Igbo intelligentsia Forum has concluded its onsite fact-finding assessment trip of the ongoing Second Niger Bridge Project with a positive report. After a touring of the entire 11.9km stretch of the construction site, the group described their trip as “a fascinating and rare experience” and endorsed the project as “Engineering at its finest.”
Igbo intelligentsia Forum is a global group of non-partisan political strategists of Igbo ancestry, passionate about the socio-political progress of the Igbo ethnic group.
“Each of us came away thrilled and very grateful for this very functional project, which will ease traveling time and boost business across the country. Already real estate prices in the in Asaba, Atani, Ogbaru and Oba are rising significantly,” the group leader, Chief Joseph Chukwuma Ikunna, reported.
The Second Niger Bridge project was initiated by the former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the vision has since been sustained by the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I personally conclude, by thanking President Buhari for his input in ensuring that a proper funding structure was put in place last year, to fund the project. When the project is concluded and commissioned in 2022, President Buhari definitely deserves a lot of the credit. The Managing Director of Julius Berge and the Project Director confirmed to us, that payments were being made regularly and timely. An experience that was alien to them in Nigeria,” Chief Ikunna said.
The Second Niger Bridge is a fundamental national
infrastructure, with immense socio-economic benefits for the adjoining states
and indeed the entire nation. The scope of work also includes a construction of
1.6 km long bridge, 10.3 km Highway, Owerri interchange, and a toll station. Upon
completion, the bridge will ease traffic flow, improve road safety, and create
greater opportunities for local residents by advancing the commercial viability
of the immediate area and regenerating economic life.
While a formal report of this assessment is yet to be released, Chief Ikunna thanked Uche
Orji, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
(NSIA), a major partner project, stating
that their “contribution to this project in every respect, has been both
valuable and enviable.”
“Finally, credit should be given to the quality, the
expertise and the speed at which the contractors, Julius Berger are performing
at, in building not just one, but three bridges, despite the marshy swampy
terrain which is being filled to heights of 7metres in some places, whilst
using the latest technology to speedily drain excess water from areas that
require filling,” he said.
Nnamdi Kanu blasts Allen Onyema; alleges “he is a liar”
“What I said in my last broadcast may have led to his recent investigation for fraud.”
Guardian, Houston, TX – Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has called the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema a ‘liar. Onyema, the Nigerian businessman who owns the country’s largest airline, was recently indicted by U.S. authorities on charges of fraud and money laundering.
In a report published this morning by Eloti TV news site, the IPOB leader alleged that “Onyema lied against him to please his Fulani masters.” This allegation was part of the comments which the IPOB leader aired in a live broadcast on Sunday.
He was quoted as saying, ”People have asked me to clarify
the visit of Allen Onyema to my house. I think what I said in my last broadcast
may have led to his recent investigation for fraud. ”Allen Onyema came to my
house and we talked about things happening in Nigeria, including the hate
Kanu continued, “He said he wanted to see how there could
be peace with our people in the North. He said we should take pictures with
some people he came with and I agreed. All of a sudden one day he granted BBC
an interview and lied against me. Then I reminded him that I know more about
him than he can even imagine. After my statement the Fulanis went after him,
they know that IPOB will not fight for him for undermining our struggle to
restore Biafra’s independence. I will not ask him further questions, I believe
he has learnt his lessons.”
”Onyema wanted to please his Fulani masters but now they
have turned against him,” Kanu added.
Nnamdi Kanu’s allegation is coming after Onyeama was
charged with bank fraud and money laundering.
He was alleged to have moved more than $20 million from
Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false
documents based on the purchase of airplanes.
According to the release by the United States Department
of Justice, Onyema allegedly moved “more
than $20 million from Nigeria though United States bank accounts in a scheme
involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes,” The company’s
chief of administration and finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, was also charged with
bank fraud and identity theft in the same case,
Oprah Winfrey Is Looking for African Women Who Are Passionate About Public Service
The Oprah Winfrey Foundation is offering fully funded scholarships to study at New York University
Oprah Winfrey is once again lending her name and influence to help educate and empower more African women.
The mogul — who is fondly known as Mama Oprah in South Africa — announced that the Oprah Winfrey Foundation has launched a fully-funded fellowship aimed at empowering African women who are in public service.
It offers women from African countries the chance to study for free at New York University’s (NYU’s) Wagner graduate school of public service — in the hope of supporting Africa-led solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship — a partnership between Winfrey and NYU — will provide full tuition, fees, housing, travel to and from the United States, and a stipend to cover books and other expenses.
The opportunity isn’t open, however, to applicants who are looking to fund advanced professional certificates and non-degree programmes, NYU highlights.
To qualify, applicants must also be a citizen and resident in an African country; have a strong academic record; and a proven commitment to public service in their country or around the continent.
The fellowship is applicable to study on these programmes at Wagner: Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy; MPS in Health Policy & Management; Master of Urban Planning, and Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) for Public Service Leaders.
Recipients of the fellowship also must commit to returning to their home countries when the programme ends, with the goal of taking on a leadership position in Africa — where they can “meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa,” the university says.
To apply for the opportunity, applicants must send an essay, a one-minute submission video, and fill out this online application form by Dec. 2.
Candidates who make the shortlist will be invited to Skype interviews with the selection committee by mid-February 2020.
The fellowship joins many other education initiatives supported by the Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
“I always thought it was because Madiba was a citizen of the world that he really got to see how the power of one leads to the empowering of many,” she said. “He knew when a society is wounded, we all bleed.”
She added: “As Maya Angelou taught me: Your legacy isn’t some big grand gesture that’s waiting to happen, your legacy is every life you touch… I built a school right here in South Africa to help girls become leaders of a new South Africa. Every time one of them succeeds, it is my greatest reward.”
Egyptian TV News Report Alleges Turkey Supplying Weapons to Nigeria’s Boko Haram
Raymond Ibrahim, a Shillman Fellow in Journalism at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and an expert on the Middle East and Islam, appeared on CBN’s Newswatch to talk more about Turkey’s alleged ties to Islamic terrorism.
Turkey is clearly a terrorist state with a broad reach, according to an Egyptian television news program. Ten.tv reports Turkey is supplying weapons to Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Ten.tv host Nasha’t al-Deyhi reported on a leak confirming an intercepted phone call from a few years back – confirming the action.
He reported in part: “Today’s leak confirms without a doubt that Erdogan, his state, his government, and his party are transferring weapons from Turkey to – this is a shock, to where you may ask – to Nigeria; and to whom? – to the Boko Haram organization.”
Raymond Ibrahim is the Shillman Fellow in Journalism at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an expert on the Middle East and Islam. During an interview on CBN‘s Newswatch, Ibrahim said he’s not surprised by the Ten.tv report.
“The tape was made in 2014 or 15 and it was reported widely in certain areas, in the US and the west not so much and not much came out of it,” Ibrahim said. “The reason I think is that (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan didn’t have his fingers so much in Islamist politics outside of his own nation.”
“But now that we’ve seen Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS Islamic state caliph that was killed recently, and he was found just three miles from the Turkish border, which is, in fact, the last bastion of jihadi-so-called ‘freedom fighters’ attacking the Syrian government,” he told CBN News.
“It has brought it up again, he (Erdogan) is supporting ISIS,” Ibrahim noted. “Now we’re remembering and that was I think the point of the Egyptian show, we’re bringing back to see that there’s some continuity here. He’s involved with some of the worst Islamic terror groups. If you remember, Boko Haram, whose name loosely means ‘western education is forbidden’, (Haram) was basically doing what ISIS was doing and is notorious for – years before ISIS was doing it.
“One of the things international observers have been noticing, especially increasingly, is that their armaments, their weapons are very sophisticated,” he continued. “It’s even spilled into the Fulani tribesmen in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. For example, in Burkina Faso, also in western Africa the attacks on Christians have become horrific in just the last few months.”
As CBN News reported, a senior State Department official said last week that Turkey is backing forces in Syria who have the same radical ideology as ISIS.
“The problem is that the people doing the fighting are these ill-disciplined Arab militias, some of whom we’ve worked within the past when we were arming the opposition, but many of whom are (a) ill-disciplined, and (b) relatively radical, and their ideology is essentially Islamic ideology,” the official said.
A fragile government in northern Syria called the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAA) released a statement on Tuesday saying that Erdogan seeks to subjugate them through radical Islam.
“Erdogan plans to turn are free, democratic region back into turmoil under radical Islamic occupation,” the government said.
Critics of Erdogan’s invasion say he is trying to revive the Ottoman Empire and establish a new caliphate.
“Their open intention is to restore the original caliphate which was disbanded in 1924,” said Dalton Thomas of Frontier Alliance International.
Recently Turkey’s defense minister posted a map to his social media that shows portions of Greece, Syria, and Iraq as part of a greater Turkey.
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar posted a message alongside the map: “We have no eyes on anyone’s soil. We will only take what’s ours.”
The map reflects the 1920 Ottoman National Pact that includes lands Turkey believes it deserved at the end of World War I.
Xenophobia: Ghana Union of Traders Association lock Nigerian owned shops in Kumasi
Angry members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) on Thursday stormed shops owned by Nigerians in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, and locked them up. GUTA members have for some time now waged a war on foreigners doing retail business in the country.
They cite Ghanaian laws to justify their action, insisting that they have been left with no choice than to move into the markets and lock the shops up themselves because the law enforcement agencies fail to do their work.
GUTA says foreign retailers flout section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865. That law stipulates that the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place must be reserved for Ghanaians.
Other activities not permitted for non-citizens include:
Operation of taxi or car hire service in an
enterprise that has a fleet of less than twenty-five vehicles
Operation of a beauty salon or a barbershop
Printing of recharge scratch cards for the use
of subscribers of telecommunication services
Production of exercise books and other basic
Retail of finished pharmaceutical products
Production and retail of sachet water.
GUTA members say this law is being flouted by foreigners, particularly Nigerians, on grounds that the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of goods and persons across the sub-region allows them to trade and do any kind of business in Ghana.
Luv FM’s Asenso Mensah reports that agitated GUTA members on Thursday morning stormed at least five big markets in the Ashanti Region, forced out the foreign retailers and locked their shops.
Foreign traders in Kejetia, Suame Magazine, Adum and Asafo markets were all yanked out of the shops on Thursday, reports Asenso Mensah.
GUTA Public Relations Officer, Albert Mensah Offei, told Joy News that the locking up of retail shops owned by foreigners will soon be extended to other parts of the country.The action by GUTA is the second time this year.
Meanwhile, many say the action by GUTA is retaliation for the Nigerian government’s decision to close its land borders indefinitely. Nigeria says it hopes to cut down on smuggling by closing its borders.
The move has been widely criticised by both regional and international trade associations. GUTA has been among the fiercest critic of the decision by Nigeria to close its borders.
The Policy of Dishonesty–Between the War Situation Room and a shameful Photo Op
President Trump created his own Situation Room moment. He set up his table, gathered and positioned some available officials, ushered in the photographer and pretended to be watching the raid that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
From fabricated or deceptive claims about trade and the economy to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, the United States’ President Trump has made ‘dishonesty’ the core focus of his policy-making scheme. Apparently, the only time he doesn’t lie is when he is asleep.
Apparently, the only time President Trump doesn’t lie is when he is asleep.
Two days ago, the White House
released what would have been a War Situation Room showing President Trump and
his team supposedly directing and monitoring the killing of the ISIS leader,
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. But this bizarre
gathering was actually a sham to replicate a historic 2011 moment when
President Barack Obama watched from the Situation Room as commandos went after
Osama bin Laden the leader of al-Qaeda.
Obama’s ‘Bin Laden Situation Room photo was impromptu, capturing a tensed moment as this President flanked by his national security team, received live updates from Operation Neptune Spear, which led to the killing of bin Laden. But last week, eight years later, President Trump created his own Situation Room moment. He set up his table, gathered and positioned some available officials, ushered in the photographer and pretended to be watching the raid that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
President Trump’s photo in the real
sense reveals the dishonest face of this administration. It may
be recalled that early in September, President Trump displayed his
fabricated version of Hurricane Dorian forecast map to show the powerful storm
was on track to hit Alabama. Of course, he had to lie. He had falsely stated in
a tweet earlier that Alabama was among the several states expected to face
impacts from this storm.
In an administration pervaded with mediocrity and policy-making inaccuracies, the White House is experiencing an alarming decrease in trust and reputation. Just last month, the Washington Post reported that President Trump has made 13,435 false or misleading claims over 993 days by significantly uttering exaggerated figures, making unwarranted claims and irritating the social media with horribly outright falsehoods.
So it is not a coincidence that the photos reveal the difference between a real war situation room and a discreditable photo-shoot situation.
November 5 Houston’s Mayoral race is no joke: you must vote the incumbent or perish
Politics is all about interests grounded on a philosophy of “who gets what?” Voters make their choices based on their individual and communal policy-making expectations and necessities. Thus, the choice of keeping the incumbent must be based on not just his accomplishments but also the quality of his challengers.
In just is few days, voters in Houston would go to the polls to make their choices over a roster of candidates running for various city office positions. Among those contests, the mayoral race is considerably critical—coming when the disastrous team in the White House has flung democracy in the United States into a chaotic experience. They have created bogus laws and executive orders to destroy families, law enforcement, commerce, and strangulate the very fundamental rights America was built on.
Buzbee says he wants to end corruption, restore effective government and deliver results for all Houstonians, but it would take an ethical leader to restore ethical leadership.
But the Houston city government led by Mayor Sylvester Turner stood its grounds to protect the city against such challenges. He liberated the city from two major catastrophes; Hurricane Harvey and the Political Storm Donald Trump. Besides his leadership performance during this historic Harvey catastrophe, Mayor Turner also resisted Trump’s cold-blooded immigration policies; and rallied his law enforcement to focus on saving lives rather than a collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to tear up families. According to Mayor Turner,
“My job starts with the never-ending effort to provide a safe, secure and prosperous environment for every resident of Houston in their places of work, their places of worship, their school, their homes and elsewhere. The city does not try to do ICE’s job, nor does it try to impede ICE. And we will continue to be a city that builds relationships, not walls.”
There are other policy issues at stake in this election, but
let us remember that no strategy actions would persevere without a peaceful and
While this may sound satirical, there are essentially
two major candidates in this race–Mayor Turner and others. Turner’s argument
rests on his first-term stewardship, touting a successful handle of the budget,
a deadly Hurricane Harvey, pension system reforms and the economy. His closest
rival, Tony Buzbee, objected. Buzbee is a decorated Marine, a successful lawyer
and business owner running on governance ethics. He says he wants to end
corruption, restore effective government and deliver results for all Houstonians.
But it would take an ethical leader to restore ethical leadership. For example, to date, Mr. Buzbee has not properly come clean on how and why a young Dallas-based female court reporter descended on his home and vandalized his valuable collections. 29-year-old Lindy Lou Layman was accused of smashing and destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of paintings and sculptures in Buzbee’s mansion. Layman according to Harris County court documents, poured liquid onto paintings, tore paintings off the wall and threw sculptures across the room, resulting in about $300,000 damage.
In furtherance of his questionable moral worthiness, Mr.
Buzbee has shuttled in-between parties courting the most questionable moments
and supporting underhanded politicians. For instance, in 2002, he
unsuccessfully ran for the Texas state House as a Democrat. But in2012, he
supported squarely, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential
campaign. That was not all. In 2016, Buzbee hosted a fundraiser at his
River Oaks mansion for then Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and
subsequently gave $500,000 to Trump’s Inauguration Committee.
There might be nothing wrong with supporting candidates, but Mr. Buzbee’s double-dealing attitude with both the Republicans and Democrats possibly reveals con and disloyalty, and questions his moral decency in politics and leadership.
note that there might be nothing wrong with supporting candidates, but Mr.
Buzbee’s double-dealing attitude with both the Republicans and Democrats
possibly reveals con and disloyalty, and questions his moral decency in
politics and leadership.
Another issue with Mr. Buzbee’s candidacy is his
contribution of almost $10 million to his campaign. The message might be
simple – that Bagby Street might be up to be mortgaged to a
millionaire affiliated to Donald Trump. And you may not be surprised too if
Hilton Americas becomes a Trump Tower.
candidates in this race are rightly exercising their constitutional rights to
vote and to be voted for. Yet their chances remain infinitesimal based on the
latest poll by the University of Houston published on the eve of early voting.
The poll shows that Mayor Turner could win without a runoff, as he keeps a wide
lead over his opponents, with 43.5 percent support among likely voters.
Mr. Buzbee followed by 23.4 percent. Bill King and Councilman Dwight
Boykins trail with 7.8 and 6.8 percent respectively. The rest of the
candidates, including Sue Lovell, poled below 2%.
Replacing Mayor Turner must not just be based on his first-term superintendency, but also the caliber of his challengers. Because the incumbent is not working does not mean that we should replace him with a numbskull unfamiliar with the people of Houston, their resources, and the city’s political terrain.
Mayor Turner is the incumbent. Replacing him must not just
be based on his first-term superintendency, but also the caliber of his
challengers. Because the incumbent is not working does not mean that we
should replace him with a numbskull unfamiliar with the people of Houston, their
resources, and the city’s political terrain.
Mr. King actually admitted when in an interview with ABC13, that “I think that people probably don’t know the more human side of me because, uh, they see me as a sort of analytical person,” King says, proclaiming himself as somewhat of a nerd.” So if the people do not know him, why is he in the race?
is all about interests grounded on a philosophy of “who gets what?”
It means that voters make their choices based on their individual and
communal policy-making expectations and necessities. In just is few days
(November 5), voters in Houston would go to the polls to make these choices.
But as usual, the discussion question would be whether voters would go to the
polls with emotional conscience regarding their interests or whether they would
ignore those values to seek candidates peddling frivolous but deceptive
typical electioneering process where the incumbent is seeking reelection, a
contender must substantially establish four core causes;
A blueprint to transform campaign promises into action. To date, days before the election, these contenders have not offered any significant proposal besides the rendition of uncorroborated website campaign narratives.
Contenders must show solid proof of policy-making competence. Buzbee and King had pledged to clean up the city office from corruption. But a proposal to fight corruption with amoral characters would bastardize any transformation process. It takes moral people to shape moral society.
Contenders must show a connection with the people. Houston, the most diverse nation in the country deserves a leader that is familiar with the multi-cultural face of the city. Mr. Buzbee does not know Houston beyond River Oaks’ vicinity where he resides. Another major contender, Mr. King actually admitted when in an interview with ABC13, that “I think that people probably don’t know the more human side of me because, uh, they see me as a sort of analytical person,” King says, proclaiming himself as somewhat of a nerd.” So if the people do not know him, why is he in the race?
Last, this position is for a city’s top leadership, not a store manager. Any contender ready for this position must have been tested in managing a high-figure budget; must possess unmatched knowledge of the legislation process, as well as running voluminous city’s day-to-day activities.
Therefore, based on the aforementioned circumstances, Houston has a choice to make between an incumbent and some incompetent contenders yet to defend their campaign claims. In any election process involving an incumbent, the choice of keeping him must be based on not just his accomplishments but also the quality of his challengers.
Also, I must remind voters that Houston is a family.
November 5 Houston’s Mayoral race is, therefore, a fraternal call to vote the
incumbent or perish. Just like America and Trump, if Houston scorns the current
opportunity to keep its current leadership, this city might end up in self-destructive
KPRC’s “Internship” story series: between Investigative Story and Political Hit Job
In the media clan, political hit job can be crookedly camouflaged as an investigative news, especially when the story segment is suffused by sentiments, lacks integrity, and denotes a blatant show of unfairness.
Investigative Journalism often entails an in-depth story examination with the purpose to either uncover fraud or test various policy actions for public attention. In the newsroom confraternity, one major challenge in managing report process standards is having trained researcher-reporters who understand the fundamental techniques about the subject. However, this process becomes a hit job where it is bastardized into a destructive political vendetta to appease specific political interests.
“Perhaps if Mr. Marvin Agumagu’s name was “Marvin White,” KPRC 2’s headlines would have read differently and most positively, too.”
Using media to systematically cajole undecided voters or a gullible populace to favor specific interests or candidates is not new in America’s politics. Last year, the National Enquirer parent company, American Media Inc., paid $150,000 in hush money to suppress alleged mistress of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election. Specifically, David J. Pecker, chairman and CEO, admitted paying off a former Playboy model to crush her account of an alleged sexual affair that could have jeopardized Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Using media to systematically cajole undecided voters or a gullible populace to favor specific interests or candidates is not new in America’s politics.
Therefore, it might not be a coincidence that Tony Buzbee, one of Mayor Turner’s major contenders in the upcoming City general election immediately hit the campaign ground with a video collage of KPRC 2 News pieces. It is also not a coincidence that same week, Buzbee injected into his promotional networks, a whopping $2.5 million, pumping up his campaign treasury to almost $10M from his pocket. Yes, his pocket.
In the media clan, a political hit job can be crookedly camouflaged as investigative news, especially when the story segment is suffused by sentiments, lacks integrity, and denotes a blatant show of unfairness. For the record, this story centers on the validity and ethical implications of a 31-year-Marvin Agumagu, who was offered a position in an airport’s Executive Internship Program. KPRC 2 News rightly needed information. But retrieving this information from the Mayor’s office was never an issue. Indeed, it was a matter of public information request as the law permits.
It is barbaric for KPRC 2 News reporters to stalk Houston’s mayor and chase him around all corners of his official business venues with cameras for information they conveniently had access to.
Therefore, it is barbaric for KPRC 2 News reporters to
stalk Houston’s mayor and chase him around all corners of his official business
venues with cameras for information they conveniently had access to. When KPRC
2 News was finally done, it declared in another watery story, “Mayor Turner
finally answers questions on camera about intern paid $95K annually.” For God’s
sake, what is the difference between written responses made available to the
media and the same responses expressed on camera? Of course, the whole idea was
to create sensational videos for specific Mayor Turner’s political opponents
for the upcoming elections.
We can take this to the banks, but if Mr. Agumagu is guilty of any sin, it must be unconnected with his ethnicity, his color, and his rapport with the City of Houston–fourth largest city in the United States presided by a Black Mayor who has refused to yield to the mainstream media tyranny.
This story which persevered for almost three weeks
without an iota of new information did not establish how $95,000 annual salary
is inappropriate for a senior staff analyst who attained three advanced
degrees, including a bachelor’s degree, Master’s Degree and a law degree. Yet
KPRC 2’s story totally scorned a reasonable investigation of Mr. Agumagu’s
workforce competence, rather, it focused on his salary and hiring process to
generate a drumfire of negative political attacks to bully the Mayor. The story
hammered consistently on discrepancies over specific emails, mayor’s
statements, and the program’s design process.
Perhaps if Mr. Marvin Agumagu’s name was “Marvin White,” KPRC 2’s headlines would have read differently and most positively, too.
Besides his unmatched academic feats, Mr. Agumagu is not
an entry-level rookie and would not have been hired to make coffees and teas as
KPRC 2’s story sarcastically implied. My goodness, this dude has worked around
local governments, facilitated projects, and maintains vast knowledge on
international business, politics, and diplomacy–a skill-set consequential to
the core mission of the Houston Airport systems in expediting an upper echelon
of international connectivity for Houston’s growing diverse population.
We can take this to the banks, but if Mr. Agumagu is guilty of any sin, it must be unconnected with his ethnicity, his color, and his rapport with the City of Houston–fourth largest city in the United States presided by a Black Mayor who has refused to yield to the mainstream media tyranny. Perhaps if Mr. Marvin Agumagu’s name was “Marvin White,” KPRC 2’s headlines would have read differently and most positively, too.
Again, I must reiterate that the public must ignore any attempt by the media to decide their prospects. The last time a set of American voters gambled with their chances to elect a leader, they ended up with Donald Trump–an unscrupulous bigot that is currently making a mockery of essential values of America’s democracy. At this time, voters must be very careful with unscrupulous contenders hiding behind the media to steal their votes. With the city elections less than a month away, voters must be careful about those investigative stories on the TV screen. They might just be another “political hit job.”
Mayor Turner’s “$95,000-a-year internship” story: Is KPRC 2 News trying to meddle with the City Election?
With the city elections less than a month away, the current recycling of “The Sylvester Turner “$95,000-a-year internship” story segment with no new information is becoming unprofessionally redundant and may signify election meddling.
The timeline trailing KPRC 2 News
segments on how an intern recommended by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner earns
$95,000 a year suggests there might be hidden or perhaps abnormal motives. But
the story is substantial and admirably investigative. KPRC 2 reporters had
penetrated Mayor Turner’s business and fished out a breaking news report, that
an entry-level local government job which he recommendation carries abnormal
salary earnings of $95,000 a year.
In the middle of this storm is a 31-year-Marvin Agumagu who was offered a position in an airport’s Executive Internship Program in rather a suspicious manner, raising concerns about why he was given the salary of a senior staff analyst, $95,000 a year with benefits whereas the average internship makes about $22,000 annually.
Meticulously, KPRC 2 News might have invested more resources in this story than their coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
But Mayor Turner defended his
actions explaining that Mr. Agumagu’s salary was appropriate based on his
education and experience. For instance, noted Turner in a statement made available
to the media, “He has three advanced degrees, including a bachelor’s degree,
Master’s Degree and a law degree. He also has experience in international
relations and governmental affairs which is an asset for the City of Houston’s
5-star international airports.”
Apparently, Mayor Turner’s
explanation was not enough for KPRC 2 News. They had run this same story over
three times with different headlines, teasers, powerful promos, and ambiguous
story riders. Meticulously, they might have invested more resources in this
story than their coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
This sarcastic sub-headline caught
my attention, “How much would you pay someone to fetch
coffee and make photocopies? $10,000 a year? $20,000 a year?” But KPRC 2
News knew that this was not just a basic internship position. As the Mayor’s
camp noted, “The official job title for the Executive Intern is Senior Staff
Analyst (Executive Level) with a pay grade of 28. The Department Director chose
the job title and pay grade and the Human Resource Department determined both
were consistent with the specified duties and responsibilities of the
But for the records, approval was
done under the City of Houston’s Administrative policy. According to the Mayor,
“The process is routine, and I have signed 122 of these reclassifications for
each of the 23 city departments since taking office in January 2016.”
KPRC 2 News remained adamant in its story segments, recycling the same content
and rewording every sentence to fake freshness.
In fact, they have indirectly fed Mayor Turner’s election opponents with
both campaign talking points and advertisement catchphrases.
For example, One of Mayor Turner’s
major opposition in the upcoming City general election, Tony Buzbee has already
called for a full investigation into the issue. According to Buzbee “The mayor
claims he can’t find the money to pay for police, fire, and floods, but based
on three emails, he can hire an intern for 95K a year plus benefits.”
Currently, the Buzbee campaign has infiltrated the networks will advertisements
created off of KPRC 2 News’ consistent bashing of Mayor Turner.
KPRC 2 has indirectly fed Mayor Turner’s election opponents with both campaign talking points and advertisement catchphrases.
Nevertheless, Mayor Turner is not
new to such media campaign machinations.
Recall Turner v. Dolcefino when in November 1991, KTRK Channel 13 ran a
news story about Turner during a close mayoral race. Turner lost that election
and ended up in a very lengthy libel lawsuit with both the TV station and their
So it could be said that Mayor Turner again might be under the
mainstream media bombardment and as we can see, this trend increases as the
polls draw closer. Just two weeks ago, KTRK-TV ran another investigative story
linking a rapport between Mayor Turner and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic to a breakfast
meeting, campaign donations, and city insurance contract.
It is not a coincidence that all
these are coming less than one month when Houston voters will decide the next
mayor for another four-year tenure.
Mayor Turner has consistently led in the polls. In a recent poll of 501
registered voters that Houston Public Media commissioned together with KHOU,
Mayor Turner led his rivals with than a third of respondents.
At this point, if there are substantial updates in this story, let viewers know if not, KPRC 2 News should wrap it up or shut up
With the city elections less than a month away, the current recycling of Turner’s “$95,000-a-year internship” story segment with no new information is becoming unprofessionally redundant and may signify election meddling. If there are substantial updates in this story, let viewers know, if not KPRC 2 News should wrap it up or shut up.
South Africa, Nigeria mend relations, agree trade deals
Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa presented a united front on Thursday (October 3) at the end of a two-day visit by the Nigerian leader to South Africa.
The trip comes weeks after a wave of violence against Nigerian nationals in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Which strained relations between Africa’s top two economies.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA, CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, SAYING;
“We have expressed our deep regret at the events of the past few weeks that manifested themselves through attacks that were directed at foreign nationals.”
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, SAYING;
“Our two countries have also agreed to unequivocally address the challenges in our relations including recent people-to-people challenges that saw attacks against foreign nationals including Nigerians and their properties which we strongly condemn. We have decided to work and take concrete measures together to prevent the recurrence of such unacceptable incidents in the future.”
The two leaders also pledged to deepen economic ties and signed 30 trade and cooperation agreements.
Nigeria is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners on the continent, accounting for 64% of South Africa’s total trade with the West African region.