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2nd Niger-Bridge’s “Fraud”: “I Would Still Rate Ngige Among The Top Effective Legislators In Nigeria..”–Ngige’s Chief Of Staff, C.O. Obiakor

2nd Niger-Bridge’s “Fraud”: “I Would Still Rate Ngige Among The Top Effective Legislators In Nigeria..”–Ngige’s Chief Of Staff, C.O. Obiakor New York[RR] Awka–Emerging reports show Senator Ngige accused Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of fraud when it comes to 2nd Niger Bridge,and “vows to PDP Fed to Supreme Court…”, over 2nd River Niger tollgate fee at […]

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2nd Niger-Bridge’s “Fraud”: “I Would Still Rate Ngige Among The Top Effective Legislators In Nigeria..”–Ngige’s Chief Of Staff, C.O. Obiakor

New York[RR] Awka–Emerging reports show Senator Ngige accused Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of fraud when it comes to 2nd Niger Bridge,and “vows to PDP Fed to Supreme Court…”, over 2nd River Niger tollgate fee at N500 a pop, a reliable source in Awka disclosed to Republic Reporters New York.

Senator Chris Ngige, is representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone ‘described the construction of the second Niger Bridge by the federal government as a huge fraud meant to rip off the people of the South-East. His reasons include: ”

“The first is that the bridge is being built on a Public Private Partnership(PPP) deal, with overseas financiers. For that reason, the cost of the bridge suffered double inflation, both from the Nigeria end and the financiers who alleged cost of fund.

“The bridge, which should have cost N70 billion is now to cost N114 billion, that was why I told the South-East Senate Caucus that I was not going to be a part of it. As a governor in this state, I resisted that arrangement from Mr Obasanjo.

“In the budget, we have similar bridges and same length built for free by the federal government. Why should that built for the South-East be toll gated? That bridge will have two toll gates, one in the Asaba end and one in the Onitsha end. Before you pass through it and come back, you would have spent N1,000, that is injustice. We will continue to fight to ensure that the bridge is not toll gated”, Ngige said.

Ngige came under attack by critics who confronted his Chief of Staff, Chubuzor, questioning why he, Ngige waited this long to speak up on critical issue affecting his constituency, Anambra Senatorial District, or Zone. Despite the attacks albeit, his Chief of Staff, Chubuzor said: “I Would Still Rate Ngige Among The Top Effective Legislators In Nigeria..”, he said.

On Terrorism–Ngige said:“So will they now say that Buhari bombed his own convoy? Then I ask, do you show that you are a brave man by taking a knife and cutting yourself? They just wanted to kill him, but good a thing his car, which is a bullet proof car was not touched, but then, that is bullet proof and not bomb proof”.

“Terrorism is not something you play politics with. If I tell you the truth, Our governors in the North-East, where Boko Haram has taken roots are spending their private funds on security to see how they can beat the condition there, and here someone is accusing them of complicity. If APC is responsible for the terrorism, it would have taken it to PDP governed states”.

Commentators and pundits reacts beneath:

Odera: “Fashola built such PPP on Lekki and put toll gate there but the people went to court and quash it and beside even if they did not ,another Government will come around and kick off the toll booth ,but the story will remain it has been built and it is built ,so Ngige ,sorry i forgot to add Sinator Ngige should stop thinking like APC tablet and think ka onye ide mmiri…”, he said.

Chibuzor O. Obiakor:”Idenna, you are missing the point. The Senator is not saying that the 2nd. Niger Bridge should not be built. No! He, or any other person, would be insane to say that! What he is saying is that the Federal Government should build it, like they did other bridges in other parts of the country, without making Umuigbo pay for it. He said he will continue to “fight to ensure that there is no Toll on the Bridge” and NOT that the bridge should not be built. You made a good reference to the Lekki Bridge in Lagos built by Fashola. That bridge is about 1.69 Km; built at the cost of about N30 Billion, while the planned 2nd. Niger Bridge, to be build by the same company that built the Lekki one, would be about 1.73 Km, and is being built at the cost of N114 Billion! Come on! A distance difference of 0.04Km at financial difference of N84 Billion?

“The one-way Toll on the Lekki bridge is N300 while the Niger one would be N500. The Lekki bridge was built in Lagos by Lagos Governor for Lagos people, so if they collect Toll to enhance their revenue, so be it. If Governor Willie Obiano, or the next Governor of Anambra State decides to build bridges to connect the riverine areas of Ogbaru and Anambra West LGAs to the mainland of Anambra State and put Tolls on these, that would be our lot because these would help agriculture, commerce and unemployment in our state by helping to bring goods to the market, and in addition, would spare our people from these areas from canoes to get to the mainland of Anambra State, or having to get to Delta State first before crossing over to mainland of Anambra State. The Lagos mainland Bridges were built by the Federal Government of Nigeria for Nigerians, and there was no Toll. So, why the Toll on this 2nd. Niger Bridge that is the gateway from the southwest to the southeast, the south-south, the North Central and Northeast? Could the Federal Government of Nigeria not build this bridge (and fast too!) and not task Umuigbo to pay for it? These are the points. So, if you could pocket your hatred of the Messenger of one moment, and look at the Message? Our politics, as Ndigbo, would actually begin to get better if we would learn do that. Regards! Chibuzor O. Obiakor, Ogidi, Idemili North LGA (where they deny us our franchise of the Vote)..”, he said.

Nebukadineze Adiele: “Chibuzor,OderaIgala is a stark illiterate and a despicable roguish 419ner. As an illiterate, he does not know the difference between state government functions and the functions of the federal government within our collective commonwealth. As a 419ner, he idiotically believes in never honoring any contract — he thinks that once a contact was signed for the bridge, with tollgates included, he could or would unilaterally void the contract after the bridge was built. That is the mindset of a thief and a kidnapper.

“Senator Ngige’s argument is valid but what took him so long to make it? The senator should have rallied his fellow Igbo politicians and his fellow law makers from other regions, with a promise to align with them in the future over matters relevant to their constituencies, in order to stop the president from shortchanging our people in that manner. But he kept quite then, only to now play politics with what is in the best interest of his people.

“Playing politics over every matter is what I hate most about APC. You lived in the US, Chibuzor, can you imagine a US Senator allowing his constituency to be so cheated by the federal government? That never happens, for making sure that his/her people get the best out of any dealings with the US government is the true essence of the “all politics is local” mantra. In fact, the US Senator will have input in every decision pertaining to the bridge building and if the president does not go along with him, he will use his legislative powers to galvanize his colleagues to frustrate the president’s agendas, including stymieing the confirmation of his appointees to any posts, frustrating the ratifying of any international treaties his administration enters, stripping his budgets of extra money so that the presidency will operate in dire austerity, etc.

“The problem with Senator Ngige, and with most Senators in Nigeria, is that they are amateur politicians and inexperienced in legislative duties. A serious senator can twist a president’s arm on matters of this nature. Had Senator Ngige been a serious law maker, he would have made himself an Igbo hero by preventing the inclusion of a tollgate (which will be mainly borne by Igbo folks) as part of the package for the 2nd Niger Bridge. He could have done that by galvanizing all of his fellow federal law makers from the SE and SS and then getting them to lobby their counterparts from friendly regions, with a promise of a future quid pro quo. You, Chibuzor Obiakor, know that’s how things are done here in the US, yet you failed to advise him but you are today joining him in playing politics with the matter.

I raised hell on these forums during the agreement stage of the bridge. I cited the building of the newer bridge over the River Benue of the late 1970s/80s with no tollgate installed anywhere there. A serious Senator Ngige could have used it to remind the president that installing a tollgate at the 2nd Niger Bridge would tantamount to unequal treatment of the Nigerians who would mostly ply that route — those Nigerians include his fellow Ijo and other minorities of the East and Midwest.

When educated Igbo born federal functionaries, like Chris Ngige, fail to do their jobs properly, they give room for illiterate motor park touts like OderaIgala to insult Igbo land through publicly exhibiting abject idiocy and illiteracy while discussing matters that are obviously above their little pay grades.

“Nwanna, there is time to play politics and there is time to serve the people. Your senator is not serving our people whatsoever and I doubt seriously that he will be reelected, unless you begin to advise him properly from now onward and he then begins to bring home the bacon. Stop playing politics over every matter, it turns people off. The Republican held Congress (in the US) is playing politics over every matter and guess what? It’s approval rating is in the single digits and that of the entire Congress is about 13%. APC is turning off people with its injection of politics in every matter; that’s what your boss, Ngige, is doing with this bridge matter and it ain’t flying with our people. Even the illiterate oshionwu (suffer-head) truck pusher, OderaIgala, knows that little bit about Senator Ngige, except that the rogue in him wants the Senator to pull a 419 over the bridge..”, he said.

Odera: “Nwanna Nebu ,chei you,ve finished Mazi Odera the STARK ILLITERATE ,but wait a minute what is your point ? well do not worry ,i will help you ,after all i am your superior and it is my duties to always look after people with Igbo name that reasons through the anus ,and with you NWANNA NEBU ,stupidity since like a PROMOTION .

Now let me educate you a little bit ,you said and i quote “The problem with Senator Ngige, and with most Senators in Nigeria, is that they are amateur politicians and inexperienced in legislative duties.” ,WELL you acknowledged that they are politicians ,amatuer or professional ,they still tower head,shoulder and chest over you.They have name and surname ,while you have only free yahoo groups.
They have something we can cite them with ,such as Ngige is a Dentist or say Dental Doctor but you Nebu who are you ? ,do not answer ,you work as a secretary in a Law firm and type briefs which Lawyers will use to argue case in court,there by you memorize some of the things you type and suddenly you think you can be a lawyer ? ,come on my brother ,law is not for daft ,yes it is not for ACUTE MORON ,not that you can,t do charge and bail but first you have to put in 5 years to get to be seen close to LAW BAR ..

“Now this is what makes me smile ,you said and i quote “I raised hell on these forums during the agreement stage of the bridge.”,,, COME ON NEBUKADINEZE ADIELE, where else can you raise hell ? YOU DO NOT HAVE SURNAME ,you do not have any place outside this forums where you can shout and be heard ,your class will never go above this free forums ,your life revolve around this free forums ,while some of us START ILLITERATES makes things to happen every where .

“I do not blame you not a bit ,but since you have no SURNAME ,since your grade is not above pontification on free yahoo groups since you can ONLY RAISE HELL on forums ,i will advise you start trying to see if you can be relevant outside this forums.If you think i will employ you ,then just know that it is still a MIRAGE ,but who knows i am a good man with big heart ,i may find something for you ,maybe in PHOTOCOPY DEPARTMENT IN MY OFFICE…” he said.

Chibuzor O. Obiakor: “My brother Mazi Nebukadineze Adiele, I salute you, even as I marvel at your take on the issue at hand. My Idenna, Oderaigbo, is a royal pain in the you-know-where and the fear of Oderaigbo is the beginning of wisdom, but he is my Idenna. I would not give him up. Just as I would not give up my other Idenna and Ooyi, Ogbuefi Ezenwamadu (OE) despite my sometimes shuddering and wondering how his logic connects to reality on ground zero. These two, and some other guys, that I do not wish to mention here, get a rise every time Senator Chris Ngige’s name is mentioned. In my last piece, I opined that our politics, as Ndigbo, would elevate to a higher level if we would recognize, analyze and agree or disagree on the issues and leave personal attacks alone. Personal attacks and innuendos only take us backwards, or at best keep us stagnant while others are moving forward. This later part results in a net backward movement because as we stagnate, and others are moving forward, we are in effect moving backwards. In your political economy lecture, you rag on my Idenna, Oderaigbo, for “missing the point” that Senator Ngige made on the 2nd. Niger Bridge, while at the same ragging on the same Ngige with a few jabs at me on the same point.

“I take no offense, and I can assure you that nether does Senator Ngige because one must have a thick skin to muddle in the muddy waters of politics, especially in a developing country such as Nigeria. You are right, I lived and went to school in the United States, and I played American politics at very high levels. Therefore, one would be safe to say that I have base understanding of how things work or are supposed to work. Having said that, I am also realistic enough to be able to differentiate between Theory and Practice. Although Nigeria patterned her present governance structure after what obtains in the United States, these two counties are miles apart in terms of culture, attitudes, psychic, emotional strengths, available infrastructure, enabling laws and their enforcements, and even to as basic a thing as Telling the Truth! Given these significant differences, it is therefore, unreasonable to expect parity in their practice of democratic governance.

“This is neither to excuse Senator Ngige in any shortcomings he may have as a legislator, nor to absolve myself as his Chief of Staff, in places where I fall short, but “bringing home the bacon” in the United States and doing the same in Nigeria mean different things. In the Nigerian context, I make bold to say that Senator Ngige has done very well. Even after discounting my bias as his staff, I would still rate him among the top effective legislators in Nigeria. In the first instance, as an opposition Senator, he has to fight for everything that he gets given that in the Nigerian context, the opposition is expected to “go and eat dirt and die”. Ngige has better than 95 percent attendance rate. Yes, it is that mundane because better than half of the legislators rarely show up for work. Just watch live proceedings of the two chambers to see how bare the seats are. Ngige’s Central Senatorial District in Anambra State has 58 communities located in 7 Local Government Areas. I say here, without fear of contradiction, that every LGA in his district has upward of three physical infrastructure projects that he attracted to it. In addition, each of the 58 communities has at least 4 Electric Power Transformers that he sited there (some have more) Again, it is that basic, where transformers are big deals compared to the United States.

“Senator Ngige is noted among his colleagues for his Senate Committee work where he brings his 18 years experience as a former Civil Servant to bear. Even chairmen of his Senate Committees defer to him in Committee meetings. Case in point, it was the eagle-eye of Ngige that saved Nigeria what was left to salvage in the $16 Billion NIPP equipment that President Obasanjo purchased before his departure. The hawks in Nigeria had hijacked these equipment in 22 Containers that suddenly got missing in connivance with another government agency. Ngige recovered these for Nigeria. This is what was responsible for Professor Barth Nnaji’s exploits as Minister of Power. And contrary to the popular accusation that “Ngige has not sponsored a single Bill or Motion” in the Senate, Senator Ngige actually has more that 10 personal Bills and Motions, and over 15 co-sponsored ones. For example, his “Supreme Court Ammendment Bill” called for the increase in the number Justices of the Supreme Court to help ensure faster the disposition of cases. This is part of overcrowding issues in our prisons where people sometimes are on awaiting trial status for longer than the maximum sentence applicable to the offences they are accused of. His “Power Sector Reform Bill” calls for conditions that make the Power Sector more attractive to private investors. His Motion on Professor Chinua Achebe is what gave the late literary icon a State Burial that saw President Jonathan and other dignitaries in my home town of Ogidi for Achebe’s burial. The list goes on.

“Finally, on the originating issue of the 2nd. Niger Bridge, Ngige is not a Johnny come lately on the matter. His stance is that this bridge is good for all Nigerians, and not just Igbos, therefore, it should be built by the Federal Government of Nigeria as part of its infrastructural development of Nigeria. And once that is done, that a section of Nigeria (mostly Igbos) should not be made to pay for it via Tolling. It is only those that despise to see his name that mischievously suggest that he wants to hold up the bridge until the issue of Tolling is resolved. That is not so! That is wrong! Ngige, like the rest of us, wants the bridge built yesterday, but has said that he will “continue to fight to ensure that it is not Tolled”, especially given the bloated proposed cost of building it which would mean taxing the would-be payers of the Toll higher amount for longer period of time compared to a comparable bridge at Lekki in Lagos. If silly emotional innuendos are excused, many would agree that Senator Ngige’s stance on this issue is the stance of a Senator fighting for his people. If that is what my brother Mazi Nebukadineze Adiele is calling “politics” cheap or not, then with all due respect, so be it. It is politics that we are willing and proud to be associated with. Chibuzor O. Obiakor, Ogidi, Idemili North (Where they deny us our constitutionally guaranteed Franchise of the Vote)”, he said.

Full report on Ngige by another source beneath:
Senator Ngige says 2nd Niger Bridge is a fraud, vows to take governorship petition to Supreme Court By Joe Chukindi on July 26, 2014.
Senator Chris Ngige, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone has described the construction of the second Niger Bridge by the federal government as a huge fraud meant to rip off the people of the South-East.

Ngige, who spoke during the inauguration of the Anambra State executives of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), said that he deliberately stayed away from the ground breaking ceremony of the bridge months ago for three reasons.

“The first is that the bridge is being built on a Public Private Partnership(PPP) deal, with overseas financiers. For that reason, the cost of the bridge suffered double inflation, both from the Nigeria end and the financiers who alleged cost of fund.

“The bridge, which should have cost N70 billion is now to cost N114 billion, that was why I told the South-East Senate Caucus that I was not going to be a part of it. As a governor in this state, I resisted that arrangement from Mr Obasanjo.

“In the budget, we have similar bridges and same length built for free by the federal government. Why should that built for the South-East be toll gated? That bridge will have two toll gates, one in the Asaba end and one in the Onitsha end. Before you pass through it and come back, you would have spent N1,000, that is injustice. We will continue to fight to ensure that the bridge is not toll gated”, Ngige said.

Ngige said similar bridges across the country had been funded by the federal government, and wondered why that of the South-East should involve a PPP that would keep the people in bondage for full 25 years.

Speaking on the attempted assassination on General Buhari on Wednesday, Ngige said it was a vindication of the APC, after the PDP accused it of being the sponsors of Boko Haram. He said the bomb was targeted at Buhari, but that lucky enough, God saved him.

“So will they now say that Buhari bombed his own convoy? Then I ask, do you show that you are a brave man by taking a knife and cutting yourself? They just wanted to kill him, but good a thing his car, which is a bullet proof car was not touched, but then, that is bullet proof and not bomb proof”.

Ngige stated that APC is still on course, with the aim of taking over and rebuilding Nigeria.

He said that the attack on Buhari had shown that APC or Buhari as a person has no hand in what is happening in the country.

He told members of the party that APC is very concerned about the troubles in the country, and has directed all its governors to give their cooperation to the federal government to ensure that Nigeria overcomes terrorism.

“Terrorism is not something you play politics with. If I tell you the truth, Our governors in the North-East, where Boko Haram has taken roots are spending their private funds on security to see how they can beat the condition there, and here someone is accusing them of complicity. If APC is responsible for the terrorism, it would have taken it to PDP governed states”.

Speaking on his matter at the Appeal Court, Enugu, Ngige expressed hope that today’s (Saturday) judgment will be in his favour, but adding quickly that, “if they decide to do mago mago, then we are sure the whole thing will end in the Supreme Court”.
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