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FG:Beyond The Sacks And Resignations

Source: pointblanknews.com

When it was rumoured that Bamanga Tukur was going to be appointed the

Chairman of the Nigeria railway corporation, I thought it a huge joke.

That is a very critical sector to be toyed with. It is not a sector where

we should be playing politics with. It is a sector that needs a young

technocrat, not some old politician,I thought. To cut it all short, I did

not believe the rumour. Alas the announcement was made and it was Tukur

indeed who was appointed to head that sector. That was compensation for

his removal as the PDP chairman. The president had said he was going to

give him a tougher job and I asked myself,has Chief Bamanga Tukur not

served us enough? Will he be unreasonable enough to accept the

appointment? When will he retire and leave the stage?. Appointments like

this drag us steps behind. Are we supposed to,in this time and era be

giving critical appointments out as compensation for God knows what? We

cannot get there with appointments like this. It's time we started putting

right pegs in the right holes .
Technocrats, willing to work, abound in this country (and in Diaspora) and

it is time we started to engage them. The importance of the railway sector

cannot be over emphasized apart from the fact that it is a very good

alternative to the roadway transportation. This kind of appointment

reminds one of Chief Anenih's appointment as chairman of the NPA not so

long ago. These guys are guys whose better days are far behind them.

When the BMW saga as well as the certificate scandal broke out, the sack

(or resignation) of Mrs. Stella Oduah was inevitable. It was just too

much. In fact most people think the decision was made too late. In other

climes, Stella(if she resigned) would have resigned long time ago ,or

should have been sacked by the president(if he indeed sacked her)since.

Whether she resigned or she was sacked, the fact is she has left the scene

and rightly so. She as far as I am concerned was not doing badly

RELATIVELY, but she had to go. There is no excuse for corruption. Our

airports, the environment as well as the runways et al can be better. They

are nowhere near comparable to the standards in other countries, even

those countries we are better than. That is one critical sector. The shape

of a countries airport tells the visitor what to expect in such country.

If your airports are in bad shape, then the first impression of the

visitor is the country might be nothing to write home about. Sadly, our

country is nothing to write home about( today) and our airports kind of

confirms that.
That said, I think the president does not need to play politics this time

around with the appointment of who succeeds Stella. That sector needs a

vibrant and sound technocrat. The sector needs someone who knows his

onion. That is a sector not to be used for favouritism. Our aviation

sector can be one of the best in the world. Some of these countries that

have out of this world kind of Airports are not run by aliens. We have the

resources to make it happen, and with sound enthusiastic minds at the

helm; who says our aviation sector cannot be one of the best around?

Let's take a trip to the Niger delta. This is a part of this country that

has suffered a lot. This is a region that produces most of a country's

wealth and is nothing to write home about. How you can be the source of a

whole country's wealth and the most popular means of transportation is

boat beats me. Not enough bridges, No potable water (of course it's all

contaminated with the same oil), no roads, nothing!

Until the struggle got abused, I was in support of those that felt

cheated and demanded for a change, hence the protest by whatever means. It

was late President Yaradua (may his soul rest in peace) who thought it

right to create a ministry to oversee the Niger Delta. The ministry was

set up to make for infrastructure development, environmental protection as

well as youth development. I thought this was a mean feat and also

believed the end to the suffering of the masses of the Niger Delta is in

sight. Years after, here we are. Just ask an ordinary Niger Delta the

impact he has felt with the coming of this ministry, you are sure to get a

negative response. Why will that not be, when you have someone in charge,

whose interest is not even in running the affairs of the ministry in the

first place. It did not take days after the minister of Niger Delta was

sacked for him to declare for Delta State governorship. I am wondering

how he will convince the people of delta that he will take them to the

Promised Land, what with his performance as the head of the Niger Delta

Ministry. Just as I said as regards the Aviation ministry, Chief Orubebe's

replacement should also be a sound technocrat. The president needs to

appoint someone who has passion for change. That ministry needs someone

who is not distracted, someone who genuinely cares. It needs someone who

has a plan and can strongly convince the government at the centre (with

his plan) to release more funds for the development of that region. The

government is not so daft to see a good blueprint and ignore same. This is

no time to play politics with appointments. In fact time is running out.

The Niger Delta is yelling for change and it is time to give them that.

They have been in agony since we struck oil in Bayelsa. It is to say the

least unfair.
It's time we started having competent hands man our ministries as well as

other public institutions as doing otherwise does the country no single

good.
It did not take long for the president to replace the service chiefs that

were sacked recently. I really do not know the criterion for the

replacements, what I care about is the protection of the ordinary people.

It was the Chief of defense staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh after his

appointment, who said the terror in the Northern part of the country will

end by April. That as far as I am, concerned is not an intelligent move.

You want to shoot, shoot don't talk. He should have just gone about his

plan discreetly and let his actions speak for him. That is what Nigerians

want to hear now, actions. Words? We got tired of that long ago. If terror

in the North is going to end in the next two months, how in the world did

Boko Haram kill close to 200 people over the weekend?

The president already made that change (service chiefs), I sincerely hope

he made the right decisions as the early signs are not encouraging at all.

WHILE WE ARE AT IT….
My sincere condolences go out to the family of Mr John Ndubuka. He was the

Personal Assistant to Chinedu Orji, the son of the Abia State Governor. We

knew way back from our days at Government College Umuahia. The

circumstances surrounding his death two days ago are somehow worrisome. He

was shot to death at a Rally in Umuahia is what we heard. We are yet to

hear by whom and for what reason. What he killed by the police? Was it an

accidental discharge? Was it deliberate? So many rumours have been flying

about, but we do not want to dwell on rumours at this point.

This is calling on the police to do all it can to make sure the killers of

John Ndubuka are found out and rightly prosecuted. Just imagining the

agony the family will be in, especially his young wife and little son. The

police should bring those responsible to book, if for nothing else, for

them.
Rest in Peace Johnny .
Chiechefulam Ikebuiro
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