Criticise the government constructively – Imo Chief of Staff tells online media

The Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Hon Uche Nwosu (Ugwumba) has appealed to online media practitioners to criticise the government, but do so constructively.

Nwosu made his position known today in Owerri while speaking at the maiden edition of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) national convention in Owerri.

The Chief of Staff, who has been pencilled to replace Governor Okorocha as the Governor of the state, was represented by an aide of the Imo State Government.

The event is holding at the International Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri.

Also speaking at the event, OMPAN president and publisher of Igbere TV, Emeh James Anyalekwa expressed joy that the convention was possible after all challenges faced towards in planning.

He went down memory lane on how the association was formed and his expectations from the new association.

His words “We are here today because we believe strongly in our cause. We need closure because we are maligned and harassed. Little attention is paid to us, we are not taken seriously. Laws are made to gag us. We are seen as a fly in the ointment. We throw spanner in their works. They hound us and treat us like criminals all in a bid to rewrite history.

“We have a fight in our hands. Part of that fight is literally on the battleground. Hence we need a coalition of forces that would protect us. It might be a long, hard slug but it’s a fight for the future if OMPAN. So it’s a fight to win”.

The convention was attended by hundreds of delegates who deliberated on the way forward for online media practitioners in Nigeria.

OWERRI 2018: LULU-BRIGGS, OTHERS TO SPEAK AT MEDIA CONVENTION

Oil magnate, philanthropist and 2015 gubernatorial aspirant in Rivers State, Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs, will on 30th and 31st of March 2018 storm the Conference of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria in Owerri. Jungle Journalist News Corporation learnt about this through the President of OMPAN, Mr Emeh James Anyalekwa yesterday.

According to the media guru and pageants promoter, Lulu-Briggs gave his assurance that he will attend the convention because of his love for the Information Industry and believes in freedom of the press in Nigeria.

He added that Lulu-Briggs who is also an ICT specialist noted that although he may be busy this weekend because of his tight schedule especially on Saturday, assured that he will adjust his schedules in order to attend the event. OMPAN convention will host President Muhammad Buhari on Friday March 30, 2018, where he will deliver a Keynote Address at the National Convention.

Other expected to speak at the Convention include Dr. ACB Agbazuere, Former Commissioner for Information, Abia State; Prince Odunze O. Odunze, Special Assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha on Media Production; Rt. Hon. Shuaibu Sani, Coordinating Coordinator, Nasarawa Pilot Online Media platform and Peter Jones Ailuorio, publisher of New Sentinel Online News Media Lagos Also, former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has officially thrown his weight behind the Conference.

OWERRI 2018: Buhari, Atiku, Okorocha throws weight behind media convention

Ahead of the much publicized Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) national convention billed for 30th and 31st March, 2018, Jungle Journalist News Corporation can authoritatively report that President Muhammadu Buhari will be delivering the keynote address at the event.

In a press statement released by OMPAN Public Relations department, the president will be in Owerri, venue of the convention on 31st March to speak to delegates.

Signed by Evang Promise Uzoma Okoro, OMPAN PRO, the statement read in parts: “We have confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari as part of his recognition of the importance of the Online Media will on Saturday through his Special Assistant on Social Media, Laureta Onochie deliver the Keynote Address at our National Convention holding on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018”.

James Anyalekwa, President General of OMPAN, has also confirmed that the convention will be declared open by the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Meanwhile, former Vice President and presidental hopeful for 2019, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has declared that freedom of the press remains sacrosanct must be protected.

Atiku made his position known while officially throwing his weight behind the National Convention.

He spoke through the Director-General (DG) of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Dr Emeka Charles Kalu (ECK), who insisted that the former VP and Turaki Adamawa is a lover of freedom and holds the freedom of the press in very high regard.

“For democracy to run smoothly, there must be freedom of the press which is the only strength of the weak. Any attempt by any government at any point in time to choke this inalienable right will be disastrous for the people.

“We commend this effort by OMPAN because it will help to educate members on how to imbibe the culture of professional practices.

“So this is a step in the right direction, it is commendable.”

Atikulated Agenda 2019 is the foremost support group scouting support for the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the upcoming General Elections in Nigeria.

SDP vows to dislodge PDP in Abia, promises relief for citizens

The new Social Democratic Party (SDP) has vowed to dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State. SDP said its resolve to bring better governance to Abians by implementing a people-oriented governance system which will rebuild the confidence of Abians in politics.
Representative of the party, Hon Chidi Nwosu stated this at the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Workshop which held on Saturday, 24th March, in Umuahia. It took place at the Local Government Service Commisiion, Finbarrs Road, Umuahia.
Nwosu, who is part of the newly constituted SDP Working Committee in the state, was one of the speakers at the one day workshop titled “Security and Sensitization Programme Against Political Thuggery, Kidnapping, Drug Addiction, and the Need for Mutual Coexistence in Nigeria”.
Nwosu, who has served as a member of the Abia State House of Assembly said that 20 years after taking the reigns of power in Abia, the PDP has no relief for Abians except on the pages of newspapers. He affirmed that Abians have waited for too long for a party with the capacity and caliber of the SDP, and is quickly gaining wide acceptance across board.
He announced that the party’s manifesto targets women, youths and children as its focus empowerment, and would begin development of Abia State from the grassroots.
He stated “The SDP is the party Abians have been waiting for. This is the only party with the capacity to muster power and dislodge the PDP come 2019. Our party has the full support of sociocultural groups across Nigeria. Abians must come out en mass and support the SDP, this is the new hope for all Nigerians”.
Earlier in her keynote address, Mrs Ngozi Uduma, the NOA Director for Abia State revealed that the workshop was aimed at stressing the need to have a crime free, peaceful and free and fair elections ahead of the coming General Elections nationwide.

10 man committee emerge to steer Abia SDP

The hunger of Nigerians for a new political solution to political leadership was assuaged on Saturday, 17th March, 2018 when the Social Democratic Party (SDP) elected a 10 man state executive committee to steer the party forward in the state.

The new SDP emerged in Abuja as the face of the third force, after several deliberations and meetings of political parties, civil society organizations, interest groups and individuals who felt that there was a need for political upheaval.

The new formation was made after by-elections were held to choose one representative from each federal constituencies in the state.

Party faithful from the three senatorial zones were directed to elect representatives and they are to steer the affairs of the party in the state.

Hundreds of party faithful were part of the process, as their eagerness to work with the emerging mega party could not be hidden.

Reacting to the peaceful elections, the new National Organising Secretary of the party, Honourable Emeka Atuma told how a new alliance gave birth to the new SDP, which is now a mega party. He also warned that the SDP was on its way to clinch power from two other inept parties which have held national power in the past 19 years; “I am an interim National Organising Secretary and we were only selected to man the affairs of the party in the interim. It’s our responsibility to go round and mobilize membership for the party.

He advised the new leadership of the party in the state that they must not relax and believe that they have arrived. “Its time to work, and you must work very hard to ensure that the mobilization exercise is massive, total and all-encompassing. Ours is a resurrected party, and it’s life is eternal. SDP is the new mega party is a mega, and is on its way to becoming the national ruling party”.

Also speaking at the meeting, former member representing Bende Federal Constituency, Honourable Mba Ajah said that Abians were weary of incompetent leadership. He prophesied that by 2019, SDP will produce the next governor of the state, as well as the next president of Nigeria. He also prophesied that those who do not believe will be like the man in the bible who didn’t believe that famine would end in 24 hours according to the prophecy of Elijah, and got trampled by the crowd who trooped out to get food when it came in abundance. “Those of you who are here and don’t believe shall see this new day in Abia, but won’t be part of it. Those who have come here as moles or spies against this party, they shall not enjoy the good that the SDP is bringing to Abia and Nigeria”, he prayed.

Chief Chidi Nwosu, who presided over the meeting admonished the newly elected members to be good advocates of the party and ensure that its message of progress reaches the nooks and crannies of the state.

This who emerged in the elections include Mazi Obozuluike Ofoelue, (Arochukwu/ Ohafia), Hon Chidi Nwosu, Hon Kingsley Okoronkwo, (Isuikwuato/Umunneochi), Hon Pastor Paul Meregini, (Umuahia North, South/Ikwuano), and Chief Ozo Okafor, (Isiala Ngwa North/ South).

Others include Engr Emma Nwauhiara, (Osisioma), Chukwudi Abengowe, (Aba South), Chikezie Agbara, (Aba North)
Engr Ifeanyi Nwaji (Ukwa East and West), and Dr Ikechukwu Mgborogwu.

PRESIDENCY 2019: WHY DANKWAMBO IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB

DR. DANKWAMBO IS NOT A MEDIOCRE BUT AN INTELLECTUAL.

Dr. HASSAN IBRAHIM DANKWAMBO B.SC; M.SC; PhD; FCA; FCIB; FCTI; FNIM; FNIM; FNES & OON (Talban Gombe) was born on the 4th of April, 1962 in Gombe. He is the current Governor of Gombe state.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

B.SC Accounting; M.SC Economics; PhD ; Post Graduate Diploma in Computer science.

PROOFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

FCA( Fellow Chartered Institute of Accountant); FCIB( Fellow Chartered Institute of Bankers); FCTI( Fellow Chartered Institute of Taxation); FNIM(Fellow Chartered institute of Management)
FNIM(Fellow Chartered institute of Marketing)
FES( Fellow Nigerian Economic Society).

CERTIFICATE OF COURSES ATTENDED:

DR. DANKWAMBO has had various international exposures by attending training programmes that shaped him as a found and seasoned ACCOUNTANT, Economist and an accomplished Administrator.

Few among training COURSES and seminars attended includes:

1. Harvard university, Cambridge, Boston Massachusetts, USA on Global Financial System, Crises, Prospects and Solutions.

2.DUKE University, DCID, Durham, NC 27708,USA on Budgeting and Financial Management in the Public Sector.

3. Stanford University, Stanford Business School, 518, Memorial Way, USA, CA, USA-Financial Management Programme.

4. COWN AGENTS MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, UNITED KINGDOM- Financial Management and Development Projects.

5. UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN AND DUKE UNIVERSITY DCID – Management of Foreign Aids.

6. WEST AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT, GHANA- External Debt and Reserve Management.

WORKING EXPERIENCE:

DR. DANKWAMBO worked at Price WaterHouse coppers from 1985-1988.

Central Bank of Nigeria 1988-1999.

Accountant General of Gombe State 1999-2005

Accountant General of the Federation 2005-2011

Governor of Gombe State 2011-till date.

Whilst the AGF, he chaired and served in very numerous committees and Board member of some Government parastatals at various times.

1. He was the President/Chairman of the Forum of Accountants-General and Auditors – General in West Africa( FAAGWA), and had earlier, served as the Protem Secretary of the same organisation.

2. He was the co- Chairman, Standardisation of Federal, State and Local Government Accounts in NIGERIA.

3. Since his assumption of office as the Accountant General of the Federation, he was the Chairman of the Technical Sub-Committee of the Federation ACCOUNT Allocation Committee, a committee saddled with the responsibility of determining how the national revenues are shared equitably amongst the three tiers of Governments.

4. He was the Chairman of the Audit Committee of ECOWAS. He also chaired the review of Financial Regulations and other Financial Laws in Gombe.

BOARD MEMBERSHIP:

1. He was a Board member of CBN.
2. Board member of the Debt Management Office.
3. Board member Royal Swaziland Sugar Company.
4. Board member Extractive Industries Transparency International.
5. Board member Access Bank PLC.
6. Board member Jewel Farms and Poultry Products
7. Board member Sheraton Hotel and Towers
8. Board member Federal Government Owned Companies under Ministry of Finance
Incorporated(MOFI).

DR. DANKWAMBO’S ACHIEVEMENTS WHILST SERVING AS THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION:

1. He ensured the construction and completion of the Tresury House .

2. He brought up to date the Financial Statements of the Federal Government which were in arrears. He ensured that they were all prepared, audited and published.

3. The revolution in the Public Sector towards a cashless economy began with Dr. DANKWAMBO, bringing about the implementation of the E-payment system which is completely a new innovation in the Financial services of the Government.

4. The Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is yet another giant strides achieved by Dr. DANKWAMBO. Salaries of Staff all over the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) are now being paid centrally using an automated system.

5. Dr. DANKWAMBO also ensured that he completed the institution of Treasury Single Account which is simply an account or set of linked accounts through which government transacts it’s financial operations in such a way that it’s financial position can be determined easily for the facilitation and timely reconciliation of cash balances.

6. He installed a Financial Management system (GIFMIS) which is an ICT integrated system which computerises the Public Financial Management processes from budget preparation, execution, accounting and reporting.

7. He ensured that centralisation that had caused both bottlenecks and delays in implementing projects and programmes was removed thereby enabling Ministries, Departments and Agencies to process and make payments for contracts awarded after obtaining due certification for the projects.

8. He upgraded the Federal Treasury Academy to University Standard for the training of Public Sector Accountants and affiliating it to a highly recognised Public Secttor professional body in the UK (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy(CIPFA) United Kingdom).

With the sorry economic situation in NIGERIA, Dr. DANKWAMBO as the PRESIDENT will turn things round for better. He is the man of the moment. Please let us give him a chance.

BARR. DENNIS HABILA GAPSISO is the
NATIONAL COORDINATOR
New Life Nigeria, Dr. DANKWAMBO for President SUPPORT GROUP