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Ndigbo Urged to Sustain Culture of Self-help to Deepen Development

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With the ever increasing competition for government attention among the various sections of the country, Ndigbo have been urged to sustain their age-old culture of self-help to deepen development in their communities.

Former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, made the call in a chat with journalists after inaugurating a road project constructed by a private citizen, Mr. Julius Nwojo Osiri at Abiriba in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.

He said that the Igbo spirit of self-help was amply demonstrated in the construction of the road, adding that Ndigbo have over the years learnt to depend less on government.

The former minister recalled that the culture of self-help was well entrenched after the civil war following the failure of the Yakubu Gowon-led federal government to implement the policy of reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation.

“We are development inclined, resilience and we don’t wait for government to do everything for us,” he said.

To illustrate the power of self help, Wogu cited the Abiriba community fondly called “Small London” because of its level of development, saying that over 80 per cent of the infrastructure in the community were products of self-help by the people.

However, he pointed out that there is a limit to what could be achieved through self help, citing construction of highways hence the government should not abandon its responsibility to the people.

He noted that the cry of marginalisation in the South-east came about because of the non-implementation of the three Rs promised by Gowon.

The man behind the road project, Mr. Osiri said he was motivated by the spirit of self-help inherent in Abiriba people to build the street in memory of his father, Prince Nwojo Egbebu Osiri (NEO), who passed on seven years ago.

“If you can’t do much, you can do little to positively impact on our environment,” he said, adding that “every little effort counts.”

Osiri, who also dedicated his new house, advised that those who have the means should not hold back in helping to develop their communities, saying, “We shouldn’t be waiting for government to do everything for us.”

“In any direction you find yourself and you know you can impact on the society, please do so,” he said, noting that little drops of water eventually make an ocean.

Culled from ThisDay News Nigeria

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Anambra: Lands Commissioner, Prof. Offornze Amucheazi in Achalla for a working visit – photos

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His Majesty, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi, Eze Oranyelu, Uthoko VI of Achalla, hosted the Anambra State Commissioner for Lands, Prof. Offornze Amucheazi (SAN) who visited  on August 4, 2022, to discuss development opportunities through a strategic partnership with the Achalla community.

While details of this meeting were not available at the press time, Igwe, Eze Oranyelu said,  “It was a very productive visit. We had a good discussion about collaborating with our local individuals for development possibilities – a project that would attract investment to our great Achalla town. This project is still at an early stage, but I would share a comprehensive update as soon as they are available.”

State Commissioner for Lands, Prof. Offornze Amucheazi (SAN)

 

His Majesty, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi, Eze Oranyelu, Uthoko VI of Achalla, and the Anambra State Commissioner for Lands, Prof. Offornze Amucheazi (SAN) flanked by very important meeting participants.

 

Photo left: Hon. John Nwokoye (Onowu), member of the Anambra State House of Assembly; Right: John Ekweozor (Ide Achalla) Uthoko Cabinet Member.

 

 

His Majesty, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi, Eze Oranyelu, Uthoko VI of Achalla

Other prominent persons in the meeting are Hon. John Nwokoye (Onowu), member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, and John Ekweozor (Ide Achalla), Uthoko Cabinet Member.

Located in the south-central part of Anambra State, Achalla is the capital of Awka North Local Government surrounded by towns like Amanuke, Igbariam, Obaefemili, Ukwulu, Urum e.t.c.

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Nigeria’s Buhari grants consent to Seplat’s buy of Exxon Mobil’s Nigeria unit

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has granted consent to the acquisition of Exxon Mobil’s Nigerian unit by Seplat Energy, in a $1.28 billion deal announced in February.

Buhari, who doubles as oil minister, granted ministerial approval to the deal, the presidency said in a statement on Monday.

Exxon and Seplat are expected to operate the unit’s oil licenses, supporting Nigeria meet its OPEC production quota in the short term as well as accelerate the development of gas resources in the area.

Seplat said in February its offshore unit had entered an agreement to buy the entire share capital of Exxon’s Nigerian offshore shallow water business for $1.28 billion, plus a further consideration of up to $300 million based on the oil price and the average production of the unit, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, over a five-year period.

Seplat is listed on the London and Nigerian stock exchanges.

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Houston Nigerian groups, radicalized members, and the lessons of Okwesilieze

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“It may therefore be right to state that the “Okwesilieze Case” has broken that yoke of distinctive prodigality, irrationality, and deceit tormenting Houston Nigerian organizations. I hereby implore other organizations experiencing similar atrocities to follow suit.―Anthony Obi Ogbo

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Houston’s Nigerian community has been a little engaged with forum dialogs after the Texas International Guardian News ran a story update about a prolonged civil lawsuit between the Okwesilieze Women’s Club of Nigeria and a rival group formed by defecting group members “De Okwesilieze International Women’s Club”.

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The story, which was totally based on a court-endorsed mediation and settlement negotiations, emphatically stated that the said lawsuit ended in favor of the founding group, Okwesilieze Women’s Club of Nigeria. Also, the story stated that the defecting group, “De Okwesilieze, and their listed agents avoided what would have been a humiliating verdict and succumbed to mediation and settlement negotiations that completely appeased the plaintiff’s demands”.

But, yesterday, I received a strange phone call from one of the defendants (name withheld) mentioned in the case, violently questioning how there could be a loser or winner in a mediation process. Good argument, but not a smart one because the settlement speaks for itself. A mediation settlement where Plaintiff walks away with 99.9% of the demands in the original petition is indeed a slam-dunk.  That is exactly the dilemma faced by the defecting group. “De Okwesilieze.”

From a legal standpoint, mediation does not take the winner-loser approach but seeks a resolution of the dispute where the parties agree. However, mediation could also be “evaluative”, where the mediator assists the disputing parties in reaching a resolution by pointing out the weaknesses of their cases, and predicting what a judge or jury would be likely to do.

Without lectures about good or bad journalism, and without a logical analysis of the mediation process, the Defendants and their representatives in the Okwesilieze case lost woefully. Out of a long list of demands stipulated in this settlement, the below orders alone are a total humiliating defeat for these breakaways. To mention but a few, the defecting group was ordered to:

  • Immediately cease to use the name “Okwesilieze” as any part of their organization’s name.
  • Immediately cease to use the Plaintiffs team songs and greetings “Kwesi” as part of their Organization songs or greetings.
  • shall return the Plaintiff’s organization items in the procession of the defendants
  • shall pay to Plaintiff Organization the sum of $37,000.00.

So how does one explain a woeful failure? Let me make it clear, that rather than the ongoing social media winner-loser argument, the Houston community must learn from the Okwesilieze Women’s Club of Nigeria and their Founder and Leader Dr/Mrs. Gracie Gboliwe Chukwu. Dr. Chukwu had professionally hired good lawyers to institute legal action to challenge those she believed to have trespassed upon the group’s registered name, absconded with their process, and, worse, took away their funds by conversion.

 

This case should serve as a lesson not only to most Nigerian organizations in Houston but also to radicalized members among them who have a history of facilitating breakups and defecting with funds. This practice has been very common in this community because none of the groups have vigorously gone after these vandals.

It sounds surprising but true that in the past 15 years, organizations in the Nigerian community have lost an unprecedented amount of money to breakaway vandals who  would make the career off of community funds. Community organizations have also spent hundreds of thousands in fruitless litigations against these radicals.

It may therefore be right to state that the “Okwesilieze Case” has broken that yoke of distinctive prodigality, irrationality, and deceit tormenting Houston Nigerian organizations. I hereby implore other organizations experiencing similar atrocities to follow suit.

♦Publisher of the Guardian News, Journalism and RTF Professor, Anthony Obi Ogbo, Ph.D. is on the Editorial Board of the West African Pilot News. He is the author of the Influence of Leadership (2015)  and the Maxims of Political Leadership (2019). Contact: anthony@guardiannews.us

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