Power Outage Mars South-South Economic Summit As President Jonathan, Paul Kagame, Okonjo-Iweala, Shun Event

Participants in the dark
By Amour Egodibie Amour

The much talked about second edition of the South-South Economic Summit in Asaba, on the theme of “Development, Investment and Security” was disrupted for over 30 minutes this afternoon following a power outage that greeted the event shortly after the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, had delivered his speech.

But the embarrassing power failure is not the only reason the event will be remembered by many.  Conspicuously missing were President Goodluck Jonathan and his Rwanda counterpart, Paul Kagame. 

Also absent were the Senate President David Mark, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.  Observers said these crucial absences may have had some political undertones.  

Even the generating set positioned for the epoch-making event failed to rise to the occasion. The development forced the dignitaries and participants to scamper for a more bearable environment outside the new N3 billion Delta Event Centre.

The blackout saw Nigerian Vice President, Arch. Namadi Sambo, who represented Mr. Jonathan; and Mr. John Agara, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board who represented Mr. Kagame, sweating it out alongside Prof. Soyinka, several Governors, Prof. Pat Utomi, members of the National Assembly and other dignitaries that included Chief Edwin Clark, a Minister of Information in the First Republic and South-South Peoples’ Assembly leader.

As if the power failure was not bad enough, the dignitaries and participants were further treated to a poor Public Address System (PAS).  The Vice President and Mr. Agara, as well as Prof. Soyinka who had earlier taken the Federal Government and its cohorts in political circles and the private sector to the cleaners, shook their heads in total dismay.

The considerably-embarrassed host Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, was seen shuttling between the hall and the generating house, leaving the nation’s Number Two man sitting by himself as he tried to ascertain what had gone wrong.  This reporter gathered that Dr. Uduaghan was shocked to that despite the huge sums of money put at N5 billion pumped into the project by the state and private sponsors, the ceremony still went off beam.

Before the sad event began, participants, delegates, government officials, groups, media men and others who had besieged the Delta Event Centre as early as eight o’clock in the morning, had been left stranded as proper arrangement for accreditation had not been made.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Wole Soyinka tasked the Governors of the geo-political zone to translate the agenda for the summit into “real” action.  He   charged the governors to go beyond rhetoric and provide infrastructure, human-capital and stability in the region.

The Nobel Laureate stressed the needs for states to form regional groups and translate their areas of comparative advantage into meaningful ventures.  He also called for the convening of a Sovereign National Conference.

In his statement, which was read by Mr. Agara, Rwandan President Kagame stated that encouragement is the hall mark of any nation that wished to succeed. He said Rwanda had had its own share of catastrophes but has, through courage, overcome.  The solution to challenges comes from within, he said, charging Nigeria to take the bull by the horns.
 
According to Kagame, who spoke on the topic “Opportunities to Development,” with the right mentality, the continent of Africa in general and Nigeria in particular can achieve whatever they dream of.  He encouraged cooperation, stressing that when people pool their efforts together, they are destined to achieve far much more than they would achieve working as individuals.

Kagame stated that his country and the South-south region of Nigeria have several things in common especially in the area of natural resources.  He pointed out that the progress seen in Rwanda is evidence that a lot more can be achieved if people put their minds to it.
 
He said that his region was richly blessed, but that there is need to de-emphasis the bureaucratic nature of the way businesses are conducted.  He charged governors of the region to make their environment business-friendly by providing facilities needed for investment to thrive.
 
Governor Uduaghan stated that one major setback for the region was the over-dependence on oil and lamented that the state had been unable to develop its non-oil sector in agriculture, solid minerals and tourism, but that the state is determined to surmount that.

“As a government we knew we must diversify our economy from its dependency on mono-culture source to other sources that are more empowering, that are more sustainable and can create wealth for our people,” he said.

According to him, one shining example that has stood out as a remarkable success story in Delta State is the over 5.9 billion dollars Chevron EGTL project that will be commissioned soon. He said the project thrived at a time of uncertainty when some investors would rather not venture into the state.

“Today, its successful conclusion is a study in perseverance,” he said.  “I want to declare that Delta State is a committed partner to any serious investor.”
 
Meanwhile the six South-South Governors have vehemently condemned in strong terms Thursday’s twin- bomb attacks on the offices of ThisDay newspapers in Abuja and Kaduna.
 
In a joint statement issued in Asaba, the Governors described the attacks as barbaric and cowardly.

“We totally condemn the bomb attacks on the premises of the ThisDay Newspaper in Abuja and Kaduna state,” they declared.  “It’s barbaric, cowardly and condemnable. We call on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring the full weight of the law to bear on them.”
 
The Governors sympathized with the staff and management of the Newspapers, urging them not to be deterred by the incident.
They expressed regret that the attacks came at a time President Jonathan was doing a lot to restore confidence in the Nigerian state through purposeful leadership, and reiterated their support for Mr. Jonathan’s determination to tackle acts of terrorism and other forms of insecurity in the country.

The Publisher of ThisDay, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena was at the summit venue in Asaba, where he was chairman of the Planning Committee, when his business empire was suffered simultaneous bombins in Abuja and Kaduna at about 11 o’clock in the morning.

Anti-corruption activists in Delta state have described the South South Economic summit hosted by the state government as an avenue for corrupt enrichment in the state. Last week the state government revealed that it spent N7.5 billion to demolish a sand hill around its uncompleted airport in Asaba claiming it did so to enable President Goodluck Jonathan presidential jet land safely at the airport. Some participants were also ferried from the airport to the venue in luxurious cars bought specifically for the summit.
 

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shame of a nation.

may God deliver our nation. we deserve more than these nonsense . amen.

@Deri: Ogogoro dey make you lie !

@Deri
You must have heard Prof. Soyinka praise the looters while hallucinating while yo were drunk. Can you paste the link to the story here. Meanwhile this is the original story .. liar !

Prof. Wole Soyinka Speaks Truth To Power: Jabs At James Ibori, Peter Odili, PDP, Obasanjo, Generator Contractors And Corrupt Governors

http://saharareporters.com/video/prof-wole-soyinka-speaks-truth-power-ja...

watin this one dey talk

RCan u make sense at all? Taking brief for criminal like james Ibori and co. So they are right to steal from their own pot like strengers

watin this one dey talk

What is ur argument, does it make sense to u, mosheeee

what is wrong

That report is complete correct but some of you who are benefiting from bad government will never agree with such because evil has blinded you all from seeing the future of your children. Asaba to Ugheli Road has being under contraction for 13yrs the only state road that link to towns is a disgrace

SAHARA LIES AND MISINFORMATION

Sowore you must change your ways. You are not helping Nigeria this way. Not helping your country you claim to love. What stops you from reporting what's good about an effort. You're a shame. BALANCED REPORTING IS ETHICAL PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM AND A SIGN OF MATURITY. YOU LACK BOTH. SO-WHORE (SOWORE)

The Akwa Ibom State Governor

The Akwa Ibom State Governor Chief Godswill Akpabio has received commendations from Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, for his efforts in human capacity development in his state.Prof Soyinka who was the Chairman of a discussion session at the second day of the South South economic summit in Asaba, specifically mentioned Governor Akpabio’s target training of Akwa Ibom youths in specialized field of aviation as well as his free education to all youths in the state, and said that education models must be developed by governments at all levels.Governor Akpabio at the summit had earlier told participants at the summit of his administration’s investments in free and compulsory education for all Nigerians residing in Akwa Ibom State from primary to senior secondary school, with an attendant revamping of education infrastructure in the state.

@Deri get a life

What has your stay abroad done to improve the welfare of your ppl beyound the drugs and scams you market to reduce the image of the nation to nothing. Anybody who says he or she did not know the event would be sabotaged must be living in a fools paradise. The governors from the SS, have for too long, allowed their thought porocess be hijacked by clowns who do not even know the road to their homes in their villages in 9ja. People who would have ended up as armed robbers are being rehabilitated in the SS with contracts left right centre, and they are here attempting pull the work of others down. I dont blame them its the governors in the SS who award contracts to them instead of the white people we often outsource our justice system to in the UK. The airport if for nothing will create jobs for the people of ASABA. Even when Anioma state is created they will not go about wasting money for such-often governors erect these types of projects in their villages-not Uduaghan

@tundemess and wahala bad belle supporters club

(State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has been commended for the construction of a world class Airport, which helped to ease transportation into the state, and also helping to transform the economic landscape of the region.Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okojo Iweala, made the commendation while making a presentation as part of the onging south south economic summit in Asaba.
The Minister, who used the forum to thank the south south government for partnering with the Federal Government in the area of housing to meet the housing needs of the people said housing was essential for the people)@Wahala aka tundemess, I was not the person who sent Buhari to the UK for medical check up-that is the man who was in charge of PTF for lamost 3yr-head of state 3 yrs-yet left for UK for medical treatment over his heart condition. Did u learn how to drive a car from your moms womb? With such an evil mind how would you not sabotage the event? Go and hold yours and leave delta state alone! Bad belle

Animals can't even start a generator but wants resource control

If after 13 years of PDP power, we still hae this hopelessness in the land do we need any further proof these rogues should be kicked out and shot ? Like @Wahala said the animals who can't organise themselves want resource control. I am sure Buhari is responsible for South South cluelessness according to the gospel of crumb-catcher Deri; that is how much ogogoro destroys the thinking level of drunkards.

Animals can't even start a generator but wants resource control

If after 13 years of PDP power, we still hae this hopelessness in the land do we need any further proof these rogues should be kicked out and shot ? Like @Wahala said the animals who can't organise themselves want resource control. I am sure Buhari is responsible for South South cluelessness according to the gospel of crumb-catcher Deri; that is how much ogogoro destroys the thinking level of drunkards.

Deri Get a life.

Deri or whatever you call yourself. you are sooo myopic in your view of life. Get out of your village, see the world, meet people from outside SS, then maybe and just maybe you can be more exposerd

master speak thy servants in the SS heareth-oil is ours not yrs

@Wahala, If each of us sweeps the front of our homes in the states or zones that we hail from in 9ja, the entire country would be a better place for all to live. The ongoing bitterness in your spirit being, is understandable in that the SS have decided to carve a nitch for themselves in the area of economic development without yr input. Aware such a move will not go down well with those who would want them to remain slaves to the ideas that the old regions represented in the zone. That is the worry concerning the summit. Unable to impose their beggarly thoughts on the SS, they now see them as rebel groups who must be wiped off from the surface of the earth-regardless of the pleas by Soyinka for all to look inwards instead of depending on the SS for sustainance. Oil was discovered in 1957 and not 1999. 6 trillion came in over 60yrs period. So its wrong, if not evil for some clowns to blame Ibori, Odili Alams and Ibru for the mess in the region. Ibori is not 60yrs old!

master speak they servants in the SS heareth-oil is ours not yrs

@Wahala, If each of us sweeps the front of our homes in the states or zones that we hail from in 9ja, the entire country would be a better place for all to live. The ongoing bitterness in your spirit being, is understandable in that the SS have decided to carve a nitch for themselves in the area of economic development without yr input. Aware such a move will not go down well with those who would want them to remain slaves to the ideas that the old regions represented in the zone. That is the worry concerning the summit. Unable to impose their beggarly thoughts on the SS, they now see them as rebel groups who must be wiped off from the surface of the earth-regardless of the pleas by Soyinka for all to look inwards instead of depending on the SS for sustainance. Oil was discovered in 1957 and not 1999. 6 trillion came in over 60yrs period. So its wrong, if not evil for some clowns to blame Ibori, Odili Alams and Ibru for the mess in the region. Ibori is not 60yrs old!

SR Missing Point Again

SR, Your heading is so wrong on this issues again. the ppl you claimed to have shun the event were well represented. What do you get to gain from giving such wrong impression.
Always try addressing the real issues and stop these misleading informations as we have more important things to worry about rather than your unwarranted distractions.

BOKO HARAM & MEDIA

Sahara Reporter sometime overlook an important part of an event and end up written something all Nigerians knew-we all know the power situation in Nigeria. the most important of the occasion as far am concern is the TRUE TALK by The National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoye Azazi, on how PDP was the master behind boko haram and how the bh cant be eradicated with tactic employ by government. see more in punch release:http://www.punchng.com/news/nsa-blames-pdp-for-boko-haram-crisis/

And They Want Resource Control...Animals!

People shout here everyday: "Let my people go" as if we don't have enough evidence of their gross incompetence. N7b to destroy an ant hill, another N5b squandered to build a hall without electricity. Yet, animals come here to rave about the "injustice" of jailing only Jim Ibori in faraway oyinbo land. Good that they've experienced what poor Nigerians go thru everyday, even for this one dark day! Wrapper go reach the boy where e reach im papa, it's only a matter of time! The flopped event is proof that the N6tr oyl money was stolen by aborigine thugs like the Rheino, Uduaghan and senior thugs like Clark, Anenih, Odili, convict J. Ibori & Alams. Area urchins like Tompolo, Asari, the Okah crooks and minions like @ Deri mop-up the crumbs. Animals. Shame, shame on them. Deri will soon claim Buhari sabotaged the event by instigating thugs to cut off the power supply units. See Amaechi sweating in three-piece gbanjo suit. Great picture, great clowns!

What a shame

This is really sad for a country and state with vast resources. What a shame.

Never stop seeing d SS as the alams and iboris of 9ja

Whenever the Northern governors, senators and lawmakers as well as AREWA forum organise their events, nobody comes out with an audit report, on how much was spent to host such forums. Meetings which are hardly ever able to come up with solutions to the many problems facing the Fulani North in Jos and now Boko Haram, are often celebrated by them. What positive impact have Arewa and NPLF had on the life style of the talakawas? The hired critics of the SS economic summit, now want quantity surveyors to tell them how much was spent to build the hall where the ceremony took place. Since every governor in the SS, is seen as an Ibori, alams or ibru. Faced with ethnic cleansing around the oil wells for centuries they would not want Rwanda to share her expeirnce with us! Uduaghan mus go cause he was put there by Jonathan. While those Al Mustapha said he flogged in late abachas gulag for drugs are made 2 luk like saints. SS will never give up-freedom is our goal. cheers

SMH

No sir. What happened at the event shouldn't be regarded as an embarrassment. it should be seen as the normal thing and Buhari is to blame for it.
This is how much ethnicity can blind people.

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Boko haram ...

I think that everybody should

I think that everybody should lighten up. The black-out thing tells exactly where we are in the developmental scales and what the so called leaders are doing and/or did with our money. It sent the right message not those useless irritating speeches. Thank God, this black-out has exposed what a stone cold losers these leaders are. You cannot sugar coat the meaning of darkness.

I think we should ask Ghana to adopt us for now and, help us stop this free fall. Hey, they got the electricity, the education, the economy and the social life all covered. Ask lagosians, they can attest to that. Call me a jerk if you like but I believe that I’m ready to step outside the box and consider other alternatives. What else can be worse than what we have now, if I may ask?

Root of problem

The question which needs to be asked is how transparent was the whole process of putting together this event. It is not the amount quoted to have been spent that matters, the question is what extent did the organizers go to ensure competitivenes and value for money. Did favoritism and corruption play any role? My inkling informs me that the whole event was primarily an avenue for self enrichment. It should, therefore, not surprise anyone that things did not work well. I challenge the governor to initiate an open probe; surely, the can is full of warms.

Theirs is 2 hve resources ofSS under their rotten regional feet-

Any clown who says what happened in delta state was a show of shame needs to have his examined against the backdrop of the billions OBJ spent to no avail to give us light. Look at 9ja which is over 60yrs old-whose past leaders stole over 55 trilion from the SS. Yet cannot provide light for her citizens. Only achievement is for us to have regionalist play their usual enthic cards of yester years against Jonathan. How many heads of state have we had in 9ja since the brits left? Buhari was head of state for almost 3 yrs. Rather than give us light, went about printing new naira notes for his cronies and locking ppl up in jail. Years after he left, are we not still talking about how to obtain light, water, good roads, health and education. Even when he was given another chance to perform-in PTF-which got more budgetry allocation than the ministry of health and works he could not perform. If he had Delta state would not be grooming in the dark today!

Darkness

A Governor predicted that the media will publish the cut-off of electricity at the event and it came to pass. BY 2015, Nigeria will not get constant energy. The best thing is to cut off electricity supply to Aso Rock, so that mosquitoes can bite Jonathan.

Jonathan is president of nigeria not SS.

Did OBJ attend similar events in the south west when he was in power? What happened at the ceremony shows how wicked and evil minded 9jas can be to those they lamely describe as their brothers and sisters in the SS. The very ppl who have been using their resources to feed them for over 60yrs. The power outage did not come to me as a shock. Most newspapers in 9ja had predicted the outcome. That Jonathan will not be there in person! In news coverage, that the VP was there means the FGN was fully represented. Every statement issued by Sambo was supposed to have been credited to the president. So what is the wahala here? If you guys cannot report what Soyinka said at the forum, is it that of Jonathan that will matter to you? I am yet to see the head of state of a country appear twice in an event in a foreign land. The Rwandan president was in Akwa Ibom just wks ago. Then u expect him to be in Delta state again-is that not madness? Was Soyinka in Akwa Ibom?

So®®ý, Sir

His excellency, i am So®®ý for the show of shame that was the power outage. Can a lesson be learnt? It might just be Delta State problem.I'm sure if it were hosted in Edo State or Rivers State,this would not have happened. Well, someone is to blame and it is most likely a brother, sister,concubine or someone as such as not the best hands do contracts in the state (someone had a contract for messing the power supply up). So®®ý sir.i can't seem to find the switch. Yes ,So®®ý dignitaries.

@Elmango Meat: you sound so incoherent

@Elmango Meat I will not blame you and your little understanding if you refer SS as Jonathan's house.I wonder how the news would have been, if Jonathan has ignored ECOWAS meeting which will have a far reaching effect on Nigeria to attend just economic summit of his region. People like you have so much criticized Jonathan to the point of becoming stupid at it. This is the kind of reportage that incurred the wrath of Boko Haram. That you reacted without thinking and caught up by the intrigue in which SR is infamously known for shows how intellectually vulnerable you are.The only purpose of this article is to whittle down the giant stride the SS governors made on their effort for regional development, after all the last week gathering of south west governors at Ondo was marred with matchet.

So®®ý, Sir

His excellency, i am So®®ý for the show of shame that was the power outage. Can a lesson be learnt? It might just be Delta State problem.I'm sure if it were hosted in Edo State or Rivers State,this would not have happened. Well, someone is to blame and it is most likely a brother, sister,concubine or someone as such as not the best hands do contracts in the state (someone had a contract for messing the power supply up). So®®ý sir.i can't seem to find the switch. Yes ,So®®ý dignitaries.

@El Mango meat thanks 4 sabotaging the event

@EL MONGO MEAT-can u explain the meaning of yr post to us? So president Jonathan is now a native doctor-babalawo who knows tomorrow or when BH will explode their bombs. To enable him plan his journey in accordance to the days and hrs when the killings will start. Hear the lead singer of the Alawada group here!( Your house, SS is burning and collapsing, yet, your 'oga' is attending another emergency meeting in another country on an issue that is as remote as Heaven is so far from earth!) Imagine the types of unpatriotic crooks we have in the country! Whose only interest lies in the amount of oil revenue that flows from the SS into their leaking pockets. Even Buhari will not make such an evil statement to his hired crowd from Mali and Chad. The SS matters only when it concerns revenue for the 36 states of the federation! Beyond that they can go to hell! Over to the governors who sell themselves cheap to the foreigners in their state! Unto yr tent oh ye nigerians with yr resources!