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Tradition Versus Innovation

Tradition Versus Innovation, modernization, reasoning etc

I struggled with the title because many people don’t like the word modernization, they believe it means western values. Definitely not in this context, instead i opted for innovation.

Tradition is the customs beliefs and cultural practices that are past down from one generation to the next. While Modernity refers to the present time or the recent past.
There are daily clashes between both. Often you hear people say I am a traditionalist when it comes to e.g relationship or family life. When it comes to education, it is the other way round. People pick and choose the ones which are  convenient to their needs.

In some community, tribes,  culture and tradition still plays a big part in how people live their lives.  We will look into some of this areas and contrast it with today society.

Family life

The traditional family usually comprises of the nuclear family, not just the mother, father and lot of kids. But grandparents and other extend member of the family.

The modern family are usually father, mother and one 1 or 2 kids. Leaving far away from their parent or other extended family members

In traditionally families, children grow up more happier, more people to play with and many role models.

Relationship/Marriages

Traditionally men control the women and they are made to feel beneath. Not equal to the man. The women are meant to clean, cook and do all the domestic chores, while the man goes out to work. In some asian cultures, the woman have to walk behind the man, even in the car. The ladies must sit at the back seat, leaving the front passenger seat empty.

Despite modernisation, some people still choose to leave this way. It is not even practical in today urban society, Where everyone works. In my opinion, man should be the head but couples are equal and should share the domestic chores.

Ceremony – Wedding, funerals

In many African culture, the wedding ceremony and the dressing attire is rooted in many years of cultural history.
In the Asian contintent, many india ceremony,is still deep rooted in their culture. The clothing etc

In some tradition, wedding ceremony are usually massive.  Sometimes it last for days. My niece just got married and the tradition in the groom place. Every body must wear same attire,  you can imagine the hassle. In india, some weddings last up to 7 days.  Same with funerals, it last for days in most african culture and  in some cases everybody have to wear a matching attire.

Most modern weddings is one day. Court/church and reception.  Same with modern funerals, just one day.

Both events are huge, but with reasoning. One must come to the conclusion of the purpose of these event and a 1 day event is most appropriate.

Religion

This can be very controversial, but sometimes people seems to drop their sense of reasoning and go with how their parents use to worship or not.

Traditional Chiefs or Rulers

Are these rulers still relevant in today society. We have the courts for mediation or arbitration. The elected council, state legislature and governors that runs state affairs.  Struggling to find their relevance.

Fashion

You have to love the different traditional attire, from east to west, north to south. The African continent to asia.

Lots of colourful traditional attire with lots of stories behind each.

In contrast to innovation in fashion, there have been good and bad. With knowledge of fabrics and colour, we have many practical and convenient clothing.

With fashion a mix of both tradition and  the new works well. It is all about timing, practicality and convenience.

Wearing agbada or suit in the sun is very inconvenient.

Cars/building/Technollogy

There is no contest, everyone usually opt for modern.

Conclusion

More often than not, there are many cultural practises that are no longer relevant. Without naming a particular thing in our culture or tradition, I think is time we do away those practises that does not add value or that were used as a form of control mechanism or oppression.

Whilst doing this, we should not blindly embrace modernism or innovation. It is has many pitfalls, the pursuit or love of money. The unlimited hours of work at the detriment of family life.

We do need to be a bit more objective when looking at our traditions and cultures and be willing to disregard things that do not benefit us. We should cultivate the creativity within ourselves to help our land and take ideas from cultures all over the world and not just the west.

 

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Posted by: | August 17, 2016

Posted on: 2016 August 17
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Are the electorate stupid

Are the electorate stupid?

This question is usuaully asked, mostly after an election with an unexpected outcome.

Most politicians tell the electorate what they (the politicians) think (the electorate) want to hear, in the hope that the message will resonate with majority of the electorate to vote the politician into office.
Even when it is obvious the politician is lying, promising what they cannot deliver, misrepresenting themselves, and deliberately misinforming the electorate. Focusing on sound bites, short, sharp and eye-catching messages. Including divisive party slogan, rhetoric or focusing  their entire campaign criticizing their opponent.

Providing little or no information of how  their win will better the life of their electorate or constituent.
Sometimes these politician still gets voted in.

The reason they get voted in becomes a big question? This is assuming it is not a rigged election.
They never provided any truthful information on how to better the life of their electorate
Their promises are not achievable

Why did the electorate voted for them?
What do the electorate based their vote on?

Tribalism/Ethnicity
Religion
Geographical location
Party loyalty
Bribery
Media Bias

Family background etc

Stupidity?

Lack of information?
In  America, there is a phrase “Low information voters”
Low information voters, also known as LIVs or misinformation voters, are people who may vote, but who are generally poorly informed about politics. If the percentage of LIV Electorate in any election are massive.

Most times the outcome of such an election is difficult to predict. You cant tell what information they will based their vote on.

If a politician throws out garbage information about tax improvement policy. An electorate with no knowledge of how tax system works, might believe the politician.
In many cases, electorates can verify some of the misinformation. But they usually choose not to or ignore the truth when it is pointed out to them due to laziness or have made up their mind due to ethnic or religious or other reasons.
Many Politicians are fully clued on how to manipulate the electorate to vote against their interest.

It seems most electorate suddenly become aware of the facts  after the election.
Suddenly, that is when the media starts debating the facts after election results are announced.
NIGERIA
Nigeria and Africa in general are hugely tribal/ethnic and fiercely loyal to a party.
The  APC and the PDP supporters daily slug it out  on facebook. Each defending their party fiercely even when it is obvious their party is wrong on an issue.
Both supporters result to lies, misinformation, disinformation, insults, deliberate and falsification of facts to support their party and paymaster.

Doing the nation and unborn generation a huge disservice. Not supporting or  voting based on the facts/ interest of the country but on party loyalty.
Niger delta supports Jonathan because he is from their region, in similar vein. Yoruba supports the western politician and Northerners supports Buhari.

Politicians  are aware of this  and always exploit this shortcoming in the voting public. Electorates voting against their interest.

KENYA
This is evident in Kenya, the massive ethnic violence in 2012-2013. Was reported to be engineered by politicians. At the end of the day, most politicians keep the richness of the govt to themselves, family and core circle. The electorate are left arguing and fighting themselves.

UK
Take the recent Brexit vote in UK, the leave politicians where not ask critical questions. The campaign were based on sound bites, slogans and half truth. Dodging the facts. Many leave voters voted based on emotion, not understanding the full facts and consequences.
As usual, after the election result was announce. The media starts discussing the hard facts, when it was too late.
USA
Donald Trump the presumptive nominee of the GOP –Republican party. In one sentence, says  lots of contradictory facts. But is supporters hear only what they wish to hear.

Are the electorate stupid or irrational?
When voters are happy to debate passionately the intricacies of the off-side rule in football or the plot of a movie or soaps, computer games, business, read book etc. But pay little attention to the core issue of politics.  Politicians will continue to  exploit this to craft  messages, slogan,  based on tribal/ethnic lines,  party rhetoric, divisive campaign, deliberately omitting the fact from their messages.

At the end of day, the main issues are sideline during campaign. Only after the winner is announced, the media and strangely enough many electorate starts discussing the key issue. By then it is too late.

 

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Posted by: | July 3, 2016

Posted on: 2016 July 3

Nigeria Political News

Blackmail, witch hunt or  a thin investigation?

 

nigeria fayose ekit state

nigeria fayose ekit state

 

The drama is unfolding . We are  seeing power play, party  rivalry,  blackmail, witch-hunt?

The EFFC investigation is rather thin at the moment. Why is everyone rumoured to have been involve not been investigated?

What is going between Zenith bank and Fayose? It seems bank officials were begging or pleading with him.

The Arms Fund  were shared mainly by the PDP’s  members because they taught they were going to rule for the next 60 years. They are being investigated for the missing  Billion dollar Arms fund. Money  earmarked for Arm’s purchase, rumored to have been  used to sponsor themselves for political positions and elections which some never spent for that purpose. Now tell me  how could any APC member be charged for the offense they knew nothing about?  If any APC member is involved, EFCC will find out and bring that individual to justice. Fayose role seems questionable. At the beginning of the investigation,  it was reported the EFCC traced a N500 million to his personal account,  aware of   that.  He went back to the bank to withdraw that money then he realized that EFCC has frozen the account. If it a legal money or state money EFCC will never freeze the money.

Fayose have claimed the funds belong to  Agbele. Any money found in his account is not his but  Agbele plus he stated that Zenith bank financed his campaign which EFCC has since denied. Although that is not what is in question, because no bank will risk its business if there was no collaterals to cover the loss. Let EFCC continue with their investigations.  The evidence is now mounting  and connected him with others.

But is this an investigation or just a witch hunt to punish  Fayose for his loud mouth. They are many tops names implicated in the Arms Deal fund.

Time will tell.

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 List of states not able to pay workers Salary

 

nigeria states salary

nigeria states salary

The list of some  states that are owing their worker

1. Abia 
2. Bayelsa 
3. Benue 
4. Delta 
5. Ekiti 
6. Imo 
7. Kogi 
8. Kwara 
9. Nassarawa 
10. Niger 
11. Ogun 
12. Ondo 
13. Osun 
14. Oyo 
15. Jos

 

 Edo, Lagos, Delta, Ebonyi, Anambra, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kano and Enugu states have paid their workers’ salaries and allowances up to April.

 

Rivers State has paid March salary and pension up to February

 

Borno State has paid up to March with the exception of its Hosing Corporation workers

Ogun State, though paid salary, has neither remitted pension deductions from workers’ salaries for months, and has not paid gratuities since 2012.

 

Indebted stae  Ekiti, Kwara, Kaduna, Osun, Plateau, Ondo, Abia, Bayelsa, Oyo, Imo, Kogi and Benue.

 

 Ekiti State is owing not less two months salaries, the number of months owed pensioners have racked up.

 Kwara, local government workers and the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, have not been paid between four and five months salaries, staff of the state Water Corporation have not been paid for the past six months, while other paratatals have not been paid in the last two months.

 Kaduna State have not been paid about seven months arrears

Osun has unpaid outstanding salaries from July 2015 to January 2016.

Plateau State, pensioners are owed eight months, council workers, four months while other workers are owed three months.

 

In Ondo State, while pensioners are owed four months, civil servants are owed five.

 In the same vein, while civil servants in Imo State were last paid 70 percent of their salaries in January, pensioners cannot even remember when they were last paid.

Workers in Oyo State are owed between two and five months

Kogi  owed  workers five months

 Benue State owed three months.

According to Sunday Vanguard investigation, Edo State has been up to date in the payment of salaries and pension to its civil servants and pensioners.While the workers receive salaries before the 25th of every month, pensioners sometimes receive their pensions before workers.

LAGOS state govt are paying salaries plus different  benefits

RIVERS:  Rivers State have been paid up to March 2016 though there have been hitches in remitting some components of the salaries, i.e. contributory pension, union dues, federal mortgage housing etc.

 Bayelsa, owed four months’ salaries while retirees are owed seven months arrears. The situation is worse in the local governments where workers in some of the councils have lost count of the arrears owed them.

 

ONDO:  the state government is owing pensioners in the state four months pension while civil servants are owed five months salaries.

OSUN:  some workers and pensioners are claiming they are owed outstanding balance of July 2015 to January 2016.

 

 EBONYI: Peter Okutu reports, from ABAKALIKI, that Governor David Umahi, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015 has not owed workers a dime as he has made it a duty to pay salaries from the 15th of every month. Also, the administration has on a regular basis ensured that pension is paid.

 

Kaduna State are lamenting non-payment of emolu

ments, some stretching to seven months. The workers and pensioners claimed they had been verified and gotten their Biometric Verification Number ,BVN, from their various banks, but were yet to get paid. But the state government said that it had paid up to date all workers and pensioners in the state who had been fully verified and have their BVN.

 

BORNO:  MAIDUGURI, that Since Governor Kashim Shettima assumed the mantle of leadership in 2011 to date, his administration has been paying workers salaries on or before the 25th of every month. According to him, civil servants in the state receive their salaries without hitches, only that of April 2016 that civil servants are yet to receive due to the ongoing verification of staff by a committee set up by the governor. From investigation, only workers who have not been paid their salaries are those working in the state Housing Corporation where they are paid from the revenue they generate. But as a result of insecurity, they found it very difficult to generate enough to sustain their salaries. Sources said they have not received salaries for three months.

 

KWARA: According to him, SUBEB and council workers “are being owed between four and five months, while workers in the state Water Corporation are owed six months, even as other parastatals are owed two months salaries.”

 

EKITI: the state government clears two out of the four month arrears it owed workers, today’s May Day celebrations will be devoid of the usual fanfare. Workers in the state are being owed four months salaries, while that of pensioners stand at five months..

DELTA: Festus Ahon reports, from Asaba, that, despite the economic crunch, Delta State government is not owing workers salaries. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as part of his commitment to the welfare of civil servants, ensures regular monthly payment of salaries. Okowa, in line with his prosperity agenda, is also up and doing in ensuring that the state government meets its commitment to pensioners with a view to clearing their pension arrears and entitlements.

ENUGU: Francis Igata reports, from Enugu, that public servants are paid on the 25th of every month. This practice has been in place since the immediate past administration of former Governor Sullivan Chime and sustained by his successor, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The present government inherited about seven month’s pension arrears. Payment of arrears of pension is ongoing following the receipt N4.207 billion bail-out to the state from the Federal Government. . The governor had, on receipt of the money, set up tripartite committee, comprising of labour leaders, government representatives, and pensioners union to oversee the disbursement of the fund.

 

KANO: Abdulsalam Muhammad reports, from Kano, that workers and pensioners have been enjoying steady and regular pay as and when due since the inception of the current administration in the state. The development followed increased Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR).

 

AKWA IBOM:  Uyo,  the State Universal Basic Basic Education Board was allegedly hoarding N395, 308,077.83, meant for that payment.

 

It seems many states officials are  hoarding payments meant for workers hoping after sometime. They can help themselves to the cash if they are able to withstand the pressure from Trade union,  media or the FG.

It seems some state govt are out-rightly diverting money meant for workers into their account or  for different projects

Many state govt are no longer innovative. They sit on their hands waiting for allocation from FG, ignoring the natural resources they have.

The Buhari Govt prides itself on anti-corruption, what are they doing about on unpaid salaries?

 

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Witch Hunt or Anti-Corruption? Fayose Account Freeze

 

nigeria politics Ayodele fayose account

nigeria politics Ayodele fayose account

Nigeria Constitution as amended in 1999, states every new administration must probe the previous one , that is not negotiable. Unfortunately PDP and their padi padi government failed to do that.

Why Fayose Account ? Why not Ameachi, Fashola, Oshiomhole or even Tinubu.

EXTRACTS from EFCC

He added, “Abbey directed the bank to pay N137m into the account of Ayodele Fayose with number 1003126654 and Bank Verification Number 22338867502. The bank teller dated June 26, 2014, was filled by Abbey with teller number 0556814.

“Abbey directed the bank to transfer N118,760,000 to the same account and paid in N50m cash into Fayose’s account.

“On April 7, 2015, several months later, Fayose personally moved N300m to his fixed deposit account at Zenith Bank with number 9013074033 with the same BVN. The account is domiciled at 15 Olusola Abiona Street, Estate, Alapere, Ketu, Lagos.”

The source added that on the instructions of Fayose, Abbey deposited N100m in the account of Spotless Investment Limited, a hotel, which is owned by Fayose and his wife, Olayemi.

Abbey, who was identified as the owner of a firm, De Privateer Limited, paid N100m into the Zenith Bank account of Spotless Investment Limited with number 1010170969 on June 17, 2014.

He also paid N219,490,000 and N300m on June 18, 2014 and June 19, 2014 respectively into his own company account with Zenith Bank marked 1013835889 while he kept a cash of N260m from the original FUNDS

In total, 1,225,250,000 went to Fayose’s PERSONAL ACCOUNT from the =N= 4,700,000,00.00 from NSA.

If i were him i will attack Buhari more cos he needs plenty Sympathy from gullible Nigeria than he is getting right now.

137,000,000.00
118,760,000.00
50,000,000.00
300,000,000.00
100,000,000.00
219,490,000.00
300,000,000.00
260,000,000.00
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1,225,250,000.00

We  waiting for the truth

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Constitution Amendment Or Legislative Coup? 

Nigeria Constitution Amendment Or Legislative Coup

Nigeria Constitution Amendment Or Legislative Coup

 

In April 2015, former President Goodluck Jonathan declined assenting his signature on the 2015 proposed amended 1999 Constitution citing irregularities in its passage, whittling down the powers of the President by the legislators, and transferring some of these powers to themselves (and to the judiciary).

Three items featured in the 2015 Constitution amendment. 

1. LIFE PENSION for the Senate President, Speaker of Representative, Deputy Senate President, and Deputy Speaker of the House.

2. Immunity for the aforementioned office holders from arrest and criminal prosecution

3. Stripping of the President the power to assent or veto any constitution amendment. Meaning, they (legislators) should be the only players in the process.

Nigerians were lucky that the former President not only refused assent his signature but also approached the Supreme Court through the Attorney General of The Federation to halt the proposed bill, which the court did in May 2015.
http://m.guardian.ng/lead-story/supreme-court-stops-n-assembly-over-constitutions-amendments/
Now it appears that the legislators have ‘gone mad’ again by reviving such items in the ongoing constitution review.

THEIR IMMORAL DEMAND FOR LIFE PENSION
As at today, many states are having difficulty to meet financial obligations to state workers and execute projects, yet they are still mandated by their states law to pay huge money to former Governors and their Deputies in the name of pension irrespective of the offices these former state executives occupy after leaving office.

It is even funny that some of these Senators like Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sani Yerima, Muhammed Goje, Godswill Akpabio, George Akume etc were not only exGovernors but are heavy beneficiaries of the pension largesse at their respective state level chiefly due to the immoral pension that they proposed and signed into law when they were in office. Yet, they still want more money in the name of life pension to add to their already bloated financial war chest at the masses expense.

The non former Governors among them like Sen Ike Ekweremadu, who is the Chief leader of the proposal seem to want to join the train of those that are feeding fact (for life) on government resources.

Is it not immoral and wicked that after enjoying fat salaries and allowances while in office, the legislative leaders want to keep feeding fat outside office just like the former governors?

THE IMPLICATION IF PASSED
Should the legislators have their way, it means that SP Saraki will be entitled to DOUBLE life pension from Kwara state and federal government.

It also means that people like Governors Aminu Mansari and Saminu Tambawal of Katsina and Sokoto states respectively will be entitled to fat salaries/allowances as Governors, Life pension as Former Speakers, and life pension as former governors when they leave office.

This will also attract more outgoing governors to seek solace in the Senate and fight for SP or DSP offices to ‘enlarge their coast’. This will also attract more former speakers and Deputies to seek election to be Governor or Deputy in order to legally enlarge their financial powerhouse. How sustainable is this?

Let us imagine that a former Speaker/deputy is elected to serve his state as Governor. After serving the state, he was further elected to go to the Senate and eventually made Senate President or Deputy Senate President. Then he moved up to emerge Presidential candidate or running mate to a candidate, and emerge victorious. What is the implication with respect to the controversial proposal?

It simply means the man will be entitled to life pension as former President/Vice, Governor/Deputy, Speaker/Deputy, and Senate President/Deputy. Who says politicians are not smart?

I’m sure that if this is allowed, it won’t take long for Speakers and Deputies at state level to ‘help themselves’ out.

ON ISSUE OF IMMUNITY FOR NASS LEADERS:
In the first instance, the concept of immunity for governors and their deputies is irresponsible and absurd. Even the United States whose democracy we look up to don’t have such arrangement. While we are calling for the stripping of Governors and Deputies of immunity, the legislators are coming with their own immunity demand.

Already, these legislators enjoy immunity from prosecution on anything they say or do on the floor of their respective chambers, why are they seeking for more if not that they have to protect their skeletons?

ON STRIPPING THE PRESIDENT OF ASSENT POWERS:
I think the legislators need to be reminded that the concept of democracy demands checks and balance. Stripping the President the power of Assent simply means introduction and promotion of legislative coup. They want to be the people to make laws and shove same laws down the throat of Nigerians via the instrument of the law. This is highly irresponsible of them, and won’t be allowed to stay.

This is tantamount to legislative coup.

SECTION 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE AMENDED:
Section 9 of the Constitution that deals with process of amendment of the 1999CFRN need to be amended to give the masses role to play in the amendment process.

Specifically, sub sections (2)and (3) that vest power to amend constitution on at least 2/3 members of both Chambers of the National Assembly, and resolution of at least 2/3 States Houses of Assembly should be amended by stripping the states legislators of such of power, and vesting same on the people through INEC organised and well monitored referendum.

This is the only true way Nigerians can be said to be part of the process.

HYPOCRISY OF SOUTHERN LEGISLATORS:
I shall end this piece by expressing disappointment in legislators from the southern region, specifically the south south and southeast.

Before the amendment kicked off, majority of these legislators including DSP Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ben Murray Bruce of twitter fame, and several others were always quick to shout how restructuring and true federalism is best for the country. Instead of these people to be the chief promoters of restructuring and true federalism in this ongoing amendment, they preoccupy themselves with only amendments that would favor them. Very unfortunate…

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All you need to know about the $26m Halliburton scam

 

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nigeria haliburton scandal

The Halliburton case relates to an alleged $182m contract involving a four-company joint venture to build a liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island. Earlier in 2009, KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, agreed to pay $402m after admitting that it bribed Nigerian officials, and Halliburton paid $177m to settle allegations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting any wrongdoing.

In mid-December 2010, the case was settled when Nigeria agreed to drop the corruption charges against the company’s former boss, Dick Cheney (and former US Vice-President); and Halliburton in exchange for a $250m settlement.

However, no Nigerian official involved in the scandal has been jailed. Although some people says it dates back to  back to 1994 when the Nigerian government launched ambitious plans to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project (BINLGP), had revealed a network of secretive banks and offshore tax havens, used to funnel $182 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in exchange for $6 billion in engineering and construction work for an international consortium of companies that included a then Halliburton subsidiary.
Although, never publicly released, a 2010 Nigerian government document reportedly included three former Nigerian presidents, a vice-president, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate heavyweights in a list of bribery beneficiaries that was allegedly given to the officials by Jeffrey Tesler, a British lawyer who had since pleaded guilty in a London court for serving as the middle man between Halliburton and Nigerian officials.

 

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) had reported severally that the $182 million bribery scandal had three Nigerian presidents, a vice-president, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate titans as beneficiaries. Alas, the past public office holders who were indicted in this scam are now friends and political allies of the new president Buhari.

 

There are many top Nigeria involved in the case. But their names have been withheld. The case were never investigated in Nigeria. As stated above, no Nigerian was tried.

Therefore, the true test of the president’s anti-corruption war lies on how rigorous he handles the Halliburton case. Not because others are not equally important but as a strong signal to all Nigerians that if these assumed ‘powerful’ individuals can answer for their crimes then truly, nobody is above legal prosecution.

France and United States have completed the investigation and the bribe givers Jack Stanley and Jeffery were given a reduced jail sentence after co-operating with the authorities. Lot of money have exchanged hands.

 

 

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Nigeria Power supply drops  due to Vandalism

nigeria power supply

nigeria power supply

 

The Nigerian  national electricity grid has continued its drop to 1,600 megawatts (mw) since Saturday with many
electricity consumers decrying the situation reported by Daily Trust.

The critical drop has caused prolonged power outages across major cities of the country including the federal capital, Abuja and Nasarawa State since Thursday, some residents said.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, had said on Thursday that repair works on a vandalised transmission tower since that day would cause a loss of 300mw from the Okpai power station in Delta State. Fashola said the Kainji/Jebba and Shiroro hydro plants would, however, cushion the affect by maximising output during the two weeks repair period.

However, reporter daily Trust  have information  that the plants may not have the capacity  to cushion the free fall as the grid plunged below 2,000mw after many gas infrastructure were vandalised since last month. Updated daily power generation reports from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator (NSO) on Sunday puts the peak generation at
1,668mw.  Many of the affected  resident are decrying the situation as appalling.

 

But some believe the basic problem with the power sector is the high rate of vandalisim. That is what frustrated GEJ’s efforts….and that is what is  frustrating this government too.

Also many  Nigerians do not want to pay for improved power supply….they pay for improved telephony aka GSM.

We need power at 20000MW at least to get power 24/7. We also need to improve our transmission system. And that costs money. If we want it…we will have to  pay for it. Under the old NEPA system….many Nigerians did not pay their bills. same thing is happening again.

If we want 24/7 power….we have to do our bit…just as the power companies too (DISCOS and GENCOS) have to do   their bit by supplying us with prepaid meters….and the govt does its bit by repairing the transmission system (which is the only thing it controls now)

We cannot demand for good power without paying for it.

SIMPLE HOW TO CONVERT YOUR COMPUTER UPS TO INVERTER

This simple ‘How To do it yourself article’ explains an interesting topic, how to convert your computer UPS into home Inverter.

If you own a desktop computer, you may have a UPS that can power your computer for 10-15 minutes after power failure.

The purpose of the UPS is to save your work and shutdown your computer properly to avoid potential data loss and hardware loss such as Hard disk of your computer.

Most of us always underestimate the potential of the computer UPS that sits beside your computer. The average computer UPS can deliver around 600VA, which is enough to power your low power appliances such as fan, tube light, computer, television, etc.

If you own more powerful UPS such as 1KVA you can power your home appliances more.

So how much can my computer UPS provide? 600VA means the apparent power, but the real power is 60% of specified value. In other words it provides 60% of the VA rating.

For example:

If you have 600VA UPS then 600VA x 0.6 = 360W maximum output.

If you have a 1KVA UPS then 1000VA x 0.6 = 600W maximum output.

If my computer UPS can provide this much power, then why does computer UPS only power 10-15 min?

This is because most of the computer UPS is only powered by 12V 7AH battery which is sitting inside the UPS.

To increase its backup time we need to connect a higher AH battery. The purpose of this article is to make a cost effective home Inverter from a computer UPS.
It works perfectly and I and a few friends have been using this for the past three years and still running…!!!

You can  view list of our available inverters for sale in Lagos

 

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Plans to make Nigeria Islamic state will fail –Okogie

 

nigeria politics

nigeria politics

 

THE Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has con­demned the recent curriculum crisis in some schools in South West, describing it as a plot to make a particular religious group more prominent than an­other.

He stated this on Thursday during the celebration of 80th birthday and 50th anniversary of his priesthood ordination at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.

According to him, “I am see­ing something that has not yet manifested. They are secretly trying to make Nigeria an Islam­ic State. But that cannot happen. During my tenure as the Presi­dent of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), then Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangi­da tried it by going to Organisa­tion of Islamic Countries (OIC), meeting secretly and claimed to be an observer. As a Head of state of a country, how could he have gone to such meeting with­out anyone following him? Who sent him there? And the people he went to meet did not ask him who sent him. But at the end, his plans failed.”

Okogie also cited the activities of Governor El- Rufai of Kadu­na State against Christian reli­gious groups, stating that all are centred on religious intolerance and oppression. “What El-Refai is doing in Kaduna is another way they are moving. They move from one place to another. And after sometime, they hid and reappear again, thinking that no one is seeing them.

“In fact, Nigerians are watch­ing their footsteps. And, if they think they will succeed in mak­ing Nigeria an Islamic country through all these activities, they are joking, because Christians will not allow that to happen. So, those trying to play such prac­tices should be mindful of the re­percussions and have a rethink.”

The Archbishop emeritus, who described the ceremony as extraordinary and one of the best, also called on President Muhammad Buhari to make a quick turn-around on the econ­omy of Nigeria by going back to study his inaugural speech and APC manifesto, then start afresh.

 

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Petrol Station Selling Petrol below N145 per Litre

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Below are list of petrol stations – Lagos and Calabar

Almoruff filling stations : N142 naira

Petrocham : N142 naira

NNPC LASU Igando road opposite diamond estate N140 naira

  • Mostly NNPC branch standard price)

NNPC Abule Egba : N135 naira
NNPC  Alakuko : N135 naira

Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

  •  Calabar South axis of the Cross River State  Mayne Avenue –  N139 per litre.

 

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Posted by: | June 18, 2016

Posted on: 2016 June 18
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Assessment of the Buhari Govt

Below are the campaign promises as posted by him:

1. Public declaration of assets and liabilities

2. State and community policing

3. Ban on all government officials from seeking medical care abroad
4. Implementation of the National Gender Policy, including 35% of appointive positions for women

5. Revival of Ajaokuta steel company

6. Generation, transmission and distribution of at least 20,000 MW of electricity within four years and increasing to 50,000 MW with a view to achieving 24/7 uninterrupted power supply within 10 years.

7. Empowerment scheme to employ 740,000 graduates across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

8. Establishment of a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses.

9. 720,000 jobs by the 36 states in the federation yearly (20,000 per state).

10. Three million Jobs per year

11. To embark on vocational training, entrepreneurial and skills acquisition schemes for graduates along with the creation of a Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme to create at least 5 million new jobs by 2019.

12. Churches and Mosques would not pay taxes under national laws, but if they engage in businesses, the businesses would pay tax.

13. Provision of allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months while in the skills and entrepreneurial development programme

14. Making the economy one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP growth averaging 10% annually.

15. Creation of a Social Welfare Programme of at least fivethousand naira (N5000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens upon the demonstration of children’s enrollment in school and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability

16. Recruitment and training of at least 100,000 officers into the Nigerian police force and establish a Federal Anti-terrorism Agency.

17. One free meal (to include fruits) daily, for public primary school pupils

18. Building an airport in Ekiti State

19. Eradication of state of origin, replacing that with state of residence to ensure Nigerians are Nigerians first before anything else.

20. Establishment of crime squad to combat terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militants, ethno-religious and communal clashes nationwide

21. Working with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act

22. Economic stability for the ECOWAS nations and maintaining a strong, close and frank relationship with West Africa, South Africa, UK, USA, Canada, and other African countries

23. Establishing a conflict resolution commission to help prevent, mitigate and resolve civil conflicts within the polity.
24. All political office holders earn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC).

25. Permanent peace in the Niger Delta and other conflict prone areas such as Plateau, Taraba, Bauchi, Borno and Abia.

26. No plans to Islamise Nigeria.

27. Nationwide sanitation plans to keep Nigeria clean

28. Preserving the independence of the Central Bank

29. Simplifying immigration process to foster faster visa processing at points of entry.

30. Special incentives to facilitate the education of the girl child

31. Full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to generate the relevant data.

32. Making Information Technology, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Entertainment key drivers of our economy

33. Balancing the economy across regions by the creation of six new Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to act as champions of sub-regional competitiveness

34. Putting in place a N300 billion regional growth fund (average of N50 billion in each geo-political region) to be managed by the REDAs.

35. Amending the Constitution and the Land Use Act to create freehold/leasehold interests in land along with matching grants for states to create a nationwide electronic land title register on a state by state basis.

36. Reviving and reactivating the minimally performing refineries to optimum capacity.

37. Creating additional middle-class of at least two million new home owners in the first year in government and one million annually thereafter.

38. Creating an additional middle class of at least four million new home owners by 2019 by enacting national mortgage single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses as well as reviewing the collateral qualification to make funding for home ownership easier, with 15 to 30 year mortgage terms.

39. Enacting a national mortgage system that will lend at single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses.

40. Injecting extra N30 billion into the Agricultural sector to create more agro-allied jobs by way of loans at nominal interest rates for capital investment on medium and commercial scale cash crops.

41. You farm, government buys, guaranteeing a minimum price for selected crops and facilitate storage of agricultural products as and when necessary.

42. Creating a national infrastructural development bank to provide loans at nominal interest rates exclusively for this sector.

43. Construction of 3,000km of superhighway including service trunks.

44. Building of up to 4,800km of modern railway lines – one third to be completed by 2019.

45. At least one functioning airport is available in each of the 36 states.

46. Ending gas flaring and ensuring sales of at least half of gas produce, within. Nigeria

47. Speedily passing the much-delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and ensuring that local content issues are fully addressed.

48. Establishing at least six new universities of science and technology with satellite campuses in various states.

49. Establishing six centres of excellence to address the needs of special education.

50. Prioritising the reduction of the infant mortality rate by 2019 to 3%.

51. Reducing maternal mortality by more than 70%.

52. Reducing HIV/AIDs infection rate by 50% and other infectious diseases by 75%.

53. Improving life expectancy by additional 10 years on average.

54. Increasing the number of physicians from 19 per 1000 population to 50 per 1000

55. Increasing national health expenditure per person per annum to about N50,000 (from less than N10,000 currently).

56. Increasing the quality of all federal government-owned hospitals to world class standard within five years.

57. Ensuring timely payment of retirement benefits for all pensioned senior citizens and creating a poverty safety net for all aged citizens above the age of 65.

58. Amending the Constitution to require local governments to publish their meeting minutes, service performance data, and items of spending over N10 million.

59. Requiring full disclosure in media outlets, of all government contracts over N100 million prior to award and during implementation at regular interval.

60. Amending the Constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in criminal case.

61. Initiating action to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit.
62. Reforming and strengthening the justice system for efficient administration and dispensation of justice with the creation of special courts for accelerated hearing of corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism and similar cases of national importance.

63. Establishing world-class sports academy and training institutes and ensure that Nigeria occupies a place of pride in global sports and athletics.

64. Reviving the Nigerian football league and putting incentives in place to make it as competitive as other national leagues.

65. Putting in place measures to identify talents early and ensuring their participation in local and international games to enable them become professionals.

66. Assisting Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry that can compete effectively with Hollywood and Bollywood in due course.

67. Ensuring that the rights of women are protected as enshrined in our Constitution.

68. Guaranteeing that women are adequately represented in government appointments and providing greater opportunities in education, job creation and economic empowerment.

69. Promoting the concept of reserving a minimum number of seats in the National Assembly for women.

70. Free maternal and children healthcare services.

71. Stabilising the naira.

72. Targeting up to 20% of our annual budget for this critical sector whilst making substantial investments in training quality teachers at all levels of the educational system (some other APC policy documents had 15%).

73. Ensuring compliance with policies and measures to halt the pollution of rivers and waterways in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.

74. Adopting a holistic approach to erosion and shoreline protection across the country.

75. ECOWAS currency by 2020 under Nigeria’s guidance and leadership.

76. Maintaining strong, close and frank relationships within the Gulf of Guinea, the Commonwealth, South Africa and the rest of the world.

77. Establishing a new special relationship with the leading emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other strategic partners around the world.

78. Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine Boko Haram’s origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connections to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of the evil.

79. Strengthening INEC to reduce, if possible, eliminate electoral malpractices in Nigerian’s political life.

80. Improving operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human rights violations by the Armed Forces.

81. Free education at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Education.

 

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Posted by: | May 24, 2016

Posted on: 2016 May 24
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Real or Fake News $2bn Dollar Loan from China

There is a news doing the round, Buhari visit to China is to borrow $2bn dollars. This is a huge news if true.

But there is no shred of truth in it. In the first Instance, The Chinese Prime minister invited President Buhari.

According to government, this a trade mission to explore how both countries can increase their trading relationship.

Lets be honest, Nigeria as a country don’t export much apart from unrefined crude.

We hope the government spokes people  can provide more details about the trip. Those politicians leveling those allegations need to provide some evidence.

Lets stop promoting fake news .

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Posted by: | April 9, 2016

Posted on: 2016 April 9
nigeria political tool lagos

Don’t be a Political tool

Fellow Nigerians don’t be a political tool for APC or PDP. Rather, we should hold each politician accountable for their activities. Division is the oldest tool in the box to divide and rule.

Whether based on tribal, religious, or geography. Nigerians are well educated, but i notice quite a few can’t go a day without criticizing APC or PDP.  Some people even want a political party to fail,  to prove their theory of the other political party right.

If a ruling party fails, that means millions of Nigerians suffer. We should all route for Buhari to succeed and criticize where necessary.

This fuel crisis have been handled badly. The government deserve some flaks and rightly so.

But criticism, should be geared towards them getting it right.  Not  hoping or wishing they don’t get it right. There by wishing many millions of your fellow Nigerians hardship.

Don’t be a tool. Root for Nigeria to succeed, that is how we can succeed as individuals.

 

 

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Posted by: | April 9, 2016

Posted on: 2016 April 9
panana leaked offshore account tax heaven

Full List of Panama Leaked Names

This is  the full and comprehensive names in the leaked document.

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca — which specializes in helping foreign individuals and companies  set up international shell companies to protect their financial assets – leaked the papers to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to expose the offshore holdings and hidden financial dealings of some of the world’s most familiar names.

 

Our list is comprehensive and easy  on the eye.

Heads of state and government
Current:
Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina

While Macri was mayor of Buenos Aires, he did not disclose his position on Fleg Trading Ltd., where he was the director. The company was incorporated in the Bahamas in 1998.

 

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland (Resigned)

The Prime Minister and his wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, held approximately $4 millions in bonds through Wintris Inc., a shell company based out of the tax haven British Virgin Islands. He didn’t disclose his 50% stake in the company when he took office in 2009, and then sold his share in Wintris Inc. to his wife for $1 at the end of 2009. This is an important revelation, because PM. Sigmundur was elected as an anti-establishment figure against the banking crisis and is quite clearly as bad as they were.
 Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

Sergey Roldugin, who’s a friend of Putin’s, was listed as the owner of several offshore companies that received shadowy money in the range of tens of millions of dollars. ICIJ said “the evidence in the files suggests Roldugin is acting as a front man for a network of Putin loyalists — and perhaps for Putin himself.”  The Russian government has already said it was “obvious” President Vladimir Putin was the main target of the Panama Papers leak. Whether or not the objective of the leak was to smear the Russian president, the findings showed a $2 billion trail of secret offshore deals and loans all pointing toward Putin
 Xi Jinping, President of People’s Republic of China
In 2009, Deng Jiagui, Xi Jinping’s brother in law, became the sole proprietor of the companies Best Effect Enterprises Ltd. and Wealth Ming International Limited, both of which were based out of (you guessed it) British Virgin Islands. It is, however, unclear what the companies were used for.
 Bashar Al Assad, Syrian President

Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, which are Assad’s two cousins, has long been the target of international sanctions and are suspected to be in control of important gateways to the Syrian oil and telecom business.
Salman, King of Saudi Arabia
Salman held an “unspecific role” in a company called Safason Corporation SPF S.A. that owned British Virgin Island companies which took out $34 million in mortgages to purchase luxury homes in London. He’s also the primary user of a yacht that was held by a British Virgin Island company.

Najib Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Mohd Nazifuddin bin Mohd Najib, son of the Prime minister, has had a wide range of businesses in sectors such as: finance, technology, energy, paints and coatings, and mass transit. Became VP of the Olympic Council of Malaysia in 2015.
 Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi

 Sheikh Khalifa, one of the world’s wealthiest men, was the owner of, at the very least, 30 different companies established in the British Virgin Islands by Mossack Fonseca.

 Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine

 Poroshenko’s assets include auto plants, a TV channel, a chocolate business, and a shipyard. He’s the sole proprietor of a holding company called Prime Asset Partners Limited, which was set up through Mossack Fonseca.
Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan
3 of Nawas Sharif’s 4 children (Mariam, Hasan, and Hussain) are implicated in the Panama Paper leak. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the family over their business network in industries that include: steel, sugar, paper mills, and international property holdings.
Former Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia

 Bidzina owned a trust called Lynden Management Ltd. that was based out of the British Virgin Islands. It was established by Credit Suisse, and has come under scrutiny for the fuzzy source of its funds.
Ayad Allawi, Prime Minister of Iraq

Ayad Allawi controlled a British Virgin Island company named Moonlight Estate Limited and a Panama registered company named I.M.F holdings; both controlled real-estate in England.

 

 Ali Abu al-Ragheb, Prime Minister of Jordan

Ali Abu was the director of several British Virgin Island based investment companies; he held 3 different companies in Seychelles and had family members serving as board of directors on multiple British Virgin Island companies.
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
Less than a year after Hamad bin Khalifa contacted Mossack Fonseca to buy a shelf company registered in the British Virgin Islands. The company, Afrodille S.A., would hold accounts in Luxembourg banks and shares in two South African companies.

Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar

 Hamad bin Jassim held investment companies in Panama and two companies, which he co-owned with the then-Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa. He’ve also held several other companies in the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands – also one through which he managed a $300 million yacht.
Ahmed al-Mirghani, President of Sudan
Al-Mirghani owned Orange Star Corporations, which was a company based out of the British Virgin Islands. After being created in 1995, Orange Star Corporation made a long lease purchase of an apartment in London for more than $600,000. When al-Mirghani died, he held assets through the company worth $2.72 million dollars, according to ICIJ.
Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
Lazarenko was convicted in June 2000 for money laundering in Switzerland and then in the United States in 2004 and then sentenced to 9 years in prison; the sentence was then reduced to 97 months (8 years and 1 month). $250 million from his offshore accounts are still being tracked down by U.S. authorities.

Other government officials

Algeria

Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines
o In 2015, Bouchouareb became the sole owner of Royal Arrival Corp., a company based out of

Panama. He managed the company through another company called Compagnie d’Etude, which was based out of Luxembourg.
Angola
José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum
o José was one out of two individuals who had power of attorney for the a company valued at $1 million named Madea Investments Limited. It was moved to Samoa in 2006 after having been incorporated in Niue in 2001. Madea Investments Limited was inactivated in 2009.
Argentina
Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús

Grindetti had the power of attorney for the Panama based company called Mercier International SA, which was incorporated in 2010. He held the power of attorney until 2013. The only shares were bearer shares, which makes it harder to track down ownership of the company.
Botswana
Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General
Kirby was one of the shareholder of seven British Virgin Island based companies. While Attorney General, he first appeared in the documents as a shareholder for Bellbrook Estates Limited in 2005. At least 3 of the British Virgin Island companies held property in the United Kingdom.

Brazil

Eduardo Cunha, President of the Chamber of Deputies
Joaquim Barbosa, former President and Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Barbosa set up a British Virgin Island based company called Assas JB1 in order to buy Florida real estate in 2012.

João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies

Cambodia
Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice
Vathana was 1 of 5 registered shareholders of RCD International Limited, based out of the British Virgin Islands. The Minister of Justice bought 5000 shares for $5000; the purpose of the company, however, is still somewhat of a mystery.

Chile
Alfredo Ovalle Rodriguez, intelligence agency associate
Rodriguez was given power of attorney for a Panamanian company called Sierra Leona SA in 2002. He used the company to invest in mining and food distribution sectors in Chile.

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jaynet Désiréé Kabila Kyungu, Member of the National Assembly
A few months after Janyet’s brother became president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Keratsu Holding Limited was started in Niue. Janyet was co-director with another Congolese named Kalume Nyembwe. Keratsu Holding Ltd was even stakeholder for one of Congo’s largest mobile phone operators.

Republic of the Congo
Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC
While energy advisor to the president of the Republic of Congo, Bruno jean-Richard Ltoua was the attorney to represent two offshore companies in 2004. The companies, Denvest Capital strategies Inc was based in the British Virgin Islands and Grafin Associated SA was based in Panama. The companies had at that time issued unregistered shares which were to belong to the person who physically holds them. According to Fonseca however, the companies became inactive in 2006 and 2007.

Ecuador
Galo Chirboga, current Attorney General
Chirboga was hired in 1999 in a time when he served a private practice lawyer to collect a debt from a couple who owned a house in the luxurious area of La Vina. That year, Chirboga created Madrigal Finance Corp in Panama. In December that same year, he bought the house through a self full authorization from the firm that set the price of the property to be 2,800 dollar. He was later sued for fraud as authority expected the house to be worth more than 1 million dollar.
Pedro Delgado, former Governor of the Central Bank
o In 2012 Austrobank Panama S.A a subsidiary bank of Grupo Eljuri and client to Mossack Fonseca processed a large mortgage loan on behalf of Pedro Delgado and his wife Maria Veronica Endara. The loan of 190,000 dollar was to purchase an estate in North Miami Beach. This happened over the course of time when Delgado served as governor of the Central Bank of Ecuador. However, the mortgage was first declined by a law firm that found the conditions of the mortgage to have too many holes in the transaction. But Mossack Fonseca immediately found another law firm that could record the mortgage in Miami.

France
Jérome Cahuzac, Former Minister of Budget
Cahuzac has been the owner of Seychelles company, Cerman Group Limited established since 2009.

In 2013 French authorities were investigating Cahuzac for tax fraud. It was not clear that the ownership came from Cahuzac until Seychelles authorities questioned Mossack Fonseca and his for information about Cerman group which they had originally asked to create. Later on Fonseca told Seychelles authorities that their business relationship with Cerman Group was over because of their connection with politically exposed person.

Greece
Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras
Papastavrou was member of the councils of the Panamanian foundations Green Shamrock and Diman Foundation between 2005 to 2014. He is also the deputy chairman of Aisios Foundation since 2006.

Hungary
Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly
Horváth, while still a member of the National Assembly, became director of Excelle Media International Ltd. in October 2013. He failed to report his offshore company to the Hungarian parliament in 2014. Horváth later became director of Mayer & Collins Trading Company Ltd. 4 months after he left politics. The company is registered with Mossack Fonseca in the Seychelles.

Iceland
Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
oBenediktsson a shell company in in Seychelles called Falson & Co, purchased through the Icelandic bank Landsbanki in 2005. Falson & Co issued bearer shares, which usually is used to provide extra secrecy for the ownership of assets. “I have not had any assets in tax havens or anything like that,” Benediktsson said in a 2015 interview.
 Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior
Nordal and her husband controlled Dooley Securities SA, registered in the British Virgin Islands and we held in the name of a Luxembourg unit of Landsbanki – one of the Icelandic banks which were a the center of the financial crisis in 2008.

India
• Anurag Kejriwal, life-time expelled former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch
o Kejriwal and his wife owned The Nedstar Foundation, through which they owned Nedstar Commercial Ltd. and Newington Trading Group Ltd., both of which were based in British Virgin Islands. Newington was mainly trading iron ore.

Kenya
• Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
o Rawal and her husband had two companies in the British Virgin Islands prior to Rawal joining Kenya’s supreme court. They used several offshore companies, like Montague Real Estate SA, to buy and sell real estate in London.

Malta
• Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health
o In 2013, an accounting firm in Malta bought several Panamanian companies from Mossack Fonseca, one of them being Hearnville Inc. In June 2015, Mizzi established a trust in New Zealand which became a shareholder of Hearnville. The beneficiaries of this trust are his wife and two children. What is interesting is that Mizzi told Mossack that he would use Hearnville as a consultancy and brokerage firm.

Nigeria
• James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State
o Ibori was the beneficiary to four offshore companies in which Mossack Fonseca was the registered agent. One of the companies Ibori was registered to was Julex Foundation, which owned shares in Stanhope Investments, a company incorporated 2006 in Niue.

Palestine
• Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy
o In 2006, Mustafa became the director of Arab Palestine Investment Company Ltd. and APIC Holding, which were both founded in 1994 in the British Virgin Islands. The companies were created for businessmen to channel funds and investments from the Arab world to Palestine.

Panama
• Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank
o Francolini has two offshore companies in which Mossack Fonseca has been agent for. However, Fonseca resigned in January 2015 because the Panamanian law firm considered him as a politically exposed person. The companies, Jamefield investment which was established in July 2014 in the British Virgin Islands and Gladden Corporation which also his wife Iraida Garcia is shareholder in was established in Bahamas in 1998.

Peru
• César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service
o Almeyda was the director of the Panama based company Trei Investments Corp.. According to Mossack Fonseca, the company never paid any fees or had any activity. Mossack Fonseca resigned from representing Trei Investments Corp. after Almeyda was implicated in a corruption case.

Philippines
• Imee Marcos, daughter of Ferdinand Marcos
o The governor Imme Marcos is one of the beneficiaries of the sintra Trust which is said to have been established in June 2002 in the British Virgin Islands. Imme Marcos is also the financial advisor of the Sintra Trust.

Poland
• Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw
o Piskorski acquired Stardale Management Inc., a company based in Panama, in order to buy bonds of a Singapore company. In 2013 and 2014, Piskorski tried to open bank accounts for the company but to no avail. The company was then dissolved in 2015 with no evidence of a bank account ever being opened.

Rwanda
• Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency
o In 1998, Ndahiro became the director of Debden Investments Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands. Debden Investments Limited also, reportedly, owned a jet aircraft. The company was, however, deactivated in 2010.

Saudi Arabia
• Muhammad bin Nayef bin Adbulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia
o In 2007, USB (France) bought the Panama registered companies Alyneth Limited and Havelock Capital from Mossack Fonseca. Mohammad was the granted power of attorney for both companies and their bank accounts.

United Kingdom
• Michael Ashcroft, Member of the House of Lords
o According to ICIJ, Ashcroft’s company BCB Holdings’ subsidiary, Belize Corporate Service (BCS), began using Mossack Fonseca to provide shell corporations for its clients in 2006. The company also owns Belize Bank International and Belize Bank Limited.
• Michael Mates, former Member of the House of Commons
o Mates was the chairman of Haylandale Limited, a company created in Bahamas in 2003 and dissolved in 2013. The company invested in property development in the Caribbean. Furthermore, Haylandale, according to ICIJ, owned four subsidiary firms that provided leasing and other services connected to properties in the Bahamas.
•Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords
o In 1995, Sharples became the sole shareholder of a company based in Bahamas named Nunswell Investments Limited. Sharples managed the company through an employee of a British law firm, and never actually dealt with Mossack Fonseca directly.

Venezuela
• Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army
o Cruz Weffer became a shareholder of the Seychelles company, Univers Investment Ltd., in 2007. The firm used bearer shares to obscure the ownership of the offshore assets.
• Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA (Large oil company)
o Villanueva turned to Mossack Fonseca Luxembourg in 2009; they helped him to incorporate Blue Sea Enterprises Crop. in Panama. The purpose with the company was to handle offshore savings accumulated by Villanueva.

Zambia
• Attan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States
o According to ICIJ, Shansonga became director of Starflight Ventures Limited, Stacey Investment Holdings Ltd, and Debden Investments Limited (Yes, the same one as Emmanuel Ndahiro) in 1998. The activities of these companies, however, remain unknown.

Relatives and associates of government officials
• Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner Argentina
• Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of

President Ilham Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
• Idalécio de Oliveira, potential briber of President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha (Brazil)
• Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, the wife of former Minister of Commerce and Party Secretary of Chongqing Bo Xilai, and convicted murderer (China)
• Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping (China)
• Jasmine Li, granddaughter of former Chairperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin (China)
• Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng (China)
• Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo (Ecuador)
• Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak (Egypt)
• Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy (France)
• John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor (Ghana)
• Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté (Guinea)
• César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal (Honduras)
• Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael’s former Director of Organisations and Strategy (Ireland)
• Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell’Utri (Italy)
• Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo (Côte d’Ivoire)
• Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan)
• Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak (Malaysia)
• Juan Armando Hinojosa, “favourite contractor” of President Enrique Peña Nieto (Mexico)
• Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI (Morocco)
• Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif, and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Pakistan)
• Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg, and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin (Russia)
• Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal)
• Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma (South Africa)
• Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo (South Korea)
• Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I (Spain)
• Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, wife of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and former Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Spain)
• Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousin and father of President Bashar al-Assad (Syria)
• Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan (United Nations)
• Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron (United Kingdom)
o According to the U.K. Guardian, Ian Cameron avoided taxes for 30 years on his investment fund named Blairmore Holdings Inc.. The company was based in The Bahamas, but incorporated in Panama.
Soccer 

Named individuals connected with the world governing body of association football, FIFA, include:
• Eugenio Figueredo, former President of CONMEBOL and Vice President and member of the ethics committee of FIFA
Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentine businessmen also implicated in the 2015 FIFA corruption case
Juan Pedro Damiani, member of the FIFA Ethics Committee
Michel Platini, former President of UEFA
• Jérôme Valcke, former Secretary General of FIFA
Soccer players include:
• Mattias Asper, Valeri Karpin, Nihat Kahveci, Tayfun Korkut, Darko Kovačević, Gabriel Schürrer and Sander Westerveld; all had accounts created by Real Sociedad and its president(s) principally Iñaki Otegui, under the leadership of José Luis Astiazarán, Miguel Fuentes, María de la Peña, Juan Larzábal and Iñaki Badiola
• Gabriel Heinze, Argentine former soccer player, account during Manchester United years
Lionel Messi, soccer player for Barcelona and the Argentine national team
• Brian Steen Nielsen, former Danish international and sports director of Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Marc Rieper, retired Danish international
Leonardo Ulloa, Argentine professional soccer player
Iván Zamorano, retired Chilean soccer striker, account during Real Madrid years

Other notable people:
• Vinod Adani, Elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group
• Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor
• Agustín Almodóvar, Spanish film producer and younger brother of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
• Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
• Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian actress and former Miss World.
Hollman Carranza, son of Víctor Carranza
• Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor
• Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian industrial and politician
• Franco Dragone, theatre director, known for his work for Cirque du Soleil
Nick Faldo, English professional golfer on the PGA European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst
Solomon Humes, Bahamian Bishop of a small denomination
• Marianna Olszewski, American financial author and life coach.
Nico Rosberg, Formula 1 driver at Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Andy Cole – Ex English footballer

Government officials

 

• Bidzina Ivanishvili, former Prime Minister of Georgia
• Ayad Allawi, former Acting Prime Minister of Iraq
• Ali Abu al-Ragheb, former Prime Minister of Jordan
• Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar
• Pavlo Lazarenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine
• Ion Sturza, former Prime Minister of Moldova
 government officials
Algeria
• Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines
Andorra
• Jordi Cinca, Minister of Finance
Angola
• José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum
Argentina
• Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús
Botswana
• Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General
Brazil
• Joaquim Barbosa, former President of the Supreme Federal Court
• Eduardo Cunha, President of the Chamber of Deputies
• Edison Lobão, Member of the Senate and former Minister of Mines and Energy
• João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Cambodia
• Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice
Chile
• Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, intelligence agency associate
Democratic Republic of the Congo

• Jaynet Kabila, Member of the National Assembly
Republic of the Congo
• Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC
El Salvador
• Juan José Daboub, former Minister of Finance and Chief of Staff to the President
Ecuador
• Galo Chiriboga, current Attorney General
• Pedro Delgado, cousin of President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and former Governor of the Central Bank
France
• Patrick Balkany, Member of the National Assembly and Mayor of Levallois-Perret and his wife Isabelle
• Jérôme Cahuzac, former Minister of the Budget
Greece
• Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras
Hungary
• Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly
Iceland
• Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance
• Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, Member of the Reykjavík City Council (resigned April 5, 2016)[15]
• Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior
India
• Anurag Kejriwal, former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch
• Anil Vasudev Salgaocar, mining baron and former Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
Israel
• Yoav Galant, Minister of Construction
• Dov Weissglass, former advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Kenya
• Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

 

Malta
• Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health.

Mizzi is the the only serving EU minister featured in the leaks.
• Keith Schembri, Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff
Nigeria
• James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State
North Korea
• Kim Chol Sam, Daedong Credit Bank representative based in Dalian and presumed high official
Palestine
• Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy
Panama
• Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank
Peru
• César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service
Poland
• Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw
Rwanda
• Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency
Saudi Arabia
• Muhammad bin Nayef, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia
Sweden
• Frank Belfrage, former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
United Kingdom
• Michael Ashcroft, retired member of the House of LordS
• Tony Baldry, former Member of the House of Commons
• Michael Mates, former Member of the House of Commons
• Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords
Venezuela
• Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army
• Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA
• Adrián José Velásquez Figueroa, former security chief of Miraflores Presidential Palace
Zambia
• Atan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States
Relatives and associates of government official
Argentina
• Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner[1]
• Alessandra Minnicelli, wife of former Minister of Planning and Public Investment Julio de Vido
Azerbaijan
• Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of President Ilham Aliyev
Brazil
• Idalécio de Castro Rodrigues de Oliveira, potential briber of the President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha and a Portuguese entrepeneur
Canada
• Anthony Merchant, husband of Senator Pana Merchant
China
• Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of President and General Secretary Xi Jinping
• Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, convicted murderer and wife of former Minister of Commerce and Member of the Politburo Bo Xilai
• Hu Dehua, son of former General Secretary Hu Yaobang
• Jasmine Li, granddaughter of former standing Member of the Politburo Jia Qinglin
• Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng
Ecuador
• Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo
Egypt
• Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak
France
• Frédéric Chatillon, business associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front
• Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy
• Nicolas Crochet, accounting associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front
• Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the National Front and father of current party leader Marine Le Pen
Ghana
• John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor
Guinea
• Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté
Honduras
• César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal
Ireland
• Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael’s former Director of Organisations and Strategy
Italy
• Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell’Utri

 

India
• Jehangir Soli Sorabjee, son of former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee and a honorary consultant physician at Bombay Hospital
• Harish Salve, former Solicitor General and son of N. K. P. Salve, veteran Indian National Congress politician
• Rajendra Patil, son-in-law of Karnataka minister Shamanuru Shivashankarappa and businesperson

 

Ivory Coast
• Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo

 

Kazakhstan
• Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbaye

 

Malaysia
• Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak, and their cousin[1]

Mexico
• Juan Armando Hinojosa, “favourite contractor” of President Enrique Peña Nieto[1]

Morocco
• Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI[1]
Pakistan
• Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif[1]
Russia
• Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin[1]
Senegal
• Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade[45]

 

South Africa
• Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma[46]

 

South Korea
• Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo[47]

 

 

Spain
• Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I, as well as her husband Luis Gómez-Acebo and their son Bruno Gómez-Acebo[48][49]
• Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, wife of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and former Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment[50]
• Oleguer Pujol, son of Jordi Pujol i Soley, former President of Catalonia[51]
Syria
• Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousins of President Bashar al-Assad[1]

 

United Kingdom
• Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron[52]
• Sarah Ferguson, former wife of Prince Andrew[53]

David Sharples, son of Baroness Pamela Sharples[54]

Mark Thatcher, son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

United Nations
• Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Source – Wikipedia

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Posted by: | April 8, 2016

Posted on: 2016 April 8
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Why the north should share power willingly in Nigeria

There is a general feeling in Nigeria, that the north feels the presidency belongs to them.

Looking forward, what will it takes for the north to share power willingly. We not looking for any revolution to shed blood. Every Nigerians should be able to aspire to the presidency.

Igbo, Yoruba or the minority tribes.  It is in the interest of the north that they share power willingly.

The igbo need to drop calls for Biafra, i don’t think that is a viable solution because  once a tribe goes. All other tribes will want to go their way.

I believe an honest plan can be worked at constitutionally, peace conference by the leaders and we can move Nigeria forward peacefully.

Lets hear your take.

 

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Posted on: 2016 April 5
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