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Defector govs, lawmakers must lose seats –Confab committee WOLE OLADIMEJI AND OMEZA AJAYI

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he Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters in the National Conference yesterday recommended that all elected and appointed office holders who defected from their political parties would henceforth lose their offices or seats. It said that such actions overheat the system and should be discouraged.

The committee also recommended independent candidacy and unbundling of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, so that a different body can solely be responsible for registration and regulation of political parties. Co-chaired by two former Senate Presidents, Ken Nnamani and Iyorchia Ayu, the committee recommended that the Federal Government should be constitutionally stripped of its role in giving subventions to political parties.

A delegate representing Ondo State, Mr. Remi Olatubora, who spoke on behalf of the committee, disclosed this yesterday after the sitting. Olatubora stated that it would no longer be business as usual for elected and appointed office holders who readily abandon their political parties, by joining others, adding that the committee discovered that some politicians were feigning what he called ‘phantom factions’ in their parties to seek greener pastures in others.

He said: “We have recommended that if you cross carpet, you lose your seat. So when you are appointed or elected on the platform of a political party and then you cross over to another party, you lose your seat. “It is no longer going to be excused that there is a faction because we believe that some people and individuals will deliberately create some phantom factions in their political parties to ensure that they create some false pretence or excuse of defecting to another politi-

L-R: Representative of the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Nasir Anas; Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Usman Jibrin, during the Inauguration of NNS Dorina in Lagos, yesterday.

cal party where they think that they scavenge around for greener pastures. “And then, we have also extended it to other political offices even to the position of governors, chairmen of local government councils and councilors. “This is because the law, as it is now, is restricted to only members of the National Assembly, members of the House of Assembly but you have seen that in recent past, there are governors that crossed from their parties to other parties and we see that this is a serious indiscipline in the system. “If you go to the parliament or if you are elected as governor and if you jump ship along the way, you will lose your seat, you will lose your office. “We are not banning cross carpeting but you cross with the benefit and the burden. The burden being that you lose your political office or seat if you are in the parliament or your office if you are governor. “The benefit is whatever is the purpose or the reason you are jumping to another party. So in essence, you stand to automatically lose your seat if you cross carpet. “It is morally reprehensible for you to contest on

the platform of party ‘A’ for a mandate that will last for four years and just somewhere along the line, you abandon that particular political party that sponsored you and you run to another political party.” He said the country’s freedom of association provision as enshrined in the existing constitution should not be misconstrued, saying no right was absolute. “No right is absolute, even the right to life is not absolute sometimes in our constitution because your right to life is limited by certain circumstance. “For instance, if you commit, God forbid, murder and you are found guilty of having committed murder, the law of the land is that you should be hanged until you become dead. That is the limitation. “We are all of the view that one other means through which we can strengthen internal democracy in political parties is to make provision available for independent candidates. “Individuals who want to contest elections and who are popular, and who are schemed out of the political processes in their political parties should be able to go out as independent candiCONTINUED ON PAGE 5>>

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Murtala Nyako The NSC also warned all political office holders to watch their utterances. Briefing State House correspondents after the seven-hour meeting, Abia State Governor Theodore Orji disclosed that Nyako’s genocide memo was unanimously condemned at the meeting. Orji said: “All officers and people in positions of authority were advised to be cautious of what they say. That what they say should enliven every person and make us to know that this country belongs to all of us and not something that will demoralise us, not something that will excite or incite people to go the negative way.” He also said that the meeting stressed that the violent activities of Boko Haram in the country should not be misrepresented as a religious war, stressing that

Muslims and Christians were being killed in terrorists’ attack. Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu said that Nyako, who was present at the meeting, was made to read his memo which was extensively discussed. Aliyu said: “I am sure many of you must be curious about the letter or memo written by one of us. We looked at it all, in fact, he (Nyako) was allowed to read to all of us, we discussed and we concluded that for many of us, we need to be very careful the kind of statements we make, we need to be very careful that whatever we say must be either evidence based or something that can be authenticated, otherwise there is no need to give our terrorists the opportunity of thinking that they are succeeding. “The terrorist, all he wants is for him to find out that whatever he does is

carried out in such a way that people will think he has made some impact.” Aliyu also disclosed that the meeting agreed that there must be massive public security awareness, saying that many Nigerians had taken the issue for granted. “If you notice, many Nigerians have taken many things for granted for a long time and many people do not think they are part and parcel and that we must leave security issues to security agencies but that all of us, whether in the village or in the city, should know that we must become very security conscious even in our activities or our actions.” On the crisis between Fulani herdsman and farmers, Aliyu said that the meeting agreed that the final objective would be to relocate the cattle rearers. He, however, stated that the short term solution

would be to ensure that all the grazing routes and areas that had not been gazetted be properly gazetted for peace to reign. The governor added that the meeting also cautioned religious leaders on messages they preach to their followers that could jeopardise the security of the country. The Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau, said that the meeting resolved that the federal, states and local governments should work together to overcome the security challenge in the country. He added that the meeting emphasised that security was everybody’s business and not that of the government alone. According to him, the meeting discussed the overall security of the country, including the security situation in the North-East, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other criminal activi-

ties in the country. “Security is everybody’s responsibility, it is not only the responsibility of the government, it is also the responsibility of the citizens of the country. Every individual should be security conscious and report anything suspicious to the authorities immediately,” Gusau said. Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi said that the meeting also stressed the need to ensure that the issue of security was placed above partisan politics. He said the meeting harped on data sharing among security agencies, adding that the issue of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adawawa states was not discussed at the meeting. The meeting which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, service chiefs, governors and heads of

government agencies. Vice-President Namadi Sambo, President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III were also present. Governors present include Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdulazeez Yari ((Zamfara), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Tanko AlMakura (Nasarawa) and Martin Elechi (Ebonyi). Others are Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), CONTINUED ON PAGE 5>>


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L-R: Representative of the Vice-President, Dr. Musa Babayo; Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole and South-West Coordinator, Tertiary Educational Trust Fund, Mrs. Anna Kolawole, during a fund raising for Adegoke Olubummo International Mathematical Centre in Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday. L-R: Managing Director, Diamond Bank Plc, Dr. Alex Otti; Chairman, Igwe Alfred Achebe and Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Mrs. Nkechi Nwosu, during the 23rd Annual General Meeting of the bank in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: YINKA ADEPARUSI

L-R: Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Andrew Yakubu; Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School and Executive Director, Business Development, NNPC, Hajia Aisha Abdulrahaman, during the opening of the combined graduation ceremony of batches 073 to 079 programme of the NNPC Chief Officers Management Development Programme in Abuja, yesterday.

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun (left) presenting the Overall Best Tax Payers Award to Nestle Nigeria Plc representative, Dr. Samuel Adenekan, during the appreciation programme for tax payers tagged, ‘’A Day with the Governor’’, in Abeokuta, yesterday.

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FG moves to firm up airport security OMEIZA AJAYI ABUJA

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he Federal Government yesterday announced plans to tighten security at all the country’s airports, vowing to bar all those without legitimate businesses

from accessing the facilities. While it said the decision was taken to forestall any breach of security at the airports, the government also added that it will not hesitate to close any of its borders if it is genuinely established

that some neighbouring countries are uncooperative with the ongoing fight against terrorism. Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, stated this, when he received members of the Presidential Committee on the Review of Security

and Screening Architecture in all International Airports in Nigeria. Headed by the Special Adviser to the President on Programme Monitoring and Evaluation, Prof. Sylvester Monye, the committee was recently set up by President Good-

luck Jonathan with a mandate to secure the nation’s airports. The minister, who said the committee is expected to begin its work by May 1, also announced that it will ensure that a holistic reform is effected at various airports

while thugs and other abnormalities will be kept at bay. On the growing wave of trans-border banditry, Moro said; “Closing the border is an option; an option that we will take when it becomes obviously compelling.”

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he present epileptic power supply is mostly due to sabotage, the National Publicity Secretary of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Mr. Seyi Gambo said yesterday. Sambo, in an interview in Lagos said that the Federal Government must act fast to stop it. Gambo said that there was need for the Federal Government to do more in the protection of gas pipelines to improve power supply in the country. He blamed sabotage for the worsening electricity supply across the country. According to him, host communities and security agencies saddled to protect

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the gas pipeline network must play an objective role in fishing out the vandals. “We have lost some quantum of energy to pipeline vandalism which had resulted to a drop of about 4,000 megawatts of power supply. “The consequence is that electricity consumers pay more out of their meagre salaries to power generating sets. “Many companies, which can no longer cope with such drain on capital, have relocated from Nigeria. These companies ought to provide jobs for our youths,” he said. Gambo advised government to exploit other means of alternative energy to boost power supply.

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he Lagos State government has shut an illegal orphanage and rescued 19 children at Ikotun area of the state. Officials of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, guarded by policemen stormed Bethlehem Charity and Orphanage Centre, located at Number 9, Andre Close, Abaranje, Ikotun yesterday and immediately shutdown the Home and took away the 19 children. The orphanage is operated by Mrs. Taiwo Olowoyeye and has been

in operation since 2003 without being registered with the state government. The children’s age ranged between two months and 15 years. The children were reportedly not going to school, but were being taught at the centre. However, Olowoyeye said the orphanage was duly registered with the government, but she did not have a certificate to that effect. However, she insisted that she was not doing an illegal business. According to her, she had never given out any of the children at the orphanage for adoption,

saying that she normally give them the needed education. Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth and Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru said the orphanage was never registered. She said that there was no way the government would have shut the orphanage if it had been registered. “She has a probation registration from the state government to operate a charity home in 2003 and that probation has elapsed. She was given a license to operate an orphanage. “She sought for registration last year and our

men visited the place and she was given three months to put things in place or face sanction. “When she has operated an orphanage for about 10 years, we gave her condition to register. She was given every opportunity to meet up and she did not. We wrote to her and she did not meet up,” she said. According to Badru, government did not want cases of baby factories in Lagos like in some states, which was why government had been so critical in ensuring that all orphanages operating in the state were duly registered.


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no adverse effect on the safety of participants in the forum. The President welcomed the confirmation by China that its delegation to the forum would be led by Premier Li Keqiang. The summit will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s current growth trajectory and create jobs. Jonathan said, “I am quite pleased that the Premier of the People’s Republic of China has confirmed that he is coming. We will be addressing the World Economic Forum on Africa together. We will also sit down together to discuss shared national interests. “We will give all par-

ticipants a good reception in Abuja. We have faced challenges in the area of security, but we will overcome the situation so that our economy can move forward faster. Participants will not have a problem with security during the summit,” Jonathan told the Chinese ambassador. The ambassador also assured the President of China’s confidence in Nigeria’s security measures and the country’s ability to host the World Economic Forum on Africa successfully. “From our assessment, we are confident that all is under control and we have relayed that to our people,” Gu Xiaojie said. He commended Nigeria’s re-basing of its Gross Domestic Product, GDP, and the country’s emergence as the number one economy in Africa, noting that it

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dates and contest elections. “We are also looking at the situation where people who are not comfortable with the shenanigans of political parties can, as responsible members of the society, as responsible members of their states and local governments, can come back and contest for elective positions.” He said the committee also recommended that the Federal Government be made to stop giving subventions to political parties. “We have now recommended that political parties should now be sponsored by their members. We have recommended that the Federal Government should no longer send subventions to political parties. Let us go back to the olden days, let us go back to the practice in Europe and America where members of political party will statutorily prescribe dues, whether annually, biannually or monthly, with which the party will be run. “And then, we have recommended the placement of ceiling on how much a particular individual can use to sponsor a political party so that some big men will not hijack the political process. “This will depend on the regulation and constitution of the party. You could recommend that every member of the party is required to pay N500 every quarter or every year and you put a ceiling on the amount of

bassador of Thailand, Mr. Chailert Limsoboom. The President urged the three new envoys to fur-

ther expand areas of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and their respective countries.

L-R: Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri; President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; National Security Adviser, Alhaji Sambo Dasuki and Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako, during the emergency National Security Council meeting in Abuja, yesterday.

Defector govs, lawmakers must lose seats–Confab committee the money that the big man around there can put in the party so that a billionaire will not just come around and then put N2bn or even N20bn in the coffers of a political party and then begin to suggest who will go to the House of Assembly in Taraba State and Ondo State and who will go for the House of Representatives seats available in Lagos and Enugu States.” He also disclosed that the committee recommended the retention of a multi-party system in the country. Olatubora said: “We are also of the view that the party system should remain multiparty system. We juggled with the idea of two, one-party system, two-party system, three-party system but we came to the conclusion that we should create access to democratic practice in Nigeria, greater access. “Let there be no restriction, else, three or four individuals can pack themselves together. Let us liberalise the process of running of political parties. We are even advocating that a political party can just be based on local issues. If it is going to be possible for me to just register a political party and base my political party on issues that affect my people in Akure, so be it. “In the First Republic or so, the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, was limited to Kano and their approach was the poor masses of the people in Kano and then

the letters of credence of the new Malaysian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Lim Juay and the new Am-

they were winning elections and delivering the democratic dividends. The UPN was largely a Yoruba party and the people in the then Mid Western Nigeria while NPC was more or less a northern conservative political party. “Let us allow this freedom. In the process, all these parties can also form alliances for the purposes of winning national positions like the Presidency. Let us use this multi-party platform to gravitate towards a workable political party system that will satisfy the yearnings of our people. “In England, there are more than two political parties, in the United States of America, there are more than two political parties but some people who are not aware that they have other political parties, think they have just two, that is not correct. They have multiparty system but in the US, only the Democrat and the Republican parties are the most popular just as the Labour and the Conservative are popular and well known to people all over the world. “They have other small parties that are based on local issues and circumstances and geographically limited to certain areas and they are winning parliamentary seats. That is exactly what we are proposing here, a multi-party system that will create access to people.”

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Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Idris Wada (Kogi) and Acting Governor of Taraba State, Umar Garba. The governors of Oyo, Imo, Jigawa, Rivers, Ogun, Kano, Yobe, Edo and Plateau states were represented by their deputies. Also in attendance were National Security Adviser, NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd); the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed

Abubakar and DirectorGeneral of State Security Service, SSS, Ita Ekpeyong Also at the meeting were Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim and Chief of Staff to the President, Jones Arogbofa. Ministers present include Gen. Aliyu Gusau (Defence), Bala Mohammed (FCT), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (Agriculture), Abdul Jelil Adesiyan (Police Affairs), Abba Moro (Interior),

Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri. Heads of government agencies present were Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Paradang; Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC, Osita Chidoka and Commandant-General of National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSDC, Olu Abolurin.

FG rakes in N23bn monthly from power sector CHIDI UGWU ABUJA

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acts emerged yesterday that Nigeria rakes in about N23bn as revenue every month from the power sector. The country’s power generation as at Wednesday stood at about 3,800mw, according to information from the Federal Ministry of Power. The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power, PTFP, Mr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, said the amount generated from the sector monthly would have been enough to settle the claims of labour unions within 15 months after privatisation. He spoke at a roundtable meeting for chief executives organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board in Abuja. Dagogo-Jack stated the

total revenue that came into government coffers from the privatisation of the successor companies of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, was N416bn, adding that 90 per cent of the sum was used to pay labour as severance package. He said: “As we speak today, our monthly invoice profile in the market at 4,000mw is in the order of N23bn. This means that what we paid labour can be seen as a 15 months cost. “Meanwhile, anybody who was narrow minded as to why we paid labour that huge sum would argue about the money, while Nigerians are waiting to move forward. By this, I’m underlining the power of political will and wisdom. “So, when we realise that on a monthly basis our invoice at the current energy level is in the order of N23bn, it means that in about 12 to

13 months, the market would have returned back that amount of money. “Therefore there is no need to stay and fight labour over that amount of money when there is darkness in the country.” The PTFP boss noted that the electricity reform process happened because of the quality of political will that was behind it. The Managing Director, Sovereign Wealth Fund, SWF, Mr. Uche Orji, who also spoke at the meeting, stated that the fund was set to invest the $200m earmarked to it by the Federal Government to improve gas-to-power infrastructure in the country. “We’ve just finished some of the agreements terms on how to receive the money and hopefully we will start deploying it within the next couple of months.”


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Biometric technology will be deployed to check housing fraud –Minister Olufemi Adeosun ABUJA

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he Federal Government has expressed its readiness to deploy biometric technology in the allocation of houses under its low cost housing scheme with a view to ensuring that no single individual gets more than one unit. If this policy is push through, it would be a clear departure from the

past whereby a click of moneybags would buy off many of the houses meant for the low income earners and later sold them out at exorbitant prices, thereby defeating the efforts of government at bridging the housing deficit put at 17million. The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Akon Eyakeny disclosed this in Abuja while inspect-

ing the ministry’s prototype housing scheme located in Suleja, Niger State. The estate which is being built under the Public Private Partnership of the Ministry, contains 102 units of housing made up of 3 bedrooms (33) 2(44) and 1 (32) bedrooms. While the 3- bedroom is expected to be given out to beneficiaries who must be contributors

to the National Housing Fund, (NHF) for N5.8million, 2- bedroom and 1-bedroom also cost N4.7million and 1.8million respectively. Refuting accusation that those who already owned houses again would get the houses, the minister said the ministry under her watch would endeavour that only those who fits in, in the various categories of housing would be en-

titled to them. Eyakenyi said: “What I want to guarantee you and guarantee Nigerians is that under this dispensation, an individual will be entitled to only one house. And the measure we are going to put in place and use is the biometric system which will be introduced to ensure that an individual will be able to claim only one house. “For instance, the units for the low income will be targeted toward them, same with the houses in other categories. Therefore, your reference to a director coming up to buy off 10 units of houses is out of

the way. This is not to say that any director that fits in, in any of the categories would be denied of the opportunity to own a house. Also speaking during the inspection, the Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Mr. Gimba Ya’u Kumo, said that the houses were intentionally discounted in line with the social housing scheme of government. Ya’ u Kumo who said that the bank is expending N600 million on the new housing project, said there are also 25 housing projects being undertaken by the bank across the country.

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T Bauchi State Leader, Women Fellowship, ECWA District Church Council, Mrs. Safatu Buba (left), receiving a cash donation on behalf of the colleagues from the representative of the Minister of FCT, Ms. Rifkatu Danna, in Bauchi, yesterday.

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enator Bukola Saraki, representing the Kwara Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly has asked the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately account for the alleged missing $20 billion in the from the coffer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corpoartion, NNPC and another N620 billion kerosene subsidy. Saraki said the missing money if recovered, could be meaningfully used to provide the needed social infrastructures like good roads across the country as well as provide jobs for the teeming Nigerian youths. The former Kwara State Governor, stated this while addressing youth during

an organised Kwara South Youth Interactive Summit where he lamented the level of corruption in the country stressing that it is high time Nigeria youth stand up to effect changes in the leadership of the country. Saraki who was represented by his personal Chief of Staff, Hon Gbenga Makanjuola said; “In Nigeria, the sectors that lift the masses out of poverty has been grounded by corruption, inconsistent policies, state monopoly and inefficiency. The steel industry has never taken off in spite of the fact that major steel projects in Ajaokuta, Aladja and Osogbo were initiated since 1979. “The textile industry that was the largest employer of labour is now in comatose. Manufacturing has lost its importance in Nigeria, now importing

every manner of products thereby laid off majority of workforce. “Corruption is another major problem that has to be tackled. With incessant reports and unabated level of oil theft and bunkering, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is yet to account for the revenue that comes in. “The allegation by the suspended CBN Governor that NNPC has not remitted $20 billion to the federation account is being treated with levity while NNPC unilaterally paid itself N620 billion as subsidy on Kerosene. “All these funds are yet to be recovered. Only fraction of that money can construct Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the East-West road. The money could also have staved off the prolonged university teachers’

strike that almost cost a full academic session.” He urged Nigeria youths to come out to rescue Nigeria from these challenges saying if all stakeholders failed to rescue the country, the nation’s democracy would end up in dangers. Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed represented by his Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Saheed Popoola appealed to youth in the country to resist any attempt by anyone or group to incite them for violence and negative acts. While delivering her goodwill message at the occasion, former Minister of Health, Princess Funke Adedoyin said youth should utilise natural resources within their areas, stressing that government could intervene if they organised themselves.

he Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, is in dearth of adequate parking space for the public and its workers, National Mirror can report. Users of the airport have been facing tough challenge in driving through the international terminal of the airport, now temporarily being used for both domestic and international flights operations. This is as a result of crowded vehicles struggling for space within the terminal. Huge on-going construction work within the airport has necessitated harmonisation of the airport’s former car parks by the airport’s management. When National Mirror visited the airport yesterday, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and the airport’s security personnel were seen busy controlling traffic. At the time of the visit, it took each car about eight minutes to drive past the international terminal as a result of compactness of the roads within the park opposite the international terminal, which was almost blocked with vehicles. A senior official at the airport, who pleaded not

to be named, told our reporter that extension of the airport’s car park was one of the essential needs of the airport, and that such should be prioritised by the incoming Minister of Aviation. The officials, who could not give specific number of vehicles that could be absorbed by the airport’s car park, stated it might take between 1,500 and 2,500. The official said: “The World Economic Forum is approaching; and we are trying to ensure that the small parking space is wellutilised and not blocked by users of the airport. It will not be good for us when the participants come and we do not have enough parking spaces for vehicles that will transport them to their destinations in the country. There is one park at the extreme end between the previous domestic terminal (now suspended because of on-going construction work) and the international terminal. And, there is one being expanded at the international terminal. We have enough land that has not been developed behind the park opposite the international terminal. It can take as many vehicles that come into the airport; we urge the incoming minister to give this need speedy consideration.”


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Police recover severed head of two-year-old boy •arrest four for murder FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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gun State Police Command yesterday said it has recovered the head of a two years old baby which was severed from his body by a Nigerien identified as Ma-

modu Bashir Ibrahim penultimate week at Ofada in Owode Egba area of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state. A statement issued yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muyiwa Adejobi said the head of the

late boy was recovered in Mokola area of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital last Tuesday where Mamodu sold it to. It would be recalled that Mamodu had killed the boy and severed his head after successfully stabbing the mother of the boy to a near death situation where she had gone to ease herself in Owo Egba about two weeks ago.

He was however, arrested at Mowe axis of the Lagos - Ibadan expressway last week Wednesday through the collaborative efforts of the community leaders and police detectives. Explaining the circumstances leading to the recovery of the boy’s head, Adejobi said the suspect led a team of police detectives to Mokola area in Ibadan where he had hid the head.

The PPRO further said that Mamodu was still keeping some vital information to himself particularly as to those who sent him to get the “commodity”. Adejobi also said the State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye has directed detectives to intensify efforts so as to uncover the buyers “and those who engaged in such dirty deals in our society”. In a related development, the PPRO also stated in that four persons have been arrested in connection with the killing of a “lunatic” at Kugba area of Abeokuta

for allegedly attempting to spray substance on a secondary school girl with the view to kidnap her. Identifying the victim as a 35 years old Kazeem Akindele who resided in Onikola street of Iberekodo in Abeokuta metropolis, PPRO said the four suspects which included three females are Fausat Ogunbiyi, Mariam Yahaya, Blessing Joseph as well as Nurudeen Adebayo. Adejobi said the four suspects would be charged to court as soon as the command concluded investigation on the matter.

Suspected kidnapper arrested in Osogbo BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSOGBO

A L-R: Former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Phillip Asiodu; Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and Dr. Babatunde Oyedeji, at the State Public Service Forum Lecture in Ibadan, yesterday.

1.55m young Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS –Experts FRANKA OSAKWE

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o fewer than 1.55 million young Nigerians are currently living with HIV/AIDS, just as over 50 million are at risk from unprotected sex. Dr. Otibho Obianwu, a medical practitioner and researcher stated this Wednesday at a media researcher advocacy workshop organised by an international Non Governmental Organisation, NGO, Population Council, in Lagos. According to Obianwu,

recent demographic estimates released by government on HIV shows that about 3.1 million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS and the age breakdown of the figure shows that at least half of those infected,; about 1.55 million, are young people. He further explained that by current estimate, young people in Nigeria constitute about a third of the population. Unfortunately, she said, a majority of these young people aged 10-24 years old, are engaged in sex either consensual or

un-consensually. She noted with concern, that most young people having sex are having sex without protection saying, “Figures from demographic health survey 2008 revealed that only 22 percent of young men and 11 percent of young women used condom at their first sexual intercourse” Dr Obianwu further disclosed that the youths are not accessing the HIV/ AIDS counseling services as they should, adding that most of them are simply not aware of their HIV sta-

tus. While calling on appropriate HIV prevention information, she advised that young people should be actively engaged in the planning, management and evaluation of HIV programs. Also speaking at the workshop, Dr. Babatunde Ahonsi, country Director of Population Council, lamented that young people in the country do not have comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS adding that the risk perception is very low.

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o fewer than six people were injured yesterday morning when a two-storey building collapsed at Oworonsoki area of Lagos State. According to the Public Relations Officer, Na-

cued were four teenagers between the ages of 10 and 16 years. They are; Master Ahungbe (12), Jimoh Adebi(13) and Moses Atokiti (15). Farinloye said those injured have been taken to Folabi Medical Centre, Oworonsoki for medical attention while the two adults injured have been transferred to Gbagada

Lagos to take teachers’ education seriously -Fashola TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE

Six injured in Lagos building collapse tional Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Lagos State, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the building at Alonge Street off Surulere Agree Street, Oworonsoki, Lagos collapsed at 11 a.m . He said the injured were trapped when the building collapsed but that they were all rescued alive. Among those res-

suspected kidnapper, who identified self as Segun Akinwale was yesterday arrested in Osogbo, Osun state capital while attempting to kidnap a child in a market. The suspect, sources said made attempt to kidnap the child of a trader in Akindeko market when luck ran out of him. He was said to have fled the scene, but was later arrested by mob that heavily beat him before he was rescued by the police and taken to the state headquarters of Nigeria Police Force. Speaking to National Mirror, the suspect said he was from Ogun state and that he came to Osogbo with a truck carrying charcoal and that since arriving in Osogbo, he did not have a house or any serious work. A melee however occurred when police at-

General Hospital for medical attention. He attributed the successful rescue operation to the prompt response by NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corpse, NSCDC and the Nigerian Police Force, NPF and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

tempted to arrest the suspect and the commercial motorcyclists operating in the town, who had gathered in their number, resisted the move. The commercial motorcyclists, who later blocked entrance to the police headquarters with log of wood to prevent them from taking the suspect into their custody, had to be dispersed with teargas, while their motorcycles were detained. As at 5:30 when filing this report, several commercial motorcyclists were seen moving towards the headquarters of state police command to protest the seizure of their motorcycles. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Osun State Police Command, DSP Folasasde Odoro, confirmed the arrest of a suspect but said he was still receiving medical attention and could not talk.

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agos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has reassured the people of the state that his administration would continue to commit resources necessary for the development of teachers’ education in the state. He gave the assurance yesterday at the 32nd, 33rd and 34th joint convocation ceremony of Adeniran Ogunsan-

ya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto/Ijanikin. Lagos. The governor was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr. Oluranti Adebule. A total of 8,366 graduates from the college in the last three years were presented with their National Certificate of Education (NCE) certificates, while Senator Oluremi Tinubu and a former provost of the college, Prof. Bashiru Oderinde, were conferred with the institution’s fellowship award at the event.


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Ondo by-election: PDP alleges LP planning fake security reports •LP: It’s false HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State yesterday raised alarm over

an alleged plan by the ruling Labour Party (LP) to tender a fake security report in court over the inconclusive Ilaje/Ese-Odo by-election. The Deputy Chairman

ERC calls on Fashola to reverse hiked LASU fees SAIDAT ALAUSA

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ducation Rights Campaign, ERC, has called on the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, to immediately reverse the hiked fees of the Lagos State University, LASU, in order to avert another industrial crisis in the institution. The group in a release in Lagos said the ultimatum the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, LASU chapter, urged the authorities to meet the demands of its members, which bordered on the hiked fees and welfare before the April 30 deadline. A statement signed by the ERC National Coordinator, Hassan Soweto, said having lost about three months this year alone to crisis, it would be completely insensitive if the Lagos State Government failed to

meet the demands of ASUU and avoid the strike. “As we have made clear severally, the major interest of the ERC is a LASU that is affordable and accessible to all Lagosians and Nigerians. This kind of LASU is unachievable on the basis of the present level of fees. “Governor Fashola has at different fora made the point that the university’s fees were hiked to such level because of the state’s desire to transform LASU from a glorified secondary school to a world class University,” he said. Soweto, however added that “while we will like to see LASU transformed into a world class university, we do not agree with Governor Fashola that this is only possible on the basis of hiking fees. “We believe that if the resources of the state are judiciously managed, there will be enough money to fund LASU and all other state-owned institutions adequately.”

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he Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, has described as false, claims that the debt stock of the state is N400bn.

Salaam said this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Goke Butika, made available to newsmen in Osogbo yesterday. The statement said that those peddling the rumour were only trying to score ``cheap political goals.” He called on the concerned stakeholders in the state to demand proof of the huge debts from those he said were misleading the public. “We have noticed

that some political players are peddling fictitious figures about the debt profile of the state without proof. “As the speaker of the state parliament, I challenge anyone with proof of N400bn debt profile to send it to my office or publish it in the national dailies or bury his head in shame forever. “We cannot afford to be misled by desperate individuals in the name of politics,” the statement said. It added that the fact sheet before the speaker showed that the bond, bank facility in form of credit line and promissory notes accessed by the state government, stood at N40bn.

of the party in the state, Hon. Fatai Adams, who disclosed this during a press conference at the party’s secretariat, alleged that some staff of the Department of Security Service (DSS) had been ‘co-opted’ to ‘manufacture’ fake security reports to be tendered in court. Adams said the security report was to mislead the court over the outcome of the by-election held in the state on April 5, 2014, adding that the party would resist any plan to mislead the court. He said: “This warning becomes very imperative as we will contend furi-

ously with whoever compromises the privilege of his or her position to commit any crime that is targeted at the PDP on this issue.” The deputy chairman also accused the LP of denying the people of Ilaje/ Ese-Odo the dividends of democracy by exploiting the court to claim victory for the party. According to him, the LP’s attempt to produce the ‘fake security report’ was an indication that the ruling party has lost its popularity in the state and was planning to use court injunction to upturn the people’s wish. The party, however,

called on the DSS not to soil its hands in the act, saying “we want to warn the Director and personnel of DSS that they must in their own interest not collaborate with Governor Mimiko in his axis of crime and evil.” The deputy chairman, however, said the PDP would be ready to meet the LP in court, stressing that since the election had been declared inconclusive, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been stopped from conducting the outstanding election by the court action instituted by Mimiko and the LP.

But reacting on behalf of LP, the chairman of the party in the state, Dele Akinyele, challenged the PDP to produce evidence of its claims. He said the PDP was only jittery over the court injunction instituted by the LP “because they knew they will lose at the court.” Akinyele said there was no security report with the government but the relevant security authorities. He added that the LP had no business using any security report as evidence in court and urged the PDP not to pre-empt judicial decision.

NURTW to install CCTV at Lagos motor parks DARE AKOGUN

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he Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) yesterday stated that it has concluded plans to install Circuit Camera Televisions (CCTV) to strengthen the security of life and property in its motor parks. State Chairman of the union, Tajudeen Agbede, added that security men would also be appointed for the parks. Agbede, who was reacting to the bomb explosion that rocked the Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja on April 14, which claimed several lives and property, said that the union had agreed to appoint a chief security officer in each of its units across the state to beef up security so as to prevent such experience in Lagos. He said: “We have agreed to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) in every park in the state to ensure that we capture everything that is going on in our parks. “We agreed to appoint a chief security officer in all units who will go for security training at a government-appointed centre. “We are also to ensure that we fence our parks with wiring and provide electricity to enhance security.” Agbede added that the state’s Security Committee, in conjunction with the union, would be visiting parks to ensure compliance with the plan. “Already we have metal de-

tectors, but we still need to do more to beef up security so as to prevent loss of lives and property in our motor parks,” he said. The union leader opined that it was compulsory for members of the union to comply with the directive, warning that the government had threatened to take

over any park that failed to beef up its security network. “As we pray for protecCHANGE OF NAME

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Peter varsity’ll ‘Nigeria loses 1m pregnant women yearly’ 2015: Umeh’s create 3,000 victory talk jobs -Prelate …SURE-P makes case for expectant mothers empty, says F E F E Okorocha RANCIS

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Catholic prelate, Most Rev. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor, has said that the new Catholic university under construction at Achina would create over 3000 jobs for Nigerians when completed. Peter University, whose foundation stone was laid last year, he said, was aimed at restoring educational values in Anambra State. Ezeokafor hailed the former Anambra Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, for handing schools over to the church, as well investing heavily in education while in office. That, according to him, gave Anambra State the first position in the 2013 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) exams. He, however, called on Anambra citizens to invest heavily on the new university located at in Aguata Local Government Area Ezeokafor, the Awka Catholic Diocesan bishop, expressed the church’s readiness to turn around the dwindling nature of Nigerian education system. He noted that the essence of establishing the institution was to liberate the teaming Nigerian children from the shackles of ignorance and also produce men and women of integrity who would in turn be job creators in the country. The cleric disclosed that the familiarisation tour he made to Covenant University in Ogun State and other universities across the country early this month was to enable him ascertain what was obtainable in other tertiary institutions towards the actualisation of Peter University. On the availability of structures and needed manpower to debut a university, the catholic prelate said that a good number of structures and quality individuals abound, adding that the structures at Holy Child Secondary School, Isuofia Aguata Local Government Area alone would be more than enough for the take-off of the university.

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s Nigeria toddles to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on Health for All by the Year 2015, it has been revealed that approximately one million women and children die every year in Nigeria from largely preventable causes. It was also revealed that 33,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes, while about 946,000 children under the age of five also die, of which 241,000 of the children are newborn. This was disclosed at a one-day sensitisation and advocacy training with stakeholders in Awka, the Anambra State capital, by the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme on Maternal

and Child Health (SURE-P MCH). One of the facilitators at the programme, Dr. Romanus Nriagu, explained that the aim of the SURE-P MCH project was to contribute to the reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality so as to place Nigeria on track in achieving Million Development Goals 4 and 5 through utilisation of cost effective supply and demand side interventions. Nriagu further disclosed that Nigeria generates N1.134trn per annum from SURE-P, regretting that the entire South-East governors had not given required attention to SURE-P MCH. According to him, “In the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) intervention of SURE-P, Anambra

and Ebonyi states were the pilot survey states in the entire South-East. Anambra alone, he said, gets over N10bn annually. “They may be addressing health issues, and don’t call it SURE-P, but the Federal Government utilises its own and call it SURE-P. “SURE-P MCH is to address maternal and child health issues because mothers and children are the most vulnerable group in the society. “In Anambra State, SURE-P built centres in 24 communities and this workshop is to sensitise the stakeholders on the benefits derivable from SURE-P and to let them know about mothers and children,” Nriagu stated. The Chairman, Board, Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria and former

Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ben Anyaele said the SURE-P is an intervention fund and could not cover all the 21 local governments in Anambra State, adding that Nigeria would have solved more than 50 per cent of its health problems if the issue of mother and children mortality is solved. According to him, “SURE-P focuses on good health, especially during delivery for mothers and children under five, to ensure that they are protected against vaccine preventable diseases. “So, the programme areas of investment include maternal and child health, community services, employment schemes, mass transit, vocational training, road networks and rail transport.”

L-R: Imo State Surveyor-General, Mr. Casmir Anele; Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr. Uche Nwosu and Acting Director of Lands, Mr. Jude Udeh, during an assessment of underdeveloped lands in Owerri, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Imo to revive three industries

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he Imo State Government has announced plans to revive three moribund industries established by the first civilian administration of the late Chief Sam Mbakwe about 33 years ago. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Mbakwe, who ruled Imo from 1979 to 1983, established more than 10 industries across the old Imo State which included the present Imo, Abia and part of Ebonyi states. In a statement, Mrs. Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro, the state

Commissioner for Industry and Non-Formal Sector, identified the industries to be revived as Resin Paint Industry, Aboh Mbaise; Avutu Poultry, Obowo, and Paper Packaging Industry, Owere Ebiri Orlu. The statement signed by Mr. Kennedy Amanze, the Public Relations Officer of the ministry and made available to NAN in Owerri, said that the ministry was already in contact with the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on the matter. It said that successive administrations in Imo State

were unable to manage the industries established by the Mbakwe administration. “Governor Rochas Okorocha’s aim in reviving these industries is to enhance the economic development of Imo,’’ the statement said. It quoted the commissioner as saying that the motive of the state in reviving the moribund industries was to create employment, as well as to check the involvement of youths in social vices. According to the statement, the state govern-

ment under Okorocha is attracting foreign industrialists as a way of expanding the economy and create more employment opportunities. It urged the people of the state and members of staff of the ministry to key into the vision of Okorocha’s administration to turn around the economy of the state. He advised members of staff of the ministry to make dedication and honesty their watchwords, adding that hard working members of staff would be rewarded.

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he Imo State Government yesterday described the claim by the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, to recapture the state from Governor Rochas Okorocha in 2015 as an empty one. It said that even the late Ikemba of Nnewi, Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, while alive, never won any election beyond Anambra State. The government said in a statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the governor, that it would therefore be a mirage for APGA to win an election in the state again. It added that the election won by APGA in 2011 was as a result of Okorocha’s persona lity. According to the statement, “Umeh knows that the man who brought victory to APGA in Imo had left, and even the senator from Imo on the platform of APGA has also left, and all these only show that APGA winning another election in Imo will be like building a mansion in the air.” The statement added: “Even in Anambra State where Chief Umeh comes from, APGA is sick, and if that was not the case, the party would not have needed the “stampede” that characterised the last gubernatorial election in that state to manufacture victory for its candidate.” Describing Umeh’s comments as laughable, following the fact that he could not secure his senatorial seat (Anambra Central) for APGA, with Dr. Chris Ngige winning the election on the platform of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN), now All Progressives Congress (APC). The state government advised APGA chieftain to “stop disturbing the peace of Nigerians, granted that he is a flamboyant politician”, adding that such a ‘feat’ has no contribution to electoral victory.


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JTF, Correspondents’ Chapel mourn Gbemudu, National Mirror reporter DENNIS NAKU YENAGOA

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he Joint Task Force, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta and the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Bayelsa State have expressed shock and sadness over the death of Mr. Emma Gbemudu, the Bayelsa State correspondent of National Mirror newspapers. While commiserating with late Gbemudu’s family, Bayelsa State chapter of the NUJ, the Correspondents’ Chapel, and the management and staff of National Mirror Newspapers, the JTF described the decease as a hard working, dedicated and professional journalists. It would be recalled that the late National Mirror reporter slumped and was rushed to a hospital in Yenagoa, where he was confirmed dead by doctors. A statement issued from the headquarter of the JTF, Opolo Road in Bayelsa State and signed by the media coordinator of the security outfit, Lieutenant Colonel Anka Mustapha said Gbemudu was one of the journalists that followed the activities of the JTF closely and reported its operations with enthusiasm. The statement which was addressed to the Chairman, Correspondents’ Cha-

pel, Bayelsa State chapter reads, “The demise of late Mr. Emmanuel Gbemudu came to us with heavy shock. Late Gbemudu was a dedicated, hardworking and professional journalist to the core. On behalf of the commander Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, officers and men, I wish to hearty condole with the family, management of National Mirror and Bayelsa Correspondents’ Chapel over the great lose. “We pray that God Almighty will grant the family, friends, colleagues and well wishers the fortitude to bear the irreparable lose,” the statement concluded. Similarly, late Gbemudu’s colleagues under the aegis of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ in Bayelsa State led by its Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ese paid a condolence visit to the family of late Gbemudu at his residence in Agudama, near Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Thursday. Addressing late Gbemudu’ s widow, Mr. Ese who write for Business Day Newspapers in Bayelsa State said, “madam, we (Correspondents Chapel, Bayelsa State) share your pain, grief and all the unpleasant things that came with your husband’s death, saying Gbemudu was a committed member of the chapel.

2015: We’ll back Ogoni candidates, say US group DENNIS NAKU

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he United States Chapter of the Ogoni Democratic Movement (ODM) has lamented that the Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State, has neither produced a governor, deputy governor or speaker of the House of Assembly, despite its contributions to the development of the state. In a seven point communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in AtlantaGeorgia, the body observed that such reasoning places the Ogonis as marginalised people, which according to the movement should be rectified in 2015 through the election of an Ogoni as gov-

ernor in Rivers State. The communiqué signed by the National Coordinator, ODM-USA, Godwin Kpea, said; “Political parties in Nigeria, stakeholders of political groups, and party chieftains who are interested in governorship position in Rivers State should invoke an Ogoni candidature in its primary election to enjoy the benefit of Ogoni votes in 2015. “We will never allow the world and in particular other Rivers State ethnic nationalities to cheat us anymore as we hold to keep our destinies in our cling fists. ODM stakeholders appeal to Ogonis in the Continental USA to support this campaign because it is just and realistic.

L-R: Representative of the Director, Agriculture and Fishery, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Akeodi Jonathan; Project Coordinator, Cassava Transformation Project, Port Harcourt, Mr. Richardson Okechukwu and Prof. Lemchi Jones of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, during the Niger Delta Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programme in Port Harcourt, yesterday.

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kwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio has relieved two commissioners of their appointment. The sack of the two commissioners is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Aniekan Umanah, in Uyo on Thursday. It stated that the minor reshuffle was to reinvigorate the machinery of

government and drive further the uncommon transformation programme of the state. The commissioners, who were directed to hand over to the permanent secretaries, were Mr Bassey Akpan, Finance; and Mr Effiong Abia, Rural Development. The statement also announced the removal of the chairmen of six stateowned parastatals and

agencies. The chairmen are: Mr Sunny Udom, Akwa Ibom Property and Investment Company Limited; Mr Patrick Ifon, Akwa Ibom Water Company Limited; and Mr Dan Akai, Akwa Ibom Newspapers Corporation. The others are: Mr Alex Nyong, Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation; Mr John Asikpo, Akwa Ibom State Envi-

ronmental Protection and Management Board; Mr Tony Esu, Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development. The statement said the governor appreciated the former commissioners and board chairmen for their contributions to the development of the state and wished them success in their future endeavours.

Transparency: Bayelsa posts N7.3bn balance in March

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he Bayelsa State Government has announced a total of N7.3 billion as the balance of funds available to it as at the end of March, 2014. Governor Seriake Dickson, who made the disclosure during his administration’s transparency initiative press briefing in Yenagoa, said the state government had a gross inflow of N16.4 billion for the month from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, (FAAC). This amount, according to him, comprises statutory allocation of N2.9 billion, derivation N11.4billion, SURE-P N1.2 billion, VAT N643 million and NNPC refund N233 million. He said FAAC deductions included the bond servicing of N1.2 billion, foreign loans to the state N20.3

million, refund of overpayments N187.8 million and payment of arrears of derivation to Bayelsa State EA Oil field came to N170.3 million and others amounting to N2.3 billion resulting in a net inflow of N14.06 billion. The governor also announced N4.1 billion as funds from other sources, while internally generated revenue (IGR) receipts for the month of February stood at N825 million, bringing the total funds available to N18.9 billion. On the expenditure profile, the government posted a total of N11.6 billion, which comprises bank loan repayments of approximately N4.8 billion, civil servants’ salaries N3.9 billion, while that of political appointees gulped N448 million. Other expenses for last

month included monthly overhead payments N1.2 billion, monthly standing approvals N343 million, gratuity payments N250 million, FIRS deductions N200 million, while a total of N126 million was used in paying the N18, 000 minimum wage arrears. Dickson, who also briefed the gathering on the financial position of the state for the month of February, added that actual recurrent and capital payments including transfers for March cumulatively stood at N8.5 billion. Commenting on the bond deductions and other inherited liabilities; he said his administration decided not to repudiate the debts to protect the corporate integrity of the state. “There is nothing wrong about state taking a bond

to finance development projects. The issues majority of Bayelsans have been asking is about the management of the bond and not that bond was taken. “Most state governments (even now) take bonds, because it gives you time to finance long-term projects instead of going for short-term borrowing and be paying cut-throat interest rates. But the problem was that the bond was not used for the jobs it was meant for. “But we are a state; and a legitimate government took those decisions and we can’t come and then say the governor is no more, so we are not liable, which a lot of people actually wanted. But, I said that was not honourable enough. So, we are servicing it.”


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Easter: 10 die in 26 auto crashes in Kogi, says FRSC

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he Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, yesterday said that 10 persons died in 26 auto accidents recorded in different parts of Kogi State during the Easter holiday. The Kogi Sector Commander, Mr. Godwin Omiko, told journalists in Lokoja that the dead included nine male adults and a female. Omiko said 120 people, comprising 98 men and 22 women, were involved in the 26 accidents which occurred between April 16 and April 21. He said that 71 of them

were rescued without injuries, while the remaining 49 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment. The sector commander said that those rescued without injuries included 55 men and 16 women, adding that no child casualty was recorded in any of the accidents. Omiko said that relations of the victims had been contacted following a laid down procedure in the organization, adding that the bodies of the deceased had been released to their families.

Go cashless, CBN advises Niger PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA

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he Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has presented its new cashless policy to the government and people of Niger State, saying that if the nation migrates from massive use of cash, all sources of leakages, corruption and fraudulent diversion of funds will be eliminated. Making the presentation at the Government House, Minna, the Deputy Director, Head of Shared Services, Mr. Chidi Umeano, urged the state to go cashless in their dealings. He lamented that government was expending much in managing cash in the country as cash circulation had so far hit over 41 per cent compared to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

“This situation is not accepable, hence the purpose of the new policy is to reduce the amount of physical cash circulating in the economy, encourage more electronic transactions among the people, reduce cost of banking, foster transparency, curb corruption and leakages, drive financial inclusion and improve the effectiveness of the monetary policy.” Umeano listed some of the problems preventing the full implementation of the policy to include lack of understanding of the cashless society, resistance due to prevailing cash culture, techno-phobia, entrenched poverty and illiteracy. Others are infrastructure lag - power and connectivity, skepticism in the banking sector, lack of POS at priority locations and independent onlinereal time monitoring.

Nyako’s memo false, misleading –NOA JAMES ABRAHAM JOS

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he Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Chief Mike Omeri, yesterday faulted the position of Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako on the nation’s security challenges, describing it as false, misleading and unfortunate. Nyako had recently in a memo accused the Feder-

al Government of fueling the security challenges in the country through its actions. The NOA boss spoke while answering questions from journalists yesterday in Jos, the Plateau capital, after a town hall peace meeting. The meeting aimed at finding a lasting and sustainable solution to the incessant conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in the state.

Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri (left) and Chairman, Agricultural Service Training Centre and Marketing Ltd, Mr. John Gobak, during the stakeholders’ town hall peace meeting on herdsmen and farmers conflict in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Health services collapse in North East over insurgency –NEMA

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ealth services have collapsed in states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, a report from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said. The report, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja yesterday, said that the insurgency had brought the health system to ``total col-

lapse’’ in most local government areas of Borno State. According to the report, 37 per cent of the primary health care centres in most affected local government areas had been shut because of the insurgency. The report added that the existing health centres were being overwhelmed by the number of Internally Displaced Persons,

IDPs, requiring health care assistance. It stressed that in spite of the relentless efforts from personnel to attend to IDPs, the need for emergency health support was enormous. “In spite of the of relentless efforts from actors on ground, the need for emergency health support are acute, especially regarding provision of

health care for pre-existing conditions,’’ the report stated. It also said that the risk of epidemics was high in states affected by the state of emergency but that the World Health Organisation, WHO, and the Ministry of Health in the affected states were carrying out disease surveillance in accessible communities.

Chief Imam of Borno dies at 90 INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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he Chief Imam of Borno, Imam Ibrahim Ahmed, a.k.a Imam Wakchama, is dead, aged 90. He died in an Egyptian hospital on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. The cleric was the longest serving Chief Imam from the Sayfawa Dynasty up to El-Kanemi rulership.

According to a statement signed on behalf of the family by Zannah Laisu Imam, the District Head of Masba in Konduga council area, the remains of the cleric were expected to arrive in Maiduguri, the state capital, from Egypt via Abuja yesterday. Funeral rites will take place today at 9a.m. at his residence in Limanti ward of Maiduguri. The late Imam was born

in 1924 at Yerwa (present Maiduguri) into the family of Imam Ahmed Talib. He started his career as acting Chief Imam to lead the Juma’at prayers at the Maiduguri Central Mosque, as far back as 1951 when his father, Limanti Mashidima, retired from leading the prayers on age grounds. He became the substantive Chief Imam of the central mosque in 1956 immediately after the de-

mise of his father, a position which was conferred on him by the late 17th Shehu of Borno, Shehu Sanda El-Kanemi. He is survived by three wives, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, among Air Commander A.T Imam, Alkali Imam Ibrahim, Assistant Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Jafar Imam, Deputy Director, National Orientation Agency.

Rapist, 63, to be stoned to death in Kano

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Sharia court in Kano has sentenced a 63-yearold man, Ubale Sa’idu Dotsa, to death by stoning for raping a girl of 10 and

infecting her with HIV. Dotsa admitted raping the girl but blamed the devil for his action. His two wives were reportedly died from AIDS-

related diseases. Several people have been sentenced to death by stoning in the North by Islamic courts but none have been carried out.

The state Commissioner for Justice, Maliki Kuliya, told the BBC Hausa Service that Mr Dotsa had the right to appeal up to the Supreme Court.


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Osun PDP charges security operatives on inciting comments •Our leader only warn against rigging -APC

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sun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had charged security agencies in the state to take note of all individuals beating war drums ahead of the August 9 governorship elections, just as the party tasked any political party or group of people claiming that the governor-

ship election would be rigged to substantiate such claims. The PDP also claimed it will convincingly win the governorship election in a free and fair manner by utilising the goodwill it enjoys at the moment from the people of Osun State. In a statement signed by its state chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu OlaOluwa and made available to newsmen yesterday, the PDP said it remains the party to beat, considering its acceptability among the people of the state. Reacting on behalf

of the APC, its Director of Media, Publicity and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, accused the PDP of plans to actually rig August 9 poll, adding that what the national leader of the party said was just

a warning against rigging. “PDP intends to rig and it is now confronted with a people who are determined not to allow them to rig. Our leader, Asiwaju Bola 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 is a call to robust defence of democracy and freedom,” Oyatomi concluded. But OlaOluwa, in his statement contended that

the forthcoming election will go a long way in confirming which party is truly in control of the generality of the people in Osun. He added that the PDP in the state has been leading the campaign for one man one vote, insisting that there was no need for any political party to cry foul if the election is free and fair.

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civil society group, Coalition of Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria has condemned the Osun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) for various ploys attempted to distract and destabilise the Hon. Minister for Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan. Briefing newsmen in Abuja, President of the group, Comrade Bassey Etuk said the group frowns against politics of bitterness going on in the state and which is being exported to the national platform in view of the several attacks on the person of the Minister for Police Affairs since his appointment into the office and asked the APC in Osun State to stop the campaign of calumny against the person of the minister. “The minister is a national officer and should be seen as such. There is bad politics in the land and this is unfortunate. We are particularly angry at the misconducts of

the APC in Osun against the minister knowing full well that Police Affairs is a sensitive ministry and the minister overseeing such ministry should be allowed full concentration to perform his duties.” Noting that the state of security in the country calls for decorum from all stakeholders, the CCSO charged the chairman and publicity secretary of Osun APC to talk less about Adesiyan and focus on their party affairs which are their immediate duties, stressing that it would not hesitate to stage a public protest to press home their stance if Osun APC fails to desist from their distraction ploys against the minister.

Members of the All Progressives Congress, Oko Women Forum, during a sensitisation rally at Oko Ward in Kwara State, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Bauchi 2015: Constituents endorse suspended female lawmaker EZEKIEL TITUS BAUCHI

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ogoro constituency has again endorsed the suspended female member representing it at the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon. Rifkat Samson Dannah, ahead of the 2015 general elections not minding her political travails. Chairman of the Peo-

ples Democratic Party, PDP, in the constituency, Mr. Andrawus Adamu, disclosed this while addressing political groups, women, youths and party members, during a visit to the suspended lawmaker. Adamu said their visit to the lawmaker was to reaffirm the constituents’ support to Hon Dannah. The support according to the constituents

followed Dannah’s quality leadership as a bridge builder and detribalised politician worthy of emulation. Lamenting that the efforts of the PDP executive to ensure the lawmaker was re-instated proved abortive, Adamu urged her to see her travails as an act of God. The Women and Youths leaders in their separate remarks had assured the

INEC regrets ‘culture of impunity’ by Ekiti, Osun politicians OMEIZA AJAYI ABUJA

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he Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has expressed reservations about what it called the culture of impunity being exhibited by politicians in Ekiti and Osun states ahead of the gubernatorial

elections in both states. The commission lamented that the persisting tendency towards impunity by some parties and their supporters in the electoral process is capable of destroying the process. “Unless politicians abide at all times by relevant rules and codes of ethics, and also persuade

their supporters to do likewise, the Nigerian electoral process would be hindered from attaining international best standards that INEC is working hard to take it,” said Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman. He said INEC is more convinced than ever that

preparations being made for the conduct of free, fair and credible governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states as well as the 2015 general election are on course. The governorship election in Ekiti State is scheduled for June 21 while that of Osun State is fixed for August 9.

suspended female lawmaker of total support to continue in office beyond 2015 explaining that her giant strides has speak for her continuity having positively impacted on people. While addressing the mammoth crowd the suspended law-maker Hnon. Rifkatu Samson Dannah member representing Bogoro constituency charge them to shun every forms of political, religious and ethnic difference. According Danna she will continue to remain grateful to the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed Kaura and Jonathan for supporting her throughout her political travails, re-affirming her commitment to the PDP and charging her constituents to continue to vote PDP in 2015.


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You have indicated your interest to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in Delta State, what are your plans? I have been part of the progressives in Delta State since the latest democratic dispensation in 1999. I have since then taken some strategic decisions with a view to asking questions on how our commonwealth in Delta State is being expended over the period. That indeed pushed me into the ring of political governance in Delta State. To that extent, I have been a three time deputy governorship candidate in 2007 election, 2011 January and 2011 April general elections in Delta State. Now that there is a mega party in Nigeria, we the progressives in Delta State decided to be a part of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Having put forward myself in the past three elections in the state as a deputy, it is clear to me now that having traverse the nooks and crannies of the state, having seen the sufferings of my people, having seen the lack of democracy dividends in Delta State, I have decided this time around to take the bull by the horn, that was why I decided to offer myself for service on the APC platform, hoping that reasons, fairness, level playing field will be established in the choice of who flies the banner of APC in Delta State. I believe seriously that if fairness is the watchword of the game, I do not have reasons or whatsoever doubt that in APC which believes in fairness, Deltans who really want very rapid development of Delta State will see in me somebody who can deliver all that they have suffered for since this new dispensation in Delta state. What are the things you aim to do when elected as governor under the APC platform? Specifically in Delta State, if I’m given the rare privilege to govern this state, the first thing I will do is to create a rebirth in our morals. You suddenly find out that all that is done in Delta State is to worship wealth, merit is thrown overboard, mediocre takes precedence, and to that extent, we have not been able to see the dividend of democracy in Delta State. Secondly, we shall bring forth respect for education in the state. We believe most sincerely that Delta State have enough resources to usher in free education at the primary and secondary levels in the first place and indeed, we will give one meal per day to children that are in primary schools. We have the resources to do so. Subsequently, in the second year, we will extend free education, full free education to all Deltans wherever they may be at tertiary institutions. We also believed that government has not been serious in trying to create very healthy environment. We would take a responsibility to industrialise the state. We shall make Delta State a construction site. In that way, we will be able to create employment for our teeming youths. To that extent, we are going to tackle unemployment issue in Delta State very seriously. In the first one year, we shall make all federal constituency headquarters a construction site to the extent that we would modify those federal constituencies and make them a city that will be envy of any other cities in the country. We also sincerely believe that health is wealth. We shall give free health care to all children and seniors of 65years and above. We shall also in all secondary schools in

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2015: Why Aniomas want power shift to Delta North -Chief Tilije Chief Fedilis Tilije was a three-time running mate to Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru, in 2007, January 2011 re-run and April 2011 general elections in Delta State. In this interview with THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN, he explains why the Aniomas are clamouring for power shift to Delta North as well as APC chances in the state in 2015, among other issues. Excerpts:

who is going to be the chairman of my local government? Is that the way democracy should be practised? You can’t just sit down somewhere and write results of those who are going to be political leaders. You appoint them and call them elected leaders. I recalled vividly telling him then that if you want to write the names of House of Assembly members, you can write and take it to Asaba maybe all you wanted to do is to ensure that you don’t have any rancour between you and the legislature, but you shouldn’t determine who should be councillor, chairman of my place. I think that is what is wrong with the PDP in Delta State and even at the national level, where they always talk of consensus candidacy. That is not democracy! People should be encouraged to contest on a level playing field and let the best be thrown up as the candidate.

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Delta State establish a responsible clinic which will manned by trained doctors and nurses who will take care of emergency and some simple ailments. We will have a zero tolerance for corruption, and ensure that the law takes it course on a continuous basis. It will mean that we will be able to block all the leakages in the system so that we would have a bigger cake that we can utilise to ensure that people are happy across all the length and breaths of Delta State. We will make sure we support the police so that they can ensure the rule of law is respected. We shall also support the judiciary so that there will be quick dispersion of justice. The watchword would be taking back Delta State to that merit driven state that it used to be. We will bring back merit to the state by ensuring there is peace and security in all parts. If we are going to support the police and judiciary, it means that we are going to take the rule of law very seriously. That is the only way we can create a reasonable atmosphere and environment under which development can thrive. We shall identify farm settlements in the state. That is part of the things will intend to do to industrialise the state. We will have hostels in farm settlements, so that those who work in the farm settlements would have roof over their heads and they would be paid reasonable amount of money. It is not going to be difficult to do. Because we want to bring down crime, we would introduce graduate scheme wherein graduates of Delta would be paid certain stipends on monthly basis. Of course, we will encourage them to work in farm settlements and pharmaceutical industries

ALL THAT IS DONE IN DELTA STATE IS TO

WORSHIP WEALTH, MERIT IS THROWN

OVERBOARD... AND TO THAT EXTENT, WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE DIVIDEND OF DEMOCRACY we are going to build. The manifesto will be fully unveiled very shortly when the real declaration will be done before a mammoth crowd in Delta State. We know that the masses are yearning for a change; they have been taken for a ride for too long. Delta State is known to be a PDP state, how do you intend to break the power of incumbency? That is why people like us will not want to be part of the PDP in Delta State. I remembered very vividly when PDP was ushered-in in1999, all of us embraced it. I left PDP because I had a very serious debate with the then governor, Chief James Ibori. I told him how can you be in Asaba and determine who will be my councillor in Obiaruku? How can you be in Asaba and determine

Your kinsmen are currently clamouring for rotation of power and they have said it is the turn of the Anioma to produce the next governor of the state. What is the justification for such call? From the Delta North senatorial district, if a brother or sister from the Anioma stock is chosen as the flagbearer of the PDP, then it is fantastic. Then the choice would now be made by the people. I recall vividly, when they were trying to compensate the Yorubas at the national level, former President Obasanjo and Olu Falae contested for the presidency of this country. They are from the same Yoruba race, but it was Nigerians that decided it should be Obasanjo. Talking about rotation, the only reason people clamour for their zone to take over political authority of a state is because mediocre have been allowed to run government of this country both at the state and federal level. That is why people clamour for rotational change, otherwise, if you are fair minded, you will ensure that the commonwealth of the people is distributed with all fairness and equity and when that is done, nobody will be arguing where the governor or president comes from There is no senatorial district in Delta State that doesn’t have good intellects to lead the state. Therefore, there are suitable governorship candidates that can come from every senatorial area. But the craze in Nigeria today has always been rotation, either at the state or federal level. Why should the Aniomas then been denied what is in vogue in Nigeria. I would want to be the governor of Delta State not of Anioma. The call for rotation though, doesn’t make sense to me. Is anybody asking today where Governor Babatunde Fashola is from? He has transcended beyond ethnic politics by developing all areas and that is how it should be.


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Committee okays creation of state in S’East STORIES: WOLE OLADIMEJI AND OMEZA AJAYI ABUJA

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embers of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government in the ongoing National Conference yesterday resolved that additional state should be created in the South East geo-political zone. The committee believed that in resolving some of the problem of marginalisation, one more state should be created in the south east to bring it at par with other zones of the federation. However, Senator Nimi a aright-Amange, warned that the creation may lead

to more demands from other parts of the country. The committee also adopted a procedure for the merger of willing states within the federation to form a state with a simplified procedure which must be simplified and without prejudice to the federating unit, saying that such merger must go through the process of a referendum of 75 percent of the people of the affected states. The recommendation would however be subjected to the approval of the plenary. The committee resolved that viability of such states should be considered as only five could be said to be presently viable from the existing 36 states, while adding that fiscal federal-

ism would put a stop to agitation for state creation. In his presentation, Senator Ahmed Aruwa said the demand was legitimate as the request has been on for long, adding that states should be created where necessary in line with necessary conditions as spelt out in the constitution. While supporting the South East demand, Yinka Odumakin noted that frivolous demand for states creation would only cease when the injustice perpetrated by the government is addressed. Senator Femi Okunrunmu however said that the merger of a number stares was not the same as the creation of a new one that has stringent conditions stipu-

lated in the extant laws, suggesting that a referendum within the affected states should be enough to give legal backing to the merger. On the hand, Malam Sule Hamma pointed out that a merger would mean that the constitution that gives recognition to 36 states would have been tinkered with, meaning that a constitutional amendment must take place with such merger. Okunronmu said the decision of the committee was a slow progress on the demands of various interests in the group and the triumph of dialogue, noting that though the South West could not carry through its demands on regionalism, it was able to

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delegation, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu, while appreciating the understanding and maturity of the committee members on the demands of the South East for an additional state, said that at the end there may be a recommendation from the committee for equality of states in the zones. He said with agitations from across the country, there is a need to listen to eliminate marginalisation, especially when someone may find it easier to aspire for national political office than from his or her own state.

Confab opposes state police

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L-R: Committee Chairman, Public Finance and Revenue, Alhaji Adamu Aliero; member, Mr. Azu Agboti and Chairman, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Mr. Silas Mbam, during the committee’s meeting with RMAFC chairman in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

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he Committee on Civil Society, Labour and Sports at the ongoing National Conference has sacked its chairperson, Bola Ogunrimade, for absenteeism. The committee replaced the sacked chair with her deputy, Issa Aremu. The committee, which is one of the ten committees of the confab sitting at the NICON Luxury Hotel, took the decision in a unanimous vote. “Because of persistent non-appearance of the chairperson, the committee members have asked me to take over as the chairman and we intend to communicate this to the secretariat,” Aremu said, while speaking to reporters after the sitting of the committee. Aremu said the former

chairperson has not reported formally since the committee took off, adding: “It is going to be difficult to drive a committee which you don’t know its concept and the idea we have been running.” Mr. Aremu also said the committee had been discussing on all the four thematic issues outlined in its mandate. “On labour we have had a robust discussion; we are coming to a conclusion that labour is a critical partner in the development process. It is the creator of wealth, if we motivate labour very well, it can become good partner in the development of Nigeria.” Lamenting the poor remuneration policy in Nigeria, the labour leader said: “We have

to address remuneration so that you don’t have workers who become working beggars because their income can hardly take care of them.” He also spoke about the citizens’ apparent ignorance of labour laws in the country which he said was due to inadequate information on labour matters. He gave example with the victims of last week’s bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja, saying: “People are giving charity to victims of Nyanya blasts, but under our laws, they have legitimate claims because that accident happened to them at work.” He also said that contrary to widespread perception, religion was not the major problem with Nigeria because according

to him, only three per cent of the delegates indicated interest to serve on the confab Committee on Religion. He said: “The so called religious divide is artificial; it doesn’t exist. Delegates want to discuss issues that affect all of us. Issues like devolution of power, resource control, labour; they don’t want to discuss whether you go to the church or mosque.” He added that there is a lot the political class can learn from the ongoing confab, saying: “Regardless of reservation and sectional interest, we are having common ground for development. If all of us at this conference are united and face the insecurity challenge, the elected would be free to do their mandate.”

ome members of the committee on power devolution at the ongoing National conference yesterday opposed to the creation of state police, saying that the purchase of ammunition and armament should be the exclusive right of the Federal Government. The issue came up when the committee was considering devolution of legislative power in the exclusive, concurrent and residual lists, like accounts of the government of the federation and officers, courts and authorities, arms, ammunitions and explosives, creation of state, defence, aviation, copyright, external trade, among others. Committee chairman, Obong Victor Attah, cautioned that member of the committee should be constructive in their argument on the matter. Although, the committee has not commenced debate on the creation of state police, but it was touched when the issue of whether the purchase of arms and ammunitions should go to concurrent list from the exclusive list. Attah said: “It is our duty to debate whether to remove it from the Federal Government or that the state should have power to procure arms and ammunitions for police. We must back our argument with facts. Our position must be supported with

strong argument.” Members of the committee had divergent of opinions when the issue was raised, while some argued in support of the creation of state police, others vehemently opposed the creation of state. ABC Nwosu in his submission was of the opinion that police should be on concurrent list, therefore by implication argued in support of state police, saying that by doing so the concentration of power of police at the centre would be reduced. Ibrahim Coomasie, former Inspector General of Police, IGP, argued that purchase of arms and ammunitions was the exclusive right of the IGP, apart from other armament which the military handles, saying that it should be retained under exclusive list. He explained further that even though if the agitation was the state creation was accepted, the purchase of arms and ammunition would be on exclusive list because of the danger inherent in allowing all the states government to purchase their own ammunition. Others delegates like Ayo Adebanjo who argued that police matter should be on exclusive list, said that states governors are not matured to control or handle police in their various states.


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Olubadan in a blaze of glory at 100

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n April 14, 2014, the centenary birthday celebration of Oba Samuel Osundiran Odulana Odugade I, the Olubadan of Ibadanland in Oyo State, attracted dignitaries from within and outside the country. Both the well-to-do and even ‘commoners’ attended the event in large numbers and honoured the king, an indication of his popularity. Among the dignitaries at the occasion were the nation’s Information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku; Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Ms. Jumoke Akinjide; and Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina. The following day, President Goodluck Jonathan made a personal call to pay glowing tributes to the royal one, who he commended for his leadership style and described as “a man of impeccable character whose tenure has witnessed peace and tranquility”. Oba Odugade, mounted the throne on August 17, 2007 and since then peace has been the order of the day in the ancient city. Many trace his unalloyed commitment to peace to his coronation speech in which he said: “I hereby pledge to spend the rest of my life pursuing the mission of restoring Ibadan’s glory. For this purpose, we need the cooperation of all the sons and daughters of

Ibadanland at home and abroad; and the goodwill and help of all other residents and friends of the city. First of all, let us all constantly pray and work for the peace and progress of Ibadanland so that we may continue to be blessed”. That speech has stuck as the signpost of the oba’s tenure; and he has consistently worked for the peace and unity of his people. We therefore, think he deserves all the accolades that trailed his birthday anniversay. But cognizance must be taken of the fact that one of the ways he maintained peace in his domain is by abstaining from partisan politics. In 2010, for example, the Olubadan warned all his High Chiefs who were carried away by politics to retrace their steps, advising them to concentrate on their roles as custodians of the culture and tradition of Ibadan people. The directive was complied with, and the end result was peace in the traditional council. Oba Odugade also extended invitation to Ibadan indigenes in the Diaspora to return home and establish businesses. The royal intervention was equally a huge success. Then came his lingering disagreement with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III. The Olubadan’s desire was that the chairmanship of the Oyo

THE OLUBADAN ALSO ENSURED THAT RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY HAS NO PLACE IN HIS TERRITORY State Council of Obas be rotated among the Alaafin of Oyo, the Soun of Ogbomoso and the Olubadan of Ibadan. The Alaafin, who has been the permanent chairman of the Council, rejected the rotation idea and headed for the court. While the entire state is still patiently waiting for the verdict of the court on the issue, both the Olubadan and the Alaafin have not allowed the disagreement to breach law and order in the state. We salute the state governor Abiola Ajimobi for his neutrality on the matter, as well as the maturity of the royal fathers for upholding the principles of the rule of law. The Olubadan also ensured that religious bigotry has no place in his territory. He has sustained a cordial relationship with the Federal Government, the Oyo State government and all the 13 Local Governments within his domain. He is always on hand to render quality advice to the government and his people. Oba Odugade’s towering heights notwithstanding, he had a very humble beginning. He

ON THIS DAY April 25, 1945 Fifty nations gathered in San Francisco, California, United States, to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations (UNCIO). The delegates reviewed and rewrote the Dumbarton Oaks agreements. The convention resulted in the creation of the United Nations Charter, which was opened for signature on June 26, the same year.

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April 25, 2003 The Human Genome Project came to an end two and a half years earlier than expected. The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international scientific research project in the United States with a primary goal of determining the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA, and of identifying and mapping the approximately 20,000 – 25,000 genes of the human genome from both a physical and functional standpoint.

started his elementary education at St. Andrew’s School, Bamgbola, Lagelu LGA in January 1922, secured transfer to St. Peter’s School, Aremo in 1929; and completed his Middle School at Mapo Central School in December 1929. He then commenced his working life with the United African Company (UAC) as a Produce Clerk. He thereafter served in the army and the education sector, among others. In 1959, he was elected a member of the House of Representatives after voluntarily retiring from the civil service. He became Parliamentary Secretary to the late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and later the Minister of State for Labour. In 1964, he led Nigeria’s parliamentary delegation to the London Constitutional Conference for the restructuring of the then British Colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, now known as Zimbabwe and Malawi respectively. His journey to the throne started with his appointment as the Mogaji of Oja Igbo in 1972. For his exemplary services, he was honoured with a doctorate degree by the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). He is a recipient of the honour, Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR). We rejoice with Oba Odulana and sincerely wish him the best in all his endeavours.

x April 25, 2011 The Amagasaki, Japan, fatal rail crash occurred at about 09:19 local time (00:19 UTC), just after the local rush hour. A seven-car commuter train came off the tracks just before Amagasaki Station on its way for Doshisha-mae via the JR Tozai Line and the Gakkentoshi Line. Of the roughly 700 passengers on board, 106, in addition to the driver, were killed and 562 others injured. The train was said to be travelling too fast.


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My ordeal: Blame the Nigeria Police Force EBERE WABARA

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he Thursday pursuant to Friday, the Black Day, March 28, 2014, I felt unusually emasculated and drowsy all day without any premonition that devious tomfools were going to lay siege to my compound the next day as early as 5 a. m. I did not understand the developments of that Thursday until the ill-fated Friday. Now the devilish Friday: 17 cops ambushed my premises in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos, as early as 5 am, according to indifferent neighbours who noticed the unusual presence of aggressive plain-clothes police combatants that querulously admonished the most elderly neighbour to mind his own business as they were not there for him. None of my neighbours phoned to alert me to the lurking mongrels! At 6.30am when I unlocked the burglar-proof on my staircase, some bohemians who brandished pistols, batons, clubs, irons, handcuffs, documents and indecipherable ID cards and did not behave like policemen swooped on me and encircled me as if they had caught the Boko Haram leader! With supersonic gusto I was handcuffed and my left thumb disfigured in the madness as if I could evaporate. The IPO later said I was battered because I initially resisted arrest! My concomitant shrill voice attracted my wife and our two underage children (six and eight years) to the staircase and she started screaming when she saw me swarmed by belligerent gangsters going by their rascally appear-

ance, uncouthness, pugnacious conduct and sadistic temperament. It was like a theatre of inebriate war. My imbecilic neighbour came out, saw us and cowardly dashed back without asking questions or witnessing the stupefaction at least—there is nothing like ‘your brother’s keeper’ anymore! Next I was hostilely marched into my sitting room. The gang leader from Umuahia CID hollered effusively that they had a search warrant (which I did not see as required by law) to ransack my home, which they hastily did with feverish enthusiasm and panache. The hare-brained OIC, who unobtrusively led the operations, further declared scurrilously that they had another warrant (again, untendered!) to arrest me. I asked to know the offence I committed and who the complainant was. The cop who turned out to be the IPO said I would get to know and meet the complainant when we reach the police station. My wife audaciously and correctly sought to see their ID cards and they declared in unison that it was unnecessary obviously because they were on an illegal and unlawful mission that had the potentiality of jeopardizing their careers. The exuberant IPO oddly voiced out that if they were bandits would my wife have the effrontery to ask for identification! I calmed her down as we all left for downstairs. (I later got some of the cops’ names, but I will withhold them to save their jobs because of my religiosity) and foreclose further public umbrage at the ugly incident.

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NEIGHBOUR CAME OUT, SAW US AND COWARDLY DASHED BACK WITHOUT ASKING QUESTIONS OR WITNESSING THE STUPEFACTION AT LEAST As we got downstairs, in my pair of baggy shorts, casual shirt and slippers, I was ordered to enter a brown Nissan Pathfinder (LSD 205 BL) with an NBA sticker and sandwiched by two cops which imperiled my comfort. In the melee, I never knew when my newly-acquired Samsung GALAXY S5 fell off from my shorts! The remaining abductors entered other vehicles randomly parked around my entrance. We drove against traffic to the Sholoki police station to the amazement of law-abiding passers-by. I was directed to sit behind the CRO’s counter. One of the men on duty asked me whether I lived in the neighbourhood. I said yes and he expressed surprise that they did not know me as if they knew everyone in the area. I retorted that I have never had any incriminating business with the police. When eventually I was brought out from detention, ludicrous attempts were made to

snap me which I stoutly kicked against. The frenzied IPO aborted my last-ditch spousal communication, pointing out to a disinterested couple that such sessions could impede their addled investigations. Immediately, I was whisked away to Oyingbo Police Station in Lagos in the same SUV. When we got to the station, I was monstrously left inside the SUV in the scorching sun still manacled. I stayed there for about four hours with the sun rapturously blazing. I did not know what they were doing but I reasoned that it was part of the scheme to further dehumanize and enervate me before our travel by road to Umuahia. Relief came my way when the same fine escort brought his handset and said the FPRO, Mr. Frank Mba, wanted to speak with me. It was like an elixir, a therapeutic tonic indeed. Mba pleasantly assured me that he would make contacts and see what happens. Luckily, too, the MD/EIC of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Femi Adesina, was with him and spoke with me. I rejoiced within me that there would be some mitigation soonest. Alas, I was wrong! Not long after that, Opara piloted us for the last time from Oyingbo to Jibowu where a dedicated brand new Abia Transport Line Hummer bus was waiting for my money-grubbing captors and their victim. After severally missing our bushy way that Friday night, we finally got to the CID of the Abia State constabulary minutes into Saturday in pitch darkness. Wabara, ewabara@yahoo.com, is the media adviser to Dr. Orji Kalu.

INEC’s time-table and credible polls MOHAMMED ALHASAN

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s Nigerians prepare for the crucial 2015 general elections, the role of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is very important in delivering the elections without hiccups or at least in such a manner that the outcome will be acceptable to a large majority of the people. Many Nigerians would love to see a situation where the outcome of the polls is determined largely by the votes of the people, and not by the courts, which is tantamount to an individual deciding for the population who becomes what after a bungling has taken place. So far, the statements and actions coming out of INEC show an institution that appreciates the enormous responsibility facing it, and one who is keen on having a good result. Recently, the commission held a well- attended and strategic retreat in Kaduna where the INEC boss, Professor Attahiru Jega impressed on the staff of the commission the importance of the task ahead and how they should strive to meet the expectations of the people. He also appealed to them to allow transparency and probity to guide their conducts. The point is that while indeed it is the constitutional responsibility of INEC to organise and deliver credible elections, all Nigerians are also duty bound to contribute their quota to successful elec-

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PAST POLLS SHOULD BE CHECKED tions. Previous elections since 1999 have been marred by a high degree of thuggery, violence and killings, while ballot box snatching and stuffing by paid thugs, party agents and security men have been rife. Most times these criminal acts are perpetrated with the knowledge and participation of INEC officials. We said above that the credibility of an election is questionable if at the end of the day, it is one man sitting as a judge in a court that determines who wins. It would mean that the entire preparation and resources invested in the polls, as well as the time put in by the average voter have been in vain. For this reason, INEC should strive with the support of the authorities and people to ensure that the voters’ registers are in good shape and that the registers are clear enough for most voters to locate their names and

cast their ballots. Incidents of voters disenfranchisement caused by contentious voters’ registers and the usual logistical problems that mar INEC’s effort in past polls should be checked. Yet another issue related to the above that can mar the credibility of an election, and the legitimacy of those declared winners is the number of votes cast when compared to the number of registered voters. The INEC time-table and order of elections come in here. In the time-table released recently for the 2015 polls, it is curious that INEC fixed the all-important presidential election first while the others namely, governorship, National Assembly and state assemblies are to come later. One is of the view that INEC did not show enough sensitivity and assumes that Nigerians would dutifully file out every weekend to still vote in an election where their favoured party or candidate had already lost say in the presidential poll. Second, the question should be asked, ‘why can we hold all elections in one day, and let INEC take a whole week to complete the release of results rather than the current scattered one with its huge cost and demand on the voters and election personnel? The presidential election means a lot to many people. If for any reason, INEC cannot organise all elections in one day, and ensure with one stroke, a high voters turn- out in all the elections, the commission, given the crucial nature of the polls and the possibility of violence breaking

out in some parts of the country, should have listed the election for the number one position as the last in the series. The thinking here is that voters who would have become fatigued voting for state assemblymen, national assembly members etc, would still muster the energy to file out to vote in the presidential poll. The way INEC has prepared its order of elections makes one apprehensive that if there is controversy or violence after the announcement of the result of the presidential election, we might as well say good-bye to all the other polls. Perhaps, INEC is looking forward to the security personnel containing the situation. That is true; but the aggrieved may boycott the remaining polls thereby giving the victorious party the liberty to engage in ballot stuffing with crooked INEC officials! If the scenario above plays out, the credibility of the 2015 polls will be in doubt, the legitimacy of the emergent winners will be questionable while in most cases, one man, a judge or some judges would be the ultimate decider of the winner. Alhassan wrote from Maitama, Abuja. Send your views by mail or sms to PMB 10001, Ikoyi, or our Email: mail@ nationalmirroronline.net mirrorlagos@ yahoo.com or 08164966858 (SMS only). The Editor reserves the right to edit and reject views or photographs. Pseudonyms may be used but must be clearly marked as such.


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The nation’s sinking boat

A Abuse of amnesty

ll is not well in this country. Take the stock: political assassinations; ritual killings; incessant Boko Haram killings and destruction; corruption in high places; increasing miserisation of Nigerians; non-transparency and accountability in the oil sector, we can go on and on. The blame

rests with the President of the country, even though he might have inherited many of the problems. Of course, Mr. President is not a prophet; he cannot interpret complex dreams of this nature. But he has advisers and opinion leaders. Have they

been able to live up to expectation? Is the solution in the hand of any human being of any category? This brings to mind the biblical account of Pharaoh in Genesis 41. Pharaoh had a complex dream, so complex that all his advisers and magicians could not give the interpreta-

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peaceful society can be said to be priceless, especially when there exist steady economic growth, law and order etc. People tend to favour such polity. This was what the government of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua tried to achieve with the amnesty he granted the Niger Delta militants; it considerably served just that purpose. Crude oil was first discovered in 1956, in Oloibiri, a small Ijaw town in the present day Bayelsa State. Before then, agriculture was the mainstay of the country and the three regions into which Nigeria was then divided. We had gigantic groundnut pyramids in the North and exportable quantity of oil palm and cocoa in the East and West respectively. The discovery of oil led to the neglect of agriculture. Also neglected were the communities where oil was prospected and exploited. For years, subsequent military governments oppressed and suppressed the oil communities and activists who were exposing the criminally inflicted poverty in these communities as a result of the destruction of their primary means of livelihood. The result of the suppression is Niger Delta militants and the numerous groups. Unlike MEND and others of the Niger Delta region, the Boko Haram insurgents are rebels without a cause. It is responsible for thousands of deaths in thenorthernpartof thecountryregion since 2009 when it started its insurgency.Many of which are innocent citizens including women and children. The truth is the country cannot be Islamised. Our strength and beauty lies in our diversity, if only we can peacefully co-exist and harness our great potentials. This is why sociocultural organizations like Ndigbo Unity Forum, Arewa Consultative Forum and Odua People’s Congress etc, need to continue to preach the need for peaceful coexistence. We of Ndigbo Unity Forum demand that government should not grant amnesty to the Boko Haram, if the strategic focus of the amnesty is outside their surrendering their arms and ammunitions, rehabilitating them and compensating their victims. Obinka Ugochukwu, Director Planning and Research, Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), Onitsha, Anambra State

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EFCC and Its 117 convictions

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n a country where corruption is seen as the norms of the day, a tradition and way of life, no meaningful development can be achieved. Corruption seems to have pervaded every sector of Nigeria system vis-à-vis our moral and social life. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) despite all odds has given hope to Nigerians in its fight against the malaise, especially with its recent record of 117 convictions in 2013. Despite the numerous challenges faced by the Commission in prosecuting cases, the rise in the number of convictions shows that any obstacle is surmountable. Of the 533 cases filed within the year, it is worthy of note that the Commission was able to secure 117. This to me is commendable effort. However, it is hoped that the

Commission will not rest on its oars in 2014. It is also expected that it will bite harder by securing more convictions, especially of public officials who have looted the country’s commonwealth and holding our nation hostage through corruption. They enjoy their loot from the public’s treasury with their families and generations yet unborn. An instance is that of the son of the current governor of Jigawa State , Aminu Sule Lamido who was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport and prosecuted and convicted for money laundering by the Commission. Sadly too, these so called public officials who guzzle the nation’s funds take advantage of some constitutional loopholes to frustrate trials in court. They do not only frustrate trials, they also try all within their power to cripple the anti-graft agencies in an attempt to

make them toothless bulldog and a puppet in the hands of the elite. If the truth must be told the fight against corruption in this country must not be left in the hands of the anti-graft agencies alone. It should be a collective fight. Our laws need to be strengthened in a way that corrupt people will be made to face stiffer penalties. The EFCC Act needs to be amended to make the Commission independent. The judiciary needs to step up efforts towards ensuring quick dispensation of justice. Above all, against the backdrop of the public saying that EFCC is grossly underfunded, the anti-graft agency should be adequately funded for it to be able to fight corruption to a standstill. Ngozi Alexander (08051764050), Maraba, Nasarawa State.

Blowing hot airs over oil thefts

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n the name of protecting and securing Nigeria and multinational’s oil installations and facilities, maintaining law and order in the troubled Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, the Joint Task Force [JTF] was established. But has this outfit lived up to its billings? If the outgoing Commander of the Task Force, Major General Johnson Ochoga, admitted that some of its

personnel were corrupt, then your guess is as good as mine. We have a well loaded Task Force backed by several landbased and sea-based military formations in the region. Shell Petroleum Company loses about 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day, while for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC], it is about 80,000 barrels of crude per

day. Conservatively Nigeria loses about 140,000 barrels of crude oil per day due to oil thefts, with Bayelsa State accounting for over 87 percent of this illicit deal. What is the Joint Task Force, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, doing? Crude oil theft is part of the Nigerian societal decay that is costing the nation a colossal $7 billion dollars yearly. Everybody

tion of the dreams. It took a Hebrew slave kept in a prison for an offence he never committed to interpret the dream and proffer solutions. More complex than that was the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar as recounted in Daniel 2. When he woke up he invited all his magicians and wise men and challenged them to tell him the dream he had the previous night and its interpretation. More dangerous was the sanction of death if they were not able to do his bidding. It took another young Hebrew to tell the dream and interpret it. Nigeria cannot be an exception. As complex as the dream of Nigeria is today, where is the prophet to provide solution to the complex situation going on in the country? Are Jonathan’s advisers and opinion leaders telling him the truth? Have their proffered solutions fixed our mounting problems? If the answer is no, it would be a good idea for Mr. President to order a seven day NATIONAL FASTING AND PRAYING session during which both Christians and Muslims should cry to the Lord God for speedy divine intervention. The troubled Nigerian boat can sink at the end. God forbids. God is the answer to every fundamental problems of any nation. HIS INTERVENTION WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. The government budgets almost more than one trillion naira for security to the detriment of education, agriculture and health. If the entire matter is committed into the hands of God Almighty, the bogus budget on security votes will be unnecessary. By Bishop (DR) Emmanuel Uranda Ojo, General Overseer,New Light Revival International Assembly Iju-Ishaga,Lagos state.

is complaining, yet only feeble efforts are being taken to arrest the ugly tide. It is indeed disheartening. Nigeria has asked British defence establishment to help tackle the multi-billion dollar business, which is run by international crime syndicates and ‘sophisticated ring’. Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi (08069508573)

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s one of Nigeria’s most successful musical groups, P Square about to dissolve their partnership? Well, the buzz strongly emanating from the music industry sugg gests that the table might soon turn and all ll the assets, splendour and dominance that at have been enjoyed for over a decade by the e group subjected to threat. Of course, there have been several sidess to the noise of the imminent break-up, a situation that has fuelled more confusion, iff not speculation. One account is the fact that at their elder brother, Jude Okoye, whose busiiness acumen, artistic skills and creativity y has been the anchor on which the brothers, s, Paul and Peter Okoye rests firmly on, took k to Twitter to announce as follows: “After 100 years of hardwork, It’s over. Am done”. It is noteworthy that many of P Square’ss songs and videos have the imprint of Jude e Okoye who has been a unifying force beetween the two, professionally. He has the e duty of arranging and deciding which h songs would be in their albums, resulting in n the huge sales their albums have enjoyed in n the past years. So committed has he been to o the group that he had to sell his car in orderr to raise money to shoot his brothers’ first st video. Friday Flavour gathered that Peter iss displeased that Paul and Jude are turning g him down, neglecting his songs during allbum production, ‘relegating him to a mere e dancer in the group’. According to a source e close to the group, “Peter has also accused d Jude of not being pleasantly disposed to o his idea of a relationship with his wife, lett alone a marriage. This is believed to be the reason why he was not prominent at the wedding. It is strongly believed that the age difference between the two may have caused the friction, which ultimately made him move out of their mansion at Omole Estate.” But while this is raging a cycle of denials has continued to waft from their

end. Although, there are speculations that a lawyer has been invited to supervise the sharing of their joint assets, Paul Okoye had gone on his Facebook account to announce thus: “After the storm comes the calm. Hoping for better days ahead as one f a m i l y. G o d ’ss

intervention.” Another industry source, however told Friday Flavour that the report might be a publicity stunt to pre-launch their upcoming album which is in the pipeline. “I know the twins are planning an album slated for release later year, so I do in the year know what not kno happen to will ha project if that p they breakup now. But n you must realise that rea in show business, you must mu learn to take eve every information on face fa value until it is otherwise ot proven. “ What will wil be the impact of the spilt on the group and gr Nigerian entertainment? tainment Friday Flavour checks show that th aside their careers beca ing affected by affe the lack of Jude Okoye’s touch, the group’s ranking rankin as one of Africa’s richest riches musicians may m also drop. This is because their becau earnings over earni the years used for the ranking have ha been a joint effort.

This apart, it may also alter the terms of contract they have with most of their endorsement deals which were penned jointly. “The breakup will be a very big blow to the Nigeria entertainment industry and the encomiums and accolades they have gathered together might just take a downward turn and become a tale of ‘once upon a time’. They are the only music group that sings and entertain with scintillating dance steps and they have infected the whole continent with their ‘virus’; which might just be irreplaceable. Some people are just made for each other, without which they may never get their rhythm again.” The group has been blessed with a lot of achievements since they launched their career in entertainment by winning the ‘Benson and Hegdes Dancing Competition’ in 2000: In 2010, P Square won the coveted KORA awards for ‘Best African Act’, and pocketed $1m for this. Previously, in 2003, they had been nominated for a lower category, ‘Most Promising African Group’ for their ‘Senorita’ album, which they lost. In 2007, 2008 and 2012, they won the Channel O awards for the ‘Best Group/Duo’ category. Also in 2008 and 2009, P Square won the ‘Best Group’ award at the MTV Africa Music Awards. Presently, they have been nominated again for three award categories including the ‘Best Group’ category at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards. Forbes has listed them as one of the most commercially successful artistes to have come out of the African continent.

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ulder Club Ultimate, Nigeria’s revolutionary mobile clubbing platform is moving to South-East Nigeria for the first time. The popular club, which debuted in Port Harcourt in July 2013, has become a favourite for fun-lovers from different parts of the country. The remarkable clubbing experience will be in Enugu this weekend, for two nights

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of unprecedented entertainment. Award-winning artiste, Darey Art Alade and popular compere Freeze of Cool FM will be hosts as Club Ultimate. Naeto C, J Martins, Tony One Week are among the line-up of celebrity guests while two of Enugu’s finest and hottest radio personalities, Tobe Dadiva and Lorenzo Menakaya are red carpet hosts.

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his Sunday, April 27, 2014, the residents of Akute, Alagbole, Ajuwon, Ishaga and Ojodu located on the outskirts of Lagos will be dwelling under one canopy as D’Lec Entertainment brings to their door step a comedy show tagged: ‘An Evening with the Lectura’ This comedy and music show will feature most of the funniest comedians like: Elenu, Akapella, Amikable, Laffdoctor, Elder O and Big Micky. Music is by several DJs as well as Chy White from South Africa. The Venue is Roseview Court on Alagbole-Akute Road.

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himamanda Adichie is the creative director of the Farafina Trust; and together with some other notable writers like Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainana and Aslak Sira Myhre, they will run a ten-day writing workshop. The Farafina Creative Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Nigerian Breweries PLC, will run from August 5 to August 15 2014, but entries are currently being accepted.

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Gospel music industry needs corporate support

-Precious Okuchukwu

For Precious Okuchukwu, music is supposed to be a tool for winning souls for God. That is why she has been recording songs, which evoke emotions about the awesomeness of the creator. The singer, television presenter and mother talks about her career and family in this interview with NGOZI EMEDOLIBE. Excerpts: Who invited you to the music ministry? I never chose the music ministry; I was called by God Himself. How do you know God called you? We are expected to know when God is calling us and the ability to answer the call of our Father in Heaven. He has called us into different ministries, we must be ready to identify. Some will be teachers, prophets, evangelists and so on. I only identified that my part is to be a minister of God in songs. How supportive has your family been in your career? I enjoy the support and encouragement of my family in this ministry. My daughter Princess Miracle Beulah Nma, started going to ministration with me from the womb till date. I was billed for a ministration 2 weeks after her delivery because we were not expecting her at the time she came and we can’t disappoint the church. I have always said in my previous interviews that my husband King David is a blessing to me; he is also my brother and best friend. I refer to him as my angel because he is the one after God in the success of everything that I am doing in life. He is the one that arranges my ministrations, radio, television, newspaper and magazines interviews both local and international. Tell us more about him? My husband is the owner of my record label, Randez Music in Nigeria. He encourages me to do those things that seem so difficult in my eyes and a wonderful counselor. He has supported me to achieve whatever I have done today. He is the one that set up my band and put them together whenever we have a ministration. He is in charge of the affairs of the ministry and band. I owe everything that I am and do to him. This can honestly and only be achieved through love. I am proud to say that we love each other dearly. My husband is a creative person, sound and full of ideas, he is also blessed with the ability to create positive environment and situations. Most artistes just mime songs, do you play with your band live? My band is made up of thirteen highly professional musicians that play the instruments, as well dancers if need be. We also cover weddings, burials, church events like crusades. Do you play any instrument? I play the conga; but I am also taking a

course on some other instruments. How did the journey into music begin? I started singing for my peers at the age of 6, my passion for music and the things of God made me to join the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, I became their lead singer till 2002, when I finished my secondary education, then came to Lagos for holidays and to further my education. I went for a Revival Meeting with my uncle and another friend who was asking for my hand in marriage in a church, the prophet asked for somebody who can sing from the congregation, I dashed out for the microphone and began to sing. The atmosphere was engulfed with the Holy Spirit as in the day of Pentecost, people began to fall under anointing, shouting and screaming, deliverance was taking place, the same that happens when I minister in songs. It was an awesome moment and power of God manifesting fully, which made him to say that this gift and talent should be used in working for God in His vineyard, that was how I automatically became the lead singer of that big ministry for seven years, within which I recorded three albums for this ministry, my first and second personal albums respectively. The song, ‘Ekwela Ihere Meem’ is the hit that shaped your career; is that your favourite too? I love all my songs because they are peculiar and received through the inspiration of God for a specific purpose and circumstance. I have recorded so many songs both for pastors and in the ministry where I have served as a worship leader, in Charismatic or some orthodox churches, songs are recorded for churches. My first personal album seems to be my favourite because it came when I was suffering terrible rejection, when everything seems bad in my life. The situation on ground prompted me to seek the face of God in solitude at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Church. I have been rejected by all because of my faith, lacking everything, my school mates and friends could not help in school because I have refused to go to club with them or accept the men they will introduce to me or go out with them in skimpy wears at odd times. At home, because I will not agree with them to do things which are contrary to my Christian belief, I was also rejected. I went to tell God of how broken hearted I was then and as I cried unto Him, the lyrics of the song ‘Ekwela Ihere Meem’ began to flow. Honestly this song has done great miracles and I have received great testimonies concerning this song which confirms the reason why God gave it to me at that time. It is a consolatory message for

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Married to King David, owner of Randez Music

Was discovered at a Catholic Revival event where she first sang to an amazed audience

Career has been shaped by the hit song ‘Ekwela Ihere Meem’ reputed to have sold a million copies worldwide

Studied Creative Arts at the University of Lagos

Albums include: ‘Ekwela Ihere Meem’, ‘Angelic Worship vol.1’, ‘Oyorima Praise’

• Co-presents a cultural programme, ‘Igbo With Mr Raw on her TV show Igbo Amaka TV Amaka’ on Africa Magic

With hubby (middle) and Ndy Amugo, a broadcaster

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us any less creative. It is just a wrong perception. Nigeria’s gospel music industry needs to reinvent itself and compete favourably, because we have a lot of talented artistes as well.

What church do you attend? I attend the Revival Assembly Church, with the New Anointing, to break yokes and burdens, where the captives are set free, the oppressed get succor. I call it the anointing Dome Cathedral and Solution ground, where God comes first before He goes to anywhere else. My pastor is Apostle Anselm Madubuko and he has been encouraging to my career. What does it take to succeed in gospel music? Any young person reading this, who intends going into music should be focused and inquire of the Lord for inspiration and direction; Honestly, it is good and imperative to seek the face of God in everything we want to do in life and follow His directions. Are you worried about the way secular music seems to be eclipsing the gospel music genre? I am not worried one bit, because good music is good music. Yes we in the gospel need a lot of corporate patronage and sponsorship to take the industry to the next level, but I tell my colleagues in the gospel genre that being so, does not make

What songs are you working on at the moment? I have so many songs and albums in the making. I am currently in the studio working on them and I call a lot of them hits because the songs will by His grace bring back the real worship of God required in the gospel music industry. After my song from Joel 2 verse 26-27, Psalm 25 verse 2, that was my third album which was released in 2008 and ‘Ekwela Ihere Meem’ (Lord do not allow me be put to shame) and in January 2011, I released another album ‘Angelic Worship vol.1’ which is making waves all over the world by His grace. Towards the end of 2012, I also released ‘Oyorima Praise’ which is a fascinating African Praise hit for all gospel and church occasions. In 2013, I released three singles namely, ‘Fine Love’, which I am currently finalising the video; ‘I will extol Thee’ and ‘Oluebube’. These are great songs with super lyrics and irresistible beats. I also thank God for the wonderful videos of ‘Ekwela Ihere Meem’ my second to the latest ‘To God Be the Glory’ which is gaining a lot of international appreciation, air-play and commendations by fans.


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My experience as digital art painter -Rufus Ashiru Priceless whose real name is Rufus Oluwole Ashiru is an eclectic neo-traditional experimental artist, digital art painter, and businessman. He draws largely from the wealth of indigenous archives of the Yoruba oral traditional idioms and aesthetic values as well as other sources embedded in the authentic African culture. He infuses all these with contemporary techniques and synthetic media while also reflecting issues in this contemporary milieu. He spoke about his life and works with OLUWADAHUNSI OLAWALE. Excerpts: How did the name ‘Priceless’ come about? The name came when I was in class two at Bariga Comprehensive High school, when I was about to get a business name for myself by my elder brother. I checked on it and found out that it connotes a personality of inestimable value, which is also what art represents. But it wasn’t until I got to the university (Obafemi Awolowo University) that the name got stuck. When did you go into art professionally? I started at the age of 8, when I was learning carpentry and wood carving. I would stop by a wood-carving shop on my way back from my school in Primary 5. There’s this place where they carve wood along Oworoshoki, I’ll stop by and watch them and when I get home, I’ll fashion my own tool since I don’t have standard tools; using blade, wood and steel since I didn’t have mine and do something close to what I saw the artists do. Combining that with carpentry, I polished my works and my ‘Oga’ then helped me sell it for about N20 at Ojota. I made quite some money then because I did several copies of the artwork. It encouraged me a lot and it made me know that I can. Which year was that? I think it was around 1984 or 1985. I was also into portraiture. I collected people’s picture and commit myself to drawing it even if it would take 6 months to complete. Some will give me money and some will not. I was using it to train myself and it helped me when I got to the university because the first exhibition we had was a charity exhibition at Sheraton Hotel. That was where it dawned on me what I actually had become because all my paintings where sold even though I was just a first year student. And then I use to challenge myself that I could do anything any other artist can do, especially when it is not an area that many artists haven’t explored. How far have you gone internationally? I was part of Nexportex 2003, where the best of Nigerian artists exhibited their works at Brussels Art Expo, Belgium and to London, UK severally at the Excel Cen-

tre Duckland for exhibitions. My works even adorn the wall of galleries I am not even aware of. And on the local scene? I have participated in countless numbers of exhibitions. Notable among them are “Rhapsody of Peace”, September 2003, an exhibition in honour of Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya, “Best of Ife” 2002 and 2003. But more recently, I have soft-pedalled on local exhibitions to pursue my passion... Which is…? Digital arts! It is an offshoot of photography. I went into photography out of inquisitiveness. I had colleagues who would collect exhorbitant sums of money from me to edit the pictures I took. Then I decided that I must explore as much as possible the digital art painting softwares and become a specialist in it. I started recreating pictures artistically and here I am today. It has been challenging but the journey has been quite interesting because there are limitless possibilities involved in experimenting new designs. Even the softwares you think you know, you discover that you haven’t even ‘scratched’ the surface. Its acceptance has been quite encouraging too. Which personalities do you have as your clientele? Exclusive in my clientele base are the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture where I was commissioned to design a digital collage of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola from inception till date in a photographic panorama. I was also commissioned on the digital portraiture of Mr. Tony John Momoh, Mr. Sony Irabor and so many other personalities.

Oyedepo. How did you meet the Late Ambassador Olushola and who was he to you? He had a shoulder that every artist could lean on, there was no exhibition or art show that he was too big to recog- Ashiru nise. He was always ready to listen and support. To him, no idea is too small for all walks of life. Presently we have volunhim to give attention to. That was a very teers in the field of photography, performbig encouragement for me. He was like a ing arts, poets, creative writers, scientists, lawyers, pharmacists and the likes. father to me. How did you meet him? It was through Mufu Onifade, whom I learnt how to paint on animal skin from way back in university days. Our involvements as art associations in school brought us in contact with the Ajibulu Moniya Gallery, where I met Daddy Olushola. Which project are you working on presently? It’s a charity project for children called: ‘Love, Life, Hope and the Child’ in conjunction with the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture. It was conceived during my youth service days in the interiors of Taraba State. I found out that some of them were living far behind time with no access to education. So I thought that if one can introduce education to them, one would have touched the entire generation after them.

It is also known that you are the second person in Nigeria to know how to paint on animal skin? Yes… na God o. I was just determined to know it.

What is ‘Love, Life, Hope and the Child’? It is an art-based charity initiative focused on using the creative arts as a medium of advocacy and fundraising to aid educationally disadvantaged children, 18 years and below, make it through school up to university level as well as giving them skill empowerment and life-mentoring. This initiative in itself is the corporate philosophy of Priceless Arts. It was borne out of compassion for the children whose desire to be more now and even as adults would be limited by literacy and empowerment.

Who are your mentors? The Late Ambassador Segun Olushola, Dr Mike Mudorck and Bishop David

Who are the members of ‘Love, Life, Hope and the Child’? Membership is open to like-minds from

What is the mission? We are a team of partners and volunteers working together to empower and aid the Nigerian children to become agents of lasting change and carriers of transferable nation-building ethics. What does the initiative provide for children? This initiative was created out of the need to create a meeting point between educationally disadvantaged children who needs educational funding/support and would-be donor organisations and philanthropists domestically and internationally. With this initiative, we long to see children from poor backgrounds get to live their dreams despite financial constraints. We hope to help make them valuable to the market place and to the nation. By so doing, we hope to initiate the legacy of “the Nigerian Dream” –where every child would get an opportunity to be equipped academically and practically with competence to succeed, regardless of their background, creed or race. Can you talk about the periodic art exhibitions your initiative is involved in? The charity art exhibitions feature visual arts poem recitations and dance dramas that would describes the life and situation of each child we present.Presently we have 15 children at different stages in their educational pursuit. Each child has different funding needs to take them through school. We have spoken to representatives of Leadway Assurance who would be available on the fund-raising day to institute educational trust fund for each child. The organisers are not collecting money from donors. And when will the exhibition take place? By God’s grace in the second half of the year.

Some of his works

Who are your trustees and advisers? Oba Shimawa, Tunde Kelani, Kunle Filani, Mr. Adeoti, the managing director of Synergy Healthcare as well as Mrs. Awolonu. What do you hope to project as your legacy at Priceless Arts? I will like to make arts to become not just an end but a means to an end. That is why I came up with the project. Art can be used as a veritable tool to solve societal issues like poverty, illiteracy and so on. That is what I love to be remembered for.


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Silence would be treason

Does a man wish to know when death comes knocking? These and many questions are posed by ‘Silence would be treason: The last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa’ Mature Tanko Okoduwa

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book was once sent to me by one of the editors of the book, Ide Corley from Ireland. The title of the book is gotten from ‘Keep out of Prison’ it is in line 6, page 159. The moment I opened the book the night I received it I could not drop the book. There were a lot of things I wanted to know. So many gaps I wanted to fill on Ken Saro-Wiwa. The book helped a great deal to imagine Ken Saro-Wiwa’s state of mind in prison and his general thoughts on so many issues of life. Ken Saro-Wiwa was a writer, publisher and politician, well known as the creator of a long-running television satirical series ‘Basi and Company’. His contribution to the struggle for the salvaging of the Ogoni environment and at a larger scale the Nigerian landscape speaks volume through his active participation in the (production) writing of the Ogoni Bill of Rights of 1990 by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). It was his active and tireless crusades and participation that helped to drive Chevron out of the Ogoni land and the democratic and non-violent struggle against those that plunged their land into one dark living hell. A scheme master-minded by the military junta of General Sani Abacha left villages burnt and destroyed, and led to the death of demonstrators. In 1994, four Ogoni Chiefs were killed in an unprecedented circumstance. The death of these chiefs led to the arrest of the Ogoni Nine, including their leader, Ken Saro-Wiwa. This arrest sparked off one of the most controversial “kangaroo” trial of all time in the history of trials of mankind. The book started with a foreward: ‘Silence is Treason’ by Nnimmo Bassey, former General Secretary of Association of Nigerian Authors when Odia Ofeimun was President. Ken Saro-Wiwa as we all know was President of ANA from 1990 to 1993. Bassey in his article sketchily traces the life of Saro-Wiwa, his role as a defender of the oppressed Nigerians and of all humanity. In “The Ken Saro-Wiwa Collection at the library, National University of Ireland

Maynooth,” Helen Fallon captured how on November 10 2011, Sr. Majella McCarron (OLA) presented a collection of personal correspondence: 28 letters, 27 poems, 7 video cassette recordings of visits and meetings with family and friends after Ken Saro-Wiwa death and a collection of photographs which she handed over to the Library of the National University of Ireland Maynooth. It was to mark the sixteenth anniversary of Saro-Wiwa’s execution. The handwritten letters dates between 20th October 1993 and 14th September 1995. There were two earliest dating from 1993. These letters were written to Sr. Majella. It was Sr. Majella that brought the Ogoni complaint of environmental destruction by the Royal Dutch Shell to the attention of a Brusselsbased Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN), an association that has continued to monitor oil and gas impact throughout Africa. The intimacy between Ken Saro-Wiwa and Sr. Majella was so deep and immense that he seeks advice from time to time from her; to a point that if there was no correspondence from her, he was troubled greatly as noted in the lines below: It was; as usual, most informative and made me miss you more than ever. You are the only one who gives me an almost complete picture… it can be terrible here when one cannot phone or discuss with others. The beauty of the correspondence points to the brevity of life. No matter how long a man lives on earth, the fact remains that no man was born to live alone even though he may appear or seem to portray himself as a tough person. In a letter to Sr. Majella by Mairead Corrigan, a Nobel laureate, she summarized Saro-Wiwa’s life with the best of words: “His life is a great testimony to the human spirit of love and compassion and sacrifice for other.” As if Saro-Wiwa knew what the future holds, he wrote to Sr. Majella on December 1 1993, and urged her to “keep putting your thoughts on paper. Who knows how we can use them in future. The Ogoni story will have to be told.” Twenty years after that statement, this book was born. Ide Corley, in “Ken Saro-Wiwa and West African Literature: The Politics of Language”, examines Saro-Wiwa’s writings in

her short essay and tries to situate his work within the longer tradition of Nigerian political thought and writings. She succeeded in tracing Saro-Wiwa’s writings in relations to the development of West Africa countries during the pre-colonial and postcolonial eras, most especially Nigeria which established a federation of artificial regions- Northern, Western and Eastern. The result of this was ‘Unitarism’ at regional level and ‘federalism’ at the centre to borrow from Saro-Wiwa words. Corley did a good work with the paper as she critically analysed Saro-Wiwa’s works like Genocide in Nigeria (1992) or A Month and a Day, Sozaboy (1987), A Forest of Flowers (1987) and others. Saro-Wiwa’s works she said cannot be placed among the first generation of Nigerian writers of the 1950s and 60s who were preoccupied with ‘countering’ colonial texts which tend to relegate Africa in the eyes of the world, and at the same time cannot be accused of ‘alienation and detachment’ a term used to capture writers of the “second generation.” Corley’s analysis of his memoir, “On a darkling Plain” (1987) and “Sozaboy,” the two books central themes are on the Biafran leader General Odumegwu Ojukwu. It was in “Sozaboy,” that Saro-Wiwa’s experimented with ‘rotten English.’ Laurence Cox paper was on “Ken SaroWiwa in political context: Social Movements in the Niger Delta,” he draws comparison with the two historical countries Norway and Nigeria, with specific reference to Ogoni and Fermanagh. Cox pointed out that areas were oil are found are most times cursed as a Norwegian specialist on oil and gas once wrote; noting that those on whose land oil is buried beneath the earth rarely benefit from it. Cox went on to trace the Niger Delta and the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) laying emphasis on how the movement did not come to an end after the execution of the Ogoni nine rather the dictatorship fell in 1999. One striking revelation about Cox research is the fact that he was able to point out that Saro-Wiwa did everything to ensure that with his death dictatorship will come to an end. And it did. Ken Saro-Wiwa’s letter at-

tested to this – Note his letter of September 16 1994: “I don’t see Abacha lasting much longer anyway.” Ironically the dictatorship ended but it has nurtured more children in civilian dress. Ken SaroWiwa’s letters are so revealing, educative and predictive. For instance, his letter of October 1 1994 reveals his belief in the customs of his people. When they refused him of seeing his son Kwame, he said it was forbidden in his tradition and that it amounts to ‘godlessness’ and a ‘crime,’ and that he was expecting the Ogoni god to punish those involved. He also said when he was treated badly by one of his tribesman, his father predicted a shameful death for the person and it came to pass. Detention drew Saro-Wiwa closer to God, as he quoted once in a while from scriptures in his letters to Sr. Majella and wrote in one of them: “confinement has helped me to a closer walk with God.” Ken Saro-Wiwa’s letters and poems sum-up the state of man in solitary confinement; the longing for loved ones, the importance of touch and the need to be grateful for little and unappreciated things like words spoken and unspoken. The need to appreciate and love when we have the opportunity, for we can never tell when such an opportunity will be taken from us: ‘I lie alone at night / And pray the day will come / To mend your broken heart / And steel my breaking soul.” Prison only helped to sharpen his mind and prepared him for the inevitable: “I have raised the questions’ daughter … / I may in cold blood lie buried / have I your future compromised? For the oppressed and those that keep quiet even when things deteriorate in their environment or nation, Saro-Wiwa wrote in ‘Keep out of Prison,’: ‘When streams choke with pollution / Silence would be treason / Punishable by a term in prison.’ Okodua is the MD, Mahogany books, Lagos

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Iyanya: Creativity or predictability?

Why the industry may not be ready to change the commercial slant. Ngozi Emedolibe

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or the artistes, it means staying afloat with commercial success, but for the discerning audience, it means loss of creativity. This is the impression that will hit anyone who spends three minutes watching Iyanya’s new video directed by famous music video director, Sesan. Taking a cue from his previous works, Iyanya and his producer arrived at a rhythm that would sound acceptable to the Nigerian music audience, on which rather meaningless lyrics about the ‘waist’ of a woman was laced. Ideally, Iyanya took

time idolising the virtues of a woman he meets at a pub, and even without seeing her waist started blabbing about it in the song. The director does not drag the attention of the audience to this important factor ‘waist’ which has unimpressively been dominating a lot of the lyrics in Nigeria these days. And this brings one to the big question. What is about waists that tend to drive Nigerian artistes crazy? From Flavour to Wiz Kid and Iyanya, it is fast becoming a fad to talk about the ‘back side of a woman’ in songs, leaving a lot of issues that music as an art form should address. Of course, it is certain that the gains of dwelling on frivolous themes are what have been driving this trend. While some may end up on the opposite side with Iyanya on the lyrics, of this song, it is pertinent to note however that this video is unique in a lot of ways, and kudos

Crown Troupe of Africa

must be given to Sesan who in spite of the numerous video directing jobs he gets constantly saddled with still manages to come up with brilliant concepts. For once he has avoided the flashes and dark backgrounds in this video. Beginning with the choreography, Iyan-

ya and his dancers put up a brilliant showmanship which was accentuated with their nice costumes. The various attires from suits to the dresses by the models, showed a musician that has made a frank effort to cover up the immoral lyrics with clean images. Yes, despite the fact that this


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Origin of Nollywood Jackie

The Nigerian film industry has been described as a phenomenon, an original African invention that has taken the world by storm. How did it all begin? Sunny Okim

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ome 20 years ago, a young Nigerian university graduate was so desperate to produce a movie that he was willing to give it a try with just the equivalent of a US$1,000. Faced with the reality of his lack of money to hire accomplished actors and actresses, Mr Nollywood, as Okechukwu Oguejiofor has come to be known, simply gathered some of his friends and rented a hand-held video camera, with which he recorded the scenes as they acted out a script containing a story written in his native Igbo, one of Nigeria’s three major languages. After seven days’ work, Oguejiofor spent the next one week inside one of the three privately owned mini-editing suites in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, trying to put together the rushes. The end product was a videocassette containing a 120-minute movie entitled ‘Living in Bondage’. The movie, which was subtitled in English, became an instant hit when it was released on the market on 12

song is about waists, the shots of this film only highlighted this sort of scene once throughout the length of the video. The audience will also find interesting some of the props used in the video, particularly the brand of car which was conveying Iyanya. It is classy and cannot be defined in terms of age. It looks like one of those ageless brands of car which while not spelling sophistication is classy enough to attract attention. Whoever has that idea gets a commendation here. Also commendable is the choice on lo-

IT IS CERTAIN THAT THE GAINS OF DWELLING ON FRIVOLOUS THEMES HAVE BEEN DRIVING THIS TREND

September 1992. And with that was born the phenomenon that has become known as Nollywood. The chance meeting Oguejiofor, now in his late forties, had trained as a filmmaker/television producer at the Television College in Jos, north central Nigeria. He moved to Lagos after completing his course in 1987 with high hopes of securing a job with the government-owned NTA television network, only to see his hopes dashed by an employment embargo. In the next few years, Oguejiofor took up various odd jobs, including street hawking of beauty products, from which he hoped to save enough money to produce a movie. That, however, was a tall ambition for Okey, as he is fondly called – until a chance meeting with a popular television actress saw his dream become a reality. Mr Nollywood: “Saving that amount of money from street hawking turned out to be a mirage. I was on the street for about three years until one day when I went to the National Arts Theatre, where I used to go and while away the time in the company of some artistically inclined young men and women, mostly unemployed graduates. This very day, I met a group of dramatists rehearsing a play called ‘Vices’. I noticed some technical flaws in the play and pointed them out, to the annoyance of the actors. But the director listened to me and realised my observations were correct. He quickly made amendments. The entire cast and

cation. With an increasing number of Nigerian artistes flying to South Africa to shoot music videos, Iyanya’s ‘Le Kwa Ukwu’ looks like one of those done on the other side of the world but several scenes make one attempt to believe it is Nigeria. The great work done was to direct camera shots in a way, the actual location is not highlighted. Nigerian musicians cannot continue to be the tourism mouth pieces of South Africa whom they always end up promoting in their various videos, perhaps at no cost. Of course, Iyanya should also be commended for the choice of language he has demonstrated in the song where he used not only English but Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin English to drive home the upbeat tempo rhythm that is the hallmark of this song. Nigerian fans will need very deep understanding to understand where this man is headed. It seems commerce remains the driving force.

crew wondered who the hell this haggardlooking young man was that knew so much about what they thought they were doing as professionals, even to the extent of his being their critic.” Oguejiofor continues the interesting story: “One of the ladies among them, Ruth Osu, a known face on television then, called me aside and asked to know more about me. I told her I was a trained filmmaker but because of the lack of a job, I took to hawking in traffic in order to make enough money someday to shoot my film. She was moved with compassion, and gave me a note to Kenneth Nnebue, chief executive of NEK Video Links, a major marketer of imported blank video and audio cassettes.” That connection was to be fortuitous both for Oguejiofor and Nnebue, who had a stock of unsold blank video cassettes and did not know what to do with them. “After much probing and screening, Nnebue reluctantly accepted my proposal of shooting a movie with a budget of 150,000 naira (about US$1,000). The result of that agreement was the production of ‘Living in Bondage’, which hit historic cash sales of 20 million naira (about $140,000) within the first month of release.” Though it was not the first Nigerian home video, ‘Living in Bondage’ set new

standards and its release is generally accepted as the beginning of the industry today known as Nollywood. Before Nollywood Prior to ‘Living in Bondage’, there were pockets of videos shot on VHS cameras across Nigeria. In the south east, for example, one Solomon Eze, alias Mike Ori Ihedinma, was already producing videos in the Igbo language. In the south west, there were people such as Aromire and even Kenneth Nnebue, who had produced a video in Yoruba entitled ‘Ajeni Iya Mi’. The story was the same in northern Nigeria. So what made ‘Living in Bondage’ the beginning of a new era in the Nigerian movie industry? “It is all encompassing – the props, locations, directorial ability, production capacity, artistic inputs,” said Halim Mohammed, a veteran Nigerian entertainment journalist and critic. Before ‘Living in Bondage’, the Nigerian film industry was essentially an elitist organisation as it involved the production of films on celluloid, a very expensive venture. With ‘Living in Bondage’, filmmaking in Nigeria became democratised, so to speak. Many more people could now participate in the process without first needing a huge financial war chest. ….to be continued

THOUGH IT WAS NOT THE FIRST NIGERIAN HOME VIDEO, ‘LIVING IN BONDAGE’ SET NEW STANDARDS AND ITS RELEASE IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED AS THE BEGINNING OF THE INDUSTRY TODAY KNOWN AS NOLLYWOOD


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Love me je je crooner returns with new single Ngozi Emedolibe

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o you remember the 90s hit, Love me je je? It was a song by Seyi Sodimu who is now based in Nigeria. The singer has released a brand new single titled Pele Pele, which is a re-make of Ebenezer Obey’s Ore mi se pele pele. The artiste that is popularly referred to as Seyi, who is one of the pioneers of the new Nigerian music sound, has been absent from the music scene for a while to pursue other business ventures including real estate, fashion and automotives. His style of music is called Afrosoul which is a fusion of African music, soul and high-life. His style

is termed adult contemporary and is geared towards a mature crowd while at the same time appealing to the youth and the masses. This new single is supposed to be the first in a series, and subsequent singles will follow to mark his return to the Nigerian music scene. The video was directed and shot by Sesan Ogunro of Film Factory in a serene location in London. On this project Seyi Sodimu worked with master producer Shizzi (Seyi Akerele) and Bankulli of Bankulli Entertainment. Sodimu was born in Nigeria, and while growing up, he was influenced by various genres of music-highlife, juju and afro beat. After his high school, where he majored in the arts, He travelled

to America (Washington DC) for his University education. This was where he began his musical pursuits. He sings smoothly in English and Yoruba (his native African language) and sometimes accenting his music with Yoruba chants. He writes all his songs. His style of writing celebrates life, love and the truth, as well as the spirituality of a higher existence. The Love Me Jeje master’s music acknowledges the trials of everyday people in today’s society and the struggles of oppressed people, but never animated in hate or revenge. His music also tells a story, and inspires people. Seyi has done several singles like Boys Will Be Boys, Dying Young, and Sophisticated Woman, featuring Wayne Wonder.

Ebenezer Obey and Seyi Sodimu

Band Aid comes to Terra Kulture

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ajmua Theatre is set to present a play, Band Aid as part of ‘Theatre at Terra’ for the month of May. In the play, three friends with distinct personality disorders are united by their love for music but soon fall in love with the same girl. They think she has come to save them from themselves but she takes them on as a project to fill a void in her life. What happens when her demons emerge from the past she is trying to escape from? That is the conundrum at the heart of this funny, reflective and exhilarating

play which will star veteran, Toyin Oshinaike as well as Patrick Diabuah, Toju Ejoh, Adesua Etomi,Tosin Oluwadare, Demi Olubanwo and Tosin Gregory. The Script was workshopped by Toni Kan, Tosin Otudeko, Wana Udobang, Hamza Kassim, Paul Alumona, Kenneth Uphopho, Seun Kentebe, Seyi Balogun, and members of the cast and crew. Band Aid is written and directed by Abiodun Kassim, while Femi Leye is the music director. It will hold at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

L-R: Glover, Fiberesima, Mbanefo and Odogun

Glover proposes collaborations for Nollywood

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ollywood actor, Danny Glover has stressed that collaborating with other professionals in other big markets in the US, North America and South America is the only way motion picture professionals in Africa can maximise their talents for socio-economic relevance. The Hollywood actor of international repute said this in Lagos at an event for the public presentation of a 10th anniversary commemorative book which captures the first decade of the pan-African award titled: From Dream to Reality: The AMAA Legacy which took place at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. At the event attended by billionaire businessman Chief Sunny Odogwu, the Ide Ahaba of Asaba and other business leaders and Nollywood practitioners, Glover said after 10 years of AMAA it is now time for film makers and professionals in the industry to collaborate with their counterparts in America, North America and South America to create a huge creative economy that will bring good monetary returns for them. ‘’To start with I am leading a global effort to raise funding for film projects with AFA. We want to start with two major films that will tell the real story of Africans and those of us in Diaspora. The films will have actors and actress and other professionals from Nigeria and other parts of Africa with our colleagues in Hollywood, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago. What this proj-

ect will do for us is that we will be tapping into the huge market in these regions of the world where we have large black population. Our actors, actresses and other people who will work on these projects will have cross-continental and global exposures working with their counterparts from these countries. We will have access to a global distribution network that will guarantee revenue and good returns. That is the type of collaboration where are talking about. This fusion of talents will give us the creative economy AMAA and Peace have been talking about,’’ he said. ‘’I was part of this dream 10 years ago. I have stayed with it since inception. Going into the next 10 years I will hold Peace’s hand and work with her to realise the objectives of making black film makers and professionals anywhere in the world relevant.’’ Announcing Glover’s new status as the Chairman of AFA governing Board, the AMAA Chief Executive, Peace AnyiamOsigwe said the board is pleased to have the global film icon as its Chairman adding that Glover is expected to bring to the organisation his extensive experience in the business of film making, talent development and international reach. ‘’Mr. Glover helped the Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o who won the Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Oscars for her role in 12 Years a Slave. This is the kind of value he is bringing to African cinema as the Chairman of Africa Film Academy.”

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AFRIFF 4th edition opens for entries

he Executive Director and Founder of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Chioma Ude, has said that “entries are now invited across the nation for the 2014 edition of AFRIFF and the edition will witness further exciting improvements for which AFRIFF is known and globally respected.” She said recently that the call for entries’ submission by AFRIFF, a platform that seeks to give expression to African cinema by recognizing and rewarding excellence in the industry, follows the announcement of date for the pan African festival’s 4th edition scheduled to hold between November 9th and 16th, 2014 at the prestigious Tinapa Resort in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. Eligible films invited for submission must have been produced after January 1, 2013. Organizers say preference will be given to films which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa. Categories for entry include Feature, Short, Documentary and

Animation, all with monetary award prizes ranging from $3000 and $6000. For those who wish to have their films considered for the 4th Africa International Film Festival, a DVD copy of the film plus a Synopsis and/or Press kit are to be sent as part of the entries. An entry submission form is also required to be completed by the participating film maker. The deadline for receipt of entry submission forms and screeners for Short films (40 minutes or less) is fixed for June 13, 2014 while that of Feature Length Films (more than 40minutes) is fixed for

Mrs Obioma Liyel-Imoke presenting an award for Best Feature Film at AFRIFF 2013


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

‘Deal fairly with others’ “O you who believe! Eat not up your wealth among yourselves unjustly except it be a trade amongst you, by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allah is most Merciful to you. (Q4:29)”

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he above verse establishes an ecological order of social intercourse devoid of mutual cheating. It strikes at the root of all-cunning and deceptive ways and manners. The wealth according to the verse encompasses everything belonging to one. One’s piece of food item is not excluded. Normally, people are expected to interact and transact

businesses. In the course of doing this, at times, there are those who may try to be smarter than others. That is, playing fast one to get something out of others illegally while still maintaining their friendship with them in most cases. This kind of attitude has a negative effect on the uprightness of the society and it is often borne out of materialism and disregard for the Hereafter. In a situation whereby people cunningly or forcibly convert others’ belongings or wealth to theirs, they are illegally consuming other people’s properties. This is what this verse is ruling against. Since believers are people of true and

pure faith, Allah (SWT) does not want them to soil it by any material thing. There is nothing wrong if what they consume amongst themselves is lawful. But any form of consumption based on Shari‘ah prohibitions like riba (interest), bribery,

gambling, fraudulence, embezzlement, divination, stealing, armed robbery, etc are to be outright shunned and preached against. Such consumptions will nourish the body and soul with Haram. It will CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

One minute awareness One minute awareness involves three things which are:

Attitude, Charity, and Affirmations

Before I proceed, I will want us to understand that enthusiasm is crucial to everything we do in life. How to do enthusiasm? The following are suggestions on how to become an enthusiast; 1. If you put your attention to something and your energy draws through it. 2. You need to be able to forgive others 3. Try to always say something good to yourself. 4. Happiness should be unconditional.

Attitude

Attitudes are emotional responses to situations, people or ideas encompassing the things one does that outwardly reflect one’s mood, feelings and beliefs. Almighty Allah said in the holy Qur’an chapter 55 that “could the consequence of goodness be anything but good’’ the holy prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW) was reported to have said that good consideration is part of worship. Our attitude towards life affects all aspect of our existence.People with a positive attitude rise above their circumstances while people with negative attitude remain victim of circumstances. If one’s thoughts are pessimistic, suspicious, hostile, then one’s attitude is certainly negative e.g. if the only tool one has is hammer, one tends to treat everything like a nail. Almighty Allah also said in Qur’an 13 VS 11 “Allah will not change the condition of a person until they change themselves” Miss World Muslimah 2013, Aisha Ajibola during a talk session with the Nasfat youth wing, Ojokoro, recently

Ramadan Countdown About 67 days to go; Be Prepared! First day of fasting month: Ramadan 1, 1435 will most likely be June 28, 2014. Lailat ul-Qadr (The Night of Power): Ramadan 20-29, 1435 = July 17, 2014 to July 26, 2014. Eid-ul-fitr: Shawwal 1, 1435 = July 28, 2014. Hajj Days: Dhul-Hijjah 8-13, 1435 = October 2, 2014 to October7, 2014. Arafa Day: Dhul-Hijjah 9, 1435 = October 3, 2014. Eid ul-Adha: Dhul-Hijjah 10, 1435 = October 4, 2014. OH Allah! Lengthens our lives, increase us in Iman, Taqwa, Rizq and good health to be among those that will witness another set of 30-days full of Rahma, with a night equivalent to 83 years of worship. As usual, your darling National Mirror Newspaper will be on ground to dish out the daily spiritual diets to our teeming darling readers. May we be among the partakers of the glorious month, Aamin. Let the information keep flowing to all daddies, mummies, brothers and sisters in Islam. May Allah (SWT) reward you abundantly as you create this needed awareness, Amin!

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Charity [Sadaqah]

Charity means practical kindliness which is not only limited to financial and material donations. It covers all kind of good work for the betterment of mankind. Almighty Allah said in the holy Qur’an that every good work and kind deed is charity. Kind words, good deed, helping hand, tenderness, sympathy, cheerfulness, friendliness are all practical demonstration of charity. God says in the holy Qur’an “hasten to vie with one another in good works [3 VS 15]. Charity is the noblest employment. It is righteousness in action.

Affirmationl [clearing the mind]

Affirmations are positive declaration of one’s mind.Thinking and believing that best things will always happen to us i.e. always doing positive thinking. According to a research, there is always a psychological effect of whatever we think about, positive or negative. Positive thinking=positive action=positive habit= positive result.

Incentives to affirmations:

1. be optimistic 2. Remember attitudes are habit; we are not born with them. 3. Saying positive things to ourselves i.e. not indulging in self-limiting thoughts. 4. Leave in the present, make time for daily reflection,and spend time in spiritual rejuvenation;prayer and meditating. Aishah Ajibola Obabiyi

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uch parents will have no time to worship Allah as required of them. Or, they can become unbothered about whatever means they use to get what they need. In a state of economic buoyancy, such parents can destroy the children with luxury; they will be busy amassing more things for their comforts and travelling from one country to

another, coming across acclaimed barriers, which will not let them observe the tenets of Islam. However, it should not be misunderstood that Islam is against getting rich or wishing the best for one’s children. The issue is that whatever step one takes in this direction, the Dhikrullah must always prevail. In fact, it is then you will enjoy your wealth and have peace of

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borhood. Kasim, of course never cared to invite his poor neighbour. Instead, he peeped over from his balcony into his neighbour’s courtyard. To his consternation, he saw the poor man sitting and enjoying the delicious smell coming from his kitchen. Kasim’s heart almost stopped in shock. “What!” thought he, “How dare that pauper inhale the aroma from my kitchen? My Kitchen! The aroma from the food cooked with my money! The rascal! I will make him pay for this! I will

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mind with your children. One other point, which I want to stress here, is that, those who are poor or barren should not because of that forget Dhikrullah. It often happens that people will, because they want children; start treading the path of Shaytan by going to the soothsayers, diviners, etc. Such people, at times, become negligent of their Salawat and some

may even abandon it altogether; or even go out of Islam completely to seek wealth or children from other places like the pagan’s shrine or the church. This, without doubt is a deviation from the Dhikrullah. Sayyid Qutb, in his own exegesis, submitted that if the soul of man or a Muslim is not enlivened for Islam to realize the essence of existence, then it is very

take him to the Qazi and demand justice!” Seething with anger, Kasim marched to Ali’s house. Without so much as a greeting, he shouted to his neighbour. “You robber, you thief ! How dare you steal from my house?” Poor Ali could not understand what theft he was being accused of. Without enlightening him, Kasim dragged the poor man to the Qazi. Word spread like wildfire and a great crowd gathered to watch the proceedings. Kasim stood before the

Qazi and presented his case in a loud and pompous voice. “Your Honour, this man had the audacity to sit in his backyard and without so much as lifting a finger, enjoy the delicious aroma of food coming from my kitchen. I demand payment for the pleasure that he enjoyed at my expense. Your Honour, you have always been just and I am sure that you will mete out justice in this case too.” Indeed the Qazi was a just man - as honourable and witty as he was just. He listened quietly

- the shock on his face was slowly replaced by a twinkle in his eyes. Now he turned to Ali. “Is what this man says true? Did you enjoy at his expense?” “Yes, your Honor, but I could not help it.” “Ali, you have to pay Kasim for the favour enjoyed. The court orders both of you to come here tomorrow at the same time. By God, justice will be done!” Kasim gave Ali a scornful look and walked out of the place with a victorious smile on his lips. Poor Ali was bewildered.

Just as he was leaving, the Qazi caleed to him to a corner and whispered something in his ear. Ali’s face lit up and he hurried to his house. Next day, the court was overflowing. The whole town, which knew about the low character of Kasim and the innocent nature of Ali, were curious as to how their Qazi would solve this problem. Both Kasim and Ali were brought before the Qazi. Ali carried with him a big box. Kasim’s face glowed with anticipation

it through gambling, bribery, embezzlement, riba or other crook means; they all, at the long run, lead to the ruin of the social order. They can cause terrible consequences, which the perpetrators may not be able to avoid. Take for example, a situation whereby those who have access to the funds of the nation misappropriate. It can lead to the underdevelopment of the nation, inflation and unemployment. Those who may not be able to bear the unpalatable circumstance can turn to armed-robbery. Since the nation’s wealth is under the control of the privileged few, it becomes easy for them to trail them, take whatever they can get from them by force and even, in some cases, kill them. So, they have killed themselves, for they set the ball of their death rolling! Ultimately, in the Hereafter, those

who have consumed the properties of others will incur Allah’s severe punishment. This is because they have ‘killed themselves’ by wallowing in what Allah (SWT) has forbidden. Thus, denying themselves eternal life in the Hereafter. All those who engage in corruption, embezzlement, bribery, cheating, fraud, armedrobbery, theft and gambling are consumers of illegality. All they might have consumed are nothing but fire. Consequently, their flesh will have to be burnt in hell to cleanse it of the illegality it has consumed. So, you can see how they have killed themselves. b. It can mean that you should not commit murder or assassination. Do not kill each other. Do not take other people’s life illegally. Do not take arms against yourselves so as to kill one another for unjust reasons. c. Do not commit

suicide. This means that on no account should one be tempted or prompted to kill himself. It is a heinous sin. Its consequence is hell. The Prophet (SAW) has said that: He who kills himself with a metal (like knife or gun) shall hold it the way he has killed himself in hell on the last Day, he will be there forever; and he who kills himself by poison shall hold it in hell where he will dwell forever.( Bukhari and Muslim) The case of somebody who commits suicide is a settled one. His abode is hell. How could he have killed himself ? The logic is this; the life of every man is Allah’s. He gives it and will only take it when He desires. To take it personally, therefore is to usurp the power of Allah (SWT). It is in this spirit that Allah (SWT) has laid down all his prohibitions. Nobody should tamper with what are His dues.

Rich man, poor man

nce upon a time there lived a poor man named Ali. He worked hard for his living and was contented with whatever he had. Now Ali had a neighbour Kasim who was as stingy as he was rich. It never gave him pleasure to see others, specially his poor neighbour, happy. He was always on the look out for an excuse to get Ali into trouble. One day, Kasim held a feast in his house. The aroma of all the delicacies cooked in his house wafted in the wind and spread all over the neigh-

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A. ZAFARAN e-mail: zafabumuneeb@yahoo.com imminent that wealth and children will prevent him from Dhikrullah. Consequently, such a person would have made himself unworthy by failing to live by Allah’s love instead of his wealth and other things. To safeguard oneself from an unimaginable perdition, in the hereafter, consequent upon failure

to live for the love of Allah, one should endeavor to seek for the true knowledge of Islam on these possessions and how to avail or take care of them. Dr. Zafaran is the Director, Vanguards Academy

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mean consuming poison and fire. Eventually, the person would have been so corrupted that he can only end up in hell. Moreover, the directive connotes that you should not devour others’ properties unlawfully as well as not basing your economic existence on unlawful ways. The far-reaching effect of this message is that those entrusted with properties will not convert it to their own, those in leadership will not use their office to embezzle the wealth of others or open the door for others to do same and people will not because of their personal gains make others forfeit their benefits. Having categorically sanctioned lawful consumption at a collective level, Allah (SWT) gives guidance on how people can lawfully eat or profit from one another. He says that they

should carry out business amongst themselves. This, He adds, should be based on mutual consent. Tijarah as used in the verse means transactions, which are engaged in to make profits by one party satisfying the need of the other for the service he has paid for. It can also be vice versa. There can never be tijarah on what is unlawful like alcohol and pork. It can only be on what is lawful. It is also necessary to clarify a point about “that is, mutual consent”. Those who deal in riba, gambling or lottery may want to hide under this cover that they are working or transacting on agreement. This is not tenable in the Islamic parlance where all motives are always laid bare. According to Mawdudi, “mutual consent implies that those transactions should be carried out by mutual agreement and not coercion or fraud.

For instance, although apparently there is a mutual agreement in interest and bribery, yet it is obvious that the needy party is compelled by circumstances to agree to such transactions. In gambling, each participant is deluded by the false hope of ‘winning’. Neither would agree to gamble if he knew that he would lose. The same is true of every case of transaction, which involves fraud in it. If he knew that he was being deceived, he would never agree to it.” “Do not kill yourselves” as used in the verse has three-folded explanations: a. If it is viewed in connection with the condemnation of the unlawful consumption, it will mean that the individuals should not kill or destroy themselves by transgressing the bounds of Allah (SWT) while devouring the properties of others. Be


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Be sincere in your Repentance Thank God It’s Friday

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fter realizing the splendor, everlasting and majestic beauty of the creator, the next step is to repent on shortcomings and past ignorance. Allah told the prophet (S.A.W) in Qur’an 110:1-3, whenever the help and successful opening of Allah comes… then celebrate the praise of your Lord and pray for His forgiveness. Thus the first step is repentance followed by good work, with a will never to return to evil. However, it is unacceptable to indulge in evil while seeking Allah’s forgiveness, as mentioned in Qur’an 4:137 For sure those who believe, then later disbelieve, and after they believed, then disbelieve, and subsequently increased in disbelief, it is not for Allah to neither forgive them nor guide then to the path. The one who has known

he loves for his fellow brother what he loves for himself: Allah said in the Qur’an 49:10; indeed the believers are a brotherhood, therefore put things right between your brother and fear Allah so that you may be blessed with mercy. The sign that one is worshiping Allah correctly is that he knows Allah, and the sign that one has known Allah is that he fears Allah. A true believer worships Allah and at the same time is aware that Allah is watching him continuously. He is therefore fearful of Allah and is good to His creations. Allah, therefore, is the one who fears Him most, not only is he afraid to commit any sin, but he is also eager to treat all creations of Allah nicely. Because anytime he sees the creation of Allah, he sees Allah. The prophet (SAW) said in a sound hadith “None of you is a complete believer until

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Rich man, poor man CONTINUED FROM 26 as he recognized Ali’s money box. ‘All my money, your honour, said Ali. “Okay. Now, shake the box so that all of us can be sure your box contains money”. Ali shook the money box vigorously and there was a loud jingling noise. The Qazi turned to Kasim. “Oh Kasim, doesn’t that sound lovely?” “Aah, yes, yes, Your honour”. “Ali, shake the box once

more”, the Qazi commanded. Ali obeyed. “Kasim, don’t you feel happy to hear the sound of so many coins?” the Qazi queried. His eyes glittering, Kasim exclaimed, “Oh your honour, the sound of that money gives me utmost pleasure!” so saying, the greedy man was about to grab the money box from Ali. “Don’t you dare touch it!” The grim voice of the Qazi rang out. “Ali has paid you in full measure. Just as the aroma

of your food gave him pleasure, so did the sound of his money gave you pleasure. You have been paid back in the same coin- Justice has been done.” The court room rang with thundering applause for the Qazi for his keen wit and intelligence. The Qazi, his voice still grim, pronounced further: “Kasim, pay Ali one hundred gold coins and punishment for harassing your neighbour and disturbing peace of his household” Ali returned home happy man and Kasim a wiser man.

Ajibola Aminat Olamide is a 400 level student of the Department of Nursing Science, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, CMUL. She is from Oyo State. She is currently on 4.65 CGPA. She shares with AISHA TITILAYO how she spends her Fridays.

• I wake up around 4:30 am. • I observe my Tahajjud till around salat Subhi. • I read Suratul Kahf after Subhi • I recite my Adhkar, revise my Qur’an memorization. • I take my bath • I go for hifz class which holds between 6:45 am to 7:20 am at LUTH/CMUL mosque complex. • I come back to prepare for class. • I have my breakfast and head for my classes which hold be tween 8:00 am to 4:00pm. • I have a break between 1:00pm-2:00pm in which I go for salat Jumu’ah. • If I didn’t recite Suratul Kahf before going for classes, I find time to read it in class, maybe while waiting for the lecturer. • I come back from class • I pray my Salatul Asr, go for humanitarian visit to the LUTH ward (part of MSSN programme) around 5:00pm to 6:00pm and at times I either sleep or talk with my roommates till Maghrib. • I pray Maghrib, recite my Adhkar and go for Madrasah which holds between 7:30pm to 9:00pm at LUTH/CMUL mosque complex. • I pray Isha, recite the Qur’an, eat my dinner, read for about 2 hours (may not be up to 2 hrs or maybe more than)

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yatul Kursiyyi is a complete verse in the holy Qur’an. It is being called many names among which are Aasomi-l-Aayat, Aayat Nnasirat, Aayat-Shaakirim, Aayat Sodiqin, Aayata-Nabiyyi, etc. Hardly can a Muslim observe any of the five daily prayers without reciting it. Ayatul Kursiyyi is a verse in the holy Qur’an that has immense power of protection from any act of evil. This particular verse was revealed to the noble prophet Muhammad (SAW) at night after his hijra to Medina. Eighty thousand angels accompanied this verse at the point of revelation. This is the more reason why the prophet attached a tremendous importance to it. Those that were with him when the verse was revealed were encouraged to write it down. On

that day, they were seventeen in number and here are few of them; Saedu, Abubakr, Umar, Uthman, etc. The verse is so powerful to the extent that all the idol worshippers and agents of Satan as at then felt its impact because those who make it a point of duty to recite the verse daily are free from the shackles of Satan. The verse caused a lot of disaffection among the agents of Satan. Even, Satan told its agents to be wary of the implication of this verse because of its uniqueness. The verse is in chapter 2, verse 255 of the glorious Qur’an and it reads thus: “Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever

is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”

The importance of this verse is so enormous to the extent that prophet Muhammad (SAW) said that “I cannot understand how a person, who is a Muslim and owner of reason (intellect), can spend the night without reading Ayatul Kursiyyi. If you knew the benefits of it, then you will never discard it under any condition.” He further stated that “I have been given Aayatul Kursi from the treasures under the Arsh of Allah and it was not given to anyone before me.” It was even established that thousands of angels are in the habit of reciting this verse regularly as a way to encourage the Islamic adherents to do similar thing in view of the inherent blessings. And whoever does righteous good deeds, male or female, and is a true believer in the Oneness

of Allah (Muslim), such will enter paradise and not the least injustice will be done to them. In conclusion, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was obedient to Allah, upright, and he worshipped Allah alone. He was grateful to Allah for the blessings which were bestowed on him especially because of this verse and he was rewarded with good in this world and he is among the righteous in the hereafter. Muslims worldwide should equally imbibe this culture. (To be continued next week) Sheikh Abdul Ganiyy Umar Arikunkewu is the Founder/ National Chief Missioner of Jubulatu Rohfatu Llahi Islamic Society of Nigeria (JUBAT)


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Why our Hajj operations are successful - Hassan The Katsina State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board has recorded successes in past years in Hajj exercises. What is responsible for such successes? The successes recorded in Hajj exercises in Katsina state can be attributed to collective commitment of the state government and the state legislature. The state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema has been giving us all the necessary support needed, and the state legislature has also been giving us the kind of support expected of them. We also have a dedicated staff at the welfare board who have often worked round the clock during Hajj exercises to ensure that everything-from registration to take off to Saudi Arabia, stay in the Holy Land and return to Katsina-was successful. Their commitment was what made last year’s hajj exercise very successful. They all worked not for their interests but for the interest of the pilgrims and success of the exercise. Everyone worked to please the state government and did their best to ensure the state government was not embarrassed in any way. How much has the state government spent in assisting intending pilgrims in the last couple of years or more? I don’t have the figures off hand now, but I know that whatever was spent was in the hundreds of millions of naira. And I want to say something here: the monies the pilgrims paid was a small fraction of what the state government spent to ensure the success of the hajj operation. It goes to show commitment on part of government in general and Governor Shema in particular. If you see the kind of accommodation provided for pilgrims from Katsina at the Holy Land, you would know that they cannot afford to pay for it, as government pays for such. As I said earlier, I don’t have actual figures but money spent from airlift, accommodation and return of pilgrims, among other things, for the entire hajj process is enormous. The assistance from state government to the pilgrims is in no small measure. What are the efforts made to ensure quality healthcare and health personnel for intending pilgrims from the state? The state has employed the services of several qualified health personnel and these health workers have been up and doing in terms of meeting the health needs of intending pilgrims. They have been dedicated to the extent that they are not after what they would gain in monetary terms, but what they can do to ensure success of the exercise. They do this because they are of the hope of the reward in the hereafter. Also, government has given adequate money for the purchase of assorted drugs that would be used throughout the exercise. This is in addition to drugs that had not expired and had remained from previous hajj exercise. The state has also ordered assorted drugs and health equipment to keep pilgrims from contacting airborne and other related diseases while going about the hajj rites in Saudi Arabia.

Executive Director, Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Ahmed Hassan speaks with our correspondent, JAMES DANJUMA on issues pertaining to the hajj exercise in the state. Excerpts complied with the issue of male escorts. We ensured that everywhere she went, she was accompanied by her male companion. We didn’t get any problem last year and we would not get any this year as mechanism has been put in place to check same. How has the state fared in the issue of ban on ex-pilgrims from performing the hajj? First of all, I want to say that our pilgrims have been cooperative; they are cool headed and understanding. Last year there were no ex-pilgrims that went for the hajj exercise from the state. Of the 4,418 pilgrims, 214 that had been going before went for the hajj operation, but they went to carry out specific functions and duties. So you see there is high level of compliance. Our pilgrims are obedient as when told, and when they were told that only new pilgrims would be allowed to perform hajj, they obliged. The e-passport is one way to ensure compliance. Through the e-passport, the authorities would be able to determine who is new and who is an ex-pilgrim. And we were able to record positive compliance last year as there were no cases of ex-pilgrims from the state performing the hajj exercise.

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MY ADVICE TO OTHER STATES IS THAT THEY SHOULD INTENSIFY INFORMING

AND ORIENTING THEIR INTENDING PILGRIMS BEFORE COMMENCEMENT OF HAJJ EXERCISE

There were cases of pilgrims staying behind in Saudi Arabia and not returning after completing the hajj exercise. What is the situation as far as Katsina is concerned? Such may have been possible or had happened in the past, but it doesn’t happen now. Movement for our pilgrims is organised and monitored, and they usually receive orientation on issues pertaining to hajj. They are made to know that if they refuse to come back, they and the state would both be embarrassed and there would be consequences. Staying behind is a big offence and it could lead to reduction in number of seats allocated to a state. But we thank God that last year, we didn’t get any pilgrim that refused to return home and we are hoping it would be the same this year.

The state had sometimes ago been faced with the issue of Mahram (male guardianship) for intending female pilgrims under 45 years. What is being done to ensure the issue does not repeat itself? Last year we had forms for everyone to fill, including female intending pilgrims as way of compiling their data and ensuring that females in such category went with their Mahrams. We planned and worked diligently and ensured that affected females complied with the rule of male guardians. The incident in which we had problem with last time was because we were in the process of ensuring strict compliance when it occurred. But such had never happened until the last time it did. But last year, we ensured that female pilgrims filled forms then went to court for necessary documentation, and carried out other requirements to make sure they

Last year’s hajj seat to the state was 4,418. How many seats did the state get this year? The state got a total of 4,439 seats for this year’s hajj exercise. It is an addition to what we got last year. Some states had their seats slashed or reduced because of offences committed by some pilgrims from these states. You must have heard the report about a state where 100 seats were slashed from the number given them this year. Ours was increased as there is difference between 4,439 seats for this year and 4,418 for last year. What is your advice to other pilgrim boards in other states of the country? My advice to them is to intensify informing and orienting their intending pilgrims before commencement of hajj exercise. In our own case, we had to spend two months informing them about the dos and don’ts of hajj and our intending pilgrims cooperated with us in no small measure. We ensured that all of them received orientation as regards what is expected of them, and so on. Our board members, committee on Amirul Hajj and other related stakeholders worked tirelessly and moved around to ensure intending pilgrims got necessary information needed for successful exercise. In fact, the process was like a school as attendance was taken for the intending pilgrims. And we were able to get 100 percent attendance as most people attended. We taught them everything including discipline, hajj process, etc. That was why the exercise last year was smooth and problem-free. We hope to also do same this year.


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he Nikaah ceremony between the daughter of Ilorinbased doctor, Dr. Olayanju Yekini, Barakat Folake Yekini and Muhammad Taofeeq Sanusi comes

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up today Friday, 25th April, 2014. Meanwhile, the Aqdun Nikaah was scheduled to hold yesterday Thursday, 24th at the Bride’s family house, Ile Olodo Pakata, Ilorin at 8:00am with the Walimah Eve at the same place by 8:00pm.

According to a statement by the staff of the Bride’s father’s hospital, Hajia Muibat Olojoku and Bilqees Muhammad, the ceremony will start by 10:30am at Pakata L.G.E.A Primary School play ground and shall be conducted by the

Ilorin Branch of NASFAT Society while Lecture will be delivered by Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, Ilorin. Reception comes up at Federal Government College, Ogidi Ilorin on Saturday, 26th April, 2014 by 10:00am.

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he Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, has urged Muslim beneficiaries of mass wedding in the state to imbibe the tenets of Islam to ensure the sustainability of the marriage. Abubakar made the call in Gombe on Tuesday during the wedding reception of 720 couples, comprising divorcees, Muslim and non-Muslim spinsters. He said the only way to sustain the marriage was to respect each other by imbibing the tenets of Islam. He commended Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo

for introducing the mass wedding in the state and urged other governors to emulate him. He added that ``such mass wedding will go a long way in reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in our society. ``It will also reduce incidences of ill behaviours among youths.’’ He called for peaceful coexistence among all, irrespective of ethnic and religious backgrounds. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that out of the 720 couples, 612 are Muslim divorcees, 76 are Muslim spinsters and 32 are non-Muslim spinsters.

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Teslim Adegoke and Rasheedat Busari during their Aqdun Nikaah at Sanya Close, Ikolaba Estate, Ibadan, recently

Hajj: Ogun to commence screening of pilgrims

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ntending pilgrims to the 2014 Hajj from Ogun were on Tuesday advised to participate in the forthcoming screening exercise organised by the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board. The Executive Secretary of the board Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed, gave the advice in a statement made available to the

Newsmen in Abeokuta. He said the screening was to ascertain the genuineness of their travel documents and eligibility for the Hajj, Rasheed urged all intending pilgrims, who had paid the initial deposit of N500, 000 as Hajj fares, to come with their original receipts of payments and e-passports to the headquarters of the

board. He said that the screening would hold between 6th and 8th May, adding that the exercise would enable the board to scrutinize all intending pilgrims to ensure that their travel documents were up to date. “This will be a follow up to the success recorded during the 2013 Hajj in which the state was de-

clared one of the best in terms of organisation by the National Hajj Commission. ``That was the reason we kick started the 2014 operations in earnest,’’ he said. He said the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration remains committed to adequate provision of welfare package for pilgrims from the state.

he Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has stated that the federal government is unserious in its fight against insecurity in the country. NSCIA made this known in a statement while lamenting and condemning the bomb blast that once again occurred in Nyanya, Abuja in which scores of innocent Nigerians were killed in cold blood. According to NSCIA Media Committee Chairman, Alhaji Femi Abbas, today’s precarious experience is not peculiar to Nigeria alone; some other countries have passed through similar experience in their history. The only seeming difference is that while others were very serious in tackling such a horrible situation, the required seriousness is conspicuously absent in our own case. “We have a three tier government to which the citizenry looks for protection and necessary provision of social amenities. Yet, the feeling of sense of security looks alien to an average Nigerian. “For how long will these lamentations and condemnations continue?” NSCIA expressed how strange it is for a country like Nigeria which claims to be civilized, to continue to apply an 18th century solution to a 21st century

problem and yet expecting a deserving result. He stated that there is enough evidence to show that the same strategy used in the past three years has become obsolete for the problem at hand and it must be urgently changed. “Treating the effect of an ailment while ignoring its cause, what Nigeria seems to have been doing in the past three years is like scratching a monster on the head.” It continued, “While we do not necessarily need to repeat here that security is not about bayonets and tanks alone we are constrained to warn that with the current situation, Nigeria may have become engaged in a war of attrition with criminals who may have undisclosed scores to settle with the country. And such a situation will rather require strategy and wisdom than military might to be tackled.” NSCIA observed that condoling with victims of terrorism now and then can never proffer solution to a seemingly inseparable problem like the one currently faced by Nigeria. “Enough of losing lives of women, children and innocent Nigerians without any hope for a better option.” It however prayed that Almighty Allah will spare this country of a calamity which may not consume only those who wrought it but also the very innocent ones who know nothing about it.


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lessed be He in whose Hand are the dominion; and His able to do all things. Who has created death and life that He may test which of you is best in deed. And He is the All- Mighty, the oft-Forgiving; Blessed to who has taught man that which he knew not. May His blessing be upon the best5 of mankind, the seal of all Prophets and the leader of all Prophets Muhammad (S A W), his household, the companions and the entire Muslim till the day of reckoning. Death is a transition. Every soul will have a taste of it. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an 2:28 ……..”Seeing that you were dead and He gave life. Then He will give death, and then again will bring you to life (on the day of resurrection)”. Qur’an 40:11’……..our Lord! You have made us to die twice (i.e. we were dead in the loins of our fathers and dead after our life in this world), and you have given us life twice (i.e. life when we were born and life when we were Resurrected)!” Qur’an 20:55 says “thereof (the earth) we created you, and into it we shall return you, and from it we shall bring you out once again”. The biological metamorphosis of human creation is a transition. O Mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then verily we have created you from dust, then from a mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge i.e. the offsprings of Adam, then blood then from a little lump of flesh some formed and some unformedas in the case of miscarriage- that We may make it clear to you (i.e. to show you our power and ability to do what

We will). And We cause whom We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as infants………” This oblivion stage of creation is a transition empirically and spiritually. It is a cycle to be completed with life in the grave and Resurrection. But because there is no empirical evidence about resurrection and that human intellectual capacity and capability is incapacitated to picture the happenings in the grave. This made man to be skeptical about immortality of soul, resurrection of the dead, a judgment day and the final destiny of the soul either life in the heavenly garden of paradise or punishment in a burning hell. To clear the pollution of human thinking by the philosophers like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and the likes about the resurrection and illusion about the immortality hope of the soul, Allah (S W T) CLEARED this in Qur’an2:259 “ or like the one who passed by a town and it had tumbled over its roofs. He said ‘oh! How will Allah ever bring it to life after its death? So Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised him up (again).he said: “how long did you remain (dead)?” he the man said: “(perhaps) I remained dead a day or part of a day”. He said: “Nay, you have remained dead for a hundred years, look at your food and your drinks, they show no change; and look at your donkey! And thus We have made a sign for the people. Look at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh”. When this was clearly shown to him, he said, “I know

(now) that Allah is able to do all things.” Life is ephemeral. Human being does not have control over his life span. Death will come unannounced. Procrastination is dangerous. Death may come when one is battling with earthly things. Qur’an says 102:1-8 “the mutual rivalry (for piling up of worldly things) diverts you, until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die). Nay! You shall come to know! Again nay! You shall come to know! Nay! If you knew with a sure knowledge (the end result of piling up, you would not have occupied yourselves in worldly things). Verily, you shall see the blazing fire (hell)! And again, you shall see it with certainty of sight! Then on that Day you shall be asked about the delights (you indulge in, in this world)!” How do you prepare for the hereafter? A companion asked prophet Muhammad (S A W) O Messenger of Allah, tell me of an act which will take me into paradise and will keep me away from the hellfire. He said: you have asked about a major matter, yet it is easy. You should worship ALLAH, associating nothing with Him; you should perform the prayers; you should pay the zakat, you should fast in Ramadan; and you should make the pilgrimage to the House. Then he said: shall I not show you the gate of goodness? Fasting (which) is a shield; charity extinguishes sins as water extinguishes fire; and prayer of a man in the depths of night. Then he recited: “their sides forsake their beds invoking their Rubb in fear and hope they spend out of what we have bestowed on them. No person knows what is kept hidden

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e-mail: ustazadangbe@yahoo.com for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do. The peak of the matter is Islam; the pillar is prayer; and the topmost is jihad. The control of tongue is paramount. Every one of us will give account of his/her stewardship. The Qur’an is intact no alteration. It is guidance to mankind. It is in every language. The teachings of Prophet Muhammad are there for every soul to imbibe. It is practicable, logical and commonsensical. No aspect of human endeavour is left out in its teaching. One should be dogmatic when it comes to Allah’s commandment. Allah’s commandment and instructions of Prophet Muhammad must be allowed to override individual’s desires. This will bring tranquility of mind and nirvana will be achieved. Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. Those who were given the scripture (Jews and Christians) did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy, after knowledge had come to them. And whoever disbelieves in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, then surely, Allah is swift in calling to account. Qur’an 3:19. Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate from the truth after You have guided us, and grant us the mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower. Ma assalam.

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hat does a husband need to do in order to gain his wife’s respect? And why does it matter so much to him? And why does a woman have such a powerful need for a husband’s love? Ho w can she earn it, and keep him faithful to her? What does a person want form marriage? Before committing themselves to a life partner, every individual should try to sit down calmly and become conscious of what their needs really are, and consider whether or not the proposed partner is going to prove likely to be able to fulfill those needs. These needs are not just for a man to have a cheap servant or concubine (a maid, or an available sexpartner for whenever he is in the mood) or for a woman to have someone to shower her with gifts, clothes, jewelry and flowers, or to provide the means for her to cradle in her arms a beloved baby. The needs amount to much more than that. They are physical, emotional, and also spiritual. Marriage is really very

similar to beginning the construction of a building. The building may be extremely magnificent and grand, but the most important thing about it is the foundation upon which it is built. If those foundations are not secure, the building will not survive when the storms and shocks of stress hit it, as they inevitably will sooner or later. Our Lord has revealed guidelines for human life together since the dawn of time, and for over fourteen centuries Muslims have had the example of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Wise counsels on how to build the foundations of a marriage, and then to create a happy family have been freely available for anyone to consult. Islam teaches that marriage is ‘half of religion’ because it fulfills so many basic needs of individuals and of society; it is the cornerstone upon which the whole Muslim life is built. Modern life brings strains and pressures which can upset even the most compatible relationship. This means that nowadays, to protect the spirit

of cooperation and happiness which is the sign of the true Islamic marriage, careful thoughts need to be given to the mechanisms which help husband and wife to live together and respect each other’s rights. The Muslim Marriage Guide takes the reader through the relevant passage in the Qur’an and hadith, and goes on to discuss the main social and emotional problems that can afflict relationship, suggesting many practical ways in which these can be resolved.

L-R: Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Muiz Banire; Amir, Lagos District of the Companion, Alhaji Wale Sonaike, Guest Lecturer, Prof. AbdulRazaq Kilani and Barrister AbdulSalam Abass at the 2014 Lagos District conference recently

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Ahmadiyya Makkah before the coming of Muhammad

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he worst treatment was meted out by combatant sides to one another in war. Where hatred was strong, they did not hesitate to split the bodies of the wounded, take out parts and eat them in cannibal fashion. They did not hesitate to mutilate the bodies of their enemies. Cutting off the nose or ears, or plucking out an eye was a common form of cruelty practised by them. Slavery was widespread. Weak tribes were made slaves. The slave had no accepted status. Every master did as he liked with his slaves. No action could be taken against a master who maltreated his slave. A master could murder his slave without having to answer for it. If one master murdered another’s slave, even then the penalty was not death. All that was required of him was to compensate the aggrieved master suitably. Women-slaves were used to satisfy sexual desires. The children born of such unions were also treated as slaves. Women-slaves who became mothers remained slaves. In terms of civilization and social advance the Arabs were a very backward people. Kindness and consideration to one another were unknown. Woman had the worst status possible. Still the Arabs possessed some virtues. Individual bravery, for instance, sometimes reached a very high level. It was among such people that the Holy Prophet (SAW) of Islam was born. His father ‘Abdullah had died before his birth. Accordingly, he and his mother Amina had to be looked after by the grandfather, ‘Abdul Muttalib. The child Muhammad (SAW) was suckled by a countrywoman who lived in a place near Ta’if. It was a custom in Arabia in those days to hand over children to women in the country, whose duty was to bring up the children, to train their speech and to give them a good start in bodily health. When the Prophet (SAW) was in his first year, his mother died while travelling from Medina to Mecca and had to be buried en route. The child was brought to Mecca by a woman-servant and handed over to the grandfather. When he was in his eighth year, his grandfather also died, after which Abu Talib, his uncle, became his guardian, this being the wish expressed in a will by the grandfather. The Prophet (SAW) had two or three opportunities to travel out of Arabia. One of these occurred when at the age of twelve he went in the company of Abu Talib to Syria. It seems that this journey took him only to the south-eastern towns of Syria, for in historical references to this journey there is no mention of places like Jerusalem. From now onwards until he grew up to young manhood he remained in Mecca. From very childhood he was given to reflection and meditation. In the quarrels and rivalries of others he took no part, except with a view to putting an end to them. It is said that the tribes living in Mecca and the territories around, tired of unending blood-feuds, resolved to found an association the purpose of which was to help victims of aggressive and unjust treatment.

When the Holy Prophet (SAW) heard of this, he gladly joined Members of this association gave an undertaking in the following terms: They will help those who were oppressed and will restore them their rights, as long as the last drop of water remained in the sea. And if they do not do so, they will compensate the victims out of their own belongings (Sirat Ibni Hisham by Imam Suhaili). It seems that no other member of this association was ever called upon to discharge the undertaking solemnly entered into by members of this association. But opportunity came to the Holy Prophet (SAW) when he had announced his Mission. His worst enemy was Abu Jahl, a chief of Mecca. He preached social boycott and public humiliation of the Prophet. About that time, a person from outside came to Mecca. Money was due to him from Abu Jahl, but Abu Jahl refused to pay. He mentioned this to people in Mecca. Some young men, out of sheer mischief, suggested that he should approach the Prophet (SAW). They thought that the Prophet would refuse to do anything for fear of the general opposition to him and particularly for fear of the opposition of Abu Jahl. If he refused to help this man, he would be said to have broken his pledge to the association. If, on the other hand, he did not refuse and chose to approach Abu Jahl for the restitution of this loan, Abu Jahl was certain to turn him away with contempt. This man went to the Prophet and complained to him about Abu Jahl. The Prophet (SAW), hesitating not a minute, stood up, went with the man and knocked at Abu Jahl’s door. Abu Jahl came out and saw that his creditor was standing with the Prophet (SAW). The Prophet mentioned the loan and suggested its payment. Abu Jahl was taken aback and, making no excuses, paid at once. When the other chiefs of Mecca heard of this they reproved Abu Jahl, telling him how weak and self-contradictory he had proved. He preached the social boycott of the Prophetsa, yet he himself accepted direction from the Prophet and paid a loan on his suggestion. In self-defence, Abu Jahl pleaded that any other person would have done the same. He told them that as he saw the Prophet standing at his door, he also saw two wild camels standing one on each side, ready to attack. We cannot say what this experience was. Was it a miraculous appearance designed to upset Abu Jahl or was it the awe-inspiring presence of the Prophet which produced this hallucination? A man hated and oppressed by a whole town had taken the courage to go alone to the leader of that town and demand the restitution of a loan. Maybe this very unexpected sight frightened Abu Jahl and for a moment made him forget what he had sworn to do against the Prophetsa, and forced him to do as the Prophet (SAW) suggested.

L-R: Naib Amir, Special Duties, Alhaji Ahmed Alhassan; Alhaji Idris Umar-Madawaki of Opanda Kingdom Umaisha; Amir, Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola; Ohimege of Opanda Kingdom Umaisha Nasarawa State, Alhaji Usman Abdullah and Missionary in-Charge, Maulana, AbdulKhalique Nayyar, during the courtesy visit to Nasarawa State.

L-R: Dr. Nurudeen Akindele; Abuja Circuit President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Dr. Abdullateef Busari and Abuja Jama’at President, Alhaji Owolabi Abbas, during the free medical camp organised by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Abuja and Humanity First Nigeria, at Karshi Islamic Clinic, Karshi,Nasarawa state.

L-R: Bro. Ma’aji Sheriff Adam; Barr. I.T Abdusalam and Bro.Abdulqadri Mustapha, at the event.

L-R: Zonal Cordinator, Majlis Ansarullah Nigeria Abuja, Mr. Sanusi Ahmed; Nazim Diliá, Abuja, Mr. Ahmed Ajao and Circuit Missionary Nasarawa State, Missionary Lukman soretire, at the Workshop organised by Abuja Diliá in Abuja.


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‘Parents are primary teachers for children’ The Senior Secondary Certificate Examination , SSCE, is ongoing, the Paper & Pencil model of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination was held recently while its Computer based model comes up shortly. All these are some of the steps that should be fulfilled before admission into the tertiary institution. At a time like this, it is common for some parents to make career choices for their children. In this piece, AISHA TITILAYO samples the opinion of some Muslim youths on the matter.

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Parents can’t choose for a child because they don’t know the child’s performance in different subjects in the secondary school, even if they check the child’s report cards, do they know how he/she scored the marks? What if the child just likes reading the particular subject and nothing beyond that? Or he/she copied someone in the exam hall? Just like a child that is not very good in mathematics that is forced to go to science class all in the name of the parents wanting the child to become a doctor or an engineer. In a nut shell, I think it is a bad idea.

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t is most important to do so. Parents are the number 1 teachers for the children; prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said it. Also, the parents also know more than the children, they may also want them to be good examples to others, so they have the right to make choice for them. Parents are to monitor their children from toddler to know what they have and what they can do well. They shouldn’t force a career on their children to avoid misleading them from what they can be and be great at.

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enerally, parents can choose for the children because they (the parents) know them (the children) very well but the child will only follow his heart desire. Just as parents are the guardians of the children and parents will be questioned on the day of judgement as to how they raised their children, so it is expected that you give your child sound education; Islamic education and the western counterpart. After that, you choose the right career for him or her and also let him or her know the difference between halal and haram.

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t is not wrong for parents to make career choices for their children but it has to be such that the child would be surrounded with things that would make him/her develop zeal for the career and be guided right from the start. If at the long run the child doesn’t take interest in the career choice, then he shouldn’t be forced. The parents should consider his/her ability and encourage the child towards developing and achieving it.

o some extent, I think it is right for parents to make career choices for their children. This is because the parents are more experienced than their children. Also, parents always want the best for their children even when the child is ignorant of it or not. We also find out that some of these children don’t even know much about these choices we are talking about; they are either influenced by their mates or what they see on television. I am not saying that parents should conclude and make the choices for their children; rather they should get the children involved, mentor them and put the children’s interest and ability into consideration.

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think it’s wrong and right. I’m taking the middle course. It’s right when the child is so naive and doesn’t have passion for a field specifically. In such situation, the parents should help the child make an informed decision considering the child’s capability and performance in some subjects, decision must not be taken without considering the child’s opinion and also considering the job opportunities for the child after graduation. This is because there is no gain saying that there are more employment opportunities if a person studied a professional course in the university than if the person did otherwise. For example my two younger brothers went to fill their jamb forms alone a year ago without seeking the opinion of my parents and they picked ridiculous courses because they didn’t discover their passion for any field specifically. Using myself as a case study, the only course in my head when I was finishing school was medicine though that was what my dad also wanted but I don’t know if he planted the passion for medicine into me consciously or unconsciously but I know that the scenario that convinced me about medicine was when I was about 10 years old, I went out with my mum and she was bleeding and bleeding, I didn’t know what to do. We went to a nearby hospital where she was treated; I loved the way they attended to her. I felt bad that I wasn’t able to do anything to help her and thought I wouldn’t have saved her life if it had gone worse. As from that day, my passion to study medicine grew stronger and I thank God who used my parents as my guide, I’m now a doctor. So I’ll say I had both personal and parental influence in choosing my career. In conclusion, I’ll say that neither of the two approaches is wrong, the most important thing is to assist the child to make an informed decision and convince the child as to the reason why that decision is the best after empowering the child with information about the various fields and career options he/she has, the requirements, the challenges and what each field entails. That’s all I have to say.

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e have answers for everything in Islam; one should do istikharah when one wants to make any decision. I will say yes it is good if the parents come in to make a career choice for their child if he/she is faced with multiple choices. Just that the choice has come from the child’s mind, not that he/she will be compelled.

believe it is something wrong for parents to make a career choice for their children. Why do I have this belief ? The parents may not know the passion of such a child as well as his/her intellectual ability. No matter what, parents should never make a career choice for the children, all I think parents should do is to guide their children and pray for them when making their choices. I will say no, it is not right for parents to choose a particular career for the child, the parents may not know the child’s dream and what inspires him/her in life.

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he Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), has said that the 2014 ZUMA film festival would showcase the centenary achievements of the country’s film industry. Managing Director of the Corporation, Danjuma Dadu disclosed this in an interview. Dadu said the festival which coincides with the nation’s Centenary would celebrate 100 years of outstanding achievements, success, development and growth of the film and video industry. He said the programme would present Nigerians and the international community an opportunity to review the hundred years of film production in the country. The Managing Director stated that the movie industry had helped to project the nation’s rich cultural heritage to the world and contributed to the development of human

capital. “Nigerian films are fast transmitting our cultural values and idiosyncrasies, which have had a profound impact particularly on the African continent. As Nigeria celebrates 100 years as a nation, we are also celebrating her development and endowment in natural and human resources. As a nation, Nigeria is blessed with a rich cultural heritage and diversity in arts. Nigeria has made significant progress in diverse areas of her social, political and economic life. Presently, Nollywood stands as a home grown industry, with clear evidence to the initiative and enterprise of the Nigerian can do spirit,’’ he said. He said the event would be an avenue to further harness the vast potential and creative abilities in the industry waiting to be developed. Dadu said the festival which is the

7th edition has as its theme: Nationalism and Patriotism. tism. The event is scheduled led to hold from May 4 to 8, 2014 at Nicon Luxury Hotel el in Abuja.

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AFRIMA’s conference engages music industry T he All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Nigeria Stakeholders’ Conference with the theme: Harnessing Our Music Potential for Africa’s Development which held at the Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria has set agenda for the blossoming music industry in Nigeria. The well-attended event was geared towards heralding the biggest music awards on the continent billed to hold in Nigeria on October 25, 2014. According to AFRIMA Co-Producer/ Regional Director, East Africa, Mr. Mike Strano, AFRIMA is a narrative of African music, culture and heritage on the global stage. “It is fashioned as a medium to enhance African music industry’s bottom line and communicate harmony in Africa’ with the mandate of producing an international platform to celebrate our cultural heritage and values, rewarding up and coming as well as established talent, and celebrating sustainable growth of the African music industry as a contributor to national and continental economies”, Strano said during his opening presentation at the event. The Special Guest of Honour at the event was Mrs. Grace Gekpe, (Director, Entertainment and Creative Services, Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation) while the Keynote Speaker was entertainment impresario, Mr Dayo Adeneye (D1). Gekpe, in her exhilarating speech, reaffirmed the support of the Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation for the AFRIMA project and stated that she was also delighted to be involved in the project in her responsibility as the director of the

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new department. “The Ministry is enthusiastic about AFRIMA because of what the project has set out to accomplish. We are aware that it intends to celebrate and honour the creative industry talents in Africa and to also enhance the business aspect of the industry thereby increasing the GDP of not just Nigeria but other countries in Africa”, she stated. The keynote speaker, Adeneye, while delivering his address on the event theme: Harnessing Our Music Potential for Africa’s Development, praised the AFRMA team for their courage to embark on the continental project which is

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not only positioned to reward talents in music but export Africa’s music culture and creative economy potential to the rest of the world. Anchored by Olumuyiwa Osinuga, the recording artiste popularly known as Nomoreloss, there was a panel discussion and a ‘Q&A’ session where members of the International Committee of AFRIMA fielded queries from the guests. Veteran Reggae artist, Blackky asked how AFRIMA intended to deal with integrity issues and voting. In response, AFRIMA Executive Producer, Mike Dada, explained that the 525 members

of the Academy of AFRIMA to conduct the adjudication process will be selected from among renowned music scholars, journalists/critics, disc jockeys, Vee Jays, record label owners in Africa. He also gave some insight to the format of entry submission and voting process, adding that the call for entry would be announced at a later date. The event had opened with a rendition of the National Anthem by female singer, Essence, after which a minute silence was observed in honour of Zara Gretti, the 28-year-old female singer, who succumbed to multiple sclerosis on March 28, 2014. More amazing music and spoken word performances were to come from GT da Guitarman and Wana Wana respectively at the conference that was a confluence of government officials, music associations’ leaders, label owners, media owners, veteran journalists, top contemporary artistes and more. Present at the event were music industry’s stakeholders like: Olisa Adibua, Tee Mac Iseli, Yeni Kuti, music blogger, Noble Igwe, Daddy Showkey, Adewale Ayuba; Nigezie TV founder, Femi Aderibigbe (Kwame), Efe Omoriegbe, Joke Jaiyesimi, Obiwon Obiora, Essence, Chi Chi of Africa, Tosin Martins, DJ Jimmy Jatt and DJ Humility.


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Riding the rails in Don’t let Europe’s vast railroad system intimidate you. Frederic Langlois, president and chief executive of Rail Europe, says that riding the train is “part of the authentic European experience. Becky Krystal

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t is the best way to travel within Europe and the best way to mingle with the locals. To help address questions that readers often ask us, we turned to Langlois and rail expert Laura Terrenzio, travel information manager of Rick Steves’ Europe, for advice. Their tips:

Plan in advance.

“Plan and book everything while you’re in the U.S.,” Langlois advises. European rail systems have been designed with domestic, not North American, travelers in mind. Advance scouting at home will be less stressful and allows you easier access to experts and English-language sites on this side of the pond, including those of outfits such as Rail Europe and Rick Steves. “Planning is getting easier and easier online,” Terrenzio says. She recommends the Web site of the German national railway, the Deutsche Bahn, as a one-stop shop for your initial route research. The site has schedules for all of Europe and is comprehensive for the sake of being useful, not because it’s trying to sell products to travelers, Terrenzio says. Also be sure to check out the rail sites of your destination coun-

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ifty years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened its doors to the public along with one of the featured attractions, Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world.” (Yes, those lower-case letters are there on purpose.) In the ride, water-borne passengers drift through an enchanted world of audio-animatronic dolls dressed in national costume, singing the eponymous song. And in 50 years people still can’t get that darn song out of their heads. But if you’re one of those goofballs who really, really loves that tune, you can record yourself singing along and have it broadcast on their site. Meantime, while you’re warming up your vocal cords and focusing your laptop cam, here are 10 facts that you probably didn’t know about the most famous travelrelated ride in the world.

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“it’s a small world” relocated from New York to Anaheim in 1965, where it opened as a major attraction at Disneyland the following year.

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Although Disneyland in Anaheim, California, was a smash from Day One when it opened in 1955, Walt Disney wasn’t so sure the amusement park concept would translate to other parts of the country. So Uncle Walt built “it’s a small

try, although some are easier to decipher than others. Another advantage of advance work: You might get a cheaper price. (Keep in mind that while it’s easy to succumb to the romance of the train, you might also get a better price and a faster trip by flying, Terrenzio says.) You’ll want to make reservations ahead of your trip if you plan on taking an overnight train, a high-speed train or a train in popular destinations where inventory sells out, such as Spain, France and Italy. According to Langlois, the ideal lead time for making reservations and buying tickets and passes is 60 to 180 days. Familiarize yourself with your routes. Are there express or high-speed trains that can get you to your destination faster? Will you be traveling through a country not covered by your rail pass on your way between two others? If so, you’ll need to buy a ticket for the uncovered portion.

But don’t feel as though you need to plan everything in advance.

You can almost always buy a point-topoint train ticket — though not a pass (we’ll get to that later) — in Europe. You need to worry less about routes with frequent trains, as long as you don’t have tight connections or another commitment to make. You might also want to wait to buy tickets for day trips from major urban areas. Interested in an excursion from London to Windsor Castle? No sweat. Show up at Paddington station and choose a train. Decide whether a rail pass makes sense. “Passes, I would say, mainly are designed for people who have time, who don’t know exactly what they’re going to end up doing and plan to take at least three different rides,” Langlois says. There are passes designed for a few countries or many countries. There are

Disney …..50 years after

passes for quick jaunts or long journeys. There are flexi-passes or passes designed for consecutive days. The options can be overwhelming, which is why it’s important to price out your itinerary. It’s tempting to think that a pass will offer all kinds of flexibility to flit here and there, but there are restrictions, and single point-topoint tickets may be cheaper. Here’s where advance planning comes in again. Rail passes are aimed at foreign travelers, so if you think that you’ll be able to buy one once you’re in Europe, think again. Buy them while you’re still in the States. It’s also important to understand that rail passes don’t necessarily allow you to hop on any train you want. Even with a rail pass, you’ll need to make reservations for some trains. TGV trains in France, for example, limit the number of seats available to pass¬holders, so plan ahead. Look into your routes to see whether reservations are recommended or required. Some trains don’t take reservations at all. Pay careful attention to information about validating your pass once you’re in Europe and are ready to use it. If you make a mistake, you might be out of luck. Avoid common on-the-ground mistakes. Don’t get caught on a train without a ticket, reservation or a validated pass. It could cost you a pretty penny. Be prepared for disruptions in the form of strikes or delays. Have in mind alternative routes, and avoid tight connections, especially if the service on the second leg of your trip is infrequent. At the train station, and on the train, pay attention. At the station, you should track down a reader board listing departure times and tracks, Terrenzio says. And even after you’ve found your track, stay alert. Last-minute changes can send you scurrying to a different platform. When you’re on the train, make sure that you get off at the

right stop. Major cities can have multiple stations with similar names. Pay attention to your estimated arrival time so that you can be ready to get off at your stop. “Not packing light is a mistake that many people make,” Terrenzio says. Except for some accommodations for people with mobility issues, you’re on your own when it comes to hauling your luggage. And once you’ve stowed your bags on the train, keep an eye on them. Although most train stations have signs with English or universally understood symbols, you can still find yourself confused. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help,” Terrenzio recommends. Relax and have fun. Most American travelers will be bowled over by the smoothly run European railways. Langlois says that trains aren’t old-fashioned anymore. They’re trendy (Christian Lacroix designed the interiors for France’s new TGV trains) and full of locals you can turn to for advice and conversation. “It’s fun. It’s pleasant,” Langlois says. “When you travel by train, the ride itself is part of the ad¬ven¬ture. . . . You enjoy the ride, you enjoy the landscape, you enjoy the company.” Becky Krystal writes for ‘Washington Post’.

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”it’s a small world” is now in operation at five Disney theme parks around the world, including those in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Paris.

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The original ride in New York was intended to salue UNICEF and the welfare of children around the globe.

world” for the New York World’s Fair in part to see if East Coast families would enjoy the Disney experience as much as West Coasters. They did.

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The theme song was written by Robert S. and Richard M. Sherman, who also wrote the music for Mary Poppins. Yes, those are the guys to blame.

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The original plan was to have each “nation” in the ride represented by its own national anthem, but Richard Sherman said ithe result was “a cacophony.” You know, as opposed to Sherman’s song sung simultaneously in seven different languages…

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During the average 16-hour operating day, the theme song plays an average of 1,200 times.

The famous animal-style topiary plants outside the entrance to the ride often take up to five years to grow before they’re ready for display.

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“it’s a small world” at Walt Disney World has a clown in a hot-air balloon near the ride’s “finale.” Today, after a refurbishment, the clown smiles and holds a ballon. Originally, he had a frown and held a sign that read “Help”--probably from having to listen to the song 1,200 times a day.

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If you play the “it’s a small world” theme song backwards on an old-fashioned record player, the lyrics say exactly the same thing as when played forward. Not really, but try it anyway. It might be the only way to get that dang melody out of your head. Mark Orwoll is the International Editor at Travel + Leisure.

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Domestic tourism and partnership agenda

L-R: Mbanefo, Duke and Kabir

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Inside a train

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o doubt, while Nigeria’s economy has posted impressive growth rates in recent years; its tourism sector has remained relatively underdeveloped. Largely overlooked by a government and investors with other priorities, the industry currently contributes only a small share of the GDP. The gospel of domestic tourism according to Sally Mbanefo has very high revenue and job creation potentials. If we assumed that a low estimate of 20 million out of 160 million Nigerians travel locally for business, leisure, culture, religion or sports annually and they spend only 10 percent of Nigeria’s per capital income of 2,000 US dollar annually we will have 4billion US dollar on domestic tourist market and hence the NTDC on developing domestic tourism as the foundation for attracting International tourists. However, Nigeria’s tourism industry is expected to be one of the fastest-growing in the world this year and over the next decade. The WTTC forecasts that it will rack up 13.5% growth in 2013, with its broader contribution to GDP rising by 13.9%. Between 2013 and 2023, it expects the sector to average annual growth of 6.2% and its overall impact on the economy to rise by 6.8% per year. This of course is positive news to all stakeholders and indeed anybody interested in this yet under-exploited gold mine, especially the woman on spot today, Sally Mbanefo, the Director General in charge of Nigeria Tourism, development corporation NTDC. When assuming office, Mbanefo had earlier highlighted three -fold strategic imperative for moving the corporation forward which she said is to rebuild the NTDC, grow the tourism value chain and to reinvent Nigeria’s tourism industry for revenue generation and job creation. She said: “What I am trying to unveiling today as part of my statute is on how to covert NTDC to revenue generating entity and NTDC can connect itself to the Transformation Agenda of Present Administration of been responsible for job to be creation, reduction of poverty in Nigeria. And to motivate the staff to help delivered this imperative. “Our desire is to re-fertilizer, to revamp and to rebuild the NTDC and growing the tourism value chain for revenue generation and Job creation”. It was on this imperative geared toward developing domestic tourism and making Nigeria a tourist haven. That will also repositioned the country’s tourism potentials to the world, the corporation has partnered with many organisations who wanted to key into the programme so as to boost the tourism industry believed to be an alternative to crude oil in Nigeria Sequel to the above, the NTDC has entered into MOUs with organisations such as; ABC Transport to move the tourists from one tourist destination to another at reduced fare, Heritage Bank to assist on funding aspect, Reddington to promote medical tourism and giving health insurance to tourists that visited Nigeria when the need arises Other Organisations include: British Airways, Arik Airline, VISA, Gambia Chamber of Commerce, Turkish Chamber of Commerce FCT Administration, Mexican tourism board, SURE-P Cuban Tourism Board, PTDF, and the Nigeria Immigration Service.


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ndoubtedly, Toyota Motor Corporation, TMC, is the leading vehicle manufacturers in the world with millions of different brands manufactured and purchased annually by its global clients including Nigeria. But, the recent recalls of vehicles by the auto company are giving its clients concerns as this is also raising safety issues in the auto industry. Apart from this month’s announcement of recall by the auto giant, which is put at 6.5 million vehicles worldwide, the auto company in the last five years had recalled millions of vehicles globally. For instance, between 2009 and 2011, the auto company recalled several millions of Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla after reports that several vehicle brands experienced unintended acceleration. The first recall, on November 2, 2009, was to correct a possible incursion of an incorrect or out-ofplace front driver's side floor mat into the foot pedal well, which can cause pedal entrapment. The sec-

ond recall, on January 21, 2010, was begun after some crashes were shown not to have been caused by floor mat incursion. This latter defect was identified as a possible mechanical sticking of the accelerator pedal causing unintended acceleration, referred to as Sticking Accelerator Pedal by Toyota. The original action was initiated by Toyota in their Defect Information Report, dated October 5, 2009, amended January 27, 2010. Following the floor mat and accelerator pedal recalls, Toyota also issued a separate recall for hybrid anti-lock brake software in February 2010. As of January 28, 2010, Toyota had announced recalls of approximately 5.2 million vehicles for the pedal entrapment/floor mat problem alone, and an additional 2.3 million vehicles for the accelerator pedal problem. Approximately 1.7 million vehicles are subject to both. Certain related Lexus and Pontiac models were also affected. The next day, Toyota widened the recall to include 1.8 million vehicles in Europe and 75,000 in China. By then, the worldwide total

numb e r of cars rec alled by Toyota stood at nine million. Sales of multiple recalled models were suspended for several weeks as a result of the accelerator pedal recall, with the vehicles awaiting replacement parts. As of January 2010, 21 deaths were alleged due to the pedal problem since 2000, but following the January 28 recall, additional United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, complaints brought the alleged total to 37 deaths. The number of alleged victims and reported problems sharply increased following the recall announcements, which were heavily covered by the public and the global media. Government officials, automotive experts, Toyota, and members of the general public contested the scope of the sudden acceleration issue and the veracity of victim and problem reports. Various parties attributed sudden unintended acceleration re-

Toyota recalls Hilux, Rav4, Yaris, others ports to mechanical, electric, and driver error causes. Some clients that had their recalled vehicles repaired still reported accelerator pedal issues, leading to investigations and the finding of improper repairs. The recalls further led to additional NHTSA and Toyota investigations, along with multiple lawsuits. However, on October 24, 2013, a jury ruled against Toyota and found that unintended acceleration could have been caused due to deficiencies in the Electronic Throttle Control System, ETCS. Michael Barr of the Barr Group testified that NASA had not been able to complete its examination of Toyota's ETCS and that Toyota did not follow best practices for real time life critical software, and that a single bit flip, which can be caused by cosmic rays could cause unintended acceleration. Just last week, Toyota again announced the recall of 6.5 million vehicles globally to fix a variety of problems, including faulty steering wheels and seats. The latest recalls span about 27 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, Africa and other places around the world. Unlike the 2009-2011 recalls that were associated with injuries and deaths, so far, no injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced by the auto company. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running. The affected models include Corolla, RAV4, Hilux, Yaris, Tacoma, Urban Cruiser and Scion xD. The recalled vehicles include those manufactured un-

til August 2013, but the sole distributor of Toyota products in the country, Toyota Nigeria Limited, TNL, told auto journalists in Lagos last week that it would only recall the 2004-2005 Hilux, the 2005-2006 Rav4 and 2006-2008 Toyota Yaris vehicles from the market in order to replace a malfunctioning spiral cable and seat track that was found to be unstable in some of the units. The Executive Director, TNL, Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, said at a press conference in Lagos that the Nigerian recall was at the instance of its parent company, TMC, which acted following persistent complaints from both owners and dealers of the affected vehicles about the recurring faults. He explained that the recall of vehicles was often undertaken by the manufacturers as a safety measure and a mark of responsibility and genuine concern for the welfare of the customers. “This is to show that the safety of our customers is paramount to us,” he added. Ade-Ojo also stated that reports from the TMC indicated that no records of accidents from the spiral cable malfunctioning and seat track problem had been reported. He said not all units of the three models sold in Nigeria were affected, adding that the firm was still compiling a comprehensive list of those involved, in conjunction with its accredited dealers. The TNL boss said the chassis numbers of the affected vehicles would be published once the list was ready to further alert the owners and indicate where to take the vehicles to. Already, he said the company had placed an order for the supply of the spiral cable from the manufacturer and expected the delivery of sufficient number in


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CFAO launches King Long commercial buses in Nigeria

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a few weeks’ time. He said it would take just about an hour to fix the cable, adding, “All we need to do is to remove the cable and replace it.” According to Ade-Ojo, the cable connects the switches on the steering wheel to the horn and the airbag, and is responsible for transmitting electrical signals to those points. He explained that owners of vehicles with such defect would usually get alerted through a signal light on the dashboard. For the Yaris, he said the problematic seat track made the seats to move back and forth, which could

cause s o m e discomfort and injury to the passengers. He absolved Toyota of any blame for the delay in identifying the problems. “Toyota has a culture of continuously assessing its vehicles. And when we identify cases like this, the TMC will call for a detailed investigation and take steps to address the problem,” he said. However, some auto players feel several thousands of vehicles with defectives are still being sold by the auto company in the country, which could cause accident if not nipped in

the bud, wondering why the company did not extend the recall to August 2013 as the manufacturer has done. The parent company is recalling from 2004 to August 2013. Analysts say the recall is a huge blow to the world's biggest selling carmaker that has seen its reputation battered by a string of damaging recalls. Auto stakeholders recalled that since 2012, the company has recalled around 20 million vehicles and sold 18.7 million, saying that the latest recall is not even the biggest in a single day; in October 2012 it was forced to call back 7.43 million cars, mostly the Yaris and Corolla models to fix faulty window switches.

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How to replace water pump in vehicles

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water pump replacement is a repair that may be undertaken by an experienced auto mechanic. If you are confident in your car maintenance skills, this is a task you can complete in a few hours; however, if you are not comfortable you should definitely take it to the auto workshop. In doing this, you can contact

the service manual. A service manual is an instruction book for the various repairs that may be necessary on a specific make and model vehicle. These repair instructions will outline the parts required, the necessary tools, and the steps to take in order to accomplish the task. In many cases, there are helpful tips and hints included in order to make the job a bit easier to complete. When replacing the water pump, professional mechanics suggest replacing the hoses and belts for the cooling system. It may seem like an effort to get you to part with more money than is necessary, but it’s a very good idea. Belts and hoses are

actually somewhat fragile, and can easily be damaged during removal or while putting them back on the engine. While they are off, they must not come in contact with grease, antifreeze, oil, or gasoline; not always easy in a repair situation. New hoses and belts are not expensive, and it’s always better to spend a little more and replace them, just to be on the safe side. Continues next week.

ing Long Buses are making headway into the Nigerian Commercial Bus market where competition appears to be getting more interesting by the day. Positioned as the “affordable luxury” brand, the King Long Buses serve in three categories; Kingo Hummer (newly introduce), Kingwin Standard & Ambulance. With King Long, the motto is "Luxury as Standard" and this has been proven with the Kingwin standard which has carved a niche for itself in its segment. King Long puts passenger comfort and driver convenience at the forefront of all its designs to ensure comfortable trip for both passengers and drivers alike. The Commercial Manager, CFAO CICA Nigeria Limited, the sole distributor of the King Long brand in Nigeria, Mr. Idris Siyaka told auto journalists in Lagos during the week that the company is reinforcing its commitment to win more share in the commercial bus segment with the delivery of the New Kingo Hummer. He assured that has put in place all necessary in terms of after-sales like spares, maintenance and warranty of the brands available in the country. He disclosed that the Kingo Hummer boasts of next generation engines with better power, torque and mileage, adding that it comes in 2.4ltr and 2.7ltr engine capacity with a captivating design and generous interior space and offers unprecedented fuel efficiency, luxurious reclin-

ing leather seats, Xenon dip beams, Low Set Fog Lamps and easily accessible rear lamps. He added, “Smooth ride is guaranteed as King Long employed transverse double spring independent suspension in front and leaf spring suspension at the rear coupled with powerful engine and factory fitted DVD player for the smoothest restful ride.” He further highlighted Kingo’s unique selling points to include price advantage, ruggedness, durability, fuel efficiency, comfort and economy, , stressing that “buying a new bus can reduce the incidents of road accidents to the barest minimum.” According to him the company has put together many incentives aimed at encouraging their customers to acquire their buses, including flexible payment plans. “We at CFAO are at the fore-front of the campaign for accident reduction in the country. People who buy old buses can add little amount and acquire brand new Kingo Hummer that can last a very long time. This would not only reduce accidents, but also keep the environment free of pollution,” he said. He maintained that the buses were built to the highest industry standards and specifically emphasised that it is built for Nigerian roads. He however added that with an ultra-modern workshop in Lagos and mobile workshops, the company responds quickly to customer demands within 24 hours, adding that part of their expansion plan is to build workshops in all the six geopolitical locations across the country very soon to cater for their customers’ needs.


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Woman files $275,000 lawsuit after alleged domestic duck attack

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n Oregon woman is suing after she says she suffered a broken wrist following an attack by a pet duck outside of her mother’s motor home. According to Cynthia Ruddell of Washougal, she was visiting her mother in Estacada when a domestic duck attacked her. Ruddell is suing the duck’s owner, Lolita Rose, for $275,000 after she broke her right wrist, hurt her elbow and shoulder, and suffered a rotator cuff injury. According to the suit, Rose failed to “warn or otherwise inform neighbours of her duck’s dangerous propensity in at-

tacking individuals” and did not “to maintain proper control of her domestic animal.” The $275,000 is compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering. “The duck flapped its wings at her and knocked her back and she fell down on an outstretched hand and fractured her wrist in two spots,” Ruddell’s attorney, Gregory Price, told KATU. Price is hoping to settle the lawsuit out of court within the next 60 days. “We had neighbours that indicated this duck was a crazy duck that attacked kids at the school bus stop and other people before,” Price said.

Japan to release vegetable ice cream

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äagen-Dazs Japan is about to debut two vegetable-based ice cream flavors for a new line called “Spoon Vege,” set to hit shelves May 12. To make it palatable, the company added fruity flavors to its vegetables, so the “Spoon Vege” line will be available in Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange. According to a press

release, Tomato Cherry will combine the “sweetness and flavor of tomatoes” with the “acidity and fruity aroma of cherry.” Carrot Orange will incorporate carrot flavors with the refreshing citrus taste or orange. Each carton will contain about 8.5 percent fat from milk, about half the fat content of regular Häagen-Dazs.

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Tennessee teen who was arrested for driving with a suspended license is now facing felony charges after officers from the Kingsport Police Department discovered something on her person during processing -- actually in her person. While Dallas Archer was being booked, the Kingsport Times-News reported that a female officer detected an “unknown item in (Archer’s) crotch.” As it turns out, the 19-year-old had a stolen -and loaded -- gun stashed in her vagina. According to the report, a jailer and the female officer “recovered a North American Arms 22 LR revolver (loaded) which Dallas had concealed in her vagina.” In addition to the original charge, Archer was charged with gun pos-

session and introducing contraband into a penal facility. The gun was stolen

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from 70-year-old John Souther during a 2013 auto burglary. Souther told the Smoking Gun he

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Business Maritime The Nigeria Customs Service took over the reins of the Destination Inspection scheme December 2, 2013 under the Computerised Risk Management System formerly powered by the service providers. Part of the new regime entails the introduction of the Nigerian Trade Hub, which incorporates the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report PAAR to replace the Risk Assessment Report, an advisory document issued by the erstwhile service providers. FRANCIS EZEM examines how the new system has fared three months down the line.

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hen the Nigeria Customs Service took over the Destination Inspection scheme from the three service providers comprising Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited, SGS and Global Scanservices Limited, most importers, clearing agents and even officers and men of the service could not hide their excitement. Expectedly, the management of the service had one month before the November 30, 2013 expiration date of the seven-year Build, Own, Operate and Transfer BOOT, contract with the service providers, after a six month-extension, held series of town hall meetings during which it promised the expectant agents and importers and agents that the new system will be an Eldorado. For instance, the service promised that under the new system, which is hinged on the Nigerian Trade Hub also called the ruling centre, it will take about six hours to prepare the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report PAAR, which is a replacement for the Risk Assessment Report RAR, an advisory report issued by the service providers. Basically, the trade hub is an online trade portal, designed to give an intending importer all the necessary information about how to import into Nigeria. Such information covers but not limited to prohibited items, regulated and which agency regulates which item, duty payable on all categories of imported goods and the classification. Similarly, the PAAR regime, designed to address the challenges associated with the RAR, which emphasizes the processing of imports on arrival, the PAAR regime insists that documentation should be done before the arrival of the consignment to save time. The service had argued that if importers and their agents would comply with the requirements of the new trade portal and also make genuine declarations, goods will exit the ports in less than five days from the date of arrival. The service had hinged this projection on the fact that RAR was an advisory document, which may or may not be a final

Customs, Destination Inspection regime three months after

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document, unlike the PAAR, which is a final document issued by the service, which cannot be questioned anywhere. With this frame of mind, the service providers became the common enemy to the importers, agents and even the service, who became good friends. But less than two weeks after the commencement of the new regime, during which the common enemy had gone, these friends now became the worse enemies. The first acid test for the new scheme was the discovery of about 99, 000 RAR documents issued by the service providers, which could not be found on the PAAR platform. But the service also took a pragmatic step towards addressing this major challenge to restore the confidence of the importers and agents and also forestall congestion of the ports. It was in line with this that Comptroller General of the service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko directed importers of the affected consignments to apply to the customs area controller where the goods landed so as to have a conditional release of the cargoes, after which other issues will be reconciled through the audit trail mechanism. Customs Area Controller in charge of Apapa Area 1, which accounts for over 65 per cent of the entire bulk, containerised and other general cargo, Comptroller Charles Edike, had while speaking with newsmen shortly after the takeoff of the new regime, had insisted that it will only work efficiently in an honest and transparent environment. According to him, the trade hub, which simplifies the process of importing will enhance speedy clearance of cargo and thus cost if the system was followed honestly. “The agents and the importers will fully enjoy this system. And of course it also means that the cost of doing business at the ports will reduce because before your container arrives, you would have completed you documentation processes, when your container arrives, you go to the terminal operators, present your papers and you carry your container and go”, he said. Apart from that as you are interacting

We took over this scheme about three months ago and so it is not humanly possible to get right from day one without technical

hitches, there must be teething problems with such new

systems, especially

when they are ICTbased with the system, if the item is banned, the system will tell you. Some people after importing something, they will tell you they did not know that the item was banned but ignorance of the law is not an excuse . The new system even before you start the process of importing will tell you clearly whether an item is banned or needs SON, NAFDAC, NESREA or animal and plant quarantine intervention so that from the beginning, you know where you are going. So the basic requirement here is transparency, honesty. These will reduce waste of time, reduce cost and delays associated with Debit Notes”, Edike also asserted. Meanwhile, a clearing agent and chief executive officer of Port Protocol Limited, Mr. Mike Nwokafo, who spoke in an interview, noted that the pace of clearing consignments at the ports has become so slow to the detriment of the importers and their agents. According to him, the direct implication of this is that additional cost will be incurred arising from rent and demurrage, which the terminal operators are not ready

to waive. “For every delay associated with the preparation of the PAAR or even the conditional release, the importers and their agents are at receiving end because no matter how long the consignment stays, the importer must pay the last kobo in terms of rent to the concessionaire or demurrage to the shipping company before it is released”, he lamented As if to confirm this, chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria STOAN, Mrs. Vicky Hastruup, who spoke in a chat with newsmen, insisted that any consignment that does not leave within the free rent period must be made to pay the required rents. She noted that though she sympathises with the plight of the importers over the delay, the terminal operators will not shy away from collecting their due rent charges because are not the cause of the delay and that they spend additional money to keep the consignments at their terminals. In addition to these challenges, the constant breakdown of Automated System for Customs Data ASYCUDA, which many believed was designed to sabotage the new system, also worsened the situation. Webb Fontaine, a service provider in the old system, which was given an 18 monthmonth Information and Communication Technology ICT infrastructure support contract to enable the service to take over and sustain the scheme, has not done this creditably, as the server kept breaking down., in what many believed was sabotage. But President of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders NAGAFF, Chief Eugene Nweke, who also insisted that allegations of sabotage by Webb Fontaine, argued that the new concept would have addressed the problems of the old system, but regretted that it takes to tangle. But CGC Dikko, while assessing the new regime in an interview with newsmen recently insisted that though the new system is not near any perfection yet, he believes that a lot of progress has been made. Comptroller Edike also shares this view, when he said in a recent interview that efforts were being made to perfect the new system. While arguing that whatever difficulty that is being faced now is a teething and temporary one, urged importers and agents to be patient with the new system, adding that the entire system was before now operated by three service providers but is currently handled by the service alone and so such hitches should be expected. “We took over this scheme about three months ago and so it is not humanly possible to get right from day one without technical hitches, there must be teething problems with such new systems, especially when they are ICT-based”, Edike argued. It is therefore incumbent of the government and its relevant agencies to take urgent steps to address these challenges.


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trong indications emerged that the two mega deep seaport projects located at Lekki in Lagos State and Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State are currently sending cold jitters down the spine of most port concessionaires in view of imminent competition that might see them out of business. The Federal Government in conjunction with the Akwa Ibom State Government is currently developing Ibaka Mega Seaport project, which is currently used for fishing activities and water transport for small crafts with over 17 metres of draft without dredging. When completed, the port is expected to have a quay area spanning over two miles in terms of length, which makes it a safe haven for mega vessels of over 10,000 Twenty Equivalent Units TEUs, thus making it the largest in the West African sub- region. Similarly, the Lekki Port is located within the privately owned Lagos Free Trade Zone, approxi-

mately covers 60kilometres east of the city of Lagos even as the first phase of the development of the site covers 218 hectares while the second phase is proposed to cover 1,275 hectares and is expected to commence operations in 2017. It is being developed by a consortium of investors in conjunction with the Federal and Lagos State Governments. Another private mega port has also been proposed for Badagry, also in Lagos, which brings to a total of about six new mega ports being developed in the country. Meanwhile, dependable industry sources hinted that most of the port terminal operators are currently feeling that the development of these mega seaports, which conform to modern trends in new seaport development, especially in terms of depth of the channels might pose a major threat to their businesses. According to the source, most of these terminal operators, who have commenced clandestine moves to extend their period of concession, which range between 15, 20 and 25 years believe that

FG committed to efficient port system in Nigeria-Minister

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he Federal Government has pledged its commitment towards the enthronement of a regime efficient port system in the country, with a view to making the nation’s seaports compete with their peers in the world. Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, who spoke in Lagos shortly after he was briefed about the introduction of the new electronic payment system by the Nigerian Ports Authority, said it was in line with the desire of the government to bring about a fully automated port system in the country. Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar has commended the Management of Nigerian Ports Authority for introducing electronic payment solution for all business transaction between the Authority and its customers. “Government will continue to encourage the development and synchronisation of such systems so that all the other ports, other agencies and indeed the various management and staff will have access to information even within their mobile phone devices, which will promote efficiency”, the Minister also said. He also hinted that the Federal government is working towards improving business culture port operations in Nigeria, adding that the Lekki Seaport will commence operations next year while other similar projects, such as the Ibaka and Badagry deep seaports are

equally on course. He assured that the government will bring about massive development of the maritime industry. The Minister, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Nebolisa Emordi, and other directors, also inspected the Information Communication Technology ICT gallery of the authority. The gallery is a help desk where customers can call to make enquiries or register complaints about services of the authority. He therefore commended the management of the NPA for the two projects, which he said are laudable. Executive Director Finance and Administration of the authority, Mr. Olumide Oduntan, had told the Minister that the Authority decided to introduce the system because it believes in using technology to drive the system in order to enhance improved operations and efficiency. He said that payment confirmation used to take between three to five days before, but with the system in place, confirmation is made as soon as payment is made same day. He also revealed that customers of the authority are impressed with the introduction of the system because time of transaction is reduced to the barest minimum, adding that 90 per cent of the authority’s customers have keyed into the system.

these new ports with their depths and modern equipment will attract larger vessels with the attendant economies of scale, will make them brides of the importers. It was also gathered that recent observation by Africa Finance Corporation AFC, that the history of seaport development is taking after the development of seaports in Europe under which modern and mega ports will emerge and swallow up the small existing one with limited modern facilities. “The fear of these concessionaires is that when these mega ports are completed and operational, the volume of cargo traffic to these older ports will naturally drop significantly because most ship owners will prefer the newer and bigger ports which carry more cargo and therefore cheaper to operate in. However, legal adviser to the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, STOAN, umbrella body for all the terminal operators in the country, Mr. Chidi Illogu SAN, had while speaking at the 12th International Africa

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Transport Exhibition and Conference held in Lagos, frowned at the development of six mega ports in Nigeria, which he said might be too much. According to him, while these mega seaports are springing up everywhere, the government has not defined the role of the existing port facilities in the emerging dispensation. “What is going to be the role the existing seaport facilities in the

emerging dispensation? Are they going to be feeder ports or what? It is also necessary that these issues are trash out quickly|”, Illogu also stated. He noted that most of these existing port concessionaires have invested heavily in the development of their terminals as well as acquisition of modern cargo handling equipment and other machineries, which most of them are yet to recoup.


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he International Monetary Fund, IMF, has said that investment in infrastructure and natural resources will continue to underpin economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa, although capital outflows sparked by tighter global financial conditions pose a risk to growth. IMF, which made this known yesterday said inflation looks set to remain contained in most countries. “The main downside risk to this generally positive baseline

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Sub-Saharan Africa faces heightened risk of capital outflows –IMF scenario is the risk that growth in emerging markets might slow much more abruptly than currently envisaged,” the International Monetary Fund said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook. It said as advanced economies tighten their monetary policies, frontier market economies will also face higher funding costs and a heightened risk of reversal of

capital flows The IMF forecasts economic growth of 5.5 percent for sub-Saharan Africa this year, up from 4.9 percent last year. That is slightly more optimistic than the World Bank, which projects sub-Saharan Africa’s output will grow 5.2 percent this year, partly driven by rising household spending.

Director of the IMF’s Africa department, Antoinette Sayeh, said growing fiscal and current account deficits could curb growth prospects in some of the region’s economies, adding that measures such as widening tax bases would reduce those vulnerabilities. The median fiscal deficit in the region has risen to above 3 percent of gross domestic product last year, from below 2 percent in 2006, the IMF report showed. Ghana drove up its fiscal deficit last year after raising public wages and capital investments. Zambia was also left with a bigger budget hole after it increased spending on subsidies and wages. The higher deficits resulted in lower credit ratings for both countries and may have significant adverse implications for their debt sustainability, the IMF said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean in-

creasing the tax rate but actually expanding your tax base by not exempting so many things from existing taxes,” she said. Weeding out so-called “ghost workers” from the payroll would also keep spending down, she said, referring to scams whereby fake workers or a deceased or retired worker receives wages which are directed to the account of the fraudster behind the scheme. Africa, the world’s poorest continent, needed to ensure growth was more inclusive, the IMF said, citing Mozambique where although the economy has expanded at the same pace as Vietnam, poverty has declined far more slowly. The fund said it expected growth in Nigeria - now the region’s biggest economy after a rebasing - to quicken as oil production picked up after recent supply disruptions.

Fashola moves to stop inappropriate discharge of waste water Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, Mr. Seni Adetu (left) receiving the Marketing Edge ‘Brand Personality of the Decade Award’ from the Publisher, Marketing Edge Magazine, Mr. John Ajayi, during the presentation in Lagos recently.

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he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has expressed its readiness to boost domestic consumption of the liquefied natural gas otherwise known as cooking gas across the length and breadth of the country. The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr. Andrew Yakubu made this commitment while delivering a key note address at the combined graduation ceremony of Chief Officers Management Development programme of batches 069 to 072 at the NNPC Towers, Abuja. Yakubu stated that as part of efforts to reduce the pressure on kerosene consumption, the NNPC is refocusing its strategy to encourage and aggressively grow the consumption of LPG which provides a cleaner and cheaper energy alternative.

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n line with its industry mandate to deepen awareness and adoption of cashless transactions in the country, the Electronic Payment Providers of Nigeria,EPPAN, has re-constituted its Standing Committee on Advocacy. The committee is chaired by Kyari Bukar who is the Managing Director of Central Securities

Nigerians should consume more cooking gas –NNPC He said, “NNPC’s footprint in the domestic gas market has attained unprecedented growth. With the commissioning of the NPDC’s 100 million standard cubic feet of gas per day Oredo gas processing facilities and the acquisition of the new assets, NPDC is now the biggest producer and supplier of gas into the domestic market, contributing over 400 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. He stated that the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, is being repositioned to become a medium sized independent Exploration and Production Company with a production capacity of at least 250,000 barrels per day by the year 2015. Yakubu said NPDC assets base has grown with the assignment of new oil mining leases stress-

ing that the management under his watch is determined to further pursue new strategies to grow production to the target of 250,000 bpd by 2015 from the current level of 130,000bpd. He said in line with the strategic direction to support the Federal Government to increase national crude oil reserve and producibility to 40 billion and 4 million barrels per day, there is aggressive exploration campaign in offshore, onshore and the inland basins of Chad, Anambra, Benue, Bida and Sokoto Dahomey. “We are as well carrying out infield developments which have resulted in increased reserve and with the intensified approach, including the expedited action on new projects like Egina etc the reserve and production targets is realizable,” Yakubu affirmed.

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overnor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has said the practice of discharging waste water into drains in the state would soon be the things of the past when his administration finished the construction of the Odo Iyaalaro Waste Water Treatment Project at Ojota area of the state. Fashola stated this when he inspected the project which he said would prevent the waste water from polluting the environment and underground water which water are being extracted in boreholes. The governor said in order to discourage people from continuing with such practice government needs to build sufficient waste water treatment plants with the capacity to meet the water treatment needs of the State. “If we ask people not to dispose their waste water into the environment where they find their way into the Lagoons and other wetlands, then we as government

must do something about it. So we are locating one of the huge waste water treatment plants here.” “You remember that a significant percentage of our waste is water from so many of our daily activities and as we continue to lead in the need for better environmental habit among our people, we as government must take our own responsibility frontally”, he said. The governor at the project site told the workers that his administration have designed a road map which will take ten years to 15 years to implement by which time Lagos should have sufficient amount of waste water treatment capacity”. Also, recalling his visit to the Abesan Waste Water Treatment Plant recently, the Governor explained further that, “So we are also rehabilitating and reviving all the old ones to get them back to optimum capacity”. He said that even the installed capacity now at full operation in the State is not anywhere near the waste water treatment needs of Lagos adding, “So we need to build more’’, he added.

E-payment: EPPAN restructures for stronger advocacy Clearing Systems Limited. According to a statement signed by the Media and Strategy Development Manager, Mrs. Ntia Nnene Sylvia, the committee is saddled with a number of key mandates. These are to identify, develop and manage policies of direct relevance to the e-payment industry; promote electronic payment at national and international levels

by building on the strengths and efforts of various industry stakeholders and develop advocacy messages targeted to various stakeholders groups. The Committee will also act as the voice of reasoning for minimum standards with industry stakeholders and regulators. While welcoming the members of the newly reconstituted com-

mittee at the inaugural meeting, Bukar expressed his personal bias which is national interest and economic development. This bias was equally shared by other members of the committee. Members of the committee expressed their delight and expectations which ranged from contributing to the growth of the industry to the opportunity of making their

impact felt across the globe. Some of the members of the committee are. 0Ike Nnamani of Medallion Communications Limited; Simeon Ononobi of Simple Pay; Bami Akinlade of SecureID Limited; Tunde Ogungbade of Global Accelerex; Olukayode Ariyo of Global Accelerex; Chuks Iku of Skye Bank Plc; and Charles Ifedi of Verve.


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FG to deploy biometric technology to check housing fraud OLUFEMI ADEOSUN ABUJA

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he Federal Government has expressed its readiness to deploy biometric technology in the allocation of houses under its low cost housing scheme with a view to ensuring that no single individual gets more than one unit. If this policy is push through, it would be a clear departure from the past whereby a clique of moneybags would buy off many of the houses meant for the low income earners and later sold them out at exorbitant prices, thereby defeating the efforts of government at bridging the housing deficit gap put at 17 million units. The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi disclosed this in Abuja while inspecting the ministry’s prototype Housing Scheme located in Suleja, Niger State. The estate which is being built

under the Public Private Partnership of the Ministry, contains 102 units of housing made up of 3 bedrooms (33) 2(44) and 1 (32) bedrooms. While the 3- bedroom is expected to be given out to beneficiaries who must be contributors to the National Housing Fund,NHF, for N5.8m, 2- bedroom and 1-bedroom also cost N4.7m and N1.8m respectively. Refuting the accusation that those who already owned houses again would get the houses, the minister said the ministry under her watch would endeavour that only those who fits in, in the various categories of housing would be entitled to them. Eyakenyi said, “What I want to guarantee you and guarantee Nigerians is that under this dispensation, an individual will be entitled to only one house. And the measure we are going to put in place and use is the biometric system which will be introduced

to ensure that an individual will be able to claim only one house. “For instance, the units for the low income will be targeted toward them. Ditto to the houses in other categories. Therefore, your reference to a director coming up to buy off 10 units of houses is out of the way. This is not to say that any director that fits in, in any of the categories would be denied of the opportunity to own a house. Also speaking during the inspection, the Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN, Mr. Gimba Ya’u Kumo, said that the houses were intentionally discounted in line with the social housing scheme of government. Ya’ u Kumo who said that the bank is expending N600m on the new housing project, said there are also 25 housing projects being undertaken by the bank across the country.

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lecturer at the University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia, Dr John Ihendinihu, has said that the recent rebasing of the nation’s gross domestic product would stimulate foreign direct investment. Ihendinihu, who is the Head of the Department of Accounting, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Umuahia on Thursday that the rebasing looked attractive to investors. “The rebasing looks attractive to the global market, so we are likely to have an increase in foreign direct investment into the country,’’ he said. He said the rebasing would also enhance the Federal Government’s borrowing capacity. Ihendinihu, an associate professor of accounting, also warned the government to be prudent in maximising the anticipated benefits of the rebasing. Indentifying foreign borrowing as one of the benefits, he said that “if the money is not properly utilised in productive ventures, the country’s debt-servicing ratio would increase over time”. He urged the Federal Government to take advantage of the rebasing to reactivate and reposition the real sector. Ihendinihu called on the gov-

ernment to invest in critical infrastructure, especially the energy sector, to stimulate sustainable economic activities. “There is not much that can be achieved with the GDP rebasing if the government fails to invest in infrastructure that drives economic development. “That is what the government should be focusing on,’’ Ihendinihu said, adding that “small scale industries cannot thrive except there is substantial investment in infrastructure”. Ihendinihu, however, said that the nation’s current security challenges remained a major threat to the prospects of the rebasing. According to him, “even if there is foreign direct investment into the country; if the environment is not conducive, it would last for a short while and investors would begin to divest’’. He advised the government to engage in public education and enlightenment on the importance of the rebasing and its attendant implication for the economy. The lecturer admonished the government to “jubilate with caution’’ over the rebasing. He contended that the new GDP, which placed Nigeria ahead of other African economies, did not tally with the living standard of Nigerians.

Union Bank posts N5bn profit on risk management JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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nion Bank has declared a profit after tax of N5.1bn for the financial year ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 59 per cent when compared to N3.2bn it posted for the full-year 2012. The bank’s profit before tax stood at N4.2bn in 2013, up 24 per

CBN confirms Dikko as chairman, Etuh, vice chairman of Unity Bank TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he Central Bank of Nigeria has confirmed the appointment of Alhaji Lamis Dikko as the Chairman and Mr. Thomas Etuh as the pioneer Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unity Bank Plc. A statement by the Bank yesterday indicated that the approval of the duo as Chairman and Vice Chairman was contained in a letter by the apex bank dated April 22, 2014 and signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, Mrs. Tokunbo Martins. It noted that Dikko and Etuh will be bringing into the Board over

40 years of collective experience. It would be recalled that the Board had on March 27, 2014 forwarded the names of the new appointees to the CBN, following the resignation of the former chairman, Alhaji Numan Barau Danbatta. While awaiting the approval, Etuh had been serving as interim chairman. Alhaji Dikko is a seasoned banker who has extensive banking experience and a strong background in the financial services sector. He was also an intricate part in the consolidation process that led to the establishment of the Bank in 2006 and will bring to bear his many years of experience and wide contacts to

the current re-organization and rejuvenation of Unity Bank. He holds a B.Sc. Economics from Queen Mary’s College, University of London and also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School for Management Development. He is currently Chairman of Infrastructure Bank and a Director of Legacy Pensions among others. To take up his new appointment, he had to relinquish his position as a Director at Enterprise Bank. He had worked previously in top management positions in Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd, Intercity Bank Plc(one of the legacy banks of Unity Bank Plc) where he rose to become the Managing Director in 2001 until it merged with 8 other

banks to form Unity Bank in 2005 At Unity Bank, he was first, Executive Director, Credit Risk Management and then Group Executive Director, (Central) before he left the Bank in 2010. Etuh was in 2011 appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Bank. A widely exposed banking expert, the newly appointed Vice Chairman studied Management, Banking and Public Administration at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and the University of Jos respectively. He is also an alumnus of the University of Navarra, Spain; the London Business School and the Lagos Business School.

cent from N3.4bn recorded in the corresponding period of 2012. According to the result presented to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, gross earnings rose by seven per cent to N103bn in 2013, up from N96bn the previous year, while operating expenses declined by 20 per cent to N57bn, down from N71bn in 2012. On the other hand, the group’s gross earnings were up by four per cent, rising to N121bn in 2013, from N117bn in 2012. Profit before tax for the group rose by 31 per cent to N3.8bn in the review period, from N2.9bn in 2012, while the group’s profit for the year rose 217 per cent to N3.8bn; up from N1.2bn. A statement from the bank quoted the Managing Director, Mr. Emeka Emuwa, as saying, “In 2013, we focused on two key priorities – first, immediately improving the bank’s operations by addressing critical challenges in service delivery to our clients; and second, developing a roadmap to establish Union Bank firmly as a leading player within the Nigerian banking industry. We are pleased to have a clearly defined strategy to guide our growth over the next five years,” he said.


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huraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services operator and The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, today announced their agreement to offer top-up services for Thuraya prepaid SIMs for voice and data services using the Western Union Quick PaySM service. According to a company statement, the service is available at participating Western Union agent locations in the majority of the over 200 countries and territories in which the company provides services. This new and convenient method of payment enables Thuraya customers to recharge their pre-paid SIMS with no fee. Vice President, Service Delivery, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & CIS, Western Union, Michel Foricher, said, “We are very pleased to collaborate with Thuraya. The Western Union QuickPay service will provide Thuraya customers the

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Thuraya teams up with Western Union convenience of topping up their prepaid SIM cards at participating Western Union agent locations in our network, a quick and convenient facility for Thuraya customers, particularly those who may be in remote locations.” “Our agreement with Western Union marks the first time in the world that a satellite telecoms operator is providing such a service. The service is a great convenience for customers who may be located in remote areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa. Thuraya customers can now top up their prepaid SIM cards easily and efficiently through Western Union’s global network of agent locations that offer the Western Union Quick Pay service. This is yet another example of Thuraya’s commitment to developing innovative solutions and

enhancing our services for our growing customer base in emerging markets, with special focus of this deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa and CIS countries,” said Vice President of Distribution at Thuraya, Bilal El Hamoui,. The Western Union Quick Pay service further enhances and complements Thuraya’s existing distribution channel by offering an easy way for Thuraya customers to recharge their pre-paid SIMs. To top-up a Thuraya prepaid SIM card, a customer can simply visit a participating Western Union agent location, provide identification and their Thuraya phone number and re-load their prepaid SIM card with a cash payment. In addition, family, friends and colleagues can add pre-paid credit on behalf of a Thuraya user traveling abroad.

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mpressed by the ‘One Customer’ experience they had at the exclusive private pre-release screening of the award winning film, ‘Half of a yellow Sun’, Customers of Sterling Bank Plc have commended the Bank for providing a platform to access the film before its presentation to members of the local and international community via the public release on April 25 2014. The film is an adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, which depicts the story of the Nigerian Civil War, its effects on families and the triumph of love over war. According to a statement by the bank a cross section of the bank’s customers who watched the film at the Silverbird Galleria last Sunday in Lagos, noting

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espite its new look, Trophy lager beer, a leading beer drink in South Western part of the country, still retains its taste and quality. The operation manager of International Breweries, Ilesa, the maker of trophy lager beer, High Chief Carlos Gomez, disclosed this recently during the unveiling ceremony of new bottle of the beer. Addressing the gathering at the event held in the premises of the IBL, Omi Asoro, Ilesa, Osun state, Carlos said the new bottle was designed to reflect the global trend and create aesthetic to complement the status of Trophy as number one drink in South West

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here are indications that Kaduna International Airport, Kaduna lacks fire tender equipment to combat inferno in case of an emergency. National Mirror gathered during the week that the airport, which was recently remodelled by the former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah does not comply with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, recommended practices and standards in terms of safety. A source close to the Ministry of Aviation confided in our correspondent that the inability of the airports in the country to meet recommended standards of ICAO prevented the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA,

Kaduna airport lacks adequate fire cover –Investigation from certifying any of the airports. But, the spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati said that the Kaduna Airport has six fire tenders out of which four are functional. The control tower of Kaduna Airport was on Sunday razed down completely due to fire outbreak despite the alleged availability of fire tenders at the airport. The source disclosed that the absence of fire tenders portend a grave danger to the users of the airport including air passengers and equipment. Besides, our correspondent

gathered that as at the time of the incident on Sunday, there were only four fire servicemen of FAAN were on duty while the fire tenders were non-functional. According to investigation the only 11,000 litre capacity fire truck there packed up before the fire incident with a zero response time. The President, Aviation Round Table, ART, Capt. Dele Ore, said that the current situation in the sector was a disaster waiting to happen, saying that the inability of the airports to conform to international standards prevented NCAA from certifying any of them.

that with the sponsorship of the exclusive pre-release screening of the film for customers, by Sterling Bank had introduced a new dimension to banking in Nigeria. “In this customer-centric path Sterling Bank has aggressively started rewarding its customers for their loyalty and this has gone far beyond promotions tied to deposits. The Nigerian-born British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hollywood actress Thandie Newton and Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, John Gboyega and Joseph Mawle all contributed in no small way to the palpable pride and nationalist fervor that buzzed through the cinema as the guests enjoyed seeing Nigerians on a world stage telling the nations of the earth our own story our own way”, the statement said. Half of A Yellow Sun will be screened to the public from April 25 2014.

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Nigeria. Gomez said “the change is simply to create asthetic round this successeful brand.We are humble by the success story of Trophy larger beer being the leading and peerless brand. “We say, with all sense of humility, within South West that trophy is the biggest beer brand and as a result of that, we believe in our consumers, without whom, we could not have achieved this much. Without them, we are nothing”. He assured consumers of the product about the resolve of IBL to do more to ensure their satisfaction is guaranteed, just as Gomez contended that change in appearance of Trophy will not lead to ncrease in the prize of the product.

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ultiChoice has officially launched BoxOffice in Nigeria, in what is yet another move to provide DStv subscribers with the ultimate in home television entertainment. According to a statement by MultiChoice, BoxOffice is a service that allows subscribers to conveniently rent and watch the latest blockbuster movies in the comfort of their homes, right on their DStv Explora decoders. “With BoxOffice, DStv subscribers can now rent and keep movies for up to 48 hours, for N400 per movie, and your first movie is courtesy of DStv Nigeria. Thereafter customers using the service may choose to use any of the flexible payment options to rent and

make anytime movie time with BoxOffice. “Box Office will give subscribers access to a wide variety of movies from comedy, drama and family movies, to horror, fantasy and a whole lot more, including a selection of great Nollywood titles such as “Plantain Girl” and “In Her Shoes” to start with”, the statement said. Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe, said that with BoxOffice, DStv premium subscribers can enjoy the best and latest of Hollywood and Nollywood on their Explora decoders. “DStv services like BoxOffice form part of a bigger MultiChoice strategy to use cutting-edge technological innovation to help people enjoy some of the best entertainment available at a time that’s convenient to them,’’ he said.


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Lagos acquires 1,084 hectares of land for farming Abolaji Adebayo

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agos State has acquired 1,084 hectares of land for farming across the nation. This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Agricultural and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, who said the present condition in the northern part of the country has been hampering the state’s willingness to acquire land in the region for its agricultural purposes. He said the state had acquired 1,084 hectares of land in Osun State for oil palm processing, Agric-YES and other agricultural purposes while 500 hectares of land was acquired in Eggua, Ogun State for rice production adding that the state had received the titles on these lands, as bought lands by the state. Lawal said the state had renewed its interest in investment in Agriculture with consideration for areas where it has advantages over others which are in rice production, poultry farming and aquaculture to make up its contribution to food security in the state by year 2020. He further said that the State Government has involved all the stakeholders in the production of hygiene red meat in the state, adding that the process which starts from the transportation of live animals to modern slaughtering, meat processing and the distribution of the meat through refrigerated vans have been consented to by all stakeholders. He said that six months moratorium has been granted to the four newly approved abattoirs at Matori, Ilaje, Ikorodu and OtoAwori to operate at the State set standard. Lawal said the state is concerned with the plight of producers of perishable farm produce, noting that 40per cent of their products were lost through daily spoilage saying that the state is poised at averting the problem by 25-30 per cent by looking into the ways of moving their produce swiftly using modern transportation and packaging methods.

The commissioner added that the state government has established cassava factory in the state as a vehicle for Youth Empowerment and Employment generation. The factory has produced 40 metric tons of cassava flour which has been supplied to Honeywell Flour Mills since it began operation. This has reduced the importation of wheat. The state is also poised to increase its output to 100 metric tons by the end of this month. The commissioner noted also that in Itoga rice plantation in Badagry Local government now plants twice a year as irrigation has been made to allow for this which will engage the farmers throughout the year. He said that the state is intensifying efforts in the production of rice with the establishment of a rice mill in Imota which has being buying paddy rice from other state and reselling the processed rice, adding that the rice production in the state has moved from manual to mechanised system. He also disclosed that the AGRIC-YES initiative completed a full cycle of Training , Internship and settlement with courses

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1- 4 consisting of 400 youths graduated and empowered in Araga Farm Settlement with credit facilities from the Lagos State MicroFinance Institution amounting to N900m and 300 housing units have been completed and allocated.

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ice millers at Abakaliki Rice Mill Company have threatened to stop work, if the state government persists with its threat to forcefully relocate them. The Chairman of the Mill, Chief Joseph Ununu, made this known while reacting to the governor’s recent statement that the environmental status of the mill made the rice unhygienic. The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi had earlier threatened to relocate the company from its present location to another area. “This relocation issue is distracting us; we will be forced to down tools to see whether the government will be pleased. “We will mill and preserve enough rice that will sustain our families and gather at our office daily without doing any work.” According to him, there has not been any reported case of ill health caused by the consumption of the rice as contained in the relocation statement by the governor. Ununu said health worker have always been inspecting the environment where they operate but has not for once complained of any danger posed by the company. “Environmental experts continually assess our surroundings and have always certified us fit for operation. “Elechi buys our rice always; he used our rice for campaigns during his first and second tenure. “The rice used by local government chairmen and traditional rulers to pay him homage are all from the Abakaliki Rice Mill.” He noted that millers would readily relocate to any site, if facilities that would enable them to operate optimally were provided. “Our machines do not operate under the sun or in the rain; so we need facilities where we will install the machines and preserve our produce. “The new rice mills constructed by the government are not yet functional and do not have the necessary facilities that will make us relocate from our present site,” he said.

Farmers in Jigawa commend FG for timely distribution of fertiliser, seeds

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ome farmers in Hadejia, Jigawa, on Wednesday commended the Federal Government for the timely distribution of fertilisers and seeds, saying the gesture would accelerate paddy rice production. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the government earmarked 48,000 hectares of farmland for rice cultivation this dry season in the state. The government also distributed fertiliser, seeds and chemicals to the over 150,000 registered farmers under its Growth Enhancement Support,GES, programme, otherwise called e-wallet

scheme. NAN also reports that each of the benefiting farmers received three bags of the commodities from the programme. A cross section of the farmers said the programme has enhanced access to fertilisers and encouraged production. Financial Secretary, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, Alhaji Maiunguwa Jaga, described the scheme as a ‘step forward’ towards transforming agriculture in the country. Jaga said that the gesture had eased difficulties being experienced by farm-

ers in accessing the commodities. ``It is a clear indication of the Federal Government’s commitment to the transformation of agriculture and its resolve to support farmers. ``It will also attract more farmers into paddy rice production,” he said. Jaga said the association has mobilised farmers to ensure effective utilisation of the commodities to boost their production output. Another farmer, Malam Ibrahim Auwal, also called for private sector investment in rice production and development of farmer enterprising skills.

Auwal stressed the need for capital investment in the development of rice mill and processing to add value to the produce. He explained that such investments were necessary to promote competition and meet local demand. ``We need investment to accelerate development of rice mills, to improve the quality of rice produced by local farmers,” he said. Some of the crops produced by farmers include rice, wheat, maize, miller, watermelon, tomatoes, onions and vegetable.


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Why Mohammed Abacha should be languishing in jail

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n saner and more civilized climes, instead of seeking for a governorship seat, people like Mohammed Abacha should be hiding their faces from the public, while fighting tooth and nail to avoid being hurled in jail for ruthlessly plundering a rich country, where millions of poor ordinary citizens barely afford a three-square meal.

also extended to him.

In the last few days, the Nigerian media was awash with reports about forfeiture of more than $550 million and £95,910 million in 10 accounts and six investment portfolios connected to the Abacha family and associates in France, the Britain Virgin Islands and the United States.

The failure of Mohammed to stop his trial was the primary reason he decided to align himself with the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) federal government led by President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a sworn enemy of transparency and public accountability.

The United States, through its Justice Department has seized the assets which were stashed away in private foreign accounts by late General Sani Abacha, his son Mohammed and other accomplices under the pretext of saving the funds for ‘national security’ purposes.

By joining Jonathan’s league of supporters and avaricious apologists, Mohammed, is perhaps hoping to extract a presidential pardon similar to the one given to Jonathan’s criminally corrupt former boss Dipreiye Alamiesigha, who stole Bayelsa State’s $10 milllion and is still wanted for money laundering in the United Kingdom.

According to the Civil Forfeiture Complaint unsealed at the US District Court in Washington, Gen. Abacha, his son Mohammed and an associate Abubakar Atiku Bagudu embezzled, misappropriated and extorted billions from the Nigerian government and then laundered their criminal proceeds through purchase of bonds backed by the US in about nine financial institutions.

But in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court, ordered Mohammed to face trial because there was no way the immunity enjoyed by the late dictator could apply to him and that late Abacha could have also faced trial if he were alive.

If Mohammed Abacha, whose kleptocratic father was controversially honored by Jonathan, succeeds in getting pardoned or his charges quashed by the federal government, he would have an opportunity to not only keep his illegitimate wealth, but to rig himself to the government house of Kano, where he could equally plunder state’s wealth.

Also, the late totalitarian dictator Abacha and his finance minister Anthony Ani forced the Nigerian government to buy its The implication of an Abacha government in Kano would own bonds at crazily inflated prices from a company controlled be a painful reversal of the state’s recent development in both by Bagudu and Mohammed, thereby generating an illegal almost all aspects, including educational, infrastructural, windfall of more than $282 million for themselves. social, political and economic growth. This is because Mohammed Abacha clearly lacks any leadership quality An assistant Attorney General at the US court, Mylith Raman, considering the fact that he grew up within family circles, who commented on the recovery of the stolen funds said it completely secluded from the rest of the society, which was “the largest civil forfeiture action to recover the proceeds robs him of the chance to have an experience of interacting of foreign official corruption ever brought by the Justice with the people and knowing their problems. Department”. More dangerously, an Abacha government in Kano, “General Abacha”, she said “was one of the most notorious would restore the monstrous culture of corruption, lack of Kleptocrats in memory, who embezzled billions from the people accountability, impunity and nepotism which have since of Nigeria while millions lived in poverty”. disappeared from governance in the state. This was the reason why the family of the late dictator including his eldest surviving son Mohammed, turned into instant billionaires even though they had never been known to be involved in any legitimate business venture that could earn them the tall fortune fortunes they claim and flaunt.

In the wake of the persistent revelations of monumental corruption and theft of public funds by the Abacha family, we urge the federal government to quickly arrest Mohammed Abacha and all his accomplices so they could answer questions on the roles they played in the looting of Nigeria’s money when their master was in power.

Mohammed Abacha, who has been desperately trying to seize the governorship seat of Kano state in order to secure his ill-gotten wealth, was believed to have personally participated in laundering a whopping $1.4 billion dollars from government coffers to offshore accounts when his father was ruling Nigeria like a personal fiefdom.

The people of Kano state are NOT interested in seeing the family members of the worst Kleptrocats in the country contesting and winning elections in their state, but in seeing them prosecuted and possibly jailed if found guilty for any wrongdoing.

Since his father’s sudden demise, Mohammed Abacha had battled to escape the 123-count criminal charges slammed on him by the federal government relating to the legitimacy of his wealth, arguing that he should not face trial since he had voluntarily forfeited some of the assets said to have been stolen by his father and that the immunity enjoyed by his father

Therefore, we demand the immediate withdrawal of the centenary award given to late General Sani Abacha for his socalled ‘contribution to national unity’ by President Jonathan, because this amounts to an insult on the collective intelligence of Nigerians who would be seen by other serious nations as defenders of corruption.

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Diamond Bank’s non-performing loan ratio drops to 3.5% JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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iamond Bank nonperforming loan ratio has reduced to 3.5 per cent in the financial year ended December 31, 2013, a decline of 34.3 per cent when compared to 4.7 per cent recorded in the same period of 2012. The bank’s coverage ratio, which shows its ability to meet obligations hits 107.5 per cent in 2013, while earning per share was 197 kobo, from 153 kobo in 2012. Speaking at the bank’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos yesterday, the Group Managing Director, Dr. Alex Otti, explained that the bank has

exceeded its N30bn profit guidance to return a profit before tax of N32bn in 2013. Otti added that all directorates recorded growth in their business, attributing the attainment to changes in staffing, structure and businesses over the past two years. He said, “This result is rooted in our strength to attract low-cost deposits and deploy these into various assets at profitable yet acceptable risk levels”. While the bank achieved a net interest income of N104.6bn in 2013, from N89.3bn recorded in the same period of 2012, it generated interest and similar income of N143.1bn, up 27.3 per cent

from N112.4bn earned in 2012. According to Otti, despite the challenging operating environment, the bank advanced competitive advantage with above industry balance sheet growth. “We will continue to explore all opportunities to grow our business and market share responsibly as we leverage on our growing customer relationships, enhanced by our expansive delivery channels and excellent service delivery,” he said. On retail banking, Otti stressed that the bank recorded impressive growth in retail assets and liabilities, saying that the banking should contribute

over 60 per cent of assets, liabilities and profits in the medium term. He said, “Using financial metrics is not only way to gauge our success in retail banking. We are passionate about the positive changes that have come about as a result of our commitment, through retail banking, to create access to finance for business people, especially, micro, medium and small enterprises. “Beyond that, we are lead agents for the financial inclusion policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria and have through our products and propositions, financial and nonfinancial support many people.”

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Market indicators All-Share Index 39,011.90 points Market capitalisation 13.02 trillion

FSDH Merchant Bank posts N2.6bn profit in 2013 JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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SDH Merchant Bank Limited yesterday announced a profit after tax of N2.62bn for the financial year ended December 31, 2013, a decline of 17.9 per cent when compared to N3.19bn recorded in the same period of 2012. The bank’s total assets rose N83.01bn, while shareholders’ funds stood at N23.7bn, a rise of 4.4 per cent from N22.7bn in 2012. Earnings per share for the group was 93 kobo, which is 25 kobo less than the 118 kobo that was earned in 2012. Speaking at the bank’s

pre-Annual General Meeting in Lagos, the Managing Director, Mr. Rilwan BelloOsagie attributed the decline in profitability to start up challenges, increase in operational expenses and the tight monetary policy stance of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He said, “Though the bank officially started operations as a merchant bank on January 15 2013, for most part of the first and second quarters of the year we operated more as a discount house as opposed to a merchant bank. “ This was because once we got the merchant banking licence, we had to subsequently apply to the CBN for a foreign exchange dealership licence. Approval for

this was received in April and we then started dealing in foreign exchange in May 2013.” According to him, the bank had to open foreign correspondent banking accounts, which the process was rather lengthy due to the enhanced due diligence that was carried out by foreign banks before commencing business relationships with banks in frontier markets. On the business outlook, he said the new banking licence opened a wider array of business opportunities. He explained, “We were able to support our customers in the area of import trade finance, enter into new correspondent banking re-

lationships, trade foreign exchange and through lending activities, support our growing indigenous upstream oil and gas clientele. “Our ultimate goal is to create a niche market for ourselves in carefully selected industries where we can add value to our clients’ business ventures.” Bello-Osagie stressed that the bank will continue to maintain conservative stance and exercise great caution so as not to rush into creating risk assets that can be detrimental to the growth in the future. He added that the bank strategy is to ensure a portfolio of risk assets that would stand the test of time.

Heineken’s earnings rise 3.4% on Nigeria, Brazil

... Index slides 0.5% on NSE

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eineken yesterday reported first-quarter sales that beat analyst estimates, as demand for its namesake beer surged in markets including Nigeria and Brazil. Revenue gained 3.4 per cent, compared with the 2.9 per cent median estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News, Amsterdam-based Heineken said. Beer volume rose 1.5 per cent compared with the 1.6 per cent median analyst estimate. Both figures are reported on a so-called consolidated basis, and exclude effects of acquisitions, dis-

posals and currency swings. An analyst at Mirabaud said,“It is particularly pleasing to note that two of the group’s growth engines, Africa and America, are kicking back into gear. We are confident today’s numbers confirm a reacceleration at Heineken and suggest the downgrade cycle has finally come to an end.” After a drop in profit last year, Heineken is anticipating stronger sales in 2014 as some economies start to improve. The brewer is looking to expand sales of pricier beers such as the eponymous flagship Heineken brand,

which rose eight per cent in the quarter. It’s also turning to developing markets to offset European stagnation, and bought control of its joint venture Asia Pacific Breweries in 2012 for about $4.5bn. Sales in Africa and the Middle East also improved as Heineken sold more affordable beer and volume increased in Nigeria, the second-biggest beer market in sub-Saharan Africa. Asia-Pacific revenue edged up 0.3 per cent and volumes fell 0.3 per cent, dragged down by tough conditions in Vietnam where the company has also been

restructuring its beer sales. Meanwhile, trading in equities closed on a bearish note on the Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday, as some investors took profit from the gain recorded the previous days. The All Share Index shed 0.47 per cent to close at 39,011.90 points, as against the rise of 0.46 per cent posted the preceding day to close at 39, 194.09 points. Market capitalisation dropped N60bn to close at N12.83trn, in contrast to N59bn recorded the preceding day to close at N12.89trn. A total of 1.62 billion shares valued at N18.9bn were traded in 4,543 deals.

Stock Updates GAINERS COMPANY

OPENING

CLOSING

CHANGE

% CHANGE

COSTAIN

1.20

1.26

0.06

5.00

REDSTAREX

4.26

4.47

0.21

4.93

FBNH

12.59

13.21

0.62

4.92

NEIMETH

1.09

1.14

0.05

4.59

WAPIC

0.70

0.72

0.02

2.86

SKYEBANK

3.51

3.60

0.09

2.56

FIDELITYBK

1.95

2.00

0.05

2.56

PRESCO

42.00

43.00

1.00

2.38

ETI

13.30

13.60

0.30

2.26

CORNERST

0.50

0.51

0.01

2.00

CHANGE

% CHANGE

LOSERS COMPANY

OPENING

CLOSING

MANSARD

2.43

2.31

-0.12

-4.94

IPWA

0.61

0.58

-0.03

-4.92

SEPLAT

627.00

597.01

-29.99

-4.78

TOTAL

167.90

161.20

-6.70

-3.99

FIRSTALUM

0.52

0.50

-0.02

-3.85

OASISINS

0.53

0.51

-0.02

-3.77

INTENEGINS

0.57

0.55

-0.02

-3.51

IKEJAHOTEL

0.58

0.56

-0.02

-3.45

UBCAP

2.37

2.29

-0.08

-3.38

ABCTRANS

0.90

0.87

-0.03

-3.33

Primary Market Auction TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%)

DATE

91-Day

22,057.31

11.50

07-Nov-13

182-Day

30,000.00

11.59

07-Nov-13

182-Day

47,786.39

13.05

07-Nov-13

Open Market Operations TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%)

DATE

178-Day

86,709.13

12.35

07-Nov-13

175-Day

95,368.69

12.35

07-Nov-13

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-

-

-

Wholesale Dutch Auction System AMOUNT OFFERED

MARKET DEMAND

AMOUNT SOLD

DATE

$350m

N/A

$343m

04-Nov-13

$400m

N/A

$399m

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Over the years, we have ignored poverty. We have not paid to thetopeople When theattention come , come come at the lower rung ofspeaking the society. The youths have become pool being everybody willasit upof in people this Ministry. Rev. Chris Okotie, recruited to become kidnappers, armed robbers, terrorists and assassins on the state of the nation

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32-year-old man remanded for defiling minor Boladale Bamigbola OSOGBO

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32-year-old man, Bakare Keji has been arraigned before an Osogbo Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly defiling a minor. The presiding Magistrate Olusola Aluko, ordered the accused to be

remanded at Ile Ife prison due to the gravity of the offence. The accused was said to have committed the offence on April 4, 2014, in Agara area of Ikire, Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State. Details revealed that the accused unlawfully and forcefully had carnal

knowledge of one Omogbo, a seven year old girl. It was further learnt that Bakare indecently assaulted the victim, before the attention of the parents were drawn to the apartment where the incident took place. Police Prosecutor, ASP Wilson Mireti told the court that by the action,

the suspect had committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 2 (1) of the Child Right Law and section 360 of the criminal Laws of Osun State 2003 and 2007. The suspect however pleaded not guilty to a two count-charge of unlawful having carnal

knowledge and indecent assault against him. Defence counsel, Barrister, Olaleye Babatunde applied for bail of the accused person in the most liberal term. Babatunde said the accused was ready to face his trial, adding that he is still presumed innocent until proven guilty

by a court of law. But Magistrate Aluko turned down the oral bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in custody at Ile-Ife prison pending when a formal application is filed. He subsequently adjourned the case till May 9, 2014 for mention.

Traditional ruler sues for peace in Ibeju Lekki Wale Igbintade

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Members of Gwari tribe during a cultural display in Abuja.

Clearing agents arraigned for stealing car Matthew Irinoye

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wo men, Onyekachi Muoh and Chima Nwachukwu, have been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing a Toyota Corolla car worth N800,000,even as they were charged for con-

spiracy and stealing. The prosecutor, Asp Eranus Nnamonu said that the accused persons conspired to commit the offences on January 13, 2014 at Tin Can Island, Apapa, Lagos. He said they stole a Toyota Corolla car with chassis number, 006146 valued at N800, 000, property of Clarion

Shipping West Africa Limited. The prosecutor said the accused were contracted to clear the car but they could not give satisfactory account of the missing car. He said that the offences contravened Sections 285 (1) (a) (b) and 409, Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.Section

285 prescribes a three years jail term for offenders. The accused however, pleaded not guilty. The Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Komolafe granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 each with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned the matter to May 21 for mention.

he Onibeju of Ibeju in Ibeju Local Government Area of Lagos State, Oba Rafiu Olusegun Bamidele Salami has called on residents to maintain peace in the community. He stated this at a peace meeting held to resolve the dispute that has divided the local government into warring camps. The meeting was attended by two other traditional rulers, Oba Hamzat Atiku Onimedu of Orimedu and Oba Onise Ogbengbelekun of Ise respectively. At the meeting, the Onibeju of Ibeju raised the allegation by Oba Tajudeen Elemoro, that one princess Toyin Eleku has been parading herself as king in Ibeju Local Government. But, Princess Toyin Eleku who was present denied the allegation, stressing that she would never disobey the traditional king of Ibeju land. According to her, the title bestowed on her was

not that of traditional king but the female king of Obatala (deity) which was given to her in Ile-Ife based on her contributions to worship of the deity in Ibeju and Lagos State in general. The princesses who pledged her loyally to the traditional ruler, added that she would never disobey the culture and traditional of the land. She added that the allegation against her by the petitioner was baseless, saying there was no iota of truth in the statement. Princess Eleku also called on the government to checkmate the activities of traditional rulers who have turned to land grabbers in order to forestall future problems in the state. She commended the traditional rulers for organising the meeting and for given her the opportunity to defend herself. The chairman of Otofem property Ltd, Femi Bakare urged traditional rullers not to turn themselves into land grabbers in other for peace to reign in the land.

Cherubim and Seraphim Church marks anniversary

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he Cherubim and Seraphim, C&S, Movement, Surulere District will celebrate the 41st anniversary of its choir at the Sanya, Ijeshatedo Sururlere , Lagos church ground. The event slated for to-

morrow April 26, 2014, has as its theme ‘Heirs of the Covenant’ and will feature drama, music, poetry and indigenous songs. According to the choirmaster, “the event is a call on Christians to stand firm in the faith, and nev-

er look back or be wary of the enemy to rob us of our inheritance. You will dance, smile, and your heart would be moved to search deep to know where you stand in the faith. It is the tale of a special people with a Godly heritage”.

We are ‘Heirs of the Covenant’, blessed with a divine heritage and called by the one who made and rules over everything in majesty. We carry a power so enormous because the Almighty is within us. Deuteronomy 7 vs 6 say, ‘For you are a

people holy to the Lord your God. He has chosen you out of all the peoples to be his treasured possession. We sing of this truth, that we are indeed precious in his sight and treasured without measure. Only a great God can

speak an entire universe into existence. Only an awesome Being can craft the mountains from ancient rocks and make a path for the flowing rivers as they find their way towards the endless oceans,” he said.


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I understand that additional sanctions may not change Mr. Putin’s calculus. How well they change his calculus in part depends on not only us applying sanctions but also the cooperation of other countries. –United States President, Barack Obama

South Sudan to free prisoners as pressure mounts for peace deal PAUL ARHEWE

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outh Sudan will free four high-profile political prisoners facing treason charges, a presidential spokesman said yesetrday, meeting a demand by rebels in a faltering peace process. President Salva Kiir has come under mounting pressure as rebel fighters loyal to Kiir’s sacked deputy, Riek Machar, seize territory and close in on northern oil fields that provide the country’s economic lifeline. Kiir sacked his army chief on Wednesday, replacing him with a loyalist from his own ethnic group as the country’s fourmonth conflict appears increasingly fought along ethnic lines. Kiir had accused the four detainees - a former ruling party official, national security minister, deputy finance minister and ambassador to Washington - of fomenting a coup when fighting erupted between soldiers loyal to him and his rival Machar in mid-December. They faced nine charges each. “For the sake of peace, these people will be freed. This is a ministerial order,” presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters. But South Sudan’s justice minister said Machar should still face trial for attempting to

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overthrow Kiir. There was no immediate reaction to the impending releases from the rebels. Machar told Reuters in January the detention of political rivals was a ploy to scupper peace talks, but diplomats have questioned both sides’ commitment to resolving the crisis. Talks are due to restart on April 28 after repeated delays. Their resumption comes as international anger escalates over the increasingly ethnic dimension to the violence and talk of sanctions intensifies among donors and at the United Nations. The violence in the central

African state, the size of France, has mainly pitted Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s Nuer. Thousands have been killed and more than one million people uprooted from their homes. In a security reshuffle, Kiir appointed General Paul Malong, a Dinka, as head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), replacing General James Hoth Mai. “Malong is a Kiir loyalist and a Dinka hardliner,” said one analyst who did not wish to be identified. Mai was the most prominent Nuer within the SPLA, a former guerrilla force which became the national army of the south after

the end of the civil war with Sudan in 2005. He had been seen as an emblem of Dinka-Nuer cooperation within the military. Calls have grown louder in east Africa and in Western capitals for tough action to be taken against spoilers of the peace process from both sides after hundreds of civilians were massacred last week in the northern oil town of Bentiu. The United Nations said rebels slaughtered men, women and children hiding in a mosque, church and hospital after capturing Bentiu, picking out their victims according to their ethnicity. The rebels have denied the allegation.

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alian authorities have changed the indictment against former military coup leader General Amadou Sanogo to a more serious charge of conspiracy to murder which carries the death penalty in the West African nation, his lawyer said yesterday. Sanogo was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping in November over the disappearance during the 2012 coup of dozens of paratroopers loyal to toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure. But in recent months the investigation has led to some 30 bodies being dug from mass graves around the former junta headquarters in Kati, about 20

km (15 miles) north of the capital Bamako. “There has been a change in the indictment. Now he is charged with complicity to commit murder,” Harouna Toureh told Reuters, noting that the charge carried the death penalty if found guilty. The lawyer also said the discovery of the bodies was the reason behind the change in Sanogo’s indictment. Sanogo led the March 2012 coup that plunged Mali into chaos following a Tuareg rebellion and a later occupation of the north of the country by Islamist militants. The case against Sanogo and several other soldiers is part of efforts by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to assert civilian

control over the Malian army, accused by human rights groups of excessive violence and torture during the chaotic period. General Yamoussa Camara,

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a former defence minister during the military rule, and three other senior junta officials were arrested in February in connection with the investigation.

WORLD BULLETIN Russia orders exercises after Ukraine moves on separatists Russia has ordered new military exercises on its border with Ukraine in response to an operation by Kiev against proRussian separatists. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had been “forced to react” after Ukrainian commandos moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk. President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned Ukraine of “consequences”. Pro-Russian separatists are occupying key buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the central government. Shoigu was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying: “If this military machine is not stopped, it will lead to greater numbers of dead and wounded. “We are forced to react to such a development of the situation.”

U.S. vows to help Libya tackle extremism U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns yesterday promised Libya more U.S. help against extremist violence, saying the country could not achieve political or economic stability without tackling its security challenges. Libya’s weak central government is struggling to assert its authority against militias and armed tribesmen who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising. “Rising violent extremism is an enormous challenge first for Libya but also for Libya’s international partners,” Burns told a news conference after talks in the capital Tripoli.

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Abbas must abandon unity deal with Hamas –Netanyahu Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must abandon his pact with Hamas if he wants peace, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said in an interview with the BBC. Israel suspended peace talks with the Palestinians yesterday in response to a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah. The decision came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chaired a six-hour meeting of Israel’s security cabinet. The Palestinian factions said they would attempt to form a unity government in the coming weeks. Netanyahu told the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen that Abbas could “have peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas - he can’t have both.”


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APC urges Jonathan to cancel rallies

.President cancels trip to Adamawa OBIORA IFOH AND LIVINUS MENEDI

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he All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to cancel the political rally being planned for him by the Adamawa Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and other similar rallies over the heightened insecurity in the nation. APC said the Adamawa rally scheduled for Tuesday shouldn’t hold, saying the President cannot and should not be celebrating when over 200 school girls

are missing. According to a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said, ‘’We hope and pray that our daughters are released safely even before Tuesday, April 29 when the rally is to be held, but until then, it is insensitive and indecent for anyone, least of all the President who is the father of the nation, to engage in any celebratory outing under any guise.” It said the President must not repeat the ‘faux pas’ he committed less than 24 hours after 75 of his com-

patriots were killed in the Nyanya bombing. ‘’All decent men and women were riled that President Jonathan went dancing at an illegal campaign stop in Kano and popping champagne corks at a birthday celebration in Ibadan when the smoke was yet to clear from the scene of the Nyanya bombing. ‘’The President should not repeat the same mistake, if indeed he considered that to be one. He should see the missing girls as his own daughters and stop forthwith his illegal campaign rallies,’’ APC

said. The party said the ongoing bickering over the site of the rally in Adamawa, close to the scene of the sad abduction of the girls, is distracting from what should be a concerted national effort to find the girls and reunite them safely with their families. Meanwhile, President Jonathan’s trip to Adamawa State slated for the April 29 PDP unity rally to receive General Buba Marwa and Engineer Markus Gundiri who defected from the APC is no longer feasible following cancellation of the visit by Aso Villa.

The cancellation of the trip, National Mirror gathered, might not be unconnected with the frosty relationship between Governor Murtala Nyako, the host and the presidency over serial attacks, the latest being the allegation of genocide leveled against the Jonathan administration. The Chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Joel Hamman Joda Madaki,

Plateau: 260 killed, 2,501 cows rustled in six months -STF JAMES ABRAHAM JOS

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L-R: Guest Speaker, Prof. Adebisi Sowunmi; honourees, Prof. Oyinade Olurin; President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN, Oyo State, Dr. Kemi Otolorin and Dr. Tinuola Abiola-Oshodi, during the lecture, ‘Leadership: Conflicting Signals in Recent Times’, organised by the Oyo State chapter of MWAN in Ibadan, yesterday.

Niger Delta elders move to curb oil theft CHIDI UGWU ABUJA

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orried by towering volumes of crude oil said to have been stolen in the Niger Delta region, the Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, has step up plans to beef up security in the areas. To this end, TROMPCON has resolved that it would join the campaign against oil theft by deploying all means to address the trend currently threatening the nation’s oil revenue drive. The National Chairman of TROMPCON, Eze Ikegwuruka Raphael, while

unveiling the group’s programme of action during a visit to the Minister of State overseeing the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Darius Ishaku in Abuja, reiterated the commitment of the elders to restore normalcy to the region. He said the group, as parts of the ongoing efforts, would be organising an international conference to curb oil theft. The theme of the conference, according to him, is “Curbing Oil Theft and Enhancing Youth Empowerment through Job Creation and Local Content Derivation as Mitigating Alternative for Sustainable Development.” He explained that the TROMPCON delegation

was in Abuja to seek the consent of the ministry and collaborate with it in order to collectively achieve desired results, which according to him, will also enhance relative peace in the region. Briefing the minister on the its activities on the youths in the region, the chairman explained that the group had put in place some measures to curtail youth restiveness and violence, saying that what was required is how TROMPCON and the ministry would partner to sustain the peace. Raphael, who noted that meaningful development would elude the region without peace, said the group had already set up a

committee for the purpose of the international conference, which he said, would go a long way in resolving crises in the region. The minister, in his response, told the delegation that the ministry was committed to supporting any move that would sustain the relative peace being enjoyed in the Niger Delta region. He added that the ministry, as a vehicle to fasttracking the development of the region, would also give priority to issues of youth training and development. Ishaku pointed out that “just a few weeks ago, over 100 youths trained by the ministry graduated in phone accessory assem-

was the first to raise the alarm accusing Nyako of ‘covert plans’ of sabotaging the President’s visit. He said the APC-led government in the state had come up with stringent laws it introduced to deny the PDP use of the popular Ribadu Square, the proposed venue of the rally. The rally was to serve as platform for Jonathan to officially receive Marwa and Gundiri into the PDP.

he Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis yesterday disclosed that no fewer than 260 people were killed by gunmen and 2,501 cows rustled in different parts of Plateau State in the last six months. According to the task force, the figures were recorded in 160 attacks carried out by gunmen in the state within the period under review. Commander of the STF, Major General David Enetie, who disclosed this during the 6th Plateau Architecture, a stakeholders’ dialogue meeting held at the Cabinet Office, Jos, yesterday, however said that about 1,312 cows, over 88 arms and 2,734 rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the gunmen.

Enetie, who was represented by Col. Ali Bello, added that the task force recorded 42 cases of cow rustling in the state within the period. According to the task force, “The attacks were fueled by activities of cow rustling, which is the major security challenge confronting the task force in the state. “The problem of cattle rustling is concentrated mostly in Mangu, Bokkos, Barkin Ladi, Shendam, Jos South, Riyom, Langtang North and Langtang South local governments respectively. “Apart from the casualties, the task force has recorded some successes in our efforts to address the problems of cow rustling, with the arrest of 15 armed dealers who provided arms that made cattle rustling easier in the state.”

US envoy lauds FRSC over new drivers’ licence CHIDI UGWU ABUJA

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he United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has commended the management of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, for deploying sophisticated Information and Communication Technology, ICT platforms in the production and administration of driver’s licence. Corps Commander/ Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, in a statement, said Entwistle was particularly impressed with the Corps’ initiatives,

which has resulted to a seamless and real time collation of data on road crashes from any part of the country. That, to a large extent, the US envoy was quoted to have noted, has added impetus to road traffic management in Nigeria. According to the statement, the ambassador spoke shortly after processing his driver’s licence during a courtesy visit to the FRSC Headquarters in Abuja. “I am impressed with the use of sophisticated system to pull data from the entire country,” he said.


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APC alleges plot to turn Ekiti to battle ground STORIES: ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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kiti State All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday accused the state chapter of the Labour Party, LP, of plot to turn the state to a war front through consistent coordinated attacks on its members. APC state chairman,

Chief Olajide Awe, who said that “Ekiti is not a war front,” said: “The LP governorship candidate, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, and his party should be warned to comport themselves in the interest of peace and progress in the state.” Awe, who spoke during a meeting the state APC leadership held with the party’s chairman

and secretaries of the 16 council areas of the state, lamented the violence allegedly perpetrated by the LP through attacks on APC members and destruction of the posters and billboards of its governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi since campaigns begun for the June 21 election. Awe, who said it was unfortunate that the LP

had made APC the object of attack, said: “We are the ruling party. We want peace. If the provocation continues, we know what is likely to happen. We want the election to be a celebration. This is the people’s war and the people of Ekiti are going to emerge victorious in the election.” Saying that his party had conducted itself peacefully and abided by

Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi greeting elders at Ikoro-Ekiti, during the JKF re-elect campaign rally in Ikoro-Ekiti recently.

Bamidele pledges full autonomy for LG councils

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abour Party, LP, candidate for the June 21 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has assured that his government will grant full autonomy to the local governments if elected to office. Bamidele also promised to conduct election into the councils within six months of assumption of office to ensure democracy at the grassroots.

Speaking during an interactive meeting with the leadership of the Ekiti State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the LP standard bearer said that financial and administrative autonomy of all the councils in Ekiti would be his priority. While seeking the support of council workers at the polls, Bamidele said

that his intention to prioritise council autonomy was to take a cue from dictates of the 1999 Constitution on local government. If elected, he also promised to amend the Ekiti State House of Assembly Law which pegged tenure of elected local government leadership at two years, describing it as undemocratic and counterproductive. Among other promises

he made to the union members, who seized the opportunity to ask questions on their welfare, were prompt payment of leave bonuses, training allowances, clearing of arrears in salary and other allowances. Ekiti State NULGE president, Comrade Bunmi Ajimoko, cautioned all the three candidates in the election not to shut their doors against council workers when elected.

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he National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Ekiti State council has pledged its support for the re-election bid of Ekiti State governor and the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi. NURTW state chairman, Prince Julius Jegede, said his union was in full support of the governor’s re-election bid; saying those drumming up war songs in the build up to the election would be disappointed. Jegede, who spoke yesterday during a monthly meeting of the 79 local chapters of the union, which was attended by

Governor Fayemi, assured that the incumbent would be returned to office without stress. He said the state council of the union was planning to stage a solidarity rally in support of the Fayemi re-election project, where thousands of its members would be mobilised to converge on the city centre soon, as he assured of a peaceful election on June 21. Fayemi, who was represented by his deputy, Prof Modupe Adelabu, told the union that his administration had not reneged on the promise it made to the union before the end of the first quarter of the year, adding that the government was ready

for the immediate delivery of six Toyota Hiace buses to the state council of the union once all modalities have been perfected with the insurance firm and the Ministry of Finance. Assuring that buses procured under an arrangement that would offer the beneficiaries soft-landing, would be delivered to all the 79 branches of the union before the end of next month, Fayemi urged union members to ensure that the forthcoming election was free of violence and manipulations, even as he reiterated that those relying on federal might to win elections would be

disappointed as residents would not only vote for the candidate of their choice but also ensure that their votes count. Fayemi also reassured the NURTW leadership of support, describing the provision of durable road infrastructure as its administration’s way of minimising the wear and tear of vehicles and reduce patronage at mechanic workshops. On the request for government help to empower its members, Fayemi told the union that his administration would support any effort that would reduce unemployment and sustain peace in the state.

the April 15 peace pact among stakeholders, Awe added that there had been peaceful atmosphere in the nine councils where his parties had visited in the course of the campaign. He wondered why LP had consistently been violent, “especially in the last 72 hours with the attacks on APC members at Ikogosi, Ipole, Okemesi and Aramoko, beating our members in their houses.” Awe spoke against the backdrop of the new trend of violence and allegation by Bamidele, on Wednesday that he was the most persecuted and vilified person by the APC government in the state. Appealing to all security agencies to investigate the attacks with a view to bring the culprits to book and preventing a repeat of such ugly trend, Awe, who absolved PDP governorship candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the new wave of violence,

57 DAYS TO GO said: “Apart from when Fayose returned to Ekiti and an occasion when they hurled stones at our convoy, Fayose has not exhibited any terrible act, but the latest attacks from LP are causes of concern.” He also took a swipe at the Vice President, Namadi Sambo for referring to the Ekiti election as war, saying: “Nobody is preparing for war in Ekiti. No amount of Sambo; Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; and Police Affairs Minister, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan can capture Ekiti.”

APC planning to rig guber poll –PDP secretary

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kiti State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has debunked insinuations that it has concluded plans to rig the June 21 governorship election in the state. PDP state secretary, Dr Tope Aluko, said rather, it was the All Progressives Congress, APC, that was planning to rig the polls based on the steps it had taken. Aluko, who was reacting to statements credited to APC national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, that the PDP had concluded plan to rig the election, alleged that it was the ruling party that involved in multiple registration, falsification of figures and procurement of voter’s cards for foreigners it imported to the state during the recently concluded voter’s card registration exercise. Aluko said in a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday that “I want to assure Tinubu that Ekiti people are fully prepared to roast to ashes any APC member whether in Ekiti or thugs imported to rig the poll or cause mayhem. “Tinubu should understand that this is Ekiti State and not Lagos and

the APC should never think it possess monopoly of violence. This is a stern warning to Tinubu. At the appropriate time, we will expose the frauds which the APC has done in connection with active support of Ekiti Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,” he said. Aluko said that Tinubu’s statement that the APC would not go to court to challenge election result was because his cronies in the judiciary were no longer there to use the court to rig for the APC. On the persistent attack of PDP members and supporters during campaign tour by the party’s governorship candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose, the PDP scribe said that the police had been informed and if nothing was done about it, the party would take the matter to Abuja. He said: “We have always prevailed on our supporters not to retaliate and you know there is limit to everything. The APC wants to set the state ablaze, cause pandemonium so as to discredit results of the election. That is their plan and that won’t succeed.”


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eoples Democratic Party, PDP, elders in Akwa Ibom State will not accept the zoning arrangement as proposed by the state governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio and his advisers, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Bernard Udoh, has said. Udoh, a member of the PDP stakeholders in the state, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, said the decision on zoning was unpopular in Akwa Ibom much as it was undemocratic. He added that the state governor did not carry along members of the PDP on the issue of zoning of

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the governorship slot to Eket senatorial district, as according to him the decision was unilateral This was coming as the Akwa Ibom PDP stakeholders alleged that the governor had been directing affairs in Akwa Ibom PDP, using his family members and cronies as PDP officials, just to exclude the founding fathers and a horde of loyal members from PDP affairs. The allegations against Akpabio are contained in a

petition filed by 60 elders of the party before the National Secretariat of PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan and the Board of Trustees, BoT, of PDP. Top PDP elders in Akwa Ibom who signed the petition include: party elder and former legislator, Otuekong Sunny Jackson; Senator Alloysius Etuk, Amb. Assam Assam (SAN); former deputy governor, Engr Chris Ekpenyong; former Minister, Obong Rita Akpan and former Speaker

of the state House of Assembly, Barr. Peter Linus Umoh, amongst others. They told the PDP national officers that the party runs the risk of experiencing a disastrous outing at the 2015 general elections in the effect of the leadership’s failure to resolve the problem of factionalisation caused by Akpabio in the party. In the petition made available to newsmen in Abuja, the stakeholders alleged that the state governor had been showing

desperation to keep a stranglehold on PDP in the state, alleging that Akpabio and his henchmen unilaterally relocated the PDP state secretariat to the private residence of one of his brothers, Barr. Ibanga Akpabio from its original location at 149, Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo They said with that ploy, party members suspected to be opposed to the governor’s position on party matters had repeatedly been prevented from accessing the private residence where PDP affairs were being run. They reported also that Akpabio had compiled a list of handpicked and ad hoc delegates as his trump card for actualising his plan to impose a stooge during the next governorship primary of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State. The stakeholders, however, appealed to the National Secretariat of the PDP to assist in ensuring the relocation of the party secretariat

to its original location for all members in Akwa Ibom to have free access. The petition reads in part: “The governor personalised the party by withdrawing one of his former commissioners and friend, Mr. Paul Ekpo from the state executive council and made him the state PDP chairman. “Similarly, he handpicked his younger brother Barr Akpabio as the state secretary and also made his Special Assistant on Youth Mobilisation, Mr. Emmanuel Ekpenyong the state Youth Leader. The rest of the so-called party officers are either his cronies or relatives. “The hand-picked party chairman features merely as figure head while the party is being run by the governor’s brothers. Crucial party matters are being handled by either Emem Akpabio, Ibanga Akpabio, Nsetip Akpabio or Prince Akpabio and whenever party meetings are desirable, they are held in the private residences of the said brothers of Governor Akpabio.”

APC group serves defection notice on Oshiomhole Senate Leader, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba (middle) and others during the inspection of his constituency projects at Ikom in Cross River Central, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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Osun APC’s ranting, admission of failure -Adesiyan

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inister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan, has described the statement credited to the Osun State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, about his recent comments on the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration, as an admission that its government has failed. He said the APC’s statement was not only unfortunate but lacks any sense of logic. In a statement issued in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Wale Akinola and made available to National Mirror, Adesiyan, maintained that things have not work the way they should since Aregbesola came to power through judicial fraud in 2010. He said: “It is obvious that since Aregbesola came to power in 2010, so many

things have been turned upside down. Like I have said previously that Aregbesola has failed the citizens of the state, I want to also re-echo it that his government has brought untold hardship on the people of the state in many ways. First of all, the education standard has fallen to its lowest ebb and his school re-classification has also brought chaos to the hitherto peaceful environment in all the schools across the state. According to Adesiyan, the Aregbesola led government has continued to suffer innocent citizens of Osun State by his failure to pay workers’ salary as at when due, adding that the massive demolition of houses and shops by the government without provision of an alternative makes APC’s government fraudulent and deceitful. Adesiyan further stated the APC is an undemocrat-

ic party which enjoy lies and propaganda, saying that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, unlike APC is not only democratic but also transparent in its processes and conduct. “What is the real blackmail and campaign of calumny than Aregbesola’s constant allegation of rigging against his perceived political opponents? It should also be reemphasised here that we will resist all forms of his blackmail and propaganda because we know that the APC is synonymous with propaganda. “Why didn’t Osun APC address and explain to the whole world what their governor had in mind when he said he will destroy me and PDP governorship candidate in the August 9 election, Senator Iyiola Omisore? But rather than bury their head in shame for Aregbesola’s unguarded statement, the APC

is only pursuing a mirage in its effort to attract people’s sympathy,” Adesiyan said. The minister reiterated that he and other security agencies were only concerned about finding a lasting solution to the security challenges in the country, adding that safety of lives and property and stability of the country has been his hallmark since he assumed the office as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, adding that he will not be distracted by the politics of bitterness and acrimony of the APC and its antics ahead of the next gubernatorial election in the state. “My major task now is to see that the security challenges in the country are nipped in the bud so that all the citizens across the country can sleep with their two eyes closed regardless of any distraction from the APC,” Adesiyan stated.

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do State All Progressives Congress, APC, appears divided ahead of its state congress tomorrow, as a group of angry party chieftains across the three senatorial districts yesterday served an ultimatum on Governor Adams Oshiomhole, demanding the cancellation of the party’s membership registration exercise and congresses as a condition to remain in the party. Led by a former Secretary to Edo State Government and former South-South National Vice Chairman of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at a press briefing in Benin City, the group that included a former Edo ACN chairman, Prince Tony Omoaghe; a member of the House of Representatives from Etsako federal constituency, Hon. Abubakar Momoh, an Edo Assembly member from Oredo Constituency, Hon. Patrick Osayinmwen

and Alhaji Usman Shagadi amongst others, gave Oshiomhole and Edo APC leaders a seven-day ultimatum to comply with their demands or risk seeing them decamp to another party. They accused Oshiomhole of marginalising members of the Legacy Group, which joined the defunct ACN to form the APC and also of encouraging factional politics through the ostracism of party chieftains and members who have refused to join the governor’s faction of the party. “The governor has blurred the lines between government and party structures by using the machineries and functionaries of government to hijack the party to serve very selfish and narrow political interests. The conduct of registration of party members was a failure. Many prospective members were denied registration as materials were hoarded and many potential party members were turned back for one unfounded reason or the other.”


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NFF warns states over deadline

Action during a past Federation Cup game

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he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has issued out warning to all 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, not to default on the date for final matches of the State preliminaries of the 2014 Federation Cup. Some weeks ago, the NFF rolled out the schedule for this year’s competition, making it clear that all States must play their final matches on or before May 4. Speaking in Abuja on yesterday, Head of Federation Cup, Miss Ruth David, said the Federation would not tolerate a case of some States defaulting on the schedule. “It is important that all States conclude their competitions this weekend and let us have the two representatives for the national finals. We will not have any State saying it has postponed its final matches or shifted some games to a different date. “This year is quite busy for the Federation, with so many programmes within and abroad. We want to keep firmly to the schedule and play the final match on Sunday, August 3 as has been announced.”

…denies sharing money with coaches

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eneral Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister Musa Amadu, yesterday described as “totally senseless and baseless” insinuations in a section of the media and by some people that key officials of the NFF are in the habit of sharing salaries and allowances with Coaches of National Teams. In a statement, Amadu, who has over the past four years presided over

the most successful Secretariat in the history of Nigerian football, lampooned the insinuations and challenged the proponents of the rumours to hit the public space with their facts. “I want to say without mincing words that nobody in the NFF, not among Members of the Executive Committee, or the Management, or Staff, or the sub-Committees, have been sharing any money with any of our Coaches.

“I really want the persons vending these scandalous and scurrilous stories to go to town with the facts available to them. We would like to see those facts,” he said. Amadu lambasted the purveyors of the rumours, stating that their sole intention is to derail Nigeria’s 2014 FIFA World Cup plan after all other methods by the detractors have failed woefully.

WAFU Cup: Benin dares Nigeria in s/finals ADEOLU JOHNSON

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igeria and Benin Republic will clash for the first time in six years today, in the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU B Tournament in Togo. The match which will kick off at 6:30pm (Nigerian time) is one for the fans to relish and will take place immediately after hosts Togo play Mali in the other semi-final at the same venue. The Golden Eaglets are the only team at the tournament with a hundred per cent record and Coach Emmanuel Amuneke is

upbeat that his team will continue with the winning streak. “It is our objective to win all our matches here, and we are working towards that target,” the former Barcelona’s winger said in a Radio Programme. “I’m impressed with the performance of the boys so far and I keep reminding them that we will not reach our target on a platter of gold. As such, we would keep working hard to win this tournament.” Indeed, there would be a lot to play for when Nigeria face Benin. The Little Squirrels eliminated Nigeria in Algeria 2009 African Under-17 Tournament on 3-2

aggregate. The Eaglets on Wednesday beat their Malian counterparts 2-0 in their second match at the ongoing U-17 West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament. They had beaten the same team on Monday with the same goal margin in their first match in Togo. In a statement signed by the team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, two second half goals gave the Eaglets the win which has now placed them top of Group B. The tournament which started on April 19 will end on Sunday.


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Ex-tennis players sue NBC over advert, demand N50m WALE IGBINTADE

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wo former professional table tennis players, Mrs. Modupe Amoo and Mrs. Omowunmi Muse, have instituted a N50milion suit before a Lagos High Court against the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Plc for allegedly using their photographs in a brand advertisement without their consent. The duo are claiming N25million each as exemplary/punitive damages for unlawful use of their picture and additional 21 per cent interest on the sum from the date of judgement. Amoo and Muse had represented Nigeria in the 1972 Commonwealth and World Table Tennis tournaments held in Wales and Sarajevo-Yugoslavia, and jointly won three gold medals and a silver medal in the 1973 All Africa Games held in Lagos. The suit, which could not be resolved at the case management (pre-trial) conference before Justice Iyabo Kasali, has been assigned to Justice Samuel Candide-Johnson for trial. Their picture displaying their medals was published on November 1, 2011 to celebrate NBC’s “60 years of refreshing Nigeria.” The claimants, through their lawyer, Mr. Kennedy Atuenyi, joined an advertisement agency, STB-McCann, as the second defendant. Besides, they are seeking a declaration that the use of their picture and goodwill without their prior knowledge is unlawful and amounts to invasion of their privacy. They want an order of perpetual injunction

restraining the defendants from further publication of the pictures without their consent, and demanded N650, 000 as costs incurred in the suit. According to them, when they contacted NBC for settlement, they were offered vouchers worth N200, 000 each to be used at a particular shopping complex, and were asked to sign documents regularising the use of their photographs in the advert. Their lawyer subsequently wrote to NBC twice, demanding a public apology, removal of the adverts including those pasted on delivery trucks, and N25million each to the claimants as compensation. However, NBC, in its statement of defence, urged the court to dismiss or strike out the suit with substantial cost for being frivolous, vexatious and totally lacking in merit. The company said it has the right to use the pictures in advertisements having sponsored the claimants to the tournaments in which they won the medals. It said by participating in the events, the claimants “subscribed to the sponsorship and ancillary rights which accrued thereby to the first defendant”, stressing that the authority to use the photographs was not time-bound and the pictures were taken at a dinner the company organised in the claimants’ honour after the tournaments. In its defence, STB-McCann stated that it was improperly joined in the suit while urging the court to strike out its name. The suit has been adjourned till September 29 and 30 and October 7 and 8 for trial.

NTTF boss, Oshodi

How Arsenal blew a Pep chance diola. It was no secret that Guardiola wanted to manage a team in London. Chelsea had a proposal for him. He liked it, but was talked out of it by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. The former Manchester United gaffer had sounded out Guardiola for the United job, which he rejected for a trip to London and Chel-

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger

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t was huge news the Arsenal fans waited for last year that Manager Arsene Wenger was on his way out of the club to be replaced by a man whose love for London knows no bound-Pep Guar-

sea in particular. According to the story, Ferguson talked the former Barcelona coach out of the Chelsea project, indicating that the Blues had not enough history and consistency in keeping managers. Wenger will be hailed for his side’s five star performance against West ham and Hull city with resounding victories as the

hope to results have brought refreshing refre the Emirates stadium and an the French gaffer would in the coming weeks ask his strength side to exhibit the same mental m as the players approach a critical and defining moment of the season. seas Also on the list of likely likel successors if Wenger leaves Arsenal at the end of the season are Louis Van Gaal, Gaa Glen Hoddle, and Fabio Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti Ance But only winning the Capello. remaining three games remainin Newcasof the season, se United on April 28, tle Unit West Bromwich Albion on o May 11 and all-important FA the all against Hull on Cup game a May 17 will keep Wenger in i the job. Despite of the slip ups, up Wenger will four as he always get Arsenal to the top fou does and goes straight to win w the FA Cup. net worth Without doubt, he is a high h manager and so plenty of other big clubs massive would offer him a position-even position clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid will not hesitate to sign him as their manager. While a new manager might be a laudable option for Arsenal at the end of the season, the process of bringing the gaffer in seems a fragile task as can be seen with Manchester United and David Moyes.

NSA lifts SWAN Cup AFOLABI GAMBARI

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rganisers of the Nigerian Sports Award have declared support for the 2014 Lagos State Chapter of the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Cup with the donation of all the medals and trophies for winners in the event. National Mirror learnt that the NSA’s largesse would comprise 120 medals, trophies for the first, second and third placed teams, trophies for the Most Valuable Player (MVP), the Highest Goal Scorer and the Best Goalkeeper as well as plaques for the Best Coach and Best Supporters Club. General Manager, Unmissable Incentives Limited, the organisers of the NSA, Mr. Kayode Idowu, disclosed the support was borne of the company’s pursuit of excellence. “Our gesture is aimed at recognising the sports writers’ immense support for the Nigerian Sports Award and overall sports development in Nigeria,” he added. The SWAN Week 2014 kicked off yesterday with a novelty match between Team LAGOS SWAN and Team Nollywood at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos.


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Tennis: Organisers shift Ekiti Open PAUL EREWUBA

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he Ekiti State Governor’s All Nigeria Open Tennis Championship, slated for April to May has been postponed indefinitely. Chairman of the Organising Committee, Yemi Owoseni, who is also Vice President of the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) for the Western region, said the shift was necessitated by the event’s clash with the CBN Senior Open which begins on May 8. “As things stand now, we have moved the tournament further because all the modalities are still being put together,” Owoseni said. “The CBN Open is a national tournament and we cannot afford to have other players out of the event. So, we will fix a new date after the CBN Open and this will be communicated accordingly.” The organising committee said the Ekiti Open would serve as a national ranking event when it finally makes its debut.

NNL: 3SC’s GM raps Ekiti Utd PAUL EREWUBA

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eneral Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan General Manager, Rasheed Balogun, has branded the management of Ekiti United Football Club of Ado Ekiti bad losers. Ekiti United had lost a scheduled game 2-0 to the Ibadan club but accused centre referee, B.A. Adeyeye from Lagos of contributing to the team’s defeat after the arbiter awarded two penalty kicks to give the home team victory. “If you win be happy, enjoy, but if you lose don’t complain,” Balogun said. “There is nobody more upset than I when we lose but I have never complained about officiating when we lose away matches,” the for-

Fatima Abinu and others will have to wait for the Ekiti Open

Balogun

mer Sunshine Stars team manager said. “Ekiti United are bad losers and I will advise the team to learn how to accept defeat. Besides, the officiating was balanced and I wonder why they are crying wolf where there is none,” the former Dolphins FC General Coordinator added.

Tonye Harry Classics gets date PAUL EREWUBA

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ffort by the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) to immortalise its former vice-president, Late Tonye Harry, is gathering momentum as a tournament

Adebutu Cup final due Sunday

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he final of the 2nd Annual Ladi Adebutu U-20 Football Competition holds on April 27 at the former Police College Ground, Iperu Remo, Ogun State. The Ladi Adebutu Cup is sponsored by Hon. (Chief) Oladipupo Adebutu in his effort to develop grassroots football within the

Ogun East district with teams from the Remo and Ijebu divisions participating. Media Officer for the tournament, Mr. Tope Oyekan, said Remo Football Academy of Iperu Remo will meet Zuma Football Club of Iperu Remo in the final match. “Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Adeleke Idowu Basibo (Odoru V) will be

Royal Father of the Day while Alhaja Mujidat Ogunnaike and Comrade Niyi Osoba will serve as Mother of the Day and Special Guest of Honour respectively,” Oyekan said. Aleke Babes FC of Ijebu Igbo defeated Tornadoes FC of Ago Iwoye 2-1 in the third place match on Sunday.

will be held in his honour in October. President of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Engineer Sani Ndanusa, explained that the tourney would tune-up players ahead of the the annual Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship. “We are seriously working on logistics for the event because it has to be a great one since it is in remembrance of a great man,” Ndanusa said. “It will also serve as a tuneup for our players towards the Governor’s Cup to put them in proper shape.” Harry, who was also Speaker, Rivers State House of Representatives, died in Algeria last year after a protracted illness.

Ndanusa


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Abia: Paying the price of hollow foundation

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ut for the locust and lost years (1999 – 2007), not counting the military era or the brief civilian administration of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in the early 1990s, Abia State would have for long joined the league of states that now beat their chests with pride when it comes to development and progress. But now is no time to cry over the said dark era, when perverted ‘charismatic’, yet unproductive leadership held sway. This writer’s recent trip to Abia State confirmed, despite desperate efforts from some quarters to veil the truth, that Abia’s bone can rise again with dedicated and committed leadership. Very well, the first four years of the present administration in the state, led by Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji, cannot be said to be flattering in terms of achievements. But the reason was very obvious. The governor, his government and, indeed, the entire state

FRIDAY WITH Dozie Okebalama

dozieokeama@yahoo.co.uk 08164966858 (SMS only) and its people were under siege. There was a fierce battle between the incumbent governor and the man who helped to bring him to power, former governor Orji Uzor Kalu. It was between 2007 and 2011 that kidnappers sacked Aba and extended their terror to other parts of the state. Anything, including goats, risked being kidnapped for ransom then. It was within the same period that gunmen attacked the governor’s convoy on the Aba – Port Harcourt highway. Since 2011, however, when the current Abia governor unchained himself and the state from rabid ‘godfatherism’, not only has the security of life and property significantly improved, with the support of the Federal Government, the government, unlike the one that preceded it, seems not hypocritical in tackling its development imperatives. Take Aba, the state’s commercial nerve centre as an example, where roads were constructed on radio and television waves in times past, and where heaps of refuse competed with kidnappers in notoriety. One’s trip to Aba early in the month was a huge relief. It is not that Aba has roundly been reconstructed, but the improvement is glaring, especially considering the fact that most of the projects in the area, whether ongoing or completed, came on stream between 2011 and the present time. Of particular interest would be the stretch from Osisioma junction to Alaojii on the Aba – Port Harcourt highway, where

BECAUSE THERE WAS NO SANDY

FOUNDATION, LET ALONE A SOLID

ONE, THE STATE HAS REMAINED A BABY stinking heaps of refuse scared motorists and commuters plying that road. It is now a green area and tourists’ delight. In Umuahia, the state capital, the recent relocation of the Umuahia Main Market (Ogwumabiri) to Ubani Ibeku has brought out the beauty of the city centre, even when the reconstruction of Okpara Square, the first major roundabout one embraces on entering the state capital, is still ongoing. Before now, the market constituted an embarrassing spectacle, and activities around it resulted to daily traffic gridlock in a relatively small city where motorists and commuters should ordinarily enjoy free movement had the right steps been taken by the leadership at the prime of time. Likewise relocated were two other markets that constituted nuisance in the state capital – the Industrial Market and the Spare Parts markets. Perhaps more importantly are the satellite towns gradually developing in the areas where the markets are relocated, especially

in Ubani Ibeku and Ohiya. These locations which were hitherto of no special significance to investors are now beautiful brides for those with foresight and land speculators, with the cost of land hitting the roof. Indeed, since August 27, 1991, when the military administration of General lbrahim Badamasi Babangida carved out Abia from the old Imo State, the Government House has remained in what passes for a make-shift complex knocked together by the military. Apart from renovations upon renovations, nothing tangible was done to relocate the facility to a more befitting environment. Former Governor Onu literally squatted in the complex, though he may be pardoned because of his brief stay in office before himself and his colleagues were booted out by the military. But ex-governor Orji Uzor Kalu spent eight years in office working and living in that inhospitable environment. Same goes for the governor on seat presently. It is now that the Thoedore Orji administration is constructing a befitting Government House for Abia, alongside a decent state secretariat complex, an ultra modern International Conference Centre and countless other projects located in an area that has come to be known as New Umuahia. It is also presently that concrete steps are being taken to save other critical sectors like health, education, housing, roads and related infrastructure, as well as check unemployment through youth empowerment. The fear, however, is that time may be too short for the government to complete the projects before the curtain is drawn on it next year. But more painful is the fact that most of them (projects) ought to have been a thing of the past had the right foundation been laid between 1999 and 2007. That way, the present government would be building on the blocks set by its predecessor. But because there was no sandy foundation, let alone a solid one, the state has remained a baby and no amount of effort or work put in seems enough. It is for this reason that Governor Theodore Orji should take the matter of who succeeds him seriously; and working with stakeholders, no effort should be

Sport Extra

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xperts have propounded that the nagging injury to world number one, Tiger Woods, will impose incalculable damage on golf, as the emergent players have demonstrated a lack of staying power.

‘Golf’s future without Tiger Woods bleak’ USA’s Bubba Watson won the Augusta Masters Green Jacket a fortnight ago, but was hardly impressive to raise hope for a long time of bliss without Woods on the courses. The Augusta event was the

first that Woods has missed in 20 years, as the golfers jostled to grab the honour in his absence. “Woods has single-handedly delivered a golfing boom since his first Masters win in

1997 and there is no debating who is the most influential golfer of all time,” golf author, Jake Simpson, said. “The prize money at the Masters from $2.5million in 1996 to $9million (£5.3mil-

lion) this year stems entirely from Woods’s personality,” he added. “When you didn’t have Tiger figuring in the the Masters, there was definitely a lack of star power.”

Woods

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