(Documents put together by a team said to have been mandated to ascertain the application of the Federal Character Principle in the appointments made under the current administration was said to have concluded that the South-East geopolitical zone had benefited 35 per cent of all appointments, while having 11 per cent of the Nigerian population).
The South-East produced the Deputy Senate President, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Minister of Finance, as well as the Chief Economic Adviser to the President.
Other positions allotted to the zone include the Special Adviser on Project Monitoring, Special Adviser, Technical on the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P); Chief of Army Staff; Executive Vice Chairman, National Communications Commission (NCC); Managing Director, Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON); Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Fund; ministers of Power, Labour, Aviation and Health; chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC); Director-General, Bureau for Public Procurement (BPE); Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO); Director-General, Securities Exchange Commission (SEC); Special Adviser on National Assembly and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
IGBO WORLD ASSEMBLY (IWA) ENDORSES GOODLUCK JONATHAN FOR PRESIDENT IN THE 2015 ELECTIONS
The Igbo World Assembly (IWA), the Global Union that represents all the Igbo organizations in the Diaspora endorses President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for the 2015 Presidential election should he decide to run. In a crucial general meeting held with participants from all over the world, the prominent Igbo organization in the Diaspora gave a resounding endorsement for President Jonathan to run as the PDP flag bearer in the 2015 election.
IWA is the Umbrella Organisation that represents the Apex National Organizations in the various countries in the world such as USA, UK, France, Spain, Finland, Italy, Netherland, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Denmark, Japan, Sweden and Canada. The Igbo World Assembly (IWA) works very closely and recognizes Ohanaeze Ndigbo as the mouthpiece of Ndigbo World Wide.
Founded in 2008 on the twin principles of Njikoka and Igba Izu (synergy and collaboration) as an Igbo advocacy group, IWA is committed to good governance, rule of law, equity free and fair elections everywhere particularly in Nigeria. IWA stands ready to work, collaborate, and partner with all genuine Igbo political, economic and social expression vehicles. We are watching with keen interest, the unfolding events leading to the 2015 elections. The group said that it reached a conclusion to urge Jonathan to contest on the basis of the favorable result of a thorough and fair public opinion poll among Nigerians in the Diaspora. It is the overwhelming impression of the Nigerians in the Diaspora that President Jonathan’s second term will usher in a more peaceful polity and consolidate our nascent democracy.
After a long, thoughtful, and vibrant deliberations on the future of Nigeria, the sustenance of Nigeria’s nascent democracy and the forthcoming 2015 general elections in Nigeria, the IWA general assembly reached a consensus that President Goodluck and his Vice President Namadi Sambo are the most suitable candidates the presidency and vice presidency, respectively, should they decide to run.
IWA BASED ITS DECISION ON THESE SALIENT REASONS:
First, IWA believes in the incontrovertible position of the Nigerian constitution that gives full rights to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, above all other considerations, to aspire to the position of president at the 2015 elections, more so as the South-south zone, in spite of its enormous contributions to Nigeria’s GDP, is just producing a President or Head of State who deserves to serve a second term in the fifty (54) years of Nigeria’s existence as a sovereign nation. IWA rejects the nauseating indignity of political exclusion because of one’s ethnic background. Where is it stated in the Nigerian constitution that a freeborn, qualified Nigerian cannot contest for the highest office in the country because of his or her geographical origin?
IWA hereby calls on Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to openly declare his interest in the 2015 presidential election without further delay.
Second, IWA believes that judging from any objective measures that President Jonathan is super qualified to continue to lead Nigeria. He possesses all the requisite qualifications, academic credentials, character and integrity to lead a nation that so desperately needs a role model in words, actions and deeds. Having served as the governor of one of the major oil producing states in Nigeria with ample opportunities to enrich himself with ill-gotten wealth, President Jonathan resisted the corruption, which is synonymous with success in Nigerian politics, and maintained his high morale standards and tenacious adherence to anti-corruption, fairness, transparency, rule of law and orderliness in Nigeria.
Third, in President Jonathan, Nigeria is blessed to have a polished gentleman with a clean record both at home and abroad. He is so humble and down to earth and his demeanour radiates wisdom and compassion. Jonathan is a detribalized Nigerian who appeals to every ethnic group in the country on the basis of his humble background, endearing utterances and outstanding peoples’ skills. He is calm, confident, measured and in complete control of every situation.
Fourth, in comparison with other aspiring presidential candidates, President Jonathan looks quite different from what a typical Nigerian politician appears to be. He did not meet the other hidden requirements like some other presidential candidates who have proven to be good looters and ardent thieves. Contrary to most of his predecessors, he possesses the skills needed for the next leader of a re-branded Nigeria – top notch education, admirable and rich life experiences as someone who has led the life as an average Nigerian with a fervent desire to effect positive changes in Nigeria.
Fifth, President Jonathan has proven that he can work with all the governors in the country regardless of their party affiliations. In other words, he considers himself the president of all Nigerians, not the president of PDP. He reaches out to all states and works hard for the best interest of all Nigerians. A great testimony to this claim was the leadership he showed during the Anambra State Gubernatorial election in November 2013.
Other notable accomplishments by President Jonathan in just a few months of his presidency include the stabilization of naira in spite of the current global recession; reduced and affordable price of gas, improved electricity in the entire country, and the on-going aggressive voter registration to ensure a free and fair elections next year.
It is an incontrovertible fact that Nigeria under Jonathan has reduced its food imports by about forty percent and increased its local production of rice, cassava, sorghum, cotton and cocoa in percentages ranging from 25 to 56 in the last two years.
For the first time since independence, the Nigerian agricultural sector is attracting unprecedented Foreign Direct Investment. Over the past two years, the sector has attracted $ 4 billion in private sector executed letters of commitment to invest in agricultural value chains, from food crops, to export crops, fisheries and livestock.
The number of private sector seed companies grew from 10 to 70 within one year. Over $7 billion of investments from Nigerian businesses have been made to develop new fertilizer manufacturing plants, which will make Nigeria the largest producer and exporter of fertilizers in Africa. It is also noteworthy that agricultural lending as a share of total bank lending has risen from two percent to six percent in two years.
Other notable accomplishments of President Jonathan in this sector include:
1. Implementation of the National Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) aimed at industrializing Nigeria and diversifying our economy into sectors such as agro-processing, light manufacturing, and petrochemicals. The government has also negotiated a strong Common External Tariff (CET) agreement with our ECOWAS partners, which would enable us to protect our strategic industries where necessary.
2. Revolution in the agricultural sector and the results are evident. The administration has tackled corruption in the input distribution system as many farmers now obtain their fertilizers and seeds directly through an e-wallet system. In 2013, 4.2 million farmers received subsidized inputs via this programme. This scheme has restored dignity to our farmers.
3. Production of over 8 million metric tonnes of additional food; and this year, inflation fell to its lowest level since 2008 partly due to higher domestic food production. Nigeria’s food import bill has also reduced from N1.1 trillion in 2011, to N648 billion in 2012, placing Nigeria firmly on the path to food self-sufficiency.
Igbo World Assembly applauds President Goodluck Jonathan for the implementation of the Transformation Agenda, and we urge our fellow Nigerians to support his administration. President Jonathan has pursued his economic reforms doggedly. IWA is highly impressed that the reforms initiated by the President has started yielding very high dividends resulting in a massive leap in the nation’s economy which has also been acknowledged by the world community. Within the last few weeks, it was announced that Nigeria has the biggest economy in the African continent and the 26th largest economy in the world. At GPD level of over $500 billions for the year ending 31st December, 2013, Nigeria’s GDP has surpassed that of the two rival African contenders – Egypt and South Africa. The latest being the Fitch Ratings which affirmed Nigeria’s long-term foreign and local currency Indian Depository Receipts (IDRs) as well as senior unsecured bond and short-term foreign currency IDR ratings respectively at ‘BB”s.
IWA notes that it is heart-warming that at a time other economies of the world are having a downward trend, Nigeria’s economy on the other hand is experiencing stability and growth.
IWA observes that some of the factors that led to the positive rating include massive developments in the power, agriculture, and road sectors as well as reforms in finance, commerce, and industry.
IWA praises the President for initiating the New Automobile Industrial Policy Development, which is focused on promoting investments in affordable made-in- Nigerian vehicles even as it notes the conclusion of arrangements to kick-off passenger service on the Eastern railway route before the end of December.
IWA is happy that the New Automobile Industry Policy is already yielding results. Direct foreign investments are already flowing in from leading vehicle manufacturers including Nissan and Stallion Group, which have entered into an agreement with the Federal Government to establish auto plants in Nigeria.
IWA indicates that the Nigerian Railways, which was long buried and forgotten, is now functional, as well as the Abuja-Lokoja, Kano- Maiduguri, Lagos-Ibadan, East-West expressways and Niger-Bridge are 70 per cent ready.
The Mambila Hydro Power, Zungeru/Geregou/Ogun Power plants were completed prior to privatization, a feat completed by Jonathan’s administration.
IWA states that President Jonathan’s administration major policies and key projects are designed and being executed for the good of all Nigerians, particularly the historically underserved segment of the population, the masses. It is equally evident that Nigeria under President Goodluck Jonathan has moved significantly forward in many sectors than it was in 2011.
IWA believes that the transformation which is taking place in the economy, transportation, agriculture, power and other critical sectors were the routes which all developed Nations had taken. However, no other Nigerian administration before President Jonathan has had the courage to take on such visionary and actionable steps to improve the key sectors of our economy.
Under President Jonathan, Nigeria has progressed from a country that produced 2 million metric tonnes of cement in 2002, to a country that is now producing 28.5 million metric tons of cement with the expectation of higher numbers. Mr Jonathan said that as a result of our backward integration policies, and for the first time in our history, the country has moved from being a net importer of cement to a net exporter. Foreign direct investment into Nigeria has also been strong. In fact, for the second year running, the UN Conference on Trade and Development has named Nigeria as the number one choice for investments in Africa.
The President promised that his government will create more than 200,000 affordable mortgages over five years and introduce rent-to-own options for low-income housing to address a massive shortage in the Africa’s most populous nation. Nigerian banks currently hold only 20,000 mortgages in a population of more than 160 million because interest rates average 15 to 25 percent and buyers must pay 30 percent of the property value up front. This is the trend, which our visionary president plans to reverse in order to make housing available particularly for the hardworking middle class segment of the population.
President Jonathan’s goal is to remain prudent with our fiscal resources and to ensure that the Nigerian economy keeps growing and creating jobs.” He states, “our national budget for 2014 which is now before the National Assembly is specifically targeted at job creation and inclusive growth. We are keenly aware that in spite of the estimated 1.6 million new jobs created across the country in the past 12 months as a result of our actions and policies, more jobs are still needed to support our growing population. Our economic priorities will be stability and equitable growth, building on the diverse sectors of our economy.”
In the recent review of the trends in the world markets, economist Jim O’ Neill states that Nigeria has made it into the Mint countries, a list of countries that constitute future economic giants of the world. The term ‘Mint’ stands for Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey, a group of emerging economic giants in the world arena. Our country’s entrance into MINT under President Jonathan speaks a volume and acknowledges that Nigeria is in the right direction. Nigeria is getting her economic house in order as well as taking the appropriate steps to attract frontier investors and money managers around the world.
Nigerian economy is growing robust fully over the years at above 6.5 percent to 7 percent annually. With such an envious economic growth in the global economy that is struggling with anemic GDP growth, the world has noticed Nigeria and now it has become a major destination of investments. The inflation rate is below 10 percent, stable currency and interest, which is not bad at 12.5 percent, Nigeria is rising. A lower interest rate below 7 percent is conducive for liquidity especially in the hands of local producers and business community. STOPPED Here
With a durable naira currency rooted on both sound monetary policy and stabilized macroeconomics fundamentals, Nigeria is gearing into a transformation that can be sustainable with good hands of President Jonathan administration and steady hands of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister.
On education front, President Jonathan’s administration continues to make an unprecedented positive impact in the Almajiri School system. To date, this initiative is overseeing the education of over million children who were previously not receiving any formal education.
MEDIA AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
IWA observes that under President Jonathan’s leadership; election process is getting better, media/press freedom is better, freedom of speech is better when compared with past administrations. What you hear about corruption now is not because it has not been around since the NNPC sleaze and CBN recklessness; it is because Jonathan allows more press freedom than all of our Previous Presidents.
IWA commends the courage and wisdom of Mr. President, for convening the on-going National Conference; and, in this regard, the leaders and people of Southern Nigeria reiterate our unalloyed support for Mr. President.
IWA supports the re-establishment of a truly federal Nigeria with the following key elements; devolution of power to federating units, and co-ordinate and equal powers between the central government and the federating units.
IWA commits itself to a united and indivisible Nigeria based on the principle of justice, equity and rule of law with ample respect and understanding for cultural, religious, and linguistic differences.
On the power sector reforms initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, the senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs explained that the major component of the reform which is the privatization of the generation and distribution power infrastructure was successfully accomplished in 2013 thus putting Nigeria on a sure path of steady power supply in a no distant future.
With the completion of this process and the ten NIPP projects, Nigeria will for the first time in history move away from vertically integrated state-owned and very poorly managed electricity industry to a modern private sector led fully regulated market with the right incentives capable of attracting accelerated new investments to kick start the re-industrialization of Nigeria.
IWA commends President Jonathan for his commitment and dogged efforts in fighting the menace of insecurity in spite of the prevailing security challenges.The issue of insecurity has become a global problem spreading to the U.S., the Middle East, North Africa, Libya and Syria. Ours is part of a larger picture of this global challenge.
“Boko Haram has links with Al Queda and Al Shabaab, and government is working hard to stop Boko Haram’s infiltration and importation of small arms as well as its sources of funds. In spite of the current efforts from some sectors of the country to use Boko Haram as a political and paramilitary tool to derail the outstanding accomplishments of President Jonathan, he continues to fight the unconscionable cowards and their evil machinations.
President Jonathan’s summit on how to move the sports sector forward gave birth to the country winning the African Nations cup, the Under 17 World Cup tournament and qualified for the Brazil world Cup tournament holding in 2014.
Most importantly, President Jonathan promised to give Nigerians credible electoral reforms with a free, fair election, which he implemented by appointing a world-acclaimed social crusader and defender of equity, honesty, and integrity, Professor Attahiru Jega as the country’s new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This was a step in the right direction.
In reaching its decision, the leadership of IWA collated, deliberated upon, studied, analyzed and assessed the views of the people in the Diaspora and maintained that President Jonathan is the right man for the job.
Having outlined the fine qualities of President Jonathan and with well-reasoned arguments for his suitability for the job, IWA wishes to go on record in condemning apparent shortsightedness that exists in Nigeria polity.
IWA supports Ohanaeze Ndiigbo’s position on the zoning of political offices among the six geo-political zones. Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, the apex Igbo cultural organization, believes that limiting zoning to North and South arrangement is grossly unfair to other small ethnic regions in Nigeria. The current unwritten, but fully enforced power sharing between North and South has marginalized smaller ethnic regions in Nigeria. Some Indigenes from South-south have begun to question their existence in a country where they are continually deprived of their fair share.
Even people from the entire South region have serious reason to question the inequitable rotation of the leadership of the country. Out of fifty-four years of Nigeria’s existence as a sovereign nation, the North has ruled for a total of thirty-eight years, allowing only fifteen years for the South. Is this how democracy is designed to work?
IWA further believes that if and when zoning rotation revolves among the six geo-political zones, the marginalized zones of South-south, South-east and a few other zones that have not tasted the presidency yet, should move to the front of the line for their turns.
To ensure equality and fairness among the zones, IWA supports Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s position on State creation as one way to level the playing field. A situation where one zone has seven states, many have six and only one has five is totally unacceptable. IWA insists on equitable number of states within each geo-political zone hence our call for new state creation in some regions.
IWA also supports the renewed dialogue between Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo and Ijaw National Congress (INC). We need to work together on matters of common interest, on how to reinforce the friendship and brotherliness between the Ijaw nation and Igbo nation. The Ijaws and the Igbos have been neighbours for thousands of years, and the present generation must continue to fuel that flame of friendship that existed in the past. IWA and Ohanaeze Ndigbo intend to extend the same kind of cooperation and understanding to other ethnic units in Nigeria. Marching and working together, IWA intends to fashion a detribalized nation that must focus on what brings us together, not apart.
IWA is calling on all Nigerians of all political, social and religious persuasions to put the unity of Nigeria above any one party agenda, and rally around President Jonathan as he embarks on the unenviable job of leading our beloved country, Nigeria.
Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze
Chairman, Igbo World Assembly
Chief Oliver Nwankwor
Secretary General, Igbo World Assembly
The document also indicated that the South-East got a number of strategic ambassadorial postings under the administration, including postings to Canada, United Nations, India, Switzerland, Spain and Singapore, among others.
- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
- Anyim Pius Anyim
- Viola Onwuliri
- Stella Oduah
- Osita Chidoka
- Festus Odimegwu
- Eze Duruihioma (SAN)
- Stephen Keshi
- Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu
- Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika
- Bianka Ojukwu
- Sally Mbanefo
- Professor Chinedu Nebo
- Barth Nnaji
- Godwin Emefiele
- Emeka Wogu
- Air Chief Marshall Paul Dike
- Ogbonna Onovo
- Diezani Alison-Madueke
- Admiral Dele Ezeoba Chief of Naval Staff
- Executive Secretary, NERDC, Professor Godswill Obioma
- Aruma Oteh, DG SEC
- Mustapha Chike-Obi AMCON CEO
- Emeka Eze, the Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)
- Sam Amadi NERC
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT/FEDERAL ASSISTED PROJECTS IN SOUTH EAST UNDER GEJ
- ORIENT REFINERY
- SAAB-MILLER BREWERY
- ABAKALIKI RICE
- AKANU IBIAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT , ENUGU
- ONITSHA RIVER PORT
- AVIATION MAINTENANCE TRAINING CENTRE
- NAVAL TRAINING SCHOOL/BASE, ANAMBRA
- 2ND NIGER BRIDGE
- ONITSHA-OWERRI ROAD
- INNOSON, NNEWI
- OGOJA-AFIKPO RD
- ENUGU-PORT HARCOURT EXPRESSWAY
- ENUGU-ONITSHA EXPRESSWAY
- SAM MBAKWE INTERNATIONAL CARGO AIRPORT OWERRI
- FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, EBONYI STATE
- REHABILITATING AND REOPENING THE OHAFIA BARRACK
- OGUTA RIVER PORT
- FREE TRADE ZONE IN ENUGU
- DREDGING OF THE RIVER NIGER FROM BARO TO WARRI
- FULL MILITARY BURIAL FOR ODUMEGWU OJUKWU
- EASTERN LINE FROM PORT HARCOURT TO THE NORTH
- 6 EROSION PROJECTS IN 5 STATES OF THE SOUTH EAST
- FEDERAL COLLEGE OF LAND RESOURCES, OWERRI
- THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT, OWERRI HAS MOVED TO ITS PERMANENT SITE ON OWERRI/PORT HARCOURT ROAD
- THE COURT OF APPEAL, OWERRI
- (In order to hook Imo State on the federal grid, a large number of federal government parastatals, agencies, and departments(MADs) have relocated to Owerri. They include the zonal office of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria(APCON), the zonal office of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) was recently relocated to Owerri from Aba in Abia State, the Consumer Protection Council ( CPC) is in Owerri, the Public Complaints Commission(PCC), an alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) platform of the FGN, is in Owerri.)
- SURE-P OFFICE IS ALSO IN IMO STATE ON OKIGWE ROAD
- 17 OIL PALM ESTATES IN 11 STATES HAVE SIGNED AGREEMENT WITH THE MINISTRY TO RAISE A TOTAL OF 1,312,500 IMPROVED TENERA NUTS INTO MATURE SEEDLINGS TO PLANT 8,750 HA IN THEIR ESTATES IN 2013. EACH OF THE ESTATES WILL RECEIVE 75,000 TO 82,500 NUTS AND WILL EACH PLANT 500-550 HA IN 2013. THE STATES INVOLVED IN THE SE INCLUDE ABIA AND ENUGU STATES.
- PROMOTION OF OIL PALM REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES AMONG OIL PALM COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND FARMERS’ GROUPS. A TOTAL OF 236 OIL PALM COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND FARMERS’ GROUPS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN EIGHT (8) STATES INCLUDING ABIA (57), ANAMBRA (3), ENUGU (4)
- 2 OF THE NIPP’s ARE LOCATED IN EGBEMA AND ALAOJI