Connect with us

AFRICA

Obama’s appointing Kase Lawal to trade committee continues upward march by oil and gas heavyweight….

USAfrica has followed the exponential, methodical expansion of the clout and revenue drivers for CAMAC and of Kase, himself. I think that the latest nod from Obama’s administration to Lawal is a continuation of that forward march by a hard-working and savvy son Africa in America.

Published

on

OBAMA’s appointing KASE LAWAL to trade committee continues upward march by oil and gas heavyweight….

By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfrica,  USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine, Houston
USAfricaNEWSwire, September 20, 2010: U.S President Barack Obama has appointed one of the leading executives across the United States and Africa continents, Dr. Kase L. Lawal, to his 30-member Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN).
The White House statement which was received by USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine (Houston) notes that the 30-person committee is made up of a distinguished array  of industry, government, labor and environmental representatives who are expected to offer input and some guidance on trade matters.
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Lawal, chairman and CEO of CAMAC International Corporation, said that “It is an honor to serve President Obama as a member of this Advisory Committee….  I remain dedicated to opening markets throughout the world and lending my expertise to shape policies and strengthen opportunities.”
He has served creditably in boosting Texas area and international business in the shipping arena hence his reappointments as vice chairman and member of the board of the Port of Houston Authority. He has served on the board of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Airport System Development Corporation, the National Urban League, the prestigious Fisk University, and other organizations.
Lawal has key business and political connections inside Nigeria, South Africa and the U.S.  Lawal, a friend and key supporter of the U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also served as a member of the United States Presidential Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, during the Bush and Clinton administrations.
He has propelled the CAMAC International, a private company for almost 25 years (by 2011), to be recently ranked #193 in Forbes list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
Lawal, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the Houston-based Unity National Bank, is a philanthropist on education and literary projects.
On January  27 2009, Kase and Eileen Lawal gave the Texas Southern University (also in Houston, Texas) the school’s largest donation/gift of U.S $1million dollars by an alumnus. I witnessed him make available on that day January 27, 2009 at the TSU, a check for $100,000 check, as the first installment of the 10-year, one million dollar pledge and endowment for the development of the Lawal Center for Global Trade at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business.  http://photoworks.tv/kase-lawal-onemillion-tsu-usafrica-chido2009
It will cover some student scholarships. He has made equally substantial donations/endowments at the University of Houston, and other colleges.
Kase was born in 1954 in Ibadan, Oyo State (western Nigeria). He was  awarded the prestigious USAfrica Business Person of the Year, in 1997. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Corporate Council on Africa.
Around 2001-2003, he expanded CAMAC’s reach into South Africa and the capacity of the operations in Nigeria.
Around 2002, Kase led CAMAC to its first billion dollars. Business has flourished ever since, adjusting for the global economic crunch; the latter interrupted the scope of the stock offerings plans for CAMAC-Allied Energy on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
He is the Chairman of the board for CAMAC Energy, Inc., a U. S.-based, energy company, now publicly traded on the NYSE Amex.
On the significance of the NYSE listing, Dr. Lawal, a Commissioner on the Port of Houston Authority  said in an exclusive USAfricaTV video and USAfricaonline.com report that “It gives CAMAC some responsibilities and grants us more respect, and to return shareholders value. It should open doors for others to follow, add value and create value.”
For 19 years, despite a few business controversies which he has had to contend with,  I have witnessed, first hand, amidst the expansion of his fortune has been major efforts by Kase and Eileen to give back to the community.
I have also reported and followed the exponential, methodical expansion of the clout and revenue drivers for CAMAC and of Kase, himself. I think that the latest nod from Obama’s administration to Lawal is a continuation of that forward march by a hard-working business professional and savvy son of Africa in America.
Chido Nwangwu is the Founder & Publisher of USAfrica,  first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com, The Black Business Journal, CLASSmagazine, PhotoWorks.TV, AchebeBooks.com, Nigeria360 e-group Nigeria360@yahoogroups, USAfricaTV and several blogs, assessed by The New York TImes as the most influential multimedia networks for Africans and Americans. He served on the editorial board of the Daily Times of Nigeria in Lagos and worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (news) in the 1980s;  publicity committee of the Holocaust Museum, Houston; recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May 2009; member advisory board on Africa to Houston’s former Mayor Dr. Lee Brown. Chido appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, SABC, CBSNews, ABCNews, FOXNews, NBCNews, etc.   Chido@USAfricaonline.com  — wireless: 832-45-CHIDO (24436). Follow Chido at FaceBook.com/usafrica and at Twitter.com/chido247
——
Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston, USAfricaonline.com and CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal http://usafricaonline.com/chido.obamaafrica09.html

——

President Obama, hate-mongers and mob cons. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, www.Achebebooks.com, CLASS magazine, The Black Business Journal,  USAfrica.TV, and the largest digital images/pictorial events domain for Africans  abroad www.PhotoWorks.TV

http://usafricaonline.com/president-obama-hate-mongers-and-mob-cons-by-chido-nwangwu/

http://usafricaonline.com/chido.obamavshatemongers09.html

Continue Reading
Advertisement
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Chris Christian

    March 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    The plane was leased by Dr. Kase Lawal that is a Nigerian Native and happens to be a rich oil tycoon out of Houston. He is also a Commissioner on the Houston Port Authority. Southlake Aviation leased the aircraft to him and has nothing to do with the deal as they only leased their aircraft when money got slow. Dr. Kase Lawal is also tied to the Obama Administration through his political connections and was originally appointed by Bill Clinton. Dr. Kase Lawal is affiliated with Obama through the United States Trade Advisory Committee for Africa. His poor flight crew is still locked in a hotel and had nothing to do with his scam. He is supporting the rebels that are killing, raping, and supporting their arms addiction with his cash for the Gold Sale and who knows what else he is buying from them. BLOOD MONEY! This should make some good headline news that President Obama’s continued support of this man is killing people with our own oil money. What a guy! I can’t believe there has not been more come out about this.

iCOMMENT

AFRICA

World SOCCER SHOWDOWN: South Africa backs Morocco; U.S under pressure

Published

on

Special to USAfrica [Houston]  • USAfricaonline.com  •  @Chido247  @USAfricalive

“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity, and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president Jordaan.

Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco that South Africa will give its unqualified support to secure another World Cup on the African continent in 2026.

Morocco is vying to stage the world’s biggest football prize against a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The Moroccan delegation comprises ex-Senegal and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.

Jordaan said it would be great for Africa to have a second bite of the World Cup cherry, adding Morocco’s bid was Africa’s bid.

Jordaan assured Morocco that he would personally lobby for the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) and the rest of the continent to rally behind the Moroccans.

In his remarks, Antoine Bell said Morocco had all the ingredients to host another spectacular World Cup.

“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards, from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” he said.

By giving Morocco its support, South Africa’s voice would make all the difference on the continent, Bell said.

“When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco. South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid,” added Bell. African News Agency

Continue Reading

AFRICA

USAfrica: Catholic priest Etienne killed by militia in DR Congo, after a wedding mass

Published

on

Special to USAfrica [Houston]  •  @USAfricaLIVE

Goma – A Catholic priest was found shot dead hours after he said mass in Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive North Kivu province, a member of the church told AFP.

“Father Etienne Sengiyumva was killed [on] Sunday by the Mai Mai Nyatura (militia) in Kyahemba where he had just celebrated a mass including a baptism and a wedding,” father Gonzague Nzabanita, head of the Goma diocese where the incident occurred, told AFP.

The Mai Mai Nyatura are an armed group operating in North Kivu, in eastern DRC.

Nzabanita said Sengiyumva, 38, had had lunch with local faithful before “we found him shot in the head”.

North and South Kivu provinces are in the grip of a wave of violence among militia groups, which often extort money from civilians or fight each other for control of mineral resources.

Last week unknown assailants kidnapped a Catholic priest in North Kivu, demanding $500 000 for his release.

Eastern DRC has been torn apart by more than 20 years of armed conflict, fuelled by ethnic and land disputes, competition for control of the region’s mineral resources, and rivalry between regional powers.

Continue Reading

AFRICA

USAfrica: Nigeria’s LOOTERS LIST and Buhari’s selective corruption targets. By Majeed Dahiru

Published

on

PDP vs APC Looters List and Buhari’s selective corruption targets

By Majeed Dahiru

Special to USAfrica {Houston] • USAfricaonline.com • @USAfricaLive

 

Timipriye Silva, a former governor and PDP chieftain, who became a founding member and financier of APC, had his corruption charges quashed by a federal high court and Buhari’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to appeal the N19.5 billion fraud case.

More curious are the missing names of some accused looters with marital ties to Nigeria’s First and Second families. Gimba Yau Kumo, the PDP appointed former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank and now son-in-law of President Buhari, who was similarly accused of fraudulent activities amounting to about N3 billion and reportedly being investigated by EFCC, is missing from [Buhari’s Information Minister] Lai Mohammed’s list.

For a party that has been accused of destroying Nigeria by squandering accrued oil revenues estimated at over $500 billion in sixteen years, it is confounding that Lai’s list is not only exclusively comprised of PDP looters but also captures the last two years of PDP’s last lap in power and included just Goodluck Jonathan’s associates, who supported him against candidate Buhari, while also relating only to funds used in the last electioneering campaign of the PDP.

Whenever the obviously abysmal performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration appears to be gaining sustained attention, and leading to murmuring within the rank and file of his supporters, a tale of humungous looting by opposition elements is usually spun and thrown into the public space to distract people away from the core issue of the failure of governance.

Like a fit of deja vu, the recently unveiled list of looters by Lai Mohammed, a fellow who comes across as more of President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief propagandist than a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria in charge of information and culture, didn’t come as a surprise. The list is all too familiar as the unveiling was a summarised rehash of politically exposed individuals who are members of the opposition party, close associates of former President Goodluck Jonathan, particularly his appointees in government, who have been named and shamed several times in well-coordinated media trials.

First on Lai’s list is Uche Secondus, the chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Lai had this to say of Secondus: “On the 19th of February 2015, he took N200 million only from the office of the NSA”. An unidentified former financial secretary of the PDP was similarly accused of “taking” N600 million from the same office of the National Security Adviser. Lai Mohammed also re-revealed that frontline member of PDP and media mogul, who deployed his media power to promote Goodluck Jonathan by de-marketing the Buhari candidacy in the run up to 2015 presidential election, Raymond Dokpesi, is on trial for “taking” N2.1 billion from the office of the then NSA. Lai also reminded Nigerians that his shouting match and former spokesman of the PDP, Olisa Metuh is on trial for “collecting” N1.4 billion from the same office of the NSA.

Lai Mohammed’s expanded follow up list included the usual suspects – former ministers, PDP state governors, service chiefs, presidential aides, associates and family members of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who were collectively accused of looting Nigeria of close to $2.1 billion through the office of the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.).

The choice of words like “took” and “collected” deployed by Lai to describe the manner in which those named received these monies was deliberate for the maximum effect of propaganda, portraying the accused persons as looters who broke into NSA vault and catered away boxes of cash at something akin to a gun point.

While the clamp down on PDP looters who supported Goodluck Jonathan and are still members of the former ruling party has been heavy handed, others who decamped from PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the eve of the 2015 elections and supported candidate Buhari’s campaign with their share of loot have been forgiven. For example, former NSA, Sambo Dasuki is being treated as an apostate for his role in the disbursement of funds that were used to oil Goodluck Jonathan’s electioneering effort. He has been kept in detention illegally and in defiance of several judicial rulings. Judging by the Buhari administration’s anti-corruption standard of an accusation being tantamount to guilt, in clear contempt of court proceedings by the resort to the naming and shaming suspects even before investigations and criminal prosecution are concluded and convictions obtained, it becomes curious that Lai’s list didn’t reveal any new name. Rather some names were either missing or omitted from what is a familiar list. This appears so because the bulk of PDP bigwigs who “destroyed” Nigeria in sixteen years of national rule are firmly in control of the APC, from its elected national executives to the National Assembly and appointed members of the federal executive council. The majority of APC-elected governors were also former members of the PDP. Even recently decamped PDP members to APC, such as Musiliu Obanikoro and Sulivan Chime, who have been prominently named and shamed in the recent past, were conspicuously missing from the released list of looters.

More curious are the missing names of some accused looters with marital ties to the first and second families. Gimba Yau Kumo, a former PDP appointed managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank and now son-in-law of President Buhari, who was similarly accused of fraudulent activities amounting to about N3 billion and reportedly being investigated by EFCC, is missing from Lai’s list. Also missing on that list is Bola Shagaya.

Arguably one of Africa’s richest women, with a reputation for close business and political ties to all first families in the past two decades, Bola Shagaya was exceptionally close to the Goodluck Jonathan family. Often described as a bosom friend of former first lady Patience Jonathan, she has been accused, in numerous instances, allegedly, of acting as Patience Jonathan’s front for the laundering of illicit money estimated at over N13 billion, while engaging in other fraudulent activities involved in state capture. All that may be in the past now as she has found her way back to reckoning with the marriage of her son, Seun Bakare to Damilola, the daughter of Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo. Little wonder then, Bola Shagaya’s name is not on Lai’s looters list.

In a clear display of the arrogance of ignorance, the Buhari administration has narrowed its war on corruption to the hounding of members of the Jonathan administration, other individuals and organisations that were known to have worked against the emergence of the President [Buhari] in the 2015 presidential elections. This is clearly evident in the selective nature of the current anti-corruption effort.

The tone of generalisation of the PDP as the problem of Nigeria, as an indicator of corruption, should make all members of PDP (both former and present) and their collaborators in other parties guilty, hence qualifying them for naming and shaming, while being liable for criminal prosecution.

Therefore, Buhari’s list of looters is devoid of integrity, because his selective war on corruption is indicative of corruption in itself. All that is required of a former PDP looter is to get baptised into APC and profess Buhari as the saviour of Nigeria. This is precisely responsible for the failure and ineffectiveness of the war on corruption. Nothing has changed as the current APC looters continue to loot Nigeria, while the redeemed former PDP looters continue to enjoy their loot in hibernation under the abundant grace of the infallible Buhari.

• Dahiru is based in Abuja 

Continue Reading

Trending

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: