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Again, Amaechi Says He Has No Personal Grudge With President Jonathan.


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The Governor of Rivers State Chibuike Amaechi has stated that there is no personal quarrel between him and President Goodluck Jonathan despite widespread believes that the two are sworn enemies.

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Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi

In a statewide New Year broadcast delivered by the Governor, he noted that he only has some misgivings against certain actions of the Federal Government towards the people of Rivers State.

In his words: “First, we have expended huge resources in executing approved federal projects in the state such as the Port Harcourt Owerri Road without any
refunds.

“Secondly, there is hardly any reasonable federal project ongoing in the state. Work on the Port Harcourt International Airport, a major gateway into the Eastern parts of the country, has been largely abandoned while airports whose rehabilitation was embarked on at the same time have since been commissioned.

“Thirdly, the federal government has embarked on a reduction of our natural resource endowments. A number of oil wells and gas fields located in the state have been carved out and ceded to neighbouring states while resources due from these have also been paid to those states.

“Fourthly, major industrial and strategic security projects that were originally slated for location in Rivers State have been moved to neighbouring states without even the courtesy of an explanation.

“Fifthly, there is evidence of discrimination against Rivers State indigenes in key federal appointments. Of all the councils and boards of federal universities and tertiary institutions recently announced, there is hardly any Rivers indigene considered fit to head any of them.

“Sixthly and most importantly, the federal government has actively encouraged the destabilization of the security of the state through tacit encouragement of the return of militants onto the streets of Port Harcourt and by encouraging the police to play a partisan role in the political affairs of the state.

According to him, efforts to reach a peaceful resolution of the differences on these issues with the federal government have not quite yielded results as the negative actions has not been reversed despite repeated appeals and countless negotiations from Rivers State Government.

“Our doors remain open to a negotiated settlement of these issues within the context of the constitutional relationship between Rivers State and the Federal Government”. He declared.

On the underlying principle behind his movement to the opposition party, All Progressive Congress, APC, the Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum said he believes that the APC offers more robust platform for the realization of the dream of Rivers people for quick even development.

Source: African Examiner.

Poll: Americans Have Little Faith in Government.


Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation’s biggest problems, a new poll finds.

Half say America’s system of democracy needs either “a lot of changes” or a complete overhaul, according to the poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 1 in 20 says it works well and needs no changes.

Americans, who have a reputation for optimism, have a sharply pessimistic take on their government after years of disappointment in Washington.

The percentage of Americans saying the nation is heading in the right direction hasn’t topped 50 in about a decade. In the new poll, 70 percent lack confidence in the government’s ability “to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.”

The poll comes about two months after partisan gridlock prompted the first government shutdown in 17 years.

People feel somewhat better about their personal lives. Most have at least some confidence that they’ll be able to handle their own problems in the coming year. A narrow majority say they’d do a better job running the country than today’s leaders in Washington.

Local and state governments inspire more faith than the federal government, according to the poll, with 45 percent at least moderately confident in their state government and 54 percent expressing that much confidence in their local government.

When asked to name up to 10 world or national problems they would “like the government to be working on” in 2014, Americans chiefly cite issues that have dominated — and often flummoxed — the White House and Congress for five years. Health care reform topped the list. It is likely, however, that those naming the issue include both opponents and supporters of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul.

Jobs and the economy were next, followed by the nation’s debt and deficit spending.

Some issues that draw ample media and campaign attention rank lower in the public’s priorities. No more than 3 percent of Americans listed gay rights, abortion or domestic spying as prime topics for government action.

Regardless of the issue, however, Americans express remarkably little confidence that the federal government can make real progress.

For instance, 86 percent of those who called health care reform a top priority said they want the government to put “a lot” or “a great deal” of effort into it. But about half of them (49 percent) are “not at all confident” there will be real progress, and 20 percent are only “slightly confident.”

This yawning gap between public desires and expectations is one of the poll’s most striking findings. Even on an issue completely within the federal government’s control, the budget and national debt, 65 percent of those who called it a priority say they have no confidence in the government’s ability to fix it. Another 20 percent are only “slightly confident.”

When it comes to the issues people cited as most important to them, 80 percent want the government to spend significant effort working on them. Yet 76 percent say they have little or no confidence the government will make real progress.

But asked generally about the role of government in society, the AP-NORC Center poll finds Americans divided on how active they want government to be. Half say “the less government the better.” However, almost as many (48 percent) say “there are more things that government should be doing.”

On the economy, an area historically driven by the private sector, the poll finds a clear public desire for active government. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say “we need a strong government to handle today’s complex economic problems.”

Even among those who say “the less government the better,” 31 percent feel the nation needs a strong government to handle those complex problems.

Americans don’t feel terribly optimistic about their own economic opportunities. Although 49 percent say their standard of living surpasses their parents’, most are broadly pessimistic about the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. And they are mixed on whether people like them have a good chance to improve their standard of living.

Few are hopeful that the pieces are in place for the government to improve. About half are pessimistic about the country’s ability to produce strong leaders generally. And 61 percent are pessimistic about the system of government overall and the way leaders are chosen.

Kathy Wooters of Houston’s Kingwood community is among those who think the federal government should just get out of the way.

“We have too big of a government. I’d like it to be less in control of our lives,” said Wooters, 57, a mother of four and grandmother of nine. “We are adults,” she said. “We can make wise decisions with our money,” rather than have the federal government dictate insurance choices and dole out more assistance to those who “want everything for free.”

Wooters, a Republican and tea party supporter, said she taught her children to fend for themselves and avoid debt.

The AP-NORC Center poll was conducted online Dec. 12-16 among a random national sample of 1,141 adults. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points for all respondents.

The survey was conducted by GfK using KnowledgePanel, a probability-based Internet panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Respondents to the survey were first selected randomly, using phone or mail survey methods, and were later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them.

 

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Source: Newsmax.com

Major marketers back privatisation of refineries.


 

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The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria has supported the move by the Federal Government to privatise the nation’s refineries, saying it is a step in the right direction.
The Secretary General, MOMAN, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, during a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to ensure that the privatisation process was transparent and open to both local and international bidders with requisite technical knowhow and financial muscle to transform the ailing refineries.
He said, “I support the privatisation of the refineries and the reason is that it will bring in private sector efficiency. However, the privatisation should have some basic ingredients. Unlike the one that was done 24 hours before former President Olusegun Obasanjo left office, this one must be transparent, competitive and open to international bidders.
“It should attract not only the serious bidders that know about running refineries, but those that have the money. If you make it private, people can buy the refineries and start stripping the assets. But if you make it open, competitive and international, investors who will come will be people who are serious and have the financial muscle to turn around the refineries.”
The nation has four refineries with a combined capacity to process 445,000 barrels per day but they have been marred by sub-optimal performance over the years due to poor Turnaround Maintenance, among other factors.
The Federal Government has said it planned to privatise the refineries in the first quarter of this year.
The MOMAN secretary also condemned pipeline vandalism, saying it was a major hindrance to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s efforts at ensuring efficient supply of petroleum product in the country.
Olawore said, “If there is no vandalism, the NNPC can sufficiently meet the petrol demand of the country.  This is because the product that will fill up the pipelines alone is about 500,000 metric tonnes, which is about 500 million litres.
“Meanwhile, we need only about 40 million litres a day. If you divide 500 million litres by 40 million, you probably will get about 12 days’ stocks stored in the pipeline network.”
If not for vandalism, he said the country’s pipeline network could serve as strategic storage if functional.
He further said that a near fuel scarcity was recently averted following the payment of subsidy arrears by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Tackle poverty, insecurity; take not Nigerians for granted – Atiku warns.


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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has raised the alarm over poverty rate in the country, calling on the Federal Government to rise up to the task of governance.According to him, elected and appointed officials must be proactive in tackling issues affecting the people, as they have exercised enough patience with successive administrations.In a New Year message by his Media Office in Abuja on Monday, Atiku, while congratulating Nigerians, thanked God for keeping the nation together despite its myriad of security, political and socio-economic challenges.“Despite our challenges in the area of security, infrastructure, politics and economy, I am grateful to God for keeping us together as one,” he said.“It is my hope that we all will face the future of our country with confidence and fervent hope that God will grant us the better tomorrow we are working for.”The Turaki Admawa, urged leaders at different levels to brace up to the challenges of nation-building and economic prosperity for the nation and its people.Continuing, Atiku noted that “With hard work and dedication, elected leaders and public servants can rise to the expected challenges of national development and economic prosperity to redress the deepening poverty of ordinary Nigerians in 2014.“Public office holders should not take the magnanimity of the Nigerian people for granted,” he added.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Police To Spend N125.6m On Dogs In 2014.


The Nigeria Police Force is to spend a whopping N125, 629,606 million on its dogs in 2014.

The amount is contained in the Police budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja last week.  The presentation was made on his behalf by his Minister for Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The budget for the dogs is part of the N292,351,812,085 billion budgeted for the police for the year.

A breakdown of the proposal shows that Construction of Force Headquarters (FHQ) dog section barrack offices and kernels will cost N60,081,151m while the Development of Police Veterinary dogs breeding centre, also at the FHQ, Abuja will cost N29, 544,748m.

The Police also budgeted the sum of N35, 993,707 million for the procurement of dogs handling equipment and feeding.

The police also expect to spend N277, 968,292 million on the procurement of arms and ammunition.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

God, and not man, installed me a gov after 306 day of fasting and praying – Gov Amaechi.


 

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Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has said God, and not man, installed him as the state governor because he fasted and prayed for 306 days (10 months) before he became the governor.Amaechi also critisized the increasing level of insecurity in the Federal Government. He stated that rather than chase criminals away from

the state, the police had decided to shoot innocent citizens.The governor, who spoke at Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said insecurity in the state was growing because the police had failed to do their job in an unbiased manner.Maintaining that his government was installed by Jesus Christ, Amaechi urged the people to disregard those who claimed to be responsible for his emergence as the governor of the state.He said, “As a government led by me, a government installed by Christ, if anybody tells you he installed me, tell him it is a lie. Tell him that I said I prayed for 10 months and I fasted from 6am to 6pm, calling on Christ to come down and Christ came down mightily and installed me as governor.“That is why you can see that in the face of human effontery, I have been able to stand face to face with them and I say I have Christ in me.“You must rise in that same spirit of having Christ in you and confront those who are confronting you. You must stand up for Christ because the Bible says ‘faith without work is dead.’“We must not die. We must live and the way to live is to celebrate Christ and the way to celebrate Christ is to confront Satan and Satan is in different forms and shapes.“If the police shoot at you, they are satanic. If government denies you your right to live, that government is satanic,” Amaechi added.“All these you may want to attribute to political

disagreement in Rivers State; but it is not true. It is simply because of those who lead us in Abuja; because the police is an establishment of the Federal Government and they have refused to curb the excesses of the police.“Instead of the police to chase away criminals, they are shooting at innocent citizens. Don’t stop at praying. We knew we prayed, but as you pray, you must rise on your feet and confront the challenges of insecurity.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

NLC berates FG over dependence on oil.


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Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu, has said it is saddening that 53 years after Nigeria’s independence, the country still relied on oil as the mainstay of its economy.
Aremu, who made the statement at a press conference yesterday, said it was high time the country diversified into sectors such as automobile, food and beverages, regretting that one of the problems with the nation was the reliance on crude oil as the major source of revenue.
“The point I want to raise is that 53 years after independence, it is sad that we still rely on crude oil. The fundamental of our budget still rely on one source of revenue which is oil. I think I want to say next year the Federal Government should redouble its effort to make sure we add value through manufacturing sector. The only way to do so is for us to do as much as possible, to revive the industries not just the textiles but the automobile, food and beverages.
“There is a report that came out last week in a business newspaper that close to 130 companies have closed down in Nigeria. So, while our government is talking of direct foreign investment coming to Nigeria, we should make the point that the domestic investment is actually dying and you cannot create jobs if there are no industries. In fact, for us to solve the problem of unemployment is for us to add value to our natural resources and raw materials and process them into manufactured products.
“This is where I think government has taken a bold decision on the new automotive policy which is to restrict the whole sale importation of imported second hand vehicles. We hope this will give an incentive for domestic assembly plants to return to business such as Peugeot, Volkswagen, ANAMCO in Anambra.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

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