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Emeka Chiakwelu
Emeka  Chiakwelu

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  Mitt Romney  Policy on Africa  Needs Specificity Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential candidate erstwhile ago took a foreign trip to Britain, Israel and Poland to bolster his foreign policy credentials but there was no African visit.  Mitt Romney has an overview policy on his website on Africa. But Romney was less specifics on his African plan. According to Mitt’s Plan which was captioned, “Bolster Economic Ties and the Rule of Law,” it stated that:   “The United States must regard Africa not as a problem to be contained, but as an opportunity to be embraced by us and our partners…
The fundamental role of government, which is without doubt the most important function of government, is the protection of life and property.  Anambra State’s center of normality is being swept away and distorted by insecurity. The adverse effect of this phenomenon contributed immensely to the retardation of economic growth in both urban and rural areas of Anambra State.  Capital flight, poor harnessing of human capital and dwindling of home coming of Anambra Diasporas can all be attributed to insecurity in the state.   To liquidate the ugly head of kidnapping and armed robbery in Anambra State, the massive unemployment must…
Unveiling of Ojukwu Statue, Inauguration of the SAB-Millers Brewery and Orient Refinery by Nigerian President Ebele Goodluck Jonathan IKEMBA STATUTE President Goodluck Jonathan official visit to Anambra State Thursday 30/8/2012. President Goodluck Jonmathan, Gov Peter Obi Opf Anambra State, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu And Minister Of Works, Chief Mike Onolememen at the unveiling Of Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu statue in Onitsha. Photos–State House PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L), WITH THE FORMER COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL, AND CHAIRMAN, ORIENT PETROLEUM RESOURCES PLC, CHIEF EMEKA ANYAOKU, AT THE INAUGURATION OF ORIENT PETROLEUM RESOURCES PLC PRODUCTION SITE AT AGULERI-OTU IN ANAMBRA ON THURSDAY (30/8/12). PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (3RD…
How long will it take Nigerian policy makers to come out from their self imposed bubble and comprehend that policy decision they made can have adverse consequences.   We all wake up one bright morning; the next thing we heard was that Sanusi’s Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) will introduce a 5,000 naira banknote in the circulation in nearest future.  The most perplexing question that begs for an answer is when and why CBN arrive to this decision to print such a large denomination without adequate consultation and research analysis.  Although CBN is an autonomous institution, it still own certain…
  Afripol Person of the month:  Governor Rochas Okorocha   In a life of a nation there comes a time that self-doubt and civilization break down obstructs a nation’s progress. Without mincing words, this is the place Nigeria has found herself.  Nigeria needs men and women of good will and patriots to save the nation from rusting and delving into oblivion.   And here comes to the scene a son of the soil, His Excellency Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha: A patriot, philanthropist and statesman who have offered a helping hand in salvaging a grumbling Imo State.  …
Zenon Petroleum and Gas needs to make strategic move into oil exploration and refinery   Femi Otedola has taken Zenon Petroleum and Gas to its greater heights in the area of petroleum products marketing and distribution. As the president and chief executive officer, he has accomplished tremendous task of making Zenon a household name in Nigeria and beyond.   The global respected capitalistic and flagship journals including Forbes magazine and Wall Street Journal have noted the growth and stellar achievements of Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited. And Mr. Otedola has been recognized and noted as among the new crop of…
If you have not heard, Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of States was in Senegal on her official 11-day African trip that will take her to Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Ghana. In capital city of Dakar she addressed Senegalese policy makers, scholars, politicians and bureaucrats at University of Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar. When she gets to Ghana she will attend the burial ceremony of late Ghanaian President Atta Mills. From what we were gathering from the media she will be laying greater emphasis on the sustaining of democracy and on China strong influence in Africa. I…
Obsanjo and Babangida: Re-enforcing Peace with Joint statement Henry Kissinger,  the global geo-political icon furthered the thesis on what was called "Big Talk"  and with Nigeria's growing insecurity the joint statement by former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida can be rated in that important category.   Big talks can be consequential and when managed properly with necessary implementation it can bear fruit. Henry Kissinger's big talks pioneered the policy on Détente with fruitful results on SALT (strategic arms limitation talks) and the Helsinki Accords. It even gave birth to the President Nixon's opening of China and Henry Kissinger as…
"There is an emerging light at the end of the tunnel” - Afripol's Emeka Chiakwelu   Nigeria is gradually but steadily getting comfortable with democracy and the peaceful re-election of Governor Adam Oshiomhole of Edo state is a testament and indication to this development. Governor Adam Oshnole deserved a praise on the way he conducted himself in the campaigning process towards his re-election but the greatest respect and honour should go to the people of Edo that never relent in exercising their constitutional rights and boldly casting their votes to the candidate of their choice without titling to fear and…
Egypt's future is full of uncertainties but also with opportunities that can affirmatively transform the region for good.   After all said and done, Mohamed Morsi has finally been sworn in as the first democratically elected president of Islamic Egypt. The journey to the presidency was not sown in roses, President Morsi ‘s political party Muslim Brotherhood  was banned for decades on Egypt political scene. Then finally came the Arab spring, the Egyptian revolution that swept off the old order and brought in the present reality.   It will be simplistic to say that Arab Spring was successful but it…

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