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Nigeria should host the next Super Bowl????

When I saw this post on CNN I couldn’t help but re-blog it. Guess Amanpour really wants President Jonathan to understand that the international community is aware that the situation in the power sector hasn’t improved like he boasted in his last interview on CNN.

The questions on my mind are, is this really true about us? How long are we going to condone this and more? Can we host the Super Bowl?

I can’t help laughing at the last question…..

Check this out!

http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/

While American waited 35 minutes for the Super Bowl’s lights to come on, Nigerians just chuckled.

They know all too well the problem of power outages: Nigeria has been plagued by rolling blackouts that last hours, sometimes even days.

So as the television audience worldwide waited for the power to come back on, Nigerians took to social media with wit.

“Power outage at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Suddenly, Nigeria doesn’t look as dark anymore,” tweeted one Nigerian.

“If they had the Super Bowl in Nigeria, the power coming back on would be the real surprise,” another tweeted.

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, recently told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that his country’s electrical woes have been improving.

“That is one area that Nigerians are quite pleased with the government, that commitment to improve power. It’s working,” President Jonathan told the president.

Many Nigerian viewers tweeted messages to Christiane Amanpour to express their continued frustrations about having to rely on back-up generators for power.

In the video above, you can watch an “Open Mic” series CNN conducted after Amanpour’s interview with President Jonathan. We left a microphone in a public place and recorded Nigerians expressing their frustrations with their notoriously unreliable power supply.

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Did Presidential Jet Prevent Faulty Dana Plane From Landing Before Crash? hmmmm!

I can’t say for sure if this story is true, but I’m personally left with loads of questions after reading it.

The article you are about to read was published on dimokokorkusstella.blogspot.com.
I just received this –

“Is there any way of getting confirmation about news I’m just getting that the Dana plane was distressed for a while but could not make an emergency landing because the airspace was closed for 2 hours for  the Presidential Jet carrying Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan.

Private jet owners who had to hover in the air same time leaked this. This was apparently the reason local news didn’t report the crash for so long till CNN and foreign news stations started reporting it.

Local news was ‘blacked out’ trying to kill the story of the airspace being closed while a distressed plane couldn’t land.

It would be shocking if so. Though there was engine failure there was still time for the plane to have landed apparently.

You do know anyway that the airspace is closed for up to 2hours each time the Presidential Jet needs to go into the air? 2 hours for a 15minute take off or landing!

And this jet is used by President, VP, President’s wife and if I recall David Mark.

It’s almost a daily occurrence I’ve been told by airline staff when it caught me out on a trip

The truth remains that the President’s wife was actually in Lagos to attend the christening of their personal assistant’s child at the Oriental hotel.. Lekki. Anyone living on the Lekki axis saw first hand the horrendous traffic caused by the president’s wife’s visit..and confirmed reports from airport staff who volunteered information, collaborated this fact, that the Lagos airport was actually shut for 2 hours, about the same time the ill fated Dana Plane crashed. This also strongly explains the reason why Aero contractor airplane could not depart Abuja for Lagos at 3:40pm because of the closure of the Lagos airport. This is criminal and one can only imagine the deep sorrow ad-in-finitum (without limit) that the families of these unfortunate Nigerians and other nationals are currently plagued into. Grief that is so thick in the air, that one can cut through with a knife…rooted soul searching. Yes we have to and yes we can; beginning from our immediate homes and while we pray for the repose of the souls of the departed, we need as a nation to thoroughly do some deep ommunities.. with time this will snowball into our National consciousness. For how long are we going to sacrifice the lives of our dear brothers and sisters and by extension mortgage the future of their/our children, just for the comfort of our leaders? For a 15 minutes ritual of plane take-off, an airport was shut for 2 hours because our “DEAR FIRST LADY” was scheduled to return to Abuja.. OH merciful God, help Nigeria in Distress!’

Nigerians need to know what happened?who closed the airstrip for two hours on Sunday June 3,2012????

These and many other questions should be answered by the ongoing investigation if we ever get a wind of it. A colleague who lives in Iju actually confirmed that the aircraft hovered around for about 40 minutes from his own calculations, another friend of mine who was billed to travel out of Lagos on Sunday with  Arik Air says their flight was delayed for 1 hour, before they witnessed the ill-fated crash that killed 153 passengers and over 10 others in the densely populated Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos.

The question still remains, Why???

So far NEMA has reported that about 150 bodies have been recovered as at Tuesday, and bereaved families are at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital to identify the corpses.

 

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US govt. offers to assist Nigeria’s investigation of Dana Crash

President Goodluck Jonathan weeps at the Dana Air crash site in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos on Monday

The government of the United States of America has offered to  assist Nigeria in the investigation of the Dana Airlines plane crash that killed about 163 people in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State.

According to local news agency, Premium Times, the US extended its condolences to affected families in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in New York  US noting it to be one of the worst air disasters in West Africa.

The statement signed by US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton said “We stand with the people of Nigeria at this difficult time and we are prepared to assist the Nigerian Government in its investigation of this tragic accident.”

State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said earlier that some U.S. citizens were among the 153 passengers aboard the plane that crashed into the densely populated Iju Ishaga area, reports earlier on Tuesday said that a Houston family and two sisters who are Americans were involved in the crash.

According to a report by AP, a family of six from West Hartford, Connecticut were victims of the Dana Plane crash. The Tuesday edition of the Hartford Courant newspaper identified the family as Maimuna Anyene, her Nigerian husband Onyeke, and their children, a 5 month old, 1-year-old twins and a 3 year old.

The AP report also cites the Houston Chronicle who reported Tuesday that the crash also killed Josephine and Jennifer Onita, sisters from Missouri City, Texas.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the crash, while the Lagos state government cancelled all official engagements for one week of mourning.

The Iju-Ishaga Dana air crash site on Monday after the ill-fated crash that claimed over 163

(AFP)-Nigerian rescuers recovered burnt human remains as investigators probed for clues on Monday after a plane slammed into a Lagosneighbourhood, with all 153 on board killed and more feared dead on the ground.

Police fired tear gas at a surging crowd seeking to get a look at thecrash site at one point on Monday morning, while at other spots around the site people desperately sought access to the wreckage to locate missing relatives.

They were denied access, with rescue workers combing the scene of the crash — the world’s worst air disaster so far this year — saying the bodies were unrecognisable.

“I just want to be sure of how he died,” one man told rescue workers of his brother.

Wreckage still smouldered at the grisly site near the airport in one of Africa‘s largest cities as two cranes cleared away debris and a few thousand onlookers gathered.

Local media reported that the crash of the Dana Air Boeing MD83 was Nigeria’s worst since 1992, when a military C-130 went down after takeoff in Lagos, killing all 200 on board.

There have been a number of other crashes with more than 100 victims over the past decade in Nigeria but the most recent was in 2005.

Rescue workers had pulled at least 62 bodies from the wreckage by Monday morning, a rescue official said.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who declared three days of national mourning, was due to visit the crash site Monday, a spokesman said.

At least one of the plane’s two cockpit recorders had been recovered, officials said. The aviation minister said the flight had declared an emergency 11 nautical miles from the airport but the cause of the crash remained unclear.

The flight disappeared from radar one minute after having declared the emergency at 3:43 pm local time (1443 GMT), a statement from the minister said.

An aviation source said the pilot had told the tower that he was experiencing problems with the plane, but further details were not yet clear.

The plane, which was flying to Lagos from the capital Abuja, crashed near the airport, damaging buildings and setting off an inferno in the poor and densely populated neighbourhood located in the city’s northern outskirts.

Chaos broke out after the crash, with rescue workers facing large crowds and aggressive soldiers while trying to access smoldering wreckage in the hunt for survivors.

While tear gas was fired at one point on Monday morning, the scene was generally much more calm, with a heavy security deployment in place.

Nigeria has a spotty aviation record, although Dana had been considered to be a relatively safe and reasonably efficient domestic airline since it began operating in 2008.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s Accident Investigations Bureau said all 153 people on board the plane were considered dead. The number of those killed on the ground was unclear.

A spokesman for the airline said the plane was carrying 147 passengers and six crew. China said six of its nationals were on the plane.

In the aftermath of the crash, thick smoke rose from the area and flames could be seen shooting from a two-storey building.

Thousands of onlookers had partially blocked access to the crash site on Sunday, prompting soldiers to try to clear out the area, using rubber whips and their fists. One even threw a wooden plank at those crowded around.

The area plunged into all-out pandemonium when a helicopter tried to land amid the crowd, kicking up clouds of ash and light debris that again scattered people in various directions.

Some residents said it appeared that the plane had nosedived into the neighbourhood while others described it as swaying back and forth before crashing.

“It was waving, waving, waving,” Yusuf Babatunde, 26, said at the scene. “The pilot was struggling to control it. It crashed — it just started burning.”

An official with the National Emergency Management Agency said the plane had crashed into two buildings, a church and the two-storey residential structure.

At least three people had been transported for treatment with relatively minor wounds, he said, in addition to the bodies pulled out of the wreckage.

The president’s office said in a statement that Jonathan had “directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.

“Meanwhile, the president has ordered the fullest possible investigation into the crash,” it added.

Lagos, the largest city in Africa’s most populous nation, is home to an estimated 15 million people.

The accident followed another plane crash Saturday in the capital of nearby Ghana, when a cargo plane overshot a runway and hit a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people.

The Allied Air cargo plane had departed from Lagos and was to land in Accra.

Bayelsa citizens now using “leggedes” due to fuel scarcity

Bayelsa State Nigeria

Bayelsa State

Nigeria‘s third largest oil producing state, Bayelsa is currently facing a severe fuel shortage that has left most commuters and motorists stranded in a situation analysts blame on a drop in fuel imports caused by the partial removal of subsidies.

Residents in Bayelsa queued at petrol stations in a bid to fill up their cars with petrol while some struggled at various black market points which sold a litre for a staggering 500 naira (3 dollars).

The fuel scarcity has made some residents in Bayelsa resort to walking long distances to their destinations and car owners going into neighbouring states like Delta state to buy at a cheaper rate of 100 naira per litre.

Some residents in Bayelsa state said they had been at the petrol station for three days.

“I found out that fuel was costing 500 to 600 Naira per litre, so I decided to park my car here and since that time I have been here until now. So it has been pathetic,” said Bob Ahprela, a pastor.

“We are begging the people bringing the fuel to bring the fuel to us because we are suffering here, our people are suffering one litre of fuel in the black market is 500 naira, we do not know what to do so we are begging them to bring us fuel,” said Emma Saviour, a bus driver.

The situation has deteriorated as residents complained of increase in transportation fare to other cities.

“Yesterday from River state to Yenagoa I paid 1200 naira (7 dollars), today I am paying 1400 naira (8 dollars) I don’t even know the cause of the increase,” said Lyver Douye, a student.

Petroleum marketers had warned earlier this month that the nation may witness fuel shortages in the coming weeks as petrol imports, the major source of domestic supply, have dropped by about 40 percent since the government announced the partial removal of subsidy on the product.

President Goodluck Jonathan‘s government abruptly removed the subsidy on January 1 but strikes and protests by trade unions and civil society forced him to reinstate some of it, although the pump price was increased by 50 percent.

Analysts warn that policy makers have failed to protect consumers from unscrupulous dealers.

“In Bayelsa there is so much impunity on the part the people who are at the helm of affairs. That because they don’t take the welfare of the masses into considerations a lot of times when they take their decision. So there is no price control in the state and anybody can come to do business and decide to sell at whatever cost,” said Godsent Jim-Dorugu, an analyst.

Major marketers and other private importers are responsible for 50 percent of domestic supply with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation supplying the balance.

There are indications that marketers, who had import allocations from the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, had either halved or stopped fuel importation.

Nigeria imports most of the fuel it consumes because its four refineries are decrepit, producing at only a quarter of their installed capacity.

Several investigations are now in place on Nigeria’s energy sector that were spurred by the fuel subsidy row, including a Senate probe into subsidies, a probe by the corruption watchdog into the state oil company and price regulator, and an audit of the entire Oil Ministry.

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