJI, Mr. Ebere Nnofu the chairman of Ekwulobia market, Mr. Reuben Okeke etc will assist in raising this fund, when I see all these philanthropists around me, I know that CYON prayers will be answered today. But I will not like in a situation, were this computer (ITC) center will be for the purpose for betting games center (Betnaija, Nairabet or surebet)

So I urges every youth in this deanery to make use of this period to equip him or herself with ICT, because knowledge is power and we are in digital era.
I am still your brother and friend,* Hon. Afam Ezenwafor.*

During the Lunching, Hon Ezenwafor Afam supported the youths with Thousands of Naira and promise to do more, going forward. All those names mentioned above also did the same.

In fact CYON of Ekwuluobia deanery will forever be grateful for making Hon Ezenwafor Afam as the Chairman of the Occasion.

Behold, Hon Ezenwafor Afam will win the Anambra state house of assembly, 2019 because the odds are favoring him. Now the CYON Ekwuluobia Deanery, which comprises Aguata ii constituency has pledged their support for him, Aguata Youth are with him, the Elders are not excluded., I urges everyone in Aguata ii constituency to queue into his liberation movement.

Hon Ezenwafor Afam is the Spartacus of our time.

Let’s support a man that believes in Justice and fairness.

Let’s support Hon Ezenwafor Afam for Anambra State House of Assembly, Aguata ii constituency 2019.


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Court grants N40m bail to Kanu’s co-defendants Read more atCourt grants N40m bail to Kanu’s defendants

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The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, granted bail to four pro-Biafra agitators- Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi- who hitherto faced treasonable felony charge alongside the ‘missing’ leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

image-2-e1484227110295Trial Justice Binta Nyako granted the defendants bail to the tune of N10million each with two sureties in like sum. Justice Nyako directed that the money should be deposited in cash to the Chief Registrar of the Court, even as she ordered the defendants to surrender all their travelling documents and not travel without leave of the court. Aside asking all the surties to swear an affidavit of means, the court barred all the defendants from attending any form of rally, press conference or granting interviews. Justice Nyako who had earlier denied the defendants bail, said she reviewed her previous ruling, the nature of the charge…

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The Nigerian Cattle Herder Doesn’t Carry Anything More Than A Stick, Buhari Says In Plateau

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian cattle herder doesn’t carry anything more than a stick, save when they need something to cut grass.

This mirrors the same thing he told US President Donald Trump during a visit in April, when he said: “The problem of herders in Nigeria is a very long historical thing. The Nigerian herders don’t carry anything more than a stick and occasionally a matchet to cut down foliage and give it to their animals, these ones are carrying AK-47.”

According to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari said this while speaking at an interactive session with stakeholders in Plateau State in the aftermath of the attacks in three local government areas of the state that left more than 100 people dead.

Shehu also said the President directed security chiefs in the country to remain vigilant and ensure the protection of lives and property in the country.

He also said the President urged traditional and community leaders to complement efforts of government by persuading their constituencies to tolerate one another for peace and unity in the country.

“I will continue to pressurise members of the law enforcement agencies directly under me by the Constitution as the Commander-in Chief. About eight days ago, we had a five-hour security meeting of the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police,” Shehu quoted Buhari as saying.

“What happened here in Jos is very bad. The question of leadership, from your household to whatever you are, is justice. The bottom line is justice.

“That is why wherever I go, I will always appeal to the leadership of the communities, the law enforcement agencies to always have control of their constituencies.”

Shehu said Buhari, who was accompanied to the meeting by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and his counterparts from Kebbi and Niger, condoled with the affected families, the government and people of the state, and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

“Whatever is being given to the media, we have to be very responsible about it,” he quoted the President as saying.

“Take for instance the situation in Benue. The Benue subsistence farmer knows that the Nigerian cattle herder doesn’t carry nothing more than a stick, occasionally sometimes something to cut grass to feed his cattle.

“But the present herder, I am told, carries AK47 and people are even blaming me for not talking to them because maybe (they say) I look like one of them. There is some injustice in these aspersions.

“It is noteworthy that many Nigerians still acknowledge that despite the security challenges, this administration has made notable successes in the security sector.”

Culled from SaharaReporters Muhammadu Buhari 8

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with Dr Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, the two leaders of the National Assembly over security issues in the country.

WhatsApp Image 2018-06-27 at 13.51.21.jpegTriggered by the recent killings in Plateau, the meeting with the House of Assembly leaders focused on how the legislature and executive could unite to solve the security crisis facing the country.

The leaders arrived at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday, shortly before the commencement of the weekly FEC meeting. They received a briefing from the President on the steps being taken to tackle the crisis.

Sending the condolence of the National Assembly to the families of the victims, while sopeaking to newsmen, Dogara urged Nigerians to live peacefully.

When asked about the strategies to be adopted in fighting terrorism, he explained that security matters could not be discussed in public, but said the President informed them about the reorganisation he plans to put in place.

Stressing that while these are sober moments, Dogara said that the nation could not continue to tolerate the present state of insecurity.

Also confirming the meeting, the official handle of the presidency tweeted: “President @MBuhari met with Senate President @bukolasaraki and Speaker House of Reps @YakubDogara this morning at the State House, on the Security situation in Plateau State.@AsoRock & @nassnigeria working together to end the killings, restore peace and ensure justice#SecuringNC.”

Court grants N40m bail to Kanu’s co-defendants Read more atCourt grants N40m bail to Kanu’s defendants

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, granted bail to four pro-Biafra agitators- Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi- who hitherto faced treasonable felony charge alongside the ‘missing’ leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.






image-2-e1484227110295Trial Justice Binta Nyako granted the defendants bail to the tune of N10million each with two sureties in like sum. Justice Nyako directed that the money should be deposited in cash to the Chief Registrar of the Court, even as she ordered the defendants to surrender all their travelling documents and not travel without leave of the court. Aside asking all the surties to swear an affidavit of means, the court barred all the defendants from attending any form of rally, press conference or granting interviews. Justice Nyako who had earlier denied the defendants bail, said she reviewed her previous ruling, the nature of the charge as well as the prescribed punishment for offence the defendants allegedly committed. Observing that the offence attracts a maximum of seven years upon conviction, the trial Justice noted that the defendants have already spent better part of the years in prison custody. Besides, Justice Nyako said she took into cognizance, various affidavits that urged the court to release the defendants on health ground, likewise a high court ruling that previously gave bail to the 1st defendant, Chimezie. Neverthless, the court held that the 1st defendant must report to the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State every two weeks. While the 2nd and 4th defendants were ordered to report to the CP in Enugu, the 3rd defendant was directed to report to the CP in Anambra State every two weeks. “Go home and attend to your health”, Justice Nyako joking told the defendants who could not contain their joy. The case was subsequently adjourned till November 14 for trial. The quartet are answering to a three-count amended charge bordering on treasonable felony. It will be recalled that trial Justice Binta Nyako had on February 20, okayed separate trial for the four defendants, following the inability of both the prosecution and the defence lawyers to produce the IPOB leader whose whereabouts has remained unknown since September last year. The court had on the day it granted bail to the embattled IPOB leader, Kanu, held that the defendants should remain at Kuje prison owing to “seriousness” of charges against them. In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, FG, alleged that the four defendants, alongside Kanu (now at large) and others at large, “on diverse dates in 2014 and 2015 in Nigeria and London, United Kingdom, did conspire amongst yourselves to broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, preparations being made by you and others at large, for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue States to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a view to constituting same into a Republic of Biafra and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”. In count-two of the charge dated March 16, FG alleged that Chimezie and Kanu had between the months of March and April, 2015, imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubuluisiuzor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50L, which they concealed in a container that was declared as used household items, contrary to section 47(2) (a) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. FG alleged in count-three that Madubugwu had sometimes in the month of October 2015, had in his possession at his house in Ubuluisiuzor in Ihiala LGA of Anambra State, one Emerald Magnum Pump Action Gun with Serial Number TS 870-113-0046 and one Delta Magnum Pump Action Gun with Serial Number 501, as well as forty-one cartridges/ammunition without lawful authority or licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 27(b) (i) of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

Culled from Vanguard online news

May Ekweme’s Death bring Lasting Peace in the family, Oko ~ Obiano.

The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano yesterday received in audience the delegation from Oko Community, Orumba North LGA led by the Igwe, HRH, Prof. Las. Ekwueme.

The delegation which was received at the Governors Lodge Amawbia, has the representatives of the Ekwueme Family, the President General of Oko Community, Ndi Ichie and other major stakeholders of the community.

The leader of the group, Prof Laz Ekwueme informed Gov Willie Obiano that they were at the Lodge to appreciate him for standing by the Ekwueme Family, Oko Community and Orumba North LGA, during the burial of one of their Sons, brother and former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme. He took time to express their gratitude to Obiano for according the departed statesman a befitting burial.

Speaking further, Prof Ekwueme informed Gov Willie Obiano that the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has started work at the grade ‘A’ Oko, Nanka, Agulu gully erosion sites, which according to him is the biggest nightmare of the community and environs.

Igwe Ekwueme decried the activities of land excavators which according to him aggravate the level of gully erosion around the area and appealed to government to see to curbing or putting an end to the activities.

Responding, Gov Willie Obiano appreciated the delegation for finding time to visit the Lodge, pointing that the Late Dr Alex Ekwueme was a true statesman. Going down memory lane, Chief Obiano recalled his relationship with the late Vice President as cordial.

“I am aware that the Federal Government of Nigeria gave a support to the Ekwuemes, I am deeply grateful to them”. Gov. Willie Obiano also used the opportunity to appreciate, the Government of Enugu State, led by His Excellency, Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for receiving and according our late Sage the state burial he deserves.

Gov Obiano used the occasion to inform the delegation that he was happy that NEWMAP is now working in Oko, he equally told them that the Agency (NEWMAP) is currently working on 13 erosion sites in the state.

“A forthnight ago, we signed a partnership to work on 9 erosion sites in the state with environmental experts, that will help in managing erosion sites that dots the landscape of Anambra”, Obiano said

Speaking further, Obiano observed that the state is currently experimenting with a grass called Vertiva, which according to him helps in checking erosion. “We are encouraging our people to start planting some of these trees that help in checking erosion like Bambo, breadfruit trees and others. They are equally economically viable”, Chief Obiano opined.

Concluding his speech, Gov Willie Obiano informed the visiting delegation that even as Anambra has the highest number of ashphalted roads, work is ongoing in several sites across the state. ‘We now pay our PGs some stipends and have increased the stipend of ndi Igwes to help them administer their communities adequately. We will continue to ensure that we remain the safest state in Nigeria”, Gov Obiano submitted.

In his vote of thanks on behalf of the delegation, Chief Ezezika Isaiah appreciated Gov Obiano for his giant strides in all the facets of governance. He reminded the governor that as a community, they will continue to support him and his government.

You may recall that late Dr Alex Ewkueme died on 19th Nov, 2017, and was buried on 2nd Feb. 2018.

Culled from Obika Chidiebele Cy Facebook wall FB_IMG_1530012932980.jpg

Predict Nigeria vs Argentina Russia 2018 World Cup match and stand a chance to win #1000 airtime

Predict Nigeria vs Argentina Russia 2018 World Cup match and stand a chance to win #1000 airtime of your choice

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Super Eagles possible Lineup 

Uzoho – Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu – Ndidi, Onazi (Etebo) – Iwobi, Obinna, Moses – Ighalo.

Argentina possible Lineup 

Caballero – Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico – Mascherano, Biglia (Lo Celso) – Dybala (Meza), Messi, Di Maria – Aguero.

Date :26/06 /2018

Time :7pm



After the incident that happened at Egbuonu’s family Uruagu village, Umudioka, our reporters reached the family to know, how extent, the case have been resolved, but to our utmost surprise, we learnt, that Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu and cohorts have already carried out a failed kidnapping and assassinating attempt on the life of Chief David N. Egbuonu jnr and Rev Canon Ikechukwu Egbuonu.



After a thorough investigations by http://www.morningstarnaija.com reporters, we found an evidence of text messages being sent by Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu’s assain and kidnapping crew to Chief David N. Egbuonu jnr and Rev Canon Ikechukwu Egbuonu, that their life must be terminated and they will be buried before their dead father in the mortuary.

When we reached Chief David N. Egbuonu Jnr, the eldest son of the family, to ascertain the truth about the failed kidnapping and assaination attempt being carried out by Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu her siblings, Chief David N. Egbuonu Jnr narrated to us on how, his life is been threatening, that him and his family members no longer sleep in their house for fear of Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu and her siblings that has made a failed attempts, twice on his life, and he further lamented that his life and other members of families are in danger and also want to use this medium to inform the good people of Umudioka community, and the general public that Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu, Mr Ugochukwu Egbuonu, Felicia Egbuonu, Catherine Egbuonu, Ogechukwu Egbuonu, Florence Egbuonu, Angela Egbuonu and their mother of Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu, which is Gladys Egbuonu (who is also the second wife of Late Chief David Anumba Egbuonu) is threatened him and has sent assassins on him and his immediate family, and according Rev Canon Ikechukwu Egbuonu the second Son of Late Chief David Egbuonu and An Anglican Priest, he said that ” I have received several threatening messages from Rev Sis Maria Amadeus Egbuonu and her UGOCHUKWU EGBUONU,I am not interested from my father’s wealth, God almighty has bless me but I can’t fold my hands and watch brothers to be derived their rights, severally I summoned sister and her siblings so that we can negotiate but they turned it down, all I need in this matter is Equity and Justice(Equilibrium), so that we can give our late father a befitting burial. Mr Moses Egbuonu also confirmed his family is being threatened.

Chief David Egbuonu Jr further lamented that his life and other members of his families are in danger.

When our reporters went to Uruagu Village to ascertain the threat on the life of Chief David N. Egbuonu jnr and family, we interviewed some highly placed people from the village, who will not like their names to be mentioned, One of the person we interviewed, said that Chief David N. Egbuonu jnr has reported to the village and the town on the issue of threats of life on his family and he decried the level Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu has taken the matter and he pleads with the Catholic community, to call Rev Sister Maria Amadeus to order. Another Chief in Umuobii kindred said that he is not suprise by our enquiry on the assaination attempt on Chief David N. Egbuonu Jr and family, that after they pleaded with Rev Sister Maria Amadeus to calm down and she insulted them, that from that day, he knew that the Rev Sister Egbuonu will go extra miles to eliminate any obstacles on her way.

http://www.morningstarnaija.com Reporters are calling on the Police,DSS,the Catholic Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, the Catholic Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese , President General of Umudioka Improvement Union, Immaculate Heart Sisters Congregation, Nze na Ozo Umudioka, Umudioka Youths Association, Umuada, Umudioka Indigenous Priests Association etc to kindly call Rev Sister Maria Amadeus Egbuonu and her siblings to order, because they have refused to embrace all the peace accord, that has been initiated in the family.

PDP Expresses Fear Over Senator Abaribe’s Safety …Demands His Release by DSS

June 22, 2018

Press Statement


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed fears over the safety of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP Abia), who was arrested by the Directorate of Security Services (DSS).

The party lamented that the Gestapo-style arrest of Abaribe has further confirmed the earlier alarm that the APC-led Federal Government has commenced a total clampdown on the opposition and perceived opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.

The clampdown on Senator Abaribe is feared to be in furtherance of the moves to intimidate and emasculate members of the National Assembly who are known for their outspokenness against the constitutional violations and misrule of the APC administration.

The PDP notes that the Federal Government has given no reasons for the arrest and detention of Senator Abaribe, who has been kept incommunicado without access to his lawyers and associates.

The party also notes the apprehension of Nigerians following numerous alleged plots by the Federal Government to frame up other lawmakers, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, as well as Senators Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani.

Nigerians can now see that our dear nation is fast descending into a fascist state where constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech no longer obtains and citizens are marked, arrested and detained on the whims and caprices of those in power.

The PDP charges the DSS to immediately declare Senator Abaribe’s whereabouts, as well as the charge against him. Moreover, the laws of our nation are clear on the process of arrest and prosecution of any citizen and not recourse to clampdown and intimidation.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

News Update :DSS arrests Sen Enyinnaya Abaribe

The Department of State Services has arrested the Senator representing (DSS) Abia South in the Senate, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe.



He was arrested in Abuja on Friday at a popular hotel located at Maitama District.


Who is Bobrisky, He is the most controversial on social media

His real name is Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju, born in 1992,from Yoruba tribe, according to unknown source, he graduated from University of Lagos, (UNILAG)

He is the most controversial on social media. He was able to gather traffic to his Snapchat account when he claimed he had a lover who is assumed to be of masculine gender despite the Nigerian constitution at that point in time-consuming which made such same sex relationships an offence punishable by serving 14 years in a penitentiary.

His ethics and morals which are not aligned with the Norm (social) of the nation Nigeria as so, he has been received with mixed feelings as he has a fair number of fans and critics alike.

Early February, 2018, I began to see the negative side of when he posted on his Snapchat that Kcee must marry him. About to days ago unknown Nigeria lady who accused him of wanting to take her husband.
Listen my dear brothers and sisters

Homosexual is sin against fresh and God, let’s look into Bible and see what it says about Homosexual.

1. Genesis 19
Sodom has become so associated with homosexual conduct that its name was for many ears a byword for it. But is ‘sodomy’ really what Sodom is about?

The account describes the men of the city attempting to forcibly have sex with two angelic visitors to the city, who have appeared in the form of men. Later parts of the Old Testament accuse Sodom of a range of sins: oppression, adultery, lying, abetting criminals, arrogance, complacency and indifference to the poor. None of these even mentions homosexual conduct. This has led some people to wonder if we have read homosexuality into the Genesis narrative, when in fact the real issue was social oppression and injustice. But a close look at the text makes it clear that homosexuality was in fact involved.

Although the Hebrew word for “know” (yada) can just mean to “get to know” someone (rather than to “know” them sexually), it is clear from the crowd’s aggression (and Lot’s dreadful attempt at offering them his daughters as an alternative) that they are looking for much more than social acquaintance. Hence what happens next: the angels warn Lot that judgment is imminent (v.13).

2. Leviticus 18 & 20
Leviticus contains two well known statements about homosexual activity:

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)

Let’s see if new testament condemned Homosexual

4. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Paul writes:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

5. 1 Timothy 1:8-10
Here Paul writes:The law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, men who practise homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine. (1 Timothy. 1:9-10)

My brothers and sisters in Christ let’s abstain from sexual Immoralities, most especially Homosexual because it kills souls, minds and bodies.Those who practice Homosexualare agents of darkness and It also lead to Hell fire

Say Capital NO to Bobrisky
Say Capital NO to Homosexual
God bless you all as u share this message



From Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson,©Uyo, Nigeria. 2018.

Obiano Empowers Okada Operators With ₦765m, Makes Them Bus Owners

FB_IMG_1529586868281.jpgGovernor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has set aside ₦765,000,000 for commercial motorcyclists in the state to enable them to purchase shuttle buses following the government’s decision to restrict them from operating in Awka, the state capital, and Onitsha, the Southeast commercial hub, from July 1.

The funds will be accessed through the Anambra State Small Business Agency (ASBA).

Existing commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada operators, will take delivery of the buses once they deposit ₦100,000 with ASBA, undertaking to make payments every two weeks, according to the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, who disclosed that the interest-free loan can be repaid within a year and a half.

The shuttle buses will cost between ₦700,000 and ₦800,000 each.

The first set of 200 units of the 1000 buses in the scheme will arrive in the state anytime from now from Japan.

Mr Adinuba, in a statement, said that the Obano administration decided to phase out Okada operations in Awka and Onitsha so as to economically empower the operators and quicken the process of turning the state into a modern place like Dubai.

“A situation where some members of the public have been made to believe that they cannot rise beyond the level of Okada riders is unfair and offends good conscience”, the commissioner noted.

“Governor Obiano wants commercial motorcyclists to get to the next level by becoming bus owners.

“Bus ownership will generate far more revenues for the present Okada riders because whereas a motorcyclist is not allowed to have more than one passenger at a time, a shuttle bus can carry as many as seven passengers”.

Adinuba said that another reason for the decision to phase out Okada operations in the stae’s two leading cities is the plan to make Anambra State the “Dubai of Africa within the next few decades, a status which no place can attain by making Okada dominate the entire landscape”.

He also stated that the high rate of serious road accidents involving Okada riders and their passengers is another reason for the restriction.

He declared: “Up to 70% of accident cases in orthopaedic and other hospitals in Anambra State and beyond involve commercial motorcycle crashes, and it is not right for any government which cares for the welfare and future of its citizens not to do anything about this phenomenon considering that the safety of every individual is the primary constitutional responsibility of the state”.

What is more, he continued, “many robberies and other violent crimes throughout Nigeria have been traced to people using commercial motorcycles. We do not want anything which can compromise our hard earned reputation as Nigeria’s safest state”.

The Information Commissioner disclosed that Anamba did not follow other Southeastern states to restrict Okada operations when they did because Obiano was developing a scheme to “provide the people of the state with superior services and make the Okada operators more productive agents of our economy.

“The delay is worth it because Governor Obiano did not want the Okada operators to be out of employment. What is more, we are today proud of our record as perhaps the only government in Nigeria’s history to provide Okada riders with buses”.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State empowerment programme for commercial motorcyclists has been generating reactions.

The chairman of the Okada Riders Association in the state, Jude Udegbe, described it “as another evidence of Obiano’s humane nature” while the chairman of the state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jerry Nnubia, called it a welcome development “which has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of Okada operators and reduce the crime rate in our state”.

The chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state, Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu, said it shows that “the governor’s second tenure will witness a radical improvement in all sectors”.

Cattle Ranch: PDP Calls For Caution

FB_IMG_1529597253020Press Statement

Cattle Ranch: PDP Calls For Caution

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Federal Government to exercise caution over its plan to establish cattle ranches in some parts of the country and hold enough consultations, so as not to escalate the same problems it claims to be addressing.

The party notes that the situation has already generated discordant tunes and acrimony among major stakeholders, groups and states across the country, particularly relating to issues of funding and land ownership.

The PDP is particularly worried by the lack of adequate consultations by the Federal Government resulting in the disagreements that have trailed the plan, especially along ethnic divides.

The party calls on the Federal Government to get its acts together and follow all due processes, as stipulated by the laws and 1999 constitution (as amended) regarding this issue, in order to eliminate the current disagreements being generated.

The PDP holds that the nation has witnessed enough disagreements, violence and bloodletting, as such all measures must be put in place to avert fresh crisis.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary



Gloria’s mother Mrs Josephine NGOFORO who resides in Ilorin Kwara state and her younger sister Ogoochukwu Arinze called me yesterday..

SAMUEL MGBEODINMA,met her daughter In the month of August 2017,proposed to her in January 2018 and married her February 2018….

That was how Gloria moved in with Samuel at 72b Okeamu Street,Off Governor Road, ikotun Lagos.There have been series of complains from my daughter regarding her sisters in law Onyinye and peace.( Who are married)….who frequents her house to make trouble with her….


Few days before… the ugly incident Gloria called me and told me,that her father in-law… slapped her …. when I heard this ( I planned to come down to Lagos and see things for myself,but couldn’t immediately,because I was tied up some where)

On Saturday 16th of June 2018…. Gloria called me from this her number…(08060465493)… sounding very frightened,when asked what’s the problem was again?she told me her husband and sisters in law( Samuel… Onyinye and peace)were fighting her…

In confusion, I told her to run into the toilet and lock the door…… I tried several times to reach my daughter Gloria again,..but her number was switched off…. Even her husband’s phone number too was switched off

I couldn’t reach my daughter or the husband from that Saturday afternoon till Sunday morning,when Samuel MGBEODINMA called me and told me.he was with Gloria in the house,when she “”slipped”” and fell and died,Gloria is not epileptic

Gloria my daughter was 12 weeks pregnant….. when she was murdered…
Samuel MGBEODINMA give me back my daughter, her mother cried

Culled from MEG Barn Facebook page

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the 2019 elections will probably be the least expensive elections for the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Lai said that his party has performed and would go on to win the elections without having to spend so much.

Speaking to the TheCable on how the APC intends to fund the 2019 national elections, and control how much other parties in the country spend on elections, the minister said it is the responsibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor campaign expenditurespending.

“INEC is the statutory body saddled with the responsibility of monitoring campaign expenditure, but one thing I can assure you is that for us, 2019 election will probably be the least expensive for us, because we have performed, we have delivered,” he said.

“Just talking to you now, we feed 8.2 million pupils everyday, one free meal a day, they have parents. I just told you what we’ve done in infrastructure.

“I was about to tell you what we have achieved in tackling insecurity. When we came in in 2015, 20 out of 27 local governments in Borno state alone were under the influence of Boko Haram, today not a single local government in the entire northeast.”

Elections in Nigeria are reckoned to be one of the most expensive in the world by both national and international researchers and commentators.

A research published in the Journal for African Elections revealed that the 2011 elections cost over N566 billion, more than two percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Daily Trust estimates that elections expenditure in Nigeria has grown from a little over N1 billion in 1999 to over N100 billion in 2015, surpassing the cost of election in India, the world’s largest democracy.

Bolade Eyinla, chief technical adviser to the INEC chairman, had said the 2015 elections had a core cost of $547 million and a total cost of about $1.5 billion to $2 billion.

culled from TheCable

Nnewi Shopping Mall: The Controversies and Conspiracies.

Nnewi Shopping Mall:
The Controversies and Conspiracies.FB_IMG_1529576416718.jpgFB_IMG_1529576413518.jpgFB_IMG_1529576409553.jpgFB_IMG_1529576416718.jpg

Since the commencement of the construction of Nnewi Shopping Mall during the administration of Former Governor of Anambra State His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi, the project has been riddled with many controversies both from the angle of the Government and the host community Nnewi.

The Shopping Mall is situated at the heart of the town which is Nkwo Nnewi triangle.
Nkwo Nnewi triangle is a communal land of Nnewi, it is owned by all the four quarters in Nnewi which include Otolo, Uruagu, Umudim and Nnewichi and remains the meeting point for the people of Nnewi.

Despite being a communal land of Nnewi, various attempts has been made by unpatriotic Nnewi indigenes to either hoodwink the town into selling the land or conniving with the government officials to forcefully take the land.
However in 2013, The then Governor of Anambra state, His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi allegedly conspired with some businessmen who are mostly from Nnewi to take over the land for a shopping mall project without due Process.

The project was awarded to an unnamed Chinese firm at the cost of #3 Billion Naira.
During the ground breaking ceremony in 2013, Governor Peter Obi announced that the Government has paid #600 Million Naira mobilization fee to the contractor which represent the 20% of the contract Sum.

However, before construction fully started, some group of patriotic Nnewi indigenes led by Senator Onyeabo Obi kicked against the project and the manner the land was taken from the town.
They took the government to court and an injunction was given which ordered the government to stop the project. Despite the court injunction, the government continued with the construction of the project.
The state government failed to follow the Procedure as stipulated in the land use act, while it is the right of the government to take over any land in any part of the state for projects, the law stipulates that it will be in the overriding public interest. A commercial venture doesn’t meet that requirement.

As the legal battle continued, in 2017, the present Governor of Anambra state His Excellency Dr. Willie Obiano wrote a letter addressed to His Royal Highness Igwe Kenneth Orizu (111) Igwe Nnewi announcing that the uncompleted shopping mall project have been handed to Nnewi with the following conditions:

1. That Nnewi will refund all the money spent by the government so far on the project.
2. That Nnewi will complete the project with the time envisaged in the original plan.
3. That Nnewi after completion of the project will let the shopping mall to those who it was contracted to.

This sparked jubilation among some indigenes of the town but some patriotic Nnewi indigenes rejected the Governors proposal with the following points:

1. That the state government must cancel the gazette which took the land away from Nnewi.
2: That the state government must hand over the land to Nnewi unconditionally.
3. That the state government must pay #500 million Naira as damages to the town.

However, it is important to note that if the Governor was sincere, the letter should not have been addressed to Igwe Nnewi but to the President General of Nzuko-Ora Nnewi as a law in Anambra state have stripped the rights of Igwe’s in taking decision concerning issues of governance in their Communities especially as it concerns projects.

The truth remains that it is against all known government standard practice and ethics for uncompleted project to be handed over a community. Nnewi as a town never solicited for the government to construct a shopping mall in the town, hence handing over the project to the town remains a trap to destroy the town.

Earlier this year, in what may appear to be a surprise to many, the Government of Anambra state through its agency Anambra state investment and protection agency (ANSIPPA) placed a newspaper advert announcing the privatisation of Nnewi shopping mall and called for bidders. Though nothing have been heard since the advertorial was placed.
This act once again shows insincerity on the part of the state government.

It appears that the Nnewi community will continue to wait till God knows when before the controversy ends.

It is very unfortunate that some rich men in the town have continued to conspire with the state government to frustrate efforts being made by the town to recover Nkwo Nnewi Triangle.

Nkwo Nnewi Triangle because of its position to Nnewi should have been used for projects like Conference Center or rather relaxation park with garden and stadium which will be more befitting than building a shopping mall.
An American firm last few years wanted to buy the land to build a library, shops and five star hotel but the leadership of the town rejected the idea.

As it stands, the fact remains that allowing a shopping mall to be built in Nnewi will close down many shops in Nkwo Nnewi and will also destroy the local economy in the town.

The government should rather remodel Nkwo Nnewi market and make it more friendly for buyers and sellers by providing convenient parking places, good toilet facilities as seen in modern shopping malls.

Culled from Ebubechukwuzuloke Brown Facebook page,
Nnewi, Anambra State.

Bishop Lloyd Atabansi, Anambra state house of assembly aspirant, Dunukofia constituency, 2019

My name is Dr. Lloyd A. Atabansi, a seasoned Business professional with strong proven skills in Operations & Technology, and had served as an Information Technology & Operations Executive at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI). Within the ETI Group, I served in a dual role as the Group’s MD/CEO of eProcess International SA, a subsidiary of ETI, responsible for providing all centralized operations & technology services across the 34 Countries within the Ecobank Group (Africa, Middle East, and Europe). Prior to this, I served as the Group CIO/CTO for Ecobank Group. Before joining ETI, I was formerly a Group Head of FINBANK, now First City Monument Bank (FCMB), where I was seconded as the Managing Director/CEO of Transcend Technologies Limited, the Technology subsidiary of the Group based in Lagos, Nigeria, and same for its sister company; First Inland Online Limited (FIOL), based in Accra, Ghana. Prior to this, I was formerly the Managing Director/CEO for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Nigeria, where I had full oversight responsibilities for sales growth, business development, and marketing strategy for both Anglo & Franco-phone markets in West Africa. Before HP, I was an Associate Director/Partner for Accenture, responsible for all Technology operations in serving Accenture Clients in Wholesale & Retail, Products, Communications & Hi-Tech (C&HT), Financial Services (Banking), and Oil & Gas industries. Whilst I was in Accenture, I consulted for Fortune 500 companies in the USA, UK and leading organizations in Nigeria, helping organizations leverage IT for competitive advantage. I was rated in the top tier amongst my peers in the Accenture Leadership Survey.

Prior to joining Accenture, I worked for Arthur Andersen (Andersen Worldwide) in the USA, where I served in a dual role. First, as a Director; where I headed the Advanced Technology Group (ATG) in the South West Region (SWR) of the USA. Second, I double hatted as the Gulf Coast Market Circle leader for Financial Services at Arthur Andersen driving business operations in the South west region (SWR) of the USA.

Prior to joining Andersen Worldwide, I was an Executive Consultant with IBM Global Services (IGS), located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, where I was the Principal Lead in the Business Intelligence Services (BIS) practice, covering North America. And before IBM, I worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), as a Senior Consultant, located in Washington, D.C., where I was part of the Office of Government Services (OGS) Practice, leading and deploying technology & financial services solutions and projects for the United States Federal Government in Washington, D.C.

I have almost 30 years of experience serving clients in the Financial Services (Banking, Brokerage firms and Discount Houses), Products (Wholesale & Retail), Manufacturing, Energy (Oil & Gas), and Communications & Hi-Tech industries in the United States, Europe & Africa.

Best Regards
Lloyd A. Atabansi, PhD

Summary Job Experience

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Lome, Togo, (April 2014 to Sept. 2016)
TITLE: Information Technology & Operations Executive, eProcess International SA, Accra, Ghana, a Subsidiary of the ETI Group

In my last Executive role, I worked collaboratively with key business stakeholders and vendors/solution partners to achieve the vision & mission of Ecobank Group in providing centralized services across the Group. This involved enhancing performance through application of process improvement, technology optimization and careful planning and utilization by leveraging alliances that enhanced the achievement of business objectives. Provided direction in Information & Cyber Security, IT services, asset management, IT optimization, backup recovery, high availability, change management, cloud computing, mobile computing and custom software development. I have experience in the telecommunications, financial services, software distribution with a broad understanding of enterprise IT systems, solutions, and operations.

Drove global operational performance through a focus on:
❖ Information & Cyber Security: Security incident & event monitoring, Vulnerability assessment, Security forensic & Investigation services, Cyber security Penetration Testing, Cyber security consulting service, BCM services, Security Operations Center (SOC)
❖ Streamlining Operations; aligning technology innovation with operational demands to improve performance metrics, quality of deliverables and bottom line ROI at the lowest marginal risk
❖ Resourcing Budgeting & Planning: Identifying, acquiring and allocating all resources (capital, technology, and human) in ways that will gain the most value for the company while enhancing individual, team and organizational performance. Responsible for managing and delivering reliable and high level technology services to Ecobank customers in a stable, secure and controlled environment within agreed costs. I was responsible for the design, build, rollout, performance and enhancements of all technology infrastructure and applications, and my primary focus was on delivering superior quality services to Ecobank customers and employees
❖ Product/Service Delivery and Support: Ensuring that all stakeholders, whether internal or external, are valued by the company through a clear understanding of their needs, identification of challenges and open communication of solutions that will generate win/win outcomes
❖ Product Innovations: Moved the technology subsidiary of the Group into the future through innovation, evaluation and integration of new technologies that expedited the company’s position as a technology leader in its industry segment
❖ Business Development: Expanded company revenue by identifying market opportunities and building key partnerships to deliver value to emerging markets

Core Competencies and Achievements are as follows:

❖ Responsible for Information & Cyber security across the Group, I developed the strategy to provide data security to the Group through the Security Operations Center (SOC) located in Accra, Ghana for all 34 Affiliates and millions of customers across Africa.
❖ Implemented remote forensic capacity to 11,000 machines across the group
❖ Enforced USB policy restrictions across the group with a waiver management process in place for business legitimate needs.
❖ Initiated the roll out of laptop and desktop encryption as part of the Cyber security to safe guard customer data from leaving Ecobank premises across Africa.
❖ Implemented Cyber Security procedures and distributed across the 34 Ecobank Affiliates in Africa to enable a standardized assessment of information security across Ecobank branches.
❖ Concluded an engagement deal with IBM for Groupwide Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution to secure and manage staff identities (Usernames, Passwords, etc.,)
❖ Conducted Penetration testing for all digital branches across the 34 Ecobank affiliates for the millions of customers all over Africa.
❖ Shutdown of 12 phishing sites attempting defraud Ecobank Customers, and implemented Trusteer Rapport (protected) security solution for Retail Internet Banking (RIB).

❖ $30 million investment in security infrastructure optimized by working with an multi-national ICT Vendors in designing and building a highly available and secure disaster management centers in London, Lome, Accra & Lagos.
❖ 57% decrease in data center operations costs satisfied while enhancing systems availability and performance by consolidating the data centers and implementing organizational change management.

❖ 59% labor savings and a 40% jump in revenue attained for the life safety building inspection and reporting tool by managing key partners and negotiating solutions.
❖ $120 million of revenue delivered in IT infrastructure and consulting services, customized application solutions, and enterprise IT solutions to the Parent Company through establishing key customer, vendor and partner relationships, and providing hands on management of project from requirements through production implementation and maintenance.
❖ $68 million in revenue achieved by developing and managing a value-added industry reseller agreement with several IT companies.

❖ $22 million in annual savings created by evaluating, devising and migrating services from a hosted provider to an in-house development solution
❖ 23% reduction in operations costs generated by integrating low energy devices and sensors with mobile inspection software to streamline processes and automate reporting.
❖ Responsible for administering all 3 Data Centers across the Group; Accra, Lome, London, and Lagos, and led the deployment of the following applications across the Group; Mobile Money projects, CRM Phase 2 (CIB), Migration to Oracle 11G, Instant Cards, Postilion upgrade, CR2 BANKWORLD OMNI CHANNEL, IAM (Identity Management Project), Trade Back Office, GRM – Group Risk Management Software, Group Mobile Financial Services on USSD (Mobile Banking , Mobile Money)

❖ 18% reduction in the lifecycle management of 24,000 desktop assets accomplished by installing automated discovery, security, release management and deployment technologies across the Group covering 36 countries.
❖ 24% decrease in problem identification time and a 22% improvement in the average incident response time achieved by collaborating with special regions to define vital emergency response metrics, assets, procedures and processes and implementing into a virtual portal.

❖ 40% decrease in costs achieved while maintaining standard pricing levels by innovating new technologies and improving processes.

❖ 64% spike in annual software revenue obtained by strategically expanding, developing and delivering a cross-industry mobile solution.
❖ 34% decrease in bridge and highway design costs cultivated for international highway authority by applying the strategic architecture, design and implementation of a thorough civil engineering solution.
❖ 28% drop in operational costs and a 25% boost in average sales increase per store reached by planning, integrating and delivering an advanced inventory search and maintenance utility.
❖ 85% departmental utilization, 70% personal billing, a 35% year-to-year growth in revenue and a 30% gross profit sustained by continually analyzing the market within the Group of Banks across 36 countries, defining skills requirements, applying knowledge-based training, building vendor relationships, planning and allocating resources.
❖ Charged with managing a team of over 400 plus professionals across the Group in providing operations, technology, Telecoms, & information security services to the 36 Banking Affiliates. I was responsible for all stabilization across all 13 mission critical services across the Group. Responsible for driving the Bank’s Digitalization program including Mobile payments, Rapid transfer, Internet Banking on Web & mobile, Western Union on Retail Internet Banking on Web & Mobile.

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Lome, Togo, (July 2012 to April 2014)
TITLE: Group CTO/CIO, Accra, Ghana

High-energy, ROI-focused technology leader who approached IT from a business mindset to drive critical initiatives aligned with business objectives. Being a motivational leader, I was able to create the true team culture and led by example in achieving remarkable results by generating positive performance improvements and drive through:

❖ Defining Opportunities for Change: Working closing with functional heads & Country MDs to determine and address operational weaknesses that corrected can lead to significant improvements through leveraging technology.
❖ Developing the Business Case: Collaborating with other business leaders, analyzing the needs, identifying the available resources, negotiating priorities, and gaining buy-in for the desired corporate objectives.
❖ Deploying People/Resources: Collaborating with other business leaders, analyzing the needs, identifying the available resources, negotiating priorities, and gaining buy-in for the desired corporate objectives.
❖ Reviewing Processes over Time: Constantly reflecting on the details of the business operation to determine additional areas of improvement, and consistently maximize the profitability of the operation.

Core Competencies and Achievements are as follows:

❖ Improved the prioritization, funding, tracking and budget accountability between business and Group IT divisions across the 36 subsidiaries by developing and implementing formal engagement processes.
❖ Secured the support of some of the 36 country Apex banks personnel to use technology by implementing the mainframe system and holding several corresponding training seminars.
❖ Responsible for delivering the IT Strategy, the operational service management strategy for Ecobank and defining the IT Transformation Program for the Group.

❖ Data Security: Implemented the centralization of technology services for the increase of data security, which led to enhancing the security, and privacy for the storage and distribution of sensitive data that reduced the chance of data loss, data compromise, and computer threats from internal and external sources.

❖ Streamlined business analysis and retired more than 100 redundant Excel spreadsheets by implementing the Group’s first-ever enterprise data warehouse.
❖ Network Management, Management of IT Operations, Solution Development & Delivery, and Relationship & People Management for all Technology operations for Ecobank Group.

❖ Led an Enterprise Data Warehouse project implementation, which contributed to hundreds of thousands in cut labor costs across multiple brands.
❖ $1.3 million reduction to operating costs achieved annually as a result of restructuring data reporting processes. delivering critical systems/infrastructure stabilization and upgrade projects including large scale power infrastructure upgrades across the Corporate Primary and Disaster Recovery Data Centers, systems performance enhancements and stabilization, standards-based wide area networks rollouts, a cost reduction-oriented platform migration, and the upgrade/verifiable operationalization of a Corporate Disaster Recovery Centre, aligning IT with a corporate Business Continuity Planning initiative.

❖ Reduced man-hours by 57% after reviewing and attaining an agreement to the costing and assorting business case.
❖ $2 million saved by negotiating a resolution to unapproved, key changes in a vendor contract.
❖ Eliminated 35% of the company’s contract costs by persuading Executive management to adopt a new CRM system.
❖ 47% increase in market penetration achieved by implementing best-of- breed CRM system.
❖ Successfully built 100% of the division’s IT group from scratch, including job descriptions, competencies and success planning.
❖ Recruited an effective team to conduct a complete makeover of IT engagement practices to address informal, unplanned and unbudgeted IT projects.
❖ Effectively trained six senior-level direct reports on capital / baseline budget management and when to in-source and outsource projects.
❖ Trained multiple junior consultants on C&L’s process reengineering methodology, project management and improved team estimating of project deliverables.

❖ Contributed to $5 million in revenue growth by delivering strategic efforts and excellent project implementation skills.
❖ Wrote excellent business cases in partnership with Vendors and the Business units (Domestic, Retail, Corporate & Tresury) that led to the highest recorded ROIs for the company.

❖ $2.3 million savings generated by reducing complex financial reporting processes in order to achieve difficult staff reductions.
❖ Eliminated 23% of product manufacturing costs by implementing Ariba, a new online e-sourcing tool at the company. In the Group CTO/CIO role, I also put in place a continuous improvement program of initiatives based on best practice IT Service Management practices. I led the deployment of the following applications for the Group: Flexcube version 7, Kastle (Loan Application), Oracle CRM (For Domestic & Corporate Investment Bank), Oracle Taleo & HrHUB, Gasper for ATMs, Rapid Transfer on alternate channels, Treasury F2B & ALM, Windows 7 ATMs.

Further Achievements:
❖ Designed and implemented a Group IT governance and organization model for IT, creating strong alignment between IT priorities and business strategy. Built IT infrastructure capability to achieve 99.95% availability of core systems and 94% for ATM network.
❖ In 2013, defined the IT transformation and streamlined investment plan that is on-going to successfully deliver the Group 5 year strategy. Defined a prioritized IT change portfolio, enterprise architecture that has supported the growth of the Bank to a leading international bank in Africa.
❖ Successfully led the completion and the migration of 371 Oceanic Bank branches from Finacle to Flexcube at ENG in 3 months.
❖ Technology Stabilization Program was implemented in response to growing business concerns around the robustness and reliability of the existing technology platform. Key objectives were to stabilize the technology platform to achieve a service availability of 99.95%, build strong skill capacity, and build 24×7 support & monitoring capability to ensure Technology stability across all systems. This is currently at 92% completion with budget expenditure at 63%. This project has contributed to positive financial results across the group, whilst we continue to improve our NPS in line with our strategic objective.
❖ Successfully stabilized critical services such as Omni, RIB, Rapid Transfer, Bank Collect, and successfully deployed CRM, and other non-core systems to the Group.
❖ Successful launch of OmniFlow platforms for following 18 affiliates has already been deployed with the optimized version of OmniFlow: ECM, ENG, ECF, EGA, ETD, ERW, EGW, EBF, EGN, ECG, ESN ESL, EBI, ELR, EUG, EZW, ECI, EGM & there has not been any complaint related to the performance or instability from their end as well.. Successfully integrated all International Subsidiaries. Stabilized core banking and IT platforms in all countries with no critical issues and high availability over 99.95%.
❖ Symantec HA/DR Project is a program of sub projects to ensure High Availability, Disaster Recovery and Data protection across all infrastructure platforms. The project is completed for key systems hosted in the Centre covering services in Accra and London. The next stage is to complete the same for critical systems hosted in the local affiliates. The expectation is to ensure automatic service availability and reliability between the affiliates HQ and their respective in-country DR sites. Services benefiting this solution include for Flexcube, RIB, CMS, Rapid Transfer, Exchange and Postilion. The objective is to provide a better Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).
❖ Group Windows 7 Roll-Out is now completed in 85% of affiliates and should be finalized by end of the year (with the exception of ENG) which is planned to complete in Q1, 2014. The standardization exercise is to reduce our TCO and optimize costs relating to operational support.
❖ Achieved significant reductions in costs with technology and culture change in using integrated collaboration with video and telephony communications with significant cost savings.
❖ Achieved significant operations and systems improvements to take branch systems availability to 99.5% and performance at over 90%, by addressing core people, process and systems capability.
❖ Defined and implemented the strategy for corporate electronic payments and cash management, propelling the bank to be a leader in the space.

Operational Efficiency and Process Control
❖ Established a Command Centre in Ghana & Nigeria: To provide BCP for critical service monitoring.
❖ Development of Service dashboard within the Accra Command Centre. This is used to provide visibility by service for all critical services like Flexcube, swift, AML, Omni, etc.
❖ Optimized processes to perform effective monitoring of Flexbranch across all affiliates. This enables full visibility of platforms supporting the flexbranch at affiliates.
❖ Performed Disaster Recovery tests for 9 business critical services. Single instances of each of the services were run to prove operational functionality working from the London DC. Whilst we were not able to accommodate all services working concurrently, the objective of proving DR capability was achieved. Live switchover tests for Flexcube CBA for CEEAC, EAC, CEEAC, SADC and WAMZ clusters was carried out successfully in weekends of October 2013. On these particular days, banking services for the CEEAC, EAC, CEEAC, SADC and WAMZ clusters were successfully rendered through the IT Infrastructure in London.
❖ Mcafee Antivirus has been successfully deployed across all affiliates. This has ensured that we are maintaining a consistent positive IT security posture across the Group.

FCMB/FINBANK PLC, Lagos (March 2008 – March 2011)
Title: Managing Director/CEO for TTL & FIOL

❖ Lloyd was hired into the current FCMB and former FINBANK Plc., As a Group Head and joined the Board of Directors of First Inland Online Limited Nigeria as MD/CEO to manage the Bank Group’s 2 Mobile Payment subsidiaries; A) Transcend Technologies Limited (TTL), located in Lagos, and B) First Inland Online Ltd (FIOL), located in Accra, Ghana. Both subsidiaries were setup by FINBANK Plc to manage the Group’s Flashmecash/Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)/Mobile Payment solutions & ATM/Card services in Lagos and in Accra. Flashmecash is FINBANK’s flagship front-end mobile payment application that uses GSM phones, POS and the Web for payment services.
❖ Under his direction & leadership, he defined the Bank’s strategic direction for its payment systems vision, and developed a clear cut roadmap for its actualization. He improved the Group’s payments business model to ensure that it attained its leadership position as the leading payment services institution in Nigeria. He achieved this by supervising the implementation & deployment effort of FINBANK and Microsoft’s re-engineering efforts of providing the CBN framework for elevating the level of efficiency in funds transfer within Mobile Monitor (renamed Mobile Switch or M-Switch), FINBANK’s Back-end mobile payment switching infrastructure.
❖ He defined and implemented the overall marketing, business development & IT strategy of connecting FINBANK’s customer base which comprised of federal & state agencies/parastatals, financial institutions, discount houses & brokerage firms, and SME’s in Nigeria and Ghana to the Mobile Switch platform so that they can use the Flashmecash/EFT/Mobile Payment solutions, including ATM/Card and POS services.
❖ Led the overall sales effort across the 2 subsidiaries by aligning sales objectives and marketing programs to FINBANK’s objectives as a service oriented institution by leveraging on the bank’s customer service department in targeting the banked and unbanked customers located in Nigeria & Ghana in using the Flashmecash/EFT/Mobile Payment solutions and other payment services and increase the revenue portfolio for FINBANK Plc.
❖ He had fiduciary responsibility for Profit & Loss, including managing budgets, instituting compliance & credit risk monitoring and fiscal control measures for effective financial control for both companies in Nigeria and Ghana, and with continuous improvement, defined an operational roadmap that enabled both subsidiaries to ensure maximum productivity and revenue.
❖ He worked and built relationships with other banks in Nigeria, Ghana, and the UK, and established business partners, such as MasterCard, Visa, Interswitch, amongst others.
❖ He worked with the Bank’s e-Channels, e-Banking and IT departments and fine tuned automated processes involving NIBSS settlement of payment & reconciliation, funds transfer between banks, and card companies.

Hewlett-Packard Nigeria Limited, January 2006 – February 2008, Lagos, Nigeria
Title: Managing Director/CEO, covering West Africa,

❖ Appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of HP Nigeria, Lloyd, hired as the MD/CEO led strategy for HP Business Development, proposing and implementing sales and marketing strategies to lead to the achievement of sales targets, and revenue generation. Generated 25% growth in 2 years, carrying 28% of overall Africa sales, contributing to HP’s status as #1 IT country in Africa. Recognized by Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) for Performance Award for 2007. This was for West Africa. Also responsible for Profit & Loss for the Business.
❖ He led and developed region performance to maximize the positive contribution made to the overall business results, and held specific responsibility for all Hewlett-Packard business performance within the Country, and led all IT initiatives across the Financial Services (Banks & Insurance companies), Telecommunications & Hi-Tech, Manufacturing & Distribution and Public Sector customers. He built & maintained successful relationships with all Country stakeholders; with specific focus on key Partners.
❖ He sponsored and facilitated Africa and Internal Sales Europe (ISE) projects to enhance business performance, both within Technology Solutions Group (TSG) and with shared services across Business Groups, and acted as the ambassador for HP at an African level. He led the deployment of top end HP Superdome servers, blade servers in several Nigerian and Ghanaian Banks. He also led the business transformation, IT assessment, strategies, planning and IT development initiatives across some Banks within the Financial Services industry, including Telco, Manufacturing, and Public Sector verticals in West Africa.
❖ He managed a team of over 130 employees (including contract staff) within HP West Africa to drive the sales effort and systems integration effort across all vertical industries.

Accenture, May 2002 to December 2005 – Accenture, Lagos, Nigeria
Title: Associate Director/Partner

❖ In June 2002, Accenture Nigeria hired and relocated Lloyd from Dallas to Lagos to head Accenture Technology Solutions (ATS) and Accenture Technology Infrastructure Services (ATIS) for Nigeria. In this role, he got involved in the electronics payments & settlement mechanisms in Nigeria. From the onset in 2002, he worked with the Accenture Financial Services (FS) practice to promote inter-bank payments and settlement mechanisms across the banking industry in Nigeria, for the following Banks; First Bank of Nigeria (FBN), where he led the deployment of Finacle for 400+ Branches; GTB, Diamond Bank, UBA, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and others.
❖ From July 2004 to December 2004, Lloyd led the delivery of an IT Transformation blueprint for Guinness Nigeria Plc. (GNPlc). This involved a diagnostic and design phase and culminated in the delivery of an IT blueprint and roadmap for implementation. The project team was a mixture of GNPlc functional leaders, McKinsey & Co., team leaders from GNPlc’s parent company, Diageo, located in the U.K, and Accenture.
❖ He gave several lectures and talks on payments & settlements, including emerging payment trends and schemes, CBN licensing requirements and frameworks, and regulatory policies.
❖ He led the development and implementation of the Communications & Hi-Tech (C&HT) business plans, strategies for market penetration to deliver enterprise and technology solutions to Accenture clients.
❖ He was responsible for Human Capital Development (Hiring, Staffing, Management, and Training) of C&HT, ATS, ATIS resources in implementing the business plan and achieving the sales target. He led the development, campaign management and promotional strategies to achieve sales targets and revenue generation.

Andersen Worldwide (Arthur Andersen) October 1999 to May 2002, Dallas, Texas USA
Title: Technology Director

❖ In October 1999, I was hired by Andersen Worldwide, and was responsible for business and proposal development across vertical industries, selling, deploying and managing technology projects covering many Clients in Financial Services, Telecommunications, and Public Sector industries covering 13 States in the South West Region of the USA. He also implemented sales and marketing strategies that led to the achievement of sales targets, and revenue generation. As the South West Regional (SWR) Technology Director in the USA, where he led the 128 member Advanced Technology Group (ATG), and also double hatted as the Gulf Coast Market Circle leader for the Business Intelligence & Data Warehouse Practice for the south west region of the USA. He was active in the payments industry and worked with Card Vendors while consulting on Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and UPS Stores in developing payment solutions for funds transfer and settlement.
❖ Led the development and deployment of Goldman Sach’s Business Intelligence & Data Warehouse project in Dallas & New York.

IBM Corporation September 1997 to October 1999, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Title: Executive Consultant

❖ I was hired as an Executive Consultant by IBM Global Services (IGS) in the USA, for the Business Intelligence Services (BIS) Practice, to lead a team of IBM business analysts and application programmers & developers in implementing the SAP/R3 implementation at Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC), a Japanese manufacturing company based in Los Angeles, California. The overall goal of this project was to enhance the Client’s primary financial, purchasing, budgeting, and human resources functions.
❖ He and his team simplified processes by eliminating unnecessary paperwork, reviews, approvals, and duplication of efforts, and adopting best practices from SAP and other organizations.
❖ He and his team implemented an electronic routing and approval of documents, that provided more effective management information for implementing a real-time processing environment, and providing departments with direct and easy access to financial, budgeting, procurement, and human resources data by enabling the user departments to produce their own financial, budgeting, procurement, and human resources reports in a variety of formats (i.e. Business Warehouse).
❖ My other role was to develop and implement high growth marketing plans for the Business Intelligence industry, achieve revenue targets, achieve adjusted PTI targets, strengthen internal and external business partnerships, strengthen the Business Intelligence and Performance Management (PM) offerings and ensured that customer satisfaction with MCI/WorldCom contracts, transformed the operations of MCI/WorldCom structure, business model, product offerings, and procedures were optimized.
❖ Managed the implementation and Deployment of MCI/WorldCom’s SAP R/3 Business Warehouse (BW) in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
❖ Ensured strong linkage and knowledge exchange across global Telecommunication practice units and increasing IBM’s Telecommunication and Media Industry’s effectiveness by leveraging “perform” resources from other IBM units such as the Hardware & Software Group, Storage Group, and Global Business Integration (GBI), etc.,
❖ Hired a high-performing management team for the Business Intelligence Services practice, and incorporated IBM’s “core competencies” (e.g. e-business, Knowledge Management, performance management, and balanced scorecard) and deploying them to implement MCI/WorldCom’s SAP R3 Business Warehouse Module.

Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) July 1995 to September 1997, Washington, D.C., USA
Title: Senior Consultant

❖ I was hired by PWC as a Senior Consultant and was responsible for software development and implementation of PWC won U.S Federal Government Department of Defense (DoD) projects in the Washington, D.C area. His industry consulting experience included software application development, systems integration, systems testing, and project management.
❖ While at Price Waterhouse Coopers, he was responsible for overseeing the development and support of software & hardware products, software & hardware sales support, and the deployment of PWC consultants to implement the software at client sites.
❖ With security clearances by the DoD, and the Pentagon, he and a team of PWC Consultants, with BDM Defense Contractors, worked on the Product Development Support Systems (PDSS) and Material Management Support Systems (MMSS) used in the Gulf War.
❖ Other Clients included: Skyline Financial Services, located in Alexandria, Virginia; NASDAQ, located in Rockville, Maryland; AT&T, located in Washington, D.C; Sallie Mae, located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C; Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), located in Washington, D.C; NYMA, located in Washington, D.C; and Johns Hopkins University (JHU), located in Baltimore & Columbia, Maryland.

Cable & Wireless, January 1993 to June 1995, Herndon, Loudon County, Virginia, USA
I was hired as a Senior Systems Analyst managing a team in maintaining and supporting the Billing System that served Millions of Customers in the USA.

General Electric Information Systems, January 1992 to December 1993, Rockville, Maryland, USA
I was hired as a Systems Analyst to support the development & implementation of the Order Entry Inventory System (OEIS). He developed application programs, prepared test cases and trained GEIS Staff on the use of OEIS across the USA.

MCI Telecommunications, June 1989 to December 1991, Arlington, Virginia, USA
I was hired as a Financial Systems Analyst responsible for maintain the Billing System, the Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable systems. He managed a team of people who developed programs and maintained the applications supporting millions of Customers in the USA.

Watson & Rice Consulting, September 1989 to November 1991, Washington, D.C, USA
I was hired as a Staff Consultant auditing financial systems for the United States Federal Government Agencies, such as the; Administrative Office (AO) of the U.S. Courts, Federal Judiciary Center (FJCE), Agency of International Development (AID), and delivering technology projects and training curriculum to Federal Government Workers.

Foreman Brothers, August 1987 to August 1989, Washington, D.C., USA
I was hired as a Payroll Administrator & Financial Analyst responsible for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Unemployment Insurance & W2 Tax filing, plus income statement and Balance Sheet preparation.


I have the following education and background experience:

• IBM Business Intelligence Services Certified Data Warehouse Executive Consultant (Bethesda, Maryland, August, 1999)
• Received a PhD in Administrative Management, with a focus in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Walden University, with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Security. Residency at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. (May, 1994)
• Received a Master’s of Science (MSc) in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, USA (May, 1990)
• Received an Information Systems Analyst Certificate from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, USA ( May, 1989)
• Received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance from Howard University, Washington D.C, USA (May, 1987)

In recognition of professional standing, I am an elected member of the Doctorate Association of New York Educators, as well as The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI), located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, a division of 101communications; the premier provider of in-depth, high quality education and training in the data warehousing and Business Intelligence Services (BIS) industry. I also serve as a Board Member for two charitable Christian associations.

Publications and Speeches

❖ Doctoral Dissertation: A Qualitative Analysis of Risk Assessment and the Criteria for Software Evaluation and Selection (University Microfilms Inc., DAO 72699 & Library of Congress – 96-02-140, District of Columbia, United States of America).
❖ Arthur Andersen Develops an Operational Data Warehouse Solution for Financial Investment Company (Goldman Sachs), 2001 Publication, By Lloyd. A. Atabansi, PhD, Director of Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing, Arthur Andersen, Dallas, Texas, USA.
❖ Becoming Customer-Centric: A Paradigm Shift in Customer Relationship Management, Lessons from the Expert, 2001 Publication, By Lloyd A. Atabansi, PhD, Director of Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing, Arthur Andersen, Dallas, Texas, USA.

❖ Recognized and awarded by EduMark Association as Year 2008 IT Role Model in Nigeria for positive contributions made to the growth of the IT Industry in West Africa. Award was presented by the Former Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon, GCFR.

❖ Performance Award by Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), December 2007, for contributing to the growth of information technology in Nigeria and West Africa in general.

❖ Best Banking Technology Award 2013, 2014, and 2015 awarded to Ecobank Group by Banking Technology Incorporated, USA.
Playing Table Tennis, Writing, Swimming, and Road Cycling, and I also take a keen interest in Business current affairs and macroeconomics.

22 major speeches at the signing of 2018 budget into law-Buhari

“I would like to thank the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as all the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members, for passing the 2018 Appropriation Bill, after seven months.

2. When I submitted the 2018 Budget proposals to the National Assembly on 7th November 2017, I had hoped that the usual legislative review process would be quick, so as to move Nigeria towards a predictable January-December financial year. The importance of this predictability cannot be overemphasized.

3. While the Federal Government’s budget represents less than 10% of aggregate yearly expenditures in the economy, it has a very significant accelerator effect on the financial plans of other tiers of government, and even more importantly, the private sector, which mostly operates on a January-December financial year.

4. Notwithstanding the delay this year, I am determined to continue to work with the National Assembly towards improving the budgeting process and restoring our country to the January-December fiscal cycle.

5. I note, with pleasure, that the National Assembly is working on the enactment of an Organic Budget Law, so as to improve the efficiency of the nation’s budgetary process.

6. As I mentioned during the presentation of the 2018 Appropriation Bill, we intend to use the 2018 Budget to consolidate the achievements of previous budgets and deliver on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020.

7. It is in this regard that I am concerned about some of the changes that the National Assembly has made to the budget proposals that I presented. The logic behind the Constitutional direction that budgets should be proposed by the Executive is that, it is the Executive that knows and defines its policies and projects.

8. Unfortunately, that has not been given much regard in what has been sent to me. The National Assembly made cuts amounting to 347 billion Naira in the allocations to 4,700 projects submitted to them for consideration and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to 578 billion Naira.

9. Many of the projects cut are critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation. Some of the new projects inserted by the National Assembly have not been properly conceptualized, designed and costed and will therefore be difficult to execute.

10. Furthermore, many of these new projects introduced by the National Assembly have been added to the budgets of most MDAs with no consideration for institutional capacity to execute them or the incremental recurrent expenditure that may be required.

11. As it is, some of these projects relate to matters that are the responsibility of the States and Local Governments, and for which the Federal Government should therefore not be unduly burdened.

12. Such examples of projects from which cuts were made are as follows:

a. The provisions for some nationally/regionally strategic infrastructure projects such as Counter-part funding for the Mambilla Power Plant, Second Niger Bridge/ancillary roads, the East-West Road, Bonny-Bodo Road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Itakpe-Ajaokuta Rail Project were cut by an aggregate of 11.5 billion Naira.

b. Similarly, provisions for some ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the FCT, Abuja especially major arterial roads and the mass transit rail project, were cut by a total of 7.5 billion Naira.

c. The provision for Rehabilitation and Additional Security Measures for the United Nations Building by the FCT, Abuja was cut by 3.9 billion Naira from 4 billion Naira to 100 million Naira; this will make it impossible for the Federal Government of Nigeria to fulfill its commitment to the United Nations on this project.

d. The provisions for various Strategic Interventions in the health sector such as the upgrade of some tertiary health institutions, transport and storage of vaccines through the cold chain supply system, provision of anti-retroviral drugs for persons on treatment, establishment of chemotherapy centres and procurement of dialysis consumables were cut by an aggregate amount of 7.45 billion Naira.

e. The provision for security infrastructure in the 104 Unity Schools across the country were cut by 3 billion Naira at a time when securing our students against acts of terrorism ought to be a major concern of government.

f. The provision for the Federal Government’s National Housing Programme was cut by 8.7 billion Naira.

g. At a time when we are working with Labour to address compensation-related issues, a total of 5 billion Naira was cut from the provisions for Pension Redemption Fund and Public Service Wage Adjustment.

h. The provisions for Export Expansion Grant (EEG) and Special Economic Zones/Industrial Parks, which are key industrialization initiatives of this Administration, were cut by a total of 14.5 billion Naira.

i. The provision for Construction of the Terminal Building at Enugu Airport was cut from 2 billion Naira to 500 million Naira which will further delay the completion of this critical project.

j. The Take-off Grant for the Maritime University in Delta State, a key strategic initiative of the Federal Government, was cut from 5 billion Naira to 3.4 billion Naira.

k. About seventy (70) new road projects have been inserted into the budget of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. In doing so, the National Assembly applied some of the additional funds expected from the upward review of the oil price benchmark to the Ministry’s vote. Regrettably, however, in order to make provision for some of the new roads, the amounts allocated to some strategic major roads have been cut by the National Assembly.

13. Another area of concern is the increase by the National Assembly of the provisions for Statutory Transfers by an aggregate of 73.96 billion Naira. Most of these increases are for recurrent expenditure at a time we are trying to keep down the cost of governance.

14. An example of this increase is the budget of the National Assembly itself which has increased by 14.5 billion Naira, from 125 billion Naira to 139.5 billion Naira without any discussion with the Executive.

15. Notwithstanding the above stated observations, I have decided to sign the 2018 Budget in order not to further slowdown the pace of recovery of our economy, which has doubtlessly been affected by the delay in passing the budget.

16. However, it is my intention to seek to remedy some of the most critical of these issues through a supplementary and/or amendment budget which I hope the National Assembly will be able to expeditiously consider.

17. I am pleased with the success recorded in the implementation of the 2017 Budget. A total sum of 1.5 trillion Naira has been released for the implementation of capital projects during the 2017 fiscal year. In response to this and other policy measures implemented, we have observed significant improvement in the performance of the Nigerian economy.

18. To achieve the laudable objectives of the 2018 Budget, we will work very hard to generate the revenues required to finance our projects and programmes. The positive global oil market outlook, as well as continuing improvement in non-oil revenues, make us optimistic about our ability to finance the budget.

19. However, being a deficit budget, the Borrowing Plan will be forwarded to the National Assembly shortly. I crave the indulgence of the National Assembly for a speedy consideration and approval of the Plan.

20. The 2018 Budget I have just signed into law provides for aggregate expenditures of 9.12 trillion Naira, which is 22.6% higher than the 2017 Appropriation. Further details of the approved budget will be provided by the Minister of Budget and National Planning.

21. I thank the Ministers of Budget and National Planning, the Budget Office of the Federation, and everyone who worked tirelessly and sacrificed so much to bring us to this day. However, the job is only partly done.

22. I am sure you will remain committed to advancing our Change Agenda, not only in the preparation of the national budget but also in ensuring its effective implementation.

I thank you and may God bless Nigeria.”buhari-usa