Attorney General of the state, Kazeem Adeniji listed offences to be tried by the court to include “persons, including motorcyclists, who drive against traffic, refuse to obey traffic signs like Zebra Crossings and Traffic Lights indications, crossing the highways where Pedestrian Bridges are provided, driving on the BRT by non-designated vehicle and parking at undesignated places, commercial buses on motion with their doors open thereby endangering lives of both their passengers and other road users, noise pollution and street trading, amongst others.”
In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari has dispatched a formal notice of his vacation to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.- Femi AdesinaSpecial Adviser to the President
Please try to watch the Venda film Nwana O Ngalangala ( meaning The Child Has Disappeared ) its a Venda film you can download herewww.youtube.com/watch?v=ep4DYiQLasg
Let us tell you a little more about Venda. It is one of the official languages in South Africa. As we say at Igbodefender.com, Igbo socio-cultural/ socio economic influence from years ago can be felt right down to the Southern tip of Africa. We are proud of the Zulus and other Bantu groups because we see ourselves in them.
What Does Chibundu Onuzo Have In Common With Chibundu Gutuza? They aren’t from the same country – Onuzo is Nigerian, while Gutuza is Zimbabwean. They don’t share the same profession Onuzo is a writer while Gutuza is a member of the Zimbabwean Parliament. They don’t even share the same sex – Onuzo is female while Gutuza is male. So if you said they both share Bantu indigenous names, you would be right (and don’t tell me this isn’t so because the names have different meanings.
Even a toddler knows that the Igbos were the Proto Bantus; the first Bantus. Today Bantu culture encompasses millions of people in so many Central, Eastern and Southern African countries and in Nigeria (Igbos are Bantus as well as. Yes, we may not have had empires, but you cannot deny our cultural influence that stretched very deep into Africa and even beyond. Let me leave you with a few Zimbabwean (Bantu) and Igbo names that have the Chi prefix (naysayer, how did that come about?)
27 Zimbabwean (Bantu) Names With Chi Prefix
Chirwa, Chikukutu, Chinatsira, Chirongo, Chidyamakono, Chigumira, Chilimanzi, Chinyati, Chipfumbu, Chirinda, Chitepo, Chinamasa, Chimbidzayi, Chikaka, Chikarara, Chidzero, Chinamano, Chihota, Chimurenga, Chitungo, Chitengu, Chikowore, Chipanga, Chimene, and Chinyauro.
27 Igbo (Proto Bantu) Names With Chi Prefix
Chinenye, Chinasa, Chinwendu, Chinecherem, Chinedu, Chika, Chikaso, Chidubem, Chibuike, Chikwado, Chimma, Chinenye, Chimaraoke, Chimezie, Chigozie, Chizoba, Chinda, Chikezie, Chimamanda, Chikodiri, Chinonso, Chidimma, Chinonye, Chinwetara, Chinwoke, Chimamanda and Chidi, Chinyelugo.
It is in the Obuaku, Ukwa West LGA, and the site lies by the Azumini River that flows into the Atlantic Ocean. And what is more, since it is just five nautical miles from the Ocean it qualifies technically as a seaport, not a river port, going by the UN’s laws.
Stalled Efforts To Dredge
Many administrations in the old Imo State and current Abia State stated their intentions to dredge that river to allow for ships to berth, but strangely something always seemed to stop them from completing it.
The truth is that dredging Azumini will cost a whole lot of money, but I would say I have not seen a serious effort to garner the money needed to dredge it.
There is no doubt about the commercial viability of the proposed Obuaku port, as the Igbos are a trading people.
If reestablished, it will not take much effort for the port to become a thriving commercial centre. Already, plans have been made for a planned city in Obuaku to be built to service the port, but it is still not yet operational.
Proximity To Other Ports
A lot of noise is also made by naysayers who don’t have Igbo interest at heart about the fact that the port is ’30′ minutes drive from the proposed Ibaka Seaport in Akwa Ibom State. These deceivers say it will be an erroneous duplication to build another port 30 minutes from the proposed Ibaka Seaport. But apart from the fact that there are many rich countries that have ports close to each other, the naysayers, whom I would prefer to call enemies of the Igbos do not know or are not willing to acknowledge the great commercial prowess of the Igbo.
If a port is built today at Obuaku, it will become an international hub, receiving goods directly from Japan, Germany, US, China and other industrialized nations. It will also promote trade withing the Gulf of Guinea with countries like Gabon, Sao Tome, and Equatorial Guinea.
And at the same time, neighboring ports like Ibaka, Calabar, PortHarcourt(Igwe Ocha), Bonny and Onne would not suffer but instead the resulting competition would create innovation and therefore increase in quality in these ports.
Whats Happening Now
The current Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has stated his commitment to build the Obuaku Port as a legacy of his administration, but one thing I regret is that this new initiative is coming about one year to the end of his administration, so I doubt if he will have the time to do much. I would have preferred a situation where he started this project long before now, considering the financial and other complexities of such a project.
Another day, I’ll talk about another Igbo port; I mean Igwe Ocha also known as Port Harcourt. But for now, send me your thoughts and comments about how this port (Obuaku) can become a reality.
What do you think this port will mean to the Igbo economy? What do you think various Igbo stakeholders; the politicians, philanthropists, investors and you can do to make it come alive?