Chiedu Uche Okoye
Anambra State, which is peopled by the Igbo people, is in the South-east geopolitical zone in Nigeria. The Igbo claim kinship with the Jews, and believe that they both share ancestral heritage. Anambra State’s slogan is the light of the nation; arguably, it is the salt of the nation given that many people who are native of Anambra state have achieved global fame in their respective pursuits.
Recently, a video recording of a house maid inflicting unbelievable pains on a hapless eighteen months old child, whom ironically she was meant to look after, went wild on the social media. The dreadful sight of the maid pouncing and pounding on the ill -fated child, as in a wrestling bout, was met with widespread indignation across the globe. It was such a disgusting spectacle. Many who saw it wondered what on earth the child could have done to deserve such coldhearted treatment.
The Informal sector is an economic activity that is neither taxed nor monitored by a government; and is not included in that government’s Gross National Product (GNP); as opposed to a formal economy. It refers to very small-scale units producing and distributing goods and services, and consisting largely independent, self employed producers in urban areas of developing countries.
Chiedu Uche Okoye
Has God not blessed Nigeria abundantly? Nigeria is immensely blessed by God based on any benchmark for assessing blessed countries. Crude-oil is deposited beneath our soil in large quantities. Coal, which can be used in generating electricity, is found in Enugu. Limestone is found in different parts of Nigeria. More so, we have a mild and equable weather conditions which are favourable for agricultural practices. And, our large land mass is very arable and fertile. Unlike in Europe and America, natural disasters do not kill people here; neither do they devastate our buildings and public infrastructure.
It is an unimaginable thing if a child’s right to life is decided ever before his arrival on planet earth. And incidentally, the events leading to the choice of this decision is no fault of the child. Available statistics show that Ninety percent of people diagnosed with Down syndrome are never allowed to be born due to prenatal testing and subsequently recommendations from uninformed doctors to get rid of the unborn child.
Chief Willie Obiano’s ascendance onto the headship of Anambra State Government did not come easy. It has been difficult too for the Governor to strike wholesome acceptance from all hews of stake holders in the affairs of the state. Howbeit, these are not strange tendencies in the politics of this clime. A smooth layout would have rather been eerie and suggestive of furtive doomsday.
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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.