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ASUU: APC slams FG over sack threat Students have suffered enough –Presidency L-R; Anambra State Governor-elect, Dr. Willie Obiano; Governor Peter Obi; National Chairman, All Grand Progressive Alliance, Chief Victor Umeh and Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Nkem Okeke, celebrating the party's victory yesterday in Awka.

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L-R: Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Joint Programmes on HIV and AIDS Geneva, Dr Luiz Loures; Country Coordinator UNAIDS Dr. Bilali Camara and Representative of the President/ Minister of Health Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, during the 2013 World AIDS Day Celebration in Abuja yesterday. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

L-R: Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Bauchi State Governor/newly installed Obasayero of Oyo Empire, Malam Isa Yuguda and his wife, Yeyeniwura Obasayero of Oyo Empire, Hajiya Abiodun Hauwa, during the installation in Oyo at the weekend.

L-R: Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Seni Adetu; British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pookock; President, Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Prince Adeyemi Adefulu; Chairman of the occasion, former Federal Minister of Health, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi and Trade Sales Manager, British Airways, Mr. Ademola Sanya, at the Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce 2013 Presidential Dinner and Award in Lagos at the weekend.

L-R: Senate President, David Mark; the newly wed couple, Bisoye and Chigozie Obasanjo; wife of the former President, Chief Mrs. Bola Obasanjo; Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, and former President and father of the groom, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the wedding ceremony in Abeokuta at the weekend.

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ASUU: APC slams FG for sack threat

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he All Progressives Congress, APC, has berated the Federal Government over the sack threat against striking university teachers, saying the resort to such military-era tactics reflects the government’s poverty of ideas in resolving the impasse. In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party, particular criticised the supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, for the way he talked down on the striking teachers, while issuing the ill-advised, go-back-to-workor-be-sacked threat. “Wike’s language was crude, his presentation was rude and his threat was demeaning and counter-productive. We believe his lack of finesse and the inability to think out of the box in handling the whole strike issue will not bode well for a quick resolution of the crisis. “We also disagree with the minister’s inference that the lecturers should auto-

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matically call off the strike because the President intervened and sat for long hours with them. It is this unnecessary deification of a democratically-elected President that has almost turned this president into an emperor. “What is the big deal in President Jonathan sitting with ASUU members, his former colleagues for that matter? What is a President elected to do if not to solve problems?” the party queried. APC regretted that Wike threatened to sack the university teachers at a time there is a shortfall of 60,000 lecturers in Nigerian universities, adding that the threat itself has shown that the Federal Government does not understand the enormity of the problems facing public universities in particular and the education sector in general. “The poor remuneration of university teachers and the inadequate facilities for teaching and learning in our public universities have combined to trigger a brain drain in the institutions. The pauperization and frustra-

tion of the teachers through the non-implementation of the pacts aimed at ameliorating the situation have discouraged those who may want to become university teachers. “Yet, the few who have defied the odds to take to this noble path of helping to mould our future leaders are being threatened with dismissal. This betrays a painful lack of understanding of the long and tortuous path it takes to produce a university teacher. “It also shows that the socalled Supervising Minister of Education is not better than the misguided market women who, having being hired and paid to protest against ASUU, threatened to invade the universities to chase out the lecturers if they won’t call off the strike,” APC said. It further said that ASUU was right in demanding certain benchmarks, including the non-victimisation clause and the need for a senior government official, like the Attorney-General, to sign the agreement, before calling off its strike, in view of the

fact that the Federal Government has a history of reneging on its agreements. Its words: “Yes, our party is eager for this prolonged strike to end so that our youths who have been marooned at home for five months can resume their academic pursuit. Yes, we believe this strike has gone on for way too long, and that it will impact negatively on our country’s development in the long run. But we believe the issues at stake must be resolved once and for all, so that we won’t have a repeat of these recurring strikes. “The onus rests on the FG to work with ASUU to resolve this lingering crisis. President Jonathan should get off his high horse, roll up his sleeves as Presidents elsewhere do and tackle squarely what has now become one of the biggest challenges facing his administration. “However, if the Jonathan administration has run out of ideas, as we now fear it has, going by the infantile threats being issued by it, then let it hands off the negotiations and allow other

stakeholders to find a way out. We are all stakeholders in the education of our youths.” Meanwhile, ASUU yesterday called on parents not to expose their children to the hazards of the country’s bad roads, saying no academic activities will start until the Federal Government perfects and implement the resolutions reached with the union. The union said it is the height of insensitivity on the part of President Jonathan, through the minister of education to ask students to return to campuses without resolving the impasse. ASUU also asked its members not to sign any register, but urged them to remain calm, stay resolute as the union is on course to ensure that no staff is victimised. These were part of the text messages sent by the National President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge and the University of Ibadan chapter of the union to members. Fagge said: “Comrades, can you see the unfolding drama? Now Jonathan says they didn’t give ultimatum; that the Vice Chancellors did and Wike became their trumpet. But NUC’s ultima-

tum is by Federal Government to us to resume or get sacked. And Wike’s press address says ‘FG has directed, ‘NOT’ VCs have directed.’ Be calm, stay resolute. By God, we are on course.” The University of Ibadan Chapter, through its Chairman, Dr. Segun Ajiboye asked parents not to risk the precious lives of “our students by releasing them, saying no lecturer will teach them.” He said: “Don’t risk the lives of your children, keep your children at home because ASUU will not teach. Soldiers and the police deployed by the Federal Government will not teach. Mr. Wike can come and teach in university. It is a huge joke to sack professors. Our strike must not be in vain. Our students must see the results. It is funny we thought we are in a democracy. “I assure Nigerians that we know what the law says about the strike. Our job is statue backed. We are not threatened. We do not trust the government. The record of the government is clear. This government is dishonouring agreements. Our members are resolved to pursue this to a logical conclusion.”


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Anambra: INEC declares Obiano governor-elect ROTIMI FADEYI AND CHARLES OKEKE

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he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday declared the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Willie Obiano, as the winner of the Anambra State governorship election. The declaration followed Saturday’s supplementary election in areas where election did not hold on November 16. This is just as Governor Peter Obi and APGA, yesterday lauded President Goodluck Jonathan over the success of the election. INEC Returning Officer, Prof. James Epoke, declared that Obiano scored 180,178 votes while the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr. Tony Nwoye, had 97,700 votes to emerge second. The All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, with 95,963 votes, placed third, while Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah of Labour Party scored 37,495 votes. APGA won the supplementary election that was characterised by low turnout of voters in 15 local government areas. They are Aguata, Ayamelum, Anambra East and West, Anaocha, Awka North and South, Ekwusigo, Idemili North, Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North and South, Orumba North and Oyi. The APC won in Idemili South Local Government Area. The race was very close in Idemili North where APGA scored 3,348 votes to beat APC which got 3,343 votes. In Ekwusigo, APGA polled 132 votes, beating PDP which scored 110 votes and the APC, three votes while in Nnewi South, APGA scored 56 votes to beat PDP, which had 11 votes and APC three votes. The overall result of the election, involving 23 political parties and the performance of the individual candidates were finally determined after the votes they got from the supplementary election were added to their previous scores. Speaking after the declaration, Obi said that without President Jonathan’s commitment to democracy and free and fair election,

the victory recorded by APGA could not have been possible. He told journalists at the Governor's Lodge, Awka that the victory of APGA was well deserved. Obi promised that he would continue to make APGA stronger and dominate Anambra politics in the years ahead. APGA Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, also thanked President Jonathan for keeping faith with democracy and for ensuring that the votes of the people count. He urged those criticising the election to give peace a chance, saying that the victory recorded by APGA was deserved and ordained by God. Umeh thanked Governor Obi for his contributions to the victory of APGA, which he noted was secured by the superlative performance of his administration. The governor-elect thanked INEC for conducting a free and fair election, while pledging to support President Jonathan fully during the 2015 general election. Obiano also promised that he would continue with the tradition of Obi's administration and expand the boundaries of development, stressing that his administration would be responsible and responsive to the needs of the people. He thanked Obi and Umeh for their support, which made it possible for APGA to win the election. Meanwhile, thousands of APGA members and supporters yesterday celebrated the electoral victory of Obiano with merriment and church services. It was celebration galore at Aguleri, the home town of Obiano, where top party and government officials attended a commendation service. President Jonathan has also congratulated Obiano on his emergence as governor-elect. A statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said that as Obiano was preparing to assume office in March next year, President Jonathan has advised him to dedicate himself to building on the achievements of Obi. He called on aggrieved persons to keep their bids

for redress within the bounds of legality, decorum and acceptable political conduct in conformity with the principles of democracy and the rule of law. The President also urged Obiano to commit himself fully to the socio-economic development of Anambra State and the protection of the interests of all citizens of the state, irrespective of their party affiliations or political loyalties. To promote greater peace, unity and harmony within the state, President

Jonathan enjoined Obiano to ensure that his incoming administration carried stakeholders along to move Anambra forward. The President assured Obiano that the Federal Government would continue to work with the Anambra State government and other state governments to achieve better living conditions for Nigerians. The Anambra chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo also yesterday congratulated Obiano on his electoral success. The President of the association in the state, Mr. Chris

Elumunoh, also congratulated INEC for conducting what he described as “a very successful election’’. Elumunoh said that the people of the state also deserved praises for being calm and orderly during the exercise. He said only one governor could lead the state at a time and urged aggrieved parties to exhibit the spirit of good sportsmanship. “Ohaneze wants the people of Anambra and those who lost the election to accept the outcome and assist in moving the state

forward,” he said. Elunmunoh, who was the Chief Press Secretary to Jim Nwobodo as governor of the old Anambra, urged Obiano not to bear grudges against anyone. He said the governorelect should carry everybody along, including the opposition, in the interest of the state. “The outgoing governor, Peter Obi, has done well for the state and I urge the governor-elect to strive to surpass his achievements,” the Ohanaeze Anambra president said.

L-R: Keynote speaker and former Ugandan Vice-President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya; former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; President, American University of Nigeria, Yola, Prof. Margee Ensign, during the 8th AUN Founder's Day ceremony in Yola at the weekend.

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PDP, governors to the APC, to form the majority in the House with a membership of 360. Governors Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) had last week moved to the APC with their followers. Replying to a text message requesting to know when the APC would receive the defecting members to its fold a key opposition lawmaker said: “very soon. We don't know when, but soon.” A member of the House from Kaduna, who did not want his name mentioned, however, told National Mirror that the deal would be sealed before the end of the week. “All I can say is that all the members who are now in APC would declare so this week. I can assure you that the deal between the former new PDP and us (APC) is consummated and

we would definitely emerge the majority in the House this week, Insha Allah,” he said. But the Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta) thinks differently. The lawmaker, who spoke with National Mirror on the development, said there was no cause for alarm. “Just watch and see what we would do,” he told our correspondent. Another PDP member from Benue State, Hon. Samson Okwu, warned that the seats of those that decamp would be declared vacant, according to Section 68(1g) of the 1999 Constitution. “The moment they defect, their seats will be declared vacant and the House would start a process of recall," Okwu said. Meanwhile, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said that the actions of the G7 governors since the last time they walked out from the August 31 convention

ground should be seen as a political coup. Tukur also agreed with Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido that he (Tukur) was a virus in the party, “but a necessary virus for the entrenchment of democratic culture, discipline and good governance in the party and the country.” He expressed the hope that Lamido would soon catch the virus for the good of the PDP and the country. In a statement by his Special Assistant, Prince Oliver Okpara, the National Chairman said that the virus that Lamido described was a necessary in any democratic political structure for sustenance and continuity of the nascent democratic dispensation. He said: “If the virus had spread enough, the likes of Governor Sule Lamido would not have walked out on the President of the country and other party chieftains during the party’s last convention.” Tukur noted that

discipline was a necessary instrument in the smooth running of any political organisation or society as “any organisation or society without discipline opens the door for indiscipline, anarchy and catastrophe to set in”. The PDP leader said that it was only in a political dispensation that the governors could go free after conspiring and walking out on the President of the country in the party’s last national convention. The action of the governors, he said, amounted to a political coup and secession, which should be condemned by every right thinking Nigerian as an insult on the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Irrespective of the present distractions and defections, the PDP will win more electoral victories and will move to greater heights as members of one united family under one big umbrella,” he said.


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in the Cashless Lagos scheme. The CBN-planned licensing will witness more PTSPs accelerating the deployment of more Point of Sales, PoS, in new states to which the apex bank recently extended the cashless economy policy. The CBN in July this year extended the policy to additional five states

which include Kano, Anambra, Abia, Rivers and Ogun as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. PTSPs are the entities licensed by the CBN to deploy PoS machines across the country while banks concentrate on their core financial service operations. It was gathered that till date, the CBN had only licensed six PTSPs, includ-

ing Unified Payment Services Limited, PayMaster, EasyFuel, ETOP, ITEX and CitiServce. Confirming the plan for additional PTSPs to National Mirror, Head, Shared Services Office, CBN, Mr. Chidi Umeano, listed the challenges confronting the ongoing cashless scheme. These, according to him, include connectivity and network challenges,

inadequate enlightenment, low capacity of PTSPs and merchant apathy. He, however, noted that to address the low capacity of PTSPs, the apex bank would ensure that more PoS terminals were deployed. Umeano said: “Under Phase 1, we had six licensed PTSPs to cater for the deployment and maintenance of PoS terminals.

L-R: Founder, Akintola Williams & Co, Mr. Akintola Williams; Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, and Founder, Women in Successful Careers, Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, at the 5th graduation/induction ceremony of WISCAR in Lagos ... weekend.

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pparently concerned about the need to do a thorough cost-benefit analysis of the new drive for Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the country, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has urged the Federal Government to conduct extensive researches on the new technology-driven farming concept before endorsing any pact with multinationals or organisations now promoting it in the country. The Non-Governmental Organisation stated this when it appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture as part its public advocacy programmes during the deliberation on the concept before the committee. In his presentation before the committee, AAN’s Food and Agriculture Program Advisor, Azubike Nwokoye, said that since majority of the Nigerians

depend on agriculture as source of income and livelihoods, and smallholder food production is also key to food security, there was need for caution the part of government to critically weigh the benefits and the ills of the concept to the economy in the long run before endorsing it. Specifically, he listed some of the fears of the NGO and other experts in the new alliance as relating to issue of land grabbing by foreign mechanised farmers and investors who will turn Nigeria into GM crops haven to the detriment of small holder farmers who may lose their land to foreigners, and the health effects GM food may have on the people, animals and the seeds on the soil, among others. Actionaid said part of the challenges that may be expected in the alliance is unprecedented access for multinational companies to resources in Africa and to have access to cash under the initiative, Afri-

can governments have to make far-reaching changes to their land seed and farming policies. Nwokoye told the Committee that several countries had been asked to speed up the takeover of land by foreign investors, and enough studies have shown that large-scale land acquisitions and leases destroy the livelihoods and food security of thousands of communities, and that access to land is essential for the right to food. Meanwhile, the Director General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Professor Bamidele Solomon, who led a delegation of foreign and local experts, including Mark Lynas, an environmentalist, to the House and presented the agency’s position on the GM crops to the Committee said that full actualisation of the Genetically Modified (GM) crops would catalyse current efforts aimed at achieving sustain-

able food security in the countrywide noting that biotechnology remained key to agriculture development and that unless Nigerians embrace the concept, attempts by the country to achieve food security may be futile, In his response, the Committee’s Chairman, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, who lamented that only 1.7 per cent of the 2013 budget was allocated to the Agriculture sector contrary to the 2003 Maputo Declaration which provided that 10 per cent of African countries’ annual budgets should be allocated to the sector, said the Committee would study the content of the new alliance before giving any commitment to it. In addition, he promised that the Committee would work with other relevant Committees of the National Assembly with a view to ensuring that allocation to the sector is significantly improved in the 2014 budget and subsequently.

This was observed to be inadequate. Upon this observation, a request for proposal to licence additional PTSPs was processed, evaluations conducted and approval in principle granted to 10 additional PTSPs. “The increase in registered terminals has always indicated merchant willingness to adopt. Gaps witnessed in registered and actual deployments show apparent PTSP lack of capacity to accommodate the demand for terminals.” According to available data obtained from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems, NIBSS, an estimated 148, 431 units of PoS terminals had been registered since the introduction of the cashless economy policy in 2011. Of the total, it was gathered that 115, 475, representing 72 per cent of the total registered PoS machines have been successfully deployed and connected. However, remain 31, 222, representing 28 per cent of the total connected PoS devices, are inactive. Stating measures being taken to tackle connectivity and network challenges, Umeano disclosed that the CBN had entered into discussions with Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited. The objective is to explore other alternatives to the available General Packet Radio Service, GPRS, network being used for the deployment of PoS. He explained that a memorandum of understanding had been drafted for NIGCOMSAT to provide Wi-Fi hotspots in the six states after conducting a pilot with NIBSS in Lagos as proof of concept. Meanwhile, the Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria yesterday urged the telecoms operators to invest more to make their operations more robust to support the cashless economy scheme of the CBN. The Executive Secretary, E-PPAN, Mrs. Onajite Regha, who made the call, also commended the plan by the CBN to license more terminal service

providers. She noted that it was PoS widespread adoption of machines for transaction that could drive true cashless transactions. According to her, who recently carried out a sensitisation exercise with E-PPAN team in the new six states where the cashless scheme had been extended to by the CBN, electronic payment rides on the backbone of telecommunications infrastructure and we recognise their roles in cashless Nigeria. She said: “The banks cannot do it alone without the support of telecoms operators that have the infrastructure on which mobile money and other forms of cashless initiatives run. “So, if the infrastructure is robust and scalable, cashless Nigeria will soar without technical hitches. In the area of infrastructure challenge as identified by the communities, we would like to encourage telecoms operating companies to strengthen their network infrastructure and make them available in all states, especially in the states that cashless Nigeria is operational. “We want the telecoms firms to provide better service quality that will facilitate seamless transactions, especially when operating mobile or using point of sales (PoS) machines. We have had cases where some of the PoS machines were not working as a result of network collapse, which automatically became impossible to carry out financial transactions using the electronic cards on the PoS to pay bills.” Citing E-PPAN experiences during the sensitisation exercise, Regha explained that during the mobilisation, there were some places visited in the East and there were no strong network signals. “So operators need to extend infrastructure even to remote communities to enable everyone enjoy the benefits of cashless Nigeria. We equally visited the grain market in Kano, which is the biggest grain market in West Africa, and the story is the same,” she said.


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Anxiety over repair of Warri Refinery

Contractors sue commission, ministry over N8.9bn contract

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nxiety has risen over the failure by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to complete the repair of the ailing Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) which was razed in October. It was learnt at the weekend that in-house technicians and personnel of a contracting firm were still battling with the repair of some component parts of the complex, almost six weeks after the plant was gutted by fire. Sources expressed

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doubts over the possibility of fixing the plant before the end of the month. As the battle to fix the plant was going on, the residence of the Managing Director of WRPC, Mr. Paul Obelley, was also razed by a mysterious fire at the weekend. It was learnt that the fire ravaged the entire ground floor of the one-storey duplex tucked inside the NNPC Housing Complex at Ekpan in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. National Mirror gathered that the ground floor of the building was re-

duced to rumbles as household items and official documents were consumed by the inferno. The fire erupted as Obelley prepared for the weekly party which he usually held every Thursday at his official residence. A source, who did not want his name mention, said Obelley awarded the repair of the building to a favoured contractor less than 24 hours after the incident. The source said: “The management is confronting another challenge as the official residence of the managing director

was ravaged by fire. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained but it occurred when preparations were being made for the weekly party being hosted by the managing director on Thursday of every week. “The fire was put out and the contract for the repair of the building has been promptly awarded.” Obelley could not be reached for comment yesterday, but an official of public affairs department of the plant, who confirmed the incident, added that the management was desirous of ensuring early resumption of operations by the plant.

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head of the 2015 general elections and the attendant political realignment currently going on in the country, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, has said the President is left with no option than to offer himself for re-election.

He said should Mr. Jonathan refuses to hearken to the voice of the people, he (Gulak) would immediately throw in the towel. Gulak stated this on the heels of the alleged refusal by the President to formally declare his interest in seeking re-election. He spoke during a unity rally for President Jonathan which held at the Rosy Arts

Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital. He highlighted what he described as the numerous achievements of the President and how they had benefited the masses. Gulak also used the occasion to introduce Chief Perry Opara as the political liaison officer of lmo State and described him as humble, hardworking

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he unemployment rate can be defined as the number of people actively looking for a job divided by the labour force. Changes in unemployment depend mostly on inflows made up of non-employed people starting to look for jobs, of employed people who lose their jobs and look for new ones and of people who stop looking for employment. Assuming you get fired or laid off or you quit because after two weeks you know you’re at the worst company on the planet. In all of those cases, you will face the interview question: What happened at your last job? These are answers i always hear people give me: I left because my boss asked me out, I left because I cannot do marketing job, I walked out of the office because I can’t kill myself for the company and even someone told me that, she was fired because she must chew gum in the office every morning. Funny job seekers! Which brings me to what you should be really focusing on when you are unemployed: Learning and growing? Because this is what you are going to talk about in job interviews. In this part of the world, most people require about twelve months getting another job. This is a big chunk of time that you can piss away sending resumes to ‘Never Existed Employer’ and wondering why no one responds. But you cannot job hunt for eight hours a day. Really. You’ll go nuts. So spend the time creating projects for yourself and executing on them. This is good for you mentally — because you are doing something meaningful with your time and that will keep your spirits up. But this is also good for you in your job hunt. Because when you talk about why you left the last company, you spin it in a positive light by talking about how you are excited about doing what you are doing. Your interview should include you telling a good story about focused personal growth, and no one will get stuck on why you left your last job. Here are five ways to set that story up: 1. Create a job for yourself. These projects can be wide ranging, but they have to show that you are driven, ambitious and focused. Dur-

and unassuming. He said Opara “is the eyes and legs of the political hub of the Presidency in the state.” Also, Political Adviser to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Abubakar Gada, commended the party for coming out enmasse to receive the presidential train.

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he Association of Rural Electrification Contractors of Nigeria (ARECON) has sued the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) and the Ministry of Finance before a Federal High Court over unpaid N 8.9 billion indebtedness. The association, in a statement of claim filed by Prof. Yemi AkinseyeGeorge (SAN) at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, is praying for an order that the total sum owed by ECN should be paid through the Law Office of Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN). A breakdown of the N8.9 billion debt shows that ECN owed the contractors N380 million in 2009, N2.1 billion in 2011 and N6.3 billion in 2012. The plaintiffs stated that the defendants have no defence to the suit. ARECN is also seeking for an injunction restraining ECN, its agents, servants and privies from awarding contracts already advertised in the

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federal tenders journal of 6 âm“ 19 th May, 2013 or any contract whatsoever until the N8.9 billion debt was paid. Trouble started for the ECN when it refused to pay members of the ARECON that were awarded contracts even when the plaintiffs had executed the contracts to specification and certificates of performance issued to them at various stages of execution. Those named as defendants are the ECN, the federal ministry of finance and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). In a 25 paragraph statement of claim, the plaintiffs stated that despite making several demands for payment of the outstanding N8.9 billion, the defendants still refused, failed and neglected to respond to the plaintiff ’s letters of demand. Rather, the ECN still went ahead to award contracts to other contractors on a regular basis, that was advertised in the Federal Tenders journal.

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE UNEMPLOYED

ing one stint of unemployment, I worked for free for my uncle’s company for a couple of hours a day. That way I didn’t actually have a gap in my resume; a resume doesn’t show part-time or full-time and it doesn’t show pay or no pay. So volunteering at my uncle’s company for a couple of hours a day ended up looking like a fulltime job on my resume. 2. Focus on ambition and execution. Another time I got laid off I spent my days learning to swing dance. I took one or two lessons a day and practiced at night, and after my six months of job hunting, I was good enough to teach dancing just off Broadway. I didn’t put that on my resume, but when people asked me why I left my job, I told them about how I gave myself time to fulfill lofty goals as a swing dancer. 3. Start a blog about the industry you want to go into. Blogging is a great way to keep up in your industry, network without looking desperate, and leverage the fact that you have more time on your hands that people who have jobs. Everyone who is unemployed should be blogging as a way to get their next job. Put your ideas out into the world and connect with people that way. This is why you want to be hired, right? For your ideas. So show them. The reason that people who blog have great careers is that bloggers are always thinking about issues in their industry. Show that side of yourself to people. Blogging takes a lot of time, sure. But you have a lot of time. So use it. 4. Start a company. Do you have a company idea? Try it now. During unemployment. There’s nothing stopping you. You have time, and you can try ideas to see which one sticks. Also, whether or not your company does well, you’ll be able to talk about it in an interview as a huge learning moment that will deflect from any problems at your last job. The company that never got out of your parent’s basement can sit on your resume as professionally as a stint in your imagination. It’s all about how you write

the bullet points: talk lk habout accomplishments and learning.

5. Practice talking about yourself with everyone. High performers practice for interviews. So now you know what you’re aiming for, but you need to talk about it with everyone — parties, at the gym, on the phone with friends. When they ask how you’re doing, talk about what you’re doing like you are in the job interview. And the good news is that the better you get at talking like that, the more you will actually believe your story, the story that being unemployed is lucky because you have learning opportunities. What’s important to remember here is that no one can tell you what experience you can gain and what you can’t. You don’t need a job in order to learn cool stuff and be on cool projects. You control what you do with your time and you can make it useful. Talk about that. There is no reason to talk about why the last job didn’t work when you can talk about the great things that leaving opened up to you. Share your sparkle from now. Bimbola Adewole. cv@thejobshow.net 01-3428341

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Alleged misconduct: Oyinlola calls on AGF to prosecute MTN directors ISE-OLUWA IGE

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ormer governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has sued the Federal Government before an Abuja Federal High Court seeking an order of mandamus compelling the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to institute a criminal proceeding against MTN directors over alleged attempt to suppress evidence. Oyinlola brought the suit pursuant to Order 34 Rules 1 (1) & 3 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) rules 2009, Section 174 (1) (2) & (3) of the 1999

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). He named the AGF and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited as defendants. The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, however, ordered the plaintiff to put the defendants on notice and consequently fixed December 10 for hearing. In his argument, Oyinlola said consequent upon the corporate, ethical and professional misconduct of MTN before the National Judicial Council Special Investigative Panel set up in 2011, which affected negatively his interest,

he said he forwarded a petition to the Minister of Police Affairs and the Inspector-General of Police, complaining about the aforementioned misconduct on March 15, 2012. He further argued that the Inspector-General of Police charged a Special Task Force to investigate the matter and on February 8, 2013, a police report in respect of the matter was released by “X” Squad section of the “D” Department (FCID), Nigeria police, Force Headquarters, Abuja. He also submitted that the aforementioned police report recommended that the MTN be prosecuted

for an attempt to suppress evidence, adding that the entire case file together with the police report had been transferred by the force headquarters to the office of the AttorneyGeneral of the Federation and Minister of Justice for necessary legal actions. The plaintiff, however, submitted that till date, the office of the AttorneyGeneral of the Federation and Minister of Justice has refused, failed or neglected to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against MTN and its directors despite several demands by him, to do so.

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AU targets elimination of HIV by 2030, says Jonathan MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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he Africa Union has set 2030 target for the elimination of the dreaded Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) from the continent, President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday. Jonathan disclosed this in Bwari, Abuja, where he led the 2013 commemoration of the scourge in the country. He noted that; “The Federal Government recognises that HIV is indeed a threat to the achievement of the Transformation Agenda and our aspirations for sustainable development. “This is because, there are significant gaps in mobilising internal resources; providing adequate services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and putting more HIV positive persons on treatment. “Perhaps, the most significant of these challenges is the need to provide HIV testing for millions of Nigerians.” While urging Nigerians to go for test, the President,

who was represented by the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, promised more government commitment to fighting the scourge. According to him, his comprehensive plan on HIV/AIDS he launched at the AU Summit earlier in Abuja this year will provide HIV testing for 40 million Nigerians. “It will also provide treatment for more than one million HIV positive persons requiring treatment and provide Prevention of Motherto-Child Transmission services to about 250, 000 HIV positive pregnant women. In his address, DirectorGeneral, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko, said Nigeria’s common goal was to halt and reverse the spread of HIV by 2015, “in so doing also, contribute to the developmental goals of the transformation agenda and vision 20-20-20. “To achieve this, we need to provide universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and effective strategies must be built on detailed knowledge of the current epidemic.”

Oando plans to complete ConocoPhillips acquisition UDEME AKPAN

L-R: Director of Business Development, Intel Middle East and Africa, Ms. Cigdem Ertem; Business Development Director, Mr. Stanley Muoneke; Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa Solutions Director, Mr. Frederico Carvalho and Country Manager, Bunmi Ekundare, at the launch of the Intel Explore and Learn Marketplace in Lagos, at the weekend.

AMCON to conclude sale of Enterprise Bank in 2014 •To retire N1trn bond this month

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he Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has said that the sale of Enterprise Bank Limited will be concluded in the first half of 2014. Speaking at the annual investors’ conference organised by CBO Capital in Lagos on Friday, the corporation’s Executive Director, Mr. Hewett Benson, said plans to retire N1trillion zero-coupon bonds maturing this month is ongoing. Benson, who said that the corporation will retire another N1.7 trillion

bond in 2014, explained that money being realised from performing loans will be used to settle the bond holders. AMCON issued a total of N1.7 trillion in bonds to buy non-performing loans of nationalised banks and some others, which were valued at N2.2 trillion during the 2009 banking sector bailout. The bonds were issued between 2010 and 2011 at a principal amount of N3.9 trillion with a face value of N5.7 trillion and maturity tenure of three years. The banks that metamorphosed from the defunct nationalised banks are Mainstreet Bank Lim-

ited, Keystone Bank Limited and Enterprise Bank Limited. AMCON injected N111 billion into Enterprise Bank Limited, N285 billion into Mainstreet Bank Limited while Keystone Bank Limited got N283 billion capital injection. Meanwhile, the VicePresident, Origination and Coverage, Africa Finance Corporation, Mr. Fola Fagbule, said the key challenge in sourcing infrastructural bond in the country is lack of sound legal framework. According to him, the legal framework has not been put in place, and there are more potentials and

businesses in infrastructure bond. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said that Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit could only be solved through the bond market. The commission noted that in the past 14 years (between 1999 and 2013); state governments in Nigeria have raised N589 billion from the capital market through bonds for infrastructure development. The capital market apex regulator affirms that the capital market offers longterm vehicle which could be accessed through equities, bonds or mortgage bond securities.

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ando Energy Resources (OER), the upstream business of Oando Group Plc; involved in exploration and production of petroleum, has extended the closure date on its acquisition of ConocoPhillips, COP Nigerian business by 60 days from November 30, 2013 to January 31, 2014. The firm has affirmed its commitment to completing the acquisition. The availability of $815 million in committed credit facilities from local and foreign banks and the already paid $435 million deposit, places OER in good stead to finalise the financing of the balance necessary to close the $1.68 billion purchase. Head of Corporate Communications of Oando Group Plc, Dr. Alex Iruna, stated in a statement that the commitment of the firm is based on the need to accomplish set goals, including increasing annual free cash

flows and increase value creation for shareholders. He said this acquisition is expected to be a transformational milestone, making Oando the largest indigenous E&P Company in Nigeria with 50, 00 bpd in production, 236 million in 2P reserves and over 500 million in contingent resources, an unprecedented achievement by an indigenous player in the Nigerian oil and gas space. Iruna said already, OER and ConocoPhillips have agreed to an increase in the deposit by US$15 million, making a total deposit of US$450 million by December 6, 2013. He stated that; “The new agreement is testament to OER’s confidence and belief in closing the transaction, and also shows ConocoPhillips’ confidence in OER’s ability to close the deal. ConocoPhillips agreeing to this new arrangement confirms the strong reassurance the company must have received from OER on its ability to close the transaction on or before January 31, 2014.


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Deji of Akure dies at 63 • Tambuwal mourns passage

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he Deji of Akure and Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida, is dead. He was aged 63. The Akure Council of Chiefs has traditionally confirmed the death of the monarch. The Sao of Akure, Chief Moses Adewole Adebayo, who spoke on behalf of the council, said Oba Adebiyi passed on in the early hours of yesterday. He ordered the closure of the Oja-Oba market till further notice and warned that nobody should exploit the development to cause trouble. It was gathered that Oba Adebiyi complained of a slight headache on Saturday and efforts to save his life failed. Shocked by news of his death, when it filtered into town, people in the state capital started to throng the Deji’s palace as early as 4.00am. When our correspondent visited, all the roads leading to the palace were barricaded while movement of people was restricted.

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Personal effects of the late monarch, including his vehicles, were being evacuated to his house at Zion Estate along Akure-Ilesha Road. Traders were seen moving their wares out of the traditional Oja-Oba market and shops around the Deji’s palace as ordered by the chiefs. Oba Adesida, who came from the Ojijigogun Ruling House, was installed as the 46th Deji of Akure on September 5, 2010. He succeeded Oba Oluwadare Adesina, who was dethroned by the Ondo State government on June 10, 2010 after a public brawl with his late wife, Olori Bolanle Adepoju. The monarch was rumoured to have died about three months ago, when he travelled abroad, but it was immediately debunked by the palace. Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians have been reacting to the passage of the monarch. House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, urged the government and people of Ondo State to take solace in the fact that Oba Adesida died in the service of his people.

FAAN debunks termination of I-Cube contract OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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he Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday denied the termination of the contract of one of its concessionaires, ICube Company. FAAN insisted that it did not terminate the contract of the private concessionaire, but explained that it did not renew the contract when it expired recently.

I-Cube was a concessionaire to FAAN on the management of the access gate at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA). The concessionaire was in charge of the access gate for about five years on the agreed sum of N40 million monthly before the agency decided not to renew the contract, which ran out in the middle of the year. The General Manager,

Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu dati said; “The I-Cube concession ran its full course, but was not renewed by FAAN for another term.” Dati also informed that the agency is in the process of automating the access gate to further facilitate the collection of charges and movement of traffic at the access plaza. He noted that it was the automation process that caused the traffic conges-

tion along MMIA internal road, especially around the immediate vicinity of the access plaza, in the last few days. He said: “We regret any inconvenience experienced by motorists on the road, as a result of the automation of the access plaza, which was completely reconstructed to add more modern and additional facilities that meet international standards of quality.”

Participating families at the the Nestle MiloCrunchy cereals breakfast feeding of 2000 people in Ibadan, at the weekend.

Aturu berates Nigeria’s leadership style

Former primate warns over neglect of education sector

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agos-based lawyer, Mr. Bamidele Aturu, has berated the country’s leadership style, describing the nation and its leadership entity as a complete epitome of a rogue state. Aturu spoke at the weekend at the 50th birthday ceremony of the former Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Mr. Lateef Abdulsalam. He said Nigeria is a complete epitome of a rogue state because those who control the institution of state privatise them for the purpose of protecting the system of stealing. In his words, “I think the Nigerian state is a rogue state, not in the sense of the original formulation of the term by American statesmen. “We conceive a rogue state as one in which survival or accumulation takes place and is sustained not by production, but by a

system of stealing without any form of pretence and where those who control the institutions of state privatise them for the purpose of protecting the system of stealing.” He said the regular kickbacks and bribes received from contractors and the outrageous security votes government officials allocate to themselves is more or less a form of stealing. He said: “We may as well add that stealing is not used here in the Nigerian generic sense of describing the fat allowances that officials (legislative, executive and judicial) award or rather allocate to themselves or the venal and ‘normal’ kickbacks and bribes received from contractors, but the bare-face taking of unearned public funds from the treasury by public officials for personal use just like that.” Aturu added that government officials, through security votes, embezzle huge sums of money from the country’s national treasury.

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ormer Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Peter Akinola, has warned that unless the country changed its present state of neglecting the education of its youths, it will pay dearly for it in the future.

He raised the alarm at the weekend during the ninth founder’s day and fifth convocation of the Ajayi Crowther University, held in Oyo, Oyo State. He said as the future of the country, it will be suicidal for the government to treat with levity the education of the country’s youths, saying that one can

only reap what one sows. According to him, the current challenges facing the country will pale into insignificance in future, should Nigerian leaders continued to see the education of the country’s youths as of no importance. He said: “Societies which produce youths that suffer neglect at any point of

their lives will pay dearly for it. An untrained child will bring much sorrow to himself, his family and the entire world. “The insurgence of terrorism worldwide, be it Al-Queda, Al-Shaaba or Boko Haram, is partly a result of youths that have sold their souls and bodies to the devil.

Debt Management Office puts Nigeria’s debt at $8.2bn ADEOLU ADEYEMO OSOGBO

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he Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, at the weekend, put Nigeria’s debt as at September this year at $8, 264.34 billion and called for private sector borrowing to develop some key sectors of the country’s economy. The director-general, who made this known at a three day retreat organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management held at Ada, Osun

State, said the intervention of the Federal Government in the agricultural sector, especially in rice production and importation alone cost her as much as $3 billion annually. Nwankwo remarked that increase in private sector borrowing and decrease in government borrowing are the panacea to the challenges of keeping the nation’s debt within sustainable level. He argued that; “When private sector operators have more funds to run their businesses, jobs will be created and goods, hitherto being imported will

then be produced locally, thereby saving the nation of foreign exchange. “The Debt Management Office has been sensitising private sector operators about how to raise funds locally and from outside the country. We intend to do more also in that regards, sustaining efforts to open their eyes to opportunities of sourcing funds. “The plan to end importation of rice in three years means the local production will be strengthened to cope with the demand locally and later produce for export and that is why the need for the government at all levels

to encourage private sector borrowing for the development of some key sectors of the nation’s economy. Nwankwo, who said the level of our debt is still sustainable, called for the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure sustainability of the public debt profile. In his contribution, Chairman, House Committee on Aid, Loans and Debt Management, Hon. Yinka Ajayi, said; “There are customised solutions the country can come up with in debt management that will teach the rest of the world better ways to manage public debt.


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kiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has appealed to monarchs across the state to step up campaign against violence ahead of the 2014 governorship election. Fayemi, who said the election was pivotal to the survival of Ekiti, asked the traditional institutions to prevail on politicians, youth and other

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Ekiti 2014: Fayemi urges monarchs to support anti-violence campaign stakeholders the need to imbibe peace in the interest of all. The governor spoke at the weekend at the Palace of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, while rounding off his Town Hall meetings and visits to the 132 communities in the state for their

inputs into the 2014 Budget. He said: “I want to appeal to our monarchs to help us warn the politicians and youth against violence. Election will come and go, but Ekiti will remain because we have no other state we can call our own.

“So we need to adhere strictly to the rules guiding the game of election. We have to be civil and engage in issue-based campaigns rather than heating up the system unnecessarily”. Oba Adejugbe, however, appealed to stakeholders to put the interest of Ekiti

at their hearts by refraining from any form of violence before, during and after the poll. The monarch advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to put its house in order before the Ekiti election, saying: “We don’t want an election that will be inconclusive or rigged like what obtained in Anambra State. “For election to have failed in one state portends failure and disap-

pointment for Nigerians and this is bad for Nigeria’s image,” Oba Adejugbe said. The traditional ruler praised the Fayemi government’s massive investment in electrification, beautification and road projects in the state capital. The monarch, however, appealed to the state government to step up efforts to resolve the perennial water supply problem in Ado-Ekiti metropolis.

CAN kicks against transfer of assaulted principal ADEOLU ADEYEMO OSOGBO

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L-R: Wife of the Presiding Pastor, Dupe Emmanuel; Presiding Pastor, Femi Emmanuel; Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and others at the commissioning of the Living Spring Cathedral Church in Ibadan, at the weekend.

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humping his chest on the achievements recorded by his administration in the last two and half years, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said that charlatans and never-dowells would never rule the state any longer. Ajimobi spoke while commissioning the 10,000-seater cathedral of the Living Spring Chapel in Ibadan at the weekend. According to him, his administration had raised the bar of governance high that the crop of those who

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i-Courtney Group may have moved a step closer to reclaiming the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos, which was taken over in controversial circumstances by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in purported violation of the concession agreement between both parties. Justice I.N. Buba of the Federal High Court, La-

once administered the state would find it hard to cope with the mental rigour of governance of the state. While urging Christians not to relent in their prayers for the success of his administration, Ajimobi said that “evil people are still lurking around.” He stressed the need for the Church not to rest on its oars in its spiritual intervention for the success of his administration. The governor said he specifically attended the commissioning of the church’s tabernacle as a

way of acknowledging the prayers of the church for his eventual triumph in the race for the 2011 elections. Ajimobi said: “I am here specifically to appreciate the prayers of the body of Christ – pastors, ministers of God in general and the congregation at large – which led to our victory in the 2011 elections. I confirm that it was those ceaseless prayers, offered from the tabernacle of faith and in the closets of the children of God, which brought us into office. As the electioneer-

ing process commenced, it was apparent that we were not only going to fight flesh and blood, but principalities and power, as well as spiritual forces in high and low places. “Indeed, we were like the biblical David which was poised to fight a battle with Goliath. At every point, however, we felt the spears and arrows of prayers from the body of Christ piercing the stronghold of the principalities. At the end of the day, the prayers of the righteous availeth.”

he Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kicked against suggestion by the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly; Hon. Najeem Salam, that the principal of the Baptist High School, Ejigbo, Mr. Layi Oguntola, should be transferred by the state government. CAN said the move was a calculated attempt to get him replaced with a Muslim principal from another school. Oguntola was allegedly assaulted by some Muslim fundamentalists last week. Sources revealed that the Speaker, who hails from Ejigbo where the principal was beaten up, invited the Ejigbo CAN to a parley in his office in Osogbo and appealed to the association to get the principal transferred for the sake of peace, but the CAN members kicked against it, saying that transferring the principal would not solve the problem created by the funda-

Court okays Bi-Courtney’s takeover of GAT gos, last Monday, struck out FAAN’s application to restrain Bi-Courtney from taking possession of the GAT, despite the Appeal Court judgment, which affirmed Bi-Courtney’s ownership of the terminal. According to court documents, FAAN filed the application on December 5, 2011, seeking several reliefs against Bi-Courtney “in respect of the use and op-

eration of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Domestic Terminal 2, Ikeja, Lagos, by the defendant (Bi-Courtney) pursuant to a concession agreement executed between the Federal Government and the defendant”. The essence of the suit by FAAN was “to restrain the defendant from taking over the control of the General Aviation Terminal of the airport”.

The plaintiff, the documents further revealed, also filed an ex-parte application seeking certain interim injunctive reliefs which was granted by the court on December 6, 2011. Bi-Courtney, however, filed an application seeking an order of court to set aside the interim order granted to FAAN on the ground that it concealed and/or failed to disclose material facts to

the court in its application upon which the ex-parte interim order of December 6, 2011, was granted. The court delivered a ruling on February 27, 2012, setting aside the interim order. Bi-Courtney, subsequently, filed a Notice of Preliminary Objection dated April 10, 2012, challenging the competence of the suit and seeking “an order of court to strike it out for failure to

mentalists. According to the sources, the Speaker called on the appropriate authorities to intervene so as to prevent recurrence. The Speaker also appealled to CAN to be calm , promising that the government would take necessary step to ensure that peace reigns in all parts of state. In a statement made available to journalists at the weekend, the Speaker urged religious leaders in the state to preach peaceful co-existence. He said: “Peace, development and prosperity have no political party, yet all and sundry desire them. The Osun State Government will not spare any criminal act or jungle justice because lawlessness coated with religion is more dangerous than warfare. “Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has no room for lawlessness in whatever form and that is why religious leaders should groom the youth in the way of the Lord with good moral knowledge.” fulfil condition precedent as contained in the concession agreement between the parties or alternatively an order dismissing the suit for being an abuse of court process”. Bi-Courtney contended that FAAN instituted the action “without any resort to the dispute resolution mechanism provided in the concession, which is to the effect that any dispute arising from the agreement must first be referred to the Co-ordinating Committee for resolution”.


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Pastor, other arraigned over N1m scam CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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n Owerri Magistrate’s Court at the weekend arraigned a pastor of a Pentecostal church, Amanna Nwogu, for alleged conspiracy and N1 million scam. Pastor Nwogu, who was arraigned on twocount charge with one Titus Chima Iweh, was alleged to have, on March 13, 2013, falsely obtained N1 million from one James Ezeike under the pretence that his name had been earmarked for the payment of compensation for his demolished building by the National Integrated

Power Project (NIPP) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap c 38 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, applicable in Imo State. When the case came up for hearing, counsel to the accused, G.C Aririguzo, argued that the offences are all bailable and that the accused had reasonable sureties to take him on bail. But the counsel to the Commissioner of Police, Ukachi Eke, opposed the application for bail, saying that if granted bail, it would be difficult to arrest others still at large. He said: “My Lord, I

am opposing this application for bail because in the first place, it was difficult to get the accused arrested and if granted bail, he (the accused) might eventually jump bail and may not come for trial and again, he has no fixed address where we can trace him to”. Aririguzo, who immediately countered Eke’s argument, told the court that the accused had a fixed address of 172 Ihechiuwa Street, Aba, with which the police served him notice and which he complied without hesitation. Citing Section 365 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, Aririguzo

said that the accused “is presumed innocent until proved guilty.” He argued that once an accused is charged to court on a bailable offence, that the court has the constitutional right to grant him bail and that the onus to prove why he should not be granted bail lies on the prosecution who brought him to court. After submissions from both parties, Magistrate Nkeiru Uwandu granted the accused bail in the tune of N500,000 with a surety, two recent passport photographs and a recent three years tax clearance certificate before adjourning the suit till December 11, 2013.

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Amaechi tackles Jonathan for neglecting Rivers UDUAKABASI PATRICK

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ivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi has blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the neglect of the state, even as he decried the loss and eventual takeover of the state’s oil wells by its neighbours. Amaechi, who is the Chairman of a faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum, said he would mobilise and lead Rivers’ people to vote any eligible Nigerian as President in 2015, if he is convinced that their interests would be served and protected by the person. Speaking at the weekend shortly after receiving the Port Harcourt Centenary Awards at the Government House, Amaechi said that he was voted as governor to protect and defend the interests of Rivers people and, however, promised to uphold the mandate with a view to ensuring accountable stewardship, transparency and good governance.

He said: “Show me one new thing to indicate that Rivers people have benefitted from the 2.1 million votes given to President Jonathan in the 2011 election. I was voted into office to defend the interests of Rivers people and I will continue to defend the interests of Rivers people. The Bonny-Bodo Federal Road has been abandoned; the renovation of the Port Harcourt International Airport is very slow, if you compare Lagos International Airport, Kano, Benin, Enugu and others, you will understand that ours is backward. But why Rivers State?’’ While decrying the loss and the eventual takeover of some of the state’s oil wells by neighbouring states, including Abia and Bayelsa states, the governor asked the Federal Government to refund the over N105 billion owed the Rivers State Government that was spent on the rehabilitation of the federal government roads.

Kuku to ASUU: Students have suffered enough SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN

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Abia State Governor Theodore Orji (2nd right) and others during an inspection of the State Specialist Hospital at Amachara in Umuahia, at the weekend.

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ice-Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Rev. Fr Christian Anieke, has canvasses hard work and cooperation among Christians in the country. Anieke spoke at a mass yesterday in Enugu to kick start celebrations to mark the university’s first convocation. In his sermon, the vicechancellor said it was a combination of hard

work and cooperation that enabled the university to attain its academic height. Anieke lauded the cooperation among the institution’s board of trustees, governing council, senate, academic and the non-academic staff, describing the cooperation as the pillar that made the university to leap forward. He added that unity among the priests also

offered a platform for the university to successfully enthrone high academic and spiritual standards. Addressing journalists later, Anieke condemned the prolonged crisis between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government, saying: “It is a pity that students in public universities have been suffering for over four months through no fault of theirs.

The VC, however, said that President Goodluck Jonathan might have been misrepresented by the media which quoted him as saying that the striking university lecturers must resume academic activities on or before December 4, 2013. Anieke noted that Jonathan had promised to continue to negotiate with the ASUU so that students could go back to school.

resident Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, has appealed to striking members of the Academic Staff Unions of Universities (ASUU) to save the future of Nigeria’s youths by immediately bringing their protracted strike to an end. Kuku, who doubles as the Chairman of Presidential Amnesty Programme, spoke at the main auditorium of the Igbinedion University in Okada, Edo State, after the Chancellor and Visitor of the school, Chief Sir (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, conferred him with the university’s honorary Degree of Doctor of Political Science in a ceremony that also saw the award of Doctor of Science in Engineering to Rev. Matthew Okpebholo and the graduation of the Governor of Gombe State, Mr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Accounting. Kuku said much as he attached importance to the degree and much as he respect-

ed Igbinedion University as Nigeria’s foremost private university, he thought about not receiving the award when he was told; an action he said was done in respect of Nigerian students who have been languishing at home instead of studying in schools for no problem that they caused. He added that he was as affected as students who have been at home because the Presidential Amnesty Programme office was sponsoring not less than 430 students for different studies in Igbinedion University alone, the school he obtained his second degree. Kuku remarked after the honour: “I had my second degree from this institution myself. So, today, I dedicate this award to the mass of the Nigerian students who have been at home as a result of strike by ASUU members. I would not have accepted this award at this time as a public servant, if not for the respect I have for Chief Igbinedion. I would have expected it to come when students are in session. But the danger of losing this award is too great to comprehend.”


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Three JTF soldiers drown in boat mishap EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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hree soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force (JTF) reportedly died in a fatal boat mishap which occurred at the weekend along Obieku River in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. It was learnt that an army captain, who was in charge of the troops and the driver of the boat survived

the accident. Identities of the deceased were not confirmed as at the time of filing this report. It was gathered that the cause of the mishap was linked to high tidal waves in the area, forcing the passenger boat to capsize at about 4.00pm. But, sources in the locality claimed that the accident occurred after a deployment of soldiers engaged a notorious pirate identified

as Alamieyeseigha, who was arrested with arms and ammunitions by the security operatives. A top security source said the soldiers were on a routine patrol when the boat they were traveling in capsized. He said: “The soldiers were on their way to take over duties from their colleagues at a security post in Nembe. The victims left Odioma in Brass Local Government Area for Nembe, they were just very close to

their duty post when the accident occurred.” The source added that the soldiers were traveling on a commercial speed boat rather than being conveyed in a gun boat. When contacted, Media Coordinator of the JTF, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident, saying that one soldier had been declared missing, blaming the mishap on high tidal waves along the river. Nwachukwu said he was

L-R: Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio; Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, John Kennedy and President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, at the funeral ceremony of late Elder Yepayeye Irene in Bayelsa State, at the weekend.

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he reintegration component of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been further bolstered with the graduation of seven new pilots at the Fujairah Aviation Academy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Special Adviser to the

President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Kingsley Kuku, while decorating the seven delegates with their Commercial Pilot Licenses (CPLs) at a colourful event in Fujairah, said given the ongoing sweeping reforms in the Nige-

rian aviation sector, job prospects are now brighter for the new pilots. “We have done our bit. The mandate of my office is to give you first class training and to ensure that you secure globally acceptable pilot certifications. We have achieved this mandate with the full

support of our President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. “However, I wish to assure you that after your jet/ type-rating programme, you will not have problems securing gainful employment in Nigeria, given the sweeping reforms currently going on in the nation’s aviation sector,” Kuku said.

JTF destroys 134 illegal refineries in Bayelsa EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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he Joint Task Force (JTF) yesterday said it has uncovered and destroyed 134 illegal refineries, 34 large wooden boats, 36 pumping machines and 12 illegal oil dumps used by suspected thieves in the creeks of Bayelsa State. The JTF also said that the locations of the illegal activities were Igbomotoru, Oyeregbene, Lasukugbene, Mbikiba and Ewesusho at Southern Ijaw, Brass and

Nembe Local Government Areas of the state. Media Coordinator of the JTF, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said in a statement yesterday that the 343 Regiment of Sector 2 raided the camps, where they discovered that some of the camps were being regenerated by the oil thieves. He said: “A locally fabricated steel barge, containing product suspected to be illegally distilled Automated Gas Oil (AGO) was also intercepted by the patrol team around Nembe

2 flow station. The barge has been towed to Nembe 1 flow station for safe custody.” Nwachukwu further said a wooden barge and two wooden boats, conveying unspecified quantity of adulterated Automated Gas Oil were impounded by troops of 29 Battalion patrolling the water ways of Alakri-Okirika axis in Okirika Local government of Rivers State. According to him, the wooden barges have been recovered and secured at Peterside House boat.

The JTF spokesman noted that anti-oil theft squad of 3 Battalion, operating in Sector 1 also uncovered and shut down an illegal refinery at Orhobo village in Jesse community, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. “During the operation, the squad also arrested a notorious oil theft suspect, Romeo Ogun, with the assistance of Nakus surveillance group at Odidi II, near Takula in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.”

yet to get details of the incident though. He said: “Information reaching me confirmed that there was an unfortunate boat mishap resulting from high tidal current along the river.

“Rescue boats were immediately dispatched to salvage the situation. An operative was reportedly missing and search and rescue efforts are ongoing. Casualty details are not yet known.”

Comply with NDDC law on funding, Aginighan tells Jonathan SOLA ADEBAYO WARRI

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ormer Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Pastor Power Aginighan, has asked the Federal Government to comply with the funding provision of the law establishing the commission. Aginighan, in a statement entitled; “Do not kill the NDDC,” issued during the weekend, lamented that successive administrations at the federal level had short-changed the Niger Delta by their failure to fund the commission as dictated by the Act establishing it in 2000. He also accused members of the National Assembly from the region of failing their people by

keeping mute over the poor funding of the agency. To this end, he urged President Goodluc Jonathan to correct the alleged injustice in the proposed 2014 budget by making provision for the payment of the outstanding funds and release of the funds as at when due henceforth. Although Aginighan, who was also a former Executive Director, Finance and Administration (EDFA) of the development agency, welcomed the constitution of the fourth governing board with Senator Bassey Henshaw and Obong Bassey Dan-Abia as chairman and managing director respectively, he said poor funding had hampered effective operations of the commission.

2015: FG’ll conduct credible, peaceful elections –Ijaw leaders EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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head of the 2015 general elections, Ijaw elders and leaders of thought at the weekend expressed confidence in the Federal Government’s ability to conduct credible, free, fair and peaceful polls, despite criticisms from the opposition. They affirmed President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment towards consolidating on the globally acclaimed success and transparency of the 2011 polls and subsequent elections in the country. The Ijaw ethnic nationality passed a vote of confidence on Jonathan, stressing that his ongoing transformation agenda was impactful and making steady progress in all sectors of the nation’s economy. This was contained in a communiqué signed by the Ijaw National Conference, Chief Edwin Clark and others, after a meeting at the Government House, Yenagoa,

involving leaders of thought and Ijaw elders drawn from Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Rivers and Ondo States. The Ijaw leaders argued the Federal Government had continued to uphold the rule of law, due process and constitutionalism in the country and condemned the array of distractions aimed at disrupting the lofty achievements of the government. According to them, some of Jonathan’s achievements include rehabilitation of roads, railways and airports nationwide; power sector reforms; completion of the NIPP projects; job creation; healthcare reform and agricultural transformation. The communiqué reads in part: “Jonathan has brought Nigeria to an uncommon level of international respect, acceptance and prestige as reflected in the outcome of the recent visits to South Africa, Kenya, China, United States, Israel, and in Nigeria’s recent election into the United Nations Security Council.”


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Single term, way out of succession crises –Ekweremadu FELIX NWANERI

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eputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has reiterated the need to adopt the single term option for elected executives, saying it remains the nation’s viable solution to perennial succession crisis. Stating this at the weekend in Lagos, while briefing journalist on the progress of work on the constitution amendment exercise, he said it was sad the nation didn’t take the opportunity at the time the issue came up, adding that other countries had used the same method to stabilize their democracies. He said: “When the matter came up at the level of our committee, we were mindful of the political atmosphere. We also tried to draw inspiration from what happened in other jurisdic-

tions, especially within the Latin America in the 1970s. They had the kind of circumstances we now find ourselves in, where the transition from one president to another was a major issue and was causing all sorts of crises in their region. So, they decided to amend their constitution at that time to create single term in many of those countries in order to stabilize their democracy. And it was for a transition period. Now, most of them are amending their constitutions to go back to two terms, after they had stabilised the system. “So, we felt it was something we could recommend to our country. And if you look at what is going on now, all the problems we are having in Nigeria, both the nPDP, APC and all that; they are all issues of succession. And I believe that the matter is something that could be revisited.” Ekweremadu, however admitted that the Senate

Committee on Constitution Review might have made a mistake in expecting that the incumbents would willingly sacrifice their second term ambitions to enable the idea of a single term to succeed. “I think the mistake we made in our recommendations was when we said that the incumbents would not benefit from it; I think there was some kind of coalition of forces to defeat it,” he said, adding that a single term could work “if

the players, the stakeholders in the polity are able to come together and believe strongly as I do that it is one way to deal with the situation, it could be a win-win situation for everybody.” He further said: “Now everybody has been elected for four years. So, let everybody complete the fouryear tenure for which he or she has been elected. Then we can, through the Doctrine of Necessity do some kind of a transition of two

years. In which case, those who are now the present occupants like the President and the governors will now do maybe another two years that will end in 2017. “We do not have much problem with legislative elections. We can go ahead to hold legislative elections in 2015. When we do the legislative election in 2015 and then do the executive election in 2017, you can see that we have two-year gap for the INEC to have a

breathing space to prepare well as is the case is the USA, Senegal, and many other African countries.” On state police, he said there was no way the country could significantly address its security challenges under the current unitary police system. “Every Nigerian knows my position on this. I have my personal position, and then we have the official position of the committee, which is that it is not yet time.”

2015: Group slams opposition, urges Amaechi to reconcile with Jonathan FELIX NWANERI

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pposition parties clamouring for President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration of his interest for the 2015 elections have been charged to stop distracting the present administration and heating up the polity by making unguarded utterances and whipping up ethnic and regional sentiments. An advocacy group, Eastern Nigeria Peoples’ Consultative Assembly, ENPOCA, which made the call at its recent national delegates’ conference in Owerri, Imo State, also condemned what it described as “unmitigated campaigns of calumny aimed at the office of the President, so as to vilify it.” In a seven-point communiqué jointly signed by its Secretary-General and Director of Media and Publicity, Chief Ezenwa Iheduru

and Prince Albert Ekpenyong respectively, the group said that much as it is the right of any qualified Nigerian to aspire to the presidency and vice-presidency, it is a great disservice to the Nigerian people to distract the Jonathan administration when elections are more than a year ahead. “We condemn the unabated disparagement of the office because a certain person from a certain region occupies it. The Presidency must be treated with respect at all times, including now that an Easterner occupies it,” the group said. Insisting that the President must be allowed to continue to fulfill his campaign promises to the Nigerian people, ENPOCA expressed dismay that some politicians have bought into the farce that the nation will “boil and become ungovernable” if President Jonathan contests the 2015 polls.

Kwara State APC chieftain, Mohammed Dele Belgore SAN (second left) and party loyalists during a meeting on the defection of the G7 Governors and other PDP members to APC at the party’s secretariat on ASA Dam Road, Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday.

Ekiti 2014: Bamidele berths at Labour Party ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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ouse of Representatives member and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, yesterday dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Labour Party, LP. Bamidele, who said he defected from the ruling party in the state after due consultation with relevant stakeholders and supporters, said the move became necessary for him to realise his governorship ambition. The governorship hopeful made the declaration at a press conference he addressed at Emure Ekiti, shortly after visiting the relatives of one of his supporters, Mr Foluso Ogundana,

who was killed by some hoodlums on November 3. Bamidele, who said his decision was informed by the support of “progressive elements and political soul mates who are desirous of change in governance in the state,” added that the declaration was a quit notice to the APC government in the state. At the conference addressed in company of Ogundare’s wives and children alongside Mrs Beatrice Ige, who survived the gunshot during the attack on Bamidele’s supporters, the lawmaker said: “I and my supporters are quitting the ranks of political desperados to embrace a new political order that will take Ekiti to a new height. “Let it be known that as I am quitting their party

today, I am also giving them quit notice in Government House. I am also giving quit notice to poverty and hunger in our land,” he said. Bamidele said the resolve to quit APC was borne out of apparent lack of internal democracy in the party, adding that “APC leadership has been hijacked by desperados and those that are averse to the tenets of democracy.” He described Labour Party “as a renowned progressives’ platform”. But interim chairman of the APC in Ekiti state, Chief Jide Awe, described Bamidele’s exit as “good riddance to bad rubbish,” saying that the APC would not feel the lawmaker’s absence “since he has no contribution to the development of the party.” Also, the party’s Public-

ity Secretary, Segun Dipe, described Bamidele’s defection as a welcome development, saying: “This is democracy and it is about free entry, free exit. We are not surprised because we know his destination all along and we had called the attention of our party members to his impending declaration for the Labour Party.” Dipe added: “While wishing him good luck, however, we will advise that he stays courageous and empathic with his ambition. We are saying this because some months ago, he allegedly printed posters to this effect, which he denied.” He added that it would have been better for him to declare for the LP in Akure where his ambition was concocted, instead of “dancing on the death of our citizen” by declaring in Emure.


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Endorsement spree marks Fayemi’s third anniversary After three years of hard work and religiously implementing his vision for Ekiti, the drums were rolled out for Governor Kayode Fayemi on October 16, when he marked his three years in the saddle. The event provided an avenue for eminent Nigerians to applaud his transformational programme in Ekiti and also endorse him for another term in office. ABIODUN NEJO reports on the three-week event.

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he fanfare that greeted the three-weeklong celebration of the three years in office of Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi ,is not for nothing, but a function of the significance of the historic event. Watchers of events in the state and outside agree that the governor has a cause to celebrate in view of his visible landmark achievements in office within the period, especially in view of the nature of the state and its financial handicap. For Fayemi, having touched all nooks and crannies of the state with developmental projects and impacted positively on the lives of the people across the 16 local government areas with a view to making poverty history in three years is a cause for celebration. Having struggled through various courts for an upward of three and half years to reclaim “his stolen mandate,” in the 2007 election, Fayemi was also demonstrating, through the third anniversary which was basically celebrated with projects (commissioning and flag off), that the people should expect more. With the manner of the celebration marked with inauguration and flag off of projects and the fourth year ushered in with series of projects’ commissioning and take off of execution, is no doubt a loud statement of what is ahead for the people. But the governor is looking beyond four years in office, as he had declared his intent “to offer himself for the service of the state for another four years.” Therefore, the third anniversary was not only to showcase his achievements to justify the earlier mandate but the need for a renewal of the mandate in another election which is only some months away. The Information Commissioner, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, said the state had never had it as good as it is in the present time with all communities having benefited from the execution of one developmental project or the other, adding that the Fayemi administration had lived up to expectations, having executed over 1000 people-oriented projects in the 16 local government areas of the state since inception on October 16, 2010. Thus, at the mega rally organised by the governor on October 16, the echoes of Fayemi’s achievements, which are visible across the 16 council areas reverberated in the capacity filled Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, venue of the event. Expectedly, the line up of achievements translated to chants of endorsement of the governor for another term in the forthcoming 2014 governorship election in the state by all shades of opinion, groups and individuals at the wellattended rally. Among dignitaries at the rally to felicitate with Fayemi were Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; former Ekiti State governor, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; and the founder of Afe Babalola University, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN). Others were Ekiti State Deputy governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Ekiti State governor’s wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adewale Omirin; the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe; and members of the state caucus at the National Assembly, Fuji maestro, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, who was at the band stand, among others. The various associations including market women, trade associations, youth groups, students, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the three senatorial districts of the state, among others, hinged their adoption of the governor on the need for the continuation

Fayemi

WE MUST NOT RELENT IN THE STRUGGLE TO MAKE LIFE MORE ABUNDANT FOR OUR PEOPLE THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR EIGHT-POINT AGENDA.

IT IS ABOUT EMPOWERING OUR PEOPLE of the accelerated development in the state. The interim state chairman of the APC, Chief Olajide Awe, in his welcome address, said that what the state had witnessed in the last three years was an indication of the need for continuity of the administration for another term of four years. Toeing that line, representatives of the party from the three senatorial districts – Mrs Ronke Okusanya (Central), Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae (North) and Mr. Dapo Awojolu, (South), who in their testimonies, reeled out the various projects and programmes completed and ongoing in their areas, said their people had resolved to give the governor yet another chance. Representatives of the various groups and associations hinged their endorsement of the governor on the physical, social and economic development being witnessed in the state under him, in all the sectors of the economy such as education, health, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, industrial, human capital, gender equality and empowerment, despite the lean purse of the state. A former member of the House of Assembly and Chairman, Ekiti State Waste Management Authority, Hon. Adebayo Morakinyo, who gave a breakdown of why Ekiti people were celebrating Governor Fayemi, said: “These things speak for themselves as the story has now changed in the nooks and crannies of the state. “Ekiti now has motorable roads in all parts. The Operation Renovate All Schools has transformed the physical outlook of all secondary schools, our teachers and students now have laptops just as libraries and science laboratories have been equipped; the administration’s interest in the people’s health as manifest in the free health missions, equipping the hospitals and ongoing renovation of all hospitals in the state.” Morakinyo said that the governor, who is delivering on his promises, should be allowed to consolidate on the foundations of development he had laid. While canvassing support for Fayemi, who he said has been committed to the progress of Ekiti State, Chief Babalola, who described anybody at the helms of government and pursuing the vision of prosperity conceived by the

founding fathers of the state as his friend; said Fayemi, who is “doing that must be supported.” The legal luminary said the idea for the creation of the state “was to develop the state and make it the best in Nigeria, and for that purpose Ekiti State is my project. The project was designed to bring prosperity to Ekiti State and whoever is doing that for us is my friend. “Therefore this is my friend for that purpose. Every reasonable person, every patriotic person, every nationalist must support whoever is developing the state and he (Fayemi) is doing that. Congratulations once more.” Lauding Fayemi’s Social Security Scheme for the elderly citizens and huge investment in education and human capital development, Governor Oshiomhole said: “I have come here to join the great people of Ekiti to celebrate as they move out from the era of lamentations of poor infrastructure to an era of infrastructure development. “Fayemi has shown that everything is possible. As we speak, Ekiti is work in progress. It has moved from deficit to positive. If it is not broken, you can’t fix it. When we see what works, we associate with it.” Governor Aregbesola said Fayemi had justified the confidence reposed in him by the people, adding that the governor’s interest in next year’s gubernatorial election in the state was to consolidate on the development that he had started since 2010. Former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo, said since the transformation brought about by the Fayemi administration was visible, it behoves on the people to give him their support to continue beyond 2014, restating his confidence in the ability of the governor to deliver on his promises. In his address, Fayemi appreciated the people for the show of love and support which encouraged him to achieve the strides recorded by the administration in the last three years. The governor, however, seized the opportunity to appeal to some aggrieved APC members to return to the fold and join hands with his administration in developing the state, as he stated that members of the opposition parties were already defecting to the ruling party. Fayemi, however, thanked God for the prevalent peace in the state, recalling the turbulence and instability hitherto experienced which led to emergence of six governors in seven years. He assured the people: “You have not seen anything yet, we are ready to bring everybody on board. This train of development is on the move and those who fail to join will be left behind at the bus stop. “We must not relent in the struggle to make life more abundant for our people through the implementation of our eightpoint agenda. It is about empowering our people.” Insisting that “we are your servants and not your masters,” to ensure that the development which has started and seen by everybody continues, Fayemi said: “I am not tired because there is more to come from the arsenal that has brought this development to Ekiti.” Fayemi also presented yet another book, entitled: “Regaining the Legacy,” the third since he became governor in 2010, which delves into the governor’s personal account of his intention for Ekiti people, his perceptions about government and his experience. He said that one of the objectives of publishing the book was to broaden the audience “beyond the catchment of those who were physically present at the various fora where the papers were delivered.” The governor bared his mind on the various discussions he had had on moving Nigeria forward and urged Nigerians to join hands to succeed and surmount the challenge to having a caring society that prioritised citizens’ prosperity. He said: “On our part, we are committed to building a society in which no one is left behind because we recognise that as Martin Luther King said, ‘we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Fayemi also revealed his dream of a time when future generations would bless “our memories long after we are no more, because with the help of God, we did well to guide our society along the path of peace and sustainable development.”


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Brain Drain: Waiting For Dr. Nafiu et al Mirror of the moment ABDUL-WAREES A SOLANKE korewarith@yahoo.com, 08090585723 (SMS only)

On Wednesday July 31st, this newspaper led with a front page story, raising alarm over the shortage of doctors in Lagos hospitals. The story was an outcome of a survey conducted at many hospitals which revealed an everyday experience of long queues of patients unable to see the doctors who are mostly overworked.

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emarkably however, this is not just a Lagos experience. It is a national phenomenon where doctors and other specialists in public health facilities are overstretched by the intimidating clinic attendance of patients seeking medical attention. The down side of this unfortunate trend is that disenchanted patients resort to alternative medical options or self medication which compounds their problems. So, our newspapers and airwaves are dominated by all sorts of herbalists and miracle healers making unsubstantiated claims of medical feats. Now, the so called auxiliary nurses trained in some backwater clinics operate full hospitals. Fake drugs peddlers are the pharmacists dispensing drugs to unsuspecting public. Rich Nigerians who cannot withstand

NO MATTER THE VALUE OF FOREIGN REMITTANCES OUR COUNTRY EARNS FROM ITS BRAINS AND SONS IN THE DIASPORA, IT WILL NOT COMPENSATE FOR THE LOSS WE SUFFER QUALITATIVELY.

long wait or appointment would rather travel abroad. Where are the Nigerian doctors? Every year, each medical school in Nigeria turns out not less than 50 doctors. This is aside the hundreds of other allied professionals: nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, pharmacists and laboratory scientists. A doctor friend confirmed that less than 25 percent of Nigerian doctors are practicing at home. The others have either abandoned their stethoscopes for some other jobs or have travelled abroad for greener pastures. In tiny oil-rich Brunei, a Nigerian is lead physiotherapist in that country’s referral hospital, RIPPAS. Another Nigerian, Dr. Abiola, is a neuro-scientist at the Institute of Medicine, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. I have a list of friends who ideally should be leading medical practitioners in Nigeria but find unattractive to practice here. Take Dr. Bolaji Nafiu for instance. He was

a close friend from 1983 and 1985. We wrote the A-Level together at Baptist High School, Iwo. A brilliant chap, he came out in flying colours in 1985. While I gained admission to UNILAG to study mass communication, he went to the University of Ibadan and graduated from the College of Medicine as an A student. He did not wait to do residency in Nigeria. The United States of America(USA) was his shot. Bolaji specialised in an uncommon field of medicine, vascular surgery. Since he left Nigeria, I have never set my eyes on him again. How many vascular surgeons can Nigeria boast of? Musodiq Layemo is another doctor friend not practicing at home. He graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. Since he left Idi Araba in the early 90s, he has been living in the USA. I also have Dr. Adebesin. He practised for few years at home before jetting out to Southern Africa. But it is not only medicine that is feeling the pangs of Nigeria’s brain drain. Academia and journalism, my constituency are also victims. Professor Masud Baderin is one of my mentors. A first class law graduate of the Usman Dan Fodio University, he is already at the peak in Oxford School of African and Oriental Studies. Another friend and colleague, Hakeem Yussuf, studied law at the University of Lagos and worked briefly at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice before abandoning Nigeria to pursue graduate studies in the UK. Now a Ph.D holder, he is lecturing in a UK university. The same is applicable to Dr. Kamil Zakariyyah, who also finished his first degree in Business Administration from Unilag and had a lecturing stint at LASU. Dr. Akin Adesokan is another friend. A very brilliant journalist who graduated from UI, he started his career in the Guardian newspapers, but

while serving in the National Youth Service Corps in Yolain 1990, went ahead to distinguish himself as a literary and arts critic in Thisday newspapers. He is in an American university as an associate professor. I cannot even count the number of friends and acquaintances who went to Malaysia to pursue graduate studies but are now permanently residents there as lecturers. Dr. Yahya Toyin Murtadha is one. Dr. Kehinde Jeleel and his wife also a Ph.D holder are in Malaysia.

Dr. Olatunji Dare is one of my journalism teachers who have relocated to America. But he still features as a back page columinist of The Nation. There is Dr. Olu Fadeyibi and Professor Andrew Moemeka . Where is Professor Nurudeen Alao, my former vice chancellor at UNILAG? A university in California! Professor Chinua Achebe died in the US. But I salute the courage of friends like Dr. Ibrahim Abikan who returned from Brunei despite overtures for him to stay in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies and resumed his work at Unilorin. Dr. Ismail Ibrahim who returned from the University of Leicester to join the faculty of Mass Communication at Unilag, from where he bagged a first degree in 1990, Drs. Musa Obalola, Tajudeen Yusuf and Abdulhakeem Mobolaji, who also returned to their desks at their various faculties at Unilag and Unilorin.

No matter the value of foreign remittances our country earns from its brains and sons in the Diaspora, it will not compensate for the loss we suffer qualitatively. I romanticise on the return of my friends and brothers who are in some foreign lands to build our land.

Presenting Gideon and Chibuisi to Mr. President COMFORT OBI

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scary but heartwarming incident happened in Imo State on September 27, 2013. Two teenagers, Gideon Emenike and Chibuisi Nwafor, aged between 16 and 17 years, performed a feat that not only shocked their rural community of Umuchima Ubaha, Okigwe LGA, but the whole state. It also had the state Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, scampering to the community. The teenagers launched a rocket, which they fabricated, into space. Thirty minutes, and over five kilometers later, it crashed into the backyard of Augustine Eke, a pensioner. The sound was deafening. And the villagers did a Usain Bolt. The first report Katsina got was that a bomb, had exploded in the area. But on getting there, he was taken aback. Hoodlums were not at work. It was two gifted teenagers, putting their God-given talents to practice. Katsina described their action as “excessively reckless,” but noted: “It was an exercise into the world of science and technology by some adventurous, skillful, and intelligent young boys with incredible creativity.” Here is the story of Gideon and Ndubuisi. They are secondary school graduates who passed out in 2012. Due to financial constraints, they have not been able to further their education. According to Gideon, who attended Federal Government College, Okigwe, the road to their feat, started when he was still in school. While in SS1, he was asked to do a school project. He built a helicopter. In SS2, he built a rocket which he took to a national competition in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He was adjudged the second best. At another competition organised by the

Society for Science and Technology, he again came second. At an Olympiad competition, he also came second, and was told that he would represent Nigeria in Brazil. That never happened. He said, one day his school principal, called and told him he was no longer travelling to Brazil. “I still do not know why he cancelled the trip. This frustrated me, I picked up from where I stopped and started again,” he says. The courage to pick up and continue brought him in contact with Chibuisi Nwafor, a likemind. The two pooled their brains together. Gideon: “That was how we planned to build a rocket and satellite, and send them into space. It was an amateur satellite.” CP Katsina says simple components, including sugar and computer accessories, were used. And on deactivation, no toxic or radioactive materials were found. The boys did not intend any mischief. They were just two adventurous young boys, driven by zeal to excel. Gideon said he was challenged that other countries were launching satellites into space. Let me commend them. What they did proves, just in case anybody doubted it, that raw talents abound in Nigeria. What the country lacks is the will to put them together. Nothing confirms this unwillingness than the deafening silence from both the state and federal governments that has greeted the feat. That is why I think the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan should be drawn to it. By doing this, I protesting the conspiracy of silence and wastage of talents. This is a government which says it is hunting for gifted men and women and yet.... These young boys are from Imo State, whose governor claims to have been investing in education before coming to office. So, how come neither the state nor federal

NO ONE IS PUBLISHING THEIR PHOTOGRAPHS NOR CELEBRATING OR

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IT IS AS IF THE FEAT COUNTS FOR NOTHING government have tried to locate them? Where is the Federal Ministry of Technology? Didn’t anyone there read the story? Or, is it that the teenagers come from the wrong state or part of the country? If they were from the South-west or South-south, would it have been different? I think so. Here is why. In the South-south, ex-militants are being sent to different parts of the world, to some of the best schools, to put their talents into use. Some have been trained as pilots and aeronautical engineers. And just a couple of months ago, a teenage stowaway on an Arik Air flight from Benin Airport to the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport,Lagos and was treated as a celebrity, and hero(emphasis mine) even when the act was criminal. He even posed for photographs with Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and MD of FAAN George Uriesi. He has since been offered scholarship to university level by Edo State government. For now, he is in one of the best secondary schools in Benin. Before the Edo State offer, a foundation linked to Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had offered him a scholarship. And that is for embarking on

a dangerous adventure that dented Nigeria’s image. Even his mother became a celebrity, granting interviews, and demanding that government take over the welfare of his other children. See? Now, compare the stowaway to the two teenagers from Imo State, who are truly gifted and have potentials of putting Nigeria, positively, on the world map. No one is publishing their photographs nor celebrating or showcasing them. It is as if the feat counts for nothing. Where are Governor Rochas Okorocha and his government? Where are the Federal Ministries for Education and Science and Technology? For the records, there are many Gideons and Chibuisis with talents and zeal to be useful to their country. But no one cares. If these teenagers were armed robbers, kidnappers, thugs, cultists, assassins or terrorists, someone would have taken note. Mr. President, I present to you these two gifted teenagers, Chikodi Chiadikobi Emenike and Chibuisi Nwafor. They say they want to study aeronautical engineering. Gideon has thrown a challenge. “If the federal government can sponsor us, we can take Nigeria to any level”. Take up the challenge, Mr. President. A directive to the appropriate authorities will make them realise their dream. And it will be for the good for Nigeria. Obi is the Puslisher / Editor-in-Chief of The Source, a weekly Newsmagazine.

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On the ‘invincibility’ of Boko Haram

wo divergent views on issues of national importance were recently expressed by two national figures, namely: the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed D. Abubakar and Yobe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam. Both of them spoke lately on different occasions on the activities of the insurgent Islamic sect, the Boko Haram. Speaking in the United States at a forum with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other security agencies convened to map out strategies to contain the scourge of terrorism, the IGP was upbeat about the eventual annihilation of the sect. But Governor Gaidam who spoke in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital about the same time, painted a picture of invincibility round the sect, saying the members were better armed than the Nigerian military. In truth, the string of successful attacks being recorded by the militant sect against the Nigerian government forces must have informed Gaidam’s position. But the depressing remark credited to the Yobe governor is not only capable of sending the wrong signal to the people of the region; it could also do a serious damage to the morale of the soldiers battling to contain insurgency in the

MANY NIGERIANS

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North East axis. Despite the proclamation of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states that are seriously under the scourge of terror attacks, no significant tilt of battle in favour of the establishment has been realised as yet. Newspaper reports indicate that both the Federal Governmentbacked military and the terrorists have been alternating major and minor victories. The expected annihilation or, at least, decimation of the terrorists is still yet to be achieved. As a matter of fact, the militants in some of their operations in Borno State were said to be moving around in Armoured Personnel Carriers at a time, an indication that the group has audaciously carved out some territory for itself in a state that is supposedly under government-imposed state of emergency. But concerning Gaidam’s

statement, the puzzle remains how insurgents operating within the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a sovereign nation, are now in possession of arms and ammunition that are more superior to those at the disposal of the nation’s security agencies. It is possible that the government is not firmly in control of all the expansive borders in the North East, as many, including members of the security community, had indicated in the past. Is the government not in possession of the entire country’s resources, including her revenues? Why are North East and, indeed, other borders undermined for too long, to the extent that insurgents conveniently carved out an area of control for themselves? And knowing how vulnerable the area is to illegal immigrants and arms infiltration, what assistance has the governments of the affected states rendered in stemming the dangerous tide? It is understandable that the potential might of terror groups like Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and others could not be underestimated, especially with their putative international connections with the behemoth global underground terror merchant, Al-Qaeda. It is also conceded that the methodology being

employed by the terrorists, like suicide terrorism, for example, is very difficult to contain. But the Nigerian government with all the state power and resources at its disposal should not be seen as playing the second fiddle in the ongoing anti-terror campaign. The security and welfare of the people are the primary tasks of any responsible government. The failure of security is tantamount to the failure of governance. That is the reason sensitive governments the world over go the extra mile to ensure the safety of their citizens at home and anywhere around the globe. The fact is that many Nigerians still believe that the FG has not mustered enough willpower to deal decisively with the insurgency plaguing the North. Gaidam’s statement not only reinforced the belief, it is equally an indictment of the entire leadership at the federal and state levels. We therefore implore the FG to adequately equip and kit the country’s security agencies with the requisite manpower and resources to frontally tackle insurgency; as well as rededicate itself to the security and welfare of Nigerians. For success to be achieved, all the security agencies like the military, Police, Nigeria Customs Service, State Security Service and Nigerian Intelligence Agency, etc., should complement one another in synergy, not as competitors.

ON THIS DAY December 2, 1980 Four American nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan and Dorothy Kazel, were murdered by a death squad in El Salvador. A death squad is an armed squad that conducts extrajudicial killings, and forced disappearances of persons for the purposes of political repression, genocide, or revolutionary terror. The killings are often conducted in ways meant to ensure the secrecy of the killers’ identities.

December 2, 1993 Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, was shot and killed in Medellin. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 – December 2, 1993) was a wealthy Colombian drug lord and an elusive cocaine trafficker. In 1983, he had a short-lived career in Colombian politics. He was born in the town of Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia, the third of seven children to Abel de Jesus Dari Escobar, a farmer, and Hemilda Gaviria, an elementary

December 2, 2001 Enron filed for ‘Chapter 11 bankruptcy’. Enron Corporation was an American energy, commodities and services company based in Houston, Texas in the United States. Before its bankruptcy on December 2, 2001, Enron employed approximately 20,000 staff and was one of the world’s major electricity, natural gas, communications and pulp and paper companies, with claimed revenues of nearly $101 billion in 2000.


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The Federal Government’s gamble to revive Nigeria’s rice fortunes faces its biggest test so far since its introduction in early January 2013 as it plans tariff cut to check smuggling. Analysts believe such a measure could be another government’s policy somersault By Adejuwon Osunnuyi

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head of the forth-coming yuletide, fresh indications have emerged that the skyrocketing price of foreign rice may drastically fall as the federal government might have concluded plans to review downward the 110 percent import duty and levy it slammed on the commodity January this year to boost local production. Currently, the market price for full bag of rice goes for N10, 500 and N5, 800 half bag depending on the brand. Last week, Chairman, Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices, Alhaji Dahiru Ado-Kurawa, gave the hint while fielding questions from journalists in Lagos as he revealed that the Federal Government would soon review the tariff on rice, because the policy has escalated smuggling of the commodity and loss of revenue to the government to the tune of N2 billion. Ado-Kurawa said the planned downward review was aimed at reducing the level of smuggling of the commodity from Benin Republic as he observed that the Federal Government introduced the rice policy of 110 per cent duty and levy in January, to boost local rice production. “The Federal Government will likely adjust the policy because it has escalated the influx of smuggled rice from neighbouring countries. Benin Republic is one of the highest importers of parboiled rice, the country that ordinarily imports about 230,000 tonnes per annum. Ado-Kurawa, lamenting that Nigeria lost over N2 billion to smugglers through land borders in Nigeria in the past eleven months said, ““The two-milliontonne parboiled rice imported by Benin is all smuggled into Nigeria. We cannot continue to

fold our arms and allow neighbouring countries destroy our economy.” According to him, the stakeholders met recently in Abuja and part of the resolution was to advice the federal government to review the rice policy and sift out the grey areas where improvements could be made with a view to ensuring that the government’s quest to halt rice import was achieved. However, Ado-Kurawa was quick to add that the review should not be seen as a policy somersault but an approach to create a healthy mechanism for Nigeria to be self sufficient in rice production and earn income from imported rice as he disclosed that the government would also give incentive to rice millers into backward integration According to him, government’s policy on rice has greatly deepened local production, which was geared towards attaining self-sufficiency in the product. He noted that local milling capacity has increased to 200 per cent and there has been an increment in production of about four million tons of local rice, thereby driving the production of paddy rice to an all-time high. The chairman noted that government’s policy on rice has greatly deepened local production of the commodity. “The policy is geared towards attaining self-sufficiency in rice production,” he said. President, Millers, Importers and Distributors Association of Nigeria, Tunji Owoeye, commending the federal government for looking into the challenges facing the rice sub-sector, listed the challenges as smuggling of foreign rice brands through the Benin Republic border as well as incentives to rice farmers and processors. Seeing the review policy as

a welcome development, according to analysts, almost a year after unveiling a ten percent import duty, as well as 100 percent levy on both brown and polished rice, and engineering a programme to support local rice production, the effort appears to be succumbing to the onslaught of smugglers who are thriving on cheap imports from neighbouring countries. Some analysts say they were tempted to dismiss the new tariff regime as another futile exercise. “The policy will not work for now, because the ministry of agriculture does not have control over the Nigeria customs,” says Afioluwa Mogaji of X-Ray Consulting, an agricultural consultancy, who also believes demand for and availability of local rice could eventually make imported rice take backstage. Investigations show that Benin Republic, which shares a border with Nigeria, has become the biggest beneficiary of the rice smugglers, with regard to revenues generated through their sea port and from the smugglers. Sources say the heady profits from the huge smuggling activity have given rise to the current throng of rice warehouses around the Lagos metropolis, operated by the smugglers who bribe their way through the mass of security agencies that line the routes into Nigeria. Anga Sotonye, of Universal Quest Nigeria Limited, an agric consultant, suggests that the trend will continue, unless the Federal Government mounts adequate security and surveillance at the borders. Their activities have a huge impact on both local production and the Nigerian government’s revenues, and have become the gain of Benin Republic. Investigations also show that importers who also ally with the

smugglers find Benin Republic most suitable for their activities because of its very low import tariff. The average international price of Thai rice which is mostly eaten in Nigeria is $600 or N96,000 per ton, with exchange rate at N160 per dollar (20 bags in a tonne). So, for every legally imported ton of rice, the importers pay effective duty of 110 percent, taking the landing cost to N201,600 per ton. Given this calculation, it costs between N10,000 and N12,000 per bag in the market. But in Benin Republic, with total tariffs of about 35 percent only a 50kg bag of Thai rice in Benin Republic sells for as low as N6,480 in the market. Even with bribes paid to en-

sure passage of the rice from Benin Republic to Nigeria, a bag of smuggled rice still enters the Nigerian market at N7, 000 and gets sold for less than N10, 000, usually N9,000. “That is why they will kill to smuggle it” says a source who suggests that top level Customs officers are behind the business because of the huge ‘kick-backs’ they receive. This is considered by some industry watchers as one of the greatest rip-offs. Recent published reports from the Lagos Ports Complex (LPC), Apapa, which controls over three quarters of the country’s import traffic, confirmed that legal rice importation has been going down. The records show that between November 2011 and now, rice importation

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has declined by about 58,000 metric tons, that is, 2,900 bags per week. However, there is no scarcity or short-fall in supply of imported rice in the Nigerian market, indicating that smuggling through the land borders has increased, replacing a considerable part of legal importation. The last published report by the Federal Government shows five million metric tons of rice, about 100 million bags is demanded annually in the country. The total value for these, is about N1 trillion annually. Legal importers are upset that they are losing sales to smugglers, as smuggled rice is cheaper than legally imported rice, sometimes by as much as N1,000 or more, because the average Nigerian consumer would go for the cheaper imported rice. It was gathered that the commodity was last imported into the country through the Lagos seaport on March 13th 2013 via MV Lucija which berthed at the ENL terminal at the Lagos Port Complex (LPC) with 12,000 metric tonnes. This is clear a departure from the past when ships laden with rice arrive at the ports almost daily. Frontline player in the business of

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rice importation and Chairman Oceanglory Commodities Limited; Reverend Chiori Cole noted that no businessman is ready to allow his money to be tied down because of the high tariff on the

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commodity. Meanwhile, while Ado-Kurawa’s position seems to have been in sharp contrast to the Jonathan-led’s government’s position of putting a total ban

on rice importation by 2014, in order to develop local production of the commodity, there have been mixed reactions by stakeholders. For instance, while Kayode Olanipekun, the Acting General Manager, Osun State Agricultural Development Corporation (OSSADEC), backed government’s decision to ban rice importation by 2014 saying that the policy would encourage local production of the commodity rice, the Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), South-West zone, Olusegun Atho advised government to put in place proactive measures to meet the country’s rice demand before banning imported rice. Olanipekun said that the country has the resources to produce enough rice for local consumption. ``The mission to stop importation of rice into the country is accomplishable, if the Federal Government will be serious with the policy and invest appreciably in the agriculture sector. ``Although, it can be difficult a bit at the beginning, but it will be to our advantage because it will ensure food security in the country and eventually boost our foreign exchange, because we have the resources -- human and natural. ``It is now imperative for governments at all levels to increase budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector and not defence, since we are not fighting or waging wars,’’ Olanipekun said. However, the general manager advised the government to get its priority right by giving the necessary attention to agriculture, noting that the country was blessed with the natural and human resources to prosper as an agrarian nation. He also urged the government to boost the production of

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local rice along with other food crops such as cassava, maize, beans and cowpea. According to Atho, government needed to provide incentives to farmers to become selfsufficient in rice production. ``I don’t see any reality in this 2014 deadline. Not until when necessary machinery is put in place should government ban imported rice. ``Government should equip farmers with the necessary tools, including tractors, organic fertilisers and give adequate training to farmers.’’ The RIFAN chairman also advised the government to provide adequate funding by way of grants or loans to farmers. ``These factors are very important and must be put into consideration, before the proposed ban. ``If these things are not in place, the ban cannot be realistic. Until when government begins to do something about it, that is when we can see the seriousness.’’ He identified smuggling as the major factor that would hinder any ban on the imported commodity, just as it had adverse effect on local rice production. ``Government needs to come out and deal with the issue of smuggling, in order to encourage local growers.’’ Atho appealed to government to construct more dams and provide mini-pumping machines for farmers to prepare them for irrigation farming as well as introduce modern rice production technology. ``If government can provide all these to farmers, that is when government can boast of self-sustainability.’’ Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture, and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina has re-affirmed FG determination to ensure that all rice consumed in Nigeria was produced by local farmers. “Nigeria, as I said, is running a prodigal consumption pattern in the sense that we are spending billions of Naira everyday importing rice from Thailand and India when we can grow that rice here. If you go to Sokoto or to Kebbi , Kano, Katsina, Niger, Kogi, ofada rice in Ogun State, down to Abakiliki and down to the Niger Delta, we have upland rice, lowland rice, fadama rice, all types of rice that can be grown here, yet we are buying rice. We buy what we can produce, we keep on exporting jobs and creating poverty in our rural areas, destroying incentives for our own growth then we turn around and ask the question why is there poverty.” That is why the President decided that we should have a self-sufficiency food plan, such as the rice transformation strategy to make Nigeria self sufficient in rice by 2015.”The minister submitted. BC


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igerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Industry (NACCIMA) has spoken up on the need for politicians not to scuttle Nigeria’s position as the number one preferred investment hub on the continent by heating up the polity in a way that could scare away potential investors. NACCIMA which is the apex advocacy business membership organisation representing the organised private sector in the country, issued the warning to politicians in the country stressing that a tranquil state of the polity was one of the vital signs of a healthy investment environment. The body made the call as part of its quarterly assessment of the state of the nation’s economy which was presented to newsmen in Lagos. According to NACCIMA’s national president, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, “the state of our polity is of major concern to us as members of the Business Community. It is one of the major indices operators both local and foreign look at in making up their minds whether to invest or not in a country.” He said that it was therefore necessary for politicians to ensure that the country is less heated as such exercise does not provide the much talked about environment for business to thrive. “We, therefore, counsel all Political Parties Leadership either in Government or the Opposition to put the interest of the nation uppermost in their mind,” he said. NACCIMA further called for a revision of our educational policy to make 80 per cent of our huge population of about 170 million literate within the next five years, specifically stressing that the revision should be based on the needs of industries and also to satisfy both the public and private sectors of our economy. “Review, refine, and implement a holistic National Policy on Education to properly align

with our Economic Development, including the integration of existing policies on Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), with entrepreneurship and financial education made as key component of the curriculum,” he said. He stressed that the government should encourage the private sector and industries to provide Technical Training Institutions with prototypes of their up-coming products for practical training while existing Technology and Industrial Incubation centres should be reviewed with the aim of making them more functional. He also advised that more centres should be created with TVET institutions linked up with the centres to further enhance the most desired creativity, entrepreneurship, and job creation. “We are aware that our University system is presently in comatose as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is still on strike as negotiation with Government is on-going, coupled with the recent tragedy that led to the untimely death of former ASUU President, late Prof. Festus Iyayi. This is indeed very unfortunate and we at NACCIMA console with ASUU and the family of the late Don may his gentle soul rest in peace,” he said. They therefore, urged the federal government and ASUU to fast-track and bring the negotiation process to a logical conclusion soonest in the interest of the students who have continued to remain at home and the economy, so as to avert further crisis in our educational system. Stating that health is acceptable as wealth and that where health is lacking or unavailable, poverty takes over, the Chamber suggested that government should continue to Improve, adequately equip and upgrade health facilities at all levels in the country, “The current challenge in the sector indicates failed policy or wrong implementation and hence, we prescribe a holistic approach. Nigerians are reported to spend more than US$200 million on overseas treatment yearly. Two years investment of that amount could turn Nigeria into a health destination centre in Africa, replacing South Africa and Egypt,” he said.

sensitisation campaign to enhance the optimisation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) for Nigerian manufacturers engaged in regional bilateral and multilateral trade. The NEPC, said it was regrettable that many registered exporters were not even aware of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme, which effectively took off in 1988 and was designed to incentivise export activities by eliminating some of the barriers of bilateral trade among ECOWAS member states. Speaking at a one-day sensitisation workshop for stakeholders in Lagos, the NEPC director, multilateral and bilateral relations, Abdulahi SidiAliyu, noted that the ETLS was an incentive primarily designed to spur export activities within the sub-region acting as a pull factor for production effectiveness and competitiveness. “Over 1411 products and 573 Nigerian companies have been admitted into the scheme. However, not too many out of these companies have optimised the benefits of the scheme. A recent survey conducted by the Council revealed that many registered exporters were not even aware of the existence of the scheme,” he said. He said that the objective of the workshop was to sensitise exporters on the importance and benefits of the scheme, stressing that it would also present an opportunity to x-ray some of the challenges facing the implementation of the scheme with a view to proffering necessary solutions. Sidi-Aliyu, urged participants to therefore make veritable inputs that would help to further enhance the scheme going forward, as the scheme also provides room for sustainability of the region in the global community. He listed some of the measures of the scheme designed to promote economic relations within the sub-region to include: abolition of custom duties, non-tariff barriers; adoption of a common external tariff and a common trade policy visà-vis third party countries and creation of a monetary union.

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“ETLS is also designed to remove between member states, obstacles to the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital and to the right of residence and establishment. It also enhances the establishment of an economic union through the adoption of common policies in the economic, financial, social and cultural sectors,” he said. on complaints by some participants over the high costs of transportation of goods within the region due to dearth of necessary infrastructure, he said he was optimistic that when the dedicated shipping line being promised by the Nigerian export, import bank (NEXIM) through the public, private partnership platform is realized, it would serve as an avenue of reducing transportation costs for exporters of goods within the sub-region. “We are also advancing forward a situation which we have observed and that is the arbitrary impositions of levies by individual countries contrary to the provisions of the ETLS, “he stated. Also representing the ministry of foreign affairs at the workshop, an official from the ECOWAS division of the ministry, Frederick Udobia, noted that the workshop was relevant as a platform to assure the Nigerian business community of the viability of the scheme in Nigeria. “I wish to inform that currently, the ministry is sensitising Nigerians on ETLS and this exercise would be carried to all geo-political zones in the country in the nearest future. The ministry therefore appreciates the efforts of NEPC which complements our efforts,” he said. He mentioned that under the scheme specific products stand to benefits namely: agricultural and livestock products; fishery products from sea, rivers or lakes; mining products; artisan handcrafts and industrial goods. “Please note that before any of these goods can be exported to any of the 15 member states of the ECOWAS, they must originate from the region or at least have the minimum of 60 per cent local content,” he explained. He pointed out that before a Nigerian company or enterprise can export or trade in industrial goods duty free within the region, it should as much as practicable; procure a certificate of origin which will clearly indicate compliance of the product with the rules of origin. He further explained for clarity that no certificate of origin covers more than one type of product and so applications must be made for each type of product to be exported. New master plan in the off-

ing as Lagos lauds World Bank agric interventions The World Bank has disclosed that a new agricultural intervention master plan is being expected in the next two weeks under its Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) to bolster food security even as the projects’ on-going impact in the sector was hailed by Lagos state. Tijani ABK, National Procurement Specialist, disclosed the expected development to stakeholders in Lagos before leading his team to pay a courtesy call on the state’s commissioner for agriculture and cooperatives, Gbolahan Lawal. The team which was at The Lagos State Integrated Rice Mill, Imota on a supervisory visit were received by Dr Adamu Ibrahim, Federal Coordinator, staple crop processing zones, who intimated them on the challenges being faced by the zone in the production of rice. According to him, Lagos state does not have the capacity to produce the amount of rice paddy that will meet and sustain the total demand of consumers in the state which represents about 60 per cent of the total demand of rice in the country. He enumerated other challenges to include: water, energy and logistics for transporting rice paddy sourced from other states across the country to Lagos and sought for the intervention of the CADP. Responding to the requests, the national procurement specialist, Tijani ABK assured them that the project would expect a master plan in two weeks time. “According to what the coordinator of the processing zones said, the master plan would be ready in two weeks, until then we cannot say how we can intervene but we would see the master plan and do what we should to improve food security,” he concluded. In a related development, the team paid a courtesy visit to the commissioner of agriculture and cooperatives where they further intimated him on the soon to be released new master plan for agricultural development. Dr Salisu Garba, the Project Operations Office who represented the National Project Coordinator, Dr Amin Babandi informed the commissioner that the master plan would be implemented soon. The commissioner in his remarks noted that the various interventions by the Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) under the World Bank Assisted Projects had brought about accelerated agricultural growth in the state. “The intervention in terms of infrastructure has accelerated agricultural growth in the


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state especially in the area of road networks in Ketu Eriyan Fish Estate, and has increased the number of investors coming into the state to be part of the project,” he said. The commissioner highlighted the strategic positioning of Lagos state for profitable agricultural investments and a vehicle for the creation of more jobs. “It is in recognition of this that the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola has made room for 1,115 per cent increase in budgetary allocation for the sector in the last six years,” he said. A member of the delegation Dr. Niyi Odunlami, special assistant on investment and infrastructure to the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, disclosed that the visit was also to inform the commissioner of federal government’s plans to develop staple crop processing zones across the country. Odunlami commended Lagos state on the feats achieved by the state’s ministry of agriculture and cooperatives and also applauded the CADP under the World Bank project for providing water, energy and access roads to agricultural projects across the country. (NAN)

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s multilateral trade pacts continue to evolve and define the politics of global economics the ECOWAS Commission has carried out a capacity building workshop for trade negotiation experts from its Member States and other stakeholders in order to establish a trade and environment knowledge management platform. The three-day meeting, which opened was held in Abuja was designed to enhance knowledge and strengthen the capacities of the trade and environment experts to generate and share information that will boost negotiations as well as formulate coherent trade and nvironment policies. In his opening address, ECOWAS Commissioner for Trade, Customs, Industry, Mines and Free Movement, Ahmed Hamid said the crucial role of trade flows and investments in growth and development justified the need for “the pursuit for expansion of opportunities for trade” in the region. He commended African countries’ efforts to expand their share of global trade and address obstacles to intraAfrican trade in response to the global trade increase from USD

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13 trillion in 2000 to an estimated USD 30 trillion in 2010. In the address read by the ECOWAS acting Director for Trade, Dr. Gbenga Obedeyi the Commissioner highlighted the potential for increased volumes of tradable goods and services through sustainable exploitation and development of natural resources as well as ecological goods and services. “The benefits of trade,” he affirmed, “can only be maximized by effectively addressing and harnessing the linkages between trade and environment.” Similarly, Ms. Isatou Gaye, the Chief, Green Economy and Natural Resources Section, Special Initiatives Division, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), also pointed out the “crucial role of trade flows and investments in growth and development” and urged participants to come up with ideas to boost UN support for the establishment of the trade and environment platform. She stressed the need for effective and mutually supportive trade and environment policies to reduce and sustain the exploitation of the environment and natural resources. Ms Gaye also affirmed ECA’s willingness to work with partners in developing and promoting an integrated approach in the formulation and implementation of trade, environment and development policies. Joachim Monkelbaan, representing the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), also spoke of the Centre’s desire to build longer-term working relations in the ECOWAS region for effective cooperation. He recalled a recommendation from a previous workshop on the improvement of knowledge management in the region and the need to use trade as a tool for development and poverty eradication. N3.7trn pension fund is impacting on economy positively - expert A Pension Consultant, Patrick Igboh, on Friday said that the N3.7 trillion pension fund was impacting positively on the economy. Igboh told the News Agency

of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the contributors and retirees had become investors by virtue of their contributions to the pension fund. According to him, the money is being invested in various money and capital market instruments like fixed deposits, treasury bills as well as Federal and State Governments Bonds. “The N3.7 trillion contributions being referred to is a function of what has been contributed and also invested over time since the inception of the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). “So, it is not just a stagnant fund that is set aside. “It is as a result of what the employees and the employers who are the key players of the CPS have done over time, from the inception of PFAs,” he said. Igbo said that the N3.7 trillion also included the Defined Existing Benefit Scheme (DEBS) which was being fully funded. He said that the pension fund was being managed and invested by the Pension Fund Administrators (PFAS) and the Closed Pension Fund Administrations (CPFAs). “Lager part of the N3.7 trillion, precisely 60 per cent, is with the Federal Government bonds which had been made available. “Through that means the Federal Government has been able to raise fund to fund infrastructure like power and road, among others. “Also, since the fund is long- term fund, it has helped to stabilise the economy and enable it to breathe properly,” he said. Igboh said that contributors were now certain of the safety of their pension with the hope that at the point of retiring they would access their money as and when due. He said that the N3.7 trillion should not be looked from the monetary policy point only, but from the point of the return on investment. The consultant said that there was need to consider the satisfaction, psychological and mental aspects of knowing that the money was always there. According to him, there will always be return on investment as the fund is not stagnant.

Cotton farmers to fight adulteration, want good prices

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he National Cotton Traders Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) in Katsina State has initiated ways to promote quality cotton production and management, its Secretary, Alhaji Sama’ila Lawal, has said. Lawal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Malum-

fashi, Katsina State, that the move would facilitate good cotton prices. He said the farmers at all levels were being sensitised on the dangers of adulteration and poor management of postharvest cotton. Lawal said such bad practices posed great threat to the cotton market in the country and abroad. He said NACOTAN partnered with ginneries to organise workshops to enlighten farmers and cooperative societies on modern planting techniques as well as post-harvest procedures. Lawal said that in October, 800 farmers attended such sensitisation workshops organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with NACOTAN and Cotton Ginning Company (CGC). He said other collaborators included Dangote Ginnery, Beto Ginnery and the Cotton and Agricultural Processing Company Ginnery in Malumfashi. Lawal said such initiatives were aimed at encouraging best cotton farming practices and management for increased production. He called on the government to ensure good prices that would compensate the farmers with gains in the business. Lawal commended the federal government on its agricultural value chain programmes as well as states and local government support schemes. He noted that the schemes enhanced cotton picking, buyback processes and harvesting practices. The cotton farmer said adulteration w as a hitch to the growth of the cotton business in Nigeria that brought huge loss and decline in cotton and seed quality. He decried the increased cases of cotton adulteration with water, sand, dust, wood, metallic objects and other items aimed at increasing the weight. ``For fear of adulteration, international cotton merchants are forced to find alternatives and the action has affected cotton business compared to the past,’’ Lawal said. He urged cotton farmers to embrace modern farming techniques and post-harvest procedures and reiterated NACOTAN’s support to federal and state governments’ agricultural support programmes.

had received an expression of interest from a Finland firm to set up a fish feeds plant in the state. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Mr Gbolahan Lawal, made this known at a news conference in Ikeja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the news conference was organised to unveil the programmes for the state’s forthcoming 2nd Seafood Festival slated for Dec. 7. Lawal said the firm had contacted him personally on its intention, adding that both parties were already working out the modalities for the establishment of the plant. The plant, when set up, would boost fish production in the state and narrow the supply-demand gap of fish feeds, he said. Lawal also said that a Chinese firm and another American company had signified interest to establish fish processing plants in the state. He said the interest showed that the state government’s efforts at attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the state’s fish industry were already yielding the desired results. The commissioner, however, restated the state government’s commitment toward achieving self-sufficiency in fish production. He said that the Seafood Festival was being organised to showcase the food tourism potential of the state. He said that it would stimulate the investment potential of the state in relation to aquaculture and artisanal fisheries. Lawal said no fewer than three thousand local and international tourists were being expected at the festival. ‘’The event will offer the state’s fisher folks the opportunity to interact with tourists and fun seekers, to enjoy and savour fresh sea foods in Lagos waters. “Apart from the display of sea foods, the festival will also feature cooking competition and will offer culinary services,” he said.

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World Bank to support Kogi Cassava Processing Zone

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he Kogi Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, has commended the World Bank for its support to the state’s agricultural sector of the state. Awoniyi made the commendation when he received a delegation of the World Bank/ FGN supervising mission to Kogi in Lokoja on Friday. He said that the state would strive to maintain all the indices of good governance as it relates to transparency and accountability. Awoniyi gave and assurance that the state government was going to use all the good governance indicators as it relates to transparency and accountability to make the Cassava Processing Zone proposed for the state a reality. He noted that the state government had made access to land and issues related to land right and land tenure a priority in encouraging agriculture. Awoniyi, who described the state as blessed in cassava production, disclosed that the selection of Kogi by the World Bank to develop a Cassava Processing Zone was a well deserved development. The deputy governor called on the World Bank officials to present an action plan that would enable the state government to key into the success of the Cassava Processing Zone in the state. In a remark, Dr Femi Abolarin, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, said that the World Bank/FGN supervising mission to the state was aimed at concretising the bank’s support to the staple crop processing zone in Alape. He commended Gov Idris Wada for the priority given to agriculture in the state. Earlier in his speech, Dr. Abimbola Adubi, the task team leader of the World Bank, said Kogi was the only state selected by the bank to support its processing zone. He noted that the project was aimed at supporting the Agricultural Transformation

Agenda of the Federal Government, using the existing Fadama project to support issues relating to the staple crop processing zone. Adubi said that the project would attract about 700 million dollars,while noting that the Fadama project would give priority to crops such as cassava, rice and horticultural crops. He said since the state was the highest producer of cassava in the country, the state had been chosen to focus on cassava production. Adubi said that the team was in the state to assess implementation readiness of the state and also visit the crops processing zone and interact with stakeholders.

repayment of the cost of planting the farm to enable others to benefit. Earlier, Mr Kole Ogunsuyi, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the state government had shown interest to partner with the Federal Government programmes on cassava production. Ogunsuyi advised the beneficiaries to reciprocate by maintaining the plantation and adhere strictly to the advice and training that would be delivered to them. Responding, Mr Omolade Olaniyi, a beneficiary, thanked the state government for its resolve to revamp agriculture as a means of survival and pledged to make maximum use of the opportunity given to him.

Ondo Govt. allocates Sokoto Govt proposes 50 hectares of cassava N125.8 bn budget in plantation to youth 2014 farmers okoto State Government

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he Ondo Government on Friday allocated 50 hectares of cassava plantation to 25 youths across the state. Mr Lasisi Oluboyo, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, made this known during the training of the new generation of farmers at Upenmen in Owo Local Government Area of the state. Oluboyo said the state government had brought several developments to agriculture through different programmes aimed at eradicating poverty, creating employment among youths and guaranteeing food security. ``Each of the 25 beneficiaries will have two hectares of cassava plantation given to 25 vibrant youths who have shown interest and confidence in farming as a profession. ``There is no doubt that this approach will serve as a way to further complement the policy of the present administration to boost agricultural production and improve the socioeconomic development of the state.’’ Oluboyo explained that it was the intention of the present administration to ensure that the state maintained its leading position in cassava production in the country. The commissioner said the government had put all machinery in place for the execution of a new programme tagged ``KAJE KAYO” in 2014, under which new generation of farmers would be empowered. ``Government has subsidised agricultural inputs at 30 per cent to the farmers, with the view to increasing their income and encouraging youths into cassava production.” However, he appealed to the beneficiaries to ensure the

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has proposed a budget of N125.8 billion for the 2014 fiscal year. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the estimate is 8.7 per cent higher than this year’s budget of N115.8 billion. Gov. Aliyu Wamakko, who presented the budget to the state House of Assembly for approval, said N72.9 billion was for capital projects while N52.9 billion would be devoted to recurrent expenditure. He also said N10.9 billion of the budget would be secured from SURE-P, MDGs and UBEC funds, as well as loans and grants. ``The sectorial allocation therefore, reveals that, the highest proportion goes to the economic sector, followed by the social sector and general administration, in that order.’’ Tagged ``Budget of Consolidation and Sustainable Development”, the governor said its main thrust would be the completion of all ongoing projects, assuring that no project started by the administration would be abandoned. ``This is to essentially improve the quality of life of our

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people by sustaining economic growth to ensure unhindered progress of the state.’’ He further said that the budget would be devoted to reducing poverty and enhancing investments in physical infrastructure, education, agriculture and rural development. Responding, the Speaker, Alhaji Lawalli Zayyana, pledged the commitment of the House to speedily consider the estimates. ``We will do this in good time, in the interest of the people of the state and for the promotion of good governance,” the speaker added.

New duties on vehilces will lead to higher prices – NAGAFF

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he National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) on Friday said the new import duties and levies on vehicles would negatively affect their sale. Eugene Nweke, the National President of NAGAFF, made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. The Federal Executive Council, had in October, approved a new national automotive policy aimed at encouraging local production of new vehicles. The government had also raised the import duties and levies on imported new and used vehicles from 20 per cent to 70 per cent. Nweke said the Federal Government should have rehabilitated the motor vehicle assembling plants in the country before making the policy. ``What is the state of Volkswagen of Nigeria in Lagos, the Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO), Steyr Nigeria in Bauchi, Leyland Nigeria in Ibadan and the National Truck Manufacturers in Kano. ``The policy will make the desired impact in creating jobs and attracting billions of naira in revenue if these assembling plants are working effectively,’’ he said. He said that price of imported cars, currently being sold between N1.4 million and N3 million, would go up to about N5 million. “Also the price of the fairly used vehicles popularly called ``Tokunbo’’ being sold for N800, 000, will rise to N1.3 million or more. The NAGAFF leader said it was regrettable that while government’s new tariff on cars showed an increase of 48 per cent over the old rate, it failed to put into consideration the state of its borders. ``We have 37 approved

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borders guarded by security officials, but we have about 200 unapproved routes where smugglers can use to bring in cars. ``I am afraid that the country will lose revenue through this policy and insecurity problem will also rise. “Many people will be out of job as a result of the new policy,’’ Nweke said. He said that some importers who were bringing in cars for sale would no longer be able to do so and some of their staff would be disengaged.

Police frown at use of minors as cattle rearers

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he Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Chris Olakpe, has frowned at the use of minors as cattle rearers by their parents. Olakpe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Friday that the presence of the minors grazing the cows serve as encouragement to the ruthless cattle rustlers. ‘’The herdsmen should stop sending their underage children for grazing of hundreds of cows as they will easily be targets for cattle rustlers. ‘’The cattle rustlers always capitalise on the frail nature of the minors to seize their cows from them. ‘’Sometimes, the rustlers even go the extra mile of killing or maiming the minors before stealing the cows.’’ Olakpe called on parents to use only adults for grazing purposes, to reduce the menace of cattle rustling in the state. The commissioner of police urged cattle rearers to comply with the directive so that unnecessary reprisal attacks would be minimised. ‘’The size of the adult manning the cows would even scare the rustlers from attempting to seize the cows for fear of losing their lives. ‘’We are aware that most of the cattle rustling that happen are usually done when minors are grazing the cows.’’ The commissioner urged


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News the Fulani leaders to cooperate with the police by also releasing vital information on criminal elements among them. ‘’The command is of the view that cattle rustling can be perpetuated by those who know about cows handling as all tribes eat meat,’’ he said. Olakpe appealed to members of the public to assist the command with information about the movement of criminals, so as to enable law enforcement agents to contain their nefarious activities.

13 communities to benefit from Otuoke water scheme

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o fewer than 13 communities in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa will benefit from the multi-million naira Otuoke Regional Water Scheme, the project contractor said on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Otuoke water project, being undertaken by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, was awarded to NAIRDA Ltd. in July 2011, at the cost N4.5 billion. The Project Manager and Director of Water Services at NAIRDA, Mr Erez Raviv, disclosed this in Otuoke, when a five-man team from the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Abuja, on inspection, visited the project site. According to Raviv, the water project, when completed, is expected to serve the water needs of the benefiting communities. He said the water scheme, which has six boreholes to be powered by 150 horsepower water pumps, had two standing tanks and four ground tanks, with a capacity to hold 9,000 cubic metres of water each. The project manager also said that aside the Otuoke main station, the water scheme also had three sub-stations at Imiringi, Onuebum and Emeyal communities to boost the supply of water to the benefitting communities. He explained that the company commenced work on the

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project on November 2011 after it was paid a 15 per cent mobilisation fee by the ministry. ``We started work here on the project in November 2011. We received a much less mobilisation fee of 15 per cent of the total contract sum. ``However, in terms of money, I can say that this project is 60 per cent completed,” Raviv said. Also speaking, Mr Femi Daramola, NAIRDA’s quantity surveyor, said that challenges encountered since work started at the project site, had slowed down the pace of work. He listed the challenges to include dealing with youth agitations and demands from the various communities where NAIRDA had excavated to lay water pipes. ``For us to excavate our pipelines, youths from the various communities have been demanding a lot from us. ``We have been settling a lot of disputes here and there, and this has taken most of our time and resources,” Daramola said. In his remark, the leader of the FRC South-South team, Mr Alex Elikwu, Assistant Director (Policy and Standard), expressed satisfaction with the progress of work on the project. He lauded NAIRDA for its commitment to work, urging the company to ensure that the project iwas delivered on schedule. Elikwu said that the inspection tour of federal projects was in accordance with the FRC Act of 2007, which empowered the commission to monitor projects being funded by the Budget Office. NAN reports that the team also visited federal projects in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta states, respectively.

ment of regeneration protocols for two local rice varieties; namely `Suakoko 8’ and `FARO 55’, which will lead to the prevention of rice blast infections in local rice varieties.” He said that a similar work was being done on cassava to improve its baking properties by inserting ``gluten’’ gene in it. Gluten is a material which holds air created by the yeast in bakery products such as bread. Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye Besides, Onyenekwe said that SHESTCO had established a woody plants’ nursery, adding that plants such as ``acasia, aucalyptius, azadirachta indica’’ were being cultivated in the nursery. ``Also, our biotechnology laboratory has successfully established a Temporary Immersion Bio-Reactor which will allow for rapid propagation of materials,’’ he added. Onyenekwe also said that high-yielding sugar cane plantlets had been developed, multiplied and released to farmers for cultivation. He stressed that the complex would intensify efforts to set up an internationally accessible and comprehensive database in the area of science and technology.

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SHESCO develops improved rice variety

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he Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO), Abuja, on Friday announced the development of a transgenic local rice variety which was resistant to rice blast fungus. Prof. Paul Onyenekwe, Director, Biotechnology and Advanced Laboratory in SHESTCO, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Rice blast fungus, a common disease of rice lesion, develops on the leaf-sheaths and on the stems, while the weakened stems easily breaks down. A transgenic crop contains a gene or genes, which have been artificially inserted, instead of the plant acquiring them through the natural means of pollination. Onyenekwe said: ``The project has resulted in the develop-

He said that the Federal Government was working in partnership with state and local governments as well as Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to bring infrastructural development to rural farming areas. “The Federal Government cannot do it alone; it needs the collaboration of states and local governments as well as LCDAs. “The rural farming areas need to be developed in terms of infrastructure, so as to reduce or possibly eradicate the importation of what can be produced here, such as wheat, vegetable, rice and fish. `The fish we import is not different from what we can find in the Nigerian waters,” Odunlami said, adding that there was absolute need to develop staple crop processing zones. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some primary processing zones in the country had been selected as models. They include Kogi, Kano, Niger, Lagos and Rivers states. NAN also reports that the supervisory mission commenced work on Nov. 28, with a visit to the Lagos State Integrated Rice Processing Factory, Imota.

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Govt. to eradicate importation of rice, fish, others, says official

ebbi Government has commenced the construction of 400 houses at the cost of N2.5 billion in two local government areas of the state. Alhaji Hussaini Raha, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Birnin Kebbi. He said 300 of the houses would be located in Kalgo Local Government, 60 at Dakingari, Suru Local Government and 40 in Ambursa Development Area. ``The houses would comprise of three and two bedroom

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r Niyi Odunlami, the Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and rural Development, said on Friday that the Federal Government intended to stop the importation of rice, fish, wheat and tomatoes. Odunlami spoke as a member of the supervision team visiting staple crops processing zones of the World Bank-assisted Commercial Agriculture Development (CADP) project in Lagos.

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flats, while the total cost did not include furnishing. ``The houses in Kalgo local government area would be allocated to medical and supporting staff of the ongoing specialist hospital in the area. ``Already, 80 duplex houses have been constructed for allocation to medical consultants.’’ Raha said funds for the provision of facilities for the housing estates would be released soon.

Monetary expert commends CBN for injecting N5.74trn into the system

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r Wale Abe, the Executive Secretary of Financial Markets Dealers Association (FMDA), says the N5.74 trillion facility given banks by the CBN will help to reduce interest rates in the country. Abe made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. He also said that availability of liquidity in the financial system would encourage Nigerians to borrow from banks at low interest rates. NAN reports that the CBN injected the N5.74 trillion through Standing Lending Facility (SFL) to banks at 14 per cent interest rate. Abe said that the low interest rates would automatically boost economic and business activities. ``Irrespective of the amount injected into the system, once there is an injection, it simply means that money will be readily available in the system for those who intend to borrow. ``The rationale behind the injection is to bring down the interest rate so that people who intend to borrow can do business, `` Abe said. Abe said that the CBN was managing liquidity in the system through injection and withdrawal of funds. He, however, said that the CBN could at anytime mop up such injected funds from system if it perceived that there was excess liquidity. Abe said that the CBN could also mop up excess liquidity so as not to distort price level stability and cause inflation in the country. ``The CBN is always out to do the needy. The needy are that it injects money or withdraws money from the system. ``That is part of the monetary responsibilities and function of the central bank to ensure price level stability,`` he said. BC


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Argentina vows to jail Falklands oil explorers

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rgentina has threatened 15-year jail terms and fines of more than $1.5bn for Falklands oil explorers, in the latest escalation of rhetoric over the disputed islands. The South American nation has repeatedly threatened to take legal action against companies such as Rockhopper Exploration, Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, and Premier Oil, which are all exploring or planning to produce oil off the Falklands. The Argentine Congress “passed a law establishing criminal sanctions to be imposed on companies and individuals involved in the illegal exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Argentine continental shelf,” the Argentine Embassy said in a statement yesterday. “The law provides for prison sentences for the duration of up to 15 years; fines equivalent to the value of 1.5m barrels of oil; the banning of individuals and companies from operating in Argentina; and the confiscation of equipment and any hydrocarbons that would have been illegally extracted.” British oil explorers have so far dismissed Argentine threats as political posturing and have insisted there is no genuine risk to their operations in the region.

S. African farmers accuse EU of exaggerating citrus “black spot”

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outh African farmers on Friday reacted strongly to a ban by the European Union (EU) on imports of South African citrus. Pieter Nortje, the President of the South African Citrus Growers Association, said in reference to the fungus, also known as black spot that EU was exaggerating the situation ``because it is not an issue at all.’’ The EU had announced a ban on imports of South African citrus due to what it termed as concerns over “black spot,” a disease that could infect local

crops. The commission said experts from the EU’s 28 member states agreed on the emergency ban after “black spot” was found in 36 citrus cargos from South Africa this year. According to Nortie, South African farmers are taking necessary precautions following the announcement. He added that ``the fungus manifests as a small physical ‘black spot’ on the fruit. ``If an orchard or tree is severely infected, the yield will go down, but it is being contained in South Africa with measures adequately put in place.’’ Exports of citrus from South Africa to EU countries stood at about 600,000 tonnes for 2013, about a third of the bloc’s total citrus imports. About 40 per cent of South Africa’s citrus exports go to the EU, making the bloc one of the country’s most important markets. Government figures showed that South Africa’s citrus sector contributes around 6 billion rands (about 600 million U.S. dollars) to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Swiss regulator urges banks to come clean on U.S. tax offences

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wiss banks should come clean to U.S. officials conducting a tax probe before an end-of-year deadline and face up to resultant penalties, or risk more costly prosecution later, Switzerland’s financial regulator warned on Friday. Both the United States and Switzerland are eager to draw a line under probes into undeclared money wealthy Americans have stowed in tax havens. But a government-brokered program, open to a host of second-tier Swiss banks, lapses next month. Under the deal, banks are expected to disclose previously hidden information and face penalties of up to 50 percent of the value of the assets they managed on behalf of Americans. “Further sanctions by U.S. authorities must be feared” for any banks which choose

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to shirk the U.S. program, wrote Patrick Raaflaub, head of regulator FINMA, in an article published by Neue Zuercher Zeitung on Friday. “This would be more expensive in the long run and would provide considerably less certainty to the firms, their employees, and clients than the option of a rapid conclusion to this legal dispute,” Raaflaub wrote. The matter remains a priority for U.S. officials, who are investigating Swiss banks with a view to seeking criminal charges for those which don’t come clean, according to the head of the U.S. Justice Department’s tax division. The timing of FINMA’s comments, shortly before the deadline, raises the question of whether fewer banks than expected are preparing to come clean. The Swiss government said in a statement it had given various banks authorization to cooperate with the U.S. authorities, without giving details on their number and identity. “The Federal Council encouraged the Swiss banks to give serious consideration to their participation in the program and to make their decisions in this regard in a timely manner,” the government said in a statement following its weekly meeting.

Euro Zone inflation rises to 0.9 per cent as jobless rate dips to 12.1 per cent

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nflation in the euro zone remained well below the European Central Bank’s target rate, while unemployment stayed close to a record high, according to official reports published Friday. Inflation in November rose to 0.9 percent in the 17 countries in the euro zone, according to preliminary estimates by the European Union statistics office, slightly higher than analysts’ estimates. The jobless rate for October declined to 12.1 percent after hitting a record of 12.2 percent in September. Economists had expected the rate to hold steady. Low inflation was the result of falling energy prices, Eurostat said, while the cost of food rose 1.5 percent and services 1.6 percent. Industrial goods rose only 0.3 percent. The E.C.B. aims for inflation of close to 2 percent, and earlier this month the central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 0.25 percent in response to the abrupt slowdown in inflation, which had been 1.1 percent in September. “The overall assessment remains that inflation is very low,” Marie Diron, an economist

who advises the consulting firm Ernst & Young, said in an email. “We think that the ECB needs to recognize the risk of deflation more clearly and act pre-emptively.” The data Friday are unlikely to end the debate about whether the euro zone remains at risk of deflation, but could bolster those who say the fears are overblown. Inflation remains well below the E.C.B. target, and the decline in unemployment of about 61,000 people in October still leaves some 19.3 million unemployed in the euro zone. Even so, the data suggests that the euro zone economy is slowly improving. Economists and policy makers have been sharply divided on the question of whether the euro zone is on the verge of sliding into deflation, a broad plunge in prices that can be very destructive to the economy and difficult to arrest. Some economists argue that the low inflation is merely a sign that wages are falling in countries like Greece and Spain, a painful but ultimately necessary adjustment that would allow those countries to regain lost competitiveness. But others warn that deflation, once it starts, could plunge Europe back into crisis and revive doubts about the survival of the euro zone. Deflation is considered even worse than runaway inflation, because consumers delay purchases in anticipation of ever lower prices, undercutting corporate profits and causing companies to stop investing in new plants and equipment. The result is rising unemployment and further downward pressure on prices. Economists at the advisory firm Oxford Economics calculate that, if the euro zone suffered deflation, unemployment would rise to 16.5 percent of the work force by 2018, or 25 million people. At the same time, countries like Greece would have even more trouble paying back debts, because economic output would shrink and tax receipts would dwindle.

Britain Reconsiders Cigarette Regulation

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ntil recently, the British government appeared to be on the verge of rejecting sweeping restrictions on cigarette packaging. But on Thursday it changed course, announcing a policy review that could lead to curbs on labeling and require the use of neutral colors on packages. The effort is the latest in a series of health initiatives across Europe meant to force the tobacco industry to make cigarettes appear less attractive to younger people, and in that way prevent them from taking up the habit.

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Britain’s inquiry, which would conclude by next March, will focus on the experience of Australia, which has introduced standardized packaging. Similar plans may soon be adopted in Ireland and New Zealand. This could mean that brand names would be restricted to a limited display in uniform fonts and that the color of packs would be standardized in Britain. Such measures would go further than new minimum requirements currently being legislated by the European Union, which wants to increase the size of health warnings to 65 percent of the pack size, up from the current minimum requirement of 30 percent on the front and 40 percent on the back. Under the European legislation, which is now being completed, the use of fruit and menthol flavorings for cigarettes would be banned, as would packets of fewer than 20 cigarettes. This would aim at packs of 10, which are seen as more affordable for teenagers. Britain’s move to study tougher labeling guidelines took many by surprise. While the government had officially said it would keep an open mind on the adoption of standardized packaging, all the signs earlier this year were that it had slipped off the legislative radar. But on Thursday Jane Ellison, a junior health minister, told lawmakers that with the onset of the anniversary of the passing of legislation in Australia, “new evidence is emerging rapidly.” “We must do all we can to stop young people from taking up smoking in the first place,” she said, adding that each year in England more than 300,000 children under the age of 16 try smoking for the first time and that most smokers start before they are 18. The new inquiry will be headed by a prominent pediatrician, Cyril Chantler, Ms. Ellison added. Some libertarians dislike, on principle, the idea of such curbs being imposed by the state. One Conservative lawmaker, Philip Davies, on Thursday dismissed ideas like plain packaging as “idiotic, nanny-state proposals.” BC


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Trained as a physician, he began his career specialising in orthopaedics and trauma. But like most all successful people who believe in moving away from their comfort zones in order to be more successful, he redirected his energies towards the world of business. Today, he is one investor with very significant achievements. Discerning, methodical and astute, he braced all odds to attain the frontline position in virtually all sectors of the economy in which he plays that cuts across upstream and downstream sectors of the oil Industry, shipping, construction, insurance and pharmaceuticals. This is the story of Dr. Ambrosie Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiakor, Chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals and Ordrec Group By Adejuwon Osunnuyi

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otably successful people are said to almost always end up leaving their comfort zones. It does seem like they survey their conquests, and say, onward! More to conquer, the world is ours. Obviously, one individual who could be said to rightfully belong to this category of people is Dr. Ambrosie Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiakor. Though he is a trained orthopaedic and trauma surgeon, ABC, as he is fondly called by admirers, is a successful businessman on all parameters. To a large extent, Orjiakor has proven that the human mind is quite capable of taking great leaps from one area of expertise to another. Little wonder how the man who was trained in the art of fixing bones and bodies has now instead been fixing the Nigerian economy through his chains of businesses especially his renowned biggest indigenous oil company in the country. As a matter of fact, the orthopaedic and trauma surgeon has lived a life described first among equals as his academy and career trajectory is one define by excellence from childhood to adulthood. Born on Nigeria’s Independence Day October 1, 1960 in Calabar to the family of late Chief Daniel Obiesie Orjiakor and late Rebecca Orjiakor of Umuchima Uli, Anambra State, it was here that his academic prowess in life began as the young Bryant had both his nursery and primary education in Calabar where he finished in 1971 with distinction. Upon the outbreak of the Nigeria Civil War, his family relocated to Uli in Anambra where he continued his post primary education at Uli High School, Uli. After finishing from Uli High School, he eventually advanced to the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu State, but his stay there was brief

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as due to his strong passion to study medicine, he applied and was admitted into the College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar in 1979. Even as an undergraduate, his constitution was already wired to lead as he was very active in Medical Students Politics and rose to the rank of African Regional Director of the International Federation of Medical Students Association from 1983-1985. In addition, he also became the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Education of the Federation of African Medical Students Association. He participated with medical students from over 108 countries in an action plan for the prevention of nuclear proliferation and support for the WHO ALMATA declaration on ‘Health for All by the year 2000’. Bryant qualified with an MBBCH degree in 1985 and was the best graduating student in his final year. He commenced his Residency programme of the Nigerian Post-Graduate Medical College and the West African College of Surgeon in 1988, and having passed the part 1 Fellowship examination of the two postgraduate Colleges, he became an Associate Fellow in General Surgery in 1993. Not done yet, Bryant continued at the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi as a Senior Registrar in Orthopaedics and Traummatology, concluded the sub-specialist training in April 1996 and thereafter was admitted to the prestigious West African College of Surgeons as a Fellow. Presently, the Chairman and Medical Director of Rebs Memorial Specialist Hospital, his medical career also at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital ended after a decade when he decided to venture into full time business. In 2004, he enrolled at the Harvard Business School where he completed the OPM programme in April 2006. Having gone into the business terrain, today, Orjiakor is not just an entrepreneur, but his interest cuts across both the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil Industry, shipping, construction, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Orjiakor is on the Board and Chairman of a number of companies too numerous to mention. He is currently Chairman/CEO of a number of companies including the Ordrec Group, Zebbra Energy Ltd, Abbeycourt Companies, Shebah Exploration and Production Co. Ltd, Helko Marine Services, among others. Orjiakor’s entry into the entrepreneurship terrain began with the establishment of Ordrec enterprise which he started as an individual initiative (sole proprietor firm) but later co-opted other partners, as the business evolved to embrace over arching activities, to form the Ordrec Group. The Ordrec Group is a shareholding venture comprising family members and friends

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interested in undertaking profitable economic development in Nigeria in particular and the world at large. Its subsidiaries include Helko Nigeria Ltd, Helko Marine Services Ltd, Abbeycourt Trading Company Ltd, Abbeycourt Energy Services Ltd and Berwick Nigeria Ltd. Helko Nigeria Limited was incorporated in 1997 as a holding company. It commenced the business year of 2010 on a positive note with the giving out of its entire property of 25A Lugard Avenue to its clients, Seplat Exploration and Production Limited, one of the biggest oil companies in Nigeria. Helko Nigeria Ltd is presently embarkng on a consolidation, harmonisation and steamling of its property profile. Its operations include the following: Property development and investments, Consultancy/advisory services on property investments and development, Feasibility studies of property and real estate development projects, Facility/real estate management and maintenance, Sourcing and procuring of funds for projects development. Helko Marine Services, founded in the year 2000, is the shipping arm of a business conglomerate - the Ordrec Group. Helko Marine, as fondly called in the Maritime Industry, actually started operations in 2001, with the acquisition of a 20,000mt DWT capacity oil tanker. The cardinal philosophy of the company is to assist in the indigenous capacity developement of its all-important sector that had hitherto been left only for the Federal Government. As a member of the Indigenous Ship-owners Association of Nigeria (ISAN), the company has, from time to time, participated and assisted in policy formulation and articulation as they affect the Industry. Helko Marine

Services Ltd was able to achieve 75 percent of the goals the SBU set out to achieve at the beginning of 2009. Abbeycourt Trading Company Ltd known as ATCO has a goal of trading products from refinery to customer/consumer, so as to keep control of the chain. Added value in the chain from crude to refined products includes production, transfer, storage, transportation and supplies. ATCO Business Units include: Marketing & Sales, Transport Division, Marine Service & Shipping, LPG Filling Plants, Filling Stations and Engineering & Project. Abbeycourt Energy Services Ltd is a multi-disciplinary service provider in Oil & Gas Engineering, procurement, construction, project management and consultancy services. AESL’s capabilities in these core business areas have helped support the onshore and offshore oil industry by bringing together employees and technical expertise in related fields from across the world. This has in no small measure positioned us as a Leading provider of services solutions in these core business areas. Berwick Nigeria limited was established in 2000 as a wholly indigenous multi-displinary company, providing a full range of engineering, construction and consultancy services. In addition to an in-house team of qualified and experienced professionals, Berwick also has a network of local and international high profile consultants and corporate associates, involved in broad based engineering procurements, estate management and construction of facilities around the country and beyond. This ensures a strong capacity for delivery of first-rate services. Notably, Shebah E&P Company Limited (SEPCOL) was created

in 2004 and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. SEPCOL operates the Ukpokiti offshore field in Shallow water Nigeria, which was acquired from ConocoPhillips in May 2004. Shebah E&P Company Ltd (SEPCOL) operates the Ukpokiti oil field on OML 108 in shallow water Nigeria. The field produces oil from water depths of 27 m, with production delivered to a leased FPSO. SEPCOL, a duly incorporated Nigerian company owned by a combination of Nigerian and foreign nationals and oil & gas related corporate entities, which include: Abbeycourt Trading Company Limited (ATCO) - A petroleum trading company which, in collaboration with Ordrec, Abbeycourt Trading AG and Glencore UK Limited has traded over 30 million barrels of Nigerian crude oil and over 2 million metric tonnes of refined petroleum products with a cumulative turnover in excess of US$1.5 billion in the past ten years. Shebah E&P Company Limited, an oil exploration firm which has a 40 per cent stake in the offshore block OML 108 which produces over 8,000 barrels per day. SEPCOL’s corporate goal is to be a producer of at least 40,000 b/d by 2015. To achieve this target, SEPCOL intends to continue the redevelopment of work program on its Nigerian properties, and to become a technical and financial services provider to the various owners of acreages in West Africa with proved undeveloped reserves. From zero production as at December 2007, the ingenuity and experience of its engineers prevailed, bringing the field back into production. Shebah decided to continue embarking on a Nitrogen exercise beginning from the first week of April 2008, i.e. as part of her first quarter project plan for the year. This, as it is noted, is to involve mobilization of barge before the operation. The second phase of this operation began with the mobilization of a rig by September to proceed the drilling of one of its marked prospect in the block. As a business magnate of

repute that he is, Orjiako is the Chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals International Plc, a company which is the resultant company from the Mazi Sam I. Ohuabunwa led ManagementBuy-Out of the 60 per cent equity holding of Pfizer Inc. New York, USA in Pfizer Products Plc. This Management-Buy-Out took place in May 1997 when Pfizer Inc. in pursuit of its global repositioning strategy, divested 60 per cent equity in Pfizer Products Plc. in favour of the existing management. Before the brand name Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc., the company had operated in Nigeria for 40 years, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing Pfizer brands of pharmaceutical and veterinary products in tablets, capsules, ointment/cream, powder, injectables, and oral liquid forms. During the 40 year period (19571997), the company established the first pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Nigeria at Aba, which was destroyed during the Nigerian civil war. It then set up and opened the most modern pharmaceutical plant in the West African sub-region in 1976 at Oregun, Lagos. These represent great milestones for a company that started as a trading venture in 1957 at a location in Ebute Metta, Lagos. Having joined the leading pharmaceutical company in February 2004, barely a year after, he became the non-executive Chairman on 1st February, 2005. As chairman of Neimeth, Orjiakor’s wealth of business experience has made the company moving from strength to strength. In a move aimed at strengthening its foothold, the company raised N715 million in early 2012 from the nation’s capital market despite the volatility in the market. A dogged entrepreneur with an uncommon ability to spot opportunities and latch to them, Orjiakor had noted that the company would deploy the funds to the financing of introduction of new products into the market so as to enhance stakeholders’ value. Neimeth had in 2011 accessed the market through a Rights Issue for N1.23 billion.


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According to Orjiakor, the Rights Issue was a source of funding the company was looking at to boost its overall performance, as sources were still on course. Orjiakor added that with the fresh funds, the company was fully positioned to take full advantage of the emerging potential in today’s business world. “We now have the capacity to bring innovative and niche products to the market for the next six quarters non-stop, and following the levels of success of our Right Issues success, the company would be looking at various product candidates from our heavy pipeline of products,” he said. He assured shareholders of the company that they were in for good returns as the pharmaceutical industry in the country was currently experiencing positive developments. “In the light of the enabling economic and political environment, occasioned by improving Nigeria’s external relations and image and the intensified efforts of the health regulators at curtailing the unfair competition posed by dumping of sub-standard drugs in Nigeria, the nation’s pharmaceutical industry will enjoy sustained growth,” Orjiakor added. Today, the pharmaceutical company’s shares listed on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange remain an investor’s delight. Ojiakor is also a board member of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. He has recently invested and sits on the board of a Norwegian Company; Green Resources ASA with huge interest in Tree Farms in East Africa. In 2010, Orjiakor led a momentous deal when he cofounded SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Ltd. which was the first Nigerian company to take over the operating of a Joint Venture asset from Shell, Total and Eni. Seplat is the largest indigenous African producer of hydrocarbons with net oil and gas production of about 32,000BOEPD. It is hoping to boost net hydrocarbon production to 65,000BOEPD by end of 2015. Currently, it is owned by three companies: Maurel et Prom, the French independent, holds 45 per cent stake, with Shebah Petroleum and Platform Petroleum, both Nigerian companies, holding 33 per cent and 22 per cent respectively. A listing on the London main stock exchange will take the company global, even if it strips it of Nigerian indigeneity. As an oil magnate, ABC has been a firm believer in the fact that indigenous exploration and production companies will remain the preferred buyers in onshore and shallow waters asset divestments by international oil companies operating in the country. Attributing the increased production levels from the indigenous companies to the recent divestment by IOCs in the country, according to him, the indigenous oil companies contribute about

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10 per cent of Nigeria’s total production of 2.5 million bpd. IOCs have been reviewing and reducing their commitment to onshore and shallow assets in Nigeria due to rising oil theft and insecurity and this has led to a lot of divestments. In the past four years, IOCs have divested not a few of their oil assets in Nigeria, earning over $7bn from the sales. Chevron is in the process of selling three onshore oil blocks, while ConocoPhillips agreed to sell its Nigerian operations to Oando for $1.8bn last year. The Shell joint venture has sold a series of blocks since 2010 for more than $2bn and it plans to sell Oil Mining Licences 18, 24, 25 and 29. In 2012, Shell, Total, ConocoPhillips and Agip divested part of their stakes in the oil and gas industry. Orjiakor, who stated that the new phenomenon gave rise to Seplat, added that Nigerian independent firms would remain preferred buyers in onshore and shallow waters IOC asset divestments. “Local company led-consortiums are expected to continue being the beneficiaries of divestitures of onshore/shallow offshore oil blocks by the IOCs, who favour deep-water acreage because of their natural advantage in terms of technology, experience and financial capacity,” he added. Looking at the production landscape and output levels, Orjiako noted that aside NPDC, which is a government-owned operator, “Seplat is the highest with 52,800 bpd from three fields while Conoil is second with 25,000 bpd from two fields and Midwestern with 13,000 bpd according to a publication of Africa oil and gas report.” To him, indigenous oil and gas operators are expected to grow their 10 per cent production share to 20 per cent in the next five years. “In the next five years, indigenous companies will contribute 20 per cent of the nation’s oil and 40 per cent of domestic gas supply. They are likely to be responsible for 100 per cent supply for domestic refining by 2020,” he asserted. According to Orjiakor, indigenous E&P companies would continue to break new grounds in the upstream oil and gas space, helping to integrate value in areas such as monetisation of gas, small scale refining and ability to handle local communities. “Seplat has grown from marginal field operatorship to acquisitions via the Platform/Seplat, NPDR & WSP/ND West,” he said. Describing the marginal fields programme as a huge success, Orjiakor said that the future was bright for Nigerian independents because they would continue to “unlock small-sized reserves, feed the domestic market and provide long-term domestic energy security with many of them playing key roles in LPG, natural gas and refining.” The oil magnate, who is in-

variably one of Nigeria’s wealthiest men, is also chairman of Zebbra Energy Limited which owns the deepwater concession OPL 248 offshore Nigeria. Capturing the essence of his core values, those of excellence, professionalism, enduring legacies as well as quality and value, Orjiakor in a letter to staff of SEPLAT Petroleum had noted, “with an excellent combination of business savvy and astute professionalism, our board is determined to leave an enduring legacy in policy formulation that will position SEPLAT as trail blazers in our dream of highest level of ‘quality and value’ delivery to all stakeholders.” While the SEPLAT transaction attracted over $380 million in Foreign Direct Investment in 2010, commenting on their landmark transaction and Orjiakor’s role, his co-founder and Managing Director Austin Avuru had said, “because I had been hearing his name and about his achievements long before we met, I was surprised to find out that he was a very young man whose excellent achievements had preceded him.” For having almost all his educational trainings solely in Nigeria, many believe that the dexterous doctor is a pointer to the abundance of potential that are present in Nigeria, even without foreign education [The ‘almost’ is because Orjiakor did obtain a Harvard OPM Certificate in Business Management]. A devout Catholic and a philanthropist par excellence, Orjiakor, a husband and father of four, owns a foundation, the Daniel Orjiakor Memorial Foundation founded in memory of his lare father, which is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through education, healthcare services, and economic empowerment through agriculture. He got married to Henrietta Igra Chioma Orjiakor (Nee Effiom) from Cameroon in 1996. Over the past 10 years, DOMF has carried out free primary education in Uli Anambra. This exer-

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cise was able to increase primary school enrolment from about 5000 pupils in 1996 to over 10,000 by 2005. At the University level, the foundation offers full scholarship to indigent students in various professional courses. About 231 students have benefited from this scheme with over 150 graduating in various fields. The foundation has various projects in Universities and hospitals in Nigeria some of which are; computerization of the University of Calabar, his Alma Mata, endowment of a Professional Chair for research in Orthopaedic Surgery, in University of Calabar, rehabilitation of the Student centre, University of Calabar, which has been named ABC Orjiakor Centre by the Student Union, Establishment of the IT Centre at the college of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Establishment of the IT Centre for Medical Training at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos as well as Auditorium complex, Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Uli. In recognition for his numerous philanthropic endeavours ABC has received very many honours and awards, notably: the First Alumnus of the University of Calabar to be conferred with a D.Sc degree (Honoris Causa) in 2001 by the University, Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, Distinguished Alumnus Award of the College of Medical Sciences University of Calabar, Platinum Award of the West African College of Surgeons in Research and Training, Papal Knighthood of the Order of St Gregory the Great from the Holy See in 2003 by His Holiness Pope John Paul 11 and Doctor of Business Administration DBA (Honoris Causa), from the Anambra State University, Uli Anambra State. He was recently honoured by President Jonathan with the national award of Officer of the Order of the Niger. According to those who are very close to him, despite his wonderful accomplishments,

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that he is not a household name in every village and hamlet in Nigeria today is quite understandable.To them, he is self-effacing and stunningly humble. “When the military government lifted the ban on political campaigns in the late 1990s as the first step in the restoration of democratic practice, Orjiako practically financed single-handedly the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in Nigeria. Yet, the press has given the credit to another person. He has not made any effort to correct the error,” recounted an associate of his. At the centre of his being is a fierce dedication to God, conditioned by his Catholic upbringing and his own voluntary immersion in Catholic social teachings. In his hometown of Uli there are always over 150 people waiting to see him anytime he is around. Many of the visitors are poor village folks asking for money to buy foodstuff, or to complete their houses, or to marry, or to start one business or the other. They come every minute of the day because they know he is committed to what Pope John Paul called solidarity with the human family. Far from showing discomfort at the incessant requests, he treats the people with incredible courtesy. A complete believer in the Catholic teaching on the dignity of the human person, Orjiako believes that each person is created in the image and likeness of God, no matter his or her station in life. Each person is, therefore, entitled to be treated with dignity or acute respect. Notable for being behind the funding of various NGO’s and humanitarian organizations, Dr. Orjiako, among others also serves as the Head of Advisory Committee of the Jyme Iyke foundation. The foundation by the renowned Nigerian Nollywood actor is for the advancement of a better condition of life for children with facial challenges through proper identification of the factors mitigating against their welfare. The foundation is also geared towards the advancement of medical research in the causes and effect of children deformities with the view of proffering a lasting solution to this menace. He has been is one of the founding pillars of the Foundation. While he pledged to bring his wealth of experience in the medical circle to bear, he has in several ways given his support to the programmes of the Foundation. Aside being a Director of Leadway Assurance Company Limited since October 3, 2006 and Non-Executive Director of FutureView Financial Services Limited while he served as Director of Green Resources AS since 2003, Orjiakor’s venture into the media is another area worth of mentioning. Today, he is the Chairman of Today’s Publishing Company, publishers The Union Newspaper. Before now, he had also had a brief stint with the defunct Examiner as its chairman. BC


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espite the efforts of successive governments to provide good roads and infrastructures to the people of River State, the challenges of the peculiar terrain of the area and the much vaunted ‘paucity of funds’ have prevented their mostly half-hearted efforts to have any definite effect on the residents of the state. Roads in the state were in generally in disrepair and most of the parts of the state were inaccessible and some were in critical failed state, before the advent of the Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi’s administration. A lot of the residents, especially those in the villages were cut off from the rest of the world and they continually contended with pains and agonies associated with ill –organized rural dwelling. However, despite these challenges, when Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi became the Chief Executive of the state in 2007, the people of the state started witnessing drastic changes in virtually all the sectors, especially in the areas of Roads and Infrastructural Development . Since inception, The administration of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has envisioned and executed a road map for the transformation of road infrastructure in Rivers State to world class, in order to connect rural communities, reduce poverty and simultaneously fast track general economic growth. Roads: When President Goodluck Jonathan visited Rivers State some years back, he was quoted to have marvelled at the number of road projects under construction then. Today, Gov Amaechi is constructing over 1000km of roads including the Rumuola Road dualisation project, Eleme Junction Interchange, Ada George Road construction, Old Aba road, with over 32 bridges and flyovers. These roads are deliberately built in all the local council areas. There is the dualisation prgramme of the administration which has been accomplished through the restoration of the Port Harcourt master plan. Ikwerre Road and many others now look like a modern passageway. Underground flood control projects have resulted in disappearance of the perennial floods in Mile One Diobu, Rumumasi on Aba Road, etc. Such no-go areas as NTA Road, Iloabuchi, etc, have become pleasant sites and easily motorable. The N150Bn Monorail project for high volume evacuation of human traffic, when completed will give the residents of the state the feel of what a mega-city is like. The multi-billion naira Unity Road is completed, just like the Airport/ Owerri Road dualisation road project, The state has a total road network of 3,200 km of roads traversing all the 23 local government areas in the state, with the remaining unpaved 1,200 km mainly in the rural communities . The administration has embarked on an ambitious, though realizable dualization of some critical roads in the state, which include the Rumuola –Romuokwuta Road, which hitherto was notorious for its perennial traffic bottle necks. Residents of these area have expressed gratitude to the Amaechi administration for saving them from the perennial traffic log jams that have been their bane for years before the present government. Others are Rumuokwuta-Choba-East West Road, Slaughter-Oginigba-Rumuobiakani road, Airport-Omagwa-EleleOmerelu road, Isiokpo-Omuanwa-Ubima-Omerelu road. Some others that have been completed also include the 6-lane Ada George road, Nkpogu –NLNG round about, Dualization of Chief G.U. Ake road, expansion of Olu Obasanjo roadDualization of Ikwerre road-(education-Agip junction), construction of Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity road, Trans Kalabari Highway phase 1, dualisation of Azikwe road, etc. In the major cities in the state, the administration has constructed completed 18 major bridges spread across various parts of the state, while 10 other bridges are all nearing completion, with a strong pledge by the government to complete them before the end of the year. Some of the completed bridges are; Okehi-Mba-Umuaturu Bridge, Isu-Akpoku Bridge, Umuaturu-Akpoku bridge, Abuloma-Woji road bridge,Eagle Island Bridge, Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo, Mbiama-Akinima bridge, Gio-Kpogho-Wakama bridge, NLNG-Amadi Ama bridge-Okirika ring road (3 bridges). Others are at various stages of completion. These

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are Luwa-Bere bridge, Ndoni bridge, Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo road, Orashi steel bridge, Tema steel bridge, Bolo creek, Woji-Akpajo bridge, etc. In a revolutionary move, the administration in its efforts to ease the traffic bottle necks that have been synonymous with the city of Port Harcourt, the administration has completed 4 major fly overs in the state, while 2 others are due for completion before the end of the year, despite the fact that the state government’s projects are been hampered by the peculiar terrain of the area especially, the persistent rainy condition which is extended in the region. Completed Fly overs include Eleme Junction, Eliozu junction, Agip Roundabout, East-West-Tam David-West Boulevard, Woji Fly over, Reconstruction of Air Force Base Fly over, etc. The administration has also waged a seemingly successful war against threatening elements that have hitherto made life unbearable for the residents of the state. These include various aggressive land reclamation and shore protection projects around the state. Some of these are the Opobo Dredging , Buguma Shore Protection, Abalama Shore Protection, Queens Town Land Reclamation, Egbrmung Land Reclamation, Oba Ama Land Reclamation, Rumuolumeni Shore Protection, etc. In its characteristics progressive mind set, the state Government has began work on the controversial Trans-Kalabari Highway awarded by the previous administration for which almost N1Bn was paid but abandoned . it has cancelled, redesigned and re-awarded the road which has been completed in record time. D –Line Roads: This areas that is bounded on the south by the popular Olu Obasanjo Road and on the East by the Aba Road, which is the commercial nerve centre of the city of Port Harcourt, is the ‘Broad Street’ of Port Harcourt and this makes it about the most important part of the state capital, because apart from providing the other parts of the city with the feeder roads and access to other part of the city, it also provide the canals and flood control nerves that empties all the water from the mother part of the city into the bowels of the ocean. The administration has awarded contracts for the channelization and large scale road network on all the streets in the area, which include Khana street, Wogu street, Isiokpo street, Agudama, Umuolele and all the other streets that make up the area in a multi-billion naira drive that will transform the city from a flood-prone area to the desired flood-free mega-city. Mega City: The Mega City, also known as the Greater Port Harcourt City is perhaps one the biggest most single construction projects in Nigeria. This was planned to gulp N100Bn per year in the first eight years. Experts estimate that this project alone is capable of growing the state’s economy by three per cent (GDP) through massive infrastructural projects such as the New Stadium, New UST, major roads, bulk infrastructure, sewage system, water, power, 11,000 houses, etc. Within its initial five months in 2012, construction projects worth about N80Bn have been awarded to different companies that came from across the world. A local construction company with huge international partners that has blazed construction trail in the state, Lubrik Construction Company (LCC), opened the year on Valentine day, February 14, with a N30.9Bn contract by the Greater Port Harcourt City

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Development Authority y (GPHCDA) led e by an astute administrator and lawyer, Aleruchi uchi Cookey-Gam, Cookey y-G Gam, for the take-off of the all-important road project in the th he proposed proposed megacity. The road known as M10 is an artery road road expected to be an economic highway from the he Port Harcourt Harcou Ha ou urt r International Airport in Omagwa to Onne ne seaport seapo po ort which h houses houses the world’s fastest growing oil and gas free zone. zone. This iss only only for the first phase of 11 km. Most construction analysts hailed hail iled il e the construction con o struction of this crucial road because use the M10 Road Ro project Ro projject je is expected to meet the megacity objective bjective of hinging hiinging the th he Greater Port Harcourt City on two geo-prongs: the he e international internatiion nal airport and the Onne seaport. It will have arterial arterial links to o the the e old old ld city and satellite points.. It is one of the the two freeways planned th to gain access to the megacity; egacity; M11 Road, on the other hand, is to open the new city to the south soutth th while M10 is to open it to the east (Airport to Sea a port). The e freeways would have median that would in future re provide rapid ra api p d bus transport system (BRT). According to plans , a bridge willl connect M1 to M10 roads and these will include street lights lightts and the road is expected to take care of at least 2,200 200 vehicless per per day when completed. The construction project ct is expected to to boost employment in the state as most road projects rojects require over ov ver e 2000 workers. To stimulate the much ch needed economic ic growth growt wth h aimed aiime m d at alleviating poverty in the he state, the administration administ sttra rattion on has on hass also alsso embarked on the construction ruction of some markets marke ets across acr cro oss the os the state. The ultra –modern Creek reek Road Market is a sight sig ghtt to behold, beho hold d, while the Rumuwoji market ( mile one)is of international standard. The second phase hase of the market is is being g undertakun nde ert rtak ak akken by the government through hrough a Public Private Priv vat ate t Participation initiave ( PPP) . In order to deepen its transformation programmes through the provision of quality road network for the people of Rivers State, the Amaechi administration recently awarded some projects that will certainly ease the standard of living of the people of the state.


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with books, uniforms, sandals, laptops, etc. Comprehensive training programmes for teachers at the primary and post primary levels have been carried out. A new university has been set up to concentrate in training teachers, while over 13,000 teachers were recently recruited by the state government after vigorous examinations and training Yet, there is a huge project aimed at relocating the pioneer science and technology university (UST) to the new city, a project that may gulp up to N150Bn. This is expected to transform the UST to one of the best in Africa.

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of the Okuruma-Odili road, These are the reconstruction o construction of D-Line roads and others all over the state. have shown half-hearted deWhile other administrations ha Amaechi’s administration has sire to transform the state, Ama and the desired zeal to sucshown commitment, dedication a into a world class mega-city ceed in transforming the state in infrastructures that will stand the test with commensurate infrastructur of time. The administration has also ssuccessfully revived some infrastructures in the state . critically failed roads and infrastr Hon. Victor Giadom, The state Commissioner of Works, Wo administration has awarded conrecently disclosed that the admin tracts to rehabilitate some of these the critically failed state, in in the road network order to to prevent pre reve vent ntt a large scale distortion n dist in the state. critically were the ones we inherited ‘’These e cri c ritically it failed roads w previous from pre re evious administrations, the th government took a hard att these facilities and in our u usual ways of doing things look a quickly , we eq uickly decide to rehabilitate them in order to satisfy the yearnings year rni ning n s of the residents of the state’’. s words In the he ew o ds of Hon. Giadom; or Giadom ‘’these roads include the 1, Abuloma-Woji road/ dualization off the the he Ada Ada da George Geo e rge Phase Ph repair the collapsed Air Force Base bridge, G.U.Ake road , repai airr of ai o th road, D-Line and DioFly Over, reconstruction of the th he Omoi O bu roads roa ads , expansion exp xpan ansi sion on n /resurfacing /re esu surf urffac cing in n of Kpopie City Road and about ab bou ut 122 others’’. oth the ers’’.. er Schools: S Sc hools s: Some primary schools emSom me 500 500 out out of proposed prop pr opos pos o ed ed 750 750 model m government, barked on by the state gover errnment have been completed and Amaechi acknowledged as the the th e Am A mae ae aech ech chi hi Go Go Government nt has has been b first government ever, ever anywhere in Nigeria that is building a-new all schools in existence. Also, Gov Amaechi is making history with the ongoing construction of 24 world-class model secondary schools across the state worth N4.5Bn just for construction. There is also the provision of ICT in schools and the schools’ libraries are fully equipped. The administration has just launched a free education scheme complete

Hospitals: For an effective primary healthcare system, the bedrock of all healthcare systems anywhere in the world, Gov Amaechi’ administration has built 160 modern healthcare centres (many mistake them for general hospitals)while it has also completed the building of some specialist health institutions, including the health centre project at Churchill Road, the Justice Karibi-Whyte Specialist Hospital as well as the 250-bed Niger Hospital at Emenike Street, Diobu, Port Harcourt. There is the health centre project at Okija Street also in Diobu, the Dental Hospital and the 250-bed Women and Children Hospital at Garrison, Port Harcourt. The administration also boasts of the Auto-disable Syringe Manufacturing Plant at Rumuosi, and the Health Centre project at Okochiri-Okrika. This would reduce pressure on General Hospitals. Also, government has abolished government-sponsored foreign treatment, and rather build reliable centres of medical excellence at home. Government is employing the right number of medical personnel to man its healthcare facilities across the state. So far, 200 medical doctors and 200 nurses were engaged in the first instance to add to the 200 (doctors) already in government employ. There is a mosquito eradication scheme that will dove tail into the setting up of a biolarvicides plant in the state soon. Governor Amaechi, has continually assured the people of the state that all his a dministration’s projects will be completed before the leaves office. He said, ‘’We have a covenant with the people of the state to provide adequate and world class facilities for the education and health sectors ,we are going to do that and even surpass the expectations of the people of the state. We shall build 500 more schools and also construct another 100 health centres across the state, so that all the residents of the state, including those in the rural areas can have the benefit of world class health’’ and education facilities. The state recently recruited over 13, 000 teachers for its numerous schools as part of the administration’s palpable transformation projects. Speaking on the state government’s knack to carrying along the indigenous contractors form the state, the state Commissioner of Works, explained that while the state has always patronized both local and international contractors, it has at no time sacrificed standard in any way whatsoever. ‘’We are not limited to indigenous contractors alone, there is RCC, which is an Israeli company, Chiito Construction Company and others, however, that does not mean we shall not patronize or support some indigenous construction companies too. We have local contractors like Lubrik and others working for us and I don’t think anybody will have cause

to complain about what Lubrik Construction and others are doing. As far as we are concerned, whether indigenous or international companies, what we are concerned and passionate about is for them to adhere to the international standards in the execution of the projects. We make sure we keep our contractors on their toes to make sure they deliver to us and the people of the state quality infrastructures and I can make bold to say that we have achieved a lot in that regards. When you drive on the dualized Olu Obasanjo Road, how do you feel? When you drive on Elekhaia-Rumuomasi road and the expanded Ikwerres road, how do you feel?. Even the Federal Government-owned Ken Saro Wiwa Road, Rivers State people are happy driving on these roads and we have nor felt any sense of dissatisfaction in our indigenous contractors, I don’t even think anybody has any cause to complain. We are committed to providing quality infrastructures in the state. On the issue of Federal Government roads in the state, Hon. Giadom, said the Aamechi administration has committed about 100 billion naira to the construction of various Federal Government roads in the state. ‘’Majority of the critically failed roads in the state are owned by the Federal Government and most of the roads are very critical to the residents and visitors to the Niger Delta region. These include East-West Road, through which human and other resources are moved from and into the region. We have spent over 100 billion naira on these projects and up till now, the state has not received any form of compensation from the Federal Government, but since we are committed to alleviating the sufferings of the people from accessing the outside world, we decided to intervene and do the needful, as a government dedicated and committed to providing the dividends of democracy to its people”. Gov Amaechi also has built upon the return of security and safety his administration ahs brought back to the state to rebuild the Garden City of Port Harcourt and install a new economy. Night life has returned, fleeing corporations are returning, new businesses are heading to the state. It is significant that Port Harcourt has emerged as the second largest economy in Nigeria after Lagos, to complete the economic tripod (Lagos, Kano, and Port Harcourt) that should be a pride to Nigeria and the Federal Government. The administration supports many federal agencies in executing their tasks in the state.

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While some Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications operators in Nigeria are believed to be currently frustrating the success of mobile number portability (MNP) scheme, there are indications that the telecoms industry umpire may soon wield the big stick on erring telcos, if current breach of MNP rules by some of the operators continues By Kunle Azeez

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nti-competitive practices and wanton breach of mobile number portability (MNP) rules seem to have characterised the activities of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications operators, which currently provide porting services to telecoms consumers in Nigeria. As a result of the ongoing development and the avalanche of evidences available to the industry regulator indicating apparent breach of porting rules, the Nigerian Communications Commission has expressed strong reservation to the ugly trend, saying it would soon come down heavily on the erring operators. The NCC flagged off the MNP service nationwide at a grand event held in Lagos on April 22, one of the services that would deepen competition in the industry. With the MNP, telecom consumers would no longer need to acquire new numbers to move from one network to another, as subscribers will simply take their existing numbers along with them to any network of their choice. The scheme is meant to create freedom of choice and reinforce the ‘Consumer is the Kind’ mantra while at the same time keeping telecoms operators on their toes as each of them strives to improve its service quality with view to making its network the preferred one to port to by subscribers while retaining its existing subscribers. MNP is another scheme designed by the NCC to spur further investment by the operators, as it encourages investment in network expansion and quest for operator to be more customer-centric for them to remain in business. Over the years, Nigeria’s telecoms industry has experienced dramatic growth, making it one of the fastest telecoms market in the world with sub-

scriber base growing at astronomical rate. As at September this year, there were over 121 million active telephone lines in the country; there is, however, a high occurrence of multiple ownership of Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards estimated at about two to three per subscriber. Whilst over $$25 billion has been invested in the Nigerian telecoms market since the inception of GSM in 2001 to mid2012; operators have committed to invest an estimated $6 billion in the near future. Thus, the porting service, which is one of the ingredients believed to be spurring recent investment commitment to provide top-notch services for their subscribers, is being frustrated by the operators themselves. Meanwhile, the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, who spoke at the Telecoms Executive and Regulator’s Forum organised by the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria in Lagos, threatened that the regulator will apply necessary sanction for contraventions of porting rules. Juwah lamented that, while there are business rules on porting services with which operators are to comply, the regulator has noticed, with dismay, that cases of contravention were paramount among the operators. The NCC boss, therefore, warned the operators to desist from anti-competitive practices lest the regulator wield the big stick on erring operators. Business Courage learnt that since MNP allows telecoms subscribers to vacate their current service providers for another prefer network on the basis of improved service on the latter, some operators often frustrate the process of subscribers leaving their networks. Condemning the unhealthy practices, Juwah said: “For MNP, there is what we call ‘Business Rules’. These rules are produced not solely by the

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NCC; but also in conjunction with other stakeholders in the industry including the operator themselves and the application of the rules was jointly approved. “But to our dismay, we have observed that some operators don’t want to obey the rules of MNP. But, there are clear evidences that some operators are preventing subscribers from porting from their networks to other networks. “MNP is something that was requested by the subscribers and also supported by the regulators. My advice is that concerned operators should start obeying the rules of the MNP game because if they continue disobeying the business rules, we would apply sanctions and very soon, we would come down heavily on their erring operators as a way of regulator intervention.” “We are watching you the operators and we are aware that some of you are deliberately breaking the rules of MNP, and making it difficult for subscribers to port. Some refused to allow high value customers to port from their networks, even after the customers have indicated interest to port. Some operators have also denied subscribers the right to port, giving reasons that the subscribers are owing the network. This is wrong and must be stopped henceforth.” According to him, it would be wrong of any operator to deny subscribers of their rights to port, even if the subscribers

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have some outstanding debts to clear. “We will sanction any operator found violating the rules and when this is done, such operator will sit up. We did not impose MNP on operators. It was an agreement reached between the operators and regulator, and they must abide to the rules governing the scheme,” Juwah added. Globacom’s Director of Customer care, Ms Maria Svensson, confirmed NCC’s observation, saying “I am aware that some operators are breaking the rules of porting,” urging the NCC to step into the matter through regulatory intervention. “The regulator intervention is imperative because all the operators operate in the same operating circumstances as no operator should be allowed to take advantage of others. We need a level-playing ground,” she said. Svensson, who spoke with Business Courage on the porting activities son Globacom network, also disclosed that 50, 000 subscribers have ported on Glo network. She, however, did not explain the percentage of out-porting and in-porting. Till date, none of the operators has declared its porting data, apart from this Globacom’s disclosure. Ditto, neither the NCC nor the InterConnect Clearing House Limited, which serves as the clearing house for the porting activities of the operators, has released the latest industry data on porting gain-

ers and losers. Though some operators must have been losing their subscribers to competitors on account of improved service delivery which subscribers see on other networks, available industry data has also shown that not many subscribers are porting, since porting is a voluntary action on the part of the subscriber. However, some analysis can be made here by interpreting what has happened to each operator’s subscriber base between June, a month after the porting service fully began and the end of September 2013, ostensibly reflecting the porting to and from one network to another. According to NCC official data, in June, MTN Nigeria had 55.2 million subscribers on its network; Globacom, 25 million; Airtel 21 million while Etisalat had 15.3 million subscribers. But at the end of September, 2013, MTN’s subscriber base had move to 55.5 million while Globacom’s subscriber data fell to 24.1 million; Airtel which earlier stood at 21 in June moved to 22.7 million in September and Etisalat also increased to 15.7 million subscribers in September. In the same vein, an early data on porting status on each GSM operator’s network, announced by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, was quite revealing. According to the first-ever data on the state of porting ac-


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tivities by telecoms subscribers on the four GSM operators, MTN Nigeria lost more subscribers than it gained during the first two months in review The data, which covered first two months of May and June, however, showed that Airtel Nigeria led other operators such as MTN, Glo and Etisalat on porting gains with 44 per cent and 50 per cent of ported numbers in May and June, 2013 respectively. According to Ojobo, in May, Etisalat came second on gainer’s table by attracting 29 per cent of the total number of lines that ported to new networks. This is followed by Glo with 17 per cent and MTN came forth with 10 per cent. On the share of porting loss, MTN Nigeria tops with 49 per cent; Glo, 23 per cent; Etisalat, 17 per cent and Airtel lost the lowest number of subscribers to other networks with just 11 per cent. Also in June, Airtel led the porting gainer’s table with 50 per cent. This is followed by Glo with 29 per cent; Etisalat came third with 12 per cent while MTN came forth with just 9 per cent. On loser’s chart for the month of June, MTN came top by losing 47 per cent of the total number of lines that were ported. Etisalat was the third largest loser with 23 per cent; followed by Glo, 19 per cent while Airtel Nigeria lost the lowest number of subscribers during the months.

Recently, operators have listed some of the limitations to MNP take-up by the subscribers, insisting that the limitations were hindering the fast adoption of the scheme since it was launched. The Director Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Ibrahim Dikko, was of the view that said strong awareness campaign in sensitising subscribers on the need to participate in number porting, remained key to the success of the scheme, but expressed worries that the NCC was not doing sufficient publicity to that effect. The Executive Director, Corporate Services, MTN Nigeria, Wale Goodluck, blamed the slow pace of MNP on multiplicity of SIM cards. According to him, “Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like TECNO, has slots for more than one SIM in all its android phones, and this is discouraging subscribers from porting, since one single phone could accommodate three SIM cards from different networks.” If a subscriber has three different networks on a single phone, such subscriber will not be interested in porting any line, Goodluck said. In his reaction, the President, National Association of Telecoms Subscribers, NATCOMS, Deolu Ogunbanjo, chided the operators for engaging in activities tantamount to a breach of porting rule, saying “What we need is for NCC To do adequate policing and monitoring of the exercise and apply necessary sanctions as may be deemed fit on disobedient operators.” He said a situation where a subscriber is being prevented by his operators from moving to another network is tantamount of infringement on such a subscriber’s consumer right. “By not complying with rule of porting games as established by the regulator, it means the GSM operators are beckoning at another heavy sanction from the NCC. But my candid advice to them is that they should abide the porting guidelines rather than frustrating the scheme,” he added. Since the coming to power of the Juwah-led NCC, it has never been business as usual for telecoms firms as they had been sanctioned on various contraventions, a move by the regulator which was geared towards strengthening sanity in the industry. Business Courage recalls that in recent times, the GSM operators had lost N1.93 bil-

lion that would have accrued to them as revenues to the Federal Government in forms of fines in one year for contravening industry regulations. The GSM operators; MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat incurred the financial sanctions between May 2012 and May, 2013. The three violations that deflated the operators’ revenue profiles focused on violations of the Key Performance Indicators on quality of service; breach of promotional and lottery directive as well as the contravention of the regulation forbidding sales of pre-registered Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards in the country. On May 10, 2012, the Nigerian Communications Commission slammed N1.17bn penalty on the four telecoms operators over their failure to meet the set key performance indicators on quality of service for April and March that year. In the sanctions, MTN and Etisalat were fined N360 million each; while Airtel and Globacom were to pay N270 million and N180 million respectively, amounting to a total of N1.17 billion for the erring telecoms firms. The Commission also wielded the big stick, slamming a N22 million sanction on the four GSM companies for contravening a November 8, 2012 ban on promotions and lotteries on their respective networks, as part of the NCC’s measure to decongest the network for seamless calls. As a result, MTN Nigeria bagged N10 million; Etisalat, N6 million; Airtel, N4 million while Globacom was fined N2 million. Again, the NCC, last week, imposed a fine of N54m on the four telecoms networks over pre-registered SIMs. The Commission said the operators were sanctioned for contravening the provisions on pre-registration of SIM cards in Nigeria in furtherance of the NCC’s ongoing enforcement of the provisions of the Telephone Subscribers Registration Regulations 2011. The fines imposed are based on the number of fully activated new SIM cards that were either reported to the commission or purchased in compliance monitoring and enforcement exercises conducted by the commission, and validated by the offending network. Each of such pre-registered SIMs found attracts a penalty of N200, 000. Meanwhile, if the apparent breach of porting rules among operators to the discountenance of the regulator and the subscribers are not desisted from, analysts say telecoms operators may be on their way to deflating their revenue again, through heavy sanction that may inevitably come their way from the regulator. BC

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How to keep your data safe and accessible while traveling

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he holidays may be a time for reconnecting with family, but long flights and the promise of plenty of unscheduled time make the temptation to bring work along irresistible. But the parade of planes, trains, and taxis--along with the highly coveted nature of laptops and mobile devices-put your data at immense risk. Lose your laptop during a layover or leave your phone in a cab, and you may be looking for a new job come New Year’s. Follow these tips to secure your data while traveling this season and avoid a holiday horror story.

Use the cloud The best way to make sure your data isn’t compromised if your laptop or mobile device is lost, stolen, or damaged is to not store your data on it in the first place. Instead, use cloud storage. You’ll be able to access your files from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection (and, if the service offers offline access, even when you don’t). Box, DropBox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Apple iCloud, all offer free cloud storage just for setting up an account. The last three also offer online productivity tools so you can create or edit content directly from the Web. And there are several alternative cloud services for specific needs like heightened security. In the event you do get separated from your device, at least you’ll know your sensitive work files are safe. Create your own cloud For all the convenience of the cloud, there are potential security and compliance concerns with trusting sensitive company or customer data to a third-party. Consumer-grade services typically encrypt the data, but the cloud service provider has the encryption key, and the IT personnel that manage the servers may have access to it. To get the anywhere access of the cloud but with a tighter rein on your data, consider creating your own cloud with an external hard drive that can be accessed over the Web, like the Western Digital (WD) My Cloud. You’ll be able to get to your files from Grandma’s house in Poughkeepsie, but the data itself will remain safe back home. Keep your Kodak moments That quarterly report likely isn’t the only precious data you’ll be toting around on your device this season. The holidays are rife with photo opportunities. How bad would you feel if you captured that once-in-a-lifetime shot of four generations of family gathered together, only to have your Uncle Al spill a mug of mulled cider on your phone in his holiday revelry? The cloud--a public service or your own--is the best protection for your photos and videos as well. You can manually upload your photos to a cloud service, but who has time for that between the feasting and the football? Fortunately, Android, iOS and Windows Phone can automatically sync photos to Google Drive, iCloud and SkyDrive, respectively. (SkyDrive also recently added the ability to auto-upload photos from iOS devices.) Dropbox, also has a feature to automatically upload and sync photos from your mobile device. And the apps for Facebook and Google+ will sync images to those social networks, giving you the option to share your holiday memories at the same time. Holiday travel is stressful enough without having to worry about the security of your data. Use these tips and you’ll be able stay productive and enjoy the season with peace of mind. As computing grows increasingly internet-dependent, it has become more and more difficult to avoid the threats facing your data, regardless of where you store it. The best way to reap the benefits while still protecting your data is to stay informed, ask the right questions, and take steps to assure yourself of its safety and security by choosing the right vendor to entrust it to. BC


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Microsoft Nigeria holds workshop for ICT journalists Stories by Adejuwon Osunnuyi

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n order to provide local journalists with the tools they require to enable them report confidently on ICT issues, use technology properly in their day-to-day activities and create an affinity to the Microsoft brand and its solutions and services, Microsoft Nigeria has held a one-day capacity building training for Nigerian journalists. The training held by Microsoft in conjunction with its Gold certified partner, Ha-Shem Network Services Limited, also known for its world class IT solutions and training exposed the journalists to benefits of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Windows 8.1. Office 365 is a major offering within Office 2013 which is the next iteration of Microsoft’s flagship office product line for customers and is designed to work with both touch and a mouse, and works seamlessly in the cloud, giving the user an unmatched on- and offline experience. A cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities, the Office 365 Home Premium includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling. Microsoft Windows 8.1 brings significant advantages to those who are upgrading existing PCs or purchasing new ones and comes with a new look. The operating system offers improvements in performance and existing capabilities. To address challenges of weak technology reporting in the African media which is unstructured and shallow, and to bridge journalists’ reporting skills gap, Microsoft aims to provide local journalists with the tools they require to enable them report confidently on ICT issues, use technology properly in their

day-to-day activities and create an affinity to the Microsoft brand and its solutions and services. The media workshop had more than 20 journalists drawn from major media houses in Nigeria in attendance. Explaining motivation for the programme, Yemi Orimolade, PR Lead for Microsoft Anglophone West Africa said, “As a technology enabler, we believe IT capacity building contributes significantly to economic empowerment, growth and development, and will offer the appropriate skills to the media to use technology in innovative ways”. Professor Lai Oso, Dean School of Communications at the Lagos State University delievering a keynote address on ‘Bridging the gap between Technology & News Reporting’ noted that nowadays, audiences have moved away from being consumers of news to news producers as a result of latest trends in the technological landscape. According to him, journalism in turn has moved away from the way it used to be and there is hardly any traditional media without an online version. “Migration from the offline environment to the online has made it important to always update stories. New technologies create challenges and opportunities and yesterday’s skills and technology are fast becoming obsolete,” Oso said. The workshop course content included Big data, One note, Antipiracy, Social media, Understanding Cloud Computing and Windows 8 & Office 365 experience. The session on big data was facilitated by the duo of Marcus Stephens and Craig Corte of Kagiso Media. Marcus, spoking on how data can be applied from a technological perspective for depth, frequency and reach revealed, “Though technology may change the way we communicate, it will not change the essence of communication.” Azubuike Nwajagu, IT Manager, Microsoft West East and Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands, delivering lecture on Microsoft One Note said “Microsoft One Note is an effective tool for recording, collating and sharing notes. OneNote is particularly advantageous to journalists as it enables audio and video recording which is useful for recording interviews. The tool also enables interview transcription and allows for sharing of notes via email’. Speaking during the antipiracy, which drew large attention, Temofe Ugbona, Antipiracy Conversion Manager, Microsoft Nigeria stressed that piracy is a problem of the whole world, not just Nigeria and is projected to be worth $7.4b by 2014. “Social media has become

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increasingly popular with the growth of social networking as a channel of communication. The use of blog posts and social networking sites have become major media for sharing information, videos and pictures. There are over two million Nigerians on Facebook and YouTube has been rated the second largest search engine in the world,” said Kendra Nnachi who facilitated the session on social media. Yomi Alarape, anchoring the session on cloud computing, gave insights on datacenter evolution through the traditional, virtualization, private cloud and public could, while the Windows 8.1 and Office 365 experience session facilitated by Bamikole Ajayi, where participants were able to touch, feel, play and have hands-on experience with devices operating on the Windows 8.1 platform. Giving his thoughts on the training, Abiodun Ogunjobi, Head Marketing, Ha-Shem Network Services Limited said, “We are excited to partner with Microsoft on this maiden edition of the journalist capacity building training project for the Nigerian media. The benefits of IT education cannot be overemphasized and we feel this is a good way to positively impact their reporting to be at par with the advanced world journalism.” Participating journalists commended the continuous efforts of Microsoft and HaShem Network Services Limited at encouraging technology penetration as well as personal growth of their partners. Adeyemi Adepetun of The Guardian Newspaper speaking on behalf of the journalists said, “We thank Microsoft for this opportunity. It has been a very enlightening experience. We now have better understanding of Microsoft software packages and the opportunities that exist in online and social media as effective communication channels. IT skills are certainly a prerequisite for future achievement”.

ipNX FoS ups the stake with guaranteed 10Mbps Internet

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pNX Nigeria Limited, one of the leading innovative ICT companies in the country has introduced for the first time in Nigeria, a 10Mbps Fibre-tothe-Home symmetrical speed service for just N10,000 per month. The service is available to residential customers in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt who live in areas covered by ipNX FoS service. Similarly, business customers will get 15Mbps broadband service for just N15,000 per month. Commenting on this ground breaking achievement, the CEO/MD of ipNX Nigeria

Limited, Ejovi Aror explained that ipNX FoS will immediately place Nigerian broadband users in the league of select few countries in the world that now have true broadband services running on Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network technology. According to Aror, a 10Mbps broadband connection brings a whole new experience to Nigerian broadband users because not only can they now download files in a flash, carry out multimedia entertainment like online gaming, streaming videos online; carrying out video conferencing and watching clear television using the internet is now possible too. This bandwidth upgrade is in line with the promise the company made to their customers that it would continually upgrade the speed and data allowance to enable consumers continue to get improved experience on their FoS service. ipNX FoS service is widely available in Lagos Island Ikoyi, Victoria island, Lekki, as well as selected housing estates in Abuja and Port Harcourt. The network expansion for FoS is on-going as the company recently hinted that FoS should be available to their Lagos mainland customers from January 2014. We understand that there is a plan to align this announcement with the proposed launch of its IP Television (IPTV) which is currently on test transmission. The roll out of broadband infrastructure in our country will completely change how families and businesses communicate as broadband has the potential to unleash significant economic development in communities where they are available. The Nigerian government through the Ministry of Communications Technology has set a target that by 2018, 16% of cities must have access to broadband services delivered via fibre-optic cable technology. ipNX is a wholly owned Nigerian company that has been operating and delivering reliable ICT services to thousands of Nigerian businesses and families since 2001. Although operating in an industry that is not only fiercely competitive but one also prone to technology obsolescence, ipNX has continued to innovatively carve out its niche to stay one step ahead of competition. The success of the company so far can be attributed to its strategic

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Intel Explore and Learn Marketplace brings free engaging content to Nigerian learners

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eading processing chip manufacturers, Intel Nigeria has launched the Intel Explore and Learn Marketplace, a new education solution that provides access to a wide resource of free and low-cost digital text books and learning resources. The solution, designed for learners of all ages, provides rich, interactive learning material namely; books, exam papers, instruction videos and podcasts, for students from elementary to more advanced learning stages. According to Intel’s Regional Sales Director for Turkey, Middle East and Africa, Cigdem Ertem, the Intel Explore and Learn Marketplace solution seeks to provide a resource hub where learners can find relevant content to boost their studies while at the same time giving content providers access to a platform that enables the sharing of rich content. Ertem, reiterating Intel’s commitment to bridging the digital divide said: “As a company that’s been active in the education space for the last 40 years globally, we’ve seen how technology can drive clearly improved learning results and assist teachers by providing access to information and quality engaging content,” she stated. According to her, Intel is well aware of the challenges of educational systems around the world and is bent on creating innovative and affordable solutions to combat the challenges. Throwing more light on the new platform, the Country Manager, Intel West Africa, Bunmi Ekundare said: “For us at Intel, we are not just focused on emerging technologies but also on the best way to deploy these technologies to ensure that it is relevant to all stakeholders involved. This has informed our collaboration with Rancard, an African-based organization that provides cloud-based software for mobile content discovery and delivery.” Ekundare further stated Intel’s un-relenting efforts to seek out partnerships and collaborations with government, educational institutes and content creators to solidify its steps in digital education and access. BC


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CSR: Enterprise bank holds walk-for-life campaign

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s part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, which is targeted at promoting the healthy living of people in its host communities, Enterprise Bank Limited will on Saturday December 7, hold its Walk-For-Life campaign. The event will hold simultaneously across the ten regions of the bank nationwide. According to Information from the Corporate Communications Department of the bank, the Walk-For-Life exercise which kicks off at 7 a.m. underscores and promotes the importance of good health and physical fit-

ness in the country. Explaining the modalities for the Lagos version, which will be flagged off by Ahmed Kuru, the bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, added that the Walk-For-Life campaign will involve participants walking through a distance of six kilometres on the Lagos Island. The bank said it decided to embark on the walk because walking is a great way to keep the body fit and healthy. Research has also shown that just 30 minutes of walking every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce ex-

cess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. Walking can also reduce the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis (bone disease) and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, medical experts believe that walking is free and does not require any special equipment or training. The statement added that the Walk-For-Life initiative is another effort by the management of Enterprise Bank to continually seek new ways of delighting its customers and improving the lives of all stakeholders. BC

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nion Bank is currently implementing an overall transformation programme aimed at making the bank an efficient and effective organisation. In a statement made available to Business Courage, the bank said it hopes to become a Reliable institution – one which delivers the best service possible to its customers and consistently provides value for all its stakeholders. The bank said the transformation programme involves reviewing key areas of the bank’s operations to determine how these areas can be made more efficient and effective, to the benefit of the bank and its stakeholders. “One of the areas under consid-

eration has been our interests, the Union Human Capital. After Bank and National Labour Unions were a careful review, it was consulted and endetermined that a reorganisation must be gaged concerning the done in this area in exit exercise and an order to enhance the agreement reached and signed with bank’s productivity them.” and efficiency. ConseIn implementing quently, the Bank has the exits, the bank had to let go a number of staff.” The statement said it is committed to ensuring that said. “The wellbeing and members of staff were treated with, and acinterest of all staff - ex- Emeka Emuwa, CEO Union Bank corded the highest iting or retained - has been, and remains a priority for Union level of respect and dignity. bank. To ensure transparency and The bank also said it has ensured the objective representation of staff that exiting staff were supported in

the transition with meaningful financial packages as well as other nonfinancial support, including access to comprehensive training on investments, entrepreneurship skills and lifestyle matters to equip such staff for life beyond Union Bank as it noted that the financial package and other support extended by the Bank to exiting staff were arrived at in conjunction with the Unions. “Union Bank values and appreciates the service that all exiting staff put into the Bank during their time with the Bank. It should be noted that the imperativeness of the exit exercise has been generally recognised and affirmed within the organisation. While the employer-employe BC

The Stock Market last week

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turnover of 2.168 billion shares worth N24.442 billion in 26,443 deals were traded last week by investors on the floor of The Exchange in contrast to a total of 3.699 billion shares valued at N29.084 billion that exchanged hands the previous week in 28,386 deals. The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.203 billion shares valued at N9.133 billion traded in 12,226 deals; thus contributing 55.48 and 37.37 percentages to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Conglomerates Industry followed with a turnover of 505.330 million shares worth N2.478 billion in 2,628 deals; contributing 23.31 and 10.14 percentages to the total equity TOP 10 PRICE GAINERS: Company COSTAIN (W A) PLC. JOS INT. BREWERIES PLC. PRESTIGE ASSURANCE CO. PLC. UNION DICON SALT PLC. MCNICHOLS PLC CADBURY NIG PLC NEIMETH INTL PHARMA ECOBANK FLOUR MILLS NIG PLC CHAMPION BREW PLC

Open 0.66 3.24 0.60 4.43 1.30 58.00 1.04 14.02 84.05 16.15

Close 0.93 4.31 0.70 5.12 1.45 62.85 1.12 15.00 89.20 16.95

turnover volume and value respectively. The third place was occupied by the Oil and Gas Industry with 196.409 million shares worth N2.372 billion in 3,762 deals. Trading in the top three equities namely Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, Unity Bank Plc and WAPIC Insurance Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 888.952 million shares worth N2.526 billion in 3,119 deals, contributing 41.00 and 10.33 percentages to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Also traded during the week were a total of 1,800 units of NewGold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) valued at N3.445 million executed in 6 deals compared with a total of 750 units valued at N1.477 million transacted the previous week in 4 deals. Gain (N) 0.27 1.07 0.10 0.69 0.15 4.85 0.08 0.98 5.15 0.80

% Change 40.91 33.02 16.67 15.58 11.54 8.36 7.69 6.99 6.13 4.95

Similarly, 19,520 units of FGN bonds valued at N21.374 million were last week traded in 5 deals compared with a total of 13,207 units valued at N14.349 million transacted the previous week week in 4 deals. INDEX MOVEMENT The NSE All-Share Index declined by 0.83 percent to close on Friday at 38,920.85. Similarly, the market capitalization depreciated by 0.83 percent to close at N12.449 trillion. Five of the indices appreciated during the week with the exception of three: The NSE Consumer Goods, NSE Banking, NSE Insurance, NSE Lotus II, NSE ASeM indices rose by 1.20, 0.78, 1.10, 0.28, and 0.76 percentages respectively. However, NSE 30, NSE Oil/Gas and Industrial Goods

TOP 10 PRICE LOSERS: Company TRANSCORP NIG PLC UNITY BANK PLC LIVESTOCK FEEDS PLC N.E.M INSURANCE (NIG) PLC OANDO PLC LAFARGE WAPCO PLC COURTEVILLE ROYAL EXCHANGE WEMA BANK PLC TRANS-NATIONWIDE EXP

Open 5.87 0.69 5.15 0.66 15.87 110.80 0.66 0.54 1.23 1.31

Close 3.56 0.55 4.19 0.58 14.06 100.00 0.61 0.50 1.14 1.22

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indices slipped by 0.12, 5.52% and 4.16 percentages respectively. SUMMARY OF PRICE CHANGES Thirty four equities appreciated in prices during the week lower than 59 equities of the preceding week. 48 equities depreciated in prices higher than 24 equities of the preceding week, while 116 equities remained unchanged higher than 115 equities of the preceding week. BC


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ithout a doubt, the biggest and most significant new Toyota this year is the 2014 Toyota Corolla. But this year’s model is the oldest model in a category that has seen every one of its competitors refreshed in the last three years. Although it was always a strong seller, the previous-generation Corolla was outclassed by more stylish, more fuel-efficient and better-performing rivals in the compact sedan segment. The upshot is that it has been many years since the Corolla was a no-brainer pick for a small, affordably priced sedan. The new 2014 Toyota Corolla, the 11th generation of a nameplate that’s almost half a century old, aims to catapult the popular compact back to the front of the pack. Slightly longer, lower and wider than last year’s model, the 2014 Corolla has a more aggressive-looking exterior. The exaggerated front-end design will likely polarise consumers (those who care about styling anyway), but at least it’s edgier and more interesting than the forgettable forms of the past. In addition, all 2014 Toyota Corollas come standard with LED low-beam headlights, an unexpected feature in this segment. The interior has been considerably spiffed up, with more

upscale design and betterquality materials to address a prevalent criticism of the previous model’s inside, which might charitably be called grim. If you’re expecting an exciting driving experience to accompany this extroverted styling, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Toyota kept the Corolla’s easygoing personality intact. But the new Corolla does offer decent performance, a comfortable ride, good gas mileage, user-friendly features and solid reliability, all things that have made it so popular through the decades. One key improvement this year is fuel economy. Any Corolla you look at will sip less gas than last year thanks to a variety of tweaks and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), which takes the place of a conventional automatic transmission on some versions. Also, there’s a new fuel economythemed trim level called the LE Eco. Equipped with a revised version of the standard Corolla’s 1.8-liter engine, the Corolla LE Eco earns best-in-class mpg numbers (for gasoline-fueled, automatic transmissionequipped compacts), achieving an EPA combined rating of 35 mpg along with a highway rating of 42 mpg. Another functional upgrade on the 2014 Corolla is

roomier seating. Rear passengers, in particular, enjoy nearly five inches more rear legroom, which will also make it easier to fit rear-facing child safety seats. Toyota has also restyled the instrument panel to impart a more contemporary feel. The company also used higherquality interior materials and added a few new features, including keyless ignition/entry. Although the 2014 Toyota Corolla is significantly better than the outgoing model, it isn’t a slam dunk, as the small sedan segment has plenty of strong choices. The Corolla’s perennial archrival, the Honda Civic, has rebounded from its own design missteps to lead this class, while the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus remain well-stocked drivy ers’ favorites. Nor can the nicely equipped Hyundai Elantra and d. That said, Kia Forte be ignored. the Corolla is far more come, and this petitive than before, should bolster its already strong sales. orBut most important for green-carr fans, the new 2014 Corolla has a new 132-hp aluminum 1.8-liter engine fitted to the L, LE, and S models. Body Styles, Trim m

Levels, and Options The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a five-passenger compact sedan available in four main trim levels: L, LE, LE Eco and S. All but the L are further offered in Plus and Premium sub-trims. Standard features on the base L model include 15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights (low beams only), power windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-splitfolding rear seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity, steering wheel audio controls and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack. The LE adds 16-inch steel wheels,, heated mirrors,, variable intermittent wipers, keyl e s s

entry, metallic cabin accents, cruise control, power door locks, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a sixspeaker sound system with a 6-inch touchscreen display, and Bluetooth audio connectivity and phonebook download capability. The LE Plus adds alloy wheels and foglights, while the LE Premium further adds premium vinyl upholstery. The LE Eco includes the LE features and adds specific engine and transmission tuning, low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler and enhanced aerodynamics. The LE Eco Plus adds alloy wheels, foglights, chrome beltline trim and an Eco driving mode, while the LE Eco Premium adds premium vinyl upholstery. The S includes the LE features and adds a chrome grille frame, foglights, color-keyed mirrors


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with signal repeaters, a rear spoiler, front sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded instrumentation, a trip computer and piano black accents. The S Plus adds 17inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension tuning and rear disc brakes, while the S Premium gets premium vinyl upholstery. Key options for the Plus and Premium trims include a sunroof and a Driver Convenience package that includes keyless ignition/entry, smartphone app integration, satellite radio, HD radio and a navigation system. Powertrains and Performance The new Corolla LE Eco model uses the same 1.8-liter engine with the addition of Valvetronic, a technology used for the first time on Toyotas in North America that allows continuously variable value lift and timing on the intake vales. The result is an improvement of more than five percent in horsepower, which rises to 140 hp, and fuel economy-Toyota says it’s expecting a highway fuel-economy rating of more than 40 mpg. Every 2014 Toyota Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter fourcylinder engine. On every model except the LE Eco, it produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. For the LE Eco, an enhanced, more efficient version of this engine is used; it’s rated at 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the L and S trims. Optional on the L is a four-speed automatic transmission, while a CVT is optional on the S and standard on the LE and LE Eco. When equipped with the CVT, the S model features steering-wheelmounted paddle shifters as well as a Sport mode that sharpens transmission and steering response. EPA-estimated fuel economy

is 31 mpg combined (28 mpg city/37 mpg highway) with the six-speed manual and essentially the same with the L’s four-speed automatic. With the CVT, you’ll get a slightly better 32 mpg combined (29 city/38 highway for the LE, 29/37 for the S). Finally, the LE Eco, thanks to its special engine and fuel efficiency tweaks, earns an estimated 35 mpg combined (30 city/42 highway). Safety Standard Toyota Corolla safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes (front discs/rear drums for all, rear discs available on the S trim), front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a passenger seat cushion airbag. A rearview camera is standard on all versions except the base L. Interior Design and Special Features The 2014 Corolla’s cabin is not exactly exciting, but controls are easy to find and use. The radio features tried-andtrue volume and tuning knobs, for example, while the climate control has large knobs and buttons. The upgraded audio system and navigation systems boast a touchscreen with similarly large virtual buttons and simple, clear graphics. Materials quality is average, and overall, the interior of the Corolla doesn’t look or feel as expensive as the cabins of the Ford Focus and Kia Forte. The Corolla’s optional suite of smartphone-connected services includes the Bing search engine, Pandora streaming radio, traffic data, and sports and stock information. Getting started with Entune can be a hassle, though, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account; plus, you always need an active data connection to use Entune. The touchscreen interface

has straightforward menus, but it’s sometimes unresponsive to user touch. As with most Toyotas, the front seats are soft and comfy, while those in the S version are firmer and have more pronounced side bolsters. There is plenty of space here, even for taller drivers, and the backseat also boasts impressive space. Indeed, at 41.4 inches, rear legroom bests that of most midsize sedans. The Corolla’s trunk capacity is average at 13 cubic feet, but the wide opening eases loading and unloading. If more space is needed, the rear seat splits and folds to increase capacity. Driving Impressions With just a short amount of time behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Corolla so far, the Corolla has struck us as an agreeable, if uninspired, small sedan to drive. The new CVT works well by the standards of CVTs. There’s some drone during acceleration, but it’s not particularly irritating. Ultimately, the latest Corolla drives much like the previous one. That means the steering is precise but rather numb (and not the least bit sporty), while the suspension provides a comfortable ride, though you’d never describe it as luxurious or coddling. Similarly, the four-cylinder engine tries hard but begins to feel winded during aggressive passing maneuvers or when climbing mountain grades. The best thing about the new Toyota Corolla is that it never feels as if it’s straining to keep up with traffic or unable to deal with the unexpected. In place of inspiring performance, the redesigned Corolla offers unpretentiousness that expresses itself as character, and that coupled with its legendary reputation for reliability should ensure that the latest version of Toyota’s compact sedan finds a home in plenty of garages. BC

ere are top ten tips for detailing your SUV to help you on your way. Most of us won’t do much work under the hood beyond the occasional oil and filter change. But almost all of us can attack the task of washing, cleaning and detailing our SUVs on our own. First, do no harm: Much like the medical profession, auto detailers have to make careful, critical assessments when they work on their patients. Like a good doctor, the detailer has to be certain that the cure isn’t worse than the disease. Protect your SUV from the elements: Sun, wind and rain are your SUV’s worst enemies. Left unprotected in the elements, an SUV will deteriorate and eventually rust away, becoming a better planter box than a mode of transportation within a few years. If you can’t get in the garage, consider buying a cover or a canopy to park under. Look for shade when you park at work or at the store. Inspect your SUV: Finding that small problem before it becomes a big one will help keep your auto detailing simpler and more effective. Make it a habit to give your SUV a good once-over on a regular basis, at least once a month. Check all of the paint for dirt and sediment. Check the chrome for pitting and rust. Check the tires and wheels for scrapes and discoloration. Look around the interior for dirt, debris and stains. Wash your SUV regularly: The best way to maintain a good finish on your SUV is to keep it clean. Once a month is good, twice a month is even better. Maintain a good coat of wax: Once your SUV is clean, it’s important to put a good coat of wax on. The wax acts as a protectant, keeping dirt and dust from binding to your clear coat and paint. Wax also acts as a moisture barrier, keeping water from penetrating pores in the painted surfaces and getting to the metal below. Avoid scratches: Scratches are the enemy of a paint job. Not only are they unsightly, they allow contaminants to get under their surface. Big scratches are obvious but even tiny scratches are dangerous. Use the softest possible materials when you detail your SUV. Soft terrycloth is great. Many professional detailers have migrated to microfiber, a synthetic material that is highly absorbent, very soft, and very consistent. Flip that rag: A good detail job can be wasted through false economy. Don’t try to make that rag or towel go farther by using it over and over. You won’t see a good professional detailer passing a dirty rag over a clean surface. Flip your rag over frequently, and use a clean surface to dry, wipe and polish with. Less is more: One clear sign of a bad detail job comes a week later. The formerly glistening dashboard now looks gluey, and is sticky to the touch. Using too much vinyl dressing is worse than using none at all. Vinyl, leather and rubber can only absorb so much dressing before they become saturated, and additional dressing sits on the surface. For the first day or so, it looks great, with that wet look we all admire. But then the surface dressing attracts dust and dirt, mixing together to become a sticky mess. Use quality, automotive formulas It’s time to detail the SUV. Should you grab some dish soap, a little Lemon Pledge and a spray bottle of Fantastic, and head out to the driveway? absolutely not. Automotive surfaces require specially-formulated cleaners, polishes and waxes to achieve the longest life and best looks. Buy the best that you can afford, and keep it simple. Start gently and then get more aggressive Before you attack that stain with a harsh solvent and a wire brush, try a light mist of distilled water and a soft sponge. Before you hack away at that dried bird dropping with a putty knife, try leaving a hot moist towel on the surface for ten minutes. Before you blast that spot of rusty chrome with a power grinder, try gently rubbing with a soft, wet cloth. Detailing can be a great way to bond with your SUV, and to make your investment go farther, longer and better. Hopefully these tips will help you and your ride along the way. BC


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espite the lingering crisis that has characterised the global economic landscape in the past three years, causing serious distortions in monetary and fiscal policy calculations in many climes with attendant negative implications for macroeconomic stability in most economies, the contributions of a few young generation of technocrats and management experts are still being recognised by rating agencies as serving as pivotal hub in the modest achievements of the economies as the crisis rages on. These few individuals, amongst other outstanding young leaders in other African countries list by the FT, are seen by international analysts as serving, amongst a few other managers in their respective countries, as key to major reform initiatives that have not only kept their economies on slow, steady and sustainable path of growth but also hold the potentials for local and foreign investment inflows that are required to push through the reforms and ensure macroeconomic stability in their countries In Nigeria, the names of a few of such intellectually robust and managerially sound men and women have consistently been touted in international circles and are being marked down as the next generation of leaders whose contributions, along with those of others that share similar vision with them, holds the ace for the country’s economic development. Amongst these are, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, mercurial Dr Akinwumi Adesina. Indeed, one thing that these men share in common which most Nigerians would attest to, is the blood of patriotism that flows through their veins. A recent publication by Adam Green and Eleanor Whitehead in the Financial Times on the emerging generation of technocrats from Africa

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making a difference in some African countries, specifically listed Mallam Sanusi and Dr Adesina, amongst a few other young generation of African leaders that offer a combination of greater skill sets and younger perspectives that have been impactful on their nation’s reforms. The influential newspaper, the new generation of leaders that is taking charge and whose outlook in the political and economic landscape is more cosmopolitan than their predecessors has been largely influenced by globalisation and its positive influences on global political system. Attesting to this, the Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, of the CBN, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, as saying that “globalisation has brought what is happening around the world into our living rooms and so people no longer feel as if our part of the world is so secluded and we can carry on at our own pace. “They see what is happen-

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ing all over the world and people want to enjoy the stability, economic growth and other positive attributes they see in other societies.” Nigeria’s trade and industry minister, Olusegun Aganga, was also quoted as pointing out that, along with a change in consciousness, there is also a shift in skill sets, with managerial experts increasingly powerful within his government, adding that “when you look at the different portfolios in Nigeria, in the most critical ones you have technocrats. According to the authors, in Nigeria despite the criticisms of the Sanusi-led banking sector reform initiated about four years ago, the facts the initiative has re-defined the Nigerian financial services system, reversing the rot that characterised the pre-Sanusi era and re-positioned the sector on the path of sustainable growth and restored investors and other stakeholders’ confidence in the nation’s financial services industry.

The FT authors report: “The overhaul of banking regulations has seen the country’s financial services sector emerge from a state of mass fraud and inefficiency, under the leadership of the soft-spoken central bank governor Lamido Sanusi. “Appointed in the midst of a debt crisis in 2009, his bold moves to fix Nigeria’s corruption-stricken banks toppled eight local chief executives and ushered in sweeping reforms aimed to protect depositors’ cash, recapitalise banks, boost financial inclusion, and curb illicit financial flows. “His prudent monetary policy has brought inflation down to single digits and steadied the exchange rate, protecting jobs and growth along the way”, it added. Quoting the Governor the FT writers reported him as saying that “throughout my tenure of Governor I’ve had a very clear sense of who I am there to serve. I have no doubt in my mind that my primary constituency is the poor, un-

educated, un-enlightened depositor.” “But since you are standing on the side of the weak against the rich and powerful you end up with opposition every single step of the way. It’s faceless largely, but it’s really about groups and classes who continue to benefit from the status quo who don’t like the change. “In 2009 there was a sense that certain people were untouchable; if you have enough money and enough political connections you can do what you want to do. And I think that just being able to remove those CEOs and prosecute them was a great achievement,” Sanusi recalled. True to his promise, Mallam Sanusi has continued to lead a team of innovative managers in the drive to ensure that the financial services reach the poor and by that their socioeconomic well-being issues are factored into the monetary policies and other guidelines. For instance, some of the initiatives undertaken to re-


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alise the dream include, the launching of the financial inclusion strategy, creation of the NIRSAL programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and reduction or total removal of certain charges by banks on transactions, amongst others. In appreciation of the enormity of the challenges of consolidating the gains of the Sanusi-led reform of the industry, the authors pointed out that there was still much work to be done even as it also expressed serious concern that there are inevitable risks of back-tracking when Mr Sanusi steps down in 2014. “Who is chosen as governor will be important in terms of the belief in the reform and how it will continue,” he concedes. “[But] I have tried to get the board of the central bank involved. I have tried to get everybody to own these policies… I am hoping that, having carried the institution along with me that they really do believe in it, and that whoever comes in will find an institution that is already wired in a particular way.” Appraising the CBN Governor based on the achievements of the banking industry reform, Standard Bank’s Mr Ballim argues that his reforms have influenced central bank governors across the continent. “Mr Sanusi leaves a meaningful legacy. You have a leadership influence emanating out of the better policy makers and positive externalities emerging from Lamido Sanusi, He has taken the financial services sector, riddled with instabilities, and transformed it. The type of zeal that he has shown to central banking and broader citizenship has created a sense of competition amongst African central bankers, who show him enormous regard”, Ballim said. In a similar style of editorial appraisal, the FT publication described Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture as a young enterprising political leader who kept his face towards change and confronted that challenges before him like a crusading priest who would not let go until he has accomplished the purpose of his calling – winning souls for the kingdom of God. Today, despite the initiative challenges of the ATA and the usual apathy of many Nigerians to the daring moves by the Minister to holistically transform the agricultural sector, moving it from development programme to real business, the impressive achievements of the sector are there to show for all, including even the doubt-

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ing ‘Thomases’ of our time. The authors attested: “Meanwhile, Nigeria’s agriculture reform agenda – led by Akinwumi Adesina, a young agricultural economist and former vice president for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa – has been equally impressive. When Mr Adesina arrived in post, Nigerian farming was in a pitiful state”, adding that a longstanding national input subsidy programme was rampant with corruption, with government-supplied fertilisers and seeds failing to reach farmers. Indeed, the minister has not only broken the profiteering regime in agro-inputs and saving about N766 billion into the nation’s coffers through the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) programme but has convincingly demonstrated to stakeholders in the agric sector value-chain that agriculture could truly be practised as a business. The authors reported further that the Ministry, in collaboration with the CBN, during the minister’s first year in office, used the GES, to register around 1.5 million farmers for the electronic wallet distribution system, with an average of five people per household, that means around 7.5 million people would have directly benefited from the programme.

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According to the Minister, taking government out of the buying and selling seed saved the government $158m a year. He explained further that in 2012 alone, companies sold $10m worth of seed for the first time in Nigeria, directly to farmers. While restating that his efforts are working in the long-term favour of Nigeria by reducing the import bill, the Minister pointed out that “when you import something from a country you are creating jobs over there, and creating poverty in your own local domestic market, because you are not producing what you consume,” he warns. In concluding this piece, it may be safe to conclude that Dr Okonjo-Iweala, Mallam Sanusi and Dr Adesina are among the few political rising ‘stars’ in the nation’s firmament that continues to show that despite the present challenges, Nigeria could still translate its huge, largely unharnessed resources to become leading player in the global economic and political systems. These crop of new generation leaders are helping to give practical meaning to Nicholas Butler’s cherished philosophy that “optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress” BC

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4.31

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16.15

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FORTE OIL

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hams Plc recorded 249 per cent growth in its core business segment, strident cost management and internal efficiency initiatives being implemented by the management impacted positively on the top-down profit structure of the group. The improvement in its core identity management business, improved cost management and increased productivity and internal efficiency boosted the performance outlook of Chams Plc in 2012. Audited report and accounts of Chams for the year ended December 31, 2012 showed a major turnaround as the technology innovation group harnessed substantial growth in turnover and improved efficiency to break away from its recent losing streak to profitability. The group’s increasingly efficient cost management was underlined by 51 per cent decline in cost of sales and muted increase of 14 per cent and 1.7 per cent in operating expenses and finance expenses respectively. These turned around the bottom-line from a net loss of N1.24 billion in 2011 to a modest net profit of N87.5 million. While it could not declare any dividend, the positive bottomline locked in values for shareholders and reassured on the prospects of the company. Return on equity turned positive at 1.9 per cent in 2012 as against -30.8 per cent in 2011. Return on total assets also turned around from -15.2 per cent to 1.9 per cent. The liquidity and financing position of the group improved during the period, with more working capital and improved financing for emerging obligations. The structure and composition of its top-line however remained precarious, largely dependent on unpredictable public sector’s projects. Structures Incorporated in 1985 as a private limited liability company, Chams converted to a public limited company in 2007 and listed its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 2008 by way of introduction. Chams Plc and its subsidiaries offer complete end to end solution to small and large projects in the areas of identity management, payments, collection and transactional systems, as well as providing digital platform and ICT trainings. The Chams Group consists of four subsidiaries; CardCentre Nigeria Limited, which is engaged in the production and manufacturing of identity, payment and other smart cards; PayMaster Limited, which deals with deployment of POT and POS terminals; ChamsAcccess Limit-

core businesses.

Aladekomo

ed, a licensed consortium for the deployment of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) which is also involved in the deployment of multi application terminals; and ChamsSwitch, which engages in provision of the e-payment transaction processing platform for the Nigerian Market. Chams is owned by about 8,500 shareholders with substantial shareholdings by financial and asset management companies and institutional investors. Nigerian institutional investors hold 48 per cent equity stake in the company. The board and management of the company have remained stable. Demola Aladekomo, the founding managing director and main promoter of the company, remains the managing director. Meanwhile, Professor Adebayo Akinde retired as the chairman of the company earlier this month and a new chairman, Ayo Richards, was appointed as chairman. Akinde had served on the board for two decades and had been the chairman of the board in the past seven years. The company’s governance and reporting structures comply largely with extant codes of corporate governance and reporting standards. Financing structure Chams Group’s paid up capital remained unchanged at N2.35 billion, consisting of about 4.7 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each. Shareholders’ funds rose on the back of modest retained earnings to N4.49 billion, about 12 per cent above N4.01 billion recorded in 2011. Total assets increased by 10.5 per cent from N7.89 billion to N8.72 billion. Current assets had risen

by 40 per cent from N4.51 billion to N6.33 billion while longterm assets dropped by 22 per cent from N3.07 billion to N2.39 billion. Total liabilities stood at N4.23 billion in 2012 as against N3.88 billion in 2011, indicating marginal increase of 9.1 per cent. The financing position of the group remained steady. The proportion of equity funds to total assets inched up from 50.8 per cent to 51.5 per cent. Debt-toequity ratio however rose slightly from 23.3 per cent to 24.3 per cent. Current liabilities/total assets ratio was almost flat at 46.1 per cent as against 46.5 per cent while long-term liabilities/total assets ratio reduced from 2.7 per cent to 2.4 per cent. Efficiency There was noticeable improvement in the overall cost efficiency and productivity of the group. On the basis of estimated workforce of 500 persons, average level of productivity per head and relevant cost per unit of production showed improved optimization. Average contribution of each employee to pre-tax profit improved from –N2.40 million in 2011 to N0.34 million in 2012. However, average cost per staff reduced from N1.03 billion to N0.75 million. The company had undertaken staff audit and performance review during the period. Total cost of the business, excluding finance charges, reduced to about 105 per cent of total sales in 2012 as against 181.6 per cent in 2011. The reduction in top-line and operating costs enabled the group to leverage the bottom-line from additional incomes from non-

Profitability Chams’ profit outlook showed considerable improvement in the intrinsic profit-making capacity of the company as it consolidated expansive sales growth into notable profitability. Both outward and underlying profit and loss measures indicated significant upturn in the profit outlook, headlined by replacement of previous whooping loss of N1.24 billion with a modest profit of N87.5 million. Group turnover rose by about 60 per cent to N2.84 billion in 2012 as against N1.78 billion recorded in 2011. Top-line performance was driven by the group’s identity management solutions business, which recorded 249.3 per cent increase from N700 million to N2.45 billion. While cost of sales dropped by 51 per cent from N1.09 billion to N534 million, gross profit jumped by 235 per cent from N687 million to N2.30 billion. Operating expense remained muted at N2.45 billion compared with N2.14 billion while interest expense was almost flat at N230 million compared with N226 million in previous year. With these, Chams broke away from recent losing streak with a profit before tax of N170 million in 2012 as against pretax loss of N1.20 billion in 2011. After taxes, net profit stood at N87.5 million in 2012 as against net loss of N1.24 billion in 2011, representing an increase of 107 per cent. It thus replaced its basic loss per share of 26 kobo in 2011 with modest earnings per share of 3.0 kobo for 2012. The group’s net asset per share also increased from 85 kobo to 95 kobo. Underlying profitability indices showed generally positive outlook. Gross profit margin more than doubled at 81.2 per cent in 2012 as against 38.6 per cent in 2011. Profit before tax margin, which underlines average profit per unit of sales, turned around from -67.4 per cent in 2011 to 6.0 per cent in 2012. This implies that while Chams lost N67.4 on every N100 worth of operations in 2011, it made a modest profit of N6 on similar unit in 2012. The improved bottom-line also reflected on the underlying returns to shareholders and other stakeholders. Return on equity stood at 1.9 per cent in 2012 as against -30.8 per cent in 2011. Return on total assets also turned around from -15.2 per cent to 1.9 per cent. The company did not pay any dividend for 2012, which underlined the nascent recovery. Its last dividend payment was in 2009.

Liquidity The liquidity position of the group improved considerably with more working capital and improved financing for emerging obligations. Current ratio, which relates available current assets to similar current liabilities, improved from 1.23 times in 2011 to 1.57 times in 2012. The proportion of working capital to total sales almost doubled at 81.4 per cent in 2012 compared with 47.4 per cent in 2011. Debtors/ creditors ratio stood at 622 per cent in 2012 as against 208 per cent in 2011. Analyst’s opinion The performance of Chams shows a ray of hopes and reassures on the prospects of the company. It however remains delicate and cautious. While the top-line performance was commendable, it was driven mainly by its one-line identity management contract with the Federal Government. Although the group has made remarkable progress in its private-sector-driven payment solutions, its top-line remained heavily skewed towards the public sector, with penchant for unreliable project timelines and commitments. There is also the operating risk of policy somersault and realignment, which could see a slowdown or reversal of essential public policies on economic payment automation and identity management. There is no guarantee of institutionalization of public policies in Nigeria’s highly politicized public decision-making process. The deficits, created by its previous streak of losses, remained a potential threat. Notwithstanding, there is reasonable basis to be optimistic about the prospects of the company. Governments, across the levels, are increasingly focused on identity management for internal security, planning and revenue generation. The automation of payment system, being driven by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and with general buy-in from major public and private stakeholders, has continued to gather momentum. It’s doubtful that there would be any major reversal in any of these directions. In all these, Chams holds competitive advantages as a stand-alone company and partner-of-choice. Chams holds CBN’s licenses for mobile banking and automated payments including Point of Sale (POS) terminal and PTSP licenses. Its partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is on stronger footing, and recent security events have reinforced government’s desire on efficient identity management. BC


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Business Courage

Monday, December 2, 2013

A23 39

STOCKWATCH Stock Exchange weekly equities summary as at Friday, Nov 29, 2013 SECURITY

PRICE (=N=)

AGRICULTURE/AGRO-ALLIED Crop Production FTN COCOA PROCESSORS PLC NT OKOMU OIL PALM PLC. 42.40 PRESCO PLC 36.55 Fishing/Hunting/Trapping ELLAH LAKES PLC. NT Livestock/Animal Specialties LIVESTOCK FEEDS PLC. 4.19 CONGLOMERATES Diversified Industries A.G. LEVENTIS NIGERIA PLC. NT CHELLARAMS PLC. NT JOHN HOLT PLC. NT TRANSNATIONAL CORP. OF NIG.PLC 3.56 U A C N PLC. 63.75 CONSTRUCTION/REAL ESTATE Building Construction ARBICO PLC. NT CAPPA & D’ALBERTO PLC. NT Building Structure/Completion/Other COSTAIN (W A) PLC. 0.93 G CAPPA PLC NT Non--Building/Heavy Construction JULIUS BERGER NIG. PLC. 69.00 ROADS NIG PLC. NT Real Estate Development PINNACLE POINT GROUP PLC NT UACN PROPERTY DEV 18.00 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) SKYE SHELTER FUND PLC NT UNION HOMES REAL ESTATE INV NT UPDC REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST NT CONSUMER GOODS Automobiles/Auto Parts DN TYRE & RUBBER PLC 0.50 Beverages--Brewers/Distillers CHAMPION BREW. PLC. 16.95 GOLDEN GUINEA BREW. PLC. NT GUINNESS NIG PLC 260.00 INTERNATIONAL BREWERIES PLC. 22.21 JOS INT. BREWERIES PLC. 4.31 NIGERIAN BREW. PLC. 168.41 PREMIER BREWERIES PLC 0.77 Beverages--Non-Alcoholic 7-UP BOTTLING COMP. PLC. 71.40 Food Products BIG TREAT PLC NT DANGOTE FLOUR MILLS PLC 9.60 DANGOTE SUGAR REFINERY PLC 11.00 FLOUR MILLS NIG. PLC. 89.20 HONEYWELL FLOUR MILL PLC 3.00 MULTI-TREX INTEGRATED FOODS PLC NT N NIG. FLOUR MILLS PLC. NT NATIONAL SALT CO. NIG. PLC 12.77 P S MANDRIDES & CO PLC. NT U T C NIG. PLC. 0.62 UNION DICON SALT PLC. 5.12 Food Products--Diversified CADBURY NIGERIA PLC. 62.85 NESTLE NIGERIA PLC. 1,249.50 Household Durables BETA GLASS CO PLC. NT NIGERIAN ENAMELWARE PLC. NT VITAFOAM NIG PLC. 4.60 VONO PRODUCTS PLC. NT Personal/Household Products P Z CUSSONS NIGERIA PLC. 37.50 UNILEVER NIGERIA PLC. 61.40 Textiles/Apparel UNITED NIG. TEXTILES PLC. NT FINANCIAL SERVICES Banking ACCESS BANK PLC. 10.00 DIAMOND BANK PLC 7.00 ECOBANK TRANSNATIONAL INC. 15.00 FIDELITY BANK PLC 2.67 FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK PLC. NT GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC. 27.30 SKYE BANK PLC 3.98 STERLING BANK PLC. 2.28 U B A PLC 7.51 UNION BANK NIG.PLC. 10.10 UNITY BANK PLC 0.55 WEMA BANK PLC. 1.14 ZENITH BANK PLC 21.30 Insurance Carriers, Brokers & Services AFRICAN ALLIANCE INS. COY. PLC NT AIICO INSURANCE PLC. 0.86 CONFIDENCE INSURANCE PLC NT CONSOLIDATED HALLMARK INS. PLC NT CONTINENTAL REINSURANCE PLC 1.15 CORNERSTONE INS. COY. PLC. 0.52 CUSTODIAN AND ALLIED INS. PLC 1.81 EQUITY ASSURANCE PLC. NT GOLDLINK INSURANCE PLC NT GREAT NIGERIAN INSURANCE PLC NT GUINEA INSURANCE PLC. NT INTERCONTINENTAL WAPIC INS. PLC NT INTERNATIONAL ENERGY INS. PLC 0.55 INVESTMENT AND ALLIED ARN. NT LASACO ASSURANCE PLC. 0.50 LAW UNION AND ROCK INS. PLC. 0.50 LINKAGE ASSURANCE PLC NT MANSARD INSURANCE PLC 2.30 MUTUAL BENEFITS ASSURANCE PLC. NT N.E.M INSURANCE CO (NIG) PLC. 0.58 NIGER INSURANCE CO. PLC. NT OASIS INSURANCE PLC NT PRESTIGE ASSURANCE CO. PLC. 0.70 REGENCY ALLIANCE INS. COY PLC NT SOVEREIGN TRUST INSURANCE PLC NT STACO INSURANCE PLC NT STANDARD TRUSTASSURANCE PLC NT STANDARD ALLIANCE INS. PLC. 0.50 UNIC INSURANCE PLC. 0.50 UNITY KAPITAL ASSURANCE PLC NT UNIVERSAL INS. COMPANY PLC NT WAPIC INSURANCE PLC 0.99 Micro Finance Banks FORTIS MICROFINANCE BANK PLC NT NPF MICROFINANCE BANK PLC 0.77 Mortgage Carriers, Brokers &Services ABBEY BUILDING SOCIETY PLC NT ASO SAVINGS AND LOANS PLC NT RESORT SAVINGS & LOANS PLC 0.50 UNION HOMES SAVINGS&LOANS PLC NT Other Financial Institutions AFRICA PRUDENTIAL REGISTRARS 2.06 CRUSADER ( NIG) PLC. NT DEAP CAPITAL MGT & TRUST PLC NT FBN HOLDINGS PLC 16.11 FCMB GROUP PLC 3.38 NIG SEW. MACH. MAN. CO. PLC. NT NIGERIA ENERYGY SECTOR FUND NT ROYAL EXCHANGE PLC. 0.50 STANBIC IBTC HOLDINGS PLC 19.50 UBA CAPITAL PLC 1.39 HEALTHCARE Healthcare Providers EKOCORP PLC. NT UNION DIAGNOSTIC &CLINICAL PLC 0.50 Medical Supplies MORISON INDUSTRIES PLC. NT Pharmaceuticals EVANS MEDICAL PLC. 3.22 FIDSON HEALTHCARE PLC 2.10

NOTE NT=Not Traded on 29-11-13

QUANTITY

52 WK HIGH

52 WK LOW

SHARES OUTSTANDING

2,200,000,000 476,955,000 1,000,000,000

EPS

0.10 2.29 7.55

MOV. (%)

N/A -2.28 4.43

Previous

108,460 526,090 41,198

0.64 107.81 41.14

0.50 20.92 8.24

0.50 43.39 35.00

70

4.26

4.26

60,000,000

0.00

N/A

NT

636,807

7.18

0.68

1,199,549,736

0.07

-18.64

5.15

197,747 100 6,066 247,794,242 1,059,245

2.08 6.43 5.89 5.89 71.10

0.71 4.15 1.07 0.50 28.00

2,191,895,983 963,900,300 389,151,408 821,666,666 1,600,720,323

0.11 0.16 1.09 0.09 4.38

#VALUE! N/A N/A N/A N/A

1.55 NT NT 5.87 67.00

20 3

26.00 95.49

5.05 95.49

148,500,000 196,876,000

0.33 4.50

N/A N/A

NT NT

803,770 3

2.66 14.46

0.72 14.46

920,573,765 125,000,000

0.00 0.00

N/A N/A

0.66 NT

78,121,234 133

83.75 10.60

19.86 6.61

1,200,000,000 20,000,000

6.74 1.69

-1.44 N/A

70.01 NT

NT 187,562

7.28 19.25

7.28 8.82

1,375,000,000

0.00 2.20

N/A 0.00

NT 18.00

1,000 NT 100,000

100.00 50.00 10.50

100.00 50.00 0.00

20,000,000 250,019,781

5.82 0.19

N/A N/A

NT NT 10.50

10,000

0.50

0.50

4,772,528,415

0.00

N/A

0.50

1,339,945 10,082 354,770 382,462 365,235 368,067 10,000

19.48 0.68 297.41 28.67 9.09 179.40 0.97

3.13 0.68 209.10 5.34 0.81 91.10 0.93

900,000,000 272,160,000 1,474,925,519 2,112,914,681 562,000,000 7,562,562,340 126,000,000

0.00 0.00 8.66 0.63 0.00 5.03 0.00

N/A N/A 0.00 N/A N/A -1.14 N/A

NT NT 259.99 22.21 3.24 170.35 0.77

12,400

75.90

38.12

640,590,362

4.46

N/A

71.40

NT 1,268,000 586,494 421,575 721,651 170 12,142 466,647 1,700 50,000 37,819

0.50 10.68 12.85 109.24 3.74 1.21 29.70 14.00 5.94 0.93 5.12

0.50 3.85 3.26 50.00 1.83 0.50 17.51 3.65 5.35 0.50 4.22

2,000,000,000 5,000,000,000 12,000,000,000 1,879,210,666 7,930,197,658 3,722,493,620 178,200,000 40,000,000 1,233,375,004 360,000,000

0.00 0.00 0.81 3.38 0.34 0.00 0.00 1.05 0.08 1.13 0.00

N/A -1.34 -0.45 6.13 -2.28 N/A N/A -5.90 N/A -6.06 N/A

NT 9.73 11.05 84.05 3.07 NT 24.37 13.57 NT 0.66 4.43

512,210 49,948

64.53 1250.00

8.33 400.00

3,129,188,160 792,656,250

1.57 28.34

8.36 4.13

58.00 1,200.00

NT NT 285,550 429,000

15.58 36.19 5.54 2.88

10.03 32.27 2.91 0.57

63,360,000 819,000,000 300,000,001

3.90 13.92 0.71 0.00

N/A N/A -2.95 N/A

NT NT 4.74 NT

226,135 275,638

56.00 76.00

21.02 27.60

3,176,381,636 3,783,296,250

1.34 1.42

-0.79 -0.74

37.80 61.86

NT

0.97

0.57

843,284,027

0.00

N/A

NT

8,407,712 729,000 350,059 4,224,561 NT 4,637,733 2,621,702 1,040,917 10,176,834 1,098,345 44,709,336 5,420,229 16,539,540

12.39 7.66 16.01 3.47 8.30 29.99 7.05 3.05 9.60 15.30 1.16 1.88 22.80

4.70 1.92 9.90 1.13 3.04 13.02 2.65 0.80 1.64 2.34 0.50 0.50 11.96

17,888,251,479 14,475,243,105 9,873,614,567 28,974,797,023 16,271,192,202 29,146,482,209 13,219,334,676 12,563,091,545 32,334,693,693 13,509,726,273 33,675,576,085 12,821,249,880 31,396,493,790

1.61 1.71 3.67 0.68 0.60 3.08 0.97 0.63 1.70 0.44 0.18 0.00 3.30

2.88 -4.63 6.99 -3.96 #VALUE! 1.87 -0.50 -2.56 -4.21 0.00 0.00 -7.32 0.57

9.72 7.34 14.02 2.78 NT 26.80 4.00 2.34 7.84 10.10 0.69 1.23 21.18

1,000 757,897 NT 300,000 1,354,780 252,644 62,698 417,295,000 NT 150 20 NT 1,660,734 NT 52,000 7,954 100,000 867,094 26,000 3,995,000 10,000 1,000 560,623 100 1,000 200 90,253 20,000 800 100,000 16,100 46,225,455

0.50 1.42 0.64 0.52 1.45 0.72 2.44 0.50 0.69 0.60 0.50 2.50 2.50 0.50 0.50 0.61 0.50 2.87 0.63 1.01 1.11 0.50 1.24 0.53 0.59 0.50

0.50 0.50 0.61 0.50 0.58 0.50 1.08 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 1.06 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50

20,585,000,000 7,809,391,256 211,626,000 6,000,000,000 10,372,624,157 8,820,010,363 5,100,846,808 8,847,298,420 4,549,947,000 3,827,485,380 720,000,000 5,061,804,000 6,420,427,449 28,000,000,000 7,323,313,227 3,437,330,500 4,083,713,569 10,000,000,000 7,998,705,336 5,332,830,881 5,649,693,923 5,003,506,791 2,508,315,436 6,668,750,000 5,203,757,266 6,141,087,609

0.00 0.19 0.00 0.05 0.15 0.02 0.24 0.01 0.00 0.03 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.25 0.00 0.37 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.04 0.09 0.00

N/A 0.00 N/A N/A 0.00 0.00 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.00 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 2.22 N/A -12.12 N/A N/A 16.67 N/A 0.00 N/A

0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 1.55

0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50

8,493,173,450 2,581,733,505 13,000,000,000 16,000,000,000

0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.07

N/A N/A N/A N/A

NT 0.83 NT NT 1.11 0.50 1.84 0.50 NT NT NT NT 0.53 NT 0.50 0.50 NT 2.25 0.50 0.66 NT 0.50 0.60 NT NT NT NT NT 0.50 NT 0.50 0.98

4,100 2,032,000

6.60 1.22

0.00 0.72

345 6,300 349,800 100

1.65 0.50 0.50 0.99

1.37 0.50 0.50 0.50

209,558 NT NT 6,697,183 4,912,701 NT 100 1,470,102 420,890 1,119,792

2.1 0.61 2.02 21.50 5.70 0.15 552.20 1.33 20.72 1.70

0.5 0.50 2.02 8.57 2.90 0.15 555.20 0.50 10.64 0.00

286 2,000

5.05 0.50

4.32 0.50

498,600,908 3,553,138,528

0.13 0.00

N/A N/A

NT 0.50

46,875

10.54

7.39

152,178,750

0.00

N/A

2.01

400 631,421

4.80 2.50

0.50 0.61

486,473,856 1,500,000,000

0.58 0.24

0.00 -2.33

3.22 2.15

N/A=Not Avialable

1.18 0.19 4,200,000,000 8,679,148,676 13,175,732,404 7,812,500,000

3,778,005,975 1,333,333,333 32,632,084,358 5,880,000 2,500,000 3,608,657,661 18,750,000,000

0.03 0.02 0.30 0.00 0.63 0.00 0.15 2.45 1.23 0.00 12.68 0.13 1.53 0.29

NT 0.81 N/A N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A -3.19 N/A N/A N/A -1.02

NT NT NT 0.5 1.99 NT NT 16.64 3.49 NT NT 0.54 19.70 1.44

SECURITY

PRICE (=N=)

GLAXO SMITHKLINE CONSUMER PLC 65.00 MAY & BAKER NIGERIA PLC. 2.05 NEIMETH INT PHARM PLC 1.12 NIGERIA-GERMAN CHEMICALS PLC. NT PHARMA-DEKO PLC. 1.85 ICT Computer Based Systems COURTEVILLE BUSINESS SLN PLC 0.61 Computers and Peripherals OMATEK VENTURES PLC 0.50 Electronic Communications Services MTECH COMMUNICATIONS PLC NT IT Services COMPUTER WAREHOUSE GROUP PLC NT NCR (NIGERIA) PLC. 16.83 TRIPPLE GEE AND COMPANY PLC. NT Processing Systems CHAMS PLC 0.50 E-TRANZACT INTERNATIONAL PLC NT Telecommunications Carriers STARCOMMS PLC NT Telecommunications Services IHS NIGERIA PLC PREF SHARES NT IHS PLC 2.66 MTI PLC NT INDUSTRIAL GOODS Building Materials AFRICAN PAINTS (NIGERIA) PLC. NT ASHAKA CEM PLC 20.10 BERGER PAINTS PLC 8.00 CAP PLC 50.00 CEMENT CO. OF NORTH.NIG. PLC NT DANGOTE CEMENT PLC 195.00 DN MEYER PLC. 1.47 FIRST ALUMINIUM NIGERIA PLC NT IPWA PLC NT LAFARGE WAPCO PLC. 100.00 PAINTS & COATINGS MANFACT.PLC NT PORTLAND PAINTS & PRDT NIG. PLC NT PREMIER PAINTS PLC. NT Electronic and Electrical Products AUSTIN LAZ & COMPANY PLC NT CUTIX PLC. 1.78 NIGERIAN WIRE AND CABLE PLC. NT NIGERIAN WIRE IND. PLC NT Packaging/Containers ABPLAST PRODUCTS PLC. NT AVON CROWNCAPS & CONTAINERS NT BETA GLASS CO PLC. NT GREIF NIGERIA PLC NT NIG. BAGS MANFACT. COY PLC NT POLY PRODUCTS (NIG) PLC. NT W A GLASS IND. PLC. NT Tools and Machinery NIGERIAN ROPES PLC NT STOKVIS NIG PLC. NT NATURAL RESOURCES Chemicals B.O.C. GASES PLC. 6.66 Metals ALUMACO PLC NT ALUMINIUM EXTRUSION IND. PLC. NT MINING SERVICES MULTIVERSE PLC NT Paper/Forest Products HALLMARK PAPER PRODUCTS PLC. NT THOMAS WYATT NIG. PLC. NT OIL AND GAS Energy Equipment and Services JAPAUL OIL & MARITIME SER. PLC 0.50 Integrated Oil and Gas Services OANDO PLC 14.06 Petroleum &Petroleum Products Distributors AFROIL PLC NT BECO PETROLEUM PRODUCT PLC 0.50 CONOIL PLC 67.93 ETERNA PLC. 4.17 FORTE OIL PLC. 114.00 MOBIL OIL NIG PLC. 114.53 MRS OIL NIGERIA PLC. NT TOTAL NIGERIA PLC. 165.01 SERVICES Advertising AFROMEDIA PLC NT Apparel Retailers LENNARDS (NIG) PLC. NT Automobile/Auto Part Retailers R T BRISCOE PLC. 1.20 Courier/Freight/Delivery RED STAR EXPRESS PLC 4.20 TRANS-NATIONWIDE EXPRESS PLC. 1.22 Employment Solutions C & I LEASING PLC. 0.51 Hospitality TANTALIZERS PLC 0.50 Hotels/Lodging CAPITAL HOTEL PLC NT IKEJA HOTEL PLC 0.72 TOURIST COMPANY OF NIGERIA PLC. 4.08 TRANSNATIONAL CORP. OF NIG.PLC NT Media/Entertainment DAAR COMMUNICATIONS PLC 0.50 Printing/Publishing ACADEMY PRESS PLC. NT LEARN AFRICA PLC 2.03 STUDIO PRESS (NIG) PLC. NT UNIVERSITY PRESS PLC. 3.70 Road Transportation ABC TRANSPORT PLCPLC 0.80 Specialty INTERLINKED TECHNOLOGIES PLC NT SECURE ELECTRONIC TECH.PLC 0.69 Transport-Related Services AIRLINE SERVICES AND LOGISTICS PLC 3.60 NIG. AVIATION HANDLING COY PLC 5.85 ASeM CONSTRUCTION/REAL ESTATE Property Management SMART PRODUCTS NIGERIA PLC NT CONSUMER GOODS Food Products MCNICHOLS PLC 1.45 Personal/Household Products ROKANA INDUSTRIES PLC. NT HEALTHCARE Pharmaceuticals AFRIK PHARMACEUTICALS PLC. NT INDUSTRIAL GOODS Electronic and Electrical Products NT ADSWITCH PLC. NT NATURAL RESOURCES Metals W.A. ALUM. PRODUCTS PLC. NT OIL AND GAS Petroleum & Petroleum Products Distributors ANINO INTERNATIONAL PLC. NT CAPITAL OIL PLC 0.50 RAK UNITY PET. COMP. PLC. NT UNION VENTURES & PET. PLC NT SERVICES Apparel Retailers UDEOFSON GARMENT FACT. NIG PLC NT Food/Drug Retailers and Wholesalers NT JULI PLC. NT ETF’s Sector ETF NEWGOLD EXCHANGE TRADED FUND 1,917.00

52 WK HIGH

52 WK LOW

SHARES OUTSTANDING

EPS

9,809 75,580 703,300 100 5,000

69.00 3.38 1.76 8.59 3.50

18.97 1.23 0.58 7.36 1.83

956,701,192 980,000,000 1,925,717,268 153,786,012 100,000,000

3.07 0.09 0.00 0.00 0.00

1.56 -1.44 7.69 N/A N/A

64.00 2.08 1.04 NT NT

451,000

0.96

0.50

2,960,000,000

0.11

0.00

0.66

9,200

0.50

0.50

2,941,789,472

0.00

N/A

0.50

NT

0.91

0.91

4,966,666,668

0.00

N/A

NT

QUANTITY

MOV. (%)

Previous

720,739 1,000 19,717

18.70 2.94

13.12 2.07

108,000,000 492,825,600

0.00 0.03

N/A N/A

5.9 16.83 2.07

4,200 80

0.50 4.97

0.50 3.13

4,620,600,000 4,200,000,000

0.04 0.04

N/A N/A

0.50 NT

4,000

1.47

0.50

6,878,478,096

0.00

N/A

NT

NT 18,717,950 60

2.25 3.79 0.50

0.00 1.70 0.50

4,400,000,000 4,893,594,400

0.00 0.00 0.00

N/A N/A N/A

NT 2.79 NT

2,500 907,141 33,791 245,135 114,288 48,934 227,367 20,071 31 91,897 201,439 1,500 NT

2.86 29.98 12.20 67.50 12.99 210.01 3.54 0.75 1.34 110.00 2.41 7.22 10.93

2.86 8.01 6.82 13.78 4.00 102.00 0.50 0.50 0.50 39.80 0.50 2.27 10.93

260,000,000 2,239,453,125 217,367,585 560,000,000 1,241,548,285 15,494,019,668 242,908,200 2,109,928,275 513,696,000 3,001,600,004 792,914,256 400,000,000 75,000,000

0.07 0.80 0.91 1.66 1.12 5.77 0.06 0.00 0.00 6.83 0.36 0.43 0.00

N/A -4.74 0.00 1.90 #VALUE! 0.00 N/A N/A N/A -9.75 N/A N/A N/A

NT 21.10 8.00 49.07 9.80 195.00 1.52 0.50 0.76 110.80 2.09 5.69 NT

NT 162,970 1,996,401 NT

2.00 2.39 0.73 2.58

2.00 1.20 0.50 2.58

510,396,608 2,220,000,000 15,000,000

0.05 0.19 0.00 0.00

N/A -5.82 N/A N/A

NT 1.89 0.50 NT

NT 1,000 6,537 150 NT NT NT

3.98 5.94 13.18 13.28 3.60 1.86 0.63

3.98 1.71 9.04 12.68 1.60 1.05 0.63

N/A N/A

42,640,000 6,215,000,000 240,000,000 199,066,550

0.00 0.00 3.23 0.90 0.24 0.22 0.00

N/A #VALUE! N/A N/A

NT NT NT NT NT NT NT

NT NT

8.69 0.14

8.26 0.14

265,409,280 2,918,000

0.00 0.00

N/A N/A

NT NT

25,000,000 683,974,528

1,000

9.35

5.68

393,120,000

0.76

4.88

6.35

NT NT

7.75 12.39

7.75 10.55

75,600,000 100,000,000

0.00 0.24

N/A N/A

NT NT

170

0.50

0.50

4,058,989,226

0.01

N/A

NT

NT 43,412

3.22 1.38

3.22 0.67

50,000,000 220,000,000

0.04 0.00

N/A N/A

NT NT

1,277,086

1.02

0.50

6,262,701,716

0.00

0.00

0.50

12,878,194

24.80

9.32

2,262,711,568

1.24

-11.41

15.87

NT 10,000 15,000 2,376,316 2,438,628 25,670 98,375 44,188

20.71 0.70 76.00 4.87 115.64 146.00 59.00 190.01

20.71 0.50 16.96 1.32 7.73 106.00 16.20 118.75

125,487,475 3,716,976,579 693,952,117 1,249,162,828 1,080,280,628 300,496,051 253,988,672 339,521,837

0.00 0.00 2.69 0.61 1.43 9.93 1.04 12.91

N/A N/A 0.00 -6.71 3.77 -1.27 N/A 3.07

NT NT 67.93 4.47 109.86 116.00 54.44 160.10

4,035,497,307

0.00

N/A

NT

0

N/A

3.48

100

0.72

0.50

702

3.48

3.48

673,472

2.45

1.00

980,294,400

0.00

0.84

1.19

15,000 100,000

5.10 3.45

2.19 0.73

589,496,310 198,819,763

0.52 0.00

0.00 N/A

4.20 1.31

4,847,760

1.64

0.85

865,808,912

0.00

N/A

0.50

10,000

0.75

0.50

3,211,627,907

0.00

N/A

0.50

1,000 447,121 260 NT

8.00 1.72 4.53 1.95

3.00 0.64 4.08 0.50

1,548,780,000 2,078,796,396 1,772,884,297 25,813,998,283

0.23 0.00 0.00 0.22

N/A 1.41 N/A #VALUE!

NT 0.71 NT NT

3,000

0.51

0.50

8,000,000,000

0.43

N/A

0.50

11,000 448,878 100 44,087

4.10 3.09 2.78 5.77

1.57 1.39 2.52 3.00

403,200,000 771,450,000 425,641,111

0.22 0.00 0.00 0.61

N/A N/A N/A -5.13

NT 1.95 NT 3.90

599,772

1.29

0.50

1,507,000,000

0.21

N/A

0.80

5,530 144,700

5.15 1.88

4.90 0.80

236,699,511 5,631,539,736

0.00 0.00

N/A N/A

4.9 NT

43,600 456,927

5.90 8.81

1.27 5.08

634,000,000 1,230,468,750

0.50 0.43

N/A -4.88

3.47 6.15

60

1.43

1.04

45,000,000

0.12

N/A

NT

6,000

2.26

1.02

201,885,335

0.00

N/A

1.30

NT

0.60

0.60

30,000,000

0.00

N/A

NT

NT

0.50

0.50

24,898,850

0.00

N/A

NT

NT NT

1.88

1.63

125,005,250

0.00

N/A

NT NT

NT

0.50

0.50

6,650,000

0.00

N/A

NT

NT 50,000 NT 450

0.21 0.50 0.31 0.63

0.21 0.50 0.31 0.63

24,200,000 5,857,500,000 15,000,000 98,600,000

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

N/A N/A N/A N/A

NT 0.50 NT 0.63

NT NT NT

0.50

0.50

20,000,000

0.00

N/A

3.05

2.76

194,700,000

0.00

N/A

NT NT NT

400

2,706

2,003

#VALUE!

NT


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Moral value is the essential force behind the rule of law —JUSTICE CHUKWUDIFU OPUTA, RETIRED JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA

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Kutigi, eminent jurist of the Commonwealth

The International Criminal Court ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands, is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The global court recently dashed the hope of many Nigerians in its latest report on the insurgency of Boko Haram sect in country, by its contention that the conflict between the Boko Haram rebellion and counter attack by the Nigerian security forces was no less than a declaration of civil war. WALE IGBINTADE, highlights the views of lawyers on the issue.

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he International Criminal Court, ICC was created by the Rome Statute which came into force on 1 July 2002. It was primarily established to protect humanity. Specifically, it is a permanent court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. In particular, Part 2, Article 5 of the Rome Statute grants the Court jurisdiction over four groups of crimes, which it refers to as the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. The jurisdiction of the court include: the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. The crime of genocide is unique because the crime must be committed with intent to destroy while crimes against humanity are specifically listed ‘prohibited acts’ when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population. Although, many countries had advocated that terrorism and drug trafficking should be added to the list of crimes covered by the Rome Statute; however, these states were unable to agree on a definition

Inset ICC President, Song Sang-Hyun

for terrorism and it was decided not to include drug trafficking as this might overwhelm the Court’s limited resources. However, the years many Nigerians have urged the court to consider the activities of Boko Haram as crime against humanity. This is because, the Islamic sect had on several occasions launched a widespread and systematic attack that has resulted in the killing of more than 1,200 Christians and Muslims civilians in different locations throughout Nigeria, including Borno, Yobe, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna and Plateau States as well as Abuja. But, penultimate Sunday ago, the ICC in its report classified the conflict between the Boko Haram insurgents and the Nigerian

IF THE ICC WANTS TO HELP NIGERIA, THEY SHOULD SEE

BOKO HARAM ISSUE AS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

state as civil war. The court noted in its report that having carefully reviewed the state of affairs in Nigeria, the violence qualified as an armed conflict of non-international character. Technically, the ICC by this report has temporarily halted the aspiration, of some Nigerians especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who had threatened to press charges against the Boko Haram sect for crimes committed against Christians at the ICC. The Association at the National Executive Council meeting said that the attacks of Boko Haram have been aimed at Christians in the North, claiming that their aim is to rid the North of Christianity. But, the ICC’s report stated that the required level of intensity and the level of organisation of parties to the conflict are necessary ingredients to be considered before the violence could be qualified as crime against humanity. The court, however, pointed out that the information available at this stage did not provide a reasonable basis to believe that killings and other abuses attributed to the Nigerian security forces in their response CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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ADR ‘ll impact on foreign Mrs. Caroline Etuk is the Director of Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC). She is an alumnus of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and also a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree graduate from Kings College, University of London. She has attended several courses on International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Europe and United States of America. In this interview with WALE IGBINTADE, she speaks on ADR and the challenges facing the LMDC, among others. Excerpts. The LMDC recently concluded its Settlement Week, what is the objective behind this exercise? The Settlement Week is one of the activities of the Governing Council in the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse. The law setting up LMDC says Settlement Week is a week set aside by Chief Judge of Lagos State when matters are referred from various courts to the LMDC and mediated during this week. The main essence of the Settlement Week is to decongest the dockets of the courts. The week also has subsidiary objectives; one of which is to create awareness of ADR in Lagos State. During this Week, the legal community had a chance to participate fully in ADR because most lawyers have not had the opportunity previously to be involved in mediation as advocates. They had ample opportunity to do so during the Settlement Week sponsored by the Lagos State Government. What impact has the Settlement Week had in the past in decongesting the courts? We have done so well, in the sense that we have introduced a programme that is having a gradual incremental impact. While I cannot say we have achieved our overall objectives but year after year, there is awareness and more court participation. There are more cases settled and there is more involvement all-around. We cannot say half of the cases in the dockets of the court have been settled, we are not there yet. But, there is a cultural shift, there is a realization that Settlement Week is not going away, it has come to stay. To that extent, there is an impact in the sense that there is a growing awareness and increase participation in the Settlement Week. It is a cultural shift that is what is going on. Not long ago, the Ministry of Information, Lagos state came to LMDC in order to publicize the Settlement Week. Also, we have LAASA they have placed our billboards in 18 locations so that the Lagos community will know what we are doing. We have programmes for lawyers and litigants and there is a realization that Settlement Week is not going away, it has come to stay. In that sense, I will say there is an impact; there is a growing awareness, an increase participation in the Settlement Week. My view is that it can only get better. Is there any outstanding case that you have resolved during the Settlement Week? Although, we are not suppose to talk about the cases we have handled, but there was a particular case that was in the public domain involving a prominent school in Lagos over the death of a child. That matter was resolved during the Settlement Week last year. It was matter that was so emotional because the child died while in the summing pool. The incident occurred while the school was conducting its regular summing coaching for students. For us, resolving that dispute is something remarkable and it was a thing of joy to us when the matter was settled. Sometimes, it takes years to resolve disputes in the courts, but how long does it take LMDC to resolve disputes? You cannot compare the speed here with the courts. That is the trend not only in Nigeria but all over the

Etuk

THE LAW SETTING UP LMDC SAYS SETTLEMENT WEEK IS A WEEK SET ASIDE BY CHIEF JUDGE OF LAGOS STATE WHEN MATTERS ARE REFERRED

FROM VARIOUS COURTS TO THE

LMDC AND MEDIATED DURING THIS WEEK. world, its one good point for ADR. The British Council did a survey of our case and settlement duration and they came up with an 82-day on the average to settle a matter. The international best practice is that cases should be settled in one session and at most in two sessions. We have had quite a numbers of cases that have been summarily closed and resolved efficiently in one session but it cannot happen in every case. For instance, a typical banking case needs reconciliation of accounts. You have to get an auditor to reconcile the accounts and has to be given time to do his work properly. So, all these things impact on case duration because they have to be computed along with the entire case. We have had quite remarkable matters settled and our biggest matter so far was settled in two days. It has to do with a topmost oil company and a topmost construction company. This matter ran into midnight but it was settled in two days. So, when it comes to duration in which cases are settled, you cannot compare ADR with the regular the courts.

In line with new High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, it is now mandatory for cases to be referred to LMDC for preliminary settlement before approaching the court for redress. How is LMDC coping with influx of cases? Well, it is been tough, really rough. Apart from the staff strength, we also have to contend with the issue of space for mediation rooms. For instance, the Settlement Week started early because some parties said they cannot wait till November. We have our core LMDC matters and then we have matters from the ADR track. Recently we made a plea for more space and very soon we are going to expand. In terms of actual mediators, this year we have trained 30 new mediators, so by next year we expect to have more mediators. But, despite these challenges, we have been able to cope with increase in workload. Some of the judges have agreed that we use their courtrooms. How many landlord and tenant cases have you resolved through ADR? They are numerous, landlord and tenant matters are one the simplest to resolve. Whether the landlord and tenant are from Ikoyi or anywhere else they are all the same. So, landlord and tenant matters are not difficult to resolve. If you consider case types in Lagos State, it’s a typical dispute in Lagos. The LMDC won international recognition by winning the award on ‘Significant Achievement in the field of Dispute Resolution’. What other feats have you achieved? The LMDC model has been replicated in 10 states. So, we have a network of ten other Multi-courthouses across the country that is growing in leaps-and-bounds. This month alone, we have three states that have indicated interest in starting off Multi-Courthouse. If it wasn’t a


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investments in Nigeria –Etuk chairing Lagos Settlement Committee until she became the Chief Judge. Now we have Justice Funmilayo Atilade chairing the Settlement Week and she is going to be CJ after the current Chief Judge. We really don’t have problems because the judges are the pillars of ADR. We have an understanding with people that can envision about the LMDC and set us on the right track. So, I can say without fear of contradiction that we have been blessed with excellent leadership. What are the challenges facing LMDC? Well, the normal growing pangs for any growing or evolving organism. We have challenges with manpower, we don’t have many hands as we should have for the amount of work that we are doing. We’ve had challenges with the legal community because we have to take the lawyers through pains of change until we have full acceptability of ADR. I can’t honestly say funding has been a problem because we have received ample support from the Lagos State government for which we are absolutely grateful. We are making do with what we have and we are managing our fund judiciously. However, we need to be more strategic and more broad-based and I believe we will be better equipped in 2014. Again, we need to push ADR to places; there are some things that are not really in our control. One of these is the issue of Judges’ periodic returns. Presently, judges make returns to National Judicial Council by the number of judgements they deliver. If a judge has certain number of cases and he has to make returns to show that he is on top of his game, then referring matters to ADR becomes a secondary consideration. So, that issue needs to be addressed at that level. So, the network of Multi-Courthouses is set to make presentations to the National Judicial Council on that matter. If changes are made, it will benefit Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse and other Multi- Door Court houses across the country.

model that works, it will not be an attractive model to replicate. Again, we are entering into some kind of collaborations and very soon we are going to be doing things across West Africa coast. The presentation has been made at the forum of judges and the Chief Judge of Lagos State is looking into it. We are going to initiate West African forum of judges, we expect that judges in West African countries where ADR is being practice should be able to interact on ADR in their various jurisdictions. Our training is more standardised now; we have started our first mediation skills training and the response was absolutely wonderful. There have been about three different Chief Judges in Lagos State since LMDC was established. Has these changes affected your operation in any way? I can say that we’ve been really blessed but we have had our challenges no doubt. A few strategic things have happened in the LMDC. When the law was promulgated, the former Chief Judge, Justice Ade Alabi (Rtd), had actually encouraged the founders to ensure that a proper legal framework is put in place and that we are not just working on the strength of practice direction. We had our challenges with him because he wanted things done in a particular direction. However, when Justice Inumidun Akande took over, she had her reservations but she soon learned that LMDC had added value to the judiciary of Lagos State and it’s a useful arm of the judiciary. So, she encouraged us in many ways, although she was strict on many things. Strategically, we had the chairman of our Governing Council, Justice Opeyemi Oke, who is quite a senior judge in the helms of affairs. Besides, we had Justice Ayotunde Phillips

You have the obligation to enlighten lawyers on ADR, how far have you gone in this respect? The concept of ADR is new and its takes time for lawyers to accept it. This is not what we learned at the Law School, we learnt courtroom advocacy and every young lawyer is aspiring to become a court-room advocacy. But, what we are saying to them simply is that there is the change of an era and ADR has come to stay. Now the unfortunate thing is that other professions are very interested in ADR and they are keying into it. When the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution had its last training, there was a consultant neurosurgeon that came for training. We have engineers, surveyors, architects and bankers coming into ADR space. So, where does that leave a lawyer who is insisting that it has to be court-

room advocacy or nothing? So, we are encouraging the legal profession, they should occupy the space and be comfortable in it. You cannot fight ADR all you need to do is to become proficient and competent wherever you find yourself be it in ADR or in the courtroom you know exactly what to do and get properly paid for rendering that service. So, we are encouraging and I am sure we will get there. Is there any outstanding case that you have resolved through ADR? Although, we are not suppose to talk about the cases we have handled but there was a particular case that was in the public domain involving a prominent school in Lagos over the death of a child. That matter was resolved during the Settlement Week last year. It was matter that was so emotional because the child died in the swimming pool while the school was conducting its regular swimming coaching for students. For us, resolving that dispute is something remarkable and it was a thing of joy to us when the matter was settled. How far have you gone in enlightening lawyers to embrace ADR? We are trying, we are running a mediation skill courses and most of the participants are lawyers. Next year we will be doing a lot of mediation advocacy training. It doesn’t train you to be a mediator but it trains you to be advocates in mediation and represent your client effectively in mediation. Next year we are going to be involved in NBA at all levels as an organisation. You were at the NBA Conference in Calabar, how was it? We had a big assignment; we have a mandate to be in Calabar. That was the first time the Association of Multi-Door Court Houses was presented to the legal community. LMDC as an organisation had a lot of ground work to do, so we had our presentations. We also had discussants from Abuja Multi-Door, Akwa Ibom Multi-Door, Abuja Multi-Door, LMDC and the event was sponsored by the British Council. Justice Habeeb Abiru of the Court of Appeal chaired the session. It was a good outing. What is your advice to stakeholders in ADR? My advice to them is for all to understand that Alternative Dispute Resolution at every level and engage in ADR. Now, Lagos State has set the pace for most other states in judicial reforms. Every state is looking at us, they what to know if it will work or not. We need to engage and prove the effectiveness of ADR as a tool for justice administration. We need to be convinced that ADR works and the funding ADR is receiving as been worth-awhile. Ultimately, if we have a culture of amicable dispute resolution in Lagos State, it is going to have direct impact on foreign investment. It is going to create a friendly environment for business. Foreigners will see that that if they come to Lagos State and invest and things go wrong, they will get justice either through litigation or justice by consensus through ADR. There is need for confidence in the judiciary to be restored and it is not one organisation’s responsibility. It is the responsibility of every stakeholder in Lagos State.

IF WE HAVE A CULTURE OF AMICABLE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN

LAGOS

STATE, IT IS GOING TO

HAVE DIRECT IMPACT ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS.

IT IS GOING TO CREATE A FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT FOR BUSINESS.


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‘ Int’l community should support the cause against senseless killings’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 to Boko Haram constituted crimes against humanity. “The Office has therefore determined that since at least May 2013 allegations of crimes occurring in the context of the armed violence between Boko Haram and Nigerian security forces should be considered within the scope of Article 8(2)(c) and (e) of the Statute. “ICC noted that since the increase of security operations after the declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states on May 14, 2013, reports of crimes allegedly committed by Nigerian security forces had also increased,” the report said. However, a cross-section of lawyers faulted the position of ICC on the issue insisting that the enormity of crime committed by Boko Haram should qualify as crime against humanity. Commenting on the report, Mr. Olu Daramola, SAN said ‘’what Boko Haram believes is to be waging war against defenceless citizens and they don’t really know what they want. They started by burning churches and killing people. So, to that extent, what they are doing can be described as crime against humanity. But, if you look at most of the issues that have been brought to ICC, you will notice that its either that a particular ethnic was targeted but that is not the kind of thing that is happening in Nigeria. In fact, Boko Haram is in the habit of throwing bombs around and anybody can die in the process. But, if the ICC wants to help Nigeria, they should see Boko Haram issue as crime against humanity. According to him, ICC should not wait until one million Nigerians are slaughtered before they begin to react. He argued that while the sect ‘’have a right to say they don’t want to go to school, they do not have the right to say other people should not go to school. There is no reason why the crime perpetrated by Boko Haram should not be

Layonu (SAN)

Nwachukwu

I HAD ALWAYS MAINTAINED THAT THE BOKO HARAM ISSUE HAS BECOME A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST NIGERIA. brought to justice. Nigeria appears incapable of doing that on its own, so we need the support of the International community. In his view, Mr. Abiodun Layonu, SAN said ‘’I had always maintained that the Boko Haram issue has become a declaration of war against Nigeria. What the ICC is saying now is just a confirmation of it’’. A Lagos based lawyer, Chucks Nwachukwu said ‘’I wouldn’t know the criteria the ICC used in reaching its conclusion. If crime against humanity is crime targeted at a section of humanity, crime that is massive, reprehensible, hatred and terrorism and annihilation of a section of human community. In any way, I think Boko Haram qualifies as having committed crime against humanity’’.

‘’This sect murdered hundreds of people worshiping in churches and in mosques. So, the killings carried out by Boko Haram qualify to be characterised as crime against humanity. But, then, everything depends on international politics and diplomacy. I think, the position of the ICC was influenced by the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government didn’t want to appear to be against a section of Nigerians. To be specific, the Nigerian government was against the characterisation of Boko Haram as a terrorist group. Now that the United States of America as declared Boko Haram as a terrorist group, I do believe that in no distant future, the ICC will follow the same path’’. In his view, Friday Oshomagbe said ‘’ in my opinion, it is a conspiracy against

Kutigi, eminent jurist of the Commonwealth

FRANCIS FAMOROTI HEAD, JUDICIARY

J

ustice Idris Legbo Kutigi is a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). As a jurist who was saddled with the responsibility of being at the helm of the affairs at country’s judiciary from January 30, 2007 till December 30, 2009, he brought some reforms to bear on justice administration in the country. Though Kutigi was a relatively conservative judge, he was a stickler for excellence who improved on the path laid down by his predecessors in office. Born on December 31, 1939, in Kutigi, North-Western State (now located in the Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State, he attended elementary school in Kutigi and middle and secondary school in Bida. He then moved on to Government College (now known as Barewa College), and then to Ahmadu Bello University (both in Zaria, Kaduna State.) He left the country for England, where he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and the

Gibson and Weldon College of Law, before returning to attend the Nigerian Law School in Lagos. Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before becoming a high court judge in 1976. He joined the Supreme Court in 1992 and served for 10 years before the then President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to the position of CJN to succeed Justice Salihu Alfa Belgore. Belgore retired on January 17 and Kutigi

Justice Kutigi

succeeded him on January 30, 2007 after being confirmed by the Senate. One of the most controversial assignments Kutigi ever performed while in office was the swearing in of his successor, Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu in December 2009. On Kutigi’s retirement at the time, he swore in Katsina-Alu and this act attracted severe criticisms from constitution law experts and analysts. The President of Nigeria normally swears in the Chief Justice, but Umaru Yar’ Adua was not available due to illness. Some analysts have also faulted his position in aligning with the majority decision of the 2007 Presidential election tribunal that gave the victory to Obasanjo against his deputy, Atiku Abubakar. Despite the reservations some people might have against him, a writer once described Kutigi as ‘’an eminent elder of this Commonwealth.’’ According to this writer,’’ he has established his place in the society and does not need the approbation or endorsement of any individual to be so recognised and accorded the respect he so richly deserves.’’ Among the cases he handled include Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulhamid.v. Talal Akar and anor, where he delivered the lead judgement on May 5, 2006 and Associated Discount Houses Limited.v. Amalgamated Trustees Limited, where he concurred with Justice Ignatius Pats-Acholonu’s lead judgment also on May 5, 2006.

Daramola (SAN)

our country and Nigerians. It is never a war as classified but crime against humanity. Senseless and unjustifiable killings by any person against his or her fellow citizen cannot qualify as war but criminality. For it to qualify as war, there must be a declaration of the Power that be which has not taken place. It is an insurgent of criminality against fellow Nigerians that has no justification’’. ‘’ Can the killing of school children and students, church congregations, marriage and social assemblies, invasion of communities, forceful conversion of persons to Islamic religion and forceful marriages, forceful dispossession of personal properties, wilful raping, wilful killings, destruction of properties without any declaration of war be justified by them? I don’t think so’’.

LEGAL TIPS Liability of Employers under the Employees’ Compensation Act 2010 •The Employees Compensation Act (ECA) is a scheme designed to provide compensation to employees who either sustain injuries at the work place, or suffer from occupational diseases in the course of employment whether at the usual place of work or outside it. •The Act requires all employers to register with the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Fund will implement the Act and the fund, by setting up a Fund that will be under the oversight responsibility of an Independent Investment Committee. •The Board created by the Act will assess employers within the first two years in order to determine what each employer shall pay subsequently. •Besides, an employer is liable to provide compensation for all employees or their dependants for any death, injury, disease or disability arising out of or in the course of employment. •An employee, who suffers any disability injury arising out of or in the course of employment, shall be entitled to payment of compensation in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Written by Francis Famoroti, Head, Judiciary. We welcome feedback and reactions from readers via our e-mail: nationamirrorlaw@yahoo.com


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Unresolved probes into Alao, Ademola’s mysterious deaths The late Colonel Shittu Alao was one of the four Nigerian Army Officers that were first seconded to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the ‘50s. He died in a helicopter crash 44 years ago and the probe of the cause of his death led to the tragic end of a promising medical doctor, Adeyemi Ademola of the late Alake of Egbaland, Sir Ladapo Ademola 11 royal family. FRANCIS FAMOROTI, Head, Judiciary writes.

DR. ADEYEMI ADEMOLA, WHO PERFORMED THE AUTOPSY ON

ALAO’S

BODY, DID NOT

LIVE TO DISCLOSE THE OUTCOME OF

THE POST-MORTEM

FAMOUS CASES

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olonel Shittu Alao was a brave airman who served first the Nigerian Army and later the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) between 1950s and ‘60s. Unfortunately, the Ogbomosho-born officer died in 1969 in an air crash at Uzebba and suspicions were rife that the circumstances that led to his death remained cloudy. Born in October 1937 in Dorowa Babuje, in Plateau State, Alao attended the First Baptist Day School, Jos and later the Provincial Secondary School, Kuru where he graduated in December 1954. On graduation, he joined the Nigerian Army as a member of the 13th Course, Regular Officers Special Training School, Accra, Ghana. Alao was among the four Nigerian Army Officers that were first seconded to the NAF with a view to taking over command from the Germans. He took over the leadership of the NAF from Brigadier Kurubo on August 5, 1967. Following his secondment to the NAF, he was sent to Germany in 1963 for a one-year indoctrination course on all aspects of air force training. Shittu and Brigadier Emmanuel Ikwue were the only two of the four pioneer members that qualified for flying. On his return from Germany, Alao was appointed Senior Air Operations Officer at HQ NAF with a German as his adviser. Before becoming Commander of the NAF, he was also one of the pioneer indigenous commanders of the NAF Base, Kaduna. Alao headed the NAF in its most trying period, that is, the thick of the civil war. Though unprepared for the war, Col. Alao infused a sense of patriotism and confidence in his officers. According to reliable sources, he led by example and personally carried out bombing raids during the war. A very brave officer and pilot, he was said to have died at Uzebba on active duty in the service of the country. His colleague, Ikwue who was privy to the incident reportedly commented on the circumstances that led to his death stated that he was on a solo flight in an L-29 aircraft in the SouthWestern part of the country when he ran into bad weather and subsequently ran out of fuel. Alao was said to have made an emergency landing but unfortunately ran into a tree and died in the process. In appreciation of his selfless service to the country, the Federal Government

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post- humously honoured him in October 1982 with the national award of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR). The NAF also honoured him during its Silver Jubilee Anniversary in 1989 when he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Star and the Distinguished Service Medal. The NAF leadership led by Air Vice Marshal AD Bello was said to have recollected that as Commander of the NAF, Alao personally flew himself around the country in the only Aztec

Piper aircraft in NAF inventory, redesignating the aircraft as NAF 001. By some coincidence, he too held the first service number that was issued in NAF, thus he was NAF/101. It was gathered that after Shittu’s death, an autopsy was conducted on his body in a General Hospital in Lagos. But the medical doctor, Dr. Adeyemi Ademola, who performed the autopsy, did not leave to disclose the outcome of the post-mortem examination he carried on Alao’s body. What happened? Ademola, the then Chief Medical Adviser, Federal Ministry of Health, and younger brother of Nigeria’s then Chief Justice of the Federation (CJF), Justice Adetokunbo Ademola, was killed mysteriously at his Ikoyi residence on October 23, 1970 to forestall the revelation of the autopsy report. In effect, Dr Ademola’s mysterious murder was linked to the impending medical report of the suspicious cause of the death in a helicopter crash, of the then Chief of Air Staff, Col. Alao. The Federal Military Government (FMG) also wielded its power and stopped the publication of the Daily Times group for 10 days during the period. Chairman/Managing Direc-

tor of DTN, Alhaji Babatunde Jose, at the time and the paper’s Editor, Henry Odukomaiya and some others were clamped into detention without trial. Their offence was the imminent publication of the autopsy report on the unsolved murder of Dr. Ademola. Till date, tongues are still waging in some quarters that the late Dr. Ademola was assassinated by unknown persons for refusing to alter the autopsy report on Col. Alao. Another account says the contending narrative was that the 32-year-old Alao was murdered: “shot and killed and his killers staged the helicopter crash.” Did the Nigerian Armed Forces kill one of its officers? This other version of events was given credence when an autopsy report allegedly written by Dr. Adeyemi Ademola (the Chief Medical Officer, Federal Ministry of Health and brother of Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, then Chief Justice of Federation) was said to have refuted the official report. Sadly, Ademola was assassinated at his Ikoyi residence by unknown persons on October 23, 1970. The question begging for answer is was Ademola killed because he “refused to alter the autopsy report on Alao”? However, more than four decades after both men died, there is still no satisfactory explanation as to what truly happened. Nobody could also explain what really happened to the original autopsy report written by Ademola? Certainly, there are other mysterious incidents, but these were two of the earliest known cases of unsolved assassinations in post-independence Nigeria. As a writer observes, ‘’in the intervening years, there may have been some 10,000 high and low profile assassinations. In the vast majority of these cases, their killers were never found’’. This is true today as there are no clues as to who killed Dele Giwa, Jerry Agbeyegbe, Harry Marshall, Aminasoari Dikibo, Bola Ige, Pa Alfred Rewane, Suliat Adedeji, Madam Bisoye Tejuosho and Funsho Williams. Likewise, the name of the person in the corridors of power who ordered that Kudirat Abiola should be killed is still shrouded in secrecy.


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Egyptian court hands MB women 11-year jail terms EGYPT

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n Egyptian court has handed down heavy sentences of 11 years in prison to 21 female supporters of the ousted Islamist president, many of them juveniles, for holding a protest. The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria issued the ruling weeks after the women were arrested during a protest demanding the reinstatement of Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a July 3 coup. They were convicted on multiple charges, including holding a demonstration, sabotage and using force. Seven of them are under 18 years of age. The court also sentenced

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Chinese businessman who stabbed a family of four to death has been found guilty of their murders. Anxiang Du, 54, was convicted by a jury at Northampton Crown Court of murdering Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Jifeng “Jeff’” Ding, his wife, Ge “Helen” Chui, and their two daughters, Xing “Nancy” 18, and Alice, 12, on April 29, 2011. Jurors rejected the claim that Du, from Coventry, should be convicted of manslaughter on the basis of either diminished responsibility or loss of control. He will be sentenced tomorrow. The jury of eight women and four men took just over three hours to deliver a unanimous verdict. Du looked down in the dock as the verdicts were read out. Judge Mr Justice Flaux adjourned sentence until to-

morrow. He said: “Anxiang Du, you have been found guilty of four counts of murder “No doubt your counsel will have explained that there is only one sentence I can pass for this and I will sentence you tomorrow.” The judge, addressing members of the Ding family, said: “I have observed the dignified way in which you have conducted yourselves throughout a trial which must have truly horrendous for you. “I know nothing I can say can assuage the pain of the deaths of your sister and daughter but I just hope at least the fact that the man responsible for the deaths has been brought to justice will provide you with some comfort.” He also thanked the jury for their work. Relatives of the Ding family have been in court for the two-week trial along with Du’s son Boquian. During the trial, the jury heard how Du “massacred”

his former business partners Mr and Mrs Ding in revenge after he lost a 10-year legal battle over a Chinese herbal medicine business. Du and his wife Can Chen had set up the business with their friends the Dings but civil proceedings commenced after that relationship “turned sour”. Losing the case left Du “angry, humiliated and facing financial ruin” as he owed some £88,000 in court costs, jurors were told. An injunction delivered to his home in Coventry on the evening of April 28, 2011, preventing him from dissipating his assets, was to be the “catalyst” for the events which would unfold the next day, prosecutors told the court. Du made a plan and “carried it out with ruthless efficiency”, the court heard. On April 29, Du left his home and went to his shop in Birmingham where he picked up a knife and wrote a farewell note to his wife in Mandarin. The note read “Best wishes/Eternal Blessing. Qian

Qian (pet name for their son) will care about Mum forever! Everyone has to say farewell one day!”. Armed with the knife, a quantity of cash and his passport, he travelled to the home of the Dings in Wootton, Northamptonshire, “like a man on a mission”, to exact revenge. The jury heard he took a train from Birmingham New Street station to Northampton where he boarded a bus to where the Ding family lived in Pioneer Close.

complicit in a form of abortion, the company said. The law presents companies with difficult choices, Hobby Lobby told the justices. Failing to offer comprehensive coverage could subject it to fines of $1.3 million a day, it said, while dropping insurance coverage for its employees entirely could lead to fines of $26 million a year. The Tenth Circuit ruled that Hobby Lobby was a “person” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, and that its religious beliefs had been compromised without good reason. Kyle Duncan, a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which rep-

resents Hobby Lobby, said he was pleased that the justices had agreed to resolve the split among the federal appeals courts. “We hope the Supreme Court will vindicate the rights of family business owners,” he said. Nancy Northup, the president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement that “the right to religious freedom belongs to individuals, not for-profit institutions.” “These for-profit companies,” she said, “are no more entitled to deny women insurance coverage for essential health care than they are to dictate how any of us can and cannot spend our paychecks.”

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he Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases on whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. The cases present a new challenge to President Obama’s health care law. The Supreme Court in 2012 upheld another part of the law, one that requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. The Obama administration had exempted many

religious groups from the law’s requirements for contraception coverage. But it said that commercial corporations could not rely on religious objections to opt out of compliance with the law. “Our policy is designed to ensure that health care decisions are made between a woman and her doctor,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “The president believes that no one, including the government or forprofit corporations, should be able to dictate those decisions to women.” The lower courts are divided over whether corporations may object to generally applicable laws on religious

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liberty grounds. In June, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver, ruled for Hobby Lobby, a corporation owned by a family whose members have said they try to run the business

on Christian principles. The company, which operates a chain of arts-and-crafts stores and has more than 15,000 full-time employees of many faiths, objected to a requirement in the health care law that large employers provide their workers with comprehensive insurance coverage for contraception. Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem with offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that can prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, and make it

Odunola Jegede -I was fidgeting

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y first solo appearance was before Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos High court. Apparently it was the second day I joined the company I worked with that I was told to appear alone in court. It all began when my principal instructed me to appear alone in a civil suit. I was asked to appear for report of settlement. When I got the file,I stud-

ied it thoroughly and thereafter asked my colleagues to put me through which however they did. On the day of the matter, I got to court very early and was already robed before 8:30 am. The court commenced exactly 9am and my matter was first on the cause list. When my matter was called, I announced my appearance while fidgeting. However I managed to summon my courage and present-

ed myself excellently well. It was also amazing that I had to do all the talking alone because counsel to the other party was absent in court. The judge smiled at me all through, I guessed she knew I was a new wig. In fact I did the presentation very well and my other colleagues commended my presentation especially when they knew it was my first time. It was indeed a memorable day!

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Women inheritance Rights under Islamic Law

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T 1. L-R: Chief Arthur Mbanefo , Delta State Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuyah (SAN), Chief George, Uwechue (SAN), Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN) at the public presentation of Law in Motion: Nurturing Democracy and Development – Essays in Honour of Chief George Uwechue in Lagos recently.

L-R Prof. Nwabueze (SAN), Mrs. Sally Uwechue-Mbanefo and Chief Anyaoku

L-R : Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice ,Mr. Ade Ipaye ,Chief Ganiyu Adetola Kazeem (SAN) and President and chairman of council, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria,Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) at the annual President’s dinner and presentation of certificates to Associates and fellows of the institute recently.

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A box of cigars

A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was talking to his lawyer. “If I lose this case, I’ll be ruined.” “It’s in the judge’s hands now,” said the lawyer. “Would it help if I sent the judge a box of cigars?” “Oh no! This judge is a stickler or ethical behaviour. A stunt like that would prejudice him against you. He might even hold you in contempt of court. In fact, you shouldn’t even smile at the judge.” Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision in favour of the defendant. As the defendant left the courthouse, he said to his lawyer, “Thanks for the tip about the cigars. It worked!” “I’m sure we would have lost the case if you’d sent them.” “But I did send them.” “What?? You did???” “Yes. That’s how we won the case.” “It’s easy. I sent the cigars to the judge, but enclosed the plaintiff ’s business card.” Culled from bar joke.com

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he question of women’s status has acquired great importance throughout the world and among all communities. The reason is obvious. For thousands of years women were kept in total subjugation in all patriarchal societies, and it so happened that most societies were patriarchal. Thus, for centuries it was ‘considered a natural law ‘that women were inferior to men and must submit to the latter’s authority for the smooth running of family life. It should be remembered that even religious scriptures could not altogether escape from adopting such attitudes though some did lay down a few norms which transcended them. However, social attitudes are so pervasive that even progressive scriptural norms become affected and are thus interpreted in a way that reflects the prevailing mental attitudes. Thus, the male dominated societies often harnessed even just and egalitarian norms laid down for women in divine scriptures to perpetuate their hold. The Qur’an, which is comparatively liberal in its treatment of women, also suffered the same fate. The laws regarding women drawn up during the medieval period by the jurists, though based on interpretations of the scriptures, are unlikely to be accepted by women today. They no longer accept their subordinate position. They now demand equal status with men. Under Nigerian law, Islamic law or Shariah forms a part of our customary law. Shariah embodies the rules ordained by Allah and by which all Muslims are to be governed in their relationship with fellow human beings and with Him. There are four recognised sources of the Shariah and its Divine Attributes. 1. The primary source of the Shariah is the Holy Qur’an, and as a direct revelation, it is sacrosanct and divinely ordained. Its Arabic text has remained consistent throughout the history of

Islam, and is therefore not doubtful, or doubted. Many of these verses were revealed in response to particular situation, and within a particular context, in contrast with other verses that conveyed universal principles, for all time. 2. The second source of the Shariah is the Hadith, which comprises of the sayings, practices, and actions of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). It includes even those actions that he did not openly disapprove of, by remaining silent in the face of their commission or omission. 3. The third source of the Sharia is the Ijma, which is the consensus of opinion of the knowledgeable in the community on any given question. 4. The fourth source is Qiyas, meaning individual analogical deduction or legal discretion ( istihsan ) and taking into account the public good (istislah) are also secondary sources utilised in developing the Sharia over the years. Accordingly, there are four main schools of interpretation or authority named after their founders Malik bin Anas, Abu Hanifa; Al- Shafi’I and Ahamd bin Hanbl. The findings and opinions of the four schools though undoubtedly sincerely derived, and well founded, are not homogenous. Not only do they not always say the same things, some of them contradict one another, and even in a few cases, the primary source, itself. Each school of interpretation leans heavily upon the perception of piety and true worship as practiced or advocated by its founder. In this wise some of the schools

allow for a lot of latitude on some issues they bear strict understanding or application on others. To the extent that the interpretations are in many cases mired by human weakness and bias, they remain a source of manipulation, misrepresentation, and confusion thereby creating an image for Islam far from what it is. As for Muslims, Islamic law lays down its own formula for the distribution of the estate of a deceased person and a wife can inherit as well as female children. The only discriminatory aspect is that a woman always takes half of what a male counterpart takes under Islamic law of succession. The wife of a Muslim man who dies without making a will is entitled to one quarter of his estate after all debt, funeral expenses and other charges have been settled. If there are children or grand children, her share is reduced to one – eight and where more than one wife survives the deceased, they all together share the one-quarter or one – eight where there are children or grand children. However, where a woman dies interstate, her husband takes half of her estate after all expenses and debts have been settled. A woman who has changed her religion may be disinherited. Under Islamic law, the property is distributed per person and not into the number of wives the deceased had prior to his death. Under Islamic law (the Maliki School), a person making a will can only dispose of 1/3 of his estate by will to persons other than his real heirs. The following are the primary heirs and their shares: (a) Father, one-sixth (1/6) , (b) Grandfather, one-sixth (1/6) , (c) Mother, one-sixth (1/6) with a child and one-third (1/3) without a child, (d) Grandmother, one-sixth (1/6) with a child and one-third (1/3) without a child, (e) Husband, one-fourth (1/4) with a child and one-half (1/2) without a child, (f) Wife or wives, one-eighth (1/8) with a child and one-fourth (1/4) without a child.

THE WIFE OF A MUSLIM MAN WHO DIES WITHOUT MAKING A WILL IS ENTITLED TO ONE QUARTER OF HIS ESTATE

AFTER ALL DEBTS, FUNERAL EXPENSES AND OTHER

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Crisis in Irele over installation of parallel monarch HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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here was palpable tension in the ancient town of Ode Irele in Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State over the installation of a parallel monarch for the people of the town. Community Mirror gathered that despite that the Olofun of Ode-Irele Kingdom, Oba Cladius

Olarewaju Lebi was still on the throne, another Olofun, Oba Augustine Bamidele Ekunsanmi, the Opetusi (III) emerged. Houses and vehicles were allegedly torched by people suspected to be loyal to Oba Cladius Olarewaju. But, normalcy returned after a detachment of anti-riot policeman was drafted to the town to restore law and order. Armed policemen now pa-

trol the town in convoys even as check-points were set up at strategic locations. The Police Public Relations officer in the state, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the incident; saying policemen have been drafted to the town to prevent the two sides from attacking each other. According to him: “it is true that they got a favourable judgment against the monarch but the matter has been appealed

and until that appeal is determined, the status quo should be maintained because not only did the monarch appealed, he also sought and got a stay of execution of the lower court pronouncement. “This new ruling house should have waited for the outcome of the appeal before trying to install their own as the monarch. They are taking the laws into their hands by attempting to install a monarch and the police cannot look on while citizens indulge in acts capable of breaking down law and order.” Trouble started in the town when some kingmakers of the community commenced the final coronation rites for Ekunsanmi at “Maloku’s Shrine” to replace the incumbent Olofun of Irele, Oba Cladius Olarewaju Lebi who has been sacked by Okitipupa High Court in a case presided over by Justice O.A Adegbehingbe. It was gathered that some people who are loyalist of the embattled monarch, prevented the kingmakers from perform-

ing the rites, barricaded the town’s main road and prevented free flow traffic. It was gathered that Oba Lebi, had filed two applications at the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure through his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun. However, head of Opetusi Ruling House, High Chief Sola Olajide defended the kingmakers’ action, saying they decided to toe the line of peace by following the 2010 court judgment which sacked Lebi from the throne. He said; “in 1993 we challenged Lebi for contesting the seat but due to his influence with the military people then, he was installed in 1995 despite court injunction restraining him. Since then we were in court to fight for our right, until 2010 when Okitipupa High Court ordered him to stop parading himself as monarch. The court also ordered us to produce a regent pending the time we produce a new king.

Aladura Churches hail national confab

An accident involving two commercial buses at the MTN Junction in Oko Afo Area of Badagry at the weekend. PHOTO: NAN

Residents celebrate as Igbobi-Kingdom gets monarch FISAYO FALODI

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amily and well-wishers thronged the Yaba Local Council Development Area of Lagos State at the weekend to cerebrate Oba of Igbobi-Sabe Kingdom, Oba Owolabi Adeyemi Adeshina Adeniyi, Maforunyomi 1, as he was presented the Staff of Office and Instrument of Appointment by the state government. The gorgeously dressed family and residents hailed the royal father as he received the Staff of Office. In his short speech, Oba Adeniyi promised to promote the existing unity and love among the family members and residents of Igbobi-Sabe Kingdom. He sought their support for peaceful reign. To the delight of the

residents, the royal father promised to facilitate the execution of people-oriented projects in the kingdom by the state government. Oba Adeniyi was born into the Maforunyomi branch of the Ijaoye Ruling House of IgbobiSabe, the Suenu and Ashogbon Chieftaincy families of Lagos and the ancient Apa Royal House of Apa Kingdom 56 years ago. He attended Holy Trinity Primary School, Ebute-Ero, Lagos, from where he proceeded to Zumratul Islamiyya Grammar School, Yaba, Lagos. He worked with the Nigerian Ports Authority and P.Z before travelling to the United States for further studies. While in the United State, he attended the CISCO Academy Community College, Houston, Texas and the Long Island

University Brooklyn, New York to study Computer Science specializing in Network Engineering Information Technology. He worked in many firms in the United States before returning to Nigeria in 2008. A vastly travelled person, the royal father engaged in networking engineering, windows/lines systems administration, trouble shooting and repairs, among others. Oba Adeniyi was a member of the Egbe Asiwaju Eko (Houston, Texes) as well as the Lagos Diaspora Group, United States. The royal father, who is grounded in the cultural tradition of Lagos, is a Christian. Oba Adeniyi is married with children.

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he umbrella body of white garment churches in Nigeria, the United Aladura Churches (UAC) has hailed the National Conference proposed by the Federal Government, saying it is high time Nigerians come together and talk on the future of the country, considering the current challenges the country is facing now. In an address to the press at the occasion of UAC Day held at Salem Evangelical Church, Obanikoro Road, Lagos recently, president of the body, Baba Aladura Funsho Andrew said the position of the UAC is that the conference should hold, be it sovereign or whatever name. While harping on the unity of the country, which the UAC days is non-negotiable, the body advised the Federal Government to wage a serious war on corruption and provide jobs for the youths so that the cankerworm would be minimized. On the issue of terrorism, the Aladura churches advised the Federal Government to sign a military pact with either the government of the United

States of America or Israel to help tackle the terrorist organization, Boko Haram. The body noted that if government could empower the youths, robbery, kidnapping and drug peddling would be curtailed. It, however, frowned on the issue of quota system being used in the civil service, adding that if the quota system was used instead of merit in picking the Golden Under 17 Eaglets, they would not have been able to win the World Cup. The UAC predicted a better future for Nigeria if the country could turn away from all vices and the leaders turn to God. “God will hearken to our requests and make peace to reign in this country,” it said. Memberships of the UAC include the Cherubim & Seraphim churches, the Celestial Church of Christ, the Church of the Lord (Aladura) and the Fellowship of Independent White Garment Churches. Among others, the organization is set out for the sanitization of white garment churches in Nigeria.


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Yuletide: Benue youths initiate violent-free celebration strategy HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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s this year’s Yuletide approaches, youths have embarked on what can be described as “security duties” in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, as part of the efforts to ensure violentfree celebration. The over 100 “young security men” positioned themselves at strategic streets in Makurdi and searched cars and motorcy-

cles so as to prevent likely breakdown of law and order. On Inikpi, Ugbokolo and several other streets yesterday, the youths were seen mounting road blocks, claiming that they had the support of security agencies. They also claimed to have learnt the rudiments of “stop-and-search” from the police before embarking on the exercise. The development, which received public accolades for pushing effort to curtail

crimes particularly during the Yuletide season, may be defeated as some residents in the affected communities complained of harassment, intimidation and extortion from mostly commercial motorcyclists by the youths. A victim, who preferred to remain anonymous, told National Mirror that the idea was commendable because of the rising crime rate in the state, but faulted the gratification being sought by the youths. He said: “Frankly these boys they have good inten-

tions, but the wrong application of that concept is what we are complaining about. Some of them are looking half dead with tattered dresses and some appear to have been enmeshed in local gin looking drunk. Of course, these caliber of people are not fit to oversee any physical combat if they so wish to embark on any serious security challenges”

Efforte to get the comment of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ezeala, on the development failed.

The Chairperson of Adamawa State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Dr Halima Nyako (right), with other dignitaries, addressing volunteers at the free HIV testing centre set up to mark this year’s World (AIDS) Day in Yola, yesterday.

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FG plans economic summit for Abuja

•Requires N31bn for cultural centre’ completion

he Federal Government has said that it required the sum of N31 billion for the completion of the Cultural Centre, the Abuja Millennium Tower and National Square. The Federal Government consequently approved a special Economic Summit for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with a view to unbundling its huge economic and investment potentials. The summit will also serve as a forum for exploring alternative funding for FCT’s major infrastructure, transportation and tourism projects as well as facilities and social services. The event, which promises to be a gathering of leading investors, captains of industry, capital market operators and finance experts, is expected to hold next year. Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Senator Mohammed, who announced President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval of the Economic Summit during a special tour of major ongoing projects within the FCT undertaken by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA, said the summit would open the window for accelerated private capital inflow into FCT with a view

to ensuring efficient and sustainable service delivery. The tour, which was specifically organised for participants of this year’s Capital Market Committee (CMC) retreat of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was designed to conclude the three-day retreat. Also, the government said it needs about N31 billion to complete the Nigeria Cultural Centre and Millennium Tower Project whose total cost is placed at N69.3 billion. On her part, Director-General of SEC, Ms Arunma Otteh, expressed delight at the Nigeria Cultural Centre and Millennium Tower Project which is a multifunctional complex. Ms Otteh was similarly excited at the huge expansion works done at the Lower Usuma Dam project which has made it the best water treatment plant in Africa today with tripled capacity to generate over 30 million cubic litres of water per hour. Previously it had capacity to generate only 10 million cubic litres of water per hour. Chairperson of the 2013 Capital Market Committee (CMC) Retreat, Abuja and the CEO of UBA Trustees, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Sanni said that members of the Nigerian Capital Market community have now confirmed that a monumental project and infrastructure revolution.

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My people not consulted before Nigeria was formed Belgore dismisses supporters’ –Dokubo fear over nPDP defection A ZA MSUE KADUNA

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eader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Asari Dokubo, has said that his people were not consulted before the Nigerian nation was formed and as such should be allowed to go their separate ways. Dokubo, who spoke as the Guest of the Week on Liberty Radio monitored in Kaduna at the weekend, said: “We the people of Calabar, Bony, Nembe, Ijaw, Okrika, Okoko etcetera, having signed treaty with the British Government now want this treaty to be validated and we should be allowed to go our ways to become a separate country. We can then decide to form union like EU. “Nigeria was not created with the consent of our people; political engineer-

ing requires that consent of the people must be sought when a nation will be created. If the people agreed to live together, it is okay and the people cannot be forced to be together. “If it requires that the only way to resolve this quagmire is to have a Sovereign National Conference, let us have it. You can hold Sovereign National Conference without dismantling the government institutions like it happened in other countries. It is about people deciding what they want. “There is no sense of nationhood in what is Nigeria, what is keeping Nigeria is the ‘chuwachuwa’ that is going on. I have travelled all over the world and Nigeria is the most backward country. Nigeria is very backward and there is need for redefinition. Nigeria gives Be-

nin Republic light; Benin Republic enjoys light for near 24 hours every day, but here, it is not so. “Benin Republic has robust security; you can go round the country without anything happening to you. When the foundation of a building is not strong, the building cannot stand and that is why we are saying that if we sit down together at the Sovereign National Conference, everyone will be happy with the outcome. “We will go to the National Conference, we will go there with an agenda and it is the Sovereign National Conference, but if we boycott the National Conference, our plan will not succeed. We will go to the conference and demand that it should be totally sovereign. For instance, people will say Nigeria’s unity is sacro-

sanct, it is a lie, it must be debated. We going to raise every issue, nothing is sacrosanct. All of us are preparing to go to the conference”. He recalled that when President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted him to go to the Political Reforms Conference, he refused, regretting that, however, that he did not attend the conference. Dokubo said: “If I had known, I would have gone to the Political Reforms Conference. Now we are going and we believe our inputs will go long way in defining the conference. We believe the conference will actually led to Sovereign National Conference. “We can decide to live together and say having resolve on these terms, until we do that development will not come, transformation will not come.”

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chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Mr. Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN), has urged his apprehensive supporters not to entertain fear over the coming of former Governor Bukola Saraki and his followers from the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) into the party. Addressing journalists shortly after he met with his supporters who thronged the APC office along Asa Dam Road in Ilorin, the state capital, Belgore pleaded with them to remain calm. He asked them to drop the idea of dumping APC because of the new entrants from the PDP. According to him, dumping APC would amount to compromising the course to liberate the people of Kwara State which

Belgore said: “There was a lot of apprehension concerning the entry of G7 governors and what it portends for APC members in Kwara and the political terrain in Kwara generally. So, my first task was to inform. I have done this through a caucus, but as you well know that even when you speak through a caucus, you have to speak directly to the people. Details were discussed in the caucus and they would now break out and go and talk to their people.

“But generally just to reinforce and essentially to let people know that there is no need, there is no reason for any apprehension. We remain members of APC, we remain committed to APC and we remain together a formidable group within that party and that the situation is dynamic and we are reviewing it as we go along.


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member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Malam Shehu Sani, yesterday said the party must assuage the fears of marginalisation by Christians in the north and the Igbos in the region, before the 2015 elections. Sani in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ka-

duna, also charged the APC to uphold the culture of internal democracy. “The APC must device credible and just means of assuaging the fears of the Christians in the North and the Igbos of the South-East, who felt a sense of marginalisation by the party. “This must be done by their equitable representation in the party’s national leadership and other elect-

able positions. “This will help in neutralising the propaganda and misinformation by the adversaries of the party now effectively using religion to smear it.” On internal democracy, Sani said: “It must provide a level playing ground for all its members and avoid and reject the corrosive and delirious attitude of imposition of candidates.

“Imposition of candidates by party lords had in the past negatively contributed to the failures of opposition parties to come to power.” Sani, who is a senatorial aspirant, said the opposition party must develop distinct ideological direction to avoid being only an “assembly of enemies of PDP.” According to him, the party should serve as a

distinct movement with defined political and socioeconomic goals, seeking for power to serve the people. He cautioned against harbouring all sorts of character in the party, saying people with pending corruption charges should “first clear their names in court before been considered for any form of position within or outside of the party.”

He noted also that the growing popularity of the party would not translate into election victory if it failed to devise “a readymade mechanism for challenging electoral fraud.” The APC chieftain appreciated the growing influx of PDP members into the party, but warned against allowing “moles” to take control and sabotage the party.

Police kill robber, parade other suspects in Kogi WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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ogi State Police command, at the weekend, killed an unidentified armed robber during a robbery operation along the Lokoja-Abuja highway. The new state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Saidu Madawaki, who disclosed this while parading other armed robbery gangs at the command headquarters in Lokoja, said the command was determined to make the state uninhabitable for criminals. Madawaki said the robbery occurred at about 3.30 am when a group of armed robbers stopped a Mercedes 911 truck with registration number: GME 117AX, driven by one Abubarkar Adamu at Gaba village on the Lokoja-Abuja highway. He said while attempting to rob the occupants of the truck, a patrol team received a distress call and

promptly responded to it, adding that on arrival at the scene, the robbers engaged the police team in a gun battle. He added that this led to the death of one of robbers, while a police inspector was injured in the process. He said other members of the robbery gang fled the scene on noticing the superior fire power of the patrol team. Madawaki said efforts are being intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang. He told journalists that the command has recovered a Toyota Avalon car with registration number: FS 79 ABJ and cash totalling N80, 000 suspected to be stolen from Ajaka in Igala/ Mela Odolu Local Government Area of the state. The other suspects paraded are Ibrahim Abdullahi, Thomas Omaye, Onalo Okiye and Ilode Harrman. The police commissioner said the suspects will be charged to court soon.

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he Katsina State government said it will soon enact a law against stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/ AIDS in the state. Part of the law would also include statutes to check the situation where HIV positive patients intentionally get married to HIV negative partners. Speaking yesterday during the commemoration of the World AIDS Day, wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Fatima Shema, said the law, when enacted, would go long way in protecting the rights of those living with the dis-

ease. Shema said though fighting the disease is not without its challenges, recent efforts have, however, indicated a gradual decline in HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state. According to her, the result of a sentinel survey carried out in the state showed a 2.3 percent prevalence rate of the disease in 1999, which moved to 3.5 percent in 2001 and in 2003, it went back to 2.8 percent. Represented by Mrs. Binta Ali, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Shema said the prevalence rate in 2005 was 2.7 percent and in 2010, it went down to 2.0 percent.

L-R: Chief Executive Officer, Dana Group, Mr. Jacky Hathiramani; AGM Admin, Dana Steel Ltd; Mr. Isa Ahmed and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Muhammed Sada, during the minister’s visit to Dana to review the performance of the steel plant in Katsina, at the weekend.

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ormer governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubarka Audu, has called for the implementation the Justice Mohammed Uwais report on electoral reform in the country. Audu, who made this call while fielding questions from journalists at his residence in Lokoja yesterday, said the way and manner elections are being manipulated in the country has become a source of worry to Nigerians. He said the implementation of the Uwais’ report has become imperative if the government wants to lend credence to the coun-

try’s fledgling democracy, adding that it must be implemented religiously. He said it is of very great concern to Nigerians because things are no longer done properly unlike in the smaller countries around Nigeria, stressing that the country is supposed to be leading and showing good example for others in the sub-region to emulate and not perpetuating electoral fraud and engaging in all kinds of manipulation. The former governor also said that since the 2003 election, there has never been any credible, free, fair and transparent election, noting that election has always been fraught with irregularities and rigging

with impunity, because some people want to perpetually remain in power. “Since the advent of this democracy, all elections have been manipulated by the political class and elections are always fraught with irregularities. Unless we do something to arrest the situation, we should forget about true democracy in Nigeria. “Look at what is happening in Ghana and SierraLeone, they conducted free and fair elections, but in our country, because anybody in position will like to remain there perpetually, they rig elections. This is very unfortunate,” he lamented. On the Anambra guber-

natorial election, Audu said the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Atahiru Jega, should resign for his inability to conduct a free and fair election in just one state, adding that his officials have been compromised and they made nonsense of the election. His words: “Since 2003, when I won the election in Kogi while the results were declared for somebody else. I do not know where our democracy is heading for. We should pray there should be a change of mind by the political class, otherwise we will have no legacy to bequeath to generations yet unborn.”

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iger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, has signed six bills into law in a bid to improve service delivery to the people, state Commissioner for Justice, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse, has said. Wuse told journalists yesterday in Minna that the bills were new ways of improving service delivery by the government to the people. He said one of the bills

sought to amend the District Court Law to give more powers to Magistrates’ Courts on the administration of justice as it affected customary court cases. According to him, the court will have the right to entertain such cases now. He said the court would have the right to entertain customary cases bothering on inheritance, marriage and land as well as those in-

volving money not exceeding N500, 000. Wuse said the governor also assented to the bill that amended the Local Government Law, 2001 which limited the powers of legislative councillors from out rightly removing chairmen without a fair hearing. He said under the new law, the councillors could only suspend their chairmen and forward their

resolution to the governor, who would in turn set up a three-man investigating panel headed by a high court judge to look into the case. He said the suspended chairman would appear before the panel and answer questions relating to the petition and the panel would submit its finding to the governor, who would in turn, pass it to the councillors.


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“We look at Saudi Arabia as an important and influential regional country and we are working to strengthen cooperation with it for the benefit of the region”. –IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JAVAD ZARIF

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hree Nigerians who allegedly cloned visa cards and unlawfully withdrew money from the bank accounts of several individuals have been arrested by the Cantonments District Police in Accra, African Spotlight has reported. The suspects — Tony Anderson, businessman; Seun Okhon, student, and Kelvin Benedict Aesida, a car dealer — are said to have illegally withdrawn a total of GH¢22,450. Cloning of cards means the creation of identical cards. Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Cantonments District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Mr Alex Kumangtani, said the suspects had so far failed to prove their professional status with the requisite documents. He further stated that the suspects did not have passports or any documents from the Ghana Immigration Service, making their stay in Ghana illegitimate. According to Mr Kumangtani, the suspects belonged to a complex criminal network that specialised in cloning visa cards for criminal activities.

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uman Rights Watch called yesterday on Egypt’s military-backed government to immediately release from detention five aides of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The New York-based advocacy group said in a statement that the five have been held at an undisclosed destination since July 3, the day when the military ousted Morsi after millions demonstrated demanding he step down. It said the five were among nine close Morsi aides detained that day. The other four have been transferred to regular prisons and are facing criminal charges. “What kind of roadmap is this where a military-backed government can brazenly disappear former presidential aides for 150 days without any explanation?” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. She was referring to the roadmap for a post-coup return to democracy announced by military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi when he toppled Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president.

Ghana arrests three Nigerians for ATM cloning fraud

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He said the suspects executed their illegal but well-crafted plan by installing electronic devices at several automated teller machine (ATM) centres. These included a rectangularshaped device that contains two mobile phone batteries, a camera lens and some wires. Kumangtani said that particular device was installed at the upper section of the ATM and it captured the code number of an ATM card when it was being

used by an unsuspecting ATM subscriber. Another device, which he said was green and oval shaped, was installed at the card insertion point on the ATM. He said that device retrieved all the security data on the ATM card used by the unsuspecting card user. Those two devices, according to Mr Kumangtani, enabled the suspects to transfer all security details of an original ATM card

onto another fake card for onward illegal money withdrawals and purchases. According to Mr Kumangtani, on November 23, 2013, the three suspects went to a mobile phone shop at the Accra Mall and purchased five phones, valued at GH¢22,450, using nine cloned visa cards. The Retail Manager of the shop, on satisfying himself that the suspects were acting suspiciously, called the police.

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suburban New York train derailed yesterday, killing at least four people and injuring 63, including 11 critically, when all seven cars of a MetroNorth train ran off the tracks on a curved section of the line, officials said. The crash happened at 7:20 a.m. about 100 yards (meters) north of Metro North’s Spuyten Duyvil station in the city’s Bronx borough, said Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for Metro North, a subsidiary of New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). A spokesman for the city fire department confirmed the number of dead and said 11 people were in critical condition, six were in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries and another 46 sustained minor injuries. The train was about half full at the time of the crash, with about 150 passengers, the MTA said. “On a workday, fully occupied,

it would have been a tremendous disaster,” New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Joseph Cassano told reporters at the scene. At least one rail car was lying toppled near the edge of a river and police. New York Police Department divers were seen in the water near the scene of the accident, and dozens of firefighters were on the scene helping pull people from the wreckage. None of the

passengers were in the water, according to Marjorie Anders of Metro-North. The derailment was the latest in a string of problems this year for Metro North, the second busiest U.S. commuter railroad in terms of monthly ridership. In July, 10 cars of a CSX freight train carrying trash derailed in the same vicinity, Anders said. Partial service was restored four days later, but full service did not return for more than a week.

Emergency workers standing at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York, yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD BULLETIN Mandela’s grandson faces assault charges South Africa will charge one of Nelson Mandela’s grandsons with assault and brandishing a gun at another man, a prosecutor’s official said yesterday, in a further embarrassment for the anti-apartheid hero’s large and fractious family. Mandla Mandela is due to appear in court on Friday, Luxolo Tyali, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, told Reuters. “The NPA has decided to prosecute him and summons have been issued,” Tyali said. South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper said the younger Mandela was reported to have drawn a gun on a 44-year-old teacher whose vehicle had collided with one driven by a guest of Mandla Mandela’s. The teacher later had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, the newspaper said. A spokesman for the younger Mandela has said the incident never happened and the accusation was “pure fabrication”. Tyali spelled out the charges facing Mandla Mandela but declined to give details of the incident.

CAR rebels withdraw from Bangui ahead of foreign troop arrivals Rebels began withdrawing from the Central African capital of Bangui as the country yesterday awaited an international intervention to halt the downward spiral of violence in the country. The rebels’ retreat came ahead of what is expected to be a key week for the strife-torn country as its crisis tops the international diplomatic agenda. Efforts to improve security in the Central African Republic will get under way with a United Nations Security Council vote this week on a French-drafted resolution aimed at strengthening a flagging African stabilisation force on the ground. That vote will be followed by a mini-summit on the CAR unrest in Paris on December 7, to be attended some 40 African leaders including Central African Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, as well as UN chief Ban Ki-moon. Yesterday, 500 troops from neighbouring Republic of Congo readied to join the beleaguered African-led MISCA force in the CAR, which has around 2,500 soldiers in place but has failed to get off the ground due to a lack of funds and training. Last week France announced its intention to deploy some 1,000 troops to its former colony in a bid to stop a string of abuses allegedly carried out by militia gangs and ex-members of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition that toppled CAR’s leader in a March coup.


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The purported call for a foreign coach for the Super Eagles is nothing but a needless distraction” –NFF VICE PRESIDENT, MIKE UMEH

Brazil 2014: Nelson cautious on Eagles’ chances AFOLABI GAMBARI

Media misleading on Eagles’ selection –Onigbinde AFOLABI GAMBARI

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ormer Super Eagles coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, has criticised the sports media for inadequately informing Nigerians on the necessity of players’ invitation to the national team. Onigbinde, who spoke to National Mirror in Lagos at the weekend, also said the media hype on players’ invitation had fallen short of technical knowledge on team composition. “In these modern times, team patterns differ with different coaches and I think this fact should basically be respected, especially by the media who have responsibility to inform and educate the public,” the respected CAF and FIFA instructor counseled. “I know that Coach Stephen Keshi has a formed pattern which makes it a necessity to seek the appropriate players to fit in such pattern. “In the light of this, therefore, it would not matter if a player has featured consistently for his club at home or abroad as his invitation would still depend largely

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ormer Marketing Manager of Seven Up Bottling Company, Iain Nelson, has opted to adopt a cautious approach on the chances of Nigeria at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, saying it is better to await the December 6 draws in Zurich before making predictions. Nelson, who spoke to National Mirror in Lagos at the weekend, said the World Cup bar had been raised as all participants had acquired what he called contender status. “I believe it’s too early to stick out a neck for any country at this stage,” Nelson, who is currently a consultant to the Pepsi Football Academy (PFA), said. “Not even host Brazil can be tipped for ultimate glory, despite the expected massive home support the Samba Boys will enjoy, until the other teams in Group A are determined. “We should not also forget the fact for every World Cup, there is

on whether he can be useful to the pattern being adopted by the coach. “Even players that are not usually seen to be productive by the fans may have a specific job to perform on the pitch, based on the coach’s pattern.” Onigbinde contended that Keshi had the ultimate right to call players he deemed fit to help him achieve his objective. “The fact is that a player that is considered useful for a particular match may still be reigned in for another match,” further said, stressing, “It is not enough for the media to whip sentiments for certain players they perceive relevant to the Eagles and then set the fans against the coach if such players are not invited.” Meanwhile, Chief Onigbinde has appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure the establishment of what he calls functional technical department, saying it is the nerve centre of any progressive federation. “A situation where a technical director and two assistants were appointed but have not functioned for more than six months is absurd,” he submitted.

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ross River State has retained its title at the Sterling Bank-sponsored 6th National School Sports Festival after coming top on the overall

Out-of-favour Super Eagles striker Ike Uche, who stars in La Liga’s Villareal, is the ttoast of the sports media for a recall to the national team

Asoju Oba winner eyes Morocco glory YEMI OLUS

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resh from his victory at the 45th Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championship, junior player, Olajide Omotayo, is hopeful of staging another upset at the ITTF World Junior Championships which served off yesterday in Mo-

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element of surprise in the competition and this makes every competitor wary of the opposition, no matter the “heavyweight” tag attached to any team.” Nelson, however, believed that Nigeria could exploit its current status as African champions to excel in Brazil. “I think the entire Africa will look up to Nigeria to raise its hopes, mainly because of the renewed vigour and purpose that Coach Stephen Keshi has brought into the Eagles’ squad,” the Scot further said, stressing, “That is not to say that Nigeria has a ready team for the World Cup as yet, but everyone can believe that the next seven months will make the team much more competitive than it is at the moment.”

rocco. The 17-year old was in his best form against defending champion and No.1 seed, Mojeed Olayiwola, to claim his first senior title with a brand new Chevrolet Nissan car at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium over the weekend and is leading the Nigerian charge in Morocco.

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“I believe that the training we had in preparation for the ITTF World Junior Championships really helped me to win the Aso Oju trophy,” Omotayo told National Mirror, adding, “I hope this will spur me on to do well in Morocco.” In the women’s final, Tolu Durosimi-Etti defeated Taiwo Williams 4-1 to claim her first title and a brand new Chevrolet Nissan car. Meanwhile the Morrocan tourney got underway yesterday with

medals’ table for the third consecutive time. The state finished with 115 gold, 78 silver and 61 bronze medals. Lagos came second with 49 gold, 43 silver and 54 bronze medals while Anambra came third with 48 gold, 49 silver and 63 bronze medals. Ondo and host Kwara came fourth and fifth while Benue and Adamawa won no medals. Kwara State defeated Niger 2-0 in the football while Cross River carted away the gold medals in the U-13 and U-15 boys and girls respectively. Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, who declared the event closed, affirmed the state government’s commitment towards hosting subsequent competitions, even as he promised to upgrade the infrastructure. Nigerian girls’ team losing 3-0 to Russia in their first game in Morocco. Agnes Onoja lost Daria Chernova 5-11, 4-11, 3-11, Tosin Oribamishe was defeated by Ekaterina Guseva 7-11, 4-11, 6-11 while Ayo Udoh was out-stroked by Elizaveta Khlyzova 1-11, 8-11, 6-11. President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, said the players had lost to more experienced opponent.


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Eaglets’ hosting: NNL boss hails Niger Govt PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA

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hairman of Nigeria Nationwide League (NNL), Alhaji Muazu Ahmed Kawu, yesterday commended the Niger Government for being the first to host the victorious Golden Eaglets soon after President Goodluck Jonathan hosted the team on their arrival in Nigeria after their triumph in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. Kawu, who made the commendation in Minna, described the state’s gesture as heartwarming. “The Eaglets’ vic-

tory was a victory for the Nigeria Nationwide League as it the umbrella body that accommodates most young players in the country,” he remarked. “The NNL currently has over 200 clubs spread across the six geo-political zones of the country and the figure is enough to turn around the fortune of football in Nigeria,” he added, even as he declared: “We are working at ensuring thorough cleansing and screening of all officiating officials before being allowed to handle any matches in the 2013/2014 league season.” Rilwan Olugbode (m) who represented Pepsi Football Academy in the United Kingdom is the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 Festival of Youth

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ormer Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, has handed scholarships to the best players at the 5th Kidsport Charity Cup in his football academy. The competition, which features teams from orphanage homes across Lagos State, was held yesterday at the Campos Mini Stadium on Lagos Island. SOS Children’s Home, Arrow of God Home, Ajah, Habitation of Hope, Mowe, Citadel of Grace, Igando, Project Friendship Initiative, Isheri, Street Child Care and Welfare Homes, Yaba as well as Keep our Kids off the Street Home featured in the tourney. “The kids deserve the best as this is my way of giving them a

huge sense of belonging so that they can be useful to the society,” Kanu remarked. Some of the dignitaries that graced the event sponsored by Golden Penny, Nigerian Bottling Company, Promasidor Nigeria, e600 Small Chops, SOAAR Cocktails, Clear View Optics, and Melrose Publishers include Senior Special Adviser on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, Prince Wale Oladunjoye, and Nollywood actor, Femi Brainard.

Festival: PFA targets raised platform AFOLABI GAMBARI

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espite recording tremendous feats since its establishment in 1992, Director of the Pepsi Football Academy, Dr. Kasimawo Laloko, says the academy still aims to surpassing the records. Laloko, who made this assertion during the Gala Night for the 2013 “Festival of Youth” at the weekend in

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iger State Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) has donated a 32-seater air conditioned bus as well as a Peugeot Expert vehicle to the state-owned Tornadoes FC of Minna. Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Daniel Clifford Shashare, who presented the gifts to the club in Minna yesterday, said the gesture was part of efforts to enhance performance of the club in the new season.

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ross Rivers State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, yesterday said that Nigeria will benefit from the grassroots programmes undertaken by the state in recent years. Imoke, who recently bagged the Football-friendly Governor Award, also said

“The number of institutions and people that have acknowledged us says a lot about our pedigree,” he added. “At 21, we intend to strive for more success and recognition and to set standard.” The Lagos Pepsi academy’s U-15 defeat its Enugu counterpart 2-1 in that category’s final while Lagos U-17 side edged Kaduna 1-0 in a tightly contested final of the category.

Tornadoes get SURE-P largesse MINNA

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Lagos, said the international reputation attained by the academy had motivated the administrators to aspire for greater status. “We take pride in the fact that PFA is the only academy in the country being run as it should be,” the director remarked at the event where former Super Eagles coaches, Adegboye Onigbinde and Shaibu Amodu, as well as officials of the Lagos State Football Association, were in attendance.

Nigeria required investment in the grassroots to rank among the world’s best. “The rest of the country is yet to come to grasp with what the current government of Cross River is doing regarding the development of sports through a comprehensive grassroots pro-

grammes,” the Governor’s media aide, Christian Ita, said. “The ongoing School Sports Festival in Ilorin dominated by Cross River is an indication of what the state would achieve when it hosts the National Sports Festival next year,” Ita added.

“The bus will be used by the coaches and players while the car will be used by the officials,” Shashare explained. The commissioner, however, did not disclose the cost of the vehicles. Chairman of the football club and Niger State’s Director General of the MDGs, Alhaji Dattijo Aliyu, said he was humbled by the SURE-P’s gesture but pledged that the items would be used judiciously. “This gesture calls for greater service from the players and the management because to whom much is given, much is also expected,” Aliyu said.

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CBN beats Union, wins tourney WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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he Central Bank of Nigeria has won the 27th All Financial Institutions Football Competition after beating the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc by 2-0 The final match played at the Confluence Stadium, Lo-

koja was witnessed by former Super Eagle captain, Nwankwo Kanu who was the guest of honour. Both teams entertained the spectators who thronged the venue where First Bank had defeated Badawa Micro Finance Bank to win the third place. Governor of Central

Bank, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, said at the occasion that he outcome of the competition showed a resurgence of football in the country. “I urge all financial institutions yet to register the presence in the competition to encourage their teams to participate in next year’s edition,” Sanusi said.


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uper Eagles forward, Emmanuel Emenike, returned to scoring ways after firing blanks in two previous games for table-topping Fenerbahce, who were held 3-3 at home by Besiktas in the Turkish top league on Saturday. Emenike levelled scores in the 12th minute after the visitors had taken a ninth minute lead. The hosts went ahead in the 37th minute before the visitors levelled things up just the break. Emenike was on from start to finish but was cautioned 72nd minute. He has now scored five league goals in 12 appearances for the multiple Turkish champions. The yellow card he bagged in the game breached his disciplinary record three times. Still in Turkey, estranged Super Eagles’ left back, Taiwo Taye, was also on target for his side Bursaspor, who defeated hosts Elazı spor 2-1 earlier on Friday. The former Marseille defender shot his side into the lead from the spot in the 16th minute. Taiwo, who had a fortnight ago, opened his goal account for his new side; saw 90 minutes of action in the exciting encounter. Taiwo has covered every single blade of grass for his new side, amassing 1, 170 minutes on the pitch, one of the very few players in the Turkish Super League to achieve the feat. He has only got into the referees’ books once. Former youth international Promise Isaac finally bade bye to bad patch by hitting the target for the first time this season for Antalyaspor, who hammered hosts Sivaspor 3-0 on Friday. The hitherto misfiring Isaac came off the bench to seal victory for the visitors in the 89th minute as Antalyaspor ran away with the maximum points. Isaac was introduced in the 74th minute and completed the demolition job 15 minutes later. Isaac has so far made 10 appearances for his side. In the lower rungs in Turkey, one-time Super Eagles’ midfielder, Raheem Lawal, was on target for his side Mersin Idmanyurdu, who beat Samsunspor, with two Nigerians in action, 5-4, in the nine-goal thriller on Saturday. Lawal struck in the fifth minute of added time to fire his side to victory as his relegated side bagged the maximum points to keep a touching distance at the summit as they eye a quick return to top flight. Lawal, who was on for 90 minutes in the encounter, has now scored five goals. He was also splashed a yellow in the game. He

Taye Taiwo (2nd left) wheeling away after scoring a goal for Bursaspor

Emmanuel Emenike (in front) celebrating his goal on Saturday

has now appeared 12 times so far in the league. Another Nigerian and former Flying Eagles striker, , Aminu Umar, also hit a brace in the nine-goal thriller. Umar, who had broken his season’s duck penultimate weekend, put the visitors two goals up in the 10th minute after his mate had opened scores five minutes earlier. The former Wikki Tourists’ hit man struck again in the 18th minute as the visitors went into the break leading 3-0. Umar, who went 11 games last term without scoring, has three goals to his credit so far this season and has featured 13 times. Still in the Turkish second division, another Nigerian, Gideon Sani, was also on target for Tavsanli Linyitspor, who were beaten 2-1 by Denizlispor on Saturday. Sani put his side ahead in the fourth time but the visitors equalized in the 17th minute and went ahead in the 24th minute and that proved enough. Sani was on from start but was replaced by another Nigerian, former Sunshine Stars’ striker Dele Olorundare, in the 68th minute. Sani has so far scored three goals in 14 outings. In Italy, Osariemen Ebagua was for the second week running

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on target for Spezia, who went, saw and conquered Reggina 2-1 on Saturday. Ebagua, who also holds an Italian passport, put the icing on the cake for the visitors in the 59th minute after Spezia had drawn level in the 49th minute. Ebagua, who was born in Benin City, also played 90 minutes in the game. He has now scored seven goals in 18 league appearances for the Seria B side. In Cyprus, little known Marco Tagbajumi, who was born in Port Harcourt to Italian father and Nigerian mother, fired in a hat trick for the surprise second-placed Ermis, who drew 3-3 at Aris on Saturday. Tagbajumi scored in the 10th minute to put the visitors in the lead and struck again in the 37th minute to go into the break leading 2-1. The 25-year old star, who told National Mirror he would love to play for the Super Eagles, completed his hat trick in the 58th minute, to up his goal account in his first season in Cyprus, to six. He also saw 90 minutes of action. He’s currently second on the scorers’ chart. In Spain, estranged Super Eagles’ striker, Ikechukwu

Uche, was on from start but failed to re-enact his last weekend’s feat for Villareal, who were held 1-1 at home on Friday. Uche was pulled out in the 62nd minute. The former Real Zaragoza striker still has six goals on his account in 12 league outings for the newlypromoted side. His disciplinary remains as white as snow so far this season. Still in Spain, ex-Flying Eagles’ captain Ramon Azeez continued his impressive start for newly-promoted Almeria, seeing another 90 minute action as newly-promoted Almeria continued their losing streak as Celta Vigo hammered them 3-1 on Saturday.. Azeez has now made six consecutive full time appearances for his side this season. Azeez has proved he’s come of age, raising the stakes for himself as a reserves player last season, to make ten league appearances so far this season. He’s yet to get on the score sheet and has also not been flashed any card. Still in England, Super Eagles striker Shola Ameobi continued his impressive showing for Newcastle as he saw 90 minutes at St James’ Park as the

Magpies beat West Brom 2-1. Though, he was yet to get on the score sheet as expected, the 31-year old power striker was constantly a source of worry for the West Brom defence.. Ameobi has made seven outings so far this season and yet to get on the score sheet. On the losing side for West Brom was Victor Anichebe, who was introduced in the 77th minute but still in search of his first Baggies’ goal as his scorer’s sheet drew blank again. The former Everton striker has now played eight league games for his new side. In France, Super Eagles keeper Vincent Enyeama again kept a clean sheet as he continued his incredible history-chasing performance for Lille, who beat Valenciennes 1-0 on Saturday. The former Enyimba star has now equalled a French Ligue 1 record of 13 clean sheet in a row and has incredibly conceded just four goals, making the Lille defence the tightest in the French Ligue 1. He was as usual, on for 90 minutes. He also won Player of the Month of October to further demonstrate his breath-taking performance for Lille this season. He has played in all 15 games for Lille this season.


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Is APC less dangerous than PDP?

ast week, the All Progressives Congress (APC) moved from kasuwa nama to Eagle Square: reaching deep into the heart of Nigeria’s dominant Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and yanking unto itself several governors. If you did not know, kasuwa nama is the fringe market where cows are slaughtered for sale. Eagle Square is the Abuja public square where Nigeria’s leaders, before they became scared of their own shadow, held public events. At Eagle Square, everyone knows you are close to the seat of power. That was why, last week, you could hear the PDP’s tantrums and howls of pain. I have campaigned against the excesses of the PDP since I first identified it in 2004 as the profoundly decadent party. Regrettably, the party has decayed so badly since then it is unrecognisable. Let us be clear as to what is at stake: the PDP is

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arrogant, corrupt and unproductive, and its current leadership, as its departing members have said, does not understand that a political party is not a social buffet. As I wrote earlier, however, “Nigeria’s sinners are not only in the PDP. The PDP has become the symbol of Nigeria’s decay only because of its carnage in the centre, but none of the parties that have held power in the states in the past 14 years are innocent.” I repeat that the challenge is not the PDP: it is the Nigerian politician. The APC aims to unseat President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP in 2015. This is a legitimate aspiration, but what does the APC propose to replace the PDP with? To be fair, APC has outlined such priorities as agricultural development, jobs, free education, adequate power supply, affordable health care, eradication of poverty and corruption, infrastructural development, and rapid technological advancement and industrialisation. While that sounds quite attractive, it is meaningless. Nigerians have heard it all before. Even the military, when they seize power, deploy the same bribes. As much as I oppose the PDP, if the APC cannot demonstrate the superiority of its character, it is playing in the same league. You cannot be mudwrestling with a mad man and proclaiming you are different. So far, the APC is doing just that. Actually, it is doing two major things that are worse. The first is that it is going around the country visiting the Olusegun Obasanjos and Ibrahim Babangidas as it seeks to obtain their ‘blessing.’ The second: it is taking advantage of the divisions in the PDP to The problem is that by concentrating on this

WHAT NIGERIA NEEDS IS NOT A POLITICS THAT REPLACES A SET OF OVERLORDS WITH ANOTHER SELF-SANCTIFYING SET OF OVERLORDS,

approach, the APC suggests it seeks only to replace the PDP, not to rise above it. What Nigeria needs is not a politics that replaces a set of overlords with another self-sanctifying set of overlords, but one that is set up to place the country and its people over any kind of overlords. The current system is based on looting and exploitation. In the past 15 years, the PDP has made it work for itself and for its senior figures, which is why the Obasanjos’ and Babangidas’ and Tony Anenihs’ and Pius Anyims’ have grown richer while Nigeria has shriveled. The challenge before patriots is not to replace them with another set of self-centred power-mongers: it is to overhaul our politics so that it is impossible for anyone to deflate the public purse into a private pocket. My question is whether the APC is patriotic enough or motivated enough to champion this kind of mission. The manipulative end of Nigerian politics has yielded a country that is so degenerate it is being led by its debris. It has yielded a shameful situation where fewer than 300 Nigerians, including recent heads of governments, have pocketed most of the nation’s wealth along with her access to achievement and self-respect. The APC, if it is truly wishes to break Nige-

ria’s march to perdition, must end the fiction that all we have to do is end the PDP’s control of Nigeria; it must show that it is capable of making the hard choices, beginning with itself. This is at the heart of our distress: is anyone willing to talk about the rule of law? Is anyone honest enough to speak about being a political party that has come to serve, not to be served? I am not talking about the rhetoric of it; I know the APC has people capable of wielding words as though they were AK47s. I am talking about something that is bigger than our petty individual greed and appetites, such as establishing at party level ground rules that are superior to what is provided even in the constitution. It would be unfortunate for the APC to seek to do less, or to seek to be held to a standard that is the same as that of the PDP, because that would make it the same as the PDP. In calling the APC out, I offer five scenarios: One, it is clear that higher standards are required of the governors, who now are gods unto themselves. The constitution protects them until they are out of office, APC should internally provide reporting rules and censure under its own rules. Two, the APC should back a constitutional amendment that forbids a governor, once out of office, from running for legislative office for the next two election cycles. Three, the current electoral law is a train wreck coming our way, and it can be exploited by any party, including the APC. The answer is for the APC to work at something no party can exploit, and the Uwais Report has answers for this ailment. There is no wisdom blaming the electoral commission after every election. Four, the APC must publish a strong and unambiguous anti-corruption plan that provides for independent anti-corruption bodies and reviews, as well as a realistic judicial realignment. Five, the APC must establish a nationwide grassroots voter-registration and education scheme. That is how you demonstrate a vibrant national presence. The issue is not whether the PDP should go. It is whether a party that seeks to replace it thinks the citizen is a partner, or a fool.

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he board of Fulham yesterday sacked Manager Martin Jol with Rene Meulensteen assuming responsibility for the first team with immediate effect. Jol has been under in-

Poor results: Jol gets Fulham axe creasing pressure following the Cottagers’ miserable start to the season and Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at West Ham proved to be the final straw for Chairman Shahid Khan. “I spoke with Martin to

thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham Football Club over the past three seasons and,” Khan said in a statement on the club’s official website. “There is no question Martin is an excellent football man

and he has my utmost respect for the commitment he made to our club.

“However, our poor results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season

still ahead, an immediate change was necessary.” Jol, 57, took charge at Craven Cottage in June 2011 but Fulham has managed to win only three of their 13 Premier League games this season. NFF President, Aminu Maigari Jol

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