Tuesday, January 19, 2021

FG moves to end extortion on highways - Saraki

Disturbed over series of complaints received due to extortion and multiple vehicular taxes imposed by agents alleged to be working with Local Governments Areas on Federal Highways, the Ministry of Transportation, has announced readiness to partner the Joint Mobile Sanitation Agency of Nigeria (JOMSAN), in a bid to sanitise the system.

The Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, gave the assurance in a statement issued by JOMSAN President, Dr. Nnamdi Ogbogbo, after a courtesy visit to the ministry.

Saraki who was represented by the Director, Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration, Mrs. Esther Ehigie, said the issue of extortion and double taxation on vehicles has raised serious concerns for the ministry.

While noting that there’s need for regulations, she disclosed that the ministry is currently working on a transformation program that will help address issues of multiple taxation especially on vehicles transporting food products on federal highways.

She said: “The issues are not new; the ministry has been bombarded many times with complaints. Around November, some people who are victims of extortion came here to complain. It’s something the ministry is looking into.

“I want to let us know that the ministry is really working on it. Similar proposals have been coming in on how to curb the extortion on Federal Highways.

“There’s need for regulations. The minister is very concerned about this and other issues.

“The minister is coming up with a transformation program because the road subsector, as you know is very important because it carries over 90 per cent of our movements.

“Currently, work is ongoing on different aspect to come out with a road transportation program which will look into all these issues you have raised.”

She however, appealed to all the stakeholders in the sector to partner in the fight to ensure that motorists conveying food products across the country do that without fear of extortion and multiple taxation.

“We need to work together to get the country to where it is supposed to be. Part of the treaties that we as a country have signed includes the free movement of goods and services and we must ensure that it works. All hands must be on deck to make sure it works.” Saraki said

Earlier, JOMSAN President, Dr. Nnamdi Ogbogbo, said the visit was to seek the ministry’s partnership and support in the fight against multiple taxation and the unlawful blocking of federal highways by faceless persons in the guise of collecting government revenue.

He explained that the cardinal objective of JOMSAN is to bring back sanity to federal roads and enhance the food supply chain and to ensure the ease of doing business in our country.

He expressed optimism that, with the minister’s support, the fight to ensure food security in the country will be a successful one.


The Nation

FG moves to end extortion on highways

Disturbed over series of complaints received due to extortion and multiple vehicular taxes imposed by agents alleged to be working with Local Governments Areas on Federal Highways, the Ministry of Transportation, has announced readiness to partner the Joint Mobile Sanitation Agency of Nigeria (JOMSAN), in a bid to sanitise the system.

The Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, gave the assurance in a statement issued by JOMSAN President, Dr. Nnamdi Ogbogbo, after a courtesy visit to the ministry.

Saraki who was represented by the Director, Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration, Mrs. Esther Ehigie, said the issue of extortion and double taxation on vehicles has raised serious concerns for the ministry.

While noting that there’s need for regulations, she disclosed that the ministry is currently working on a transformation program that will help address issues of multiple taxation especially on vehicles transporting food products on federal highways.

She said: “The issues are not new; the ministry has been bombarded many times with complaints. Around November, some people who are victims of extortion came here to complain. It’s something the ministry is looking into.

“I want to let us know that the ministry is really working on it. Similar proposals have been coming in on how to curb the extortion on Federal Highways.

“There’s need for regulations. The minister is very concerned about this and other issues.

“The minister is coming up with a transformation program because the road subsector, as you know is very important because it carries over 90 per cent of our movements.

“Currently, work is ongoing on different aspect to come out with a road transportation program which will look into all these issues you have raised.”

She however, appealed to all the stakeholders in the sector to partner in the fight to ensure that motorists conveying food products across the country do that without fear of extortion and multiple taxation.

“We need to work together to get the country to where it is supposed to be. Part of the treaties that we as a country have signed includes the free movement of goods and services and we must ensure that it works. All hands must be on deck to make sure it works.” Saraki said

Earlier, JOMSAN President, Dr. Nnamdi Ogbogbo, said the visit was to seek the ministry’s partnership and support in the fight against multiple taxation and the unlawful blocking of federal highways by faceless persons in the guise of collecting government revenue.

He explained that the cardinal objective of JOMSAN is to bring back sanity to federal roads and enhance the food supply chain and to ensure the ease of doing business in our country.

He expressed optimism that, with the minister’s support, the fight to ensure food security in the country will be a successful one.


The Nation

Sunday, January 17, 2021

A MAN'S GOOD NAME AND HONOUR IS MORE DESIRABLE THAN RICHES OR POSITION


Being the text of a press ponference addressed by Ward Chairmen of APC in Kwara State, on Sunday 17th January, 2021, at APC Secretariat, Kwara State, to declare support for Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, who is the State Caretaker Chairman under whom we were all sworn into our respective offices.

Distinguished gentlemen of the press, today it becomes necessary for we APC Ward Chairmen Kwara State Chapter to address you because the time has come for us to choose between life and death and we must definitely choose life. The time is now upon us, when we must choose between what is good and what is completely evil, so we choose good! The time is upon us, to choose between what is acceptable and honourable against that which is sacrilegious and highly dishonourable, and on this note as men of honour at the electoral wards we represent, we have chosen to be on the path of honour and that which is acceptable!

Before we continue to make our point, let us use this medium to first publicly denounce a certain Habeeb Lawal, who is the Chairman of Marafa/Pepele ward. This young man has been going around claiming the title of Chairman of All Ward Chairmen in APC Kwara State Chapter. Let us say that such position is not recognised by the APC Constitution in anyway and under any guise. Let us make it clear, that this is part of the manipulations currently being perpetrated by the State Governor in a bid to undermine the authority and integrity of the Party. We are publicly denouncing Habeeb Lawal, he doesn't represent us and he can never represent us. We will however advise his Excellency, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to stop wasting State resources which he is currently giving Habeeb Lawal in his bid to infiltrate the ranks of the APC Ward Chairmen. We are also not oblivious of the reality that certain individuals masqurading as Ward Chairmen are being given ₦50,000 each as incentives while the real Party Ward members are sidelined all because of hatred for Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa.

Gentlemen of the press, we need to state for the record that from all the history about the currently ongoing Intra party crisis; if not for the maturity, calmness, sensibility, wisdom and understanding of Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, the crisis which has now reached its boiling point today ought to have happened many months ago. But, as a good man and a credible leader, Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa had always towed the path of peace, fairness and equality in the party. This is why today, we have no fear in coming forward to identify with him, putting behind him all our collective weights as APC Ward Chairmen in Kwara State.

As Honourable men, it is very difficult if not completely impossible for us, to betray the same State APC Chairman, who gave us an emphatic victory in all the political contests which our party has engaged in thus far. 

Gentlemen of the press, we use this opportunity to state that we will never recognise anyone as State Caretaker Chairman of APC in Kwara State except Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa who was the one that administered the Oath of Office to all of us irrespective of the tendencies of our party which we belong. We recognise Abdullahi Samari in the capacity of Deputy Caretaker Chairman for which he was sworn into office by the same Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa. 

On this note, let us make it clear that the mandate given to us by the National Executive Council of APC is clear. Thus, we will not tolerate any attempt to undermine or usurp our authorities any more. The only body capable of  effecting any changes by the Party's Constitution remains the Party Convention and as things stands, that body is yet to be constituted. 

Gentlemen of the press, as Ward Chairmen, we are the closest party echelon to the grassroot where the real politics is being played. Let us inform the entire Nation that we have the backing of our members at Ward Levels in coming to stage this Press Conference. Our  message here today is simple and very clear; WE WILL NOT ACCEPT A SITUATION WHERE OUR DESTINIES WILL BE DICTATED TO US BY A HANDFUL FEW INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT HAVE OUR SUPPORT! We are opposed to a situation where unscrupulous element such as Habeeb Lawal will be selected by the Governor to do a hatchet job and work towards undermining our authority as Ward Chairmen.

In conclusion, let it be known that "a man's good name is more desirable than riches or position". In solidarity with Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa we stand, not out of disloyalty to our Governor but out of loyalty to our benefactor and the tenets of democracy which encourages consultations.

God Bless APC!

God Bless Kwara State!
God bless Nigeria!

Signed:
Alhaji Abubakar Kannike
APC Chairman Zango Ward, Ilorin East Local Government,
On Behalf of All Ward Chairmen

Saturday, January 16, 2021

We are tired of Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq failed administration - Kwara residents cried out


Picture of Lady found crying, lamenting failures of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led APC administration in Kwara State surfaces on social media platforms. 

It's time for the so called elders of the party to call him to order, encourage him to take business of governance seriously and stop all the needles battles with some persons whose efforts and strength of  followers he rode to become the Governor, it's so unfortunate that the plight of Kwarans matters less to him..


Credit: Accountable Nigerian Group.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

KWARA STATE APC LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON HON. BASHIR OMOLAJA BOLARINWA AS STATE CARETAKER CHAIRMAN


We APC Local Government Caretaker Chairmen pass Vote of Confidence on Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as the authentic caretaker chairman of our great party All Progressive Congress, APC in Kwara State.

We also refute the message flying around claiming that we the APC  Local Government Caretaker Chairmen laud Samari's appointment signed by one  Sulyman Tejidini. It is a blatant lie as we are not traitors who will sell our birthright for a pot of soup, we are always on the side of the people.

Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa remain the ONLY Kwara APC Caretaker  Chairman that we recognize and we shall only be accountable to him according to the APC Constitution.

Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa (BOB) piloted the struggle to liberate Kwarans from the then Dynasty and won 100% in the past election which makes it  history not only in Kwara but across Nigeria.

This same BOB knelt down in public to apologise and beg other aggrieved aspirants on behalf of Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq,so that they all work together to achieve the success we are all celebrating today. If BOB could have knelt down and  begged with so much humility, why then  is  the  Governor so desperate to remove him.

Since the emergence of the Governor, we have not in anyway been able to sleep with our two eyes closed as the plot to distabilize the party keeps kicking day after day with all fingers pointing at the Governor.

It is on this note we want to state unequivocally our resolutions clearly as Follows:-
1. That Sulyman Tejidini should stop misrepresenting the APC Local Government Caretaker Chairmen for his self serving personal  interest. 

2. The Governor should call this imposters distabilizing the party to order not to cause division within the party henceforth,if truely he isnt the architect of their mischief .

3. We stand fully with BOB and hereby pass Vote of Confidence on his chairmanship.

 *Signed:-* 

Hon. Mohammed Shilo Awobimpe.
Chairman Ifelodun LG.

Elder. Babatunde Kolawole Asanlu.
Chairman Ilorin East LG:

ALH. Hassan Abdullahi.
Chairman Asa LG:

Hon. Aransiola Oyeyemi Samson.
Chairman Irepodun LG.

Hon. Bamidele
Ogunbayo.
Chairman Isin LG:

ALH. Monsuru Ademola Chairman Ilorin South LG:

Hon. Taiye Olaniyi : Chairman Oyun LG:

Hon. Yusuf Abdulganiyu Kehinde.
Chairman Offa LG:

Engr. Muhideen Shittu.
Chairman Oke Ero LG:

FROM THE HIGHWAY LEADING TO PROGRESS TO AN ABYSS OF ANARCHY


Being the text of a Press Conference addressed by APC Youths in Kwara State, under the aegis of the Concerned Youth Stakeholders of APC Kwara State Chapter, held at the Kwara State APC Secretariat on Thursday 14th January, 2021, to protest the illegal removal of Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as Caretaker Chairman of APC in Kwara State.


_Courtesies_
Honoured gentlemen of the press, it is with great displeasure that we address you today, on behalf of youths card carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, under the Aegis of Concerned APC Youth Stakeholders Kwara State Chapter. 

We emphatically state that we are sad and uncomfortable with the turns of events in Kwara State Chapter of our Party, All Progressives Congress (APC). 
The recent developments in Kwara APC, sad as it is, is returning Kwara to the bad old days of naked wielding of political power by few privileged to overrun the wishful will of the people, more so in a party that prides itself as 'a progressive party'. It is now glaring to every Kwaran of good conscience irrespective of ethnicity, religious inclination, political affiliation and creed that "OUR LOCAL DEMOCRACY IS BACK IN GRAVE DANGER"! It is sad that we are at the verge of deviation from our long walk to a politically freed Kwara and a highway leading to progress. WE ARE NOW ON A JOURNEY TO THE DIRECTION OF AN ABYSS OF ANARCHY!

We wish to let the whole nation know that we find ourselves in a situation where the "soul of our collective struggle", which was proudly christened as " O TO GE" (Enough is Enough) is been sacrificed in the most Machiavellian manner on the Altar of Politics of selfish interest and desire for more power by a handful few individuals and their collaborators in the corridors of power. 

Some individuals who by providence and our collective sacrifice occupies enviable positions today as Governors of APC controlled States in Nigeria, have chosen to constitute themselves as impostors, collaboratively violating the constitution of our Party and exhibiting sheer disregard for  known and acceptable norms and tenets of intra party democracy, in a bid to foist one of their own upon Kwara State, a State of more than 3 million inhabitants and a party populated by people of substance who chose to take their destiny and that of Kwara State in their own hands. They resorted to crookedly effect the most vicious kind of political coup via replacing void of due process, the Caretaker Leadership of Kwara State. This is anything but moral and an affront to the sensibilities of common APC members in our dear Kwara State. 

Awoken to the unfathomable news that Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, who was inaugurated and sworn into office as Caretaker Chairman of Kwara State State Chapter of All Progressives Congress on 11th December, 2020, has been suspended and subsequently removed from office on 13th January 2021, without any prior properly instituted allegation in accordance to our Party Constitution against him to our common knowledge. Even the Governor of Kwara State who allegedly claimed he cannot work with Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa recently affirmed his Chairmanship of the Party, after one of the several botched attempts to desperately oust him failed. 

Gentlemen of the press, I hope you did not forget that Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa was appointed into this very position by a resolution of the National Executive Council of the APC. It is quite interesting to note that the very Council was Headed by President Muhammadu Buhari who was present physically when all the deliberations and decisions were being made. We wish to also remind you that as one of the high points of the meeting, it was unanimously agreed that all dissolved State Executive Councils at State levels, should be returned in Caretaker Capacities in order to administer the affairs of the Party and prepare the grounds for the Party's next Convention where a new Leadership will be installed.

We had hoped and expected every politician of conscience worth his or her onions will play by the rules to ensure a popular party leadership is installed at the conventions. We are however estrange when another letter surfaced on social media purportedly appointing Hon. Abdullahi Samari as Kwara APC Caretaker Chairman, allegedly because "Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq claimed he is not comfortable working with Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa", which resulted to certain of his Governor colleagues to use an unknown North Central veto to flagrantly rubbish the resolutions of the National Executive Council of the APC, and in fact nullify as it were, the decision of the NEC, which consists of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Who are all these VIPs? And what makes them believe they possess the right to determine our fate as Kwara Citizens and members of APC Kwara State Chapter? Just like we demonstrated in the past against oppressive political tendencies, we shall not waiver in contending with any such action that does not resonate with fairness, justice and equity for all. 

At this point, there is need for us to ask President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Caretaker Committee of our Party, Headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
 
The following questions: 

1. Can a Chairman of a party be under investigation without his own knowledge or that of members of his party at the State? This is because no investigation is ongoing against Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa to public knowledge. How come will he be suspended for the reason of 'illusionary investigation'?.

2. Is it possible to swear into office 2 State Chairmen in the same State? This question is being asked so that we can know when and where the person who replaced the recognized Caretaker Chairman was inaugurated into office?

3. Why is the issuance of appointment letter to someone else as Kwara State Caretaker Chairman of APC shrouded in secrecy, if truly the helmsmen of our party at the National level are convinced and confident they did the right thing and not simply abused the privilege given them to administer the party?

4. The Leadership of the Party should explain to us, was there any State Executive Council meeting where it was resolved that Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa should be suspended?

5. Is it possible to suspend a man without his consent and consequently appoint and swear in another Caretaker Chairman to replace one who is yet to be issued with a letter of suspension or a letter terminating his appointment?

6. We will also like to be educated on when it became a democratic norm for 2 individuals to remove a sitting Caretaker Chairman, without the input of the properly constituted NEC of APC?

7. It is also necessary to ask who precisely is the leader of the APC at National level, is it Mr. President or our 'Powerful State Governors' and whoever the leader is, is authoritarianism and anarchy an ideal of such person and invariably that of our party, the APC?

It is so sad that right before our eyes, the instructions of our President is being usurped by two individuals, in this case the Governor of Kwara State AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and his Niger State Counterpart, Sanni Bello.

Gentlemen of the press, permit us to put the entire Nation on notice because a very unacceptable and dangerous precedence is about to be laid in our Country. A precedence in which the fate of the entire Citizenry of Nigeria, is now in the hands of a few power drunks holding grip of the APC! It is so sad that APC Governors in Nigeria have turned themselves into a cabal that believes they have absolute powers even to overrule the decisions of a sitting President and trample upon the wishes of the card carrying members of the APC. This action is clearly in contradiction of the constitution of our party which places supreme powers on the NEC of our party and thus made the reversal of any of its decisions impossible except by the convention of our great party.

_Section 13 subsection 3_ reads *"The decision of the National Executive Council is binding on all organs and all members of the party, except the National Convention"*

This is why we want to know where the Buni led national caretaker committee, his Governor friends and others derived their power to override the resolution of NEC, if not that they feel impunity is the way to go. We say to them, this illegality and rape of our party's constitution will NOT STAND!

Without any doubt, we are currently witnessing a situation whereby as a State, we are being returned back into totalitarianism and one man domination which the electorate in Kwara State mobilized to defeat through the O TO GE revolution in the 2019 General Elections. Today, we witness a situation where our rights are being infringed upon. Tomorrow, if we don't act to check this inequities, what we are likely to experience is a situation where we will again have our political liberties hijacked all over again by one man. 
Gentlemen of the press, without mincing words, what we are witnessing in Kwara State APC today is not only shameful but highly unacceptable and it will be resisted by whatever means we deem necessary. Permit us to reiterate that this press conference is not to caste any slur against our Governor over his "non performance". We are merely saying that we are not going to allow "our right to choose" to be taken away from us. 

On this note, let it be clear that whatever it is that has been agreed to by our Governor and his collaborators will never stand in our dear Kwara State. WE HAVE RESOLVED TO EXPLORE EVERY MEANS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT THIS SACRILEGE DOES NOT STAND. 

Finally, we appeal to our dear President, His Excellency, Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari to rise up and address this injustice and save Kwara State from being thrown into an Abyss of Anarchy. 

*A stitch in time saves nine.*

*God Bless APC!*
*God Bless Kwara State!*
*God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria!*
*Thank you all!*

KWARA STATE APC LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON HON. BASHIR OMOLAJA BOLARINWA AS STATE CARETAKER CHAIRMAN


We APC Local Government Caretaker Chairmen pass Vote of Confidence on Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as the authentic caretaker chairman of our great party All Progressive Congress, APC in Kwara State.

We also refute the message flying around claiming that we the APC  Local Government Caretaker Chairmen laud Samari's appointment signed by one  Sulyman Tejidini. It is a blatant lie as we are not traitors who will sell our birthright for a pot of soup, we are always on the side of the people.

Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa remain the ONLY Kwara APC Caretaker  Chairman that we recognize and we shall only be accountable to him according to the APC Constitution.

Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa (BOB) piloted the struggle to liberate Kwarans from the then Dynasty and won 100% in the past election which makes it  history not only in Kwara but across Nigeria.

This same BOB knelt down in public to apologise and beg other aggrieved aspirants on behalf of Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq,so that they all work together to achieve the success we are all celebrating today. If BOB could have knelt down and  begged with so much humility, why then  is  the  Governor so desperate to remove him.

Since the emergence of the Governor, we have not in anyway been able to sleep with our two eyes closed as the plot to distabilize the party keeps kicking day after day with all fingers pointing at the Governor.

It is on this note we want to state unequivocally our resolutions clearly as Follows:-
1. That Sulyman Tejidini should stop misrepresenting the APC Local Government Caretaker Chairmen for his self serving personal  interest. 

2. The Governor should call this imposters distabilizing the party to order not to cause division within the party henceforth,if truely he isnt the architect of their mischief .

3. We stand fully with BOB and hereby pass Vote of Confidence on his chairmanship.

 *Signed:-* 

Hon. Mohammed Shilo Awobimpe.
Chairman Ifelodun LG.

Elder. Babatunde Kolawole Asanlu.
Chairman Ilorin East LG:

ALH. Hassan Abdullahi.
Chairman Asa LG:

Hon. Aransiola Oyeyemi Samson.
Chairman Irepodun LG.

Hon. Bamidele
Ogunbayo.
Chairman Isin LG:

ALH. Monsuru Ademola Chairman Ilorin South LG:

Hon. Taiye Olaniyi : Chairman Oyun LG:

Hon. Yusuf Abdulganiyu Kehinde.
Chairman Offa LG:

Engr. Muhideen Shittu.
Chairman Oke Ero LG:

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Justice: the ORCA company announced the team is ready to do battle with Boris Bertolt

The journalist published a report which reports ill-treatment inflicted on Cameroonian employees by the managers of the chain of stores. ORCA denies and threatens to take legal action.

The tea towel burns between the company ORCA and Boris Bertolt. Originally, a publication made by the journalist-blogger on his Facebook page on October 2, 2020. 

“ORCA Douala: Lebanese who despise Cameroonians” is the title of this text through which our colleague denounces the treatment inflicted on Cameroonian employees by the managers of the chain of stores, specializing in furniture. 

“The Lebanese who run this company show all the colors to the employees under the eyes of the authorities and the unions. The employees of ORCA Douala are paid less than those of Yaoundé. The salary is 70,000 FCFA and unfair dismissals are recurrent. A certain Mr. Tarek sows terror in this store, not hesitating to dismiss anyone who does not want to submit to his authority so the employees have given him the title of "head of the family", "wrote Boris Bertolt.

Reaction 

This publication sparked a protest reaction from ORCA. The company seized the journalist through correspondence from his lawyer, Mr. Charles Tchuente. The group urges Boris Bertolt to delete its publication. Otherwise, we read, ORCA threatens to take legal action against him. 

This threat did not make the journalist back down. Quite the contrary! “… As of Monday, I will publish all the testimonies of employees and former employees of ORCA mistreated by these Lebanese slaves who think because we are black we are slaves. After that we will reflect on a campaign to boycott ORCA, ”he promises.


Source: Cameroon Info


Saturday, July 25, 2020

DEMISE OF ALH. A.G.F ABDUL - RAZAK, SENATOR GBEMI SARAKI MOURNS


PRESS RELEASE
July 25th, 2020


The Honourable Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Rukayyah Saraki has commiserated with the family of the late Alhaji A.G.F. Abdul-Razaq SAN, describing the exit of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria as a huge loss to Kwara state and to Nigeria.

In a statement issued in Abuja today, the late Abdul-Razak was described as a foremost lawyer and the first from northern Nigeria as well as a diplomat whose contributions to Kwara State and to Nigeria will be forever remembered.

While praying for the repose of the soul of the late Mutawali of Ilorin, the Honourable Minister of State prayed for Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant him Al Jannah Firdaus, whilst granting the family, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Ilorin Emirate and the people of Kwara state the fortitude to bear the loss.

Signed
Abdullahi Isa Karim
Senior Assistant Media
Office of the Hon. Minister of State, Transportation
Abuja

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Saraki advise Nigerians to support Leaders at all levels in a bid to serve them better


Nigerians has been called upon to always support leaders at all levels with quality advice and suggestions on how best they should be served so to ease the task of service delivery by way of extending dividends of democray to the populace on the path of political office holders. This call was contained in a message by Mallam Aliyu Abubakar, the Special Assistant, Political to the Hon Minister for State Transportation Sen Gbemi Saraki to the Technical Session on Compliance to Export Market Requirement for Sheabutter Woman and Sheanuts Pickers held at Kaiama LGA of Kwara State. 
The programme was jointly organized by GRS Foundation and The Nigerian Export Promotion Council.The event had in attendant critical stakeholders in sheabutter business and was held in accordance to the laid down covid 19 protocols hence it was structured on the template of "Train The Trainers" approach to learning. 
The highly elated participants couldn't hide their  happiness and were full of praises and prayers for the organizers of this very important and eye opening programme, they promised to adequately pay attention to all details and guide so to help in growing their business. 
The minister will continues to serve the good people of Kwara State at every opportunity, seeking how they can benefit from laudable programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari government. 
She has so many programmes and initiative targeted at the people of grassroot so to alleviate their sufferings and improve on their wellbeing, we pray God see her through.

Political Office Holders Need The Support Of Electorates To Do Better Says Saraki



Nigerians has been called upon to always support leaders at all levels with quality advice and suggestions on how best they should be served so to ease the task of service delivery by way of extending dividends of democray to the populace on the path of political office holders. This call was contained in a message by Mallam Aliyu Abubakar, the Special Assistant, Political to the Hon Minister for State Transportation Sen Gbemi Saraki to the Technical Session on Compliance to Export Market Requirement for Sheabutter Woman and Sheanuts Pickers held at Kaiama LGA of Kwara State. 


The programme was jointly organized by GRS Foundation and The Nigerian Export Promotion Council.The event had in attendant critical stakeholders in sheabutter business and was held in accordance to the laid down covid 19 protocols hence it was structured on the template of "Train The Trainers" approach to learning. 


The highly elated participants couldn't hide their  happiness and were full of praises and prayers for the organizers of this very important and eye opening programme, they promised to adequately pay attention to all details and guide so to help in growing their business. 


The minister will continues to serve the good people of Kwara State at every opportunity, seeking how they can benefit from laudable programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari government. 


She has so many programmes and initiative targeted at the people of grassroot so to alleviate their sufferings and improve on their wellbeing, we pray God see her through.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Top Commander, the Biya regime's military campaign in Ambazonia has failed

A senior French-speaking army official told the Cameroon Concord News Group that the Biya regime's military campaign against the people of southern Cameroon did not achieve any of the goals set by Yaoundé.

The official who spoke to our journalist from the city of Yaoundé but continued for anonymity observed that President Biya and the French-speaking army declared a senseless war against the people of southern Cameroon four years ago. years when he arrived from a France-Africa summit in Côte d'Ivoire targeting even rural communities with his toughest military might ever. 

However, Biya's genocidal campaign not only failed in its goals, but also unwittingly strengthened the resolve of restaurateurs and the interim Ambazonia government now led by Vice President Dabney Yerima. 

Our source pointed out that the statement by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Diocese of Yaoundé Jean Mbarga and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Bamenda Andrew Nkea confirming that the Biya regime officials have indeed met the ruler of Ambazonia, President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his main collaborators is another powerful blow for the 87-year-old Monarch. 

The Biya regime's confrontational and confrontational approach to the crisis in southern Cameroon, including its refusal to hold talks with imprisoned Ambazonia leaders in Yaoundé, has given the southern Cameroon diaspora little power. encouragement to cooperate with the geopolitical priorities of French Cameroon.

On the contrary, added our source in Yaoundé, the Cameroonians of the South, including the thousands of people who still share the unique and indivisible Cameroonian dream, now think that Biya is unfit to keep the two Cameroon together in a health and economic crisis. international. 

"The people of southern Cameroon would gain more by showing unity as their brothers and sisters at home would be immune to military actions and campaigns ordered by Yaoundé," he said. 

“Biya is wrong if he still believes that the army can win this war in English-speaking Cameroon. The war does not lead to the capitulation or collapse of Ambazonia, but to the intensification of hostilities between Cameroon and southern Cameroon and makes the streets of Douala and Yaoundé very dangerous, ”he noted.



Assomo Beti's mission in Equatorial Guinea: this is Paul Biya's firm message to Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

The Cameroonian head of state sent a message to his Equatorial Guinean counterpart. This message was conveyed by Minister Joseph Beti Assom.

After the period of cross-border conflicts, it is now time for joint actions on cross-border security. 

Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea have thus materialized the new impetus with a Cooperation agreement signed this Tuesday afternoon in Sippopo in the suburbs of Malabo. 

'Plenipotentiary of Cameroon for the signing of the agreement the Minister Delegate to the Presidency in charge of Defense Joseph Beti Assomo. The delegation he led was received in audience by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea ', informs the CRTV in an element that was broadcast a few hours ago.



Kamto assassination attempt case resuscitated: some MRC activists on their way to Kondengui

We thought this case closed in the archives, but abracadabra, it resurfaces with very specific objectives.

According to information which reached the editorial staff of Camerounweb, we learn that some militants of the MRC are summoned by the northern gendarmerie. 

'They are Doctor Apollinaire Oko, Darling Nguevo, Jean Bonheur Tchouafa and Guy Laurent KOUAM ... Are all summoned by Colonel NYONG DAVID FRY, commander of the legion of the northern gendarmerie on 09/15/2020 at 9 am very precise. They are accused of having tied and humiliating a man in thin, lying accusing him of having attempted the life of Maurice KAMTO, the president of their party ', informs a source.

'They are warned by the commander that after the deadline of 15/09/20, they will be arrested,' adds the latter.



Mismanagement of funds: what is really happening at the MRC?

Set up by Maurice Kamto and his allies to help populations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, several Cameroonians are wondering about the destination of the money collected with a lot of publicity.

At the beginning of April 2020, Maurice Kamto, the national president of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon, launched with his allies Survie Cameroon Survival Intiative. The politician affirmed by this act "to save" the Cameroonians in the fight against the coronavirus. As was to be expected, these Cameroonians from inside and out have put their hands in their pockets. Well-introduced sources spoke of more than 650,000 euros collected in record time. Almost three months later, some Cameroonians are wondering where the money is going. 

“From there I see some 'mrcists' asking for Orca rice. With reason. They insinuate that this company's contribution to the fight against the covid-19 pandemic has been misused by the people in charge of distribution. I don't know what to say, since I'm not a fan of rice. On the other hand, what interests me is the direction of the money collected by the Survie Cameroun initiative led by Christian Penda Ekoka of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (Mrc) ”, writes Didier Ndengue, a Cameroonian journalist blogger on his Facebook page. 

The state

Further on, Didier Ndengue persists and signs: “I do not know if this money made it possible to buy crates from certain executives of the Mrc while some of their comrades languish behind bars. I also want my part in it. Give my part on that!", The journalist quipped. 

The journalist's concern is similar to that of several Cameroonians. Because for some time, there has been no communication around Survie Cameroon Survival Intiative. On the other hand, those who hold the state to account must also occasionally report to the people. Because although the money is that of a private initiative, it is the (public) people who contribute.


Source: Cameroon News


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

ORCA's RICE Scanadale: shocking reaction from Manaouda Malachie

It is in a tweet published on the night of July 20, responding to the question of an Internet user that the Minister of Public Health let know "but this donation was distributed entirely and sent to the 10 regions for a very long time" . A statement that disturbs the humanitarian actions carried out by the government during this period of crisis. And asks about the real direction taken by the donations made by Cameroonians during this health crisis.

It is on Thursday April 09, 2020 that the Minister of Public Health receives the donation of 4,000 bags of rice offered by the company ORCA in order to support the actions of the State for the response against Covid 19. A reception made together with his counterpart from the Ministry of Commerce, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana. It was about 4000 bags of rice of 25 kgs. The donation was presented by Managing Director Mazen Al Jamal in person. It was announced that the donation will be distributed to populations that were exposed to a food crisis during this health crisis. And it is important that in April, the government had just announced the restrictive measures to protect everyone from this disease.

However, Cameroonians have waited for a very long time for these foodstuffs to be redistributed as part of the humanitarian operations carried out by the government. However, until last night, no citizen had any news of what had become of the bags of rice offered by ORCA. What further sharpens the curiosity of citizens is that during this period, there was such a media hype around the actions of the government towards the populations and the health centers. But we never heard of the direction taken by the donations of ORCA. Even more, some bad tongues suspected that this rice was mixed with the multiple donations attributed to the Head of State and sent to the 10 regions of Cameroon. This seems to be corroborated by the statement of the Minister of Health when he says that this donation has been distributed for a very long time in the ten regions of the country. Donations from the Head of State where there has clearly been misappropriation. Because obviously, the tools received in each department do not correspond to the financial allocation that these departments would have received by direct distribution of the funds. At the same time, we realize that no STATE media has been informed of the direction taken by the ORCA donation. What prevents today from believing that there is here, once again, a big deal of misappropriation of donations? the tools received in each department do not correspond to the financial endowment that these departments would have received by direct distribution of the funds. At the same time, we realize that no STATE media has been informed of the direction taken by the ORCA donation. What prevents today from believing that there is here, once again, a big deal of misappropriation of donations? the tools received in each department do not correspond to the financial endowment that these departments would have received by direct distribution of the funds. At the same time, we realize that no STATE media has been informed of the direction taken by the ORCA donation. What prevents today from believing that there is here, once again, a big deal of misappropriation of donations?

War crime in the Anglophone regions: the ICC ready to hear petitions against Paul Biya

On Thursday, the International Criminal Court, ICC, formally responded to a case filed against Cameroonian President Paul Biya, 87, on May 21 of last year.

Based on the atrocities committed by state forces in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon as they fight armed separatists, a concerned Cameroonian seized the ICC for redress. 

In a writing from The Hague, Mark P. Dillon, head of the Information and Evidence Unit, Office of the Prosecutor, said the complaint against President Biya and his regime was filed by Leonel Beteck Kome. 

In view of the defined jurisdiction of the Court, the Office of the Prosecutor argues, after more than a year of deliberations, that serious allegations will be beyond its reach. 

“I note in this regard that the ICC is designed to complement and not replace national jurisdictions. So, if you want to explore this issue further, you can consider raising it with the relevant national or international authorities, ”the ICC Prosecutor said in a dispatch from the Information and Evidence Unit. 

The preliminary decision in case OTP-CR-218/19) read: “As you may be aware, the International Criminal Court ('the ICC' or 'the Court') is governed by the Statute of Rome, which gives the Court a very specific and carefully defined jurisdiction and mandate. A fundamental feature of the Rome Statute (Articles 12 and 13) is that the Court can only exercise jurisdiction over international crimes if (i) its jurisdiction has been accepted by the State in whose territory the crime has been committed. committed, (ii) its jurisdiction has been accepted by the State of which the accused person is a national, or (iii) the situation is referred to the Prosecutor by the Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations . 

“Based on the information currently available, it appears that none of these prerequisites are met regarding the behavior described. Accordingly, given that the allegations appear to fall outside the jurisdiction of the Court, the Prosecutor has confirmed that there is no need for a further analysis at this time. The information you have submitted will be kept in our records, and the decision not to prosecute may be reconsidered if new facts or evidence provide a reasonable basis for believing that the allegations are within the jurisdiction of the Court. The decision may also be reviewed if there is acceptance of jurisdiction by the States concerned or referral from the Security Council. I filed with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC on May 21, 2019,

The affair has stopped, but the hopes remain alive! 

The plaintiff, Leonel Beteck Kome, told Mimi Mefo Info that Thursday's ICC decision is only preliminary as the case remains open with a possible review based on at least one of certain preconditions. 

“The requirement of at least one of these preconditions is the only obstacle to the continuation of the case. Thus, the case was temporarily stopped and rendered inactive, with the possibility of reactivation, ”he said. 

Beteck Kome says there are still ways for the ICC to take the matter further. 

"A referral to the United Nations Security Council would automatically confer jurisdiction on the ICC as in the cases of Sudan, Libya, etc." 

"If the dictator Paul Biya and his collaborators who commit these war crimes and crimes against humanity are recognized as having the nationality of a signatory state under the jurisdiction of the ICC, then the case can be reactivated and prosecuted, in considering them as citizens of these signatory states with the ICC. jurisdiction.

"In this regard, I will conduct a personal investigation to determine the second nationality of these perpetrators in the Biya regime and immediately provide this information to the ICC prosecutor." 

The complainant hopes that if Cameroon one day ratifies the Rome Statute which gives the ICC direct jurisdiction; the case can be reactivated and expedited. 

Beteck Kome warns: “Therefore, these perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Paul Biya regime should keep in mind that they will always be prosecuted for their crimes. 

"Paul Biya and his collaborators, who commit these war crimes and crimes against humanity, should now understand very clearly that the ICC now has very solid evidence revealing the commission of these flagrant crimes by the Cameroonian army under the command of the regime of Paul Biya. 

"I submitted to the ICC tons of videos, images, testimonies and documents as evidence clearly showing that the Cameroonian army was perpetrating these egregious crimes, which the ICC has now kept in its archives for possible future use. . 

The rule of law and human rights defender said he will continue to work hard to provide the ICC prosecutor with all the necessary information that will lead to the reactivation and further processing of the case. as mentioned above.

"I also urge all human rights defenders to make efforts to obtain justice for the thousands of innocent civilians who have been the victims of these blatant crimes in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon." 

War Crimes in Anglophone Cameroon 

Hans de Marie Heungoup, Central Africa Researcher at the International Crisis Group, ICG, explains that some of the crimes reported do indeed fall within the ICC's mandate. “There are crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the ICC, including war crimes. When there is systematic targeting when there is repeated shooting at civilians, when schools, hospitals and entire villages are set on fire by the security forces, we think there is a war crime ” , he said. 

“Crimes are being committed on both sides; the separatists kidnapped and executed dozens of civilians, but the security forces were the first to commit these crimes. And yet, it is they who were trained in academies where they received training to ensure the safety of people and their property, ”he continues. Hans de Marie Heungoup emphasizes, however, that we cannot speak, for the moment, of the crime of genocide. 

There is one difficulty, however: Cameroon has not acceded to the Rome Statute and therefore does not automatically fall under the jurisdiction of the ICC. The only credible option, for now, would be for the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the Court, without one of its permanent members vetoing it. 

Mimi Mefo Info recalls how soldiers burned down houses in Azi in Lebialem Division, as well as in Munyenge in Fako Division. They also admitted to burning no less than 70 homes in Mankon on May 15, 2019.

The affected localities included Alachu, Matsam and Muwatsu. 

In addition to killing civilians in Pinyin, Bali and Batibo, soldiers have been charged with killing children and women, as was the case in Ngarbuh on February 14, 2020. 

Experts say if Cameroon ever comes to the fore the ICC, President Biya's regime will fall for him given the tons of evidence available. 



Serious revelations on a secret deal, planned between Chris Anu and Minister Paul Tasong

Many residents of Lebialem County were surprised to learn that French Cameroonian Minister Paul Tasong and former Ambazonia Communication Secretary Chris Anu agreed to work together for Lebialem to secure the post of Prime Minister and Chief of the government. This is not the first time that rival elites in southern Cameroon have struck a political pact to work together. Achidi Achu and Ni John Fru Ndi had already made pacts.

The Chris Anu-Minister Paul Tasong deal is surprising, however, as the two men, judging by the events of the past three years, have shown they are bitter towards each other and the two have continued to hold on. stubbornly their positions with Chris Anu fighting for the restoration of the south. The independence of Cameroon while Minister Paul Tasong remains faithful to the unique and indivisible philosophy of Cameroon. 

Chris Anu and his relatives of the Marshal were at the origin of the armed resistance to reject the administrative and military presence of French Cameroon in Lebialem County. However, a simple change in the head of the interim Ambazonian government has now seen Mr. Chris Anu endorse a Yaoundé framework designed to address the governance challenges that had contributed to the political divide and ethnic antagonism of Cameroon and most importantly , who will eventually see Minister Paul Tasong was appointed Prime Minister and Head of Government. 

Chris Anu has become relevant in helping Minister Tasong resolve kidnapping issues in Lebialem County and Chris Anu has also been involved in high-level negotiations to release French officials held by Ambazonia Restoration Forces in Lebialem. 

Why did the main rivals easily come together and agree to see each other as one person? 

The cooperation between Minister Paul Tasong and Chris Anu can be better understood by recognizing that Lebialem's policy is fundamentally shaped by competition between and among the political elites of the ruling CPDM crime syndicate and its auxiliary party, the Social Front- democrat.

The crisis in southern Cameroon has simply provided an opportunity for men like Mr. Chris Anu to advance their economic and political interests in Lebialem as well as to negotiate the distribution of power. The victorious practice takes all politics by Peter Mafany Musonge, Chief Inoni Ephraim and now Chief Dr Dion Ngute has always resulted in the exclusion of Lebialem's elites from power arrangements. Minister Paul Tasong, as the new Wilfred Mbelem, wants to remove Lebialem from the position of loser to that of winner. 

Many in southern Cameroon's interim government, including Vice President Dabney Yerima, have quietly interpreted the Chris Anu-Minister Paul Tasong deal as undermining President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe's control and authority over Lebialem County . 

In addition, Yaoundé handed billions of CFA francs to Minister Paul Tasong for the so-called reconstruction of southern Cameroon and with the increasing levels of corruption in the Biya regime, there are indications that Mr. Chris Anu could join. the CPDM billionaires club for wealth accumulation. 

Minister Paul Tasong is said to have turned to Chris Anu for the pact to cut the influence of the interim Ambazonia government in Lebialem and end the armed resistance that calls into question President Biya's legacy. 

Although Chris Anu still masquerades as the communications secretary of the interim government of Ambazonia, he lacks the legitimacy and authority to speak on behalf of the people of southern Cameroon. Without access to My Trip To Buea funds and control of SCBC TV, Chris Anu cannot give benefits to his subscribers both in the US and at Ground Zero, with many of them thinking the revolution would be. of short duration and hoped to benefit from it if they arrived in Buea.



All you need to know about Sarah Itambi, Amougou Belinga's wife

The name of Sarah, one of the women was mentioned in the series of revelations made by Bashiro Mamuda, the ex-partner. She allegedly made advances to the young Bashiro who refused, which fueled the anger of the lady who had been mired since her youth in other carnal stories before her marriage to her current man Amougou Belinga. She had two children with a first husband Churchill Ewumbue Monono, Technical Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic. But she is also known for her jealousy which she finds it difficult to control.

Sarah, one of Amougou Belinga's wives throws a Cameroonian in prison for a Kongossa case, signed Patrice Nouma 

Madame Limunga Sarah Itambi marries Amougou Belinga, 4th grade magistrate and vice-president of the Court of Appeal of the Center, former wife of Monono Ewumbue Churchill, a technical advisor to the civil cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic of which Amougou Belinga was a close friend, has just arrested and then thrown in Kondengui prison a Cameroonian, Sophie Atangana, for a kongossa affair of women. (ABUSE OF POWER ON THE MENU) 

The famous feyman Amougou Belinga, protégé of the Minister of Justice Laurent Esso, has two wives: the first, Elizabeth, and the second, Limunga Sarah Itambi, former Madame Monono. 

Sophie Atangana was a friend of Mrs. Sarah Amougou the magistrate. But Sophie had the bad luck that magistrate Sarah confided in her about her quarrels with her co-wife.

Mrs. Sarah Amougou Belinga told Sophie Atangana that she is doing everything she can to get Amougou Belinga to chase his first wife Elizabeth, and that their husband is a womanizer. Sophie is also close to Elizabeth and she told the latter that "your co-wife sees the marabouts to drive you out of marriage". 

Amougou Belinga is informed and organizes a family reunion at his home in Mvan with the three women: Elizabeth, Sarah and Sophie, other witnesses. Sophie Atangana confirms what Sarah confided in her and that she revealed to Elizabeth. But Sarah declares that she does not admit having said this to Sophie. 

The case becomes complicated. The head of the family, Amougou Belinga, an illiterate who only knows feymania, is unable to calm the spirits and establish peace between the three women. Sarah starts from there furious with rage. 

Once Sarah returns to her office, Limunga Sarah Itambi marries Amougou Belinga, former wife Monono, puts on her magistrate's robe, takes revenge and files a complaint against Sophie Atangana. And as always under the reign of Laurent Esso, Sophie Atangana was arrested on Monday August 15 at 8 am by elements of the gendarmerie colonel Essama headed by the investigator Bouba. Without having received a summons as required by law, Sophie Atangana is locked up.

Text which perfectly sums up the life of Sarah Amougou Belinga, signed Boris Bertolt 

Churchill Ewumbue Monono, Technical Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic must certainly thank Jesus, Mary and Joseph for having left Sarah, the one who became the wife of Amougou Belinga. 

Indeed, Sarah, who is a twin, was married for several years to Monono and the couple had children. Before her meeting with Churchill Monono, Sarah, magistrate was already considered ambitious. A woman capable of anything to achieve her goals. 

To find her way into High society, she doesn't skimp on seduction. Thus, Benjamin Itoue, former Minister of Justice will fall without slipping. In his hunting table, would also appear the current Prime Minister, Dion Ngute alias Nyanga Boy when he was still at MINREX in charge of relations with the Commonwealth. At this time Sarah was not married.

Then she will meet her future husband Churchill Monono whom she has known since the age of 17. They fall in love with each other, and from this love will be born two children. 

Everything changed when Monono diplomat was posted to Russia at Putin's. Sarah will indeed refuse to follow her companion arguing that she wants to pursue his career in Cameroon. She has the confidence of her husband who then believes to be her only love. 

However, in the hushed salons of Yaoundé, we know that another man whom Monono shares more and more his days and nights: the ZOMLOA of the ZOMLOA, Jean Pierre Amougou Belinga. Doesn't nature hate a vacuum? 

Between this new relationship and Monono's stays in the country, Sarah becomes pregnant. Her husband is obviously proud that he will be a father again. When she was eight months pregnant, Sarah told her that she had a miscarriage and that the child was gone. How sad isn't it ... the rest is tempting.

Churchill Ewumbue, back a few years in Cameroon, discovers disappointed that someone else is sharing his bed, he files for divorce. For the moment he does not suspect anything. The divorce will be pronounced by the judge. But to punish her husband, Sarah who will become Sarah Amougou Belinga after having married into a fair marriage decides to continue to bear the name of Ewumbue Monono. She refuses to remove the name of her former husband "from their thing" Without continuation. 

After her separation and her marriage to Amougou Belinga, Sarah curiously is still in the company of a young child whom she claims to be that of Jean Pierre Amougou Belinga whom she adopted. 

Problem: the child at the age of Monono's, whom she claimed to have lost. 

But, there is only one mother who knows the father of her child ... But, Sarah seems happy and her career in the firmament. Didn't she become General Counsel ... A deserved promotion? Besides, her husband does not tell anyone who wants to hear that he is the Minister of Justice.



Sunday, July 19, 2020

Again, Senator Gbemi Saraki Promotes Sustainable Development and Empowerment In Kwara State


The Hon Minister for State Transportation Sen Gbemi Saraki has taken a bold step towards a sustainable development and empowerment in Kwara State.

Distinguished Sen. Gbemi Saraki in identifying the enormous potentials of Sheabutter has partnered with the Nigerian Exports Promotion in setting up a mechanized Sheabutter Processing outfit in Kwara North, Kwara State.

Extracted from the nuts of the African shea tree, shea butter has been used for cosmetic purposes for thousands of years. Today, it is widely used in the global cosmetics industry to make skin moisturizers and hair-care products. It is also used in confectionery, mainly as a substitute for cocoa butter in chocolates.

Production of sheabutter has the economic potentials of sustaining income generation for rural dwellers.

This development will boost the local economy of the zone and also serve as a reliable empowerments avenue to better the lot of the very industrious men and women in that part of the state.

We are hopeful and confident that more good things will follow and will be extended to other part of Kwara state in no distant a time.

We urge the good people of Kwara state to keep supporting this woman of honour with prayers so she can do more.


By: GRS Oloye Movement Worldwide

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Saraki Mourns The Passing Of The Chief Of Staff, Kwara State Government

PRESS RELEASE

The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, has
conveyed her deepest sympathy to the family of late Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Adisa Aminu Logun. 

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister of State also commiserated with His Royal Highness, the Emir of ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, as well as the Ilorin Emirate in particular and the State at large for this irreplaceable loss.

“May Almighty Allah shower His mercies upon the deceased and grant him peaceful and eternal rest.” she said.

Titilope T. Anifowoshe Esq.
Office of the Minister of State for Transportation 

Abuja
8 July 2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Official: MRC reacts to the arrest of Ernest Obama

The dirty weather experienced by the former director of Vision 4 television since Thursday, June 18, 2020, continues to arouse declarations within the media and now political Landerneau with the exit of the movement for the renaissance of Cameroon on this subject.

During the day of Thursday, June 18, 2020, information on the arrest of Dieudonné Ernest Obama Nana spread on the canvas like wildfire. Until then and despite the images in circulation, several Internet users did not believe it. It was the report of his arrest in the 8 p.m. newspaper on the TV channel Vision 4 that dispelled doubts among skeptics. In this report by his colleague Salamatou Badiang, we see the former editor of the newspaper Anecdote left the premises of the tower of Nsam with socks on foot and without shoes for the direction of the gendarmerie of Efoulan. 

This report aroused numerous reactions from his colleagues and several actors from civil society. Some sympathizing with his situation while denouncing the humiliation he suffered and others savoring the difficult moments that the former decryption presenter and Club of elites meet.

In a press release released on Friday June 19, 2020, Maurice Kamto's spokesperson reporting on the meeting with artist Longué Longué at the initiative of Maurice Kamto seized the opportunity to condemn the embastissement of Sir Ernest Obama. “It should be remembered that the tortures of which the artist Longue Longue testified that they were the object, are now commonplace today in the context of the savage industrial repression that the illegitimate regime of Yaoundé is leading against the freedom of opinion, thought, and expression, applied to the unquenchable desire for change in Cameroon, or simply in favor of the triumph of truth and law. The Samuel Wazizi case, for which justice must necessarily be done, is a sad illustration of this, as is the news related to a former media worker whose setbacks are in the headlines these days. », Writes Olivier Bibou Nissack. Journalist Ernest Obama has not always been kind to Maurice Kamto's political party during the aerials he hosted, but the party in its republican humanist posture still deplores the situation in which it finds itself. 

The MRC is the first political party to rule on the Ernest Obama affair. The journalist spent his second night yesterday in the gendarmerie jails.


Source: lebledparle.com


Revelations: kidnapping of Obama, Belinga and the public prosecutor

The president of the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon (SNJC) has made new revelations about the irregularities observed during the arrest of Ernest Obama.

The media man was for several years the main figure of the L'Anecdote group. But, recently, he knows an improbable tumble. Released from his duties as Director of television, he was then removed from all presence on the antennas. Today, his boss decided to take him to court. Only, the arrest of the former presenter of Club d'Elites bypassed the legal procedure as indicated by Denis Nkwebo in a tweet published on June 19. 

“Ernest Obama was kidnapped in the office of Amougou Belinga with the complicity of the Prosecutor. Without any complaints. It was this Friday that the boss of Vision 4 filed a complaint, "wrote the unionist.

Accused of breach of trust, high treason, embezzlement and complicity with social media activists to whom, he disseminated confidential information about the company for which he worked, the former Director of Vision 4 benefited from the support from Dénis Nkwebo from the start of his mishap. The latter denounced the "inhuman" and "degrading" treatment he suffered on the morning of June 18. 

Yet barely a year ago, Obama was overwhelming Nkwebo with name-calling on African television.


Source: lebledparle.com


Obama humiliation: 'Amougou Belinga who takes himself to be all powerful will not escape'

As a journalist and human rights activist, it would never occur to me to celebrate the unhappiness of someone who is more than a fellow journalist. In the name of respecting the right to the presumption of innocence and human dignity, I therefore condemn with the last energy the humiliating arrest of Mr. Ernest Obama Nana this Thursday, June 18, 2020 at the headquarters of the press group Anecdote in Yaounde. I plead for this former general manager of television vision 4 (one of the products of this press group) to have the right to a fair trial while respecting the right to defense.

Having said that, let's not have a short memory. Ernest Obama is today the victim of the monstrosities of a regime that he had to support yesterday with stripping zeal. Who does not remember Ernest Obama's calls on Vision 4 to massacre English speakers after the peaceful demonstrations of October 1, 2017 commemorating the 56th anniversary of the independence of the Southern Cameroons (English-speaking regions of Cameroon)? Result of the races: in 3 years of conflict, more than 10,000 dead. Men, women, young people, children, babies and elderly people, killed by Cameroonian soldiers, hundreds of razed villages, dispersed families, others sleeping under the stars in the forests of the English-speaking area. 

Who does not remember the call of Ernest Obama made to the General Delegate for National Security, Mbarga Nguele, to have Cameroonian diaspora activists Boris Bertolt, Ndzana Seme and Patrice Nouma arrested just for their opinions and written against the power of Yaoundé? When the video on the assassination by Cameroonian soldiers of two women and their babies began to circulate on social networks in July 2018 and to react to international opinion, Obama rushed to the sets of Vision 4 to shout to the plot against the Cameroonian army. Today, the soldiers accused face the Yaoundé Military Tribunal.

When the activist Patrice Nouma said of Amougou Belinga that he is a blackmailer who uses the cover of his friend Minister of Justice, Laurent Esso, for his business, to extort money from the dignitaries of the regime and to launder the public funds stolen by them, Ernest Obama once again went on the antennas of Vision 4 to defend tooth and nail his boss by threatening Nouma from Interpol and by announcing that the Group L'Anecdote will buy his village. Obama was far from imagining that it is the same Amougou Belinga he defended yesterday who will make him walk barefoot in costume in front of the cameras of Vision 4 which has also made a whole report on his arrest. 

From his cell (daily life is not very gay, I admit it) where he is at the Secretary of State for Defense (SED), Ernest Obama is undoubtedly realizing that Being a zealous servant of a villainous diet like Biya's does not guarantee you immunity for life. As the Burkinabé journalist Norbert Zongo said of late memory: "Any compromise with a dictatorship must be paid sooner or later. It is a rule without exception". Even Amougou Belinga, who believes himself to be all-powerful today, will not escape this rule.


Journalist: Michel Biem Tong

NOSO: militia close to Atanga Nji, accused of abducting English-speaking businessmen

The virtual government of southern Cameroon says that armed militias supported by Cameroonian regime forces have attacked dozens of Ambazonian businessmen and women, including senior officials in the northern and southern areas of the Federal Republic of 'Ambazonia, while the Biya regime in power continues its repression on independence militants.

Vice President Dabney Yerima, citing sources from Ambazonia Intelligence, reported on Thursday that pro-Yaoundé armed militias posing as Amba fighters are breaking into their homes and demanding huge amounts of money from local residents. Bamenda, Kumba, Buea and Mamfe. 

Several innocent civil servants and businessmen from southern Cameroon are currently detained in undisclosed locations by armed militias created and sponsored by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji. 

Last month, the leader of southern Cameroon in exile raised the issue of the Atanga Nji Boys in a letter to the European Union and the United Nations in which he observed that the French authorities in Cameroon were also preventing the head of the government. 'Ambazonia imprisoned, lawyer Blaise Shufai, to receive the appropriate medicines. 

Southern Cameroonians have been organizing ghost town operations and armed resistance almost daily since the start of an independence uprising in western Cameroon four years ago. The inhabitants of the south of Cameroon-Ambazonia call for a complete separation and independence of the Republic of Cameroon. 

The Cameroonian regime, in turn, has ignored the calls and continues its repression and massive persecution against the people of southern Cameroon and their leaders.



Monday, June 15, 2020

CAN THERE BE A SAFE INTERNET? – YOUR CALL AGAINST FAKE NEWS BY IJ AKHIGBE

The Internet Society ISOC, plays a vital role in developing human capacity all over the world. Of course, the Society has chapters in different countries of the world and has very interesting forum designated for youths, and then General forums. They are actively involved in capacity-building and assisting developing countries to build basic Internet infrastructures However, unlike previous years 2020 is different, it is the exceptional year of Covid 19 where the days run into months while the world stays at a standstill. The Internet Governance forums which take youths around the countries on the ticket of the Internet Society could not hold. Anyway, to drive home the point that it is not all about networking and travelling, the capacity development drive took over. Members all over the world were gathered for some weeks to improve their knowledge of the internet governance space. There were participants from Italy, India, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Bangldesh, South Africa, Netherlands, Ghana, Nigeria and so many other countries. The training was shared into different areas of specialisation with Zoom meetings, Videos, learning materials and personal projects. It was indeed an experience. The thematic focuses this year were on Community Networks; Securing Global Routing; Shaping the Internet; Open Standards Everywhere; and Encryption.

 

Yours sincerely participated in the training and my specialised training was on shaping the internet. One of the objectives of our training was the promotion of the Internet core values, such as openness. The relevance of understanding the internet, how it works and how we can all use it for common good cannot be overemphasized as all of our lives today revolve around the use of the internet. Our academic, medical and social data are all stored online. Educational institutions, government services, entertainment and industries now rely on internet infrastructures to deliver goods and services.  

In sharing my knowledge with you, let me start by letting you into the secret of ownership of the internet. But first, the internet is a network of interconnected networks. In a lay man’s language, it means your phone network connected to your provider and other networks from other providers make up the internet. According to the Internet Society, ‘the global internet consists of tens of thousands of interconnected networks run by service providers, individual companies, universities, governments, and others.’
It means that as individuals we also participate in the internet through providing content, selling products, offering services and carrying out other activities without obtaining permission from any central authority. This implies that the internet is decentralized and that we are all stakeholders. So who controls the internet? Simple answer, we all own the internet and no one owns the internet. However, in governing the internet space, we all play different roles. The people who play these roles (including those of us on different social media platforms – known as users) form part of what we refer to as the internet ecosystem or stakeholders. The following persons make up the internet ecosystem.

Technologists, Engineers, Architects, Creatives, Organisations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) who help to develop and implement open standards. Some of us here belong to this Technology group as Engineers or Architects.
Global and local organisations;
 Those are responsible for managing addressing capabilities. These include Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers (ICANN). The functions include the operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA); Regional Internet Registries (RIR), and Domain Name Registries and Registrars.
Operators, Engineers and Vendors.  They provide network infrastructure service and include Domain Name Service (DNS) providers, network operators and internet exchange points.
Internet users. Those who use the internet to communicate.
Educators. Organisations, universities, schools, government agencies.
Policy and decision makers. 
There is a peculiar internet ecosystem, it is the Nigerian internet ecosystem made up of Nigerian Internet Governance Forum; Nigeria ICT Forum for partnership Institutions; Nigeria Network Operators Group; the Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter (ISOC Nigeria); Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA); Nigeria Internet Group (NIG); Association of Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ATCON); Internet Services Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN); the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS); Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP); and the Federal Ministry of Communications (Commtech).
In all of these, we need a safe internet. We need the internet to be open to everyone, everywhere. While government will have to enforce latency, price and access through implementing regulations governing telecommunication industries, we need to keep the internet safe by minding the quality of our posts. 

However, the challenges of openness and a secure internet is our mandate and it begins with me and you. Avoid fake news. Fake news and fake headlines on our social media have made the internet a source of pain to governments, and the society at large. Sometimes, we promote fake news by passing them on and this makes us guilty. A starting point is to identify what fake news is so that we can break the chain of distribution.
To verify fake news, it is important to:
Consider the source against the topic. A medical or scientific advice should come from an expert.

Investigate the source by going online, consulting books or asking other experts.
See if it has an author
If the news is about an event that is linked to time, check to see if it is dated so that you don’t create panic by passing two years old news as if it were happening now. For instance ‘just happening: bandits kill 20 on Ore road’.   

Read beyond headlines, don’t just pass on.
Check out some sites yourself before forwarding the links, eg. ‘Click this link to access Federal Government Loans’
Do not share information which you do not believe in.

Finally, it is time to allow you move on to other activities. Thank you for reading my post. I took you through what the internet is, ownership of the internet, the stakeholders/ those in the ecosystem, the internet economy, role of government to make the internet available and our own role to make it safe.  Please let us make the internet safe, credible and open.
IJ Akhigbe (Member ISOC Ng) writes from Nigeria