Enugu APC Crisis: Why Nwoye Is After Onyeama – Ude

The Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Comrade Adolphus Ude, has clarified why the suspended chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Ben Nwoye, is allegedly after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

He explained that Nwoye’s action emanated from the new lease of life the APC in the state currently enjoys, occasioned by Onyeama’s stoppage of diversion of party funds.

The acting chairman explained that Nwoye’s action emanated from the new lease of life the APC in the state currently enjoys, occasioned by Onyeama’s stoppage of diversion of party funds.

Ude revealed this in a statement he personally signed to distance the state chapter of the party from criticising some appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “The sin of the minister against Mr. Ben Nwoye is that the minister insisted in an all-inclusive party built on transparency and accountability so that the Presidency and national executives can take the party seriously in Enugu state to forestall the repeat of what happened in 2015 election where party funds meant for elections were diverted.”

According to him, “Mr. Ben Nwoye has since then continued to criticize and distract the Presidency.

“Nwoye was suspended from the party since July 3rd for financial misappropriation, high handedness and anti-party activities by the majority of the State Working Committee,” saying that Nwoye cannot be speaking for APC in Enugu state.”

He also said, “Why is Ben Nwoye playing the blame game when he, conniving with a national officer of the party from Enugu state, is the architect of all that is happening?

“I, the Woman Leader, Secretary, Youth Leader and all the other State Working Committee Members prayed for an all-inclusive list of 50 members for appointment, but the national officer categorically explained that not everybody that worked for APC will get an appointment.”

He further explained, “Mr. Nwoye and the national officer compiled the list of their friends and submitted to the Presidency and it was rejected.

“The Presidency is appointing people it believes will help in repositioning, re-energising and re-kindling the hope of the party in the state for future elections.”

“This is because some leaders of the party are conniving with Mr. Ben Nwoye to mortgage the party to the opposition. Those that diverted party funds cannot ‘eat their cake and have it,” Ude said.

Nigeria Allure American Investors, Targets $25b FDI

The Nigerian Government have assured U.S. investors of the favorableble investment climate, promising the highest returns on investments, more than anywhere else in the world.

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Okechukwu Enelamah and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this at the Nigeria-U.S. Business and Investment Forum in New York.

Yewande Sadiku, the executive secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council said $25billion in Foreign Direct Investment is the target of the country in 2020.

Enelamah explained that the Federal Government is building the Nigeria of the future where things would be done differently from the way they were done in the past.

Some of the participants at the Nigeria-US Business Forum

 

“Nigeria of the future will be dramatically different from the past and that is what this government is trying to build.

“We are building infrastructure; we are providing the enabling environment and we are improving on the ease of doing business.

“There is a sense of urgency for Nigeria’s industrialisation and we are providing the enabling business and investment environment for investors,” Enelamah said.

Onyeama said that the Federal Government would not betray the confidence the U.S. investors already reposed in Nigeria through the forum.

“What we are offering the investors is a much more stable environment, a lot of enabling business environment, one stop shop for registration of names, forgetting passport, for coming into the country.

“We are offering them customs clearances, all the elements that go into making much more enabling. A welcoming business environment is what we are offering.

“And of course we are offering them a huge market of almost 193 million people; we are offering them a bigger market with ECOWAS that they can get access to through Nigeria.

“And we are offering them good governance. Those are things they also welcome. We are trying to offer them more security in the country because that’s a point that was also raised.”

Onyeama said the high level representation of the government demonstrated the commitment of the Federal Government to making the partnership really work.

“We believe that Nigeria and Africa in general, you get probably the best returns on investment more than anywhere in the world.

“We are doing everything possible to rebrand our country so that you can know that you are dealing with a reliable partner.

“We want to turn all our embassies around the world including here in the U.S. as hubs for businesses and to provide you all the information you need on Nigeria to invest in Nigeria. And to meet with business partners on the one-stop shop right here without leaving the United States,” Onyeama said.

Ms Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary for the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), said the Federal Government was aware of the bottlenecks in the ways of investors and businesses.

Sadiku, however, assured that the problems are being addressed. She said NIPC is working to achieve a 25 billion dollar Foreign Direct Investment by 2020, surpassing the Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan set target.

Mr Anthony Orji, Managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, said the agency had in the last one year, successfully executed one of such partnerships in agriculture.

“We put 25 million dollars in a fund alongside an agriculture fund in South Africa which also put 25 million dollars and we are raising 150 million dollars.

“This is to be invested in primary production from crop farming to dairy farming and the first investment we have actually closed is a maize and soy farm integrated feed mill in Nasarawa state for expansion.

“Some of the people in this room are looking at the opportunity in power, real estate, agriculture, healthcare and our role was to say NSIA is your partner of choice,” Orji said.

The forum was also attended by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals, Minister  of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed and representatives of the Nigerian private sector and US Business.

Minister Explains Reason For Town Hall Meetings

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the town hall meetings being held across the country by the Federal Government provides an avenue for both the government and the governed to exchange ideas, thus fostering good governance.

”It’s not so much about the government explaining its programmes and policies but also about those who are governed expressing their satisfaction or dissatisfaction. What I found today is that there is a lot of misconception and prejudices, which this kind of platform will throw more light on,” the Minister told newsmen at the end of the South-East Edition of the town hall meeting in Enugu on Monday.

He said each part of the country has its unique and peculiar challenges, and that sustained and robust engagement through the town hall meetings will provide the veritable platform to correct some of the misconceptions and throw more light on government’s policies and programme. “The major takeaway is that there is no substitute to such meeting because it provides the avenue and vehicle for both the government and the governed to exchange ideas. You can imagine the kind of questions we received today (Monday) either on agriculture or appointment or infrastructural development. Clearly, at the end of the day, I felt better because we were able to explain to our brothers and sisters here that this government will not marginalise any part of the country,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

Also speaking to newsmen after the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said as a follow up to the town hall meetings, cabinet ministers would soon hold a retreat to discuss and articulate ways through which they can enhance service delivery to Nigerians. “Very soon we will have a cabinet retreat where all ministers will come together and discuss issues and find out what people’s reactions are and how we can help each other to solve the problems as well. It’s a finer way of running a country. Keep in touch with the people and they will tell you what they don’t like or what they are unhappy about and suggest to you how to do it,” Chief Ogbe said.

On his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, said through the Economic Diplomacy initiated by this administration, his ministry would create more avenues for Nigerians to access foreign investors and partners in order to enhance the quality of their businesses. “We want to build a platform to empower ordinary Nigerians to be able to access any market anywhere in the world and that’s why we are working to produce match-making database, where we will be putting in touch Nigerian businesses that want to sell to potential markets and Nigerians who are looking for investors and partners,” he said.

The Enugu town hall meeting was the fifth in a series that started in Lagos on April 25th 2016 and has now been held in Kaduna, Kano and Uyo. At Monday’s town hall meeting, host Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed was joined by the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama; Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh; Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah; Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachukwu and the Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibrin.

U.S Not Imposing Nuclear Framework On Nigeria – Foreign Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated that the United States is in no way imposing its nuclear framework on Nigeria.

He was reacting to speculation about President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent trip to Washington DC for the Nuclear Summit.

He said the Nuclear summit which was centred on the risks of nuclear radiation material falling into the hands of terrorists, entailed putting in place a framework for leaders across the globe on mechanisms to ensure these materials do not fall into the hands of terrorists, the transformation of highly enriched uranium which Nigeria currently has to low uranium, and clarify its objective for utilisation as a source of alternative energy for the country.

“Also vital were facilities to be put in place to monitor use of radiation in other sectors. Nigeria presently has one main nuclear facility which is monitored occasionally. President Buhari at the meeting highlighted these steps to show Nigeria is fully compliant with the framework of the summit,” Onyeama said.

The Minister who was in the president’s entourage together with the Minister of Defence, Alh. Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, among others, revealed that the trip involved other meetings such as the bi national commission meeting framework to situate Nigeria’s engagement across the sectors with the US.

US To Invest $600m In Nigeria In 2016 – Kerry

The United States will invest more than $600 million in Nigeria this year, Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday in Washington.

He spoke during the opening session of the U.S.- Nigeria Bi-National Commission meeting.

The Nigerian delegation was led by Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyema, supported by other officials including Nigerian Charge d’Affaires Hakeem Balogun.

Those with Kerry include leaders from the State Department, USAID, the Defence Department, Commerce Department, and other key agencies. The U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle also attended.

Kerry, who hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s actions in office in the area of security and the attaempt to diversify the economy, said:”Our development assistance this year will top $600 million, and we are working closely with your leaders – the leaders of your health ministry – to halt the misery that is spread by HIV/AIDS, by malaria, and by TB.

“Our Power Africa Initiative is aimed at strengthening the energy sector, where shortage in electricity has frustrated the population and impeded growth.

“And our long-term food security programme, Feed the Future, is helping to create more efficient agriculture and to raise rural incomes in doing that.

“Our Young African Leaders Programme, in which many Nigerians participate, is preparing the next generation to take the reins of responsibility….and in education, we are working together to try to fight illiteracy, especially in the country’s north, where the lack of opportunity has been holding people back, and where the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, has murdered thousands and disrupted the lives of millions.”

Kerry condemned the Bokoharam activities, promising U.S. support to finish off the sect and end its terrorist activities.

On investment, he recalled that the U.S. Commerce Secretary Pritzker “has been among the first senior U.S. officials who have been to Nigeria recently. In her case, it was to highlight investment opportunities and that is a theme that has been reinforced by yesterday’s business forum here in Washington.”

On Boko Haram, Kerry said: “Under President Buhari, Nigeria has been taking the fight to Boko Haram and it has reduced Boko Haram’s capacity to launch full-scale attacks.

“However, the group still remains a threat – a serious threat – to the entire region.

“And in recent months, our governments have been collaborating on new ways to institute security measures, including counter-IED equipment, improved information sharing, and training and equipping two infantry battalions.

“Now, I want to be clear, this aid is predicated on the understanding that, even when countering a group as ruthless as Boko Haram, security forces have a duty to set the standard with respect to human rights. One abuse does not excuse another.

Onyema expressed optimism on a successful outcome as the meeting went into a closed session.

FG Defends Nigeria’s Membership Of Islamic Coalition

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama on Monday said that Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic coalition against terror under the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with giving Nigeria an Islamic identity.

He was reacting to reports which emerged at the weekend following a broadcast of an interview granted by President Muhammadu Buhari to Aljazeera where he disclosed that Nigeria has signed up to the coalition.

The Minister blamed the media for not being “responsible” enough in the presentation of their reports.

Rather than dwelling on the religious perspective, the Minister said that the media ought to be more interested in the objectives of the coalition.

Speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Onyeama observed that terrorism was a global phenomenon and Nigeria was ready to support any move to deal with it.

According to him, the Islamic countries were uncomfortable with the perception that terrorism was Islamic and consequently wanted to show that it was not the case.

He noted that the coalition was interested in demonstrating that terrorists were not speaking for Islam and there was nothing in Islam teaching that encourages terrorism.

On the reservation expressed by some Nigerians on Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic coalition, he said: “What I say first of all is that you guys in the media have to be more responsible in the way you present news. First and foremost, get your facts right.

“It has nothing to do with religion as far as Nigeria is concerned. We have to look at what the objective is. We face terror challenges and it’s a global phenomenon.

“Unfortunately, the problem we have today is that some of the terrorists groups are claiming some of the things they are doing is in the name of a particular religion and it is clear to everybody that this is not the case which is obviously a concern to people of Islamic faith and Islamic countries that their religion should be so abused.

“So, there is naturally a tendency to show that this has nothing to do with Islam. Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Islamic countries, Islamic people want to be seen as being in the forefront of the battle against these terrorists to show also that it has absolutely nothing to do with religion.

“That’s what this is all about. So, we are supporting every move to achieve this, to disabuse people’s minds that some of these terrorists are speaking in the name of Islam or are Islamic or that there’s anything about Islamic teaching that somehow condones these barbaric actions.

“I think it’s something we should all get together and we should all support whoever is working towards it. And that’s what this coalition is for, to show too that we are a Muslim country, we are Muslims and these people do not speak for Islam, have nothing to do with Islam.

“Most of the victims of these people are Muslims if you look at it. So, that’s what it is.

“It has nothing to do with Nigeria, Christianity, Islam. I think the media should really get the main message across”, he added

German President Visits Governor Ambode

German President, Mr. Joachim Gauck visited Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday, pledging that Germany will assist Nigeria with the technical know- how to successfully fight terrorism.

Gauck, in a late hour visit to the Governor at the State House, Ikeja, which entered into the night said the purpose of his visit to the country was to strengthen the cordial relationship between the two countries and to forge additional trade ties.

Lagos State deputy governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule welcoming President Joachim Gauck of Germany (2nd right) who is on official visit to Lagos State, at the presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Ikeja on Monday, February 8,2016. With them are German Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Michael Zenner (2nd left) and the Nigeria foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama,
Lagos State deputy governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule welcoming President Joachim Gauck of Germany (2nd right) who is on official visit to Lagos State, at the presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Ikeja on Monday, February 8,2016. With them are German Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Michael Zenner (2nd left) and the Nigeria foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama,

Speaking through an interpreter, Gauck said he was willing to share his country’s experiences in the field of science and technology, especially in the areas of capacity building, expressing confidence in steps being taken by the present government in the country to address the nation’s challenges.

“I am delighted to be here in Lagos and we in Germany and in Europe are more than aware of the importance of this city as a centre of business, of political development, of creativity and intellectively in the art of West Africa. At the same time I am delighted to be here in Lagos on my very first visit to Nigeria. I am happy to learn more and hear more about the successes of this country and the problems it has to tackle.

“My visit is meant to underline the friendly close ties existing between Germany and Nigeria. We have great interest in the area of trade. We in Germany are ready to share our experiences in those areas where you think they might prove helpful or necessary and we are happy to share the experiences we have acquired in fostering security and fostering social security.

“We are happy to share the knowledge we have acquired in the field of science and technology and cooperate with you and we are also happy to the knowledge we have when it comes to bringing about a fruitful cooperation between the business communities to bring about benefit for all,” he said.

According to him, “That is all we want to talk about and look at the potentials on these subjects and other matters. I am happy not only to get an opportunity to meet the representatives of the business community and to get to know more about the strength of assisting this country in those areas but also to have the opportunity to learn more about the culture in diversity that this country has to offer.

“I refer to business delegation that is accompanying me on this visit. Amongst them you have experienced personalities, people who have been here for quite a while and have acquired crucial beneficial experiences in doing business here on the ground. At the same time we also want to be of assistance when it comes to providing training; we believe that the German model in the area of training can be adopted here.”

Speaking, Ambode told the German president that his administration had instituted security and legal reforms to ensure a thriving business environment.

He said his administration was ready to explore the common interests between the state and Frankfurt, which is also Germany’s financial capital.

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