Would you pray with me?

Thank God it is Friday we say as we welcome the weekend.  This weekend is so eventful for so many in the world.

I am humbly asking not so many, just a few that can join me pray tomorrow.  You only need to say a pray and that is enough.

For what you may ask? 

1. People in Kogi State Nigeria will be electing a Governor this Saturday, 21st of November, 2015.  

a. Pray with me that Peace will reign

b. The Security Agents will be at their best in proactively guarding the electorate and citizenry.

c. The Electoral Officers, having the first test for the new Team, that their performance will be above average (free and fair).

d. That people who will want to start trouble, should have the trouble returned to the senders.

5. Above all that the right/best person will emerge.

2. Pray for places having challenges, like Syria, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, France and the North Eastern region of Nigeria.

3. Pray for you and me praying, that God will meet us at the points of our needs.

Thank you for being a part of seeing the world get better through Divine Intervention.

with my Best Regards, Happy Weekend.

Kogi State Elections–The need for the right persons to win.

Kogi State, the Confluence state is one of the most important states in Nigeria blessed with the true heart of the Country.  Psychics, metaphysis and the mystics can quote me wrong, this is the actual Power State and not Niger.  This is a place that held the powerful river Benue and tied a knot of marriage with the very rich dynamic and very long river Niger, making them one and emptying their wealth into the Atlantic Ocean.   The name Nigeria, the natural divide of the Nation into three regions can be attributed to the rivers routes. No wonder the Colonials saw Lokoja as a fit Capital for the country.  In our primary school history names like Mango Park, Richard Lander,Lord Lugard the Clappertons are few of the names you hear associated with Lokoja, Kainji and a place New Bussa.

This is a state that mingles with the Igbos, Hausas and the Yorubas.  That is if you want to discount the other tribes, like the Edo/Deltans, The Nupes, The Gbagyis, the Egedes, Idomas, Tivs and the Ogoris.  Kogi State is so cosmopolitan that you will find all the cultures from time amalgamated at the Lokoja Confluence.  

For me, it became a home away from home, on a night we spent at an Okene Police Station avoiding arm robbers on the Okene – Auchi road, while travelling to University of Port Harcourt for a NIFES (Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students) in 1983. Till date this state is sleepless with commuters traversing the North, South, East and West of the Country.

On resources, this is a state that could be the Industrial Capital of Africa, if the Steel Industry is steered rightly. With Cement, Agriculture and Fisheries, kogi can compete with any viable state.  With the dredging of the Niger to allow for an Inland Water port, Lagos might see some decongestion from importers/exporters.

It was the Ibrahim’s Administration I advised through Alh Habu, his son on the making Lokoja a Dubai in Nigeria, how? 

1. Simply create a big Industrial / Commercial layout off the Major Highway.

2 Remove / reduce taxes (give incentives).

3. Build the needed infrastructures to enable manufacturers / Importers, from Aba, Onitsha, Nnewi, Lagos, Ota, Ibadan to warehouse their products in Lokoja.

4. Do the same for Agricultural products from Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi. Plateau, Jigawa, Adamawa and Niger.

5. Get luxurious and Long distance transporters to Night stop in Lokoja with incentives.

6. Promote the Free Commercial / Trade Zone to business concerns in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo, Central African Republic and Sudan.

7. Energise the Chambers of Commerce to carry on. 

8. Go and rest. 

That was the cursory proposal. I believe if that had been done, Northern business travellers will get goods cheaper in Lokoja, than Onitsha & Lagos at a much shorter time and so will southern travellers, instead of reaching Sokoto for Onions, it is at their doorstep and cheaper.  Lokoja is already a 24/7 town, business will now become so too.  Transport consumes so much of the traders profit, any means of reducing cost of transport will attract the worst cynic.

Nigeria is one country that is feeding so many countries in Africa through the informal channels and so marketing in far away Benin, Ghana, chad, Niger, Sudan et al is no waste.

Why am I drifting instead of speaking elections?  I will tell you.  The Tsunami or Hurricane called Buhari is not good for so many states and legislative seats, it brought in some people who have no reason whatsoever to be in leadership, as can be seen in their lack of vision.  They are still waiting for Buhari to cough from the centre, so they can catch cold, in this day of ‘business at the speed of thought’ (thanks to Bill Gate).  Kogi state electorate need to wise up and look between the candidates, then elect people they are sure have the interest of the state at heart and have the vision / capability to move the state forward.

This is not time for tribal, religious or party lines.  The best persons should be voted in.  What I pray for Kogi state is to see a state that can compete with Lagos in Internal Revenue Generation, a State where the potentials seen by the colonials (making it a capital) is exploited for Tourism and history.  A state where every state of the Federation will want to have a liaison office to cater for their persons and concerns.  A centre of Trade, Industrialization, Sports and Entertainment.  For once let us make the likes of the Attahs, Ado Ibrahims, Sunday Awoniyis, Adamu Attas et, al smile wherever they are that the labours of the heroes past are not in vain.  May God grant us a very Peaceful and Successful Elections.  May the Winners and Losers be humble / mindful of the fact that, it is not by their power or might; The Almighty, can raise or bring down whoever He wills and at whatever time.  Let us learn to give thanks to Him, whatever the outcome, because He knows what is best for the people.  In finality, Because some of us are praying, (we love our country), persons planning evil, should beware, the Nigeria’s change Mantra is divine, don’t be caught in the wrong.  God bless the Federal Republic.

Kogi State Elections–The need for the right persons to win.

Kogi State, the Confluence state is one of the most important states in Nigeria blessed with the true heart of the Country.  Psychics, metaphysis and the mystics can quote me wrong, this is the actual Power State and not Niger.  This is a place that held the powerful river Benue and tied a knot of marriage with the very rich dynamic and very long river Niger, making them one and emptying their wealth into the Atlantic Ocean.   The name Nigeria, the natural divide of the Nation into three regions can be attributed to the rivers routes. No wonder the Colonials saw Lokoja as a fit Capital for the country.  In our primary school history names like Mango Park, Richard Lander,Lord Lugard the Clappertons are few of the names you hear associated with Lokoja, Kainji and a place New Bussa.

This is a state that mingles with the Igbos, Hausas and the Yorubas.  That is if you want to discount the other tribes, like the Edo/Deltans, The Nupes, The Gbagyis, the Egedes, Idomas, Tivs and the Ogoris.  Kogi State is so cosmopolitan that you will find all the cultures from time amalgamated at the Lokoja Confluence.  

For me, it became a home away from home, on a night we spent at an Okene Police Station avoiding arm robbers on the Okene – Auchi road, while travelling to University of Port Harcourt for a NIFES (Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students) in 1983. Till date this state is sleepless with commuters traversing the North, South, East and West of the Country.

On resources, this is a state that could be the Industrial Capital of Africa, if the Steel Industry is steered rightly. With Cement, Agriculture and Fisheries, kogi can compete with any viable state.  With the dredging of the Niger to allow for an Inland Water port, Lagos might see some decongestion from importers/exporters.

It was the Ibrahim’s Administration I advised through Alh Habu, his son on the making Lokoja a Dubai in Nigeria, how? 

1. Simply create a big Industrial / Commercial layout off the Major Highway.

2 Remove / reduce taxes (give incentives).

3. Build the needed infrastructures to enable manufacturers / Importers, from Aba, Onitsha, Nnewi, Lagos, Ota, Ibadan to warehouse their products in Lokoja.

4. Do the same for Agricultural products from Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi. Plateau, Jigawa, Adamawa and Niger.

5. Get luxurious and Long distance transporters to Night stop in Lokoja with incentives.

6. Promote the Free Commercial / Trade Zone to business concerns in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo, Central African Republic and Sudan.

7. Energise the Chambers of Commerce to carry on. 

8. Go and rest. 

That was the cursory proposal. I believe if that had been done, Northern business travellers will get goods cheaper in Lokoja, than Onitsha & Lagos at a much shorter time and so will southern travellers, instead of reaching Sokoto for Onions, it is at their doorstep and cheaper.  Lokoja is already a 24/7 town, business will now become so too.  Transport consumes so much of the traders profit, any means of reducing cost of transport will attract the worst cynic.

Nigeria is one country that is feeding so many countries in Africa through the informal channels and so marketing in far away Benin, Ghana, chad, Niger, Sudan et al is no waste.

Why am I drifting instead of speaking elections?  I will tell you.  The Tsunami or Hurricane called Buhari is not good for so many states and legislative seats, it brought in some people who have no reason whatsoever to be in leadership, as can be seen in their lack of vision.  They are still waiting for Buhari to cough from the centre, so they can catch cold, in this day of ‘business at the speed of thought’ (thanks to Bill Gate).  Kogi state electorate need to wise up and look between the candidates, then elect people they are sure have the interest of the state at heart and have the vision / capability to move the state forward.

This is not time for tribal, religious or party lines.  The best persons should be voted in.  What I pray for Kogi state is to see a state that can compete with Lagos in Internal Revenue Generation, a State where the potentials seen by the colonials (making it a capital) is exploited for Tourism and history.  A state where every state of the Federation will want to have a liaison office to cater for their persons and concerns.  A centre of Trade, Industrialization, Sports and Entertainment.  For once let us make the likes of the Attahs, Ado Ibrahims, Sunday Awoniyis, Adamu Attas et, al smile wherever they are that the labours of the heroes past are not in vain.  May God grant us a very Peaceful and Successful Elections.  May the Winners and Losers be humble / mindful of the fact that, it is not by their power or might; The Almighty, can raise or bring down whoever He wills and at whatever time.  Let us learn to give thanks to Him, whatever the outcome, because He knows what is best for the people.  In finality, Because some of us are praying, (we love our country), persons planning evil, should beware, the Nigeria’s change Mantra is divine, don’t be caught in the wrong.  God bless the Federal Republic.

Kogi State Elections–The need for the right persons to win.

Kogi State, the Confluence state is one of the most important states in Nigeria blessed with the true heart of the Country.  Psychics, metaphysis and the mystics can quote me wrong, this is the actual Power State and not Niger.  This is a place that held the powerful river Benue and tied a knot of marriage with the very rich dynamic and very long river Niger, making them one and emptying their wealth into the Atlantic Ocean.   The name Nigeria, the natural divide of the Nation into three regions can be attributed to the rivers routes. No wonder the Colonials saw Lokoja as a fit Capital for the country.

This is a state that mingles with the Igbos, Hausas and the Yorubas.  That is if you want to discount the other tribes, like the Edo/Deltans, The Nupes, The Gbagyis, the Egedes, Idomas, Tivs and the Ogoris.  Kogi State is so cosmopolitan that you will find all the cultures from time amalgamated at the Lokoja Confluence.  

For me, it became a home away from home, on a night we spent at an Okene Police Station avoiding arm robbers on the Okene – Auchi road, while travelling to University of Port Harcourt for a NIFES (Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students) in 1983. Till date this state is sleepless with commuters traversing the North, South, East and West of the Country.

On resources, this is a state that could be the Industrial Capital of Africa, if the Steel Industry is steered rightly. With Cement, Agriculture and Fisheries, kogi can compete with any viable state.  With the dredging of the Niger to allow for an Inland Water port, Lagos might see some decongestion from importers/exporters.

It was the Ibrahim’s Administration I advised through Alh Habu, his son on the making Lokoja a Dubai in Nigeria, how? 

1. Simply create a big Industrial / Commercial layout close / off the Major Highway.

2 Remove / reduce taxes (give incentives).

3. Build the needed infrastructures to enable manufacturers / Importers, from Aba, Onitsha, Nnewi, Lagos, Ota, Ibadan to warehouse their products in Lokoja.

4. Do the same for Agricultural products from Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi. Plateau, Jigawa, Adamawa and Niger.

5. Get luxurious and Long distance transporters to Night stop in Lokoja with incentives.

6. Promote the Commercial / Trade Zone to business concerns in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo, Central African Republic and Sudan.

7. Energise the Chambers of Commerce to carry on. 

8. Go and rest. 

That was the cursory proposal. I believe if that had been done, Northern business travellers will get goods cheaper in Lokoja, than Onitsha & Lagos at a much shorter time and so will southern travellers, instead of reaching Sokoto for Onions, it is at their doorstep and cheaper.  Lokoja is already a 24/7 town, business will now become so too.  Transport consumes so much of the traders profit, any means of reducing cost of transport will attract the worst cynic.

Nigeria is one country that is feeding so many countries in Africa through the informal channels and so marketing in far away Benin, Ghana, chad, Niger, Sudan et al is no waste.

Why am I drifting instead of speaking elections?  I will tell you.  The Tsunami or Hurricane called Buhari is not good for so many states and legislative seats, it brought in some people who have no reason whatsoever to be in leadership, as can be seen in their lack of vision.  They are still waiting for Buhari to cough from the centre so they can catch cold, in this day of ‘business at the speed of thought’ (thanks to Bill Gate).  Kogi state electorate need to wise up and look between the candidates, then elect people they are sure have the interest of the state at heart and have the vision / capability to move the state forward.

This is not time for tribal, religious or party lines.  The best persons should be voted in.  What I pray Kogi state is to see a state that can compete with Lagos in Internal Revenue Generations, a State where the potentials seen by the colonials (making it a capital) is exploited for Tourism and history.  A state where every state of the Federation will want to have a liaison office to cater for their persons and concerns.  A centre of Trade, Industrialization, Sports and Entertainment.  For once let us make the likes of the Attahs, Ado Ibrahims, Sunday Awoniyis, Adamu Attas et, al smile wherever they are that the labours of heroes past is not in vain.  May God grant us a very Peaceful and Successful Elections.  May the Winners and Losers be humble / mindful of the fact that, it is not by their power or might; The Almighty, can raise or bring down whoever He wills and at whatever time.  Let us learn to give thanks to Him in whatever the outcome, because He knows what is best for the people.  In finality, Because some of us are praying, (we love our country), persons planning evil, should beware, the Nigeria’s change Mantra is divine, don’t be caught in the wrong.  God bless the Federal Republic.

Fixed Charge – Power Holding or NEPA?

The Power Holding Company of Nigeria or National Electric Power Authority has been in the news / front burner for such a very long time.  Now that we are having Ministers handling ministries that have Industrialization, Commerce, Power, Works, Finance under their purview it is hoped that better will the days ahead be.

For us the teaming Nigerian Consumers, it is time to join Ambode in his quest to have the citizenry become responsible and demand the leaders to also be.  When the electorate participates only in elections, wahala is the result that follows.  I stand with H.E. Governor Ambode and say lets us start participating actively in the the governance of our localities and nation at large.

A young new tenant dried up his savings to pay his rent in full, for a house in a quiet suburb of a state capital, only to discover that the credit on the prepaid meter was almost exhausted.  Knowing he stays less than 8 hours daily in the house, he decided to get at least some small credit, to keep him going before the end of the month.  On reaching the PHCN office he was returned his N1,000.00 and told he had a bill of over N22000.00 to settle before he can purchase any light credit.  His complaints of being a new tenants went on deaf ears.  The caretaker has collected his monies and like the motor park tout, is inaccessible.  As a new comer to a town, at that time, that had easy calm, he painfully looked for the monies and paid for light (though epileptic) to be sustained in the house.

Testimonies will differ, but pains are same.  Why should people pay for the inefficiencies of others?  Why should people pay for services not rendered to them?  Why should organizations be so immune to the heart cries and pains of the people they are suppose to serve and you cannot even take them to court? If the MTN Chief Executive were a Nigerian, he will not be told to resign because of the levy slammed on MTN by NCC, instead there will be massive sack / dismissal of workers.   Nigeria needs to start reflecting global best practices in all areas.

The service industry, charges for services, Yes they do, but not for un-rendered service.  I will hope/think both PHCN and NERC are working on ways forward.  My suggestion, very personal and humble, is that the Agencies concerned, should learn from the Tourism/Hospitality Industries.  Charges and Taxes are as you consume them.  A 5 – 10% service Charge on PHCN Consumers will go a long way to enable them get their charges, instead of a fixed charge.  So if I consume N5000 / month I pay 500 (that is if the charge is 10%), while someone that consumes N50000.00 (is charged N5000). If I do not use my light at all, then I pay nothing at all.

This I believe will be a good reason for PHCN to provide enough electricity for people to consume more and people will not feel bad paying for services rendered.  At the end of the day, the little consumer pays little and the bigger consumer pays more.

Like I said it is a humble personal suggestion.  On a lighter mood, I look forward to when PHCN will start replacing chargers, electronics and machineries, because their electricity damaged the consumers wares. 

Nigeria dey better.

A double Barrel Approach–Interior and Defence.

This is a very short one, it is actually a prayer for peace and security in our dear land.

General Dan Ali (rtd), is a one Gentle man that has traversed the crannies and echelon of the military.  He had very good mentors, like General Gado Nasko, who was a highly respected Officer in all the positions he held especially as Minister of Agric and later FCT.    The new Minister of Defence had all the potential of a rising Crown Prince.  I rejoice with him today as he moves into the highest defence office as Minister.

Gen. Danbazzau, an Academic Military General, I rate with respect like the Powel of Nigeria.  I saw this man, when all his close colleagues were made Military Administrators, and his name missed, we went to congratulate him in error (of then Col. Shuaib as Plateau MILAD).  He rejoiced with us and with high sense of Royal Humility and sense of responsibility accepted and extended our felicitations to the right person.   My prayers has never reduced for him.  He encouraged so many of us to continue reading, with his blessings.  As Chief of Army Staff, on an official visit to Bauchi, amidst the crowd and business of the day, recognised and spent time encouraging us to keep increasing our good works.   His coming into to harness the affairs of Nigeria’s home front, desires our prayers and full support.

Now that the pegs are round in holes that are round, from Sambissa forest to the tributaries of the Niger, militants should beware. The Nigerian Borders, Cattle rustlers, Kidnappers, Oil Bunkerers and Small Arms Dealers beware.

My Prayer, yes my Prayer is that – The Almighty Maker of the Heavens and the Earth, will give this nation peace in our time.  That Nigeria will become a no-come area for persons who have ills in their minds.  That from Maiduguri to Bakassi, Sokoto’s Gobir / Sabon Birni to the Badary, Seme and Owode axis, Smugglers of Arms, insurgencies, kidnappings and all forms of unrests will be sent back to the senders, whether inside or outside our borders.  That the Uniformed and Plain Clothes Security personnel, will be so elevated/motivated to receive respect at home like they do on foreign missions.  That their families, in service and even after, will stand tall and proud that their children, parent served the nation and they have what to show for it.  May our tired, retired, reserved forces and those resting in their graves never have cause again to regret their years in service, because of pension or retirement benefits.

In earnest I pray that the Defence Industries will come alive again and reduce the monies we spend importing and in fact start exporting to other nations.  That the Kaduna Air-beetle dream will grow to become Hercules and the Bauchi Defence Installations, will force the Bauchi Airport to become a defence and manufacturers export Zone or Inland Port.   That Defence Academy/University will increase to have Defence Research Institutes, where we can harness the minds and knowledge of our cream de la cream in the Military, Police, Security and Civil Services after their retirements, instead of allowing them to rot in villages / towns for lack of intellectual challenges or low intellectual usage.

For us we will continue in prayers for you and your officers for success, as we are only able to progress in the midst of Peace and Security.  God bless and Keep Nigeria One and Peaceful.