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NCFront charges Nigerians in diaspora to inspire Revolution at home

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The Chairman of the NCFront and leader of the Shadow Cabinet of a coalition of political parties and Civil society organizations, Prof. Pat Utomi, has urged Nigerians living abroad to see it as their duty to ensure new leadership and progress.

He said Nigeria needs a leadership that will remove the shame of Nigeria’s current failing status brought about by pervasive poverty, insecurity, state capture, atrocious health care, declining quality of education, and corruption. 

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by head public affairs bureau of the NCFront Dr. Tanko Yunusa.

He quoted Prof Utomi who spoke at a Christmas dinner in his honor and his wife, Prof. Ifeoma Utomi, in Chicago, by a group of Nigerian professionals in Chicago and Northern Indiana. 

Utomi recalled that he could not wait to jump on the plane to go home and change the World when he finished his PhD ‘’down the road from here’, in  Blooington, Indiana, as Chicago battled the Tylenol poisoning scare of 1982’ He said the Nigerian Diaspora ought to consciously engage for change in Nigeria as their Indian colleagues did in the  electoral putsch that broke up old style Indian politics and brought Prime Minister Nehindra Modi to power..

Utomi said Nigerians must demand an accounting from politicians who have severely damaged their country since 1999, making it the poverty capital of the world, situating it at the bottom of almost all MDG and SDG indicators. 

He urged that ‘we must face the future and not allow the wrongs of yesterday distract us, he said ‘we cannot but work to ensure that all who made yesterday a horror  story should not be allowed to pollute the future’’  

He said he understood why many intellectuals are calling for a ban on all who have held elective positions since 1999, and are asking they be excluded from participating in the 2023 elections, but he would prefer that the people in street protests and in polling booths ‘outlaw’ the politics of self love and nauseating narcissism which  has characterized our politics since 1999 and held back the hands of the clock.

Speaking further, he said that any politician who could not explain any significant asset traceable to him, in the way Afenifere leader Chief Ayo Adebanjo has done, should stay away from politics or risk street uprisings as an instrument of consequence management. 

They may think they have looted the Treasury enough and abused Security votes enough to have a war chest to buy the streets but they will soon see what is coming to them, he promised his audience.

Prof Utomi who explained the introduction of a  Shadow government team as a practical venting of the ideals of democracy said the priority of the alternative government platform was poverty eradication through making Nigeria the world’s next great factory and a focus on education and healthcare in a way unprecedent in human history while allowing Markets to stimulate a prosperity paradox that will generate a massive infrastructure boom that would relegate the China and Dubai experiences as examplars. 

The Political Economist of note and public policy scholar and entrepreneur said the shadow team favored a Development strategy anchored on driving dominance of global value chains built around our factor endowments and the latent comparative advantage accruing there from.

The academic, social entrepreneur and champion of many start up ventures said the Shadow government is to animate accountability to the people on a continuous and continuing basis. He disclosed that the already functional shadow teams which are coordinated from his office cover the economy, finance, health education and Agriculture.

I am here, Prof Pat Utomi said to his excited audience, to put you on notice that your skills, networks of contacts and love for the mother country will be required to get our country to where it must be going in a big hurry.

Utomi rounded up his remarks with his personal theme song of 20 years, Nigeria will rise up again, God will heal our-land and Nigeria will rise up again.

Utomi whose current tour of the Americas will include a talk at the New York area African Economic Group monthly session for January and presentations at the New York Stock Exchange on prospects of an African economic surge as a result of AFcFTA, plans to meet several Nigerian groups in the US Midwest and NorthEast..

Prof. Utomi who is also Chairman of PAFTRAC, the African Union’s private sector Think Tank on Trade and Investments with its Secretariat at the Afrexim Bank in Cairo, plans to showcase how AFcFTA can be the path to Nigeria becoming the next factory of the world, as he invites power companies into the Nigerian market to generate the powering of that expected growth surge that will actualize that prosperity paradox of private funding of infrastructure he has repeatedly pointed to, using Australia as example. 

Utomi also spoke to his Christmas message to Nigerians that hope is in the Air and on the way because the spirit of Christmas elevates the triumph of the human Spirit.

In response to a question by one of the Doctors at the dinner, Utomi said the people can reclaim their country easily by ensuring that stolen money from corrupt politicians are kept out of elections by a combination of the work of INEC and zCivil Society and making debates central to the electoral process. He said it was regrettable that President Buhari was setting back the hands of the clock by failing to accent to the proposed electoral reforms passed by the National Assembly. 

It is hypocritical, Utomi said, to on one hand join US President Biden in a summit on Democracy and promise Eldorado in 2023 elections and with another hand subvert what can make those elections less subject to rigging.

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Kano Gov reinstates Sanusi Lamido as Emir

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The Governor of Kano State, Abba Yusuf has reinstated Malam Sunusi Lamido Sunusi as the new Emir of Kano.
This came following his assent to the Kano Emirate Councils Law (Repeal Bill) 2024 which repealed the establishment of the 5 new Emirates earlier established in the state.

Yusuf announced the reappointment shortly after assenting to the Repeal Bill at the Government House,Kano.
The Governor ordered the former Emirs and other officials whom operated under the extinct law to move out of their official residences and palaces within the next 48 hours.
The Governor also directed them to hand over all government properties in their possession to the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who is also the Deputy Governor of the State,Comrade Amin Abdulsalam Gwarzo

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PTDF promotion scam allegations prompt calls for Governments intervention

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The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), saddled with the training of personnel for the oil and gas industry, is under intense scrutiny for alleged promotion irregularities.
Ongoing investigations have revealed significant concerns about the agency’s promotion practices.

For precisely three years, while the former executive secretary, Bello Gusau, was heading the organization, it was discovered that twenty-four PTDF officials were sent on a training course called the Chief Officers’ Course, followed by a qualifying examination to move to deputy manager positions. The agency camped these twenty-four officers in a hotel in Utako for about nine weeks. After the conclusion of the examination exercise, the management, led by Bello Gusau, chose ten out of the batch for promotion, citing insufficient space to accommodate all officers due for promotion.

This decision was met with significant rancor, especially since management had earlier declared fourteen managerial positions vacant. An anonymous PTDF official noted, “It was almost obvious that the former ES organized the course as a sham, having predetermined who would be promoted and who would be discarded under the excuse of insufficient space.” This sentiment was echoed by other staff members who felt that the process was deeply flawed.

Moreover, double promotions were swiftly granted to management members within a year. Immediate pressure from the PTDF branch of PENGASSAN led to expedited promotions for junior officials, further masking underlying favoritism, tribalism, and discrimination. This prompted our reporter to embark on a fact-finding mission to uncover the truth behind these allegations.

The present ES, Alhaji Galadima, who took over from Alhaji Gusau, is allegedly planning another round of promotions despite purported vacancy limitations. According to findings, Alhaji Galadima has recently concluded promotions for top management staff, predominantly from the North, granting some double promotions while claiming there were no vacancies.

A staff member speaking anonymously highlighted the lack of a board of directors, which has centralized power in the hands of the Executive Secretary, allowing for unchecked influence over promotions and other matters. “The absence of a board of directors has allowed the ES to wield unchecked power, influencing promotions and other crucial decisions,” the staff member stated.

Another Chief Officer criticized the system for favoring the northern region, alleging, “They monopolize top positions and rotate power among themselves, perpetuating a cycle of exclusion and marginalization.”

Further investigations revealed that the same staff member had vied for the Executive Secretary position when the tenure of the immediate past Executive Secretary elapsed. He attributed his failure to favoritism perpetrated by the northern hegemony ideology, which many staff members believe is taking over the PTDF.

“Alhaji Galadima plans to merge previous course attendees with recent promotees, cherry-picking favorites for promotion to management cadres,” another staff member explained. “Some staff who have been due for promotion and waiting for nearly ten years are forced to answer to their juniors. This further perpetuates nepotism and favoritism.”

These practices have led to a significant decline in staff morale. Employees lament that merit and diligence are reportedly overlooked in favor of ethnic and religious affiliations. An anonymous staff member remarked, “Merit and diligence have taken a backseat to ethnic and religious favoritism. It’s demoralizing and undermines the integrity of our organization.”

The revelations underscore the urgent need for comprehensive reform within PTDF to ensure fairness, transparency, and accountability in its operations. There is a growing call for government intervention to rectify the situation and restore confidence in PTDF’s promotion process.

“The need for government intervention is urgent,” emphasized another staff member. “We need reforms to ensure fairness and transparency. Our organization’s integrity is at stake.”

As investigations continue, the hope remains that the PTDF will address these issues promptly to rebuild trust and uphold its mission of training personnel for the oil and gas industry with integrity and fairness.

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Andrew Chapman explains why scouting produces better leaders for better society

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The Chairman, World Organisation of Scout Movement (WOSM), Mr. Andrew Chapman, has explained why scouting has the potency to produce better leaders who will take the society to greater heights

He said they better and more useful in the society than their peers who did not have scouting experiences.
Mr. Chapman made the assertion while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja, at the National Parade and Presidential Awards, organised by WOSM.
According to him, scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education, and fun, stressing that Scouts learn how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent persons.
The WOSM boss noted that this year’s scout jamboree taking place in the nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), would remind the young people that they are party of the global community.
Mr. Chapman, who came to Nigeria from Chicago, to witness the Scout jamboree and Presidential Awards, expressed optimism, that scouts who would become leaders at various levels in the country in future, would apply the noble skills and values they acquired in their early years in life, to render examplery and exceptional leadership to the nation.
“Scouting reminds the young people and even the old people that we are all interconnected. So, we coming here reminds the young people that they are part of the global community. And during their bids to become the governors, the mayors, the presidents of this country, I believe they will demonstrate those values instilled in them in scouting.
“We have done a lot of studies on the social impact of scouting, and we have evidence and proofs in every continent of the world, that young people who joined scouting, later in life become much more likely than their peers to get better jobs and to be more stable in the family.
“They are more likely to have better formal education; they are more likely to make more money throughout life and they are more likely to get along with other people because what we do in scouting cascades to after life. We teach young people how to get along with each other. Imagine if all the leaders of the world today are being involved in scouting, they will know how to get along with each other” he said.
Also speaking, the Director, African Region of WOSM, Mr. Frederic Tutu-Tutu Kama Kama, noted that highly qualitative Scouts have been trained in Nigeria, assuring that they are going to have positive impact on the lives of the Nigerians and the country at large.
He explained that, in scouting, they teach young people how to love each other, live in peace among themselves and give peace to the society in general, stressing that the way to achieve world peace is not by war or use of weapons, but through heart to heart and love for each other.
Mr. Kama Kama underscored the importance of recognising and rewarding people who had made meaningful contributions to the development of the society, pointing out that troubles do erupt societies because those who contributed so much to the society are not rewarded or given recognition.
“Our visit is not just to meet the leaders or the patron; our visits is also to meet the Scouts, to look at the quality of the vocational skills we are giving to the young people today. And the quality of that offering is also a reflection of the quality of the Scouts we have formed in Nigeria. And the quality of scouts in Nigeria is also going to have impact in the lives of these young people
“Our leader, Paul Baden Powell was a two star general of the British Army. He fought in India, he fought in South Africa and he fought in Ghana. However, what was important he said was, if you want world peace, it’s not through war; it’s not through weapons, it’s through heart to heart. In scouting, we teach the young people to love each other.
Like the experience these young people are having in this jamboree, is one that will last a life time. Between them, it’s very difficult for them to raise hand in violence against each other.
“Psychology teaches us that a character we have in life is what we develope through our young age. And if you miss instilling characters in young people, later life is useless. So, what we do to the young people today is to teach them friendship, love, characters, discipline. And these are the things that are going to present them as responsible citizens later in life and to be peace lovers.
“The significance of the award is much of recognition. Sometimes in life, we have disgruntled people because many people are not recognised. From my country, from Kenya where I work, and from around the world, many of the people, especially the teachers, the health workers, the soldiers, we have trouble in the society because these people are doing much and not recognised.
“So, the world needs to recognise the contribution of each of these persons to the development of the society. Scouting in very important to the development of the community, the development of the society and the development of the world scouting is for the development of the society. We don’t have the Nobel praise prize to give, but in the world, it is a recognition that you have made a contribution and it’s very important for us to recognise you”he said.
About 1500 delegates across the 36 states of the federation including the FCT are taking part in the Nigerian National Scouts Parade and Presidential Award, which is the second edition, and the largest scouting jamboree in Africa

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