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overnor Babangida Aliyu has accused the Presidency of not honouring the agreement reached with the seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday. He said by this development, the Goodluck Jonathan leadership has proved its insincerity in resolving the lingering crisis in the ruling party. Aliyu also appealed to the northerners not to be afraid of a national conference which could be convened to resolve the issues affecting the peace, unity and progress of the nation. The governor, who stated these during the workshop

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organised by the state Ministry for Tertiary Education for members of the National Association of Niger State Students, NANISS, in Minna, the state capital, decried a situation where members of the PDP met to iron out the crisis rocking it and agreed that there should be a ceasefire, only to read what was agreed on the pages of newspapers. “As Holy as Sunday, we sat as members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to resolve the issues and we agreed that no more outside wars, but what happened? Before we even left the meet-

ing place, some people have started sending information to newspapers and other media outlets. That is not right. “It is unethical, if you make a promise and you cannot keep it, you better say it to the people that you are making the promise to. If you agree on something and you cannot keep it, you better not reach that agreement. It is not right for us either as a nation or as a group of people not to be discussing problems of our people,” Aliyu said. On the national conference, Aliyu, who is also the Chairman of the Northern

States Governor’s Forum, NSGF, stated that the North is not opposed to holding a national conference but would not be a party to a sovereign national conference. On renewed calls for a sovereign national conference by some Nigerians, he noted that such a move would entail all elected politicians vacating their positions and handing over to a committee that will be in charge of the conference, should the nation decide to go for it. He said: “Those calling for sovereign national conference must understand the implications of that. You

cannot have two sovereignties in one place.” “If anybody says he is going to organise a sovereign national conference, all of us in government must resign our jobs and then transfer the sovereignty of the country to a committee that is going to discuss the sovereignty of the country. “Yes, we can organise it and then send it to the appropriate organ to deliberate upon. I will love a national conference that will look at our constitution and really give us justice, equity and fairness in our body politics and in our national life”. Aliyu insisted that the

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ment credited to Ngama that the 2013 budget is unimplementable because of the dwindling federal revenue. The summons was consequent upon the adoption of the motion by the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Abdul Ningi (Bauchi Central), and 17 others on the “2013 budget and alleged over bloated revenue estimates.” The motion followed the newspaper report credited to Ngama that the Federal Government would not implement the 2013 budget because the National Assembly incresed the revenue estimates. Ningi, in his lead presentation, stated that members of the National Assembly were dismayed at the statement credited to the minister, which he noted was targeted at blackmailing members of the parliament since all the revenue variables were still within the

targeted expectations. “Such an unguarded pronouncement is capable of sending serious negative signals to the Nigerian citizens and indeed the international community,” Ningi said. Regarding the slow implementation of the budget, the lawmaker reeled out statistics to show that three months before the end of the current budget year, the 2013 budget has been implemented at a mere 30 per cent level. Senate President David Mark said the matter was a wake-up call for every member of the Senate for two reasons. According to him, whether or not the minister made the statement that was credited to him did not matter much but it exposed the inadequacy of the lawmakers in carrying out their oversight functions properly. Mark disclosed that the minister had already written him a letter to refute

the alleged statement credited to him. He stated that if the various committees fail to carry out their oversight functions properly, they may wake up one day to find out that the entire budget implementation will not be up to 20 per cent. He stressed that if the lawmakers carry out their oversight activities properly, they would through such functions be able to determine the level of budget implementation without necessarily relying on the executive arm of government to know. “Our various committees ought to have found out the level of budget implementation through their oversight functions. If the committees don’t do their work the way they ought to, it is not the minister that will tell us,” Mark remarked. He said it was difficult at this stage to indict the minister of any wrong statement, stressing that

there are many ministries, departments and agencies of government that needed to be over-sighted. Some of the senators who contributed to the debate on the motion cautioned against relying on the newspaper reports, from where the remarks by the minister was lifted. Senator Wilson Asinobi Ake in particular urged caution on the part of the Senate. He advised that the proper thing to do was to invite the minister and find out exactly from him whether he made the statement credited to him before the Senate can contemplate the next line of action. Senator James Manager, who argued along the same lines as Ake, noted that there had been significant loss of revenue by the Federal Government in recent times particularly through the activities of crude oil thieves, which may have affected the revenue expectations of the government.

North is not afraid of the convocation of a national conference because it believes it will move the country forward. According to him, “A lot of people are making it look like the northern states are afraid of conference, which is not true, we are not. Let us come and talk, let us come and look at our problems if it means restructuring the country, let us come and do it but we must not be hoodwinked. “If people want to secede let them secede and then we see under which constitution they are seceding. Let us not be intimated; we cannot be intimated because intimidation will not give us good policies. Intimidation will not give us a good nation; intimidation will not give us any progress.” The new PDP has kicked against the plot to impeach the National Assembly leadership. The faction in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze: “We have learnt of the sinister plot to impeach both the Senate President, Senator David Mark, and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal in connection with the visit of the progressive Governors and the National Working Committee, NWC, of the new PDP to the National Assembly on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. “To us, this plot by the hawks in the Presidency is politics taken too far and illustrates the extent to which they are prepared to go in their determination to plunge this country into chaos. We wish to warn those who are planning this coup to desist forthwith as such a misadventure is capable of plunging this nation into a crisis of monumental proportions. “These undemocratic elements should stop overheating the polity just because of their selfish ambitions. Those who feel that politics is better practised by way of threats and the unseating of those who do not share their unprogressive thoughts should know that there is a limit to how far they can push us.” The new PDP said the National Assembly leadership did nothing wrong by receiving the visitors. He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the progressive governors have for the past three months been visiting past Heads of State and some other

great minds in their search for a peaceful way out of the logjam in the PDP orchestrated by the failed Tukur leadership of the party. “Their visit to the National Assembly was just in continuation of their nationwide tour. The aim was to brief and rub minds with members of the National Assembly in view of their position as leaders of the party on how to reposition our great party to be united and face other parties by 2015. Any other motive imputed into the visit is not only mischievous but also a product of the devilish imaginations of those reaching such conclusions. “We sincerely thank the Senate President, Distinguished Senator David Mark for his great counsel that no member of the National Assembly will be unseated for any reason based on the present wrangling within the party contrary to the threat by Tukur and his misguided group that members of the National Assembly supporting our move to restore sanity to our party will have their seats declared vacant not minding the limit of their powers in this regard, though unconstitutional acts are what they are well noted for. A word is enough for the wise!” Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Bethel Amadi, believed to be the leader of the PDP faction loyal to Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has denied allegations that the Presidency offered each of the 60 members in their group $25,000 each (N4m). Amadi, who spoke to National Mirror on the phone yesterday on the bribery issue, said the allegation was unfounded and designed to tarnish the image of the lawmakers loyal to the Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan faction of the party. His words: “That is far from the truth. There is no such thing. We simply attended a meeting and we asked questions. We were not given any such thing. “We simply attended a meeting and we asked the Baraje-led delegation questions as to what position they were addressing us. We asked Baraje whether he was addressing us as a former secretary of the party or as a former Acting National Chairman of the party, and we did not get answers to that, so that was what happened.”


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he Presidency yesterday took over negotiation with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. Vice President, Namadi Sambo met with ASUU delegation last night at the Presidential Villa to discuss possible ways of resolving the more than two months old strike in order for the lecturers to return to the classrooms. A committee headed by Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam had been in charge of the negotiations since the beginning of the strike, but has not been able to resolve the matter. However, after yesterday’s meeting, the leadership of the union declined to disclose what was agreed upon. ASUU President, Nasir Isa Fagge said that they took a message from the government and will meet their members and get back to government.

...activists, students’ protest paralyse Abeokuta He declined to disclose the content of the message in respect of what the government may have offered the union in addition to the earlier N100bn and N30bn meant for infrastructure development in the various universities and payment of verified earned allowances respectively. Faggae said: “We have had a meeting with the Vice President and he has given us a message to our members. I will say that like the messengers we are, we are going to take the message faithfully to our members and then our members will take their decision and then, we will get back to the minister of education.” Meanwhile, the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of federal universities, yesterday appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call-off its over two months old strike and return to classrooms, in the interest of the country. The committee made the appeal in a communiqué signed by its Chairman, Prof. Kimse Okoko, as a follow-up

to their September 10 meeting, which held in Abuja. Lamenting the consequences that have attended the strike, the pro-chancellors noted that the Federal Government has shown “demonstrable” commitment towards the implementation of the 2009 agreement it reached with ASUU, which invariably, forms the basis of the lingering industrial dispute. Specifically, the communiqué noted that the government has started disbursing the N130billion it promised, direct to the universities. The pro-chancellors further observed that the Federal Government has held several meetings with ASUU, the Committee of Pro-Chancellors, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and all other relevant stakeholders all in a bid to resolve the imbroglio. They further noted that all teaching and non-teaching staff of universities have been on Consolidated Salary Structure since 2009. “Amendment to the pensionable retirement age of academics has been effected

through the legislative process. Professors and Readers now retire at 70 years, while others now retire at 65 instead of 60 years,” the communiqué added. In a related development, the planned protests by the Joint Action Fronts, JAF, in solidarity with unions in the educational sector shut down commercial activities as well as vehicular movements in some parts of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital yesterday. The JAF protest, which consists of members of ASUU and some human right activists, lecturers and students under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, also led to hot altercations between the police and the protesters. JAF had organised the protest as a way of sensitising the general public on the danger of the lingering strike by ASUU and the breakdown of negotiation between the two parties involved in the crisis. The protest, which took off from the NNPC junction at Abiola Way, spread

to Kuto, Isabo, Kemta, Ibara and other parts of the city, leading to serious traffic in the affected areas. There was heavy presence of policemen and other security agencies across major areas where the protest took place. A mild drama ensued at the NNPC Mega Station junction, where the protest took off as the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operation, AbdulMajeed Ahmad engaged some of the activists in a serious altercation over the blockage of the highway. Addressing the protesters, the Secretary of JAF, Comrade Tunde Aremu stated that the strike was not about ASUU or any other unions in the education sector, but about the masses. In his own remark, NANS President in the state, Damilola Ahmed said his members were in solidarity with all the unions in the sector, adding that the government has not been fair on the funding of education in the country. In a related development, the Needs Assessment Implementation Committee for Public Universities

in Nigeria, chaired by the Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam, has constituted monitoring teams to oversee the execution of various infrastructure projects on the campuses of the 59 federal and state universities, which are beneficiaries of the N100bn intervention fund. The composition of the monitoring teams was the high point of the committee’s meeting, held yesterday at the Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. The meeting, chaired by Governor Suswam was attended by the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, representatives of the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Education and Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Minisry of Education, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, and leaders of industrial unions in the university system (NASU, SSANU and NAATS) with the acting Executive Secretary of TeTFund, Mallam Aliyu Na’Iya as Secretary.


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embers of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance have called on the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to resign with immediate effect. The lawmakers, who would begin oversight of government agencies soon, said they would intensify oversight on the petroleum sector and its agencies, especially the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Speaking in Abuja, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who wondered why questions were not being asked about the quantity of crude oil being produced from the country, said the amount of money being

talked about here “comes from the oil sector and crude sales.” He said: “I think it is hasty for (members of) the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, most of whom we have been working together with before now, to call for the resignation of the minister (Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala). I believe that is inappropriate; looking at the background of the issues that are involved. “We are missing the point because where we should put our searchlight and lay more emphasis on is the petroleum sector; the NNPC. It is the Minister of Petroleum (Alison-Madueke) that should be called to give account of what is happening. It is not the Minister of Finance. “Substantially, the amount of money that we are talking about comes from the oil sector, from

crude sales, and until today, we keep talking. How much are we even producing per day? Nobody knows the quantity of crude oil that is being produced in this country. Nobody knows, and nobody is asking the Minister of Petroleum any question. Jibrin added that the accountability, the transparency rate in NNPC was very low. He said: “The system is still shrouded in absolute secrecy. Nobody understands how they operate, and these are the issues Nigerians should be raising questions over.” The lawmaker, who wondered why Nigerians are quiet about what is going on in the oil and gas sector, said: “I think that attention should move from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to Diezani, the Minister of Petroleum Resources. I think all Nigerians should stand up and

ask her questions.” Jibrin noted that cases were rife of massive oil theft and corruption in the oil and gas sector, even as he advised the NGF Chairman, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, and his colleagues to take a second look at the matter, articulate their position and present it to the Minister of Petroleum Resources. Also, the Rivers State Governor Amaechi has fired back at the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan over their comments on the nation’s economy and SouthSouth support for President Jonathan. Amaechi stated that the Nigerian economy is battling to survive contrary to the rosy picture being painted by the Finance Minister. According to him, the

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members by firing teargas canisters and live bullets, leaving some members injured in the ensuing stampede. Bamidele, an All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmaker from Ekiti State, recently declared his intention to contest the governorship of the state. Since the declaration, he has been having running battles with APC members loyal to Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. The police allegedly started the assault by teargassing Bamidele, who was in the midst of thousands of supporters at the Okesa area, forcing his convoy to make a detour through the Dallimore Road and passed

through a crowd of his supporters at the Fajuyi Park to the coalition’s office at the Basiri area. The sporadic firing of teargas canisters and live bullets by the mobile policemen dispersed the teeming coalition members who chose to go en masse towards the Basiri area rather than the Adebayo area where the launch was billed to take place. However, the police continued to trail the lawmaker’s supporters adorned in white “I Love MOB” T-shirts and caps, forcing members to hurriedly pull off their attires. The Ekiti Bibiire Coalition’s headquarters at the Basiri area of the state capital was bombarded with

teargas, forcing everybody that had gathered there to scamper for safety. Banks and other business and commercial activities in the capital city were paralysed due to the confusion in town while parents hurried to schools to withdraw their wards. Trouble started as early as 7a.m. yesterday when hoodlums and members of the drivers’ unions armed with various weapons including guns, cutlasses, axes and cudgels barricaded the Ado–Ikere Road at Ejigbo and the Ado–Iyin Road at the Basiri area. Eyewitnesses said the action was to prevent Bamidele as well as his supporters from coming to the capital city for the rally and

launch of the Bibiire Coalition, which they had said was to further promote the lawmaker’s governorship ambition. While it appeared the police were helpless in curbing the situation, it took the intervention of the army to dismantle the roadblocks erected by the hoodlums for traffic to continue to flow undisturbed in the metropolis. Members of the coalition, in defiance of threats by the hoodlums, in their thousands, besieged various locations in the capital city to welcome the lawmaker into the city. Bamidele, however, arrived at the capital city in a convoy of vehicles via Ikere CONTINUED ON PAGE 48

Federal Government is yet to pay fully the Rivers State allocation for the month of July. Amaechi spoke at a programme organised by the Rotary International, District 9140 for young future leaders at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, on Thursday. On Governor Uduaghan’s remarks that opposition to President Jonathan should not come from the South-South region, Amaechi stated that he considers Nigeria’s national interest far and above any other (regional) interest. This was as he challenged young men and women to become interested in governance issues and demand and get responses from those in government. He bemoaned the fact that those fighting a just cause were being maligned on the altar of public criticism, stating also that Nigerians suffer from the effects of people not asking relevant questions. “When you are principled in Nigeria and you stand on your principles, what do they call you?” ‘Stubborn’, the audience chorused. “They expect you to compromise at a point but when you refuse to compromise, you are a very stubborn man”. “We (NGF) asked the Minister for Finance to resign if she is not able to manage the economy and she replied that ‘I dey kampe’. As at now, we are yet to receive complete, the federation allocation for July. “How strong is an economy that cannot fund its statutory state and federal governments’ allocation? Our entitlement as Rivers State Government in July was N19 billion, they have paid us only N14 billion, you get the point? “The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, published receipt of N1.05trn in July, so why do they say that there is no money? If we receive N1.05trn by July, why are they saying there is no money”? he queried. “Now, why am I saying this to you? I am saying it because as potential leaders, you must learn to ask questions. If you think that the youths spur me, you don’t, you don’t inspire me. Why don’t you inspire me? Because you are learning to

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be like us. Let me paint the image of us – corrupt, poor leadership, that’s what you are copying...” “We produce oil and we are one of the poorest nations in the world, are we not? Which nation would allow a Commissioner of Police like (Joseph) Mbu to continue to be Commissioner of Police other than in Nigeria?” ‘Iraq, Syria’, the crowd chorused. “Maybe, Syria. So, you see our peers: Syria, Iraq, Pakistan. I am sharing experiences with you before I talk about the issue of leadership.” “Now, I read today’s paper and my friend, Governor Uduaghan says anybody who is from South-South should not oppose our President, should not have a different view from our president. Did you read it? I will reply him but let me start replying him from here. First, I am a Nigerian. The reason why you have South-South, South-West, South-East, North-West, North-East and North Central is because in Nigeria, what you have in leadership is a wreck culture. I would have brought you a book titled ‘It’s our turn to eat’ in Kenya. In Nigeria, it should be..., ‘It’s our turn to chop’. “Now the reason why you have this South-West, SouthEast, North-West, North this, North that, and all that, is because you have a wreck culture where all we care about is how to share the till. So, South-South has shared for four years, how many of you have benefitted from the sharing for four years, raise your hand, how many of you?” ‘None’,” the crowd again chorused. “So none. How many of you passed through East-West road, how was the road”. “Bad”, they again chorused. “And our President is from South-South, so you see why I should support the President? “No ooo,” the crowd chorused again. “So, the basic rule is that none of us should oppose our President if you are from South-South, that is what the man (Uduaghan) tells us...” He urged the youths to arm themselves with education to revive Nigeria, which he said is comatose, expressing sadness that the country’s poverty rate had risen to an unbearable level where many Nigerians hardly get enough to eat.


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motion to condemn the proposed introduction of £3,000 visa bond by Britain for Nigerians travelling to United Kingdom for the first time was shot down yesterday in the Senate. Most of the senators said it was too early in the day, premature and pre-emptive to consider such a motion for a policy that was still at the conception stage. In his lead presentation, the Chairman of

the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mathew Nwagwu (ImoNorth), who sponsored the motion, noted that Article 5, Paragraph (m) of the Vienna Convention on consular relations of 1963, to which both Nigeria and Britain were signatories, specifically “forbids a sending state party to the convention from performing functions objected to or prohibited by the laws and regulations of the receiving state party”. Nwagwu also alluded to the fact that both countries

are signatories to the 1979 Lusaka Declaration of the Commonwealth on racism and racial prejudice as well as the United Nations Declaration on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination 1963, and the UN convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discriminations of 1966. He described the proposed visa bond by the British Government as selective, discriminatory, obnoxious, vexatious and unprecedented, stressing that the said bond would “place additional barriers,

burden and undue hardship on the paths of Nigerians intending to travel to UK for legitimate reasons”. The lawmaker, therefore, urged the Senate to make three resolutions, firstly condemning the selective and discriminatory imposition of the said visa bond on Nigerian travellers by the British Government. Secondly, urging the Federal Government to take necessary steps to protect Nigerians from the payment of the said obnoxious visa bond or similar levies in the future by Brit-

ain or any other country. Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, in his contribution urged the Senate to be cautious on the matter. Contributing along the same line, Senator Heineken Lokponiri noted that the matter at hand had to do with a policy by the UK government that was still at the proposal stage. He was of the position that at best, the Senate should ask the relevant authorities to use all known diplomatic channels to address it. Also, Senator Barnabas

Gemade requested the Senate to exercise caution in handling the matter because of its sensitive nature, stressing that such a pre-emptive action, if taken too far, might result in permanent enmity. Following the intervention of the Senate President, David Mark, the Red Chamber decided to urge the relevant authorities to use all diplomatic means and channels to see what to do to avert the proposed policy. Subsequently, the sponsor of the motion accordingly withdrew it for a future date.

N787m scam: Court frees UBEC directors, others

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Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday discharged and acquitted seven accused standing trial over alleged involvement in a N787 million contract scam at the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC. The fraud was allegedly perpetrated at by four UBEC directors, a foreign contractor and two companies. The discharged directors are Molkat Mutfwang, Michael Aule, Andrew Ekpunobi and Prof. Bridget Sokan. Others were American contractor, Alexander Cozma, and two companies allegedly used to siphon the funds, Intermakets USA LLC and Intermarkets Nigeria.

The trial judge, Justice Adamu Bello, in a twohour ruling on the separate no case submissions made by each of the accused, held that they had no case to answer. He specifically held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, prosecuting the accused failed woefully to establish a prima facie case against them. The judge said the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu, though amended the charge against them a couple of times, he did not do what he ought to have done. Bello said members of the UBEC Board were the ones to be before the court and not the accused. He said it appeared the criminal case was brought against them to punish the foreign contractor for suing UBEC. The ruling came after

subjecting the accused to trial for more than five years. The discharged were full of joy, commending the judgement and the judge. Some of the discharged said they might move against EFCC via a civil suit to claim damages for punishing them for no just cause. The EFCC had slammed a 63-count charge on the accused persons. The charges were later reduced to 41 by the court, upon application by the accused faulting them. In the main, the charges against the accused bordered on alleged complicity in an illegal diversion of money meant for supply of learning facilities to all secondary schools across the federation, through the UBEC scheme. The anti-graft agency alleged that they used bogus companies to defraud the government to the tune of about N787 million.

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Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday refused bail to two Nigerians, Abdullahi Mustapha Berende and Saheed Adewumi, accused of belonging and working for an Iranian terrorist organisation. The terror suspects are standing trial on a sixcount charge of alleged involvement in terror offences between 2011 and 2012 in the Middle East and Lagos. The Federal Government had claimed that Berende, between September 2011 and December 2012, in Tehran, Iran, had supported terrorism acts, involved in

training on use of dangerous weapons and firearms with the intent of perpetrating terrorism in Nigeria. The offence, it was learnt, runs contrary to Section 5 (1) (a) of Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 and punishable under Section 5(1) of the same Act. But the suspects took turn to plead “not guilty” to the charge and thereby applied for bail. Ruling on their bail application yesterday, the trial judge held that the charge preferred against the accused was a serious one which bordered on act of terrorism and posed great danger to national security. He said he would not al-

low them home even as he ordered that they should be allowed unfettered access to their counsel and family members. Although one of the accused cited health grounds for court to grant him bail, Justice Mohammed said he failed woefully to establish his claim. He specifically said that the suspect’s counsel could not show that his ailment was contagious and could pose danger to other detainees. Meanwhile, Mohammed granted the application by the Federal Government seeking an order excluding persons other than the suspects, their immediate family members and accredited members of the press from the trial.


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NGF crisis: Court strikes out Fashola’s suit against Jang EMMANUEL ONANI ABUJA

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Federal Capital Territory, FCT, high court yesterday struck out a suit that sought to determine the authentic winner of the May 25, contentious Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, election. The order of the court striking out the suit followed an earlier application for discontinuance brought by the plaintiff and Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN. Fashola had, through his counsel, Prof. Yemi Osiban-

jo, SAN, approached an FCT high court on May 31, via a writ of summons, seeking an order of court to restrain the Plateau State governor and claimant to the chairmanship of the forum, Mr. Jonah Jang, from parading himself as such. He had contended that the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, won the May 25 poll, having scored 19 votes, to beat Jang, who was said to have garnered 16 votes. However, while the court was still grappling with interlocutory applications that stared it in the face, Osibanjo

brought a fresh application for discontinuance/withdrawal, filed July 6. The motion was fiercely opposed by counsel to Jang, Chief Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, and Mr. Paul Erokoro, SAN, counsel to Osaro Onaiwu (3rd defendant). B.T. Bukar, who appeared for Asishana Bayo Okauru (2nd defendant) as F. N. Nwosu, counsel to the Registered Trustees of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, adopted the aforestated submissions. Their respective opposition, which was upheld by the trial judge, Justice Peter Affen, was to the effect that

leave must be sought and obtained first, before an application for withdrawal can be commenced. Consequent upon a proper application for discontinuance filed on July 16, Osibanjo prayed the court to strike out the suit, submitting that it was the right of the plaintiff to decide at any stage to discontinue his case. He further submitted that it was not the business of counsel to the defendants to preempt the plaintiff’s next step, more so that the matter was still at its preliminary stage. In opposition to Osibanjo’s contention, however, Oy-

etibo and Erokoro, urged the court to discountenance the plaintiff’s call and proceed to dismiss the suit in limini. According to the respondents’ counsel, an order for dismissal will serve as deterrent to the plaintiff, whom they accuse of running in and out of court. They further accused Fashola of starting a fight and abandoning it half-way. It was their consolidated position that the plaintiff’s action was allegedly borne out of his discovery that there were ‘manifestly incurable defects’ in the suit, which they claim could not

be cured by an amendment. In his ruling yesterday, Justice Affen agreed with the position of Fashola that the suit be struck out, rather than an outright dismissal. The implication of a dismissal is that the plaintiff cannot re-file the suit again. Meanwhile, indications have emerged that Governor Fashola may return to court with a fresh suit. Speaking with National Mirror in confidence, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria said: “There is the likelihood of Mr. Fashola suing all the registered trustees in their individual capacities.”

FG stalls trial of alleged illegal varsity operator Two arrested for attempting to kidnap Yar’Adua’s daughter ISE-OLUWA IGE

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he trial of an alleged operator of illegal university, Mr. David Iornem, before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, was yesterday stalled on the request of the Federal Government. The prosecution had begged the trial judge for a short adjournment to put its house in order. The government, how-

ever, told the judge that it already had the understanding of the defence for the postponement of the trial. Although, the defence counsel yesterday raised the alarm that the Federal Government had served it a proof of evidence with a 10-count charge accompanying it instead of the three-count charge preferred against the accused, the trial judge told the defence that there was nothing to worry about. He said the charge against

the accused person could not be amended without putting him on notice. The matter was, on the consent of parties, adjourned till October 10, this year. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), had, on behalf of the Federal Government, arraigned David Iornem, before the Abuja Federal High Court for allegedly operating an illegal university at the nation’s capital.

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he State Security Service, SSS, yesterday paraded two kidnap kingpins, Hamza Abubakar and Lawrence Okoro Dennis, for attempting to kidnap one of the daughters of late President Umaru Yar’Adua. The SSS said it successfully thwarted the plan on August 21, at a construction site in Kado, Abuja. It, however,

refused to reveal the name of the late President’s daughter, citing security reasons. Abubakar, a 27-year-old indigene of Argungu, Kebbi State, is said to reside with his parents at Anguwan Baba Saiadu, Kado Estate Phase II. “In 2006, the suspect was charged for armed robbery and was remanded at Goron Dutse Prison, Kano; but was granted bail on August 9, 2013. “Lawrence Okoro Dennis is a 43-year-old indigene of

Mbeke, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. In 2000, the suspect was charged for armed robbery and remanded at Kano Central Prison; but was discharged on March 1, 2013,” the SSS stated. Deputy Director, Public Relations in the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, told journalists in Abuja that immediately after his release from prison, Dennis joined a group of fraudsters operating in Mgbidi, Imo State.


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Oil subsidy: FG arraigns two more suspects for fraud KAYODE KETEFE

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wo more oil marketers, Chinyerem Nweze and Olaniran Ogundipe, were yesterday arraigned by the Federal Government before a federal high court in Lagos presided over by Justice Musa Kurya, for alleged N1.3 billion subsidy fraud. They were charged by the police alongside their companies, Geacan Energy

Limited and Petroleum Brokers Limited, on a sixcount charge comprising the alleged offences of conspiracy and fraud. The duo pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecution, represented by Mr. Dania Abdullahi, prayed the court to remand the accused persons in prison while also asking for accelerated hearing of the matter. Lawyer to the accused persons, Chief Anthony

Idigbe (SAN), however, objected to the application for remand on the grounds that the bail application of the accused was pending. He further submitted that since the accused were granted police administrative bail on September 12, 2013 they had always appeared at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), whenever they were invited. Idigbe also told the court that the accused were present in court as early as

7.00am for their arraignment yesterday, saying that that shows they are not the kind of persons that would jump bail. In his response, the prosecutor argued that remand of an accused was a natural consequence flowing from arraignment, even though bail was at the discretion of the court. In his ruling, Justice Kurya admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N1.5 billion each, with

one surety each in the like sum. The judge further stated that the sureties must occupy the position of a permanent secretary in the Lagos State civil service and must exhibit evidence of such position before the court. The judge further ordered that the accused persons should be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons within 24 hours, if they fail to meet the bail conditions. He adjourned the case

to November 6, November 7, and November 8, 2013 for trial. The accused were alleged to have committed the offences for which they were charged between January and April 2011. They were said to have fraudulently obtained N1.32 billion from the Federal Government under the pretext of importing about 18, 000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into the country.

Protests rock YABATECH over cult attack MOJEED ALABI

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Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, acknowledging cheers from supporters at the Ajilosun area on his arrival in Ekiti State, yesterday.

N47.1bn theft: Again, Lagos CJ reassigns Akingbola’s case KENNY ODUNUKAN

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he Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, yesterday re-assigned the case file of former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank Plc, Erastus Akingbola and his co-defendant, Bayo Ojo, to another judge. The new judge is Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the Ikeja High Court. This follows the transfer of the former trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, to the Commercial Division

of the Ikeja High Court. Justice Lawal-Akapo is the third judge to try the theft charges preferred against Akingbola and his associate, Bayo Dada, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, within the last two years. It will be recalled that Akingbola was first arraigned before Justice Habeeb Abiru in 2011. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Justice Abiru consequently granted him (Akingbola) bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties in like sum. The judge

also granted Dada a N50 million bail with two sureties in like sum. Akingbola’s trial was at the stage of adoption of final written addresses by the parties, when Justice Abiru was suddenly elevated to the Court of Appeal. Consequently, the defendants were re-arraigned before Justice Onigbanjo on February 26, 2012 and the matter started de novo. Further, the defendants again pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail with

the terms earlier given to them by Justice Abiru. Sequel to recent re-assignment by Lagos chief judge, the matter is expected to again start de novo before Justice LawalAkapo following the transfer of Justice Onigbanjo to the commercial court from the criminal court of the Lagos judiciary. The defendants are standing trial on a 22-count charge of conspiracy and stealing of N47.1 billion belonging to the Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank Plc).

here was pandemonium in the early hours of yesterday at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, following a violent cult attack on an ND II student of the institution’s Department of Business Administration, who is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital. National Mirror gathered that while the UEFA Champions League matches were being played on Wednesday, a gang of six cultists laid ambush for their victim at the back of the department and battered him before passersby were attracted by his cry for help. Following the attack, tension was high throughout the night and resulted in the early morning protests, leading to the closure of the two main gates of the institution and the disruption of academic and administrative activities. Investigation revealed that the assailants were also students of the institution and that the protesting students had located

their hostel and locked up their rooms. Workers were barred from gaining access to their offices until the institution’s Rector, Dr. Margaret Ladipo, was forced to address the students at the campus’ stadium. While Ladipo was appealing to the students to return to their hostels, pending the investigation of the case by the management, the students refused, demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of the culprits. They urged the management not to involve the police in the issue; “Because the culprits in the shooting of a student in June this year were later freed by the police at Sabo Police Station.” They thereby demanded that the victims should be immediately declared wanted and handed over to the students’ representative council for punishment. The rector promised that a panel would look into their demands and assured that any student indicted would face the music. She subsequently invited the students’ representatives to a meeting on the issues.

90% of prisons’ awaiting trials are indigent –NBA President WALE IGBINTADE

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he Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, yesterday said that 90 per cent of people awaiting trial in prisons across the country are indigent persons. President of the association, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN),

stated this in his paper presented at a conference organised by the Legal Aid Council with the theme; “Access to Justice: Advancing the Frontier of Pro bono,” held at City Hall, Lagos. According to him, the unaddressed legal services’ needs of indigent persons in the society were as a re-

sult of meager funding for legal aid in the country. According to the NBA President, a figure given by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Prisons stated that 28, 000 Nigerians held in various prisons across the country are awaiting trial. He observed that the judicial system in the country

favours the wealthy while the poor were unable to access justice. In a bid to finding a lasting solution to the problem, the NBA boss said the NBA Human Rights Institute, NHRI, launched the National Pro bono Services Scheme with the responsibility of providing free legal services for accused

persons awaiting trial as well as suspects with no adequate legal representation. The NBA President urged the Federal Government to adequately fund the Legal Aid Council and employ more personnel at the council. In her presentation, the guest lecturer, Ms. Yasim

Batliwala, stressed the need to create awareness for the disadvantaged and voluntary people in the society. Batliwala, who is the chief executive at Advocates for International Development, United Kingdom, said it’s the responsibility of legal practitioners to uphold and defend the indigent in the society.


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Forgery: Ex-CAC president, others have case to answer –Court KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN

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Suspected fake NYSC corps members paraded by the State Security Service (SSS) in Abuja, yesterday.

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Amosun sacks MAPOLY rector, freezes institution’s accounts FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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gun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday announced the sack of the Rector of the state-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Ojere, Abeokuta, Mr. Tokunbo Fowode. Consequently, the governor announced the appoint-

ment of a professor of Pharmaceutical Science, Oludele Itiola, as the new rector of the institution, which also produced the governor. The reorganisation in the management of MAPOLY, which swept away Fowode, followed government’s directives freezing the accounts of the institution in various banks. MAPOLY has been running without a governing council for

about three years now. The government’s decision to freeze MAPOLY’s accounts, including current, deposits, and savings, is contained in a four-paragraph memo written by the state Accountant General, A. S. Senfuye, dated September 17. Though the memo places embargo on withdrawals from the accounts except cleared by the Accountant

General, it authorised payments into the accounts. Reacting to his disengagement, Fowode, in a telephone interview, expressed appreciation to the state government for allowing him to serve the institution. He said his tenure “exponentially improved human capacity and physical infrastructure in the annals of the institution”.

Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan yesterday ruled that former President of the Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, Pastor Elijah Howard Olusheye, and three others had a case to answer on allegations of conspiracy and forgery preferred against them by the Federal Government. Other accused are the Oyo State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Johnson Olabisi; the General Secretary of General Executive of a faction of the church, Pastor Gideon Okegwemeh and Mr. Abdulhakeem Muhammed of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, Abuja. In her ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Abimbola Adejumo-Obaseki, held that a prima facie case had been established by the prosecution against the accused in seven out of the nine-count charge brought against them.

According to her, on February 13, the prosecution amended the charge from five-count to nine-count charge but counsel to the accused wrote his address on the five-count which had earlier been struck out. She said the ruling would be delivered on the nine-count charge, stating that count one to count six of the charges centred on allegations of forgery of minutes of meetings, conspiracy and fraudulently obtaining registration certificate of the Christ Apostolic Church, among others. Saying that it was incumbent on the accused to put up their defence on some of the allegations, Adejumo-Obaseki insisted that the prosecution established count one to count six of the charges with documentary evidence from the prosecution witnesses 1, 2 and 3. She, however, said the prosecution failed to establish count seven and count eight of the charges against the accused and thereby struck them out.

Police arrest 21 robbery suspects, recover 22 vehicles •Rapists won’t escape justice –Ogun

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olice said they had, in the past one month, arrested about 21 armed robbery suspects and recovered 22 vehicles in parts of Ogun State. The state Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this yesterday while parading the suspects and the vehicles at the office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Magbon, Abeokuta, the state capital. This is as the state government vowed not to allow rapists escape justice. Adejobi explained that some of the suspects had confessed to the crime, while others were still being interrogated. The PPRO, who reiterated the command’s determination to rid the state of crimes, also said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the police concluded investigation. Adejobi also said that four armed robbers were killed on Wednesday at

Ija-Ofa area of Abeokuta metropolis while trying to rob an unsuspecting businessman of N5 million. He said items recovered from the suspects included a locally made pistol, cartridges, pump action rifle, AK47 rifle and assorted charms. Emphasising that the arrest was a signal that the state was ready to deal decisively with criminals who wanted to make the state their hideout, the PPRO said the command would not relent in its efforts to make the state crime-free. He said: “All the formations in the command are working round the clock to ensure the safety of the people of the state, especially these ember months.” The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Elizabeth Sonubi, said yesterday in Abeokuta, that the government was prepared to make rapists face the full wrath of the law. Addressing a press conference over what she described as worrisome rise in rape cases in the state,

Sonubi, however, promised that the state government would give anyone accused of rape a fair hearing. The commissioner spoke against the backdrop of increasing rape cases witnessed across the state in recent time. One of such cases was that of a 22-year-old pastor from one of the white garment churches, Imoleayo Adekoya, who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in Shagamu last Saturday. Sonubi, who expressed concern over the development, also attributed the trend to the high level of poverty in the country. She, however, emphasised that her ministry would ensure that rapists did not go unpunished. The commissioner also disclosed that the state had expended over N300 million on empowerment programmes for 9,000 women to ensure that needy families were freed from the poverty scourge which, according to her, has been linked to the upsurge in rape cases.

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Traditional council chair tussle: Okorocha heads for Supreme Court CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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mo State government has appealed against the judgement of the Court of Appeal in a case involving the reinstated Chairman of the Imo State Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya. The state government is asking the apex court to set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court pending the determination of the appeal. It will be recalled that on July 5, 2013, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour

of Eze Ilomuanya, granting all the reliefs sought in his originating summons which included the dissolution of the Imo State Council of Ndi-Eze, which was sacked by Governor Okorocha in 2011. In his notice of appeal, Governor Okorocha, described the Appeal Court judgement as miscarriage of justice, adding that the court erred in law when it held that the counteraffidavit of the appellants were ‘sweeping’ and that paragraphs 6 (a), (b) and (c) are not enough to counter the contents of the affidavit

in support of the respondent. While arguing further, the governor said the Appeal Court also erred in law when it held that the trail judge suo motu raised the issue of hear-say and made a case for the appellants. He added that evidence of hear-say “is an issue of law and like all issues of law, a court can raise same as suo motu.” He therefore asked the apex court set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court and affirm the judgement of the trial judge, dismissing the suit as ‘un-

meritorious.’ It will be recalled that Eze Ilomuanya was locked out of the council secretariat by some policemen when he went there to hold a meeting with other traditional rulers. The monarch, who threatened contempt charges against the Imo State governor and the current Chairman, Eze Agunwa Ohiri, for refusing to obey the Appeal Court judgement, was barred from entering into the council secretariat along Concorde Road, New Owerri by policemen.

Counsel to sacked workers of Non-Consolidated Banks of Nigeria, Mr. Emenike Azubuike (right), briefing journalists after hearing of the case at National Industrial Court in Enugu, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN.

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Group flays Chinwuba over APC chairmanship claim CHARLES OKEKE AWKA

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eaders of the defunct political parties that merged into the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State, have dismissed the claim allegedly made by one Chuks Chinwuba, to the effect that he is now the state chairman of the APC. The party leaders, who said that it is surprising that Chinwuba had in a ‘Face the press’ radio programme, claimed that he is the APC chairman in Anambra State even when the party has not held any congress to elect its officers. Leaders of the defunct ANPP, ACN and CPC in the state, had in a statement jointly signed by Pastor C. C. Nnoli, Hon. Amechi Okeke, Bans E. Ibe, George Onyechi and Sunny A. Okafor and made available to journalists in Awka, warned anybody or group of persons parading themselves as state officers of APC to desist forthwith, otherwise such person or people will be dragged to court. Disassociating themselves from what Chinwuba allegedly did, the party leaders said; “We

Old voters’ register’ll be used for Enugu LG polls –INEC

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he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu State yesterday said that the old voters’ register will be used for the conduct of the forthcoming local government elections in the state. INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Lawrence Azubuike, made this known at a stakeholders’ forum in Enugu, the state capital. He said the commission was in the process of up-

dating the register, adding that INEC had concluded plans to ensure that those who attain 18 were registered. “The mechanism to handle other issues such as transfer of voters, replacement of lost voters’ cards is also in top gear. We will present the register we have to ENSIEC. “It is a dilemma, but we will present what we have. It is unfortunate because of the influx of people in the state,” he said.

Azubuike said ENSIEC was constrained and was not backed up by the law to commence the registration process at the state level. He noted that the meeting was to interact with stakeholders to emphasise the need for continued partnership, collaboration and cooperation ahead of the 2015 elections. “We feel that engaging in a forum like this will promote understanding of our roles and strict adher-

ence to law,” he said. In his remarks, Enugu State Director of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr. Augustine Okolie, called for measures to tackle the challenges experienced during the 2011 elections. Okolie, who commended INEC for convening the meeting, urged it to monitor party primaries to reduce cases of appeals after elections. State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Moham-

med Adamu, assured the people of their readiness to eliminate all forms of thuggery during elections. Represented by Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adamu called on political parties to assist INEC, ENSIEC, NOA and all other relevant agencies, to educate the public on the elections. Some representatives of political parties in an interview described the meeting as educative.

have observed with dismay the claim by one Chuks Chinwuba claiming to be the APC Chairman in Anambra State in some electronics and print media. “This has not only brought our party to public ridicule as APC in Anambra State has not held any congress to elect officers of the party,” adding that the whole thing stands as a deviation from what APC stands for as a party that has ingredients of internal democracy. They also said that as the chairmen, secretaries and members of the defunct parties in the state, it is their position that APC in Anambra State does not belong to anybody or group of persons as to singlehandedly impose leadership of the party on them. “We would also want to state that at the appropriate time, we shall make known to the public the status of individuals and merging parties in APC in Anambra State as to put in the right perspective the status of claim of such persons and parties mentioned above,” the party leaders stressed. In another development, the state chapter of the APC has condemned the practice whereby political parties allegedly present multiple candidates for the governorship election schedule for the November 16, this year. Quoting Dr Chris Ngige, the APC gubernatorial candidate, the former spokesman of the defunct ACN, Mr. Okelo Madukife, had in a statement also made available to journalists, maintained that the practice breaches the Electoral Act and gives the perpetrators undue advantage.

Labour activists, civil society groups urged to join ASUU strike ALIUNA GODWIN EBONYI

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abour activists, civil society groups and trade union groups across the country have been urged to join the three-month-old industrial action em-

barked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. The call was made in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, by the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Ebonyi State chapter, Prof. Idenyi

Edannaya. He appealed to all unions to join in the strike, expressing the fear that if the Federal Government fails to comply with the demand of ASUU, the body would result to extreme increase in school fees in all the

universities in the country. He said such joint strikes by these groups would spur the Federal Government to show commitment in ensuring that the nation’s educational system is in rescued.

According to him; “We count on the renewed support of the people in challenging agents of underdevelopment, who deny less privileged Nigerians quality higher education, health, employment and other life-transforming elements of development.

“We equally call on labour activists, students, traders, professional groups, civil society organisations and other progressive elements of the society to join our determined effort to save Nigerians from her captors,” he said.


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Gwamna resignation: A sign of crack in New PDP

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Nasarawa: Maku unfit to be Defence Minister –APC OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU

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or allegedly being an interested party in the “spiraling crisis ravaging Nasarawa State, where the Federal Govern-

ment had deployed troops to end the violence,” the All Progressives Congress, APC, has demanded that Information Minister, Labaran Maku be relieved of his new assignment as the Supervising Minister of

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ut the Nasarawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, put the blame at the doorsteps of the APC government in the state. In a statement by its chairman, Chief Yunana Iliya, the party said that at the time Maku was campaigning on television, radio, in churches, mosques and all over the state against the menace, Governor Tanko Al-Makura “was hand-inglove with Ombatse, even defending the group as a cultural association,” adding that “Maku’s campaign against violence was open and daring, considering the fact that he hails from the Eggon nationality.”

The PDP chairman said: “We in Nasarawa State are fully aware of the APC origin of the ongoing crisis in our state, and we advise Mohammed to steer clear as his latest attempt at propaganda on behalf of the APC government in Nasarawa State can’t exonerate the state government from complicity in the ongoing crises. “Even Ombatse in a welladvertised position in national dailies recently, confessed their role in bringing Al-Makura to power in Nasarawa State, and we know of how close the APC government was with Ombatse until the honeymoon ended suddenly.”

Defence. The APC said this yesterday in a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, adding that “the fact that Mr. Maku is of the Eggon ethnic stock, to which the Ombatse cult/ militia group behind the Nasarawa crisis has been linked, has made his new role as the Supervising Minister of Defence untenable.” Noting that even if Maku has no sympathy for the rampaging Ombatse, whatever action he takes on the crisis in Nasarawa in his new capacity will be open to misinterpretation and al-

legation of bias, which can in turn aggravate the crisis. Mohammed said: ‘’This is why we believe that the most prudent thing to do is for President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately take the Defence Ministry portfolio from Mr. Maku. This is in line with international best practice.’’ The APC said that the minister himself has not helped matters by his comments in an interview he granted the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, last Thursday, where he insinuated that the Nasarawa State government had not initiated dialogue with stakeholders as a way

of ending the crisis, while at the same time trying to downplay the critical role that the state government has played in curtailing the activities of the Ombatse cult/ethnic militia that has been engaged in senseless killings and plundering in the state. The party said: ‘’In both instances, the minister has been economical with the truth. In the first instance, Maku was invited to several meetings in the wake of the Ombatse attacks on Assakio and Agyaragu last year and the Alakyo massacre of security agents this year. He neither attended nor sent his apolo-

gies despite the invitations extended to him to be part of the meetings with traditional rulers, national and state legislators, as well as political and public office holders at federal and state levels, among others. “At the instance of the state government, several meetings have also been held with Eggon leaders and the Eggon Cultural and Development Association, ECDA, to no avail. It is therefore blatantly wrong for the minister, or anyone for that matter, to say that the state government has not initiated dialogue as a means of resolving the crisis.”

Crisis brews in Anambra APC as Okonkwo fights Ngige OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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he All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the November 16 Anambra State governorship election, Senator Christ Ngige, got a rude shock on Thursday when the chairman of his campaign committee, Senator Annie Okonkwo, disassociated himself from his candidature. Okonkwo labelled Ngige as an ingrate and untrustworthy fellow. In a letter dated September 18, 2013 and addressed to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, Okonkwo who incidentally stepped down for Ngige in a highly dramatised occasion last month in Abu-

ja also accused the governorship candidate of not keeping to the agreement they entered into before he stepped down for him. The letter read in parts: “I regrettably decline the appointment and also disassociate myself from the candidature of our flag bearer, Senator Chris Ngige. “My decision was borne out of the inability of not keeping to agreement and flagrant distrust and abuses by our flag bearer who, of course, showed no appreciation of supreme sacrifice of stepping down for him.” APC National Chairman had, on September 5, appointed Okonkwo as the chairman and campaign coordinator of the Anambra governorship election for the party.

L-R: Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Justice, Ali Ahmed; Chairman, Committee on Steel Development, Sadiq Mohammed and Chairman, Committee on Privitisation and Commercialisation, Khadija Ibrahim, at a public hearing on reconcession of National Iron Ore Mining Company Itakpe and Delta Steel Company, to Global Infrastructure Nigeria Ltd in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Groups to G7 govs: Clear yourself of corruption charges OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU

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group, the National Vanguard for Democracy and Development, NVDD, has accused the seven governors spearheading opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan of blackmailing the president so as to avoid possible corruption trial from ongoing investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. This is just as another group, the Movement for Democratic Sustainability, MDS, has urged President

Jonathan to resist any pressure to interfere in the operations of the anti-graft agency. The NVDD, in a statement by its Public Secretary, Emeka Obinagwu, said that the G7 are currently on “a public celebration of opportunistic blackmail” to arm-twist the President to intervene in the on-going investigations of their tenures by the EFCC. The seven governors, now popularly called G7 include: Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed

(Kwara), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers). The NVDD said: “We can state for a fact that these governors who are mostly in their second term, apart from that of Kwara, are merely on a mission for personal economic preservation and selfish political opportunism. “We reject in totality any pressure that will bring extra political forces to bear on agencies fighting corruption like the EFCC.” Obinagwu opined that the governors should first purge themselves of the allegations against them

with the EFCC before “they climb the rostrum to pontificate to Nigerians,” adding: “It is now time for us to remove the smokescreen, stop the melodrama and present the facts behind their grandstanding. Enough of this political subterfuge.” The MDS, also in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Afam Iheanacho, called on Nigerians to support President Jonathan in “building national institutions strong enough to fend off subterfuge blackmails or any form of negative pressure.”


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ust like tales from the moonlight, the National Treasurer of the ‘new’ Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna last Sunday resigned from the faction’s National Working Committee, NWC, in a move that startled the Abubakar Baraje-led faction of the party. He said he resigned after a careful study of the unfolding events in the polity, and a deep reflection of the consequences of such impasse on the party. According to him, “This decision was arrived at after a careful study of the unfolding events in the polity and a deep sober reflection of the consequences of the outcome of such impasse on our party. Our desire is for the PDP to continue to lead while others follow, as such, we must eschew all vices capable of unnecessarily heating up the polity. I pledge my loyalty to the Bamanga Tukur leadership, while calling on all those faithful to the party to do same.” Gwamna maintained that as a lover of democracy, he is of the belief that the impasse will not augur well for the unity, peace, progress and prosperity of the party in particular, and the nation in general, even as he pledged his loyalty to the Tukur-led PDP. He called on all party faithful to unite and ensure the amicable resolution of the current impasse in the party. But in a swift action, the spokesperson of the new PDP, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze said that rather than resignation, Gwamna was actually fired by the faction after being discovered to be a mole. Explaining further, Eze said that Gwamna’s fate became sealed when a report on his true status was tabled before the NWC of PDP during its inaugural meeting held at the residence of the party’s National Chairman, Baraje, in Abuja last weekend. According to him, “the damning report on Gwamna was submitted by the PDP National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. According to the report, it was found that Gwamna was a mole planted by the Tukur faction of PDP to monitor our activities and report back to it with a view to sabotaging our activities. “Oyinlola’s report further indicted Gwamna as one of those executing contracts for the Federal Government and under threat to have all his contracts terminated should he fail to spy on us as directed.” He alleged that Gwamna succumbed to the threat by the Presidency after it was revealed that the EFCC might be deployed to investigate some of the contracts he was handling. He however said that the politician has been replaced by Engr. Abubakar Gambo Umar. Investigation by National Mirror however has it that the news of the resignation of Gwamna which was managed by the Presidential Villa only corroborated the angle

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Gwamna’s resignation: A sign of crack in New PDP? Barely one week after he was appointed the National Treasurer of the New Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna threw in the towel, choosing to return to the Bamanga Tuku- led PDP; a step believed to be the first signal of a major crack in the Abubakar Baraje-led PDP. OBIORA IFOH examines what may have led to the resignation that took the new PDP by surprise.

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of the pressure from the Villa to muscle the faction into submission. The Baraje-led PDP drawing their support from not less than seven governors including Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), in spite of the intimidation from the presidency, including sealing off of its headquarters has continued to resist all efforts to back down from their demand which include the resignation of Tukur as the National Chairman of the PDP. It would be recalled that recently at the Yar’Adua Centre, the faction which also includes

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the former Vice President Atiku Abubarkar recounted the numerous sins of Tukur and why he must first step aside. These sins include; the inability of the Tukur leadership to convene the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting at least four times in a year as stipulated by the party constitution; the inability of the

leadership to resolve the crisis in about nine states where there are inconclusive congresses; his inability to keep to the agreement of returning all the former members of the NWC who resigned in the interest of the party; exclusion of some perceived opponents of the few powerful members who are alleged of trying to hijack the party.

They also frowned at the suspension of the Deputy National Chairman, Mr. Sam Jaja by the state chapter in clear violation of the party constitution. There was also the suspension without due process of the Governors Amaechi and Wamakko of Rivers and Sokoto states respectively. Tukur was also accused of taking side with Tony Nwoye’s candidacy in the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it only recognised the state exco that produced Senator Andy Uba, instead the leadership went ahead to suspend Uba and some other members close to him in defiance of subsisting court orders. They also said that the alleged illegal dissolution of the Adamawa State chapter of the party is a clear abuse of power by Tukur thus causing confusion in his home state. Even with the recent understanding by all factions after a meeting at the Villa with President Jonathan that the firework should cease for at least three months, Gwamna resignation barely 24 hours after has shown that the battle is still far from being over. Only on Monday, the Tukur leadership fired the first salvo by constituting a new exco in Kano State PDP chapter without any input from Governor Kwankwaso. It also received back to the PDP, Mohammed Abacha, a known political foe of the governor without any waiver or toeing the party’s norms of re-admittance. A day after, the Baraje-led executive controversially stormed the National Assembly where they were received by both chambers. Same day, the Amaechi-led Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, met in Rivers Lodge but was boycotted by the Jonah Jang faction. The scenario is such that Gwamna’s decamping could only be the beginning of the desperation of the Villa to stultify the Baraje faction through poaching of key officials but it certainly will not force the faction to its knees unless and until the real scores are settled.

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he National Assembly has been charged to exercise its oversight function by ensuring that the performance of private investors in the power sector conforms to the objectives and aims of the reform initiative, which is to ensure sustainable power supply within the shortest possible time. The President of Good Governance Initiative, GGI, a nongovernmental organisation, Mr. Festus Mbisiogu, who gave the charge while speaking with journalists yesterday in Lagos, said it is imperative that the legislators’

keep watch over the sector if the nation is to make remarkable progress after the power sector reforms. He said: “Government should endeavour to pursue the transformation agenda to the end by monitoring the emerging transition market in order to protect the interest of both the citizenry and the investors. If the basic motive of the privatization, which is to ensure that Nigerians enjoy affordable and steady power, is not achieved, then the purpose would be defeated. “Whatever bottlenecks that will prevent the investors from performing optimally should be removed. I am happy that the

government has commenced efforts to liquidate the salaries, allowances and terminal benefits of the staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN. This, no doubt, will pave way for the full takeover of the sector by the investors. “But in all these, there is one important factor we must not gloss over. Nigerians must extract promise from the investors. Government must set the standard as well as a deadline for the investors. We want to know when they are going to give us regular and steady power supply. Government must ensure that the investors adhered to the deadline.” Mbisiogu, who revealed that

Nigerians spend over N800 billion annually to power their generating sets, added that it is not enough to take over the power plants, but the participation of the private investors should be aimed at making life better for Nigerians and impacting positively on the economy. “There should be a remarkable difference in this exercise. So, we call on the National Assembly to exercise its oversight function by monitoring the performance of these investors to ensure that they are in conformity with the objectives and aims of our reform initiative, which is to give Nigerians sustainable power in the shortest possible time,” he said.


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ABIODUN NEJO writes on the controversy trailing the publication of debt profile of Ekiti State which politicians are now politicising.

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he recent publication of the debt profile of Ekiti State by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, FRC, has opened a fresh chapter to the dust raised by the opposition in the state over the N20 billion bond obtained by Governor Kayode Fayemi in 2011. The commission had caused renewed ripples on the N20 billion bond recently when it said the debt profile of the state from bond and loans stood at N35.98 billion as at December 2011. But the state government was quick to dismiss the FRC report as mischievous and misleading, carpeting the commission for publishing a report that was not up to date especially when the state government had presented the 2012 financial status of the state to it, saying such amounted to inefficiency. Ekiti State Finance Commissioner, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, said: “The level of the state’s indebtedness stood at N14.5 billion as at December 2012,” clarifying that the Fayemi administration had paid N12 billion out of the N20 billion it sourced from the Capital Market. Kolawole said: “Ekiti has nothing to hide. FRC and the Debt Management Office, DMO, have set certain limit for borrowing and Ekiti has not gone beyond that. So, the borrowing by this government was done in consonance with the international best practices.” He accused the opposition, which had seized the opportunity of the FRC publication to renew criticism of the government over borrowing and the bond, of being too fast with propaganda on the issue, which he said was untrue. But the opposition, which has always frowned at what it called the manner in which the bond accruals are being expended, picked holes in the defence of the state government, saying it ought to have simply told the public what Ekiti owes at present, rather than “beating about the bush”. A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant and former chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said: “What the people desire in simple term is a definite answer as to the total amount being owed by Ekiti State.” Adeyeye said in a statement by his campaign Director -General, Hon. Bisi Kolawole, that the total debt inherited by the Fayemi administration when it assumed power in 2010 was N1.1 billion. He said: “So we ask Fayemi and his men, how much is the total debt being owed by Ekiti State now and how much is the government planning to borrow before the end of this year because we are aware that the state government is in the process of taking another bond.” Adeyeye reiterated call on financial institutions, especially the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, to be mindful of how loans are granted to the state to ensure the state was not kept “in perpetual bondage of debt.” This was as another PDP aspirant and former High Commissioner to Canada,

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IT IS NOT BORROWING THAT IS THE ISSUE, BUT HOW THE GOVERNMENT COULD USE IT TO

CRYSTALLISE OR JUMP-START THE ECONOMY IS THE REAL THING Ambassador Dare Bejide, said the debt incurred by the Fayemi administration had showed the government’s fiscal recklessness. He said: “We commend the commission for exposing Governor Fayemi to the world that the state is now carrying a huge debt it has no capacity of paying back. “It is not bad for any government to take loan, but the money must be judiciously spent. What has the governor done to justify the huge debt he had plunged the state into? “Former Governor Olusegun Oni did not borrow money, he was able to build the modern House of Assembly Complex, construct Ilawe-Erinjiyan Road, Ilawe-Igede Road and over 400 kilometres of roads across Ekiti among other laudable programmes. “The debt burden shows that Fayemi’s government is reckless and daring. What really makes people sad is how the financial dealings of the government are shrouded in secrecy. The excess crude revenue that has accrued into the state is not being disclosed. All the government is making noise about is that Ekiti earns N2.3 billion monthly.” A former governor of the state and another PDP governorship aspirant, Mr. Ayo Fayose, said the FRC publication had vindicated his earlier alarms that the present administration had plunged the state into debt and that the people should demand what the government was spending public funds on. A statement by Ayo Fayose Campaign, AFCO, Publicity Director, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said Fayose had “raised alarm over unnecessary borrowings and profligate lifestyle of the government and that it could lead the state to deep valley of debt, but he was upbraided”. It added: “Fayemi had deployed billions of naira to repair failed portions of the roads constructed by Fayose eight years ago to the neglect of teachers, local government workers, judiciary workers, health workers who have protested through strike

action over non-payment of salary increments and other entitlements. “Fayemi has not constructed a new road. Fayose, who governed the state between May 2003 and October 16, 2006, did not borrow a dime either to run the state or execute the numerous projects of his administration and he left N13 billion in the state coffers in addition to paying back the loan took by the Niyi Adebayo administration.” However, despite the reality on ground in the state which some interests said justified government borrowing for the execution of people-oriented progranmes and projects targeted at bettering the lot of the people and transforming the face of the state, the politics over the state debt profile lingers. Governor Fayemi had on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, in Lagos in 2011, promised to utilise proceeds of the N20 billion bond to boost the economic base of the state, making it less dependent on allocation from the federal purse. According to him, the state had set up a solid mineral development initiative in the area of stone-cutting and polishing that would enable it partner with investors seeking to tap into the opportunities presented by the high number of precious stones in the state, such as granite, kaolin and marble among others. The governor, who said the decision to source for fund from the bond market was borne out of the administration’s commitment to the rapid transformation of the state, said the government had already begun utilisation of the fund with the award of 11 road projects, designed to make the state an attractive investment destination and boost its revenue base. Other projects to be funded from the bond proceeds, according to him, included the Ikogosi Warm Spring Development Company Limited; construction of an ultra modern civic centre, market, new Government House and office in the state. Other projects included the rehabilitation and expansion of Ado and Ero Waterworks and the establishment of the state’s

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School of Agriculture among others. He said: “We are fully committed to the actualisation of these projects. The bond proceeds shall be judiciously utilised to ensure the completion of all projects earmarked for funding.” SEC Director-General, Ms Aruma Oteh, had while signing documents for the bond, in Ado Ekiti, said there were huge developmental challenges facing the state, adding: “Of course you (Fayemi) recognised that to achieve your goals, it is very important for you to have the right infrastructure.” “I know that there is never enough money from the federal allocation, I know you are doing a lot of work to ensure that the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, improved, but given the huge challenges, there has to be some other sources, of course the capital market provides that,” Oteh had said. The SEC boss had said that the capital market was a veritable means to get long term funds to actualise Fayemi government’s transformational agenda, especially when it would be expended on productive enterprise and infrastructure. Apart from the various road (dualisation, reconstruction and rehabilitation) projects benefitting from the bond revenue, other necessary infrastructure and public buildings such as the N2 billion New Governor’s Office, N400 million Liaison Office/ Governor’s Lodge at Lagos, N516.5 million New Governor’s Office, N1.45 billion new model market and N1 billion New Civic Centre, Ado Ekiti are being financed from the bond. Kolawole said: “The money was invested in capital projects that were regenerative in nature and not on recurrent expenditure. The moribund Ire Burnt Brick that would employ about 300 people was resuscitated. “The once bushy Ikogosi Warm Spring which now worth over N3 billion if put on the capital market, was transformed. It is not borrowing that is the issue, but how the government could use it to crystallise or jump-start the economy is the real thing.” It is not news that the state government and some stakeholders have always had altercations with the opposition members over the N20 billion bond which PDP members and some other analysts have always accused the government of disbursing on frivolities. Only recently, the Police Affairs Minister and PDP governorship aspirant in the state, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd), described the N20 billion bond as an unnecessary burden on the state, which he lamented was being expended on projects that did not boost the state revenue. However, the state Information Commissioner, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo and All Progressives Congress, APC, Interim Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, were quick to take a swipe at the minister, describing his comment as “insincere and myopic considering the fact that the bond was a viable option to access funds for development in the face of paucity of funds as we experience in Ekiti State”. However, as the politics of debts profile lingers, the question for FRC remains that why should it still publish 2011 report in September 2013, just as the state government is expected to clear the air by releasing the present financial status as against that of 2012.


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On CBN’s mid-term report

he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in its mid-term economic report released roughly a fortnight ago, said total Deposit Money Banks’ (DMBs) assets and liabilities stood at N22.53 trillion at the end of the second quarter of 2013, representing an increase of 1.0 per cent over the level in the preceding quarter. The apex bank said credit to the domestic economy by banks stood at N11.99 trillion, a 5.3 per cent increase above the figure for the preceding quarter. Sectoral highlights of beneficiaries of the credit and for what purpose were not indicated, however. The total specified liquid assets of the DMBs came to N8.54 trillion or 56.1 percent of their total current liabilities, while the liquidity ratio fell by 31.6 percent below the level in the preceding quarter, but 26.1 percent above the stipulated minimum ratio of 30 percent. Loans-to- deposit ratio was given as 43.9 percent, which was 5.6 percent above the figure for the end of the preceding quarter, and 36.1 percent below the prescribed maximum ratio of 80.0 percent. The report also said total assets and liabilities of the discount houses stood at N344.2 billion during the period under review, indicating a decline of 4.3 and 4.7 percent, respectively, below the levels at the end of the preceding quarter and the corresponding quarter

of 2012, among others. The report came not quite long after the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) revealed that only 10 banks (out of the 25 consolidated banks operating in the country, most probably) were sound as at the end of last year. The NDIC in its 2012 Annual Report and Statement of Account released last month, stated that the number of reported bank frauds increased by 43.7 per cent, from 2,352 in 2011 to 3,380. DMBs lost N4.52 billion to fraud in 2012, an increase of N455 million or 10.9 percent compared with the N4.072 billion they lost in 2011. While there may not be a serious threat of distress in banks as yet, experts are critical of the over-concentration of CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on the fiscal position and liquidity of banks, with scant or insufficient attention to real output growth, employment generation, consumer spending, household sector balance sheet, business spending and corporate sector balance sheet, identified as the real reasons for monetary policy management. We agree, for example, with the position canvassed recently in this newspaper by an economic consultant, Dr. Ayo Teriba, that “fiscal stability, financial stability, financial regulation, and financial supervision all make sense only if they contribute to the attainment

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WITH BORING FIGURES AND STATISTICS THAT ARE OF HOLLOW ESSENCE of growth and employment”. It is now sickening that public institutions inundate Nigerians with boring figures and statistics that are of hollow essence when related to the practical living conditions of the citizenry. Experts agree alright that the main reasons for the growing significance of banks’ Assets and Liabilities Management (ALM) are volatile operating environment, product innovations, compliance with regulatory prescriptions, enhanced awareness of top management, high percentage of non-performing loans, etc. ALM is thus viewed as the balance sheet management of risks caused by changes in the interest rate, exchange rate and the liquidity position of banks. Banks are expected to develop suitable ALM models based on their product profile and operational style. But reports also suggest that many banks are not ready to take the

required measures for this purpose for reasons ranging from lack of initiative, little exposure to the open market, to lack of technology, etc. All these are said to have prevented many banks from moving towards effective ALM. When the fraud factor is added to the case of DMBs in Nigeria; and the billions of naira the Federal Government has invested in bailing out distressed banks ruined mainly by dubious and fraudulent management, it becomes obvious why the CBN should show more than casual interest in the ALM of DMBs in the country. But still, we recommend Teriba’s United Kingdom example to the CBN. The apex bank’s MPC should free itself from paying too much attention to what banks are or are not doing, as well the country’s fiscal update and allow different bodies in its fold to bear the burdens. What Nigerians desire are sincere reports on economic growth that translate to poverty reduction, more jobs for the teeming unemployed, improved infrastructure and social amenities, increased lending to the real and manufacturing sectors, etc. Besides, that DMBs lost N4.52 billion to fraud in 2012 is equally worrisome. It does not suggest that strict measures are being taken to avert the pangs of another massive bank failure in the country.

ON THIS DAY September 20, 2001

September 20, 2007

September 20, 2011

In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, United States President George W. Bush declared ‘war on terror’. The War on Terror is a term commonly applied to an international military campaign led by the US and the United Kingdom (UK) with the support of other NATO as well as non-NATO countries. Originally, the campaign was waged against al-Qaeda and other militant organizations.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, United States in support of six black youths convicted for assaulting a white classmate. The Jena Six were six black teenagers found guilty of beating Justin Barker, a white student at Jena High School on December 4, 2006. Barker was injured in the process. While the case was pending, it was often cited as an example of racial injustice.

A dump truck (also dumper truck) carrying explosives detonated in front of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others. A dump truck is a truck used for transporting loose material (such as sand, gravel, or dirt) for construction. A typical dump truck is equipped with a hydraulically operated open-box bed hinged at the rear, the front of which can be lifted to allow the contents to be deposited on the ground behind the truck.

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On reclaiming Nigeria THINKING WITH PRINCEWILL

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igeria as a country has all that it takes to be a power to be reckoned with. The material and human resources make her subject for despoliation by foreign powers. Nigerians are known to seek for permanent residence or citizenship of countries that do not have half the natural resources in our country. Recently, a young boy had to take a suicidal leap on the wheel of an airplane, which he mistakenly thought was flying to the United States of America. We must have made these young ones lose faith in the country called Nigeria. It has been argued in some quarters that Nigeria is a British creation. That is true. It is also true that many countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia are handiwork of foreign powers. In a globalized capitalist world, it is a folly to pursue ethnic politics and seek the disintegration of Nigeria. We are aware that there are historical reasons why divisive ethno-religious forces have abided with us since 1914. It is equally true that history is made by people. We need not be slaves of history. This explains partly why Asians, Africans, Europeans are ab-

sorbed in countries like U.S.A, the U.K, Canada, etc as citizens, after fulfilling some laid down conditions. In Nigeria today, you can leave and help in developing some sections of the country for 30 or more years and you are still regarded as a foreigner, or precisely non-indigene. Modern states do not function like that. One possible way of redressing this anomaly is to have a national conference that will address constitutional matters, which definitely include issues of citizenship. Delegates will come from the six geo-political zones of the country, but representing professional, occupational and commercial interests. Specifically, mechanical, aeronautic and electronic engineers, physicists, educationists, physicians, mathematicians, nuclear scientists would be crucial in this kind of conference. In a knowledge driven world, it would be foolish to pack the conference with illiterate, myopic, ethnic and religious champions. All the talk about true federalism is not predicated on the love for the masses. The Federal Government may appear to have more personnel from some particular ethnic or geographical region, but this in itself does not mean that majority of Nigerians from that region are getting the best from government. In some state governments, some local governments are almost forgotten in the scheme of things. There is an urgent need to take a holistic picture of the polity called Nigeria. It may be useful to reflect on what two Americans in different books, wrote about Nigeria.

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30 OR MORE YEARS AND YOU ARE STILL REGARDED AS A FOREIGNER Michael T. Klare in his 2008 Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet, observed that “what makes Africa so enticing today is precisely what made it so attractive to foreign predators in previous centuries: a vast abundance of vital raw materials contained in a deeply divided, politically weakened continent, remarkably open to international exploitation”. Let us also ponder the wordings of the above quotation with the one from Peter Maass in his 2009 Crude World: “Nigeria earned more than $400 billion from oil in recent decades, yet nine out of ten citizens live on less than $2 a day and one out of five children dies before his fifth birthday…. Nigeria’s wealth did not vanish… It has been stolen by presidents, generals, executives, middlemen, accountants, bureaucrats, policemen and anyone else with access to it. This is what can happen in a country with weakly enforced laws and

a weak sense of national identity: it becomes every region for itself, every tribe for itself, every family for itself ”. I have rendered these two quotations at length to underline the need for a strong, united Nigeria. A sovereign national conference will not be entrenching religious, ethnic, and divide-and-rule policies, but will be devoted to saving Nigerians and indeed Africans from being exterminated from the face of the earth. It will be a conference that will help Nigerians decide how to build a humane, just, and equitable polity. The call for the salvation of this country will be a useless verbiage if the budgetary allocation to education, research in science and technology is not beefed up to about 40 percent. Qualitative education at all levels, and devotion to quality research in science and technology will enable the citizenry acquaint themselves with the intricacies in the mining, oil and gas sector. It is the gateway to defence, good health, and wealth creation. On this score, it is a good thing the split in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is about being resolved. It is also a good thing there is another big party, the APC, in the making. Nigerians should realize that the two political parties do not have much difference between them. There is the need to float a peopleoriented political party that will chase away these earlier parties from power. This must be done if we truly wish to save Nigeria from internal and external predators. Professor Alozie lives in Lagos

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f all the 24 provinces which the British colonialists established to administer Nigeria in 1910 only two have not been transformed into fullfledged states or wearing the crowns of states capitals. They are Ogoja and Ijebu provinces. The old Ogoja Province consists of Abakaliki, Afikpo, Ikom, Obubra and Ogoja. All in all, there were 54 native authorities that made up the province. It has produced numerous leaders who have played active roles in the making of old and new Nigeria. They include Chief I.I. Murphy, Dr. Joseph Wayas, Senator Musa Adede, Chief Matthew Tawo Mbu, Jacob Alele Jumbo, Chief Adinye, Senator Kanu Agabi, Dr. Matthias Ofoboche, General Godwin Ally, General Godwin Unimna, General Tony Ukpo, Dr. Okoi Arkpo, Wilfred Innah, Chief Michael Ogon, Dr. Peter Ugbang, Honorable Declan Ogan, Prof. Godwin Ukandi Damachi, Chief O.B. Odey, Honorable Joe Ushie, Congressman Ushei Ugbelu, Chief Amele, etc. Interestingly, it is easier in the present day Nigeria to get to Ogoja by air through Makurdi than to get to Ogoja through Calabar, which is the state capital of the Cross River State. I have been to many parts of Ogoja. I have slept in Obudu Cattle Ranch several times. I followed Senator Musa Adede to Bendi when he buried his mum in Obanliku Local Government Area in 1999

IT IS THE HOPE AND WISH OF THE AWUJALE OF IJEBULAND, ALAYELUWA OBA SIKIRU ADETONA THAT HIS REIGN WOULD WITNESS THE CREATION OF IJEBU STATE and several times in the past, I was a guest of Dr. Joseph Wayas in his village, along the way to Obudu Cattle Ranch. Ogoja is buried in the lush Equatorial Rainforest zone, best noted for thick forest. The topography is very beautiful and the people, very industrious and friendly. Ogoja would have been richer if it had been a state by now. The Ijebu kingdom was founded around the 15th century by Obanta of Ile-Ife. The kingdom was one of the most developed in the old Yoruba Empire with a complex and highly organised government. For several years the capital Ijebu Ode, was annexed to the colony of Southern Nigeria. The kingdom rose in power in the 18th century mainly due to its important position on the trade routes between Lagos and Ibadan. The Kingdom was transformed into Ijebu Province, which comprised of Ikorodu , Epe, Ishara Lekki, Ikenne, Ijebu

Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Iperu, Odo-Owa, Shagamu and almost half of the present Lagos State. When Governor Gilbert Thomas Carter (1848-1927), the man who the present Carter Bridge in Lagos is named after, took over from Governor Cornelius Alfred Moloney (1848-1913), the man that had the honour of Moloney Street in Lagos Island named after him, he met a prosperous Ijebu Kingdom. Governor Carter pursued an aggressive pacification policy by attacking Ijebu kingdom in 1892. The attack was in response to Ijebu kingdom’s ‘erected’ trade barriers. The British expedition with heavy British artillery was led by Sir Frederick Lugard (later a British peerage). The battle was referred to as the Anglo-Ijebu war. The Ijebu kingdom was well organised in terms of administration, and had a buoyant economy. It is therefore, not by accident that the younger elements from that kingdom are still prominent in terms of commerce in the present day Nigeria. It is the hope and wish of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Alayeluwa Oba Sikiru Adetona that his reign would witness the creation of Ijebu state. The provinces of Nigeria were former administrative divisions in Nigeria, which were in use in colonial Nigeria and shortly after independence from 1960 to 1967. They were altered many times through their history. They were divided into divisions; some of these were further subdivided into native authorities. Northern Nigeria and South-

ern Nigeria were also sometimes known as the Northern Provinces or Southern Provinces respectively. Currently Nigeria uses states as its administrative division. The first use of provinces was in Northern Nigeria after Britain took over administration of the area from the Royal Niger Company in 1900. The British originally divided the area into 11 provinces which were: Bauchi, Bida, Bornu, Kabba, Kontagora, Lower Benue or Nasarawa, Ilorin, Muri, Upper Bema and Zaria. In 1903 six more provinces were added; five following the Sokoto-Kano campaign, and also Gwandu Province, making a total of 17. The number of provinces was reduced to 13 in 1911 and 12 after World War 1. In 1926, Adamawa and Plateau became new provinces. As at 1966, the new provinces of Nigeria were Abeokuta Province made up of Egba and Egbado with five native authorities; Adamawa Province made up of Adamawa, Muri and Numan; Bauchi Province made up of Bauchi, Dass, Ningi, Gombe and Katagum. To be continued Teniola, a former Director at the Presidency, wrote from Lagos Send your views by mail or sms to PMB 10001, Ikoyi, or our Email: mail@ nationalmirroronline.net mirrorlagos@ yahoo.com or 08164966858 (SMS only). The Editor reserves the right to edit and reject views or photographs. Pseudonyms may be used but must be clearly marked as such.


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oing by the latest news from Yemen, the country is set to ban child marriage based on the fact that it is a form of human rights abuse. The country’s Minister for Human Rights is proposing to set the minimum age for marriage at 18. This move is apparently in response to the recently reported death of a child bride. The 8-year old bride from the Northwestern province of Hajja died on the first night of her marriage. She died from internal bleeding after having sex with the ‘husband’ who is in his 40s. The minister said she wanted to set the legal age at 18 in fulfillment of the country’s obligation as a signatory to the international conventions on children’s rights. This move is really a welcome development particularly on an issue which many think that the teachings of Islam have foreclosed any such changes. It is encouraging to know that a Muslim majority country is taking this initiative instead of invoking Islam or sharia to justify the criminal practice of child marriage. Child marriage is a form of child abuse. Child marriage exposes girls to health risks which could lead to premature death or serious health problems. I hope that politicians and lawmakers both at the state and at the national level in predominantly Muslim states would should emulate the Yemeni initiative and back off from their support and endorsement of the practice of child marriage in the country. Leo Igwe, Germany

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he Nigerian Senate recently caused quite a stir in the course of its consideration of proposals for constitutional amendment when it was unable to take a principled position on under aged marriage. The storm of controversy was actually kicked up when Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima and his allies insisted that Section 29 of the constitution, which stipulates among other things that a female attains the age of maturity upon marriage, must not be expunged. Many see this as an endorsement of child-marriage, a position that repudiates the abhorrence of Africans of such practice. In fact, Nigerians are clamoring for a revamping of the constitution in its entirety so that a clause can be inserted that categorically

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or quite some time, the nation’s media environment has been assailed by putrid reports about the unprofessional activities of the publisher of Desert Herald newspaper, Mallam Tukur Mamu, who is currently in police net for extortion, blackmail and forgery of certificate. The story of Tukur Mamu is redolent with scandals, controversies and other inglorious attributes that you would naturally not associate with a publisher. The fact that he goes about parading himself as an employer of journalists calls to question the issue of media proprietorship and morality in Nigeria. In today’s Nigeria, there are several newspaper publishers and media proprietors who are not trained journalists but who are excelling in the business. Typical examples include Chief

Dr Raymond Dokpesi, the chairman of Daar Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM; the former governor of Abia State, Chief (Dr) Orji Uzo Kalu, founder of one of Nigeria’s most successful tabloids, the Sun newspapers; former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the owner of The Nation newspapers, TV Continental and Radio Continental, as well as a major stakeholder in The News magazine, among many others. The question that comes to mind is why is Tukur Mamu different? Although his recent travails were as a result of the alleged foiled attempt to defraud the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, the genesis of the crisis is rooted back in time, perhaps as far back as 2005 when Tukur Mamu first started the paper. Several prominent politicians,

traditional rulers, businessmen et cetera, from the northern part of the country have fallen victim of Mamu’s unconventional style. Most of them could not muster the guts to challenge him the manner that the FCT Minister is doing today. One can therefore, say that what the FCT Minister is today doing is a service to the Nigerian society and northern Nigeria in particular because his current battle will lead to the liberation of so many people from the grip of Mamu. It will also go a long way in augmenting the efforts of the Nigerian Union of Journalists to sanitise the media profession through the enthronement of ethics and moral values that regulate the profession. That indeed is the best way to build a society where justice, fair play and objectivity are the guiding norms. Usman Yusuf, Abuja

QUEST FOR GOD: Muslim faithful sweating profusely inside an overcrowded mosque at Owode Onirin bus stop along Ikorodu Road in Lagos, after it was claimed that apparitions of Islamic clerics were appearing on the walls at the premises. PHOTO: YINKA ADEPARUSI

Discouraging girl child marriage outlaws marriages that involve anyone under the age of 18. Even without the current controversy on the matter, child marriage is one issue of global concern. According to the Convention on the Right of the Child, every year, an estimated 14 million girls are married before they turn 18. The convention defines a child as a person below the age of 18. The practice of marrying children, especially girls before the age of 18 is seen as curtailing their right to education, and also puts their health at risk while hampering national development efforts. Moreover, child marriage is judged a harmful traditional practice and has been

prohibited by several international and regional conventions. A case in point is the African Charter on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child which prohibits the betrothal of girls and boys and calls for appropriate measures to eliminate the practice. So far, 32 African countries have set the minimum age of marriage at 18 for both boys and girls. But it a sad thing that despite this legislation millions of under aged girls are forced into early marriage every year. It is on this note that I side with Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a public affairs commentator of repute because of his position on the issue in a recent newspaper article. He had

deposed that “Every child, whether a Christian, a Muslim a pagan, an atheist or an agnostic, has the right to be fully protected by the state and by the laws of our land from sexual deviants, unrepentant perverts and child molesters”. The question then arises: How can child marriages be discouraged? Surely, the solution will vary according to circumstances in each community. But, effective interventions will include educating and empowering girls. Education is said to be one of the most powerful tools that could be used to contain early marriage as school attendance helps shift norms around child marriage. Improving girls’ access to qual-

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o many of us, Dr. Olusegun Agagu was a mentor and pillar of support. His sudden death came as a rude shock and a very sad development cum setback for our party in Ondo State and the nation at large. Though, some of us have cause to disagree with him while alive, we remained with him to the end. Dr. Agagu was an amiable, great and icon leader. It will be difficult to find his replacement in the political landscape of Ondo State. May the Almighty God grant the family, friends and Wellwishers the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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he last Tuesday disgraceful conduct of our House of Representatives parliamentarians in Abuja where a free for all fight ensued between members of the two factions of the ruling PDP leaves a sour taste in the mouth. For people maintained at a huge cost to the nation, purposeful law making to drive the process of governance is what Nigerians expect from them after a six week break and not the self seeking mouthing of allegiance to the two camps into which the PDP is divided. The country is facing enormous challenges like kidnapping, sectarian violence, Boko Haram insurgency, ASUU strike, crude oil theft, collapsing national road network etc. These are serious issues that should engage these so-called lawmakers. However, let them know that the day of reckoning is at hand. Caleb Aimufia, Benin City, Edo State ity education will increase their chances of gaining at least a secondary education. Empowering girls by offering them opportunities to gain skills and education, providing support and creating the right environment for them to interact outside the home have been seen as rewarding ploys to help girls assert their right to choose when to get married. The mass media have a powerful role to play by enlightening and educating people on the issue of child marriage. Other suggested solutions to the problem include, bringing men and traditional leaders on board; enacting laws that will set a legal minimum age for marriage, Mobilizing and educating communities, supporting young people to become activists for change as well as introducing incentives. Obiadi Obinna, Dept of Mass Communication University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)


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streets where I live, there are people who rap in Yoruba. I really feel good whenever I see them around rapping and they are really doing it well. So, it makes me very proud that I started something that people would go along with”, he said. According to Lord of Ajasa, he would be performing three very special songs at the Afropolitan Vibes event. The fifth edition of Afropolitan Vibes featured highlife legend, Orlando Julius & his wife, Latoya Aduke, alongside Drama Soul sensa-

tion, Temi Dollface and The Waka queen of Project Fame, Adetoun. The edition before that one took place on June 21 to remember the two Nigerian legendary musicians who had then just passed on, Fatai Rolling Dollar and Mary Afi Usuah. To perform at the event, which also commemorated the annual World Music Day which is marked in many countries the world over were: Ayo Odia, a saxophonist based in the United Kingdom and Ego Ogbaro, who

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oethe-Institut Nigeria will hold a special edition of Author’s Talk with Sarah Diehl, a German writer and filmmaker. Diehl, whose works focus on reproductive rights for women and who made a documentary on this topic in 2008, will be reading in German. Diehl’s last novel Eskimo Limon 9 deals with the topic of German-Jewish history in a very cultureclash way. She is currently in Nigeria for research on her next book and film project and will have a public discussion on her work and a reading

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in German tomorrow by 2.00 p.m. The event holds at the GoetheInstitut’s office, Lagos City Hall.

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o m o r r o w, 360Group, organisers of the Slu..shh Switch Party will be redefining the Lagos party experience for a select audience at the Slu..shh Mansion, Admiralty Road, Lekki, Lagos. The exclusive party, hosted by Ebuka ObiUchendu and Linda Osifo, will be graced by celebrities, socialites and fun lovers. Party kicks off at 9.00 p.m.

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he grand finale of the Miss Earth Nigeria 2013 will take place on Sunday at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos where

one of the 23 finalists will be crowned queen. Miss Earth Nigeria 2013 judges include Nollywood star, Genevieve Nnaji; American model/actress Amber Rose; American actor, Boris Kodjoe; American Hip-Hop artiste, Karly Redd and top Nigerian

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ideo Art Network, VANLagos has, again, been exclusively nominated this year by the Puma Peace project team to screen the Films4peace videos in Lagos. Film-

s4peace is a global concept promoting art and peaceful coexistence in the community, state, nation and Africa! Tomorrow, World Peace Day, short films will be screened for peace

photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi. Music superstars D’banj and Timi Dakolo are also scheduled to perform at the event. Slated for the Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, red carpet starts at 5.00 p.m. and the main show by 7.00 p.m. at The White Space on Raymond Njoku in Ikoyi, Lagos. The global curator for the project is Mark Coetzee, ex-Director of the Rubell Family Collection. The films will be screened today at MDSA, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi.

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his weekend, Neo Mantra, Allure Magazine and Bunor Creazioni in conjunction with Red Dahlia Production and Rivers State Government brings “Native & Vogue Port Harcourt International Fashion Week” to Port Harcourt. The “Native & Vogue” project is a three-day fashion event (September 20 to 22) that brings together already established fashion designers from Nigeria and beyond who will showcase their wares; upcoming and aspiring de-

signers will undergo a short tutelage under the established designers. The three-day event, holding at Aztech Arcum, Port Harcourt, include: Meet & Greet, Fashion Shows, Exhibitions, Workshops and Fashion Competitions. The key resource person of the project is Frank Osodi. Other showcasing designers include: Ituen Bassey, Femi Adebayo Jones, Davida Coutures, Mai Atafo, and more. The key anchor person/ headliner will be 2001 Miss World, Agbani Darego.

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used to be with Lagbaja’s band. The other performers were: Germany-based Abiodun Odukoya and his brother and originator of Afropolitan Vibes, Ade Bantu. To cap it all up was one of the prominent heirs to Afrobeat, Seun Kuti, who like all the others performed alongside the 11-piece Bantu band. Afropolitan Vibes is the brainchild of Ade Bantu, who, apart from working on his music and a couple of projects, is promoting alternative music in Lagos through the monthly live concert. Yinka Davies, Jimi Solanke, Beautiful Nubia, Alabi Savage from Ghana, and Siji from New York, are among those who have been part of the earlier editions of the concert.

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he King of Yoruba rap, Lord of Ajasa, in spite of a dip in his fortunes in the recent past, will rise tall tonight to bestride the indigenous Hip-Hop music space he occupies at the sixth edition of Afropolitan Vibes, the monthly concert conceived by musician, Ade Bantu. Holding at the Amphi Theatre of Freedom Park, Lagos, the show promises to be as exciting as ever partly for fans of Lord of Ajasa, whose real name is Olusegun Osaniyi, as well as fans of other performers such as Afrosoul songstress, Ebisan and Afrobeat sensation, Edaoto. The collective will thrill music lovers with help from the 11-piece Bantu band. Lord of Ajasa told Friday Flavour exclusively that he is a part of today’s show for many reasons. “My music is Afro centric and since I am the first Yoruba rapper ever in Nigeria, I should be part of the Afropolitan Vibes. I also want to show my artistic level. It has been a long time and my fans are eager to see me again. This is a live band thing as well unlike a DJ thing, so I really want to be a part of it. That is why I

am performing,” he said. The singer, who burst into the music scene with his freeflowing, laidback lyrics delivered in unadulterated Yoruba language said he is going to be ‘rapping live tonight, no DJ, no background track’. “Those who are coming to the event should expect a brand new Lord of Ajasa. Things can’t be the same every time. People say playing with a live band is difficult ,but I can tell you that this live band performance is going to introduce them to a new me, the artiste in me, the musician in me. That is what I want them to come and see”, he boasted. Lord of Ajasa, whose next album is almost out, said he will release a single next week. Told that he has been off the radar for a while but appears to be staging a comeback with several recent shows, he responded that his name is what is getting him shows. “The name is still there and my fans too”, he said. The Ondo State native said he is proud that a lot of singers have embraced the music he pioneered. “Singers like Olamide, Seriki and Reminisce, as well as many others. Even on the

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Shuga is of life, death –Okosi Described as ‘The man who brought MTV to Africa’, Alex Okosi is tremendously influential in the African/U.S creative industry much more than his youthful demeanour and unassuming charm puts him out to be. As one of the top executives in MTV Base’s dynamic leadership, the U.S-educated Okosi has championed revolutionary and perception-altering ideas for the urban music channel– one of which is criticallyacclaimed Shuga; the HIV/AIDS focused drama series. In this interview with Arts Editor, ADENRELE NIYI, Okosi delves into the realities around Shuga and its epoch first season in Nigeria. Excerpts: Clearly, the Shuga project didn’t start in Nigeria, but the impression is that MTV is all about music. Why did MTV decide to take on this project? That is a wrong perception because MTV is not all about music. The reality is that since I’ve known MTV in 1998, yes there is the entertainment aspect, but there is also the real objective to reflect on and address the important and serious issues that young people are facing. If you do so in the context which they are attracted to, which is entertainment, it then can stick. If you’re talking to a young person about issues like HIV/AIDs, you want to address it in windows that they watch. In my opinion, the reason MTV has always been a powerful platform for young people is that MTV will entertain you and would also give you a platform to talk about issues that are very important. We’ve had “Choose or Lose”, where we tried to mobilise young people to vote during the US elections and also for the Nigerian elections a few years ago. Shuga is part of our Staying Alive Foundation projects and Staying Alive has been around for long. We’ve always done these initiatives to build capacity in pro-social areas for young people and to educate them on the issues that they are facing so they understand how to be able to converse about it. Not about preaching to them, but enabling them to converse about it. When we launched MTV Base, one of the series we launched was **Uncensored** to address issues that young people face; whether it is dating, sex, teenage pregnancy or peer pressure and this has always been part of us. So, MTV is entertainment, but we always aim to create a lot of capacity building. If you look at the MTV Meets... that we did, it was to get young people to sit with world leaders, business leaders and other icons and through the interaction young people understand what it takes to be successful. We did our music video workshop; it helped create great capacity for video directors beyond the dancing and enjoyment. Today, they are doing great music videos. After two seasons in Kenya, what motivated you to bring Shuga to Nigeria? From a population standpoint, this is the largest

country in sub-Saharan Africa and a place where the incidence rate of HIV/AIDs is getting higher and higher by the day. Is it true that Nigeria has the second highest infection rate in Africa? That is what the statistics say, I can’t really argue with that to say if it’s true or not true. I have to go by the professional view of assessment. When you think about that, it is scary; we have 160 million plus people. To do a campaign like this in Kenya was great for us in the first two years, but Nigeria is where you can have more impact. Not only based on what you can do for Nigerians in Nigeria, but for Nigerians in Diaspora because this is not an African problem. Anywhere in the world where you have people, this is an issue that exists. Shuga is not an issue of sex, but of life and death in a lot of ways. This is an issue of young people showcasing what they go through on a day-to-day basis with challenge and pressure related to sex which can now lead –if you’re not careful, to a lifetime ailment and possibly premature death. Again, if you have an epidemic like this, it is not something to address once; it’s a continuous everyday thing to get people in the mindset of the impact of the decisions we make which have consequences, whether positive or negative. What measurable dividend can MTV Base point to as proof Shuga is having the desired impact? We’ve partnered with a lot of people to make this happen. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one. The first year we executed Shuga, we partnered with the John Hopkins University to conduct research after the campaign and you know John Hopkins is not an institution which’ll do research to massage egos. The statistics are amazing! 80 percent of the youth that watched Shuga said it had an effect on how they react to sex-related issues; which means it has a positive impact. In Nigeria we are also partnering with government institutions with the same idea. I’m hoping we could

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even do half of what we’ve done in Kenya with the impact and result that we’ve seen. Based on population size, we could triple the impact. And how would you assess the total MTV networks’ impact in Africa? Humbly speaking, the impact we’ve made has been tremendous. Look at what we’ve done for the continent with music videos...everybody now has a music video channel which is a good thing! That is what we wanted to start; we didn’t want to be the only one –do you know how tough it is to be the only one? As you know, eight years ago, there was no music video in Nigeria you want to be proud of because the quality was bad. We spent money to host music video workshop to educate people and get to the level we are today. Look at the production, the talent and all the people that have come through our network. I know three people who are now running their own music channels; that’s how you want to have an impact as a brand. Nigerian music was nowhere; the rest of African music was nowhere, it was Kwaito -South African music and Channel O all over the place. MTV’s focus wasn’t on Nigeria; we wanted to have a Pan African focus that gives everyone the chance to shine. As always, Nigeria given the way we are is now

About Shuga •

After a successful two seasons in Nairobi, Kenya (2009 -2011), MTV Staying Alive Foundation launched **Shuga**Nigeria in Lagos in June 2013

Fusing public health messaging with gripping storylines, the drama series is part of a powerful 360-degree mass media prevention education campaign designed to raise awareness about HIV prevention, teen pregnancy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria.

**Shuga**will premiere on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322), Nigerian terrestrial broadcasters and other MTV networks and third party broadcasters around the world from World AIDS Day; December 1 2013.

Actors on the Nigeria series include Emmanuel Ikubese, Tiwa Savage, Chua Attoh, Ice Prince, Iyanya, Maria Okanrende, Sheron Chisom, Eze amaka, Kachi Enochiri, among others.

Tiwa-Savage and another actor on the set of Shuga

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I’m never in competition with anyone –Biyi

Born in Enugu State, Nigeria, Alex Okosi is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa.

Playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele made his directorial debut on the Nigerian film; Half of a Yellow Sun which recently premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF. For his sterling artistic work spanning two decades, MTV Base secured his service to shoot Nigeria’s first Shuga drama series in Lagos. While speaking with ADENRELE NIYI recently, Bandele gushed about the professionalism of the largely young Shuga cast, the scenic views of Lagos while filming and sundry issues. Excerpts:

He helped launch MTV Africa (MTV Base) in February 2005

In 2013, he was appointed a Young Global Leader for Africa by the World Economic Forum, WEF.

How and why did you get involved with Shuga Nigeria? I had spent about seven to eight months doing post production on my previous movie, Half of a Yellow Sun, which we shot in Calabar last year. While I was coming to the end of post production in January this year, I got a call from a friend who told me about MTV Base and the Shuga series in Kenya. He said they wanted to bring it to Nigeria and they’ve been trying to get in touch with me and he asked if he could give them my number. So, I said, ‘why not?’. MTV Base got in touch with me, but I hadn’t seen the series at the time. They sent me the series on DVD, I watched it, liked it and I went in for a meeting with them. Now on the other hand, they hadn’t seen Half of a Yellow Sun; so, I said there was no point having a meeting until they see my work. I didn’t want to waste their time and I definitely didn’t want to waste my time. I arranged a screening of Half of a Yellow Sun for them and after watching it, they offered me the job on the spot. I said yes for two reasons; there was an opportunity to work in Lagos. Of course I’d love to make a movie in Lagos and I saw it as an opportunity to see how that pans out. But, the more important reason was the message behind Shuga. Our country has about 4.1 million people who are HIV positive and that’s like the second highest figure in the whole; second after South Africa. When you talk about HIV, Nigerians get very defensive. We like to believe there is serious awareness in Nigeria; yes, occasionally you see a poster about HIV, but there is very little awareness. But when you go to Kenya or Uganda, a tiny country, there is like a thousand times more public awareness. Another thing about this HIV figure in Nigeria is that about 80% of them are under 25 years; it’s affecting the young people! I saw Shuga as a great opportunity to put something up on TV which I hope would make people talk about this issue. Shuga is not about going on a pulpit and preaching; it is not about wagging fingers and saying don’t do this or don’t do that. I’ve got about five great writers working on the script and I have been co-writing with them. Whenever it gets too moralistic or too pious, I’ve got to pull things back because I feel it’s important we shouldn’t talk down to the target audience. They must see that we are talking to them in their own language and on their level. It’s important that the series doesn’t make the target audience feel inferior in anyway; we are all human.

outshining everyone else and that is based on the fact that we work hard, look at opportunities and seize them. Going back to Shuga, how did you arrive at the choice of the director? Biyi Bandele has been doing great work and he is very credible. He’s done **Half of a Yellow Sun** already. Getting him is a win for us more than it is for him. He is incredibly talented and he is one of ‘us’. At the end of the day, he has an understanding of this world, so it a no brainer. We did a research on which director to create the Nigerian series of **Shuga**and we decided to go for the best talent; that’s what happened. Not saying there aren’t other talented directors, but he is what we required.

How easy is it for you as the director to convey the seriousness of Shuga’s message to the audience away from the entertaining quality? Well, there are two vital ingredients – great scripts and great actors. I’ve got a really tight team of actors and we’ve got some great story lines. I haven’t yet found a weak link in the acting department, everyday is a joy working with them. ...Even though many of them are not star actors? I casted every single one of the actors; nobody imposed any one of them on me. Someone like Tiwa Savage is in the series because of specific factors. An actor friend of mine

(he is not in Shuga) wanted me to see some of his works because he wanted to audition for Shuga and he sent me a music video he appeared in. The singer was Tiwa Savage and while I watched it, I thought ‘this person can really act’. Yes, she was singing, but I could tell she had potentials. I have been directing for a long time so I can tell if a person can act; if I audition a person within five seconds I can tell what the person can do. I spoke with MTV about getting Tiwa, we had a meeting with her and her management and that sealed it. I must say that Tiwa has been really professional, highly skilled and disciplined. You couldn’t tell from the work she’s done that she hasn’t acted on screen before. For me, it was important to have some completely unknown faces. I didn’t want any acting stars who were already known in other successful series. The problem with that is they come with a lot of baggage. The audience associates them with whatever character they’ve been playing and it takes a while before you can get the audience to forget that previous character. So, I wanted actors the audience would meet for the first time. For this third series of Shuga, are you trying to leave an imprint different from what other directors had done? I don’t live life that way; I’m never in competition with anyone. You know some people pray to God to protect them from their enemies..? Well, I can take care of my enemies any time. My prayer to God is more like protecting me from myself. I actually liked the previous series; I’m not competing against it because I really liked it. What I will be doing will be different because I’m me; it’s Lagos not Kenya and we have a totally different cast and totally different energy. I know Lagos and I’ve been to Kenya many times and the energy level is different.

I’ve learnt a lot and I’m really excited! I’ve travelled all over the world and Lagos just has its unique energy. And Lagos is also an incredibly photogenic city. Lagos is a great place to tell a story. Let’s talk about Half of a Yellow Sun your first Nigerian feature film. How did it begin? I met Chimamanda Adichie in 2003 or 2004 at a literary event. She told me about the book she was writing on the Nigeria Civil War (the Biafra War); I told her about the book I was writing on the Second World War. At that point I had been trying to adapt a short story by Chinua Achebe called Girls at War, which turned out to be the work which inspired Chimamanda to write her novel. We both agreed that when we finished, we’d exchange manuscripts. So, I read Half of a Yellow Sun before it became this big success and I loved it. I gave a copy of the book to Andrea Calderwood (who produced The Last King of Scotland). Andrea loved it and she optioned the book (entered into a contract with the writer for a possible film adaption). I’d been working on an adaptation before the book started winning all the awards and when it became such a huge success, people kept trying to get the adaptation rights off us.

Where have you been shooting around Lagos? The lagoon side Ember Creek Lounge in Ikoyi is a club named Badoo run by a character called Sade played by Tiwa Savage. A lot of the series is set on a fictional university campus and University of Lagos, Unilag, is where we’ve been using to shoot that. Let me state that the university is not set in Unilag. The school authority has been very helpful to us, but they wanted us to make it very clear our school is not Unilag. Of course, people watching it who are familiar with the university will know it is Unilag. Then we’re shooting at Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, and other Lagos locations.

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Biyi Bandele was born to Yoruba parents in Kafanchan, northern Nigeria, in 1967.

His father was a veteran of the Burma Campaign.

As a playwright, Bandele has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He wrote the award-winning Burma Boy in 2007.

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Saro of music, dance and drama Most masterpieces are also simple enough for everyone to relate to. The preview of Saro: The Musical conceived and produced by Ms. Bolanle Austen-Peters penultimate Tuesday makes this assertion even more telling. In fact, in most cases, it is the elevation of that simplicity to a higher level of art that gives such pieces a classic tinge. TERH AGBEDEH

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tage has an interactive feel all its own. Actors on stage often engage the audience in an exchange that makes every performance unique no matter how many times the actors mount the stage. It is the reason drama enthusiasts are drawn to stage. But when a stage drama also adopts music as well as dance, the resulting energy, particularly if connoisseurs are involved, is out of this world. It was the same otherworldliness the select audience of corporate Nigeria, government functionaries, media, culture enthusiasts and celebrities experienced when they witnessed the sneak preview of Saro: The Musical in Lagos. Everyone who got the opportunity to speak afterwards was united in one voice, “we can’t wait to see all the other scenes!”. And to think that they got to see only four scenes out of the 14! The good thing about it all is that the October date for the staging of the play is sacrosanct. Saro will be on stage for three days when it opens on October 25 with three shows with the same timing the next and a variation in the first show on October 27. Venue is the Lagos Oriental Hotel

MUSIC IS THE FIRST THING SARO INTRODUCES WITH

A LONE DRUMMER’S RHYTHMIC BEATS CALLING ALL TO ATTENTION in Lekki. Those who get their tickets early and make it to the shows will see a fresh take on the age-old Lagos story of a people in a quest for a better life. They will see the story of four young men, who are determined to break free from disappointment, who want to explore the opportunities that moving to Lagos portend, who are challenged to tap into the wellspring of their talents. This is the journey of young men who want to make a difference in their lives. The audience will see themselves in the cast whose words, some of which they have heard before or even invented, will make them reel with laughter. One such is ‘money for looking’ or ‘this is Lagos’ or when the policeman says, ‘handcuff yourself ’. No doubt there

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will be more of these expressions in the rest of the scenes. Saro is also the story of the love between Olaitan and Rume, of Lagos in all its peculiar glory on display like the churches by the beaches, drama at the drinking joints, all kinds of landmarks and even the carnival. But the first thing that strikes one is the music. It comes like from everywhere and hits the member of the audience from memory long and short. Music is the first thing Saro introduces with a lone drummer’s rhythmic beats calling all to attention. Then, there is the orchestra bringing Beethoven himself to life. But there is also a sonorous chant, Highlife, Afrobeat, Pop, and what have you, which stays in the background

as action unfolds on the stage. The repertoire includes songs like Mad Melon and Mountain Black’s ‘Danfo Driver’, Harry Belafonte’s ‘Be Happy’ and Fela’s ‘Zombie’, among others, all of which resonates with the choreography of the dancers/actors on stage. It all came across very well. It is no surprise that Disun Hollaway, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs was speechless for a moment when he got up to speak. “What I have seen excites me. I have not seen that in Nigeria and I look forward to it”, he eventually said. He added that we are too busy in Lagos running after so many things and Saro was an opportunity to put something back into the

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Comic drama on Lagos Mainland It was a rib cracking moment for the audience at the staging of The Engagement, written by Prof Femi Osofisan, as directed by Jude Ikenna Okpala; they were entertained during the second edition of the Theatre on the Mainland Series.

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he entertainment function of the theatre is an aspect needed to aid the revitalisation process of theatre in Nigeria. Many people want an emotional reprieve from situational tragedies that have flooded the Nigerian polity as a

result of insecurity, corruption, poverty, economic inadequacies and other national issues. Aside the cinemas, comedy shows and movies, another option available is live theatre. This has now been made available for residents of the Lagos Mainland by the creation of the Theatre on the Mainland series. Live theatre was greatly ap-

preciated when Wazobia Theatre House, in collaboration with ASAP, held the second edition of the theatre series on Sunday, August 25 at the Vginis Main Hall, Yaba-Lagos. The play, “The Engagement” written by Prof. Femi Osofisan was brought to stage as directed by Jude Ikenna Okpala and produced by Olabanji Olawale. Before the play, the audiences were made to have a feel of raw creative energy as Oluwapelumi Baba and MC Lanusoro thrilled the house. The former performed a richly composed Yoruba rap with a lot of social significance and cultural flavour. Rhymes in his solo performance got the audience

clapping at the poetry composed with high sense of maturity. MC Lanusoro inspired laughter from the audience as he entertained with his topical jokes and funny gestures. In the light of preparing the house for the command performance of the play, some team members of the TOM series sang to the admiration of the crowd. After the performance, the long awaited stage presentation came up. “The Engagement” is a situational comedy. In the play, Elemude, a wealthy farmer visits his long time colleague and friend to ask for the hand of his only daughter, Ronke, in mar-

riage. Unfortunately, he finds it difficult to express himself. His timid nature causes him a lot of tension in telling his intention. As Elemude tries to raise other issues to buy time, he keeps falling into fresh controversies with his would-be in-law. Initially, it was mission of marriage turned to land dispute; after which argument over whose dog is the best got the trio (Elemude, his friend and Ronke) entangled in a severe argument. The trivial issues last for long as the main intention gets suspended. At the heat of the controversy, Elemude’s friend has no choice than to forcefully join Elemude and Ronke together as


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L.I.F.E in a class of its own

When an artiste consistently drops three hit singles back to back, his debut album becomes one of the most anticipated of the year. On August 10, 2013 Burna Boy officially released his 15-track album named L.I.F.E (an acronym for ‘Leaving an Impact for Eternity) under the Aristocrat Records imprint. AYO ALLOH

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city. Among the others who also had something good to say about the play were: Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Ben Tomoloju, Ahmed Yerima and Mo Abudu.

SARO is indeed the land of freedom. Austin-Peters explained that **SARO: The Musical** is conceived as a patriotic cultural project, designed to serve as a response to the recent trend of Nigerian corporate organisations and the affluent importing theatrical packages from abroad without giving necessary encouragement or assistance to local talents to flower. Terra Kulture is in the forefront of the promotion of live theatre in the country and in the past six years has hosted weekly productions. Many young artistes have taken the opportunities Terra Kulture provides to explore and expose their talents and as well as honing their performance skills.

husband and wife for peace to reign again. Artistically, the performers exhibited their creativity. The dominant use of local woven mats for covering the stage apartment led to simplicity. According to the director, Jude Ikenna Okpala, the reason why “The Engagement” was selected for the second edition of TOM is because: “We are trying to sell theatre through comedy; for now we are focusing on specific comedy plays. We chose ‘The Engagement’ because it is comical and it was written by one of Nigeria’s greatest playwright, Prof. Femi Osofisan. I had a lot of challenges trying to interpret the play. “The message is not only for youth but also for married men. You may like somebody and you don’t have that courage to say it out. Apart from the love and marriage aspect, you can compare it to what is happening in Nigeria right now, it is an encouragement for youth to speak up, something you know that you feel bad about, speak out”, he said. On what the growing fans of TOM should expect next edition, the producer of the event, Olabanji Olawale said the crew is working on “Prison Chronicles”, written by Wole Oguntokun. “The selection is in the idea of wanting to do creative things. For theatre to be brought back, we need to entertain people. We need plays that are funny. If the entertainment part is well packaged, people will come”, he added. Among sponsors of the event is Realpower Energy Drink. Others are USP, Labio, Crispnclean, Licky licksy, V-fox and I-percussion.

orn Damini Ogulu of Rivers State origin, artiste the contemporary music scene knows as Burna Boy has been influenced by different genres of music ranging from Jazz, 90’s R’n’B, Afrobeat, Dancehall and Reggae. Though he had earlier released other LP’s in form of mix tapes, Burna Boy’s L.I.F.E is his grand debut as a recording artiste. The album cover depicts a microphonetotting toddler (Damini as a little boy) garbed in buba and sokoto and imposed on background images of late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Reggae icon Bob Marley as well as living Juju music legend King Sunny Ade and veteran Jamaican singer Sizzla Kalonji. This album art cover summarises the style of the album which is a fusion of Jazz, Ragga, R’n’B, Dancehall and Afrobeat. There is no better way to kick start the album than with an introduction by Burna Boy’s grandfather, the legendary Benson Idonije who was Fela Kuti’s first manager. Music seems to be a legacy in the Ogulu family. Spitting verses like: //No think say because I dey blow grammar, I no be Ahaoda boy//, on the second track “No, No, No”, the talented artiste tries to correct misconceptions about him and clear the air about his roots. Burna also states that he comes from the streets and this song is an affirmation for core fans and music lovers representing street hop out of Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital. Track three, “Say So”, is a groovy party like song with saxophone play by Josiah Baguda. //This one no be party na rave, you have every right to misbehave, you fit behave the way you like to behave// If anybody ask you tell them Burna Boy say so//... He also calls out his crew Leriq, Pucado, Peedi Picass and Gambo on the song. “Abeg Abeg” (remix), which features Nigeria music power house, 2face Idibia and one of the biggest music exports from Bayelsa State, Timaya, is a socially-conscious party track. 2face almost overpowers the song by serenading with his vocals and phrases from his mother tongue but Burna Boy comes across confidently; sadly Timaya falls short of expectations both lyrically and vocally. On “Roses” (Na so e suppose be), a song produced by fast rising music maker Leriq, Dancehall is blended with 90’s R’n’B. The song’s lyrics preach love and happiness. Taking his eclectic blend further, Burna Boy fuses of Afrobeat and Afro Hip-Hop on “Run my Race” and

amazingly the sound of a saxophone is missing. Rather, the track parades a heavy baseline and that has been embraced by music lovers because “Run my Race” is already enjoying massive airplay in clubs, parties and radio stations nationwide. The song emphasises the difficulties the artiste faced on his way to making a career of music and how, now, he is enjoying the fruit of his hard work. With snippets from Fela’s song, the song “Boom Boom Boom” is a pulsating upbeat tune that infuses Dancehall and Afro hip-hop beat, something Burna’s producer seems to do with ease. The artiste proclaims himself a ladies’ man but not a gentleman on the track. The song has a groovy and catchy edge. “Yawa Dey”, the alternative Dancehall/Hip-Hop singer proves that his style is very dynamic and unpredictable. Showing off his remarkable talent, the artiste ventures into creating kpalangolo music a.k.a Ajegunle (a ghetto area of Lagos) music and comes out with a street tune. The lyrics explain it all: //You never see Landlord, Yawa dey!// This song is perfect for original ajegunla dance steps, galala and swo. Ajegunle music icon Daddy Showkey will be proud of this attempt by Burna. The track “Tonight” is a smooth song with a jazzy, low tempo feel. On the radio hit, he switches from Igbo to Yoruba languages and still delivers his lyrics on point; this song proves that there is no certain way to make a Nigerian hit song. Unarguably the track with which Burna introduced his music to mainstream music consumers, “Like to Party” will rejuvenate any tired leg on the dance floor. It was his first single to hit airwaves accompanied by a spectacular video and shot the Glo Ambassador to instant limelight. The song is influenced by the harmonious R’n’B/Ragga beat of the 90s. Other tracks include: “Smooth Sailing”; “Don’t Run” featuring Reminisce and Olamide – two strong contemporary Afro-music rappers. The song is expectedly a battle ground of poetic verses and rhyming in Yoruba as both rappers bring in their best. Though the verses were short it is a resonating vibe for Yoruba hip hop lovers. By the 14th track, one starts to think the album will get boring but the song “Jah’s Love is True” featuring Wizkid and produced by Leriq, kicks things up again. It is a praise tune for the Creator and Giver of gifts. On the energetic sound, Wiz does what he’s best known for which are catchy hooks. The artistes address critics who used to call them names such as ‘mix tape wonder’ but now salute their genius. They re-iterate that its Jah’s love that made them who they are. “Ma loada Ma motto”, though upbeat and funky, is probably the weakest song on this album. It just fails to leave a memorable impression even after sampling Fela Kuti’s hit song. Burna closes his album with an Outro titled “Remember Me”. The stimulating beat is a good way to end this excellent music compilation and ingrain the artiste’s uniqueness in our memory. His top notch vocals are well rendered on this track. As a multi-talented musician with a unique sound, Burna Boy shows he is willing to take risks. This is made obvious on the L.I.F.E project. Though the album was solely produced by Aristocrat Record’s official producer Leriq, the album is not monotonous but it is in an extraordinary class of its own because creativity cannot be measured on a mainstream scale. If you are looking for an album to cop this summer, you can’t go wrong with this album. Culled from jajuda.com. Alloh is an engineer, a music critic and street reporter.


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frica’s acclaimed largest political group, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may have been enmeshed by various intransigent, intra-party crises, but the hordes of political jobbers, hired praise singers, street urchins and beggars that daily trudged Wadata House, the Abuja-based headquarters/party secretariat of PDP have not reduced. When Inside FCT visited the office which is located at Zone 5, our reporter discovered that there was virtually no sign emblematic of a party in shreds. Apart from the fact that the office is still adored with different shades of flags, it also plays host to various interest groups and political juggernauts within the party. Of particular interest, however, is the ever presence of praise singers and beggars who have made the front of the building their permanent abode. They range from women strapping their babes on their backs, idle young people to the hired crowd apparently planted there to give the similitude of popularity to certain interest groups or individuals visiting the party secretariat. One of the regular visitors to Wadata House, who simply identified himself as Gambo, told our reporter that his job was to scout for jobless men and women in Abuja and mobilise them in the service of his undisclosed clients. He stated that he had made the job of a hanger-on a pastime because of his inability to secure a decent job almost after a decade that he completed his Ordinary National Diploma, OND, programme at a Nigerian polytechnic. He said: “I have a deal with some of the bigwigs, not only in the PDP, but also a few in other political parties. My job is to mobilise people for them whenever they want to hold rallies. So even though client base extends further than the PDP to big shots in other political parties, PDP members are my regular customers”. Prodded to disclose his modus operandi, Gambo explained that some of his customers have his mobile number, adding that they call him whenever they need his services. Apart from that, he also stated that he resumes at the premises of the PDP Secretariat each morning. According to him, in addition to helping to mobilise crowd, he also employs subtle tactics to extort money from various visitors. Asked whether the lingering internal crisis within the party was impacting negatively on his

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THE POLITICAL CLASS MAY BE ENJOYING THE RAZZMATAZZ CREATED AROUND THEM NOW

BY JOBLESS YOUTH, BUT THE POLITICIANS ARE AS WELL SITTING ON A KEG OF GUN POWDER business, Gambo said it was not. On the contrary, the ‘hanger-on’ noted that the face-off has created varied avenues to make more money because the number of visitors to the party headquarters has increased since the crisis began some weeks ago. An Abuja based social affairs commentator, Mr. Ayogun Eniola, stated that the practice of renting crowd was not limited to the PDP alone; adding that it was a misnomer that permeated all the political parties with all its negative imprints on the larger society. According to him, some of the young men often seen around the premises of Wadata House either engage in criminal activities at night or graduate to miscreants when political activities boil over. Eniol stated: “The usual sight of a group of loiters at the Zone 5 office of the PDP each day is emblematic of a nation that has failed in its fundamental responsibility to its people. The political class may be enjoying the razzmatazz created around them now by these set of jobless youth, but the politicians are as well sitting on a keg of gun powder –it is these same set of people that will put guns to their heads at the end of the political patronage. Meanwhile, a splinter group of the PDP emerged during the party’s last special national convention held in Abuja recently. The ‘New PDP’, is made up of six governors namely: Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso; Jigawa State, Sule Lamido; Niger State, Babangida Aliyu Muazu; Kwara State, Abudualfatah Ahmed; Adamawa State, Muritala Nyako; Sokoto State, Aliyu Wammako and Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi as well as a former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar. They have formed a parallel executive committee under the leadership of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, and more power tussle within the ruling party builds in the countdown to the 2015 elections.

Bulldozer on a slum demolition site.

Capital city battles From about 2004 to 2006, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Federal Capital Territory, as ex-minister Mallam Nasir El-Rufai demolished makeshift houses, slums, trading shops and all manner of ‘improper’ buildings for breaching the ‘Abuja Masterplan’. But the once bustling slums are returning, TORDUE SALEM reports.

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e are going nowhere, Abuja is for everybody, rich and poor”, Mr. Micah Ugesi blurts out. Ugesi, a defiant slum dweller, spoke for thousands of his kind living in uncertainty in the FCT. The bulk of Abuja’s workforce resides in these slums from Yangoji to One-man village. Before Mallam El-Rufai left the Bureau for Public Enterprises, BPE, to man the FCT Ministry, these low-income quarters were a lively mix of junior civil servants and artisans, but times have changed. Even lawyers and the high-income class have receded to the suburbs. The reason for this is that between 2004 and 2008, the rents shot up by about 40 to 50 percent as a result of the demolition of the suburbs. The unabated rise in inflation, the devaluation of the naira and a steep climb of the cost of living kept rents out of common reach. It became so bad that even relatively high-income earners began to embrace austerity measures –the austerity regime is still here. There is, however, a contradiction. There are two types of slums in Abuja: The metropolitan slums and the ones in the

suburbs. The FCT is a huge architectural bricolage; even some parts of the metropolis host a few slums. Right in the centre of Garki, you have “Garki Village”, where beautiful buildings overlook and surround makeshift homes. High brow Maitama and Asokoro has village,s as well as many other sprawling parts of the city. But these makeshifts and poorly built houses are owned by the “indigenes” of Abuja. The Gbagyi (or Gwari as they are referred to by the Hausa) and therefore cannot be demolished. In 2005, the Government of President Olusegun Obasanjo opened up an entire Estate (Apo Estate) on the outskirts of the metropolis for the indigenes to relocate and give way for a ‘cleaner’ metropolis. But the indigenes have stayed put over atavistic or cultural reasons, arguing that they would not be displaced from their ancestral homes. The Gbagyi, an agrarian people, have clung to the shadowy vestiges of ancestral settlements and have refused to let go. But the administrative policy of the FCT has clung to the ‘wis-


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Supply of popular Abuja yams dwindles MARCUS FATUNMOLE

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return of slums dom’ that: “if you can’t break the rock, you go for the anthill”. The administrative policy has chosen instead to demolish houses built in these Gbagyi villages by ‘non-indigenes’ and for fear of reprisals from the owners of the land, has allowed the indigenes to stay within the same spaces. Many of Abuja residents who have been pushed to these suburbs because of high rent in the centre of Abuja have argued that the FCT policy is discriminatory, insensitive and unconstitutional. Mr. Terrence Akubueze, a lawyer living in Nyanya, who analysed the situation to the reporter, came to the conclusion that the FCT policy of demolition contravenes section 41 of the 1999 Constitution. “This policy of demolition is not right and must be challenged, because it violates section 41(1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. This section states clearly that: Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit there from”, he said. Though the demolishing trend has reduced in Abuja, pockets of buildings, particularly in the suburbs have suffered displacement. The argument for the Master Plan has persisted despite reasonable cases made for its review. The Masterplan was developed in 1976 by a Japanese Architect and is to be reviewed after every 10 years; after 37 years, the document has not been touched and successive Ministers of Abuja since 1992 have been working based on an outdated piece of law. For example many Ministries, notably the Ministry of Agriculture and the lower courts, according to sources are supposed to be located in the suburbs of

Gwagwalada and others, with the quarters of staff there, but are right in the metropolis. The Master Plan envisaged that the city would be resident to two million people and the population was not to exceed 2 million people because the government of the time expected that power would devolve from the centre to other federating units (States and Local Governments) and development would spread to every part of country, before the Capital will be moved from Lagos to Abuja. But by the time the Capital moved to Abuja in 1993, Nigeria was still and is still a unitary State, making Abuja still attractive for settlement from all parts of Nigeria. Also the failure to review the document every 10 years to address the dynamism of the city and to adhere to the nuances in Urban Development is a breach in itself. Some people even have doubts as to whether a Master Plan Act still exists or successive ministers of the territory are administering the FCT according to their whims. But the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on FCT, Hon. Emmanuel Jime in an interview he granted recently, said the National Assembly would address the issue. According to him, “We would look at the possibility of reviewing the Master Plan to accommodate the present realities”. “The FCT Administration would have to look at the Master Plan again and leave us alone. There are slums in East London, there are slums in New York; some of them are called the Projects where people live unmolested and Nigeria a Third World country should not pretend to be better than America”, Iyabo Odubote, a business woman with shops in one of the suburbs concluded.

he movement of yams from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to other states in Nigeria is rapidly declining, Inside FCT investigations have shown. For decades in Nigeria, harvested yam tubers from Abuja have been common staple food in various homes in the country, especially during the dry season. Abuja has been the nerve-centre for yam supply to Nigeria’s vast heterogeneous states ––from Sokoto to Maiduguri, Lagos to Yenagoa. Though other states such as Benue, Ekiti and Ondo also engage in large scale yam production, one thing distinguishes yams from Abuja; they are planted and harvested later than those planted in other states, which helps in their preservation even during adverse weather condition. They are often marked with green stripes. Before the proclamation of the new Federal Capital Territory by the Yakubu Gowon-led military junta in 1976, Abuja, then known as the Abuja Emirate, including the current Suleja community, was fully an agrarian Emirate, with high specialisation in yam crop. The roads linking the Emirate at the time to other parts of the country had mostly heavy-duty vehicles popularly called “911 (nine-eleven)” conveying women traders and yams to various parts of the country. Undoubtedly, Nigeria is by far the world’s largest producer of yams, accounting for over 70-76 percent of the world production. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation report, in 1985, Nigeria produced 18.3 million tonnes of yam from 1.5 million hectares, representing 73.8 percent of total yam production in Africa. According to 2008 figure, yam production in Nigeria has nearly doubled the 1985 figure. The global position of Abuja, which now has a landmass of 7,315km square, in the production of yam tubers is better understood from the foregoing figures. Yam species available in the city are mainly white guinea yam and the aerial yam, popularly called potato. Water yam and yellow yam planted in other states of the country are not common in Abuja. As a root and tuber crop,

New yam tubers on sale in Abuja

yam is scientifically proven to provide about 200 calories of energy per capital daily for consumers. This makes the common and cheap food a delight of residents living in an environment characterised by extremely high cost of living. Consequently, other states of Nigeria which had hitherto enjoyed huge influx of yams from the city have less supply from the nation’s capital. Increased demand for yam in the FCT results from ever-growing population of residents in the city. The 2006 population census put the city at 776,298 which its current Minister, Bala Mohammed recently said would be 10 million by 2018. Apart from eating salted boiled yam, it is a favoured Nigerian delicacy when boiled salt-less and pounded in a mortar. Pounded yam is a delicacy for virtually all ethnic groups in Nigeria; but taken with different soups peculiar to each of the ethnic groups. Boiled yam is eaten with peppered stew, palm oil or fried eggs. Some people also cherish it when roasted. But, generally, Nigerians enjoy pounded yam and consume yams mainly for that purpose. And, in spite of processed yam flour which is intended to eliminate the burden of pounding, a significant proportion of the city’s population have refused to embrace this type of ‘foreign pounded yam’. The quest for white collar jobs even among the natives of the city has impacted negatively on the volume of yams produced yearly in Abuja. Unfortunately too, the land available for farming in the past is gradually being overtaken by government and other private organisations for the purpose of infrastructural development, residential and official purposes. This is impacting negatively on farming in the city. Besides, the farmers take delight in the high price tags they place on yams sold in the land, since it is believed only few other cities in the country could compete with the financial resources available in the FCT. However, the effects of this development may not be much in other states where yams produced in the city are being consumed as they are also aggressively strengthening their ministries and departments vested with the responsibility of agricultural development.


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Nigeria’s take on ‘heroism’

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apital Oil boss, Ifeanyi Uba has finally kicked off his campaign towards the race to the Anambra State Government House in Awka, slated for November 16. And to say the obvious, his campaign train has been very intimidating. If that has anything to do with the way the votes will flow, then imagination can tell what will become of other government house contenders. At the official launch of his campaign and presentation of his manifesto which was aired live on some TV networks, an unprecedented crowd actually trooped to the arena, with some of them openly abandoning their previous parties and tearing their membership cards. As if the Uba bug is contagious, leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, have been to Anambra too to solicit support for Uba, while a group of elders from Agulu (Peter Obi’s home town) in spite of the interest of their son, has decided to pitch tent with Uba. MM gathered that there is also a spiritual angle to all these as some prophets (time will tell which one is real or fake though) have been making prophecies in Uba’s favour, apparently buoyed by the effervescence of his campaign team. But there is one issue Uba has not addressed. He has been telling everyone that he is the only contestant of the lot who has had nothing to do with government contracts. Really? But what is the project where companies (like Capital Oil) import petroleum products after which subsidies are paid by the federal government?

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An elated Ozekhome hoisted by wellwishers after his release from captivity

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ome people are right about the insinuation that Nigeria is filled with dramatic intrigues. What with how some demeanours are rewarded. After the late Musa Yar’ Adua’s government initiated Amnesty Programme for Niger Delta militants, it

appears everyone, irrespective of what he is doing wrong now, sees it as a birthright. As the national debate is going on about amnesty for the Islamic sect terrorising the northern part of the country is going on, two spectacular incidents have emanated from

Edo State in the past couple of weeks. Eminent lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, who was a guest of kidnappers for almost three weeks, left the jungle where he was held hostage and became a spokesperson (of sorts) for his abductees, whom he instantly granted a press briefing, pleading with the government to grant them amnesty. Of course, his professional constituency, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has been condemning the request. This is throwing up as much dust as what is happening in an-

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omething is happening in Adamawa State, while the governor, Murtala Nyarko prefers to spend most of his time in Abuja championing the cause of PDP. MM gathered that teachers are be-

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ing owed backlog of salaries running into months, while the efforts of the government at enhancing the education sector by engaging an additional 7000 teachers have not yielded fruit simply because the teachers so engaged have not been posted. Although education in the state is within the purview of the Education Commissioner, people still believe that the governor calls the shots and should have fixed this. But people who are complaining might have to develop wings to catch up with the governor in air on his way for another national consultation with his six colleagues.

other side of Edo State, where Daniel Oikhena, the teenager who came to limelight after beating airport security to hide in the tyre compartment of an Arik airplane from Benin to Lagos in the hope that he was going to the United States. Daniel’s misadventure (seen as a feat) is being hailed in some quarters so much that his father even appeared at a State House function to proudly and publicly declare that he is the father of Daniel. Of course, there are dissenting voices that heroism is being misconstrued here.

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he last is yet to be heard about the N50 million largesse made available to the Nigerian movie industry by the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio. After two petitions to the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which saw the trio of Yakubu Abubakar, Andy Amenechi and Zik

Zulu Okafor being temporary guests (for questioning) at the SFU office in Lagos a couple of days ago, the buzz is that the trio have launched an attack on the man behind the petition, Alex Eyengho of the Association of Nollywood Core Producers, ANCOP. While the SFU was preparing to host the various parties on Wednesday, the duo of Zik Zulu Okafor and Andy Amenechi quickly got a lawyer to sue Eyengho to the tune of N150 million. MM gathered that this will wash off (as in detergent) all the stains the petition written by Eyengho has done on their reputation. Sound Sultan must have a song to do from this whole saga indeed.

KENNETH OKONKWO

Nollywood‘s pioneering leading man, Kenneth Okonkwo –who played Andy in Living in Bondage, the 1st widely-commercialised home video, recently granted an interview where he spoke extensively about his sexual prowess. It reads like a classic film plot out of Nollywood. You are regarded as a sex symbol and people even think you’ve had affairs with your female co-stars. Why is this?

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am strong sexually for 24 hours; my wife knows that. Each time I have an affair with any lady, she goes out to tell her friends, and her friends will end up developing interest in me. So, when I married my wife, I told her if she knows what’s best for her she should not tell any of her female friends what we do behind closed doors or else she will lose me. When I was growing up, women older than me were coming for me, right in front of my mother. These women taught me a lot of things. I started kissing at a very tender age because it was part of the things they were doing to me and I loved it. Maybe that is why my lips are red. They taught me how to be with women. They would give me their body to play with so I grew up knowing a lot about what women want. Till today, when I am sleeping with a lady she has to cum before me. I enjoy sex more when the women have enjoyed themselves.


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

“O YOU WHO BELIEVE! OBEY ALLAH AND THE MESSENGER: MUHAMMED (SAW) AND THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY. AND IF YOU DIFFER IN ANYTHING AMONGST YOURSELVES, REFER IT TO ALLAH AND HIS MESSENGER IF YOU BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND IN THE LAST DAY. THAT IS BETTER AND MORE SUITABLE FOR FINAL DETERMINATION”.

Your role is divinely assigned CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK his provides an aspect of Islamic approach to child upbringing. The western approach spares the rod and spoils the child. The former allows that the child may be slightly punished if he fails to act rightly. Ordinarily, a child that is well brought up will not have any problem adjusting to Salat observance. But in the event of a child acting otherwise, the parents should be wise enough on which method to use to correct the child. Beating is the last resort. In fact, a child’s case should not get to that stage if proper handling is put in place. The beating of the child should be light and corrective. It could be a stroke or two. But must never be more than ten in any case. It should not inflict injury on the child. Your next role as a parent is when the child attains puberty. You sit him or her down and enlighten them accordingly. Let him or her know that he has become a Mukallaf. This is a stage when all religious obligations have become compulsory on him. This is a period when he will be rewarded for very good deed and also punished for every bad deed. This is a period when the angels will open a file for him to document all his deeds. This is a period when he will be responsible for all his ac-

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tions. You have to specifically explain the Islamic jurisprudence on ghusl (ritual bath) in the event of janabah or hayd. This orientation should have started before puberty so that he would have been psychologically prepared. Your boy should know that when he attains a particular stage, he can have wet dream while a girl will also experience menstrual cycle. The father should specifically engage his son and detail him accordingly. The mother should do same for her daughter. Both should also play complimentary roles. For example, the father will emphasize for his daughter how boys with bad characters can trick and mislead her. The mother too should guide his son on how girls could tempt him. Age seven, ten and puberty are the main years parents should mark in the life of their children. How many parents do these?

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How many even know when their child attains puberty? I once came across a boy who had attained puberty via wet dream and was praying without knowing the right thing to do. A child might have been taught the types of ghusl in school but may not be able to apply it when it affects him personally. He or she has to be put through. Without any doubt, giving concern to these stages in the life of our children will achieve some level of drawing them closer to Allah (SWT). We need also to use scenario approach to prepare them for all circumstances they may encounter. This is more particular in the case of the female child who tends to always be at the receiving end. Nobody can play your role as a parent. No role is as tasking as parenting. No role in human endeavour can be equated with parenting. The onus lies on those who bear children to prove their worth in caring maximally for them. Your child may be sent to school, but it will be unjustifiable to relax and feel that while the teacher acts as the locus parentis, he will assume your role. Your role is divinely assigned. It is you Allah (SWT) will take to account for the faith and fate of your child. The teacher will account for the trust of imparting knowledge. The parent will account for everything about the child. It is you that

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A. ZAFARAN e-mail: zafabumuneeb@yahoo.com chose a teacher for your child. It is you who determines the school your child attends. It is you who creates home environment for the child. Everything about your child starts with you and returns to you. How then could you think that somebody else will help you train your child while you devote time to work outside the home or busy attending functions and ceremonies? Every parent must prepare to meet Allah (SWT) to render explanation for their parenting. It is not news that children these days disown their parents. It is an evidence of the end time that some of these children are illegitimately brought into the world. It is also evident that most parents are not devoted to Allah (SWT). It is thus a case of little time for Allah (SWT), spare time for the child and prime time for the enjoyment of life. How then could such parents realise the thrust of child upbringing? Dr. Adeniyi Zafaran is the Direcor, Vanguards Academy

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ll praises and thanks belong to Allah (S.W.T.) who has sent down to his creatures; man and jinn, the book (Qur’an) and has not placed therein any crookedness. O Allah, may your benediction and blessings be upon our leader Muhammad Rosululahi (S.A.W.) the seal of the preceding prophets, the promoter of truth by virtue of truth, the guide to your straight path (Al-Islam). Shower your blessings on his household, companion and those that roughened the turbulence period in honesty with him and the entire Muslim Ummah in accordance with his great reputation and rank with you till end of time, Ameen. All rules and regulations guiding mankind have been discussed and practiced by the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). His birth obviously represented a complete picture of the magnificent message

that he communicated in order to deliver mankind from the swamp of darkness and polytheism, persecution and oppression, draconian laws and jungle justice which is against sense and sensibility to the paradise of light and monotheism, humility and egalitarianism, social justice, fair hearing and logical laws which appeal to man’s sense of reasoning and disposition. The pre-Islamic period, when the divine book Quran was not revealed and Muhammad was not born was characterized as Dark Age period in every race. Asia and America were not left out. Any part of the globe that the beam of light of Islam reached was liberated from the dungeon of social misery and religious degradation. Allah (S W T) revealed

to Prophet Muhammad in the holy Qur’an 11 vs. 85-87, thus: “And o my people, give full measure and weight in justice and reduce not the things that are due to people and do not commit mischief in the land, causing corruption.” “That which is left by Allah for you (after giving the rights of the people) is better for you if you are believers. And I’m not a guardian over you. They said: O Shu’aib! Does your salat (prayer) command that we give up what our father used to worship, or that we give up doing what we like with our property? Verily you are the forbearer, right-minded!” (They said this sarcastically).When the people of Shua’ib defied the commandment of Allah conveyed to them by him, they perished for non-compliance. Essence of such is

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n a religious parlance, obedience means total submission to the will of God. None is worthy of worship except Him alone. Chapter 2, verses 22–23 of the glorious Quran says; “O ye men, worship your Lord Who created you and those who were before you, that you may become righteous; Who made the earth a bed for you, and the heaven a roof, and caused water to come down from the clouds and therewith brought forth fruits for your sustenance. Set not up, therefore, equals to Allah, while you know”. Mankind must therefore be submissive to the words of Almighty Allah. Such delegated authority must be followed because it is in tandem with the words of Allah and Sunnah of the holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Qur’an chapter 4, verse 59 says, “O you who believe! Obey Allah and the Messenger: Muhammed (SAW)

on earth.” They said:”Will you place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood…” Our actions and behaviors justified the claim of the angel in the primordial world. Allah is making us understand from this Ayat the whole reason of existence, vices/virtues. One of such vice(s) is that of cheating. Cheating is a devalue, self-centeredness which in turns bring chaos, aggression, oppression and insecurity. “And give full measure when you mea-

sure, and weigh with a balance that is straight. That is good (advantageous) and better in the end: Q:17 vs 35. The importance of this is to be just and establish tranquility of mind. If our society follows this injunction and commandment of Allah, our society will be a better place to live. TO BE CONTINUED By Imam AbdurRahman Adangba, Chief Missioner, Al-Fathi-ul Quareeb Society of Nigeria.

THAT WHICH IS LEFT BY ALLAH FOR YOU (AFTER GIVING THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE) IS BETTER FOR YOU IF YOU ARE BELIEVERS

Islam commands obedience to those in authority

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to serve as guidance to successful living and a peaceful co-existence. But our societies today are like people of Shua’ib who defied the commandment of Allah. From the top to the bottom in all segments of our society both private and public even the religious cycle are not left out in this act. The pronouncement of the angels when Allah wanted to create us and the Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I’m going to place (mankind) generations after generations

and those of you who are in authority. And if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger if you believe in Allah and in the last day. That is better and more suitable for final determination”. The term: “those of you who are in authority” covers a wide variety of people. In order to determine who is actually entitled to have rightful authority over us, it would be quite logical to assert that this authority must be in accordance to God’s law. In other words, it must be a God-given authority, and not an authority that is self claimed. For a young boy or girl, they should obey their parents who have authority over them during their dependent years. A wife must obey her husband (in righteousness) as God decreed in the Qur’an; for an employee, he or she must obey their boss who has authority over them, but only within the framework of the profession and for citizens, they must obey the established authorities (e.g. the courts, the police, etc). They must obey the law of the land as long as it does not violate God’s law.

Other cases may also be made that relate to authority in righteousness and in harmony with the injunction of Almighty Allah. Furthermore, it was related by Bukhari and Muslim that Prophet Muhammed (SAW) says; “He who obeys me, obeys Allah, and he who disobeys me, disobeys Allah. He who obeys the Ruler, obeys me, and he who disobeys the Ruler, disobeys me. The Ruler is like a shelter for whose safety the Muslims should not fight and where they should seek protection. If the ruler orders people with righteousness and rules justly, then he will be rewarded for that and if he does the opposite, he will be responsible for that.” In conclusion, the ruler who does not rule according to the holy Qur’an and hadith of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) should be obeyed in matters that do not involve disobedience towards Allah and His Messenger. It is not obligatory to fight him because of that. Sheikh Abdul Gannyy Umar Arikunkewu is the Founder/National Chief Missioner of Jublatu Rohfatu Llahi Islamic Society of Nigeria (JUBAT)

L-R: Deceased’s daughter and Lagos’ SSG, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule; Deputy Governor Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Commissioner for Education Olayinka Oladunjoye and National Publicity Secretary of the PAC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during the fidau for Alhaja Asia Alape-Idowu, mother of Lagos SSG who died recently at L.A. Primary School, Iba, Lagos.

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The First Imperative The first imperative I want to address is the imperative of education. By imperative of education, I do not mean just the robust Islamic knowledge because this is a basic necessity, a primary condition which I assume every Dawah worker must have. The depth of message is vital, no doubt. This makes it unnecessary for me to belabour this point again. But if perchance there is any worker lacking in respect of Islamic knowledge, this deficiency only widens the scope of knowledge he has to encompass in the short run in the field of work, and this is no mean a task. By imperative of education, I mean totality of awareness and currency of the social environment in which the Dawah worker operates. He must understand the organic structure of the society; the flow of power and influence in the system, its intricacies and workings; the demographic

configuration, the infrastructural distribution, and resource allocation. The organic structure of the society defines the nature and level of co-operation, collaboration and struggle within the society. The organic structure determines ownership and control of the economic resources, and their allocation just as it dictates the reservoirs of power. The knowledge of the organic structure of the society by Islamic mission would enable it to have a perfect understanding of the direction of its Dawah. Not just that; the Dawah would be able to organize itself and deliver its work to its specific objective without necessarily encountering opposition. I appreciate that opposition and rejection, ultimately, constitute the test of Dawah impact. However, these are most undesirable at the preliminary stage of Dawah because it is distractive of the primary mission. A perfect knowledge and understanding of the organic structure of the society expands and opens the scope of work and the field of opportunities, as

it assists it in discovering talents and resources that could be helpful to the mission and ease its task. Similarly, the understanding of demographic distribution is as necessary as the quality of Islamic knowledge itself. By this understanding, i mean the distribution of the society across gender, age, geographic and economic indices. The Dawah mission must be familiar with all the demographic indices of his environment, as the knowledge of these would enable it to define its target and focus appropriately. Infrastructural distribution - establishment and location schools, hospitals, and other facilities relating to the health and development of the human capital are part of demographic indices that are necessary to be understood by the Dawah mission/worker as these would serve as the platform to operate and reach the people. Ultimately, our real challenge is a challenge of research. Research expands the horizon, exposes problem areas and helps in finding solutions to them. TO BE CONTINUED


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Desist from begging, don advises Imams … Says Imams must be economically-independent

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mams have been admonished to desist from their stylish manner of begging when invited to occasions, but to always use every opportunity to preach to the people. Making this call recently was the Chief Imam, University of Lagos Central Mosque and former dean, Faculty of Education, UNILAG, Prof. Murtadha Bidmos while speaking on ‘Conducting Islamic ceremonies’ at the leadership seminar/workshop for members of Mission Board and Imam Ratibis organised by the Lagos Central Mosque in collaboration with the UNILAG Muslim Community at the Lagos Central Mosque. Prof. Bidmos urged Imams to rather talk on

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things that will be beneficial to the people that invited them instead of collecting money for this and that. “Remember that there are other people at such occasions who are non-Muslims, how then do you want them to view your religion? He added that they should learn from the example of Prophet Yusuf who when called upon to interpret dreams in the prison, first used the opportunity to preach to the people. The Imams were told to always be committed to doing the right thing. In his own lecture on; “Code of Conducts for Imams”, Dr. Ismail Musa, of Arts and Social Sciences Department, Faculty of Education, UNILAG, emphasized the importance of Imams and also stressed gravity of the responsibili-

ties of being one, such that in the past, people would run away when called upon to be Imams. “You will all be called upon to account for how you led the people; Allah will surely question you on how you went about your responsibilities and duties as Imam. He emphasized the need for knowledge as he made reference to Prophets Adam (AS) and Muhammad (SAW); they both started by acquiring knowledge. “An Imam must continue to strive to be knowledgeable, both knowledge of the verses of the Qur’an (and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and that of the signs of Allah. Your intention is also very important because actions shall be judged according to intention. What do you have in mind before going for the position?” He also

added that imams need to be economically independent. “Prophets all had their own occupations.” In his speech, the chairman of the occasion, Dr. Jubril Oyekan, noted that Imams are the inheritors of the Prophets as they keep calling on the people to the path of Allah. He expressed his happiness that the welfare of Imams is now taken into consideration. He also included that the duties and responsibilities of Imams must be defined so that Imams will not be seen every here and there begging for money all in the name of anchoring programmes. It was however suggested that allowances should be given to imams so as to curb their acts of begging as they often claim other classes of people earn salaries and they do not earn any.

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he Ansar-Ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN) Kaduna branch is set to launch youth empowerment scheme. Chairman, ADYAN, Kaduna branch, Malam Sheriff Olutusin said the scheme would be launched at the end of the month during which the two lucky people, selected from eight qualified youths, would be presented with their working tools. He said the scheme is ADYAN’s way of creating employment for Muslim youths, reduce youth unemployment and stop youths from engaging in unneces-

Chief Imam, Alh Sulaiman Ibrahim; Chief Imam Abdul Kareem Lawal and Alh Nurain Yussuf at the occasion.

sary vices. He said they organised skill acquisition for youths last year with training in soap making, cakemaking, deodorant production and computer training. “The second edition is coming up in Kaduna on September 29th, 2013. Two Muslim sisters would be presented with tailoring working tools to enable them practice the work they learnt. One of them has graduated in tailoring but has no machine to work, while the other has manual machine but lacked industrial machine.” Wife of the state Governor, Hajiya Fatimah Yero, chairman, Kaduna North local government, among others are some of the dignitaries expected at the occasion.

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F L-R: Justice Yahaya Jinadu; Baba Adinni of Lagos, Sheikh AbdulHafeez Abou; the celebrant, Senator Hassan Adisa Babatunde Fasinro and Dr. Yunus Salami at the 94th birthday anniversary prayer of Alhaji Fasinro held at his residence in Victoria IslandLagos recently.

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ormer Senator and stateman, Alhaji Hassan Adisa Babatunde Fasinro celebrated his 94th birthday with prayers recently in his residence at Victoria Island, Lagos. He revealed that lack of contentment is the problems of Nigerian leaders. “They are not ready to serve the nation; all they are after is their pockets.” He observed that many past leaders were never known for selfishness; for instance, Chief Obafemi Awolowo was selfless, he didn’t work for personal gains, rather he worked tirelessly for the benefit of all. He advised that politicians should always think of the masses and have the fear of God in them. “Our leaders should look at what is happening in other parts of world and be aware that Nigeria is not better than those affected in anyway. It is just that God is merciful to us.” Expressing his joy at 94,

baba responded jokingly that no one will doubt it if he tells them he is just 49. He expressed his gratitude to Allah for having lived this long in peace and good health adding that he is different from most people because he was born in Lagos and his birth was registered whereas some people only have sworn declaration of age. Baba Adinni of Lagos, Sheikh Abdul Hafeez Abou also noted that baba used his life well and that accounts for where he is now. He prayed for him and advised that everyone especially the youths should go back to Allah and He will continue to guard and guide them such that they will leave long in peace and good health and they will always be under His protection. The Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon Justice Kudirat Kekere- Ekun was also present at the occasion thanking God for a wonderful life which the celebrant has lived and prayed that everything he has worked for will never be ruined.

Nawair-Ud-Deen holds quarterly meeting

A Member, executive council, Alh Chief S. O Salako; Bashorun Musulumi of Lagos, Alh Chief S. Alabi Macfoy; Chief Imam Garba Akinola Ibrahim, OONand Alh. Dr. A. Jubril Oyekan, MFR at the Unique Leadership Seminar/Workshop for the members of Mission Board and Imam Ratibis organised by the Lagos Central Mosque in collaboration with the UNILAG Muslim Community at the Lagos Central Mosque recently.

ll roads lead to Abeokuta, Ogun State capital tomorrow as members of he NawairUd-deen Society of Nigeria converge on the rocky city for its quarterly meeting. In a statement by its National President, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, expected at the meeting are executive members of the group from

across the country. “State chairmen, secretaries, zonal coordinators and executive officers of women and youths wings of Nawair-Ud-Deen are also expected at the meeting,” Oladejo stated. The meeting, which is expected to kick off by 10a.m prompt, is slated for the Nawair-Ud-Deen Central Mosque, Abeokuta.


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he current global situation is fast moving towards devastation. In particular the Syrian crisis could plunge the Arab world in great devastation and if foreign powers join, the terrible damage ensuing will not be limited to some countries in Asia, but will be worldwide. Neither the countries in Asia, nor the world powers appreciate that this conflict could be a pre-cursor to a World War. Ahmadis accept the true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), and in following their master, who came to connect man with God and to establish brotherhood, they need to pray a lot for the world to be protected from destruction. We have no other means. We can try and alert the world to the horrific consequences, as indeed we are. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih said as much as possible, he has been alerting world leaders and politicians in this regard and members have also joined him in disseminating the message. Some of these leaders agree most forcefully with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih and tell him that his message is the need of the hour. However, when it is time for action, they change their stance. Ahmadis should try and pay a great deal of attention to pray for mankind in

general and the Muslim Ummah in particular to be saved from destruction. Some eighty eight years ago, Hazrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) delivered a Friday sermon on the situation faced by Syria at the time. He mentioned the ancient history of Damascus and its pre-Islamic significance. Later, it also became the capital city during Muslim reign. Hazrat Musleh Maud said that at the time the Druze tribe started an uprising for independence and were joined by other Muslims against the French rule. Hazrat Musleh Maud said that the administrative rule in Syria was French although the Mufti also wielded power. If the Mufti did not want anything published, the Governor was powerless. The Ahmadiyya Community had some publications printed which were banned by the Mufti and when the Governor was approached regarding this, he said he could not do anything. Any political dissent was swiftly dealt with by the French rule. In response to the revolt, the French air forces bombarded for 57 hours razing to the ground the historical buildings and killing thousands. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was once given the revelation of: ‘Calamity of Damascus’. This revelation was fulfilled by the 1925 situation for Damascus had never experienced destruction of that scale before. But, some revelations are fulfilled more than once. In that

calamity, which lasted 57 hours or so according to a cautious estimate seven to eight thousand souls perished. It is most regrettable that although that calamity was brought about by others, the current calamity that started in Syria two and a half years ago was brought about by Muslims themselves and it is ever-increasing. According to cautious estimate, up to 100,000 souls have perished and millions are dispossessed. The entire area has been destroyed by bombs and nowhere is safe. The government forces are killing the citizens and the citizens are killing the government forces. Alawis are killing Sunnis and Sunnis are killing Alawis, and all of them claim to recite the one Kalima (Muslim declaration of faith). Extremists have joined the rebel Sunni forces, who are fighting in the name of ‘freedom’. The damage wrought by these extremists to the country will only be gauged later on. Unfortunately, this current calamity is acquiring a dangerous form. They do not realise that in the name of freedom the masses and in the name of maintaining peace the government have both fought each other so badly and are so weakened by it that now world powers are making great attempts for their own invested interests in the name of maintaining peace and in the name of bringing about freedom. These attempts can engulf the world in destruction. TO BE CONTINUED

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‘Be good to your wives and families’

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he Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Group , Lajna Imaillah, Nigeria, has urged husbands across all religious persuasions to be good to their families especially their wives and also be patient in dealing with them. This was part of the communiqué issued at the end of the 37th Annual Ijtema (convention) of the Lajna Imaillah, Nigeria which took place at Government College Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th September 2013. This advice became imperative against the backdrop of domestic violence and other vices noted in families in today’s world. As the Holy Prophet remained patient with his wives even in the face of provocation. Similarly, Muslim husbands are expected to be fair and just in relating with their wives and not favour one over the other. They should continually be guided by the saying of the Holy Prophet. While addressing the gathering, the special guest of honour and Amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Nigeria, Dr. Mash’ud Adenrele Fashola enjoined all Muslims to emulate the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) by loving one another, wishing others well and having the spirit of forgiveness, as the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) exhibited true love for all humanity throughout his life time. Dr. Fashola said the major task of women is to bring forth the next generation. “And the world will

be saved from destruction only when virtuous women bring forth virtuous children. Therefore all Ahmadi women should strive and pray towards bringing forth good leaders of tomorrow with the full support of the men.” The National Sadr of Lajna Imaillah in her welcome address said that the Prophet (s.a.w) was not sent only as a mercy for Muslims but his mercy and compassion extends to all humanity. “Lajna Imaillah members should emulate this by loving one another sincerely and raising children with sublime moral characteristics. The convention considered the Prophet as a liberator of women and concluded that Islam is a religion that protects the lives of women and gives them decent and respectable living. Islam permitted women to own property and share in the inheritance of their father, husband, sons and even brothers. Islam does not regard women as article o merchandise in the hand of their husband or even parents. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w) always listened to his wives. Husbands are expected to assist their wives in their household chores just like the Prophet. It was agreed that loyalty and devotion among spouses are important aspects of marriage and the foundation of happy marriages. It was also agreed that the best way to handle marital problems is by turning to Allah and his messenger.

L-R: Sadr, Majlis Ansarullah Nigeria, Alhaji Mikail Odukoya; Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Dr. Moshhud Fashola and General Secretary, Alhaji Abbas Iromini, during the 37th Annual General Ijtema Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Lajna Imaillah, Nigeria at Ikorodu, Lagos State recently.

L-R: Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Ikorodu Branch, Mr. Fakolade Oluwafemi; Lagos State Missionary, Mualim Muhammed Qasim Oyekola; Principal/Director, Government Senior Model College, Ikorodu, Mr. Gbenga Amodu; Financial Secretary, NUT, Ikorodu Branch, Bro. Lawal Luqmon and Assistant Director of Education, SNR. Model College, Ikorodu, Mr. Saula Ademoritan, at the Ijtema.

L-R: Principal, Mahmood College Ijode, Mr. Ibrahim Ogunmola; Arabic Teacher, Alhaji Muhammed-Bushra Alliagan and Coordinating Missionary, Manatan, Ibadan and Apata, Alhaji Abdul Ganiyy Daramola, at the Ijtema.

L-R: General Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Lajna Imaillah, Nigeria, Mrs. Monsurat Owolabi; Sadr, Hajia Basirat Dikko; Representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) PHOTOS: BAYOOR EWUOSO Mrs.Latifat Lydia Aroyewun and another guest, during the ijtema.


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Evergreen Concert gets backing of corporate giants

KOGA searches for next music star

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op Nigerian companies, Arik Air and Nigeria Breweries Plc, have thrown their corporate weight behind the forthcoming Glo Evergreen series. The first in the series will feature Chief Commander Chief Ebenezer Obey with Africa’s number one rapper, MI and one of Africa’s best saxophonists, Yemi Sax in Lagos on Saturday, September 28. Both companies partnering Globacom on the project believe the concert will not only deservedly celebrate the music legends, but also go a long way in rejuvenating the on-going renaissance of Nigerian music. According to Arik, “We are especially excited to be part of Glo Evergreen Series, as this is a synergy of two great brands; a truly Nigerian airline and a truly Nigerian telecommunications company. The Airline stated that: “It is worthy of note that the musicians we are celebrating today are great Nigerians who have done and are still doing Nigeria proud in the entertainment industry”. Similarly, Nigerian Breweries said it is committed to championing causes that would continually add value to the society because of its belief that businesses should not operate in a vacuum, but as an integral part of the community where it exists. “It is in line with this commitment that our company is partnering with Globacom, Nigeria’s national telecoms operator on the Evergreen Series which is dedicated to the celebration of our nation’s musical icons”, Nigeria Breweries said in a statement. “We commend Globacom for this laudable initiative”, the company added. The Evergreen concert is an initiative to give Nigerians a unique concert, the first of its kind, dedicated solely to celebrating the continent’s music legends. The special concert tagged the “Glo Evergreen Series” takes off with the juju maestro, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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ilimanjaro Entertainment, in collaboration with Etisalat Nigeria is set to host legendary queen of Soul/R’n’B, Mary J. Blige, at a concert titled “Sisters with Soul” and billed for Lagos, Nigeria on Friday, September 27. The concert holds at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The 42-year-old AfricanAmerica singer, songwriter and producer will headline the all female concert which will feature the best of Nigerian female artistes in Soul, Rap and R’n’B music. The line up includes Seyi Shay

of ‘Irawo’ fame; EME’s first lady, Niyiola; West African Idol finalist Jodie; gospel Rap/Soft Rock powerhouse, Nikki Laoye; Lola Rae and DJ Cuppy. A nine-time recipient of the Grammy award, Mary J. Blige has sold more than 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. As of 2013, Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. Kilimanjaro Entertainment has also hosted American music stars such as Joe, Anita Baker, Chris Brown and several others.

OGA Entertainment births new talent hunt, a reality show tagged “Koga Open House” aimed at discovering talented and raw acts in music. Koga Entertainment made the announcement in Lagos last week, while also disclosing that auditions will begin on Monday, September 23, at the Koga Studios in Oregun, Lagos. A panel of four producers, led by the critically-acclaimed beat maker, Samklef will be faced with the responsibilities of mentoring and recording songs for the rookies who will eventually make it to the top 20. Entry is open to talented singers from all age grades across Nigeria who either has a personal song or can render a popular song in their style.

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igerian acts, P-Square and Iyanya have been nominated among other African artistes for the Best International Performance category at this year’s BET Soul Train Awards. BET announced on Wednesday, September 18, that the 2013 Soul Train Awards will celebrate and honour R&B’s finest and most soulful artistes, at the Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas, NV. The November 8 awards show promises to electrify with soul stirring performances, iconic tributes and a state-of-the-art second stage. Soul Train Awards 2013 will be hosted by actor and comedian Anthony Anderson. The awards will honour artistes in 12 different categories. Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads with six nominations across multiple categories, including: Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton.

....as P-Square, Wizkid earn nominations for 2013 MTV EMA again

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Meanwhile, P-Square will ‘square’ up against fellow superstar music artiste Wizkid and continental contemporaries Mafikizolo, LCNVL and Fuse ODG for the Best African Act

category of the “2013 MTV EMA”. On Tuesday, September 17, MTV made announced nominees for this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, EMA, the annual music awards show that celebrates the year’s hottest ar-

tistes from around the globe. Multi-talented Justin Timberlake and breakthrough artistes Macklemore and Ryan Lewis lead the EMA nominations with five nods each, while captivating Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are each up for four awards. Other notable EMA nominees include Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Green Day, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Daft Punk, Rudimental, Icona Pop and One Direction, who are each up for three EMA nominations (with 1D’s Harry Styles also nabbing a nod for Best Look). Artistes with two EMA nods include Rihanna, Katy Perry, Eminem, Jay Z, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Paramore, Rita Ora, Drake, Afrojack, Avicii, Calvin Harris and Iggy Azalea.. Voting for EMA categories opened on Tuesday and is on till Saturday, November 9, 2013. The “2013 MTV EMA” will broadcast live on MTV on Sunday, November 10, from the stunning new Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


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y dream was to win one international photography award; but reality is when you have won one you will always wish or push for another. And so with a picture I took at Makoko, a stilt slum in Lagos-Nigeria which captured children on canoe returning from school on May 1, Children’s Day holiday, I finally landed the coveted prize at the German Development Media Award which was presented to me and other regional winners at the award ceremony in Berlin, Germany. Arriving Berlin, the capital of Germany at about 7:30 am on Tuesday, August 13, one may be logically right to conclude that everyone had gone to farm for the quietness that envelops the place; but logic also says all Berliners can’t be farmers! As I hopped in the taxi at the Tegel Airport with the delectable Gunjan Sharma, one of the award winners from India, expectant mist filled the atmosphere. We anticipated being heralded into an environment –the Bundestag (National Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany) – where at just a push of button, the whole community will arrive at Utopia. It must be that someone inadvertently painted vagueness or not acquainted with the account of the historical city. My imagination of Berlin ranks it at par with cities like New York, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, etc, so anything less would rival an architectural scam. Instead, I was seeing thickness of bricks that replays scenes of myths and legends. With my neck shooting out like that of a giraffe in a car, anticipation yearned to be fed with corroboration. Then the questions started streaming in my mind. Where are the exotic buildings? What of the high rise sky scrapers? Are there no headquarters of multinationals here? Ye,s you got it spot on! Someone needed a wow factor, but the screamers of Berlin do not resonate in loud speakers. Desperately in need of alienation from my soliloquy, I turned to Gunjan on my left; but before I could say a word, she uttered: “There’s no energy here”.

I thought she was referring to electric power so I said “I didn’t get that”. And she reiterated, “I mean not much people here”. What a relief, I wasn’t alone in this thought. Observation cum confession began milling as we neared our destination, the Eurostars Hotel. I already met Ulrike, who came to receive us at the airport bearing with her a sheet of paper on which my first name ‘Oluyinka’ was incorrectly spelt “Olunyinka”. That made me think I gave my full names away too easily; perhaps, simply “Yinka” would have done it, but you cannot hold anything against a caring woman who gave me the first dosage of pain killer in Europe. She was not the only one from the Deutsche Welle waiting to receive us; at the entrance of the hotel, we walked into the waiting presence of others with muted nervousness. I was so tired; but without a chance to see how comfortable my hotel room was, I set out to achieve a few goals in the few hours and in a small number of days my trip permitted. There may be “nine million bicycles” in Beijing, but the number in Berlin is nothing short of phenomenal. One of the unique sights as one begins to explore the city is cyclists riding on the sidewalks. So common is the use of the transportation and sporting device that you have some packed in strategic locations with the “Rent” sign placed on them. That being said, I had no intention to rent a bicycle as I was not ready to humiliate myself in the adventure of sharpening my poor cycling skills abroad. Gradually as morning turned to afternoon in the capital city, the tourism elements began to unravel in spite of nature as the weather intermittently had cascades of brief shower that unveiled beautiful blue sky at the end of every lap. It was a remarkable experience taking an insightful ride on the Spree River, a stretch of canal lined on both sides by architectural catalogue of ancient history encrypted in pristine edifices. No wonder Berlin is regarded as the hub of creativity in Germany. I had premeditated on what kind of meal I would be eating in Berlin, having the fear that I may not enjoy available

Former and present political office holders on a wall at the Reichstag building.

The Reichstag

ONE OF THE UNIQUE SIGHTS AS ONE BEGINS TO EXPLORE THE CITY IS CYCLISTS RIDING ON THE SIDEWALKS dishes and my abstinence from sugary nibbles meant I did not have enough to choose from. Uwe Martin, a fellow German Development Media Award winner and his lovely partner, Franke, perused the menu list at length on my behalf before we arrived at a choice. For the first time I ate mushrooms. The rice that came with it tasted more like Tuwo Shinkafa mixed with Ewedu and was to me a creative but an unacceptable offering. With digital cameras flaunted everywhere, some more sophisticated than mine, it was apparent there was more for the eyes than the time could afford. Off the boat, it was time to see the Reichstag, the parliamentary building of Germany. My thought was to visit the building for a historic tour but getting there, I saw a

fanfare-like scene of people forming a long queue at the entrance. The scenario should have tipped me off, but who would have imagined a place where decisions concerning the country with the strongest economy in Europe are made is also an abode of flourishing tourist activities. People from different countries around the world come to experience the chambers at the Reichstag building. Every corner of the edifice tells a story from the past –the Second World War capture of the premises, bullets sprays and insulting inscriptions on the walls from soldiers of the old Soviet Union celebrating their short conquest with gawky graffiti. I felt for a moment I was living in the age of the war. There, you will also find pictures of former leaders in successive order. The pinnacle of the Reichstag is a glass dome designed to symbolise the reunification of Germany. Climbing the height of the structure was bodily tasking and I, already feeling tired, excused myself to return to my hotel room to refresh. The following day promised to be an exciting bus tour of the city. It was a time I had been hitching to see. We rode through the city in a double-decker open roof bus; each of the bus occupants got an

Insulting inscriptions by soldiers who captured the Reichstag building during the second world war.


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earpiece through which the tour guide directly educated tourists on numerous significant structures, locations, statues and objects of interest. I bet no one would go through that trip with their earphones on all through. At a point, you will have to decide with your eyes. More so, for me there were always exciting scenes that required some shutter action which means I had to forgo my seat occasionally. Seeing the Berlin Wall was a moment that dropped like a bomb. Germany‘s election come up in two days, but while I was a guest in the capital, the elections were weeks away; yet, the Berlin Wall did not bear a lot of campaign posters of contestants. Looking back at Nigeria a week before I travelled, the hysteria that rend the air when the All Progressive Congress, APC, was registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, would have silenced the whole campaign put together by the German politicians contesting for a seat in

the Bundestag. From an interesting view, Germany-born Uwe maintained the whole process was boring because no one was selling anything new having reached the climax of working policies. Well, from my assessment of campaign materials, I think the opposition has got an ace in that the Green Party successfully captured on one of it posters, a photograph of Angela Merkel and her acolytes napping. Notwithstanding, Uwe still believes Merkel will retain her position. And he could be right. None of the candidates would be talking of expansion of roads in their manifestoes as it was evident during our bus tour on Ku’damm, one of the most famous and expensive streets in Berlin where instead, they are redeveloping by closing down the width of the road. The idea is less space for traffic and more space for relaxation joints and hanging around. The street boasts of designer stores like Rolex, Dolce Gabbana, Giorgio

Official name is Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany). Nickname is “Land der Dichter und Denker”.

Germany is home to about 82 million people and third highest population of Turkish descendants in the world.

Capital city Berlin is one of the most ‘happening’ cities in Europe, while Frankfurt is the financial capital

The country holds the internationally renowned Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich every year.

The Black Forest in the South East of Germany is the largest mountain forest in Europe and home to a whole world of tranquillity.

The Bavarian Alps with their snow capped peaks are definitely worth a visit for skiers, hikers and those looking to escape the hectic urban life of the city

Tuwo Shinkafa and Ewedu are two local Nigerian dishes of the Hausa and Yoruba tribes respectively.

Tourists inside the Reichstag dome.

Armani and others. The German Development Media Award ceremony was over even before I started warming up to it. I wouldn’t forget the D-Day where I was the only one of the awardees who received my award from Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel. There was a final part of the night and this is where I came to love Berlin more. For how could one be in Deutschland and not have a pint beer? I do hope my clergy parents if they read this portion of my travelogue will understand that, I was not drinking beer to get intoxicated but I was simply experiencing Germany. As much as I tried to over

feed my experience in a lumpone course meal, the sumptuous life the city offers proved too much a delicacy for me to digest in the space of three days. All that lies around city synergises into a beautiful frame of surrealistic painting: The art, the music, the food, the nightlife and bars to the non-committal passerby. At the end, I left behind an environment whose small and medium companies are the pride of thriving German economy. They call them the “hidden champions” and they are really making a laconic statement; the popular statement about Berlin being poor and sexy. True statement in every sense –Germany is poor in the superficial, sexy in grandeur.

SMEAR CAMPAIGN. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and others taking a nap. With award winners, Deutsche Welle officials and friends at a bar.


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gain, Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC, is going after explicit lyrics coming out of the vibrant Nigerian music scene; rightly so as it is the agency’s core mandate to regulate and sanitise broadcasting in Nigeria. Which musical works are feeling the sting of NBC’s bite? Wizkid’s ‘The Matter’ and Phyno’s ‘Man of the Year’. Both commercially successful singles are presently declared unsuitable as public broadcast content and NBC has sent a directive to radio stations across the country to discontinue airing the songs. While I ponder over the business ignorance/naiveté of the contemporary Nigerian music artiste who hasn’t learnt that a commercially viable music recording with lyrics too raunchy for general listenership must, as a necessity, produce a ‘clean’ version to ensure longevity and long-term royalties, I wonder at the seeming ineptitude of NBC too. No offence meant to the brilliant Emeka Mba-led NBC, but for the records, “The Matter” was released in January 2013, while the music video followed a month later. How incredulous is it that eight months after, a ban is coming? Does it take NBC that long to decode the layers and layers of obviously lewd verses in songs? Lyrics like Phyno’s //…oburu na okwero iba tee ya Vaseline// (if e no gree enter apply Vaseline) or Wiz’s //Open and close, touch your toes, baby oya yo’di// (... baby stick your buttocks out). Isn’t the damage done already?...well to impressionable listeners and the young at least. Tons of audiences of all ages around the country have listened to the songs to the point of miming along from play to stop. Wow!, thanks a lot NBC for the ‘prompt’ notification! Meanwhile, Wizkid and Phyno are lucky to have gained the immense on-air heavy rotate play suited to popularise their songs and fatten their bank accounts. NBC, please review and fast track your censoring process so some of us don’t feel like we’ve been cheated (in a twisted kind of way) out of tuning in to a radio station and hoping to catch one of the songs on air *cheekysmile*. Meanwhile, trudging through the internet on a literary quest, I stumbled on a list of famous books, some I have read, which made news for something other than their ratings. They were banned!, many mostly

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Some famous books that were banned Bridge to Terabithia: This award winning book is about two children and their friendship in an imaginary world, but it’s actually banned in some libraries throughout the country. The reason from banning the book is because it has magical content that is associated with Satan. While many people don’t agree with this being banned, it is now generally easier to find online than in a library, school or many other public areas. Many other “magical and satanic” books similar to this are now being banned as well, and that even includes the Harry Potter series of books. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: This historical book has been banned because it basically describes how to commit crimes, sort of like a manual. It also has racist statements in it and is racially charged, so it’s something that most schools won’t allow in their doors. The easiest way to find this book is by going online and ordering it or going to a book store. Public locations, like schools, will normally not have it because of the influencing content. The Call of the Wild: This book, written by Jack London in 1903, has a lot of violence in it along with a story that is dark and scary. It’s been banned in a number of schools for the haunting content, but it has also been banned in Yugoslavia and Italy. In fact, this was burned in Nazi Germany because it was considered to be a radical book at the time. The Grapes of Wrath: This John Steinbeck novel was set in Kern County, California when it was written in 1939. Ironically enough, this is also the first place where it was banned. The profanity in this book along with the sexual references were what triggered the banning, which is now also active in parts of Ireland and Turkey. It’s also banned in many different schools throughout the country; so many students are not reading it as part of their curriculum. Beloved: Written by Toni Morrison in 1987, this book has been banned by many different school districts throughout the country. Many of the bans come as a result of parents not liking the sexual and violent content that their children were being assigned to read. There’s also talk of bestiality in the book, which most teachers and parents are not comfortable with their kids learning about. However, before the hullaballo, Beloved won Morrison the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and has been adapted into an award-winning film. The Scarlett Letter: Although this book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne has for years been assigned to students at schools, but it’s not being challenged by parents and school districts alike. They feel that it’s too pornographic for children to read and it’s not good with dealing with moral values. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Children today are no longer reading this Mark Twain classic because parents and teachers feel that it’s too racially insensitive. The language it uses is too harsh for some schools, so it’s been banned in many. Love and peace for the weekend!

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want to seriously appeal to my friend and the people’s governor, His Excellency Raji Fashola SAN to temper justice with pure mercy. Nollywood and the Association of Nigerian Theatre Practitioners, ANTP, are in total financial and professional mess. You need to see how miserable movie stakeholders are now; so we seriously need help not punishment. The staff of Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, LSFVCB, has taken the mistake of the National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB to add more agony to our pains. As an icon and father of motion picture in Nigeria, I cannot just watch and allow LSFVCB to destroy whatever life is left in the home video industry. I am appealing to Governor Fashola to look into this matter and tell his people to reverse to the former MoU they had with NFVCB. I and other concerned people have advised the NFVCB to allow peace to reign. The enabling laws must not be used. Each state has the legal right to establish its own Censors Board but if we have 36 Censors Board in Nigeria, the result is that a dying industry will just finally die. Some of the officials have been quoting their federal and state rights, not remembering that the stakeholders are the one to suffer. Let all civil servants know that their salaries are guaranteed every month, but ours is not with the piracy trouble, cable stations showing our films, while consumers’ buying power has dropped. I know the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy must have been presented a paper on how much billions of Naira the state can generate by establishing a Censors Board. Yet, we must not forget “Eko for show”, the previous slogan for Lagos, before the new one, “Eko oni baje”. During the all-Nigerian games, I was a commentator for NTA with Pastor Bank Olemoh, then the producer and Director of Sports. Late Adamu Augie and Ambassador Segun Olusola were our big bosses. The slogan I popularised on then on the show was “Lagos for Gold other to follow”; this slogan made other states recall their Lagos-based sports stars. Today, Lagos has never won the national sports even when they hosted it. I am on my old knees begging the Federal Government and Lagos State to ‘sheathe their swords’ and let logic reign. Whether we like it or not, Lagos is the centre for film production, selling, screening and premieres; so, ‘Lagos for show’ others follow. The entire Nollywood and film marketers are the grass who will suffer the fight of two elephants. Lagos officials have revealed their anger but, I say, you do not kill an ant with sledgehammer. The two boards should meet and revisit their old MoU and save us the pain. NFVCB failed on their part of the agreement.

I AM ON MY OLD KNEES BEGGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND LAGOS STATE TO ‘SHEATHE THEIR SWORDS’ AND LET LOGIC REIGN The same problem I have with the N50m Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, gave to the movie industry. When Teco Benson-led breakaway members of Association of Movie Producers, AMP, left the main body because they could not win the election four years ago (which Paul Obazele won), everything went to the dogs. And, Association of Nollywood Core Producers, ANCOP, was formed by Alex Eyengho. Alex and others were expelled from AMP due to anti-AMP practices; AMP Board of Trustees, BOT, the men three opportunities to come and settle their grievances and but they refused. Now, underground forces are pushing Alex and his three-member ANCOP. Likewise, the AMP leadership have an arrogant attitude. The greed for money and power has blinded these boys and girls and I worry for the fate of the movie industry. The problem Nollywood is facing is giving a bad name to the industry and we are all suffering as a result of the endless petitions and acidic rivalry. Right now, I am supporting Zik Zulu Okafor and his executives because they have presented a breakdown of how they are disbursing the N50 million. But if Nollywood as a whole exhibited trust within itself and respected elders in the industry, they wouldn’t have these current misunderstandings. As for the Movie Makers Hall of Fame, it has been set up since 2002 with nobody’s financial support and this is a historical setup that should be appreciated. I hope the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, listen to Zik’s explanation and allow the industry to settle this money matter. We will make sure it goes to special programmes and awards that the money is meant for. However, I would like to offer free advice to Nollywood; we should all stop being sore losers once we fail at elections and we should also stop making a fool of this relevant Industry. My suggestion to Zik Zulu Okafor is that from now, he learns to be a tolerant leader and understand that others too are at liberty to express their fundamental rights. As for Alex Eyengho, I would advise him to watch his temper and utterances when talking to elders because 22 years is a big difference in age. It’s so sad that as long money is involved, it has become normal not to honour age or show since appreciation to one another in Nollywood.


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Kate Henshaw unveils autobiography Nollywood star Kate Henshaw launched her memoir: The World of an Actress: My Story on Tuesday, September 17 at the Agip Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The autobiography introduces readers to Kate’s world; from her childhood to the present day. Present at the book launch were top level personalities from government and corporate Nigeria, including Kate’s industry friends like Funke Akindele, Rita Dominic, Joke Silva, Julius Agwu, Ali Baba and Susan Peters, among others.

Kate Henshaw

Funke Akindele

L-R Comedian Ali Baba, Eunice Efole and comedian Julius Agwu

Rachel Oniga

L-R Azuka Ogujiuba, Basorge Tariah Jnr and Rita Dominic

L-R Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Ltd, Keith Richard; Stage and screen veteran, Joke Silva and 1st Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi

DStv Basketball Throwdown in Lagos Last Saturday, the DSTV Basketball Throwdown took place at the University of Lagos Indoor Sports Hall, Akoka, Lagos. The star-studded celebrity challenge event was organised by urban music channel, Channel O and MultiChoice Nigeria/DSTV for the company’s 20th anniversary celebration. Competiting teams were the Channel O Basketball and Beat 99.9 FM Team (eventual winners). Music performances came from Olamide and Burna Boy. Dr Femi Olaleye and a student doing the self breast examination

On the playing court

L-R Jimmie Akinsola, M.I and Douglas Jeken

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Exquisite’s walk against cancer As part off eff A efforts fforts to iincrease ncrease awareness about cancer and help reduce the rate of deaths caused by the disease in the country, Nokia, Sahara Group and a host of top Nigerian celebrities collaborated with Exquisite Magazine to organise the 2013 edition of the Exquisite Magazine against Cancer (EMAC) walk in Lagos. The one-day walk held on Saturday, September 7.

Actor Gbenro Ajibade and BBA The Chase finalist Melvin Oduah

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2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Concept cars win strong acclaim

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he ongoing 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show which opened on Thursday, September 12, is one of the most popular in the world with the display of modern and electrical cars by auto manufacturers. This year’s edition like the past ones also witnesses an array of cars with glitz. Since the 10-day show is being held in the Germany, the home of some of the strongest auto manufacturers in the world, the Germans are out in force with production cars like the BMW i8 and Porsche 918 Spyder, and concepts like the radical Audi Nanuk Quattro. Apart from these, electric cars by German builders are just some of the nearly 70 world premieres at the show. German premium maker BMW has an entire hall to itself where pride of place is given to the new i3, its first-ever fully electric model with a driving range of between 130km and 300km, which is scheduled to hit Europe’s showrooms in November. Nearly every car that is on display features some form of green technology; plug-in hybrids and EVs were particularly numerous. Regardless of what was under the hood, there are plenty of great cars in Frankfurt. Some of the cars that attract attention at the ongoing show are:

Audi Nanuk Quattro Audi Auto Company with its latest style, combined a mid-engine sports car with an off-road vehicle, which makes it a crossover. The Nanuk Quattro’s styling looks like a combination of an R8 and a Dakar racer, and Audi says the Nanuk Quattro is just as capable off-road as a normal supercar is on it. Power comes from a 5.0-litre turbo-diesel V10, which produces 544 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. That prodigious power gets the Nanuk Quattro to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 189.52 mph. Yet it still gets 30.16 mpg on the U.S. test cycle. Talk about the best of both worlds.

Audi Sport Quattro Concept Audi brought not one, but two fantastic concept cars to Frankfurt. Instead of inventing a new type of car, the Sport quattro references a classic Audi from the past. The original Sport Quattro was launched in 1983 and helped establish Audi’s reputation as a maker of performance cars. It’s all-wheel drive system and 306 hp inline-five engine made it a winner on the rally circuit. The new Sport Quattro would make a pretty good rally car, too. It has a plug-in hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, an eightspeed Tiptronic transmission, and an electric motor. Total system output is 700 hp and 590 lb-ft. Audi says the Sport Quattro will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph.

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pact crossover that will likely be based on the Toyota RAV4, and will be Lexus’ rival to the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and BMW X1. The concept version has a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four and an electric motor. It sounds like the same powertrain Lexus uses in the ES300h and IS300h.

Mercedes-Benz Concept S The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was one of the most underrated cars ever. It had all of the luxuries of the flagship S-Class, but did not make people assume that its owner was a dictator, Wall Street operator, or some other type of evil person. Perhaps to get the big coupe a little more attention, the new CL has been renamed S-Class Coupe. It is everything the name implies. That car was previewed at Frankfurt and hopefully not too much will change on the way to production. The styling has an elegance recent Mercedes models have lacked, yet it doesn’t look boring. The interior is trimmed in calfskin and a special “black diamond” metallic material. There is also a MoodGrid music system that automatically compiles playlists for the driver.

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irst, there was the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, then the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6, and now the Brabus B63S 700 6×6. Mercedes’ converted military vehicle keeps getting crazier. Brabus loves to take stock Benzes and turn them into insane performance machines, and that modus operandi apparently applies to everything Stuttgart makes. The B63S has the same 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as the “regular G63 AMG 6×6, but it now produces 690 hp and 708 lb-ft. It’s also got massive 37-inch tyres.

BMW i8 Probably the most anticipated new car debut at Frankfurt, the BMW i8 was originally shown as a concept in 2011. Two years later, the real deal is here. The plug-in hybrid sports car looks virtually the same as that 2011 concept, and that’s a good thing. It’s powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged triple and an electric motor. Combined, they produce 362 hp and 236 lb-ft. In maximum attack mode, the i8 will do 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. If drivers make the most of its 22-mile electric-only range, BMW says the i8 will do 113 mpg on the European combined cycle. BMW says the i8 will go on sale early 2014 for about $135,000.

Ferrari 458 Speciale The Speciale is a hardcore version of Ferrari’s already stellar 458 Italia supercar. Following in the footsteps of the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia, its singular focus is performance. Behind the headrests is the same 4.5-litre V8, now producing 597 hp and 398 lb-ft. Ferrari says the Speciale is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 road car it’s ever built. Ferrari also put the Speciale on a diet, dropping the curb weight from 3,274 pounds to 2,843 pounds. It also added special aerodynamic aids to balance downforce and drag. The result is a car that can do 0 to 62 mph in three seconds, flat.

Lexus LF-NX Concept Yes, this is a Lexus, not an urban assault vehicle from the future. The LF-NX is part RX, part LFA and part Road Warrior. Its styling is especially jarring considering that it’s a Lexus and a compact crossover, a type of vehicle usually driven by people who don’t want the entire Starbucks parking lot to cower in fear. Styling aside, the details of the LF-NX are much more mundane. It previews the 2015 NX, a production com-

Frankfurt is the home event for German carmakers, meaning even General Motors’ European division had to come up with something good. The Opel Monza is named after a line of Opel coupes from the 1970s and ‘80s, and would make a great addition to the line up today. It is dramatic skin is draped over a plug-in hybrid powertrain, featuring a 1.0-litre triple powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Open those roof-hinged doors and you will find a futuristic dashboard that uses LED projection tech to produce one seemless display; no gauges or centere stack touch screens here. The display features 3D graphics and three settings to filter information, keeping drivers from getting overwhelmed by their magic dashboards.

Porsche 918 Spyder Porsche finally unveiled the production version of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar at Frankfurt. Like the BMW i8, this car has been previewed and teased many times, building much anticipation about seeing the final product. The 918 is powered by a race-inspired 4.6-litre V8 and two electric motors; one helps power the rear wheels, the other drives the front wheels. Total system output is 887 hp and 590 lb-ft. With all that power, the 918 will do 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, but it can also cruise for 18 miles, at speeds of up to 93 mph, on electricity alone. That is something rival hybrids LaFerrari and McLaren P1 can’t do. That is why Porsche says the 918 will achieve 85 mpg on the European cycle. However, all of that capability comes at a price, specifically, $845,000.

Jaguar C-X17 The C-X17 concept is much more than a preview of what might ultimately become a production crossover for Jaguar. The company insists that it has not laid plans to build something like this yet, but it is very presence in Frankfurt this week suggests otherwise. Regardless of whether or not the company decides to build a sport crossover, and it really should, the platform is what counts the most here. Jaguar’s new scalable aluminium platform set to underpin an upcoming midsize sport sedan is hiding underneath. Most importantly, the brand promises to have models in showrooms by 2015 for global markets and 2016 for North America.

Volkswagen e-Golf Electric cars are all the rage at Frankfurt this year, with the Volkswagen e-Golf just adding to the trend. This electric-powered variant is expected to have a 118mile range with an 87 mph top speed and will go on sale in Europe next year. Americans will have to wait until mid-next year at the earliest to get their hands on this electric hatchback.

Tesla Model S The American electric darling, the Tesla Model S, is on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Tesla Motors is currently building a network of fast-charging stations, free to Model S drivers, with plans to have a 98 per cent of Americans within battery range by 2015.

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n all-new version of the Kia Soul makes its European debut last week at the 65th Frankfurt Auto Show. It is joined by a dramatic new urban B-segment concept vehicle, the Kia Niro, which makes its world premiere, as well as the new bi-fuel Kia Picanto LPG and upgraded Kia Optima. An online statement sent by the media agent of Kia Nigeria Motors stated that the all-new Kia Soul stays true to the original iconic design, with modern design cues matched by improved dynamics and a range of economical engines. The smooth new-look exterior the statement said is inspired by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept and introduces a thoroughly fresh, more grown-up appearance without losing its individualistic edge. The biggest technical change for the new 2014 Soul is the adoption of an all-new platform, based on that of the latest Kia cee’d. The result is greatly improved ride and handling compared with the outgoing model, as well as more mature and composed on-road behavior. The second-generation Soul will also be the best in its class for refinement, a result of the car’s upgraded suspension, 29 per cent stiffer body shell and comprehensive soundproofing. Interior noise levels are reduced by approximately three decibels. Subtly larger dimensions also mean the new model offers buyers a more practical proposition, with a longer wheelbase and wider track contributing to greater cabin space and cargo capacity. Leg, head and shoulder room are increased for all passengers, while the cargo area is increased by four per cent to 354 litres (plus additional under floor storage) with the rear seats upright. Environmental performance for the new model is also improved. Buyers will be able to choose between the latest versions of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI fuel and CRDi diesel engines, as well as six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Both engines are carried over from the outgoing model, and feature improved efficiency with lower emissions. The all-new Kia Soul will go on sale across Europe in 2014, when the full model line-up, choice of petrol and diesel power trains, performance, economy, equipment specifications and prices will be confirmed. Kia will also be showing the new Kia Niro, a dramatic new European concept car, which hints at a possible future B-segment contender ready to take on the urban environment with style and tenacity. The Kia Niro previews an innovative new power train, featuring Kia’s turbocharged 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ engine, developing 160 ps through a seven-speed, dualclutch transmission. While the engine drives the front wheels, an electric-hybrid system powered from regenerative braking delivers up to 45 ps (33 kW) to the rear wheels – when road conditions require extra grip.


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Man to lose home to make way for stadium again

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ohei Jinno fans out the black and white photos of his family

posing proudly in front of their central Tokyo home, a house they were forced

Resident Kohei Jinno, 79, showing a photograph of himself (2nd L wearing suit) taken on January 2, 1957 in front of his previous home in Tokyo. PHOTO: REUTERS

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director of a Zimbabwe hotel said he was shocked when a maid discovered a crocodile lurking beneath the bed in his room. Guy Whittall, 40, a director at the Humani Lodge, said he was eat-

ing his breakfast when he heard the maid scream at discovering a 330-pound croc under his bed, the Daily Star, London, reported Wednesday. “The really disconcerting thing is that I was sitting on the edge of the

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bed, barefoot and just centimetres away from the croc,” Whittall said, “Crocodiles are experts at hiding, that’s why they have survived on Earth for so long and why they are the ultimate killers in water,”

he said. “They know how to keep quiet and go unnoticed, it’s in their nature.” Whittall said he and some workers removed the crocodile from the room and freed it in the nearby Turgwe River.

to leave ahead of the 1964 Olympic Games to make way for construction of the main stadium. Now Jinno, 79, has to move again. The public housing complex where he and his wife live, close to the stadium and the site of his former home - currently a parking lot - is slated to be destroyed as part of construction of a new stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which Tokyo won the right to host again earlier this month. “Fate has not been kind to me. It may be great fortune for the nation, but having to leave this place fills me with sadness,” he told Reuters. “I just feel that had it not been for the Olympics, my life would have been so different.” The current National Olympic Stadium, which holds an almost iconic place in Japanese hearts for being the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1964 Games, when Japan became the first Asian nation to host the Olympics, is set to be

demolished in 2014 to make way for newer facilities. Its replacement, a futuristic spaceship-like venue by Zaha Hadid, who designed the aquatics center for the London 2012 Games, will have 80,000 seats compared to the current 50,000 and play a key role when Japan hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Jinno, who grew up with nine brothers, was born in a house that is now a concrete carpark by the National Stadium in downtown Tokyo. After that house burned down during World War Two, they moved to a home 20 metres away, where Jinno ran a tobacconist’s from a shop attached to the family house. Ahead of the 1964 Olympics, their house and about 100 others were forced to move to make way for the stadium and a surrounding park. The site of their home was paved over for the carpark, the greenery that blanketed the area was cut down, and a nearby river buried in concrete.


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Business & Finance Duplication of taxes in Nigeria is frustrating and has become a problem that needs urgent solution to engender healthy entrepreneurship

It is very clear that there is a growing investor confidence in the Nigerian economy and this happens only in a prudently managed economy

- President Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Mr. Mark-Anthony Dike

COORDINATING MINISTER OF THE ECONOMY AND MINISTER OF FINANCE, MRS. NGOZI OKONJOIWEALA

SWF’ll shield Nigerian economy from shocks –CBN UDO ONYEKA AND JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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entral Bank of Nigeria, Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, has said that the establishment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), was part of the financial sector reforms in the financial sector to prosper and shield the economy from adverse global shocks. Sanusi, who spoke yesterday in Lagos at the Euromoney Conference, said that the fund would cushion the economy in the event of global oil price crash. The governor, who was represented at the event by Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, CBN, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, said the Sovereign Wealth Fund and the excess crude account are a buffer that will stabilise the economy in case of future problem. “The Sovereign Wealth Fund was created to redistribute oil wealth for the benefit of the present and future generations. “It will also help in providing critical social infrastructure to stimulate

private sector investments for economic growth,” he said. Sanusi said that due to the various reforms, the nation’s external reserves had increased from $44.2 billion in December 2012 to $46.9 billion in August 2013. He said the CBN’s decision to increase cash reserve requirement (CRR) on public sector deposits to 50 per cent up from 12 per cent have started yielding posi-

tive fruits as banks have become more creative in rending quality service and making money. He said that the CBN took the action on CRR as a result of what it observed, a situation where bank had so much relied on government funds to run the banks. “We had to take that decision to save the banking sector”. The governor said that the far-reaching trans-

formation in the banking sector was to bring out the best in the banks operating in the country, so that they can offer robust services to their customers. He charged banks on the need to speedily move towards diversification as a way to ensure a better, more effective service. He said even though all environments are not the same, “but Nigerian banks have learnt a lot from

banks in developed climes and that is the reason they are playing an important role in the continent’s economic trajectory”. He advised banks to invest in agriculture. “We have encouraged banks to open desk for agric. We want to show them that they can make money by supporting agric businesses. We would not force banks to lend”, he said. He said that a total of

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L-R: Deputy President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Alhaji Remi Bello; Head of Inspectorate & Compliance, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Egwu Obayi and Director, Laboratory Services, Mr. Louis Njoku, at an interactive forum of LCCI and SON in Lagos on Wednesday.

JPMorgan pays $920m in penalties for failures in risk systems, financial reporting UDO ONYEKA

N199.25bn out of the N200bn Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme had been disbursed to finance 270 projects in 30 states.

terms made public by regulators on Thursday. The penalties include $300 million to the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, $200 million to the Federal Reserve, $200 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and 137.6 million pounds ($219.74 million) to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. The regulators’ citations focus on failures in

risk management and financial reporting systems. The biggest U.S. bank was also cited for failing to tell its board of directors and regulators about deficiencies in its risk management systems that had been identified by management. The settlements are a major milestone in the drive by JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon to resolve legal issues weigh-

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ing on the bank, but leave unresolved a probe by U.S. prosecutors into the derivatives debacle. The “London Whale” derivatives losses last year totaled $6.2 billion. Dimon, in a statement issued by the company, said, “We have accepted responsibility and acknowledged our mistakes from the start, and we have learned from them and worked to fix them.”

Bruno Iksil, the trader whose large bets earned him the nickname “London Whale,” has signed a cooperation agreement with prosecutors and has not been charged with any wrongdoing. JPMorgan also faces other investigations into areas that include possible bribery in hiring practices in China and potentially fraudulent sales of mortgage securities.

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Fees dispute: Cargo agents still locked out of MMA2 OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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ive days after some of the cargo agents operating in Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, BASL, operators of the Murtala Mohammed airport Two, MMA2, Lagos were stopped from entering the cargo section, the agents are yet to return to their duty post. The National Vice President, Domestic Airport Cargo Agents Association, DACAA, Mr. Martins Onumara, confirmed this to our correspondent yesterday. It would be recalled that BASL had on Monday locked out about 250 cargo agents operating from the terminal due to their inability to pay an annual registration fee of N150,000 required from by the management before they would be allowed to carry out their operations in the terminal.

L-R: Representative of the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Ike Azogu; Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed; Director, Quarra Rice Mills Ltd. Dr. Christopher Okeke and Secretary to Kwara State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, during the commissioning of Quarra Rice Mills Ltd. at Tsaragi in Edu Local Government Area, yesterday.

The agent under the umbrella of DACAA condemned the action. Speaking on phone with our

correspondent on the issue, Onumara said that the terminal operator was yet to shift its ground on the issue, but noted

US agency sponsors summit for Nigeria’s electricity distribution PAUL ARHEWE

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he United States Trade and Development Agency, USTDA, is sponsoring a Reverse Trade Mission, RTM, to Washington from October 15 to 25, as part of its effort aimed at modernising Nigeria’s electricity distribution infrastructure. Senior executives from four leading distribution companies, DISCOs, – Abuja, Benin, Eko, and Ikeja – with a combined procurement budget of over $800 million, will participate in the summit, according to a report from PR Web. The delegation will comprise senior decision makers from Nigeria’s newly privatised electricity distribution companies, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and a commercial

representative from the U.S. Embassy in Abuja. As part of the Federal Government’s Power Sector Reform Roadmap, the sector is being overhauled to accelerate the expansion of power supply while dramatically improving service delivery, revenue recovery and efficiency across the power sector value chain. A cornerstone of this reform is the ongoing privatization of eleven distribution companies in Nigeria. “The expected growth in Nigeria’s power sector is creating unprecedented opportunities for U.S. firms,” noted USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Paul Marin. “The recent privatization of Nigeria’s distribution sector will enable critical investments to be made and improve electricity services throughout the country in coming years.”

The RTM will expose Nigerian delegates to U.S. technologies, equipment, and services, as well as policies, regulations, financing mechanisms and management structures that can support the implementation of smart grid infrastructure in Nigeria’s distribution companies. U.S. companies are being encouraged to participate in this RTM. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

Nigeria’s regional economic integration growing, says Visa KUNLE AZEEZ

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lobal payment company, Visa, has declared that economic integration between Nigeria and countries at regional level is witnessing appreciable improvement. This was the outcome of a Visa Africa Integration Index, VAII, study, unveiled in Lagos yesterday. The index measures the degree of economic integration within key trade corridors of sub-Sahara Africa, including West Africa, East Africa and South Africa. The study carried out over a three-year period, in conjunction with a Visiting Professor of Economics at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, GIBS, Johannesburg, Prof Adrian Saville, offers a detailed analysis of key

country clusters in sub-Saharan African, revealing strengths and areas of growth potential. The 11 countries studies include Nigeria and Ghana, for West Africa; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania for East Africa; and South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia in the Southern Africa. The 11 constituent countries are highly representative of the region, with a combined population of 437 million people or 55 per cent of the total population at the end of 2012, with Trade, Capital, Information and People, TCIP, used as key metrics in measuring integration According to the study Nigeria, the second largest economic Africa, has an integration score of 40.6 at the end of 2012 on the Visa Africa Integration Index, improving from 37.7 at the start of 2011.

“The gain reflects greater regional integration; though Nigeria’s global integration has remained static over the same period.” Commenting on the index, Visa Country Manager for West Africa, Mr. Ade Asaye, said while the country’s levels of regional integration still are relatively low, Nigeria is likely to be one of the key drivers of integration in Africa and one of the primary forces of African integration with the rest of the world. “While the Nigerian economy is diversifying, aided by an increasing number of Nigerian multinationals emerging and expanding across the continent, Nigerians themselves will be the true catalyst of integration, which is evident in the improving depth of the people component,” he said.

that it had informed its parent body, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, hoping that both parties would reach a truce very soon. He added that the cargo agents on Tuesday met with the cargo manager of MMA2, one Rafael on the issue, but insisted that the management would not shift its ground. He said that BASL is asking them to pay another registration fee after they had registered

with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, which he said would amount to double charges on DACAA members. He added that BASL only provides the agents with a concession hall at the MMA 2 terminal in Lagos while FAAN he said has processing offices across the country where agents can process their cargoes. He said, “Each of us had registered with FAAN to the tune of N300,000 for the year to operate as domestic airport agents within the airport. Registering with BASL again after that of FAAN would amount to double charges on the agents. “There is no added facilities being provided by BASL at MMA2 terminal for agents and there would be no dividends that we would be enjoyed if we pay another registration fee.” However, Mr. Steve OmolaleAjulo, the Public Relations Manager of BASL, had then in a telephone interview said that the company locked out touts and not genuine cargo agents. BASL gave them a two-month ultimatum for them to register and to properly identify themselves as genuine cargo agents, he said

Unity Bank posts 24% half-year PBT TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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nity Bank has recorded 24 per cent increase in its pre-tax profit for the 2013 half-year with the bank’s total assets rising to about N452.6 billion as at June 30, 2013 up from the about N395.7 billion recorded at the end of the 2012 financial year. The unaudited IFRS Report of the Bank for the operational period under review by National Mirror indicated that the net loans and advances to customers increased from N189 billion in December 2012 to N219 billion by June 30 this year. The bank’s 24 per cent increase in PBT is coming close on the heels of the 130 per cent increase in the bank’s Profit After Tax (PAT) at the end of the 2012 financial year, which was considered by financial analysts as relatively more favourable for financial sector operators than the subsisting one. The Bank’s Gross earnings at the end of 2012 increased by 16 per cent while total operating expenses declined by eight per cent and interest and similar income grew by 30 per cent, impacting positively on its cost to income ratio, a development There are strong indications that the impressive performance, despite increasing regulatory pressure and global economic

slowdown, may have stimulated foreign and domestic venture capitalists’ interest in the bank, amongst few other high potential financial service providers, in the country for equity stakes. Although officials of the bank were unwilling to comment on the issue, feelers within financial cycles suggest an anticipation of new capital injection in Unity Bank that may significantly impact its operations and desire to become one of the five leading players in the financial services sector A source confirmed that Unity Bank’s ISO certification in August 2012 and PCIDSS in April this year, which made it the second of the only two banks in Nigeria in possession of two of the world’s international certification for future-ready financial service provision in the digital age, are attractive assets stoking the desire of the foreign investors to partner with the bank. Investigations indicated that some of the local and international investment companies making moves to partner with the Bank, which is currently expanding its business reach and growing its market share in Nigeria’s underexploited retail banking subsector of the banking industry include, the Lagos-based Verod Capital Management, the UKbased


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South Africa seeks better business partnership, reviews visa regime UDO ONYEKA

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xpectations are high that Nigerians with business interest in the South African economy may soon heave a sigh of relief as the newly appointed South African High Commissioner to Nigeria; Mr. Lulu Luis Mnguni, has disclosed his readiness to revisit the country’s visa regime in order to ensure that Nigerians doing business in South Africa gets a three-year. He made his intensions known while responding to complaints from the Nigerian business community that SA embassy has formed the habit of issuing a three-month visa to business men who have permanent and genuine businesses in South Africa; a situation they said has prompted many to frequent the embassy for another visa on return to Nigeria.

The high commissioner who decried the existing visa regime said such practice if allowed unchecked, could continue to kill businesses and may affect future trade relations between South Africa and Nigeria. At the September breakfast meeting of the Nigeria South African Chamber of Commerce, yesterday, Mnguni explained that on his assumption of office earlier this year, he told the Nigerian embassy in South Africa that “we have applied for a granting of three-year visas to their business people, they said they will also try and push towards that.” “So we have done this and we are monitoring it as we move on so as to increase it or at least do something about it. And of course, we have seen businesses being frustrated due to short duration visa given to the promoters of such businesses. So we said this is not good.

“If we are serious about promoting vibrant businesses in South Africa and Nigeria, we have to increase it to three years visa for business people. We need to embrace each other and we have to make sure that business people will get three-year visas and on time too,” the high commissioner said. He believes that SA cannot look at relationship with Nigeria outside and independent of the history of the country as it relates to those sister countries that helped South Africa in fighting for self rule. Mnguni recounted his experience as one of those who were involved in the South African struggle, further stated that the country’s high commission discussed the issue of no-visa requirement for the Nigerian diplomatic corps passports and the South African president accepted the idea.

L-R: Member of the Committee on Industry, Dr Simon Mwadkwon; Chairman, Hon Mohammed Ogoshi Anawo and Managing Director\CEO, Kam Industry, Alhaji Kamaldeen Yusuf, during the visit to the beneficiary industries in the Central Bank of Nigeria/ Bank of Industy intervention fund in Kwara State, yesterday.

Osun spends N200m monthly on O’YES cadets’ allowances –Aregbesola TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he Govenor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said the State Government had been committing about N200 million to payment of allowances for the over 20,000 youths engaged in the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES) and commended the Federal Government for replicating the model at the federal level through the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO). Aregbesola, who spoke at the occasion of the formal kickoff of the YESSO, which was launched yesterday by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance in

Abuja, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, specifically described the move by the Federal Government as a worthy cause deserving all stakeholders’ support in view of the achievements recorded by his state in its efforts to create jobs for youths. He explained: “Today’s launching of the YESSO programme is a forward leap for us as a nation in our concerted drive to surmount the scourge of youth unemployment in the country. “It is most comforting for me to note that our tiny State of Osun has been able to contribute something meaningful to our national development effort. The idea of youth employment that has now snowballed into a national programme was conceived as a pragmatic ap-

proach to tackling the chronic and dangerous problem of unemployment among our youths in the state. “Happily, O’YES became a very effective mechanism of massive public sector employment that offered some income, but great hope for the youths that are absorbed into the scheme. Through the scheme alone, N200 million is injected into the economy of Osun every month as allowances for the cadets which naturally is accompanied by its multiplier effects. “The success of the programme attracted the attention of the World Bank, which studied it and certified it to be a viable and sustainable solution to the problem of youth unemployment in Nigeria. It consequently recommended it to the Federal Government and other States in the country”, Aregbesola recounted.

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BBM goes live on android, iPhone devices KUNLE A ZEEZ

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conic mobile social network, Blackberry Messenger, BBM, hitherto exclusive to Blackberry devices will now be available on Android devices on September 21 and iPhone on September 22, Blackberry has announced. “BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is simple to use, easy to personalize and has an immediacy that is necessary for mobile communications,” Executive Vice President for BBM at BlackBerry, Andrew Bocking, said in a abatement yesterday. “With more than a billion Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones in the market, and no dominant mobile messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to An-

droid and iPhone customers.” According to him, BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x) beginning at 7AM EDT on September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time on September 22. “BBM will continue to evolve quickly. Later this year, BBM Channels will provide a forum for active, real conversations between you and the people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more, that matter to you. “By creating a Channel, individuals and brands can engage their friends and communities in conversations sparked by their thoughts, ideas and passions.”

ITF offers skills training to 1,000 youths in Kaduna

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irector-General of the Industrial Training fund, ITF, Prof. Longmas Wapmuk, has appealed to youths in the country to utilise the opportunity given to them by the government, to achieve their goals in life. He made the call yesterday in Kaduna during the graduation ceremony of 1, 000 trainees of the second phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP). Wapmuk said the programme was aimed at empowering the youth with technical and vocational skills in various trades for them to be gainfully employed. According to him, NISDP is executed through elementary strategies which comprise formal and informal skills acquisition processes. He added that the programme was to shore up skills shortages among youths by building their

capacity for them to be absorbed by others or be self employed. The director-general added that the ITF would deliver quality services in promoting and encouraging the acquisition of skills in industry, commerce and other sectors of the national economy. “If we must address some economic vices plaguing the nation such as kidnapping, armed robberies, religious intolerance, technical and vocational acquisition is what we need,” he said. He advised youths to support the empowerment programmes of ITF to fast track the rapid industrialisation and sustainable development of the country. In his speech, the Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, said ITF programmes had helped the state government to attain success in its policy of poverty reduction.

First Bank’s CEO chairs UN Forum on Africa

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roup Managing Director/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bisi Onasanya, will today join global political and business leaders in New York for the Africa Private Sector Forum as the world considers a new global architecture for the private sector on sustainability and contribution to global priorities and the public good. According to a statement by the bank yesterday, the event is part of activities lined up for the ongoing United Nations triennial Global Compact Leaders Summit in the United States of America. Onasanya will chair a session on Innovative and Sustainable Financing which will explore the role of Government, business and private finance in establishing innovative and sustainable financing mechanisms to support

development in Africa. UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon, President Goodluck Jonathan, Samuel di Piazza, Vice Chair, Institutional Clients Group, CITI, US; Global Chairman, Deloitte, Steve Almond; Hon. Gordon Brown and Dr Mo Ibrahim are expected to attend the forum. The First Bank boss will moderate high-level roundtable discussions focused on four themes - Employment and Inclusive Growth, Education, Women’s Empowerment, and Innovative and Sustainable Financing. The Forum will also launch the Africa Sustainability Barometer, a comprehensive, regionwide assessment of sustainable business practice, covering international companies with operations in the region, as well as local and regional companies.


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48-hour cargo delivery target still a mirage The projection of achieving 48-hour cargo delivery at Nigeria’s seaports still proves to be a mirage even after eight years since the target was declared. FRANCIS EZEM reports.

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pecial adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on monitoring and evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye, who also heads the presidential committee on port reform last year claimed that dwell time of cargo at Nigeria’s seaports has reduced from 39 to five days from the date of arrival of the consignment. The special adviser, who spoke against the background of the transfer of about 5,000 abandoned containers at Apapa and Tin Can Island ports to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, disclosed that goal of the committee was to achieve 48-hour cargo clearance. The erudite professor was carried away with the temporary removal of the trucks that were parked indiscriminately on port access roads such as Mile 2-Apapa Expressway, among several others, which returned less than two weeks after. More than one year after, official records show that it takes over 21 days to clear a consignment from any of the nation’s seaports, except in ports associated with Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) operations. The chaotic nature of cargo clearing processes at the nation’s seaports, which has made it practically impossible for consignments to leave the port terminals within 21 days, has however worsened in the recent past. For instance, a Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) report on Nigerian seaports released recently by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), indicated that it takes over 79 signatures to clear a consignment from Nigeria’s seaports. The report, which was the outcome of a fourmonth corruption assessment study carried out by the commission in conjunction with the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption (TUGAR) and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), stated that an importer or clearing agent requires a minimum of 79 signatures of government officials to clear goods. Consultant to the ICPC on the CRA study, Mr. Constantine Palicarsky who presented the report to stakeholders at a validation meeting, also identified the lack of standard operation procedure by the various government agencies as a major hindrance to efficient port operations thus giving rise to corruption in the system. He had insisted that while it takes 79 signatures to process a cargo in some ports, it takes over 100 signatures in other ports, an indication that the process is not harmonised, which breeds corruption. The question many stakeholders seem to have been asking is whether these about 100 signatures could all be signed in 48 hours even if they are going to be signed by the same person within one office. This brings to fore the cosmetic approach to addressing issues in Nigeria as was seen in the claims by Professor Monye, who obviously just wanted to impress the president by deluding the public. Nearly every Minister of Finance or Transport in Nigeria in the last eight years has laid claims to working on a projection designed to achieve 48-hour cargo delivery. Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who had last year announced a reduction in the number of government agencies that participate in cargo inspection at the ports from 14 to about six, had insisted that the aim was to reduce the number of days it takes to clear a consignment.

Containers handling operation at APMT Apapa

THE INABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO FACILITATE INTERCONNECTIVITY AMONG VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS SUCH

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“I am here with a simple message from Mr. President and that message is that it is time for our seaports to start working and they must start working for honest and hardworking Nigerians, not for those who are working to make things more complicated, make money out of our ports and make things more difficult for honest business person man or woman in this country”, she had said. “We must make our ports work for Nigerians who want to create jobs, that is what Mr. President wants us to do and our being here today is a demonstration that we need to act and that this is no longer time for talking. We know that without an efficient port system, there would be high cost in the economy and so what we are doing now is to reduce those costs so that our business people would have the wherewithal to create more jobs,” she had insisted. Though the minister meant well in her desire to make the ports work, the approach was faulty. The minister had supposedly announced the sack of agencies such as National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Directorate of Naval Intelligence and Standards Organisation of Nigeria. Others include, Nigerian Plant Quarantine Services, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, among others. Also barred from participating in goods inspection were the Intelligence Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service, the enforcement unit of

the service as well as the controversial Comptroller General’s special squad. But in real sense, all these agencies merely relocated from the port premises but still actively sign import documents from their operational bases. In fact it has been alleged that they constitute nearly half of these 100 signatures. A frontline freight forwarder and pioneer chairman of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Mr. Tony IjuNwabunike, who spoke in an interview, attributed the unattainable nature of this projection to the presence of these agencies and well as duplication of units by the Nigeria Customs Service. “I think government should really exercise its oversight functions by making sure that things actually work at the ports, by calling a spade a spade and by streamlining their agencies operating at the ports, they must make sure that things work. He also said: “For example the Customs should choose the number of its units that do cargo examination so that things will move faster”. “These things are actually man -made problems because if we allow the current Automated System For Customs Data (ASYCUDA), to work as it should, within 24 hours not even 48 hours one should take delivery of his consignments. But there are so many bottlenecks created by some people who actually make things difficult to do the clearing and forwarding, to take delivery of the goods at the ports”, he also said. Meanwhile, immediate past chairman of the Tin Can Island chapter of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Mr. Kayode Farinto, insists that the dream of achieving a 48-hour cargo clearance at the seaports would continue to be unrealisable until necessary measures were put in place, which also includes streamlining these agencies.. “The inability of the government to facilitate interconnectivity among various stakeholders such as the Nigeria Customs Service, terminal operators and shipping companies, will continue to hinder speedy and efficient cargo delivery within 48 hours”, he argued. “48-hour cargo clearance is achievable in Nigeria since it has been achieved in other seaports, including some West African countries but it is not feasible for now due to the lack of interconnectivity among the various agencies operating in the seaports”, he noted. It is therefore expedient for the government to address the real issues than engaging in mere rhetorics.


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FG backs private sector investors on 2,000 trucks acquisition plan STORIES: FRANCIS EZEM

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he Federal Government has thrown its full weight behind the partnership between the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and Multi-Trade Nigeria Limited, an indigenous company, which is expected to lead to the acquisition of brand new trucks for the members of the association to be deployed for lifting of containers from the nation’s seaports. Under the deal, Multi-Trade is also to supply members of the association a total of 2,000 units of brand new Mack trucks to the association under a 25-year hire purchase scheme. Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on maritime services, Mr. Leke Oyewole, who commended the initiative of the indigenous company, noted that the deployment of 2000 would positively affect operations at the seaports, which have been bogged down by rickety and over-aged trucks which constitute a nuisance on the roads. According to him, not only will the deal bring about sanity on port access roads, which have over the years been littered with rickety and unserviceable trucks, thus causing traffic gridlocks, it will enhance efficiency port operations. It was gathered that the 25-year deal will also include the development a multi-million truck terminal located at the Trade Fair Complex with a capacity of over 5,000, which would serve as a

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holding bay for the trucks, which would now go in turns to pick or drop containers to forestall any chaos on the port roads. “I wish to commend the efforts and resilience of Alhaji Dantata, Chairman of Multi-Trade in going into partnership with the truck owners, which is healthy for the port industry in particular and the nation’s economy in general”, he said. He also said: “The deployment of 2000 brand new trucks to lift containers will bring about a lot of transformation to the system, which the Federal Government alone could not have done effectively”. The presidential aide noted that the provision of the truck terminal, which has hotel and other lodging facilities

would enable the truck drivers to relax in a good environment, observe some rest while waiting for their turns, a development that would reduce the carnage on the roads caused by the fact that the drivers may not have relaxed before embarking on the next journey. He, however, challenged other private sector operators to partner the government in its efforts to transform the Nigerian nation’s economy, arguing that government alone cannot do much without the support and cooperation of such operators. Chairman of the association, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, who spoke in Lagos, had disclosed that the decision of the association, which is also fusing with other sister groups such as the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), is to

NAGAFF bows to CRFFN on illegal fees collection

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he National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), said it will comply with the directive of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) over alleged imposition of illegal port charges on operators. The council, Federal Government’s apex regulator of the freight forwarding industry had directed that every unapproved levy collection at the ports must stop forth with, warning that any one that caught will be made to face a full wrath of the law. The directive was sequel to allegations that the Joint Task Force of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and NAGAFF currently collect illegal fees at the Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL), National Aviation Handling Company Limited (NAHCO), Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) and the West African Container Terminal (WACT) both in Onne, Port Harcourt President of the association, Mr Eugene Nweke, who spoke in a telephone interview, noted that any one caught collecting any fees under any guise does so at his or her own risk as no one would claim ignorance of the directive of the council. According to him, as the regulatory body, the council has the powers and mandate of the government to regulate such issues at the nation’s air and seaports and must therefore be obeyed and supported in trying to do that. He however noted that what the association will not accept is the blackmail in

some quarters in which some people claim that the action of the council was in line with a petition written by some people. “We are aware that the enforcement officers of the council are currently touring the ports and if in that process they discover that some people collect illegal fees, the council has the right to exercise its statutory powers by stopping that”, he said. He, therefore, called on all other operators especially freight forwarders and clearing agents to queue behind the council in its efforts to reform and reposition the freight forwarding industry. Deputy registrar of the council, Mr. Basil Nwosu, had said in a telephone interview that it has been discovered that these associations impose illegal collections on hapless stakeholders, which will no longer be tolerated. According to him, “prior to the enactment of the CRFFN Act, which also created the council and charged it with the duty of regulating the industry, anybody would have collected any levy or fee under any guise. “But with the passage of the act and coming on stream of the council, it has become illegal to collect any of such fees and so the council will not fail to come heavily on such operators”, he warned. He also disclosed that the recently inaugurated enforcement officers of the council have done a thorough job during their visit to all the air and seaport formations across the country by establishing that such illegal charges were actually imposed on air and seaport service users.

rid the nation’s roads of old and rickety trucks. According to him, the association has over the years been worried by the state of most of the trucks that lift consignments from the nation’s seaports, most of which broke down on the road thus causing untold hardship to other road users. He had also disclosed that in the absence of any form of funding or incentive from anywhere, the members had to stick to what they had, but assured that with the current arrangement, most of such trucks would be out of the road. It was also gathered that the members of the association had over the years been groaning under the high handedness of operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), who have continued to impound their trucks and impose huge fines on them ranging from N200, 000, N250, 000 and sometimes N350, 000. It was further gathered that the truck terminal at the International Trade Fair Complex is being built on a large parcel of land in excess of 50 acres of land with a capacity of over 5, 000 trucks. The AMATO- boss had also disclosed that the first batch of the trucks numbering about 120 have actually arrived at one of the seaports in Lagos, while the arrival of the second batch is being delayed by the decision of the Nigeria Customs Service to impose duty on the first batch, which both parties are currently trying to work out.

ITF urges sanctions over overweight containers

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he International Transport Federation is calling on governments and industry bodies to back a proposed amendment that will tackle the dangers posed by unweighed or wrongly declared shipping containers. The amendment to the existing Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) has been tabled at a meeting of the International Maritime Organisation sub–committee on dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers. The meeting will decide if the weighing of packed shipping containers will be made mandatory. The ITF has been lobbying for nearly a decade for a compulsory international system of container weighing to be introduced in ports. Currently there is a reliance on self-regulation by shippers. The ITF proposal stipulates that there should be an international law requiring mandatory weighing of loaded containers, a process in place to address mis-declaration of container weights, and that ships’ masters should be able to refuse to load un- or mis-declared containers. The ITF amendment is supported by the United States and Danish governments as well as industry bodies including the World Shipping Council (WSC) and the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). The ITF is urging other country and industry representatives to demonstrate their commitment to worker and public safety standards by backing the SOLAS amendment.

ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers’ section Mr. Paddy Crumlin explained: “This is a key issue for transport workers worldwide. We estimate containers that are declared as one weight but in reality are substantially lighter or heavier, may be in the region of 20 per cent of all cargo. This presents a major health and safety risk to dockers loading and unloading in ports, to seafarers onboard cargo vessels, and to drivers transporting containers on the roads.” He continued: “But this isn’t just a worker issue. When a truck jack-knifes because it can’t handle the burden of the container, if a cargo ship splits in two because it’s been overloaded, when port equipment and infrastructure are prematurely worn down because of overweight containers, then you have a major issue for the public, for the environment and for shipping companies. “It is time for this issue to get the weighty response it deserves and we want to see governments and industry players get behind the SOLAS amendment so that an appropriate response to the issue can be delivered, via the IMO.” The ITF submission cites the recent loss of the MOL Comfort, a five-year old containership, recently surveyed which broke in half and eventually sank. “This once again raises the question of the carriage of containers that have not been weighed and practice of operating on only a declared weight,” the submission stated.


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Agri Business

Friday, September 20, 2013

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Poultry assets stand at N320bn, says PAN

...bemoans high incidence of smuggling of frozen products MESHACK IDEHEN

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bout 85 million Nigerians were into some type of family poultry production, constituting an asset base of N320 billion and about 25 per cent to the domestic agriculture output, poultry farmers under the auspices of Poultry Association of Nigeria, PAN has said. The farmers however express regret that smuggling of poultry products into the country resulted in losses of up to N2 billion annually. Speaking with journalists on Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Director-General of PAN, Mr Onallo Akpa, lamented that the Federal Government was not providing enough support for the poultry sub-sector, despite its huge contribution to the nation’s economic development of Nigeria. PAN also accused the Federal Government of neglect of poultry farmers in the country, following their non-inclusion in the ongoing Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) programme of the agriculture sector. While harping on the opportunities and challenges facing the organisation over the years, the PAN DG said the association

has, despite the numerous challenges it was grappling with, been able to place Nigeria as the number one egg producing country in Africa, and fourth in broiler meat production in the continent. He disclosed that Nigeria also currently produces over 553, 000 metric tons of eggs and 708, 000 metric tons of broiler meat

on an annual basis, while commercial poultry production currently stands at over N51.2 billion. According to him, 85 million Nigerians were into some type of family poultry production constituting an asset base of N320 billion, while at the same time, contributes about 25 per cent to the domestic agricul-

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Ondo commends Agro Traders for encouraging cocoa farmers

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ndo State Government has commended Agro Traders Limited for releasing N40 million premium to cocoa farmers to boost cocoa production in the state. commissioner for Natural Resources, Mr Tunde Atere made the commendation while presenting cheques to cocoa farmers in Akure. Atere, represented by the Director of Produce in the ministry, Mr Salau Dali, said the company, which is one of the major cocoa buyers, had contributed a lot to sustaining cocoa production in Nigeria. “It is pertinent to note that the company has contributed positively in term of technical services, cocoa marketing and cocoa certification project to enhance production.’’

ture output. Insisting that the poultry industry in Nigeria occupies a prominent position as a major source of animal protein to the citizenry, Akpa explained that the advent of democracy in 1999 through to 2002 saw the sector having a new breath of new life, as the then government of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo set up the

Mr Clement Faboyode, the Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative Services, noted that cocoa production was a vital tool for economic transformation. Faboyede, also represented by Mr Niyi Akin, commended the company for establishing a cocoa processing factory in Akure. He, however, urged the benefiting farmers to utilise the premium to develop cocoa farming and to move agriculture to a greater height. Responding, Mr Kunle Ayoade, the Managing Director of the company, said the payment of the premium would improve the livelihood of cocoa farmers. “In order to benefit from this laudable programme, farmers are advised to register and

present their farms for inspection. “Since the goal of certification is sustainable, Nigeria should not limit certification to cocoa alone but should be working towards involving other food and export crops. “Our men are dropping crop farming for more juicy venture, there should be good monetary inducement to enable farmers to remain in the business,’’ he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Odode Idanre Multipurpose Union collected N14 million and Ireweole Farmers Group got N5 million. Also, N12 million was given to Owo Cooperative Union, N6 million to Akure Cooperative Union and N600, 000 went to Ifedore Cooperative Union.

Presidential Committee on Livestock to specifically evaluate the poultry industry and proffer strategies to the pre- Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) era of oil boom. The PAN DG said, “Currently, Nigeria is rated as number one egg producing nation in Africa and the fourth in broiler meat production outside South Africa and some countries of North Africa, as Nigeria produced 553, 000 metric tons of egg in 2011 and 708 metric tons of broiler meat. “Over 95 per cent of imported frozen chicken from Benin Republic ends up in Nigeria through smuggling, thereby translating into economic loss of about N1.83billion.” Maintaining that something urgent and drastic needed to be done to put an end to the smuggling of frozen chicken products into the country, particularly though land and sea routes, he added that over three million metric tons of poultry left-overs from Europe were smuggled into Nigeria in three years. According to him, “Young and old Nigerians consume these unwholesome frozen poultry products that lack the chain of cold preservation process. Many of these smuggled imported poultry products are embalmed with chemicals meant for preserving dead human bodies,” the PAN DG explained.

Fadama III offers N9.9m tools, road to communities in Sabuwa LG

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total of 100 water pumps and 23 work bulls have been shared to farmers under the Fadama III project in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that also shared were 103 grinding machines and 18 local harrowing items. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Musa Adamu, said in a message to the distributing ceremony on Thursday in Sabuwa that a three-kilometre road would be constructed to link Albasun Basira and Unguwar Maigayya villages. Represented by the project’s Coordinator, Alhaji Magaji Abubakar, the commissioner said the items and the road cost N9.9 million and that the money was drawn from the fadama fund for June to August this year. He urged the beneficiaries to utilise the items for the well being

of their families and communities. The commissioner said 11 Fadama Community Associations benefited from the exercise, and commended the local council and communities for their support. Adamu said that the government was committed to the implementation of the Fadama project in the state. The Chairman of the local council, Alhaji Abdulraham Surajo, commended the state government for the prompt payment of counterpart funds for the fadama programme. Surajo expressed optimism that the road linking the two villages would facilitate rural transportation and enhance economic activities. Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malama Zulaihatu Adamu, gave the assurance that the items would be properly utilised.


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Ibori: Ribadu recounts how he was given $15m bribe • Oando, Notore debunk UK prosecutor’s claims

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ormer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu yesterday recounted in a London Court how the jailed exgovernor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori tried to bribe him with $15m in cash to stop investigation into his corrupt activities. Testifying at a three-week asset confiscation hearing which began on Monday, Ribadu said he pretended to take the bribe because he wanted the cash as evidence to use against Ibori in a prosecution, but rather than keep the money for himself he had it taken straight to the Central Bank of Nigeria to be kept safe in a vault. Ribadu told the court that about $1 billion flowed from Federal Government accounts into Delta State coffers during Ibori’s eight years in power, and he estimated Ibori had stolen or wasted more than half of that amount. The charges to which Ibori pleaded guilty amount to the theft of about $80 million, but British prosecutors say that was only part of his total booty, which was kept hidden via a complex web of shell companies, offshore accounts and front men. Under Nigeria’s constitution, state governors enjoy immunity from prosecution but are limited to two terms in office. With the end of his second term looming in April 2007, Ibori was worried the EFCC were

planning to prosecute him, Ribadu said. “He was very desperate to terminate the investigation,” he told the court. In late April 2007, a meeting was arranged between the two men at a “neutral place”, the house of Andy Uba, a close associate of outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo. Ibori arrived at the house with several members of his staff and a very large black sack containing $15 million in cash. Ribadu said he watched as two of Ibori’s men lifted the heavy sack and handed it over to his own EFCC staff. “It was a bag that an individual could not carry alone,” he said. The EFCC men drove the bag to the central bank where the money was counted and boxed into smaller containers. The court was shown photographs of the boxes of cash. “I have given you money Nuhu, just give me my clearance,” Ribadu quoted Ibori as telling him after those events. Instead, the EFCC continued to investigate Ibori’s affairs and had him arrested on corruption charges on December 12, 2007. Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Oando Plc, Mr. Omamofe Boyo, yesterday said that the UK prosecutor’s claim that Ibori owned huge shares in the firm were false pointing out that Nigerian Stock Exchange is aware of the volume of shares Ibori owns in the company.

Boyo, who spoke for the first time since the claims that Ibori has 30 per cent ownership of Oando Plc, at the time he opened an account with Swiss bank, PKB Privatbank, into which the company paid $1.2m, suspected to be looted funds in 2004. According to him, the London Police came to the Exchange to investigate the claims and their findings showed that he (Ibori) has about 383 shares as at that time, adding that shareholdings register is open for the public to see. He said, “Sometimes while he (Ibori) was trying to defend himself as a man of means, he said he had 30 per cent income coming from Oando, this is the basis the prosecutor is using. Apart from the 443 shares, there is no other link of Ibori with any other Oando firms.” He explained that the company has over 300,000 shareholders and he is not even among those who own five per cent of the company. “The major issue is that we are not a party to the proceedings. We don’t have opportunity to put the facts to the court, which is making it difficult to present our facts,” he said. Asked whether the company has investigated the movement of shares in the secondary market of the NSE, Boyo said, “We can’t restrict who buys Oando shares because it is a public quoted company, but there has not been any transfer from Oando to

any of the companies.” He added that the company will explore other civil proceedings to seek remedy. In a related development, Notore Chemical Industries Limited also said that Ibori, does not and has never owned or controlled shares in the company. A statement released yesterday by the fertiliser company stressed that it had worked extremely hard to become a major player in the global fertiliser market, relying on strict ethical principles. According to Notore, “The ongoing confiscation proceedings are solely between the United Kingdom (UK) court and Mr. James Ibori. “Notore is not a party to the UK court proceedings because English law does not allow Notore to defend itself in them.” The firm stressed that Ibori does not have ‘hidden assets’ in Notore and has never owned nor controlled shares in the company, and, so far as the company is aware, no other shareholder or shareholders hold shares for him in trust. “Notore remains proud of the central role it is playing in the revolution of African agriculture and Africa’s economic empowerment and is committed to the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda and to the objective of making the country selfreliant in food production,” the statement said.

Index rises 0.35% as equities regain vigour JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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he benchmark index of equities turn green on the Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday, after the United States Federal Reserve maintained its stimulus measures. The All Share Index rose 0.35 per cent to close at 35,891.91 points, as against the decline of 0.24 per cent recorded the preceding day to close at 35,765.71 points. Market capitalisation gained N41bn to close at N11.432trn, in contrast to the drop of N24bn record-

ed the preceding day to close at N11.391trn. The Banking Index led the sectorial indices with 2.33 per cent to close at 385.36 points, followed by the Oil and Gas Index with 1.89 per cent to close at 181.60 points. The Insurance Index appreciated 1.36 per cent to close at 133.99 points, while the NSE 30-Index increased 0.54 per cent to close at 1,674.97 points. The Consumer Goods Index dropped 0.29 per cent to close at 999.76 points, while the Lotus Islamic Index fell 0.92 per cent to close at 2,508.23 points. The Industry Index

dipped 0.55 per cent to close at 2,148.54 points, while the Alternative Securities Market closed flat. International Energy Insurance Plc led the gainers’ table with six kobo or 10 per cent to close at 66 kobo per share, followed by Thamas Wyaat Plc with eight kobo or 10 per cent to close at 88 kobo per share. Wapic Insurance Plc appreciated seven kobo or 9.86 per cent to close at 78 kobo per share, while International Breweries Plc gained N1.75 or 9.72 per cent to close at N19.75 per share. Vono Products Plc added 14 kobo or 9.33 per cent to close at N1.64 per

share. Conversely, Jos Breweries Plc lost 79 kobo or 9.65 per cent to close at N7.40 per share, while Academy Press Plc dropped 16 kobo or 8.42 per cent to close at N1.74 per share. PZ Cussons Plc declined N3.00 or 7.89 per cent to close at N35.00 per share, while Cadbury Nigeria Plc depreciated N3.59 or 7.33 per cent to close at N45.41 per share. Livesstock Plc fell 25 kobo or 6.28 per cent to close at N3.73 per share. A total of 356 million shares valued at N3.53bn were traded in 5,309 deals.

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Source: FMDA

Market indicators All-Share Index 35,891.91 points Market capitalisation 11.43 trillion

Stock Updates GAINERS COMPANY

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0.60

0.66

0.06

10.00

THOMASWY

0.80

0.88

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0.78

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INTBREW

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19.75

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VONO

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1.64

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UNITYBNK

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0.60

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OANDO

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0.13

6.84

CUSTODYINS

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1.45

0.08

5.84

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24.89

1.10

4.62

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7.40

0.79

-9.65

ACADEMY

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1.74

0.16

-8.42

PZ

38.00

35.00

3.00

-7.89

CADBURY

49.00

45.41

3.59

-7.33

LIVESTOCK

3.98

3.73

0.25

-6.28

RTBRISCOE

1.38

1.30

0.08

-5.80

ASHAKACEM

21.00

19.99

1.01

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STERLNBANK

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2.38

0.12

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SKYEBANK

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0.16

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FIDSON

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1.90

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19-Sep-13

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19-Sep-13

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$300m

18-Sep-13

$300m

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World News “(Putin) is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed.” –UNITED STATES SENATOR, JOHN MCCAIN

African leaders to meet over Kenya’s ICC cases PAUL ARHEWE,

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frican leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on October 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya’s planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said yesterday. So far, there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal. Last week’s start of the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for crimes against humanity - with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial due in November - has fuelled a growing backlash against the Haguebased court from some African governments, which see it as a tool of Western powers. “The Kenyans have been criss-crossing Africa in search of support for their cause, even before their parliament voted to withdraw from the ICC,” an AU official told Reuters. “An extraordinary summit will now take place to discuss the issue. A complete walk-out of signatories (to the Rome Statute) is certainly a possibility, but other requests may be made.” The summit would be preceded by a meeting of African foreign ministers a day earlier, he said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and his running mate William Ruto, right, discussing at the final election rally, in March 2013. PHOTO: AP

Kenya’s spokesman for the presidency, Manoah Esipisu, said the country had not canvassed for the summit, but “welcomed the opportunity by African leaders to discuss what is obviously an important matter for the continent”. ICC prosecutors have accused Kenyatta and Ruto, alongside radio journalist Joshua arap Sang, of fomenting ethnic violence that killed about 1,200 people after a disputed election in December 2007. The three suspects deny the charges. Some neighbors of east Africa’s biggest economy have petitioned the ICC alongside Ruto’s lawyers for him to be excused from attending all ICC hearings.

A diplomat at the African Union said Kenya may ask that Kenyatta and Ruto not to attend the entire trial. “There is a belief shared by the Kenyans and African states that the leaders appearing in the trials risks destabilising the country,” said the diplomat who declined to be named. In May, the AU backed a request by Kenya for the trials to be referred back to Kenya, on the ground that the ICC hearings risked raising ethnic tensions and destabilising its economy. Officials from some of the AU’s biggest member states, told Reuters their governments had no plans so far to leave the ICC. “We are far from that sort of

position. There is a big if,” said South African Foreign Ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela when asked if there were plans for a walk-out. Nurudeen Muhammed, Nigeria’s minister of state of foreign affairs, said the continent’s leading oil-producer had no “grudge against the ICC”. “Kenya ... has its own reasons because the country’s president and vice president were both indicted by ICC,” he told Reuters in an interview. Zambia’s foreign affairs minister, Wylbur Simusa, said Lusaka would want to study the issue more thoroughly before commenting, adding “as for now we still remain part of the ICC.”

Why Nigeria is disqualified for US DV-2015, Consul-General explains MARTHA NWACHUKWU

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geria’s disqualification for the 2015 Diversity Visa lottery. He also revealed that Nigerians were over half a million in the United States and the most educated African immigrants as studies have shown. Nigeria and 18 other countries have been advised against applying for the 2015 Diversity visa as they have been fully represented in the immigrants group in the United States. In a press briefing held yesterday at the US consulate on Victoria Island, Lagos and simultaneously in Abuja, Hawkins said that 50,000 Diversity visas have been made avail-

able for countries worldwide where the citizens do not have strong immigration ties with the USA. He also said that it was not advisable for Nigerians to still apply for Diversity Visas to the USA since there has been over 50,000 immigrants from the country over a period of five years, nevertheless, Nigerians can apply for other types of visa to the States. When asked if America has security fears as over half a million Nigerians are in the States, Jeffrey replied that it was not an issue of security, but a growing relationship between the two countries which he hopes would

continue to grow. However, those chosen for the 2014 US visa lottery in Nigeria will not be affected by this restriction. Nonetheless, applicants must have at least a diploma or work experience to enable them fend for themselves over there. This (DV-2015) will open Tuesday, October 1, 2013, and will close on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Applicants whose countries are qualified to apply must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) available at the US government website dvlottery. state.gov.

WORLD BULLETIN French president says war on terror won in Mali French President Francois Hollande declared yesterday that the war on terror had been won in the West African nation of Mali, listing the towns that French and Malian troops liberated from al-Qaida’s local fighters earlier this year. Hollande spoke before more than a dozen heads of state at inauguration festivities for Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who overwhelmingly won the election that France urged Mali to hold only months after the radical jihadists had been largely ousted from power in northern Mali. “We have won this war; we have chased out the terrorists; we have secured the north and finally ... we have, you have organized an uncontested election and the winner is now the president of Mali,” Hollande told the crowd gathered at a sports stadium in the Malian capital.

‘No plans yet to destroy Syrian chemical arms in Russia’ Russia has no current plans to destroy Syrian chemical weapons on its own territory under a Russia-U.S. deal to eliminate President Bashar al-Assad’s stockpiles, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said yesterday. Asked whether Russia had such plans, Shoigu told Interfax news agency, “No. A decision needs to be taken for this.” “We have factories for the destruction of chemical weapons, but there is a big difference between ‘ready’ and ‘willing’.” Russia has been destroying its own Soviet-era chemical weapons through the Nunn-Lugar agreement and has seven facilities for the destruction of chemical weapons, according to information on the Munitions Agency website.

Iran’s president wants peace, blames Israel for region’s instability Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a television interview, said his country is not seeking war but harshly criticized Israel for bringing “instability” to the Middle East and for questioning his government’s intentions toward nuclear arms. The comments from the new Iranian president came during the second part of an interview with NBC News that aired on Thursday, just days before he travels to New York for an appearance at the United Nations. Rouhani called Israel “an occupier, a usurper government that does injustice to the people of the region” and said it “has brought instability to the region with its warmongering policies.”


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Community Mirror “It is government’s to good transform We are here to manage the economyvision for the of the agricultural sector and make it attractive.” nation and what we are doing here is based on facts.

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Businessman donates building to police HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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he Benue State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adams Audu has admonished public spirited Nigerians to emulate a Makurdi based business man, Mr. Felix Akiga who built and donated a two room apartment to the command. Speaking while inaugurating the office, Mr. Audu commended the philanthropist for his foresight, saying the gesture would spur the command to do more in guaranteeing the safety of lives and properties. Adams noted that the command has tackled insecurity challenges and pointed out that due to collective efforts of the police, crime rate has drastically reduced in the state. He emphasised the need for corroboration from other well meaning Nigerians, stressing that to tackle insecurity challenges is the collective responsibility of everyone. Speaking at the occasion Mr. Felix Akiga said he decided to make a modest contribution in order to complement police efforts at enhancing peace, despite pockets of crises in the state.

KAI suspends officers for demanding bribe MURITALA AYINLA

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emesis has caught up with two officers of the Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, as they have been suspended for demanding N800, 000 bribes before reopening a shut market toilet at Iddo, Oyingbo area of Lagos State.

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raders of Umuahia Main Market Amalgamated Traders Association, UMMATA, have appealed to the Abia State Government to provide adequate security in the new market at Ubani Ibeku, a suburb of the city. Chairman of the association, Onyebuchi Ejidike, said this as preparations to relocate to the new site gathers momentum. “We are pleading with government to assist in erecting perimeter fence round the market to ensure the safety of our goods. We have been promised adequate security and will want the administration to live up to it,” he said. He appealed to the traders to be patient as efforts are on to put adequate facilities in place. “There are enough shops at

The KAI officers, Femi Ajayi and Samuel Awoseyin allegedly demanded N800, 000 from a trader, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna who is the secretary of the Iddo Outside Market. A statement from the Public Relations Unit of KAI and signed by Mr. Tunde Olusesi, said after the officers demanded for bribes, the trader offered N30,000 to them for the

re-opening the market’s toilet. It was gathered that after paying the bribes, the trader promptly reported the matter to KAI officials who ordered arrests and detention of the suspects at Alausa, Ikeja. Meanwhile, the officers have been suspended for three months pending outcome of investigations, which has already commenced.

Some of the Beneficiaries (left), Acting Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mrs. Abimbola Jijoho-Ogun; National Commercial Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Mr. Matthieu Seguin, and NBC Dealer, Alhaja Toyin Ige, during the launch of NBC’s ‘Clean Street Initiative’ in partnership with LAWMA, in Lagos, recently.

Traders call for security in new market GEORGE OPARA

It was learnt that the officers had illegally shut the toilet and accused the market leadership of non-compliance with the state sanitation law. Community Mirror gathered that KAI officers were among the bad eggs being monitored by the agency for blackmailing citizens under guise of enforcing the law in a bid to extort bribes from them.

Uban Ibeku and government has promised that they are for us and not politicians. “We shall resist any attempt to hijack the allocation process so that it does not fall into wrong hands”, he said. He said the union is happy with facilities in the market. “Government has promised to provide those facilities not yet there. We are appealing to the traders to be patient and before January 2014 the market will be fenced”, he said. Ejidike, said though government has given September deadline for relocation, those unable to acquire shops before then will not be evicted from the old market. “Movement to the new market will be gradual from September 30, and we are accepting the promise not to harass anyone after the deadline”,Ejidike said.

Association vows to prosecute faction leaders ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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erbal medical practitioners in Ekiti State have insisted that intimidation and threats will not discourage them from the legal action against factional leaders of the association. The herbalists, under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners, NANTMP, Ekiti chapter, said they were under pressure to withdraw the suit against “the interlopers”. The chapter chairman, Chief Jacob Osamika, however, warned that the association will not hesitate to file contempt charges against anyone interfering in the suit

against the Dauda Lawal-led faction. Osamika said the factionalisation of the association was evil and unconstitutional, as his executive was validly elected at the May 2012 election in Osogbo, Osun State capital. He maintained that the courts remained the most acceptable place to settle disputes, saying the case before Magistrate Richard Adegboye, would be pursued to a logical conclusion. It would be recalled that Lawal and five others, Chiefs Adesua Agbeje, Ojo Baleko, Oladunjoye Omoniyi, Tunji Ige, are being tried for parading themselves as executive members of the group. Osamika, alleged that some

Ado Ekiti chiefs have called on him to withdraw the suit or be punished. The chairman, said he expected the chiefs to warn Lawal and his group rather than resorting to intimidation of an elected executive. “Our association will be having its third traditional medicine day on October 4, 2013. And we learnt that these people being tried in court are planning to disrupt it, because they have the backing of some influential persons. Whoever, has the intention of obstructing the case against these people will meet a stiff opposition. We will pursue the case to a logical conclusion. So, those interfering should desist or face the dire consequences of their action”.


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Road, into the waiting hands of his teeming supporters at about 12.35p.m. at the Ajilosun area. Bamidele was observed waving to his supporters as the train wound its way through the Ejigbo area, the Erekesan Market and the Okeyimi area before the Okesa area where the convoy was sprayed with teargas canisters. But the police in the state defended their action, saying the law did not permit Bamidele to campaign earlier than 90 days to the election. Spokesman for the police in the state, Mr. Victor Babayemi, told journalists on the phone that “what was

to happen was political campaign and not rally as people are being made to believe. That is in contravention of section 99 of the Electoral Act 2011 as amended.” Babayemi, who said he had not been briefed on any arrest yet, confirmed there was breakdown of law and order in the capital city in the morning, adding “so we believed the hoodlums could seize the opportunity to strike.” Reacting to the incident, Bamidele said: “What happened today is a major setback for Ekiti, which we call Land of Knowledge. “It is an unprovoked stateinduced terrorism against innocent people of the state.” He reiterated that since he is qualified to contest the

governorship race, he would answer the clarion call of the people by vying for the post, adding that: “Dr. KayodeFayemi and members of his administration instigated the disruption of the rally,” and that by so doing, “he has further enhanced my governorship ambition.” According to him, he was able to arrive at the conclusion that the state government was behind the attack on his rally due to information available to him and also, because roads leading to the state capital had been blocked earlier in the day to prevent his supporters from participating in the rally. “I wrote a letter to the governor to notify him about the campaign. But this morning there were blockades pre-

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iqued by the attitude of motorists who compete for right of way with emergency ambulances, the Lagos Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA warned drivers to desist from the habit, even as it advised residents to be safety conscious. Speaking with Community Mirror, LASEMA General Manager, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, decried the way at which motorists have lost regards for human values by competing for right of way with emergency veCHANGE OF NAME

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venting our supporters from coming into the state capital. Initially, they said it was the NURTW (National Union of Road Transport Workers) members that were blocking the road, but it took the intervention of eminent persons in the state like Chief AfeBabalola to get the Inspector General of Police to open the road. “The intention was to prevent me from the declaration, but thank God the declaration had been done. The people had shown that their love for me is real. And I’m overwhelmed by the mammoth crowd that turned out at the event,” Bamidele said. He, however, vowed that despite intimidation, he would sustain his campaign. “I’ll take this as another life battle to fight,” he said. In his reaction to the incident yesterday, former Ekiti State Governor, Mr. AyodeleFayose, said the action of Ekiti State government of using drivers and thugs to disrupt the declaration of ambition of Hon. OpeyemiBamidele and unleashing violence on innocent people of the state was primitive and barbaric. Speaking through the Director-General of Ayo Fay-

ose Campaign Organisation, AFCO, Mr. OwoseniAjayi, then ex-governor said that sponsoring thugs to cause mayhem because a fellow APC member was interested in the governorship seat had clearly demonstrated the level of intolerance and desperation by the Fayemi government. Fayose said: “Democracy is about freedom of association and speech, tolerance of dissent opinions and the right to vote and to contest.” He urged the police not to allow anybody or government to turn the state to theatre of war and implored Ekiti people to rise in voting out APC government in next year’s election. Similarly, Afenifere Chieftain and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant in the state, Prince DayoAdeyeye, described the attack on Bamidele’s supporters as the height of barbarism. The Director General of Prince AdedayoAdeyeye Movement, PAAM, Hon. BisiKolawole, said in a statement issued yesterday that “the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, must take

stiffer measures to return peace to Ekiti State as it appears that the State Police Command can no longer handle the situation.” Adeyeye, who said Governor Fayemi has declared war on Ekiti and its people, added that “no leader can wage war against his people and succeed.” He said: “With what happened in Ado-Ekiti today, it is clear that Fayemi is fighting against the wind and no one fights the wind without getting himself consumed.” Adeyeye said he was worried at the spate of violence witnessed in the state in the last few months, calling on the IGP to direct the Ekiti State Police Command to henceforth arrest and prosecute perpetrators of political violence, no matter their status. The governorship aspirant said it was important for the police and other security agencies in the state to save Ekiti people from the state government sponsored-thugs that are daily attacking and disrupting activities of those perceived to be opposed to the second term ambition of Fayemi.

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ormer Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu died on Friday, September 13, 2013 after a brief illness. He was aged 65. Dr. Agagu was born on February 16, 1948. He had his secondary education at Ibadan Grammar School between January 1961 and 1967, where he passed his West African School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate examinations. Olusegun Kokumo Agagu was the Governor of Ondo State from May 29, 2003 until February 2009, when a court voided his re-election as governor on account of electoral irregularities. He commenced his elementary education at St. Luke’s Anglican School, (now known as St. Paul’s Anglican School) Okitipupa, in 1954. In January 1958, he moved to live with his cousin, Edward Fagbohun in Ibadan, where he continued his primary education at Ebenezer African Church School, Oke-Ado, Ibadan. In 1959, he transferred to Kano where he studied at the Ebenezer Methodist School and Baptist Primary School Sabon-Gari, Kano. He then moved back to Ebenezer African Church School, Ibadan where he completed his primary education in 1960. Thereafter, he was in Ibadan Grammar

School between January 1961 and 1967 where he passed his West African School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate examinations. He was admitted to the University of Ibadan in 1968 to study Botany, but later changed to Geology in which he graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Second Class Upper Division, in 1971. As an undergraduate, his academic record was replete with laurels and prizes. On June 29, 2006, President Olusegun Obasanjo commended him for the work he had done leading Ondo State, saying “You have taken time to plan. We have also seen that the execution of the plan is now showing results.”


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NEC votes N15bn for oil facilities’ protection in N’Delta ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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he National Economic Council, NEC, yesterday approved N15 billion to protect oil facilities in the Niger Delta region. Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, John Jonah, disclosed this at a press briefing after the NEC meeting presided over by Vice-President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa. Jonah said that contributions to the fund would come from the Federal and state governments as well as international oil companies. The contributions, according to him will come through a tripartite arrangement involving Federal, state governments and international oil companies. The deputy governor said the decision was taken in consideration of steady increase in oil production which had stabilised at 2.4 million barrels per day, as against about 1.7 million a few months back. Jonah noted that oil production had improved following progress made by the military Joint Task Force, JTF, deployed in the region to protect the oil installations. The deputy governor disclosed that government had made substantial progress in tackling crude oil theft in the region, leading to improvement in crude oil pro-

duction level. He said: “Now the oil production as at today is 2.4 million barrels per day but there was a time it went as low as 1.7 million barrels per day. “Most of the oil is not stolen. When you vandalise the lines they cannot produce. When the lines are broken, if you try to pump, you pump into the sea. Oil companies will not produce under that condition. “So, that oil is called deferred oil, it is there not stolen but you cannot produce. Once you cannot produce, you cannot sell it. But a lot of repairs have been made and we are making sure that the level we are is sustained. That is why the needed facilities have been approved. We are going to spend about N15 billion over the year

and that is what we lose in just a few days. “So what we are trying to do is to ensure that we buy the necessary equipment for them to perform their duties in the areas where we have identified gaps. “We also want to make sure that more personnel are available. The terrain is a very difficult one; swampy terrain is a very difficult one. “In one of the lines between Nembe and Brass, we are told that there are about 150 bunkering points and those have been vandalised by crude oil thieves. But we are in the process of repairing those one.” The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, also made presentation to NEC on Integrated Test, Treat, Cure and Larva Source Reduction for Ma-

laria Elimination, ITTCL, in Nigeria project. It will cost Nigeria N72,090,959,438 to execute in order to achieve treatment targets in the country. The presentation was for the buy-in of the states on the funding proposed by Federal Executive Council, FEC, without borrowing in which the Federal Government would contribute 50 per cent while the remaining 50 per cent would be contributed by states and local governments. Also yesterday, the Governing Council and Board of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, were inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan while share certificates of contribution to the Sovereign Wealth Fund, SWF, were issued to the 36 states.

Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama flanked by the state Chief Judge, Justice Zai-Laye Smith (right) and Justice Marshal Mukoro, at a special court session marking the beginning of a new legal year in the state, on Wednesday.

NSCDC deploys 1,000 personnel for C’River LG polls RICHARD NDOMA CALABAR

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he Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, said it had deployed over 1,000 personnel to provide security during tomorrow’s local government elections in Cross River State. The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Dr. Benito

Eze, who disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists in Calabar yesterday, said the corps, in collaboration with other security agencies, would ensure hitch-free polls. Eze warned that the NSCDC would not condone any act of violence as it would arrest anyone who might want to foment trouble during the elections.

He said: “We advise the electorate to be law-abiding so that we will have a violence-free election on Saturday. But anyone who wants to resort to violence will be seriously dealt with.” The commandant also disclosed that it had arrested 12 suspects in connection with illegal bunkering of petroleum products.

He said the suspects were apprehended at various locations including Calabar highway, Odukpani, Akampkpa, Calabar South and Akpabuyo local governments. Eze also said that about six tankers, containing 136, 250 litres of diesel, five pumping machines used in the illegal act had been impounded.

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overnor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has called on the Federal Government to provide adequate statistical data on healthcare in the country. Uduaghan, who made the call yesterday at Ijanikin, Lagos, during the convocation ceremony of the National Post-Graduate Medical College of Nigeria, said that adequate statistics on the health sec-

Sambo, who represented the President, said the inauguration of the Governing Council was an indication of the progress made so far in the running of the fund. The objectives of the NSIA, according to him, include building a saving base for future generations of Nigerians, enhancing the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure and promoting fiscal stability for the country in times of economic stress. Members of the Governing Council include the Vice President as chair, 36 state governors, Attorney General of the Federation, minister of Finance, minister of National Planning, Central Bank governor, chief economic adviser to the President, chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commis-

tor was required to boost healthcare delivery. The governor said the dearth of statistical data in the country, especially in the health sector, was a major hindrance to the provision of infrastructure, services and development in general. He appealed to the Federal Office of Statistics and the Federal Government to provide adequate data on the nation’s health needs to

guarantee good healthcare for the people. Besides, Uduaghan, who was honoured with a Fellow of the Post-Graduate Medical College, FNMC, appealed to individuals and groups to sensitise and mobilise their communities on the advantages of keeping a clean environment. He said: “Most of the diseases we suffer from today could be avoided if our

people and communities keep a clean environment.” Uduaghan also announced the sponsorship of the one-year training abroad for graduates of the National Medical PostGraduate College of Delta State origin. The governor was honoured alongside senior medical practitioners who distinguished themselves in the medical practice in the country.

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Police hold two for senator’s sister’s abduction EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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olice in Bayelsa State have confirmed the arrest of two suspected kidnappers linked with the recent abduction of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri’s elder sister, Mrs. Felicia Amassoma. Lokpobiri represents Bayelsa West Senatorial District in the National Assembly. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, said yesterday that policemen were combing the creeks to arrest of the third suspect now at large. Akhigbe told our correspondent in an interview in Yenagoa that Amassoma, who was abducted about two weeks ago, was released last Saturday. However, the PPRO could not confirm if any ransom was paid to the kidnappers before the victim regained her freedom. According to Akhigbe, the senator’s sister, who sells fairly-used clothes, was lured by her abductors at Ekeremor town and whisked off to an undisclosed location between Delta and Bayelsa states. It was learnt that the two suspected kidnappers, now in police custody, would soon be arraigned in court after police conclude investigation on the matter.

School enrolment: Parents risk jail –Bayelsa EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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ayelsa State Government yesterday warned that parents and guardians who failed to enrol their children and wards in school would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted. The Commissioner for Education, Salo Adikumo, gave the warning while addressing journalists in Yenagoa shortly after Governor Seriake Dickson inspected projects executed by his ministry in Sagbama Local Government Area. Adikumo stressed that the free and compulsory education policy of the state government compelled parents and guardians, whose children and wards were of school-age, to enrol such them in school. He said: “The free education policy is not just a

mere pronouncement by the state government. It has a well-articulated legal framework to ensure the continuity of the policy as well as to convict anyone who contravenes the policy. “Modalities have been worked out to ensure that children who are of schoolgoing age are restrained from hawking along the streets during school periods.” According to the commissioner, the proclamation of free and compulsory education by Dickson was informed by government’s desire to ensure zero tolerance on illiteracy in the state. He added: “Shortly after the proclamation, contracts were awarded for the construction of critical infrastructure as well as the procurement of various elements of free education, including uniforms, books and dual desks.”


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Boko Haram: Shettima visits Kaga, gives victims N53.5m INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI

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overnor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has donated N53.5 million to the victims of Boko Haram attack in Kaga, the headquarters of Benesheikh Local Government. In the attack, several people, including motorists and passengers plying the busy Maiduguri - Damaturu highway, lost their lives, in addition to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira. Shettima, who was in the town yesterday, also appealed to the residents of Beneshiekh not to flee the area, as more security operatives would be deployed to protect them. Some terrorists suspected to be members of Boko Haram launched an attack in the town last Tuesday where they chased away security operatives and burnt the operational base of the Joint Task Force, JTF, using Rocket Launchers and Im-

•Urges fleeing residents to return provised Explosive Devices, IEDs. The terrorists killed two soldiers, three policemen and 14 residents, including three members of the vigilance group. They also burnt the palace of the District Head, Al-

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he National Security Adviser to the President, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, yesterday said lack of effective collaboration among security agencies was responsible for the wave of terrorism in the country. His comments came a few days after President Goodluck Jonathan also blamed the country’s security woes on inter-agency rivalry. According to Dasuki, until the security agencies start to cooperate and share intelligence among themselves, restoring peace in areas of crisis will remain a mirage.

The NSA, who spoke through Major General Sarki Y. Bello, said this in Abuja at an inter-agency peace building conference organised by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC. He said: “It is pertinent to note that this lack of collaboration among our security agencies was one of the factors that permitted the growth and, until recently, the success of Boko Haram terrorist attacks.” Declaring the event open, the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, lauded the efforts of the Nigerian Army for making huge sacrifices in restoring the country to the path of peace.

2015: No apology over Jonathan’s re-election campaign –NOA DG A ZA MSUE KADUNA

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he Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mike Omeri, said yesterday he had no apology to opposition parties and Nigerians for enlightening them on President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election campaign in 2015. Omeri, who spoke with journalists after the North-West zonal stakeholders’ conversation on

sible to restore peace across the state. The governor said that apart from the food items donated by the state government in cushioning their immediate suffering, N250,000 would be given to each of the 14 residents killed, while N50

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Musa Sada (left) and Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, at the one-day Public Hearing on Re-Concession of National Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe and Delta Steel Company to Global Infrastructure Nigeria Limited in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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haji Abba Aunoma, as well as several residential and public buildings. Shettima, who visited the affected communities amidst tight security, appealed to fleeing residents to come back as government would do everything pos-

million would be given to a five-man committee which would be set up to comprise of the Chairman of the Civilian JTF and other people of proven integrity for the immediate reconstruction of residential houses and other commercial centres destroyed in the attack. He said: “You are indi-

the mid-term report of the present administration, said what the agency was doing was in line with its mandate of enlightening Nigerians on the activities of government. The DG said while Nigerians had the right to say whatever they want to say, the agency had the obligation to carry out its mandate of enlightening the people on activities of government and collating views for onward transmission to government.

genes of Borno and Nigerian citizens, this place belongs to you and if you flee, where are you going to stay? “It is unfortunate that we found ourselves in this situation, but with prayers, I believe all this madness will come to pass in no distant future, because there is no religion that preaches violence not to talk of killing a fellow human being.” But 65-year-old Mallam Moruma Modu Ali, his three wives, 21 children and six grandchildren, were seen boarding a trailer to flee Kaga. Ali said the terrorists had threatened to attack the area again. He said: “We are leaving in block because the Boko Haram terrorists who launched such a deadly attack before they left freely gave us a three-day ultimatum, which ends tomorrow (today), that they will revisit Beneshiekh, and anyone they found in the town will not be spared from their mission. So, most of us have no option than to vacate the area.”

Stop extorting job seekers, Reps warn MDAs TORDUE SALEM ABUJA

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he House of Representatives yesterday warned Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to immediately stop extorting money from applicants seeking employment. In a resolution, the House directed the MDAs to stop charging the applicants for jobs that sometimes do not even come. The House also mandated the National Orientation

Agency, NOA, to immediately embark on public enlightenment campaign on the activities of the scammers on the internet profiteering from the unemployment crisis in the country. Hon. Abiodun AbuduBalogun sponsored the motion against job racketeering and profiteering. The motion was entitled: “Need to stop employment scam on the internet in Nigeria.” Abudu-Balogun argued that the youth, as a result of their desperation for jobs,

fall victims to fake recruitment advertisement on the internet. He said: “These fake recruitment agents extort huge sums of money in the guise of registration fees from unsuspecting Nigerians. “Most advertisements are usually posted by dubious persons purportedly acting on behalf of many public and private organisations, thereby using the names of big organisations such as oil companies and security agencies to carry

out their nefarious activities. “Even though the Federal Government is doing its best to confront this situation through various programmes and initiatives, the scammers are even adding an international dimension to their operations by offering fake job opportunities outside Nigeria.” The motion was passed and referred to the House Committee on Police Affairs, Public Safety and National Security, for further legislative inputs.

Dad kills three-month-old baby for ritual JAMES ABRAHAM JOS

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olice in Plateau State have arrested a 20-year-old man, Polycarp Dajan, for allegedly killing his three-month-old baby for money ritual. Dajan and about nine other suspected criminals were paraded in Jos yesterday by the police. One of the suspects, Mr. Fongnon Habakkuk, was arrested for reportedly killing his two-year-old daughter in Mangu Local Government because she was bedwetting. Dajan, who hails from

Bokkos Local Government Area, confessed to journalists at the command headquarters that he actually planned and killed his daughter to enable him become rich. According to him, he was consulted by an herbalist, now at large, who told him that if he brought the tongue of his daughter he could make him rich. He said: “Last week I got home and when my wife was preparing supper for the family, I sneaked into the room to commit the atrocity. Just after I had snuffed out life from her, my wife came into the room and saw

me cut off the tongue of my baby. She screamed and that attracted the villagers who in turn handed me over to the police.” The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Olakpe, spoke on the arrests. He said: “On 8 September, at about 10 hours a case of culpable homicide was reported at Bokkos police station where Polycarp Dajan, aged 20, suffocated his three-month-old baby boy to death. “The suspect, who confessed to the crime, stated that he needed money at all cost which made him to visit a native doctor who ad-

vised him to get the tongue of his first son. “This prompted him to kill the son and in the process was arrested. The native doctor is at large, though effort is being intensified to track him.” Olakpe also said that on July 18, at about 23 hours, a four-man gang led by Nanmak Elisha, aged 31, attacked the residence of one Sunday Damuas of Angwan Meryang village in Shendam Local Government. The victim, according to him, was robbed of N119,000, digital camera, DSTV decoder, DVD and two Techno handsets.


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Nigeria ranks among huge infrastructural deficit nations –Minister WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

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inister of Works, Mike Onolememen, yesterday said Nigeria is presently ranked among the huge infrastructural deficit nations and would need to do more to get out of that league. He said the country can only meet its Vision 20:2020 target on roads only if at least 14, 000km of roads network are done annually. The minister was speaking while delivering a key-

note address to the 20th National Council on Works, with the theme; “Reforming the Road Sector for Sustainable Economic Development,” holding in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. He noted that Nigeria, like most African countries, “has a huge infrastructural deficit” pointing out that physical infrastructure like roads, houses, power and water are essential for the growth of any economy. He, however, said that; “With adequate investment in infrastructure, the defi-

cit could be removed adding; “For the road sector alone, it has been estimated that in order to adequately support economic growth at the current growth rate and meet the Vision 20:2020 target, we need to invest in the construction of at least 14, 000km of new roads annually. This he said must be done ‘for the next seven years’ adding; “We will also have to maintain and rehabilitate the existing road networks as a matter of routine. “This will require that

the average annual expenditure on roads be increased seven-fold to nearly N750 billion,” he added. “Vision 20:2020 requires that Nigeria attains a GDP of at least $900 billion by the year 2020 and GDP per capital of at least $4, 000. “Experience has shown that there is a direct link between economic growth and the size and condition of road networks. For every $1.00 spent on road maintenance, there is a corresponding increase in the nation’s GDP.

“The nexus between road development and sustainable economic growth makes it imperative for the improvement of road network. “I wish to submit that with the right institutional and legal frameworks in place, the road sector will definitely be attractive to both local and foreign investors. “Equally the introduction of performance-based road management and maintenance contracts, will improve effectiveness and efficiency in executing road maintenance.” In his welcome address, Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed,

said a declaration of a state of emergency on the road sector as advocated by the minister would be a good development. The governor called for synergy among all tiers of government to confront the challenges in road sector headlong to adequately tackle the problem. He told the council that his government had completed all inherited projects from his predecessor, stressing that at least 400km of roads in this regard had been completed in the last two years while another 500km had been earmarked for construction before the end of his tenure.

Kogi to refurbish radio station, others with N580m WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

K Emergency Unit Officer, UNICEF, Bauchi State, Mr. Muhammed Mukaddas (left), presenting relief materials meant for flood victims to the Executive Secretary, Plateau State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Al-Hassan Barde, in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Nasarawa crisis: Al-Makura visits crisis zones, displaced camp IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA

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asarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, yesterday visited Assakio and Obi towns to ascertain the level of destructions caused by the recent crisis that has engulfed the areas. He also visited Namo town in Quapan Local Government Area of Plateau State, where more than 10, 000 people displaced during the crisis in the state are taking refuge. Addressing the displaced persons, the governor expressed sadness over the

incident, lamenting that the recent incident is more than the previous one that occurred at Assakio, less than a year ago. He said: “We have seen the level of destruction done onto you right from your homes, the palace of your traditional ruler and even to your market. Surprisingly, trees that are to provide shade for humans and as well as economic trees were cut down by protesters. “However, I want to plead with you that God is watching what has happened to you, therefore I assured you that the government of Nasarawa State will not let you

down. “He added that the Federal Government has deployed a battalion of soldiers to provide adequate security to lives and property of the affected communities and even the entire state at large.” Governor Al-Makura said he has directed relevant government officials to take record of the damage done to the affected communities, so as to enable the state government provide succour to the victims. He said with the collaboration between the Federal and Nasarawa State governments, adequate security

would be provided to forestall further occurrence of a similar incident. According to him; “Anybody that is found to be directly or indirectly involved in the current crisis will be fished out and dealt with decisively, irrespective of status, so as to serve as deterrent to others nursing similar ideas.” He called on the displaced persons not to hesitate to return home as soon as adequate security is put in place as government will on her part assist them with some token to enable them mend their destroyed homes and continue with life.

Jonathan urged to keep faith over free 5m mobile phones WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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he Coalition of All Women in Agriculture, Kogi State, CAWAKS, has appealed to the Federal Government to keep its pledge of providing five million mobile cell phones to women farmers in the country. Interim President of the coalition, Hajia Hajaratu, made this appeal in a statement made available to jour-

nalists in Lokoja, yesterday. The pledge, according to the women farmers’ coalition, was made by President Goodluck Jonathan while presenting the 2013 budget to the National Assembly last year. The provision of the cell phones was to enable more women farmers key in into the Growth Enhancement Scheme (Wallet Voucher), that is part of the Agricultural Transformational Agenda, ATA, of the Federal

Government. The statement added that lack of access to such cell phones and in some cases, network services, had impeded the success of the scheme conceived to fast-track the distribution of farm inputs, especially among small holder women farmers. It also noted that transportation of farm produce from one point to another as a ‘huge burden’ on women in agriculture, saying that

the challenge had accounted for massive loss and wastage of farm harvests. “We demand improved transportation service for farmers, especially women farmers, who bear the burden of moving harvests from one point to another. “We recommend the provision of ‘Keke NAPEP’ in communities and farm centres to ease movement of farm produce for women, especially small holder farmers,” it added.

ogi State government yesterday restated its commitment to reposition state-owned media organisations for better performance, when it signed a contract for the rehabilitation of the state radio station and the procurement of a printing press for N580 million. The government said the rehabilitation of the three booster stations in the state has become imperative for the state government to boost the networking of the station. The booster stations are in Ochaja, Kogi East; Otite, Kogi Central and Egbe, Kogi West senatorial district of the state. State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Yabaji

Bologi, who disclosed this while briefing journalists after the state executive council meeting in Lokoja, said the contract for the rehabilitation has been awarded to contractors at the cost of N300 million. He also explained that the approval for the procurement of new printing press has been approved by the state government. According to him, the contract sum for the printing press is N280 million, saying that the award of these contracts was aimed at boosting the information sector in the areas of provision of facilities and ensuring free flow of information in the state. Bologi said the process of the approval for the establishment of a state television is ongoing with a promise that it will soon be concluded.

UNILORIN fresh students to resume Sept 28 WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

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he University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, yesterday announced its resumption date for fresh and returning students for the 2013/2014 academic session. A press statement signed by the university’s Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, said while fresh students would resume on Saturday, September 28, 2013, returning students, who have been on holidays since June, would be expected on campus on October 5. Akogun said, however,

that admission exercise for the new academic session that was ongoing would be concluded before the resumption date. He added that registration exercise for new intakes has commenced in earnest and urged both fresh and returning students to visit the university’s website for instructions on the registration procedure. The university is reputed as the only public institution in the country that has kept faith with its academic calendars in the past 10 years, leading to high demands by prospective candidates for admission.


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1. David Ayoola Olaleye-Olaniyan (Leader) 2. Simeon Idowu Olarenwaju (Asst. Leader) 3. Abigael Abiodun Olaleye (Women Leader) 4. Idowu Omowunmi Olaniyan (Treasurer) 5. Emmanuel Ayotunde Olaleye-Olaniyan (General Secretary)

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

1. To take the whole of Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who do not know it of who have not received it, wherever opportunity may be found. 2. To provide where Christians may be gathering for fellowship. 3. To provide loving and efficient for those who are sick in body mind or soul.

1. Mr. Isiaka Owolabi Oseni 2. Mr. Jamiu Akanbi Adewale 3. Mr. Leke Solomon Folarin 4. Mr. Saula Abiodun Labulo 5. Alh. Kolawole Iskeel Akinyemi

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

1. To work in close collaboration with other existing social club in the land for the promotion and development of Abeokuta and Nigeria. 2. To promote the spirit of oneness among members and one another as equal and foster mutual love and corporation.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Mr. Julius Adu 2. Apostle Olubunmi Fajemibola 3. Mr. Olayiwola 4. Madam Modupe Lamidi 5. Mr. Osho Ajayi 6. Mr. Ogunleye Olusegun 7. Mr. Familusi Ayomide Ebenezer

8. Mrs. Mary Ayodele 9. Deacon Dele Ojo 10. Mr. Makanjuola Adebolu

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To protect the right and interest of members.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: THE TRUSTEES

SIGNED: SECRETARY

SIGNED: TRUSTEES

PUBLIC NOTICE

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PUBLIC NOTICE

THE ARENA OF HOPE MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL The general public is hereby notified that the above named Ministry has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Pastor Bridget Benneth 2. Elder Benneth Amadi 3. Pastor Daibi Stanley Okoi 4. Dens Tina Richard Butler 5. Kenule Nwilene

OTUNBA WESCO FOUNDATION The general public is hereby notified that the above named Foundation has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Barr.Osinubi Adewale 2. Chief Mrs.Osinubi Elizabeth Eronmwon 3. Dr.Olalekan Lawal 4. Mr. Ademola Raji 5. Deacon Festus Omololu Adenuga 6. Mr.Osilaja Olatunji Saheed 7. Mr.Mabayo Kasali

The general public is hereby notified that the above named Outreach has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

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

Rev. Mrs. Queen Ola Benjamin Rev. Dr. Ola Benjamin Pastor Stephen Amiwero Mr. Olaye Temisanren Elder Alfred Temisanren

To propagate gospel of Jesus Christ to mankind To ensure the peaceful coexistence of all categories of mankind To preach the salvation of Jesus Christ to humanity. To extend the hand of tone to the less privileged To distribute gospel material of Jesus Christ to humanity

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

- G.O - Member - Secretary - Member - Member

To help the less privilege

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: PASTOR BRIDGET BENNETH

SIGNED: NATH OKUNBOR (ESQ)

SIGNED: REV. MRS. QUEEN OLA BENJAMIN (G.O.)

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To preach the gospel of Jesus and bring hope to the hopeless.

AFRICAN CENTRE FOR AGAPE, REHABILITATION AND EMPOWERMENT (AfriCARE)

The general public is hereby notified that the above named Organization has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Light H.R.M. Igwe (Dr.) Ezedioramma M.C. Aniagu 4. Paul Friday Mba 2. Comrade Chukwuka Nnamani (Dkf) 5. Caesar Dibia 3. Amarachi G. Egbo

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

1. Promote and foster the ideal of Agape in care giving and service delivery for the less privilege, marginalized, neglected and victims of inequity. 2. Rehabilitation and reintegration of destitute and other mentally, physically and occupationally incapacitated members of our society. 3. Promote environmental safety, disaster management and victim rehabilitation and empowerment. 4. Promote positive attitudinal development, behavioral adjustment and livelihood skill training for the youths. 5. Encourage and engage in prison mission; protect right of prisoners, care and reintegrate them in the society. 6. Encourage and promote participatory community development, and healthy living for rural dwellers. 7. Promote mass campaign against narcotics and other drug abuse especially among the youths.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: COMRADE CHUKWUKA NNAMANI

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

AWESOME GOD FAMILY LIFE FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL

AI-ENE-LONYE YOUTH SOCIAL CLUB PH

The general public is hereby notified that the above named Organization has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

The general public is hereby notified that the above named Social Club has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Dcn. Matthew Chikezie Valentine Nwobodo 2. Mrs Princess Chinyere Ugwueze 3. Dcns. Ayodele Anene Nwobodo 4. Dcn. Engr. Obiora Ndubuisi Onwurah

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

1. Raising royal model family that manifest the glory of God on earth. 2. Taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the globe raising entrepreneurs in righteousness upon kingdom values.

This Promote love, peace and unity among members and to render financial assistance to members in need.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent of Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: DCN. NWOBODO, M.C

SIGNED: BENEDICT AMEH OGBOLE

1. Michael Ameh Uduh 2. Benedict Ameh Ogbole


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With the right motivation, Nigerian athletes can re-write history in favour of our dear country

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- NATIONAL SPRINTER, BLESSING OKAGBARE CAF Champions League Group A

Teams

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Pirates

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Al Ahly

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2

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Leopards

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Zamalek

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Coton

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Lobolo

4

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Sewe

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3

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CotonSport (Cameroun)

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Esperance (Tunisia)

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Recreativo Libolo (Angola)

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Sewe Sport (Cote d’Ivoire)

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Orlando Pirates (South Africa) v

Al Ahly (Egypt)

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Zamalek (Egypt)

AC Leopards (Congo)

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CCL: Al-Ahly, Pirates in unfinished business

T Enyimba players (in white) and their Warri Wolves’ opponents in the thick of action during the final of the 2013 Federation Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, last Sunday. PHOTO: OLUFEMI AJASA

Eagles to storm Addis Ababa in chartered jet JOEL AJAYI ABUJA

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he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is planning to charter an aircraft to fly the Super Eagles to and from Addis Ababa to honour the first leg Brazil 2014 World Cup play-off match against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia next month. The match will be played on the weekend of October 12-13. NFF Director of Technical, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, said this yesterday, in Abuja. Speaking with National Mirror, Ikpeme noted that the plan to fly the Super Eagles to Addis Ababa on a charted plane is to beat Ethiopia’s high altitude and leave the country immediately after the game “The idea is to storm Addis Ababa 48 hours to the game and leave as soon as possible before the weather gets the better of the

players. We are not taking chances with the match,” Ikpeme said. He added, “It will take us two weeks to get acclimatised with the high altitude of Addis and since we cannot afford such luxury, our best bet is to get there on the eve of the match and leave immediately.” The NFF in recent times has had to charter flights to Malawi, Rwanda and Liberia for Super Eagles matches. An unnamed official of the Ethiopian Sports Commission said on Tuesday that the Walya Antelopes would take advantage of their climate to beat the African champions. “We are hopeful we can take advantage of the weather and high altitude, as well as our players’ speed, to tackle the Eagles in Addis Ababa,” the ESC official said. Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ defenders, Elderson Echieijile, has

said that Nigeria will not depend on their past records against Ethiopia in next month’s World Cup playoff game. Nigeria enjoy a favourable record against Ethiopia having won four, drawn two and lost only once to their 2014 World Cup rival. But the Sporting Braga defender said what would matter most when both clash again next month would be what they produce on the pitch. “Records are always there, but we will just go all out to do our best so we could be in Brazil next year,” he said. “I can understand the belief the fans now have in the Eagles, but we cannot afford to underrate any team especially at this stage of the qualifiers. What is certain is that they will come with everything at us because they also want to be in Brazil for the World Cup.”

he last of the group matches for the 2013 CAF Champions League take place this weekend and while there is still some sorting out to do for semi-finals spots and positions in Group A, it’s done and in as far as first and second in Group B. Defending champions, Al Ahly of Egypt have 10 points which have secured them a semi-final place but their opponents this weekend in South Africa, Orlando Pirates, will top the group with a win a scenario that will leave Ahly facing Tunisia’s Esperance (Group B winners) in the semi finial. At the other end of the continent, in the North, in Egypt, visiting Congolese side, AC Leopards, will be hoping to pick up three points against Zamalek who can no longer make it to the semis. Both Pirates and Leopards are currently on seven (7 points) each. In Group B, Cameroonian side, CotonSport, play host to Esperance with little at stake as both sides are already through to the semis. Perhaps for the home side it is an opportunity to reverse an earlier loss to Esperance back in August and go into the semi-final encounter against eventual Group A winners on

a positive note. The other contest in Group B is in Angola where home club, Recreativo Libolo, entertain Sewe Sport of Cote d’Ivoire. The sides are separated by a point with Libolo’s current four points placing them third in Group B. Back in August when the sides met Sewe prevailed courtesy of a hat-trick by striker Kevin Zougoula in a 3-1 win for the Ivorians. After a fabulous start to their debut in the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Esperance, the wheels came off for the Angolans and they will be seeking to end the campaign with another home win. Another side whose storing early start lies in contrast to current fortunes is Pirates. The South Africa side find themselves looking for a positive result to reach the semifinals. A victory over Al Ahly in the “Red Devils” backyard seems so long ago now and how the Buccaneers would love to rewind the clock to that night on match day 2 when a 3-0 win took Pirates top of Group A. Pirates have since surrendered that top spot to Ahly but a win for the South Africans on Sunday will see them return to the summit and Ahly dropping into second.


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Governor’s Cup 2013: Nina, Perrin, Ranjeet due in Lagos YEMI OLUS

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ndication emerged yesterday that some top regular players who were regular feature in the annual Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship are expected in Lagos ahead of the ITF-approved competition which serves off in Lagos on October 13. Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), which organises the annual event said it had received requests for invitation from players across the world to enable them commence process for entry visas to Nigeria. According to NTF, a request has been received from Russian Nina Bratchikova, who won Futures 2 Women’s Singles of the 2010 edition and Futures 1 doubles event of the same year. Others are 22-year-old American, Alexandra Riley, who will be sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria and FCMB Plc from an ITF circuit in Algeria, Swiss star, Conny Fabiola Perrin; Brazil’s Pedranzini Rafful Lara and India’s Virali Murugesan Ranjeet. About 32 players from 19 countries have so far indicated intention to participate in the, even as deadline for registration expires early next month. The countries include Canada, Germany, Brazil, Ghana, China, India, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Russia, USA, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Turkey, Madagascar, South Africa, Austria and Portugal. Organisers said yesterday that some mothers have also indicated interest in accompanying their wards to Lagos. “Coaches like Schneider Markus Wilhelm (Germany), Marijan Goran Jure (Australia), Alexey Filenkov (Russia), Pedro Luis Pacheco Pereira (Portugal) and Prahlad Srinath (India) are also expected this year,” one of the tournament’s media coordinators, Taiwo Adelu, told National Mirror in Lagos yesterday. “South African Rens Anton Johan is also coming as the Tournament referee with another Kenyan official, Kamuhia Patrick Muita,” Adelu added.

Ex-international dies in road accident I KENWA N NABUOGOR

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ormer Super Eagles central defender Herbert Anijekwu has been killed in a ghastly bus accident in Lagos, National Mirror can exclusively report. Sources informed that the former Rangers star, who was until his death, a transport manager at Young Shall Grow Transport Company, was killed instantly when the commercial bus he boarded somersaulted severally along the Badagry Expressway on Wednesday evening. ‘Ally Bosah’ as he was fondly called during his playing days, was said to have boarded the commercial bus at close of the work that fateful day

Runners participating in a past Obudu Mountain Race

Obudu 2013: ‘No change in jackpot prize’ AFOLABI GAMBARI

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inners of the men and women race of the 2013 Obudu International Mountain Race will go home with $50, 000 each for their effort, according to the Local Organising Committee. The race is scheduled for November 23 at the Obudu Resort. Member of the LOC and Cross River State Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Patrick Ugbe, said that reports insinuating reduction in prize money was unfounded. “At this stage, we ought to be talking about increase and not decrease, especially after the recognition that the race

and gruesomely met his death just few minutes after. The remains of Anijekwu, who was a strong member of coach Clemens Westerhof ’s Algeria’90 Nationa Cup silver winning squad, has been deposited at the mortuary. The details of his burial arrangement as at press time, remained sketchy but sourced disclosed that his remains would be taken to his home town Neni, Anambra State, for burial. He was survived by Ebele Anijekwu, his younger brother, who alsop played alongside him at Rangers and two other Italy-based brothers. Anijekwu caught the eye of Westerhof while playing for Rangers in the late 1990s and was capped at the inaugural ECOWAS Cup held in Bauchi in 1990. He would go on to form a formidable defence line alongside Okechuku Uche at Algiers’90. He was in his late 40s.

has attained over the years,” Ugbe said. National Mirror learnt that the total prize money for the race was increased in 2010 by over $35, 000 following the introduction of the women’s version of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship. “Winners in each gender category will go home with $50, 000 each while second and third place finishers will earn $20,000 and $9,000 respectively as the fourth to tenth placed will in each category will get $4, 500, $4, 000, $3, 000, $2, 500, $2, 000, $1, 500 and $1, 000 respectively,” the commissioner added. “Governor Liyel Imoke has also specifically requested that the LOC make the 2013 edition improved in technical organisation and the quality of the par-

ticipating athletes and we are committed to this task.” The African Championship attracts prize money of $15, 000 for first team position, $10, 000 for second and $7, 500 for third in the men and women categories. The best three Nigerian finishers (men/women) will also win $2, 000, $1, 500 and $1, 000 respectively. The Obudu International Mountain Race is organised by the Cross River State Government and the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) with support from the African Athletics Confederation (CAA),the World Mountain Running Association,(WMRA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

NFF fixes Nov. 6 for NNL resumption

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fter a successful conclusion of the 2012/2013 football season which witnessed a lot of highpoints, the Board of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has announced that the new season will kick off on November 6. Also, the board has hinted that there would be a pre-season seminar which would be organised for club officials and stakeholders before the kickoff of the league. Chair man of NNL board, Chief Emeka Inyama, who dropped this hint yesterday, said the new league season will start on November 6 across the nation. He disclosed that the resumption of the league has become imperative in order to ensure the early conclusion of the football season. Inyama who is also an

Inyama

Executive Committee Member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) revealed

that the league will see an improvement in organisation, management and prosecution of the competition because of the innovations to be introduced in the new season. According to him, “cCub officials and other stakeholders will converge for a seminar before the kickoff of the league so that they will be educated on how best to make the league meet the expectations of the board.” The for mer Abia State Sports Commissioner also disclosed that every effort would be made to ensure that the Nigeria National League is attractive to sponsors just as he urged all the teams that will participate in the league to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations guiding the competition.


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Obiefule enjoying Scandinavian life

Moses’ goal, well planned –Rodgers

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ormer Super Eagles midfielder Paul Obiefule says he’s enjoying his career and life in the Scandinavia. The former Heartland star currently plays in Sweden for Assyriska, having switched from Finland last summer. Obiefule has now played in all the Scandinavian countries since he left Heartland for Viborg FF in Denmark in 2004. Obiefule has since settled in the Scandinavia with his family and continues to take his game higher. His impending transfer across the continent to China failed to get off the ground and the former JC Raiders settled for a move to Sweden to complete his romance with the Scandinavia. He has netted once from the midfield for Assyrianka in 20 appearances but the club is still hovering around the mid-table after being in the front line for about eight weeks in the beginning of the season. “I’m loving it here in the Scandinavia because the system suits me well,” Obiefule explains. “The game in the Scandinavia is a lot harder than people think and you have to be very strong to fit in here. “Players run a lot here and you must be fit to do all the running and as well doing the playing too. So, it’s not easy to succeed in the Scandinavia. “They are also loving people and are ready to help you in whatever situation you find yourself. I was to move to China but when it didn’t happen, I didn’t hesitate to sign for Assyriska.” Meanwhile, his elder brother, Uche, who was the first to turn professional in the football playing family of Obiefule, has become a coach and scout in his base in Switzerland. The Obiefule senior has recently completed a Uefa coaching course in Zurich and has begun coaching kids in a local club in Zurich.

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iverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers has said that the debut goal scored by Super Eagles’ flying winger Victor Moses was pre planned, as the move that led to the goal had been practised in training, according to the club’s website. The 22-year-old forward marked his Reds debut with a perfectly executed goal nine minutes before half-time as his new club reclaimed first place with a 2-2 draw at Swansea. “He had a couple of moments where you could see why we brought him in,” Rodgers remarked. “He can take players

on. He’s got a wee bit to go yet to get up to speed with the intensity; but his goal was terrific. “We did a bit of work in the week on counter-attacks - we felt there would be moments in the game here when you’re not going to have the ball, but when you do get the ball can you flood forward? “When we intercepted the pass he broke forward and it was an excellent finish. He is a really good player. Rodgers had challenged Moses to make the most of his stay at Anfield, and a goal during a sparkling debut, may just be what the doctor ordered.

Ujah eyes more goals, honour for Cologne

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Ogbu blows hot in Romania

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luj Napoca of Romania summer signing Derrick Chuka Ogbu has promised a rich harvest of goals for his new club. The Enugu-born striker’s debut game for Cluj was slightly delayed due to paperwork but when he finally got on the pitch, it was business as usual for the power-playing for OH Leuven of Belgium striker. Ogbu has netted once this season, scoring the lone goal in their 1-0 win against Corona Bra ov late last month to underline his smartness in front of goal. The former Umm Salal of Qatar striker told National Mirror he came with a goal mission in Romania and his opener against Corona Bra ov, was just a beginning of his harvest of goals. Ogbu arrived in the one of the top three clubs in the Eastern European country with a huge reputation and a bag full of goals from his Belgian club and didn’t waste time to convince the hierarchy of his new club he was worth the investment. He was club’s top scorer for the two seasons he spent at OH Leuven and it took just one good look at his first training to impress coach Petre Grigoras, who has continued to find a space for the all-action striker from his pool of six strikers in the club’s roster. “It’s great to sign for Cluj, the club with great tradition and I’m happy to finally settle here after all the offers that came my way at Leuven,” he said. “I have a mission here, a great mission when I was leaving the Far East to Europe and I’m happy everything is going well for me.

“I had a little set back when I was red-carded in the third league outing but I have gotten over it and ready to bounce. “The atmosphere is great here and conducive for me to do my thing and I know it will be a matter of time before the goals start rolling in admirably.” Ogbu says his bigger mission is to grab a shirt in the national team, saying he will work hard to earn it. He believes that coach Stephen Keshi will fall in love with his all0action style when he eventually sets his eyes on him. “I play with a unique style which will interest any coach. My Dutch coach at Umm Salal, Henk ten Cate would always tell me I would be a great player in future. “That has given me lots of confidence to take my game higher and playing for my country is a huge task I would accomplish.”

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wo-cap Eagles striker Tony Ujah, says he wants to score more goals as well as wishes his side FC Cologne finish as first round champions in the Bundesliga 2 in the winter. Ujah has now netted four goals in seven games in Germany’s second - tier after scoring a brace on Monday night as Cologne thrashed Energie Cottbus 4 - 0. Ujah told a local website allnigeriasoccer.com, “I am very happy for the victory as it’s our second consecutive win with 8 goals from two matches.”. “We are getting better game by game our target is to be on the first position by Christmas and if we continue playing as we currently do I am sure we will achieve our target of promotion. “Personally I’m happy for my two goals.... My aim is to keep fighting and improving,” Ujah’s other strikes came in consecutive matches against Dynamo Dresden and Fortuna Düsseldorf back in July. The former Lillestroem of Norway striker is spending his second spell on loan at Cologne from Mainz 05. He netted 13 goals last season as Cologne narrowly lost promotion last season, forcing the former top league campaigners to hold on to their top striker for another sniff at promotion run this season.


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Most successful plant-to-animal gene transfer

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In January 2002, Japanese scientists led by Akira Iritani announced that they had successfully implanted vegetable genetic material into an animal for the first time.

Electricity supply and the extortion called MYTO II

or many Nigerians, the voodoo Multi Year Tariff Order 2 (MYTO II) introduced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) last year, under which electricity tariff will be increased yearly, has become an untold burden. Perhaps, the fraudulent electricity tariff annual increment in a regime of persisting epileptic electricity supply and total power failure sometimes is one of the dividends of democracy Nigerians were promised. Most low income and poverty stricken families are now chastised by ‘estimated’ or ‘coded’ electric bills running into hundreds of thousands of naira for electricity they scarcely consumed. Instead of sincerely addressing the plight of Nigerians who poverty has driven to the precipice (of the country’s over 162 million people, more than half the population, about 61 percent are acclaimed to be wretched and living

FRIDAY WITH Dozie Okebalama

dozieokeama@yahoo.co.uk 08164966858 (SMS only) on less than $1 a day), a grossly insensitive NERC, is beating its war chest with threats of further increases in electricity tariff. Yet governments are saddled with the bounden duties of not just the security of citizens (protection of life and property); but the promotion of the welfare of the governed. Most unfortunate is the recent report credited to the power minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, that the extortion is justified. The statement will be revisited later by this writer. That some civil society groups, ten in all, have dragged the FG to the United Nations in protest against the fraud called MYTO II is, therefore, no surprise. Reports said the group in a petition to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Carmona lately, demanded a halt to the implementation of the inhuman and immoral electricity tariff rip off. Indeed, the group virtually said it all when it said in the petition: “By introducing a fixed rate electricity tariff, the government is complicit in violating the human rights of people living in poverty and undermining their personal development and prosperity... any increase in electricity tariff, while Nigerians still face an appalling power supply, is a violation of the human rights of Nigerians under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”. The dirty linen the group wants washed before the UN will no doubt enjoy the support of

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FEEL PRESIDING OVER THE SUCKING OF THE BLOOD OF THE

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POOR THROUGH DUBIOUS ELECTRICITY TARIFF...?

many, considering how insensitive and dishonest electricity tariff in the country has become. Like the petitioners rightly observed, power is one of Nigeria’s conduit pipes for the waste of public funds. Yet it has defied solution despite the billions of naira and dollars that have gone down the drain. The corruption in the sector is legendary, perhaps worse than the rot in other public domains. For decades, the nation’s electricity generation capacity has not exceeded 4,000 megawatts, for a population of over 162 million people. There are occasions when the wattage slumps to between 2,000 and 3,000 megawatts. Most electricity consumers do not have meters. For no fault of theirs, they are forced to pay crazy bills based on the guesswork of inept and pathologically corrupt Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) officials. For decades, corruption made it extremely difficult for the PHCN to

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w ormer heavyweight world champion, Ken Norton, who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, has died at the age of 70. Norton passed away in a care facility in Arizona late Wednesday after suffering congestive heart failure, his close friend and former manager, Patrick Tenore,

HOW DOES THE FG

provide a comprehensive metering system for electricity consumers. Presently, the pre-paid metering system provisioning being supervised by the NERC has run into a hitch, with majority of electricity consumers yet to have access to pre-paid meters. Indeed, as you are reading this piece, the FG is yet to conclude the privatization of the power sector which commenced donkey years ago. The Discos and Gencos sold to new private sector investors are yet to be handed over to them to hasten the decentralization of power generation and distribution. Just penultimate Thursday, The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki, reportedly said that PHCN successor companies would be handed over to their new owners as from October 1, 2013. Perhaps more importantly, the BPE boss said the long awaited power sector reform would not bring about immediate changes; and that investments in the sector would take time to achieve results, meaning there’s no end in sight as yet on irregular power supply in the country. Whither then the basis of the MYTO II extortion? The edifice of fraud called PHCN is yet to be dismantled, pre-paid metering arrangement is still chaotic, but electric bills are soaring out of this world. To crown it all, improvement in power supply remains like spittle. Yet, unconfirmed reports alleged that some crooks in government were ordering 53 pieces of gold-plated ‘iphones’ for the country’s 53rd independence anniversary at the cost of N649 million. Let’s believe the claim is not true as some government officials have said. Perhaps the foreign contractor who leaked the secret was hallucinating. But it is so nauseating that the iphones jamboree can be contemplated at all, while the NERC and its masters can scarcely see through the sufferings of the citizenry. How does the FG feel presiding over the sucking of the blood of the Nigerian poor through dubious electricity tariff under a hopeless power supply situation? This is incredible!

Ali’s conqueror, Norton, dies of heart failure confirmed yesterday. The former pugilist, who had been in poor health for several years, will be remembered for breaking Ali’s jaw in their first of three fights in which he went on to beat him in a split decision.

Ali narrowly won their second encounter by a split decision six months later before he claimed a second victory over Norton on September 28, 1976, at the Yankee Stadium in New York to retain his heavyweight title.

“Ken was recovering from a stroke which happened a year ago, only for his wife to call me and said he had passed away,” Norton said. “He fought a tough battle and we will all miss him,” he added.

Musa Norton

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