Who is Kenneth Gbandi?
He is a Germany-based self-acclaimed head of the Nigerian In Diaspora Organization, Europe (NIDOE) who has been its Germany’s chairman since forever until he crystallized as the Europe numero uno of the NIDOE since 2016. With his educational trajectory, one would have thought a man with Masters Degree in Peace and Security from the prestigious University of Hamburg should know his onions. But sardonically and lugubriously, he is one person who has again proved that education is no freedom from ignorance. One can actually be literate without being educated. The same way one can be educated without being sagacious or sapient.
This rejoinder becomes expedient as a corollary of his misrepresentation of facts in his jabberwocky against the personage of the CEO / Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Mrs. Àbíké Dábírí-Erewà. It is pertinent to state that this scallywag and his foot-soldiers have deployed many shenanigans, deployed plethora jiggery-pokery since 2016 to have Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) become NIDCOM where he alongside his nest of hawks could feast and feather their net of avaricious legerdemain to the detriment of Nigerians in Diaspora. His efforts were consistently feckless! So, his endless tirade against the office and the person of Hon. Mrs Àbíké Dabiri-Erewa is understood!
THE CRUX OF THE MATTER
Disgruntled Kenneth Gbandi has not left anyone in doubt about his selfish and inordinate ambition to become a board member of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), having lost out in his scheme to transmute his self-styled NIDO to become the FG-backed NIDCOM. That is why he has come under the incognito of elephantine and sham Diaspora Housing Project to bamboozle only the gullible. What is however amazing is the curiosity to ask whether Mr. Gbandi needs a tutelage from a Junior Secondary School (JSS) 2 pupil to take him through the popular ‘Brighter Grammar’ English textbook to understand what is clearly stated in the NIDCOM Act.
Why would Mr. Gbandi resort to mudslinging and needless name-calling when his ambition to become a NIDCOM board member does NOT lie with Hon. Mrs. Àbíké Dabiri-Erewa? Isn’t the NIDCOM provisos clear enough or is it that our Mr. Know-It-All trying to be mischievous? Should we take Mr. Gbandi to ‘comprehension class’ to tell him that the appointment of the Commission’s Chairman as well as its board members is the exclusive prerogative of Mr. President and not that of Àbíké Dabiri? Or should we help him with reading aid which can be translated in his mother’s dialect?
WHAT GBANDI DOES NOT KNOW
Mr. Kenneth Gbandi DOES NOT seem to know (or except he is just being mischievously flimflam) that e’en the so-called Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) is just one of the groups – social or pressure outside the shores of the country which the Commission was established to coordinate and/or act as the umbrella body for. How he chose to reek in ignorance of the provisions of the Act that established the Commission beats imagination.
For the avoidance of doubt, it is fundamentally germane that Nigerians know and acquaint themselves with the authentic information, not the bogus or ersatz news being bandied around on the blogosphere by these ‘irredentists’ and agents of discord. We owe posterity this because the average Nigerian that we know hardly fact-check information. They take every news read on the social media, hook, line and sinker and run with it. Hence, this rejoinder is deemed congruously apropos.
WHAT NIDCOM ACT STATES
The Act which established the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) states in;
Part II – Of the Act also gives the Commission the following powers;
(i) to coordinate and harmonise all Continental Nigerians in Diaspora Organizations
(ii) reach out to Nigerian communities abroad through their various groups, organizations and professional bodies et al.
From the above, it is clear that NIDCOM is not a subset of NIDO just like the wayfarer Kenneth Gbandi has been propagating it to be, but the other way round. NIDO is just like any other group (s) outside the shores of the nation.
Every group has equal right as much as NIDO. The Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) under the able ascendancy of Hon. Mrs. Àbíké Dabiri-Erewa is MOTHER BODY of all groups, societies, bodies, and what have you outside the country.
It is therefore ridiculous, or rather grotesque and out-rightly preposterous to read somebody take his desperation beyond the limit. Funnily and risibly, these agent provocateurs from the so-called NIDOE are the ones trying to create issues where none is extant. There are NIDO (China), NIDO (America), NIDO (South Africa) as well as others, but these groups have not had any with the mother body at home.
Those who know Kenneth Gbandi should school him on the fact that NIDCOM is NOT a surrogate of NIDO, especially not that which activities have been very in-effeminate and self-serving. It is an open and shut fact that FEW of the NIDO chapters have been very effective. That’s not in doubt. If however Kenneth Gbandi is so desperate to become a member of the board of the Commission, he should take his desperation to The Presidency which has the sole authority to appoint subject Senate’s approval.
Hon. Mrs. Àbíké Dabiri-Erewa is too busy with a national assignment and she is desirous to deliver on her mandate than engage in needless argy-bargy with some loose cannons and desperadoes!
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BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.
Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.
Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.
Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.
The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.
As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
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