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Why we can’t summon Turkish envoy –FG P. 7

•Calls for submission of evidence

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L-R: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb Aminu Wali; Nigeria High Commissioner to Namibia, Amb Biodun Olorunfemi; President Goodluck Jonathan; than; First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan; wife of the Nigeria High Commissioner to Namibia, Mrs Boladale Olorunfemi and the President, Nigerian n Community, Mr Buba Madugu during a meeting of President Jonathan with Nigerians in Namibia on Thursday. PHOTO:STATE HOUSE OUSE

Boko Haram : Military uncovers terrorists’ armoury in burnt church P. 7

•Service chiefs in N’East, lead troops in air surveillance

x e STalk Sex drive patterns: How do men differ from women?

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36-year-old bags life term over cocaine importation in FCT

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Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday pronounced life jail term on a 36-year-old Nigerian after convicting him for unlawful importation of cocaine. The trial high court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who though listened to a moving allocutus from the convict, said he refused to be persuaded against giving him maximum punishment for the offence.

The judge specifically held that aside that the law under which Chukwukelu was charged prescribed life imprisonment, evidence from his international passport indicated that he was not a novice in the trade. He consequently sentenced him to life imprisonment. Calistus Sunday Chukwukelu, who said he had planned to get married later this year, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on January 1, 2014 while returning to

the country, via an Ethiopia Airlines flight from Sao-Polo, Brazil. He was arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 1.470kilogramme of cocaine. He was consequently charged under Section 11 (a) of the NDLEA Act, which prescribed a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on conviction. When the charge was read to Chukwukelu yesterday, he pleaded guilty, following which he was convicted by Justice Adeniyi Ade-

mola. He consequently pleaded with the court for leniency. He said he got involved in the drug trade when his shop, where he sold clothes in Lagos, got burnt. He also said he had planned to get married this year before he was caught. He added that he has an aged mother to cater for. Justice Ademola, however, said his plea of leniency was insufficient to dissuade the court from sentencing him to life imprisonment.

Police rescue nine pregnant teenagers from baby-making factory in Ogun FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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en and officers of the Ogun state Police Command have rescued nine pregnant teenagers from a baby-making factory located in Fabolude axis of Akute in Ifo Local Government Area of the state. The pregnant teenagers were rounded up at a bungalow located at No 9, Sebanjo Crescent in Fabolude Bus Stop, Akute, by the Anti Crime team of the police attached to Ajuwon Division Headquarters last Thursday night. The proprietor of the factory, who is identified as Mrs. Angela Chigoeze, and her brother-in-law, who is also identified as Obinna Ndunaga, were also arrested along with the nine pregnant teenagers, which included a 16-year-old girl, during the police raid on the factory. The state Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, disclosed that investigations carried out revealed that a baby was often sold at the rate of N300, 000, each out of which the girls were paid a paltry sum of N80, 000 after their babies had been sold to unknown people. He, however, stated that investigation was still ongoing to unravel the sponsors and collaborators of the baby-making syndicate, which apparently used the building at No. 9 Sebanjo Crescent in Akute as operational base.

Among the rescued teenagers were 16-year-old Precious Steven, Miracle Eze, 17, and Blessing Saviour, 17, and Stella Samuel, 19. Others were Jeremiah Gift, 25; Joy Okoro, 20; Agnes Igbo, 22 and Vivian Princewill, 20. Narrating how the baby factory was busted, the police commissioner explained that men of the Ajuwon Divisional Police Station stormed the scene following a tip-off. He said, “When we moved in around 7am on Thursday, we couldn’t get anything. So, we left. But later, we got more information and we came back to the house and continued searching. We discovered that the pregnant girls were hidden in the wardrobe.

“One of the girls kept in the wardrobe fainted and she was taken to the hospital and revived. This is inhumanity to human beings. The coordinator of this baby factory sold each baby at N300, 000 or even above, out of which she gives a pittance to these young girls. If the mother delivers a stillborn baby, she will not get anything.” Okoye said the suspects would be transferred to the State Police Command Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta for further investigation. Fielding questions from reporters, the proprietor of the baby factory claimed that her husband, now at large, rented the building from where the illicit business was transacted.

Angela, 29, who hails from Abia State, said she started the business last year as a traditional healing home. She, however, denied that the young girls were usually impregnated inside the house, saying they were either brought by their husbands (boyfriends) or trace her address themselves. Also speaking, Obinna, who allegedly manned the gates to the house during police raid, said he was not part of the baby-making syndicate. He claimed that his elder brother, who travelled to the eastern part of the country on Monday, accommodated him in the house when he had financial challenges and could not secure an apartment in Lagos.

Pastor paraded over kidnap of two-year-old girl in Ondo HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE.

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he Ondo State Police Command yesterday paraded a 28 year old pastor, Okpara Emmanuel, over the kidnap of a two year old girl in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Speaking on the arrest, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Isaac Eke said the command was able to arrest Emmanuel in Owerri, Imo state after one of the suspects was apprehended by his men. According to him, the kidnap incident took place on March 12, 2014 in Akure and the detectives from the state Criminal Investigative Department swung into action. Eke said the pastor, who was the founder of Believer’s Prayer Ministry, was thereafter apprehended. Three other suspects are still at large. The pastor, meanwhile, has confessed to the crime. According to the Police boss, “A case of kidnapping of a two- year -old was reported at Okuta Elerinla Division. Detectives from the State swung into action and one Chinonye Anufor led detectives to Owerri, Imo State, where one Okpara Emmanuel, a pastor was arrested in his apartment. “Confessing to the crime, Emmanuel whose church is situated at No. 36, Umudagu Road, by Verona Hardel Junction, Orji, Owerri, Imo State, said he was contacted by some of his friends who are now at large to mediate between the girl’s mother and his friend. “He said things changed when they got to Akure where the little girl was kidnapped from her mother and was taken to Yenegoa, in Bayelsa State. But he said when they got back to Yenegoa, the lady they gave the baby to has eluded with the little girl.” The police say detectives are on the trail of three others who are now at large after demanding a ransom of N50 million for the release of the little girl from her mother. The CP said the little girl’s pair of sandals and socks were part of the items recovered from the pastor’s residence in Owerri. Other criminals also paraded by the state police command include cultists, armed robbers and kidnappers.


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NIS: A recruitment gone wrong

Youth unemployment: An intractable malaise Eight dead in Abuja, four in Port Harcourt, three in Minna, one in Benin. A mammoth crowd gathered for an employment exercise. There were 4,556 vacancies and almost a million applicants. A sure sign of the times! Ask a typical fresh graduate in Nigeria where they would like to work, they are most likely to go philosophical. How long will this last? K AYODE FALADE

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aturday March 15, 2014 has gone down in the annals of Nigerian history as one of her dark days. Posterity will perhaps record it as one when one of the hardest blows was dealt the country’s youths in recent time. At the last count of body bags, there were conflicting accounts. But the general consensus was that no fewer than 16 young Nigerians lost their lives to the hoax of a recruitment exercise by the Nigerian Immigration service, NIS. It was learnt that around a million application forms were sold at N1,000 each for a vacancy of not more than 4,000. The shoddy arrangement, laisser-faire attitude of officials and their high-handedness coupled with the casualty rate gored the mind. The questions which troubled the hearts of parents, watchers and analysts alike are what manner of coun-

try treats its future leaders that disdainfully, which type of people celebrate ignominy over reverence and what will become of such a youth treated in this manner when eventually they come to leadership? The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2012 put the percentage of unemployed youths in the country at 54 per cent. This was contained in the “2012 National Baseline Youth Survey Report’’ issued in Abuja by the NBS in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youths Development. “Of this, females stood at 51.9 per cent compared to their male counterpart with 48.1 per cent were unemployed,’’ the report said. If anything would happen to the given figure, it would have increased and not decrease. Because of this malaise, the youths have been exploited by all manners of avaricious creatures all in the name of searching for a means of livelihood. Years ago, government put up seeming efforts to stem the escalating tide of unemployment. In the 1980’s

and 90’s, there was the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, which put up many schemes to take the youths away from the unemployment market. The efforts of this agency were, sadly, grossly inadequate. Over the years the figures mount. The current Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE P, right from onset has been trailed by controversy. Despite the billions of naira sunk in the project, no concrete turnover can be shown by its handlers and the Federal Government. Applicants have been left at the mercy of scammers who put up various bogus advertisements for jobs all to fleece the hapless jobseekers and further impoverish them. The NIS even collected N1,000 from these job seekers. At the end of the day applicants died, many were wounded and the exercise was cancelled. All, an exercise in futility. What will be the lot of the Nigerian youth who are mostly unemployed and at the very best underemployed?


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How we got trapped – Victims Saturday Mirror spoke with two victims of the Immigration recruitment exercise tragedy who are still on admission at the National Hospital, Abuja.

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ruaku Peace Uduka is one of them. She graduated in 2009. It was her second time of participating in such a hectic recruitment. She had sat for the recruitment of Nigerian Navy three years ago; but she did not see the kind of trouble she experienced in the Immigration exercise. She however was not shortlisted for the Naval recruitment exercise; but she went back home unhurt. Recalling her experience at the National Stadium, she said: “I remember that we went for Immigration examination on Saturday. The gate was locked. After some hours, we had been standing outside under sun in the bush, there was plenty grass; we had been there for hours be-

fore they opened the gate. When they opened the gate, the entrance was very small and the majority of people that came for the exam were standing outside. The entrance was not enough to contain all of us. “So, immediately they opened the gate, majority of the people tried to rush and go in. That was how we sustained injury. In the process of going inside, some people fell down; we were marched on by so many people. My sister and I were some of the people lying down there on the ground. Some of us died on the spot. Asaidu Uneison is also at the hospital. She expressed hope that God would someday give Asaidu her a job of her dreams.

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‘I make do as a cabinet maker’ Emmanuel Taiwo is another graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY). He also studied Mass Communication and obtained an HND certificate in 2008.

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he 31-year-old furniture and cabinet maker explained that he learnt the job while he was still schooling. He further stated that he decided to go into full practice when

employment was not forthcoming after his NYSC scheme in 2009. While charging the federal and state governments to make education free at all levels, Tai-

‘Keke NAPEP is it’

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udu Umar is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri. He works as coordinator of some of the tricycles popularly known as ‘Keke NAPEP’ in the city. Unfortunately, the use of tricycles as means of transportation was banned in most parts of the FCT by the city’s authority last

week. “I am confused,” Umar told Saturday Mirror. “This is what we have been doing here for the past two years that I came to Abuja with my younger brother, who is also a graduate. As you know, even though we move into the interior communities, things cannot be the same again,” he said.

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wo also called for a reasonable method that would empower every Nigerian graduate to be self sufficient and be able to access soft loans at little interest.

oyin Olufemi, a graduate of the University of Abuja, told Saturday Mirror that it had become imperative for tiers of government to include allowances for jobless graduates in their budgets. “It is possible. They all know how to do it. There is how they jointly fund the education sector; they have agreement for funding the health sector. So, it is possible to help those of us not yet working with some special allowances. It is not good for many of us, having left school to remain on the street selling. It is irritating and insulting” Olufemi said. The 29 year-old who operates commercial motorcycle said he decided to do the job since there was nothing for him to do. “This is what I do for a living. You would never believe this kind of thing would ever come to your way while in school until you come to face the reality after your NYSC. That is the situation in our country. May God help us,” he added.

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ate Okechukwu is food vendor and a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, appealed to government to open more opportunities that will result in more job creation in the country. “As a graduate, I feel uncomfortable to work as a food vendor. But, that is the only alter-

native I have to staying indoors sleeping and begging for money from men. Having spent many years in the university, this kind of thing is not the ideal thing to do; but I have to do it to keep life going. We are blessed in Nigeria; if governments at all levels are determined, there will be jobs for our teeming population.”

‘Event planning is not too bad’ –Gbadamosi Damilola Abosede is a HND holder from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, Abeokuta in Ogun State.

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he 28-year-old graduate of Mass Communication finished in April, 2009 and went for the one year mandatory NYSC scheme in November, 2009. She completed it in Gombe State on November 2, 2010. Dammy, as she is popularly called, also holds a Diploma of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, and was posted to the Gombe Media Corporation for her primary assign-

ment. Upon completion of her NYSC scheme, Dammy has not been able to secure employment. But in an attempt not to allow herself be turned to “the devil’s workshop”, Dammy took to event planning and decoration and these she has been doing for the past four years. “I have obtained lots of employment forms, even with some of them asking me to make payments which I complied with.

I just thank God that I was not part of the NIS job recruitment tragedy which occurred last Saturday” She explained to Saturday Mirror that she kept off the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) job recruitment exercise simply because she was broke and that she was tired of seeking for job. While lamenting poor patronage, Dammy explained that she makes an average of N5, 000

monthly from her event planning and decoration business which she has not been able to expand. She attributed the low patronage to her inability to get an office which could serve as the connecting point between her and the would-be customers. She however, called on local, state and federal governments to set aside certain amount of money that would serve as loan for the unemployed graduates across the country.

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Saturday Starter ‘I mould blocks’ ‘I work as sales boy’ Mr Patrick Ankpa,is a graduate of Economics from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University,(ABU) Zaria. Ankpa now works as a sales boy in a food joint called Chicken Republic in Kaduna. He spoke with AZA MSUE

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here did you study? I am Olusegun Bamidele, I hold Higher National Diploma, HND, from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree where I studied Mass Communication. I graduated in 2006 and observed my compulsory one year service in Oyo State between February 2007 and January 2008.

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hat is the level of your qualification? I am a graduate of ABU Zaria, I studied Economics (B.Sc. Hons) and I am working with Chicken Republic as food seller here in Kaduna.

What do you do presently? I was unemployed for Bamidele several years after ser- another business, but this vice. Just last year, after is the only thing I can proseveral efforts to get paid duce here with little capijob failed to bring the tal I have. I don’t have to desired results, I was ad- buy sand because I live vised by a friend to start a very close to a river, so I business which I did. excavate sand from there. The only thing I pay for What kind of busi- is workmanship for those ness do you do? that will mould the block. I mould blocks. I start- Initially, I was doing it all ed with two bags of ce- alone, but recently, I have ment last year February. been paying people to I didn’t know anything mould for me because my about the business before health does not support then. So, I relied on the energy sapping job again. experience of a younger brother, who once worked Did you participate in a block industry. in the last Nigeria ImWhen I started, I used migration Service, NIS, to rent shovel, head- recruitment exercise? pan and the hand held No, I didn’t apply becontainer being used to cause I applied for it in mould blocks, but now I 2009 but I was not selected. have those things. I applied for job at DepartWhen leaving school then, did it occur to you, you may end up in this kind of business? I could not have thought I would end up in this kind of business. I would have preferred

ment of State Security Service; the whole thing was done secretly. So, I was disenchanted and did not apply again for any advertised vacancy. What can government do to solve prob-

lem of unemployment? Government must be sincere in dealing with the issue of unemployment in this country. They keep on rolling out figures every year of jobs they have created, yet number of unemployed graduates and other certificates holders keeps growing. In other countries with serious government, they don’t give jobs to 10.000 out of one million job-seekers and make noise about it. In the US, the government is addressing issue of unemployment by employing a lot of school leavers into security agencies. The government of South Korea is doing same. If our government wants to drastically reduce number of unemployed graduates, at least five million people should be employed into Nigeria Police alone. The population is put at close to two hundred million people and I am sure we don’t have up to one million policemen presently.

So, how long have you being selling food in this place? It’s now more than two years. I spent sometimes looking for job which at the end of the day I got this one. What I can only do is to thank God for putting me where I am today because the same God can change my condition over night for a bigger job. What is your experience in this work? There are issues, like the patronage this is connected to the security challenges we have in the Northern part of the country. A lot of things have changed and it is not business as usual but we are managing. I can say government should put an end to the insecurity problem to give way for massive business activities. How well has this job affected your standard of living? It is better than nothing. I believe it is better to have a place to go to in the morning and at the end of the day you are sure of getting something. It does not matter how little

‘I’m an attendant at a beer parlour’ FEMI OYEWESO

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amorudeen Alabi is a Higher National diploma, HND, certificate holder from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The 31-year-old studied Accountancy where he passed out with Upper Credit in 2010. Alabi was exempted from participating at the one year mandatory National Youths Service Corp (NYSC) scheme on age

ground. Before graduation however, he equally ensured that he passed all the prescribed examinations for his professional course of Institute of Chattered Accounting of Nigeria (ICAN). Today, Alabi works as an attendant at the popular Iwe Irohin beer joint where he is being paid N10, 000 (ten Thousand Naira) per month. He has accepted to do the job just to keep the soul and body together and to enable him meet up with the financial responsibilities

on his wife, Serifat and their only daughter who is just one year old. Alabi explained that though he is not comfortable with the monthly salary, yet there was nothing he could do than to accept it and hope that tomorror will be better. He however, canvassed that federal and state government should make soft loan available to graduates like him to enable them prosecute the business ideas of their own which could also turn them to employers of labour in the nearest future.

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is your annual income? I would not want to go there, but frankly speaking it is not too handsome, but manageable. At least, I can feed myself. I believe one day the situation can change. Half bread is better than none. I call on all graduates to remain focused and determined in their pursuit. The issue of unemployment we are witnessing now can be minimised if government provides an enabling environment for busiOn the average, what nesses.

it is but for me, my future is not based on what I am now, opportunity can come any time. One stands to benefits a lot because from time to time, they train you on different types of dishes: local, continental and other special ones. They teach you how to relate with your customers and other marketing strategies. Now I also train others in cooking and other things so life is gradual, it does not matter how you start.

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race Imoukhuale is a university of University of Benin. She graduated

four years ago and she is a ticket vendor for one of the high-capacity buses in Abuja. “Since I finished my youth service in Kano, things have not been the way I had wanted them to be. For instance, as a graduate, you are not expected to depend on your parents again for most of the things you need. Your matter becomes worse as lady if for instance the guy you are dating has not also got a good job like you. However, I have come to learn something; that is the need for every student, either before or during the Youth Service to engage in apprenticeship in any trade they think could complement whatever job they would get after service.


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‘I make N1,500 daily hawking herbal chocolate’ BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSOGBO

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y name is Adesina Bello, I am from, Ilorin, Kwara State but I am currently living in Osogbo, Osun State capital. I am an Ordinary National Diploma, OND, holder in Electrical Engineering. I graduated in 1991.

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What have you been doing since leaving school? I searched for salaried job for almost eight years and when I did not get any, I became an agent of a company dealing in herbal products. I was not on the payroll, but I got commission over every sale I made.

But you didn’t study business related course? No, but I was left with no choice. I applied to several companies and government agencies. I tried to get salaried job or secure loan to start a small scale business but I could not get, so I have to do what I am doing. What are you doing presently? I sell herbal chocolate used to treat pile. I sell it on the streets of Osogbo, especially at Olaiya Junction which is one of the entry and exit points to the state capital. Don’t you at times feel ashamed hawking choco-

late considering your age? I don’t feel ashamed hawking because I am doing a legitimate business. There is no big deal in it. This is what I do to feed my family. If you get white collar job, will you leave this business? It depends on how good the pay is. If the pay is okay, I will quit this one. On this business, I make a gain of about #1,500 daily. What do you think government can do to solve the problem of unemployment? Do we have government in this country? We paid high fees through school and upon

graduation, there is no job and you are asking me to suggest ways government can help. If I acknowledge we have government at all, I insist those running it, are wicked. There are reports in the paper everyday about stolen money and yet 90 per cent of the school leavers are either unemployed or underemployed. The number keeps growing every year. The result of the nonchalant attitude to the welfare of the active population by government is the security challenges facing the country today. I will only suggest to fellow unemployed Nigerians to think about legitimate business they can do to earn a living and leave those stealing public money to God’s judgement.

I feel blessed and privileged to be employed – Oluwatobi Asekun, legal practitioner and Programme Officer at Project Alert, a Non Government Organisation.

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ow do you feel being employed? I feel blessed and privileged. I can’t imagine just sitting down at home doing nothing. It is not a thought I like contemplating; very scary. Do you have close friends that are still seeking employment? Yes, I do. How many of them? They are many. I really can’t count. Some of them were mates in school and so on. As a lawyer, you have a lot you can do. Maybe it’s because of our training; as long as you have served tutelage under some people, you are encouraged to be on your own. This is what many of them are doing: being on their own just to get by. So you are not totally unemployed in the sense of it. Are they gainfully employed? No, they are not. Do you have any of them doing something different from what they studied? Yes, there are some of them who do that. I have one who is into writing and another one who is into catering. In being unemployed, you look inward to what you can do and you come into the realisation that there is one thing you can do and which you do very well and which can fetch you money. Will you consider yourself as being gainfully employed? No, I am not gainfully employed. Employed, yes; but I don’t think I am gainfully employed. Did you apply for the last NIS vacancy? No.

Why? I did not hear about it and even if I did, I don’t like that type of job. So I did not apply. What do you think caused what transpired last Saturday at the NIS recruitment centres throughout the country? I think the major thing was fear. Fear and hope, I can say. It’s like this. The fact that there was an opportunity would make many of them go for the exercise even when they had a lot of doubts in their minds as to getting the job. But they would just say in their minds, “Let me just go and try”. But on getting there and seeing many people, they would say: “Wow, it’s not only me. So we are many?” they tell themselves, why don’t I give it a trial especially when you look at the future and consider how it would be in two or three years to come. You want to stay. Then there is fear of the future. Fear of the unknown. What does the future have for you? Not been sure exactly of what your future looks like because you don’t have a job presently. So they join the band wagon looking for government job since so many people believe that it is the most secured job you can get in Nigeria. What do you think is the way out of all these? We have to start to begin to deemphasize white collar job. I don’t know if it is caused by the way our society is structured but we place too much emphasis on going to an office and sitting behind a desk. People should begin to focus on stuffs they can do themselves. It is not necessary that you have an employer before you can work. Everybody is born with a talent. And like I was told in the church: look inward. That job you are bending over to get may not even be the

one that will give you happiness. It will only give you salary at the end of the month which is not a bad thing on its own but why not look inward and discover yourself and things that can come easily to you and then begin to engage yourself in that thing? If you are good in it, people will come to you and money will come your way. Youths should try to engage in volunteering. As much as we need money, we should also learn to put the small skill we have into an organisation. In volunteer work, you won’t get any money, but you are giving to the organisation you are working with and at the of the day the organisation will be teaching you and you will be learning stuff from them, gain experience and will probably be meeting people as well. At the end of your volunteering, you may get the opportunity of getting a regular job. Have you also looked inward? Yes, I have. My talent is advocacy and I am working for Project alert because of my passion for equality and better treatment for humanity especially women and girls. As you know I can go and work in a law firm, stay there and be doing my normal litigation, soliciting and all that but I chose to come here. I started as an intern but now I am a programme officer. More so, I am getting better and my skills are improving. I am better than when I started and I know that if I leave now, I have a whole lot of experience, exposure and stuffs that will make me better than somebody like me who didn’t go through the volunteering and internship scheme. What do think are the effects of unemployment and under employment among Nigerian youths? The effects are many and all around

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us. First, there are a lot delinquent youths around. An idle mind, they say, is a devil’s workshop. That is so true because you see a lot of our young people engaging in unwholesome activities like crime, drug, prostitution, engaging in unprotected sex, eating too much, partying too much, and different harmful behaviours. It’s just sad. I don’t know about guys but girls like me now are like, let me just get married and sit down in my husband’s house where I will be “employed” taking care of him and having children. That is not exactly what a lot of people need at the moment and it often leads to many other lapses that we see from time to time. These include abuse, high rate of divorce, there are more young people who get into marriage that shouldn’t have got into it in the first instance and they rush out of it too.


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Boko Haram: Military uncovers terrorists’ armoury …in burnt church UBONG UKPONG AND INUSA NDAHI ABUJA, MAIDUGURI

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large cache of assorted arms and ammunitions, buried in a burnt church in Borno State by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, have been uncovered and evacuated by troops in their ongoing operations. This discovery was contained in the operations’ update by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), in Abuja, yesterday, through its Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade.

•Service Chiefs in N’East, lead troops on air surveillance

General Olukolade also disclosed that the Service Chiefs who had been in the North East, were undertaking a comprehensive air surveillance as well as inspecting the general operations areas and boosting troops morales. General Olukolade said that the uncovering of the weapons site was made possible by the arrest of a terrorist who claimed to be a Cameroonian and an arms courier for the group. “The weapons, which have now been recovered by troops include Anti aircraft guns, rocket propelled guns as well

as general purpose and other brands of machine guns , were found buried in the premises of one of the churches earlier burnt by terrorists in Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno State. “Also recovered from the location were thousands of various calibers of rounds of ammunition and links. “The middle aged man who led troops on the cordon and search operation towards the recovery was one of the terrorists captured in recent raids. “He also disclosed that the weapons were

stockpiled to be used in a pending attack on some communities around Nigeria- Cameroon border. “The weapons have all been evacuated while guard locations and patrols are being maintained in the general area and the surrounding localities. “Meanwhile , troops have continued with various operations assigned to the formations involved in the counter terrorist campaign. “The caves of a particular mountain captured overnight is undergoing a thorough search for terrorists who are believed to have fled there in the

wake of the ongoing offensive on various terrorist enclaves. Arms are also the object of the cordon and search. “The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minima, has been checking on deployment and troops disposition in various locations of the theatre of the counter terrorism campaign in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. “The army chief who is in company of his Airforce counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, also visited troops who were wounded in the course of the operation so far, in the Military Hospital in Maiduguri. “The Service Chiefs were assured by the commander of the hospital , Brig Gen Okeke that most of the wounded soldiers were in stable conditions. Some who have recovered very well, expressed their desire to rejoin their units and colleagues in the operation. “The army chief however directed that the hospital should not hesitate to let him know the requirement for any case requiring referral or further treatment any where. “The service chiefs are also undertaking a comprehensive air surveillance of the entire mission area in addition to the direct inspection of

some key locations where operations are being conducted,” he said. The DDI said that the Chiefs had said that they were satisfied with the state and performance of the deployment so far, noting that substantial expectations of the counterterrorist campaign was being achieved. Meanwhile, suspected members of Boko Haram have over the weekend reintensified their deadly efforts on the Maiduguri - Damboa-Biu federal highway, killing two passengers by slitting their throats, before setting ablaze all the vehicles including a truck loaded with firewood. The incident took place yesterday around Mustafanari Village of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, when some terrorists who were suspected to have come out from one their camp located in the Sambisa forest ambushed the motorists and the passengers, killing two occupants while several others were lucky to escape into the bush. Mustafanari is a village located along the troubled road which is about 40 kilometres drive from Maiduguri which had witnessed series of ambush by suspected terrorists on motorists.

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2015: PDP plots to clamp Alleged arms importation: Why we can’t summon down on our leaders –APC PHOTO:SAMUEL ADETIMEHIN

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he federal government has declared that it could not summon the Turkish ambassador to Nigeria over alleged arms importation to the country through a Turkish airline because the case was lacking in evidence. Besides, the government said, summoning the ambassador would amount to diplomatic embarrassment to the affected official and his country. This declaration was made yesterday by the spokesman of the Nige-

rian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ogbole Amedu Ode, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent. There were reports during the week that a Turkish Airline was involved in the shipment of arms to Nigeria. The allegations had however been denied by the airline in a statement issued on Wednesday. It said that any shipment of arms or military equipment was done in accordance with existing rules. But reacting to the development in an interview with our correspondent, the spokesperson of the

ministry said the claim of arms importation against the airline could not be substantiated. “This is a very weighty allegation. You cannot just begin to comment until you do necessary investigations. We have an Embassy there, which is in position to tell us what is happening but we have no such reports from there. We will rely on what our Embassy will tell us. “You have your ears to the ground. If you have incontrovertible evidence, bring to us. We cannot write the Turkish Ambassador based on hear say. There is no evidence to that story. We cannot embarrass our-

selves over a matter that has no evidence,” the Foreign Affairs spokesperson stated. Also speaking to Saturday Mirror, the spokes person of the State Security Service (SSS), Marilyn Ogar, said that she did not know anything about the case under discussion. “I don’t know anything about that,” she said. When also contacted, the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade, told Saturday Mirror, that he was not disposed to commenting or discussing any issue said to be under intelligence investigation. “

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that there are underground plot by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to clamp down on its leaders ahead of the 2015 general elections. The opposition party also dared the PDP to urgently make available to the Nigerian public any evidence of the it’s alleged involvement in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency or forever shut up. The party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that “the latest accusation

by the PDP is being made within the framework of its plan to frame up the opposition and clamp down on its leaders ahead of the 2015 general elections, having realised that it (PDP) cannot possibly win the 2015 elections due to its appalling record of failure. The APC said that “In the absence of any evidence, Nigerians will have no choice but to conclude that the relentless fingerpointing by the PDP and Presidency is a ploy to divert attention from those who are actually behind the insurgency, those who see it as a trump card to 2015 and those who have been benefitting massively from the huge funds being allocated to security.”


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Police pension fund not missing –Okonjo-Iweala TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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L-R: Chairman, Technical Committee, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Atedo Peterside; Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Dupe Adelabu; Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan and Vice President Namadi Sambo, during a joint meeting of the National Council on Privatisation and Niger Delta Power Holding, in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

FG targets $4.25 billion from sale of Niger Delta power plants •Approves seven preferred bidders ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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he federal government is expected to rake in a total of $4.25 billion from the sale of Niger Delta power plants of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, and the National Council on Privatization, NCP, have approved seven firms for the sale of the power plants. Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, announced the result of the bid at the end of the joint transaction boards meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Uduaghan said preferred bidder for Benin Generation Company is EMA Consortium with

a bid price of $580 million while the reserved bidder is Index Consortium which did bid for $575million. Similarly for Calabar Generation Company, EMA Consortium also won as the preferred bidder with a bid price of $625million while Nebula Power Generation Consortium followed as the reserved bidder with $623.75million. The governor further said Dozzy Integrated Power Limited won the bid for Egbema Generation Company at a bid price of $415. 075 million while AITEO Condortium was the reserved bidder at $392 million. Seoul Electric Power Limited is the preferred winner for Geregu Generation Company at $690.2 million. YellowStone Electric Limited is the reserved bidder at a bid

price of $613.1 million. The bid for Ogorode Generation Company was won by Daniel Poer Consortium at $532.78 million. The reserved bidder is ESOP Power Limited which offered $510 million. The preferred bidder for Olorunsogo Generation Company is ENL Consortium Limited at bid price of $751.24 million. Reserved bidder is Index Consortium at $730 million. Omotosho Generation Company was Omotosho Electric Power at a bid price of $659.9 million. Reserved bidder is ENL Consortium Limited which offered $645.15 million. Also speaking at the press briefing, the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, said that seven out of the ten firms that bidded for the

ten power plants were announced yesterday because the firm that bidded for the remaining three power plants is in court over the bid process. He disclosed that the process was transparent as it was witnessed by international observers. The minister explained that government wanted to ensure that the view of Attorney General of the Federation was received on the matter before the remaining results would be announced. The Chairman of committee of the NCP, Atedo Peterside, said that the fact that one of the firms went to court had not taken away the transparency of the bidding process, stressing that even in elections, not all the losers would accept the result of the election.

Jonathan bags Namibia’s highest national honour ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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resident Goodluck Jonathan was yesterday conferred with Namibia’s highest national honour by President Hifikepunye Pohamba. Jonathan was conferred with the “Order of Welwitschia” at the Independence Stadium at

Windhoek, which was one of the high point of the 24th Independence anniversary of Namibia. The decoration of Jonathan with the award was witnessed by the founding president and the father of the Namibian nation, Dr. Sam Nujoma. In his remarks at the ceremony, the Namibian president said the honour was conferred on Jona-

than in recognition of the contributions of the government and the people of Nigeria to Namibia’s national liberation struggle and development. He commended Nigeria’s commitment and contributions to the resolution of conflicts and the maintenance of peace and stability in the continent of Africa. Specifically, Pohamba

said the honour was in recognition of Nigeria under the leadership of Jonathan for taking decisive action to ensure peace returns to troubled countries like Cote d’ Ivoire, Mali and in other parts of Africa. Jonathan expressed appreciation to Pohamba for the award and assured that Nigeria was committed to strengthening relationship with Namibia.

he Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday restated that no money missed from the Police pension accounts and that insinuations that N24 billion could not be traced in the accounts were baseless. The minister, in a statement by her Special Adviser, Paul Nwabuikwu, described the allegations by the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, that the amount was missing as unfortunate and false. She accused the chairman of persistently using his privileged platform to disseminate such distortions even when she had repeatedly explained to the committee that the money was an overpayment based on the demands of those trying to steal from pension funds which was successfully blocked and the money returned to the treasury by the minister. The statement reads: “This persistence in peddling this untruth suggests that this is yet another at-

tempt to tarnish the image of the minister for partisan political reasons and to take public attention away from the positive efforts to reform the historically problematic pensions sector. “It is indeed a sad irony that the Committee Chairman is attacking the minister for taking action to ensure that public money was not stolen, but put back into the treasury where it belongs. “It is also important to state that the amount in question was returned to the treasury well before the DG of Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD) was appointed so the effort to use her to “confirm” that the amount is missing is contrived and deceptive,” it added. The minister, who is currently out of the country, said she would be ready and willing to take up the challenge posed by the committee chairman for a public discussion on the issue. Okonjo-Iweala said that beyond the issues raised on the Police pension accounts, she was also looking forward to the opportunity to throw more light on the status of pension reforms and other efforts.

FG set to share 40 houses to displaced Bakassi people RICHARD NDOMA CALABAR

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he displaced people of Bakassi in Cross River yesterday expressed happiness yesterday following the news that the federal government would soon commence the sharing of 40 housing units built to accommodate displaced people. Minister for State and supervising minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta, Architect Darius Ishaku, broke the news in Calabar while having a meeting with stakeholders. He stressed that the federal government had concluded modalities to share the houses to beneficiaries. It would be recalled that the people of Bakassi had been displaced from their ancestral homes following the ICJ judgment

which culminated in the ceding of the oil rich Nigerian region to the Republic of Cameroon. According to the minister, the meeting was called to discuss with stakeholders on modalities to share the 40 housing units so that at the end of the day, there would be mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence amongst the people. “Though we have guidelines on how to share the houses, we will still rely on you so that at the end of the day, we will dispose of the houses without crisis”. Ishaku who said that the modalities recommended by his ministry for sharing is by balloting, further disclosed that the 40 housing units, now 90 per cent complete, are the phase one of the project. He assured that the second phase would commence soon.


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Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba has fixed March 31, 2014, for the hearing of the suit filed by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, against his suspension. Sanusi was suspended by the federal government on February 19, 2014, on allegation of mismanagement of office, financial recklessness and impropriety. Sanusi then brought this suit praying the court for an order restraining the security agencies from arresting and prosecuting him. At the proceedings yesterday, the federal government, represented by Dr. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN, (leading David Ajuwo and A. M. Musa, for InspectorGeneral of Police and

State Security Service respectively) prayed the court to dismiss the former CBN boss’ suit. The federal government, in its preliminary objection filed by Ajogwu and supported by a seven paragraphs affidavit deposed to by one Mr. Ayokunle Odekunle, prayed the court to strike out Sanusi’s suit on the grounds that the Federal High Court does not have jurisdiction to entertain the matter, being a matter within the exclusive jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court. It was further stated that the reliefs being sought by Mallam Lamido are constitutionally ungrantable as the IGP and SSS cannot be restrained from carrying out their constitutional and statutory duties. The government contended that by a letter dated February 26, 2013, the suspended Central Bank Gov-

ernor, sent the audited account of the CBN for year ended December 31, 2012, to the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, and that the president later sent the said audited account to Financial Report Council of Nigeria, FRCN, for examination and advice. It was stated that after thorough examination of the accounts, FRCN urged the president to exercise the power conferred on him by the CBN’s Act 2007, by suspending the CBN governor to pave way for a more thorough investigation of the CBN. The government further averred that it found out, through the report of the FRCN and other investigating bodies, that Sanusi’s tenure as the Governor of CBN, had been characterised by various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct which are inconsistent “with the administration’s

FG decries cattle grazing related clashes ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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he federal government has expressed concern over the occurrence of incessant cattle grazing related clashes in some parts of the country. Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo stated this yesterday at the Fourth (4th) meeting of the National Council on Shelterbelt and Afforestation (NCSA) which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The vice president said that, “the NCSA programme has become a se-

curity issue since it poses a great challenge to our internal security situation.” He stated that “government attaches very great importance to the success of the Shelterbelt and Afforestation Programme aimed at reforming and revamping the ecological system of both livestock and plants as has similarly been successfully achieved in other countries such as Senegal, Rwanda and Burundi.” Sambo cautioned on timely cultivation in order to attain the planned objective of the programme. The vice president called

the attention of the members of the NCSA to the fact that both the Shelterbelt and the Great Green Wall (GGW) programme commenced on a slow note and directed that action be expedited on the cultivation of crops particularly economic trees. He said that funding for the programme was directly the responsibility of government, adding that further funding from International Development Partners and financial institutions as the World Bank, African Development Bank (ADB) and the private sector would be a welcome development.

Power supply: Minister seeks investment in water MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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inister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, yesterday urged investors in the power sector to see the potentials in the in the nation’s water sector as worth investing in. Ochekpe, who spoke in Abuja at this year’s World Water Day commemoration with the theme “Water and Energy” stated that opportunities abound in the water sector to help

in the realisation of both returns on investments and national power needs. She said the unbundling of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, was in pursuant of the federal government’s Transformation Agenda and that purpose of the privatisation exercise would better be achieved if the hydro-potentials of the nation’s dams were explored. The minister, who was represented by Director of Dam and Reservoir Operations, Dr. Emmanuel

Adame, said the federal government, in pursuance of its Transformation Agenda had initiated many reforms and innovations in the funding and operations of the energy and water sectors. These reforms, according to her, resulted in the unbundling of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, stressing that opportunities abound for local and international investors in the water and energy sector to key into the small hydro-power projects scattered across the country.

vision of CBN propelled by core values of focused economic management, prudence, transparency and financial discipline.” The federal government then concluded that Sanusi’s suspension was done in the interest of Nigerian economy, probity, transparency and accountability and to allow unfettered investigation into the affairs of of the CBN. Both Dr. Ajogwu SAN, and Mr. Musa moved applications to regularised their respective positions. Sanusi’s lawyer, Mr. Kola Awodein, who claimed he had just been served with the applications two days ago and needed time to respond, did not oppose the applications to allow Ajogwu and Musa regularise their positions. The court then adjourned the matter till March 31, 2014 for hearing of the suit.

he FCT administration said it had purchased new mechanical waste equipment worth N477 million to enhance sanitation standards in the territory. Sen. Bala Mohammed, the FCT minister, said this on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of eight global street sweepers and four litter pickers. “These street sweepers and mechanical litter pickers will be deployed to areas with high refuse generation, like bus stops, event centres and markets among others. “They will also be engaged in quick clean-up exercises and prompt restoration of neighbourhood outlook, when weather conditions like storm and wind leave refuse on their trail,” he said. Mohammed said that the equipment would help to improve the operational capacity of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), the custodian of the equipment. He also said that the use of the equipment would

be extended to the satellite towns, adding that the need for a clean and healthy environment in a city like Abuja could not be over emphasised. ``The FCT administration has diligently evolved a programme of environmental sanitation and sustainable development, which provides for the needs of residents, without compromising the need of its future generation. He said that the FCT should always be made clean. ``It is in pursuit of this objective that we decided to commit part of the scarce resources at our disposal into providing necessary sanitation equipment and machinery. He said that contract for the supply of more waste management equipment for the AEPB had been awarded to address the challenge of ageing and obsolete equipment. ``This contract includes 28 refuse compacting trucks, two sewage trucks and four additional roll-on roll-off trucks as well.”

In your refreshingly different

Nigeria’s army of the jobless Last week’s stampeding at the various stadia where the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, embarked on an ill-fated recruitment exercise has continued to dominate public discourse. Apart from the fact that scores of anxious job seekers were trampled to death, many others were either taken away with injuries or had to go home with sore tales. The shoddy exercise has again brought into focus, the spiralling unemployment rate in the country. This report, therefore takes a wider look at the sorry state of Nigeria, a country where unemployment is a way of life.

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‘My husband turned me to a punch-bag’ Judith Iwuh iss a prominent Nollywood ood actresss In this interview, ew, she speaks on circumstances rcumstances ess leading to thee crash of her marriage,, saying her husband wass fond of beating her. er. She also speaks about the challenges es of bringing upp children as a single mother, among others. rs.

Fasehun to critics: I’m not President’s stooge “President Jonathan wants to go back to Villa and he has been campaigning for five years now; do you want a UPN candidate to just wake up and challenge him in 10 months?” That is how the founder of Odua Peoples Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, chooses to justify why his new party, coined after that of Chief Obafemi Awolowo-the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, will not have a presidential candidate. In this no holds barred interview, he denies that he is being sponsored by President Goodluck Jonathan. It is a must read.

Confab: Still battling to take off Though the much-publicised national conference has been inaugurated, investigations reveal that there are teething problems that may hamper its effective takeoff. What are these problems? Reach out for a copy of Sunday Mirror tomorrow.

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From the Civil Service Retirement: FG asks court to strike out Olotu’s suit

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he Federal Government on Wednesday asked a Federal High Court, in Abuja, to strike out a suit filed by Justice Gladys Olotu, whose compulsory retirement was approved by President Goodluck Jonathan, recently. The government in a preliminary objection filed by its counsel, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun, from the Attorney-General of the Federation’s office, said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit. Abidogun argued that sections 251 and 254 of the 1999 Constitution exclusively conferred jurisdiction on matters pertaining to the employ-

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ment and retirement of the plaintiff on the National Industrial Court (NIC). ``My Lord, the substantive matter relates to and is connected with the employment of the applicant/plaintiff, who is an erstwhile employee of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Section 254 sub-section `C’ clearly vests jurisdiction on employment matters on the National Industrial Court, therefore, the Federal High Court has no jurisdiction over employment matters by virtue of sections 251 and 254 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. We humbly urge your Lordship to strike out this matter for want of ju-

risdiction in order to save the time of this honourable court and the parties,’’ Abidogun said. The NJC had on February 27, recommended Olotu’s compulsory retirement to the president due to findings on the allegations of gross misconduct contained in the petitions written against her. Olotu, in a motion ex-parte filed before Justice Ademola Adeniyi, sought leave of the court to apply for an order of certiorari for judicial review of her case. Mr. Sunday Ameh (SAN), her counsel, who filed the application on her behalf, said that the suit was intended protect his cli-

Be upright, Oyo CJ, advises judges

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he Chief Judge of Oyo State, Mrs. Badejoko Adeniji, on Wednesday, advised judges to be upright and be of good conduct in the discharge of their duties. Adeniji who gave the advice during her valedictory visit to Iseyin Chief Magistrates’ Court in Iseyin Local Government area of Oyo State, is due to retire on August 5. She said: “It is important for members of the bench to exhibit high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties. The judiciary as the last hope of the common man must live up to expectations at all times to avoid anarchy and a situation of lawlessness.’’

Adeniji dismissed claims that she was high-handed in the discharge of her official duties, saying that she was only a disciplined person. “I am not a wicked person at all, but a disciplinarian by all standards. I do not take no for an answer. It is unfortunate that people do not know the difference between being a disciplinarian and being wicked. I am not saying everybody must be like me, but as long as you work under me, you must be very disciplined and thorough in all that you do. People are watching us and we cannot afford to let the country down as citizens’ last hope rests on us,’’ she said. According to her, all the

departments under the judiciary must function to their full capacities to enhance the rule of law. Adeniji said the judiciary was gradually becoming an independent arm of government as there had been a reduction in interference by the executive arm of government. “We have won the battle for independence, so there is no reason for anyone to be afraid of anything; you must just be up and doing in your endeavours,’’ she stressed. Speaking earlier, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Chief Abdulganiyu Ajinese, appealed to the Chief Judge to ensure that the High Court building in the town was completed and inaugurated before her

retirement. He said it was imperative that people of the town had access to justice without travelling to neighbouring communities in the state. Also speaking, the Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Yusuph Saheed, expressed delight over the contributions of the outgoing Chief Judge to justice delivery in the state. “I must say that we are highly delighted that she deemed it fit to visit us today and we shall forever treasure this moment. Let me, on behalf of the council, say that we shall make sure that the High Court is ready as soon as possible,’’ Saheed said. (NAN)

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he Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Tuesday reiterated the need for its officers to be of good behaviour. Mr. Chidi Nkwonta, Lagos Sector Commander of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, that the organisation would prosecute any officer caught behaving unprofessionally. “Any road safety official that violates road traffic

rules will face disciplinary measures as others; we have our surveillance teams that are continuously monitoring operations,” Nkwonta said. According to him, road safety officials are equally subject to the same rules and would also pay the stipulated fines. “If they use road safety vehicles to commit offences, they will be given tickets. I, and several of my other colleagues, have issued many

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tickets to our drivers,” he stated. The FRSC commander noted that men and women of the commission are adequately trained on how to address motorists. “Our men know that under no circumstance should they fight offenders except in self defence,” he said. Nkwonta, who recalled a recent news clip showing two officers of the commission in a fistcuff

with a motorist, said under no circumstance was assault permitted. “Our men were the ones who were being assaulted by a group of thugs. Seven of the thugs have been arrested and are currently in the cell. Our men are receiving treatment in the hospital. As I speak to you, the matter is with the Lagos State Police Commissioner,” he said. (NAN)

ent’s fundamental rights. Joined in the suit as respondents are President Goodluck Jonathan, the NJC, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and the Attorney-General of the Federation. Justice Ademola adjourned the case to April 28 for hearing because NJC’s counsel, Mr Jimoh Lasisi (SAN), said he was served with the court processes only 24 hours ago. He had, therefore, asked for an adjournment to enable him to prepare to respond accordingly. (NAN)

Senior staff of Colleges of Education vow to fight on

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he Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN) on Wednesday said it would continue its strike until its demands were met. Mr. Lere Oladapo, Chairman, South-West Zone, said in Lagos that the union leaders recently held a meeting with representatives of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity aimed at meeting the demands. “The union was told that the approval of financial benefits to be enjoyed by members will be ready by March 20. According to the ministry, the process of releasing the funds is in progress. We are not interested in the process but the actualisation of our demands,” Oladapo said. The SSUCOEN officer said that the union would not listen to the Federal Government’s plea to call off of the strike while negotiations continued. “All issues must be addressed and allowances paid before we call off the strike. This is an issue that took effect since 2009; this is 2014, we are tired of waiting. The position is: ‘No release of funds, no work’,” he said. It was reported that the union is demanding full implementation of CONTEDISS Salary Structure, among other things. (NAN)


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FG blamed for stifled business environment Boladale Bamigbola OSOGBO

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he high unemployment rate in the country has been linked to a lack of conducive business environment. This, in turn, has stifled growth of small and medium scale businesses which could have provid-

ed jobs for army of school leavers in the country. This was the submission of the National President of Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Engineer Michael Ale, during the 2014 World Water Day and Energy walk, held at Mandela Square, Osogbo, the

Osun State capital. The AWDROP president maintained that no driller or drilling contractors would consider looking for jobs, when skills have been built in the coveted drilling industry. Engr. Ale asked wondered why expatriate workers often compete with the few skilled work-

ers available in Nigeria’s drilling industry which, he claimed, is another way of increasing unemployment among the youths in the country. He warned all foreign drilling operators that are not accredited or licensed by the government and fights over the few jobs in the drilling industry to

transfer their technology to local engineers. According to Engr. Ale, “Recently many Nigerians died applying for Immigration jobs, why are we alien in our own land where foreigners who are drilling operators thrive well through unsecured finance from our local banks, which gives them upper hand to operate than many accredited drilling contractors who are qualified Nigeria AWDROP Members.” Ale called on the Federal Government to explore the opportunities available in the industry and also eradicate unclean

drinking water with the use of professional drillers and supporting small scale drilling industry for sustainability. Ale continued, “It is not very good for government to be giving water projects to non- professional or political associates instead of being given to accredited professionals drillers, adding that government at all levels prefer to favour foreigners in contract award as against their own industries and person,” he said. Ale urged Federal Government to implement Presidential Water Initiative communiqué of 2013.

Epidemic: Group lauds Lagos govt over closure of factory

Non Governmental Organisation, the Nigeria Masses’ Welfare (NMW), has reacted to the seal off of a company said to pose health hazards to the people of the state, by commending the state government for prompt intervention in what could have resulted in epidemic in the state. The association had earlier petitioned the state government when it raised the alarm of an impending catastrophe in the area with the site of the factory. The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, had sealed a building last Wednesday at Keke area of Agege after the owners of the building converted the structure into in industrial complex.

The organisation gave the kudos in a statement issued by its spokesman, Comrade Sheun Balogun, which was made available to journalists in Lagos. The statement commended LASEPA for its action which it claimed, demonstrated that the state government is concerned about people’s health. Comrade Balogun note with the action of LASEPA, thousands of lives of residents being threatened by dangerous waste from the factory in the area had been saved. The group also called on the state government to sanction the owners of the factory. The group added that the seal off of the premises should not be the end of the matter, but advocated for stiffer punishment for anyone that violated state environmental laws.

chieftain and former National Assembly member, Senator Ayo Arise and one of the aspirants, Prince Adeyeye, said party members in the state would not tolerate any fraud in the election. Arise, who once represented Ekiti North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, insisted that only credible primaries, where genuine list of delegates was used, would save the party from imminent collapse in the preparation for the governorship election. The former federal lawmaker, who lamented the

alleged shoddy conduct of the delegate congress last Wednesday, said that party leaders would resist any attempt to change the list of delegates in today’s primaries. He also said that the party would reject any fraudulent primaries doctored to favour any aspirant. On his part, Adeyeye called for outright cancellation of the Congress, alleging that the Committee that conducted the exercise had compromised. The governorship hopeful criticised members of the delegate committee for alleged manipulation.

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L-R: Retired Bishop of Akure Dioceses, Bishop Michael Ipinmoye; Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Chairman, Igbimo Ure Ekiti, IUE, Prince Julius Adeluyi; and Secretary, IUE, Sir. Remi Omotoso, during a courtesy visit of IUE ahead of the forthcoming election, in Ado Ekiti, recently.

2015 guber: Oyo LP vows to unseat Ajimobi Kemi Olaitan IBADAN

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o-chairman of the Oyo State chapter of the Labour Party (LP), Hon. Gbenga Olayemi, has assured of the party’s readiness to send the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) packing from the Agodi Government House come 2015. Hon Olayemi said this

at a zonal meeting of the party held in Iseyin. He assured party faithful that the Labour Party would sweep the polls at the next gubernatorial polls in the state. He also said the inauguration of the executive committee of the “new, improved” LP in the state would be attended by at least 100, 000 members from across the state.

According to him, the national leadership of the party led by the National Chairman, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, would be in Ibadan early next month to inaugurate the interim executives and the party’s new secretariat. Olayemi, who commended the large turnout of party faithful, assured the people of Oke Ogun that the party

would usher in a new dawn in the state in 2015 “when it forms a people’s government and end the misery of the masses and traders.” A party chieftain, Comrade Bashiru Apapa, also charged both the former and new members of the party to remain focused on the goal of wrestling power from the current government in the state.

Tension in Ekiti ahead of today’s PDP guber primary Abiodun Nejo ADO EKITI

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here was palpable tension yesterday at the headquarters of the Ekiti State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of today’s primary election for the selection of the party’s flag bearer in the June 21, 2014, gubernatorial election in the state. Armed security per-

sonnel were observed at the premises of the party secretariat apparently to prevent breakdown of law and order especially on the heels of the controversies and crisis that trailed the conduct of the Ward congresses last Wednesday. Sources said a PDP national committee headed by former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili, would conduct the primary election and are al-

ready in the state. There had been sharp divisions among the 14 aspirants that obtained the party’s nomination form to fly the party’s flag at the forth coming polls. The disagreement was based on whether there should be a consensus candidate or there should be a primary election to determine the party’s flag bearer. Only three of aspirants namely Navy Captain

Caleb Olubolade, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and former Governor Ayodele Fayose expressed interest in the ward congresses which held on Wednesday. However, the Ward congresses had been greeted with criticisms of manipulation of the party’s electoral members’ lists, substitution of names of delegates and hijack of electoral materials. Speaking on the development, yesterday, a PDP


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Edo govt, teachers grandstand over assessment test Sebastine Ebhuomhan BENIN CITY

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here was tension across Edo State yesterday as government and public school teachers continued their grandstand over the government-planned assessment test. President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja, had, last Thursday granted an Interim Order restrauining the state government from carrying out the test scheduled for today across the three geo-political districts of the state. In spite of the order, the state government has reiterated its stand to go ahead with the proposed teachers’ assessment test. In a press release from the Office of Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, yesterday, and signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion, a copy of which was made available to Saturday Mirror in Benin City, it denied that the state government had been served any court injunction and reiterated that the test would hold today as scheduled. The statement read in parts: “We have received media enquiries over rumours of an injunction purportedly granted by a Court restraining Edo

State Government from going ahead with the teachers’ assessment exercise scheduled to hold today, Saturday, March 22. For the avoidance of doubt, Edo State Ministry of Justice is not aware of any such injunction. “Therefore, this is to reassure teachers of Primary and Secondary Schools and the general public that the Assessment exercise scheduled for today, Saturday, March 22 will still hold. As earlier explained, the purpose of the Test is not to sack or witch-hunt any teacher but to ascertain those who might need assistance and level of training or retraining required as part of the determination of the Adams Oshiomhole administration to deliver an all-round quality education for the Edo child.” The release, however, warned anyone who failed to write the test saying such risked their names being deleted from the payroll of the state government. However, President of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Comrade Charles Ifaluyi Isibor, at an emergency meeting held to brief the teachers, urged teachers in the state to disregard the threat from the state government and ignore the test.

2015: NYSC members warned against electoral fraud Dennis Naku PORT HARCOURT

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embers of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have been charged to desist from electoral fraud ahead of the 2015 general elections. Director General of the NYSC, Brig Gen. Johnson Olawumi, gave the charge while addressing corps member during his maiden visit to the Rivers State NYSC permanent orientation camp in NonwaGbam, Tai Local Government Area of the state. Gen. Olawumi re-

minded the corps members that they were not staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and urged them to resist any temptation to engage in electoral fraud. His words, “Remember that you are corps members and not staff of INEC. It is true that corps members are usually engaged on ad hoc basis to provide essential services. “But let me warn that on no account must you give in to any form of financial inducement or collect money from anyone to commit electoral fraud.”

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APC bunch of power-hungry politicians, says IYC Emma Gbemudu YENAGOA

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he Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “a bunch of power-hungry politicians.” The group claimed the APC was composed of politicians that are desperate to take over the Presidency from President Goodluck Jonathan at all cost. But the group predicted that the opposition political party would fail woefully in the 2015 Presidential election, stressing that the party was creating a false impression that Jonathan’s administration was not

performing well. This was contained in a statement signed by the Spokesman of IYC, Eric Omare, and made available to Saturday Mirror, yesterday, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The group expressed disappointment at a recent press statement credited to the APC alleging that President Jonathan was the most incompetent President the country had ever produced. The statement read in part, “The IYC is disappointed that such statement could come from a leading opposition party such as the APC. It is uncultured and disrespectful for the opposition APC

to insult the occupant of the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria its manifesto. Every Nigerian, irrespective of his political affiliation, is duty-bound and ought to respect the office of the President and the occupant of the office.” “The opposition is supposed to offer alternative solutions to problems rather than raining abuses upon abuses on the person of President Goodluck Jonathan on a daily basis. By making abusing President Jonathan its manifesto, it clearly shows that APC’s sole purpose is to take power from President Jonathan and not to solve

the problems confronting Nigeria,” the group noted. Omare said the IYC was confident that the APC’s plans would fail, noting that the party was doomed for massive electoral shock and defeat in next year’s polls. Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) said it had endorsed the decision of President Jonathan to apply maximum force in crushing the Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the north. The group stressed that the sponsors of the insurgency should also be made to face the music to serve as a deterrent to others.

L-R: Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State; member House of Representatives, Hon Razaq Bello-Osagie and Chairman Festrut Group of Companies Dr. Festus Asikhia, during a visit to the governor in his office, yesterday.

Akpabio blames govt woes on shoddy burial for civil war dead

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overnor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has blamed the leadership problem in the state on lack of decent burial for persons murdered in the course of the civil war in the state. He put the blame for the indecent burial on the doorsteps of the people and government of the state. In a bid to correct that anomaly, the state government has concluded arrangements to organise a one-

day memorial service in Uyo, the state capital, in honour of the departed. Te service is slated for Sunday, April 6, 2014. The governor disclosed this at Abak Council Hall during a town hall meeting/ constituency briefing for Abak Federal Constituency. In the words of Governor Akpabio, “Our leaders, our elders and our political leaders were slaughtered and were innocent of those crimes. And we have fixed April

6 for the memorial service. Let us have a day of fasting and prayers and erect the right cenotaph as a memorial for them. We will try to get all their names and get all their families to be there so that we can give them a decent burial.” Earlier, Commissioner, National Population Commission, Mr. Moses Ekpo, also re-echoed Governor stating that it was not right to have neglected those that fought for the freedom of the land. In another development, Athe kwa Ibom

State Government has awarded contract for the construction of Independence Hall at Abak town. It would be recalled that the hall built by the defunct Eastern Region at Abak in memory of 1960 Nigerian Independence was demolished few years ago during the dualisation of Abak-Ikot Ekpene Road. Governor Akpabio, while disclosing this at the town hall meeting said that the prison in the town would be demolished to pave way for a modern Independence Hall.


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National conference is not meant P. 14 to divide Nigeria –Ita Enang WOLE OLADIMEJI ABUJA

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ecent revelations of missing billions of Naira through service wide vote account by the House of Representatives committees during the consideration of the 2014 budget is fast becoming worrisome. With the revelations, many are of the belief that government officials simply sit in the comfort of their offices to share the nation’s wealth which they get from money not spent from the budgets approved for certain projects. Members of the House, at the initial stage, when the 2014 budget proposal was presented by President Goodluck Jonathan threatened not to have anything to do with it. This development created serious tension as people condemned the lawmakers of trying to sabotage the government. On a second thought, the legilator thought otherwise and decided in the interest of the nation to commence work on the budget. In order to fast track the process, immediately the appropriation bill scaled through the second reading, the Speaker of the House, Hon Aminu Tambuwal suspended plenary to allow the various committees of the House invite the ministries, parastatals and agenciesto appear before them and defend their budget and explain how they implemented the 2013 budget. So, in achieving its earlier promise to Nigerians after the inauguration of the 7th assembly, Tambuwal gave the assurance that his leadership would ensure transparency, accountability and good governance and above all reduce to the barest minimum the cost of governance. In view of this, the committees went all out to unravel the mystery behind budgeting and the implementation of the capital votes. Most of the agencies invited came out with mind-boggling stories about how monies got into their accounts without requesting for it, while others could not explain how the monies disappeared in their account. Others could not give satisfactory explanations on how they spend the money. Apart from the budgetary allocations to various ministries, parastatals and agencies by the budget office, there were also monies from service wide votes which ought to have been contingency funds in case of emergency. Most of the ministries from the findings of the committees, especially the House Committee on Public Account revealed that the monies were being shared by civil servants. The Director General, Budget Office, Bright Okongwu, took pain to explain to the lawmakers that service wide vote account is a slush vote, a kind of contingency vote for various parastatals in case of any emergency. According to him, service wide vote account is a standard

Reps take on Service Wide Account

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all over the world. Therefore, there was nothing criminal about the service wide vote account. It is from the account that federal government could provide infrastructure like road construction, provision of social amenities to complement budgetary provision. But the House is not looking at it from that perspective as the lawmakers believe that the account is to create jobs for their boys because any spending that was not in line with the annual budgetary provision is illegal and punishable under the law. All the spending, they say, must be approved by the National assembly. The chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Solomon AdeolaOlamilekan, in one of its sittings, expressed dismay over the inability the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation to account for a total sum of over N35 billion from the service wide vote received from the Budget Office of the Federation over a period of nine years. The committee also frowned at the sum of N17.6 billion earlier recorded against the office by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation. It gave it a

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two-week ultimatum within which to reappear before it with relevant document on the missing of the over N35 billion involved. Between 2010 and 2012 , the Budget Office insisted that over N52 billion was released to the office. It reeled out the breakdown of the disbursement of the funds within the period in question. According to the Budget Office, In 2004 the OHSF received N2.7 billion, N9.8 million in 2005; N701.7 million in 2006; N896.3m in 2007; N5.3b in 2008; N612.9m plus another N70m in 2009; N17.6b in 2010 while other releases were N13.6b in 2011 and N8.5b in 2012. The chairman of the committee, Hon. Solomon Adeola-Olamilekan, pointed out that the OHSF documents only referred to the N17.6b it received in the year 2010,saying that based on the figures given by the Budget Office, there was a disparity of almost N35 billion and requested for the documents for the rest of the years in question. The Director General of Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD), Mrs. Nellie Mayshak, revealed

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that the sum of N24 billion received from the service wide vote for the payment of the pension of the retired Police personnel could not be accounted for. The committee however asked the DG budget office to come before it with a memo showing the request for the missing N24 billion, and also asked the First Bank to show how much was deposited in the bank. It was also to show how much was disbursed and, as well, come up with the bank details of the transaction. The PTAD boss appeared before the committee to explain how the office expended the sum of N24 billion it received from the service wide vote account through the budget office. However, while addressing the committee on how the N24 billion was expended, Mrs. Mayshak said that she just resumed newly to manage the office, adding that the money was received and expended before her appointment. She said, “We have no evidence, we have no record. It just looked bad on our part. We will rather tell you the truth or CONTINUED ON PAGE 15


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Enang

Ita Solomon Enang is one of Nigeria’s longest serving lawmakers, having risen from a Councilor to State House of Assembly and from there to member of the House of Representatives where he spent 12 years. He was later elected the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial district in 2011. Enang who chairs the Senate Committee on Rules and Business spoke on issues of national importance maintaining that all those involved in the mismanagement of the economy from the Central Bank to the NNPC should be probed. ANIEFIOK MACAULEY reports:

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t would be recalled that sometimes ago, you sponsored a bill seeking for an amendment of the CBN Act. What were those areas you needed amendments and why has it not been passed? The bill for the amendment of the Central Bank Act was because the CBN said that it is not under the control of anybody, that it is autonomous and that it can spend money as it likes and on what it likes. Now, I brought that amendment to the Central Bank Act to the floor, to remove that provision which says that the board can approve their own budget and then spend. The CBN Act was passed earlier, I think in March 2007 and then the Fiscal Responsibility Act was passed in May 2007. The provision of the Fiscal Responsibility Act says that notwithstanding the provision in any enactment of the institution listed in the Fiscal Responsibility Act, the provision of the Fiscal Responsibility Act relating to the appropriation and spending of their funds and corporate governance shall apply and shall take precedence. Therefore, the provision of the CBN Act, NNPC Act, NCC Act, NPA Act, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA)Act and all those other institutions established by law of the National Assembly, any other provision giving them autonomy is null and void. So, the Fiscal Responsibility Act takes precedence. And this act says that every of these institutions ( there were 31 of those agencies, I think they are now 41 or 42) shall lay their budgets before the Na-

tional Assembly. That the National Assembly shall budget for them. They can only do things within the budget approved by the National Assembly. Now, the Fiscal Responsibility Act also says that in the budget of each of the institutions, they shall have operational surplus and of the operational surplus, the agency shall retain 20 per cent of their operational surplus and shall pay 80 per cent to the consolidated revenue fund of the Federal Government. Now, the Central Bank has not been paying their operational surplus and they had not been subjected to the budget of the National Assembly. So, my bill was to make sure that I remove that section that granted them the power to approve their budget and spend and to see that the Fiscal Responsibility Act apply. Now, I have drafted another bill which would be read for the first time within the week by God’s grace. It is on the amending of the Central Bank Act again, which seeks to remove the Governor of the Central Bank as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the CBN, because the provision as it is now is that the Governor of CBN shall be the Chairman. Because if you are the Chairman, you are the Chief Executive, you are everything, then you can afford to behave in a manner that is not in consonance with good corporate governance. I want that section to be removed so that the Governor of Central Bank shall just be the Chief Executive Officer in charge of the day to day management and implementation of the policies of the bank. But the policies

of the bank, except monetary policy, shall be as approved by the Board of Central Bank which is now, if my proposal for the amendment scales through, would be handled by the Board whose Chairman would be appointed by the president among experienced hands who are capable of being there. To what extent is the Central Bank autonomous then? I think the question of autonomy of the Central Bank has been taken too far. The Central Bank is not a government in a country, it is not a state in a country, the Central Bank governor is not a president of a country, the Central Bank is an institution established by the National Assembly of the country and assented to by Mr. President, it is under the authority of the President and Chief Executive of the country. You are only an appointee, the only thing we did in the law is to make sure that you are not likely to be removed from office by a president who does not like you. We create option of safety for you, that your appointment can only be as approved by the Senate and you can only be removed by way of a resolution of the Senate supported by two-third majority. Does the president have the right to remove or suspend the Central Bank governor, given the autonomy of the institution? For the avoidance of doubt, Mallam Lamido Sanusi is still the Governor of Central Bank, he is only on suspension. The president who appoints you can sus-

pend you if he finds sufficient cause or considers it appropriate or if he considers it necessary that you should be removed. He may have to write and put together all the infractions which he thinks the leadership of the Central Bank has committed and send it to us in the National Assembly as a request and if he wishes, may request for us to remove such one. I am not saying he has and I am not saying he will but this is what he may do. The president who appointed him has power to also suspend him, but he can only remove him finally upon resolution of the Senate. I want to say that as of now, it is not Sanusi alone that is at fault, but the entire institution of the Central Bank if there is anybody at fault. It is not only about Sanusi because this action, unless the entire Board of Central Bank can show that all the expenditures, infractions and ultra-vires actions of the Central Back were done singularly, without the approval of the board of the management of the Central Bank, but by Sanusi alone. But If the board of Central Bank met, took and approved these decisions, then it is everybody, from the Director of Legal Services to the Director of Finance to the Director of Administration to the Director of Procurement, every person who sat in the Board of the Management when these decisions were taken will be blamed. Knowing that those decisions were ultravires their power, they ought to be disciplined, even those who are gone, who had left offices, from Deputy Directors because it is not about Sanusi, but about the institution of the Central Bank. And this should be done early and in advance before the new governor takes over so that it would be a guide to him that this is not what ought to be done in the running of an institution. In this matter I am not seeing that enough has been done yet until all the persons are brought to justice. None of them should smile yet. Again, why I am saying this is that before any action is approved, what you do is to have a checklist in compliance with corporate governance; the checklist would be, each project that is proposed to be done (1) is it within the power of the Central Bank? (2) Who should approve it? Is there approval of the National Assembly? Where is the money coming from? Is It within the 20 per cent operational surplus? Has the 80 per cent operational surplus been paid to the federal government? What is the spread of the project within the country? Could this money not have been paid to the consolidated revenue fund of the federal government and added to the budget to make it six or seven instead of N4.6 trillion? And in summary, is it within our powers? We have not gone full length yet with matters of the Central Bank; it is not just about Central Bank, it is about the entire management of all the federal institutions in the country, including the NNPC. What about the NNPC which Sanusi allegedly said 20 billion dollars was not paid to the Central Bank? NNPC should not smile, because I am urging the president that if anybody has generated money and spent, without the approval of the National Assembly, we should find out. Are they spending within the 20 per cent of their operational surplus? Or


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to divide Nigeria –Ita Enang are they spending the 100 per cent? In other countries of the world, you have the code of corporate governance so that some institutions would not be more powerful than the federal government itself. This is because if all these institutions come together, they can collapse the government. You are generating money and paying to the federal government so that the president would know how much to appropriate for the country. If you are Central Bank, you are not paying to the Police; the money you generate should be added to the oil money and paid to the Police, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force. It is that money that should be used in maintaining foreign diplomatic services; it is that money that should be used to provide water, electricity and all social services. Therefore, if you generate money and spend, like NNPC does in some cases, then, if CBN, NNPC, Port Authority, NCC come together, they can decide who would be the next president. Because the funds they have can threaten national security and can decide to be funding or supporting leaders and members of one political party or the other, to the detriment of national security. Therefore this was the reason we enacted this law and what we have done to the Central Bank should also be applied to NNPC. And again, for NNPC, it did not have to take a Sanusi to raise alarm that money is lost or money is not paid in, even if it was 10 billion dollars or 20 billion dollars. NNPC is not supposed to generate that money and spend. NNPC is wrong to have claimed they used the money for this or that. Who approved it for you to use? Every money that you should spend should be proposed by Mr. President and appropriated by the National Assembly. Is the Managing Director of NNPC the president? Can you propose money to spend? Now, we have put in place a good governance principle in the National Assembly for NNPC and extracting industries while we have established the Nigeria Extracting Industries Transparency Initiative. The initiative was to look at how much solid minerals you are taking and make sure that the monies that are generated from it are paid to either federation account or part of the revenue board of the federal government. Now, what is happening to NNPC is the failure of NEITI and so every person in NEITI from board members and the management should be suspended and disciplined and Mr. President should review their appointment because they have failed to do what they ought to do. It is because they have failed that it needed to take a Sanusi to raise it. Sanusi, yes it may not have been his job to raise it, but any Nigerian at all would raise it. So, it rests on him as an individual or even as governor of Central Bank, that so much money ought to come in but has not. In this matter, I support Sanusi, not in the figures but in the act. The federal government should take it very seriously. Even if people may not like the voice of the messenger, let’s take the massage, but in this case, NEITI should be disciplined. What should Nigerians expect from the national conference? I want to say that I have absolute confidence in the national conference and that

it was the clamour of Nigerians that they should talk and in the course of talking we would hear what the problems of Nigerians are and the president would forward that to the National Assembly so that whatever adjustment that may be needed on the existing laws woiuld be carried out. So, I fully support it and I have not heard any Nigerian even in the National Assembly, talking against the national conference. There was a political party I heard was not going to support it, but it has also sent delegates to show that its leaders are participating. Though there is no legal instrument establishing it, people are asking if it would be legitimate, yes it will be. But their decisions cannot be binding on the country unless those decisions are legislated upon by the National Assembly. It is only the National Assembly that can make laws for Nigeria and so what they would be doing is to do as the Uwais committee. They would deliberate and make suggestions to Mr. President who may present it to the federal executive for deliberations on the suggestions they have made; they would come out with a white paper. The president would take it at that level, those decisions that have suggestions for the judiciary, how it should be run, without offending the law. The president will pass it on to the judiciary. Those decisions that need constitutional amendment, Mr. President will forward it to us in the National Assembly. Those that need the amendment of the existing laws to be effected, Mr President will forward the bill for the amendment of those sections of the law to us. After all, we do public hearing; the reason for this is that after passing a bill, you do not know how Nigerian would feel about it. So, it is good to meet, look at Nigerians in the North, South and the states of the entire country and then we may consider it for an enactment. Some people have said that we shouldn’t be talking about a national conference. I am happy that Mr. President has disappointed Nigerians because some persons would have thought that the president who is from the South South where the oil used in running the economy of the nation is taken would not have fought for the unity of this country. But no, he has refused to preside over a discussion that promotes the division of Nigeria. That is why he has disappointed

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so many people. Mr President thought that he is from the smallest part of this country, and if it still pleases God to make him the president of this country, then there is something that God is trying to use him to accomplish for this country. Therefore he will not preside over the division of Nigeria. We all need to support the national conference. Akwa Ibom people are worried that the federal government has not provided infrastructure in the state in spite of its support to the administration and being one of the major oil producing states. The National Assembly appears not to be doing much too. What is your comment on this? I will agree to a certain extent that given our contributions to this government, we have not benefited enough from the investments of the federal government as compared to some states. I want to assure all Nigerians and in particular Akwa Ibom people that the president, the governor, I and all of us in the National Assembly are not resting; we are not taking it lightly, we are taking it in brotherly spirit but we are not complacent about it. We have raised it to the highest authority and it is being addressed. I want to say that most of the investments the federal government is doing on infrastructure goes to the transportation sector. As at today, the federal government is involved in rehabilitating existing rail lines and I had raised a memo to Mr. President, which I availed the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, that we are not benefiting as much as we are supposed to benefit

from the SURE-P projects. The answer I got was that the federal government is rehabilitating most roads and is funding some projects and are renovating existing roads and I told them that SURE-P funds is money that is made from savings of all the states of the federation from the subsidy on petroleum products. So, it is every state that contributes that money. Now, the state governments take their own, the federal government takes its own, the local governments also take their own, when they all take their own, they have plans for their own projects. Federal government has no area that is called federal government, it is all parts of Nigeria. So they are assuring me that they are going to apply it in the transportation project on this other states including Akwa Ibom, Abia, Cross River and Bayelsa states. Apart from the Federal Roads re-constructed by Governor Akpabio, the Calabar- Itu road, linking Akwa Ibom and Cross River states has become a deathtrap. Have you made any case for this? On the Calabar - Itu Road, what we have done is that I have raised it with the president and the Ministry of Works and some people suggested that we should do it on Public Private Partnership, but that after that, the road would be tolled. So, I said I would not agree to it because the LagosIbadan which we are providing N24 billion for this year, is not done on PPP; the second Niger Bridge, is not done on PPP; the Abuja- Kaduna, Kano- Maduguri is not done on PPP; the Lokoja- Benin is not done on PPP to be tolled. It is not my road, Calabar-ItuIkot Ekpene- Aba that would be done on the condition of PPP. So, recently we had a meeting, myself with Victor Ndoma Egba. We have written a joint letter to the Appropriation Committee which I serve and a letter to the committee on SURE-P and the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives, requesting at least N10 billion to be put on that Calabar - Itu Road. We have also proposed water project in the Ministry of Niger Delta and in the budget of NDDC. There is a provision in the Ministry of works but it is for rehabilitation and myself, Senator Ndoma Egba, Sen. Bassey Otu are working that we should not have these roads for rehabilitation. We are not having the road for reconstruction, we are having the road for dualisation.

Reps take on Service Wide Account CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 make it up.” The chairman of the committee, Hon Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, in his submission, said that, “I am taken aback, because what you are telling us is that, service wide vote is a slush account, it is an account that is used to settle the boys”. He said that the committee would ensure that it got to the end of the matter, stressing that,”we’ll not allow this to go under the carpet.” Needless to say that the service wide vote is a veritable drainpipe being used to help those who are managing it. Situations have arisen where under serious interrogation, people have had to say they

were invited to apply, and that they were told how the share- out was going to be. That is even better than a situation where somebody did not apply at all and suddenly found the fund to be a gift. That is not to say that there are some who refused to accept the gift, worried that it might afterall be a Greek gift. But not many were that morally upright. Rather, many saw it as their own share of the so called national cake. With such a spirit, the money is shared to the detriment of the nation. Service wide vote is yet again showing the underbelly of the corruptive tendencies in government today. When the whistle was blown on corruption in the petroleum subsidy, everyone saw the

incredible figures that mentioned. Like some other major sectors of the economy, the service wide vote has become an avenue to get rich overnight. With the revelations coming out of the budget defence about the corruption going on over it, the conclusion was that the service wide vote account should be scrapped. But will that be possible? The question is whether or not those in authority will have the gut to do the right thing – scrapping it. Except people are indeed sincere and ready to serve the nation transparently, it is obvious that a thing like the service wide vote will continue to be a drain pipe for some self-centred individuals who pretend to be serving the nation.


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“I DISCOVERED THAT BUSINESSES MOVE IN

LAGOS. ANYONE WHO IS DETERMINED CAN DO ANY BUSINESS AND SUCCEED IN

LAGOS. IN FACT, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING SELLS IN

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Man, family in deadly war over tribal marks... “ALL MY LIFE, I HAVE NEVER DISOBEYED MY FAMILY, BUT ON THIS MATTER, I WON’T GIVE UP. IT’S AGAINST MY FAMILY, FAITH AND THE LAWS OF THE LAND”

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‘You are an adulterer, leave my life alone’ •Bastard! –Wife

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FEMALE BREADWINNERS:

Are the men losing it? “I HAVE BEEN THE BREAD WINNER IN MY FAMILY SINCE OVER

I GOT MARRIED

19 YEARS AGO. I SELL

FOODSTUFFS AT

AGEGE MARKET.

THE ONLY THING MY HUSBAND DOES IS TO BUY A BAG OF RICE ONCE IN A WHILE.

HE LEAVES OTHER THINGS

IN THE HOUSE FOR ME”


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FOOD ON WHEELS Rise and rise

of the mobile restaurant

Madam Golf and her customers

Appropriately qualifying for ingeniously imbued business men and women, they make food available on the go. In this report NNAMDI ONYEUMA takes a look on the steadily growing mobile food business.

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traight from the oven; fresh, soft and sizzling hot, Oshomah Morgan’s collection of assorted brands of bread such as Queens’ Meal, Butterfield, Top Crust, Val-U and Sweet Heart, among others, compelled the buying action. Adding up, too, is the expert manner in which he arranged them in the booth of his Mercedes E20 car and the irresistible aroma oozing out from the pack. His bread is fresh and hot, but they are not the only exciting thing that is hot. The mobile restaurant and foods business, an emerging and increasingly growing phenomenon, itself, is also hot, today. Since the Lagos State government proscribed street trading, it has taken acute ingenuity of the desperate and determined to re-invent street trading through this phenomenal business on wheel. In an interview with Saturday Mirror, an obviously happy Morgan told the newspaper that he has been meeting his personal and family needs by selling bread four times a week, in Ikeja, and some suburbs of Lagos State where he has customers. “I used to be a stock broker; our office was at Marina, Lagos, but after the economic melt-down of 2008, I quit trading on stock to start this business,” he reveals. “I have been in this business since 2011. After supplying my clients, mostly table-top

sellers in the morning, I come here at close of work to sell, too,” he tells the newspaper. Like many Nigerians driven by the desire to survive against all odds, Morgan, a University of Benin, Edo State, graduate of Political Science describes his entry into the business as accidental. “When it became clear that I was not going to return to the stock trading business, I settled on trading on bread, just so my family will have food on the table,” he says. According to him, there are many things a paid job cannot help one achieve. “For instance,” he says, “I have total control of what I do with my time. I set a target on how much money I need to solve a pressing need and work hard for it. The incidence of an employer telling me there’s no salary at end month is over. I have enough time for myself and family, and many more.” He told the newspaper that the government is lacking in resources to provide everything the people need. “The government cannot have all the jobs people need. Someone must have to be creative,” he says. “Don’t misunderstand me,” he says, “while government has a responsibility to create jobs, individuals also have a responsibility to look beyond the government. I take the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) tragedy as a case study. Do you know that if you sell some of the phones some of those who

call themselves applicants are using, you can start this bread business? But our people would rather show-off than humbling themselves. How can someone be carrying handsets valued at N50, 000 to N70, 000 and still searching for a job? How much can you pay such a person? The wise person would convert the handset into cash to start something no matter how small. Businesses are humanbeings, too. They have life; you can nurture them,” the father of two, says. A typical young and restless, Morgan, interestingly, is not about selling bread alone. He also runs a taxi business on Wednesdays and most weekends. “This is just a stepping stone to re-launching myself; it’s not that I will die doing this. I come here four times in a week – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. After buying in wholesale and supplying in the morning, I find time to make more money by running a taxi business,” he tells Saturday Mirror. Coming from Mowe, a suburb of Ogun State, to 43, Awolowo Way, Ikeja, every business day, he says, “I make every outing count, because I will not put excuses on the table for my growing family.” Morgan has a busy schedule on a business day. He arrives at Ikeja at 6.00 in the evening and stays until 9.45 pm. Though his efforts are paying off, he told the newspaper that he plans to quit soon. “I have a target I set for myself and as soon as I am able to achieve it, I will quit this bread business,” he says. “My target,” he continues, “is to make true my passion for poultry farming. Aside providing for my family’s everyday needs, I am working on setting

up my poultry farm before the close of this year. That is the only reason that will make me call it quits in this business.” Morgan, an indigene of Edo State, admits to facing challenges in the business saying, “One major concern is the scarcity of smaller currency bills for change. Many times, we lose customers because we don’t have smaller bills for a customer that came with say, a N1, 000 bills.” “Again,” he adds, “Agberos, (a local parlance for street urchins) who operate in two different groups, give us (street traders) headache. Sometimes, we pay between N100 to N200.” While blaming the short in supply of smaller currency bills on the growing recourse to the Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which according to him, issues either a N500 or N1, 000 bills, he quickly adds, “but it is normal in all businesses.” A huge challenge to Morgan, perhaps, but when compared to the challenge faced by a woman popularly known among her customers as Madam Golf, it might just fade into insignificance. At 3, Adepele Street, Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, where Madam Golf holds court delivering money-worth delicious, tasty and quality meals ranging from Egusi soup, Jollof, white, and fried rice, vegetable stew and all sorts of sauces, to her customers mostly traders in the popular accessories market, business booms only but. Busy as the bee from morning till evening, attending to the food needs of her customers from all parts of the Village though, if Madam Golf had one wish to make, it would certainly be directed at nature! Unlike Morgan, saved the trouble of the scotching sun since his business peak is mostly at cool evenings, Madam Golf as with all her customers are exposed, willy-nilly, to a blazing sun as was the case on Tuesday March 18, when it seemed as if hell leaked only at the spot where she parked her ash colour Golf (GTI) car with registration number MUS 446 BH. The sun was hurting to the skin, yet seemed to have no adverse effect on the customers who queued to have a part of her food, dished to the size of their pockets. But more than anything else, perhaps, the satisfaction derivable from the consumption of her meals, readily explains why the booth of her car is forever a busy spot till close of business in the Village. Fielding questions to Saturday Mirror, she confessed to not having operated the conventional restaurant or attended any catering school. “I am naturally a good cook, having under-studied my mother, who is a superb cook,” she tells the newspaper. “I am just making plans to attend a catering school, but the only snag is that I am yet to replace my Service Girl. As soon as I am able to do that, I am game for further development on this field. I see the need because often there are opporCONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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‘Anything and everything sells in Lagos’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 tunities to cook for weddings and other social events and many think that until you go to a catering school, you can’t cook tasty meals. They forget that you can go through the best Catering School in the world and still be a bad cook,” she says. With Madam Golf ’s increasingly growing customer base, it seems safe to say that she counts among the few wise men and women, doing well and, who, aptly qualify as prefects of their classes – in mobile fast food merchandizing or restaurant on wheel business across Lagos and Nigeria, today. Mr. Stanley Elezi, a Litigation Officer with T.D. X Associate, situated on the same street and a customer, confirms Madam Golf ’s popularity. “Almost everybody in this Computer Village buys their foods from Madam Golf. Not only because she is a good cook or neat, but also her friendly nature. You know, human relation is important in all businesses. She has it all,” he says in an interview. Elezi would not brook any form of comparism with the conventional restaurants saying, “Truth is that the quality of Madam Golf ’s food is by far better than most conventional restaurants. The operators of some of these restaurants in shops do not have better cooking skills than what she offers us. Most of them (roadside restaurants operators) simply live on the glory that they rented a shop and called it a restaurant, but actually lack the quality needed to operate a restaurant,” Elezi stresses. According to Madam Golf, “With this business I have been able to assist my husband in no small measure. I am able to contribute when it comes to paying the children’s school fees and running the home. This is what it really means to ‘be a partner in the marriage union.’ It should not always be the man’s responsibility to provide for the home, because in most homes, today, men are out of jobs,” she points out. “In fact, anyone who does not know me in this market probably just started business here. From Ipodo to Awolowo Way and as far as under the bridge, people come here to buy food,” she says. Having been satisfying the people’s food needs for close to six years in the market, the name Madam Golf, seems to stick to people’s mind - the old and young, men and women; everybody. “I come here every day, except on Saturdays and Sundays. I am the true Computer Village Kitchen and so I wake up early enough from my residence at Agege, (an outskirt of Lagos), to be here. Whatever is the people’s food needs, I meet it,” she tells Saturday Mirror. However, she has fears. “The prices of food stuffs are steadily going up. If the government cannot create jobs, they should at least, stem this trend of riotous product prices. And, of course, encourage the right people with agriculture loans so people can farm. Often, what we have seen is government giving agriculture loans to people who have never been to the farm. This has to stop,” she advises. With employment opportunities scarcely available, the mobile restaurant and food business, an invention by those ingeniously imbued with the thinking mechanism like Madam Golf, appears to be a direct answer to government’s failure in the area of job creation. For the jobless

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and restless, like Mr. Tunde Kolawole, 29, who sells cakes, baked flour also known as ChimChim, beef rolls of all sorts, in his branded Tricycle, mobile trading is good thinking. At 5o, Awolowo Way, where he stations his tricycle and delivers service almost like the popular Mr. Biggs,’ Sweet Sensation, Tasty Fried Chicken or Tantalizer - it is possible to imagine how many customers these big four may be losing to the operators of restaurant and food on wheel across the nation, everyday, without knowing it. “I started this business three years ago after serving my boss for a year and six months. Before that I had sold Yogurt. I veered into this line of business when I saw that it had prospects, particularly, as there were few people ready to do it. Today, I thank God for what I have achieved sitting here all day,” Kolawole says. He told the newspaper: “I have another Tricycle also known as Keke Marwa, which someone manages for me and gives me returns everyday. I was able to acquire it through this business. This Tricycle you see is the second I have used.” Interestingly, those were in the past as he reveals that business has since dipped. “Business is no longer moving as it used to. The reason is

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because there are many soft drinks and people are venturing into the business in very small ways,” Kolawole, who lives around Ikeja metropolis laments. According to him, he is looking for other ways of augmenting his income and that he says, is by acting. “I am also into acting. I have played a part in many Nollywood films that are yet to be released. I was in Baby Wizard, Tomorrow Don Born (comedy), Heaven on Earth, and Aigbe, a film depicting Bini culture. I am a young man trying to survive and lead the good life,” he says. Kolawole like many others in the mobile food business did not just start with it. He had worked in places like Portharcourt, Rivers State, and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, but according to him, “I discovered that businesses move in Lagos. Anyone, who is determined can do any business and succeed in Lagos. In Portharcourt or Abuja, you must know the terrain and people to make a head way. In fact, anything and everything sells in Lagos.” Asked what his plans are in the next few years, he told the newspaper that he has set his eyes on leaving the shores of Nigeria. “I thought I would do this for a long time, but as things

are today, I will leave the country, God willing. I want to travel abroad. As soon as I am able to make enough money, I am off,” he discloses to Saturday Mirror. “It is the privilege of credit purchases which I get from my suppliers sometimes. It eases stress a little and I am hoping that business will improve. Yet beyond low sales, the unavailability of small currency bills like N10, N20, N50, N100 and N200 contribute to the poor returns on investment in the business nowadays. You sometimes have opportunities to sell, but without these smaller currency bills, the customer walks away, leaving you helpless. I really cannot understand why this is happening,” he says. Ogun State-born Idowu Koiki, who sells Bontel brand of handsets at 28, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, has lost interest in salary jobs. For Koiki, it would seem the death of the mobile trading business would mean the death of a passion. “I have lost the patience to wait till the end of the month to get paid a miserable salary,” the Sales Representatives says in an interview. According to him, “The daily money I get means so much to me and keeps me in control of my life and how I spend my time. I determine how and what I am paid. If sales triple, I go home happy,” he tells the newspaper. Not a surprise, for, Koiki, who is grossing four years in the sales business says, life tastes good. Though he declined to disclosing how much he takes home on a good day, he said that what he gets helps in meeting the needs of his family as well as, saving something for the rainy days. “I do not spend everything I get. I save some because one day, I would want to be on my own,” he says. Rightly said, for, the Koiki’s fighting spirit – survival - is the reason the mobile trading business has continued to grow and may probably never stop growing. Adding to it is the fact that there is no rent obligation just as the scarcely irritant disturbance from government officials over tenement rates, has equally helped it spread. But much more is the fact that you own the business and direct its growth rate.


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Female breadwinners The popular adage that says what a man can do, a woman can do better seems to be proving true in the Nigeria of today with lots of women fast becoming breadwinners in their homes. FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON examines the underlining factors of the trend and its impact.

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ebecca Ajayi works as an Account officer in a Lagos-based company and is presently separated from her husband after six years of marriage, which produced two children. She had met and married her husband in Lagos and after three years of marriage, the husband who also was working with a Lagos-based manufacturing firm lost his job. As all efforts by her husband to secure a new job fell short, it became the responsibility of Rebecca to pick the family’s bills, including but not limited to paying the school fees of their children. For Rebecca, it was such a huge burden on her shoulder but she encouraged herself until a few years ago. “After years of hardship and what seemed like a carefree attitude, I just had to leave. What is the essence of marriage if you have to shoulder the entire financial burden? I will pay the house rent, pay school fees, and feed the family and my husband cannot even lift a finger to help. All he kept looking for was a white collar job that was scarcely available. Couldn’t he have done something menial just to support me? He is just unconcerned about the whole thing believing that I will always have things done. I got tired of it all and walked out of the marriage. Now that I am separated from him, I know I have myself and the kids to feed. What nonsense?” she said almost in annoyance. She would have endured it all, but according to her, the elasticity of her patience was dragged to the limit a few years after a family friend helped her husband get a driving job, which he told them to their faces that he had no plans to do that kind of job. “I felt like a fool and had to do something to get out of the marriage,” Rebecca explained. Rebecca is not alone. There are many women, today, some uneducated and earn very little yet shoulder their family’s financial burdens mostly because their spouses are indolent. There are others, too, who are working class women, well-educated and highly-paid, on whose shoulders their family’s survival rests. This latter class, it is expected, would contribute more to the family upkeep. Indeed, this reversal in role and responsibility is not peculiar to Nigerian families. However in some countries, men whose wives take up such financial burden will also reverse the tide by relieving the said spouse of other burdens such as child upbringing, cooking and other domestic responsibilities. In Nigeria, however, the woman breadwinner in many families still take on the traditional wage-earning role of the man, while retaining all of her other responsibilities as a wife and mother. Mrs. Felicia Akpan, who is a fruit seller

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at Ketu market, told Saturday Mirror that Nigerian men have simply become lazy. The mother of four, who swells the ranks of emerging breadwinners says, “My husband doesn’t do anything for a living other than hanging around at various ‘joints’ with his friends. I hawked plantain for two years before I saved enough money to start selling fruits in this market. I pay my children’s school fees and I feed the family.” According to her with the rate at which some men in this country are abandoning their responsibilities, it has become necessary for human rights organisations to start arresting and charging them to court. “You will find a lot of them at the pubs when their wives are struggling so very hard to sustain the family. I have been picking the bills for my family for over five years and I am already used to it. I no longer rely on my husband for anything, because I know that the little he gets ends up in the beer parlor,” she says. Another woman on the same ‘role change’ page as Felicia, is Mrs. Abigail Ijiola. A petty trader, Abigail says, “I have been the bread winner in my family since I got married over 19 years ago. I sell foodstuffs at Agege market. The only thing my husband does is to buy a bag of rice once in a while, but leaves other things in the house for me. I also pay the children’s school fees; sometimes he will give half of the fees and tell me to produce the balance. It was my late father that gave me money to start this business when he saw the hardship I was going through in my matrimonial home. I would have loved to further my education, but how possible can that be with the condition of things at the home-front? I have only school certificate and we got married when I was just 19 years old. I may never go back to school, because the children are in school and I have to pay their fees. There are times I curse the day I got married; it has brought me nothing but pains and suffering. My friends who furthered their education come to buy foodstuffs from me and when I see how good-looking they are, I feel ashamed. My only consolation is the kids.” But Mr. John Eyoboka thinks there are underlining reasons for the way men behave towards women, not just their wives alone. According to him, the fear of losing the respect of their wives drives them to the cliff. “It is often dangerous to empower women because of the way they reason. But of course, some men enjoy it all when their wives are solely handling the family,” Eyoboka, who works in a private hospital in Yaba area of Lagos State, says. He, however, took a swipe at some women whom he blamed for giving such ‘lazy men’ the chance, adding that “if the man refuses to fend for his family and you know that he is not sick or incapacitated, why would you continue to live with such a person? Even if you don’t want to leave him then you shouldn’t feed him or cloth him, because if you do, you will only be encouraging him. Just focus on yourself and your children,” he says. Fielding questions from Abiodun

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Ogunkoya, a Psychologist at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, Lagos State, he told Saturday Mirror that a lot of factors are responsible for the increased rate of women breadwinners in Nigeria. According to him, the bad economic situation has contributed to the role change in most families more than anything else. “The cost of living today is really on the high side. Years back, the public schools were good and up to standards and virtually everyone attended enrolled in public schools. Today, the story is different. The public schools are in bad shape and so virtually every parent who wants the best for their children work very hard to afford the high school fees payable in private schools for their children. The amount spent paying school fees alone are enough to care for the entire family in those days. Another factor is that everything is so damn expensive now. What N10 can buy in some 15 to 20 years ago, N10, 000 can barely buy it now. Again, the infiltration done by the western culture and the clamour for new technology combined to pose very serious challenge to everyone. Now, it is almost becoming mandatory for all students to have computers to enable proper study and all these things cost money; they don’t come cheap,” he says. Ogunkoya also took cognisance of the decline in morality as, according to him, most young people today look for every easy avenue to make quick money. “They don’t want to work anymore,” he laments. “A lot of men, today, are lazy and only look for women who will carry their responsibilities for them. The women on their part appear desperate to be married and just go into marriage with the mindset that things will eventually change. With time, they discover to their shock that it is scarcely so,” he says. Although for some liberal men, there are no qualms in such a switch of role but for the women, it becomes frustrating to take the leading role in the family. . On what the psychological impact will be on children born into homes where their mothers are breadwinners, Ogunkoya explained that the effects are not usually palatable unless the woman is a tactful person. She must be the

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kind who does not make it obvious that she is actually the one making all the provisions. Ogunkoya recalls an experience of a woman, who became very infuriated that her husband wasn’t allowing her to take care of household responsibilities in their home. “The woman grew up in a home, in which her mother took care of all responsibilities. She was the bread winner while her husband basically depended on her to bring home the cheddar. The woman grew up thinking that this is the norm, and when she started dating, she always dated a particular type of men that are either in between jobs, unemployed, or with no future plans, until she fell in love with a wonderful guy, who grew up in a more traditional family setting where the father took care of most of the financial responsibilities. It was where trouble started. The woman’s husband thought it was very weird that his wife acted the way she did and he felt much disrespected because she will perform family financial responsibilities without discussing it with him. This was so because she felt that was the norm. Situations like that if not handled with care can really have a bad effect on the children. The female will grow up to think that it is normal for the woman to do that while the male children may end up becoming irresponsible men as common in today’s Nigeria,” Ogunkoya says.


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‘Niger Delta can produce another Agbani Darego’ Lynda Magada is a model who has now taken it upon herself to discover and develop models in order to move the modelling industry forward. She is especially driven by the fact that the first black Miss World is from the Niger Delta and she tells OSEYIZA OOGBODO that she has come up with a pageant that will soon discover another Agbani Darego from the same creeks Agbani came from.

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ell us about yourself. What can I say? I’m an Ijaw from the Niger Delta. I have passion for beauty pageantry and modelling. I’ve done several modelling jobs and I’m now discovering and developing models. I’m a graduate of philosophy from the University of Lagos. I also studied project management as a certificate course at the Unilag and I’ve been engaged in consultancy for many firms on project management. I’m currently studying for my Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Ghana, Legon. What major projects have you been involved in? The major project I have been involved in is consulting for Ijaw Monitoring Group, organizer of Miss Ijaw beauty pageant which produces the Ijaw Most Beautiful Girl during the National Association of Ijaw Female Students’ Convention. The process to produce this Miss Ijaw is very difficult because all universities, polytechnics and other institutions are involved. Each chapter of Ijaw female students on campus select the most beautiful girl among them in their various chapters and the winner moves to the national level during the convention to compete with other girls. Because of the number of qualified contestants from each of the chapters, the selection process is what I advice on and work out with the Ijaw Monitoring Group. And because of my experience, the selection process I adopted to choose the contestants is free from allegations. In Nigeria, beauty pageants are very controversial, but the hallmark of Miss Ijaw is integrity and transparency. What new projects are you presently involved in? The new project is the upcoming convention which is that of the

10th year anniversary of the National Association of Ijaw Female Students. In that convention, a new queen will emerge again. This coming pageant will however be tougher than the others because for the first time, a patriotic Niger Delta leader has donated a brand new jeep, therefore, the very best girls have been put forward so it will be a real task to choose the very, very best of the best. Another project I’m into which I will launch after my Master’s programme is the Most Beautiful Girl in the Creek, and it will cover the whole Niger Delta, not only Ijaws. We want the world to know that inside the creek there is beauty, after all it was the creek that produced the first black Miss World, Agbani Darego, and we can produce another Agbani that will stun the world again. Don’t forget that Miss Ijaw is for only Ijaws while the Most Beautiful Girl in the Creek is for the whole Niger Delta. What does the future hold for you? The future is very bright because I want people from the Niger Delta to be happy and express their talents, both in beauty and brains. My prayer is that sponsors should come out and encourage beauty and brains in the Niger Delta. What’s your view of the Nigerian modelling industry? The Nigerian modelling industry is very bright. There’s hope in the industry. It’s growing but not as fast as the movie and music industries because of lack of sponsors. In the movie and music industries, producers are their backbones but the modelling industry lacks such a backbone. Another problem of the modelling industry is that some people regard girls going for beauty pageants and modelling as people from wayward backgrounds and people who have nothing to offer. That is a very wrong impression. It was the same way people regard footballers, musicians

and filmmakers back then. That will not discourage those with brilliant ideas in the modelling industry. We are appealing to corporate bodies and individuals to give attention to the modelling industry like movie and music industries. What’s your advice to upcoming models? My advice to those in the modelling industry and beauty pageants is to remain focused. Those in the movie and music industries struggle very hard to get national and international recognition, therefore those in the modelling industry and beauty pageants should also be committed and we shall inevitably get to the level of Nollywood by being focused and hardworking.

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hen promising singer, Cynthia Morgan, released her new photos this week, it was with the hope that the salacious pictures would win her more fans and further enhance her brand. The reverse is what has happened however as several uncomplimentary remarks have trailed the pictures since their release. The pictures, which are on the verge of being extremely explicit, have generated so much negativity that Cynthia might not be feeling too happy with herself right now. One reaction advised her to go and improve her talent instead of relying on controversial pictures to make her more visible. Another was also as blunt, saying, “You change your complexion, body, hair, everything to look like someone else. It will never make you someone else, you will always be you. You need to learn to love yourself. I wonder what you’ll tell your daughter/ younger ones when they start to feel unpretty. Will you buy them their own Tura and fix weave and give them mineral oil injections in their butt? Or when your son/younger bros start saying they hate dark skin or slim girls, what would you say?” Still another was: “Haba why? I thought this babe knew better. Oh well. I blame the record labels these female artists are signed on to really. They should have psychologists, image consultants these ladies can talk to before projecting themselves as toys.” “It is a PITY, awful l must confess. One does not have to go NAKED to impress anybody,” reacted yet another. Even as Cynthia’s main motive in releasing the nude pictures is to promote her music, another reaction included its view of her music with its reaction to her scandalous pictures. “I am pained after watching the video in a bid to give benefit of doubt after seeing the razz pics!! Song is very noisy and daft!” Cynthia is signed on to the record label of Jude Okoye, P-Square’s elder brother who is also their manager.

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hat can best be described as tragedy has befallen highly demanded comedy actor, Hafiz Oyetoro better known as Saka. Also a lecturer at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos, his office is said to have been consumed by a mysterious fire, leading to an inestimable loss of his valuables. Saka found true nationwide fame and fortune when telecommunications giant, MTN, signed him as their brand ambassador by snatching him from their fierce rival, Etisalat.

hen it comes to romance, Rukky Sanda is one actress who has not really been linked with any man. Beautiful as they come, sexy, slim and attractive, Sanda is the type of lady that many men would do anything to have, yet no man has been linked her with all along. That came to an end this week however as it is being propounded right now that she and her colleague, Ghanaian actor John Dumelo, might just be more than colleagues and are dating. If they are indeed dating, they will just be continuing the recent trend of Nollywood-Ghollywood relationships with Chris Attoh and Damilola Adegbite as the most concrete example while that of Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari is believed to be nothing more than a publicity stunt.

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PMAN tackles COSON ... tells IBAN, BON not to pay royalties to COSON

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he yet-to-be-properly-resolved royalty collection war in Nigeria just got even messier as the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has told broadcasting stations not to pay royalties anymore to the only approved collecting society, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON). The war, which has become perennial, has basically been between the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) and COSON. While the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) licensed COSON as a collecting society, it didn’t do same for MCSN which is arguing there’s no reason there should be just a sole collecting society in the country. Late last year, the issue became very thorny when broadcasters affiliated to the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and the Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN) took the shocking step of banning the airplay of music of musicians registered with COSON. They hinged their decision on several reasons. One was that COSON was harassing them in trying to collect royalties from them. Another was that they were not even sure that they should be paying royalties to COSON since they were not sure if the collection issue had been properly resolved by the government. BON/ IBAN’s ban however brought the still-festering issue to the notice of the whole nation and the National As-

sembly waded into it, telling the stations to lift their ban. Since then, there’s been a sort of stalemate, with nothing much really being held about it again. This week, however, the issue has reared its hydra head again with PMAN’s statement to the BON/ IBAN stations not to pay royalties to COSON again. PMAN bases its stance on the fact that the National Assembly has directed that more collecting societies should be approved in the country. In a statement released to the media during the week, PMAN president, Kevin Lucciano Gabriel, said, “From our consultations with stakeholders and information gathered from the media, we can confirm that the issue of copyright, particularly the licensing of collecting societies or collective management organisation is a major issue that has been confronting majority of our music makers. “The National Assembly, which is the maker of the law and the representatives of the entire people of Nigeria, has come out clearly with its intention that the law as it is does not provide for monopoly in the business of collecting society and thereby directed the NCC to approve other societies forthwith. We expect the NCC to carry out this directive immediately. “We therefore want to warn here that BON and IBAN vis-à-vis their members should not negotiate or pay any royalty

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to COSON until the NCC carries out the directives of the National Assembly as contained in its Votes and Procedures of 18th December 2013, which have been formally notified to the NCC. Nigerian musicians have the constitutional right to choose which organisation or person to affiliate with and we believe in the same way that BON and IBAN members want to have freedom to choose from which market to source their music. “We would like to commend BON and IBAN who brought these issues to the fore recently. Their action has certainly woken up the average Nigerian musician from his slumber and made him realise that he is no longer the receiver of crumbs doled out by anyone or organisation. “PMAN in the days ahead would be following up with appropriate actions to ensure the creation of a conducive environment for the practice, exploitation of and remuneration for music and we call on appropriate government authorities and agencies, starting from the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to urgently step in and resolve this matter according to the directives of the Nigerian parliament. “PMAN strongly believes that once this copyright issue is resolved with justice and equity, our music industry, and indeed the entire entertainment industry would start to grow on the right and sustainable path.”

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Eleda Mi Artist: Olamide Chorus Eleda mi o, mi o, mi o Ori iya mi o, mi o, mi o Won fe ko bo la mi o, mi o, mi o Ma ma je kan ja mi o, mi o, mi o Ma ko le, ma ra le Ma lo wo se, ma ni motor, yeeey Ma se gun oso, ma se gun ota ye Wa sa golo de Port-Har Ma ko le, ma ra le Ma lo wo se, ma ni motor, yeeey Ma se gun oso, ma se gun ota ye Wa sa golo de Port-Har ye Verse 1 Them say the boy, e don dey puff up Say my belle, e don dey come up Eleda ma sun oya turn up Turn down for kinni We dey chop up Them won see me finish mo lock up Them say the boy e don dey fuck up Them don forget the time wey me and my guys no get shoes We dey only wear dunlop Olohun je ki a se konge ire Wabilliahi taofeek Eni to ba ro ku ro wa Ko ni ku Ko ni ru, sugbon a sick Wa bu omi fun mu ko le mu Wa bu onje fun je, kole je Awon to fe da te’yon ru Tan fe ba te’yon je Ba wo le se jé Chorus Verse 2 How many years now we dey on top Them say na juju we dey top up Debby treat me like i no get baba god for back Baba god wa lo turn up Na we boiling, them dey warm up Na we gangan the girls dey love up To hell with the champagne you won pop We getting money like person wey win world cup I see rolando All of them Messi no mercy no mercy for them o I tell them say te ba lo be Mercy mercy no mercy for them o Mo n jaiye lo o Mo get fila, ma wo be Omo baby, ma ro se Ilekun yen, ma close e Chorus Adlibs Ra le Ma ni motor Ma segun ota yee De Port-Har yeee Ra le Ma ni motor Ma segun ota yee De Port-Har yeee Eh eh eh Wo o, eh eh ye


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Naija Festival of Talents finally arrives to make the difference

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ext Saturday is set to be quite definitive for the Nigerian entertainment and creative industry as it is the day the Naija Festival of Talents, organised by highly rated entertainment personality, Obus Zalee, with the major backing of Xclusive 2 Divinity (X2D), Nigeria’s top gospel entertainment and lifestyle channel, will hold at the popular University of Lagos’ Main Auditorium. As a multi-talent himself, being a singer, comedian, MC, on-air personality, voice-over artist, motivational speaker, fashion designer and more, Zalee is understandably excited and passionate about his brainchild, NFT. “NFT is a child of necessity,” he told E-News. “It was borne out of the fact that Nigeria is blessed with so many talents that are just wasting away when they should be encouraged and developed. Putting it more clearly, NFT was conceived as our own quota to nation building because a nation that does not develop its talents will never be great and NFT will discover talents to be developed for the advancement of the nation.” Speaking further, he said, “It is very difficult to make money but much more difficult to make a difference and we’ve decided to make a difference through NFT, Christian Talents Club Nigeria, TakeDStand and our other initiatives. “I’ve been in entertainment for 32 years and for the last 19 years, I’ve been doing research that has made me realise that core values are not being enshrined in people and that’s why we are having problems in the country. “So that is how we are going to make the difference. We know it for a fact that if you don’t build the talents, you cannot build the nation. We have however realised that you have to build the talents in the right way. You have to enshrine the core values in them that will in return make them beneficial to the society. Therefore, we are going to teach these core values to the talents we discover at NFT, values that will let them know there is no point in being g selfish, that when they are successful they too should ould help others, and on and on like that.” While it seems as if it’s all plain sailing for NFT and its objectives, Zalee immediately refuted uted that it was. “Trying to do what we’re doing is not easy in the least bit. The major challenge we have ave is finance which is not readily forthcoming. If not for the passion and vision we have to make ake the difference, we would have given up, but ut I say it boldly now that nothing, not even lack k of resources, will stop this vision to discoverr and develop talents for Nigeria’s advancement. “All the same, it’s impossible to do what at we are doing all by ourselves so I must say we have a lot of support that we are very grateful for. For instance, the sound and lighting equipmentss we are using for NFT were given to us free just ust to support what we are trying to do. We have e also been getting support one way or the other er from several quarters and we are appealing to the he necessary people to come to our support.” Also speaking with E-News, Deji Irawo, Chief Responsibility Officer, X2D, said, “X2D is a part rt of the Naija Festival of Talents because we believe eve that entertainment has a very major role to play ay in national development through employment, nt, tourism and so on, so we came in as we want to contribute to the development of talents that will be worthwhile to the world. “I travel a lot across the country and I

burst out crying when I meet so many talented ented people who need development but have no support. upport. So we see NFT as an opportunity for us to help p these talents by supporting NFT in capacity development.” opment.” And shedding light on how they intend nd to develop the many talents they will discover, considering their meagre resources, Zalee said, “Development is the crux of the matter. But I can assure ssure you that we will develop them, financial limitations tations or not. There are ways to help them develop p through favour and the support of industry people le and establishments like X2D. Talent development nt is also the main task of Christian Talents Club.. CTC will run a skill service centre where singers, gers, comedians and so on will be auditioned, their heir materials will be assessed and they willl be mentored properly so they can have the right ght mentality that will take them places and let them know that if they can’t die for their own wn vision, nobody will.” Irawo was more practical, however, sayaying, “We might not be able to support and nd develop all the talents we discover but we e will definitely carry a lot of them along g and that will lead to others being carried d when they too as well start carrying some along.” And on why NFT was just a one-day event, considering the immense number of talents in the country, Zalee said, “We are doing our best to hold it in just one day for now after some years of trying to o make it a reality. We are sure however that hat after this first edition, it will be easier to hold the next one and it will eventually become ome a three-day, even week-long event.” Concluding, he said, “NFT won’t be about discovering talents alone, though. There will also lso be performances by established artists that include Aity Inyang, Righteousman, Bekes and nd many March ma any others. So you better be at NFT on Marc ch 29th something 29tth as we believe that somethin ng unusual un nusual will happen n there. We don’t do on’t know what it is yet, but it just jusst might be a miracle.”

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Marriage issues begin to tail Juliet Ibrahim

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any people see Juliet Ibrahim as a beautiful, fun loving actress. They also see her everywhere without any restrictions and think that she is single and not married. For those who think she is single, she is married and even has a son, Jayden. But for those who know she is married, especially in her native Ghana, they are saying that her marriage is in trouble and that she and her husband, Kwadwo Safo, have separated. Alarmed, the actress has come out to deny that she’s having marital issues and claimed that all is very well in her marriage. Speaking with Ghana’s Razz newspaper, she said, “I think people should mind their own business and worry about better things affecting the industry. Do you know how often I am with my family? Why would anybody want to say that acting is taking much of my time and away from my family?” In the entertainment world, though, marital issues begin as a rumour. History has it on record that for many celebrities whose marriages crashed, the world first heard about them having marital issues as a rumour that was initially denied then became crystallised later. Funke Akindele is a recent example. Hopefully, Juliet’s will turn out to be just a rumour.

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Death predictions hover over Ghollywood ... Yvonne Nelson, Nadia Buari, Batman Samini affected

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ithout any doubt, this is not a good time for the Ghanaian entertainment industry. One of their men of God, Prophet Samuel Baffour, has predicted that two of their leading actresses, Yvonne

Nelson and Nadia Buari, might die. They were not the only ones he says death might visit, as he added the music artist Batman Samini and the actor Lil’ Win, among others, to his unwelcome list.

Baffour, who is the head of El-Shaddai Prayer Centre, was said to have made his deathly prediction at radio station Channel R 92.7 FM, also said that it’s all a security issue and that the celebrities should come and see in person.

Movie marketers subdue Mercy Johnson ... begs them for mercy

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hen it became public last year that movie marketers had decided last year to ban top actress, Mercy Johnson, for reasons best known to them, but which were speculated to be because she was charging them too much to feature her in their movies, the initial reaction of the actress, who is not a stranger to issues, was one of nonchalance. Commenting on her purported ban, she said, “If you cannot afford stout, go for kai-kai.” Now, the latest gist about her faceoff with the marketers is that she has gone to beg them to lift their ban on her as she had begun to feel its negative effects. Back when their fracas started, the actress’ voice was being heard, react-

ing to it. When she went to beg, however, nobody heard, but trust the marketers, ers, they spilled the beans, so as to leave no one in doubt bt that they won their battle. le. According to their eir statement, released d by Norbert Ajaegbu on behalf of their association, Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria, FVPMAN, theirr war was ended because use Mercy knew when to say sorry and had done all they expected of herr so they had no choice than to accept her apology.

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hether you like it or not, the first admirer of any fashionista is the mirror. Once the mirror disapproves your appearance in any way, there is surely a problem. To fix this problem very well is this particular collection from Nigerian designer, Amaka Osakwe Of Maki Oh. She called it “Mirror Me�, and explained that the collection was birthed from her imagination of a woman at her mirror feeling on top of the world. The collection‛s layout goes on to ask

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if the woman who stares at herself in the mirror for a long time or over and over is mad or not. Filled with soft silk blouses, tailored dresses, aso-oke materials with lurex thread applied in variants and tie and die fabric patterns, the collection paints a picture of self-love and anti-love of oneself in the choice of outfits. Her artistic touch on each design makes them look real, raw and rich in culture.


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frican women, from time immemorial, have always been known to be comfortdriven when it comes to whatever they wear. Usually long and flowy, their fabrics are most times traditional. Though today, most of their designs are seen as old school, the fact still remains that dressing comfortably in whichever way one may choose determines looking good. Here are some tips to help you in this regard: Think about what you are dressing for, and consider the dress code: If you are dressing to go to work, it is still important to be comfortable in addition to looking good. Buy clothes that fit: Make sure that your clothes fit perfectly before buying them. Avoid buying things online unless you are sure

of the fit. Clothes that are too loose could annoy you by flapping around you, while clothes that are too tight will also feel uncomfortable and restraining. Walk around in shoes before you buy them. Uncomfortable shoes can be the source of lots of pain and general discomfort. Make sure that you can stand for a while in your shoes before buying them, and try walking around the store in them. Try to look for stylish clothes that are also comfortable than go for stylish clothes without considering their comfort levels. Avoid wearing clothes just because they are in vogue: Everyone‛s comfort level is different, so stay true to yourself and don‛t make yourself uncomfortable just to look good.


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Bathing with cold water is the best –Quincy Ayodele

Quincy Ayodele is not just the Queen of Herbs as it is popularly believed, she is also a beauty queen. In this interview with YEMISI ADENIRAN, she spoke about her style secrets. Excerpts:

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ou are indeed living what you practice. What’s the secret behind your trim shape after four children? Well I thank God for His help. I wouldn’t say it is solely because of what I engage in because there are lots of others who might have done the same or even more but had no good result to show for it. It is God who makes things work or happen. Having said this, I make physical exercise a compulsion on my daily agenda. I jog every morning at least I do five miles every morning, do water therapy before I eat every morning. I also make it a point of duty to do other exercises and bathe with cold water before setting out to work. Are you saying bathing with cold water is better than hot or warm water as it is popularly believed? I must stress here that cold water is very good for the skin. It invigorates the skin, keeps the body firm and even energises the system What special thing do you as

beauty routine? I don’t do anything extra. I begin each day with prayers which I believe is fundamental to all things that I will engage in on that day. Then, I am a principled eater. I don’t eat just anything but I take a lot of fruits, nuts and vegetables. Like I said earlier, I drink lots of water. Water is good for the cleansing of the system, digestion and makes one feel very light. I begin my routine with prayers. As a body slimming expert, what do you advise women to do to keep fit and trimmed without any stress? I advise that they get disciplined with what they eat and do a lot of physical exercise. Above all, they should communicate with their God in prayers first thing in the morning. When they do this, it will give them a freer mind to go about their daily endeavour and will also make them look beautiful and strong for the challenges of the day. They should eat light and drink a lot of water. They should find time to relax too. When one is stressfree, he or she will not age quickly.

Fashion Trivia Fashion meets culture as Bisola Edun unveils Collection

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ne of Nigeria’s emerging fashion brands, Taé, a design label from Bisola Edun, has unveiled an explosion of prints and delicious patterns called “Sensual Al Maghreb”. The collection stems from the King-

dom of Morocco, and takes its primary inspiration from any architecture shaped by centuries of cultural influences like the imposing arches and domes of mosques, to furniture and crockery. It is perfect for all ladies who wish to feel feminine and

are looking for something printastic and light for the summery weather. The beautiful print fabrics in soft flowing cuts are quite a good projection for summer It combines the vibrant red orange hues reminiscent of African sunsets with vivid

contrasts of yellow, green and blue that form the Casablanca landscape. The fluidity of the collection evokes languid, sensual nights suffused with the heady, stimulating scents of herbal teas, delicate spices and African cuisine.


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Male Essentials

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Rolex watch. It’s the 800-pound gorilla in the room for any man thinking about buying a watch. Around one million watches a year come out of Switzerland with the Rolex crown on the dial and, not for nothing, it’s the most recognised luxury mechanical watch in the world. Pick anyone at random and ask them to name a watch company, the odds are fantastic that it’ll be Rolex. Rolex is often the first nice watch a guy considers, but until pretty recently, a lot of serious watch enthusiasts would do everything they could to talk someone out of buying one (and in a manner usually only used to talk a jumper off a ledge). Over the last few years, however, things have changed dramatically. In a pretty short time, Rolex has gone from being the brand watch lovers loved to hate to being one of the most collectible and often-worn watch brands in the world. And this comes from the very same group of watch nuts that used to dismiss it as a brand for naive new money only. So, what changed? It isn’t the watches, at least not dramatically. One of the most interesting things about Rolex is what it doesn’t do. It doesn’t come out with dramatically new watches every year. In fact, it doesn’t come out with dramatically new watches any year. Unless you’re a hardcore Rolex collector, you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a Submariner from 1964 and one from 2014, and they’re so conservative in design that a change of two millimetres in case size is as big news in the watch world as a solar-powered Lamborghini would be for car guys. What has changed, though, is what people see in them. You can buy a Rolex for any number of reasons, but a main one is that they keep their value pretty well, unlike many expensive luxury watches. I always hope that someone spending 5, 10 or 20 thousand dollars on a watch is doing so because they actually like it and they hope to be still looking at it 10 years from now, but we all get older and tastes change. If you do find yourself with buyer’s remorse down the road, it’s nice to know you stand a good chance of getting a decent chunk of your ill-spent money back. Alternatively, if you’re the sort of guy who thinks showing off your first big score on the street by buying a Ferrari is only slightly less tacky than buying a dozen 40s of malt liquor and binge-watching back episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it might bother you to wear a watch so many people still think of as a favourite of newly minted millionaires with more money than sense. (If you are such a person, though, you should also know that, nowadays, there are other watch brands far more likely than Rolex to be on the wrist of the guy who just bought the mansion up the street.) Oddly enough, one of the main reasons watch snobs used to look down on Rolex was that they were thought

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to be technically uninteresting. Now, the number of people who buy Rolexes wanting to know about how a watch movement is engineered are probably a tiny fraction of the number buying. But, if you want a really reliable, accurate, sturdy watch that can go pretty much anywhere, you can stop looking with Rolex, any Rolex. From the Submariner to the GMT Master to the Daytona, they’re so well made that a lot of people who work in the watch industry wear one. I’ve lost track of how many luxury watch brand executives have told me (very much off the record) that their first good watch was a Rolex and that they still wear it on their days off. Many classic Rolex models have fantastic history behind them, too, like the GMT Master, which was first made by Rolex for Pan Am pilots in the 1950s and has been a favourite among professional pilots (and frequent flyers) ever since. And then, of course, there’s the absolutely insane world of vintage Rolexes,

and the poster child for vintage Rolex lovers, Mr. James Bond. Sean Connery’s probably sold more Rolexes than all the watch stores in New York, Paris, Beijing and Geneva combined. Partly because of today’s interest in authenticity, vintage Submariners and other Rolex sports watches can sell for crazy amounts of money. Collectors obsess over nearly invisible differences between vintage models, but tiny differences in lettering or dial colours can be the difference between a 5- or 50-thousand pound watch. And now that watch collecting is attracting the same ultra-wealthy obsessives that keep the art auction world in the green, new records are being set almost daily. Though the word “bubble” is starting to drift to the surface, for now, at least, enormous sums are being spent on desirable collectible models. The Rolex Daytona, a pretty straightforward workhorse sports watch, is just one example. At a Christie’s Rolex Daytona-themed

auction last November in Geneva, a socalled “Paul Newman” Daytona went for a staggering $1,088,889. Lucky for the rest of us, there are still (relatively) affordable vintage Rolexes around, but, gents, let’s be careful out there. As with anything valuable, fakes abound and even experienced collectors can walk into a trap. Another reason people buy Rolexes is, of course, exactly the reason some people don’t buy Rolexes, which is that they are so widely recognised. It’s easy to sneer at being too influenced by what you think other people will think of what you wear, eat, drink or drive, but, let’s face it: We all like making a good impression, and enough people live by “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” for whole industries to be based on the belief. If you think a Rolex tells other people you’ve made it, or if it makes you feel like you’ve made it, you should buy the one you like best and wear it with pride. After all, it’s your money and it’s your wrist.


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t is a foregone conclusion that love, in its infancy, does many things to many people. Newly wedded couples most times start off with a mutually unspoken idea of doing things together in most cases and these include house chores and sundry other things. As time goes on, with the advent of both partners having careers to build and the addition of children in the equation, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a semblance of doing house chores together if at all the man does it. The idea of who does what therefore, has become a major source of domestic/marital conflict with women mostly resenting the idea of both partners working and only them having to combine her job with house chores and other domestic issues. This has especially been brought to the fore with the changes that women liberation has brought to our cultural values. Traditionally, the African woman has assumed the role of the home maker with the inclusion of house chores and child care responsibilities, even while juggling with a very demanding career or a time consuming business. The men on the other hand, are still living in a dream state where being ‘the lord of the manor’ is the norm and not the exception. The question therefore is this; should men actively partake in the house chores, thereby sharing or having joint responsibilities or should it still be the exclusive forte of the woman? In other words, should it be gender based because one is a woman or not? The above questions raise the issue of conjugal roles and gender. That a girl child is a female does not mean she should be the only child to learn to cook in a house full of boys. Or learning how to wash clothes or sweep the house. The world has gone beyond that set of role playing. The only problem here is that as many men now see the usefulness of having partners that are in the labour force, which has

influenced the cultural values we have, especially in the agreement of joint caring of the children, it has not been translated into the way we behave or see each other’s roles in the home. Most men are not culturally motivated to do child care and house chores after marriage because of the perceptions of their parents which are broadly gender based. Most cultures in Nigeria won’t even allow the boy child to sweep the house or cook when a girl child is available and this is very wrong. This cultural attitude has transcended beyond the boy child to when he becomes an adult. That we have different perspectives on who should do what in the home does not mean that our beliefs are right. No one is a slave or should be seen as a slave in the marriage. If household responsibilities or chores are seen as labours of love, the issues of who does what will not even come up. On another level is the fact that a lot of men who are domesticated, most often, believe rightfully or not, that their partners will take them for granted, vis-à-vis the fact that a lot of partners as humans, take things for granted and will heap the chores on the man. And before you say it’s impossible for a woman to do such, I’ll ask you to look around you and tell me honestly that there are no women in our immediate society who have abandoned the house hold chores they do to their partners. Be that as it may, as for me, I believe that it should be shared as a joint responsibility. The act itself creates bonding and this is an avenue for partners to get to know each other more. Couples who go about sharing acts of household chores also unknowingly create time for other things to do through time sharing and management. The essence of marriage is for companionship and assistance; therefore, sharing chores in the home is the first form of spousal assistance one can talk of.

SEX TALK

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Sex drive patterns: How do men differ from women?

 Women want to connect first, and then have sex. For men, sex is the connection.  Women want to talk first, and then have sex. For men, sex is the language of intimacy.

Birds do it, bees do it, and men do it any odd time. But women will only do it if the candles are scented just right -- and their partner puts them in the right mood. A stereotype, no doubt, but is it true? Do men really have stronger sex drives than women? Well, yes, they do. Study after study illustrates that men’s sex drives are not only stronger than women’s, but much more straightforward. The sources of women’s libidos, by contrast, are much more difficult to pin down. It’s common wisdom that women place more value on emotional connection as a spark of sexual desire. But women also appear to be heavily influenced by social and cultural factors as well. According to sexperts, sexual desire in women is extremely sensitive to environment and context. Here are seven patterns of men’s and women’s sex drives that researchers have found. Bear in mind that individuals may vary from these norms. 1. Men think more about sex. The majority of adult men under 60 think about sex at least once a day. Only about onequarter of women report this level of fre-

quency. As men and women age, each fantasize less, but men still fantasize about twice as often. In a comprehensive survey of studies comparing male and female sex drives, social psychologists found that men reported more spontaneous sexual arousal and had more frequent and varied fantasies. 2. Men seek sex more avidly. Men want sex more often than women at the start of a relationship, in the middle of it, and after many years of it, researchers concluded after reviewing several surveys of men and women. Men also say they want more sex partners in their lifetime, and are more interested in casual sex. Men are also more likely to seek sex even when it is frowned upon or even outlawed: • About two-thirds of men say they masturbate, even though about half also say they feel guilty about it. By contrast, about 40% of women say they masturbate, and the frequency of masturbation is smaller among women. • Prostitution is still mostly a phenomenon of men seeking sex with women, rather


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House work not for women only

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This column is x-rated than the other way around. • Nuns do a better job of fulfilling their vows of chastity than priests. Researchers cite a survey of several hundred clergy in which 62% of priests admitted to sexual activity, compared to 49% of nuns. The men reported more partners on average than the women. 3. Women’s sexual inclinations are more complicated than men’s. What turns women on? Not even women always seem to know. Researcher showed erotic films to men and women. They asked them about their level of sexual arousal, and also measured their actual level of arousal through devices attached to their genitals. For men, the results were predictable: Men said they were more turned on by depictions of male-female sex and the measuring devices backed up their claims. For women, the results were more surprising. Women said they were more turned on by male-female sex. But genitally they showed about the same reaction to male-female, male-male, and female-female sex. 4. Women’s sex drives are more influenced by social and cultural factors. • Women’s attitudes towards (and willingness to perform) various sexual practices are more likely than men’s to change over time. • Women who regularly attend church are less likely to have permissive attitudes about sex. Men do not show this connection between church attendance and sex attitudes. • Women are more influenced by the attitudes of their peer group in their decisions about sex. • Women with higher education levels are more likely to have performed a wider variety of sexual practices (such as oral sex); education makes less of a difference with men.

This column is x-rated • Women are more likely than men to show inconsistency between their expressed values about sexual activities such as premarital sex and their actual behavior. 5. Women take a less direct route to sexual satisfaction. Men and women travel slightly different paths to arrive at sexual desire. Women’s desire is more contextual, more subjective, more layered on a lattice of emotion. Men, by contrast, don’t need to have nearly as much imagination. Sex is simpler and more straightforward for them. That does not mean that men do not seek intimacy, love, and connection in a relationship, just as women do. They just view the role of sex differently. Women want to talk first, connect first, and then have sex. For men, sex is the connection. Sex is the language men use to express their tender loving vulnerable side. It is their language of intimacy. 6. Women experience orgasms differently than men. • Sexperts say men, on average, take four minutes from the point of entry until ejaculation. Women usually take around 10 to 11 minutes to reach orgasm -- if they do. • 75% of men report that they always have an orgasm, as opposed to 26% of the women. 7. Women’s libidos seem to be less amenable to drugs. While men’s sex drives are seemingly more directly tied to biology when compared to women, it may be no surprise that low desire may be more easily treated through medication in men. Men have embraced drugs as a cure not only for erectile dysfunction but also for a shrinking libido. With women, however, the search for a drug to boost sex drive has proved more elusive.

f you are told to list the various roles of a husband and his wife as individuals and as a couple, it is very unlikely that you will include “home management” or “cooking, cleaning and doing laundry” on the man’s list or on the list of “joint chores”. This is because the general opinion is that house chores, childcare and the like are to be handled by the woman and if by any chance, the man decides to do any chores, his wife should appreciate him for ‘helping’ her as against playing his role in the home. But is this ideal? In the opinion of a United States based writer, conflict over domestic duties around the house is second only to conflict over money in a marriage. I totally agree! As silly and mundane as it may sound, couples fight over who does what around the house almost as much as they fight over money. Many surveys and studies point out that even though many women have full time office jobs outside the home, they still tend to do most of the household chores. This causes frustration which would naturally affect their relationships with their husbands. In this day and age where husbands and wives both have full-time jobs and have very little time at home, it is quite difficult for the woman to do all the house chores. The inability to do house chores increases as children join the family. This is because a wise mother would rather spend time bonding with her children and helping them out with home-work and other needs, instead of sweeping, scrubbing and mopping. Unfortunately, in most homes, except the woman does the chores, the house will be filthy and unkempt. And no matter how full the woman’s hands are, her husband is not likely to do some chores to make the home more habitable, rather, he will harass the woman for not being able to keep a home. She is supposed to be a ‘super woman’, right? Men hate to admit the fact that most men are domestically lazy; they simply hide this fact under the umbrella of “it is the woman’s duty to keep the home”. Of course, there are exceptional men who are very domestic. They cook clean and do laundry without making a fuss about it. Women who have such men as husbands are blessed and if they are wise, they will not take the men for granted by becoming laid back and leaving all house chores to the men. In my opinion, it is the woman’s primary, not sole responsibility to ensure that the house is neat and tidy at all

times. However, a man should be able to take responsibility for certain house chores on a continuous basis. Simply put, house chores should be shared between the man and the woman, and after a while, the children can be assigned to handle some chores as they grow. Like in most issues of life, there are no hard and fast rules. Couples have different peculiarities and circumstances surrounding them. Therefore, every couple ought to agree on what is appropriate for each person to do, that is, what each person’s “role” in the relationship is, etc. The primary aim should be to ensure that the marriage relationship is blissful and the home is well managed. The easy way to handle issues regarding who should do house chores is for the couple to see marriage as a business partnership. The business is running the house - keeping financial records, maintenance, shopping, planning, cleaning, cooking, child care, etc. When the business runs smoothly, peace and harmony is guaranteed. When a couple can divide chores in a way that both spouses feel satisfied with the outcome, they are showing mutual respect for one another. In order to avoid the conflict that surrounds the debate on house chores, some couples (most times, the women) engage house helps or professional cleaners to ensure that the home is spick and span all the time. However, this does not obviate the need for you to do some washing and cleaning from time to time. For instance, the master’s bedroom ought to be cleaned and maintained by the couple and not a third party. A woman may also take personal responsibility for cleaning her baby’s room for obvious reasons. Marriage can be heaven on earth if each party to the ‘contract’ decides to make it so. Women should not nag if their husbands choose not to be domestic and men should not harass their wives for not being able to keep the home clean especially when they (the men) do not handle any chores. Keeping a home is not as easy as it seems. Men are very quick to compare their wives’ manner of keeping their homes to how their (the men’s) mothers kept their homes in those days. They fail to consider the major differences in peculiarities surrounding the two homes under comparison. So are women solely responsible for keeping the home clean and tidy? I don’t think so.


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‘Working for others, not good for women’ Two things that will keep Nigerian fashion designers in uga, business always, according to Mrs. Feyisayo Okunnuga, e the Chief Executive Officer of Culture Gate House, are ng these attributes of Nigerian women. “They love looking good and cannot but have parties to attend,” she tellss YEMISI ADENIRAN in this interview.

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here are so many people going into the business of fashion ashion hat do designing these days. What’s your attraction and what you think is giving you an edge? d days. I have always had passion for colours right from my childhood ne with Most of the time, when watch the televison and I see border’s line different colours, I just love to sit down and watch. I am a colourr frick. hen the This love for colours grew into love for beautiful fabrics and then e while passion for making them into designs that are irresistible. All the I was growing up, I discovered that I could not take away my eyess from d tthose hose ho se beautiful things and I kept noting any style I came across and that came into my mind. I just knew that it was a matter of time for me to settle down to the real business of sewing and designing. As forr what has given me an edge, I guess God has helped me to be able to attract served, people in this particular endeavour where as you rightly observed, ecause many people are involved. I don’t want to say it is over flooded because more people will still join as it is a flourishing set up. My ability to o com comom-bine colours, I would say, has also been standing me out. Many of my wn and customers today just walked in with loads of materials to be sewn aw me this they always say was because of the different designs they saw ecause displayed in the shop. Some others would say they came to me because of one design of mine they saw on one person or the other. They hey are ations. always impressed and attracted to my choice and colour combinations. igning Don’t you think the many people coming into the designing world would cause a negative impact on business? I don’t think so. Apart from my own belief of the more the merrier, as long as one keeps improving on his or her designs everyday, he or she n busiwill definitely remain in business. Besides, I don’t see the fashion en. Niness having any problem because of the nature of Nigerian women. gerian women, from my own observation are party lovers. They always have something to celebrate and looking good on such occasionss is always their top priority. This celebration also involves religious events like Easter, Christmas,Eid-el kabir, anniversaries and others like e naming, birthdays, house-warming, funeral and chieftaincy ceremonies. monies. So, you see, there is always something to celebrate and designers’ s’ help n their will always be sought. Only those designers that are laid back in designs may be pushed out of business. What’s your assessment of the industry? It is one business that is open to everyday growth. It has really grown

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and is affecting the international world. I must stress here that Nigeria’s got real and raw talents when it comes to fashion designing. Everyday, you see designs that keep amazing even the international world. One of our fabrics that has been pushed into other nations is the Ankara fabric. Everyone has come to accept and adopt it into their world. The industry is really doing well. How do you combine your workload as a designer with your duties at home? Thank God I am on my own because I don’t see how I could have done it easily if I were working for anybody. I work very late, resume as early as 7 am most times. But you see, I wake up early to do my house chores, prepare the kids for school

wives. Men are permitted to go out and work. Women should be at home, in one business or the other that will allow them generally oversee the affairs of their children and the home as a whole. Real men don’t allow their women or wives work for another person. And this is biblical because God said it in Genesis that men should till the ground, that is farm, work and bring food to the house. God knew the challenge of child-bearing and other responsibilities in the home are just enough for a woman, so, He did not add daily work to it. In other words, it is not fair on the part of the women to combine child-bearing with other things like going out to work. It is better for men to double their efforts to cater totally for their homes. They expose their wives to

REAL MEN DON’T ALLOW THEIR WOMEN OR WIVES TO WORK FOR OTHER PEOPLE. AND THIS IS BIBLICAL, BECAUSE GOD SAID IT IN GENESIS THAT MEN SHOULD TILL THE GROUND, THAT IS, FARM, WORK AND BRING FOOD TO THE HOUSE and tidy the house. It’s all about planning, but I must tell you that being on my own has really been of good help. I also have people that assist me every now and then. Is anything wrong with women working for others? A lot of things are wrong with it. Women are fragile and they should be allowed to stay closer to their homes. Except when there are no alternatives, women shouldn’t work for anyone because it will complicate their lives. It wouldn’t allow them take care of their homes as much as they should. It would weigh them down and affect their kids and husbands negatively. Imagine a woman who is pregnant running everyday to work at Ikoyi or Victoria Island. How healthy or how safe can she or the child be? And then, if she closes by 6pm, when do you expect her to get home to be able to care for her home? Except on weekends or days that she doesn’t go to work would she able to do that? It is dangerous even on the home; she is unable to see to the welfare of her kids and if she has a house girl, she opens her husband and kids to the risk of house girl’s pranks. Her own health is equally at jeopardy if she doesn’t find something to do about it. What then do you advise? My honest idea is that husbands of such women should ensure that they establish a business for their

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all kinds of danger when they go out to work. It is not good on their health and their social well-being. Women, on their own need to be on their own to be able to have more time for their home. Every man loves to come to the warm embrace of his wife and kids and meet his food ready on the table. Working round the clock as a woman will definitely create an uneasy environment in the home. The man is the leader of the home and they must take up their leadership mantle to make the home a success. If not fashion designing what would you have been doing? If not fashion, it would have been nothing. I simply wouldn’t have had anything doing. My passion for sewing is strong, so, I don’t see myself doing anything else. What do you advise young designers like you? I would like to encourage them to be focused and discover something that would carve a niche for them in this job. They shouldn’t just be copying others, they should be more creative, engaging their minds and brains all of the time. They should not feel or get intimidated by the incoming of new designers, they should just be focused and try to impress their own world. There is a world for each person and it is going to be well. They should be more prayerful, watchful and be happy.

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Is this the most virile man in the world? • G e n e ro u s sperm donor has fathered 98 children • P r o v i d e s his services free of charge - and through having sexual intercourse • Has 80 percent strike rate, that is, he gives 80 per cent of the females he has sex with a child

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Dutch man has been hailed Europe’s most virile man after his charitable sperm donating led him to father 98 children. Ed Houben started out in 2002 donating sperm to a sperm bank, but now donates the ‘natural’ way God intended, he says. Mr Houben was a virgin until the age of 34 but is now thought to be the most prolific charitable sperm donor in the world. He helps couples with fertility problems to have children free of charge. And, rather than using beakers and syringes, he gets women pregnant the old-fashioned way - which, he says, “Has a much better chance of conception.” He adds, “People probably think, ‘Oh, he has sex without responsibility,’ but usually I’m the only person people can talk to if it doesn’t work.’ His latest child, number 98, is Madita. Her mother is a 28-year-old nursery nurse, who explains she simply never found the right man. Desperate for a child, she began to look for a sperm donor such as Mr. Houben. And the sex? She explains they got to know each other beforehand. For couples where there are husbands in tow, he explains, “They are beyond these feelings of, “Ooh, there’s a stranger sleeping with my wife.” He also keeps a list of mothers and children to try and reduce the risk of any mix-ups or interbreeding in the future. “If, later on, one of my children meets someone who doesn’t know who his natural father is, he can consult this list,” he says. He has sown his seed around the globe but usually waits for women to come to him these days at his home in Maastricht, although he still makes exceptions if his partners are entering

a particularly fertile period, provided they pay his travelling expenses and accommodation. His ‘family’ lives in cities like Berlin - three children - and in Holland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France and even New Zealand. He began donating sperm to local clinics. Then he found there was a market for procreation the natural way and he has never looked back. He uses numerous websites to connect with childless women desperate to conceive. They know Mr Houben has a good pedigree; he gives 80 per cent of the females he has sex with a child. All his partners must submit medical records showing they are disease and drug free while he reciprocates. Included in his paperwork is a semen analysis known as a ‘spermiogram’ that shows he is the real deal. A sperm count of less than 20 million shows the potential donor is ‘not a good prospect.’ The prospects are increased for sperm counts of 80 to 100 million. Mr Houben’s count is 100 million. “I don’t fire blanks!” he jokes. Sperm banks generally charge around four to five thousand pounds for insemination. Mr. Houben does it for free. He used to get his partners to sign documents waiving legal claims to child support. But after being advised by a lawyer it wouldn’t hold up in court, he now relies on ‘good faith’. “If all the mothers decided to sue him for maintenance, he would be paying them off for the rest of this life, and the next,” says one family lawyer.


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Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression

Praising your child the right way A Tiny Feet lot of moms and dads struggle with finding the right balance when it comes to praising their kids: How much is too much? How much is too little? Is quantity that important, or is it the quality of praise that really matters? While there’s no secret formula, experts say understanding the when, where, and how of praising is an important tool in raising confident kids with a healthy sense of self-esteem.

Tips for giving practical praise Praising your kids is an important part of building their self-esteem and confidence. But before you break out in applause, there are some important dos and don’ts to keep in mind that will help your child find value in your words of encouragement Be specific. Instead of say-

ing, “You’re such a good football player,” say, “You hit the ball really hard and you are an excellent” Being specific is much better and helps kids identify with their special skill, Berman says. Be genuine. Praise should always be genuine. Kids have a way of knowing when your praise is insincere, and when it is, you lose trust. Worse yet, they become insecure because they don’t believe your positive words, and they find difficulty in telling the difference between when you really mean it and when you don’t. Encourage new activities. Praise kids for trying new things, like learning to ride a bike or tie their shoelaces, and for not being afraid to make mistakes. Don’t praise the obvious. Try not to overdo praise about a child’s attributes: ‘You’re so smart, handsome, pretty, bright, talented, gifted. Parents and grandparents

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are, of course, going to indulge in some of this, and that is OK. But if your kids hear a constant litany of praise, it will begin to sound empty to them and have little meaning. Say it when you mean it. Saying, “Good job,” when you mean it or, “Boy, you really worked hard on that paper,” tells children that, as parents, you recognise the value of their hard work and efforts.. It also tells them that you know the difference between when they work hard at something and when it comes easy. Focus on the process. Praise children for their effort and hard work, not for their inherent talents. Remember, it’s the process not the product that matters. Not all kids will be fantastic athletes or brilliant students or accomplished musicians. But children who learn to work hard and persevere have a special talent.

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Fat baby who weighs the same as six-year-old rescued by charity

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olombia’s most obese baby - who weighs the same as a six-year-old child - has been ‘rescued’ by a charity so he can undergo life-saving treatment. Santiago Mendoza, eight months, already tips the scales at 19.7kg, was flown from his home in the northeastern city of Valledupar to the capital Bogota on Sunday. Volunteers from an NGO called Chubby Hearts foundation stepped in to transport the boy after his mother Eunice Fandiño wrote in asking for help. She confessed that her own ‘ignorance’ had led to her son’s unhealthy weight gain and that, every time he cried, she gave him food or milk to calm down. “He was born with an anxiety, so if he cried I just fed him,” she added. Mendoza has suffered medical complications due to his weight since he was born, and has already been hospitalised on several occasions. Medics will try to bring his weight down to a manageable level before submitting him to a

series of operations, he added. “It is likely that he will need long-term treatment, education, healthy food, and when he is older physical activity,” said the paediatrician appointed to his case. “Otherwise, in the future, he could suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and severe problems with his joints,” he added. His mother revealed that she was practically confined to her home as the baby was ‘too heavy’ to take out and about. But she added that she was ‘optimistic’ about the help she was receiving and has promised to follow the instructions she’s given by doctors.

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woman has given birth to a boy weighing an astonishing 13.8lbs in

Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province. According to the hospital, the

baby was delivered ten days before his mother was due to give birth to him. He is potentially the heaviest premature baby in China, however he is not the heaviest newborn overall, and does not even hold the record for 2014. Last month one woman gave birth to a 7.3kg boy in Shanwei, southeast China, and the national record holder before that weighed ‘only’ 7.1kg An estimated 6.9 per cent of babies in China are born ‘oversized’, thought to be a result of rising obesity rates and poor diets in mothers.

Teen invents flashlight that could change the world

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hollow flashlight powered by the heat from a user’s hand, designed by a 15-year-old girl from Victoria, has been picked for the finals of the Google Science Fair. Ann Makosinski, a Grade 10 student at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, is one of 15 students from around the world who beat out thousands of entries from more than 100 countries to earn their spot as finalists. They will visit the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif., in September for the prize ceremony, Google announced Thursday. Winners will be chosen in three age categories, and one will re-

ceive the grand prize, which includes a $50,000 scholarship from Google and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Makosinski said she is excited about presenting to the Google

Science Fair judges, many of whom are scientists, and being able to talk to the other finalists about their projects. ‘I’m really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use.’—Ann Makosinski Makosinski has been submitting projects to science fairs since Grade 6, and has been particularly interested in alternative energy. “I’m really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use,” Makosinski said in an interview Thursday.


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Man, family in deadly war over tribal marks... A war of attrition brews in a family in Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, Ogun State, as man takes on family over a tradition he says has its place in the past, report SEGUN ADIO and FEMI OYEWESO

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n auto dealer, Mr. Lateef Jimoh, is currently at loggerheads with his extended family and risks being ostracized and his name erased from his ancestral heritage, all because of his refusal to comply with an age-long tradition of the family. The respected auto dealer from a prominent family in Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, Ogun State, was loved by all who saw him as an obedient and loyal member of the family until this issue that had to do with tradition cropped up recently Saturday Mirror gathered that the crisis started some 10 years ago when the auto dealer’s wife gave birth to a baby girl they named Latifat Boluwatife. On the eight day when Latifat was to be christened, it was reported that the elders of the extended Jimoh family informed the baby’s father that customs demanded that the girl should be circumcised and that the family tribal marks had to be inscribed on the baby. These two traditional rites, Jimoh kicked against and would not allow performed on his beautiful daughter. He reportedly informed the family elders that were present at the baby’s dedication that his daughter would not be made to go through such harrowing experience, insisting that the days of such traditions were long gone. As a devout Muslim, Jimoh believed that his closeness to his Creator forbids the tradition and so remained adamant on his stance. Apart from opposing the move on religious grounds, the auto dealer also confronted his family elders and told them that genital mutilation has been labeled offensive by the government, even as facial or tribal marks were no longer fashionable. But his family would not let is sleeping dogs lie. Instead of showing understanding, they allegedly continually pestered the man and his wife to bring their young daughter for the tribal marks and genital mutilation. As the girl in question, Latifat, now grown up and about to start her secondary school education, her father’s family is allegedly indicting Jimoh over some streaks of misfortunes befalling the family. They say the troubles would have been avoided had Jimoh submitted his daughter for the family rites. As a punitive measure, the family has allegedly withdrawn every benefit due to him until he complies with the family traditions. The matter resurfaced and got to a head, recently, when the auto

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AND THE LAWS OF THE LAND dealer, his wife and the embattled daughter, attended a family ceremony at their vast family compound at Itoko. At the ceremony, Jimoh alleged that he, his wife and daughter were coerced by some elders in the family to worship and pray at a family shrine. He also alleged that during the said ceremony, some members of the family threatened to deal with his family ostensibly over his refusal to carry out the family dictates. Speaking with Saturday Mirror, a visibly worried Jimoh claimed that his life and those of his wife and daughter were at the mercy of his extended family members as, according to him, they have sustained their threats over the matter since the last 10 years. “All my life, I have never disobeyed my family, but on this matter, I won’t give up. It’s against my family, faith and the laws of the land.” The whole problem started when I had my girl about 10 years ago when the elders in the family approached me that the girl would have to be circumcised - meaning, she must go through genital mutilation in addition to giving her the family tribal marks. I remember telling them that that tradition was old fashioned and that the government is opposed to it. I informed them that there are ongoing campaigns against genital mutilation locally and on the international scene and appealed to them to show understanding. Since then, I had been having a running battle with the elders of our family. They have severally threatened to blot out my name from the family and have denied me access to benefits that should naturally accrue to me,” he alleged. Apparently not wanting to gloss over the alleged threat to ostracize him from his ancestral heritage, Jimoh reported the case at the Nigeria Police Area Command office in Abeokuta in a report with reference No. AB: 4099/OGS/ARC/VOL. 1/05 and dated March 14, 2014, a copy of which was made available to Saturday Mirror. Jimoh is currently appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on his extended family to desist from their threat against his family, saying that Latifat was “too young for such family traditions.” When the newspaper visited the family compound at Itoko to ascertain the veracity of Jimoh’s claims and also establish the purported trouble over his stance, no family member was willing to speak on the matter, but an aged woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The woman, apparently angered by the whole scenario said: “I don’t know what your concern is on this matter. Don’t you people have work to do? The matter is purely a family affair. Let people be careful so that they won’t bring a curse upon themselves in the name of doing their job, and, therefore, suffer over something that does not concern them.”


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n Ikeja Customary Court witnessed, last Tuesday, what probably qualifies as a show of shame between Joseph Kalu and Debby Kalu, his wife of six years as they exchanged dirty words and sought the separation of their union. “You are a bitch and a sucker. Just give me my children and leave my life alone,” Kalu fired. “You have no children here. Do you know how the children have been surviving all these years, bastard!” retorted the wife. It took the threat of a contempt of court by the court president to stop the drama. The abuse started when Kalu urged the court to grant him custody of his two children. According to him, the union with his wife has been a living hell as it had only succeeded in ruining him and crashing his business. Kalu alleged that his wife was adulterous and troublesome, saying she brings in concubines into their matrimonial home and would give her a fight anytime he talks about it or questions her movement. “I cannot continue with this woman anymore. She is nothing but a thorn in my flesh and there is no way I can allow her keep my children. I don’t want them to be negatively influenced by her wayward attitude lifestyle. She

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‘You are an adulterer, leave my life alone’ •Bastard! –Wife

ruined my business and wasted all the money I made on irrelevant things and when she now saw that my spare parts business has collapsed, she began going after different men. She even had the audacity to bring them into our matrimonial bed until after I caught them one day. We had a fight that day and she packed her things and left with my children to an unknown destination. After a month and following investigations, I discovered she left with another man whom she was already pregnant with my two children. I have lost interest in the marriage; all I want is the custody of my two children, aged 3 and 6 years, respectively. She is a troublesome woman and fights virtually everybody where we live. I am really tired of her troubles. I cannot leave my kids with her because she has no job to cater for them; more so, she is living in another man’s house,” he said. In her response, Debbie denied all the allegations leveled against her by her husband saying that she is not the cause of his predicament. According to her, Kalu has been very irresponsible and never bothered about how she and her children

Court dissolves 7-year marriage over childlessness

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n Ilorin Customary Court, Monday, dissolved the seven-year marriage between Barakat Akeem and her husband, Isiaka, over the failure of the union to produce a child. Barakat, 39, a resident of Edun Area of Ilorin, had earlier asked the court to dissolve her marriage saying, her husband was always blaming her for not having a child. The plaintiff also said her husband was fond of threatening to divorce her because she failed to conceive. “My husband will at times abandon me for days and refuse to come home just to frustrate me into leaving his house,”

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Barakat said, and urged the court to dissolve the marriage she said was contracted in 2007. “I cannot continue to suffer and endure hardship in an unproductive marriage anymore,’’ she added. The defendant who did not object to the request of his wife said she was free to go. “I see no reason in tying her down with nothing to show for my marriage with her,” Isiaka said. He asked the court to grant his wife’s request without any cost. Ruling, the Presiding Judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, dissolved the marriage and issued a certificate of divorce to the plaintiff. (NAN)

have surviving. “I don’t go after men and I am not the cause of his predicament. He is an irresponsible man, who does not care about his children. Whether we eat or not does not bother him. He neither pays his children’s school fees nor gives us money for our upkeep. For over two years, I have been the one paying the

children’s school fees from the little I earn from my petty business. He doesn’t care and will only threaten me all the time. I had to pack out of his house three months ago when I can no longer continue with his excesses. I did not go to live with any man and I am not pregnant for anybody. He is just looking for flimsy excuses. I want the court

to give me the custody of the children so that I can continue taking care of them like I have been doing. I am not interested in the marriage anymore,” Debbie told the court. After listening to the submissions of both parties, Mr. Sam Aluko, the Presiding Judge, adjourned the case to April 16, 2014 for further hearing.

‘She threatens to kill me; let her go’ A n Orile Agege Customary Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, dissolved a seven-year marriage between Alhaji Olajide Yaro and his wife, Sherifat, on grounds of childlessness and threat to life. The President of the court, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola, held that the marriage had broken down irreparably. Omilola said: “Starting from today, you cease to be addressed as husband and wife and you shall go your separate ways and maintain the peace. Since the marriage is fruit-

less, the man shall pay a compensation fee of N20, 000,’’ he said. Yaro, 63, had on December 19, 2013, urged the court to dissolve his marriage to Sherifat for alleged threat to life. Yaro, a retired civil servant, who lives at 19, Bola Ayeni Street, Orile Agege, told the court that his wife neglected him when he was sick by refusing to cook for him. “She threatens to kill me and anytime I ask her for food, she does whatever pleases her. My family sent for her but she didn’t go. She embarrasses me

in public at anytime she feels like; I am tired, I want dissolution,” Yaro said. Reacting to her husband’s allegations, Sherifat, 45, denied the allegations. “I love and respect my husband, even while he was sick, but he is a flirt. He sexually harasses and abuses my maids. He doesn’t respect his age; he chases anything under skirt. He has a hotel of his own and has virtually slept with almost all the ladies working there,” she said. However, Sherifat said that she still loved her husband his wayward life, notwithstanding. (NAN)


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March 22, 2014

‘Dissolve our marriage; I will take care of the children’

A Court dissolves marriage over husband’s ‘lousiness’

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n Ilorin Area Court last Thursday, dissolved the three - year marriage between Munirat Ahmed and Dauda Ahmed on grounds of ‘lousiness’ on the part of the husband. Munirat, who resides at Edun area, Ilorin, Kwara State, told the court that her husband was lousy and could not keep secrets. She urged the court to dissolve her marriage to Dauda adding that, she cannot continue with a man that reveals family’s marital plans. The petitioner told the court that her husband sought advice from friends to run his family affairs. “My husband does not care who his enemy is, he will continue to disclose his family problems in the public,” she said. The 29-year-old told the court that her marriage to the defendant was contracted in 2011 and was yet to produce any child. “I want an end to this marriage because I cannot continue with someone who will commit me to the hands of witches and wizards through lousy behaviour,” she said. The defendant did not deny the allegations leveled against him. “I cannot die in silence. That is the reason I always share my problem with friends to seek for advice,” he said. He asked the court to grant his wife’s request saying, there was no reason wasting time in an unproductive marriage. The Presiding Judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem dissolved the marriage and issued a certificate of divorce to the plaintiff.

50-year-old woman, Mrs. Oluyemisi Dada, on Thursday, urged an Abeokuta Customary Court in Ake, Ogun State, to dissolve her 20 years old marriage with Taiwo Dada. Oluyemisi told the court that Taiwo had failed to discharge his responsibility as a husband and father to their children. She further told the court that the husband is quick to anger and often threatens to kill her at the slightest misunderstanding or quarrel. ``He does not even take care of the home; he leaves all the responsibilities to me. I pay the children school fees, cloth and feed them. I am just tired of this problem. As if that was not bad enough, he fights me any time I ask him for money

to take care of the house. It got so bad that I had to report him to the police in January when we had another spat. He threatened me thereafter saying, he would eliminate me before the end of this year. Please separate us,” Oluyemisi, a mother of four children, urged the court. She also pleaded the court to dissolve the union, promising to take care of the children as she had being doing. In his response, Taiwo, who resides at Apakila Camp in Abeokuta, Ogun State consented to the request by his wife for the union to be dissolved, but said that her allegations were false. ``All that she said were not true. I am a responsible man; I cater for her and the chil-

dren. I don’t know who is pushing her to do this. I am also no longer interested in the marriage. Please separate us, her problem is getting too much for me,’’ Taiwo said, and pleaded with the court to grant him custody of the children. The President of the court, Mr. Olalekan Akande, stressed the need for the families and friends to the couple to intervene on the matter. ``I hope things will work out for good if everyone close to this couple intervenes. I want you both to forgive each other as required in the Holy Bible,” Akande said. The president adjourned the case until March 27 for possible reconciliation and judgment.

‘My wife wants to divorce me because I’m poor’ A 45-year-old woman, Biodun Odubiyi, last Tuesday pleaded with an Orile Agege Customary Court, in Lagos State, to dissolve her marriage of 17 years to Saliu Odubiyi over alleged drunkenness and battery. According to Biodun, her husband, Saliu, allegedly beats her, smokes and drinks heavily. The petitioner, a trader, who lives at 47, Akinrinola Street, Pleasure Bus Stop, Abule-Egba Road, told the court that her

husband always drank himself to stupor and beats her thereafter. ``My husband is a wife beater. He is a drunk and beats me and hits the children with anything he sees. He does not take care of me and the children. I pay the children’s school fees and provide for all their needs, so I prefer not to have a husband than to keep one that turns me into a punching bag. Any money he gets, he uses it on alcohol and comes

back home drunk. I am fed up; I want dissolution of this marriage,” she said. However, her husband, Saliu, 40, and unemployed, told the court that his wife wanted to leave him because he lost his job. ``My wife wants to divorce me, because I am poor and she feels I will remain poor for the rest of my life. She recently changed her religion from Islam to Christianity without discussing it with me and I felt insulted by the action,” he said.

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rs. Rukayat Aliyu of Osere area, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday, approached an Ilorin Area Court seeking divorce saying, her husband, Lawal, is lazy. According to her, Aliyu was jobless and did not bother to search for a job. “My husband prefers playing games and drinking palm wine with friends instead of searching for a job,” she said. Rukayat said the marriage contracted in 2009 only produced a two-year-old male child, Bashiru. “My husband has refused to struggle on his own and has not been contributing to sustain the family. He has become a burden to me,’’ she said. Her husband, however, said that he had tried his best to secure a job, but fail short. “I have tried searching for a job but my efforts proved abortive. My wife has been humiliating and disgracing me for not securing a job,” he said. He urged the court not to grant her request as, according to him, he was still interested in the marriage. “I promise to put in more efforts to get a job for the sake of my family. My wife has been trying for the family,” he said. The presiding officer, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, adjourned the case to April 16, 2014 for reconciliation.

The father of four, aged between 5 to 16 years, also told the court that his marriage with Biodun was smooth until he lost his job. ``I am short of words. My mind is blank because I can’t believe that Biodun is blackmailing me because she wants a divorce,” Saliu said. The Court President, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola, told the couple to maintain the peace and adjourned the case to March 27, 2014. (NAN)


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A Non-Governmental Organisation points the way to healthy living and demonstrates passion for the less-privileged by dispensing drugs and eye glasses, all for free, writes NNAMDI ONYEUMA

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Ngozi Oluwagbemiga:

A Princess and her many rescue missions

ntil Saturday March 15, 2014, the people of Yakoyo community, a suburb of Iju local government area of Ogun State, probably only imagined what philanthropy meant. But not anymore, for, a visit by members of Charity Mission Empowerment Foundation, (CMEF) a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Ojodu, Lagos State, has changed all that. In a support mission in the community tagged: Yakoyo Grassroots Empowerment Outreach on free Medical Clinic for All, held at Gbademosi Open Ground, Yakoyo road, CMEF, a team of nurses and medical doctors not only distributed drugs, but also eye glasses to no fewer than 900 residents including, men and womfailing en, young and old, who have failin ng sights, all for free. Mrs. One of the beneficiaries, Mr rs. Theresa Unaegbu, the 60, thanked the organizers of th he event saying, “I only got to know about the ffree ree medical exercise this morning. I have not eye challenges, but could n ot replace my eye glass when n it got broken. And, as you can see, I have a brand new eye glass to myself. I really want to thank CMEF for this kind gesture.” According to Unaegbu, it was the first time she was seeing a promise to give anything free, kept. “I am so o that surprised th hat this is happen-ing. Often, y o u hear

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people, including the government saying that they want to give this or that assistance, but you discover that only those who are related to them get such assistance where it comes true. I am in shock that I do not know anyone here, yet walking away with an eye glass for free,” she tells the newspaper. Asked what immediate relief the eye glass would give to her, the Aboh Mbaise local government council-born woman, who resides at 23, Akoko Crescent, Yakoyo, without a second thought says, “I will enjoy reading my Bible without stress and also do other things that have to do with the eyes, effortlessly. But it’s not just about reading my Bible, which I missed. everything readable,” she I will also be able to read everythin says. Unaegbu has her life back, inInterestingly, while Unae egbu ha everything in black cluding a chance to read ev and white with little or no stress, many from the event lesare, who took k home fr sons on healthy he ealthy living, livin as well as free and glasses. Hours before drugs an nd eye glass event were the eve ent proper, beneficiaries b healthy living tips, taken n through he including incl luding but not limited to sugar level symptoms, causes of lev vel and symp sight si ight failure, and given free health manuals, m anuals, too. With facilitators Clinics, Ogun State, from D’ Eye Cli Ogba, Benjaand Brafus Hospital, Hosp min Eye Clinic and Living Juice Services, all in Lagos Health Service Funmi Ololade and State, Mrs. Fun others who were at the event, had expectations met beyond their expectati their imaginations. imaginati Ololade said that until her participation in the seminar, she did not b bother about how life, particushe lived her h about larly abou u what she eats. glad God ordered “I am g to this place. my steps st have learnt really I ha enough beyond eno free drugs and eye fr glasses,” she says. g She continued. S “I have been told what kind of food to eat and the need for regular walk-outs or exercises. I think I have been enormously empowered with knowledge and will live the healthy life

henceforth.” The woman behind it all, Princess (Mrs.) Ngozi Oluwagbemiga, the Co-ordinator and President of CMEF said this year marked her 14 years in community service. “We have been doing this for the past 14 years. What we do is to take it to communities. We have been to places such as Oyin town in Akoko, Ondo State, Anambra State, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic, Niger, and still going. In all these places, we look at what the community needs and find out how we can be useful to them. We have donated Sewing machines, computers, wheelchairs, drugs, clothing materials, and constructed water boreholes for communities where water is in short supply, donated food items to widows, as well as organised skills acquisition trainings and workshops, among others,” she says. Oluwagbemiga says her activities through CMEF were in fulfillment of God’s desire for genuine love to reign and grow amongst humanity and appealed to well-heeled individuals to assist, what she describes as the growing ranks of the poor and less-privilege in the society. “People do not involve in community service because they have enough, but with the little that God has made available to us, we could give a new lease of life to someone. We are a grassroots organisation. What we are doing here, today, is just one of the many commitments of CMEF. According to her, CMEF had in the past organised skills acquisition training and health seminars for men of the Nigeria Police at Iju Police Station, Ojodu Police Station, and had projects for members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), widows, and Night Guards. “We are committed to reaching the unreached in rural communities in Nigeria and around Africa. Essentially we do four major things – Empowerment/ Skills acquisition, Healthcare delivery, welfare provision for widows and aged and missionary service. As we empower the people, we also consider eternity,” the CMEF boss says. According to her, the drugs and eye glasses distributed to the people of Yakoyo are worth over five million naira (N5m) and sought for collaboration with well-meaning Nigerians so as to reach all rural communities in Nigeria.” Dr Abiola Festus, an Optometrist from D’ Eye Clinic, Abule-Ijoko, Lemode, a suburb of Ogun State, expressed satisfaction with the turn out at the event. “I must say that I am impressed with the number of people participating in this event today. It is not about talks, but giving the people physical needs. The CMEF boss has proven she has the interest of the people at heart and that has inspired us greatly to be here. This is enormous for a woman to shoulder and I am sure that it won’t be a bad idea if people support her efforts. You may not know how many people are facing health challenges until you have organised an event such as this. We anticipated this influx and happy we are helping the people in our own little way.”


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March 22, 2014

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aundice can occur in babies, children, and adults. Jaundice is not an illness in itself, but a medical condition in which too much bilirubin -- a compound produced by the breakdown of hemoglobin from ‘used’ red blood cells -- is circulating in the blood. The excess bilirubin causes the skin, eyes, and mucus membranes in the mouth to turn a yellowish color. When the baby is growing in the mother’s womb, the placenta removes bilirubin from the baby’s body. The placenta is the organ that grows during pregnancy to feed the baby. After birth, the baby’s liver starts doing this job. This can take a while. Normally, the liver filters bilirubin from the bloodstream and releases it into the intestinal tract. Before birth, a mother’s liver removes bilirubin from the baby’s blood. The liver of a newborn is immature and often can’t remove bilirubin quickly enough, causing an excess of bilirubin. Jaundice due to these normal newborn conditions is called physiologic jaundice, and it typically appears on the second or third day of life, usually peaks at about three to five days of life and then begins to go away on its own. Jaundice during the first 24 hours of life is not considered normal and will prompt your pediatrician to do some tests on your baby to look for the cause. Newborns will often have their bilirubin measured before they are sent home from the hospital. If the level is too high, they may be placed under special “bili lights” to help them break down bilirubin. This is important, because very high levels of bilirubin can, although rarely, affect the brain in a condition called kernicterus. Babies who are born too early (premature) are more likely to develop jaundice than full-term babies If your baby is jaundiced when you are discharged, it is important to ensure that he or she is getting enough to eat and to follow up with the baby’s doctor. In rural communities, where there is no access to phototherapy equipment, babies are brought out

Neonatal Jaundice to benefit from the early morning sunshine. Jaundice in older babies and children, is not considered normal. It can be a clue to problems with the liver, infection, or other illness. If you notice it, you should bring your child to the doctor.

Other causes A baby may have an underlying disorder that is causing jaundice. In these cases, jaundice often appears much earlier or much later than physiologic jaundice. Diseases or conditions that can cause jaundice include: • Internal bleeding (hemorrhage) • Infection • An incompatibility between the mother’s blood and the baby’s blood • A liver malfunction • An enzyme deficiency • Abnormal blood cell shapes • Bleeding underneath the scalp caused by a difficult delivery • Higher levels of red blood cells, which is more common in small-for-gestational-age babies and some twins

Symptoms Jaundice causes a yellow color of the skin. The color sometimes begins on the face and then moves down to the chest,

belly area, legs, and soles of the feet. Sometimes, infants with significant jaundice have extreme tiredness and poor feeding.

Treatment The child will need treatment if the bilirubin level is too high or is rising too quickly. Keep the baby well hydrated with breast milk or formula. Frequent feedings (up to 12 times a day) encourage frequent bowel movements, which help remove bilirubin through the stools. Ask your doctor before giving your newborn extra formula. Some newborns need to be treated before they leave the hospital. Others may need to go back to the hospital when they are a few days old. Treatment in the hospital usually lasts 1 to 2 days. Sometimes special blue lights are used on infants whose levels are very high. This is called phototherapy. These lights work by helping to break down bilirubin in the skin. The infant is placed under artificial light in a warm, enclosed bed to maintain constant temperature. The baby will wear only a diaper and special eye shades to protect the eyes. In the most severe cases of jaundice,

an exchange transfusion is required. In this procedure, the baby’s blood is replaced with fresh blood. Prevention In newborns, some degree of jaundice is normal and probably not preventable. The risk of significant jaundice can often be reduced by feeding babies at least 8 to 12 times a day for the first several days and by carefully identifying infants at highest risk. All pregnant women should be tested for blood type and unusual antibodies. If the mother is Rh negative, follow-up testing on the infant’s cord is recommended. Careful monitoring of all babies during the first 5 days of life can prevent most complications of jaundice.

Possible Complications Rare, but serious, complications from high bilirubin levels include: • Cerebral palsy • Deafness • Kernicterus -- brain damage from very high bilirubin levels

LIFE SAVERS 

All babies should be seen by a health care provider in the first 5 days of life to check for jaundice.

• Those who spend less than 24 hours in a hospital should be seen by age 72 hours.

• Infants sent home between 24 and 48 hours should be seen again by age 96 hours.

• Infants sent home between 48 and 72 hours should be seen again by age 120 hours.

Jaundice is an emergency if the baby has a fever, has become restless, or is not feeding well. Jaundice may be dangerous in high-risk newborns.

Jaundice is generally NOT dangerous in term, otherwise healthy newborns.

Jaundice is severe (the skin is bright yellow)

• Jaundice continues to increase after the newborn visit, lasts longer than 2 weeks, or other symptoms develop

• The feet, especially the soles, are yellow

LETTER

My body has refused to recover from pregnancy and childbirth I had a baby three years ago but my breasts are still flat and my tommy is still protruding. I have also been urinating frequently especially at night, drinking water a lot, and I have also emaciated. I have stretch marks on my tommy. I did not have my baby through operation. Please doctor, I need your help. +234816--------59 Mirror doctor replies Welcome to motherhood. Flat breast is not a problem as there are different ways to enhancing your breast. You may buy a

very good bra to give you the support and desired effect. As for the protruding abdomen, in the absence of an underlying disease condition, exercises will suffice. Next, the symptoms of frequent passage of urine especially at night, drinking plenty of water, and associated weight loss are in line with a metabolic disorder. It will do you good if you go to the hospital for proper evaluation, diagnosis and management. Regarding the stretch marks on your abdomen, note that skin does not bounce back if it’s been stretched by rapid growth due to pregnancy, excessive weight gain,

or extreme weight loss. Instead, it becomes decorated by a form of scarring called the stretch marks or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color and then become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white. Stretch marks are not a health risk but can be cosmetically unappealing. Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back. There are some treatment options for stretch marks, none of which work very well. The degree of success with any

treatment will be impacted by your age, your skin tone and even your diet. Treatment options include: • Prescription methods. Cream or laser therapy can be used to address unwanted stretch marks. • Over-the-counter products treatments are available but not particularly effective. Moisturizers can help with appearance and itchiness. Sunless tanning products can help mask stretch marks. It’s best to be in the care of a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. He or she can determine which treatment approach is best for you


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EVENT

March 22, 2014

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Lekki Wives storms London, Manchester Popular television show, Lekki Wives, was premiered in London and Manchester recently, and its main cast, Blessing Effiom Egbe, Kiki Omeili, Katherine Obiang, Keira Hewatch and Adaora Ukoh dazzled on the red carpet in Zizi Cardow custom-made outfits. Olamide

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Celebrities chill out at Woman Rising concert It was all fun, frills and thrills last Sunday as Woman Rising Music Concert and Arts Weekender held at the Federal Place Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. With performances by Waje and Diwari Peterside among others, other celebrities who had a nice time at concert included Michelle Dede, Adebola Williams and MI.

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wu falls are the highest and most spectacular natural water fall in West Africa. It is located in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. The water falls stand as one of the symbol of nature which its existence is untraceable, but can only be appreciated and promoted by exploring. The water fall is 120m above water level and cascades 330 feet down an escarpment with rocky out crops to a pool of ice cold water below. The water falls is surrounded with a beautiful natural ambience and hills which makes sightseeing a memorable experience. It is characterised with fall of ice cold water, beautiful rocky part and walk ways, and evergreen surrounding. Nestled in the soothing forest with luxuriant vegetation and breath taking landscape of Owa-Kajola, in Isin owu area of Kwara State, the Owu Falls beckons. Owu Falls is said to have been brought to limelight by Reverend Plafare Dui over 40 years ago, during missionary activities for the Sudan Interior Mission, now known as Evangelical Church of West Africa. Owu falls is surrounded by a stretch of mountains extending to Ekiti and Kogi states. The rich and lush green vegetation makes the environment attractive to visitors and other creatures like birds, monkeys and reptiles. The natural flora and fauna have turned the falls into a nature seekers delight. Folklore has it that Owu falls, was once home to giant snakes and birds that threatened the communal life of the villagers. This situation persisted until after 1940, when according to the narration, “God in His infinite mercies and love for His people struck the snake with thunder, and miraculously sent the dangerous birds away.” According to oral history, the founding fathers of Owu, Owa-Kajola and Owa Onire were siblings from Owa family. Then, they lived on the hills above the falls, without knowing of the existence of the waterfalls below till the settlers moved to the present location (Owa-Kajo-

Owu falls

Owu Falls: Water which listens to human voices

la) in 1940, due to the unavailability of social amenities and the rocky nature of the terrain which made farming very tedious. With that movement, one of the brothers, Owa Kajola established his home close to this falls, while Owa Onire moved to the city boundary near Isanlu, in the present Kogi State. It is believed in Owu community and its environs that the falls respond to human voices. Call on it in a very loud voice and

it will respond by bringing down more torrential water. One attraction of Owu falls is its coolness which is usually experienced even from a distance of about 10 kilometres to the site, especially during the raining season. Though the fall is not an easy place to locate due to the bad state of the road, the intricacy in the location was itself another form of excitement. An Assistant Director, Department

of Tourism and Culture says the present administration created a new road to the falls from Owu-Isin, through public/private partnership. The Ifelodun Local Government Area In a bid to improve the status of the falls, built two blocks of chalets for visitors. Unfortunately, these are now abandoned, dilapidated and covered with bushes. This is one of the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in West-Africa.

South Africa launches “Madiba inspired tourist attractions” map

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outh Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has launched ‘Madiba Inspired Tourist Attractions’, a travel map that encourages tourists from around the world to come to South Africa to walk in former President Nelson Mandela’s footsteps. “The passing of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, in December 2013 sparked a global outpouring of grief. The world paused as we collectively reflected on the life of this phenomenal man, and celebrated what he had achieved, not only for South Africa but for mankind. Most of the places associated with his life’s journey teemed with visitors who dedicated private notes and flowers as tokens of respect and remembrance, as South

Africans and indeed the world, tried to come to terms with the loss of the founding father of the nation,” said Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. He spoke at the launch held at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in Cape Town, the last place that Nelson Mandela was held captive before he took his first steps to freedom on 11 February, 1990. “To make it as easy as possible for people to personally experience Mandela’s story, we have developed the ‘Madiba Inspired Tourist Attractions’ map, that encapsulates the key points of his life’s journey,” Van Schalkwyk added. Developed by South African Tourism in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the map highlights tourist sites as well as general places of

interest in the four main provinces that defined Mandela’s life. These include: the Eastern Cape, where he was born, grew up and attended Fort Hare University; Gauteng, where he worked as a human rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle; KwaZulu-Natal, where he was captured and the Western Cape, where he was imprisoned and ultimately freed. Since Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990, a number of world-class museums, monuments and precincts have been developed to bring his story to life and to cater for the demand to better understand South Africa’s history. The Madiba Inspired Tourist Attractions map includes well-known attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage

Site, Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned and Mandela’s house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, the only street in the world to have had two Nobel Peace Prize winners as residents, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. It also features some of the lesser known attractions such as the Kliptown Open-Air Museum, also in Soweto, which marks the spot where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People. The Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Mandela’s childhood home, Qunu, where he was buried is also featured in the map. Background information, contact details and approximate cover charge information for the various attractions and places of interest are also included.


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he Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Adewunmi Adesina, has re-stated the Federal Government’s plan to make Nigeria self- sufficient in rice production in the next four years. He pointed out that “Abakiliki rice” is the best rice in the world as the taste and quality is far better than the one from China. Apart from Abakiliki rice, in Nigeria today, some states produce paddy rice in abundance. Some of these states are Enugu, Anambra, Abia, Imo, Kwara, Edo, Ogun, Ondo, Cross River State and some Nothern States such as Sokoto etc. Therefore with serious efforts by both Government and private companies and individuals, the policy is achievable. Rice has become a staple food in Nigeria. Every household both rich and poor consumes a great quantity of rice everyday. Of the total projected population figure of 160million, about 70% feed on rice. From publications made by the Federal Office of Statistics and Federal Ministry of Finance, the total foreign debts and importation figures of rice amount to about one (1) Trillion of Naira as the end of 2012. Rice importation has the greatest figure of over 60% of total import figures. The Federal Government of Nigeria must therefore do something about this. It is not advisable to impose a total ban on importation without first assuming that the country can produce at least 70% of what is needed in this country. It is one of the good things that can happen to this country because the policy will generate more employment opportunities. The federal government a few months ago funded the establishment of about 13Mills with combined capacity of 240,000 across the country. The government is willing and capable to assist prospective investors in the area of production and processing of rice. The Federal Government has also concluded arrangements to roll out a new policy that will ensure that loans are available at single digit interest rate to farmers with effect from this year 2013. It is based on the above decision, that the Government has entered into agreement with world Bank & ADB to increase the production of rice in the country. Some individuals are to be encouraged by the government to ensure that private sector participates in the venture. Rice milling project will best be sited in these areas where rice is grown in order to reduce cost of transportation of the paddy. To set up this project, a large space is required to dry paddy rice after harvesting. The components of machines required to set up this project are cleaning facilities, dehuller, boiling tank, polisher, bagger and other miscellaneous equipments such as wheel barrows, weighing scales. These machines can be fabricated locally. They can also be imported from Europe and some known Asian companies that specialise in this area. Also pickup vans and generating sets are essential for smooth running of this project. Rice milling could be done on cottage, small, medium and large scale bases depending on availability of capital and the raw materials- paddy rice. Output could be from 2MT to 150MT per day. Generally, one metric tonne of paddy

March 22, 2014 rice yields about 60kg- 70kg of milled rice, depending on milling efficiency, company management practice and the variety of rice purchased. In the process of milling well parboiled rice free from sand, stones, unpleasant odour with less breakages from purchased paddy, whole rice broken rice and bran are obtained. Whole rice are packed and sold for human consumption. Broken rice is further milled into ‘’Tuwo Shinkafa’’ (a flour meal) while bran is very important input for manufacturing dietary products

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Investing in rice production THE HUGE DEMAND FOR RICE IN NIGERIA IS FURTHER ACCENTUATED BY INCREASING AND EXPANDING URBANISATION, ENDLESS SOCIAL PARTIES WHERE RICE IS THE MAIN MENU AND THE EATING HABITS OF NIGERIANS, ESPECIALLY THEIR PREFERENCE FOR IMPORTED RICE like rice bran bread which has been acclaimed good for the decrease of blood cholesterol, rice bran oil and livestock feeds. From rice can also be obtained puffed rice, rice cakes, rice pudding etc. The husks are used for the production of potassium hydroxide solution or as fuel for milling plants. It can be seen that virtually all parts of paddy rice are useful. From market analysis, the market for rice is national. With the estimated national population growth rate of 2.9% and population figure estimated at over 130million, Nigeria is a large market and demand is so high and local supply so low that rice importation into the country is a very big business. Hoarding, rationing, smuggling and sharp black market practices were the profitability associated with the business. This situation should not be allowed to

continue forever. Those importers must channel their huge returns to establishment of such producing firms in Nigeria instead of fastening the growth of some foreign countries. The huge demand for rice is further accentuated by increasing and expanding urbanization, endless social parties where rice is the main menu and the eating habits of Nigerians, especially their preference for imported rice. The preference for foreign rice should be stopped. The likely cost of total project will not actually be stated accurately unless one knows the scope (whether cottage, small, medium or large scale) a proposed investor would like to embark upon, the capacity to produce, the source(s) of the machinery, whether to construct his own building or rent one, the location etc. Therefore to

embark upon this project, one needs a business plan (feasibility studies), with detailed costing for all the aspects of inputs, before he can obtain the likely total estimated cost. To do otherwise is to take a leap in the dark or take our characteristic short cut to distinction that is always ruinous. In conclusion, rice milling; an agrobased business is profitable (35-45% on sales), and sustainable. It has low capital requirement. The machinery and equipment are 100% locally available. The project has a short pay –back period. It is highly recommended for serious and aggressive promoters, local and state Governments and private investors particularly those that are thinking good for this country.


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Bayelsa United players looking set to battle How Mine FC in Zimbabwe.

Bayelsa United, How Mine clash in Zimbabwe IFEANYI EDUZOR

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ne of Nigeria’s representatives in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, Bayelsa United will this evening battle Zimbabwean champions, How Mine FC, in the first leg second round of the continent’s second tier competition. Bayelsa United qualified for the second round of the competition after eliminating a Congo Brazzaville side, AS Kondzo with an emphatic 2-0 aggregate win. United earned a 0-0 draw in the first leg decided at the Stade de la Revolution before finishing off the Central Africans with a 2-0 win at the Sapele Township Stadium in the reverse fixture. However, their Zimbabwean counterparts in today’s cracker recorded an 8-3 aggregate win against St Michel United of Seychelles to book a ticket to the second round. The match which will be played at the 10,000 capacity Luveve Stadium, about 40 kilometers from Bulawayo (Zimbabwe’s second largest city), will see the Nigerian representatives trying to record a

good result to give them advantage in the second leg in Sapele in a week’s time. Saturday Mirror gathered that their Zimbabwean opponent’s who are making their debut in the continent since gaining promotion to Zimbabwe’s topflight last year, may be aiming to maintain their unbeaten home record since the commencement of the tournament. It is true that Bayelsa United are no strangers to the championship, having posted a good performance in their debut appearance about five years ago, but their opponent’s good run of play may serve as a booster in their attempt to use the competition to announce their emergence in Africaa’s club football. Although, it could be said that How Mine FC qualified for the tournament following the suspension slammed by CAF on their country’s FA Cup winners, Highlanders, for flaunting CAF competition rules, but the club has shown that they are no pushover. They have scored 12 goals so far in the preliminaries and first round matches of the CAF Confederation competition, thus they cannot be taken for granted. One of their strikers, Kudakwashe Mesharu has netted 6 goals

so far to emerge the leading scorer in the competition, it would not be out of place to conclude that Bayelsa United will have to work hard and get a descent result in today’s cracker. Also, while the Southern Africans will be banking on home advantage to cage the Nigerians, Bayelsa United will be counting on experience and good defensive work to curtail How Mine’s rampaging strikers from having a field day. Meanwhile, coach of Bayelsa United, Richard Bubagha, who recently took charge of the team following the sudden departure of Ladan Boso, has assured Nigerians that there will be no hiding place for their opponents in today’s encounter, even as he noted that the game is not going to be an easy one. “We are going to approach the game with all seriousness it deserves because our hosts are very good at home. When you look at their home matches, you will discover that they score many goals at home and that is the more reason why we are going to approach the game with all seriousness it deserves to ensure we did not allow them to beat us at their backyard. “But, I want to assure Nigerians that

my players are battle-ready and will surely give their best in the game to enable us get a good result at the end of the full 90 minutes. “With the experience of goalkeeper Gideon Gambo; playmakers like Mutiu Adegoke, Oluwafemi Oladapo and strikers Ebitimi Agogu and Peter Ebimobowei, we are going to have a good outing in Zimbabwe,” he affirmed. Also speaking on the match, the coach of How Mine FC, Philani ‘Beefy’ Ncube said that he is confident, his players will live up to expectation when they confront Bayelsa United in today’s encounter, just as he acknowledged that the Nigerians will be tougher than their previous opponents. “The Nigerians are obviously going to be tougher opponents, but our sights are set on reaching the play-offs. “Our aim is to win at home and at least draw in Nigeria, but that depends on how well we have learnt the lessons from losing in our last match in Seychelles. “However, I can assure Zimbabweans that we are going to get the three points at stake in this first leg before travelling to Nigeria to finish up the good job we started at home,” Ncube said optimistically.


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he death of one of Nigeria’s greatest athletes, sports administrator per excellence and ace TV sports broadcaster, Walter Oyatogun, on February 14 has once again brought to the fore the need for the administrators in the National Sports Commission (NSC) to be alive to their duties, by giving honour to whom it is due. And it is on the aforementioned premise that HT is dedicating this week’s piece to the sweet memories of late Oyatogun who passed on at the age of 78 in Lagos. Born in Ghana, Oyatogun, before his foray into journalism, was reported to have taken to sports early in life and acquired professional skills as a Physical Education graduate in France, after which he taught in various schools in Lagos. ‘Sir Wally’ as he was popular known became famous in the ‘80s, on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) sports news as he had a unique sign off of his name, on his reports. His deep and well rounded voice and impeccable enunciation warmed him into the yearning hearts of sports-loving Nigerians. He was indeed one of Nigeria’s greatest in TV sports broadcasting and seen by many as a moving encyclopedia of sports. In terms of analysis in sporting events, Oyatogun was fearless and ever-ready to give a true picture of the situation. His contributions to sports development in Nigeria actu-

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Andrew Ekejiuba anelsports@yahoo.com ally started in 1960, when he became an amateur boxer. HT gathered that it took the eagle eyes of a youth officer in charge of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Lagos, Mr. Peter Cook (a Briton) to discover the great talent that abound in the young Oyatogun, as he encouraged him to take to boxing. Oyatogun made the national team through hard work and self determination in the heavyweight class and he represented Nigeria in the Nigeria/Ghana International Boxing Championship in 1966 in Lagos, where he won a gold medal in the heavyweight category. All these were accomplished under the watchful eyes of Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey as the then national coach. On retirement from active boxing, Oyatogun was employed by the National Sports Council, between 1966-1976 as a Sports Development Officer and seconded to the Lagos Sports Council which had just established a Sports Training Centre then, known as ‘Alakoro Training Centre’ located at 106, Alakoro Street, Elegbata.

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There were nine Sports Associations on the ground, namely; football, athletics (track and field), boxing, tennis, table tennis, cricket, swimming, hockey and netball. But, with the staff strength of 6 Physical Education Instructors and 6 Assistant Instructors, Oyatogun developed

five more additional sports. Oyatogun was able to introduce volleyball, badminton, squash, basketball and weightlifting up to the national level as he continued this illustrious service to the nation. Aside from his service in broadcasting and sports development, another particular aspect that stands out Oyatogun from the crowd of Nigerian sports administrators was his dream to see the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, kept busy with sporting activities. As one sports analyst puts it, in 1984, Oyatogun sought the support of the then Chairman, National Sports Commission, MajGen, Damian Sho-Silva to throw open the gates of the National Stadium to all and sundry that wants to keep-fit and this was granted. The then President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Alhaji Raheem Adejumo adopted the keep-fit programme as Sport for All Nigeria (SFAN) in 1991, as Chief Shola Rhodes (SAN) also laboured to spread the benefit of keep-fit all over the country, thanks to the little seed sown in 1984 by Oyatogun which has become a way of life for many Nigerians. Today, people from all walks of life can be seen at our various stadia nationwide at weekends jogging and keeping themselves busy with sporting activities. HT also gathered that Oyatogun was an Alumni of the Man O’ War School, Apapa, Lagos and at the inception of the National Youth

Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, he served as an instructor on Leadership during the Orientation Course of Corp members posted to Lagos State, under the then Orientation Director, Mrs. Gbadamosi. Oyatogun had a pet name, “Waky-Waky’, courtesy of the Corp members because he used to wake them up at 5:30 am to get ready for the day’s activities. This depicted the active life Oyatogun lived. It is the stand of HT that sporting legends who worked under the sun and rain with their God-given talent to bring glory to the nation should be honoured while alive to make future generations of Nigerian realise that there is great joy in serving someone’s nation. As the remains of the late ace sports broadcaster, will be laid to rest on March 28 at the Ikoyi Cemetery in Lagos, let the NSC pause once again and think out how best to immortalise this great son of Africa. As Oyatogun once wrote, “This is my track record of forty three years on service to sports development and can anyone tell me why I have been put in limbo in the matters of sports in the country? “It is my hope that the Committee on National Awards will take note of my service and contributions to sports development in the country, maybe it will meet their parameters for a National Award”. It is now up to the NSC to do the right thing by finding ways of immortalising this national hero who gave his best for sports development to thrive in Africa’s most populous black nation, Nigeria.

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Coca-Cola begins 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign Aroh lauds Obi for sports ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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he world’s happiest and most inclusive brand, Coca-Cola has commenced campaign for this year’s FIFA World Cup holding in Brazil. Saturday Mirror gathered that tons of Coca-Cola customers have many reasons to be happy this season as the company flies twenty-two (22) lucky consumers to witness the 2014 World Cup live in Brazil. With this development Coca-Cola Nigeria, invites consumers to be part of the celebration, to tap into the passion of fans as they experience Brazil through the recently announced commencement of its FIFA World Cup Campaign scheduled to run from March to July 2014.

The FIFA World Cup campaign comprises of 5 phases to engage the consumers. Bolajoko BayoAjayi, Marketing Manager Colas for Coca-Cola Nigeria, described Coca-Cola as the ideal brand to connect consumers with the best global soccer entertainment. “As a FIFA partner, Coca-Cola, the world’s happiest and most inclusive brand gives consumers the World’s Cup. Coca-Cola has always been a fan of football, both internationally and here in Nigeria; we have been refreshing Nigerians and this is another platform to do what we do best,” she said. “This campaign is our way of inviting the consumers to participate and celebrate with the Fans Worldwide as they experience the

Brazil World Cup”. The Qualifier Campaign plays up the various Fan Archetypes to the Nigerian football fans in a humorous way such that all consumers are able to identify with one so as to further enhance the FIFA World Cup experience during the match Broadcast shows. As part of the FIFA World Cup campaign, there is a National Consumer Promotion which is an ‘Under the Crown’ promotion with lots of prizes lurking under the corks of drinks from the beverage company. Twenty-two (22) winners will be selected across the nation to visit Brazil and lots of other winners will cart away with a 55-inch TV & Home Theatre System or a Sony Play Station 3 game con-

sole with FIFA14 loaded on it, amidst other exciting prizes designed to bring the world cup home for those who do not have the opportunity to attend. To qualify for the draw, interested consumers can purchase bottles of Coke, Fanta or Sprite (35cl & 50cl RGB) and look under the crown corks for their prizes. Consumers with crown corks carrying “BR” and “AZ” and “IL” should package the crown corks with their names, addresses, mobile number and signature written on the package and submit them to clearly marked submission centers nearest to them. Weekly draws will be held for eight (8) weeks, and winners announced every Sunday on NTA Newsline.

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he Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Anambra, Dr Edozie Aroh, has said that there had been a landmark achievement in the state’s sports sector under the immediate past Governor, Mr. Peter Obi. Aroh made the revelation in Awka recently after leading the people of the state on a road walk in the city in solidarity to Obi’s achievements in sports. He said the government had rewarded all outstanding athletes who won laurels for the state in different championships and added that special interest is on the revival of grassroots sports which had been used

to redirect the attention of the youth from crime to positive economic engagement. Aroh said the steady rise in the performance of the state’s athletes in various competitions during his tenure was a reflection of the motivation he received using the resources made available to him by the former governor. Aroh listed some of the progress made to include Anambra State finishing third at 13th National School Sports Festival in Ilorin last year, winning gold at 22nd Oba Erediuwa U-18 female soccer championship, emerging tops at the South East Chess tournament and good showing at HOWZAT National Junior Cricket Championship in Ibadan.


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Ejidike demands for collective effort towards repositioning sports ANDREW EKEJIUBA

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he Pillar of Sports in Nigeria, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike has called for collective effort by stakeholders in order to move Nigerian sports forward. Speaking in a well attended media briefing in Lagos on Thursday he said he was in the state to meet with sports journalists to fashion a way forward for the ailing sports industry. “I was appointed as the Nigeria Pillar of Sports a few months ago by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria which I considered a great privilege and a call to serve my fatherland in the field of sports. “Since my appointment, I have been trying to meet with stakeholders on how to move sports forward in Nigeria which prompted this meeting. Let me emphasise strongly that I alone cannot do it. I need you; I need your suggestions for us to excel in this task. “There is no need for us to pretend about the state of deca-

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dence in our sports. Look at our leagues; our school sports; our youth games; our coaches, our ex-players and athletes; our stadia and facilities; even sponsorships; which one can we claim to have been put right?,” Ejidike asked with a tinge of regret. However, the well-travelled businessman turned sports administrator said it was the poor state of sports development that made him take up the gauntlet as the President of Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN) to sponsor a national championship holding in Ilorin from March 25 to 30th. “We need to keep our youths busy and continue to unearth more talented ones among from the grassroots in order to give the country a boost in sports development. “As the Pillar of Sports in Nigeria, every facet of sports must be touched and turned to gold with the help of my office and the support of all the stakeholders who believe sports can be revived in Nigeria,” Ejidike said.

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Danagogo summons NFF over LMC, clubs stalemate JOEL AJAYI ABUJA

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he new Minister of Sports, Dr Tamuno Danagogo yesterday summoned board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over lingering issues between the League Management Company (LMC) and two clubs in the Glo Nigeria Premier League. About five NFF officials including General Secretary, Barr Musa Amadu, Barr Chris Green, Alhaji Yusuf Fresh and Alhaji Ahmed Kawu were part of those who honoured the Minister’s invitation. NFF President Alhaji Aminu Maigari who is currently in Costa Rica where the FIFA U-17 Women World is going on was not among those who were at the meeting which lasted over an hour. While departing the Abuja National Stadium where the Minister’s office is located, the NFF members refused to comment on what they discussed, but reliable sources confided in Saturday Mirror that the major aspect of their discussion centered on issues surrounding LMC and the exclusion of two clubs from the ongoing Glo Premier League. LMC had at the beginning of the current season deregistered Giwa FC and Nembe City from the league claiming that both clubs could not meet up with the stipulated requirements to guarantee their participation.

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Oreweme calls for improved security at Lagos National Stadium IFEANYI EDUZOR

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Oba Cup: Kwara in good start IFEANYI EDUZOR

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efending champions of the on-going YSFON organised Oba Erediuwa Cup for U-13 boys, Kwara State, has continued to show class in the competition when they defeated hard fighting Enugu State counterparts 2-0 to brighten their chances of qualifying for the semi-final stage of the annual competition. The match which was decided at the playing field of Para-

gon School Benin City saw the defending champions who had earlier played a goal less draw with the Federal Capital Territory dominating all aspects of the game to record victory at the match. In the other matches decided, host state, Edo defeated Osun 2-0 in their first match of the competition before recording a 2-0 victory over nine-man Nasarawa team who had earlier played a 0-0 draw with Bauchi . However, Ogun State recorded a 1-0 victory over FCT.

he out-going Liaison Officer of the Lagos Office of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mrs Tayo Oreweme says there is need for improved security at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos in order to check the activities of criminals who take delight in stealing valuable items at the stadium. She stated this during the official handover ceremony to her successor, Francis Gbiri held yesterday at the NSC Liaison Office, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. According to her, the internal security arrangement put in place by the stadium management is not enough to deter the criminals which prompted the Commission to apply for part-

nership with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps with a charge to her successor to ensure the matter gets approval from appropriate authorities. Oreweme while dedicating her four-year successful tenure to God noted that she is living the office with her head held high because of the numerous achievements she recorded during her tenure. “I must have to dedicate my achievements to Almighty God because without Him, I could have achieved nothing. “When I came into office, the stadium was a dumping ground with filth and human excreta littering the whole places, but after few weeks, we worked out a mechanism through which we ensured that the stadium’s environment was kept clean 24

hours a day. “Apart from this, we also engaged some private security men to ensure that hoodlums and criminals are not allowed free access to the stadium facilities, but this arrangement is not enough and that was why we want to partner with the Civil Defence Corps to help in doing a perfect job,” she said. In his speech at the occasion, the new Liaison Officer, commended her for her numerous achievements during her tenure even as he stated that his greatest problem will be how to maintain the record set by his predecessor. The handover ceremony involved inspection of all facilities at the stadium to enable the incoming Liaison Officer get first hand assessment of the state of the sporting facilities.

NBBF assures league clubs of insurance for players

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igeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) yesterday assured clubs it would work with them to ensure that players got medical insurance from the next editions of its annual league competitions. Tijani Umar, President of the federation, gave the assurance at a news conference in Abuja to kickstart the 2014 Zenith Bank National Women Basketball League. The News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) reports that the NBBF organises both the Zenith Bank National Women Basketball League and the DSTV Men’s Basketball League. “The federation has agreed that it needs to give insurance cover to our players, that we need to safeguard their careers, and we need to defend their health and get them fit every time. “From next year and for the Zenith Bank and DSTV Leagues, the federation is going to work

with the clubs to find an insurer. “We need to make sure that even if it is medical insurance that we can get, it will take the weight of the financial cost off the clubs. “If we do that, it shows that we are working as a responsible organisation,” Umar said. He said the federation would partner with hospitals to ensure that proper medical attention was given to players who sustained injuries on the field of play.


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Flanagan set for new Liverpool deal

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rendan Rodgers has likened Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan to Anfield legend Steve Nicol and vowed to give him a new deal. The Liverpool manager is gushing in his praise for the homegrown 21-year-old, who has caught the eye during his 14 Premier League appearances this season. Flanagan’s display in the 3-0 win at Manchester United last Sunday has prompted Rodgers to draw comparisons with Nicol, the former Scotland defender who won a host of silverware during his 13-year Liverpool career in the 1980s and 1990s. With Flanagan’s current contract set to run until mid-2015, Rodgers plans to secure his services on a long-term basis. “He has been outstanding,” said Rodgers ahead of today’s clash with Cardiff City. “He reminded me of Steve Nicol against Manchester United on Sunday - a right-footed player on the left side, steady, aggressive, no fear. He’s been a revelation, and particularly in the big games.” Rodgers has hailed the progress Flanagan is making, as he added: “It’s great when you see a young player develop like that. “You can see the confidence he has now. He has made himself an important member of the squad.” “He’s only very young, but his performance levels are so mature.”

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Wenger is Arsenal’s greatest manager –Groves

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head of his 1,000th game in charge of the club, Arsene Wenger has been hailed as Arsenal’s greatest manager by explayer Perry Groves. Wenger was appointed as Arsenal boss in 1996 and has led the club to three Premier League titles and four FA Cup triumphs, as well as final appearances in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. Arsenal have gone nearly nine years without a trophy, since a penalty shoot-out triumph against Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final, but this season sees Wenger’s side challenging firmly on two fronts. Ahead of Wenger’s milestone game at Chelsea today, Arsenal sits third in the Premier League, four points off their op-

ponents in top spot, with an FA Cup semifinal against Wigan Athletic to come at Wembley next month. Groves, who played for Arsenal for six years between 1986 and 1992, thinks that Wenger has firmly established himself as one of the club’s greats. “I think he’s already an Arsenal legend,” he said. “He’s already up there as Arsenal’s greatest ever manager.” Groves also highlighted the impact Wenger has had in changing attitudes, not only at Arsenal, but in English football. He added: “I’m a big fan because not only did he change the culture at Arsenal; the culture of the football and the philosophy there, he also changed the culture in English football in general.

Man United, Bayern to battle in Champions League Q/finals

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olders Bayern Munich will face Manchester United in the pick of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals following yesterday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland. In a repeat of the 1999 final when United scored twice in stoppage time to win 2-1 at Camp Nou ; Bayern will be hoping to progress as the German champions bid to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles. Since that famous night in Barcelona, it is Bayern who have had the better of the six subsequent meetings, with three wins to United’s one. Pep Guardiola’s men will now have to overcome their second English opponents in as many rounds after disposing of Arsenal in the last 16, while United will need to up their game after

requiring a 3-0 second-leg win to get past Olympiacos of Greece 3-2 on aggregate. Barcelona, Guardiola’s former club, will meet Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid; contesting their first quarterfinals since 1997 in the last eight. The two sides are heavily involved in the La Liga title race, but have never met in European competition and all three domestic meetings this season have ended all square. Real Madrid will seek revenge against 2012-13 runners-up Borussia Dortmund, who knocked the most successful team in the competition’s history out at the semi-final stage last year. In the remaining quarter-final tie, Paris Saint-Germain will meet Chelsea in search of a first win over the English club.

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afael Benitez rued Napoli’s wastefulness as they fell to a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Porto in the UEFA Europa League last-16 on Thursday. Goran Pandev opened the scoring for Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo with a calm finish past goalkeeper Fabiano to level the score on aggregate, following Porto’s 1-0 win in the first leg. Napoli then had several opportunities to move ahead in the tie, with Lorenzo Insigne having arguably the best opportunity with a close-range header that forced Fabiano into a smart save. The home side was punished for their profligacy, however, as Porto’s two goals in eight second-half minutes secured a quick turnaround, with strikes from forward Nabil Ghilas who also scored the goal that put Porto through to the last 16 against Eintracht Frankfurt and winger Ricardo Quaresma took the game away from Napoli. Napoli forward Duvan Zapata ensured the scores would finish 2-2 on the night

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with a close-range goal in injury time, but it was not enough to stop Porto progressing. And Napoli head coach Benitez feels his side needed to show more composure in front of goal.

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1 Chelsea

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33

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2 Liverpool

29

41

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3 Arsenal

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25

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4 Man City

27

44

60

5 Tottenham

30

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6 Everton

28

12

51

7 Man Utd

29

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8 Southampton

30

6

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9 Newcastle

29

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43

10 Aston Villa

29

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34

11 Stoke City

30

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12 West Ham

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13 Hull City

29

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30

14 Swansea

29

-5

29

15 Norwich

30

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29

16 West Brom

29

-10

28

17 Crystal Palace

29

-19

28

18 Sunderland

27

-16

25

19 Cardiff City

30

-29

25

20 Fulham

30

-35

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Mourinho vows to appeal FA charge C

helsea manager Jose Mourinho has announced he will challenge a Football Association charge of improper conduct. It is alleged Mourinho’s behaviour in reentering the field of play in or around the 90th minute of the fixture at Villa Park and approaching referee Chris Foy amounted to improper conduct.

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Villas-Boas: I’ve always had success N ew Zenit coach Andre Villas-Boas has backed himself to be a success at the club, citing his record in previous jobs. The Portuguese was announced as Luciano Spalletti’s

replacement at Zenit on Tuesday and officially took the reins on Thursday after the Russian outfit’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.

Guardiola not celebrating Bundesliga title yet

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ep Guardiola has refused to get ahead of himself as Bayern Munich close in on a 23rd Bundesliga title. The Allianz Arena outfit visit Mainz today knowing victory combined with slip-ups from

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke would be enough to see them win the league with eight games to spare, however, despite holding a staggering 23-point lead at the top, Guardiola is not celebrating just yet.


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It’s going to be sensational, says Mexico’s coach yet. Carlos is a very good player and he’s in fantastic form right now, but he’s got his reasons for not wanting to go. Mexico aren’t going to be any weaker because he’s not there. In fact, they’re going to be even stronger, because the ones who’ll be there will be committed to the cause.

Mexico coach, Miguel Herrera

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera is one person who would no doubt subscribe to the view that football always gives you a second chance. Having suffered as a player the disappointment of being omitted from El Tri’s squad for USA 1994 at the very last minute it just so happens that he is now the man doing the choosing. Herrera was in charge at America when the Mexican Football Association gave him the brief of getting the national side back on track ahead of the two-legged play-off against New Zealand. The man they call El Piojo (“The Louse”) oversaw a comprehensive aggregate win and qualified Mexico for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Reflecting on that turnaround in his fortunes, Carlos Vela’s decision to opt out of Brazil 2014 and his own unique take on football, he gave an exclusive interview to FIFA.com. You’ve been in the Mexico job for six months now. What are the best and the worst things about it? For me it’s the biggest job you can have as a coach. It doesn’t get better than this, no question. The worst thing is that everyone criticises you, everyone thinks they know more than you and says that they’re better than you. But that’s all part and parcel of being in this job. There’s no place where you get more criticism than here. It can’t be easy to handle, especially when you are as single-minded as you are? Yes, I’m very direct and I get straight to the point. I don’t think things over and I just speak my mind, which is one of the reasons why I’ve always been in the eye of the hurricane wherever I’ve gone. Fortunately things have gone well for me on the pitch but I do need to think things through a bit more. I should take a nice deep breath and think about the answers I’m going to give and not just say the first thing that comes into my mind. Those are the kind of things you learn along the way. As a player you just missed out on selec-

tion for the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA and yet here you are at the heart of the whole thing. Have you given any thought to that? That’s right. I played the whole of the qualifying campaign and when the last squad was announced they said I was on the list of players who were staying in Mexico. They didn’t take me (Miguel Mejia Baron was Mexico’s coach at the time). It hurt a lot. And now here I am, making it to the World Cup at the last minute and I’m delighted with everything I’ve achieved as a coach. But that’s it now. We’ve qualified and we need to go to the World Cup and get some results. And I’m not just thinking about this cycle either. I want to be in on the next one too. We’d like to talk about Carlos Vela’s decision not to play for El Tri. For people who don’t follow the team’s fortunes closely, how important a player is he for Mexico? In terms of his importance to the national side, who would you compare him to? I couldn’t compare him in those terms. Someone recently compared him to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but that’s not a very clever thing to say. We don’t have those types of players in Mexico

Given what happened to you in 1994, is it harder for you to understand his stance? Very much so. I really suffered when I missed out on the World Cup. I worked my socks off trying to get there and when they made the final cut they left me out. I was stunned, and that’s how I felt when I was with him and he said ‘no, no, no’. His mind’s not in it and he’d be no use to us because he’s not focused on the job, which means the best thing to do is call on someone else. He doesn’t want to go – that much is obvious. Let’s talk about another player, Javier Hernandez. Are you concerned about the lack of opportunities he’s getting at Manchester United? I am worried and I’d like him to be playing more. Unfortunately for us, though, he’s out of favour with the current coach (David Moyes). That’s the reality and we can’t cover it up. It’s there for everyone to see. They’ve had a lot of injuries and suspensions and he still doesn’t get a start. That said, he always responds every time he goes on, whether it’s for ten, 20 or even two minutes. He runs for every ball and gives everything he’s got. We know exactly what he’s like, how he trains and the way he battles for the ball whenever he gets the chance to go on. Obviously he’s in our thoughts and I told him that, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. It’s not that his form’s dropped off or anything. It’s just that other players are going to overtake him unless he gets regular games. There’s a lot of talk in Mexico about the goalkeeping position. Do you know who you are taking to Brazil?

I can’t tell you because I don’t know. I’ve got six very good keepers: five in Mexico and Memo Ochoa in France. When I name the three, they’ll say that I got it just right, but when they talk about the other three, they’ll say: ‘Why? He’s made a mistake’. At the moment I’ve got four pushing for three places and there are another two whom I know very well. I have a good idea of what they can do. If one of the first four drops away, then those two will come into the reckoning. It’s the position I’m least worried about, though. We’ve got plenty of options in goal. Let’s move on to your objectives in Brazil. We know you don’t like to talk about Mexico’s recent inability to reach the last eight and that you prefer to talk about the Final. Do you think you can entertain real hopes of getting that far? Our record doesn’t exactly back up what we’re saying. What I’ve said is that if I don’t go to the World Cup thinking about winning it, then I might as well just go along as an extra, an outsider. And that’s not for Mexico. We’re entitled to be excited and to aim to become world champions. We’ve got a good infrastructure and good players so why shouldn’t we think that way? With our history, it’s natural that we should think about the quarter-finals, and if we get past that stage then people will be happy no matter what. That’s the standard that the national FA has set for me, though. We’re going to make the last eight and then we’ll see who can stop us. We’ve only done it once in our history. Mexico made the quarters in 1970 and 1986 and we want to do it again. It would be amazing. With few days to Brazil 2014, how special is it to have Brazil hosting it? It feels intense to be few days away from a World Cup. The time’s going to fly by, especially as we’re hoping for something sensational to happen. And being in the World Cup in Brazil is like travelling back in time: to the Maracana and 1950 and what was an epic tournament. They really celebrate football there and they’ve got some amazingly talented players too. It’s going to be sensational and it’s going to be a different story for Mexico, that’s for sure.

AND BEING IN THE WORLD CUP IN BRAZIL IS LIKE TRAVELLING BACK IN TIME: TO THE MARACANA AND 1950 AND WHAT WAS AN EPIC TOURNAMENT. THEY REALLY CELEBRATE FOOTBALL THERE AND THEY’VE GOT SOME AMAZINGLY TALENTED PLAYERS TOO. IT’S GOING TO BE SENSATIONAL AND IT’S GOING TO BE A DIFFERENT STORY FOR MEXICO, THAT’S FOR SURE


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Nemesis!

Ogun Police kill four suspected armedrobbers in gun duel FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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olice operatives attached to the Ogun state Command of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) yesterday killed four members of a suspected armed robbers gang who had engaged them in a gun duel. Suspected robbers, who were identified as Kehinde, Sunkanmi, Sumaila and Saheed were said to have opened fire on SARS operatives for daring to foil their efforts when they wanted to raid a Bureau De Change operator in Sango-Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state. Saturday Mirror gathered that the seven man- robbery gang engaged the SARS operatives in a gun duel which made four of them to sustain fatal injuries. Following the injuries sustained by the four members of the gang, the three others were said to have fled the scene of the robbery in an unmarked vehicle so as to avoid being caught. SARS men also recovered a blue coloured Toyota Yaris car with registration number (Lagos) EJ 440 LSD which they allegedly snatched at gun point in Lagos state. The state Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye has also confirmed the incident yesterday at the SARS headquarters in Magbon, Abeokuta, the state capital.

Police arrest 3 women for child theft

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he police in Ezeagu, Enugu State, have arrested three women allegedly involved in child theft. Two of the women are from Awha Imezi and Oyofo both of Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State while the third is from Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo. A statement from the Public Relations Officer of the Enugu police command, Mr Ebere Amarizu, said in Enugu on Friday that the suspects were arrested for selling a five-yearold-baby. The statement alleged that the child was stolen from a yet-to-be-identified person in Egbeda, Lagos State, on March 3. It said a yet-to-be-arrested prospective buyer had agreed to pay N500,000 to secure the child. It also alleged that the suspects stole another baby from Ichieahamba village in Abia on March 5. The statement said the police recovered the child from one of the women who wanted to sell him for N600,000.

End of the road for carjackers in Lagos The robbers who invaded Somolu, Lagos some couples of weeks ago had a field day. Their victory was however transient. How did they meet their waterloo? SEGUN ADIO

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or Mr. Ademola Adepegba, who used to work at one of the firms at the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, complex in Apapa, Lagos State, 2014 has not been a bag of goodies. In January, he was among those who were sacked. Adepegba, a resident of No 1, Jemilugba Lane, Off Akanni Bashua Road, Somolu, Lagos, however, owns a Mazda 626 saloon car with registration LAGOS FKJ598BF. But barely a week after he was eased out of job, exactly on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, another calamity befell him: He lost his prized asset, the Mazda 626 saloon car, to the men of the underworld. It was snatched at gun point. The incident occurred around 9:00p.m and right in front of his house. It was gathered that Adepegbga had gone out seeking a new livelihood and was returning home to his family, but some couple of houses before his own, Adepegba noticed some five men working on a parked grey Honda End of Discussion car. Apparently not known to anyone them, he negotiated the bend of his house, oblivious of the danger that lurked around the corner. Since his building was a fenced one, Adepegba reportedly parked in front of the gate of his house and alighted from his car, in order to open the gate. Right in the front of the house were a couple of other tenants including one Seun, said to be the son of the landlord of the building. It was reported that just as he was trying to unlock the padlocks to his gate, the five men that were working on the parked Honda car, rushed towards Adepegba and held him by his pair of trousers, with guns pointed at his forehead. He reportedly challenged the robbers insisting that he would not part with any of his valuables. But the men of the underworld were not ready for any resistance. One of them reportedly hit Adepegba’s head with the butt of a gun. In no time, and in the full glare of his co-tenants and landlord’s son, the suspected armed robbers pounced on him and beat him up. In the process, his valuables like his mobile telephone handsets, neck chains, wallet containing some

Entrance to Adepegba’s compound

money were forcefully taken from him. Not done with that, the robbers reportedly entered the premises and seized Seun, the landlord’s son who was there watching helplessly while his mobile telephone set was also seized from him. Holding Seun by his trousers, the armed robbers threatened to shoot the poor boy should Adepegba continued his resistance to them. It was at this point that Adepa reportedly succumbed to the robbers and in the end he was reportedly bundled into the boot of his own car and driven away, and abandoning the Honda car they brought into the area which was later discovered to have developed a fault which was why they needed Adepegba’s car. Several hours later and after the suspected armed robbers had used his car for some other operations, Adepegba was dropped on the bridge beside TREM Church, at Anthony area of the metropolis. He later trekked back to his Somolu base where his family and neighbours had been waiting anxiously to hear from him. The matter was later reported at Alade Police Station. The identity of the suspected robbers were known some days later when Seun, Adeopegba’s landlord’s son got another telephone for himself and started pinging his former phone which remained active. At that time, all phones collected from Adepegba and other victims had been disposed of. Seun’s telephone was sold to an engineer who claimed he works with the

University of Lagos. With the aid of law enforcement agents, the engineer was arrested and he in turn took them to another engineer friend who actually used to buy stolen goods from robbers, and based in Ikorodu area of the state. It was the other engineer that led law enforcement agents to one Ishola Lateef, said to be one of the armed robbers who attacked Adepegba and collected Seun’s phones. Ishola was later arrested and he reportedly confessed to the crime. Other members of the aging are still on the run. Speaking on his experience, Adepegba told of his ordeal in the hands of his abductors, “I thought those people were trying to collect a tool from me to repair their car until they brought out guns asking that I should cooperate with them. We later learnt that the car they abandoned was snatched from a woman at gunpoint but when it could not go again, they needed a get-away car.” Police are still in search of Adepegba’s car. The arrested suspects have been transferred to the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). A police source at Alade Police Station, who preferred anonymity, told reporters that manhunt has been launched for the fleeing robbers. According to the Sergeant, “It was only God that saved the man as he could have been killed,. It was after we started monitoring the person that the landlord’s son was chatting with that we realized that the phone was sold to an engineer at Ikorodu from a colleague of his who used to buy stolen goods from robbers.”

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When Funmilola warned Haliyah to steer clear of her man or face the consequences, she probably took it for an empty threat. Today, she is the wiser for it. SEGUN ADIO

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Love triangle!

Girl mutilates rival over love affair with her man

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teenager, Haliya Odunaya, may have to abandon schooling for the time pending the time the deep cut inflicted on her neck by a woman, who accused her of illicit affair with her husband, would heal. Haliya, a Senior Secondary School class 2 pupil, is lying critically ill at Stars Clinic on Apapa Road, Ebute Metta West, Lagos where doctors are battling hard to save her life. When she was rushed to the hospital on Saturday, March 15, 2014 Haliya, not many believed that she would make it. Haliya, 15, lives with her parents at Shomore, on Ilogbo area of Oyingbo in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area of the state. The third born of a family of five children, Haliya, it was gathered, was a victim of a jealous lover who would not want anyone be near her boyfriend. Saturday Mirror learnt that one Funmilola, probably of the same age as Haliya, stabbed her over suspicion based bordering on this. It was reported that a couple of weeks before the incident, Funmilola, had approached Haliya when she started noticing the closeness of her (Haliya) and her lover. Then, Funmilola had reportedly warned Haliya to stay off her man, reportedly threatening to go any length with anyone she found around the man. Saturday Mirror further gathered that a day before she attacked Haliya, Funmilola reportedly stripped another lady stark naked in the same locality for the same reason.

Haliyah’s mutilated body

Thus, on that fateful Saturday, Funmilola was allegedly informed by another friend that Haliya was in company with her (Funmilola’s) boyfriend. It was reported that before Funmilayo got to where Haliya and the man were supposedly standing, both had left and she headed straight for Haliya’s house. As Haliya appeared from the corner of the street, Funmilola reportedly accosted her and began to rain abuses on the young lady. Speaking with Saturday Mirror on her hospital bed, Haliya, who denied having an affair the man in question narrated continued the story. “I was coming from where I went to buy something that night when Funmilola met me at the end of the street. She started pushing me and insulting me but I did not utter a word. When I entered our house, she stood outside and was shouting at the top of her voice heaping insults on my parents and I. “At that stage I decided to re-

spond to her threats and went to meet her to warn her against insulting my mother. After I had told her my mind, I turned to go back into our building and that was when she (Funmilola) dragged me back and produced a sharp object from under her cloths and attacked me with it,” Haliya alleged. Funmilola, it was gathered, had fled the community while the man at the centre of the storm would not answer his telephone calls when contacted. He only told some confidants that he had nothing to do with the two young ladies. It was reported that Funmilola did not let go of Haliya until the latter slumped having lost a lot of blood. Dr. Adeolu Olusodo, is currently battling to save the young girl’s life in his clinic. Speaking with Saturday Mirror on the severity of the cuts on Haliya, he expressed shock over the attack and injury inflicted on Haliya. According to Olusodo, Haliya could have died in the process should the cuts had been more.

Man, 22, bags 6 months imprisonment for burglary, stealing

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n Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old man, Afeez Adeyemi, to six months imprisonment for burglary and stealing from a boutique. Adeyemi, who had pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of burglary and stealing when arraigned on April 12, 2013, changed his plea to guilty on Tuesday, March 11. The Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Oshodi-Makanju, sentenced the convict, without an option of fine.

``I hereby find you guilty of the charges against you, after considering the facts of the case. ``You are hereby sentenced to three months imprisonment for the first count charge of burglary and three months imprisonment for the second count charge of stealing,” she said. However, she said that the sentences would run concurrently. Earlier, Adeyemi had pleaded for leniency, saying that he was not a thief. ``I was only passing by and saw the door of the shop opened,

I entered but was arrested by the Police. ``I did not burgle the shop but only took six pairs of shoes from the shop,” he said. The Prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, had told the court that the accused conspired with others, now at large, to commit the offence. Ekikere said that the convict broke into a boutique and stole goods worth N200, 000, property of Mrs Adelakun Oyewale. ``The accused was caught but his accomplices escaped,” he said.

His words: “It is strange that a young girl would inflict such injuries on another fellow girl. Haliya was luck to be alive and it was because she had a good escape because if the cuts had gone down a little, it would have resulted in loss of so much blood and could have touched some sensitive parts of her body, which could have led to loss of her life.” No one in Funmilola’s family was ready to speak with the press or comment on the whereabouts of their daughter. Haliya’s parents also would not want to speak to the press but it was gathered that the community was on their neck to allow

sleeping dog lie on the matter since their daughter survived the gruesome attack. A family member of Haliya who would want to be quoted told Saturday Mirror on telephone that the matter would not be allowed to lie low since Funmilola had engaged in a similar act before now. “How on earth would you sweep this kind of crime under the carpet? The girl could come round next time and do it to anyone else. She must be stopped. Who takes care of the hospital bills not minding some drugs that she would need to regain the lost strength and blood?”

Man arraigned over theft of N.3m clothes

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he police in Ogun on Friday arraigned a 22-yearold man, Monday Saliu, for allegedly breaking into a shop and stealing clothes worth N363,000. Saliu, who lives at No. 43, Oresanya Street, Iyana Iyesi, Ota, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy in an Ota Magistrates’ Court. The prosecutor, Cpl. Peter Molokwu, told the court that the accused and others at large committed the offence on March 12 at 2. 00 a.m. at Iju, Ota. Molokwu said the accused and others at large broke into the shop of the complainant and stole the clothes belonging to one Oyedeji Daniel. He said that the accused was, however, apprehended by a vigilance group in the area and handed over to the police. According to the prosecu-

tor, the offences committed contravened the provisions of sections 390 (9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Revised Laws of Ogun, 2006. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Senior Magistrate Titi Bello granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety in like sum. Bello said that the surety must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction and have evidence of gainful employment. She also said that the surety must have landed property within the court’s jurisdiction and show evidence of tax clearance payment to the Ogun Government within the last one year. Bello, who said that the address of the surety should be verified by the police, adjourned the case till April 14 for mention


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ithin a week, many developments occurred in a jiffy. From the arrest of the suspected killers of Islamic Cleric, Sheik Adam Albani to attacks in North-Eastern states and now to the recent warning signals from the Defence Headquarters on alleged sympathisers and backers of terrorist groups. It is not funny especially for some of us who have relatives including spouses serving in the security agencies in the country. When members of the security forces are deployed to the dangerous zones, we wonder if they would return in alive and in whole. On the other hand if they are in safer zones, the fear of anticipated redeployment can run shiver in our spines. Going through the social media, one could easily read doubting Thomases on every actions of the security personnel on the ground. Reports quoting eye-witnesses are more regarded than statements from official spokespersons. When the Department of States Security Service (SSS) in Abuja paraded seven arrested members of ‘Boko Haram’ over the killing of popular Zaria based Islamic cleric Sheik Adam Albani, yet some postings in social media expressed too much doubts. It could be recalled that Sheik Albani along with his wife and son were killed in Zaria, Kaduna State, while returning from a preaching session at Markaz Salafiya Centre,

Tudun Wada Zaria. The spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Oga, not only announced the arrest, she gave permission to journalists at the head office of the service to ask the suspects questions. From the countenances of some of the suspect one could easily read lack of remorse apart from the fact that most of them confessed to planning and killing their victims. Among the suspects was a graduate of English literature and a subregional commander of the sect in Kaduna/Niger states axis. Meanwhile in another story, the Chief of Air Staff was reported to have led assaults against Boko Haram in North-East. It was reported that incensed by the rising number of deaths and galvanized by the barbaric acts of the insurgents and the need to lead by example Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, personally entered the battle zone when he flew one of the Alpha jets of the 75 Strike Group of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to conduct air strikes against enemy positions along Borno-Adamawa axis. As refreshing as the report was, surprisingly some still doubted the veracity of the courageous efforts of Air Marshal Adesola Amosu by claiming that his aide must have flown the fighter jet. Despite the air and ground assault by the military, the sect’s onslaught on North-eastern Nigeria continued unabated, while politicians and unknown eye-witnesses were busy dishing out gory tales about the in-

ability of security forces to do anything to curtail the excesses of the insurgents. Concerned about the rising verbal attacks on the security personnel on the operation and some sensational angle from various credible and not-credible sources, the Director Defence Information, Major Geeral Chris Olukolade issued a statement to caution those causing disaffection by their utterance on the security situations. General Olukolade disclosed that the Defence Headquarters has noted with grave concern the inflammatory pronouncements by some highly placed persons in government and some apparently sponsored commentators in and outside the country who have consistently given false and misleading remarks to describe the disposition of troops in the ongoing operations. He therefore pointed out that it has become clear that the sustained campaign is intended to demoralize the troops and give impression that the military is overwhelmed by the terrorist group. “This tendency,” he echoed, “is unfortunate to say the least.” So far the Defence Headquarters has restated that the Nigerian military cannot by any standard be overwhelmed by the insurgents neither will the devious antics of their sympathizers and sponsors demoralize the fighting spirit of troops. Before the arrest of the suspected killers of Sheik Albani, some of the students of the late cleric were

skeptical about the possibility and sincerity of security agencies to unravel the mystery and arrest the culprits. It is heartwarming that the students are now singing new tunes over the arrest. Dr. Abdulganiyu Abdul-rafi’u, one of the frontline students of late Sheikh Adam Albani commended the security agencies for the speedy investigation and operation in apprehending the suspects. He added that since the suspects claimed to be Muslims and that they allegedly carried out the act in the name of Islam, the SSS should take them to the Shari’ah Court where they could receive what they deserve. While we should encourage our security personnel to abide by the rules of engagement where necessary, they should also be transparent and sincere in relaying information to the public. We should be receptive and responsive to official positions, especially from the designated and professional spokespersons who don’t play propaganda. We should discountenance the propaganda messages of the terrorists and their conscious and unconscious backers alleging the inability of Nigerians troops to handle the insurgency. By the way, I always ask this question: Are our security personnel not like everyone of us who are human and deserves and support to put in their best? Fatima Goni Fatimagoni1@yahoo.com Kofar Dukawuya, Kano

Please leave children out of the war

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n the few weeks, insurgents have caught global attention for killing several people in the North -Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. On Monday the 24th of February, at least 90 people were mindlessly massacred in an early-morning raid on Izge. The following day, Tuesday, not less than 43 school pupils were callously bombed, shot, hacked, and slaughtered at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi while they slept, with 16 other female pupils abducted. On Wednesday, the wave moved over to Adamawa State, where the terrorists killed another set of 37 people across four villages. In yet another attack along MaiduguriGombe-Adamawa highway, another 14 people were killed after the burning houses, and raiding of a Bank. It goes on and on. Some accounts put the number of deaths from the Boko Haram insurgents and others yet to be properly identified in Plateau State at close to 500 in two weeks alone. Accounts now put it that no fewer than

15,000 pupils may have dropped out of school in the last one year in the affected parts, with Borno State topping the list. Like every well-meaning Nigerian, we at I-Nigerian strongly condemn this dastardly targeting of innocent school children by terrorists. Under whatever guise - religion, fundamentalism, ideology, or even ethnicity - this is a most heinous crime against humanity, and to the good people of Nigeria, who daily preach non-violence in their daily endeavours, irrespective of whatever provocations they are confronted with. Defenceless people - have been maimed, harmed, and fatally brought down, in a manner that goes against every form of religious tenets, or human understanding! Why such carnage? What is the reason for all this? And why our children? We at I-Nigerian join the call once again to appeal to the sensibilities of these insurgents operating in the North East and Plateau State, and the various parts of the country to lay down their arms, and stop this

bloodbath. Too many souls have been lost. Too many homes are weeping; our children are now afraid to go to school, for fear of their lives; and whole communities have either been wiped out, or their inhabitants have all become “refugees” in their own country, as they flee from the onslaught of these dangerous terrorists. We make this painful and very passionate appeal, to (re)open the lines of dialogue with the Government, as a way to addressing and totally solving whatever grievances that are responsible for these “attacks;” and so that normalcy and peace can be restored in the Nigerian state. In the same vein, we also appeal to the government of the states concerned to send the school children home temporarily for their safety, until such a time when the atmosphere will be conducive enough for academic activities to resume. Also, while there is also no doubt that our security agencies are doing their best to contain the situation, we lend our further appeal to

the many calls across the land, that they should strive to still do more to curtail and eventually wipe away this ravaging menace. We also need to supports the security agencies protecting our lives with words of encouragement and remaining extra vigilant and security conscious at all times. The political class also need to be reminded that this is no period for blame game and counter accusations on who-do-what as all hands must be on deck towards protecting our people and national from the faceless marauders. Finally, I-Nigerian seizes the opportunity to also appeal to our brothers and sisters in neighbouring countries to get actively involved in this fight against insurgency within the sub-region. A situation where some suspected terrorists and criminals will attack in one country and before you know it move to another country for safety and escape from their wrong deeds. Ada Stella Apiafi National Coordinator I-Nigerian Renaissance Initiative Abuja


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NYSC warns corps members against travelling Dennis Agbo ENUGU

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irector General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Briga-

dier-General Johnson Olawumi as warned corps members to desist from embarking on unnecessary travels during their service year.

Gen. Olawumi gave this advice yesterday in his address to corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp Awgu, Enugu State. He said that unnecessary

travels could lead to accidents which may claim their lives. He therefore advised the corps members to settle down in their places of primary as-

signment and contribute meaningfully to the development of their host communities. The NYSC Chief Executive further advised the corps

members to resist the temptation of engaging in any form of criminal act and make discipline and patriotism their guiding principles.

Enugu scores self 50 percent on 2013 budget

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he Enugu State Gover nment on Friday rated the implementation of its 2013 budget above average. The state’s Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Kester Agbowo, announced the rating during the 2013 Budget Implementation Review Workshop in Enugu. Agbowo said the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) rose to N7 billion in the year under

L-R: Abia State Commissioner for Youth, Mrs. Ngozi Orji; NYSC National Governing Board Chairman, Mr. Gordon Bozimo; Governor Theodore Orji; his deputy, Sir Emeka Ananaba and State co coordinator NYSC, Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, during the visit of National Governing Board of NYSC in Umuahia, yesterday.

Orji unveils Easter Carnival in Umuahia

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overnor Theodore Orji of Abia State has unveiled the first Abia Easter Carnival tagged “Cantata.” The carnival, scheduled to begin on April 21, 2014, would take place in Umuahia, the state capital. Speaking during the ceremony, Governor Orji said the event would be an opportunity to showcase the rich

cultural heritage of the state. According to the governor, “The carnival will not focus entirely on merriment but will feature social integration and the projection of investment opportunities that abound in Abia,” he said. Earlier, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Onwuka Uzoma, said that carnivals played important

roles in the realisation of societal development. Uzoma said the state government intended to use the Easter Carnival to stimulate socioeconomic growth in the state. The commissioner said he was confident that the government and people of Abia would enjoy the benefits the carnival would yield in various sectors of the

economy. Chief Executive Officer of Bourdex Group,Chief David Onuoha, the consulting firm organising the event, said the carnival was an enterprise which would develop Abia’s tourism sub-sector. Onuoha commended the state government for evolving and actualising progressive projects and ideas for the growth of the state.

Obiano urged to focus on agriculture

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ew Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has been urged to use agriculture as a platform for mass employment in the state. An Onitsha-based businessman, Chief Gilbert Obi, gave this advise to the new governor as a platform for mass employment in

the state Obi told NAN in Onitsha, yesterday, that agriculture remained one of the most potent weapons for creating the much needed employment. According to the mogul, “Governor Obiano should rapidly activate his promise of improving agriculture and

agro-allied ventures in the state as such a venture would enhance job creation for the teeming youth of the state,’’ he said. Obi, who is the Managing Director of Bravo West Africa Ltd, said that previous governments paid lip-service to the agriculture potential of

the state. “Agricultural programmes had been the drain-pipe which successive government officials used to enrich themselves,’’ he said. Obi advised the governor to avoid activities of sycophants who might come up with advice for him to endorse unpopular polices.

review from N1.7 billion in 2007. The commissioner said the workshop was to establish areas of strength and weaknesses of the 2013 budget, with a view of implementing the 2014 budget better. Earlier Governor Sullivan Chime, while declaring the workshop open, had said the report from the review would serve as an instrument of accountability for ministries and agencies in the state.

Okorocha launches teacher, child assessment programme

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mo State Government has launched the Parent/Teacher/Child Assessment and Mentoring Programme (PTCAP) to encourage healthier relationship among teachers, parents and the child as well as ensure quality education. Governor Rochas Okorocha launched the programme at the Owerri City Primary School, Owerri, yesterday. Governor Okorocha said the move was to create a platform for collaboration among the teachers, parents and the child on continuous assessment of children with a view of ensuring their proper upbringing. He appealed to teachers, principals and other heads of schools in the state to keep their communication lines with parents and the pupils open to know the posi-

tion of the child at any given time. The governor used the occasion to continue the payment of stipends and distribution of educational materials to pupils. He said his administration introduced payment of stipends to pupils and students to appreciate the Imo child and give him a sense of ownership and participation in the affairs of the state and its resources. Students in secondary schools were given monthly stipend of N500, while those in primary schools were given N300. Responding on behalf of the students of Owerri City School, Miss Blessing Nwele, thanked the state government for the gesture. She said that students would reciprocate the gesture by studying hard and being law abiding


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Makurdi boils as hoodlums kill one at Motor Park Henry Iyorkase MAKURDI

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here was pandemonium yesterday at Wurukum Motor Park, in the heart of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, as suspected hoodlums ran amok kill-

ing an aged man at the park. Scores of people were observed fleeing in opposite directions apparently not wanting to be caught in the web of violence that broke out around 2:00pm. Saturday Mirror gath-

ered that the killing might not be unconnected to the rising of tempers following unresolved security challenges in the state in which thousands of Tiv natives and their neighbours were displaced from their homes by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

A sources at the motor park disclosed that the deceased was coming to board a vehicle to an unknown destination when the hoodlums, who were arguing over the insecurity in the state, suddenly swooped on the man. When contacted, Benue

State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Daniel Ezeala, confirmed the killing. Ezeala said the men of the command have been drafted there to quell the already boiling tension. According to Ezeala, “Investigation is already

in progress to bring to justice those perpetrators of this barbaric attacks leading to loss of lives insisting that “we shall not rest on our oars until those behind the killing are fished out and the law of the land takes its appropriate course in the matter.”

Group dissociates self from protest against Nasarawa dep gov Igbawase Ukumba LAFIA

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group in Nasarawa State, the Youth Wing of Mada Development As-

sociation, yesterday said it has disassociated itself from a group of some individuals who staged peaceful demonstrations against the deputy governor of the state, Damishi

Luka Barau. It would be recalled that Deputy Governor Barau had recently defected back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives

L-R: Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Kabiru Barwa; newly appointed Judge of Federal Court of Appeal, Justice Bitrus Sanga; Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu and Chief of Staff to Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Yusuf Gumli, during the visit of the Judge to the Emir in Bauchi yesterday. PHOTO:NAN

Group faults Plateau Assembly over removal of Dep. Speaker James Abraham JOS

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socio political group in Plateau State, under the auspices of The Goemai Youth Movement (GYM), has accused the state House of Assembly of persecution over suspension of one Hon. John Bull Shekarau from the House. The Plateau State House of Assembly had, last Wednesday, suspended the former Deputy Speaker of the House for what they alleged as “gross misconduct.” It was gathered that the suspension of the Hon. Shekarau, representing Shendam constituency, may not be unconnected with the decision of the lawmaker to drag the

House to court challenging his removal as Deputy Speaker. But the GYM, an umbrella body of Goemai Students from different higher Institutions of learning in the country, yesterday protested the suspension. The group called on the members of the Plateau State House of Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, reverse the suspension of the former Deputy Speaker in the interest of peace. The students were led in a peaceful protest to the premises of the Plateau House of Assembly by the former National President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Prince Miaphen. The students told Satur-

day Mirror that they wanted to know the reason for the suspension of the former Deputy Speaker. According to Comrade Miaphen, the suspension of the former Deputy Speaker was a calculated attempt by some cabals in the House to frustrate Goemai representation. In his words, “The suspension of Hon. Johnbull Shekaru is illegal. I means that for the next two weeks the Goemai people will not be represented. That means some cabals in the House are against the interest of Goemai Nation.” According to GYM, if the suspension of the former Deputy Speaker was not reverse soon by the House, they should expect unimaginable consequences.

Party (APC). Consequent upon his defection, a group of youths from Mada nation staged a peaceful demonstration over the deputy governor’s defection, describing his action as “betrayal.” But the National Youth President of the Mada Youths , Sommeh Simon Rinzeh, who made this position of the group public at a press briefing in Lafia, the state capital, said the action of the protesters was mischievous and capable of causing tension and division among the Mada people. Rinzeh, who condemned the action of the

protester, further stated that the action of the individuals was contrary to objectives of the Mada nation whose principal goal has peace-building and unity of the country. In the words of Rinzeh, “In this connection, the leadership of Mada Youths totally disassociates itself from such act which we described as ‘misleading, misdirecting, incoherence and contrary to the aims and objectives of our noble association’’’. Rinzeh therefore called on Mada people to be peaceful and law-abiding and avoid acts of violence and political syco-

phancy. He also urged them to come together to promote pace and national integration which the Mada people are known for. Rinzeh stated that the body was committed to peace building and protection of cultural values of Mada. While throwing the association’s weight behind the National Conference and transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Mada Youth President called for intra and interethnic coherence and religious harmony for interest of peace and unity of the country.

ABDU GUSAU POLYTECHNIC TALATA MAFARA P.M.B 1021 ZAMFARA STATE INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF LIBRARY TEXTBOOKS AND E-LIBRARY FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT UNDER 2013 TETFUND LIBRARY INTERVENTION 1.0 INTRODUCTION The Management of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic invites competent, experienced, registered and interested contractors to tender for the supply of textbooks and ELibrary furniture and equipment at the Polytechnic permanent site Talata Mafara. 2.0 DESCRIPTION OF WORK It involves the supply of recommended textbooks and E-Library furniture with installation and networking. 3.0 QUALIFICATION TO TENDER Interested and competent contractors should submit the following qualification documents along with their tender: (i) Evidence of registration with corporate Affairs Commission, (ii) Evidence of similar supply executed in the last five years. (iii) Evidence of financial capability and bank support (this shall include certified bank statement of account and bank reference letter with commitment). (iv) Evidence of contract registration with the polytechnic. (v) Evidence of payment of a non-refundable fee of thirty thousand Naira (N30, 000.00) (vi) Evidence of payment of tax, at least, for the past three years. (vii) Any additional information that may enhance the chances of the company or contractor. 4.0 COLLECTION AND SUBMISSION OF TENDER Tender documents and the list of recommended items are to be collected from the office of the Registrar Abdu Gusau Polytechnic Talata Mafara, upon presentation of evidence of payment of a non-refundable tender fee of thirty thousand naira (N30, 000.00). Completed tender documents should be submitted in sealed envelope marked at the top right corner " “Tender for the supply of library textbooks and E-Library facilities under 2013 Tetfund Library intervention", addressed to the Registrar-Abdu Gusau Polytechnic Talata Mafara Zamfara State, on or before two weeks from the date of this publication. Representatives of the tender companies are hereby invited to witness the Bid opening exercise on 10th April 2014. SIGNED: ALH. MUAZU MUSA JANGABE REGISTRAR


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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

March 22, 2014

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Putin signs Crimea annexation law

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resident Vladimir Putin has signed a law formalising Russia’s takeover of Crimea from Ukraine, despite fresh sanctions from the EU and the US. The European Union’s latest measures target 12 people involved in Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. Earlier on Friday Ukraine and the EU signed an accord forging closer political ties. European leaders also said they would step up efforts to reduce energy dependency on Russia.

The EU’s new sanctions add to an existing list of 21 officials affected by travel bans and asset freezes. They include Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and two close aides of Vladimir Putin, Sergey Glazyev and Vladislav Surkov. The speakers of Russia’s two houses of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko and Sergei Naryshkin - both at Mr Putin’s side as he signed the Crimea law are also included. While the list targets several figures close to the Rus-

sian president, it does not hit his inner circle as hard as the sanctions announced by the US on Thursday. Shares fell sharply in Moscow on Friday as investors assessed the impact of Western sanctions on Russia’s economy. Two credit rating agencies have now downgraded Russia’s outlook from stable to negative. Visa and Mastercard have also stopped providing services to two Russian financial institutions, Bank Rossiya (hit by US sanctions) and SMP Bank.

The accord signed by the EU and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Brussels on Friday contains the political part of the EU Association Agreement rejected in November by Viktor Yanukovych, who was then Ukraine’s president. That decision triggered violent protests, Mr Yanukovych’s eventual overthrow and Russia’s subsequent move into Crimea. The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, visiting Kiev the day after meeting Mr

Defying pressure

Putin in Moscow, urged Ukraine and Russia to hold talks to prevent the crisis spreading. Ukraine’s interim President Olexander Turchynov, after meeting Mr Ban, said Ukraine would never accept “the seizure of its territory”. In a separate development on Friday, Ukrainian police detained the head of the Naftogaz state energy firm, Yevhen Bakulin. He is accused of embezzling $4bn (£2.4bn) during Mr Yanukovych’s time in power. Officials investigating corruption at Ukraine’s agriculture ministry are reported to have seized tens of thousands of dollars in cash. In Crimea itself, forces allied to Russia have been seizing Ukrainian ships and taking over military bases. The new authorities in Crimea have invited those

serving in the Ukrainian forces on the peninsula to switch sides and join Russian forces. Vladimir Putin has ordered fireworks displays for Moscow and Crimea on Friday night to celebrate the region becoming part of the Russian Federation. Russia ordered travel bans and asset freezes for nine prominent US officials and lawmakers in response to Thursday’s announcement of sanctions targeting Mr Putin’s allies by President Barack Obama. Senator John McCain, one of those targeted, joked in a tweet that he would have to cancel his spring break in Siberia. Mr Putin said Moscow would not retaliate for the latest EU sanctions although the Russian foreign ministry said there would be a response.

Malaysia plane: No debris found as search day ends

T President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signing Russia’s takeover of Crimea into law

Turkish PM vows to ‘eradicate’ Twitter

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ours after Turkey’s prime minister vowed to “eradicate” Twitter, Turkish Internet users began to experience widespread disruptions Thursday while trying to access the popular social networking website. Outrage and fury erupted online. Within an hour the hashtags “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey,” “#DictatorErdogan” and “TurkeyBlockedTwitter” surged to the service’s top worldwide trends. Meanwhile, Twitter swiftly offered subscribers a work-around via its verified policy account by advertising an alternative way to send out tweets using cellphone instant messaging. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan first vowed to shut Twitter down at a campaign rally on Thursday in the city of Bursa. “Now there is a court order. Twitter, mwitter, we will eradicate it all,” Erdogan

said, using a Turkish expression that mocked the name of the social networking site. “The international community will say this and that, and it doesn’t concern me one bit,” Erdogan added, apparently anticipating the subsequent uproar. “They will see the power of the Turkish Republic. This has nothing to do with freedom-shmeedom. Freedom is not invading someone’s privacy.” Several hours later, the prime ministry released a statement accusing Twitter’s management of ignoring court orders calling for the removal of web links from the website. “Twitter officials remained indifferent to these demands,” the prime ministry announced, according to the semiofficial Anadolu news agency. “Access to Twitter may be blocked as a last resort to avert the unjust treatment of our citizens in case of a

continuation of this ignorance of the court rulings.” While many Twitter users reported blockages to the website, others quickly advertised workaround procedures. The Twitter crackdown follows earlier threats by Erdogan to shut down popular social networking sites Facebook and YouTube. The latest move against Twitter comes 10 days before Turks are expected to go to the polls in municipal elections that will be held nationwide. The government has also been working to block embarrassing leaks emerging on social media linked to a corruption investigation that embroiled four of Erdogan’s former cabinet ministers. Erdogan claims the investigation is a “coup plot.” He has sought to crush the probe by firing thousands of police officers and prosecutors. Nonetheless, embar-

rassing wiretaps of telephone conversations between Erdogan, his family members and top members of Turkey’s ruling elite have been leaked on a daily basis on an assortment of popular Internet sites. CNN has been unable to confirm the authenticity of the recordings, some of which have been described as “immorally edited material” by Erdogan. But the prime minister confirmed some of the conversations, including a call in which he ordered the head of a TV news channel to censor the live broadcast of an opposition lawmaker’s speech. On Wednesday, lawmakers from Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party succeeded in blocking an attempt by opposition leaders to read out portions of the corruption investigation indictment in an extraordinary session of parliament.

he second day of an international search for the missing Malaysian airliner has concluded without any sightings of debris in the southern Indian Ocean. The operation is due to start again on Saturday (today) with extra vessels joining the search, Australian officials say. Five aircraft took part in Friday’s search for flight MH370, which vanished on 8 March with 239 people on board. Satellite images have revealed objects possibly related to the plane in waters far south-west of Western Australia. Bad weather had initially hampered Thursday’s operation, but conditions improved on Friday. Experts have warned that the searchers face extremely treacherous seas and that a recovery operation would be very dangerous. Operations were halted on Friday at nightfall, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) confirmed. It added that an Australian navy ship, HMAS Success, was on its way to the search area. In an earlier press conference, Malaysian authorities said the vessel was expected to “reach the vicinity of the objects today [Saturday].” Other countries deploy-

ing additional assets included China, Japan and the United Kingdom, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said. He added that a French delegation was also assisting “with their considerable experience and expertise.” The team “includes a man who led the investigation into the Air France (Flight) 447 crash,” Mr Hussein said. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier described the search as “a gut-wrenching business for so many people, not least those who are charged with keeping their citizens safe.” “It’s about the most inaccessible spot that you can imagine on the face of the earth, but if there is anything down there, we will find it,” said Mr Abbott, who is currently visiting Papua New Guinea. “We owe it to the families of those people (on board) to do no less.” But he also cautioned that the objects spotted by the satellites could be unrelated to the plane. Flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic controllers and disappeared from radar. Satellite data has led to a search in two corridors to the north and south of its last known location in the Malacca Straits - the opposite direction from its flight path.


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The biggest doctor is prevention. If we all imbibe better habits, and choose to be cleaner than we are now, ill health will reduce. Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, while explaining why he has ordered the arrest of people who urinate and defecate publicly in Lagos.

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s a farmer, I cannot resist the temptation of highlighting the role of agriculture in the education-food security and employment nexus. On the agriculture front or more precisely agribusiness front, much of Africa can be said to be agrarian. Unfortunately, it is largely subsistence. Thus, many of our countries are dependent on imported food and hunger constitutes a real threat to the security of numerous individuals and the rapidly growing populations. To arrest and reverse this, a policy of modernisation entailing mechanisation, irrigation, improved seed inputs, commercial marketing, post-harvest storage and handling as well as agribusiness including value addition, should be pursued. Given the substantial natural trainable labour which is largely rural, modernisation of the sector becomes imperative and urgently so. The vast agricultural potential of Africa presents another set of opportunities. Youth employment in agribusiness holds huge promise and will be a potent pathway for significantly reducing youth unemployment. This is aside from the collateral benefit of reducing Africa’s food import from the increased production occasioned by youth engagement in agribusiness. If food security is enhanced, the indices of good health will be bolstered. If we add gains in lit-

with President Olusegun Obasanjo hexcellency2011@yahoo.com

IF FOOD SECURITY IS ENHANCED, THE INDICES OF GOOD HEALTH WILL BE BOLSTERED. IF WE ADD GAINS IN LITERACY THROUGH ADEQUATE

AND FRUITFUL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION, WE ARE GUARANTEED A FUTURE IN eracy through adequate and fruitful investment in education, we are guaranteed a future in Africa with improved food and nutrition security and better quality of health and enhanced quality of life. In sum, African countries must deal with issues of financing, quality and relevance of teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, sci-

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ence and technology education, teacher training and management, and equity and access. They must provide education systems that promote economic growth and competitiveness, and produce graduates with skills demanded and required by the local labour markets. In short, the products must be relevantly employable. Moving now to health, there are several

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Brazil first World Cup-winning captain, Bellini, dies at 83

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razil’s first FIFA World Cupwinning captain Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini has died at the age

of 83. The defender led Brazil, hosts of this year’s tournament to victory at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, which is also noted as being the breakthrough tournament for legendary striker Pele. The South American side stormed to a 5-2 victory over Sweden in the final and Bellini is widely believed to have started the trend of lifting a trophy above the head in triumph. “Brazilian football is mourning the

death of a great man and captain,” said Brazilian Football Confederation president Jose Maria Marin. “I had the opportunity to meet him during his time at Sao Paulo where he proved, as well as being an excellent defender; he was a gentleman and an exemplary professional.” Bellini played for Vasco da Gama, Sao Paulo and Atletico Paranaense in his homeland, and won the World Cup again four years later. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since 2011 and is reported to have died following complications Bellini from a heart attack.

dim pictures in the health report of Africa but the good news is that steps are being taken at the regional and national levels to improve performance on health indicators. For instance the WHO 2012 report on the state of health in the world, indicates that most of the 40 countries with high maternal mortality rates are in sub-Saharan Africa where 500 women die per 100,000 live births. Ten percent of maternal deaths are due to the aggravating effect of HIV infection on pregnancy. Also, the region accounts for 85% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths worldwide. Increasing investment in health has been advocated as a way to address most of the health challenges. We should ensure that all countries in Africa have a costed, time-bound, evidenced based health plan and budget that prioritises maternal and child health. We also need to spend resources more effectively targeting primary healthcare systems, and maternal and child health. Other social sector spending like water, education, social protection, food security and sanitation need to be prioritised at the same time to have the maximum impact. Just as attention is being paid to HIV/AIDS and malaria, equal attention must be paid to non-communicable diseases which are also as destructive as communicable diseases.

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