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President Goodluck Jonathan (left) and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, after a breakfast meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday.

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IBB, Abdulsalami, Atiku, Oshiomhole eulogise Ikimi at 70

...as he is lauded for his “collective self-confidence” by Rawlings SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN CITY

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he sleepy, agrarian town of Igueben in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State came alive yesterday when three African former Heads of State visited to attend the 70thbirthday celebration of a former Minister of External Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi. Apart from two former Heads of State of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, fondly known as IBB and General Abdulsalami Abubakar and a former Head of State of Ghana, General John Jerry Rawlings, fondly called JJRawlings, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole of Edo State

also graced the birthday celebration along with other governors, federal and state lawmakers and other important personalities from all walks of life. In his tributes, Jerry Rawlings described Ikimi as a man whose legacies and contributions to International Diplomacy have stood him out on the African continent, especially for his “collective selfconfidence,” which has made many people to fear, respect and honour him. Rawlings echoed the call from the Federal Government on all citizens to assist the military to tackle insurgency by restating the need by all Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government to tackle Boko Haram, especially as the military alone cannot do it.

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Obviously due to the menacing and deadly bombings of the Boko Haram sect in the country’s northern parts and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, security was watertight at the event, with many

people unable to gain entry to the venue of the celebration. On his part, IBB described the celebrant as a “seasoned technocrat, a hard-core politician and an eloquent speaker, whose carriage invokes authority in the truest sense.” He added that for the celebrating Septuagenarian “to attain the age of three scores plus ten in a country where life expectancy stands at a ridiculous 47 years, is a huge milestone.” “The man celebrating the milestone is not just as remarkable as the age, he symbolises what makes that age instructively unique: uncommon wisdom, elegance, ageing gracefully; a show of quintessence; a display of finesse, with uncommon outlook,” IBB concluded.

The Chief Host and Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, described Ikimi as a political architect with emphasis that “Nigeria, at this point in our history, requires leaders that can stand for Nigeria in order to guarantee a future for the younger ones.” Some of the dignitaries that celebrated with Ikimi included former governors like Chief Bisi Akande, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Professor Oserhiemen Osunbor, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onuh; Senator Chris Ngige and Senator Ben Obi. Others are media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi; Chief Audu Ogbe, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Dr. Johnson Arumenmi and presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe.

Reign of terror in Osun

Three suspected kidnappers burnt to death BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSOGBO

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he reign of terror that started on Thursday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, continued yesterday with the burning of another suspected kidnapper around Omo West Area of the town. There were however conflicting reports about how the suspect was caught. Some eye witnesses that spoke to Saturday Mirror at the scene of the incident explained that the suspect was caught about 7 am luring a child, which drew the attention of eagle-eyed artisans who were just opening their shops for the day’s business. Another set of eye witnesses said the suspect was actually caught by some commercial drivers at Ayetoro Junction, who reportedly challenged her when it was discovered that she was carrying a baby in her bag. This, it was learnt, prompted the youths in the area to mobilise themselves and set the suspected kidnapper ablaze. When Saturday Mirror got

to the scene on Friday morning, the remains of the suspect, said to be a woman in her mid 40’s, was still burning, while men of the Osun Special Anti-Robbery Squad, who arrived the scene after the mob had set the suspect ablaze, were also sighted dispersing the crowd. The suspect, it was further learnt, feigned insanity and is said to have arrived the neighbourhood on Thursday night. Efforts to sight the rescued child, however, failed to yield positive results, as the child was not produced despite persistent demand by residents of the capital city who were drawn to the scene. On Thursday evening, another suspected kidnapper was burn to death near Military Cemetery area, near Igbona Market in Osogbo around 9 pm. When Saturday Mirror arrived at the scene, the police and the mob were engaged in a near fatal clash over the insistence of police on taking the badly beaten man to the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force for questioning, while the mob

Segun Akinwale alleged to have attempted to kidnapp a child in Osogbo on Thursday

that mostly comprised of commercial motorcyclists and mini bus drivers were hell-bent on killing the suspect on the spot. After several minutes of altercations, the suspect was eventually set ablaze, while police fired several shots into the air to disperse the crowd. A resident of the neighbourhood, who preferred anonymity, while explaining how the

suspect was caught, said he had already successfully kidnapped a child at the entrance of the adjoining street to the Military Cemetery before he was apprehended. A similar incident reportedly occurred at Pantesan/ Idi Omo area of Osogbo on Thursday, when a suspected kidnapper was burnt to death by some youths. The reign of terror in Osogbo is believed to have been triggered by the confession of a suspected kidnapper, Segun Akinwale, who reportedly disclosed that he had nine other colleagues roaming the town on the same mission. Akinwale, who was beaten to pulp before he was rescued by the Police and a soldier who was on transit, had, according to sources, attempted to kidnap a child around Akindeko Market before he ran out of luck and was apprehended. The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Maishanu, has however, condemned the jungle justice meted out to the suspected kidnappers, saying

burning of suspects is against the law. He added that the Police would not allow the state to be turned into a theater of crisis and would do everything to forestall further breakdown of law and order. The police boss assured that the Police would conduct thorough investigations into all the cases, while warning people against taking the law into their own hands. Speaking in a similar vein, the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola condemned the development and warned residents of the state against jungle judgment, saying “cases of criminal activities should be reported to law enforcement agencies, rather than people taking laws into their hands”. The Governor, who spoke through the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, stressed that the “government would join hands with relevant security agencies to ensure proper security of lives and property of the people of the State”.


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Boko Haram and the schoolgirls

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rom all indications, Boko Haram insurgents are still holding at least 187 girls captive almost two weeks after they abducted them from their dormitories in Chibok, Borno State. But how many girls are really in Boko Haram’s custody? “A total of 230 parents registered the names of their daughters who were missing on the day of the kidnap,” said Asabe Kwambura, principal of the Government Girls Secondary School from where they were abducted. “From my records, 43 girls have so far escaped on their own from their kidnappers. We still have 187 girls missing,” the principal said. Isa umar Gusau, spokesperson of Borno State government, said, “Only 129 girls were originally abducted from the school, and 51 have escaped so far. The escape of seven more girls on Sunday reduced the number of girls in the custody of Boko Haram to 77. Principal Kwambura swiftly disputed Gusau’s claim of seven more escapees. “I’m not aware of any seven girls that escaped on Sunday,” she said. Borno State Education Commissioner, Musa Inuwo Kubo and the principal of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School had initially said that 129 science students were at the school to write a physics exam when the abductors struck after midnight on April 14.

They attested that twenty-eight pupils escaped from their captors between Tuesday and Friday. Then another 16 were found to be day scholars who had returned to their homes in Chibok before the attack. That left 85 missing students. Parents of the girls are also reported to have given a revised figure to Bornu Governor, Kashim Shettima, when he visited to Chibok. The aggrieved parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234. A spokesperson for the parents told Shetimma, “Sir, against what had been widely reported by journalists and the military, it was actually 234 girls, not the 129 that was abducted by Boko Haram militants last week from the Girls Secondary School in Chibok, while 39 of them have been able to escape so far.” Special Assistant to the Borno Governor on Media, Isa Gusau, explained the conflicting figures as to the number of girls abducted thus, “What actually happened that day was that there were 129 science students that were supposed to remain in the hostel, but the dormitory master only took record of 129 students assuming they were the only ones in the hostel.” So how did the dormitory master fail to notice the presence of more than 100 arts students who were said to have been in the hostel with the 129 science students initially reported to have been abducted and who ultimately swelled the number of abductees to 234?

More questions than answers! And how many girls have so far escaped or been rescued from the abductors? A statement from the Military the Wednesday after the abductions said that its forces had freed nearly 121 schoolgirls who were abducted by the militants, while forces continued to look for eight other missing students. According to a statement by its spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, “More students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok have been freed this evening in the ongoing search and rescue operations to free the abducted students. With this development, the principal of the school confirmed that only eight of the students are still missing. One of the terrorists who carried out the attack on the school has also been captured. Efforts are underway to locate the remaining eight students.” But Mrs. Asabe Kwambura, the Principal of the school where the girls were abducted, said she was shocked when she heard of claims by Nigerian military authorities that only eight girls are yet to be found. “There is nothing in the military statement that is true about our abducted girls. Up till now, we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students. All ll I know is that we have only 14 of them, and the security people especially the Vigilante and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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‘The military is constrained’ –David Azutoru is an expert on peace and conflict issues and a trainer for peace support operations for the United Nations/African Union peace keeping operations. In this interview with FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON, he spoke on the hindrances preventing the military from carrying out their responsibilities well.

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hat is your view about the turn of events in the war against terrorism in Nige-

ria? Talking about the abduction, there have been conflicting figures, but my candid question is that did Boko Haram come with a trailer to park the abductees? Is it possible to abduct over 200 girls in a single school when they were not tied to their beds? What is the population of students in the school to have been able to have 200 abducted? If that figure of girls were actually abducted, it would have taken hours for such an exercise to be completed. Let the school publish the names of the girls and their photographs to help Nigerians search for them. I am talking this way because I know that sometimes, detractors put up fictitious information that aid propaganda. Yes, there was an abduction of girls and so far some of them have been rescued, though the figures are not certain. The situation involves human lives and Nigerians should not assume it is a problem of the military alone. We as Nigerians should get involved by assisting the military through providing information that can help identify insurgents, their hideouts and those suspected to be behind them. Will it be right to say that the strategies being employed by the military are not right? It is not that military’s strategies are not right to deal with the situation. What is needed is a change of mandate to the

military to deal with the terrorists. This will empower the military to change their rules of engagement. Sometime last year, the army was dealing with this group decisively. Most of them ran off to neighbouring countries. But the military was accused of human rights abuse. These accusations weakened their operations. The number of military personnel that have been killed so far is more than the terrorists killed and such lapses that allowed the kidnap of those girls should not exist if they get a change of mandate that allows them to root the terrorists out and protect themselves at the same time. In a curfew state, there is no room allowed for such lapses on a 24-hour basis. Another issue is that of the welfare of the officers. They are starved of funding coupled with the hindering commands issued to them not allowing them to effectively deal with these situations. They need a free hand to handle these situations. When the coast is clear, we can judge what was done right and what was done wrong and do a lesson learnt as long as human life and dignity and safety is achieved, which is the main objective of deploying the military. How do you mean they were not given the mandate? Mandate is the authority. The Military has command chains that are referred to as C2. At this point, a General in the field receives instructions from Head Quarters. The dynamics now require that a new authority be released to the Commander in the field to use his initiative to deal with the situation as he deems fit

to achieve the purpose of their mission and save the lives of his men and those of civilians, as well as properties. He alone with his men understands the context of the theatre where they are operating and can devise a plan that can contend with the situation. However, the military have a problem with following orders that concerns proportionality, that is using excessive force because of civilians in the area being affected and again identifying the real culprits and following orders. In essence, the group is applying the tactics of guerrilla warfare of hit and run. They know the terrain better and they use civilians to disguise their hideout, making things difficult for the military. How well or otherwise has the military or Federal Government made use of propaganda in this crisis compared to Boko Haram? Talking about propaganda, the military/federal government cannot use propaganda in an internal security challenge such as this. What seems like propaganda on the side of the federal government /military is the fact that they present their position that they are on top of the matter, trying to hide the challenges. This is based on the fact that people are accusing them that they know the sponsors of the sect and can’t touch them and that some of these sponsors work in government and are untouchables. What effect does the falsehood of the claim of the military having rescued a large number of the girls have

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on the psyche of Nigerians? It is not a false claim like most Nigerians feel. I called some of the officers I trained in Jaji who are posted to Maiduguri who are also involved in the operations and they confirmed to me that indeed, most of the girls have been rescued, but that they can’t confirm the numbers. It seems the abductees were kept in various hideouts and as such, it requires combining efforts and information to locate the areas. Although some Nigerians think the information is false, it is not. I am not condemning the military in totality because this is an internal security issue. At this point, let us allow the military to do their job. Let us be positive and try to put in some words to encourage these officers who are doing the best they can in the face of limitations.

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–Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin is the Chief Executive Officer of Women Arise for Change Initiative and President of Campaign for Democracy. She spoke to YEMISI ADENIRAN

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s a mother and a women’s rights activist, what is your reaction to the abduction of these school girls in Borno State? The abduction of the school girls in Borno is not just an act so barbaric, it is evil and must be condemned by every sane individual. It is sad that these elements have only abducted these innocent girls to use them as sex slaves as this is clearly not a case of kidnap for ransom. It is quite sad. What is your opinion on the information machinery of the military which falsely claimed that they had rescued almost all the girls except eight? It was a show of how politicised the war against terrorism has become in Nigeria. Ordinarily, such military operations are not meant to be an object of immediate media grandstanding. This was one fundamental reason why

the defense headquarters could not verify such claims before hitting the media with such news. It also further exposed the fact that there isn’t much synergy between the men of the Armed Forces on the field and their hierarchy who are saddled with information dissemination. How best can the government save its face from the shame caused by its helplessness in the Boko Haram case and its failed propaganda machinery? We may not assume that the government is totally helpless in the face of the raging war of insurgency. There has been some instances where progress has been made in the war against terrorism in Nigeria. The only missing link is the inability of the government to engage the communities and the Nigerian people in the war against terrorism. There is no way a society’s security challenge can be conquered without the involvement

of the people who are directly affected by the consequences of the insurgency. Therefore, the government must be willing to engage the communities and her people in the war against terrorism. What would you say to the parents affected and how best can children be protected against the ugly trend? There is no special protection that can be provided by the parents the moment their wards depart their homes for school. You should also remember that these school kids are not immune or armed against such invasions, considering how sophisticated in arms the insurgents are while embarking on such mission. The only way out is for government at all levels to provide adequate security around the schools to forestall such ugly incidences. We are at the fore of advocacy to ensure that she innocent girls are unconditionally released and we are also

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pressurising the government and every authority concerned to ensure that these girls are released and re-united with their parents.


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‘Genuine errors and confusion, not propaganda’ –Dr. Yomi Daramola, Head, Mass Communication, University of Lagos, spoke to ALEXANDER OKERE

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hat do you think of the information handling of the military on the fate of the abducted girls? Some say it was a failed propaganda attempt. Well, you may want to think that what the government is doing is propaganda. But the question is: ‘Propaganda against whom?’ The fight against terrorism is not a full blown war and the government will not be doing justice to the feelings of the parents of the girls if it manipulates figures to give the impression that fewer girls were adopted when in fact more girls were abducted. For the type of rescue operation it is carrying out, it is very important to know the number of people who were abducted or rescued so that we do not get our hopes raised for nothing, when many of the girls are still missing. Again, I do not want to think that what the nation’s security forces are doing is propaganda because they are not fighting a full blown war and there is no psychological battle line drawn in the media.

Boko Haram is not talking that much; it is only the security forces that are making claims and counter claims about how many girls are missing or have been rescued and the Nigerian media have also been engaging them. That is why I say I do not want to see them as attempts to use propaganda to manipulate the psychological disposition and mindset of the people. I want to believe that some of them are genuine errors. Others are manifestations of confusion and chaos. Maybe the media have not been part of the solution, because a lot of journalists are releasing information prematurely without doing adequate research. But if the government has been trying to use propaganda by deliberately reducing the number of missing girls, I think it is complete folly and not a victory over terrorism. We are in a multimedia age, where there are many sources of information. Some people get on-the-spot information from journalists who are trained by international media organisations. So, it is not winning the war

against terrorism if it chooses to employ propaganda as a machinery, because technology has gone far beyond that. From the angle of professionalism, how is information supposed to be handled in a case of terrorism? The Nigerian government, via the armed forces, should be very careful about releasing delicate information. If you are sure about the actual fact and figures, then there is no need to make a press statement until you are sure. You can still make your point without giving a specific figure, especially if you are not sure, because giving specific figures will take you into technicalities. When the figures given do not correspond with what is on ground, they would raise all manner of questions about the sincerity and integrity of the source of information; in this case, the federal government. The Nigerian armed forces should know better that information is power and a lot of damage can be done just by releasing the wrong information.

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‘Military, no match for Boko Haram in propaganda’ Wale Adedayo, a military propaganda expert, is the publisher of Uhuru Times and former Chief Press Secretary to former Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State. He spoke to Sakibu Olokojobi

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hat is your assessment of the propaganda war going on in the current effort to counter the Boko Haram insurgency It is Boko Haram that is winning the current propaganda battle, and it is almost one-sided in favour of the terrorist organisation. You need to see the video of how Boko Haram overran Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State to understand what I mean. That video will score an A++ in late Geoff Mungham’s class. Geoff was my supervisor in Cardiff. The Boko Haram video is a fantastic recruitment and morale boosting material among the rural population of that place, who are traditionally Muslims. Watching the video as a Muslim from a rural place, even if you have some education, you’ll be awed by the Arabic/ Quranic recitations adapted into it as if that was what gave them ‘victory’ over our unprepared soldiers in that bloody encounter when Boko Haram freed all detainees in the military barracks. Morale is very low among the populace in the affected areas and beyond, while morale seems to be very high among the terrorists. Among the civilian populace far and near the place of insurgency, there is an urgent need to have a spectacular victory over Boko Haram. Every cadre of Boko Haram will have their morale boosted by the recent bomb blast in Nyanya, which ridicules claims by the Federal Government about winning the war against the terrorists. With the successful abduc-

tion of the more than 200 school girls, it is very certain the Boko Haram camp will be swelling with recruits today. A spectacular victory aimed at the heart of Boko Haram will send a clear message to our Armed Forces and civilians that the Federal Government is more than capable of protecting its citizens. Look at what the killing of Osama bin Laden did for American morale? Among US soldiers and citizens, the belief was reinforced that anytime you attack America or its citizens, the government will not only target and get you, but will always do so no matter how long it takes. It is even believed that morale is low among our soldiers too. A favourable injection of propaganda of the deed by the Federal Government or the military high command can act to boost morale among our troops and civilians in the affected areas. Sanctions against erring officials, given appropriate publicity, is propaganda of the deed. If President Goodluck Jonathan should pay an unscheduled visit to the troops at the front today as American presidents often do, talk to them directly and take questions without restrictions, it is propaganda of the deed. It works miracles with morale. You can also imagine Jonathan attending the burial of an officer that was killed recently, Commander of the Army’s Special Forces Team A, Col. Kabiru Salisu. That would have turned into another propaganda coup. But the icing on the cake should have been an open explanation of how the man was killed.

Right now, it is poisoning morale within the fighting forces and civilians in the affected areas. Overall, I believe Boko Haram has the upper hand in terms of propaganda today. The Federal Ministry of Information also has blame too. There should by now have evolved a policy of information containment from the Federal Ministry of Information acting against recruitment propaganda by Boko Haram in the affected areas and beyond. If it were in another country, the killing of that anti-Boko Haram Islamic cleric in Katsina State and the assassination of Gen. Shuwa in Maiduguri would have been exploited for propaganda purposes by the Federal Government. It is very sad, both the military and their civilian counterparts have failed in that regard. How best can propaganda be used in the ongoing insurgency? First, our soldiers’ morale needs to be boosted. There have been allegations of soldiers leaving a place and Boko Haram attacking civilians in the same areas shortly afterwards. Some people have blamed this on Jonathan’s men giving the soldiers instruction to withdraw. I don’t want to believe this as one’s understanding of the situation suggests that due to low morale, only few soldiers are prepared to risk their lives in a war that the government does not seem to appreciate them. The Federal Government needs to urgently move into areas of needs of the troops to restore morale. Their com-

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plaints need to be looked into, and not just that of those involved in fighting Boko Haram alone. Some soldiers were sacked for complaining about officers stealing their money after a peacekeeping tour of Sudan a few years back. How do you expect their remaining colleagues to go and die, when they know relations may not get entitlements due to them on time? There is an urgent need to look at the issue of morale, because propaganda of the deed needs to start from there.


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Saturday Starter ‘Conflicting information could cause suicide, high blood pressure’ Abiodun Ogunkoya is a psychologist at the Psychology Department of the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital in Yaba. He spoke with FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON on the possible psychological effects of conflicting information on the girls, their parents and even the people around the area.

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hat will be the psychological effect of the abduction on these girls even if they are eventually found? The issue of Boko Haram is really on everybody’s nerve. We cannot even tell anymore if their mission is political or religious. Does it now mean that our Military cannot face up to the situation and perform their jobs and rescue the people? For those girls that were abducted, it is going to be very traumatic even if they are eventually found alive. Those of them that escaped are also not left out of the trauma because no one can tell what must have happened to them. How do we know what may be happening to these girls now. They may have been raped and even tortured and all these can affect them badly even if they eventually become free. We all know that these people are merciless from the way they have been killing people over time. No doubt, they will rape them and abuse them sexually. So the torture will be really much

for them and this trauma, if they are not properly cared for psychologically, could dissuade them from wanting to continue their education, because it will always ring in their heads that it was in school that they had the horrible experience. It may make some to hate the sight of any man and will drastically affect them socially too because they will not trust anybody around them anymore unless they go for serious psychotherapy to help them come out of the trauma. What effects will the situation have on the parents? Of course it is not going to be a good effect. Even with the way the situation is at the moment, it is terrible. There is a Yoruba adage that says it is better for a child to be dead than to be missing. If the child is dead, they will know that the child is dead instead of this kind of a suspending situation of maybe she will come back. It could make a lot of them develop high blood pressure; some may

even commit suicide because of it. You know for some of them, the child may be their only hope in life and the reason they are alive, and now their joy and hope is taken from them suddenly leaving them hopeless. It could cause so many things to them. Some may never survive the agony. Others may survive it but it may leave a harrowing thought in their mind and make them develop hatred for some people. When they think back on the agony they have gone through over the years raising the child with the hope that someday, the child will take care of them and now the children are gone, worse still without knowing the whereabouts of the children, it is heart breaking. It may make people to relocate away from that environment and even the schools around there will suffer serious drop because parents will start withdrawing their children and that will definitely affect them too. It may even cause some to develop hatred for Muslims because the tendency to think that these people are

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Muslims is there. It is really a terrible situation even for those who live around there, the people will not feel safe anymore and they will perpetually live in fear of the unknown.

Boko Haram and the schoolgirls: More questions than answers CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 well meaning volunteers of Gwoza are still out searching for them. So let it be clear that all the information passed on the media by the military concerning 107 girls is not true. “ I, as the principal, did not tell anybody any figure on released students other than what our Governor, His Excellency Kashim Shettima had informed the media,” she said. What the governor said is still the true picture of the whole issue and that information given by the military is totally wrong.” Governor Shettima had at a press briefing the previous day said 14 girls have been rescued. A competent security source said two more girls ‘straying’ in the bush were recovered, taking the number of those that were officially rescued to 16. The military thereafter did a volteface. “In the light of the denial by the principal of the school, the defence headquarters wishes to defer to the school principal and governor’s statement on the number of students still missing and retract (the) ... earlier statement while the search continues,” Olukolade said. Indeed, Bornu State Education Commissioner, Inuwa Kubo, insisted, the girls who were free had escaped, rather than been rescued by the Army. “We have recovered about 20 girls now and they are with us. After they escaped, the girls went to village heads who live close to where they found themselves and the local leaders brought them to us,” said Kubo. Other reports quote Kubo as saying,

“So far, we give thanks to God, for what we now have is 44 girls. We continually pray that all our students return in good health.” Still another aide to Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima who declined to be named told journalists, “As I am talking to you now, only 14 of the students have returned!” And what is the fate of these girls? One of the parents of the abducted schoolgirls is quoted as alledging that he had been informed that their daughters were in the process of being forcibly married to some of their abductors. He said, “The story we are hearing is not palatable at all. We heard they have grouped the girls – the mature ones and the little ones. “We leant that the mature ones would be moving into a different camp where they would be forcibly married. But we do not know the fate of those they believe are immature.” The parent, who did not want his name in print, added, “This news has made me sadder, as my daughter is 19 years old. She is among the mature ones.” Indeed, prior to the Chibok abduction, Human Rights Watch had documented that Boko Haram fighters “would brazenly pick up the girl of their choice and throw a bit of money at the parents and declare that they had taken the girl as a wife.” According to a member of their research team, “Boko Haram fighters are on the move now and can’t take their wives with them. So they are using these women and girls to take the places of their wives for domestic chores or sexual

services.” According to Human Rights Watch, a Civilian Joint Task Force commander who had participated in a raid that freed some abducted women and girls said, “When we made Maiduguri “too hot” for Boko Haram, they ran away without their wives. Now they are picking up women anywhere and using them to satisfy themselves. Some of the girls we found hiding when we invaded Boko Haram camps around Sambisa [Forest] told us they were dragged into vehicles when hawking on the street. When we return them home, their families are too ashamed to keep them because nobody will marry a girl who has been raped or has a child for these bad people.” And what is government doing to ensure that these girls don’t end up this way? According to Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, the President and other top government officials had been going through anguish since the incident occurred. Stating that nobody in his widest imagination would ever believe that such a thing could happen in Nigeria, Maku added that how to rescue the girls was currently the first priority of government. He said, “That young girls of school age could be abducted in our country in 2014 is a national tragedy. It is unimaginable, nobody even in our widest imagination would think that a group of people under whatever guise would take hostage of young girls who were in their school to take exams. “This is indeed very painful. The

President and all of us have been going through a lot of anguish. It is almost like a story out of this world. It goes to show the level of depravity and lack of human feeling that is going on in this country. “The security forces are still on the heels of the kidnappers and every effort is being made, but unfortunately, we are not fighting a standing army.” Are security forces really “on the heels of the kidnappers?” The Human Rights Agenda Network, a coalition of over 150 human rights organizations, says this claim should be doubted, as with other claims made by security forces on the Boko Haram insurgency. “HRAN is worried that at a time like this, the Nigerian military is more concerned about boosting its image than working hard to safeguard the lives of Nigerians. It is shocking that a security issue involving the fate of young innocent girls, whose parents have been traumatised since their abduction, could be toyed with by the military. “HRAN is appalled at this level of careless display of unprofessionalism by the military as it did not take into consideration the sensitive nature of the issue at stake and the likely effect of the information passed. HRAN also notes that this development smacks of lack of transparency on the part of the military in its engagement with the Boko Haram insurgency, as Nigerians are now at a loss on what or who to believe. Indeed, who and what are Nigerians supposed to believe now about the abducted school girls and the entire Boko Haram menace?


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Confab: Committees commence submission of reports •Suggestions for true federalism, state police, others made WOLE OLADIMEJI AND OMEZA AJAYI ABUJA

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Insurgency: Troops kill over 40 terrorists, lose four soldiers in Borno …as Boko Haram ringleaders are captured •Recovers assorted arms, ammunition, IEDs INUSA NDAHI, AND UBONG UKPONG MAIDUGURI, ABUJA

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roops in the ongoing military offensive in Borno state against the Boko Haram Sect, yesterday, killed over 40 insurgents and lost four soldiers with nine other troops members wounded. The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, made the disclosure in a statement in Abu-

ja, through its Director of Defence Information, DDI, Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade, stating that the ringleaders and scores of the insurgents were also captured around Alagarmo, which sparked off a major fight in the outskirts of Bulanbuli, Borno State last night. “Bulanbuli is between Alagarmo and Sambisa Forest where the terrorists have been attempting to establish a stronghold in

their campaign”, it stated. The DHQ further disclosed that the terrorists’ ringleaders were believed to be those operating around Alagarmo, “Over 40 terrorists died in the encounter while 4 soldiers lost their lives and 9 were wounded. “More than 16 rifles and a substantial number of assorted calibres of ammunitions, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)

materials, SIM Cards and electronic items have so far been recovered. “Two of the terrorists were earlier arrested at a local market two days ago while trying to procure foodstuff while others were spying on the military base in the area. “Others still being trailed include a terrorist medic who was on a mission to procure drugs for use by his colleagues”, it stated.

Abducted school girls: Military evolves new tactics for rescue •Moves to ensure their safety in the operation UBONG UKPONG ABUJA

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he Defence Headquarters, DHQ, yesterday, said that it has evolved new tactics in its search for the remaining Boko Haram-abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. The Director of Defence Information, DDI, Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade, told Saturday Mirror in Abuja, that the new tactics would ensure that the girls are safely rescued from wherever they might be presently held captive. For several days now, at least 129 girls of the secondary school were taken

into captivity by the Boko Haram insurgents. The abduction generated serious controversies over the yet to be established total numbers of the girls taken captive, as different figures ranging fom 107 to 121, 129, and over 200 have separately been reported both by the military, Borno government and the media. The number of freed girls was the height of the controversy, with the military celebrating last week that only eight of the girls were still missing. Barely 24 hours after the military’s claim, Borno State government declared it false, pointing out that far more than the

number of girls said to be missing were still being held by Boko Haram. The DHQ, subsequently retracted its claim apologising for misinforming the puble. Afterwards, the military had indicated its unwillingness to further update on the missing girls asking interested persons to revert to the school for update. However, it was reported that according to Borno state government, 45 of the abducted girls have presently, been reunited with their families, while dozens of the girls are still in captivity. The just concluded expanded security council

meeting of the country had given the military a marching order to rescue the girls and the DHQ said it was intensifying its operations for their search and rescue. “All necessary operations are ongoing to ensure that the children are safe. We are still in the search and are taking all care to ensure that the children are in good condition”, the DDI told Saturday Mirror. General Olukolade refused to disclose the military’s new approach and tactics but was confident that they would lead to a successful operation to safely rescue the girls from their captors.

ome of the 20 standing committees set up by the leadership of the national conference holding in Abuja to deliberate on specific critical national issues and make recommendations have started collating reports of their sub-committees for final submission to the conference in plenary. From the reports, there are indications that some sections of the conference are in favour of true federalism and creation of state police among several other key issues. Last Friday, the Committee on National Security headed by former Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Gambo Adamu Jimeta, spent hours in closed door session deliberating a report submitted by Senator Bello Maitama Yusuf of the Sub-Committee on National Security. Jimeta told journalists at the end of the closed door session that already, the report held a lot of promise as a good policy document on national security. Deputy chairman of the committee and former Director General of the defunct Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO), Chief Albert Horsfall, described the report as a preliminary document that would enable the committee come up with a blue-print which would in turn enable the security forces to perform better than they had done in the past. He expressed confidence that the report, if adopted, would guide the operational commanders in carrying out their assignment successfully. He pointed out that what is available today can be restructured to meet today’s present challenges. He cited situations that brought about security changes all over the world; and using the September 9, 2011 attack on the United States as an instance, said that attack changed the structure and approach to national security worldwide. The former DG stressed

that security failure in Nigeria was as a result of improper coordination among the various security agencies; explaining that security issues arising from the local government, the state and the federal levels had not been properly coordinated among the security agencies. He pointed out that unlike the envisaged chain of operation, everybody seemed to be taking decisions without relating to the next level but that if properly handled, the flow of the chain could solve the community policing issue being discussed by the committee. In a press release, the Assistance Secretary of the conference on media, Mr. Akpandem James, stated that serious recommendations aimed at strategically dealing with the country’s security problems were put forward by the sub-committee but such details and the position of the larger committee after a closed session were not disclosed to the public. However, highlights of the sub-committee recommendations touched on the need to set up a National Guard Force that should be responsible for border protection, internal conflict and special operations. The sub-committee also recommended creation of the Ministry of Homeland Security Services to replace the existing Ministry of Police Services. One recommendation that would lead to further debate was that of the serious need for community policing. Some members believe if accepted, it would pave the way for creation of state police. It also recommended welfare and disciplinary commission which it said should be created to handle issues of motivation and discipline among personnel of security agencies. A chain-link form of security operations from bottom to top and vice versa was recommended to enable everyone in a position to know to have access to required information that would ensure effective performance of seCONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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2015: INEC registers UPN •Flags off voter registration in May OMEIZA AJAYI

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head of the 2015 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday registered the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN. Director, Voter Education and Publicity in the Commission, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, announced this in a terse statement yesterday in Abuja. According to him, the decision was taken at the meeting of the commission on Thursday, having certi-

fied that the applicant had met all the legal requirements for registration. Consequently, the registration of the UPN brings to 26 the total number of political parties in Nigeria. Meanwhile, INEC has announced its decision to flag off the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise nation wide. The exercise will be carried out in three phases beginning from 28th May to 1st June 2014. This was contained in the commission’s bulletin of yesterday. INEC said, “each phase

of the CVR will be preceded by nationwide distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). “Under Phase I, the nationwide CVR will take place in the following states: Taraba, Gombe, Zamfara, Kebbi, Benue, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, Akwa-Ibom and Bayelsa”. The decision was arrived at a meeting of the commission on Thursday, April 17, 2014. INEC said the CVR will be preceded by a nationwide distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the aforementioned 10 states from 15th to 18th May 2014.

Though the dates of the CVR of the outstanding phases and states are yet to be released by the Commission, each phase of CVR will be preceded by the distribution of PVCs. “The decision to stagger the CVR exercise and the distribution of PVCs is informed by lessons learnt by the Commission from the recent CVR exercise and distribution of PVCs in Ekiti and Osun states. “Governorship elections are to take place in Ekiti and Osun states on June 21st and August 9th this year,” INEC said.

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Nigerian varsities to introduce Herbal Medicine as course GEORGE OPARA ABIA

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inister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that herbal medicine would soon be introduced to be one of the medical courses of study in the country’s universities as he acknowledges that apart from the orthodox medicine, it is one of the effective ways of eliminating malaria in the country. The health minister who disclosed this yesterday at the Women Development Centre, Umuahia, Abia state capital and venue for the commemoration of the 2014 World Malaria Day, however, said the curative herbal materials

or substances would be submitted to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for test and approval before prescription and application. In his briefing, the minister stated that in the past 10 years, a total of N198 billion has been committed to the fight against malaria and many interventions such as strengthening of the secondary and tertiary healthcare services, distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets, LLINs, and indoor residual spraying (IRS) which he said was an important strategy that targets the mosquito vector in malaria control and elimination have been scaled up in the country.

Navy averts bloody clash in Lagos over death of tanker driver SEGUN ADIO

A Country Director Officer, Lafarge Cement, Mr. Guilleume Ruox; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga (representing President Goodluck Jonathan); Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Mr. Tha’anda Jaisun Rabainu, and Chairman, Board of Ashaka Cement Plc. Alhaji Umaru Kwairanga, during the unveiling of the plaque for the 2.5 million tonnes New Line Production capacity expansion of Ashaka Cement, in Gombe, recently.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, performed the ground-breaking of the N100bn expansion project for Ashaka Cement’s new 2.5million metric-tonne capacity cement production line in Gombe, North East Nigeria. The project, which will be completed within three years, will increase the company’s current production capacity of over one million metric tonnes to about four million metric tonnes while creating a lot of jobs. Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, said the new investment was a testimony of global investors’ growing confidence in the Nigerian economy as well as

the federal government’s commitment to transforming the Nigerian economy, leaving out no region. He said this just as he disclosed that government had commenced plans to bring down the price of cement. The president reiterated that the current administration would continue to provide a conducive environment for industry, trade and investments to thrive in line with his Transformation Agenda. He said, “The cement industry is a perfect example of the transformation that can happen in an industry based on the focused implementation of a well-thought out policy and a continuous partnership that harnesses the expertise of the private sector and the capacity of

the public sector. “The commencement of the capacity expansion of AshakaCem Plc’s cement production project further buttresses the confidence that global investors have in the Nigerian economy, which is now the largest economy in Africa.” The president added, “As at 2002, the local cement industry had the capacity to barely produce two million metric tonnes per annum. By the year 2013, this had grown to 28.5 million metric tonnes and we expect the installed capacity to be about 39 million metric tonnes by the end of this year. “Today, the Nigerian cement industry has attracted $8billion in both local and foreign investments and supports ap-

proximately 1.6 million jobs. The industry also serves as the fulcrum of the housing and construction sectors. These sectors now contribute 11.13 per cent to Nigeria’s forecast Gross Domestic Product for 2013.” Jonathan noted that Nigeria had become a net exporter of cement, saying that “this is something that we all should be proud of.” “I therefore commend all the players in the industry for their focused implementation of the Backward Integration Policy. AshakaCem Plc has no doubt played its own part in the transformation of this industry and I commend them for that,” he stated. He pointed out that the federal government had commenced a plan of action that would promote the consumption and export of cement, enhance skills development and innovation in the industry and bring down the price of cement.

fierce crisis between military personnel and the public was averted in Lagos yesterday by Commander of NNS Beecroft, Navy Commodore Ovenseri Uwadiae, after a rating allegedly shot dead a tanker driver at Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. It was gathered that there was pandemonium in the state capital yesterday morning when the alleged naval rating allegedly shot dead the tanker driver, identified as Lekan

dead, after the deceased and his boss allegedly refused to offer a N500 bribe to the naval rating. A major face-off was promptly averted between the military and tanker operators when Commodore Uwadiae ordered his men to remain calm and maintain peaceful conduct during the rage of the civilians. Briefing journalists in Lagos, Commodore Uwadiae, claimed that the Nigerian Navy was investigating whether the alleged rating was actually a personnel of the service and find a way to bring him to book.

Confab: Committees commence submission of reports CONTINUED FROM 7 curity functions. Bello was confident that if what they submitted would be accepted by the Committee and the Conference in plenary and eventually implemented by government, it would solve 90% of the security problems in Nigeria. The Committee on Political restructuring, after extensive deliberations, agreed that Nigeria shall retain a federal system of government. They agreed that the core elements of the federation shall be as follows: There shall be a central government with States as the federating units;that Local Governments shall no longer be third tier of the Federation; that States that wish to, may create Local

Governments, which shall be under the jurisdiction of the States; that the number, structure and form of Local Government shall be determined by the States; that any group of States may create a self-funding Zonal Commission to promote economic development, good governance equity, peace and security in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria and that without prejudice to States constituting the federating units, States that wish to merge may do so in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Provided that: The committee is cochaired by General Ike Nwachukwu and Hon. Mohammed Umara Kumalia.


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World Bank commits $8bn to Nigeria’s CSP programmes TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he World Bank yesterday approved a Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Nigeria which would increase its development assistance to the country for job creation, social service delivery and governance to about US$2 billion per year for the next four years through the International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) financing. The new CPS, which covers financial year 2014-2017, introduces a change in the country’s borrowing status. Nigeria was declared credit worthy for IBRD financing last year and is officially entering blend status from July 1, 2014. A statement by the bank explained that the CPS had

been prepared in the context of the World Bank’s renewed commitment to the twin goals of reducing extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in Nigeria and globally. In addition, the multilateral financial institution clarified that the strategy also fully aligned with country’s development agenda, Vision 20: 2020, and its medium-term strategy for realising that vision; the Transformation Agenda. According to the bank, in support of these objectives, the CPS programme is structured around three areas; promoting diversified growth and job creation by reforming the power sector, enhancing agricultural productivity, and increasing access to finance; improving the quality and efficiency of social service delivery at the state level to promote social inclusion; and strengthening governance and public

sector management, with gender equity and conflict sensitivity as essential elements of governance. Commenting on the new CPS, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, said the strategy “seeks to address inequalities in income and opportunities for the poor and vulnerable by developing more effective mechanisms for social service delivery including social protection programmes, education, health and water service delivery.” Similarly, the Bank’s Task Team Leader for the CPS, Indira Konjhodzic, explained that “the bulk of the financing programme will focus on increasing installed power generation and transmission capacity and improving the efficiency and governance of electricity delivery”, adding that “boosting agricultural productivity,

improving farmers’ linkages with agro-processors, and increasing access to finance including long time financing to the citizens particularly women is a major focus of this partnership strategy.” In her remarks, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi OkonjoIweala, commended the new Country Partnership Strategy and expressed the hope that the support would include growth agenda of the Federal Government for the nation’s economy. “We believe that this CPS within the CAF of the development partners would go a long way to support the Government of Nigeria’s efforts of creating jobs for our teeming youths and improving infrastructure that would lead to economic growth which would impact on the majority of our people,” Okonjo-Iweala said.

Stockbrokers seek liberalised borrowing regime for states, LGs TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) has advised the federal government not to formally limit the amount of money that states and local governments could borrow based on the current levels set by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), saying that the borrowing should be benchmarked with the level of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) capacities of the sub-national governments. Making the institute’s position known at the opening ceremony of its third annual national workshop with the theme ‘Update on the Transformation Agenda: Expectations From the Private Sector,’ Thursday in Abuja, the

president, Mr. Ariyo Olushekun, pointed out that rather all the tiers of government should be encouraged to mobilise adequate funds and deploy them to bridge the mass infrastructure deficit needed to revamp the nation’s rapidly growing economy. Olushekun, who specifically acknowledged the increasing roles the Capital Market had been playing in the current economic transformation agenda of the country, said limiting the states and local governments’ borrowing as spelt out by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could hamper the collective drive towards bridging the infrastructure financing gap and by so doing, undermine the potentials of the economy and its contributions to national development.

Confab: Ozekhome wants more in S’Court justices OMEIZA AJAYI

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L-R: Secretary, Lagos State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Owokoniran; Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Lagos State PDP chairman, Mr. Tunji Shelle and the party’s chairman in Alimosho Local Government Area, Prince Olanrewaju Ayodele Adelaja, during the defection of some opposition members from Alimosho into the party in Lagos, recently.

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awyer and delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has advocated an increase in the number of Supreme Court justices. Ozekhome was however silent on the number of justices to be added. He premised his call on what he described as the herculean workload of the Supreme Court, where cases of 2005 are just being considered, “inspite of the nerve-racking handling of these cases by the justices”. He said that would lead to more hands being engaged to speed up the process of attaining justice in Nigeria and making the process of justice delivery easily realisable.

He also said State Police is desirable to ensure community policing, “rather than the unwieldy, behemoth, elephantine Police Force presently recognised in Sections 214 and 215 of the 1999 Constitution.” The lawyer added that in like manner, each federating unit should control its resources and pay tax to the government at the centre as was the case up to January 15, 1966, when the first Nigerian Military coup was enacted by Major Kaduna Nzeogwu Chukwuma. “At that time, each of the four regions controlled its own resources, took 50% share, paid 25% as tax to the Tafawa Balewa Government at the centre, and partook in sharing with the other regions, the remaining 25%”, he stated.

FG, states restate commitment to maternal, child health MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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he federal government and all states of the federation yesterday assured Nigerians on improved health care services for every mother and child. The two tiers of government gave the assurance in Abuja during a meeting between the leadership of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and Commis-

sioners of Health of the states, including their Permanent Secretaries. The meeting was convened by the NPHCDA to enable the participants harmonise plans for the upcoming Maternal and Child Health Week, a bi-annual programme that compels arms of government in the country to provide special interventions for mothers and children. Speaking on behalf of the states, chairman of states

Commissioners for Health, Dr. Mohammed Kabir, (Zamfara State) expressed support of the states to the federal government to give Nigerians a befitting MNCH Week in May this year. According to him, the states are determined to bring about meaningful changes to the health of Nigerians, through improved quality health services, including the MNCH Week. In his address, Executive Secretary, NPHCDA, Dr.

Ado Mohammed, said the objective of the meeting “is that we are here with state Commissioners for Health and Executive Secretary of State Primary Health Care Development Agencies and Permanent Secretaries of states Ministries of Health to carefully review the implementation of the MNCH Week, so that we identify what the bottlenecks are; what the challenges are and how we should go forward in terms of ensuring that the

objective for which it was set up is actually realised. “You will recall that in 2009, the National Council on Health that sat in Asaba had a memo on the MNCH Week. The objective really is to see how we can fast track our efforts towards attaining the MDGs goal four and five. During every MNCH Week that holds twice in a year, high-impact interventions are being administered such as immunisation, zinc, mosquito nets are distributed. We’ve

been able to reach out 32 million women of child-bearing age and seven million annually. It has been a very successful programme,” he added. Among other programmes to ensure well being of the nation’s population, Dr. Mohammed reiterated government’s commitment to routine immunisation programmes, which according to him, is to ensure diseases that could result in the death of children are prevented.


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Gas to power: Nebo harps on stakeholders’ collaboration ABUJA

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he Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, has charged all stakeholders in the petroleum and power sectors to collaborate in order to arrest the incessant interruption of gas to the nation’s gas fired electricity plants. Nebo, who spoke at a forum, tagged Gas to Power Brainstorm Retreat, challenged participants to regard issues around power as national emergency,

stressing that the nation’s economy could only be revived if enough power was produced to drive it. Furthermore, he said enormous resources were involved in the deployment of heavy duty equipment and difficult terrains were some of the reasons for delay in effecting repairs on the damaged pipelines. He also blamed shortage of gas on pipeline vandalism for the existing wide gap between installed capacity and actual power generation.

He said, “we have the capacity to now generate over 6,000MW but sadly we now produce a little over 4,000MW; this is not the case in other climes.” Emphasising on the importance of energy in the socio economic life of the nation, Professor Nebo said, “we want the economy to be revamped, this magic can only be made manifest if we are able to produce enough power that will drive a double digit growth.” While challenging the stakeholders to brace-up

Lekki-Ikoyi bridge: Court orders stay of execution of judgment K AYODE KETEFE

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ome reprieve came the way of the Lagos State Government yesterday as a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, ordered a stay of execution of a judgment mandating the state government to stop toll collection on Lekki-Ikoyi bridge. It will be recalled that Justice Saliu Saidu of the said Federal High Court, had on March 27, 2014, declared the collection of the toll illegal and accordingly restrained the Lagos State Government from continuing to impose the toll. It was this judgment the Lagos State Government succeeded in getting the order to temporarily stop its implementation yester-

day (stay of execution). Justice Saidu granted the application for stay of execution filed by the Lagos State Government, on March 28, a day after the judgment was delivered, on the grounds that it would meet the justice in the case. The judge said, “I hereby grant the application for stay of execution of the judgment delivered on March 27, 2014 pending the determination of the appeal by the applicants. “Though the respondent (Adegboruwa) has alleged that the applicants have disobeyed the judgment of court, a party cannot be held for disobeying an order he is appealing against,” the court held. The court added that the application by the state government fulfilled the neces-

sary legal requirements, as its appeal and Adegboruwa’s cross appeal against the judgment presented “arguable grounds of appeal” and “recondite and substantial legal issues” to be sorted out by the Court of Appeal. The implication of this judgment is that the state government may continue to collect toll on the bridge, pending the determination of her appeal already filed at the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal. The lawyer/ human rights activist who filed the case against Lagos State government, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, had said he was ready for the appeal. Adegboruwa said “We will pursue the appeal. The ruling is just temporary; it is not a reversal of the judgment of the court.”

NCWD trains 100 women in ICT, business skills ADEOLA TUKURU ABUJA

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ith the aim of alleviating poverty in the country especially in the rural area,the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) is set to train 100 women in all the 36 states, including the FCT. The Director General of NCWD, Lady Onyenka Onwenu, during the preparatory to a 10-day ICT and business skills training for Nigerian women added that after the training programme, the women would be given stipend to start up

their own businesses. Onwenu further said the women would be drawn from the grass roots so as to impact on their businesses . “We will provide them with information about businesses, how to sell their goods. When women are trained in skills, that will be the end of poverty. The ICT will also give them the knowledge to comprehend what is going on around them,” she said. In a related development , the centre, in collaboration with Tingo Mobile Limited launched a mobile application to empower Nigerian women, especially

in the rural areas. The DG explained that the mobile application is a tool to address the lack of access to information by women and leveraging on the popularity of mobile phones in the country. She said the application would also connect women to buyers and sellers of commodities, thereby facilitating trade to boost economic power. According to her, the application also had a feature which would provide women undergoing exploitation and abuse to contact security agencies in their vicinity.

to the unfortunate scenario created by the abysmal low-level of power generation when compared with countries like South Africa and Brazil, the minister said that although significant improvement of 50% had been achieved in gas flaring trajectory, evidence abound around the world of technology that would guarantee full utilisation of gas hitherto flared for domestic and power plants. The minister expressed optimism that Mr. President’s expectations for gas to power and the overall achievement of Transformation Agenda in the sector would soon be realised. The Group Executive Director, Gas (NNPC), Dr. David Ige, who made a presentation on the Gas Master Plan, said, with the realisation of most of the on-going gas projects all would soon be well for the sub-sector.

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elevision viewers across the globe can look forward to an exciting personality interview this weekend as the Globacom-sponsored CNN African Voices brings to them South African goldsmith, Thomas Labi Kapo. The master craftsman is the special guest on the 30-minute magazine programme which will be aired at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 3.30 a.m., 9:00 a.m and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be further repeat broadcasts on Monday at 10:30a.m. and 3.30 p.m., and on Tuesday at 5:30a.m. From some of the finest jewelry shops in London to the mine fields deep in Ghana, the renowned goldsmith has been all over the world gaining the experience that has made him the master craftsman he is today. Now, he is sharing his knowledge with Africa’s

next generation and allowing others to benefit from their country’s valuable resources. Born in May 1958, Kapo is a gifted and artistic jeweler who has worked with renowned jewelers such as Andrew Grima (Queens Court Jewelers), Universal Gem Trade and Alexis Jewelry Limited. In 2002, he relocated from London to his native South Africa with his wife, Wumba, to pursue a common dream to create a business that could train talented youngsters from Africa to become goldsmiths as good as the best London could offer. Kapo is a member of the London Assay Office, the body charged with testing and hallmarking precious metals in the United Kingdom, and he is also involved with the University of Johannesburg where he is a lecturer in its Jewellery faculty.

In your refreshingly different Gov Fayemi to VP Sambo: You’re promoting insecurity “For someone who ocInterview cupies one of the highest offices in the land as our Vice President to reduce the importance of his office and promote insecurity - either directly or by subterfuge, is quite unbecoming of the person who occupies the Number 2 position in our country.” Those are the words of Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as he takes on Vice President Namadi Sambo who reportedly described the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti as ‘a war front.’ Fayemi, in this no holds barred interview with Sunday Mirror, also speaks on rival PDP, his second term ambition and the position of his party, the APC, on many national issues, among others. It is a must read.

Shettima, Nyako, Geidam: On their way out? Barring last-minute changes, President Goodluck Jonathan will any moment hence effect a full imposition of emergency rule in the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where the activities of the Boko Haram insurgent group are mostly pronounced. Already, however, the three states are under emergency rule with their governors, Kashim Shettima, Ibrahim Geidam and Murtala Nyako, respectively, still in charge. But now, the music seems to be changing…We’ll update you with the fate of the three governors, tomorrow.

Beyond reÀneries’ privatisation The call for full privatisation of the downstream sector of the oil industry, which includes the sale of the refineries, is being bandied in official circles as the panacea to the lingering fuel crises. In this detailed report, Sunday Mirror finds that there is more to the proposal than meets the eye. For once, you would come across other details which explain better, why the oil industry in Nigeria is in dire strait, and why the masses may have to endure more years of hardship.

‘I’ve good news for fat ladies’ Passion

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Choice Hinkelmann, fondly known by friends and fans as ‘JJ’, is the CEO, June-July Marine Ventures. She is the organiser of a beauty pageant known as ‘Miss Curvy’. This diva who delights in celebrating plump ladies says the event is meant to reactivate the self-confidence and inherent beauty in some very fat ladies who otherwise see themselves as socially incorrect. She similarly unfurls her lifestyle, in tomorrow’s edition.

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Osun guber: Omisore condemns Tinubu’s “rig and roast” comment BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSOGBO

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has condemned the statement credited to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, over the forthcoming gov-

ernorship poll in the state. Omisore, in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Strategy of his campaign organisation, Prince Diran Odeyemi , wondered why the National Leader of a party would chose an ivory tower to incite people against one another. During his recent investiture as Chancellor of the of Ladoke Akintola

University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, and award of honorary Doctor of Science in Management Science yesterday, Tinubu had been quoted as saying that the fprth copming elections in Osun and Ekiti state would “be rig and roast”. But according to Sen. Omisore, “ It is unthinkable that in spite of bloodletting by Boko Haram when all hands should be on deck to solve this menace, a party leader would

be calling for shedding of more blood. Is Bola Tinubu hungry for blood? “ If Tinubu truly want free and free election in Osun State as he wants people to believe, why are his party and people defending Akeju that he should be retained in Osun despite the fact that it has been proven that the controversial Osun REC is a card carrying member of the APC?” But in its reaction, the

ruling APC in Osun State, said the PDP actually intended to rig the forth coming election. The party also said that the people of the state are determined not to allow rigging to happen during the period. The APC, in a statement signed by its Director of Publicity, Media and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, says, “Our Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu has only told them not to rig. And that those who

rig in Yorubaland get roasted. If the PDP does not intend to rig, that should not frighten them? “What Tinubu said was a call to robust defence of democracy and freedom,” APC concluded. The PDP however urged security agencies to be proactive and nip in the bud any sinister motive of desperate politicians as the August 9, 2014, gubernatorial election draws near in the Osun State.

Ekiti police vow to stem political violence ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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The Ewi of Ado -Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe Aladesanmi III; Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, during a meeting with the Oba and the Ewi- in-Council at the Ewi’s Palace in Ado Ekiti, yesterday.

Ondo Speaker buried amid tears, tributes HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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he late Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Samuel Adesina, was laid to rest yesterday in his Oniparaga country home in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state amid tears and encomium from friends and sympathisers. The burial attended by both federal and state lawmakers as well as the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko and friends of the late Speaker. The late Speaker Adesina had died on Tuesday,

February 25, 2014. In his sermon at the funeral service, Pastor Amos Ifedayo of the Deeper Life Bible Church, urged people to take life seriously and live for God, while urging everyone to live their everyday as if it would be their last. The clergy also stated that the late Speaker was not only a devoted member of the church, but a member who also committed his whole life to the service of God. The state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimko, in his address, said the state had lost an illustrious son who would be missed by all. The governor also de-

scribed the late Speaker as a bridge-builder, who forged a synergy between executive and the legislative arms of Ondo State Government. In the words of Governor Mimiko, “He had equal passion for his family, politics and the state in general. The best way to honour his memory is to have the right person that will sustain his good legacy.” While condoling with his family, Governor Mimiko described the late Speaker as a man blessed with unusual grace of God to have been identified with his creator up till the of

point of death. Also, Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Orientation, Hon. Oyebo Aladetan and his counterpart at the committee on Education, Science and Technology, Hon Jumoke Akindele, also eulogised the late Speaker, saying he used his wealth of experience in maintaining peace in the House. Family members and friends could not hold back tears as he was being lowered into the earth for his final rest. The late Speaker died after struggling against cancer of the urinary bladder.

he police in Ekiti State said yesterday that it would ‘think out of the box’ to curb the new wave of political violence in the build up to the June 21, 2014, governorship election in the state. Police Commissioner, Ekiti State Command, Mr Felix Uyanna, said the arrest and prosecution of some known party members in recent times was targeted at ensuring that peace prevailed before, during and after the election. Uyanna, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Mr Victor Babayemi, said “no evil perpetrator, no matter how highly placed, would be treated like sacred cow.” The Ekiti State police boss, who said his men and officials would not be partisan, however, cautioned

politicians against namecalling and attempt to drag the Command into politics. He maintained that his men had been professional in the discharge of their duties since the commencement of electioneering campaign. CP Uyanna reiterated that his men’s commitment to presenting a level playing ground for all political parties, saying all the actions that had been taken by the command were informed by the intention to join hands with government to rid the state of crime and violence and not through partisan consideration. According to CP Uyanna, “We are assuring that my men have been neutral and we will be neutral to the end. Those accused of attempted murder or being prosecuted in court were arrested based on allegation that they had committed certain offences. We didn’t and we will not arrest anybody arbitrarily.

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he Ogun State government has honored some organisations and groups it adjudged to be most faithful in the payment of taxes in 2013 fiscal year. During the occasion, Governor Ibikunle Amosun promised to faithfully utilise all taxes collected in the state. At a ceremony held at the Hubert Ogunde Cultural Centre, Kuto, Nestle Nig. Plc was presented with the Overall Best TaxPayers Award, while the award of the Most Responsive Tax Payers (Corpo-

rate) went to Lafarge Nig. Plc. The state award for the Most Responsive Tax Payers Award(Individual) went to chief Jide Jones. At the event tagged ‘’A Day with the Governor’’, Governor Amosun stated that the landmark achievements recorded in various sectors by his administration in less than three years was principally due to the payment of taxes and levies by the taxpayers, noting that fund constraints was one of the major challenges of governance which could hinder good course.


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Kogi Rep assures on empowerment programme WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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member of federal House of Representatives, representing Yagba Federal Constituency at National Assembly, Honourable Sunday Karimi, has reassured of his commitment to the development of the area. The federal lawmaker also assured of his continued efforts to empower the people constituency to wrestle themselves out shackle of poverty and better their lots. Hon. Karimi said this while speaking with Journalists shortly after distribution of 13 cars to beneficiaries during the 2014 Isanlu Day celebration in Isanlu area of Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State. The empowerment items said to be worth over N10 million include nine new Golf four cars and four Ford space buses, were given out to new beneficiaries in addition to those distributed in December 2013.

Hon. Karimi explained that his concerned about the plight of the people at the grassroots level motivated him to carry out the Yagba People Empowerment Initiatives. Hon. Karimi also pointed out that the initiative, launched in 2013, would soon take off, noting that the administrative staff to run the programme had already been recruited. He added that forms was available for collection by the beneficiaries. Said he, “I want bless my people. I want to empower them and make them happy”, Karimi noted Hon. Karimi, however, dispelled the rumour making the rounds that the empowerment initiatives programme was to deceive the people of the area. He continued, “The Yagba People Empowerment Initiatives programme is real all the money realised is in the bank for the people of Yagbaland”, he stressed.

Benue CNPP lauds Buhari over comments on terrorism HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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hairman of the Conference for All Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Benue State, Engr. Baba Agan, has commended former Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) and leaders of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) for the steps taken towards finding enduring peace to the acts of terrorism in the country. The CNPP chairman, in an exclusive chat with Saturday Mirror in Makurdi at the weekend, disclosed that the commitment and seriousness

exhibited by the former Head of State stood him out as a true statesman. He urged Gen. Buhari to further enhance the development of the country and its teeming people. It would be recalled that Gen Buhari recently condemned the abduction of over 200 girls from a school in Borno State, even though he is a member of the opposition party in the country therebvy condemning the act of terrorism and their methods. Engr. Agan noted with satisfaction that Gen. Buhari is one detribalised Nigerian who does not believe in ethnic sentiments

or religious affiliation, saying as his antecedents spoke well of him. According to Engineer Agan, “In this country, nepotism, shortsightedness and corruption appeard to be the order of the day and it takes two to identify the other who is neutral from this virus because the society is eaten deep about sectional consideration putting behind national cohesion that ought to be the guiding principle of all ethnic nationalities.” The Benue CNPP chairman further advocated for people of high quality, to aspire for positions of leadership in the country.

Engr. Agan continued, “If Nigerians are desirous of effecting meaningful impact in the leadership of the country people with unblemished records should be encouraged and enthroned into positions of authority with a view to ensure accelerated development rather than always bringing leaders on the premise of parochial interest which he said would always create a setback to the people and the nation,” Kwara FRSC records 8 deaths during easter rod mishaps, while other offences were committed after the period.

Borno denies NEMA’s claim on collapse of health facilities INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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orno State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salma Anas Kolo, yesterday expressed shock over a report credited to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) that about 37 percent of health facilities particularly in volatile local government areas have been under total collapse due to the violence perpetrated by members of Boko Haram Islamic sect. Dr. Kolo made the denial at a press conference marking this year’s World Malaria Day with is theme, ‘ Invest in the Future, The commissioner said contrary to NEMA’s report that the ongoing Boko Haram menace had led to the closure of many health care facilities and hospitals across the state, there has been no government health institutions closed down for even a day. He maintained that the facilities had remained

opened on daily basis and have been delivering services to the people of the state. She said her ministry and the people of the state are highly disappointed with the federal government agency. Her words, “the agency is just acting on lack of evidence based information that could lead to misleading the general public, and that NEMA should please liaise with WHO, NACA, NPHC angle other partners who have credible information on the health system and it’s operation in Borno”. The commissioner while acknowledging the effort of Governor Kashim Shettima in uplifting the health sector through prompt payment of counterpart funding to donor agencies like the World Bank among others, also noted that Borno State is among the six states of the country nominated as the state which has done well in the eradication of malaria.

The Etsu Nupe, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abubakar Yahaya (left), presenting a souvenir to His Royal Majesty, Eze Chukwudi Ihenetu, Eze Ndi-Igbo, Ghana (middle) while Chief Mba Kalu Harrison looks on at the Etsu-Nupe’s Palace in Bida, yesterday.

Katsina commences chemical spray to check malaria JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA

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orried about the rise in cases of malaria, the Katsina State Environmental and Protection Agency (KSEPA), says it has commenced spraying of chemicals across the 34 council areas to fight mosquitoes and larvae. KSEPA also said it has commenced clearance of major and minor drainages in the state as way of preventing flooding and discouraging mosquitoes from breeding.

Executive Director of the KSEPA, Yunusa Charanchi, who stated this on the occasion marking the World Malaria Day, said the measures became necessary in order to ensure proper control on outbreak of the decease. Charanchi, who blamed unhygienic environment and poor sanitary conditions as major causes of the outbreak of the disease, said enlightenment campaign had been embarked as way to check malaria in the state. He continued, “We have embarked on enlighten-

ment campaign in collaboration with directors of health of all the local government areas to educate people for proper cleaning of their environment.” Charanchi also maintained that the state government had recruited adequate number of personnel to go to all nooks and crannies to spray the anti-mosquito chemicals into all drainages. Charanchi said the state government was concerned about the number of people that lost their lives as result of malaria, but that it would continue

to adopt measures to control outbreak of the disease. He said mobile courts had been introduced in the seven old council areas to try offenders of the monthly sanitation exercise which also aims at keeping diseases like malaria away from people. Charanchi, therefore, called on people in the state to ensure they participate in the monthly sanitation exercise so that they would enjoy a clean environment as well as a healthy and disease-free body.


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he reign of Victor Umeh as the chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has always been under threat and the recent dismissal of the stay execution application brought by Umeh by an Abuja Federal High Court, has caused many political watchers to begin to think if this will be the last straw that will break the camel’s back. But for many who are in the know and had watched as Umeh overcame Chekwas Okerie the former chairman and acclaimed founder of the party, and how he has been able to have his way, in the continued battle with Maxi Okwu, the recent incident is seen as another battle that will at the end, go the way of Umeh. Reason: Previous similar efforts had ended up in his favour. This may be a point, especially considering the fact, that though he is rejected by the court, he is accepted by the government. An Abuja Federal High Court recently dismissed the stay of execution application brought by Umeh, fuelling speculations that his days as APGA chairman might be coming to an end. This year, January 15, the court sacked Umeh and dissolved the party’s faction led by him, but Umeh appealed against the decision and urged the court to stay the execution of the judgment pending his appeal. Ruling in the application, Justice Abdul Kafarati, dismissed the application declaring Maxi Okwu, chairman of a rival faction of the party, elected on April 8, 2013, as the authentic chairman of the party. While delivering his judgement, Kafarati noted that Umeh and his faction were voted into office by voice votes instead of secret ballot as stipulated by APGA’s constitution, a process the judge claimed invalidated their emergence as valid national officers of the party. The court further ordered the national secretary of the party, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, elected alongside Umeh at a convention held on February 18, 2011, in Awka, Anambra State, to vacate their respective offices. Aside Okwu, the court also directed the electoral umpire to henceforth relate with Mr. Ibrahim Carefor, Chief Dickson Ogu, Dr. Gbenga Afeni and Alhaji Abubakar Ad-

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APGA crisis: Rejected by the court, accepted by government amu as the duly elected national officers of APGA. They all emerged from a separate convention of the party that also held in Awka on April 8, 2013. After Umeh’s recent sack, Okwu had laid claim of achieving a major breakthrough in his efforts to dislodge longreigning Umeh as the national chairman of the APGA, saying he had taken over the party’s national secretariat located at Wuse Abuja, which Umeh debunked saying that the Police barred him from taking laws into his hands. “He does not have any court order to take over our party office. Okwu is now a Gorrilla,” Umeh had said. More so, Umeh, in his testimony before the Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Awka presided over by Justice Sadiq Bello, told the court that he was the authentic APGA chairman and that the party’s candidate in the governorship election was Chief Willie Obiano. In his reaction to the dismissal of his stay execution application by Kafarati, Umeh argued that the Court of Appeal had earlier dismissed his initial sack by the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezuruike, upon whose judgment Okwu was elected APGA national chairman during the party’s convention on April 8, 2013, in Awka and sustained him as the party’s national chairman. He added that he had even filed an application in Justice Kafarati’s court urging the judge to stay the execution of the judgement he earlier delivered on January 15 based on his subsisting application in the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu. Umeh had threatened that as soon as

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he finished with his appeal at the Court of Appeal, he would approach the NJC with a petition against Justice Kafarati’s conduct in respect of his case. Like a political commentator recently said, this is never the first time court is sacking Umeh, but in all, he has somehow had his way and at the end has continued as the chairman of the party. On February 10, 2013, a State High court in Enugu restrained Umeh from parading himself as the chairman of APGA but two months later, in a Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu, three-man panel of justices, including Justice Paul Galinje, Chairman; Justices F. A. Kwasami and Tom Yakubu unanimously ruled that since the appellant, Umeh, duly appealed against the decision of the lower court presided by Justice Umezuruike, Chief Judge of Enugu State, challenging his jurisdiction and accusing him of bias, the status quo ought to be maintained, pending the determination of the appeal. Hence, he was restored to the office of the national chairman APGA. Again, before the governorship election in Anambra, November last year, a Federal High Court in Awka Anambra State, presided over by Justice M. Salihu on September 16 ruled that Okwu should submit the name of the candidate that emerged during his faction’s primaries to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the forthcoming ballot. While Okwu submitted the name of Dr. Chike Obidigbo, who on September 2 emerged governorship candidate of his faction to INEC, his joy and those of his faction members were cut short by Justice Salihu who reversed the former rul-

ing, thus leaving Chief Willie Obiano, who on August 26 emerged as the flag bearer of the Umeh-led APGA, as the party’s only governorship candidate. And currently, despite the recent court dismissal of Umeh’s stay execution application, he seems to be enjoying the support of the APGA- led government in Anambra, the strongest base of the party, as the role he played in the emergence of Obiano, the Anambra State governor, is not one the governor will forget in a haste. Though the government of Anambra has been silent on the issue, expectedly, many analysts believe that the Obiano-led government would not want to see Umeh thrown out as the chairman of the party. At least, not now that he is still in court trying to establish the authenticity of Obiano as APGA candidate in the governorship election that brought him in as the governor of Anambra State. Importantly also is that Umeh, on April 16, was at the Anambra State election petition tribunal Awka to testify in the case between Obidigbo and the party where he, Umeh, identified and tendered the ruling of the Court of Appeal, Enugu, which granted a stay to the decision of an Awka High Court judgment that gave an order of status quo as well as the Court of Appeal judgment which nullified the April 8, 2013 convention that produced Okwu as the party chairman; the report of APGA screening panel which disqualified Obidigbo and INEC report on APGA primaries. “The tribunal needed to be aware that the claims to the chairmanship of APGA by Okwu and the purported nomination of Obidigbo as APGA candidate in the 2013 election in Anambra were fraudulent ones not supported by the law,” Umeh had said. But while the leadership tussle in the APGA continues, many analysts believe that Umeh will continue to enjoy the support of Anambra government as his removal may not be in the favour of Governor Obiano, whose authenticity as the governorship candidate of the APGA, in the election that brought him in, is being challenged in court by Okwu led faction of the party. As the fight for the authentic leader of APGA continues between the two, Umeh remains, at least for the moment, rejected by the court but accepted by the government.


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Confab: ‘Rotational Presidency, six-year single tenure’ll change Nigeria for the better’

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Dr. Philips Omeiza Salawu, the immediate past Deputy Governor of Kogi State, is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Stockbroker and a retired career banker. He is one of the delegates representing the North Central geo-political zone at the ongoing national conference. He restates the position of the zone in this interview with some reporters including OMEIZA AJAYI and WOLE OLADIMEJI. Excerpts:

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hat is your view President Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural speech to the con-

fab? Two areas of the speech of Mr. President caught my attention. On page 7 of Mr. President’s speech, he said: “To be successful, nation builders must continually strive to evolve better and more inclusive societies in which every citizen is a proud and committed stakeholder.” The second area is on page 9, where he said: “We cannot continue to fold our arms and assume that things will straighten themselves out in due course, instead of taking practical steps to overcome impediments on our path to true nationhood, rapid development and national propriety.” From these two areas, you will know the seriousness in a leader who is committed

to the development of this nation and as well meant well by convoking this conference which is an avenue to restructure the country. What is your zone bringing to the table? The issue of executive power rotation is very paramount in bringing everybody on board. This matter was one of the main recommendations at the last 2005 National Political Reform Conference. Specifically, presidential power should be alternated between the north and the southern parts of the country while simultaneously rotating amongst the geo-political zones. Also, I am advocating for Dual Vice presidency to take care of any political accidents which we have witnessed in recent past. How do you think this will work? It is simple, the first Vice President

should come from the same zone with the President while the second Vice President comes from the other part of the country, and the presidency will have a single tenure of six years with single ticket for the trinity. Would you want that replicated in the states? At the state level, governorship should be rotated among the Senatorial districts with dual Deputy Governors to also take care of accidents witnessed in recent times in states like Kaduna, Yobe and now in Taraba. The governor should have a single tenure of six years, and like I suggested for Presidency, the first Deputy Governor should come from same senatorial district with the governor while the second Deputy Governor comes from another senatorial district with single ticket for the trinity. What about the Local Government Councils? The same principle of rotation should be adopted at the local government level as well. How about the discourse on devolution of powers? Enough powers should be retained at the Centre (Federal) to enable the federal government perform the strategic roles of defence of territorial integrity, internal security, foreign affairs management and the management of our monetary and fiscal policies. These are the irreducible minimum. Consequently there is the need to have two separate legislative and exclusive lists, one for the federal government to include these three irreducible minimum of federal responsibilities and the other list for the state to include legislative matters on agriculture. The federal government should hands off agriculture to the states. The redefined concurrent list (federal and states) should include matters on education, health, power, mineral resources, policing etc. Which structure of government do you subscribe to? Unitary, Federal or Confederacy? The unitary system is like the military system of command and control structure whereby maximum power is concentrated at the centre leaving the component units as mere administrative units taking instructions from the high command of the centre. Confederacy is the extreme reverse of the unitary system whereby there is a very weak centre and powerful components units. The federal structure is the middle course in between the unitary and confederacy. On the federal structure, the confederating units could be federal, regions, states and local governments, which have semi- autonomous status. In Nigeria, it is ideal that we retain the current status quo of having the federal, states and local governments as the federating units. The regime or zones should not be federating

units in order to save costs. However if there is a need to have more autonomous local government administrations , then the issue of SIEC (State Independent Electoral Commission) should be scrapped so that the independently-minded chairmen can assume the administration of the local governments. In that case, the local government elections should be conducted by INEC. What is your opinion of fiscal federalism? Fiscal federalism is about the available financial resources to carry out the devolved responsibilities. These include internally generated revenues derivable from their powers as contained in the exclusive and concurrent legislative lists. Do you also believe that the cost of governance in Nigeria is high? The presidential system is still the better option for our plural, heterogeneous polity but I am advocating for a part time unicameral legislative to reduce the cost of governance. For the executive arm of government, the number of ministers, commissioners, Special Advisers, Supervisors and other aides should be pegged; to also reduce the cost of governance, deputy governors should be given some specific constitutional roles such as being appointed Commissioners for Agriculture, Works, Finance, Education, Health etc. As a delegate, what would you want the government to do in the area of its dying industries? For our industrialisation to be a reality, the Ajaokuta Steel Company and the Itakpe Iron Ore project should be completed without further delay. This, I believe, would reduce our unemployment problems due to the extensive linkage effects of these projects. There should be an establishment of Solid Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (SOMPADEC) to take care of the negative consequences of the solid mineral extractions. Also I would say the current 13% derivation should equally be applicable to solid mineral extractions. Moreso, I would also say that more commitment should be given to the exploration of oil and gas in the hinterland including that the Benue Basin and River Niger should be properly dredged to ensure smooth inland water ways transportation. Where do you want the outcome of this conference to go, National Assembly or referendum? The outcome of the national conference should be subjected to a referendum instead of the approval by the National Assembly because certain major reviews concern the National Assembly structure itself. With the level of consensus built in the deliberation process and the likely approval of the outcome by the referendum, I strongly believe that Mr. President would have the political will to implement same.


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Akpabio is denigrating Jonathan’s office –Chief Don Etiebet, member of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees (BOT), on the warning issued by Akwa Ibom State Executive Committee of PDP against the President’s Political Adviser, Ahmed Gulak

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t is contemptuous to hear the SEC of our Party passing such a damning and abusive resolution on the Special Adviser to the Presi-

dent on Political Affairs, at a meeting while the Governor was in attendance. “One would have thought that with the closeness, support, love and respect Akpabio, the Chairman PDP Governors’ Forum, has for the President and the Party, he should have reported the alleged intransigence of Alhaji Gulak when he visited his State to the President. “He should have tried to find out why Gulak was in his State without his knowledge and consent before he allowed the displeasure of the SEC to go public in a communiqué of the SEC

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meeting in which he was in attendance. “The SEC cannot banish Alhaji Gulak to Adamawa alone as he is Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not for Adamawa State. That resolution smacks of absolute disrespect for the Office of the President whose appointee Alhaji Gulak is. “May I ask the SEC whether the President is a delegate or a voter in the Senatorial District? I beg you, Mr. President, this is deriding your office by the SEC of our Party in my State, I apologise for their not-well- thoughtout action. “May I say this could be instructive of the things to come in the State? If they can call on the President to do that,

I was never a house maid

Fayemi is destroying local government

–Dame Judith Amaechi, wife of the Rivers State Governor, debunking rumours that she once served as house maid

–Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Ekiti State, at a meeting with the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Ado Ekiti

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will conduct elections into the 16 councils immediately on assumption of office as the state governor. A democrat would naturally strengthen the third tier, which is closest to the people. What makes Governor Kayode Fayemi a good democrat when he has been destroying the third tier of government? “When I was in government, I conducted local government elections. Governor Segun Oni, a PDP governor, also conducted council elections. It surprises me that Governor Kayode Fayemi, who describes himself as a progressive, is destroying local government”.

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here is nothing wrong in being a house maid. It is a process and path to success, but I want to state it emphatically and unequivocally that I was never and have never served as house maid to anyone. “It is unfair, this is falsehood and our children must be insulated from lies and propaganda. Let’s learn to train them on the path of truth, integrity and righteousness. “My mother died when I was four years old. My aunty, Mrs. Ndukue, an educationist who is my mother’s sister, took over my responsibilities. We first lived in the north before coming back to Port Harcourt where she worked at the Ministry of Education. “I had the privilege of attending a highbrow primary school; Port Harcourt Primary School. I made one of the best results, sat for entrance examination into the Unity School, and I was admitted into the Federal Government Girls College, Abuloma. These are schools reserved for children of the influential and top echelon in our society. Will any house maid be admitted into such schools? This is just an attempt to smear my reputation.”

I want to bless Yagba people –Honourable Sunday Karimi, Member, House of Representatives representing Yagba Federal Constituency at National Assembly, while distributing cars to some of his constituents

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am reassuring you of my commitment to the development of this area and my continued efforts to empower the people of this constituency to wrestle themselves out of the shackle of poverty and better their lots. “These empowerment items, which are worth over N10 million, include nine new Golf and four Ford space buses. They are being given out to new beneficiaries in addition to those distributed in December 2013. “I am very concerned about the plight of the people at the grass roots level. This is why the Yagba People Empowerment Initiatives was put in place. “I want to bless my people. I want to empower them and make them happy.

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The Yagba People Empowerment Initiatives is real. All the money realised is in the bank for the people of Yagbaland.”

one can imagine the levels of illegality, intimidation and harassment they may have in store for their opponents in the forth coming PDP primaries. “The idea of zoning of governorship seat in Akwa Ibom to Eket Senatorial district, according to plans by Akpabio, must be nipped in the bud. “I, Chief Don Obot Etiebet, CON, Founding Father and Permanent Member of Board of Trustees of PDP from the State, hereby state unequivocally that aspirants from any part of the State would not be denied nomination forms and proper processing of their applications “When the time comes, they should go about their consultations without any hindrance or mistrust.”

I can’t return to PDP –Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State vowing never to return to the Peoples Democratic Party

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am not returning to the PDP. That man, Wike, they should check that man whether he is okay. I have finished with the PDP; I have told them. I made a promise that if they return the Kalabari Oil Wells, we will see how it goes. But until that happens… “Beyond the oil wells, I have told them… They have approached me and if they want, I will call the names of those that approached me, but that is not an issue. “If I am progressive, It must be seen in the type of life I live; in what I do and how I relate with people; the type of governance. We introduced popular free education, gave laptops to children to take home. There are so many things we are doing that are contrary to the ideologies of the PDP, but they are wonderful men and women. “I said people should ignore Wike. Are you sure that if I tell PDP that I am coming back in ten days, they will not throw a dance party here? When you are a President, a governor, or a minister; what you say must be factual; you can’t be part of gossip. “So, that young man who claims to be Minister of State for Education, who doesn’t know what it means to be a minister, is saying I am begging to come back to the PDP. What is PDP? I beg you, please, don’t ever ask me questions about that young man because I will not answer you.”


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A delicacy’s rough ride to the soup pot

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OTTO IN LAGOS MAINLAND COUNCIL AREA EA, ARTICULATING THEIR ISSUES AND EVEN BUILDING ING G A SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN. BUT IT IS AGBODEMU WHO NOW NEEDS SUCCOUR. HIS APARTMENT WAS RAZED TO THE GROUND AND HE

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Follow FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON as she shares the amazing Ponmo journey from the abattoir to your soup pot.

A woman eargerly waiting for ponmo buyers

Herds of cow ready source of the delicious ponmo at the abbattoir, Agege, Lagos

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izably chopped ponmo, otherwise known as hide and skin, a regular item in the soup pot of the Yoruba, South West, Nigeria, eventually ends up in the stomach from the soup pot, but its real journey to the soup pot begins from the lush green neighbourhood grazing fields where the nurturing begins. The slaughter slabs located in abattoirs where the hide and skin are given kingly treatment on the road to the soup pot provides the second lap of the journey. Extracted from cows, it is almost a certain delicacy in every party - be it a birthday, political gathering, house-warming or christening party. In the South East, it is known as Kanda and up North, Fatah. Over the years, the ponmo has become a necessary companion to the party pot as it has deepened taste buds for good food. From the abattoirs, the ponmo gets the first treatment as the cow skin is

A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DIABETIC AND OBESE ARE AVOIDING RED MEAT AND HAVE FOUND PONMO A BETTER ALTERNATIVE cleaned up after exposure to fire. “After slaughtering the cow, the hide and skin are usually sent to people, who have expert skills in peeling and singeing off its hairs. After that process is done, they make hot water and dip the ponmo into it for hours to make it soft. When it eventually emerges from this treatment, it is ready for chopping into desired sizes,” says Babatunde Raheem. This, perhaps, simply captures the story of ponmo, whose availability at parties adds fun to it, just same way seasonings stir a rumbling in the stomach. “It is often a tiring process; a very long one at that, but the joy of waiting

ready buyers lessens the trouble,” Raheem tells Saturday Mirror. Raheem has been in the butchery business for more than seven years and says, “Every butcher values cow skin. It is because it is what we process into ponmo,” he says matter-of-factly. According to him the number of customers who queue to buy ponmo is a consolation for the stress that comes with processing it as, according to him, “it is never too late.” With Ponmo, you can prepare what the Yoruba call Ponmo Alata, often spiced with vegetable, breadfruits, onion and pepper to taste, and found in most Bukas and restaurants in waterside sub-

urbs, big cities and Nigerian state capitals such as Calabar, Lagos, Owerri, Umuahia, Jos, Kano, Ibadan, among others. “To make the moment count,” Raheem says, “you take the ponmo down with palmwine.” Fielding questions to the newspaper, Tope Muftau who says he specializes in ponmo business explained that male cows are sweeter, more expensive and easier to process compared to a female cow, which poses huge challenges as it also takes longer to prepare. This is why male cows and goats are expensive,” he tells Saturday Mirror. Muftau who revealed that he has been on ponmo for 15 years expressed happiness at the volume of business ponmo is attracting, pointing out that it is a business of all seasons. Muftau traces the ponmo boom to 2000 when the fedCONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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THERE ARE MANY OF US DOING WELL IN THE BUSINESS.

SOME OWN HOUSES AND DRIVE CHOICE CARS, WHILE THEIR CHILDREN ARE IN GOOD SCHOOLS eral government of Nigeria under the leadership of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, placed ban on imported turkey and frozen foods. “It was the period people began to look inwards. Until the ban, everybody looked away and saw ponmo as the poor’s delicacy,” Muftau recalls, noting that the demand for ponmo has since continued to rise. Interestingly, while ponmo serves food needs in Nigeria, it is a huge foreign exchange earner for some countries in Africa like Kenya, Botswana and Mali. However, while the nation may not be earning much from its export, dealers like Muftau and Raheem, as well as consumers, are already feeling the impact of the insecurity in some northern parts of the country where the nation gets its supply of cows. This Raheem confirms when he told Saturday Mirror that Ponmo prices has shored up slightly. “Presently, cow supply from the north has reduced and that has caused a change in cow prices as well as general processing charges for ponmo,” he says. “For instance,” he continues, “a few years ago, it will cost just N50 to expose the hides and skin to fire, but not anymore. You will pay no less than N200 nowadays. Truth is, even though water is free, they have to spend money on firewood and fuel to boil the water. It is still someone, who will take the skin from the slaughter to where the treatment will continue. Often, these days, for a job we normally paid N30, we spend as much as N100.” For ponmo to get the right treatment and on time, too, checks revealed, division of labour comes into play. At the abattoir Agege, Lagos State, it is such an interesting chain that will enthrall you. “Nobody cuts the chain of ponmo processing and everyone begins where the other stops until ponmo is ready,” Raheem tells the newspaper. Hard and

Ponmo being processed at the abbattoir, Agege

THE SKIN OF MALE COWS IS SWEETER, MORE EXPENSIVE AND EASIER TO PROCESS THAN THAT OF FEMALE COWS, WHICH POSES HUGE CHALLENGES AS IT TAKES LONGER TO PREPARE.

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challenging as the process, Raheem says it is fun being part of the chain that makes the food (Ponmo) which everyone likes. “The ponmo business is good though a little challenging. I am able to pay my bills, put food on the table for my family and live the good life. There are many of us doing well in the business. Some own houses and drive choice cars, while their children are in good schools. I have reasons to thank God,” he says. For Olori Florence Akogun, who resides at Jankara area of Ojokoro Ijaiye, a suburb of Lagos, and sells ponmo at Agege Abattoir, she could not ask for more. Only two years in the business, she says she can only remember where and how she started with a heart full of

gratitude. “Some may look down on the business, because it sometimes makes one appear dirty, but it is money spinning. If you don’t mind the dirt involved in ponmo, you will surely get bountiful harvests from it. Ponmo used to be a meal for the poor, but everybody’s daily delicacy,” Akogun says. According to her, she makes an average of between N7, 000 and N8, 000 everyday, while on a good day goes home with something more. Akogun is not alone in the songs of praise. Mudirat Akanni, a restaurant operator in the Ikeja area of Lagos, describes it as an answer to prayers. “On a good day, I make up to N8, 000 selling ponmo,” she says. When Saturday Mirror visited her restaurant located at Anifowoshe area

of Ikeja, it was a bustling enclave. She explains. “A lot of people who are diabetic and obese are running away from red meat and have found ponmo a better alternative.” “Personally,” Akanni who is blessed with extra flesh confesses, “I can’t do without ponmo. Ponmo is not only cheap, but also serves my need for meat.” Whichever way the ponmo delicacy comes, its heavy pepper sauce separates it from any other household dishes and makes it fit for consumption so long as it is processed and prepared under very hygienic conditions. The reason, perhaps, Becky Eteng, a nutritionist, warns that though it has no nutritional value, care must be taken to ensure that the conditions under which it is prepared are hygienic and miles away from its rough journey from the abattoir to the soup pot.


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Who is afraid of Comrade Musbau Agbodemu? Musbau Agbodemu, has for many years offered succour to residents of the slum community known as Ifesowapo/Otto in Lagos Mainland Council Area, articulating their issues and even building a school for their children. But it is Agbodemu who now needs succour. His apartment was razed to the ground and he was seized and beaten to within an inch of his life, all for serving his people SEGUN ADIO

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hese are not the best of times for Comrade Ishola Musbau Agbodemu, the chairman of Ifesowapo/Otto- community in Lagos Mainland council area. The community leader was among the dozens of breadwinners, who lost nearly all their life’s savings and property to a weird inferno, which gutted the community on April 2, 2014. While still in shock over the losses from the fire incident, which include a five classrooms block where indigent children in the community attend classes at no costs to their parents, Comrade Agbodemu again suffered a cruel fate as he narrowly escaped an alleged kidnap attempt by suspected agents of a traditional ruler in the neighbourhood. That was not all. Saturday Mirror learnt that Comrade Agbodemu also reportedly lost N100, 000 as he tried to escape the kidnappers. The N100, 000, according to him, was meant to serve as advance payment for a cow he claimed was to be used for his mother’s final burial ceremony early next month. The community leader’s latest travails, it was learnt, was traced to the inferno that rendered he and many others, homeless. Comrade Agbodemu , who had bruises all over his body as a result of the latest assault and kidnap attempt on him, also maintained that his major undoing was trying to provide children of the less-privileged opportunity for education which their downtrodden parents could not afford for them. “A day after the fire razed our community including the school I built for the children and my own three-bedroom apartment, the Divisional Police Officer claimed that he had instructions from the royal father that we should not be allowed to reconstruct our burnt houses, as well as the school. The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) sent for me and when I got to his office, the Deputy Crime Officer (DCO), one Prince whom I know to be Jibola and one Engineer Femi, told me that the traditional ruler asked that we should not rebuild our homes again. That was when the inferno first occurred.” According to the community

Agbodemu before the attack

Agbodemu after the attack

EVERYBODY WATCHED AS THEY DEMOLISHED THE ‘NEW SCHOOL’ AND THE ONE-ROOM APARTMENT I HAD PUT UP. BUT TO MY SURPRISE, THE CHIEF CALLED FOR SOME REINFORCEMENT AFTER THE DEMOLITION AND

WHEN THEY CAME, HE ORDERED THAT THEY SHOULD PICK ME AND DUMP ME IN A WAITING VEHICLE. IT WAS AT THAT STAGE

I RESISTED THEM. BUT THEY OVER-POWERED ME, BEAT ME AND TRIED TO TIE MY HANDS leader, after barely 20 days of the fire incident, and considering that schools in Lagos would resume, he decided to erect some plank structures to serve as classes for the returning pupils and another room for he and his family. “One the day they came to beat me and attempt to kidnap me, a charitable organisation was here to donate relief materials for the displaced victims of the fire incident. We had already set chairs for the programme to start when one of the Oba’s chiefs led some thugs to disrupt the programme. When they arrived, they came straight for me and said that Oba had warned that no one

should reconstruct any building in the area,” he alleged. Comrade Agbodemu went on to allege that the monarch’s representatives ordered the thugs to pull down the wooden structures. “Everybody watched as they demolished the ‘new school’ and the one-room apartment I had put up. But to my surprise, the chief called for some reinforcement after the demolition and when they came, he ordered that they should pick me and dump me in a waiting vehicle. It was at that stage I resisted them, but they over-powered me, beat and tried to tie my hands. It took the

help of residents of the community before I could escape,” Agbodemu claimed. The community leader also claimed that while the thugs pulled down the new structure, including his ‘new apartment’ they allegedly made away with his N100, 000. He told the newspaper that he was tortured because he resisted the thugs, saying that it was in the process that he lost his money and sustained various degrees of injuries all over his body. A representative of the agency, which planned to dole out gift items to those affected by the fire before the disruption of the exercise, and in a telephone chat with Saturday Mirror berated the monarch for the act which she described as crude and irresponsible. “You can imagine the kind of agony the man (Agbodemu) was made to go through. We had to cancel the programme” Saturday Mirror could not get the monarch to speak on phone, but one Tajudeen who claimed to be his aide, denied the story. “It was not true that Kabiyesi sent people to disrupt their programme. All he did is to order a stay of action at the place,” he said. A police source at Iponri Police Station who sought anonymity confirmed the incident, but said he had no authority to speak on the matter.


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‘Music producers are always under pressure to produce another hit’ TY Mix is one of Nigeria’s most successful music producers. He has produced many hit songs for artists p that include superstars Naeto C and Darey Art-Alade. He is also one of the judges of Project Fame West Africa (PFWA) and he tells OSEYIZA OOGBODO what A music production is all about.

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ou are one of PFWA’s judges. What’s it been like for you judging the show? It’s been very good and very rewarding. It’s very rewarding especially when you see the finished products that come out of it at the end of the day after lots of constructive criticisms. The feeling is rewarding. You were known to be based in Abuja, but you’re in Lagos a lot. What’s going on, have you relocated? Well, pretty much so, yes I’d say. However, I still have a studio in Abuja. I still work from Abuja when necessary. I think I’m just trying to be flexible in terms of access to the working environment. If I have things to do here in Lagos, I have a studio here that I can work from. Also if I have things to do in Abuja, I have a studio there I can work from as well. A whole bunch of artistes are of the opinion that they can’t get a career break unless they move to a place like Lagos which they believe is the hub of entertainment in Nigeria. Do you think it’s necessary to change location as an artist? I don’t think it is necessary, even though, like you said, Lagos is the hub of entertainment but me being a producer for instance, I can operate from anywhere. I didn’t come to Lagos because everybody is moving to Lagos. I came to Lagos because at some point I realized that I had more things to do in Lagos than Abuja. So for that flexibility, I decided to set up a recording studio here in Lagos. For artists who are in other parts of the country all they need to do is identify their target market. Where you are, there will be enough people there who will appreciate what you do. What’s the challenge of being a producer? I think it’s the pressure of having to make constant hits. It puts a lot of pressure on you as a producer. What does it takes to be a good producer? You need to be a good listener. You need to be able to interpret very well. When you hear a song you must be able to interpret

it well, put the right emotions, sounds and mood into it. Basically, you must have a good listening ear. It is believed that you producers are actually the ones who rewrite the songs you produce to make them turn out excellent. Is that true? I think it is the work of a producer to guide his artist from songwriting to vocal delivery, harmony, mixing and even mastering. It is the work of a producer to make sure that the whole process comes out well. Nollywood actress Tonto Dike has been criticised for her singing. What can you say about it? I think coming out to sing is by choice. You have the choice to do whatever you want to do and I also feel that she believed in herself enough to sing. I also think that it’s a matter of opinion whether anyone thinks a song is good or poor. I can say that the song is not good and someone else listens to it and says he or she likes it. So it’s a matter of opinion at the end of the day. In my own opinion, I don’t think her are the worst I’ve heard in my life. As an experienced producer, what advice will you give to her? I think she should just try and work with the right producers. She needs the producers that will push her above and beyond her limits, the producers that will make her work harder because whatever you spend time doing, you get better at it. Tonto can be better if she works extra hard. So that’s what I think. How has PFWA impacted on your career? It has in a lot of ways. It has helped to put a face to my name. Before, many people know the name, not the face, but I believe many people know the face so well now. It has also given me an opportunity to serve in a different way besides just being in a studio and producing music. I’m able to help in creating a finished product from the very beginning. I’m able to fish out qualities in people beyond what every normal producer will do, because we the PFWA judges are also involved in the selection process.


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he hottest news in the entertainment industry presently is a rumour that the popular singing twins, P-Square, have broken up. The twins are so popular and loved by the public that the rumour has made virtually all of their fans sad. Though the breakup is still nothing but a rumour and insinuation after insinuation, it has already been taken as fact by the fans who are wondering how their lives will be without more music from P-Square to make them happy. Though their publicist, Bayo Adetu, denied the breakup rumour last week Friday when it suddenly surfaced, his denial hasn’t assuaged the fear of their fans who keep waiting and hoping for news that the breakup truly isn’t true. The twins themselves are not helping the issue. With all the massive speculation and frenzy going on about them, they have not confirmed or denied anything personally. But is the breakup true? Those who say it is base their stance on claims that the twins, Peter and Paul, exchanged blows during rehearsal last week. They claim that one of the twins has moved out of their joint home; that Peter is angry with Paul and his other siblings because they do not respect his wife, Lola; that their elder brother and manager, Jude’s absence from Peter and Lola’s wedding last year was the pointer to what’s happening now. But entertainment pundit, Saucy

w o r h t s r u o m u r p u bre ak n o i s u f n o c o t n i a i r N ig e ... Don’t believe it until proven true, it might be a publicity stunt –Pundit Gezzle, believes that the breakup is not an issue anyone should take a stance on now “until we know what is really going on.” Analysing the situation, he said, “This is Nigeria and the entertainment industry, a sultry combination in which almost anything goes. Right now, we don’t really know what is going on, and until we do, it’s better not to conclude anything. “It is possible that it might all be a publicity stunt to make their upcoming album very successful. It is also possible that it’s real. But if this were the developed world, a brand like P-Square would have immediately clarified the air as such negativity would affect it if it’s not addressed immediately. So I’ll repeat that until it’s proven true or otherwise, don’t conclude on it.”

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hough they might not be as popular now as they once were, dedicated fans of Nigerian music will still remember the singing twins, Mamuzee. For quite some time now, the twins have not been making the news as they used to professionally and for their so-

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cial activities. Their return to the news presently is in a way that is definitely unpalatable. They were attacked in Abuja by armed robbers during the week. They were shot at in their car and luckily for them, they suffered injuries but didn’t lose their lives.

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he present brouhaha surrounding Harrysong, who now prefers to be known as Mr Songz, is an indication of the difference between an upcoming and established artist. A couple of years ago, Harrysong reportedly granted an interview in which he said his father and mother were blood brother and sister. The news made the rounds then but did not really generate as

much interest in the Harrysong brand as it would have if it was a more popular brand. The story has changed now for Harrysong though. Since he wrote the wildly successful song, Limpopo, his star has shined brighter to the extent that his newly released songs are making waves, as compared to two years ago when he was just relatively known. Now, his newfound stardom has regen-

erated the alleged incest relationship of his parents. It is being spoken about everywhere presently that he came into the world through an incest relationship. Anyway, suffice it to say that Harrysong denied the tale to Saturday Mirror Celebrity shortly after it was published then but it has resurfaced because he is very popular now, so the incest tale is now worth really bandying about.

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f you are one of those who have ever looked at Africa’s Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, and thought to yourself that she is not beautiful, you might need to have a change of mind as she has been named by the influential People magazine as its most beautiful woman. This honour for Nyong’o is only another in her long list of enviable achievements that include star-

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he Koko Master, D’Banj, is surely one person who never lets any situation get the better of him. Rather, he capitalises on each and every situation he encounters, and he has done so again with the Nyanya, Abuja bomb blast which almost became a thorn in his flesh. Last week, D’Banj was the first artist mentioned by struggling musician, Etcetera, as one of the celebrities indirectly responsible for the Nyanya bombing and other bombings in the country through their association with politicians which makes the public see the politicians in a good light. Rather than react to Etcetera’s acid attack, however, he chose to visit some of the Nyanya victims in the hospital. He did so during the week, and it’s a move that has paid off for him, as his brand is now additionally seen as a compassionate and caring one.

ring in a blockbuster Hollywood film and being nominated for renowned international awards. Prior to being named most beautiful woman, she had already captured the world with her fashion sense as her outfits to several events were critically acclaimed. And her most beautiful woman is a real honour as she dusted big names that included Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Pink and Keri Russell to earn it.

Mercy Johnson, Chika Ike make fun of their enemies

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op actresses Mercy Johnson and Chika Ike are presently having fun at the expense of people who tried to create trouble between them both by spreading a tale that they are at each other’s throats. And unlike the P-Square twins who are keeping silent about their alleged problem, the actresses took to Twitter to address their feud rumour in such a

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manner that would leave no one in doubt that there was no problem between them. In a move that was definitely orchestrated, Johnson tweeted that “Babe, I hear say we dey fight oh. I don buy my boxing glove oh. Oya, bell ringing for round 1.” Ike responded immediately with “my gurl4life, I hear am too ohhh, me self go buy my own glove, oya make Purity be the referee oh. LOL, round 2.”

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he just-gone-by Easter period was another opportunity for two of the country’s naughtiest female celebrities, Maheeda and Cossy Orjiakor, to continue in their naughty ways. Maheeda chose to spend the period in Paris, France with Precious, a friend she met online and who proves the saying ‘birds of the same feather flock together.’ From the naughty pictures they

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posted online, including some that they were as close as to seem to be in an intimate relationship, it is obvious that Precious and Maheeda are birds of the same feather, hence the reason they are able to bond. Similarly, Orjiakor held an Easter bunny party and shared naughty photos of it that included a graphic one of a lady kissing her breast.

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Natural Something Artist: Sound Sultan Intro I spend my money every day on top woman I no care if she walk away to another man I am ready to be your mugu Your personal maga for life TY Mix Sound Sultan Naija Ninjas Chorus It is a natural something When I see you do the strong thing Go shawty it’s your biday (4x) Hook (2x) I no be casanova but I like woman dem, ah ah I know you have a lover but help me hail your man dem Verse 1 Omoge no be lie I dey reel in your soul I know you are one in a million soul Dash you anything even silver and gold No mean say I wan carry you go Omo every day you killing them, you killing them oh Natural things, no silicon oh You giving men horn like a unicorn oh But really don’t get me wrong See No strings attached I go buy you diamond No strings attached I take you go shopping No strings attached Cause na wireless things No strings attached Eh oh oh No strings attached Make we just dance No strings attached So don’t be thinking wrong No strings attached I only appreciate you as a wonderful work of God Chorus I spend my money every day on top woman I no care if she walk away to another man I am ready to be your mugu Your personal maga for life It is a natural something When I see you do the strong thing Go shawty it’s your biday (4x) Hook (2x) Verse 2 Woman too fine I no fit economize you girl Going through pain You need a man wey go nice you girl No minimizing Sultan go maximize you girl Cause you deserve everything wey dey shine shine My girl Shey na BB Torch Or na BB Porsche Or na human hair Even in a rush Just to make you blush I go yan dust I go freestyle Just to make you smile In the mean time You’re not mine We go feel fine But no kain On behalf of all the men Oya come make I spoil you oh oh


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h e m u sic industry is full of established, promising, upcoming and underground artists. The established ones are always the and most popular ful, most successthe promising are those believed will eventually become established, the upcoming are the newcomers and the underground are successful and respected artists who prefer to stay out of the limelight. Talking about the promising artists, they are very Mo’ Cheddah peculiar because they mostly remain promising and never become established. Artists are seen as promising when they’ve released one or two hit songs, performed at prestigious industry events and concerts and their name is buzzing on people’s lips and trending on social media. Once they’ve gotten to the promised stage, they are expected to go on to become established and those that don’t become known as artists yet to live up to expectations. Among them are Mo’ Cheddah, YQ, Soul E, Kween, Sheyman, Alabai, Sean Tero and many others. Many things have been expected of Mo’ Cheddah since she burst onto the scene about four years ago with If You Want Me. She was so hot then that MTV Base dedicated a whole month to her and she won notable awards. But she broke up with her label after the release of her debut album, Franchise Celebrity, and she is only just trying to make a proper comeback now with Destinambari which’s video she released this week. “I am YQ.” People familiar with YQ’s hits would definitely be acquainted with the three-word lyrics preceding this sentence as YQ uses them frequently in his songs to endear himself to his fans and the music-loving public. YQ became really known and respected when he released the hit, Efimile, featuring Dagrin. Efimile was the song that actually made him and Dagrin into stars. He followed it up with I Like Girls, another big hit, Dress Code, a notable hit, and his debut album, I Am YQ. So promising was he rated that Obi Asika’s Storm Records went into a partnership with his initial label, 2Koncepts Entertainment, over him. Suddenly, it all fizzled out

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for him. From being talked about, no one talked about him again. Even though he keeps releasing songs, none of them has become as successful as Efimile and I Like Girls. There are many talented rappers in the country, and there is no doubt that Alabai is one of them. In fact, he stands out amongst them, so much so that big-time artists including Paul Play Dairo and Sunny Neji featured him on their songs. But when he released his own song, Voice Of God, it was critically but not commercially successful. And after he released his album and it didn’t make much waves, he sort of disappeared off the scene. Then he returned again last year, as a singer this time, and his song, Ogbanje, became a notable hit. And he continues to make moves so it’s possible that he will finally attain the superstar status that is expected of him. The name Soul E is one that broke through the unknown barrier and became known when his song, Soul E Baba Dey Here, became a monster hit. Its follow-up, Naija Is Blessed, wasn’t really accepted and when he became embroiled in a legal battle over his contract with his label, Colossal Entertainment, his career just kept descending instead of ascending as expected. Though he keeps trying his best to get to the next level, it’s just not working out for him. He even switched from secular to gospel at a point in time, still no tangible result. One thing is certain, though, he has all it takes to become a very successful established artist, and it still might happen for him. Choko master, Sean Tero, is another artist whose

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failure to have become a big star by now is still astounding to pundits. His song, Choko De Choko, was the biggest hit in town a few years ago and many big things were thereby expected of him as he had even recorded some consistency before Choko’s success. Yet another artist yet to live up to expectation is Sheyman. An artist and a producer, his success as the producer of many hit songs that include Bigiano’s Shayo and KSB’s Turn Me Around, has led to the expectation that he will also be very successful as an artist. He is however yet to prove that he does have the X-factor required to be a successful music artist as he has released a few hit songs but is not in demand all the same. Of them all, Kween is probably the one that the most has been expected of. Kween’s case is indeed very peculiar. She is one lady who has all it takes to become a megastar. She is tall, beautiful, sexy, connected and talented. Many good things were therefore said of her, especially as she rolled with the JJC, D’Banj and Don Jazzy clique while she was in London and on her return to Nigeria. And when three of her songs, Oluronbi, Come Wiv Me and Jebele, became hits, it was taken for granted that she would become very big. She hasn’t however but the industry hasn’t given up on her and she is expected to still prove her real worth. Though the promising artists are not limited to those mentioned here, those here are some of the most high profile among them and all of them still have a chance at the big time that will see them getting major league endorsements and headlining tours and concerts.


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Don’t let me suffer more... –Omotola

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op actress Omotola JaladeEkeinde has begged Nigerians not to let her suffer more. The respected actress made this plea against the recent declaration by one of her entertainer colleagues, Etcetera, that many top Nigerian stars are also to be blamed for terrorism in the country through their support of politicians in power. Speaking at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference which held during the week at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos and was organised by media entrepreneur, Ayeni Adekunle, Omotola said she should not be included among

the list of stars that hobnob with politicians and benefit from it in the process. “Somebody wrote in a blog a few days ago that Nollywood personalities are friends with politicians and spending the money together. I have never campaigned or partied with any government, so don’t mention my name among those who do that. I have suffered enough for refusing to party with them and take Ghana Must Go bags, so don’t let me suffer more,” she said, and added that “if as an entertainer you want to you want to be friends with politicians, do so without

aligning your ur brand with whatever the politicians ns stand for.” She also challenged her colleagues to begin egin to recognise their value, implying mplying to them that they have ve more power than politicians ians so they should lead the way, not politicians. “Entertainers ners are the true leaders. s. We have been the sleeping eping giant for too long. Let’s wake up and lead. d. Let’s use our influence e right,” she declared.

A sudden wind blew at me and made me sick –Lere Paimo •Wins N1m on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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nknown to many, veteran actor, Lere Paimo, was sick for quite some time recently. Speaking after his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Celebration Special edition where he won N1m with the assistance of Babatunde Oni and Gloria Young, Paimo said he thanks God that his sudden sickness didn’t lead to stroke. Describing how his illness began, he said, “On the day, I was going home, and when I was near my gate, I got down from the car, and only God knows where the wind came from, but it blew at me and I fell down. “The person that saw me raised an alarm, my wife came out, and my children, they saw me rolling on the ground and they were crying. They rushed me back into the car and I was taken to the hospital. The car was

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driven by one of my daughters. “Later, I was said to have high blood pressure and high fever. In some people’s cases, it would happen like that and result to permanent stroke, but in my own case God took control. I thank God, glory be to Him, here I am today.” He also thanked Ultima Limited, WWTBAM’s producer, saying, “There’s no doubt the N1m I won will go a long way. So I really thank Ultima for choosing me to participate in a special edition of Who Wants To Be A Miliionaire? I pray God will continue to show love to Ultima and make it grow more and more. Ultima has made us see how good Nigerians can be, from when they visited me in my house, through my stay with them until I got to the hot seat to play for millions of naira. God will bless Ultima.”

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Sad! Kidney disease takes Chris Nkulor

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ctor Chris Nkulor who was recently reported to have kidney disease has died. The actor based in the eastern part of the country died while funds were still trying to be raised for him for the appropriate medical intervention. His death, which occurred at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital during the week, has thrown Nollywood into mourning, especially as it’s the first death of the celebrity kidney cases since last year. Actress Ngozi Nwosu and musician OJB Jezreel were also diagnosed of kidney disease last year and they were able to raise the money they needed. Veteran actor, Pa Kasumu, who was also revealed last year to have the problem, was able to raise some of the money he needed.

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elebrating your girly features is indeed a daily work for every fashionista. While many think it is only when one wears a skimpy or fitted outfit that she achieves that look, Funmi Allison, the Nigerian designer behind the label, Ilektra, is of a contrary view. “With a touch of high creativity at the right places, even the least valued fabric will bring out the princess in you no matter your size,� she said. Little wonder she calls this collection Majesty. The label has described the collection as one that celebrates the female features. It is a display of fabrics and colours that express the beautiful, rich and heavenly aesthetics that defines girls in their majestic postures. Tagged Majesty, the label has described the collection as one that celebrates the female features. They used fabrics and colours that express the beautiful, rich and heavenly aesthetics the brand holds dear. They have deemed the pieces of the collection great for all season. The collection has flowing dresses with deep cut necks, cropped tops and knee length dresses.

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he sheer trend is still going strong and a sheer blouse is one of the easiest ways to wear the look. But knowing how to wear sheer blouses can determine whether your outfit becomes sexy or sophisticated. To make this look work for you, you may have to check out the following tips on how to wear a sheer blouse. Layer it smartly. One tip for how to wear sheer blouses involves some smart layering. Since sheer blouses often show what‛s underneath, a slip worn below is a wise choice. Make things more interesting by teaming a neutral blouse with a colourful slip. Alternatively show off a stylish bra or crop top underneath for a more daring look. When layering over the top, pair a sheer blouse with a blazer for some structure or a knit sweater for warmth.

Get right the revealing trick. When it comes to closet conundrums, the sheer top might be one of the toughest sartorial puzzles to crack. Reveal too little and you lose the effect; reveal too much and you‛re suddenly cited for indecent exposure. The obvious solution is to cover up the most sensitive parts of the body and pair it up with accessories. This may be mini but colourful bag bold jewelleries and playful shoes that will take away people‛s concentration from the dress or top. For work: If the blouse is a solid colour, a camisole in the same colour will offer modesty and intensify the hue. If it is a print, a nude camisole or one in a lighter colour in the print will offer coverage without sacrificing the pattern in the fabric. To keep things professional, choose a bra that either

matches your skin or else the colour of the camisole so that it doesn‛t show. A camisole in a silky fabric will keep the blouse from sticking to it or bunching. Even though the blouse covers your décolleté, be sure the camisole provides proper coverage – no extreme cleavage, cropped styles, or backs lower than your bra strap. While your blouse may be sheer, it isn‛t invisible and your skin will show. On the other hand, a widestrapped or tank-style layer can ruin the line of the blouse – choose a camisole with straps no wider than a bra or slip to maintain the vintage vibe. As casuals: A solid black bra with full coverage is a sexy way to wear such a blouse – it‛s also a cheeky way to play up the prim, vintage silhouette. If you have one, you could also wear a solid bustier.


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ong eyelashes can make eyes look bigger, fuller and more inviting. Though not all of us are blessed with sky-high lashes, false eyelashes are the next best choice. When worn correctly, they can go undetected. This are steps to follow. 1. Size the lashes. Before gluing the lashes on, you will need to make sure they are not too wide for your eye. Hold the lash strips up against your eyelid, and trim them down on the sides if necessary. • If the lashes are too long for your personal taste, consider trimming the individual lashes down to achieve a more natural look. Lashes should be longer toward the outer corner of the eye. Squeeze a thin line of lash glue onto the back of your non-dominant hand. Now, gently run the outer seam of the eyelash strip along it. Allow the glue to dry for a moment before applying it to your lashes Place the strip on your eyelid, positioning it as close as possible to your natural lashes. Bring the strip down from above, not from the front. This is to ensure that you get as close as possible to your lash line. Allow the glue to dry naturally. Once the strip is in place, you do not need to press or hold it. Apply mascara to your lashes. This will help blend your natural lashes with the false ones, achieving a more natural look. You can use black, brown, or dark gray mascara. Apply liquid eyeliner along your upper lids. Be sure to fill in any gaps between the false lashes and your own to make them look more natural. Use black, brown, or dark gray liner. Use makeup remover to remove lashes. false Dip a q-tip in eye makeup remover and gently rub it along your lash line. Allow the r e mover to sit for a minute, and gently pull o f f t h e strip


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For Juliet Ibeauchi, a make-up expert, making up for any woman, is a serious business. “It is important for women to be knowledgeable about facial make-up because it can make or mar your appearance,” she says in this interview with YEMISI ADENIRAN.

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hat’s your attraction to make-up as a vocation? Ever since I have known the use of a mirror, I have taken a likening to a good face. I could spend hours in front of one and not be fed up if not interrupted. As time went on, I became conscious of how best to make one’s face look good and admirable and I guess, I just get better by each passing day. My interest thereby grew in it even when I could call it unconsciously. I would not pass by anyone without noticing the particular way by which she has made her face. I found fault easily on what ladies do to their faces such that I became a critic to some people. It was when I began to apply makeup on my friends and siblings and close associates that I got to the conclusion that I could make a living out of this said hobby. How would you rate Nigerian women in this area as an expert? I would say, so far, Nigerian women are coming up well. But I would insist

that there are still many who need to learn more about the etiquettes of make-up. Many still commit the error of not applying their make-up on freshly washed and moisturised faces and many don’t use a foundation that matches their skin tone exactly. This is wrong and often spoils their effort. On eyebrows, a lot of fashion error is daily committed. It is very important to know your face shape so it serves as a guide for eyebrow filing and shaping. Many draw their eyebrows with red, wine and other colours other than brown and dark brown; this is horrifying and lousy. Brows that are drawn as pencilthin, overly sparse, strongly arched, or too heavy or thick can make you look older than you really are. If you’re at a loss on what to do for your brows, make an appointment with a brow specialist, who can guide you to the right brow shape and show you effective grooming techniques. Every woman needs a make-up specialist.

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y asking this question, I am not referring to how much you have spent to ensure that your house is indeed a home. Your home may be worth so much with respect to furniture and fittings but could be a death trap in the real sense without even you realising it. By following the following tips I will be providing you will be able to score yourself on how liveable your home is or probably make amends where necessary : Declutter ! declutter ! declutter ! Declutter wardrobes , kitchens, old storage boxes, garages and other storage areas. Wardrobes, under sink areas in kitchens are particular havens for moulds which can be very dangerous to the health and ultimately lethal. Old clothes can be passed on or given away from time to time. Old pots and other kitchen utensils. My mum once had this wooden spoon for as long as 16 years! Garages could harbour snakes, scorpions and other dangerous animals if abandoned for so long. Decluttering aids general living standards because we then have space to store modern items or create a more space in our living areas by putting away some items temporarily. Disinfect Not just insecticides. Hire profes-

sionals who understand the process of ridding your home of all sorts of insects, pests and animals if possible. Some insects and small animals are not only harmful but also poisonous. Rid hazard tools and spots as much as humanly possible Broken vases and décor pieces, chipped tableware(cups, plates), naked wires, loose pipes, broken tiles, chipped parquet flooring etc must all be put together and disposed or in the case of wires, get a technician to sort the problem. Indoor plants Buy / plant indoor aloe vera, dracanae, Chinese evergreen amongst other indoor plants, help get rid of toxins that may be harmful. Most of these toxins are from daily use solvents like detergents, car wash liquid and so many others. Put trash away As much as possible, keep trash very distant from your living area, more so till the next day. Piled up trash contains much more bacteria than we can imagine hence they sould be put away everyday and maybe twice daily. Having done all these, you are sure to have a clean , healthy , hazard free home. See you next week. Ciao!


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veryone knows how difficult it can be to stay abreast of the latest trends, especially if you lead a busy life. So if you’re efficient, you will have already done most of the dirty work by making sure your most important fashion pieces never go out of style. These items are the wardrobe and accessory staples every man should own; the things so ingrained into our lives that even after one of them falls apart, we go out and buy another in the very same style. Here are some of those trend-repellant staples. Casual clothing White shirt The ever-classic mainstay in every man’s wardrobe, the standard white shirt can be an invaluable clothing item in both casual and professional settings; the key is that it’s subtle enough to withstand fashion trends. What you can wear it with: What can’t you wear this with? Ideal for both suits and jeans of all colours, the white shirt is truly your closet’s most valuable player. Blue jeans There probably isn’t a man alive that does not own at least one pair of blue jeans. From Levi’s to Diesel, the original blue jeans can be slightly faded or a dirty denim, and yet they’re still so programmed in our society that we continue to buy them, regardless of trends. What you can wear them with: Versatility is the name of the game here, and rightly so, as blue jeans look good with nearly anything, from a blazer and dress shoes to a T-shirt and sneakers. Black loafers Because most people assume these are not the coolest shoes around, black loafers often get a bad rap. Nevertheless, these are a certified male wardrobe staple, if only because of black loafers’ true virtue: theirr simplicity. Free from laces, the loafer is the ultimate in slip-on, slip-off comfort. And because of their minimalism, they will never go out of style. What you can wear them with: Jeans, suits or anything else you’re comfortable in. White T-shirt From thin undershirts to standard cotton white Ts, fitted ed white T-shirts are a wardrobe staple taple that may never go out of style,, mostly because of their year-round versatility satility. What you can wear it with: Provided you avoid overly large sizes, you can

wear your trusty white T-shirt with jeans or shorts when it’s warm, or as an undergarment under sweaters and shirts in cold weather. Blazer/Sports coat: Every man knows that, like the white shirt, a good solid-colour blazer (preferably black) can be used in numerous situations and can often make shabby-looking ensembles respectable. Obviously, the simpler the sports jacket, the more likely its timelessness; fabrics like the recently fashionable corduroy and anything with pinstripes are a high risk for the whim of future trends. What you can wear it with: Your blazer can be worn at the office with a matching pair of suit trousers, or in a bar with a pair of your most reliable blue jeans. Sunglasses Not only useful on the beach, every man should have a pair in his car. When looking for something timeless, avoid big, clunky models, and those that wrap around. Oval-shaped sunglasses are your best bet (especially those similar to aviator glasses, but smaller); these have been worn for years and odds are good this fact will not change. What you can wear them with: Because of their practicality on sunny days, you can wear them with just about anything, anytime. Formal/professional wear Two-piece suit Every man should own more than one suit. Of course, owning just one isn’t really a bad thing, because if you avoid pinstripes and flashy colours, and stick to darker hues like gray, black or navy, a quality-made two-piece suit can last a long time ... provided of course that you take proper care of it. Remember to always dry clean and store it properly. What you can wear it with: A two-piece suit iss a wardrobe wa wardro obe staple stap ple magnet, as it g goess with white shirts, bl black loafers, belts,

and many other items on this list. Overcoat Of obvious worth during cold weather, an overcoat can also spruce up your professional image. But sticking with single-breasted styles, subtle colours and popular fabrics like cashmere can net you an overcoat that will last for years. What you can wear it with: Overcoats can look killer with a matching blazer, though in cold weather they look good on just about anything. Solid colour ties Solid, dark-coloured ties like burgundy, gray or dark blue are a great investment. Flashy colors like yellow and pink are to be avoided, as they tend to come and go with the trends. What you can wear them with: Your most trusted suit, or any y combination of blazer e and white shirt. next •Continues nex xt week


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ove they say is a wonderful feeling that makes a lot of people to relate with others on a level that sometimes may not make sense to an observer. This may be what makes a lot of people to live for years with substance abusers without knowing. For others, it may be what beclouds their level of reasoning to assume that they can manage someone who’s into drugs and other addictions. It may also be the reason why a lot of people do not even see the telltale signs that signifies a substance abuser. While it may be easy for a professional to know the signs to watch out for when with a substance abuser, it may not be so easy for the lay man especially someone who is in love to know or truly observe someone who is into drug or alcohol abuse or understand the magnitude of the problem. Addiction is basically a gradually occurring process and most people who are addicted to something hardly ever accepts that they are into substance abuse. Take a man or woman who is into socially accepted drinking who after a while may go into serious drinking fits due to extreme emotional upheavals. These extreme emotional problems ranging from insecurities to either inferiority or superiority complexes may become regular after a while and addiction sets in. The drinking or drug addiction becomes a means of escaping reality for a while for the person who may not be able to cope with whatever life situations is thrown their way. I cannot claim to be too knowledgeable about issues relating to all the different addictions but I’ve seen and experienced what it can do to a loving relationship. It starts with anxiety, and then graduates to an intense level of bickering and emotional distress and mistrust sets in. The addict starts withdrawing from reality and starts becoming suspicious of every attempt that is tried to wean him or her of the addiction. The problem in loving someone like this is that the person gets paranoid

most times you try getting help for the person and no amounting of fighting will do any good. The person will feel as if you’re trying to gag him or her. You can only try to nurse the person to good health through constant monitoring and advice but in most cases you will end up where you started from which is nothing. The danger here is that if you are not careful you will wake up one day and find out that time has passed you by without you achieving something concrete or worthwhile during the period. The bad thing about drug addiction or substance abuse among other things is that the act itself can lead to other antisocial behaviours. An addict will not see anything wrong in lying to cover up the act of addiction. Also, pilfering or outright stealing to fuel the addiction is not something to be frowned upon by the addict. All the person wants is a means to continuing the habit and these anti-social behaviours will help to maintain that substance abuse lifestyle. All the addict is interested in is to keep the habit going and nothing will or can stop that. An addict therefore in most cases is very self-centered and feels the world only revolves around him or her. Whatever you do is expected by the addict to support his or her habits. To stay therefore with a substance abuser is to risk a lot. Your time is never your own because it will be spent on supporting only the habits of the substance abuser. The truth of the matter is that an addiction is really an illness. An illness that is basically psychological in its origin and socially unacceptable too. I may run the risk of being called names here but I have always been of the opinion that one should never stay with a drug addict. In fact I’ll say you should run away from such a person and try as much as possible not to have any dealings with that person. If you feel you have to help at all, get the help of a medical personnel involved. Let the professionals do their job and stop being the foot mat of a relationship that will not have a definite future.

SEX TALK

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35 absolutely hilarious sex quotes Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place -Billy Crystal Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go, it’s pretty damn good -Woody Allen Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. “Yes” is the answer -Swami X I remember the first time I had sex — I kept the receipt -Groucho Marx Sex is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other -Marquis de Sade I am always looking for meaningful one night stands -Dudley Moore My wife is a sex object. Every time I ask for sex, she objects -Les Dawson Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power -Oscar Wilde I like threesomes with two women, not because I’m a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I’m a romantic. I’m looking for “The One.” And I’ll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time -Russell Brand Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets -Andy Warhol

To have her here in bed with me, breathing on me, her hair in my mouth — I count that as something of a miracle -Henry Miller Sex is… perfectly natural. It’s something that’s pleasurable. It’s enjoyable and it enhances a relationship. So why don’t we learn as much as we can about it and become comfortable with ourselves as sexual human beings because we are all sexual? -Sue Johanson If you’re going to have sex, use a condom -Dennis Rodman Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex -Havelock Ellis Sex is always about emotions. Good sex is about free emotions; bad sex is about blocked emotions -Deepak Chopra Boys and girls today have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk -Jack Kerouac The way you make love is the way God will be with you -Rumi Publishing a sophisticated men’s magazine seemed to me the best possible way of fulfilling a dream I’d been nurturing ever since I was a teenager: to get laid a lot -Hugh Hefner The natural thing, my lord, men and women

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After a celebration of love, the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused -Herman Hesse Copulation is no more foul to me than death is -Walt Whitman Sex is a continuum of attraction that extends from the simplest conversation and the most innocent touching through the act of coitus -Garrison Keillor In the middle of these affairs, I was never kinder and gayer with one woman than when I had just left another’s bed, as if I extended to all others the debt I had just contracted toward one of them - Albert Camus I would rather have a cup of tea than sex -Boy George If I’m not interested in a woman, I’m straight-forward. Right after sex, I usually say, “I can’t do this anymore. Thanks for coming over! -Vince Vaughn The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform -Alfred Kinsey Sex is great until you die, but it’s

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never as great as it was when you were a kid, when it was a mystery -David Duchovny While making love, meditate too. While making love, be prayerful. Love should not be just a physical act; pour your soul into it -Osho The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer -Marcus Aurelius Carnal embrace is sexual congress -Tom Stoppard I write about sex because often it feels like the most important thing in the world -Jeanette Winterston To succeed with a woman, tell her you’re impotent. She can’t wait to disprove it -Cary Grant Don’t knock masturbation — it’s sex with someone I love. Woody Allen Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature -Marilyn Monroe A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after -Gloria Steinem In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind -Nora Ephron I’m a heroine addict. I need to have sex with women who have saved someone’s life -Mitch Hedberg

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he over indulgence or dependence on addictive substance, especially alcohol or a narcotic drug is a pattern or harmful use for mood-altering purpose. Drug and alcohol misuse is recognized as a major issue faced by women in relationships. There is a complex relationship between addictive disorders and psychiatric conditions. In a home where a man indulges in substance abuse; he neglects the children, leaving the wife to do all the running around for the family. As a woman, one must be very careful as high intake of substance by her spouse can be risky because while he is intoxicated, he engages in drunk driving, using dirty needles and having unprotected sex with other girls, and as we all know, this can lead to the most deadly virus in Nigeria, causing his wife and family to live a life of forgotten dreams. When a man deals with alcohol abuse, he has an impaired coordination which would affect both him and his wife in all aspects of their lives. Many relationships are shattered or become dysfunctional due to the man’s abuse of drugs. Men with this problem engage in silly fights with their wives and or family members and also lose old friends and people that matter most to them. A man who is always under the influence of drugs or alcohol spends lavishly and might as well start stealing to support the drug habit. There are many cases of legal troubles as a result of substance abuse such as arrests for disorderly conducts and driving under the influence of alcohol. There are cases whereby a man might try to hide his habit or love for drugs and alcohol, but it only takes a wise woman to know the symptoms and actions to help him. Women have to be alert because bad intake of substances can cause financial problems. A family man who drinks heavily won’t be able to give his wife enough money. He may have an unexplained need for money and might steal to get it to feed his hunger for drugs putting his wife and kids at risk, there are cases whereby a man steals from his wife purse to satisfy his urge. I vividly remember a story of a young man whose name I would not disclose. He had foresight and integrity but ended up on the streets due to his drinking habit. The young man graduated from the University of Lagos. Being a very active student, he was the student president of his set at the time and he had so many dreams he was ready to live up to. He started his own clothing line and made so much money. Still not satisfied with position, he travelled out of the country to further his education at the University of Colorado. During his masters’ degree programme, he met a girl who he grew to love and cherish. Time passed and he was back in Nigeria. He got a job at a bank and with his clothing line business he was doing pretty well for a young man and then made a couple of new friends. Unfortu-

nately, he picked up a drinking habit from his friends. Couple of months passed and his girlfriend from Colorado joined him in Nigeria. She lived with him and helped with his chores. He was more comfortable than ever. Finally he could no longer focus at work because of his continuous substance abuse. This made him to lose his job due to his incompetence and his clothing line business also crumbled. He started depending on his girlfriend for financial support, borrowing money to support his drinking habit. His friends left him as soon as they realized he was no longer on their level. His girlfriend later left him because he clearly wasn’t ready to change. He became a debtor and couldn’t pay his rent. One of his secondary school colleagues who tried to help him by sharing his room with him introduced him to Indian hemp and he ended up on the streets. He sacrificed his life to a world where he could no longer remember who he was and he lost everything. Substance misuse would do that to a man and he could end up blocking off people that care for him. Most cases of Nigerian women affiliated with noxious men are linked with the man’s inability to control his urge for liquor and drugs. I know a story of a woman who was battered severally by her husband. Her husband started off as a “social drinker”, he only drank on special occasions. One day, one of his friends organized a night party where he got so drunk that he skipped work. His employer who had little tolerance for incompetence fired him. After he lost his job, the woman was the only one who had a job and all the family members depended on her. She became stressed out taking up the duties of both her husband and herself. Her husband started drinking heavily and she couldn’t take it anymore that she became a nagging wife as she could no longer tolerate her husband’s gruesome behavior. Her husband started beating her. This went on for a couple of years but with the intervention of some of her neighbors and her parents she summoned courage to leave with the kids. In a Nigerian setting, most women want to stick with a man even if he is a substance abuser and hits her. A man that abuses drugs could engage in secretive or suspicious behaviors and he would also have a sudden change of friends. He then starts having a favorite hangout, and might develop new hobbies. There are usually a lot of wife battering situations faced in the homes of substance abusers, many women have lost their lives due to the inability to leave such man/partner or speak out to people or an organization that can help them. There is really no advantage of substance abuse but if a woman finds herself in such situation, I am of the opinion that the relationship should be cut off while she still can or her spouse who abuses substance would eventually abuse her.


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‘Forgiving spirit keeps marriage intact’ Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Olanipekun, a former Chief Horticulturist of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), speaks with YEMISI ADENIRAN about her profession, her marriage of many years and her current venture. Excerpts:

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et us begin with your famyour family ily. How big is you and when did you get married? I got married relativ relatively early went to the for someone who wen married in university. I got ma children –two 1991. I have four child We are six boys and two girls. W in number. feel combHow does it fee ing your career with taking as a wife care of the home me a and d as a mother? when I was It was not easy wh woman. I working as a career w had my children close to each other in terms of age age. I got them every two years a and even some of them, about o one and a half years o old. That means th that they were very ver ery y young when I was workh w ing at tthe time. It was not easy, but as a woman, y you have plan your to pl When life. you are not lazy and you know what you a are doing, one afon ne cannot ca fect th the other. At the time, we woke up early. u By the ti time some are sayi saying good morning at weekends, I would have wo finished washing clothes and prepared b breakfast. Everything deEveryth pends on plano ning. It was not eas easy, but as a wom woman, you have to do them. What role Wh your husdid y band play at the ttime? He was very supportive. That Tha is one area are I thank

God for. My husband has been very supportive, especially at a time when there is no househelp. No one wants to make his or her child a househelp. Everything is now within the family. At the time my children were growing up, if I was washing, my husband would be in the kitchen. It is a grace and I was not overburdened by work. And I can tell you, he is a good cook, so, nobody would complain if I’m not the one in the kitchen. You’ve been married since 1991. What is the secret of the success of your marriage? As a couple, one should make the spouse his or her friend. When you make your spouse your friend, anything he or she does, you will understand. There should be understanding in the home. There should be the spirit of forgiveness. Also, there should be a good level of communication. You should not bottle things up. There should be no secret. That is what I enjoy very much in my home. There is no how there would not be misunderstanding, but when there is understanding, good communication and love, you will overcome. When you make your spouse your friend, there will be love. And above all, don’t allow a third party into your home and your affair. What was growing up like and which schools did you attend? I was born in a town in Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti State. My parents were teachers; my father taught in Ise-Emure Grammar School. I grew up in the school compound. I attended a nearby school – St. Mark Primary School. I later attended St. Louis Secondary School in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State. It was a missionary school and we had a Sister as Principal. I was actually taught by Europeans. We were not exposed to local life then, and basically, I had a good education because of the school I attended. I was in the boarding house between 1979 and 1981. Before I left the school my father left teaching and joined the civil service. He was transferred to Benin where he worked at the West African Examination Council. Since he was transferred to Benin, we had to move to Benin City. After I left secondary school, I did my Higher School Certificate course at Federal Government Girls College in Benin. I spent a year there before I gained admission to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. I studied Agricultural Economics. What was the attraction to Agricultural Economics? I wanted to read Pharmacy, but because they were encouraging agriculture at the time, they gave me admission to read Agricultural Economics. I spent five years in the university and I enjoyed my course. But after graduating, what we expected as agriculturists was not forthcoming. We expected that we would have places to work. There was Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI), Agricultural Banks and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) among other agencies of the government. Most of them have folded up now. But unfortunately, most of


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us found it difficult to get a job. We were even thinking that NDE would mobilise us with some capital to start our own businesses, but that did not come. Getting land was a problem on its own. Well, that depended on where you lived, anyway. For me, I was lucky because I got a job with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. They had one agricultural venture at the time, but later it folded up. I then worked with their civil section which had a horticultural department. It took care of their expanse of land. It took care of the clearing of the land around the runway and other places where there are flowers. Later, we branched out as the horticultural department was merged with the water section. You said your original choice was Pharmacy. What informed your choice at the time? I had the flair for anything medical but I did not want to apply for Medicine because I can be sentimental or emotional. I don’t like seeing people suffering. I hate the site of blood actually. I thought I would not be able to stand the sight of people going through pains. That was why I decid-

and we had so many electives (courses) in other departments, including Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering. But when you graduate, you are not appreciated compared to people of other professions. For instance, if you work with an Engineer, they want to lord it over you. But, of course, I always have my way where my profession is concerned. Also, the area where you can work as an Agriculturist is limited. I regret succumbing to reading Agric. You are no longer working at the airport. What do you do now? I retired in 2006 from the airport. Since then I’ve been on my own. I now have a venture. I’m into a private venture as a consultant - Tobi Onome Venture. By the side I do some clothing business. Is your new venture related to agriculture at all? Yes, that is my course and that is what I practice for about 18 years in the aviation industry. I rose to the management level and that is my area of competence. I worked as an horticulturist for 18 years. What I do in Tobi-Onome Venture is agric-related. We do land-

There should be understanding in the home. There should be the spirit of forgiveness. there should be a good level of communication. You should not bottle things up. There should be no secrets ed to go for something close to Medicine. I was a good Chemistry student and that was the basis for Pharmacy. So, how were you convinced to reading Agriculture instead of your first love, Pharmacy? Was there a persuasion to that effect by your parents or anyone? Pharmacy was my first choice. I can’t remember what my second choice was, but I can’t remember choosing Agriculture at all. So, when the JAMB result came, I got 260 something. I know I did not meet the cut off point for Pharmacy at the University of Ife then. When they now brought the result, they offered me Agriculture. I was surprised and said I did not choose Agric; I didn’t even offer Agric as a course in secondary school. I guess what happened was that they were trying to encourage the study of Agriculture. I told my parents I was going to seat for JAMB again. I told my parents that I did not want to go into the farm. But my parents and so many people encouraged me to go for it. They said I did not have to have a farm of my own, etc. Some said I should go in and that if at the end of the first year, my GP was very high, I could change course. But that was not to be. That was how I succumbed and went to read Agricultural Economics. How do you feel about reading Agriculture? Are you the better for it? I must be very frank with you, I regret reading Agriculture. I don’t think I can encourage any of my children to read Agriculture. It is such a wide course. In Ife, it was a five years course

scaping and serve as a consultant on agric matters – pest control. We advise farmers on what to use on their farms etc. It is a continuation of what I did in the aviation industry. How do you feel as a woman on the job? When you are coming out on your own, you have to be very strong, and being a woman, people tend to look at you as if…. As a woman, you have to work twice as much as a man does because people will feel that you will not be able to deliver, perhaps because they think you are not experienced. And if you look at agriculture, it is believed to be a man thing. So, the fear is there about you probably not being able to deliver. Everytime, you have to prove that you can deliver. Had there been a situation where you were frustrated by the antics of some people, especially men? When I was in the aviation industry, I was the only woman in the department who was in the management team. It was not easy. In fact, it was one of the reasons I got retired when I did. I got retired because a man wanted to lead the department. If I had stayed beyond 2006, I would have headed the department by now and that was what they did not want. They played me out. But I did not regret it because I felt it was time for me to go. That was why I did not contest it. That is one experience. The other has to do with my consultancy job with Ekiti State government. Along the line, I realised they were paying the male consultants and I was not paid. I complained. I even told them that I was going to write a petition against them. It is not easy working as a woman.

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Ten important nutrients every woman needs

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itamins and minerals are needed by everyone, but women need to be sure to get certain ones because they go through pregnancies, menstruation, and even dieting that can deplete the nutrients that are needed the most. Here are ten nutrients that are important for women to get. 1. Folic acid is especially important for women of child-bearing age, but all women benefit from this vitamin. For women of child-bearing age, it’s an important vitamin because it promotes healthy pregnancy. Lack of folic acid can result in neural tube defects that lead to cerebral palsy. In addition to taking a prenatal vitamin for folic acid, you can get folic acid from leafy green vegetables, avocado, and liver. 2. Iron is important for growth and development. Deficiency of iron can result in fatigue, insomnia, and lack of concentration. Iron stores and carries oxygen around the body. Women lose blood on a monthly basis during menstruation, which results in iron loss because iron travels through the blood. It’s important that women make sure they get enough iron during this time to replenish what is lost. Good sources of iron include red meat, beans and liver. 3. Calcium is an important mineral for keeping bones and teeth healthy and strong. It’s needed throughout life and even more so as we age, because around age 35 we begin to lose calcium. Calcium is also a factor in staying slim and reducing PMS symptoms. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, spinach and almonds 4. Vitamin D is an important vitamin that many people don’t get enough of. If you want to know if you’re getting enough, you can ask your doctor to check your levels. Most people get vitamin D from the sun, but it’s not always as easy as that. A supplement is a good idea if you avoid the sun. Vitamin D is beneficial for mood, breast health, and the absorption of calcium, which is important for bones and teeth. 5. Magnesium is involved in many of the chemical reactions that happen in the body. It is an important nutrient for nerves, muscle tone and keeps bones strong. It also helps keep osteoporosis at bay. Magnesium can help to prevent cardiovascular disease and regulate blood pressure. Sources of magnesium include pumpkin seeds, spinach and almonds.

6. Vitamin E, which is found mainly in fatty foods like oils, nuts, and seeds, is a powerful antioxidant. It fights free radicals, the unstable oxygen molecules that are formed as a result of normal metabolism and exposure to strong ultraviolet rays, air pollution, and cigarette smoke. Vitamin E is key for strong immune system and healthy eyes and skin. 7. Omega-3 fatty acids, one of the good fats, is another essential nutrient every woman needs. Omega 3’s help reduce blood pressure, inflammation and lower your risk of numerous chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer. Every woman needs 1.1g of these good fats per day. Wild salmon, non-white tuna, halibut, herring and sardines are all excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. 8. Potassium plays a significant role in transmission of nerve impulses, normal muscle contraction, and fluid balance. It also serves to promote healthy and strong bones, and it’s essential for energy production. Many foods are rich in potassium. All meats, chicken and red meat, and fish like cod, salmon, sardines, and flounder are great sources of potassium. Some other sources include fat-free yogurt, sweet potato, spinach and broccoli. Potassium-rich foods can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. A woman over age 19 needs 4,700 mg of potassium each day. 9. Vitamin C is an important nutrient for maintaining a healthy immune system. It is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off cell damage. Vitamin C is also crucial for the production of collagen, the essential part of the connective tissue that helps keep skin, muscles, and other tissues healthy. Women 19 and older need 75 mg of Vitamin C per day. Sweet red pepper, oranges and strawberries are some of the best sources of Vitamin C. 10. Fiber helps promote normal bowel movements and prevent other intestinal problems, including diverticular disease. Women 19-50 years need 25 grams of fiber per day, and women 51 and older need 21 grams each day. Some of the best sources are fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, and whole grains like millet, barley, wild rice and cracked wheat. Fiber-rich foods help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.


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

How to help a child with speech difficulties

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f you have any concerns about your child’s speech and/or language development, don’t ignore them. The earlier that problems are identified, the easier that it is to fix them. What can you do to help a child with speech difficulties? 1. Seek professional help. It is important to seek professional help if you are concerned about your child’s speech. Speech and language therapy is very successful, and can really help children. 2. Be supportive. Many children with speech difficulties become self conscious and anxious about speaking. The more upset and nervous they are about their speech, the more difficult it will be for them to speak clearly. Always encourage them and tell them that they are doing a good job. If they start therapy, be supportive of and interested in the process. Make sure that your child feels accepted and loved no matter how many mistakes they

make in their speech. 3. Be patient. It is important for children to keep talking, even if it takes a stuttering child ten minutes to finish a sentence. Just listen patiently. Resist the urge to finish their sentence for them. Continue asking them questions, and express interest in their answers. Also, try to slow down the way that you speak. If you speak more slowly, it not only makes it easier for them to hear the way that you speak, it also makes them feel better about speaking slowly themselves. 4. Be an example. Try to speak properly. It will help your child if you pay attention to your own pronunciation and try to avoid excessive slang. Rather than making your child repeat things all the time, repeat what they have said back to them so that they can hear it said properly. For example, Child: “That’s my green ball.” Parent: “That’s right. That is

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your green ball. What shape is your ball?” 5. Communicate. Many children with difficulties speaking stop speaking as much, or withdraw and avoid situations in which they must speak-especially in front of unfamiliar people. It is important that your child keeps talking. Communicate with them. Keep talking not just to them, but with them. Doing rhymes and songs together can help-both the repetition and rhythm can make it easier for children. Children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) need additional opportunities to both talk and listen; yet due to their disability may be presented to fewer chances. Children with SLI who cannot get their message across may simply stop trying. Interactions are particularly difficult with other children because they are less supportive. It is immensely important to provide children with SLI with the additional support they need.

Early intervention can begin as soon as preschool. By the time a child is five years old, a parent can receive a conclusive diagnosis. Parents of children with SLI

can equip their child for success by the time their child is age three or four, leading to positive experiences for their child in kindergarten.

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10-year-old escapes kidnapper by repeatedly singing gospel song

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10-year-old in Atlanta (USA) escaped a kidnapper in the most improbable way. On the night of the incidence, Willie Myrick was outside taking care of his dog. The boy spotted a few dollars near a tree. When he walked over to the money, a man grabbed Willie and forced him into a four-door Honda Civic. “He was cursing at me, telling

me to shut up, and didn’t want to hear a word from me,” Willie recalled. “He said if I told anyone he would hurt me, like, in a bad way.” The man drove around for three hours before leaving Willie on the side of a road. According to the lucky boy, the reason the man released him is because Willie irritated him with gospel music. Willie sang the track, “Every Praise” by Hezekiah

Walker repeatedly until he was set free. Willie escaped the situation physically unscathed. He was examined at a hospital before returning home. But as authorities continue their investigation, Willie’s family is offering their own praise; that his love of gospel music might have saved his life. •Culled from www.yahoo. com

Children who live with a single parent just as happy as those who live with mum and dad –Study ◆ ‘Quality of relationship far more important than family type, which has no significant effect on children’s happiness’

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hildren who live with a single parent are just as happy as those living with a mother and father, new research has found. A study of more than 12,000 seven-year-olds found that the quality of the relationship was more important than the composition of the family. The results will question the widely held belief that it is better for parents to stay together ‘for the sake of the children’

than breaking up. Researchers asked children from three groups - those living with their two biological parents, those with a step-parent and biological parent, and those in a single-parent family - how often they feel happy. In each category, 36 per cent of children said they were happy ‘all the time’, while the remaining 64 per cent replied ‘sometimes or never’. Shouty parents, arguing with

siblings and being bullied at school were found to have the biggest effect on happiness. According to the lead researcher, “The family relationship is more important than the type of family. “Staying together for the children but fighting all the time and shouting at the children, not having fun together, not sitting down to eat dinner together is not going to be good for a child’s happiness.

“We found that the family type had no significant effect on the happiness of the seven-yearolds or the 11 to 15-year-olds. “It’s the quality of the relationships in the home that matters, not the family composition.” “It’s more about the dynamics of what goes on inside the household and whether there’s stability in everyday life. “If they feel secure in the home, it doesn’t mean so much

whether there’s one parent or more.’ “Family is massively important to children’s happiness. But quality of relationships is much, much more important than structure of the family.” “Of course, single parents face challenges. But for children’s happiness, being in a loving home and protected from conflict is much more important than living with one parent or two.”


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Quick-kill insecticide makers choke the market for household brands in a growing business trend that leaves little hole in the pocket, report NNAMDI ONYEUMA and FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON.

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or Mrs. Agnes Ikenna, a 2009 graduate of Economics from Abia State University, Abia State, living was neither here nor there when she resigned from her teaching job, thrusting herself as it were into the future, mindlessly. First, she started trading on fairlyused clothes, which she bought from the popular Katangowa market located at Abule-Egba in Oke-Odo Local government council of Lagos State. The business, according to her, helped put food on the table for her family of four, including her two children -a boy and a girl, aged four and two, respectively - after her husband, an Industrial Chemistry graduate, lost his job early in year 2013. “But it was only for the interim as it could not sort out the issue of rent or children’s school fees,” she tells Saturday Mirror. “It became clear to me as my husband tried to find something doing that selling clothes was not enough,” Agnes says. “Our house rent was due at the time. A family friend had given us part of the rent, but we needed to get the balance. I thought it would be wise to move fast. It was in this situation that the idea of selling fairly-used clothes came up. Although it helped me get the much-needed balance, but it was still not enough as family wage bills weighed in on my returns, daily,” the mother of two tells the newspaper. According to Agnes, it was after paying the house rent that she thought of a business that would be less stressful to her. “A neighbour sold the idea of making insecticides to me. It made sense, because I buy the home-made or call it, locally made insecticides every week from a young woman at a Bus Stop near our house. That was how I started,” she says. Today, Agnes who is in her fourth year in the business and has a stand for her unbranded insecticides at Egbeda Bus Stop and sometimes takes her products to Iyana-Ipaja says, the business has offered a new lease of life and sustenance for the family, though still not enough. A little different from Agnes’ experience, Ebo Ishola Abdulahi, a Chemical Engineering graduate of Lagos State University and the managing director of Haybohllah Concepts, combed every website and job portal for a job that fits, without luck. Seemingly frustrated he decided to look within or so it seems. “When I was in the university, I craved the teaching profession. We were taught how to make things like washing soap, bathing soap, insecticides, air freshener, bleach and a host of other things. It was so interesting that I had to go for further training after graduation. So, when I could not secure a befitting job, I decided to put

A woman hawking home-made insecticides

Blood-thirsty mosquitoes on the prowl

Home made insecticides to the rescue

THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE THESE DAYS AND MONEY IS NOT EASY TO COME BY. IF YOU WANT TO BUY ONE OF THE POPULAR BRANDS, FOR INSTANCE, YOU NEED TO SPEND AT LEAST, N450. WITH THAT SAME AMOUNT, YOU CAN GET A LITRE OF LOCALLY MADE INSECTICIDE THAT COULD LAST FOR SIX MONTHS into practice those things that I learnt while in the university. Here, is where I am, today. If you ask me, I will say it has paid off,” he says confidently. Abdulahi continued. “I did not just want to limit myself to making detergents alone, I wanted more; I wanted to actualize my dream of being a teacher by impacting knowledge and skills that could make people self-reliant. That was what influenced what I am doing today.” Abdulahi has been teaching people how to make detergents and insecticides since 2006. Seemingly aping the processes that gave birth to popular household insecticides such as Mobil, Raid, Sheltox, Killit, Total, among others, Abdulahi tells Saturday Mirror “a feasibility study and proper planning is important, because you need to know what moves in the market and why.” “In the world today, detergent is next to food. It is only the insane who would eat from a dirty plate or appear in an unwashed cloth. And, a dirty environment, of course, breeds mosquitoes, too. So, it is a double-edged sword, which underscores how important detergents and insecticides are, but, perhaps, because the returns trickle in, people look down on insecticide and soap making business.”

Indeed, soap making as with insecticide production, trend today; a development that has further compounded the woes of companies that make Mobil, Raid, Sheltox, Killit, Total and many others brands still shipping into the already choked insecticides market. Israel Adekitan makes all sorts – liquid soap, washing soap, air-freshener and insecticides. Coming in different containers, with or without labels as often is the case, Adekitan’s customers, it seems, do not care. “All they want,” he tells Saturday Mirror, “is a product that works fast.” Until the coming of home-made insecticides, ‘corporate’ or household insecticide brands held sway and sold for prices users grudgingly bore. However, with the advent of home-made insecticides, which have proved affordable as they are effective in leading the assault on irritant insects of all manners, the market for these corporate brands has not only thinned down but become increasingly choked. Adekitan traces this development to the high performance and affordability of home-made insecticides. This was confirmed when Madam Oluremi Fatai, a restaurant operator, told the newspaper that she has since

‘ported,’ a reference to an once popular television advertisement by Mobil Telecommunications Network’s (MTN), wooing customers to switch to its network, because it offers better services at affordable rates. Like Oluremi, Fadekemi Alonge, a Food Technology graduate of Lagos State Polytechnic, switched job, from paid employment to self-employment. She has since found happiness making soaps and insecticides. “I was introduced to an empowerment programme where I learnt how to make seven different household items like soap, bleach, insecticide and air freshener and I am happy I did,” she tells the newspaper. “Today,” she says, “I produce all these items and sell to neighbours and even supply to some restaurants, especially liquid soap, in my neighbourhood.” As the newspaper checks revealed, the business is catching the bug as people are becoming aware of its quick-kill efficacy. Perhaps, adding up, too, is its affordability. “If you want to buy 250 grammes of Omo, you will spend at least N300, but with the same amount, you can buy three litres of the liquid soap and this can last for at least two weeks depending on frequency of use,” Esther Usanga, a mother of three says. “Things are expensive these days and money is not easy to come by. If you want to buy one of the popular brands, for instance, you need to spend at least, N450. With that same amount, you can get a litre of locally made insecticide that could last for six months. This is why people would always go for the locally made insecticides as against the corporate and popular brands that are very expensive, yet finishes on time,” she says.


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She is an unrepentant adulterer, but I still want the union –Husband •Let me go; I don’t love him anymore –Wife FUNMI SALOME JOHNSON

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business woman, Mrs. Anita Williams, 28, who resides at 24, Bashiru Oweh Street, Ikeja, Lagos State, last Thursday, approached an Ikeja Customary Court, to dissolve her marriage of four years to Akin Williams. She told the court that her husband was in the habit of beating her and had beaten her mother when she visited them one of the times they had disagreement. “I want this marriage dissolved because I cannot continue to bear this pain anymore. My husband is fond of beating me

without reasons. It is so bad that he even beat my mother when she came to make peace during one of our numerous fights. I cannot continue to live with a man who does not even have a single respect for either me or my mother. I don’t love him anymore. I will also want the court to give custody of our daughter to me, so that I can take adequate care o her,” she said. In his response, 55-year-old Willaims, who is a hotelier and school proprietor, denied all the allegations levelled against him by his wife. He accused his wife of jumping bed, describing her as an unrepentant adulterer. William, however, told the court

that he was not willing to divorce his wife. He explained to the court that he had spent over N8 million on Anita, which according to him, included a N3.5 million house he built for her. “It will be a big loss for me to let her go without bearing more children for me. I have spent over N8 million on her, which included a N3.5 million house which I built for her. My relationship with this woman had only produced a three-yearold female child and it will be a huge loss for me if she does not bear me more children,” he said. William bemoaned his marriage with Anita, saying that he recentlyfound a condom with

fresh sperm in it on the floor of his room and asked the woman how the newly used condom got there while he was not around. “Not long ago, I found a condom with fresh sperm in it on the floor of our room and asked her how a newly used condom got there while I was not around. I was surprised when my wife told me that the condom must be the one we used about four months ago. She is such a wayward and very promiscuous woman and my findings also revealed that she has over 10-man friends,” William told the court. In justifying his desire for wanting the marriage to continue, he said he sold one of his houses recently and gave the woman N500, 000 to start a trade. “Not too long ago, I sold one of my houses and

gave her N500, 000 to start a trade and my wife cannot think of any other kind of trade than opening a beer and pepper soup business, which has been a meeting point for her and her numerous lovers. It is so bad for her that she would not only invite her numerous man friends to the place alone, but to our home and in my presence. I don’t want the marriage dissolved because it will be a huge loss to me,” he said. The court presided over by Mr. Sam Aluko adjourned the case till July 17, 2014, and ruled that the duo should maintain the peace until the court finally gives its ruling. He also advised the man not to invite the police into the matter or arrest his wife just so he can recover some of his property in her possession.

Help! He has turned me to a sex machine –Wife •She is having extra marital affairs –Husband

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rs. Rosemary Akpan, last Thursday, urged an Ikeja Customary Court to dissolve her marriage to Effiong as, according to her, he had turned her into a sex machine since they got married three years ago. “I want an end to this marriage before I die in the hands of this man, who thinks I am a machine. Morning, afternoon, night, all he has in his head is sex. Even when I’m not feeling fine, he doesn’t care; all on his mind is sex, sex, sex, and I am not a machine. Upon

all the sex, we still don’t have a child to show for it because whenever I get pregnant, he doesn’t even give me a breathing space on sex and at the end of the day, I lose the pregnancy. I have lost at least two pregnancies like that. Anytime I say no, it will resort into a quarrel and fight. I am tired of the marriage, please separate us,” she said. However, Effiong pleaded with the court to ignore his wife’s plea to have the marriage dissolved. He denied fighting his wife over sex, but

accused her of having an affair. “There was never a time I fought her because of sex. She is only making excuses for her adulterous behaviour. She is having an affair with another man and most times I ask her for sex, she will tell me she is tired or that she is sick which is not true. I still love her and will not want the marriage dissolved,” he said. The presiding judge ruled that they should maintain the peace while he adjourned the case to July 24 2014 for further hearing or report of settlement.

He forces me to have sex with him –Wife Man urges court to dissolve 7-year-marriage I beat her for sex; but still love her –Husband

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middle-aged housewife, Shakirat, a Provision shop owner, on Wednesday, asked a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, to put an end to the marriage between her and Rasheed Olanrewaju, a bricklayer, over his alleged habit of always forcing her to have sex. In her statement, Shakirat told the court that Olanrewaju had made it a habit to beat her before any sexual encounter with her. “Anytime I don’t al-

low him to have sex with me, he has made it a routine exercise to give me a thorough beating. In fact, I am currently having many scars on my body due to his series of torture. Just three weeks ago, he beat me late in the night and it took God’s special grace for me to be alive. I can’t stand for long as I used to do before due to the wounds he inflicted on me,” she explained. In his defence, Olanrewaju argued that his wife had become insolent and returned home

anytime that pleased her. “The last time that I truly beat her, Shakirat bit my manhood and I couldn’t bear it. It is true that I beat her occasionally, but I still love her,” he stressed. The presiding judge, Chief Henry Agbaje, however, asked the couple to go and explore reconciliation. Agbaje said that he had observed that there was still some love between the duo. He adjourned the case to May 12, 2014, for continuation. (NAN)

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38-year-old man, Mr. Taiwo Ogunbiyi, on Wednesday, urged an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court, Ekiti State, to dissolve his marriage of seven years to Olubunmi. Taiwo told the court that his wife was adulterous and always threatened his life each time they had a little misunderstanding. He said the wife was fond of fomented troubles that had been affecting his health. ``Olubunmi goes out at will and without my consent,’’ he also said. The father of two, said,

there was a particular day he returned home from work and met only his children in the house. And, upon inquiry, I was told that their mother had gone out.’’ He said that on another occasion his wife received a call which he suspected was from a man. The court’s president, Mrs. Akomolede Olayinka, adjourned the case until May 14, 2014, for further hearing. She said the adjournment would give Olubunmi time to appear before the court to defend herself. (NAN)


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Separate us, husband tells Court •He’s is unfaithful –Wife

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Alleged incest: Court dissolves marriage of 43 years •My wife is kissing and romancing our sons –Husband •All lies –Wife

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Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday, dissolved a marriage of 43 years between one Rauf Olayiwola and his wife, Mojisola, over alleged incest. The presiding president of the court, Mr. Ezekiel Ogundipe, said that all attempts at reconciling the couple had failed and the only option left was to allow each of them to live separately. “I even tried as much as possible to allow concerned members of their street to intervene, but it was to no avail. Olayiwola shall therefore

pay Mojisola’s house rent for the next one year where her children can always have access to her,” Ogundipe stated. According to the judge, Olayiwola is to carry out the court’s order of house rent not later than 30 days of the judgment. Olayiwola had earlier accused Mojisola of having incestuous relationship with her children. “I sometimes see her on the bed with some of our children kissing and massaging their bodies. She no longer takes instructions from me. In fact, she has succeeded in

turning the children against me,” he alleged. Mojisola, however, dismissed the allegations of Olayiwola, saying she has a close relationship with her children. “The children are close to me because I treat them well and not that I have any sexual relationship with them,” she stated. She, however, prayed the court not to dissolve the marriage because she had nowhere to go. Olayiwola and Mojisola had been married since 1971 and the union was blessed with five children. (NAN)

n Ilorin, Kwara State Area Court, on Tuesday, dissolved a marriage of three years between Munirat Sheriff and Wahab Sheriff, on the grounds of husband’s infidelity. Munirat, 29, a resident of Adabata Area, Ilorin, had prayed the court to dissolve her marriage to her husband Wahab, over an alleged unfaithfulness to their marriage. The petitioner told the court that her husband was fond of going out with different ladies in their area of residence on the pretence that they were just friends. “My husband paraded different ladies in my presence without showing any sense of respect for me,” she said. She cited an instance when an unknown man came to their

My husband is too rigid, stubborn –Wife •She has lovers –Husband

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n Agege Customary Court in Lagos State, on Thursday, dissolved a marriage of 23 years between a medical doctor, Dr Billy Ojelam and his wife, Amaka over battery and infidelity. The Court President Emmanuel Sokunle, held that

Court dissolves 15year marriage over frequent fighting A n Abeokuta Customary Court, on Friday, dissolved a 15-year marriage between Latifatu Amod and her husband, Sakiru, over frequent fighting and neglect. The court’s President, Mr Olalekan Akande, in his judgment, held that since all efforts to reconcile the couple had failed, the court had no option than to dissolve the marriage. Akande ordered that both parties were free to marry anybody of their choice, and that the first three children were grown up to determine who to live with. He ordered that Latifatu should care for the last child until he was of age, while the husband should pay N2, 500 monthly for the upkeep of the

last child. The president also ordered that the school bills, welfare, health and other matters would be a joint responsibility of both parties. Latifatu, 32, had urged the court to dissolve the marriage to Amod, 46, because of frequent fighting and neglect. The mother of four told the court that Amod sent her out of her matrimonial home, saying: “my husband was fond of beating me at the slightest mistake. He sent me out of our matrimonial home. Even when I tried getting a house to stay, he conspired with my landlord to eject me out of the house. I have been patient and tolerating his troubles. All I need from the court is to dissolve the marriage. I also want

to beg the court to grant me the custody of the children so that I can take care of them very well,’’ she said. She informed the court that three of her children were already living with her, while the first child lives with the father. Amod did not oppose the petition, but urged the court to dissolve the marriage as, according

house to report her husband for having an illicit affair with his wife on March 4, 2014. According to her, their marriage was contracted in 2011 and was yet to produce any child. ``My Lord, I want an end to this marriage because my husband is not a straight forward man and I cannot cope with him anymore,” Munirat said. Sherriff said that his wife complained a lot, and that he had nothing to do with her anymore. He did not object to the prayer of his wife and therefore, prayed the court to grant her prayers without any delay. The presiding Judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, dissolved their marriage and issued a certificate of divorce to the plaintiff. (NAN)

to him, Latifatu was troublesome and wicked to him. “She does not take care of me, so how does she want me to care for her? The children are not living with me so I can’t be responsible for their feeding. When she and the children were with me, I used to play my role as a father of the house,’’ Amod said.

the union of Dr Billy Ojelam and Amaka has broken down beyond repairs. He said that Billy failed to show up in court throughout the proceedings in the divorce suit filed by Amaka on October 23, 2013. Sokunle, therefore, ruled thus: “Starting from today, you seize to be addressed as husband and wife; you shall go your separate ways and maintain the peace,’’ he said. He gave the custody of the last child to Amaka in the interim, saying that the other three children were old enough to decide who to live with. Sokunle also ordered that the man should pay N25, 000 monthly through the court for the upkeep of the children. “He should also be responsible for the education and medical needs of the children,’’ the court president held. Amaka, a businesswoman, had told the court that her husband was unfaithful, adding that he maltreated her. “My husband beats me; he does not respect me; he threw my things out of the house because he now has another woman. Our family intervened but all to no avail; my husband is rigid and stubborn; he won’t change. I want the court to dissolve the union and grant me the custody of my last child who is with me,’’ Amaka, who lives at 5, Olufemi Close, Iju Agege, said. (NAN)


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ALEXANDER OKERE looks at the proliferation of bread factories, competition amongst brands and how it rubs off on quality of products.

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Bread, bread, everywhere: Boom or doom for quality?

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n the 90’s, no one thought of bread as a meal without brands like UTC loaf of the Union Trading Company, UAC’s Nourish Loaf and Value Bread from AG Leventis Nigeria Plc, coming to mind. Not only were they popular loaves consumed by everyone irrespective of class, religion or creed, they seemed an end to anything bread, but not anymore. Today, The Nigerian bread industry has witnessed an upsurge such that it would take more than loyalty to a particular brand to make the purchase decision at a sales point. Although generally described by many as rebranded ‘Agege bread’ one of the increasingly popular local loaves, heavily laced with sugar and bromate such that every bite is a mouthful, they are currying the blessings of many Nigerians who consume the flour product on a daily basis. From Bus Stops to street corners, market to shops, the story is the same. Bayo Akintunde, a banker with one of the new generation banks headquartered in Lagos, told Saturday Mirror that he spends most of the day at work, but buys a loaf of bread every night, at close of work. “I am an early riser. I leave the comfort of my bed as early as 4.am and sets out for work an hour later in order to beat the Lagos traffic. After close of work, I don’t get home from work until about 10 pm in the night because of the Lagos traffic glitch. That is why I buy a loaf of bread, everyday to serve me for dinner or breakfast. Sometimes, I buy two loaves to serve for the next day, in case I return from work at 11pm or 12 mid-night when the sellers would have closed for the day,” he explains. In traffic as in streets, bread sellers come in their numbers providing choices, which is often difficult, for bread consumers. Eunice Agwulonu, another consumer who works on Allen, Ikeja, Lagos State, counts among many others who patronise bread hawkers. With a tight work schedule, bread steps in when normal meal become a hard try due to time. “My husband and I leave the house at the same time and come back almost at the same time. I’m usually very tired after a day at the office and he understands. Even when there is food in the refrigerator, we sometimes have no time to do the warming. So, we depend on bread for break and eat solid food during break in the office. As you can see, I’ve just bought two loaves to serve as breakfast for the children, my husband and I,” she tells the newspaper. Curiously, unlike when bread consumption depended on name, bread produced in local bakeries seems to enjoy more patronage from a Lagos market never lacking in high demands. Explaining reasons for the attractions, Sunday Laoye, told Saturday mirror that the locally manufactured loaves are more satisfying as, according to him, they come strong and with enough bromate, which

A bread hawker

though is unhealthy to the body but forms the attraction. “I eat bread a lot. But my kind of bread must be weighty and giving value for money. That’s why I prefer the local ones. They are usually heavy and mouthful’ and sometimes, you hardly finish them in one meal,” he says. For Akeem Afeez, a Sociology graduate of the University of Lagos, who ekes out a living as a roadside recharge card vendor, it is the availability of the bread in different sizes and affordable prices that gives him the buy-push. “Sometimes, I don’t like the big ones that cost N200 (Two Hundred Naira). So, I buy the one of N150 (One hundred and Fifty Naira) or N100 (One Hundred Naira), depending on how my business moves for the day. But you don’t have a choice when it comes to the ‘big names,” he says. Interestingly, while some consumers are concerned about weight and price, others are concerned about durability. Gbenga Mayowa, a commercial motorcycle operator in Jankara, under Ojokoro Ijaiye local council development area, told the newspaper that locally made bread gives him no cause for worry when it is not consumed after three or four days. “We commercial motorcyclists hardly stop to have a normal meal because time is money. I can’t afford to lose my passengers just because I want to have a meal. I usually eat when I get to my house. So, when I buy the local bread at night, I can eat it any time I want because it lasts longer in my house,” he says. Unlike Mayowa, Ebun Ogunjobi does not see any difference in all the bread, be it the elite bread or locally produced brands as, according to him, they are the same. “It is all about packaging. I’m usually very care-

Loaves of bread in a bakery ready for supply

ful with all the locally made bread we see around these days, but in no less on the alert when it comes to other popular brands. They all contain bromate. The bakers do not care about the health implications on consumers. It’s all about money, money, money. And, never be surprised that some of the bakeries are not properly registered, so if anything happens, you may have to search through the earth to find them as most contacts on the bread label are not correct,” the civil servant says. Good or bad, Titilayo Ayotunde, who has her stand at Iyana Ipaja, is a happy woman as she turns over her stock of bread regularly. “The business thrives best at night. The one referred to as local bread sells like sachet water, because people like them,” the 28 years old mother of three says. According to her, the business has helped her pick the school bills of her children and attend to other personal matters. “I sell more of the local ones because it moves. I only buy few from big companies just in case people ask for sliced bread. As you can see, I have the different brands though there are many that I do not sell, too,” she says. As Saturday Mirror checks revealed, the long list of the locally made bread ranges from Oropo in Agege, Margret and Peace all from bakeries in Agbado Ijaiye, while Prince Mayowa has its bakery at Iyana Ipaja, as with Favourite and Success. However, like the steadily confusing brands so is the harassment from men of the Lagos State Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI). According to John Adefarati, a bread vendor the men of KAI are thorns on the flesh. “They extort as much as N13, 000 from bread vendor under the guise of

IT IS ALL ABOUT PACKAGING. I’M USUALLY VERY CAREFUL WITH ALL THE LOCALLY MADE BREAD WE SEE AROUND THESE DAYS, BUT IN NO

LESS ON THE ALERT WHEN IT COMES TO OTHER POPULAR BRANDS flouting the street trading law of the state or for obstructing traffic. The men have made bread vendors cash cows for their selfish gains. The last time they arrested me, I had to pay N10, 000 as a fine before they could release my goods seized from me,” he tells the newspaper. As with the vendors with mix fortunes, Laidi Amao, who runs a local bakery in Ifako Ijaiye local government area in Lagos says though local bakeries, cannot compete with large bread industries in terms of mass production and market reach, patronage has been awesome. “People like locally made bread because it is cheaper and more satisfying. Ever since the ban on the use of bromate, we have all adjusted and business has since picked after a long lull,” he says.


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What are menstrual cramps? Menstrual cramps are pains in the belly and pelvic areas that are experienced by a woman as a result of her menstrual period. Menstrual cramps are not the same as the discomfort felt during premenstrual syndrome (PMS), although the symptoms of both disorders can sometimes be experienced as a continual process. Many women suffer from both PMS and menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps can range from mild to quite severe. Mild menstrual cramps may be barely noticeable and of short duration sometimes felt just as a sense of light heaviness in the belly. Severe menstrual cramps can be so painful that they interfere with a woman’s regular activities for several days.

Menstrual cramps

What is dysmenorrhea? The medical term for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhea. There are two types of dysmenorrhea, primary and secondary. In primary dysmenorrhea, there is no underlying gynecologic problem causing the pain. This type of cramping may begin within six months to a year following menarche (the beginning of menstruation), the time when a girl starts having menstrual periods. Menstrual cramps typically do not begin until ovulatory menstrual cycles (when an egg is released from the ovaries) occur, and actual menstrual bleeding usually begins before the onset of ovulation. Therefore, an adolescent girl may not experience dysmenorrhea until months to years following the onset of menstruation. In secondary dysmenorrhea, some underlying abnormal condition (usually involving a woman’s reproductive system) contributes to the menstrual pain. Secondary dysmenorrhea may be evident at menarche but, more often, the condition develops later.

What causes menstrual cramps? Each month, the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) normally builds up in preparation for a possible pregnancy. After ovulation, if the egg

The difference between menstrual cramps that are more painful and those that are less painful may be related to a woman’s prostaglandin levels. Women with menstrual cramps have elevated levels of prostaglandins in the endometrium (uterine lining) when compared with women who do not experience cramps. Menstrual cramps are very similar to those a pregnant woman experiences when she is given prostaglandin as a medication to induce labor. What other factors influence menstrual cramps? • As mentioned above, an unusually narrow cervical canal tends to increase menstrual cramps. • Another anatomical factor thought to contribute to menstrual cramps is a backwards tilting of the uterus (a retroverted uterus). • Lack of exercise is now recognized to contribute to painful menstrual cramps. • It has long been thought that psychological factors also play a role. For example, it is widely accepted that emotional stress can increase the discomfort of menstrual cramps.

What are the symptoms of menstrual cramps?

is not fertilized by a sperm, no pregnancy will result and the current lining of the uterus is no longer needed. The woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels decline, and the lining of the uterus becomes swollen and is eventually shed as the menstrual flow and is replaced by a new lining in the next monthly cycle. When the old uterine lining begins to break down, molecular compounds called prostaglandins are released. These compounds cause the muscles of the uterus to contract. When the uterine muscles contract, they constrict the blood supply (vasoconstriction) to the endometrium. This contraction blocks the delivery of oxygen to the tissue of the endometrium which, in turn,

breaks down and dies. After the death of this tissue, the uterine contractions literally squeeze the old endometrial tissue through the cervix and out of the body by way of the vagina. Other substances known as leukotrienes, which are chemicals that play a role in the inflammatory response, are also elevated at this time and may be related to the development of menstrual cramps. Why are some cramps so painful? Menstrual cramps are caused by the uterine contractions that occur in response to prostaglandins and other chemicals. The cramping sensation is intensified when clots or pieces of bloody tissue from the lining of the uterus pass through the cervix, especially if a woman’s cervical canal is narrow.

Menstrual cramps are pains that begin in the lower abdomen and pelvis. The discomfort can extend to the lower back or legs. The cramps can be a quite painful or simply a dull ache. They can be periodic or continual. Menstrual cramps usually start shortly before the menstrual period, peak within 24 hours after the onset of the bleeding, and subside again after a day or two. Menstrual cramps may be accompanied by a headache and/or nausea, which can lead, although infrequently, to the point of vomiting. Menstrual cramps can also be accompanied by either constipation or diarrhea because the prostaglandins which cause smooth muscles to contract are found in both the uterus and intestinal tract. Some women experience an urge to urinate more frequently.

TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK

LETTER

‘I’m HIV positive and clueless’ Dear Mirror Doctor, I am K C and I need a medical advice. Please I am positive to HIV and I do not know what to do. Kindly save a dying soul. God bless you real good. Thanks. +2348035----------------95 Mirror Doctor Replies. Dear K C, being HIV positive is not a

death sentence. There are many government hospitals where management is available. I am glad you are seeking help. That is actually very good for you and the society, as early detection is vital to managing HIV. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a type of virus called a retrovirus, which infects humans when it comes in contact with tissues such as those that

line the vagina, anal area, mouth, or eyes, or through a break in the skin. HIV infection is generally a slowly progressive disease in which the virus is present throughout the body at all stages of the disease. The goals of drug therapy are to prevent damage to the immune system by the HIV virus and to halt or delay the progress of the infection to symptomatic disease.

Therapy for HIV includes combinations of drugs that decrease the growth of the virus to such an extent that the treatment prevents or markedly delays the development of viral resistance to the drugs. My advice is for you to go to any government hospital in your locality and ask to see a physician. You will be directed accordingly to the unit that will manage you adequately with great expertise.


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Toyin Aimakhu

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Uche Jombo

Yaw

Yolanda Okereke

Daniella Okeke

Alexxx Ekubo

Ini Edo, Emem Isong premiere Knocking On Heaven’s Door

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The duo of Ini Edo and Emem Isong teamed up again last week Friday to premiere their latest movie, Knocking On Heaven’s Door. The premiere held at the prestigious Silverbird Cinemas, Victoria Island, Lagos and was attended by many of their celebrity friends. Julius Agwu, Yaw, Majid Michel and Emma Nyra were some of them.

Tope Tedela

Solid Star

Adesua Etomi

Kenneth Okolie

Emma Nyra

Omoni Oboli

Majid Michel

Charles Inojie

Julius Agwu

Shawn Faqua

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Emem Isong and Ini Edo

Thelma O’Khaz

Mary Lazarus

Blossom Chukwujekwu

Eunice Efole

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irnin Kudu is in Jigawa State. It is also the headquarters of a local government. About 35km from Dutse, the state capital, Birnin Kudu is an old, historic town renowned for its rocks and drawings. Some of these the drawings on rocks dated centuries before the colonisation of the area later regarded as the Northern Protectorate of Nigeria and now Northern Nigeria and establishment of Native Authority (NA). The town was an NA headquarters during the British rule and has been the headquarters of Birnin Kudu Local Government Area. The town is best known as the site of Dutsen Habude, a cave containing Neolithic paintings of cattle (which bear strong resemblance to some found in the central Sahara) and rock gongs believed to be more than 2,000 years old. It is a collecting point for peanuts (groundnuts), which are sent to Kano city 76 miles (122 km) west-northwest for export by rail, and is a market centre for millet, sorghum, peanuts, cowpeas, cotton and livestock. These drawings are said to be among the oldest drawings in Nigeria. The first group of paintings on the hill known as Dutsen Mesa is only about a hundred feet from the old motor road and even closer to the pedestrian path. A masonry wall surmounted by mesh screen has been built by the department to prevent the paintings from being touched, The paintings, four main styles and four sub-styles are exclusively of domestic cattle with the exception of a single enigmatic drawing which may possibly be a sketch plan of a cattle Kraal. Two main types of cattle are pictured; a long bodied, long-legged humpless breed with long spreading or converging some-times lyreshaped horns and a short thick-bodied, short horned humpless breed. Tentatively, they have been identified as hamitic long-horn, which is now extinct in Nigeria. It is believed that this hamitic stock left its mark on the characteristic long-horned Zebu cattle, also known as Muturu. Muturu are found today among

Ancient paintings of Birnin Kudu rocks

the pagan tribes inhabiting the hills of the Jos Plateau, similar hill regions of Northern Nigeria, the tse-tse fly-infested rain forest regions of the South of Nigeria and parts of the riverine province. In February 1954, two other groups of paintings were found. In April 1955, a fourth group and in June 1955 three groups making a total of seven near Birnin Kudu. The paintings probably belong to the period of transition from Neolithic to the Metal age. Within a hundred feet of Dutsen Mesa, there have been discoveries of more than ten groups of rock gongs, which are huge natural exfoliations of rock, which rest or are wedged in a position favourable to the production of musical notes.

It is believed that in most cases, several players used the rock-gongs as assembling instruments. Further rock-gong sites have been located stretching across Northern Nigeria through the provinces of Sokoto, Zaria, Kano, Plateau, Bauchi and Borno to the Northern Cameroons. Rock gongs were used during ceremonies for entertainment in connection with religious beliefs or during wartime to warn the farmer of enemy attack. The Local Government area shares boarder with Buji and Gwaram Local Governments on the eastern part while at the southern part shares a common border with Ningi Local Government of Bauchi State. At the western part, it bordered by Two Kano State Local Govern-

ments namely Takai and Sumaila Local Governments and at the northern part, it shares borders with Kiyawa and Dutse Local Government areas of Jigawa State. Birnin Kudu Local Government is situated within the sub-Saharan part of northern Nigeria, typical of this region, the land is almost flat with few undulating hills and scattered rock extrusions. There are a few streams that transverse the length and breadth of the Local Government Area. The climate is hot and dry during summer, cold and dusty in the winter. Rain usually falls between the months of May and September allowing for subsistence farming of mainly cereals such as Guinea corn, Millet, Rice, and Maize and Cash crops such as Beniseed, Ground Nut, Soya beans, and Cassava. It is endowed with rivers, ponds, lakes, forest and fertile soil. The Local Government area is blessed with cultural tourism potentials. Within the town of Birnin Kudu is a famous rock painting dating back to over 1000 years. The “Dodo” Masquerade is a spectacular cultural display to note. The predominant religion of the people of Birnin Kudu Local Government area is Islam and Maguzanci. Their major occupation is farming, cattle rearing and fishing. The languages usually spoken by the people are Hausa, Fulani and Warji. Forest areas are usually cultivated for farming. It has the prospect for the establishment of viable food processing companies such as Diary, Flour mills, Sugar processing, Rice processing, fruits processing and stones grinding companies.

African exhibitors jostle for space for INDABA 2014

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s the clock ticks towards the hosting of the 2014 edition of INDABA, Africa’s largest travel fair, leading providers of tourism products and services in the continent are pushing over one another to catch the train. These firms will showcase their offerings to the 1441 confirmed top quality travel and tourism buyers keen to capitalise on exceptional growing inbound tourism growth to Africa. The INDABA 2014 opens on May 10 in South Africa. To date, 398 main stand exhibitors have confirmed their places, and among them are international big-name brands like, Tourvest, Mantis Management, Seasons in Africa and the Amalinda Collection and many others, while the cream of African leisure tourism products, services and experiences such as Singita are also on board. Together, these exhibitors have a vast

global appeal in both the developed markets (the USA and Europe) as well as emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Latin America), and attract the volume of inbound tourists that the continent wants and needs However, a new addition to INDABA 2014, the TechZone gives the premium digital service providers to the tourism industry an exciting space to meet both buyers and exhibiting delegates. “It has never been more important to plug into Africa’s tourist trade. According to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Barometer, Africa attracted three million additional arrivals, reaching a new record of 56 million in 2013. INDABA 2014 is the single biggest and best platform for doing business in African tourism,” Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer at South African Tourism explained. Many INDABA exhibitors are veteran

attendants, with about 62 percent of them attending between 11 to 20 years. Among them are leading international travel brands that enjoy impressive global reputations, and have made INDABA what it is today - the most established and best attended trade show in Africa. They will be at INDABA again this year, rubbing shoulders with the best, representing over 23 countries around the continent. Countries which include Angola, Benin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Reunion Island, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also confirmed attendees at the fast approaching fair. One of INDABA’s unique selling points is that unlike other big international travel shows, it caters not only for international

buyers but also for local buyers. INDABA showcases the entire spectrum of African tourism product, from select innovative SMEs, to global international players like Abercrombie and Kent, Private Safaris, Leading Hotels of the World and Relias and Chateaux. “Local buyers are large Destination Management Companies (DMCs) that offer excellent value add to INDABA, as they not only generate lucrative business, but they also market South Africa as enthusiastically as we do at South African Tourism,” Nzima added. To inform South Africa’s tourism trade of its three-to-five year growth strategy embracing the rest of the continent, South African Tourism undertook a trade roadshow, visiting South Africa’s major cities and towns. “We explained our plans, but also heard back from trade on how we could further improve INDABA.


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oach of Bayelsa United, Richard Bubagha has assured Nigerians that the team will upset visiting Sewe Sport of Cote d’Ivoire today as both teams clash in the second leg of the second round of the CAF Confederations Cup play-off scheduled for the Sapele Township Stadium. The outcome of the encounter will determine the last eight teams to progress to the Group Stage of the continent’s second tier club competition. When both teams met last Sunday in San Pedro, Cote d’Ivoire, the Nigerian side conceded a goal late in each half to slump 2-0 to their host. Today’s reverse fixture will see Bayelsa United who reached the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup in their only appearance at the competition in 2009, trying to cancel the two goals to enable them progress to the Group Stage of the money spinning competition. Also, Sewe Sport who were relegated from the CAF Champions League by Congolese giants, TP Mazembe will be aiming to consolidate their victory at the end of the full 90 minutes today. It is expected that the Nigerian representatives will re-enact the form that made them edged out How Mine FC of Zimbabwe on 3-2 aggregate in the final

Bayelsa Utd will upset Sewe Sport in Sapele –Bubagha round of the preliminaries after losing 2-1 in Bulawayo in the first leg. Bayelsa United which has maintained an unbeaten home run since the commencement of the competition needs to score three un-replied goals to progress to the Group Stage of the competition and will be banking on such players as Chigozie Christopher, Fortune Chukwudi, Bernard Okoronwanta, Edimobowei Peter, Buhari Jafar and Okechukwu Azubuike to cancel the two goals deficit. However, the Ivorians who have taken their country’s football by storm since winning the 2013/2014 Super Cup courtesy of a lone goal victory over ASEC Mimosas will be relying on their two-goal hero in the first leg, Roger Claver Asale, as well as Ibrahim Kone, Ibrahima Fofana, Ousamane Adama Quatara, Halidou Garba and Souleymone Dambele to check on the rampaging Nigerians and improve on their first round ouster from the competi-

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tion in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Although, the Nigerian representatives have vowed to cancel the two goals deficit in today’s cracker, but playing against an opposition like Sewe Sport who boost of a good football pedigree coupled with good defensive network requires total commitment from the country’s only remaining representative at the continental level. Bubagha told Saturday Mirror that reaching the CAF Confederation Cup Group Stage is still within reach of his team giving the quality of the players in the squad. According to him, the first leg result will not deter them from overrunning Sewe Sport in Sapele, even as he promised that he has the players who are battle-ready to turn the table against them. “It is true that cancelling a two-goal deficit against a formidable opponent like Sewe Sport is an uphill task, but my players are in the right frame of mind to win

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today’s encounter convincingly and progress to the Group Stage of the competition. “I believe that if our opponents can score two goals against us in the first leg, we are also capable of scoring up to three goals without conceding any to make sure we progress to the next stage of the competition. “My players are fully prepared for today’s challenge and they have vowed not to let Nigerians down, and I believe that with the type of preparations we have made so far for the second leg, we are definitely going to make our fans happy,” he said. Also speaking on the match, coach of the Ivorian side, Rigo Gerva says his team will not give anything to chance when they visit Sapele for today’s reverse fixture. He noted that although his team is going into today’s encounter with two goals in their kitty, they are going to approach the match with all seriousness it deserves to ensure they record a one hundred percent record in the play-off.

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NFF and politics of Eagles’ FIFA World Cup list D HARD TACKLE uring the passing week, the media in Nigeria was awash with speculations over Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) demand to Coach Stephen Keshi to present his provisional 30-man list to the Technical Committee headed by Chris Green for the Mundial in Brazil. Aside the print and the electronic media, the social media were not left out of this craze as Nigerian soccer fans waited in vain to know the outcome of the meeting on Tuesday, April 22. At the end, no list was released! However, same day (April 22) NFF’s Assistant Director (Media and Communication), Ademola Olajire, told our correspondent in an exclusive telephone interview that the expected team list was not ready. Olajire further disclosed that all the names being touted in the media are figments of the writer’s imagination as no other person except Keshi knows the players’ names that are on the list. “As I am talking to you now (7:02pm), the meeting with Keshi and the NFF bigwigs is still on. Keshi did not even come to the meeting with the provisional list. They are still deliberating, and even if they conclude the meeting, the list will not be released till next week,” Olajire revealed. But it was shocking to learn from the same Olajire in a press release made 48hours after the ugly incident that the list was ready, he also added that Keshi needed to make further consultations before it will be made public next week, thereby exposing the football house failure to get its acts right. In his press release on Thursday, April 24, which was captioned, “Green: NFF, Keshi not liars”, Olajire exposed himself

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as lacking in his duties by failing to douse the rumour surrounding the readiness of the provisional list and further tried to deceive Nigerians alongside Green by contradicting themselves on the subject matter. His press statement read: “Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green on Thursday decried a report in a national newspaper of the same day, which sensationally reported that the NFF and Coach Stephen Keshi lied to Nigerians about the provisional list of Super Eagles for the 2014

FIFA World Cup finals. “The report had claimed that Coach Keshi did not submit any list at Tuesday’s Technical Committee meeting and that the NFF and Keshi tried to manage ‘a bad case’. “There was no bad case at all. We met with Coach Keshi and we discussed the programme of preparation for the World Cup, and everyone was happy. “It was wrong for anyone to say that NFF and Keshi lied to Nigerians. “We are responsible citizens and diligent in what we do, and will never take the nation and

its people for a ride. “The list of players is ready. As we said, Coach Keshi is making more consultations and the list will be released next week. We have not defaulted in any way, because the deadline for the submission of provisional list of 30 players to FIFA remains May 13,” Green said at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja.” From the last paragraph of on press release, Green contradicted himself with his statement. Even the spokesman of the NFF’s technical committee, Paul Bassey who also spoke authoritatively to supersport.com on Wednesday, April 23, threw more light on the issue by saying that there was a mutual decision from both parties (Keshi and the NFF chiefs) to put the list on hold because of several issues still to be thrashed out, which simply means that the list was not ready for presentation to the technical committee of the NFF! Therefore, why should Olajire and Green deceive Nigerians in that press release of April 24 that the list of players is ready and that Keshi is making more consultations before it will be released next week? From the foregoing, this is a big embarrassment to soccer fans and has once again exposed the inadequacies of the NFF to communicate properly to the media on such a sensitive issue like the provisional 30-man list for the World Cup. On further investigation, HT discovered that among the 32 countries coming for the Mundial, none of them is yet to make its provisional list public, so why Nigeria? Many of the participating countries are still keeping their lists close to their chests ahead of FIFA’s international deadline of May 13. To say the least, there is an enormous danger of making the

Super Eagles list public before the international deadline date. First, it will expose the team and will give our opponents especially at the group stage ample time to study the weaknesses of our players and use their findings to undo the team’s aspiration at the Mundial. A few weeks back, it was Green who said in a radio interview that if Keshi fails at the Mundial with the quality of players he is taking to the World Cup it will be his head that will be at the chop box. So, it is the stand of HT that Keshi must be allowed to select the players that will deliver at the World Cup without putting excessive pressure on him to make the list public by Green and his likes. It is true that the issue of Osaze Odemwingie and Ike Uche has been in public dormain, but HT strongly believes that Keshi will do the right thing by choosing the best legs the country can offer in this regard, since no fighter or coach goes into the battle ring with weaklings. The Mundial is not for toddlers and as such we need to parade our best legs in order to have a successful outing. And until the 30-man list of players who will defend the image of Nigeria is ready by Keshi before the FIFA deadline date, NFF must stop politicizing with the list. As Nigerians from all walks of life await the eventual release of the provisional 30-man list probably next week, the NFF should leave Keshi alone and concentrate on stepping up preparations for the welfare of the players before and during the Mundial. Nigerians do not want to witness any row over players’ match bonuses and allowances at Brazil 2014, for a stitch in time saves nine!

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n innovative scheme that is aimed at attracting to the Glo Premier League, Nigerian players with international exposure has been launched by the League Management Company (LMC) and this is already accommodated in the 2013/14 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules. The scheme, christened the ‘Elite Players Project’ was explained in detail to the 20 Premier League clubs in a circular signed by Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operat-

ing Officer and listed the major objective to include the improvement of professionalism in the NPFL by permitting clubs to register a maximum of two ex-international players in addition to the maximum 35 allowed in a season. Introducing the project to the clubs in the circular of April 20, the LMC said “the LMC hereby brings to the notice of all participating clubs of the NPFL the commencement of its ‘Elite Players Project’. This project is pursuant to Rules 9.65, 9.67. 13.60.1, 13.60(viii) and 15.21 of the NPFL Framework and Rules 2013/14 season” The LMC further explained

that the benefits of the scheme to clubs, players, fans, sponsors and the League. “It has been designed to increase and deepen players-experience pool of the league, bolster the morale and confidence of younger players in the NPFL, project the image of the league as a welcoming and conducive playing environment for the return of Nigeria’s finest crop of international professional footballers and boost the mass appeal of the league for commercialization,” LMC stated. The LMC however also listed criteria which will qualify any player to benefit from the scheme.

“The ex-international player must have played for Nigeria at the Olympic Games, Nations Cup, FIFA World Cup or alternatively have earned at least 20 international caps and must have played in a world class league of undisputable pedigree for a minimum of five seasons. “To encourage the players settle down, the LMC will pay additional stipends that will make life more comfortable to the elite players and help them adjust faster,” Abubakar disclosed. Already, Enyimba International of Aba may have been the first to take advantage of the project as they are on the verge of pre-

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Paul Hamilton fondly called “Wonder Boy’ is a renowned name in Nigerian football. Aside from distinguishing himself as a potent striker, he also carved a niche for himself as a coach. He handled the national teams at various levels; from the Green Eagles to the Flying Eagles that won the first bronze medal at the U- 20 World Cup in Russia in 1985. He also took the national female team, the Falcons to their maiden outing at the female World Cup in China in 1991. In this interview with ADEOLU JOHNSON, he speaks on his involvement in the round leather game and regretted the hostile treatment he suffered in the hands of the NSC. Excerpts:

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an you tell us how you developed interest in football? As a young child, I would have taken to wrestling because I used to follow my uncle Elaye Ominu to the community wrestling competitions. The competition was for young lads between the ages of 10 – 12 years and the sport then was very popular in the then Rivers State where I came from, before the creation of my present state, Bayelsa. I developed keen interest in wrestling, but as faith may have it, work took my parents to Onitsha in the present Anambra State where I developed interest in football. You started as a goalkeeper and later became a striker, what made you take that decision? Actually, when I embraced football, I started as a goalkeeper because I love standing in between the post to prevent players from scoring against my side, but after sustaining a fracture on my wrist in one of the local games, I switched to playing. I played for Our Lady Primary School and Zik Secondary School, Onitsha, where I finished in 1961. And as soon as I completed my secondary school education, Mr. Walter Obianwu whose eyes had been on me came and took me to Lagos. He said he has secured a job for me at the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) as a footballer with a fantastic pay. As soon as I joined ECN, it was easy for me to break into the national team as the prying eyes of the then national team coach, Dan Ayiam, caught me and I was invited to the national team. Casting your mind back to the early days of your career, how would you describe your stay at ECN Football Club? I enjoyed my stay in the club and I am happy that I never regretted playing for that great club which was one of the biggest club sides then in the country. Lagos then was very peaceful, beautiful and full of descent people. There were no much traffic jams or crimes and it was also not over populated as we have it today. In fact Lagos was then very easy and the people very hospitable. In those days people came out in their thousands to watch football matches. I must have to tell you that before coming to Lagos, we heard a lot of stories about the city which was regarded as our own London. In those days they use to tell us

that if you pass through King George V Stadium which is the present Onikan Stadium, you will be arrested. Later Obianwu came one day and said I have been invited to the Green Eagles because the name with which the national team was known before independence “Red Devils” ended after independence. After the invitation, they camped us at the Niger Palace Hotel, one of the prominent Hotels in Nigeria then and I felt so elated. So whenever ECN has matches they will come and pick me at the hotel and I will start wondering whether it was me that has acquired such status very early in life. It will also interest you to know that at the Green Eagles in those days, we did not play for money, but for patriotism. Our joy is putting on the green-white-green colour of Nigeria. In fact wherever you go you will be noticed. Even at the market places, meat sellers will cut meat for us free. Then we got 2 Shillings 6 Pence as match allowance, but we don’t mind. What made you leave ECN for the Army team? The Army discovered my prowess in the round leather game and decided to enlist me in the Nigerian Army team alongside Sam Opene, Segun Olumodeji, Sunday Okume and Kenneth Olayombo in 1970. It was the Army that sent me on a course to Budapest, Hungary, to study Physical Education, with specialty in football in 1974. After my achievement at the national team and the Army, the late Isaac Akioye came from the National Sports Commission (NSC) to ask for my service. Then my boss in the Army Col. Ukor released me to join the Commission in 1979 where I met the likes of Adegboyega Onigbinde and James Peters at the national team as coaches. How would you describe your coaching experience? When I joined the national team, I started first as an assistant to the late Father Tiko at the junior national team. Before then, Father Tiko was working with a team in Enugu. I later travelled to Brazil for a coaching course and prior to this time; I had a stint with Leventis Football Club, then called Iddo Tigers. It was there that I won the National League with the likes of Ade John and Ibikunle Armstrong.

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I later became the national team coach when C. K Amakree was made the chairman of the NFA after Father Tiko was removed. I worked with Chris Udemezue, James Peters and Ganiyu Salami. My last match in charge of the national team was against Cameroon in 1989 before Clemens Westerhof came and disorganized the team. When he came, players like Etim Esin and Peter Rufai murmured and protested the change of guard. My assistant, Salami, even challenged Westerhof when he asked me for video tapes of previous matches before he took over in 1990. Salami asked Westerhof whether he thinks Hamilton is a photographer and that was how we left the team. What can you describe as some of your achievements as the national team coach? My achievements are numerous and are there for people to see. Having said this, it will interest you to know that I qualified the national team for the Seoul 1988 Olympics, and the Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco same year . We were camped at Obasanjo farm, but some people for reasons best known to them brought a German coach Manfred Horner to be my boss after qualifying the team, which was a very big injustice. Apart from qualifying Nigeria for the Seoul Olympics, I took the U-20 team captained by Andrew Uwe to win our first bronze medal at the World Youth Championship in Russia in 1995. We lost because the weather was terribly bad as that was the first time our boys would be playing in that part of the world. In the case of the female national team known as the Falcons, I took them to the inaugural female World Cup in China in 1991 after emerging champions in Africa.

We were then dominant in Africa. I later took them to two World Cups in South Korea and Sweden respectively. At that time we did not have a female league and were the youngest and most inexperienced female team ever produced in this country. After the national assignment, I worked with the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) for some years before I retired. When I was with the football house, I was saddled with the responsibility of being the Head of Technical Department of the NFA. Even after retirement, I worked with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as a Coaching Instructor up till last year when I went to help them to assist in the licensing of some Egyptian coaches, unfortunately, Nigeria is yet to license its coaches. Do you have any regret serving your fatherland? My greatest regret has been the way I was treated by the NSC which I served meritoriously. Before my retirement, I established a weekend Soccer Academy with headquarters at the National Stadium, Lagos. The academy was established while I was still a staff of NFA under the era of Damishi Sango as Sports Minister. After my retirement, the place became my bay, but the most disturbing thing was that the same NSC I served for many years without blemish later came and destroyed my office whereas some other business ventures thrive at the place. They claimed that they wanted to clear some rubbish in the area, but at the end they gave out the place to sport equipment dealers which I believe was not the best way to treat me considering the contributions I have made for the development of our sports industry.


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yan Giggs has spoken of his pride at being named Manchester United interim manager but was coy on the possibility of staying on as boss. The Welshman was placed in temporary charge at Old Trafford on Tuesday after the Premier League champions dismissed David Moyes 10 months into his six-year deal following a disappointing first season at the helm. United legend Giggs is not thought to be among the leading contenders to take the role on a permanent basis, but he will assume control for at least the final four games of the season. The 40-year-old is relishing the opportunity to lead the club where he has spent his entire professional career, and

thanked predecessor cessor Moyes for handing him his first coaching oaching role in football. “I’d like to go on record to thank David for giving me my first chance in coaching, it’ss something I’ll always remember mber when he rang and asked sked me to come on board. He gave me the e opportunity for my first coaching g role,” he said at a press Giggs conference on Friday. “I’d like to say how proud I am to take charge for the remaining four games. It’s the club I’ve supported all my life and been associated with for 25 or 26 years. “I’ve enjoyed the week, I’m proud more than anything; it’s probably the proudest moment of my career. “I’ll enjoy the last two and a half

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weeks of the season and bring back some smiles on the faces of the fans and look forward to the game, just like a player really.” Giggs insisted that his focus is firmly on improving the team’s fortunes; starting against relegation threatened Norwich City today.

ndres Iniesta believes Lionel Messi must stay at Barcelona as reports suggest the club may look to cash in on their star if his form does not improve. The Spain international leapt to the defence of the Blaugrana’s record scorer after critics suggested his best form is behind him after some poor performances in recent weeks. Directors at Camp Nou are rumoured to be weighing up whether or not to sell the Argentina international, but Iniesta thinks he is already in the best place. “He could not be better anywhere else other than here and Barca will not find another player like him,” he said. Barcelona saw their transfer ban suspended by FIFA, allowing them to sign players this summer and Iniesta is delighted the squad can be strengthened. “It is great news for the club to be able to continue to improve, independent of whether we win trophies or not. Barcelona always has to improve,” he added.

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uis Suarez says he is surprised at Liverpool’s success this season and admits he did not think they would be in position to compete for the title.The Reds are enjoying a superb campaign and are five points clear at the top of the table with just three games left to play, including tomorrow’s crucial match against title rivals Chelsea at Anfield.

ir Alex Ferguson has broken his silence over David Moyes’ sacking at Manchester United, admitting it was “upsetting” the way it was handled. Moyes was axed as United manager on Tuesday morning 24 hours after news first emerged that the former Everton boss was set to lose his job at Old Trafford.

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ll is now set for the official kick- off of the maiden edition of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Region 13 Mini-Regional Sports Fiesta that will be officially declared open today in Benin City, Edo State by the Regional Pastor, James Dagunduro. The sports fiesta tagged “Overflowing Sports for Life 2014’, packaged by the sports department of Region 13 of the church comprising Edo and Delta States will be kicked off with a football match between Team Edo Province One and Team Edo Province Three, while several other games such as chess, boxing, football, scrabble, table tennis, wrestling, track and field events

will commence fully on April 28 across all the four centers in Edo and Delta States respectively. According to the Director of Sports of the region, Pastor Afe Johnson, the event which will be held in Benin City and Warri respectively will attract athletes and pastors from all the parishes in the region, as well as other anointed men of God. Over 400 to 500 athletes are expected at the week-long event. Johnson stated that the games in Benin will be held at Paragon Group of Schools Etete, G.R.A and Police Training School Sports Ground, Ogida, while that of Warri will be held at DCS Primary School, DSC Township, Orhiuwhrun and College of Education, Edjeba, Warri respectively. Track and field events, chess,

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scrabble and table tennis has been slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, while the boxing event holds at National Sports Commission (NSC) gymnasium, Etete.

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he 2nd edition of Olashore International School Sports festival which kicked off yesterday at the school’s sports complex, IlokoIjesa, Osun State will end today. A total of twelve schools are participating in the two-day event which featured various sporting activities such as 5-A-Side football competition and track and field

events like 200m, 100m, 4 x 100m races, lime & spoon race among others. The sports festival which forms part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the school, drew pupils from Sonbeam Preparatory School, New Bodija, Ibadan; Subuola Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Agodi GRA, Ibadan; American Christian Academy, Ibadan; Potter and Clay School, Il-

esa and Local Authority Primary School, Iloko-Ijesa. Others are Olive Branches Nursery and Primary School, Osogbo; Watersprings International School, Akure; Bluecrest International Nursery and Primary School, Ado Ekiti; Beautiful Beginning Integrated Ideal School, Ado –Ekiti; Rosebud Nursery and Primary School, Ado -Ekiti as well as the host school.

ix most outstanding Nigerian talent discovered during the 2013 edition of the Airtel Rising Stars U-17 National Championship will participate in a week-long football clinic in Rwanda featuring academy coaches and a club legend from Arsenal FC of England. The six players, who will fly Nigeria’s flag at the oneweek soccer clinic in Rwanda, include Rilwan Adeleke (Best Goalkeeper, male), Olu Gabriel (Highest Goal Scorer, male) and Wisdom Uforo (Most Valuable Player, male). Others are Augustina Boniface (Best Goalkeeper, female), Falegon Joy (Highest Goal Scorer, female) and Kafayat Shittu (MVP, female). The Arsenal soccer clinic will run from April 28 to May 2nd. The Nigerian contingent will be joined at the football clinic by their counterparts from Ghana, Zambia, Uganda and the host country, Rwanda. While in Rwanda, all the selected players will be tutored

by a team of UEFA-licenced coaches and football experts from the Arsenal youth development system, as they will be expected to transfer their rich experience to the players. Speaking about his prospects at the clinic, Olu Gabriel, who incidentally will be travelling out of the country for the first time said the clinic will offer him the much-needed exposure to improve as a player. “The clinic will provide me an opportunity put in my very best, work very hard and learn from the Arsenal coaches who are renowned for developing young players like me,” he said. Also speaking, Kafayat Shittu, who emerged MVP at the national championship, said the Arsenal clinic will help her become a better player in the future. The football clinic is part of the existing partnership between Airtel Africa and the English Premiership side which allows for technical support from the club side to the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) initiative in five of her African markets which include Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda.


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ooking at the many packaged water brands in the market today, no one can be blamed for concluding that the business is saturated. It could also be assumed that the business does not generate much income or profits. Available research, however, indicates that the reverse is the case. This line of business is still very lucrative and more serious investors are needed in the packaged water industry. Success in this business today depends wholly on how professional the project is packaged and managed. Many people who can not apply the required professionalism required have dropped out of the business, giving way to those who have the required capital backed up with professionalism. The venture is no longer child’s play. Packaged water is so diverse that no amount of capital is considered too small or too big to start. An investor with a load of cash will have more sophisticated areas to innovate. Those who do not have access to a lot of funds can remain in sachet water packaging. The demand for pure water grows by the day. It is now a household consumable product. Therefore if you want to invest in this area, do not be discouraged. Rather, be professional. The need for good quality drinking water packaged under very stringent hygienic conditions cannot be over emphasised. When one considers the harmful effects of water borne diseases like craw-craw, worm infections, water blindness, dysentery, diarrhoea, typhoid fever, cholera to mention but few, and the huge cost of treating them, it becomes of paramount importance to go for clean (pure) water. Without adequate clean water, one suffers dehydration and eventual death. Water provides the medium in which all biochemical reactions take place. Water also plays a major role in the “evolution of biological systems”. Almost 80% of all hospitals in Nigeria today lack good portable water. Hence the need to remove the entire undesirable elements and pathogens water may contain through treatment. Pure portable water is very essential for healthy living. It has no substitute. Investment in innovative purification and packaging of colourless, odourless and tasteless drinking water seems a very lucrative business. Already, there is rampant interest in the most popular way of packaging water in cellophane sachets, usually called ‘pure water.’ Though this aspect of packaging water is simpler, cheaper and enhances easy entry and exit, higher turnover because of the cheapness of the products, it has been observed that this has been abused by a lot of people. A more organized means of production of pure water has been found to be gradually taking over the sachet type of packaging. Apart from the fact that there is an existing market for bottled water, well purified and packaged water is export-

able to Europe, the Far-East, some African countries and America. Presently, plastic bottling for pure water is taking over. This has been found to be more lucrative. This is because not every type of investor can invest in it like ordinary nylon/cellophane packaging of water. All attention is shifting to plastic bottled water. A plastic bottled water plant can be set up in any part of the country. The plant consists of water treatment plant made up of seal sedimentation, tank,

filters, suction pump, alpha chambers, pressure gauge and stainless tank and tama flow 700, an industrial purification system. This machine incorporates from consecutive operations, pre-filters, activated carbon, polisher and ultra violet sterilizer. It also has v/v designed for 30-3 L/min maximum flow rate, 60 PSIG Max pressure, 220 V/50 Hz voltage, 254-barometer wavelength lamp and 99% bacteria elimination rate. The plant can produce 30 litres of wellpurified water per minute. This implies that it can purify about 14,400 litres of

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water per shift of eight hours. There must be water purity testing machine to make sure that the water is germ free. A corking machine is also needed. The raw materials for this project are water, plastic cans and water treatment chemicals such as Ozone. All these are locally available in Nigerian plastic manufacturing companies. The chemicals are all available in Nigeria. The water could be obtained regularly either from borehole or natural spring water. Production techniques are very easy.

Financial Implications Financial Projection Pure water sachets (N’000)

Bottled table water (N’000)

Preliminary Expenses

250

500

Accommodation (varied)

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2,550

Plants & Machinery

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Operational Expenses

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4,100

Contingencies

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It involves rust removal, filtration to produce clear, colourless, tasteless drinking water. The chemicals are added to clear any bacteria and make the water germ free. The water is then put in the bottle, corked and it is ready for sale. Studies indicate that a prospective investor must have a decent building, walled and painted with very clean environment. He must also obtain NAFDAC approval to be in business. The new dimension of water bottling, with 20-litre dispenser and bottle racks is also very lucrative and can be incorporated into the project plan. While a sachet water production project can be started with the sum of N9.4 million (the cost breakdown is shown below), about N26.2 million is needed for automated bottling/sacheting plant. The gross profit margin for the project is worked out as N29.7 million in the first year and N14.27 million in the fifth year. Projected operating costs for the first year is N1.140 million and N1.519 million in the fifth year. When the operating costs are deducted, the investor would be recording N6.096 million in the first year and N9.030 million in the fifth year. Water production is very lucrative business!


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Crime Watch

BRIEFS Man, 29, arraigned over alleged theft of detergent, beverages

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29-year-old man, Gbagba Adeshile, on Friday appeared before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court for allegedly breaking into a motor van and stealing cartons of detergent and beverages valued at N86,250. According to the prosecutor, Insp Augustine Ozimini, the offences were committed on Feb. 5 at about 8:30 p.m. at Oba Lipede kuto market in Abeokuta. He said that the accused broke into the motor van with registration number AAA 865XE, belonging to Dansarat Nigeria Limited and stole the items. “He was caught while carrying out some of the cartons of the goods out of the motor van with all the tools he used in breaking into the van,” he said. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened sections 414, 413 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Ogun, 2006. The unemployed accused of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of breaking into the van and stealing. The Magistrate, Mr Emmanuel Adekute admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum. He adjourned the case till June 11, 2014. (NAN)

Man, 49, docked over alleged damage of N6.6m tiles

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49-year-old businessman, Cyprian Igwillo, who allegedly damaged tiles worth N6.6million, was on Friday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The accused is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, malicious damage and stealing. The prosecutor, ASP Eranus Nnamonu, told the court that the accused and one Garuba Yahaya, who is at large, committed the offences at 12.00 noon on Sept. 26, 2012. Nnamonu said that the offences were committed at Kilometre 2, Alafia Bus Stop, Badagry Expressway, Orile-Iganmu, Lagos. The prosecutor said that the accused maliciously damaged 2,684 square metres of tiles valued at N6.6 million, property of one Mr Ifeanyi Ezema. According to Nnamonu, the accused also stole 1,920 square metres of tiles worth N4.8 million from Ezema. The prosecutor said that the offences contravene Sections 285, 348 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused may be sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on conviction.

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Easter of death!

How father of three died while rescuing best friend Clash of rival NURTW members in Shomolu, a suburb of Lagos, leaves tale of woes on its trail, reports SEGUN ADIO

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amiu Afeez would have been alive today, but for rising up in defence of his friend, Jonathan, who was attacked by suspected assailants, midnight of Easter Monday. Indeed, if anyone had reservations about the love the late Afeez and Jonathan shared, the celebration marking Easter Monday of 2014, has since changed all that as Afeez paid the supreme price in a bid to rescue his friend, who was attacked by a group allegedly belonging to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lawani Street, Shomolu, a suburb of Lagos State. The NURTW members allegedly led by one Toba Saturday Mirror gathered had clashed with another group led by one Toib Sodiq, both of whom are reportedly said to be rivals leading to a free for all that claimed the life of Afeez, a father of three. According to checks, the two friends had joined the carnival train until around midnight when Jonathan, an artisan, reportedly informed Afeez that he wants to retire to bed so as to meet an appointment he had at his workshop the following morning. According to the source, Jonathan said to specialize in Plaster of Paris (POP) left immediately while Afeez decided to stay on. Saturday Mirror gathered that less than 15 minutes after Jonathan left the carnival, some hoodlums, numbering about 20, who had reportedly crossed into the area from the Mushin end of Fadeyi invaded the carnival at Ojo Street in Shomolu area of Lagos State and began shooting sporadically into the air, and vandalising vehicles. It was learnt that the hoodlums had

The late Jamiu

accosted Jonathan on his way home, mistaking him for a member of the rival group. The gang, it was said, tried to extract a confessional statement of allegiance to their group, but when a confused Jonathan was not forthcoming, they began to torture him. Saturday Mirror gathered that it was while the beating was on that some residents rushed to the venue of the carnival to inform people, including Afeez of the development. He was said to have hurried to the scene and in a bid to prevent his friend from further torture, the gang of terror, who reportedly identified him as a friend to a factional member of the NURTW descended on him, leading to his death. A certain member of the gang simply identified as Muda, it was said, alleg-

edly pulled out a short gun and fired at Afeez at close range. He slumped and died on the spot. A community leader in the area, Baba General, who claimed to be friend to Afeez’s elder brother, in a telephone conversation with Saturday Mirror explained that the deceased lost too much blood before he was rushed to the hospital as, according to him, the assailants prevented those who wanted to take him to the hospital from doing so. “Eventually when the situation calmed down a little, Afeez was taken to Oliyide Hospital where doctors on duty confirmed that he was dead on arrival,” Baba General said. Saturday Mirror tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to speak with Afeez’s wife, as she was said to have gone in and out of unconsciousness on hearing of her husband’s death. In his reaction, Sodiq denied involvement in any Easter celebration, saying he was away in the Republic of Benin. He claimed that he was told the assailants belonged to another faction of NURTW led by one Femi as, according to him, he was bent on taking over the control of motor parks in the area, even as a peace parley was still ongoing. He alleged that the said Femi was in the habit of harassing and torturing those considered as his friends. While the newspaper could not reach Femi for comments, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Umar Manko confirmed the incident and assured that efforts were being made to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book. Meanwhile, Afeez remains have been deposited at the Yaba Mortuary.

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Harvest of criminals in Ondo as Police arrest 13 HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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t aptly qualifies as a harvest of criminals when about 13 suspected armed robbers and one kidnapper were arrested recently by men of the Ondo State Police Command. The suspects were reportedly picked up at different locations and time, in the state. While eight of the suspects reportedly belonging to same gang, were rounded up in their hideout, the other five were arrested following a tipoff from members of the public. It was gathered that police detectives of the command, upon receiving the tip-off went after the suspects, tracing them to a single room apartment in the heart of the metropolis where they were arrested. The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke, gave the names of the suspects picked up at the apartment as Bunmi Adewale, Sheriff Olamoyegun, Sunday Tosin and Kabiru Lateef, a.k.a, Oba Aro. Others include Elusakin Samuel, Niyi Adesiyan, Jelili Olamoyegun and Wasiu Olamoyegun. The police boss also gave a

list of items seized from the suspects to include, one cut to size single barrel, one expended cartridge, one UTC axe, one cutlass, hammer, one sword, knife, Army belt and a complete pair of vigilante group of Nigeria uniform. The Ondo police boss also explained that all the accused confessed to belonging to a gang of armed robbers terrorising the people of Ondo town and its environs. CP Eke also claimed that the command arrested two other men, Uche Eze and Nnamdi Emeka, members of a five-man robbery gang, who allegedly invaded a house in Ibitayo Estate, Ondo town and carted away some valuables at gun point. It was gathered that the arrest of the duo led to the recovery of a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number: Lagos KTU 477AH, and belonging to St. Stephen Cathedral Church, Ondo; seven wedding rings, 10 handsets, one Ipad, ATM cards, wrist watches and cash of N103,000. “In a short period, we have made significant impact in crime combat,” CP Eke said. According to him, interrogation of the gang of eight was still ongoing even as efforts continued towards arresting the fleeing

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members of the gang. Similarly, one Sunday David was arrested after he, and two other members of his gang, now at large, allegedly robbed a couple, Iyaniwura and Rotimi Adedayo at gunpoint and shot her husband, Adedayo, on the leg for identifying one of the robbers. Another armed robbery suspect, Ayo Ojo, who speacilises in robbing people along IjuItaogbolu Road in the town, was also arrested. Seized from him were 16 live cartridges; one locally made pistol; charms; N13, 700; knives and one face mask. CP Eke said investigations were still continuing.

docked over alleged Dare-devil robber in generator theft drama 3membership of unlawful society

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dare-devil armed robber, who has been terrorizing residents of Ebute-Metta and Oyingbo in Lagos Mainland Local Government Council, Lagos State, Reuben Obosi, has been arrested by the police. Obosi, 27, a Benue State native, was caught sometime last year and charged to court, but was granted bail after he claimed that he needed money to sort out his lawyers and other sundry issues relating to the court case. However, Obosi reportedly went back to his old ways and was apprehended for the second time on Monday, April 21, 2014 by men of the vigilance group operating along Jones Street, Ebute Metta West. According to report, the serial robber caught with a generating set and some items he allegedly stole in order to raise money to prosecute his court case, is already cooling his heels in detention.

It was gathered that when he was accosted by the vigilance group who sought to know where he got the generating set, he initially claimed that it was his but later recanted. A community leader in the area, who preferred anonymity, told Saturday Mirror that when the group threatened him with arrest, he reportedly confessed to stealing the generating set from Oloto Street, behind Mainland Hotel in the Otto area of the locality. “It was true that I picked up the generator from a house at Oloto Street. But my intention was to sell it and use the proceeds to prosecute my court case. I want to be free so I can go back to my village to start a new life. I am sorry. I cannot go back to where I picked the generator or else they would kill me there,” he reportedly said. Saturday Mirror investigations revealed that the suspect had injured two people in a

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fight at the house where he stole the generating set. It was also gathered that Obosi was taken to Odaliki Police Post under the Iponri Division for questioning and possible second arraignment in court.

hree accused persons were on Friday arraigned before Mrs Margaret Dan-Oni of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged membership of an unlawful society. The accused are: Toheeb Abass, 24; Muraino Rilwan, 18, and Ahmed Salisu, 25. Abass is a tailor; Rilwan, a vulcaniser and Salisu, a bricklayer. They reside at No. 27, Ona Ara St., Abijo, Ajah, Lagos; Abijah Baale St., Ajah, Lagos, and No. 17, Oluwa St., GRA, Abijo, Ajah, Lagos, respectively. They are standing trial on a five-count charge of conspiracy, attempted robbery, under an unlawful oath to commit an offence, unlawful display of arms in public and membership of an unlawful society. The prosecutor, Insp. Edet Okoi, said that the accused and others at large, conspired to commit the offence at 6:00 a.m. on April 5 at Abijo, Ajah, Lagos. He alleged that the accused, be-

ing members of Eyee and Aiye confraternity, unlawfully assembled themselves to commit felony. Okoi said that the accused unlawfully had in their possession a black and white purse containing two axes and a black cap, which they could not give any satisfactory account for. The prosecutor said that the accused and their cohorts had been terrorising the residents of the town with their unlawful assembly. Okoi said that the offence contravened Sections 36(a) (b), 42, 51, 296 and 409, of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them. The Magistrate, Mrs Dan-Oni, granted each of the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum each. Dan-Oni adjourned the case till May 15, for mention. (NAN)


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From the Civil Service Poly Rector lauds lecturers for ending strike

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he Rector of Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Kebbi Kebbi, Birnin State, Mallam Sani Zuru, on Wednesday, lauded the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) for suspending the sevenmonth nationwide strike. The nationwide strike by the Polytechnic teachers began in October 2013. The newly appointed Rector of the Polytechnic commended the institution’s ASUP for shelving the strike in an interview with NAN in Birnin Kebbi. Zuru said the management of the Polytechnic adopted the internal public relations mechanisms to resolve the issues because the students were at the receiving end. He said academic activities would resume on April 28, to enable the academic staff to complete the remaining segments

of the second semester. ``We would ensure that the syllabus is covered before the examinations,” the Rector said. He said academic activities would continue immediately after the second semester examinations, as according to him, the resumption of academic activities was mutually agreed on by the lecturers and the management. Zuru allayed fears that the strike action would resume after the completion of the 2012 and 2013 academic year. He, however, urged the state government to hasten the payment of the N200 million backlogs of tuition and registration fees for indigent students to avoid putting the affected students under undue financial pressure. Meanwhile, normal academic activities have since resumed in the institution following the suspension of the strike.

Ondo State set for Civil Service Games HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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he Local Organising Committee (LOC) inaugurated towards the hosting of the 2014 Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA) by Ondo State has submitted its report and blueprint for the games. Ondo state has been selected to host the 33rd edition of FEPSGA in October while the State Public Service Games will

come up earlier in August ,which will be hosted in Markurdi. Receiving the Committee reports, the Ondo state Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu, commended the committee led by Dele Ologbese for putting in place a blueprint for the game assuring that the state will host one of the best games in recent time Akinkuotu noted that the greatest event that unifies people of different race, religion and ethnic

was sporting events saying “I cannot remember any unifying force in the world now more than sporting events. This year, the state will be put into limelight in the area of sports administration. “With the acceptance of the state government to host the games, we need to plan early, we will use the state civil service games to lay the foundation for the federal games,” Earlier, Ologbese on

behalf of the committee appreciated the Head of Service for the confidence reposed in the committee and said the games will be a success if the committee’s report are implemented. He said the Civil Service games will help to discover new talents which will help to develop the nation sporting sector noting that mental alertness of workers in the state towards the game would be improved

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Retrenched workers protest over unpaid entitlements

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etrenched workers of the Rivers State Oil Palm Plantation Limited (RISONPALM), on Tuesday, marched to the State Government House to register their grievances over the non-payment of salaries and gratuities. Mr Livingstone Wechie, the Publicity Secretary of the Civil Liberty Organisation, (CLO) Rivers Chapter, who led the march, called on the state government to address the plight of the affected workers. Wechie described the state of the retrenched workers as pathetic and needing urgent attention. “Many of the retrenched workers have died waiting for their rights. Government has failed to redeem their pledges to them. They are not asking for a loan, but their rights and entitlements,’’ he said.

According to him, the workers were laid off after the sale of the company to an Indian firm by Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s administration, without settling workers entitlements. Also speaking, the leader of RISONPALM Workers Union, Chief Edwin Woka, said that payment of their salaries was long overdue; pointing out that the protest became necessary in view of the several consultations with different stakeholders regarding the impasse that failed to yield positive results. “Some received peanuts from government as entitlement after the sale of the company, while many have received nothing. While some got N100, 000, others got N115, 000 and the rest got very little compared to the agreed entitlement,’’ Woka claimed. (NAN)

L-R: Senior Special Assistant, Ministry of Justice, Lanre Akinsola; Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Pedro Lawal SAN; Lagos State Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice, Rahman Ade Ipaye and Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Abdulateef Raji, during the 2014 Ministerial press briefing to commemorate the third year, second term in office of the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola SAN, held at Bagauda Kaitho press centre, Alausa, Lagos recently. PHOTO: SAMUEL ADETIMEHIN

New Permanent Secretary assumes duty, assures on staff welfare

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rs. Rabi Jimeta, the new Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, has pledged her commitment towards boosting staff welfare, just as her predecessor, Mr. Taiye Haruna, ex-

pressed appreciation for the understanding and co-operation given him while his tenure lasted. In a statement signed by Mr Ben Goong, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Jimeta

noted that there was no alternative to hardwork and excellence and promised that everyone would be rewarded accordingly. “I promise that whatever is due to staff would be given them so long as we have the capacity,” Jimetta

said. Responding, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, commended the outgoing Permanent Secretary for his dedication and commitment to duty and wished him well in his new posting. (NAN)

Ayeni resumes as new commandant, NSCDC Oyo command

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r Adebayo Ayeni has been redeployed to take over as the new commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Command. The command’s spokesperson, Mr Olu-

wole Olusegun, made the disclosure in a statement he issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan, Oyo State. He said that Ayeni, who until the redeployment was Imo commandant of the NSCDC, took over from Mr Shem Obafaiye, who was transferred

to head the NSCDC, Zone B, Kaduna State. “The redeployment is part of efforts to strengthen the security in the country. The new commandant has served at various commands across the country, such as, Ekiti, Ondo, Kogi, Benue, Bauchi, Taraba,

National Headquarters and recently, Zone E command, Imo State,” he said. Ayeni urged officers of the command and the public to support the NSCDC in its fight against criminals and acts of criminality in the state. (NAN)


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Imo declares May 6 Freedom Day CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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he Imo State Government has declared Tuesday, May 6, 2014, as Freedom Day in the state.

The day is meant to commemorate the historic May 6, 2011 supplementary election that ushered in the Owelle Rochas Okorocha administration. Special Adviser to the

governor on Culture, Mr. Paddy Obinna, said that the declaration, which is a major highlight of the 2014 Carnival taking place in the state, was to enable indigenes of the

state to celebrate democracy. Obinna, who is the chairman of the carnival organising committee, said that over 16 states, including delegates from both

L-R: National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr. Nnenna Ezeigwe; Managing Director, Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Rahul Murgai; Abia State Governor Theodore Orji; Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu and Abia State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Okechukwu Ogah, at the ministerial press briefing in commemoration of the 2014 World Malaria Day in Umahia, Abia State, yesterday.

Enugu govt denies revoking NEMA’s land DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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he Enugu State government has denied the allegation that it revoked a parcel of land allocated to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in the state capital. The state Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam, who spoke with Saturday Mirror, yesterday, said it was not true that his ministry allocated the plot of land to two entities as claimed by

the South east office of NEMA in Enugu. Ujam explained that a certain St. Joseph’s Institute, to whom the land had been allocated in 2003, suddenly trespassed on the land and began to develop the parcel of land. He also claimed that his ministry had log ordered the said Institute to stop work on the land. The commissioner accepted that there was revalidation of land which gave St. Joseph the impetus for encroachment but noted that whatever St. Joesph’s is doing in the plot is an illegal struc-

ture bound to be demolished. Ujam, who also produced the Certificate of Occupancy of the land issued in the name of NEMA, also wondered why the agency has not commenced construction works on the site. In the words of the commissioner, “The fact is that St. Joseph’s Institute was given an allocation by the past the administration dated 4th May 1999 at Independence layout labeled M23K and N23K and received allocation paper. “Subsequently, the then Governor Chima-

roke Nnamani in 2003 directed for cancellation and revocation of the land because he did not want such an organization to stay there. Under this administration, an allocation was made to NEMA and a C of O issued to then in March 2008 over the same plot of land. Note that St. Joseph’s institute never had a C of O. So NEMA got a C of O as genuine owners. “They’ve written me and I said a federal government body takes precedence over any private institution because we view federal government bodies as interest of the public.

‘Staff verification’ll expose Imo ghost workers’

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he Imo State government on Friday threatened to consider as ghost workers local government employees who failed to provide their credentials at the ongoing staff verification exercise. Chairman of the state’s Local Government Service Commission, Dr

Mathew Nwogu, made the threat in an interview with the News Agency NAN in Owerri. He said the essence of the exercise was to fish out ghost workers and those due for retirement but still in the service. He said the state government would give those who failed to show up at

the commencement of the exercise an opportunity to tender their credentials. According to him,``There are some people who failed to tender their credentials when we started. The state government has resolved to give such people another chance.

``Any worker who fails to utilise the second chance may have himself to blame,” he said. Nwogu said the exercise would enhance productivity, adding: ``This exercise will reawaken workers as it will help us place qualified persons in their rightful place and sack those without certificates.’’

South Africa and Brazil, are expected to grace the event which had been packaged to bring out the best in the people, enhance the economy and potentials of the state and its people for overall human development. According to the special adviser, “We want to showcase the human resource development of our people from 6th to 13th of May, this year which would feature carnival parade, dance, fun, laughter in all the major roads and streets in Owerri as well as exhibit the dressing culture of our people and carnival is a free flow of monumental gyration.” Obinna also said that the one week event would feature seminars with emphasis on the promotion of Igbo language and rich cultural heritage, 1000 lo-

cal government bands, free education bands, varsity bands with the title of “Igbo Ebilie” to be conferred on Governor Rochas Okorocha by the people of the South East. The special adviser, who said that the carnival was self-sponsored, assured that maximum security had been put in place to ensure the success of the programme. Also speaking, Secretary of the Committee, Miss Nkiruka Sylvanus, disclosed that the event would attract Who is Who in Nollywood. She maintained that the event would also feature musical performance super splash, contemporary music upcoming stars, Umu Ada and Umu Opara Imo parade, Igbo poetry/folk night/ Igbo talk show and night of laughter/comedies among others.

Anambra govt to distribute 3m mosquito nets

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nambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Josephat Akabuike, yesterday said that the state government would soon distribute three million long lasting insecticide treated nets to tackle malaria. Akabuike disclosed this to journalists in Awka, the state capital, as part of the 2014 World Malaria Day. He maintained that that the nets had life span of three to four years with the nets distributed in 2009 expired. The commissioner said the state government had since 2009 distributed more than two million nets to families to reduce infant and maternal mortality. According to Akabuike, the prevalence of malaria has dropped in the state. The commissioner said the state ministry of health in partnership with the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Health under the Roll Back Malaria programme had not relented in the fight against malaria.

Akabuike said that other measures taken to fight malaria included awareness creation on the use of Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs) for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria. Said he, ``The government has been able to distribution more than one million ACTs and 797,512 Sulfadoxine/Pyrimathamine (SPs). ``We also engaged in indoor residual spraying and support in the reduction of mosquito breeding in the 526 public health facilities in the state,’’ the commissioner said. He said the government had also deployed and distributed 209,164 rapid diagnostic test kits in the public health facilities. This was to enhance prompt diagnosis, training of community-oriented resource persons and patent medicine vendors for the distribution of ACTs, he said. The commissioner said the government had also use intermittent preventive therapy in the prevention of malaria in pregnant women. (NAN)


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C’River govt may drag Chinese national to Court over graft

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he Cross Rivers State police command may soon begin manhunt for a Chinese national, Mr. Xiao Bo, for allegedly defrauding the state government of huge amount of money. The money was said to be revenue that ought to accrue to road infrastructure maintenance in the state. The said Mr. Bo, an

agent of a quarry company based in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state, was said to have vanished into thin air after allegedly diverting huge amount of money that he ought to have been remitted by the company, Messrs Brothers Quarry, into the government treasury as Road maintenance levy. He was alleged to have

diverted over N3.8 million into his private account, rather than pay the money into the government account in the same bank. Based on the alleged fraudulent activities of the Chinese, Acting Chairman, Cross River State Internal Revenue Service, Dr. Peter Oti said his office had lodge a formal complaint at the Zone ‘6’ command of the Nige-

ria Police. But he hinted that the company, Messrs Brothers Company, had surreptitiously paid back the diverted funds by Mr. Bo. He is however requesting the company to release Mr. Bo to the police to answer to the allegations of fraud/ diversion of government funds levied against him. But in a telephone discussion, Managing Direc-

tor of Brothers Quarry, who gave his name simply as Mr. Young, and spoke passable English, denied the allegation, explaining that his company had paid up and that Bo was back in China. When contacted, the Zone ‘6’ Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tasiu Ibrahim, said the matter was still being investigated.

Meanwhile, Oti has confirmed that four of his Revenue Enforcement officers are currently standing trial for diverting government money. Although he neither gave their names nor how much was involved, Oti said their trial shows that government was strengthening leakages that had hitherto existed in the system.

Group hails FG’s agric sector transformation RICHARD NDOMA CALABAR

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group, under the umbrella of South-South Apex Farmers Association of Nigeria (SSAFA), has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the high premium his administration placed on the agricultural sector of the nation’s

economy. The group claimed that the move has ensure food security, job and wealth creation for the army of unemployed youths in the country. Speaking in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while inaugurating the association’s state and local government executives, President of SSAFA, Pastor Emmanu-

el Essien, said the Federal Government has tried by ensuring that there was food security for the nation, which, in turn, would fight hunger and starvation. Essien explained that the South-South association was established to encourage farmers in the region to take to agriculture, utilise the transforma-

tion of the agricultural sector by President Jonathan to create jobs and wealth and ensure food security. According to him, the association would focus on value chains where the zone has comparative advantage, develop strategic partnerships to stimulate a market-led agricultural reformation. Said he, “The common

reference to Cross River State farming as a tradition and culture prevalent with poverty and insufficiency must be removed from that dictionary of impossibility. There must be a turning point from now onward. “Capital needed by rural farmers have mitigated against development and sustenance of farming thereby creating un-

employment and underemployment in Cross River State but the role of SSAFA in this regard, will make inadequate capital funding a thing of the past because all grades of farmers will jointly raise funds to establish micro-finance banks that will serve them prudently at the local/ rural environments”, Essien said.

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L-R: Secretary, Delta State Pensions Board, Mr. Chucks Aguonye; Chairman, Local Government Pensions Board, Mrs. Christiana Siakpere; Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan; Chairman, Delta State Pensions Board, Mrs. Patience Ikomi and Secretary, Local Government Pensions Board, Mr. Patrick Okoh, after the inauguration of Chairmen and Secretaries of the two boards in Asaba on Thursday.

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he Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-South region, has expressed satisfaction with the vision and achievements of the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. The Christian body also commended Governor Amaechi for his leadership vision, saying that his accomplishments have

far exceeded those by his predecessors. CAN Secretary General, Rev. (Dr) Felix Ekiye, who led the delegation on behalf of CAN Chairman in the South-South zone, Archbishop Goddowell Avwomakpa, spoke during a courtesy call on the Rivers State Governor in Port Harcourt. He said they were in Government House to also introduce to the governor newly inaugurated officials of the South-South,

Christian Association of Nigeria. In the words of Rev, Ekiye, “We want to thank God for your life and the people of the state in implementing your vision by putting smiles on the people of Rivers State, not only people of Rivers State because today we saw non-indigenes who were also happy and smiling because of your government and leadership,” he said. He also commended the

governor for his peaceful disposition and for supporting religious organisations and activities in the state. The CAN SecretaryGeneral said they were also pleased with the governor for appointing two of their members as Special Assistants including Dr Minaebi Dagogo-Jack from Rivers State as the Governor’s Special Assistant on Empowerment and reaffirmed their commitment to his administration.

s the fight against malaria scourge intensifies , the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged governments and other faith-based organisations to support communitybased efforts and mobilise the financial and human resources needed to make quality medicines and commodities accessible and affordable to the people. Regional Director of WHO, Dr. Luis G. Sambo, dropped the charged yesterday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while speaking at the 2014 World Malaria day. He noted that the African region has continued to bear the brunt of global burden of malaria hence the need for governments and private organisations to step up the fight against the scourge of malaria. Sambo maintained that in the last two years, 90 percent of the estimated 627,000 global malaria deaths occurred in Africa. This, he said, calls for concerted efforts from everyone towards stem-

ming the tide of malaria. Sambo, who was represented by the Cross River State Coordinator of WHO, Dr. Sylvester Malami, noted that in many African countries, ministries of health, civil society organisations and other stakeholders are bringing malaria prevention and treatment services closer to the doorsteps of the people hence the need for communities and individuals to take full advantage of the opportunity. His words, “Communities and individuals need to take full advantage of this positive development by reporting malaria symptoms early enough to health facilities to facilitate timely diagnosis using rapid diagnostic tests and the provision of appropriate treatment using safe and effective medicines” The WHO helmsman charged communities and individuals to use long lasting insecticides, treated nets and also advised pregnant women and children to take the necessary prophylaxis against malaria.


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A tribute to the Lord Jesus Christ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 56 There is nothing left in history to show beyond any shadow of doubt that indeed a Messiah was born, and that an unusual king of glory’s coming was planned and prepared for by the Creator. The second event is that Jesus would be sold for thirty pieces of silver. This was predicted in the book of Zachariah. This book was written before the birth of Jesus. What is astonishing about it is the accuracy and specificity of the precise amount Jesus would be sold for even before he was born. Thirty pieces of silver! Zachariah 11 (12) And I said to them, if ye think good give us the price: and if not forebear. So they waited for the price, thirty pieces of silver. The prediction about the selling of Jesus in Zachariah was confirmed so in the book of Matthew. Matthew 26 (15) And Judas Iscariot said unto them what will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? Thirty pieces of silver. What is it that can leave anyone in doubt about a clear prediction made 500 years in advance stating the exact amount of silver that a betrayer would be given in exchange for his friend. The third event that Jesus would be silenced before his accusers was predicted in the book of Isaiah. It was prophesied that the Messiah will be prosecuted, persecuted and afflicted but opened not his mouth. Isaiah50 (7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth Most people would have doubts about this prediction, because it is unlikely that an accused person accused of a crime he did not commit will not open up his defense before a presiding judge. When he was given an opportunity to defend himself before judgment he remained absolutely silent. The prediction came to pass and it was confirmed in Matthew 27 (12-14) And he was accused by the chief priest and elders he answered nothing, then said Pilate unto him, heardest thou not how many things they witness against thee, and he answered him to never a word so much that the governor marveled . (The remaining fourteen major events predicted about Jesus will be discussed in my next major tribute to be published later) The assignment to which Jesus came to establish himself on this earth is simply the taking away of our sins, that we may have everlasting life. In doing so, Jesus spoke about his Father and other issues including the wages of sin, the need for righteousness, the joy of forgiveness of one another and the remembrance of constant prayer. The observance of these and many more admonitions in addition to those laws of Moses are key to eternal life. Jesus took time to establish that this present life is not as significant as the one in Heaven and it is his prayer that after this forgiveness that he has brought, no one will miss Heaven. He reminded everyone about the judgment day and before he paid

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the supreme price of death he anointed the disciples to continue with the charge and proclaim the fact of his coming back. The hope of Jesus is to see every child of God on the right side on the Day of Judgment. He gave his life in the hope that we all follow his teachings so that we may not miss each other in Heaven. That Jesus gave his life is understandable. What is in all of these may not even be the price that Jesus paid, but the fact that even after the death of Jesus; he made so much impact to maintain a total level of loyalty among his Apostles. When they were confronted to deny his teaching several years after his death, they refused to deny Jesus! They again paid the supreme price of agonizing death! How will one explain that Peter, after he was tormented by his tormentors to deny Jesus and his teachings or face death, opted to die? In his last word, he said to his tormentors, “I felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died?” Professor John Schmacher researched the lives and times of the Apostles and recounted the history of their martyrdom, in a detailed work referenced by my father in the Lord, Professor Grant Jeffrey, and in addition to my complete work in this area reference from my book in print titled The Apostles in Loyalty: An Empirical Evidence of Jesus Commanding Capacity After Death. There appears nothing left to add about the extreme loyalty of the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many of those Apostles wrote most, if not all, of the New Testament. They were confronted with death or life if they denied our Lord Jesus Christ. They opted to die like their master. Below is a summary of how they all ended. Mark. He wrote the New Testament book of Mark. He died in Alexander in Egypt, when he refused to deny Jesus and he was dragged by horses through the streets. He was only released after he was confirmed dead by his enemies! Peter. He wrote both First and Second Peter in the New Testament. He was crucified upside down on an X- shaped cross. In his last words, he told his tormentors “I felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died”. Barnabas. He wrote the epistle of Barnabas. He preached throughout Italy and Cyprus. Barnabas was stoned to death at Salonica. Andrew. The brother of Peter was crucified on an X-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After several soldiers whipped him, they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. According to his followers,

when he was led to the cross, Andrew said “I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been concentrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.” He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he died. James the just, was the leader of the church of Jerusalem. He was thrown from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple - a drop exceeding one hundred feet - after he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he had survived the fall, his enemies beat him to death with a fullers club. This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation. James the Greater, a son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to lifetime ministry. As a strong leader of the Church, James was beheaded in Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched him in amazement as the apostle defended his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at the trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to be beheaded as a Christian. The Apostle Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish a church. Matthias, the Apostle chosen to replace the traitor, Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Jesus Christ. Bartholomew, also called Nathaniel, preached about the life, times and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia, where he was flayed to death with whip. Matthew. He wrote the book of Matthew in the New Testament, suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia and was killed with a sword. Luke. He wrote the book according to Luke in the New Testament. He was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost. Apostle Paul. He wrote so many books in the New Testament, he was tortured and then beheaded by Emperor Nero in AD 67. Paul was in long term imprisonment, which allowed him to write epistles to the church. These letters, which teach many foundations of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament. In all, only Apostle John survived the persecution of the Disciples of Christ. The survival of John was miraculous as he was first placed in a huge basin of boiling oil in the wave of the persecution in Rome. John

was later sentenced to the Mines on the prison island of Patmos, where he wrote the prophetic book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. He became the Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey where he later died of old age. Jesus came to deliver the message of life after death, he paid the ultimate price of doing so, which is agonising Death! Those that worked with him continued the same message, they refused to deny him. They also paid the same price of agonising death for doing do so. The interesting thing is in the fact that the message is still here with us and never departed. The only thing for us is to follow the message. Those who follow never deny and are happy to pay the price of doing so. It is left for us to conclude that the earth is nothing before Heaven, and the ultimate is to end in Heaven. Heaven is so real! Otherwise the Apostles would have opted for the earth while denying their master. The joy today is that we never miss the message of Jesus about the glory of eternal life and joy everlasting. The Prophesy of the birth, life, time and resurrection of Christ have all come to pass from empirical evidence. It appears the only one left of the Prophesy is the second coming of Jesus. The Bible is clear about this, that the time and day no one shall know, not even the angels in heaven. Since all the prophesies have come to pass, the last one about the second coming of Jesus is too sure to come to pass as well. If the price to pay in receiving him is death, there are precedents. It will be glorious to die for him. What is more important than the everlasting attraction of the Glory in life after death? Now you are to enjoy the earth without paying the price of death, since Jesus and his apostles had died for our sins. What then could hold you back in receiving him? What a glorious day when he returns. What a conclusion of the entire Prophesy. What a time to spend in Heaven where there is no sin. The very first time we truly enjoy ourselves with the Creator and his son. A permanent memory we all keep. I only hope you will be there. I pray we do not miss each other in our permanent glorious home. I will certainly look out for you. I must thank Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who has been writing this column in the last three and a half years, for a job well done. I hope to do a tribute to his work in the weeks to come. In the meantime, Baba is enjoying Abeokuta –Jimoh Ibrahim


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veryone must have said THANK YOU JESUS more times than they can remember, more importantly at this period of the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, either for what he has done, what he is doing or what he will do. If we all know how it all started, we shall definitely have more reason to say THANK YOU JESUS. I took time to study God in greater detail some few years ago. Before then, I only gave thanks to the “unknown”, more so in the village, when we were asked to say Amen to the one we did not know. Sometimes, we were even asked to say THANK YOU by commandment or military fiat. For me personally, the situation was so terrible when we spent time with my grandfather (my mum’s father, Pa Olatuja of blessed memory). He usually used his bell to wake us up by 5am in the morning for prayers. We all proceeded to say Amen. To whom the prayer was said, we did not know and who accepted our Amen, we also did not know. The situation in the village was so horrible, such that when we went to the primary school in the morning, the first assignment in the assembly was to say the Lord’s Prayer. Many of us cannot recite the Lord’s Prayer correctly even today. (Pause a while and recite the Lord’s Prayer ………) now score yourself. The Lord’s Prayer Our father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen There is nothing as interesting as the

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birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. What makes it uniquely interesting is the fact that his birth and coming was predicted at least 1,500 years before the event. It was in Genesis, the very beginning of the Bible, that Moses predicted the coming of Jesus and from which tribe Jesus will come. The prediction about the coming of Jesus by Moses was confirmed 1,500 years later, in the New Testament, in the book of Matthew. This is so, because the Old Testament was written 1,500 years before the books of the New Testament. Moses specifically predicted the birth of Jesus in the book of Genesis 49 (10) The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until silo come: and unto him shall the gathering of people be. This prediction about the coming of

Jesus was clear and precise with definite expectations that: “Unto him (Jesus) shall the gathering of people be”. Till today the gathering of people is about Jesus; until he comes again we shall continue to gather in his name. This prediction was also precise, that Jesus will come from the tribe of Judah. In the Old Testament book of Micah, the Apostle was even more specific about the birth of Jesus. Micah 5 (2) But thou, Bethlehem Ephrata though thou be little among thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose going forth have been from old to everlasting Those predictions about the coming of Jesus in Genesis and Micah in the Old Testament were confirmed in the book of New

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igeria’s Senior Women’s Team, the Super Falcons, formally begins a new life under Coach Edwin Okon with an international friendly against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon at the National Stadium, Abuja on April 29, starting from 4pm. Cameroon’s contingent of 18 players and 14 officials will arrive in Lagos today aboard an Arik Air flight from Douala, and fly to Abuja tomorrow morning. The friendly international pits two of the leading women football teams in the continent against each other, as both

nations look ahead to the final round of qualification series for the 2014 African Women Championship (AWC). The Falcons have a date against SheAmavubi of Rwanda, with the first leg away in Kigali on May 24, and Tuesday’s clash is expected to provide the six-time African champions a good idea of what to expect in East Africa. Since the AWC was launched in 1998, the Falcons have only failed to lift the trophy in the two editions hosted by Equatorial Guinea, in 2008 and 2012. NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has charged the girls to not only ensure qualification for Namibia 2014, but to go and reclaim the title.

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Testament specifically, in Matthew 2 (1). Now, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judah in the day of Herod the king. Behold, there came wise men from the east of Jerusalem The Saviour did not just come; his birth was predicted from the very beginning of creation by almighty God, the owner of the universe. In Bethlehem where he was born to the tribe of Judah as predicted by Moses, there were more than two thousand villages and towns. Today there is no guessing the fact that the Saviour was predicted to be born in Bethlehem and that he would come from the tribe of Judah. Indeed as foretold, he was born there. Indeed, the seventeen major events that happened to Jesus were much predicted before they occurred, at least 1,500 years before his birth as evidenced in the Old Testament and thereafter confirmed in the New Testament. For the avoidance of doubt, we shall look into three more of such events, on this occasion. First, the event that Jesus will be betrayed by his friend: This event was predicted by David in the book of Psalms long before Jesus was born. Psalm 41 (9) Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me This prediction of David made before Jesus was born came to pass as was confirmed in the book of (New Testament) Matthew 26 (47-48) And while he (Jesus) yet spike, lo, Judas one of the twelve came and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priest and elders of the people. Now he betrayed him, gives a sign, saying whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he, hold him fast.

Today’s Matches Southampton v Everton 12:45 Fulham v Hull City 15:00 Stoke City v Tottenham 15:00 Swansea v Aston Villa15:00 West Brom v West Ham 15:00 Man United v Norwich 17:30

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Sunderland v Cardiff City 12:00 Liverpool v Chelsea 14:05 Crystal Palace v Man City 16:10

Monday, April 28, 2014 Super Falcons coach, Edwin Okon

Arsenal v Newcastle 20:00

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