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LITERATURE and BOOKS. / Re: THE FAILURE: A NOTE OF FINALITY!
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:12:00 AM »
failure is...PATIENTLY WAITING?

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When's the appeal coming up?

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LITERATURE and BOOKS. / Re: FOR KENDAN...OF KINGS AND KINGDOMS
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:05:23 PM »
maybe someone in his imagination...

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FORUM RULES & Announcements / Re: We are now officially Social
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:36:47 AM »
nice efforts administrator. well done!

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FORUM RULES & Announcements / Re: The new picture for NBF
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:35:05 AM »
a very modest logo i'd say.

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...it's a destiny that can befall anyone
we're here to re-write a doctored past
...and to sound death-knell to future forgers

let's press until something happens (PUSH).

wanted ALIVE: dmuguwokeup and ibiyidun.

@proverbs6_31: great to have back on the forum.
lie has always been a sprinter...the truth, the marathoner, in due time will overreach it.
we don't lose hope, we don't give up.

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judgment day...

Post Merge: July 09, 2013, 02:04:53 PM


A day closer...

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The Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), Delta State, Nigeria was established in March 2007 under a Federal Government of Nigeria initiative to build a specialized University to produce unique high level manpower and relevant expertise for the Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria and worldwide.

FUPRE is the first of its kind in Africa and it is destined to be the premier international institution-of-choice with state-of-the-art facilities to provide the petroleum and allied sectors, world-class education, training, research, consultancy and extension services.

Applications are hereby invited from qualified, innovative, versatile and proactive professionals of any nationality to occupy the positions listed below.

A. ACADEMIC STAFF

(I) COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
A. Positions

i. Professor
ii.Reader
iii.Senior Lecturer
iv.Lecturer I
v.Lecturer II
vi.Assistant Lecturer
vii.Graduate Assistant

B. Departments

i.Chemical Engineering
ii.Electrical I Electronic Engineering
iii.Marine Engineering
iv.Mechanical Engineering
v.Petroleum Engineering

(iii) COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
A. Positions

i. Professor
ii.Reader
iii.Senior Lecturer
iv.Lecturer I
v.Lecturer II
vi.Assistant Lecturer
vii.Graduate Assistant

B. Departments

i.Chemistry
ii.Earth Science
iii.Environmental Science
iv.Mathematics & Computer Science
v.Physics

C. General Studies & Entrepreneurship Unit
i.Senior Lecturer

Qualifications & Requirements
i). Professor

    Candidates must be holders ofa PhD degree from a reputable university with specialization in the relevant discipline, with not less than 12 years post doctoral teaching, research and professional I industrial post -doctoral experience in the university system.

The candidate should:

    Show evidence of distinguished contribution to scholarship
    Show evidence of significant research record and a reasonable number of publications in relevant, reputable national and international journals.
    Have significant evidence of teaching ability, capability to initiate and carry out independent research as well as ability to supervise students' research work.
    Possess remarkable administrative skills and show evidence of significant participation in administration within the university system.

ii). Associate Professor/Reader

    Same as for Professor but with at least 9 years post-doctoral relevant teaching and research experience in the university system.

iii). Senior Lecturer

    Same as for Reader but with not less than 6 years post-doctoral relevant teaching and research experience in the University system.

COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
iv). Lecturer I

    Candidates should be holders of a Ph.D in relevant engineering disciplines from reputable university and must possess COREN registration.

v). Lecturer II

    Candidates should be holders of a Masters in Engineering in relevant disciplines with COREN plus clear evidence of registration for a Ph.D programme.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
vi). Lecturer I

    Candidates should be holders of a Ph.D in relevant disciplines with at least 3 yrs post-doctoral teaching and research experience in a university with evidence of scholarly publications in learned journals.

vii). Lecturer II

    Candidates should be holders of Ph.D with evidence of scholarly publications in learned journals.

viii). Assistant Lecturer

    Candidates should possess a M.Sc. Degree in relevant fields. Clear evidence of having reached an advanced stage of completing a Ph.D. degree programme is mandatory.

ix). Graduate Assistant

    Candidates should possess First Class Division or Second Class Upper Division degree in the relevant field.
    In all cases, candidates are required to possess appropriate skills and orientation in their respective disciplines in addition to teaching ability with adequate research experience.

General Studies & Entrepreneurship Unit
i). Senior Lecturer

    Same as with Reader above, but, with 6 years post-doctoral relevant teaching and research experience in the University system.
    Areas of Specialization in the General Studies Unit:

a.) Business Administration / Management with specialization in business development and management.
b.) Peace and Conflict Management.

Salary Scale
i.) Professor: CONUASS II 7 (N4, 580,349 x N6, 020,163)
ii.) Reader: CONUASS II 6 (N3, 768,221 x N5, 004,750)
iii.) Senior Lecturer: CONUASS II 5 (N3, 091, 505 x N4, 455,508)
iv.) Lecturer I: CONUASS II 4 (N2, 079,995 x N2, 684,101)
v.) Lecturer II: CONUASS II 3 (N1, 649,509 x N1, 979,640)
vi.) Assistant Lecturer: CONUASS II 2 (N1,451.071 xN1, 754,902)
vii.) Graduate Assistant: CONUASS II 1 (N1,263,373 x N1, 447,767)

B. LIBRARY DEPARTMENT
Deputy Liberian (CONUASS 06)

Qualification:

    Applicants must possess a good University degree in library Science and a higher degree preferably a Ph.D. with at least 15 years relevant experience.
    Applicant must also have contributed to knowledge through research and publications in reputable journals.

Librarian I (CONUAS 03)

    Candidates must be holders of a good honours degree in any discipline with a professional qualification or a higher academic degree in librarianship plus 3 yrs post qualification experience..

C. NON-TEACHING STAFF

(i). Vice-Chancellor's Office
Academic Planning Unit

Chief Academic Planning Officer (CONTISS 13)

    A good degree in Economics, Mathematics or Statistics from a recognized institution plus 10 years cognate experience.
    A higher degree in Educational Planning will be an added advantage.

Principal Academic Planning Officer (CONTISS 11)

    Candidates shall possess a good degree in mathematics/statistics or higher degree in Educational Planning plus 8 years cognate experience.

Senior Academic Planning Officer (CONTISS 9)

    Candidates shall possess same qualification as above, plus 5 years cognate experience. A relevant higher degree will be an advantage.

Academic Planning Officer I (CONTISS 8)

    Candidates shall possess same qualification as above plus 3 years cognate experience.

Academic Planning Officer II (CONTSS 7)

    Candidates shall possess a good degree in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics or Educational Planning.

LEGAL UNIT
Chief Legal Officer (CONTISS 14)

    Candidates must possess LL.B., BL and NYSC discharge certificate or exemption plus a minimum of 15 years post-NYSC experience OR LL.M, BL and 12 years post-NYSC experience.

Assistant Chief Legal Officer (CONTlSS 13)

    Candidates must possess LL.B., BL and NYSC discharge certificate or exemption plus a minimum of 13 years post-NYSC experience OR LL.M, BL and 6 years post-NYSC experience.

Principal Legal Officer I (CONTlSS 12)

    Candidates must possess LL.B., BL and NYSC discharge certificate or exemption plus a minimum of 9 years post-NYSC experience OR LL.M, BL and 6 years post NYSC experience.

Principal Legal Officer II (CONTISS 11)

    Candidates must possess LL.B., BL and NYSC discharge certificate or exemption plus a minimum of 6 years post-NYSC experience OR LL.M, BL and 4 years post NYSC experience.

Senior Legal Officer (CONTISS 09)

    Candidates must possess LL.B., BL and NYSC discharge certificate or exemption plus a minimum of 3 year post-NYSC experience OR LL.M, BL.

Legal Officer (CONTISS 08)

    Candidates must possess LL.B., BL and NYSC discharge or exemption certificate.

Assistant Chief Security Officer (CONTISS 12)

    Candidates shall possess a good honours degree from recognized University with 15 year cognate experience. Specialized security training will be an added advantage.

Principal Security Officer (CONTISS 11)

    Assistant Superintendent of Police II or equivalent qualification in the Armed forces and related services plus 10 year experience with at least 5 credits in WASC/GCE/SSCE/NECO including English Language.
    A good honours degree from a recognized University with 6 years cognate experience with Polio / Armed Forces training.

Senior Security Officer (CONTISS 9)

    Inspector of police with at least 4 years cognate experience and WASC/GCE/SSCE/NECO with at least 5 credits.
    A good honours degree from recognized University with 6 year cognate experience with Police / Armed Forces training.

Security Officer I (CONTISS 8)

    Ex - Inspector of Police or equivalent rank in the Armed forces with at least 11 year cognate experience with WASC/GCE/SSCE/NECO at least 5 credits in not more than two sitting including English language.
    Direct employment with good honours degree from a recognized University.

Security Officer II (CONTISS 7)

    Ex - Inspector of Police or equivalent rank in the Armed forces with at least 8 year cognate experience with WASC/GCE/SSCE/
    NECO at least 5 credits in not more than two sitting including English Language.
    Direct employment with good honours degree from a recognized University.

Assistant Security Officer (CONTISS 6)

    Serving Supervisor with at least 3 year experience with WASC/GCE/SSCE/NECO at least 5 credits including English language.
    Ex - Inspector of Police or equivalent rank in the Armed forces and 5 year cognate experience including the above educational qualification with WASC/SSCE/NECO.

Senior Protocol Officer (CONTISS II 9)

Qualifications / Experience

    Candidates must possess a good honours degree from a recognized university. In addition, candidates must be a registered
    member of recognized and appropriate professional bodies.
    A postgraduate degree will be an added advantage.
    Candidates must have acquired not less than five (5) years' experience in Public Relations or Journalism (Preferably broadcasting)

Sports Unit
Director of Sports (CONTISS 15)

    Candidates must have a record of outstanding performance with a minimum of 15 years cognate experience in sports administration.
    Candidates must possess higher degree in Sports Administration from a recognized university.
    In addition candidate must be a member of relevant professional bodies.
    Candidates shall possess degree in Physical Education plus coaching certificate from the Nigerian Institute of Sports or other recognised sports institutes.

Sports Coach II (CONTISS 7)

    Candidates shall possess degree in Physical Education plus coaching certificate from the Nigerian Institute of Sports or other recognised sports institutes plus 3 years cognate experience

i) REGISTRY DEPARTMENT
Deputy Registrar (CONTlSS 14)

    Candidates must possess a good honours degree from a recognized University plus at least fifteen (15) years post qualification cognate experience.
    Candidate must be a PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT REGISTRAR.
    A substantial part of the post -qualification experience must have been in the University.
    Candidate must be a member of relevant professional bodies.
    A good knowledge of lCT is required.

Principal Assistant Registrar (CONTISS II 13)

    Candidate shall possess a good honours degree from a recognized University with a minimum of 12 years post-qualification experience on the job in the University System.
    Possession of a higher degree and membership of professional bodies will be added advantage.
    A good knowledge of ICT is mandatory.

Senior Assistant Registrar I (CONTlSS II 11)

    Candidates shall possess a good honours degree from a recognized University with a minimum of 10 years post-qualification
    experience on the job in the University System.
    Possession of a higher degree and membership of professional bodies will be an added advantage.

Senior Assistant Registrar II (CQNTlSS II 11)

    Candidates shall possess a good honours degree from a recognized University with a minimum of 8 years post-qualification
    experience on the job in the University System.
    Possession of a higher degree and membership of professional bodies will be an added advantage.

Assistant Registrar (CONTISS II 9)

    Applicants must have good honours degree from a reputable university plus 5 years relevant administrative experience in a University.
    Possession of higher degree will be an advantage.

Admin Officer: I (CONTISS 8)

    Applicants must have good honours degree from a reputable University plus 3 years relevant administrative experience in a University.

Admin Officer: II (CONTlSS 7)

    Applicants must have good honours degree from a reputable University.

Higher Executive Officer (Admin.) (CONTISS 7)

    Candidates shall be holders of ND with at least 3 years cognate experience or HND in the relevant field with at least a lower credit from a reputable institution.

Executive Officer (Admln) (CONTlSS 6)

    Candidates shall possess ND with at least a lower credit in relevant field.

Chief Confidential Secretary (CONTlSS 13)

    Applicants shall be holders of B.Sc.IHND Secretarial Studies plus 120/50 wpm in shorthand, and typewriting with 14 years experience in the University system.

Senior Confidential Secretary (CONTlSS II 11)

    Candidates should be holders of Higher National Diploma in Secretarial Studies with evidence of word-processing skills or 120/50 wpm in Shorthand and typewriting speed with at least 3 year post-qualification experience in similar system.
    A good knowledge of ICT is mandatory.

Confidential Secretary I (CONTISS II 7)

    Candidates should be holders of Higher National Diploma in Secretarial Studies with evidence of word-processing skills or 120/50 wpm in Shorthand and typewriting speed.
    A good knowledge of ICT is mandatory.

Confidential Secretary II: (CONTISS II 6)

    Candidates shall be holders of Higher National Diploma in Secretarial Studies with at least lower credit or first degree in Secretarial Administration.
    100/50 wpm in shorthand and typewriting speed with Certificate in Word processing.

(iiI) BURSARY DEPARTMENT

Deputy Bursar (CONTISS 14)

    Candidates shall possess B.Sc degree in Accounting and ACA, ICAN, CPA, ANAN, ACCA. plus 15 years post-qualification experience in a University system.

Chief Accountant (CONTlSS 13)

    Candidates shall possesses B.Sc degree in Accounting plus 12 years cognate experience. or ACA. ICAN, CPA, ANAN, ACCA, plus 8 years post-qualification experience in a University system.

Principal Accountant (CONTlSS 11)

    Candidates shall possesses B.Sc degree in Accounting plus 9 years cognate experience, or ACA, ICAN, CPA, ANAN. ACCA, plus 4 years post-qualification experience in a University system.

Senior Accountant (CONTISS II 9)

    Candidates shall possess a good honours degree in Accounting from recognized University with a minimum of six (6) years post-qualification experience on the job, preferably in a University or other tertiary institutions. OR Candidates shall also possess the Final Certificate of any of the following professional Accountancy Bodies such as ICAN, ACCA, ANAN, CPA, CNA with a minimum of two (2) years relevant post- qualification experience on the job, preferably in a university or other tertiary institution.
    Computer literacy in Excel and Microsoft Word is essential.

AccountantI/II (CONTISS II 8/7)

    Candidates shall possess a good honours degree in Accounting from a recognized university.
    Computer literacy in Excel and Microsoft Word is essential.

Higher Executive Officer (Accounts) (CONTISS II 7)

    Candidates shall possessesB.Sc / Higher National Diploma (Accounting) plus a minimum of two (2) year experience in an educational institution.
    Computer literacy in Excel and Microsoft Word is essential.

Executive Officer (Accounts) (CONTISS II 6)

    Candidates shall possesses BSc.lHND (Accounting) plus NYSC Certificate. Computer literacy in Excel and Microsoft Word is essential.

Salary
(N698, 251 - N1, 062, 683)

(iv) INTERNAL AUDIT UNIT

Chief Intemal Auditor (CONTISS II 13)

    Candidates shall possess a good honours degree in Accounting from a recognized University with a minimum of 12 years post-
    qualification experience in Internal AUditing, preferably in a University or other tertiary institutions.
    A professional qualification ICAN, ACCA, ANAN, CPA or CNA is also necessary.
    Computer is essential.
    A Masters degree will be an added advantage.

Principal Internal Auditor (CONTISS II 11)

    Candidates shall possess a good honours degree in Accounting from it recognized University with a minimum of Nine (9) years post-qualification experience in Intemal Auditing, preferably in a University or other tertiary institutions.
    A professional qualification ICAN, ACCA, ANAN, CPA or CNA is also necessary.
    Computer literacy is essential.

(v) TECHNICAL OFFICER

(I) COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
A. Positions

(i) Senior Technical officer I/II (CONTISS 9/8)
(ii) Higher Technical officer (CONTISS 7)

B. Departments

    i.Chemical Engineering
    ii.Electrical I Electronic Engineering
    iii.Mechanical Engineering

(i) Senior Technical officer I/II (CONTlSS 9/8)

    Candidates shall possess HND or (NISLT) in relevant discipline with minimum of 3 years post qualificationexperience. OR
    A good HND with M.Tech.in same discip)ine; OR OND plus a minimum of 6 years post qualification experience.

(ii) Higher Technical officer (CONTISS 7)
Candidates shall possess HND or (NISLT) in relevant discipline not below lower credit.

(ii) COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
A. Positions

(i) Senior Technologist II (CONTISS 09)
(ii) Technologist I (CONTISS 08)
(iii) Technologist II (CONTlSS 07)

B. Departments

i. Chemistry
ii. Earth Science
iii. Environmental Science
iv. Mathematics & Computer Science
v. Physics

(i) Senior Technologist II (CONTISS 09)

    Candidates shall possess HND/(NISLT) or other recognized equivalent qualification in relevant discipline plus 6 years post qualification experience.
    OR Other recognize equivalent professional qualification plus a minimum of 12 years post qualification experience.
    OR HND plus M.Tech in the same discipline with a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience

(ii) TechnologIst I (CONTISS 08)

    Candidates shall possesses five credit passes (WAEC/NECO/NABTEB) including English Language and Mathematics and a good HND in relevant discipline not below Lower Credit level.
    Or Other recognized professional qualifications plus at least minimum of six (6) years post qualification experience Or HND plus M.Tech degree in the same discpline

(iii) Technologist II (CONTlSS 07)

    Candidates shall possesses five credit passes (WAEC/NECO/NABTEB) including English language and mathematics and a good HND in relevant discipline, not below lower credit level.

(iv) HEALTH CENTRE
Director of Health (CONTISS II 15)

    The Director of Health Services is a management position in the University and responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day to day administration and Management of Health facilities in the University.
    The candidate shall possess MBBS with 15 years post registration experience, and must possess Fellowship of a recognised College of speciality.

Principal Medical Officer (CONTISS II 13)

    MBBS with a minimum of 9 years experience and be a registered medical practitioner with the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria.

Senior Medical Officer (CONTISS II 11)

    Candidates shall possess MBBS plus 6 years post housemanship experience and be registered with Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria(MDCN).

MEDICAL OFFICER (CONTISS II 09)

    Candidates shall possess MBBS with current registration with Nigerian Medical & Dental Council (MDCN).

Pharmacy: Pharmacists (CONTlSS 09)

    A university degree in Pharmacy and registration with Pharmacist Council of Nigeria.

Staff Nurse ( CONTISS II )

    Candidates must be holders of RN or RN/RM with 2 yrs post registration experience

Pharmacy Technlcian (CONTlSS 06)

    Pharmacy technician certificate from school of health technology.

Medical Laboratory Scientists: (CONTISS 08)

    Candidates shall possesses a B.Sc. in Basic Medical Lab. Science and must be registered with Medical Lab. Science Council of Nigeria with 3 years cognate experience.

Health Records Officer (CONTISS 7)

    Candidates shall possesses HND/BSc in Health Records from a reputable university

Nursing Officer II (CONTISS 07)

    Candidates must be holders of a degree in Nursing Sciences from a reputable university and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

(v). PHYSICAL PLANNING UNIT

Engineer I (Civil/ Electrical I Mechanical) (CONTISS II 09)

    Candidates must be holders of a good honours degree registered with COREN plus 3 years relevant post-qualification experience.

Chief Technical Officer HORTICULTURE (CONTlSS 13)

    Candidates must possess a B.Sc. or HND in Agricultural HorticulturelLandscaping (Not Animal) plus minimum of 10 years post qualification experience.

Senior/Principal Technical Officer-Estate/ Landscape(CONTISS 8/9)

    B.Sc in relevant area plus 3/6 years working experience depending on level of entry.

(vi). LIBRARY DEPARTMENT

LIbrary Officer II (CONTISS II 7)

    Candidates must possess a good honours degree in Library Studies
    Or ND in Library Studies plus 6 years cognate experience.

(viii) INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

Chief System Programmer/Chief System Analyst (CONTISS 13)

    Candidates must possessHND or B.Sc. degree in computer science/ computer engineering plus 15 years post-qualification experience, much of which should be in University ICT management.

Conditions of Service
FUPRE offers similar remuneration package with what obtain in Federal Govemment of Nigeria owned Universities.

Application Closing Date
2nd July, 2013

Method of Application
Candidates should forward twenty (20) word-processed applications and detailed Curriculum Vitae with copies of credentials. The Curriculum Vitae should, among other information, include and follow this order:

    Full Names:
    Place and Date of Birth;
    Permanent Home Address; Current Postal Address;
    Cell Phone Number; E-mail Address;
    State of Origin; LGA;
    Marital Status; Number of Children;
    Educational Institutions Attended with Dates; Academic Qualifications with Dates;
    Professional Qualifications; Honours; List of Publications;
    Employment Records; Statement of Experience;
    Service to the Nation / Immediate community;
    Names and Addresses of Three Referees, etc.
    Candidates should request their referees to forward reports under confidential cover direct to the Registrar.
    Candidates with university degrees or equivalent should have completed the National Youth Service Corps programme or have an evidence of exemption from the programme.

All applications should be addressed to:

THE REGISTRAR AND SECRETARY TO COUNCIL
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES
P.M.B.1221,
EFFURUN,
DELTA STATE,
NIGERIA

Note:

    Only shortlisted candidates would be contacted.
    All successful candidates should be prepared to reside within the immediate environment of the university.

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time is ticking...not slowly
time is coming...assuredly
when truth will outpace lie

that time...is soon.

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good for you.

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Like you...everyone is.

We all hope to converge HERE once again.

This time to CELEBRATE not to CEREBRATE.

All "cerebrating" and no "celebrating" makes truth champions dull fellows.

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GAMES / Re: WHO ARE YOU MISSING TODAY?
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:21:44 AM »


i missed kendan. i missed olanajim. i missed peacetee. i missed earthangel.

i am missing icebabe...i am missing tonib. i am missing ibiyidun...i am missing dmuguwokeup

also missing sis proverbs...

also on the missing list are: ebony, solo, judoski, stingersmiler, iyke, prince, chuxxy, etc.

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MOBILE PHONES and COMMUNICATION / Re: WHAT PHONE ARE YOU USING?
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:48:27 AM »
i am looking forward to own BlackBerry10.

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LITERATURE and BOOKS. / Re: WHERE IS TONIB?...STORY OF A DREAM COME TRUE!
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:44:22 AM »
are you sure?

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LITERATURE and BOOKS. / 2013
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:40:49 AM »
2013 -by Bayo Akinloye

Staring but not seeing...

Are there clairvoyant eyes

Peeking into Nostradamus' cauldron

Of concocted tomorrows

I behold twenty colours of confusion

And thirteen of convolution

Pessimistic!

Isn't 2013 a magical era

Fireworks, tongues of fire heralding it

Billions keeping vigil just for a sight

While eternity passes us by

2013

At twenty why are we still acting like a blasphemous thirteen?

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LITERATURE and BOOKS. / 2014
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:37:45 AM »
2014 -by Bayo Akinloye
In the passion of my impatience
I am conjuring your future presence
2013 is to me a past tense
Do bear with my incorrigible defiance

2014
Unfold the depth of your essence
Do abide by my insistence
As I behold your fences
In the faraway borders of limitlessness
Enshroud in sworn silence

Grant me the licence
Oh dear tomorrow, please
Come to me in your silence
Before they begin to burn incense
At your feet, meaningless rites
Signposting endless strifes

2014
Am I pointless?
I am helpless
Am I hopeless
In your distant absence?
I grope for your presence
In my cluelessness
I may find your peace...

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Anybody Asking for More States is a Lunatic ? Sagay
Professor Itse Sagay, a constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, sallies out at the heart of leadership issues hurting Nigeria in this interview with Gbenga Ogundare and Tayo Olanipekun

Why does the National Assembly prefer patching the Nigerian Constitution rather than re-writing another one through a Sovereign National Conference?
What you have actually fingered touches on the Nigerian national character, which implies that anything the man in public office does must be for the purpose of multiplying his powers. That is the objective of people in power, everywhere, from the executive, that is the Presidency to the National Assembly.  If we say there should be a wholesale review of the constitution, then you?re going beyond what the constitution expects them to do.  And their attitude is: if it is outside the scope of the National Assembly, then it cannot be done because we want to be in charge. To do anything on a grand scope like that, you?re reducing our powers. And our powers must never be reduced even if Nigeria suffers, even if the future of the country is mortgaged. It is that bad.

Is that why the NASS has to review the constitution twice in two years?
There?s nothing wrong in reviewing the constitution. It is an imperfect document and it was done by the military, advised by a few selected civilians. There?s nothing wrong with that, but the reviews they have done so far has no relationship with the problems with the constitution. Not at all. They leave the main problems and go after irrelevant, petty, meaningless issues that have no impacts on the lives of Nigerians. Usually, they will talk of how to increase in relevance and power. They will talk about how INEC can?t conduct even LG elections. Everybody knows what they problem is. We all know the problem has to do with centralism, lack of federalism. That is the main problem.

Strong advocates of SNC are in recent times backing off. Why the sudden change?
You are the one telling me some are backing off. I?m not aware.

Wole Soyinka, for example. Many have also fallen silent about it. Is anything inherently wrong?
I earlier said those in power and authority will never accept a situation in which that power will be reduced by one inch. When Obasanjo was there for eight years, he was vehemently against the SNC. Why? It is not that he finds anything wrong. But if we have an SNC there will be transfer of power and resources to the state. He could have reasoned: I, Obasanjo, will preside over the liquidation of my empire? Never! Now he?s gone forever. No legacy has been left. Goodluck may soon be gone too, at the most, after 2015. For the rest of his life, he will have no such power again. So, his clinging to this plenary, multitude of powers he has now and he will not negotiate circumstance under which he allows it to be reduced so that the country can be stable and develop. In other words, for the four years he went cling to power, he?s sacrificing eternity of stability for Nigeria.

Some also think the recent waves of regional sentiments could spell the end of the Nigeria nation. What is your view on this?
The parasites are saying so. Those who are really surviving by sucking the blood of others, who don?t want to work, who just want to sit down and eat from the labour of other parts of the country, are the ones saying so. Because once you regionalize, it means that you control your resources and contribute to the centre. You have to produce resources before you can control. I won?t mention names, but there are parts of the country who are so used to collecting the proceeds of the labour and resources of others, and are not interested in developing as long as they can get allocations. We will never develop as long as we have 36 states the Federal Government controls their resources. The only way we develop is to denude the Federal Government of these powers and resources and then let the regions develop themselves.
The Niger Delta oil and Lagos State BAT have killed Nigeria because now money comes. Everybody is a thief, the oil companies are thieves: they take away majority of the products and account for very little. The NNPC, the National Assembly and all are taking their shares. Nigeria is an environmental disaster in terms of social development. The North used to be a productive region and they were number one in agriculture. They exported groundnut, cotton, hides and skin, and were not looking anywhere for their survival.  They used to be the most independent zone in the country that we, in fact, had to beg them during the 1950 Ibadan National Conference, February 1950, to remain with Nigeria. But once they tasted oil proceeds, they became addicted to the Niger-Delta oil. They stopped all their productive activities and all they wait for now is monthly allocation from the Niger-Delta oil. They share it, they enjoy themselves, and the north remains the least developed part of the country.  The north is a rich place. If we have a good leader like Ahmadu Bello now, give it 10 years, with no oil the north will over-take the rest of the country. Look at the cattle that they have; what do they do with it? Argentina does not have more cows than the north. Nigeria should have been the centre of exportation of chilled beef all over the world if only those people would not keep to stone-age facts of existence. All the north needs is good leadership, but they don?t have it. May I say also that the south does not have good leaders either. Maybe we are seeing them emerging in the south-west. We have the Fasholas, the Fayemis, and the Tinubus. Of course Tinubu is a leader.  You see they are doing this economic integration. Give them five years, even with the strangled type of federalism that we have, they will make progress. And the rest of the country will be embarrassed.

There is an agitation in some parts of the country that people want more states...
That?s crazy. Anybody who wants more states is a lunatic. He?s saying it either to please people from whom he wants things or to create another centre of demand where more money would be drawn from the centre to be shared by elites without any developmental effects. We should be talking of merging. I?m proposing eight zones. The North East should be split into two. Let Yobe and Borno for a region because they have the same characteristic, ethnicity and everything is the same. Then in the south, there should be mid-west states. That is, Delta and Edo states to form a region, as it was in 1966. Then the rest, the east, Ibo states should form a region; the rest of the south-south get a region. The west should include Offa, part of Kwara and the Yoruba part of Kogi. So, there will be ethnic integrity. And, the present Anioma should form a state in the Ibo region to make the sixth state. Anioma in Delta should form a state. Once you do that you?ll have integrity - regional integrity.  Rules of competition has started. Let us revert to the way we used to do during the first republic. Then every state contributed 20 per cent of what they produced in the region to the Federal Government. And then limit their responsibilities So that they?re not overstretched. Leave the rest to the zones. In ten years, they will not recognize the zones. Nobody would tell these northern people who are doing nothing now before they would start building factories and manufacturing, corned beef, shipping of chilled beef. In fact, they will feed the whole of West Africa.



Between constitutional review and political will: Which do you think is more important for good governance?
Both are important. You can have political will and use it to do bad thing. If there?s solidarity and determination to manage that constitution in the best possible manner, that will be done. If I were the Federal Government, I will practically tell the states to generate their own electricity and supply their people. What happens now is that they will force them to generate and transmit it to Oshogbo. So the Federal Government collects it and promises that they will bring it back in addition to what the state have, but they will never do that. Instead they will send it to other parts. So you?re spending money generating, sending to them only for them to send same to those that never take the troubles to generate electricity.

If President Jonathan contests and wins 2015 election, he will take the oath of office three times as president. Does that matter in the constitution?
No, it doesn?t. Is anyone saying that Jonathan doesn?t have the right for a second term? The first time, he didn?t contest as a president. He merely used the remaining part of Yar?adua?s tenure and the constitution allows him to do that. So technically he?s running his first term so he?s entitled to a second term. It?s a different thing. But if you say, during his first term, he did not perform well, and you are not satisfied and you want to oppose his second term, you?re entitled to do that. But you can?t give him a technical knockout by trying to distort the constitution.


Boko Haram is asking for compensation for its fighters killed by the Joint Task Force. What?s your thought?
The question I asked is: in recent times the Chief of Army Staff announced that Boko Haram has so far killed 3,000 innocent citizens. All right. What?s the Federal Government going to do for the families of those people? First, you go and compensate the murderers and the terrorists. Meanwhile, the victims? families are lying there in anguish and pain for totally undeserved loss of their loved ones. It didn?t make sense to me when I heard it.

What about a roundtable with the terrorists?
There?s nothing wrong with dialogue. If they want to dialogue, in order to lay down their arms ? all right, provided it?s genuine; provided it doesn?t have unreasonable terms like saying that they?re going to Saudi Arabia, which is nonsense. If they want to dialogue, they can?t dictate terms. We shouldn?t close door to dialogue to bring an end to this scourge which has destroyed the north. There?s nothing going on in those areas now.

What do you think should be the blueprint to get Nigeria on course?
There are quite a number of things, apart from the federalism I stated. The same disease that Obasanjo suffered is what Jonathan is also going through, by not wanting to lose the quantum of power he has. But apart from that, I think the first thing is to tackle corruption. Look at what happens with every project you want to carry out in this country: roads, refineries, funds for school building or anything else. Once the money is put down those people appointed to execute it will first sit down and share it. And then they leave tiny fraction of it for the work to be done.
Every day you read about corruption in the papers; and it is at every level ? from state to local government. In fact, local government is even the worst. We also need to select people with ideas. The problem we have with energy should be looked into because no country can survive without power. One other amazing thing is that we are the only country exporting crude oil and importing refined oil. It?s never done. If I were the president, within a year, I would build refineries. If it requires borrowing money, I will borrow to build about 10 refineries, end all these stealing by the so-called importer/marketers. And those refineries should be able to pay what they borrow, produce large quantities at low rates that everybody can afford it and use it for their businesses and all that. Then, see the issue of human capital development. One of the richest countries in the world, Japan, does not have any natural resources; all they have is human resources and are highly developed. If we withdraw our doctors from the medical system of the US, it will collapse. All the excellence you hear of in the US has Nigerians playing major roles. So as they say we export what we don?t have that?s human capital and we import what we have that is petroleum products.

Recently, the Chief Justice of the Federation refused to swear-in a judge based on the state of origin. How much can this affect the Affirmative Action?
I don?t even look at it from the Affirmative Action because most of our female judges are sound; they?re there on their merit and not any Action. But what kills the spirit in what that CJ has done is that she raised race and ethnicity to a level of an oppressive deity. If she?s been serving Abia, she?s from Abia State. Period! The constitution talks of residence, there?s nothing like indigene. What the CJ did was very backward, very disappointing. I admire her a lot, I thought she was a progressive person, but I can?t get over the shock. The woman has served Abia and the state has right to sponsor her. Only narrow minded, petty people could petition that after serving you all her life. She deserves to be elevated on the basis of Abia State. I?m very surprised. I hope she makes a reversal in the interest of the nation.


Is all hope lost on the Bakassi boundary dispute?
Yes, all hope is lost. I give credit to the attorney general of the federation for not prosecuting the case. We really lost not in the court because after the 2002 judgement there were steps the Federal Government should have taken. A judgement of the International Court is legal, not automatically enforceable. If the person who loses refuses to abide by it, the other party is obliged to go to the Security Council of the UN. And they are a political body with delicately stated power. There they have a say on the matter being reported to the Security Council. If the Security Council finds it necessary, it may enforce the judgement. So if they say ?may?, that gives you discretion. Number two is that for the security council to enforce that power of ?may? it means unanimity of the five permanent members: the UK, the US, Russia, France and China. I was also consulted when this case arose and I wrote a memorandum that the court judgement, though binding, made a terrible omission which invalidates it in law. But since you cannot revise it, the only thing to do is to go to the Security Council and challenge it. Over the last one hundred years in the history of humanity, no people has been transferred from one sovereignty to another without a plebiscite. The people are indigenes not settlers. The principle of self determination is called jus cogens. It is the highest principle of international law which is superior to all other laws and can always be modified by another principle of the same status. Like crime against humanity, genocide, they are all on the same level. So it is binding on the international court of justice to have ordered that. What we advised was that Nigeria should refuse to obey the judgment, compelling Cameroun to go to the Security Council. Then Nigeria should say we have no quarrel with Cameroun. The issue of self determination has been omitted by the court, we urge the Security Council to order a Plebiscite. And the UN is known for urging a plebiscite. Before southern Cameroun left us, there was a plebiscite, before Adamawa joined us, there was a plebiscite; before eastern part of Togo joined Ghana, there was a plebiscite. Everybody is entitled to it. We also gave them a full back position because that cannot pass through as France and Britain were against us. But if they vetoed the proposal for a plebiscite we should have lobbied China and Russia to also veto any attempt to use force to implement the jugdement. These were written down advice we gave to the Obasanjo government. China and Russia would have done that for us because of the elements of the cold war still there and they would have been glad to have us as one of their clients. But Obasanjo just strutted out to New York to sign the Green Tree Agreement. From that day, Bakassi went and that was the end. Nothing new has happened since then to change the situation.

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POLITICS / SENATOR MAMORA: "SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE ENTIRE SYSTEM"
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:30:39 AM »
Ten Questions for Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora

Senator Mamora takes Tayo  Olanipekun through issues that have plagued the nation for  long stressing that seriousness and sincerity of purpose will go a long way to redeem the nation

Has the nation escaped from the ills that activists such as Gani Fawehinmi fought against?
We?re still very far from the principles and values Gani stood for. If we?re progressing, we won?t be where we are today. We have issues with corruption, injustice, inability to pursue federalism, to even respect the law of the land. We need to remind ourselves we still need to do a lot.
It seems it will be too difficult to have the kind of Nigeria we desire. How best do you think the nation could be moved forward?
There are issues of insincerity and lack of seriousness. We are a people not serious and insincere. You see leaders saying one thing and doing another. Again, we?ve left undone what we should do and we are preoccupied with unnecessary things.

What is your take on federalism as being practiced in Nigeria today?
Since the entity called Nigeria came into existence in 1914, we?ve had so many constitutions. We?ve had so many constitutional conferences. We?ve had the Richard Constitution, Littleton Constitution, Independent Constitution, Republican Constitution, Babangida Constitution, Abacha constitution, all of these and yet we?ve not been able to move forward the way we should. This is because we have not exhibited sincerity and seriousness and have not been able to address the real issues. That?s why we keep on coming back all the times.

What are these core issues?
We talk about the issues of power, fiscal federalism, the state police and all that everytime, all because we have failed to address the fundamental issues.

How do we achieve functional federalism then?
The issue is that the foundation is defective and we want to build an edifice. Rather than keep on deceiving ourselves, we need to go back and restructure the foundation with a view to achieving functional federalism. We do this by restructuring along social, economic and political lines.

What about issues with our currency and its restructuring?
The reservation that I have is that no matter how good a policy appears to be, we must also look at the implications of such a policy on the people because the good of the people according to Cicero, is the supreme law. No matter what we do along this line, to the extent that there is apprehension in the system. The NLC said that if the N5, 000 note was introduced, they would demand for pay rise. Thus, no matter how good a policy may be, to the extent that it could negatively affect the life of people because they are at the centre of governance, at the centre of development are the people. Caution should be applied in pursuing any policy that may be in the interest of the people.

As a former senator, how do you see the criticism of the national assembly as not been active in fighting corruption?
Don?t forget that this is an arm of government whose primary purpose is to make laws. Because it is the laws made by the National Assembly that govern the activities of bodies like the EFCC, ICPC, Code of Conduct Bureau and others. The point is that you can?t correct all the ills through laws alone. There is also the moral that is lacking and that is why the issue of values also becomes critical and important.

So it essentially takes moral and values to tackle corruption?
In a situation that the people concerned either through act of omission or commission or both fail to do what is right, you cannot blame that on the national assembly. It is not the national assembly that will investigate or prosecute. An allegation that is poorly investigated and poorly prosecuted cannot lead to conviction.

Or there is laxity on the part of law enforcement agencies?
It is the duty of the police and other agencies to investigate. I like to take a holistic view of the situation. We must begin to look at issue of thorough investigation and prosecution before we can be talking of conviction. When everything is done thoroughly, you can then deter people if only you sanction them accordingly as a result of infraction of the law.

Then, the indictment would also be on the judiciary?
Picture the case of a former governor who was accused of over 100 count charges and it was like what the bible says, ? many are the afflictions of the righteous ,God delivereth  him from them all?. He was discharged of all and this is the same person that is imprisoned in the U.K for less than ten-count charge. This means something is wrong with the entire system. It is not just the national assembly.

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AUTOMOBILES / MOTORING: TATA MANZA, STYLE AND COMFORT
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:27:48 AM »
Motoring
TATA MANZA-Art of Style and comfort

 The new Tata Manza is out to prove that an affordable car does not have to be pre owned, and it will surely key in on the desire of the medium income earners

Tayo Olanipekun

 
With a new styling, advanced technology and comfort features set to make it a leading model in the A-segment, the 2012 all-new Tata Manza is undoubtedly set to entice the emerging Nigerian middle class in need of moderately priced cars. This newer version of the Tata indigo has witnessed tremendous efforts from the makers to make its interiors more stylish and impressive.

The exterior gives an intimidating appearance with sleek body graphics and chrome finish in the door handles and rubs rails while the logo of Tata embossed on the front grille gives the feeling of trust and faith.

The interior, though, shares some similarities with the former model; it however adds end features to give the new model an up market look and a very spacious inside. For instance, the instrument cluster of the new Manza is placed at the conventional right side of the dashboard behind the steering wheel. The steering is also equipped with audio mounted controls, and a larger wheelbase as compared to the existing model.

It also has a centrally mounted MID (Multi Information Display) which is generally offered in the higher end vehicles. The all new Sedan Tata Manza is available in four variants: Aqua, Aura, Aura (ABS) and Aura Plus, all packed with exciting features like Bluetooth connectivity, power outlets for charging laptops and other mobile devices, outdoor temperature sensor and high mounted LED lamps.
The Tata Manza has the petrol variant powered with the 1368cc, 4-cylinder, MPFI, petro engine with Intelligent port resize that can produce 90PS of maximum power at 6000rpm along with a maximum torque of 116 Nm at 4750rpm. Also, the diesel variant is powered by a 1248cc, 4-cylinder, common rail diesel engine that has the competency of delivering high engine performance with excellent fuel efficiency and acceleration.

The engine produces 90PS at 4000rpm of maximum power at 4000rpm and maximum torque capacity of 200 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm; both engines deliver excellent performance with good fuel mileage, and mated to a 5-speed manual engine.

In the area of safety, Tata Manza employs an efficient antilock braking system (ABS) and airbags which enhances safety and quite absent in vehicles of similar segment. This is an art of comfort, adaptability and style that will surely entice any lover of car, any day.

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LITERATURE and BOOKS. / Re: WHERE IS TONIB?...STORY OF A DREAM COME TRUE!
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:21:01 AM »
...likely a NAPEP tricycle.

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case to come up on the 18th and 19th of february 2013...

Post Merge: February 06, 2013, 10:52:21 AM
some days to go...

Post Merge: March 21, 2013, 12:54:02 PM
So, any update?

Sure there is...

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GAMES / WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:06:18 AM »
let's share...


bringing nbf back to its glorious, golden days;
and having a reunion of peeps in its hall of fame

*prince, can you pull that off?

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GAMES / Re: WHO ARE YOU MISSING TODAY?
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:03:22 AM »
i miss all those who made nbf rock in its golden days...
i missed you icebabe...still missing you icebabe...and always have missed you.

i miss you...too; yes, you!

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LITERATURE and BOOKS. / Re: WHERE IS TONIB?...STORY OF A DREAM COME TRUE!
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:03:51 PM »
what's new kid's kid?

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"lie is fleet-footed; truth is a marathoner".

We're rest assured that anti Proverb's matter will come to a logical end.
Let's watch out for some more legal fireworks next year...perhaps, will come up early next year
January or February.

Stay tuned.


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