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Why Nigeria must not lose the Igbo


I  have tried to measure the contribution of Igbos to the development of the Nigerian project and the conclusion I have reached is that Nigeria must do everything possible to get the Igbos to remain within the Nigerian union. They (Igbos) have contributed unprecedentedly to the development of the country in every sector. They are an exceptional nationality, comprising ‘born’ entrepreneurs, industrialists, academics, adventurists, etc. A Nigeria without this set of people and their drive for economic success might be boring and uninteresting.

In terms of their industrial spirit, the Igbo are probably the only nationality that has built several industrial estates across Nigeria. In 1997, an Igbo engineer, Ezekiel Izuogu, produced Nigeria’s first indigenous prototype car in Imo State. Africa was excited by his ingenuity. However, due to financial constraints and dirty Nigerian politics, the Izuogu Z-600 model could not hit the Nigerian market as a mass produced car. His workshop was later vandalised and his efforts destroyed. The dream died.

Few decades later, another Igbo, Innocent Chukwuma, has launched Innoson cars, making him the first indigenous car producer in and from Nigeria. Anambra and Enugu states alone have over six indigenous estates. By indigenous, I mean industrial estates built by indigenes, and with little or no government support. Nigeria’s first indigenous car is made in one of those estates – in Nnewi precisely.

The industrial estates are hosts to several other indigenous manufacturing companies, including one of the biggest plastic manufacturing plants in Africa.

One would be pleasantly surprised to see what the Igbos are producing in their industrial estates. It will not be wrong to say that Igbos are driving the indigenous manufacturing sector of the Nigerian economy with little or no government support. The first indigenous Nigerian company to produce an internationally certified brand of computers, Zinox, is Igbo, by the name, Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh from Imo State. The Igbos dominate the electronics market and have built a series of ‘computer villages’ across the country. Nigeria’s leading pharmaceutical companies – Emzor, Juhel, Orange, Rico, etc. – are Igbo owned.

Anabel Mobile, the first indigenous Nigerian phone manufacturer, is also Igbo owned. There are several industrial breakthroughs the Igbos have made in Nigeria than I can presently count.

On the level of trade and retail businesses, Igbos are the most successful traders and retailers in Nigeria, and possibly around the world. Across every Nigerian city, they do not only control the major retail markets, but they equally dominate small and medium scale industries, and are synonymous with the description of being ‘importers’.

Their natural inclination towards economic activities has driven them across the globe in search of opportunities. There is hardly a country in the world where you don’t find an Igbo man doing one legitimate or illegitimate form of business. The Igbos have proven to the rest of Nigeria beyond reasonable doubt that they are not lazy people.

In literature, the father of modern African Literature is an Igbo man by the name Chinua Achebe. His work, Things Fall Apart has remained one of Africa’s most read book, which brought international attention to Nigerian literature. Chinua Achebe remains an inspiration to most African writers.

In politics, the Igbo are the only nationality to have successfully executed Nigeria’s first and only political revolution, with the subsequent military coups being merely revenge ploys and schemes for political power.

In 1966, a group of senior Igbo officers forcefully took over power and wiped out a set of corrupt politicians in a bloody putsch. While the Igbos laid the foundation for political revolutions in Nigeria, today they are demanding for an independent nation. The Igbos like to fight for what they believe in and they always do while damning the consequences of this.

The Igbos control a fair share of the oil and gas servicing industry in Nigeria. The biggest indigenous oil servicing contractor in Nigeria today is Igbo-owned. The first indigenous and independently (without any shred of government funding) owned gas power plant was built by an Igbo in Aba – the Geometric Power Limited name (Uche Ogar). 

From haulage to logistics, procurement to real estate, finance, sports, entertainment, manufacturing, engineering to medicine, science, etc., the Igbos have been making Nigeria proud, locally and internationally. The Igbos might be arrogant and even exploitative in their quest for profits and expansionism, yet Nigeria can ill-afford to lose them from the union. They technically control the formal and informal sectors of Nigerian economy and they are everywhere making progress, with or without political patronage.

I was surprised to find out sometime last year that Igbos still engage in rural-riverine-onshore trading across the remotest villages of the Niger Delta. In this remote village near the Atlantic ocean in Bayelsa State which is only accessible through water and the air, these entrepreneurial Igbos have designed a floating market. They bring in their goods, dock their big boats once in two weeks, make sales and move to another village along that dangerous terrain – a business idea the indigenes of that area have never considered venturing into. The Igbos are definitely risk takers!

In this community where I have stayed for the past few months in Anambra State, the number of modern houses in this non-industrial, non-commercial small Igbo village is more than I have seen in all the oil communities I have visited in the Niger Delta put together. The Igbos are that successful and they always remember to invest in real estate in their home states.

The Igbo influence in the Roman Catholic Church worldwide is amazing. An Igbo, Cardinal Arinze, was once rumoured to become the first black Pope! The Igbos have a strong affinity with the Roman Catholic church and they have made a mark on the church globally.

Anyone who thinks the Igbos cannot survive as an independent nation might need to have a rethink., and it will be in the interest of Nigeria if they stay. 

  • Osborg is a public affairs analyst.

Source: Tribune online

2016 Q1 Industry Report rates Glo dominant operator in data subscriptions


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Globacom has consolidated its position as Nigeria’s preferred network for new data subscribers in the first quarter of 2016. Industry reports on the website of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) showed that 1,448,354 new internet subscribers joined the Globacom network in the first three months of the year.
The operator garnered 354,178 new subscribers in January; 248,593 in February; and 845,583 subscribers in March. In all, the operator’s internet customers climbed to 26,530,420 at the end of the first quarter.
Globacom’s figure of 1,448,354 for the three months represented 80 percent of the total number of 1,820,651 new subscribers who used the internet services of the four key telecom operators in Nigeria in the first quarter of this year.
While Airtel recorded 319,229 new data subscribers for the three months, Etisalat had an addition of 53,068 new internet users on the network during the period. The combined figure for the two companies makes up 20% of the total figure of 1,820,651 new internet customers for the quarter.
On the contrary, MTN lost over 6.5 million customers, as its data subscribers dropped from 39,924,737  to 33,356,595.
The 2016 first quarter result reflects the trend witnessed in the last quarter of 2015 during which Globacom was the only network that recorded an increase in its internet subscriber base. It had an addition of 3.2m new internet subscribers in the quarter
MTN, Airtel and Etisalat all lost subscribers within the period. MTN suffered a loss of almost 2million customers, while Airtel lost nearly 900,000 suboscribers. Etisalat, on its part, lost 408,282.
Similarly, a 12 month analysis published two months ago revealed that Globacom gained a total of 7,251,657 new internet users during the period. Etisalat secured 5,431,190 new internet customers, while Airtel got 961,548 new data customers in the 12 month period.
MTN recorded a net loss of 1,059,160 data customers during the period.

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MTN Communications sets aside $600m to settle dispute with Nigerian govt


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South African Mobile Telecommunications
company MTN say they have set aside $600m
to settle its dispute with the Nigerian
government. The company announced on
Thursday a surprise 5.2 percent increase in its
dividend to 1,310 cents per share, posting a 50
percent drop in Annual profits and said while it
has had a challenging year, it has set aside
$600m to pay the Federal government after the
company was issued a $3.9b fine for not ending
sim card registration at the Nigerian
Communications Commission stipulated time.
Last week MTN made a ‘good faith payment’ of
$250m towards reaching an amicable settlement
after the telecommunications giant withdrew a
court case challenging the FG’s $3.9b fine.

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Calls for censorship is on pornographic content on social media – House of Reps clarifies


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The House of Representatives says its call for
censorship on social media is for
telecommunications company to develop
applications or softwares that will pull down all
pornographic materials on Nigeria’s social media.
A statement from the House reads
“The House has prevailed upon the
telecommunications service providers to
either develop or acquire software that will
block or filter-out certain images or
contents that violate both moral and
religious values in Nigeria.
Passing a resolution on a motion moved by
Hon. Johnbull Shekarau calling for the
censoring of social media, he prayed the
House to urge the telecoms service
providers to initiate a take-down procedure
that will enable a swift removal of any
pornographic materials when notified by
network users. He advised that this could
be done by dedicating a hotline that will
receive and treat complaints.
The resolution passed on the motion by
the House include:
• The Nigerian Communication Commission
to create significant barriers to the misuse
of mobile networks and services, phones
and other devices used for the perpetration
of such immoral contents. The House,
however subscribed to the opinion of the
mover of the motion that not censoring
inappropriate and illicit material like
pornography, sexual and homosexual ones
on platforms such as YouTube, Whatsapp,
Facebook, Twitter etc is a threat to the
moral values and decency of the Nigerian
society.

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