•Continued from yesterday
The current obsolete, archaic and sluggish system of dispensation of justice obviously encourages unbridled corruption at all levels of governance in the country. How could one explain a situation whereby high profile corruption charges preferred against highly placed public office holders including former State governors are still awaiting trial in various courts in the land and some of them had lasted for more than seven years and yet “the accused persons” are today moving freely in the country and even jostling for key positions in government.
“I am moved by the fact that a child dies every 2 and a half minutes from diseases linked to open defecation. Those are silent deaths – not reported on in the media, not the subject of public debate. Let’s not remain silent any longer”. The above quotation from the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, is a clear reflection on the danger of open defecation which has been a common practice in many nations, towns and villages for centuries. It is a practice whereby a person defecates in an open area not meant for that purpose.
For some time now there have been sustained orchestrations of syndicated propaganda against the barely seven month-old administration of Chief Willie Obiano in Anambra State.
The monotonous choruses on what the Governor has done and what he has failed to do fail to impress Ndi-Anambra for the simple reason that the people are proud witnesses of their Governor’s great achievements within the few months of his headship of the state.
Recently, stomach infrastructure became another addition to the growing list of lexicons in the socio-political life of our dear nation. In view of the prevailing poverty situation in the country, some of our leaders ‘ingeniously’ devised stomach infrastructure as a short term intervention approach for poverty alleviation.
Elections offer voters the platform to make vital choices. Irrespective of its scope, whether local or national, elections give voters the chance to reflect on the issues which really matter to them and make a decision on which candidate to support. In a democracy, election campaigns, where candidates make attempts to persuade voters to support them, precede most elections.
In 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) institutes December 1 every year as World AIDS Day. The objective is to provide a platform for the world to unite in the fight against HIV /AIDS. Part of the aim is also to ensure that governments and policy makers meet the HIV targets they set, stand by the commitments they made and mobilize the necessary resources for a world where people do not die of AIDS related ailments. For each World AIDS Day from 2005 to 2010, the theme was “Stop AIDS”. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner and Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation”.
After 27 years in the saddle, former Burkina Faso’s imperial ruler, Blaise Compaoré, was recently forced out of power by a popular uprising against his aspiration to extend his reign over the landlocked country. As it is usual with sit -tight rulers like him, Compaoré fled the capital, Ouagadougou, to an unidentified destination. Before his abrupt fall from power, excluding the years he spent as a military dictator, Compaoré had served two seven-year terms before a change to the constitution allowed him to serve another two five-year terms.
‘No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a veil. But he sets it on a lampstand so that those who enter in may see the light. ’The above are the exact words of the master himself. The overlord Jesus Christ, son of God, made the avowal in Luke Chapter 8, verse 16.
Monday, October 20th, 2014 in Umuahia the capital of Abia State, witnessed a spate of project revelations with conviviality of exceptional kind. Without this, many people far and wide Abia State, would not have believed that the eventide of Ochendo’s administration will be busy, building and raising projects of all types.
A crowd of anxious Onitsha residents thronged the Upper Iweka venue to welcome their new governor. They have come to behold, and possibly assess, the man who will manage their affairs for the next couple of years. Up till the time of the visit, Onitsha was seen as a city with palpable sense of brokenness. Scarcely was anything positive written about it.
I read with much unease the press statement of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on the withdrawal of the security personnel attached to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives following his defection from the PDP to the APC. In the said statement, the NBA, through its national president, Augustine Alegeh, SAN passed judgment on the action of the police, declaring it unconstitutional.