No Tax Clearance Certificates, No Authority Papers – Obiano tells Park Managers. By Obika Chidiebele.

The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has said that from henceforth, any park manager who does not have a Tax Clearance Certificate from the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service will no longer manage any park in the state.

The governor who made this known through his Chief of Staff, Mr Primus Odili, in the meeting of Motor Park Managers in the state held earlier today at the Secretary to The State Government’s Conference Hall, Government House, Awka, observed that it is disgusting that almost all the motor park managers do not have Tax certificates.

The meeting which was convened by the Honourable Commissioner for Transport in the state, Hon Uchenna Okafor, had the MD of Transport Company of Anambra State, Dr Ifeoma Madukasi, Dr. David Nzekwu, Chairman, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service and other Aides to the governor in attendance.

Speaking at the occasion, Hon Uchenna Okafor informed the Park Managers that the new Anambra will accommodate everyone that is ready to partner the state in developing the Transport sector. The Commissioner who pointed that the state government from henceforth, will no longer tolerate some parks that does not remit their money regularly, equally added that the era of illegal toll collectors has gone.

“Our governor, Chief Willie Obiano is working and we cannot continue to loose revenue. Our Federal Allocation is poor to compare with other states and as such, the state harps on these revenues to continue working in the state. Whoever does not have a Tax Clearance Certificate in Anambra will not work in our parks”. He said. Also, he appreciated the managers whom he described as good partners of the state government.

In his Speech, the Chairman of AIRS, Dr Nzekwu informed the participants that what the state is about to embark on is for the benefit of all and sundry in the state, pointing that with a Tax Clearance Certificate, the person is entitled to many benefits in the state. He also added that the innovation was necessary because, it would help the state in proper documentation of all her workers and Agencies.

In their separate observations, Hon Wilfred Ezika, urged the state to introduce terrif in their authority papers to the Motor Park Managers which according to him will help checkmake illegal toll collectors in the state. Mr Chidi Onumajuru (GM Eastern Mass, SouthEast Region and Secretary, Mass Transit Union in the state), appreciated the conveners of the meeting. He inquired from the state, on whether the Tax from the Federal Government is different from that of the state. A enquiry of which he was immediately cleared. He further thanked Gov Willie Obiano for providing security in the state saying that it had helped them in their working places.

It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power”…Chimamanda Adichie

Democracy is the Greek word for people’s power (Power to the people).But the question is this – to what degree is this power actually controlled by the people? Are the masses really in charge and does their voices really matters? But again, what is true of Nigeria is also true of most countries in the African continent and few countries in the west. Throughout history, a selected few have always controlled the society using diversionary strategies. Misinformation, disinformation, fear, post-truth, paranoia and manipulations being the weapons of choice. It’s called Propaganda Engineering – which aims at keeping the masses stranded in the valley of decision, uninformed, misinformed, paranoid and incapable of making valuable political decisions for themselves and their families

The difference between a developed democracy and a developing democracy is that while the democratic institutions in developed democracies are strengthened to antagonize the single story, Institutions in developing democracies like Nigeria are designed to boost the multiplier effect of the single story. Powerful people have indeed kidnaped democracy in Nigeria

At this point, we may have been wondering – What then is the single story? A single story means the cover-up of the past and the manipulation of the present in order to influence the future. When you repeat a lie over and over again, then it becomes a truth. Portray a story as one thing over and over again and that is what it will definitely become. A single story is created for one purpose and one purpose only – to benefit the creator. Invented to influence the way the society reacts and designed to make the masses think in a certain direction which the inventor wants them to think. Politicians (with the help of the media) are master inventors of the single story of which they are the greatest beneficiaries. Never let the truth get in the way of good politics, they say. In their worldview, truth is irrelevant, power is supreme and must be retained at all cost.

Chimamanda Adichie warned “The single story creates stereotypes and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but they are incomplete”.

Dangerous characteristics of the single story are as follows

1.They cover-up sensitive information: Like the present government in Anambra State, they will claim to have invested much in education but will never tell the public there are no books in the state libraries. They will hide the current reports on school drop-outs in the state. They talk about creating jobs but fail to disclose that statistical evidence revealed that 7000 job seekers applied for a single job vacancy in the state.

  1. 2They silence the opposition: They dislike opinions that tend to reveal their shadows and silence all opposing voices that may introduce alternatives. They enjoy exclusive rights to societal psycho-mental hypnotism. They will repair or construct roads then blow it out of proportion in the media, the masses claps and jumps as if it was a big deal and not the function of governments to repair roads
  2. 3They don’t balance reports: A balanced report destroys the single story. They don’t want to bring up issues for open debate, in contrast to the United Nations Sustainable Development goals which states that governments should share information, exchange ideas, encourage meetings and brainstorming, and work in good faith across cultures. When technocrats ask important questions, they send their personal assistants to give unreasonable answers. They don’t want alternatives to existing problems because they like Donald Trump are demagogues who benefit in chaotic times
  3. Propaganda Engineering: They take absolute control of the media, censor reports and filter the type of information they wish to share with the masses. Using all “Damage Control” strategies in the book, they clean up their scandals, re-package lies and re-position falsehood thereby keeping the population in perpetual darkness.

A disillusioned society is an easy tool for manipulation. Once this is achieved, the population becomes brain-washed and zombified, singing hallelujah to a despot who has a proven record of gross incompetence.

The single story shows how vulnerable the society can be when truth and politics are in conflict. But when you reject the single story, you can control your destiny. As Adichie advised “Stories have been used to disposes and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity”.

When you allow others to tell your story, then they will choose what to tell and how to tell it.They will take your story, tell it the way they please and it will become your story. A Professor of International Relations at the Stockholm’s University told me few days ago that Nigerian voters are so poor that they accept less than $1 (300 Naira) to vote for politicians during elections and that the Ibos are so morally bankrupt that they can sell their mothers in exchange for political favors. I was very furious and asked him who told him this and he replied that one politician from Nigeria told him. But is this really the truth? If a limited few accepts $1.00 to sell their conscience at the ballot box, do we all do the same? I have never sold my lovely mother for any political nonsense and have never encountered anyone in the entire Iboland who has done so. Is this how cheap the single story can be, who invented it and is this our story in Anambra State? If Politicians have written your story on your behalf (though without your consent), is this really your story?

The time has come for us to change history, to re-write our story. Election 2019 is a chance for us to correct the ills of the past. Will you vote with both eyes wide shut or will you seek the truth? How will you measure political accountability and determinants of good governance? Will you vote again without a balance report? Adichie prophesized “when we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story……..we regain a kind of Paradise”

But this condition comes with a cost. To regain the Paradise Lost in Anambra State, we must reject the single story

Anambra Calls, Will you answer!!

  • Written by: IKE CHINEDU KLINSMANN (B.pharm, MPH, MFIP, JP) Coordinator President Goodluck Jonathan Initiatives in Scandinavia – 2015, Former Team Leader ICT & Digital Communications, Tony Nwoye Governorship campaign Organization 2013. nansunn@yahoo.com

 

  • Edited By: MAZI ORJIKA CHIDI
  • IKECHUKWU EMEKA Onyia 

Culled from http://www.ikeiklinsman.comwanted-to-be-a-priest-suffered-depression-cant-live-with-writers-new-revelations-about-chimamanda-emerge

News Update :President Emmanuel Macron of France land in Abuja on a visit(view photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinets  Welcomed  him

 

Visiting President Emmanuel Macron of France and President Muhammadu Buhari during arrival formalities for the visitor who was at the head of a high-powered French delegation to Nigeria at the State House, Abuja.

 

Stay tuned for more details…….

Breaking: Police rescue abducted Mikel Obi’s father  

ENUGU state police command has rescued Chief Michael Obi, father to Nigeria’s soccer skipper, Mikel Obi. Chief Obi who was abducted on June 29 along Enugu- Makurdi road was rescued inside a forest in Udi local government area of the state on Monday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The state police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu said the police through its operatives of the 9thmile Division on Monday at about 2.30pm rescued Chief Obi and his driver, Ishaya John, unhurt in Egede-Udi forest, along old Egede Affa road in Enugu state. “They were rescued hale and hearty and pa Michael Obi and the driver have rejoined their family,” said Amaraizu. The police spokesman said both men were allegedly abducted on their way from Jos Plataeau, in a grey colored Toyota pardon jeep with registration number MUS 604CG and taken to unknown destination through the thick forest part of the area. Amaraizu said that the abductors started making calls to demand a ransom of 10 million naira before the operatives acting on intelligence information swooped on them where a gun duel ensued which forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims inside the forest and they were promptly rescued.

He further stated that Chief Obi extolled the response and efforts of the police which led to their rescue. “He thanked the commissioner of police Danmallam Mohammed and his operatives insisting that he is happy with the operatives performance. “I am alive and healthy.I thank the commissioner of police and the police operatives on their efforts which led to our rescue,” Amaraizu quoted Obi. He said that at the office of the commissioner of police, a team of doctors from the police medical unit conducted medical check on Chief Obi and also confirmed that he is hale and hearty. He appealled to members of the public particularly hospital owners and operators to watch out for any one with injury or wound believed to be that of bullet for prompt necessary action, adding that full scale investigations have commenced into the incident .
Screen-Shot-2018-07-03-at-06.12.43.png Culled from http://www.Vanguardngr. Com

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