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he splinter new Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday threatened to storm the Wadata House headquarters of the party in Abuja on Monday to ensure the swearing-in of the former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as the National Secretary of the PDP. This followed the Court of Appeal verdict reversing his removal. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2>>

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2013 National Youth Service Corps Batch “C” members to Bauchi and Yobe states saluting during the swearing-in ceremony at their orientation camp in Wailo, Bauchi State, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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L-R: Former Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Supo Sasore (SAN); Conference Co-Chair, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode; Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, and President, Nigeria Bar Association, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), during the opening of the International Bar Association’s conference in Lagos, yesterday.

person in charge is my son, I will tell him to release the bodies, we only have to prepare the bodies for collection,” she said. Mr. Hassan Usman, a friend of the late cabin crew member, lamented that the delay in the release of the bodies would put many burial arrangements on hold. He added that with the development, the family might have to pay extra charges for the ambulance drivers if they did not get the bodies as scheduled. “We have been waiting since 8 a.m., we were told to wait that they would give us Felix’s remains. Our plan is to take the corpse to Ekiti State for burial. But see now, we have the ambulance to convey him but they are yet to release the corpse to us,” Usman said. Another relative who was said to be Felix’s uncle was seen pleading with the ambulance driver on the payment of extra charges demanded by the driver. He said:”We were told to allow them prepare the bodies of the victims before they release them to us so that they will not smell. You know it is over one month and don’t forget that the charred bodies are already burnt beyond

recognition.” The State Chief Pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, confirmed the release of the DNA results, but added that he could not comment further because he was in a court premises. It will be recalled that the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, while briefing journalists shortly after visiting the survivors at the surgical emergency ward of LASUTH, said the state government had 13 charred bodies and seven survivors in its custody. As at the time of filing this report, efforts to get Obafunwa was unsuccessful as he did not pick his calls. But the Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, denied the release of the results of the DNA tests, saying they would be ready by weekend. “From the information available to me, the DNA test results will be ready by the weekend and that is when the relatives can come for the bodies. “If there is any family who brings ambulance to the morgue, such family might have done so in anticipation of the release,” Ahmed said.

“This is just one of the anomalies we have been complaining of that came about due to lack of internal democracy in our party occasioned by the undemocratic elements that hijacked the structure of our party and we are relying so much on the judiciary to help us in addressing other anomalies that gave rise to our present struggle and restore hope back to our party. “With this judgement, we hope that very soon our other court cases asking for the dissolution of the Tukur-led NWC would be given the same serious attention to enable us formally take over the reins of our party and restore it to the path of honour, justice and democratic norms which have been bastardized.” Describing Oyinlola as “a cat with nine lives”, Eze stressed that his splinter group and the former Osun State governor

are “determined to do the great work of rebuilding our great party. “The sacking of the entire illegal NWC is, however, necessary so as to create room for the replacement of the current membership with patriotic party leaders who would join Prince Oyinlola in rebuilding the party, which has suffered so much in the hands of Tukur and his co-travellers.” They said that Prof. Wale Oladipo, who is currently occupying the seat, had by the judgement “achieved an unenviable record as the shortest reigning PDP national secretary since the formation of the party. “He should find something better to do and leave politics to politicians and return to the academic world to do what he knows best.” The new PDP added that Kwom had no business studying a judge-

ment which was very clear to a layman and set in motion the machinery for the immediate swearing-in of Prince Oyinlola. “The national legal adviser who saw to Prof. Wale Oladipo swearing-in within 24 hours after his own court victory should apply the same treatment to the authentic national secretary of PDP and stop portraying our party as a lawless party by attempting to delay his swearingin in obedience to a court ruling aimed at repositioning our party,” Eze said. In a text message to National Mirror, Oyinlola said: ‘’I give glory to God that my stand that I was unjustly removed has been vindicated by the Appeal Court. The position of the law and the Constitution of the PDP on this matter is very clear. “I don’t want to preempt anybody but you CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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lmost 36 days after the Associated Airlines crash in Lagos, the state government yesterday released bodies of the unidentifiable victims of the crash. The Embraer 120 aircraft with registration number SCD 361 was conveying the remains of former Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, to Akure, for burial when it crashed a minute after take-off from the local wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Thirteen of the passen-

gers were burnt beyond recognition while seven of them, including the son of the late governor, Feyi Agagu, who were critically injured were rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and Air Force Base Hospital, Ikeja, and the Lagos Trauma and Burn Centre, Gbagada. But the results of DNA tests on 12 of the 13 bodies were released to their relatives who had besieged the Lekan Ogunsola Memorial House, the private morgue within LASUTH, where the bodies of the victims were kept, as early as 8a.m. When National Mirror visited the morgue yesterday, victims’ relatives who

wore mournful faces were worried over the delay in the release of the bodies, even after their identities had been ascertained. They were told to fill a form indicating their desire to receive the bodies. Although the morgue’s management was not ready to speak to journalists on the results, a source, who did not want his name mentioned, told National Mirror that all the victims’ relatives had been contacted. Some of the relatives also lamented that the management of the morgue ought to release the corpses to them to enable them accord them a

befitting burial, having waited for over one month. Addressing some of the aggrieved relatives who had come to claim the body of Mr. Felix Fatoye, the cabin attendant of the ill-fated aircraft, the Operator and Manager of Taiwo Ogunsola Service, TOS, Mrs. Taiwo Ogunshola, confirmed that 12 of the 13 bodies DNA results were ready, but stressed that the management was still working on the bodies to ensure proper handover to the families. “You can come back in the next three hours, they will release your relatives’ bodies to you, I can assure you. You can call me, the

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The Abubakar Barajeled PDP also said that the judgement was a sign that the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and others illegally occupying posts in the National Working Committee, NWC, would soon lose their positions. Oyinlola had told the court that his removal was unjust and that the Appeal Court’s judgement reinstatement had vindicated him. He called on the leadership of the party to comply with the judgement by reinstating him immediately. The atmosphere at the PDP national headquarters yesterday was charged as many workers were celebrating the victory of Oyinlola. Sources told National Mirror that most of the workers were celebrating over the return of the exgovernor who they said

showed concern about their welfare and had increased their salaries after several years of neglect by successive leadership. Tukur, however, could not respond to the judgement and the planned threat reinstatement as he was said to be outside the country. But the National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwom, told journalists in Abuja that the party was still studying the judgement. Spokesperson to the new PDP, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, however, said: “We received this historical judgement delivered on Wednesday by the Appeal Court, Abuja, through Justice Joseph Tor with great joy and gratitude. “We thank some of Tukur’s National Working Committee, NWC, members and most of the staff of PDP in the Wadata Plaza who have called to con-

gratulate Prince Oyinlola and want him to be sworn in. “However, as we have already told them privately, that would not be possible as Prince Oyinlola is presently not in Abuja. Monday, November 11, 2013 is okay as the swearing-in date and we are preparing to storm the PDP National Secretariat to claim what rightfully belongs to us. “This judgement has once again reinforced our belief in the judiciary as the bastion of our democracy and the last hope of the common man. “We once again commend and congratulate the judiciary for taking a firm stand for the truth in the face of the plot by some unpatriotic elements to cause confusion in the PDP with a view to destroying this great institution which some of us have laboured for many years to build.


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L –R: Commercial Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kachi Onubogu; Assistant Brand Managers, Mr. Ubi Torsam-Ubi; Mr. Nwalie Uche and Mr. Onuoha Kingsley, at the 2013 Advertisers Association of Nigeria Marketing Excellence Awards in Lagos, recently

L-R: Managing Director/CEO Access Bank and Chairman, Financial Markets Dealers Quotations (FMDQ) OTC Plc; Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms Arunma Oteh; Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; MD/CEO, FMDQ OTC, Bola Onadele Koko and DG, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr.Oscar Onyema, at the launch of the FMDQ OTC Plc in Lagos, yesterday.

L-R: Relationship Manager, Zenith Bank, Mr. Tochukwu Okpala; General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN, Mr. Kola Oyeyemi and Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, Plc, Mr. Adebisi Shonubi, at the launch of MTN Auto Top-Up in Lagos, yesterday.

L-R: Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi; Commissioner, NERC, Mr. Eyo Ekpo and Executive Director, Market Operations, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Mr. Jan Bagnal, during a consultation workshop on the amendments of the Market Rules for the Transitional and Medium Term Stages of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry in Abuja, yesterday.

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Senate approves emergency rule extension in three states GEORGE OJI ABUJA

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he Senate yesterday approved the request by President Goodluck Jonathan for the extension of the emergency rule in the three northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa for another six months. The approval was, however, not without opposition. National Mirror gathered that during the consideration of the request, which took place at a closed-door session, some senators from the North had prepared to oppose it. But sources said that the Presidency got wind of the alleged plot to oppose the extension and quickly send a copy of security report by the joint military operations in the affected states to the National Assembly to justify its request. Immediately after the executive session began, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, read the report which

contained the gory state of continuing insecurity in the affected states. After the report was read, it became clear for the senators warming up to oppose the request that they would lose the sympathy of their colleagues should they push ahead with their initial plan. It was further gathered that as last resort, the senators then pushed for the summoning of the service chiefs to substantiate the contents of their report.

It was, however, resolved by the senate to invite the service chiefs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to appear before it to confirm the impacts of the state of emergency on the three states. Also yesterday, the senate deferred the appearance of the embattled Aviation Minister Ms. Stella Oduah before it till next week Thursday. Oduah was scheduled to appear before the senate yesterday to provide

clarifications on the state of the nation’s aviation sector. The summons to the minister was consequent upon the crash of the Associated Airline plane last month, which killed over 16 passengers and crew. The deferment of the minister’s appearance followed request by the Senate President, David Mark, who said he would like to preside over the summons, but for his departure to the United

Arab Emirate, where he led the Federal Government’s delegation to cheer the Flying Eagles to victory during their final cup tournament in the FIFA under 17 finals with Mexico. The summons on the minister and her chief executive officers on October 9 followed the adoption of the resolution proposed by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (Cross River Central) after the debate on the

motion entitled: “Crash of the Associated Airlines Airplane.” Rising under Section 67 of the 1999 Constitution, Ndoma-Egba noted that the sheer number of accidents in the country was deserving of declaring a state of emergency in the aviation sector and that the time had come for the senate to summon the minister and her chief executive officers to appear before the senate to give account of her ministry.

Soldiers raid Boko Haram hideouts, recover arms in Borno INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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ilitary authorities in Borno State yesterday said they had raided Boko Haram camps in four different locations in Bama Local Government Area of the state and recover cache arms. Commander of the 202 Tank Battalion, Bama, Lt. Col. Adamu Garba Laka ,and the spokesman of the 7 Division of the

Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Mohammed Dole, took journalists round the Bama town and said that the four hideouts that were raided in the last three days were located in Kilani, Bulakadi, Izad and Bulla Musa villages. Though Laka was silent on the number of insurgents killed during the operations, he said items recovered include rocket launchers, Ak47 rifles, dane guns, improvised explosives, maga-

zines and ammunitions, power generators, military boots among others. He recalled that three weeks ago, military men aborted what could have been “a big tragedy in Bama” when they intercepted a bomb-laden car which was being manipulated through the bush in an attempt to get into the town. Laka said: “One of our men at a checkpoint used a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and tar-

geted the car which was fully loaded with bombs. It exploded instantly, killed the occupants and destroyed some nearby walls.” Contrary to some report about purported attack in Bama some days ago, Laka said the only attack took place in Gulumba village along the Nigerian border with Cameroon. “Bama town has been witnessing relative peace since the killing of Mo-

modu Bama, the second in command of the Boko Haram. The people are cooperating with us in our fight against the insurgents and normal life is picking up. “We are now taking the war to the terrorists in their hideouts and we are succeeding. We hope with the additional equipment given to us, we should be able to make Boko Haram a thing of the past in the nearest future, by the grace of God,” Laka said.


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oil producing regions. In a new report published yesterday, AI and CEHRD said they had uncovered cases where Shell deliberately provided wrong information on the “causes of oil spills, the volume of oil spill, or the extent and adequacy of clean up measures.” Shell has, however, disputed the findings. The report stated that Shell had claimed that most of the oil spills in the Niger Delta was due to oil theft and sabotage of its pipelines but evidence had shown the contrary with most spills due to corroded pipelines and equipment failure.

It added that there had been over 600 oil spills in the Niger Delta between January and September 2013 and more than 2,500 between 2008 and 2012. “Of the ones in 2013, 471 were from Agip and approximately 140 from Shell. Of those that took place in the period 20082012, between 788 and 1,000 were from Shell facilities; 1,690 from Agip and a small number from other operators,” the reported added. The report accused Shell of manipulating oil spill investigations in Nigeria with the company’s claims on oil pollution in the region “deeply suspect and often untrue.”

“Shell is being disingenuous about the devastation caused by its Niger Delta operations. This new evidence shows that Shell’s claims about the oil spills cannot be trusted,” said Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Issues at AI. It maintained that new analysis from an independent expert found that the so-called official investigation reports into the cause of oil spills in the Niger Delta could be “very subjective, misleading and downright false.” The report highlights systemic weaknesses in the way the cause of a spill and the volume are determined - with some

significant errors in the volumes that are recorded as spilt. It stated that the consequences for the affected communities were devastating and could result in them receiving little or no compensation. The oil companies do not have to back up the claims with full and independent evidence. The evidence that does exist remains firmly under their control. “Shell looks to blame others based on investigation reports that, in some cases, amount to nothing more than dodgy dossiers,” said Styvn Obodoekwe, Director of Programmes at CEHRD.

L-R: Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang; Chairman, Dee-Medical Centre, Elder Bulus Dareng and former Minister of Defence, Lt.Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, during the inauguration of Dee-Medical Dialysis Centre in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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would remember that the PDP immediately complied with the judgement of Hon. Justice Kafarati which removed me from office, claiming to be a law abiding organisation. “I don’t know if there will be a variance of stand now that the appellate court has ruled in favour of Oyinlola that the Kafarati judgement was unfair and must not be allowed to stand. Let’s leave other issues for consideration as events unfold.” The Chairman of the PDP Stakeholders Forum, Chief Ugochinyere Ikenga, said: “You know the judgement that reinstated Oyinlola has a grave implication on the issue of control of the soul of PDP as the provisions of Section 36 of the PDP constitution gives administrative control of the party

to the secretary. “Section 36 says the secretary is the chief administrative officer and accounting officer of the party, issues all notices for NWC, NEC, caucus and national convention meetings. He is also in charge of all correspondence and staff issues and he is the custodian of the common seal of PDP and many other powers. “So without Oyinlola, no NWC or NEC, neither will administrative work legally proceed unless they get stay of execution.” Meanwhile, the Ogun State chapter of the party yesterday approached the Supreme Court with a request to nullify the verdict. The party argued that the Court of Appeal failed in its judgement to realise that it lacked the jurisdiction to invalidate/nullify

the order made by Justice Abdul Kafarati in suit no. FHC/L/CS/282/2012 “when there was no appeal against that order before it.” The appellant argued that in reaching its decision, the court went on a voyage of discovery because there was no appeal or valid complaint against that order before it in the appeal. The party is consequently inviting the Supreme Court to sustain Oyinlola’s sack and stay execution of the Court of Appeal judgement pending the determination of the appeal before it. In the notice of appeal filed yesterday, the party raised four grounds of appeal. It argued that the appellate court erred in law when it overturned and set aside the January 11 judgement of the Federal

High Court, Abuja. In the appeal filed on behalf of the party by Adebayo Dayo and Semiu Sodipo (state Chairman and Secretary), the appellant argued that the Court of Appeal argued that Kafarati’s order was made within the disciplinary jurisdiction of the court to restore its ability to deal with the substantive issues raised in the case. It stated that the order was also meant as a punishment for breach of its interlocutory order by respondents in the case, and in that context was a final order in respect of which Oyinlola could have appealed as an interested party (even though not a party to the action) since the order tangentially affected his interests as a nominee of the invalid South-West congress that was nullified by that order.

At AI and CEHRD’s request, the independent US oil pipeline specialist, Accufacts, assessed a number of oil spill investigation reports as well as responses from oil companies operating in the Niger Delta and Nigeria’s national oil spill agency. The report stated that experts found cases where the stated cause of an oil spill appears to be wrongly attributed to sabotage. In many other cases, sabotage was listed as the cause when there was little or no data recorded to back up the claim. It stated that Accufacts concluded that many official investigation reports were “technically incomplete”, and others “appear to be serving another agenda, more driven by politics…than pipeline forensic science.” The report stated that Nigeria’s under-resourced regulatory agencies had little oversight or control of the process and they were dependent on the oil companies to carry out investigations. It noted that in one incident, a regulator sent a student on work experience as their sole representative to an oil spill investigation. “This is a system that is wide open to abuse – and abuse happens. There is no one to challenge the oil companies and almost no way to independently verify what they say. In effect, it’s ‘trust us – we’re big oil,” said Gaughran. The report, however, added that Shell had made some improvements to its investigation reports since 2011, including the addition of images of oil spills on its corporate website. But serious flaws remain, including weaknesses in the underlying evidence used to attribute spills to sabotage. AI and CEHRD said they found evidence of Shell having changed the officially recorded cause of a spill after an investigation had taken place. “In one incident, secretly filmed video of an investigation shows how officials from Shell and the regulator tried to subvert the evidence by persuading community members on the investigation team not to attribute the cause to equipment failure.”

It stated that video footage of a leak from an oil spill in Bodo from 2008 reviewed by Accufacts showed that Shell seriously under-recorded the volume spilt. “Shell’s official investigation report claims only 1,640 barrels of oil were spilt in total but other evidence points to the amount being at least 60 times higher,” the report said. AI noted that hundreds of oil spills occur in Nigeria every year, causing significant harm to the environment, destroying livelihoods and placing human health at serious risk. The report stated that these spills were caused by corrosion, poor maintenance of oil infrastructure and equipment failure as well as sabotage and theft of oil. It maintained that Shell had repeatedly claimed to its investors, customers and the media that sabotage and theft were behind the vast majority of spills. But the facts do not support this assertion. “Instead of being in the dock when there is an oil spill in Nigeria, Shell gets to act as judge and jury. It is the communities that suffer a life sentence, with their land and livelihoods destroyed by the pollution,” said Gaughran. “Shell and other oil companies refer to sabotage and theft in the Niger Delta as if it absolved them of responsibility. The Niger Delta is the only place in the world where companies brazenly admit to massive oil pollution from their operations and claim it is not their fault.” Shell, however, rejected the claims in the report. A statement by the company’s spokesman, Mr. Precious Okolobo, said: “Shell firmly rejects unsubstantiated assertions that they have exaggerated the impact of crude-oil theft and sabotage to distract attention from operational performance. “We seek to bring greater transparency and independent oversight to the issue of oil spills, and will continue to find ways to enhance this.”


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National Dialogue, plot to cover Jonathan’s failure –Buhari •I’ll soon join APC, says Kwankwaso OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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ormer Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has described the proposed national conference as a joker by the Federal Government to confuse Nigerians and cover its failures. The All Progressives Congress, APC, leader noted that the only panacea to stop election rigging in Nigeria was for the opposition parties to come together. He said: “Once we come

together we will be strong enough to prevent election rigging. Otherwise we will be picked off piecemeal.” Buhari spoke yesterday at the special dinner organised by the Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, held at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The event, which stretched into late in the night, was attended by all the progressives’ governors. However, the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, was absent at the dinner. This is as Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa

Kwankwaso, said his parley with APC was an indication that he was already on his way to the party. Buhari explained that though there was nothing wrong in calling for a conference to discuss a problem, the issue was whether the conference had been conceived in good faith or not. According to him, APC does not believe in the conference. He said: “Amidst this ineptitude and general confusion, the government has thrown in a joker.

“Now there is nothing basically wrong in sitting down and talking about your problems. The snag is whether the conference has been conceived in good faith or not. “We in APC think not. We suspect it is an attempt to muddle the waters, to befuddle the issues and to mask the failures of a clueless government.” The former presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, added that elections since 2003 had been massively rigged. He said: “One example should suffice. In 2007,

presidential elections were conducted on plain sheets of paper, violating a fundamental requirement of the Electoral Act, 2006. “At the national collation venue after 11 states and Abuja results were sent, Prof. Maurice Iwu left the venue and announced the ‘result’. No wonder three Supreme Court judges found that this was too much and ruled that the election be cancelled.” Meanwhile, Kwankwaso said he was happy to be associated with APC. “We are still consulting concerning the invitation sent

to us by the party to defect. “In fact, our coming here shows that we are on our way to APC. But as soon as we are done with the consultation, we would let the world know,” Kwankwaso said through his Special Adviser on Sports, Ahmed Gara. In a remark, former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described the seven aggrieved governors from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as beautiful brides, saying other progressives should join hands to prevent rigging of 2015 elections.

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L-R: Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar; Vice-President, Namadi Sambo; IG’s wife, Zara and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro, at the inauguration of Inspector Sunday Badang Police Estate in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Reps disagree over President’s budget presentation TORDUE SALEM ABUJA

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resident Goodluck Jonathan’s letter signifying his intention to present the 2014 budget next Tuesday caused a row in the House of Representatives yesterday. Hon. Aliyu Madaki (PDPKano) had raised a motion under “Personal Explanation” to oppose the intention of the President to come with a fresh budget when he was yet to present the Medium Term Expenditure Frame Work, MTEF, of the government. Madaki also said that the 2013 budget must perform to at least 80 per cent before a new budget estimate could be received from the President. Lawmakers, who took sides with the motion, said the 2013 budget performance was not impressive, therefore, presentation of the 2014 budget proposal be post-

poned till a reasonable implementation was recorded. The Deputy House Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, had earlier moved a motion to admit the President and his entourage in a joint sitting with the Senate on November 12 to present the 2014 budget proposal when Madaki moved a counter-motion. After Hon. Mohammed Ibrahim Idris (PDP-Kogi) had seconded the motion, Madaki argued that the House should not receive the 2014 proposal until an appreciable state of implementation was attained. He said the 2014-2016 MTEF earlier submitted by the President had not been considered and approved, urging the lawmakers to postpone the presentation of the budget till further notice. Madaki’s submission was supported by Hon. Ben Nwankwo (APGA-Anambra), who argued that his motion seeking to review

implementation of the 2013 budget two days earlier was stood down pending the outcome of the House completion of oversight on the extent of implementation therefore, the budget presentation should also be put off. Hon. Friday Itulah (PDPEdo) also explained that since 81 of the 1999 constitu-

tion (as amended) provided that the President could lay the budget anytime within the financial year, the presentation be suspended. This opened a flurry of opposition as Hon. Raphael Nnanna (PDP-Imo) kicked against the motion, saying the presentation should not be stopped.

any parts of the country have experienced blackout because of lack of gas supply to Afam VI power plant, poor state of other power plants and inadequate technical personnel to carry out basic maintenance in different companies. Investigation showed that these and other issues have impacted negatively on electricity supply despite the recent handover of Electricity Generation Companies, GENCOs and Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, to the private investors. For instance, as a result of the shut of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC’s Afam VI plant, power supply has dropped by about 400 megawatts. A senior official of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, who craved anonymity, said: “The power plant has to be shut so that the scheduled maintenance work on Okoloma gas

plant supplying gas to Afam VI Power plant can start. “We learnt that a team of engineers has been deployed and that the rehabilitation expected to be completed this weekend is in progress.” The daily authoritative government report showed that the operations of other stations such as Egbin, Kainji, Shiroro, and Sapele were constrained by many problems because of some challenges, including water leakage and malfunctioning of essential components which have not yet been rehabilitated. The President of National Union of Electricity Employers, NUEE, Mr. Mansur Musa, who has been following events, said in a telephone interview that the sector presently lacked sufficient technical personnel to carry out maintenance. He said: “The Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, sacked about 60 per cent of them before the handover of the GENCOs and DISCOs to the private investors.

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he Federal Government yesterday cleared the air on its bid to reintroduce tolling system into the management of the Nigerian roads. Speaking at the Federal Roads and Bridges Tolling Policy Consultative Forum in Abuja, the Minister of State for Works, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, said the new policy had been re-designed to bring additional

funding into the road sector. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in 2004 ordered the dismantling of tool gates across the country, citing loss of revenue to government and poor maintenance of the tolled roads. But Yuguda said the re-introduction of the tolling policy would open up the road sector to both local and international investors thereby increasing the funding option available for road maintenance. Explaining the module operandi of the new policy, the

minister said it would be run on a Public Private Partnership, PPP, basis unlike in the past where it was run through a public service method with all its trappings of inadequacies and mismanagement. He said the fact that over 90 per cent of economic and social activities were run on the Nigerian roads put so much pressure on them, adding that as such so much funds were needed to maintain the roads to keep them in motorable condition. Yuguda, however,

promised that only specific roads, which had been identified by the Federal Government, would be toll. He said: “The road transport accounts for over 90 per cent of the movement of goods and services in the country. This will have heavy toll on the roads and that calls for regular maintenance. “In 1983, from our records, the registered vehicles in Nigeria using the road were 150,000, but by 2012 we have had over nine million on the road.


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FG to integrate technology into schools’ curricula EMMANUEL ONANI ABUJA

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L-R: Special Adviser to Ekiti State Governor on Infrastructure, Mr. Kayode Jegede; member, Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi; Executive Vice-Chairman (NCC), Eugene Juwah; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Communications, Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, during a courtesy visit to the NCC boss in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

N5.6bn scam: Court remands ex-Oyo HoS, 11 others

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n Oyo State high court yesterday ordered the remand in prison of a former Head of Service (HoS) in the state, Alhaja Kudirat Adeleke, over an alleged N5.6 billion fraud. Also remanded were 11 others allegedly linked with the fraud at the Oyo State Local Government Staff Pensions’ Board. Those remanded are Muili Hakeem, Iyabo

Giwa, Adesina Jimoh, Oguntayo Banji, Adebisi Musenbiq and Muili Adedaramola. The others are Johnson Bosede, Adetuntan Johnson, Kareem Rasheed, Olujimi Adebayo and Adewale Kehinde. Justice Bolaji Yusuf remanded the defendants after refusing the application of the defendants’ lead counsel, Toba Olayiwola, to remand them in the custody of the Economic and Finan-

Reps to override Jonathan’s veto on 36 bills TORDUE SALEM ABUJA

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motion to override President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto on 36 bills was adopted and referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, yesterday. The motion was sponsored by Hon. Yakubu Dogara (PDP-Bauchi). The piece of legislation is entitled: “Urgent Need for both Houses of the National Assembly to Activate their Constitutional Powers under Section 58 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution in Relation to Bills Over which the President has failed to Exercise his Constitutional Responsibilities and Powers under Section 58 (l) (4) of the Constitution.” While presenting his motion, Dogara noted; “That the fact that the con-

stitution is supreme and its provisions have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” He noted further that; “Section 58 (1) (4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) requires that all bills passed by the two Houses of the National Assembly be transmitted to the President for assent.” He, however, regretted that over 30 bills sent to the President since the sixth Assembly were yet to be assented to. He said he was aware “pursuant to the said S.58 (1) (4) of the constitution, a total of 36 bills have been transmitted to the President for assent which are still pending or left to stagnate in his office without exercising his constitutional powers.”

cial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The prosecutor, Gbolahan Lanatan, had told the court that the defendants were arraigned on a 213-count charge that included conspiracy, stealing, fraud and forgery. Lanantan said the defendants conspired to obtain N5.6 billion from three banks - FCMB, Stanbic and Zenith - by false representation, using the names of pen-

sioners. The prosecutor said that the incident happened between September 2010 and March 2011. He said the offences contravened sections 516, 390 (9) and 417 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State, 2000. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Yusuf adjourned the case to November 14 for hearing on the bail application.

he Federal Government has concluded plans to introduce technology education into curricula of schools at all levels. This disclosure was made by the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, while speaking on the progress made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (Goal Two), at the 37th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to Wike, quoted the minister as emphasising that; “The infusion of technology in the nation’s curriculum is a process that has already commenced,” adding that total integration will be attained in the next few years. According to Wike: “This is in recognition of the required skill set for the world of information technology and the paradigm shift in instructional delivery, where the teacher is no longer the repository of knowledge, but a facilitator of outcomes.

Jonathan appoints new Director-General for NIA ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Ambassador Ayo Oke as the new DirectorGeneral of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Oke, who hails from Oyo State takes over from the outgoing DirectorGeneral of the Agency, Ambassador Ezekiel Olaniyi Oladeji, whose tenure has elapsed. A statement issued yesterday by Special Adviser to the President on Media

and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Oke is a career diplomat who was formerly at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Until his appointment as Director-General, he was the Director (Regions) at the Headquarters of the NIA. Similarly, the President has also approved the appointments of Mr. E. O. Okafor, who hails from Anambra State as Deputy Director-General (Operations) and Mr. Arap A. Yadam from Plateau State as Deputy Director-General (Administration) of the NIA.


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NDPHC commissions seven projects in Lagos UDEME AKPAN

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he Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), the owner of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), yesterday commissioned seven sub-stations in Lagos. NDPHC Managing Director, Mr. James Olotu,

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said the newly commissioned 1/15 Mega Volte Ambient (MVA) transformers in seven locations of Lagos State would contribute about 128 mega watts to the national grid. Oloto said that the company is working assiduously to boost electricity generation and supply in the country.

He said about 3,000 customers would benefit effective power supply from each of the seven newly transformers. Oloto said the completion of the projects was in line with commitment by NDPHC to commission many projects before the end of the year. He said: “About a thou-

sand of NIPP projects have been penciled down for completion by December. “The newly handed over NIPP project of 330/132/33 MVA transmission station has about 7/15 MVA transformers to improve power to Lagos and its environs.” The managing director said the ongoing commis-

sioning of the sub-stations was part of President Goodluck Jonathan’s plans to ensure effective power supply in the country. He said the company is committed towards ensuring projects completion thereby strengthening transmission and distribution. Oloto said: “We have commissioned about seven projects which contribute about 128 mega watts to Lagos customers, while we plan to do more before end of the year.’’ Olotu said that some of the contractors who failed to deliver their projects before the stipulated period would not be considered for another contact in future by NDPHC. Speaking on the privatisation of the 10 Nigerian

Independent Power Projects (NIPP), Olotu said that bid for the projects would begin on Monday. He said: “We will close the bids from transaction, while we commence evaluation by a committee which comprises technicians, engineers, lawyers, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the State Security Service (SSS), while the Ministry of Power and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) will supervise the process. “Other parties involved in the evaluation includes World Bank , international communities, which will only take for two weeks before reporting back to the board of NERC.’’

Ekiti police won’t tolerate extra-judicial killing –CP ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

L-R: United States Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr. Jeffery Hawkins; Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola; his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori and Hawkins’ mother, Susan, during a visit to the governor in Osogbo, yesterday.

We ’ve lost N18bn to NCAA’s suspension –Dana Air OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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he Dana Air yesterday said that it had lost about N18 billion following the suspension of its operations by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The airline said that it lost an accumulative N14 billion to its grounding in 2012 while it also lost about N4 billion to the same suspension in 2013. It will be recalled that Dana Air operations were suspended on June 4, 2012, 24 hours after a crash in which 153 lives were lost onboard.

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he Coalition of Oodua Self-determination Groups (COSEG) has urged Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi and a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele,

The airline’s Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) was, however, restored to it by NCAA on January 4, 2013. Barely three months later, the Ministry of Aviation temporarily suspended the airline’s operations for a few days before it was restored again. Also on October 6, 2013 NCAA directed the management of the airline to immediately suspend its flight operations to allow for an “operational audit,” which it said would be carried out immediately. A statement issued yesterday by the airline’s spokesman, Mr. Tony Usidamen, claimed that

NCAA was yet to commence the audit despite promising to do so immediately after the grounding of its operations. Usidamen stressed that despite the indefinite suspension of the airline, there had not been any clear direction from the regulator as to how the audit process would proceed, adding that the airline directed its Nigerian and expatriate workers to proceed on compulsory leave without pay, with a promise to recall them as soon as the audit is completed. The statement reads in part: “It is now over 30 days since the NCAA directive

was issued and the airline is open and ready for the audit. It is worrisome that there is still no clear indication when the external auditors would commence the audit. The sincerity of NCAA’s planned audit of the airline is now very much in doubt. “The continuous grounding of Dana Air is causing untold hardship to the hitherto gainfullyemployed staff of the airline, and with NCAA’s inaction regarding the audit, there appears to be no relief in sight to the sufferings of the airline’s staff and their numerous dependants.

Group to Fayemi, Bamidele: No to violence not to plunge the state into violence in the build-up to the 2014 election. In a statement signed by its chairman, Dayo Ogunlana and secretary, Razaq Olokoba, COSEG asked them to shun acts that could cause irreparable damage to the polity and the socio-economic

life of the people. While urging the duo to seek amicable ways of resolving their differences, COSEG wondered “why the two brothers from the same party, who have paid their dues in the struggle of the Yoruba people and Nigerians for democracy, could turn arch enemies

overnight.” The group, therefore, asked them not to allow their political rivalry degenerate into the type of scenario witnessed in 1983 between Chief Adekunle Ajasin and Chief Akin Omoboriowo which led to the killing, maiming and destruction of lives property.

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kiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sotonye Wakama, said yesterday that the command had foiled many attempts of extrajudicial killings. Wakama said the command had prevented people from taking the law into their hands when provoked. The police spokesman, Mr. Victor Babayemi, who spoke on behalf of the commissioner in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, cited among others, an incident in Ifaki-Ekiti where four robbery suspects - Ilesanmi Oluwadare, Seun Agboola, Akintunde Faleye and Gbenga Faleye, were arrested by members of a local vigilance group and were being subjected to trial by ordeal. He said: “When police got wind of the situation, the traditional ruler was warned of the consequences. Police detectives investigated the robbery allegation against them and they are now being prosecuted in court. Though two of them were ex-convicts.” Wakama said the consistent raiding of some notorious spots in AdoEkiti and its environs should not be misinter-

preted as brutality and abuse of human rights, saying “raiding is a universally acceptable crime prevention method.” Stressing that such move was targeted at reducing crime rate in the state, the police boss said those arrested during raids were not being subjected to torture nor unduly incarcerated. According to him, many criminals have been arrested on account of raids and many crimes had also been prevented. Wakama added that the command would step up stop and search operations in preparation for the forthcoming Christmas season. According to him, many suspected gun runners, including one Simon Oluchi and nine others had been arrested through such move in the past. The police boss said: “The command prides itself of having professional, highly disciplined and humane officers and men who treat members of the public with respect and courtesy. “Besides, the personnel of the command are mindful of the sanctity of human lives and that is why there is no single case of extra-judicial killing in the state. These facts can be verified at the Ministry of Justice.”


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Criminal charges: Court adjourns Daniel’s trial till Feb 2014 FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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n Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo area of Abeokuta yesterday adjourned till February 6, 2014 for continuation of trial in the criminal charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against the former Governor Gbenga Daniel.

Daniel, who is standing trial on a 38-count charge bordering on stealing, fraudulent conversion of land as well as diversion of public fund when he was governor, had appealed against the judgement of the court which turned down his prayer to quash counts one to 13 of the criminal charges. Delivering judgement on Daniel’s application

which sought to quash the 13 charges, Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje had upheld that an administrative panel of inquiry which had no power to sentence was different from a court process. But dissatisfied, Daniel instituted an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan against Mabekoje’s ruling which dismissed his plea to quash the 13 counts.

I’m competent to head CRIN –Executive Director SINA FADARE

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he Executive Director of Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, CRIN, Prof. Malachy Akoroda, has debunked the allegation that he was not competent to head the institute as being alleged by some union leaders. His Personal Assistant on Media, Olubunmi Simon Olukotun, said in a statement that it amounted to playing to the gallery for anyone, no matter how jaundiced, to cast aspersions on Akoroda’s competence and qualifications as CRIN executive director.

The executive director’s aide said Akoroda was a seasoned agronomist was highly qualified for the position, adding that “he is a tested administrator and a professional to the core”. He said: “The appointment of a director of research in the institute has followed all laid down rules of the 2008 Act and met the civil service procedure for such an appointment. “It is routine that once a person has attained the rank of a director he/she can be moved to serve in that capacity as the circumstances dictate.” Olukotun regretted

that some people parading themselves as union leaders in the institute were only crying wolves where there was none. He said: “We challenge anyone with evidence to the contrary to come out to the open rather than employing crude tactics and making unsubstantiated remarks. “The conveners of the controversial press conference may have other agenda in view outside public interest. We therefore call on all staff of the institute to disregard the threat for indefinite strike and go about their normal lawful duties.

When the matter came up for hearing yesterday, Daniel’s counsel, Mrs. Titilola Akinlawon, informed the court that the appeal had been argued at the appellate court and judgement had been reserved. Akinlawon, who explained that judgement was expected to be deliv-

ary 6, 2014 for the continuation of trial. He said: “This case is hereby adjourned till February 6, 2014 for continuation of trial to enable the Court of Appeal deliver its judgement over an appeal of the ruling of this court delivered on January 8, 2013.’’

ered within three months from the date of the argument of the appeal thereafter, sought adjournment on a date exceeding January 28, 2014, when judgement ought to have been delivered in respect of the 13 counts. Mabekoje thereafter adjourned the case till Febru-

Assembly restates support for Amosun’s transformation policies FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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gun State House of Assembly yesterday said it would continue to partner Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration in its efforts to transform education. The Speaker, Hon. Suraju Adekunbi, gave the assurance in his goodwill message delivered at the inauguration of the constituency projects and graduation of 160 students of Information Communication Technology, ICT, held at Itori in Ewekoro Local Government Area. Adekunbi, who assured the people of Ewekoro

chines, sewing machines and refrigerators, among others, were distributed to beneficiaries to support their economic lives and raise their standard of living. The Speaker said the empowerment programme was done according to the assessment needs of the people of Ewekoro which necessitated the construction of the modern boreholes as well as the construction of a block of three classrooms equipped with modern facilities. In her remarks, Mrs. Amosun charged other political office holders to join hands with the state government to raise the standard of living of the people.

council of adequate legislation that would bring about eradication of poverty at the grassroots level, also commended the Majority Leader, Hon. Israel Jolaoso, for initiating the empowerment project for his constituents. Meanwhile, no fewer than 600 families benefited from the constituency family economic empowerment project which also had in attendance, wife of the governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela, as well as traditional rulers. Equipment ranging from motorcycles, deep freezers, hair dryers, grinding ma-

Fashola, NBA president court foreign investors K AYODE KETEFE

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oreign investors have been advised to make Nigeria the destination of their choice on accounts of growing profile of the country as a strong emerging modern economy. Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, President, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), made the call yesterday at the International Bar Association’s Lagos Conference 2013 held in Lagos. The conference with the theme: “Mergers, acquisition and inward investment in Africa,” attracted dignitaries of legal profession both in Nigeria and from abroad. In his speech, Fashola said Lagos, as the economic hub of West Africa, was well positioned to welcome foreign investors on accounts of her economic dynamism, infrastructure and proven sustainable growth posted over the years. According to him, the city boasts of economic diversity with over 10,000

thriving commercial ventures, and the city has far more capacity for entrepreneurial activities. He said: “As the fastest growing economy in subSaharan Africa, Nigeria is therefore a key player in the African economy, having also been identified as one of the ‘Next 11’ – 11 countries that have a high potential of becoming, along with the BRIC countries, the world’s largest economies in the 21st century. “Lagos, as Nigeria’s commercial capital and the largest sub-national economy on the continent, is a strong contributor to these statistics. “Lagos is the smallest state in Nigeria with landmass of barely 3,577 square kilometres and yet the most populous with almost 21 million residents. “Our human capital in Lagos exceeds several European nations and of the 54 countries on the African continent, only 18 of them have higher populations than Lagos State. This means that Lagos is more populous than 36 African countries.

“Lagos is home to about 2,000 industrial concerns; 10,000 commercial ventures and counting, and 22 industrial estates. Lagos accounts for over 60 per cent of Nigeria’s industrial and commercial activity, 70 per cent of the national maritime cargo freight, over 80 per cent of international air traffic into Nigeria and 58.30 per cent of domestic air traffic. “Lagos accounts for over half of Nigeria’s energy consumption and is the leading contributor to the non-oil sector Gross Domestic Product, GDP.” In his own speech, Wali said the NBA was working to make Nigerian investment climate more attractive than it was already through advocacy for the justice sector bills pending in the National Assembly which would ensure speedy and more efficient administration of justice. He said: “The International Monetary Fund, IMF, sees sub-Saharan Africa’s projected economic growth of 5.4 per cent in 2013 and 5.7 per cent in 2014, as evidence that African economies are thriving.”

Politics

Who rules Anambra next?

Although about 20 parties are contesting the gubernatorial election in Anambra State, many political pundits have declared that the battle is strictly among Chief Willie Obiano (APGA), Senator Chris Ngige (APC), Comrade Tony Nwoye (PDP) and Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Labour Party. How do these parties and their candidates fare? What are their chances and what factors will determine their fate? Find out in Saturday Mirror tomorrow.

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Police raid home, office of Imo govt official CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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ver 20 riot policemen yesterday stormed the residence of the General Manager of the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA), Mr. Iheanyi Anyiabaekwume and whisked him to an unknown destination after allegedly being beaten to a pulp by the security operatives. The reason for his arrest was not immediately known, it was gathered, however, that the predawn raid was not unconnected with a recent statement by the agency, which accused the police of shielding owners of properties marked for demolition in Owerri, the

Incriminating items discovered state capital. A source close to the agency, who did not want his name in print, said that the riot policemen invaded the Aladinma home of the OCDA boss, ransacked the place before he was handcuffed and bundled into a waiting van and taken away to his office along Port Harcourt road. According to the source, the policemen also ransacked the offices of the agency and made away with valuable documents, including, as it was learnt, “incriminating items discovered in his house and office.”

National Mirror also gathered that in recent time, activities of the agency had been enmeshed in serious controversies, especially the demolition of buildings and harassment of owners of business places by taskforce officers attached to the agency. It was also learnt that following the demolition exercise, policemen attached to the agency were withdrawn based on series of petitions against the operations of the agency. When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the agency, Adaugo Opara, confirmed the inci-

dent, but said that no reason has been given by the police for the arrest. But, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, condemned the action of the police. He said: “The general manager of OCDA is an agent of the state government and the police were expected to put that into consideration. The police command in the state has been enjoying good relationship with the state government and it is the wish of the government that such understanding should remain.” When the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Joy Elemoko was contacted, she told National

Mirror that there were; “Multiple criminal charges against the OCDA general manager that ‘even when we searched his house and office, there were incriminating evidences against him.’

“We have invited him several times, he refused to honour our invitations but we did not molest him. Asked to mention the incriminating items discovered, she said: “We will brief you appropriately.”

Tension mounts in Imo-Anambra River Basin Authority CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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ension has continued to mount at the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority as workers in the organisation are kicking against the imposition of a new managing director from outside the authority to head the organisation. The workers said they were against the imposition by the Ministry of Water Resources because they believed that a managing director appointed from within the establishment would be better, having known the challenges facing the organisation. The staff accused the ministry of not only asking somebody outside the establishment to be managing director, but has acted against civil service rules

by appointing a junior officer to replace the acting Managing Director, Engr. Eme kalu Uche, the most senior director in the organisation. It was gathered that the workers, who have vowed to resist any imposition of a junior officer on them had already petitioned the ministry over the matter. According to one of the workers, who did not want his name mentioned, the junior officer was brought to the ministry by some Abuja politicians from Imo State, who are hell bent on truncating the extant rules by foisting their candidate on the authority as the new managing director contrary to an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached between the Federal Government and River Basin Authorities.

Abakaliki residents expect power sector reform to create wealth

R L-R: Enugu State Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr. Sunday Nwachukwu; Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Dr. Lawrence Azubike; state Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Steve Oruruo and Chairman, Chief Vita Abba, after a stakeholders’ election forum in Enugu, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Enugu youths celebrate Onoh, four years after DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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he Enugu State Youth Movement (EYM) has commenced the process for immortalisation and celebration of the late former Governor of old Enugu State, Chief Christian Chukwuma Onoh, four years after his demise. In an inaugural memorial lecture at Enugu Sports Club yesterday, the Enugu Youths Movement said it believes that the people and the state could rediscover themselves through the spirit of Onoh by rallying around his name. The EYM remarked that C. C; as Onoh was fondly called in his life-

time, personified the vision and mission of Wawa people, noting that he fought for the liberation and self determination of his people without having ulterior motive. They wondered why in today’s Enugu State, selfishness and greed has come in to break the cord of unity that kept them together to the extent that an Nsukka man is fighting Udi and Ezeagu man is fighting Nkanu man unlike in the days of Onoh. National leader of EYM, Comrade Chris Agu, said the group is working towards ensuring that the aim and aspiration of Chief C. C. Onoh and other founding

fathers of the state is reinvigorated. Daughter of the late sage and widow of the late Igbo leader, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, commended the initiative of the Enugu Youths Movement and pledged that the Onoh family will support them to immortalise the legacies of their father. Mrs. Ojukwu described Onoh as a loving father, a strict disciplinarian and a man whose vacuum he created in the family is very much missed. “Chief C. C. Onoh was an uncommon man of uncommon virtues. One of his greatest achievements was in the transformation of the psyche

of his people. He left legacies that are more enduring than cathedrals. “He brought about a rebirth, a regeneration of the ideals and principles of an entire people. He is known as the father of Wawa land. He is generally referred to as Wawa land foot soldier. There are very few like him once in a generation. Among dignitaries that attended the memorial lecture were the former President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, Dr. Emma Ome of the Law Faculty, UNN; Joe Asogwa of Enugu Development Association, Onoh’s son Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, among others.

esidents of Abakaliki in Ebonyi State yesterday said they are expecting the just-concluded privatisation exercise in the power sector to enhance their economic fortunes. They said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). They told NAN that they expected the reforms to translate to immediate improvement in power supply and ultimately ruboff on their businesses. Mr. Isaac Ituma, a cold room operator in the state, said he was optimistic that the privatisation exercise would boost commercial activities. He said he expected the improvement in power supply to translate to more business opportunities for the residents. “Many businesses have closed down because of inefficient power supply and we believe that the latest move by the Federal Government will resur-

rect the hitherto comatose power sector. “We actually received the news of the completion of the privatisation exercise with great joy and we look forward to seeing a revived power sector. “You know that efficient power is critical to industrial development of any nation,” Ituma said. Messrs Ugochukwu Onwe and Felix Nkwuda, both welders, commended the Federal Government for bracing up to the challenges in the sector. Onwe said the privatisation of the energy sector was essential if the country would achieve its vision of being one of the 20 world largest economies by the year 2020. “The expected improvement in power supply should impact on small scale industries for sustainable industrial growth,” Onwe said. Nkwuda said it would be difficult for any nation to prosper by just being a consumer nation.


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elta State Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Charles Emetulu, yesterday said that the state government has invested N4.5 billion in some newly privatised electricity generating and distribution companies in the country. Emetulu said this at the mid-term ministerial press briefing in Asaba that the state acquired small equities in the Benin Power Distribution Company, the Sapale Power Generating Company

and the Ughelli Generating Company. He also said that the N15.7 billion earlier contributed by the state government toward the development of the power supply infrastructure in the country had become equity contribution for the state. The commissioner said the state spent N48.4 billion on 391 power supply projects from 2007 to date, adding that N29.7 billion was spent on 95 power projects between 2011 and

2013. According to him, government is not a good manager of investments, but the state government ventured into acquiring equities in power companies to protect the interest of the rural communities. “With the private sector taking over the generation and distribution of electricity in the country, we should all look forward for an upward review of tariffs. “This is why the state government has invested

N4.5 billion as equity in the power generating the distribution companies in Benin, Sapale and Ughelli. “Government will plough back its profits on investment to ensure safety nets for those in the rural communities who may not be able to pay for this product.” Emetulu said that from May 2011 to date, the state government acquired and distributed over 2000 transformers and other accessories to various communities to improve power supply in the state.

he Edo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) yesterday confirmed the death of a family of five in an auto crash at Okada Junction on the Benin-Ore expressway. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the family lost their lives on November 6 while returning from Lagos after seeing off a relation who travelled to America. The President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Dr Kingsley Okafor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin yesterday that their member, Dr Ralph Omojefe, was affected in the accident. He said Omojefe, who

worked in the Morbid Anatomy Department of the hospital, lost his three children and an uncle in the accident. Okafor said that the association had paid a condolence visit to the family of Omojefe while his wife and remaining members of his family had been taken to their village in Delta State. He said members of the association had declared a seven-day mourning period and would wear black armband as a mark of respect for their colleague. “We will observe a minute silence every day before any clinic session,” he said. The Public Enlightenment Officer of the FRSC in Edo State, Mr. John Andei, said that the command had not received details of the accident.

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JTF arrests 40 suspected oil thieves, pirates EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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he Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta yesterday said it has arrested 40 suspected oil thieves during its routine patrol in the creeks of Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States. It said the suspects, who are currently undergoing

preliminary investigations, would be handed over to the relevant prosecuting agencies after the process. Media Coordinator of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement yesterday that troops of the 130 Battalion in Sector 2 of the JTF, also arrested three suspected sea pirates armed with three AK-47 rifles and 177

rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition. Nwachukwu said the suspected sea pirates were arrested on board a double 75 horse power speed boat along the waterways of Twene near Torah community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. While giving a breakdown of the arrests of the suspected oil thieves,

the JTF spokesman said troops of 3 and 19 Battalions of Sector One, arrested 24 suspects for illegal oil bunkering activities at Mosagor Sapele Road, Egwu 1, Opumami, Asiagbere Creek in Gbekebor, Okufoma and Okwuagbede communities in Ethiope West, Warri South, Warri North and Okpe Local Governmenteas of Delta State.

Police parade 29 suspected kidnappers, robbers, others SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN

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he Police in Edo State yesterday paraded 29 suspected kidnappers, robbers, rapists and other criminals that had hitherto made life difficult for residents of the state. The residents watched in awe, during the parade, the faces of men and wom-

en accused of criminally snuffing lives out of the people, kidnapping, raping others and stealing their belongings daily. The parade of the suspects that took place at the premises of the Edo State Police Command in Benin City was led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, who urged residents of the state

to continue to avail the police of relevant and vital information necessary to rid the state of criminals. In all, the command confirmed the arrest, within the last three weeks, of 29 suspects for different criminal allegations, including kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, unlawful possession of firearm, cultism and pe-

troleum pipeline vandalism as well as siphoning of petroleum products. Eleven of the suspects were paraded for kidnapping and attempted kidnapping; three were paraded for armed robbery; seven for unlawful possession of firearm; six for rape and two for vandalism of petroleum pipelines and siphoning of petroleum products.

coalition of civil societies in Bayelsa State yesterday passed a vote of confidence on Governor Seriake Dickson, commending him for his various policies which they said are geared towards the enrichment of the lives of the citizens. The coalition in a communiqué issued at the end of its one-day on-the-spot assessment of the on-going developmental projects in the state, said the achievements of the administration in the state in less than two years in office was worth commendation. The communiqué was endorsed by the Chairman of the Bayelsa Non-Governmental Organisation Forum (BANGOF), Torki Dauseye; the National President, Forum of Collective Ideas for Development (FOCID), Ibinabo Warmate; the Secretary, the Frontburner Democrats, Comrade Douye Prosper Figilo; the Director, Bayelsa Transformation Initiative in Nigeria, Comrade Roland Suobai, the Tory 4 Bayelsa, Adolphus Izibenua and the National, Niger Delta Youths Anti-cultism and non-violence organisation, Prekebenakariebi Joseph. Some of the project sites visited by the coalition include; Drug store, Diagnostic Centre and Doctors/other staff residential quarters

at Onopa, construction of classrooms, hostels and auditorium at St. Jude’s Girls Secondary School Amarata, construction of Bayelsa State Secretariat Complex, annexes two and three, construction of the bridge to link the Tourist Island, Yenagoa and the construction of a flyover in NNPC Junction, Yenagoa. Other areas visited are; the completed Federal Road Safety Corps/Federal Medical Centre/Sports complex roads, EtegweTombia road and bridges, the multi-door court house complex and the council of chiefs’ secretariat. Expressing satisfaction over the administration’s performance, especially the implementation of its various policies, the group, in its communiqué recommends as follows; that we commend the efforts of the Bayelsa State government in its restoration drive towards transforming the state in terms of infrastructural development. “We also commend the effort of the government to address the challenges in the key sectors of education, health and works as it will go a long way in improving the lives of the people. “We urge the government to ensure the completion of on-going projects and to address the issue of internal roads in Yenagoa, especially in the area of maintenance.


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Land scam: ICPC seizes 61 houses from NSCDC officers TORDUE SALEM ABUJA

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he Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, said it had confiscated about 61 houses from Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, officers. The ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, disclosed this before the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee probing alleged land swap, allocations and racketeering in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Other seizures, he said, included 45 plots of land at different locations within the FCT and a duplex while several bank accounts used for the illegal land deal had been traced and frozen. Nta added that the 61 houses seized from the

NSCDC top officials made up of 40 number of threebedroom flats, 20 number of two-bedroom flats and a duplex while official letters had been written to the appropriate land authorities on the status of the seized property and publication made in national dailies for public to know so as not to fall victims of illegal dealings again. He said ICPC embarked on the investigation following a formal complaint from the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ade Abolurin, who personally visited him on May 15 and said some of the officials of the Corps were involved in selling land illegally to unsuspecting members of the public in the name of the NSCDC under a non-existing Housing Estate Scheme in Abuja and Nassarawa

State. Abolurin, according to Nta, demanded full investigation into the scam with a view to getting to the root of the matter. The ICPC chairman said a particular company, Danime Nigeria Limited, through which the NSCDC officials carried out the illegal deals, was not among the six companies investigated. He, however, promised to commence another round of investigation on it based on the new information. Nta said all the interrogated officers had been released on administrative bail except one who was on the run. He said investigation had shown that the affected officers used the NSCDC’s Cooperative Society to swindle members of the public who thought it was

a genuine transaction since it involved the name of the Corps. Nta said the transactions took place within the premises of the FCT Command of the Corps located at Gudu District and, according to him, the officers always wear NSCDC uniform during such illegal transactions. On whether the NSCDC as an organisation was culpable or not, Nta said investigation so far showed that Abolurin knew nothing about the deals until he got wind of it and promptly reported to the ICPC for an independent investigation. The ICPC chairman said that it was a rare occurrence for any public officer or head of any organisation to take such an action against the officers of his own organisation.

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Suswam decries HIV/AIDS, hepatitis spread in Benue HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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enue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has decried the upsurge in the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis in the state. Suswam urged the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, to assist his administration in sensitising the people to the prevalence of the AIDS pandemic. The governor made the assertion yesterday when the NMA President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, led members of the association on a solidarity visit to the Government House, Makurdi. He said his attention was drawn to the alarming rate of the spread of hepatitis and HIV/AIDS during the recent recruitment exercise into the Nigerian Army where it was discovered that out of every 10 candidates seeking enlistment between four and six failed the tests for hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS in the state.

The governor implored NMA whose responsibility is to ensure the well being of the people to sensitise the people by creating awareness to make them become conscious of the deadly disease ravaging the state. The awareness, according to him, is to make people avail themselves of tests to know their status and commence counselling and treatment with immediate effect. Suswam said he had a relation who had HIV and had cared for the person in the last 20 years and sustained the person with retro antiviral drugs. He said the person eventually got married without hiding her status from her spouse and today the couple had an HIV-free kid. The governor described NMA as very important organ, stressing that no government would ever ignore the health delivery service offered by the association. He, therefore, pledged to do everything humanly possible to sustain the partnership with the body.

Women, most reliable voters, says Aliyu PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA

G L-R: Former Minister of Works, Dr. Hassan Muhammed; Leader, All Progressives Congress, Chief John Oyegun and member, APC Youth Wing, Ms Bisoye Coker, during the All Progressives Youth Forum in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

Poor facilities stifling Armed Forces College’s growth –Senate A ZA MSUE KADUNA`

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oor facilities at Armed Forces Command and Staff College, AFCSC, Jaji in Kaduna State have prevented the college from developing in line with international standard. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and Army, Senator George Sekibo, who said this yesterday, called on the Ministry of Defence to, as matter of urgency,

prioritise the development of the college and improve on its budget request towards achieving its goals. Sekibo, who led members of the committee during an oversight visit, complained that considering the size and importance of AFCSC in building middle level commanders for the Nigerian Armed Forces, the college deserved a better budgetary allocation to enable it perform its functions properly.

He said: “From what we have seen, this college is still in the analogue age. You must advance; you must move forward and go digital. We also think we must do something to advance this college. We also call on the Ministry of Defence to take you as a priority institution. “This is necessary, because if we don’t give the young officers the training they need, it means that we are going to be producing incompetent middle level manpower in

the Armed Forces.” The chairman called on the management of the college to submit their input to the committee ahead of the 2014 budget presentation by President Goodluck Jonathan before the National Assembly. Earlier, the AFCSC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Eko Effiom Osim, said the 2013 budget of the college was N3.46billion with personnel and overhead of N2 billion while N746 was capital expenditure.

overnor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has described women as the most reliable voters in the country, as male voters can easily be frightened or bribed. Aliyu also said the country’s political climate might be moving towards two or three party system which would be healthy for democracy. The governor, who spoke during a visit of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Hajia Saudatu Sani, said due to women’s nature, all necessary measures should be taken to give them good education in all areas. Aliyu explained that to enable women contribute adequately to the nation building, the 35 per cent affirmative action given to them should be worked upon to the point that, they could assume the country’s leadership at the end. He said: “Nigeria may

end up with two or three political parties; parties are merging and this is healthy for democracy.” The governor also stressed the need to give room for independent candidates to stand for elections, especially as the kind of political parties in operation were very undemocratic. He then called for expunging of the indigene/ non-indigene provision in the constitution by replacing it with ‘residency of Nigerians,’ if the country was to achieve true unity. Earlier in her speech, Sani had urged the governor to help facilitate the retention of the recommendations of the House of Representatives on Specific Social and Economic Rights such as rights to education, health work and adequate housing. She then called for the support of the various state Houses of Assembly to delete the prefix “he” from the constitution, arguing that the prefix simply looked Nigeria was dominated by males alone, without females.


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Let’s give it a chance because the survival of Nigeria is what should be paramount to everybody. If the President has any ulterior motive, in the end we will we see. But I hope he doesn’t... Nigerians have been clamouring for a national dialogue. –MAJOR GENERAL SAM MOMAH

APC accuses INEC of plotting to rig election in favour of PDP …says card-carrying members of PDP to oversee poll OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU

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he All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of working in tandem with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to rig the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State. The party expressed serious doubt about the ability of the agency to conduct a free and fair gubernatorial election on November 16, given recent developments. The APC, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, alleged that the top officials whom INEC plans to send to oversee the election are card-carrying members of the PDP; a development which it said has compromised their role as unbiased umpires. The statement specifically mentioned the two INEC commissioners in charge of the South-East, Mr. Lawrence Nwuruku and Mrs. Gladys Nwafor, as card-carrying members of the PDP. The statement reads in part: “Mr. Nwuruku was the chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi State, while Mrs. Nwafor had worked closely with the First Lady, Patience Jonathan as a grassroots mobiliser. These offi-

cials cannot, in all honesty, be expected to be unbiased, because they have been compromised by their antecedents. “If INEC indeed has any hope of organising a free, fair and transparent election in Anambra on November 16, it must immediately shelve the plan to send these highly-partisan and heavily-compromised officials to supervise the election. Any action short of that will open INEC to accusations of bias, which is not what any umpire wants.” Mohammed also expressed worry over some actions taken by INEC in recent times, which he said questioned the ability of

the electoral umpire to stay above the fray as far as the Anambra election is concerned. He said: “For example, the voters’ register for Anambra in 2011 had 2.1

L-R: Rita Maduagwu, Anambra State governor, Peter Obi; Ngozi Uzor of Community Secondary School, Umuokpu, Awka; Uju Okeke and Joy Ulasi during the presentation of N1.5 billion cheque for the continued rehabilitation of Anambra schools at the Women Development Centre, Awka, yesterday.

Coalition groups stage solidarity for APGA NWABUEZE OKONKWO ONITSHA

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o fewer than six coalition groups have staged their solidarity for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and its governorship candidate, Willie Obiano, in preparation for the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State. The groups included Igbogadinma Youth Movement, IYM led by its state coordinator, Comrade Peter Okoh; Campaign for Good Governance, CGG, led by Emeka Okoronkwo;

Anambra State Youth Forum, ASYF led by Dr. Victor Ibekwe; Concerned Tricycle-Cyclist Union, CTCU, led by Pastor Okechukwu Okeke; Youth for Good Governance, YGG, Mr. Emma Nnado and Women Progressive Movement, WPM, led by Mrs. Ngozi Okafor. The groups which commenced their peaceful rally from Onitsha to Awka to Ekwulobia and to Nnewi from where they retired at the Otolo Nnewi residence of the late Biafran warlord and Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, were received

on arrival by Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu junior, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka (Ogirishi Igbo) and other distinguished Igbo personalities. In their speeches, the coordinators jointly declared their support for the APGA governorship candidate, Obiano, saying that such support was because of Ojukwu, whom they described as the oracle and great leader of Ndigbo. They vowed to resist any plan or arrangement to thwart Ojukwu’s legacy, adding: “We are here for a serious campaign to

uphold Ojukwu’s name through ensuring that APGA wins the election. Anambra is for APGA and APGA is for Ojukwu and Ndigbo in general.” Also praying at Ojukwu’s graveside and asking his spirit to empower them in their effort to protect his name, the groups urged Ndigbo to rise up, uphold and protect their prides which included APGA as a political party and MASSOB as a pressure group, adding: “We say no to our enemies who are bent on destabilising Igbo land.”

million names, which came down to 1.8 million after a review. However, despite continuous registration by INEC, the names came down to 1.7 million! This kind of chicanery is only possible under a circumstance in which deliberate efforts are being made to depopulate the voters in areas where the opposition has an edge. “We are therefore left with no choice than to call on the National Assembly to seek explanations from INEC on the hanky-

panky. This is necessary to ensure that the election is not rigged by the same body saddled with ensuring that it is transparently-organised.” Saying that since the success of any election was not limited to actions taken on election day alone, the APC said it was closely monitoring all the processes leading to the election, with a view to ensuring that no candidate is short-changed by the very body that has the responsibility to ensure a level-playing field for all.

Election riggers’ll be disappointed –Ubah NWABUEZE OKONKWO ONITSHA

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he governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah has said that those banking on rigging themselves into office would be disappointed at the end of the exercise. He said that his investigations had revealed that some of his desperate rivals who claim to be popular have been going about boasting that they must win the election at all cost. Speaking on a current affairs programme on television, Ubah said he is aware that rigging has gone both digital, scientific and internet, adding that he has the confidence that the Attahiru Jegaled Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, cannot afford to allow any party or candidate to rig the election, no matter how close or highly

placed. He expressed optimism that his chances of winning the election in a free and fair manner is not in doubt and as such would never associate himself with rigging. He called on INEC and voters to protect the votes in such a way that the intending riggers would not succeed. He said if elected into office, he would not only conduct local government election within 90 days, but introduce at least 80 per cent new innovation into the state revenue generation formula and at the same time, declare a tax holiday. He said a situation where the poor masses are over-taxed in form of revenue generation does not augur well for the wellbeing of the electorate, adding that he would hand over the administrative structure to his deputy and then take charge of the business structure, to attract foreign investment.

INEC dedicates telephone for inquiry

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he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has dedicated a telephone line to intending voters in the November 16, 2013 governorship election in Anambra State who may want information on their polling unit and whether or not they are in the Reg-

ister of Voters, before or on Election Day. Such intending voters are to type the name of the state, their surname, and the last five or six digits of their Voter Identification Number (VIN) displayed on the voter’s card and send as SMS to 0817 164 6879.


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THE EKITI AGRIC REVOLUTION

20 Tractors purchased by the Fayemi administration to support farmers

Before October 16, 2010, when Governor Kayode Fayemi mounted the saddle in Ekiti State, the agric sector was in a dismal state. But with determination, good policies and strategic thinking, the sector is now giving the people of the state cause to smile. OJO OYEWAMIDE writes. griculture has regained its lost glory in Ekiti State. It is now performing wonderfully, providing food for the citizenry and for sale, contributing significantly to the state Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, and giving jobs to the unemployed youths. Before now, the state of agriculture in Ekiti was dismal. Ekiti, which used to be one of the food baskets of the country, lost its place in the league of big players in the agricultural sector. In the time past, Ekiti had been one of the leaders in cocoa, rice and cassava production. But the agricultural sector in the state became so profoundly degenerated that it moved from being one of the highest producers of quality cocoa to a buyer of cocoa seedlings from Ondo State, its neighbour. The agriculture-supporting infrastructure in the state was bad. There was no irrigation system, compelling all the farmers to depend upon rain-fed agriculture. Access roads to farms were in deplorable condition. For 15 years, the state could only cultivate 200 hectares of farmland. Findings showed that Ekiti had lost it totally in terms of agricultural production before October 16, 2010, when Dr. Kayode Fayemi mounted the saddle. Although the state of agriculture in Ekiti was gloomy, Governor Fayemi was determined to turn the tide. He assembled a good team of professionals, who brought a lot of strategic thinking into the management of the agricultural sector. The state government began to look at agriculture as something that could give a future to the state, and as a business. The government, which put agriculture as number three on its Eight-Point Agenda, set certain objectives for the sector. They include reviving cocoa plantations to make Ekiti a world leader in cocoa production, making agriculture contribute 50 per cent of the IGR and to train and employ 20, 000 Ekiti youths in mechanised agriculture by 2014. To achieve its objectives, the government established the Youths In Commercial Agric Development programme, YCAD. The programme was meant to inject new blood into the agric sector since existing farmers are becoming old. YCAD was designed in a way that will encourage and entice youths into agriculture business. Another remarkable programme introduced by the government is the Rice Expansion Programme. Through this programme, the government supports farmers with necessary inputs and equipment for rice cultivation. According to investigations, apart from distributing 143, 781 bags of fertilizers to Ekiti farmers and providing micro-credit facilities, the government has bought a considerable number of tractors, distributed farm implements, hybrid seedlings, herbicides and pesticides. Thousands of people have benefited from the farmer empowerment activities of the state government through the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS), FADAMA 3, and rice expansion project. It was learnt that the FADAMA project has disbursed over N538 million to about 785 FADAMA user groups, while the NPFS has disbursed about N84 million to its farmers in the nine participating Local Government Areas. The Kayode Fayemi government has cultivated and supplied 500, 000 cocoa seedlings and 60, 000 oil palm seedlings to farmers at highly subsidized rates, planted more than 360, 000 cocoa seedlings, 109, 560 seedlings of oil palm across the state. The government has been paying attention to the infrastructure that supports agriculture. It has rehabilitated and constructed 829 kilometres of farm access roads. The government has also started a N600 million irrigation proj-

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YCAD fisheries output, Isonla, Ado Ekiti

ect. It is the joint constituency project of the three senators representing Ekiti in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). The project will make available 1, 700 hectares of irrigated land. The government has established the School of Commercial and Technical Agriculture aimed at further strengthening the intellectual and innovative abilities of upcoming and practicing commercial farmers. It has begun the construction of a broiler processing facility at Erifun in Ado-Ekiti, which is the first of its kind in the state. The facility will not only strengthen livestock value chain but also enhance the availability of hygienically prepared fresh chicken for the consumption of the citizenry. The administration has also purchased 20 tractors valued at N150 million to support farmers while embarking on proactive support to farmers through distribution of farm implements, hybrid seedlings, herbicides and pesticides while 829 kilometres of farm access roads have been rehabilitated and constructed. The good news is that the strategic interventions of the state government in agriculture have started yielding bountiful fruits. Ekiti State, it was learnt, has attracted investments in the agriculture sector to the tune of US$300 million in the last three years. The investments are from reputable indigenous and international agricultural institutions including Agricultural Company (AGCO). AGCO has already partnered with the state government for the establishment of 2,000 hectares of mechanised rice, soyabean, and cassava. Another institution, New Vision Technology, is establishing a $165 million agric city. The Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company ( DATCO) is working on the establishment of a high quality cassava flour processing factory while Vegefresh has taken over the moribund Orin cassava processing plant and has successfully upgraded the capacity of the plant from 10 tonnes to 60 tonnes per day production. Others including Datlex, RENL, GIL, Arewa cotton, and Spectra among others have partnered with the state to actualise the vision of the present administration to make the state the food basket of the South-

West Nigeria. Because of the trust and confidence that the approach of the government has generated, multilateral institutions including the World Bank, African Development Bank, UNDP, DFID and FAO have been supporting the state agric sector. YCAD programme has engaged some 250 youths to cultivate 1900 hectares of cassava, 53,000 cocoa seedlings, 109,560 oil palm seedlings, 60,000 fingerlings, 6,230 kg of fish and 60,000 broilers. Last year, youths in the state raised 15,000 birds for the Christmas period. At a point, the state had to start carrying live birds from Ado to Lagos, Osogbo, Ibadan to sell. Also last year, it had to sell rice paddies to institutions in Lagos. In 2012, 750 hectares were cultivated under the Rice Expansion Programme where government supported farmers with 100 per cent input for production. About 3,000 Ha is targeted in 2013. Ekiti State had both the largest productivity (yield/Ha) and cultivation in 2012. The state also had the largest expansion in cultivation in the country in that year with an addition of over 1, 150 Ha by YCAD programme alone. Speaking on the contribution of agriculture to the IGR of the state, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Jide Arowosafe said: “Agriculture has been having a massive impact on our IGR. Before this administration came on board, the cultivation done by the state was 200 hectares. For cassava alone last year, we did 1, 200 hectares. For 15 years we could only do 200 hectares. On land preparation for cassava alone, we got almost N40 millon. That will tell you that if we get it right, agriculture can be a base for income generation for the state. “We lease a hectare at N5, 000. That is good income for the state. We are focusing our attention on revenue generation and trying to block all the leakages we met on ground. Abattoir alone is generating income for us. We have a central abattoir that is generating good income for us. Cocoa in terms of grading and the rest, we used to lose income. But now we have been able to block those holes. This year alone, we generated close to N40million and this is a way you gradually increase the IGR. We acquire land for investors. For us, it is good for IGR,” he added.

EKITI ELDERS AGE GRACEFULLY s part of activities to mark his three years in office, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, injected 5,000 new entrants into the state’s Social Security Benefit Scheme to jerk up the number of beneficiaries to 25,000 elderly persons. The event, whereby the new beneficiaries were unfolded, which coincidentally, was the second anniversary of the scheme, also marked the flag off of the second phase of the scheme, called “Owo Arugbo” or “Owo Fayemi”(old people’s money or Fayemi’s money) in the nooks and crannies of the state, whereby elderly citizens from 65 years and above receive N5,000 stipend monthly. The scheme, considered first in the sub-Sahara Africa, which debuted on October 25, 2011 with 10,000 beneficiaries was later expanded with the addition of 10,000 others to increase the beneficiaries to 20,000, has received accolades for the Fayemi administration at home and abroad. One unique thing about payment of the stipend to the senior citizens, which is devoid of political colouration, is its regularity: the beneficiaries get their pay on the 25th of every month in line with the governor’s directive, just as the State House of Assembly has passed the Social Welfare Law to ensure its sustainability in the hands of successive governments in the state. Its beneficiaries, according to the state Commissioner for Labour, Productivity and Human Capital Development, Hon. Oluwole Ariyo, whose ministry

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oversees the scheme, are residents of the state who are 65 years and above with signs of poverty and no means of livelihood, thus pensioners are excluded. The carriage of the ever-grateful senior citizens and the joy and happiness that they radiate tell it all about the impact of the largesse on their lives. This is visible as they gather every month at the designated pay centres across the 16 local government areas of the state for the payment. Those who could not be physically present due to old age or illness receive theirs at home. They are, however, full of praises and prayers for the governor, who they said had come to their aid by giving them handkerchief to wipe their tears at old age. After all, the amount means a lot to the beneficiaries to keep body and soul together for a month, especially as they, as well enjoy free health services. One of the recipients at Omuo Ekiti, Madam Fabian Akilo, a senior citizen who has challenges with mobility, said the good life that came with consistent receipt of the stipend was already impacting on her health positively. Akilo, who praised the government for coming up with such programme, described it as a major poverty alleviation initiative and a means to prolong the lives of the elderly in the state. Mrs Beatrice Ogundipe of Ijero Ekiti, whose age was put at over 130 years, was also full of fond words for the governor, who she said had rescued her from the neglect which she had suffered in the past. She said: “My siblings neglected me in the past. But now, this monthly


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RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN EKITI PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Strategic interventions of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration have returned confidence in public schools in Ekiti State, also known as the Fountain of Knowledge, writes OJO OYEWAMIDE reports.

ne of the things that will arrest the attention of visitors to Ekiti State is the beauty of its public schools. Learning environment in the state is now inviting and enticing to students and their teachers. The situation used to be different. The state of education infrastructure had been worrisome. The buildings were dilapidated. The roofs had been blown off by winds. The rot was widespread, cutting across all the 16 local government areas of the state. That was bad enough for a state which is globally known for its remarkably excellent record in education to elicit concern. It was not good for the “Fountain of Knowledge.” But in the last three years, concerted efforts have been made by the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration to address the rot. Visits to most of the public schools in the state showed that things have now changed for better. The ugliness of the past has now given way for the beauty and serenity of today. Realising that a good environment is fundamental to quality education, the Kayode Fayemi administration decided to embark on comprehensive renovation of all public schools in the state. So far, all the 183 secondary schools across the 16 local government areas of the state have been renovated. The renovation was done under the Operation Renovate All Schools in Ekiti (ORASE). Besides the renovation of school buildings, the government distributed 20, 000 sets of lockers and chairs to these schools. In Ekiti today, education is free and compulsory up to senior secondary school. The free and compulsory education is one of the first laudable programmes introduced by the Fayemi government. Also, the government took responsibility for the payment of WAEC registration fee for candidates in public senior schools. All these interventions are aimed at giving every child a chance to have education. One of the key points of the education and human capital development agenda of Governor Fayemi is to ensure that there is a laptop on the table of every student by the year 2014. As a first step, his government purchased 30, 000 computers and distributed to the students in the senior secondary schools. It was gathered that right now, arrangements are being made to purchase 70, 000 more. Before the advent of the present government, the morale of teachers was low. But the situation has now

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Students of a state-owned secondary school with the free laptops provided for them by the Fayemi administration under its e-learning project

changed. The government introduced e-education and e-learning. It purchased 18,000 laptops for teachers and trained all of them to be able to use computer for e-learning. Training centres were opened to ensure that teachers are well-trained. As at today, about 8, 000 teachers have been trained. More will still be trained. Also in the secondary schools, there is a World Bankassisted programme in which the bank is partnering with Ekiti to ensure that teachers in the rural areas are paid rural allowances. This is to ensure that teachers are available in all the subjects in rural areas. In the primary sector where there had not been any welfare package before, car and housing loans were introduced. Four hundred motorcycles have been distributed to teachers serving in the rural areas. Best behaved teachers are consistently rewarded with brand new cars. For improved quality standard and funding, the University of Education in Ikere, the University of Science and Technology, Ifaki and the University of Ado-Ekiti, were merged into what is now called Ekiti State University. Investigations revealed that it is only the Kayode Fayemi administration that has given capital vote to the university since it was created in 1982. With that capital vote, the university is building a College of Medicine. It was gathered that before December, the College of Medicine will be ready for accreditation. It was also learnt that it is the present administration that has ever given capital vote to the College of Education in Ikere.

It is not only in the primary and secondary education or university alone that the government has intervened. There is intervention in the technical colleges. Technical colleges in the state have been restructured to achieve quality technical manpower development. There is the Samsung Academy which is under construction. There is also the Life Academy which is being built where pupils will be able to have their hands on technology and a lot of things which will assist in making them job creators when they leave. The government is also intervening in schools for the physically challenged and the less privileged. It has built an entirely new school for the deaf at Ikoro. The administration gives bursary to all Ekiti sons and daughters in all higher institutions, polytechnics, colleges of education, universities. It also gives scholarships to Ekiti students who return GPA of 4.0 and above. It gives scholarships to Masters’ students and PhD students. It also gives scholarships to the physically-challenged. Other key accomplishments of the administration in the education sector are: Payment of 2013 WAEC registration fees of 10,362 candidates in public Senior Secondary Schools; Regular payment of feeding and maintenance grants to the three Special Schools at Ikere, Ido and Ikoro Ekiti and payment of grants to the Technical Colleges; Approval and payment for Advisory and Operational Inspections of schools in the state for quality educational delivery; Reduction of tuition fees

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Governor Fayemi with beneficiaries of the social security

N5,000 serves as a relief because I now have something to fall back on.” Like the numerous beneficiaries, Pa James Adelabu, said at Ijurin Ekiti, where he gets his monthly stipend, that “this is indeed the first time in the history of Nigeria and

it is commendable. Apart from the adequate feeding that the scheme has availed me, I can now wear better cloths unlike in the past.” The same goes for 75-year-old Mrs Julianh Awelewa in Ilawe Ekiti, who used to be a cocoyam farmer before

age robbed her of the strength, said: “Since the death of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, we never thought we could have a government that would cater for the poor, but Governor Fayemi is a God-sent leader to banish poverty and put smiles on the faces of the old people.” This is as many governments, agencies (local and international) and some individuals have been understudying the novel initiative of the governor with a view to replicating it. Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, recently at Fayemi’s Third Year Anniversary Meet the People Mega Rally praised the governor for his exploits on the social welfare security scheme. Governor Fayemi said the whole essence of the package was to make life enjoyable to the elderly ones who had “laboured to keep the society going when they had the strength. And now that the vigour is no longer there, it is incumbent on us all to show them our love and benevolence.” He said the scheme was to redress the situation where “people lived the latter part of their lives in abject poverty with attendant diseases, emotional breakdown

to N50,000 in the state-owned tertiary institutions in the state; Increase of Bursary funds from N50,000 to N10,000 per student; Sponsoring of students’ overseas education; Construction of vital projects under the Universal Basic Education programme in all schools in the state; Payment of feeding and maintenance grants to the three Government Special schools in year 2011, 2012 and 2013. Construction and renovation of buildings in all Government Special Schools; Restoration of teacher’s peculiarity allowance (16% of basic salary); Recruitment of more than 1,000 teachers to fill the vacancies in some specified subject areas; Dictionaries numbering 56,296 were procured and distributed to JSS II, III and SSS III students in all public secondary; Textbooks on core and science subjects were recently procured for Senior Secondary School Students in Public Secondary Schools; Establishment of 16 Remedial Colleges in 2012, in each of the 16 councils to take care of SSCE repeaters and out of school youths, 1,018 candidates passed out in 2013. Also, there was provision of ultramodern creche at the State Secretariat; Purchase and distribution of 16 project vehicles to Education Officers for effective monitoring; Distribution of 400 motorcycles to teachers serving in rural areas; and Renovation of all 183 secondary schools across the 16 local government areas; Procurement and distribution of science equipment to 183 public secondary schools. Today in Ekiti, the story of education has changed. There has been new orientation; enrolment has significantly increased owing to the restoration of confidence in public schools. The performance of students in examinations has gone high, moving from 12 per cent in 2012 to 70 per cent in 2013. But the Fayemi government is poised to do more for education in Ekiti. The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Kehinde Ojo, said: “We have started; we are on it and we shall do it. Ekiti has always been a fountain of knowledge. We want to return to that kind of situation where we will lead. You will remember that one of our students, Otitoju, led not only Nigeria but the world even when she was in Harvard. So, we want to return to that excellence. We want other states to come and learn from us. They have started learning; some of them have come to see what we call our enterprise project. Some states in the North have come here to learn from us. We want to become a state where we will export education to others and by the grace of God, we shall be there by the end of 2014.”

and frustrating social disorders.” Fayemi, who lamented that it was painful that poverty visibly walked on the streets, said: “Of the many identifiable strands of poverty that is confronting the developed world is the one associated with old age when one’s strength and vitality is lost and the bones are irredeemably weakened.” As part of efforts to elongate the life span of the elderly ones and as well make ageing less stressful and agonising, the Fayemi administration has continuously pursued its free health scheme for the elderly and other support mechanisms and safety net for the elderly. In the last two years, the state government has been spending N100 million monthly, amounting to over N2 billion for payment of the stipends to give succour to the 20,000 elderly ones. And with the recent increase to 25, 000 beneficiaries, the Fayemi administration will now commit N125 million monthly to the payment. This is, no doubt, the reason the aged ones in the state age gracefully with prolonged lives.


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Solomon Daushep Lar (April 1933 – October 2013)

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ot just a few Nigerians are of the conviction that fallen former Plateau State governor and pioneer National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Solomon Daushep Lar, deserved all the comets that have been rising and shinning for him since the news of his demise was made public on Wednesday October 9, in the United States. Before his death, Lar was reportedly battling with an undisclosed ailment for some months, which was the reason he was flown to the US for treatment. It is widely agreed that he lived a modest and exemplary life. It is thus not surprising that the late politician have found himself on the right side of history even in death. The memory of him is that of a true servant-leader that never appropriated such an attribute or appellation to his person. But Lar was a statesman, a gentleman with a large heart. He was a friend of the poor, a guardian of the ruling elite, and yet an outspoken watchdog of his fellow members of the political class. Many say it out loudly, and others silently, perhaps, that if Chief Lar were to be hale and hearty like he used to be, there probably would have been no cracks, let alone splinters in the PDP

as is being experienced presently. Why? Because Lar was a fence-mender, a peace-maker per excellence and a man that had the capacity to handle delicate and sensitive challenges in such a manner that would pacify every aggrieved party to a dispute. Born in Pongaa, Langtang, Plateau State in 1933, the late politician and teacher studied at the Sudan United Mission Primary School, Langtang, and later the Gindiri Teachers College, where he qualified as a primary school teacher. Although he planned to become a pastor, Lar found himself in politics in 1959 when he was elected as a councillor to the Langtang Native Authority in January of that year. In December 1959, he was elected to the Federal Parliament on the platform of the United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC) up to 1966. Later in the course of his early stints with politics, Lar was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the country’s First Republic Prime Minister, and subsequently as a Junior Minister in the Federal Ministry of Establishment. He took advantage of military rule to further equip himself intellectually, proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Law

AS THIS HUGE FIGURE, LAR, HAS FALLEN AND JOINED THE LEAGUE OF EXEMPLARY

HEROES, WE CAN ONLY PRAY

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REPLENISH OUR LAND WITH UPRIGHT AND TRULY GREAT LEADERS degree in 1970, after which he was called to the bar in 1971. He established a private legal practice and was a co-founder and first National Secretary of the Nigerian Legal Aid Association. In 1972, Lar joined the board of the Amalgamated Tin Mines of Nigeria, and between 1972 and 1976, he became the Chairman, Board of Directors of the African Continental Bank and a member of the Nigeria Council of Legal Education. Between 1977 and 1978, he was a member of the Constituent Assembly. Chief Lar served as the Vice-Chairman of the Justice Ayo Irikefe Panel that recommended the creation of 19 states as against the old 12-state structure during the Murtala/Obasanjo regime. This might be one of the reasons that informed

the remark made by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, Prof. Ade Adefuye, among several others, on Lar’s demise, that “truly, we have lost a visionary leader and statesman… there may be no greater tribute to him than the fact that he was an inspirer and fought for the rights of the minority”. It may be stated, however, that among Lar’s greatest achievements as a politician, were his emergence as the first executive governor of Plateau State (October 1, 1979 - December 31, 1983); and founding member and pioneer Chairman of the PDP in 1999, after roughly two decades of military dictatorship, despite how murky the country’s political terrain has been. Lar was thus one politician that truly rose from grass to grace, holding various offices from the grassroots to the highest levels. He was a first among equals, a nationalist who truly loved Nigeria. He is a character we have no hesitation to strongly recommend to contemporary Nigerian leaders, whose attributes are to a large extent unpatriotic and condemnable. As this huge figure, Lar, has fallen and joined the league of exemplary heroes, we can only pray God/Allah to replenish our land with upright and truly great leaders.

ON THIS DAY November 8, 1968 The Vienna Convention on Road Traffic was signed to facilitate international road traffic and to increase road safety by standardising uniform traffic rules among the signatories. The convention was agreed upon at the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s Conference on Road Traffic (October 7, 1968 – November 8, 1968) and done in Vienna on November 8, 1968. It came into force on May 21, 1977.

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November 8, 1973 The right ear of John Paul Getty III was delivered to a newspaper together with a ransom note, convincing his father to pay $2.9 million. John Paul Getty III (November 4, 1956 — February 5, 2011), also known as Paul Getty, was the eldest of the four children of John Paul Getty, Jr. and Abigail (nee Harris) and the grandson of oil tycoon, Jean Paul Getty. Getty spent most of his childhood in Rome.

November 8, 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis and United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1441: The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Iraq, forcing ex- president Saddam Hussein, now late, to disarm or face “serious consequences”. The issue reached a crisis point in 2002-2003, when former United States President, George W. Bush, demanded a complete end to what he alleged was Iraqi production of weapons of mass destruction.


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The beauty of capitalism THINKING WITH PRINCEWILL

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apitalism is an economic system that has different meanings to different people. The meaning has also been changing over time. We shall try to understand what capitalism represents, by noting its features. Capitalism supports the ownership of the means of production, and distribution of social wealth and services by individuals (usually few). The individual right is valued more than the collective right. Major thinkers on the subject believe that the market should be allowed to decide what is good for the economy. Governments are discouraged from intervening in economic affairs. One of the beautiful aspects of capitalism is that human freedom is optimized. Thus under capitalism, individuals can gang-up to over-run cities and countries, and take over the property of the vanquished. War is openly encouraged under the system. The early form of capitalism emphasized production of goods and services. Raw materials are definitely needed as well as markets. These requirements for a virile capitalist system, in addition to the availability of human labour, brought about the beauty of slave trade, colonialism, and neo-colonialism.

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in the Manifesto of the Communist Party put down some of the characteristics (or what some will call “beauty”) of capitalism. According to them, the capitalist has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom – Free Trade. It does not bother them that protectionism and opposition to free trade enabled capitalism develop during the formative period. The need of a constantly expanding market for its products, as well as for sourcing cheap raw materials and cheap or slave labour for its mode of capitalist production; the capitalist is everywhere, and really does not have loyalty to any nation – state. This maximization of profit is tied onto the myth of free competition. In practice, the capitalist corporations abhor free competition and what they call democracy. Again, according to Marx and Engels, the capitalist compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the capitalist mode of production, “it compels them to introduce what it calls civilization into their midst; i.e. become bourgeois themselves”. This explains the conversion of the Soviet Union and China into a capitalist terrain. The astonishing theory of “survival of the fittest” enabled technologically superior capitalist class in Europe to wipe out the indigenous population of Canada, Latin America, and Australia. Africa was invaded and divided among the European powers of the time. This great system enabled the industrial powers of the time to erect outstanding palatial buildings, industries, and economic systems that made the ruling class of those

RELIGION FROM CAPITALISTS POINT OF VIEW, TELLS THE WORLD

GOD IS NOT A GOD OF POVERTY… AND PRAYS “THAT WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN THAT THEIR

THEIR LIVES SHOULD BE PERMANENT countries enjoy exotic and luxurious lifestyle. Given the underlying world-view that some human beings are superior to other humans, the ruling class subjugated majority of their own population, before inventing reasons to send these underlings to suicide mission, and imperialist wars. Recently, some Africans perished in the Mediterranean Sea on the bid to cross over to Europe. Many more died in the Saharan Desert. The misery we find in Africa; and the internal wars sponsored by imperialist powers can be very delightful indeed. Capitalism at the imperialist and globalised stage ensures that subjugated populace lags behind in the knowledge of science and technology. Static and antiquated culture is promoted by African leaders, who hold fort for their imperialist masters. Funding of education and healthcare delivery are discouraged. This enables the predator individuals, organizations and their nations characterize the pauperized and dehumanized population as akin to wild animals.

That is the beauty of presenting Africans in televisions world-wide with the wild animals. Fragile health that accompanies degraded environment and over-exploitation leads to gradual extermination of the indigenous population of Africa. Multinational drug companies like Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, or GSK help reduce poverty by supplying dangerous drugs that will help in the killing off of the poor. Capitalism reduces poverty by killing the poor. The world, according to capitalism, is very comfortable when you do not have to be seeing very hungry, malnourished persons roaming the street. Tinted car glasses do not always prevent the wealthy capitalists from seeing the poverty stricken population. The possibility of the wretched rising up against the invaders and predators can never be ruled out. Capitalism uses force and religion to create heaven on earth. Religion from capitalists point of view, tells the world that their God is not a God of poverty. They therefore, pray “that what God has done in their lives should be permanent”. The poor, however, pray for change and prosperity. Modern culture, press, music and education are devoted to showing the good aspects of capitalism. From the perspective of the capitalists, the system is perfect and should be sustained. The down-trodden, enslaved colonized peoples will correctly see a system that benefits only a tiny minority of the population as being destroyed. Aesthetics in this case is dependent on your place in a class society. Professor Alozie is on the Editorial Board of this newspaper

Strikes and fate of Nigerian graduates OLUSOLA DANIEL

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oes being a graduate of Nigerian university guarantee you a good job these days? The answer is no! In a country like ours where our youths are daily faced with the herculean task of successfully completing a bachelors’ degree under the severest of conditions, this is what we have come to expect. Our graduates, when they finally complete their academic sojourn, enter the labour market with varied degrees; some of which should make them proud. But, this sense of pride in themselves soon diminish when prospective employers disregard their degrees and tag them ‘unemployable’. What else could possibly crush the dreams of a fresh graduate with more ferocity? Unemployable? After spending more than the requisite number of years only to come out of school and be thus labelled. It can be disheartening. This issue of ‘half-baked’ graduates churned out by our tertiary institutions is highly demoralising on several counts. Education at the tertiary level is swarmed with a host of problems and challenges of which poor funding seems to have stolen the spotlight. However, other issues such as outdated curricula, poor staffing, and even management’s incompetence, have been swept under the carpet. ASUU has stated emphatically that they consider it unfair to continue to take the blame for the poor quality of graduates, and this should rather be blamed on

WHILE WE BEMOAN THE FATE OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR, THE POOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING AIDS, LET US REMEMBER THAT THE MAIN OBJECT OF OUR CONCERN SHOULD BE THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES lack of facilities, expertise, and the inability of our academic institutions to retain bright minds; hence the need to take a definite stand and fight for an upgrade in the academic standard by way of a strike action. If that was all there is to the prolonged strike action, one might applaud their efforts, and even call them noble. However, in the wake of recent developments, there is cause for us to ask whom they are really fighting for. The fact that funding is not as it should be does not in any way justify the outdated curricula and obsolete courses brandished by many government owned universities. There are cases of lecturers resenting students who dare to question the status quo and question the old knowledge harangued by their lecturers with modern ones. You see lecturers who have not both-

ered to find out the current trends in their respective fields of study still dishing out outdated facts as if it were the government’s responsibility to improve their own minds. Today, even in the wake of federal government’s agreement to disburse funds to the universities, we must ask ourselves, how much will really go into infrastructure and improving academic learning? Must this union of academics that has shamelessly resolved to cling to the breast of our motherland milk her dry? The Minister of Finance, herself a daughter of professors, has become a victim of their verbal assaults. These learned people have forgotten so quickly that the allocation recently approved for them is from a fixed pool. It is ludicrous to even think, suggest or imply that a woman who has herself boosted the economic productivity and opportunity for our youths to thrive would want them either to sit back at home or to be taught under the worst possible conditions. These name-calling and placard-holding people, who should be an embodiment of learning, however seem to think so. How have they helped the economy when they themselves have held to ransom the very thing that they claim they want to fix? What they deem to be a selfless act to protect the citadel of learning will be no more than a show of their lack of sensitivity to the plight of the Nigerian youths - after all, who are the most affected so far by this shutdown? Certainly not the lecturers who will still be paid salaries for every single month they sit in their homes and leave the youths to languish.

ASUU must remember the wise saying that when you point one finger at someone, the other four fingers point back at you. What are they teaching our youth; is it to wait for the government to do everything for them? Shouldn’t these people set an example for us, challenging us to be selfreliant, to think outside the box? I find it disheartening that till date they have not mapped out creative and innovative ways to generating funds. No thanks to our dear lecturers, half-baked graduates flood the labour market and the value of a Nigerianbased education diminishes by the hour. While we bemoan the fate of the education sector, the poor infrastructure and learning aids, let us remember that the main object of our concern should be the students themselves. I wish I had confidence in ASUU that the funds, once disbursed, would be used for the very things they claimed they are fighting for. Are they nobler than the politicians and public office holders whom they say should be burned at the stake for their lack of competence and compassion? Only time will tell. Daniel, an advocate of community development, wrote from Lagos Send your views by mail or sms to PMB 10001, Ikoyi, or our Email: mail@ nationalmirroronline.net mirrorlagos@ yahoo.com or 08164966858 (SMS only). The Editor reserves the right to edit and reject views or photographs. Pseudonyms may be used but must be clearly marked as such.


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ast weekend, I spent time in the good old coal city of Enugu, South East Nigeria. Guess what I heard, early Sunday morning? Unbelievably, the sound and hooting of a moving locomotive Train! Impossible, I almost shouted, until I heard the sound again, now, LOUD and CLEAR, from my place of abode.

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SURE-P is working Why am I amazed? I cannot remember the last time I heard the sound of a moving train in South East Nigeria. Probably, in the late 1980s or 1990s, did I hear such sound. My mind went to work, as to what is responsible for this familiar but not too re-

cent Sound that I heard? It was by intuition that it dawned on me that President Goodluck Jonathan is revitalising the railway system of Nigeria, through funds provided under the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) of His admin-

Elder statesmen to the rescue

SOS to Gov Elechi

write to draw attention to the plight of a 28 old man, Mr. John Nwabegu, who recently had his entire property, worth over a million naira gutted by fire in Abakaliki, Ebony State capital. He wants all men of good conscience, especially Governor Martin Elechi to intervene to save him from a life of destitute. Mr. Nwabegu who was living at No. 28 Mbiri Street, Abakaliki in a 3-bedroom apartment was went out to seek for daily bread when the fire which started from electrical appliances in the sitting room; everything there got burnt before escalating to the living room. His joy is that the intervention of the State Fire Service prevented the fire from razing down the entire one story building. The Ebonyi State government should be commended for equipping the state Fire Service to be more operational and be more responsive to distress calls. If the reverse had been the case, it would have been a disaster. He has called on the State Emergency Management Agency to come to his aid to enable him cushion the effect of the psychology trauma he is currently facing. Aliuna Godwin, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State

That Anambra stampede

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he stampede at the Holy Ghost Adoration Centre, Uke, in the Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State that led to the loss of some 28 congregants on Saturday November 2 is needless. It unravels the lethal moral and spiritual repugnance of the Church and the moral impunity of politicians in their reckless quest for power. Governor Peter Obi, Senator Chris Ngige and their zombies and overzealous converts must be sanctioned. Enough of the political nihilism ravaging the country. Chief Bobson Gbinije, Warri, Delta State

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istration. I shouted; No Wonder! For once, a programme is surely working in Nigeria, and people, especially, rural folks, are benefiting from a scheme meant primarily for their welfare. Who says, SURE-P is not working? For me, SURE-P is surely working! Chukwuma Dioka, Owerri, Imo State

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HELPLESS: A sympathiser looking on as fire consumed parts of the Great Nigeria House in Lagos Island on Monday. PHOTO: YINKA ADEPARUSI

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ecently, a bride-to-be from Usar area of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State was allegedly found dead, obviously hanging after she was confirmed to have AIDS. A test said to have been conducted on her and the groom-to-be after the incident confirmed the HIV status. It was believed that she took her life on knowing she had AIDS. If the AIDS status account is true then it is indeed saddening as life is sacred and every human being is valuable before man and God. In other climes such unusual deaths are inquired into and probed using diverse parameters including health as in this instance, to unravel the cause in order to enlighten the populace and prevent a recurrence of such unfortunate incidents in the future. More worrisome is the fact that those afflicted with AIDS in our society are treated as an anathema due to the stigma attached to the disease. This explains the assertion that most AIDS victims die more often from the stigma

than the disease itself. This is so because most people and communities attribute it exclusively to nemesis for unrestrained promiscuity and therefore very shameful disease without recourse to the other means of the transmission of the virus through unscreened blood transfusion, multiple interpersonal uses of unsterilized needles, blades, clippers and knives. This poor knowledge about AIDS often leads to and heightens the stigma attached to the disease. At one time, Benue State was ranked high on AIDS prevalence, though this stereotype was repudiated by the indigenes as an exaggeration. If indeed the lady from Usar committed suicide due to her HIV status, it may be due to illiteracy, poverty, ignorance, or a combination of the factors in relation to the stigma attached to the disease. Interestingly, the groom-to-be also tested positive. This status does not mean reaching the end of road for the lady at all. Without castigating the dead, illiteracy whether formal or informal could limit under-

standing and acceptability of the knowledge about AIDS. In contrast the literacy level among the youths in Benue is one of the highest in the North and the country in general. Therefore, for couples contemplating marriage, it is expected that they must have been fully aware of some facts about basic sex education including the fact that even after contracting the dreaded virus, there are anti-retroviral drugs that are given free of charge in most hospitals across the country to keep the viral load low and hold secondary infections at bay. What this means is that poverty is largely seen as one of the reason for victims’ inability to manage the scourge. This should not be the case as the drugs are often dispensed free in most government and private hospitals. The fear of once infected through confirmatory test results that a death sentence has been passed on one does not also arise as it can be managed; and so there is hope in post-infection state. Moreover, with well-funded re-

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he lead story in the yesterday edition of your newspaper should gladden the hearts of many Nigerians. It is lifting that former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi and Chief Edwin Clark, all credible leaders, have closed ranks to give impetus to the proposed National Conference. That they have jointly come up with a 31-point agenda for the proposed national conference under the aegis of Southern Nigeria People’s Assembly (SNPA) and opposed the plan by President Goodluck Jonathan to send the outcome of the proposed conference to the National Assembly for ratification gives hope for the success of the confab. All discerning Nigerians know that the National Assembly is the least qualified to handle the assignment of giving Nigeria a befitting constitution. The place is a cauldron of geopolitical miasma, intrigues and demagoguery. Jonathan should smart and show courage or else his efforts towards a national renewal will be in vain. Bob Igbon, Ikeja, Lagos State

searches by diverse benefactors, there is hope about a cure in the future for this dreaded disease. There are reports of people living long into old age without any threat to their lives once they abide by the recommended dosages in their treatment both in developing and developed world. However, ignorance could pose a serious impediment to understanding this. For instance, most people still erroneously believe that it can be transmitted through hand shake, witchcraft, eating together, monotransmission route through sex only and the air that we breathe. While this death from Usar in Benue is unfortunate, it serves as a wakeup call for the Benue State government and indeed other states in the country to increase the tempo of public enlightenment about the disease and remove all impediments to access to the available drugs. State AIDS Control Agencies (SACAs), nongovernmental organizations and all stakeholders must do more to increase the general knowledge of the disease and its management. Such avoidable deaths need not be tolerated at all. Emmanuel Tyokumbur, Department of Zoology University of Ibadan, Ibadan


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firmed there had been previous attempts to get the state government to understand the plight of the collecting society. “We have to do our job but this is unfortunate. I know how much we have tried to avoid this matter getting to this point. I know how hard we have tried to engage the officials of the Cross River State Government to find an amicable answer. I know the personal efforts made by our Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji who has several friends within the Cross River State government apparatus. The problem is that in this day and age, many supposedly educated Nigerians still do not take intellectual property matters seriously. They think that people’s intellectual property can

be freely used anyhow and anywhere they want until the matter results into a big court action costing millions. I hope that others learn from this”. Meanwhile, COSON is also being battled on the other hand by the officials of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON, a body of broadcasting outfits in the country. They have risen in strong defence of their members after repeated squabbles between COSON and outfits like Ray Power FM and Wazobia FM. Friday Flavour gathered that BON has threatened to stop airing songs and music videos of artistes who COSON constantly demand royalties on their behalf. A recent meeting which held at the BON secretariat also

WEEKEND STARTERS Macbeth comes to Lagos

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he play Macbeth, written by world famous English author/poet Williams Shakespeare, will be brought alive in Lagos by Renegade Theatre tomorrow and on Sunday on the stage of MUSON Centre, Onikan-Lagos. Adapted by award winning playwright Wole Oguntokun, the play which catalogues unharnessed ambition, treachery, double-crosses, witchcraft, ghosts and murder has been set in the era of Nigeria’s Civil War. Macbeth at MUSON will show on both days at 3.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. respectively.

Sage Hassan presents Dream Maker on Sunday

Sambo, Aganga, Utomi for NEBAwards

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he Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, will tomorrow host the 2013 edition of the Nigerian Elite Business Awards, NEBA. Originated by the Elite Business African Network to honour distinguished personalities various fields of endeavour, the event will have in attendance the Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi

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Sambo; Minister of Trade, Olusegun Aganga; erudite scholar, Prof. Pat Utomi and Sam Ohuabunwa amongst others. The networking session will feature performances by comedians, singers and some Nollywood acts.

ammy Sage Hassan’s new book, Dream Maker will be presented to the public by 6.00 p.m. at Bogobiri House, Ikoyi, Lagos. The long-awaited inspirational/motivational fiction published by Hot Coffee Books will be presented as part of the Bogobiri Arts Festival. Sage, a performance poet among other things, said the book is a fable written in the tradition of other great works of its genre. He explained that it’s not written strictly for entertainment value but to convey a message and a philosophy. “Dream Maker is a story set in a mythical city supposedly built and established by the Biblical King Solomon as a place of study, philosophy, knowledge, wisdom. A silicon valley for wisdom,” he said.

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n Sunday, Project Space Foundation for the Arts, Lagos, will hold a cocktail and preview for ‘Lagos Open –Ajegunle Invitation 2013’, an international contemporary art project being organised in Ajegunle-Lagos. Facilitated by Emeka Udemba and generously supported by the Prince Claus Fund of Holland, the art project is themed “Rethinking Space”. Invited artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Kenya would develop works

in selected public locations in Ajegunle, produced in collaboration with some residents and artists who work and live in Ajegunle. The works would address issues associated with Ajegunle as a challenging space. Venue for the cocktail event is Project Space Badore, Ajah and time is 2.30 p.m. The grand opening of Lagos Open is on Saturday, November 13.

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ment is the four-day ‘Calabar Carnival’ widely known as Africa’s biggest street party during which over 50 trailer loads of massive loud speakers, without any licence or authorisation, communicate various musical works and sound recordings belonging to the members, affiliates, assignors and licensors of the Plaintiff, to millions of people lined up on several streets of Calabar and inside UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, which musical works and sound recordings, without any licence or authorisation, are broadcast or caused to be broadcast by the Defendants to hundreds of millions of people in Lagos , all over Nigeria and around the world”. COSON’s General Manager, Chinedu Chukwuji con-

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suggested a scenario where radio and TV stations would be directed to charge air time for the broadcast of music artistes’ works, akin to what obtains with independent producers. Of course, industry experts believe the recent move would certainly have farreaching effects on not only the Calabar Carnival 2013 but also the culture/festival industry in general. For instance, the ongoing law suit between COSON and the Cross River State would certainly affect this year’s edition of the carnival should the court grant their prayer. But what measures are being put in place by the Cross River State government to find a middle ground with the collecting society? Our reporter contacted Willie Usani, a Senior Assistant (Tourism) to the Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke on this, but he was unable to give a response as at press time.

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he ever effervescent intellectual property landscape brimming with law suits is set to get messier as the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, apparently stretched beyond its bearable limits, has dragged the Cross River State Government to court for the exploitation of the works of various artistes during the state’s annual Calabar Carnival which holds usually in December. To this end, COSON is suing the Cross River State Government and her agents for N5bn at a Federal High Court, where they are seeking, amongst other things, an injunction restraining the government, their agents, privies or servants from the unauthorised copying, communication to the public, broadcast and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to the members, affiliates, assignors and licensors of COSON. According to a statement by COSON, “In the Suit No FHC/L/CS/1544/13 with a 41 paragraph Statement of Claim filed on behalf of COSON by renowned intellectual property lawyer, Mr. Justin Ige, COSON is claiming that among the events organised in December every year by the Cross River Carnival Commission on behalf of the Cross River State govern-

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It’s ignorance to ascribe powers Solomon Ogbonna’s resolve to make sure art pieces from Africa are not smuggled to the western world has turned him into one of the biggest collectors of art from this part of the world. With over 6000 different art pieces representing different cultures and histories, he has gradually turned his world into a gallery of ancient African arts. NGOZI EMEDEOLIBE was at his Ajah, Lagos State home. Excerpts: At what point did you realise you had interest in art works? The reality is that I was born into the arts. At the age of 15, I had deep interest in works of art. I deeply took after my father and it was a gradual process. Was your father an artist? He was the spiritual head of OnichaIgbo Eze, Ebonyi State and that position meant he worked well with artefacts. He, in a lot of ways, influenced my interest in art collection. Art collection is an expensive venture; how do you make money that is funnelled into acquiring art works? I am a business man with primary interest in property. I buy lands in various parts of the country and build to sell for profit. It is a challenging business, but could be mouthwatering at the right button. Before I got into estate, I was bringing cars into the country. I would go to Europe to do that on a regular basis, but I have soft-pedalled on this aspect now. Is it not profitable? You need a lot of logistics and contacts. You know car business requires people paying part of the agreed fees for their brand of cars. It has some hiccups now because of the policies that have been put in place. And the truth is that I prefer the property market in so many ways. And it has a lot of similarities with collection of art, though I collect art works out of passion. Art works, like property market gain value with time. They appreciate as they age. I have collected art works and for now I think it is time to tell the world that they can come around to see what our heritage looked like 100 years ago. Do you sometimes sell? If I want to sell, I am well-exposed in business to begin to think in that line. But the truth is that I am more concerned with preserving our heritage. I know the countries that are scrambling to have some of the pieces, but I want them to come down to Nigeria to have a glimpse of it. What motivates the art work you collect? Honestly, I collect mainly Nigerian and other sub Saharan African works. In Nigeria, I collect Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa works. I also collect from other cultures in Nigeria like the Efik, Bini, Idoma. A huge chunk of my collection is from Nigeria. How do you source the works? Once they know that you buy art work, people will be coming to you; words will pass around that you collect. I have collected from most localities and the people who have works to sell usu-

ally get back to me. As I am talking with you now, some people are on the way to bring some works for me from Agatu, Benue State. They have some family works they want to sell. According to the boy, he is now a pastor and he does not want to see those images again; he wants to sell and wants to see if I will be interested. Words got to him that I buy. Does it affect you that some people see artworks as spiritual? Whatever one believes is what works for him. There are some statues or shrines that govern a whole town and people often go there to pour libation because it their belief. But God works in mysterious ways. When He works, some people may misconstrue it as the workings of the carved materials and give the glory to these images. What does a carved work mean to you? I believe it has no effect. Even when I started collecting art works, people used to pass words around that it is occultism. Some of them were even scared of coming around me, but that is ignorance on their part. Some of them who are exposed now, have told me how they viewed me in those days. Some of them who live abroad have also realised that this is money. That is because they have seen these pieces being priced and they know how much they fetch in the market. I think it is sheer ignorance to ascribe powers to works of art. It is an unbeliever that will go ahead to believe that something that was created by the hands of man can do anything to him. How do some members of your church see this? I am a Roman Catholic. I was born and brought up as a Catholic. I do not believe that an image can govern me when it does not have any senses. It does not breathe and does not talk. It appears the bulk of works you collect are sculptures. Do you collect paintings? Yes, I have a lot of paintings. I have other compounds where I hid some of the works from the prying eyes of scavengers and evil curators who steal works of art. Are all your works in Lagos? No, I have a bigger space in Abakiliki where I built a set of two storey buildings. Some are there, but I will eventually establish a big centre where the works will be on display for everyone to come in and see. Why don’t you want to sell? Are you waiting for the price to go up? I don’t want to sell. Mine is to collect

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SOME CHARACTERS IN THE INDUSTRY HAVE, IN THE PAST, DESTROYED THE NOLLYWOOD BRAND IN THE EYES OF BANKS, THE CORPORATE WORLD AND GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS and preserve. The money I make from other businesses, I just plough them into art work with the motive of ensuring that the owners of these works do not take them abroad. I like the feeling that our art works are within the shores of Nigeria. What I want to do is similar to what the superpowers of the world are doing about biodiversity. They do not want to kill some species of animals, so that our future generation does not have to depend on films to know what an elephant or lion looked like. That is what I am doing with art works. My intervention is strictly to make sure no one takes them abroad. If you can imagine the kind of influence these statutes had in the lives of the people in those communities, a governor would hardly command that kind of influence today. So why don’t we preserve them for the future? That is what I am doing? What determines how much you pay for the works? Most times, I do not only assess art

works by age, I assess works by the design. I assess them by the finishing and most importantly how many of those works are in existence. The fewer, the more valuable they are. Those are the factors that determine the price I offer. Does the artist’s name come into play in determining the price for you? No, these works of olden days hardly have such names engraved. You just have to know where the work is coming from and possibly what it represents in that particular town. I am doing a book to prove that African art is an intellectual treasure. Which other parts of Africa do you collect works? I have works from Burkina Faso, Zaire, Cameroun, and Mali. The man who left before you came in brings me works from Cameroun. Many of the works I own are from Nigeria. Of course, Nigeria’s art works are the most respected in Africa


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to works of art –Ogbonna FACT FILE •

Solomom Ogbonna hails from Aguene Okorie’s family in Onicha Igbo-Eze, Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

He is the founder of Aguene Art Foundation, an indigenous Non-governmental Organisation NGO, set up for the collection, preservation, development and advancement of arts and culture

His honours include: Chairman, Board of Trustees of Augene Art Foundation; Patron of Onicha Igbo-Eze Town Union, Lagos branch; Doctor of Public Administration, Rhoda University; Ambassador for Peace, and awardee of the Pan-African Partnership Award for Peace for Art and Culture development.

Ogbonna is married to Mrs. Josephine Solomon Ogbonna Nwinyinya and blessed with children.

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because of the variety the nation offers. We have many cultures and languages, as well many varieties of art works. The variety that obtains in languages also reflects in the art works. The variants in languages ultimately get engraved in the art works available in Nigeria. If you talk of the most successful artists in the world, you will be looking at Pablo Picasso in terms of ranking and appreciation. He found the concept of cubism in African art, influenced by Gramadine, who bought a mask from Africa. Picasso travelled from Spain to France to buy it from him. That goes to prove that African art is deep and from then on began to pattern his works after this concept. Do you have interest in art pieces from music? Yes, I collect saxophones and pianos. I mean the ones designed by our African people. You said you started as early as 15.How did you get money to be collecting at that age? I had interest in culture as early as 15, but I was not collecting. I attached myself so much to the culture of my people. In my place, there is a spiritual society called ‘Ogbaekwa’ in the olden days. They played the role of the native police who chastised the evil men, bringing them to justice with the prerequisite penalty. They are the ones who ostracised people too. At 15, I was a member of that society. That encouraged me a lot aside my father who loved arts. Have you tried producing these art pieces? No, I don t work. There are times I try to do something but I have realised I am not an artist; I am satis-

Minister, Edem Duke at his home

He relaxes by listening to African folk songs and loves the BMW brand of automobiles.

fied being a collector. When you collect any art piece do you go ahead to name it? Yes, I will ask about the history of the work, the origin and the significance of the work. I go ahead and attach an identity to it. But let me also point out that the works of art in Nigeria are so deep that no one can boast of being able to know everything about their origins. How does the culture impart on the aesthetics in some works? It does a great deal. If I see a Yoruba work, I will know, likewise works from other ethnic groups. In fact, there are a few similarities and some distinct differences, the same way it shows in our languages and cultures in Nigeria. But I may not be able to tell which part of the ethnic group it comes from. For instance I know Yoruba works, but may not say if it is from Owo or Osogbo or Ijebu. The same applies to Igbo works, although they show strong similarities with works from Ogoni and other parts of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers States. There are some works you will find at both Eket and Nsukka, because the cultures are similar. Most Ijaw works come colourful and can be com-

Some of his collections

pared with works from Ojongo and Ibagwa in Nsukka. You are doing well in estate business and art collection, how would you like to be identified? I find my joy being called an art collector and preserver of ancient African culture. I like being called a curator despite that I earn money from estate development. But I have been recognised severally in the area of art than in the estate business. In the last one month, I have been recognised by Nollywood and the Pan African (now Pan-Atlantic) University. What are the differences you have noticed between art works of the olden days and today? Works in the olden days have more details, though you still can find modern ones with details. But works from the olden days were done out of passion not for money unlike today, when people struggle to produce many and take them to the market or to meet up with what is required at exhibitions. How do you make sure such pieces are not destroyed by weather or termite? I go regularly to see my art pieces. Then, I make sure that they are not at a particular position for too long but the bronze works are safe, they are hardly affected even when they are outside. I have many works, running into thousands, and I think I need expatriate maintenance to lift up the works and put them on a better and more durable base. That helps to push up the value. The bronze bases on copper works are by far more durable. What do you intend to do with the investments you have ploughed in this so far? Actually, it is difficult to believe that an Igbo man will buy works and refuse to sell. People ask me if I am sure that I am Igbo. Even when the Minister of Culture came to my house, he said ‘seeing is believing’. I know that what I invested in this can fetch me the newest of any car model, but I restricted myself to four cars and plough the rest into art works.


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Performance

1st class acts, live music at MUSON Jazz fest The 2013 MUSON Jazz Festival will resonate in the minds of attendees at least until the next edition. It was organised by Musical Society of Nigeria, MUSON (which turned 30 this year), as part of the annual Festival of Arts. The Jazz festival was powered by leading entertainment and Jazz promotions outfit, Inspiro Productions. ADENRELE NIYI

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he Jazz Festival was well attended by a diverse audience consisting of mainly expatriates and diplomats who come to watch the headline artistes of the night, Afro Jazz Diva Yinka Davies and Afrobeat King Femi Anikulapo Kuti. These two artistes were electrifying in their own elements and certainly put up a good show. They were both judges on the third season of Nigerian Idol, the popular music talent show. Yinka Davies, the first act of the night, was the perfect drama queen and real fireworks to behold. She kept her audience on their toes all through her over 90 minutes performance. One minute she was dishing out dramatics, the next minute she was singing. Her ingenuity to seamlessly execute this transition between two characters was impeccable. If the audience had hoped to have a quiet, jazzy performance from her, they were in for a big surprise. In fact, some were playfully accosted by her on their way into the hall which was just part of her theatrics. Like a box filled with different objects but dynamic in every way, she was a big contrast to her petite demeanour. Dressed in simple jeans and blouse with a sparkling cream jacket she walked into the crowd with ease, calling on people she knew, hugging some members of the audience who were delighted to have such privileges, throwing jabs at friends and even at her band on stage if she felt they missed the rhythm of her note. The beautifully setup MUSON stage was occupied by her band made up of two trumpeters, a saxophonist, two guitarists, three per-

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cussion players, a pianist and four backup singers (two males and two females) in a uniformed attire. Her performances for the night earned her laudable applause which she got after each number that seemed to reflect that she had her own share of heartbreaks and betrayals, which could only seem to be the only plausible deduction for her choice of mainly satirical love songs dedicated to her past lovers, jilted lovers and even housemaids. Yinka performed one of Ella Fitzgerald’s (Queen of Jazz) songs flirting with high and low notes, evoking sweet melodious tunes in a blend of funk, soul and jazz. Further flaunting her versatility in creativity, she sang in Ibibio and Yoruba, also giving a melancholic piece of music on morals, quoting from the Holy Bible, John 3:16, and also a comical interpretation of the national anthem. By now, the audience were getting used to her dramatic displays but they never envisioned that she will take off her shoes on stage and walk amongst them bare feet. These moves and others earned her admiration from the audience who were also wowed at her own interpretation of Victor Uwaifo’s Guitar Boy, and Prof. Samuel Akpabot’s Oni Dodo, Oni Moi-Moi which she dedicated to her late mentor Steve Rhodes. Adding spice to the performance, she mimicked how the late musician will task his orchestra and demand that their pay be slashed if they had put up a poor performance, this elicited peals of laughter from the audience. She also had a duet with one of her male back-up singers, singing Ayinde Barrister’s Owo. This should have been her curtain call for the night but she was called back to the stage for a double encore as the audience were not weary of

Femi performing

MUSON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 WAS CERTAINLY A DELIGHT

TO ATTEND AND WELLTHOUGHT OUT EVENT TO HONOUR THESE TWO CONTEMPORARY

NIGERIA MUSIC ICONS her music as she performed her final bow out song Eko Ile, accompanied by her hugging and taking pictures with members of the audience. Within the few minutes of interlude, the audience mingled, ordered for refreshments while they waited for the Afrobeat King Femi Kuti to mount the stage. The ambiance of the hall, especially after such an impressive act from Yinka Davies, set the tone for the next headliner. Femi’s arrival on stage was a display of grandeur. First, his Positive Force band sampled some beats accompanied with some choreographed movements from the dancers. In his gentlemanly manner, he walked in with purposeful strides bringing along his personal in-

strument –two saxophones and a trumpet with an aura of gentility that would belie his vibrant showmanship. A thunderous cheer from the crowd welcomed him and without much ado, Femi took a bow, saluted the crowd and immediately attacked his Hammond organ toned keyboard whilst also conducting his band simultaneously. After performing his first song for the night Truth don Die, the Afrobeat king displayed his command on the saxophone by holding a note for over 10 minutes displaying astonishing breath control. He also played the trumpet as well belting out sonorous jazz sketches on same. Femi also gave a brief passionate speech about his music and dream for Africa. This was accompanied by You better ask Yourself from his previous album. For a firsttimer, it is easy to be distracted by Femi’s erotic dancers, but the three-time Grammy nominated artiste knew how to hold his audience spellbound. From his energetic display on the wind instruments, to his swirling dance steps and singing all rolled in one, the dancers would have become a second spectacle. It is was also amazing how his mostly female back-up singers, who were also dancers, were able to control their breath despite the gyration and energetic dance steps they performed.

A 45-minute trip through When the Youth Entrepreneurship & Leadership Integrity Forum, YELIF, aired its documentary last year, the first in the Nigerian Integrity Watch series, some people may have thought this would not continue. This is due to the fact that the non-governmental organisation, NGO, had relied on its own funds to bring this about. Not resting on it oars YELIF has come with another one entitled: The Transformation Agenda. TERH AGBEDEH

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he opening montage for the documentary simply titled: The Transformation Agenda is a slideshow of Nigeria’s democratic leaders from Independence till date. As

the narrator’s voice is heard, it becomes clear that that leaving out the men in uniform is not a mistake. “The incursion of the military in governance for 28 years was comprehensively retrogressive to civilisation for the Nigerian people and the after-

math still torments the societal structures that should mould the true character of a federation”, the narrator says as another slideshow of military leaders appears on the screen. The voice goes on to aver that research has proven that the mentality of an average


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Film

Onye Ozi reengineers language films Two decades after the Igbo language movie, Living in Bondage, initiated the revolution called Nollywood, Obi Emelonye steps up the tempo to ensure continuity with his new work. Can he? NGOZI EMEDOLIBE

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Yinka Davies performing

When Femi performed his No Place for my Dream from his latest album with the same title and Beng Beng Beng, eight extra dancers joined him on the stage, delivering a spectacular and sensational act with over 30 people on stage. Femi walked in his father’s shoes when he performed the No place for my Dream song by listing names of politicians who had looted the country’s common wealth. Also being Felabration week, Femi did a classical showstopper. In the middle of performing his song Yeparipa, he deemed it fit to educate the audience on the essence of the weeklong celebration to honour his father Fela, the Afrobeat founder and legend. Sitting on one of the floor speakers on stage, he recounted a satirical and comical narrative of his father’s life, highlighting experiences that influenced his education, marriage to his mother, his relationship with his grandparents, his arrest by the army and of course, illustrious music career. He went further to correct the wrong notion the public, especially the elites, have about his New Africa Shrine, a stead where Femi entertains his music lovers every week and a replica of the late Fela’s Shrine whose doors are opened to everyone and anyone any time of the day. Citing an example, Femi narrated how

a man reported to the police that his car was stolen at the Shrine. When further interrogated, the man claimed the car was stolen along ‘7UP by Shrine’, which was quite a distance from the Shrine. The musician urged people to stop conceiving the Shrine as a homestead for the bad eggs of the society and a cesspit of corruption; rather they should focus on how to save the nation from political and economic corruption. After these he continued the Yeparipa song from where he stopped and this elicited rapturous applause from the crowd. A new side of Femi was also revealed at the MUSON Jazz Festival as he also walked into the audience and greeted Rasheed Gbadamosi, one of the founders of MUSON and a long time friend of Fela’s. This may have explained why the latter and his wife danced gaily to the singer’s Wonder Wonder song. Other songs he performed that thrilled the audience include Dem Bobo and Carry on Pushing on from his latest album. The audience did not leave until Femi was done for the night after about two hours of performance. In all, the MUSON Jazz Festival 2013 was certainly a delight to attend and wellthought out event by the organisers to honour these two contemporary Nigeria music icons.

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Nigerian is driven by hunger, quest for power, greed, ignorance, insecurity, nepotism, tribalism and naivety. “We are a nation consumed by dictatorship and tyranny also known as power-byforce”, the voice continues. The next image is that of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Strategies, Oronto Douglass. His words align with what the producers of the documentary, Youth Entrepreneurship & Leadership Integrity Forum, YELIF have been saying all along. But if you think this documentary is about castigating the military then you must think again. It is about how the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is walking the minefield of

eyond telling one’s story, the other important aspect of filmmaking is reaching the right and proportionate audience that would ensure returns on the investment. This has been the bane of Igbo language movies in Nollywiood since Kenneth Nnebue’s Living in Bondage, changed the status quo and brought about the revolution known today as Nollywood. The quest to capture more audience has left the making of movies in Igbo language to only those who are passionate about the language. Although some of the producers renowned for making films in Igbo language often argue that they still inject Igbo words into some of their mainstream English language ‘Nollywood’ films, the efforts have left little to be desired, and do not likely seem effective in completely preserving the language. This is where, Onye Ozi (The Messenger), a new film by Obi Emelonye, popular for his blockbusters, Last Flight to Abuja and Mirror Boy comes in handy at a time when the interest in Igbo language films is waning amongst producers. This film tells the story of Anyi (Okey Bakassi) who in the quest for greener pastures, struggles to migrate to the United Kingdom, where he realises that life on ‘the other side of the world’ could sometimes be cold. Like someone who loses a veil over his face, it dawns on him that foreign currencies do not grow on trees in United Kingdom, as virtually everything has to be paid for. Some of the tactics employed to overcome his challenges in the United Kingdom, would form the plot of the story, which is strictly by my definition ‘an evocative comedy’. In many ways, the choice of Bakassi for the role is on point. The actor/ comedian’s style of delivery has always set him apart in the art of comic roles. He is unique in the fact that his

transforming the nation and its people from the indoctrination of the military days to freewill of democracy. But it is also much more than that since some key figures in the administration get a chance to talk about what they have been doing since they joined the Jonathan team. But before they speak up, the narrator’s punchy voice blames the military for the culture of violence that has become the lot of the people for which Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka responds by saying that we have been very lucky as a people and what the nation is dealing with in the violence is a psychological condition. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

A scene from the film

comedic delivery does not evoke feelings of clowning, which is good for a serious story like this, were he occasionally steps in to deflate the built-up tension in the film. Bakassi’s role as a lead in this film must have stemmed from the fact that he is funny, intelligent and up till date, he remains one of the comedians with an army of followers. Other members of the cast like Stephen Moriaty, (the white man who spent a substantial part of the rehearsal time trying to learn how to speak Igbo language), Ngozi Igwebuike, Anthony Aclet and D’Kachy Emelonye also paraded stellar acting, worthy of commendation. If acting nailed it for Onye Ozi, what would immensely interest the audience is the technical details of the movie. Although this movie appears lower in terms of budget in comparison to what Emelonye is known for, the technical details of the film sets it apart from many films in its category. Shooting bullet time with 60 cameras is something that is special for a ‘small Nollywood film’, the director also introduced heli-cam aerial photography (indoors and outdoors) to produce some of the best cinematic shots of any African film. As with Last Flight to Abuja, the score is pulsating and gives Onye Ozi, a big film feel. Emelonye certainly proved that he is worth his mettle and the audience for this film will find him a consummate visual storyteller, who plots well-rounded, engaging stories, told with compelling passion and dexterity. His story-telling style in this film comes from the heart and allows the audience the opportunity to experience his versatility. Definitely, the reason has chosen to tell such a serious story as economic tourism through the prism of comedy is better left to his creative license, but the fact is that the film recognises that comedy is a universal film language that is easier on the senses and emotions. It flirts with thriller elements, while at the same time proves not to take itself seriously. Of course, this film holds a lot of potentials at this time when Christmas is just by the corner to offer a calming elixir for Nollywood fans during the holidays, but the producer must take into account that this effort must be promoted with all the vigour a good film requires. Sometimes, producers tend to classify works based on budgets, but the truth is that budgets do not make blockbusters. A case in question is what happened during the production of Aki Na Ukwa, the low-budget film that transformed the lives of the trio of Chinedu Ikedieze, Osita Iheme and director Amayo Uzo Philips. While no one believed in the project because it was not considered ‘big’ in the eyes of the producers, it went ahead to define the film market in Africa. Onye Ozi sure has such potentials.


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Refuse takes over FCT satellite towns • Epidemic looms in Utako

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treets of most of satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, are fast degenerating to dumping grounds for refuse under the watch of the relevant authority, even as some parts of the metropolis are not insulated from the nuisance of wastes. The menace is pervasive, manifesting in some areas like Garki Area 1, Mpape, Yanyan, Lugbe, Mararaba and Kubwa, amongst other communities, where rubbish heaps are gradually becoming key features of the roads and residential areas. Another worrisome dimension to the unhealthy practice is that traders and their customers also care less about how they dispose waste, littering the markets and public domains with fruit wastes and other items that have been identified by experts as constituting health risks to residents. Besides, the drainages are also stuffed with human faeces, polythene wastes and other heavy waste leading to unhealthy pollution in sections of Area 1, Wuse and other parts of the city. Some residents who spoke with Inside FCT said that street littering and growing heaps of refuse was not the fault of the people but of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, for failure to provide proper and effective means of waste disposal in the metropolis –more particularly in the satellite towns and villages. “Nobody likes the way the capital of Nigeria looks. Look at remnant of food, paper and all manner of waste scattered about in the middle of Abuja. It is an eyesore, how can this stop? It can only be arrested if the FCT Minister provides a proper and more efficient way of disposing waste. For now, there is none”, a man who identified himself as Enoch Duniya said. A commercial taxi driver in Area 2 Junction Park said: “if you look at this park, you would see that there is no official waste disposal point, even though we are located close to the office of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB. So if you arrest us here for not keeping the place, it will be on what basis?”, he queried. A shopkeeper across the road from the park, who identified himself simply as Chinedu, said the shopkeepers try to take sanitary measures on their own but they are sometimes frustrated by AEPB’s delay in coming to help dispose off the bins of refuse gathered. Chinedu said the office showed more interested in the money they can get from the traders, and not really the health of the residents and the environment. “Sometimes they don’t come until the rains falls and spill the bins, creating

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AEPB’S DELAY IN COMING TO HELP DISPOSE OFF THE BINS OF REFUSE GATHERED an unsightly mess in the environment. I think AEPB officials do this deliberately for an excuse to swoop on us and get taxes; I don’t believe they are interested in a clean environment”, he said The agency charged under the FCT Administration to keep Abuja clean, is the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, which was established in 1989. The duties of AEPB are as follows: Waste collection and disposal, landfill development and monitoring of cleaning contractors. The AEPB is also charged with the maintenance of the central sewer lines, evacuation of septic tanks, drainage/ storm water control, maintenance of treatment plants and aerators, rehabilitation of degraded sites, management of incidental open spaces, cemeteries, etc. It is also charged with conservation of biodiversity, house to house inspection, vector and pest control services, abatement of nuisance in the FCT, collaborating with the six Area Councils of the FCT on sanitation, organise environmental clubs for schools, control of industrial waste, burrow pits and quarry sites, pollution monitoring and control services, laboratory analysis, Onchocerciasis (River Blindness) control, biodiversity studies, environmental impact assessment, revenue generation and administrative work. AEPB’s budget for 2013 is about N3,674,416,761 (estimate of N3.7bn) approved by the National Assembly and released to it already. Besides, the agency generates fund through fines, sale of waste bins and uses other means to generate monies not remitted to government coffers as prescribed in section 162 of the 1999 Constitution. The agency has failed to monitor the activities of traders and residents of Abuja as regards the environment, as passengers and drivers commit drive-by littering in the suburbs and even right in the cities without any arrests or fines. The agency has no evidence in the last two to three years of conducting staff training on environment and its impact on climate change and has nothing much to show for the huge allocation that goes it way every year. More than 40 per cent of the agency’s staff are casual workers and yet to be regularised as permanent despite outcry for the AEPB to do so.

Some children scavenging on a refuse heap in the FCT

Rather, AEPB is focusing on morality policing and has taken upon itself the task of monitoring the arrival of prostitutes into the city, their residences and their movement within the city, a function that it is clearly not on its list of duties. For its ‘effort’, the agency, which has recorded dismal performance in the last 10 years, has been rewarded by the National Assembly, from the prodding of FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, with the task of disbursing a whopping N5 billion to take prostitutes off the streets Meanwhile, Inside FCT observed a foul stench has become permanent feature of the air around Utako Park in Abuja. Specifically, the road that lies between the popular Utako Park and ThisDay Newspapers’ office is badly polluted by urination and defecation, no thanks to absence of public conveniences there.

The oozing stench forms alliance with the air and thus, threatens residents and passers-by with imminent air-borne diseases and other diseases facilitated by pathogenic microbial agents. When our reporter visited the area, it was a reprehensible sight as men and boys were seen either urinating or squatting to pass faeces. One thing that was unanimous among those interacted with was the ‘cry’ for provision of modern toilet facilities. Efforts to make them realise the fact that those doing there excretion business around there could as well pull resources together to make the place comfortable were futile; they insisted that it was ‘government’s duty’ since they pay levies and other fees. A shop owner who gave his name as Ufine Otu said: “How will we provide toilet facilities for ourselves when we pay

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return to democracy in 1999. After this, the narrative presents President Jonathan’s intimidating CV from his days as a teacher and ecological director, his foray into politics and rise to the highest office in the land for which he is the second university graduate to occupy. “He has this experience of research, of scholarship and politics to be able to see how justice can be brought to bear in the governance of Nigeria”, Douglass says. The documentary goes on to give a pass mark to the economy and foreign policy, among others brought about by the introduction of The Transformation Agenda of the current administra-


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revenue to government? Please help us appeal to government to come and put these things in place”. Another businessman who simply identified himself as Baba said: “Those of us who stay around here know that we are at risk of outbreak of diseases. Just look at that place (pointing at the road side) and count how many people are responding to the call of nature publicly. Look how big the park and area is which could be developed for leisure activity or tourism, but this is the kind of situation one gets”, he lamented in view of the attendant suffocating odour that assails the affected area. Residents’ concerns are legitimate because the health and wellbeing of a people depend largely on the sanitary condition of their immediate environment. However, issues of sanitation do not

seem to be of ‘top most’ priority to authorities of the Federal Capital Territory. Otherwise, why would waste fully loaded disposal trucks be allowed to drive through city centres without covering the refuse some which eventually spill on the roads? When our reporter contacted an official of the AEPB on phone, he simply said: “Please write a letter to our Director”. AEPB as well as the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, are alleged to have abdicated (perhaps unconsciously) their responsibility of ensuring a clean and neat environment, for human habitation. It is more pressing now (with the outbreak of Cholera in some states) more than ever, that government intervenes to provide a solution to the fast decline of the Abuja environment.

tion after which the documentary is titled. The summation is that remarkable progress has been made, Nigeria’s credit rating is positive. The documentarists do not arrive at this conclusion in the dark; there are figures to back it all up. For instance, the narrator’s upbeat voice states that in the year 2013, the economy grew steadily with external reserves rising from $32.08 billion in May 2011 to $48.04 billion in May 2013, the highest in 34 months. By the time everyone has had their say from the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga; Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adeshina; Minister of Petroleum, Diezani AllisonMadueke; Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, and the common man on the streets, among many others, it is hard to believe that Nigeria is not the fastest growing economy in the world and that Nigeria is making steady progress. Others to also air their views in this documentary

he ongoing demolition of shops and other illegal structures in Kubwa, one of the satellite towns in Abuja, by the agents of the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA, has left many residents with sad tales. Not only have owners of the demolished shops –valued at over N50 million, been affected by the raid being carried out in Gestapo fashion, virtually all residents share the burden. For instance, the roaring and bellowing of bulldozers deployed to carry out the demolition did not only give a similitude of war times with all its scary features, it also triggered fear in the minds of residence as they were in the dark regarding the class of structures pencilled down for demolition. So far, some of the locations that have paid host to FCTA bulldozers include, Federal Housing, PW, Gado Road and Dansuki Way, popularly known as 2-2. According to the residents, since the demolition started last Friday, no fewer than 3,000 structures, including shops, churches, mosques restaurants and boutiques have been levelled to the ground. Some of the affected shops owners, landlords and tenants who spoke with Inside FCT, described the demolition as callous, inhuman and despicable, stressing that even if the structures were erected illegally, FCT administration should have given enough notice before rolling up their bulldozers. One of the victims, who gave her name as Basirat, stated that the undeveloped plot on which she erected her shop was legally paid for and that she had no notice that it was an illegal structure. “My husband and I run the restaurant that has just been demolished. Since both of us have no jobs, our family members contributed N100,000 for us to rent the plot on which the demolished restaurant was built. We were doing fine until yesterday (last week), when FCTA people came to chase us away and demolished it in spite of all entreaties. “Now that our means of livelihood has been destroyed, we are at a fix as

THE DOCUMENTARY IS RICH IN SOUND AND PICTURE QUALITY AS WELL AS A DIVERSE FOOTAGE AND GRAPHICS TO BUTTRESS THE NARRATOR’S STATEMENTS that gets a wide range of responses are: filmmakers, Teco Benson and Kingsley Ogoro as well as actor and former president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Segun Arinze. All the respondents speak well of the Jonathan administration and the progress it is making so glowingly that one wonders if no dissenting voice was found out of the millions of Nigerians out there. Perhaps that is the only fault of the documentary that is rich in sound and picture quality as

NOW THAT OUR MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD HAS BEEN DESTROYED, WE ARE

AT A FIX AS TO WHAT WE CAN DO TO FEED OURSELVES AND OUR THREE KIDS to what we can do to feed ourselves and our three kids. While we do not have power to question government, our appeal to them is to help us with viable alternatives”, she pleaded. Another victim, Omolewa John amidst sobs, told our correspondent that he decided to appeal to his landlord to erect a Barbing Salon in front of his apartment having searched for a job for nearly a decade after graduation without success. According to him, it was from proceeds of the barbing business that he paid his rent and attended to other pressing needs. He also said: “Sometimes, I ask myself what sort of government we have in this country. While we have a lot of challenges on our hands– challenges brought about by joblessness and poverty, a lot more youths are being thrown out of jobs they created by themselves. “It is not my design to be a barber; I am an accountant by training. But rather than go into crime and damage my family reputation, I decided to have a small shop in front of my apartment. Now that the shop is gone, I am left desolate, lonely and confused”. However, an FCTA official who pleaded anonymity because he has no mandate to speak on the matter, explained that all the structures demolished had been marked for more than two months. He said the demolition was meant to restore the original master-plan of the FCT and that the Minister, Senator. Bala Mohammed would not budge to any criticism against the exercise.

well as a diverse footage and graphics to buttress the narrator’s statements. This is the second instalment in the well-researched series that aired its first documentary titled: Nigeria: Yesterday and Today on Nigerian television during Independence celebrations in October 2012; perhaps YELIF will find the other voice next time around. Shot for YELIF by the filmmaker, Tarila Thompson, who is currently working on Up Creek Without a Paddle, a big budget film about the Niger Delta region, the spokesperson for the NGO said at a press preview of the documentary in Lagos that it is part of the Nigerian Integrity Watch (series). He explained that YELIF believes in self-empowerment since Nigerians all have the capacity to make a difference without depending on anybody and that includes the government. “We want to propel our own destiny and so we thought the documentaries on Nigeria should be the best way to start”, he said.


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ripe banana looks appetising which may have given rise to the expression ‘banana peels’ in the political circles. It even gets messier in situations where treachery is the main motive behind such plots to bring down an opponent. Cases of ‘banana peels’ in Nigeria are many but little seems to be learnt from all those encounters in spite of the heat they put on the polity. Barely five years ago, the media was awash with stories of ‘corruption’ involving former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, whose ‘crime’ was earmarking (not spending) about N625m for the renovation of the official residence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Some of her colleagues who ‘used the press to hound’ and get rid of Etteh as the Speaker eventually soft-pedalled the moment she left office. But after she was replaced with Dimeji Bankole, her colleagues went to sleep on issues about the official residence which MM gathered was eventually refurbished with the same amount of money Etteh had intended to spend. Worse is what happened to the official residence afterwards. MM learnt it was acquired by Dimeji Bankole at an amount considered ‘ridiculously low’.

eing the Minister of the FCT is no easy feat and whoever finds his feet in those big shoes has a lot to contend with: From illegal landlords (developing on unapproved plots of land) to contractors and yes… political opponents. But now that Bala Mohammed, the FCT Minister, is preparing to take a shot at the Government House in Bauchi State at the expiration of Governor Isa Yuguda’s tenure in 2015, it is anticipatory that political detractors will take some of his policies to the cleaners. But his current plan to erect a City Gate at the FCT at a whooping N64bn may not be part of that game. The minister has been trying to explain that the FCT City Gate would be a tourist zone with hotels, restaurants, business premises and art galleries covering several acres of land to satisfy the appetite of visitors who would not need

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wo weeks ago, MM told you how rapper Eedris Abdulkareem took on the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, over the rights of musical works being played on Ray Power FM. The rapper had ‘warned’ them not to collect royalties on his behalf during a live programme on radio, but the problem seems to have taken a new turn at the moment, with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON, stepping into the arena to threaten COSON. MM gathered that officials of BON held a meeting and resolved that they would not pay COSON any dime and that they would hold another meeting to work out how much musical artistes would be paying them for airing their musical videos and playing their songs. According to the plan, musicians would be made to pay for airtime, like independent producers. Abubakar Jijiwa and Tony Okoroji are indeed set for a showdown from the look of things.

he past couple of days have been eventful at the Anthony Village office of iROKOTV, Nigeria’s leading virtual platform for the distribution of audiovisual works. And the development is sending jitters down the spines of onlookers and leaving a lot of unanswered questions about the boss of the outfit, Jason Njoku. After the celebrated sack (some call it resignation) of Michael Ugwu, the boss of iROKING, the musical distribution platform, the buzz is also that the ‘tsunami’ has also consumed Kabat Egbon Esosa, one of the most prolific scriptwriters who took up a job at the company. MM gathered that Esosa threw in the towel last week over complaints that he was being restricted to operate. The company is yet to respond to the development although they told everyone that cared to listen that Michael Ugwu had other interests that were in competition with iROKO.

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Members of the opposition have criticised the proposed National Dialogue on the grounds that the timing is wrong, Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, reacts to the issue: What is the imperative of undertaking National Dialogue at a time when the general election is a year away?

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hat is what I hate to hear, that election is just another year away. Does Nigeria exist because of election? Was Nigeria amalgamated in 1914 because an election was coming? What is the purpose of conducting an election and putting people in offices and they are unable to perform or that the system works against them? How can people perform when the elites have not united or agreed to be a nation? This is just the desperate ploy of politicians who think that all that is important is to do an election, to win an office, whether I am able to perform or not, if I am able to get some money, good luck to me. Nigeria is much more than that. The interest of Nigeria is by far more than the political process itself and it is almost a devilish proposition for people to say that when an election is just around the corner, what election? The situation in the country today is so lopsided and people continue to clamour. We cannot move no matter the intention, no matter the zeal of the leader, if we are not in whole. A car that the back tyre is not there, the boot is falling, whether the engine is good or not, can that car move?


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On the authority of Anas bin Malik, the servant of the Messenger of All, the prophet said: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” RELATED BY BUKHARI AND MUSLIM

Hijrah: Sultan commends governors who declared public holiday A lhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has commended some governors who declared public holiday to mark the Islamic new year, Hijrah 1435 A.H. In a statement by NSCIA Acting Director of Publicity, Muhammad kabir Qasim said that the gesture by the affected governors enabled Muslims in the states to have equal opportunity like their Christian counterparts to mark the new Islamic year. The Spiritual leader, however, urged other state governors in the country to emulate

their colleagues who declared holiday for Muslims in their states in the interest of unity, peace and justice. Some of the states who declared holiday on the first day of Islamic calendar year, Muharram 1, include Osun, Sokoto, Kano, Zamfara and Niger. Sultan reminded Muslims that the role of the Muslim community in the celebration of Hijrah year was to emulate the patience and endurance of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) which propelled Islam to a very high level within the shortest period ever in history.

Hadith Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, (PBUH), said, “Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbour. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should honour his guest Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak well or be silent.”

L-R: National President of The Companion Alhaji Musibau Oyefeso; Naibul-Amir, Lagos district, Alhaji Nojeem Jimoh; Executive Director, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib; Lagos district Amir, Alhaji Wale Sonaike and Chairman, Dawah Committee, Alhaji Naim Junaid-Eko at the monthly joint Usrah of The Companion recently.

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Ponography, an evil resort IT COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF YOUR JOURNEY INTO ZINA OF NO RETURN nographic materials or sites. The society adjudges them as being chaste whereas they are steep and deep in this evil. One wonders what the originators intend to achieve by it! It is a horrible and terrible scene to behold. It is almost worse than the actual sighting of a single person’s nakedness. In this case, one will be exposed to a lot of known and unknown people’s stark nakedness and in their postures in the real act or otherwise. One’s imagination will start to wander from one end to the other. The victim becomes enraptured and engrossed in it. If he has been restrained in involving in the act of sex before, he would wish he does so. Desperation will become his lot. Addiction to pornography could be

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he word “Hijrah” literarily means migration or movement from one place to another. In Islam, Hijrah is referred to as the journey embarked upon by the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW) from Mecca to Medina based on the instruction from Almighty Allah. Nearly all the residents of Mecca rejected Islam when Prophet Muhammed (SAW) was raised to proclaim the religion of peace: Islam. They rose against him and even planned to kill him so that no one would practice Islam in Mecca. This devil plan was even masterminded by his own tribe: Quraysh. The Prophet was ready to leave Mecca for Medina because of the plan to kill him. Sequel to this, he called his devoted cousin, Ali and disclosed to him the plan of the Quraysh, and his own plan to outwit them. His plan was to put Ali in his own bed, and then slip out of the house at an opportune moment. The pagans of Mecca hated Prophet Mohammed (SAW), yet they trusted him. Whoever had any valuables brought them and deposited them with him. He was their “banker.” The holy prophet did not want to be accused of eloping with deposits kept with him, he instructed Ali to return all the deposits to the rightful

owners while he, Ali slept on the prophet’s bed. The enemies surrounded his house with an intention to kill him. Chapter 36, verse 9 of the glorious Quran was revealed at this point and the prophet recited it, hence, he was able to walk through them while all the enemies were sleeping. They woke up suddenly to see an image on the bed thinking that it

was the prophet not knowing that it was Ali. Their surprise and dismay knew no bounds when they noticed that it was Ali and not Prophet Mohammed (SAW) who was sleeping in the bed. They seized Ali for questioning and possibly for torture. In the ensuing confusion, the leader of the team told them that Prophet Mohammed (SAW) could not have gone too far, and that they might still catch him if they did not waste precious time in questioning Ali whereupon they released him. If Hijrah highlights Ali’s unquestioning loyalty to Prophet

Mohammed (SAW), it also demonstrates his incredible courage. The enemies might have killed him either believing that he was the prophet, or upon the discovery that he was not, out of sheer frustration. He understood this perfectly, but for him, no risk was too great if he could save the life of the Messenger of Allah. When Prophet Mohammed (SAW) was out of the perimeter of his house, he went to the house of Abu Bakr, and told him that God had ordered him to leave Mecca that same night. They immediately left the city and went to a cave when it was still dark. They were hiding in the cave when, a few hours later, the enemies arrived in their pursuit. A spider had spun its web across the entrance to the cave prior to their arrival. The enemies argued that if anyone had entered the cave, the web would be broken, but since this was intact, no one had entered it. While the enemies were debating the point whether or not they should enter the cave to capture the fugitives who might be hiding in it, Abu Bakr was seized with panic, and he said to the prophet: CONTINUE NEXTWEEK

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worse than that of alcohol at times. The person will derive imaginary pleasure and sensation. He is tortured in the brain when he returns to his normal life but not able to actualize what he has seen. As a Muslim youth, you must see everything in life as a trial. You must understand the concept of trust and the indepth philosophy for Islamic instruction. Your Lord has asked you to lower your gaze; this is attached to your faith. Thus, if you fail to discipline yourself, you will be led into the abyss of fornication and masturbation. It is a degradation of woman dignity to subject her to pictorial display. Pornography is mostly women nakedness bias. The central object is to stimulate men. It could be the beginning of your journey into Zina of no return. It could weaken your sexual satisfaction when you eventually marry. It may imbue incessant craving for sexual pleasure that can make you engage in it anyhow or with anybody, even an insane woman at the gutter. You may end

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ll praises are due to Allah, One without beginning, One without end. He created everything without the assistance of an associate, O Allah to you belongs all praise, You are the light of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them. You are the sustainer of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them. May your peace and blessing be upon the best of mankind Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his household and the entire Muslim till the day of reckoning. Islam is a religion of reality and it deals with happenings the way they come. It depends on the Muslim facing a reality and a happening to seek the knowledge of dealing with issues at hand in line with shariah in order to make such happening become a reality that will benefit all and sundry. Islam is a religion that appreciates singularity and plurality of existence i.e. there are individual laws and regulations as well as communal laws, criminal laws, spiritual laws and natural laws. The interplay of these laws without individual manipulation for his or her own egocentric motives to bring about a better

up visiting the prostitutes who are ready made commodity for sexual gratification. Pornography leads to a lot of prohibitions. It grants one the license to be addicted to ogling the real nudity of the opposite sex, not just one person but different persons and from different sources; it makes one to fall in love with this sin and thus trivialize this act of sinfulness. It is haraam to waste time on even lawful things; how worse is it then if one expends hours visiting pornographic sites or watching it in videos. It is a sinful wastage of time. It is haraam to think evil of a fellow man. The addicted pornographer begins to imagine himself doing same with people he has known or seen before. If he is not checked, he can rape or harass young girls sexually • Dr. Zafaran is the Director, Vanguards Academy

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he challenges in today’s society are not decreasing while trials and avenues for temptations are recurring in different garbs. Many are entangled in spiritual squalor. They are dead in their souls but are physically agile. Consequent upon technology, the youths now have direct access to pornography. It has become a major killer of the character of the youths. The eyes which read the Qur’an retire into seclusion to watch nudity and sexual acts live! If you have made pornography your hobby, then you will have no escape route than to be terribly chastised for the time and resources you have spent on it. By design, pornography, in whatever form, aims at accentuating sexual stimulation. Its phenomenon has become a tumultuous tempest tearing apart the moral fabric of most youths. This is mostly so with the few ones who were brought up to detest fornication or any illicit relationship. The ember of faith in some youths makes them eschew engaging in pre-marital sex. They, however, take refuge or find solace in por-

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e-mail: ustazadangba@yahoo.com society which enhances communal living. When Allah’s injunctions and commands prevailed over individual desires, aspirations and caprice. There will be peace and tranquility on earth. Allah said in the holy Quran 6vs125, “So whomsoever Allah intends to guide He expands his breast for Islam, and whomsoever He intends to leave in error He makes his breast strait(and) narrow as if he is climbing up to the sky. Thus Allah puts the wrath on those who believe not.” AbdulRahman bin Qatada AsSalami said: I heard the Prophet Muhammad May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him said: Allah created Adam, took his progeny from his back and said: These will go to Hell and these will go to Paradise. Somebody said, the narrator added: O Messenger of Allah what shall we do then? The Prophet said may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him: You will do according to your destiny. (Narrated by Ahmad) This verse not only asserts the position

of individual and the respect Allah has for them. It also regulated that an individual cannot be close to perfection until he\she submit wholeheartedly to the WILL OF ALLAH. Most often Allah’s WILL May not be in line with the individuals wills. What is submission? Acceptance of one’s inability to change the (GAIB) that is DESTINY. But efforts could be made by way of striving, exploring all humanly possible means and when it beyond control, the next thing to say is what Allah ordered in Quran2vs156 “who when a misfortune befalls then say: surely we are from Allah and to Him we shall return.” These are wise words that enhance living. Not what we are used to “IT IS NOT MY PORTION”. The science of understanding of the Quran explains in Quran chapter 49verses 13- O! Mankind, surely we have created you from a male and a female and made you tribes and families that you may know each other. CONTINUE NEXTWEEK


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clarion call has gone to Muslims to take stock of the past year, reflect on how they have performed in relation to God,; their level of closeness to Allah as they enter another Hijrah calendar. Making this call recently was the Executive Director of Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Imam Shuaib Abdullahi while delivering his lecture at the monthly joint Usrah of the Companion in Lagos. He urged them to always ask if they are earning their living in halal way, wearing, eating and looking haram? According to him, Hajj is a golden opportunity to

have one’s sins forgiven, one’s soul refined, and one’s heart filled with iman and tranquility. The one who performs Hajj is supposed to be a model for others after returning. He or she is to recall throughout the year the matchless experiences gained in Hajj.” In response to your question of what is expected of those who have performed Hajj, he said that all the expected good deeds should not be for those who performed Hajj but for all Muslims. He urged the new pilgrims to be very keen in avoiding evil and shameful deeds especially after Allah has forgiven their sins, as a reward of performing Hajj.

This is based on the hadith in which the Prophet (PBUH) said, “The reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise.” He also said, “(The performance of) `Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous one.” (Reported by Muslim) He also advised all to be conscious of Allah when performing all acts of worship such as Salah (Prayers), Zakah, Fasting, dutifulness to parents, visiting kith and kin, being charitable and benevolent to Allah’s creatures, experiencing the etiquettes of Islam, taking the morals of the Qur’an as a model and more. The Ustaz reminded the gathering that Allah

enjoined justice and kindness, giving to kinsfolk and forbid lewdness, abomination and wickedness. “The epitome of this is that Hajj is obligated once in lifetime and nobody can guarantee that he or she will still have another opportunity. So, the pilgrims and all Muslims should take that as a golden opportunity which they will make use of for the rest of their life, that will strengthen their faith and help them to obey Allah. Also, the Amir of the Companion, Lagos District, Alhaji Wale Sonaike called on the Federal Government and ASUU to sheathe their sword for the sake of millions of Nigerian students.

National Women Leader, Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Alhaja Nofisat Arogundade (second right) surrounded by the winners at the Quiz Competition/Empowerment Day organised by NASFAT recently.

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n his welcome speech, the outgoing Amir, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, Alhaji Qasim Badrudeen, called on members to give the new executives their total support. Speaking at the annual conference and award of excellence held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Main Auditorium recently he said though the challenges are enormous, but with Allah’s assistance and the support of all, those responsibilities will become relatively easy. Apart from bringing on board a new administration, the event was used to reward distinguished personalities in the state who have made tremendous contributions not only to the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit but also to the society as a whole. Prof. Lakin Akintola, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University,

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discussed the theme of the conference. He urged the federal government to implement the agreements reached with the lecturers. “Playing politics with the issue amounts to mortgaging the future of the country. Haven said that, we equally want to call on the lecturers to justify whatever fund that will be injected into the system by diligently training the students to the best of their abilities.” “Many of us are aware of the struggle with the State Government to allow the use of Hijab by Muslim girls in state public schools. The problem is still there because the state government remains adamant on not allowing Muslims to wear the hijab in schools. Even though the government is seeking an out of court settlement after we took the case to the court, up till the last adjournment date, October 28, 2013, no effort whatsoever was made

by the government to reach us for terms of settlement. The case has again been adjourned till November 13, 2013. May be the government will approach us before then.” He said that it is ironical that the state government, which refuses to recognise the divine and constitutional right of Muslims to wear hijab in school, signed the cremation bill into law to protect the ‘right’ of foreigners to exercise their cultural practice in Lagos. “He outlawed Allah’s ordained hijab and allowed Allah’s forbidden act, cremation. I want to strongly urge the incoming administration not to relent in the struggle. It must be pursued to a logical conclusion.” Attention was called to the construction of the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC) at Epe. “This centre will not only serve as our permanent

camp site, but will also be a hub for human capital development activities for the state and the nation at large. We need everybody’s support.” Kaamil Kalejaiye is now the new A m i r , Saheed Ashafa; Naibul Amir, Tajudeen Balogun; General Secretary, Miftaudeen Abdurrahman; Asst. Sec, Idris Qasim; PRO, Mustapha Kelani; Asst. PRO, Abdulhakeem Odedele; Asset Maintenance Officer, Misbaudeen Ismail; Welfare Officer, Qasim Salisu; Asst. Welfare, Saheed Shonibare; Business Chairman, Abdulhakeem Salman; Internal Auditor, Hafsah Badru; Amirah, Bashira Abdulhameed; Naibatul Amira, Umuhaat Coordinator, Khadija Adebowale, Halima Tijani, Secretary Sisters’ Circle, Fauziyya Abduqadr; PRO Sisters, Shakirah Abdurrazak; Welfare, Fatimah Olokodana; Cohi Coordinator.

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niversity of Lagos Muslim Alumni (UMA) has charged Nigerian Muslims and nonMuslims to imbibe the lessons of Hijrah in the overall benefit of the country. In a press released signed by its President, Lere Alimi, UMA stated that essence of Hijrah is for the Ummah to cultivate the habit of embracing virtues and doing away with bad habits. Noting that

fear of God is part of virtue, he called on the nation’s political leaders to govern with the fear of Allah and remain committed to the electioneering campaign promises as life will become worthy and promising for the people. On the lingering ASUU strike, he appealed to the Federal Government and the lecturers to reconsider their stands and come to a common ground for resolution of the strike in the overall good of the students and the nation.

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asrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT) women leader, Alhaja Nofisat Arogundade has charged Muslim women to bequeath virtues on their children. Speaking at the Quiz Competition/Empowerment day of the Women Week organised by Nasfat, Alhaja Arogundade noted that the responsibility of proper training and upbringing falls heavily on mothers. Therefore, it is important for mothers to take up their responsibility and lay the foundation for the children’s positive thinking and. “It will be better when they train their children well about religion right from the start.”

In a bid to achieve this, she stressed the need for mothers to be well equipped in terms of their levels of proficiency in the recitation of the Qur’an and their knowledge of the religion. She revealed that there is an Arabic school for the women where she is also a student and urged the women to take the classes seriously. When asked about the relevance of free medical check which included diabetes, blood pressure, she explained that it is only a healthy mother that can take care of the home front. The Qur’an recitation competition had six zones and the headquarters participating.

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he Criterion, an Association of Muslim Women in Business and different profession has concluded plans to empower the youths through vocational training during her forthcoming 7th Biennial National Conference in Lagos. With the theme; “Women Empowerment: Key to Societal Development”, the four- day event is slated to commence n Thursday 14th November and end on Sunday 17th November. The event will offer opportunities for youths especially secondary school students to learn vocational skills such as soap making, event decoration and bead making.

In a press release signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Abdulmajeed Shakirat, it was stated that participants will have opportunity to listen to soul enriching and inspirational lectures and discussions from high profile speakers. The Criterion will also pay a humanitarian visit to Remand Home for girls at Idi Araba, Lagos. Free medical checkups will equally be going on concurrently during the conference. The National Amirah (President) of the Criterion Dr. Olubunmi Labo Popoola said: the association believes that when youths are gainfully engaged, the society will be a better place to live for all of us.

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Call to Worship Every Friday with

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f we glance at the history of Europe, we find that people in this Continent have also been the victims of religious persecution, and as a result, many thousands of people had to migrate from one country to the next. All fair-minded historians, governments and people have deemed this to be persecution, and extremely cruel. In such circumstances, Islam advocates that where persecution goes beyond all limits and becomes unbearable, then at that time, a person should leave the town or country and migrate to a place where he is free to practise his religion in peace. However, alongside this guidance, Islam also teaches that under no circumstances should any individual take the law into his own hands and nor should he partake in any schemes or conspiracies against his country. This is an absolutely clear and unequivocal command given by Islam. Despite the grave persecution they face, millions of Ahmadis continue to live in Pakistan. Despite being subjected to such sustained discrimination and cruelty in all aspects of their lives, they continue to keep a relationship of total loyalty and a true allegiance to the country. Whichever field they work in or wherever they are based, they are constantly engaged in trying to help the nation to progress and succeed. For decades, the opponents of Ahmadiyyat have tried to allege that Ahmadis are not loyal to Pakistan, but they have never been able to prove this or show any evidence

to support their claims; instead, the truth is that whenever there has been a need to make any sacrifice for the sake of Pakistan, for the sake of their country, Ahmadi Muslims have always stood at the forefront and been constantly ready to make every sacrifice for the sake of the country. Despite themselves being a victim and target of the law, it is Ahmadi Muslims who follow and abide by the laws of the land better than anyone else. This is because they are true Muslims, who follow true Islam. Another teaching given by the Holy Quran in relation to loyalty is that people should keep away from all things that are immodest, undesirable and that form any type of rebellion. A beautiful and distinguishing feature of Islam is that it does not just draw our attention to the final point of culmination, where the consequences are extremely dangerous; instead, it warns us about all of the smaller issues as well, which act as stepping stones leading mankind to a path paved with danger. Thus, if Islam’s guidance is followed properly, then any issue can be resolved at the earliest point, before the situation gets out of hand. For instance, an issue which can gravely harm a country is financial greed by individuals. Often, people get consumed by material desires that spiral beyond control, and such desires ultimately lead people to act in a disloyal fashion. Thus, such things can ultimately be a cause of

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treachery against one’s country. Let me explain a bit. In Arabic the word bagha has been used to describe those people or those acts of people that cause harm to their countries. It refers to those who take part in wrong practices or who inflict harm on others. It also includes those people who commit fraud and so try to acquire things in an illegal or unjust manner. It refers to those people who transgress all limits and so cause harm and damage. Islam teaches that people who act in these ways cannot be expected to act in a loyal manner, because loyalty is intertwined with high moral values. Loyalty cannot exist without high moral values and high moral values cannot exist without loyalty. Whilst it is true that different people may have different views about high moral standards, yet the religion of Islam revolves solely around seeking God’s pleasure. Thus, Muslims are instructed to always act in a manner that is pleasing to Him. In short, according to Islamic teachings, God Almighty has forbidden all forms off treachery or rebellion, whether against one’s country or one’s government. This is because rebellion or acting against the state is a threat to the peace and security of a nation. Indeed, where internal rebellion or opposition occurs, then it fans the flames of external opposition and encourages outsiders to take advantage of the internal disorder. Hence, the consequences of disloyalty to your nation can be far-reaching and extreme. Thus, anything that can cause harm to a nation is included in the term bagha that I have described. Keeping all of this in mind, loyalty to one’s nation requires a person to display patience, to show morality and to follow the laws of the land.

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L-R: Managing Director, OGTV, Abeokuta, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Ayinde Soaga; Personal Assistant to the Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Muhammad Saliu Akewugberu and the Amir, Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola, during the courtesy visit of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at to the station in Abeokuta recently

L-R: Sadr, Majlis Ansarullah Nigeria, Alhaji Mikail Odukoya; National Finance Secretary, Alhaji Abdul Ganiyy Idris and Naib Amir, Special Duties, Alhaji Ahmed Alhassn, at the event.

L-R: Dr. Abdul Lateef Shotuyo; Circuit President, Abeokuta, Alhaji Muzaffar Onabanjo; Alhaji Yaya Salam of Radio Lagos and Central Missionary Abeokuta, Afon and Ayetoro Circuit, Alhaji Mudathir PHOTOS: BAYOOR EWUOSO Alaka.

L-R: The out-going Amir, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, Alhaji Qasim Badrudeen; Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area, Hon. Jide Jimoh and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Is-haq Akintola during the annual conference of MSSN at the main Auditorium of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.

L-R: Former LASIEC Commissioner, Alhaji Musibau Oyefeso; Alhaji Modupe Kadri; former Amir, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, Alhaji Sulayman Ogunmuyiwa and another guest.


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The Rockstar is presented in Lagos

Basketmouth, Salvador, others stun Owerri at Laffta Fest

• Star launches first-of-itskind limited edition bottle • 2face Idibia, Tiwa Savage stage surprise performances

…as Port Harcourt hosts show on Sunday

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igeria’s leading lager brand, Star, has announced the launch of an exciting new limited edition 60cl bottle aptly called The Rockstar on Wednesday at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The launch of the trendy new look bottle comes after a highly publicised digital campaign overtaking all social media platforms and inspiring a now popular catch phrase for all that is daring, witty and vibrant –#musicinabottle. Host of the event, popular artiste Lynxxx held sway effectively while special guest performances came from music stars 2face and Tiwa Savage adding the requisite ‘star factor’ to the night’s activities. “The new limited edition Star Music bottle comes in full body sleeves that promise to excite and engage our consumers who always stand out and are true ‘rock stars’! The bottle is a worthy addition to the Star Music family –our premium music and lifestyle platform– and a major achievement for us. We know that our consumers will cherish and appreciate it always”, says Walter Drenth, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc. Selected guests from the business, entertainment, telecoms and media industries were present at the launch which include DJ Xclusive, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Yaw, Toke Makinwa, Ebuka Obi Uchendu, OC Ukeje, Kelvin Orifa, Toni Kan, Bez, Tunde Ednut, Uru Eke, EFA, Dr. Sid, Beverly Naya and many more. “I like the fact that Star always leads in innovation and they don’t relent in that as well. They try to use different platforms to appeal to their consumers”, noted award winning writer Toni Kan at the event. The limited edition bottle is available at specific bars and clubs from November 1 to December 31, 2013, as well as at select outlets across the country.

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eginning today in Ibadan, Oyo State and through the month of November in Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos, the Loud in Naija musical concerts by MTN Nigeria will parade an array of musical superstars and ambassadors. Some of the artistes lined up for the shows are Wizkid, KCee, Iyanya, Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid, Sound Sultan, Tiwa Savage, Praiz, Chidinma and other Project Fame’s graduates that include Oyinkansola and many more.

Sound Sultan and KCee told our correspondent that their fans should expect a most memorable performance. The two artistes who only just released their albums are, like the other acts, gearing up to meet their fans in the concerts. MTN has a record of providing its host community with life enriching entertainment. Over the years, it has worked with highly rated entertainers in the Nigerian music industry and those from the foreign scene but, this time, by lining up its Project Fame’s graduates like Oyinkansade, besides Chidinma and Praiz, with the well-established ambassadors, the company is proving it can indeed breed superstars that can compete on the bigger stage.

ast Sunday, Owerri, the Imo State capital, was treated to a long night of excitement as Globacom’s comedy show, Glo Laffta Fest, came to the city. Government officials, businessmen, civil servants, workers and students filled the Rochas Convention Centre, venue of the show to the brim to savour the amazing evening of rib-cracking jokes and delightful music from 12 comedians and three music artistes. Popular comedian Basketmouth led the likes of Ugandan comedian, Salvador; Okey Bakassi, Senator, Julius Agwu, Gordons, Buchi, Akpororo, Funny Bone, Emeka Smith, 2CanTalk and Osama to entertain the audience. Mr. Incredible ‘MI’, Naeto C and Omawumi also came to the party, performing their respective hit songs. The Ugandan master of comedy, Salvador, was one of the major highlights of the evening as the audience connected superbly with his demonstrative jokes. He got a standing ovation for his session. His Nigerian counterparts drew their jokes largely from contemporary developments in the Nigerian social scene. Basketmouth who anchored the show, asked the crowd to show some love to Globacom for organising the event and the crowd responded with a deafening ovation. Among the audience for the event, tagged Invasion LOL, was Hon. Chike Orjiako, Director-General, Youth Development and Empowerment, Imo State; Mr. Alfred Ononugbo, Chief Protocol Officer, Governor’s Office; Mr. Chimezie Duru, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Roachas Okorocha on ICT; Bar. Olutoye Durosimi, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, Imo State Police Command and a host of others. Meanwhile, it will be the turn of Port Harcourt to host the show this weekend. The Port Harcourt edition of Laffta Fest, according to Globacom, will be held at the beautiful Aztech Arcum Event Centre, Stadium Road area of the city at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.

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TV Base has named superstar artiste and producer, Davido as the channel’s Artiste of the Month for November. To shine a spotlight on this sensational Nigerian artiste, MTV Base has put the music video for Davido’s Skelewu on high rotation. The channel is also focusing its lens on Davido via a range of themed programming about the artiste, to be broadcast across its pan-African TV footprint throughout the month of November. Davido-themed programmes include “Videography of Davido”, “The Truth: Davido”, “Davido: Top Ten Money Anthems”, “Davido: Mixtape”, “Davido: 54 Seconds” and “Davido Spotlight”. Commenting Tim Horwood, Head of

MTV Base, Africa says, “Davido is the perfect choice for the coveted Artiste of the Month slot: His infectious energy stands him out on stage and in videos. His latest track Skelewu is getting major attention in Nigeria and starting to cross into the SA market. As an artist Davido has consistently been putting out amazing songs and beautifully crafted music videos. This is definitely his time, and he deserves to be celebrated!” The Artiste of the Month accolade is awarded to artistes adjudged by MTV Base judges to be making waves on a continental scale. Davido follows South African group Mafikozolo who was Artiste of the Month for October 2013. Davido themed programming will air every Thursday in November on MTV Base; the first programme was on air yesterday alongside his music videos Skelewu and One of a Kind.

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Ibari stage in the expansive premises. Inset: The giant menu board in the premises

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bari Ogwa is a project that grew like the mustard seed, from just one spacious room at Tetlow Street, Owerri, to a large expanse of land housing a food, leisure and entertainment centre in Imo State. Surrounded by major hotels, Ibari Ogwa, in its eight years of existence, has become such a phenomenal place that some hotel managements flush in envy by the achievements recorded at the entertainment joint in just a short while –all without such facilities seen in the top-notch hotels. This makes it the premier destination for lovers, friends and merry makers who live in or visit the state; they make the journey to the place to have fun. Ibari Ogwa is definetly a tourist destination in the heartland east of the Niger and a place for Nigerians who like unusual meals and culinary delights. Not only will Ibari Ogwa give visitors everlasting memories at sights seen there, but even the gustiest palate would remember the wonderful menu it has to offer. At Ibari, assorted dishes of steaming continental and African meals and also various brands of beverages are on the menu. It has no specified date and time of operation, but cool evenings of weekends –Friday to Sunday- are the peak of activities and goings and comings by patrons. The environment is serene and beautiful and the manager, chefs, waiters and bartenders are well trained and articulate, complimented by a DeeJay who churns out non-stop traditional and contemporary music to add a party element to the atmosphere. Ibari is so renowned in the east that it has played host to several Nollywood artistes and musicians in the past.

Ibari Ogwa: A place where the ‘devil’ smiles Household names such as Pete Edochie, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor, Victor Osuagwu, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme have been feted by the popular entertainment hotspot. In the music industry, top acts like P. Square, Timaya, J. Martins and Eedris Abdulkareem, have tasted of Ibari’s sumptuous menu. Not left out are top soccer stars like Daniel Amokachi and Jay Jay Okocha who are among celebrity clients to have contributed to making Ibari Ogwa a popular destination. The Chief Executive Officer of Ibari, Mr. Chukwudi Ofoha, says years of experience in the entertainment industry and dealing with celebrities, musicians, actors, political and business personalities both at home and abroad, has aided him to better understand their relaxation needs. Vowing to make Owerri the entertainment headquarters of the world, Ofoha said it would come to a stage where people would visit Imo State just because of Ibari Ogwa Village. “People will come there and see what I am doing and disseminate the information. They will know that Owerri is the best place to come and catch fun. If they discover that Owerri is providing the desired entertainment, they will tell others when they go back. By so doing, tourism in the state will be boosted; just the way you hear about Abuja and Calabar carnivals”, he said. According to him, he started the busi-

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ness preparing the food for customers himself. “I learnt how to cook naturally from my grandmother. I was observing her while she was cooking and from there I had my own idea”. Despite hurdles, Ofoha who was born and brought up in Chekache, Katsina State, said he was not surprised at the rapid growth of his business because he was totally committed to the business. “No hurdles and hindrances deterred me from continuing with the business. I was ordered during former Governor Ikedi Ohakim’s administration to vacate my initial site of a room and parlour at Tetlow because the ENTRACO officials (led by Chief Willy Amadi) said the business was obstructing the road

construction and they had to destroy the place. When I secured another place at Mbaise Road, there was family dispute over the land; so I left. Then, Chief Ugorji offered me the current place”. With few workers of four boys and a girl, he started the business, which today has grown to what it is employing a workforce of over 120 staff. As much as he is planning to expand and bring in facility that would improve the standard of service and entertainment in the business, Ofoha disclosed that it is very expensive to engage talents to entertain visitors. “I pay almost N1million to talents to perform during some of the carnivals we organise at the village and they are very expensive to organise. But I will continue to push for the growth of the hospitality industry in Nigeria because I believe that if the country is better, foreigners will be encouraged to visit our country and have fun here”. Truly, Ibari Ogwa village is one of Eastern Nigeria’s must-be leisure spots. For instance, the traditional Igbo “point and kill” delicacy has been taken to another level there. To have the popular barbecue goat served, a customer can walk up to the corner of the bar where bleating goats are tied up and make a selection of your choice. The goat is killed immediately; entrails removed, seasoned and put on the charcoal grill for fresh Goat Barbecue. The live barbecue costs between N25,000 and N50,000 depending on goat size.


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All’s set for inaugural Ake Arts and Book Fest TERH AGBEDEH

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“Ibari Ogwa” is a combination of a place of relaxation in Igbo (Ibari) and the name of home town of the proprietor (Ogwa).

Ibari Ogwa Bar and Restaurant is located off Owerri-Port Harcourt Road, behind Newcastle Hotel, Owerri. It is also called Ibari Ogwa Village by local residents. The location is favourably to the entertainment centre because Owerri shares proximity to Aba, Port Harcourt and Onitsha, bustling commercial centre of the east.

Annually, the Ibari Ogwa Christmas Carnival, Ibari Ogwa Independence Carnival and Ibari Ogwa Easter Carnival are organised by the bar.

Music stars like Flavour, Wizkid, Eedris Abdulkareem and Davido have produced hits tracks praising Ibari Ogwa’s entertainment delights

Undergraduates from six tertiary institutions in Imo State: Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO; Alvan Ikoku College of Education; Imo State University, Federal Polytechnic Owerri; Imo State College of Technology and Federal College of Land Resources, constitute the bulk of clientele on most nights of business.

Isi Ewu (goat head in sauce), Nkwobi (cow leg in sauce), assorted pepper soup (chicken, fresh fish, turkey), peppered gizzard and snails are among other items for consumption. The prices for these dishes and other items on the menu are conspicuously displayed on a giant board in the premises. A regular visitor to the village, Mr. Tony Ek, also confirmed that the entertainment joint is a place to visit, especially at the weekends. “I bring my family to Ibari Ogwa to watch some comedians who perform there at weekend”. Publicity given to the village through collaboration between the management of Ibari and MultiTV on CINE AFRIK Channel, Owerri , is added advantage to the increasing popularity of the joint.

comprehensive programme of events for the inaugural Ake Arts and Book Festival, AABF, with Professor Wole Soyinka as special guest has been released by the organisers, Book Buzz Foundation. With the theme: ‘The Shadow of Memory’, it is to take place from November 19 to 24 at the June 12 Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto-Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria. The highlight of the fiesta is ‘The Shadow of Memory’ event, where four people aged 21 years and below will get the opportunity to engage Soyinka on his life and times. Soyinka will also launch three books and participants will glimpse sketches from his new play, Alapata Apata. A statement by Book Buzz Foundation said participants will enjoy the best of spoken word poetry, stage plays, exhibitions, music, film shows and book chats, among many other exciting activities for all members of the family. “The festival also offers special-

...headlined by Wole Soyinka ised master classes by experts in specific areas for a limited number of pre-registered applicants. We have some two-part master classes like ‘Acting Tips for Pros’ anchored by Hollywood actors, Adepero Oduye and Gbenga Akinnagbe”, the statement said. Intending participants can still register for master classes like: Creating Graphic Novels, Documentary Making for Women, Effective Editing, Fiction, From Page to Stage, Interviewing Celebrities, Short Fiction, Writing Poetry that Sings and Writing for Children at the AABF website. Entry to book chat events is free and during such events, the first of which takes place on Friday, November 22, registered participants can ask their favourite authors questions. The music concert for the evening of Saturday, November 23 will feature 15 artistes including: Salawa Abeni, Seun Kuti, Mr. Incredible ‘MI’ and Ade Bantu performing Nigerian music from the 1950s to

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frica’s pre-eminent annual fashion event – the Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Week, concluded with a glittering awards ceremony wherein internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Gavin Rajah, scooped the 2013 “South African Tourism Designer of the Year” award. Known for his ultra-glamorous couture collections that have inspired a loyal following both locally and internationally, Rajah is a regular feature at prestigious fashion shows such as Fashion Week in New York and Paris, Arise Fashion Week in Nigeria and Zimbabwe Fashion Week. “We chose Gavin Rajah for his role as a strong champion of South African design. He’s established himself as an entrepreneur in the world of fashion, marketing and has been instrumental in profiling South African designs all over the world. His work has helped establish South Africa globally as a fantastic lifestyle, culture and heritage destination”, said CEO of South African Tourism, Mr Thulani Nzima. For the first time, the Gavin Rajah Signature look will be available in a ready to wear collection for the mainstream market. The designer has partnered with LEGIT to design a summer collection, which will be in-store later this month. “One of our main objectives at

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Africa Fashion International is to work with designers who not only show a uniquely creative flair, but are also able to develop and sustain viable businesses. Gavin Rajah is to us an example of that objective realised”, AFI spokesperson, Nicolas Maweni commented. “This is an extremely great honour... I am grateful to South African Tourism for the accolade and the opportunity to showcase authentic South African designs in far-afield markets. Many thanks to my team who continue to fuel my passion for couture; most importantly though, my sincerest gratitude goes to the ladies that continue to wear my brand”, Rajah said. Meanwhile, Thulani Nzima has promised the tourism industry an intensely business-focused INDABA 2014. Nzima revealed that next year’s INDABA has risen to the challenge to ensure that it is revamped, relevant and future proof. “Our commitment is to the industry; it’s our job to identify, attract and assemble the very best buyers and exhibitors who have a common purpose,

the present-day. What is more, close to 100 writers from Nigeria and all over world will be attending the festival. Then there is the stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s critically acclaimed novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, which will make its debut on the evening of Friday, November 22. Adapted for stage by winner of the Caine Prize in African Writing, Rotimi Babatunde, it is directed by world-renowned actor/director Femi Elufowoju Jnr. The 100-minute play will be staged three times at the fest. The event is supported by The World Bank, Chevron, the British Council, Goethe-Institute, Rwandair, Channels TV, the Ogun State Government, Ekiti State Government, Miles Morland Foundation (UK), Arcadia Group (UK) and many others. Other activities include a book fair, (which starts the festival on November 19), Nigeria Now Art Exhibition (exhibiting artwork from 12 artists who originate from different states across the federation), and film screening (Home and Pariah, with a lead actor each present to have a 20-minute discussion). to connect and to share. As an extension of this, the primary purpose of INDABA is to construct an unrivalled environment for people to do business”, he said. Nzima was speaking to delegates at the Travel and Tourism Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa recently, when he explained that SATourism had commenced a threeyear journey to make INDABA the vortex that fuels the Southern African (and rest of Africa) travel and tourism industry, ensuring it provides the best possible environment to facilitate quality meetings. “The African continent is potentially the biggest travel and tourism opportunity in the world right now. Therefore INDABA 2014 is the paramount gateway to networking, planning and writing business. No other show has stood the test of time on our continent like INDABA, and we’re doing everything we possibly can to fundamentally take it to the next level”, he told delegates. INDABA, he said, was on an irrevocable path to being a genuinely pan-African travel trade show that offers buyers the best and the widest diversity of African product under one roof. In 2013, buyers from 77 countries around the world came to INDABA and the 2014 edition will give the world’s travel and tourism buyers an unequalled opportunity to do business with more than 1,600 African exhibitors, at a show that prides itself on being the biggest and broadest, must attend, mass-market travel trade show on the continent. In 2014, the trade show will attract more than 6,400 leading professionals and companies to meet and do business in South Africa over three days.


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Suicide by a Nigerian

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t a time, it was preposterous to even imagine that a thoroughbred Nigerian would contemplate suicide or go the whole hog by taking his or her own life –unimaginable and absolute anathema to the psychological framework of our Nigerianess. That was the past though, lost in the limbo years of the 60s, 70s, 80s and maybe way earlier when the collective national psyche held on to hopes of Nigeria rising out of the rot of ineptitude in leadership and inconsistent policies –such as having to redo our National Identity Cards, Drivers’ Licence and Vehicle No plates after obscene sums of public money have been expended on the prior registration/procurement exercise. So, the chaotic state of affairs and uncertainty about early reprieve coming to the class of Nigerians who wallow in illiteracy, poverty and inaccessibility to basic life comforts such as good healthcare, water, roads, housing and energy, throws the affected social class into deep despair as the situation is sustained. This is why in recent times those of us engaged in the business of news gathering and reporting are publishing more and more accounts of people –Nigerians to be precise– tragically ending their lives in the most bizarre manner. Sometimes, one hears of a poor man and his poor wife barely scrapping together an income on menial labour and petty trading to feed their family of two children. Then, the wife gets pregnant again (for a moment you ponder over the negligence of family planning options if you can’t feed more mouths) and is delivered of quadruplets at the end of term... perfect scenario for the man to either commit suicide or abscond! But to our credit (or discredit), Nigerians are resiliently tolerant of adverse conditions and social injustice; our skins are thick o! If there is any skin thicker than a camel’s, it has got to be the fungus-infestedeons-old ponmo on a prehistoric dinosaur. That is the sort of thick skin Nigerians don to shield ourselves from the cruel barbs of society and inequality. I stand to be corrected, but no Oyinbo person has the ‘skin’ to live in this country for two decades without travelling out of our borders once! Any person of Caucasian origin who does so is either rabidly insane or fleecing this country blind (even this one will travel frequently to ‘detox’ Nigeria out of his or her system and also to ship the money being made here out). Which brings me to the rash of suicide by teens in the UK and US since the turn of the Millennium. Although I should add that suicide in the UK is a significant national social issue; 6,045, 5,608 and 5,675 people living in the UK aged 15 and over committed suicide in 2011, 2010 and 2009 respectively. The number of suicides in 2011 was the highest since 2002 and in January 2013, Members of UK Parliament expressed concern at this rise in the number of suicides. In all, 4,331 people committed suicide in Britain in 2008 with that number rising to 4,552 in 2011. However, no kind of premature death is acceptable, more so when the fatality is self-inflicted. But what tragedy it is that a young girl or boy would commit suicide be-

cause of school or online bullying. I find it devastating that the social media site, Ask. fm, has been linked with the suicides of 12 young people in just over a year. It is now the subject of an online petition asking for the website to be closed down for giving cyberbullies a platform, as it allows them to post hurtful comments and remain anonymous. More recent of these deaths is that of Izzy Dix, aged 14, who lived in Devon, England and was found hanged in her room by her mother on September 17. Weeks before her death, Izzy wrote a poem titled “I Give Up”, about her torment at the hands of school bullies and internet trolls. The poem reeks of longings to find validation and acceptance within a social/peer group and the constant hurtful rejection. If the outpouring of eulogies after Izzy’s death is anything to go by, she was well-thought of by some young people in her community. I then ask (no pun intended), why not associate with a social group that accepts you unreservedly? I just don’t understand why the opinion of faceless online strangers and random schoolmates bothered her to follow an irreversible exit from the pain. Really, I think Oyinbos should spend a month or two making ‘friends’ with Linda Ikeji Blog followers or hang out on Twitter with Nigerian celebrities –I can tell you that Nigerians dish out as meanly as we receive. Infact, I’m yet to hear Tonto Dike has committed suicide as vilified and mocked as she (and her music career) has been online. Food for thought for the Western world. Love and peace for the weekend.

I Give Up by Izzy Dix I arrive, Happy and fresh, Ready and excited To celebrate the goodness. I am eager and keen to have a good time. As I smile from the bubbles of anticipation whizzing around my stomach, I begin to see the crowd, I see more people, Many are happy and joyful. They’re there like me, To celebrate, I smile at them and say hello to the many faces I see, They look shocked and surprised to see me, I question their judgmental glares as I wonder, ‘What have I done wrong?’ I see their drinks swilling in their fingers as their backs begin to face me. I try to edge my way back into the circle of giggles and talking, They push me away. I stand still, My eyes glazed and absent. Suddenly they call me over, I think, ‘yes! They’ve noticed me!’ But then it begins, They start to ask questions, As to why I am there. They begin to tell me that nobody wants me there, They tell me to leave and

that I am not wanted, Not there, not anywhere, My heart, My head, My body, Numb. I feel pricks of stinging begin to pinch my eyes as cheeks begin to burn. ‘Don’t let them see you, Don’t show them that you’re weakened, Weakened by their remarks’, ‘Stay strong’ I think, But it’s too late, My palms, clammy, My cheeks, streaming, My neck, sweating. I walk quickly away from the chanting and laughing, My vision, spinning, My heart, beginning to break. I look down and walk, My eyes drowning in a sea of emotion. Another piece of me chiselled away by their cruel remarks and perceptions, I give up.

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fter the trouble Association of Nollywood Core Producers, ANCOP, had generated over Godswill Akpabio’s N50 million donation to Nollywood, the police have sent all parties home to cool down and frozen the account with a balance of over N20m in it. If Alex Eyengho, Victor Ashaolu and Emeka Ike can take a minute to pause, they will see that the motion picture organisation in Nigeria has bigger problem than the petty N50m. The most any functional association expert can get from Akpabio’s donation is N2m or N3m. I have been trying to shoot one of my epic movies Adaka Boro or Aba Women Riot my partners Califco (USA) and the Bayelsa State Government are not happy with Nollywood’s quarrelling. My Califco partners are asking me how they will get their investment back when all we do is quarrel and make false accusatiosn. Have the people in Nollywood gone so poor that they fight over everything? I will like Alex and Zik Zulu Okafor to cool down and allow progress; let’s bring back the former good days of Nollywood. But I believe with the determination of Governor Dickson of Bayelsa State, the partnership will work out because it is a brilliant idea that will make the state an entertainment centre. The 2013 National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST, was won by Bayelsa State and this shows there are more hidden talents to be discovered. In May, the Governor of Bayelsa Serike Dickson gave his word to support making Bayelsa State a tourist centre, while helping to keep the youth busy in the arts through workshops and organising festivals and concerts. Nollywood, which is the main engine house to these plans, must stop their bickering and listen to my plan for reconciliation so that we can go forward. It is not easy to bring financers from US to invest in and support our production. Our films are not yet technically good, especially our sound. With Film Villages being planned for Lagos and Yanegoa, our future in the movie industry will become what the world is calling us –second best film country. With technical improvement and good stories, the world will come here to invest, make films, and tourism wouldn’t be a dream anymore. We must make exportable films that will earn foreign revenue and we must stop thinking small; the world is waiting for Nigerian cinema. The Governors of Lagos and Bayelsa are committed in supporting a united Nollywood, so the responsi-

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IF ONLY OUR SECURITY AND POLITICAL ARENAS CAN BE SAFE bility of discipline is in our hands. I am trying my best to reconcile these people while I am pursuing the my film and other projects; when these come through the same kids will enjoy it, so let them calm down, work with me because they are beneficiaries of these projects. The $200 million and the N3 billion loans can be accessed if we have guarantors like Califco, Bayelsa State and Lagos State. South Africa doesn’t make big films but they have world class technicians, studios and locations. We have bigger and better tourism and shooting locations but are not utilising them. Nigerian Film Corporation, NFC and National Tourism Development Board, NTDC, should work together. Hunger is killing is Nollywood because nobody is buying our films; the ones the youth are shooting are technically poor because of low budget. We can make more money from entertainment than oil. There are many investors who want to come to Nigeria if only our security and political arenas can be safe and reliable; investment comes into only sane places. I know how I took over the floor of a workshop in Syracuse University when I spoke with authority about Nollywood and Nigeria. We can make things happen if our government officials too can treat matters immediately than delaying for months before replying. At the moment, three US companies have decided to invest in the Nigerian motion picture industry, but are we ready to exploit the opportunity? If not that Califco is lead by a Nigerian engineer whose wife is a Hollywood producer, the team would have left Nigeria because of slow reply from government officials that I have approached. These people are here for joint partnership to build film villages in Bayelsa, Lagos and Uyo and produce world class movies. I am requesting Nollywood, Bank of Industry and Nexim Bank to let things happen because these companies were specially invited to invest their own money in Nollywood and Nigerian tourism. We should sit together, cooperate and make things happen.


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Daniel, Obanikoro grace Gbenga Isiaka’s book launch On Sunday, October 26, the book entitled: “Challenges of Development: A Compendium of Speeches of Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI), was launched at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja-Lagos. The well-attended event was graced by eminent politicians like the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro among others. The book of speeches made by Isiaka, an investment banker-turned politician, was compiled by a graduate of Physics from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Fatai Adesegun. It identified some of the economic problems facing the country and Ogun State in particular and provided solutions to contemporary challenges in Nigeria.

Former Governor, Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (l) and Head of Service, Prof. Dapo Afolabi

Akinyele Oladeji (l) and Mr. Bayo Onanubi at the occasion

Otunba Olumide Osunsina (l) and Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro.

Otunba Gbenga Daniel holding a copy of the book

L-R: Prince Gboyega Isiaka; his wife, Oluwatoyin and author of the book, Mr. Fatai Adesegun.

Top artistes beautify ‘Colourful World of More Concert’ It was an exciting experience for thousands of music lovers that attended ‘The Colourful World of More Concert’ put together by Guinness Nigeria Plc last Sunday night to mark the rebirth of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Top Nigerian artistes D’Banj, Flavour, Kcee, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Chidinma, Olamide, Phyno, Davido and Waje dazzled the crowd with brilliant performances at the Expo Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Chidinma interacts with the crowd.

Guests autographing a Guinness board on the red c arpet.

Davido.

Kokomaster, D’Banj.

Flavour and Tiwa Savage performing at the concert.

Twin sensation, P-Square on stage

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Nissan Sentra: Redesigned with better fuel consumption, roomy interior

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he Nissan Sentra has been a major small-sedan player in the small sedan segment for quite some time now. The previousgeneration car, last redesigned in 2007, has been increasingly outclassed in terms of design, features and fuel economy over the past few years. Yet the fully redesigned Nissan Sentra is a much-improved car, boasting significant improvements that should thrust this formerly forgettable sedan out of the shadows and into the spotlight. For starters, the 2013 Sentra rides atop an all-new platform. Overall length has grown by about two inches, yet Nissan says the new car is five per cent lighter than the previous model. The Sentra’s styling has grown up at the same time, with a cleaner, more upscale look. Notably, the car’s grille, silhouette and headlights/taillights are now more closely related to the similarly redesigned Altima’s. This premium vibe continues into the cabin, which features higherquality materials and a more handsomelooking design. The Sentra’s extra length has also freed up greater amounts of rear passenger room and trunk space. The new car is viewed by Nissan as the most revolutionary design in Sentra’s 30year history. This model represents the most innovative, highest quality, highest value sedan lineup in Nissan history, and with the complete redesign, it is closer in look and feel to D Segment vehicles than a typical compact sedan. The 15.2-foot-long Sentra now has ample rear-seat legroom, measuring 37.4 inches, which is more than the back-seat legroom of a typical compact car such as the 2013 Honda Civic and 2013 Toyota Corolla. The distributor of the brand in Nige-

THIS MODEL REPRESENTS THE MOST INNOVATIVE, HIGHEST QUALITY, HIGHEST VALUE SEDAN LINEUP IN NISSAN HISTORY ria, Stallion Nissan Motors Nigeria told the media at the celebration of the Nissan dealership in Lagos recently that the new Sentra tops 68km per-gallon fuel economy rating for combined city/highway travel, and it’s easy to see why the Sentra is a noteworthy new model. The Head of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Amit Sharma said that the 68km per gallon is an attainable figure, adding that the fuel economy is enough to give the car an impressive score. All 2013 Sentras come with 130-horsepower four cylinder that produces a maximum 128 foot-pounds of torque at 3,600 rpm. No doubt, the car has upscale feeling, inside and out, such as the light-emitting diodes accent headlights and tail lamps on all 2013 Sentras and chrome-look door handles which are standard on all models.

Body styles The 2013 Nissan Sentra is a small sedan offered in S, SV, SR and SL main trim levels. There are also the “FE+” versions of the S and SV that prioritise fuel economy. The base Sentra S comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, a tiltand-telescoping steering column, a trip computer, full power accessories and a four-speaker sound system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

A step up is the SV, which adds cruise control, premium cloth upholstery and a six-speaker sound system. The sporty SR gains bolder styling elements including 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, lower body skirting and a rear spoiler. The optional Driver’s package for the SV and SR adds automatic headlights, rear disc brakes (SR only), keyless/ignition entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a 4.3-inch display, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

Performance Every 2013 Nissan Sentra gets a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine rated at 130 hp and 128 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base model, with a CVT being optional. All other Sentras have the CVT as standard. Nissan estimates that the CVT-equipped Sentra returns 30 mpg city/39 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class. The FE+ model is expected to achieve an EPA-rated estimate of 40-mpg highway.

Safety The 2013 Nissan Sentra comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Most Sentra models

come with rear drum brakes, although rear discs are an option. In government crash tests, the Sentra earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with four stars for total frontal impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. In Edmunds brake testing, a Sentra SL stopped from 60 mph in 126 feet, an average distance for the segment.

Interior Taller drivers will welcome the new Sentra’s standard tilt-and-telescoping steering column, while all adults should be pleased by the unexpectedly spacious front seats. Rear-seat passengers are not left out either, since they have nearly three more inches of legroom than before, making the Sentra one of the most spacious cars in its class. Fit and finish throughout the cabin is


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Porsche presents S E-Hybrid at Dubai motor show

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Škoda’s revenue hits €7.4bn in 9 months OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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koda said it delivered 685,000 vehicles between January and September 2013 with revenue of over 7.4bn (Euros) in the same period. In a period of high investment, ŠKODA says its operating profit reached 371m in the first nine months; during the third quarter alone, operating profit increased by 8.8 per cent over the same period last year. Most recently, ŠKODA’s sales rose on a monthly basis by 3.3 per cent, which was also a new ŠKODA record for the month of September.

“With eight new or completely revised models, 2013 is ŠKODA’s year dedicated to the biggest model offensive in corporate history”, says ŠKODA Chief Operating Officer, Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland. “We have all, but replaced or completely revised the ŠKODA model range. Never has our range been as extensive or attractive as today. We are therefore very pleased about the particularly positive feedback we’ve had from the markets”. During this phase, the sales and turnover had been influenced by difficult market situation in Europe, as well as by production start-ups and subsequently lower production volumes. Overall, ŠKODA is expecting more sales in the second half of the year than in the same period last year. This positive development was also reflected in the third quarter of 2013 in ŠKODA’s operating profit, which amounted to 128m –up 8.8 per cent over the same quarter last year. The Czech car manufacturer’s sales revenues had reached 7.37bn by the end of September. This is 6.4 per cent less than the same period in 2012 with 7.87bn. The operating profit was 371 million, 34.6 per cent lower than the first nine months of last year with 567 million. The company’s investments amounted to 458m, which was 12.8 per cent lower than January to September 2012 with 525 million.

ith an unrivalled legacy of breaking new automotive ground, Porsche is preparing to highlight the company’s leading steps into the future, by showcasing the latest state-of-theart plug-in hybrid technology at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show. The Panamera S E-Hybrid, the first plugin hybrid in the luxury class, is taking on the mantle as Porsche evolves the pioneering technology further. Combining typical Porsche performance with continuous improvements in efficiency, the developments represent some of the most exciting in automotive history. With 416 horsepower, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h, it is a Porsche Gran Turismo through and through. It is unique in its ability to drive considerable distances in all-electric mode, with a range of up to 36 kilometres and an electric driving top speed of 135 km/h. In the NEDC, the Panamera S E-Hybrid consumes 3.1 l/100 km, which equates to 71 g/km CO2 emissions. The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrid drive system with a more powerful electric motor, a higherperformance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid. The electric drive produces 95 hp,

which is more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor at 47 hp. It draws its energy from a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous battery in nickel metal hydride technology. When connected to an industrial outlet, it can be charged within around two and a half hours via the integrated onboard charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC); when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet available in most countries, the charging process takes less than four hours. With this revolutionary new technology Porsche continues to break new ground and strives to blend the technology into every segment. The Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa, Christer Ekberg, says; “The pioneering technology in the Panamera S E-Hybrid, on display at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show, shows Porsche bravely breaking new ground while ensuring the brand‘s heritage and traditions of luxury and performance are not only maintained, but enhanced. It is an immensely exciting time not only for the brand regionally and around the world, but also for the wider motoring industry with such inspiring new technology”.

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How to change cylinder head gaskets excellent, and the SL trim, in particular, stands out with its generous use of softtouch materials and wood-tone accents; its available leather upholstery, with its handsome stitching, is especially appealing. The NissanConnect enhanced electronics interface allows one to search (via its 5.8-inch touchscreen) the Internet, stream Pandora or Bluetooth audio, and even hear and compose text messages hands-free using a mobile phone’s Bluetooth connection. The Sentra is sold and serviced in Nigeria by Stallion NMN, the official Nissan sales company with extensively retrained service technicians in multiple auto repair disciplines with experience in Nissan’s cutting edge and ever changing technology. Stallion says its obligation is to make ownership of Nissan an exciting experience both in the quality of Nissan vehicles and in after sales service.

Continued from last week At this juncture, you are to unhook the throttle and cruise control cables from the throttle body. Unplug the fuel injectors; then remove the fuel injectors and their rail with the appropriate socket. Loosen the accessory drive belt tensioner or adjusting bolts in the slider brackets, depending on the type of tensioner used. Lift the accessory drive belt or belts off the pulleys. Then, unbolt the power steering pump and the air conditioning compressor, but do not remove the lines. Set the pump and compressor out of the way. Unplug the wiring harness from the alternator. Unbolt and remove the alternator. Remove any hoses attached to the water pump. Unbolt and remove the water pump. Unbolt and remove the valve covers. Unbolt and remove the EGR valve from the back of the intake manifold. Label the spark plug wires then remove the wires from the plugs. Remove the plugs with the appropriate socket. Remove the intake manifold. Unbolt and remove the heads.

Besides, you are to send the heads to a mechanic shop to have them checked for distortion. Clean all gasket mating surfaces on the intake, water pump and EGR valve with a flat head screwdriver and shop rags. Then, reinstall the heads, using the torque specs for your particular year, make and model vehicle. If you cannot find the torque specs in a repair manual specifically for your vehicle, call a mechanic shop and give them the year, make, model and engine size of your

vehicle. They will be able to tell you the specs. Position the new gasket for the intake manifold onto the lifter galley. Reinstall the intake manifold. You will also need torque specs for the intake manifold. Reinstall the accessories and fuel injectors. Plug in all the wiring harness plugs and the vacuum lines. Reinstall the hoses. Reattach the throttle and cruise control cables. Tighten the petcock on the radiator and refill it. Plug in the fuel pump relay. Reconnect the battery negative cable. Start the vehicle and check for leaks again.


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Today's Tonic (229) Find out what you don’t do well and stop doing it. – Donald O. Clifton Play to Your Strength! We are all gifted in one area or the other more than our fellow men. My area of strength may not be your area of strength. It is good to discover ones area of strength very early in life and devote much time to develop it to the point of mastery. Mastery in any positive thing will always bring blessings one way or the other. What is your strength? Play to it. Give it your time and master it in all ramifications. You will need total concentration on this. Desire and concentration will wrench any secret out of the universe. Use your strength to your advantage no matter what. In your strength lies your success. DR. DEJI FOLUTILE Tel: 08035219966 Email: deji.folutile@gmail.com Follow me on Twitter @folutile

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uthorities in Florida said a woman turned in a purse found floating in the ocean with $13,000 cash inside. Daytona Beach police said Darlene Curley of Tennessee, who was staying at the Super 8 Motel in Daytona Beach during the weekend, found the purse floating Sunday morning and turned it over to Beach Safety officers, who discovered it contained a bank bag with $13,000 cash as well as several thousand dollars

worth of jewelry, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported Tuesday. Curley said she and her daughter spotted the purse, along with shoes and towels, while walking around 7 a.m. “We were worried someone might have drowned or something could have happened to them on the beach,” she said. Police said they were able to return the bag and its contents to its rightful owner, a woman who lost it while visiting the beach Saturday night.

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Retiring police dogs ‘deserve pensions too’

etiring police dogs in Nottinghamshire are to be given a £500-a-year pension. The county’s police and crime commissioner announced plans for the three-year pension plan, saying the dogs had “worked hard all their lives” and deserved to be recognised. Paddy Tipping said the money would be given on request to the dogs’ handlers to help them foot the cost of any vet bills. “We give pensions to police officers and we look after (them) when they retire,” he said. “The dogs have worked hard all their lives and we should make some provision for them as well.” Around six police dogs retire in Nottinghamshire every year. Most go to live with the handler who has worked with them during their time in the force.

Mr Tipping said he was “concerned” these officers have to pay for the dogs’ food and medical bills. “Let’s be clear, if the officers didn’t look after the dogs when they retire from the force, they would be put down,” he

The police dogs.

said. “The police officers become very fond of the dogs. They keep them and I don’t think it’s fair they have to pay all the bills.” Nottinghamshire has 26 police dogs which are able to sniff out drugs

and explosives, search dangerous buildings and detain suspects. New recruits are trained when they are around 12 months old and usually retire when they are between sevenand-a-half and eight-anda-half years old.


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Business & Finance Strategic rebranding is a key step towards repositioning deposit insurance schemes to achieve their statutory mandates

Towards preparing a new revenue formula, the RMAFC had gathered data from the 36 states of the federation and 774 local government areas as well as the Federal Capital Territory. – CHAIRMAN, REVENUE MOBILISATION, ALLOCATION AND FISCAL COMMISSION, RMAFC, MR. ELIAS MBAM

– Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama

Nigerian banks lose N159bn to e-fraud KUNLE A ZEEZ

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igerian banks are facing tough times in the cashless economy as they have lost a total of N159 billion to electronic fraud between 2000 and first quarter of 2013. This was disclosed by the Executive Director, Business Development, Nigerian Inter-bank Settlements Systems, NIBSS Plc, Mrs. Christabel Onyejekwe in an exclusive chat with National Mirror in Lagos. Onyejekwe, who quoted recent research data on e-fraud in Nigeria by the Financial Institutions Training Centre, FITC, said the staggering figure is a deterrent to improving the consumer confidence and adoption of Nigeria’s cashless strategies, stressing increased efforts must be mounted to checkmate the menace. Analysing the annual e-fraud trend in the banking industry since 2000 till date, Onyejekwe, the figure stood at N1.65 billion in 2000; N3.12 billion in 2001; N8.20 billion in 2002, but declined to N5.13 billion in 2003 while in 2004, the figure moved up to N89.43 billion. Also, in 2005 and 2006, the efraud declined to N6.76 billion and N2.74 billion losses to the banks while in 2007, the figure spiraled to N8.51 billion. The year 2008, according to her, marked a watershed in the trend

of e-fraud, as Nigerian banks recorded the highest losses to the tune of N34.50 billion. The successful switch from magnetic stripe the of Automated Teller Machines, ATM, cards in 2009 to a more secure Chip and PIN cards led to a drastic reduction in e-fraud to the tune of N21.72 billion with a further decline to N14.96 billion in 2010. In 2011, Onyejekwe said the figure increased again to N24.43 billion; and declined again to N10.06 billion at the end of 2012 while, in first quarter of 2013 alone, cases of bank e-frauds were valued at

N7.5 billion. She said: “All these figures listed from 2000 till the first quarter of this year amount to approximately N159 billion losses in the system. She, however, projected that for this year, if recorded fraud at the end of first quarter is N7.5 billion, “extrapolated expected fraud at the end of the year would be N7.5 billion multiplied by four and this will be N30 billion. But something has to be done to reduce this trend.” She explained that the fraud cases come in various types,

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Helicopter services in oil and gas generate N96bn yearly OLUSEGUN KOIKI

which include card not present, card skimming, physical attacks on ATM machines, card trapping and others. According to her, in the past three years, 62 per cent have experiences cases of card not present fraud type; 48 per cent have experienced card skimming fraud; 33 per cent have witnessed physical attacks on their ATM machines; 10 per cent have recorded card trapping while not less than 20 per cent of the banks have recorded other forms of e-fraud on their systems. Meanwhile, the Central Bank

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warning that without this, the industry will witness more tragedies. Speaking at a seminar organised by the Aeroconsult Ltd at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos, the Managing Director, Brtistow Helicopters, Capt. Akin Oni, said that the sector also ensures 90 per cent of export earnings for the Federal Government. Oni said that there are also over 83 helicopters being operated by only six operators with AOCs, which range from light to medi-

um to large wings. He explained further that the helicopter industry safety record is not as good as airplanes, saying that helicopter accidents are about five times more than airplanes. He however noted that there has been marked improvement due to newer generation and technology helicopters like the Sikorsky S-92 and AW139 among others. He also urged politicians to give NCAA the true autonomy it deserves, maintaining that Nigerians are afraid of flying today

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due to several interferences in the activities of the agency by politicians. He warned that without true autonomy, the country’s aviation industry would witness more crisis, but warned stakeholders and professionals in the sector from attempting to rundown the agency, saying that it had improved over the years. He said, “Everyone is afraid of flying today in Nigeria because collectively we have unknowingly contributed to the level we are today. We should be careful of what we say and stop accusations ongoing in the sector.

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‘Anglo-Nigeria bilateral trade to hit N2trn by 2014’ TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Pocock, has projected that the value of Anglo-Nigeria mercantile trade would rise by over 50 per cent next year to about N2.12 trillion if ongoing efforts to boost trade between the two countries are sustained. Pocock, who made this known Wednesday night at the Central

Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) ISO 27001:2005 Information Security Management System Certificate Award ceremony in Abuja, said his government was putting more attention to how British companies and investors could play bigger roles in Nigerian economy and by implication, ensure improved value of the bi-lateral trade between the two countries in the years ahead. According to him, whereas there are indications that following sus-

tained reforms and a new drive for global best practices in key sectors of the Nigerian economy, including the financial services industry, the environment is gradually becoming more investment-friendly even as he urged the authorities to ensure that the appropriate policy frameworks that would increase investors’ confidence are put in place as part of the reform agenda. The British envoy commended the CBN for its various initiatives being undertaken to improve

the integrity of the banking sector, pointing out that the ISO 27001:2005 Information Security Management System Certification is one of the direct results of such laudable efforts. He said: “It is my understanding that it is the first regulatory agency in Nigeria to achieve ISO certification. That is a major achievement in itself, it is rather more important than that. It is not just a benchmark that is difficult to attain, it is a confidence building method. The Central Bank is a verified international company by the IMF and the World Bank. “It is a remarkable achievement. Let me say that the United Kingdom has a selfish interest in the health of the Nigerian economy. We want to by next year to double bilateral trade to £8billion. We want British companies, British investors t come to Nigeria to explore the many opportunities that it presents. “For that to be something that happens easily, people need to be confident that the economy they

are entering is well regulated as possible. The fact that the apex regulatory institution in the banking sector has achieved this international certification is something to cheer about”, Pocock added. In his remarks, Alhaji Suleiman Barau, who received along with other Deputy Governors the certificate on behalf of the CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamodi Sanusi, said the presentation of the certficiate to the apex bank was a clear affirmation that the Central Bank has adopted the adopted the highest framework in the world for information security management. Barau said: “The ISO27001 is acclaimed as the world’s highest standard for information security management. Therefore, this ceremony is a clear affirmation that the Central Bank has adopted the adopted the highest framework in the world for information security management. CBN being a regulatory authority decided to take the lead in practices that is consistence with its status.

Power: NAPTIN graduates 243 electrical engineers CHIDI UGWU L-R: General Manager, Nigerian Petroleum Exchange, Toritseju Okanlawon; General Manager, Nigerian Content Development,Chevron, Raymond Wilcox and Nigerian Content Manager, Addax Petroleum Development, Frances Peters-Omaruaye, during career development programme tagged: Opportunity Series III held in Lagos, recently.

BPE re-assures consumers on improved electricity supply 2003, which according to him, led to the licensing of several service providers that have created many new jobs and an astronomical growth from a tele-density of 0.4 per cent, representing 450,000 telephone lines in 2001 to 82 per cent, representing 123 million telephone lines as at June 2013. While pointing out that the BPE also midwifed the enactment of the Pension Reform Act of 2004 that led to the establishment of National Pension Commission that entrenched a stable pension policy, Dikki explained that the establishment of the Debt Management Office, DMO, is one of the outcomes of the reform works of the Bureau to curb arbitrary borrowing by public enterprises and government agencies.

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s Federal Government completes the privatisation of parts of the power sector, the National Power training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) yesterday graduated a total of 243 electrical engineering trainees through its Graduate Skills Development Programme, NGSDP. Speaking at the occasion, the minister of power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, said the graduation was timely coming at the time Federal Government is completing its privatization of the power, stressing that grandaunts would fill the yarning skills gap in the sector. Nebo, who noted that electricity sector drives industrialisation, expressed optimism that the new graduates were going to vastly change the course of history in the nation’s power sector. Nebo, who noted that capacity building is key to development of

he Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Benjamin E. Dikki, has re-assured users of electricity of improved supply in the months ahead as the new owners of the privatized successor companies will place high premium on maintenance of facilities that will entail the importation of spare parts to replace and refurbish the moribund components. Dikki gave the assurance this while presenting a paper titled “The Federal Government Privatisation Programme: The Journey So Far” to the Course 22 of the National Defence Academy in Abuja.

He disclosed that the major work of the Bureau was the reforms of the various sectors of the economy to create an enabling environment for private sector investments by the instituting sound sectors policies; liberalization of the sectors by abrogating monopoly laws; delineation of the roles of policy formulation from regulation and operations; establishment of appropriate legal and regulatory framework; mitigation of risks to encourage private sector investments and the setting up of independent regulatory agencies. The BPE boss recalled that the agency championed the Telecommunications Sector Reforms that revolutionalised the country’s telecom sector with the enactment of the Telecom Act of

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FG to declare Transition Electricity Market by March 2014

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he Federal Government has began the process of amending the Market Rules that will guide the privatised electricity sector operations after declaring the Transition Electricity Market, TEM, by March 1, 2014. Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi who made the disclosure in Abuja on Thursday at a workshop organised for the review of the Market

Rule also noted that the Interim Rule for the current Interim Market operations is still being reviewed in collaboration with the new investor. He noted that while the Market Rule is being reviewed for possible amendment following a change in the power sector operations, the interim rule has been drafted and would soon be ready to guide the new investors during the ongoing interim and markettesting period.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia at the workshop said, “There are certain things that we are trying to ensure that they are put in place before the declaration of TEM.” “This is one of those things that should be in place before the commission, NERC, can advise the Honourable Minister to declare TEM.

Right now we are looking at the 1st of March, 2014,” he noted. He expressed delight over the review of the interim rule, which will guide the new owners in the current interim operation. “I am happy that the Interim Rule is being reviewed, but more importantly with the contributions of stakeholders and all of you here,” Nebo said. Earlier, the Chairman of the Initial Stakeholders Advisory Panel, ISAP, and Director General

the power sector, recalled that federal government recently commissioned two power plants, and will soon will commission the remaining eight more of the National Integrated Power Project ,NIPP, stressing that all the plants would be manned by skilled engineers. “When I was invited by the Senate for screening as the minister of power, one of the things i said I would focus on was capacity building”, he said. The Director General of NAPTIN, Mr. Reuben Okeke, said noted that NGSDP programme was conceived as a pro-reform initiative to build-up the professional level technical manpower required to match up with the infrastructural expansion in the power sector. “NAPTIN realised that the quick delivery of projects in the sector can only be completed by the availability of professional manpower in the sector if the reform process is to have the desired impact” he stated. of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader, NBET, Mr Rumundaka Wonodi stated that the panel commenced a holistic review of the Market Rule in July 2012 in anticipation of TEM in collaboration with all the stakeholders. Wonodi noted that the previous Market Rules (MR) was based on public sector TEM, adding that the erstwhile privatisation and handover was deemed for the medium market which is no longer the case, hence the need for amendment of the MR to reflect current realities.


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FMDQ OTC II’ increase liquidity in unlisted securities –Sanusi UDO ONYEKA

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he Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Lamido Sanusi has said that the launch Financial Markets Dealers Quotations, FMDQ, OTC platform is expected to bring about increased liquidity in the instruments of unlisted securities and increase attraction and flow of resources to small and medium enterprises. Sanusi who made this known yesterday in Lagos at the official launch of FMDQ, OTC Plc, informed that price discovery and enhanced financial inclusion potentials, are part of the benefits of the platform, which would ultimately lead to a vibrant private sector development and increased contribution to economic activities. He said he was delighted that the FMDQ over-the-counter trans-

actions is on inter-bank markets for funds intermediation, foreign exchange dealings, repurchase transactions and government securities (treasury bills and bonds), and that in the near future, other instruments are expected to riding on the back of the achievements that would have been recorded from this undertaking. “You may recall that the National Association of Securities Dealers, NASD, OTC platform has also been established, focusing on unlisted securities of companies. The NASD platform provides for the capital market operators while the FMDQ OTC complements by offering similar opportunities for operators in the money market. “To highlight the importance of having an OTC platform which is being, that is provided by the FMDQ being launched today, it is expedient to review some of the developments in the global finan-

cial markets. “Losses on financial derivatives notably at the AIG, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers were key events that contributed to the financial crisis of 2007 - 2009. “As a result, there were calls for increased regulations of the over-the-counter, OTC, markets. In response, more and more rules are being put in place aimed at protecting market participants and promoting fair and organised trading”, he said. He said some of the reforms underway in many markets that will address some of these issues include: the establishment of trade repositories – an entity that maintains a centralised electronic record or database of OTC trade data, creation of central counterparties to reduce the amount of counterparty risk that market participants are exposed to and the increasing use of derivatives as a risk management tool.

L-R: Managing Director, Polo Limited, Mr. John Obayuwana, Winner of the 2013 ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ Beauty Pageant, Ms. Anna Ebiere and Area Manager, Rolex, Mr. Frederic Pennet, at a cocktail organised for Mark Rolex Area Manager and International Aftersales Manager, in Lagos, recently.

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t has been revealed that global airlines lose at least $10bn (about N1.6trn) to incidents and accidents annually. This was revealed yesterday by the Quality Control Manager of Bristow Helicopters, Mr. Alhamdu Haruna, during his presentation at the ongoing health and safety week organised by the Skyways Aviation Handling Company Limited, SAHCOL, at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos. Haruna, who quoted figures supplied by the International Air Transport Association, IATA, also said 27, 000 accidents and incidents occur yearly resulting in 243, 000 casualties.

However, he said the figures are not accurate as there are accidents and incidents that are not reported, especially in Africa. He said, “One of the biggest challenges we face in the aviation industry, especially in Africa is non-reporting of aircraft accidents and incidents. The figures should be a bit higher than that if a good reporting culture is imbibed. It is ridiculous that only 243, 000 victims are captured in the annual haul losses. However, there are some organisations that have evolved in reporting culture because they have adopted a just culture in reporting.” Besides, in his presentation, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. George Uriesi said accident and incident

reporting are mandatory in advanced countries, but regretted that the situation “is different in Africa.” Uriesi, who was represented at the event by FAAN’s corporate safety and technical adviser, Mr. Eze Nwankwo said the cost of accidents and incidents on airlines are enormous. He listed the costs to include, but not limited to huge insurance claims, loss of production, damage to equipment and building, huge costs arising from repair of damaged facilities, loss in production, loss of corporate image and loss of orders, among others. He advised airlines, ground handling firms and service providers in the aviation industry to pay attention to safety.

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NCRIB bemoans lack of insurance data MESHACK IDEHEN

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he new President of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), Mr. Ayodapo Soderu, has lamented that the insurance broking sector in Nigeria lacks the required statistics and data for effective service delivery. Speaking yesterday in Lagos, Soderu said NCRIB is promising that the council would, in due course, create an effective data system bureau for the storage of comprehensive and relevant data about insurance broking in the country. He said that as in many other crucial sectors of the economy, that the insurance broking sector is short of adequate statistics and data for effective delivery, adding during his tenure, that the council will create an effective data system bureau for the

storage of comprehensive and relevant data about insurance broking. Soderu regretted that it still easier to assess the extent of growth and development of Nigerian insurance industry through foreign bodies or institutions noting that the trend must stop and that a research and development committee would be established to facilitate this vision. According to him, NCRIB will use the instrumentality of the law to pursue the ideals and objectives that would enhance the performance of insurance brokers by seeking to better not only legislations, but also the rules and code of ethics that the brokers have set for themselves to ensure that members not only adhere to very high ethical standards but also to ensure that the brokers earn their due financial reward.

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orkers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, have said leakages in the internal generated revenue of the corporation are killing the activities of the NRC. The workers said also that they are urging the management of the corporation to put measures in place that will improve the internally generated revenue of the company, saying they want the issues of the welfare and needs of staff to be addressed. Speaking yesterday under the auspices of the Senior Staff Association of Communication, Transport, and Corporations, SSACTAC, the NRC workers also called on the corporation management to ensure there are no more leakages in the NRC finances. President of SSACTAC, Mr. Mohammed Yinusa and General

Secretary, Mr. Martins Akinyaju, told National Mirror that IGR serves as the only source of funds through which the welfare needs of staff are addressed, pointing out that poor training of staff in 2013 also affected the fortunes of the company. He said the workers are requesting that the NRC management should as a matter of compulsion, improve on the training programmes for staff in the coming year, while stressing the need to upgrade the railway staff industrial clinic in terms of service, human capacity and facility enhancement. According to him, NRC workers are challenging the management to rededicate itself and its accredited officers to diligent scrutiny and supervision of all railways contracts, and be sure that contracts are executed to subsisting specification that gives value for the money paid for the jobs.

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he highly publicised partnership between Sterling Bank and Arsenal Football Club has been formally sealed with the launch of the co-branded debit cards for the use of millions of fans and card holders in Nigeria. A statement from Sterling Bank’s Group Head, Strategy and Communications, Shina Atilola, said these co-branded debit cards, available in Visa and Verve are one of numerous benefits of the initial three-year partnership between the bank and Arsenal Football Club. Commenting during the event which held at The Emirates Stadium, London, Mr. emi Adeola, the CEO of Sterling Bank Plc explained that “the initiative underscores the Bank’s strategic retail

market focus while Ivan Gazidis, the CEO of Arsenal Football Club highlighted the rich history of the Club and ‘noted the deep similarities in history and values between both organisations; promising that “the Club will remain true to its founding ideals”. With the formal launch now off the ground, Sterling Bank customers; especially the Arsenal fans and holders of the Sterling-Arsenal co-branded debit cards can now begin to enjoy access to clubrelated benefits and incentives to help them live their passions as well as more value-added privileges such as official merchandise and tickets to see the team in action at Emirates Stadium, youth coaching clinic for coaches on the auspices of Sterling Bank in Nigeria and lots more.


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From the 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair

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Fidelity Bank showcases service offerings at Lagos fair EMMANUEL OGBONNAYA

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idelity bank Plc has adopted the ongoing Lagos international fair as a veritable platform to meet the needs of existing and prospective customers by offering custom tailored products to visitors at the fair. The bank’s managing director and chief executive officer, Reginald Ihediahi, noted that the fair presents an opportunity for businesses to tap into opportunities that exist in Nigeria. He was speaking on the occasion of Fidelity bank’s special day at the fair and

he also used the opportunity to congratulate the Board and members of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the good work they have been doing since 1986 when the chamber took over the organization of the fair. “Over the years, the chamber has attracted both local and foreign exhibitors and has continued to provide avenue for various trade groups and professionals to present new products and ideas as well as tap into business opportunities that exist in the country,” he said. Ihediahi, who was represented by the bank’s ex-

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR ecutive director for Lagos and southwest, Ik Mbagwu, stated that Fidelity bank’s success story was anchored on improved service quality, innovative products and services tailored to meet the varying needs of their numerous customers, which is beyond generic financial intermediation. “At our stand, we offer full banking services while our experienced staff are readily available with our tailored offerings that meet your financial needs. We

are also committed to longterm growth of you and your company as well as dedicated to taking you and your business to the next level of growth,” he said. He said that as a catalyst to the nation’s economy, over the years, the bank has financed multi-million dollar projects specifically

like the Dorman long hot dip plate galvanizing plant in Lagos; the Akute independent power plant, the GZ industries can manufacturing plant in Ogun state and the 10.4KW Alausa independent power project (IPP). “These projects were the sort that took a consortium

of banks to finance a few years ago. Team Fidelity undertook the challenge of financing them alone. He disclosed that apart from the product offerings, the bank also has other investment, credit and ebanking channels available at their stand on the fair ground.

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he Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has taken its new corporate identity awareness campaign to the on-going 27th Lagos international trade fair and has also disclosed its target of being among the top 20 deposit insurers in the world by 2020. The corporation stated that the re-branding initiative which was launched a week earlier as part of its strategic re-engineering to review processes, procedures and systems of the corporation was aimed at enabling it effectively discharge its mandate. NDIC’ s managing director and chief executive officer, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, delivering a keynote address at the corporation’s special day event at the fair, noted that the agency

despite recording laudable achievements must keep improving. “As you may be aware, rebranding is not just a mere change of colours and logos, it is about distinguishing oneself from the rest in service delivery. We must keep propelling the NDIC towards achieving the corporation’s vision of being amongst the top 20 deposit insurers in the world by the year 2020,” he said. Ibrahim, who was represented by the executive director corporate services, Lola Abiola Edewor, used the opportunity to disclose some of the recent initiatives of the agency in resolving infractions between customers and their banks. “The corporation is not unaware of the perennial problems between banks

and their customers ranging from arbitrary bank interest charges; account balances manipulation to outright frauds and forgeries.” “While the banks have taken some steps in addressing the problems, the corporation has introduced other measures to combat such infractions by establishing a help desk which is toll-free 24 hour telephone line (080063424357) to enable bank customers and the general public report financial abuses at all times,” he said. In addition, he said that the corporation created special insured institutions department to cater for the need of customers of deposit money banks and primary mortgage banks/ microfinance banks respectively.

L-R: President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Goodie Ibru; representative of Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Managing Director, NETCO, Danjuma Abdullahi and Manager, Community Relations, NNPC, Chinwe Agulefo, during NNPC Day ceremony at the 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair in Lagos, yesterday.

L-R: Senior Manager, Commercial, Western Ports, Mr. Abubakar Umar; Deputy President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Alhaji Remi Bello and representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and General Manager, Western Ports, Mr. Adeyinka Odunsi, during NPA’s Day at the 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair in Lagos, yesterday.

Dangote crashes cement price to N1,500 at Fair

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angote Cement is setting aside two days, during the ongoing trade fair in Lagos, for direct sales of 100 bags of Dangote Cement to individual customer, as a way of enabling more Nigerians to become landlords. The sales which will commence by 10am on Friday 8th of November will end by 4pm on Saturday 9th of November. Statement from the company revealed that Access Bank, being the official partner for the promo will be present at Dangote’s pavilion during the promo period and will process all the sales transactions. Collections of the prod-

uct will however take a week as customers will be supplied their products at Dangote’s Isolo depot next week Friday. The reduction in price, according to the company will afford many Nigerians, opportunity to buy a minimum of 100 bags of cement to quickly meet their construction needs. Dangote Group is already spicing this year’s trade fair with a special introduction of new products and packs from the stable of its subsidiaries to its customers and other visitors to the fair at a highly discounted rate. A statement from the Group’s Head of Corpo-

rate Communication, Anthony Chiejina indicated that the company is offering a huge discount on its products during the fair to appreciate its teeming customers and visitors to the fair. He stated that the management has decided to introduce new product packs from the stable of Dangote salt and Dangote sugar into the market. The statement indicated that the Dangote Group would be using the occasion of the fair to appreciate the patronage of its array of products by the customers by giving them the products at rock bottom prices.

Participants at the ongoing trade fair taking free cups of beverage at the Alltime drink stand.

Cross section of customers patronising services at the Nivea skin care stand during the ongoing PHOTOS: OLUFEMI AJASA fare.


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trong indications emerged that the decision of the United States Government to slam Nigeria a 90day ultimatum for her seaport facilities to meet the requirements of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code or face global trade isolation was not actually designed to punish the country. The US Embassy in Nigeria had in April this year sent a diplomatic note to the Federal Government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Nigeria to improve its ports security system in the country within 90 days or risk an international blockade whereby all vessels would be stopped from calling at the nation’s seaports. This follows a damning report by US Coast Guard, which exposed the poor security situation at Nigeria’s seaport facilities. Under the blockade, the US will stop shipping services to Nigeria and also mobilise all her trading partners to do same as part of measures to compel Nigeria to comply with the enforcement of the ISPS Code. A maritime security expert, Dr. Kevin Okonna, who spoke in an interview, noted that it was not the desire of the US Government to see Nigeria go through some trade sanctions because her seaport facilities could not comply with the ISPS Code requirements, rather the

L-R: Director General NIMASA, Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi, Executive Director Maritime Safety& Shipping Development, Capt Bala Agaba and the Agency’s Deputy Director/Headpublic Relations, Mr Isichei Osamgbi at the NIMASA stand in New Orleans, USA.

deadline was to spur her to address some nagging security issues in the country. According to him, Nigeria holds a strategic position in the economic of the West and Central African sub-region, which the US government is aware and conscious of and would therefore want her to be update in security and other related issues. More importantly, he disclosed that the US Government is no longer comfortable with the dwindling security situations, especially with the proliferation of small arms and the worsening cases of piracy and sea robbery.

“The US Government, in my opinion just wanted Nigeria to be more security conscious given recent trends in the country both on land and in the sea so that the situation does not get worse than this”, he further argued. Okonna who is also a lecturer on maritime security at the International Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron insisted that imposing sanctions on Nigeria will not benefit the US Government, especially given the substantial investments by many American companies in Nigeria. Meanwhile, fears and apprehension over possible interna-

Job creation: Royal Navy acquires new offshore patrol vessels

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he MoD plans to commission three new oceangoing Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Navy in a deal that will sustain jobs in the UK’s warship building industry. The new ships, which will be built by BAE Systems at their shipyards on the Clyde, will play a key role in counterterrorism, counter-piracy and anti smuggling operations. The agreement with BAE Systems provides work for the company between the completion of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, securing the vital skills needed to build the UK’s future warships. The Defence Secretary is also announcing that more than £100 million will be invested in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth, which will

be home to both HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. The money will expand the dockyard to ensure it is ready for the arrival of the Royal Navy’s biggest ever warships as well as the Type 45 destroyers which are based in Portsmouth. Under the Terms of Business Agreement signed with BAE Systems in 2009 the MoD would have been liable to pay for any periods when no shipbuilding was taking place at UK yards. Building Offshore Patrol Vessels means not only are staff at BAE Systems able to continue to work and maintain their skills, but the Royal Navy benefits from three new ships and the taxpayer gets much better value for money. The cost of building the

ships is funded from money that would have been used to pay for idle capacity, finance redundancies and meet the cost of industrial restructuring. Portsmouth will maintain its proud maritime heritage as the home of much of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet and the centre of BAE Systems ship support and maintenance business. Work on the new Offshore Patrol Vessels is due to begin next year with the first ship being delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017. The ships are expected to replace the current, smaller River Class vessels, HM Ships Tyne, Severn and Mersey which have been policing the UK’s waters since 2003, but a final decision will be taken in the next Strategic Defence and Security Review.

tional sanction against Nigeria by the US and other trading allies if she fails to meet the deadline fizzled out as the US Coast Guard gave the country a clean bill of health given her efforts at complying with the security code. Leader of the US Coast Guard team, which was on the second leg of its security assessment visit of Nigeria’s seaports and other facilities after the deadline, Mr. Tivo Romero, had told the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety

Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria’s designated agency on the implementation of the code that the agency is on track in terms of getting Nigerian seaport facilities to comply. Romero, who spoke during a meeting with members of the ISPS Code Implementation Committee in Lagos, disclosed that the team had visited six port facilities in the country, during which it observed that Nigeria has made tremendous improvements in ISPS Code compliance since the team last visit the country about four earlier. He had also commended NIMASA for its handling of the facility operators, which accounts for the level of improvements recorded in the ports facilities in the country. He said: “I must commend NIMASA for its efforts so far. However, the United States Coast Guard will provide required technical assistance to ensure that infrastructural and legal instruments needed for effective implementation of the ISPS Code in Nigeria were put in place. I urge you all to see this project as a voyage which we have all embarked on” The team leader assured that the US Government will assist Nigeria technically and in terms of putting the right legal framework for total compliance with the code.

MARAN celebrates Silver Jubilee next month

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he Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), is concluding plans for the celebration of its silver jubilee anniversary. MARAN, an affiliate of the Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) founded in 1988, is a body of accredited journalists to report the maritime industry in Nigeria. A programme of events released by the association says the grand finale of the celebration will take place at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Lagos where eminent personalities who have done the nation’s maritime industry proud will be given awards Already, heads of corporate organisations, paratatals and agencies, former ministers, individuals, association leaders and a host of others whose impact had been greatly felt in the industry in the last 25 years have promised to grace the occasion. The event, apart from celebrating the modest contributions of the journalists as the

watchdog of the maritime domain, it is also designed to take stock and quantify the extent of the so far while identifying those who have made it possible for the association to have come this far. The president explained that the event was being targeted at drawing the attention of the Federal Government on the need to further exploit and harness the potentials in the maritime sector. Details of the programmes preceding the celebration would include visitation to motherless homes, novelty football march to entertain friends and well-wishers of MARAN, health walk and a thanksgiving service to be held both in a church and a mosque. The leadership and entire membership of the association believe that after 25 years of existence, MARAN ought not to have its secretariat in a rented apartment located on Wharf Road, Apapa.


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Women farmers raise alarm over GES inputs distribution abuses

Africa, FAO to partner on increasing rice production

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coalition of women smallholder farmers have urged the Federal Government to help in tackling the menace of middlemen marketers and their politician collaborators who have hijacked the Growth Enhancement Scheme, GES, and completely denying access of peasant farmers to the seeds and fertiliser inputs. The farmers, under the aegis of Small Scale Women Farmers’ Organisation in Nigeria, SWOFON, lamented that despite the good intentions of the government, particularly the efforts of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, to eliminate middlemen from the inputs value chain, the fraudsters have not only repositioned themselves in the GES distribution network but also adulterating fertilizers and seeds meant for peasant farmers. Speaking on the crisis and the implication for the ongoing Agricultural Transformation Agenda ATA, the newly elected President of SOWON, Mrs. Sarah Yapwa, in her post inauguration chat with journalists after the formal launch of the National Advocacy Platform for Smallholder Women Farmers sponsored by ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) in Abuja, appealed to the Federal Government to help curb the menace of fake inputs and find a way of supporting women farmers who have been excluded from the GES benefits. Yapwan, who lamented the exclusion of women in the distribution of seeds and fertilisers under the GES, noted that most members of her group in 16 states had registered as required but that when the inputs get to the communities, politicians and middlemen hijack the inputs and deny the women access to seeds or fertilisers. She said: “What we are going to do is to see how we can engage the Federal Government, especially the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, to see how they can support women, because women small holder farmers need support from the government, because all the things they say they are sending to the communities is not really reaching them. “It may get to the community but they don’t get to the hands of these ones. So the women, we are there just waiting, they said register, we went and registered, but they will not give. You went and deposit your money in the bank, you will not get the loan you want to collect, and so what is the essence? “Under the GES, the President said he is going to give the women five million, we have not seen it yet so we don’t know who is holding it, or where is it stocked, and even if those things come like the fertiliser and

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the seeds, it gets to the community, we see them, but they are given to the politicians. You come today, come tomorrow and you get tired. You use money to come sometimes trek and you don’t get anything and your farm is there so why waste all your time?”, Yapwa queried. She described SOWON as a platform for empowering women, particularly small scale farmers by mobilising women to ensure that they go to the right places to demand for their rights in especially getting agricultural inputs, so that will enhance their agricultural productivity. Yapwa said the group had also given them capacity building so that they will be able to know the right crop to plant at the particular time, adding that this became necessary in view of their complaints that if the market is not in need of the crops, even if they plant it, it will be wasted. In addition, she explained that the organisation was also empowering them to ensure that these women know how they bring their goods from the farm, because at times when they all bring it at the same time and go to the market, the middlemen will buy it and the middlemen will go and sell it with huge profits after the farmers had been exploited. “They will buy it cheap from these ones and these women eventually have nothing to take back home. So we are having that problem in the community. So we women, Small holder farmers are facing a lot of problems and that is why we are calling on government to see how they can intervene”, the SOWON leader said.

UDO ONYEKA frica’s largest gathering of rice industry Experts, policy makers and farmers representatives have asked Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, to stimulate national, regional and global partnerships to help develop Africa’s rice sector. The call came at the end of the 3rd Africa Rice Congress in Yaoundé, Cameroun, where more than 650 delegates from 60 countries, including 35 African nations were in attendance. In a statement by FAO, Africa is expected to produce 27.2 million tonnes of rice this year, up by 2 percent over last year, while reducing its dependence on imported rice. The congress also called for increased investment in the modernisation and mechanisation of Africa’s farming and in aggregation of farm output, while safeguarding land rights of smallholders and improving livelihoods. It also urged the strengthening of farmer organizations to ensure that farmers capture a fair share of value added in the value chain and more encouragement for the development of public-private partnerships. In support of promising productivity growth in the African rice sector, especially in the Sub-Saharan region, FAO said it would strengthen its commitment to rice production in the region with a particularly strong focus on sustainability. FAO Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, Mr. Ren Wang said the organisation was in a strong position to help accelerate the already good growth in rice productivity in Africa. “AfricaRice and the Global Rice Science Partnership are excellent engines for the production of new

technologies. I believe FAO can strengthen its role as a partner in these important activities,” he said. “What is needed are the networks and relationships to ensure successful new technologies - once tested and proven - can be scaled up to reach the millions of farmers who need them. This type of development work is one of FAO’s strengths,” he added. Wang also said FAO is working on a new initiative that would help realize the full potential, productivity and production of Africa’s major rice ecosystems. It will also promote the use of quality seed as well as secure the production of certified rice seeds for efficient and sustainable rice production. According to FAO’s Rice Market Monitor the 2013 rice harvest in Africa will yield 27.2 million tonnes or 17.8 million tonnes on a milled basis, 2 percent above 2012’s output, adding that West African countries and Egypt will drive much of this growth, but a strong recovery in production is also expected in East Africa. Wang said this increase in production was clearly good news, helping to reduce Africa’s dependency on increasingly expensive imported rice.

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina

Expert calls for more agric research institutes to boost agriculture

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he National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike in Abia on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to establish more research institutes in the country to boost agriculture. Chief Research Officer at the institute, Mrs Lilian Amagbo, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, at the 2013 national

Agricultural Show ongoing at Tundun Wada, Nasarawa State. Amagbo said that some of the nation’s agricultural produce were at risk of losing their value due to the absence of technology to harness and preserve them. She said: “Nigeria is an agrarian country and some of the crops, if you don’t harness them, you would lose them because of the water content, especially the

root crops. “If you don’t process them they would go bad. “We are trying to process our crops into different forms whereby they can be preserved and packaged for marketing.’’ According to her agricultural research has facilitated value addition made it possible to process produce into various products, “Take a look at cassava, it was used in the past for the produc-

tion of garri and fufu. “But today, we can use cassava to produce cassava cake, chinchin, cassava bread, chips and even flour.’’ She noted that various food items could now be packaged and exported to other countries. In a separate interview, Assistant Director and Head, Research Outreach Department, Rubber Research Institute, Be-

nin, Mr. Paul Anegbeh, told NAN that research had brought about modern technology, leading to increased yields in plants. According to Anegbeh, extracts from rubber now constitute raw materials for soap making, cream and livestock feed. He said that said more products could be discovered, if the research institutes in the country were properly funded and equipped.


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Index rises 0.002% as Conoil leads gainers JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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rading in equities continued on bullish note on the Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday, as more investors took position on stocks. Specifically, the All Shares Index rose 0.002 per cent to close at 38,125.91 points, compared with the appreciation of 0.19 per cent recorded the preceding day to close at 38,125.18 points. Market capitalization appreciated N233m to close at N12, 181.6trn, lower than N37bn recorded the preceding day to close at N12,

181.3trn. Conoil Plc led the gainers’ table with N4.78 or 10 per cent to close at N51.48 per share, its biggest advance since September 2004.. The company rose 15 per cent during the week following good earnings reported for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. The company unaudited 2013 third quarter report showed an increase of 341 per cent in pre-tax profit, from N699.4m in 2012 nine months to N3.08bn in the review period. Its profit after tax appreciated 329 per cent, from N487.2m in 2012 to N2.09bn in 2013, while revenue

also rose from N114.7bn to N121.8bn. The Chairman of the company, Mr. Mike Adenuga recently said that the company would continue to make progress towards delivering superior shareholder value. However, Nigeria Police Microfinance Bank Plc gained four kobo or five per cent to close at 84 kobo per share. Forte Oil Plc gained N4.53 or five per cent to close at N95.16 per share, while Dangote Flour Plc appreciated 48 kobo or 4.95 per cent to close at N10.18 per share. Cutix Plc rose eight kobo or 4.71 per cent to close at

N1.78 per share. On the flip side, AIICO Insurance Plc lost four kobo or 4.88 per cent to close at 78 kobo per share, while Eco Corporation Plc shed 20 kobo or 4.87 per cent to close at N3.91 per share. Costain Plc fell five kobo or 4.72 per cent to close at N1.01 per share, while Wema Bank Plc dropped six kobo or 4.62 per cent to close at N1.24 per share. Custodian Insurance Plc dipped seven kobo or 3.89 per cent to close at N1.73 per share. A total of 511.2 shares valued at N5.648bn were traded in 5,127 deals.

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Source: FMDA

NSE trains stockbrokers on corporate governance JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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he Nigerian Stock Exchange has trained board chairmen and directors of dealing member firms on corporate governance. A statement from the Exchange yesterday said the training was aimed at enhancing the directors’ fiduciary duties, uprightness and utmost commitment in directing the affairs of dealing member firms with the goal of having a more transparent capital market. The statement quoted the NSE’ Head, Legal and Regulation Division, Ms Tinu Awe as saying that

the training was timely in view of the increasing demand on corporate boards to align their business or corporate performance with their corporate social responsibilities to the society they operate in and also build investors’ confidence in the market. She said, “Global best practice has made it imperative for capital market operators to be adequately informed and educated about the importance of corporate governance to enable them institute high ethical values for the benefit of investors, their stakeholders and the communities in which they operate. “The focus of the train-

ing was to equip directors of dealing member firms on cutting-edge techniques, strategies and action plans for corporate governance for the efficient management of their organization as the Exchange strongly believes good corporate governance will enable business prosperity by creating a system of transparency, accountability, fairness, reputation and ethical conduct”. The NSE’s Head of Broker Dealer Regulation, Mr. Olufemi Shobanjo noted that with the training, the firms will be better positioned to make sound strategic and business plans, risk management, financial

management and reporting human resource planning and control among others. According to him, the Exchange expects that the training would provide a framework for establishing responsibility to the people served by the company and will generally enhance the reputation of the company and the capital market and make it more attractive to investors and all other stakeholders. “We are positive that the training will go a long way in repositioning dealing member firms and ultimately regain investors’ confidence in the capital market,” he added.

Twitter shares rise 92% in first day of trading

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witter Incorporation soared as much as 92 per cent in its first day of trading yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange as investors snapped up shares in the popular micro blogging site in a frenzy that recalled the days of the dotcom bubble. The shares opened at $45.10 (£28.06) a share, up from the initial public offering price of $26 set on Wednesday, then added to those gains, hitting a high of $50. They were up 73.7 per cent to $45.15 at midday. Sources said the flotation drew strong demand, with investors asking for 30 times the number of shares on offer as they bet on potential growth at the money-losing social media company.

The opening price valued the shares at about 22 times forecast 2014 sales, nearly double that multiple at social media rivals Facebook Inc and LinkedIn Corporation. The shares opened 75 per cent above the $26 initial public offering price set on Wednesday, making it the biggest in a series of huge opening day pops for IPOs. Including restricted share units and other securities that could be exercised in the coming months, the company’s market value was over $28bn. Twitter executives including Chief Executive Dick Costolo and the company’s three co-founders - Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey - went to the floor of the NYSE to wit-

ness the IPO. The Big Board, which marked the occasion with an enormous banner with Twitter’s bird logo along its Broad Street facade, snatched the offering away from Nasdaq after the normally tech-focused Nasdaq stumbled with the larger Facebook flotation last year. “Facebook was so overhyped people felt like they couldn’t miss out,” said Kenneth Polcari, a senior floor official at O’Neil Securities Inc. “Twitter isn’t like that, though you can feel the excitement.” British actor Patrick Stewart rang the opening bell at the exchange together with nine years old Vivienne Harr, who started a charity to end childhood slavery using the microblogging site.

“I guess I represent the poster boy for Twitter,” Stewart said, adding that he had only been tweeting for about a year and wasn’t buying Twitter stock. Twitter’s building staff opened its offices in San Francisco extra early, hundreds of employees had flocked to their 9th floor cafeteria to watch Stewart ring the opening bell on TV while eating cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, made by Twitter’s resident chef, Lance Holton. The microblogging network priced its 70 million shares at above the targeted range of $23 to $25, which had been raised once before. The IPO values Twitter at $14.1bn, with the potential to reach $14.4bn if underwriters exercise an overallotment option.

Market indicators All-Share Index 38,125.91 points Market capitalisation 12.20 trillion

Stock Updates GAINERS COMPANY

OPENING

CLOSING

CHANGE

CONOIL

46.70

51.48

4.78

% CHANGE 10.24

NPFMCRFBK

0.80

0.84

0.04

5.00

FO

90.63

95.16

4.53

5.00

DANGFLOUR

9.70

10.18

0.48

4.95

CUTIX

1.70

1.78

0.08

4.71

TRANSCORP

1.97

2.06

0.09

4.57

NEIMETH

1.12

1.17

0.05

4.46

MANSARD

2.18

2.27

0.09

4.13

ETERNA

2.88

2.99

0.11

3.82

LIVESTOCK

3.57

3.70

0.13

3.64

CHANGE

% CHANGE

LOSERS COMPANY

OPENING

CLOSING

AIICO

0.82

0.78

-0.04

-4.88

EKOCORP

4.11

3.91

-0.20

-4.87

COSTAIN

1.06

1.01

-0.05

-4.72

WEMABANK

1.30

1.24

-0.06

-4.62

CUSTODYINS

1.80

1.73

-0.07

-3.89

BERGER

8.40

8.12

-0.28

-3.33

UTC

0.61

0.59

-0.02

-3.28

UACN

69.15

67.00

-2.15

-3.11

UPL

3.85

3.75

-0.10

-2.60

PORTPAINT

4.98

4.86

-0.12

-2.41

Primary Market Auction TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%)

DATE

91-Day

22,057.31

11.50

07-Nov-13

182-Day

30,000.00

11.59

07-Nov-13

182-Day

47,786.39

13.05

07-Nov-13

Open Market Operations TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%)

DATE

178-Day

86,709.13

12.35

07-Nov-13

175-Day

95,368.69

12.35

07-Nov-13

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Wholesale Dutch Auction System AMOUNT OFFERED

MARKET DEMAND

AMOUNT SOLD

DATE

$350m

N/A

$343m

04-Nov-13

$400m

N/A

$399m

30-Oct-13


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Anambra monarch accused of corruption NWABUEZE OKONKWO ONITSHA

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he Amiyi community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State is now engulfed in crisis following a leadership conflict. At centre of the crisis are the traditional ruler, Igwe Simon Obi Ogene, and the President-General, Victor Udogu, including the state government. Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, some indigenes loyal to Udogu, accused Igwe Ogene of embezzling N4 million of the N8 million donated to flood victims by the state government. They also accused him

of embezzling another N18 million belonging to the town, adding that he also withheld N6 million meant for primary school project, and another N700,000 being sales proceeds from economic trees felled in the past 10 years, even as they accused him of delaying the disbursement of N600,000 for the aged. They alleged the monarch sacked the community’s vigilante group and replaced them with his stooges, adding that he sold an electricity transformer donated by Hon. Okwudili Uzoka,a former member representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

Those who spoke were elders Sylvanus Esimai, George Udogu, Agwunobi Esimai, Pius Nwakibie, Osita Ibeagwasim and Nduka Ezenwamadu. Others are Martin Chukwuma, Donatus Anagwonye, Augustine Ijeoma, Emmanuel Mbanefo, Victor Omegbu, Patrick Ijeoma, John Kaine, Charles Obi, Uchenna Afubero, Fred Obi, Paul Chukwumaeze, Ben Obi, Felix Nnabuife and Onuchukwu Afubero. Meanwhile, the President General, has petitioned Governor Peter Obi, imploring him to visit the town and see things for himself. In the petition, of July 18, 2013 and entitled: “Peti-

tion against the traditional ruler of Amiyi Town, Igwe Simon Obi Ogene over his criminal subversion of our resources”, Udogu said the immediate past President General, Osita Ononuju who is the Igwe’s nephew conspired to perpetuate himself in office and because the people voted him out, they now want to destabilise the town. But in his reaction, Igwe Ogene dismissed the allegations as untrue, saying he never embezzled money, adding that the N600,000 stipend to the elderly is in a bank waiting for disbursement as soon as the authentic list of beneficiaries have been ascertained.

FG names housing estate after slain policeman OMEIZA AJAYI

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he Federal Government has honoured a slain police Inspector, Sunday Badang, by naming an estate of 80 units of four bedroom flats after him. The government said although no amount of recognition can resurrect a dead man, such posthumous honour should inspire the living. Mr .Badang, a member of the police anti-bomb squad was recently elevated to an Inspector by the Police High Command. Sergeant Badang, was killed in February,2012 while trying to defuse an Improvised Explosive Device, IED,on the Sultan Bello Road in Ungwar Sarki, Kaduna State. Commissioning the estate at the Lugbe,Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan lauded the exemplary gallantry of Mr. Badang, urging other security operatives to learn from such patriotism. Represented by Vice

President Namadi Sambo, he said the project was in furtherance of his commitment to police reforms and as well providing a conducive environment for officers and men of the force. He also said the estate would assist in bridging the nation’s housing deficit, recalling that the commissioning of the Force CID building in Abuja, would enhance the administrative and operational competence of the officers. While expressing hope that beneficiaries would strive to maintain the flats, the president also ordered that regular sanitation exercises be conducted in order to maintain its integrity. Earlier, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar said the project was delivered through a Public Private Partnership, PPP, initiative and the force is already developing estates across the country for allocation to its personnel.

FRSC convicts traffic offenders in Bayelsa EMMA GBEMUDU YEANGOA

A Crowd waiting to buy kerosene at a filling station at Idimu in Lagos, during the launch of sale of kerosene at N50 per litre, yesterday.

Fraud: Judge decries incessant adjournments WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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Kogi High Court sitting in KotonKarfe has fixed December 3, 2013 for judgement in the case of N8.3 million frauds levelled against Mrs. Dupe Adeyemi, a revenue clerk with the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Lokoja. Justice Alaba OmolayeAjileye fixed the date after the prosecuting and defence counsels, Messrs Henry Emore of the Independent Corrupt and oth-

er Related Offences Commission, ICPC, and Aliyu Saiki respectively, adopted their written addresses. Omolaye-Ajileye decried the delay in dispensing with the matter as a result of frequent change of counsels and undue requests for adjournments. He said the written addresses having been submitted and adopted by the counsels; the court could go on and fix a date for the judgement without further delay. Mrs. Adeyemi was arraigned in 2007 on a

30-count charge bordering on fraud and alleged conferment of corrupt advantage. The accused person was said to have used her office as a clerk to alter documents and falsify statements of returns contrary to the provisions of the ICPC Act, 2000. In the same vein, the judge warned that he would no longer tolerate applications for adjournments in the case of N5.2 million frauds against one Mr. Michael Eseyin of Federal Ministry of Inter-

nal Affairs pending since 2005. According to the judge, Eseyin is standing trial on a 17-count charge of fraud over the diversion of N5.2 million meant for the second phase of the National Identity Card,NIC, registration scheme in 2005. Omolaye-Ajileye noted that the delay in dispensing with the case ought to be of be of concern to all parties. He therefore adjourned the Eseyin case to January 13 and 14, 2013 for accelerated defence in the case.

total of 50 motorists have been convicted in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State for various traffic offences by a special mobile court constituted by the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC. Suspects arraigned were charged for violations of traffic rules ranging from non use of seat belts, over loading, excessive speeding and making phone calls while driving. This is coming few days after the FRSC, Zone 6 embarked on its “Ember Month” campaign in Yenagoa. Speaking with journalists, the corps zonal coordinator, Mrs. Comfort Uwadoka, said the initiative was owing to the high rate of road accidents in some parts of the country.

Uwadoka said the FRSC had identified Zone 6, 8 and 12 as areas with high rate of accidents and fatalities. She said: ‘It was established because motorists are recalcitrant, and do not want to obey traffic rules, so the only option is to arrest and arraign them. A nursing mother, Josephine Ebi ,who was among those charged for carrying an infant in the front seat, while another motorist, Rufai Umar , was convicted for making calls while driving. Meanwhile, FRSC authorities in the state have organised its 2013 public education campaign with a rally through the Yenagoa-Mbiama Road. The Corps Sector Commander, Tonye Vincent Jack urged motorists to observe all safety rules especially as the festive season is approaching.


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here is something unique about Dr. Edith Chidinma Uwajumogu, the erstwhile National Coordinator of Women for Change and Development Initiative, the non-profit organization of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. The personable lady has a voice that is sonorous and, at the same time, firm and assertive. Her voice is a veritable tool she exploits to the tilt in her self-imposed task of massively mobilizing Nigerian women to be productive, politically conscious, independent, and engage in activities that free them from those shackles that usually prevent them from fulfilling their destiny. The Imo State born rights activist may not be an Oprah Winfrey or a Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti, but she is so forceful and successful in her advocacy that wherever she goes, women simply call her by her first name: Chidinma. Such is her popularity among women; and it cuts across all strata of society. Born on November 10, 1963, and the first of her parents’ 10 children, Chidinma is an entrepreneur per excellence. She sits on several boards either as CEO or chairman. These include Hospice and Palliative Care of Nigeria; Eastern Comfort Limited, Umuaiah, Abia State; CEO, MONWILL Projects Limited; and President of the Development Initiative for African Women, DIFAW. DIFAW is a non-profit, non-partisan organization engaged in massive grassroots mobili-

zation of women for gender equity in Nigeria. That’s not all. The mother of five, who clocks 50, this Sunday, is also the vice president (West Africa) of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer. An amazon, she has dedicated her life to fight oppression of the women folk and the vexed issue of the girl-child and predatory men preying on then. Speaking on Egobekee Cancer Foun-

dation, she said the foundation is committed to raising the level of cancer awareness and management, not only among women, but also men throughout the country. “But our primary focus has, hitherto, been on women. Medical experts maintain that early detection is key to defeating cancer. We believe it too. Unfortunately, most people who suffer from cancer do not go to the experts until it is too late. And in cancer management, delay is dangerous, as they say. “That is why we are very strong on advocacy. That is why we are very strong on enlightenment, comprehensively committed to raising awareness among Nigerians. From what I know now, anybody can get cancer but cancer diagnosis needs not be a death sentence because there are many people who have beaten the disease. So, we campaign against those factors that can predispose people to the disease. “We encourage people to screen for cancer and other debilitating diseases before they get out of control. We also assist those suffering from the disease to get treatment. In addition, we are pushing strongly for a legislation that will make screening and treatment available and free for all Nigerians. Our people need not die in silence.” Dr. Chidinma narrated her role as the erstwhile National Coordinator of Women For Change and Development

Initiative; saying “When we conceptualized Women for Change and Development Initiative, the primary objective was to mobilize women for the 35 percent affirmative action. “We engaged in massive mobilization exercise that took us to every nook and cranny of this country up till the 2011 general elections. In our campaigns, we demolished the myth that women were not cut out for politics. “We encouraged women to take deep interest in politics and leadership; we taught them not to be passive participants in the way they were governed. We campaigned massively to get governments across the federation to respect and implement the United Nations affirmative action for at least 35 percent female representation in elective and appointive office. “We achieved a lot; though, it is still work in progress. The campaign to empower women, enfranchise women, ginger women to rise up and raise one another up is work in progress. But we must praise President Goodluck Jonathan for the representation of women in his government. “It is a vast improvement on what used to be. Some state governors are coming up gradually too. Like I said, the job took us to every nook and cranny of this country. We worked as if our lives depended on it. And Nigerian women appreciated our modest efforts.”

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he death has been announced of Mr. Joseph Oladipupo Smart- Oke. He was aged 55 years. Until his death on October 26, 2013, the late Oke was a senior lecturer with Yaba College of Technology. He was also a linguist and communicator. When he was alive, he was an active parishioner of Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Mushin. He was also prominent in social circles, which included among others, the Catholic Friendly Society. A statement by the Committee of Friends announcing the late Oke’s funeral arrangements said a wake- keep would

ormer Minister of State for Health, and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Hon. Silas Arinze Ilo has died at the age of 73 years. The passing on of the former Minister was made available by his elder son, Chukwudi Ilo, while briefing newsmen yesterday on the demise of his father in Enugu. “He died in the early hours of Thursday October 31, 2013 at his London residence”, said the son.

He said that the details of his burial arrangement will be announced in due course by the family. Late Hon. Chief Silas Arinze Ilo was a public servant with a vast and intimidating track record. He was the Minister of State (Health) from 1993 - 1995, National Commissioner, National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON) 1995-1998, Permanent Secretary in the service of Enugu State Government, Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health among others.

be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the deceased’s residence, Royal Guest House premises, Yaba College of Technology at 5 pm. This would be followed on Thursday, November 21 by a funeral mass at Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Mushin at 10.00 am. Interment follows thereafter at Atan Cemetery, Yaba. The late Oke attended St. Theresa’s Minor Seminary, Oke-Are, Ibadan, the Lagos State College of Education (now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education) , OtoIjanikin, and later, the Lagos State University, Ojo , where he bagged the Bachelor of

Education degree in English. He subsequently pursued post-graduate courses in Nigeria and abroad. A pleasant and likeable personality, he was the innovator of the Inter-Catholic Secondary Schools Debate in Lagos State and continuing education programme of the Catholic Youth Organisation in Regina Mundi Parish. He was also a member of the Board of Church Wardens and Parish Pastoral Council of the parish. Oke was also a founding leader of the Boys Brigade in the church. He was survived by his wife, Oluwatoyin, brothers, sisters and two children.

Until his death, Hon. Ilo was the chairman, South-East caucus of Rebuild Nigeria Initiative, ‘Project One Nigeria’. Hon. Ilo was a Church leader and the founder, Leaders’ Fellowship and Ministry of Forgiveness and Reconciliation (LFMFR). He was a management consultant and a politician. He was a former governorship aspirant under the platform of PDP, in Enugu state.

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US warns Israel of troubles ahead if peace talks fail

“Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing”

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–ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

Congo rebel commander held in Uganda U ganda is holding the military commander of Congo’s defeated M23 rebel movement after he surrendered, a Ugandan officer said on Thursday, allaying fears that it could still take up arms again. Sultani Makenga’s whereabouts had been unclear since Tuesday’s declaration by the M23 that it was ending its 20-monthold insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, worrying some that he could be hiding with plans to regroup. His surrender will be seen as a major achievement for the Congolese army, with the backing of a U.N. force, as it strives to restore calm in a region racked by war for two decades. But analysts have warned against too much optimism for a sustained peace in the east of the vast nation, where the M23 was only one of several armed groups in the mineral-rich region. “I can confirm to you he (Makenga) is with us,” the senior Ugandan officer, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. “He surrendered to us yesterday (Wednesday) and we’re holding him somewhere and some other commanders of his,” he said, adding the group of rebels would be held at an undisclosed

M23 rebel leader, Sultani Makenga

location until a peace agreement was signed. The Congolese government had no immediate comment. The M23 group declared an end to its military campaign and said it would seek political talks after Congolese troops routed them from their hideouts with

the support of a U.N. force of African troops with a mandate to intervene. “We have roughly about 1,500 M23 combatants who surrendered to us. We have disarmed all of them and we’re in the process of documenting and categorizing all their weapons,” said Cap-

tain Ronald Kakurungu, army spokesperson for Uganda’s Western region. That number of 1,500 is higher than most previous estimates of the strength of the M23, which experts had generally believed to have dwindled in recent months to a few hundred.

Striking South African union rejects Northam’s revised offer

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outh Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers has rejected a revised wage offer from Northam Platinum, the world’s fifth largest platinum producer, extending a strike by over 7,000 workers, a spokesman said on Thursday. The strike, now in its fifth day, involves the workforce at

Northam’s Zondereinde operation, which accounts for the vast majority of the company’s annual production of 300,000 ounces. “The new wage offer was rejected outright by our members today,” said NUM spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu after a mass meeting at the mine in the

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North West province. NUM is demanding wage increases of between 22 and 43 per cent and a rise in housing allowances of 69 per cent. Northam, which has already improved its initial offer twice, has offered increases of 7 to 8 per cent in the first year, slightly above the current inflation rate of 6 per cent. NUM’s hardline rival, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, is preparing for a possible strike against top producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin which could hit at least half of global output. Northam is the only one of South Africa’s four largest platinum producers where NUM still has majority membership after AMCU emerged as the dominant union on South Africa’s platinum belt. AMCU poached tens of thousands of disgruntled members from the once unrivalled NUM

last year in a bloody turf war that killed dozens of people and sparked a wave of wildcat strikes.

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Kenya hints of strikes against tells Somali rebels

The Kenyan army warned residents in Somalia’s southern regions to stay clear of rebel militant camps and road blocks, hinting that new attacks against Islamist militants were imminent. Last week, Kenya launched air strikes and a drone attack against al Shabaab rebels after the group claimed responsibility for a raid by gunmen on a Nairobi shopping mall in September that killed at least 67 people. “We ask good people of Somalia in areas of Gedo, Mid Juba and Lower Juba to stay far from al Shabaab bases/camps/ roadblocks,” army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir said on social media. A “round of visitations” was imminent, he said. Chirchir declined further comment when contacted by Reuters. A second spokesman, Colonel Cyrus Oguna, asked if this meant there were plans for new strikes, told Reuters: “We always have plans to attack a couple of places.” Kenya, which is fighting in Somalia under the banner of African Union peacekeepers, said its war planes destroyed al Shabaab training camp on October 31, an attack the militants denied. A Kenyan drone killed two senior al Shabaab commanders in a missile attack on their vehicle. But commanders of the near 18,000-strong AU peacekeeping force say it lacks troop numbers and firepower to extend territorial gains against al Shabaab, which still controls swathes of rural areas in southern and central Somalia.

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he Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ghana, Mr. Hans Docter, has called on Ghana to show more commitment in developing the manufacturing sector of its economy. Docter made the call at a workshop on business competitiveness organised by the Accra Regional Secretariat of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) in Accra. A statement said that Ghana had failed to show commitment in developing the sector over the years. Docter said that Ghana’s lack of commitment toward developing the sector was responsible for the increased importation of all kinds of goods into the country. The statement said that the envoy also identified the situation as leading to a decline in the growth

of industries in the country. “The situation is further compounded by the loose nature of the country’s trade laws, which virtually allow everything ranging from rice to finished cement into the economy,” he said. Docter stated that Ghana did not require huge resources or a set of punitive laws to boost the manufacturing sector. “What is required is just some level of seriousness and simple measures such as leadership and enforcement which will not cost so much,” the statement quoted him as saying. “Ghana has to look at its trade regulations, I do not mean that imports are not good, but importing cheap products is a problem,” the statement quoted him as saying.


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.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Thursday that it could face a third Palestinian uprising and deepening international isolation if American-brokered peace negotiations failed. Both Israel and the Palestinians have given grim assessments of the lack

of progress in their talks, which the United States helped revive last July after a three-year hiatus. Kerry, speaking in Jordan a day after a visit to Israel, where he appealed for limits on its settlement building in the occupied West Bank, reported the negotiations had made “significant progress”

in some areas. He said it was important to keep aiming towards a full “final status” accord tackling issues at the core of the decadesold conflict, in contrast with more modest interim deals plagued by diplomatic deadlock and years of violence. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television

recorded in Jerusalem before he left for Amman, Kerry painted a bleak picture of what might lie ahead if peace is not achieved. “I mean, does Israel want a third Intifada?” he asked, referring to the danger of a new Palestinian uprising to follow those that erupted in 1987 and 2000.

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UMUECHEM ARIARIA LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION

The general public is hereby notified that the above named association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No 1 of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Sir Cyrian Onyemamuo 2. Mr Godson Alaegbu

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To live in peace, unity and progress. 2. To progressively achieve co-operation among members living in the same neighbourhood. any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, p.m.b 198, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication

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CHRIST CENTERED LIFE BELIEVERS MINISTRY

The general public is hereby notified that the above named mission has applied to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission for the registration CHRIST CENTERED LIFE BELIEVERS MINISTRY under Part C of the Companies And Allied Matters Act , 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Sunday Etukudoh Ekerete Effiong Mercy Iwatt Uwana Jonah Okon Udo Udo

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1. To propagate the Gospel of our lord Jesus and evangelise Worldwide 2. To undertake missionary work in Nigeria and also in other nations of the world at large. 3. To show forth to the women the light of partway to God 4. To convert lost souls for Christ. Any objection to this proposed registration should be promptly directed to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, PLOT 420 Tigris Crescent , off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama Abuja, PMB 198 Garki Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

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TAWFIQU LI ISTIJAABAH ASSOCIATION, NIGERIA

Notice is hereby given to the general public that the above named Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under Part ‘ C ‘ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Wasiu Abideen Olalere Tiamiyu Lukuman Ayobami Gasali Kabiru Adeyemo Ganiyu Baniyamin Ishola Wasiu Sheu Tijani Adio Afolabi Subair Al - Imamu Kamorudeen Ademola Alade Muslim Musibahudeen Alabi Akibu Soliu Ayinla

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1. To propagate the teaching of Islam. 2. To bring people closer to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (SAW). 3. To preach the word of Allah. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

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SAYFULAHI ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NIGERIA

Notice is hereby given to the general public that the above named Society has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under Part ‘ C ‘ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Wahab Abdulrasheed Gbadebo Azeez Mutiu Olalekan Rasaki Monyasau Abiodun Abdwahab Abdlateef Azeez Muinat Nike Abdrosheed Fatimo Abidemi

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To propagate the gospel of Islam. 2. To follow the commandment of Almighty Allah (SWT) as in Q45:18. 3. To promote the interest of Islam in a pristine way. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

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LOSS OF ORIGINAL LAND ALLOCATION PAPERS

I, SIR AMECHI ONIANWA of Road 49, House Q75, Victoria Garden City, Lagos State do hereby declare that I and my wife, MRS. ELIZABETH ONIANWA were by letter REF. NO. LU/2001/LEKKI. 11/BL. 50/PL. 14 of 20th June, 2003 allocated BLOCK 50, PLOT 14, LEKKI PENINSULA SCHEME 11 being 900 Sq. Mtrs. by the NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY and the said original allocation documents are missing and all efforts to trace same have proved abortive. The LAGOS STATE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY and the general public to take note.

SIGNED: SAADU AYOKU HAMZAT & CO. SOLICITORS.

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This is to inform the general public of the loss of original right of Occupancy {C of O} in respect of plot No BKD/A/36 Area Council bwari and dated 17/05/01 with old and new file No EK 302 and EK 41251 issued on 03/26/07 by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Abuja, belonging to Okeke Paschal Emeka. All efforts made to trace the said document proved abortive. If found, kindly return to the nearest police station.


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Commissioner resigns over Kwankwaso’s move to join APC

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he Kano State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Farouk Iya, has resigned his appointment in protest against alleged move by Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Addressing journalists yesterday in Kano, Iya said he was not ready to

dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for APC. Iya said: “It is true that I have submitted my resignation letter to Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso because the governor is trying to or has joined APC and I am not interested in dumping PDP for APC. “The governor is my leader and there is noth-

ing wrong between me and him, but I will remain in PDP.” The resignation letter, which was made available to journalists by the commissioner, reads: “In view of the government’s decision to join the APC, I hereby resign from the executive council. “I will no longer be

in a position to give you my honest contribution when I have no allegiance to the party. “This letter comes from my greatest respect.’’ It will be recalled that Kwankwaso recently received leaders of the APC in Kano, who were wooing him to dump the PDP and join them.

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Dialogue committee gets 36 memoranda in Borno

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he Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue says it has received a total of 36 memoranda from individuals and organisations during its sitting on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the state capital. Chairman of the committee, Senator Femi Okoromu, disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists in Maiduguri. Okoromu said that the committee was overwhelmed by the large number of turnout at the sitting. “We are satisfied with the outcome of the sitting in Maiduguri. “Actually, we were surprised at the large turnout of people and the orderly manner with which they conducted themselves throughout the duration of the sitting,’’ he said.

Okoromu said that the massive turnout was an indication that Nigerians were in support of the idea behind the conference. “We are here to seek people’s opinion on the agenda for the conference, its duration as well as composition, among others. “We are glad that Nigerians came out in their numbers to say their minds on what they wanted at the conference. “I can tell you now that Nigerians are excited about the conference. “Many people have been looking forward to a national forum to discuss issues bothering them, now they have the opportunity to do so,’’ he said. He said that the committee decided to sit in Maiduguri to demonstrate its sincerity.

NAPEP engages consultant to recover debt JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA

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Ombatse: Again, Baba Alakyio shuns panel IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA

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or the third time, the Chief Priest of Ombatse, Lega Agu, popularly called Baba Alakyio, yesterday shunned the panel of inquiry investigating the violence that occurred some months back in Alakyio, Nasarawa State. Baba Alakyio shunned the panel despite the assurance by the state government that his appearance would not warrant his arrest after testimony. It will be recalled that scores of security person-

nel were killed by some suspected members of a secret cult in Alakyio in May. Property worth several millions of naira were also destroyed by the cult group. A mild drama, however, ensued at yesterday’s sitting of the panel in Lafia, the state capital, when two people of Eggon ethnic group exchanged rings believed to have mystical powers. Mrs. Felicia Ebbe Samuel, a Director of Primary Healthcare Department in Daddere Development Area of Obi Local Government Area of the state appeared as a witness

before the panel apparently for fear of being questioned about her ring, pulled it and handed it over to a man whose name was not given before entering the dock. Mrs. Samuel, who is a Grade Level 13 official in the state civil service, denied knowing the existence of Ombatse cult and the umbrella body for the Eggon people, the Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), but however admitted giving some health lectures to the Eggon social cultural group at various times. Such lectures, according

to her, were not interactive hence her claim of ignorance of the activities of both groups. But one of the panelists drew the attention of Mrs. Samuel to the fact that she appeared in uniform with other women having earlier stated that she had not belonged to any organisation. Mrs Samuel was clad in a white blouse and yellow wrapper with a group of women who were also clad in the same attire. Sources, however, said the uniform gave credence to the fact that they actually belonged to a cult group.

Jang plans world-class hospital to check foreign medical trip JAMES ABRAHAM JOS

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overnor Jonah Jang of Plateau State yesterday announced plan by his administration to build a world-class hospital in the state to promote robust healthcare delivery. He said his administration decided to build the hospital to check penchant

by Nigerians to seek medical attention abroad. Jang, who spoke at the commissioning of a private hospital, Dee Medical Centre, in the Bukuru area of Jos, the state capital, said: “Discussion has reached an advanced stage for the setting up of a world-class state-of-the-art hospital in Barkin Ladi through public-private-partnership.”

He said his administration had been investing in the upgrading of existing hospitals and building of new ones to spread healthcare delivery to the people. Commending the founders of the Dee Medical Centre for including a Dialysis Centre as a major component, the governor pledged his administration’s readiness to create a flourishing

standard of medical system in the state. Also speaking, former Minister of Defence, MajGen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), who commissioned the Dee Medical Centre, advised its founders to always contact manufacturers of the sensitive dialysis machines so that the hospital could have necessary maintenance culture.

he National Poverty Alleviation Programme (NAPEP) has engaged a consultant to assist in recovering loans from defaulters in Katsina State. NAPEP engaged the consultant following failure by the defaulters, who are mostly politicians, to repay back loans owed the scheme. It was learnt that NAPEP disbursed over N10 million loans to some politicians in 2007 and in 2011, but the beneficiaries had defaulted as many of them presumed the money was a gift. A source told National Mirror that some politicians collected up to N5 mil-

lion or more as loan in 2007, but had refused to repay despite efforts to collect same by NAPEP. NAPEP Secretary in the state, Zakariya Sodangi, decried the inability of the loan beneficiaries to pay the money despite an extension period. Sodangi said the consultant had commenced work and that same is working with banks to recover the loan, even as he warned that beneficiaries who fail to repay would be charged to court. “The consultant had held meetings with the bank and set modalities to recover the loan. The consultant will work without interference from NAPEP office,” he said.

Kogi needs N4.5bn for water project completion WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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he Kogi State Government has said that it requires N4.5 billion to complete the Greater Lokoja Water Project. The Commissioner for Water Resources, Hajia Hadiza Onotu, disclosed this yesterday while conducting members of the Good Governance Tour Team round the water project in Lokoja, the state capital. Onotu said that the project, which was inherited from the immediate past administration, had so far

gulped N13.5 billion. She stressed that the present administration spends N350 million monthly for the maintenance and operation of the scheme. The commissioner said the state government was poised to begin work on the second phase of the scheme, which is the reticulation, to enable residents of Lokoja and environs enjoy potable water. Onotu said the reticulation would cost the state government N4.5 billion, stressing that the Chinese company engaged to run the project would continue to manage it due to its delicate nature.


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I’m not thinking about Ballon d’Or or CAF Player awards. I’m thinking about my club and country

My China delight – Peter Utaka

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- MANCHESTER CITY MIDFIELDER, YAYA TOURE

Team captains blow Team captains have a special responsibility to lead by example ahead of a big game. FIFA. com caught up with Nigerian skipper Musa Muhammed, and Mexico’s captain, Ulises Rivas, ahead of the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE today and posed five questions to them about what they expect in the game – a rematch of the group stage contest that ended 6-1 for the Golden Eaglets.

Golden Eaglets’ captain, Musa Muhammed (left) and his Mexican counterpart, Ulises Rivas, laying claim to the trophy.

Nigeria, Mexico battle for FIFA U-17 trophy

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…Golden Eaglets set to break record in UAE

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oday in Abu Dhabi, the final of the 15th FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 will pit reigning champions, Mexico, against three-time winners, Nigeria. This highly anticipated clash will be the second time that the teams have clashed at this year’s tournament, with both having emerged from the same Group F. The group may well have been the proverbial ‘group of death,’ but three of the four teams it contained survived until the semi-finals, and two made it all the way to the final. Even before the tournament kicked off, Mexico and Nigeria were regarded as favourites to claim the silverware. But after the 6-1 thrashing suffered by El Tri in their opening match against the Golden Eaglets, the title holders’ dreams of defending their trophy appeared to have been prematurely crushed, while the Eaglets

confirmed they would be a force to be reckoned with. But 20 days later, pundits think the final is likely to be a completely different story, the Nigeria bench has accepted would be tough. As the Nigerians went from strength to strength, Raul Gutierrez’s men dug deep to recover mentally and concentrate on the attributes exhibited by their victorious predecessors in 2011. Judging by the two semi-finals, where Nigeria saw off Sweden 3-0 and Mexico defeated Argentina by the same scoreline, the showpiece match today should be a closely contested affair. Coach Manu Garba’s charges have two significant statistics in their favour: they are yet to be beaten in the competition, and they boast the most prolific attack (23 goals). Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi and Musa Yahaya spearhead a side that is constantly on the move and harasses the opposition with or without the ball, posing a serious chal-

lenge for any defence. El Tri, meanwhile, have found the net with much less frequency (11 times), but can boast a compact unit that bounced back from their initial setback to eliminate Brazil and Argentina. At Mexico 2011, Germany broke the record for the number of goals scored at the FIFA U-17 World Cup by finding the net no fewer than 24 times.

After having surpassed their own benchmark of 20 goals, the Eaglets (23) now find themselves one strike away from equalling the Germans’ impressive haul. With two matches left to play and 164 goals already recorded, UAE 2013 looks likely to become the most prolific U-17 World Cup ever, surpassing Korea Republic 2007 (165).

Past Finals China 1985:

Germany

0-2

Nigeria

Canada 1987:

Nigeria

2-4

Soviet Union

Saudi Arabia

5-4

Scotland

Italy 1991:

Ghana

1-0

Spain

Japan 1993:

Ghana

1-2

Nigeria

Ecuador 1995:

Ghana

3-2

Brazil

Egypt 1997:

Brazil

2-1

Ghana

New Zealand ’99:

Australia

7-8

Brazil

(PSO after 1-1 a.e.t) Scotland 1989: (PSO after 2-2 a.e.t)

What kind of game do you expect in the final? Musa Muhammed: The first game that we played against Mexico is over now. It’s in the past, so we’re focusing on the next. It will be a hard game, because it’s a final and both sides have a lot to play for. We are sure to be totally focused before we kick off. Ulises Rivas: It’s a different match from the first one, for sure. It will be a tough game for us, so we’ll have to be ready. It’s a World Cup final and this is a stage where you have to be at your best. Has your team gotten better over the course of the tournament? MM: Yes. Absolutely. We tried to get better with every game because this is a special tournament for Nigeria and for Nigerians. We’re just completely happy to be playing for a fourth U-17 World Cup title here in UAE. UR: Obviously we started badly, so there was nowhere to go but up for us. The last games were difficult ones, but they’ve made us stronger and more together in the team and they’ve prepared us for the final. What is the main strength of your team at this moment? MM: We have a lot of players who can hurt you; there’s not just one guy who’s above the other guys. Everybody

puts the job on his shoulders because football is about 11 players, not one or two. Everyone in this team gives his all for the cause, for his team and his country. UR: Our main strength is our unity and our willingness to move the ball around. When we play together as one we become better than we are as individual players. What would it mean for you to become a world champion here in UAE? MM: It’s hard to describe. It would be something so good for me, for my life and my family, so I just hope that we can do it on the day and go home as champions of the world. UR: This would be a tremendous sensation for us. Everyone in the team is hoping for this, and it would be like a dream come true. Who is the first person you will call after the final? MM (Pause) I will, actually, call my teammates over to me because we are working so hard together for so long. I want to share the moment with them no matter what happens. We are all together as a team and I want to share the moment with all of my mates. UR: I will go to my family. They’re here in UAE and I will run to hug them. They will be the first ones I look to.

Adidas Golden Scorers Boschilia, Brazil, 6 goals Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigeria, 5 goals

(PSO after 0-0 a.e.t) Trinidad & Tobago ’01: France

3-0

Nigeria

Finland 2003:

Brazil

1-0

Spain

Peru 2005: Mexico

3-0

Brazil

South Korea 2007:

Spain

0-3

Nigeria

(PSO after 0-0 a.e.t)

Nathan, Brazil, 5 goals Tomas Vestenicky, Slovakia, 5 goals Taiwo Awoniyi, Nigeria, 4 goals Mosquito, Brazil, 4 goals Musa Yahaya, Nigeria, 4 goals

Nigeria 2009:

Switzerland

1-0

Nigeria

Mexico 2011:

Uruguay

0-2

Mexico

Ivan Ochoa, Mexico, 4 goals

UAE 2013:

Nigeria

?-?

Mexico

Valmir Berisha, Sweden, 4 goals


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Battle of Calabar: Ex-international tips Eagles AFOLABI GAMBARI

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ith barely a week to the second World Cup 2014 playoff between Super Eagles and Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in Calabar on November 16, a former Nigeria international, Tope Ogunkua, believes the Stephen Keshi-tutored team will qualify easily for the Brazil global competition. Ogunkua, who was also former goalkeeper for the defunct IBWA Sharp Shooters, said Nigeria was virtually in the World Cup finals and would need no stress to seal the ticket. “The journey is half done as the two goals scored in Eagles’ victory in the first leg last

Friday, November 8, 2013 month would prove massive,” Ogunkua told National Mirror in Lagos yesterday. “We have come a long way to lose the momentum at this stage and I see a glorious victory over Ethiopia in Calabar. “I am optimistic that Ethiopia cannot stop us and I predict that the duo of Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses will prove too much for the visitors to handle.” The erstwhile goal tender, however, enjoined the Eagles to play as a strong to neutralise the Ethiopians. “I would like the players to know that it is not only the one who scores a goal that gets all the credit, but rather it is the appropriation of the efforts that would result in the desired victory,” Ogunkua, who is currently Chairman of Lagos amateur club Managers FC of Isolo, submitted.

‘Success will start from bench’

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olden Eaglets’ striker, Isaac Success, has been passed fit for today’s FIFA U-17 World Cup final match between Nigeria and Mexico in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Success has been sidelined for four games after picking up a hamstring injury in the game against Sweden during the group phase of the tournament. However, head Coach, Manu Garba, has confirmed that his striker has been declared fit for the finals. “Success is fit for the final. But we have resolved not to rush him. So he would be starting from the bench in the finals,” Garba dis-

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closed. Udinese-bound Success was top scorer at the African Junior Championship in Morocco earlier this year. The highly-rated striker has scored twice at the tournament that ends this evening in UAE.

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olden Eaglets Coach, Manu Garba says that winning the trophy today as Nigeria confronts Mexico in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final in the United Arab Emirates will be his greatest achievement ever. Garba won gold medal in the cadet competition in 2007 as assistant to the late Yemi Tella as Nigeria won its third cup victory in the Asian continent after earlier successes in China (1985) and Japan (1993). “There is an extra motivation for me to win this trophy and it would be my ultimate honour,” the youthful gaffer said. “This team has played the best football since we started

this competition and I can only wish that we end it well.” Garba, however, admitted that the final match would not be a one-way traffic for the Eaglets as he reckoned the Mexicans would be gunning for a revenge after suffering 60-1 defeat to Nigeria in their opening Group F game. “We respect them for what they have done so far at this World Cup but our prayer is that God will crown our effort,” he said. Meanwhile Scottish referee, Craig Thomson, along with his compatriots Derek Rose and Alan Mulvanny, has been picked by FIFA as officials for the game which will hold at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Iheanacho, bad dream for Mexico

igerian fans praise him in song. They join in his celebrations and hold up hand-made signs of adoration for their beloved No.10. But Mexico’s defenders have nightmares about the lanky Kelechi Iheanacho. He swirled around them in the opening game, as if attached to wires in the rafters of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium. He was irresistible in the first game of Group F, scoring four times in a 6-1 demolition of the holders that seemed to indicate a title defence was little more than fantasy. “I’m sure they won’t feel great about that first result,” Iheanacho told FIFA.com after beating Sweden in Dubai in the semi-finals. “They’ll want to put pressure on us and we’ll have to be careful. We’ll respect them, but it’s hard to go against us when we’re playing our good football.” All of Nigeria’s acclaim and adulation in the UAE is built on foundations of Mexi-

can humiliation. The day after that opening game in Al Ain, a party was thrown by local dignitaries in honour of the four competing Group F nations. Iheanacho and his mates danced freely with Iraq’s young talent at twilight, the polite and blushing Swedes visited the buffet straight away. But Mexico’s players were nowhere to be found. They were exiled to their rooms thinking about that heavy defeat, that crushing loss to Nigeria. Football is good at offering second chances, but Iheanacho – near the top of the scorer’s charts with five of Nigeria’s 23 goals – has bad news for the revived Mexicans. “We’ve got better since that opener,” he added. “We’ve become closer and we’re going to chase them all over the field; we’re going to press them with our attackers and we won’t rest. We’ll go at them for 90 minutes until we’re sure the trophy is ours.” His surname means ‘the

wanted, or desired, one’ in his native Igbo language, suitable considering that Nigerian fans in Al Ain for the first game against Mexico were chanting “Call him up” – presumably to the Super Eagles senior team – even before he’d scored his fourth. “They give us courage,” Iheanacho said of the Nigerian Supporters who’ve offered the tournament colour and swagger, their trumpets blaring for all of the Eaglets’ matches. “But you can’t play for the gallery, you have to play for your team-mates. But they do give us confidence and they cheer us up so that we can play in the right way,” he went on about the supporters who’ve sparked the venues of this Arab country with flashes of Lagos and Abuja. A four-goal opener is clear evidence that the young man knows where the goal is, but he’s since shown his ability as a creator, his seven assists marking him out as one of the

best all-around players this junior world showpiece has ever seen. Are you a playmaker Kelechi, or a scorer? A long pause. “I’m both,” he smiled. Another pause. “But it’s not important to call yourself one or the other. If I’m in a good position to score then I’m happy to put the ball in the back of the net, but if I’m not, and I see someone in a better position, I’ll give it to him. It doesn’t matter in our team who scores the goals, who finishes top scorer or top player. It’s a collective effort. “We have to work as a team, play as a team,” he added, knowing full well he and his mates have offered as harmonious a brand of football as any before at this age level. “This is how you win matches.” It is indeed, and with talent like Musa Yahaya, Taiwo Awoniyi and Abdullahi Alfa alongside Iheanacho, rest may not come easy for Mexico’s deIheanacho fenders this evening.

or the third time, Golden Eaglets are set to face one of their first round foes in the final of FIFA U-17 World Cup. Former Abia State governor, Chief Orji Kalu, has some tips for them. “Mexico must not get the opener,” Kalu offered, “That is key. Twice the Eaglets lost the Cup to group opponents, Russia in 1987, France in 2001 and in both games, winners scored first. “The USSR had been held 1-1 in Canada before they won 4-2 penalties after another draw in the final. France who fell 1-2 in the Trinidad and Tobago first round, hammered Nigeria 3-0 in the grand-finale.” Mexico are coming for a second chance after an earlier 6-1 disgrace. And Kalu warns they would be tough. “Forget the drubbing. The Mexicans are defending champions. They were the only team to beat the Eaglets during regulation time at Canada ‘87.” The ex-governor, however, tipped Nigeria to carry the day. “Eaglets are Asian Tigers. They won their three previous silverwares in Asia: China in 1985, Japan ‘93, and Korea in 2007. Now they are in Asia again and good there is neither Anatoli Muskinka nor Florent Sinama Pongolle. The trophy is coming to Abuja,” Kalu boasted.


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azio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has revealed he is positive about Eagles riding on the back of Ethiopia to qualify for the World Cup to be staged in the summer of 2014 in Brazil. Super Eagles are just one foot away from berthing in Brazil next year goining into the return leg of the final play-offs with a mouth-watering 2-1 first leg advantage. The former youth international told National Mirror he would bae taking the game seriously in the return leg holding in Calabar on November 16. “The game remains the most important for Eagles in recent times and we don’t have to be complacent about it,” Onazi added. “We don’t know what the Ethiopians have up their sleeves but whatever be their plans, we are ready for the big game. “Personally, it’s going to be a great game for me, I will not joke with it because as a young player, I would love to play at the highest level. “I’m also speaking the minds of my mates, we speak to one another and try to give ourselves the confidence and all of that. “We shall do the rest on the pitch and I’m very confident we shall make the whole country very proud that day.” Onazi

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has sent a high-powered delegation headed by the Senate President, David Mark, to represent the Federal Government at today’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup Final match between Nigeria and Mexico in the United Arab Emirates. Other members of the delegation that Jonathan charged to ensure that the Golden Eaglets receive all necessary support and motivation for victory include the Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki; Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu; Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe and the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, announced the FG’s delegation in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja. The President told the delegation to reassure the Eaglets and their handlers of his personal confidence and expectation that they would maintain

their excellent track-record in this year’s championship and crown their winning performances with another victory against the Mexicans today. Jonathan also conveyed to the Eaglets, through the delegation, the best wishes of all Nigerians for their victory and promised the team that together with all other patriotic Nigerians, within and outside the country, he would be cheering them on to victory during the match. The President said he looks forward to receiving them at the Presidential Villa and showing them the full appreciation of the nation when, as expected, they return in triumph to Nigeria.

Mark

My China delight – Peter Utaka Utaka

Beijing Goaun striker, Peter Utaka, looks back at his performance this past season and thinks he could have increased his goal account had he not missed some games How would you describe your overall performance the season that just ended in China? It was a successful season for me personally despite all the issues regarding my transfer from Dalian Aerbin. The transfer dragged on longer than necessary because the leadership of Dalian were still yet to come to terms with the idea of letting me go. But at the end of the day, the transfer was completed but not without losing some games. But that did not affect your goals, Peter? I ended up with nine goals and seven assists in all competitions for Beijing Goaun, which I still thank the good God for but I think I should have scored more if not for them games I lost. But I still express gratitude to God to the number of goals I scored. But in the hindsight, I still think I would have scored more had I played enough games. You ended the season in the Super League as the joint-third top with 14 goals. Could have bettered the record? God has been so good to me that I have remained grateful for all that I have achieved in my career. So, asking for more

would just good one. But I still believed that I would have scored more goals had not missed some games. Hitting double figures in a competitive league like China was something worthwhile and I think I have done well. So, looking back now, which of your goals would you pick as your best? Those four goals I scored in our 4-0 win at Hangzhou remain close to my heart from the lot in my bag. It was a rare feat since the history of Beijing Goaun and I still maintain it will be difficult for me to separate them and pick one from the haul as my best. The fans went crazy, shouting my name right the night I achieved the great feat till date. They were over the moon and partied all night. It was amazing, something I would never forget in my life. You were great at scoring and assisting this past season for both Beijing Goaun and Dalian Aerbin. How does it feel combining both? It makes a complete striker! I’m happy about it because God has really put those attributes in me and I have also perfected

doing them. It feels good doing and doing it well to the admiration of all – the management, team mates and fans. If I wasn’t scoring in games, I could still find time creating chances for others to score this past season. You also dazzled the Chinese with the mastery of your blind pass. How comfortable is it doing this and not missing the pass? Right from the first time I stepped my feet into the Super League in China, the fans completely fell in love with my style and I felt I could bring on my blind pass mastery to dazzle them the more. So, I did it first at Dalian, their fans were crazy and it became a regular thing. I also know when to do and when to be businesslike. I know how to combine both, enforcing attacks and entertaining fans. The fans love it so much because they don’t have too many skilful players playing in China. Blind passes are something I have been doing right my days in Enugu when I played street soccer. I’m glad my blind pass has also caught with the Chinese. The media in China have also engaged me in series of interviews on this issue and all I can say is that I’m delighted.


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National Dialogue Committee: ‘Sack’ of Col. Tony Nyiam

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ne of the major news headlines last week was the sack of Colonel Tony Nyiam (retired), a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, for shouting down Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State during his welcome remarks at the South-South stakeholders’ meeting of the national dialogue committee in Benin on Monday, October 28. It was reported, Wednesday, November 6, that by a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, the previous day (Tuesday November 5) Nyiam was replaced by Chief Solomon Asemota, a lawyer. The journey to the abrupt removal of Nyiam from the committee began on Monday October 28, when political thugs clashed during the proceedings of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference meeting in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

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dozieokeama@yahoo.co.uk 08164966858 (SMS only) Attempts by the committee, led by Nyiam, to shout down the state governor from making a point that members of the committee felt uncomfortable about, ignited the violence that led to a free-for-all by the political thugs loyal to different political parties in the state. Chairs, tables and sticks were freely used to inflict severe injuries on participants. Members of the committee and participants took to their heels, some without their slippers and shoes, according to eyewitnesses. Question: Why the attempt by Nyiam to shut Governor Oshiomhole up at the meeting? Answer: Oshiomhole began by stating his objection to the spending of huge public funds on a wasteful venture such as the dialogue. The governor said during the tenure of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, money was spent on a similar conference at the end of which nothing came out. “I will be surprised if anything changes. Sincerely, I have no business to deceive or mislead anyone.I believe that the outcome of this conference will not be different from that of other conferences we have had in the past”, Oshiomhole said. But Nyiam did not agree. He tried to dispute the governor’s position and stop him from speaking further. Oshiomhole, however, insisted on concluding his remarks. But when political thugs took over, everyone ran away, including Nyiam and Oshiomhole, I guess. In the end, nevertheless, the FG found Nyiam culpable and sent him packing from the National Conference Committee. There are doubts, however, whether it is the FG that truly sacked Nyiam, or the latter

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‘stepped aside’. For, reports, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (two days after the Monday October 28 fracas in Benin) indicated that Col. Nyiam voluntarily resigned his membership of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference led by Dr. Femi Okuruonmu. He was conspicuously absent from the committee’s meeting in Enugu a day after the Benin incident. Unconfirmed reports had it that Nyiam’s colleagues in the national dialogue committee sabotaged him by threatening to resign en masse if he continued to remain in the committee with them, on account of his ‘unruly conduct’ in Benin. But whether it is the FG that sacked Nyiam or he voluntarily resigned from the job, the reason for allowing him to quit the job seems flimsy. Oshiomhole was making his point, which is the position strongly being

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canvassed by his current political party - the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leadership, namely: that the national conference being organised by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led FG is unnecessary. While no one may vouch for the true reasons President Jonathan approved of a national conference, especially at a time when Nigerians least expected he would give in to the clamour for same, how convincing is it that the outcome would be the same as the ones before it? Indeed, if it was this Oshiomhole’s position that Nyiam was out to dispute, it was a miscarriage of justice pressurizing him to resign or accepting his resignation, assuming he was the one that tendered it. If Nyiam can’t defend the position of those who appointed him into the committee, is it Oshiomhole or the APC that would? This writer does not believe that Oshiomhole, by voicing his apprehension about the Jonathan government’s national dialogue, has become more patriotic than Nyiam, or anyone else. Jonathan could be deceiving the rest of us. But let the dialogue come and go, so Nigerians will know better. If Nyiam’s crime was being unruly or being disrespectful of protocol, happenings in Rivers State and elsewhere, which the FG has been condoning, does not support the treatment meted out to Nyiam. Nyiam came to national limelight after his participation in the April 22, 1990 coup against the then military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (the popular but unsuccessful Gideon Orkar-led coup). Thereafter, he fled to exile. Since his return, he has not shied away from addressing the national question once he has the opportunity, which may be one of the reasons he was appointed as a member of the national dialogue committee. The FG should not give the impression that it can ignore the popular clamour for the sack of some ministers ( Alison-Madueke, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Stella Oduah) or the removal of Arunma Oteh, Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), from office as was recommended by the House of Representatives, only to hastily sack Nyiam from the national dialogue committee. The indecent haste suggests something is wrong somewhere.

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